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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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Harbors of Refuge

March 8 - April 21
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Harbors of Refuge: Beauty in the Natural World, An Exhibition of Photography by Stanley M. Kolber MARCH 8 Through APRIL 21 Join us as our third-floor gallery transforms into Harbors of Refuge: Beauty in the Natural World, An Exhibition of Photography by Stanley M. Kolber. Our new exhibit showcases his wondrous photographs. Kolber’s enjoyment in seeking out the beauty in nature is evident in this collection which includes birds in their natural habitat as well as water abstractions.

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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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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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Open call to Connecticut Artists

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

The Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is hosting an OPEN HOUSE for artists on Sunday, March 24 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. If you are a Connecticut artist and are looking for a new venue to showcase your work, we could be it. We are located in Essex, CT a well-known tourist attraction and shopper's destination. We were established in 1980 and believe that we are the oldest Co-op in Connecticut. Stop in; enjoy the refreshments, chat with one of…

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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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Around the World with Wine and Cheese

March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$70

Friday March 29th, 6:30 to 8:30PM Sylvia Sobocinski of Complements by Caseus Join Sylvia, from Complements by Caseus, for an exploration of cheese and wine pairings from around the world. Our tasting trip will feature a cheese 101 primer and 6 pairings, including two quick cheese appetizers that you can make to get any party started! If you want to know more about cheese and how to pair it with wine, this is the class for you! Come ready to…

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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

Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - November 2, 2021
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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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - March 15, 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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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - August 28, 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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Special Wine Dinner

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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A Special Wine Dinner with Chef Mellie Lynn of Tiny Kitchen Big Heart Saturday April 2nd, 6:30 to 10:00PM Chef Mellie Lynn of Tiny Kitchen Big Heart Wine, the nectar of the gods, is the perfect accompaniment to an exquisitely prepared meal. Please join Chef and Sommelier Mellie Lynn of Tiny Kitchen Big Heart for a special wine dinner. Each wine in this dinner will be perfectly paired to bring out the flavors of the food heightening the dining experience…

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For the Love of Music!

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, 55 Bridge Road
Haddam, CT 06438 United States
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$125

Community Music School’s Annual Fundraiser Gala, “For the Love of Music!” The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam, CT Friday, April 5th - 6:30PM   Community Music School’s largest annual fundraiser is the CMS Gala, themed “For the Love of Music!” Enjoy a classical cocktail hour and jazzy dinner show performed by our incredible faculty! We’ll have gourmet food, dancing, silent auction, fine wines and more! Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund, music therapy, and community outreach. $125 ($135 after March 22)…

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2019 Spring Book Sale

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

The Friends Spring Book Sale will be earlier this year to avoid conflicts with graduations, weddings, and EGC events. Instead, it will take place Saturday, April 6th form 9am — 4pm with half price for books from 2:30pm until closing. The popular Bag of Books deal takes place on Monday, April 8th from 10am — 5pm. The Friends will gratefully accept book donations until March 30th, resuming again April 10th. Visit youressexlibrary.org/friends/friends-book-sale for details.

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Star Basket and Bunny Origami Workshop

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Learn a new and fun way to present your Easter goodies this year. Master the basic folds for creating two sizes of star baskets as well as a playful paper bunny in this Easter themed origami workshop. There will be a large variety of papers in spring inspired colors to choose from and you’ll see a short video featuring a contemporary origami performance artist. Diagram print outs are yours to take home for future reference. All tools and materials will be supplied,…

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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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Exciting New Plants at Acer Gardens Nursery

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Are you searching for something new and unusual to plant in your garden this year? Join Rosemary and Bill Harris of Acer Gardens on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Essex Library for a 60-minute discussion on the many new annuals, perennials and shrubs available for the 2019 growing season. Learn about the new perennial cultivars featuring extended blooming periods, dazzling annuals in new and unusual color combinations and shrubs that are available in smaller sizes well-adapted to…

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Zentangle Fun Workshop

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$50

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. In this workshop we will be creating a Zendala, or a mandala comprised of Zentangle Patterns. You will leave with a 10.5 x 10.5 work of art and supplies to continue on your Zentangle journey at home! Place: Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT  06409 Contact: www.spectrumartgallery.org, 860-767-0742 Date:  Sunday, April 14 Time: 1-4pm Cost:  $50 plus a $13 material fee…

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April School Vacation Week Workshops

April 15 - April 19
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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April School Vacation Week Workshops April 15th-19th | 9-4:00PM |AGES 6-12 Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in April Vacation Day Workshops. Each day is a different theme and will be filled with fun, engaging activities in the Museum and outside around Essex. We have new expanded hours; Drop-off is at 9am and Pick-up is at 4pm. Register for one day or the whole series at ctrivermuseum.org

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Milkofsky Trust Annual Dinner

April 18 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old Lyme Counrty Club, 40 McCurdy Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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Milkofsky Trust Annual Dinner April 18th, 5:30PM | Old Lyme Country Club Help our collections grow by supporting the Milkofsky Curatorial Fund. This fund is for the acquisition and conservation of Connecticut River Museum’s collections. For more information, please contact the Museum at ctrivermuseum.org

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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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Evening at the Lay House

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Evening at the Lay House-Early American Cocktail Tasting Tavern Night April 27th | Programs at 6:00pm & 8:00pm The last Tavern Night for the season! This night features an Early American Cocktail Tasting and your barkeep is Professor Steve Gencarella. The evening will also include music from Dan Thompson and Dan Spurr, historic games such as Skittles and Captain’s Mistress and light bites from Catering by Selene. Advance reservations required. Tickets are available for purchase at shop.ctrivermuseum.org. Special thanks to…

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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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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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