Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
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
Gunn Memorial Library announces the opening of “Breathe,” the first solo show by local painter Anita Healy.
“’Just breathe Neetie.’ Those were my mother’s words to me throughout my childhood as I battled asthma,” says Healy explaining the show’s title. “So, what does my asthma and the tight living quarters of my childhood have to do with my art?” asks Healy who grew up with five sisters in a Naugatuck apartment. “Everything! When selecting landscapes, I seek out locations that are broad and open, letting in air and light. They are places where you can fill your lungs with clean, crisp, rejuvenating air.”
Healy is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a Masters degree from Fairfield University. She spent a fulfilling career in education as a teacher, guidance counselor and middle school principal. Since 2006, she has studied with Patricia Keville Fogel at the Washington Art Association and with Cape Cod Master Plein Air painter Rosalie Nadeau.
The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Route 47 opposite the Green
Art Exhibit by Judith Wyer
Judith Wyer’s new exhibit of oil paintings, Presence, will be on display at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village from June 16 through July 15. The exhibit features a selection of the artist’s figurative and still life paintings ranging throughout her career.
Judith Wyer, a North Canaan resident, has referred to the act of painting as “extending and relishing the momentary.” This is an apt description of the work in Presence. Ms. Wyer’s figurative paintings are inhabited by people quiet, pensive and held in place by circumstance and commitment: commuting on a train or waiting for one; museum gallery security standing still as a posing model; universal experiences of claiming private space in public places, everyone solitary, even in groups.
Balanced with the figurative canvases are equally quiet still lifes of flowers, ceramics, and glass. All of Ms. Wyer’s paintings have themes in common—neutral tones and soft, sinewy lines, often set off with a vibrant burst of color, a red or purple belonging to a flower or a central figure’s clothing. Describing the paintings, the artist said, “Presence is interaction where one form defines and demarcates the other, be it still life or figurative. The idea is to find balance and harmony in such interdependence thereby creating a quiet dynamic.”
Judith Wyer studied at several institutions in New York including Brooklyn College, the Art Students League, National Academy of Design, and School of Visual Arts. She studied with Jacob Lawrence who was an early and lasting influence on the artist. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and she exhibits regularly.
David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street
Abstraction / Representation
Five Points Gallery will open three new shows and will feature the work of four artists: Jackie Branson, Robin Tost, Adam Viens and Peter Waite. The three exhibits are sponsored by Northwest Community Bank. The gallery is open Thursdays through Mondays from 1 – 5 pm and by appointment. Docent tours are available to groups and organizations.
Diversions: Abstraction / Representation featuring Adam Viens and Peter Waite will be on display in the West Gallery. Viens and Waite’s very different approaches to painting speak, not only to the underlying similarities that often inform abstraction and representation but also to multiple levels of reality that characterize contemporary life. Adam Viens, one of Connecticut’s young emerging artists, employs the language of abstraction and non-traditional materials to “construct compositions of poignant metaphors and nostalgic polemics that are personally motivated and universal to human experiences.” His art making is influenced by numerous areas of interest such as philosophy, psychology, physics, but it is also informed by his experiences growing up in a small New England Mill town where changing times provoked feelings of instability and uncertainty.
Peter Waite’s realist paintings document his travels to sites of built environments that embody public sentiment or ideological concerns. Devoid of human figures, Waite’s representational images “emphasize the viewer’s participation as a witness to the moment of perceiving, then remembering these architectural spaces.” Whether depicting well-known sites or more common settings like subway stations. Waite’s “goal has always been to make the known, unknown and the ordinary, extraordinary.” Peter Waite has exhibited widely throughout the United States, is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships and is represented in scores of private and museum collections.
Jackie Branson, an artist based in Pawling, NY, will be the featured artist in the East Gallery. Branson’s exhibition, Habitual Demeanor, showcases sculptures, which are autobiographical in nature and examine notions of identity and protection through various forms of non-traditional armor. The works on exhibit will range in scale from extremely large to tabletop, and the public is invited to observe the installation through the gallery’s “windows on the street”. Jackie Branson holds a BFA from the University of New Hampshire and aanMFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and she is the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and residency programs.
