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May 2019

Artist of the Month Series with Sally Rothenhaus

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

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Paper Baskets: Learn to Make One

May 19, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$100

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

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June 2019

Celebrate Summer with a Gourd Ornament

June 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

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

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Early Summer Botanicals Workshop

June 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$45

The focus of this workshop is making cards and other larger pieces suitable for framing and gift giving.  All pieces made in the workshop will have a summer theme using pressed petals and leaves.   You will learn how to press the botanicals and apply them to a heavy card stock.   Your creations will be lovely gifts or wonderful pieces to treasure yourself.  Supplies include an abundance of pressed botanicals, cards and paper. Other colors will also be available to make…

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Welcome Summer with Fluid Painting-a Dirty Pour Workshop

June 16, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

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

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Botanical Print a Silk Scarf Workshop

June 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$80

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

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“Out my Window” — Essex Art Association’s Summer 2019 Open Exhibition

June 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
EAA Gallery, 10 North Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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The upcoming show at the Essex Art Association is an Open Exhibition and welcomes all area artists to submit up to two pieces of artwork for display. This type of show offers the public a viewing experience with a wide spectrum of subjects, styles and mediums. The show is juried for awards only, with the EAA distributing $1500 in eight categories. In addition, one artist will be awarded a solo exhibit in the EAA Gantner Gallery during the 2020 gallery…

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July 2019

Onrust Sails

July 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$12 – $33

Onrust is a 53' gaff rigged and auxillary engine powered replica of Adriaen block’s vessel - one of the first western style ships built in the new world, and the first ever to sail up the Connecticut river! Join us for a sail on the historical and scenic Connecticut river Thursday 2:00pm & 6:00pm Friday 2:00pm & 6:00pm Saturday 2:00pm & 6:00pm (July & August Thursday - Saturday 4:00 pm) Sunday 2:00pm Monday 2:00pm $28 - adult daytime cruise $12…

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Kate’s Camp for Kids Summer Programming

July 8, 2019 - August 31, 2019
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, 2019 - July 19, 2019
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, 2019 - July 26, 2019
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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Myths and Legends Exhibit

July 23, 2019 - October 14, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Myths and Legends exhibit explores centuries of folklore that have defined the Connecticut River Valley region. Discover some of the extraordinary legends from the Connecticut River Valley and learn how the Charter Oak tree became a symbol of Connecticut’s bravado and independence. Peer into Powers of Darkness through stories that show the darker side of life along the River. See how lack of understanding about transmittable diseases spurred tales of vampirism in a small New England town and the…

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Birds, Bugs and Their Flowers Art Exhibit

July 26, 2019 - September 15, 2019
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Spectrum Gallery and Store of Centerbrook, Connecticut presents Birds, Bugs and Their Flowers, its latest exhibit which celebrates the richness of the season with new and original artwork featuring interactions among some of nature’s most interesting and productive plants, animals and critters. The seven-week gallery show runs from July 26 through September 15 and showcases work by artists and fine artisans from across Connecticut, New York and throughout New England. Included in the exhibit is a mixture of fine art…

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Deep River Cemetery Tour

July 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5

Join Connecticut River Museum Curator Amy Trout and Deep River Historical Society Curator Rhonda Forristall and explore the Fountain Hill Cemetery in Deep River. The tour will highlight the legend of XYZ bank robber and the mysterious woman who visited his grave. Be prepared to learn about other curiosities and notables buried there! 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Space is limited - preregistration is required. $5 non members FREE to members of…

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Essex Art Association’s Summer 2019 Juried Show “Converge”

July 27, 2019 - August 17, 2019
10 North Main Street, 10 North Main Street
Essex, CT United States
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The Essex Art Association is holding its second juried exhibit of the 2019 Season. The theme for this exhibition is “Converge.” Our exhibition chair, Lee Bardenheuer explained the theme this way,“Your sources are virtually without limit and a matter of your choice. Gather your favorites, put them on the end of your brush and share them with the world.” Because juried shows are judged for entry as well as awards they are as known venues for displaying high quality artwork.…

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A Bird Celebration at Lloyd and Ida in Essex

July 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Lloyd and Ida, 7 North Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Design and garden store Lloyd and Ida celebrates summer and the beauty of the hummingbird. Come and see the transformation of the entire store into a bird extravaganza. Featuring a rhapsody of bird art, elements and birdhouses. There will be a showcase by Chequer Interiors. Special events include: a lecture on hummingbirds and how to attract them by Jessica Penfield, a lecture on painting birds in the wild by Michael DiGiorgio and a class in how to make origami hummingbirds…

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August 2019

Onrust Brunch

August 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$28

Join Connecticut River Museum Curator Amy Trout on a morning sail on the Onrust. Discover the Myths and Legends of the Connecticut River Valley and enjoy the sights of the river. Light continental style breakfast will be served.

