August 30, 2016

“Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” on View at LAA Through Aug. 26

“Reeds Landing” by George F. Bottume c.1850.

“Reeds Landing” by George F. Bottume c.1850.

The 4th Annual “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” exhibition, sponsored by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust and the Lyme Art Association (LAA), will be shown in the Goodman Gallery of the LAA

On view will be landscapes created in June 2016 during the “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” Paint-Out. The Paint-Out event continues the en plein air tradition established by the early American Impressionists, who founded the Lyme Art Colony over one hundred years ago.

The landscapes will highlight the historic and natural beauty of the Hamburg Bridge Historic District, and the Lyme Preserves that surround it, namely, the Hemlocks and the Czikowsky Preserve

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Acclaimed Local Contemporary Artist Judy Friday Opens Gallery in Old Lyme

'February Sunrise' by Judy Friday.

‘February Sunrise’ by Judy Friday.

One of the area’s best known contemporary artists has opened her own gallery in Old Lyme. Judy Friday Gallery, full of Friday’s paintings, photography, weavings and sculptures, can be found at 10 Lyme Street.

Friday, a resident of Old Saybrook, explains that she opened the new gallery for a number of reasons, noting, “The first is that the space is so perfect for a gallery and studio combined.”

She says the second reason for opening her own gallery is, “… that I had too much work accumulating in my studio at home and I love organizing paintings and my hooked rug pillows in a clean, organized way.”

Friday adds, “The third reason is that I wanted to be able to show my work year-round versus one month here and there,” commenting, “I appreciate all the shows I’ve been given over the years.”

Judy Friday Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by chance or appointment. The phone number is 860.581.0116.

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‘Touching Water’ Exhibit by Roxanne Steed on View at Old Lyme Library Through August

'Looking South on the Connecticut River at Old Lyme' is the signature painting of the 'Touching Water' exhibition opening Friday at the Old Lyme Library.

‘Looking South on the Connecticut River at Old Lyme’ is the signature painting of the ‘Touching Water’ exhibition opening Friday at the Old Lyme Library.

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is currently hosting a new exhibition titled Touching Water featuring artwork by Roxanne Steed.

Steed has lived in some of the most beautiful towns on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as traveled to Hawaii, Singapore, Italy, France, England and Ireland.  Always in pursuit of new challenges, her works explore the local waterways painted en plein air.

Steed pursued her formal art education along the way at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Conn.; The Art League School in Alexandria, Va.; and Watts Atelier in Encinitas, Calif.  Recent studies with colorists Leif Nilsson, and Camille Przewodek, students of renowned teacher Henry Hensche have enabled her to pursue the ever-intriguing study of the effects light on color.

The works of the American Impressionists have had a great influence on her work, particularly those of New England and California. Steed says, “There is nothing quite so satisfying as painting from life in the great outdoors. I find the textural quality of paint an exciting element of painting as much as design, composition, and color. Evoking an emotional response to a ‘sense of place’ is a great thrill; that connection with my viewer is priceless.”

Steed’s professional affiliations include Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Lyme Art Association, Mystic Art Center, CT Plein Air Painters Society and DailyPainters.com.

Her paintings are in private collections across the United States, as well as Canada, Ireland, UK, Germany, South Korea, Australia, and Dubai. Her most recent corporate collector is Bank of Hampton Roads (Virginia).

The exhibition will run until Aug. 31.

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State Troubadour Performs at Lyme Library This Evening

Connecticut State Troubador Kate Callahan gives a concert at Lyme Public Library Friday evening.

Connecticut State Troubador Kate Callahan gives a concert at Lyme Public Library Friday evening.

Friends of the Lyme Public Library will sponsor a concert presented by Connecticut State Troubadour, Kate Callahan, this evening, Friday, July 15, at 6 p.m., at the Lyme Public Library at 482 Hamburg Rd./Rte. 156, Lyme.

The concert will be outdoors on the lawn area near library patio.  Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.  This is a family program and all are invited.

In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Rd./Rte. 156, Lyme.  Refreshments will be available for a small fee.

As Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour, Kate Callahan gives a concert of compelling original music plus songs by the Beatles, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.  Connecticut is one of the only states that honors a singer-songwriter with a formal position.

