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March 2021

Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley

March 18 @ 10:00 am - October 17 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley is a collaborative exhibit showcasing 40 works of art that speak to human impact on the land. This exhibit is from March 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am - October 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm.

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September 2021

The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America’s Great Rivers Series

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - December 7 @ 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

We are honored to join with these Museums from across the Country to present our Virtual Lecture Series. Book your spot to learn what makes each of these Rivers both unique and similar as part of the Great American River story. 

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Changing Seasons – New Exhibit Opens

September 24 - November 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook, Connecticut presents Changing Seasons, an exhibition showcasing select works by participating artists in the 2021 Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival.  Discover fine artists and artisans from throughout Connecticut, New England, and the tristate region who present representational and abstract painting, photography, mixed media, and collage. The gallery show opens to the public Friday, September 24 with an Open House Saturday, September 25th from 1-6pm and Sunday, September 26th from 1-5pm.  The show closes Sunday, November 7.  Also, the Gallery’s…

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Online: Creating a Journal of Art

September 28 @ 12:30 pm - October 26 @ 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$140

This class will explore a compilation of ideas, about letting go, loving imperfection and its allure in the world of the creatives----a place to make mistakes, explore freely and not worry about a finished piece of art. You will start by collecting odd bits of ephemera. ‘Go to places ‘ are junky antique stores filled with old ledgers, vintage music sheets, diaries, magazines, canceled postage stamps, etc. Then make marks, patterns, & symbols on the vintage ephemera, onion skin or deli …

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At Gallery: Creating a Journal of Art

September 29 @ 12:30 pm - October 27 @ 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

This class will explore a compilation of ideas, about letting go, loving imperfection and its allure in the world of the creatives----a place to make mistakes, explore freely and not worry about a finished piece of art. You will start by collecting odd bits of ephemera. ‘Go to places ‘ are junky antique stores filled with old ledgers, vintage music sheets, diaries, magazines, canceled postage stamps, etc. Then make marks, patterns, & symbols on the vintage ephemera, onion skin or deli …

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At Gallery: Oil Painting Studio for All Levels

September 30 @ 12:30 pm - October 28 @ 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

This Studio Class focuses on both the fundamentals of oil painting or can be a refresher course for those with some experience.  The class begins with techniques of brush work, color mixing and color theory painting Alla Prima primarily, (wet into wet) or by layering the paint. Participants 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 objects or…

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Online: Introduction to Basic Drawing Techniques

September 30 @ 4:30 pm - October 28 @ 6:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

This five week course is an introduction to basic drawing techniques and visual concepts, with a focus on translation of a three-dimensional form to a two-dimensional surface.  Fundamental issues of drawing will also be introduced, (line, value, space, and composition).  Objective, non-objective and intuitive approaches are covered as we explore mediums ranging from charcoal to pen and ink.  Material list available upon registration. Thursdays:  Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 4:30-6:30pm $150, Members save $15  

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October 2021

SUSTAINABLE ESSEX AND THE ESSEX LIBRARY PARTNER UP FOR TWO EVENTS IN OCTOBER

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - October 19 @ 7:00 pm
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One event on October 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm

One event on October 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Producing, buying, and throwing away clothes, among many other things, has a huge impact the environment. Studies show the clothing and footwear industry alone is responsible for over 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding the connections between the $2.5 trillion apparel industry and the environment might help us solve our climate crisis. Sustainable Essex and the Essex Library invite Connecticut residents to participate in two free online meetings of inspiring discussion with bestselling authors focused on the impacts…

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At Gallery: Fall Watercolor Class

October 9 @ 1:00 pm - November 6 @ 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

In this this 5-session watercolor class open to all levels paint the beautiful colors of the Autumn leaves.  The focus for beginners will be on color mixing and basic watercolor techniques such as wet on wet, dry brush, methods for creating texture and using watercolor to make a nature print.  Complete a small painting at the first session. No drawing skills required.  More advanced painters can follow along with the day’s lesson, adding ideas and expertise or they may bring something…

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At Gallery: Coloring for Adults Workshop

October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$12 – $45

We’re all stressed these days, especially after a year of dealing with navigating life amid a global pandemic. Coloring has been a longtime popular outlet to creatively diffuse this stress and encourage creativity. We’re not talking about kiddie books and crayolas. We will work with beautifully detailed books filled with mandalas, floral images, fantastical creatures, enchanting women, entangled designs, and more. A wide variety of mediums are used in this workshop– colored pencils, markers, gel pens. Participants will select from…

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At Gallery: Slow Stitch Workshop

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$65

In this workshop learn a meditative technique that allows you to discover the joy of stitching and the benefits of meditation. Slow stitching is a mindful, contemplative practice that uses the repetition of simple stitches on small squares of fabric to create a single piece or one part of a larger piece. You will learn five basic stitches and will create at least one small square that you can take with you. Examples of artist’s unique creations that grew from…

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2021 LAPTOP SERIES: DIGITAL DOWNLOADING 101

October 30 @ 11:00 am
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Are you interested in taking advantage of all the free digital materials available to you from the Essex Library but aren’t sure where to begin? In this free, hands-on, 60-minute session at 11:00am, Saturday, October 30, you’ll learn how to access and download digital materials available 24/7, including thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, films, TV shows, magazines and more using the Essex Library’s six Chromebooks or bring your own device. These free resources can be enjoyed on your computer, Kindle, or…

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2021 LAPTOP SERIES: CUT THE CORD!

October 30 @ 2:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Are you interested in how to tell your cable company to take a hike (mostly) and get TV, movies and phone service for a fraction of the cost? The Essex Library will offer a Zoom presentation with James Gifford on Saturday, October 30 at 2 p.m. Gifford will offer an entertaining talk meant to help cable-TV customers break the expensive and often frustrating cable service cycle and gain lower costs, greater control and a vastly expanded selection of entertainment and…

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November 2021

At Gallery: Creating Scratchboard Art Workshop

November 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$25 – $65

In this workshop, you will learn how to transfer your image onto scratchboard, the techniques of the tools to create different textures and effects, and the tricks to fix little mistakes.  You will leave with a finished piece and a kit to create your own beautiful scratchboard pieces! Bring two 5x 5 inch copies of the same photo of a favorite pet or animal’s face, and learn how to create a masterpiece.   If you are not sure of your photo…

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The Ohio River, Gateway to the West

November 16 @ 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

Part of the The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America’s Great Rivers Series Ohio River Museum The Ohio River, Gateway to the West Presented by: William Reynolds, Ohio Historical Society- Campus Martius and the Ohio  River Museum. Currently serving as Historian at both museums.

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December 2021

The Connecticut River: Past, Present, and Future

December 7 @ 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

Part of the The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America’s Great Rivers Series CT River Museum The Connecticut River: Past, Present, and Future – Virtual Lecture Presented by: Jennifer L. Carlson, Executive Director, The Connecticut River Museum

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