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January 2019

Call for Artists Now

January 25 - March 17
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Time Passages—7 week show The Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, CT is putting out a call for artists for their next show – “Time Passages”. This show features pieces in all mediums including painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture that show the passage of time.  Examples might be new to old, young to older, day to night, etc. Opens January 25, 2019 Closes March 17, 2019 For information on how to submit artwork or items for the artisan store please…

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Winter Acrylic Studio

January 25 - March 8
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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This class FILLS FAST! 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…

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Time Passages

January 25 - March 17
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Reception and Exhibit Opening Time Passages, featuring work by artists whose pieces depict the passage of time conceptually or thematically.  Opens Friday, January 25 with a Reception (6:30-9pm) and runs through March 17.  Spectrum Gallery & Store, 61 Main St, Centerbrook, CT.  Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat (12-6pm) and Sun (12-5pm).  (860) 767-0742. spectrumartgallery.org

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Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

January 25 - December 31
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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Introducing Pastels Classes

January 26 - March 9
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150.00

The purpose of this class is to develop an understanding of the use of pastels on color paper and Velour. Drawing-and composing illustrations are done in charcoal. Color is applied using and combining pastel colors, shadows and shading.  Perspective and 3D rendering are reviewed. Working with the color wheel participants learn to blend hues with primary and secondary color intensity and values.  Sketching is done from still life, static displays and studio props. Individual reviews throughout every session. Basic drawing…

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You Can Paint and Draw

January 30 - March 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120.00

Build upon your already innate skills as an artist. Yes, you are an artist! In this class we explore the elements of art such as line, color, shape, space, movement, and balance. We will draw from life— learning to cultivate our sense of sight. Students will need to bring a sketchbook on the first day of class to use for the duration of the class. Acrylics will be the medium of choice for the painting sessions. Time: 4:45-5:45pm Dates: Wednesdays…

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Fun with Polymer Clay

January 30 - March 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$110.00

Learn to make an assortment of things out of polymer clay, from 2 Dimensional portraits to 3-Dimensional miniature sculptures. In this class we will explore color, texture, techniques, tools and applications relevant to polymer clay. From miniature food and miniature creatures to caning and wearable art, this class is sure to spark your child’s creativity! Polymer Clay will be baked and returned to students upon completion. Time: 3:30-4:30pm Dates: Wednesdays Jan. 30; Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27.…

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Creating a Strong Main Image with Collage Classes

January 30 - March 6
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200.00

Look through magazines, old picture books to find your image.   Once you find a subject of interest have a large color print made of your image and bring it to the first class. Examples: birds, butterflies, cows, zebras, trees, flowers, etc. Learn how to trace the enlarged image onto a substrate (canvas panels work well), choosing a size that fits your enlarged image.  Bring in handmade or specialty papers.  Instructor will also supply a variety of collaging materials as well.…

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Winter Watercolor Studio

January 31 - March 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160.00

In this class for beginning watercolor artists, learn 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…

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February 2019

Thread Painting Fabric Workshop

February 24 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$20 – $60

Transform fabric into a unique work of art.   Learn to thread paint with your sewing machine.  You will be instructed in how to free motion quilt, determine stitch length, thread selection, how to “read the fabric” two ways to make a quilt sandwich, and options for finishing the piece.  Knowledge of your sewing machine (with open toe foot) is essential. Sewing machines are supplied by participants.  Material list is available. Date: Sunday, February 24 Time: 1:30-4:30pm Cost: $60 + $20 material…

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March 2019

Cellini Beading Bracelet Workshop

March 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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$40

Get creative with beading. Make your own beaded bracelet. Knowledge of Peyote stitch helpful but not required. Kit includes needle, beading thread, barrel clasp, and beads. Choose your own color scheme from the beads provided. Cost: $40 per person (kit included); Members save $4. http://www.spectrumartgallery.org, 860-767-0742

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Knife Skills 101

March 5 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$85

Knife Skills 101- Vegan: Master the most important tool in your kitchen Tuesday March 5th, 6:30 to 10:00PM Chef Terry Walters Nobody chops more vegetables than those following a vegan diet so I thought it appropriate to ask Terry Walters to teach a knife skills class! In this class we will learn basic knife skills, which will include sharpening, understanding the different kinds of knives, what to look for, and all of the cuts- dice, chop, slice and julienne. Trust…

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Seafood Shacks at Essex Library

