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.
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
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard invites the public to attend the arrival of the Dakota Riders to Newtown, as part of its annual Unity Ride, at noon on Monday, August 5. After the tragic events of 12/14, The Unity Ride has taken on an even more powerful and timely message of hope and healing. These riders wish to bring that message to Newtown and the State of Connecticut. Ten Dakota Riders recently set out from their home on horseback and have begun their 4,000-mile journey. On Monday, these Unity Riders and those traveling with them will arrive in Newtown and the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard expects to welcome them as they ride into the gates.
On Saturday, August 17, Wall Matthews will be returning to Connecticut for the first time in many years to perform an evening of his compositions. The performance will be at Sound (Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness), a renovated historic chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road in Newtown. Joining Mr Matthews will be the cellist Adam Gonzalez and choreographer/dancer/actress Ara Fitzgerald. Mr Matthews will be performing a retrospective of his works, and will also be joined during the evening by Mr Gonzalez. Each guest artist will also offer their own performances.