Tasting with Wholey Oats
Feb
11
1:00 pm13:00

Tasting with Wholey Oats

Meet the creator of Wholey Oats granola and granola bars, Pattie Camillone. Pattie will share samples of her tasty products, including her popular gluten-free Go-Go Bars! 

Works by Ecka Blaire Faulds & Peter Wnek
Nov
19
Dec 31

Works by Ecka Blaire Faulds & Peter Wnek

The Loft Gallery at the Smithy Store will host an opening reception for Connecticut artists, Ecka Blaire Faulds and Peter Wnek, on Saturday, November 19 from 4-6pm. The reception is free and open to the public. This exhibit of paintings by Ms. Faulds, and photography by Mr. Wnek will be on view through Sunday, December 31. 

Peter’s style of photography span from the altered and image composite photos of the digital realms for his commercial assignments to a more ethereal, romantic feel of his small format camera captures, while also striving for the purists perspective when creating an image with a large format view camera.

http://peterwnekphoto.com

Ecka Blaire Faulds received her BFA in Painting from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and her work has been selected for a number of awards and exhibitions including the Washington Art Association’s “Young Talent Exhibition” in 2012, designed to showcase promising artists under the age of 30; and for award by curators of the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

She participated in the first residency of Artspace: Torrington, in Connecticut (now known as Five Points Gallery), which served to foster an open dialogue between the general public and working artists – encouraging exploration, opinion, and interest. She currently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, and works for the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

http://eckablaire.com

 

Aug
18
7:00 pm19:00

Needle Felting Night

This month we'll be crafting for Christmas so there will be kits for santas, snowmen, sheep, penguins, polar bears and assorted ornaments.  Please let Rachel know if you plan to attend and what type of kit you might like at hgredbarn@aol.com.  Always feel free to bring your own project or choose to buy a kit from the assortment.  $10 to attend.

Needle Felting Night
Jul
21
7:00 pm19:00

Needle Felting Night

Join us for Needle Felting Night at The Smithy with Rachel Gerowe.  Dogs will be featured.  Choose from assorted kits or bring your own project.  $10 to attend, all kits available for an additional fee.  Let Rachel, at hgredbarn@aol.com, know if you plan to come and if you'd like something in particular.

Tasting with Big Dipper Ice Cream
Jun
18
12:00 pm12:00

Tasting with Big Dipper Ice Cream

The master of ice cream making, Harry Rowe will be here to greet guests with samples of his Big Dipper ice cream. Enjoy a taste of Harry's best seller's like Toasted Almond, Salted Caramel, Peach and others! Don't miss this one!

Savor Cookie Tasting with Andre Kreft
Jun
11
1:00 pm13:00

Savor Cookie Tasting with Andre Kreft

Sample deliciously light and tasty shortbread cookies, such as Lavender, Nicasia (rosemary, lemon with a touch of roasted sea salt), Cinnamon Orange and others! Andre will also share ideas and the inspiration behind his unique 'Savor' brand. 

Vista Art Opening with works by Ella Crampton-Knox & Emily Kennedy
May
28
4:00 pm16:00

Vista Art Opening with works by Ella Crampton-Knox & Emily Kennedy

The Loft Gallery will open VISTA, featuring paintings by Litchfield artist, ELLA CRAMPTON-KNOX, and photography by Bantam resident, EMILY KENNEDY on Saturday, May 28.  This exhibit runs through Sunday, July 10.

 

Guests are invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Saturday, May 28th from 4 - 6pm. The reception is free and open to the public

Needle Felting Night
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

Needle Felting Night

Join us for Needle Felting Night at The Smithy with Rachel Gerowe.  Participants can join for $10 and bring their own project to receive guidance and support, or they can purchase a kit for an additional fee.  This month alligators will be featured, but as always, other kits are available.  Let us know if you plan to attend by emailing Rachel at hgredbarn@aol.com.

Birdhouse Event with Terry Burks
May
21
10:00 am10:00

Birdhouse Event with Terry Burks

Join us on the patio as birdhouse master craftsman, Terry Burks answers your questions and chats about the many benefits of attracting bluebirds, tree swallows and purple martins to your property.

A variety of Terry's lovely birdhouses will be on display and available for sale.

Honey Tasting with John and Janet Baker of Berry Ledges Apiary
May
14
11:00 am11:00

Honey Tasting with John and Janet Baker of Berry Ledges Apiary

Please join us for a honey tasting with John and Janet Baker of Berry Ledges Apiary.  They'll be sampling their honey, including their specialty varieties, and bee pollen.  They'll also have their bees on hand and be discussing the process of honey collection and answering questions about bee keeping.

LOCAL MAKERS MARKET
May
7
1:00 pm13:00

LOCAL MAKERS MARKET

In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Smithy Store will host a Local Makers Market on the second floor Loft.

Customers can browse one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items made by Connecticut artisans, including clay pieces from Boston Tile & Pot, natural small batch soaps for body & home by Solstice Handcrafted, functional pottery from Bell Hill Pottery, jewelry by designers Elizabeth MacDonald, Missy Stevens & Terri Tibbatts, and laundry soap products by Nutmeg Naturals.

