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2018 Events and Programs

Thank you to the GLORIA GRAY FOUNDATION, SOUTHBURY COMMUNITY TRUST FUND and the WESTERN CT MEDICAL GROUP for their support of our vision and mission.

For Information, enrollment, cancellations and tickets:
call the Arts Escape office at: 203-586-1474

All registrations need to be paid for before workshop date. There are no refunds for classes not attended.

Please call the gallery for information about Classes during inclement weather.  Messages will be on the phone by 9:30 am whether the
Gallery is Open or Closed.


Books and Bites

Sargent’s Women 
by Donna Lucey

 GOOD READS – In this seductive, multilayered biography, based on original letters and diaries, Donna M. Lucey illuminates four extraordinary women painted by the iconic high-society portraitist John Singer Sargent. With uncanny intuition, Sargent hinted at the mysteries and passions that unfolded in his subjects’ lives.

Like characters in an Edith Wharton novel, these women challenged society’s restrictions, risking public shame and ostracism. All had forbidden love affairs; Lucia bravely supported her family despite illness, while Elsie explored Spiritualism, defying her overbearing father. Finally, the headstrong Isabella outmaneuvered the richest plutocrats on the planet to create her own magnificent art museum.

These compelling stories of female courage connect our past with our present—and remind us that while women live differently now, they still face obstacles to attaining full equality.

Facilitator, Barbara McKay
Wednesday,February 21
1 pm

Please call the gallery to let us know you will be joining us.  203-586-1474

Multiple copies of the books are available at the Southbury Library

March 21 – For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernst Hemingway


NOW REGISTERING FOR 2018 WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS!

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A Tribute to George Gershwin

Vocal – Patty Carver
Piano – Keith Coakley
Bass – Jim Goodwin
Wednesday, January 24 – 2 pm

In his short but prolific career, George Gershwin’s music spanned from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, Hollywood to Symphony Halls. He was that rare musical genius whose body of work is still widely performed and loved today. A Gershwin Tribute features stories about his life, career and popular hits including, Fascinating Rhythm, Embraceable You, I Got Rhythm, But Not For Me, Of Thee I Sing, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, They All Laughed & They Can’t Take That Away From Me, just to name a few!

Join Patty Carver’s Songbook Trio with Keith Coakley on keyboard, Jim Goodwin on bass and Patty Carver on vocals celebrating the legacy of arguably the greatest American composer of all time!

Admission is $20 in Advance and $25 at the door.  Bring a friend and receive a $5 discount on the second ticket when pre-registering.


Bring a Friend



Hot Topics, Cool Conversations
(Current Events)

Facilitator, Alfred Hunt
Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20
10:30 am – 12 noon

Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of newsworthy topics with a group of well-informed and friendly participants.  Bring your observations and an open mind to discuss politics, popular culture, foreign affairs, and other issues in the news.  This is a round-table discussion.  Weekly topics will be emailed to participants several days prior to meeting.

The fee for the 8-week session will be $150.

 





Write Like Crazy

New and Returning Students

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Fridays, February 9, 16, 23 Open Studio March 2
11:30 am – 1 pm

Do you think you’d like to write, and not sure how to get started?  Are you already writing and need a jump-start?  In either case, this class is for you. Come to this 90-minute and plan to write!  We’ll use timed prompts to get your writing mojo going.  This technique works for any genre and any level of writer, from beginner, returning students and experienced writers.  We supply the paper and pens. We will be writing by hand – no laptops, please.

New this year is a 3 – week class with an open studio on  the 4th Friday.  The open studio will be available to all students enrolled in workshops during the month.  Great opportunity to meet other budding artists/writers and see what the others are working on.  Instructors will be available for feedback and guidance. 

The fee for the 3 – week workshop is $60 or $75 which includes the Open Studio workshop.


Workshop




Trusting Your Writing Voice

New & Returning Students

Instructor, Cindy Eastman
Fridays, February 9, 16, 23 Open Studio, March 2
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Truth in writing is what connects a reader to the writer. Even if the writer never intends their work for publication, truth matters. This workshop encourages all writers to identify their writing voice, strengthen and trust it. This is a facilitated class that uses prompts and strategies for writing practice. There will be writing assignments and an invitation to share. New students and returning students are welcome.  No Laptops please.

New this year is a 3 – week class with an open studio on  the 4th Friday.  The open studio will be available to all students enrolled in workshops during the month.  Great opportunity to meet other budding artists/writers and see what the others are working on.  Instructors will be available for feedback and guidance. 

