Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
An Exhibition on Screen
An Exhibition on Screen documentary film, Rembrandt will be shown on September 12 at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington. This screening is co-sponsored with the Washington Art Association & Gallery.
Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. Given privileged access to both galleries the film documents this landmark exhibition, whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story, with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. Exploring many of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians, this Exhibition on Screen documentary marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this deeply moving film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend. Directed by Phil Grabsky. 1h 30 minutes.
Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm
Registration is requested
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
Interested in learning more about the wonders of bird migration? Why do birds migrate? Where do they go? What factors such as weather play a part in migration? How best to observe and track your own birding experiences?
On Friday evening, September 13th Flanders will be hosting Fran Zygmont, a local and longtime avid birder for a fascinating program on bird migration. With an extensive knowledge of birds, Fred has led hundreds of bird walks as well as domestic and international trips over the past 25 years and continues to do so with a focus on education and the enjoyment of birds.
Covered will be the myths of bird migration of older times and the newest technologies now used to track bird migration, the latest research that help us to understand the whys and hows of migration, as well as the threats and challenges birds encounter during migration.
Zygmont will share some of his stories and experiences and provide expert birding insight, tips, and links to those attending for their own journeys of enjoying, observing and tracking birds.
Fran is Past President of the Audubon Council of Connecticut, and Litchfield Hills Audubon Society Board of Directors. He maintains a life list of over 1,000 bird species – over 265 in Litchfield County and over 340 in Connecticut. Fran has participated in many bird censuses and, as a member of a team of five holds the Connecticut State “Big Day” birding record with 193 species observed in a 24-hour period. He is also a bird call imitator – able to imitate the songs and calls of over 40 common and uncommon birds in our region.
Friday evening, September 13, 6 pm
Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members
At the intersection of Flanders & Church Hill Road
203.263.3711, ext. 12
Kenise Barnes Fine Art presents a group exhibition focusing on abstract painting. The show features paintings by Daniel Anselmi, Lorraine Glessner, Jenny Kemp, Stephen Maine, Margaret Neill and Audrey Stone.
Daniel Anselmi’s paintings explore the use of paint and paper in an ongoing dialogue between painting and collage. Eschewing new materials, the artist delights in the felt quality of the discarded; blueprints, ledgers, chart papers, and used canvas drop cloths become an integral part the aesthetic conversation in his work. The artist applies paint to large pieces or intimate fragments of various materials to affix to his prepared surface. His materials and methodology offer countless opportunities to express color, line, and form. Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in these abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating observer. All of Anselmi’s artwork is untitled to remove references that may inform the viewer.
Anselmi’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and is in many private collections. The artist lives and works in Belfast, Maine.
Lorraine Glessner is continuously investigating the limits of materials and art making, Glessner has innovated a highly idiosyncratic, layered and complex painting style. Recently, Glessner’s material investigations have produced a lyrical new series of acrylic paint on white acrylic. The clarity and luminosity in this work is remarkable and is an extraordinary addition to her repertoire. This exhibition features four new acrylic and diamond dust paintings from this series. Lorraine Glessner’s artwork has been shown throughout the United States and is in numerous private and public collections. The artist earned an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA and a BA from Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and. She lives and works in Pennsylvania.
Investigation into organic form and color drives Jenny Kemp’s art. These inquiries come from a desire to create abstract images that serve to replace feelings, ideas and other unseen phenomenon into densely colored abstractions. Kemp’s work stems from contemplations on human beings and our unquestionable relationship to organic matter and draws on a variety of sources such as natural organisms, psychedelic patterns and early modern abstraction. Kemp examines ways of yielding formal composition, by creating and dissecting form. This investigation is furthered by making animations of the dissections and together with images of whole paintings that the artist manipulates into small stop-motion videos. These videos feed the paintings in terms of inventiveness and allow her create conversations that address tensions between flatness and depth, containment and expansion, and handmade and digital. Jenny Kemp’s work has been featured in 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Published by Thames & Hudson. 2014 ), Design Milk (blog) and The New York Times. Kemp earned an MFA in Painting, University at Albany, StateUniversity of New York, Albany, NY and a BS in Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. She lives and works in Troy, NY.
Stephen Maine is known for his innovative material explorations. He is best known for large-scale abstract paintings made using a series of printing plates. “Some years ago, it occurred to me that conveying paint to canvas by means of a system that uses printing plates instead of brushes would save a lot of time and trouble.This indirect, intentionally imprecise production method yields the great pleasure of surprise while providing a concrete way to think about color, surface, scale, seriality, figure/ground, original/copy, and the psychology of visual perception” – Maine, 2019.
