Litchfield News






7th Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour
Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m. – 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.
Jill Davenport ~ BZ photos
Alessandro Morosani (left) and Joe Yeno
Carol T. Moore (left) and Jill Imse

Susan Wakeen (left) and Richard Heys


Cynthia Zinser (left) and Susan Scott

Alex Bouteneff

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
Oliver Wolcott Library Art Gallery
Reception ~ Wendy Costa
Litchfield- "Photographs in Infrared"
Thursday, July 7 ~ 5:00-7:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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
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 or call 860-361-6285 for assistance and information.