Wednesday, October 23 2013

Format: 2014/12/17

Wednesday, October 23 2013

Greenleaf Pottery: Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery

Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels.  Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.,  year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090,


Christine Aaron: “Liminal States: Beneath the Surface”

This exhibit of rich mixed media nature based work, focuses on themes of memory, loss and the passage of time.  Trees serve as a metaphor for the cycle of life; symbols of dormancy, growth, strength and renewal.  



Amy Bilden: “Inheritance”

The themes for this exhibit revolve around domesticity, including topics such as identity, sexuality, gender and care giving.  The tactile domestic inspired sculptures map the artist’s emotional and physical space, using a monotonous process in which she connects her internal and external landscapes.



Richard Heys Exhibit " What's in there? Exploring the Beauty and Energy within trees through Woodturning

The UConn Torrington ARTS Project presents an exhibit of Richard Heys' work. "What's in there? Exploring the beauty and energy within trees through woodturning." This exhibit explores the creative work and process of Richard Heys, a fine wood turner whose beautifully turned and sculpted works are accompanied by photographs that chronicle the making of two of his pieces on view in the Whitson Gallery. The exhibit features decorative and utilitarian wooden bowls, vases, lidded boxes and sculptural objects. The exhibition runs from September 16th through November 8th at the campus' Brick Wall Space Gallery and Whitson Gallery. Richard Heys will give an artist's talk in the Whitson Gallery on October 10th at 7pm.


The Most Happy Fella

Abbondanza! From the composer of Guys and Dolls comes a vibrant musical that blossoms in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Your heart will be warmed by this May-December romance when a city bride is wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer who nearly botches everything until his true goodness shines through. With a gorgeous score and spirited dancing, it’s a simple and touching love story that makes for an extraordinary night of theatre. Favorite songs include “Standing on the Corner” and “Somebody, Somewhere.” Don’t miss it!

Show Times

Wednesday/Thursday 2 & 7:30pm, Friday 8pm, Saturday 3 & 8pm, Sunday 2 & 6:30pm

(Sun evening ends 10/20, Thurs mat starts 10/24)

 Thanksgiving Week Special Times:

Monday 11/25: 2 & 7:30pm

No shows Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Friday 11/29: 2 & 8pm

Saturday 11/30: 3 & 8pm

Sunday 12/01: 2 & 6:30pm



Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.


To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.


The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.


E.V.Day: Snap!

 he Glass House is pleased to announce its first site-specific exhibition: SNAP! by E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta - designed by Philip Johnson in 1995 as a visitor center and now a gallery - SNAP! interprets the pavilion's peculiar geometry and atmosphere both inside and out. Day has roped the exterior of Da Monsta with massive climbing webs and populated the interior with an ensemble of recent sculpture that tease out the noir qualities of Johnson's late work.


Virgil and Juwil Topazio Lecture—“Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings, 1968-2007: Minimal to Maximal”

 Andrea Miller-Keller will chart the intriguing history from the inauspiciously reticent pencil lines of Sol LeWitt's first wall drawing to the well-known, expansive exuberance of his later wall drawings.

Ms. Miller-Keller has organized over 185 exhibitions on contemporary art, including the first one-person museum exhibitions for artists including Janine Antoni, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon '82, and Gerhard Richter.


“Faces of China, 1981: Photographs by Tom Zetterstrom”

 Tom Zetterstrom's photographs offer a glimpse of China's people in only the third year of Deng Xiaoping's "Reform and Opening Up."

They were taken before globalization or discos, before cell phones, during Mr. Zetterstrom's 1981 trip hosted by the Yale-China Association. The photographs were exhibited at the Asia Society and toured nationally in the 1980s, but have not been displayed for 30 years.

The people in these color and black-and-white portraits are guileless, everyday people who stand on the brink of enormous social change.

Dates: Wednesday, September 11 through Friday, December 6, 2013.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 Noon-4pm



Friends of the Davison Art Center Online Auction

 Friends of the Davison Art Center Online Auction.


Scarecrows on Parade

 Come check out our scarecrow competition and vote for your favorites! FREE with admission to the Zoo.


Fall CultureMIX

 The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will co-host a region-wide, free networking event – CultureMIX - on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30-7:00 PM at Whiting Mills Studios in Winsted, CT.  

RSVPs are required via the link for which is on the Arts Council’s home page –

People from the cultural community, ranging from individual performing, visual and literary artists, artisans, historians, staff, board members, patrons, and volunteers of cultural institutions and venues that offer cultural programming within and around the 25-town region served by the Arts Council are invited to attend this free networking event.


This is one in a series of successful CultureMix events co-hosted by the Arts Council and acclaimed arts and cultural institutions throughout the northwest region. 


At the CultureMIX the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will be providing information about its newest projects, in addition to its current services. The CultureMIX events, organized by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council two to three times per year, have allowed many people the opportunity to make new professional connections which lead to additional resources and to forming real collaborations.


The Arts Council's board and staff also take advantage of the opportunity to hear first-hand from people in the cultural community about how the Council can better service the region and what projects and collaborations people are currently involved in.

Winsted, settled in 1750, was one of the first mill towns in Connecticut.  In the late 1800s Winsted Hosiery was a small manufacturer of men's hosiery and occupied two red brick industrial buildings and a stone building on Whiting Street.


The company later expanded its products and became the largest hosiery manufacturer in Connecticut. Whiting Mills LLC was established in June of 2004 when Jean Paul and Eva Blachere purchased the 135,000 square foot complex. 


Over the years, the building served as an incubator for small business who got their humble beginnings there.  Today there are 42 tenants; artists, artisans, master woodworkers, specialty shops, Northeast Farrier Supply, Hitchcock Chair Company, a precision machine shop, and spring manufacturer.


Within the building you will find unique studios of artists and craftspeople making one-of-a-kind creations in a wide variety of media including jewelry, quilting, pottery, photography, paintings, furniture, weaving, upholstering/drapes, and unique handcrafted art pieces.


There are a variety of studio classes at all levels, a showroom/gallery, and meeting areas available to the public. On the main floor you will also find specialty shops containing sports cards and memorabilia (Joe's Baseball Cards & Memorabilia Store), quilting/yarn supplies (Quilted Ewe), and miniature railroad trains and hobby supplies, (RR Hobby and Supply).

We are excited to partner with the Arts Council for the CultureMIX.  Whiting Mills is a busy place and we welcome every opportunity to invite the public to explore all that is happing here and meet with the artist and craftspeople,” said Sandy Evans, manager of the Mill.  “Whiting Mills is unique in that it provides a hard-to-find combination of a retail showcase together with the showcase artists in their studios where people can see firsthand how the works are being made and talk to the artists who are making these works,” explained David Archambault, a Mill tenant and marketing coordinator for the Mill.


There is so much happening at the Arts Council and throughout the region, and the CultureMIX is a place and time when everyone can get together and share that information in person.  We are all so barraged with various forms of electronic communications.  Nothing replaces the conversation, the hand shake, the true exchange of tips and ideas,” said Amy Wynn, Executive Director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council.  

The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is to promote the arts and cultural resources of Northwestern Connecticut as integral contributors to the quality of life in the region, to assist all artists and cultural organizations in their efforts to thrive, and to inform the general public about, and give access to the arts and culture of the region.


The Council serves Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Falls Village/Canaan, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Winchester, and towns surrounding this service area.


The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is supported in part by the DECD/Connecticut Office of the Arts and the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut. For more information about the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council or information about or directions to the October 23rd CultureMIX, call(860) 618-0075, email [email protected] or go to



Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.