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Janet Andre Block of Salisbury, Conn., donated 400 2-inch by 2-inch canvases with her paintings on them to health care workers at a New York City hospital. Photo by Anne Day​

Little Gifts of Love and Thanks to Frontline Health Care Workers

Many people spent their downtime during the COVID-19 quarantine learning to paint. 

That wasn’t an option for Janet Andre Block, already an accomplished artist whose work is well-known, especially in her hometown of Salisbury, Conn.

Peter Steiner’s new novel, “The Constant Man,” brings back police officer Willi Geismeier, trying to bring stability to the disordered world of Nazi Germany.

The Dream of a Hero Who Can Make it all OK Again

Peter Steiner from Sharon, Conn., has all the dream jobs that one might want. It’s not enough that he’s a talented painter, or a cartoonist for The New Yorker (and Lakeville Journal Co.), responsible for one of the most famous cartoons of the last half century (“On the internet, nobody knows you’re dog”). 

Jurgen Kalwa is writing a book about Ladislas Farago — who wrote the book that became the film “Patton” while living in what is now Kalwa’s house in Sharon, Conn. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender​

A Trail of Memories, from General Patton to His Own Family History

An unpaid bill for snow plowing at his home in Sharon, Conn., led journalist Jurgen Kalwa on a trail that ultimately led to World War II General George S. Patton.

Kalwa told his story to an online group at an event sponsored by the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Sunday, May 2.

Art by students at six area schools is included in the Kent Art Association’s annual Student Art Show. This photo by Jacqueline Eisenhaure at the Forman School won the award for Excellence in Photography. Photo by Jacqueline Eisenhaure

Student Work in Show at KAA

The Kent Art Association’s Student Art Show opened on Sunday, May 2, featuring work from students at Brookfield High School, Forman School in Litchfield, Conn., The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., Housatonic Regional Valley High School in Falls Village, Conn., Marvelwood School in Kent, Conn., and South Kent School. 

Grammy-nominated singer and musician Tracy Bonham will perform at The Barn in Egremont, Mass., on Saturday, May 15. Photo from ECR Music Group

Affordable Evenings of Blues, Rock, Jazz and Dinner

The Barn in Egremont, Mass., has a full spring calendar of live performances in a range of small-venue musical styles, with tickets usually running $10 each.

Performances (and meals) are outdoors, with COVID-19 social distance protocols observed. 

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.


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