Goings On

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

April 1 – 14, 2019
Jamie Accashian
At The Smithy Store/Loft Gallery

The Loft Gallery at The Smithy welcomes mixed media artist Jamie Accashian of Woodbury. Jamie’s mixed media collages will be on view March 2 through April 14, 2019. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 2 from 4-6 pm. The event is free and open to the community. Guests can meet the artist, enjoy light fare and wine, and live jazz by Bentley Lewis.

Jamie Accashian is best known for her layered mixed media, which combines painting, printmaking, and collage elements. She was born in Connecticut and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in Illustration in 2013. In 2012 she studied in Rome, Italy, where she began printmaking and sketching outdoors regularly out of a fondness and curiosity for the layered architecture. After graduation, Jamie moved to Brooklyn, NY and worked as a Prop Stylist for Mary Howard Studio. Jamie collaborated with set designers to effectively promote various high-profile fashion and media brands by assisting in concept development, material sourcing, and prop construction. A natural progression, she was then offered an opportunity as a Manager and Painter at a nearby backdrop painting company called Oliphant Studio. She worked directly with designers such as Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Ralph Lauren by creating initial samples for artwork and collaborating closely with them throughout the production process. While at Oliphant, she was commissioned by J.Crew to paint approximately 1,000 articles of clothing to be sold globally. The studio environment, which was rich with color and texture, also fascinated her and influenced her personal work. Her most recent position in New York City was at a startup technology company called Artsy, where their goal was to make art globally accessible. As Executive Assistant, she enjoyed learning about the technical side of art business and sales.

Jamie derives inspiration from other layer-focused work, including Matisse’s cut paper collages, Nathalie Du Pasquier’s decorated surfaces, her own travels, and traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques. She recently relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado and is working as a freelance artist while expanding her brand.
For more information about Jamie, visit www.jamieaccashian.com


The Smithy Store/Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
New Preston


April 1 - 25, 2019
Tom Hlas Telling the Stories:
Abstract Narratives

Tom Hlas is an abstract painter who works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. He creates vibrant abstract paintings that reflect his world with a rich boldness in both color and composition. He says his art is informed by his memories and current thoughts, and by the colors and sights around him, especially the ever-changing sky and rural landscapes. He refers to his paintings as a geography of the heart and mind.

The concept of home is very important to Tom in his work: home as a place where he grew up, home like the many places he’s lived since, home where he lives now, home as a sense of belonging, home as hospitality and welcome to others.

Tom was born and raised near the small, rural town of Elberon, Iowa. His journey to Norfolk, Connecticut was a circuitous one that included a variety of cities – Miami and Philadelphia to name a few – and different studies – drawing and painting, a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music, postgraduate studies in philosophy and theology as well as on-the-job training in marketing, graphic design and art reproduction. All these paths have colored his artistic work. The show runs through April 25.

Tom has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout New England. In 2009 and 2010 he was awarded a one-month artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Besides his studio practice, he also teaches art courses at the West Hartford Art League. Visit his website at www.tomhlas.com.


Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street


April 1 - 25, 2019 
Mark Scarbrough on
William Faulkner

There’s nothing like a Faulkner novel: overwhelming, breath-taking yet suffocating, free. The prose is haunting and maddening; the diction, erudite and home-spun. Then there are the plots that strike to the heart of the tragedy and comedy that is our American project. And then there’s the man, an uneducated alcoholic, singularly ill-prepared to be a Nobel laureate (or any sort of literary type whatsoever). No wonder the mere mention of Faulkner’s name strikes fear into undergrads! And maybe some of us, too. But skip the jitters and join us to explore possibly the greatest American author, certainly one of the greatest novelists ever.

In eight weeks, we’ll cover four novels, have grand discussions of American art and history, and get too-close-for-comfort glimpses of American rancor, Southern defeat, and the happy ending Faulkner believed was the sum of human existence. If it sounds like an avid reader’s notion of bliss, that’s because it is.

