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Abstract artist and art educator Heather Nielson will be among the four dozen artists taking part in the Spring Open Studios Weekend at Whiting Mills in Winsted, Conn. Photo by Amanda Corbesato

Studio Tours and AMP Open to the Public May 22-23

The old factories and other industrial buildings in the center of Winsted, Conn., have been slowly nurturing an artist community over the past decade. Learn about some of the diverse work being created in two locations on the Spring Open Studios Weekend, May 22 and 23. 


Artist Stephen Maine attended the opening of his solo exhibit, which was the debut show for Furnace: Art on Paper Archive on Saturday, May 1.  Gallery-owner Kathleen Kucka, right, has turned the former town hall in Falls Village, Conn., into a stylish space to view contemporary works on paper. Photo by Alexander Wilburn​

Falls Village’s Former Town Hall Is Born Again as a Gallery

After repeated winter walks down the quiet Main Street of her countryside town, Kathleen Kucka had an idea.

A former downtown New York City artist and curator,  Kucka has made a home in Falls Village, Conn. — fittingly, on the property of another artist, the late American muralist Ezra Winter.


Kathleen Kucka, photo above, opens her new Furnace: Art on Paper Archive gallery this weekend on Main Street in Falls Village, Conn. Photo by Alexander Wilburn

Furnace Gallery Opens May 1 In the Heart of Falls Village

Don’t expect any pastoral landscapes. Furnace: Art on Paper Archive, the decidedly contemporary gallery space opening on Falls Village’s quiet Main Street is as modern and minimalist as its art on display is bold and geometric. 


Michael Gellatly, Dr. Julian Strauss and Tilly Strauss in Amenia, N.Y., are on the ARTmostNY Open Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2. Photo by Lazlo Gyorsok

Artists at Work

Father-and-daughter artists Julian and Tilly Strauss will open their studios in Amenia, N.Y., as part of the ARTmostNY Open Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, as will Strauss’ partner,  Michael Gellatly, and artists including Lori Adams, Donna Castelluccio, Bob Madden, Karen Madden, Bill Prickett and Brian Wohrman. 

Productive Plants

To say that Michelle Alfandari was ultra urban would be an understatement. Living in New York City with her artist husband, Tom Goldenberg, she traveled the world creating new licensed branded businesses for companies as diverse (but always sophisticated) as The New York Times, the Tour de France and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Shows Based on Notable Books

Larry McMurtry: Movies adapted from his books won 13 Oscars. You could try “Terms of Endearment” or “The Last Picture Show,” but his best book is the great Western novel “Lonesome Dove.” It was made into a TV miniseries in 1989 that is faithful to the book and was certainly the most unromantic western ever made. 

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