Litchfield News



Call the Box Office to purchase today,
Warner box office ~ 860-489-7180
Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education
Students ages 6-16 enrolled in the Winter Term are eligible to audition for the winter Young Actors Series production of James and the Giant Peach JR on the Main Stage!
-- Fun with Cartooning
- Stand-Up Comedy
- Calligraphy
- From Hitchcock to Spielberg:
Directing on Film with Les Ober
- Stop-Motion Animation
- Digital Art
Scholarships are available.
To register for courses or for more information, call the WTCAE at 860-489-7180 x 148 or visit

In the Gallery
Litchfield Montessori
~ Mixed Media
Reception: Thursday, January 4 ~ 5:00-7:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Exhibit: January 4 - 26, 2018
Established in 1972, Litchfield Montessori School is located on a four-acre campus in Northfield. The school’s curriculum and approach to learning reflects the commitment and vision of Dr. Maria Montessori who believed that the educational process should cultivate self-motivation, encourage a child’s natural desire to learn, and promote critical and creative thinking. To learn more, visit their website at

This year’s art show has a theme of “Around the World.” Students have explored different artistic techniques used in many cultures; through their worldly artistic explorations, they can better achieve tolerance, diversification, and understanding of the similarities between various cultures.

The art show will display creations inspired by the Indigenous Aboriginal Dot Art of Australia, which is a type of storytelling art inspired by dreams and nature. It will also feature mandalas, inspired by Eastern thought, and which are created all around the world. The process of making mandalas is just as important, if not more, than the final product. Also featured are paper-cut collages inspired by the French artist Henri Matisse and pieces using the technique of batik, which is a wax-resistant dyeing technique created in many places of the world but quite popular in Indonesia.

The Watercolor Experience
Friday, January 5 ~ 1:15 -3:15 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Classes run Fridays, Jan. 5 though Feb. 23 (8 weeks)
Watercolor is the perfect medium to lose oneself, explore color, serendipitous occurrences and share experiences. Instructor: Rose Petruzzi. Bring what materials you have to class. Email Rose at for a list of suggested materials.

* Pre-registration/pre-payment is required.
Cost: $140.00 pp  
Note: $3.00 pp credit card processing
fee will be added to your order
For more info call 860-567-8302

Art Opening and Reception:
Rex Brasher: Painter of Birds
Saturday, January 13 ~ 6:00-8:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
The Conservation Center is so honored and proud to be exhibiting these prints as a companion piece to the cover story penned about Brasher for our winter edition of Sanctuary.

Meet Janet Reagon, the President of The Rex Brasher Association, enjoy some nibbles, a glass of wine, and fourteen images from one of the greatest avian artists in the world.

6:00 - 8:00 pm, A. B. Ceder Room,
Admission is free (donations are always welcome!)
but you must pre-register by calling 860-567-0857
or register online:

Winter Water Color Workshop
with Betsy Rogers-Knox
Saturday, January 20 ~ 2:00-4:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Shake the winter blues and join us in a stress-free afternoon of creativity! Learn to paint a serene sunset silhouette using a variety of watercolor techniques. All levels welcome in this step-by-step workshop which includes all materials.

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., A. B. Ceder Room,
Members: $35.00  Non-members: $60.00,
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online:

In the Gallery
Jason Griska ~ Photographs
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Exhibit: November 2 - December 29, 2017
In the summer of 1972 Jason rode a motorcycle from Connecticut to California, with stops in most of the Western States. The beauty he experienced on this trip ignited a lifelong passion for landscape photography, mountain climbing, and exploring wild and remote places.
Jason has visited the American West countless times since that first trip. He loves hiking the mountains, canyons and coastline searching for the perfect ephemeral moment to take a photograph of the pristine landscape. He is also fascinated by abandoned structures and other artifacts which create a feeling of nostalgia and curiosity.
Jason’s photography skills are self-taught, starting with wet darkroom techniques forty years ago and continuing on with digital photography since 2002. Now retired from a career as Chief Financial Officer for companies in New York, Philadelphia, and Nashville, Jason resides in Litchfield, Connecticut.