Goings On

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

July 1 – 9, 2018
Theory: New Exhibition at
Five Points Annex Gallery

Theory is a new show that features the work of six Five Points Gallery Launchpad artists in a variety of mediums such as photography, sculpture, painting, and installation.
The artists featured in the Annex Gallery are Aaron M. Flynn, Sydney Morris, Tara Nugent, Nicole Haynes, Erika Santos and Keri Halloran. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays, 1 – 5 pm, and by appointment.

Opening reception: Friday, June 22, 5 – 7:30 pm

No admission charge

Five Points Annex Gallery
17 Water Street



July 1 - October 31, 2018
The Telephone Exchange Building:
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
New Milford


July 1 – November 1, 2018
WAA Sculpture Walk 2018

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.

Curators’ Statement
“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

Opening Reception: July 14, 2-6 pm at WAA and throughout Washington Depot

Closing Reception: Art Patron’s Party- Costume Soiree at Town Hall
Oct 27, 7:30-10 pm

Washington Depot


July 1 – September 1, 2018
Privet Lives & Privet House
Welcomes Monies

Gerda and Nikolai Monies met in 1973 while they were both attending school for goldsmithing. Since then, based out of their workshop that overlooks the Copenhagen harbor, they have been living and working together making their signature sculptural and artistic jewelry.

Monies is a Copenhagen-based jewelry company founded by goldsmiths Gerda and Nikolai Monies in the late 1970’s. Not for the faint-of-heart, the handcrafted jewelry collection – including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants, many one-of-a-kind – is bold in form, innovative in materials and sensational in scale.

Suzanne has been a long-time collector (and wearer) of Monies statement pieces and from a designer’s point of view, Richard has always admired the creativity and artistic inspiration that Gerda and Nikolai bring to their work.

Opens Sunday, July 1 and through the summer

Privet Lives
13 East Shore Road
New Preston


July 2 – August 20, 2018
Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston
Summer Concerts

The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston has selected the bands that will appear in the 2018 free Summer Band concerts at Seth Thomas Park in Thomaston. This is the 16th year of the concert series, supported by corporate sponsor: Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation. The concerts are held on Monday evenings, beginning on June 25th, and run through August 20th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and happen at.  Each concert is free, and all are welcome to attend; the Park is handicap accessible. In the event of rain, the concerts move to the air-conditioned Thomaston High School auditorium, Branch Road, Thomaston. Plan now to bring your lawn chairs. Parking is available at the Unimetal lot across from the Park.  Due to a town ordinance, alcohol is not permitted in the Park.

July 2: Windborne, which has played up & down the East coast, a vocal folk band new to the series.

July 9: Pierce Campbell, with his 60’s Satisfaction group, a concert by a crowd favorite,  If you love the music of the 60’s, be sure to be with us. Barrett Family Oil is sponsoring this concert.

July 16: Deni Bonet, another new performer, with her own eclectic stylings, who has even performed at the White House.

July 23: The jazz group, Chris Coogan Quartet for an evening of fine Jazz/Funk/Fusion.

July 30: The Page Turners, an original folk singer/songwriter group with their own music, as well as some old favorites.

August 6: Promises to be a great evening of country/folk mix with the ever-popular Goldrush returning to the stage.  In the event of rain, this concert would be held at the First Congregational Church on Main St.

August 13: Features the eclectic Afro-Semitic Experience, a dynamite group which has been very well received in previous years.

August 20: Closing out this year’s 16th season is another Thomaston favorite, Clearview, with their classic rock/pop/ and Top 40’s sounds.

Monday evenings, from July 2 to August 20, 7 to 8:30 pm


Seth Thomas Park
South Main Street



July 5 – August 27, 2018
Artist Jennifer Sabella “Order & Chaos”
at Oliver Wolcott Library

Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation, adventurously exploring a wide range of materials: wood, wire, canvas, and aluminum, which lent to the influence of surface material in her Gravity Wave series of paintings.

In this entirely new body of work, Jennifer tackles “Order & Chaos.” A dichotomy present throughout her work, she defines animated brush strokes into geometric hand-cut wooden pieces and funnels free-flowing streams of paint into orderly lines atop canvases. This juxtaposition is not only highlighted in the varying techniques that she employs in an individual piece but also comparatively from one work to another. Her work highlights both the organization and disorganization of the color palette, presenting a more literal interpretation of “Order” and “Chaos.”

Many of these works reside at the new home of BluePrint CT in Bantam. The artist’s work is also featured in private collections around the world, including the boutique hotel Fort Point Marriott Residence Inn, Boston.

