Goings On

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

October 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Columbus Day Book Sale
at Cornwall Library

Don’t miss the annual Columbus Day Weekend Book Sale. Something new: this year the sale will also be open on Sunday.

Saturday, October 7, 9 – 10 am
Early Bird Buying – $15 Entrance Fee
Sale open until 2 pm

Sunday, October 8, 11 am – 2 pm
Half Price

Monday, October 9, 10 am – 2 pm
Fill a bag for $5

The Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street

(860) 672-6874

October 7, 2017
Anthony Troy
At Twelve Moons Coffee House

Twelve Moons Coffee House will feature Anthony Troy, a solo finger style guitarist. Anthony has accomplished more in six years as a musician, composer and teacher than many have in a lifetime. Anthony studied under Andrew Lardner and John Stropes (stropes.com) at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee which is the only program in the world to hold a B.F.A. in Finger-Style Guitar. During his first semester of UWM, Anthony was offered a T.A. position in Dr. Beverly Belfer’s Introduction to Guitar Course teaching 100+ students weekly. He was hand selected to score the film “Lost” written by Michael Chen (MTV,CBS) which won both the “Best Film” and “People’s Choice Award” at VISFF and MSFF in 2016. He was accepted to perform at both Summer and Winter NAMM of 2015,16 and 17 after submitting his YouTube video “Living on a Prayer” to the NAMM foundation. In 2016 he was signed by FRETMONKEY RECORDS, a record label consisting of 24 artists from a span of 13 countries. Anthony has performed and attended master classes with renowned guitarists Don Ross, Andy McKee, Calum Graham, Antoine Dufour, Billy McLaughlin, Pino Forasterie, Pierre Bensuan and Alex De Grassi. Currently, he is endorsed by Stonebridge Guitars, John Pearse Strings, G7th Capos and Elite Acoustics (Sunburst Gear). When Anthony is not on the road, he teaches private guitar lessons full time at a music school and through his business ART Guitar Lessons.

Listen to Anthony’s music at:  www.anthonytroyguitar.com
Website: www.anthonytroyguitar.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/anthonytroyguitar
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/anto990/videos
Instagram: @anthonytroyguitar

Saturday, October 7, 7 – 10 pm

A donation is requested to help cover expenses

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



October 7, 2017
At Home with Dogs and Their Designers: Sharing a Stylish Life
by Susanna Salk

Byrde + the b is pleased to announce a book signing event for the new book by author Susanna Salk At Home with Dogs and Their Designers: Sharing a Stylish Life. America’s leading interior designers show readers how to live in the most stylish way with their adorable dogs, offering an array of inspirational tips for keeping both your home and dogs attractive and chic. Complete with a resource guide for your decorative needs as well as pet needs (including adoption and rescue organizations), At Home with Dogs and Their Designers opens the door—from coast to coast, townhouse to beach house—allowing us to peek in and embrace this love letter from these designers to their pets, who are most assuredly family members.
Featured Humans/Interior Designers: Martyn Lawrence Bullard,Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald, Betsy Burnham, Kelly Wearstler,
Schuyler SampertonBrooke Giannetti, Hutton Wilkinson, Windsor Smith, Mark D. Sikes, Jonathan Adler, Steven Gambrel, Katie Ridder, Alex Papachristidis, Robert Couturier, Charlotte Moss, Bunny Williams, Carolyne Roehm, Brian J. McCarthy, Michelle Nussbaumer.

Lifestyle author Susanna Salk has written many books, including Room for Children, Decorate Fearlessly, and Be Your Own Decorator, all published by Rizzoli. She also hosts (and co-produces) the At Home With video series featuring visits with leading tastemakers. Interior designer and architect Robert Couturier is the author of Designing Paradises, also published by Rizzoli, and an ASPCA supporter. Stacey Bewkes is the founder of Quintessence, a lifestyle blog and the co-producer of the At Home With video series.

Saturday, Oct 7, 3 – 5 pm


Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd
Washington Depot


October 7 & 8, 2017
Warren 56th Annual Fall Festival

Be sure to pick up an apple pie, and get a slice of cheddar cheese fresh off the block. There will be a pumpkin cannon and fresh roast beef open pit sandwiches. Plus lots of vendors, music, tractors, a rummage sale and more!

October 7 & 8, 10 am – 5 pm


Warren Woods Town Park
Brick School Road


October 8, 2017
Making a Living in a Rural Town
Richard Schesinger

A community conversation, hosted by Richard Schlesinger, about how to make a living in a rural, but connected, town like Cornwall. Based on the exhibit “Made in Cornwall” at the Historical Society.

Richard Schlesinger is an award-winning correspondent for “48 Hours” and a contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning.” He has covered numerous national and international stories and was part of the team coverage of the Newtown elementary school shooting which earned CBS News a DuPont-Columbia Award. A Cornwall resident, he is an active member of the Cornwall Historical Society Board.

Sunday, October 8, 2 – 4 pm


Cornwall Town Hallie Cirino
26 Pine Street



October 8, 2017
Classical Concert with
Composer and Pianist Sharon Ruchman
& Cellist Mary Costanza

Contemporary classical music composer & pianist Sharon Ruchman accompanied by cellist Mary Costanza, both of Washington, will perform a selection of duets for piano and cello of Ms. Ruchman’s original compositions. This recital is Sunday, October 8 at 2 pm at the Gunn Memorial Library.

Sharon’s compositions have been described as having a unique, transcending quality. They are distinctive, contemporary style that includes a classical music orientation.  Some pieces have a chamber music feel and others provide an upbeat, yet also soothing quality. Her pieces are lyrical since she loves writing beautiful melodies – serenity set to melody – and offer a variety of sounds and colors with all textural elements combined.

Mary and Sharon’s performance includes a selection of signature pieces and begins with “Exultation” followed by “Sea Glass”, “Translucence” (2 movements), “Slow Tango”, “Milonga”, “Variations on a Theme in F” and finishes with “Sonata in F# minor”.

Sharon Ruchman graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree in education and earned her Master of Music Degree at the Yale School of Music.  She was a soloist in the “Mozart Requim” with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and in the summer of 2006, she returned to Yale to study composition privately with Orianna Webb. She has continued to perform locally and compose. In 2008, she released her first classical contemporary CD featuring “Sea Glass.” Subsequently, she completed the following CDs: “Arrival of Spring,” “Remembrance, “Textures,” “Love and Ceremony,” and “A Bit of Tango.” Sharon’s “Piece for Cello and Piano” was chosen to be played in San Francisco by NACUSA, a composer’s organization. Her piece “Day at Play and Day’s End” was performed at the Women Composer’s Festival in Hartford last spring. Her compositions have also aired on radio stations worldwide. Sharon is a member of NACUSA, American Composers Forum, American Music Center and IAWM (Alliance for Women Composers). For more information visit sharonruchman.com

Mary Costanza made her concert debut at age seventeen with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after winning the prestigious Albright Award at the Eastman Theatre. As a fellow of the National Orchestral Association she performed a full season of concerts in Carnegie Hall. Mary is a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, and is currently assistant principal cellist of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Costanza holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Zara Nelsova. Along with her busy performing schedule, she is also a member of the music faculty at the Hotchkiss School, The Gunnery, and maintains a private teaching studio for students of all ages.

Copies of the musicians CDs will be available for purchase.

Sunday, October 8, 2 pm


Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road


October 11, 2017
The White Hart Speaker Series: Ann Hood
Morningstar: Growing Up With Books

New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood will discuss her forthcoming memoir about the magic and inspiration of books. In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book that Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these works of fiction.

Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster the love of literature, Hood nonetheless learned to channel her imagination and curiosity by devouring The Bell Jar, Marjorie Morningstar, The Harrad Experiment, and other works. These titles introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home: desire, fear, sexuality, and madness. Later, Johnny Got His Gun and The Grapes of Wrath influenced her political thinking as the Vietnam War became news; Dr. Zhivago and Les Miserables stoked her ambition to travel the world. With characteristic insight and charm, Hood showcases the ways in which books gave her life and can transform―even save―our own.