Callahan serves as an ambassador of music and song and promotes cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens.  She has shared stages with songwriter legends Judy Collins, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) and Aztec Two Step.

Callahan has been  awarded the prestigious United Arts Campaign’s Featured Artist of the year in 2014 and named Connecticut’s Best Singer-Songwriter.  She has also received Hartford’s Woman of Character Award and has five albums including her 2014 release Two Doors, which was featured on WNPR.

The Boston Globe says “Kate has garnered an appreciative audience with her easy going vibe and mystical lyrics.”  She lives in Connecticut where she also leads a vocal improvisation workshop she created, called the Miracle of Melody.

For more information visit:  http://www.kate-callahan.com/#!home/mainPage andhttp://music.lafamos.com/katecallahan.

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“Chicago” Opens at Ivoryton Playhouse; Tickets Sold Out for Opening Week

Lyn Philistine (Ivoryton Playhouse photo)

Lyn Philistine (Ivoryton Playhouse photo)

Tickets are going fast for the steamy and sexy musical, “Chicago,” currently running at the Ivoryton Playhouse through July 24.  Winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, “Chicago” has everything that makes theater great:  a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz;  one show-stopping song after another combined with frenetically energetic dancing.

Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical (book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb) is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins based on actual criminals and crimes. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal” – as timely today as it was when it first opened on Broadway in 1975.

“Chicago” was revived on Broadway in 1996 and holds the record as the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, and is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, behind “The Phantom of the Opera.” The London revival ran for nearly 15 years, becoming the longest-running American musical in West End history.

Christopher Sutton* returns to Ivoryton in the role of Billy Flynn and will be accompanied by his wife, Lynn Philistine* in the role of Roxie Hart. CCC award-winning actress Sheniqua Trotman* also returns to Ivoryton, this time in the role of Mama Morton. She was last seen in Ivoryton as Effie in “Dreamgirls.” Stacey Harris* will be playing Velma Kelly, Z. Spiegel is Mary Sunshine and Ian Shain is Amos Hart.

Christopher Sutton (Ivoryton Playhouse photo)

Christopher Sutton (Ivoryton Playhouse photo)

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Paul Feyer, with set design by Martin Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Cipollina. Executive producers are Michael A. Dattilo and Frank Perrotti.

Whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic or you’ve been thrilled by the Academy Award-winning film, “Chicago” always delivers.  Don’t miss the experience of this show live on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for adults, $45 for seniors, $22 for students and $17 for children. They are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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LAA Hosts Two New Exhibitions, ‘American Waters’ and ‘Purely Pastel’

'Boundless Energy" by Anthony Davis is one of the signature paintings of the American Waters exhibition.

‘Boundless Energy” by Anthony Davis is one of the signature paintings of the American Waters exhibition.

The Lyme Art Association (LAA) hosts American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition; Purely Pastel, and Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty will run concurrently with American Waters in sequential shows.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy American Waters, the LAA’s summer exhibition of work by the country’s premier maritime artists, which is on view in the LAA’s sky-lit galleries through Aug. 26. An opening reception for American Waters will be held this evening, Friday, June 17, from 5 to 7pm at the LAA, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Conn. Admission is free, all are welcome and refreshments will be served.

The exhibition features work by the American Society of Marine Artists as invited guests, alongside marine works by LAA artists. Russ Kramer, an internationally recognized marine painter, juried the exhibition. Kramer notes, “What better place for an exhibition of marine-inspired art than the Lyme Art Association … a true landmark in our region’s artistic history, whose proximity to the Lieutenant and Connecticut rivers and Long Island Sound has inspired artists for a century. “

He continues, “These new works in the exhibition American Waters are by many of the finest practitioners of marine art working today. To think the same subjects continue to inspire us a hundred years later is testament to this area’s enduring, irresistible allure.”

Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present two shorter exhibitions. From June 10 through July 15, the Connecticut Pastel Society presents Purely Pastel, their annual exhibition. Then from July 22 through Aug. 26, a juried show of paintings created during this year’s paint out at the Hamburg historic district will be shown in Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty.

