Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
A selection of works by seven of the thirty artists represented at the new gallery, this first show at the space reveals gallerist Kenise Barnes’ interest in singular visions and diverse materials.
Kenise Barnes Fine Art
The Kent Barns
7 Fulling Lane
at Hollister House Garden
On the first Friday in June, July and August the garden will be open to visitors from 6-8 (in addition to our regular open hours). As the light fades and day turns to evening enjoy the company of friends and the beauty of the garden. Come, have a glass of wine and delight in the intimate outdoor spaces, bordered by dramatic hedges and overflowing with exuberant plantings. A perfect start to a summer weekend.
Fridays, June 7, July 5, and August 2
A $10 per person donation is requested (includes a glass of wine)
Reservations are not required.
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
New Works by Peter Wooster
Peter Wooster was educated at the Pratt Institute. He was involved with commercial and residential design projects in Manhattan, and in designing the well-known restaurant Orso, and its sister restaurants in Los Angeles and London.
In 1984 he left his beloved Brooklyn for Roxbury, Connecticut, where his meticulous eye for detail and ability to create spaces that welcomed the visitor, landed him a variety of assignments designing and renovating homes and estates.
Simultaneously, he began making his mark as a landscape and garden designer, including designing the seasonal walk for the New York Botanical Garden.
In the autumn of 2006, Peter suffered a stroke, which paralyzed his right arm – his drawing arm – and leg. The effects of this stroke also diminished his ability to speak and read. Seeking a method by which to communicate, but also an outlet for his artistic expression, Peter began creating collages. He utilized graphics, photography and painting, which he found readily available in a variety of newspapers and magazines. He discovered that the medium of collage was able to perfectly express his unique and artful view of his new world.
Exhibit hours, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 4pm.
Peter has had shows in Connecticut at the Roxbury Library, the Washington Art Association, and also at New York City’s Fountain Gallery. peterwooster.org
Opening reception: Saturday, July 6, 1 – 4 pm
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill Road
& Other Paintings About Litchfield”
Works on Paper
Peter Cusack is proud to present an exhibition of recent works called The Pageant of Summer And Other Paintings About Litchfield. The Pageant of Summer is a series of oil paintings on paper that as Peter says, “suggests the experience of summer passing through my garden as I notice the movement of light, the sun, and the rhythms that nature manifests.” Along with the Pageant series, Peter will show a related body of work based on his experiences living in Litchfield. These works are both objective observations and subjective musings.
Peter Cusack is a publisher, producer, writer, and painter. He is the founder of Cornwall Contemporary Art (COCOA) and has degrees from Syracuse University and Ecole Albert Dufois. His work can be found in the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, the New York Transit Museum, and the United States Air Force Art Collection.
His thoughts on art and drawing appear in “An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers” by Danny Gregory, and “Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists At Work” by Michael Fleishman. Visit his website at petercusack.com.
Reception: Thursday, July 18, 5 – 7 pm
Jamie Gagarin Art Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Five Points Annex Gallery will open “Lifelong Learning: Lifelong Art” A new show that will run from June 28, 2019 through July 8, 2019. This exhibition celebrates the talents and learning experiences of members and instructors from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UConn Waterbury (OLLI at UConn). OLLI at UConn offers learning and social experiences for anyone over the age of 50. Lifelong Learning: Lifelong Art is a showcase of work accomplished through the passion for learning through our visual arts classes. The use of different media, and the creativity demonstrated, show the power of lifelong learning in finding new passions and abilities as we get older.
Olli at the Annex
Five points Annex Gallery
17 Water Street
A Journey from Africa
Maasai Collections was founded by Elizabeth Warner, a modern nomad who splits her time between Litchfield, CT and Africa. Warner was raised in Kenya, a place that stole her heart at a young age. Throughout her travels, Warner would always circle back to Africa- the origin of Maasai Collections and her childhood wanderlust. Surrounded by rich wildlife and the Great Rift Valley, it’s no wonder why Warner founded Maasai Collections here, amongst a welcoming community of Maasai people.
Maasai Collections is a curated assortment of sustainable, ethically sourced goods from Africa and beyond. Elizabeth Warner has traveled the hidden corners of the world to find exceptional, soulful materials for fabrication and continues to collaborate with Maasai women to create (almost) one-of-a-kind tribal chic handmade designs…fashion with a human touch.
