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

May 12 – June 24, 2018
Relational Sets
Group Exhibition in Kent

Eckert Fine Art is pleased to present Relational Sets, a group exhibition. This show marks the kick-off of the Second Saturday at Kent Barns season, and will feature eleven artists who show nationally and internationally, as well as works from two important 20th century artists. The show will span both the main and upstairs gallery spaces.

Originally conceived by Jane Eckert, and collaboratively engineered with gallery director Kevin Van Gorp, Relational Sets looks at the enduring impact that Robert Rauschenberg has had on their artistic tastes. Originally hired by Eckert Fine Art in 2003 and staying until 2005 – only to rejoin 12 years later in 2017 – Kevin Van Gorp remained in regular contact with Jane Eckert over the years, and an enthusiastic topic of conversation they would always come to would be the art and life of “Bob”, as he was referred to. Fast forwarding to today, Jane Eckert proposed that the gallery do a show where she and Van Gorp would exhibit artists that were also highly impactful on their sensibilities over the years, while highlighting Rauschenberg as the central component to the exhibition. Van Gorp likened the blueprint of this suggestion to a Venn diagram. Hence, this show features two “sets” of artists that are “relational” to each other through an indispensable art historical precedent.

Beginning then with Rauschenberg, the gallery will display a pair of important works from the Anagrams series (1995-97). They were originally included in a show entitled Robert Rauschenberg – WinterWorks that Jane Eckert curated in 1996 at the Philharmonic Center For The Arts in Naples, Florida. Measuring 69 x 48.5 inches each, New Reality and Reminiscence are extraordinary examples of Rauschenberg’s ability to meld traditional art-making techniques with the cutting-edge technological offerings of the day. Using printmaking and photo transfer methods in tandem with newfound digital imaging technology, the Anagrams saw Rauschenberg literally painting with images (reversing the brush stroke towards final image progression) as early as 1992. These pieces serve as a fitting lens through which to consider the other artists’ works in the show. Each artist will include 1-2 quintessential examples of their work in the exhibition.
Jane Eckert has chosen to invite four living artists and is including the work of another 20th century master to round out the presentation. Artists included are Eric Forstmann of Sharon, CT, Don Gummer of New York City, Chizuru Morii Kaplan of New York City, Sidney Russell of San Francisco, CA, and the English great, Henry Moore. Eckert’s selection will reference traditional material mastery in the categories of oil painting, sculpture, watercolor painting, printmaking, and textile, and consider how these mediums continue to serve their purpose in contemporary art making.

Kevin Van Gorp will include work by seven living artists: Pedro Barbeito of Easton, PA (formally of New York City), Lydia Dona of New York City, Fabian Marcaccio of New York City, Paul Paiement of Long Beach, CA, Alexander Ross of Great Barrington, MA, David Shaw of Brooklyn, NY, and Pedro Vélez of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Van Gorp’s group collectively highlights a current of hybridism, where production technologies, scientific innovation, social media, and the Internet are spliced with painting and sculptural practices to produce complex and dynamic pictorial and visual experiences.
In conclusion, this exhibition is not meant to be an overly analytic affair that delves into the theoretical underpinnings of post-War and Contemporary art. It is rather a jovial celebration of one’s journey in the art world, and a grand acknowledgement to those who have enabled, nurtured, informed, and reinforced that voyage along the way.

Featuring: Pedro Barbeito, Lydia Dona, Eric Forstmann, Don Gummer, Fabian Marcaccio, Henry Moore, Chizuru Morii Kaplan, Paul Paiement, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Ross, Sidney Russell, David Shaw, and Pedro Vélez.
The exhibition will continue through June 24, 2018.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12, 4-7 pm

Free

Eckert Fine Art
12 Old Barn Road, Unit 1
Kent

860.592.0353
www.janeeckertfineart.com

 

