Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
by Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown attended the art program at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where in 1994 he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree, graduating cum laude and being awarded Departmental Distinction in Art. In 1995 he enrolled in the postgraduate sculpture program at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and in 1997 received his Master of Fine Arts Degree. At university, Christopher developed his interests and skills in wood and metalworking. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta, GA where he worked in metal fabrication studios. With this experience, he decided to move back to Connecticut to launch his own business designing and fabricating art furniture. Christopher owned and operated his business until 2009 when he decided to stop designing furniture and focus singularly on art making.
Christopher now works from home where he lives with his wife of 16 years and three daughters. His art-making relies in large part on intuition stemming from a full and practiced creative vocabulary accumulated over many years of education, ‘muscle memory’ from using his hands, and life experience. Tapping into both reason and impulse, Christopher has been working abstractly for the past several years, visually exploring the ‘spaces’ found within thought and emotion.
Good News Restaurant & Bar
694 Main Street South
KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opened for viewing on September 29, 2018. Mark Seliger is among the most sought-after editorial, celebrity, and fashion photographers working today. The Platinum Print exhibition at KMR Arts highlights Seliger’s love of the photographic darkroom. The utterly iconic subjects in these exquisite prints span Seliger’s prolific career including Mick Jagger, Johnny Cash, Bob, Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Heidi Klum, Iman, David Bowie, among others. Also included in Platinum Prints will be some of Seliger’s personal work, including nudes and landscape photographs made in his adopted city of New York.
2 Titus Road
Jo-Ann Miller will have her paintings on display at the Oliver Wolcott Library from November 1 – December 28, 2018.
While Jo-Ann’s interest in art came more recently, throughout her life she has pursued artistic expression. A Torrington native, she moved to San Francisco to attend La Cordon Rouge School for Professional Chefs. Upon completion, and moving back to the area, she was the pastry chef and general manager for the Egremont Inn; eventually acquiring the Inn with her husband whom she met there. Upon selling the Inn three years later and moving to Washington, DC, she started taking art classes at the Alexandria (VA) Art League.
Four years later they moved to Essex on the Connecticut shoreline and attended the Lyme Academy. Her works were shown at the Essex Art Association. Five years ago they moved to Bantam andJo-Ann joined the Washington Art Association, participating in the exhibitions and studying with Ira Barkoff and Souby Boski.
Painting exclusively in oil, Jo-Ann initially did still lifes and representational works, but her true passion and current interest is in the Abstract. Not only can she put her emotional thoughts on canvas, but Abstraction allows her to paint the way she feels rather than describing the way things look in a literal sense. In this manner, the viewer can evoke a personal interpretation that is heightened by her mix of multiple palates and layered textures.
Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
The Feast of St. Hubert
Standard Space is pleased to present The Feast of St. Hubert, an exhibition of new photographs by Jeff Barnett-Winsby. Acting as an observer, not a participant, he seeks to capture the emotions he felt on his first hunting trip as a teenager in rural Kansas—a feeling of both power and helplessness. He says, “I become fascinated by the intensity of this pursuit and the incredible emotional ride that runs through it. I am not a hunter, nor do I care to become one…I am an artist traveling with a hunter attempting to explore, and share, a bit about the strangeness and sometimes beauty of an ancient pursuit.”
The landscape dominates the photographs. Clad in camouflage and situated in sprawling, empty terrain, the figures disappear into nature, emphasizing their solitude and loneliness. Silence pervades, reflecting the escape from technological attachments and the separation from society at large. The focus is not on the act of hunting, but on the long expanses of time spent waiting that create an abundance of moments to reflect, and on the wild, intense, and sometimes brutal beauty of nature.
Jeff Barnett-Winsby (b. 1979 Wichita, KS) is an artist and community organizer with an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited internationally and his second book, Mark West and Molly Rose, was published in 2010. He has served on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island, and is a regular critic at SVA’s Photography MFA program. He is the co-executive director of the Wassaic Project, founder of the Wassaic Artist Residency, and lives in Wassaic with his wife, Bowie Zunino, and their two children.
147 Main Street
Sit back, relax, and slow down… Sleepy Jones was established in 2013 by Andy Spade, Anthony Sperduti and Chad Buri. The three worked together for a number of years at Kate Spade, Jack Spade, and Partners and Spade. Their interests in the virtues of tinkering and pondering evolved into Sleepy Jones, a collection of pajamas for men and women, inspired by the lifestyles of artists. Whether you’re creating, daydreaming, playing or meditating, Sleepy Jones is a uniform you can wear in or outside the bedroom.
An assortment of pajamas, underwear, and not-quite-ready-to-wear for men and women… so comfortable and stylish that all you have to do is be yourself. Lounging is a luxury, and Sleepy Jones reminds us of that. The assortment at Privet Lives will be a little of everything, with cotton pajama sets, silk dresses, t-shirts and even underwear.
