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February 2021

Basic Winter Bird Identification Zoom Presentation

February 25 @ 5:30 pm
Free

A free Zoom presentation on winter birdwatching in Connecticut presented by Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge wildlife biologist, Kris Vagos, at 5:30 p.m. on February 25th. Vagos will focus on what to look for, who might be there, a few common bird sounds and how to learn more.

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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

New Naturalism with Kelly D. Norris Zoom Webinar

March 6 @ 11:00 am
Free

A free, illustrated talk on stylish yet naturalistic garden design will be presented by horticulturalist and author Kelly D. Norris at 11 a.m. Mar 6, on Zoom for the Essex Library. Norris will focus on garden designs to increase biodiversity, provide refuge for wildlife, and reconnect humans to nature.

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CRM Virtual Speaker Series: Mills: Making Places of Connecticut

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Join Renee Tribert of Preservation Connecticut as we discuss the historic physical structures that speak to Connecticut’s industrial past, and carry forward to our present and future. Interesting industries/architecture, as well as case studies on different rehabs throughout the state will be discussed. Highlights cover the industries in Essex, Deep River, and other places along the Connecticut River.

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Managing Your Money in Challenging Times: A 5-Part Series on Zoom

March 9 @ 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 24, 2021

Free

A free, illustrated 5-part series of workshops on creating and maintaining financial security will be presented by UConn Extension Educator in family economics and resource management Faye Griffiths-Smith at 6:30p.m. on Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, Mar. 9, and Mar. 23 on Zoom for the Essex Library. Griffiths-Smith will focus on creating and following a spending plan and managing credit and debt. Registration is required. RSVP: 860-767-1560 or www.youressexlibrary.org

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Zoom Author Talk with Luanne Rice: The Shadowbox

March 14 @ 1:00 pm
Free
Luanne Rice Author

A free author talk will be presented by The New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice on her novel, The Shadowbox at 1 p.m. on March 14 via Zoom for the Essex Library. Registration is required.

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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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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

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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CRM Virtual Speaker Series: Three Centuries of Innovation in the Connecticut River Valley

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Eric Hintz of Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation/Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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CRM Virtual Speaker Series: The Memories and Lives of Old Trees and What They Can Tell Us About Climate History

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard University Forest Did you know that, until recently, people in the Northeastern US have been living in one of the wettest eras of the last 500 years? Trees do. Did you know that, until recently, global warming had not impacted the Northeastern US like it had in other regions or the globe as a whole? How do we know these things? Trees are witnesses of how our shared…

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May 2021

CRM Virtual Speaker Series: The Connecticut, New England’s Great River

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Adair Mulligan, Executive Director at Hanover Conservancy. The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2670 feet to the sea through America’s only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. This program begins with an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among…

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June 2021

CRM Virtual Speaker Series: Courageous Dissent – How Harry Bingham Defied His Government to Save Lives

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Robert Kim Bingham, Retired Federal Attorney, US Department of Justice and US Department of Homeland Security. Courageous Dissent is the first book published about America’s unsung diplomat hero Hiram (Harry) Bingham IV, the author’s father, who was in charge of issuing visas to America and freedom while stationed as a US vice-consul in Marseilles, France, just before World War II. It captures Bingham’s compelling story of placing humanity above his career during the early…

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