The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have James Grabowski painting an abstract in acrylic at its next meeting, on Wednesday, August 28, at 1:30 pm. The program will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. The public The public is invited to attend, free of charge. James Grabowski speaks of his work as “optimistic celebrations of color.” He loves to paint utilizing color, understanding that each color carries its own weight.
Figurative artist Daryl Zang will celebrate the opening of “Becoming” in New York City on Tuesday, August 27, at Saint Peters Church, Lexington Avenue. The exhibition, represented by Elisa Contemporary Art, will hang 16 large scale oil on canvas paintings, representing the last ten years of the work and life of the Newtown resident. The collection reveals Ms Zang’s personal journey through the challenges and joys of pregnancy, motherhood, wife and being a woman. Tenderness, play, relaxation, exhaustion and despair are rendered as seen through the touch of a mother’s hand, the frustration of caring for a toddler, and cherished private moments spent alone. A special artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, September 12. A portion of all sales from this exhibit will be donated to The EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown.
Christ The King Lutheran Church, at 85 Mount Pleasant Road in Newtown, will be hosting a retriever reunion of sorts on Saturday, August 31. From 10 am until 1 pm, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs will be returning, just in time for the Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade. Everyone is invited to this family friendly, furry, and free event being hosted by the church. The event will serve as a kickoff to Newtown Comfort, Christ the King’s new K-9 Ministry. The public is invited to join church members in welcoming back the teams and highly trained service dogs that have served our community since their arrival on December 15, including comforting the students and staff at Sandy Hook School each day since Chalk Hill opened its doors. One of the service dogs, Maggie, will be formally adopted by the church with a Passing of the Leash Ceremony on Sunday morning.
The Sandy Hook Sole Sisters are sponsoring a fundraising tag sale at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, August 24, from 9 am to 3 pm. The event will support their participation in the 40-mile Avon Breast Cancer walk October 19-20 in New York City. All money raised going to breast cancer research, testing and support.
Continuing a longstanding tradition, Town Players of Newtown is pleased to announce the opening of another fast-paced British farce, Tom, Dick And Harry on Saturday, September 14, at The Little Theatre. (The show is opening on a Saturday due to the observance of Yom Kippur on Friday, September 13.) Performances will run September 14 to October 5. Curtain times are 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 pm matinees on Sundays, September 15, 22 and 29. Tickets are $20 for evening shows, $15 for matinee performances. Friday, September 20 is a benefit performance; call the theater for details about those tickets.
Town Players of Newtown will host auditions for "Veronica’s Room" by Ira Levin, to take place on Monday and Tuesday, September 16-17. Auditions will run from 7:30 to 9 each night at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road. This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Deathtrap and Rosemary’s Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Pam Meister Jones of Newtown will direct the production, which will be staged over ten performances November 8-30 including Thanksgiving weekend.
Ben’s Lighthouse, an organization dedicated to supporting and uplifting the children of Newtown in the wake of 12/14, will host an ice cream social on Saturday, August 31, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. The event will be at Trinity Episcopal Church. It will feature local dignitaries and celebrities scooping ice cream from Ferris Acres Creamery. In addition, Newtown Acts of Kindness will be providing free lemonade and lemonade stand kits, there will be activities and information booths sponsored by A Bead of Roses, Connecticut Music Therapy, Emerald Sketch Art Therapists, Ben’s Bells and the REACH program. Comfort pets and members of Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club are also expected to be on hand.
The Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers will host an open house in honor of the 156th anniversary of Mary Elizabeth Hawley’s birth on Wednesday, August 22, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. “We invite residents and others to stop by the Mary Hawley Memorial “We invite residents and others to stop by the Mary Hawley Memorial Room to sign the guest book and share in some refreshments,” said James Juliano, chairman of the board. The memorial room is on the main floor of the former town hall, at 45 Main Street. Newtown’s beloved benefactress is best known for her generosity to the community. Miss Hawley donated the fund to build Edmond Town Hall, a high school (now Hawley School) and Cyrenius H. Booth Library, as well as the Soldiers and Sailors monument located at the head of Main Street.
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, in partnership with the Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative (DFMCC), presents the third annual DisH Photography Exhibition, an outdoor, year-round installation on Kennedy Avenue. The theme is “The DisH — Downtown IS Happening.” Twelve photographs by seven photographers were selected to enhance Kennedy Park and Friday’s Danbury Farmers’ Market. Juror Cathy Vanaria named “Earth’s Bounty Eggplant” by Karla Bernstein of Newtown as 2013’s Best in Show.
A show of cartoons, watercolors, and acrylics by noted area cartoonists and artists is currently on display at Plain Jane’s Restaurant in Bethel. Original works by Orlando Busino, John Smallwood-Garcia, Frederick Carpenter, Jack Medoff, Joseph Farris, and Newtown cartoonist Dana Fradon decorate both dining rooms at Plain Jane’s. The public is invited to the opening reception for “The Artists of Plain Jane’s” on Sunday, August 18.