Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
“Sans Walls” Exhibit
A dazzling new collection of New England landscapes by noted artist Heather Scofield will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library’s Stairwell Gallery in Washington from July 29 through September 9.
Scofield’s paintings have been described as kinetic and bold, vibrating with color and movement. “I love to apply color thickly,” she says. “I’m not afraid to break aesthetic conventions.” Her influences include the Impressionists as well as Thomas Hart Benton and Charles Burchfield.
Even though Scofield grew up in an urban/suburban setting near Cleveland, Ohio her paintings are mostly of rural areas in Connecticut and Maine where she has lived for 20 years. “The landscapes I am intrigued by are full of color and light, of lines and shadows and of sky,” she points out. “I am especially drawn to the sculptural shapes and lines and varied colors of all trees.”
This exhibit may be viewed during library hours. For further information please call (860) or email email@example.com. The, CT. For library hours and to learn more about Gunn’s programs and events visit.
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at the juncture of Route 47,
opposite the Green
The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will premiere the group exhibit, Altars, Amulets and Shrines, curated by Gay Schempp.This exhibit expresses eight artists’ exploration of personal altars, amulets or shrines used to create external representations of interior mysteries, memories or links between people, between things and between realms. The works range in a variety of disciplines and materials including sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, encaustic, assemblage and jewelry. Featured in the exhibit are works by Mary Lou Alberetti, Lori Barker, Suzanne Benton, Robert Dansik, George Herrick, Barbara Jaroch, Gay Schempp, and Diane Wright. A reception with refreshments for the artists will be held on Friday, August 25. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, September 22.
David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street
and Drawings and Paintings by Barbara Marks
The Smithy Loft Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring infrared photography by Litchfield, CT photographer Wendy Costa, and contemporary drawings and paintings by Stony Creek, CT artist, Barbara Marks.
The show will be on view through October 1, 2017.
Wendy Costa has spent much of her artistic life encouraging the viewer to pay a little more attention to the world. She has been a dedicated photographer since inheriting her father’s Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. As a grad student at the University of Michigan, mentor photographer Joanne Leonard, encouraged Wendy to combine photography with drawing, painting, and collage. After the completion of her MFA in 1989, she pursued other alternative photography media, including Polaroid transfers. This medium again allowed her to combine drawing, painting, and collage with photography.
Several years ago, Wendy discovered the world of infrared photography, and with it she shares the familiar nature of the photographed image with the surprises of infrared vision. In infrared, the familiar is not so familiar and so it inspires deeper discovery. With infrared photography, live green foliage and grass reflect infrared rays, and thus appear white or very light gray. Blue skies and deep water absorb infrared rays, so they appear black. While she has been photographing in infrared and understands the basic rules, there is always a mystery to the medium which is what she loves. She never knows how the picture is going to appear until she clicks the shutter. Perhaps it is a throwback to the days when she worked with film, when one had the excitement of waiting for the developing process to see how the photograph would turn out.
Wendy’s work has been featured at the Center for Photographic Art, the University of Connecticut, the Litchfield Historical Society, the Westover School, the Harwinton Public Library, Goshen Public Library, and most recently, the Loft Gallery.
Wendy has been an art teacher for 36 years, at the Hotchkiss School, the University of Michigan, Avon High School, and currently at Wamogo Regional High School. Wendy resides with her family in Litchfield.
“I use color to create space. My paintings and drawings are rooted in observation. My drawings are a visual journal of the situations I find myself in every day. For my subject matter, I look to the ordinary and the local. An individual tree is singularly interesting to me. ”
For her subject matter, Barbara looks to the ordinary and the local. In her work, she oscillates between geometric and representational abstraction—driven by her interest in economy of expression, and her belief in the role that color can play in the situation of a particular painting. Her work lodges itself at the intersection of nature, culture, and place.
Barbara’s motivation is the desire to represent an ordinary moment—in a painting—by manipulating color, shape, and composition in such a way that the possibility of multiple interpretations (or reads) engages the viewer and invites closer investigation. The practice of painting is what sustains her. She paints carefully, deliberately, and with pure pleasure.
