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July 12 - Harwinton
Arts Council Garden Party

July 12 - Lenox
Tanglewood Gala

July 10 - Lenox
IS183 Art Show At Stonover

Northwest CT Arts Council Cultivates Art In The Garden

Rachel Louchen reports from Harwinton. The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is a non-profit dedicated to promoting arts and culture in the 25-town region, so it was fitting that its annual party featured artists painting on site and numerous musical performances on grounds that are themselves a work of art. On Saturday, July 12, the Council hosted the third annual Garden Party at Victoria Elliot and Dr. Marvin McMillen’s home garden with its carefully cultivated flora and fauna as well as fountains, sculptures and intricate shrubbery. Surrounded by all this creative inspiration, local plein air painters used the beauty of the gardens to create their own interpretation of the environment, much to the enjoyment of guests watching the artists at work. There were also multiple musical performances located throughout the garden, hors d’oeuvres served and a tented area where guests were encouraged to purchase artwork. The popular event proved successful again this year, with the strong turnout of supporters and artistic members of the community proving how important the arts in our region are. Above, Executive Director Amy Wynn with Event Coordinator Jessica Morozowich.

The fountain was just one of the eye-catching displays on the lush property.

State Representative Roberta Willis and Bill Willis; Torrington High School art teacher Victor Leger interprets the scenery.

Renowned dulcimer player Thomasina Levy performed; Sabrina Beck and John Beck of Harwinton.

Nancy Winter, volunteer Rob Fuoco and Ann Mazeau were thrilled to support the Council; The Council’s Manager of Membership and Outreach, Debbie Freund, with volunteer Mary Ann Pangilinan.

Barbara Rodenback and hostess Victoria Elliot showed off their classic garden party style.

Torrington Savings Bank co-workers came out to support the cause: Wendy Healey, Vicki Mercier and Doreen Hoffman; Collette Hurst was the lone artist working with pastels while sketching the garden.

Gary Goodwin with realtor Gael Hammer of Klemm Real Estate; Litchfield Jazz Festival Founder/Executive Director Vita Muir and Joyful Noise member Anne Voglewede.

Artist Jim Laurino; Arts Council Board Chair Vanessa Giannasi and Tom Giannasi.

Guests were treated to an a capella performance by Joyful Noise choir.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/14/14 at 01:06 PM • Permalink

Stonover Farm IS183 Benefit Art Show

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. No one needs an excuse to visit the picturesque grounds of Stonover Farm, to sit by the pond and watch the ducks, or to visit with Tom and Suky Werman. But on Thursday, July 10, there was a fantastic excuse to stop by the Lenox B&B for a glass of wine, as IS183 Art School of the Berkshires opened its summer benefit show—Landscapes, Farmscapes, Cityscapes, Mindscapes—in Stonover’s Barn Gallery. Curated by Suky Werman herself, the exhibit features new work by Maggie Mailer, Katherine Bowling, Mike Glier and Cynthia Wick, as well as works on paper by Lisa Breslow, photography by Fran Forman, Karen Halverson, Rob MacInnis and Paul Mutimear, and collages by Mike Metzger and Nancy Rubens. The exhibition will run through September 1, and can be viewed by appointment. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit IS183. Above: Hope Sullivan, executive director of IS183, and daughter Elke enjoy the summer evening.

Stonover’s Suky Werman, gallerist Leslie Ferrin and Amy Butterworth of IS183; Danielle Steinmann and artist Maggie Mailer, whose paintings appear in the show.

Jesse Metzger and her father, Mike Metzger, an artist in the show; Blue Q’s Seth Nash, Cynthia Wick, one of the artists in the exhibition, and “Sandy” Sanderson, the opening’s token Canadian.

Marcia Stamell, Arthur Yanoff, Elfi Six and Carol Mailer; Karen Halverson, whose work hangs in the current show, and Ellen Metzger.

Beth Rose and Will Schillinger; Painter Lucy MacGillis and Piero Lanzanó.

Realtor Tim Lovett, photographer Scott Barrow and Scott Edward Cole, owner of the Monterey General Store; Vicki Bonnington and Lauren Joy, an IS183 board member.

Cookiehead creator Lisa Newman with Cathy Deely; Leslie Ferrin and Martina Caruso of new North Adams gallery space Independent Art Projects.

Danielle Steinmann and photographer Gregory Cherin; Architect Kristine Sprague with Nancy Kalodner.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/13/14 at 09:03 PM • Permalink

Tanglewood Gala Celebrates Andris Nelsons’ Arrival

Lisa Green reports from Lenox. The silvered roses that graced the tables at the Tanglewood Gala on Saturday, July 12 represented the commitment between new BSO music director Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. (The rose is a token of betrothal in the opera Der Rosenkavalier, a portion of which was performed that evening.) Although he was scheduled to start his directorship last year, an injury in Europe forced Nelsons to delay his arrival until this season, which only added to the anticipation of his long-awaited presence. On a sublime summer evening, orchestra supporters gathered under tents decorated in a rose-inspired theme, and enjoyed a dinner featuring Julia Child’s “most exciting meal of her life,” Sole Meuniere, in recognition of what would have been the famous chef’s 100th birthday. After the concert (standing ovation, of course, followed by fireworks), guests returned to the dessert tent beside the newly reopened Highwood Manor House, where the conductor was formally introduced and spoke of his appreciation for Tanglewood and its supporters. Above, Gala Chairs Jane Mayer and Dr. Robert B. Mayer, in an annual tradition, gathered their family for the gala: Rachel Judlowe, Mike Judlowe, Doug Drachman and Erica Mayer.

Joe Hearne, BSO double bassist and Jane Brett, a Life Trustee Elect; Dieuwke Fiedler and Peter Fiedler, who is on BSO’s Board of Overseers, and Deborah Stiles.

Nancy Edman Feldman and Jacqueline Togut, both of whom were on the Gala Committee, with author and activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

Filmmaker Mary Murphy, Ray Murphy and Pam Murphy; Diane Brown and Richard Brown.

David Glodt, Shirley Marks, Marita Glodt, who is president of the board of directors for Barrington Stage Company, Sydell Blatt and Lee Blatt of the eponymous performing arts center in Pittsfield.

Stephen Hayes, Rick Dildine, Shakespeare & Co.‘s incoming executive editor, and Sarah Hancock, Shakespeare & Co.‘s board chair; David McCadden and Gero Schliess.

Jill Hornor, a member of the BSO’s Board of Overseers, with Yo-Yo Ma.

Folk and blues musician John Sagner (a.k.a. Cooker John), Judy Beardsall, Bea Bloch and Alan Sagner; Donald Peck, Laurie Peck, Peter Andersen and Sue Andersen.

Gala Chair Dr. Robert J. Mayer presents Maestro Andris Nelsons with a silver rose, symbol borrowed from the evening’s selection of Der Rosenkavalier signifying the conductor’s “betrothal” to the BSO family; Board of Overseers member Alexandra Fuchs and Gideon Argov.

Maestro Andris Nelsons. Photo by Marco Borggreve.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/13/14 at 11:51 AM • Permalink

Barrington Stage Company Celebrates 20 Remarkable Seasons

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. It was like old home week at Barrington Stage’s 20 Seasons Celebration on Monday, July 7, as actors, musical theater writers and others from the theater’s past returned to take part in the performed retrospective. Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Board Chair Mary Ann Quinson recounted the theater’s history from its start at Mt. Everett High School in Sheffield. Actors from past shows delivered a musical review from many of Barrington Stage’s outstandingly successful productions, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which went on to garner two Tony Awards on Broadway, and last season’s stellar On the Town, which is headed for the Great White Way. While the performers were competing with the noisy cloudburst that seemed to hover over the building, BSC staff accomplished the Herculean feat of moving the party setup from tents across the street into the adjacent Elks Club. (If the company — felled by an epic storm during its first season — could run a box office from a pay phone, what’s a little rain during a party?) At the reception, guests mingled with actors, actors caught up with each other and all danced to tunes provided by The Wanda Houston Band. [Photo, above: Actor Mark H. Dold, Tony Award-winning director John Rando, Kiss Me, Kate’s Elizabeth Stanley and Julianne Boyd.]

Former Pittsfield mayor Jimmy Ruberto and Christine Condaris chat with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; A family parties together: Dawn Kerrigan, Samantha Kerrigan and their aunt, Barbara Alibozek.

Board Chair Mary Ann Quinson, Actors Debra Jo Rupp and Mark H. Dold, and Lighting Designer Scott Pinkney.

Sharon Siegel and Bobbi Cohn toast BSC; Artist Joe Goodwin and Mary Spina.

