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January 2021

NEW Spectrum Gallery Show – The Human + Animal Bond

January 23 - March 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its first 2021 Show, The Human + Animal Bond with an open house weekend Saturday and Sunday, January 23rd and 24th(12:30-6pm). Enjoy wine and bagged snacks at the gallery during the opening weekend and help us celebrate the New Year! The exhibit closes March 7, 2021.

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Managing Your Money in Challenging Times: A 5-Part Series on Zoom

January 26 @ 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 24, 2021

Free

A free, illustrated 5-part series of workshops on creating and maintaining financial security will be presented by UConn Extension Educator in family economics and resource management Faye Griffiths-Smith at 6:30p.m. on Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, Mar. 9, and Mar. 23 on Zoom for the Essex Library. Griffiths-Smith will focus on creating and following a spending plan and managing credit and debt. Registration is required. RSVP: 860-767-1560 or www.youressexlibrary.org

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Creating a Rice Paper Collage: Zoom Workshop

January 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 17, 2021

$130

In this class, learn to use a support (clay board, canvas panel, cradle board, illustration board), with a hard surface to create an interesting textural background by adhering a variety of rice papers. On this covered support create asymmetrical grid patterns, encasing pressed flowers & or pressed leaves, confetti, red onion skins, and other materials to enhance your work. Subjective imagery can also be lightly drawn or traced onto the background.  You will learn to encase materials and to paint…

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Exploring Drawing: Zoom Course

January 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 24, 2021

$130

Learn multiple drawing techniques in this relaxing but informative course. Instructor will teach techniques for rendering still lives, portraits and landscapes. You will learn how to control line weight, value, texture and compositional balance. Material list and ZOOM access information will available upon registration. Sean, the instructor, is an award-winning painter who has been professionally teaching painting for over 20 years and exhibits his paintings nationally and internationally in galleries and museums including at Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, CT. Dates: Weds. Jan.…

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Zoom Webinar: Games, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Life with Yale Science Communication

January 27 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated zoom talk entitled “Games, Drugs, And Rock & Roll: Artificial Intelligence In Everyday Life” will be presented by Yale Science Communication at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 hosted by the Essex Library. The focus will be on artificial intelligence in our everyday lives through the lens of game theory, pharmaceutical research and music therapy. Registration is required. www.youressexlibrary.org or call Essex Library at 860-767-1560.

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Watercolor Adventure: Zoom Course

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, repeating until February 25, 2021

$130

Learn a variety of watercolor techniques such as flat washes, gradient washes, wet on wet and direct paint.  This course welcomes all skill levels. Instructor will take you from start to finish on your pieces.  These methods can be applied to most any subject. Material list  and ZOOM access information will available upon registration. Sean is an award-winning painter who has been professionally teaching painting for over 20 years and exhibits his paintings nationally and internationally in galleries and museums…

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Designer Earrings Workshop at Gallery

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$67

One can never have too many earrings! They’re the perfect accessory to wear with jeans and a sweater or with a little black dress. And they make great gifts for family and friends. During this in gallery workshop the instructor will show you her four original designs from which you can make unlimited earrings simply by changing the bead combinations. No experience necessary. You will learn basic techniques that will give you the confidence to move on to other jewelry…

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February 2021

Top Tips For Winter Storm & Flooding Readiness

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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UConn Extension Educator Mary Ellen Welch will talk about making your personal supply kit and making pet and car emergency kits for the Essex Library on Wednesday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom. She will also cover basic weather terms and their meanings and risks. Welch will provide recommendations for staying in touch with family and friends, how to stay safe if you stay or go, and tips for dealing with power outages. This is the first in a…

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Zoom Webinar: Propagating Native Plants From Seed

February 6 @ 10:30 am
Free

Including native plants in your garden is a great way to help pollinators. Expand your native plantings inexpensively by growing them yourself from seed. Learn how in this virtual workshop for the Essex Library on Saturday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. Certified CT Master Gardener Jim Sirch will discuss different germination requirements for different kinds of seeds and how to plant a plastic milk jug filled with a seed selection to stratify over the winter. Proper after care will be…

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CRM Virtual Speaker Series: How Did We Clean Up Our Rivers?

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks: How Did We Clean Up Our Rivers? An Environmental History of the Legislation, Technology, and Politics of Clean Water in the Connecticut River Watershed. Andrew Fisk, Ph.D., Executive Director at the Connecticut River Conservancy will be our guest, speaking on the history and technology of clean water, and what should “clean” mean.

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Retirement Transformed Book Club

February 24 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Retirement Transformed launched their new book club! They will selecting books that sparks thought, motivation, and inspiration to open up important conversation. This is a great way to connect with others! A final discussion will be held on February 24th at 7PM via Zoom to reflect on how to apply these principles to our lives. Some months the book’s author will be joining!

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March 2021

CRM Virtual Speaker Series: Mills: Making Places of Connecticut

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Join Renee Tribert of Preservation Connecticut as we discuss the historic physical structures that speak to Connecticut’s industrial past, and carry forward to our present and future. Interesting industries/architecture, as well as case studies on different rehabs throughout the state will be discussed. Highlights cover the industries in Essex, Deep River, and other places along the Connecticut River.

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April 2021

CRM Virtual Speaker Series: Three Centuries of Innovation in the Connecticut River Valley

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Eric Hintz of Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation/Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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CRM Virtual Speaker Series: The Memories and Lives of Old Trees and What They Can Tell Us About Climate History

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard University Forest Did you know that, until recently, people in the Northeastern US have been living in one of the wettest eras of the last 500 years? Trees do. Did you know that, until recently, global warming had not impacted the Northeastern US like it had in other regions or the globe as a whole? How do we know these things? Trees are witnesses of how our shared…

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May 2021

CRM Virtual Speaker Series: The Connecticut, New England’s Great River

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Adair Mulligan, Executive Director at Hanover Conservancy. The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2670 feet to the sea through America’s only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. This program begins with an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among…

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June 2021

CRM Virtual Speaker Series: Courageous Dissent – How Harry Bingham Defied His Government to Save Lives

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Robert Kim Bingham, Retired Federal Attorney, US Department of Justice and US Department of Homeland Security. Courageous Dissent is the first book published about America’s unsung diplomat hero Hiram (Harry) Bingham IV, the author’s father, who was in charge of issuing visas to America and freedom while stationed as a US vice-consul in Marseilles, France, just before World War II. It captures Bingham’s compelling story of placing humanity above his career during the early…

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