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Connecticut River Artisans Artist of the Month

August 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tracey S. Koff is Connecticut River Artisans Artist of the Month for August 2019 Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative’s Artisan of the Month for August is Tracey Stephan Koff. Tracey has been involved in the creative arts since childhood. She comes from a musical and artistic family. Tracey helped run the family candy and craft business while raising her children and completing her Master’s degree in education. Tracey served for over 20 years as a Connecticut teacher, principal and adjunct professor.…

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Drum Village Workshop for Beginners

August 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Community Music School will be offering a unique drumming workshop for beginners this summer on August 17, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm. Open to children and adult in our Centerbrook location at 90 Main Street in Spencer’s Corner. CMS Drum Village is an opportunity for all ages to participate in a hands-on percussion ensemble that explores musical traditions from around the world. Students will learn to coordinate intricate rhythmic patterns, build a sense of community, and try out this…

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EAA Late Summer 2019 Open Exhibition

August 24, 2019 - September 14, 2019
EAA Gallery, 10 North Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Essex Art Association's Late Summer 2019 Open Exhibition - "The Space Between" The last exhibit of the Essex Art Association's gallery season is an Open Exhibition and welcomes all area artists to submit up to two pieces of artwork for display. Open exhibits offer an exciting mix of creative works for the public's viewing pleasure. The show is juried for awards only, with the EAA distributing $1500 in eight categories. Also, one artist will be awarded a solo exhibit in…

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Ukulele Workshop

August 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Community Music School will be offering its unique Ukulele Workshop for Beginners again this summer on August 24, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm. This workshop sold out quickly last summer and is back by popular demand! Open to ages 8 through adult in our Centerbrook location. Learn the fundamentals of the ukulele in a group program dedicated to the absolute beginner! CMS Faculty Member Marty Wirt will include an overview of the instrument, tuning basics, fundamental chords and strumming,…

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September 2019

Paint and Plant Night

September 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Paint and Sip, 12 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Essex Paint and Sip is hosting a "Paint and Plant" Night in Essex Village! Participants will paint a custom design on a flower pot and then plant flowers in that pot for their home or a perfect gift. All materials and expert instruction is pro-vided. No experience required and all ages welcome! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot today at essexpaintandsip.com

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Autumn Arts Festival Gallery Group Show Opening Reception

September 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

This is a group show for artists and artisans participating in the Juried Madison Green Autumn Arts Festival on October 12th and 13th.  Only artists participating in the Madison Arts Festival have been invited to submit for this gallery show.  There is no specific theme and Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood,…

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October 2019

Arts Center Killingworth’s Annual Autumn Arts Festival

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - October 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Center Killingworth, 276 N Parker Hill Rd
Killingworth, 06419 United States
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An Art-Filled Weekend with Live Music on the Madison Green The Arts Center Killingworth returns to the Madison Connecticut Town Green to present its Annual Autumn Outdoor Arts Festival on Saturday, October 12, 10-5pm, and Sunday, October 13, 12-5pm (rain date Monday, October 14, 10-5pm) with new and original artwork and fine crafts created by established and emerging artists from throughout Connecticut and the tri-state region. The Festival is located at Boston Post Road (Route 1) and Copse Road, and…

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Scarecrow Festival 2019

October 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - October 20, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Scarecrow FestiFall Press Release As the Essex Scarecrow Festival’s outdoor movie showing in the Essex Town Park is coming up, there have been concerns about the festival regarding the possibility of mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus and WNV to be an issue during the time of the event at 6:30pm. The Essex Park and Recreation is working directly with the Town of Essex Public Health Director to address any concerns about the mosquito EEE virus and WNV (West Nile Virus).…

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Haunted River 2019

October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - October 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$13 – $17

Witch Trials, the XYZ Bandit, Madam Sherri and more. ALL NEW stories based on Connecticut River Valley Myths and Legends! Ghost tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Tickets $17 Adults, $13 Children ages 7-12. Purchase tickets at: ctrivermuseum.org (This event is not appropriate for children under 7) -Tours begin at the Lay House just west of the Museum. -Event takes place in all weather conditions, please dress accordingly. -Delays on departure time are normal and…

