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June 1, 2017
Sally Mann Documentary Screening
At Gunn Memorial Library

Noted photography dealer and gallery owner Kathy McCarver Root of KMR Arts in Washington, Depot, will illuminate aspects of the creative process of celebrated photographer Sally Mann before the screening of the documentary about the artist, What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann.

As one of the world’s preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers’ values and moral attitudes. Described by Time magazine as “America’s greatest photographer,” she first came to international prominence in 1992 with Immediate Family, a series of complex and enigmatic pictures of her three children. What Remains–Mann’s recent series on the myriad aspects of death and decay–is the subject of this documentary.

Filmed at her Virginia farm, Mann is surrounded by her husband and now-grown children, and her willingness to reveal her artistic process allows the viewer to gain exclusive entrance to her world. Never one to compromise, she reflects on her own personal feelings about mortality as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary art. Spanning five years, What Remains contains unbridled access to the many stages of Mann’s work, and is a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist. Running Time 1 hour and 20 minutes.

“One of the most exquisitely intimate portraits not only of an artist’s process, but also of a marriage and a life.” —The New York Times

Sponsored by the Washington Art Association. For more information on WAA visit

For more information on Kathy and KMR visit:

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6 pm

Registration is requested

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


June 7, 2017
White Hart Author Series:
David Grann

From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, is new release Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library. For more information visit Oblong Books.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6 – 7 pm


White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road


June 15, 2017
Felt Sculpture Workshop
At Flanders

Join Rachel Gerowe of Redbarn Originals for needle felting night at Flanders. Needle felting is an easy-to-learn craft that involves using a barbed needle to sculpt wool. Participants can attend for $10 and choose to either bring their own project to be given guidance and support on or purchase a kit for an additional fee. Assorted kits will be available, ranging in price from $10-$35. Goat kits will be featured. Beginners welcome.

Thursday, June 15, 7 pm

Cost: $10
Participants can save $5 if they bring their own needles and foam. 

Flanders’ Studio
5 Church Hill Road

203.263.3711, Ext. 10

June 18, 2017
Summer Solstice Concert 
Music In The Garden

Hollister House Garden invites garden and music enthusiasts to celebrate the official beginning of summer with a concert presented by The New Baroque Soloists led by creative director, Douglas Myers. ‘Festive Music for the Summer Solstice’ also known as ‘Music in the Garden’ will be held on the main lawn of the garden. All are invited to bring a picnic – rose wine and sparkling water are provided. Do bring a chair or a blanket!

Sunday, June 18, at 5 pm

Member: $30
Non-Member: $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road

June 24 & 25, 2017
8th Annual Open Your Eyes
Studio Tour

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council has invited artists and artisans in the towns of Salisbury/Lakeville and Sharon to participate in its eighth Open Your Eyes Studio Tour weekend. The 2017 tour will feature over 25 artists and artisans who have their studios in the municipalities of Salisbury and Sharon (including townships/villages). Participating artists and artisans will open their creative spaces and show their processes to the public during the days of the tour.

Each year the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council selects groups of towns within its 25-town service area for the tour. Over the past seven years, the event has drawn audiences from 14 states, with many visitors returning annually. The aim of Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is to shine a light on the many artists who live and work in our region, to give the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and to draw attention to the towns in which these artists live and work. On the eve of June 26th 2016 the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council accomplished the 7-year task of bringing the Open Your Eyes studio tour to all the towns in its service area. As a result of the growing audience for the event and enthusiasm from artists throughout the region, the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council decided to continue presenting the event. Over the next several years the tour will return to the towns in the Arts Council’s 25-town service area, but in slightly different town-groupings as in the past.
Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25

The Open Your Eyes studio tour Preview Party:
June 11, 3-5 pm! It’s also free.

Register to get your free Tour Ticket Packet

Towns of Salisbury/Lakeville and Sharon


June 24, 2017
Future Now Environmental Expo
in Washington Depot

The Washington Environmental Council (WEC), a local environmental nonprofit group, is sponsoring the “Future Now Expo” on June 24, 2017. The Expo is an engaging community event that allows attendees to speak face to face with exhibitors who have demonstrated a commitment to saving our planet. During this fun and educational all-day event, one can attend an informative lecture, watch a documentary film, participate in an action-oriented workshop and enjoy live music. The Expo is free, walk-able and family-friendly. There will be something for everyone. Rain or shine.

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 11 am – 3 pm

Washington Environmental Council
2 Bryan Hall Plaza
Washington Depot

June 27, 2017
White Hart Author Series:
Colm Tóibín

Bestselling, award-winning  author Colm Tóibín  will discuss his spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling new novel “House of Names” a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra and her children.

Tóibín visits the recurrent subject of the mother in his novels in this reimagining of the Ancient Greek tragedy of the House of Atreus told in four parts. The mother here is the despised and cursed Clytemnestra, whose damning historical reputation he counters by making her more human and understandable. This is a story that dwells on the themes of betrayal, loss, grief, corruption, power, failure, loneliness and repression. It is told through the perspective of Clytemnestra, her son and daughter, Orestes and Electra, and the ghost of Clytemnestra.

Agamemnon betrays and sacrifices his daughter, Iphigenia, on her wedding day to win the Trojan war. Clytemnestra is grief stricken and seeks to assuage her desperate loss by dreaming of and planning the murder of Agamemnon.

Where Tobin excels is in his depiction of the character of Clytemnestra who comes alive effortlessly through his prose. The language he deploys is often sublime, expressive, and vivid. He creates a doom laden picture of palace intrigue and an unsettling atmosphere. It is a timeless tale whose echoes can be heard throughout our human history.

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

In collaboration with the White Hart, Oblong Books & Music and the Scoville Memorial Library.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 6 – 8 pm


White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road