Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
In the Depot
The Annual Washington Art Association & Gallery Members Show is back. The Ferguson/Sherr/Rea Awards will be presented during the Opening Reception in these categories: works on paper, painting, photography, and sculpture. Gallery runs from January 26th to March 2nd, 2019.
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Future Present Tense
Standard Space is pleased to present Future Present Tense, an exhibition of paintings by Amanda Lechner. Lechner’s egg tempera paintings and ink drawings envision and enact moments of experimentation and discovery. Profoundly strange and wonderful ideas offered by quantum physics, alchemy, and science fiction inform her image making.
Her practice of using egg-tempera, a paint that is mixed each day from ground pigment and egg yolk, is a rigorous process that relates to the birth of scientific inquiry. Her largely improvisational drawing practice provides a counterbalance to the historical and material-driven qualities of her paintings.
In the last couple years gravitational waves have been detected, Homo Naledi was added to the human species’ family tree, evidence suggesting water once flowed over Mars was discovered, and new elements were added to the periodic table! While scores of new discoveries are made pertaining to global climate change, our nations’ leaders are systematically dismantling environmental protections. These current events often seem like the futurism or dystopia of past generations. Lechner’s paintings reflect this simultaneous impulse to react and reflect, mixing the factual and observed with the invented and personal.
Amanda Lechner (b. 1981, Santa Fe, N.M.) is a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been an artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts, the Wassaic Project, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and is also an independent curator. As a current NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador Volunteer, Lechner creates programming that bridges art and science to raise awareness about our solar system.
147 Main Street
At Craven Contemporary
The show comprises six strikingly different portraits of men in a similar head and shoulders pose. Two of the works are antique oil paintings while the other four are contemporary and include another oil painting, a photograph, a silkscreen print, and a colored pencil drawing. The idea behind the show is to juxtapose old and new as well as paintings with other artistic mediums. Featured artists include Alex Katz, Catherine Opie, Paul P., and Alessandro Raho. The show runs through Sunday March 31.
340 Main Street
The Cornwall Community Country Dance will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at the Cornwall Town Hall. Warm up with waltzes starting at 6:45. Square, Circle, and Contra dancing to start at 7 pm with teaching caller Dudley Laufman and live music by Betsy’s Band. All ages welcome. Suggested donation: $5-8/child, $10-15/adult. For more information contact Debra@Motherhouse.us or 860-671-7945. (Organized to nurture community by the non-profit Motherhouse.)
Saturday, March 2, 6:45 pm
Cost: $5-8/child, $10-15/adult donation
Cornwall Town Hall
24 Pine Street
At The Smithy Store/Loft Gallery
The Loft Gallery at The Smithy welcomes mixed media artist Jamie Accashian of Woodbury. Jamie’s mixed media collages will be on view March 2 through April 14, 2019. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 2 from 4-6 pm. The event is free and open to the community. Guests can meet the artist, enjoy light fare and wine, and live jazz by Bentley Lewis.
Jamie Accashian is best known for her layered mixed media, which combines painting, printmaking, and collage elements. She was born in Connecticut and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in Illustration in 2013. In 2012 she studied in Rome, Italy, where she began printmaking and sketching outdoors regularly out of a fondness and curiosity for the layered architecture. After graduation, Jamie moved to Brooklyn, NY and worked as a Prop Stylist for Mary Howard Studio. Jamie collaborated with set designers to effectively promote various high-profile fashion and media brands by assisting in concept development, material sourcing, and prop construction. A natural progression, she was then offered an opportunity as a Manager and Painter at a nearby backdrop painting company called Oliphant Studio. She worked directly with designers such as Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Ralph Lauren by creating initial samples for artwork and collaborating closely with them throughout the production process. While at Oliphant, she was commissioned by J.Crew to paint approximately 1,000 articles of clothing to be sold globally. The studio environment, which was rich with color and texture, also fascinated her and influenced her personal work. Her most recent position in New York City was at a startup technology company called Artsy, where their goal was to make art globally accessible. As Executive Assistant, she enjoyed learning about the technical side of art business and sales.
