Paper-making with Invasive Plants

Sterling House Community Center
Saturday, January 28h from 12:30 – 3:30 P.M.

On Saturday there will be a Paper-making with Invasive Plants class at Sterling House Community Center.

The class is for Ages: 16+, and all materials will be supplied by the instructor

The skill level: Absolute beginner and the Instructor is Britt Garth.  The cost:

Arts Alliance of Stratford members: $42.00 and Non-members: $50.00.

What are invasive plants?

Invasive plants are defined as non-native plant species which were introduced from other regions. If there are no natural predators to keep invasive plants in check, they can grow aggressively, crowding out native plants. Once native plants are under threat, it can affect the native insects and animals that depend on them.

This paper-making workshop will explain how paper can be made from invasive species of plants and common weeds, using prepared visual aids. The short presentation will be followed by a hands-on component where students will get to try pulling sheets of paper themselves.

Registration page:

Strength In Colors: Our Differences Make Us Stronger show runs from Monday, January 16th to Friday, February 10th.  Artists who submitted work were encouraged to show us what unites us, rather than what divides us.

The Arts Alliance Writers Group is coming soon.  The class will begin on Tuesday, February 7th and will be from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Watercolor for Beginners starting in February.  Learn the basics of watercolor from color theory to execution of a still life and beach scene in this 5-week hands-on course. The course will take place at the Sterling House Community Center and is for Ages: 16+.

Registration information will be available soon.

December Art in the Library

Stratford’s Ellen Thees’ Oils on Display thru December

“Still Vignettes”

An exhibit of original oil paintings by Stratford artist Ellen Thees is the current art exhibit at the Stratford Library.  The exhibit, entitled “Still Vignettes”, continues at the Library through December 2022.  It is free and open to the public. Viewing hours for “Still Vignettes” are: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.- 8p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday: 1-5 p.m.  The display is located in the Main Lobby of the Stratford Library and will continue through December 2022.

Ellen Thees creates big and colorful still life oil paintings.  She renders objects at least double their actual size to highlight the wonder and beauty of the everyday.  The work has a clear sense of depth with elements of abstraction and surrealism.  Thees started teaching herself oil painting in her early twenties and painted for several years before focusing on building a career and earning a degree. The more Thees played with paints, the more she learned and the more excited she became. After a concussion from a car accident left her unable to continue the highly analytical work she enjoyed, she reluctantly retired.  Ellen then began painting every day, developing her style.

Thee calls the exhibit “Still Vignettes,” because many of the works suggest little stories about the personalities and relationships of the inanimate objects. Her paintings are mostly two to three feet wide. Thees lives in Stratford with her husband of 48 years and their cat.  Her artwork has been exhibited several times at the Milford Art Council’s galleries and she will be exhibiting at the Oxford Baking Company in February.

For further information, call the library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at: 203.385-4162 or visit: