A poet, a raconteur and a performances artist walk into the library… while it sounds like the opening line for a joke, this will actually happen Monday, September 8, at 7 pm. Part of the 2014 Newtown Arts Festival, the event is “The 3 Wordsmiths,” and it will take place at C.H. Booth Library. The program is a 2014 Newtown Arts Festival event.
Those planning to attend Monday’s Labor Day Parade are invited to start their day at 14 West Street, where for convenient and ample parking will be available along with a pancake breakfast before the big event. Parking will be available in Newtown Congregational Church’s lot between 8 and 9:30 am on Monday, September 1. Indoors, a delicious pancake breakfast including sides to satisfy all parade marchers and onlookers will be served.
Effective August 26, EverWonder Experience has closed for the fall season as it prepares its new space for an opening later in the winter. In the interim, the museum is planning a fall series of interactive learning programs for children ages 2-12, which it will take on the road.
On Saturday, September 20, at 7:30 pm, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters will headline the eighth show in the Live at the Edmond Town Hall series. Kozelek has been called one of the greatest songwriters to emerge from an exceptionally strong period for alternative music: the early 90s. The Live at Edmond Town Hall series was launched and continues to be organized by Newtown resident Hayden Bates. All profits from this show will go toward ongoing the renovation of the Edmond Town Hall Theater.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) announces Artwalk, the first village-wide event of its kind in Sandy Hook Village, where talented and inspirational artists from around the state will share their visual works with community attendees. The self-guided event will launch on September 6, and will continue for four weeks. Participants will be able to pick up a free Artwalk map and information sheet at most of the Sandy Hook Village shops and restaurants. The hope, say organizers, is that Artwalk will be an ongoing and ever-changing event throughout the year.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Alain Picard, an acclaimed portrait artist, demonstrating painting a portrait of a model at its meeting-program on Wednesday, August 27. Alain Picard, highlighted as one of the “20 contemporary artists on the rise” by The Artist’s Magazine in 2004, cites Sargent, Degas and Sorolla among his artistic influences. He earned a BA in illustration from Western CT State University and went on to study at the Art Students League in New York City. He has won numerous awards, published a book and DVD series, and currently serves as president of the Connecticut Pastel Society.
The third annual Newtown Arts Festival will feature over two weeks of outstanding cultural programming involving a number of local organizations that have partnered with the commission to create a townwide celebration of the arts.
“The Commission’s purpose is to foster the arts in Newtown,” said Laura Lerman, chairperson of NCAC. “This year, we reached out to a number of organizations around town to help us punctuate the breadth of and depth of cultural offerings which Newtown is fortunate to have.” Terry Sagedy, chairman of Newtown Arts Festival, said the goal this year was “to involve as many groups as we could. “After successfully expanding the event to eight days in 2013, the further expansion just seemed to take its natural course,” Mr Sagedy continued. Newtown Arts Festival events will begin September 5, with the two-day signature Arts Festival returning to Fairfield Hills September 13-14. Events will then continue until September 21.
Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu will open the 37th annual Newtown Friends of Music season with a recital at Edmond Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, September 28. The 2014-15 season will continue with performances by Johannes String Quartet, Violinist Alexi Kenney and Pianist Yannick Rafalimanana, The Faure Piano Quartett, The Henschel Quartet, and The Dorian Wind Quartet with guest Pianist Spencer Myer. Recitals will take place on Sunday afternoons in the theater of Edmond Town Hall.
Silvermine Arts Center will present a special faculty exhibition, Thursday, August 21, through Thursday, September 11, in Silvermine’s Sara Victoria Hall, with an opening reception scheduled for Thursday, August 21, at 6:30 pm. Among the teaching staff showing at the exhibit are two artists from Newtown, Rachel Morris and Joanne Conant. To coincide with the faculty exhibition, the arts center will also host an open house Sunday, September 7.