Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
Craven Contemporary is pleased to announce its latest show “Conversations With Alex Katz”. Alex Katz (born 1927) is an American figurative artist well known for his large scale depictions of landscapes, flowers and portraits. The show “Conversations with Alex Katz” comprises five unmistakeable portrait prints by Alex Katz spanning the 1970s to today each paired up, or “in conversation”, with work by another artist. The other artists are Elad Lassry, Paul Sepuya, Alex Prager, Henry Taylor and Tony Oursler. Paul Sepuya is included in the current Whitney Biennial and Henry Taylor is included in the current Venice Biennale. Alex Prager is a gallery favorite who has appeared in many shows at Craven Contemporary. All the artists have work in prestigious private and museum collections including the Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA. The show will run through Sunday, September 8th.
4 Fulling Lane
Curated by the Realist artist, Eric Forstmann
Eckert Fine Art announces “Realish” curated by the Realist artist, Eric Forstmann. The show strives in a selective way to examine the creative impulse to interpret what is Real. This survey of art, spanning more than a century, will exhibit artistic and expressive reflections on the worlds of 15 accomplished and museum collected artists.
Featured Artists: William Bailey, Alice Dalton Brown, Theodore Earl Butler, J.F. Carlson, Chuck Close, Ken Davies, Richard Estes, and Eric Forstmann.
“What is Real? A question that has been asked for generations and the attempt to answer has been tackled by writers, philosophers, scientists and artists.
Artists have tried harder than many to solve the mystery to the layered question at hand. Thankfully, especially for museums and galleries, the question has never been answered adequately enough to stop another from trying to give their version of real.
The thing about artists is the looking and looking and looking and finally, hopefully seeing. It has driven curious eyes and hands for as long as there have been eyes and hands. The attempt to capture what we see in two dimensions predates France’s Lascaux cave paintings but as handwriting is as different as fingerprints, so are interpretations of our world by different eyes and minds. Such is the beauty and complexity of art and artists. Wolf Kahn, Kathleen Kolb, John Mellencamp, Skip Steinworth, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Weaver, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Stephen Scott Young.” – Eric Forstmann
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Eckert Fine Art
12 Old Barn Rd
Second Members Show
The Kent Art Association opens its second show featuring artwork by its members on Saturday, August 17 with a Reception and Awards presentation beginning at 2 pm. The KAA has over three hundred members from Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. The Members Show offers member artists the opportunity to show off new works and as almost all mediums and styles are accepted, KAA shows are always an exciting and interesting mix of traditional and modern. Sculpture, photography, mixed media and graphics share wall space with traditional oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics in creative representational and non-representational ‘modern’ forms. This show provides an exceptional opportunity for attendee’s to view the work of numerous artists (usually between 30 & 50 artists are represented in a show with at least 100 individual pieces of art) ranging from talented beginners to professional artists. All artwork exhibited has to meet the KAA’s high standards for exhibition.
Judges for the Members II Show are Karen Bahrenburg and Thomas Franken. Ms. Bahrenburg earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University and worked as a technical writer for McGraw Hill Publishing Company. Drawing and painting were early passions and she had her formal training at the Woodstock School of Art and the Dutchess County Art Association where she studied figure drawing, oil painting and pastel. Ms. Bahrenburg began working almost exclusively in pastels after taking workshops with some of the most acclaimed pastelists in the world. She enjoys painting rural landscapes near her home, and wherever her travels take her.
Mr. Franken is an innovative and imaginative artist with a large portfolio that encompasses a variety of media including paintings, silk screens, collages, graphic arts, and designs in wood. Oil paintings are the primary focus of his work with a strong, vivid use of color rendered in an abstract, impressionistic style. His silkscreen designs began with a line of original holiday and note cards that were sold by UNICEF, The Metropolitan Opera, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. His woodworking includes one of a kind pieces including lamps, wall hangings, wine racks and furniture. His art has been exhibited in a number of galleries and acquired by collectors.
The Members II Show is open Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, September 8. Gallery hours are Thursday–Sunday from 1-5 pm.
Reception & Awards Presentation: Saturday, August 17, 2 pm
21 South Main Street
Five Points Annex Gallery will exhibit “Nurture vs. Nature”, which explores themes related to memory, personal narratives, and nature, both within humans and in the environment. It asks the questions: are we merely a product of our environment, or do we have an influence over who we become? What is our relationship to the environment in the 21st century? How can the landscape convey emotion?
