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October 2021

MEDICARE 101: UNDERSTANDING YOUR MEDICARE BENEFITS AND OPTIONS

October 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Facing the maze of Medicare plans on your own can be a daunting task. If you’re getting close to 65 yourself or simply want to understand how Medicare works so you can help a family member or friend enroll wisely, come in to the Essex Library on October 7 from 10 a.m. to Noon to watch a virtual presentation by certified CHOICES counselor and Senior Resources Agency on Aging Director of Benefits Laura Crews. Crews will provide free, unbiased, objective counseling to Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers, and…

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2021 Scarecrow Contest & FestiFALL

October 9, 2021
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Fall is in the air and it’s time to mark your calendar for the Essex Board of Trade’s Scarecrow Contest and FestiFALL! Follow the yellow brick road of scarecrows and vote for your favorite one. Are you “A Good Witch” or “A Bad Witch?” Scarecrow Display & Contest Starts October 7th As is annual tradition, the “Scarecrow Lamp-Post Presentation” - scarecrows created by Essex, Centerbrook & Ivoryton residents and businesses -  line the Main Streets of the three villages. Viewers…

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At Gallery: Fall Watercolor Class

October 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - November 6, 2021 @ 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: Painting the Abstract Still Life in Acrylics

October 10, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$70

This workshop is for beginners and practiced painters who want to learn the art of abstraction to express their own creativity. Our model set up will feature a medley of fruit, bowls, baskets, etc. The many colors and textures of the arrangement will inspire your imagination. We’ll discuss our observations and by exploring our thoughts and sharing ideas the class will gain insight into different ways of seeing and interpreting ordinary still life subjects. Although the class is focused on…

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The Great River of the West and Maritime Heritage

October 12, 2021 @ 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 Columbia River Maritime Museum The Great River of the West and Maritime Heritage Presented by: Captain Bruce Jones, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), Deputy Director, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, Oregon

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At Gallery: Coloring for Adults Workshop

October 17, 2021 @ 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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SUSTAINABLE ESSEX AND THE ESSEX LIBRARY PARTNER UP FOR TWO EVENTS IN OCTOBER

October 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - November 3, 2021 @ 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: Slow Stitch Workshop

October 24, 2021 @ 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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Passport to Bella Estetica Wellness

October 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bella Estetica, 26 Saybrook Rd
Essex, CT United States
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FREE
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2021 LAPTOP SERIES: DIGITAL DOWNLOADING 101

October 30, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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

AUTHOR TALK WITH MIKE URBAN: “UNIQUE EATS AND EATERIES OF CONNECTICUT”

November 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

From hot dogs to haute cuisine, Connecticut boasts an impressive array of tempting delicacies for every taste and budget. Hot, buttered lobster rolls, steamed cheeseburgers, and coal-fired New Haven-style pizza are just a few of the delights that await adventurous foodies in the Nutmeg State. With Unique Eats and Eateries of Connecticut and Mike Urban as your guide, you’ll find a new place to try on every page and get the stories behind the food too. Bask in the warmth…

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AUTHOR TALK WITH DORIE GREENSPAN: “BAKING WITH DORIE: SWEET, SALTY & SIMPLE”

November 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

We are celebrating the release of Dorie Greenspan’s fourteenth cookbook and marking her thirty years of inspired and inspiring food writing with an event on Saturday, November 6 at 4 p.m. on Zoom featuring Dorie in conversation with her good friend Priscilla Martel, food guru and former chef of famed Restaurant du Village in Chester, CT. “Baking With Dorie” is filled with gorgeous full color photographs and recipes featuring easy-to-find ingredients that will satisfy just about any craving-sweet or salty!…

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At Gallery: Creating Scratchboard Art Workshop

November 7, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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“Peace on Earth” Holiday Show at Spectrum Art Gallery

November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022
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 2021 Holiday Show, Peace on Earth with an extended open house weekend Friday, November 19 (6-9pm); Saturday November 20 (1:00-6pm) and Sunday, November 21 (1-5pm) when visitors can enjoy fine art and crafts, while enjoying a glass of wine and snacks to celebrate the upcoming season. Through January 9, 2022, the exhibit presents new and original artwork that explores our personal, geographic, and economic worlds at peace, through both imagery…

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28th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 23, 2021 - February 20, 2022
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 28th year of fun for all ages. See what train artist Steve Cryan has created this year! A fully operational 26-foot train layout, “I SPY” scavenger hunts, and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun! Sponsored by: Lorensen Auto Group and Webster Bank

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The Trees of Essex 2021

November 26, 2021 - December 12, 2021
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Changing Tide for 2021 Trees in the Rigging

