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Northwest CT Arts Council Cultivates Art In The Garden

Rachel Louchen reports from Harwinton. The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is a non-profit dedicated to promoting arts and culture in the 25-town region, so it was fitting that its annual party featured artists painting on site and numerous musical performances on grounds that are themselves a work of art. On Saturday, July 12, the Council hosted the third annual Garden Party at Victoria Elliot and Dr. Marvin McMillen’s home garden with its carefully cultivated flora and fauna as well as fountains, sculptures and intricate shrubbery. Surrounded by all this creative inspiration, local plein air painters used the beauty of the gardens to create their own interpretation of the environment, much to the enjoyment of guests watching the artists at work. There were also multiple musical performances located throughout the garden, hors d’oeuvres served and a tented area where guests were encouraged to purchase artwork. The popular event proved successful again this year, with the strong turnout of supporters and artistic members of the community proving how important the arts in our region are. Above, Executive Director Amy Wynn with Event Coordinator Jessica Morozowich.


The fountain was just one of the eye-catching displays on the lush property.


State Representative Roberta Willis and Bill Willis; Torrington High School art teacher Victor Leger interprets the scenery.


Renowned dulcimer player Thomasina Levy performed; Sabrina Beck and John Beck of Harwinton.


Nancy Winter, volunteer Rob Fuoco and Ann Mazeau were thrilled to support the Council; The Council’s Manager of Membership and Outreach, Debbie Freund, with volunteer Mary Ann Pangilinan.


Barbara Rodenback and hostess Victoria Elliot showed off their classic garden party style.


Torrington Savings Bank co-workers came out to support the cause: Wendy Healey, Vicki Mercier and Doreen Hoffman; Collette Hurst was the lone artist working with pastels while sketching the garden.


Gary Goodwin with realtor Gael Hammer of Klemm Real Estate; Litchfield Jazz Festival Founder/Executive Director Vita Muir and Joyful Noise member Anne Voglewede.


Artist Jim Laurino; Arts Council Board Chair Vanessa Giannasi and Tom Giannasi.


Guests were treated to an a capella performance by Joyful Noise choir.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/14/14 at 01:06 PM • Permalink