Maine’s work can be found in many collections including Museum of Modern Art Library Special Collection, New York, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, The New YorkPublic Library, New York, NY, Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Art in Embassies Collection, US Department of State, Washington, DC, Yale University Art Galleries, New Haven, CT. His work has been reviewed by Artcritical.com, Two Coats of Paint, Hyperallergic and TheNew Criterion to name a few. Stephen Maine earned a BFA (Painting), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and an MFA (Visual Art), Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT. The artist has recently relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Cornwall, CT.
Margaret Neill is focused on recreating sensory experiences in painting and drawing. Each work is a journey, or trek with many paths and byways taking place simultaneously. Once begun, all the parts of the work are in continuous play like the various musical instruments in a sextet playing with and against each other. Each painting or drawing begins without notes or plans but emerges from the arc of the artist’s arm and through the medium and materials. The work investigates the properties of abstract curvilinear forms found in nature and the localized conditions of her environment. The works are both intuitive and analytical in developed drawings and paintings that are composed of deeply layered intersecting geometries. Margaret Neill’s work has been featured in the Wall Street International Magazine, Domino Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, InStyle Magazine and others. Her work can be found in collections throughout the United States including Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, The New York Public Library, New York, NY, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, The New School, New York, NY, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Audrey Stone has spent her lifetime being fascinated with color and line. Her paintings are explorations of these two elements, appearing in thick blocks of color and subtle color gradients. The boundaries between broad and narrow bands of color generate optical vibrations, stimulating visual processes for a viewer as the colors transition and inform an emotional and physical response to the work. Stone’s paintings present a dynamic opposition within graphic blocks of color in a perfect ordered symmetry, a simultaneity of excitement and calm, movement and stillness. Audrey Stone’s work has been exhibited across the US as well as in Tokyo, Vienna, Prague and Bulgaria. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, W Magazine, Times Union and New York Artist Circle, to name a few. The work is in the collections of Ameritas Foundation in Bulgaria and Credit Suisse among others. Stone earned a BFA from Pratt Institute, New York, NY and an MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY. She resides and works in Brooklyn, NY
A digital exhibition catalogue is available, and a link can be found on the gallery website, www.KBFA.com. Gallery hours: Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday, 12 – 5 pm; and by appointment.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 4 – 7 pm
7 Fulling Lane
Paintings by Alissa Morabito
The Loft Gallery at The Smithy welcomes New Milford based artist, Alissa Morabito showcasing water, cloud and atmospheric paintings in ‘Clouds + Currents’. Executed in acrylic (and oil on acrylic), Alissa’s work is influenced by her time spent on the Southern California coastline. She paints with intensity and emotion, bridging the gap between real and perceived worlds. Paintings begin from a fleeting moment, a memory, which is shared then brought to a larger place as each work takes form. Visit www.alissamorabito.com for more information.
The community is invited to an Artist’s Reception. Guests can meet the artist, view art, and enjoy light Smithy fare and wine. The reception will also feature live jazz music by Bentley Lewis.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 4 – 6 pm
The Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
Mini Art Retreat
The fine arts of watercolor and hand lettering come together in a full day of creating with friends.
Calligrapher Kathleen Borkowski and fine artist Leslie Watkins present a unique day of art instruction in classic watercolor and calligraphic technique, with all the supplies provided. Each attendee will receive individual instruction. A swag bag with gifts and supplies will be given along with the chance to win a prize. A delicious catered lunch will be served along with coffee, tea and treats throughout the day.
In the morning session Kathleen Borkowski will present pointed pen calligraphy. Participants will practice a sample alphabet using traditional tools and walnut ink, and will receive supplies to continue practicing at home.
In the afternoon, Leslie Watkins will instruct a watercolor workshop focusing on nature painting featuring butterflies as the subject, followed by a demonstration of how to combine calligraphy and painting into a beautiful collage that can be used as a note card or as framed art.
There will be a break for lunch, including vegan and gluten-free options, catered by award-winning chef Theresa Cannavo. No experience necessary, all supplies provided. The retreat takes place Saturday, September 14th, at Whiting Mills, Studio #508, in Winsted.