Artists in this exhibit explore personal themes using a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. This exhibit features the work of Rachel Clark, Jessica Fallis, Brigid Kennedy, Rachael Martinelli, Pam Murphy, Terrance Regan, Liz Schott. All are art teachers in the West Hartford Public School district.
Gallery hours will be Thursday to Sunday, from 1 – 5 pm, or by appointment.
Five Points Gallery
17 Water Street
The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon
Organized by the Sharon Historical Society & Museum in Sharon, Connecticut, Wild and Beautiful Creatures: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon is a celebration of the art, science, and heritage of John James Audubon, one of America’s greatest naturalists. The Tremaine Art Gallery exhibit, Wild and Beautiful Creatures, is on view August 30 – October 13 and runs concurrently with The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon on view at the Sharon Historical Society Museum September 14 – December 13. The Tremaine will host a gallery talk Saturday, September 14 at 3 p.m. followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m. The featured speaker is Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia. The talk and reception are free and open to the public.
The Tremaine Art Gallery exhibition includes around thirty of Audubon’s stunning illustrations of birds and mammals for his two monumental publications, The Birds of America (1826-38) and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America(1845-54). Drawn largely from local collections, including that of Hotchkiss School Special Collections, most of the prints are from Robert Havell Jr.’s original hand-colored “double elephant folio” edition. Also on exhibit will be examples from other editions, as well as one of the few surviving oil paintings from a projected “Gallery of Paintings” of the birds, and one of the rare copper plates from which the Havell edition was pulled.
At the same time, the Sharon Historical Society and Museum will provide context with an exhibition on Audubon’s life and work. The show will explore his fascinating professional and family life, the evolution of his publications, his innovative working methods, his complex relationship with the conservation of American species and their environment, and his heritage in the founding and work of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Sharon. Among the objects on display are one of Audubon’s rare portrait drawings, his favorite snuff box, and a beautiful specimen of a passenger pigeon, abundant in Audubon’s lifetime but by the early 20th Century extinct. The exhibition will be complemented by an exhibit of works by local artist Allen Blagden, one of today’s foremost wildlife watercolorists.
A program of lectures and other events are scheduled to coincide with the exhibits. Autumn programming at Audubon Sharon, a division of Nation Audubon, whose three thousand acres of preserve and Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic continue the work begun by Audubon, will supplement the exhibits. For comprehensive information about events please visit www.hotchkiss.org/arts, www.sharonhist.org, and www.sharon.audubon.org.
This community-wide event will be celebrated with a benefit tented brunch in Sharon on Sunday, September 15. For location, tickets and details visit www.sharonhist.org or contact email@example.com. The exhibits are sponsored by AIG Private Client Group, Klemm Real Estate, and the Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School.
WILD AND BEAUTIFUL CREATURES: THE LIFE AND WORK OF J. J. AUDUBON
EVENTS FALL 2019
September 7, 4-6pm. Sharon Art Walk. At various locations on Sharon Green, including the opening of the exhibition Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden, one of the foremost bird watercolorists of today. Sharon Historical Society.
September 13, 7pm. Dr. Doug Tallamy, noted author of “Bringing Nature Home, will speak on the importance of caterpillars in the bird food chain. Litchfield Community Center, $10 suggested donation. Please register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
referencing “Tallamy Talk.”
September 14, 10am – 3pm. The Butterfly Festival. A variety of lectures, field walks, ID workshops, tours of Sharon Audubon’s new butterfly house, a native plant sale, as well as several activities for kids. Sharon Audubon Center. Entry: $10 adult, $5 child.
September 14, 3-4pm. Exploring the West with John James Audubon: The Last Expedition, an illustrated lecture by Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Tremaine Gallery. Followed by an opening reception of the exhibition Wild and Beautiful Creature: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon, 4-6pm.
September 15, 12pm. Celebrating John James Audubon. Join us for brunch under a tent in a private garden, Sharon, where Dr. Peck will talk about Audubon as inspiration for conservation today. For details and tickets contact email@example.com
September 26, 6.30-7.30pm. Audubon’s Art and Science: A Guided Tour, by Michael Foley, Director of Arader Galleries, New York. Tremaine Gallery.
