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November 2019

After School Drawing and Painting for Young Artists Ages 7-11

November 6 - December 11
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

All levels welcome! In this class, students practice drawing and painting from life as well as from the imagination. They explore various mediums such as watercolor and acrylics and the tools & techniques associated with each of these mediums. In drawing students learn about traditional practices, such as contour drawing, brush-play, and still-life, while also exploring experimental methods, such as abstract art. Please bring a 9”x12” Sketchbook to the first class. Dates: Wednesdays 11/6, 11/13, 11/20; 12/4, 12/11. Makeup 12/18…

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After School Creating Holiday Gifts for Special People for Ages 7-11!

November 6 - December 11
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

Why not create unique, one-of-kind, handmade artwork as gifts for friends and family this holiday season? These will be gifts made from your heart and saved for years to come. In this 5-week “play-shop” children will design handmade cards, as well as use a variety of mediums to make art for gift-giving. From drawing and painting to jewelry making and sculpture, children will create art to give as special gifts this holiday season but also make this hectic time easier…

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Creating a Painting with Collage and Mixed Media Classes

November 6 - December 11
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200 – $220

Want to try your hand at painting? Thought you could only use oils, water mediums or pastels? In this class learn to make your own papers and to use mixed media materials such as acrylics, markers, gels and your unique hand-made papers to create a fine art piece of your choice. Use photos or your own sketches for inspiration and choose a canvas or panel of any size to work on. Bring these items to the first class. Teaching Artist…

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Drawing Two for Adults

November 7 - December 12
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

Take your drawing to the next level by combining shapes and forms into 2 and 3D figures. Learn to setup a still life. Focus on composition, perspective, background/foreground objects, shadow, light and tones of gray, black and white. Work with pastels, colored pencils, chalk and charcoal. Material list available or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Teaching Artist Edward Rosado studied commercial art and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He worked at Hartfield &…

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Late Fall Acrylic Studio 3:00PM

November 15 - December 20
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

FILLS QUICKLY! Adult painting sessions for intermediate, advanced and beginner levels. Artists work from reference photos (yours or supplied - primarily landscape or still life). Regular painting demonstrations and the instructor painting along with allows for total freedom to explore the medium and help if needed. Each artist receives individual attention working at their own pace and within their own abilities to develop confidence with better techniques of drawing, composition and color theory. Paintings are developed to a finished stage,…

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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

November 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Monday, repeating until October 25, 2021

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free
Sea Chanteys

FREE! Every Monday. 8:00pm - 11:00 pm Join us every Monday as the Jovial Crew brings the Tap Room to life with this old seafaring tradition, extremely popular today. "Jovial Crew" is a good description for both performers and patrons, a very spirited bunch making a very spirited evening indeed!

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Sip & Shop

November 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
J. McLaugnlin, 3 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

November 22
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 29, 2021

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE
Psychedelic ’60's

Every Friday, 8:30pm - 12:00am Psychedelic ’60’s, a power trio that pays tribute to the ground-breaking musical super groups of the sixties, plays the Tap Room at The Griswold Inn every Friday night. Take this nostalgic trip and listen to the music of the Kinks, the Beatles, the Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival... ROCK N' ROLL!

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Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

November 22
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 27, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Saturday, repeating until October 25, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 2020

Essex Paint and Sip, 12 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoons. Guests can produce their own works of art while guided by the skilled hands of one of the many local artists on staff. As aspiring Da Vinci's paint scenes of the river, landscapes, or their own pet, they can enjoy a wide selection of wines and beer available during each session. Afterwards, guests can leave with a work of art in-hand and the knowledge that their leftover paint won't destroy the picturesque…

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Let’s Celebrate! Holiday Show

November 22, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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FREE

We all celebrate in different ways for many occasions, including various holidays, births, anniversaries, weddings or just because we’re happy! We are calling for abstract and representation art in all mediums including photography which illustrate through imagery, color, pattern or subject matter this idea. This is an extremely popular show at Spectrum and space is limited. The gallery store will be looking for seasonal items including ornaments for the gallery’s annual tree. Store items do not need to follow the…

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Wreaths of the River Valley

November 22 - November 27
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Bid for Wreaths: Monday, December 2 – Thursday, December 12 We are excited for our newest holiday fundraisers! This year, we are collecting donated handmade wreaths for the Wreaths of the River Valley auction from area businesses, organizations, and families! Wreath auction bidding opens at the beginning of December and closes during our newest holiday fundraiser, Mistletoe & Martinis on December 12, from 6-9 pm. If you are interested in donating a wreath for this special cause, please Contact Phyllis…

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Let’s Celebrate! – Opening Reception for Holiday Show

November 22, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its newest Holiday show: Let’s Celebrate! (Nov 22-Jan 12) with original artwork and fine crafts that explore ways we celebrate for many occasions, including holidays, births, anniversaries, weddings or just because we're happy! Come and discover a variety of artwork, fine crafts and handmade ornaments on our six-foot annual holiday tree. Perfect for yourself or a holiday gift! The exhibit opens Friday, Nov 22 with a reception (6:30-9pm) with food, wine and…

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Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

November 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until March 27, 2022

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sunday Hunt Breakfast

Sunday Hunt Breakfast / Every Sunday (except holidays) Enjoy the thrill of the hunt each Sunday when a bountiful spread is laid out buffet-style. This sumptuous offering includes a wide array of breakfast and lunch entrées with made-to-order Belgian waffle and omelet stations, breakfast breads, freshly prepared salads, and assorted desserts. The brunch gets jazzier with Dixieland by Freight Train beginning at noon! Reservations recommended. For more information visit http://www.griswoldinn.com 11am to 1pm $24.95/adults; $12.00/children between 7-12; under 6/complimentary