Lyme Art Association Board President, Katherine Simmons, states, “American Waters continues an LAA tradition of exhibiting the very best of fine contemporary American marine painting. We are grateful to the members of the American Society of Marine Artists who are joining us as invited guests, and we would especially like to thank our premier media sponsor, The Day, and our presenting sponsor, Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law, along with juror Russ Kramer, for making this exhibition happen.”

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 to 5pm, or by appointment.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org

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Cappella Cantorum Present Men’s Chorus Concert in Old Lyme, June 26

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus drawing inspired in St. Paul Lutheran Church in a 2005 concert, drawn by Madeleine Favre of Deep River.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus drawing inspired in St. Paul Lutheran
Church in a 2005 concert, drawn by Madeleine Favre of Deep River.

Cappella Cantorum presents a Men’s Chorus Concert, Sunday, June 26, at 7:30 pm, the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme at 2 Ferry Rd. Old Lyme, CT 06371.

The music will include When the Saints Go Marching In, Guys & Dolls Selections Order My Steps, Men of Harlech, Ride the Chariot, For the Beauty of the Earth, Barbershop Favorites and Va Pensiero.

Tickets are $20 at the door or online at CappellaCantorum.org. Ages 18 and under are free.  

For more information, contact Barry at 860-388-2871 or barrybasch@gmail.com.

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Cappella Cantorum Present Men’s Chorus Concert in Guilford, June 18

cappella-cantorum-for-webOLD SAYBROOK —  Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus presents its annual concert on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, 11 Park St., on the Guilford Green.

The music will include “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “Rutter,” selections from “Guys & Dolls,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Men of Harlech,” “Ride the Chariot,” “Va Pensiero” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Tickets are $20 (age 18 and under are free) and can be purchased at the door or through CappellaCantorum.org. Contact Barry at 860-388-2871 for more information.

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Lymes’ Senior Center Art Exhibit at Old Lyme Town Hall on View Through July 31

One of the paintings which will be on view in the Lymes' Senior Center Art Exhibit at the Old Lyme Town Hall.

One of the paintings which will be on view in the Lymes’ Senior Center Art Exhibit at the Old Lyme Town Hall.

This afternoon, the Town of Old Lyme opens its first ever art exhibition in Memorial Town Hall at 52 Lyme Street. There will be a reception with refreshments from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Friday in the foyer of the town hall’s meeting room to which friends and family members of the artists and the general public are welcome.  There is no charge for admission.

The 24 works on view are drawings and watercolor pieces, which have all been created by members of the Lymes’ Senior Center, who attended classes with local artist Sharon Schmiedel. Jeri Baker of Old Lyme, a member of the Senior Center’s Board and also one of the artist exhibitors, explains that Schmiedel’s classes have enabled many seniors, “to rediscover talent they may have had long ago and in other cases to develop new skills.”  She described Schmiedel as, “An amazing instructor,” who has encouraged her students to experiment and be, “a little brave.”

Baker noted that she herself is typical of many of the students in that she, “used to do a lot [of art] in college and then life got in the way.”  She encourages anyone who is thinking about renewing their interest in art to join Schmiedel’s classes at the Senior Center, which are held Mondays for Advanced Watercolor and Drawing and Tuesdays for Introduction to Drawing.

Logo_750x668Baker says that the seniors whose works are featured in this exhibit are, “real proud to be the first ones exhibiting in the town hall.”  Stephanie Lyon-Gould, the Senior Center Director adds, “They are excited to share their work with the Old Lyme community, and this exhibit is a great example of collaboration between the Lymes’ Senior Center and the Old Lyme Town Hall.”

Editor’s Note: In an art-filled evening, attendees at this exhibition can stroll up Lyme Street to Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, where there will be another Opening Reception from 5 to 7 p.n. for Summer Sculpture Showcase 2016 featuring some 30 sculptures from guest artists intermingled with Gilbert Boro’s own work on his expansive grounds adjoining the Lieutenant River.