November 28, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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TREES IN THE RIGGING 2021 CANCELLED Following weeks of careful monitoring, the Essex Board of Trade, Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historical Society have reached the painful decision not to hold the Trees in the Rigging parades this year, either on land or water. Based on the safety of family gatherings, people traveling that weekend and health protocols, we need to alter plans for this year and possibly 're-imagine' the event for 2022. We look forward to a post-Covid world…

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December 2021

At Gallery: Holiday Wreath Design Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 4

December 4, 2021 @ 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

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! Register early!! This workshop always fills up. There is another date available on Sunday, December 5 . Cost: $40 (plus $20 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop

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At Gallery: Holiday Wreath Design Workshop, Sunday, Dec. 5

December 5, 2021 @ 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

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! Register early!! This workshop always fills up. There is another date available on Saturday, December 4 - Click here. Cost: $40 (plus $20 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop)

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The Connecticut River: Past, Present, and Future

December 7, 2021 @ 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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Mistletoe & Martinis!

December 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Join us Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Featuring signature martinis, seasonal drinks, fabulous hors d’oeuvres from Gourmet Galley Catering, and music! Sponsored in part by: Bogaert Construction Co. – Guilford Savings Bank in Partnership with Community Foundation of Middlesex County – Reynolds Garage and Marine

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At Gallery: Holiday Collage Cards from the Heart

December 12, 2021 @ 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

Let's get ready for the holidays and special events by exploring the art of creating collage cards. This workshop will be soothing and fun as you use scraps of wrapping paper, music sheets, wallpaper samples, maps and other paper bits that please you.  Instructor does have any array of the above to share, but feel free to bring in any bits from your home as well.  It's amazing what you can find!  By cutting, gluing, ripping and overlapping papers, collaged…

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January 2022

Spectrum Gallery Exhibit: Concealment

January 29 - March 13
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Discover new and original artwork in Spectrum’s first exhibit of 2022. Concealment features original abstract and representational artwork that explores the theme of concealing. We all hide things from ourselves and others – both emotionally and physically. Nature calls it camouflage…people call it secrets or even privacy through screens, shelters, walls, veils, and masks for seclusion and protection. This can be something hostile, mischievous, seductive, or joyous. Exhibition begins with an Open House Weekend, Saturday, January 29 (1-6pm) and Sunday, January…

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February 2022

Online: Recreating Cubist Art through Collage Class

February 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 2, 2022

$140

In this ZOOM class we study the uniqueness of the Cubist art movement and how artists of the early 20th Century changed visual perception to redefine art into a more abstracted vision. The earliest known originators of the Cubist movement, Picasso and Braques, re-interpreted landscapes, portraiture and still life. We discuss and break down their styles.  Photos of some of their pieces will be available via Spectrum upon registration, but you may also select your own pieces to collage during the…

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At Gallery: Recreating Cubist Art through Collage Class

February 2 @ 12:30 pm - February 24 @ 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

In this class we study the uniqueness of the Cubist art movement and how artists of the early 20th Century changed visual perception to redefine art into a more abstracted vision. The earliest known originators of the Cubist movement, Picasso and Braques, re-interpreted landscapes, portraiture and still life. We discuss and break down their styles.  Photos of some of their pieces will be available via Spectrum upon registration, but you may also select your own pieces to collage during the class. …

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At Gallery: Introduction to Fluid Art Workshop

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$65

Try your hand at fluid painting! Fluid painting involves layering acrylic paints of different densities and incorporating certain additives which can result in gorgeous combinations of paint, cells, and lacing...or mud depending upon what you put together! The Blooms technique will be demonstrated using 4 ceramic tiles which can be used as coasters. The best part is no artistic experience is necessary. Date:  Sunday, Feb. 6 Time:  1-4 pm Cost: $50.00 plus $15 paid directly to the instructor, https://spectrumartgallery.org/event-registration/?ee=144

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Online: Recreating Cubist Art through Collage Class

February 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 2, 2022

$140

In this ZOOM class we study the uniqueness of the Cubist art movement and how artists of the early 20th Century changed visual perception to redefine art into a more abstracted vision. The earliest known originators of the Cubist movement, Picasso and Braques, re-interpreted landscapes, portraiture and still life. We discuss and break down their styles.  Photos of some of their pieces will be available via Spectrum upon registration, but you may also select your own pieces to collage during the…

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At Gallery: Felting a Heart Workshop

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$75

Participants learn how to design and construct a heart shaped project created with hand dyed silk from Uzbekistan and Australian fine merino wool.  This technique, called Nuno felting, can also be used to make beautiful silk scarves, hats, vests or jackets.  Even beginning felts can learn to apply these materials in a very painterly manner. The process is fun and well worth the effort. All materials for this workshop are included in individual kits.  All levels welcome. Date: Sunday, Feb. 13,…