Leslie Watkins is a fine artist, gardener and writer. Watkins’ paintings have been exhibited in New York City, throughout New England and Japan. Leslie’s artwork has appeared in books, magazines and internationally on postage stamps. She has designed textiles, greeting cards, and Battersea boxes. Clients include Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Fine Gardening Magazine, Caspari and Tiffany & Co. Leslie offers art workshops in watercolor and papercrafting from her studio in Norfolk, CT. and is currently working on a series of online art courses.
Watkins owns Dandelion Gardening Arts, LLC, a garden design and maintenance business and is a CT Master Gardener. She writes and illustrates “Through The Garden Gate”, a monthly garden column. For more information visit: www.dandelioncottagedesign.com and follow her on Instagram @dandelioncottage
Kathleen Borkowski, specializes in custom calligraphy. Her work includes painting on paper and silk and book making. Kathleen has studied traditional and contemporary calligraphy for 30 years with master calligraphers and artists from the United States, Britain and Europe. Her work is on display in studio #508, at Whiting Mills in Winsted, CT, where she instructs students in calligraphy. Follow on Instagram @khborkowski or her blog: 11thletterink.blogspot.com
Theresa Cannavo grew up with chickens and goats in West Hartland, CT. She learned gardening, canning, cooking and baking from her mom. In her parents’ shop, she began to make and repair furniture. Theresa now uses that knowledge in studio #506 at Whiting Mills in Winsted, where she continues the craft of upholstery, sewing and repairing furniture. In 2006, Theresa won $10,000 in the “Crazy for Cookies Challenge” on the Food Network and began a local cable show called “What’s Cooking Winsted”.
Continuing with healthy living, she pioneers a health breakthrough and teaches others how to “Biohack” their health with food and activation! Follow her on Facebook: Theresa P Cannavo
Saturday, September 14, 9 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $140 for the day
(includes Workshops, Art Supplies, Individual Instruction,
Coffee, Tea & Treats, Catered Lunch, and Door Prizes & Gifts)
Limited to 12. For registration call or text 860-307-9364.
100 Whiting Street
Great Spaces Series
Hollister House Garden is pleased to host the Rollston String Quartet as part of the Waterbury Symphony Music in Great Spaces series in their newly renovated barn on Sunday, September 15 followed by a reception in the garden.
Sunday, September 15, 3 pm
Reception to follow
Tickets: $45 in advance; $60 day of event
Hollister House Gardens
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Paris to Pittsburgh
Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will feature a screening of a National Geographic climate change documentary Paris to Pittsburgh. This event, co-sponsored with Washington Environmental Council and First Congregational Church of Washington, will take place on Tuesday, September 17 in the library’s Wykeham Room.
Paris to Pittsburgh brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future – and the Trump administration’s explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement – the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.
1hr / 17 minutes. Q&A will follow the screening.
Tuesday, September 17, 6 pm
Registration is requested
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
Conversation with Author Dani Shapiro
What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us?
In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history – the life she had lived –crumbled beneath her.
Inheritance is a book about secrets. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates this conversation with Dani Shapiro.
Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs, Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History.
Thursday, September 19, 7 – 8 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
The Litchfield Garden Club (LGC) will present an in-club flower show, “Town Crier to Twitter” to celebrate the town’s Tercentennial celebration on September 20 & 21. It will be held at the White Memorial Foundation Carriage House and Shed on Whitehall Road in Litchfield.
There will be four Divisions in the flower show: Floral Design, Horticulture, Photography and Conservation. Entry in designated classes in Floral Design, Horticulture and Photography will be open to the public.
Floral Design classes will feature designs that interpret people, places, and events through the centuries, such as “Colonial Quilt,” “Melting of the Statue of King George III,” “A Picnic by Bantam River” and “From Parchment to Pixels.” Classes in the Horticulture Division will include cut specimens, container-grown plants, vegetables and fruits. Entry in two classes in the Photography Division will be open to the public and one class will be open to Litchfield students in grades 5-12. The Conservation exhibit will display 25 years of the LGC project, “Treescape for Litchfield.”
A children’s activity table will be available. Supplies including a succulent plant, pot and soil will be provided free of charge for children 13 years of age and younger.
Saturday, September 20 & 21, 10 am – 4 pm
Free and open to the public 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, Sept 21 only
White Memorial Foundation Carriage House and Shed
Live Score by Morricone Youth
Film event pop-up Boondocks Film Society and the Warner Theatre are bringing a one-of-a-kind film experience to Torrington, for one night only, on Friday, September 20th. The Warner’s majestic main theater will host a screening of George Miller’s original Mad Max (1979), punctuated by an original score, performed live by NYC film-score rockers Morricone Youth.
