Goings On

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

October 1 – 31, 2018
The Telephone Exchange Building:
100 Years in the Making

A new exhibition at AMEICO celebrating the centennial of the Southern New England Telephone Exchange Building of New Milford.

Originally built by the Southern New England Telephone company (SNET) in 1917-18 to house the equipment and switchboards for the growing local telephone clientele of New Milford and the surrounding towns, the building at 29 Church Street is now home to AMEICO’s contemporary Design Store & Gallery.

To commemorate the centennial of this historic structure, restored for future generations to enjoy, AMEICO will host an exhibition of rare telephones belonging to local collectors Mark Berghold and Nancy A. Davis, the earliest examples of which would have been found in households when 29 Church Street was constructed. The exhibition will also provide an overview of the growing importance of the telephone in New Milford one hundred years ago.

AMEICO is a New Milford based company which specializes in importing and distributing modern and contemporary industrial design. Founded by Peter Kahane in 1995, it chose to purchase and restore 29 Church Street in 2012 to house its operations and display its product to the public.

Open M-F, 9 am – 5 pm; Sat, 11 am – 4 pm

Free

Ameico
29 Church Street
New Milford

www.ameico.com

October 1 – November 1, 2018
WAA Sculpture Walk 2018

The Washington Art Association is proud to present WAA Sculpture Walk 2018, a public art exhibition featuring nearly 40 internationally and nationally recognized artists and emergent sculptors. Curated by WAA Trustees Mark Mennin and Barbara Talbot, the exhibition is organized by the Washington Art Association & Gallery in collaboration with community partners and the Town of Washington.

Curators’ Statement
“WAA Sculpture Walk 2018 is an exhibition with no obvious narrative except for the town itself, the hills around it, and the river that runs through it. Washington Depot, named long before our capital, is a focal point in the larger community of Litchfield County, that has a huge tradition of artists, writers, architects, dancers, and musicians both internationally known and self-exiled. The landscape is what gives the pieces in this exhibition a narrative commonality. This would include both the creative protagonists that live in Litchfield County, as well as the geography that beckoned them to settle here.
This is an exhibition that is as eclectic – full of a variety of material, image, and idiom – as its landscape. It demonstrates the different properties of traditional media with works in steel, stone, wood, as well as plastics and earth materials. These are conceptual and site-specific installations and kinetic pieces; there are fully rendered figurative works and large gestural works in both temporary and permanent materials. The bond of
the background is what holds these placements together. Painters Hugh O’Donnell, Caio Fonseca, and Julian Schnabel have been selected for their three-dimensional accomplishments. Michael Steiner, Fitzhugh Karol, and Tom Doyle weigh in with large constructions; Wendell Castle and Ned Smyth have included beautifully modeled abstractions, Marsha Pels and Robert Taplin contributed fully rendered figurative pieces from different methods; while Tim Prentice and Momix bring kinetics to the landscape.”

Open to the public: Daily from 9 am to dusk

Closing Reception: Art Patron’s Party- Costume Soiree at Town Hall
Oct 27, 7:30-10 pm

Washington Depot

860.868.2878
Washingtonartassociation.org

October 1, 2018 - January 8, 2019
Surface Tensions
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.

Free

Good News Restaurant & Bar
694 Main Street South
Woodbury

info@goodnewsrestaurantandbar.com
203.266.4622

October 1 - 14, 2018
Loft Gallery Opens Landscapes
& Gardenscapes by Lisa Brody

The Loft Gallery welcomes an exhibit of large-scale landscape and gardenscape paintings by South Kent CT artist, Lisa Brody. we invite the community to come meet the artist, chat with friends and neighbors and enjoy light refreshment. Lisa has been painting landscape for most of her career. The scenes that preoccupy her are places that she knows and cares about intimately, and have become part of the texture of my everyday consciousness. Not only the views through her window; also walks taken, and roads driven. She never knows where the path will take her, but she’ll start to walk one step at a time. Her paintings are built in the same way, one step at a time, forward and backward, over and under, simple and complex, mundane and mythic. She begins her work intuitively open to change, accident and transformation. Just as the weather can change, the paintings slowly evolve over time sensitive to the subtle permutations of the atmosphere. There is a longing for these places, a longing to paint them, a longing to know them, a longing to be in them. The paintings are windows into places of possibility, desire and yearning. Ms. Brody studied at the University of Pennsylvania, (B.F.A & B.A. Fine Arts and Architecture), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. Her awards and recent residencies include Painting’s Edge Residency, Idyllwild, CA (2005), Cooper Union Residency in Painting, (2004) Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnsonville (1995). Her work is collected by IBM, Campbell Soup, Equitable, Kaiser Permanente, HBO, Merck, Citibank, Banker’s Trust, The Hartford, CT Sumitono, and PepsiCo. She currently lives and works in South Kent, CT.