The shop at Privet Lives will showcase pieces that create a unique story, influenced by Warner’s journey from Africa. We’re talking everything but the kitchen sink… bags, kaftans, shoes, accessories, curiosities, art and furniture. And if you can’t make it to Africa in the immediate future, Maasai Collections will transport you there.
When we first discovered Maasai Collections, it was love at first sight. Learning the story behind Maasai Collections, as told by Warner herself, was icing on the cake. Her story is genuine and reminds us that Maasai Collections is more than just a curated selection of objects and clothing. It’s about collaborating with communities to create ethically sourced goods, uncovering your journey, and taking the road with more curves.
13 East Shore Road
Outdoor Movie Night
The King’s Speech will be shown.
Sponsored by Washington Supply Company & Wright Electrical Co. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, picnic and your friends! 5 – 7 Open houses at participating shops and galleries.
Movie begins at dark.
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill Rd.
Classical music, like fine art, is a deeply personal and intimate arrangement of ideas, which, once expressed, take on a life of their own in the imaginations of their audience. Contemporary artist and sometime concert cellist Will Hutnick, whose latest exhibition, Applause Between Movements, opens on July 5th at Standard Space Gallery in Sharon, knows this as well as anyone.
Applause Between Movements is comprised of abstract works on paper and collaged paintings that pair rubbings of familiar yet elusive objects with bold, brightly colored patterns. Hutnick’s approach to abstraction and navigation of space in his work is an informal, organic one – but is ultimately aimed at connecting at a deeper level with the audience.
“Abstract work can often be reduced to a lot of formal considerations,” Hutnick says. “Elements like the rubbings take it a step back toward recognizability.”
Hutnick’s arrangement of ‘patterns and passages’ creates a sense of dynamism and movement. Elements butt against one another like puzzle pieces – positive and negative, here or there, behind or in front. The slippage this evokes, and confusion it can create, is central to his message about self and identity. And the vibrancy of the patterns and those underlying tensions reflect the artist’s internal struggle for acceptance as a queer artist and as a human being.
“In my art, there aren’t a lot of systems that are sound,” Hutnick says. “But having an x or y axis gives both me and my work a place to exist.”
Hutnick, who runs the residency program at the Wassaic Project, mostly works on the floor of his studio, which is covered in a color-flecked foam padding that both conjures his art and informs it. As Hutnick explains, his immediate surroundings have always provided rich context for his work. More and more, since he moved to Wassaic, NY in 2015, people have been seeing traces of the local landscape in his pieces. And at Standard Space, this dynamic, multitalented young artist, an important figure in the area’s burgeoning contemporary art scene, is a natural fit, and he’s excited to work with another of the area’s important contemporary art touchstones.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6, 5:30 – 8 pm
Cookout to follow!
Standard Space Gallery
147 Main Street
At Byrde + the b
Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibition of London based artists Carolin Becker and Simon Harrison opening Friday, July 5 and runs through August 31, 2019.
Carolin Becker and Simon Harrison are London-based artists who have worked together as BECKERHARRISON since 2007. Since then they have worked on developing their unusual symbiosis of photography and graffiti to extend the realm of photographic realism and to address certain social and political topics ranging from the homeless situation in the UK to education of girls in North Africa or religious conflict in India. Mixing Carolin’sphotography with Simon’s unconventional graffiti work provides them with the opportunity to reinterpret the objects or scenes originally recorded and to add their own observations, reflecting their different perspectives and personalities in two distinct but complementary media.
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions—equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years – making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. From 1975 to 1979 Cambodia was ruled by “the Genocide Regime”. The brutal rule of Pol Pot, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Son Sen, Khieu Samphan and the Communist Party of Kampuchea over Cambodia, resulted in more than a million deaths and is a scar on the nation’s history that is still felt to this day.
