The businesses in the charming riverside village of New Preston located at the foot of scenic Lake Waramaug have planned several exciting events, sales and art exhibits for the month of May and in early June.
On May 7, for example, the Smithy Store and Gallery will host a local Makers Market from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 2nd floor loft gallery of the store. Visitors will find a wide selection of offers of products created by a variety of Connecticut artisans, including clay tiles and pots by Linda Boston of Boston Tile & Pot, jewelry by artists Elizabeth MacDonald, Missy Stevens and Terri Tibbatts, and others.
On May 28, the Smithy will have an artist's reception for Ella Crampton-Knox whose artwork will hang in the gallery through July 10. Ella paints stunningly beautiful, light-filled paintings of our breathtaking Connecticut countryside and shoreline. The work of Emily Kennedy will also be on display. With a unique artistic eye, Emily shoots photos of her surroundings that continue to inspire her, including the nature and landscapes right outside her back door.
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J. Seitz and Co., a fine furniture, accessories and apparel store is celebrating the work of Michael Quadland, currently artist-in-residence at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden in Palm Beach, on Saturday, May 14th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Inspired by the WPA and Ashcan schools of American art, where artists found beauty in unadorned industrial landscapes, artist Michael Quadland uses acrylic paints to create layered, textured abstractions.
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For those of you that love to arrange flowers, be sure not to miss the flower arranging class at Dawn Hill Antiques on May 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This workshop will feature two fantastic talents in the world of flowers and design: Nicolette Camille of The Little Flower School, and Frances Palmer of Frances Palmer Pottery. Nicolette will do a demonstration, followed by a class in which each participant can create an arrangement in their own limited edition vase created by Frances Palmer especially for the class. Tickets to the class are $350, which includes a limited edition Frances Palmer vase, and all flowers. For reservations all 860.868.0066 or 917.767.6384.
On June 1, the Private House has organized its annual Backyard Sale at the George Platt Field in New Preston located on 16 Church Hill Road. This event held under a big tent features the wares of many antique dealers displaying all manner of treasures at affordable prices. The tent is just up at the top of the hill, behind the New Preston shops.