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AUDITIONS: Bus Stop
3-act play by William Inge

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21 from
6:30 to 8:30 PM

The Brick House Players, in association with the Norwich Arts Center, will hold auditions for this classic romantic comedy drama at the DLOT. This production to be co-directed by Jim Kenney and Mary Kelleher.

Show dates are scheduled for October 18, 19, 20 (matinee), 25 and 26

margot kidder in bus stop 1982

Cast needed : approximate ages
5 males: Will 35-60, Dr. Lyman 35- 50, Virgil 40-65, Carl 35-55, Bo 20-30
2 Females Elma 18-25, Cherie-20-25
Prop managers also needed

Call Jim K @ 860-857-7704 with any questions. or email Jimirish220@gmail.com

 

Artistic Wanderings 2013 AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to the award winners of NAC's annual exhibit Artistic Wanderings! Prizes were awarded August 2 at the First Friday opening reception!

artistic wanderings 2013 view of the gallery front artistic wanderings 2013 window

 

FIRST PLACE: Melody Knight Leary
Sentinel, intaglio print
SECOND PLACE: Dan Topalis
John, acrylic on canvas


THIRD PLACE:
Sally Sargent Markey
Dreamscape, water media

 

LOUISE FOREST GIBSON PRIZE Nancy Whitaker
Clay Bowl #2, mixed media stoneware
JOSEPH GAULTIERI PRIZE: Patricia Wagner
Infinity, gourd
MABEL KINGSBURY PRIZE: Nancy Whitaker
Shell Baby, sterling silver, glass and pearl
ALICE CLARK HUBBARD PRIZE: Carol Dunn
Necklace with Stone, found objects


TEDDY GOBERIS AWARD:
Avis Akers Cherichetti
Pile of Bones II, wood fired ceramic

 

HONORABLE MENTION:

Denette Designer
Breakfast Time, pastel
Fernando Garcia
El Pinto, gouche on board
Ted Genard
Ashleigh, oil
Joshua Prescott
Naturaleza Muerta, acrylic

 

artistic wanderings postcard artistic wanderings 2013 awards

 

Big thanks to the Katherine Forest Craft Foundation who helped to sponsor this show!

The exhibit runs until August 31 at the NAC Gallery!

 

Special Music Event!
ARTREACH MUSIC SHOWCASE 2013

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Thursday, August 15 & Friday, August 16
7:30 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
tickets $10
Contact: artreachheals@gmail.com /
860-887-0014

diva at the mic

Artreach Annual Music Showcase features a wide variety of musical styles including POP, COUNTRY ROCK, SHOWTUNES and FOLK ROCK! There is something for every musical taste!

Following 8 - 10 weeks of rehearsal, this annual event is the "big finish" enjoyed by the community in Southeastern CT. Two house bands support Artreach members--adults who have experienced psychiatric disorders--as they walk the tightrope that is "singing in public."

Artreach's theory? Feeling the fear, and doing it anyway (with support!), can change your world!

Ticket sales support program activities at Artreach, Inc.

Artreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Mental Health/Arts agency that supports sustainable recovery from mental health issues through the creative arts and integrative wellness practices.

 

CALL TO ARTISTS!!!
30 Under 30 in Sept / In The Pink in Oct

NAC Gallery
60 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360
860-887-2789

Receiving for 30 Under 30:
Friday, August 30 &
Saturday, August 31 from 12-4pm
Exhibit runs: September 4 - 28
Receiving for In The Pink:
Friday, September 27 &
Saturday, September 28 from 12-4pm
Exhibit runs: October 2 - 26

Don't miss these exciting opportunities to exhibit your work!

30 Under 30 is open to young artists who have not yet reached the big Three-O and exhibit exceptional talent and skill!

And our 2nd annual In The Pink show is an event aimed to promote awareness for breast cancer. Join NAC as we raise money for a cure: 50% of sales go to the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation.

Get a prospectus for 30 Under 30 and In The Pink for more info on how to enter!

 

 

In Writing
photography by Susan Parish

NAC Gallery
60 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360
860-887-2789

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 1, from 6-8 PM
Exhibit runs: February 27 to March 30
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday
12 - 4 PM

bread and cake by sue parish

From billboards to traffic signs to graffiti, the word in print surrounds us. We bypass it everyday, and even take it for granted. Photogrpaher Susan Parish brings these images of text to the forefront of the viewer's attention in her new exhibit, In Writing. The show premiers with a recption on first Friday, March 1 at 6 PM.