BECKERHARRISON’s journey into Southeast Asia was a surprising contrast to the brutal history shared by the region. Both Laos and Cambodia are considered dictatorships and both have been subjected to past political brutality of the worst kind. One would expect to find bitterness and even anger in the face of such adversity. Instead BECKERHARRISON discovered a placid paradise infused with the peaceful principles of Buddhist tradition. It was a testament to the power of acceptance and an example of how it is possible to overcome even the most horrific of circumstances with peace and equanimity. Combining their respective disciplines, BECKERHARRISON attempt to convey the essence of their journey and distill it into one seamless project. To reflect the importance of simplicity in life and to show its strength when combined with the common sense of an existential faith.
Byrde + the b will be showcasing black and white photographs taken while traveling in Laos and Cambodia This will be the American debut of BeckerHarrison’s artwork.
Hours: Wed – Sat, 10 am – 6 pm.
Opening reception: Friday, July 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Twelve Moons Coffee House
On Saturday, July 6, 2019 Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes Jeff Przech.
Przech’s songs deal with struggle and the human condition, topics that are relatable to most, and while listeners may not have walked in the shoes of the narrator in “Someday”, they can empathize with his toil and loneliness. Przech gives his narrators a voice, even if that voice does not necessarily belong to Przech himself.
While classic, narrative songwriting and soulful, emotive vocals have always been hallmarks of Przech’s songs, he takes a distinct musical turn with “Someday” and the rest of his new music. The result is a loose, laid back feel that is equally on the stage or on a porch somewhere. Shawn Underwood of Twangville says, “On his new single, ‘Someday’, Jeff Przech has layered some good, twangy banjo and mandolin on top of the southern rock roots of his last album. The result is a fertile new sound that I’m looking forward to hearing more of.”
The new music from Jeff Przech (“Presh”) is a big musical departure from his 2018 release, “Jeff Przech & The Outfit”… which was a big musical departure from his 2015 debut, “Sounds Like Fresh”. While this might seem like a deliberate reimagining of his sound, Przech disagrees: “I don’t think you can call this a reinvention because I don’t feel I invented anything in the first place. I’ve always done the same thing with my songs and recording – I just chase the sounds I hear in my head. For these new songs I heard them very raw, stripped down, so that’s how we captured them.”
Listen to Jeff’s music at: email@example.com
Saturday, July 6, 7 – 10 pm
The Center on Main
103 Main Street
At Cornwall Town Hall
Community Dance featuring Square, Circle and Contra Dances taught by caller Rachel Gall with live music by Betsy’s Band. Organized by the non-profit Motherhouse.
Saturday, July 6, 7 pm
Suggested Donation: $5-8/child, $10-15/adult
Cornwall Town Hall
16 Pine St, Cornwall
Wendell Minor & Abigail Rockwell
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a conversation between award-winning illustrator Wendell Minor and Abigail Rockwell in celebration of the release of Norman Rockwell’s My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition, for which Abigail Rockwell (Norman’s granddaughter) is the editor and author of a new introduction. The event will be in the bookshop on Saturday, July 6th at 3pm, after which there will be an opportunity to get books signed.
The life of America’s most beloved artist, in his own words–back in print with restored text and drawings, new illustrations, and more. The wit, humanity, and many-sided talent of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) are on full display in his classic autobiography. Rockwell’s New York City boyhood, his apprentice days at the Art Students League, his first fateful visit to the Saturday Evening Post, his adventures abroad, his move to rural Vermont–all are recounted with a mix of sharp observation and self-deprecating humor. Throughout Rockwell invites the reader into his artistic process: he introduces his favorite models, candidly reveals his biggest flops, and documents the creation of a Post cover step by step.
This Definitive Edition restores the original 1960 text of My Adventures as an Illustrator, as well as the playful vignettes that Rockwell drew to head each chapter. Thanks to a massive image digitization effort undertaken by the Norman Rockwell Museum, it is also illustrated with more than 150 of Rockwell’s paintings and drawings, many of which highlight lesser-known aspects of his work. A new introduction by the artist’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell adds reference value, as do an illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography prepared by the staff of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
This attractive volume will be the essential source on the life of Norman Rockwell, and delightful reading for anyone who enjoys his art. Plus, its publication coincides with a major new exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum concerning the autobiographical elements in the artist’s work (Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses, June 8 through October 27, 2019).
