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January 2019

Putt Fore The Essex Library

January 25 - January 26
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“Putt Fore The Essex Library” will transform the Essex Library into an 18 hole mini-golf course, with each hole uniquely decorated by sponsors. The fun begins on Friday, January 25th from 5-9pmwith a special event just for adults, featuring 18 holes of mini-golf, live music, food, wine, and prizes. The fun continues for the entire family on Saturday, January 26th 10am - 4pm with mini-golf, donuts, prizes and more. Ticket prices: Friday evening $35/person; Saturday $7/person or $25/foursome. Tickets are…

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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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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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Photographing People Outdoors

January 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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$60.00

Photographing People Outdoors (Even in Winter) Workshop This workshop focuses on how to create unique portraits of people outside even in Winter Topics covered include: working in aperture priority mode, spot metering vs evaluative modes, choosing backgrounds, placement of your subject, field of view on your lens, moving around for different angles of view, working in different lighting conditions. The first part of the class will be a lecture on these topics with some examples shown at the gallery. The…

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Essex Ed

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Grab your pots and pans and head to Essex Village, Essex CT on Sunday, January 27th at 2 pm for one of the most popular parades of the year.   “Essex Ed”, a larger-than-life ground hog, will make his annual pilgrimage from Essex Boat Works on Ferry Street up to the top of Main Street leading a parade of antique cars, fife & drum corps, residents, and visitors. All are invited to join in and encouraged to bring their own…

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Essex Ed Parade

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Grab your pots and pans and head to Essex Village on Sunday, January 28th at 2 pm for one of the most popular parades of the year. "Essex Ed", a larger-than-life ground hog, will make his annual pilgrimage from Essex Boat Works on Ferry Street up to the top of Main Street leading a parade of antique cars, fife & drum corps, residents, and visitors. All are invited to join in and encouraged to bring their own noisemakers and ground hog gear…

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CMS Free Preview Week

January 28 - February 1
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Community Music School, located at 90 Main Street in Centerbrook and 179 Flanders Road in East Lyme, welcomes the general public to enjoy a variety of music programming during Free Preview Week January 28 through February 1, 2019. Children and adults are invited to schedule a FREE 30-minute preview lesson, and sample a vast array of programs for all ages including private and group lessons, Suzuki instruction, adult cabaret, senior band, string ensembles, music therapy, early childhood classes, and more.…

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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

Kids Book Sale

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Bring Your Family to the Library Day will include a books sale focused on kids and young adult material including books, dvds and games.  Great prices!! Essex Library, 33 West Ave, Essex, CT 06426 For information visit www.youressexlibrary.org/friends/friends-book-sale or call 860-767-1560

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Italian Cheese Rolling And Taste Of Italy Fundraiser

February 9
Angelini Wine LTD, 22 Industrial Park Road
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$65

Community Music School will present their third annual Taste of Italy fundraiser with a lively game of Italian cheese rolling on February 9, 2019 at Angelini Wine in Centerbrook. Event proceeds will benefit scholarships and outreach programs at Community Music School. This event is presented by Guilford Savings Bank and includes fine Italian wines, cheese, antipasto, and a full spread of homemade Italian food. Guests will test their bowling skills with a little friendly competition in a rousing party game…

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New Year, New You

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Real Simple columnist and Professional Organizer Ellen Madere returns to the Essex Library on Saturday, February 9 at 1:30pm to offer best tips and guidance on how to rein in the chaos and get your home organized no matter how little time you have to tackle the clutter. She’ll take audience members room by room and floor by floor with tons of practical suggestions to help you make sense of all your stuff and bring harmony into your life. Support…

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Connecticut Architecture

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Centerbrook Architects, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series: Connecticut Architecture The Essex Library is honored to announce the eleventh year of its lecture series in collaboration with and sponsored by Centerbrook Architects. Kicking it off on Friday, February 15th at 7 p.m. in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects, will be author and architectural historian Christopher Wigren. Connecticut boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. Architectural Historian Christopher Wigren’s recent…

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