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July 2020

Norfolk Artists & Friends 12th Annual Exhibition

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Norfolk Artists & Friends (NAF) is celebrating its 12th Annual Exhibition of members' work. NAF members embrace a wide variety of visual arts including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and decorative arts. Usually visible for only four days, this year the show is hanging at the Norfolk Library for the month of August, and this video tour lets you attend from anywhere in the world.

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Rock Painting for Kids

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Please join us for a virtual rock painting session. All you will need is acrylic paint, a paint brush and few smooth rocks of your choosing. They make great garden or lawn decorations! While you paint, notice Botelle Elementary School's vegetable garden in the background. Hidden behind the school lies a wonderful garden containing 16 raised beds. This year, we are growing a wide variety of vegetables that we will be sharing with our town. Come check it out in…

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Workshop: Making Sun Catchers and Wind Chimes

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Learn how to make sun catchers or wind chimes from objects you find around your house. Metal sculptor Karen Rossi teaches the art of choosing materials and adjusting the right balance. You'll need a hanger, beads and buttons, thin wire and something to cut it with. Everyone in the family will enjoy this one. Download a printable materials list.

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Studio Tour: Adam Paul Heller

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Visit the studio of stone worker Adam Paul Heller and learn why he uses classic hand carving methods to cut and sculpt stone. He will also demonstrate some of his techniques.

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Studio Tour: Jon Riedeman

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Sculptor Jon Riedeman opens his Norfolk studio, where he has worked for close to three decades. A former Sculptor-in-Residence at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, N.H., Jon has won several awards including a MacDowell fellowship, and his work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the region. He currently is pursuing a special interest in portraying birds.

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Studio Tour: Jim Jasper

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Virtual tour of painter and print maker Jim Jasper's Norfolk studio, including a look at some of the artist's recent work, a set of paintings illustrating the three cantos of Dante's "Divine Comedy." Previously, Jim created illustrations for Herman Melville's novel, "Moby Dick."

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Studio Tour: Susan Rood

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Susan Rood, a print maker who works in linocut, monotype and collage, has opened her studio for a virtual tour. Susan grew up in Northwest Connecticut and presently lives on the Rood family farm. Her work reflects her agricultural roots and its changing environment, and includes images of animals and plants that are tied together with a narrative thread.

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Studio Tour: Karen Linden

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Join a virtual tour of Karen Linden's studio. Karen, who works primarily in oils, studied painting and drawing at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of Norfolk Artists & Friends.

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A Visit with John Thew

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

After being a renowned weathervane maker for many years, John Garret Thew has turned to creating what he calls “kitchen watercolors.” In this virtual visit to his studio, John demonstrates his watercolor techniques using a painting of one of the dolls made by his late wife, Eve.

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Workshop: Printing with Leaves and Found Materials

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Join artist/printmaker Susan Rood as she demonstrates how to use leaves, found materials, paint and paper to create art. Fun for all ages but the very young will probably need some help. Materials List Leaves with obvious, raised veins are best. Please use care when gathering. Cut or break off gently, don’t pull. Watch out for poison ivy. (Leaves of three = leave them be!) Look for different sizes and shapes. Enjoy the search. Found materials such as clean plastic…

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The Norfolk Library, Gilded or Golden?

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

This virtual tour sets the background for the design of the Norfolk Library…a product of the late 19th century’s Golden Age of architecture. Author and narrator Ann Havemeyer is library director and curator of the Norfolk Historical Society.

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A Look Through the Lens of Marie Kendall

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Marie Hartig Kendall was a noted 19th century photographer based in Norfolk. The historical society has filmed this short video highlighting some of the locations and subjects Kendall photographed often around the Village Green.

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Stained Glass Windows Tour: Battell Chapel

July 31, 2020 - November 30, 2021
Virtual
Free

Take a guided tour of Battell Chapel’s beautiful stained glass windows, designed by D. Maitland Armstrong and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Three large windows designed by Armstrong and made of opalescent glass fill the west end of the chapel. Tiffany’s five smaller windows face them from the east; they depict the four seasons, with a brilliant sunrise as the center.

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February 2021

Stained Glass Windows Tour: Battell Chapel

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Take a guided tour of Battell Chapel’s beautiful stained glass windows, designed by D. Maitland Armstrong and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Three large windows designed by Armstrong and made of opalescent glass fill the west end of the chapel. Tiffany’s five smaller windows face them from the east; they depict the four seasons, with a brilliant sunrise as the center.

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Architectural Tour of Norfolk

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

If there were a competition for the most architecturally distinguished small U.S. town of 2,000 people or fewer, Norfolk, Conn., might win it. It is the only town of that size with landmark buildings designed by eight nationally-significant architects, all within a short walk of the town green, as well as many other distinguished buildings scattered throughout. If you want to see why architecture matters, take this virtual tour or, even better, plan on visiting Norfolk in person. William Hosley,…

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Historic House Tour: The Alders

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

The Alders is one of Norfolk’s grandest estates. Built in 1898 to a design by Ehrick Rossiter, who also designed the Yale Norfolk Music Shed and the tower on Haystack Mountain, the Alders features stunning architectural details including intricate cherry woodwork, majestic Moorish arches, 20 stained glass windows, unique tile and wood fireplace mantels and many more period details. Take a virtual tour of this grand estate and learn about Charles Spofford, the wealthy New Yorker who commissioned Rossiter to…

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A Visit with Laura Nichols

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Although potter Laura Nichols works on a farm in Virginia much of the year, she has a house on Mountain Road and her Norfolk roots are deep. Her great-grandparents built The Alders (see our virtual tour). Her pottery has been available at the Artisans Guild (now the Guilded Artisan) since 1996, and she has demonstrated her art several times at Weekend in Norfolk. In this video, Laura takes you to her studio and explains a little of how she arrives…

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Studio Tour: Susan Aziz, Puppet-maker

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Norfolk newcomer Susan Aziz designs and makes puppets and costumes in her studio at Whiting Mills in Winsted. With work that ranges from the whimsical and charming to the serious and contemplative, Susan has found a specialty in creating animals and magical creatures of all sorts. She shares some her favorite projects in this studio tour.

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Art Show: Norfolk Artists & Friends

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Enjoy this visual feast: a show by Norfolk Artists & Friends, a membership organization of professional artists living and working in the Norfolk, Conn., area. Members embrace a wide variety of visual arts including painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry and decorative arts.

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Workshop on Winter Photography

February 20, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Virtual
Free

Chris Keyes and Doug McDevitt are ardent Norfolk photographers. In this virtual workshop they offer tips, tricks and some places to go in the Icebox of Connecticut. You'll also get to see lots of their photos.

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