The evening will include a pre-film happy hour, with Mad Max-themed craft cocktails, beer and wine. Attendees will also receive a free commemorative poster designed by artist Alex Theodoropulos.
The event’s centerpiece will be a screening of the cult Australian dystopian thriller Mad Max, starring a young Mel Gibson, a snarling gang of anarchic bikers, some menacing cars and souped-up motorcycles – all baking in the Australian sun. Morricone Youth composed a tense and dynamic score to complement the angst and action on screen.
The band hails from New York City, and has been writing, performing and recording music written for the moving image since 1999. Boondocks and the Warner are excited to welcome them to the Northwest Corner to perform their most popular composition. The film will be subtitled and the music non-stop!
Some downtown Torrington restaurants will be offering food specials in the hours before the screening that play off of the film’s setting and themes. Stay tuned on social media as details are announced.
Friday, September 20, 7 pm
Film screening: 8 pm
Admission: $20 (drinks sold separately)
Space is limited
Tickets are available at warnertheatre.org
68 Main Street
Warner’s Nancy Marine
Who do you trust when you are blind and alone? The Warner Stage Company will present Wait Until Dark in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre on September 21-29, 2019.
Forty-seven years after Wait Until Dark premiered on Broadway, Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott’s 1966 original, giving it a new setting. In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.
“A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene. Wait Until Dark is a tense thriller.” – NY World-Telegram & Sun.
“…a first rate shocker…the suspense drama we’ve long awaited eagerly.” – NY Post.
The Warner Stage Company production of Wait Until Dark is directed by George Murphy. The cast features Olivia Wadsworth, Patrick Spadaccino, Jake Albrecht, James Hyland, Rob Grgach, and Lillian Jackson. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. The Warner Stage Company’s presenting sponsor is Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. The Nancy Marine Studio Theatre series is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank.
Saturday, September 21, 8 pm
Sunday, September 22, 2 pm
Friday, September 27, 8 pm
Saturday, September 28, 8 pm
Sunday, September 29, 2 pm
Tickets: call the Warner Box Office
The Nancy Marine Studio Theatre
68 Main Street
Travel Guide: East Coast USA
Join writer Sam Lubell and photographer Darren Bradley in a discussion of their new book on modernist architecture that provides the reader with a curated list of more than 250 must-see destinations organized geographically from the Canadian border to Florida.
This slide presentation will introduce you to some of the best mid-century modernist architecture on the east coast, including many homes and buildings in Litchfield such as our beautiful Oliver Wolcott Library as well as works of other important influential modernist architects such as Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, and Philip Johnson.
Wednesday, September 25, 7 – 8 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
4th Annual Art of Work Gala
The American Mural Project (AMP) hosts its fourth annual Art of Work Gala on Saturday, September 28 in its Winsted, Connecticut, mill building, with the theme “Recycled Runway.” In addition to the highlight of the evening—the recycled wearable art runway show—the evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, light projections, a live band, dance party, and dessert.
The festivities begin at 6pm with a reception in AMP’s mill building, including open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres, offering attendees an opportunity to view the current progress of the mural installation. The runway show follows soon after and will showcase outfits, designed by individuals or teams, that are created out of at least 75 percent recyclable and/or trash materials. From 8 – 11 pm, the evening continues with the Nekita Waller Band, dance party, light projections by Joe Wheaton, and dessert.
See our feature article on the event here.
Saturday, September 28, 6 – 11 pm
Tickets: Full evening – $175 or $100 for those under 21; Live Band & Dance Party – $50 or $35 for those under 21; VIP Ticket – $350
90 Whiting Street
The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life (GWCJL) will be hosting High Holiday Services for 2019, led by their dynamic spiritual leader, Rabbi James Greene. Rosh Hashana will be the evening of September 29 and the morning of September 30, after which a light luncheon will be served. Kol Nidre will be the evening of October8, and Yom Kippur the morning and evening of October 9.
The GWCJL is a unique and diverse group of full time and weekend residents of the Litchfield County area who gather at members’ homes and local venues for stimulating spiritual, creative, intellectual, and social events. It is welcoming to all interested persons including interfaith families, Jews-By-Choice, and people of all sexual preferences. See our feature article on the event here.
Sunday, September 29, evening
Monday, September 30, morning