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August 2020

Thursdays on the Dock: Old Dog New Trick

August 27, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Old Dog New Trick Thursday, August 27 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Old Dog New Trick is an increasingly popular local talent that sprang onto the vibrant Lower Connecticut…

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September 2020

Thursdays on the Dock: Local Honey

September 3, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Local Honey Thursday, September 3 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Born out of a mutual respect for all things auditory and a humble appreciation for an organic evolution, lifelong…

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Author Talk with James R. Benn: The Red Horse

September 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Author Talk with James R. Benn: The Red Horse  The Essex Library is honored to celebrate the release of the fifteenth Billy Boyle WWII Mystery with Soho Crime author James R. Benn who always provides his audiences with fascinating though little-known events from World War II. Just days after the Liberation of Paris, US Army Detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kazimierz are brought to Saint Albans Convalescent Hospital in the English countryside. British Major Cosgrove, asks Billy for help, unofficially,…

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Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative September Artisan of the Month

September 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Artisan of the Month September, 2020 Connecticut River Artisans is delighted to announce our Artisan of the Month for September, Teresa Fanska.  To call Teresa an artisan, is an understatement!  She designs and sews the most adorable “Little Girl’s Dresses” in sizes from 6 months to 4 Toddler; she is a fabric “magician”. Teresa is a retired teacher, having taught grade 8 in New Haven and Meriden for 35 years.  She embarked on her dress-making business in 2016.  It is…

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Thursdays on the Dock: USCG Dixieland Band

September 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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USCG Dixieland Band Thursday, Sept. 10th 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. The United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and…

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Navigating Your Marriage in Retirement: a webinar co-hosted with cognitive psychologist Dr. Alicia Farrell

September 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Retirement Transformed Hosts Zoom Webinar on Monday, September 14th at 3PM! Click here to register! Are you and your spouse prepared for changing roles, increased time together and some surprises that may lie ahead? Retirement can challenge a marriage in complicated ways. Roles change. Expectations shift. Connection evolves. It helps to stay light on your feet and embrace the dynamic nature of this time of your life. You are not alone in having concerns about how your lives and relationships…

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Ghost the Musical

September 16, 2020 - October 11, 2020
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Book & Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin  Music & Lyrics by Dave Stewart & Glen Ballard A romantic stage adaptation of a modern classic film, Ghost the Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly…

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Autumn Arts Festival Exhibit

September 18, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Spectrum Gallery and Artisan’s Store presents The Autumn Arts Festival Exhibit, showcasing select work by participating artists in the 2020 Autumn Arts Festival on the Madison Town Green.  The seven-week gallery exhibit opens to the public on Friday, September 18 and runs through Sunday, November 8.  (Due to Covid-19, there is no opening reception for this exhibit. The Gallery is also adhering to all safety measures and asks that visitors wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering the Gallery.) In…

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Open call to Connecticut artists

September 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, September 20, 2020 1:00PM – 4:00PM. 55 Main St, Essex, CT 06426, 860-767-5457.  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…

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CENTERBROOK ARCHITECTS LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS MICHAEL CROSBIE, PH.D., FAIA WITH CESAR PELLI: HIS LIFE IN ARCHITECTURE

September 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series presented by the Essex Library opens its thirteenth year with Essex resident, author Michael Crosbie. Crosbie will speak about his recent book, Cesar Pelli: Life In Architecture on  Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This new monograph celebrates the creative accomplishments of one of the world's most influential architects and surveys his extraordinary body of work in terms of the AIA's Gold Medalist's design, architecture, and planning, tracing Pelli's motivation as a leading…

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At Gallery: The Oil & Cold Wax Experience

September 27, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$90

This 4-hour class will begin with a demonstration of the Oil & Cold Wax medium. It will give the artist the basic knowledge of this medium and how it works. Artists will learn to prep their paper, mix oil paint with cold wax, basic mark making and textures made with the use of various tools such as stencils, tissue paper, knitting needles, cheese cloth and more. No experience necessary.  Some materials will provided by the instructor.  Material list for participants…

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Online Workshops: Painting with Wood Stain

September 27, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 27, 2020

$90

In these two workshops online via ZOOM, learn how to paint with the incredible and versatile medium of water based wood stains from professional artist Sean Carney. Sean has been painting for close to 30 years and has painted with just about every medium. Find out why wood stains are now his medium of choice. In session one, Sean will walk through his technique for preparing the stain and the support for creating a beautiful and unique artwork. He will…

