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The Week Ahead: Jan. 4 to Jan. 9, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 11.33.36 AMAs we enter the first full week of 2016, there’s a variety of events in Canton. Following are a few of the options. For specific times and locations visit our calendar.

On Monday, residents can take advantage of such programs as Wii bowling at the Canton Senior Center and an informative tech drop-in session at the Canton Public Library.

Tuesday brings a morning story-time at the library as well as an afternoon of video game fun for the older kids. In the evening, the Canton girls take to the basketball court at the high school and the Permanent Municipal Building Committee meets in the community center.  Tuesday night fun continues in Collinsville with Trivia at Wilson’s and an open mic at the Crown and Hammer. … Continue Reading

Gallery on the Green to Host Members’ New Work Exhibit

Gregory Kriss, “Harmonic Reflections #44”

Gregory Kriss, “Harmonic Reflections #44”

Opening Reception is Jan. 9

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The Gallery on the Green has its annual exhibition of “Members’ New Work” from Jan. 8 through Feb. 7.  Featured are photography, painting, drawing, prints and sculpture by the membership — one hundred talented local artisans. In addition, upstairs galleries have solo exhibitions by painter, Jessica David and by professional photographer, Gregory Kriss.

Jessica David studied fine art and art history at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn before training as a painting conservator at the University of Cambridge, UK. She now works as a conservator at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven. The subjects of David’s paintings are typically rundown, derelict locations that have a special meaning to her.   Applying oil and acrylic spray paint, she merges photographs and memories into something new, beautiful and independent from the original context. Her paintings incorporate effects common to photography, such as blurring, vignetting and overexposure. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: A Night of Fine Music in Collinsville

There was no shortage of talented musicians in Collinsville on Wednesday night. At Downright music and Art, Canton native and guitarist Jackson FitzGerald came from Brooklyn with fellow guitarist Mike Bono in tow. The two provided an evening of jazz guitar as many old friends and musical fans gathered to listen.

FitzGerald graduated from Canton High in 2010 and Berklee four years later. Bono graduated from Berklee in 2013. Both are living in Brooklyn working as freelance musicians.

After the two were done, members of the 2007 CHS Jazz combo held an impromptu jam.

At Wilson’s Pub, the mood was a bit more southern and bluesy with a band led by Dallas-area based guitarist Brian Calway, known as “Hash Brown.” A 32-year music veteran, Brown played all over the east coast before moving to the Dallas area in the 1980s.

For a full-screen slideshow visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/Guitar-Bliss-in-Collinsville

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Images of Canton: Crown & Hammer Open Mic

The Crown and Hammer has started a Tuesday night open mic series.

“There’s a lot of great musicians in the area,” said host Larry Tauro. “It’s a good place to get together.”

Sign-ups start at 8 p.m., with music kicking in a half hour later. The event is slated to run every Tuesday night from 8 to 11:45 p.m.

The Crown and Hammer is located at 3 Depot St., Collinsville.

For a full screen gallery, visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/Open-Mic-at-Crown-and-Hammer

Editor’s Note: If you enjoy reading Canton Compass, please consider a financial donation to help keep the site viable. See https://www.gofundme.com/canton-compass for details. 

Farmington Valley Stage Offers Theater Workshops for Children

FVStage workshop 3-8Submitted Release  

The Farmington Valley Stage Company, a non-profit theater located in Collinsville, is offering theater workshops for children in grades 3-8.  This is a first for the Stage Company, which is now in its 4th season.

“We’ve been talking about doing this for awhile,” stated Artistic Director, Doreen Cohn, “and we feel that the time is right.”  Doreen retired from the Avon Public Schools where she taught theater in grades K-12.  She still coordinates the popular Avon Summer Theater Programs.

“Many parents have expressed an interest in theater classes for their children during the school year,” she added. “We are hoping to fill that need.”  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CHS Fall Instrumental Concert

The Canton High School Music Department presented its Fall Instrumental Concert on Nov. 23, 2015.
The concert included performances by the Freshmen Band, Combined bands and Symphonic Band, all led by John Mastroianni, director of bands of K-12 music supervisor. Additionally artist in residence Bob Rush directed the Percussion Ensemble.

