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.
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.
This year’s Shakesperience production will be Much Ado About Nothing, to be performed in the green at McLaughlin Vineyards on Saturday, August 24, at 4 pm (rain date August 25). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 children and senior citizens. In addition, two different flavors of mead and food created by When Taste Matters will be available for purchase. Picnics are welcome.
Botsford Fire & Rescue will present its Summer Bash Fundraiser on Saturday, August 24, at its firehouse, 315 South Main Street, from 4 to 10 pm. The fundraiser will include plenty of food by The Pig Man Barbeque. Drinks will also be available for purchase, and Fast Ricky will return as the musical guest. Admission is a requested $10 donation, payable at the gate. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire company.
Workshops continue to be scheduled by HealingNewtown through the Arts. All workshops are free and are at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Weaving Workshop with Hanna Roehrs adults will continue on Mondays, August 19 and 26, from noon to 3 pm. Beginners are welcome. The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman will continue on Wednesdays, August 21 and 28. Sessions run from 11 am to noon and 1 to 2 pm for kindergarteners.