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Six Main Prix Fixe March 24 -26, 2014

In Chester Business, Dining, Restaurants on March 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

Six Main Restaurant

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Monday MARCH 24-Wednesday MARCH 26, 2014

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3 courses for $25 (not including tax and gratuity)
CELERY

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Celery leaf salad with fuji apple, pickled celery hazelnuts and celery seed vinaigrette

Celeriac-potato cake with celery cream sauce, braised celery hearts and fennel-asparagus salad

Celery seed beignet with roasted cashew sauce, rum raisin ice cream and candied celery chips

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celery-300x200photo by Six Main

Meet Chester Centenarian on March 27, 2014

In Books, Chester CT Events on March 24, 2014 at 7:57 am

eliane and authors

 Come meet Eliane Koeves and her memoir authors, Nikki Lindberg and Jane Rice, on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in a program sponsored by the Chester Public Library at the United Church of Chester.  Eliane: The Art of Embracing Life and Nature is the story of the remarkable life of this Chester centenarian, whose life spans the entire 20th century.

Born in 1913, Eliane grew to become an independent, curious and vivacious world traveler who constantly sought experiences and knowledge. She touched and was touched by many 20th-century upheavals, movements and changes on both sides of the Atlantic. Always in love with life itself, she felt, and still feels, that things just happen to her, pitching her forward from one adventure to the next.

As Nikki Lindberg describes her, “What amazes me about Eliane today is that she always has a project – a room to rearrange, plants to repot, a skirt to remake, or a problem to solve (how to use an e-reader and how to purchase e-books). Each week when I see her, I wonder what she will be up to! And the curiosity she showed as a young child is still vibrant. Her joie de vivre never deserts her.”

At the March 27 program, the authors will introduce the book and encourage comment, discussion, or questions. Eliane will be there to answer questions (or “color the story,” laughs Nikki Lindberg). Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the library (860-526-0018).

Gallery Americana to Present Joint Show Mar. 29, 2014

In Art, Chester Business, Chester CT Events on March 24, 2014 at 7:56 am
Gallery Americana and the Wabi-Sabi Connection
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More about that later…
Nurture copy“Nurture”:2012-William Vollers
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Chester Americana Antiques and Gallery is now Gallery Americana • Art & Antiques. Bill Vollers long time resident of Chester has reopened his shop with more space made available for his art as well as for others. He will have an opening for the gallery and exhibit of his work, his son Matson’s most recent paintings and many new antiques, primitives and folk art, March 29, 5-8 at Gallery Americana, 45 Main St. All are welcome.
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Wabi-Sabi? From Wikepedia: Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural  objects and processes….the beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and it ‘s impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs…, Why the connection? Bills most recent assemblages are linked very much to his inventory of antiques especially his appreciation of primitives and folk art . Both the assemblages and the antiques exhibit many of the characteristics of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic.
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Mat-Peach Tree-Painting-1“Peach Tree”:2010-Matson Vollers
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Matson who grew up in Chester and who now lives in Woodstock Vermont will be showing his most recent paintings. He describes his work as a form of contemporary primitivist style. Matson’s paintings focus on expressionist marks and arrangement of abstract text and characters in occasionally comic environments.
Refreshments will be served. “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”

 

An Evening Celebrating Chester’s Roots March 22, 2014

In Chester CT Events on March 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Dipping back into Chester’s roots as a manufacturing town, the Chester Historical Society has created its fourth challenge for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, and all others with a creative mind.

This spring’s creative challenge is named “Unearthed in Chester,” because it is based on flat, rusted iron pieces found buried in an early Chester Center property – one of the oldest houses in Chester. These rusty pieces measure 1 ¼ by 2 inches and look like the capital letter E.

Jenny Kitsen and Chris PearsonMade by Jenny Kitsen and Chris Pearson is “Rustico Ichthyo,” about which this poem was penned:
“To Chester town this fish had been
Looking for its missing fins
Instead it found a hook and line
They served it with the finest wine.”

The finished pieces of art, jewelry, sculptures, photographs, etc. will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Unearthed in Chester Reception on Saturday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chester Meeting House.

“The Society has staged similar challenge over the past ten years. In 2004 we started with Brooks for Hooks, which used hooks and screw eyes manufactured by M.S. Brooks & Sons,” said Skip Hubbard, Historical Society president. “Our last two challenges utilized 2-inch-square knitting gauges made by C. J. Bates & Son and bone handles from Bishop & Watrous.

Unearthed Chester CTDavid Rau created “As Seen From Above.” David says his answer to the challenge is “a bird’s-eye view of the earth from above. As soon as I saw the shapes, I saw the openings as small doors. You can imagine the scene as a setting for an interesting archaeological dig, which might unearth more Es.”

“It all works so well – the creative artistry of this area today using artifacts from our rich history,” said Hubbard.  “This is just another great example of making history current, the ‘then and now’ that is often part of our exhibits at Chester Museum at The Mill.”

