Goings On

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

Joseph Fucigna, Brain Storm, 2010, plastic fencing and lead, 8 x 8 x 4 feet
June 1 – 16, 2018
State of Abstraction
Art Exhibition

The Washington Art Association & Gallery is pleased to present State of Abstraction, an exhibition of contemporary abstract art by Connecticut artists. Co-Curated by WAA Exhibitions Committee members Daphne Anderson Deeds and Jacquelyn Gleisner, the selected works will be displayed in both the Washington Art Association & Gallery and the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens exhibition spaces.

Painting, installation, video, sculpture, and prints are included in the exhibition featuring over twenty artists covering all areas of Connecticut. Many of the works update common tropes of abstraction across these different media. Zachary Keeting, of New Haven, composes layers of paint to convey colorful lyric abstraction, while works by Elizabeth Gourlay and Ryan Paxton are contemplative, and Kevin Daly’s paintings are based on geometry.

Other artists included in the show experiment with new tools, unusual media, or inventive processes. In her studio outside Hartford, Hong Hong makes large-scale paper works using a range of different pulped materials. David Livingston combines 3D modeling programs with his small, spontaneous gouache paintings using video. A familiar craft material is the building block for New Haven artist Suzan Shutan’s interactive pom pom installation. Kinetic sculptor Tim Prentice of Cornwall offers wall-mounted works, Weston artist Joseph Fucigna’s sculpture is made of plastic coated fencing, while Hamden installation artist Howard El-Yasin uses materials that are usually discarded like dryer lint and roasted banana peels. The more than sixty works that comprise State of Abstraction give viewers a thorough overview of abstract art by artists working in Connecticut today.

WAA Gallery Hours: Tuesday- Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm (May – September) Closed on Mondays.

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens Gallery Hours: Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm;   Sunday, 10 am -2 pm; and by appointment.

Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot


The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens
1 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot


June 1 – 24, 2018
Relational Sets
Group Exhibition in Kent

Eckert Fine Art is pleased to present Relational Sets, a group exhibition. This show marks the kick-off of the Second Saturday at Kent Barns season, and will feature eleven artists who show nationally and internationally, as well as works from two important 20th century artists. The show will span both the main and upstairs gallery spaces.

Originally conceived by Jane Eckert, and collaboratively engineered with gallery director Kevin Van Gorp, Relational Sets looks at the enduring impact that Robert Rauschenberg has had on their artistic tastes. Originally hired by Eckert Fine Art in 2003 and staying until 2005 – only to rejoin 12 years later in 2017 – Kevin Van Gorp remained in regular contact with Jane Eckert over the years, and an enthusiastic topic of conversation they would always come to would be the art and life of “Bob”, as he was referred to. Fast forwarding to today, Jane Eckert proposed that the gallery do a show where she and Van Gorp would exhibit artists that were also highly impactful on their sensibilities over the years, while highlighting Rauschenberg as the central component to the exhibition. Van Gorp likened the blueprint of this suggestion to a Venn diagram. Hence, this show features two “sets” of artists that are “relational” to each other through an indispensable art historical precedent.

Beginning then with Rauschenberg, the gallery will display a pair of important works from the Anagrams series (1995-97). They were originally included in a show entitled Robert Rauschenberg – WinterWorks that Jane Eckert curated in 1996 at the Philharmonic Center For The Arts in Naples, Florida. Measuring 69 x 48.5 inches each, New Reality and Reminiscence are extraordinary examples of Rauschenberg’s ability to meld traditional art-making techniques with the cutting-edge technological offerings of the day. Using printmaking and photo transfer methods in tandem with newfound digital imaging technology, the Anagrams saw Rauschenberg literally painting with images (reversing the brush stroke towards final image progression) as early as 1992. These pieces serve as a fitting lens through which to consider the other artists’ works in the show. Each artist will include 1-2 quintessential examples of their work in the exhibition.
Jane Eckert has chosen to invite four living artists and is including the work of another 20th century master to round out the presentation. Artists included are Eric Forstmann of Sharon, CT, Don Gummer of New York City, Chizuru Morii Kaplan of New York City, Sidney Russell of San Francisco, CA, and the English great, Henry Moore. Eckert’s selection will reference traditional material mastery in the categories of oil painting, sculpture, watercolor painting, printmaking, and textile, and consider how these mediums continue to serve their purpose in contemporary art making.