Robin Tost’s exhibition, Discomforters, in the TDP Gallery features quilts made of scrap metals, cut by hand and sewn with wire. Tost began making quilts in 2008, fter bike trips through Massachusetts and Vermont. Many small towns had closed factories and a loss of local jobs and income. At the same time, many yards displayed homemade signs advertising, “Quits for Sale”. “This combination sparked the idea of combining the masculine industrial waste material I collect with the ‘feminine’ art of quilting.” Robin Tost exhibits extensively throughout New England and her work has been included in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Meeting House Gallery.
Opening reception: Friday, June 23, 6 – 8:30 pm
Artists’ conversation: Friday, July 14, 6 pm
Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
At Twelve Moons
Twelve Moons Coffee House is delighted to feature Wildcat Creek, offering Irish and American old-time, traditional music. With David Paton on concertina and hammer dulcimer, Tom White on fiddle, mandolin, viola, and tin whistle, Ren Nickson on bouzouki and guitar, Mike Prentice on bass, and Kane Clawson on vocals and percussion, the band will present a wide variety of music, merging both old and new world traditions into their unique and lively sound. The audience will be encouraged to sing, and even learn to lilt an Irish Jig! Keeping people from dancing might be difficult. Weather permitting the event will be held outdoors.
Saturday, July 1, 7 pm
A donation is requested to help cover expenses.
St. John’s Church
(back door entrance)
12 Main Street
The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that South Kent artist Linda Petrocine will have her artwork displayed in the Library’s gallery in an exhibition titled Spaces, Places and Faces: Encaustic Paintings.
Petrocine grew up on a farm in South Dakota and was keenly aware of atmospheric changes: the approaching rain, wind, tornadoes and snow. A farm family’s livelihood depends upon what is coming over the horizon. For the last 30 years she has been lucky enough to live in rural Connecticut and Key West where the natural world is still present and the sensitivity to atmosphere is still ever present.
“Over the years I’ve painted with many different mediums. Fifteen years ago I took a workshop and fell in love with encaustic. The luminosity, the sheerness of the layered bees’ wax and the varied applications make it perfect for expressing emotion and atmosphere. Plus, the scent reminds me of my old summer job at the honey factory 4 miles from our farm. The owners still remember me and are kind enough to send chunks of unfiltered wax for some of my work,” says the artist.
Her landscapes have been described as atmospheric, lyrical and ethereal. Petrocine paints moments in time that tweak a cord in her heart, a memory, feeling, or emotion. She paints on hard board and ceramic tile. On board she’s able to create multiple layers of translucent colors, and through the process of adding, subtracting and fusing with a torch, manages to capture depth and mood within the painting.
“I’d like my work to be enjoyed and even touched gently to feel the sensual nature of encaustic,” she adds.
On a historic note, the most famous examples of encaustic art are the Fayum Portraits found on mummies in the pyramids.
She is a member of Encaustic Art Network Unlimited, New Britain Museum of Art, The Art Studios of Key West and Washington Art Association. She is certified by RF Paints as an Encaustic Instructor and will be offering a workshop at Washington Art Association July 22. Her artwork has been acquired by collectors and exhibited in a variety of galleries.
Before moving to Kent she gained professional recognition as a Designer of Publications for Hearst Publishing and North Shore/Cornell University Hospital.
Saturday, July 8 from 12 to 1:30 pm
Opening reception: Saturday, July 8, 2 to 4 pm
The Kent Memorial
32 North Main Street
Partners with Privet Lives
American Icon Ali MacGraw, forever remembered for her free-spirited style and bohemian flair, is thrilled to be the creative ambassador for IBU, a socially conscious brand and movement founded in 2013 by Charleston-based entrepreneur Susan Walker. This collaboration is a marriage of like minds, as both of these very passionate women believe in giving back and making a difference in the lives of less privileged women around the globe.