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MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM PRESENTS: J.M.W. TURNER: WATERCOLORS FROM THE TATE

October 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

The Mystic Seaport Museum is the only U.S. venue for this milestone exhibition of almost 100 of J.M.W. Turner's watercolor masterpieces from the collection of the Tate Museum in London. Watercolors from Tate brings together luminous landscapes and atmospheric seascapes, architectural and topographical sketches, travel drawings, and even a number of intimate interior views. The exhibition, which runs from October 5 to February 23, 2020, spans the entirety of Turner’s long career and, by focusing on the artist’s watercolors, provides…

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November 2019

Celestial Navigation

November 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Join Roy E. Kilgard, Wesleyan University Associate Professor of the Practice in Astronomy, on a celestial navigation journey beginning in England in the 1600s up through the mid-20th century. Kilgard integrates the development of navigational charts and navigational instruments through the years and the connection between astronomy and navigation. His topics include how to translate what you observe as you look out at the horizon with images printed on a navigational chart, chart making, plotting navigational positions, as well as the…

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Author Discussion with Beatriz Williams

November 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Global Trade, 17th Century Style

November 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Today Americans depend on trade with China for many of the consumer goods that make our lives comfortable. The English Puritans who settled the Connecticut Valley in the 17th century also turned to global trade to make their lives as comfortable as they had been at home in England. The Connecticut River was the great water highway that connected the producers of these natural resources to the broad markets around the Atlantic Rim. Brenda Milkofsky leads our discussion on Global…

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Holiday Reception

November 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The artists of the Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative would like to invite one and all to our Holiday Reception. Celebrate with us before the “Holiday Frenzy” takes hold. Join us on Sunday, November 17th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 55 Main Street, Essex. Meet our artists and crafters. Join us for a libation and all manner of nibbles (we are known for our great food)! See our beautiful shop, made even more beautiful for the holidays. Be sure to…

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Sip & Shop

November 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
J. McLaugnlin, 3 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Let’s Celebrate! Holiday Show

November 22, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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FREE

We all celebrate in different ways for many occasions, including various holidays, births, anniversaries, weddings or just because we’re happy! We are calling for abstract and representation art in all mediums including photography which illustrate through imagery, color, pattern or subject matter this idea. This is an extremely popular show at Spectrum and space is limited. The gallery store will be looking for seasonal items including ornaments for the gallery’s annual tree. Store items do not need to follow the…

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Let’s Celebrate! – Opening Reception for Holiday Show

November 22, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its newest Holiday show: Let’s Celebrate! (Nov 22-Jan 12) with original artwork and fine crafts that explore ways we celebrate for many occasions, including holidays, births, anniversaries, weddings or just because we're happy! Come and discover a variety of artwork, fine crafts and handmade ornaments on our six-foot annual holiday tree. Perfect for yourself or a holiday gift! The exhibit opens Friday, Nov 22 with a reception (6:30-9pm) with food, wine and…

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December 2019

Shop & Stroll

December 7, 2019
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Shop & Stroll at the 15th Biennial Holiday House Tour in Historic Essex Presented by the Essex River Valley Auxiliary of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT   The town of Essex opens their homes this December to support Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the Essex River Valley Auxiliary presents a self-guided walking tour through seven distinctive houses, beautifully decorated for the holidays in downtown Essex. Visitors can also get a…

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Chilli, Cheap & Chilly 2019

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Essex Art Association, 10 N Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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January 2020

26th Annual Holiday Train Show

January 21 - April 18
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Steve Cryan’s family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back on track at the Connecticut River Museum for its 26th year! A fully operational 26 foot train layout, tugboat and train memorabilia, “I SPY" scavenger hunts, and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun for all ages! Come see what surprises train artist Steve Cryan has created this year! Member Opening November 26, 2019 Public Opening November 27, 2019 Sponsored by Lorensen Auto Group and Webster Bank

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Spectrum Gallery Exhibit Opens – Appreciating the Everyday

January 24 - March 15
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Begin the new year with a new exhibition at Spectrum Gallery: Appreciating the Everyday. Explore original artwork that showcases the imagery of daily events and objects that while we may take them for granted, make our lives easier and more pleasurable – the family dinner, a bottle of wine, a fireplace, and more! Show opens Friday, January Jan 24 with an Opening Reception with wine and refreshments from 6:30-9pm.  The exhibit runs through March 15th. 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.…

