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Art Show Opening and Reception
The Landscapes of Ella Crampton Knox
Saturday, July 1 ~ 4:00-6:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Ella has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Conservation Center for decades. We are so honored to have this great artist hang a show of her ethereal landscapes in the Ceder Room!

Ella Crampton Knox is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY, class of 1980. There she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Since graduating she has owned and operated an art gallery and framing shop, Ella's Limited and the Ella Knox Gallery, located in Bantam, Connecticut for over thirty years. Ella is happy to have grown up in this beautiful area of New England, which provides her with endless subjects for her work.

4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M., A. B. Ceder Room, The reception is free but you must pre-register by calling 860-567 - 0857 or register online: ~ White Memorial - BZ Page

In the Gallery
Liliana Kleid: “Azul” ~ Mixed Media
Reception: Thursday, July 6 ~ 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
Exhibit: July 6 - August 31, 2017
Liliana Kleid considers her work a celebration of life and nature, often changing courses along the way. It is her goal to honor the magical moments nature offers by using color, composition, and lighting, and to show the viewer something lively they wouldn’t normally get to see. 
She is always experimenting with different media and lately has been working with oils, acrylics and inks. Reflected in her work are the bold colors of indigenous crafts, clothing, and textiles that she was surrounded by growing up in Peru. After years of traveling and experiencing new creative forms, the influence of Peruvian artwork’s vibrancy has informed her passion for abstract depictions of nature. This series of paintings is inspired by her latest trip to the coasts of both Italy and Spain, where the deep blue colors of the Mediterranean waters were always in her view.
Liliana was born in Lima, Peru. She came to the United States with her American husband, Peter, in the early 1990s. They have been living in Litchfield for the past 15 years, with their two daughters and two poodles.

In between the development of each of her personal works, Liliana spends her time teaching art classes at the Litchfield Montessori School, and managing her boutique and gallery, Serendipity, in the center of Litchfield. In each of her projects, she promotes the integration of sustainability and creativity through the use of recycled and handmade materials.

Arts Retreat: Intensive Icon Painting
Sunday, July 16 - 5pm through Friday, July 21 - 10am
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Learn the meditative process of creating an icon.
Michael Moran, CP
For many years now people from a variety of spiritual traditions have found themselves drawn to the mysterious and prayerful images found in the icons of Easter Christianity.

In this retreat participants will follow step-by-step insturctions and complete an icon of St. John the Baptist. The icon we will paint will be done in a variation of the Russian traditions. Eash session will be conducted in a manner that is both mindful and meditative. The six day retreat will be conducted in an environment of quiet so that maximum mindfulness will support the retreatants creating. There will be daily studio time, morning and evening prayer, communal sharing and guidance by the iconographer, Michael Moran. No prior painting experience is required. All levels of skill are welcome.
Registration is limited to 12 participants.
All materials are provided.  
Mass will not be available on site.
Registration closes Saturday, July 15, at Noon
Non-Refundable deposit: $100
For further information call (860) 567-3163

The Contemplative Art of Ikebana
Living Flowers
Saturday, July 22 ~ 10am-1pm
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
The Japanese art form of Ikebana (living flowers) is an artistic endeavor that can also lead one into a spititual journey. It takes from nature - its season, natural beauty and design.
Shoko Iwata
The leader of this program is trained in the Sogestu School of Ikebana. Their motto is 'Arrange, Anytime, and Anywhere and with Any Material." Participants will observe the creation of an arrangement as well as make one of their own. We will use seasonally available branches and flowers. Color also will impact the design.
Program fee includes all materials and lunch.
Non-refundable deposit: $30
For further information call (860) 567-3163

Transfourming Sorrow
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
A Multi-Sensory Installation in Wisdom House Chapel....
Organizing Curator: Tony Carretta
Wisdom House, an interfaith center, which has a longstanding commitment to the arts and creativity as a pathway to spiritual awareness, has provided their multi-level Chapel for this compelling event.
Kardash Onnig, a Lebanese born artist of Armenian descent, has been in the forefront of utilizing his art as a means of highlighting the futility of human conflict while presenting the possibility of resolving differences through mutual responsibility and common self- interests.
He is a sculptor, inventor, toymaker, and activist who has worked in the Hudson Valley community and exhibited worldwide for over 45 years. When describing the project and installation at Wisdom House, Onnig notes:
"The notion of transforming sorrow was kindled in my consciousness when I read a book of poetry by Vahe Vahian, a childhood teacher of mine from Beirut. He was a survivor of the Armenian genocide. Vahe transcended his grief over the death of his son and experienced a rebirth through writing poetry. This transformation occurred when he opened his heart and mind  to embrace the "mountainous grief of humankind" and "adopted" all suffering humans as his children."
Throughout the decades, Onnig has striven in his work with people from diverse backgrounds, to embrace all victims of bigotry and hatred regardless of cultural and national difference. Kardash Onnig's installation is an invitation not only to mourn but also to transform our individual and collective sorrow.
Transfourming Sorrow will be in Wisdom House Chapel until July 29.
Guests are welcome Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm.
The exhibition has been organized and curated by artist and author,
 Tony Carretta, of Northfield, CT in cooperation with Wisdom House.
Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat and conference center which welcomes women and men who value seeking and learning in a contemplative environment. Its mission continues a commitment to
sustainability and concern for contemporary issues. The center is a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom.
Exhibition Hours:
Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Exhibit runs until July 29, 2017.
Please call in advance
For further information call (860) 567-3163
Carol T. Moore ~ Mixed Media
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Exhibit: May 4 - June 29, 2017
Carol Moore is a lifelong resident of Litchfield, currently residing in Bantam. She is well-know in the area for her colorful, energy-charged paintings and pottery. Carol has always been drawn to the negative spaces apparent in industrial sites and street scenes and her paintings reflect this keen interest.
Plein air (painting on location) landscapes and florals are also a favorite in pastel, oil, acrylic, and watercolor mixed media. Her membership to the Renaissance Artists has lead to a series of figure drawings in ink with intriguing backgrounds that can be seen at her studio in Bantam.
Travel is a way of painting new, exciting places which adds to her many collections. Carol paints her way through life creating memories of her many trips. She also creates one-of-a-kind pottery planters, wall decorations, wall sconces, and functional pieces at her home studio and teaches weekly classes in pottery and painting there.
Carol has received numerous awards and prizes and her works are displayed in collections throughout the United States. She has a MA from Wesleyan University and attended the University of Hartford Graduate Studies Art Program, as well as the University of Connecticut and Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She is a member of many art societies, including Artwell, Inc., Washington Art Association, Kent Art Association, The Rogues, and the Connecticut Pastel Society. You can visit her website at: