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March 2019

Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

March 1, 2019 - February 4, 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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Sculpting with Spirit

March 13 - April 25
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

Sculpting with Spirit for Ages 9-11 Learn how to create fun 3 Dimensional objects using paper maché, mixed media, and found objects. In this class we will explore form, structure, techniques and applications relevant to sculpture. From giant 3D pencils using found objects and paint, to giant paint tubes using paper maché and mixed media, this class is sure to be exciting! Sculptures will be put on display for a short time following completion of class and then returned to…

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An Adventure with Clay

March 13 - April 25
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

Sculpting with Spirit for Ages 9-11 Learn how to create fun 3 Dimensional objects using paper maché, mixed media, and found objects. In this class we will explore form, structure, techniques and applications relevant to sculpture. From giant 3D pencils using found objects and paint, to giant paint tubes using paper maché and mixed media, this class is sure to be exciting! Sculptures will be put on display for a short time following completion of class and then returned to…

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Creating an Art Book of Treasures Classes

March 13 - April 24
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200

IF you love collecting from nature, twigs, feathers, pebbles, bits of nests…….. IF you are a hoarder of quirky charms, shiny embellishments, vintage buttons….. IF you love collecting or writing sentiments, words of wisdom……… Then in this class you will artistically create a book filled with whimsy and sentiment that reflect YOU! Using 3 to 5 mat boards you will decide on a theme then use collage papers and other imagery adhering them in layers onto each mat board which is the art page…

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Spring Watercolor Studio

March 14 - April 25
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

In these classes learn or review the steps of using transparent watercolor such as building up color from light to dark, painting flat washes, graded washes, layering transparent washes, and wet on wet techniques. Going from light to dark as you preserve the lights and highlights is key to watercolor technique.  This approach will be discussed at length as well as studying excellent examples of this way of working.  There will be still life setups to work from and photo…

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Spring Acrylic Studio

March 15 - April 26
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 you allows you 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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Laugh Out Loud

March 29 - May 19
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Gallery Exhibit Opens with LOL – Laugh Out Loud   March 29 – May 19, 2019 Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its newest show: LOL – Laugh Out Loud (Mar 29-May 19) with new and original artwork from artists and fine artisans that will make us laugh and show the humorous aspects of life. The exhibit opens Friday, March 29 (6:30-9pm) and includes wine and refreshments. Artists from throughout Connecticut, New York and New England are…

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Beginning Drawing Classes

March 30 - May 11
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

Observe and learn to draw forms and shapes. Develop perspective, work with line, contour drawing, shading and tonal values. Charcoal, pencils and pastels are used. Teaching Artist Edward Rosado studied commercial art and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He worked at Hartfield & Zody’s Retail Dept. Stores and was hired as Art Director at Garwood Mills in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Moving to New Britain, CT he was Art Director at The D&L Dept. Stores of New…

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April 2019

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

April 24 - May 12
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Written by Todd Kreidler   Wednesday, April 24 – Sunday, May 12, 2019 A progressive white couple's proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter brings her black fiancé home to meet them in this fresh and relevant stage adaptation of the iconic film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Blindsided by their daughter's whirlwind romance and fearful for her future, Matt and Christina Drayton quickly come to realize the difference between reading…

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Natives with a Twist

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

NATIVES WITH A TWIST " BY ADAM WHEELER FROM BROKEN ARROW NURSERY The Essex Library continues its gardening programs this spring with Horticulture Manager Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery for this informative and educational lecture that explores the unique and exceptional side of our native flora. On Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m., Adam will present his current favorite native trees and shrubs for general garden use including design considerations, cultural requirements and other critical details.  Both novice and…

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Author Talk with Mathew Duman

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Author Talk With Mathew Duman: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture From Ten American Colleges & Universities Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a "grotesque safari", traveling to ten universities around the country to photograph the grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the…