For more information on classes and activities at Lymes’ Senior Center or , call 860.434.1605 ext. 240 or email seniorcenter@oldlyme-ct.gov

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Summer Sculpture Showcase 2016 at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds Hosts on View Through Sept. 13

Mega-Dandelion by Gints Grinsberg is the signature piece of Summer Sculpture Showcase at Studio 80 +Sculpture Grounds, which has an Opening Reception Friday, June 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mega-Dandelion by Gints Grinsberg is the signature piece of Summer Sculpture Showcase at Studio 80 +Sculpture Grounds, which has an Opening Reception Friday, June 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, will host an Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase 2016 this coming Friday, June 10, from 5 to 7 p.m.  All are welcome to attend the outdoor reception at which light refreshments will be served. Guests will be free to explore the expansive sculpture gardens and view the more than 100 sculptures on display during the event.

This juried exhibition follows on naturally from last year’s extremely successful Summer Sculpture Showcase 2015, which drew large crowds and had to be extended into October to meet public demand. This new exhibition on the grounds adjoining Boro’s studio and inside the Emily Seward Boro (ESB) Gallery on the property features works created by 17 widely acclaimed sculptors interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures, along with works by 13 other contributing artists.  More than 30 sculptors from across the country responded to the Call for Entries submitting some 60 works.

Boro’s Sculpture Gardens are located on 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn.  The beautifully landscaped grounds slope down toward the Lieutenant River offering a unique plein air experience for the exhibition, which combines both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures. Many of the works, which are in a variety of media, are for sale.

The sculptors, whose 25 pieces of work are included in the Showcase, are:
Mark Attebery, Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Bryan Gorneau, Gints Grinbergs, Lannie Hart, Jay Hoagland, Deborah Hornbake, Conrad Levenson, Elaine Lorenz, David Madasci, Liza Masalimova, Sui Park, Chris Plaisted,
Bill Vollers, Martha Walker and Melanie Zibit.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Mega-Dandelion” by Gints Grinbergs.  It is a large — 144” in height, 56” in diameter — yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure.  Grinbergs explains in his artist’s statement that he looks to nature for inspiration with “interests [that] range from the macroscopic to the microscopic – from flowers and their structure to bacteria and viruses – from the giants of outer space to sub atomic particles.”  He continues, “I build sculptures derived from the universal forms of nature.
All of the sculptures in this series are built from recycled materials … I attempt to transform, up-cycle, these manmade materials into the infinitely more complex forms designed by nature.”

Grinbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

'Water Courses' by Elaine Lorenz is another featured piece in the Showcase.

‘Water Courses’ by Elaine Lorenz is another featured piece in the Showcase.

Created out of cement, fiberglass and paint, Elaine Lorenz’s intriguing “Water Course” comprises three pieces. She states that she has made “sculpture in such diverse materials as wood, metal, concrete, encaustic over a wire armature and ceramic, while maintaining an overall view of nature as a dominant source of energy and influence on her work.”  Lorenz explains her approach in creating art as, “abstract, only alluding to things, relationships or emotions and leaving room for the viewer’s interpretation.”

Lorenz has exhibited her work in numerous group exhibitions and sculpture sites throughout the US and her sculptures are in private, public and corporate collections in numerous states including Alabama, California, Florida, New Jersey and Texas. She has been the Vice President of Exhibitions for the Sculptors Guild since 2011.

Jay Hoagland charming ‘Mephisto’s Waltz’ features a viola made out of steel and copper with a kinetic element.  When the integral weathervane at the head of the instrument catches the wind, the bow travels across the strings playing an eerie melody. Hoagland explains the motivation behind his sculpture thus, “I work because the sheer joy of seeing thought turned into material is rejuvenating but my approach is more and more obviously the result of where and who I’ve been.”

'Mephisto's Waltz'is an intriguing piece of kinetic sculpture.

‘Mephisto’s Waltz’is an intriguing piece of kinetic sculpture.

He continues, “I’m inspired by natural science with an injection of humor and contradiction. Inspiration also comes from the minutae of life, the shape of a stone, the footprints of giants like da Vinci, Calder, Giacometti, Gabo, Hepworth, Moore, and Noguchi. Hoagland concludes, “I see my work as a catalyst to understand, and a lens to clarify, my place in the world.”

The jurors for the exhibition were acclaimed sculptors Gilbert V. Boro and Lisa Simonds, and painter Julia Pavone.

