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March 2021

Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley

March 18 @ 10:00 am - October 17 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley is a collaborative exhibit showcasing 40 works of art that speak to human impact on the land. This exhibit is from March 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - October 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm.

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September 2021

The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America’s Great Rivers Series

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - December 7 @ 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

We are honored to join with these Museums from across the Country to present our Virtual Lecture Series. Book your spot to learn what makes each of these Rivers both unique and similar as part of the Great American River story. 

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Changing Seasons – New Exhibit Opens

September 24 - November 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook, Connecticut presents Changing Seasons, an exhibition showcasing select works by participating artists in the 2021 Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival.  Discover fine artists and artisans from throughout Connecticut, New England, and the tristate region who present representational and abstract painting, photography, mixed media, and collage. The gallery show opens to the public Friday, September 24 with an Open House Saturday, September 25th from 1-6pm and Sunday, September 26th from 1-5pm.  The show closes Sunday, November 7.  Also, the Gallery’s…

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The Connecticut Headwaters To The Sound: A Day of Stories and Song With The Nehantic and The Abenaki

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

FREE Outdoor Event at the Connecticut River Museum  A Day of Stories and Song With The Nehantic and The Abenaki  Time-honored Native drum group  Jennifer Lee demonstrates the making of traditional Ash Bark and White Pine basketry  Abenaki Chief Roger Longtoe displays a collection of tools and armaments  “mishoon” project video at Peskeompskut and Elizabeth James-Perry wampum video on display throughout the day  The event will have limited seating available. In case of rain, please check ctrivermuseum.org for information.  The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. envisions a Connecticut River Valley…

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Online: Creating a Journal of Art

September 28 @ 12:30 pm - October 26 @ 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$140

This class will explore a compilation of ideas, about letting go, loving imperfection and its allure in the world of the creatives----a place to make mistakes, explore freely and not worry about a finished piece of art. You will start by collecting odd bits of ephemera. ‘Go to places ‘ are junky antique stores filled with old ledgers, vintage music sheets, diaries, magazines, canceled postage stamps, etc. Then make marks, patterns, & symbols on the vintage ephemera, onion skin or deli …

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At Gallery: Creating a Journal of Art

September 29 @ 12:30 pm - October 27 @ 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

This class will explore a compilation of ideas, about letting go, loving imperfection and its allure in the world of the creatives----a place to make mistakes, explore freely and not worry about a finished piece of art. You will start by collecting odd bits of ephemera. ‘Go to places ‘ are junky antique stores filled with old ledgers, vintage music sheets, diaries, magazines, canceled postage stamps, etc. Then make marks, patterns, & symbols on the vintage ephemera, onion skin or deli …

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At Gallery: Oil Painting Studio for All Levels

September 30 @ 12:30 pm - October 28 @ 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

This Studio Class focuses on both the fundamentals of oil painting or can be a refresher course for those with some experience.  The class begins with techniques of brush work, color mixing and color theory painting Alla Prima primarily, (wet into wet) or by layering the paint. Participants learn to create form and depth through the use of color and values light thru dark.  Artists with some prior experience can refresh their knowledge while painting from their selected objects or…

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Online: Introduction to Basic Drawing Techniques

September 30 @ 4:30 pm - October 28 @ 6:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

This five week course is an introduction to basic drawing techniques and visual concepts, with a focus on translation of a three-dimensional form to a two-dimensional surface.  Fundamental issues of drawing will also be introduced, (line, value, space, and composition).  Objective, non-objective and intuitive approaches are covered as we explore mediums ranging from charcoal to pen and ink.  Material list available upon registration. Thursdays:  Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 4:30-6:30pm $150, Members save $15  

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Alfresco Thursdays 2021

September 30 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 30, 2021

Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Alfresco Thursdays has proven to be THE go-to, weekly event for summer fun! Shops are open until 8pm and restaurants spill onto patios, decks, and reimagined parking areas. The alfresco spirit is contagious as the community and visitors come together to eat, shop, stroll and socialize!

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October 2021

At Gallery: Beginning Macro Photography Workshop

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$50

This workshop covers how to create closeup photography also known as Macro photography and will demonstrate best practices on how to use a zoom lens and macro settings available on the lens. The first hour and a half is dedicated to a lecture inside Spectrum Gallery with photo examples of different lenses with macro capabilities and zoom lenses shown on a laptop. The last hour and a half is dedicated to practical shooting with students’ cameras and lenses. Participants can…

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At Gallery: Fall Pressed Botanicals Workshop

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$10 – $45

The focus of this workshop is making cards and other larger pieces suitable for framing and gift giving.  All pieces made in the workshop will have fall themes using pressed petals and leaves.  Learn how to press the botanicals and apply them to a heavy cardstock.  Your creations will make a lovely gift for someone or to keep for yourself.   Supplies include an abundance of pressed botanicals, cards and paper. No experience necessary. $45 with a $10 material feel paid…

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SUSTAINABLE ESSEX AND THE ESSEX LIBRARY PARTNER UP FOR TWO EVENTS IN OCTOBER

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - October 19 @ 7:00 pm
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One event on October 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm

One event on October 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Producing, buying, and throwing away clothes, among many other things, has a huge impact the environment. Studies show the clothing and footwear industry alone is responsible for over 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding the connections between the $2.5 trillion apparel industry and the environment might help us solve our climate crisis. Sustainable Essex and the Essex Library invite Connecticut residents to participate in two free online meetings of inspiring discussion with bestselling authors focused on the impacts…