Jamie derives inspiration from other layer-focused work, including Matisse’s cut paper collages, Nathalie Du Pasquier’s decorated surfaces, her own travels, and traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques. She recently relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado and is working as a freelance artist while expanding her brand.
For more information about Jamie, visit www.jamieaccashian.com
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2, 4 – 6 pm
The Smithy Store/Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
At The Warner Theatre
The Warner Theatre will welcome Imagination Journey to the Main Stage on Saturday, March 2, at 8 pm. With an array of the world’s greatest acrobats, contortionists, and aerial artists, Imagination Journey has been entertaining fans around the world with tremendous popularity. Their electrifying and mesmerizing stunts have been performed live on and above the stage with captivating performances. The show travels with a cast of 30 performers from around the world and is a thrill-a-minute spectacle.
With an all-new cast and show, this current tour is one of the most amazing shows you will ever see. The New York Times says Imagination Journey is “breathtaking” and CBS News calls it “fantastic.” Imagination Journey is perfect for the entire family. This spellbinding show brings you beautiful costumes, dynamic sound and lighting and the world’s greatest talent assembled on one stage.
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8 pm
To purchase tickets: 860-489-7180 or
68 Main Street
Workshop at Flanders
Join Master Naturalist Edward Boisits as he provides background on the history of the Eastern Bluebird and discusses the role of the nest box initiative in helping to increase the populations of the beautiful birds to sustainable levels. Following the presentation, participants will build their own nest box using kits provided.
Once common throughout Connecticut, the Eastern Bluebird, the only bluebird species found in New England, has declined in numbers. One significant contributing factor to this decline is the lack of suitable nesting spots needed by the bluebird to successfully raise young. The construction of nest boxes and their establishment in appropriate habitat is helping the bluebird make a comeback. Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust’s ongoing bluebird program has helped bring many Eastern bluebirds back to the area.
Wanting to encourage others to also provide appropriate nesting spots for the birds, this class will provide all the materials needed to build a bluebird box and participants will be creating their own nest box to take home with them. Information and tips needed for installing and maintaining a successful bluebird nest box to encourage these beautiful birds to your property will also be covered.
Saturday, March 2, 2 pm
Cost: $20 for each bluebird nest box built
Space is limited so preregistration is required.
5 Church Hill Road
203-263-3711, ext. 10
The Age of Light: A Novel
The White Hart Speaker Series: A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light is based on the true story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as muse to photographer and artist Man Ray.
“Sweeping from the glamour of 1930’s Paris through the battlefields of World War II and into the war’s long shadow, The Age of Light is a startlingly modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman’s self-transformation from muse into artist.”
– Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere
Tuesday, March 5, 6 pm
No admission fee
RSVP is required
The White Hart Inn
15 Under Mountain Road
Tom Hlas is an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. He creates vibrant abstract paintings that reflect his world with a rich boldness in both color and composition. He says his art is informed by his memories and current thoughts, and by the colors and sights around him, especially the ever-changing sky and rural landscapes. He refers to his paintings as a geography of the heart and mind.
The concept of home is very important to Tom in his work: home as a place where he grew up, home like the many places he’s lived since, home where he lives now, home as a sense of belonging, home as hospitality and welcome to others.
Tom was born and raised near the small, rural town of Elberon, Iowa. His journey to Norfolk, Connecticut was a circuitous one that included a variety of cities – Miami and Philadelphia to name a few – and different studies – drawing and painting, a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music, postgraduate studies in philosophy and theology as well as on-the-job training in marketing, graphic design and art reproduction. All these paths have colored his artistic work. The show runs through April 25.
Tom has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout New England. In 2009 and 2010 he was awarded a one-month artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Besides his studio practice, he also teaches art courses at the West Hartford Art League. Visit his website at www.tomhlas.com.
Opening Reception to meet the artist: Thursday, March 7, 5 – 7 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Flanders is pleased to again be offering its popular introductory beekeeping course on the art and science of beekeeping. The workshops will promote the importance of pollinators and show students how to start and keep a hive, as well as brainstorm new ideas to help keep our pollinators alive and thriving. This series will consist of three classes and two field trips to an apiary.
The beekeeping classes will be a hands-on experience with bees and be led by Al Avitabile, Emeritus Professor in the Biology Department at UCONN, co-author of “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” and noted beekeeper and researcher.
