This Week in Westville:
Movie Screening: 11 Flowers @Mitchell, Gar Waterman and Tom Edwards Opening and Discussion @KLG, Valentines Specials!

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February Programs
Mitchell Library
Children's Calendar for February HERE

Mon 12-8 |Tue 12-6| Wed 10-6 | Thu 10-6 | Fri CLOSED | Sat 10-5 | Sun CLOSED

Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, 203-946-8117
Odeon Boutique

Odeon, 918 Whalley Avenue, (203) 389 - 8704
The Well For Women

The Well For Women, 495 Blake Street,
Strange Ways

Check out website for Valentines day sales!

Monday-Wednesday 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Strange Ways, 910 Whalley Avenue, 

50% off First Friday* - The first Friday of each month

20% off Tuesdays* - Every single Tuesday

*visit store for details

CLOSED Monday - Tuesday-Thursday 12-5 - Friday 12-7- Saturday/Sunday 10-5 

Vintanthromodern, 895 Whalley Avenue 
Whimsies and Wishes

Whimsies and Wishes , 865 Whalley Avenue, (203) 387-1980
SOHO Gift Card sale

Elm City Sounds
 Elm City Sounds, 24 Fountain Street
Westville Jewelers

Westville Jewelers, 901 Whalley Avenue
Mew Haven Cat Cafe

Mew Haven Cat Cafe,
"On March 19 and 22, 2020 Massaro Community Farm will partner with the seven-time grammy award winning musician Paul Winter for two unique performances. We are putting a call out to "Earth-themed" artists to be part of the art showcase during each event. Artists will potentially reach 500-700 people over both performances. There is no charge to participate. Limited to 15 artists and 7 have confirmed already! The  proceeds of these benefit performances will support educational programming at Massaro Community Farm, located on the line of Woodbridge and Ansonia..." Click HERE for full details on how to apply.
Westville resident and professional cellist  Ravenna Michalsen's Dignity Music brings live classical music to soup kitchens, transitional housing centers and day programs in New Haven, CT.  This spring they are taking Dignity Music on the road for 5 days to spread the idea of live music as a soothing and joyful experience for those experiencing tremendous hardship - and as a way for musicians to meet different sides of their city.  Visit  to  donate (link is at the top). 

"I Am ..." - 4th Annual Juried Show - Open Call to Artists. How do you see yourself? How do others see you? What makes you, you? From selfies to personal branding to the complexities of identity politics, our carefully crafted personas are routinely broadcast to the world via the internet. The modern world revels in the revelation of a semblance of self, allowing us to conceal as much as we reveal. In this age of unprecedented exposure, how can an artist offer some fresh statement of self? While navigating the boundaries between the social and the private self, how do you publicly express something real and authentic? We invite you to share some aspect of the true you, whether through a traditional version of self portraiture or some other, less conventional window to your soul. We want to know you and see you as you see yourself. We welcome any media or form of self expression in your expression of self, anticipating that this collection of selves, of I AM, will become a powerful, revelatory voice of WE ARE. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Sunday, March 15th by 11:59pm. FULL DETAILS HERE
Wednesday, February 12, 7:00pm


ArtWalk Prep Meetings continue today: 
Wednesday, February 12, 7:00pm

Come be apart of the ArtWalk planning committees! Food, Fun, Art, Music : we need your help to make this year the best year yet!

drinks and light snacks will be available.

Meetings are held at Lotta Studio, 911 Whalley Ave
Saturday, February 15, 2:00pm
One of China's foremost Sixth Generation directors, Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle, Shanghai Dreams) tells a striking, autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in the final days of China's Cultural Revolution. Eleven-year-old Wang Han lives with his family in a remote village in Guizhou province. When Wang is selected to lead his school through their daily gymnastic regiment, his teacher recommends that he wear a clean, new shirt in honor of this important position - a request that forces his family to make a great sacrifice. ( in Chenese with English Subtitles)

Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street
 Soho Hair Group and Day Spa, 916 Whalley Avenue
Saturday, February 15, 3:00-6:00pm


In A Pattern Language, sculptor Gar Waterman uses wooden foundry patterns from the National Pipe Bending Company (NPBC) to take a fresh look at a vestige of New Haven's industrial past. NPBC prospered for over 100 years on River Street in Fair Haven as a subsidiary of The Bigelow Boiler Company. Patterns were a key part of the cast iron production process, but orphaned by changing times and the exodus of manufacturing from the New England landscape. When NPBC closed, the company abandoned the building and left behind a stash of patterns in the attic. A classic example of artistic alchemy with the found object, the sculptures retain the pattern's original patina of time, use, and color while endowing them with new life and meaning.

