The Carriage Barn, as it is known, is located on the grounds of the former Waveny Estate, now a well known public space—Waveny Park– in New Canaan. The building originally was the barn housing the family’s carriages. Over time the building fell into disrepair. In 1977, a group of New Canaan residents got together to resurrect the New Canaan Society for the Arts (NCSA) which had existed in town in the late 1890’s. But, the Society needed a permanent home as special as their organization. The solution—to restore and return the neglected structure as the Carriage Barn Arts Center, a premier gallery space serving New Canaan and beyond.
Twenty years later, the Society was approached by the New Canaan Sculpture Group, a collaborative of Fairfield County artists, who offered to poor a cement floor in the basement and rent the space as an art studio where they have since convened weekly to study under a master sculptor and tend to their varying practices in a range of media.
The NCSA holds many outstanding exhibits in the Carriage Barn and across town such as Art in the Windows where downtown New Canaan businesses host works of art in their front windows each spring. Other shows such as Art For Animals and New Canaan Modern Architects appear most months.
The Carriage Barn also hosts live music and other events. To see what is going on, be sure to check their website at https://carriagebarn.org.
Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10am – 3pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Entrance to the gallery is free, with a suggested $5.00 donation.
The Carriage Barn Arts Center home of the New Canaan Society for the Arts is located in Waveny Park
681 South Avenue (Route 124) | PO Box 1044
New Canaan, CT 06840
1/4 mile north of the Merritt Parkway off Exit 37