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Weekly Events of Note

• What’s On Your Mind? w/ David McArthur: Every Tuesday @ 10:00am in the Chapel
• The Douglas Library Presents “Words & Conversations” hosted by Norma Haight Colman every other Tuesday at 2:00pm in the 2nd floor conference room

Friday, August 1

Opening art reception: “Margaret Rosenberg: Retrospective” 2:30 Country Kitchen

Margaret E. Rosenberg “Retrospective”

An artist who paints in both oil and acrylic, Peggy Rosenberg also works in intaglio prints and mixed media drawing. Although she has been an artist from an early age, Miss Rosenberg began her formal training at Colorado University and in Lausanne, Switzerland. She holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and also worked at N.Y.U., Pratt Graphics Art center, and was a recipient of the Max Beckman Award at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. In 1970 she lived and painted in Israel, England, Ireland and France.

Miss Rosenberg has won various awards for her painting and prints. In 1967 she received the Thomas Hoving Award for Best in Show/ Best Painting at the Brooklyn Museum. She has exhibited in many one person shows in New York and Connecticut. Her work has been purchased by Syracuse University as well as many private collections on the East Coast, as well as England, Ireland, and Israel. Specializing in landscapes, Miss Rosenberg is equally as comfortable painting the tidal inlets of Long Island Sound as she is depicting the rolling hills of the Berkshires. Her western landscapes reflect her love of wide open spaces and dramatic skies. She has always included in her repertoire, portraits of friends, and more recently of private homes, cats, dogs, cows, and Scottish Highlander Cattle.

In 1989 Miss Rosenberg moved to Salisbury, Connecticut. A place she had visited with her family for most of her life. Peggy recently moved to Geer Village in 2012. Miss Rosenberg will be the feature artist with the Gallery at Geer Village with a show that runs from August 1st through September 30th. There will be an opening reception with the artist Friday, August 1st at 2:30pm in the Geer Village Country Kitchen. For more information please call #(860)824-2637.

Saturday, August 2

Joel Blumert in Concert- 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Monday, August 4

Jeffrey Engel presents “A Connecticut Cellist in French Symphonic Orchestras” 2:30pm Chapel












Tuesday, August 5

The Douglas Library presents “Words & Conversations” hosted by Norma Haight Colman - 2:00pm 2nd Floor Conference Room

Thursday, August 7

Johnny Segalla and Mike Schiffer in Concert - 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Tuesday, August 12

An afternoon of Klezmer music with the Cassel family: 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Israeli Musicians “The Cassel Family” in Concert

A concert of Jewish Music will be performed by a family of Klezmer musicians from Israel on Tuesday, August 12th at 2:30 p.m. Geer Village. The concert will be performed by Israeli musicians Ruby Cassel-vioinist and guitarist, with his wife Janet Cassel on clarinet and Reuel Cassel on recorder and guitar. They will play original compositions composed by Ruby Cassel as well as traditional songs. Janet and Ruby have been teaching and music in Jerusalem and throughout Israel for forty yearsThey are joined by their grown son Reuel. Janet Cassel is credited by Klezmer historians as being the first female Klezmer clarinetist. Ruby Cassel is a poet as well as a translator of Zelde, the late Israeli poet who is world renowned.

Come hear the beautiful melodies and sing along to several of the songs. Feel the joy and sorrow communicated through this vibrant music. This concert is open to the public .

Wednesday, August 13

Sandy & Sandy in Concert- 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Thursday, August 14

Thursday, Aug 14- Author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell Deborah Solomon - 1:30pm Hollenbeck Room
















Author Deborah Solomon Discusses Norman Rockwell August 14th

“Welcome to Rockwell Land,” writes Deborah Solomon in the introduction to this spirited and authoritative biography of the painter who provided twentiethcentury America with a defining image of itself. As the star illustrator of The Saturday Evening Post for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell mingled fact and fiction in paintings that reflected the we-thepeople, communitarian ideals of American democracy. Freckled Boy Scouts and their mutts, sprightly grandmothers, a young man standing up to speak at a town hall meeting, a little black girl named Ruby Bridges walking into an all-white school—here was an America whose citizens seemed to believe in equality and gladness for all.

Who was this man who served as our unofficial “artist in chief” and bolstered our country’s national identity? Behind the folksy, pipe-smoking façade lay a surprisingly complex figure—a lonely painter who suffered from depression and was consumed by a sense of inadequacy. He wound up in treatment with the celebrated psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. In fact, Rockwell moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts so that he and his wife could be near Austen Riggs, a leading psychiatric hospital. “What’s interesting is how Rockwell’s personal desire for inclusion and normalcy spoke to the national desire for inclusion and normalcy,” writes Solomon. “His work mirrors his own temperament— his sense of humor, his fear of depths—and struck Americans as a truer version of themselves than the sallow, solemn, hard-bitten Puritans they knew from eighteenth-century portraits.”

Deborah Solomon, a biographer and art critic, draws on a wealth of unpublished letters and documents to explore the relationship between Rockwell’s despairing personality and his genius for reflecting America’s brightest hopes. “The thrill of his work,” she writes, “is that he was able to use a commercial form [that of magazine illustration] to thrash out his private obsessions.” In American Mirror, Solomon trains her perceptive eye not only on Rockwell and his art but on the development of visual journalism as it evolved from illustration in the 1920s to photography in the 1930s to television in the 1950s. She offers vivid cameos of the many famous Americans whom Rockwell counted as friends, including President Dwight Eisenhower, the folk artist Grandma Moses, the rock musician Al Kooper, and the generation of now-forgotten painters who ushered in the Golden Age of illustration. Although derided by critics in his lifetime as a mere illustrator whose work could not compete with that of the Abstract Expressionists and other modern art movements, Rockwell has since attracted a passionate following in the art world. His faith in the power of storytelling puts his work in sync with the current art scene. American Mirror brilliantly explains why he deserves to be remembered as an American master of the first rank.

Deborah will be at Geer Village to discuss “American Mirror” on Thursday, August 14th at 1:30pm. To register please call 860-824-2625.

Friday, August 15

Doug Schmolze in Concert- 2:30pm Hollenbeck Room

Tuesday, August 19

The Douglas Library presents “Words & Conversations” hosted by Norma Haight Colman- 2:00pm 2nd Floor Conference Room

Thursday, August 21

Matt Valenti in Concert- 2:30pm Chapel

Thursday, August 28

The Berkshire Sings Men’s Chorus in Concert- 7:00pm Hollenbeck Room

Get the full Geer Village Activity Calendar for August 2014 here.

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