The Unearthed in Chester reception will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres from Chester kitchens served with white wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets for the evening are $30 and can be purchased at Chester Gallery and Ceramica, both in the center of Chester, or by calling Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery, 860-526-9822.

All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Chester Historical Society and its programs, including Chester Museum at The Mill. Information is available on the Society website, www.chesterhistoricalsociety.org or at Facebook.com/chestercthistoricalsociety.

Cupcake Paint Out March 23, 2014

In Art, Chester CT Events on March 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Cupcake still life’s will be painted Sunday, March 23 by the artists at Maple and Main Gallery with the subject matter supplied by the Chester Cupcakery.

pam_carlsonphoto_(57)Pam Carlson of Essex – Lone cupcake

The Cupcakery is hosting a tasting during the opening reception for the Spring Show at Maple and Main Saturday, March 29 which gave the gallery the idea to honor the sweet treat in art.

kim_wilcox_-_making_cupcakesKim Wilcox, owner of Chester Cupcakery making cupcakes.

Artists will be painting informally at the gallery Sunday but some cupcake paintings have already been done and are on display at the gallery. More will be exhibited at the opening.

photo_(57)Maple and Main artists Cindy Stevens and Linda DeStefanos of Rocky Hill
consulting on Cindy’s cupcake rendition.

The reception March 29 will be from 5 to 8 p.m. with all new art by 37 Connecticut artists. The cupcake tasting, along with a wine tasting by Chester Package Store, will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

Maple and Main Gallery is located at one Maple Street, Chester. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. mapleandmaingallery.com; mapleandmaingallery@att.net; 860-526-6065. Follow us on Facebook.

stevens,_Red_Velvet_and_IrisesCindy Stevens of Clinton – Red velvet and Iris


were the subject matter Sunday when four Maple and Main artists set up a still life of three cupcakes – and a vase of iris. It was so much fun we’re going to do it again this coming Sunday, March 16 and Sunday, March 23.

We want to create enough cupcake paintings by Saturday March 29 for the opening party for our spring show when the Chester Cupcakery will provide a tasting along with Chester Package Store which will host a wine tasting.

centerella_-_cupcakes_for_claudiaMaple and Main artist michael centrella of Cheshire  – Cupcakes for Claudia

The opening, which will feature all new art by 37 artists, is from 5 to 8 p.m. and the special tastings are from 6 to 7 p.m.

 Stop by the gallery on the next two Sundays to visit with the cupcake painters. All our cupcake-themed paintings will be for sale at the opening – and maybe before.

van_nes_-_cupcake_with_iris_(2)Claudia Van Nes of Chester – Cupcake with Iris

Spring Show opening at Maple and Main March 29, 2014

In Art, Chester CT Events on March 10, 2014 at 11:52 am

van nes - daisies in white_unframed (2)

Daisies in White by Claudia Van Ness

The opening party for the new Spring Show at Maple and Main Gallery, which showcases the work of  Connecticut artists, will be Saturday, March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.

In addition to wine, appetizers and chocolate desserts, there will be a special cupcake tasting by Chester Cupcakery as well as a wine tasting of reasonably priced wines by the Chester Package Store from 6 to 7 p.m.

Cupcakes by cupcakery chester ct

Cupcakes by Chester Cupcakery

 The Spring Exhibit will feature all new work by 37 artists as well as a fun display of paintings of cupcakes done by the gallery artists during a cupcake paint-out at the gallery all day Sunday, March 23. These will be unframed and sold at modest prices.

Other reasonably priced art can be found in the Back Gallery of Maple and Main where there is a new exhibit of Earlier Works. These are paintings done several years ago by the gallery artists who’ve gone on to new styles, media and subject matter.

Please visit the gallery’s new e-commerce website, some months in the making, from which you can directly buy art which will be shipped to you as well as browse additional art not in the gallery: mapleandmaingallery@att.net.

If you want a preview of the new Spring Show, it will be on display at the gallery beginning Wednesday, March 26. The exhibit runs through May 25. Maple and Main, at One Maple Street, Chester, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 860-526-3459; mapleandmaingallery@att.net.

Concert in the Garden Sunday, March 9, 2014

In Music on March 8, 2014 at 8:30 am

The Meadows Brothers

The Meadows Brothers perform at the next CONCERT IN THE GARDEN on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 4 – 6 pm at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery at One Spring Street, Chester, CT.

Opening the concert is Wise Old Moon, an alt-folk trio from Hartford, CT that blends the sounds of minimal percussion, violin, and acoustic guitar to create a unique live music experience.

$10 Donation – BYOB – Bistro Style Seating. Concerts are inside the Gallery during inclement weather. GATES OPEN Half Hour before the show. First come first seated.

For more information call 860-526-2077 or visit www.nilssonstudio.com.