In addition to producing work for her collection, Jennifer has also recently started HUE Studio: an open studio concept intended to allow for greater inclusivity and to promote experimentation in the world of abstract art. Lessons are given in her bright home studio, where she teaches the very palette knife and drip painting techniques she uses in her own work. The beauty of HUE Studio is that no two works are exactly the same. The end result is completely determined by the artist’s imagination and color choices.

Reception: Thursday July 5, 5 – 7 pm


Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


July 6, August 3 & September 7, 2018
Outdoor Movie Nights
At Judy Black Park & Gardens

Bring your blanket, lawn chairs, picnic, and your friends!

Friday 8:15 – 10 pm

July 6: Rear Window
August 3: Roman Holiday
September 7: North by Northwest


Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
1 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot


July 6 – 27, 2018
Summer Jazz Series
At The Smithy

July 6 – Northwest Jazz Collective Duo
July 13 – Northwest Jazz Collective Solo
July 20 – Northwest Jazz Collective Solo
July 27 – Four and One Jazz Quintet

Fridays, 5 – 7 pm

The Smithy
on the Patio
10 Main Street
New Preston



July 7, 2018
Twelve Moons Coffee House
Welcomes Jeff Przech 

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, now calling Unionville home, Jeff Przech (pronounced ‘Presh’) released his debut record “Sounds Like Fresh” in 2015. Called ‘as Americana as they come’ by one reviewer, Przech’s music offers a different geographical take on the genre while still maintaining the characteristics of modern Americana music. Przech, despite hailing from the Northeast, offers a very authentic take on the Americana sound with a distinct lack of pretense.

Jeff Przech’s newest record, Jeff Przech & The Outfit, has more of a full band sound than his debut, heavy on Telecasters and a vintage vibe achieved by recording the record live in the studio. The songs on the Outfit record show an evolution and growth while still maintaining the narrative quality of Przech’s lyrics. Jeff Przech & The Outfit was released in April and received stellar reviews from Twangville and Roots Music Magazine, among others.

Although the new Outfit record is, according to Przech, “the full band, electric record I always heard in my head,” he will be presenting the songs more organically as he travels to support the record. Przech will primarily be hitting the road with just his acoustic guitar and voice, the way the songs were originally born in the first place. Influenced by contemporary artists like Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams, along with classic artists like Kris Kristofferson (his main influence) and John Mellencamp, Przech enjoys being a storyteller more than anything else and playing the songs in this way will enable him to connect with people on a much more personal level.
Listen to Jeff at jeffprzech.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-like-fresh

The evening features live music, poetry readings, coffee, tea, snacks, social time with friends & more! Weather permitting, this event may be held outdoors in the courtyard.  Feel free to bring yummy treats to share. In the spirit of community, LaBonne’s generously donates delicious foods for our summer events.

Saturday, July 7, 7 – 10 pm
A donation is requested to help cover expenses.

St. John’s Church
(back door entrance)
12 Main Street



July 7, 2018
Village of New Preston
Summer Stroll

The Village of New Preston will be celebrating the joy of summer for children during the annual Summer Stroll, Saturday July 7th, with a village wide effort to raise money to send children to the ASAP Summer Camp. Participating businesses will be donating a percentage of their sales on that day to pay tuition to ASAP Summer Camp, for children in need. At ASAP Camp, now in its 18th year, children ages 4.5-17 come to play, make friends, explore their creativity, connect with nature, become inventors and discover something new. Voted # one Cultural Arts Organization in Northwest CT, ASAP Summer Camp is a full day camp like no other in the area. They offer a comprehensive art experience led by professional artists, daily adventures include visual arts, dance, drama, music, creative writing, yoga, pottery and outdoor activities. Representatives from the camp along with several children will be on hand during the stroll to talk about the camp experience.

The Summer Stroll will be a fun day for all those who come to visit this walkable village of enticing shops with just about something for everyone. Delicious treats and summer coolers will be served under umbrellas throughout the town and on the porches of the village’s historic buildings. The waterfall, the scenic wonder of the village, is always on view as you walk through town particularly from the deck and garden at Pergola and the deck at Seitz.

Sweeets will be serving Crispy Treats and DK Shulman will be celebrating its 7th year in the village with a new look! The Owl Wine Bar across the street will be welcoming guests on its shady outdoor patio.

Privet House and Privet Lives are in a summer mood serving chilled rose, lemonade, and cookies. At J. Seitz vegan sips and bites will be served and Henna Body Art by Elyse will be happening on the back deck with a portion of the proceeds going to ASAP. You can also enter the store’s raffle for a selection of products from their organic apothecary collection and check out the summer clothing sale.