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LEARN THE SOUNDS OF FIRE SAFETY

October 5 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

The Essex Fire Engine Company #1 is teaming up with the Essex Library and the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM”, this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign. The 2021 campaign which runs October 3-9, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. From beeps to chirps, this year’s campaign works to better educate the public about the sounds smoke alarms make, what those…

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2021 Scarecrow Contest & FestiFALL

October 9
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Fall is in the air and it’s time to mark your calendar for the Essex Board of Trade’s Scarecrow Contest and FestiFALL! Follow the yellow brick road of scarecrows and vote for your favorite one. Are you “A Good Witch” or “A Bad Witch?” Scarecrow Display & Contest Starts October 7th As is annual tradition, the “Scarecrow Lamp-Post Presentation” - scarecrows created by Essex, Centerbrook & Ivoryton residents and businesses -  line the Main Streets of the three villages. Viewers…

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LAPTOP SERIES 2021: CHROMEBOOKS 101 WITH MIKE INGBER

October 9 @ 11:00 am
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Let’s Talk About Chromebooks! Chromebooks are a lower-cost, easy-to-use alternative to traditional laptops. They’re great for browsing the Internet, checking your email, using Zoom, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, and accessing other online services. They are also able to be used for more traditional purposes such as word processing using online suites offered by Google and Microsoft. Come to this workshop at the Essex Library on Saturday, October 9 at 11 a.m. to learn the fundamentals of using…

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At Gallery: Fall Watercolor Class

October 9 @ 1:00 pm - November 6 @ 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

In this this 5-session watercolor class open to all levels paint the beautiful colors of the Autumn leaves.  The focus for beginners will be on color mixing and basic watercolor techniques such as wet on wet, dry brush, methods for creating texture and using watercolor to make a nature print.  Complete a small painting at the first session. No drawing skills required.  More advanced painters can follow along with the day’s lesson, adding ideas and expertise or they may bring something…

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2021 LAPTOP SERIES: INTRO TO ONLINE GENEALOGY RESOURCES

October 9 @ 1:00 pm - November 6 @ 1:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

As part of the Essex Library’s 2021 Laptop Series, made possible by a generous grant from Guilford Savings Bank and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, professional genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan will conduct a 3-part series of workshops on using free online genealogy resources. These hybrid workshops will be held in the Essex Library (seating is limited) and on Zoom on Saturdays, October 9, 23 and November 6 at 1 p.m. Part 1: Want to dive into genealogy research but on…

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At Gallery: Painting the Abstract Still Life in Acrylics

October 10 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$70

This workshop is for beginners and practiced painters who want to learn the art of abstraction to express their own creativity. Our model set up will feature a medley of fruit, bowls, baskets, etc. The many colors and textures of the arrangement will inspire your imagination. We’ll discuss our observations and by exploring our thoughts and sharing ideas the class will gain insight into different ways of seeing and interpreting ordinary still life subjects. Although the class is focused on…

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Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group Resumes Meetings At Essex Library

October 12 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 15, 2022

Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free
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Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. To help people who care for those with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter facilitates about 90 support groups around the state. The Essex Library is honored to collaborate with AACC in hosting a monthly caregivers support group, at 5 p.m. on every 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning June 8, which offers caregivers a place to share, learn and feel welcomed. People talk about…

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The Great River of the West and Maritime Heritage

October 12 @ 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

Part of the The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America’s Great Rivers Series Columbia River Maritime Museum The Great River of the West and Maritime Heritage Presented by: Captain Bruce Jones, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), Deputy Director, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, Oregon

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At Gallery: Coloring for Adults Workshop

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$12 – $45

We’re all stressed these days, especially after a year of dealing with navigating life amid a global pandemic. Coloring has been a longtime popular outlet to creatively diffuse this stress and encourage creativity. We’re not talking about kiddie books and crayolas. We will work with beautifully detailed books filled with mandalas, floral images, fantastical creatures, enchanting women, entangled designs, and more. A wide variety of mediums are used in this workshop– colored pencils, markers, gel pens. Participants will select from…

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At Gallery: Slow Stitch Workshop

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$65

In this workshop learn a meditative technique that allows you to discover the joy of stitching and the benefits of meditation. Slow stitching is a mindful, contemplative practice that uses the repetition of simple stitches on small squares of fabric to create a single piece or one part of a larger piece. You will learn five basic stitches and will create at least one small square that you can take with you. Examples of artist’s unique creations that grew from…

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November 2021

At Gallery: Creating Scratchboard Art Workshop

November 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$25 – $65

In this workshop, you will learn how to transfer your image onto scratchboard, the techniques of the tools to create different textures and effects, and the tricks to fix little mistakes.  You will leave with a finished piece and a kit to create your own beautiful scratchboard pieces! Bring two 5x 5 inch copies of the same photo of a favorite pet or animal’s face, and learn how to create a masterpiece.   If you are not sure of your photo…

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The Ohio River, Gateway to the West

November 16 @ 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

Part of the The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America’s Great Rivers Series Ohio River Museum The Ohio River, Gateway to the West Presented by: William Reynolds, Ohio Historical Society- Campus Martius and the Ohio  River Museum. Currently serving as Historian at both museums.

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December 2021

The Connecticut River: Past, Present, and Future

December 7 @ 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

Part of the The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America’s Great Rivers Series CT River Museum The Connecticut River: Past, Present, and Future – Virtual Lecture Presented by: Jennifer L. Carlson, Executive Director, The Connecticut River Museum

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