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. The White Hart Speaker Series is presented by Oblong Books & Music & The White Hart Inn, in collaboration with Scoville Memorial Library.

Wednesday, October 11, 6 – 8 pm

RSVP required

The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road



October 14, 2017
16th Annual Auction in the Village
A Benefit for the David M. Hunt Library

The David M. Hunt Library will host its 16th Annual Auction in the Village on This year’s Auction in the Village will feature live and silent auctions, catering by Ciesco Catering Company, music by Vance Cannon, and live auctioneer Betsy Howie.  Wine, beer, cider and sparkling water will be served.

The Silent Auction, between 5 and 7 PM, will include local restaurant gift certificates, accessories for the home and garden including a snow blower, yoga sessions, ceramics, theater passes, books and more.

The Live Auction, beginning at 7:15 PM sharp, includes events in travel, home improvement, and dining. Travel features include a two-night stay with champagne and breakfast at the exclusive Standard Hotel on New York City’s High Line in the trendy Meatpacking District or three nights in a private renovated Brooklyn brownstone in Carroll Gardens. For the home: a garden package inclusive of 8 hours service by Penelope & Lloyd, a gift certificate from Wards and a stone planter by Steve Fitch. For surprises: a dinner for four at the Falls Village Inn or a private plane flight for three with pilot and Berkshire Aviation president Rick Solan to Nantucket, lunch included.

The 16th Annual Auction in the Village is made possible by the generous support of our underwriter, Century Aggregates and our sponsors National Iron Bank, Torrington Savings Bank, Union Savings Bank, Elyse Harney Real Estate, Best & Cavallaro Real Estate, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Sand Road Animal Hospital, Decker & Beebe, C.A. Lindell & Son, John B. Hull, William Perotti & Sons, Salisbury Bank, Music Mountain and The Falls Village Inn.

Saturday, October 14, 5 – 8 pm
Silent Auction: 5 – 7 pm
Live Auction: 7:15 pm

Tickets: $30 in advance;
$40 at the door on the day of the event

Center on Main
103 Main Street
Falls Village


October 14, 2017
Hopkins Vineyard 8th Annual
Wine & Cheese Market

This event will feature local wines, award-winning farmstead and artisan cheeses, and specialty food producers from Connecticut. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of chocolates, jams, baked items, salami, olive oils, coffee, kettle corn, Italian ice, honey, dips, and more. Also local craft artisans will feature handmade alpaca products, candles, glassware, jewelry, soaps, carved wood, furniture and terrariums.

Food Trucks: Christie Caters Farm to Truck and Tilden Seafood
Live Music: The Hummingbird Band and Kings of Karma

Saturday, October 14, from 11-5 pm (rain or shine)

Admission: $25 per person
Wine tasting and food samples are included in the admission.
Additional wine is available by the glass or bottle.

Hopkins Vineyard LLC
25 Hopkins Road
New Preston (in Warren)


October 14, 2017
Second Saturdays
at Kent Barns

Please come to Second Saturdays when the galleries and shops at Kent Barns are open with wine and refreshments on October 14th from 4 to 7pm. Meet the artists and experience new installations at most of the galleries and check out new inventory and special offerings at our shops.

Eckert Fine Art is pleased to present Eric Forstmann – Still Workings, a solo presentation of artist Eric Forstmann’s latest paintings. The opening event with the artist will be held from 4 – 7 pm on Saturday, October 14 at 12 Old Barn Road in Kent, Connecticut. The exhibition will continue through November 26, 2017. This is the artist’s 15th solo exhibition with the gallery. This exhibition is distinguished by a notable change of venue for the artist. A native of Northwest Connecticut, Forstmann has for years focused on the splendor of the local terrain and the characteristics of quintessential New England interior, bric-à-brac, and curio.

Each gallery and store owners’ Facebook page will provide more complete details on their Second Saturday offerings. After enjoying Second Saturday we hope you’ll dine at any one of the great restaurants that Kent Village boasts.
NEW! Coming this Fall: Ore, Hill and Swyft with Chef Joel Viehland.

