Gunn Memorial Library & Museum - CERES AND PROSPERINE IN CONNECTICUT H. Siddons Mowbray's Mural

10/19/2014

5 Wykeham Road, Rte. 47, Washington, CT Phone: 860-868-7586.

Sunday, October 19, 1pm  in the Wykeham Room. Dr. Sally Webster will deliver an engaging and touching illustrated presentation on renowned New York muralist and painter, H. Siddons Mowbray, and his creation of Gunn Memorial Library's crowning treasure, the Mowbray Ceiling Mural. Dr. Webster is an authority on historic murals and Professor Emerita of American Art at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Unveiled with much festivity and fanfare 100 years ago on July 4, 1914, this grand mural was donated by Mr. Mowbray, who owned a home in Washington, CT, in memory of his late wife. Mowbray's work can be found at St. John's Episcopal Church here in Washington, in addition to the University Club and the Morgan Library in NYC.

Gunn Memorial Library HostsH. Siddons Mowbray's Mural--Washington, CT

10/19/2014

49 Hollow Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798. Phone: 203-263-2855.

On Sunday, October 19, 1pm in the Wykeham RoomDr. Sally Webster will deliver an engaging and touching illustrated presentation on renowned New York muralist and painter, H. Siddons Mowbray, and his creation of Gunn Memorial Library's crowning treasure, the Mowbray Ceiling Mural. Dr. Webster is an authority on historic murals and Professor Emerita of American Art at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. An architectural masterpiece, the Gunn's vaulted ceiling is divided into in four panels that depict the Greek myth of Proserpine, daughter of Ceres, being abducted by Pluto. The four seasons are represented along with end-panel quotations from Emerson. Unveiled with much festivity and fanfare 100 years ago on July 4, 1914, this grand mural was donated by Mr. Mowbray, who owned a home in Washington, CT, in memory of his late wife. Mowbray's work can be found at St. John's Episcopal Church here in Washington, in addition to the University Club and the Morgan Library in NYC.

Sharon Historical Society & Museum Gallery Talk

10/19/2014

18 Main St., Sharon, CT

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum and The Gallery @the SHS are pleased to welcome the public to a Gallery Walk and Talk presented by local artist Pieter Lefferts on October 19th at 3:00 PM. Lefferts will talk about his inspirations and share stories of his work in the current show, Near and Far... Paintings by Pieter Lefferts.

Hickory Stick Bookshop Booksigning: A World Elsewhere by Sigrid MacRae--Washington, CT

10/19/2014

2 Green Hill Rd., Washington Depot, CT 06794. Phone: 860-868-0525.

Sigrid MacRae will discuss and sign copies of her new book A World Elsewhere at The Hickory Stick Bookshop on Sunday, October 19th at 2:00 pm. When Sigrid MacRae's mother cleaned out her house before relocating, she gave a beautiful, but locked, box to her youngest daughter, Sigrid. For years, the box sat – locked and unopened. When MacRea finally managed to open it, she found a stack of letters which revealed to her a father she never knew. Her mother had been pregnant with Sigrid when her father was killed in battle. From the letters, MacRae pieced together the story of her parents' union. While visiting Paris in 1927, her American mother, Aimée, a shy but rebellious Hartford, Connecticut heiress, took a friend's advice and met with her father, Heinrich, a graduate student at the Sorbonne who was a penniless baron of Baltic origins and an exile of the Russian revolution. He promised Aimée not only love and affection, but an alternative to the future that awaited in Hartford: one where she would end up with a husband in insurance and two children, two houses, two cars and burial in the family plot. They fell in love and married. But the harsh reality of post-World War I Germany was inescapable: a bleak economy and the rise of Hitler quash Heinrich's diplomatic ambitions, and their struggling family farm north of Berlin drained Aimée's modest fortune. In 1941, Heinrich volunteered for the Russian front and was killed by a sniper. Widowed and living in a country soon at war with her own, Aimée had to fend for herself.