First Reading: The Wild Palms (aka If I forget thee, Jerusalem, 1939) Complete

Books will be available on a limited basis at the circulation desk.
Books will be available for sale at Oblong Books & Music

Eight Weeks – Thursdays, March 7 – April 25, 10 am – 12 pm


Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street


April 1 - 7, 2019
Naomi Reis’ Mirror Room
At Standard Space

Eighteen months after opening its doors, photographer Theo Coulombe’s Standard Space Gallery celebrates its 13th show, Brooklyn mixed-media artist Naomi Reis’ Mirror Room. The show, appropriately, arrives just as the gallery begins to cement its identity – as a conduit coupling the undercurrent of creative energy “upstate” with the youth, relevance and dynamism of Brooklyn.

A departure from Reis’ previous work, Mirror Room is a collection of mixed-media paintings and colored-pencil drawings born from Reis’ capture of spontaneous moments, which are then reconfigured to create a very deliberate and subjective sense of location and identity. “There’s always a search for ‘place’ in my work,” Reis says.

The exhibition takes its inspiration from a Noh musical theater ritual, in which the actor sits before a full-length mirror in a dark, empty space behind the curtain, reflecting for a moment to select the mask of the character they’ll inhabit for the audience. The shape they take on within this space in between real life and stage helps lend form to their performance.

Coulombe’s gallery, as a public space, draws it purpose from a similar idea. As its name might suggest, Standard Space serves as its own kind of understated negative space, allowing the artwork and creative community brought into it to take shape.

This receptive approach has put Standard Space in position to help shape a movement amongst the peaceful hills of Northwest Connecticut and the Eastern Hudson Valley. Alongside, and in conjunction with, efforts like The Wassaic Project and the recent cultural rebirth of Troutbeck, both of which sit just miles from Standard Space, a new creative energy is beginning to coalesce. Less than a mile away from the gallery’s doors is Jasper John’s bucolic estate, which is slated to eventually become an artist residency program. Emerging and established artists alike have long been drawn to the area — as a way to leave the confines and anxieties of the city for a place where they can ruminate and reflect, but still feel the buzz of creativity and community.

The relative lack of competition for – and anxiety over – space presents a rare opportunity for artists living, creating and showing in bustling cities. Also stripped away is much of the artifice and stratification that can splinter creative life in New York City and other art capitals.

The diverse group of artists the gallery has brought to the hills of Northwest Connecticut can feel at home in a place that needs them, welcomes them, and provides the quiet void, the “mirror room,” where they can meditate for a brief moment before presenting their innermost selves to the world. The show will run until April 7, during gallery hours, from Friday to Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.


Standard Space
147 Main Street


April 1 - 6, 2019
Recent Paintings
By Lynda O’Connor

Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Lynda O’Connor. Lynda’s work is intimate in scale and she is an imaginative abstract artist who seeks inspiration from Litchfield County’s abundant natural environment. Her colors and compositions are rooted in colors and shapes found in nature. A strong organic and feminist sensibility prevails throughout her dreamy work.

Her artwork is about connections- connections between people, between people and nature and connections between line and shape, color and space. The painting process is led by intuition. She uses mixed media to build up layers and ‘history’ and then erase, mask and excavate back until the final image emerges. The exhibition runs through April 6, 2019.


Byrde + the b, 10 Titus Road
Washington Depot

Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd
Washington Depot


April 1 - 20, 2019
The Garden of Earthly Delights
Exhibition at WAA Gallery

The Washington Art Association’s exhibition, “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, will present emerging artists from New York and Chicago. The title of the exhibit was selected by curator, Timothy Bergstrom, and was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century, the three-paneled oil painting of the same name. Bosch’s painting is an explosive piece depicting heaven, earth, and hell, rich with an invention and strangeness, provocative for its time. The pieces on display reflect these qualities. These contemporary artists have much more freedom to explore ideas in any direction and with almost unlimited information at their fingertips, exploring the most idiosyncratic of places.
This show encourages the viewer to dive into the separate elements that make up its whole. Moreover, as in the three panels of Bosch’s painting, the three spaces of the gallery will conjure images of beauty, temporality and the hellacious, proving when it comes to the inventiveness of artists, some things never change.