Saturday, October 14, 4 – 7 pm


Kent Barns


October 14 - November 3, 2017
Art of Work Exhibition
At Historic Whiting Mills

An art exhibit of two-dimensional and three-dimensional work inspired by the theme
“Art of Work.” Presented by the American Mural Project, in collaboration with Whiting
Mills, Winsted. There will be a reception with live music, refreshments and a hands-on art activity as we celebrate the art of Work in the Laurel room at historic Whiting Mills.

Opening Reception: October 14, 4 – 6 pm

The Laurel Room
Whiting Mills
100 Whiting Street


Eric Forstmann. Oddfellows Ballroom, 2017. Oil on board, 34 x 25 in.
October 14 - November 26, 2017
Eric Forstmann
Still Workings

Eckert Fine Art is pleased to present Eric Forstmann – Still Workings, a solo presentation of artist Eric Forstmann’s latest paintings. The opening event with the artist will be held from 4-7pm on Saturday, October 14 at 12 Old Barn Road in Kent, Connecticut. The exhibition will continue through November 26, 2017. This is the artist’s 15th solo exhibition with the gallery.

This exhibition is distinguished by a notable change of venue for the artist. A native of Northwest Connecticut, Forstmann has for years focused on the splendor of the local terrain and the characteristics of quintessential New England interior, bric-à-brac, and curio. Of late though, the artist has been working exclusively from a new studio in the revitalizing downtown scene of Torrington, Connecticut. With a studio perched to overlook the main intersection, we see new indicators through Forstmann’s work that change is underway.

As a young person in the late 1960s, Forstmann recalls coming to Torrington for the mundane and relatively colorless activities of finding a new pair of shoes or slacks. It was the antithesis of exerting creative energy. Today, the artist ironically finds himself back there with a completely renewed purpose, to occupy one of many new artist studios found above the recently launched Five Points Gallery on Water Street. Still Workings is almost completely produced in either No. 5 or No. 21 Water Street, and meditates heavily on what once was, and what shall become of the area.

As artists are classically the pioneers of gentrification, we need to look no further than recent articles by Vanity Fair and the like pitching Litchfield County as the exciting go-to retreat for New York City finance, art, and fashion types. In contrast, this excitement is a long time coming for reasons obvious to anyone familiar with the past 40 years in the area, especially Torrington and its loss of industry. Forstmann honors these years of perseverance and grit by creating a new body of work that captures the current vacancy of the remaining rooms in his building as they await their renewed purpose.

Of note is Forstmann’s new oil painting Oddfellows Ballroom, 2017. Built in 1916, this grandiose space staged the extracurricular activities of the bourgeoisie, but has for years been put on perpetual hold. Seated unbeknownst to many, numerous floors above the intersection atop a building on Water Street, Forstmann has meticulously painted the ghostly space – floorboards and all – that once saw regular heights of action. One may recall the famous Impressionist painting Les Raboteurs de Parquet (The Floor Scrapers) by Gustave Caillebotte. Painted in 1875, light pours across the floor from the window in the background as three laborers manually scrape the varnish away from the floorboards, not afforded the luxury of yet-to-be invented power tools to expedite the process. Referencing Caillebotte’s masterpiece, Forstmann does well to dutifully depict the light across the floor, but his environment is hollow – well beyond the industrious yesteryears – and we are left with not much more than two empty chairs and a few buckets.

Further to the rumination on the past, present, and future, Forstmann goes beyond his literal surroundings to comment on society’s lost art of looking. A group of paintings that depict blown-up versions of everyday objects has been prepared for Still Workings, and comments on the zooming in we do all day, as we “look into” images on our devices. Forstmann’s message warns us of the observational blight taking hold on our culture, and questions its implications. Painting large-scale still-lives of pears or radishes in hyper detail with dark backgrounds, Forstmann’s images reference the work of Raphaelle Peale, who is considered the first professional American still-life painter. An allegory for our phones and computers, Forstmann shares his sentiments that early Realist paintings are essentially “our first screens”.