Opening receptions are an excellent opportuniy to meet the artist, so stop by for a glass of wine, an hors d'ouevre and a chance to connect with other art-enthusiasts. And check out our emporium of art, Gallery Too! feauturing prints, ceramics and jewelry by various artists!

 

jim carpenter and the hooliosFirst Friday Live Sounds
JIM CARPENTER & THE HOOLIOS

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Friday, March 1
8 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM
tickets $20

NAC is proud to welcome back Jim Carpenter and the Hoolios for another rock-out Frist Friday on March 1 at the Donald Oat Theater! With their fusion of Americana, Rock and Latin grooves, the Hoolios deliver a unique and exciting show every time!

The Hoolios, led by singer-songwriter Jim Carpenter, bring together an eclectic range of musicians and sounds, including the accordian, mandolin, washboard and organ. Intimate, thought-provoking acoustic sets, hypnotic Reggae, scathing rock--the range is vast but always entertaining and impressive.

First Friday Live Sounds runs through June and features a different artist every month.  Refreshments are available, but feel free to bring your own wine, beer and snacks.  Tables seat up to eight people, so bring friends!

Order tickets here!

 

damon leibert and friends at a pubIrish FUNdraiser
featuring Damon Leibert

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Friday, March 22
dinner at 6 PM / concert at 8 PM

So what if St. Patrick's Day is on March 17? Keep the celebration going and bring your Irish spirit to NAC's 3rd annual fundraising event. Featuring a performance by Celtic musician Damon Leibert, this night includes dinner, live music and more! This event sold out last year, so order tickets soon!

 

 

Kim & Reggie Harris
A Black History Month Event

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

January 25, @ 7 PM
Adults $12.00 / Children 12 & under $5.00

kim and reggie harris

In honor of Black History month in February, NAC presents performers Kim & Reggie Harris in a special event featuring songs and stories of Peace, Hope and Freedom.

Order tickets here!

 

Artistic Wanderings 2012

NAC Gallery
60 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360
860-887-2789

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 3, from 6-8 PM
Exhibit runs: August 1 - 31
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 4 PM

Over 30 artists are on exhibit in the NAC Gallery's annual juried show, Artistic Wanderings, sponsored in part by the Katherine Forest Craft Foundation. Always a very eclectic show, work ranges from 2-dimensional to sculptural, traditional to experimental.

Opening receptions are a great way to meet the artists. Don't forget to check out NAC Gallery Too! our gift shop of artistic wares including prints, ceramics and jewelry!

 

 

DRAGZILLA

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 8 PM

featuring:
CASSANDRA FIORE
JAZZMAN TAYLOR
JUST STELLA
JADONNA

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!

Dragzilla - Featuring Jadonna!


Tickets are $25 per person, to benefit the Norwich Arts Center. Tickets available online! Purchase online, or call 860-887-2789, extension 3.

For further details, call 860-961-3943

First Friday Live Sounds: D'ALLEGRO

d'allegroDonald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Friday, June 1
8 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM
tickets $20

NAC is excited to welcome back to the Donald L. Oat Theater d’Allegro as the final act for the 2011-2012 First Friday Live Sounds season! This musical duo takes to the stage on Friday, June 1 to captivate audiences with exciting renditions of R&B and jazz favorites.

Consisting of vocalist Laura DelGado-Clemons and versatile keyboard player Bob Shea, d’Allegro promises to deliver a special evening of music for NAC’s finale of the 2011-2012 First Friday Live Sounds season. DelGado-Clemons, who resides in Boston, performed at the Donald L. Oat last April 2010 with her jazz ensemble, a “small band with a big sound.” Along with fellow band member Shea, also of the Boston area, DelGado-Clemons sizzles the stage with her sultry voice, taking audiences on a musical journey of some of their favorite hits.

First Friday Live Sounds runs through June and features a different artist every month.  Refreshments are available, but feel free to bring your own wine, beer and snacks.  Tables seat up to eight people, so bring friends!

Purchase tickets here, call us at 860-887-2789 or email us.


