Goings On

Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month

March 1 – 11, 2018
10 Artists/10 Pieces
At Tremaine Gallery

10 Artists/10 Pieces will be on view in the rotunda adjacent to the Tremaine Gallery. 10 artists chose an object from Hotchkiss Special Collections and used it as a catalyst for new work. Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8 am – 4:00 pm.


Hotchkiss School – Tremaine Gallery
11 Interlaken Road


March 1 - 24, 2018
Form to Formless
Fernando Martinez

The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery presents the work of Fernando Martinez.
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm.


Wisdom House – Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 E. Litchfield Road


March 1 - 20, 2018
Open the Door
Paintings by Katie Ré Scheidt

Don’t miss this art exhibition of paintings by Katie Ré Scheidt presented at the gallery in the former gas station in the Depot.


The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
1 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot


March 1 - April 7, 2018
Barbra Kraut & Joan Morosani
At the Loft Gallery at The Smithy

The Loft Gallery will host Litchfield artists, Barbra Kraut and Joan Morosani, highlighting paintings of the human form, and works in abstract and modern expressionism as well.

Barbra Kraut’s introspective pieces invite the mind to wander, and, she states, “allow the viewer to complete one’s own meaning, especially if we keep our minds open, and consider that looking is not seeing”.

Joan Morosani’s richly colored, stylized works of expressionism are created using oil on prepared paper. She feels the paper responds differently to paint, and where traditional canvas gives back, paper encourages a faster, more spontaneous approach, achieving a fresh, less formal feel to her work.


The Smithy and Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
New Preston


March 1 – April 7, 2018
Wink Series Exhibit
Paintings by April Crumrine

Wink Series, an exhibit and sale of April Crumrine’s paintings will open at The Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury.

April Crumrine’s brilliantly colored “Wink” paintings with their great swaths of color bring to mind the work of abstract expressionist Marc Rothko, well-known for his use of large blocks of color.
Paintings in the Wink Series reflect the artist’s use of the stars to communicate with her four children while they traveled around the world. When the constellation Orion appeared, she would wink at it, knowing that her children would wink at it when the constellation appeared in the sky over them. The horizontal line in a painting divides the canvas into the hemispheres.
Ms. Crumrine has exhibited her work in numerous shows in New England and the UK, most recently at Brick Lane Gallery in London. Her art is included in many private collections. The show runs through Saturday, April 7.


Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street


March 1 - April 16, 2018
Artist Claudia Wood Rahm
Paintings at Oliver Wolcott Library

It was only recently that Claudia Wood Rahm resumed painting. For many years, among other adventures, she taught art and raised two daughters with her husband, Woody. They have lived in Warren for 43 years. Since retiring, she has found her way back to her easel and the sheer delight of mixing colors. To her the sense of freedom that comes with painting is exhilarating and the process is comfortable, fulfilling and fun. She finds a pure joy in her creative expression that was held back for many years due to the pressures of life. Her art opens her in a way that no other form of communication can.

Claudia’s paintings often grow as she works on them. Occasionally she just plays with color and an idea comes. She is influenced by children’s art, folk art, and the beauty of nature. She particularly loves painting organic shapes and the ocean.

The Bible is also a strong influence. When she paints dots on a canvas, she considers them joy molecules that enliven the piece. Intricate or elemental, her paintings reveal whimsical creatures and landscapes that celebrate her love of color, design and story.

Raised in Westport, Claudia received a degree in Art Education in 1967. She never trained formally or under anyone famous. Maybe that is why her work is so free of pretension, so full of innocence and sometimes playful. Picasso said, “Every child is an artist; the problem is to remain an artist once the child grows up.”

