Sunday, February 10 2013

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Sunday, February 10 2013

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.


Becoming American: Ten Minute Play Festival

Becoming American: Ten Minute Play Festival

February 10th at 7pm

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Members: $8; Non-members: $10. For more information visit our website.

The Fairfield Museum and Falcon Repertory Theatre present original plays from talented regional playwrights on the topic of freedom and slavery. What does it mean to become an American? Discover the myriad of interpretations of America’s founding principles in these ten minute plays featuring local professional and pro-am actors. “Becoming American” utilizes theatre as an art form that encourages us to think differently and to understand new perspectives on what it means to be an American.


Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

You’ve seen them on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and as a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Now’s your chance to see this world famous troupe, featuring Gregory Popovich and his cast of jugglers, clowns, 14 house cats, 12 dogs, 10 doves, and 6 white mice, in person! This family-oriented blend of unique comedy, juggling skills, and performing pets will have you perched on the edge of your seat.
Who said you can’t train cats?!

Fun for all ages!


Blue Matters

In their exhibitions, “Blue Matters,” John Harris and Kristina Kuester-Witt share the subjects of blue and matter, in two distinct bodies of work. Mr. Harris’ large-scale paintings focus his attention and ours on natural and organic abstractions, exploring water’s physical properties including reflection, turbidity, rhythm, and pattern by isolating a moment in time in a subject that knows nothing of constancy. The large-scale paintings expose various environmental complexities revealing the disguises of water.  Ms. Kuester-Witt, a painter and a print maker, explores the duality in aspects of human life. Neutral colored figures interact with various blue colored, undefined, material substances. The interactions occur with a variety of matter reflecting the counterpart or duality evident in the scene. Frequently an upside-down figure is employed as a metaphor further exploring the complexity of particular aspects of human experience.




Donald Axleroad: “Disintegration of Truth & Trust”

A new series of work created in response to current events and the contemporary issues of today’s world.  Through imagery and symbols, the artist explores the dissolution of American culture; a time and place where dishonesty has become the norm, and for many, innocence has been lost and the American Dream has been shattered.

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

January 6th through February 17th, 2013



Tina Rohrer: “A Commitment to Color, Movement and Geometry”

This new exhibit is a tribute, honoring the life and art of Tina Rohrer, who passed away in the summer of 2012.  The selection of work, in a variety of media, expresses the artists’ love of movement and color through geometric constructions.

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

January 6 - February 17, 2013



Historical Exhibit: “The Silvermine Print Collection”

Showcasing a selection of works from the current Silvermine print collection, which consists of over 200 prints from renowned artists.

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

January 6th through February 17th, 2013



New Members Exhibition

Each year in the spring and fall, artists are selected, through a jurying process to become new members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.  This exhibit showcases the works of five new Guild Artist members inducted in the spring and fall of 2012. The new members include: Mindy Green, Shelby Head, Heather Houston, Lara Ivanovic, and Hank Paper.

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

January 6th through February 17th, 2013         




Artifact Identificatin Day

Still wondering about the history behind that artifact you found or inherited? If you would like to learn more about your collection of local stone artifacts and Native American cultural items, bring them to IAIS between the hours of 1p.m. and  4 p.m. for identification by renowned archaeologist and IAIS Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Lucianne Lavin, a specialist in Eastern Woodland material culture.  Limit 12 items per person please.


Long Time Gone: Words & Music by Bob Dylan

Long Time Gone, a theatrical biography, tells the story of one of the most intriguing and influential figures ever, entirely through his words and music. At intimate & historic, Lyric Hall, blues master Guy Davis & acclaimed singer-songwriter, BettySoo will perform the songs in personal interpretations.  Between the songs, Peter Landecker as Dylan speaks to the audience & re-creates interviews, one in each act.  



"Nudes and Nudibranchs'

 Award-winning painter Frank Bruckmann and sculptor Gar Waterman will exhibit their most recent  work at the Kehler Liddell Gallery: "Nudes and Nudibranchs," from February 7- March 10, 2013. Frank Bruckmann and Gar Waterman are both traditionalists who use direct observation of nature and carefully applied technique to craft their work. Bruckmann's brushstrokes caress oil paint with an expert and familiar hand into the eternally complex landscape of the female figure, while Waterman's sculpture bends the liquid sheen of polished stone into impressions of rhythm and grace from the marine environment. 


Lecture Series with David Dunlop: “Art and Sex”

In this lecture, David Dunlop explores sex as motivation, motif and the unconscious and overt determinant of the appearance and process of art.  How are sexual mores, tastes, and roles determined by art?  How is our sexual biology a determinant in the substance and appearance of art?  This exploration reaches back to our first historical representation on stone to artists’ work today.

David Dunlop has given art history lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and his 13-week PBS series which began airing in March 2008, “Landscapes through Time” won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class in writing.  A teacher at Silvermine Arts Center since 1993 and a Guild Artist member, David’s work is nationally known and featured in many prominent collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Dunlop’s lecture series, always stimulating and fun, sell out quickly often with standing room only available.



Remodeling Zilkha (2012) by Janne Höltermann

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5pm


“Remodeling Zilkha” (2012) is a site-specific, two-channel video installation (8:16 min.) by Janne Höltermann, the Luther Gregg Sullivan Visiting Artist in Wesleyan's Art and Art History Department, that shows the filmed gallery space within the same gallery space. The two videos of the installation extend, compress and mirror the room using the inherent architectural characteristics of the gallery (repetition, segmenting, mirroring) to reconfigure space.


The Essex Winter Series Presents the Orion String Quartet with emerging artist, clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois

The Essex Winter Series Presents

Orion String Quartet with emerging artist, clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois


Sunday, February 10 ~ 3:00 p.m. ~ Valley Regional High School, Deep River


The Orion String Quartet is one of the most sought-after ensembles in the United States and abroad.  Since its inception, violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips (brothers who share the first violin chair equally), violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Timothy Eddy have been consistently praised for the fresh perspective and individuality they bring to their performances. They will delight us with two of Schubert’s extraordinary string quartets, No. 13 Rosamunde and No. 14 Death and the Maiden and, for Mozart’s beautiful Clarinet Quintet, they will be joined by our 2013 Fenton Brown Emerging Artist, a rising star, clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois.


Tickets are $30, discounted student tickets are available for $12.  All tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 860-272-4572 x1, or at the door.


For more information and directions, please visit


Concert sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank and Landscape Specialties




Connecticut restaurant notable for exceptional local food and sustainable practices


A state-of-the art sustainable restaurant in Washington, CT will receive PACE’s first Environmental Achievement Award on Sunday, February 10. Since it opened in 2010, the Community Table, whose mission is to prepare the highest quality locally grown and procured ingredients, has received many accolades for the culinary expertise of its chef and for its environmental practices. From the 18kW photovoltaic panels which supply about 15 percent of the restaurant’s power to the environmentally safe cleaning products, the Community Table is sustainably conceived, designed and operated.
Soy-based foam insulation is used throughout the building. The restaurant’s 12-foot communal table was made from a walnut tree felled in Kent and the bistro tables were made from black walnut collected from the restaurant property. Motion sensor lights in the bathrooms limit energy use, as do dual flush toilets and a waterless urinal. The dishwasher uses half the water of a normal commercial dishwasher. A meter monitors the water usage of the building.
Other features that merit PACE’s award are a natural flow, slow-draining septic system that doesn't add to city waste; recycling of leftover food by feeding the pigs raised for the restaurant; transferring compost to a farm for use in vegetable compost production; and recycling of all plastics and metals.
Community Table’s executive chef, Joel Viehland, most recently of Noma, Copenhagen’s highly acclaimed restaurant, obtains food from local farms and his own garden, and even forages for food with important health benefits and interesting flavors. By serving local, seasonal food, the restaurant lessens its negative impact on the environment. Ninety percent of the food used is from farms, mostly no more than 50 miles away.
“Never has a Connecticut restaurant employed more earth-friendly practices,” explained Judi Friedman, chairperson of PACE. Judi may be reached at 860-693-4813. This award is the first PACE award in its series for 2013. More information about People’s Action for Clean Energy may be found at



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,


Keeney Cultural Series 2013

Cultural Series 2013

On Sunday, February , “Dianne Mower in Song” will be joined by frequent musical partner Norman Johnson and an incredibly gifted ensemble as she sings her favorites from the “American Songbook.” 

On Sunday, March 3, Paul Bisaccia mixes it up! His piano virtuosity, covering classical to great American popular music like Gershwin is in demand everywhere including tours abroad on four continents.  All concerts will be at 4pm and take place at Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield CT.

The society is offering a series subscription for the three concerts for $52.00 for members, $60 for non-members. A single concert will be $20.00 for members, $22.00 for non-members. To sign up for the series or a single concert, contact the office at 860.529.7656 or email the society at [email protected].



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.