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

Food and travel writer Mike Urban, free illustrated talk on best places to go for seafood this summer, 7 p.m. March 7, Essex Library, 33 West Ave., focus on New England seafood shacks. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Music Technology Workshop

March 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Community Music School will be offering a new take on music technology this spring, “Music Technology for your Creative Projects Workshop”, to be held on March 9, 2019 from 9:30 am to 12 pm. The program is designed for students who are interested in learning how to record, notate, compose, and produce music using today’s technology! The workshop is open to the public and costs just $40 for a 2.5 hour hands-on workshop. Ages 10 through adult, all skill levels,…

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Ceramic Hand building and Glazing Intensive

March 10 - March 31
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200

This intensive will consist of two sessions of 4 hours and 2 hours respectively. The first session, 4 hours, will concentrate on hand building techniques. Instructor will demonstrate how to make a carved slab platter, a small pinch bowl or a coil vessel as time allows. She will fire the pieces and bring them to the second session for participants to work on glazing techniques during the second, 2 hour, session. Participants can arrange to pick up fired work 3…

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Celtic Music with Jeff Snow

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, singer and guitarist Jeff Snow will put on a concert of Celtic music at the Essex Library at 7 p.m. on March 12. Jeff’s concert will include music and stories from Scotland, England and Ireland. He’ll play vibrant arrangements of traditional classics along with his own compositions on six and twelve-string guitars, autoharp, Celtic Bouzouki and Bodhran. Jeff’s concerts always delight their listeners who are welcome to clap and sing along. This concert…

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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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Connecticut Furniture and the Origins of American Art

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

William Hosley, former curator and exhibition developer at the Wadsworth Atheneum, will present the innovation and history of design of Connecticut furniture in an illustrated lecture at the Essex Library on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. Hosley will explore various traditions of style as he describes the evolution of furniture making from its beginnings to a modern industry while also offering up a look into the tastes and cultural history of Connecticut residents. His talk will trace the story…

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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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Creating a Pine Needle Basket Intensive

March 17 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Participants learn the ancient craft of coiling with long leaf pine needles from the southern coastal regions that have been treated with glycerin to make them soft, flexible and glisten. There will be several different types of bases to choose from for your basket.  Instructor will demonstrate several stitches used in the craft of coiling.  The addition of beads and colorful wraps can be incorporated to make each basket unique.  Refrigeration is available for personal snacks or drinks throughout the…

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New Haven Symphony Orchestra

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Valley Regional High School, 156 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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$5 – $40

New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Tai Murray An inspiring talent with a silky and sweet tone from even the highest registers of her instrument, the well-schooled and hugely musical Tai Murray has become an essential personality in today’s classical music world. Ms. Murray performs with the Orchestra under the direction of William Boughton in his final season with NHSO. Tickets are general admission and are $40 for adults and $5 for students. Valley Regional High School 256 Kelsey Hill Road…

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New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Tai Murray

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Valley Regional High School, 156 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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$5 – $40

Essex Winter Series 2019 Season New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Tai Murray An inspiring talent with a silky and sweet tone from even the highest registers of her instrument, the well-schooled and hugely musical Tai Murray has become an essential personality in today’s classical music world. Ms. Murray performs with the Orchestra under the direction of William Boughton in his final season with NHSO. Tickets are general admission and are $40 for adults and $5 for students. Valley Regional…

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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

Chanticleer

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Old Saybrook High School, 111 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, 06475 United States
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$5 – $40

A program celebrating the ensemble’s 40th Anniversary, Then and There, Here and Now contains music by some of Chanticleer’s favorite composers, from Palestrina and Victoria to Mason Bates and Steven Stucky, lustrous examples of the South American baroque, as well as audience favorite arrangements by Jennings, Shaw and others.  Tickets are general admission and are $40 for adults and $5 for students. Old Saybrook High School 1111 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT 860-272-4572, www.essexwinterseries.com

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Chanticleer

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Old Saybrook High School, 111 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, 06475 United States
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$5 – $40

Essex Winter Series 2019 Season Chanticleer A program celebrating the ensemble’s 40th Anniversary, Then and There, Here and Now contains music by some of Chanticleer’s favorite composers, from Palestrina and Victoria to Mason Bates and Steven Stucky, lustrous examples of the South American baroque, as well as audience favorite arrangements by Jennings, Shaw and others. Tickets are general admission and are $40 for adults and $5 for students. Old Saybrook High School 1111 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT Call…

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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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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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