Oliver Wolcott Library
In the Gallery
Loretta Dillman

Reception: Thursday, October 7th
5:00-7:00 pm
Loretta Dillman invites you to share a moment in time where adventure & excitement inspired her to create what you see before you. Through her artistic interpretation she endeavors to capture nature's light for spirit, color for emotion & shadow for mystery. The rich & varied New England topography provides inspiration daily; she also travels Europe in search of poetic landscapes & seascapes that enrich her artistic vocabulary.

Loretta holds a BS in Art Education from SUNY, New Paltz, NY. In recent years she has become a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan where she has studied under Emmy-award winning writer & artist David Dunlop. She also participated in David's production of Landscapes Through Time, painting en plein air in the Hudson River Valley and throughout France. She has shown her work in galleries & exhibitions in Connecticut & New York.



Piano Recital featured classical music
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Ann Kelly of Litchfield demonstrated her exceptional musical ability at a piano recital on Friday evening at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington. Musical selections featured the works of composers Haydn, Brahms, Debussy and Chopin.



PJ Zeller, LHS grad to appear on “Medium” on CBS

PJ Zeller will be on the 2nd episode of Medium - 'The Match Game' - Friday, October 1st at 8:00 pm on CBS, He plays an officer and is on, near or at the end. Submitted by his proud parents Gary & Cindi Zeller of Litchfield



Don’t miss 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Goshen Players

I saw The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Goshen Town Hall Friday evening with Joan. I did not know what to expect. Were we surprised! It was hilarious! (I hope I spelled that correctly!) The characters were wildly convincing, especially those that changed roles virtually in front of your eyes! The show touches every memory we have of our childhood with humor and nostalgia. The cast is great and the music is sweet and upbeat. They involve the audience in many interesting ways. You find yourself cheering the winners and consoling the losers. The bottom line is that there are really not any losers, except for those who don't see this show. It is an adult show and has countless contemporary laugh lines that even hit the current Connecticut election doings. - Charlie Gill



Paint With Friends Art Show
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“Paint with Friends” hosted an art show at the Litchfield Community Center on Saturday. This group gathers on a weekly basis at the Community Center to paint together and share their talents and inspirations. The art show featured a wide variety of artistic styles.




September 24, 25, October 1, 2, 8, 9 at 8:00 pm,
September 26 and October 3 at 4:00 pm.
Tickets $22.00 at www.goshenplayers.org or at 860.491.9988



Hand Coloring Black and White Photographs

Led by artist Laurie Klein, participants in this workshop at the Litchfield History Museum explored different hand coloring techniques, toning photographs as well as different methods and mediums to use when hand coloring.

Photos by Kate Baldwin @ Litchfield Historical Society



Goshen Players Presents:
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
September 29th – October 9th

Teens Competing to Win
Joyce S. Schwartz

In its first incarnation The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was an improvisational production done by a New York based comedy group known as The Farm. Called C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, it was an unscripted play that dealt with six madcap teenagers competing in a regional spelling bee. The ball that got it rolling toward its’ award winning Broadway success was kicked off by playwright Wendy Wasserstein after she went to see it to support a performer, who happened to be her weekend nanny. The musical’s opening in 2005 at Circle in the Square Theatre in Manhattan was preceded by several seasons of workshop and summer theater performances, but the freshness and spontaneity that were the hallmark of the improvisational version were never lost.
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In the Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library

Ben Foster - Paintings

September 1st - September 24th

Ben Foster first studied plein air painting as a young boy and teenager in rural Connecticut, where he developed an early interest in landscape painting. When he went to Williams College, the New York School artists (De Kooning, Rothko, Pollock) were an important influence on him and he worked in a studio with Rassi Gifford painting abstractions. After Williams he moved into teaching and spent little time at his easel. As his teaching duties eased he returned to his easel and studied drawing and painting at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. In one juried show at the New Haven Paint and Clay Club he was awarded the major prize in landscape painting, and this success pushed him to return to plein air painting and landscapes.

When he moved to Litchfield, he took classes and workshops with Ira Barkoff at the Washington Art Association. He began showing his landscapes in group and solo shows, and found galleries in New England to represent him. He has spent winters painting in Florida and Georgia. In recent years, he and his wife have spent several months on Jekyll Island, Georgia, where there is a lively community of artists and an active arts association with its home at Goodyear Gallery. Ben teaches plein air classes and conducts workshops on landscape and still life painting at the Jekyll Island Arts Association. The salt marshes and tidal rivers in this area attract many to spend hours at their easels trying to capture the coastal scenes and astonishing sunsets over the marshes. His website is www.benfosterpainter.com.



The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House will open the exhibit, “The Spirit Book Series” by artist, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord of Newburyport, Massachusetts, on Saturday, September 18.