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October 2020

At Gallery: Introduction to Handcrafted Jewelry

October 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$55

Making handcrafted jewelry is one of the most popular pastimes. There is great satisfaction in designing a piece that is one of a kind. Learn the little secrets of creating a piece of jewelry that looks professional and remains intact. In this workshop you will learn all the basics of stringing a bracelet or necklace. A list of bead choices you will need to bring to class will be sent after you register.  Tools are supplied by the gallery and…

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October Artist of the Month: Gay Petruzzi

October 4, 2020 @ 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 delighted to announce our Artist of the Month for October: Gay Petruzzi!  Gay is our last featured until next spring. Gay is an artist, who hardly ever paints on a canvas. She loves painting on Vintage items. Gay will take something old or worn out and envision something completely transformed. Gay's credo is "Everything has a second life and we should all “Think Green” and keep as much out of the land fill as possible.  Art…

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Votes for Women Zoom Webinar

October 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

In 2020 we mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States. The fight for women's right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. Join along on Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m. as the Essex Library hosts the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in presenting an illustrated talk on Zoom about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories…

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2020 Annual Scarecrow Contest & FestiFall

October 8, 2020 - October 31, 2020

Experience Essex…Visit the 2020 Scarecrow FestiFall October 8 - 29! Fall is in the air and Essex Board of Trade (EBOT) is excited to host its annual 2020 Scarecrow FestiFall! While COVID-safety guidelines preclude gathering for a traditional festival in Main Street Park… the annual Scarecrow show will go on!!!  On any beautiful Fall day between October 8 - 29, EBOT invites visitors and residents to stroll a lamp-post presentation of scarecrows and enjoy some alfresco dining and shopping. It’s…

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Online Workshops: Sunrise, Sunset & the Moon Photography

October 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 8, 2020

$90

In this two-part online program via ZOOM, explore the “Where, When, and What” of sunrise, sunset and yes, moon photography.  During the first two-hour presentation Robert will discuss these elements – in an open question and answer session with many examples of various environments.  He will also suggest the appropriate times to photograph and places as well as what to include in your photographs.  He will discuss the tools that have become available for us in the age of smartphone…

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Let’s Celebrate the Arts Columbus Day Weekend

October 10, 2020 - October 11, 2020

The Arts Center Killingworth returns to the Madison Connecticut Town Green to present its Annual Autumn Outdoor Arts Festival on Saturday, October 10, 10-5pm, and Sunday, October 11, 12-5pm (rain date Monday, October 12, 10-5pm) with new and original artwork and fine crafts 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 includes representational and abstract painting, as well as photography, mixed media,…

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Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again, a Zoom talk with Page Dickey

October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Page Dickey has been gardening passionately since her early twenties and writing about gardening, as well as designing gardens for others, for three decades. She has written eight books and edited another, most of which concentrate on aspects of garden design, especially creating gardens that reflect their settings. Dickey will discuss her new book, Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again with the Essex Library community on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. In Uprooted, she describes leaving  Duck Hill--a…

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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Presents: Hand Hewn, Jack Sobon Reflects on the Craft of Timber Framing Zoom Lecture

October 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Jack Sobon’s book, Hand Hewn, is a gorgeous celebration of the traditions and artistry of timber-frame building, a 7,000-year-old craft that holds an enduring attraction for its simple elegance and resilience. The Essex Library continues its Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, focusing this year on home and garden design, on Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. with internationally renowned timber-frame architect and craftsman Jack A. Sobon. He will offer a fascinating look at how the natural, organic forms of trees become…

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Online Class: Creating a Cityscape with Painted & Printed Papers

October 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 20, 2020

$120

Creating a Cityscape with Painted-and Printed Papers-----a Zoom Adventure Painting papers is intuitive. In this class we will paint with acrylics using a Speedball Gel. Participants will create batches of papers to be cut into circles, squares, rectangles and triangles to create the cityscape collages. No experience is necessary to join this online class.  After registration, the material list and 5 week syllabus will be sent via email. Dates: Tuesdays:  Sept. 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20.  Makeup: Oct. 27th Time: 12:30-2:30pm…

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Wildlife and Connecticut’s Changing Landscape, a Zoom webinar

