Friday, March 28 2014

Format: 2014/09/02

Friday, March 28 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.

 

The Piano Guys

CABARET

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Sandwiches, soup, salad, dessert, cash bar 

Selling out theaters everywhere, The Piano Guys became a sensation by way of a series of striking self-made YouTube music videos which continue to amass millions of views.

Their highly original blend of classical music and pop is an imaginative mash-up of arrangments with sources ranging from Michael Jackson to Mozart, and The Bourne Identity to David Guetta. 

The 35+ spectacular Piano Guys videos have so far netted over 1.6 million YouTube views (500,000 new views a day) and over 545,000 Facebook fans. 

 

 

The Book of Mormon

Nine 2011 Tony Awards.  The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion.

One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well-meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble.

Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected.

Contains explicit language.

 

“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. 

 

Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival

Hit Films, Big Stars, Hot Topics and Cool Parties Coming March 20-30, 2014;                                                                                Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival Grows, Spanning Cinematic Jewniverse

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 The 18th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for Hollywood legends, Oscar hopefuls, sleuths and spies, glitzy singers and a gutsy beauty queen March 20 – 30, 2014, with    23 features, thrillers, romantic comedies, shorts and documentaries from 13 countries, screening in 5 venues over 10 days.

Bank-robbing oldsters, thrill-seeking youngsters and Big Apple hipsters share the spotlight with larger-than-life historical heroes, talking animals and even a singing Jewish cowgirl at Connecticut’s largest Jewish global cinema event. Parties, live concerts and Reel Talk conversations with visiting filmmakers and musicians, an author, film subjects, historians and experts will enhance many films. For the first time, the Festival presents free student screening events at one high schools and six university campuses in Hartford, Farmington, New Britain, New Haven, Storrs and West Hartford.

 

 

Opening Reception-"Oral Fixations: Drawings by Julia Randall"

From strange hybrid “Lovebirds” to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Assistant Professor of Art Julia Randall’s drawings seduce the viewer. The exhibition “Oral Fixations” is a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Ms. Randall. As the artist explains, she sees the mouth as “the threshold of the id,” and her works are “simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive.” The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud’s theory of oral-stage fixation, but Ms. Randall’s often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor. 

 

"Oral Fixations-Drawings by Julia Randall"

From strange hybrid “Lovebirds” to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Assistant Professor of Art Julia Randall's drawings seduce the viewer. The exhibition “Oral Fixations” is a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Ms. Randall. As the artist explains, she sees the mouth as "the threshold of the id," and her works are "simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive." The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud's theory of oral-stage fixation, but Ms. Randall's often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor.

 

Goblin Market at CRT!

 Goblin Market

March 27 - April 6, 2014

By Penny Benson, adapted from the poem by Christina Rossetti Studio Works Series A Puppet Arts Production
Studio Theatre

The full, exhilarating, creative power of the University of Connecticut’s Puppetry Program will bring an adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s entrancingly atmospheric narrative poem Goblin Market to our studio stage.

Two sisters, in the service of a troubled household, must resist the hypnotic call of seductive goblins who tempt them with luscious fruits and promises of unimagined ecstasies. When one of the sisters is sacrificed to the goblins, her sibling must risk her own life to bargain with the supernatural creatures in order to save her sister from certain demise. With actors, imaginative puppetry and surprising theatrics, Goblin Market promises to weave an enchanting spell.

Buy Tickets Online

ThursdayMarch 27, 7:30 pm - Preview

FridayMarch 28, 8:00 pm - Opening Night

SaturdayMarch 29, 8:00 pm

WednesdayApril 2, 7:30 pm

ThursdayApril 3, 7:30 pm

FridayApril 4, 8:00 pm

SaturdayApril 5, 2:00 pm

SaturdayApril 5, 8:00 pm

SundayApril 6, 2:00 pm

 

Silent Poem, Spoken Light

 The Kehler Liddell Gallery is pleased to present “Silent Poem, Spoken Light” with work by Maureen M. Squires and Sarah Beth Goncarova, on view March 20 - April 20, 2014. An Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, March 23, 3:00 - 6:00pm. On April 5 from 3:00 - 5:00pm, there will be a poetry reading and artist-led discussion with poet Judith Vollmer, Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, featuring poems from her newest work The Water Books. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

The exhibition “Silent Poem, Spoken Light,” explores one of the most integral yet continuously perplexing questions of the art-making practice; how does one create work that is highly communicative yet largely unspoken? Artists Maureen M. Squires and Sarah Beth Goncarova examine this concept through calligraphy, poetry, painting and installation. Through using vastly different media, both artists look to natural forms as metaphor and message, drawing parallels between inner and outer landscapes.

 

Painter and calligrapher Maureen M. Squires interprets the words of writers and poets through paint and ink. Through the use of color, illustration, illumination, alphabet and gesture, she both abstracts and clarifies the meaning of the words. Movement and gesture are key components of Squires’ practice, making work that is at the same time bold and subtle, beautiful and evocative.

