Goings On

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

January 1 - 27, 2018
Celebrating the Simple Beauty
of Rural Litchfield County:
Kwiatkowski Photo Exhibit

Photographer and poet Ray Kwiatkowski first became fascinated by the Litchfield County countryside right after college when he took a job delivering early morning newspapers. He began taking black and white photos of country roads and other rural scenes, discovering new beauty along the way, which became his lifelong pursuit. Later, as a free-lance writer, his photos often appeared with the articles he wrote. And in 2013, he published “Rural Wealth,” a book of his verses and photos.

A retrospective of Kwiatkowski’s work, which includes both black and white and color photos, will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell Gallery. “I like to exhibit images that are intended to teach as well as bring insight into what is often just a glance away,” says Kwiatkowski who was self taught and influenced by conversations he had with the late photographic artist Donald Bruen.

Free

The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at the juncture of Route 47
opposite the Green
Washington

860.868.7586
gunnstaff@biblio.org
gunnlibrary.org.

January 1 - February 6, 2018
Extraordinary Botanicals
Monotypes by Heather Sandifer

Artist Heather Sandifer will exhibit her show titled “Extraordinary Botanicals” from November26, 2017 through February 6, 2018 at Carole Peck’s Good News Café Restaurant & Bar in the radio room gallery.

Heather Sandifer has created a new kind of botanical art – one that combines the hands-on technique of nature printing with those for the traditional monotype. A hunter/gatherer, she has exclusive permission to collect specimen plants for her work in some of the finest gardens on the East Coast.

Sandifer’s artwork features one of a kind, single prints off glass which are then hand embellished with watercolor, pencil, paint or other mediums, each unique.

Awarded a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden, Heather is a textile designer and former garden writer whose art has been featured at Holly/Hunt, Chicago, David Winter Works on Paper, NY, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, and the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT as well as other private and exhibition venues. Heather lives locally in Fairfield county and is passionate about all things botanical!

Good News Cafe is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed Tuesdays and open from 12 Noon to 10 pm Sundays.

Free

Good News Café
694 Main Street South
Woodbury

203.266.4622
www.good-news-cafe.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolpecksgoodnews

January 1 - February 6, 2018
Kitchen and Market
Paintings by Cynthia Zinser

“Without Embellishment, what is real is beautiful.
Without idealization, what is in front of us is rich with mundane splendor.” says Zinser.

What is in our gardens, what is in our kitchens, what is in our lives is heart-breakingly beautiful…this aesthetic that guided 17th Century Dutch still life painting, guided the eye and the heart of Cynthia Zinser in creating this “Kitchen & Market” exhibition of classical realist paintings.

Even in our ephemeral modern world, everything has a lineage. The strain of Calvinism that forbade paintings in Dutch churches is responsible for the stark beauty of Woodbury’s Congregationalist churches that endures century after century to today. Dutch still-life paintings were meant to be owned, hung and enjoyed–not in palaces–but in homes filled with the scents of coffee and stew and the cacophony of family life. This treatment and the scale of Cynthia Zinser’s Kitchen & Market paintings claim that lineage—not in backward-looking nostalgia—but as something that is worth preserving in our own lives..in our own homes.

These paintings were captured in the natural, northern light “of this place”. Sent forth by her mentors with “the moral duty to claim northern light wherever you find it”, she did just that by establishing her painting studio in the Switch Factory in Bantam, CT. Cynthia Zinser, too, is “of this place”. She grew up in Woodbury, returning a few years ago after raising a family in places very different from here.

A contemporary realist, trained in Beaux-Arts methods, Cynthia studied at the Art Students League of NY and received her drawing and painting certificates from the prestigious NYK Academy, Harlem Studio of Art.

Cynthia’s artwork is shown regionally and in St. Simons Island Georgia. Cynthia lives with her husband in Woodbury and is active in Washington Art Association, Arts Alliance of Woodbury, Flanders Art Committee and the NWCT Arts Council. Her works can be found in North American and European collections.

Good News Cafe is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Closed Tuesdays and open from 12 Noon to 10 pm Sundays.

