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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
Impressionist Summer Garden in Watercolor
with Betsy Rogers-Knox
Saturday, July 22 ~ 1:30-4:00 p.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
Enjoy a fun afternoon creating a loose, colorful garden impression in watercolor. This workshop is designed for all levels and offers step-by-step instruction and plenty of demos. All materials are included. For ages 15 and up.
Members: $35, Non-members: $45
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Call 860-567-0857 or register online

The Warner Stage Company will hold Open Auditions
for a Nancy Marine Studio Theatre Production of
Monday, July 31 & Tuesday, August 1 ~ 7:00 p.m.
The Warner Stage Company will hold auditions for a Nancy Marine Studio Theatre Production of Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE on Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. by appointment. The production is directed by Lynn Paulella Beard with John Ozerhoski as assistant director and will be presented at the Warner's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre in September, 2017.  Click here for more details.
Litchfield Jazz Fest
Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6
Goshen Fairgrounds
Litchfield Jazz Festival is making its 22nd appearance August 5 & 6 at Goshen Fairgrounds.  The theme this year is Discovering Genius, and the program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The concept is to add to the familiar stars on the roster extraordinarily talented young musicians you are far less known and give audiences the chance to discover something new and wonderful.  Click here for details.
The Landscapes of Ella Crampton Knox
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.

In the Gallery
Liliana Kleid: “Azul” ~ Mixed Media
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.

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