Meet & Greet with Camps Road Farm
Apr
16
11:00 am11:00

Meet & Greet with Camps Road Farm

Meet farmers John & Kate of Camps Road Farm. This wonderful little farm specializes in pasture-raised chickens, using organic practices. They'll be sharing information about their 2016 CSA.

ARTIST'S OPENING RECEPTION - 'ESSENCE' works by Ann Kromer
Apr
9
4:00 pm16:00

ARTIST'S OPENING RECEPTION - 'ESSENCE' works by Ann Kromer

The Loft Gallery will open a new exhibit, ‘ESSENCE’, featuring landscape and gardenscape paintings by Ridgefield artist, ANN KROMER, on Saturday, April 9. This exhibit runs through Sunday, May 22.

Guests are invited to meet the artist at the artist's opening reception on Saturday, April 9th from 4 - 6pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Ann paints from nature in an impressionistic style, mostly en plein air, bringing a compelling immediacy to her work.  More recently, she has begun doing loose, free vibrant watercolors while traveling the countryside alongside her husband. She paints spontaneously as they drive, capturing the essence of the scenery rather than accurate depictions, calling these watercolors her "drive bys".  

Ann's landscapes and gardenscapes are in many corporate and private collections throughout the United States.  She has won many awards for her oil and acrylic paintings, including Best of Show at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists juried by New York Times art critic, William Zimmer.

Second Nature
Feb
27
Apr 3

Second Nature

The Loft Gallery opens their next exhibit, SECOND NATURE, featuring painter, Heather Scofield, on Saturday, February 27th. 

Heather relocated to Kent Connecticut, from Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1990's and became part of the Kent School community where her husband teaches art.

Surrounded by the beauty of New England and the Northwest Corner and Maine where she spends her summers, Heather was inspired to paint landscapes of the magnificent land around her. 

She has most recently exhibited her paintings as an elected artist at the Kent Art Association's "Elected Artists Show" last spring and the Akin Museum's "Meeting Past" show in Pawling, NY last fall, and a solo exhibit at the Kent Memorial Library Gallery in Kent, CT last November and December.  

Guests are invited to meet the artists at the Artist’s Reception on Saturday, February 27 from 4 - 6pm. The opening is free and open to the public.

Plum Brook Chocolate Valentine's Celebration
Feb
13
2:00 pm14:00

Plum Brook Chocolate Valentine's Celebration

On Saturday, February 13th, Pam Dorgan of Plum Brook Chocolate will be on hand to showcase her delicious chocolates and help you celebrate Valentine's Day.  Stop by for a taste and to check out her special Valentine truffle offerings!

Meet & Greet the Farmers of Wild Carrot Farm
Feb
6
12:00 pm12:00

Meet & Greet the Farmers of Wild Carrot Farm

Please join us for a meet and greet with Mark and Joanie, the farmers of Wild Carrot Farm, in Bantam, CT.  They will be on hand to answer questions about their farm and sign up members for their 2016 CSA.

Needle Felting Night
Jan
28
7:00 pm19:00

Needle Felting Night

Join us for Needle Felting Night at The Smithy with Rachel Gerowe.  Participants can choose to come for a $10 fee and bring their own project and receive guidance and support, or they can purchase a kit for an additional fee from a variety of choices.  Each month a different kit is featured, but a variety are available.  In January, Lady Gnomes are featured.  Kits range in price from $14 - $30 and many are suitable for beginners.  Let us know if you plan to attend by emailing Rachel at hgredbarn@aol.com.

Inside Out
Jan
9
Feb 21

Inside Out

Join us for the opening of our next exhibit, Inside Out, featuring two Washington Connecticut artists, photographer, Tim Cole and oil painter, Mark Devlin. This unique  show contrasts Mr. Devlin's bold, dramatic paintings against the quiet solitude of Mr. Cole's introspective Connecticut landscapes.


Guests are invited to meet the artists at the Opening Reception of Inside Out on Saturday, January 16 from 4 - 6pm. The opening is free and open to the public.

New England Farm Girl Author Signing
Dec
13
11:00 am11:00

New England Farm Girl Author Signing

Please join us Sunday, December 13th from 11-1, for a book signing with Jessica Robinson, author of New England Farm Girl.  Jessica grew up on a small farm in Connecticut, where her family raised livestock, grew their own crops, and operated a maple sugar house.

New England Farm Girl is truly a one-of-a-kind farm to table style cookbook that invites readers to learn about growing their own garden, buying local, organic foods and Jessica's family’s heritage recipes which include her grandmother’s cream puffs, grandfather’s fudge and great-grandmother’s molasses cookies

New England is known for wonderful culinary creations such as fresh lobster, oysters, clams, baked beans, wild blueberries, cranberries and maple syrup.     New England has a strong fishing industry and extensive dairy farms. Opening the pages of this book will be as though you are driving through the rural parts of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Stepping back in time, remembering the simple joys of childhood with wonderful farm stands, orchards and wineries throughout New England that are all committed to growing natural foods and helping improve the environment.