May 27, 2015

Deep River HS Hosts Strawberry Social and Berry Basket Raffle, June 14

Join Deep River Historical Society’s annual Strawberry Social, Sunday, June 14, from 2-4 pm at the Carriage House, 245 Main Street, Deep River.  Donation at the door includes strawberry shortcake (with real whipped cream!) and a hot or cold beverage.

There will be a Berry Basket raffle which includes gift certificates for local merchants.

Contact Charlotte Lazor (860) 526-5979 or via email clazor@wesleyan.edu for more information.

Dinger is ‘Artist of the Month’ at Marshview Gallery; Opening Reception, June 11

One of the signature photographs for Larry Dinger's exhibition at the Marshview Gallery in Old Saybrook.

One of the signature photographs for Larry Dinger’s exhibition at the Marshview Gallery in Old Saybrook.

OLD SAYBROOK –The Marshview Gallery features the photography of Larry Dinger during June.  Stop in this month to see the wonder and beauty of our Connecticut shoreline captured by the camera lens and on display in our Gallery overlooking the North Cove Marsh of the Connecticut River.

A resident of Westbrook, Connecticut, Dinger has over 30 years’ experience in photography.  He has displayed his work locally.

The Marshview Gallery at the Estuary Council, 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook is open daily, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, and on Saturdays from 8 am – 12 noon.

There will be an Artist Reception on Thursday, June 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Celebrate End of ‘Great CT Caper Celebration’ at Gillette Castle, June 7

To celebrate the conclusion of ‘The Great Connecticut Caper,’ readers are invited to Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam on Sunday, June 7.  Join other fans of the serialized mystery from 2 to 4 p.m. for storytelling, letterboxing, craft activities and author and illustrator meet and greets.

This free event is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities, the folks behind the children’s story, written and illustrated by 12 Connecticut authors and 12 state artists.

To learn more, visit http://cthumanities.org/c4b/ctcaper/

Join CT River Museum for a Shad Fishing Informational ‘Riverquest’ Trip, June 3

A trip to learn 'All About Shad Fishing' is being offered on RiverQuest.

A trip to learn ‘All About Shad Fishing’ is being offered on RiverQuest.

ESSEX — On Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m., the Connecticut River Museum (CRM) will host a shad fishing excursion from its docks.  The evening will include a trip on RiverQuest to learn about shad fishing traditions.

Participants will see examples of shad nets and other gear, watch fishermen at work on the River, and enjoy a dessert and non-alcoholic beverage.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $40 for CRM members and $45 for the general public.  Reservations are required.

For more information, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or call the museum at 860-767-8269.

 

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  1. RiverQuest and the Connecticut River Museum will offer a Shad Fishing Night, June 3rd. Photo: Joan Meek, Connecticut River Museum.

Essex Library Presents ‘South Pacific – Behind the Scenes’ with Hubbard, Edwards, June 15

4_south_pacific_tmmESSEX — On Monday, June 15, at 7 p.m. join Ivoryton Playhouse Executive/Artistic Director Jaqueline Hubbard and South Pacific Director David Edwards at the Essex Library for a talk about this great musical and its place in the history of musical theater.

The influence and impact of arguably the greatest musical theater writing partnership of the 20th century – Rodgers and Hammerstein – will be discussed.  Hubbard will talk about why she chose South Pacific for the 2015 Season and how audiences are responding.  The themes of South Pacific, including racial prejudice and gender roles will be explored.  Director David Edwards will also talk about his vision for this production and the challenges of producing such a large production on Ivoryton’s small stage.

Edwards is an accomplished actor and director who has performed on and off Broadway, as well as on TV and in films. He appeared in last season’s Ivoryton Playhouse production of La Cage Aux Folles and this season’s Calendar Girls.  His numerous directing credits include multiple productions of The Producers and South Pacific, as well as Showboat and many others.

British native Hubbard has been the Ivoryton Playhouse’s Executive/Artistic Director for over 20 years.  During her tenure she has breathed new life into the century old theater, overseeing of a complete renovation in 2006 that has enabled it to become a year-round facility.  Hubbard also directs, and acts in, many of the Playhouse’s productions each year.

This program is being presented in conjunction with the Playhouse’s July 9 performance of South Pacific, which will jointly benefit the Essex and Ivoryton Libraries.  The cast includes local residents Patricia Schumann and David Pittsinger, who played the part of Emile on Broadway.

Seats are now on sale at both libraries, and are selling quickly.  They are priced at $60, and entitle purchasers to attend a pre-performance reception, as well as an opportunity to enjoy desserts and meet the cast after the show is over.

Opening Reception for Wnek’s ‘Soul of the Landscape’ Photo Exhibit at CBSRZ, June 7

'Whispers of Past' by Peter Wnek illustrate's the photographer's captivating style.

‘Whispers of Past’ by Peter Wnek beautifully illustrate’s the photographer’s captivating style.

CHESTER — Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the ‘Soul of the Landscape’ in his exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ), which runs through July 28, with an opening reception on Sunday, June 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.