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Community Music School Presents Annual Faculty Concert

November 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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FREE

On Sunday, November 24th, members of the Community Music School faculty come together to perform an array of chamber music and other works at 3 pm at the Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook. This annual event offers the community a unique glimpse into the wealth of talent and experience of the Music School’s faculty as they collaborate on a wide variety of selections. The concert is free and open to the public and a meet-and-greet reception immediately follows. At-will…

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December 2019

Gourd Holiday Ornament Workshop

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$50 – $56

In this unique workshop learn to make a 3-4” elegant gourd ornament with eye hook and gold hanger. Plan your geometric design, wood burn the design onto the gourd surface and, then paint using a variety of ink dye colors and eye-catching gold foil. These stunning gourd ornaments can be displayed anytime of the year or given as special one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday season. If time allows instructor will bring enough materials to make two ornaments. Space in this…

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Trees in the Rigging

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

The holiday season kicks off in Essex with the annual TREES IN THE RIGGING Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade. The Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade, and the Essex Historical Society combine to present this annual event that includes a traditional, lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street where spectators are invited to bring their own lanterns or flashlights and join in with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and a parade of antique cars.…

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Trees in the Rigging

December 1 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue
Essex, 06426 United States
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Kick off the holiday season in Essex with the annual Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing and Lighted Boat Parade. The Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade, and the Essex Historical Society combine to present this annual event that includes a traditional, lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street where spectators are invited to bring their own lanterns or flashlights and join in with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and a parade of antique…

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15th BIENNIAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

December 7
Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue
Essex, 06426 United States
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$30 – $40

SHOP & STROLL AT THE 15th BIENNIAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR IN HISTORIC ESSEX presented by the Essex River Valley Auxiliary of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT (Essex, CT) - The town of Essex opens their homes this December to support Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the Essex River Valley Auxiliary presents a self-guided walking tour through seven distinctive houses, beautifully decorated for the holidays in downtown Essex. Visitors can also…

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Shop & Stroll

December 7
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Shop & Stroll at the 15th Biennial Holiday House Tour in Historic Essex Presented by the Essex River Valley Auxiliary of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT   The town of Essex opens their homes this December to support Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the Essex River Valley Auxiliary presents a self-guided walking tour through seven distinctive houses, beautifully decorated for the holidays in downtown Essex. Visitors can also get a…

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Chilli, Cheap & Chilly 2019

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Essex Art Association, 10 N Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Holiday Stroll

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Click here for Holiday Stroll Press Release!

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IVORYTON ILLUMINATIONS

December 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivoryton Village Green Ivoryton, 06409 United States + Google Map
FREE

We light up the Season with over 450,000 lights in the village of Ivoryton! Visit the village of Ivoryton throughout the month of December to shop, eat and view the spectacular Illuminations! Tune your radio to 101.5FM to watch the lights dance to holiday music. Light Up event and Santa Arrives – Saturday December 7, 2019 at 5:00pm. Lights on throughout the month of December so visit Ivoryton often! For more information on the Ivoryton Village Alliance, please visit this…

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Wednesday Evening Holiday Wreath Design Workshop

December 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40 – $50

Create your own 30” live wreath to display proudly this season with landscape designer, Tracy McMorran. A wide variety of freshly picked greenery is available. Florist wire, hand-made bows and painted objects, including pinecones, for embellishment are also provided. Bring wire cutters or sharp scissors, and gloves are recommended. Beginners welcome! Wednesday, December 8, 5:30-8:00pm $40 (plus $10 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop); Members save $4 Membership starts at $45 per year and offers 10% discount…

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Mistletoe & Martini

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$75

Join us Thursday, December 12 from 6 – 9 pm. This festive celebration at the Museum will feature signature martinis and other seasonal drinks, along with fabulous hors d’oeuvres from a renowned regional caterer, and music! Tickets on sale now! $75 per person, $125 for two, and $150 patron. Click here to purchase your ticket! The night is also the culmination of the “Wreaths of the River Valley” Auction. Area businesses, organizations, and families will donate handmade wreaths. If you…

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Felted Ornament Design Workshop

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$50

This workshop will be a “needle felting” class for all levels. You will make a small 3-d felted ornament using the needle felting method, which is very gratifying and can be combined with the many other felting techniques. For this project you will use soft, colorful merino wool roving, special barbed needles yarn and embellishments. Workshop will begin with some simple brainstorming sketches. Then we will discuss the best shapes to form a foundation, choose a color palette and then…

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Community Music School’s Holiday Concert

December 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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‘Tis the season of celebration, please join us on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 pm at John Winthrop Middle School for Community Music School’s Holiday Concert. Free and open to the public, this community-wide annual event brings together faculty and students to perform vocal and instrumental holiday favorites. This family friendly concert will include performances by the Community Music School New Horizons Band, Suzuki Violin Group, and full String Orchestra. In addition, some beautiful solo piano holiday music will be…

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Let’s Build a Felted Snowman!

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$45

This workshop is a perfect introduction to the craft of wool felting. What wool felting is and the technique of producing fiber sculptures will be explained. Once you have built your first snowman, you will be skilled in making all types of three dimensional figures. The kit includes everything you need to get started: needles, felting handle, scissors, finger covers, foam pad, awl, and glue stick all stored in a container, plus the wool roving for the snowman. Because wool…

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