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Online: Recreating Cubist Art through Collage Class

February 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 2, 2022

$140

In this ZOOM class we study the uniqueness of the Cubist art movement and how artists of the early 20th Century changed visual perception to redefine art into a more abstracted vision. The earliest known originators of the Cubist movement, Picasso and Braques, re-interpreted landscapes, portraiture and still life. We discuss and break down their styles.  Photos of some of their pieces will be available via Spectrum upon registration, but you may also select your own pieces to collage during the…

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Online: Recreating Cubist Art through Collage Class

February 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 2, 2022

$140

In this ZOOM class we study the uniqueness of the Cubist art movement and how artists of the early 20th Century changed visual perception to redefine art into a more abstracted vision. The earliest known originators of the Cubist movement, Picasso and Braques, re-interpreted landscapes, portraiture and still life. We discuss and break down their styles.  Photos of some of their pieces will be available via Spectrum upon registration, but you may also select your own pieces to collage during the…

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At Gallery: The Art of Wire Wrapping

February 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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$55

In this workshop participants will learn the art of wire wrapping a piece of sea glass to wear as a pendant. Everyone will choose a piece of sea glass from a large selection of glass in different shapes and colors provided by the instructor plus wire in silver or gold tones for wrapping the glass and a choice of cord or cable to hang the wrapped pendant.  There will also be available for purchase a silver-plated neck collar for $20…

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March 2022

Online: Recreating Cubist Art through Collage Class

March 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 2, 2022

$140

In this ZOOM class we study the uniqueness of the Cubist art movement and how artists of the early 20th Century changed visual perception to redefine art into a more abstracted vision. The earliest known originators of the Cubist movement, Picasso and Braques, re-interpreted landscapes, portraiture and still life. We discuss and break down their styles.  Photos of some of their pieces will be available via Spectrum upon registration, but you may also select your own pieces to collage during the…

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At Gallery: Painting a Cardinal in Watercolor with Bivenne Harvey Staiger

March 6 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$75

Learn how to successfully paint a cardinal in its natural setting in watercolor. Instructor demonstrates each stage of the painting process and gives plenty of individual attention. Many exciting watercolor painting techniques are demonstrated and discussed. An ability to create a contour (outline) drawing from a reference provided by the instructor is very helpful but not necessary. Student may also use their own reference. Material list available upon registration. Date:  Sunday, March 6, 2022 Time: 12:30-4:30pm Cost:  $75 https://spectrumartgallery.org/event-registration/?ee=143

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April 2022

Star of Freedom at the Ivoryton Playhouse

April 7 - May 1
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$55

Combining the lilting melodies of Irish folk and the soulful music of the African American community in the 1800s, Jeff Blaney, a Connecticut native, has conjured up a new vision of America from two very different immigrant experiences. Travel with Sean and Chloe as they cross this great, new land in search of a home. 

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Introduction to Illustration for Kids at the Essex Library

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 24, 2022

Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Does your child love to draw? In a two-part series, local author and illustrator Mary Jo Helchowski will help children create their very own children's book. In Session 1, children will learn about what makes an illustration successful, and use what they learn to create their own illustrations. In Session 2, children will learn the steps in the illustration process and see their illustrations from Session 1 come together in a book. Every child will leave with a copy of their own creation to take home.

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Introduction to Illustration for Kids at the Essex Library

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 24, 2022

Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Does your child love to draw? In a two-part series, local author and illustrator Mary Jo Helchowski will help children create their very own children's book. In Session 1, children will learn about what makes an illustration successful, and use what they learn to create their own illustrations. In Session 2, children will learn the steps in the illustration process and see their illustrations from Session 1 come together in a book. Every child will leave with a copy of their own creation to take home.

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May 2022

Celebrate Spring with Paper Quilling Flowers Workshop

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$74

Create original art with paper quilling that you may frame or apply to greeting cards, gift bags and boxes. It is an art form that employs strips of paper that are wrapped around a quilling tool, glued and then pressed into various shapes. Learn how to fashion these shapes into different types of flowers. It is believed that quilling was first practiced in Ancient Egypt and then was popular in Renaissance France and Italy as well as 18th century England…

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MUSICAL MORNING WITH COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL

May 14 @ 10:30 am
Free

Musical Morning, an event in collaboration with Community Music School, held in-person at the Essex Library on May 14 at 10:30 AM. See and hear some instruments in real life! No registration required.