It was love at first sight with Sleepy Jones. We think that it’s important to slow down, enjoy life, live in the present… and that’s what Sleepy Jones is all about. The Privet House gang have been long-time admirers of Sleepy Jones, making this the perfect fit… and what better way to spread a little cheer and mindfulness through the holidays.
13 East Shore Road
Looking for a distinctive handmade gift that will truly be appreciated by the special people on your shopping list? Decked out in festive style, the historic Van Vleck House at Flanders is the setting for their annual “Artisan Marketplace”.
One of the largest artisan markets in the area, you will find a wide variety of quality creations handmade by local crafters and artisans including furniture, artisan chocolates, needle felting kits & creatures, fiber art – shawls, scarves; cards, Christmas ornaments, framed prints, baskets, soap, sugar scrubs, and lotion bars; fun children’s accessories, quilts, wreaths and greens, hand crafted jewelry, pottery, and more!
Proceeds benefit local artisans and Flanders land conservation and educational programs.
The “Artisan Marketplace” will be open Saturdays and Sundays 11 AM – 4 PM starting on November 17th and running through Sunday, December 16th. This holiday season keep your shopping handmade and local!
Opening the doors: Saturday, November 17, 11 am – 4 pm
Saturdays & Sundays until December 16, 11 am – 4 pm
The Van Vleck House
at the corner of Flanders & Church Hill Roads
Oil and Water, a group show of oils and watercolors is on display at the Woodbury Public Library. In 2012, Diana “Nanny” Swoyer joined her friends, Kit Sagendorf, Maryellen Furse, Jan Grody, and Nancy Pistone, in the spring painting class with Marija McCarthy at Washington Art Association. Ms McCarthy’s wonderful watercolor/oil painting classes were very popular with students in the area for many years. Over the next few years, Hitchy Rahilly, Carol O’Toole, Jean O’Reilly and Sandy Dolinksy joined in. The group gave themselves the name Oil and Waterbecause they paint in both media. The phrase often interpreted as “conflicted” as it’s the opposite of what they are. The mutual celebration of each artist’s talents is what the group is all about. Oil and Wateris on display during the library’s open hours.
Artists Reception: Saturday, December 1, 2-4 pm
Woodbury Public Library
269 Main Street South
Perform in Falls Village
Twelve Moons Coffee House will be rocking to the music of The Joint Chiefs. The Joint Chiefs have been singing & playing in Northwest Connecticut and surrounding states since the mid 1990’s. WAMC’s Michael Eck best described them as having “Tight Harmonies & Loose Attitude” — a description that has stuck with the band for decades. The group boasts three distinctly unique lead vocalists: Louise Lindenmeyr, Eliot Osborn and George Potts, each of whom thoughtfully shapes their own songs, as well as a selection of re-worked covers gleaned from a mixture of world-wide genres. Together with renowned NYC percussionist Diana Herold, The Joint Chiefs are capable of producing intimate ballads, gentle swing tunes, and foot-stomping Zydeco two-steps. Throughout the Summer & Fall of 2018 the group has been making a number of appearances in support of their latest CD, Sending Up a Flare, recorded “Live in the Studio” in New York with the help of the noted Engineer, John Kilgore. The CD is available on Apple Music and Spotify.
For the latest information of the band, see:
www.jointchiefs.music.com and www.facebook.com/jointchiefsmusic1/
The location of this event will not be at the coffeehouse. It will be at the address listed below. This is a beautiful venue with great acoustics and room for dancing!
Saturday, December 1, 7-10 pm
At Five Points Gallery
Five Points Gallery presents three concurrent solo exhibitions, Stephen Maine’s “New Paintings,” Brigid Kennedy’s “The Morphology of Gratitude” and Ethan Newman’s “Undercurrents.” The three solo shows will run through December 22, 2018.
In the East Gallery are Stephen Maine’s colossal “New Paintings.” The artist creates his stunning abstracts by using printing plates instead of brushes. He explains that this “systematic yet intentionally imprecise, indirect production method yields the great pleasure of surprise, while providing a concrete way to think about color, surface and scale. A longtime member of American Abstract Artists and the International Association of Art Critics, Maine’s writing has been published in Art in America and ARTnews, among many other publications.
Brigid Kennedy’s “The Morphology of Gratitude” is presented in the TDP Gallery. The recipient of numerous awards, residencies and grants, Kennedy exhibits her sculpture and drawings nationally and internationally. She created the grand-scale black-and-white mudra specifically for this exhibition. “For me, art is a way of entering and engaging with the world, a way of making sense of things that I can control.”