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Vegetarian Indian

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$75

Chef Pam Lillis Friday April 26th, 6:30 to 10:00PM I have always loved Indian food. Full of spice, a little heat (or a lot- depending) and an easy thing to make Vegetarian. There is a wonderful Indian Market in Orange CT that I love to go to and explore the aisles. Shelf upon shelf of spices, nuts, teas and produce. When Pam told me she taught Indian cooking- I was all in! In this class we will explore the spices…

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Polymer Clay Mokume Gane Technique Workshop

April 28 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$55

Mokume Gane is a Japanese metalworking technique in which thin layers of variously colored metals are fused together, then distorted and ground down to reveal a beautiful pattern. Polymer artists, as they so often do, have developed a variety of techniques that capture the wonderful look of the original metal art form. In this class, we will explore one of the traditional methods of creating mokume gane using polymer clay. The beautiful and unique sheets you will create will be…

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May 2019

Beginning Digital Photography Class

May 1 - June 5
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

Are you passionate about learning photography? Have you always wanted to improve your travel photos or catch that spontaneous “people” moment?  This class will give you the skills to do this. Learn about your camera controls, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO, lenses and printing. It is recommended that students have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera for full control. Other digital cameras such as a point and shoot or cell phone will also be accepted.. Assignments will be given…

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Late Spring/Early Summer Watercolor Studio

May 2 - June 13
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

In these classes learn or review the steps of using transparent watercolor such as building up color from light to dark, painting flat washes, graded washes, layering transparent washes, and wet on wet techniques. Going from light to dark as you preserve the lights and highlights is key to watercolor technique.  This approach will be discussed at length as well as studying excellent examples of this way of working.  There will be still life setups to work from and photo…

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Late Spring/Early Summer Acrylic Studio

May 3 - June 14
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 allows for total freedom to explore the medium and help when 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, working…

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Artist of the Month Series with Sally Rothenhaus

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Artisans is happy to begin our 2019 "Artist of the Month" series with Sally Rothenhaus, a photographer and maker whose specialty is "Art for Outdoor Living". A long-time professional photographer, Sally now uses heat and pressure to transfer images onto metal. This is then used to cover her beautiful and very durable birdhouses. She recently brought the outdoors in, using similar materials to make unique clocks with the feel of a kaleidoscope. Like all of Sally's work, they are whimsical and…

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Paper Baskets: Learn to Make One

May 19 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$100

Use painted watercolor paper to make a square or rectangular basket. Instructor will pre-paint the paper with fun colors so participants will have a variety of papers to choose from. Learn basic basketry techniques to weave the paper strips into a colorful basket. Applying finish makes these baskets very stiff and usable. Date: Sunday, May 19 Time: 12:30-4:30 Cost: $100 plus $25 material fee paid to instructor Spectrum Art Gallery 61 Main Street, Centerbrook CT www.spectrumartgallery.org

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Godspell

May 22 - June 16
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Godspell Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak - Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz   Wednesday, May 22 – Sunday, June 16, 2019 Godspell is the first major musical theater hit from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, and Children of Eden). Loosely based around the Gospel of St. Matthew, the show follows a company of characters who unite to become a community through teachings of love, kindness, and acceptance. Led by the international…

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June 2019

Celebrate Summer with a Gourd Ornament

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

These cute little gourd ornaments are great for hanging in a window, giving as a gift, or saving for yourself as a unique tree ornament.  Participants will learn to design the gourd with tape, circles, and a ruler. Simple and easy, no artistic ability needed. Then wood burning the design and then applying metallic ink dyes and other fun embellishments.  The little gourds will be ready to hang with an eye hook and hanger.  Lastly, they will be sprayed with…

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Early Summer Botanicals Workshop

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$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 a summer theme using pressed petals and leaves.   You will learn how to press the botanicals and apply them to a heavy card stock.   Your creations will be lovely gifts or wonderful pieces to treasure yourself.  Supplies include an abundance of pressed botanicals, cards and paper. Other colors will also be available to make…