Barbara is currently working on a long-range project—“Recollection”—a series of smallish, square, colorful paintings on panel and on paper, which began last spring, and she has completed 99 paintings to date. She intends to grow the series into an aggregate composed of hundreds of small-scale paintings that, when installed as a whole, will take on a monumental scale.
The Westport, CT native grew up with creative parents, who were makers of things, which is where her love of working with her hands must have come from. She studied anthropology in college, and eventually fell into graphic design. In 1978, she started her own studio specializing in book design. In 2001, she left that behind to study painting at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, earning a BFA (2005) followed by an MFA from Brooklyn College CUNY (2008).
Barbara has been a resident artist at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fowler Dune Shack (Cape Cod), MIRA (Martignano, Italy), and Jentel Foundation (WY). She has twice been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Barbara’s work has been shown at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (MA); Providence Art Club (RI); Ground Floor Gallery, (Brooklyn, NY), The Painting Center, and First Street Gallery (NYC); Drawing Rooms (NJ); New Britain Museum of American Art; DaSilva Gallery, Silvermine Arts Center, Whitney Center, and The Chase Family Gallery (CT); and Artist-Run at Satellite (Miami). Barbara is an artist member of The Painting Center (NY); NY Artists Circle (NY); Westport Artists Collective (CT); and a Guild Artist at Silvermine Arts Center, (CT). Her work on paper is represented in the flatfile at Artspace New Haven. She is a Trustee of the Vermont Studio Center and a former board member of Artspace New Haven.
The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
Katie Ré Scheidt
Exhibit & Artist Talk
Abstract Expressionist artist, Katie Ré Scheidt, of Roxbury, had a very successful opening reception at the Minor Memorial Library for her “A Point of Departure” exhibition of fresh abstract works on July 29, 2017. The majority of the work exhibited is mixed media on canvas. The artist will be hosting a talk at the library about her artistic process followed by Q&A on August 11. “A Point of Departure” runs through September 9.
Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street
and Lilly Woodworth
When Lilly Woodworth’s lyrical brush strokes meet Sarah Martinez’s expressive palate knife layering, soft pastels and vivid bursts of color come together to both soothe and excite one’s senses. Though the two local artists play with different dissonances and harmonies of color in their works, together they create an unexpected balance that is sure to intrigue all art lovers.
The White Gallery
342 Main Street
Knowledge into Personal Expression
The Nordic Tapestry Group consists of weavers from Sweden, Iceland, and the United States who formed a decade ago when Swedish-born tapestry artist, Helena Hernmarck, returned to Sweden to offer workshops in her weaving technique.
The craft of interweaving natural materials to create functional ware and decorative objects has been practiced for centuries. Weaving is a method of fabric production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. The method in which the warp, the longitudinal threads, and the weft, lateral threads are interwoven affects the characteristics of the cloth.
Hernmarck is an internationally acclaimed artist and weaver recognized for revolutionizing weaving tapestry as a medium suited to modern architectural environments. Her technique is a play on traditional Swedish weaving techniques, which she has evolved to achieve powerful photorealistic effects. A close look at her tapestries reveals bundles of variously hued yarns that combine at a distance to create a remarkable illusion of depth.
This exhibition features tapestries from the Nordic Tapestry weavers’ most recent exploration, Face to Face. It reveals their shared passion and ongoing exchange, and celebrates the transfer and evolution of weaving knowledge into personal expression. Their works display their expertise in using light, color, and the different qualities of yarn to weave images, create space and depth, and to depict three-dimensional forms. Their skillful mastery of the loom truly elevates the craft of weaving to a sophisticated and elegant style of painting with threads.
The Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Plaza
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill
Washington Depot, CT 06794
At Noelke Gallery
Chion Wolf invites you to the National Beat Poetry Festival at Noelke Gallery. Several highly recognized area poets will be featuring, George Wallace, Lori Desrosiers, Carlo Parcelli, David K. Leff, Dori Green, Chris Vannoy, John Noelke, Chryssa Velissariou, Shaw Israel Izikson, Paul Richmond, James Paul Wagner, and more. Hosts: Colin Haskins & Debbie T Kilday. Open Mic, Special Musical Artist Don Lowe will perform. Food & Refreshments will be provided.
