Friday, February 21 2014

Format: 2015/02/26

Friday, February 21 2014

Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.


To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.


The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.


Trinity College Organ Series: Benjamin Sheen

Chapel, Main Chapel, On the Campus of Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT, 06106

Friday, February 21, 2014

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Benjamin Sheen is a nationally recognized organist and has recently been announced as the winner of the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in the U.S.A. Sheen’s talent will be shared with the Hartford Community in the Trinity College Chapel.

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Smart Painting

A show of paintings by artists who respond to the institution of contemporary abstraction. Organized by John O' Donnell. Featuring artists: Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, Tatiana Berg.



Wesleyan Potters presents: Hartford Art School - “Dirty For A Reason”

Opening reception, Friday, February 7th 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop is featuring a show by University of Hartford ceramics faculty and majors. Contemporary issues in clay, both functional and sculptural, are addressed in their innovative work, which will be on exhibit and for sale during regular gallery hours. 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, 860-344-0039



Perry Obee’s painting process is driven by the formal and material concerns of direct studio practice. As explorations of the abstract, representational and material properties of paint the underling content of his work is the situational context of everyday objects, people and place. In the “Stacked Space” series, precarious vertical and horizontal stacks of books and other objects appear to dissolve into shallow background planes. Modern still-life traditions are engaged here as composition; lighting and color are manipulated to derive a sense of self-referential order and harmony. These arranged views of Obee’s possessions double as autobiographical interactions of momentary space, artistic perspective and the material experience of his own place within them.

Obee is an adjunct art instructor at MxCC. He holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University. See more of his work at Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., when classes are in session.



Attend a reception on Wednesday February 5, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. and enjoy Karen Barton’s series of tondo paintings, which employ the traditional round panel format and the Italian Renaissance combination of oil paint and gold leaf. Picturesque subjects of reflected water lilies, trees, sky and rippled water dislocate viewer’s sense of specificity as they are composed within closely cropped peephole perspectives. The small scale and circular shapes here similarly reference telescopic and magnified slide compositions in as much as the direct landscapes they represent. Bartone lives in Clinton, Connecticut, and holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. See more of her work at The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office. Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to  4 p.m.


Tavern Night

Enjoy a night out in an early American tavern atmosphere! A delicious home-cooked meal, live music, beverages, and exciting tavern games await you at the Noah Webster House's Tavern Nights. Each evening features a different menu and entertainment and offers a variety of drinks and tavern games for your amusement. Don't miss one of the museum's most popular events!

Includes: Dinner, one complimentary drink, and entertainment. Vegetarian entrée available by reservation only. Reservations are required.


“Thingamabob” Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Machines, gadgets and all things technology inspire the artwork at a new exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery. “Thingamabob” features art that is in the eye of the mechanically inclined in a group show of artists, including John Jackson of Jefferson, New York, Tom Hlas of Norfolk, CT, Lewis Schaffer from Ridgefield, Deborah Rauh from Westport, Sara Roche from Weston, and others.  

The Maritime Garage Gallery, located at 11 North Water Street, is part of the Norwalk Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


The Loft Artists Gallery presents "Under the Big Top"

 The Loft Artists Association will showcase the excitement and wonder of circus life with its first all-member exhibition of 2014, to be held in both their East and West galleries at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford.

An Opening Reception will launch “Under the Big Top” on Friday, February 7th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and the exhibition will continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm through Sunday, March 9th, 2014.


Chairman of the show Paul Larson says, “The circus is a great resource for artistic expression, from the barkers and the ballyhoo, the wild animals, the daredevils, acrobats, and of course the jugglers and clowns. Thirty of our artist members will contribute their interpretations of ‘the greatest show on earth’ in a variety of styles and media, and we look forward to sharing the magic and beauty that appeals to children of all ages.”


The Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County’s visual arts community and exposing the general public to artists and their work.

Their grassroots events attract thousands of visitors throughout the tri-state area and have been recognized by funding agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, corporate and private sponsors, the City of Stamford and by visitors who return year after year.

Admission and parking are free. (A donation is suggested.) Handicapped access is available on Saturday and Sunday. For directions and more information visit or call 203-323-4153.      


Music at the Meetinghouse: ROY ASSAF JAZZ TRIO

 Join us as the First Congregational Church of Madison's "Music at the Meetinghouse" concert series presents the Roy Assaf Jazz Trio on Friday, February 21st at 7:00 pm. Tickets are only $15-$20. Visit for a seating chart and to order tickets or call Nathan Bayreuther at: 203-245-2739, ext. 21. 

Delivering fresh color to the world of music, the Roy Assaf Trio blends traditional jazz with middle eastern rhythms, singable melodies with danceable rhythms. A special bond is created among the musicians that leaves the audience feeling inspired by a memorable happening. 
Born in Israel in 1982, Roy started his formal classical training at the Tel Aviv Conservatory at the age of eight. In 1999, he graduated from the three-year jazz program of Thelma Yellin – Israel’s premier high school of the arts – and won the International Red Sea Jazz Festival competition for young musicians. Roy later became a prominent Israeli jazz pianist and a member of the Tel-Aviv Jazz Big Band. He led his own jazz quintet, performed at the International Jazz Blues and Videotape Festival and made numerous appearances on national television and radio programs.
In 2000, the Israeli Military Academy of Music granted Roy an award of distinction and enlisted him to serve in the Education Corps for three years. After his military service, he graduated from the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music shortly before moving to United States. After being awarded several scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, Roy moved from Israel to Boston in 2003 to pursue his undergraduate studies, grauduating in 2005 with a BA cum laude. 
In the fall of 2005, he moved to New York City to pursue his musical career. After less than a year he received a phone call to join the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band. Roy joined them on a long European tour consisting of 13 cities, as well as for additional performances in Canada, Puerto Rico, and one week at the famed Blue Note in New York City. Since then, he has been working both with the small group as well as the big band in various venues and festivals around the world. By playing with them, Roy has had the honor to share the stage with jazz legends as Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart and many more.
Besides performing with many world-renowned musicians, Roy has also won several awards, including the 31st Downbeat Student Award for Outstanding Performance, 2008 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, 2nd place of the Charlie Palmieri Memorial piano Competition, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute Award, America-Israel Cultural Foundation Prize 
for Young Israeli Musicians and the 30th Downbeat Student Award for Best Jazz Arrangement. In May 2008, Roy graduated from a two-year program at the Manhattan School of Music, earning a Master's degree in Jazz Performance.
In 2013, Roy formed his own trio with bassist Raviv Markovitz and drummer Jake Goldbas. Together, they began to establish the unique voice of the Roy Assaf Trio. They have performed across North America at venues such as The Blue Note and the Rubin Museum of Art. Their debut album will be released in the summer of 2014.

Benjamin Sheen, organist

The 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize at the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition. He is the Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church in New York, Benjamin Sheen will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Walton.

There is no admission charge.