Free

Good News Café
694 Main Street South
Woodbury

203.266.4622
www.good-news-cafe.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolpecksgoodnews

 

January 1 - 13, 2018
Three new solo exhibitions
at Five Points Gallery

Five Points Gallery will open three new solo shows that will run from December 7, 2017  through January.13, 2018. The exhibitions feature the work of Connecticut artists, Pamela Stockamore, Joseph Byrne and Peter Busby. The exhibitions are sponsored by Grace and Djan Yagtug and Victor and Marion Muschell.

Five Points Gallery will hold two events in conjunction with the exhibition. An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 8, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and an artists’ panel discussion will take place in the gallery at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 5. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment. There is no admission charge. Five Points exhibitions and educational events are free and open to the public.

Pamela Stockamore’s show, entitled “Looking Back – 30 yrs,” will be featured in the Five Points West Gallery. Stockamore writes that she approaches art by exploring the conceptual links between Eastern and Western philosophies, and “the delicate balance of opposites: entropy and order, intuition and reason, flux and permanence. These dualities complement one another and permeate every aspect of our lives.” Using brushes, her hands “or whatever tool suits the need of the moment,” Stockamore works in a square format. She explains that unlike the rectangle, which makes an associative reference to landscape, the square is an archetypal shape that is stable, static and passive. “It is perhaps the most difficult shape to energize. My paintings are an investigation into the effects of time and nature on all things.” Stockamore earned an MFA in painting Summa cum Laude from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and has exhibited in numerous shows. Her most recent exhibition was at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted.

Joseph Byrne’s “Connemara Paintings” will be on display in the Five Points TDP Gallery. Byrne describes his work as “fictional constructs that represent a long and complicated negotiation between what is out there in the world — rocks, hills, a body of water —  and my subjective response to them.” These recent paintings are based on the landscape of the Roundstone Bog in the Connemara region of west Ireland, where his maternal grandmother was born. “The characteristics of this austere landscape present visual problems that challenge me as a painter. It is the relationship between perception, representation and abstraction that holds my attention: how a field of rocks becomes an arrangement of color and marks on paper; how the painting that results resonates with a viewer’s own memories.” Byrne is Professor of Art at Trinity College in Hartford. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Academy of Design, the MacDowell Colony and the American Academy in Rome, among others. He has exhibited at Five Points Gallery, the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis and Gallery on the Green in Canton, Ct.

The Five Points East Gallery will showcase sculptor Peter Busby’s “Amphorae.” Busby says these collective pieces “represent the realization of an idea I’ve carried with me for decades, prompted by a visit to Karnak, a temple in Egypt.” He describes how the roof of the temple was supported by colossal columns that visitors could walk around. In “Amphorae,” the sculptor aims to “emulate that humbling feeling of existing among something much greater than oneself.” Viewers become a part of the installation as they weave their way around the giant vessels. Although the forms were inspired by ancient vessels, Busby says the materials he used, the giant scale of the work and their non-functionality provoke “a dialog between classical and contemporary approaches to art, between idealized forms and process.” The most recent of Busby’s numerous commissions were for the Willow Way Equestrian Center, Johnstown, Ohio; the Dallas Zoo, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Jupiter, Fla., and the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Kodiak, Alaska.

Artists’ Panel Discussion: Friday, January 5, 6 pm

Free

Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
Torrington

860.618.7222
www.fivepointsgallery.org

 

January 1 - 7, 2018
American Works on Paper

Eckert Fine Art presents American Works on Paper, a group exhibition featuring numerous Modern and Contemporary examples of drawing, watercolor, collage, printmaking, and photography by notable United States-based artists. The exhibition will continue through January 7, 2018.

The gallery will be closed for the Holiday break from December 22-27, 2017.
Regular hours are Wed-Fri 10-5pm, Sat 11-5pm, Sun 1-5pm, closed Mon-Tue.

Free

Eckert Fine Art
12 Old Barn Road
Kent

860.592.0353

eckertfineart.com

January 1 - 31, 2018
Jivan Wolf and Robert Deyber at Byrde + the b

The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of two extraordinary artists: Jivan Wolf and Robert Deyber.
Jivan Wolf hand fabricates jewelry and jewelry power pieces in high karat gold with semiprecious and precious gems, natural minerals and crystals. Jivan Wolf, a current resident of New York and Los Angeles, studied design at the University of Paris. Trained in metaphysics and healing, she developed a passionate interest in the powers of the
mineral kingdom, especially gemstones. Jivanalso studied the ancient classical methods of jewelry fabrication of Egypt. She has masterfully combined her interests into exquisite, one of a kind tour-de-forces of spectacular objects of beauty.

