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Goshen Players Present
“Almost Maine”
October 26 – November 11, 2018
Old Goshen Town Hall
Goshen Players will present a fall production of “Almost, Maine” by John Carian. They will bring this amazing ensemble to the stage for eight performances starting October 26, 2018.
Photo Credit: Colleen Renzullo
L-R: Devon Richtmeyer, Rhiannon Carta, Samuel Man, Stephanie Renzullo, Ethan Parsons, Daniel Dressel, David Macharelli, Kristen Moresi
On a cold, clear night in the far north woods of Maine, the residents of an unincorporated town commonly known as Almost, experience life and love in ways they have never expected.
Presented in nine related but independent scenes, “Almost, Maine” explores the magical effect which love has in every life. New love in a most unexpected place, old love showing its worn patches, real love fixed like new, broken love repaired, forbidden love given its name, true love shown the light.
“Almost, Maine” will be presented on October 26, 27, November 2, 3, 10 and 11 at 8:00 pm and October 28 and November 4 at 3:00 pm. All tickets for the cabaret seating are reserved and cost $22. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 860.491.9988 and leaving a message for call back. Early reservations are recommended as Cabaret Seating is limited. The production is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.
Art Opening & Reception
Jo-Ann Miller “Perspectives” - Paintings
Reception: Thursday, November 1 ~ 5:00-7:00 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library Gallery 
On Exhibit: November 1 through December 28
While Jo-Ann’s interest in art came more recently, throughout her life she has pursued artistic expression. A Torrington native, she moved to San Francisco to attend La Cordon Rouge School for Professional Chefs. Upon completion, and moving back to the area, she was the pastry chef andgeneral manager for the Egremont Inn; eventually acquiring the Inn with her husband whom she met there. Upon selling the Inn three years later and moving to Washington, DC, she started taking art classes at the Alexandria (VA) Art League.
Four years later they moved to Essex on the Connecticut shoreline and attended the Lyme Academy. Her works were shown at the Essex Art Association. Five years ago they moved to Bantam and Jo-Ann joined the Washington Art League, participating in the exhibitions and studying with Ira Barkoff and Souby Boski.
Painting exclusively in oil, Jo-Ann initially did still lifes and representational works, but her true passion and current interest is in the Abstract. Not only can she put her emotional thoughts on canvas, but Abstraction allows her to paint the way she feels rather than describing the way things look in a literal sense. In this manner, the viewer can evoke a personal interpretation that is heightened by her mix of multiple palates and layered textures.
Art Show ~ Marlow Shami
White Memorial Conservation Center
Marlow Shami's vibrant, mandala-like abstracts investigate nature's imprint within her daily life. She describes her upcoming show "Restoration" below: "Restoration is a growing body of work launched in 2010. Like words used to build a story, sensory attractions build my experience. I wait, listen, leap, stop, and begin again to collect, compose, wonder, experience. Each mosaic-like piece within the Restoration series, captured during one of New England's seasons, is a segment of one of hundreds of digital photographs taken for each piece.

The many hours spent outside in nature form the matrix upon which I build. The nature of this experiential process elicits a restorative response within me as the colors, character, smells, sounds, textures, and season direct my attention. Tuning into the sensory language of nature bestows both direction and joy in my process. Most of the finished work within this series may appear to be  symmetrical, but it is not. The composition is a reflection of the internal urgings to create balance; perfect imperfection.

I work with a Canon D7 Mark 11. My canvas is digital. I utilize Photoshop to piece together the final work." Shami's work is commissioned by private collectors and shown in regional and national juried shows. Visit Marlow's website

Joan Morosani & Susan Spencer   
"Two Points of View" ~ Paintings 
Oliver Wolcott Library
On Exhibit: September 1 through October 26
Joan Morosani and Susan Spencer are excited and honored to be showing together for the third time at OWL. They draw from different approaches and traditions, but feel that their paintings perfectly complement each other. Both painters attempt to express the immediacy of experience as seen through color, texture, line and surface tension.
Joan’s background is as a wallpaper and textile designer and as a decorative painter. Although one can still see the influences of pattern in her work, she seeks to use familiar objects and produce found locally in the subject matter of her still life. Some of her own textile designs are also used as a backdrop. She is interested in the interaction and tension between the manmade and the natural. Vibrant color and the immediacy of the visual experience are also parts of what she is expressing in this body of work.
“A Hidden Wholeness:
The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton”
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
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

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