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February 2021

Exploring Drawing: Zoom Course

February 24 @ 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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Spectrum Art Gallery: Byzantine Chain Maille Bracelet Workshop

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$80

The Byzantine chain maille is one of the oldest and most popular patterns used for jewelry through the centuries. It is made using specific sized jump rings that are woven in a particular pattern. No experience is necessary to make this bracelet.  Instructor will show you the proper way to open and close jump rings to ensure the completion of a professional piece of jewelry. The kit includes all the jump rings and a clasp to make a substantial looking…

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March 2021

Spectrum Art Gallery Exhibit: Entanglements

March 20 - May 2
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free
Spectrum Art Gallery Exhibit

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its newest exhibit, Entanglements with an opening weekend Saturday, March 20 (1-6pm) and Sunday, March 21 (1-6pm) with wine and safely bagged snacks. The six-week exhibit (through May 2) is located at 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.  Entanglements will allow visitors to discover original representational and abstract artwork that explores the complex and creative ways objects and people intertwine.  A wide selection of paintings, mixed media, sculpture, and photography are available.

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Zoom Class: Colored Pencil

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$110
Zoom Colored Pencil Classes

There are so many ways to work when using colored pencils, a more modest of the art mediums. During this class, you'll wonder why you have not used colored pencils before.  Sketch lightly, go deep with rich color, hatch, feather and more.  We will explore color palettes and values as well as learn these techniques. Great for studies, landscapes, portraits, and animals.  Demos given throughout the class sessions. Material list sent upon registration.

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Nature Into Art: The Gardens Of Wave Hill With Thomas Christopher

March 25 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated talk on Nature Into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill, will be presented by author Thomas Christopher at 7 p.m. March 25 for the Essex Library on Zoom. Christopher will focus on the lessons that can be learned from Wave Hill’s peerless gardeners and their style of gardening.

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Collage Cards Workshop at Spectrum Art Gallery

March 27 @ 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

Let's get ready for the Spring holidays and special events by exploring the art of creating collage cards. This workshop will be soothing and fun as you use scraps of wrapping paper, music sheets, wallpaper samples, maps and other paper bits that please you.  Instructor does have any array of the above to share, but feel free to bring in any bits from your home as well.  It's amazing what you can find!  By cutting, gluing, ripping and overlapping papers, collaged cards can either subtle or bold---a work of art given as a special gift.

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Spectrum Art Gallery: Woven Bezel Pendant Wire Workshop

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$70

Create this stunning bezel to capture a gemstone cabochon by learning to weave with wire. If you can wrap a wire around another, you can certainly master this technique. The back side of the pendant features wire swirls to keep the stone secure, but it’s pretty enough to make this pendant reversible. Once you’ve made this bezel, never be intimidated again by complex designs. After all, it’s only wire. Materials included are a gemstone cabochon and two different gauges of…

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April 2021

One Book/One Community

April 1 - April 21
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

A free virtual author talk with award-winning authors James Fallows and Deborah Fallows on Zoom for “Our Towns: a 100,00-Mile Journey Into The Heart of America”  is the culminating event of the Essex Library’s American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities grant to support community engagement efforts. RSVP: (860) 767-1560 or click HERE!

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Spectrum Art Gallery: Oil Painting Studio Class

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160
Oil Painting Studio Class

This Studio Class focuses on both the fundamentals of oil painting or can be a refresher course for those with some experience.  The class will begin with techniques of brush work, color mixing and color theory painting Alla Prima primarily, (wet into wet) or by layering the paint.   Participants will 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…

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Spectrum Art Gallery Workshop: Photographing Your Artwork

April 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until April 19, 2021

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$90

Robert Thomas is a fine art photographer and printer and has had the opportunity to photograph the works of over 70 artists in the northeast whose mediums include watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, mixed/media and three-dimensional work.  He has had the objective to be “as original as the artist” in accurately capturing original artwork and providing high quality archival reproductions. Join Robert in a two-session workshop that will show you how best to photograph your artwork to be used for websites,…

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Spectrum Art Gallery: Painting Abstract Landscapes

April 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$70
Painting Abstract Landscapes

This workshop offers an introduction to painting abstract landscapes using acrylic paints or your familiar practiced medium. This workshop is for beginners and experienced painters who want to enhance their technical skills and learn the art of abstraction. See the traditional landscape differently and use painting techniques to extend your vision in a new direction. Focused on teaching abstraction learn to arrange the elements of perspective, scale, shape, form, line, and color towards developing a unique abstract composition. The goal…

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Spectrum Art Gallery: Acrylic Studio Workshop

April 30 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Friday, repeating until May 1, 2021

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

Develop confidence with better techniques of drawing, composition, and color theory. Work from reference photos (yours or supplied) of primarily landscape or still life images. Painting demonstrations and instructor painting along allows for freedom and assistance to explore the medium. Develop to a finished stage, working with final values to make your pieces cohesive and dynamic. A list of basic supplies will be sent to interested artists. All levels welcome. All teaching is done with a positive approach and an…

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May 2021

Zoom Workshop: Design Principles

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 2, 2021

$120

This 4 week course serves as an introduction to the basic elements of design (line, shape, value, texture, space) and their organization on a two-dimensional surface through the principles of design (balance, unity, emphasis, repetition, rhythm, etc.) into effective design statements. Students will develop imagery from simple abstract line work to more complex representational imagery. For example, projects will include incorporating lines and solid shapes in one design. In another students will play with the juxtaposition of disparate objects in…

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Zoom Workshop: Flower Magic Collage and Mixed Media Class

May 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 6, 2021

$130

Learn to make organic looking papers to tear and adhere to create a floral collage mixed media piece. We will focus on composition, color, shapes and textures separating values (light, medium, darks) for a cohesive composition.  To create luminosity and transparency rice papers will be painted, tinted and stained using fluid acrylics, inks, watercolor and gouache mediums transforming your tissue papers into stunning crystalline papers.  Material list available upon registration. Dates: Weds. April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5.  Makeup:  May…

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Zoom Workshop: The Artists Process Creating a Seascape from Start to Finish

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 14, 2021

$90

What does it take to create a painting from start to finish? In this Zoom workshop the instructor will walk you through the process of creating a Seascape painting.  He will talk about how to choose subject matter, lay out the composition and find balance in your pieces. He will share a detailed account of how he creates his paintings layer by layer with techniques that are applicable to most two dimensional media. How to finish an artwork and prepare…

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Spectrum Art Gallery Exhibit: Abstracting Nature

May 14 - July 2
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Discover new and original artwork that explores how artists envision the majesty of nature in all its variety, color, and abundance.  At Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store’s newest exhibit, Abstracting Nature, experience both impressionistic and abstract work in this seven-week show which kicks off Friday, May 14 and is celebrated with an Open House Weekend, Saturday, May 15 (12:30-6pm) and Sunday, May 16 (12:30-5pm).

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Pop-Up Space for Artists at the Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative

May 21 - August 1
Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative Store Front

Outdoor “Pop-Up” space is now available with Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative. Space should be secured as soon as possible for Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August. Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is located in Essex in a high-volume, foot-traffic area.  You will find us near popular tourist attractions, restaurants and the town marina. In order to ensure quality, we will jury your handmade arts and crafts.  We will not accept commercial vendors or imports.  We can offer great exposure…

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Coloring for Adults

May 23 @ 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

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 handouts…

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June 2021

At Gallery: Introduction to Peyote Stitch, Gold Band Bracelet

June 6 @ 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
Peyote Stitch: Gold Band Bracelet

Peyote stitch dates back to ancient Egypt, evidenced by artifacts found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Also in North America, Native Americans, namely the Kiowa and Comanche tribes, use the stitch giving it its name. This off-loom beading technique creates both flat bands and structural shapes. In this class, learn flat, odd-count peyote to create a flat and fluid bracelet. All it takes is Fireline thread, a beading needle and delica seed beads. By using the same basic thread path, the…

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Zoom Workshop: Introduction to Basic Drawing Techniques

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 9, 2021

$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.

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Early Summer Pressed Botanical Workshop

June 13 @ 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 Spring and Early Summer 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. Spectrum Gallery adheres to…

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HILL-STEAD MUSEUM

June 18 @ 11:00 am
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Engage in the exploration of history, art, and architecture as you take a virtual tour with the Essex Library of the 1901 Colonial Revival home of the Pope and Riddle families on Friday, June 18 at 11 a.m. Learn about the family as industrialists, world-travelers and art collectors. Hear the stories of their late-1880’s Grand Tour of Europe. Discover the Pope family’s collection of art treasures, most notably the works of Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, and the many decorative…

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Essex Town Green Summer Arts Festival

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on June 19, 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on June 20, 2021 at 11:00 am

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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On Father's Day weekend, the Essex Town Green Summer Arts Festival will be featuring local and regional painters, photographers and mixed media artists and fine artisans. This event is on Saturday, June 19th from 10am -5pm and Sunday, June 20th from 11am-5pm. For more information call (860) 767-0742 and visit spectrumartgallery.org.  