Robert Deyber is an American artist most known for literal visual portrayals of cliches, euphemisms and idioms from the English and other languages. The San Francisco Examiner described him as a “pop surrealist” whose style “has appeal for new as well as experienced collectors.” His work relates to that of Thomas Cole and Frederic Church of the Hudson River School, surrealists like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, naive painter Henri Rousseau, the colorists Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, and Andy Warhol. Deyber paints his own scenes from the prose that peppers the English lexicon. His works range from literal translations of fanciful sayings to good humored depictions of everyday terminology.

Free

Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot

860.619.0422
www.byrdeandtheb.com

January 1, 2018
Washington Friends of Music
New Year’s Day Concert & Party
The New Baroque Soloists

Back by popular demand, the annual New Year’s Day Concert and Party presented by Washington Friends of Music. Ticket price includes the concert, festive reception with bubbly, hors-d’oeuvres, and mingling with the musicians.

Monday, January 1, 4 pm

$30 in advance; $35 at the door
Children are welcome and admitted free of charge.
Advance tickets will be held for you at the door.
Tickets are also available at
The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot

Historic Meeting House on the Green
First Congregational Church
6 Kirby Road
Washington

Washingtonct4music.blogspot.com
860.868.9174

January 1 – 28, 2018
Constance Old:
Phrases in My Head

Artist Constance Old presents her mixed media exhibit “phrases in my head”. The placards in the “phrases in my head” series are based on phrases that occur to her and that she collects on 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” pieces of paper. She chooses a phrase to work with then writes a journal entry about the phrase on claybord. The journal entry works as an armature for an underpainting. Once the underpainting is finished, the letterforms are pieced together from stickers (rows of dots in different colors and sizes) that were originally part of a JCrew store window display. New phrases continue to drift into my head onto pieces of paper, then wait to be made into placards. Read more about our featured artist at her website: constanceold.com

Free

Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street
Cornwall

860.672.6874
cornwalllibrary@biblio.org
cornwalllibrary.org

January 1 – 28, 2018
Richard Stalter
Painting Exhibit

New Milford Public Library will host an exhibit of paintings by Gaylordsville artist Richard Stalter. Richard was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 27, 1934. He developed an interest in art at a very early age, gaining recognition for his work in both grade school and high school. He kept his interest in art alive in his college years at Ohio State University and after he graduated. He mistakenly thought that advertising was the only practical way to utilize his artistic talents to make a living.

In 1958, during a six month stay in New York City, he met and befriended a master impressionist artist, Bernard Lennon. In 1964, Richard quit his job in advertising and moved to Gaylordsville, CT to study with Mr. Lennon and begin his career as a professional artist. That year also marked the beginning of his participation in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (New York City) and the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival (Mystic, CT). Throughout the years he won many prizes in both shows including First Prize in Oils five times in the Mystic exhibition (most recently in 2012) and the Special Landscape Award (2011) at the Washington Square show. During those years he also participated in other group shows in the Northeast, winning prizes several times in Newport, RI and once in Atlantic City, NJ.  Mr. Stalter paints his subjects on location, finding inspiration from scenes throughout the Litchfield Hills and nearby New York State within easy reach of his Gaylordsville home. He paints all four seasons at these locations and adds figure and still life painting done from life to his body of work. His motivation in all his work is to capture the beauty of nature in its manifold variety. From the 1960’s through the 1980’s, he traveled yearly to Provincetown and Wellfleet on Cape Cod to capture the seaside light and subjects, and visited there in 2007 and 2012 to paint. Beginning in the 80’s, he sought out the boat and water subjects in Mystic and Stonington, CT. He still paints there two or three times a year.

Free

New Milford Public Library
24 Main Street
New Milford , CT 06776

(860) 355-1191
vfisher@biblio.org
www.newmilfordlibrary.org

Photo Credit: Lindsey Victoria Photography
January 4, 2018
Wykeham Consort
Buenas Nuevas De Algeria

The acclaimed Wykeham Consort will offer an evening of music for this peaceful season called Buenas Nuevas De Algeria.

Join Wykeham Consort in celebrating the season of hope, and returning light after the winter’s longest night, with music from Renaissance Spain and the Sephardic Jews. Hear songs from both cultures about the mysterious moon, the joys and pangs of love and the eternal cycle of life experienced through the luscious melodies and driving rhythms of Spain, Eastern Europe and the Arabic lands.

