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Kyle Andrew Szpyrka
ENVISION
Exhibiting at Raw

It's hosted by RAW...
The show is ENVISION
A night with musicians fine art dancing and a fashion show
7pm January 31 at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford CT

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Make Your Own Piggy Bank!
(or elephant bank, or unicorn bank, or.....)
Sawmill Pottery

Saturday, November 18, 10am-1pm...
& Sunday, November 19, Noon-4pm
Take both days for $125 or just Sunday for $75

On Saturday, Kellie will teach how to throw a closed form that will become the body of your bank. This is appropriate only for participants with strong wheel throwing skills.

On Sunday, the forms will be given life! Come with an idea of what animal you’d like to create, and Kellie will teach you all the skills you’ll need to transform your lifeless oval form into a bank with personality! No experience needed for Sunday’s workshop.

Don't want a piggy? No problem! Let your imagination be your guide!

To Register: Call 860-963-7807
or
Stop by the studio!
112 Main St. #14
Putnam, CT 06260

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News from Eastern Connecticut State Universit
FROM 'UNBOUND PRESENCE' TO 'ENCASED MEMORIES'
Public Art and the Aftermath of Natural Disasters

NEW LONDON, CT (10/13/2017) Timeless and timely works of art that dwell at the intersection of nature and the human experience: the newest work of artist Gail Gelburd is influenced by the aftermath of natural calamities and the lives of those that live on in their wake. The public reception of Gelburd's "Unbound Presence," a public art ...

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Eastern to Hold 3 Concerts in October

WILLIMANTIC, CT (09/25/2017) Written by Jolene Potter

The Music Program at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold a number of musical performances in October. All concerts are open to the public and free of charge, and will be held in the Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Instructional Center - donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

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On Oct. 13, the Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring classics of the wind band repertoire. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Eastern Wind Ensemble is the newest instrumental ensemble at Eastern and is designed to provide students with a unique, student-centric instrumental playing experience.

On Oct. 18, the Providence-based Ensemble/Parallax will perform selections of the ensemble's extensive repertoire. The ensemble will also discuss performance techniques and the historical significance of the music presented with Eastern students, faculty, staff and local community members. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

On Oct. 25, the Concert Band will present a diverse selection of classics and lighter fare from the wind band repository. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Concert Band is a unique blend of more than eighty musicians comprised of Eastern students, faculty, alumni, local music educators and community members. Performance repertoire includes classic band literature as well as challenging works from contemporary composers.

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Written by Jolene Potter The Music Program at Eastern Connecticut State University will hold a number of musical performances in October. All concerts are open to the public and free of charge, and will be held in the Concert Hall of the Fine Arts I...
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'Thread City' Showing at Eastern Oct. 11-15

WILLIMANTIC, CT (10/02/2017) Written by Michael Rouleau
For more information contact: Edward Osborn; (860) 465-5043, osborne@easternct.edu

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"Thread City," the first Main Stage theatre production of the fall semester at Eastern Connecticut State University, will show from Oct. 11-15. The dialogue-free performance will convey - through actors' movements - the stories of immigrants who came to Willimantic to work in its historic thread mills. All showings will occur in the Proscenium Theatre of the Fine Arts Instructional Center.

In their heyday, Willimantic's thread mills were among the largest producers of textiles in the world. They were major employers in northeastern Connecticut, drawing workers from New England and beyond. Because of their economic dominance, Willimantic was an outlying hotbed of immigration in comparison to the surrounding area. More than a dozen languages were reportedly spoken in the mills in 19th and 20th centuries.

Due to the multicultural theme of "Thread City," it was important to the creators to devise a play that would transcend language. Using "moment work" - a theatrical technique in which individual moments are dissected and explored - actors convey the stories of immigrants without the use of words. But the play is not silent, as soundscapes, music and multimedia projections accompany the actors.

Nearly three years of preparation went into "Thread City," which involved visiting historical sites, researching testimonies of past residents and interviewing current Willimantic residents. The production was co-created by Theatre Professors Kristen Morgan and Alycia Bright Holland in collaboration with many members of the Eastern and Windham communities.

