Our April Program: Illustrated Program about Legendary Female Artists

Veronique Dulack photoThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Véronique Dulack to speak about female artists of the Renaissance and Baroque eras at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on Thursday, April 4, beginning at 2:30pm.

Véronique Sintobin Dulack, AAA was born and raised in Belgium where she obtained a Masters’ Degree in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Louvain. She has been working in the field of Art History since 1976 starting as researcher and later as an independent curator until moving to the United States in 1986.

In 1987 she became a Research Associate in the Department of European
Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working on the museum’s
holdings of Early Netherlandish and Northern Renaissance Paintings,
which is the largest collection in the field outside of Belgium.

For 17 years, she taught Art History and Art Appreciation at the
Waterbury Campus of the University of Connecticut, and specifically a
course on the topic of Feminism and the Arts. Her scholarly research
focuses on the history of collections and commerce of Old Masters during
the 19th century. She is a Certified Appraiser of Fine and Decorative
Arts of the Appraisal Association of America, providing appraisals for
estate, insurance and charitable contributions purposes.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door,
which includes a High Tea reception. The contact for more information
is 860-567-3966 .

Our March Program:Gerri Griswold to speak on the  subject “Iceland Through my Heart”

Gerri Griswold photoThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Gerri Griswold to speak on the subject “Iceland Through my Heart” at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on Thursday, March 7, beginning at 2:30pm.

Gerri Griswold is Director of Administration and Development at The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Connecticut. She has handled bats for twenty-seven years as a wildlife rehabilitator and
educator and is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the United States Department of Agriculture to keep and exhibit non releasable bats and more recently, porcupines for education.

Over the years Griswold and her bats have delivered hundreds of programs
to libraries, classrooms, Scout troops and organizations like the
National Park Service and the Yale Peabody Museum. They have appeared on
the cover of The Weekly Reader and produced a segment about bats for The
Late Show with David Letterman. Griswold was featured in “Seasons of
Connecticut” by Diane Smith, published by Globe Pequot Press, released
in June 2010. Griswold also serves as the morning voice of traffic on
WTIC AM and WZMX FM. Griswold began traveling to Iceland in 2002 when
the Elves and Hidden People called her to the Land of Fire and Ice.
Since then she has visited Iceland 49 times. In 2010 she launched a
travel company, Krummi Travel LLC, which takes small groups of
extraordinary adults on extraordinary trips to Iceland.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door,
which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information
are 860-567-3966 and womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our December Program: Music for the Holiday Season

SONY DSCThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield returns to St. Michael’s Church, 25 South St. in the center of Litchfield, on Thursday December 6th at 2:30 PM for our musical Holiday program. This year we feature two talented women from the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra who will be playing holiday songs from medieval times to current melodies.

Amy Jones is a violinist/violist who has been playing with the Waterbury Symphony for 23 years. She is also involved with the WSO’s educational programs as a String Mentor with the programs at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Chase Collegiate and is a teaching artist in the WSO’s “Bravo Waterbury” Program. She has worked with the Musical Readers Program for young children since its inception and serves as a liaison between the WSO and program sites.

Rebecca Patterson received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and M.M. from the Yale School of Music. She has been the recipient of many awards and merit-based scholarships over the years. In recent years Ms. Patterson has focused on the Connecticut community as Principal Cellist of the New Haven Symphony and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, instructor of cello at UCONN Storrs and teacher and chamber music coach through out the state.

After the performance please join us in the Community House next door for tea and refreshments. The guest fee is $10 and all are welcome.

Our November Program: The Ghosts in Our Oceans: Preserving Marine Wildlife

Elizabeth HoganThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a lively and informative program entitled “The Ghosts in our Oceans: Preserving Marine Wildlife” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, November 1, 2018 beginning at 2:30pm.

Elizabeth Hogan is the Program Manager for Oceans and Wildlife with World Animal Protection, where she specializes in marine wildlife entanglement in addition to work on marine debris, illegal wildlife trade, whaling policy, and wildlife in captivity. For the last five years she has researched the impact of derelict fishing gear on marine mammals and worked on establishing rescue networks and protocols for entangled marine life. She has previously worked with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) on protective policies and fishing gear modification for the conservation of North Atlantic Right Whales.

Prior to working in the animal welfare sector, Elizabeth developed fifteen years of experience with government, corporate, and non-profit organizations, including four years as a consultant on climate change, deforestation policy, and sea level rise. She has also worked in ecotourism development in Ecuador and with the Camara de Industrias of Costa Rica to assist Central American businesses in adopting environmentally sustainable business practices.

Elizabeth is a contributing author to two books on corporate social responsibility. She has a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a dual Master of Science in Marine & Coastal Natural Resources and a Master of Science in Sustainable Development from the University for Peace in Costa Rica and American University in Washington, DC.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our October Program : Abdo Ballester with “Cuban Memories”

Abdo Ballester photo October 2018The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a
lively and informative program entitled “Cuban Memories” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield
on Thursday, October 4, and beginning at 2:30pm.

Abdo Ballester knows Cuba firsthand, having been both born there and
growing up in the glory days of the country. He will share his memories
and talk about what it was like returning as an adult and how it has
changed.

Ballester makes Washington, Connecticut his home, where he is a
trustee of the Washington Art Association. He is the star of the town’s
Summer Solstice celebration with his famous Mojitos. He is also a member
of the board of trustees of the Cuban Artist Fund in New York City and
is a representative to the United Nations for the Foundation for the
establishment of an International Criminal Court. He is the retail
manager for The Mayflower Grace Inn and Spa in Washington, Connecticut.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door,
which includes a High Tea reception. For  more information please call
 860-567-3966 or email  info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.