Exhibits & Events
Lecture and Book Signing by Dale and Darcy Cahill
Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 6-8pm
Over one thousand tobacco sheds have disappeared from Connecticut’s Tobacco Valley. This book captures in photographs, the beauty of these unique farm buildings and serve as a valuable record for these endangered barns. The text offers the agricultural history of each town, helping to connect sheds to their own unique region of New England. In addition, the book reinforces the need for preserving one of New England’s most unusual farm structures. Many sheds in the Connecticut River Valley are still used to dry tobacco leaves that will wrap some of the world’s most expensive cigars, but, sadly, some are being left to slowly deteriorate over time or are being torn down to make way for development. This book will be treasured by cigar smokers and architectural historians and preservationists alike. (www.schifferbooks.com)
Saturday, August 6 at 6pm
Join us for a viewing of the classic film, Parrish, a 1961 American drama film made by Warner Bros., and filmed in Connecticut featuring Troy Donahue and Claudette Colbert. The movie shows the story of conflict between a young independently minded man and his stepfather, a ruthless tobacco tycoon. Young Parrish McLean and his mother live on Sala Post’s tobacco plantation in the state of Connecticut. His mother marries Post’s ambitious rival, Judd Raike, who then sets about ruining Post. They were growing Connecticut Shade Tobacco, extensively visible in some scenes. An old-fashioned movie night with Popcorn and Pizza!
EXHIBITION DATES: July 16-August 27, 2016
This two-person exhibition features the works of photographer Andrew Buck and multi-media artist Lucy Sander Sceery from July 16 through August 27, 2016. Both artists’ works are absent of color and depict tobacco fields through a slightly abstracted view. Buck’s panoramas combined with Sceery’s photo transfers on chiffon create an ominous yet tranquil feeling for the viewer. The exhibition will include historical components and artifacts throughout the gallery telling the story of the industry’s past and indicating its future. An opening reception for the public was held on July 16 from 5-7pm.
Saturday, August 14 from 1–2:30pm
Learn from artist, Lucy Sander Sceery how she transforms the landscape of the sheds and cloth into images of
secrets and tales from the past.
EVENT DAY/TIME: Saturday, August 20 • 1–2:30PM
Held at Windsor Art Center Studios, Center Street
Windsor resident and Photographer Leonard Hellerman will give a PowerPoint presentation on his esthetic tobacco imagery which includes the sheds, cloth-covered fields and people who worked them, along with a discussion about composition and techniques. (Takes place at the train station classroom.)
PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday, August 25, 8-9:30PM; Friday, August 26, 8-9:30PM and Saturday, August 27, 8-9:30PM
Join the Windsor Art Center for the World Premiere of The Mythology Project II – a short, original play inspired by Norse Mythology, created and performed by local actors and writers.
Following in the footsteps of the inaugural Mythology Project, which premiered at the Windsor Art Center last summer and featured two original plays inspired by the Greek myths Persephone and the Underworld and Eros and Psyche. The Mythology Project II will continue to create fun, innovative theatre, that engages the audience and expands the possibilities of theatre in non-traditional performance spaces like the Windsor Art Center’s gallery!
Suggested Donation: $15.00
The Windsor Art Center is pleased to announce a lineup of creative classes and workshops for this coming fall. From Haiku poetry to sculpture to watercolor painting to felting, there’s opportunity to learn from our award-winning instructors. Haven’t you always wanted to try oil painting or printing or even hone your figure drawing skills? Here’s your chance.
For a complete description of each workshop and registration information, click on this link. Registration is easy – simply click on the Paypal link or mail in a check to: Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor, CT 06095. This fall’s lineup, with classes starting in October, currently includes:
- Clay Sculpture : The Figure in Terracotta
- Life Size Portrait Bust in Terracotta
- Portraits in Pastel
- Introduction to Watercolor
- Oil Painting
- Figure Drawing
- The Haiku Path: An Introduction
- Felting: Ba, Ba, Black Sheep