This show runs through Sunday, October 14.

Free

Loft Gallery
at The Smithy Store

10 Main Street
New Preston

860-868-9003

www.thesmithystore.com

October 1 – 26, 2018
Two Points of View
Art Exhibition

Joan Morosani and Susan Spencer are excited and honored to be showing together for the third time at OWL. They draw from different approaches and traditions, but feel that their paintings perfectly complement each other. Both painters attempt to express the immediacy of experience as seen through color, texture, line, and surface tension.

Joan’s background is as a wallpaper and textile designer and as a decorative painter. Although one can still see the influences of pattern in her work, she seeks to use familiar objects and produce found locally in the subject matter of her still life. Some of her own textile designers are also used as a backdrop. She is interested in the interaction and tension between the manmade and the natural. Vibrant color and the immediacy of the visual experience are also parts of what she is expressing in this body of work.

Susan paints non objectively, letting the colors, shapes, and spaces guide her deeper into the creative process. On a typical painting she will spend time placing her hands on the canvas or paper, slowly moving her hands around the surface until imagination emerges. “I love the feeling of paint on a brush, as it leads me into the painting.” Sometimes Susan uses a piece of wood or a tool to manipulate the paint and texture. This collection of work expresses the joy of her work and love of color and shape.

 

Free

Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

odefiore@owlibrary.org
860-567-8030
www.owlibrary.org

October 1 – 31, 2018
Works by Steven Miller
At Byrde + the b

The Byrde + the b is pleased to announce the opening of recent paintings by the extraordinary colorist and New York City based contemporary abstract artist Steven Miller.

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
The exhibit will run through October 31, 2018.

Free

Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Washington Depot

860-619-0422
www.byrdeandtheb.com
www.stevenwmiller.com

 

Courtesy Thomas Merton Center
October 1 - November 10, 2018
A Hidden Wholeness:  The Zen
Photography of Thomas Merton

This is the first time the collection of Merton’s photographs, on loan from the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY), will be shown in New England. This show features a collection of 35 black and white photographs of landscapes, elements from the natural world, and domestic items from his daily monastic life. Gallery hours:  Mon-Sat. 10 am- 4 pm.

Free

Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center

Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 East Litchfield Road
Litchfield

860.567.3163
www.wisdomhouse.org

October 1 – 29, 2018
The Soul Ajar:
An Emily Dickinson Literature Course

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a five week course The Soul Ajar: An Emily Dickinson Literature Course.

Participants will read as a class a small selection of the poems from perhaps the most inscrutable, dazzling, and confounding poet the United States has ever produced. Tucked away in her room, safe in her own alabaster chamber, Dickinson crafted lyrics that still defy interpretation, that cue the soul toward its deeper sources, and that explore the full range of human emotions: rage to love, neediness to freedom. There will be no set readings, no “homework readings” each week. Instead, come prepared as a class to encounter a curated set of poems that will both define and hide the poet who crafted them.  Please sign up now to reserve a spot.

The required book is The Poems of Emily Dickinson: A Reading Edition edited by R. W. Franklin and published by the Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press. You’ll find this edition for sale at The Hickory Stick Bookshop.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work 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.

Mondays:October 1, October 15, October 22
and October 29, 10 am – 12 pm

Free

Gunn Memorial Library
Wykeham Room
5 Wykeham Road
Washington

860.868.7586
gunnprograms@biblio.org

October 1 – 7, 2018
“Process”
At Craven Contemporary

“PROCESS” opens at the gallery Saturday August 25th and runs through Sunday October 7th, 2018. The show features five artists who all have an interesting process behind their work which becomes an integral part of the piece. The five artists are Matthew Brandt, Brian Bress, Daniel Gordon, John Houck and Matt Lipps.