September 28, 4-5.30pm. Minnie’s Land: Audubon’s Final Home, illustrated lecture by Matthew Spady (author of the forthcoming book Audubon Park: The Neighborhood Manhattan Forgot). Sharon Historical Society. Registration preferred audubon@sharonhist.
September 29, 4pm. John James Audubon’s Pictures in Prose, an illustrated talk by Eileen Fielding. For details and location contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 5, 3-5pm: Drawing the Birds. Come and try your hand at drawing the Center’s raptors. Sharon Audubon Center. Please register via email to email@example.com.
October 6, 3pm, Audubon’s Life and Work: A Guided Tour, by Christopher Robinson, exhibition organizer. Sharon Historical Society. Registration preferred audubon@sharonhist.
October 12, 4-5pm Allen Blagden will lead a walk-through of his exhibition Inspired by Audubon: The Art of Allen Blagden at the Sharon Historical Society and discuss the wonders and difficulties of painting in the wild.
October 26, time to be announced. Adventures in Bird Photography, an illustrated lecture by professional bird photographer Sarah Blodgett. Sharon Audubon Center.
The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon
Sharon Historical Society & Museum
September 14 – December 13, 2019
Tremaine Art Gallery:
Gallery talk with Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia: Saturday, September 14 at 3 p.m. followed by a reception from 4 – 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.
“Audubon’s Art and Science: A Guided Tour”, by Michael Foley, Director of Arader Galleries, New York. September 26, 6.30-7.30pm.
Sharon Historical Society & Museum
18 Main Street
The Tremaine Art Gallery
The Hotchkiss School
At WAA Gallery
The Washington Art Association is pleased to present “Chelminski & Offenhartz” an exhibition featuring the work of two accomplished Connecticut artists, each has over five decades of experience of making visual illuminations that celebrate living in the light and color of Connecticut. For Cheminski it begins at his Bridgwater home and a wildflower meadow filled with echinacea, phlox, beebalm, foxgloves, evening primrose. For Offenhartz it’s the foot of Mohawk mountain in Cornwall.
Michael Chelminski’s landscape paintings abstract acute observation of space and light and form. His diary of rapid, observational calligraphic watercolors inform his oil paintings which incorporate a series of overlapping patterns varying in density to suggest leaves, forest, waves, clouds. His paintings are about balance of color, value, layers and turning marks into his own pictorial vocabulary.
Harvey Offenhartz defines his work as “drawing color.” He does not paint them but draws them using oil pastels and ground colored pigment to create color interactions. The images are touched and massaged into life with an intimacy and density that draws us in to a haptic meditation. His work is not referential; he does not depict images or suggest them. Lack of a recognizable imagines is important to him. It is also why his works are untitled; preferring to generate sensation from what the viewer sees and feels.
The pairing of these two artists makes for a dazzling, yet completive visual experience.
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
of New Work by Natalie Beall
Standard Space is pleased to present Utility Suite, an exhibition of new work by Natalie Beall. The artist creates forms that are recognizable without being identifiable–reminiscent of everyday objects but not representative. Her translation of ordinary objects into abstracted collages and sculptures allow them to transcend their traditional roles, suggesting latent possibilities and unknown functions.
She develops her vocabulary of enigmatic forms from objects she finds in antique and thrift stores, on the street, and in her own home. The color schemes of her cut-paper collages are cohesive but not muted: navy blue, brown, taupe, ochre, and forest green, with orange, pale blue, and touches of red. Bold forms are balanced with delicate details of chain, netting, and woven strands. In related sculptures, gray felt rug pads are repurposed and combined with window screen, wood, and clay into wall-hanging forms evoking utilitarian objects.
Natalie Beall earned her BFA from the University of Georgia and her MFA from Columbia University. She was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts/New York State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts in 2017 and a Lighthouse Works Fellowship in 2014. Beall’s work has been exhibited at multiple venues, including the Wassaic Project, The Lower East Side Printshop, and The Cooper Union. She lives and works in Salt Point, New York.
Standard Space showcases artists from the city and “upstate,” as well as to help the area develop as a cultural and artistic destination, where working artists can come to gain perspective on their pursuits, take inspiration from the creative community and the picturesque surroundings, and create and show new work in a welcoming and energizing environment.