‘Soul of the Landscape’ celebrates the beauty and spirit of our woodlands and waterways, as seen in Whispers of the Past and its breathtaking view along the Connecticut River. Wnek’s work captures the light and details one might expect from a painting—which is no accident. He has long been inspired by the purity and innocence of the American landscape as portrayed by the 19th century Hudson River painters. “I strive for that same warm light, the luminous or stormy skies, to invoke a charm or a mood,” he explains.

Wnek’s photographs often reveal the story of the landscape—its whisper of bygone days, the intrinsic cycles of nature. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. In a familiar kaleidoscope of colors, see the rising and setting sun, the harmony of sky and land, the collusion of rock and sea.

As Wnek explains, “I am intrigued by the soothing compositions and repetitive patterns that collectively reveal the Divine at work.”

Featured in this exhibit is Silver Glade, an image of trees on a ridge near Meriden. It recently won the Salmagundi Club of NYC’s 2015 “Henry O’Connor Award” for excellence, portraying the gentler, quieter landscape of New England.

It is that voice of New England which Wnek most hopes to capture in his photographs, “those intimate moments of our own landscapes” waiting to be revealed.

‘Soul of the Landscape’ runs through July 28, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412.

For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920.

For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

Next ‘Concert in the Garden’ Features ‘The Dizzy River Band,’ June 11

The Dizzy River Band. Photo courtesy of The Dizzy River Band.

The Dizzy River Band. Photo courtesy of The Dizzy River Band.

CHESTER — Leif Nilsson hosts another ‘Concert in the Garden,’ Thursday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., this time featuring ‘The Dizzy River Band’ at the Spring Street Studio and Gallery. This monthly concert series highlights eclectic international singer/songwriter artists from cool jazz to blue grass.

Tom Soboleski comments,”Dizzy River Band is one of the best original bands you’ll find anywhere. They do some covers for people like Clapton and Red Hot Chili Peppers but what makes them special is the unique original songs they’ve written and composed – great lyrics about life’s ups and downs. To top it off, they’re all outstanding musicians and their harmonies are heavenly – you need to hear them to grasp and be awed by their signature sound.”

Gates open half hour before the show — first come first seated. Seating is Bistro Style in the amphitheater. The concert will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

A $10 donation is appreciated. The event is BYOB – pack a picnic and buy your own wine or beer at the Chester Package Store across the street.

Music & Memory Documentary Film Screening, Panel Discussion Scheduled at ‘The Kate,’ June 2

An Alzheimer’s patient reacts to music of "The Beach Boys.” Photo courtesy of BOND360

An Alzheimer’s patient reacts to music of “The Beach Boys.” Photo courtesy of BOND360

OLD SAYBROOK – Community Music School, the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, and The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center present a screening of the award-winning documentary film “Alive Inside” on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by phone at 860-767-0026 or in person at Community Music School, 90 Main Street, Centerbrook; or by visiting www.thekate.org.

“Alive Inside” follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

The documentary visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin. Many will remember the viral video “Henry Wakes Up!” – a clip from the film that shows a 92-year old nursing home resident enthusiastically responding to music.

The evening will include a brief performance by the New Horizons Band and post-screening panel discussion with experts in the field of memory loss. The New Horizons Band is a program of the Music School that offers active adults the opportunity to play music with their peers in a supportive environment.

This film is not rated, but is recommended for ages 13 and up.

For additional information, contact Community Music School at 860-767-0026.

Editor’s Notes: Community Music School offers innovative educational music programming and music therapy led by a board-certified music therapist for infants through adults, building on a 30 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so that they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 70,000 people in Connecticut. The Alzheimer‘s Association provides services to those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias; advocates for policy change and research funding; and advances research toward prevention, treatment and a cure. The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter’s main office is in Southington, with regional offices throughout the state in Hamden, New Milford, Norwich, and Norwalk. To learn more contact the Connecticut Chapter at 800-272-3900www.alz.org/ct

Mozart and Mendelssohn as Child Prodigies, Presentation by Acclaimed Musician at Essex Library, June 4

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The name Mozart is synonymous with the word prodigy. He certainly displayed incredible talent as a composer, pianist and violinist at a ridiculously young age. Mendelssohn is usually ignored in the conversation about prodigies, but he was no less extraordinary and topped Mozart in at least one way. He was composing masterpieces as a teenager, several years before Mozart wrote anything comparable.

Beginning with Mozart, Jeffrey Engel will compare the two youngsters and let you decide who was the more remarkable. Attend his presentation at Essex Library on Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. and discover some of the wonders of musical history.

Engel is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Torrington and a music historian and orchestral cellist, who trained in Paris and Austria before returning to the U.S. to teach. He was selected as one of the 50 most influential people in Litchfield County, Conn., by Litchfield Magazine in 2010.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; call (860) 767-1560 to register or for more information.

The Essex Library is located at 33 West Avenue in Essex, CT.

CT River Museum Offers Boat Building Workshop in July, Register By June 12

2.Ernstoff Shipyard – The Ernstoff Shipyard, a father and daughter team in 2014 work on their boat.

The Ernstoff Shipyard, a father and daughter team in 2014 work on their boat.

ESSEX — What floats your boat?

In celebration of the Connecticut River’s rich heritage, the Connecticut River Museum is once again offering the CRM 12, a slightly adapted Bevin’s Skiff kit that is produced in limited quantity.  The 12’ skiff is reflective of the traditional boats that were built locally in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  With great versatility, these skiffs were used for fishing, rowing and sailing on the River and in the tidal marshes and tributaries.  Simple and beautiful, the museum selected the CRM 12 as a good beginner project to build with the help of knowledgeable instructors.