Pergola will welcome guests into a cool green world of plants and garden accessories along with fantastic finds from their latest trip to Japan.

Across the street at Dawn Hill Antiques pink champagne will be bubbling as well as sparkling juice along with French macaroons in the most delicious flavors. Back by popular demand the “Social Gents Club Band” will be playing next to the store and belting out summer favorites to be heard throughout the town. The Smithy will be featuring bunches of gorgeous local flowers along with house-made cookies and Nine Main will, of course, be making their wonderful sandwiches and offering home-baked cookies.

Saturday July 7, 1- 4 pm


Main St.
New Preston

860 868-1800


July 8 & August 12, 2018
History through the Lens of Fiction
A Discussion of Two Novels
With Mark Scarbrough

Join us as Mark leads us through a discussion of two novels that depict real historical events but through the lens of fiction.
July 8: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit.
The New York Times wrote, “Other fiction writers have gotten this fresh with Anne Frank. But they don’t get much funnier…He brings to mind Woody Allen, Joseph Heller and a libido-free version of Philip Roth…It’s a tall order for Mr. Auslander to raise an essentially comic novel to this level of moral contemplation. Yet Hope: A Tragedy succeeds shockingly well.”

August 12: Winner of the Man Booker Prize and a New York Times Notable Book, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is set in February 1862. President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill, and in a matter of days, dies. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View. His website is bruceandmark.com.

Sundays, July 8 & August 12, 1 – 2:30 pm

Space is limited.
Registration is required.

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street



July 9 – 30, 2018
July Foreign Film Festival
at Gunn Memorial Library

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will feature a four week Foreign Film Festival in July. The selections, each from a different country, are among some of the best rated in their genre. The films will be screened Mondays at 1pm in their original language with English subtitles.

Monday, July 9, 2018
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. In Loveless, Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears.
(Russia) R / 2hr 9min

A Fantastic Woman
Monday, July 16, 2018
Winner Best Foreign Language Film. Marina is a young woman who leads a double life as a waitress and a nightclub singer. She’s dating Oscar, a man 30 years her senior. Marina’s life is thrown into turmoil when Oscar falls ill and dies. It’s revealed that Marina is also a transgender woman, and both her identity and her relationship with Oscar are treated as both perverse and suspicious. Marina comes into her own as she struggles with being shunned by Oscar’s family.
(Chile) R / 1hr 40min

The Wedding Plan
Monday, July 23, 2018
Michal is an Orthodox Jew who has been planning her wedding for basically her whole life. As the big day approaches, her fiance bows out and is no longer going to be the groom. Michal refuses to cancel the wedding, instead relying upon her faith to supply her with a husband. The wedding is only one month away, and there is no groom. She tries her hardest to find a husband who will meet the family’s expectations and satisfy her needs for a healthy personal and social life, all while trying to maintain her beliefs and uphold her religious standards.
(Israel) PG / 1hr 50min

Monday, July 30, 2018
A French romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, it is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation.
(France) R / 2hr 1min

Mondays at 1 pm

Registration is requested

Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
At Route 47 on the Green


July 12, 2018
Popular Cookbook Authors
Mark Scarbrough & Bruce Weinstein

Popular cookbook authors, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough will offer a talk and signing, and on their recently released book, The Kitchen Shortcut Bible at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

The ultimate collection of recipes to make real food, real fast—with hundreds of ways to cook smarter, not harder.  The Kitchen Shortcut Bible is for all of us who love to cook, but never seem to have enough time. This is a collection of more than 200 ingenious recipes that supercharge your time in the kitchen without sacrificing high quality or fresh flavor.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough come to this, their definitive guide to shortcut cooking, after twenty-nine cookbooks and decades of experience in the kitchen. Not only do they know about putting great meals on the table, they also know that most people’s nightly question isn’t “what’s for dinner,” but “what’s for dinner in the next half hour?”

They’ve got risotto in minutes, no-fry chicken parm, and melted ice cream pound cake. But these recipes aren’t merely “semi-homemade.” They’ve also got slow cooker confits, no-boil stuffed cabbage, and a fine holiday turkey straight out of the freezer, as well as new ways to think about sheet pan suppers, Asian noodle dishes without a wok, and no-churn ice creams. There are lots of new ways to use the kitchen tools you already own, imparting concrete shortcuts that save time and make something good into something great.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the authors of more than 29 cookbooks. Owners of mediaeats, a culinary production company, they were also nominated for 2011 and 2015 James Beard Awards, won a 2015 IACP Award, and are the longest-serving columnists on WeightWatchers.com, as well as regular contributors to the Washington Post, Fine Cooking, and Cooking Light.

