Photographs Illustrating New Book About Weir Farm on Exhibit at Mark Twain Library

To celebrate the new book, Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing), a select number of the photographs showcasing the park are on view now until July 31, 2019, at the Mark Twain Library in Redding.

The photographs were created by the book’s author, Xiomaro, who is the Visiting Artist at Weir Farm and an alumnus of its Artist-in-Residence program. The book tells the story of Julian Alden Weir (1852–1919), a leading innovator of American Impressionist painting, and chronicles his farm’s rescue from residential development to its establishment as a park. The farm’s landscape inspired countless masterpieces created by Weir, his famous painter-friends, two subsequent generations of artist-owners, and contemporary artists who continue to create at the park. The book’s historical narrative unfolds with well over 100 photographs, most of which were created by Xiomaro under commissions from the National Park Service.

The foreword was written by Senator Joe Lieberman who introduced legislation in 1990 to establish Weir Farm, located in Wilton and Ridgefield, as Connecticut’s first national park. Weir Farm is also the only one in the nation dedicated to painting. In 2020, the park will be depicted as part of the US Mint’s America the Beautiful series. The Mint’s website says the series “captures the breathtaking beauty of America’s natural landscapes that have inspired countless poets, adventurers, and artists. Today, these hallowed sites are… enshrined” through the quarters designed by the Mint.

The large photographic prints, measuring 17″ x 25,” offer immersive and detailed views of Weir’s studio, his brushes, his home, and the landscape. The photographs have been widely circulated throughout Connecticut at venues such as the Capitol building in Hartford, the Bridgeport office of Congressman Jim Himes, and the Stamford Mayor’s office.

Xiomaro (pronounced “SEE-oh-MAH-ro”) is an internationally recognized artist and speaker whose photography has been covered by The New York Times, CBS Eyewitness News, and News 12. His work has been exhibited at Harvard University, museums, galleries, and public spaces.

The book was released internationally by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Images of Modern America series, which the company website describes as uncovering “amazing aspects of American history that are all too often overlooked by standard texts” and “filled with expertly penned content and stunning full-color images.” Arcadia, based in Charleston, South Carolina, is the leading publisher of local and regional books in the United States with a library of more than 14,000 titles.

The Mark Twain Library was founded in 1908 by the most popular American author of the time, Samuel Clemens – best known as Mark Twain – who lived in Redding.

The Mark Twain Library is located at 439 Redding Road, Redding, CT 06896 and the exhibition runs until July 31, 2019. For more information and a free Weir Farm print, visit http://www.xiomaro.com.

Torrington’s Warner Theater Announces New Season

The historic Art Deco styled Warner Theatre located in downtown Torrington has just announced it’s new 2019-2020 Season that is presented by the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. This season get ready to be entertained by five musicals on the main stage and five productions including the 8th annual International Playwrights Festival, in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre.

The productions that will be produced on the Main Stage this season includes “THE FUNNIEST MUSICAL COMEDY IN AT LEAST 400 YEARS” TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 1 (November 2019)
JEKYLL & HYDE THE MUSICAL (February 2020) and Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS (May 2020). The productions to be produced in the Nancy Marine Studio include WAIT UNTIL DARK (September 2019)
8th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL (October 2019), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (A Dramatic Solo Performance) (December 2019), DOGFIGHT (March 2020), and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME (June 2020).

Season Subscriptions are now available. Season Subscribers get the BEST seats in the house at the BEST prices! Want to become a Subscriber? Call the Warner Box Office at (860) 489-7180! Tickets go on sale to the General Public in July. For more information https://www.warnertheatre.org/

7th Annual Norwalk Art Festival – June 29 – 30, 2019

Over 100 juried artisans showing one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a huge array of other fine arts and crafts will be featured at the 7th Annual Norwalk Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine. Admission to the Norwalk Art Festival is free.

The Norwalk Art Festival is a premier cultural two-day fine art and craft festival located in a beautiful park setting nestled between two Museums and a nationally recognized Art Center. This wonderful community festival occurs annually, on the last weekend in June.

Artists will exhibit original works of art in a wide variety of media – painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking and drawing will be some of what presented.

Children’s Art Activities, live music, a food court, Museum tours at a reduced price, and poetry readings will be scheduled throughout the weekend as well making this a true family event.

Again, the event is free and parking is nearby at marked West Avenue locations.