The museum will offer a three-day Boat Building Workshop July 10 – 12.  Participants can either do the workshop as individuals or as a group (up to four people).  There is no previous boat building experience required to build one of these kits.  However, organizers do expect that participants will have basic woodworking knowledge.  By the end of the weekend, each individual or group should have a nearly completed boat that is ready for the water.  As Ray Gaulke, museum board member and co-organizer stated, “It’s a marvelous way to learn basic boat building and have a product that you can take home.”

Last year’s successful program had four diverse teams — father/daughter, husband/wife, father/son and a Sea Scout troop — successfully build CRM 12’s.  “It was a wonderful sight to see participants with little or no boatbuilding experience on Friday rowing their completed boats on the River Sunday afternoon”, said Chris Dobbs, museum executive director.

The CRM 12 kit comes complete with everything needed to build the boat — high-quality marine plywood, fastenings, adhesives, plans and an easy-to-follow manual.   Boat builders only need to bring a few basic woodworking tools.  The museum commissioned Paul Kessinger, a local wooden boat builder from Guilford, CT to build the first CRM 12 in 2014.  Kessinger said that “This is a perfect activity for adults or families.  Best yet, you will get years of enjoyment out of rowing or sailing your skiff.”

Space is extremely limited for the boat building workshop.  Participants must be at least 10 years old and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  The deadline to register is Friday, June 12.  The $1,500 program fee ($1,400 for CRM members) includes all the supplies needed to build the CRM 12, oars, and instruction.  By the end of the weekend, participants will have a completed boat, ready to be painted and rowed.  For more information, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269.

Essex Corinthian YC Explores “Teaching Life Lessons & Character Through Sailing,” May 31

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ESSEX — For more than 100 years, the United States Coast Guard Academy (CGA) has consistently developed exceptional leaders of character who are Semper Paratus (Always Ready) to perform courageously in any conditions of the maritime environment.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Zeke Lyons, one of the Officers in Charge in the Coast Guard Academy’s Coastal Sailing Program, will visit the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club on Sunday, May 31, at 4 p.m. to reflect on three years of adventure and guiding experiential learning with CGA cadet crews during summer cruises throughout New England on board the Academy’s fleet of eight custom designed Leadership 44 sloops.

Lt. Cmdr Lyons is completing a three year assignment as a Company Officer on the Academy’s staff.  In addition to sailing each summer as part of the Coastal Sailing Program, he was also an Instructor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership in the Management Department.

Prior to his assignment at the Coast Guard Academy, he graduated from the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point in conjunction with Columbia Teacher’s College in New York City.

Lt. Cmdr Lyons will combine humor and insights about the CGA experience to shed light on how the Academy develops leaders of character and his talk will highlight why, as Vice Admiral James Pine said, “The sea has, though the ages, been of all schools, the best for bringing out the qualities of leadership.”

This talk is open to the public but space is limited.   Contact the club’s office at 860-767-3239 or ecyc@essexcorithian.orgto reserve space.  There will be an informal reception following the talk.

The Essex Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 9 Novelty Lane in Essex.   For more information about the Club, visitwww.essexcorinthian.org

Space Reservations Open for Annual August Flea Market at Deep River Congregational Church 

DEEP RIVER — The Deep River Congregational Church is already preparing for its annual Flea Market and Rummage Sale which will be held on during the third weekend of August.   The Aug. 15 Flea Market is held on Marvin Field and on the grounds around the church.

The 20 x 20 foot spaces are available for $30 and can be reserved by contacting the church office for a reservation form and map at 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net or forms can be downloaded from the church web site at www.deeprivercc.org

Essex Library Features Art Exhibit by Andrew Teran During June

Artwork by Andrew Teran

Artwork by Andrew Teran

ESSEX — An art exhibit will be held at the Essex Library Association through the month of June featuring guest artist, Andrew Teran of Essex.

Essex resident Andrew Teran attended Parson’s School of Design in the late 1970s, studying graphic design and then wood sculpture.  His working career focused on high-end carpentry and restoration for many years. As a second career, Andrew worked in construction & corporate sales for 15 years. Now retired from corporate life he has turned his focus back to art, his first love.  He has recently moved to the area to be on the Connecticut River and spend more time in his art studio.

He has always been fascinated by graphic shapes; triangles & hearts are favorites, by far. He finds that the triangle is the perfect shape- yet variations in size, shape, structure create totally different and beautiful dynamics.

In addition to graphic shapes, or in combination with them, he has a love for modern packaging labels and regularly finds that they create strong visual and sometimes literal statements when incorporated in a piece.  The pop art feel and look of modern packaging labels catches his interest everywhere he goes. Collage pulls him to combine visual elements and textures that build a richness he never tires of creating.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library’s open hours. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Avenue in Essex, CT. Call (860) 767-1560 for more information.

Exhibition by Chester’s Leif Nilsson Currently on Show in Colinsville

The Studio with Poppies, oil, 30" x 40" , Leif Nilsson spring 2002 ©

The Studio with Poppies, oil, 30″ x 40″, Leif Nilsson spring 2002 ©

CHESTER — Gallery 526 at 20 Depot St. in Collinsville, CT is hosting a one-man-show by Leif Nilsson of Chester featuring 24 garden and Connecticut River paintings.

Leif (pronounced Layf) Nilsson comments, “This exhibition represents an autobiographical pictorial chronology of my process of painting and developing my gardens and understanding the Connecticut River over the past 28 years.”

Inspired by the natural beauty surrounding the Lower Connecticut River Valley, Nilsson paints his plein air impressionistic landscape compositions directly from life. Setting up his easel in and around his hometown of Chester, Nilsson creates engaging garden, Connecticut River and village paintings that invite the viewer to walk right in.

Some of the paintings are completed ala prima, meaning all at once, while others may take several sittings at the same time of day to achieve the correct harmonious atmosphere as he observes it. Generally, heavily textured paintings have more layers applied in an effort to represent the scintillating effects of light in nature over a period of time. Nilsson’s brushwork is a result of his dedication to observing nature.

Nilsson completed a full curriculum of Classical Studies at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Conn. He enhanced that education with several sojourns to Scandinavia, Asia Minor and Europe where he studied the French 19th and early 20th century painters; Bonnard and Monet for color; Pissarro and Vuillard for composition and Van Gogh for energy.

A successful working artist for over 20 years, Nilsson continues to exhibit his paintings in several galleries throughout the United States, while also promoting his work through his website, and at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery, LLC in Chester where collectors visit him regularly to view and purchase his latest works. The studio is open on weekend afternoons from noon to 6 p.m. and other times by chance or appointment. Six times a year he hosts a gallery opening reception for his newest works along with other galleries in Chester. He also teaches painting to children and adults and gives lectures at high schools, universities, art clubs, and museums.

Nilsson has hand-made most of his Florentine style, metal leafed, finished corner frames in his studio. The soft luminous gold tone complements his paintings without overwhelming them. Now he orders them from reputable framemakers and assists collectors with their choices.

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints have been made of several of Nilsson’s original oil paintings and these will be available at the gallery.

Nilsson paints outdoors in all types of weather. He will often paint the same place over and over again, trying out different compositions and sizes at various times of day and in all seasons. These paintings often result in a series of works attempting to describe the many moods of nature on a particular subject.

Chester is a favorite subject of Leif Nilsson’s. Its uniqueness and charm have captivated his imagination for years. He has painted many scenes of Chester Center in different times of day, weather conditions and seasons. The vernacular architecture of old crooked buildings lining the curved piazza of Main Street come alive in his colorful paintings of the village in springtime with Rhododendrons in full bloom. Winter is a favorite time of year for him when the town is blanketed with virgin snow, especially at dusk when snowflakes swirl around the glowing lamppost in front of his studio.

The Connecticut River as seen from its banks in Chester to Old Lyme offers a wealth of pictorial opportunities for Nilsson to explore. From the hazy dawn of Eustasia Island in Deep River to the quiet harbors of Old Saybrook’s North Cove and from the golden marshes of Chester to the sweeping meadow of Pettipaug in Essex, there’s plenty of material to keep a landscape painter busy yearlong.

On spring mornings Nilsson is usually busy in his backyard garden tracking the sunlight with a loaded brush or knife revealing the rich colors and textures of the plants and flowers he has cultivated.

Occasionally Nilsson travels abroad to interesting European villages. His little paintings of Prague in the Czech Republic, Casares, Spain and Nova Scotia, Canada from recent trips are also favorites among his collectors. His most recent painting trip was to Cinque Terra in Italy where he produced several gems.

One of his favorite pastimes is to play the banjo. His new band “Arrowhead” will be playing at the opening reception.

For more information, visit http://www.nilssonstudio.com or http://www.gallery526.com or call 860-709-0987. Gallery 526 is open Thursday & Friday 12 – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 – 6 pm, and other times by chance or appointment.

Celebrated Pianist Dalia Lazar Plays Beethoven at CBSRZ, May 31

Pianist Dalia Lazar

Pianist Dalia Lazar will play Beethoven at CBSRZ.

CHESTER — The celebrated classical pianist Dalia Lazar returns to Chester May 31 at 5 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ). She will play a variety of Beethoven’s piano works, including the “Moonlight Sonata” and the “Pathetique.”

The first time she played for in Chester several years ago, the audience was wowed by her performance and her charm. The Music & More series didn’t expect to be able to lure her back so soon. But Miriam Gardner-Frum, producer of the program, revealed how this unexpected event came to be, and took form over the last few months.

“Dalia offered us a gift. She explained that she is starting an all-Beethoven program in Europe this fall and would love to perform it before a live audience at CBSRZ before going to Europe.  She noted the beautiful space and acoustics in our building in which she would love to play again. She offered to do this performance as benefit for the synagogue.”

Born in Croatia, Dalia began studying piano at an early age. Her first piano teacher recognized her uncommon talent and pianistic ability, and at the age of 16 she was admitted to Moscow’s P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory.  During her studies in Moscow, Lazar performed throughout Soviet Union. Immediately after her graduation at the Moscow Conservatory, Lazar decided to continue her career in New York and London where she studied with Karl Urlich Schnabel and Maria Curcio.

As a finalist in New York Concert Artist Guild Competition, Lazar made her New York debut at Rubenstein Hall, followed by her Carnegie Recital Hall debut later that year. Since then she has performed a broad repertoire as a soloist in concerts and recitals worldwide, including the United States, Russia, Venezuela, Israel, Switzerland, Croatia, Mexico and Romania.

Her chamber music repertoire includes the works for violin and piano duo and piano trio, which she performed extensively with her late husband, violinist Lucian Lazar.  Her recent CD includes works by Schumann and Chopin.

Dalia’s playing has been well received by critics, who have characterized her performance as “such noble playing,” (Yediot Achronot, Tel Aviv),  “un sentimento profundo” (Panorama, Venezuela), “that rare combination of charisma, personality and terrific pianistic facility” (pianist Tzimon Barto), and “… an inspiring display of musical excellence”  (Daily Republic).

Tickets for the general public are $25 and children under 16 are admitted without charge (this is a great time to introduce children to the work of a world-class musician.) To order advance tickets, call the CBSRZ office at 860.526.8920, or buy tickets at the door.

CBSRZ is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.

Marshview Gallery Features Art of Anita Price During May

OLD SAYBROOK — The Marshview Gallery features the watercolor and oil paintings of Anita Price during the month of May.  Price obtains her inspiration from New England’s beautiful homes and gardens as well as its unique shoreline. European travel has also inspired her.

A resident of Mystic, Price holds a degree in fine arts and is always studying and experimenting.  Her work can be seen in shows and galleries along the Shoreline.

The Marshview Gallery at the Estuary Council, 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook is open daily, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, and on Saturdays from 8 am – 12 noon.

Gorman’s Woodcarvings on Display at Acton Library Through May

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a display of Ed Gorman’s Wood Carvings for the month of May.  Gorman has been working with wood for the past seven years.

The Acton Library is open from 10am-8:30pm Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, and Sunday, from 1-5 pm through May 17.

Essex Community Fund Hosts “Evening at the Ivoryton Playhouse,” June 5

Tickets are selling quickly for Essex Community Fund’s (ECF) evening of fun and laughter at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 5, featuring the comedy, Calendar Girls.

Based on a true-story, it features a group of “proper” Yorkshire ladies of the Women’s Institute who find a unique way to spice up their annual fundraiser by posing “au natural” for a calendar. This production by Tim Firth is one the of best-selling plays in British theatre history.

Pre-show reception and festivities begin at 7 p.m. under the tent with dessert and coffee after the show. All proceeds go to support ECF’s on-going mission to enhance the quality of life of the residents of our three villages.

Tickets are $55. Contact Mark Bombaci at 860-304-2751 for tickets.

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore Host Murder Books Promotion During May

“M” is for May…..Murder and Mayhem at Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (LVVS) Book Sale. Now that warmer weather is finally here after an endless winter, take some time for yourself with a book sitting on the porch or back deck.

Feature titles include James Patterson’s “Cross-Double Cross,” Steve Martini’s “Guardian of Lies” and Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol- Inferno” along with many other spine-tingling page turners.

All promotional books are on sale for half price- hard cover books are $1 and paperbacks at $.25. Also, our supply of jigsaw puzzles are clearance priced at $0.50 as well for hours of fun.
The LVVS is gearing up for summer too with a “Paperbacks for the Beach” theme so look for that promotion next month. Stock up for your summer reading pleasures.

Stop in Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8am -2pm. The LVVS bookstore is located on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Drive. Contact Literacy Volunteers at 860-399-0280.

The LVVS is lways accepting gently used books, including paperbacks, 2005 or newer.

Artists of Gallery One Exhibit at ELLE Design Studio in Chester, Opens June 2

Forced Narcissus, by Catherine Christiano, on linen, 14 x 8 inches, 2005.

Forced Narcissus, by Catherine Christiano, on linen, 14 x 8 inches, 2005.

Gallery One, a cooperative of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, will exhibit at the ELLE Design Studio from June 2 through Aug. 30, with a reception on Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to exhibit our artists’ work in Chester,” says Judith Barbour Osborne, “and particularly at ELLE Design Studio, both of which are art destinations.”

Gallery One artists include David Brown, Old Saybrook; Ashby Carlisle, Old Lyme; Catherine Christiano, Old Lyme; Bette Ellsworth, Madison; Mary Fussell, Clinton; Gray Jacobik, Deep River; Judith Barbour Osborne, Ivoryton; T. Willie Raney, Ivoryton; Diana Rogers, Clinton; Victoria Sivigny, Meriden; and Jill Vaughn, Ivoryton.

The Artists of Gallery One, whose vision is to provide southeastern Connecticut with a stimulating resource and to support one another artists, exhibit in various locations along the Connecticut shoreline from Stonington to New Haven. The Artists will be showing at the Mystic Arts Center Sept. 25 through Nov. 7 (in the Leibig Gallery). Additional information, the artists and any upcoming exhibitions can be found at www.galleryoneCT.com.

ELLE Design Studio is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 6pm, Sunday from 10am until 4pm, and by appointment.

For more information, visit Gallery One online at www.galleryoneCT.com and the ELLE Design Studio at elledesignstudio.net

Essex Park & Rec. Announces Summer Program Schedule

Summer Camp

The Essex Park and Recreation Department has announced the following schedule of summer programs:

BUS TRIP – Lobster Bake in Gloucester & Rockport on Cape Ann

Essex Park and Recreation will be offering a bus trip to the Lobster Bake in Gloucester, on June 13. The program will cost $121 per person and includes: luxury motor coach transportation, a tour director, Lobster Bake at the Gloucester House, a visit to the Fisherman’s statue, and leisure time in Rockport at Bearskin Neck. What’s on the menu at the Gloucester House? 1 lobster, ½ chicken, or steak with corn, potato and lemonade, each prepared to perfection. Busses will depart from Madison commuter Parking Lot at 7:00AM and depart from Gloucester at 5:00PM.

For more information or registration, visit www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation . You may also call the office at 860-767-4340 x110 or email recreation@essexct.gov.

SUMMER CAMP

Join Essex Park and Recreation for an exciting, engaging Summer Camp. Essex Park and Recreation will offer eight Summer Camp sessions, the first starting on June 22. Campers grades K-7 (fall 2015) will enjoy water games, fun gym and field activities, arts and crafts and much more. Camp meets Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-3:30PM and the registration fee is $125 per camper, with the exception of Week 2 which has a registration fee of $105.

For more information or registration, visit www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation . You may also call the office at 860-767-4340 x110 or email recreation@essexct.gov.

SUMMER CLINIC

Tennis Essex Park and Recreation is offering a series of week long Summer Tennis Clinics with Gary Ribchinsky, starting June 22. The clinics are designed to teach the fundamentals of tennis while featuring individual, group, and age appropriate instruction. The program will focus on improving all facets of the game with an emphasis on fun and success. Registration fee is $70 and open to children ages 5-15. Sessions will meet Monday – Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. throughout the summer.

For more information or registration, visit www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation . You may also call the office at 860-767-4340 x110 or email recreation@essexct.gov.

SUMMER CAMP-RUNNING RAMS

Essex Park and Recreation will be offering Running Rams Track and Field camp with local resident and Old Saybrook High School Track and Field Coach Pete Capezzone. The camp will feature instruction for several track and field disciplines. Each day will also include a fun activity, such as ice cream sundae night, pizza night or an awards ceremony. The program runs Monday through Friday starting June 22, from 5-8PM, at Valley Regional High School. Registration fee is $130 and open to children ages 6-15.

For more information or registration, visit www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation . You may also call the office at 860-767-4340 x110 or email recreation@essexct.gov.

SUMMER CAMP – SLAMMA JAMMA

Essex Park and Recreation is offering Slamma Jamma Basketball Camp with Kevin Woods and VRHS Players at Valley Regional High School. The camp is focused on individual instruction and fundamentals. Children in grades K-8 (fall 2015) can participate and registration fee varies by session. Fee includes basketball, t-shirt, and certificate.

For more information or registration, visit www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation . You may also call the office at 860-767-4340 x110 or email recreation@essexct.gov.

SUMMER CAMP – BASEBALL

Essex Park and Recreation will be offering a Baseball Camp with Jeff Riggs and Between the Lines Staff this summer from July 13-16 at Comstock Park, 9AM-1PM. The camp will help improve overall baseball skills and will be taught through drills, technique instruction and various games. Registration fee is $150 and open to children ages 6-12.

For more information or registration, visit www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation . You may also call the office at 860-767-4340 x110 or email recreation@essexct.gov.

SUMMER CAMP – MADE IN SUMMER GIRLS’S BASKETBALL

Essex Park and Recreation will be offering a “Made in the Summer Girls Basketball Camp” with coaches Matt Mesite and Geoff Konstan. The camp is specifically focused on drills that will improve each camper’s shooting, passing, dribbling, and defense. Camp meets M-F from 5:30-8:00PM, July 13- 17 at John Winthrop Middle School. Registration Fee is $45 and open to girls in grades 5-8. Includes a Jersey for each player.

For more information or registration, visit www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation . You may also call the office at 860-767-4340 x110 or email recreation@essexct.gov.

SUMMER CAMP– GIRL’S LACROSSE

Essex Park and Recreation is offering a Girls Lacrosse Camp with Coach Greg Ruel. The camp will run August 3-7, from 5:50-8PM at Essex Elementary School. Girls will be taught the fundamental and technical skills designed to make them all-around better players. All lacrosse equipment will be provided by the clinic except a mouth guard (all that is needed is an inexpensive one from Walmart or Target), which is mandatory to participate. The clinic will provide light dinner each night. Registration fee is $105 and open to girls ages 6-15.

For more information or registration, visit www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation . You may also call the office at 860-767-4340 x110 or email recreation@essexct.gov.

Range of Summer Classes on Offer at Artisan’s Harbor

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Artisan’s Harbor at 188 Main St. in Old Saybrook announces the opening of their Adult and Teen classes on May 13 – these classes run through June 27. This is a flexible program in which  you may choose one class or a four- or six-pack.

Classes are for beginners and those wanting to learn the newest techniques to further their skills. Classes are offered in acrylic painting, oil painting, watercolor painting, and drawing.

Youth Mixed Media and Drawing classes for ages 7-18 continue on May 13-June 25th. Children will explore using a variety of materials to include paints, colored pencil, clay, wood, recycled and natural items and are encouraged to experiment.

Summer camp programs for youth will run from July 8 to Aug. 27. Information will be available shortly.

Harbor Nights pARTies are hosted every Friday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations 48 hours prior to evening of your choice is required. Come into the studio and paint your own masterpiece! No experience necessary. BYOB -wine or beverage of your choice – the studio provides appetizers, set-ups and all your art supplies.

Private parties may be arranged any day or time based on availability.

Check for details on class times and Harbor Nights pARTies calendar at www.artisansharbor.com. To register, call Cheryl Powell at 860-608-5749 or e-mail artisansharbor@att.net.

Essex Library Hosts Intro To Genealogy Research Series, Starts May 30

ESSEX — Interested in researching your family history but don’t know where to begin?

Join Essex Librarian Norma Wright in a three-session workshop introducing you to the Ancestry.com Library Edition service which is provided for free to Essex Library patrons. Three one-hour workshops begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30, and continue on June 6 and 13 at the Essex Library. These workshops are designed to introduce beginners to the library edition of ancestry.com.

The first week, will be an overview of the major tabs and then doing searches using vital statistics and census records. The second week, you’ll look at getting organized (retrieving you data, storage systems) and then brief introductions to immigration, directories and military records.

Bring your story, an email address and Norma Wright will get you started on a wonderful voyage to documenting your family history. The workshops are free and open to the public but space is limited to four students.

Registration is required to attend.  The Essex Library is located at 33 West Avenue in Essex, CT. Call (860) 767-1560 to register or for more information.

Shoreline Artists Celebrate Spring Maple & Main Show Through May

Fenwick Lighthouse by Cheryl Sorensen

Fenwick Lighthouse by Cheryl Sorensen

CHESTER – “Spring in the Stone Gallery” will be celebrated by the members of the Shoreline Artist’s Workshop, who are presenting an exhibit of over 30 paintings at Maple and Main Gallery during the month of May.

The show of watercolor and oil paintings by an Old Lyme-based group of artists, who have been painting together weekly for over six years, will be in the Stone Gallery on the lower level of Maple and Main.

The participating artists represent six shoreline communities from Niantic through Essex and include Beverly Ahlers, Cathy Castonguay, JoAnn Dongweck, Keiko Kaiser, Elin Larson. Shirley McHale, Hilde Reichenbach, Susan Simler, Cheryl Sorensen, and Sharol Stewart.

Maple and Main Gallery at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To view a selection of the paintings in the “Spring in the Stone Gallery” show, visit mapleandmaingallery.com and click on “events”, call 860-526-6065 or email mapleandmaingallery@att.net.

Photographer Tony Donovan Exhibits at Essex Library During May

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ESSEX — A photography exhibit will be held at Essex Library Association through the month of May featuring guest artist, Tony Donovan.

Ivoryton resident Tony Donovan began his photography career in Ireland in north Belfast in the early 1970s. As he puts it, “It was a difficult place to take pictures, the people were on edge and wary; suspicious of a stranger.” He shot street scenes and people he befriended, mostly children, with a handheld Leica and the available light. The situation was extreme since he had no control over events and that has shaped his work ever since. He considers himself a documentary, artistic photographer seeking to make expressive, poetic pictures from life. The photograph’s subject is the most important consideration for him.

Donovan has also captured woodsman Amos Congdon at his Lyme, Conn., sawmill, see photo above. Congdon makes the perfect image of the American past; sharpening a saw, feeding cattle and tallying a woodlot. A sawmill is a wonderful place to take photos with its patterns of circles and squares, scattered pieces of wood and the lines lumber produces.

Donovan has been photographing a summer basketball tournament, more recently, for a number of years, even receiving a Middletown Commission on the Arts grant to do so in 2010. The Middletown Summer Hoopfest has offered Donovan the opportunity to record some of the drama, effort, spirit and grace played out in those games. He comments, “Photography, like any creative process, often requires a subject that summons up in the artist the will and commitment to work over a long period of time. The Hoopfest has been such a subject for me. Certainly, these basketball images have an historic value and, hopefully, some of them attain a poetic worth.”

The exhibit will be open Saturday, May 2, and run through Saturday, May 30: it is free and open to all. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Avenue, Essex, CT 06426.

‘New Artists & Artwork’ on Show at Artisans’ Harbor Through May 30

Artwork by Mary Green LaForge.

Artwork by Mary Green LaForge.

OLD SAYBROOK — Artisans’ Harbor at 188 Main St., Old Saybrook announce their ‘Welcome Spring New Artists & Artwork Show’ which will be on view from April 15 to May 30.

The Gallery is showing paintings and artwork by 42 award winning and nationally recognized artists while also showcasing three new artists this spring.

Award- winning artists include acrylic painter Linda McCarthy, watercolorist and instructor Mary Green LaForge, photographer Sharon Monroe, and jewelry designer Leslee Kachadoorian, will all be all showing their newest collections.