Rolled, Wiped and Pressed

Hartford Art School artists exhibit

NAC Gallery
60 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360
860-887-2789

Opening Reception:
Friday, June 1, from 6-8 PM
Exhibit runs: May 31 to June 30
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 4 PM

The NAC Gallery welcomes students from the Hartford Art School Print Club in their June art exhibit, Rolled, Wiped and Pressed, an eclectic mix of contemporary prints representing a variety of genres, techniques and subject matter.

Viewers will be able to see a broad scope of work including hand pulled prints using lithography, intaglio, relief, monotype and experimental techniques. This exhibit explores the possibilities and beautiful qualities inherent in these print techniques.

The HAS Print Club is comprised of over 20 artists in their sophomore through senior years who are committed to exploring the history of and the expanse of contemporary printmaking. This exhibition was funded through the generosity of the Student Government Association at the University of Hartford.

Opening receptions are a great way to meet the artists. Don't forget to check out NAC Gallery Too! our gift shop of artistic wares including prints, ceramics and jewelry!

 

 

NAC presents:
A Spring Gala to honor Peter Leibert

peter leibertThe Spa at Norwich Inn
607 West Thames Street, Norwich CT
RSVP: 860-887-2789

Saturday, April 21
6 PM: Reception & Silent Auction
7 PM: Dinner & Entertainment
tickets $75 / RSVP by April 7

The Norwich Arts Center will be honoring Peter Leibert at an elegant black tie optional affair including entertainment and fine dining this April.

Leibert is one of the original founding members of the Norwich Arts Center and has served as both Cooperative Artist and President of the Board of Directors for many years.



photo 7 prospectus CALL TO ARTISTS:
Photo 7
an annual juried exhibit

 

NAC Gallery
60 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Receiving work: Friday, April 27 from 12-4 PM
& Saturday, April 28 from 12-4 PM

Opening reception: Friday, May 4 at 6 PM
Exhibit runs: May 2 - 26
Gallery hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 4 PM

The NAC Gallery is looking for submissions for their their annual juried exhibit dedicated exclusively to photographic work. A prime opportunity for photo-artists looking to showcase and sell their work! Click on the prospectus to find out more about rules and requirements for entry!

Special concert event: KLEZMENSCHEN
Klezmer music with Roz Etra

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Sunday, April 29
2 PM, doors open at 1:30 PM
tickets $10

For more info contact Faye Ringel fayeringel@hotmail.com
860-608-3494 (cellphone) 860-887-5497 (home)

What is Klezmer music? Remember the wedding dances in Fiddler on the Roof? The clarinet solos of Benny Goodman? Itzhak Perlman’s joyous improvisations In The Fiddler’s House?  Or today’s young musicians who mix Afro-pop and hip-hop with Eastern European melodies? All these and more are Klezmer. It’s a joyful music that makes you want to take hands in a circle and dance the hora, but it will make you nostalgic for a vanished world in songs that bring you to tears.

Eastern Connecticut’s Klezmenschen, led by Roz Etra, will bring the joy of Klezmer music to the stage of the Donald Oat Theater on Sunday afternoon, April 29. Admission is $10; tickets will be sold only at the door.

Dancing in the aisles is encouraged!

All proceeds to benefit the Norwich Arts Center.

First Friday Live Sounds: GAIL WADE

gail wadeDonald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Friday, May 4
8 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM
tickets $20

NAC is excited to welcome back singer songwriter Gail Wade as part of the First Friday Live Sounds season of concerts in the Donald L. Oat Theater.

For over 20 years, Wade has entertained audiences throughout the USA, Ireland and several European countries with her rich voice and introspective lyrics.  And talk about diverse genres: Wade’s sound fluidly weaves through folk, old-time, blues, bluegrass and swing.  With guitar or banjo in hand, Wade strums her way through both original material and her personal take on classic songs, promising audiences an unforgettable show.

First Friday Live Sounds runs through June and features a different artist every month.  Refreshments are available, but feel free to bring your own wine, beer and snacks.  Tables seat up to eight people, so bring friends!

Purchase tickets here, call us at 860-887-2789 or email us.


NAC Theater presents
'night Mother

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Friday, March 30 & Saturday, March 31
Tickets $15

NAC presents 'night, Mother, the 1983 play by Marsha Norman about the mounting tension between mother and daughter in one evening's conflict. The play opens with Jessie, the daughter, calmly telling Thelma, her mother, that she plans to commit suicide that night, all while casually preparing to do her mother's nails. The dialogue that follows between Jessie and her mother slowly reveals her Jessie's motives behind her plan and her history, as her mother desperately tries to steer her daughter away from a disturbing and imminent outcome.

Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Mary Kelleher and Cheryl Hastings from the Chelsea Players star.

Draw On!
drawing sessions and exhibit

draw on fkyerExhibit at the NAC Gallery
60 Broadway, Norwich 06360
860-887-2789

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 6, from 6-8 PM
Exhibit runs: April 4 to April 27
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 4 PM

Drawing Sessions through March 31. See flyer for details.

This community-wide drawing sensation sponsored in part by the Adlrich Contemporary Museum invites the public to participate in free drawing sessions at various locations...several here in New London County! Select drawings will be exhibited at the NAC Gallery!

 

 

 

 

First Friday Live Sounds: WASHBOARD SLIM AND THE BLUELIGHTS

washboard slimDonald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Friday, April 6
8 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM
tickets $20

NAC presents the multi-faceted, multi-talented Washboard Slim and the Bluelights for First Friday in April.

The music Washboard Slim and the Bluelights perform is at the very root of traditional American music. Ranging from early jazz, blues, swing, jug band, and rock, this band challenges the concept of what a Jug Band can sound like.

First Friday Live Sounds runs through June and features a different artist every month.  Refreshments are available, but feel free to bring your own wine, beer and snacks.  Tables seat up to eight people, so bring friends!

Purchase tickets here, call us at 860-887-2789 or email us.


nac at la grua flyerNAC at La Grua
an exhibit of NAC Co-op Artists

La Grua Center
32 Water Street, Stonington 06378
860-887-2789

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 31, at 5 PM
Exhibit runs: through April

Artists from the NAC Artists' Cooperative have been invited to exhibit at the La Grua Center in the Stonington Commons.


black and white photo of the band dunnDunn: Live Celtic Music
with Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Friday, March 16
Doors open at 6:30 PM / Dinner at 7 PM / Show starts at 8 PM
$30 for dinner and show

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day a night early! NAC presents an evening with Celtic band Dunn on Friday, March 16 with a corned beef and cabbage dinner catered by Olde Times and cash bar (no BYOB)!

After enjoying traditional Irish fare (with a meatless option for Lent), Dunn performs live, demonstrating that Irish music is no longer what your grandparents thought it to be!  Since 2002, Dunn has played a mix of standards, modern Irish, original songs and high-energy fiddle tunes, fusing diverse musical backgrounds into what they brand, Irish Roots Rock.  Dunn brings together the talents of guitarist and singer-songwriter Shane Dunn, bassist Josh Oliver, fiddler Damon, and drummer Chris Murphy.

Performing their own original Irish songs along with songs by Jimmy McCarthy, Bob Dylan, Damien Rice and David Gray to name a few, Dunn brings their humble roots to the stage to present both old and new Irish music with a fresh new sound that spans generations.


Rising Artists

Youth Art Show

NAC Gallery
60 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360
860-887-2789

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 2, from 6-8 PM
Exhibit runs: February 29 to March 31
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 4 PM

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The NAC Gallery welcomes young artists of all media from local high schools this March for the Rising Artists show. Unlike our other juried shows in which a cash prize was given out, a panel of NAC Co-op members will chose the work of one student as the “Best in Show.”  This student will then receive the opportunity to display his/her work in NAC’s Gallery Too! at no cost.

collage 1The inspiration behind the Rising Artists show was to further the awareness of more young people to the happenings in their community as well as creating an environment in which we can bring together artists of all ages.

Opening receptions are a great way to meet the artists. Don't forget to check out NAC Gallery Too! our gift shop of artistic wares including prints, ceramics and jewelry!

 


NCC Presents: The Skin I Live In

Picture 16Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT

Saturday, March 10
film starts at 7:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM
tickets $7

The Norwich Community Cinema will be screening The Skin I Live In, a Pedro Almodovar movie starring Antonio Bandaras and Elena Anaya.

The film follows Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, whose wife was burned in a tragic car crash.  He becomes interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin in his own laboratory.

Robert is also in search of a human guinea pig and an accomplice. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, becomes his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…

Over the course of each year, dozens of young people of both sexes disappear from their homes, in many cases of their own will. One of those young people will end up sharing the splendid mansion, El Cigarral, with Robert and Marilia, and will be doing so unwillingly.