Featured artists include Morgan Blair, Andy Cahill, Caroline Chandler, Kari Cholnoki, Ryan Travis Christian, Austin Eddy, Orlando Estrada, Nicasio Fernandez, JJ Manford, Nicholas Moenich, Jesse Stead, and Richard Tinkler.

Come to the artist reception on Saturday, March 9. This will be an opportunity to meet young, emerging artists and observe what their art reflects: their voices, interests, concerns, and points of view.


Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Plaza
Washington Depot


March 23-31, 2019
A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Get your deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo), comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

The WSC production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is directed by Katherine Ray. The cast features Patrick Spadaccino, Josh Newey, Joe Harding, Matt Austin, and Gillian Bailey.

The Warner Stage Company’s presenting sponsor is Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is sponsored by Altice USA. The Nancy Marine Studio Theatre series is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank.

Performances: March 23, 29 & 30 at 8 pm and March 24 & 31 at 2 pm

To purchase tickets, call the Warner Box Office
at 860-489-7180 or visit warnertheatre.org

Nancy Marine Studio
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street


April 1 - 27, 2019
A Doll’s House & Inside Out
Two new exhibitions At Five Points Gallery

Five Points will open two new exhibitions that focus on the concept of interior vs. exterior. Tracy Collamore’s “A Doll’s House” is a solo show and “Inside Out” is a group exhibition, featuring works by Mio Akashi, Lisa Brody, Anthony Carr, Jodi Colella, Kate Gordon, Elizabeth Knowles, Barbara Marks, Mark Roemisch and Mark Williams. The shows will run through April 27, 2019.

In the TDP Gallery, “A Doll’s House” is a solo exhibit of Tracy Collamore’s paintings, a series of vignettes that capture the “miniaturized preciousness of a dollhouse,” the artist writes. And yet, these still-life arrangements “provoke the existence of an alternate, psychological reality beyond their immediate impression.”

In the East and West Galleries, “Inside Out” is a group exhibition of nine artists. In her elegant black-and-white photographs, Mio Akashistrives “to capture the moments where light and architecture intersect, adding another dimension to the composition.” Lisa Brody’slarge charcoal drawings of chandeliers were inspired by the “baroque and rococo architecture and interiors” of sacred religious spaces she saw in Egypt and Mexico. In his Big Bar Lake Ranch series, Anthony Carrphotographs an abandoned guest ranch, a monument to the fading past in rural Western Canada. “I try to reveal both the visible and the invisible.” Mixed-media sculptor Jodi Colellahopes to elicit reactions of both whimsy and threat with her work. Her fiber sculptures offer two viewpoints: exterior and interior. Kate Gordon’sbright watercolors are spliced by collaged elements such as embroidery floss, as she stitches the “everyday and absurd together.” The dynamic wire construction by multi-media artist Elizabeth Knowleshangs from the ceiling, encircled by a mandala of colored glass. Painter Barbara Markshas been drawing, mostly in Indian ink, on the insides of ordinary packaging that she has unfolded. Her tiny works are named for the former contents of the boxes: soap, butter, and tea. In his series “How to disappear completely,” photographer Mark Roemischfocuses on the visible side of underbrush, which may conceal unseen mysteries. The brilliantly colored prints by Mark Williams— acrylic and screen prints on sewn fabrics — were inspired by cave interiors, including stalactites and stalagmites. The exhibition is sponsored by Northwest Community Bank.

Artists’ Panel Discussion: Friday, April 5, 6:30 pm


Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street



April 1, 2019
Portraits Show at
Craven Contemporary

The “Portraits” show at Craven Contemporary has been extended through mid-April. The show comprises six strikingly different portraits of men in a similar head and shoulders pose. Featured artists include Alex Katz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul P. and Alessandro Raho. Work by Catherine Opie is also available. Prices available upon request.

(Craven Contemporary is also excited to announce that it will re-open in May in a new space in Kent Barns at 4 Fulling Lane, Kent CT.  The move will allow the gallery to have an expanded program and show a larger number of works. More information to follow shortly.)