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of Norman Rockwell, is a jazz singer and songwriter. After her mother’s passing, she joined her father, Thomas Rockwell, to administer the Norman Rockwell Family Agency. She was instrumental in fighting the fraudulent 2013 biography of her grandfather, the Artist and Illustrator Norman Rockwell, writing front page articles for the Huffington Post and the Saturday Evening Post. After years of investigating her grandfather’s life in the wake of that biography, Abigail Rockwell is now one of the few legitimate Rockwell scholars in the world, along with her father, and recognized as such by Sotheby’s and the National Museum of American Illustration in Rhode Island.
Wendell Minor has illustrated and/or written over fifty children’s books, many of them award winners. He was recently honored as the Norman Rockwell Museum’s 2018-2019 Artist Laureate. He is known for his collaborations with the late Jean Craighead George. He lives in Connecticut. His most recent book, The Magic of Letters, was written by Tony Johnston and came out in April 2019. Hi, I’m Norman, a children’s picture book biography of Norman Rockwell written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor, will be released in October 2019.
If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of My Adventures as an Illustrator: The Definitive Edition by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525.
Saturday, July 6, 3 pm
Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road
Soccer Watching Party
The U.S. Women’s World Cup team is marching toward the finals. Join us at the park and cheer on all these amazing athletes. Vive les Étas-Unis!! Light refreshments, games, and fun for all ages…. Sponsored by Aspetuck Animal Hospital
Bring a blanket, lawn chair, a picnic and your friends.
Sunday, July 7, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Kick off at 11am
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill Road
At Judy Black Park
This Popup event features artwork by KOEKEE featuring music by Chloe Belle.
Tuesday, July 9, 6 – 9 pm
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill Rd.
Exhibition on Screen
Pablo Picasso is one of the greatest artists of all time – and right up until his death in 1973 he was the most prolific of artists. But where did this all begin? What made Picasso in the first place? Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso; the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. Three cities play a key role: Malaga, Barcelona and Paris. Young Picasso visits each and explores their influence on Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. The film thus explains how this young artist acquired his craft. Looking carefully at two key early Periods – the so-called Blue Period and Rose Period. Working closely with all three Picasso Museums in Malaga, Barcelona and Paris this film explains how he rose to great heights. Directed by Phil Grabsky. 1h 30 min. Visit exhibitiononscreen.com
Co-sponsored with the Washington Art Association.
Thursday, July 11, 6:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
The Art of Eric Forstmann
Here and There is a show on realist artist, Eric Forstmann highlighting his recent work. For two months in 2019, he held a prestigious residency at the Vermont Studio Center and much of the work will be from that experience. Other paintings created at his main studio in Torrington, Connecticut. will be included.
Eric Forstmann was born in Warren, CT and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has had five one man shows at the following institutions: The Butler Institute of American Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Mattatuck Museum, Evansville Museum of Art and Brenau Galleries at Brenau University. His work has also been featured at the Norman Rockwell Museum and Artis-Naples, The Baker Museum.
His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, American Art Collector and in 2017 Litchfield Magazine named him one of the “25 Most Influential People” in Litchfield, County Connecticut.
Eric Forstmann’s art is in the collections of Mattatuck Museum, Kemper Museum, Taubman Centers, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, to name a few.
Opening Reception: July 13, 2019, 12 – 6 pm
Eckert Fine Art
12 Old Barn Road
at the Warner Theatre
The Warner Theatre will welcome Art Garfunkel to the Main Stage on July 13. Blessed with what the New York Times described as a “beautiful countertenor,” singer Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. He has also enjoyed a successful film career, published a book of poetry and released 12 solo albums. In late 2017 he released an autobiography, What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From An Underground Man (Alfred A. Knopf).
Garfunkel was originally revered for his Grammy-winning, chart-topping songs and albums with partner and fellow NYC native Paul Simon. Their greatest hits collection, which includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “The Sound Of Silence,” “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” among others, is one of the biggest selling album ever.
After Simon & Garfunkel parted ways in 1970, Garfunkel landed several major film roles. The late ‘80s brought two new challenges for Garfunkel: he published Still Water, a collection of poetry in ‘89, and began an amazing trek across America–on foot. But the ‘80s and ‘90s found Garfunkel doing what he does best: singing for an audience. “Taking on the fear and vulnerability of a live show keeps you vital,” says Garfunkel, who relishes the opportunity to perform new and classic material for fans around the world. “I’m a singer trying to get away with a lucky job. I try to soothe, to lift…That’s my life.”
