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What to see and do this month
100 Years in the Making
A new exhibition at AMEICO celebrating the centennial of the Southern New England Telephone Exchange Building of New Milford.
Originally built by the Southern New England Telephone company (SNET) in 1917-18 to house the equipment and switchboards for the growing local telephone clientele of New Milford and the surrounding towns, the building at 29 Church Street is now home to AMEICO’s contemporary Design Store & Gallery.
To commemorate the centennial of this historic structure, restored for future generations to enjoy, AMEICO will host an exhibition of rare telephones belonging to local collectors Mark Berghold and Nancy A. Davis, the earliest examples of which would have been found in households when 29 Church Street was constructed. The exhibition will also provide an overview of the growing importance of the telephone in New Milford one hundred years ago.
AMEICO is a New Milford based company which specializes in importing and distributing modern and contemporary industrial design. Founded by Peter Kahane in 1995, it chose to purchase and restore 29 Church Street in 2012 to house its operations and display its product to the public.
Open M-F, 9 am – 5 pm; Sat, 11 am – 4 pm
29 Church Street
The Washington Art Association is proud to present WAA Sculpture Walk 2018, a public art exhibition featuring nearly 40 internationally and nationally recognized artists and emergent sculptors. Curated by WAA Trustees Mark Mennin and Barbara Talbot, the exhibition is organized by the Washington Art Association & Gallery in collaboration with community partners and the Town of Washington.
“WAA Sculpture Walk 2018 is an exhibition with no obvious narrative except for the town itself, the hills around it, and the river that runs through it. Washington Depot, named long before our capital, is a focal point in the larger community of Litchfield County, that has a huge tradition of artists, writers, architects, dancers, and musicians both internationally known and self-exiled. The landscape is what gives the pieces in this exhibition a narrative commonality. This would include both the creative protagonists that live in Litchfield County, as well as the geography that beckoned them to settle here.
This is an exhibition that is as eclectic – full of a variety of material, image, and idiom – as its landscape. It demonstrates the different properties of traditional media with works in steel, stone, wood, as well as plastics and earth materials. These are conceptual and site-specific installations and kinetic pieces; there are fully rendered figurative works and large gestural works in both temporary and permanent materials. The bond of
the background is what holds these placements together. Painters Hugh O’Donnell, Caio Fonseca, and Julian Schnabel have been selected for their three-dimensional accomplishments. Michael Steiner, Fitzhugh Karol, and Tom Doyle weigh in with large constructions; Wendell Castle and Ned Smyth have included beautifully modeled abstractions, Marsha Pels and Robert Taplin contributed fully rendered figurative pieces from different methods; while Tim Prentice and Momix bring kinetics to the landscape.”
Open to the public: Daily from 9 am to dusk
Closing Reception: Art Patron’s Party- Costume Soiree at Town Hall
Oct 27, 7:30-10 pm
by Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown attended the art program at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where in 1994 he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree, graduating cum laude and being awarded Departmental Distinction in Art. In 1995 he enrolled in the postgraduate sculpture program at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and in 1997 received his Master of Fine Arts Degree. At university, Christopher developed his interests and skills in wood and metalworking. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta, GA where he worked in metal fabrication studios. With this experience, he decided to move back to Connecticut to launch his own business designing and fabricating art furniture. Christopher owned and operated his business until 2009 when he decided to stop designing furniture and focus singularly on art making.
Christopher now works from home where he lives with his wife of 16 years and three daughters. His art-making relies in large part on intuition stemming from a full and practiced creative vocabulary accumulated over many years of education, ‘muscle memory’ from using his hands, and life experience. Tapping into both reason and impulse, Christopher has been working abstractly for the past several years, visually exploring the ‘spaces’ found within thought and emotion.
Good News Restaurant & Bar
694 Main Street South
The Art of the Model
This show is an exhibition of maquettes or models by many of the sculptors currently exhibiting in the WAA Sculpture Walk 2018.
