Guests explore some of the artwork displayed in two new exhibitions open through Feb. 26 at MoCA Westport. / Contributed photos by Leslie LaSala
Photo at left: Scott Bennewitz, Kathie Motes Bennewitz, Westport’s town curator, and Liz Leggett, MoCA Westport’s director of exhibitions, at the museum’s dual exhibition opening Thursday. At right: MoCA Executive Director Ruth Mannes with Steve Zimmerman, coordinator of music and visual arts for Westport public schools.

WESTPORT — Two new exhibitions — a colorful retrospective of one contemporary artist’s portraits and abstracts, and an inclusive display of how dreams are interpreted by young artists — opened Thursday evening at MoCA Westport.

Both exhibits are on view through Feb. 26 at the museum, 19 Newtown Turnpike.

“Paul Camacho: El Ritmo y La Unidad” features about 50 paintings by the late artist, drawn primarily from the Westport Public Art Collections, as well as paintings loaned by the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport and the Benjamin Ortiz and Victor P. Torchia Jr. Collection.

“Who Are You When You Are Dreaming?” the museum’s annual high school art exhibit, features nearly 200 works by young artists in a range of media.

Gallery tours of the exhibits led by docents are planned weekly at 1 p.m. Thursdays.

A series of “Cocktails and Conversation” programs related to the Camacho exhibit is planned at 6 p.m. Thursdays in January and February.

For more information, contact MoCA Westport by calling 203-222-7070 or emailing