Two events blossom this spring at White Flower Farm

White Flower Farm dates back to the late 1930’s when two journalists from New York bought the property and took up gardening. With the curiosity of journalists, and the resources of New York at their fingertips, they quickly realized that American gardening in the 40’s was, with few exceptions, an intellectual backwater with little or no interest in new plants, original design ideas, or even modern cultural practices. It was, in short, a marketplace waiting for new leadership and White Flower Farm was born.

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Today, White Flower Farm continues to collect and evaluate plants from around the world, discarding the fakes and weaklings and propagating commercial quantities of the very best for sale through three seasonal catalogues. The farm also maintains extensive trial and display gardens at the nursery and welcome thousands of visitors every year, many of whom take home plants selected at The Store.

This May, White Flower Farm is hosting two exciting events perfect for garden lovers. On May 9 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. White Flower Farm is hosting a container gardening workshop. At this “make and take” workshop participants can select their pots and plants and watch as the professional staff of White Flower Farm assembles your creation. Prices start at $45, which includes 5 annuals of your choosing and a decorative container. Other choices available for additional fees.

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On May 15-17, White Flower Farm is once again celebrating the annual “Great Tomato Celebration” now in its’ tenth year. Visitors can choose from over 100 tomato varieties, seeds and seedlings in addition to vegetables and herbs.
White Flower Farm is located on Rte. 63 in Litchfield. For more event information at White Flower Farm http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/store-event-calendar.html

For more event information on all there is to see and do in Litchfield Hills www.litchfieldhills.com

Monotype Master Class offered by Center for Contemporary Printmaking

If you want to improve your skills in monotype printmaking the Center for Contemporary Printmaking is offering a three day immersion into this genre with Stuart Shils. The class is being offered Tuesday, May 19- Thursday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is limited to eight students.

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This course is a three-day immersion into monotype printmaking, with an emphasis on color and an awareness of abstraction as the point of departure for shaping an image. Studio work will be combined with drawing from nature as the source for developing the foundation of the participant’s visual responses.

Each day, rapid drawing notation and an awareness of visual memory, will provide imagery to be included in the ongoing work in the print studio. The class will be an informed exploration of the deeper processes of image making and design. Participants are expected to be mid range to advanced in artistic ability, not necessarily trained “print makers,” but must be familiar with drawing, painting or printmaking as visual languages.

Advanced Participants Only – Master Class Participants Must Provide CCP with CV and Examples of Previous Work – Please call Elisabeth Walden, Education Coordinator at 203-899-7999 to apply. To register http://contemprints.org/index.php/component/civicrm/?task=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=18.

For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Two Art Shows at the Westport Art Center

The Westport Arts Center’s High School Student Art Exhibition being held through April 25 showcases young talent from the Westport area. The show is being held in the Westport Arts Center’s Project Space in conjunction with the Westport Arts Center’s “Leonard Everett Fisher: A Retrospective,” featuring one of Westport’s most revered and practicing artists.

Audrey Seo (Grade 11, Staples High School) and her family next to her winning entry. Photo by Helen Klisser During.

Audrey Seo (Grade 11, Staples High School) and her family next to her winning entry. Photo by Helen Klisser During.

In conjunction with this show is the first annual Tracy Sugarman Award being awarded to a promising young local artist. This year’s award went to Audrey Seo, who has been selected by jurors Leonard Everett Fisher and Helen Klisser During, the Westport Arts Center’s Artistic Director. This event is sponsored by The Honorable Alan and Janet Nevas in memory of Tracy Sugarman. A 62-year Westport resident, Tracy Sugarman was an illustrator, writer, civil rights activist, and WWII veteran, who is best known for his paintings and illustrations recording American history from D-Day to the space shuttle. Mr. Sugarman passed away in January 2013 at the age of 91. This award honors and commemorates Sugarman’s significant contribution to the artistic integrity and legacy of Westport as an artist’s community.

Leonard Everett Fisher Retrospective Show

Leonard Everett Fisher Retrospective Show

The Leonard Everett Fisher Retrospective Show’s collection reflects Fisher’s ability to blur the lines between design, illustration and art, and reveals the long-lasting impact that Fisher has made in his lifetime. Curated by Helen Klisser During, the Westport Arts Center’s Artistic Director, this unique retrospective includes paintings, drawings, and illustrations from Fisher’s prolific 70-year career. The exhibition ranges from his earliest drawings to his latest works and is on view through April 25.

For more information on this exhibition, or other student events and classes, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

Two Mothers Day Ideas at McLaughlin Vineyards

McLaughlin Vineyard located on 14 Albert’s Hill Road, in Sandy Hook has two festive events of special note planned in May, just in time for Mothers Day

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On May 2 from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., local artist Kelly Makuch of Kelly Makuch Studio joins event participants at the vineyard once again to help them create a whimsical wine bottle wind chime to adorn your summer garden while tasting wine. This could also be a unique gift for Mothers Day.

Making wine bottle windchimes is an easy, fun and imaginative process that doesn’t involve any glass cutting. All materials will be provided for you to complete your summer wind chimes. You can choose to follow design inspirations provided or bring your own beads and other creative components to build upon the design that will give your chime its’ own artistic signature!

