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Join us on the second Thursday of every month for an evening of art and a conversation in the galleries. Complimentary light refreshments will be served from 5:30-6 p.m. followed by a program from 6-7 p.m. Free with general admission.


Jan. 8
Film: Finding Vivian Maier (84 min.)

Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Feb. 12
Imitating Imitation: Money, Mystery and Mastery with Trompe l’oiel Artist Michael Theise
Join contemporary trompe l’oeil artist Michael Theise as he discusses working in a genre where you always “have to be at the top of your game.” Theise takes his inspiration from painters that came before him including Otis Kaye, as well as lesser known 19th-century pioneers Haberle and Peto. Theise sometimes chooses contemporary props, many of which reference these earlier artists.

Mar. 12
Opening Reception for New Media: Catherine Ross
Artist Talk Laughing Track
Catherine Ross's video works frame instances that often go unnoticed in their original context. Isolating the movements of humans and/or objects, her videos create new sequences that reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. In her Laugh Track, 2013, she recontextualizes film clips of both men and women laughing. The result is a mini overture in which laughter reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humor that echoes our own vulnerabilities.

Ross's video works have been presented in exhibitions and festivals internationally. Ross attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2002, the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2003 and received a 2005-06 residency from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Ross was awarded "Best International Short Award" at the 2006 Darklight Festival (Dublin, IRELAND). She received her BA in studio art from Dartmouth College in 1994. Catherine Ross lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


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Jan. 7
Film: The Eloquent Nude (56 min.)
She was beautiful, smart, and searching. He was an emerging genius in the world of photography. When they met, they fell instantly in love. Setting off across the West with camera and typewriter in the depths of the Great Depression, Charis Wilson and Edward Weston transformed photography, and each other. Charis Wilson recounts her years with Weston with great humor, candor, and some regret. Combining insight from leading scholars, rare archival images, and convincingly authentic reenactments, Eloquent Nude presents a remarkable true story of love and loss, travel and adventure, and an intimate look at the making of Modern photography.

Feb. 18
Film: Rockwell Kent (170 min.)
As seen on PBS, The Washington Post called the Frederick Lewis documentary "a sweeping, detailed, visually rich portrait of a man who emerges as a complex, compelling and finally contradictory force of nature.” Set in the tense political climate of the 1930s, “Rockwell Kent” portrays the artist’s gravitation toward abstraction and expressionism. Shot on location in Alaska, Newfoundland, Ireland, Denmark, Russia, Greenland, Argentina and Chile (Cape Horn).

Mar. 4
Painters of Seascapes lecture presented by docent and educator Fred Biamonte
Join lecturer Fred Biamonte as he discusses the interesting lives and paintings of Fitz Henry Lane, Frederic Edwin Church, William Trost Richards, Winslow Homer, and Robert Henri. All of these artists painted coastal scenes of the eastern United.
States from the middle of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th century.

Mar. 18
Art & Literature: The Madonna’s of Leningrad: A Novel by Debra Dean
Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories—the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild—yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye.

Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army's approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city. As the people braved starvation, bitter cold, and a relentless German onslaught, Marina joined other staff members in removing the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, leaving the frames hanging empty on the walls to symbolize the artworks' eventual return. As the Luftwaffe's bombs pounded the proud, stricken city, Marina built a personal Hermitage in her mind—a refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more.