Friday, March 7 2014

Format: 2015/03/03

Friday, March 7 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.


Music Beneath the Stars with the Haven String Quartet


March 7, 2014

"Music Beneath the Stars" with the Haven String Quartet

Leitner Family Observatory & Planetarium at Yale, 355 Prospect St., New Haven, CT

Support the transformative work of Music Haven —  join the Haven String Quartet under the stars in two beautifully choreographed programs presented by the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium at Yale University. Bid on a fabulous array of silent auction items and join us for a dessert reception as you collect what you've won! There will be two concerts to choose from: the first starts at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m.

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Admission: $50

6:30 p.m.: first concert

7:15 p.m. dessert and drinks reception, with silent auction

8:30 p.m. second concert



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.




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. 


Ha! Ha! Hartford

The Bushnell’s comedy series is back for its 12th season! Join us for a night of laughs featuring nationally recognized performers Robert Kelly, Jim Dalaikis, and Rob Falcone. Damon Scott of 96.5 TIC-FM will be returning as host, keeping the laughter going as the evening’s emcee. This show is not recommended for children under the age of 18 due to some content intended for mature audiences.


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.      


2014 WCF: Oboe Duo Agosto

Oboe Duo Agosto joins the festival for a unique evening of music for oboe and English horn. Included on the duo’s exciting program of international composers are the annual composition competition’s winning work by Jenni Brandon and a commissioned premiere by composer-in-residence Andrea Clearfield.

Brandon - In the City at Night
Clearfield – TBA
Clearfield – Neruda Songs
Coulombe-St. Marcoux – Horizon II
Musgrave – Take Two Oboes
Shapiro - Re:pair
Tann – Shoji


Mather Art Space: Women’s Hall of Fame Photo Exhibit

Mather Art Space: Women’s Hall of Fame Photo Exhibit

Mather Art Space, Mather, On the Campus of Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT, 06106

Monday, March 3 – Friday, March 14 , 2014

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A Lenten Meditation: Mozart's Requiem, K. 626 7:30 pm

On the first Friday in Lent, conductor Edward Bolkovac, the Soli Deo Gloria Orchestra, and the combined Hartt Choruses return to the Cathedral for a performance of Mozart's Requiem, KV 626. Featuring soloists Louise Fauteux, soprano; Judith Bowers, contralto; Jerron Jorgensen, tenor; and bass Craig Hart, this concert promises to be an exceptional performance of this much-beloved work.

As with all concerts at the Cathedral, there is no admission charge, but a free-will offering is gratefully accepted. Ample secure parking is available.


2014 Spring Native Plant and Seedling Sale, North Central Conservation District

 An exceptional selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and edibles, most native to Connecticut, is available for pre-sale!  Also available are evergreen and deciduous tree seedlings, bluebird houses, and CT compost.  New this year are perennial plugs, as well as hummingbird and butterfly garden plant collections.  All proceeds benefit the North Central Conservation District, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing conservation assistance.  Call860-875-3881 to request a free brochure, or visit our website,, to download the brochure and order form.  Detailed plant descriptions and photos of each plant offered are also available on our website.  Pre-orders are due by March 27 for April 11-12 pick-up in Vernon (Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon) or Bloomfield (Auerfarm, 158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield).  Additional plants will be available for sale at both locations during the sale days, throughout the afternoon of Friday April 11, and the morning of Saturday April 12. 

FREE Spring Workshops are also being offered!