Sculpture garden, Gallery on the Green. Photo: dotCANTON
The Gallery on the Green’s ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary has entered the home stretch, but there is still time to stop in and enjoy the corresponding members-only show.
If you’re in the mood for a little merriment, the gallery is hosting a “50 Years to the Day Anniversary Party” on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., and the public is welcome. Drinks and catered hors d’oeuvres will be available, and there will be live music by an Irish harpist, according to the gallery’s Kent McCoy.
Saturday evening’s program will include the rededication of Gallery on the Green’s restored sculpture garden and the dedication of the first-floor gallery in honor of the organization’s founders.
Gallery on the Green is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The members-only anniversary show runs through Aug. 8. Some of the works from that show appear in the dotCANTON gallery below.
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The Downright Music Festival, a noteworthy, nine-hour event scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21, is beginning to take shape, and it’s clear there’s going to be a lot of artistic activity to complement the musical events of the day.
Downright’s Naomi Kravitz likes to refer to the festival as “community unity day,” and points to the range of planned activities, which include chalk drawing and “muraling” competitions that are open to the public. In addition, Kravitz says, “Artists of all kinds will be invited to set up, give live demonstrations” and even sell what they have around the perimeter of the town hall parking lot in front of Downright Music & Art headquarters in downtown Collinsville.
Kate McAllister, who teaches art at Phoebe’s Easel in Collinsville, is handling preparations for the chalk drawing. She says that event will take place in two rows of parking spaces inside the town hall lot. The work will be judged and prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded. But as McAllister is quick to point out, “If you don’t want to compete, you can just draw.”
Because space is limited, individuals interested in participating in the chalk drawing need to register, and can do so by e-mailing McAllister at KatieMac74@gmail.com. She says participants can bring their own chalk or use chalk that will be provided.
The festival is scheduled to run from 1 to 10 p.m., and the chalk drawing is penciled in among the early activities. Late afternoon and evening events include muraling and break-dancing competitions. About five bands are expected to perform outside during the festival, Kravitz says, with some musical activity also expected inside Downright Music & Art.
Band director and conductor Sam Hudak, right, leads the way as The Farmington Valley Band performs in Mills Pond Park Thursday evening, July 29, in Week 4 of the Canton Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series. The series resumes on Thursday, Aug. 5, when the Jerrod Cattey Group jazzes up downtown Collinsville. Photo: dotCANTON
Workers confirmed to dotCANTON Thursday, July 29, that the Canton Discount Food Outlet in Canton Village is closing. Workers said they were told the store would cease operations by the end of next week. It's obvious that shelves in the store are not being restocked. Store management was not available for comment Thursday evening. Photo: dotCANTON
The sun was out, the heat was on and a nice breeze was blowing. It was late in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 28, and Collinsville was pretty quiet. It felt like a good time to pull out the camera, see what we could see and start clickin’.
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The Farmington Valley Band provides the entertainment from 6:30 to 8 this evening, July 29, when the Canton Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series resumes in Mills Pond Park.
Tonight’s performance will be the fourth of six scheduled in the series this summer.
The Farmington Valley Band is known for its renditions of marches, concert music and tunes from the Big Band era. The band’s current organization was formed in 1944, according to FVB’s website, but the group’s history dates to the late 19th century. Band director and conductor Sam Hudak said he expects to bring a full contingent of 30 to 35 musicians.
In the event of bad weather, the concert will be held in the auditorium at Canton Town Hall.
Aspiring actress Valentina D'Amore of Wethersfield steps from the limo onto the red carpet at 41 Bridge Street in Collinsville on her way into the Farmington Valley Film Commission's Summer Film Fete & Mixer Saturday evening, July 24. "We had over 100 people," said Stephen Emirzian of Canton, a member of the commission's advisory board. "We were only expecting 40 or 50." Several locally produced short films were screened at the event, which gave film fans from around the area a chance to do a little networking. Photo Courtesy of Farmington Valley Film Commission