October 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Free

The Essex Library is pleased to host a virtual talk by CT DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn on Tuesday, October 20 at 3 p.m. Colburn’s “Wildlife and Connecticut’s Changing Landscape” presentation provides a brief natural history of Connecticut, addresses the current state of wildlife in the state, including a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, challenges we face in managing them, and provides suggestions for what people can do to make a difference. Paul Colburn is a…

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At Gallery: Creating a Cityscape with Painted & Printed Papers

October 21, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 21, 2020

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

Painting papers is intuitive. In this class we will paint with acrylics using a Speedball Gel Printing plate with brayers supplied during gallery classes. Participants will create batches of papers to be cut into circles, squares, rectangles and triangles to create the cityscape collages. No experience is necessary to join this class.  The instructor will work with participants at each individual’s level. After registration, the material list and 5 week syllabus will be sent via email. For in gallery classes…

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Sprit of Place, a Zoom talk with Bill Noble

October 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Free

How does an individual garden relate to the larger landscape? How does it connect to the natural and cultural environment? Does it evoke a sense of place? In addressing these topics in an illustrated presentation based on his new book, Spirit of Place, on Thursday, October 22 at 2 p.m. via Zoom Bill Noble—a lifelong gardener, the former director of preservation for the Garden Conservancy, will help gardeners answer these questions by sharing how they influenced the creation of his…

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At Gallery: Designer Earrings Workshop

October 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$53

With the holidays coming up, earrings are a great gift for your family, friends and colleagues. And don’t forget about yourself. One can never have too many earrings! They’re the perfect accessory to wear with jeans and a sweater or with your little black dress. In this workshop you will learn five designs from which you can make unlimited earrings simply by changing the bead combinations. No experience necessary. You will learn basic techniques that will give you the confidence…

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The Mousetrap

October 28, 2020 - November 15, 2020
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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By Agatha Christie Agatha Christie, the Mistress of Mystery, brings you her most popular creation, The Mousetrap. When a group of strangers are trapped together at a manor house during a snowstorm, they soon discover one of them is a murderer! Is it the newlyweds whose rampant suspicions nearly wreck their marriage? Maybe it's the spinster with the curious background. It could be the architect, the retired Army Major or maybe the odd man who claims his car overturned in…

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Retirement Transformed Webinar: Finding Your Wellness Motivations at Any Age with Co-Host, Joe Ames

October 28, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Get Ready for some serious Motivation! Whether you’re in the best shape of your life…or not, you’re going to want to hear what Joe Ames has to say! We all know that creating, implementing, and sustaining a physical wellness plan is easier said than done. That’s why we’re connecting with our good friend Joe Ames, fitness guru and corporate retiree, to hear how he made the transition from a corporate career into a life full of health and wellness. Join…

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Online Class: Basic Drawing

October 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

$120

In this online class via ZOOM, learn how to observe and draw in a representational style which is a fundamental skill for working in any medium including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Using graphite and charcoal and working from still life, self portraits, landscapes and photographs, learn several types of lines and tonal drawing.  Understand key concepts of drawing such as negative shape, relative measuring, and perspective. Each class features a directed drawing exercise to teach a specific skill and these…

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Social Security 101 Zoom Workshop

October 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated workshop on social security benefits will be presented by Social Security Administration Public Affairs Specialist Kentia Torres at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29, hosted on Zoom by the Essex Library. Torres will focus on early retirement benefits, qualifying for disability, survivors or spouse benefits. Registration required. www.youressexlibrary.org or 860-767-1560.

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2020 Annual Scarecrow Contest Winners

October 31, 2020 - November 21, 2020
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The results are in! And the winners are (drum roll, please!):

First Place: Music of the Night made by Shelia Gavish

Second Place: Carlson's Landing
Third Place: Middlesex Habitat for Humanity, CT

Honorable Mentions: Mother Earth made by the Essex Garden Club, Bernie made by Essex Indoor Golf Center, and Zoom Crow made by William Pitt Sotheby's Essex.

