Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
At Kent Memorial Library
The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Cornwall artist Treasa Pattison will have her paintings displayed in the Library’s in an exhibit titled “In Living Color.”
Treasa Pattison first studied painting at the Wykeham Rise school for girls in Washington, CT, a school primarily focused on fine and performing arts. She then worked as a studio assistant for land and seascape painter Edward Fails from Falls Villiage, CT. Later she began to show her own work in small local galleries and community exhibits. Treasa uses her painting skills as a form of art therapy helping people in Litchfield County who struggle with traumatic brain injuries and has lead the art rooms of agencies in Torrington and Thomason, CT. Her love for nature and rich color are very much apparent in her work.
Opening Reception to meet the artist: Saturday, February 2, 2 – 4 pm
Kent Memorial Library
32 North Main Street
By Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg
This exhibition will be showing in the TDP Gallery at Five Points. Also, showing are: in the East Gallery, an exhibition by Heidi L. Johnson called Polytechnicolor; in the West Gallery are the works of artists Anna Broell Bresnick, Alexis Crowely, Danielle Mailer, Alison Palmer, Brian Keith Stephens, and Clay Witt in a show called Menagerie.
Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street
at The Smithy
Abstract Expressionist painter Katie Ré Scheidt was born in New York City and raised in Bronxville, NY. Scheidt had a thirteen-year career on Wall Street as an Equity Sales Trader and began her professional art career while living in Roxbury, CT, where she has lived for the past nine years with her family.
Scheidt has built a robust commission business specializing in abstracts, portraiture, and nudes. Her gestural figures are both lyrical and romantic, and at the same time, they engage a powerful conversation with the present. Among layered fields of color and expressive strokes of pigment, bare canvas, and fragile charcoal lines, her abstract imagery bursts before you as painterly moments come together to create a whole. Scheidt’s use of color is both sumptuous and candid, lending a lush choreography to her work that almost feels out of ballet.
Scheidt’s work can be found in private collections in Europe and throughout the United States. Her work currently hangs at Relais & Chateaux hotels in New England like The Mayflower Grace Hotel & Spa in Washington, CT.
The Loft Gallery
At The Smithy
10 Main Street
In the Depot
The Annual Washington Art Association & Gallery Members Show is back. The Ferguson/Sherr/Rea Awards will be presented during the Opening Reception in these categories: works on paper, painting, photography, and sculpture. Gallery runs from January 26th to March 2nd, 2019.
Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Future Present Tense
Standard Space is pleased to present Future Present Tense, an exhibition of paintings by Amanda Lechner. Lechner’s egg tempera paintings and ink drawings envision and enact moments of experimentation and discovery. Profoundly strange and wonderful ideas offered by quantum physics, alchemy, and science fiction inform her image making.
Her practice of using egg-tempera, a paint that is mixed each day from ground pigment and egg yolk, is a rigorous process that relates to the birth of scientific inquiry. Her largely improvisational drawing practice provides a counterbalance to the historical and material-driven qualities of her paintings.
In the last couple years gravitational waves have been detected, Homo Naledi was added to the human species’ family tree, evidence suggesting water once flowed over Mars was discovered, and new elements were added to the periodic table! While scores of new discoveries are made pertaining to global climate change, our nations’ leaders are systematically dismantling environmental protections. These current events often seem like the futurism or dystopia of past generations. Lechner’s paintings reflect this simultaneous impulse to react and reflect, mixing the factual and observed with the invented and personal.
Amanda Lechner (b. 1981, Santa Fe, N.M.) is a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been an artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts, the Wassaic Project, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and is also an independent curator. As a current NASA-JPL Solar System Ambassador Volunteer, Lechner creates programming that bridges art and science to raise awareness about our solar system.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 5:30–8 pm
147 Main Street
Recent Landscape Photographs
Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent landscape photographs taken in Litchfield County by the photographer Woody Campbell. Woody has been taking photographs since the age of eleven when he first used a Kodak Brownie camera. He is a graduate of Yale University. After graduation, Woody spent time with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam war which he considers to be a formative experience. This is when Woody began a serious concentration on photography. After Vietnam, he traveled to Europe and took photos. Campbell graduated from Columbia Law School and pursued a law career. He kept up his photographic interests. Woody currently takes a photograph a day and has been doing this consistently for the past nine years. Woody’s exhibit consists of recent ethereal landscapes that he has been working on. Woody has a studio in a barn in Connecticut where he produces his work. Byrde + the b and Woody are both very happy to be sharing some of his dreamy and subtle dramatic tonal studies with you. The exhibition runs through February 28, 2019.
