Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
Big, Bold, Brilliant Abstracts
from Bruce Clark
The Gunn Library welcomes Spring with Big, Bold, Brilliant Abstracts from Bruce Clark. Without constraints or inhibitions, former history teacher Bruce Clark quietly spent more than 30 years creating large, nonobjective acrylic paintings. Many of those works will be on display for the first time.
Clark continues experimenting with new techniques and materials. His greatest passion is working with vibrant colors to produce a space that is unique to the viewer. “Classical artists often studied and emulated their predecessors,” he points out, “but were hesitant to develop their own style.”
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at the juncture of Route 47, opposite the Green
Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Harrison “Whitey” Jenkins new artwork. The exhibit will run through May 26, 2018.
Jenkins has designed and fabricated over 200 wood sculptures over the past 20 years. Byrde + the b will be showcasing a carefully curated selection of Jenkin’s sculptures. Jenkin’s sculpture are fabricated in wood shaped as “eliptoids”. They are colorful, fun and engaging organic pieces. In addition, Jenkin’s recent photographs will be on display ranging from small to large scale formats. His photography is strictly taken using an Apple iPhone. Different themes have evolved over the past couple years from architectural abstracts, landscape abstracts, stark museum interiors, fallen leaves, and images taken of American roads and bridges all taken while speeding by in a car.
“Photography for me with the iPhone is quick and easy and allows me to document things of interest almost every second of the day. They are sometimes enlarged to 5 feet or larger showcasing a unique grain in the printing process that appeals to me like the surface of a painting. Texture and shadow are apparent in all my photos. It is this distinctive element of aesthetic appreciation that I take for granted in everyday life. The iPhone captures what I miss in the moment so I can rejoice in its full splendor later.”
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd
at Five Points Gallery
Five Points Gallery will open “Presence: Encounters with the Figure,” a new show that will run from April 12, 2018, throughMay 19. Curated by Ann Finholt, this exhibition, includes paintings, drawings, and collage. Finholt has brought together seven artists who, as she puts it, “explore, deepen and challenge the instinctive human connection to representations of the figure.” In their own distinctive vocabulary, the artists balance the tension between representation and abstraction. There is always the presence of a figure in these works, but actual resemblance plays a lesser role, sometimes as abstract as a remnant or a mere suggestion. The exhibition is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank.
The artists featured in the exhibit are Lexa Axon, Charles Cajori, Helen Cantrell, Barbara Grossman, Catherine Kehoe, Ken Kewley and Larry Morelli.
Gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment. About the Gallery: Located in a historic downtown building, Five Points Gallery (FPG) is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery showcasing professional regional, national and international visual artists. The gallery presents exhibitions in three beautifully renovated exhibition spaces and has earned a reputation as one of Connecticut’s outstanding contemporary art venues. For more information about the gallery, please visit www.fivepointsgallery.org
Five Points is supported in part by the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Artists’ Panel Discussion: Friday, May 4, 6 pm
Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
At The Smithy Loft
The Loft Gallery at The Smithy will host Washington artist, April Crumrine. April’s series of brightly colored abstract paintings will be on view from April 12 through May 20, 2018.
This free event is open to the community and gives guests an opportunity to meet the artist, chat with friends and fellow art enthusiasts, and enjoy light fare.
The Loft Gallery
The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
Paintings by Cynthia Zinser
Cynthia Zinser will present her figure studies and still life paintings in “Pulled into Light,” an exhibit at the Minor Memorial Library
The show will continue during regular library hours through Saturday, May 26, except when the Community Room is in use for a special library program. The library is open Mondays from 12 noon to 7 pm, Wednesdays from 10 am to 7 pm, Thursdays from noon to 5 pm, Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
“Pulled into Light” refers to the artist’s attempt to move fish, fowl and game, the usual subjects of classical still life paintings, from darkness to light. Ms. Zinser says, “Mortality is not a dark theme; mortality is the most vital of subjects.” The lineage of themes and inspirations passed through generations of classical realist painters is a primary focus of the show.
Ms. Zinser’s paintings have won numerous awards, including those given by the Washington Art Association and the Watertown Art League, and are currently held in private collections throughout the US and in France.
Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street
Exhibition at The Annex
Five Points Annex Gallery in downtown Torrington will open “Naturally Inspired” a new show that showcases the work of Leslie Landau and Julieanne Palmer.
The Annex, an expansion of the Five Points Hartford Art School/ University of Hartford Launchpad program, is a community pop-up gallery managed by the Launchpad artists. Located just steps away from the Five Points Gallery in historic downtown Torrington, The Annex Gallery offers a unique opportunity for local and regional artists/artisans to engage their community by offering a space to show their work. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm, and by appointment.
Opening Reception: May 4, 6 – 8 pm
Five Points Annex
17 Water Street
Everybody should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her prose is haunting and elliptical. Yet no one should be afraid of Virginia Woolf. Her novels are luminous, airy, even breezy at times, a strangely elegiac look at the crack between the Victorian world she inherited and the modern world she helped create. The heart of her writing is the promise of a whole person behind the mundane details of life, the hope of coherence in the scattered impressions of a moment, a thing that fiction itself too often fails to find. She was a dyed-in-the-wool visionary and an accessible genius, somehow still mired in nineteen-century snobbery. Come join us in this literary seminar through a selection from her works as we discuss, think about, and come to know one of our literature’s greatest minds.
Mark Scarbrough is a former academic and currently writes cookbooks with his partner, Bruce Weinstein. This series is funded by the Friends of the Scoville Library.
May 3: “To The Lighthouse” chapters 2 & 3
Books will be available for borrowing at the Library on a rolling schedule. Copies should be available beginning February 15; first come, first served. You may also request to borrow a copy at your local library. New print copies of these titles are not readily available.
Thursday, May 3, 10 am -12 pm
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
Taking Control of Your Digital Life
This workshop with instructor Tal Fagin will deal specifically with how we, as individuals and as a society, are using technology in unhealthy ways. Together, we will explore strategies to get more control of our digital lives.
In today’s always-on world, many of us feel compelled to be plugged in and available on a nearly full-time basis—whether for work, school, family or otherwise. We use our devices for everything from alarm clocks to news sources, from snapping photos to texting to entertainment.
By putting the world (and everyone we know) constantly at our fingertips, our gadgets allow us to navigate and master our environment. And yet, when it comes to our high tech-habits, far too many of us are beginning to feel more shackled and helpless than we do free and in control.
Tal Fagin, a former corporate attorney and certified life coach, has devised this new workshop aimed at informing you of some of the more troublesome aspects of our plugged in lives, and helping you to institute lasting, meaningful, positive changes.
In this workshop you will learn:
Tools to paint a fuller, more honest picture of your tech-habit;
How to institute small, simple-but-impactful changes;
Methods to confront your “FOMO” (and other fears around disconnecting)
How stress manifests uniquely for you and how to manage it;
Strategies to replace excessive, mindless or otherwise meaningless tech-habits with healthier, more life-enhancing practices.
Ultimately, you will emerge feeling optimistic and energized, empowered, lighter and liberated. Now who wouldn’t want more of that?
Thursday, May 3, 6 – 7:30 pm
Cost: $35 Pre Register by 4/15/18; $45 after 4/15/18
Valley Spirit Cooperative & Wellness Center
6 Green Hill Road
Kentucky Derby Kick-Off
Bourbon lovers and the “bourbon-curious” are invited to celebrate the kickoff to the Kentucky Derby with Bourbon, Barbecue and Bluegrass on Friday, May 4. This event is a benefit for the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council and is hosted at Litchfield Distillery.
Along with the sounds of bluegrass music of the Zolla Boys, guests will have the opportunity to taste handcrafted, premium spirits, and sample a selection of specialties from Smoke ‘n’ Barrel Barbecue. There will also be distillery tours, and an auction drawing to add to the festivities. The auction drawing will include chances to win tickets to The Litchfield Jazz Festival, Infinity Hall, The Warner Theatre, The Palace Theatre, to name a few offerings, as well as items from books to bourbon, from jewelry to glassware, and experiences from The Mattatuck Museum, Persue the Clues, and workshops with artists and artisans.