May 12, 2018
Spring Plant Sale
At Hollister House Garden

Some of our favorite “plantspeople” will set up shop in the barn at Hollister House Garden on Saturday, May 12. Come see the garden and get some expert help selecting some new and unusual plants for your garden.
Broken Arrow Nursery – growers of rare and unusual plants
Battle Hill Forge – hand forged heirloom quality landscape and garden accents
Falls Village Flower Farm – growers of choice perennials and shrubs
McCue Gardens – growers of perennials and wildflowers
Something to Crow About Dahlias – growers of hundreds of varieties of dahlias

Saturday, May 12: 10 am – 2 pm
Open to the public at 10 am
Open at 9am for Hollister House Garden members only

Free

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

hollisterhousegarden.org

May 12 – June 30, 2018
Celebrated Italian Designer
Osvaldo Borsani Exhibit at
George Champion Modern Shop

Osvaldo Borsani: Designs for Tecno, an exhibit of the acclaimed Italian designer and architect, will open at George Champion Modern Shop on May 12. The exhibit will coincide with the first ever retrospective of Borsani’s work, opening this spring at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum. Modern Shop owns the largest collection in the United States of Borsani’s original furniture for Tecno.

Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) was co-founder of Italian furniture manufacturer Tecno, and the exhibit includes original pieces of the designer’s work, pieces from Modern Shop’s private collection, and rare prototypes.

Owner of George Champion Modern Shop and Borsani collector, George Champion explains, “I have lived with Osvaldo Borsani’s furniture in my own home for over 30 years. With his retrospective opening in Milan, I wanted to share this collection and my appreciation of his work. The original examples in the exhibit show the form and sensuality we have come to expect from Borsani’s postwar Italian design, combined with the ingenious technology from the period. His designs endure as ones we want to live with today.” Osvaldo Borsani: Designs for Tecno is open through June 30, 2018.

About George Champion Modern Shop
George Champion Modern Shop features important 20th century American, Italian, and Scandinavian furniture and objects, with a speciality in mid-century modern design. Opened in 2004, the shop and neighboring show house gallery offer over 4000 sq. ft. of modern and select contemporary furniture, lighting, and objects.

George Champion, owner, is a dealer and collector of modern furniture and design. After his first public design showcase in 1996, he developed a following among modern furniture collectors and design enthusiasts in both Connecticut and New York City. Modern shop is located in Woodbury, the antiques capital of Litchfield County

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30-5:30 pm

Free

George Champion Modern Shop
442 Main Street South
Woodbury

203-263-8442
gchampion@sbcglobal.net
www.championmodern.com

 

May 12, 2018
Torrington Symphony Orchestra
Presents Rising Stars

Under the direction of conductor Maurice Steinberg, the orchestra will perform a variety of overtures and arias and feature up and coming artists including Mateo Tiul, Erick Sanchez, Karolina Wojteczko, Katie Weiser, Christine Manalo, Natalie Andrews and Serena Valentin.

Saturday, May 12, 8 pm

General admission tickets: $22; children 12 and under: free

Warner Theatre
Studio Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington

www.warnertheatre.org
Box Office: 860.489.7180

May 12, 2018
Moccasin Tracks: Native
American Genealogy

Tracing one’s Native American heritage can be a fascinating and rewarding experience. At the same time, it can be difficult to know where to start. Jeanne Morningstar Kent, Abenaki will share her knowledge and experience in researching Native American ancestry. Based on her own studies, Jeanne will provide essential information, helpful hints, and thought-provoking questions for those interested in tracing their Native genealogy. This workshop is most helpful for those tracing Native ancestors in the New England and Quebec regions.

Saturday, May 12, 1 – 3 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
Washington

860.868.0518
general@iaismuseum.org
www.IAISMuseum.org

May 19, 2018
Love from Louisa
Dinner Theatre in Kent

The Kent Memorial Library will present a dinner entertainment, Love from Louisa; Louisa May Alcott and the making of Little Women, on Saturday, May 19. A themed dinner will be followed by a staged reading in costume that will feature appearances by Louisa, her father Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau — all in their own words.

