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What to see and do this month
Exhibition in Kent
Eckert Fine Art is pleased to present Summer in Litchfield County, a group exhibition. The exhibition will continue through August 12, 2018. The gallery will also hold new regular hours: Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday from 12 – 5 pm.
Continuing with the Second Saturday at Kent Barns season, Eckert Fine Art will focus on what makes it unique to the Litchfield County area. The gallery has for decades relied on its relationships to bring quintessential 19th- 20th-century art to the commercial market. Through trust and expertise, the gallery is known for offering rare and important works from private collections, and often, pieces come directly from the original owners. This exhibition includes pieces ranging from luminaries such as Henry Moore, John Chamberlain, and Norman Bluhm to living artists Eric Forstmann and Don Gummer. In addition to pulling from collections from across the nation and overseas, the gallery is now beginning to touch upon great art found within Litchfield County.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 4 – 7 pm
Eckert Fine Art
12 Old Barn Road
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
29 Church Street
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.
“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
Gerda and Nikolai Monies met in 1973 while they were both attending school for goldsmithing. Since then, based out of their workshop that overlooks the Copenhagen harbor, they have been living and working together making their signature sculptural and artistic jewelry.
Monies is a Copenhagen-based jewelry company founded by goldsmiths Gerda and Nikolai Monies in the late 1970’s. Not for the faint-of-heart, the handcrafted jewelry collection – including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants, many one-of-a-kind – is bold in form, innovative in materials and sensational in scale.
Suzanne has been a long-time collector (and wearer) of Monies statement pieces and from a designer’s point of view, Richard has always admired the creativity and artistic inspiration that Gerda and Nikolai bring to their work.
Opens Sunday, July 1 and through the summer
13 East Shore Road
at Oliver Wolcott Library
Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation, adventurously exploring a wide range of materials: wood, wire, canvas, and aluminum, which lent to the influence of surface material in her Gravity Wave series of paintings.
In this entirely new body of work, Jennifer tackles “Order & Chaos.” A dichotomy present throughout her work, she defines animated brush strokes into geometric hand-cut wooden pieces and funnels free-flowing streams of paint into orderly lines atop canvases. This juxtaposition is not only highlighted in the varying techniques that she employs in an individual piece but also comparatively from one work to another. Her work highlights both the organization and disorganization of the color palette, presenting a more literal interpretation of “Order” and “Chaos.”
Many of these works reside at the new home of BluePrint CT in Bantam. The artist’s work is also featured in private collections around the world, including the boutique hotel Fort Point Marriott Residence Inn, Boston.
In addition to producing work for her collection, Jennifer has also recently started HUE Studio: an open studio concept intended to allow for greater inclusivity and to promote experimentation in the world of abstract art. Lessons are given in her bright home studio, where she teaches the very palette knife and drip painting techniques she uses in her own work. The beauty of HUE Studio is that no two works are exactly the same. The end result is completely determined by the artist’s imagination and color choices.
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
At The Smithy
The Loft Gallery at The Smithy will open an exhibit of photography by Hudson Valley NY artist, Ellen Lynch. This show will feature stunning large-scale works of the many horses Ellen has photographed throughout the US and abroad. The show opens Friday, July 13 and runs through Sunday, August 26.
Ellen Lynch was raised in a rural community in Western New York, where forests, fields, and the dairy farm where she worked from the age of seven fostered her curiosity and innate embrace of the natural world. Trees and creeks were her playgrounds, and dogs, cats, horses, and cows her companions.
Ellen’s family of perpetual crafters and makers nurtured her creativity. Gifts and toys were made rather than purchased, playing outside was the norm, and rainy days produced plays, drawings or birdhouses made of popsicle sticks. It seemed natural to enter college as an art major, and Ellen received her fine arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase. Upon graduating, sensing the need for a larger world, she pursued her career as a graphic designer in New York City.
After a decade of relishing the City, and having earned acclaim in her field, Ellen was called back to the natural world, relocating to the Teton Mountains in southeast Idaho. While maintaining her client base in New York, she wandered the mountains on horseback, camera in tow, capturing the grandeur of the granite peaks, the dramatic skies, and the animals who make their home there. She also established a cattle ranch, and enjoyed being “the camera cowgirl.”
Today, Ellen makes her home in New York’s Hudson Valley, visiting the West, as well as new settings as often as possible. Dramatically different landscapes keep her eyes fresh in an ongoing search for ways of seeing, capturing and sharing the world around her. Ellen’s work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States. See her work at email@example.com
The Loft Gallery at The Smithy
10 Main Street
and Myth and All Things Natural
Five Points Gallery will open two concurrent exhibitions, Joseph Saccio’s solo exhibition “Memory, Metamorphosis and Myth,” and “All Things Natural,” a group show. They will run from July 12, 2018, through August 18, 2018.