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Acclaimed Tenor Brian Cheney to join Community Music School Faculty For Summer Term

June 21
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Brian Cheney

Community Music School is thrilled to announce that acclaimed tenor vocalist Brian Cheney will join its faculty, teaching private voice lessons to students aged high school through adult beginning in the school’s summer term (June 21st, 2021). Please call The Community Music School at 860-767-0026 for enrollment details, pricing and scheduling. Click here for more information on Community Music School's summer offerings!

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At Spectrum Art Gallery: Oil Painting Studio for All Levels

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 25, 2021

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$132

This Studio Class focuses on both the fundamentals of oil painting or can be a refresher course for those with some experience.  The class will begin with techniques of brush work, color mixing and color theory painting Alla Prima primarily, (wet into wet) or by layering the paint.   Participants will 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…

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Painting Abstract Flowers Workshop at Spectrum Art Gallery

June 27 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$70
Abstract Flowers Painting

This class is for beginners and practiced painters who want to learn the art of abstraction. Our model will be a colorful bouquet of real flowers which will inspire the imagination to celebrate their beauty. We will begin by noticing the various flower shapes, colors and textures. Then discuss our observations. By exploring thoughts and sharing ideas the class will gain insight into new ways of interpreting and painting flowers. Although focused on abstraction emphasis is placed on composition, painting…

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July 2021

Thursdays on the Dock: USCG Jazz Nonet Band

July 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying the USCG Jazz Nonet Band.   The United States Coast Guard Jazz Band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and rags with a “New Orleans” flavor. The Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained audiences across America, in the former Soviet Union, England,…

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Splashes, Drips and Drops Art Exhibit

July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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 opens its newest exhibit, Splashes, Drips and Drops on Friday, July 16 (12-6pm) and celebrated throughout its opening weekend, Saturday, July 17 (12-6pm) and Sunday, July 18 (12-5pm). The exhibit, which runs through September 5, is located at 61 Main St., Centerbrook, Connecticut and includes wine and safely bagged snacks for the Opening Weekend. Discover new and original artworks that explore the creativity and spontaneity of liquids…and not just water!  There are many new fine artists and…

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Thursdays on the Dock: John Spignesi Band

July 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying the John Spignesi Band.   New Haven based quartet “JSB” (shortened for The John Spignesi Band) is a group you don’t want to sleep on. Led by guitarist/frontman, John “Spigs” Spignesi, this band has been steadily making a name for themselves in the East Coast jam scene…

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TICKS AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES WITH DR. KIRBY STAFFORD

July 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. on Zoom, Registration required  Dr. Kirby Stafford will present an illustrated virtual talk on Tuesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. for the Essex Library on tick-borne diseases and tick-bite prevention. His talk will also cover the emergence and surveillance of new tick species in Connecticut, basic tick biology, and highlight his research on various practical methods and issues for tick control.   Dr. Kirby C. Stafford is Chief Scientist (Head) of the Department of Entomology and State Entomologist at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station…

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AUTHOR TALK WITH CLAIRE GRIFFIN: “A REBELLIOUS WOMAN”

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Debutante. Spy. Seductress. Actress. Divorcee. Cross-Dresser, Self-Promoter. Belle Boyd is best known as a reckless teen-aged spy, but her life after the Civil War was even more daring. At a time when a woman was even discouraged from laughing too loudly, Belle was determined to live outside of male control. Wearing trousers, carrying a pistol, riding a horse astride, her multiple divorces, none of this is shocking today, but in the context of her time, every one of those things…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Little Big Band

July 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Little Big Band.   The Little Big Band includes Piano, Bass, Drums, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 5 Saxophones and a Vocalist, for a total of 15 musicians. Much of their repertoire is swing, dance, and big band jazz, but include a mix…

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August 2021

Thursdays on the Dock: Eight to the Bar

August 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Eight to the Bar.   Drawing its musical influences from American roots music — swing, boogie-woogie, and Motown, Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals.  With the support of independently produced…

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Barb Richard Featured Artist, August 2021

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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To say that Barb is a “Jeweler” is an understatement to be sure.  Barb’s pieces range from formal to fun.  She is known for her remarkable beadwork and has been featured in publications.  Her bead acorns are her trademark and were the first pieces to be lauded in a magazine. Most recently, Barb has mastered the art of “fused” glass.  Layers of glass are fired in a very hot kiln.  This method achieves pieces that range from the simple to…

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Summer Adventure Camp: River Explorers

August 9 @ 9:00 am - August 13 @ 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 9, 2021-August 13, 2021 @ 9:00 AM-4:00 PM  Ages 6-8  Discover what is over, under, and along the Connecticut River. Use dip and seine nets to catch critters. Take a journey on the river to spot wildlife.   Located at the Museum campus in Essex. Please have children dress for appropriate weather as we will spend a portion of each day on, in, or near the water. 