John Blaylock, June Guertin, Bill Finn, composer/lyricist and artistic producer of BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab, Rachel Sheinkin, who won a Tony Award (best book) for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Arthur Salvadore.

Lauren Marcus and Joe Iconis, musical theater writer and performer who appeared over the weekend at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret; The ladies of the 2005 Follies production: Donna McKechnie and Kim Crosby.

BSC’s Music Director Darren R. Cohen and David Topchik, who co-wrote the book and lyrics for the 2003 production The Game.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/08/14 at 10:03 AM • Permalink

PS21 Presents A Stylish Fashion InTENTsive

Rachel Louchen reports from Chatham. High up on a mountain underneath a giant tent, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presented the first-ever Fashion InTENTsive, a fundraising event on Saturday, July 5 to support its summer programs. The evening showcased clothing from PS 21’s own Rewraps, located on Main Street, which resells used clothing to benefit the organization. With the help of longtime volunteers and friends of the not-for-profit, numerous locals appeared as models and performers. Now in its ninth year, PS21 has a full season of diverse events planned for the summer, including the popular Movie Tuesdays underneath the stars, and live music and dance classes, which have been drawing a diverse turnout. Alan Chartock, Director of WAMC radio, who is a longtime friend of founder Judy Grunberg (seen above with Johnna Murray, Rewraps Manager and event advisor) served as auctioneer. Valatie resident Amy Freinberg-Trufas was the fashion segments director and taught the local novice volunteers how to do their little turn on the catwalk.

Volunteers Wendy Power and massage therapist Brin Quell manned the entrance; site manager Sam Reilly with concessions manager Anna Acciani.

Judy Grunberg with music segments director Uel Wade; auctioneer Alan Chartock and singer Sally-Jane Heit.

Chatham residents and PS21 charter members Arthur Fredericks and Jane Fredericks; volunteers Kate Gulliver of Austerlitz with Kathy Marin of Chatham.

Strutting on the catwalk. Photo credit: Barbara Reina

Bill Camp provided set and light design while singer Zachary Pearson performed; Sally-Jane Heit who performed, with Johanna Murray.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/07/14 at 03:26 PM • Permalink

Kris Galli Shares Her Dreams And Digressions At Spencertown Academy

Regina Burgio reports from Spencertown. Against the backdrop of a perfect summer evening, Kris Galli opened her solo show of new works, Dreams & Digressions, on Saturday, June 28 at the Spencertown Academy. A self-taught artist, Galli has been painting for more than 25 years and has built a following of ardent admirers throughout the region, many of whom came out to see the exhibit of recent figurative and abstract work. The show’s signature piece, “Everyone You Have Ever Known,” was highlighted on the cover of the July issue of Berkshire Homestyle Magazine, and features a young woman covering her eyes, hair blowing across her face, while various hats float behind her. The artist lives with her husband, photographer Edward Acker, in Lenox. Her work is shown regularly at various locations throughout the Northeast as well as restaurants in Lenox, including Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar and Church Street Cafe. Dreams & Digressions will be on display until August 10. Above, Galli discusses her signature painting with one of the guests.

Guests included New Marlborough residents Patti Banner, a social worker, and Sam Barkin, an importer; Susan Burns, a hairstylist from Lee, and Steve Malin, a tile setter from Sheffield, stand in front of a painting of their niece.

Karl Gabosh, a private art dealer, with Ria Olsen, a technical translator; Photographer Susan Geller and Galli.

Mary Newton and Frank Newton, owners of the Summer White House Inn in downtown Lenox; Denise Ulick and Michael Ulick, former owners of Church Street Art Gallery, also in Lenox.

Ann Vartanian, volunteer coordinator at the Spencertown Academy, with the artist; Tom Werman and Suky Werman, owners of Stonover Farm Bed and Breakfast, with jewelry designer Margo Morrison and Ella, an Italian Greyhound.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 06/30/14 at 03:43 PM • Permalink

Shakespeare & Company Hosts A Midsummer Night’s Gala For The Bard’s Birthday

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Though he couldn’t make the show, the Bard was there in spirit on June 28th as Shakespeare & Company celebrated his 450th birthday with a gala and opening night performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Guests mingled inside and under tents outside the Tina Packer Playhouse as they enjoyed cocktails and a buffet dinner catered by Firefly. Before the show, the play’s director, Tony Simotes, and Board Chair Sarah Hancock presented Governor Deval Patrick with a framed photo collage of his past visit to the Company and thanked him for his support. Following the performance – a humorous and high-energy production set in Jazz Age New Orleans – guests enjoyed birthday cake for the Bard and dancing under the tent. The evening’s proceeds help fund the Company’s education and training programs. Shown above: Christopher Sink, Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Jon MacClaren.