Litchfield Distillery’s Batchers Bourbon Whiskey and Batchers Gin are silver medal winners of the renowned San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Litchfield Distillery is owned and operated by Jack and David Baker. The Distillery’s Batchers’ series includes three handcrafted, premium spirits: Batchers’ Bourbon Whiskey, Batchers’ 8-year Double Barreled Bourbon Whisky, and Batchers’ Gin, and flavored vodkas for which they are ranked among the “Fifty Best.” The Distillery uses locally harvested grains from throughout the region.
The Zolla Boys are a family bluegrass band based in Northwest Connecticut. The band consists of 17 and 18 years-old brothers Sam and Ben on mandolin and guitar, and their father Larry playing bass. Since the 1930s, “brother harmony” has been a vital ingredient in the traditional sound of bluegrass and mountain music. The Zolla Boys carry on that tradition. Whether playing original tunes, classic duets, folk/country ballads or driving ‘grass, the heart of their performance is that distinct “brother harmony.” They perform throughout New England and the Northeast and have been featured on award-winning festival stages—including the Grey Fox Emerging Artist Showcase, Blistered Fingers, Podunk and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival—and have performed live on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. “We are excited to be a part of the Arts Council’s Bourbon, BBQ and Bluegrass event. By supporting this event guests are supporting live music and we appreciate that very much,” said Ben Zolla
Tickets are $50 when purchased in advance and $60 at the door, if there are tickets remaining. This event is limited to 75 patrons. Advanced tickets may be purchased online at bbb5-4-18.eventbrite.com
Friday, May 4, 7 – 9 pm
Early Bird Ticket: $50
At the Door Ticket: $60
569 Bantam Road
The Washington Art Association & Gallery is pleased to present State of Abstraction, an exhibition of contemporary abstract art by Connecticut artists. Co-Curated by WAA Exhibitions Committee members Daphne Anderson Deeds and Jacquelyn Gleisner, the selected works will be displayed in both the Washington Art Association & Gallery and the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens exhibition spaces.
Painting, installation, video, sculpture, and prints are included in the exhibition featuring over twenty artists covering all areas of Connecticut. Many of the works update common tropes of abstraction across these different media. Zachary Keeting, of New Haven, composes layers of paint to convey colorful lyric abstraction, while works by Elizabeth Gourlay and Ryan Paxton are contemplative, and Kevin Daly’s paintings are based on geometry.
Other artists included in the show experiment with new tools, unusual media, or inventive processes. In her studio outside Hartford, Hong Hong makes large-scale paper works using a range of different pulped materials. David Livingston combines 3D modeling programs with his small, spontaneous gouache paintings using video. A familiar craft material is the building block for New Haven artist Suzan Shutan’s interactive pom pom installation. Kinetic sculptor Tim Prentice of Cornwall offers wall-mounted works, Weston artist Joseph Fucigna’s sculpture is made of plastic coated fencing, while Hamden installation artist Howard El-Yasin uses materials that are usually discarded like dryer lint and roasted banana peels. The more than sixty works that comprise State of Abstraction give viewers a thorough overview of abstract art by artists working in Connecticut today.
WAA Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm (May – September) Closed on Mondays.
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens Gallery Hours: Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday, 10 am -2 pm; and by appointment.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5, 4 – 6 pm in both locations
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
At Twelve Moons Coffee House
Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes the return of traveling solo performer, Marc Delgado. Marc’s songs are eclectic, unexpected and portray characters trying to make sense of The American Landscape. In addition to his solo performances, Delgado also writes, sings and records with Alt-Rock, Americana group, Wounded Knee. Their last record, High in a Neon Dive (Narcissus Records) is a spiraling tour through the seedy motels and dive bars of Central California where Delgado grew up. He is currently at work on his newest Cd, Wildwood Road, which will be released later this year. Marc lives with his wife Melanie and their daughter Mary Scout in Woodstock, NY.
