Local memories, April 9, 2022

CORNWALL – Peter Cusack – A Painter Among Poets: The exhibition opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 16 and will remain on view until May 26 at the Cornwall Library.

From the Library: Some residents of Northwest Corner may already be familiar with a magazine called COCOA: The Journal of Cornwall Contemporary Art. What they may not know is that it was started by Cusack, a painter, along with other artists, from Cornwall and beyond. Cusack’s career as a painter began when he moved to France for a year at the age of 28 to study with Ted Seth Jacobs, a former Buddhist monk turned realist painter.


The title of the exhibition is a play on the title of a book by Marjorie Perloff about the poet and art critic Frank O’Hara, titled “A Poet Among Painters”. With its reverse title, “A Painter Among Poets”, Cusack pays homage to Cornwall’s rich literary history, as well as the physical environment of the library’s words and books.

Cusack is an editor, producer, writer and painter. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and the Ecole Albert Dufois. His work can be found in the Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration, the New York Transit Museum, and the United States Air Force Art Collection. His thoughts on art and drawing appear in An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory, and Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists At Work by Michael Fleishman. He has taught at St. John’s University, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and Five Points Arts in Torrington.

The artist resides in Cornwall and produces his paintings in a storefront studio in Torrington with his dog Clover by his side. More of his work can be seen on his website: http://www.petercusack.com. Look for his next studio at Union in West Cornwall. More info on his instagram: @petercusackstudio or contact him directly at [email protected]

Easter egg hunts are happening this weekend

TORRINGTON – The annual Torrington Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Torrington High School grass field, located at 50 Major Besse Drive. All participants must arrive by 10:45 a.m. Enter the sports complex through the gated entrance to the parking lot on the far left of the secondary school, next to the gymnasium. Please respect and abide by the rules posted at the entrance near the door. Note that no food, beverages, glass containers, tobacco products, cleats or high-heeled shoes are permitted in the sports complex/grass field. Masks are highly recommended. Entrants may enter by visiting: https://torringtonct.myrec.com Limit one parent/guardian per family per entry.

BARKHAMSTED – Barkhamsted First Congregational Church is holding an outdoor Easter egg hunt on the church lawn at 6 Old Town Hall Road, just after the 11am service on Sunday April 10. All families from every religious congregation are welcome. Do not hesitate to come and please your children. There will be a potluck after the Easter egg hunt. To the delight of all participating children, the Patches neighborhood will make an appearance following the egg hunt. but he prefers carrots and apples to eggs. There will be a potluck after the egg hunt. Some Easter baskets are available at the church or feel free to bring your own. The church is located at 6 Old Town Hall Road. To reach Reverend Susan Wyman, call 860-379-7300.

NCCC offers Microsoft Office training

WINSTED — The Office of Workforce Development at Northwestern Connecticut Community College will be offering an in-person Microsoft Office training course beginning May 3. Registration is now open.

The course will focus on integrating comprehensive computer skills as a means of introducing students to the knowledge, skills and techniques needed to master the Microsoft Office software suite. Exposure to computer operating systems, file management operations, computing concepts and vocabulary is integral to understanding the software application environment, according to a release. Students will examine computer productivity and procedures in the workplace and in academic settings, improve their computer skills, and be able to apply those skills critically in a variety of situations.

Classes will be held in person from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 3 through June 7. The cost of the program is $950. For more information or to register for this program, visit nwcc.edu/msoffice

The arts and crafts show runs over two weekends

GAYLORDSVILLE — Unique Mother’s Day gifts will abound at the fifth annual Spring Arts and Crafts Show at the historic Merwinsville Hotel in Gaylordsville. This year, it has been extended to two weekends before Mother’s Day, April 22-24 and April 29-May 1, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Over 60 local artists and artisans will have works on display at the show and everything is for sale. A portion of all sales benefit the restoration of the Merwinsville Hotel, which has been going on for over 50 years.

The exhibition features works of art in glass, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, woodwork, pottery, and watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings. Locally grown plants are also available for sale at Meadowbrook Garden in New Milford and the Village Farm Shop and Greenhouse in Gaylordsville.

Live artist demonstrations will take place on April 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the second weekend, Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, there will be morning and afternoon mini-art classes, taught by artists participating in the show. . They will include painting, sculpting, felting, metalwork and more.

There is a suggested donation of $2 per person; children under 10 are free. Members are admitted free and those at sponsor level and above will receive a discount on art purchased at any of the three annual shows.

The Merwinsville Hotel is a National Historic Landmark located at 1 Browns Forge Road in Gaylordsville, just 15 minutes from Kent, Sherman, New Milford and Harlem Valley/Wingdale Rail Station. For more information, call 860-350-4443 or visit www.merwinsvillehotel.org

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