The show runs through Sunday, Sept 29th, 2019.
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 31, 5:30 – 8 pm
147 Main Street
Mixed Media by Suzan Scott
“As a painter, my language is line and color and shape. They are my tools. They are my voice made visible…the question is never what am I looking at; the question is: what do I see?”
Suzan Scott’s work explores the qualities of color, light and abstraction in nature that combines her interests in art, nature, and science. Nature informs her work and directs her eye; the effects of light, color and atmospherics feature prominently in her work. New visual information constantly presents itself to her. Close observation and awareness of the moment play a big part in her art practice.
Suzan is a member of the Arts Alliance of Woodbury, the Canton Artists Guild, the Washington Art Association, and the Artspace New Haven Artist Directory. She has exhibited in solo and group shows across the state for over 25 years. Her work has been shown in galleries, private schools, colleges and universities, including the John Slade Ely House, Slater Museum, New Britain Museum, Yale ArtSpace Gallery, Homer Babbidge Library at UConn Storrs, and UConn Health Center. She has participated in City Wide Open Studios in New Haven since 2002, showing at Erector Square and Alternative Space venues. Scott has also exhibited in Blue Mountain Gallery’s Annual Invitational Show in Chelsea, NY. Visit her website at: suzanscott.com
Opening reception: Thursday, September 5, 5 – 7 pm
Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
At The White Gallery
Join The White Gallery as they keep in the spirit of summer with A Summer State of Mind. A Summer State of Mind is celebrating the end of summer and the transition into fall. The show will feature new artwork from many returning gallery artists including Nancy Lasar, Avery Danziger, Natasha Karpinskia, Kate Stiassni, and David Dunlop, as well as introducing Jeffrey Neumann, Nadia Block, and Hannah Jung. Whether it is painting, photography, or mixed media, this show has pieces for everyone to enjoy. This exhibit will run through October 27th, 2019.
The White Gallery
342 Main Street
Mixed Media by Catherine Erb
Look Up is comprised of mixed media works whose subject matter includes clouds, butterflies, landscape and hummingbirds. The subject matter may seem disparate at first glance, but upon closer inspection, the viewer begins to understand the artist’s consistency in the creative approach to these works. There is an underlying, almost metaphysical layer to Erb’s work. She is interested in exploring recognition beyond vision. How far can you deconstruct an image before it loses its essence? This process has been examined by others throughout the history of art. Although Georgia O’Keeffe painted from real life, (landscapes and flowers) her paintings are examples of early abstractions in the 20th century and she referred to her later work as being “beyond”. Was this a reference to her deteriorating vision as she aged or perhaps a more spiritual reference to the ever present human search for meaning and purpose…or was she moving beyond boundaries. So, too, Catherine Erb is literally blurring the lines between representation and abstraction in order to get to a point where, as Erb says, “All that’s left is a deeper recognition with knowing.” The Hindu word Darshan is present in Erb’s mixed media works. It’s meaning is simply an opportunity to glimpse a deity or sacred object. This philosophy is woven into the works in Look Up.
“What I find fascinating about Catherine Erb’s work is its balance between realism and abstraction. Her work is inspiring, timeless, and very, very, very beautiful.” — Kathy McCarver
Stop by the gallery to see these beautiful works! The gallery is open on Thursday to Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm; available by appointment as well.
2 Titus Road
For a Good Cause
We will be donating 5% of each purchase to Dress For Success Mid-Fairfield County because we believe all women should be empowered by feeling and looking good! Bring in a gently used, nearly-new professional outfit to donate and we will also give you 15% Off One-item (including new arrivals!).
We are looking for:
Interview appropriate suits
Interview appropriate blouses
Professional separates including blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers and jackets
Work appropriate shoes
Jewelry and scarves
Handbags (briefcases, portfolios or work appropriate handbag)
Can’t make it to the party?
#ShopForACause is also happening all week long (September 5 – 12) at Shop Cathyb.
In-store and online
About the Charity: The mission of Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools needed to help women thrive in work and in life.
Thursday, September 5, 4 pm – 7 pm
Community Dance featuring Square, Circle and Contra Dances taught and called by Peter Stix with live music by Betsy’s Band. Organized by the non-profit Motherhouse: Nurturing Self, Family, Community, and our Mother Earth.