Kevin Van Gorp will include work by seven living artists: Pedro Barbeito of Easton, PA (formally of New York City), Lydia Dona of New York City, Fabian Marcaccio of New York City, Paul Paiement of Long Beach, CA, Alexander Ross of Great Barrington, MA, David Shaw of Brooklyn, NY, and Pedro Vélez of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Van Gorp’s group collectively highlights a current of hybridism, where production technologies, scientific innovation, social media, and the Internet are spliced with painting and sculptural practices to produce complex and dynamic pictorial and visual experiences.
In conclusion, this exhibition is not meant to be an overly analytic affair that delves into the theoretical underpinnings of post-War and Contemporary art. It is rather a jovial celebration of one’s journey in the art world, and a grand acknowledgement to those who have enabled, nurtured, informed, and reinforced that voyage along the way.

Featuring: Pedro Barbeito, Lydia Dona, Eric Forstmann, Don Gummer, Fabian Marcaccio, Henry Moore, Chizuru Morii Kaplan, Paul Paiement, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Ross, Sidney Russell, David Shaw, and Pedro Vélez.
The exhibition will continue through June 24, 2018.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12, 4-7 pm


Eckert Fine Art
12 Old Barn Road, Unit 1



June 1 – 30, 2018
Celebrated Italian Designer
Osvaldo Borsani Exhibit at
George Champion Modern Shop

Osvaldo Borsani: Designs for Tecno, an exhibit of the acclaimed Italian designer and architect, will open at George Champion Modern Shop on May 12. The exhibit will coincide with the first ever retrospective of Borsani’s work, opening this spring at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum. Modern Shop owns the largest collection in the United States of Borsani’s original furniture for Tecno.

Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) was co-founder of Italian furniture manufacturer Tecno, and the exhibit includes original pieces of the designer’s work, pieces from Modern Shop’s private collection, and rare prototypes.

Owner of George Champion Modern Shop and Borsani collector, George Champion explains, “I have lived with Osvaldo Borsani’s furniture in my own home for over 30 years. With his retrospective opening in Milan, I wanted to share this collection and my appreciation of his work. The original examples in the exhibit show the form and sensuality we have come to expect from Borsani’s postwar Italian design, combined with the ingenious technology from the period. His designs endure as ones we want to live with today.” Osvaldo Borsani: Designs for Tecno is open through June 30, 2018.

About George Champion Modern Shop
George Champion Modern Shop features important 20th century American, Italian, and Scandinavian furniture and objects, with a speciality in mid-century modern design. Opened in 2004, the shop and neighboring show house gallery offer over 4000 sq. ft. of modern and select contemporary furniture, lighting, and objects.

George Champion, owner, is a dealer and collector of modern furniture and design. After his first public design showcase in 1996, he developed a following among modern furniture collectors and design enthusiasts in both Connecticut and New York City. Modern shop is located in Woodbury, the antiques capital of Litchfield County

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30-5:30 pm


George Champion Modern Shop
442 Main Street South



June 1 – 3, 2018
At The Warner Theatre

Presented by the Performance Lab students of the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education, Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds. Due to some mature language, this production may not be suitable for very young audiences.

Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2, 8 pm
Sunday, June 3, 2 pm

Tickets: Contact Box Office

Studio Theatre
Warner Theatre
68 Main Street

Box Office: 860.489.7180

June 1, 2018
The Garden in Every Sense and Season
Book Talk and Signing with Tovah Martin

Join beloved author and friend Tovah Martin as she changes the focus from the “to-do” lists of gardening to taking the time to truly enjoy the garden. Beginning with the first blooms of spring to putting the garden to bed in winter, Tovah will urge us to mindfully explore the garden through sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste.

The talk will be followed by a sensory walk through Hollister House Garden, a glass of wine, and the opportunity to talk to Tovah and have her sign her latest book The Garden in Every Sense and Season.

Friday, June 1, 5 pm

Cost: HHG Members $30; Non-Members $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


June 1 - 30, 2018
Edward Muszala
At Byrde + the b

Byrde + the b is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of the paintings of local area artist Edward Muszala. Muszala paints with oils and encaustic on panels which highlights his dreamy landscape visions with an interplay of color, texture, and light. His intimate paintings are serenely beautiful, peaceful and underscore man’s spiritual relationship with nature. Litchfield County serves as a driving force for his inspiration. Exhibit runs through June 30, 2018. This event coincides with First Fridays in Washington Depot.  Additional events after 7 pm.

“The world, through its constantly changing atmosphere of wind, light, and color is a gift of such incredible variety and grandeur. Truly sublime. Awe-inspiring. Painting, to me, is a quest to express feelings created by my view of nature’s interaction of air and light”.

