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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

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Connecticut Today

What’s Next for Historic Connecticut Jail That Shared Wall With Bank? Restaurant, Shops & Lofts

What’s Next for Historic Connecticut Jail That Shared Wall With Bank? Restaurant, Shops & Lofts

In early May, Russell Barton and his business partners plan to resubmit an application to the Historic District Commission for multi-use redevelopment of the historic former Litchfield Jail, built in 1812 to house prisoners from the War of 1812, and, when it was operating, the only jail in the U.S. to share a common wall with a bank.

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New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

New Haven to Hold Food Truck Festival May 30-31at Long Wharf

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Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Researchers from the American War Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, reached out to Connecticut, again, to help complete the World War II stories of U.S. soldiers.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

New Craft Beer Cellar in West Hartford Offers 470-Plus (H)options

Craft Beer Cellar, which opened in Feburary, is a shrine to all things craft beer and home to roughly 476 brews from 167 breweries across 69 different styles.

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Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Ted's Montana Grill

Great Connecticut Burgers for National Burger Month: Ted's Montana Grill

May is National Burger Month, and May 28 is National Burger Day. We confess we're not entirely sure about the how or why with regard to those designations, but since Connecticut loves (and has lots of) great burgers, we decided to showcase some of our favorites In the spirit of burger month.

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Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Beard Award-Nominated Chef Joel Viehland Leaving Community Table

Joel Viehland, one of three Connecticut chefs nominated this spring for a James Beard Foundation regional best chef award, announced on Twitter and Facebook yesterday that May 10 would be his last day at the acclaimed restaurant Community Table in Washington, Conn. My last day at Community...

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

Weekend Best Bets: Jay Leno, Thread City Hop Fest, Music in Mystic and More

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Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

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Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

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Style & Shopping

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

Historical fashions act as inspiration for new looks in the Connecticut Historical Society's upcoming event, Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show on May 9 in Hartford.

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New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

New Canaan Trunk Show Highlights Évocateur, Whose Jewelry Alchemy Dazzles

We love Évocateur, the Connecticut-based jewelry brand whose fanciful cuffs (and everything else) are pure, beautiful artistry in motion. This is what we said in opening a September 2013 story: Katie Couric, Vogue Paris and InStyle magazine are among the internationally-branded...

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The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show is at the XL Center in Hartford on April 24-26.

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Health & Wellness

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes, established in 1938, has tackled a number of issues for babies from polio to birth defects, and now their latest crusade, premature birth.

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Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

U.S. senators, as well as national analysts, hospital leaders and patient advocates who met Monday at Goodwin College to address the 2013 jump in surgical and medication errors at Connecticut hospitals.

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Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Independence Day Clothing is a line of fashionable, comfortable, reversible clothing designed by one Madison mom to give her son, and all others with disabilities, the independence to dress themselves.

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History

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Nothing Says ‘Connecticut’ Like Sperry Topsiders & Safety Pins? '50 Objects' Opens May 19 at Historical Society

Is it a stretch to declare that this exhibit about Connecticut’s past and heritage will be exciting? We don’t think so. And it's certain to provoke some response; after all, if you could sum up the state through just 50 objects, what would they be? Ella Grasso’s gavel...

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Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

From 1933 to 1942 Camp Hadley was one of the 23 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in Connecticut. And, the Madison Land Conservation Trust is working to preserve this site that otherwise could be lost forever.

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Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

In the 1970s, two Connecticut college students got an unexpected Cuban education.

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Urban Era- Exhibition

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Nov 15, 2012 to Jan 26, 2013
10:00 am until 5:00 pm

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Urban Era- Exhibition

The art of street provides an atypical subject for some, but fosters inspiration for those who can spot non-classic beauty. A unique multifaceted perspective of urban landscapes by artist Tom Peterson, David Hollier, and Michael Angelis is coming to Rockwell Art Galleries of Ridgefield.

 

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RIDGEFIELD, CT – November 15, 2012 - Rockwell Art Galleries of Ridgefield explores the art of street in “Urban Era” featuring Tom Peterson, David Hollier, and Michael Angelis. November 15th - January 19th. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday November 15th from 5:30-7:30PM. The event is free and open to the public. Rockwell Art and Framing of Ridgefield is located at 470 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone 203-894-8000.

 

 

Tom Peterson scours the streets for details often overlooked by the passerby. A section of veneered plaster, a frozen vantage point of crossing angles, or a crystal clear bullseye of broken glass converts an otherwise pedestrian theme into an intense study. Since 2005, he has passionately dedicated his work to documenting Connecticut's urban centers. He generally finds places that are in a state of change and returns to them often. The more he returns, the more he sees. That familiarity provides him with opportunities to create unique sets of images and themes.

 

“Many of the photographs focus on urban cityscapes with an emphasis on architectural structure and strong lighting. They provide an abstract view of every day structures we often pass by, but rarely notice. I see my photographs as a bridge for future generations to view our present everyday culture and surroundings.”

 

 

David Hollier, originally from Wolverhampton, England, is now a permanent resident of Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Hollier has developed a strong graphic aesthetic in various mediums including watercolor, spray paint, oil, and acrylic. He is considered a Documentarian with a keen interest in symbolism, theology and current affairs. His current group of works entitled “Logos in the Sky” illuminates the obvious as we are constantly infiltrated by visuals forcing us to take in information, process, and make decisions. Mr. Hollier’s thought provoking take on the urban landscape abbreviates a busy environment and converts it into a clever forum. Mr. Hollier has been an Adjunct Professor at Parsons The New School for Design since 2005.

 

 

Michael Angelis, a New Haven based painter, received his BFA from Purchase College, SUNY, in 2001 and his Masters in Art Education from Columbia University in 2005.

 

Michael’s en plein air paintings depicting urban landscapes of New Haven, CT neighborhoods have dominated the focus of his work over the past 4 years. The series began as a study of the street level experience underneath the overpasses of Route 91. Working directly in the environment influences the aesthetics in a much richer way than if the work were to be completed in the comfort of a studio setting, where it would imitate the photographs being used for reference. Furthermore, when time and effort is spent in these empty, seemingly invisible spaces beneath the highway, the painter finds that the act of painting (and the painting itself) become a conduit to the people who pass through: the painting becomes a conversation - the painter and pedestrian or driver communicate and talk about life in the city - the conversations become embedded in the makeup of the artwork.

 

Over time, his paintings have evolved to include depictions of other urban scenery such as parking garages and abandoned buildings. Mentally these might be unused and uninhabited places to the people who pass through and by them, but once activated by the artist and his easel, the places start to gain meaning to those who recognize what they see depicted on the canvas. Recently he has begun a series on the Route 95 reconstruction project in New Haven.

 

Michael has shown his work primarily in the New Haven area. He currently teaches art at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, CT, and has taught there for the past seven years.

 

 

About Rockwell Art Galleries

Rockwell Art Galleries has six locations in Fairfield County, CT: in Ridgefield at 470 Main Street; Wilton at 379 Danbury Road; in New Canaan at 9 Burtis Avenue; in Westport at 236 Post Rd East; in Stamford at 891 High Ridge Road; and in Fairfield at 1630 Post Road. In addition to original fine art, all Rockwell Art Galleries offer custom framing, installation services and in-home and corporate art advisory services. To see the full roster of Rockwell artists, visit www.rockwellartgalleries.com

Cost free
Location

Rockwell Art and Framing/Ridgefield
470 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT
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Additional Information
SponsorRockwell Art and Framing
Phone203-894-8000
Contact nameErnie
Contact emailewells@rockwellartandframing.com
Websitehttp://www.rockwellartandframing.com

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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