Art

New Milford Barn Quilt Trail

New Milford Joins A National Barn Quilt Trail Trend

By Lisa Green

Quilts have told stories for hundreds of years. But in the past couple of decades, they’ve started presenting their stories in a new way — a new medium, in fact — and New Milford, Conn. is one of the first (if not the first) communities in the RI region to join the national barn quilt trail.

Roxbury Station Music Festival

Come check out the musical talent that has been busy recording at the Roxbury Station!

On September 16 there will be a full day of live music showcasing the recording artists. Musical styles include Americana, Rock, Blues, Motown, Soul Funk, and Jazz.

This outdoor event will start at 2 pm, there will be free parking, and food trucks. Bring your coolers, chairs & blankets!

To purchase tickets click here

The artists featured:

Kenny Hamber Band

Roger Filgate Band ft. Michael Lombardi

Personal Touch

Midnight Vinyl

Marc Wager

Orice Jenkins

Lost Tribe

Abby Layne & John Alper

Location: Roxbury, 171 Painter Hill Rd, Roxbury, CT 06783

Open Your Eyes Studio Tour!

 

The Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is coming up again (June 24 & 25)! Each year the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council selects groups of towns within its 25-town service area for a studio tour. This year the tour will cover 32 studios in Sharon, Lakeville, and Salisbury.

The Open Your Eyes Studio Tour shines light on the many artists who live and work in our region. The tour gives the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and it draws attention to the towns in which these artists live and work.

The tour kicks off with a Preview Party (free!) on June 11 from 3-5 pm at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury CT.

The Preview Party is the only time where a sample of the work of each artist on the Tour will be displayed in one location, and most of the artists will be in attendance. To register for the preview party click here.

The Studio Tour is on June 24 & 25 and the entire tour is free! All you need to do is register. When you register you will receive a free tour ticket packet. This packet includes a tour map, directions, after party information, advice on local eateries in the tour towns, and more!

There is also an After Party on June 24 from 5-7 pm. Come and share your impressions of the tour. Tickets are $15.00 a person and help support the tour!

You can find more information on the artists, the preview & after parties, and the tour itself at:

openyoureyestour.org

 

Happening in the Hills: A Look around the Northwest Corner of Connecticut

While many realtors exit your life after you have finished buying or renting a home, we look forward to forging a lasting relationship and introducing you to the community in every way. Litchfield County is a special place with wonderful restaurants, galleries, land trusts, lakes, plenty of children's activities, and talented residents.

Check out one of our favorite local blogs that explores just how great the Litchfield County community is: Happening in the Hills. Happening in the Hills embraces all the great things Litchfield has to offer. From the variety of restaurants, to the various art galleries, museums, antique stores, high-end boutiques, tag sales, and more, Happening in the Hills keeps you up-to-date on all local events, gatherings, workshops, seminars, and outings throughout Litchfield County. 

A great aspect of the blog is the series of in-depth articles on our talented residents. Litchfield County is a unique community with an abundance of residents who want to share their talent with others. Happening in the Hills does a great job of highlighting their expertise and promoting their work for all of us to see.

A new addition to the blog is the local life coach expert Tal Fagin. In her "coaching corner" she answers reader's requests for advice.

Make sure to check out their blog for great recommendations if you need something to do, or if you want to give your friends a better idea of why Litchfield County is so great!

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Family Fun at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens!

The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens at 1 Green Hill is organizing a couple of fun family events this weekend!

Family Movie Night

Start getting in to the Christmas spirit and stop by this Friday night for a viewing of the family classic Elf.

There will be complimentary beverages, popcorn and pizza. Make sure to bring a blanket and pillow for the floor.

Friday, November 25, 6:30pm

"Families have discovered how funny and how well this little film tells its King-sized holiday message: the only size that counts is how big your heart is." - Joel Siegel, Good Morning America

         

 

Children's Holiday Crafts

Looking for something creative to do with your kids this Saturday? The Park is hosting an arts and crafts session for the whole family to enjoy. Come create memories and holiday crafts!

