Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
At Kent Memorial Library
The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Kent artist Juan J. Moreno will have his artwork displayed in the Library’s gallery in an exhibition titled Composition Contrast Color.
Born in Colombia, Moreno, studied at the atelier of David Manzur in Bogota, Colombia, before moving to Connecticut, where he has lived since 1986. He studied figure drawing and portrait painting at the Art Students League of New York and studio art at Western Connecticut State University, earning a B.A. and M.F.A. His work has been in many exhibitions and is in private collections. Juan taught studio art and art history at the college level in Connecticut.
“Departing from a strictly representational depiction of nature, I modify my paintings as I see necessary until I feel they are finished. I seek to explore the dynamics of color and the illusion of space within the limited two-dimensional canvas and invite the viewer to interpret my work and become part of the creative process,” says the artist.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 21, 3 – 6 pm.
32 North Main Street
Local @ the Library
Scoville Memorial Library is starting a farmers market on their spacious lawn under the trees. It’s a great location with plenty of parking. There will be organic vegetables, various grass fed meats, rustic breads, pizza, focaccia, cheeses, salad dressing, vinegars, vegetarian pate, maple syrup, jams, orchids, seedlings and more. Occasional tastings and demos will be happening as well.
Saturdays, 10 am -1 pm
Runs May 20 – mid-October
Local @ the Library
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street
Secrets Objects Share
Anita Garnett’s mission as a photographer is to capture the beauty, sensitivity and humanity of her subjects. The images are unfettered by background and by isolating them, their form and their singularity can be further observed.
The Lakeville Journal writes, “And the images certainly deserve a closer look…the flowers are particularly stunning. In black and white, they force the viewer to look beyond beautiful colors and into the depth of the petals and the sinew of the stem…the ones in color require just as much attention because of the stark nature in which they are photographed.”
Photo essays involving people intrigue her and a portion of her exhibit will include photographic portraits of elders who share, in one sentence, what they have learned after all these years. Anita hopes all who view the exhibit will add their thoughts on what they’ve learned.
Anita participates in solo and group exhibitions in galleries. Among her numerous awards are Grand Prize International Winner of the Faces of Elders Contest for Apogee Photo Magazine and Kodak International Newspaper Awards Contest Finalist.
Today she is a freelance photographer for the Register Citizen newspaper where she captures people enjoying parades, fairs and fun events throughout Litchfield County.
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street, P.O. Box 187,
in 5 Short Stories Led by Scholar Mark Scarbrough
Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is pleased to welcome Mark Scarbrough, a scholar on 19th Century American literature, as he leads a five-week session exploring literature, politics and culture in the United States through the genre of short stories.
While the short story didn’t originate in the United States, it became the form the new nation re-invented and made its own. From Nathaniel Hawthorne through Charlotte Perkins Gilman, participants will examine these changes through our cultural history before and after the Civil War. Join us for a lively lecture/discussion format. Copies of the short stories will be available at the circulation desk, when reserved in advance. Please sign up today. Supplies are limited.
Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work in nineteenth century American literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison before accepting a job at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has given papers on Chaucer at the International Medieval Conference and on American literature at the MLA and regional MLA conferences. 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 and selected as The Most Influential People of Litchfield County. Mark is enmeshed in literature and has been a popular book group and literary discussion leader across Southern New England.
For more information on Mark visit: bruceandmark.com
Discussions: Mondays at 10 am
October 2, 2017 – Charles Chesnutt, The Wife Of His Youth (1898)
October 16, 2017 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
Registration is requested
The Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
The Washington Art Association & Gallery is pleased to present the 2017 WAA Student Exhibition. This show highlights the works of current students of the Washington Art Association in the genres of painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Plaza
Angela Liptack Takes Fiber Art to New Dimensions
For fiber artist Angela Suter Liptack, a passion for the artistry of traditional, functional quilts has led to exciting experiments using fabric to create art that depicts scenes, concepts and moods. “Fabric Meditations [on] Our Island Home,” a new exhibit of her work, will be on display at the Gunn Memorial Library Stairwell. “Fabrics of different design, tone, texture, weave, weight and finish can be combined in infinite ways,” points out Liptack. “Not infrequently, art ‘happens’ when two or more otherwise unacquainted fabric pieces—creased and frayed or flat and squared up—accidentally bump into each other, become friends, and spark something between themselves and in me.”