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Welcome Summer with Fluid Painting-a Dirty Pour Workshop

June 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

This summer give yourself and friends an original work of art.  Fluid painting involves layering acrylic paints of different densities and incorporating certain additives (i.e. silicone, dimethicone, alcohol, Dawn dish soap (etc.) which can result in gorgeous combinations of paint, cells, and lacing.  Techniques include the flip cup and the dirty pour.! No experience is necessary. Cost: $40 + $20 material fee paid directly to instructor. Date: Sunday, June 16 Time: 1:30-4pm Teaching Artist, Pauline Clifford, is not an artist by vocation…

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Botanical Print a Silk Scarf Workshop

June 23 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$80

Participants are introduced to the sustainable  process of printing leaves onto fabric also referred to as contact or bundling printing.  Images are extracted from plants and transferred to fabric through a steaming process. As the chemicals interact with different types of textiles, the images may respond differently as they join with the fabric. This workshop will help participants reconstruct this process on their own. Each student will go home with a silk scarf or a wall hanging as well as…

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Mamma Mia!

June 26 - July 28
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Mamma Mia! Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson Book by Catherine Johnson - Originally Conceived by Judy Craymer   Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday, July 28, 2019 Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Set on a Greek island paradise, the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love,…

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July 2019

Kate’s Camp for Kids Summer Programming

July 8 - August 31
The Kate, 300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475 United States
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$295

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Community Music School are partnering again for the seventh year under the umbrella of their performing arts summer camp, “Kate’s Camp for Kids,” to present a full summer of programming. This exciting program takes place at The Kate, 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, and runs for five week-long sessions from 9am to 5pm beginning July 8, 2019. Launched in 2013, Kate’s Camp for Kids is a performing arts camp for children ages…

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July Fashion Camps

July 8 - July 19
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$360

July Fashion Camps Arts Center Killingworth Fashion Week One, Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 2019 (9-5:30pm) for ages 11-15. Mornings are spent working with a professional illustrator learning to draw the fashion silhouette as live models pose for your sketches. End the week of illustration with a portfolio ready piece. Afternoons are spent with professional seamstresses learning to read, pin and cut a pattern of your choice. Construct and finish your garment by sewing and adding accessories. Professional hair and makeup stylists…

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Nature Art Camp for Young Artists

July 22 - July 26
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Dive into our fun and inspiring summer nature art camp! July 22-26, 2019 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm) for ages 7-11. Explore sketching floral and landscape drawing as you create a diverse selection of pieces. Use your developing observational skills and beginning basic drawing and sculpting techniques for this year’s fun projects: Busy Little Beehive Sculpture, Nature Rocks, Magic Tree Collaborative, Birds & Branches/Nature’s Paint Brushes. Leave your cares behind and enjoy learning new skills as you make lasting friendships. Participants spend fun summer days…

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August 2019

Cabaret

August 7 - September 1
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Cabaret Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Joe Masteroff   Wednesday, August 7 - Sunday, September 1, 2019 "There was a cabaret and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world … and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep.” So begins the international classic musical and winner of 8 Tony awards - Cabaret.…

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September 2019

Shear Madness

September 18 - October 6
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Shear Madness Written by Paul Portner   Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, October 6, 2019 Shear Madness is one of the most popular productions in the world, delighting audiences with its blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute humor. A murder is committed and the audience gets to spot clues, question suspects, and solve the mystery. Voted "Best Comedy" seven times by…

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October 2019

Woody Sez

October 23 - November 10
Ivoryton Library, 106 Main Street
Ivoryton, 06442 United States
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Woody Sez– The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie Devised by David Lutken with Nick Corley and Darcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell and Andy Teirstein   Wednesday, October 23 - Sunday, November 10, 2019 David Lutken and his trusty band of musicians return to the Playhouse in a show featuring Woody Guthrie – the original folk hero and an iconic American troubadour. Tap your feet and sing along with Woody Sez in this uplifting musical portrait. You will be transported…

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