Sunday, December 2 2012

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Sunday, December 2 2012

Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation


Exhibit and programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and its significance over time, featuring Abraham Lincoln’s signed copy, rare slavery artifacts, prints, political cartoons and more.



Promise of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation

Exhibit and programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and its significance over time, featuring Abraham Lincoln’s signed copy, rare slavery artifacts, prints, political cartoons and more.


Pueblo Pottery; Stories in Clay Exhibit

In the Rio Grande River Valley of central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, the Pueblos, a people spread over 19 communities, continue to practice their ancient art of pottery-making.  Descendents of the Anasazi, the Pueblo People, still use the traditional coiling methods and decorative patterns that have distinguished their work for centuries..

This exhibit compares and contrasts the unique style of each Pueblo community and highlights individual artists who have shaped this timeless craft.

 The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm* and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm *      *Last admission 4:30pm



Exhibit: Cecilia Moy Fradet: “Dreams of Devotion and Delight”

A new series of work exploring the inner landscape of the artists’ dreams, blending the commercial with the spiritual.  Delighting in the pop culture of Mickey Mouse, the material expression of joy and all things possible, the artist melds Mickey and Buddha into one sacred Mandela, exploring the boundaries between reality and perception.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

November 11th through December 20th, 2012


Exhibit: Susan White: “Picture Perfect”

The 50s are often portrayed as the ‘perfect decade’ of American History.  In this new exhibit, the artist reflects the images of this era with oversized graphite drawings of black and white photographs of a ‘picture perfect’ 1950’s family.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.


Exhibit: Guild Group Show: “Important Incidentals”

Featuring photographic works by Miggs Burroughs, Leigh Leibel, Jeremy Saladyga, Alan Shulik, Marjorie Wolfe and Torrance York.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.



Historical Exhibit: “Reuben Nakian: Eight Decades of Creation”

Showcasing his small sculptures and works on paper, Reuben Nakian is a major figure in 20th Century art.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 pm; Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.


Greenleaf Pottery 37th Holiday Open Studio

John Macomber will present his 37th Holiday Open Studio at Greenleaf Pottery, 240 Chapel Road South Windsor, CT on Saturday and Sunday December 1 & 2 and 8 & 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  John’s individually handcrafted functional stoneware pottery will be on sale. The gallery is brimming with unique items from single coffee mugs to complete dinner sets and lamps. This is an opportunity to support a local artisan. December customers will receive a free stoneware wine cup of their choice while supplies last. Greenleaf Pottery Gallery is open year round. Call for directions; 860-528-6090.



Kehler Liddell Gallery begins the holiday season with a group show inspired by one word, WHITE. Each painter, sculptor, print maker and photographer began somewhere with white and in the end created something with a more memorable and melodious voice than one would ever expect of white.



Silvermine School of Art Holiday Fundraiser

Wonderful gifts are available in a variety of media created by the talented Students and Faculty of the School of Art.  Original works, all available at very attractive prices, include ceramics, prints, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and wearable art such as jewelry, scarves, felt hats and handbags and much more!

In the spirit of the season, a portion of the proceeds from all sales support the School of Art Children’s Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, December 1st,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 2nd,  1 p.m. to 5 p.m.




Franklin Street Works celebrates its one-year with the original exhibition 'Working Alternatives'

Franklin Street Works presents the original exhibition Working Alternatives: Breaking Bread, Art Broadcasting, and Collective Action, on view from October 27, 2012 - January 13, 2013. The exhibition looks at three threads of alternative art space histories and examines how engaged, inclusive strategies are still being used to break down perceived barriers between contemporary art and its audiences. The themes covered in Working Alternatives are conviviality and food, artists who use media (newspapers, television, and radio) as platforms for artworks, and artist collectives in the US, explored through an open archive gathered specifically for this exhibition.

Originally Working Alternatives was designed to be the backdrop for our first annual fundraiser, but Franklin Street Works is postponing that event until the spring so the indoor/outdoor extravaganza will coincide with warmer weather and have less proximity to long-standing regional art events. If you saved the date for our fundraiser, however, don’t despair and keep it on your calendars – there is still a party! Working Alternatives will open on the same night, October 27, from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. with a free, public reception. The evening will include a lively performance of San Francisco artist Tom Marioni’s “Drinking Beer Sonata with 13 Players” where thirteen people will create music by blowing into beer bottles based on Marioni’s instructions.

For Working Alternatives, curators Mackenzie Schneider, Terri C Smith, and Jess Wilcox explore three threads of alternative art platforms and production: conviviality and food as components in alternative art space programming and mission (Wilcox); artists using media such as radio, television, and newspapers as alternative venues for presenting work (Schneider); and artist collectives presented in a living archive with weekly changing exhibitions using archive materials (Smith). In addition to historical examples, the exhibition also includes original artworks by contemporary artists that reflect and expand on the showʼs themes. Working Alternatives’ artists include: Paul Branca, Jaime Davidovich, ESP TV, Group Material, Ann Hirsch, Tom Marioni, Anna Ostoya, Legacy Russell, Chris Sollars and Jerome Waag. Franklin Street Works is also excited to collaborate on several off-site artworks, including the live radio broadcast of an Ann Hirsch performance on WPKN, Bridgeport, and collages by Anna Ostoya in the Stamford Advocate via four, monthly ads during the show’s run. 


