Plein Air Exhibition at Pequot Library through August 28

Plein Air Revisited: A Study in Diverse Observations showcases 14 different artists’ paintings in a summer-long exhibition in The Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library that runs through August 28, 2015 during normal library hours (closed Sundays).

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En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Exhibiting artists include: Britt Bair – Darien, Helene Brier – (Deceased) Fairfield, Frank Bruckmann – New Haven, Leslie Concannon – NYC, Wilton, David Allen Dunlop – Wilton, Katrina Franzen – Fairfield, Dana Goodfellow – Darien, Fran Henry Meehan – Southport, Judith Orsatz Katz – Westport, Missy Savard – Fairfield, Rebecca F. Stock – NYC, Wilton, Jane Sutherland – Fairfield, Diane Weeks – Darien, Jarvis Wilcox – NYC, Easthampton, NY and Southport.

The exhibition is curated by Nancy McTague-Stock BFA, MFA. Ms. McTague-Stock says, “In this exhibition I present a diverse group of Connecticut artists, both in age and in methodology. The face of plein air is evolving and this exhibition seeks to introduce the viewer to these current observations.”
There will be a “Meet the Curator Coffee” from 11am – 12pm on July 15th. Nancy McTague-Stock BFA, MFA will walk and talk through the gallery to discuss the paintings, the artists and how the work was chosen.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15.

For area event information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Litchfield’s “Art Night Out” Returns Thursday, July 2nd

Litchfield’s “Art Night Out” returns Thursday, July 2nd, on the Town Green in Litchfield, CT from 5:00 – 8:00pm. The stores on the Green will be transformed into “Art Spaces” featuring artist lectures, live painting, and art openings. Merchants will remain open until 8:00 pm, hosting receptions for all of the featured artists. Bring your family and friends for a stroll along West Street, viewing some of the best of our local talent, with live music and refreshments along the way. The summer series will continue with “Music Night Out” on July 30th and conclude with “Fashion Night Out” on August 27th.

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Andrea S. Keogh Art & Design will be hosting an exhibition entitled “Sea/Shore” featuring the worksofJamesButterworth,GeorgeNoyes&FairfieldPorter. JeffreyTillouAntiqueswillbe featuring he works of Winfred Rembert. P.S. Gallery presents a preview show of “Water, Skies & Field” featuring new works from Anda Styler. Serendipity Gallery will be hosting a lecture from featured artist Anna Mastropolo. R. Derwin Clothiers Ladies and Men’s stores will be hosting artist receptions for Joan Morosani and Michael Quadland.

MUSIC

The Collette Hurst Quartet will be performing Jazz standards from 5:30-7:30 pm outside the West St. Grill. Soliel will be performing Rock n’ Roll renditions in Cobble Court from 6:00-8:00. Barbed Wire will be performing Folk/Country covers inside @ the Corner’s bar from 8:00-11:00.

Local band Branchwater performed in Cobble Court during Litchfield’s inaugural Night Out in June. (Register Citizen File Photo)

Local band Branchwater performed in Cobble Court during Litchfield’s inaugural Night Out in June. (Register Citizen File Photo)

WINE TASTING

Casa Bacchus will be hosting an organic wine tasting from select regions around the world.

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OPENINGS & ACTIVITIES
Grand Opening celebration of R. Derwin Clothiers Men’s new store location at 33 West St., serving Litchfield County crafted cocktails prepared with Krofters Gin & Bourbon Whiskey. Kitchenworks will be hosting the “The Art of Entertaining”: creative ideas for outdoor tablescapes, featuring floral arrangements by Sara Worden Natural Design. The Litchfield Historical Society invites our youngest attendees to join them at 7 West St, to participate in creating a community mural.

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Maritime Garage Gallery Presents “Boom” for Summer 2015

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents “Boom,” a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, through July 31, 2015.

