Torrington Art Walk May 1

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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

NEW YORK PIANO BAR RETURNS TO THE RIDGEFIELD THEATER BARN!

If you are looking for an unusual way to welcome spring, head to the Ridgefield Theater Barn and attend the annual Piano Barn on Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th. This event will bring the Manhattan club scene to Ridgefield with what is certain to be a lively and sassy way to say goodbye to Ol’ Man Winter.

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For area information www.litchfieldhills.com

Center for Contemporary Printmaking presents WPA Jobs

WPA:JOBS is the current exhibition at CCP, focusing on prints and archival materials from the Works Project Administration (WPA), founded on May 6, 1935, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The WPA was intended to put America back to work. Federal Project Number 1 (The Federal Arts Project) was the visual arts component of this New Deal program and supported tens of thousands of artists. By the end of the program, project artists from across the country produced approximately 200,000 prints. The Opening Reception will be Sunday, April 19th from 2 – 5pm.

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CCP is hosting the WPA:JOBS Lecture Series along with this exhibition. The lecture series is funded by Connecticut Humanities.
Sunday, April 19, 3pm: Opening Reception and Introductory Lecture by Susan Teller, Susan Teller Gallery, NYC, which specializes in American paintings, prints and drawings of the 1920s to 1950s featuring Urban/Industrial Realism, Modernism, and Surrealism.

Sunday, May 3, 3pm: Wendy Jeffers, Chairman of the Archives of American Art, will provide insights on Holger Cahill and his directives as the National Director of the Federal Arts Project during the New Deal.

Thursday, May 14, 7pm: Richard Baiano, President of Childs Gallery, will conclude the lecture series with a discussion of WPA era original prints from Childs Gallery.

The WPA:JOBS Lecture Series will be held in the Grace Ross Shanley Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. All events are free and open to the public.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Open for the Season with New Exhibit

A new exhibit entitled, Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory, 1868 to 1880 will open on April 8, 2015 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. This Gilded Age Conservatory, with its ribbed half glass dome and Minton tiles, is a great example of early domestic conservatory architecture in the United States.

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Accessed directly from the Library, this small yet distinctive glass room has been brought to life with a rich installation of silk plants designed by Danna DiElsi of the Silk Touch, and pots and furnishings of the era. The Conservatory provides a glimpse into the beauty and diversity of, and passion for, the plant world as seen through the vision of the original owners of the Mansion. Visitors can also take guided tours that showcase the decorative botanical details of architect Detlef Lienau’s original mansion design and view displays of selected artifacts throughout the museum from LMMM collections of–dresses, fashion accessories, silver, ceramics, books and more– with motifs inspired by flora and fauna.

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On April 9, 2015, 12-4pm a new exhibition entitled, Full Bloom: The Artist’s View on Gilded Age Botanicals, in collaboration with Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP), will opened at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. This exhibition explores the beauty and relevance of botanical art, through the medium of printmaking, in connection with the newly refurbished Conservatory. Curated by Trustee Gail Ingis-Claus, this exhibition includes renowned printmakers and members of CCP, Margot Rocklen, who began making prints at Carnegie Mellon University, Betty Ball, Jane Cooper, Deidre de Waal, Sheila Fane, Sally Frank, Cynthia MacCollum, Joan Potkay, Eve Stockton and Ruth Kalla Ungerer. The works included cover a variety of techniques including: etching, monotype, intaglio, woodblock, and solarplate, to name a few. The exhibition will run through May 3, 2015.

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General Admission April 9 through May 3, 12-4 p.m.: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6, 8-18. The exhibit, Full Bloom: The Artist’s View on Gilded Age Botanicals is sponsored in part by Investmark. The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.
The restoration of the Conservatory was made possible in part by the Norwalk Historical Commission and the City of Norwalk. The Conservatory exhibit curated by Kathie Bennewitz is sponsored in part by Paul and Hadley Veeder and the LMMM Foundation.

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The Conservatory exhibit opens on April 8 and runs through Jan. 3. General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $6, 8-18.
For more information http://www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com/

A Taste of Wilton

A Taste of Wilton’ is a premier occasion that will bring together more than 350 attendees to sip, swirl and savor the best that local chefs, culinary personalities, mixologists and restaurateurs have to offer. This year the Taste of Wilton is being held on Monday, April 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Wilton Historical Society on 224 Danbury Road.

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Organized by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, this annual spring event attracts food and beverage purveyors from throughout the area who showcase samples of their specialties to hundreds of attendees. It is the quintessential venue for restaurants and caterers to showcase their products to the Wilton community and beyond.

A delectable array of cuisine will be available beginning at 5:30pm and lasting until 8:30pm, so gather at the Wilton Historical Society to nosh with friends, meet new people who share a passion for food and experience an evening of the best bites, wine and specialty cocktails Wilton caterers, mixologists, bakeries and restaurants have to offer. The tickets are available at http://www.wiltonchamber.com/2015/02/a-taste-of-wilton/