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November 2020

Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Presents: Robert Miller, FAIA with “Solace from Home: Sheltering in a Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Residence”

November 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

For many of us, the present moment has meant expanded time at home. Although disruptive and challenging, this has also been a time of opportunity – to engage with our dwellings in new ways, and to seek comfort, support and even inspiration in uncertain times. Join this Essex Library virtual program with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Principal Robert Miller on Friday, November 6 at 7 pm for a conversation on the firm’s residential work and the ways its clients have adapted…

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Tackle Your Printed Photos Like a Pro Zoom Workshop

November 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated workshop on organizing print photos will be presented by professional photo organizer Cathi Nelson at 1 p.m. Nov. 11, on Zoom for the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Nelson will focus on how to organize your print photos to help preserve and share personal life journeys and memories. RSVP: www.youressexlibrary.org or 860-767-1560. Registration is required.

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Science Talk: “Hidden Expansion” with Yale Science Communication Webinar

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated zoom talk entitled “Hidden Expansion” will be presented by Yale Science Communication at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 hosted by the Essex Library. The focus will be on microscopic matter, biological cells, viruses and how to harness those hidden worlds for medical treatment and technology. Registration is required. www.youressexlibrary.org or call Essex Library at 860-767-1560

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CT River Artisans Holiday Artist’s Reception

November 15, 2020
Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Connecticut River Artisans invites one and all to join us for our Holiday Reception on Sunday, November 15th.  Take some time to relax with us, have a goodie, have some wine and meet some of our Artists before the Holiday rush.

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Online Class: Holiday Themed Bird House

November 17, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - December 8, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

$100

Find a 3D bird house that has ample surface space to collage and decorate. This can be a table centerpiece or mantel piece to complement your holiday house.  Places to find your bird houses are Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Agway, Antique stores, Good Will & Dollar Stores. Once you find the ”Perfect” bird house, scour your attics to find old Christmas and holiday embellishments, ornaments and papers. Look for a theme. It can be whimsical, wintery, anything that appeals.  Finally, select…

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“Home Sweet Home” Holiday Show at Spectrum Art Gallery

November 21, 2020 - January 10, 2021
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its 2020 Holiday Show, Home Sweet Home with an opening weekend Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22 (12:30-6pm) and running through January 10, 2021. Discover original artwork and fine crafts that explore one of the most basic and important parts of our lives, “the home” as a place of shelter, fun, connection, and now for many, work and school. Located at 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT, the exhibit presents new work such…

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Online via Zoom: Beginning Watercolor

November 21, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 22, 2020

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$100

This class takes you from start to finish learning a variety of watercolor techniques like flat wash, glazing, wet into wet and layering that can be applied to any subject.  The instructor, Sean Carney, has been professionally teaching painting for over 20 years and exhibits in numerous galleries including Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, CT.  He loves introducing beginners to the joy and creativity of the watercolor medium.  Material list available upon registration. Dates:  Saturdays Nov. 7, 14, and 21 Time:  1:30-3:30pm…

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At Gallery: Pearl Knotting without Tools Workshop

November 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$53

There is no piece of jewelry more timeless than a strand of hand-knotted pearls. If you’ve always wondered why there are knots between pearls, it’s to prevent pearls from rubbing against each other and to protect against loss if the strand should break.  Unfortunately, the process can be frustrating when using tweezers, an awl or a special pearl knotting tool.  Now you can put them all away since in this workshop you will learn a foolproof way of hand knotting…

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December 2020

A Zoom Webinar: Preparing for Life’s Financial Storms

December 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated workshop on creating and maintaining financial security will be presented by UConn Extension Educator in family economics and resource management Faye Griffiths-Smith at 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 on Zoom for the Essex Library. Griffiths-Smith will focus on dealing with situations such as unexpected expenses, income reductions, severe weather preparedness as well as the importance of saving.

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At Gallery: Holiday Themed Bird House

December 2, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 2, 2020

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$110

Find a 3D bird house that has ample surface space to collage and decorate. This can be a table centerpiece or mantel piece to complement your holiday house.  Places to find your bird houses are Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Agway, Antique stores, Good Will & Dollar Stores. Once you find the ”Perfect” bird house, scour your attics to find old Christmas and holiday embellishments, ornaments and papers. Look for a theme. It can be whimsical, wintery, anything that appeals.  Finally, select…

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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Presents Takashi Yanai, Faia With “Outside In: New California Modernism”

December 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated lecture on Outside In: New California Modernism home design will be presented by California Architect Takashi Yanai, FAIA at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 on Zoom for the Essex Library’s continuing Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series. Yanai will focus on design with California Modernist ethos infused with reinterpretations of traditional Japanese elements.

