Fashion becomes art and art becomes fashion at “The Art of Style: Fine Art & Contemporary Fashion,” an exhibit of paintings, collage, sculpture and ceramics opening Thursday, May 1, at BodyTalk Boutique in Avon.
The Fuse Factory Artists, a group of women artists from the Farmington Valley Arts Center, will pair their creations with clothing from the store’s spring collection to create vignettes that will be on display throughout the store.
The public is invited meet the artists and view the works at a complimentary wine and cheese reception on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Art will be on exhibit throughout the month of May. Bodytalk Boutique is at 21 East Main Street/Route 44 in Avon. Information: 860-678-7855.
This group of accomplished artists includes Candace Abbott, Ginny August, Annette Baser, Susan Brereton, Claire Fish, Betsy Gardner, Fran Hoffnagle, Danielle Langford, Estelle Laschever, Melissa Meredith, Avis Turner and Dianne Zweig.
Invited by the manager of Bodytalk Boutique a women’s contemporary clothing store in Avon, “The Fuse Factory Artists” will be launching their very first community event on May, 1, 2014.
Beautify your landscape at dirt-cheap prices while supporting local conservation efforts at the Northwest Conservation District’s annual Earth Day plant sale Friday through Sunday at the Goshen Fairgrounds off Route 63. The event features thousands of native, shrubs, evergreens, ground covers, perennials and more. Sale hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 860-626-7222.
Saturday, April 26, is National Pretzel Day, and Pretzelmaker shops are handing out pretzels — no dough needed. (Stores will be accepting donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). There are Connecticut locations in Westfarms mall in Farmington; Crystal Mall in Waterford; Buckland Mall in Manchester; Meriden Square Mall and other shopping centers. More information: pretzelmaker.com.
Whole Foods Market, 55 Welles St., in Glastonbury, marks Earth Week with a Clothing Swap on Thursday, April 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (The event is coordinated by Uptown Consignments.) Bring clean, gently used clothing and accessories and swap for new-to-you items. (Fashions that aren’t swapped are donated to a local charity.) Info: 860-652-9800.
Have Easter Sunday brunch at Fleming’s Steakhouse on April 20 and you’ll get a
free $25 gift card. The three course brunch is $39.99 and you can book online or
by phone. (One gift card per reservation.) Details at www.flemingssteakhouse.com.
Saturdays are free admission days for Hartford residents at the Harriet Beecher
Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford. Tours are given on the half hour between
10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and a special children’s tour takes place at 1:30 p.m.
The center has free parking. Information: 860-522-9258 or
Looking for Easter treats without the sweets? LUSH Cosmetics’ limited edition Easter collection has plenty of options, including Carrot Soap, ($7.75), Easter Egg Bath Bombs, ($5.95), and Bunny Bubble Bars, ($6.95). Information: www.lishusa.com.
Find the best places to go and things to see at the Daytrips and Destinations Travel & Family Fun Expo on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Adult admission is $8, but you and a friend can get in free if you’re one of the first 25 people to send me your favorite Connecticut daytrip destination. (Send to email@example.com and be sure to include your name and mailing address.)