Art Workshops @ Hollister House Garden

The Hollister House Garden located in Washington Connecticut is a classic garden in the English manner with a loosely formal structure informally planted in generous abundance. Begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf, the garden since that time has evolved under George’s direction into a unique synthesis of the formal and the natural, the right angles of paths, walls, and hedges melting seamlessly into the lush surrounding landscape, which forms a magnificent backdrop to the garden’s exuberant plantings. Since 1993 Gerald Incandela has contributed greatly to the garden’s development with his artist’s eye trained on redefining the surrounding landscape.

This year Hollister House Garden announces a series of art workshops for this season and special opening hours for artists and photographers.

A new two-day workshop, ‘For the Love of Roses’, a is scheduled for June 28-29th. A botanical drawing class, “The Stars of Summer: Clematis Rendered in Pan Pastel and Colored Pencil”, on July 11-12th, will be led by nationally recognized artist Jeanne Reiner. Later in the summer, Betsy Rogers-Knox will bring new life to beautiful garden favorites through her class ‘A Day with Daylilies’ held on August 2nd. For registration details visit https://hollisterhousegarden.org/events/categories/workshops/.

Hollister House Garden will welcome artists and photographers in the garden each Wednesday 8am-12pm from June 5th through August 28th. Both amateurs and professionals are invited to be inspired by the beauty of the garden in the morning light. Reservations are requested: a contact form can be found on the Hollister House Garden website under Special Events. A $5 per person donation is suggested.

Hollister House Garden, a non-profit corporation, is one of only 16 exceptional gardens currently designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to identify and preserve important private gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public. Hollister House in 2010 achieved its prestigious listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the property was also named a Town Landmark Site by the Town of Washington.

Hollister House Garden is open to visitors through October 12th. Wednesday and Friday’s hours are 1-4PM and Saturdays 10-4PM. Private group visits are welcome weekdays by appointment only. Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are also available on the website.

Warner Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season

The historic Art Deco styled Warner Theatre located in downtown Torrington has just announced it’s new 2019-2020 Season that is presented by the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. This season get ready to be entertained by five musicals on the main stage and five productions including the 8th annual International Playwrights Festival, in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre.

The productions that will be produced on the Main Stage this season includes “THE FUNNIEST MUSICAL COMEDY IN AT LEAST 400 YEARS” TO BE ANNOUNCED JUNE 1 (November 2019)
JEKYLL & HYDE THE MUSICAL (February 2020) and Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS (May 2020). The productions to be produced in the Nancy Marine Studio include WAIT UNTIL DARK (September 2019)
8th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL (October 2019), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (A Dramatic Solo Performance) (December 2019), DOGFIGHT (March 2020), and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME (June 2020).

Season Subscriptions are now available. Season Subscribers get the BEST seats in the house at the BEST prices! Want to become a Subscriber? Call the Warner Box Office at (860) 489-7180! Tickets go on sale to the General Public in July. For more information https://www.warnertheatre.org/

It’s a Matter of Scale – New Show @ Sharon Historical Society

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum has opened the next exhibit in Gallery SHS, of contrasting works by the two local artists KARIN WEXLER and INGRID FREIDENBERGS at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum Art Gallery through July 12.

Karin’s work is inspired by the rhythms and patterns of nature. Working in oils on large canvases, she begins each painting with a color scheme that dictates the mood or expression of the painting. The works hint at an observed landscape or seascape but are abstracted to capture not the physical reality but a fleeting moment in time, a mood, a feeling. A thirty-year resident of Sharon, Karin’s paintings are informed by her private practice in Healing Arts and Feng Shui.

Ingrid, a Lakeville resident, has exhibited her work in numerous solo and juried exhibitions. Born in Latvia during the Second World War, she has made sense of a shattered world by constructing collages of fragments of fabric, images and found objects that are both formally beautiful and evocative of the past. Working here on a very small scale and in what the New York Times called “the most exquisite and sensitive layering of found materials,” Freidenbergs’ jewel-like works invite close contemplation.


Both artists invoke memories – of landscape or a mysterious past – to create works of great sensitivity by employing color, texture, and form, albeit on very different scales. A portion of all purchase proceeds will support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.

Gallery SHS is located in the Sharon Historical Society & Museum at 18 Main Street in Sharon, CT. Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 4:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and by appointment. For more information and directions to Gallery SHS, call (860) 364-5688 or email director@sharonhist.org. For additional information about the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, visit www.sharonhist.org.