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September 1 - October 31, 2018
The Telephone Exchange Building:
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

Free

Ameico
29 Church Street
New Milford

www.ameico.com

September 1 – November 1, 2018
WAA Sculpture Walk 2018

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.

Curators’ Statement
“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

Washington Depot

860.868.2878
Washingtonartassociation.org

September 15, 2018
Troughs: Gardening in the
Smallest Landscape

Explore the many facets of gardening in these small, charming containers. In this PowerPoint presentation you will learn about the use of rocks for structure, the various types of plants that work well and the versatile ways they can be planted. Lori will discuss the many styles possible and how to place troughs in the garden. The last part of her presentation will focus on the use of succulents in troughs.
Lori Chips is the author of Hypertufa Containers: Creating and Planting an Alpine Trough Garden recently published by Timber Press.

Saturday, September 15, 9:30 – 11 am

HHG members $25
Non-members $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

860.868.2200
www.hollisterhousegarden.org

September 18 - November 20, 2018
Principles of Design and
Composition for Painters 

Artist Tom Hlas will be teaching a 10-week Art Course on Design and composition for Beginner to Advanced painters.

“As an artist, I believe in sharing what I do, how I do it and helping others along the way. This includes principles and techniques I’ve learned throughout my career – how to start and develop a strong, unique painting and how to get unstuck when a painting isn’t going well. I’ll be teaching this and much more!”

Tuesdays, September 18 – November 20, 6 – 8 pm

Tuition: $175; WHAL members: $155

West Hartford Art League
37 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford

860-231-8019
tomhlas.com

September 24 – October 29, 2018
The Soul Ajar:
An Emily Dickinson Literature Course

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington is pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a five week course The Soul Ajar: An Emily Dickinson Literature Course.

Participants will read as a class a small selection of the poems from perhaps the most inscrutable, dazzling, and confounding poet the United States has ever produced. Tucked away in her room, safe in her own alabaster chamber, Dickinson crafted lyrics that still defy interpretation, that cue the soul toward its deeper sources, and that explore the full range of human emotions: rage to love, neediness to freedom. There will be no set readings, no “homework readings” each week. Instead, come prepared as a class to encounter a curated set of poems that will both define and hide the poet who crafted them.  Please sign up now to reserve a spot.

The required book is The Poems of Emily Dickinson: A Reading Edition edited by R. W. Franklin and published by the Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press. You’ll find this edition for sale at The Hickory Stick Bookshop.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic and did his doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin Madison before accepting a job at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He has given papers on Chaucer at the International Medieval Conference and on American literature at the MLA and regional MLA conferences. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View and selected as The Most Influential People of Litchfield County.  Mark is enmeshed in literature and has been a popular book group and literary discussion leader across Southern New England.

Mondays: September 24, October 1, October 15, October 22
and October 29, 10 am – 12 pm

Free

Gunn Memorial Library
Wykeham Room
5 Wykeham Road
Washington

860.868.7586
gunnprograms@biblio.org

September 29, 2018
Garden Design in the
Country House Era

Join Tracey Miller for a lively discussion of residential landscape and garden design through the lens of three iconic designs from the late nineteenth century; Naumkeaug, Dumbarton Oaks and Olana.

Learn from the masters as we study their execution of detail, selection of plants and the techniques they employed to build upon a site’s existing features in order to evoke its ‘spirit of place,’ or Genius Loci.

Saturday, September 29, 9:30 – 11 am

HHG members $25
Non-members $35

Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow Road
Washington

860.868.2200
www.hollisterhousegarden.org