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[See updates! 8.18.23] AAW to Host Final Arts Walk of the Season Saturday August 19th 2-5p

Updated: Aug 18, 2023

Come out and enjoy a very special afternoon along Main Street Woodbury Main Street. Live Performances, Exhibits, Art & rare docent available access to two historical treasures.

The Arts Alliance of Woodbury’s last Arts Walk of the season is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 19, along Main Street South in Woodbury. Photo courtesy of Marc Russell.

WOODBURY – Updated 8.15.23

The Arts Alliance of Woodbury will host its final Arts Walk of the season from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 19, on Main Street South. Area residents are invited to come out for an afternoon stroll in the center of town, where pop-up events, exhibits, and live performances are planned from the Woodbury Public Library in the north to Studio Hill Gallery in the south as well as docent available FREE access to Glebe House and gardens & the Historic Schoolhouse in Woodbury.

Enjoy artists, exhibits, live performances and activities

A series of performances will take place on the patio outside St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The Valley Chordsmen, a wonderful group of crooners in the barber-shop tradition, will perform from 2:15pm-2:45pm

From 2 - 3 pm there will be a roving performance of Adelka Polak, Sova Dance & Puppet Theater which will thrill all ages.

Sweetcake Mountain, a funky bluegrass band consisting of a mandolin, (performed by Woodburian Alan Zinser), banjo, guitar, and double bass, will be from 4:15pm-5:00pm. A fun time for all.

An Updated Summary of Locations of All Performances are below: [8.18.23]

@ St Paul’s

2:15 - 2:35 pm Valley Chordsman - John Wick 6-7 men, a 20 min set

4:15 - 5pm Alan Zinser & Sweetcake Mountain

Roving Performer:

2:00 – 3:00 pm Sova Dance & Puppet Theater, Adelka Polak

“Internationally acclaimed mask performer and puppeteer Adelka Polak will perform an interactive puppet walkabout along the cemetery wall in front of St.Paul’s church from 2:00-3:00 PM.”

Lawn in Front of Library Gallery

3:15 - 4:00 pm - The Connecticut Handbell Musicians

“Connecticut Handbell Musicians will be performing in the library gallery lawn area from 3:15-4 pm. Come and enjoy!”

[Also, the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club will be exhibiting a wonderful educational display of the life cycle of the endangered Monarch butterfly.]

Studio Hill Spoken Word Event

3:30 pm - Spoken Word Event in sunken garden behind Studio Hill

6-7 performers….

Updated List of Artists & Arts Orgs Exhibiting Along Main Street [Location: Along Main Street, near St Pauls - along the cemetery wall - from 2-5 pm ]

Visual artists will exhibit their works along the cemetery wall adjacent to St. Paul’s.

See the works of

Cindy Gillette,

Painter [Watercolor, Oils]

Nadine Newel

Painter, Oils

Barbara Hunt & Friends from[The Woodbury United Methodist Church]

Children's paper-folding activities [Airplane & Origami] & handbell /handchime performances

Michael LaChioma

Abstract Acrylic Painting & handmade pottery

Sandy Carlson

Hand-woven woolen blankets from Ukraine, books of poetry

Liz Lanspery

Main Street Woodbury Artist - Acrylic Paintings & prints]

Jan Kasle,

Watertown [Acrylic painter, portraits of endangered birds

Shawna Lee,

Portrait artist specializing in portraiture of pets and people

Kathleen Lhommedieu,

Painter, Fine Artist, New Milford

Christine Harris, Woodbury Ballet

"We will have dancers dressed up in tutus, handing out flyers for our newly moved back to Woodbury school and demonstrating little dances"

Dawn Maletzke & Carol Payne, Lucky Day Shop

New to Woodbury business, that will feature, among other things, works of art. Lucky Day Shop, 319 Main Street S, Woodbury

Bill Geddes, Woodbury Bethlehem Community Music Foundation [WBCMF] - "Sharing about our upcoming season of concerts "

Natalie DiCostanzo,

Westover High School Senior, Jewelry

“Senior at Westover ...rings, necklaces, and bracelets .."