Saturday, November 26, 10am-2pm

New Wine Bar in New Preston!

 

 

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, go and stop by The Owl!

The owner and executive chef of the Main Street Grill in Watertown, John Bourdeau, has opened a modern wine bar in the center of New Preston. Modeled after an authentic European wine bar, The Owl provides a cozy intimate setting for you to relax with a glass of wine or craft beer. The wine bar features an extensive list of wines including the typical wine by the glass as well as rare wines. There is also a ‘small bites’ menu that features snacks such as nuts and olives, local meats and cheeses chosen to complement the wines and beers available, and various desserts.

Stop by to enjoy this unique experience!

The Owl                                         Hours
18 East Shore Rd.                           Mon/Tues: Closed
New Preston, CT                             Wed-Fri: 4p-10p
860-619-0585                                  Sat/Sun: 1p-10p
owlnewpreston.com 

 

Come Celebrate the Arts in Litchfield County this Weekend!

Come Celebrate the Arts in Litchfield County this Weekend!

 

A Story of Place

A cocktail party will be held on Saturday September 10 in honor of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. Guests are invited to join for cocktails and explore the newly restored 1769 Benton/Anderson Farm studio of artist Michael Quadland.

The tickets are limited so RSVP at ncac9-10-16.eventbrite.com or call 860 618 0075. Tickets are $55, and the event is located at 232 Benton Road, Morris (4:30-6:30 p.m.).

“What can an old house tell us about the past life and times of the people who lived there? And what can its restoration and repurposing tell us about the present and future?"

 

Support the Arts & Humanities in Litchfield!

The Litchfield Historical Society is holding a Barn Bash Fundraiser on Saturday September 10. The Barn Bash features cocktails, dinner, and entertainment from jazz singer Wanda Houston. Proceeds from the event will support the LHS’s educational programs and their new Tapping Reeve Landscape project, which will recreate elements of landscapes long found in Litchfield.

Tickets for the bash start at $125 per person. The Barn Bash is located at the White Barn at South Farms, 21 Higbie Road, Morris (6:30-11:00 p.m.). For more information visit their website or call 860 567 4501.

 

 

Bridgewater’s Finest: Art Show & Studio Tour

The Burnham Library in Bridgewater is having a reception on Saturday September 10 to celebrate the opening of a group show, the event includes six artists who have opened their studios for a tour.

This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The reception is located at the Burnham Library 62 Main Street South, Bridgewater (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.). The show will be up until September 29. Maps are available at the library and studios. For more information visit their website or call 860 354 6937.

 

 

After School Arts Program offers February Fun

The After School Arts Program (ASAP) will offer an engaging series of performances, projects and classes throughout the month of February. Their vision and mission is inspiring: "to honor children's imagination, invite them to create, encourage them to take risks, and trust their resourcefulness, they will become the empowered and resilient adults the world really needs." 

There will be a 'Music in the Schools, In School Performance' at Shepaug High School this Tuesday, February 9th, 2016. There are two snow dates; Wednesday, February 10th and Thursday, February 11th.

Who doesn't want to be a rock star? Playing in the Band for Grades 6-12 will take place on Tuesday, February 23 from 2:30pm – 4:15pm. It will be taught by Joe Bouchard in the Shepaug School Band Room.

ASAP will Present Pilobolus on Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th at 7 pm. The performances with the Inter-District Project and Communith Dance Project will take place at Pomperaug Regional High School, 234 Judd Road, Southbury, CT 06488. The snow date is Sunday, February 21st at 2 pm. For tickets, click here. Tickets are selling fast so make sure to register for this spectacular event!

Calling all child chefs! Anne Gallagher will teach a Pre-K cooking class on Wednesdays, February 17th through March 2nd from 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm. The class will take place in Wersebe Hall.
 

About The After School Arts Program:
ASAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing?young people with opportunities to create beautiful and meaningful works of art in a creative?and collaborative environment. By inspiring the next generation to discover and embrace?their own creativity.ASAP hopes to not only enrich lives, but to change them forever.