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 8 pm
Tickets: Warner Box Office at 860-489-7180
or visit warnertheatre.org.
The Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Come out and connect with nature and furry baby Nigerian dwarf goats at Goat Yoga classes being held at Flanders’ Van Vleck Farm and Sanctuary this summer! Experienced yoga instructors will be leading guests in this one hour gentle class suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced yogis & yoginis! Adorable Nigerian dwarf goats will be frolicking & cuddling with you as you flow through the class on the picturesque Van Vleck Farm.
Participants should keep in mind that they’ll be practicing with live animals and some degree of messiness (and a LOT of silliness) may be involved so they should dress accordingly, wearing comfortable clothes and bringing along a yoga mat or towel.
Proceeds of goat yoga go to help support the Flanders Van Vleck Farm and farming programs. Space is limited and those interested need to register online.
Sundays: July 14 and July 28, August 4 and August 18, 9:30 am
Cost: $20 for members and $25 for non-members for adults; $10 for ages 15 and under accompanied by an adult.
Rain cancels the classes. Check the Flanders facebook page for any weather announcements. Guests will have the option of attending a rescheduled date or a refund.
On the hill outside the North Barn
644 Flanders Road
(just beyond the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Road)
Parking is available in the adjacent lot.
203-263-3711, ext. 12
Piano Concert Series
The Hotchkiss School welcomes the community, neighbors, and friends to enjoy its annual summer series of world-class musical concerts—free and open to the public July 14 – 27. Whether for a pre-concert picnic at Hotchkiss or just to take in spectacular views of Lake Wononscopomuc and the southern Berkshire Mountains, visitors are invited to come early before enjoying performances inside the School’s renowned Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. The hall is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.
The Hotchkiss Summer Portals program hosts gifted young pianists from around the world for intensive study with resident and guests artists. Students, mentored by a faculty of professional musicians, participate in weekly master classes and give free public performances.
This year, featured performers include pianists Dmitri Rachmanov of California State University, Northridge opening the series on July 14, Oxana Yablonskaya of Tel Aviv University, Israel performing July 16, and the Fine Arts Quartet with pianists Fabio and Gisele Witkowski, appearing July 20. Other musicians and pianists to perform are Yuri Bogdanov on July 22, Leonel Morales and Leo de Maria on July 25. Please visit our website for full program information, including a schedule of concerts by student pianists, which includes an engagement at Carnegie Hall July 23.
To find out more: visit hotchkiss.org/summer or phone the concert hotline at (860) 435-3775. The Hotchkiss School is located at 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, Connecticut. All concerts take place in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center in the main building, which is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible.
2019 Hotchkiss Portals Piano Concert Series ~ July 14 – 27
All concerts take place in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, The Esther Eastman Music Center and are free admission unless indicated with (*).
Guest Artist Concerts
Below is a list of announced guest artist and young artist concerts. Look for updated information, including program information, at hotchkiss.org/summer.
Sunday, July 14 – 4:00PM
Opening concert with Dmitry Rachmanov
Tuesday, July 16 – 7:30PM
Saturday, July 20 – 7:30PM
Fabio Witkowski and Gisele Witkowski, piano
The Fine Arts String Quartet
Monday, July 22 – 7:30PM
Tuesday, July 23, 8:00PM
Hotchkiss Piano Portals at Carnegie Hall
Visit carnegiehall.org for tickets
Thursday, July 25 7:30PM
Leonel Morales & Leo de Maria
Saturday, July 27, 7:30PM
Grand Finale Concert
Young Artists Concerts:
Saturday, July 20 – 5:00PM (prelude concert)
Sunday, July 21- 4:00PM
Wednesday, July 24 – 7:30PM
Friday, July 26 – 7:30PM
This program consists of three weeks of coached sessions, twice a week in 8-person boats. Come as an individual or form a team with co-workers, friends, or family. A percentage of what we take in will go to White Memorial. The grand finale Community Challenge is on Saturday, August 3, consisting of a fun day of racing and refreshments.
Cost: $225 per person, includes race and party
Litchfield Hills Rowing Club
1 North Shore Road