The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council is hosting its second annual Garden Party at the Harwinton home of Victoria Elliot and Marvin McMillen. The gardens at the home were designed by Major Henry Hornbostel, who was an instrumental architect for the Queensboro Bridge in New York and the Williamsburg Bridge in Pennsylvania.
Guests can watch plein air painters creating new works. Participating painters include Madeline Falk, Joan Jardine, Pieter Lefferts, Leslie Watkins, Collette Hurst, Kathleen Kelly and Deborah Leonard. Pictured is a painting Kelly created during the 2012 garden party.
Terra Coda will perform, as will students from Litchfield Jazz Camp. Abigail Vona’s painted dresses will be modeled as “wearable art.”
The party, at 10 Litchfield Road, is on Saturday, July 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, July 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Congregational Church abutting the property will provide parking.
Admission is $65, $50 for arts council members. Admission includes tours of the gardens, a three-course dinner, beverages, painting demonstrations and sale and entertainment.
The 25-town region served by the Arts Council includes Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Burlington, Colebrook, Cornwall, Falls Village, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Salisbury/Lakeville, Sharon, Roxbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, and Winchester/Winsted.