The work of Mary Barrett Anders, who presented Asian brushwork classes at HealingNewtown, is the focus of an exhibit of her work at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. Located in the showcase outside the children’s library, the exhibit — a collaboration between the library and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission — will be on display through March 1 during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am-8 pm; Friday, 11 am-5 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am-5 pm; and Sunday, 12-5 pm.
The era of HealingNewtown programs is coming to an end.
Launched in January 2013 by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the HealingNewtown project has offered dozens of programs, exhibitions, and workshops since its debut. The project’s first headquarters, in a then-vacant storefront at 5 Queen Street, was also host to numerous pieces of art, some created by local residents but the majority of which were sent to Newtown in response to 12/14.
The collage exhibition “Celebration of Your Life,” set for June 27 to August 8, at Newtown Municipal, will begin with an opening reception Friday, June 27, at 5 pm.
Curated by HealingNewtown Director Valerie Culbertson, and assisted by Megan Foley, the exhibition will feature five artists and their collage work. The collection will feature pieces by Meegan Foley, Stefanie Palermo Lagana, Rebecca Mindenhall, Sheila Margaret Mullen and Virginia Zimmerman.
HealingNewtown has cancelled a few of its upcoming programs, including one that was scheduled for this weekend.
Creative Storytelling, which was to have taken place Sunday, May 18, has been cancelled. Also off the schedule for the arts program are Asian Brushwork Painting sessions scheduled for Sundays, May 25, June 28, July 13 and August 17. A hands-on ukulele workshop on Sunday, June 1, is also off.
It is not too late to go to www.ragnarrelay.com/race/capecod and pick out a team to support for this year’s RagnarRelay, a 24-hour relay run from Hull, Mass., to Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod. There are several teams running this year to support Sandy Hook and Newtown foundations, and all welcome your donations (and moral support). The race is from May 9 to May 10, so don’t delay.
HealingNewtown is continuing to host weaving, writing, clay dates and an open studio for hand work. In addition, the arts group will welcome Newtown resident and actor Kate Katcher, who will offer a summer acting program for young adults.
Visit HealingNewtown.org and click on Calendar for a full listing of upcoming offerings, and to make reservations.