The musicians will provide commentary about their instruments (viola da gamba, recorders, percussion, guitar and voice) and the historic and cultural context of the music.
Visit wykehamconsort.com to learn more about this extraordinary group.

Generously sponsored by the Leroy Anderson Foundation. leroyandersonfoundation.org

Thursday, January 4, 6:30 pm
(Snow date Thursday: January 11, 6:30 pm)

Free
Registration is requested

Wykeham Room
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green
Washington

860-868-7586
www.gunnlibrary.org

 

January 5, 2018
Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

Two Time Blues Music Award Winner “Guitar Player of the Year” Ronnie Earl comes back to our Norfolk stage. Having performed with such greats as Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Earl King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and The Allman Brothers, legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl performs with an intensity that hasn’t cooled in close to four decades of playing.

Friday, January 5, 8 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $34, $44

Infinity Hall and Bistro
20 Greenwoods Road
Norfolk

866.666.6306
infinityhall.com

Peter Busby, "Amphorae" Wood and Steel installation, 2014
January 5, 2018
Artist Talk: Peter Busby, Joseph Byrne
And Pamela Stockamore

Fve Points Gallery presents a moderated Artist Panel Discussion featuring artists Peter Busby, Joseph Byrne, Pamela Stockamore. This event is sponsored by Grace and Djan Yagtug & Victor and Marion Muschell.

Friday, January 5th, 6 – 8 pm
Free

Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
Torrington

860.618.7222
jmcelhone@fivepointsgallery.org
fivepointsgallery.org

January 6, 2018
Kane Clawson & Friends
At Twelve Moons Coffee House

On Saturday, January 6, 2018 Twelve Moons Coffee House will feature Kane Clawson performing with some of the many groups she has the pleasure of making music with!  Kane will be joined by: Wildcat Creek, a traditional/world music band made up of Dave Paton (Hammer Dulcimer, and Concertina), Ren Nickson (Guitar and Bouzouki), Mike Prentice (Stand-up Bass), Tom White (Mandolin, Fiddle, Viola, Guitar) and Ambrose Verdibello (Fiddle and Tenor Banjo); The newly formed Country Jammers; Carl Jenter (Vocals, Guitar), Bev Kosak (Mandolin), Mike Prentice ( Stand-up Bass) and Ambrose Verdibello (Lap- steel Guitar); and, Menage A’ Voix, an Improv Singing Group that has a rotating cast of singers, with Liza Constable, Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and
Mark Saunders. The evening will finish up with some audience participation. Join us for some rousing jigs and reels, intermingled with ballads of Great Britain, an homage to classic country tunes made famous by the likes of Patsy Cline and Hank Williams, and mind-bending a capella music that evolves in the moment.

Saturday, January 6, 7 – 10 pm

Free
A donation is requested

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

860-435-1060
TwelveMoonsCoffee@gmail.com
tinyurl.com/12Moons

January 6, 2018
10th Annual New Year’s Tea Party
& Cookie Contest

Ring in the New Year with an old-fashioned Tea hosted by the Gunn Historical Museum. Visitors will socialize with friends under the historic 1914 gilded ceiling mural by H. Siddons Mowbray and enjoy period music in the festively decorated room. We’ll have our Washington photo albums out for guests to browse. Guests are asked to bring their favorite tea cup and we will provide tea sandwiches.

A cookie contest will be the highlight of this year’s tea party. The judges are: Marty Rook, trained pastry chef and owner of New Preston Kitchen Goods, plus acclaimed cookbook authors, Ann Hodgman and Susan Purdy. Entrants should submit 3 dozen cookies arranged on a disposable plate to the library at least ½ hour before the event. Plates are to be submitted with an entry form which can be picked up at the library. Cookies should be homemade and baked by the contestant. This fun event is open to bakers of all ages.
Cookies will be judged in six categories:
Most Creative
Best Tasting
Most Festive
Most Original
Baked by Children Under 16
Best Overall
Those interested in participating in the cookie contest should pre-register by calling the library 860.868.7586 or signing up at the circulation desk: gunncirc@biblio.org

Saturday, January 6, 11 am – 1 pm
Snow date: Tuesday, January 9, 4 – 6 pm

Free
Registration is requested

Wykeham Room
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington

860. 868.7586
gunndevelopment@biblio.org
gunnlibrary.org

January 6, 2018
Winter Wildlife Tracking with
Andy Dobos: The Forest Wolf

Andrew Dobos takes you on a wildlife tracking walk through the winter woods. There are always clues left behind by the animals for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. Get to know our beloved wildlife that much better. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all should dress extra warm and wear good boots! You never know where the animals have been.