IBU…meaning “a woman of respect” in Indonesia…is an collection of women’s clothing and accessories with a light-hearted sensibility, all handmade by a global network of gifted women artisans. The movement is dedicated to empowering women artisans in over 30 countries to achieve self-sufficiency, as well as to showcase the beauty of their traditions and craft.
We too want to be “IBU Extaordinaires.” It is an honor to collaborate with Susan and Ali, and it is heart-warming to be a small part of this very big mission. Join the Movement. Wear the Change. Join Privet Lives in supporting the sisterhood.
13 East Shore Road
The Washington Art Association & Gallery is thrilled to announce “Ruth Miller and Andrew Forge,” a comprehensive exhibition bringing together paintings and drawings from their widely acclaimed careers.
Ruth Miller, a painter of still life and landscape, lives and works in Washington Depot. Although working occasionally from memory, the artist paints mostly from observation. For her no two cabbages, no two pitchers are alike; each object has its unique and formal presence, with attention paid to the way forms press against each other and shape the space around them.
Through her keenly observed drawing and sensuous expressive brushwork, her intimate portraits of simple domestic vessels along with fruits and vegetables are infused with life and radiant color which reveal their unique personalities. Forms and shapes are simultaneously specific and suggested; colors are faded and brilliant, capturing and abbreviating details creating an intoxicating atmosphere of simplicity and beauty.
Andrew Forge, born in England, spent his early career in London. In the 1970’s, he married the painter Ruth Millerand moved to the United States, where he continued painting, writing and teaching. For over two decades he served as dean and professor at the Yale University School of Art.
The paintings of Forge “stand as poetic meditations on the process of perception,” wrote Lisa Russell in 2001. He worked in dense but nuanced arrangements of dots, derived from close observation of ”places, seasons, times of day, conditions of light.” The dots usually cannot be read as specific imagery, but sometimes they hover on the edge of representation, evoking trees, a pond or other aspects of nature. These paintings were made, it seems, to be soaked up rather than simply looked at. Their colors resonate in the mind, poetically echoing moods of nature.
Andrew Forge is also celebrated as a writer on art. He is best known for his writings on Degas, Monet, Manet, Klee and Rauschenberg. Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 1 , 4 – 6 pm.
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
The Smithy Loft Gallery will offer an exhibit of recent paintings by the New York City based contemporary abstract artist Steven Miller. Miller works in oils on canvas in combination with images inspired by nature.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 4 to 6 pm
10 Main Street
Ira Barkoff , Nancy Bevans , Jean D. Bouteiller , Donald Bracken , Emily Buchanan , Anne Chamberlain , David Colbert , Peter Cusack , Namcy Daubenspeck , Dolores Hayden , Susan Fox , Richard Griggs , Curt Hanson , Gary Halby , Bette Klegon Halby , Wallace Harding , Susan Hellmann , Hendon (Rugs) , Ian Ingersoll , Lisa Keskinen Lazlo , Martha Loutfi , Shaun MacDavid , Jennifer Hurlburt-Markow , Ellen Moon , Michael Moschen , Phyllis Nauts , Brendan O’Connell , Catherine Noren , Harvey Offenhartz , Marilyn A Olsen , Asher Pavel , Sybil M. Perry , Todd Piker , Tim Prentice , Erica Child Prud’homme , Tom Schiller , Carol Schneider , Marc Simont , Michael Trossman , Mark Wilson , Barbara Wolff , Scott Zuckerman
For directions to their studios and a map, please go to www.cornwallct.org one week before the event. Click “Links”, then “Artists & Writers”.
Saturday July 8, Noon – 5 pm
Various studios in Cornwall
Thomaston Jazz Orchestra
The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston’s 15th anniversary year of Summer Band concerts at Seth Thomas Park continues on Monday, July 10th with the fabulous Thomaston Jazz Orchestra! The concert is free, and all ages are welcome to attend; the Park is handicap accessible. In the event of rain, the concert moves to the air-conditioned Thomaston High School auditorium, Route 109, Thomaston. The overall concert sponsor is the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation.