Opening reception: Friday, June 1, 5 – 7 pm


Byrde + the b
10 Titus Rd
Washington Depot



June 2, 2018
Brews and Blues Concert
at Hunt Hill Farm

A special concert featuring Blues by The Incredible Amplifires lead by Dave Robbins and Brews from Veracious Brewing Company.

Saturday, June 2, 7 pm

Tickets: $20 pre-registration; $25 day of concert

Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford


June 2, 2018
Banks, Hanford & Blumert
At Twelve Moons Coffee House

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, Twelve Moons Coffee House welcomes Banks, Hanford & Blumert. Brought together by common grounding in, and love for, traditional American and Anglo-Celtic music, this trio welds musicianship with energizing spontaneity. Their sets can cover American songbook, Appalachian, old-time, bluegrass, blues, folk, originals and more. Switching off on guitars, mandolin, fiddle and harmonicas with a relaxed, improvisational approach, Anne Banks, Tom Hanford and Joel Blumert are a treat to hear.

Saturday, June 2, 7 – 10 pm
Donation is requested

Twelve Moons Coffee
St. John’s Church (back door entrance)
12 Main Street



Credit: Soprano Tony Arnold by Claudia Hansen
June 2 - 9, 2018
Soprano Tony Arnold
At Music Mountain

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists celebrates the sixth season with guest Tony Arnold Conductor Peter Askim will lead a string orchestra of festival musicians at Music Mountain in concert benefiting the David M. Hunt Falls Village Library.

Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Peter Askim, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is an immersive residency for young (20-30 years old) professional string players focused on musical exploration, entrepreneurial thinking, and contemporary performance practice.

The sixth annual festival takes place May 27-June 9, after a week at Music Mountain in Falls Village, the festival moves to NYC.

On June 2, the festival orchestra will be joined by renowned soprano Tony Arnold performing in the world premiere orchestral version of And Once I Played Ophelia by Brett Dean. Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold, powerful interpreter,” Ms. Arnold is internationally acclaimed as a leading proponent of contemporary music, having premiered hundreds of works by established and emerging composers. New music by Jessica Meyer, Liisa Hirsch, and Peter Askim will also be performed.

Saturday, June 2, 7 pm

Tickets: suggested donation
to benefit the David M. Hunt Falls Village Library

Music Mountain
Gordon Hall
Falls Village


June 2, 2018
ASAP’s 13thCelebration of Young Writers
& Benefit Auction

Join the 13th Annual Celebration of Young Writers & Benefit Auction that showcases student writing from across Connecticut text hosted by Tom Leopold. A selection of exceptional pieces are chosen through a blind judging process and those talented young writers will take the stage to share their stories, poems, and prose. Bidding begins at 5:00 pm during a festive cocktail reception followed by a tribute to Frank Delaney and the Young Writers presentation at 6:30 pm. The night will conclude at 7:30 pm when Ellen McCourt presents the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching to an outstanding teacher. This is a special evening honoring our students and communities. See you there!

Saturday, June 2, 5 pm
Bidding & Cocktail Reception: 5 pm
Presentation: 6:30 pm
Frank McCourt Prize: 7:30 pm

Tickets: General Admission: $75; Reserved Seating: $125; Patron Seating: $500

The Gunnery



June 3, 2018
Alexander Calder Biography Presentation
& Book Signing at Gunn Memorial Library

Gunn Memorial Library is pleased to welcome renowned art critic and author Jed Perl for a visual presentation and signing of his recent book Calder: The Conquest of Time. The Early Years: 1898 – 1940, the first authorized biography of America’s greatest twentieth-century sculptor, Alexander Calder. Perl will delve into the artist’s monumental contribution to modern art through the lens of Calder’s own personal history, exploring how he became – and remains – an avant-garde artist with mass appeal.

Based on scores of interviews and unprecedented access to Calder’s letters and papers, and comprised of more than 350 illustrations, including rarely seen works and archival photographs, Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898 – 1940, is the authoritative guide to Calder’s life and a revelatory achievement in the study of his work.

Mr. Perl is among the nation’s most acclaimed writers on the visual arts. A respected critic and essayist, he is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. The art critic for The New Republic for 20 years and a contributing editor to Vogue for a decade, Perl is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His previous books include Magicians and Charlatans, Antoine’s Alphabet, and New Art City, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and The Atlantic Book of the Year.

Following the presentation, the author will answer audience questions and sign copies of the book. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.