Boro has enjoyed an extraordinary and distinguished more than 50-year-career as a successful architect, sought-after international design consultant and an inspiring educator.  With a BFA from Duke University and post-graduate degrees from Columbia University, NYC, his work explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including steel, stone, wood, metal, aluminum and fiberglass.

Sculptor Gilbert V. Boro in his studio.

Sculptor Gilbert V. Boro in his studio.

Working in sculpture has been a compulsion rather than a possibility for Gil.  While mastering the rigors of technical competence, he developed a deep-seated passion for three-dimensional art, which continues to be the influential force behind his creations. He is both inspired and motivated by the creative freedom of sculpting, finding that abstract work is the means to fulfill his vision.  Boro’s sculptures can be found in art centers and public art venues across the US and throughout Europe; they have also been purchased by private collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and internationally.

"Nest' is one of Gil Boro's most recent pieces.

“Nest’ is one of Gil Boro’s most recent pieces.

Simonds is a visual artist with a BFA in Sculpture from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Conn.  She is currently employed as the Exhibitions Coordinator at Lyme Academy and previously worked as an Independent Exhibitions Installer at Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Conn., for eight years.

Pavone is the co-founder of the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus, and has served as its Curator/Director for the past 24 years.  During her 29-year career, Pavone, who has a BFA from Long Island University in Westbury, N.Y., and an MEd from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., has continued her own work as a painter, while variously serving as a teacher, and guest lecturer, juror and curator for numerous exhibitions.

This Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens.  Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me.  Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media.  I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.”  Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival which this year is on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Admission is free.  Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

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Falstrom of Lyme Exhibits with Three Artist Friends at Guilford Free Library

Works by Angie Falstrom of Lyme are on display at the Guilford Free Library.

Works by Angie Falstrom of Lyme are on display at the Guilford Free Library.

Four Connecticut artists will be exhibiting for the month of June in the Meeting Room of the Guilford Free Library at 67 Park St., Guilford, CT.   The artists are Angie Falstrom of Lyme; Cheryl Kling of Branford; Janet Romanowski of Hebron; and Roxanne Steed of Mystic.

The exhibition will be on view Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 30.

Works by Roxanne Steed are in the same exhibition.

Works by Roxanne Steed are in the same exhibition.

The four friends met at a class at the Florence Griswold Museum in 2006 and have continued to meet regularly at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library for the past 10 years to discuss their individual projects and progress and to share sources of inspiration. This is the first time their work has been shown together.

for more information, call 203-453-8282 (library) or e-mail angie.falstrom@att.net

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Theater Along the River Returns with “Edward III,” June 18

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King Edward III

 

On Saturday, June 18, the Connecticut River Museum’s Theater Along the River kicks off with the Flock Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s Edward III. This year’s summertime series is once again made possible through the generous support of the Essex Wellness Center.

The Raigne of King Edward the Third (typically abbreviated as Edward III) centers on the life of the eponymous English monarch as he faces the threat of a rebellious Scotland while simultaneously laying claim to the French throne, starting the Hundred Years War in the process. Originally printed anonymously in 1596, the author’s identity has been a subject of some debate, though scholars now generally agree that the play is the work of William Shakespeare collaborating with fellow playwright Thomas Kyd.

According to director Derron Wood, “We are pleased to return for a third year to the Connecticut River Museum. It offers a spellbinding backdrop for outdoor theater and allows us to reach a new audience.”

The Connecticut River Museum’s executive director, Christopher Dobbs, said, “Flock Theatre is a master of Shakespeare. We feel fortunate to offer this level of entertainment at the museum and hope that the audience enjoys the production and its backdrop – the river.” Dobbs was quick to note that the museum is only able to host this event and keep the ticket prices reasonable for all ages to enjoy through the “generosity of lead sponsor, the Essex Wellness Center.” Essex Wellness Center offers a range of holistic-minded health services, including Fitness on the Water, a beautiful, private workout studio.

The museum’s grounds will open at 6 p.m. for picnickers to lay out blankets and chairs. Museum staff encourage the audience to make the picnic part of the experience. In fact, there will be a special prize awarded to the “best” picnic arrangement.

