Earth and Air on View in the Stone Gallery

Opening Reception, August 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.


"Earth and Air,” a show featuring the wildlife paintings of Mike DiGiorgio and the ceramic art of Betsy Himmelman opens Wednesday, Aug. 2 in the Stone Gallery.

A wine and appetizer reception will be Friday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. which coincides with “A Little Night Music,” the theme of First Friday festivities in the downtown featuring outdoor music in various locations downtown.

Betsy Himmelman of Killingworth creates her unique ceramic pieces using smoke and other alternative firing processes to infuse into her work fire, smoke, and local flora which play a very important role in each piece. She sees herself as a collaborator with nature; each creation is an acknowledgement of the important role it plays. With so many variables, every firing is an exciting mystery.
Michael DiGiorgio’s artwork is created primarily as a visual record of past experiences he’s had while observing birds. An advocate of rendering subjects from life not photographs, DiGiorgio is interested in both accuracy and capturing the moment of discovery. With his interpretations of bird images, he demonstrates how art can communicate the love of subject.

“Earth and Air” runs through the month of August. 

First Friday in Chester: "A Little Night Night Music"

August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.

CHESTER –  “A Little Night Music” will greet visitors to First Friday, Aug.4 when singers, bands, modern dancers and even a bagpiper will play outdoors in the downtown while shops, restaurants and galleries stay open late with art openings, new jewelry lines, summer sales and wine and food.

The band Arrowsmith will play from 5 to 8 p.m. on the porch at Leif Nilsson’s Spring Street Studio and Gallery.

At Maple and Main Gallery, Dan Nichols, one of the gallery artists, will be wearing his kilt and playing his bagpipes on the porch.

The Gusto Dance Project collaborating with River Valley Dance Project will be performing on the lawn outside Lark; if the mood suits them they may dance through town as well.

Performing in front of The Perfect Pear beginning at 6 p.m., Connecticut College senior and Deep River native Julia Tackett will be playing the guitar and singing.

And, at The Pattaconk, the rock band, The Instagaterswill play from 7 to 10 p.m

Summer Exhibition Now on View

Through September 3 

The annual Summer Exhibit begins June 21 with newly created works by 55 artists.

An opening will be held June 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine and a variety of appetizers will be served and live music will be played by Alan James, an accomplished musician and artist from Deep River who is also showing his watercolors in the show.

The artists featured in the Summer Exhibit are from all corners of Connecticut and beyond and their work ranges from luminous landscapes to abstract multimedia works. The show runs through September 3.