Sunday, June 3, 2 pm

Registration is requested

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


June 3, 2018
Shakespeare in the Garden
At Hollister House Garden

The Friends of Shakesperience in the Litchfield Hills invite you to “Shakespeare in the Garden,” an original theatrical arrangement at Hollister House Garden. Stroll the gardens and learn of the plans to bring Shakespeare in the Park to the Litchfield Hills in 2019. Enjoy a glass of rosé, bring a chair or blanket, and pack a picnic if you like.

Sunday, June 3, 5 – 7 pm
Garden opens: Sunday, June 3, 5 pm
Performance begins: 6 pm (in the barn in the event of rain)

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


June 5 – 14, 2018
Learn To Row
At Litchfield Hills Rowing Club

Learn To Row is for anyone who has never rowed/sculled before. There are six one-hour classes in each session. Both juniors and adults of all athletic backgrounds and ages (ages 12 and over) are welcome.

Please register as quickly as possible to secure a spot. If you have a group (6 or more) who would like to try Learn To Row, please let the club know:  info@litchfieldhillsrc.org

Learn to Row – Juniors (Ages 12 and over)
Session 1: Tue, Jun 5-Thu, Jun 14
T/Th: 9:00 am-10:00 am
Session 2: Tue, Jun 19-Thu, Jun 28
T/Th: 9:00 am-10:00 am

Learn to Row – Adults
Session 1: Tue, Jun 5-Thu, Jun 14
T/Th: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Session 2: Tue, Jun 19-Thu, Jun 28
T/Th: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Cost – $150 each session


June 8 & 9, 2018
Books & Blooms:
Country Gardens

This year the focus of the Cornwall Library June benefit, Books & Blooms, is country gardens. The two-day event begins Friday evening, June 8 with a talk by Lynden B. Miller, a public garden designer in New York City and Sharon resident. Following Lynden’s talk—“40 Years of Gardening: Private and Public”— there will be a cocktail reception.

The event continues Saturday, June 9 with self-guided tours of four country gardens in North Cornwall, Cornwall, Sharon, and Milton. New and out-of-print gardening books will be on sale throughout the weekend.

Lynden B. Miller is a public garden designer in New York City. In 1982, she rescued and restored The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Based on her belief that good public open spaces can change city life, she has designed many other gardens and parks in all five boroughs since that time.

She is the author of  Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, published by Norton in 2009. The book was the winner of American Horticultural Society 2010 National Book Award.
Her work in New York City includes designs for gardens and parks in all 5 boroughs, for example, Bryant Park, The New York Botanical Garden, Wagner Park in Battery Park City, Madison Square Park, the Entry Garden at Chelsea Cove in Hudson River Park and the 97th Street Park Avenue Mall. She has designed landscape improvements to the campuses at Columbia, Princeton, Stony Brook University on Long Island and plantings for the garden at the Museum of Modern Art. She redesigned the plantings for the British Garden in Hanover Square and has reinvigorated the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park.
Mrs. Miller was trained as a painter and studied horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden before beginning her public career. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy, New Yorkers for Parks and the New York Botanical Garden and teaches about public space and horticulture at New York University and Columbia University.

In October 1999, Smith College honored Mrs. Miller, describing her as one “who uses the beauty and enchantment of public gardens to instill new pride in communities and change the personal and public experience of urban life.”

Talk & Cocktail Reception: Friday evening, June 8, 6 – 8 pm
Tour of 4 country gardens: Saturday, June 9, 10 am – 4 pm

Tickets: $30 per day per person or $ 50 for both days.
As space is limited to the Friday event, reservations are suggested.

Cornwall Library
30 Pine Street



June 8, 2018
Tour & Lunch at a
Private Country Garden

Enjoy a unique opportunity to tour an extraordinary private garden rarely open to the public followed by lunch. This event is limited to Hollister House Garden Circle of Friends members.

Cost: Complimentary to Hollister House Garden members at the Sponsor Level and above; all other membership levels $35 per person
Confirmed attendees will be sent details and directions via email

Friday June 8, 10:30 am – 2 pm

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


June 9, 2018
Pride in New Preston
At The Owl

The first Gay Pride celebration in Washington will take place at The Owl in New Preston in conjunction with Salvatore Anthony Hair Studio. There will be a DJ, Drinks, Dancing and Light Fare.

3 – 8 pm

The Owl
Modern Wine Bar
18 East Shore Road
New Preston


June 9, 2018
The Annual Backyard Sale
at Privet House

One Day Only! Shop antiques, vintage and mid-century furniture, lighting, decorative accessories, and more…from thousands of A-list merchants, interior designers, and antique dealers! (Okay, not thousands. But a lot. And it’s always fun.)