Curated by WAA Trustees Mark Mennin and Barbara Talbot, WAA Sculpture Walk 2018 is a public art exhibition featuring 40 internationally and nationally recognized artists and emergent sculptors, with over 60 works sited throughout Washington Depot, currently on view through November 1, 2018. Open daily to the public 9 am to dusk.
A maquette is a model for a larger piece of sculpture, created to visualize how it might look and to work out approaches and materials for how it might be made. Maquettes are often fascinating works in their own right, conveying the immediacy of the artist’s first realization of an idea.
A maquette is French for “Scale Model” or in Italian, bozzetti and refers to a small mock-up of fully realized three-dimensional sculpture or architecture. Maquettes may be made from paper, clay, wax or any other material. Bernini used wax and baked terra cotta to create his maquettes.
This exhibition does not necessarily represent a miniature replica of the fully realized sculptures in the WAA Sculpture Walk 2018, but in turn, conveys how creativity germinates and structural challenges may be resolved. Often, the artist will use many different styles and types of “studies” which evolve into something quite different from the original “sketch.”
The Washington Art Association & Gallery is pleased to present these “ideas” as a means of discovering an artist’s creative process. Maquettes by the following sculptors in the WAA Sculpture Walk 2018 will be on display, as well as a few additional special guests.
Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh
William (Bill) Talbot
William Hyde Talbot
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
At Five Points Gallery
Five Points Gallery will open three concurrent shows, “Jack Rosenberg I.D. Entity,” Creatures/Gig Lavery” and “Personal Identities”.
“I.D. Entity” is a solo exhibition of Jack Rosenberg’s oil paintings on canvas and on aluminum panels that will be shown in the East Gallery. When he begins a portrait or a painting of figures, the artist says he usually has a general idea “of what I want to accomplish, the canvas has its own idea of what it wants to be; and at some point we come to a mutual agreement.”
In the TDP Gallery, “Creatures” is a solo exhibit of sculptor Gig Lavery’s work. The inspiration for her clay pieces comes from her love of animals, and from the pottery of primitive cultures, its simplicity and its relationship to the animal world. Lavery applies layers of oxides to the surfaces of her stoneware to evoke a feeling of an archeological find. The show was curated by Peter Waite.
The West Gallery features “Personal Identities,” a group show of five artists who address various aspects of individuality and separateness in their work, using painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Reinterpreting the scenes and narratives of her Polish-American heritage, painter Justyna Dabrowski says she often incorporates fabrics from her home “in order to reference my past.”. Ronald J. Sloan paints color-saturated, expressionistic images of abstract human forms. Through sculpture and printmaking, Camilla Marie Dahl investigates “how young women navigate their ways in a world riddled with contradictory messages, rules and expectations.” The drawings and paintings of Brad Guarino explore the “lingering cultural constructs of masculinity and how they affect the way men relate to one another.” Artist Grier Torrence aspires “towards a painting with a high and low comedy/tragedy, both abstract and representational: figurative, naturally living alongside reality, in a parallel existence, solid and palpable as a poem.”.
The exhibition is sponsored by Union Savings Bank. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment.
Artists’ Panel Discussion: Friday, September 14, at 6:30 pm
Five Points Gallery
33 Main street
At Cornwall Library
The Cornwall Library exhibits for sale over 80 paintings, photographs, posters and prints from personal collections of donors, all moderately priced relative to their values.
Saturday, September 1, 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, September 2, 10 am – 4 pm
30 Pine Street
Little Free Library at Old Jail
The Grand Opening for the little free library at the Old Jail in Litchfield will be held at 7 North Street overlooking the Litchfield Green. The little free library was relocated from its original site and is now in front of the Bakehouse atop a brick wall with a rough-hewn bench from CP Farmhouse, a newly opened shop on West Street that showcases Amish-made furnishings.
Artist Elizabeth Wolff will be on hand since she created the logo for Little Free Library at StoneHill and Bakehouse owners Jeremy McKendry and Allison Varian will be featuring their new grab-to-go lunches and Birthday Party Baskets to celebrate at school. There will be refreshments, children’s activities including make-a-bookmark, painting stones, free books for all ages and a Treasure Hunt.