Opening Reception; Saturday, February 15, 3-6pm, with Artist Talks at 3pm

Gar Waterman was born in Maine and grew up in Princeton, NJ. After graduating Dartmouth College, Waterman moved to Pietrasanta, Italy, where he lived for seven years and learned to carve stone. His sculpture combines observation of natural phenomena, sensual devotion to the tactile possibilities of material, and a model maker's tinkering sensibility. In 1996, the artist acquired an abandoned warehouse for $1 from the City of New Haven and transformed it into West Rock Studio, where he has lived and worked for the last 24 years.

Saturday, February 15, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Tom Edwards takes a look at what goes unnoticed in Dreams and Shadows. The artist states that his "primary concern is the visual development of images that describe dream-related memory and a nocturnal atmosphere."Presenting five triptychs developed in the realm of twilight and moonlight, and another created around memories, Edwards pairs these with a group of etchings printed on plaster that are related to the current political climate around border walls. The created dichotomy begs the viewer to consider the multifaceted darkness the artist is investigating on both a personal and national scale.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15th, 3-6pm, with Artist Talks at 3pm

Tom Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. He received a MA from Kansas State University, majoring in drawing and printmaking, where he also received a bachelor of architecture degree. Tom's work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibits worldwide, and is held in numerous collections such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Library of Congress (DC), National Museum of American Art (DC), Smithsonian Collection (DC), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), Baltimore Museum (MD), and The Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection (MA), to name a few.

Sunday, February 16, 9:30am


Join Active Wellness LLC- Boutique Fitness & Personal Training for three amazing in-store classes at Lululemon New Haven, CT! Almost sold out!

Experience your body, mind and heart as a sacred vessel for your spirit through breathing, centering, concentration, alignment, flow and relaxation. Receive guidance from our highly skilled certified personal trainers backed by the latest exercise science. Stretch and strengthen with an intentional focus on your core in this inspiring movement and healthy lifestyle series. 

Welcome & Sign In -- 5 Minutes 
Pilates Fusion + Yoga Fitness Movement Session -- 35-40 Minutes 
Healthy Body, Mind, Heart Talk -- 5 Minutes 
Available for Individual Questions -- 5 Minutes 

Share the Love. Suggested Donation to Community Soup Kitchen HERE

Active Wellness, 16 Fountain St. 203-907-4477, event location: Lululemon, 11 Broadway, New Haven

ECMS opened in August 2014 as New Haven's first public Montessori school.  They are a local public charter school serving preschool - 6th grade students.  Informational flyer  HERE   Follow on Facebook.

Families interested in the 2020-2021 school year may RSVP here ( English Spanish ) to attend ECMS' Open Houses (tours included), dates listed below:

Saturday, February 8th, 10:00-11:00AM
Thursday, February 13th, 5:30-6:30PM
Thursday, February 27th, 10:00-11:00AM

Questions? Contact them at HERE or HERE

Elm City Montessori School, 495 Blake Street 

Monday, February 17, 5:15pm
MOVE AND MEDITATE- Click HERE for more info. Lotta Studio, 911 Whalley Avenue 

Monday, February 17, 9:00pm
MENALIN UNPLUGGED- Click HERE for more info. 50 Fitch Lounge, 50 Fitch Street

Thursday, February 20, 6:00-9:30pm
PECHA KUCHA NEW HAVEN #38 THE "PREDICTABLE ROARING 20'S" EDITION- Click HERE for more info. Lotta Studio, 911 Whalley Avenue 

Saturday, February 22, 12:45pm-2:00pm
PHOTOGRAPHS OF JEWISH CALCUTTA- Click HERE for more info. BEKI, 85 Harrison Street.  

Saturday, February 22, 4:00pm-5:00pm
INDOOR WINTER CONCERT- Click HERE for more info. Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue

Saturday, February 22, 2:00pm
I AM SHAKESPEARE FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION- Click HERE for more info. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street