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Parties & Openings

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

Nov. 4 - Pittsfield
NAACP Awards Dinner

Oct. 29 - G. Barrington
Halloween At L'Atelier

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Northwest CT Arts Council Maxes Out Infinity Hall

Rachel Louchen reports from Norfolk. A concert venue that usually features the roaring sounds of rock legends and soulful crooners instead welcomed artists, writers, photographers, lawyers, bankers and others from varied careers. They were there to honor members of the community (as well as business and organizations) that have made huge strides in raising awareness about the arts and culture in Northwest Connecticut. The first-ever Northwest Connecticut Arts Council CultureMAX! Awards on Tuesday, November 18 was a huge success, with a turnout of more than 160 guests packing Infinity Music Hall & Bistro. The awardees were Sharon Dante, Founder of The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts; Catherine Fields, Executive Director of the Litchfield Historical Society; Five Points Gallery; The North End Store in Barkhamsted; and Janet Rathbun of Colebrook who all received a one-of-a-kind sculpture award designed by Torrington artist Dennis Bialeck. The great turnout proves promising for the inaugural event, but it also spoke volumes about the tight-knit community in Northwest Connecticut. “To see how many people showed up just goes to show how people are looking for something like this: they want to honor contributing members of the community,” said the council’s Manager of Membership and Outreach, Debbie Freund (above right, with Alyson Thompson).

Dennis Bialeck, Mary Bialeck, Amy Wynn, executive director of the council and honoree Judith McElhone.

Sue Anne Marolda and Larita Steffee; Arts Council board member Carie Hodel and Margaret Smith.

Ray Furse, Mary Ellen Furse and Jack Sheedy; Arts Council board members Vanessa Giannasi and Michael Quadland.

Arts Council board member Pamela Baker and Carolyn Ferrara; Judith Romaniello and Gail Kruppa.

Lisa Lopez, Dave Webber and Arts Council board member Kerry Noble.

Honoree Sharon Dante with The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts Artistic Director Victoria Mazzarelli; Gay Schempp and Jordan Hutton, gallery assistant at The White Gallery.

John Lavieri and Corky Lavieri flank one of the evening’s honorees, Brenda Pelletier; Gayle Moraski and Laura Lemieux.

Owner of Infinity Music Hall & Bistro and Arts Council board member Dan Hincks with realtor Juliet Moore; Fiona de Merell with Ed Cannata.

Jay Fields, honoree Catherine Fields and Rod Oneglia.

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