Selections included:

Freshman Band
Blue Ridge Saga by James Swearing
Novo Lenio by Samuel Hazo

Percussion Ensemble
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber

Combined Bands 
Arabian Dances by Brian Balmages

Symphonic Band 
The Stormchasers by Robert Sheldon
Arabesque by Samuel Hazo
With Heart and Voice by David Gillingham

For more on the music department and efforts to support it, visit http://www.cantonmusic.org and http://www.cantonparentsformusic.org.

7th Annual Music For a Joyous Season Scheduled Dec. 13

The Quodlibet Ensemble returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the seventh consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.

The Quodlibet Ensemble returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the seventh consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.

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COLLINSVILLE  – The Quodlibet Ensemble returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the seventh consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. for its popular “Music For a Joyous Season” concert. An annual highlight of the Shepherd Music Series, the concert brings together a group of talented and accomplished musicians to present music from the Baroque and Romantic eras, and a world premier by member musician Nathan Schram. … Continue Reading

Award-Winning Art on Display at Gallery on the Green

Four Juried Exhibition winners are shown receiving awards from Mark Snyder, GOG Vice President and Kristin McNally, President. The artists include (1) Susan Hackett, “Children of Gaza Summer 2014, (2) Faripour Forouhar, “Winter of Low Snow”, (3)Deborah Sacks, “Floating World-The Sea” and (4) Susan Fox, “Deception.” Submitted Photo

Four Juried Exhibition winners are shown receiving awards from Mark Snyder, GOG Vice President and Kristin McNally, President. The artists include (1) Susan Hackett, “Children of Gaza Summer 2014, (2) Faripour Forouhar, “Winter of Low Snow”, (3)Deborah Sacks, “Floating World-The Sea” and (4) Susan Fox, “Deception.”
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Gallery on the Green in Canton recently hosted the gala opening and awards ceremony for its 48th Annual Open Juried Exhibition.  Artists from Connecticut and beyond submitted fine art for a juried evaluation by Benjamin Colman,  Assistant Curator at the Florence Griswold Museum.

Colman noted that works submitted displayed remarkable depth of talent and breadth of artistic practice.  And that these works offer a vibrant portrait of a rich artistic community that is both appreciative of its past, and eagerly engaged with the direction of its future.  He noted that the works included glazed paintings of pastoral scenes that continue Connecticut’s century-old history of plein air landscape painting, a substantial group rooted in the virtuosic tradition of studio craft including clay and glass, along with photographs, collages, diverse types of prints, mixed media assemblages and digitally manipulated images.  … Continue Reading

Creating Opportunities at Matterhorn

Owner Autumn Sutherland stands next to a cuckoo clock that’s part of the course. Photo by Anne Fenn

Owner Autumn Sutherland stands next to a cuckoo clock that’s part of the course.
Photo by Anne Fenn

By Anne Fenn 
Special to Canton Compass

Armed with a degree in International Studies from the University of Connecticut, an extensive background in travel, and a desire to “create opportunities,” Autumn Sutherland has “built Switzerland” right here in Canton, Connecticut.

The design and lay-out, both her own creations, are educational and entertaining.  A great deal of thought and planning went into the development of the Matterhorn. It is a colorful, vibrant world that has been created, filled with music, humor, and kiosks of interesting facts sprinkled throughout the course. To play mini golf here and not to read these signs would be a mistake. There are fun facts on almost every corner. Autumn has researched everything possible about Switzerland, including famous people, animals and plants of the country, and fascinating little-known facts, so as you play golf and enjoy the beauty, sights, and sounds around you, you will also come away having learned a lot about Switzerland. And as Autumn emphasizes, the idea of playing mini golf has appeal because “all ages can play together”.  It can be competitive, but it can also be “just plain fun.” … Continue Reading

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