Rated R

The NCC screens independent cinematic gems every Second Saturday at the Donald L. Oat Theater. For more info, visit the NCC's website.

First Friday Live Sounds: NICK ANDERSON AND SHADY CREEK

Shady Creek 2Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT
860-887-2789

Friday, March 2
8 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM
tickets $20

Bluegrass with soul: NAC is thrilled to welcome back to the Oat Stage Nick Anderson and Shady Creek for First Friday in March, performing classic favorites as well as their own original songs.

Entertaining audiences with their “high lonesome sound” has been a passion for Anderson and his band for their 25-year career.  Delivering that traditional bluegrass sound to their audiences, Shady Creek have played festivals, fairs and concert venues around New England and into Canada.  The band features Anderson singing most of the lead melodies and provides rhythm guitar for the band.  The band also features: Monty McClanahan, who plays mandolin and provides tenor vocals; Danny Menzoni, international award-winning banjo player (Charlton, MA International Songwriters 1st place); and Dave Aston on bass.

nick andersondan menzonedave astonmonty mcclanahan

 

 

 

First Friday Live Sounds runs through June and features a different artist every month.  Refreshments are available, but feel free to bring your own wine, beer and snacks.  Tables seat up to eight people, so bring friends!

Purchase tickets here, call us at 860-887-2789 or email us.


TastingflyerSpirits Tasting
NAC Fundraising Event

Donald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT

Thursday, February 16
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
tickets $25

NAC will be hosting A Spirits Tasting, fun and elegant evening of drink (for those of legal drinking age), food and music on Thursday, February 16 at the Donald L. Oat Theater at 5:30 PM.  A $25 ticket pays for the evening of small samplings from various fine wines and fermented fares.

Savor a variety of wines, microbrewed beers, premium scotches and bourbons, along with delicious hors d’oeuvres in NAC’s beautiful historic theater.  This event, a fundraiser to help support NAC’s cultural programming, is sponsored in part by Big Gary's Montville Wine and Spirits, who will also be on hand to offer in-depth knowledge, along with a sample, of each beverage.

A big thank you to Gary Trombley Jr, who returns with his knowledgable staff for a second year to help make this event happen. Gary has been a very generous supporter for many of our events, including the gallery openings and First Friday Live Sounds. We also would like to thank Matt Pirie, who is also returning to donate his time and talents on the piano to provide music for the evening.

Join us for a fun evening and delight your senses! (But please sample responsibly.)

 

NCC Presents: Once

onceposterDonald L. Oat Theater
62 Broadway, Norwich CT

Saturday, February 10
film starts at 7:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM
tickets $7

The Norwich Community Cinema will be screening Once, an indie- romance directed by John Carney.

This modern day musical tells the story of a young Dubliner who fixes vacuum cleaners by day and plays guitar on the streets of Dublin by night. Intrigued by his music, a Czech immigrant piano player who does odd jobs approaches him. He is originally reluctant, but learns that she is also a musician and they strike up a partnership. Together they write a demo CD for him to take to London to secure a recording contract. As the CD unfolds, so does their love for one another despite their past relationships.

Running time is 85 min. The film is Rated R.

 

CWA Council Show

Connecticut Women Artist Inc.

NAC Gallery
60 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360
860-887-2789

Opening Reception:
Friday, February 3, from 6-9 PM
Exhibit runs: February 1 to February 25
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 4 PM

NAC presents its annual event The CWA Council Show, an exhibit of art by the Connecticut Women Artists, at the NAC Gallery this February.  This annual staple at the NAC Gallery showcases the uniqueness and diversity of female artists.

Sparked by a solitary exhibit of 13 women in 1929 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, the CWA has been supporting and promoting women in the visual arts community for over 80 years.  Boasting a membership of over 200 artists, the CWA’s annual exhibit at the NAC Gallery features the work of the organizations’ council members and officers. 

Artists on exhibit will include: Nancy Whitcher, (President), Joyita Neerkaje (Vice President), Joanne Agostinelli, Lindsay Aromin, Jeanne Ciravolo, Sadie Davidson Devore, Rita Dawley, Jean Bronson Galli, Marny Lawton, Amy Mielke, Sherrie Parenteau, Ruta Parker, Barbara Scavotto-Earley, Suzan Scott, Melanie Watrous, and Barbara Zarcone.

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