Listen to Marc Delgado at: www.marcxdelgado.com
Saturday, May 5, 7 to 10 pm
A donation is requested
St. John’s Church
(back door entrance)
12 Main Street
How to Create a Cutting Garden
Cutting gardens are lovely to view, provide fresh-cut flowers and keep your perennial borders from being raided for indoor display. Learn how to grow a small, highly productive cutting garden as an addition to the vegetable patch or as a stand-alone garden. This talk by Elisabeth Cary will consider all aspects of growing cut flowers including garden design and the selection of flower varieties that hold up best as cut flowers. You will hear tips on sowing, planting, transplanting, cultivating and preparing flowers for indoor use.
Elisabeth Cary was formerly the Director of Education at the Berkshire Botanical Garden and has been gardening for over 30 years. She is currently developing Cooper Hill Flower Farm, a micro flower farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 – 11 am
Admission: HHG Members $30; Non-Members $35
Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
At Warner Theatre
May 5-13 in the Main Theatre, presented by the Warner Stage Company. Based on the record-breaking 1997 film, THE FULL MONTY is the raucous and heartfelt story of six good buddies who go to great lengths to make some cash and help out a friend in trouble. Their plan to get their lives back together requires them to triumph over their fears, their nerves and their clothes! With a heady mix of razor-sharp humor and toe-tapping pizazz, this ten time Tony Award® nominee, is musical comedy at its most heart-warming. Contains adult language, situations and brief nudity.
Saturday, May 5, Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 6 and Sunday, May 13 at 2 pm
Tickets: $19.00 – $27.00
68 Main Street
Box Office: 860.489.7180
The Warner Theatre
Cinderella is presented by the students of the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education. The third production in the Young Actors Series is a specially created “Getting to Know” version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s magical fairy tale with the hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. All of the beloved songs and familiar characters are present and accounted for. However, the entire script has been condensed to better suit young attention spans, and the plot has been slightly altered so as to highlight some important lessons that exist in this timeless tale.
Saturday, May 5, 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday, May 6 at 2 pm
Tickets: $19.00 – $27.00
68 Main Street
Box Office: 860.489.7180
At The Smithy
The Smithy Store will host a Local Maker’s Market on May 5th at the 2ndfloor Loft Gallery of the store.This unique pop-up market will feature handcrafted goods made by local artisans; including whimsical pottery by Amy Brenner, letterpress stationary by Saltbox Press, ceramic beaded jewelry by Green Fire Pottery, hand-thrown garden pots and sculpture by Pots & Paints, charming small folk paintings by Claudia Wood Rahm, and gorgeous leather handbags and accessories by Emeny Leather. In addition to the selection of affordable gifts, guests will enjoy live music on the patio with jazz guitar duo Bentley and Brian, and sample Plum Brook artisanal chocolates, and iced No.Six Depot tea. Plum Brook master chocolatier, Pam Dorgan, will be on hand to describe the creative process and inspiration behind her delicious, small-batch chocolates. Gifts and goodies of all kinds will be available to create lovely, one-of-kind gift baskets for mom.
Saturday, May 5, 11 am – 5 pm
2ndfloor Loft Gallery
The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
Beyond the Bow
Did you know that before the bow and arrow many Native Americans used atlatls to hunt? Such dart throwers enabled hunters to throw the dart faster and farther than by hand alone. Under the guidance of atlatl expert Gary Nolf, you will learn about its history and the different designs of this ancient weapon before making your own atlatl and dart. Then, you’ll test your skill and craftsmanship in a just-for-fun competition.
Saturday, May 5, 11 am – 2 pm
Price: $15 Adults; $13 Seniors;$11 Children; $5 IAIS Members
Space is limited – Reservations Required
The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road
Over Chaos – Masterworks by Baroque
Giants Handel and Vivaldi
For its spring concert program, the Crescendo Chorus, soloists and its Period Instrument Orchestra will present a Baroque Oratorio Concert featuring Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110), a profound message of the triumph of good over evil. The settings are those of George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi, two of the Baroque era’s most famous and beloved composers.
Handel was only 20 years old in 1707 when he composed the Dixit Dominus HWV 232. Scored for a five-voice chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra, the work shows, even in his early years, his talent for using music to communicate the drama of a composition’s text.
Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus RV 807 for four-voice chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra was re-discovered in 2005 having been for two centuries wrongly attributed to the successful operatic composer Baldassare Galuppi. Vivaldi’s oratorio is a composition of outstanding musical quality that dates from his late period. It includes a majestic trumpet part alongside the string and woodwind orchestra.
Performers for these concerts are the Crescendo Chorus and the Period Instrument Orchestra with strings and woodwinds as well as natural trumpet player Chris Belluscio from Boston. The vocal soloists are sopranos Michele Kennedy, Jordan Rose Lee and Jennifer Tyo, tenor David Vanderwal, bass baritone Enrico Lagasca, and the internationally-acclaimed countertenor Nicholas Tamagna. Christine Gevert, Crescendo’s Founding Artistic Director, will conduct.
Sunday, May 6, 4 pm
Tickets: $35 general; $60 premium; $10 students under 18 years
Over 100 Designs
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, Northwest Connecticut Chamber Education Foundation and Prime Time House are collaborating on a public art project called Tails of NWCT. Over 100 designs for Tails of NWCTdogs have been submitted by area artists. The first sponsors that have committed to sponsoring dogs and realizing the artist’s vision are: Northwest Community Bank, Torrington Savings Bank, Thomaston Savings Bank, Community Health and Wellness Center of Torrington, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Interlaken Inn, Chatterley’s Banquet Hall, Cook Funeral Home, Litchfield Woods Healthcare Center, O&G Industries, Northwest Hills Dealerships and Aspetuck Animal Hospital.
“Over 100 designs have been submitted by both professional and amateur artists, young and old. Some are beautiful, some are funny and all are appreciated. I hope sponsors enjoy selecting their designs as much as we’ve enjoyed receiving these fun ideas for Tails of NWCTdogs,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. “Designs are still coming in. Why stop, we told ourselves. However, the first sponsors who commit, get first choice of design, of course,” she added.
The designs for the dogs, in 4 different life-sized shapes, can be viewed at www.TailsofNWCT.org.Sponsors who commit to “fostering” a Tails of NWCTdog select one of those designs, or commission an artist to design their dog. The artists are then provided with a fiberglass dog form to paint or decorate as per their design. The completed art dogs will be on display throughout Northwest Connecticut from mid-August through Columbus Day weekend. A regional map of all the display locations for the completed Tails of NWCTart dogs will be available to residents and tourists. Dogs that are not purchased back by their sponsors will be available for bid at the Tails of NWCTAuction on Saturday, October 20that Chatterley’s Banquet Facility in Torrington.
All proceeds will benefit the three collaborating organizations, enabling them to strengthen arts and culture, provide scholarship opportunities, and improve the mental health of those living in Northwest Connecticut.
“We look forward to another outstanding public art project through this collaboration with Prime Time House, the NW CT Arts Council and the Chamber’s Education Foundation,” said JoAnn Ryan, President and CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. “Tails of NW CTprovides us the opportunity to showcase the region of northwest Connecticut while recognizing our generous business sponsors, the talented artists and our beautiful communities.”
For more information about the project, including sponsorship opportunities and information for prospective artists, visitwww.TAILSofNWCT.orgor call the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce at 860-482-6586.
Completed art dogs on display throughout
Northwest Connecticut: Mid-August – Columbus Day weekend
First Sponsors on board
Meet the Mutts Design Display & Selection Party: May 7
Tails of NWCTAuction: Saturday, October 20
Chatterley’s Banquet Facility
371 Pinewoods Road
With Dennis DeYoung
In 1977, history was made with upon the release of The Grand Illusion album. Dennis DeYoung and The Music of STYX celebrate that history, performing the album in its entirety plus all eight Top Ten hits “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Best Of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” plus classic rock anthems “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Suite Madame Blue,” and many more. The original voice…all the classic hits… all the memories… one forgettable evening!
Friday, May 18, 8 pm
Tickets: $99.00 – $165.00 each ticket
68 Main Street
Box Office: 860.489.7180
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts
Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 8th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness. Highlighting his leading edge creativity that delivers a new view of everyday life, an Exhibition on Screen film, David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts, will be shown.
Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film follows two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity. Running Time 1h 25 min.
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 – 8 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road