Classes will be held on three consecutive Friday evenings in March. The first session of the program will be held on Friday, March 7 at 7PM in the Flanders Studio. The other two classes will be held on March 14 and 21st. It will also include two Saturday field trips in April to a nearby apiary to install a package of honey bees and to then check on them a week after that installation.
Friday, March 7, 7 pm
Cost for all the sessions: is $85 Flanders’ members
and $120 nonmembers
Pre-Registration is required.
5 Church Hill Road
203-263-3711, ext. 10
Talks and Panel Discussion
Many states recognize the legitimate medical use of marijuana and have developed programs with specific protocols and qualifications to become a medical marijuana patient. In Connecticut, the Department of Consumer Protection implements and oversees this program. Currently, there are thousands of registered patients in Connecticut using various Cannabis preparations for the treatment of thirty recognized ailments. Now for the first time since the program’s inception a dispensary, Still River Wellness, will open in the Northwest Corner in Torrington providing more access for residents interested in becoming patients. Previously many patients had to travel an hour or more to reach a dispensary.
On Thursday, March 7, the Scoville Memorial Library will host several presentations followed by a panel discussion about becoming a medical marijuana patient and the use of Cannabis as a treatment. Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull is one of the presenters. She was appointed Commissioner in May 2017. From 2011 she served as the Deputy Commissioner and led the team that developed DCP’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Additional presenters are Tom Macre from Still River Wellness, and Mark Braunstein, one of the lead proponents of medical legalization and a patient. They will briefly discuss medical Cannabis, the genesis of the program, its growth to over 30,00 patients since its inception, legal requirements and how the state system functions, who qualifies and how, ailments treated with Cannabis, types of preparation and other aspects. According to
Mark Braunstein “Even after 28 years of paraplegia, I remain both self-supporting and self-sufficient. I am productive not despite marijuana, but because of it.”
Braunstein became a paraplegic from a diving accident in 1990. He uses no pharmaceutical drugs, but instead only traditional herbal remedies, including marijuana to treat the spasms and pains of his spinal cord injury. Between 1997 and 2012, he testified eight times before Connecticut’s Judiciary Committee, for the legalization of medical Cannabis.
Tom Macre co-founded the dispensary with his father Tom Sr. Previously they founded MedTech, a Medical Equipment company. There Macre helped providers develop treatment plans for their patients and has worked one-on-one with patients to ensure proper training and education on the safe and effective use of his company’s equipment. Working with pain management physicians, he learned the value that medical marijuana could have for patients suffering from chronic intractable pain and quickly educated himself about the medical marijuana industry and treatments.
After the presentations, a panel discussion moderated by ethnobotanist and library program coordinator Lawrence Davis-Hollander will occur with plenty of time for questions and answers. While the opening of the Torrington dispensary was incidental to the development of this educational program, Davis-Hollander says the library’s timing was good. “ We felt that with so many states allowing the use of medical Cannabis plus additional states legalizing recreational marijuana that it was time to help inform our patrons about their options and remove some of the stigmas this plant has carried for decades.”
Thursday, March 7, 6 pm
Snow Date: March 21, 6 pm
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
Recognizing Trees of the Northeast
Everyone seems to have a great affinity for trees, but wish they could identify more of them. Mark Mikolas, author of “A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees”, will discuss a new approach that enables people to recognize trees at a glance, just as foresters do. In this friendly and approachable field guide, writer and avid hiker Mark Mikolas share a unique approach for year-round tree identification. Location maps for each of the 40 species covered and more than 400 photographs illustrating key characteristics make the trees easy to identify.
Mikolas has been an avid outdoorsman since being a Boy Scout in the 1950s. He is also the author of “Nature Walks in Southern Vermont”, published by the Appalachian Mountain Club, as well as many magazine articles.
Signed books will be available for sale by Oblong Books & Music.