Liptack has a practical understanding of the vulnerability of fiber art. She uses high-quality textiles, mounted on ph-neutral materials and presented behind Tru-VueÒ Conservation Clear glass. Many of her pieces feature custom-made, reclaimed wood frames.
Liptack’s award-winning fiber art has hung in juried shows throughout Connecticut and New York. She is a member of the Greenwich Art Society, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and is an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Arts Center. She lives in Ridgefield, CT.
Artist’s Talk & Reception:
Saturday, October 14, 12 to 2 pm
at the library’s Wykeham Room
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at the juncture of Route 47
opposite the Green
Susan Hellmann’s interest in art, design and fabrication began at a young age. “My home environment was a breeding ground for a developing artist. There was always some creative activity in the mix at home. Both my parents were very resourceful and influenced my skill set greatly. My mother was an important influence, an artist herself; she supported and encouraged me to express my creativity. Dad was a plumber by trade but was skilled in all phases of construction. I learned my carpentry skills from watching him.”
Susan has taken multiple courses and classes in design, art, fashion design, pattern drafting, drawing, and CAD at Boston University, Cape Cod Community College and Post Jr College in Waterbury CT. She majored in psychology at Cape Cod Community College and earned a BS degree in Occupational Therapy at Boston University in 1997. Art classes at Cape Cod Art Association helped shape her painting skills. Susan has had solo shows at Cornwall Library and Cape Cod Cultural Center.
For most of her career as an Occupational Therapist Susan specialized in the field of mental health and practiced at Cape Cod Behavioral Healthcare in Hyannis, MA. She used art as a tool to teach clients ways to manage symptoms, and tolerate distress and claims it to be the most successful way to change mood and experience a sense of accomplishment.
As an Occupational Therapist Susan assessed client’s sensory preferences and how they respond to the environment. She has found that shapes, lines, patterns and color in design can calm or alert the senses and affect mood. She takes this into consideration when creating a painting. “Art should evoke emotions.”
Prior to obtaining her degree in OT Susan designed and built a tree house that was published in Tree Houses You Can Build by David and Jeanne Stiles. Other creative entrepreneur ventures include Cape Cod Cookies, a wholesale cookie business, and a tailor shop where she designed clothing and costumes. She has won awards for her designs.
Open on Thursday to Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.
The Souterrain Gallery
The Wish House
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
At Privet Lives
A life spent between New York and New England has inspired a collection of leather goods handcrafted in Milan…and the company is based right here in Washington.
A brand built over a lifetime of experience, Grey New York Grey New England will debut its collection of gorgeous leather bags, small leather goods and the best-looking leather sneakers in the universe at Privet Lives in New Preston. According to designer Simon Kneen, “Design should always have an experimental side, whether using new techniques or technologies, and I love to push the boundaries of how to make something simple into something extraordinary.”
For Privet House, it was love at first sight. “We fell hook, line and sinker for this luxury lifestyle brand and its dedication to great design and incomparable quality. What’s not to love about a brand that has local roots…that is hand-crafted by Italian artisans and exemplifies the best of craft and workmanship… that has spared no luxury in materials… that transitions effortlessly from town to country… that you lust after and want to own every single piece in the collection.”
Privet House / Privet Lives
13 East Shore Road
Marc Isolda and Susan Reinberg
The color and black-and-white images offer evocative views of the Connecticut landscape. Marc Isolda’s sweeping panoramas, skies and pastoral studies bring the beauty of nature into focus. Susan Reinberg’s vistas and water views offer a unique vision.
Of his work, Marc comments: “I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was 8 years old. Even then, I was fascinated with the idea that I could capture a moment in time; I could freeze forever something that would never happen again. Taking pictures was almost magical. I still feel that way.”
About her approach, Susan says, “I like the catchphrase used by photojournalists: F/8 and be there.’ To me it means you have to have your camera always ready. But it also means you have to be prepared in both the literal and existential sense — you need to recognize what is happening right in front of you, and you have to make the shot.”
To reflect this idea of being always prepared, Marc and Susan have called their essay “The Ready Camera.” Hours are 7 am to 5 pm daily.
4 Green Hill Road
Everest: Two Perspectives
Northwestern Connecticut Community College will host Everest: Two Perspectives, with eight time veteran climber Lhakpa Sherpa and Tunxis Community College Assistant Professor Mark Milewski, who reached the summit in 2016. Each will share their personal accounts of climbing the highest summit in the world.
