Cultural Events

New Municipal Center Display Case Showcasing Weaving Newtown Efforts

Published: March 15, 2019 at 07:45 am


Through the end of the month, Weaving Newtown is being represented with a collection of original works in the new display case at Newtown Municipal Center.

Weaving Newtown’s teacher Hanna Roehrs and coordinator Jen Rogers have installed a display of handwoven articles woven by the two women, along with works of students Leslie Huston, Sue Jackson, and Hao Chang of Newtown; and Maryann Barnes of Middlebury.

The collection can be viewed any time the municipal center, at 3 Primrose Street, is open: weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm, and week nights when rooms are used for town board and commission meetings.

Ms Roehrs volunteered to teach weaving workshops at the former Healing Newtown Arts Space and reached out to her contacts for donations of looms, tools, yarn, and books.

Almost two years later, when Healing Newtown closed, the workshops were still running. They became known as Weaving Newtown, relocated to the classroom space at Newtown Congregational Church, and continues to be a program of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.

Still taught and led by Ms Roehrs, Weaving Newtown is celebrating its fifth year. The group meets Monday evenings, 6 to 9 pm, at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

Weaving Newtown has a growing membership and expanded equipment, including five floor looms and even more table looms, all necessary tools, and yarns. The group also hosts a comprehensive reference library of books, magazines, and DVDs to inspire all sorts of projects.

All levels of weavers are welcome. Beginning weavers are guided through each step in the process.

Weaving Newtown provides the loom, yarn, tools, and instruction. Donation is $60 for four weeks, and for those who decide to continue, 12 consecutive weeks are $150.

For additional information about Weaving Newtown, contact coordinator Jen Rogers at, find Weaving Newtown on Facebook, or visit

Artists interested in exhibiting within the showcase or gallery space at Newtown Municipal Center are invited to contact Newtown Cultural Arts Commission Chair Laura Lerman at


Handweavers’ Guild Exhibit

In addition to having works on view at the municipal center this month, Ms Roehrs and Ms Rogers will each be submitting two handwoven pieces for this year’s Handweavers’ Guild of Connecticut Biennial exhibit.

“Interlacements: Artistic Expressions in Weaving” will be presented within the River Street Gallery at Fairhaven Furniture, 72 Blatchley Avenue in New Haven, March 30-May 5.

An opening reception and awards ceremony is planned for Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 4 pm; and a Demo Day will be offered Saturday, April 6, from 11 and to 3 pm.

Ms Roehrs won two ribbons during the 2017 Handweavers' Guild biennial. She received a first place ribbon in Home Décor for her Zesty Zebra echo weave pillow and The Hand Spun Award and cash prize for Handspun Hug, a large shawl she created with her own handspun yarn.

“Interlacements: Artistic Expressions in Weaving” can be visited Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm; and Sundays, noon to 5 pm. Visit for additional information.


Clay Work Still On View Elsewhere

Karen Pinto, Ros Liljengren, and Roberta Ahuja — all of Newtown, and collectively known as The Clay Dates Potters — were the first artists to have work presented within the new display case at the town’s municipal center. These artists are now being represented in a new display at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

Located in the showcase outside the children’s department, the exhibit, a collaboration between the library and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, is to be on display through March 28 during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 8 pm; Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9:30 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

The exhibit includes a pictorial step-by-step tutorial entitled “Clay Cylinders: How To Make Them and How To Transform Them!”

Beginning with the basic form, steps to make a cylinder into various shapes is displayed. The use of an extruder to create a cylinder is shown, along with an example of throwing a pot and then creating a pitcher, a candle holder, or a vase.

All three are members of Connecticut Clay Artists, an organization of professional clay artists who join together for creative, intellectual, and supportive work, and to exhibit their work collectively.

Ms Pinto and Ms Liljengren earned degrees in pottery at Southern Connecticut State University. A native of Brazil, Ms Ahuja is a self-taught potter.


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