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“Boom” will showcase art that looks at prosperity and the overindulgences that have become the norm in a group show of artists that includes Ben Quesnel from Stamford, Ruth Kalla Ungerer from Westport and Sue Benton from Stratford, Sue Benton from Stratford, as well as Charmaine Rawsthorne and Michael Thron, of Norwalk, among others.
Maritime Garage Gallery Curator Sooo-z Mastropieto describes the concepts that fuel the art in the exhibit. “Eat. Sleep. Work. Spend. BOOM explores lofty aspirations and striving for goals, while making our mark in the world. It questions, how much is enough and are we ever happy once those endeavors are met?”

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the 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 located at 11 North Water Street in South Norwalk in the Maritime Garage. It is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

From Color Field to Industry at Carole Peck’s Good News Cafe

Artist Michael Quadland will exhibit his new show titled “From Color Field to Industry” through July 28, 2015 at Carole Peck’s Good News Cafe and Gallery, 694 Main Street South, Woodbury CT.

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Michael Quadland grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he divided his after-school time between riding his horse and making his “constructions” in the basement. He majored in art at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with distinction in studio work. He also holds a PhD in psychology from New York University and a Master of Public Health degree from Yale. After demanding New York City careers as a clinical psychologist, assistant professor of psychiatry at Mt Sinai
Medical School, AIDS researcher, and eventually novelist, he returned to painting. He now lives and paints full-time in Litchfield, Connecticut.

In his art, as in his writing and psychotherapy practice, Michael focuses on the expression of emotion. One of the things he enjoys most about painting is the process of putting feelings into visual form, having depended on words for so many years. He works in acrylic on panel, employing layered surfaces in a nonobjective format in order to maximize imagination and projection.

It is difficult for anyone seeing this work not to respond with some sort of feeling. The layers and traces of his paintings contain secrets, he says, that can be revealed to the viewer over time. In this way, the work retains interest, is perpetually new.

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In his most recent “architectural series” Michael is inspired by the WPA and Ashcan schools of American art which found beauty in the unadorned industrial landscape. Abstract metallic surfaces sometimes employ concrete, plaster and hardware. The work-highly textural and/or three dimensional-straddles the fine lines between painting, sculpture and architecture.

Michael’s two published novels, THAT WAS THEN in 2007, and OFFSPRING in 2012, were both finalists for a Lambda Literary Award. His third novel, SCATTERED LEAVES, is expected in 2015. The books, published by Red Hen Press, are available at Amazon.com and your local book store.

The Good News Café is open from 11:30am to 10pm daily and is closed Tuesdays. It is also open from 12pm to 10pm on Sundays.

For area information www.litchfieldhills.com

Highlights from the Sculpture Gallery at the Glass House

The Glass House, once the home of architect Philip Johnson was built between 1949 and 1955 and is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. Tours of the site are available in May through November and advance reservations are recommended.

This season a special exhibition organized by Irene Shum will be on display in a building known as Da Monsta – designed by Philip Johnson in 1995 as a visitor center and now a contemporary art gallery. This seasons show, Highlights from the Sculpture Gallery that will be on display through November 30, 2015 includes sculptures by John Chamberlain and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as the debut of a sculpture by Robert Morris never before publicly displayed at the site. This exhibition supports the Sculpture Gallery Restoration Project, also taking place in 2015.

A jagged pavilion of curves and contours, Da Monsta reflects Johnson’s interest in then-current Deconstructivist architecture as well as pre-Modernist sources such as German Expressionism. The dynamic interplay between art and Da Monsta continues inside. Two sculptures — John Chamberlain’s The Archbishop, The Golfer, and Ralph (1982-83) and Robert Rauschenberg’s Empire II, (1961)— occupy the first gallery.

The second gallery will display Robert Morris’ Untitled (Nine Fiberglass Sleeves) (1967), consisting of translucent fiberglass in nine parts, installed in a grid, twelve inches apart that sits within the unique contours of the room. Highlights from the Sculpture Gallery is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s commitment to reinvigorate its historic sites with innovative arts and public programming.
For tour information visit http://theglasshouse.org

Litchfield Jazz Festival’s Salute to New Orleans and It’s Heroes

August 2015 marks ten years since the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. In the intervening time, many people from Connecticut and the surrounding area have continued to assist in many ways to help in that iconic city’s recovery.