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Open Call to Connecticut Artists

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is hosting an OPEN HOUSE for artists! f you are a Connecticut artist and 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 have been established since 1980 and believe we are the oldest Co-op in the state. Stop in, enjoy the refreshments, chat with one of our artists and find out what we are all about.…

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Introduction to Mah Jong

January 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Mah Jong is a fascinating game that originated in China and was adopted by Americans in the 1920s. It is a game for 4 people played with beautifully carved Chinese tiles. Allison Friday has taught American and Chinese Mah Jong for about 15 years. Always intrigued by small pieces in boxes, she fell in love with and purchased a Mah Jong set at an antique store before she even knew what it was. Allison will present an illustrated introduction to…

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February 2020

Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises

February 8 - March 15
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$42

Each winter as the temperature dips below freezing, Bald Eagles from as far north as Canada make their way to the open waters of the Connecticut River for easy fishing and nesting. Climb aboard CT River Expedition’s 64 ft. RiverQuest, an environmentally friendly vessel with heated cabin and ample deck space. An on-board naturalist provides narration while you get an up-close view of the River. Coffee and use of binoculars is included in ticket price as well as admission to…

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Live Birds of Prey Show

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue
Essex, 06426 United States
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A Place Called Hope, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization, offers visitors a chance to see several species of majestic raptors up close, including a Bald Eagle. Come to learn about what makes these birds of prey so uniquely interesting. This program is free to the public and takes place in Essex Town Hall. Monday, February 17 10:00 – 11:00 AM

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Understanding Your Best Friend with Phil Klein

February 22 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Understanding Your Best Friend with Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener Phil Klein will present a kind methodology for gaining your dog's cooperation based on its instincts at the Essex Library on Saturday, February 22 at 1:30 p.m. Learn how canines see the world and the underlying reasons for unwanted behaviors like hyperactivity, destructive chewing, incessant barking, toileting in the house, jumping on guests, and aggression. Learn the four main areas of canine communications, including the leadership signals that will eliminate…

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The Essex Library’s Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series: Misha Semenov

February 28 @ 7:00 pm
The Cube at Centerbrook Architects’ office, 67 Main St
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Architect Misha Semenov with building in ecology: curing nature deficit disorder through design Did you know that Americans spend over 90% of their time indoors? Increasingly, that indoor environment is sealed off from the outside world. As we lose awareness of the natural world around us, we develop mental and physical illnesses and exacerbate the environmental crisis. The new emphasis on biophilia and the emotional connection to nature is proving to be just as important as the focus on resource efficiency…

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March 2020

On Account of Sex: A History of Women’s Suffrage in America

March 16 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was officially adopted, guaranteeing that American women would no longer be denied the right to vote, “on account of sex.” From Seneca Falls to suffragettes, Supreme Court cases to hunger strikes, this lecture at the Essex Library on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m., will chronicle the long and complex history of the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States. Amanda Goodheart Parks is a public historian specializing in…

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Documentary Screening and Discussion: Alice’s Ordinary People

March 18 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Alice's Ordinary People is a documentary about Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement who practiced fearless activism for five decades. Her remarkable story of ordinary people effecting extraordinary change for human rights spans the historic period from the marches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the election of Barack Obama, and her great contribution in the field of politics is the thread which connects the two. The Essex Library will host a screening and discussion…

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Talbots Shopping Party

March 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Talbots, 1 Essex Square
Essex, 06426 United States
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Shadow Dance Exhibit

March 27 - May 17
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Gallery exhibit displays artwork that showcases the imagery of shadows – be they informative, mysterious, gloomy and or changeable with the season. Opening Reception Friday, March 27, 6:30-9pm with wine and refreshments. Runs through May 17. Spectrum Gallery and Store, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.  Hours: Wed-Sat (12-6pm); Sun (12-5pm). (860) 767-0742 and visit spectrumartgallery.org

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Open Call to Connecticut Artists

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is hosting an OPEN HOUSE for artists on Saturday, Mar 28, 2020: 1:00PM – 4:00PM. If you are a Connecticut artist and 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 have been established since 1980 and believe we are the oldest Co-op in the state.  Stop in, enjoy the refreshments, chat with one of our artists…

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May 2020

Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 27, 2020

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 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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