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Native Gardens at the Ivoryton Playhouse

May 19 - June 12
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$55

What divides us and what do we share? A love of gardening, maybe? It is said that fences make for good neighbors but in this case, it just makes things worse. Frank Butley’s symmetrical rows of pruned shrubs or Tania Del Valle’s unruly, organic native garden? Which will win when gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this hilarious new comedy of good intentions and bad manners.

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Silk Painting – BEYOND THE BORDERS Classes

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 17, 2022

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$155

Learn the time-honored expressive process of painting on silk using the Serti (French for “fence” or “enclosing”) method, the traditional French approach to controlling the flow of water-based dye on silk with artist Gloria Nilsson. We will also explore wet-on-wet and silk salt techniques to add color, texture and excitement to your painting which you can apply to other silk pieces such as scarves and apparel. Instructor will supply simple design references or you are welcome to bring your own…

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June 2022

Silk Painting – BEYOND THE BORDERS Classes

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 17, 2022

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$155

Learn the time-honored expressive process of painting on silk using the Serti (French for “fence” or “enclosing”) method, the traditional French approach to controlling the flow of water-based dye on silk with artist Gloria Nilsson. We will also explore wet-on-wet and silk salt techniques to add color, texture and excitement to your painting which you can apply to other silk pieces such as scarves and apparel. Instructor will supply simple design references or you are welcome to bring your own…

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Creating Frameable Art with Sea Glass Workshop

June 5 @ 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

Create a one of a kind sea glass art piece using sea glass from the Connecticut Shore.  In this workshop you will be inspired with many ideas whether you want to make a beach themed picture, family picture, poem / Scripture verse or have another unique idea, this class provides you with everything you need. Fish, frogs, seahorses, dogs, cats, flowers, animals, butterflies can be created with sparkling sea glass into a framed work of art. Come and enjoy this…

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Silk Painting – BEYOND THE BORDERS Classes

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 17, 2022

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$155

Learn the time-honored expressive process of painting on silk using the Serti (French for “fence” or “enclosing”) method, the traditional French approach to controlling the flow of water-based dye on silk with artist Gloria Nilsson. We will also explore wet-on-wet and silk salt techniques to add color, texture and excitement to your painting which you can apply to other silk pieces such as scarves and apparel. Instructor will supply simple design references or you are welcome to bring your own…

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How to Paint a Butterfly with a Flower Watercolor Workshop

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$75

Learn the steps taken in watercolor to paint a butterfly on a flower by using its design elements to tie it with its natural habitat. Different paint applications, such as dry-on-wet and wet-on-dry, and how to achieve saturated color and rich darks will be covered in this workshop. Instructor will demonstrate all painting stages. An ability to create a contour drawing from a motif provided by the instructor is helpful, or student may use their own reference if preferred. Material list available…

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Silk Painting – BEYOND THE BORDERS Classes

June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 17, 2022

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$155

Learn the time-honored expressive process of painting on silk using the Serti (French for “fence” or “enclosing”) method, the traditional French approach to controlling the flow of water-based dye on silk with artist Gloria Nilsson. We will also explore wet-on-wet and silk salt techniques to add color, texture and excitement to your painting which you can apply to other silk pieces such as scarves and apparel. Instructor will supply simple design references or you are welcome to bring your own…

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Summer Arts Festival on the Essex Town Green

June 18 @ 10:00 am - June 19 @ 5:00 pm
Essex Town Green, 12 Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery announce the 2022 Essex Town Green Outdoor Summer Arts Festival.  There will be visual artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood, stone and clay and and Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters. It is a two-day Outdoor Summer Arts Festival on the Essex Town Green, Essex, Connecticut. Sat, June 18 (10-5pm); Sun, June 19 (11-5pm) Essex Town Green, 12 Main Street, Essex CT

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Spring/Summer Pressed Botanicals Workshop

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$55

The focus of this workshop is making cards and other larger pieces suitable for framing and gift giving.  In this workshop learn to preserve your lovely Spring and Summer blooms as you choose from the instructor’s abundant variety of dried botanical petals and leaves.  Learn how to press the botanicals and apply them to a heavy cardstock.  Your creations will make a lovely gift for someone or to keep for yourself.   Supplies include an abundance of pressed botanicals, cards and…

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Wire Wrap a Semi-Precious Stone Pendant Workshop

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Try your hand at wire wrapping a pendant. Copper wire and tools provided for the workshop. You choose the stone from the selection of Labradorite available. This is a simple wrap which can be embellished.  No experience necessary.  Material fee for the Labradorite stone varies with size and quality of stone chosen. Teaching Artist Pauline Clifford started with basic bead stringing and wire wrapping, She moved on to bead embroidery that incorporates Soutache braid and Shibori silk. Date: Sunday, June 26…

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    Essex, CT 06426 or email Info@EssexCT.com