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“Firelight” by Jeff Jacobson is a lamp made from antique car parts. It is part of a show called Lightness of Being that opens Oct. 9 in Torrington, Conn. Photo submitted​

The Lightness Of Being, in a Torrington Art Show

It all began with Gail (Jacobson, of Cornwall, Conn.) and Lori (Barker, of Goshen, Conn.), who both suffered from an overabundance of many things, including art supplies, tidbits found at tag sales, creative energy and talent. They met 25 years ago at an art show (Barker was showing and Jacobson was buying — on that particular day).

Four Sharon, Conn., nonprofits are teaming up to give tours of the historic Sharon burial ground in the center of town, photo above. At stops along the way, actors in character will share poems from Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” — which is set in a graveyard. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender​

What’s Hidden Below, in Cemetery Tour with ‘Spoon River’ Readings

It isn’t often that a book of poetry becomes a publishing sensation, but that’s what happened with Edgar Lee Masters and his “Spoon River Anthology” when it came out in 1915.

Jonathan Bee created a coronavirus particle out of jewels for his entry into the show Together in Isolation at the Re Institute in North East, N.Y. (Millerton). The outdoor show can be seen in the evening on Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. Photo courtesy Re Institute

Out of the Darkness, Glimmers of Hope At RE Institute

The Re Institute in North East/Millerton, N.Y., has an ongoing outdoor showing of work by dozens of artist called Together in Isolation. 

“The show is laid out along a path that meanders around a pond and through farm fields, allowing the viewer to explore at their own pace and direction,” according to the Re Institute website.

D. M. Hunt Library Hunt ArtWall chairs Garth Kobal, at left in photo, and Zoe Fedorjaczenko, center, viewed some of the pieces Robert Andrew Parker, an esteemed American artist who lives in Cornwall, Conn., will show at the library from Sept. 25 to Nov. 14.  Photo by Sergei Fedorjaczenko​

Works by Posey, Parker & Cronin at Hunt Library

The D. M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, Conn., presents a new show of paintings of female figures by three renowned area artists: Robert Cronin of Falls Village, Conn., Sam Posey of Sharon, Conn., and Robert Andrew Parker of  Cornwall, Conn.

If you’re aching for adventure after a long quarantine, take a day trip to Red Hook, N.Y., and get antique apples at the Montgomery Place Orchards farm stand. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Day Trips To Find Antique Fruit

There are excellent orchards nearby where you can pick fruit for yourself or buy it pre-picked. Windy Hill Farm in Great Barrington, Mass., has five varieties of apple on offer now and will make other varieties available (including some heirlooms) as they hit their peak.

Pottery for the home and garden by Ben Wolff (and his father, Guy Wolff) can now be found at 100 Main in Falls Village, Conn. The Milton Pot 4, shown in photo, costs $40. Photo courtesy 100 Main​

Time To Start Bringing Plants Indoors

Ben Wolff has continued the tradition of exquisite and understated pottery and “horticultureware” that was begun by his father, Guy Wolff. 


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