Dave Brooker

  • RCN Art Therapy Is A Splash

    Resident and artist Dave Brooker’s cheeks and hair bore rainbow splashes of paint. His hands, white smock, and shoes also carried a slash of red, smudge of blue, and random dabs in many colors as he led children through an afternoon of art in his Newtown studio late last week.

    With several Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) members on hand, a group of children visited on March 6 and squinted behind goggles as they grabbed up paint brushes and threw paint at the walls, overhead, and in wet swaths across the floor.

  • Snapshot: Dave Brooker

    Occupation: I currently wear many hats. I’m the resident caretaker at Holcombe Hill for the Newtown Forest Association — so I get to live in the most beautiful spot in town. I’m also an abstract artist. I’m doing the starving artist thing… My charity of choice is the Resiliency Center of Newtown, and I do a fair amount of work with the kids there. In March, the kids and I are creating handmade greeting cards for the Resiliency Center, for the April 10 fundraiser gala. Kids never let me down!

  • Public Art Project Seeks Display Location

    Splattered with multicolored paints that in some spots took days to dry, the many pieces of a large, handmade flower — each petal the size of a skateboard — are waiting for assembly and public display.

    Artist Dave Brooker coordinated the public art project, completed during the Newtown Arts Festival. The helping hands of nearly 400 children and adults all added their dashes of paint to the roughly 14-foot, 34-part artwork, which is now looking for a home.

  • New Caretaker A Natural Fit For Holcombe Hill Preserve

    With a panoramic view of surrounding towns’ distant horizons, Dave Brooker looked across the lawns and meadows covering Newtown’s highest point. He is the new Newtown Forest Association (NFA) caretaker — an unpaid position — now living at Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve and in the caretaker’s residence of former land and homeowner Josephine Holcombe. The NFA acquired the 86-acre parcel at 65 Great Hill Road through Ms Holcombe’s estate in 1997. The preserve is 830 feet above sea level, and includes 30 acres of hay fields.

  • Resiliency Center To Celebrate Its Work And Its Future With An ‘Evening Under The Stars’

    Artist Dave Brooker, standing at left, supervised an art project on April 18 that gave children the opportunity to create a large group painting. The art will be sold, in smaller pieces, during a gala fundraising event for The Resiliency Center of Newtown on May 2.