Thursday, July 12, 6:30 pm

Registration is requested

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


July 12 — August 18, 2018
Memory, Metamorphosis
and Myth and All Things Natural

Five Points Gallery will open two concurrent exhibitions, Joseph Saccio’s solo exhibition “Memory, Metamorphosis and Myth,” and “All Things Natural,” a group show. They will run from July 12, 2018, through August 18, 2018.

In the East gallery, “Memory, Metamorphosis, and Myth”, Joseph Saccio’s monumental solo exhibition. The sculptor explains that the idea of three triptychs stemmed from his finding a 20-foot section of an old black oak tree. He divided the hollow trunk into three six-foot segments, then split those vertically. Each six-foot-high segment reveals the old tree’s history. A viewer can walk into the mysterious inner space — like opening a book — and imagine the struggle of living, dying and regeneration.

In the West gallery and TDP gallery, “All Things Natural” is a group show of works focused on the natural world. Albert Einstein advised: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” That the natural world — rivers, plants, trees, landscapes, leaves — continues to inspire artists is the underlying theme that brings together the figurative and abstract works, of the painters and photographers in this show.

The eight artists in the group show are Frank Bramble, Charles Dmytriw, Joan Fitzsimmons, Charles Malzenski, John Swedock and Merle Temkin.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment.

The exhibition is sponsored by Litchfield Bancorp.

Opening reception: Friday, July 13, 6 – 9 pm
Artists’ Panel Discussion in the gallery: Friday, August 3, 6:30 pm

No admission charge

Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street



July 13 – August 26, 2018
Ellen Lynch Photography Exhibit
At The Smithy

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy will open an exhibit of photography by Hudson Valley NY artist, Ellen Lynch. This show will feature stunning large-scale works of the many horses Ellen has photographed throughout the US and abroad. The show opens Friday, July 13 and runs through Sunday, August 26.

Ellen Lynch was raised in a rural community in Western New York, where forests, fields, and the dairy farm where she worked from the age of seven fostered her curiosity and innate embrace of the natural world. Trees and creeks were her playgrounds, and dogs, cats, horses, and cows her companions.

Ellen’s family of perpetual crafters and makers nurtured her creativity. Gifts and toys were made rather than purchased, playing outside was the norm, and rainy days produced plays, drawings or birdhouses made of popsicle sticks. It seemed natural to enter college as an art major, and Ellen received her fine arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase. Upon graduating, sensing the need for a larger world, she pursued her career as a graphic designer in New York City.

After a decade of relishing the City, and having earned acclaim in her field, Ellen was called back to the natural world, relocating to the Teton Mountains in southeast Idaho. While maintaining her client base in New York, she wandered the mountains on horseback, camera in tow, capturing the grandeur of the granite peaks, the dramatic skies, and the animals who make their home there. She also established a cattle ranch, and enjoyed being “the camera cowgirl.”

Today, Ellen makes her home in New York’s Hudson Valley, visiting the West, as well as new settings as often as possible. Dramatically different landscapes keep her eyes fresh in an ongoing search for ways of seeing, capturing and sharing the world around her. Ellen’s work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States. See her work at studio@ellenlynch.com

Artist’s Reception: Friday, July 13, 5 – 7 pm


The Loft Gallery at The Smithy
10 Main Street
New Preston


July 14, 2018
Twilight in the Garden
At Hollister House

Savor the enchantment of the summer garden in the cool of the evening at the Hollister House in Washington. Join us on Saturday, July 14th for wine and nibbles with friends and fellow garden lovers as the sun fades. This annual tradition for many of our guests is a highlight of the summer.

Saturday, July 14, 6 – 8 pm

Hollister House Garden members: $25, non-members: $35
Event registration is now open.

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


July 14 - August 12, 2018
Summer In Litchfield County
Exhibition in Kent

Eckert Fine Art is pleased to present Summer in Litchfield County, a group exhibition. The exhibition will continue through August 12, 2018. The gallery will also hold new regular hours: Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday from 12 – 5 pm.

Continuing with the Second Saturday at Kent Barns season, Eckert Fine Art will focus on what makes it unique to the Litchfield County area. The gallery has for decades relied on its relationships to bring quintessential 19th- 20th-century art to the commercial market. Through trust and expertise, the gallery is known for offering rare and important works from private collections, and often, pieces come directly from the original owners. This exhibition includes pieces ranging from luminaries such as Henry Moore, John Chamberlain, and Norman Bluhm to living artists Eric Forstmann and Don Gummer. In addition to pulling from collections from across the nation and overseas, the gallery is now beginning to touch upon great art found within Litchfield County.