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Collages at Roxbury Library
“All Over the Map,” an exhibit and sale of hand-cut collages by Susan Lerner, will open at Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury, with a reception on Saturday, February 2. The show will continue during regular library hours through March 16. Using vintage maps, globes, atlases, books, and vinyl record albums, Ms. Lerner creates surreal collages that are combinations of reality and fantasy. Fascinated by maps beginning when she was a child, she sees maps – their lines, their colors, their symmetry – as guideposts to an imaginary world that is both “meditative and stimulating.” Ms. Lerner’s collages have anchored group and solo shows locally and around the world and have been featured in numerous magazines.
The library is open Mondays from 12 – 7, Wednesdays from 10 – 5, Thursdays from 12 – 5, Fridays from 10 – 5 and Saturdays from 10 – 2. The library will be closed February 18.
Reception: Saturday, February 2, 2 – 4 pm
Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street
Begins at Flanders
Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition, has begun. Each year Flanders taps and collects sap from dozens of trees both at their nature center and around the town of Woodbury. The entire family will be fascinated by the maple sugar-making process at this fully-functioning Sugar House. Tapping Day is Saturday, February 2 at 9:30 am.
Maple Syrup Demonstrations: Everyone is welcomed to drop by the Sugar House as Flanders staff and volunteers will demonstrate turning the sap from over 200 trees on the property and throughout town into syrup with an entertaining mix of science, stories, and humor. Saturdays and Sundays, February 23, 24 /March 2, 3, 9, 10/ 1 – 4 pm. Cost is $3 per person.
Don’t miss the March 3rd. Pancake Breakfast where Flanders syrup will be served.
Saturday, February 2, 9:30 am
Donations are welcome
The Sugar House
located a quarter a mile up on the right from
the corner of Flanders and Church Hill Road
203.263.3711, ext. 10
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. The show will be on exhibit through February 28, 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. 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.
Opening Reception: Saturday February 2, 5 – 7 pm
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
The Met: Live in HD
The 2018-19 season of The Met: Live in HD will continue at the Warner Theatre with Bizet’s CARMEN in the Nancy Marine Studio. The 2018-19 season is sponsored by Viron Rondo Osteria. A complimentary 45-minute pre-opera lecture by Nunzio DeFilippis will be offered in the Studio Theatre Lobby two hours before the broadcast, sponsored by Mitchell Auto Group.
Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenor Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Digital support of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Met: Live in HD series is supported by Rolex. The HD Broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®.
The Met: Live in HD Season is locally sponsored by Viron Rondo Osteria. The Met: Live in HD Lecture Series is sponsored by Mitchell Auto Group.
Saturday, February 2, 12:55 pm
Complimentary 45-minute pre-opera lecture: 10:55 am
Purchase tickets: 860-489-7180
The Nancy Marine Studio Theatre
The Warner Theatre
68 Main Street
Hunt Hill Concert Series
Natalie Forteza will open Hunt Hill’s Winter Concert Series playing alongside Blues Hall of fame guitarist Chris Vitarello for a benefit concert on February 2 to support the Farm’s nonprofit programs and workshops for children, youths and families across food, art, and music. Lower Hudson Valley native Natalie Forteza introduces herself as a commanding vocalist and songwriter of considerable impact. The Hunt Hill Farm Winter Concert Series events celebrate the power of bringing people together to hear music across jazz, blues, and rock and to celebrate community.
The benefit concert series will also feature local breweries offering craft beer and food trucks from around the area. Natalie Forteza’s concert will support the scholarships programs offered at Hunt Hill in acting, drawing, painting, songwriting, music performance and cooking.
Other Upcoming Concerts include artists who come together to play to raise money for Hunt Hill:
Dave Robbins & Incredible Amplifiers – 2/23- New England’s Blues Harp Burner and Soulful Vocalist, Dave Robbins aka “The Kosher Kid”. The Kosher Kid has shared the stage with many world-renowned Blues artists such as James Cotton, Junior Wells;
The Myles Mancuso Band- 3/8 Teenage Prodigy Multi-Instrumentalist with an original style of music is a blend of Roots Americana and R&B. Recognized by TrueFire as one of the Top 10 Guitar Prodigies in the World;
Chris Vitarello – 3/30 To support the local food bank. Chris Vitarello was inducted into the Blues Hall of fame in 2013, Chris has been a band member, recorded or shared the stage with many legendary blues artists and has appeared on 30 plus albums.