Saturday, September 7, 7 pm
Suggested Donation: $5-8/child, $10-15/adult, $25/family
Cornwall Town Hall
16 Pine Street
At Hollister House Garden
Enjoy cocktails in the garden and preview buying at the Sale of Rare and Unusual Plants before the sale opens to the general public on Sunday. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for plants suitable for late season planting from some of the Northeast’s premier specialty nurseries.
Please Note: If you are attending the symposium, cocktails and preview buying is included with your symposium reservation.
Plant & Garden Accessories Vendors:
Broken Arrow Nursery: Broken Arrow develops and grows rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials. Offering superior quality and expert advice to gardeners and enthusiasts.
Cricket Hill Garden: Growers of rare peonies and unusual fruit trees.
David Burdick Daffodils & More: Grower of unique bulbs, perennials and greenhouse tropicals of the highest quality. Sale will feature fall blooming Colchicum.
Falls Village Flower Farm: Falls Village Flower Farm is a grower, propagator and retailer bringing over 20 years experience growing the best perennial plants that thrive in our cold climate.
Garden Vision Epimediums: Specialty mail order nursery offering the most extensive selection of shade loving epimediums in the US – over 170 species and varieties.
The Green Spot: Organic retail garden center specializing in unique, interesting and unusual plants.
Issima: Small specialty nursery specializing in unusual hardy plants.
McCue Gardens: Growers of unique and unusual quality perennials, natives and specialty plants for over 50 years.
Meadowbrook Gardens, LLC: Meadowbrook Gardens offers a wide variety of quality native and ornamental plants along with creative design and outstanding landscape installation and maintenance.
Oesco, Inc: Suppliers of tools and equipment for gardeners, growers and groundskeeping professionals since 1954.
O’Brien Nursery: Known for their hosta offerings, O’Brien is also a destination for unique shade perennials, a wide selection of conifers, special Japanese maples and dwarf ginkos.
SavATree: SavATree invites garden enthusiasts to bring their landscape questions or concerns. A certified arborist will be on hand to share his knowledge and expertise on topics related to keeping your trees, shrubs and lawn beautiful, healthy and safe.
Shakespeare’s Garden: Unique garden center specializing in plants and garden and home décor. Also offering landscape design, installation and fine gardening.
Snug Harbor Farm: Specialty greenhouse and nursery offering topiary along with a selection of cool plants for connoisseurs and indoor gardeners along with treasures from their lifestyle boutique.
ToHo Studio: A new design and fabrication studio located in downtown Torrington, CT. Presenting astroturf indoor/outdoor furniture designed by artist Gerald Incandela.
Youngs at Three Rivers Nursery: Fifty -three acre nursery offering field grown and container stock of ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials, landscape design and installation. Specializing in specimen trees.
Cocktails & Preview Buying : Saturday, September 7, 4 – 6:30 pm
All Day Plant Sale: Sunday, September 8, 9 am – 3 pm
Cocktails & Preview Buying: HHG/GC members, $50 | Non-members, $65
All Day Plant Sale: $10 Admission (includes entrance to the garden)
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
At Byrde + the b
The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of recent paintings by the landscape artist Karen LeSage opening Saturday, September 7. The exhibition will run through October 31, 2019.
Karen LeSage’s foray in painting began with a career designing clothing and props for the entertainment industry in New York City. The artist spent weekends in Litchfield County, eventually making the county her permanent residence and decided to become fully committed to painting. LeSage’s work balances between landscape painting and full on abstraction. She is inspired by the Berkshire Mountains and visits them often for the variety of color and texture that they offer. LeSage’s work has an affinity with the art of Agnes Martin and March Avery the daughter of artist Milton Avery. Lesage’s work is a meditation on color and the power of nature.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 4 – 6 pm
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
The autumn months bring with them a bounty of nuts, ripe fruit, thickening roots and tubars, and and an astounding array of edible mushrooms and fungi. Flanders will be holding a program on these plants and mushrooms. The program will be led by The 3 Foragers, a family from southeastern Connecticut who have been foraging wild foods and fungi, and blogging about their adventures, for over ten years. They are authors of “Adventures in Edible Plant Foraging: Finding, Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Native and Invasive Wild Plants”, and were featured in Yankee Magazine, discussing family-friendly and sustainable foraging.