Lhakpa Sherpa was born in Nepal, in the village of Makalu in Makalu Barun National Park. Sherpa attempted her seventh summit in 2015 but the earthquake in that region prevented her ascent. She returned again in 2016 and accomplished her seventh summit and again in the spring of 2017 for her eighth. She holds the world record for female mountaineers to reach the summit.
Mark Milewski is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut, where he has taught since 2010. An avid outdoor enthusiast, his current goal is to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Milewski reached his fifth peak on May 20, 2016, when he summited 29,029-foot Mount Everest during a 50-day expedition.
Both Milewski and Sherpa will bring their unique and varied climbing and lifestyle experience to the discussion, which is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Cultural Planning Committee and funded by NCCF and the Peggy Andl Fund.
October 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Founders Hall Auditorium
Northwestern CT Community College
Park Place East
With Melody Asbury
Accomplished wildlife artist Melody Asbury will be offering a class on painting animals at Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust. Students will have the opportunity to paint from photographs, an assortment of taxidermy animals and/or Flanders own livestock. Individual instruction will be given with the emphasis on structure, anatomy and learning to see the individual characteristics of each animal. All artistic levels are welcome and any medium can be used. Participants are asked to bring a sketchbook, pencils, a good reference photograph and their own art supplies to the first class.
Wednesdays: October 4, 11 & 18, 7 – 9 pm
Van Vleck Studio
on the corner of Flanders Road & Church Hill Road
Cost: $100 for members or $150 for non-members
Preregistration is required
203-263-3711, ext. 10
with Susan J. Jerome
Queen Victoria and the Victorian Age give rise to images of women swathed in yards and yard of fabric, proper bonnets on the head, gloves on the hands and tightly-corseted waists. We also think of children dressed like little adults and men in dark frock coats and stiff white shirts But is this a true understanding of the fashions worn during the Victorian era?
Queen Victoria, by inheriting the throne at an early age and living into her 80s, endowed much of the nineteenth century with her name. She reigned during a time of great advancements in science and social beliefs. Social, technological, and political changes are reflected in the notable evolution of women’s, children’s, and men’s clothing.
This powerpoint program explores the many changes that occurred throughout the Victorian era and how these influenced fashion. We will look at what was stylish – real or otherwise – during this most fashionable time.
Susan J. Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection. She earned her MS degree from the University of Rhode Island, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number of years at Mystic Seaport Museum. Ms. Jerome also works as a textile and quilt conservator and a consultant to museums and historical societies.
Wednesday, October 4, 7 – 8 pm
Registration is required
The Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Using Positive Discipline Tools
Carol Dores, co-founder and President of Positive Discipline of Connecticut, presents Managing the Stress of Parenting Using Positive Discipline Tools. Many parents today feel like they have to push their children from a young age for them to be successful. In this interactive session, participants will practice using Positive Discipline tools to help parent from an encouraging, strengths-based perspective. We will explore how to manage feelings, and the importance of modeling self-care for our children. This program is appropriate for caregivers with children of all ages.
Ms. Dores is the Co-Founder and President of Positive Discipline of Connecticut. She also served as Co-Chair of the International Board of Directors of the Positive Discipline Association. Carol is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She has worked with hundreds of parents of all aged children (prenatal to adult), as well as teachers, administrators and staff of preschoolers through high school. She has been a public speaker for over 30 years. Carol has written over 100 blogs for Positive Discipline of Connecticut, and has articles published in Compass, a Positive Discipline digital magazine. She has two adult sons and a husband of over 30 years. Their relationships continue to grow and benefit from Positive Discipline.
This workshop is sponsored by Washington Montessori School.
Thursday, October 5, 6:30 pm
Registration is requested
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
at Route 47 on the Green
Big Fat Tent Sale
It’s that time of year. J. Seitz & Co semi-annual tent sale will be in full swing for the holiday weekend. Stop in early for best selection on antiques, furniture, lighting, rugs, pillows, apothecary, gifts, and so much more. All items at up to 75% off.
October 6 – 9, 10 am – 5:30 pm
J. Seitz & Co
9 East Shore Road
Design & Antiques Show
The Washington Connecticut Design & Antiques Show is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for Gunn Memorial Library. This year’s event features the traditional Friday evening Preview Party as well as a Tapas Party on Saturday, and highlights 18 dealers from the east coast. Visitors will find unique furniture from antiques to mid-century modern with works of art, exquisite jewelry, and decorative accessories for all tastes.