Saturday, September 1, 9:30 -11:30 am
7 North Street
Overlooking the Litchfield Green
& Gardenscapes by Lisa Brody
The Loft Gallery welcomes an exhibit of large-scale landscape and gardenscape paintings by South Kent CT artist, Lisa Brody. we invite the community to come meet the artist, chat with friends and neighbors and enjoy light refreshment. Lisa has been painting landscape for most of her career. The scenes that preoccupy her are places that she knows and cares about intimately, and have become part of the texture of my everyday consciousness. Not only the views through her window; also walks taken, and roads driven. She never knows where the path will take her, but she’ll start to walk one step at a time. Her paintings are built in the same way, one step at a time, forward and backward, over and under, simple and complex, mundane and mythic. She begins her work intuitively open to change, accident and transformation. Just as the weather can change, the paintings slowly evolve over time sensitive to the subtle permutations of the atmosphere. There is a longing for these places, a longing to paint them, a longing to know them, a longing to be in them. The paintings are windows into places of possibility, desire and yearning. Ms. Brody studied at the University of Pennsylvania, (B.F.A & B.A. Fine Arts and Architecture), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. Her awards and recent residencies include Painting’s Edge Residency, Idyllwild, CA (2005), Cooper Union Residency in Painting, (2004) Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnsonville (1995). Her work is collected by IBM, Campbell Soup, Equitable, Kaiser Permanente, HBO, Merck, Citibank, Banker’s Trust, The Hartford, CT Sumitono, and PepsiCo. She currently lives and works in South Kent, CT.
This show runs through Sunday, October 14.
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, September 1, 4 – 6 pm
at The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
Twelve Moons Coffee House
Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes The Lied To’s. Taking their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved,” The Lied To’s Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler collaborate to put the challenges of relationships squarely under their musical microscope with a formidable blend of original folk, rock and country-tinged music.
“The Lied To’s have lived their music in ways few other bands can claim…Not surprisingly then, their songs reverberate with the aftertaste of the challenges they weathered along the way.” – Goldmine Magazine.
Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler had just weathered shattering divorces and were adjusting to life as single parents when they first connected as solo artists in 2013. While picking up the pieces and putting what was left into their music, they formed The Lied To’s, the name coming from the revered and personally resonant Everly Brothers song, “When Will I Be Loved.” The duo’s 2015 self-titled debut emerged from the emotional turmoil of divorce and its immediate aftermath. Their new CD, The Lesser of Two Evils, released in May 2018, both reflects on those events and explores the even more treacherous terrain of what comes next. The Daily Country calls the album “contemporary and timeless,” and writes, “The eleven-track project uniquely blends folk, rock, bluegrass, and country in ways that capture The Lied To’s distinctive style.” The songs in Lesser explore the choices we make and their consequences, from the microcosm of romantic partnerships and family relations to the broader context of our place in the world.
In describing the duo’s writing, Goldmine Magazine states, “The Lesser of Two Evils isn’t sugar coated in any way, but echoes instead with the hard realities most folks encounter in similar circumstances. It’s both tough and tender…These are hard lessons for the learning, but given their tenacious delivery, honesty and conviction, it’s completely compelling regardless.” The Roots Music Report writes, “If some tracks on their disc are indicators, the New England duo The Lied To’s may risk an interruption to their performing ambitions with full-time songwriting careers.”
The Lied To’s have performed sold-out shows at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville and the renowned Club Passim in Cambridge, and perform both regionally and nationally. Dubbed “…one of the finest contemporary guy/gal duos on the scene today,” byMetronome Magazine, which picked their debut CD as a top 20 of the year, the CD rose to #3 on the roots music charts in 2015 and landed in the top 100 on the No Depression readers’ poll. The Lesser of Two Evils, has been on the Folk-DJ charts for May and June 2018, and folk DJ Peter Fraissinet of the Salt Creek Show on WVBR-FM calls The Lied To’s a “great edgy country duo, who happen to be a couple, or maybe the fact they are a couple has led them to greatness in approaching duet singing and songwriting.”