If you don’t have any personal embellishments to bring, no worries, there are additional options such as fused glass and other whimsical items that will be available for purchase. This event is limited to 20 participants and the cost, including wine-tasting is $45. Reservations are required.

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On Mother’s Day, May 9, McLaughlin Vineyards is hosting a jazzy Brunch n’ Lunch from 11 am – 4 pm. Music is provided by Gomez and Sadlon known for their smooth jazz expressions and brunch is provided by an award winning local catering company. Reservations are required.
Visit http://www.mclaughlinvineyards.com to reserve your space for both events.

Torrington Art Walk May 1

Originally posted on Connecticut Travel:

The May Art Walk in Torrington is taking place on May 1 and Karen Rossi Studios http://www.karenrossi.com is featuring her collaborations with Dawn Hill of unique handmade jewelry and an installation of Fairy Houses in her 27 East Main Street windows. Also on display in the windows of Karen Rossi Studios is the exciting work of some talented young artists.

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Mr. Preato’s 5th grade students from East School produced an exciting collection of artwork on display in the windows of Karen Rossi Studios at 27 East Main Street, Torrington, CT. The masterpieces are inspired by the Pop Art Movement, and display words that look like the sound. For instance “Splash” depicts drops exploding off the paper, and Zap is portrayed in a variety of manners, most alluding to en electrical arc. All the images are painted in primary colors with a vibrant effect.

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Torrington Art Walk May 1

The May Art Walk in Torrington is taking place on May 1 and Karen Rossi Studios http://www.karenrossi.com is featuring her collaborations with Dawn Hill of unique handmade jewelry and an installation of Fairy Houses in her 27 East Main Street windows. Also on display in the windows of Karen Rossi Studios is the exciting work of some talented young artists.

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Mr. Preato’s 5th grade students from East School produced an exciting collection of artwork on display in the windows of Karen Rossi Studios at 27 East Main Street, Torrington, CT. The masterpieces are inspired by the Pop Art Movement, and display words that look like the sound. For instance “Splash” depicts drops exploding off the paper, and Zap is portrayed in a variety of manners, most alluding to en electrical arc. All the images are painted in primary colors with a vibrant effect.

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The reception for the young artists will take place on May 1 during the downtown ArtsWalk event between 4- 8 pm. The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served. Many other downtown arts minded business will be open, with unique work on display. The Podunk Throwbacks will start their music at 5:30 pm, at the lobby of 40 Main Street.

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A highlight of the Art Walk is the opportunity to enjoy live musical performances, and to meet and greet artists and artisans. Art walkers are sure to enjoy a brisk spring walk to the Historical Society, with  stops at Remember When, Kelly’s Crystals, Kids Play, The HUB, Five Points Gallery and In Sheep’s Clothing.  Don’t forget to jog the steps to the second floor of 40 Main where you’ll find the Podunk Throwbacks, Leslie Landau and Dawn Hill Designs! As a finale, wander down East Main Street and finish with a delicious glass of wine at VLC Images and Karen Rossi Studios, or a special Artswalk appetizer at O’Connor’s! Along the way- enjoy window shopping for Mother’s day.

For more area event information www.litchfieldhills.com

Gershwin celebration set for April 26

A recital and workshop for children celebrating the iconic musical book of George Gershwin has been arranged for April 26 (Sunday) at the Greenwich Arts Council (299 Greenwich Ave.), starting at 4 p.m. “Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue” has been assembled by Naomi Onda, a piano teacher and composer at the Riverside School of Music who recently moved to Cos Cob from New York City.

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The presentation showcases the musical talent of Onda, saxophonist Yuto Mitomi, vocalist Nagisa Karia and dancer Honomi Kuwana, all of New York City. As part of the workshop, youngsters get the opportunity to dance under Kuwana’s tutelage. Gershwin’s place in the American musical mosaic is also to be reviewed by Valerie Cella, a student at Greenwich High School. Admission is $10, payable at the door.

Onda has been a teacher at the Riverside school since 2008, the year her CD “From Manhattan” was distributed globally. She was three when she started playing the piano and attended Osaka University in her native Japan where she composed music for television. She also composed music for the New York Men’s Choir since immigrating to the U.S. in 2004.

Mitomi, the saxophonist, also plays clarinet and flute and composes and arranges jazz. He has performed across the tristate area and his debut album, “At

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The Park,” is scheduled for release this year. He took up the saxophone in junior high school in Japan and also studied at City College of New York. The vocalist, Karia, majored in music at Senzoku Gakuen College in Japan and has appeared as a jazz singer at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.

Kuwana is associated with New York’s Vissi Dance Theater and Phyllis Rose Dance Company and has appeared with the Cirque de Soleil and at the Apollo Theater. She studied at the Joffrey Ballet School and was a first-place winner in the House Dance International last year. Her dance repertoire extends over jazz, hip-hop, the Gyrokineis method of movement and even capoeira, Brazilian martial arts.

For more event information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com