In the East gallery, “Memory, Metamorphosis, and Myth”, Joseph Saccio’s monumental solo exhibition. The sculptor explains that the idea of three triptychs stemmed from his finding a 20-foot section of an old black oak tree. He divided the hollow trunk into three six-foot segments, then split those vertically. Each six-foot-high segment reveals the old tree’s history. A viewer can walk into the mysterious inner space — like opening a book — and imagine the struggle of living, dying and regeneration.
In the West gallery and TDP gallery, “All Things Natural” is a group show of works focused on the natural world. Albert Einstein advised: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” That the natural world — rivers, plants, trees, landscapes, leaves — continues to inspire artists is the underlying theme that brings together the figurative and abstract works, of the painters and photographers in this show.
The eight artists in the group show are Frank Bramble, Charles Dmytriw, Joan Fitzsimmons, Charles Malzenski, John Swedock and Merle Temkin.
Gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment.
The exhibition is sponsored by Litchfield Bancorp.
Artists’ Panel Discussion in the gallery: Friday, August 3, 6:30 pm
No admission charge
Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
An exhibition that includes work by five artists who have represented the iconic Elizabeth Taylor with a nod to the equally iconic Andy Warhol. The five artists are Roe Ethridge, Deborah Kass, David LaChapelle, Charles Lutz and Russell Young.
Hours: Saturday 10:30 to 5:00, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
340 Main Street
At Judy Black Park & Gardens
Bring your blanket, lawn chairs, a picnic, and your friends!
Friday 8:15 – 10 pm
August 3: Roman Holiday
September 7: North by Northwest
Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
1 Green Hill Road
10th Annual Art Exhibit
Norfolk Artists & Friends will host its 10th Annual August Arts Weekend on August 3 to 5 at the Battell Stoeckel Estate in Norfolk. The one-weekend art show begins with the Friday evening gala opening reception.
The exhibition is held on the beautiful Battell Stoeckel Estate in the Battell Stoeckel Gallery in Norfolk. This year 25 NAF artists and 10 guest artists will exhibit their art in a variety of mediums: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, mixed media, print mediums, and fine jewelry. The 10 celebrated guest artists come from as far as Buffalo, NY to Philadelphia, PA to Concord, MA.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. The 10th Annual Exhibition is a keystone in the events taking place during “Weekend in Norfolk,” a weekend where art, music, and nature come together in Norfolk, CT. (weekendinnorfolk.org)
A portion of proceeds from sales of this show will go to benefit the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Music Shed Restoration Fund.
Friday evening gala opening reception: 5 – 7:30 pm
Saturday: 12 noon – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Battell Stoeckel Gallery
Battell Stoeckel Estate
At the intersection of Routes 44 & 272
Follow the signs for location and parking
Five Senses Festival
Welcoming everyone in the community to the Festival Field is the brand new farm-meets-renaissance-piazza in Washington, CT. Here you’ll find a newly built wine cave, a carved stone amphitheater, an Airstream trailer serving food and drink, a towering silo, and a magnificent tent for performances and talks. Through sunrise meditations, stimulating talks and glorious concerts under the stars, you’ll come to your senses.
August 3 – 5: Events from dawn until late night include sunrise meditation, field exercises, yoga, kids’ programming, late night DJ dancing, community dinner, family brunch, brick oven pizza, outdoor cafe, local wines and food, and an evening speakeasy. Symposium: Tech & Nature. Performances: Bela Fleck, Folk – A Lua Alicia, Bossanova – curated by Jacob Maren, Young Voices Coffeehouse – Jeremy Denk, Classical Piano – Ben Sollee, Cello – and Grammy-Winning Kiwi Pop Singer KIMBRA!
August 10 & 11: Events from dawn until late night include sunrise meditation, field exercises, yoga, kids’ art studio, community dinner, brick oven pizza, outdoor cafe, local wines and food, and an evening speakeasy. Tent Talk: Laurie Santos on Happiness. Performances: Pilobolus’s Kids’ Show, Pilobolus is a Fungus – a sneak preview of Pilobolus’s new touring show, Come to Your Senses – and special a Festival Closing Ceremony.
The field is open to the public during these weekends, but you will need to reserve your spot at any of the limited-attendance events. You can find details, times, reservations, and ticketing on the Schedule page – and information about each special guest on the Artists page. Please explore!
Friday, August 3: Begins with a Sunrise Meditation at 5:30 am and ending with a performance at 9 pm. Check the schedule for all-day events.
Saturday, August 4: Begins with a Sunrise Meditation at 5:30 am and ending with a performance at 9 pm and late night dancing at 10 pm. Check the schedule for all-day events.