Eric Forstmann studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston under the tutelage of Barnett Rubenstein and Henry Schwartz. In addition to his many solo exhibitions, he has had four one-man shows, all before the age of fifty, at the following institutions: The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri; The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in Evansville, Indiana; and the Mattatuck Museum of Waterbury, Connecticut. Slated for 2018, Forstmann has an upcoming solo exhibition to be held at the Brenau Galleries at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Eric Forstmann’s work is proudly held in many public and private collections.

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


Eckhert Fine Art
12 Old Barn Road, Unit 1



October 14, 2017
Finding Sylvia
Alan Shayne book Signing

Television legend and notable author Alan Shayne will be signing copies of his new book Finding Sylvia at The Hickory Stick Bookshop. A movie producer searches obsessively from a small New England town to Hollywood, New York, London, Israel, Spain, and Marrakech for a titled British woman who has mysteriously disappeared. Along the way he will be confounded by the many answers to “Who is Sylvia?”

Finding Sylvia is a gripping, suspenseful mystery that will have readers turning the pages nonstop. I was captivated from the very beginning of the story, a tale of passion, love, and one man’s quest for the truth about the woman he can’t get over. Alan Shayne has written an unforgettable novel.” –Reader’s Favorite, 5 stars

Alan Shayne was the President of Warner Brothers Television for many years, shepherding hit shows such as Alice, Night Court, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Wonder Woman, Growing Pains, etc. He began his career as an actor on Broadway and became a well-known casting director of TV and films such as All the President’s Men. He produced TV specials and, after leaving Warners, received an Emmy nomination for producing the mini-series The Bourne Identity with Richard Chamberlain. Alan now lives in Connecticut and Palm Beach and writes. The book he wrote with his partner Norman Sunshine, Double Life: A Love Story, was very well received and is being translated and published in Estonia in the Fall of 2017. Alan also wrote the children’s book The Minstrel Tree, which was reprinted in Good Housekeeping.
If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Finding Sylvia by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop.

Saturday, October 14, 3 pm


The Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot


October 15, 2017
Dawn of Decline

A screening of The Civic Life Project film Dawn of Decline will be held at the Cornwall Public Library on Sunday, October15th at 3 pm. The 10-minute short was produced at the CLP summer workshop with 7 students from around the state of CT. Dawn of Decline looks at the challenges small towns like Cornwall and Falls Village face with declining school enrollment. There will be an information panel/ conversation. We hope to bring the citizens of our two towns together to learn about this issue. The program will be sponsored by Cornwall Library, Hunt Library in Falls Village and the Civic Life Project.

Sunday, October15, 3 pm


The Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street


October 15, 2017
The Escher String Quartet
“Sundays Live At Five” Concert

Back by popular demand, St John’s “Sundays Live At Five” Concert Series will present The Escher Quartet. The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the Quartet is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its hometown of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, recently presenting the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle in a concert streamed live from the Rose Studio.

Within months of its formation in 2005, the quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzak Perlman to be the Quartet in Residence at each artist’s summer festival.

The Quartet takes its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

The Escher Quartet, who last year captivated the Concert Series’ audience with its stunning performance, is back by universal demand with a program of works by Hadyn, Kurtag and Beethoven.

Sunday, October 15, 5 pm

Tickets: $35 per person

St. John’s Church
The Parish House
9 Parsonage Lane

860 868 2527


October 17, 2017
Spies in the Family
A Conversation with Author Eva Dillon

Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship that Helped End the Cold War is a riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer.

In the summer of 1975, seventeen-year-old Eva Dillon’s family was living in New Delhi when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Eva had long believed that her father was a U.S. State Department employee. She had no idea that he was handling the CIA’s highest-ranking double agent – Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov – a Soviet general whose code name was TOPHAT.

Spanning fifty years and three continents, Spies in the Family is a deeply researched account of two families on opposite sides of the lethal espionage campaigns of the Cold War, and two men whose devoted friendship lasted a lifetime, until the devastating final days of their lives. With impeccable insider access to both families as well as knowledgeable CIA and FBI officers, Dillon goes beyond the fog of secrecy to craft an unforgettable story of friendship and betrayal, double agents and clandestine lives.

