Sunday, May 19 2013

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Sunday, May 19 2013

Art of the Northeast

Art of the Northeast, in its 63rd year, is one of the most anticipated regional juried shows of the year at the Silvermine Arts Center, drawing artists throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  This year’s juror is David A. Ross, Chair of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Program, New York.  Throughout its history Art of the Northeast (AoNE), originally called Art of New England,  has been a showcase for many emerging artists who have gone on to receive national acclaim.  Jurors have included curators and directors of major galleries and museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA and the Whitney Museum.

April 13 through May 24, 2013

Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm. – 5 pm; Sunday: 1pm – 5pm.



Greenleaf Pottery: Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery

Classes offer firsthand experience of the entire pottery-making cycle. Beginning emphasis is placed on working with one of the fifteen potter's wheels.  Beginning as well as advanced students are welcome. Sets of eight week classes are offered Tuesday or Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.,  year-round. Sign up now to reserve your place.

Call or go to the website for more information. 860-528-6090,


Native Inspired Art - An Exhibit by Shepaug Valley Middle School and High School Students

Expressed in many ways, art was, and still is, an intricate part of Native American's daily lives from adornment, baskets, and pottery to other every day items. It is a form of conveying their individual cultural and spiritual identities.  IAIS is pleased to partner with the Shepaug Middle and High School art Departments to present a unique exhibit of Native American inspired art. Multi-Media Performance educator Michael Rivera's high school students, after researching headdress styles from a variety of Native American gorups and cultures, will sculpt their own interpretations out of mixed media. Under the guidance of art educator Donna Wright, seventh grade students will study the different designs of Native American pottery to create and decorate coiled pots from their chosen cultural region.  Included in regular museum admission.


Artifact Identification Day

Artifact Identification Day at IAIS - Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Did your spring cleaning uncover mystery items that you think might have been made by Native Americans?  Bring your local stone artifacts or American Indian cultural items to IAIS for identification by IAIS Director of Research and Collections, Dr. Lucianne Lavin, a specialist in Eastern Woodland material culture. 

Limit 12 items per person please.  Included in regular  museum admission.  


Wesleyan Potters “Celebrations” Show

Gallery/Shop is featuring unique handcrafted gifts for spring and Wesleyan Potters “Celebrations” Show: May 8th  – June 16th.   

Come celebrate with us during regular gallery hours, at Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop, 350 S. Main St, Route 17, Middletown, CT!

Gallery Hours: Wed -Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10-4 and Sunday Noon-4



Discover 19th Century Inventions at New Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Exhibit

      Victorian era gadgets, technologies and breakthroughs will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum beginning April 17th through October 6, 2013. What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era will engage student and adult audiences in the exploration of mid-to-late 19th century inventions and discoveries in many diverse areas including communication, transportation, manufacturing, medicine, food and recreation.

       Visitors will view cutting-edge Victorian Era technology that were precursors of some of today’s technologies, including telegraphs, dictaphones, gas lighting and early examples of telephones, burglar alarms, stock tickers and much more. They will discover items we still see today, from board games to food such as condensed milk and breakfast cocoa. Artifacts on display include loans from Connecticut's Mattatuck Museum and the Museum of American Finance, New York City, among others.

             The What Is It? exhibit is curated by Raechel Guest. Guest is a Smith College graduate with a Master’s Degree in Collection Management from the prestigious Winterthur Museum. Professor Steven Lubar, a history of technology expert, serves as a special advisor.  Professor Lubar is Professor of the Departments of American Studies, History, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.  

            The exhibit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate.  Learn more by visiting

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.



Steam Punk: Nature and Machine At The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Steampunk Art that has influenced everything from product design to fashion to fine art will be on display at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s this spring.  This design movement features a neo-vintage twist on 19th century industrialized looks and Victorian decorative motifs. Steampunk: Nature & Machine, will open on April 25th with a reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and runs until June 15th.   This is the first exhibit dedicated to Steampunk art in Fairfield County.  

           According to IBM’s "Social Sentiment Index", which measures what’s trending on social networks and blogs, 2013 is set to be the year Steampunk surges as a mass-market aesthetic.  The Museum’s exhibit will feature art by renowned Steampunk artists, Bruce Rosenbaum, Leslie Mueller and Katie Shima and co-curated by Rosenbaum and Museum trustee Gail Ingis-Claus.

