Paintings by Paul Rockoff

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM.
Join us for an exhibit of the work of Fairfield native and oral surgeon Dr. Paul Rockoff, who calls himself “The Color Blind Artist.” An accomplished oil painter, he works mostly with black and white paints, adding splashes of colors that he chooses based on the name on the tube.

Dr. Rockoff practiced medicine in Bridgeport from 1972 until 2015, where he was chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Bridgeport Hospital. Since then, he has practiced in Fairfield with the Connecticut Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Centers.

POSTPONED Pete Bergeron: Timeless Tiny Oil Paintings

Snows Farm, by Pete Bergeron

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM.
Meet Redding fine artist Pete Bergeron at the opening of our exhibit of a dozen of his smallest (5″x7″) oil paintings.

Pete has been painting ever since being inspired in early childhood by the classic television instruction series “You Are an Artist” hosted by Jon Gnagy.

His formal art training began at Paier School of Art in Hamden, Conn., where he studied illustration. Eventually he turned to large scale painting and, like artist James Rosenquist before him, he worked as a billboard painter creating giant images of hamburgers, beer bottles, cars and other colorful oversized advertisements.

In 1990 he studied with Frank Covino of Waitsfield, Vermont, to learn the Classical Academic approach to painting: a systematic method that begins with a detailed monochromatic under-painting superimposed with many layers of thinly applied colored glazes. The resulting effect gives an overall luminous quality to the finished painting. His commitment to fine art was a natural direction that led to a consuming full-time passion for creating lasting and timeless works of art.

Pete’s current landscape paintings are reminiscent of the late nineteenth century American landscape painters of the Hudson River School — including John Frederick Kensett, Sanford Robinson Gifford, and William Trost Richards — and of the Tonalist painters of that period. His work hangs in many collections throughout New England and other areas of the U.S.

Shamrock Sunday: A St. Paddy’s Celebration at O’Greiser’s

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1:00 – 4:00PM

Join us for some green fun and good luck on the Sunday before St. Paddy’s Day. Shamrock lattes, green bagels, Irish soda bread, corned beef & cabbage sandwiches, DIY Irish coffees, and live Irish music!

Entertainment by legendary Easton folk musician Dan Tressler from 1:30 – 3:30.

BYO Irish spirits. Overflow parking at the Congregational Church.

POSTPONED Appreciating the Poetry of Cats, with Illustrator Alice Fritz

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM.

In celebration of World Poetry Day, Greiser’s presents a unique event for lovers of poetry and students of cats alike. According to artist Alice Eileen Fritz, “Cats rarely wish to share their poems. Even more rarely does anyone wish to read their poems.”

Nevertheless, Fritz, was called upon to curate the artwork for a new poetry anthology, “Your Jacket Needs More Hairballs: Poems by Cats for the People Who Serve Them.” Greiser’s will host a reading and discussion of the publication with Fritz on Thursday, March 19, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

“Your Jacket Needs More Hairballs” is a lighthearted art book featuring photography, illustration, and poetry from cats at the Warm Kitty Institute. The Institute, founded in 2011 to further R&D into providing real and lasting warmness for kitties, enjoys worldwide renown as the leader in cat-led research sciences. Less well known is that WKI also counts among its members many prolific literary cats. As feline poets would rather nap on the couch than compose coffee table books, their first anthology is a long time coming.

The Institute issued a call for poetry to the various and far-flung Warm Kitty Institute annexes worldwide. (Unbeknownst to you, your own home might be one such annex. For instance, if your cat continuously knocks things onto the floor, she is likely conducting gravimetric research.) In addition to a few poetry submissions, the institute received a multitude of poetically posed cat selfies, so Fritz was called upon to curate art for the anthology.

Join us Thursday evening at Greiser’s as Fritz discusses the cats’ artwork and reads their poetry, which fixates on a few interrelated themes: napping, eating, the desire to kill, and lodging formal complaints about lodgings. Copies of “Your Jacket Needs More Hairballs: Poems by Cats for the People Who Serve Them” and Warm Kitty Institute swag will be available for sale. Greiser’s will provide kibble and guests are welcome to bring their own catnip. Overflow parking is available at the Congregational Church across the intersection of Center Road with Westport Road.

When not under contract to the Warm Kitty Institute, Fritz is also occupied as a potter, a jewelry maker, a software engineer, and a Greiser’s barista.

Darbylyn Dawid: Paintings and Prints by One of Easton’s Own

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM.
Join us for the opening exhibit of Easton born-and-raised oil painter Darbylyn Dawid. She is a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, with a BA in Illustration. Her current projects have been creating photorealistic pieces of maritime life.  An emerging artist, Darbylyn resides now in Brooklyn.

See Darbylyn Dawid’s portfolio online at https://darbylyn.com/

POSTPONED Watercolors and Pen & Inks by Kris Lynch

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00PM.
Easton Arts Council Board Member Kris Lynch studied art and graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. She is an Associate Member of the American Watercolor Society and has exhibited in numerous juried shows throughout Connecticut. Originally from New York City, Kris now resides in Easton. After working as a graphic designer for many years, she now enjoys traveling with a sketch pad and camera and working on larger, more detailed pieces in her home studio.

An Evening with Local Historians Bruce & Brent

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:00-8:00PM.
Join us at Greiser’s for a book launch and exhibit opening. Local historian and Historical Society of Easton research director Bruce Nelson (pictured, right) will read from and discuss the new book he coauthored with Redding native Brent Colley (left), The Revolution Comes to Redding. Brent designed the History of Redding website and Bruce is also the curator of our new exhibit of historic local photography and architectural reprints.

Based on the 1778 journal of a fourteen-year-old boy named Jonas Fairchild, The Revolution Comes to Redding is a fictional account of actual Revolutionary War events that took place during the fall and winter of 1778-1779 when the troops under General Israel Putnam’s command were stationed in Redding. This is not an account of the battles that led to the ultimate victory of the Continental Army, but rather an account of the sacrifices made by the ordinary citizens of a small town where the number of inhabitants more than tripled in size in a matter of weeks, giving Redding one of the largest populations in the entire state in January of 1779!

Opening Reception: Patricia Scanlan Oil Paintings

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00PM.
Greiser’s Coffee & Market is delighted to feature the oil paintings of Easton resident Patricia Scanlan. Patricia is an interior designer who has been studying oil painting for many years at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan. Join us and meet Patricia at the exhibit’s opening reception in our store on the evening of Thursday, October 17.

Attendance is free, small bites will be served, and guests are welcome to bring a bottle to share. Overflow parking is available at the Congregational Church across the intersection.

Patricia Scanlan’s work will be on display and for sale at Greiser’s from October 17 – November 24.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/402981207032031/

First Annual Easton Grown Tomato Throwdown

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 4:00-8:00PM.
With music by Amber Anchor, a beer and bloody Mary bar hosted by the Redding Roadhouse, tasty treats incorporating Sport Hill Farm tomatoes, and an after-dark screening of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Celebrate the end of tomato season with Sport Hill Farm, Greiser’s Coffee & Market, and the Redding Roadhouse with a juicy 2-part afternoon event in Easton! Join in the tomato ‘tainment festivities at Sport Hill Farm from 1pm – 4pm, then take a 1.2 mile Tomato Trot down to Greiser’s for a tomato-themed picnic starting at 4pm with an outdoor bloody Mary and beer bar hosted by Redding Roadhouse. Bring your lawn chair and stay for an outdoor screening of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, starting at sundown (7pm).