Saturday, January 6, 10 am – 12 pm

Members: $5; Non-Members: $15
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required
Call or register online

Meet in the Museum.
White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road
Litchfield

860.567.0857
info@whitememorialcc.org
whitememorialcc.org 

January 6, 2018
Winter Film Series:
Seven Days in May

An amazingly still powerful thriller about an attempted government takeover by a band of traitorous generals and their politician pals.  Lead by tough Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Burt Lancaster, the cast also includes Kirk Douglas, as the good guy colonel, Fredric March as the threatened president, as well as Edmund O’Brien as a senator and Ava Gardner as Lancaster’s mistress. The script is by Rod (Twilight Zone) Serling, the direction by John (The Manchurian Candidate) Frankenheimer.

Saturday, January 6, 4 pm

Suggested donation: $5 per person

Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street
Cornwall

860.672.6874
cornwalllibrary@biblio.org
cornwalllibrary.org

January 6 – February 17, 2018
Overview: Landscape Paintings
By Wendy Walker

Roxbury artist Wendy Walker will present her beautiful, imaginative paintings in “Overview.”

Landscapes as seen from above have inspired Walker’s paintings as she works to give the viewer a “new perspective . . . free from the horizon line.”  Her paintings explode with vitality and brilliant color and present the viewer with a unique way of enjoying a landscape.  She has exhibited her paintings in juried shows throughout the area and won first prize at the Washington Art Association in the 2015 Members Exhibition.

In addition to producing wonderful paintings, Wendy designs sets for film, Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera and television.

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 6, 2 – 4 pm

Free

Minor Memorial Library
23 South St
Roxbury

860.350.2181
sberger@biblio.org
www.minormemoriallibrary.org

 

January 6 & 7, 2018
Momix
Opus Cactus

Exploring the Splendors of the Desert… After a ten-year rest period, Opus Cactus is back again with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises! Moses Pendleton brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Originally created as a 20-minute piece in 2001 for the Ballet Arizona, Opus Cactus was then brought back into the MOMIX retort and a full-evening work was created.

Saturday, January 6, 8 pm
Sunday, January 7, 2 pm

Tickets: $40.00 and up

Warner Theatre Main Stage
68 Main Street
Torrington

860.489.7180
tickets.warnertheatre.org/TheatreManager/1/login&event=0

January 9, 2018
A Transcendent Evening

At the intersection of tradition & technology, Caryn Lin literally transforms sound through the use of her electric violins and a myriad of modern technology. Years of concentrated experimentation with sound, results in a live show that is the musical equivalent of light traveling through a prism – spectacular. Caryn plays her 4, 5 and 6 string electric violins, using looping to create short, on-the-spot recordings of her voice, percussion, and other sounds. As she plays the violin, the recorded snippets play back in a continuous loop adding fascinating layers of sound over deceptively simple melodies. The resulting music is both otherworldly and totally catchy: mesmerizing and unique.
Caryn is a classically trained violinist who became an electric violinist, composer, and education innovator. She finds influence in everything from baroque to rock. She started violin lessons at age 9, and soon began studies with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Larry Grika. She earned a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Northwestern University. After graduation Caryn moved to Germany to study under virtuoso Suzanne Lautenbacher. Caryn has played everywhere from Lincoln Center to a monastery in the French Alps to hundreds of thousands of kids in schools and community venues. Her music has been featured on MTV’s “The Real World,” and on 150 international radio stations including Sirius/XM satellite. Both she and her music appear in the movie Philadelphia. Visit her website at: carynlin.com

Tuesday, January 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Free
Space is limited
Registration is required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
tmessenger@owlibrary.org
www.owlibrary.org

January 12 – March 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.

Opening Reception: January 12, 4 – 5 pm

Free

Hotchkiss School – Tremaine Gallery
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville

860.435.3663
slock@hotchkiss.org
hotchkiss.org/arts