Tickets are $18 for the general public and $10 for children (12 and under) and $12 for Connecticut River Museum members. A cash bar serving beer and wine will be available for theatergoers. No carry-in alcohol is permitted. Tickets may be bought at www.ctrivermuseum.org or at the door starting at 6 p.m. the night of the performance. Curtain opens at 7 p.m., with a raindate of June 19.

A second evening of Theater Along the River will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, when Flock Theatre will be performing Shakespeare’s popular comedy, Taming of the Shrew.

Flock Theatre is a professional, not-for-profit theater company founded in 1989. The company is dedicated to creating original, collaborative and educational theater. Perhaps best known for the long-standing summer Shakespeare in the Arboretum, Flock Theatre performs year-round in a variety of venues, including their winter “nest” at the First Congregational Church, on the New London Pier, at the historic Shaw Mansion Museum and throughout New England.

For more information on the programs, please contact the Connecticut River Museum at 860-767-8269 or visit the website, ctrivermuseum.org. The museum is located at 67 Main St., Essex.

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“The 39 Steps,” Zany Spoof of Hitchcock Movies, Opens at Ivoryton Playhouse

Dan Fenaughty and Larissa Klinger. Photo by Ivoryton Playhouse

Dan Fenaughty and Larissa Klinger. Photo by Ivoryton Playhouse

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!

“The 39 Steps” is set in England, just before the war. A young man bored with life meets a woman with a mysterious accent who says she’s a spy and needs to take refuge in his apartment. Murder and mayhem soon follow as our hero is chased across the wild and wooly British countryside, meeting a host of ridiculous characters and climaxing in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, “The 39 Steps” amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

The first version of the play was written by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon for a cast of four actors and funded by a £1,000 Yorkshire Arts Grant. It premiered in 1995 at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, before embarking on a tour of village halls across the north of England. In 2005, Patrick Barlow rewrote the script, keeping the scenes, staging and small-scale feel, and in June 2005 this re-adaption premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2006, it opened in the West End and in 2008 it premiered on Broadway to rave reviews. The New York Times proclaimed, “Theatre at its finest!… Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock’s film is fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands.”

This production introduces Ivoryton audiences to the husband and wife team of Dan Fenaughty and Larissa Klinger, who have both performed these roles before in the national tour. The clowns are played by Ivoryton favorite, David Edwards, and Jonathan Brody, making his Ivoryton debut. All four actors are members of Actors Equity. The play is directed by Erik Bloomquist, a two-time Emmy-nominated writer/director/producer and former Top 200 Director on Project Greenlight. Erik is currently in post-production on the television adaptation of “The Cobblestone Corridor,” a seriocomic mystery series based on his internationally acclaimed short film of the same name. The set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Cully Long.

“The 39 Steps” opened at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 1 and runs through June 19. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $44 for adults; $39 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Ticket prices go up on June 1 to $50 for adults and $45 for seniors, so purchase tickets now for all the summer shows for the best prices. (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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Singers Invited to First ‘Summer Sing’ of the Season: Mozart’s “Requiem” on June 13

MozartOLD SAYBROOK — The first ‘Summer Sing of the season’ will feature Barry Asch of Cappella Cantorum directing Mozart’s “Requiem” on Monday, June 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Road, Old Saybrook.

The event, which features professional soloists, is co-sponsored by two shoreline choral groups, Cappella Cantorum and Con Brio.

All singers are welcome to perform in this read-through of a great choral work. Registration is at 7 p.m.; the sing begins at 7:30. An $8 fee covers the costs of the event. Scores will be available, bring yours if you have it. The church is air-conditioned.

For more information, call (860) 388-4110 or (860) 434-9135 or visit www.cappellacantorum.org or www.conbrio.org.

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Old Lyme Artist Featured in Exciting, Experimental ’Free Range’ Exhibition at the Hygienic

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An exciting, new exhibition titled ‘Free Range’ opens at the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London this evening, May 28, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m.  Admission is free and all are welcome to attend the reception.

The mixed media exhibition features the work of five young Connecticut artists, who are fundamentally experimental in their work style, materials and methodology. Each artist has a specific approach; all are explorative and continuously evolving. During the preparation for this show, the participating artists found themselves forming collaborations at times. Works developed from these collaborations will be displayed in this exhibition along with individual bodies of work, allowing for a remarkable exhibition featuring both singular and co-produced vision and creation.