Craven Contemporary
340 Main Street


April 1 - 19, 2019
Charles Hollinger Exhibit
In the Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery

Charles H. Hollinger, Canterbury Fine Arts faculty and artist who specializes in plein air painting, is currently on display in the Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery. A self-described avid outdoorsman and nature lover, Charles’ artistic expertise is reflected in his work through sweeping landscapes, his canvases dotted by greens of all shades with bursts of sunlight appearing to ascend organically from within the otherwise static piece. “I try to bring forth my understanding and, more importantly, my love of light and my awe of the natural world through the relationship of warm versus cool colors, light versus shadow, and contrasting shapes,” Hollinger notes of his work. “I try to portray an intimate feeling of place, as if you had just stumbled onto an undiscovered location. ”

Charles completed his undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University, NY, in political science and fine arts. He received his Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from Western Connecticut State University, CT. He paints in oils on canvas and board with smooth brush strokes, using atmospheric perspective and muted colors to draw viewers into a motionless and tranquil landscape. Recently, he expanded  his artistic exploration to works with graphite, charcoal, and wax medium on paper. “The process is less about the subject matter at hand but more about bringing my understanding of surface in painting to the drawing medium,” he reflects.

The show is open to the viewing public through April 19, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am -3 pm or by appointment.

Artist Reception: April 19, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Edward J. Duffy Art Gallery
Canterbury School  
101 Aspetuck Avenue
 New MilfordFollow signs to the exhibit/ reception.

April 3, 2019
Between War & Here

NPR’s Anne Garrels and Neal Conan are narrators with extraordinary musicians Ensemble Gailiei in “Between War and Here”, a powerful new collaboration between journalists and musicians, exploring honor, courage, loss, and hope. With music, poetry, and memoir, and featuring two of NPR’s most storied war correspondents, this extraordinary work of art is as mesmerizing as it is timely.

Wednesday, April 3, 7 pm

Tickets: $20 Adults; students $15; active and retired military $10

Norfolk Congregational Church
12 Litchfield Road


April 4, 2019
Professor-Led Book Discussion
on National Best Seller Warlight

English Professor Christopher Rempfer, MFA will lead a book discussion on the National Best Seller, Warlight. This will take place on April 4 at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

“A haunting, brilliant novel from Ondaatje…Mesmerizing from the first sentence, rife with poignant insights and satisfying subplots, this novel about secrets and loss may be Ondaatje’s best work yet.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A lyrical mystery that plays out in the shadow of World War II…Ondaatje’s shrewd character study plays out in a smart, sophisticated drama, one worth the long wait for fans of wartime intrigue.” —Kirkus Review (starred review)

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

Christopher Rempferis a Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury where he also runs the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Program. Prior to joining the full-time faculty at NVCC, Chris taught English and Speech and Public Speaking at the City College of New York, where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing in 2010. He has also taught at Quinnipiac University and in the summer international program at Yale University. Prior to returning to Connecticut, where he grew up, he was an actor and writer based in New York City.

Thursday, April 4, 6:30 pm

Registration is requested

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


April 4 - 10, 2019
Meet. Play. Flow &
7 Days of Wellness

Introducing “Meet. Play. Flow & 7 Days of Wellness” a unique wellness event, where residents and visitors alike are welcome to enjoy week-long promotions, as well as a weekend full of body, soul, and uplifting events. Throughout the week, several of Kent’s charming restaurants, cozy inns, unique shops, and caring service providers, will be offering healthy menus, yummy tastings, special room rates, and discounts on wellness-related products and services.