Claudia has shown and sold her work in Litchfield County, along the Connecticut shoreline, as well as in Massachusetts and Maine.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 5 – 7 pm

Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


March 1 to April 2, 2018
Local Legacy: Paintings by
Winsted Artist William Thomson

A collection of William Thomson’s paintings will be on view in the Learning Resource Center at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Connecticut native, and former longtime Winsted resident, William Thomson has been called a realist, neo-impressionist, satirist, and a painter’s painter. His prolific body of work is diverse in material as well, and includes watercolor, acrylic, oil, encaustic, tempera, and casein. Art critics said of his earlier works that he painted in the tradition of artists Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, and the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich have Thomsen pieces in their collection, as well as the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and Williams College in Massachusetts, and Marietta College in Ohio.

Born during the depression in Bristol, Connecticut, Thomson attended the Meriden Trade School where he studied art under Ernst Lohrmann, a German émigré and master silversmith who encouraged Thomson to pursue his passion. After serving in the Korean War, Thomson returned to Connecticut and studied two years at the Paier College of Art in New Haven.

Thomson and his wife moved to Winsted in the late 1970s where he set up a studio in his home. To supplement his income, Thomson was a sign painter and advertising designer for local companies, but at age 55 he devoted himself exclusively to fine art until his death in 2014. The title of the current show borrows the opening line from his obituary: Art and Heart Defined by William Thomson.

Thomson’s continuous curiosity drove him to study both contemporary artists and great masters, as well as groundbreaking artists in photography and printmaking. He always pushed himself to try new techniques and his versatility could be seen in the many series he created. Today his legacy boasts a sizeable collection of work in a variety of materials and the current show at NCCC will reflect this variation.

Reception, to be held in the late artist’s honor: Friday, March 23, 4 – 5 pm


Learning Resource Center
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Park Place


March 1- 31, 2018
Xavier Ricolfi’s Jewelry Collection
At Byrde + the b

French designer Xavier Ricolfi draws upon his industrial design background, applying the latest production technology to create intricate conceptual designs that are feminine yet fashion forward. XR exudes simplicity with an edge. The brand takes a responsible approach to production relying on the basic tenants of employing all lead free brass, natural diamonds, and the highest quality nickel free plating. All pieces are designed and made in the USA. The brand showcases collections of abstract structural designs, each exploring a union of contrasts and transitions between shapes. Pulling inspiration from transitions as a non-aggressive environment, the designs seamlessly blend sophistication with understated glamour and are perfect for everyday wear. His collection is moderately priced.


Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot


March 2, 2018
Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin
At the Warner Theatre

Long-time friends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin come together for one incredible acoustic evening of music as these two master performers and songwriters share songs and stories.

Friday, March 2, 8 pm
Admission: Call for ticket information.

Warner Theatre
68 Main Street


Jonathan Doster
March 2 & 3, 2018
Annual Dance Performance
Hotchkiss Dance Company

The Hotchkiss Dance Company presents its annual performance. New work by Dance Program Director Alice Sarkissian-Wolf will be featured as well as commissioned works by 2017-18 guests artists Liliana Candotti and Ann Marie DeAngelo. This performance is the culmination of many weeks of rehearsal and preparation on the part of The Hotchkiss Dance Company.

Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3, 7:30 pm


Walker Auditorium
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road



March 3, 2018
Roger & Lenny
At Twelve Moons Coffee House

Twelve Moons Coffee House will feature Roger & Lenny. Roger Cohn and Lenny Sutton bring a fresh perspective to familiar—and not-so-familiar—songs from a golden era of pop music.

The duo’s musical strength of tight harmonies and straightforward acoustic arrangements with guitar and harmonica deliver spirited covers of songs made famous by The Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and others, as well as original tunes.

Roger & Lenny have a four-song EP CD of tunes taken from their live performance repertoire and are working on a full-length album of covers and original songs. They recently released a new single, “Elenore,” for digital download on CD Baby. Go to store.cdbaby.com/cd/rogerlenny3.

You can keep up with the duo by checking out Roger & Lenny’s Facebook page at facebook.com/rogerandlennymusic.