Guilford Art Center's Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft

Guilford Art Center's annual Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft features handmade works by more than 300 artists from across America, including pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods and more. New works are added throughout the course of the event, encouraging visitors to return to find one-of-a-kind finds. Support American artists, the arts, and small businesses.


UNH World Music Series

Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. - World Music series:Negrura Peruana
 (Afro-Peruvian music) - the concert will include a workshop


Brookfield Craft Center Holiday Exhibition

Brookfield Craft Center’s 37th Annual Holiday Exhibition will feature an extraordinary collection of contemporary American craft for the holidays: handmade works by more than 140 selected artists in jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, toys, glass, wood, paper and steel. All purchases benefit the Craft Center’s education programs, and provide support for independent artists. This Holiday sale will kick off with a Special Members only preview November 2nd. Consider becoming a member today. For more information on membership for Gallery hours please visit or call 203-775-4526. 




Syntax Showtime: Art at Center Stage

This mixed media exhibition will be held at the Center Stage, Shelton, from November 30 through January 12, 2013.  It opens with a reception on Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the first performance of, “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.”  Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

Open during Box Office hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday



Greenwich Choral Society presents "Christmas Joy"

The Greenwich Choral Society ushers in the season with “Christmas Joy,” a celebration that begins with a candlelight procession, and features works by Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Britten, Pinkham, Schutz and more, along with traditional carols. There will be a solo vocal quartet, and accompaniment by harp, brass and organ. The 120-voice chorus, now in its 88th year, is under the direction of Maestro Paul Mueller.

Concerts will take place at Christ Church, Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Avenue, on Saturday, December 1, at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.   Tickets are $38 and $28 ($30 and $23 for students) and may be purchased at or by calling 203-622-5136.  Advance purchase is highly recommended for these popular concerts.


9th Annual JCC Arts and Crafts Fair

Gifts, Accessories, Home Décor, Pottery, Jewelry, and More!

Sunday, December 2

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

JCC of Greater New Haven - 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge CT, 06525

Free and open to the community

Presented as part of the New Haven JCC Arts and Culture Festival.



The Four Seasons Plus Winter Concert

Killingworth, CT The Four Seasons Plus Winter Concert with Nathan Bayreuther on the Karl Wilhelm Organ, and Friends, performing beautiful and uplifting Holiday Music.  Sunday Afternoon at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, The LIttle Church in the Wilderness. Admission $15, Seniors and Students $10, Children free. Reception after the concert. For information and directions, call 860-663-1109 or visit


Auditions for the 4th LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest

The Valley Repertory Company will audition for its 4th LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest on Sunday December 2 at 7 p.m. at 100 High Street. Actors will read from sides; no monologues or other audition pieces required. Performances are February 21-23, 2013. -The Play Contest presents 12 short plays (6 dramas, 6 comedies); many are world premieres. Audiences vote plays to a finals night and select a winning play in each category; the winning playwrights are awarded cash prizes of $150 each. The contest enjoys sold-out and highly enthusiastic audiences. -This year’s contest has 38 roles, ranging in age from 10 (male and female, played by adults) to 60’s (male and female). We attempt to cast actors in more than one role. The LabWorks 15-Minute New Play Contest is an unparalleled opportunity to create original roles in brand-new works, with directors working in collaboration with their playwrights. Please visit our website at for more details, including play synopses, a full cast breakdown and full reading copies of each script. Questions, contact Jeffrey Flood, co-producer, via email: [email protected].


"Six Points" by Chava Light

Chava Light's work investigates contemporary Jewish identity, addressing the juxtaposition of tradition and modern life.

Born and raised in New Haven, Chava Light is a painter, illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic designer. Her work is regularly featured in The Algemeiner and She teaches at Paier College of Art.



Trinity College Annual Lessons and Carols

Led by the Trinity College Chapel Singers, the Trinity Choir, and the Trinity College Guild of Carillonneurs, the Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas celebrates its 52nd year. The services will be held at the Chapel of Trinity College on Sunday, December 5, at two identical services, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Over the years, this service has ushered in the beginning of the holiday season for many in the Greater Hartford community, and the public is warmly invited to attend. Due to the anticipated crowds, early arrival is encouraged.

The Lessons and Carols service is one of Hartford’s oldest continuing traditions of celebrating the upcoming Christmas season, and will include music of the season offered by the Trinity College Chapel Singers (the oldest continuing student group on campus), the Trinity College Concert Choir, and the Trinity College Guild of Carillonneurs.


Festival of Lessons & Carols

Come, sing carols and usher in the Advent season!  A beloved holiday tradition is once again presented by the Trinity Music Series.  The joyful annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols will be celebrated.  The service retells the story of Christ's birth in song and scripture reading.  Under the dedicated direction of Paula Kern, Interim Music director, Trinity's readers and the Trinity Festival Choir will offer their musical gifts.

Admission to the program is free of charge and no reservations are necessary.  The Church is handicapped accessible and childcare is provided from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Whiting Mills Open Studio Holiday Event

A Winter Arts Celebration in Winsted

The Artists of Whiting Mills would like to invite you to enjoy Studio Tours, Demonstrations, Showroom, Specialty Shops, Art and fine crafts, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, quilts, woodworking, furniture, glass art, hand sewn items & more.

Appearance by the Special Olympics Penquin and Committee to support the Penquin Plunge.

Pieces of the American Mural Project will also be on display for public viewing.

Refreshments will be served!

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 1st and 2nd, 2012


Silvermine Arts Center - Exhibit

Susan White:  “Picture Perfect”

The 1950’s are considered by many to be the "perfect decade" of American history, when everything was “right” and America was at its “best” – a nostalgic posture that denies the truth.  The artists oversized graphite drawings are taken from black & white photographs in which the viewer can experience the subtext behind the smiles.




A Christmas Carol

Killingworth Family Theater will present Kathleen Dahill’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” in the Old Town Hall 273 Route 81, (next to the Congregational Church) in Killingworth. Performances will be held on Saturdays.

December 1 and 8 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m.; 

Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Pat Souney directs a multigenerational cast that includes Dana Sachs, Chris Hamilton, Maureen Alfiero, Craig Hines, Rene Smith and Emily May.

All tickets are $7.50. Profits will benefit the Old Town Hall Renovation Project.
For information, call Maureen at (203) 619-3976.


Colchester Civic Orchestra and Choir Annual Holiday Concert


Come and enjoy the Town of Colchester’s Holiday Homecoming Celebration with the Colchester Civic Orchestra and Choir (“CCO”)! 
CCO will perform a concert on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Colchester Federated Church, located on 60 Main Street, Colchester, CT 06415.
Please come and enjoy your favorite holiday songs as an exciting end to the Holiday Homecoming Celebration.
CCO is also seeking new singers and musicians of all skill levels, and we encourage anyone who is interested to please join! We welcome all instruments, but we are in special need of strings and percussion.
The choir meets on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the orchestra meets on Thursdays from 7:30 9 p.m. All rehearsals are held at the William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester, CT. For more information about concert dates, events, or joining the orchestra, please check the website at



CT Farm & Energy EXPO

                                                                  CT Farm & Energy EXPO

Saturday, December 1st

10 a.m - 3 p.m.

Glastonbury Riverfront Community Center

300 Wells Road  - Glastonbury


Free and Informative - Speakers and Vendors will show how you can save energy and money in your home, business, farm, and community.


CT Farm & Energy Expo Speaking Sessions:


11 a.m. Community Session: 

CT Clean Cities is here today to talk about the work they are doing around the State. 


Wind Hill Farm is a four season, sustainable farm promoting local produce located in Glastonbury, CT. 


12 p.m. Farm Session: 

From United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will give us some information from USDA. 


BeFree Solar will discuss a solar installation they completed at Ballek's Garden Center in East Haddam, CT. 


Tuscany Design Build will go through what needs to be considered when thinking about doing Geothermal on the Farm. 


1 p.m. Residential Session: 

King Energy Associates will present the fundamentals of geothermal, learn about the projects they have done at homes across Connecticut. 


Eco - Energy Guard will discuss green energy solutions that will save money in your home with the installation of energy efficient measures



2 p.m. Business Session: 

Encon Solar will discuss funding opportunities currently available. 


Energize CT will have representatives from Connecticut Light & Power and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority also known as CEFIA to discuss Energize Connecticut programs available to save you money and lower your carbon footprint in your business or on your farm. 


GMI Solar is here today to talk about their solar tracking units and how trackers can produce 40% or more power than a typical roof mount. 






Mystic Aquarium's Winter Waterland

Mystic Aquarium’s Winter Waterland holiday celebration returns Saturdays and Sundays in December and Thursday, Dec. 27 – Tuesday, Jan. 1 with festive entertainment for all to enjoy. This month-long series of events features visits from Santa, elves diving among fish, live music by local artists, seasonal crafts and scavenger hunts, all against a backdrop of fascinating marine animals and holiday décor.

Guests can also enjoy The Polar Express 4-D Experience, a holiday favorite brought to life with the visual drama of a 3-D film and a variety of sensory effects, including wind, snow and scents.

Winter Waterland activities and entertainment take place Saturdays and Sundays in December (1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23) and December 27 - January 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are included with aquarium admission. The Polar Express 4-D Experience is included with Mystic Aquarium membership and the value ticket option, or tickets can be purchased inside the aquarium for $6 each.



Holiday Express Train Show

Warm up at the Fairfield Museum and see the new displays at the Holiday Express Train Show! Kids and adults alike will delight in the magic of the model trains winding around a winter wonderland of spectacular trees and beautiful holiday scenery.

Holiday Express Schedule:

Weekends: Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 30:   12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Weekdays: Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 21: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Holiday Vacation Hours:

Wednesday, December 26 – Friday, December 28: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday, December 24 & Monday, December 31: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day