Friday, September 1, 7 – 10 pm
Noelke Art Gallery
15 Water Street
At Kent Memorial Library
The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Kent artist Juan J. Moreno will have his artwork displayed in the Library’s gallery in an exhibition titled Composition Contrast Color.
Born in Colombia, Moreno, studied at the atelier of David Manzur in Bogota, Colombia, before moving to Connecticut, where he has lived since 1986. He studied figure drawing and portrait painting at the Art Students League of New York and studio art at Western Connecticut State University, earning a B.A. and M.F.A. His work has been in many exhibitions and is in private collections. Juan taught studio art and art history at the college level in Connecticut.
“Departing from a strictly representational depiction of nature, I modify my paintings as I see necessary until I feel they are finished. I seek to explore the dynamics of color and the illusion of space within the limited two-dimensional canvas and invite the viewer to interpret my work and become part of the creative process,” says the artist.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 3 – 6 pm.
32 North Main Street
Local @ the Library
Scoville Memorial Library is starting a farmers market on their spacious lawn under the trees. It’s a great location with plenty of parking. There will be organic vegetables, various grass fed meats, rustic breads, pizza, focaccia, cheeses, salad dressing, vinegars, vegetarian pate, maple syrup, jams, orchids, seedlings and more. Occasional tastings and demos will be happening as well.
Saturdays, 10 am -1 pm
Runs May 20 – mid-October
Local @ the Library
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
The Judy Black Park and Gardens
The Judy Black Park and Gardens is featuring a new outdoor movie series for the summer. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, picnic and your friends! Come early and grab a good seat!
September 2: As Good As it Gets
September 3: Raiders of the Lost Arc
September 15: Philadelphia Story
Films roll at 8:15 pm
The Judy Black Park and Gardens
1 Green Hill Road
At Twelve Moons Coffee House
On Saturday, September 2, 2017 Twelve Moons Coffee House will feature Julia Russo a singer/songwriter from Avon, Connecticut, who was recently nominated for Folk Artist of the Year. Her freshman album, “Hearts in the Water” received the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) award for “Folk Album of the Year,” in October 2016. She was nominated in six categories by the New England Music Awards (NEMA) and took home the 2017 Singer/Songwriter award. Influenced by an array of Indie/Folk artists, Julia brilliantly engages her audience with thought provoking lyrics. Currently touring since the launch of her album, Julia has been performing throughout New England, Nashville, and London. Listen to Julia’s music at: www.juliarussomusic.com
Saturday, September 2, 7 – 10 pm
Twelve Moons Coffee House
St. John’s Church
(back door entrance)
12 Main Street
A Visual Presentation
Denis Williamson of the Litchfield Hills Astronomy Club delivers a visual presentation Saturn and NASA’s Epic Cassini Spacecraft.
NASA’S Cassini spacecraft is one of the most ambitious efforts in space exploration. Launched in 1997, Cassini traveled 2.2 billion miles in seven years to reach Saturn and enter orbit. This September it will take its final measurements and images as it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere at 77,000 miles per hour, burning up high above the cloud tops. Over the past 13 years, Cassini’s instruments have returned countless priceless observations and hundreds of thousands of images of the Saturnian system. With imagery, Dennis will share some of Cassini’s amazing discoveries of Saturn – its atmosphere, moons, vast rings and much more. Join us as this mission comes to an end.
Founded in 1956, the mission of the Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club is to promote the enjoyment of astronomy through education, meetings, and public outreach. For more information visit: lhastro.org
Thursday, September 7, 6:30 pm
The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
Secrets Objects Share
Anita Garnett’s mission as a photographer is to capture the beauty, sensitivity and humanity of her subjects. The images are unfettered by background and by isolating them, their form and their singularity can be further observed.