Hunt Hill music performances include opportunities for increased exposure for local artists and musicians through features an open mic night, performances, exhibition, and special events.
Saturday, February 2, 7 pm
$25 per ticket
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
Twelve Moons Coffee House
Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes Carolann Solebello, a performing songwriter born and bred in New York City. Best known to folk audiences as a founding member of Americana trio Red Molly, she now tours both solo and with modern folk quartet No Fuss and Feathers. Carolann’s smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style surely nod to rural folk traditions, yet her decidedly urban sense of rhythm and sophisticated vocal phrasing bend those traditional forms into more contemporary shapes. She is a proud member of the Jack Hardy Songwriters’ Exchange and has won numerous songwriting awards. Carolann released her fifth solo album, Shiver, in February 2018.
Saturday, February 2, 7 – 10 pm
The Center on Main
103 Main Street
At Gunn Library
Gunn Memorial Library in Washington announces February Monday Movie Matinees. Bring a friend and join us for these free screenings.
Monday, February 4, 1 pm
Award-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling team for the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history. PG-13 / 2hr 18min
Monday, February 11, 1 pm
Boy Erased tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity. R / 1hr 51min
A Star is Born
Monday, February 25, 1 pm
In A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent. R / 2hr 15 min
The library is closed Monday, February 18, 2019, in observance of President’s Day. There is no movie screening.
Mondays at 1 pm
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
& Horticultural Abstractions
Paintings by April Crumrine and photographs by Rich Pomerantz will be on display.
Paintings on Paper: Wink Series
April Crumrine has been painting for over 40 years with shows in several galleries in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and in London, England at the Brick Lane Gallery.
Photography: Horticultural Abstractions
Rich Pomerantz is a local photographer who has exhibited locally and throughout CT. His images have appeared in prominent national and international media, including National Geographic.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16, 3 – 5 pm
The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
One Green Hill
The Edge of Anarchy
The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America tells the dramatic story of the explosive 1894 clash of industry, labor, and government that shook the nation and marked a turning point for America. Many of the themes could be taken from today’s headlines―upheaval in America’s industrial heartland, wage stagnation, breakneck technological change, and festering conflict over race, immigration, and inequality. The Edge of Anarchy offers a vivid account of the greatest uprising of working people in American history.
“Pay attention, because The Edge of Anarchy not only captures the flickering Kinetoscopic spirit of one of the great Labor-Capital showdowns in American history, it helps focus today’s great debates over the power of economic concentration and the rights and futures of American workers.” ―Brian Alexander, author of Glass House
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented by Oblong Books & Music in collaboration with The White Hart Inn and Scoville Memorial Library.
Thursday, February 7, 6 pm
RSVP is required
The White Hart Inn
15 Under Mountain Road
with Kenny Hamber
Kenny delivers his outstanding vocal qualities to thousands of enthusiastic fans around the world. He has appeared with such performers as the Temptations, The Four Tops, James Brown, The Stylistics, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, The Manhattans, Blue Magic, Ray Goodman and Brown, JoMarie Payton, Jeane Carne, Donna Allen, Shirley Murdock, Gladys Knight, Jerry Butler, The Platters and the late great Jackie Wilson.
Saturday, February 16, 5 – 7 pm
20 Bank Street
Flanders invites the public to come to experience the power of group drumming where spirit and an open heart are more important than skill. Bring your drum and release stress while helping create a sense of community through an organic rhythmic connection. The program is being led by Stephanie Boisits a licensed Creative Arts Therapist who specializes in group therapy in adult inpatient psychiatry. Drumming is one of her favorite activities as she sees patients organize and connect to each other through rhythm. She is constantly surprised at the power and cohesiveness of rhythm and how it can wake a person’s inner self. All are welcome. Limited drums will be available for use, please try to bring your own instrument.
Sunday, February 24, 4 pm
$5 members; $10 non-members
5 Church Hill Road