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 4 – 7 pm


Eckert Fine Art
12 Old Barn Road



July 14, 2018
The Annual Washington Green
Summer Fair

Egg sandwiches, the Cookhouse famous ribs, Hot dogs and Burgers, Traditional Yankee Bakery — these are just some of the delicious foods being offered at the fair. There will also be an exciting Live Auction, a Silent Auction, a Used Book Emporium, a Ladies’ Accessories Booth, a Plant and Garden Shop, a Gift Boutique and a Gigantic Tag Sale. For the kids: a Jumpy House, Face Painting, and Hayrides for all. Hosted by The First Congregational Church of Washington, CT. Proceeds support the preservation of the historic Washington Green and Meeting House. Items for the Live Auction can be reviewed at washingtngreenfair.org

Saturday, July 14, 9 am – 2 pm, rain or shine
Live Auction: 12:30 pm


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


July 14, 2018
The Paul Winter Consort:
In Celebration of the Earth

The Litchfield Land Trust will mark its 50th Anniversary in land conservation with a free outdoor concert, featuring Paul Winter Consort, “In Celebration of the Earth”, followed by the Litchfield High School Jazz Ensemble, The Loft and Friends, on The event will be held at the White Memorial Conservation Center and held in collaboration with White Memorial and the Litchfield Community Center.

“We are thrilled to host Paul Winter who is the ideal artist for commemorating our 50th year in the conservation of the outdoors. His program celebrates both the spirit and serenity of this planet and its people through the infusion of both world and earth music” says Litchfield Land Trust board member and event coordinator Marie McFadden. “We are equally pleased to showcase the Litchfield High Jazz Ensemble and are thankful to our co-sponsors White Memorial and the Litchfield Community Center as partners in our 50th Celebration as Litchfield’s Land Trust”, McFadden adds.

Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn blanket, chair, and picnic basket. Food and soft drinks will be available on site for purchase. Free tickets can be obtained at www.litchfieldlandtrust.org.

Established in 1968 as one of Connecticut’s earliest land trusts, the Litchfield Land Trust is dedicated to conserving critical lands, scenic vistas and the natural resources of Litchfield through coordinated efforts with landowners, state and town agencies and conservation organizations for present and future residents.

LLT is a local non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by membership dues and charitable contributions. Its present 3200 acres of conserved land is maintained in accordance with the highest standards of land stewardship.

Saturday, July 14, 4 pm

Free tickets at website

White Memorial Conservation Center
80 Whitehall Road


July 19, 2018
The Art of the New England Farm
At Gunn Memorial Library

David D.J. Rau, Director of Education & Outreach at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme will present Of Bohemians and Bovines: Florence Griswold Museum and “The Art of the New England Farm”. This special program will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

Mr. Rau’s presentation will highlight the current exhibition on display at the museum. Drawing on the agricultural heritage of Florence Griswold’s family estate and of the Lyme region and beyond, the exhibition examines the history and character of New England’s farms in works by artists from the 19th to the 21st century.

Paintings, drawings, and photographs from public and private collections trace the challenges of farming in New England, with its rocky soil, and the pastoral landscapes crafted through intense labor. Landscapes by George Henry Durrie receive special attention as influential representations that translated the New England farmstead into an American icon in the mid-nineteenth century. Works by Ivan Olinsky, Thomas Nason, Martin Lewis, and Walker Evans map the transformation and decline of the New England farm into the 20th century with the pressures of urbanization and suburbanization. The more recent revival of farming, with the enthusiasm for organic produce and farm-to-table cooking, round out the exhibition.

Mr. Rau’s presentation will also give a panoramic view of the Florence Griswold Museum, its mission and the broad array of educational programming.

David Rau has been the Director of Education & Outreach at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme since 1998.  Most recently, Rau played a key role in the reinterpretation of the Griswold House as a boardinghouse for the Lyme Art Colony as well as the Museum’s new triad of online learning resources. Since his arrival at the Florence Griswold Museum, Rau has initiated a broad array of new educational programming at the Museum, including the Wee Faerie Village, Scarecrows at the Museum,, Of Feathers and Fairy Tales: Enchanted Birdhouses, and is currently working on Lettersburg Junction: Faerie Homesteads from A-Z and 1, 2, 3, another creative outdoor event for the fall of 2018. Rau holds a Master’s degree in the History of Art and a Certificate in Museum Practice from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Rau has held positions at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan; and The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire. He also currently teaches in the Museum Studies program at Connecticut College.

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 pm

Registration is requested.

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