Susan was a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the International Songwriting Competition, among others, and was a Tricentric Showcase artist at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. Doug has received placements on national television shows, including NCIS and All My Children, and was an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Listen to The Lied To’s: liedtomusic.com
Saturday, September 1, 7 – 10 pm
The Annex of the
NorthEast Millerton Library
28 Century Boulevard
Millerton, NY 12546
Joan Morosani and Susan Spencer are excited and honored to be showing together for the third time at OWL. They draw from different approaches and traditions, but feel that their paintings perfectly complement each other. Both painters attempt to express the immediacy of experience as seen through color, texture, line, and surface tension.
Joan’s background is as a wallpaper and textile designer and as a decorative painter. Although one can still see the influences of pattern in her work, she seeks to use familiar objects and produce found locally in the subject matter of her still life. Some of her own textile designers are also used as a backdrop. She is interested in the interaction and tension between the manmade and the natural. Vibrant color and the immediacy of the visual experience are also parts of what she is expressing in this body of work.
Susan paints non objectively, letting the colors, shapes, and spaces guide her deeper into the creative process. On a typical painting she will spend time placing her hands on the canvas or paper, slowly moving her hands around the surface until imagination emerges. “I love the feeling of paint on a brush, as it leads me into the painting.” Sometimes Susan uses a piece of wood or a tool to manipulate the paint and texture. This collection of work expresses the joy of her work and love of color and shape.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 20, 5 – 7 pm
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
At the Gunn Memorial Library
Barnard College – Columbia University professor and Washington, CT author Caroline Weber will deliver a talk and signing of her recently released book, Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris. Ms. Weber, the author of the acclaimed Queen of Fashion, offers a brilliant look at the glittering world of turn-of-the-century Paris through the first in-depth study of the three women Proust used to create his supreme fictional character, the Duchesse de Guermantes.
Geneviève Halévy Bizet Straus; Laure de Sade, Comtesse de Adhéaume de Chevigné; and Élisabeth de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay, the Comtesse Greffulhe–these were the three superstars of fin-de-siècle Parisian high society who, as Caroline Weber says, “transformed themselves, and were transformed by those around them, into living legends: paragons of elegance, nobility, and style.” All well but unhappily married, these women sought freedom and fulfillment by reinventing themselves, between the 1870s and 1890s, as icons. At their fabled salons, they inspired the creativity of several generations of writers, visual artists, composers, designers, and journalists. Against a rich historical backdrop, Weber takes the reader into these women’s daily lives of masked balls, hunts, dinners, court visits, nights at the opera or theater. But we see as well the loneliness, rigid social rules, and loveless, arranged marriages that constricted these women’s lives. Proust, as a twenty-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past.
A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world.—starred Kirkus Review
Caroline Weber is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University; she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She is the author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2006) She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and New York magazine.
Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.
Thursday, September 6, 6:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
At Judy Black Park & Gardens
Bring your blanket, lawn chairs, a picnic, and your friends!
Friday 8:15 – 10 pm
September 7: North by Northwest
Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
1 Green Hill Road
At Byrde + the b
The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of recent paintings by the extraordinary colorist and 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 two to three 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.
Miller maintains studios in NYC and in Litchfield County. He often travels outside of the country and is influenced by the various international cultures that he comes into contact with. The Byrde + the b highlights a roster of both local and international artists. 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”, on the tv sitcom “Frasier” and is frequently featured in major Hollywood films.
Mr. Miller’s work is in many private and public collections in the United States, Europe and Asia. His work is in the permanent collections of the University of Virginia’s Bayly Art Museum, the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum in Georgia, Chase Manhattan Bank, Walden International and most recently to MOMA’s collection.
For additional information please contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibit will run through October 31, 2018.
