Selected Works of Guy Duguay

May 20 through June 19 | Curator Reception May 28| 5:30 to 7 pm

Canadian artist Guy Duguay worked as a painter, potter and sculptor in his 40-year life. He added texture with sand, hair and glass to his paintings  He worked in encaustics, a method that melts wax to fix colors and designs to surfaces. He made sculptural paintings by melting plastic sheets around objects. He married fellow artist Louisa Barton, when he knew AIDS would take his life.  She became the keeper of his artwork and she had own show in our gallery last winter. Barton Duguay curates this show of her late husband’s work.  It runs May 20 through June 19. The curator’s opening is Thursday May 28, 5:30 to 7 pm. Charter Oak is also selling small prints of Duguay’s work. See his biography and images here.


New Montessori Parent/Infant Class

Free to Hartford Residents
A Montessori education is among the best in the world. Charter Oak’s Montessori program will encourage ways to promote language, movement, independence and self-discipline. Help to support your child’s natural curiosity and developmental needs.

Charter Oak with the support of Christ Church Cathedral is offering free classes to Hartford parents and their infants. Each class provides 12 instructional hours for parents and their infants.

To register for next round of classes in the fall: Susan Mazer, 860-310-2590 or susan.mazer@charteroakcenter.org.

The photo from the May 8 class shows a little boy crawling towards little girl in a wagon.

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Change the World: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Students

Charter Oak Cultural Center Invites Jewish Students To Change the World
The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world.  Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.
The Anne Frank Society is about giving young people a chance for hands-on social justice work like:  being a practice buddy for a student in its youth orchestra, collecting gently used musical instruments in good working order, raising money to support Beat of the Street, Connecticut’s first street paper, read to children in Charter Oak’s monthly Read It & Sleep program, raise money to support the BOTS Pots gardening program that provides vegetables to those in need, or become a server at its monthly dinner for Charter Oak children and families. Charter Oak provides free art and music lessons to 1100 Hartford children each year. New programs include free Montessori classes for Hartford infants and parents, “Good Vibrations,” a program Charter Oak is presenting in partnership with the Hartford Police Department, that provides free guitars and guitar lessons and free rap poetry classes to at risk children.
Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or tianna.glass@charteroakcenter.org.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford is offering Bat and Bar Mitzvah students in Greater Hartford a chance to change the world.  Any young person who spends six hours working for Charter Oak will be inducted into the “Anne Frank Society.” As Anne Frank said, “how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Recipients receive a certificate and special candle that can be used during their simcha, as a reminder that there are people in need and that the Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a beacon in the community.

Students who want to become a member of the Anne Frank Society should contact Charter Oak at 860-310-2580 or tianna.glass@charteroakcenter.org.

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Juneteenth Celebration

Friday June 19| 5:30 to 7:30 pm|Free
On Friday, June 19, 2015, Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium presents a Juneteenth celebration, commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Through music, dance, and conversation, the program shares the powerful history of this holiday and brings the community together to explore the journey and struggles of African Americans for freedom and liberty.
Eventbrite - Juneteenth Celebration





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