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December 1 – 22, 2018
Three Solo Exhibitions
At Five Points Gallery

Five Points Gallery presents three concurrent solo exhibitions, Stephen Maine’s “New Paintings,” Brigid Kennedy’s “The Morphology of Gratitude” and Ethan Newman’s “Undercurrents.” The three solo shows will run through December 22, 2018.

In the East Gallery are Stephen Maine’s colossal “New Paintings.” The artist creates his stunning abstracts by using printing plates instead of brushes. He explains that this “systematic yet intentionally imprecise, indirect production method yields the great pleasure of surprise, while providing a concrete way to think about color, surface and scale. A longtime member of American Abstract Artists and the International Association of Art Critics, Maine’s writing has been published in Art in America and ARTnews, among many other publications.

Brigid Kennedy’s “The Morphology of Gratitude” is presented in the TDP Gallery. The recipient of numerous awards, residencies and grants, Kennedy exhibits her sculpture and drawings nationally and internationally. She created the grand-scale black-and-white mudra specifically for this exhibition. “For me, art is a way of entering and engaging with the world, a way of making sense of things that I can control.”

In the West Gallery are Ethan Newman’s abstract “Undercurrents.” The painter is also a musician, and says his approach to the two disciplines overlap. “I work quickly and spontaneously, improvising in much the same way I create music, each mark or action informing the next.” Newman is the winner of the 2017 Five Points Biennial Juried Exhibition, juried by artist Joe Fig. The award for winning the show is this solo exhibit at Five Points Gallery.

The exhibition is kindly sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank.

Five Points Gallery will hold two events in conjunction with the exhibitions: an opening reception on Friday, November 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and an Gallery hours are Thursdays through Mondays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment. There is no admission charge. Five Points exhibitions and educational events are free and open to the public.

About the Gallery: Located in an historic downtown building, Five Points Gallery (FPG) is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery showcasing professional regional, national and international visual artists. The gallery presents exhibitions in three beautifully renovated exhibition spaces, and has earned a reputation as one of Connecticut’s outstanding contemporary art venues. For more information about the gallery, please visit

There will be an Artists’ Panel Discussion in the gallery. Power Boothe will moderate the discussion. Five Points is supported in part by the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Artists’ Panel Discussion in the Gallery: Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm

No admission charge

Five Points Gallery
33 Main Street


December 2, 2018
Nora Murphy Country House
Book Signing, Tips & Mimosas

Meet the powerhouse creative Nora Murphy author of Nora Murphy Country House Styleand founder of Nora Murphy Country House. Nora will discuss how to create her approachable and authentic style in your own country home, plus give tons of holiday decorating tips.
Buy a copy of the book or bring your own to have it signed by Nora. Books are $35 at the store.

Nora Murphy has turned her passion for country house style and its embodiment—her own home in Newtown, Connecticut—into a multimedia juggernaut. Her blog, website, e-magazine, strong presence on social media, and increasing visibility in print media and on TV have earned her a devoted following all over the country. Now she has distilled the essence of her knowledge about country house style and how to achieve it in this irresistible volume. The first part of the book lays out the universal elements of the style; the second reveals how she has incorporated these elements into her own home; and the third shows how the elements of this comfortable, comforting, easy aesthetic and approach to life can be applied in different ways and in different locations to striking, individual effect. Five homes, each of which expresses a unique take on the style, are featured. Part primer, part wish book, Nora Murphy’s CountryHouse Style is all inspiration.

Sunday, December 2, 11 am – 2 pm


Blueprint CT Home
920 Bantam Road


December 8, 2018
Mark Seliger: Artist
Talk & Book Signing

Legendary photographer Mark Seliger will be giving a talk at the Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens. On view here is a satellite show from his exhibit at KMR Arts Gallery with larger color pieces.

Saturday, December 8, time tbd


Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens
One Green Hill
Washington Depot