The fee for the 3-week workshop which includes the Open Studio is $75.  For those students that choose not to do the Open Studio the fee is $60.

 


Workshop



Painting Basics, An Exploration

Instructor, ShawnaLee Kwashnak
Mondays, February 5, 12, 26  Closed on the 19th.
10 am – 12 noon

This is a workshop for those that would like to take their drawing skills to the next level and try painting.  Here’s your chance! Media such as watercolors, acrylics, and oil paints will be covered.  Students will gain a working understanding of how to paint while practicing from life and from photographic references.  Students are encouraged to bring meaningful items and photographs to work from to each class.

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New this year is a 3 – week class with an open studio for the 4th week on Friday.  The open studio will be available to all students enrolled in workshops during the month.  Great opportunity to meet other budding artist and see what the other workshops are working on.

The fee for the 3 – week workshop which includes the Open Studio on Fridays and all supplies is $125. If you choose not to do the Open Studio, Workshop fee is $90.


Workshop Choices




Realism to Abstract, How to Get There!

Student Artwork by Eugene Willingham

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Mondays February 5, 12, 26
No Class on the 19th

1 pm – 3 pm

Realism and Abstract Art share the same basic, visual structure. Line, color,movement and shape are some of their shared elements of composition.  Create a personal abstract work in the media of your choice. Acrylic paint, watercolor, colored pencil and collage will be available. Subject matter will be provided.

New this year is a 3 – week class with an open studio for the 4th week on Friday.  The open studio will be available to all students enrolled in workshops during the month.  Great opportunity to meet other budding artist and see what the other workshops are working on.

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The fee for the 3 – week workshop which includes the Open Studio on Fridays and all supplies is $125. If you choose not to do the Open Studio, Workshop fee is $90.


Workshop Choices




Literature Courses with Stephen Collins

Tuesdays January 9,16, 23

Stephen Collins

William Butler Yeats – 11 am

Born in Dublin in 1865, his poetry would eventually win for him the Nobel Prize in 1923. He along with Lady Augusta Gregory spearheaded the Irish literary revival. Critics have called him the great poet of old age. Most of what are considered his masterpieces he composed after age sixty. We will look at those and some of his earlier poetry and the influences upon him.

Robert Frost – 1 pm

This interactive class will introduce NEW Robert Frost Poems for those returning students. The class will be an inclusive group discussion rather than didactic lecturing.

Robert Frost, in Stephen’s opinion, is an under-read and often misunderstood poet. He doesn’t fit easily into any preconceived category, however that is precisely what some people have tried to do with him. He said, “I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.”  Students will work with some of his better known poems as well as some that never seem to get much attention.


Painting with Acrylics

Instructor, Linda Marino
Fridays February 9, 16, 23  March 2 Open Studio
10 am – 1 pm

This 3-hour workshop is for new and continuing students who would like to learn and or expand their knowledge of painting with acrylics.  Students will learn about Values, Hues, Composition, Brush Stokes and how to make the best use of the medium.  Those returning students will learn more complex techniques and will work more independently under Linda’s guidance.

New this year is a 3 – week class with an open studio for the 4th week on Friday.  The open studio will be available to all students enrolled in workshops during the month.  Great opportunity to meet other budding artist and see what the other workshops are working on.

The fee for the 3-week workshop is: $125 with the Open Studio the fee is $150.


Workshop




Valentine’s Day Concert
Moonlight Sonata, The Romantic Piano

Performed by Paul Bisaccia
Wednesday, February 14
2 PM

In many ways Beethoven can be considered the first Romantic pianist. He broke all the rules in the name of expression and in doing so changed forever the way pianists conceive of the piano.

Here is a concert of music from the golden age of piano composers. Besides Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata we will include Chopin’s “Revolutionary “and “Harp” Etudes.  Also included will be music by the lion of the keyboard, Franz Liszt, including his Dream of Love (Liebestraume) and The Sigh (Un Sospiro).  To round out this concert of romantic piano music will be the famous Prelude by Rachmaninoff and Gershwin’s “The Man I Love”.

Paul, who last year was a guest lecturer at Harvard, will add a little history, more humor and many anecdotes that make the men who made the music come alive for the afternoon.

Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
As a Valentine Special, if you bring a sweetheart/friend, admission is $35 in advance.

**As an added bonus there will be a wide screen on stage presenting a live close up of the pianist’s hands so everyone will have a special view.


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ZENTANGLE

artwork by instructor, Kothy Hafersat

Instructor, Kothy Hafersat
Wednesday, February 21, March 21, April 18
10 am – 12:30 pm

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus,  creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal wellbeing. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.