Free

Craven Contemporary
340 Main Street
Lakeville

Instagram @cravencontemporary
www.artnet.com/galleries/craven-contemporary/

October 1 - November 10, 2018
David Dunlop’s The World Around Us
At The White Gallery

The White Gallery opens David Dunlop’s The World Around Us. A gallery favorite, Dunlop’s show features all new works. Our New England landscape’s undulating topography, gauzy summer atmosphere, incandescent meadows, clear lakes and streams with their fleeting reflections all serve as territories for adventurous exploration in Dunlop’s paintings. These works emit and emote their light and vibrate with subtle motion.

“David Dunlop has been called a modern-day old master, and with good reason. His paintings transcend the ephemeral and often temperamental nature of the contemporary art world; David says of his work, ‘I think the idea is not to startle but to offer insight, which is far more elusive and difficult. Works of art that startle are transitory. The most effective painting doesn’t prejudice people toward certain results, it lets people do their thinking and project their imagination into the painting,’” said Tino Galluzzo, Director of The White Gallery.

“Immersion in a natural landscape offers an awakening; the vistas, the intimate close-ups, the time of day, the temperature, the quality of light, the season all become more pronounced when embedded in the landscape,” said Dunlop. “We scan the textures, colors, shapes and look for movement. The paintings in this show offer a variety of  sensations within the landscape now transmuted through paint.”

Whether in the field or the studio Dunlop approaches painting as an opportunity for research and experimentation. His work is not a transcription of a particular place but rather,  the places offer themselves as springboards for discoveries in the paint. How can the sway of grasses in low afternoon sunlight be explored and evoked? How do our biological vision and psychological perception feel a landscape and then later, create and present an analogous experience in viewing a painting?’

Dunlop and Galluzzo have a long history together with Dunlop’s first show in 2003.  Since then he has shown regularly at the gallery. “As a good and innovative gallerist Tino supports the explorations of artists like me,” said David.  “The result is an exhibition of surprises.  Just as the artist wises to explore new ground and innovate so does The White Gallery. Your expectations of the work of a particular artist will always be challenged by the visual surprises at The White Gallery.”

“Today the art world is more pluralistic in its offerings than ever before,” said Galluzzo. The painter’s tools more varied. Artists like David are testing varieties of new instruments and materials like brushed silver aluminum composites and a variety of multi-media technology to see what effects they can generate. Subject matter is more diverse.  The references to art history and the art of other cultures are now more deeply explored and borrowed.

A painter and lecturer based in Connecticut, Dunlop is also the engaging host and Emmy Award-winning writer of the 13-episode PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop.” Dunlop’s paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations including Aetna Insurance, Citibank, Delta Airlines, GE Capital Corporation, IBM, Mobil and more.

Free

The White Gallery
342 Main Street
Lakeville

860-435-1029
thewhitegalleryart.com
Facebook.com/the-white-gallery

 

October 2 - November 20, 2018
Principles of Design and
Composition for Painters 

Artist Tom Hlas will be teaching a 10-week Art Course on Design and composition for Beginner to Advanced painters.

“As an artist, I believe in sharing what I do, how I do it and helping others along the way. This includes principles and techniques I’ve learned throughout my career – how to start and develop a strong, unique painting and how to get unstuck when a painting isn’t going well. I’ll be teaching this and much more!”

Tuesdays, October 2 – November 20, 6 – 8 pm

Tuition: $175; WHAL members: $155

West Hartford Art League
37 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford

860-231-8019
tomhlas.com

October 4 - November 10, 2018
Zbigniew Grzyb:
A New Reality

Zbigniew Grzyb’s “A New Reality” is presented in the East Gallery. “While I paint, I become part of the process,” Grzyb writes. “I don’t try to control the destiny of the painting. When every element of the painting connects, I stop.” Works by the artist, who was born in Poland, have been shown in many galleries and museums, including the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Opening reception: Friday, October 5, 6 – 9 pm
Artists’ Panel Discussion: Friday, October 19, 6:30 pm


Free

East Gallery
Five Points Gallery
33 Main street
Torrington

860.618.7222
fivepointsgallery.org

October 4 - November 10, 2018
Dennis Pinette:
A Vision Defined

Dennis Pinette’s compelling show, “A Vision Defined,” was curated by Michael Shortell, who has known the painter since the 1970s. Pinette creates his works on site. He explains: “In my quest for logical fiction, which is what ‘realism’ is after all, I layer improvisation over observation.” Pinette’s paintings are in many museum collections, including the DeCordova, Farnsworth and Portland Museum of Art, and in the museum collections of Bowdoin, Bates and Colby colleges.

