Blog :: 07-2015

The Harts Gallery brings Groundbreaking Contemporary Art to Litchfield County

The Harts Gallery Window Front

Artists, collectors and enthusiasts who love painting, sculpture, mixed media and creativity have been eagerly anticipating the debut of the Harts Gallery this summer. The inaugural exhibit, 'Love and Sacrifice', will have an opening reception this Saturday, August 1st from 5- 9 pm and the show will run through September 30th.

This provocative collection of work will feature six local artists many of whom have exhibited in New York, Los Angeles or London and will be shown for the first time in Litchfield County. These talents include photographer Evan Abramson, mixed media/installation/sculpture artist Lauren Booth, photographer Tealia Ellis-Ritter and painter Sebastian Tillinger as well as local renowned mixed media artists Elizabeth MacDonald and Peter Wooster.

Evan Abramson

Evan is an award-winning filmaker and photographer born in New Yrok City. Together with his wife Carmen Elsa Lopez, he writes, directs, shoots and produces films including their 2011 documentary Carbon for Water which has won nearly 20 festival awards. 

Evan’s photography has been published in National Geographic Adventure, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, FT Weekend and The Sunday Times.

Tealia Ellis Ritter

Tealia Ellis Ritter is an American photographer born in Illinois, who now lives and works in rural Connecticut. Ellis Ritter views photography as an explorative process, often examining personal experience, family history and photography's layered relationship to time and memory.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently by Aperture, The New Yorker, at PRC: Exposure, on Women in Photography, by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, at Catherine Edelman Gallery, by Taschen NYC and at the Humble Arts “31 Under 31” exhibition.

Peter Wooster

Peter Wooster is renowned for design and renovation work for such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim and James Taylor. He has redesigned extremely successful venues such as the restaurant Orso in Manhattan and its sister locations in Los Angeles and London.

More recently, after a stroke, Wooster sought alternative methods of creative expression. He drew in charcoal and dabbled in watercolor and made dazzlingly colorful pictures in colored pencil. Emerging from a fascination with playing with colored paper and overlapping them, his artistic expression was channeled into intensely soulful collages.

Elizabeth MacDonald

Potter and sculptor Elizabeth MacDonald of Connecticut and New York works in clay. Her most intriguing designs are rectangular slabs with an archaeological or geological effect. 

Earth-toned layers and striations of these shapes give the effect of a mountainous landscape and geode like beauty. This artist strips aways the most basic layers to reveal the haunting, gorgeous details under the earth.

Lauren Booth

Lauren Booth's professional life in the visual arts took root in London of 2001 where she opened her first studio and began selling and showing her work. In 2011, she relocated to rural Connecticut where she currently lives and works. She collaborates with other talented people, creating works in neon, resin, bronze and other media.

Her most recent work with light and resin has taken on a more experiential quality as the pieces react to the changing light around them. These pieces have come together over several months of sketching, pouring resin, polishing, working with fabricators and re-inventing them.

Sebastian Tillinger

Sebastian Tillinger grew up in Roxbury, CT and now lives in Washington, CT. He sees this part of the world is very special. Influenced by emotion, he struggles with impermanence, and within that search he stumbled upon a state of being that transcends time.

The artist voices his truth, " I paint because I'm alive and I am vibrating color. My eyes have always sensed a veil of color in front of all the images I see. These paintings hold moments in time. The intention is important. I work every day to make sure I'm not living anyone's life but my own."

One of the gallery owners, Pilar DeMann told us the impetus for opening the Harts Gallery, "Carmen Abramson and I started the gallery because both our husbands are artists and we know so many artists. Modern art is not strongly represented in our community and it seems you have to go to New York or other areas for it. We thought the community would love to see some unique art from local artists (to start) and we also thought that this is just what is missing from Bank Street."

The Harts Gallery, the first contemporary art gallery of its kind in Litchfield County, is located in the town of New Milford, Connecticut at 20 Bank Street, a historic 5,000 square foot storefront. Don't miss this wonderful new exhibit of local artists works which opens August 1st and will be shown through September 30th.

For more information on the Harts Gallery, please click on the link here.




