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What’s Happening in New Canaan This Weekend

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – A farmers market, a nature film series and a pair of art exhibits at Silvermine Arts Center and are some of the events this weekend in and around New Canaan. 

Friday, Aug. 17

Summer Nature Film Series at Audubon Greenwich: 4:30-9 p.m. The “Audubon At Home” Nature Film Series features 18 of the most innovative eco-documentaries created in recent years. This six-day film bonanza will serve up much food for thought. So join Audubon for a unique fundraiser and awareness event co-hosted by Audubon Greenwich and Analiese Paik, the founder of The Fairfield Green Food Guide. Films include “Tapped: The Movie” from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; “Facing the Storm,” about the history of bison, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and “The City Dark,” about night lighting effects on stars, birds and health, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich.

Saturday, Aug. 18

New Canaan Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors will sell farm fresh foods, soaps, crafts and other treats at the Center School Parking Lot, corner of Maple and Main streets. The Farmers Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Nov. 17. Center School Parking Lot.

“Collective Vision” Art Exhibit at Silvermine Arts Center:  Noon to 5 p.m. Juried by Cynthia Roznoy, curator at the Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center in Waterbury, the show centers on three different themes. The first, "Double Vision," focuses on the collaboration between pairs of artists. The pieces submitted by the artists function as a diptych (works that join together), as well as functioning as separate works of art. "Symbol and Reality" explores how we use symbols as language to communicate today, acknowledging that from Egyptian hieroglyphs to computer emoticons, we are surrounded by symbols. The third theme, "Impermanent Markings," explores mark making as the chosen means of artistic expression. Perhaps the most basic of artistic acts is drawing. From simple sketching to intensely labored works, drawing takes advantage of a variety of materials, including ink, pencil, charcoal and pastel. Silvermine Art Gallery, 1037 Silvermine Road.

Sunday, Aug. 19

"Full Tilt" at Silvermine Arts Center: 1 to 5 p.m. Bob Gregson’s "Full Tilt" is a riff on the notions of off-kilter or askew. The walls of the Vassos Gallery are filled with plywood constructions, all or parts of which are tilted, that visually energize the space. The floor space is filled with maquettes for sculptures with panels that lean to the side. Although Gregson's pieces are thoughtfully planned and solidly geometric, he undermines his works with panels that can be rotated and mirrors that extend the edge of the picture plane. This is key to the creative tension. He further subverts his work by teasing the viewer into actively playing with the work by attracting them with color to turn panels or play hide and seek through the holes in his sculpture. Silvermine Art Gallery, 1037 Silvermine Road.

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