On Sat., April 6th, RT Facts will kick-off the weekend roster of special events and will host a “tasting menu” of 20-minute body and fitness classes guaranteed to jump-start your healthy ambitions. Here, attendees will literally Meet. Play… and Flow onto a path of well-being. Saturday’s all-day wellness event will see the return of many local instructors offering classes every half-hour in practices such as, hula-hoop dancing, yoga, Barre, tai chi, foam rolling, playful improv, drawing as meditation, etc. Attendees are welcome to explore aerial yoga, massage therapy, as well as making your own flower essences and smoothie/kimchi-tastings. Bring a mat and water bottle. With a $25 donation, attendees will have complete access to the many wellness practices and classes being offered. All proceeds will be matched by RT Facts and donated to the local ambulance squads of Kent and Cornwall. For further information on the Meet.Play.Flow event visit www.meetplayflow.com.

The high-energy continues on Sunday, April 7th when the Kent Chamber of Commerce will be staging free sessions comprised of lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Experts in their chosen fields are on tap to conduct a healthy lineup of weekend events. Participants include: Alzheimer’s Association, Arbonne International, Chestnut Woodworking, Davis IGA, Fair Skies Acupuncture, Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant & Inn, High Watch Recovery Center, J. P. Gifford Market, Inscape Awareness, Kent Land Trust, Kent Memorial Library, Kent Victorian Inn, Kent Station Pharmacy, Kent Yoga & Bodyworks, Christopher Kiely, Movement Learning Resources (Feldenkrais), Prism Health Advocates, Starbuck Inn, Strong Core Team Training, Terston, The Villager Restaurant, W Rhythm Fitness & Wellness, among others. These free Chamber events will be held in various commercial locations throughout town. Attendees will nourish mind and body by listening to and partaking in sessions ranging from Chinese medicine, Pilates, and Essential Oils to understanding health care and successfully navigating an illness.

Meet. Play. Flow & 7 Days of Wellness is an inspiring event that affords attendees an opportunity to experience a variety of wellness practices, while having fun and meeting friends both old and new. It’s also an event that serves as a novel introduction to the various shops, restaurants, and services that make up Kent, one of Connecticut’s most charming New England towns.

Thursday, April 4 – Wednesday, April 10

$25 donation

Various locations in Kent

www.kentct.com or email info@kentct.com


April 4, 2019
Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein
At The White Hart Inn

Join us for a hilarious new exploration of philosophy through cartoons from the duo who brought you the New York Times bestselling Plato and a Platypus Walk Into A Bar..

Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klien have been thinking deep thoughts and writing jokes for decades, and now they are here to help us understand Philosophy through cartoons, and cartoons through Philosophy. Covering topics as diverse as religion, gender, knowledge, morality, and the meaning of life (or the lack thereof), I Think, Therefore I Draw gives a thorough introduction to all of the major debates in philosophy through history and the present. And since they explain with the help of a selection of some of the smartest cartoonists working today, you’ll breeze through these weighty topics as you guffaw and slap your knee.

Cathcart and Klein’s Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar… and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates have been a favorite of philosophers and non-philosophers alike for years. Packed with dozens of witty cartoons and loaded with profound philosophical insight, I Think, Therefore I Draw will delight readers and leave you equally enlightened.

Daniel Klien and Thomas Cathcart studied philosophy together at Harvard in the last millennium. Since then…

Danny has written comedy for Lily Tomlin, Flip Wilson, and others, and published scores of fiction and non-fiction books—from thrillers to entertaining philosophical books, such as his London Times bestseller, Travels with Epicurus, and his most recent book, Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life They Change It.

Tom studied theology and managed health care organizations before linking up with Danny to write Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates. He is also the author of The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge? an entertaining philosophical look at a tricky ethical conundrum.

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with The White Hart Inn & Scoville Memorial Library

Thursday, April 4, 6 – 7 pm

RSVP required

The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road


April 6, 2019
Derek Knott
At Twelve Moons

On April 6 Twelve Moons Coffee House will feature Derek Knott., a singer/songwriter / guitarist from New York offering a mixture of folk, Americana, contemporary and blues.  With a warm voice and intimate guitar play, his infectious melodies range in mood from fun to melancholy to romantic.  Derek has been touring the Northeast for the past nine years and has released two albums, Dream This Picture and Speak Less Say More.
Listen to Derek at:  www.reverbnation.com/derekknott

Saturday, April 6, 7 pm

A donation is requested to help cover expenses.