Opening reception: Friday, October 5, 6 – 9 pm
Artists’ Panel Discussion: Friday, October 19, 6:30 pm

Free

West Gallery
Five Points Gallery
33 Main street
Torrington, CT 06790

860.618.7222
fivepointsgallery.org

 

October 4 - November 10, 2018
Debbie Hesse:
Sway. Shift: Rising Version 5.2

In the TDP gallery is Debbie Hesse’s “Sway. Shift: Rising Version 5.2,” The installation artist creates ephemeral environments in which she combines organic and artificial materials and forms with cast shadows. Of her work, she writes, “I create shifting, layered, abstract landscapes, using transparent materials and projected lights to create contemplative, meditative spaces.”  Hesse is the recipient of numerous grants, including a Regional Project Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts with the National Endowment of the Arts.

Opening reception: Friday, October 5, 6 – 9 pm
Artists’ Panel Discussion: Friday, October 19, 6:30 pm


Free

TDP Gallery
Five Points Gallery
33 Main street
Torrington

860.618.7222
fivepointsgallery.org

 

October 6 – 8, 2018
Third Annual Clay Way Studio Tour
On Columbus Day Weekend

Join the third annual tour of 9 of the great clay studios, featuring 14 artists, in and around Litchfield County at the start of the leaf color season. It is part of American Craft Week, a nation-wide 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. Come and continue this young tradition.

Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, October 6 – 8
For times go to web site below

Free

Various locations
in and around Litchfield County

clayway.net
203 528-5828

October 6, 2018
Planning the Late Season Garden
At Hollister House Garden

Join beloved author and passionate gardener Page Dickey as she recommends the perennials, shrubs and small trees to buy and plant in your garden for fall interest. This season is often overlooked but with the right plant selection exciting things can happen.

Page Dickey has written extensively on garden and garden design and is the author of seven books.  Her first book, Duck Hill Journal and, more recently, Embroidered Ground, are about Duck Hill in New York, where she lived and gardened for thirty-three years.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

HHG members $25
Non-members $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

860.868.2200
www.hollisterhousegarden.org

October 6, 2018
Crescendo: A Tribute to
Wanda Landowska

Crescendo presents the famed Polish harpsichordist Władysław Kłosiewicz who comes to Lakeville, the former home of the visionary performer Wanda Landowska, to play a concert in honor of her legacy. There will be one performance only.
A conductor and world-renowned interpreter of early music, Kłosiewicz is one of today’s greatest harpsichordists.
He performs internationally at the world’s leading festivals and with the most prominent soloists and conductors specializing in 17th and 18th century music. He has recorded over 100 hours of harpsichord music for radio, television stations, and compact disc companies. He will be performing similar solo programs memorializing Wanda Landowska on Oct. 3 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and on Oct. 7 at Yale’s Collection of Early Instruments.
The harpsichord was widely used in Renaissance and Baroque music; almost every Baroque composer wrote music for it. But during the late 18th century, as the piano became popular, it gradually disappeared from the musical scene. In the 20th century the harpsichord made a resurgence partly due to the renaissance of “historically-informed” early music—that is, music faithful to the manner and style of the time in which it was written.

Crescendo’s Founding Artistic Director Christine Gevert, a harpsichordist as well, remarks that “the 17th century keyboard virtuoso Johann Jakob Froberger was the first composer to write titled works that describe emotional events for the harpsichord, and leave room for the creativity of the player, by only sketching the outline of parts of his compositions, much like jazz. He influenced his contemporaries, among them the French composer Louis Couperin and his famous nephew François Couperin.”

Landowska’s performances, teaching, recordings and writings played a significant role in reviving the popularity of the harpsichord. She was the first person to record J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations on a harpsichord. Born in Poland in 1879, she lived much of her life in Europe before escaping the Nazi threat and reaching the U.S. in 1941. She settled in a large home overlooking the town lake in Lakeville, touring and teaching until her death in 1959.

