November Calendar for the Design Minded, Part 1

November 2, 2015

By Lynda Simonton

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art

New England Artists at Webster & Company

November 1 – December 31

Marni Katz has helped  curate an art exhibit at Webster & Company at the Boston Design Center featuring New England artists. John Ross, Tess Atkinson, Jenny Brillhart, are just a few of the twenty artists that are featured in the showroom.  Webster & Company, Boston Design Center,  (617)  261-9660,

Fine Furnishings Show

November 6–8

This year marks the 20th year for the Annual Fine Furnishings Show–New England Region, and attendees can expect great things from its 80-plus exhibitors, who will be filling every inch of the beautiful Pawtucket Armory Arts Center. The show features well-respected regional and national craftspeople. From ultra-modern designs to handcrafted classics, this show will appeal to every design style. Friday 4 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $10, Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, Pawtucket, R.I., (401) 816-0963, ­

Meet the Makers: Simon & Andrew Pearce

November 7

Meet Simon Pearce, artisan, master glassblower and founder of revered handcrafted Simon Pearce glass and pottery.  Simon will be joined by his son Andrew who creates hand-crafted wooden bowls. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Simon Pearce, Boston, (617) 450-8388,

NH Open Doors

November 7–8

NH Open Doors is a touring statewide shopping event for all ages. Visit and shop at the open studios of New Hampshire artisans and craftspeople, tour farms, orchards, and wineries, and browse at galleries and retail shops. Enjoy the best New Hampshire has to offer. See for all the details and a downloadable map.


November 7–8

For 39 years, this fine-crafts show has been considered one of the best in the country. The weekend-long event features more than 175 craftspeople. Enjoy this Fairfield County tradition and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; $10 for adults, $9 for seniors. Westport, Conn., Staples High School, (845) 331-7900,

22nd Annual HOBI Awards

November 10

The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut’s HOBI Awards celebrates the best in residential and commercial construction, remodeling, and more. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation of winning entries and a four-course dinner. The event will take place at the beautiful Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut. Tickets are available by calling (860) 216-5858 or e-mailing ­ ­

Rooms With A View

November 13–15

Local in spirit but nationally renowned, the annual Rooms with a View was the innovation of legendary designer Albert Hadley. Interior designers display their creativity through small room vignettes. This year’s honorary chair is design superstar Thom Filicia. The event launches with a gala on Friday, November 13. