Friday, October 26 2012

Format: 2014/11/26

Friday, October 26 2012

"Out of the Woods - the Story of Cornwall's Forests"

 The exhibit uses historic photographs, artifacts, and first-hand accounts to explore 260 years of Cornwall’s relationship with its forests, showing how and why the town transformed from forest to farm and back to forest. The exhibit will also explore changing attitudes about the forest, from the 18th century view of woods as a source of timber to more recent concepts of the forest as a setting for recreation and as a vital ecosystem.


Pueblo Pottery; Stories in Clay Exhibit

In the Rio Grande River Valley of central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, the Pueblos, a people spread over 19 communities, continue to practice their ancient art of pottery-making.  Descendents of the Anasazi, the Pueblo People, still use the traditional coiling methods and decorative patterns that have distinguished their work for centuries..

This exhibit compares and contrasts the unique style of each Pueblo community and highlights individual artists who have shaped this timeless craft.

 The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm* and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm *      *Last admission 4:30pm



An eclectic mix of new exhibits to open at Silvermine Arts Center in September

A new series of work reflecting the uncertainty, vulnerability and hope for restoring today’s cultural climate in 2- and 3-D media.  The series title also alludes to the artists family name before it was Anglicized in the early 1900’s to better fit into American society.  Close examination reveals hints of lace designs in her artwork, an emblem of a long-held family business.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

September 23rd through November 3rd, 2012



“The Knockers Club: A Silvermine Beginning”

In the ongoing celebration of our 90th year, the historical exhibition will highlight selections of works from the founding members of Silvermine Arts Center.  Included in the exhibition will be works by such artists as Daniel Putnam Brinley, Solon Borglum, Berhard Gutmann, Howard L. Hildebrandt, Murray McKay, Addison Miller and Charles Rieffel.

DATE:      September 23rd through November 3rd, 2012

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Five Course Meal

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents an exhibition of works by Connecticut artists Joan Fitzsimmons, Laura Barr, Alexis Neider, Barbara Marks, and Lisa Hess Hesselgrave.


The exhibition will take place at Katalina’s cupcake shop at 74 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, and will be on display from September 10th until November 2nd, 2012. Katalina’s is open to the public during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  


An artists’ reception is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served, including cupcakes, of course!


The exhibit will feature artwork that revolves around the theme of food, including colorful and playful paintings of indulgent breakfasts and black and white photographs of emptied glasses. The exhibition, curated by our Director of Artistic Services & Programs, Debbie Hesse, brings together all the abundance and the lack that the theme summons within all of us, roughly three times a day.


This exhibition will also complement the Arts Paper’s September issue “The Art of Food,” which will highlight local culinary talent, delve into international eating trends, discuss food documentaries, and goes behind-the-scenes in the article “The Ballet of Service.”


For more information about this exhibition and the Arts Paper, call the Arts Council at (203) 772-2788. High-resolution images are available upon request.


The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, publisher of The Arts Paper, is a regional nonprofit arts agency that provides leadership to and advocates for member artists and arts organizations and connects them to one another, to audiences, and to the Greater New Haven community. Visit the Arts Council online at



West Hartford Hauntings

This fall, West Hartford Hauntings will return for its eighth year of exciting and frightening cemetery tours. The event offers lantern-lit, theatrical, nighttime tours of the Town's North Cemetery. The museum will stage the event on the nights of October 20, 26, 27, and 28. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 6-8:45 p.m. each night (Sunday tours: 5-7:45 p.m.).

The event takes place at the North Cemetery on North Main Street in West Hartford. At the main gate, tour goers will meet their guide, who will lead them through the cemetery by lantern-light. 
Each year, the museum's staff researches new and exciting tales to tell about past residents of West Hartford. 

Sounding the Silence & Memory and Transformation

Amy Browning’s exhibit, SOUNDING THE SILENCE, contains new work that is an exhilarating revelation of order within disorder.  Pre-ordained rules yield to the mysterious needs of the canvas. The title and theme for Joe Saccio’s exhibit, MEMORY AND TRANSFORMATION, stems from his discovery when working on a four foot by twenty-foot section of a hollow black oak tree trunk. The artist divided the old hollow trunk into three six foot sections and split each vertically to create three triptychs, or three open books revealing the old tree’s inner life and history.


Paul Qaysi, “A Sea of Patterns”

In today’s anarchic media flux, governments and traditional media empires have lost much of their power to dictate what we see and believe.  This erosion is the subject of Paul Qaysi’s recent work in which he scavenges, cuts, pastes and animates digital images from a variety of sources, interrogating the production of authority and truth.

The Arab Spring uprisings flared up with the aid of digital technologies and social media.  Investigating these historic events in “Actual Dots,” Qaysi recycles, connects and dismantles official images of recently overthrown dictators. Portrait stills captured from YouTube are reduced to dot screens. The screens shift and dots enlarge, evoking newspapers, bullet holes and abstract painting. The more close-up the images of these corrupt leaders, the more meaningless they become. As the photos disintegrate, the floating dots form moiré patterns that briefly resemble Islamic tile designs, and we hear a multi-track sound collage of passionate crowds. By making a shorter version of the videos available for download as a screen saver, Qaysi invites viewers to look closer, participate and even celebrate in the corruption of these official images.

In “Drawdown,” an official photo of armed U.S. marines exiting a destroyed building, the soldiers slowly melt before our eyes in animated layers–but the ruins behind them remain. Digitally isolating the soldiers, Qaysi animated a single frame. Primed by video games and film on how to react to this type of image, we expect sudden violence, but Qaysi elects a slow-burning approach that gives viewers time to think, time we usually do not spend before a single photo of this kind.

Attuned to temporal questions, Qaysi investigates the speed of world events, and our understanding of them and their long-term effects. He incites viewers to consider how we receive the news, what we choose to view, and the blurry line between information and entertainment.

Paul Qaysi was born in 1963 in Baghdad, Iraq, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his B.F.A. in sculpture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and M.F.A. in Program in Advanced Photographic Studies from Bard College-International Center of Photography in New York, NY. Exhibitions include Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, ICP, New York (2012); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2012); Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, ICP, New York (2010); DUMBO Arts Festival, New York (2010); JGS Forward Thinking Museum, location?, (2009); 25 CPW Gallery, New York (2009); ICP-Bard MFA Studio, Long Island City, NY (2009); and Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, ICP, New York (2009).

Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall

Screen time schedule will be posted and updated at:

The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.

Hours: Mondays- Thursdays 8:30am-6pm & Fridays 8:30am-4pm.

For more information please contact:

Matthew Weber, Art Curator




Healthy Connecticut Alliance - Open House

Healthy Connecticut Alliance is a group of concerned Bridgeport and  Connecticut residents who are calling for PSEG to retire the Harbor Station coal plant. We envision a healthy and sustainable future for Bridgeport communities, a future that is 'beyond coal."
Find out more about Healthy Connecticut Alliance and how you can help. 
Snacks provided.

Music Haven Fall Performance Party

  6 p.m., Charles Garner Recital Hall at Southern Connecticut State University, Engleman C112, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT
Join the Music Haven community as we celebrate the accomplishments of our 60 young students! Performances by Music Haven students and their teachers, the Haven String Quartet, will be followed by a potluck feast.
Come for the music, stay for the food and community spirit!
Admission:  Free. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck reception immediately following the concert. For more info, see


“Performance Now”

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Closed November 21 through November 26, 2012

“Performance Now,” curated by RoseLee Goldberg. is an exhibition that will debut at Wesleyan, and show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition featuring video, film and photography, by artists including Marina Abramović, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, will be showcased in Zilkha Gallery. The exhibition also extends to a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson '05. 



Friday Dinner Theatre Package- Something's Afoot

An old English mansion. A raging thunderstorm. Ten strangers. Murder, mystery, music and comedy abound when the guests disappear one by one – knocked off by cleverly fiendish devices. Join the fun as Miss Tweed the amateur sleuth sets out to solve the crimes…but the butler didn’t do it! With songs like “I Owe It All To Agatha Christie,” it’s a zany whodunit for all to enjoy. October 5 – December 9, 2012

Age rating: PG

Friday Dinner Theatre Package: Includes dinner at the Gelston House (located next door to the Opera House) and a ticket to the 8 pm performance. Only $71.




Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring an “Urban Legends” Hayride, Haunted Farmyard, Gruesome Greenhouse, and magic show by Jim Sisti. Tickets also include FREE face painting, and of course, CANDY! Don’t miss this frighteningly good time! Admission is $8 per person in advance, $10 per person at the gate. Event recommended for children ages 6-12, however, some of the “scarier” activities of the evening may be better suited for children ages 8+.


Music at the Meetinghouse: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Join us as organist Nathan Bayreuther improvises on the historic 1930 Moller pipe organ as he accompanies an abridged version (one hour) of the original 1925 silent movie classic, "The Phantom of the Opera". Starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin, the movie was an outstanding success, grossing over two million dollars the year it was produced. Come for this spectacular event - there is a recommended donation of $10 per person.  Free popcorn will be provided!



Halloween Community Jam Session

Beyer Music will be holding a Halloween Community Jam Session on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Beyer Music, 449 Main Street in Torrington (next to Dairy Queen).
Anyone is welcome to attend. Wear a costume if you like.  Bring your instruments (except pianos), your music, and your friends and we will have a great time playing for each other.
There is plenty of on-street parking available.  Please RSVP by calling Ken or Betsy at (860)496-1289.  


Healing the Children Northeast: 3rd Annual Halloween Dance and Costume Party

Healing the Children Northeast presents the 3rd Annual Halloween Dance and Costume Party, Friday, October 26, 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. at Anthony’s Lake Club, 10 Christopher Columbus Ave, Danbury, Connecticut. Advanced tickets include dinner, music, dancing, and a costume contest. There will also be a silent auction, raffle, and a heads or tails raffle for an ipad. Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased online at or by calling the number (860) 355-1828. Healing the Children Northeast is a 501 (c) (03) non-profit organization committed to arranging free surgical, dental and medical treatment to children in need in the U.S. and abroad. Healing the Children Northeast is based in New Milford, CT.


Halloween Haunted Habitat: Science Gone Wild

This annual haunted house, held at the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center (156 Prospect St., Wethersfield, CT 06109), provides spooky and educational fun for children of all ages. The haunted house will be open Friday, October 26th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, October 27th from 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 28th from 1p.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $4 per person and games cost 50 cents each. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center. For more information contact the Nature Center at 860-529-3075 or visit the Friends’ website,, or Facebook page.


Nancy Parent CD Release Concert with Dogbite and Dirt Road Radio

Nancy Brossard Parent, a singer-songwriter and pedal steel player from Waterford, Connecticut, will be releasing her first solo album, “Vision of Angels," in October, 2012.  Since 1998, Nancy has played with established folk-rock band, The Rivergods, as a lead singer, guitarist, and pedal steel player.  She and husband Ben Parent write the band’s material, and most of the songs feature their close harmonies. Celebrating with Nancy are the bands Dogbite and Dirt Road Radio.