B&S PHOTOS at CHESHIRE ACADEMY

Poster PROOFThere can be an uneasy beauty in scenes of decay and crumbling infrastructure, and at the same time a warning, a cautionary tale. “Capturing the Before” is an exhibition of work by 8 local photographers who were invited by Ball & Socket Arts to document the buildings as they are now, at the nadir of their neglect. Whether focusing on objects, textures, reflections, open or hidden spaces, each photographer met the building with awe and respect. Optimism for the future is revealed in light and color, and in the eyes of the artists bearing witness.

AUCTION COUNTDOWN

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CLICK HERE TO BID:
BENEFIT EVENTS

OUR BENEFIT AUCTION
OF CONTEMPORARY ART
IS LIVE NOW!

Ball & Socket Arts is auctioning over 80 works of contemporary art donated by more than 60 artists to benefit development of the arts center. To view the catalog and place a bid, click the link or photo above to connect to our online auctioneer. Please join us at Art Garage this Saturday 5:00-7:00 to count down to the end of the auction and toast the Art Garage project. Details below.


AUCTION COUNTDOWN and ART GARAGE CLOSING CELEBRATION
Saturday, October 24, 5:00-7:00
at
ART GARAGE
530 West Main Street
Cheshire, CT  06410

ALL ARE WELCOME!

view the art starting at 2:00
meet the artists
wine tastings by Southend Spirits
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SELECT WORKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING ONLY AT ART GARAGE
ON OCTOBER 24, including:

78. WatersJonathan Waters
untitled (2013)
oil on wood
12 x 16 in.
Estimate: $1,000

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Stephen Maine33. Maine
P15 (2015)
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.
Estimate: $1,000

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Debbie_1977Tom Hearn
Debbie (1977)
print
Estimate: $150

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RAMONES-1976Tom Hearn
Ramones (1976)
print
Estimate: $150
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BALL & SOCKET ARTS WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS FOR DONATING THEIR WORK TO HELP MAKE OUR PROJECT A REALITY:

 


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“GONZO GIRL” reading this Saturday, October 17, 5:30 pm, at Art Garage

gonzo-girl-9781501100147_hrBall & Socket Arts is hosting a reading by author Cheryl Della Pietra from her book “Gonzo Girl: A Novel” about her time as an assistant to Hunter S. Thompson at Art Garage this Saturday.

Q&A and book signing will follow.

October 17, 5:30pm
ART GARAGE
530 West Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410

“Long after the last drink is poured and the final gunshot fired, Cheryl Della Pietra’s novel inspired by her time as Hunter S. Thompson’s assistant will linger in your mind. This debut novel is raucous, page-turning, head-spinning, and side-splitting as it depicts a boss and mentor who is both devil and angel, and a young heroine who finds herself tested in the chaos that surrounds him. An intense story, Della Pietra’s tale about writing, firearms, psychotropics, and the pros and cons of hot tubs will suck you in and take you on ride. Gonzo Girl is a ticket you want to buy.”  – Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black


CHERYL DELLA PIETRA is a longtime New York City magazine editor, writer, and copy editor. She has published numerous stories in such magazines as Marie Claire, Redbook, and POV Magazine. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she lived with Hunter S. Thompson in Woody Creek, Colorado, for several months in 1992, where she worked as his assistant. She currently lives in Branford, Connecticut, with her husband and son.


SYNOPSIS
Alley Russo is a recent college grad desperately trying to make it in the grueling world of New York publishing, but like so many who have come before her, she has no connections and has settled for an unpaid magazine internship while slinging drinks on Bleecker Street just to make ends meet. That’s when she hears the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistant to replace the eight others who have recently quit. Hungry for a chance to get her manuscript onto the desk of an experienced editor, Alley jumps at the opportunity to help Reade finish his latest novel.

After surviving an absurd three-day “trial period” involving a .44 magnum, purple-pyramid acid, violent verbal outbursts, brushes with fame and the law, a bevy of peacocks, and a whole lot of cocaine, Alley is invited to stay at the compound where Reade works. For months Alley attempts to coax the novel out of Walker page-by-page, all while battling his endless procrastination, vampiric schedule, Herculean substance abuse, mounting debt, and casual gunplay. But as the job begins to take a toll on her psyche, Alley realizes she’s alone in the Colorado Rockies at the mercy of a drug-addicted literary icon who may never produce another novel—and her fate may already be sealed.

A smart, rollicking ride told with heart, Gonzo Girl is a loving fictional portrait of a larger-than-life literary icon.