 

Like Squires’ luscious calligraphic works, the installations of Sarah Beth Goncarova tease metaphor from imagery of the natural world. Using intricate combinations of sewing and circuitry, Goncarova creates otherworldly illusions of seemingly natural phenomena. The fragile branches of her piece The Cherry Tree beckon the viewer in—Goncarova’s own invitation to the viewer to become part of the work itself. Only when the viewer enters the tree crown does the tree surprisingly awaken. In her piece The Web, women quietly weave at an ancient loom, creating a magnificent web out of spider silk and dew drops. In both pieces, we are drawn into another world, that entirely of Goncarova’s own making.

 

Squires’ background in Fine Arts began formally at Seton Hill University, where she majored in painting and where she first studied calligraphy. This took her to Carnegie Mellon University where she studied Advanced Calligraphy for two years with noted calligrapher and type-designer Arnold Bank. Over the years, Squires has studied with many notable lettering artists, but studying with Bank was a turning point in her approach to the alphabet and painting. Since then, Squires’ work has become an exploration of letters and words through paint, interpreting the words of favorite poets with abstract forms and graceful brushwork. Her tools range from traditional steel nibs, to brushes to reeds to bamboo. Her preferred media are ink, gouache, Japanese watercolors and acrylics.

 

Goncarova earned degrees in sculpture and architecture at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Maryland, and has worked for the theater as costumer, puppetmaker and scenic designer. Her art practice has evolved to include such varied media as painting, textiles, light, dance, sound and animatronics. To date she is a finalist for the 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for installation/performance.

 

Squires and Goncarova offer visually and conceptually compelling work in “Silent Poem, Spoken Light,” rewarding the curious and even quickening the pulse.

 

Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. 

 

Lois Eldridge: 100 Pears – 50 Years of Clay, Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop

 Wesleyan Potters is hosting a very special show celebrating Lois Eldridge’s fifty years as a potter.  For me, it is an amazing process to take clay and to imagine all of the things it can become: a sculpture, a bowl, a pear, or a birdbath.  Anyone who hasn’t had his or her hands in clay is missing a wonderful experience.”

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 20, 5 - 7. 

Lois Eldridge:’s work will be on exhibit and for sale during regular gallery hours. At Wesleyan Potters 350 S Main St, Route 17, Middletown, CT, Gallery hours: Wed 

 

Bobby Valentine discusses Baseball at the Trumbull Library

Join us for Bobby's colorful impressions, opinions, and memories from all of baseball: high school, college and professional; managerial and media! Drop in.

For more information about Trumbull ‘s One Book One Town book selection and event schedule visit here.

 

 

Mari Skarp-Bogli: Architecture of A Memory

Reception on Tuesday, April 8th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Mari Skarp-Bogli’s “Architecture of a Memory” addresses the subject of memory and its operation within the human brain. Her paintings, sculpture and interactive drawings employ abandoned locations, discarded materials and objects that transmit associations of loss, abandon and decay. These works are assemblages of memory evoking relics of attics, basements, barns and the garages of home in as much as representations of the physiological, psychological and neurological functions they interpret.
Skarp-Bogli earned her M.F.A. from Maine College of Art and B.F.A.’s in both painting and sculpture from the University of Hartford. She is an adjunct art instructor at Tunxis Community College and at the University of Hartford. See more of her work at www.mariskarp.com.

Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-4pm & Saturday 10am-4pm, when classes are in session.

For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator
860.343.5806, mweber@mxcc.edu
http://www.mxcc.commnet.edu/Content/Art_Exhibits.asp

 

24TH Annual Northeast Regional Conference on Autism - “Bridging Communities: Strategies for Success”

 The conference will include panel discussions, a question-and-answer segment with Jesse Saperstein, author of “Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters,” and the second day will feature keynote speaker and famous autism activist Dr. Temple Grandin.

Diagnosed with autism as a child, Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a respected expert on animal behavior and author of “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum.” In 2010, her life story was made into an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning HBO docudrama called “Temple Grandin,” and Time Magazine named her as one of the Most Important People of the Year. Grandin has also appeared on various television shows including “Larry King Live,” and “The Today Show,” and she designed humane handling systems for nearly half the cattle-processing facilities in the United States.

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut strives to bring progressive thinking from professionals in the field to its annual conference so families and specialists can acquire knowledge and understanding to take the most effective approaches in working with individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

 

KEVIN FLETCHER: "GLASS WORKS—LINEAR RADIATION" @ Middlesex Community College

Reception on Tuesday April 8th, 6:00-7:30 pm
Kevin Fletcher’s sculptures unite the complex and associative nature of line and the dynamic energy of glass. Works like “Radiate” exploit the similarities between the animate light of neon with that of molten hot glass.
Fletcher has a B.F.A. in Glass from the Appalachian Center for Craft and a B.A. in Business Administration from Marist College. He has also studied glass at Penland School for Crafts, Urban Glass and Franklin Pierce University. See more of his work at www.overallglass.com