The dramatic presentation, which will trace the influences that led the author to the creation of the classic story of Little Women, was written and compiled by Georgianne Ensign Kent, and is directed by Jane Farnol. Cast members, representing the famous residents of Concord, Massachusetts during the Civil War, are Noel Desiato, Rufus DeRham, Steve Manzino, David Almquist, Katherine Almquist, Stacy-Lee Frome and Erin Shaughnessy. It will be narrated by John Taylor.

Love from Louisa
will provide an informative companion piece to the three-part PBS/BBC Masterpiece Theatre production of Little Women, which, coincidentally, premieres the previous week, the latest in a series of interpretations of the book which have included three movies, two silent films, a musical and an opera.
Seats for the Alcott evening are $60 per person which includes salad, chicken entrée, dessert, gratuity and cash bar to benefit the Kent Memorial Library. Reservations may be made online or in the Library. Space is limited, so early booking is advised.

Saturday, May 19, 7 pm

Tickets: $60 per person
Please Reserve

Fife ’n Drum Restaurant
Main Street
Kent

Reserve your seats

860.927.3761
kentmemoriallibrary.org

May 19, 2018
Wampum Demonstration with
Annawon Weeden

Did you know that the purple and white beads carved from quahog and whelk shells known as wampum have been used for centuries in Native communities to create social and spiritual bonds? To Native peoples, wampum was never considered money, but it was always valuable. Today, Native artists and culture bearers continue to craft wampum jewelry and use wampum belts to record tribal history. Join Annawon Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag, for a demonstration and discussion about this significant aspect of Native American culture in the Eastern Woodlands.

Saturday, May 19, 1 – 3 pm

Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 children; IAIS members free

The Institute for American Indian Studies

38 Curtis Road
Washington

860.868.0518
general@iaismuseum.org
www.IAISMuseum.org

May 19, 2018
What You Need To Know
About Lyme Disease

Join the Kent Memorial Library and Lyme disease expert Rika Keck for a health talk, What You Need To Know About Lyme Diseaseon May 19 at the Kent Town Hall. You will be informed about Lyme disease, co-infections, testing options, and transmission.Learn about myths and complexities associated these stealth infections that keep many individuals sick – even after a correct diagnosis, antibiotic and/or herbal treatment.

Whether you are dealing with an acute infection, or ongoing sickness post-treatment, Rika explores key points that most physicians do not address. In addition, you will pick up a few tips of how you can help your body heal, while also preventing a new infection this year.

Rika is a nutrition and holistic health consultant with years of experience in multiple arenas. Coupled with her excellent skills as a nutrition and holistic health consultant, Rika is an author, holistic health and fitness expert, a Lyme disease advocate, guest blogger, and public speaker. Her specialities include Lyme disease and co-infections, mold sickness, chronic inflammatory illness, women’s wellness, digestive health, and autoimmune diseases.

When working with chronically ill individuals, her passion and style is unique. Rika is compassionate and determined to assist her clients in uncovering root causes of their medical conditions. As a drug-free practitioner, her in-depth knowledge of Lyme disease and professional experience allows for healing opportunities that support antibiotic or alternative treatment for Lyme disease.

Since December 2016, Rika is a member of International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). She intends to take an active role to help, advocate for, and support individuals with vector-borne infections including Lyme disease.
As an author, she has published two books. Her clients inspired the following publications: Nourish Heal Thrive: a Comprehensive and Holistic Approach to Living with Lyme Diseaseand the Nourish Your Brain Cookbook. Rika is also an invited guest speaker on various health panels in NYC. As she spends time in Washington Depot, Rika is committed to giving back to the community by presenting health talks on the important topic of Lyme disease.
She will be happy to answer questions before, during and after her talk, and to sign or inscribe copies of her books.