This concert is funded in part by Narol Enterprise and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Saturday, October 6, 6 pm

Tickets: $35 general, $60 premium and $10 for students under 18

Trinity Church
484 Lime Rock Road
Lakeville

860.435.4866
crescendo@worldclassmusic.org

 

October 6, 2018
Booked! The Next Chapter
Fall Fundraiser

After 3 decades of hosting the Washington Connecticut Antiques Show, we are turning a page and introducing a new event in its place.

We will move back to the stately Town Hall – an anchor that speaks to our roots and recalls the philanthropists of a century prior. Gregory Seeley Bryan’s gift of the Town Hall mirrors the friends of Frederick Gunn who in the early 1900s built Gunn Memorial Library as lasting memory in his name. We hold that history in esteem and we are so excited about moving forward with a fresh approach to our celebrated annual fall fundraiser.

The Town Hall will be transformed by Mis en Scene into a chic cocktail party for those wishing to clink glasses with friends while supporting the institution that stands at the center of our community. Come enjoy cocktails, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a select silent auction.

Saturday, October 6, 6 – 8:30 pm

Tickets: go to web site

Bryan Memorial Town Hall
2 Bryan Hall Plaza
Washington Depot

860.868.7586
gunnlibrary.org

 

October 6, 2018
Mike Herz at Twelve Moons
Coffee House

On Saturday, October 6, Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes Mike Herz. With an uncanny ability to turn a phrase and pen lyrics that rattle around in your head, Mike Herz writes and performs in a style that is all his own. An aspiring poet long before picking up a guitar, Herz quickly came to the realization that his words could enter more ears if put to a tune.  Flash forward years and many miles later and Mike feels most comfortable on stage in front of complete strangers. Music has brought him across this great nation and into spellbound evenings in some of the best listening rooms and festivals around, including selctions as an Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and a Showcase Finalist at the Rocky Mtn. Folks Festival. His most recent album “Live in NYC” was released on April 20th, 2018. Listen to Mike Herz at:  mikeherzmusic.com

Saturday, October 6, 7 – 10 pm

Free
Donation is requested

The Tap Room
Noble Horizons
17 Cobble Road
Salisbury

TwelveMoonsCoffee@gmail.com
tinyurl.com/12Moons

October 13 - November 26, 2018
Rhapsody: An Exhibition
Of Works by Costas Picadas

Mis En Scene Home is pleased to present Rhapsody, an exhibition of works by contemporary artist Costas Picadas. The exhibition features seven photographs taken from the artist’s series, Bradyon, which is defined by very small particles that travel below the speed of light.

Picadas was born in Greece, and being outdoors in a natural environment is where he feels most creative. His photographs are an exploration of science, philosophy, light and
energy. Working primarily with a monochrome palette, Picadas blurs internal and external space through stunning dimensional expression. Picadas provides alternative visions of conceivable realities within his photographs. He works in series, many of which explore how light can behave both as elementary particles and waves. His ethereal images capture a morphing universe comprised of abstracted forms, vibrating particles, and floating fragments. He is inspired by science and hopes his viewers are too.

In terms of his personal history, the artist was born in Ionnina Greece in 1966 and studied art at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts and art history at the Louvre School in Paris. Picadas’ work has been exhibited, among other places, at Queens Museum- Bulova NY, Budman Gallery NY, Denise Bibro Gallery NY, The Blender Gallery Athens Greece, Gallery Gransart Paris, Mykonos Biennale Greece, The Young Art Fair in Switzerland, Gallery J&J Donguy Paris, Some Young New Yorkers III at PS1 NY, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece, Gallery de Buci Paris, Gallery Anatole Chartres, France, Gallery de Nest Paris, Salon de Montrouge, Paris, W.G. Amsterdam, Holland, and the Festival of Avignon, France. Articles, reviews and critical analysis of Picadas’ work appear in solo and group show catalogues in addition to newspapers and magazines in France, Greece and New York, such as Zing Magazine, Absolute Arts, New York Spaces Magazine and Flash Art. Since 1994 he has been living and working in New York City.

To schedule a private viewing, request high resolution images or further information,
please contact Skylar Ivey at:
skylar@misenscenehome.com or860.619.0577.

Opening Artist Reception: Saturday, October 13, 3-6 pm

Free

Mis en Scene Home
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot

860.619.0577
misenscenehome.com