Twelve Moons Coffee House
Center on Main
103 Main Street
Falls Village


April 6, 2019
The Hunt Concert: Witkowski Piano Duo,
Fabio and Gisele Witkowski

The Hotchkiss School is pleased to present the 2019 Hunt Concert, established in 2000 by the Tang family in honor of Annette Hunt for her 24 years of service as an instructor of music at The Hotchkiss School. This year, Fabio and Gisele Witkowski, the Witkowski Piano Duo will perform Saturday, April 6  at 7 p.m. in Katherine M. Elfers Hall, Esther Eastman Music Center. Fabio Witkowski is director of the music program and chair of the department of visual and performing arts at Hotchkiss; Gisele Witkowski is instructor in piano. The duo will perform an exciting program for piano four-hands and two pianos, including works by Schubert, Lutoslawski, Rachmaninov, and Milhaud. The concert is free and open to the public; no ticket reservations are necessary.

Witkowski Piano Duo
Brazilian pianists Fabio and Gisele Witkowski have been sharing stages around the world as the Witkowski Piano Duo. Accomplished pianists and dedicated educators, the Witkowskis are admired for their vibrant and dynamic four-hands and two piano recitals. They have performed in several prestigious venues, such as the Gardens of Villa Rufolo in Ravello, Italy, at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C., at The Symphony Hall, in Shanghai, at the Shenzhen Concert Hall, at Carnegie Hall, in New York, in addition to numerous recitals in the USA, South America, Russia, Israel, Asia, and Europe. The New York Concert Reviewhas described their playing as “showing marvelous rubato and tremendously clean playing, with a lovely sense of tone”.

Individually, they have performed with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Santo André Symphony, São Bernardo Philharmonic Orchestra, Hartt Symphony Orchestra, Piracicaba Symphony Orchestra, Rio Claro Philharmonic Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, and the Paulista Symphony Orchestra. As chamber players their performances include appearances with the Emerson String Quartet, The Guarneri Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, The Amerigo Trio, the São Paulo String Quartet, and cellist Robert deMaine, among others. Mrs. Witkowski’s Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall solo recital debut was hailed as “the most genuinely fascinating recital debut in many a moon,” (New York Concert Review). Mr. Witkowski’s playing has been described as having “many passages of bravura, sensitivity, and pearly agility” (The Hartford Courant).

Concomitantly to their performing careers, they enjoy a busy academic life, both teaching at the Hotchkiss School, where Mr. Witkowski is the Head of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Director of the music program. Mr. Witkowski holds a cum laude BM and MM from the Hartt School of Music. Mrs. Witkowski received her Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Hartt School of Music. Mr. and Mrs. Witkowski have appeared as guest artists and professors in numerous music festivals, including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy,  the Granada Piano Festival in Spain, Krasnogorsk Music Festival in Russia, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Hotchkiss Summer Portals in the USA, and the São João del Rey, Belém, Londrina, and Ourinhos Music Festivals in Brazil. They are currently co-directors of the Hotchkiss in Florence Piano Program in Italy and the Hotchkiss Piano Summer Portals in the USA.

Mr. and Mrs. Witkowski frequently serve as judges of several piano competitions – they recently judged the 18th International Piano Competition Composers of Spain, in Madrid, and the 31st Cidade de Ferrol International Piano Competition (Spain), where they also performed the opening ceremony recital. Their students have also received various prizes in national and international piano competitions.

One of the duo’s latest projects included performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the Bowen McCauley dance company, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of this masterpiece. According to the Washington Post, “Fabio and Gisele Witkowski played the four-hand piano arrangement as if they possessed the very paws of Fate.”

Saturday, April 6, 7 pm


Katherine M. Elfers Hall
Esther Eastman Music Center
The Hotchkiss School, lower level
11 Interlaken Road



April 6 - 27, 2019
Recent Paintings by
Lynda O’Connor

Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings By Lynda O’Connor. Lynda’s work is intimate in scale and she is an imaginative abstract artist who seeks inspiration from Litchfield County’s abundant natural environment. Her colors and compositions are rooted in colors and shapes found in nature. A strong organic and feminist sensibility prevails throughout her dreamy work.