They will share their knowledge on the edible plants and fungi of autumn with a slideshow of original photos and recipe ideas. Participants will learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare the wild foods of the fall season, from acorns through minty wintergreen leaves, golden honey mushrooms and maitake, known as the “dancing mushroom”.
This will be followed by a short walk around the nature center where the group will hunt, identify, and determine the edibility of some of the plants and mushrooms found there.
The program will be held at the Flanders Sugar House. Children are welcome. Those interested may register online.
Saturday, September 7, 10 am
Cost: $10/members; $15/non-members
Flanders Sugar House
Located a quarter mile up from
the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Road
203.263.3711, ext. 12
On September 7, Charym Yoga Studio in Litchfield celebrates
its 11-Year Anniversary by hosting a yoga party and potluck,
followed by a group sound healing session. You are all invited.
See our feature article on the event here.
Saturday, September 7, 10 am
Charym Yoga Studio
174 West Street
Discussion & Book Signing
Author Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg returns to The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Sunday, September 8 for a discussion and signing of her latest novel, The Nine (She Writes Press, $16.95).
When well-meaning helicopter mom Hannah Webber enrolls her brilliant son and center of her world, Sam, into the boarding school of her dreams, neither of them is prepared for what awaits: an illicit underworld where decades of privileged conspiracy threaten not only Sam but also their fragile family.
“The Nine uncovers the underbelly of an elite private school, revealing decades-long corruption while also exposing how the fervent dreams of mothers for their children can shatter families.” –Randy Susan Meyers, best-selling author of Waisted and The Widow of Wall Street
“A poignant mother-son drama … in fluid prose, Blasberg combines two tales through two alternating voices … A helicopter mom turns out to be no match for a well-funded conspiracy; engaging, with a likable young protagonist.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A complex and beautifully wrought tale of the sacrifices parents and children make to join the ranks of the elite, and the shocking secrets they find once they get there.” –Holly LeCraw, author of The Swimming Pool and The Half Brother
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg is the author of Eden: A Novel, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award for Women’s Fiction and finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. After graduating from Smith College, she embarked on a career in finance. Though she worked primarily with numbers, she was always reading and writing. After holding jobs on Wall Street, at Macy’s, and writing case studies at Harvard Business School, she turned her attention to memoir and fiction. Blasberg founded the Westerly Memoir Project. She sits on the board of the Boston Book Festival and Grub Street, one of the country’s preeminent creative writing centers. She and her husband have three grown children and split time between Boston, MA and Westerly, RI. She loves to travel, play squash, ski, and take in the glorious sunsets over Little Narragansett Bay.
Sunday, September 8, 2:30 pm
Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road
Bigger and Better Than Ever
TownVibe and Litchfield Magazine present the food-lover’s party of the year—Savor Litchfield—on September 8 at South Farms in Morris.
Foodies and other fun-loving folk can enjoy tastes and sips from more than 20 restaurants and specialty markets from the Litchfield area, all in the beautiful surroundings of the 90-acre South Farms in Morris. In addition to fine cuisine, craft cocktails, artisanal wine, craft beer, and sweets, there will be live music, local business pop-up shops, a mixology class by Litchfield Distillery, and an art tent for kids by Art Room Atelier. “Good things happen when people connect over good food,” says TownVibe publisher Geoffrey Morris.
Litchfield Distillery, a premier sponsor, will be hosting a mixology class in the white barn and Little Free Library will be handing out books.
The restaurant and spirits list is still growing but to date includes Bohemian Pizza, BritsBrand, Ciesco Catering, Community Table, Dagwoods New American Lounge, Fifth State Distillery, Hopkins Vineyard, John’s Cafe, Josh Cellars, Litchfield Distillery, Market Place Tavern Litchfield, Mayflower Inn & Spa, Mine Hill Distillery, Spring Hill Vineyards, Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Sweet Lab Confections, The BakeHouse of Litchfield, West Shore Seafood, White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant.