Saturday, March 9, 4 – 5 pm
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
There’s nothing like a Faulkner novel: overwhelming, breath-taking yet suffocating, free. The prose is haunting and maddening; the diction, erudite and home-spun. Then there are the plots that strike to the heart of the tragedy and comedy that is our American project. And then there’s the man, an uneducated alcoholic, singularly ill-prepared to be a Nobel laureate (or any sort of literary type whatsoever). No wonder the mere mention of Faulkner’s name strikes fear into undergrads! And maybe some of us, too. But skip the jitters and join us to explore possibly the greatest American author, certainly one of the greatest novelists ever.
In eight weeks, we’ll cover four novels, have grand discussions of American art and history, and get too-close-for-comfort glimpses of American rancor, Southern defeat, and the happy ending Faulkner believed was the sum of human existence. If it sounds like an avid reader’s notion of bliss, that’s because it is.
First Reading: The Wild Palms (aka If I forget thee, Jerusalem, 1939) Complete
Books will be available on a limited basis at the circulation desk.
Books will be available for sale at Oblong Books & Music
Eight Weeks – Thursdays, March 7 – April 25, 10 am – 12 pm
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
With Myles Mancuso
Myles Mancuso a talented Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist to appear March 8th at Hunt Hill, performing songs from his recent CD titled “Southern State of Mind”, a Nashville inspired album with strong traditional country influences, infused with a Fresh Americana / Rock Flavor.
Myles has been performing professionally since 9 years old playing on some of the top stages in NYC (Iridium, BB Kings, Cutting Room, Brooklyn Bowl etc.) before he was 18. Myles then moved to the South, where he fell in love with the traditional country sounds from Bakersfield, Nashville, and Austin. Now at 22, his live shows capture the talent, energy, and passion of a young artist rising. His recent shows incorporate a healthy dose of Traditional Country and Honky-Tonk Stylings with Roots Rock, Swamp Blues and Classic Americana influences in the mix, all delivered in his signature hard-driving style.
The Hunt Hill Farm Winter Concert Series events celebrate the power of bringing people together to hear music across jazz, blues, and rock and to celebrate community.
The benefit concert series will also feature local breweries offering craft beer and food trucks from around the area. Price of tickets is going to support the scholarships programs offered at Hunt Hill in acting, drawing, painting, songwriting, music performance and cooking.
Friday, March 8, 7 pm
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
At Standard Space
Eighteen months after opening its doors, photographer Theo Coulombe’s Standard Space Gallery celebrates its 13th show, Brooklyn mixed-media artist Naomi Reis’ Mirror Room. The show, appropriately, arrives just as the gallery begins to cement its identity – as a conduit coupling the undercurrent of creative energy “upstate” with the youth, relevance and dynamism of Brooklyn.
A departure from Reis’ previous work, Mirror Room is a collection of mixed-media paintings and colored-pencil drawings born from Reis’ capture of spontaneous moments, which are then reconfigured to create a very deliberate and subjective sense of location and identity. “There’s always a search for ‘place’ in my work,” Reis says.
The exhibition takes its inspiration from a Noh musical theater ritual, in which the actor sits before a full-length mirror in a dark, empty space behind the curtain, reflecting for a moment to select the mask of the character they’ll inhabit for the audience. The shape they take on within this space in between real life and stage helps lend form to their performance.
Coulombe’s gallery, as a public space, draws it purpose from a similar idea. As its name might suggest, Standard Space serves as its own kind of understated negative space, allowing the artwork and creative community brought into it to take shape.
This receptive approach has put Standard Space in position to help shape a movement amongst the peaceful hills of Northwest Connecticut and the Eastern Hudson Valley. Alongside, and in conjunction with, efforts like The Wassaic Project and the recent cultural rebirth of Troutbeck, both of which sit just miles from Standard Space, a new creative energy is beginning to coalesce. Less than a mile away from the gallery’s doors is Jasper John’s bucolic estate, which is slated to eventually become an artist residency program. Emerging and established artists alike have long been drawn to the area — as a way to leave the confines and anxieties of the city for a place where they can ruminate and reflect, but still feel the buzz of creativity and community.
The relative lack of competition for – and anxiety over – space presents a rare opportunity for artists living, creating and showing in bustling cities. Also stripped away is much of the artifice and stratification that can splinter creative life in New York City and other art capitals.