"We hope that the community will feel empowered by seeing their personal narrative celebrated," said Morgan and Bright-Holland. "The message at the heart of the play is that immigrants are part of the bedrock of our community.

"This is different from other productions in that it is a devised work, which means that is not scripted, but conceived by an ensemble of collaborators," they continued. "It's also a community-based production, in that it was not just created for, but with the community."

"Thread City" will be shown in the Proscenium Theatre of the Fine Arts Instructional Center at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 11), Friday (Oct. 13) and Saturday (Oct. 14); at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 12); at 11 a.m. Friday (Oct.13) and 4 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 15). For reservations, email theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu or call (860) 465-5123. To purchase tickets online, visit http://easternct.showare.com/threadcity/.

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LAGI Willimantic Competition - Public Art

Dear Friends of Sustainable CT,

We wanted to share with you an exciting opportunity that embodies many of Sustainable CT's objectives, from community building, to supporting arts and culture, to generating renewable energy.

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This fall, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is coming to Connecticut in partnership with the State of CT DECD Office of the Arts, Willimantic Whitewater Parternship, and the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University.

LAGI Willimantic is an invited competition that will provide stipends to three teams to produce concept designs for a new work of public art that generates renewable energy at a prominent site along the Willimantic River.

Each team must have at least one Connecticut-based member and can include any make up of interdisciplinary practices that reach beyond the State-including artists, architects, landscapes architects, engineers, and others.

Since 2009, LAGI has been providing the platform and tools for artists and designers to contribute kilowatt-hours to our clean energy landscape. By using renewable energy technology as the primary media, public art can become a part of the solution to climate change.

For more information, go to landartgenerator.org/lagi-willimantic.html, where the Request for Qualifications document is available for download.

Those interested in RFQ are invited to join us on October 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Eastern Connecticut State University J. Eugene Smith Library for an information session and Q+A. Session attendance is optional and it will be recorded for those unable to attend. RSVP to stygarz@easternct.edu if you can join us.

We're looking forward to seeing your ideas for this exciting site in Willimantic!

Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested!

Thanks for your continued interest and support,
The Sustainable CT Team
at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

Read More: www.sustainablect.org
Follow us on Twitter: @SustainableCT

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WHEEL 101 - Sawmill Pottery
Saturday, October 7, 10-Noon
Friday, November 24, Noon-2pm

Wheel 101 is a two hour introduction to creating bowls on the pottery wheel. You'll learn to "throw" the clay and have the opportunity to make 2 bowls. One is yours to keep, free with he workshop. If you'd like to keep both bowls, there is a small firing fee. You'll pick glaze colors at the end of the session, and the bowls will be fired and glazed for you! ...
$55 includes firing of one pot.

Upcoming Dates:

Pre-registration with payment is required.

To Register:
Call 860-963-7807,
Respond to this email, then mail in your payment to:
112 Main St. #14, Putnam, CT 06260,
or just stop by and visit us in the studio!

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We hope you can come out this Saturday, Sept. 30, to the Vanilla Bean Café in Pomfret (http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/calendar/) for a concert with Claudia Schmidt and me. We have some new songs to share as well as old favorites. Please share this with your friends and let's fill the house!

- Sally Rogers

SONG SWAP this Friday at The Vanilla Bean. 7-9 pm

This is a reminder that the Song Swap is THIS Friday, 9/22 7-9PM at the Vanilla Bean. Sorry for the confusion this month and apologies to those who showed up last Friday. Mea Culpa.

Best,...
Sally Rogers

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Sawmill Pottery
TWO DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER!
Make Your Own Piggy Bank!
(or elephant bank, or unicorn bank, or.....)
September 23, 10am-1pm...
& September 24, Noon-4pm
Take both days for $125 or just Sunday for $75
Register by Thursday, September 21!