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Summer Adventure Camp: River Adventures

August 9 @ 9:00 am - August 13 @ 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 9, 2021-August 13, 2021 @ 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Ages 9-12   Find out all you can about the river. Collect samples using nets. Spend each day in coves, on islands, and on the water. Spot wildlife.  Located at the Museum campus in Essex. Please have children dress for appropriate weather as we will spend a portion of each day on, in, or near the water. 

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Thursdays on the Dock: Mama Train Jazz Band

August 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Mama Train Jazz Band.  Jazz/Blues band, Mama Train, blends the warmth of rich female vocals with smooth expressive piano.  Their sound embodies the soul of classic artists like Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Django Reinhardt combined with an uptempo jazz vibe. Performing a…

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Author Talk with Deborah Mandel: “All Write: How To Start, Structure and Sustain A Writing Group”

August 12 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Shoreline Writers was created in 2015 by four women who met in a writing class at a local Connecticut university. When the course was finished, they weren’t. They were a varied group of wannabe writers who had three things in common: They wanted to write. They wanted support in that process. And they wanted to talk about their writing. Just as having a running buddy will get you out on the road every morning at the crack of dawn when…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Meadow Brothers Band

August 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Meadow Brothers Band.   The Meadows Brothers music exists in the spaces between a rock & roll band that writes folk songs and a folk band that writes rock & roll songs; with a heavy helping of harmony, a taste of groove,…

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CRM Talks: Melissa Josefiak- Connecting the History of Essex’s Three Villages

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

Cost: $5.00 for members, $10.00 for nonmembers Melissa Josefiak has served as the Director of Essex Historical Society since 2014.  From 2011-2017, she also served as a mentor for the professional development program for small museums, StEPs-CT.  Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director of Wethersfield Historical Society, as well as on the Boards of the Connecticut League of History Organizations and as the Exhibitions Editor of “Connecticut History Review.”  She holds an MA in Public History from Central…

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KNITTING: NOT JUST A HOBBY

August 24 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Hannah Thiessen, author of “Slow Knitting” and “Seasonal Slow Knitting” will host a virtual discussion of how knitting is a lifestyle, rather than just a hobby, for the Essex Library community on Tuesday, August 24 at 7 p.m.  Join in to hear more about the true depth of finding your passion, embracing creativity in everyday ways, and finding meaning for skills we've set aside. Through knitting and similar textile work, even "unartistic" people can link up with their creativity in new ways.    Hannah Thiessen is a…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Local Honey

August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Local Honey.    Born out of a mutual respect for all things auditory and a humble appreciation for an organic evolution, lifelong friends Frank Natter, Erin Smith, and Abraham Wilson have embarked on an unforgettable musical journey. Steely and deliberate songwriting that casually staggers…

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September 2021

AUTHOR TALK WITH JAMES R. BENN: “ROAD OF BONES”

September 9 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

The Essex Library is honored to host an author talk with James R. Benn on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Benn will discuss the latest book in his Billy Boyle WWII mystery series, “Road Of Bones”. Special guest, voice actor Peter Berkrot will read a selection from the book. “Outstanding . . . Bolstered by vivid, scintillating descriptions of air strikes and dogfights involving the legendary all-female Soviet air force unit known as the Night Witches, Benn’s…

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Connecticut River Artisans is saying farewell to Summer with Arline O’Brien as September’s Featured Artist.

September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Arline has been knitting for a good many years. She passed the dark days of COVID by knitting fabulous infant and children’s sweaters and sets.  Her approach is unique. Arline uses one pattern and uses color texture and design to produce incredible uniqueness.  She also teaches knitting to adults and children. Arline’s creative journey doesn’t end here.  She creates beautiful baskets.  Dyes the reeds to enhance the designs.  The results are beautiful. Connecticut River artisans is celebrating Arline at a…

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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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MEDICARE 101: UNDERSTANDING YOUR MEDICARE BENEFITS AND OPTIONS

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Facing the maze of Medicare plans on your own can be a daunting task. If you’re getting close to 65 yourself or simply want to understand how Medicare works so you can help a family member or friend enroll wisely, come in to the Essex Library on October 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon to watch a virtual presentation by certified CHOICES counselor and Senior Resources Agency on Aging Director of Benefits Laura Crews. Crews will provide free, unbiased, objective counseling to Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers, and…

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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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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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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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    Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
    Essex, CT 06426 or email message@experienceessex.com