Don Braden, Albert Rivera, Nick Roseboro – photo credit: Dale Rothenberg

Don Braden, Albert Rivera, Nick Roseboro – photo credit: Dale Rothenberg

Litchfield Jazz Festival will honor some of those people on June 27 with a concert entitled Litchfield Jazz Fest Salutes New Orleans & Heroes of Katrina. The Big Easy, an ironic name for a city whose recovery was anything but, worked its way up and out with the help of many, many private citizens, some of them from our area, all of them brave and generous young people.
The honorees will be Liza Noone on behalf of College of the Holy Cross, Luke Nelson on behalf of Watkinson School, Camille Richards accepting for Springfield College, and Dr. Laurie Leitch on behalf of Threshold GlobalWorks.

The June 27th concert is The Festival’s first appearance at the gorgeous, new Performing Arts Center at Western CT State University in Danbury. The music is slated to showcase New Orleans at its finest. The band, led by saxophonist Don Braden, Artistic Director of Litchfield Jazz Camp, also includes Albert Rivera, alto sax, multi-Grammy winner Gary Smulyan, baritone sax, Winard Harper, drums, Antoinette Montague, vocals, Avery Sharpe, bass, Peter McEachern, trombone, Nick Roseboro and Dave Ballou, trumpets, Zaccai Curtis, piano, and very special guest New Orleans’ own Donald Harrison.

Proceeds from the concert will help fund need-based scholarships at this summer’s Litchfield Jazz Camp, July 12 – August 7, at Canterbury School, New Milford.
Come for the music, come for the stories. For tickets order online at http://wcsu.showare.com, visit the WCSU Box Office, or call (203) 837-8499. For more information visit www.litchfieldjazzfest.com, email info@litchfieldjazzfest.com, call 860-361-6285.

For more area event information: www.litchfieldhills.com

Food Glorious Food at the Sharon Historical Society

The Sharon Historical Society located on 18 Main Street in Sharon Connecticut in the Litchfield Hills is hosting a juried exhibition and sale of artworks devoted to the subject of food, running through July 10, 2015 at The Gallery @the SHS.

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Judges who will be selecting the entries and judging the artwork for cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 are Dana Cowin, John Lund and Bowie Zunino.
Dana Cowin, a part-time Amenia resident, has been described as “the first lady of food.” Throughout her career she has focused on the intersection of food, style, design, and innovation. As editor in chief of Food & Wine for over twenty years, she has worked with the world’s most influential superstar chefs and tastemakers and helped launch the careers of countless rising talents. A self-described “pathologically positive” person with an acclaimed critical eye, Cowin is author of the recent book Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen.

Master printmaker John Lund, a native of Minnesota who now lives in Sharon, was trained in lithography and intaglio printing while in college at St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. Engaged in the field ever since his graduation, Lund spent the first half of his career at renowned fine art print publisher ULAE where he worked with many celebrated artists including Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, Claus Oldenberg as well as then-emerging artists Terry Winters, Elizabeth Murray, Carroll Dunham and Susan Rothenberg. He met and began working with iconic American artist Jasper Johns in the early 1970’s and has been Johns’ exclusive intaglio printer since 1996. Together, Lund and Johns have a established a notable collaboration resulting in over 70 editions. Lund’s technical expertise as a printmaker has been credited with assisting Johns to achieve his creative vision.

Wassaic resident Bowie Zunino is a co-founder and co-executive director of The Wassaic Project, the arts organization based in the hamlet of Wassaic (Amenia), which provides a context for art making through inspiration, promotion and creation of contemporary visual and performing art, advancing the philosophy that art should foster and build community. She has a background in community-based art and education and has worked for a number of non-profits including Creative Time. Zunino has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in sculpture and holds two degrees from Williams College in psychology and fine art. She has exhibited nationally.

The Gallery is open Wed. – Fri. from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sat. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For area information visit www.litchfieldhills.com and for informaiton on the Sharon Historical Society visit http://sharonhist.org