August 19, 2022

‘Deck the Walls’ on View at Lyme Art Association Through Jan. 4

‘Chandelier’ by Karen Israel  is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition.

The Lyme Art Association’s festive art exhibition, the annual Deck the Walls holiday show, is on view through Jan. 4, 2019. More than 200 original works of art by member artists will be on display and priced to sell as holiday gifts.

‘Snowy Perch’ (oil) by Melanie Watrous is the signature work in this year’s ‘Deck The Walls’ exhibition.

The opening reception on Friday, Nov. 30, from 5-7 pm, is free to the public and will feature live music. All painting purchases from 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 through 5 p.m. Dec. 1, will be tax-free.

“For Deck the Walls, the Lyme Art Association features a wide variety of appealing subjects at affordable prices that are great for holiday shopping. We hope to help solve those gift giving dilemmas – a beautiful piece of artwork is always appreciated!” says Jocelyn Zallinger, Gallery Manager.

The Lyme Art Association is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am – 5 pm, and by appointment.

The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, at the corner of Halls Road.

Call (860) 434-7802 for more information, or visit

Make ‘n’ Take Unique Valentine Cards at The Hammered Edge, Feb. 7

Hearts by Lisa Fatone

The Hammered Edge Studio & Gallery in Ivoryton is hosting an afternoon of fun and creativity on Saturday, Feb. 7, at a Valentine’s Make & Take Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. All are welcome.

Make your own precious handmade greetings with area artist/designer Lisa Fatone. Participants are welcome to bring along sentimental embellishments to give the cards a special touch.

The admission fee includes materials to make ‘n take 3 collage-technique cards. Admission is $25 per person and by reservation only.

To make a reservation, contact Kathryne Wright at The Hammered Edge @ 860-581-8038 or

The Hammered Edge is located at 108 Main St., Ivoryton.

All Singers Welcome for SummerSing of Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’

Enjoy an evening of singing next Monday, June 24, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook at the season’s second of six SummerSings co-sponsored by Cappella Cantorum and the Con Brio Choral Society.

Mark Singleton of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus will lead the group in an informal read-through of  “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen, beginning with registration at 7 p.m. and singing at 7:30 p.m.  All singers are welcome.

An $8 fee includes a borrowed score for the evening if needed.

The church is located at 56 Great Hammock Rd. and is air conditioned.  Parking is available at St. Paul’s or at the Valley Shore Assembly of God at 36 Great Hammock Rd.

For more information, call 860-767-9409 or 203-245-6947.

‘Friends of Lyme Library’ Group to Form, Inaugural Meeting Tonight

A Friends of the Lyme Public Library group is being formed under the leadership of Janis Witkins, a library board member.  The group will hold its first meeting this evening at 7 p.m. at the library on Hamburg Rd.  All are welcome.

The group is intended to support the library’s activities and foster ties between the library and the community.  Group members will work closely with the library’s director, staff and board.

The public is invited to attend the first meeting and become charter members.

A vote will take place to create the Friends group and adopt bylaws.  Officers will be elected and committees will be formed.  A treasurer will be on hand to accept membership dues.

Refreshments will be served.

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Hosts Open House for Prospective Students, March 1

On Friday, March 1, Lyme-Old Lyme High School will welcome prospective students who do not currently attend a Region 18 school and their parents to preview the Lyme-Old Lyme High School if they are considering enrolling here for the fall of 2013.

The School Counselors and Administration will be available to provide an overview of the school, its curriculum and student opportunities.  Additionally, tours of Lyme-Old Lyme High School will be available.

RSVP to 860-434-2255 by Feb. 27, if you plan to attend.

On the day of the event, arrive at 12:30 p.m. and check in at the main office before reporting to the School Counseling Department.

Essex Winter Series Opens With “Romance on the River,” Jan. 13

Pianist Mihae Lee and French hornist William Purvis will perform with soprano Patricia Schuman and bass-baritone David Pittsinger on Sunday, jan. 13 in the first Essex Winter Series concert of the 2013 season.

Pianist Mihae Lee and French hornist William Purvis will perform with soprano Patricia Schuman and bass-baritone David Pittsinger on Sunday, Jan. 13 in the first Essex Winter Series concert of the 2013 season.

Opening this 35th anniversary Essex Winter Series season on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at Valley Regional High School is a unique concert celebration of love by two local couples, each one of whom is an internationally acclaimed artists in his or her own right.

In the concert titled, “Romance on the River,” soprano Patricia Schuman and bass-baritone David Pittsinger will join forces with Essex Winter Series Artistic Director and pianist Mihae Lee and French hornist William Purvis in a recital.

This collaboration of talents in an imaginative program includes romantic works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Schubert, Copland, Dvořák, Verdi, and many more.

This concert sponsored by Essex Savings Bank

Individual tickets are $30 and are available for purchase online at, by calling the box office at 860.272.4572×1 or at the door. Season subscriptions are still available for $100.

