Live & Learn

Workshops, classes, & seminars: Something to be learned

December 1 – 24, 2017
Winter Magic
WAA Holiday Gift Fair

The annual juried WAA Holiday Fair fills the galleries at the Washington Art Association & Gallery with a unique selection of irresistible gifts for that special person on your Holiday Gift list. Over 65 artists and artisans are participating. This is a wonderful opportunity for artists and artisans to exhibit their work and for all to support the arts! WAA Holiday Fair also offers the community the opportunity to find one-of-a-kind and hand-crafted gifts at every price point.

Holiday hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm;
Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm

Washington Art Association & Gallery
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot



December 1, 2, & 3, 2017
Tibetan Dream Yoga with John Jackson

What wonders do our dreams hold? Tibetans have used lucid dreaming as a path for spiritual exploration and development for centuries. In this workshop, we will share methods of awakening to your dreams, and waking up to our illusions in our everyday life. We’ll explore how dreams arise, how they relate to our daily lives, how to relax and be more aware, and how to bring that awareness into our dream lives. We will learn basic meditations that will bring more clarity to our thoughts and understanding, both for the day and night.  Instructor: John Jackson.

Friday, December 1, 5:30 -7:30 pm
Saturday, December 2, 12:30-5:30 pm
Sunday, December 3, 12:30-3:30 pm

Pricing: $275
Early Bird Discount: $255, sign up by November 15th

Valley Spirit Cooperative
6 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot


December 2, 2017
Documentary Filmmaker Series:
A Light in the Dark,
Classical artist Frank Mason

Frank Mason was a traditional painter and a driving force in keeping the principles of the master’s alive through the era of modernism. The film explores the legacy of this  New York artist and educator, as he reveals the scandal behind art restoration and the fights to preserve our cultural heritage. In Mason’s opinion many of our greatest paintings have been destroyed by overzealous art restorers. An icon of landscape, figural and classical art techniques of the Masters, Mason was a renown painter and teacher whose direct lineage is Connecticut’s Old Lyme school.

Frank Mason’s prolific career as an oil painter can only be matched by his devotion to inspire others to embrace the beauty and mystery of classical style painting.  His passion for learning and teaching remained central throughout his life and in the words of Columbia University art historian, James Beck, “He kept the light burning” for three generations of artists.” A number of Mason’s original works will be on display. Art lovers will be delighted and challenged.

Grandnephew, Scott Mason, videographer, studied with Frank Mason for a half decade before transitioning to the medium of filmmaking. Through his background as a trained artist and rich family history he has had the fortune to collaborate with director, Sonny Quinn, to bring Frank Mason’s story to light.

Saturday, December 2, 4 – 6 pm


Wardell Room
Scoville Memorial Library
38 Main Street



December 9, 2017
Local Makers Market

The Smithy Store will host a pop-up shop at the 2nd floor Loft Gallery of the store. The event will coincide with the town-wide annual ‘New Preston Winter Stroll’ holiday event. The pop-up or ‘Local Makers Market’ celebrates holiday gift giving, featuring local artisans and their unique, handcrafted products in our cozy, beautiful barn.

Customers can browse and purchase a wide variety of hand-crafted items including jewelry, woven goods, soaps, candles, reclaimed wood ornaments and decorations, leather goods, and other items created by Connecticut artisans.

Alongside the gift items, original paintings by Redding artist, Erin Nazzaro, will be on display, and on the lower level of the store, fine art photography by Judith Secco of Bantam.

The Smithy Store features locally grown produce and food products from within a 70-mile radius. The second floor of the barn serves as an art gallery and features rotating exhibits of artwork and photography.

Saturday, December 9, 1 – 5 pm


The Smithy & Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
New Preston

December 10, 2017
Finding Joy and Hope after B
aby Loss for Bereaved Mothers

Join Lindsay in this interactive and healing three hour workshop to help you find your joy again after loss. This class is designed to help you integrate your grief through expressive art therapy and find community through other grieving moms. Lindsay will also share her personal story of hope after losing her son at 26 weeks and how she found joy and peace again. Instructor: Lindsay Gibson .
December 10, 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Pricing: $175
Early Bird Pricing: $160, sign up by November 5th, 2017

Valley Spirit Cooperative
6 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot



December 12, 2017
David Tanis – Market Cooking:
Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient

A masterwork of recipes, approach, technique, and philosophy. This volume educates the reader to become a more intuitive and spontaneous cook, more discerning in the market and freer in the kitchen. Tanis describes how to transform the freshest ingredients into one perfectly delicious dish after another, guided by the core beliefs that have shaped his incomparable career.  Food does have to be fussy to be satisfying. Seasonal vegetables should be central to a meal. Working with food is a joy, not a chore.

David Tanis has worked as a professional chef for over three decades, and is the author of several acclaimed cookbooks, including “A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes” and “Heart of the Artichoke”. He spent many years as chef with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California; he ran the kitchen of the highly praised Café Escalera in Santa Fe and operated a successful private supper club in Paris. He has written for a number of publications, including the “Wall Street Journal”, the “Guardian/Observer” (U.K.), “Cooking Light”, “Bon Appétit”, “Fine Cooking”, and “Saveur”. Tanis lives in Manhattan and has been writing the weekly City Kitchen column for the Food section of the “New York Times” for nearly six years.

Tuesday, December 12, 6 – 8 pm

RSVP required

The White Hart
15 Under Mountain Road

December 21, 2017
Winter Solstice Cacao Ceremony
& Sound Healing

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with an evening exploring CACAO: an ancient plant medicine that has been used for hundreds of years to facilitate ceremony and celebration. It is known for its heart opening and communication enhancing abilities. The focus of this ceremony will be “the journey inward” as Sean and Pauline offer support and guidance to connect with the heart, which is the source of LOVE. The sound healing, meditations and reiki will help support people’s experience of connecting with their bodies and opening their hearts. A safe environment will be created and held throughout the ceremony, allowing people the opportunity to be fully present and experience another way of BE-ing. Facilitated by Sean Flanagan & Pauline Koinis.

Thursday Dec. 21, 4:30 pm doors open
Ceremony: 5 – 8 pm

Cost: $35 Pre registered; $40 at the door

Valley Spirit Cooperative
6 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot



December 23, 2017
Meet the Maker:
Joy Newton

The Smithy Store is hosting a Meet the Maker Event featuring Joy Newton of Joy Newton Designs. Guests will meet the designer as she shares a unique, holiday-inspired demonstration just in time for the gift-giving season.

Using her lovely flax linen tea towels and napkins, Joy will show guests the art of ‘furoshiki’. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to wrap all sorts of objects, often in elaborate shapes. In Japanese culture, furoshiki functions as a method of communication, with its many knots and ties, representing the ties between people. Joy will have a variety of flax linen tea towels and napkins available for purchase.

Saturday, December 23, 12 – 3 pm


The Smithy & Loft Gallery
10 Main Street
New Preston