Ms. Kapuscinski Gaylord’s exhibit will include a unique collection of books of textured papers and twigs, beads, golden stitched spirals, and pinpricked designs that rest in cradles of branches and roots. “These bring together my love of the book and my response to the natural world. Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety,” she said. She believes the “reading” these books is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the viewer out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence.

She discovered the handmade book in 1988 after 10 years working in calligraphy. Attracted to the book’s intimacy, humility and adaptability, she began a journey from books with text and images to the sculptural work of the Spirit Book series. Her work is in the library collections, featured in books and magazines and in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. Her website is www.susankapuscinskigaylord.com.

The books will be on exhibit until January 8, 2011. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Ms. Kapuscinski Gaylord also will lead a Spirit Book workshop at Wisdom House on Saturday, November 13 from 9:30 am – noon. For further information call Wisdom House at 860-567-3163, email programs@wisdomhouse.org or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center is an interfaith center which presents programs in spirituality, education, and the arts. It offers hospitality for group meetings and specializes in service to the not-for-profit community. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.



Art at the Market

Fran Clem was back at the Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market on Saturday directing the art activity for children. Children’s art activities are available each Saturday at the market which is open from 10:00 am–1:00 pm at the Center School parking area in Litchfield.



Goshen Players, Inc. announces its 2010-2011 season!
The Board of Directors of Goshen Players, Inc. is delighted to announce the line up of productions for the 2010 - 2011 season.



Young artists create wheelchair spoke guards

The Young Artists of Frances Clem Studios, along with Barbara Salinger's art students, have designed 40 spoke guards for the wheelchairs at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. This is the third time that artists ages six through nineteen have created spoke guards for CCMC. It is a challenging project, in that the art must fit into a round format that rotates. Mrs. Clem and Mrs. Salinger are extremely proud of the work their students have done to help make a child's hospital stay at CCMC a little brighter.



Debut of 2nd Edition of Litchfield Art Guide

On Friday June 4th, more than 120 people attended a fundraising event to support Litchfield Visual Arts as they celebrated the release of the 2nd edition of the Litchfield Art Guide. The beginning of a 2 day event was held at the Litchfield Historical Society, where the Art Guide was launched in conjunction with a reception of an exhibition of 25 artists who live and work in Litchfield. The exhibition at the Historical Society will continue until August 31, 2010.



Plein air painting on the green

As part of the Litchfield Arts Festival on Saturday, Litchfield artists, Albert Coffill, Carol Moore and Susan Newberry participated in a plein air painting event on the green.



Wamogo pair cited by state association
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Wamogo Regional High School seniors Shannon Gunnip of Goshen and Joshua Squires of Warren received High School Arts Awards from the Connecticut Association of Schools recently. Gunnip was Wamogo's musical recipient. She is a gifted singer and has participated in the All-State choir, the New England Festival, the Northern Regional Chorus and the Berkshire League chorus. She will attend Salve Regina College. Squires was Wamogo's art recipient. He is a member of the National Art Society, earned a silver key in the Connecticut Scholastic Arts Awards program, and has completed an advanced placement 2D design portfolio. He will study graphic design at Gordon College.



Nature Photography at White Memorial

Paul Edwards shared his expertise as a nature photographer at the White Memorial Conservation Center on Saturday. See the video below for more details.

Nature Photography with Paul Edwards



The Young Artists of Frances Clem Studios in Bantam recently learned that the labyrinth they created for the Global Art Project for Peace will be exchanged with a group in Australia. The labyrinth, which is 20 feet by 20 feet, is the largest work of art that Mrs. Clem's students have created to date. It was shown at the annual Young Artist's Gallery at the Bantam Borough Hall on March 20 and 21st, where it was walked by the visitors to the show. While traveling the pathway to the center, the art work showing each student's vision of peace is an inspiration for the viewer. The center design was created by Yvette Haas, a former student of Frances Clem Studios. Additional photos of the Young Artist's Gallery may be seen on Mrs. Clem's website.



Pink Ribbon Art at Common Ground

On October 16 and 17, 2010, Litchfield residents Wendy Costa and Rochelle Clementson will be walking 39.3 miles in the New York Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Each walker has a commitment to raise a minimum of $1800 for this cause, and walkers engage in many creative fundraisers to meet or exceed their goals.

Wendy Costa is currently showing her mixed media photographs at the Common Ground in Litchfield. She is going to donate all of the proceeds from this art exhibit to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. In addition, Common Ground is waiving their commission on art sales, so 100% of the funds will go directly to fight breast cancer. The show is now open and will continue through mid-April.



Litchfield Visual Arts
Litchfield Art Guide is available online
To view participating artist information and work visit www.litchfieldvisualarts.org.

Litchfield Visual Arts, LLC is an organization formed to enhance economic development within greater Litchfield through the promotion of the visual arts (galleries, artists & artisans), and to create public awareness of the visual arts establishing greater Litchfield as an art oriented destination.



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