Saturday, March 3, 7 – 10 pm

Donations are accepted
Twelve Moons Coffee House
St. John’s Church (back door entrance)
12 Main Street


March 3 – April 25, 2018
Gala Narezo: Voice/Time
at the Tremaine Gallery 

The Tremaine Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit featuring the photographic work of Gala Narezo. The exhibit explores the role of voice in the creative process through a chronological selection of Narezo’s work over the last twenty years.

Gala Narezo is an artist and educator studying the intersection of art, social engagement and reflective practices. Her work explores ways to honor the self while considering interdependence with others and the world beyond.  She is a graduate of Yale University and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Narezo served as an NGO representative to the United Nations for Designmatters, an educational platform of Art Center College of Design with the mission to engage, empower, and lead an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society. The Tremaine Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Artist Reception: Saturday, March 3, 4 – 6 pm


Tremaine Gallery at
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road


March 3, 2018
Secrets of the Mockingbird:
Live Theatrical Performance
With Prudence Wright Holmes

Actress Prudence Wright Holmes, a veteran of four Broadway shows and ten movies, is back to perform her latest work, Secrets of the Mockingbird. Harper Lee, the beloved but reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird had close relationships with her father and her best friend, Truman Capote…but then they both broke her heart.

Thursday, March 22, 7 – 8 pm

Space is limited.
Registration is required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


March 3, 2018
Second Annual Meet. Play. Flow.
Wellness Event

RT Facts will be holding its second annual Meet. Play. Flow. Brought back by popular demand, the all-day wellness event will see the return of many local instructors offering classes every half hour in practices like  hula hoop dancing,  yoga, Pilates, and tai chi. Other activities like massage therapy, making your own flower essences, juicing, and more will be offered all day. This year, Meet. Play. Flow. has extended its studio space with the use of James Barron’s gallery allowing more options for quiet practices like meditation. Attendees will have all day access to the many wellness practices and classes being offered. All proceeds will be matched by RT Facts and donated to the ambulance squads of Kent and Cornwall. /Meet. Play. Flow. is an opportunity for those interested in experiencing and learning all kinds of wellness practices while having fun and meeting friends both old and new.  Come see what our area has to offer towards achieving healthy mind, body, and soul.

Saturday, March 3, 9 am – 3 pm

$35 donation

RTFacts Gallery
Kent Barns
22 South Main Street


March 5, 2018
Murder on the Orient Express
March Monday Matinees

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad. PG-13 / 1 h 54 min.

Monday, March 5, 1 pm

Registration is requested

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road


March 7, 2018
Founder of Little Free Library
Visiting the Litchfield Hills

Todd Bol, Creator& Executive Director of littlefreelibrary.org, the global sensation that now has registered 60,000+ lending library boxes, is coming with some of his staff members on Wednesday, March 7 to spend the day in the Litchfield Hills with Rose  Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks since the two women are now part of the littlefreelibrary.org. The group will be making approximately 15 stops at various little free libraries they have installed and, while all are special in their own way, such as the shelving unit in the foyer of Charcoal Chef in Woodbury, whose owner began stocking free books for customers the same year that Todd Bol built his first little free library, the most newsworthy stops include the first one at the Woodbury destination of New Morning Market around 11 am.

The tour will make a stop at Morris town hall, 3 East Street in Morris, where a unique Little Free Legos Library was painted by a selectwoman and her son, followed by a lively stop at Bella Luna Gifts, 11 Watertown Road in Morris around 1 pm, and a visit to the old jail, (7-North) on the Litchfield green which is currently being reimagined by Russell Barton, who is pleased to place a lending library box in the Bakehouse space, around 3 pm. From there, the tour will go to filmmaker Harvey Hubbell’s farm on Hutchinson Parkway in Litchfield, where he has two LFLs, one for books and one for seed packages. His film crew, Captured Time, will meet and film the visit there, around 3:30 pm. The last stop of the day will be at Makery Coworking, 20 Bank Street in New Milford, where a repurposed news box is filled with free books.