The Thomaston Jazz Orchestra is an extraordinary group of 18 talented musicians who take big band jazz to new heights, under the direction of Jim Luurtsema. Most of the musicians are professional: teachers, travelling performers who also perform in local community bands, orchestras and symphonies. Also featured is singer Charise Courtney, who offers noteworthy vocals, enhancing the wonderful sound of the Orchestra. The Orchestra performs contemporary, modern and standard charts from Kenton to Metheny and others, with a big sound and energy to match.
Attendees should bring their own chairs/blankets to the park concerts. Alcohol is prohibited in the park. Parking is available in the Unimetal lot across from the Park.
Monday, July 10, 7 – 8:30 pm
Seth Thomas Park
South Main Street
In the third of a four class series that Flanders will be holding on how to achieve the best results from your garden, they are offering a program designed to help you with the planning of a garden using native plants whether it be the installation of a new native plant garden or the introduction of native plants in an existing garden. Recommended plant lists for different sites will be presented to help ensure a successful first year of your native plant garden.
The program will be led by professional gardener Fabienne Audette, owner of Nibbling Brook Gardens. Fabienne received a Master of Science in Horticulture at Ohio State University and has had a lifelong passion and years of experience in gardening.
Tuesday, July 11, 10 am
Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers
The Flanders Studio
At the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads
203-263-3711, ext. 10
Savor the enchantment of the summer garden in the cool of the evening. Enjoy wine and nibbles with friends and fellow garden lovers as the sun fades.
Saturday, July 15, 6 – 8 pm
Cost: Members, $30, Non-Members, $35
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
In a world where bigness reigns, thirty contemporary artists come together to reflect and respond to working small. For centuries, artists have crafted at a pint-size scale to depict and communicate cherished, esteemed, and intimate subjects. The contemporary miniature can be seen as an approach to art making that marries craft and concept with gemlike details of tiny treasures. In our fast-paced world small works often require giving time for reflection and thought, the reward being an element of surprise.
There are many reasons for an artist to favor working small. Often artists cannot afford studios outside their apartments, or prefer to work at home where one has only so much room to make work. Also, few collectors can accommodate giant sized work. Small scale works can risk taking on a sense of sentiment and nostalgia. This exhibit differs in that it’s focus is on the process of “making” and of “painting”, exploring work that is two and three dimensional, traditional and modern, between craft and concept, local and international, and between content and form. The artists exhibiting are:
Nancy Baker, NY
Caroline Blum, NY
Susan Breen, CT
Kevin Daly, CT
Ellen Hackl Fagan, CT
Judith Farr, SPAIN
Kathy Goodall, NY
Elizabeth Gourlay, CT
Bob Gregson, CT
Richard Griggs, CT
Julie Gross, NY
Debbie Hesse, CT
Jeffrey Cortland Jones, OH
Zach Keating, CT ( pending)
Susan Knight, NE
Bonny Leibowitz, TX
Barbara Marks, CT
ML McCorkle, GA
Irene Miller, CT
Juan Alberto Negroni, TX
Paula Overbay, NY
Heidi Pollard, NM
Karen Schifano, NY
Susan Scott, CT
Dee Shapiro, NY
Suzan Shutan, CT
Andrew Small, PA
Jill Vasileff, CA
Curated by Suzan Shutan
Reception & Pot Luck Barbecue: Saturday July 15, 2017, 3 – 5 pm
413 Sharon – Goshen Turnpike
Enjoy the annual summer fair hosted by the First Congregational Church of Washington. Exciting live auction, silent auction, Hayrides, food, and gigantic tag sale.
Saturday, July 15, 10 am – 2 pm
First Congregational Church
The Meeting House on the Green
6 Kirby Road
Lisa Cornelio, a 25-year veteran tutor, and college advisor will lead a discussion geared for students and parents and on the best ways to craft a winning college admissions essay. This program is at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT.
Well over 50% of college admission officers say that after grades and test scores the essay is the most important component of the application. The more selective the college, the more important the college essay is.
In this 60 minute presentation, Ms. Cornelio will share her signature approach – as she states “snap, crackle and pop: writing essays that sizzle.” Lisa will help participants brainstorm for the bull’s eye, shake loose the best ideas, share tips on writing the lede of your life, and help formulate beyond achievements, and target what really matters to you. She’ll also share a selection of winning essays that worked. As well as answer your questions.