In the West Gallery are Ethan Newman’s abstract “Undercurrents.” The painter is also a musician, and says his approach to the two disciplines overlap. “I work quickly and spontaneously, improvising in much the same way I create music, each mark or action informing the next.” Newman is the winner of the 2017 Five Points Biennial Juried Exhibition, juried by artist Joe Fig. The award for winning the show is this solo exhibit at Five Points Gallery.
The exhibition is kindly sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank.
Five Points Gallery will hold two events in conjunction with the exhibitions: an opening reception on Friday, November 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and an Gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment. There is no admission charge. Five Points exhibitions and educational events are free and open to the public.
About the Gallery: Located in an historic downtown building, Five Points Gallery (FPG) is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery showcasing professional regional, national and international visual artists. The gallery presents exhibitions in three beautifully renovated exhibition spaces, and has earned a reputation as one of Connecticut’s outstanding contemporary art venues. For more information about the gallery, please visit www.fivepointsgallery.org.
There will be an Artists’ Panel Discussion in the gallery. Power Boothe will moderate the discussion. Five Points is supported in part by the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Artists’ Panel Discussion in the Gallery: Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm
No admission charge
Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
What sets the Washington Art Association’s Annual Holiday Sale apart from others is not only the exquisitely handcrafted gifts by local artisans, but a talented group of volunteers, designers and artists source and curate unique objects and transform the galleries into a magical shopping experience.
This year is no exception. Event co-chairs, artist, Maryellen Furse and interior designer, Bruce Glickman are planning another unique marketplace based on “hygee” (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah), a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.
Inspired by the clean lines and simple forms of Scandinavian design, Bruce and Maryellen have used objects that feature warmth, simplicity, harmony, light and nature.
Celebrate the season with traditional and contemporary holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
Holiday Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
No admission fee
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Plaza
Children’s author/illustrator Lane Smith and author Randall de Seve will sign their books at The Hickory Stick Bookshop. Lane Smith’s latest book is Giraffe Problems (Random House, $17.99), the sequel to Penguin Problems, both written by Jory John. Randall de Seve’s latest book is Zola’s Elephant (Houghton Mifflin, $17.99) illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
Saturday, December 1, 2 pm
Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road
& Visit from Santa
Shop St. John’s Market Place for wonderful gifts and other great buys. The St. John’s Bistro will be open from Noon-2PM serving a light bistro lunch. The Children’s Corner will feature clothing and selected gifts for children plus ornaments galore…and a special visit by Santa at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 10-4 pm
St. John’s Parish House
9 Parsonage Lane
Book Signing with Kerry Joyce
Join award-winning designer Kerry Joyce for a signing hosted by Privet House.
Joyce’s brand new book The Intangiblespans a genius career of turning houses into unique and refined homes. It’s gorgeous. You’ll want it.
Saturday, December 1, 2-4 pm
13 East Shore Road
Book Signing, Tips & Mimosas
Meet the powerhouse creative Nora Murphy author of Nora Murphy Country House Styleand founder of Nora Murphy Country House. Nora will discuss how to create her approachable and authentic style in your own country home, plus give tons of holiday decorating tips.
Buy a copy of the book or bring your own to have it signed by Nora. Books are $35 at the store.
Nora Murphy has turned her passion for country house style and its embodiment—her own home in Newtown, Connecticut—into a multimedia juggernaut. Her blog, website, e-magazine, strong presence on social media, and increasing visibility in print media and on TV have earned her a devoted following all over the country. Now she has distilled the essence of her knowledge about country house style and how to achieve it in this irresistible volume. The first part of the book lays out the universal elements of the style; the second reveals how she has incorporated these elements into her own home; and the third shows how the elements of this comfortable, comforting, easy aesthetic and approach to life can be applied in different ways and in different locations to striking, individual effect. Five homes, each of which expresses a unique take on the style, are featured. Part primer, part wish book, Nora Murphy’s CountryHouse Style is all inspiration.
Sunday, December 2, 11 am – 2 pm
Blueprint CT Home
920 Bantam Road
Festival of Trees
Join this festive holiday community event. This annual event includes a cocktail party that takes place in the historic Wykeham Room. The event features creatively-decorated holiday trees, wreaths and stockings available for purchase. Peruse the festive hall while sampling wine, generously donated by Spring Hill Vineyards, and hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants.
The Library’s tree will be decked with Treasure Pouches, each containing a slip of paper bestowing a mystery gift. Attendees may purchase a pouch and claim an item or service, including gift baskets, theater tickets, edibles, and gift certificates, that have been donated by local businesses.
The tree display will be open for viewing at no charge on Saturday, December 8, from 10 am – 2 pm. Items not sold at the cocktail party on Friday evening will be available for purchase on Saturday.