Gala co-chairs Phoebe Giddon and Deborah Ryan; Lucy Simotes, Artistic Director Tony Simotes and the Company’s new Executive Director, Rick Dildine.

Phil Heller, a pro bono lawyer for Shakespeare & Co., Anita Heller and attorney Lori Robbins; Actors Ariel Bock and Tori Hines, cast members of this summer’s Henry IV, Parts I & II.

Caroline Calkins and Kaileela Hobby, stars of Romeo & Juliet playing at the Mount this month; Gordon Hyatt, Sarah Hancock, Rick Dildine, Director of Marketing and Playbill Advertising Elizabeth Aspenlieder and board member Helga S. Orthofer.

Tony Simotes, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Sarah Hancock and Rick Dildine.

George Klemp, Lynne Sebastian and Tom Hoadley; Board member Susan Grausman, Richard Grausman and their daughter, actor Deborah Grausman.

Esther and Robert Rosenthal with Shelley and Steve Rubin; Reed Ryan and Mea Lewis of Black Thumb Farms.

Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Molly Clancy, the Company’s playbill and publicity director; Reba Evanchik, trustee Sol Schwartz and Harriet Vine.

Actor Stephanie Hedges, Barby Cardillo, Josephine Wilson and Alexandra Lincoln; Ann Rothenberg, board member Carole Hyatt and the Company’s Director of Training Dennis Krausnick.

Sophie gets a helping hand from Jennie Jadow; Audrey Pugh, a stitcher in the Company’s costume shop, Lori Evans, the Company’s school program manager, and costume designer for Midsummer, Deborah Brothers.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/30/14 at 09:59 AM • Permalink

Red Hook Education Foundation Throws A “First Choice” Party

Amy Krzanik reports from Annandale-on-Hudson. In only its fourth year, the Red Hook Education Foundation has amassed the support of local parents, teachers, government officials, community members and other volunteers to become a powerhouse fundraising body, augmenting area school budgets by over $170,000. This year’s well-attended benefit dinner and dance party, on June 22 at Bard College’s Spiegeltent, shows the group is poised for even more success in the future. Guests enjoyed sangria in the sun outside the stunning Spiegeltent, and a cheese tasting inside, followed by dinner and dancing to the sounds of JTD Productions. A few Red Hook teachers were honored for their dedicated service as they retire this year, and a surprise award was bestowed on Frank Knobloch for his important role in the founding and continued success of the Foundation. One-hundred percent of the evening’s ticket price goes toward funding programs for district students, which helps make Red Hook schools a “district of choice” in the area. Above: Kate Laing, Ruth Oxenberg and RHEF’s Board President, Bonnie Goad enjoy the sunshine outside the Spiegeltent.

The surprise honoree, Frank Knobloch; Red Hook parents Melissa and Brian McNeese with school superintendent Paul Finch and Trisha Finch.

Proud Red Hook parents Patricia Cadley, Mike Bloxham and Colleen Bloxham; Michelle Donner and Senator Terry Gipson.

Vincent Rossetti, legislative assistant and Red Hook schools alum, and Senator Kevin Cahill; Chris Gorczynski and Carol Gorczynski with Brian and Nicole Boyd.

Ana San Juan, Tivoli Mercantile‘s Jill TerMolen-Cornillon, Arno Cornillon, and Matt Kurlander; Ben Hoen and Shawn Fischer.

Caitlin Millard, owner of Zephyr in Rhinebeck, with Break Point Tennis owner Shawn Holzmann; Ivan Carlson and Debra Blalock.

Raina Kattelson and Bard’s Gillian Brundrett; Zia Morter and Erica Topple of The Fisher Center at Bard, with Marla Walker, board member Erin Cannan, and Christine Kurlander.

Kathy Rafferty, Lorna Brundrett, and Greg Rafferty, one of the night’s honored Red Hook school retirees; Elizabeth Avello, Erina O’Neill, and Templeton Kay serve up delectable cheeses from Farmer’s Door and fresh-picked Greig Farm strawberries.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/23/14 at 10:16 AM • Permalink