The Trained Eye: The Art of Railroads & Stations @ Lockwood Mathews Mansion

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will open a new exhibition entitled, The Trained Eye: The Art of Railroads & Stations, which will run through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.

A subject matter explored by some of the great artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Claude Monet, Edward Hopper, and Camille Pissarro, railroads and stations are familiar places that continue to inspire contemporary artists and impact society and the environment. “The artists featured in the exhibition, The Trained Eye,” said Ms. Ingis, “will look at this kaleidoscope of images and colors and render their own interpretation with works that range from photo-realism to post-impressionism and in a variety of media including oil, watercolor, acrylics, etchings, and photography.”

Curated by artist and Trustee Gail Ingis and Trustee Julyen Norman, the exhibition will feature artists: David Bravo, David Dunlop, Julie O’Connor, DeAnn Prosia, Helen Roman, Alexsander Rotner, Cathy Russell, Anthony Santomauro, Norm Siegel, and Rob Zuckerman.

The contemporary art exhibitions are sponsored in part by Gail Ingis and Tom Claus. The Museum’s 2019 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, LMMM’s 2019 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, or call 203-838-9799.

Celebrate the Quince @ White Silo Farm in Sherman

Quince is an ancient fruit, found in Roman cooking and grown across Turkey and southeast Asia. It grows on small trees and is closely related to apples and pears, but it lacks their immediate edibility and appeal. The fruit is knobbly and ugly, with an irregular shape and often a gray fuzz — especially when the fruit has been picked underripe. The ripest, nicest quince will have a golden tone and smooth skin like pictured directly above. But even ripe quince doesn’t taste very good raw.

Quince was popular in 18th century New England. Nearly every home had a quince tree in the yard because quince provided a natural and plentiful source of pectin that was necessary for home canners to ensure that preserves they were putting up for the winter were properly set and preserved.  After powdered pectins were invented, quince fell out of favor.

The first clue that quince hides something special is its aroma. If you leave a quince on a sunny windowsill it will slowly release a delicate fragrance of vanilla, citrus, and apple into your kitchen. It’s a heady, perfumed scent that is completely at odds with its appearance. Maybe this is why the quince is slowly making a comeback and is celebrated at White Silo Farm in Sherman on November 2, and November 3 at the 6th annual Quince Festival from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

They will be serving 6 scrumptious dishes made with quince. Their menu includes Butternut squash and quince soup; Quince Cippolini onion and bacon; Quince Pumpkin, quinoa salad with pomegranate seeds; Quince and Manchego Empanada; Panacotta with spiced quince and amaretti and hazelnut crumble; Quince gingerbread cake; and Pretzels with quince mustard.

Admission is free. Pay for wine and food. Quince mustard and Quince jam will be available to take home. There will be live music on Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm with the Hummingbirds and live music on Sunday, from 1pm-4 pm with Al Rivoli. Free outdoor tours weather permitting.

All You Can Carry Pumpkins @ Jones Family Farm

Fall at Jones Family Farm in Shelton is a festive time of year. A highlight is the pumpkins at Pumpkinseed Hill Farm! Bright orange pumpkins lie nestled amongst hay and green vines, ready to be harvested and carried home. The Market Yard features farm animals, hayrides, corn maze, fall flowers, fresh apples and piles of autumn squash.

Families enjoy roaming the pumpkin fields looking for the perfect jack-o-lantern. A hayride offered daily, weather permitting is great way to enjoy the harvest views or the pumpkin fields. If you are feeling daring, the family friend corn maze is a perfect way to experience autumn fun.

This year, the farm is having an amazing pumpkin and squash crop and are inviting the public to stock up on their carving pumpkins. They are offering an “All You Can Carry” for only $39.

Historic House Tour in Kent

A special November tour is taking place in the charming town of Kent that is hosted by the Kent Historical Society on November 9 from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. Houses on the Kent Historical Society’s House tour will feature the architecture of Sherwood Mills and Smith AIA. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 on the day of the tour. For your tickets click here.

This tour features six of Kent’s architectural gems that have been preserved with great care. This house tour will give residents and visitors an inside look at homes and structures built in the first decade of the 18th century through a modernist mid-century and help them understand how people lived and are living in this bucolic community.

There is an interesting variety of home on the tour. Some were grand dwellings in their day, others were much more modest. The highlight is that the variety of homes offer a number of curiosities and beauty that tour-goers will appreciate on this journey into the past.

