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Two New Exhibits Open at Maple and Main Gallery; Reception on Jan. 30

In Art, Chester CT Events on January 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

The Winter Exhibit and the first Annual Juried Show at Maple and Main Gallery open Wednesday, Jan. 27 with a gala reception Saturday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"LL Bean Slippers in Florida" by Claudia Van Nes

“LL Bean Slippers in Florida” by Claudia Van Nes

The Winter Exhibit, featuring newly created works from 40 Connecticut artists, fills the first floor of the gallery, while paintings by artists chosen for the juried show are displayed in the Joslow and Stone galleries on the lower level of Maple and Main.

The juror is noted artist Robert Noreika, who chose 85 works from hundreds of paintings artists from Connecticut and surrounding states submitted for the new show.

Visitors will be able to view a versatile selection of landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, abstracts and highly original work in both shows.

Alan James will provide live music during the opening party on Jan. 30, and wine, appetizers and desserts will be served. Many of the artists represented in the juried and winter shows will be at the event.

Maple and Main’s two shows run through March 13 and the gallery, at One Maple Street in Chester, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Maple and Main artists are also showing 31 selected works at the Valentine H. Zahn Community Gallery at Middlesex Hospital’s Shoreline Medical Center in Westbrook through March 18. That gallery is open during business hours every day.

Please visit the gallery on Facebook and on its website,

Behind the Scenes when “It Happened to Jane” – Jan. 31

In Chester CT Events on January 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm

“It Happened to Jane” never won an Academy Award or a Golden Globe, but as far as Chester folks are concerned, it’s definitely an award winner.

After all, the movie, which starred Doris Day and Jack Lemmon, was made right in the heart of Chester in the summer of ‘58 – in the Chester Meeting House and the Center and on Jennings Pond and by the railroad – and hundreds of Chester folks were movie extras. So whether you were there in 1958 or came to town later, the movie has every right to be a local treasure.

Ernie Kovacs and Jack Lemmon - right in Chester Center - in front of renamed-for-the-movie stores.

Ernie Kovacs and Jack Lemmon – right in Chester Center – in front of renamed-for-the-movie stores.

On Sunday afternoon, January 31 (postponed from Jan. 24 because of snow), the Chester Historical Society is offering you two opportunities to immerse yourself in “Jane” memories. Participate in one or both!

At 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, Chester Historian Rob Miceli and Peg Lieberman will lead a walking tour of Chester Center’s sites of interest from the movie. (It’ll be a very short walk, as Chester Center isn’t very big!) You’ll hear how Carmine Grote’s Appliance Store (now Compass Rose and Red Pepper) became Aaron Caldwell’s Fine Foods & Notions store for the movie. Bill Breslin’s package store (in The Villager building) was turned into a marine supply store. A wooden locomotive was built and moved into the parking lot now used by Chester Package Store, and parking meters were added to town. Jack Lemmon’s law office was above the old Robbie’s store and the Cape Anne, Maine, Telephone Exchange was above today’s Century 21 real estate office.

Several Chester builders constructed this wooden locomotive to be part of the "Jane" movie in 1958.

Several Chester builders constructed this wooden locomotive to be part of the “Jane” movie in 1958.

At 4 p.m., at the Chester Meeting House (used as the Cape Anne Town Hall in the movie), the Chester Historical Society is presenting one of its popular “crackerbarrel discussions,” with folks sharing their “Jane” memories. We’ll also view some of the Chester scenes from the movie.

The walk and the crackerbarrel program are free and open to all. Walkers should meet at the Century 21 Heritage office before 2:30 p.m. Parking is available at the 20 Water Street public parking lot and the Norma Terris Theatre on North Main Street.

Refreshments will be served during the movie. For more information, call 860-526-2331 or 860-558-4701 or go to

Always on Sunday Kicks Off – Jan. 17

In Chester CT Events on January 7, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Does January already have you feeling down? Come to Chester Center where the businesses are celebrating “Always on Sunday in Chester!” all winter and spring.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, there will be a watercolor demonstration at Maple and Main Gallery, an exhibit of miniature handmade wooden castle sculptures at Gallery 31-47, the annual winter sale at C&G Unparalleled Apparel, a concert at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, the 20-foot-long Bloody Mary Bar at the Pattaconk, and more fun throughout the Chester Center businesses. Stop in for hot drinks on this “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” January day – hot cider at Ceramica, hot tea at Maple & Main and Dina Varano, hot chocolate on a stick at Lark….

Bivenne-demo - Maple & Main web

At Maple and Main Gallery, at noon, artist Bivenne will give an informal demonstration in watercolor focusing on enhancing the element of light in a painting. Bivenne will also point out this effect in a few of the works in the gallery in a short stroll and chat preceding her demonstration at 11:30 a.m. A noted artist and popular local watercolor instructor, Bivenne has won multiple prestigious awards. Her work is widely collected and her demonstrations always informed and illuminating. Enjoy three kinds of tea and cookies at the gallery while enjoying the gallery talk and demonstration.

Bill Vollers, owner of Gallery 31-47 in Chester, will exhibit the work of his brother, Geoffrey Vollers, who owns a studio in Rockland, Maine. Geoffrey’s miniature castles have been displayed in the windows of Tiffany & Co in New York. His work, which also includes painting and stained glass windows, has been shown in numerous galleries and in private collections.

Geoffrey Vollers castles 1a

Also in Chester on Jan. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m., bluesman Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen will play at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery. In a melding of diverse blues styles, Stevens and Allen have forged a unique sound, representing a wide variety of traditionally based fingerpicking with a tinge of primitive blues and early blues rock and roll. A $20 donation is requested at the door. BYOB. More info at

Parking isn’t an issue! If you drive into town on Rte. 148 (West Main Street/Water Street), free parking is available at First Niagara Bank and the town lot at 20 Water Street; and also at Norma Terris Theatre on North Main Street. If you drive into town from Rte. 154 and Main Street, park at the Maple Street or Laurel Hill Cemetery parking lots.

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