Zentangle will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  The fee for the first workshop is $50 which includes a kit with all needed supplies. Additional classes are  $35 each. New Students can bundle all 3 classes $100.


Workshop Choices




Pints, Paints & Pencils img_3378
(men’s only art class)

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Mondays, January 22, 29, February 5,12, 26
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the longest running studio art class at Arts Escape.  This workshop is designed for all levels and interests in fine art.  Exercises in design, perspective, movement, shading are all explored. Participants are encouraged to work independently and in the medium of their choice with assistance and guidance  from the instructor. Newcomers are always welcomed.
Feel free to bring your beverage of choice to get those creative juices flowing!
The fee for the 5-week workshop is $125.




Intro to Watercolor Painting

 

Instructor, Betty Ann Mederios
Thursday, February 1
1 pm – 3:30 pm

Want to try your hand at painting with watercolor, but don’t want to invest in the supplies?  This is the one-day workshop for you!  Learn to paint winter birch and pine trees in a beautiful snow scene.  This is an introduction class to give new students a chance to see if they would like to continue in future watercolor workshops.  All supplies are included and everyone will take home a finished painting to be proud of.

The one-day workshop is $60 which includes all supplies.





OPEN STUDIO

Friday February 2
Morning session – 10 am  – 12:00 pm
Afternoon session – 1 pm – 3 pm

The open Studio is open to all students enrolled in a writing or fine art workshop in January.  For those that would like to attend the open studio and are not enrolled in a January workshop or did not sign up for the open studio, you are welcome to come work in the Gallery as well. This is a great opportunity to work with your peers, share ideas with a staff member on site for guidance.

The fee for the Open Studio for the entire day is $50.
The fee for the 2 – hour Open Studio is $30.


Studio Times




Oil Painting Basics – Drawing for Painters 

Instructor, Zufar Bikbov
Saturday,  January 27
10 am – 4 pm
Level: beginners to intermediate

  • Improve painting composition, based on linear sketch and values application 
  • Comprehensive sketch as an artwork
  • Drawing and painting mix
  • Special exercises for better control of brushwork

Supplies provided:

  • 11×14 quality paper sketch pad (take home)
  • set of 3 pencils and charcoal (tools – take home)
  • 2 type of erasers (tools – take home)
  • Toned paper for Charcoal (your works – take home)
  • Roll of paper tape (tools – take home)

This basic oil painting workshops will run on the 4th Saturday of each month.

The fee for the workshop is $150. Class size is limited to 8.





  Intermediate/Advance Watercolor Workshop

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22
10 am – 12 noon

This class is for returning students and students that have some watercolor experience. Advance students will be able to work at their own pace with the help and guidance of the instructor. Intermediate students will explore different watercolor techniques while expanding their skills. Each student will create a finished watercolor painting incorporating a creative and dynamic composition.  Enjoy working with others in a friendly nonjudgmental atmosphere.

Techniques that will be covered are:

*painting with wet on wet technique
*using masking fluid
*creating soft and hard edges and
*painting negative space

The fee for the 4-week workshop is $125 for new students and $100 for returning students.


Intermediate/Advance Watercolor Workshop




Colored Pencil Workshop

Student Work, Carmina Palarino

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, February 20
10 am – 2 pm – Intermediate/Advance

This is a 4-hour workshop for colored pencil with award winning artist, Rita Paradis. .  Learn techniques in this medium that will make your drawings look like paintings.
Intermediate students will develop the skills they have learned and explore color and color choices. Students will learn more tips and techniques for working with this versatile medium.
Advance Intermediate, These students have been through the first 2 sessions and will be able to work independently with guidance from the instructor.

Workshop fee is $50 and some supplies are included.


Monthly Workshops




Intro to Colored Pencil

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, February 13
10 am – 1 pm

This is a new workshop designed for Beginners only.  Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 8 students with award winning artist/instructor Rita Paradis. Students will start with value exercises and basic layering techniques that will serve as a foundation for more advanced work. This is NOT an adult coloring activity. Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the intermediate and advance workshop where students work more independently on their own work.

The fee for this workshop is $60 and supplies are included.




 


Coming in 2018

United Nations – Promise in Time of Peril
The Art of Chinese Acupuncture & Medicine
Cook and Paint Night
Evening Watercolor Workshop
Hollywood Stars
Currier & Ives
Living History – Abigail Adams
Living History – Benjamin Franklin
Living History – Women of WWII
Living History – Laura Engalls Wilder
Living History – Hedy Lamarr