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AUCTION PREVIEW ON VIEW NOW

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More than 60 artists have donated over 80 works to be auctioned to benefit Ball & Socket Arts! Check out the catalog online at:

www.benefitevents.com/auction/ballandsocket

The works being auctioned are also on view at Art Garage:

Oct. 17 & 18, 11am – 5pm

ART GARAGE
530 West Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410


JOIN US
for the closing of the auction and a celebration of Art Garage
October 24, 5:00-7:00
at
ART GARAGE

 

 

THE SECOND MOVEMENT at ART GARAGE – Sept. 27 at 5pm

BCAM5047The Second Movement Ensemble
September 27, 2015 at 5pm
Art Garage
530 West Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410

Suggested donation: $15 for adults, $5 for students

Program
Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae
Bela Bartok: Selected Duos for two violins, Sz. 98
W.A. Mozart: Quintet for clarinet and strings, K. 581

Performers
Matheus Garcia Sousa, violin
Mélanie Clapiès, violin
Isabella Mensz, viola
Yan Levionnois, cello
David Perry, clarinet

Described by the New Haven Independent as “one part experiment, one part education, and one part outstanding musicianship,” the Second Movement Ensemble is fast becoming an integral part of the music scene in the New Haven area. This group is dedicated to a sustainable future for music in our community, and aims to create an integrated musical community that includes performers, students, and audience members. In addition to providing professional-quality performances, they showcase ensembles of local music students who have coached and studied with them. In developing their mission, they asked themselves, “what more can a chamber music ensemble do?” Come hear their answer!

THE UNCERTAINTY MUSIC SERIES at ART GARAGE – July 22 at 7pm

uncertainty-140-page001The UNCERTAINTY MUSIC SERIES, curated by composer and instrumentalist Carl Testa, has presented concerts of improvised, electronic, and experimental music in the New Haven area since 2007. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for local and regional artists who aren’t being actively presented in other venues in the area and to encourage creative exchange amongst artists in New Haven and the region.

BALL & SOCKET ARTS is delighted to host this installment of the series at ART GARAGE as part of our mission to present a taste of what is to come when the center opens in 2017.

BROADCLOTH performs improvised music with a nod to various compositional outlets. Using a unique instrumentation of voice, cello and accordion/recorders, the trio plays from notated, graphic, embroidered, and textual scores in addition to completely spontaneous pieces. Without shying away from virtuosity, Broadcloth creates music that reflects the order of composition and the risk of unpredictable musical interactions. Emphasis lies on establishing a holistic sound that favors cooperation over hierarchy.

The trio of Bontrager, Ludwig, and Wiegand perform improvised music on a collection of early music instruments and homemade electronics.

For more information about the individual artists, please click the images below.

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BROADCLOTH, photo by Ginger Nash

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SPIFF WIEGAND, photo by Jules Wiegand

LOREN LUDWIG

LOREN LUDWIG

 

CAPTURING THE BEFORE on display at HARTFORD FINE ARTS starting July 17

29GaryRichards-72_300420“Capturing the Before”, Ball & Socket Arts’ exhibition of fine art photography by eight regional artists addressing the beauty of the factory in its current condition will be on display at Hartford Fine Arts & Framing in East Hartford July 17 though August 29, 2015

Also on display are infrared and visible spectrum photographs by Robert Marsala and the original sign from the Ball & Socket office building.

Hartford Fine Art & Framing Co.
80 Pitkin Street
East Hartford, CT 06108

Hours:
Monday thru Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Many thanks to owners Bill and Laura Plage for sponsoring the exhibition and to Gregory Wolfe for promoting and installing it at HFA.

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“Hartford Fine Arts has long been an advocate of historic preservation, especially when old structures can be re-purposed for the benefit and promotion of fine arts and handcrafts. The old Ball & Socket factory building is, itself, a piece of 19th Century architectural art and it is reassuring to know that soon, some of the art of the 21st Century will be created within its restored walls. We invite you to come see the exhibit of this landmark’s humble rebirth.”    – Bill & Lauren Plage, Hartford Fine Art

 

CAPTURING THE BEFORE

Featuring photography by:
Corley Fleming
Tom Hearn
Gary Lohr
Staci Miller
Gary Richards
Melanie Stengel
Gabrielle Tougas
Gregory Wolff

Exhibition history:
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Cheshire, CT, October 18, 2014
Cheshire Public Library, Cheshire, CT, December 16, 2014-January 4, 2015
Hartford Fine Arts & Framing Co., East Hartford, CT, July 17-August 29, 2015