The diverse group of artists the gallery has brought to the hills of Northwest Connecticut can feel at home in a place that needs them, welcomes them, and provides the quiet void, the “mirror room,” where they can meditate for a brief moment before presenting their innermost selves to the world. The show will run until April 7, during gallery hours, from Friday to Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.
Opening: Saturday, March 9, 5:30 – 8 pm
147 Main Street
By Lynda O’Connor
Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Lynda O’Connor. Lynda’s work is intimate in scale and she is an imaginative abstract artist who seeks inspiration from Litchfield County’s abundant natural environment. Her colors and compositions are rooted in colors and shapes found in nature. A strong organic and feminist sensibility prevails throughout her dreamy work.
Her artwork is about connections- connections between people, between people and nature and connections between line and shape, color and space. The painting process is led by intuition. She uses mixed media to build up layers and ‘history’ and then erase, mask and excavate back until the final image emerges. The exhibition runs through April 6, 2019.
Opening: Saturday, March 9, 4 – 6 pm
Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Road
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd
At Byrde + the b
Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the premier exhibit of recent paintings by the New York City-based contemporary abstract artist Steven Miller. Mr. Miller works in oils on canvas in combination with images inspired by nature. He works in a series of paintings, usually working on from three to four at a time. He states that “These works still hold a strong fascination for me and continue to provide me with boundless inspiration. The work I produce is all about color, form, and simplicity”. Life quite simply as a force of nature captured on canvas.
Steven Miller has exhibited his work across the United States from New York to Los Angeles, and in Europe from London to Cologne. He is a Vinalhaven Fellow, a Rubenstein Scholar, and a Parsons School of Design Scholar. His work has been featured in “Sex in the City” and on the tv sitcom “Frasier”.
Mr. Miller’s work is in many private and public collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work has been added to the permanent collections of the University of Virginia’s Bayly Art Museum and the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum in Georgia. www.stevenwmiller.com
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 4 – 6 pm
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Exhibition at WAA Gallery
The Washington Art Association’s exhibition, “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, will present emerging artists from New York and Chicago. The title of the exhibit was selected by curator, Timothy Bergstrom, and was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century, the three-paneled oil painting of the same name. Bosch’s painting is an explosive piece depicting heaven, earth, and hell, rich with an invention and strangeness, provocative for its time. The pieces on display reflect these qualities. These contemporary artists have much more freedom to explore ideas in any direction and with almost unlimited information at their fingertips, exploring the most idiosyncratic of places.
This show encourages the viewer to dive into the separate elements that make up its whole. Moreover, as in the three panels of Bosch’s painting, the three spaces of the gallery will conjure images of beauty, temporality and the hellacious, proving when it comes to the inventiveness of artists, some things never change.
Featured artists include Morgan Blair, Andy Cahill, Caroline Chandler, Kari Cholnoki, Ryan Travis Christian, Austin Eddy, Orlando Estrada, Nicasio Fernandez, JJ Manford, Nicholas Moenich, Jesse Stead, and Richard Tinkler.
Come to the artist reception on Saturday, March 9. This will be an opportunity to meet young, emerging artists and observe what their art reflects: their voices, interests, concerns, and points of view.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 4 – 6 pm
Seek Out Light
Join the Kent Singers on a musical exploration of the passage from dusk through the night and into the dawn. This program features contemporary works along with Anglican classics as well as arrangements of popular songs.
The concert will feature soprano soloists Carrie Quarquesso and Sarah Hawkey, will be conducted by music director James Knox Sutterfield, and accompanied on piano and organ by Tom Morris.
Based in Kent, CT, for over 45 years, the Kent Singers is a dedicated ensemble of 35+ singers hailing from Litchfield, Northern Fairfield, and Dutchess Counties. Our dynamic music director Knox Sutterfield, trained at the Yale School of Music, has the unique ability to lift amateur singers to the highest level of performance.
Sunday, March 17, 4 pm
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door; children under 12 free
St. Andrew’s Church
Inheritance: A Memoir of
Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
The White Hart Speaker Series: The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.
Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Shapiro’s short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, and many other publications. She lives with her family in Litchfield County.
Tuesday, March 19, 6 pm
RSVP is required
The White Hart Inn
15 Under Mountain Road