The tour starts at Seven Hearths Museum on 4 Studio Hill Road in Kent, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Ticket holders will get a map and a description of the houses and are free to go on a self-guided tour of the homes. Tickets may also be purchased that day at the Seven Hearths from 11 a.m. through the afternoon. It promises to be a fun event — who doesn’t like peering back in time in old houses?

12th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour October 25

If you are looking for some spooktacular fun tonight take a candlelit tour along a path of 1,000 luminaries through the historic cemetery and meet some of Washington’s unforgettable residents from the past! This year’s tour, with new stories and about an hour in length, is produced by Gunn Historical Museum with support from local theater legends Doug and Martha Winkel of the Washington Dramalites. Tour guides dressed in period costumes will take groups of visitors through the cemetery to listen to tales of the departed. A Halloween themed movie will be shown and light refreshments will be served in the Wykeham Room of Gunn Memorial Library where attendees can wait inside for their tour group to depart.

The new exhibit, Washington Connecticut: An American Story, will be open for viewing in the Museum until 8:30pm. Tour guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight, dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes as they will be walking on uneven terrain.

Ticket Distribution: Members of Friends of the Gunn Historical Museum will be given preference for the first tour and should pre-register by emailing info@gunnhistoricalmuseum.org or calling 860-868-7756. Tickets will be distributed under a tent in the Gunn Museum’s parking lot, on a first-come-first-serve basis, starting at 6:00 pm and continue through the evening until the tickets run out. Tickets can’t be reserved in advance.

The Texture of Light on the Northeast Landscape Recent Plein Air Paintings by Jim Laurino

Gregory James Gallery in New Milford is presenting an exhibit of more than 40 new and recent landscape paintings by Connecticut artist Jim Laurino this fall, opening with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26.

A demonstration with the artist will be held Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. and the exhibit will remain on view through Dec. 8.
Laurino, who studied design and color theory at the University of Connecticut, paints en plein air in a bold representational style, producing evocative scenes of rivers, lakes, seascapes, woodlands, farms, historic buildings, and other iconic scenes in the Northeast.

His compositions appear almost photographic from a vantage point of eight to 10 feet, but these are hardly just pretty pictures. Get closer to each canvas and Laurino’s proficiency as a serious painter becomes apparent. His robust brushstrokes form a meditative exaltation of form and texture, with individual brushstrokes pushed toward abstraction before coalescing as a suite to masterfully depict the transformative effect of light on landscapes and seascapes.
The artist is inspired by the thick brushstrokes of Van Gogh, and by the Impressionists, notably American artists Childe Hassam and Theodore Robison. He has been painting since he was a teenager and studied with noted painter Christopher Magadini, among others.

“Laurino doesn’t fret too much over color,” Bob Bahr wrote in a January 2018 story published in Plein Air Magazine. “He’s more concerned with texture and brushstrokes. The colors in a Laurino painting are very harmonious, and this is undoubtedly attributable to his extremely limited palette. The artist only squeezes out a cool blue, a cool red, a warm red, a [cool] yellow, and white. His pieces tend toward a high key, with a lot of bright light.”

“I love the extremes in a painting, the dark darks, and light lights, so I do work toward that,” Laurino says in the story. “I tend to paint darks first and apply lights on the focal point last—last, or close to last. I don’t like working too small. I like a lot of inference, and you lose some of that when you tighten it up.”

Laurino, who begins with a thumbnail sketch, works on-site and finishes paintings in his studio, is a hands-on artist from the beginning to the end of the process. He stretches his own canvas—and he makes his own rustic frames for each of his paintings. “I’ve always liked to make my own frames, and about 10 years or so ago I started using reclaimed materials,” the artist says. “I just like working with the wood that’s a little older, a little roughed up.”

A resident of Burlington, Conn., Laurino paints often in western Connecticut and favors the Finger Lakes region among many preferred locales in the Northeast.
Laurino has paintings in numerous private collections, and is a longstanding member of the prestigious Lyme Art Association, where he exhibits frequently. In 2019, the artist won the Artists’ Choice Award at the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival in Nova Scotia, and in 2018 he won a third-place award in the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival. His juried show participation includes the Granby Land Trust Art Show and the seaARTS Maritime Exhibit in Gloucester, Mass.
The artist has had a selection of works at the Gregory James Gallery about a year. “I’m so pleased with that arrangement,” he says.

For more information, call the Gregory James Gallery at (860) 354-3436, or see the website at gregoryjamesgallery.com. The artist’s website is jimlaurino.com.