Saturday, June 9, 9 am to 4 pm


George Platt Field
16 Church Street
(at top of the street behind Village shops)
New Preston


June 9 - 29, 2018
Trout Markings and Landscapes
At Souterrain Gallery

The gallery presents artist Peter Joslin’s exhibition called Trout Markings and Landscapes, in collaboration with the Housatonic Valley Association. The origins of this show were small oil studies based on the extraordinary markings on brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis.) These markings, both random and ordered, include vermiculation, parr marks, spots, and halos. The color is rich and varied and ranges from black to brown, ochre, moss green, blue and red. Fontinalis comes from the Latin for “of a spring or fountain”, a reference to the clear, cold water of its native habitat.

“These studies led to a six-year exploration of this subject in oil and watercolor. Coupled with this, my work based on landscape has been ongoing and some are included in this show. The work is modest in scale to promote intimate examination and reflection. The watercolors in this exhibition are intentionally unframed to enable the viewer to see the immediacy of the medium first-hand. I grew up in Connecticut, fishing and exploring brooks and streams. In 1993 I moved to northern Vermont, in close proximity to the Green Mountains and the National Forest.” – Peter Joslin

Also: Celebrating the great outdoors and abundant natural beauty of Cornwall, on June 9th:
-The annual Cornwall Library Books and Blooms sale and country gardens tour 10 am – 4 pm. Additional details at www.cornwalllibrary.org
-Cornwall Conservation Trust opens its doors to visitors at its newly opened office and exhibit space at 9 Railroad Street.
-Exuberant Morris Dancers perform their Crop Dance at 3:43.
-Bain Real Estate welcomes those Considering Cornwall with refreshments and an open house at 293 West Cornwall Road.
-Kids and kids at heart craft activity: build a tinkerwagon with Joe Brien of Lost Arts Workshops, 10 am – 1 pm at the Original Farm Market (held on Wish House Lawn).
-Clarke Outdoors and Trout Unlimited have specials planned for the day as well.
-Ian Ingersoll Cabinetmakers will have bubbly on hand as visitors peruse Shaker furniture as well as the work of artists Donald Bracken, Lennart Swede Ahrstrom and Scott Zuckerman. Newly added to the collection are pieces by Susan Rand will also be on view in the Toll House Gallery.
-Watch the Cornwall Naturally Facebook page for updates.

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 9, 3 – 6 pm


Souterrain Art Gallery
413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike
West Cornwall



June 10, 2018
Music in the Garden
At Hollister House Garden

The annual celebration of Music in the Garden returns to the main lawn at Hollister House with a magical concert by the Deming String Quartet. The concert of baroque music will include  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, L’estro Armonico, Opus 3, No.11 in D Minor by Antonio Vivaldi, Selections from Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks by George Frideric Handel and more. Bring a blanket or a camp chair, even a picnic if you wish – we’ll provide the rosé! – and greet summer with an outstanding concert of baroque music.

The Deming String Quartet is led by founder and violinist Larry Deming, Concertmaster of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Danbury Music Centre Summer Strings Program. Diane Orson, violinist with Orchestra New England (and WNPR reporter!), Barbara Wiggins, member of the Hartford and New Haven Symphony Orchestras and principal viola with Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Mary Costanza, award-winning cellist and currently associate principal cellist with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra complete the quartet.

On Sunday, June 10, 5 pm

Cost: HHG Members $25; Non-Members $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road


June 11 & 12, 2018
Drawing in the Garden
Botanical Drawing Classes

Drawing in the Gardenis a wonderful way to observe nature and learn how to accurately draw what you see.  A Garden Sketch Book with Graphite Pencil will be taught by noted botanical artist Carol Ann Morley, this two-day workshop will introduce you to the basic concepts and skills of drawing with graphite pencil. Learn how to draw those tricky, overlapping shapes of petals and leaves and bring your drawing to a new level.

Open to any level student from beginner to those with drawing skills. A materials list will be emailed with your registration confirmation. Limited to 10 students.

Carol Ann Morley is an accomplished botanical artist and teacher whose work is in museum collections. In 1985 she founded the Botanical Art and Illustration program at New York Botanical Garden and was the program coordinator there for 8 years. She is currently teaching at Wellesley College Botanic Garden, Berkshire Botanic Garden and Sanctuary Arts in Maine as well as here at Hollister House Garden.

Monday, June 11 & Tuesday, June 12, 10 am – 3:30 pm

Cost: HHG Members $200; Non-Members $225

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road