Don’t miss this opportunity at get motivated and write the essay before school begins in September.
Lisa is a native of Torrington, CT and currently resides in Washington, CT, and Manhattan. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University, she helps teens and young adults access their inner resources so they can better achieve their academic, athletic and personal goals. A two-time Ironman and cancer survivor, Lisa speaks at schools and colleges across the country about how to develop grit and resilience. She also ghost/co-writes and edits non-fiction books, including several on careers, parenting and learning differences. Learn more about Lisa at lisacornelio.com
Thursday, July 20, 6:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Join photographer Rich Pomerantz for “Photography In The Garden”.
Thursday, July 20, 7 pm: Relax It’s Only Garden Photography
Meet in the barn for light refreshments and a slideshow and lecture that will explain the basic principles of garden photography including camera functions, composition, and lighting.
Friday, July 21: Basic Garden Photography
Workshop begins in the garden where you will photograph under Rich’s direction for 3-4 hours. Then into the barn to download your images, have lunch and do critiques. After a brief mid-day break it’s back to the garden for a second session in the late afternoon light.
Saturday, July 22: Capturing and Interpreting the Intent of the Designer. In this session you will use garden design principles to understand the intentions of the designer, interpret these intentions and design ideas to create a unique photographic vision.
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, July 20, 21, & 22
Member: 1 day – $150
Non-Member: 1 day – $175
Member: 2 days – $250
Non-Member: 2 days – $300
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
The New Baroque Soloists will perform Bach, Quantz, Telemann, Vivaldi, with French horns, oboe, strings, tympani, and organ.
Friday, July 21, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Friday, July 28, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Cost: $25 per ticket, First-time Guests, $20,
At the Door, $30, Students, $10, Children, free
Historic Meeting House
6 Kirby Road
In July and August, the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will present an exhibit by Gail Jacobson, Complicated Dreams. A reception with refreshments for the artist will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, July 21. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, August 18.
The Cornwall artist’s new works feature abstracts that suggest the marbled endpapers found in antique books. Introduced to Europeans by the Persian Tajiks in Istanbul, the technique was inspired by a kind of paper decoration invented in 12th-century Japan called suminagashi which means “the floating of colors,” an apt description of Gail Jacobson’s new paintings.
The artist said of her work, “My dreams are full of people I’ve never met, places I’ve never been, thoughts I’ve never had and words I’ve never said. Plots twist and overlap. People morph into other beings. There are no beginnings and no endings. Some are dark and foreboding, jolting me awake. Some are light and joyful, making me wish to sleep a little longer just to enjoy them. Above all they are surprising and complicated. This foray into Abstract Painting reflects these dreams. And yes, I do dream in color.”
Gail Jacobson graduated from college with a degree in art. After her marriage to her husband Jeff they proceeded to move across the country and to England, settling in Cornwall, CT over 20 years ago when they bought a 100-year-old hay barn and converted it into their home. New materials and techniques inspire her to create.
In addition to college, she studied for 4 years at Silvermine Art Center in Norwalk, CT, served as the President of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, founded Art@TheDump in Cornwall and served on the board of the Rose Algrant Art Show, also in Cornwall. She has been a member of various non-profit boards including the Cornwall Historical Society where she designs posters, flyers and notecards for their various programs and activities. Her skills have also produced a playbill, a menu for a local restaurant and a book cover among other items, reflecting her growing interest in graphic arts.
Artist Reception: Friday, July 21, 5 to 7 pm
David M. Hunt Library
63 Main Street
With Shoko Iwata
The Japanese art form of Ikebana (living flowers) is an artistic endeavor that can also lead one on a spiritual journey. It takes from nature its season, natural beauty and design. Participants in this program will observe the creation of an arrangement as well as, using seasonally available branches and flowers, make one of their own.
Saturday, July 22, 10 am-1 pm
Cost: $80 includes all materials and lunch
($30 non-refundable deposit)
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
229 East Litchfield Road