Sunday, August 5: Begins with a Family Brunch at 10 am and ending with a performance at 7:30 pm and a late night performance at 9:30 pm. Check the schedule for all-day events.
Friday, August 10: Begins with a Sunrise Meditation at 5:30 am and a lake & field exercise at 8 am. Check the schedule for all-day events.
Saturday, August 11: Begins with a Sunrise Meditation at 5:30 am and ending with a performance at 8 pm and a closing night party at 10 pm. Check the schedule for all-day events.
Some events are Free and some require tickets. Reserve your spot either way.
292 Bee Brook Road
Performs with The New Baroque Soloists
An event not to be missed! Sergey Antonov, Gold Medal winning cellist at the Tchaikovsky Competition is performing with The New Baroque Soloists at The Historic Meeting House on the Green in Washington. A few highlights: performed by Sergey Antonov: Solo “Violoncello Suite No. 1 Senza Basso in G Major” by J.S. Bach — a rare live performance due to the work’s technical demands. “Suite for Two Cellos” by Emanuel Moor performed with esteemed cellist Samuel Magill, an outstanding member of The New Baroque Soloists as well as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Vivaldi’s best composition for cello “Concerto for Violoncello, Strings and Basso Continuo RV 420” — grande finale performed with The New Baroque Soloists.
Friday, Aug. 3, 5:30 pm
Tickets: In advance, $25; at the door, $30; Children free; Students, $15
Order online or buy tickets at the Hickory Stick Bookshop
Historic Meeting House
on the Washington Green
6 Kirby Road
Music, art, and nature come together for three exciting days. Hear world-class music, explore our beautiful woodlands. Enjoy art everywhere, then treat yourself to a self-guided tour of Norfolk’s historic houses. Shop the farmers market, play fun family games, go bird watching, admire our beautiful stained glass windows…the list goes on. In between, you can stay in one of our fine bed and breakfasts, eat at one or more of our lively restaurants or go shopping downtown. Come by yourself or bring your family and friends…. Whatever your pleasure, we’ll welcome you. For event details, see Music, Art, Nature, Kids, and more. For places to stay, see Eat, Sleep, Shop. You can enjoy all sorts of specials and discounts, created just for you on this special Weekend.
To learn more about Norfolk, our beautiful small town enfolded by the northwest Connecticut hills, visit the town’s website. While you’re there we suggest you check out our Natural Resource Inventory; a downloadable version replete with photos is available free.
To get a bird’s-eye view of the town, see our Visitors Map. To find out what residents have been doing, you might also explore the website of Norfolk Now, our own monthly newspaper. And be sure to come to see us in person during Weekend in Norfolk…always the first weekend in August, plus the last weekend in February this year.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Some events are free and others are ticketed.
1 Village Green
Members II Show
The accomplished and emerging artists of the Kent Art Association exhibit their latest work in this the second show open to the Association’s 300 plus members. The KAA Member’s shows are always an exciting, colorful and eclectic assemblage of artwork ranging from quiet landscapes to colorful abstractions in all mediums, including but not limited to Watercolor, Oils, Acrylics, Photography and Sculpture. Sizes range from large pieces that demand attention to small works that fit easily into any space. The KAA Members II Show offers something for everyone; with artwork that fits all spaces, tastes and pocketbooks.
Gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday, 1-5 pm. The Judges are Mary Anne Carley and Werner Kappes. The Members II Show runs from August 4 to 26. Currently on exhibit on the front lawn is a stainless steel sculpture of a 1920’s Flapper created by the W. David Herman Gallery in Kent especially for the Art Association’s 95th Anniversary.
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation: Saturday, August 4, 2 – 4 pm
The Gallery at Kent
21 South Main Street
Twelve Moons Coffee House
Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes Ron Renninger, a veteran of the East Coast acoustic music scene. Ron found early success as a teenager in the 1960’s after landing a recording contract with his first band “The Basement Concession”. After moving to NY’s Greenwich Village, Ron soon expanded his musical horizons by rubbing elbows and jamming with such greats as David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Doc Watson, Chuck Berry, Tim Hardin and Taj Mahal. During a particularly exciting six month stretch, Ron played backup for Berry, jammed with Santana and had a one-on-one with Jimi Hendrix.