For more information about these programs and about ASAP, please click here.

 

 

KMR Arts Holiday Event with Artist Beth Rundquist

Just in time for the holidays, KMR Arts presents Beth Rundquist, an internationally recognized portrait and landscape painter, who has created a specialty niche with her Silhouettes body of work. Beth will be at KMR Arts to exhibit her work and accept commissions Friday, December 4, from 10-5pm and Saturday, December 5, from 10- 5pm. The Silhouettes are a fab, fresh, modern take on the Victorian cutout silhouette. Rundquist’s pieces are available in modern color combinations: think turquoise blue on chocolate brown, acid green on lemon yellow, or hot pink on pale lavender...They are available in a range of sizes from 8 x 8 inches to 24 x 24 inches.


McCarver Root says, “When I saw Beth’s work at a friend’s house, I was enchanted by these groovy, modern interpretations of the Victorian silhouette. Beth’s art is personal yet it reaches beyond portraiture.”

In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, silhouettes became popular as cheap, quick ways of capturing likenesses. Often created by amateurs, especially women, they are now known as sentimental keepsakes of the Victorian variety, sweet mementos of anonymous everyday people from the past memorialized in ink, paint, or cut paper, and even painted onto porcelain. In the 19th century a silhouette artist was often times a woman, an amateur, who wanted to create a souvenir of her beloved. Pliny the Elder, writing around the 1st century AD, told the story of a 5th century Corinthian girl, Dibutade, who traced her lover's shadow, cast by candlelight, because he was leaving on a journey and she wanted to keep his image with her.


 

Another modern artist whose work incorporates the silhouette is Kara Walker. Walker’s rich, beautiful and disturbing work depicts silhouetted scenes addressing the historical legacy of violence, mistreatment and revenge between blacks and whites. Using the silhouette, a black-and-white medium popular during the era of 19th century American slavery, Walker brilliantly subverts the sweetness of the form, updating it into something too urgent and incisive to be anything but modern.


Appealing to both the established collector and the first time buyer, KMR Arts continues to celebrate photography. Kathy McCarver Root is a photography dealer, working with individual and corporate clients to purchase and install fine art photography. McCarver Root gained her experience over two decades while working as a photography editor for books (Lillian Bassman, Bulfinch, Weekend Retreats, Rizzoli) and prestigious magazines (Esquire, US Weekly, and InStyle). Kathryn McCarver Root named one of Litchfield County’s 50 Most Influential People by Litchfield Magazine. For more information, call: (860) 868-7533, email: info@kmrarts.com or visit their website by clicking on the link here.

 

Washington Art Association Barn Dance at Waldingfield Farm

Love a good old-fashioned barn dance and country harvest festival? Then you don't want to miss this fantastic evening put together by The Washington Art Association and hosted by the well-loved Waldingfield Farm. There will be finger-lickin' barbeque, grilled foods, fresh garden salads, a pie contest and dancing for all!

Waldingfield Farm in Washington, CT

During the festivities, The Washington Art Associations invites you to take "a break from dancing, enjoy the art exhibition on the walls of the barn. Featured will be scenes from farm life: landscapes of barns and fields, portraits of chickens and cows, and much more!"

The Washington Arts Association is located in the Center of Washington Depot, CT

Drawing Classes at the Washington Arts Association

Education and Promoting the Arts is at the Heart of The Washington Arts Association

A Lovely Entry to the Farm Stand at Waldingfield Farm

Enjoy The Wool Hats band who will be playing your favorite reels and square dances! Family, friends and kids are welcome to enjoy this great night.

Place: Waldingfield Farm, 24 East Street, Washington, CT
Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 5:30 - 10 pm
Price:
Adults -- $40 per person
Couple -- $75 per couple
Children -- $10 per child

Registration is required, please click here.

For more information, please contact The Washington Art Association by telephone at 860.868.2878 or by email at washingtonart@snet.net.