The Allure of Roxbury

Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe in Roxbury, CT

In a recent article, writer Amanda Ruggieri wrote that Roxbury was a 'town that couldn't contain Marilyn Monroe'. What the town has ultimately become is a haven for writers, artists, composers and actors as well as all those who enjoy the buccolic beauty of this particular spot. Here is a brief excerpt from her well-written story:

"Hidden among thick trees and hilly farmland, looped with stone walls and studded with red barns, the Connecticut town of Roxbury is 75 miles and a world away from New York City- not to mention Hollywood."

The countryside is abunduntly beautiful and has attracted the greatest American writers including Arthur Miller, William Styron and Gay Talese. Roxbury was also home for the much loved Irish author Frank McCourt and is home for other luminaries such as Candace Bushnell, Denis Leary, Jerry Adler and Stephen Sondheim.

Photo Credit: Amanda Ruggieri

Luxurious trails, fieldstone walls and lush fields are found throughout Roxbury. Incorporated in 1796, the town retains its historic charm with many classic colonial homes that are perfect architectural examples. The more contemporary houses are beautifully designed and meld well with the exquisite gardens and landscaping. Featured below are three Roxbury listings with exceptional appeal. 

Edgehill Farm

Edgehill farm is made up of three homes which are set on 21.66 Acres. The main house is an 1860 colonial revival that was renovated in 1910. 

Beautiful Landscaping surrounds the Pool Area

Stunning Porch Area for Entertaining

Southbury Rd Property in Roxbury

This Roxbury Luxury Cottage-Style has a long winding gated driveway that leads to this 3 bedroom main house as well as a studio guest house.

Exquisite Gardens

An Enchanting Pool Area


Washington Woodbury Road Property

This is a beautifully crafted classic with complete privacy. The home is elegantly renovated with fabulous architectural details. There is a gunite pool with Jacuzzi, stonewalls, perennial gardens, a rushing brook and a covered bluestone terrace

A Gorgeous Outdoor View

A Pool Area made Tranquil by Nature

There is a fun quote in Ruggieri's article from Roxbury Town Clerk, Perter Hurlbut: 

"It's not Fifth Avenue or Beverly Hills," he'd told me. "But you have to go a long way to beat this place."


To see more properties in Roxbury, CT, please click on the link here


The Washington Green Fair has Fun, Food and Activities for All!

A Wagon Ride with Magnificent Percheron Horses

This Saturday, July 11th, the Green Fair returns to Washington, CT with activities for families and numerous booths of plants, home baked goods and vintage delights. The fair opens at 10 am and runs until 2 pm. There are plenty of parking spaces available next to the Washington Green (follow the signs) and the address for those using a GPS device is 6 Kirby Road, Washington, CT.

Talented Local Musicians peforming at Last Year's Fair

Games that the Whole Family will Enjoy!

The doors to a gigantic tag sale open an hour earlier at 9 am. Here you will find vintage linens, hard to find board games, china and glassware as well as clothing and decorative onjects. The silent auction items has been generously donated by local residents and businesses and include hotel stays, restaurant and local merchant gift certificates and gift baskets, golf clubs and bag, landscaping services, fly fishing lessons and more... The thrilling live auction starts at 12:30 pm with guest auctioneer Bill Faribairn.

Exquisite sculpture donated by Paul Doherty and David Behnke will be in the Live Auction

If you need some great summer reads for the beach or by the lake, the book sale at the meeting house has fiction, gardening, cooking and a large selection of children's titles to choose and fill a box or bag.

Aisles and Aisles of Books!

Delicious Baked Goods of all Varieties.

For lunch there is an open-pit BBQ and pig roast as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, pork sandwiches, egg sandwiches, and more! The Green Fair will have wonderful activities and games for children including a bouncy house, dunk tank, face painting and hay rides. It is a perfect day to enjoy with the whole family.

For your interest, take a walk around the Washington Green Historic District which consists of a group of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century buildings on and near the Green in the Town of Washington, Connecticut. This includes the Gunnery School, which is next to the Green. The houses are made of wood, painted white, giving the district an overall Colonial/Colonial Revivial look. This Saturday, July 11th make the Green Fair and this historic area your family fun destination.