Dividing his time between Northern CA, Woodstock, NY, Manhattan and Vermont, Ron would soon begin honing his distinctive singing and songwriting skills. Along the way he found success composing music for prime-time network TV shows as well as becoming a sought-after studio musician on NY’s highly competitive recording circuit. Since then, Ron Renninger has shared the stage with Richie Havens, Lucinda Williams, Jesse Colin Young, John Hammond Jr., Lucy Kaplansky, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Christine Lavin. He’s performed in countless venues and festivals from Tampa to Tokyo to London; from Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival to NYC’s Bottom Line Club. He’s released eight critically acclaimed CD’s, including the latest (May 2018) “Seeds of Possible”. Listen to Ron at www.ronrenninger.com/#/music
Weather permitting, this event may be held outdoors in the courtyard. Feel free to bring yummy treats to share. In the spirit of community, LaBonne’s Markets generously donates delicious foods for our summer events.
Saturday, August 4, 7 – 10 pm
Donation is requested
St. John’s Church
(back door entrance)
12 Main Street
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.
Opening reception: Sunday, August 5, 3 to 5 pm
Good News Restaurant & Bar
694 Main Street South
Flanders has several upcoming dates for goat yoga sessions at their North Barn. Come stretch, laugh, and cuddle with the goats at a yoga session you will find both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time and are not soon to forget!
Experienced yoga instructors will be leading guests during these one-hour gentle yoga classes which are suitable for all ages. Adorable Nigerian dwarf goats will be frolicking & cuddling with guests as they flow through gentle poses at the picturesque Flanders farm.
Participants should keep in mind that they’ll be practicing with live animals and some degree of messiness (and a LOT of silliness) may be involved so they should dress accordingly, wearing comfortable clothes and bringing along a yoga mat or towel.
Proceeds of goat yoga go to the Flanders farming program.
Classes: Sunday, August 5, 9 am, Sunday, August 12, 10 am, and Sunday, September 9, 10 am and Sunday, September 16, 9 am
Cost: $20 for adult members; $25 for adult non-members; $10 for ages 15 and under accompanied by an adult
Rain cancels the classes.
Check the Flanders facebook page for weather announcements.
Guests will have the option of attending a rescheduled date or a refund.
Space is limited; Register online
Flanders North Barn
644 Flanders Road
(just beyond the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Road)
203-263-3711, ext. 10
The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston has selected the bands that will appear in the 2018 free Summer Band concerts at Seth Thomas Park in Thomaston. This is the 16th year of the concert series, supported by corporate sponsor: Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation. The concerts are held on Monday evenings, beginning on June 25th, and run through August 20th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and happen at. Each concert is free, and all are welcome to attend; the Park is handicap accessible. In the event of rain, the concerts move to the air-conditioned Thomaston High School auditorium, Branch Road, Thomaston. Plan now to bring your lawn chairs. Parking is available at the Unimetal lot across from the Park. Due to a town ordinance, alcohol is not permitted in the Park.
August 6: Promises to be a great evening of country/folk mix with the ever-popular Goldrush returning to the stage. In the event of rain, this concert would be held at the First Congregational Church on Main St.
August 13: Features the eclectic Afro-Semitic Experience, a dynamite group which has been very well received in previous years.
August 20: Closing out this year’s 16th season is another Thomaston favorite, Clearview, with their classic rock/pop/ and Top 40’s sounds.
Monday evenings, from July 2 to August 20, 7 to 8:30 pm
Seth Thomas Park
South Main Street
The Servant of Two Masters
The Washington Dramalites are back for another Summer show! The Washington Dramalites is possibly the oldest community theatre group in Connecticut, with evidence of a production under that name in the 1870’s. The Washington Dramalites made a successful revival last summer with the production of “The Saga of the Prospector’s Daughter”. Under the direction of Doug Winkel, something truly amazing transpired as an old barn was transformed into a great theatre venue for the greater Washington and Woodbury areas.
This year they will be performing the commedia laugh out loud farce, The Servant of Two Masters. A very, very, very old comedy (written in 1746 by Carlo Goldoni) is set in Venice Italy.
Please consider supporting their effort with a donation. All donations will be tax deductible as we are a non-profit entity, and each donation will receive a return letter for your records. As a sign of our gratitude, you will be honored with a special mention in the production program.
Performance dates: August 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 8 pm
& August 12, 3 pm
Theatre Angel- donation of $200
Producer- donation of $400
Sponsor-donation of $300
Benefactor-donation of $500
Underwriter-donation of $1000
We ask that all checks for donations and advertising be made out to
Washington Dramalites Inc.
47 Fairgrounds Road
An exhibition of paintings and other forms of art featuring Cornwall artists. Paintings, photography, drawings, ceramics, textiles, prints, linens, sculpture, jewelry… just to name a few. 15% of the proceeds benefit Cornwall Housing Corporation.
Opening: Friday, August 10, 5 – 8 pm
Saturday, August 11, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, August 12, 10 am – 12 pm
Trinity Retreat Center
(please park in the upper lot across from the hall)