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At Gallery: Holiday Wreath Design Workshop

December 5, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$55

Create your own 30” live wreath to display proudly this season with landscape designer, Tracy McMorran. A wide variety of freshly picked greenery is available. Florist wire, hand-made bows and painted objects, including pinecones, for embellishment are also provided. Bring wire cutters or sharp scissors, and gloves are recommended. Beginners welcome! Saturday, December 5 1:30-4:00pm $40 (plus $15 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop) https://spectrumartgallery.org/event-registration/?ee=79 Spectrum Art Gallery 61 Main Street Centerbrook, CT  06409

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At Gallery: Get ready for the Holidays!

December 6, 2020 @ 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

In this class, we will create intricate folded paper snowflakes from decorative papers.  These can be made in various sizes to be used as ornaments, or as larger decorations for the home.  They can be made of white paper, or fancy printed papers for different effects. We will also experiment with pop-up greeting cards. No experience needed, and a supply list of materials you can bring from home will be available.  Small materials fee to be paid to the instructor.…

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Zoom Webinar: Genealogy, Trace your Connecticut Revolutionary Roots

December 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated talk on tracing Connecticut ancestors who supported the American Revolution will be presented by Professional genealogist Bryna O’Sullivan at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 on Zoom for the Essex Library. O’Sullivan will focus on genealogical resources to help trace Connecticut ancestors. RSVP: (860) 767-1560 or www.youressexlibrary.org

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Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: COVID-19 and the Holidays

December 9, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
Free

A free talk on COVID-19 and holiday challenges that can be especially difficult for families living with dementia will be presented by South Central CT Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter Maria Tomasetti at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9 on Zoom for the Essex Library. Tomasetti will focus on strategies to engage in positive visits and interactions and exploring tactics to discuss holiday celebrations that best suit the needs of the person diagnosed and the caregiver. Registration is required.

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At Gallery: Holiday Wreath Design Workshop

December 12, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$55

Create your own 30” live wreath to display proudly this season with landscape designer, Tracy McMorran. A wide variety of freshly picked greenery is available. Florist wire, hand-made bows and painted objects, including pinecones, for embellishment are also provided. Bring wire cutters or sharp scissors, and gloves are recommended. Beginners welcome! Saturday, December 12 1:30-4:00pm $40 (plus $15 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop) https://spectrumartgallery.org/event-registration/?ee=111

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January 2021

Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Presents Austin Architect Nick Deaver With “Land, Building, Spirit”

January 8 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated Zoom talk on creating memorable places that respond to the local context with a commitment to minimal demands on the environment will be presented by Austin Texas architect, Nick Deaver at 7 p.m. Jan 8, hosted by Essex Library as part of their Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series. Deaver will focus on his personal journey of architecture and how awakening the senses can reconnect us with the natural world. Registration required. RSVP: the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 or see www.youressexlibrary.org

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Preparing for Life’s Financial Storms: A Zoom Webinar

January 12 @ 6:30 pm
Free

A free, illustrated workshop on creating and maintaining financial security will be presented by UConn Extension Educator in family economics and resource management Faye Griffiths-Smith at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 on Zoom for the Essex Library. Griffiths-Smith will focus on dealing with situations such as unexpected expenses, income reductions, severe weather preparedness as well as the importance of saving. Registration is required. RSVP: 860-767-1560 or www.youressexlibrary.org

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Creating a Rice Paper Collage: Zoom Workshop

January 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 17, 2021

$130

In this class, learn to use a support (clay board, canvas panel, cradle board, illustration board), with a hard surface to create an interesting textural background by adhering a variety of rice papers. On this covered support create asymmetrical grid patterns, encasing pressed flowers & or pressed leaves, confetti, red onion skins, and other materials to enhance your work. Subjective imagery can also be lightly drawn or traced onto the background.  You will learn to encase materials and to paint…

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Tackling Your Digital Photos Organization: A Zoom Webinar with Cathi Nelson

January 20 @ 1:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated workshop on organizing digital photos will be presented by professional photo organizer Cathi Nelson at 1 p.m. Jan. 20, on Zoom for the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Nelson will focus on best practices for how to organize your digital photos. RSVP: www.youressexlibrary.org or 860-767-1560. Registration is required.

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