Sorelle Gallery Presents In Full Bloom: May 16 – June 6
NEW CANAAN, CT – Sorelle Gallery Fine Art embraces color in its second exhibition of 2019: ‘IN FULL BLOOM’; New Paintings by Stacy Milburn and Marta Spendowska. Celebrate spring during an Opening Reception, Thursday, May 16th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Marta Spendowska is a Polish-born American artist and illustrator currently residing on the New Hampshire coast. Since emigrating to the United States in 2005, she has worked with a wide range of art collectors, consultants, interior designers, fashion and beauty brands; including Oprah Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Oreo. Articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring Marta and her work are published in print and online.
On Wednesday evening March 25, New Canaan Library wrapped up its month-long One Book New Canaan exploration of Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927 with a wildly successful Speakeasy event. Thanks to an enthusiastic community, and the goodwill of so many New Canaan merchants, the Library was able to create a spirited and fun evening for all who attended. With many guests arriving in authentic 1920s style, the Adrian Lamb Room was transformed into a true, Prohibition era Speakeasy complete with jazz piano and delicious samplings and tastings from our supporting local merchants and vendors. New Canaan Library gratefully acknowledges the participation and donations of New Canaan businesses and Chamber members: ONE HOPE Wine, Carpe Diem, Charter Oak Brewing Company, Fjord Fish Market, Forever Sweet Bakery, J. Hilbrun Men’s Clothiers, Little’s Specialty Foods, New Canaan Wine Merchants, New Canaan Olive Oil, Sorelle Gallery, South End, Venture Photography, Walter Stewart’s Market and Stewarts Spirits. The Library also deeply appreciates the support of Karl Chevrolet, National Charity League, PJ Marcella and Susan Freedgood and always, the membership of New Canaan Library.
Dozens of residents donned flapper dresses, boater hats and other 1920s-era garb Wednesday evening as part of New Canaan Library’s “speakeasy” in the Lamb Room. The latest in a series of One Book New Canaan events that will culminate Saturday with “The Murder and Booze Cabaret” at Powerhouse Theater, the speakeasy featured a live piano player, silent films on the screen up front and local merchants—many of them also getting into the spirit by donning Roaring Twenties costumes—lining the edges of the party, offering drinks and food to the guys and dolls who dropped in. “We are thrilled to have such a good turnout tonight at our speakeasy,” Community Engagement Coordinator said. “We’re especially pleased that all of the participants are either New Canaan residents, businesses or members of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. I think everybody is having a great time.”
Two generations ago, Sandra Pelletier’s grandparents made their way from Italy to Fairfield County by way of Brooklyn—to the Huntington section of Shelton, specifically. There, they purchased and worked a large dairy farm, and some years later, Pelletier’s father married into the family and built a small house on 70 acres next door. “It was a small, five-room ranch but we had probably the richest life in the world because it was such a wonderful experience to grow up in that environment,” Pelletier recalled Friday from inside Sorelle Gallery, which opened three weeks ago at 84 Main St. “We felt we were like Tom Sawyer kids. We had great tree forts all over the place, so it was a creative and rich artistic environment.