They will be creating an array of delicious and diverse options for participants. Cuisine ranges from sustainable and seafood-focused to old-school Italian comfort food to handmade caramels. The event will also offer various wines, beers, and spirits to create the perfect ensemble—all available for one ticket price. Local businesses that will be on hand include: The Spa at Litchfield Hills, Byrde + the b, J. McLaughlin, Oliphant, Forsythia Skin Care, and Shop Cathy B.
Raffle items will be sold in support of a local food bank. Guests are invited to bring donations of canned tuna, beans, rice, condiments, peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, healthy cereal, olive oil, laundry and dish detergent.
Pre-purchased general admission is $50, which includes food, drink, and entertainment all afternoon. A VIP pass is $100 and provides a preview hour from noon to 1 pm, food, drink, entertainment, private parking, and access to a lounge with TV and food service. Children 15 and under are $20. Day-of-the event tickets are $60 for general admission and $110 for the VIP lounge. Tickets can be purchased at savorlitchfield.com.
Event sponsors: Art Room Atelier, Atria Senior Living, Audi Danbury, Diageo, Deutsch Family Wines, LeafFilter North, Litchfield Distillery, PepsiCo North America Beverages, Watermark at East Hill, William Pitt Sotheby’s Int’l Realty – Litchfield Hills
Sunday, September 8, 1 – 4 pm
General admission: $50 (includes food, drink, and entertainment.)
VIP pass: $100 (provides a preview hour from noon to 1 pm, food, drink, entertainment, private parking, and access to a lounge with TV and food service.)
Children 15 and under: $20.
Day-of-the event tickets: $60 for general admission and $110 for the VIP lounge.
Tickets can be purchased at savorlitchfield.com.
21 Higbie Road
A Due Stromenti
Crescendo’s opening concert program of its 15th season offers a musical glimpse of the rarely-heard, exquisite repertoire written for theorbo and harpsichord. The first concert is “A Due Stromenti—17th Century Italian Music with Two Instruments.” The two instruments are harpsichord and theorbo; players are Crescendo Artistic Director Christine Gevert and Hideki Yamaya.
Theorbo, the largest member of the lute family, is not commonly seen on U.S. concert stages. It was used primarily to accompany small vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles as well as solo vocal music. Its role as a solo instrument was an afterthought, but innovators on theorbo left behind a small repertoire of high quality. Theorbo and its smaller version, a tiorbino, will be played by Heideki Yamaya, who is a specialist in lutes, early guitars and early mandolins. Based in New Haven, born in Tokyo, he is an internationally acclaimed musician who has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Germany and Italy.
Crescendo’s founder and artistic director, Christine Gevert, will play the harpsichord and organ in this concert. While conducting, performing and recording in Europe and South America she led masterclasses and workshops in early music and harpsichord, and taught historic keyboards at the Berlin Church Music School in Germany. Most recently, she was invited to play solo harpsichord recitals at the Early Music Festival in Narol, Poland, the historic Auditorium Wanda Landowska near Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Beat Festival.
The season continues with a large celebratory concert in October with chorus, orchestra and soloists featuring the Bach Magnificat and Handel’s Coronation Anthems. Returning to perform with us in October are the internationally-renowned early music soprano Julianne Baird and the countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, back from a year of singing in major European concert halls.
Crescendo will be presenting a total of eight events in their season. Tickets are available now at worldclassmusic.org/buy-tickets/ or at the door.
Sunday, September 8, 4 pm
Tickets: $35 general, $60 premium, and $10 for those under 18
Not so Fast
Ray Reich, a Washington resident and former Gunnery physics and astronomy teacher, will present Going to Mars? Not so Fast. This illustrated presentation will take place Tuesday, September 10 at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.
There has been a fascination with Mars since long before the first steps on the moon. The Red Planet has been the subject of innumerable works of sci-fi and inspired countless dreams of adventure and exploration. Now, after decades of scientific breakthroughs, research and determination, we’re finally going to do it: humans are going to Mars. But maybe not so fast!
The distance, time and speed needed for Mars manned missions cannot be merely scaled up from NASA’s successful Apollo program designed sixty years ago. Warp speed travel is fine for Star Wars, but hardly suited for the real world.
Ray details progress made to date, some of the difficulties encountered, expectations and the actual usefulness of a Mars base. After his talk Ray will be delighted to answer participant’s questions.
Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 pm
Registration is requested.
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green