Rose Buckens and Jo Ann Jaacks have many new boxes planned in addition to the 43 currently in place. Beloved children’s author and illustrator Tomie DePaola has accepted two of the boxes that were purchased from littlefreelibrary.org and will be painting them in his inimitable style. Many other local artists including Sean Bowen, Tracy Martin, Kathy Percoski, Gretchen Getsinger, Charlotte Adams, Katie Johnson and Duy
Meister, among others, contributed their talents to beautify the boxes, and artist Patrick Flanagan, Owner of Lakeside Furniture in Morris, is busy building a box from donated cabinet doors and artist Kathy Percoski will be retrofitting a dollhouse to be used as a little free library at a B&B in Bethlehem. Pictured is artist Kathy Percoski delivering the
little free library painted in the image of the old jail in Litchfield, and Rose Buckens.

Wednesday, March 7, 11 am – 4:30 pm

Various locations… see above

Rose Buckens:  203.770.4156
Jo Ann Jaacks:  860.459.9474

March 10, 2018
The Beethoven Cycle:
A String Quartet’s Mt Everest
With Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Artistic Director, Music Mountain

This summer Music Mountain is presenting the incomparable Shanghai String Quartet in six concerts to perform what is considered to be the ultimate challenge for a string quartet: the Complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. The technical and emotional scope of the Beethoven Cycle is the Mt. Everest of quartet performance, a once-in-a-lifetime transformative event.

This lecture-presentation is intended for all, beginners in particular, and will include short audio samples to describe how Beethoven’s 16 string quartets cover a groundbreaking transformation in music, both within the style of the composer himself, as well as within the process that paved the way from the Classical to the Romantic era in music.

Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), serves as artistic director of Music Mountain since the fall of 2016. He is an international concert clarinetist, artist-faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and artistic director of the Treetops Chamber Music Society, while keeping a busy concert schedule.

Saurday, March 10, 4 – 5 pm


Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street


March 12, 2018
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
March Monday Matinees

A darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated. R / 1h 55 min.

Monday, March 12, 1 pm

Registration is requested

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road


March 15 – May 3, 2018
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Everybody should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her prose is haunting and elliptical. Yet no one should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her novels are luminous, airy, even breezy at times, a strangely elegiac look at the crack between the Victorian world she inherited and the modern world she helped create. The heart of her writing is the promise of a whole person behind the mundane details of life, the hope of coherence in the scattered impressions of a moment, a thing that fiction itself too often fails to find. She was a dyed-in-the-wool visionary and an accessible genius, somehow still mired in nineteen-century snobbery. Come join us in this literary seminar through a selection from her works as we discuss, think about, and come to know one of our literature’s greatest minds.

Mark Scarbrough is a former academic and currently writes cookbooks with his partner, Bruce Weinstein. This series is funded by the Friends of the Scoville Library.

March 15:  “Between the Acts”
March 22:  “Flush: A Biography”
March 29:  “Mrs. Dalloway”
April 5:      “The Years” chapters 1880-1911
April 12:    “The Years” chapters 1913-present day
April 19:    “Three Guineas”
April 26:    “To The Lighthouse” chapter 1
May 3:      “To The Lighthouse” chapters 2 & 3

Books will be available for borrowing at the Library on a rolling schedule.  Copies should be available beginning February 15; first come, first served. You may also request to borrow a copy at your local library.  New print copies of these titles are not readily available.

Thursdays, March 15 – May 3, 10 am -12 pm


Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street



March 15, 2018
Her Words Changed the World:
Harriet Beecher Stowe
With Chelsea Farrell

Chelsea Farrell from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford comes to OWL with a dynamic presentation, “Her Words Changed the World,” exploring the life and impact of anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. The talk will cover Stowe’s life – her childhood, family, education, marriage and motherhood – as well as her inspiration to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the lasting impact of its message. She will also expound upon the current mission and work of the Stowe Center.

Thursday, March 15, 7 – 8 pm

Space is limited.
Registration is required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street