Friday, December 7, 5-7 pm
Saturday, December 8, 10 am – 2 pm
Evening Cocktail Party: suggested donation of $20 per person
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Exhibit & Artist Talk
RT Facts will be holding a Holiday party that includes a new exhibit be featuring the art of Zachary Zaitzeff. There will be an Artist Talk at 6 pm.
Zachary Zaitzeff is a painter living in the Hudson Valley who has incorporated his extensive world travel, including his 2011 summit of Mount Everest, into his artwork. Zachary spent 2018 studying American Flags and their various contrasting presentations. His installation of fifty paintings each portrays images of a flag, stairs, and a door using oil paint, dirt, and ash. Two of his larger scale works were recently accepted by the Whitney Museum for their collection.
Saturday, December 8, 5 – 8 pm
Artist Talk: 6 pm
RT Facts Gallery
8 Old Barn Rd
Libations, treats for kids, comestibles, events all over town, Santa on the Porch, bonfire, the legendary windows of New Preston, great shopping, and the joy of community!
This year’s Winter Walk is to benefit the Washington Food Bank. (Donate to them. They do good things for good people. And…well…tis the Season of Giving.)
Saturday, December 8, 2-5 pm
East Shore Road
New Preston Village
Talk & Book Signing
Legendary photographer Mark Seliger will be giving a talk at the Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens. On view here is a satellite show from his exhibit at KMR Arts Gallery with larger color pieces.
Saturday, December 8, time tbd
Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens
One Green Hill
Downtown West Cornwall
Join The Wish House for a workshop for kids and the young at heart with Elf Joe Brien of the Lost Arts Workshops crafting an old fashion wooden toy. Santa will be overseeing operations and will be available for Holiday snap shots.
Author Sally Cook will be doing a stocking stuffer book signing with her How to Speak series including How to Speak Soccer , How to Speak Baseball , How to Speak Golf & How to Speak Football.
Holiday nibbles and libation will be served, including German Gluehwein.
At Barbara Farnsworth’s Bookstore Susan Hellman will greet you with a 50% off sale on all of the books in stock. She will be also selling handmade book bags , stupendously cute and beautiful crafts and cards. Join this multi talented Lady for Coffee & Homemade Cookies !
The Cornwall Conservation Trust will have an Open House. Peruse their maps of the fabulous Cornwall Hiking Trails. A good inspiration where to walk off some of the lavish Holiday meals.
At the Ian Ingersoll’s Furniture showroom bubbly and nibbles will be served while you may peruse the classy local artwork exhibited in their showroom among the gorgeous furnishings.
Saturday, December 8, 12 – 3 pm
413 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike
Notable musician – and now author – Sharon Ruchman will sign copies of her new book, The Gift of Rudy, a remarkable story about her great uncle Rudy, a virtuoso violinist who died at the young age of twenty-five. Since her early childhood, Ruchman heard stories about Rudy and longed to know more about his life. Twenty five years ago, she received his sheet music from a distant cousin. Other treasures, such as photos, documents and letters belonging to Rudy presented themselves, as Ruchman continued to make discoveries about him that would transform her life.
More information about the book, along with samples of the music featured in the story can be found a:t www.thegiftofrudy.com
Sharon Ruchman began piano studies at the age of 8. When she was in junior high and high school, she studied with Rosetta Goodkind, a teacher at the Julliard School of Music. In 1971 she graduated from the New England Conservatory where she was a voice major, graduating in 1971. While there, she accompanied the Conservatory chorus under the direction of Lorna Cooke DeVaron and conductor Seiji Ozawa.
Sharon went on to attend the Ambler Music Festival sponsored by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Blossom Music Festival, sponsored by the Cleveland Orchestra, where she was chosen to sing in the chamber choir under the direction of choral conductor, Robert Shaw.
At Yale School of Music, Sharon was an alto soloist with the Yale Glee Club and New Haven chorale. She was invited to participate in the opera program at the Norfolk Music Festival in Norfolk, CT.
After graduate school, Sharon taught music in the West Haven public schools. In 2007, she returned to Yale to continue her composition studies with Orianna Webb.
In 2008, she released her first chamber music 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, composer’s organization. Her piece “Day at Play and Day’s End” was performed at the Women Composer’s Festival in Hartford. Her compositions have also aired on WMNR and WSHU, classical radio stations in CT. and several radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Sharon was featured in the January/February 2013 issue of Fanfare Magazine.
She is presently studying viola with Jill Pellett Levine, a violist with the New Haven Symphony, and has created music for two children’s book series “Little Brown Bear” and “Wanda Wannabee” with Susan A. Katz, teacher, author, and poet.
Her resume and samples of her music can be found at: sharonruchman.com
Sunday, December 9, 2 pm
The Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Road