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Art: Clay Way Studio Tour

For the three days that comprise Columbus Day Weekend (Oct. 8, 9 and 10), 18 area clay artists will present an inaugural studio tour called Clay Way. The tour of the clay studios in western Connecticut and nearby New York welcomes visitors with the encouragement to visit as many of the nearby studios as they can.
Clay Way is the inspiration of Woodbury potter and tile maker Linda Boston, who saw the pottery weekends for studios in Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota and thought, “Why not in Connecticut?”

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Two Brothers, One Exhibit

When Allen Blagden was growing up, his father, Thomas Peabody Blagden, a patrician and courtly fellow who headed The Hotchkiss School’s art department in Lakeville, would pass out art supplies to his offspring, and Allen and his sisters would paint and draw in the afternoons.
“I cared about art, but I was absolutely not interested in a career in art,” Allen says.

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Eckert Fine Art Returns to Kent

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After stints in Kent, then Millerton and finally Shekomeko, N.Y., Jane Eckert has returned to Kent and created a gallery in the Kent Barns complex where the yarn store used to be. After new landscaping by the Barns’ owners, she will face James Barron’s gallery across a lovely planted pedestrian area where cars used to park.

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Photography of All Interests and Styles

Art: ‘Illumination’ and ‘Vanitas’

John Atchley’s lovely digital landscape photographs have been seen often in the Northwest Corner, but there are still surprises in “Illumination,” his current show at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox, Mass. The expected landscapes are joined by two edgy, modernist pictures that hold your eye.

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Traveling for Treasure

The search for great stuff for the home of today is no longer just at upscale retailers or the local church-sponsored antiques show. Now decorators and homeowners find the shows and flea markets to shop, traveling countless miles to find what strikes their fancy to fill the spaces of their in-town apartments or exurbia houses.

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Works of All Styles on Display At Church’s Invitational Show

This is an entertaining art show, the 32nd invitational at the Trinity Gallery in Lime Rock, and the exhibitors’ paintings ranged from controlled to hilarious.

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A Powerful Exploration Of Race, Class and Sexuality

Art: ‘Fifty Years After’

James Barron has mounted a powerful show of work by four African-American photographers for his current exhibition. The best known, Gordon Parks, told the story of troubled race relations in America, particularly Harlem, in brilliant photo essays for Life magazine. He also was the first black person to direct a major motion picture, 1971’s “Shaft.”

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Exploring Nature

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From Commercial to Fine Art

Art: 'Crossing the Line'

“Crossing the Line,” now at The White Gallery in Lakeville, is a collection of work from three talented commercial photographers, good friends with award-winning credentials, who now make fine art  for their own pleasure. Throughout their careers they created images for magazine publishers, advertising agencies, major companies. Now they bring the same eye and originality to these very personal photographs.

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The Splendor, Beauty, Flesh of It All

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Phillip II and his grandson, Phillip IV, relished and collected paintings of nudes, both female and male. Eroticized women seen from the front, muscular men seen from the rear or strategically draped, these nudes symbolized both secular and religious power. But the kings, these Most Catholic Majesties (titles given to Ferdinand and Isabella after the expulsion of the Moors) liked to look at the pictures for pleasure, too.

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