Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wisdom House Chef Makes Art out of Breakfast

Wisdom House guests were pleasantly surprised by the apple "sculpture" on the breakfast fruit tray. This was the creative work of Wisdom House chef, Gerard Hall.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Students from Sacred Heart's Campus Ministry at Wisdom House

Students from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield relax between sessions of their Campus Ministry retreat at Wisdom House, November 14-16.

Monday, November 17, 2008

'Making Peace with Money' at Wisdom House

Participants in the November 2008 workshop, "Making Peace with Money" are pictured here with facilitator, Susan Lovallo (standing on right). The workshop offered techniques for organizing and planning so that money and finances can be used in a healthy way.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Environmental Leadership Program Members Train at Wisdom House

Participants in the Environmental Leadership Program enjoy some refreshments and animated conversation as they arrive at Wisdom House for their November 2008 training session. The mission of the organization is to inspire visionary, action oriented and diverse leadership to work for a just and sustainable future.

Garden Tapestries: The Photography of Judith Petrovich

Maple Leaf- From: "The Garden Frost Series"
Photography: Judith Petrovich
Silver Gelatin Print 11 X 14

Show runs: October 18, 2008 - December 29, 2008
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Born in Illinois, Ms. Petrovich holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois. She studied at the International Center for Photography from 1978-81. She was photo journalist for The Litchfield County Times newspaper from 1988-2002. Presently, she is a free-lance photographer. Her works have been shown locally in the Washington Art Association, New Arts Gallery 10th Anniversary Show, the Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, and the Minor Memorial Library Gallery.

The works in the show are part of her “Garden Frost Series.” Of this series, Ms. Petrovich says, “If the essence of photography is ‘being there’, this series of images are representative of those early morning moments before the first rays of light melt the delicate edging of frost crystals on my Connecticut garden.”

Photos from the opening reception: Saturday, October 18, 1 - 3 pm.

Sr. Rosemarie Greco Participates in Humane Society Documentary

Sister Rosemarie Greco, Administrator of Wisdom House, was interviewed as part of a documentary of the Humane Society titled, "Eating Mercifully." Please take a look! The film explores the intersection of animal welfare and religion. Visit or click on the video below.

Not included in the documentary were the following statements of the Catholic Church concerning care of animals.

In 1915, Pope Benedict XV encouraged priests in Italy to join the Association for Protection of Animals to protect animals from cruelty and roughness and lead people to see animals as a beauty of creation from God.

The Catholic Catechism (#2418) says that it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly.

Pope John Paul II, in 1990, said "animals possess a soul and people must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren.... Animals are the fruit of the creative action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect; they are as near to God as people are."

Pope Benedict XVI said (2002) " industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens living so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds; this degrading of living creatures to commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible."

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, in their teaching on the Natural Environment said (2002) that individual actions may seem insignificant but together the small steps of many people can have an astonishing impact. Public pressure becomes so powerful when it reflects the moral vision that respects the rights of others.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Spiritual Directors International at Wisdom House

Spiritual Directors International sponsored a retreat day at Wisdom House in
late October. Participants came from as close as Connecticut and as far away
as Alaska and New Zealand.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Members of Islamic Chaplaincy of Hartford Seminary at Wisdom House

Members of the Islamic Chaplaincy of Hartford Seminary met in the Farm House
at Wisdom House in October for a retreat weekend.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Marie Louise Trichet Gallery to Celebrate 15th Anniversary in 2009

The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery Exhibition Committee, David Skora, Alan
Colavecchio, and Harvey Offenhartz begin to organize the selections for the
upcoming retrospectives.

The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House in Litchfield will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2009. The gallery opened in April,1994 and features the works of local, national,
and international artists.

To celebrate its 15th Anniversary, it will be hold three retrospectives featuring the recent works of artists who have had solo shows in the gallery since its opening.

As part of the first retrospective, which will open on January 24, 2009, Julia Cameron, author of "The Artist's Way" will give a brief presentation titled, "Creative Myths and Monsters" at 1:30 pm. The presentation is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception and the opening of the first retrospective.

This first retrospective will be on exhibit until April 18, 2009. For further information, call Wisdom House at 860-567-3163, email, or visit

Monday, November 3, 2008

Litchfield Visual Arts, Inc., Launches 'Litchfield Arts Guide'

“A new reason to visit Historic Litchfield, CT” “Follow the trail to world class art.”

On Sunday October 12, 2008 Litchfield Visual Arts, Inc. released the premier edition of the Litchfield Art Guide. A launch party was held at the Litchfield Saltwater Grille Restaurant to introduce both Litchfield Visual Arts and the Litchfield Art Guide to the public. The Art Guide features information on galleries, artists, artisans and restaurants throughout the town of Litchfield. Included in the Art Guide is a map to the seven gallery locations.

Over 60 attended the event including guide advertisers, members of the Board of Selectmen, Economic Development Commissioners, State Representative Craig Miner and State Senator Andrew Roraback. After the launch party a town-wide studio and gallery tour took place, which was open to the public.

The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery at Wisdom House was one of the “stops” on the tour. Amelia de Neergaard’s show, “Natural Connections” on exhibit in the gallery.

The directors of Litchfield Visual Arts, Inc. are Carolyn Fugere, President, who currently manages the Litchfield office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Pamela Stockamore, Vice President, Artist Matthew Sweet, Treasurer, Investment Executive with the First National Bank of Litchfield, Brett Clugston, Secretary, owner of the Litchfield Saltwater Grille Restaurant, Helen Bunnell, of Litchfield’s Bunnell Farm, Tony Caretta, owner of New Arts Gallery, Albert Coffill, Artist and Educator and Lee Losee, Warden of the Borough of Litchfield, Michele Murelli, Artist and Art Educator, Leo Paul, Litchfield’s First Selectman.

The Litchfield Art Guide is now available at various locations throughout Litchfield, or its pages can be viewed a

Mission Statement: Litchfield Visual Arts, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to promote the visual arts (galleries, artists and artisans) within the greater Litchfield area. The mission of the organization is to enhance economic development within greater Litchfield through the promotion of the visual arts and to create public awareness of the visual arts establishing greater Litchfield as an art oriented destination.

Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti with other artists.
and Sister Rosemarie Greco with Martha Bernstein at the launch party of
Litchfield Visual Arts, Inc.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Taft Students Make Gift of Service to Wisdom House

On October 20, students from The Taft School in Watertown, CT, came to give community service at Wisdom House by weeding the area around our outdoor labyrinth. The students participating this year were Story Viebranz from New Jersey, Alex Everett from Massachusetts, Austen Dixon from South Carolina, and Jasmine Santana from New York. Julie Reiff, the Director of Communications, at Taft accompanied the students.