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Celebrating Mary Through the Arts
Monday, June 6 ~ 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth, lives in the Christian imagination through the way she is depicted in the arts of literature, music, painting, and sculpture.
Jo-Ann Iannotti. OP
Through this program, come to appreciate her in a new way. See how she can continue to be a model and inspiration for all living in our 21st Century world.

Registration closes Friday, June 3 at Midnight
For further information call (860) 567-3163
NW CT Regional Initiative State Arts Grant
Information Session
Tuesday, June 7 ~ 9:15 a.m.
Litchfield Community Center
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council will host an information session for the Regional Initiative Grant program made possible by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The session will be held Tuesday, June 7 at 9:15 am at the Litchfield Community Center. The session is free but requires registration at
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
7th Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour
Saturday, June 25, 10 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 10 – 4 p.m.
25 Artists’ Studios in
Litchfield and Thomaston, CT
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is presenting the seventh annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour on June 25 and 26, 2016 in the towns of Litchfield and Thomaston, CT. The 2016 tour will feature more than 25 artists who have their studios in those towns. Participating visual artists and artisans will open their creative spaces and show their processes to the public during the days of the tour.  Free ticket packets can be ordered through the website and include a map, directions sheets, suggested itineraries and convenient sign-in stickers.
The Studio Tour is free to the public, thanks to the support of the Republican-American, WSHU-RM, Mindscape Industries, WZBG Radio, the Kestrel Foundation, Hickory Stick Bookstore, Burlington Construction, and Jeffrey Tillou Antiques.
This year’s tour artists include painters, photographers, sculptors, multi-media artists, ceramicists, textile artists, jewelers, illustrators, and woodworkers.  The artists and artisans are Albert Coffill, the artists at Bantam Tile Works, Alex Bouteneff, Doreen Breen, Will Cummings, Jill Davenport, Arif Djan, Claudia Duhamel, Trisha Haulenbeek, Richard Heys, Jill Imse, Amber Maida, Robin McCahill, the artists at Mindscape Industries, Carol T. Moore, Joan Morosani, Alessandro Morosani, Anne Marie Papineau, Jessica Jane Russell, Jennifer Sabella, Suzan Scott, the Ten-to-1 Artists, Susan Wakeen, Joe Yeno, and Cynthia Zinser.
The Tour Preview Party will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 3 pm in Litchfield at Renaissance on Litchfield Road.  It will be the only time when all the artists will be in one location with samples of their work.  At this pre-event celebration of the participating artists, the Arts Council staff will have information and free Ticket Packets available for party attendees.  There will also be a drawing for $50 Art Bucks certificates at the party for guests who have registered for their Ticket Packets.

Each year the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council selects groups of towns within its 25-town service area for the tour. In recent years the event has seen over 800 visitors, with many returning annually. The aim of Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is to shine a light on the many artists who live and work in our region, to give the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and to draw attention to the towns in which these artists live and work.
“This event gives the visitor an up-close experience to see how and where the artists do their work.  The Arts Council knows that when the public learns first-hand from the artist about what is involved with the making of a work and the ‘story’ behind it, a deeper connection and involvement with the art work happens. In addition, people going on the Open Your Eyes Studio Tour will discover truly beautiful sections of our region that they might not otherwise find,” said Amy Wynn, Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s executive director. 
The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the arts and cultural resources of northwestern Connecticut. The Council considers arts and culture to be integral contributors to the quality of life in the region. The Council focuses on assisting artists and cultural organizations in their efforts to thrive, informing the public, and giving access to the arts across the region.
The 25-town region served by the Arts Council includes Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Falls Village, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Roxbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted.
For information about Open Your Eyes Studio Tour go to or contact the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council at 860-618-0075 or
Artist Reception
Jocelyn Regenbogen ~ Watercolors
Oliver Wolcott Library
On Exhibit May 5 - June 23
Jocelyn Regenbogen has been painting watercolors for the past 20 years. Her interest in the medium began with a series of six lessons with the accomplished painter Frank Federico at his Goshen studio. Little did she know then that she would remain a devoted weekly student of Frank’s for the next eight years and would continue painting for years thereafter.
Her body of work consists largely of florals and landscapes. In her work, she strives to capture the ephemeral aspects of nature and the interplay of light and shadow. She paints with bold and varied brush strokes, uses glazes of color carefully and preserves the white of the paper whenever possible. Her work incorporates familiar local backdrops as well as favored travel destinations including Martha’s Vineyard and the Caribbean.
Dr. Regenbogen has shown her work at numerous venues including a juried exhibit at the Kent Art Association, the Oliver Wolcott Library, the William Pitt Real Estate Gallery, Western New England College and the Hunt Memorial Library in Falls Village. She has done multiple paintings on commission also.
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.
Litchfield Jazz Camp News
Summer 2016 represents a watershed for the renowned Litchfield Jazz Camp.  It celebrates 20 years of an exceptional, noncompetitive program aimed at musical and personal growth. Litchfield Jazz Camp begins this year on July 10 and culminates in the Litchfield Jazz Festival, August 6 & 7.  Students 12 and up are welcome.  There is no pre-audition and the camp provides some support to students with financial need.  Litchfield Performing Arts (LPA), the not-for-profit parent of Litchfield Jazz Camp and Festival, announces An Afternoon of Jazz & Friends, a fundraising event for Litchfield Jazz Camp. Each year the Camp awards scholarships to student musicians 12 – 18 who would otherwise be unable to afford this outstanding music education experience.  continued