To Register: Call 860-963-7807
or
Stop by the studio!
112 Main St. #14
Putnam, CT 06260

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Before they begin the mural, Karen Osbrey, president of the Putnam Arts Council is pressure washing. What a trooper!!

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THANKS, KAREN O The Putnam Arts Council Stair Mural Project is underway after President Karen Osbrey spent a big part of Labor Day power-washing the 56 stairs ...which lead from Canal Street to the rear of Putnam Bank. The goal of the project is to attract visitors in the municipal lot to use the stairs to access downtown restaurants and shops. The idea has been in play for over 3 years and finally everything aligned with funding from Putnam Bank and the Putnam Arts Council and a beautiful, original design concept from local artist Aaron Stark in collaboration with Lisa Raposa Andrews from Artique A Family Arts Studio in #Putnam. The prep work is complete and the next step is priming the surface. The work should be complete sometime in October. with Town of Putnam, Thomas Borner, Jennifer Beckett, Laura Moorehead, Kathy Moore Guertin, Anthony Foronda, Marie Mongeau, Bill Pearsall.

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Lisa Andrews of Artique is helping out to make the staircase beautiful. Thanks Lisa.

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ALL IN A DAY'S WORK Friday was a very busy day for Lisa Raposa Andrews from Artique A Family Arts Studio and local artist Aaron Stark who spent the day priming... in preparation of the Putnam Arts Council STAIR MURAL project. The project is officially underway thanks to funding from Putnam Bank and the Putnam Arts Council. with Town of Putnam

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So the Mural has just started. What do you think it will be of?

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WE HAVE COLOR! The work continues on the Stair Mural. We are just in the early stages of the stair mural, but it was very exciting to see color today. Lead A...rtist Aaron Stark and fellow artist Julie Correira starting the "blocking" process today. The Stair Mural is a community collaboration of Putnam Arts Council, Town of Putnam, Putnam Bank, and Artique A Family Arts Studio. Stay tuned for updates.

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The Stairway Mural is in Progress!

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STEP BY STEP! (pun intended!)

Lead Artist Aaron Stark and fellow Artist Julie Correira began sketching the stair mural today. The Stair Mural is a community... project funded by the Putnam Arts Council and community partner Putnam Bank in collaboration with Artique A Family Arts Studio and the Town of Putnam. The stairs are located behind Putnam Bank and connect "uptown" with the Kennedy Drive Municipal Parking Lot. Stop by any time to see the progress.
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#Putnam
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Sawmill Pottery and Worcester Center for Crafts
are teaming up again this fall for a
WOOD FIRE WORKSHOP
November 4, 5, and 8
$265 plus clay fees...
Join us the first weekend in November
and experience the marvels of atmospheric firing!

To register:
call: 860-963-7807
email: dot@sawmillpottery.com
112 Main St. #14
Putnam, CT 06260

Saturday, November 4, 10am-4pm
Glaze and prep pots for the firing. We will learn about "wadding" and the strategies we will use as we load the kiln to make the most of the flame and the soda.
Sunday, November 5, 7am until the kiln reaches temperature
We will take 4 hour shifts throughout the day, stoking the kiln and chilling around the fire.
Wednesday, November 8, 5-8pm
Kiln unloading, shelf cleaning, pot critique, and potluck dinner!

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Putnam Arts Council co-sponsored with Putnam Bank to create "Stair Mural" that will reveal itself as the mural artist paints it.

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ANOTHER GREAT PROJECT IN PUTNAM Members of the Putnam Art Council accepted a check today from Thomas Borner, President and CEO of Putnam Bank which will cover ...half of the cost to complete a staircase mural on the 56 stairs that lead from Canal Street to Putnam Bank and act as a connector to the municipal parking lot on Kennedy Drive. Artist Aaron Stark from Artique A Family Arts Studio will begin painting next week and hopes to unveil the art installation in mid-October. with Putnam Arts Council, Town of Putnam, Karen Osbrey, Laura Moorehead, Kathy Moore Guertin, Lisa Raposa Andrews, Jennifer Beckett.

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