Her  artwork is about connections- connections between people, between people and nature and  connections between line and shape, color and space. The painting process is led by intuition. She uses mixed media to build up layers and ‘history’ and then erase, mask and excavate back until the final image emerges.

The exhibition runs through April 27, 2019.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6


Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd
Washington Depot


April 6 - 27, 2019
Recent Paintings by Abstract
Artist Steven Miller

The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of a select group of recent paintings by the extraordinary colorist and New York City based contemporary abstract artist Steven Miller on exhibit from Sat April 6-27, 2019.

Mr. Miller works in oils on canvas in combination with images inspired by nature. He works in a series of paintings, usually working on from two to three at a time. He states that “These works still hold a strong fascination for me and continue to provide me with boundless inspiration. The work I produce is all about color, form and simplicity”. Life quite simply as a force of nature captured on canvas.

Miller maintains studios in NYC and in Litchfield County. He often travels outside of the country and is influenced by the various international cultures that he comes into contact with. The Byrde + the b highlights a roster of both local and international artists.
Steven Miller has exhibited his work across the United States from New York to Los Angeles, and in Europe from London to Cologne. He is a Vinalhaven Fellow, a  Rubenstein Scholar, and a Parsons School of Design Scholar.  His work has been featured in “Sex in the City”, on the tv sitcom “Frasier” and is frequently featured in major Hollywood films.

Mr. Miller’s work is in many private and public collections in the United States, Europe and Asia. His work is in the permanent collections of the University of Virginia’s Bayly Art Museum, the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum in Georgia, Chase Manhattan Bank, Walden International and most recently to MOMA’s collection.

For additional information please contact by email at steven.miller286@gmail.com

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6


Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd
Washington Depot


April 6 – June 23, 2019
Lambertson Truex Redux
At Privet Lives

Award winning handbag gurus Richard Lambertson and John Truex originally founded their namesake brand in 1998. Known for its innovative aesthetic and commitment to fine craftsmanship, Lambertson Truex became an iconic American luxury brand.

There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing… Lambertson Truex returns to Privet Lives, Saturday, April 6th. We’re talking a whole new collection of bags, totes and accessories in new shapes, colors and textures. Plus… new menswear items made of ultrachic, light-weight nylon. Hello, backpacks and messenger bags.

A curated selection of LT classics will also be available, as well as made-to-order bags and on-site personal monogramming. And if that’s not enough to spring you out the door, Lambertson Truex will be hosting a few friends and their wares and wearables throughout the pop-up, meaning a double dose of goodies.

It’s all about the bag. And if there’s one thing that Lambertson Truex does best, it’s designing the perfect bag. And tote. And accessories. Yes, they’re back… and we just can’t get enough. Their Spring ’19 collection is a breath of fresh air and we couldn’t keep it all to ourselves. #itsallaboutthebag

Saturday, April 6

Free admission

Privet Lives
13 East Shore Road
New Preston



April 6, 2019
Prince of Light &
Prince of Darkness

Crescendo presents Motets & Madrigals by two remarkable composers of the Early Baroque: Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo. Monteverdi lived in a time of great change, as the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance gave way to the textures of the early Baroque. He harnessed both styles with great skill and wrote successfully in every vocal genre. His contemporary Carlo Gesualdo’s vocal music is among the most experimental and expressive of the Late Renaissance. One of the most obvious characteristics of his music is the extravagant text setting of words representing extremes of emotion. Gesualdo was a brilliant musician whose troubled mind often expressed itself in his work.

Performers are the Crescendo Vocal Ensemble with Hideki Yamaya(theorbo), accompanied and directed by Christine Geverton the organ.

Saturday, April 6, 6 pm

Tickets: $35 general seating, $60 premium seating, and $10 students
Buy tickets online or at the door.

Trinity Church
484 Lime Rock Rd
Lakeville (Lime Rock)