  •             Bruce Rosenbaum has been dubbed the Steampunk evangelist and guru by Wired Magazine.  His artwork has been on exhibition consistently throughout the Northeastern United States, including the Charles River Museum of Industry, Wooster Street Social Club, The Mark Twain House and Shelburne Museum. Rosenbaum has collaborated with many well-known and emerging Steampunk artists and created the unofficial  Steampunk artists guild Steampuffin.  His design business and home, a retro-future refurbished house, have been featured in Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, NPR and on MTV, A&E, Discovery and HGTV.   Rosenbaum lives in Sharon, Massachusetts.
  •             Leslie Mueller is an award-winning art director and artist.  She is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Africa, Japan and Germany.  Mueller’s artwork has been published in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Southern Living, Manhattan Arts Int’l  and Art Business News magazines and is part of the United States  “Art in the Embassies” program.  Mueller began her studies at the age of thirteen at the Art Institute of Chicago.   She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University’s  Meadows School of Fine Arts in Dallas, Texas.  She is a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut.
  •             Katie Shima is an artist and architectural designer based in New York City. She has had exhibitions, installations, and performances at the Charles Bank Gallery, Bridge Gallery, Devotion Gallery, Clocktower Gallery, Barnard College, The Tank, SoHo 20, among others. Shima is a founding member of the electronic noise art group Loud Objects.  Residencies with the Loud Objects include Art On Air in New York and Det Jyske Kunstakademi in Aarhus, Denmark. She is currently working as an architectural designer at Situ Studio. Shima received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

            The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s 2013 cultural and educational programs are made possible by generous funding from the LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: The Xerox Foundation, Klaff’s, Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.  The Museum’s Education Program is made possible in part by a generous donation from AT&T.

             Tours for the museum and exhibit are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.



INSPIRE! Connecticut Choral Society Concert

    The Connecticut Choral Society (CCS) will present “INSPIRE,” a tapestry of voices united in song, with soloists Keith Harris and Megan Knapp Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Danbury and Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Naugatuck.

Maestro Eric Knapp will lead the ensemble's 75 auditioned voices in singing Schubert's Mass in G, Durufle's Ubi Caritas, Mozart's Laudate Dominum, Rutter's Gaelic Blessing, Vaughan Williams' Antiphon, Gabriel's Oboe (the theme song from "The Mission") and Rutter's Dona Nobis Pacem (from Mass of the Children). The group also will sing an original arrangement by CCS tenor and composer-in-residence Rick Ryan of What Wondrous Love is This, a haunting Appalachian hymn from the 1800s.

Soloist Harris, a baritone, has sung with the Metropolitan Opera and has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Soloist Knapp performed with CCS during its Candlelight and Carols concerts last December.

Purchase tickets at $25 for adults and $15 for youth at or call 203-206-7186. Tickets also will be available at the door.


Blues Jazz Duo, Paul Gabriel and Larry Fallstrom, perform at the Trumbull Library

Paul Gabriel, vocalist and guitarist, and Larry Fallstrom, pianist, perform a concert of classic electric blues original tunes and original songs. Paul performed with Harry Chapin, Rory Block, and Michael Boltin and eventually formed his own group The Paul Gabriel Band and Blue In The Face. CDs available. Drop in.


Scenic Memories

Stamford - Scenic Memories; works by Liana MoonieMay 19 - June 30, 2013.  Opening reception Sunday, May 19, noon to four p.m. Gallery Walk & Talk Sunday, June 9, noon.  No charge. Gallery hours by appointment. PMW Gallery, 530 Roxbury Road, Stamford. 203-322-5427,



My paintings spring from a love and appreciation of Nature filtered through a meld of ever changing life experiences. The art reflects what I see now and what I have experienced throughout my life. In this process my inner response and outward expression are constantly providing creative challenges.

When I look at one of the wondrous natural scenes which surround us, I feel the need to portray the emotional impact of the scene, more than the objects themselves. In expressing my impressions in abstract form, I am consciously freeing form and color from Nature to focus on the essential order of things as I see and feel them.

In my daily living I strive to become a better person and to improve my conscious contact with a higher spiritual being; and in my art I constantly strive to attain a higher level of expression.



Meet SpongeBob SquarePants at Mystic Aquarium!

SpongeBob SquarePants will be at Mystic Aquarium on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 for the premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue. Aquarium guests can meet and have their photo taken with the popular Nickelodeon character both days between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue, a seven-minute film, premieres at Mystic Aquarium's 4-D Theater on Saturday, May 18 and will show daily through the summer.



Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra (WCYO) will present a concert on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 4:00 PM. at Richardson Auditorium at Ridgefield High School. The concert will feature performances by the three WCYO ensembles, comprised of nearly a hundred auditioned musicians in grades five through twelve from seventeen towns in Connecticut and New York.  The Symphony Orchestra performance will include the premier of a commissioned piece by jazz composer, Chris Jentsch, entitled Three Moods, featuring Jentsch on guitar and WCYO Musician Jack Truskowski of Ridgefield on jazz saxophone.   The String Ensemble and Wind Ensemble will perform music with a distinctly American flavor.  Tickets will be available at the door of the concert and are $15.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Students and Seniors. The WCYO also invites the public to attend its annual Garden Party concert and fundraiser at Bernard's in Ridgefield on Sunday, June 9th. Please see our website for more information or call  (203) 894-8786.