The Lakeville Journal writes, “And the images certainly deserve a closer look…the flowers are particularly stunning. In black and white, they force the viewer to look beyond beautiful colors and into the depth of the petals and the sinew of the stem…the ones in color require just as much attention because of the stark nature in which they are photographed.”
Photo essays involving people intrigue her and a portion of her exhibit will include photographic portraits of elders who share, in one sentence, what they have learned after all these years. Anita hopes all who view the exhibit will add their thoughts on what they’ve learned.
Anita participates in solo and group exhibitions in galleries. Among her numerous awards are Grand Prize International Winner of the Faces of Elders Contest for Apogee Photo Magazine and Kodak International Newspaper Awards Contest Finalist.
Today she is a freelance photographer for the Register Citizen newspaper where she captures people enjoying parades, fairs and fun events throughout Litchfield County.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 5 – 7 pm
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street, P.O. Box 187,
Garden Study Weekend VII Symposium
Be inspired by a day long symposium featuring:
Jacqueline van der Kloet – celebrated Dutch landscape designer will talk about “Magical Mixes” in the garden
Tom Coward – on leading the restoration of William Robinson’s legendary gardens at Gravetye Manor
Andrew Bunting – expert on woody plants and author on “Plant Lover’s Guide to magnolias”
Jane Garmey– noted author and passionate gardener on “A Sense of Place: Challenges, Approaches and Solutions to Crating Gardens”
The symposium is moderated by Todd Forrest of NYBG.
Saturday September 9, 8 am – 6 pm
Patron: $500 – includes invitation to the
speaker dinner on Friday evening at Hollister
House Garden and reserved seating at the symposium.
($200 of this ticket is tax deductible)
Friend + Members: $185
Each reservation includes continental breakfast
and lunch at the symposium and cocktails and
preview buying at the Sale of Rare and Unusual
Plants at Hollister House Garden.
The Heritage Hotel
522 Heritage Road
At Hollister House Garden
On Saturday, enjoy cocktails in the garden and the opportunity to shop at the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants before it opens to the general public on Sunday.
On Sunday, the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants continues. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to shop and learn from these truly outstanding vendors. Please note that the garden will remain open until 4.
Broken Arrow Nursery Hamden, CT
Cricket Hill Garden Thomaston, CT
Falls Village Flower Farm Falls Village, CT
Garden Vision Epimediums Templeton, MA
Huntington & Hope Washington, CT
Linden Hill Gardens Ottsville, PA
McCue Gardens Wethersfield, CT
Meadowbrook Gardens New Milford, CT
Oesco, Inc Conway, MA
Opus Plants Little Compton, RI
Rare Find Nursery Jackson, NJ
Snug Harbor Farm Kennebunk, ME
Preview Buying: Saturday, September 9, 4 – 6 pm
Fee: Members: $40; Non-Members: $45
Sale: Saturday, September 9, 9 am – 3 pm
Fee: $10 per person includes entrance to the garden
No advance reservations required
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Clambake and Drumming
Join the IAIS once again for a traditional Native American feast! Enjoy an indigenous dinner of lobster, clams, corn, and potatoes before getting on your feet and dancing with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers! Bring your own beverages, chairs, blankets, rattles and drums. Child-friendly options such ashot dogs, chips & lemonade will be available.
Saturday, September 9, 6 – 8 pm
Tickets: $50 Adults; $40 IAIS members;
$10 Children 12 & under
Reservations and prepayment required by September 5
River Walk Park Pavilion
11a School Street
in 5 Short Stories Led by Scholar Mark Scarbrough
Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is pleased to welcome Mark Scarbrough, a scholar on 19th Century American literature, as he leads a five-week session exploring literature, politics and culture in the United States through the genre of short stories.
While the short story didn’t originate in the United States, it became the form the new nation re-invented and made its own. From Nathaniel Hawthorne through Charlotte Perkins Gilman, participants will examine these changes through our cultural history before and after the Civil War. Join us for a lively lecture/discussion format. Copies of the short stories will be available at the circulation desk, when reserved in advance. Please sign up today. Supplies are limited.
Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work in nineteenth century American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison before accepting a job at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has given papers on Chaucer at the International Medieval Conference and on American literature at the MLA and regional MLA conferences. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and The View and selected as The Most Influential People of Litchfield County. Mark is enmeshed in literature and has been a popular book group and literary discussion leader across Southern New England.
For more information on Mark visit: bruceandmark.com
Discussions: Mondays at 10 am
September 11, 2017- Nathaniel Hawthorne, My Kinsman, Major Molineux (1832)
September 18, 2017 – Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener (1853)
September 25, 2017 – Bret Harte, The Outcasts Of Poker Flat (1869)
October 2, 2017 – Charles Chesnutt, The Wife Of His Youth (1898)
October 16, 2017 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
Registration is requested
The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
with Photographer Charles Moretz
Charles Moretz is an artist and designer whose colossal photographs were installed in the Windows on the World, the restaurant atop the north tower of the World Trade Center. He named his collection Genius Loci, a Latin phrase meaning “the spirit of a place,” because his photographs captured the detail, the scale and the life of the Twin Towers.
Moretz moved to lower Manhattan in the 1970s when the Twin Towers were being constructed. He watched as they injected a new life to the area, and the buildings became his “artistic muse,” a grandiose subject he captured on film. His photographs were soon noticed by Port Authority officials and in 1982 he was commissioned to take majestic photographs of the buildings to be installed in Windows on the World as part of a permanent exhibition.
Using pictures and words, this program will touch on Moretz’s experiences in lower Manhattan in the ‘70s, the history of the World Trade Center, the architectural details of the buildings, and his photographic work.
Charles Moretz is the Founder and Creative Director of Genius Loci USA, Inc. Genius Loci is an uplifting and inspiring 9/11 Memorial design honoring and celebrating the original World Trade Center, a City within a City, and those who lived and worked there. The principal feature of the memorial is his signature collection of Twin Tower photography. He is also Creative Director of Seventy Acres Landscape Architecture & Design in Wilton.
Wednesday, September 13, 7 – 8 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South St
New works by Jeff Joyce
Darren Winston, Bookseller, a vintage bookstore and gallery in Northwest Connecticut, will host a reception for Picture Book, an exhibition of new works by artist Jeff Joyce.
Joyce uses reclaimed book covers as his canvases for this collection of small landscape sketches, which evoke the simplicity of the 19th century tradition paysages intimes, or “intimate landscapes,” and incorporate the cloth of the covers into the color palette of each work. As Joyce describes it, “the work inhabits the intersection of literary Romanticism and the associated visual cult of nature, capturing the spirit of place with the commensurate desire to evoke the setting as an ideal, the landscape as private world and symbol of cultural yearning.”
Jeff Joyce has had numerous solo exhibitions nationwide, and has participated in group exhibitions organized by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Harn Museum of Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, and The Aldrich Museum of Art. This is Joyce’s second show at Darren Winston, Bookseller.
Picture Book is one of several exhibitions on view during Sharon’s inaugural Art Walk, a walking tour of galleries and artists’ studios on Sharon’s town green on September 16.
Picture Book is presented by Darren Winston, Bookseller in his Modernist-style showroom in Sharon. Winston began his career in New York City in 1995 and opened his shop in Sharon in 2009. The space is well-known for its unique take on the vintage bookshop and the traditional gallery. Store hours are Thursday through Saturday, from 11am to 5pm, and by appointment. The show will be on view from September 14 – 30.
Reception: Saturday, September 16, 4 – 8 pm
Darren Winston, Bookseller
81 Main Street
Selected Works of Four Architectural Firms
The exhibition features four American Institute of Architects member firms Gray Organschi Architecture, Haver & Skolnick Architects, Peter Talbot AIA Architects and Reese Owens Architects. Each firm will present works ranging from photographs and architectural models to works on paper, and observations on architecture and professionalism.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 6 – 8 pm
Catered by The Pantry
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill