Friday, February 14 2014

Format: 2015/03/01

Friday, February 14 2014

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.


Fairfield Back & Forth: Imagery by artist Miggs Burroughs

Visitors will be mesmerized by images that transform from 19th century photos to present-day scenes in Westport artist’s Miggs Burroughs new lenticular photography show.

The exhibition will be on view through February 18, 2014.



Trinity College Spring Musical

Austin Arts Center, Goodwin Theater, On the Campus of Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Thursday-Friday, February 13-14, 2014,

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, February 15, 2014

8:30 PM – 11:00 PM

The Spring Musical features Trinity College students performing together. The event is organized by James M. Latzel.

For more information, visit



Smart Painting

A show of paintings by artists who respond to the institution of contemporary abstraction. Organized by John O' Donnell. Featuring artists: Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, Tatiana Berg.



Silk Road

An exotic visual caravan through intricate designs of Eastern-inspired elements in graceful, flowing, hand-painted silk scarves, pocket squares, and ties.

Art - no longer just for walls - but a mobile canvas for the discerning eye.

Gallery hours: Mon thru Sat 10-7

Opening Reception February 21, 2014 6pm-8pm


Wesleyan Potters presents: Hartford Art School - “Dirty For A Reason”

Opening reception, Friday, February 7th 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop is featuring a show by University of Hartford ceramics faculty and majors. Contemporary issues in clay, both functional and sculptural, are addressed in their innovative work, which will be on exhibit and for sale during regular gallery hours. Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop, 350 S. Main St. Route 17, Middletown, CT, Gallery hours: Wed -Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10-4 and Sunday Noon-4, 860-344-0039


A Cabaret of Broadway Love Songs




 *Songs for Lovers Young and Old on Valentine’s Day*



 Songs from the Broadway that evoke first love, enchant the skeptical,  kick-start romance and warm even the coldest hearts will be offered in  “Seasons of Love: A Cabaret of Broadway Love Songs” by the Manchester  Musical Players (MMP) on February 14 as its Valentine’s gift to the  greater Hartford area.


 This midwinter sweet treat presented by MMP, a theatrical troupe  celebrating over 50 years of musical performances and featuring stars from  the local and national stage, will offer up works by Broadway’s legendary  composers and lyricists such as Leonard Bernstein,  Rodgers & Hammerstein,  and Lerner and Lowe with songs from past and current shows such as “Jersey  Boys,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Producers,” "Avenue  Q," and more.


 The show is directed by Jenna Levitt and Caitlin Sailer. Musical direction  is by Kim Aliczi, choreography is by Caitlin Sailer.


 The show will be staged at the SMB Charitable Foundation Auditorium at  Manchester Community College, located at 60 Bidwell Street in Manchester,  CT. Tickets range from $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors, and $10  for groups of 15 or more.  Tickets are available at or  at the door.  Free parking, raffle and door prizes available.





Perry Obee’s painting process is driven by the formal and material concerns of direct studio practice. As explorations of the abstract, representational and material properties of paint the underling content of his work is the situational context of everyday objects, people and place. In the “Stacked Space” series, precarious vertical and horizontal stacks of books and other objects appear to dissolve into shallow background planes. Modern still-life traditions are engaged here as composition; lighting and color are manipulated to derive a sense of self-referential order and harmony. These arranged views of Obee’s possessions double as autobiographical interactions of momentary space, artistic perspective and the material experience of his own place within them.

Obee is an adjunct art instructor at MxCC. He holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University. See more of his work at Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., when classes are in session.



Attend a reception on Wednesday February 5, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. and enjoy Karen Barton’s series of tondo paintings, which employ the traditional round panel format and the Italian Renaissance combination of oil paint and gold leaf. Picturesque subjects of reflected water lilies, trees, sky and rippled water dislocate viewer’s sense of specificity as they are composed within closely cropped peephole perspectives. The small scale and circular shapes here similarly reference telescopic and magnified slide compositions in as much as the direct landscapes they represent. Bartone lives in Clinton, Connecticut, and holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. See more of her work at The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office. Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to  4 p.m.


“Thingamabob” Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Machines, gadgets and all things technology inspire the artwork at a new exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery. “Thingamabob” features art that is in the eye of the mechanically inclined in a group show of artists, including John Jackson of Jefferson, New York, Tom Hlas of Norfolk, CT, Lewis Schaffer from Ridgefield, Deborah Rauh from Westport, Sara Roche from Weston, and others.  

The Maritime Garage Gallery, located at 11 North Water Street, is part of the Norwalk Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


Vadym Kholodenko-Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist

  Enjoy an evening of classical and Romantic music at Wesleyan on Valentine’s Day at this concert by 27-year old Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. At Wesleyan, he will perform works by Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, and Nikolai Medtner. Born in Kiev, Mr. Kholodenko has performed across the globe. He competed against 29 other pianists during May and June 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. This concert will be his Connecticut debut, and his first performance in New England as the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalist. The sensational victory by pianist Van Cliburn (1934-2013) at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958 heralded a new confidence in the quality of American music-making, as well as a new era in cultural relations between the Soviet Union and the United States. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, dedicated to the discovery of the world's finest pianists, has taken place every four years since 1962. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. Pre-concert talk by Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht at 7:15pm.


Margaret Jenkins Dance Company-"Times Bones"

 Both shows at 8 pm.

The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company is known nationwide for performing highly charged kinetic works that are at once physically rigorous and intellectually demanding. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of her Company, choreographer Margaret Jenkins created “Times Bones” (2013) in collaboration with her dancers, composer Paul Dresher, visual designer Alexander V. Nichols, and poet Michael Palmer. Inspired by the myth of Osiris, Ms. Jenkins, with her dancers and collaborators, gathers the scattered “bones” of her past repertory, finding a new dance at the collision of past and present. Regarded as one of this country’s most influential dance-makers, Margaret Jenkins propels the artists and the audience on a journey forward into a rich and unknown territory. These performances will be the New England premiere of “Times Bones,” and will also be the first performances by this San Francisco-based company in New England since 1998. A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Made possible by a grant from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan DanceLink Fellow Cynthia Tong ’14 on Friday, February 14 at 7:30pm in CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 


A Singing Valentine For Your Special Person



Gentlemen, are you going to wait until the last minute before deciding what to give your loved one on Valentine’s Day? Not that there’s anything wrong with a bouquet of roses (oh that again!) and a card. But don’t those memories begin to wilt over the years?

One Valentine’s Day memory that will never be forgotten is to surprise your loved one with a “Singing Valentine”—a live performance by a tuxedo-clad men’s quartet at their place of work, school, a restaurant, home, senior residences, assisted living, hospitals or any other place within a 30-mile radius. One of several quartets from Manchester’s Silk City Chorus will  surprise, wow! and entertain your special loved one at the place of your choosing. She will be thrilled with two romantic love songs, presented with a fresh new rose and a card from you, plus a photo of her with the quartet. It’ll be a memory that will far outlive just a card or a night out for dinner—let alone a bouquet of roses that lasts but a few days.

Experienced quartets from the Silk City Chorus will be available to perform at a place of your choosing on Thursday, Feb. 13th from 4 to 8PM, and all day Friday, February 14th from 9AM to 8PM. Each Singing Valentine is priced at $50.00 for two love songs, a fresh new rose and a Valentine’s card from you.

Singing Valentines may be ordered by phone at 860-328-1876 or online at





The Loft Artists Gallery presents "Under the Big Top"

 The Loft Artists Association will showcase the excitement and wonder of circus life with its first all-member exhibition of 2014, to be held in both their East and West galleries at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford.

An Opening Reception will launch “Under the Big Top” on Friday, February 7th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and the exhibition will continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm through Sunday, March 9th, 2014.


Chairman of the show Paul Larson says, “The circus is a great resource for artistic expression, from the barkers and the ballyhoo, the wild animals, the daredevils, acrobats, and of course the jugglers and clowns. Thirty of our artist members will contribute their interpretations of ‘the greatest show on earth’ in a variety of styles and media, and we look forward to sharing the magic and beauty that appeals to children of all ages.”


The Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County’s visual arts community and exposing the general public to artists and their work.

Their grassroots events attract thousands of visitors throughout the tri-state area and have been recognized by funding agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, corporate and private sponsors, the City of Stamford and by visitors who return year after year.

Admission and parking are free. (A donation is suggested.) Handicapped access is available on Saturday and Sunday. For directions and more information visit or call 203-323-4153.      


Be Our Valentine!


Ben & Nancy Parent + Dan & Liz Spurr will sing to you ... croon to you!

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

All Souls UU Congregation – Unity Hall, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT

Wine bar and festive treats available during intermission.


$15 at the door -- $12 in advance -- $10 students & active military w/id

Purchase tickets/make reservations on our website.


Doors open at 7:00 p.m.