Live & Learn

Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

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, 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 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 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:

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 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



June 16, 2018
Marvelous Edible Plants and
Mushrooms of Summer

The summer months are a bounty of ripe berries, nectar-laden edible flowers, and edible mushrooms carpeting the forest floor. On Saturday, June 16 Flanders will be holding a program on these plants and mushrooms. The program will be led by The 3 Foragers, a family from southeastern Connecticut who has been foraging wild foods and fungi and blogging about their adventures, for over ten years. They are authors of “Adventures in Edible Plant Foraging: Finding, Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Native and Invasive Wild Plants”, and were featured in Yankee Magazine, discussing family-friendly and sustainable foraging. They will share their knowledge on the edible plants and fungi of summer with original photos and recipe ideas in an educational slideshow. Participants will learn how to identify, sustainably harvest and prepare the wild foods of summer.
This will be followed by a short walk around the nature center where the group will hunt, identify, and determine the edibility of some of the plants and mushrooms found there. Children are welcome.

Saturday, June 16, 10 am

Cost: $10 for members; $15 for non-members

Flanders Sugar House
Located a quarter mile up from the intersection of
Flanders and Church Hill Road

203.263.3711, ext. 10


June 24, 2018
Becoming Barbra by Bill Eppridge with
Adrienne Aurichio

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a discussion and signing with Adrienne Aurichio,  editor, long-time collaborator, and wife of the late photographer Bill Eppridge, in celebration of the book Becoming Barbra (Rizzoli, $39.95), a collection of Eppridge’s photographs of Barbara Streisand. The event will be held in the Lounge at the Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa.

From the humble beginnings of Barbra Streisand’s career in 1963 to full-fledged stardom in 1966, renowned Life magazine photographer Bill Eppridge had full access to the young singer. He photographed Streisand shopping in a thrift shop; trying on outfits in her apartment, and an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson–then live from New York. Eppridge documented Streisand meeting with producer David Merrick, who wanted her for the starring role in Broadway’s Funny Girl, which catapulted her to celebrity status.

By the time Eppridge caught up with Streisand in 1966, she was a star in full orbit. Funny Girl had just wrapped, CBS had signed her to star in three television specials, five of her albums had gone gold and one platinum, and she had received three Grammys and an Emmy. Eppridge photographed Streisand throughout her CBS rehearsals and recording sessions, then went to Paris where he covered her at fashion shows with Marlene Dietrich and Coco Chanel, and captured a Richard Avedon shoot of her for French Vogue.
Eppridge’s photographs are vivid, candid, and a truly intriguing and unprecedented look at the beginnings of Streisand’s career–an intimate photo album by a master photographer of one of the most talented performers of our time.

Bill Eppridge was one of the most accomplished photojournalists of the twentieth century. He was one of the great photographers hired on staff by Life magazine. His iconic photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Life and National Geographic. He photographed some of the most important moments in 20th Century History including the Beatles first six days in the United States, Heroin Addicts in New York’s Needle Park, the Woodstock Music Festival, Apollo 13, and the Presidential campaign of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Eppridge made the photograph of the Senator moments after he was shot in the Ambassador Hotel. His work has been exhibited at museums around the world.

Adrienne Aurichio has been living in the Litchfield Hills for the past fourteen years since she and her late husband, photographer Bill Eppridge, moved to Connecticut in search of a quieter life. Once they settled in they began to collaborate on projects based on Bill’s archive of photography accumulated over a lifetime.

After graduation from Pratt Institute, Aurichio began working for a photography agency, which eventually led to her meeting her husband Bill Eppridge. In 2003 they decided to start their own business and moved to Connecticut. They were together until his death in 2013. By that time they had collaborated on five books of Bill’s work and several exhibitions. With the publication of Becoming Barbra, the total is now six.

Sunday, June 24, 2 – 4 pm

Tickets: $50, can be purchased at The Hickory Stick Bookshop
Includes a signed copy of the book
And light refreshments
RSVP by June 15

Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa
118 Woodbury Rd, Route 47