Opening Reception: Friday September 7, 6 – 8 pm
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Photography of Thomas Merton
This is the first time the collection of Merton’s photographs, on loan from the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY), will be shown in New England. This show features a collection of 35 black and white photographs of landscapes, elements from the natural world, and domestic items from his daily monastic life. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat. 10 am- 4 pm. There will be a special lecture given by Paul M. Pearson, PhD, Director and Archivist, The Thomas Merton Center on September 8.
Special Lecture: Saturday, September 8, 2018
A reception will follow.
Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 East Litchfield Road
Symposium: A Passion for Plants
A day-long symposium featuring speakers selected for their unique professional experience and perspective on garden design and horticulture. Following the symposium, attendees enjoy cocktails in the garden and early buying from the numerous vendors specializing in rare and unusual plants (the plant sale is open to the public as well as GSW ticket holders on Sunday). On Sunday, the Garden Conservancy Open Days program features local private gardens. Complete information may be found on our website.
Speaking at the Symposium will be Sarah Price (pictured), one of Britain’s most prominent and distinctive garden designers; Kelly Norris, director of horticulture at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden; Lynden Miller, public garden designer in New York City and Taylor Johnston and Ed Bowen of Issima. Barbara Robinson will also be introducing her new book, Heroes of Horticulture.
Saturday, September 8, 8 am – 6 pm
Fees: Patron: $500; Friend: $190 members, $225 non-members
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
& Laura de Santillana:
Mirrors and Glass
This exhibition examines the remarkable visual parallels between Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s photographs of mirrors and Laura de Santillana’s glass sculptures. These two artists were born one year apart – Laura de Santillana in Venice, Italy, and Jeannette Montgomery Barron in Atlanta, Georgia – and both have worked continually between the U.S. and Italy. Without knowing one another’s work until very recently, the two artists have steadily developed a minimalist aesthetic and an exploration of color through repetition of form. This is the first time their work has been exhibited together.
Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s works are in numerous public and corporate collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; The Archivio Fotografico, American Academy in Rome and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
Laura de Santillana’s works are in numerous public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Murano Glass Museum, Venice; The Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Museum of Art and Design, New York.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 4 – 6 pm
James Barron Art
17 Old Barn Road
Sale of Rare & Unusual Plants
A Plant Sale and Garden Conservancy Open Days featuring the sale of rare and unusual plants. Also on Sunday, the opportunity to visit three extraordinary Litchfield County private gardens. See the website for details.
Sunday, September 9, 9 am – 3 pm
Admission: $10 per person
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Cezanne: Portraits of a Life
Described by Picasso and Matisse as the father of us all Paul Cézanne is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. During his life Cézanne painted almost a thousand works, two hundred of which were portraits. Cézanne – Portraits of a Life is based on a never-to-be-repeated exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, London; Musee d’Orsay, Paris; and Washington’s National Gallery of Art.
The film provides a rare understanding of the significance and genius of Cézanne and a key to a true appreciation of 20th century art. Directed by Phil Grabsky. 1h 30 min. This event is co-sponsored with Washington Art Association.
Thursday, September 13, 6:30 – 8 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Explore the many facets of gardening in these small, charming containers. In this PowerPoint presentation you will learn about the use of rocks for structure, the various types of plants that work well and the versatile ways they can be planted. Lori will discuss the many styles possible and how to place troughs in the garden. The last part of her presentation will focus on the use of succulents in troughs.
Lori Chips is the author of Hypertufa Containers: Creating and Planting an Alpine Trough Garden recently published by Timber Press.
Saturday, September 15, 9:30 – 11 am
HHG members $25
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
At Shepaug Crossing
An event to benefit Five Points Gallery. Featured Artists: Power Boothe, Pam Stockamore, Charles Dmytriw, Frank Bramble, Pam Bramble, Patricia Carrigan, Ian James Roche, Robert Calafiore. Art, Music, Refreshments, Raffle.
Sunday, September 16, 11 am – 4 pm
The Brick House in the historic Apple Orchards
at Shepaug Crossing
240 Old Mount Tom Road