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Warner box office ~ 860-489-7180
Writing The Mind Alive
Sunday, July 31 - 3pm through Friday, August 5 - 1pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
How To Hear Yourself...
Anne Bright, Ann Mullen
A Proprioceptive Writing (PW) Immersion
PW is a method for exploring the psyche through writing, under conditions that are designed to promote relaxation and reflection. Taught by Faculty members of the PW, this workshop teaches you to listen to your thoughts with empathy and curioisity, which gradually opens a path to self-trust.
For information:
For further information call (860) 567-3163
Litchfield Jazz Festival 
August 6 & 7
@ Goshen Fairgrounds
Litchfield Jazz Festival celebrates 21 years this August 6 & 7 at Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen CT. The themed program, Generations Of Jazz, pairs young stars-in-the-making who came out of the Fest’s teaching arm, Litchfield Jazz Camp, with iconic players. Young lions like saxophonist Albert Rivera and pianist Emmet Cohen will be joined by guitarist Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Other well-known artists includes Steve Johns, Orrin Evans, Dave Stryker, Donald Harrison, Avery Sharpe. Matt Wilson and many more.
This year the Festival sports a new look with its Sunday kickoff, Scat & Scramble- A Jazz Brunch with a New Orleans flair in food and music led by saxophonist Donald Harrison and an all-star band. Tickets are on sale now at Visit the website  continued

The Monarch and the Milkweed:
Art Show Opening Reception
with Betsy Rogers-Knox
Saturday, August 6 ~ 5:00-6:30 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Conservation Center in honored and delighted to launch quarterly rotating art exhibits in the A. B. Ceder Room beginning with the beautiful works of the incomparable Betsy Rogers-Knox. Please join us for a viewing, meet our artist, and enjoy light refreshments. The show will hang through the end of September and will be accessible during programs in the Ceder Room or by appointment.
Goshen Players Inc. 
will be holding open auditions for its
fall comedy "Boeing-Boeing"
written by Mark Camoletti
Monday, August 15 ~ 7 pm
Tuesday, August 16 ~ 7 pm
Goshen Old Town Hall
The production will be directed by Colleen Renzullo. Auditions will take place on Monday, August 15th at 7pm & Tuesday, August 16th at 7pm at the Goshen Old Town Hall, 2 North St., at the Rotary Junction of Rts 4 & 63, Goshen, CT 06756.

The production will open on October 21st and run through November 5th, 2016. All roles are open for audition. Additional audition times may be arranged if needed. To schedule an alternate time send an email to: or find us on Facebook. Please send your desired date and time. Click here for more details.
Heal” by North Carolina artist Erin Tapley
opened Saturday, July 16, 2016
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
The exhibit consists of scrolls produced by a technique called hydroprinting or marbling. Marbling is a printed, paper decorating method done by floating and arranging colors on thickened water. 
Oliver Wolcott Library Art Gallery
Reception ~ Wendy Costa
Litchfield- "Photographs in Infrared"
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Wendy Costa has been an avid photographer since inheriting her father's Argus C3 rangefinder camera in high school. In graduate school at the University of Michigan, she studied with Joanne Leonard, who encouraged her to combine photography with drawing, painting, and collage. After the completion of her MFA degree, Costa pursued other alternative photography media, including Polaroid transfers. This medium allowed her to combine drawing, painting, and collage with photography.
Brush Hill Road Swamp
In 2014, inspired by the work of Laurie J. Klein, Costa began to work with digital infrared photography. In infrared photography, live green foliage and grass reflect infrared rays, so they appear white. Blue skies and deep water absorb infrared rays, so they appear black. There is a mystery to the medium which she loves - she never quite knows how the picture is going to appear until she clicks the shutter.
Cape Dunes
A Litchfield resident, Wendy Costa has been teaching art for 35 years, the last 26 years at Wamogo Regional High School where she teaches photography, among other art classes.  Her work has been shown in many venues including the Center for Photographic Art, University of Connecticut, Litchfield Historical Society, and Westover School.
Litwin Windmill
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
OWL - BZ Page
Picture perfect weekend for art tour (06-28-16)
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council hosted its 7th Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour over the weekend (June 25 & 26, 2016), with 25 artists’ studios in Litchfield and Thomaston being featured. For information about the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, please visit or call 860-618-0075.

Joan Morosani, Northfield ~ BZ photos
NW CT Regional Initiative State Arts Grant
The Regional Initiative Grants offer local funding for arts and cultural projects and programs in the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s 25-town service area. For a second year, the Connecticut Office of the Arts has allocated funds by region to provide arts project funding to artists, art organizations, art programs of non-arts organizations, municipal arts departments, Pre-K through high schools and PTO organizations for community projects in any arts discipline. Grants awards for this program will be in the $1,000 to $4,000 range. The grant application process is via an online portal and all applications and required materials are due by July 29, 2016.
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) developed this project grant in partnership with its nine Designated Regional Service Organizations, among which is the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. The Regional Initiative grant program (REGI) is appropriate for applicants primarily interested in small projects that support access to the creative process and/or creative experience, especially those projects that experiment with new ways to apply the arts within a community. The guidelines and more information about the Regional Grants Initiative can be found at the State’s website -
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council serves as a central source for cultural information for 25 towns in the region and surrounding areas.  It provides many free services including networking and roundtable sessions; the CultureBEAT emailed newsletter; promotional tools; an extensive cultural events calendar; opportunities listings such as auditions, calls for artists, jobs, funding, space sharing; listings for instruction in the arts and fine crafts; as well as a directory of artists and cultural organizations, and guidance about other available resources. 
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council serves Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Canaan (Falls Village), Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted. The Arts Council also welcomes participation from surrounding towns.
For more information about the REGI Grant info session or the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s services, visit or call (860) 618-0075 or email
Raymond Jacobs: Photographer
Exhibit on view at the Litchfield Historical Society until July 31, 2016
Eleanor Jacobs, widow of Raymond Jacobs, and Litchfield photographer Visko Hatfield. ~ BZ photo
Currently on view at the Litchfield History Museum is the exhibit Raymond Jacobs: Photographer featuring select commercial and artistic works from photographer Raymond Jacobs.  Subjects include local Connecticut parades and fairs, celebrity portraits, migrant workers, circus life, and Coney Island, NY subjects. Raymond Jacobs lived in New York and worked as a commercial photographer for many years, before moving to Litchfield. This exhibit will be on view through July 31, 2016 and is open during museum hours.