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Artful Insights
Reading masterpieces of art for your well-being.  Learn more here!





Winter Art History Series! 3 new talks at:
Avon Free Public Library
281 Country Club Rd
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 673-9712

All sessions free and open to the public.  No admission or registration needed.

When you think of America, these are the qualities you may think of first. Come explore how American identity has been shaped by images of the land, people, and city with art historian Rena Tobey. In this interactive series of talks, we’ll dig beyond the surface layers that create a streamlined, but simplistic notion of the American character. We’ll take a slow look at paintings that tell complex, often coded stories, reflecting both the challenges and greatness of our country.

William Sidney Mount. Bargaining for a Horse. 1835.

William Sidney Mount. Bargaining for a Horse. 1835.

Mark your calendars now!


Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2 p.m. Land

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2 p.m. People

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2 p.m. City



Mark your calendar:
Unity in the Foothills
1622 Torringford St.
Torrington, CT

Artful Insights
Sunday, March 12, 2017
11 a.m. Guest Speaker
Looking at art has long been a source of joy for its expressions of beauty. In times of trauma, art also becomes a place of refuge, re-grounding, guidance, and healing. This lesson focuses on re-establishing our sensory intelligence as a source of solace, rejuvenation, and inspiration. Come experience the magic and wisdom created through your deeply personal connection with masterpieces of art.

1:00 p.m. Workshop – $20
Artful Insights: Guidance by Art in Turbulent Times
Join Rena Tobey, art historian, for a deeper exploration of the Lesson introduced during the morning service. Bring your journal, something to write with, and any personal issues you want to consider further. Rena will facilitate a slow-looking approach to a few masterworks, then layer in information such as the meaning of symbols, the cultural and historical context, and the background of the artist. Through personal reflection, small group sharing, and overall sense-making, we will also take on some of the larger issues we collectively face. Be prepared to dig deep and share through co-created community time. Discover how art can connect you to infinite possibility, and leave with strategies for dealing with life challenges, with art as part of the answering experience.



 Artventures!® Game



Artventures!® Game  is now on sale at many museums and galleries.  You can also get it on amazon.  Hooray!





Did you miss Daniel Fitzmaurice and his radio show,

Artbeat, on WNHH? You can listen to the Wednesday,

March 16 program on women in art and Finding Her Way on the two tracks below.

Daniel is the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven.





Check out H/artful Home and the Rose Marcus Tobey artist catalogue!

Museum Tours

William Chadwick, On the Porch, c. 1908, Florence Griswold Museum.

William Chadwick, On the Porch, c. 1908, Florence Griswold Museum.


Join me at the Florence Griswold Museum!                                      96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT                                             (860) 434-5542

If you haven’t been to this museum, it is completely unlike anything you will see anywhere in the U.S.  So come check it out.





Rena is also happy to walk you through the New York Historical Society permanent collection                                        170 Central Park West at 77th Street




Herb and Dorothy 50×50:  Rena is included in the documentary, leading a tour of the Vogel Collection at the Delaware Art Museum.  You can hear her voice about 22 seconds into this trailer and then get a quick glimpse of her tour.