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates this conversation with author Eva Dillon.

Eva Dillon spent twenty-five years in the magazine publishing business, including stints at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, The New Yorker, and as president of Reader’s Digest. Dillon and her six siblings grew up moving around the world for her father’s CIA assignments from Berlin to Mexico City to Rome to New Delhi. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.

Tuesday, October 17, 7 – 8 pm

Registration is required

The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street



October 19, 2017
Imagine That! Igniting Your Brain
For Creativity & Peak Performance

with Author James Mapes

In Imagine That!: Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance, James Mapes shares the knowledge and experience he has gained in his thirty-plus years as a researcher, speaker, and personal coach. Imagine That! is a guidebook that shows readers how to lead an exceptional life. Enhanced by exercises, in-depth research, and real-life anecdotes, Mapes dives deep into topics as diverse as reframing thinking patterns, shattering a series of limiting myths, hypnosis, stretch goals, transforming fear into love, and forgiveness.

“If you want to be a winner in life and achieve your dreams, you’ve got to have a game plan,” said former NFL Coach Lou Holtz. “Mapes gives it to you – period! James Mapes’ Imagine That! will not only help you reignite your purpose, it’s going to help you be the best you can be.”

The founder of Quantum Leap Thinking, creator of The Transformational Coach, and an expert on the psychology of applied imagination, James Mapes is a highly acclaimed business speaker and personal excellence coach.

For more than thirty years, he has dedicated himself to helping individuals, teams, and organizations break through barriers to reach their goals and achieve success. His clients include Fortune 500 companies and major nonprofit organizations in the areas of finance, technology, healthcare, academia, and the military, including IBM, the U.S. Coast Guard, Lockheed Martin, and the Princeton Center for Leadership Training.

A wine & cheese reception will follow. The author will provide books for sale & signing.

Thursday, October 19, 7 – 8 pm

Registration is required

The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street



October 19 – November 19, 2017
The Photographs of Matt Magee

Darren Winston, Bookseller, a vintage bookstore and gallery in northwest Connecticut, will host a reception for Signs, an exhibition of photographs by artist Matt Magee.
Matt Magee has never been tied to one medium; even as a graduate student at Pratt his work fell into the category of “New Forms,” instead of the traditional discipline of painting or sculpture. He has continued these explorations throughout his career as an artist, masterfully making oil paintings, lithographs, and found object sculptures. He has also dabbled with the camera for decades, though he has only recently begun exhibiting his photographs.

Taken largely in the areas surrounding his current home of Phoenix, Arizona, and farther afield in places such as Cairo (a world traveler, he was born in Paris and spent part of his childhood in Libya), these photographs capture the world the way Matt Magee sees it. They have an immediacy about them; while his paintings are the product of many hours of meticulous work, these images are the result of a single instant, capturing the perfect juxtaposition of a cactus and a lamppost or a bridge bisecting the sky. The images in his photographs come ready-made, requiring only his unique vision and a quick trigger finger.

His works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the University of New Mexico Museum, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and others. He has been exhibiting his work for over thirty years, and has recently had solo exhibitions at inde/jacobs in Marfa, Texas and at John Molloy Gallery in New York. He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.

Signs is presented by Darren Winston, Bookseller in his Modernist-style showroom at 81 Main Street in Sharon, Connecticut. Winston began his career in New York City in 1995 and opened his shop in Sharon in 2009. The space is well-known for its unique take on the vintage bookshop and the traditional gallery. For more information about the event or for contact details, please visit darrenwinstonbookseller.com. Store hours are Thursday through Sunday, from 11am to 5pm, and by appointment.

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 6 – 8 pm


Darren Winston, Bookseller, IOBA, SNEAB
81 Main Street



October 19, 2017
Networking Event

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will co-host a region-wide, free networking event – CultureMIX – on Thursday, October. Mad River Lofts is a renovated knitting mill offering modern work spaces and offices for small businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and artisans. During the CultureMIX, attendees are encouraged to learn more about Mad River Lofts and the Arts Council and to share their own connection and activities in the region’s cultural landscape. Advance registration for CultureMIX is strongly recommended.