In addition to new artists Artisans Harbor is excited to exhibit the new arrivals of artworks of our veteran artists, which depict beautiful sea and landscapes, river and pasture scenes, florals, wildlife, rendered in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor. A collection of hand thrown pottery, jewelry, stained glass, framed photography, handpainted stools, and tables offer the art enthusiast and home decorator a variety of original and very affordable creations to choose from.

For information on artist display space, art classes for adults, teens, and children, Harbor Nights painting pARTies, and events, visit www.artisansharbor.com or email artisansharbor@att.net or call: 860-388-9070.

‘First Mondays:  Get Plugged in’ Course for Seniors Being Held at Saybrook Library

Join Acton Public Library for First Mondays: Get Plugged In from 1 to 2 p.m. starting May 4.  The library is offering beginner’s workshops on computer literacy.
Spring topics will include email and internet security as well as Facebook (June  1).

These free sessions are targeted primarily at seniors, but all are welcome.

‘New Deal’ Art Exhibition on View at CT River Museum Through June 22

The Connecticut River Museum’s spring exhibit, New Deal Art Along the River, will open April 2nd. This painting, On the Rail by Yngve Soderberg is a watercolor on paper on loan from the Lyman Allen Art Museum. Photo courtesy of Lyman Allen Art Museum.

The Connecticut River Museum’s spring exhibit, New Deal Art Along the River, opens April 2. This painting, On the Rail by Yngve Soderberg is a watercolor on paper on loan from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Photo courtesy of Lyman Allen Art Museum.

During the depths of the Great Depression, the federal government created work relief programs to put unemployed Americans back to work. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” programs provided all types of jobs – including opportunities for out-of-work artists. The Federal Art Project (1935 – 1943) paid artists to paint murals and easel art, sculpt, and teach art classes. Their art was always located in a public place such as a school, library, or government building so that all Americans had access to it for inspiration and enjoyment.

The subject matter for much of this artwork is known as the “American Scene” – showcasing regional history, landscapes, and people. The Connecticut River Museum’s new exhibit has selected artwork that represents artists from the Connecticut River Valley, or that depicts views of regional or maritime traditions of the Connecticut River and coastline.

“These paintings offer us a glimpse at Connecticut from 60 years ago,” says Museum Curator Amy Trout. “We think of that time as being dark and depressing, but these paintings show us a vibrant time and place.”

The exhibit contains 20 works of art ranging from pastels, etchings, watercolors, and oils. There are also examples of bas relief work from Essex sculptor Henry Kreis who designed the state’s Tercentenary medal and coin in 1935 under the Civil Works Authority (CWA) funding. The paintings come from area museums such as the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Mystic Arts Center, Connecticut Historical Society, and the Portland Historical Society, among others.

Even though these paintings were originally intended for public viewing, many have found their way into museum storerooms and are rarely seen. “It’s important to get them out on display and remind people of the wonderful legacy that was left to us. It gives us a chance to talk about Connecticut during the 1930s and appreciate the art that gives us greater insight into that period,” says Trout. The artists are also relatively unknown. Many continued in the field of art after the Depression, but few achieved great fame. “They needed to make a living, so many became commercial artists, illustrators, or teachers.”

The exhibition will open Thursday, April 2, with a preview reception at 5:30 p.m. featuring a short lecture by curator Amy Trout.  The exhibition runs through June 22.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays after Columbus Day. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children age 6-12, free for children under 6.

For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org

Enjoy ‘Discovery Sundays’ at Florence Griswold Museum

A family enjoys ‘Discovery Sunday’ at the Florence Griswold Museum.

On Sunday, April 12, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme invites visitors to shake off any leftover winter blues and celebrate the beginning of Discovery Sundays. In addition to the popular “Make-A-Painting” activities, where visitors of all ages use the Museum’s supplies to create their own masterpieces, Discovery Sundays now include a new outdoor Art Cart that guides families to explore the grounds and its connection to the artists who famously painted there.

To celebrate the start of the season, the Co-Co Beaux, an all male a cappella group from Connecticut College, performs in the art gallery from 2 to 4 p.m.. In addition, seasonal buildings including the Chadwick Studio and the Rafal Landscape Center open for the season. And with any luck you’ll find some pops of color starting in the garden!

The Museum is open every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and all activities are included with admission. Children 12 and under are always free. The Museum is closed Easter Sunday.

The Florence Griswold Museum is known as the Home of American Impressionism. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, where the artists of the Lyme Art Colony lived, the Museum features a modern exhibition gallery, education center, landscape center, extensive gardens, and a restored artist’s studio.

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95 and is open year round Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 students, and free to children 12 and under.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org or call 860-434-5542 x 111.

 

Tri-Town Youth Services Hosts Girls Informational Night, June 2

AREAWIDE — Tri-Town Youth Services is hosting an informational night designed to give girls in the community a better understanding of the changes their bodies will go through during puberty. This program is rescheduled from its previous April 26 date.

Topics will also include the importance of maintaining a positive body image and how to deal with difficult situations which may arise during this dynamic time.

“Getting Ready for Change,” led by Health Educator Patricia Cournoyer, is designed specifically for girls in fourth or fifth grades and their mothers or female caregivers.

This program will meet on Monday, June 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the John Winthrop Middle School library in Deep River.  The cost of this program is $25 per girl/caregiver pair and registration is limited to 12 families.  Call Tri-Town at 526-3600 to register.