For more information and directions, visit

Music at the Meetinghouse Series Opens Jan. 20 in East Haddam

The first concert of the Music at the Meetinghouse Winter Series of 2013 at First Church of Christ, Congregational in East Haddam will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at 3 p.m. when the Caroline Doctorow Band from Long Island, N.Y. will perform.

Caroline and “The Steamrollers,” a violinist, bassist, and guitarist, enchant and entertain with music reminiscent of 60’s folk-rock acoustical sound. They are widely followed and have also played as an opening act for Grayson Hugh and Polly Messer, most recently at The Kate in Old Saybrook in early April of 2012. Energetic and soulful, this group is fun to watch, and will be a welcome respite from the short, cold days of winter.

Tickets are $15 or $12 in advance by calling 860-537-2052. Children are admitted free and a full reception will follow with ample time to meet the musicians.

High Hopes Presents Yale Whiffenpoofs Jan. 20

Copy_of_Whiffenpoofs-2013_1High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is pleased to present the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group, the Yale Whiffenpoofs, in concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Church of Christ in Old Saybrook.

Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern.

Today the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated and hallowed traditions, carrying on a century of musical excellence and professional showmanship at Yale, across America and around the world.

Proceeds from this concert will benefit the programs and participants of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding.

Ticket prices for the concert are $25 for adults and $12 for children and students. Following the concert, a special full tea reception with the Whiffenpoofs will be held at the church. Tickets to attend both the concert and the reception are $50 for adults and $20 for children and students. Space is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance.

For tickets or more information regarding the concert, visit the High Hopes website or call Alicia Barrows at High Hopes at 860-434-1974, ext. 123.

High Hopes is one of the oldest and largest therapeutic riding centers in the United States, operating since 1974 and accredited by PATH Intl. (formerly the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) since 1979. Annually, High Hopes serves over 1,700 individuals.

Assisted by over 600 volunteers and a herd of 26 horses specifically trained for therapeutic riding, High Hopes is committed to providing the highest quality of services to the community. Of the more than 800 programs that are members of PATH Intl., High Hopes is one of only six centers in the United States approved by PATH Intl. to provide their training courses in therapeutic riding instruction and has trained instructors from all over the world.

High Hopes is located at 36 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Exhibition of Miniatures at Cooley Gallery Runs Through Jan. 12

great__small_v2_250The always-popular annual holiday exhibition All Paintings Great and Small featuring historic and contemporary works of art 12″ in size or smaller is on display at The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme through Jan. 12, 2013. For many in the area this annual exhibition, in its 24th year, has become an unspoken kick-off to the holiday season.

Over 60 artists from around New England, with a concentration in Connecticut, participate in this annual show. Some well-known to Cooley Gallery enthusiasts are returning including Ralf Feyl, Maurice Sapiro, Michael Theise, Mary Bourke, and Maureen McCabe to name a few. There will also be new artists showing for the first time at the gallery.

“The idea of a small painting exhibition seems to have caught on in galleries everywhere. After so many years, and with the format as ubiquitous as it is, we thought we would step away from it but people kept asking us when would we bring the old show back. In retrospect I think it was good to take a little time off from the little painting show. The economic climate hasn’t been very inspiring but there’s a sense of anticipation in the air now. People are more inclined to allow themselves to enjoy what they have and maybe even add to it,” says Jeff Cooley, owner of The Cooley Gallery.

As in years past, All Paintings Great and Small offers a wide range of subjects and media carefully chosen by the staff at the gallery. Cooley notes, “Everyone here gets involved in everything around here, but especially with this exhibition — suggesting artists and choosing their favorites.”

He continues, “Lorre Broom, our gallery manager, orchestrates the logistics and Nancy Pinney, our website, guru makes sure the images are perfect and gets it all posted in time for people to get a start on their holiday shopping. It’s a big job and a truly group effort.”

The galleries at 25 Lyme Street are hung salon-style meaning multiples from floor to ceiling, with a wealth of varied artwork. Prices range from the low hundreds up giving collectors at all levels a chance to acquire some original works of art.

The gallery celebrated this exhibition last Thursday, Nov. 15, with the largest opening reception of the year. Betsey Cooley commented, “People have said to us on numerous occasions that this is their unofficial start to the holidays. The artists are here, their friends come, collectors and well-wishers arrive and suddenly we have this huge and very enthusiastic extended family celebrating these artistic accomplishments. The spirit certainly gets us in the holiday mood.”

Located in downtown Old Lyme, The Cooley Gallery is an ideal spot to enjoy the best of American art while celebrating the season in the New England tradition.

Founded in 1981 and located in the heart of historic Old Lyme, the Cooley Gallery specializes in fine American paintings from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and select contemporary artists. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at For more information, call (860) 434-8807