Arts and culture lovers and creative professionals are welcome to attend CultureMIX. This includes people from the cultural community in and around the Northwest Corner, including: artists of all disciplines, artisans, historians, staff, board members, patrons, and volunteers of cultural institutions and venues. This is one in a series of successful CultureMix events co-hosted by the Arts Council and acclaimed arts and cultural institutions throughout the northwest region.

“The CultureMIX events have proven to be fun excuses for people in the cultural sector to get out of their studios and offices to reconnect and find new connections to others in the industry.  Interesting and creative collaborations have been known to form as a result – you just never know,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.

Developer Marty Goldin, owner of Mad River Lofts stated, “the arts are an important part of the northwest corner and Mad River Lofts is proud to be able to co-host CultureMIX with the Arts Council. Mad River Lofts provides modern work spaces in an old mill setting. It is designed for the creative community and is intended to attract people who need their private space to work, yet would like the opportunity to collaborate in an informal environment. I think CultureMIX attendees will be intrigued by the unique approach we’ve taken to Mad River Lofts.” Special tours of Mad River Lofts are scheduled for CultureMIX attendees before the event at 4:30 pm and after the event at 7:15 pm.

The CultureMIX events, organized by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council each year, allow people the opportunity to make new professional contacts, discover additional resources, and develop real collaborations. The Arts Council itself provides information about its newest projects and current services in addition to taking advantage of the opportunity to hear first-hand from the community about how the Council can better service the region and promote its cultural assets.

This year, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is adding another opportunity to showcase Members’ work during the CultureMIX- a Pop-Up Art Show which will take place during the event. Members of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council may learn more about requirements and submission guidelines by visiting artsnwct.org or calling the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council at (860) 618-0075.

To register for CultureMIX go to fallmix2017.eventbrite.com. More information about CultureMIX and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is available at artsnwct.org or by calling (860) 618-0075.
The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is to promote the arts and cultural resources of Northwestern Connecticut as integral contributors to the quality of life in the region, to assist all artists and cultural organizations in their efforts to thrive, and to inform the general public about, and give access to the arts and culture of the region. The Council serves Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Falls Village/Canaan, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Winchester, and towns surrounding this service area.

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation and the Connecticut Community Foundation. For more information about the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council or information about or directions to the October 19 CultureMIX, call (860) 618-0075 or go to artsnwct.org.

Thursday, October 19, 5:30 – 7 pm

Registration required

Mad River Lofts
10 Bridge Street


October 24, 2017
Featuring Justin Spring
The Gourmand’s Way: Six Americans
in Paris and the Birth of a
New Gastronomy

In his new biography Justin Spring focuses on the most joyful, exciting, formative, and dramatic moments in the lives of six pre-eminent writers, many of which were intimately connected to the exploration and discovery of fine French food and drink. Featuring A. J. Liebling, Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alexis Lichine, and Richard Olney. The Gourmands’ Way is the first book ever to look at these unforgettable figures as a group. It is also the first to focus specifically on their Paris-based adventures.

Featuring A. J. Liebling, Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alexis Lichine, and Richard Olney. The Gourmands’ Way is the first book ever to look at these unforgettable figures as a group. It is also the first to focus specifically on their Paris-based adventures. Liebling was a great war correspondent, reporter, and humorist who opens Spring’s narrative by sweeping into Paris with the French and Allied forces in August 1944; Toklas was Gertrude Stein’s life partner who reinvented herself at age seventy-five as a cookbook author; Fisher was a sensualist storyteller and fabulist; Child was a cookbook author, America’s greatest television food celebrity, and the reinventor of the dinner party; Lichine was an ambitious wine merchant who, through an astounding series of risk-taking ventures, became the leading importer of French wines in America; and Olney was a reclusive but freewheeling artist who reluctantly evolved into one of the foremost American writers on French cuisine and French wine.

Justin Spring is the author of two previous biographies: Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art and Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing on visual art includes monographs and museum catalogues, most recently Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and numerous universities.

Tuesday, October 24, 6 – 7:30 pm

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