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Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
"Sacred Moments"
by Ashby Carlisle and Lisa Bell
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
This joint exhibit features the combined works of New London artist, Ashby Carlisle and New Hartford artist, Lisa Bell. The exhibit includes the three-dimensional landscapes created by Carlisle along with the strong, visceral fields of color in the illuminated manuscripts crafted by Bell.
Carlisle-The Tease of Spring #1
Ashby Carlisle uses a welding torch, a kiln and a laser printer to create pieces that are wholly inspired by the natural world. Her works utilize these “implements” to craft her impressionist style structural mixed media landscapes.  Her work has been exhibited in private collections and galleries throughout  New England. Past exhibits and awards include: 72nd Connecticut Artists Exhibition, The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT (Awarded Second Place); John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT (Awarded the Whitney Center Prize) and Golden Thread Gallery in West Hartford.  (

Bell- Psalm 1
Lisa Bell uses traditional scripts and color symbolism taken from liturgy, music and Scripture to fashion the painted illuminations she creates. Non-traditional materials are also used in her work. A graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn she has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the region. Her solo exhibits include St. Philip’s Church, Harlem and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in NYC. Group exhibits include Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, St. John’s Episcopal Church, West Hartford and the National Arts Club in NYC.  (

The public is invited to the Artist’s Lecture by Ms. Carlisle and Ms. Bell at 3:30 pm on January 21.  Music at the reception will be provided by Matt McCauley on double bass and Thomasina Levy on dulcimer.

The exhibit runs through April 8, 2017.  
The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery hours are:  
Monday – Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.

     For further information call (860) 567-3163

An Evening with Belle of the Fall
A Musical Performance
with Julia Autumn Ford and Tracy Walton
Wednesday, January 25 ~ 7:00-8:00 p.m.
 Oliver Wolcott Library
Belle of the Fall is fast becoming known for their vocal harmonies, and the interplay between Tracy Walton's upright bass and the haunting voice of Julia Autumn Ford. Their album, Earthboundfeatures arrangements that are sparse in nature, leaving room for their voices to take center stage. Julia Autumn Ford is a Connecticut Music Award Nominee for Best New Artist (2014) and Song of the Year (2015). Tracy Walton is a New England Music Award Nominee for Best Male Performer (2014 and 2015). He has written for Alfred Books and taught at the National Guitar Workshop. For more on Belle of the Fall, visit
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
"Hedy Lemarr" History at Play
Thursday, January 26 ~ 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Join actress and historical interpreter, Judith Kalaoraas she introduces you to a woman clouded in a fantasy world that only Tinseltown could create. Watch as this young Austrian refugee transforms to become the most beautiful woman in the world, all the while, inventing technology to GPS, WiFi, and all wireless telecommunication.
Pre-registration is required
Cost: $5.00 per person
For more info call 860-567-8302

Art Reception
Litchfield Public Schools ~ Mixed Media
Thursday, February 2 ~ 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Litchfield Center School and Litchfield Intermediate School:
Exhibit dates: February 1- 13
Litchfield Middle School and Litchfield High School:
Exhibit dates: February 14- 23

Come and see the wonderful artwork by Litchfield students. Litchfield Center School students have been working on identifying and creating a variety of lines, shapes, colors and textures in their artwork. Their inspiration came from artists such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall, a variety of picture books and even Emojis! They experimented with a variety of materials and tools and imparted their personal interests into their creations.

Litchfield Intermediate School studied the Elements and Principles of Art while developing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through collage, scratchboard, and printmaking. Many of their projects are open-ended so that students may explore their own wide range of interests and incorporate them into authentic and meaningful works of art.

Art from Litchfield Middle School students will feature a variety of subject matter, including Op Art, value drawings, and self-portraits using colored pencils, marker and graphite pencil.

Litchfield High School students will include works from Advanced Placement Studio Art, Advanced Art, Painting & Mixed Media, Drawing, and Illustration & Character Design. Works feature a variety of subject matter, including portraiture, still life, and conceptual work. Visit all four schools’ website at
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street, Litchfield, CT

Warner Auditions Announced for FOLLIES
Director: Michael Berkeley 
Music Director: Willard C. Minton 
The Warner Stage Company will hold auditions for a Main Stage Musical Production of FOLLIES on Monday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. by appointment. The production is directed by Michael Berkeley with Willard C. Minton as music director and will be presented at the Warner Theatre in May, 2017.
All roles are open to audition. We are seeking a diverse cast of actor/singer/dancers with a specific need for women ages 45 and older to portray the legendary Weismann Girls, all of whom perform a specialty song or dance. There are 16 principal/featured roles plus ensemble available in this production.  Click here for more details.
Litchfield Montessori School ~ Mixed Media
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
 Oliver Wolcott Library
On Exhibit: January 5- January 27, 2017
The exhibit has been curated by LMS Art Specialist Liliana Kleid. This year's theme is “Masterpieces From Trash.” The exhibition’s goal is to raise awareness of the environmental issues facing society. 
Our reliance on paper and especially plastic has created environmental problems including groundwater contamination, crowded landfills, and ocean debris. These environmental issues are a legacy that future generations will have to contend with. Techniques used include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture.
Established in 1972, Litchfield Montessori School’s curriculum and approach to learning reflects the commitment and vision of Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori believed that the goals of the educational process should be to cultivate self-motivation, to encourage the child’s natural desire to learn, and to promote critical and creative thinking. LMS is committed to serving the whole child by nurturing their love of learning, preserving their sense of wonder, encouraging independence and fostering respect for our world’s social and cultural diversity.
Located on a four-acre campus in the Northfield, the Litchfield Montessori School serves children 15 months through 12 years of age. To learn more about Litchfield Montessori School, visit their website at