The participating artists are Bryan Gorneau, Susan Hickman, Bryan Jerome, Mary Melendez and Robin Urbani.

Bryan Gorneau is a working artist in Old Lyme and also Studio Manager at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, where he fabricates large-scale, metal sculptures. His work is infused with a youthful curiosity and creative exploration as he deftly dismantles both objects and ideas, seeking to find a new way of understanding and portraying the world around him. Through his work, Gorneau highlights and preserves many of the “headlines” that have punctuated our societys cultural identity, while redefining their messages from his personal artistic perspective.

Susan Hickman is a mixed media artist and, building on her background in graphic design and photography, she is also a self taught painter and clothing designer. All the materials and textures she uses from one medium to another inform her work, resulting in vibrantly colored, multilayered and highly textural paintings. Currently Hickman is a resident artist at Hygienic Art in New London, Conn. She actively coordinates open studios, art walks, and fashion events, while she continues to experiment with her painting.

Bryan Jerome is a multimedia artist raised in shoreline Connecticut.  He earned his Associates of Arts in Film Making at Rockport College in Maine, and is a professional picture framer with six years experience in Manhattan and a lifetime of framing at his father’s frame shop.  Influences in his life include graffiti culture, pop art, and contemporary artists like Wayne Thiebaud and John Wesley. Jerome confesses that the thrill of putting the unknown permanently on a canvas outweighs the benefits of planning and sketching his ideas beforehand.

Mary Melendez received her BFA from Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. During her adolescent years, her world was interrupted by an intestinal condition that threatened and altered her life. As an adult much of her art was influenced by medical subject matter. Abstractly it portrayed the relationship between medical utilities/treatments with the human form and identity. Now Melendez also enjoys celebrating pop culture through two-dimensional mixed media and finding minimalism in color experimentation.

Robin Urbani was raised in Black Point, Conn., in a small, eccentric family of painters, gardeners, poets and photographers — creating art has always been a part of her life. Since childhood, Urbani has been drawn to classical figurative sculpture, then the art of puppetry and mask-making; it was not until later that she discovered her love of painting with oils. She prefers to paint from direct observation hoping to transfer the light, color and emotion she feels and sees in the subject. She also finds herself wanting to incorporate fantastic or ethereal imagery from ideas she find compelling. Her work has been shown in galleries in Rhode Island, Connecticut and NYC.

Hygienic Art is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating an enriching cultural experience in the city of New London, Conn. It is located at 79 Bank St, New London, CT 06320. Gallery opening hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. For further information, call 860-443-8001 or emailhygienicart@gmail.com.

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Baldwin on Bosch: Friends of Lyme Library Sponsor Art History Lecture This Morning

'The Garden of Earthly Delights,' the world famous triptych painted by Hieronymus Bosch between 1503-1515 and housed in the Prado Art Gallery in Madrid, Spain since 1939.

‘The Garden of Earthly Delights,’ the world famous triptych painted by Hieronymus Bosch between 1503-1515 and housed in the Prado Art Gallery in Madrid, Spain since 1939.

Robert Baldwin, Associate Professor of Art History, Connecticut College presents, “The Artistry of Bosch: Renaissance Naturalism, Allegory and Imagination,” Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m., at Lyme Public Library

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Lyme Public Library

Hieronymous Bosch

Hieronymous Bosch

2016 marks 500 years since the death of Hieronymus Bosch. Bosch revolutionized early Renaissance art by turning away from traditional Christian images such as Madonnas and saints. In the Garden of Earthly Delights (see image above), the Haywain, and the Seven Deadly Sins, Bosch painted secular, encyclopedic scenes of everyday life framed with moral allegory.

Although seemingly poles apart, his naturalism and fantasy were both part of a secular, Renaissance aesthetic, which understood artistic seeing as both empirical and playful. Bosch’s artistry allowed him to convert medieval sin and hellish punishment into visually appealing luxury objects for pleasure-loving aristocrats while bringing the artist fame and fortune.

Baldwin has taught Renaissance and Baroque art history at Connecticut College for 31 years. He is the author of many articles and has a web site socialhistoryofart.com.