Make A Home Foundation's Memorial Day Warehouse Sale!

Help support our veterans and families in crisis this Memorial Day at our Warehouse Extravaganza Sale!  Over 56,000 feet of everything you could ever want. Don't miss out on door prizes, surprises for the kids, or the silent auction.

50% off everything!*

Dates and time: May 16 through May 26th from 9am to 9pm

 Items Include:

  • Sofas, Dining, Bedroom, Lamps, Office & MORE
  • Men, Women, & Children’s Clothing and Accessories
  • Baby Items, Toys, Bikes, Trikes, Strollers, Cribs, High Chairs
  • Glassware, Dishes, Collectables, Crystal, Pewter
  • Art, Frames, Crafts, Baskets, Fabric, Shelves, Gardening items
  • Books, CD’s, DVD’s, VHS & Vinyl Records
  • Tv’s, Radios, DVD Players, Turntables, Speakers
  • Sewing Machines, Vacuums, Coffeepots ,Crockpots, Toasters, and Breadmakers
  • Windows, Doors, Cabinets, Tile, Outdoor Furniture, and Other Building Materials
  • Stoves, Refrigerators, Freezers, Washers, Dryers, Microwaves
  • Sports & Workout Equipment, Treadmills, Weights

*Display cases not included. Not to be combined with any other offer.



Eastern Connecticut Ballet presents a World Premiere of Ballerina Swan


What can you do with uncooperative orange webbed feet?  Find out May 19 at 2:00pm in Eastern CT Ballet’s World Premiere of Ballerina Swan, based on NYC Ballet's ballerina, Allegra Kent's whimsical New children's book.


Enjoy Sophie the Swan's touching and amusing trials and tribulations to become a ballerina ending with the beauty of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake variations!  Lions, birds and fish frolic on stage, in Carnival of the Animals, part of this double-bill event! 


FREE Rita’s of New London Ices!  Meet the Author and Cast!  Book Signing!  Garde Arts Center, New London.  Tickets: 860 444-7373  or online at  Special Group, Senior and Military discounts. Photo credit:  Thomas Giroir


Burial Shroud of Jesus Exposition

Burial Shroud of Jesus Exposition May 19 to 25 at Holy Trinity Church, 64 Berry Street, Torrington, Ct.  (behind Phalen’s Funeral Home). 
The Shroud is also proof of Jesus’ Resurrection. 
Detailed explanations will be made Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th each at 7:00 P.M.
The church will be open for viewing the Shroud each day noon until 1 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.  Free!
One is an official replica of the Shroud seen in Turin, Italy; another is an official enhanced photograph used by
Shroud scholars and scientists and will be used during the detailed explanations.  Free!

CitySingers of Hartford presents A Chorus of Peace


CitySingers of Hartford announces A Chorus of Peace, which will bring together music, visual art and dance in a unique statement for peace.

The program will benefit the relief organization Artists for World Peace. The 15th c. chanson “L’homme Armé” ("The Armed Man"), in both a medieval setting by Antoine Busnois and a contemporary setting by Karl Jenkins, and various settings of Dona nobis pacem, or “Give us peace,” set images of armed defense against images of peace. Other poetic texts in settings by Guilio Caccini, Randall Stroope, Hildegard von Bingen, Morten Lauridsen and Jan Sibelius are inspired by a hope for peace. 

Augmenting the choral and instrumental music will be the African choreography of Sankofa Kuumba Dance Ensemble, wearing the International Peace Belt, which is made up of coins and gemstones from 165 countries and created by Artists for World Peace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to spread peace by supporting humanitarian projects in places where the Peace Belt travels. Together, we offer these performances as a symbol of peace for all.



Endangered Species Weekend

Started by United States Senate proclamation, endangered species awareness events encourage people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered animals and plants and what actions can be taken to help preserve their future. Participate in a scavenger hunt featuring exotic and domestic endangered animals! Scavenger hunters may enter a random drawing to win a $100 sponsorship of an endangered animal through the World Wildlife Fund. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo AAZK Chapter.


50% Off Extravaganza Sale at Make a Home Foundation!

Come and shop to support Make a Home Foundation's mission of serving veterans and families in need. 56,000 square feet of furniture, household items, collectibles, art, glassware, antiques, toys,  baby items and building materials. Thursday, May 16, to Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 40 High Bridge Road, Sandy Hook. Call 203-270-5501 for more details.



Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at:  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: or friend us on Face Book.