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Former Switch Factory “Switches” Name
to Bantam Arts Factory to
Welcome Artists, Businesspeople
and Retailer Seeking Co-Working Space
Bantam Arts Factory is the new name for what was widely known as the Bantam Switch Factory at 931 Bantam Road/Route 202 in historic downtown Bantam. The newly-renovated Bantam Arts Factory offers naturally-bright sun-lit loft spaces where resident artists are currently creating everything from woodworking to fine paintings.
Photo Credit: Heather Norris Photography
Over the past six decades, the building was leased out to a variety of enterprises and freelance artists and businesses. “In 2015,” stated associate Gary Silverstein, “we decided to renovate and upgrade all four floors into the more current, efficient and safe modern workspaces. We installed uniform lighting throughout, painted all the walls white, and put up trim boards in all the hallways where artists can display their works.”
The original Bantam Arts Factory building was the Flynn and Doyle Carriage Factory built in 1878 to produce carriages and sleighs. The prominent factory burned to the ground in 1888. The new building became the Connecticut Electric Manufacturing Company in the 1950's, and operated until the 1990's as the Connecticut Electric and Switch factory.
To learn more about the newly-renovated and re-named Bantam Arts Factory for available leasing spaces, contact David Dean at 860-459-6009 or via email to
Founder of Litchfield Jazz Camp to be honored
by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame
The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is celebrating 25 years of honoring the state’s remarkable women and sharing their stories. This year they are counting among their honorees Vita West Muir, the Executive & Artistic Director of Litchfield Performing Arts Inc. (LPA). There will be a statewide awards presentation in Hartford November 5 and a second one in Litchfield on December 15 honoring Muir in particular. For moire deetails visit
Joan Morosani & Susan Spencer   
"Two Points of View" ~ Paintings 
Oliver Wolcott Library
On Exhibit: September 1 through October 26
Joan Morosani and Susan Spencer are excited and honored to be showing together for the third time at OWL. They draw from different approaches and traditions, but feel that their paintings perfectly complement each other. Both painters attempt to express the immediacy of experience as seen through color, texture, line and surface tension.
Joan’s background is as a wallpaper and textile designer and as a decorative painter. Although one can still see the influences of pattern in her work, she seeks to use familiar objects and produce found locally in the subject matter of her still life. Some of her own textile designs are also used as a backdrop. She is interested in the interaction and tension between the manmade and the natural. Vibrant color and the immediacy of the visual experience are also parts of what she is expressing in this body of work.
“A Hidden Wholeness:
The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton”
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
This is the first time the collection of Merton’s
photographs will be shown in New England.
The exhibit, on loan from The Thomas Merton Center of Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky consists of 35 black and white photographs of landscapes, elements from the natural world, and domestic items from his daily monastic life.  It will run through November 10, 2018.

“Suzuki Scroll” ~ Reproduced with permission from
the Thomas Merton Center, Louisville, Kentucky

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Art Show Opening and Reception
Marlow Shami
Saturday, October 13 ~ 6:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Marlow Shami's vibrant, mandala-like abstracts investigate nature's imprint within her daily life. She describes her upcoming show "Restoration" below: "Restoration is a growing body of work launched in 2010. Like words used to build a story, sensory attractions build my experience. I wait, listen, leap, stop, and begin again to collect, compose, wonder, experience. Each mosaic-like piece within the Restoration series, captured during one of New England's seasons, is a segment of one of hundreds of digital photographs taken for each piece.

The many hours spent outside in nature form the matrix upon which I build. The nature of this experiential process elicits a restorative response within me as the colors, character, smells, sounds, textures, and season direct my attention. Tuning into the sensory language of nature bestows both direction and joy in my process. Most of the finished work within this series may appear to be  symmetrical, but it is not. The composition is a reflection of the internal urgings to create balance; perfect imperfection.

I work with a Canon D7 Mark 11. My canvas is digital. I utilize Photoshop to piece together the final work." Shami's work is commissioned by private collectors and shown in regional and national juried shows. Visit Marlow's website

 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
The reception is free but you
must pre-register by calling:
860-567-0857 or register online:

The Warner Stage Company
Auditions Announced for
Director/Choreographer: MEREDITH PORRI
Music Director: TJ THOMPSON 
The Warner Stage Company will hold auditions for a Nancy Marine Studio Theatre Musical production of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on Monday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 17, by appointment. The production is directed and choreographed by Meredith Porri with music direction by TJ Thompson. It will be presented in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre beginning December 8th for 8 performances.
All roles are open to audition. We are seeking an ensemble cast of 14 adults (18 yrs or older) for this production (5-6 men, 5-6 women;with featured characters Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy (Snoopy can be played by either a male or female actor).  Auditioners must bring sheet music with them and be prepared to sing 32 bars, but no more than oneminute, of a fully memorized Broadway-style musical selection that showcases their vocal range.  Click here for more details.
The Water Colors of Mary Nolan Fracchia
White Memorial Conservation Center
Mary Nolan Fracchia grew up in Connecticut and was drawn to art at an early age. She received her BA in Studio Art at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She has worked with oils, acrylics and recently branched out into watercolor. With a real love of nature, Mary enjoys painting landscapes and botanicals. She is currently a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Bantam Art Club. Mary has settled in Goshen, CT with her husband and two young sons, where there is no shortage of plantlife, lakes and mountains to paint. Botanicals and landscapes will grace the walls of the A. B. Ceder Room through September 30.