After more than two years of planning, members of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission presented a two-day event at Fairfield Hills last September that offered a few thousand visitors everything from fine art to whirligigs. This year, organizers are expanding the festival to include six days of programs prior to the big September 21-22 weekend event at Fairfield Hills. Calling it “8 Days of Music Art and Joy,” Terry Sagedy, chairman of the 2013 Newtown Arts Festival, has announced the weeklong roster of events leading up to the onsite festival, from a children's art party and the reading of a new-one act play by Jan Neuberger to the screening of a short dramedy by a Newtown teen, a classical music performance and more, this year's festival has been greatly expanded.
The Gallery at the Kent Art Association has announced that Laura Bleau of Newtown won the Pastel Society Award for “Julie” in Kent Art Association’s President’s Show. The work is of a heavy-set, yet seemingly defiant woman standing up and looking to her left. The work is one of more than 100 paintings in oils, watercolors, pastels and graphics currently on view as part of the KAA exhibition.
“Home for the Holidays” will be the theme of the winter concert of Newtown Choral Society set for Sunday, December 8. Under the direction of Mary Andreotta and accompanied by Susan Anthony Klein, the choir will sing holiday favorites like “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” as well as classics, Holst’s "Christmas Day" and Rutter’s "Christmas Night." Now in its 27th year, welcomes members from all area towns and has openings in all voices. The choir performs two concerts a year and welcomes all singers. Rehearsals are Wednesday at Newtown Middle School and begin September 11, 2013. The group meets at 7 pm.
A hands-on mural painting project will be offered at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, this week. The special event will be Thursday, August 8, from 11 am to 3 pm. Sponsored by The Art Miles Mural Project, and open to the public, it is part of the organization’s “passionate and colorful 12 year movement to promote global peace and harmony through murals.”
On Saturday, September 14, the NHS Kindness Club will host a Day of Kindness. This free event is aimed at the youth of the town, but is open to residents of all ages. With students returning to school soon, organizers would like to shine a spotlight on how matters. Day of Kindness will be filled with activities and events focusing on giving back.
Donations made to Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center (NYA) make it possible for the center to offer a number of programs to the Newtown community this month at no charge. There are events for all ages, from open soccer and open lacrosse times, an open house for college age students to have the opportunity to use the academy's turf, basketball and tennis courts, and even the chance for anyone age 14 and up to participate in a Fitness Extreme Workshop. Registration is requested for each event.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will host an oil painting demonstration by Carol Arnold on Wednesday, August 14, at 7:30 pm. Her subject will be one of her children, who will be posing for her. The program is open to the public, free of charge. It will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street in Newtown.
Voices For Heroes, a non-profit organization based in Waterbury, is organizing an event to bring together peaceful, community minded organizations and people to embrace and celebrate peace. The event, called “Power of Peace 2013 Family Fest 2013,” will take place at Bushnell Memorial Park on Sunday, August 11, from noon until 7 pm. All are welcome and attendance to the event is free. The goal of the event is to spread awareness of as many non-political causes as possible and show children how great it can be to work with others to achieve one goal of change and the joy of giving. The organizers want non-political causes to unite and say “We still believe in peace. We will not give up.” No matter who you are ... you are not alone.
Johnny A. Williams, a sculptural wood artist and furniture maker from Newtown, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural $1,000 grant from Newtown Commission on the Arts. Kateleen Foy, a photographer and graduate of Newtown High school, was announced as runner-up. Each will be invited to show and sell their works at the 2013 Newtown Arts Festival. They will have featured space in NCAC’s tent. In addition, for the upcoming year Mr Williams and Ms Foy will have the services of the Press/Public Relations Committee of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission to announce their shows and achievements