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Jewelry Making Class I
Wednesdays, Aug. 15 – Sept. 5 ~ 1:15 pm  
Litchfield Community Center
Learn the basic skill to begin designing your own handmade jewelry. No previous experience necessary.  In each of the 3 classes, you will complete 1 piece per class. All tools and materials will be provided.  (NO class August 29).
Cost:  $15.00 material fee will cover all 3 classes.
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.  
Space is limited.
For more info call 860-567-8302
“A Hidden Wholeness:
The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton”
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Saturday, September 8 ~ 3:30 pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
This is the first time the collection of Merton’s
photographs will be shown in New England.

The exhibit, on loan from The Thomas Merton Center of Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky consists of 35 black and white photographs of landscapes, elements from the natural world, and domestic items from his daily monastic life.  It will run through November 10, 2018.

“Suzuki Scroll” ~ Reproduced with permission from
the Thomas Merton Center, Louisville, Kentucky

The opening will include a lecture by Paul M. Pearson, PhD, Director and Archivist of The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University. Dr. Pearson is  the Chief of Research for the Merton Legacy Trust and the Resident Secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society. He also has  served as President for the 10th Administration. He edited Seeking Paradise: Thomas Merton and the Shakers, Thomas Merton on Christian Contemplation, and the forthcoming book, Beholding Paradise:  The Photographs of Thomas Merton. Visit:

A reception will follow the presentation. The exhibit is opening in conjunction with a program at Wisdom House, “Thomas Merton and the Spiritual Imagination” presented by Michael W. Higgins, PhD on September 7-8.

For further information call (860) 567-3163

Jennifer Sabella “Order & Chaos” Mixed Media
 Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
On Exhibit: July 5 through August 27
Jennifer paints with vibrant hues in multiple layers, capturing her exuberance and fascination with color and texture. She has developed her own style through many years of experimentation, adventurously exploring a wide range of materials: wood, wire, canvas and aluminum, which lent to the influence of surface material in her Gravity Wave series of paintings. 
In this entirely new body of work, Jennifer tackles “Order & Chaos.” A dichotomy present throughout her work, she defines animated brush strokes into geometric hand-cut wooden pieces, and funnels free-flowing streams of paint into orderly lines atop canvases. This juxtaposition is not only highlighted in the varying techniques that she employs in an individual piece, but also comparatively from one work to another. Her work highlights both the organization and disorganization of the color palette, presenting a more literal interpretation of “Order” and “Chaos.”
Many of these works reside at the new home of BluePrint CT in Bantam. The artist’s work is also featured in private collections around the world, ncluding the boutique hotel Fort Point Marriott Residence Inn, Boston. 
In addition to producing work for her collection, Jennifer has also recently started HUE Studio: an open studio concept intended to allow for greater inclusivity and to promote experimentation in the world of abstract art. Lessons are given in her bright home studio, where she teaches the very palette knife and drip painting techniques she uses in her own work. The beauty of HUE Studio is that no two works are exactly the same. The end result is completely determined by the artist’s imagination and color choices. 

The Water Colors of Mary Nolan Fracchia
White Memorial Conservation Center
Mary Nolan Fracchia grew up in Connecticut and was drawn to art at an early age. She received her BA in Studio Art at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She has worked with oils, acrylics and recently branched out into watercolor. With a real love of nature, Mary enjoys painting landscapes and botanicals. She is currently a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Bantam Art Club. Mary has settled in Goshen, CT with her husband and two young sons, where there is no shortage of plantlife, lakes and mountains to paint. Botanicals and landscapes will grace the walls of the A. B. Ceder Room through September 30.

“Requiem for Being: An Installation”
by East Hartford artist Cate Bourke
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
The exhibit will run through August 18 
The gallery hours: Monday through Saturday ~ 10am-4pm
Taking bee colony collapse disorder as a point of departure, this ceramic art installation will be a meditation on otherness, ambivalence and disconnectedness.


The exhibit corresponds with the creation of a Pollinator Habitat Project at Wisdom House this spring. The goal of the project is to attract and support pollinators as well as benefit the larger ecosystem.
Ms. Bourke holds and MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been an Artist in Residence at East Hartford High School as well as a teacher of pottery.  She has had solo exhibits in Vermont, New Jersey and Connecticut. Visit Cate Bourke’s website at:

An artist’s lecture will take place on Saturday, June 23 at 3:30 pm and is open to the public. It will be followed by a reception. The exhibit will run through August 18.  The gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am-4pm.

For further information call (860) 567-3163