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 p.m

Free
Please register

Kent Town Hall
41 Kent Green Boulevard
Kent

860.927.3761
kentmemoriallibrary.org

May 19, 2018
Warner Theatre
20th Anniversary Gala

The Warner Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Gala will be held on May 19 in the Carole & Ray Neag Performing Arts Center. In 2017 the sold-out Gala raised over $100,000 for the non-profit Warner Theatre. The evening’s entertainment will include musical performances by the amazingly talented cast members from the Warner Stage Company’s 2018 performance of ONCE and by students in the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a large selection of silent auction packages, raffle packages, live auction items including vacations and sporting events, and to sign-up to attend parties hosted at a number of homes in Litchfield County. There are limited tickets still available. Contact Donna Marconi at 860.489.7180, ext. 189 if you are interested in purchasing tickets.

Saturday, May 19, 5:30 pm

Tickets: $150 per person

Carole & Ray Neag Performing Arts Center
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Torrington

860.489.7180
www.warnertheatre.org

May 24, 2018
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
A Conversation with Author Dani Shapiro

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates this conversation with Dani Shapiro. Subtitled Time, Memory, Marriage, Hourglassis a slim yet penetrating meditation on her 18-year marriage to former Africa correspondent Michael Maren. Told in brief, discrete segments, the book jumps around in time, from present to past and back again. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 24, 7 -8 pm

Free
Space is limited
Registration Required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860-567-8030
owlibrary.org

May 26, 2018
Barn Talk:
Decorative Kitchen Garden Containers

Learn how to create fabulous, decorative outdoor containers combining vegetables, herbs, flowers and vines. Designer Chris Zaima will begin the program with a selection of images of finished plantings. He will then demonstrate the art of mixing plant material to create beautiful and useful kitchen garden containers.

Saturday May 26, 9:30 – 11 am

Admission: HHG Members $30; Non-Members $35
Please register

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

hollisterhousegarden.org

 

May 30, 2018
Passenger Miles: A Quest
For Supremacy With John Cilio

We’ll begin before the American Revolution when America’s mass transit was stage coach and keel boat. We’ll look at how stage coaches were a key industry in Connecticut. Then we’ll move along to the quest for moving large numbers of passengers using steam ships and railroads and finally the airlines.

Wednesday, May 30, 2-3 pm

Free
Space is limited
Registration Required

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860-567-8030
owlibrary.org

May 31, 2018
TIGER WOODS Biography
By Author Jeff Benedict

Based on three years of extensive research and reporting, two of today’s most acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and eleven-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, are the team behind the first major biography on Tiger Woods. The talk and book signing by Benedict of the instant New York TimesBestseller, TIGER WOODS,will take place on May 31 at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

“Very few individuals are known throughout the world by one word,” write Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. “Tiger reached that exclusive club by being the greatest golfer – some would say the greatest athlete – in modern history. But this story transcends golf, and his influence reached around the globe.” Until now, there has never been a 360-degree comprehensive account of Tiger’s life, one that closely examines his roots and the vital role his parents played in his epic rise, fall and return.  Benedict and Keteyian set out to deliver something fresh and revealing, a complete human portrait of a true, albeit reluctant, American idol. Sweeping in scope and packed with groundbreaking behind the scenes details, TIGER WOODSis that portrait.

Jeff Benedictis a New York Times bestselling author, a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, and a television and film producer. He has also written for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and his stories have been the basis for segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, the NFL Network, HBO Real Sports, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. He has written fifteen books, including the New York Times bestselling autobiography of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.

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

Thursday, May 31, at 6 pm

Free
Registration is requested

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

860.868.7586
www.gunnlibrary.org

June 20, 2018
Recent Excavations at the
Templeton Site

Zachary Singer, Ph.D., will discuss the results of the 2016 and 2017 archaeological excavations at the Templeton site in Washington, Connecticut. Templeton is the oldest known archaeological site in Connecticut. Its Paleo-Indian component has been radiocarbon-dated to 11,190 years before the present. Dr. Singer will present new interpretations of raw material selection and stone tool use, artifact composition, and discuss the site in the context of the Northeast Region. Don’t miss this exciting lecture on one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Northeast!

Sunday, May 20, 3 – 5 pm

Price: $5 lecture fee; $10 museum admission and lecture; LHAC members free

The Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road
Washington

860.868.0518
general@iaismuseum.org
www.IAISMuseum.org