The Preview Party is an opportunity for advance buying and browsing from an impressive presentation of exceptional antiques and contemporary collections. Come see and be seen amidst curated antiques and chic modern design classics – a fitting start to a long fall weekend in Litchfield County.
The Tapas Fiesta is a festive fête not to be missed! Join us for a casual and fun gathering with friends, tapas, cocktails, and hip Latin music. On view, an eclectic mix of chic modern design, classic antiques, as well as fine estate and vintage jewelry.
Design & Antiques Show:
Columbus Day Weekend: October 6-8, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, October 8, 10 am – 4 pm
Free Daily Admission
Friday, October 6, 6:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, October 7, 5 – 7:30 pm
Admission: $125 and up for Friday & Saturday Parties
Free daily admission for the show
Washington Primary School
11 School Street
Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an art exhibition of artist Sebastian Tillinger’s latest paintings. Tillinger’s abstract paintings explore man’s relationship to the universe. Tillinger has written: “It’s difficult to find the wholeness of a person. I mean, whatever they produce can only represent a tiny fraction of the whole experience. It’s a minute minute!” Tillinger is both an artist and an actor and has appeared in such notable Hollywood films as “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Aviator”. Painting is another outlet for his expressive nature. His work is a subtle blending of color and form which gives the viewer an intimate glimpse into the artist’s world view. Exhibition runs through November 11, 2017.
Artist’s website www.sebadness.com/index/
Opening: Friday October 6, 6 – 8 pm
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd
Gil Schafer at Privet House
If you look up ‘classical architect’ in the dictionary, you’re apt to see the above photo. That’s Gil Schafer. And, if like us, you can’t get enough of Gil Schafer, then you definitely want a signed copy of his new book, A Place to Call Home: Tradition, Style and Memory in the New American House. Filled with hundreds of gorgeous photos, and many never-before-seen projects. Enjoy a celebratory glass of Prosecco and see what all the fuss is about.
Saturday, October 7, 2 – 4 pm
13 East Shore Road
In New Preston
You don’t get to write for the Harvard Lampoon unless you’re whip-smart and funny. That’s why we’re certain you’ll want to meet local author Ann Hodgman, who will be signing her latest cookbook Vegan Food for the Rest of Us. Ann’s wicked sense of humor is peppered throughout her work, including several cookbooks (Beat This!, One Bite Won’t Kill You) and many children’s titles. Doubt vegan chocolate mousse is transcendent? We will prove it is (with a tasting) and reveal the vegan substitute for beaten egg whites.
Saturday, October 7, 2 – 4 pm
New Preston Kitchen Goods
11 East Shore Road
Peruvian Artist Marisabel Artieda
The Loft Gallery welcomes a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Peruvian artist Marisabel Artieda. In 2000, with art degree in hand, Marisabel Palomino Artieda relocated from Peru to Washington Depot, where she found mentorship and encouragement in her new backyard at the Washington Art Association. Marisabel was born in Lima, Peru and started drawing and painting at a very young age. She studied art and graphic design at The Institute of the Andes where she earned her BA degree. In 2001, she married and moved to Washington Connecticut, where she joined the local art association finding the supportive network that she was looking for. Marisabel has since focused on atelier style of oil painting with her mentor and friend, Patty Fogle.
In addition to raising her two daughters, making art is a priority and daily routine in her life. “Art has become for me a lifetime experience that never ends.” She describes her process in her home studio and at class as “a vitamin for my soul and heart. It starts with objects that catch my attention from the gut in response to their color and form in a path of light. Next, I develop a composition through sketches and drawings that becomes the value pattern, or bones of the artwork. The paint follows, influenced by the warm earth colors deeply rooted from my youth in Peru.”
“Here and There” expresses Marisabel’s love for her land that reflects the Peruvian culture and people. This exhibit will include recent drawings in charcoal, and her most recent series of still life paintings and landscapes of Connecticut and Peru.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, 4 – 6 pm
The Smithy Store
10 Main Street
18 Artists in 12 Studios
Join everyone this Columbus Day weekend for the second annual road tour of 12 of the great clay studios, featuring 18 artists in and around Litchfield County at the start of the leaf color season. This is part of American Craft Week, a nationwide celebration of American craft and all it creates: jobs, vibrant communities, economic growth, an exceptional national heritage and a beautiful aesthetic for our homes and public places. Go to the website below to download a pdf of the map with locations for all studios on the tour.
October 7, 8 & 9, 10 am – 5 pm
See map on website