Litchfield Historic Society: Fall Lectures - Explore the influence of Prudence Crandall,

10/19/2014

7 South Street, Rte. 61, CT Phone: 860-567=4501.

The first fall lecture is on Sunday, October 19 at 3:00 pm and will explore the influence of Prudence Crandall, Connecticut’s state Heroine! Join Donald Williams, author of Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education for a look at the impact of Prudence Crandall’s efforts to integrate her girl’s school in Canterbury, Connecticut. Prudence Crandall fought to educate African American women in the nineteenth century, despite being forced by Connecticut legislature to close to her school and spend time in jail for her actions. Williams will share his wealth of detail concerning the life and work of Prudence Crandall, her unique role in the fight for civil rights, and her influence on legal arguments for equality in America.

The Institute for American Indian Studies - Meet The Author & Book Signing - Jeanne Morningstar Kent

10/19/2014

38 Curtis Rd., Washington, CT Phone: 860 868-0518.

On Sunday, at 2 p.m. Abenaki author Jeanne Morningstar Kent presents her latest book The Visual Language of Wabanaki Art. This book is an introduction into the creative world of both traditional and contemporary art among the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Mic Mac, Maliseet and Abenaki People of the northeastern woodland tribes. eanne’s interviews with Wabanaki artists provide a rare moment of insight into the artists thoughts and goals in continuing decades of tradition in a now modern world. Books will be available to purchase from the author.Museum admission: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 Children (3-12 yrs.) IAIS Members Free.

Warner Theatre Hosts The Connecticut Artists & Playwrights Festival--Torrington

10/19/2014

68 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Phone: 860-489-7180.

The Warner Theatre presents The Connecticut Artists & Playwright Festival in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre October 19, 2014. The Warner Theatre is proud to host The Connecticut Artists & Playwrights Festival, presented by the CT Dramatist Guild, Sunday, October 19 at 3 pm, in the Warner's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. The Connecticut Artists & Playwrights Festival brings together visual art featuring Connecticut artists exhibiting in Torrington's Five Points Gallery with Connecticut playwrights to create new ten-minute plays that will be produced at the Warner Theatre's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. The Connecticut Artists & Playwrights Festival recognizes the work of emerging and established artists from across the state. It gives visual artists an opportunity for their art to serve as inspiration for a piece of dramatic writing. It gives playwrights a forum for production of their ten-minute plays that are inspired by one of three pieces of visual art. THIS YEAR'S ARTISTS & PLAYWRIGHTS: ANNUNCIATION – Judith Thorpe
VENUS SMILED by Steven Otfinoski (Stratford, CT) FLIP by Jonathan Yukich (Hamden, CT); QUELCHED by Robert Schneider (New Haven, CT) THE SEQUENCE – Katherine Myers; THE SEQUENCE by Bob Tilton (Storrs, CT); LOBSTER SPECIAL by Mara Dresner (Rocky Hill, CT); CIRCLING THE GLOBE by Victoria Z. Daly (Goshen, CT); OMNES ORGANUM TRIPLUM – Pam Bramble TO TELL THE TRUTH by Allan Appel (New Haven, CT); FAULT by Julie Weinberg (Goshen, CT); YOUR EYES, THE STARS by Darcy Parker Bruce (Norwich, CT). Tickets are $15.

New England Carousel Museum - Fall Foliage Handprint Trees

10/19/2014

95 Riverside Ave., Rte. 72, Bristol, CT Phone: 860-585-5411.

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 - 2:00 pm Fall Foliage Handprint Trees. Autumn in Connecticut is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Celebrate this wonderful season at the Museum as we learn the art of color mixing to create beautiful trees using our own handprints!  Free to all residents of Watertown and Oakville

 

Keeler Tavern Museum Garden House - Chamber Concert : Harpist Victoria Drake

10/19/2014

132 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT Phone: 203-438-5485 .

On  Sunday, October 19, 2014  3:00pm Keeler Tavern Garden House/ Cost: $15 General Admission, $12.00 Seniors and Students, $10.00 Children under 12. Visit the website for more information.

Scoville Memorial Library Program: Marquis de Lafayette

10/19/2014

38 Main St., Salisbury, CT 06068. Phone: 860-435-2838.

On Sunday October 19, 4:00 p.m. a program at the Scoville Memorial Library:  Marquis de Lafayette, with  Laura Auricchio. Author Laura Auricchio presents her new book, Marquis de Lafayette, a major biography of Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution in collaboration with Oblong Books.  Call to register.