Nadine Newell,


Christine Salmon

Woodbury based painter, watercolor, horse and pet portraits

Donna Gardner Striar

Southbury, Handbuilt and hand painted ceramics

Sharron Famiglieti


Brian Paturzo

Visual artist, intaglio etchings

Woodbury Library Gallery, Studio Hill Gallery & Spoken Word Event

The Gallery at the Woodbury Public Library will be open that day, with featured artist show: “Re-Claimed: the recycled art of Artivist Sarah Jane Thornington and Collagist Marla Thornington Martin”. Artivist Sarah Jane Thornington and Collagist Marla Thornington Martin bring ‘Re-Claimed’ an exhibit of recycled art to the Woodbury Public Library’s Gallery Space in August. The sisters have created together from a young age and their art reflects their life paths and passions. Sarah Thornington creates art from items found during beach cleanups and includes bits of plastic washed up by the sea. Marla Thornington Martin creates art from old book pages and images that catch her eye. The artists will be at the Woodbury Public Library during the Arts Alliance of Woodbury’s Arts Walk on Saturday, August 19, 2:00 – 4:30 PM to talk about their work. All ages are invited to stop in and create art with them with provided materials.

[Special Note: Featured artist, Sarah Thornington will also give a talk “Can Art Save the Planet?” on August 17 at 6:30 PM.]

Studio Hill Gallery, 507 Main St. South, will be open for visitors to view the Summer Group art show featuring works by six local artists. A collection of “outsider art”, photography, industrial art, and plein-air paintings.

The gallery’s shaded patio courtyard will be the venue for the Arts Walk’s popular Spoken Word segment which will begin at 3:30pm. Among the five to seven performers expected to appear are Sandy Carlson (Woodbury’s Poet Laureate), writer Cynthia Eastman and poets Tom Nicotera, Sherryl Bedingfield, and Rap to God. There will be an Open Mic opportunity for anyone who feels inspired to share once the scheduled participants have finished.

Special Free to the Public Openings to Glebe House & The Old Historic Schoolhouse with docents

Two special historic treasures which are not normally open to the public FREE and with docent are Glebe House and its Garden AND the Old Historic Schoolhouse. Open the full duration of the Arts All 2p-5p.

The Old Historic Schoolhouse will be open to the public during the AAW Arts Walk, from 2:00-5:00pm. Docent Carol Sideli, a member of the Old Woodbury Historical Society will be present in, to answer any and all questions. Carol is quite passionate about telling all, especially school-age children, what school was like one hundred plus years ago.

Glebe House Museum and Gertrude Jekyll Garden will also be open at no charge with a docent available. Tours of the garden will be offered by the gardeners caring for this unique historical garden. In addition, a masterful storyteller from the Institute for American Indian Studies will be present from 2:00-5:00pm on the grounds.

Polar Sweets Ice Cream Truck will be available during the Arts Walk, located by the Library.

There is no cost for guests or exhibitors at the AAW Arts Walk.

Visitors may begin their walk at either end of the extended venue.

Ample parking can be found at the town offices, at the Senior Community Center, 281 Main St. South, and along various side streets.

Rain date for the event, is the following day, Sunday 8/20 – at the same times and

locations and will be posted by noon on the day on their Facebook Page – which is

also visible on their Home web page.

The all-volunteer, nonprofit Arts Alliance of Woodbury is committed to supporting and promoting the arts in Woodbury and surrounding towns. New members are welcome.

Those seeking additional information may find the group on Facebook and Instagram or visit

AAW Arts Walk Map

We would also like to thank our sponsors Good News Restaurant & Bar, Country Spirit Shop, Shaker Hyundai, Steve & Prisiclla Price, two anonymous generous donors and our all volunteer Board and Committee members for the behind the scenes work that brings this program to life!


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