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Old Lyme’s Margules Receives Widespread Wins, Awards for his Photos

Thie "Still Life" by Howard Margules was awarded 'Best in Show' in the 'Lights on Westbrook' contest.

This “Still Life” by Howard Margules was awarded ‘Best in Show’ in the ‘Lights on Westbrook’ contest.

Old Lyme resident and amateur photographer Howard Margules has recently been enjoying some significant successes in local photography shows.

This Howard Margules photo won 'Best Use of Color' in the Westbrook photography show.

This Howard Margules photo won ‘Best Use of Color’ in the Westbrook photography show.

He won Best in Show and Best Use of Color awards at the ‘Lights On Westbrook’ show held in March at the Oxford Academy in support of Westbrook Youth and Family Services. Photographers donated their images and there was a drawing in which winning ticket holders could claim photos in an “off the wall” event sponsored by the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa.

'The Side Show' by Howard Margules is a featured photo in the juried CVCC show at the Chester synagogue.

‘The Side Show’ by Howard Margules is a featured photo in the juried CVCC show at the Chester synagogue.

Margules also has three photos juried into the current Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) show at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, which is on view through July 23. He also has one image juried into the Essex  Art Associations’s current show.

The Voodoo Shop is another image by Howard Margules that was juried into the current CVCC show at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester.

‘The House of Voodoo’ is another image by Howard Margules that was juried into the current CVCC show at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester.

Finally, he has first and third place photos in the Coastal Camera Club’s show on view at Gladeview Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, 60 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook through June 25.

Congratulations, Howard!

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See “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” at Ivoryton Playhouse Through May 22

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IVORYTON –
The Ivoryton Playhouse is leaving the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and heading to the Gulf Coast beaches of St. Petersburg, Florida. “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” is a touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an unusually difficult dance instructor with an acerbic personality, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons — one per week for six weeks — in her Gulf-front condo.

What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha and Contemporary Dance. Michael and Lily learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. By the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion.

A poignant comedy with music and dance, the play also addresses the serious issues of ageism and intolerance.

Written by Yale grad Richard Alfieri, “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” premiered in Los Angeles and opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theater in 2003. The play has since been translated into 14 languages and has traversed the globe with productions in 24 countries. The play has established itself as an international hit and one of the most produced plays in the world.

A film was also made of the play starring Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson.

Featuring seasoned actors and Actors Equity members Michael Ianucci and Valerie Stack Dodge, the play is directed by Sasha Bratt and choreographed by Apollo Smile, with set design by William Stark, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Lisa Bebey.

“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on May 4 and runs through May 22. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $44 for adults, $39 for seniors, $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org. (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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Cappella Cantorum Presents Men’s Chorus Concert, June 11

Cappella CantorumCappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus presents its annual concert on Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd. Old Saybrook.

The music will include “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “Rutter,” selections from “Guys & Dolls,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Men of Harlech,” “Ride the Chariot,” “Va Pensiero” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Tickets are $20 (age 18 and under are free) and can be purchased at the door or through CappellaCantorum.org. Contact Barry at 860-388-2871 for more information.

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Musical Masterworks Celebrates Conclusion of its 25th Season

Violinist Chee-Yun

Violinist Chee-Yun

Musical Masterworks’ 25th Anniversary Season will end with a burst of excitement as eight extraordinary musicians perform works of Richard Strauss, Bartók, Mendelssohn and contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima.  The last concerts of this season, which will feature veteran violinist Chee-Yun, will be held Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. 

The anniversary season will be celebrated with a free 25th Anniversary Party after the final concert on May 1, to which all ticket buyers will be invited.

The finale of each concert will be one of the best-loved works in the chamber music repertoire: the Mendelssohn Octet.  It promises to be a wonderful conclusion to the group’s first quarter century. 

Artistic Director, Edward Arron commented,  “I feel privileged to be the curator of this unique concert series. As the years go by, I continue to be inspired by the beauty of the Congregational Church, the art of chamber music, the artistry of my colleagues, and the warmth of our audience.”

To learn more about Musical Masterworks, visit www.musicalmasterworks.org.  This summer information will be posted about the 26th season, which begins in October 2016.

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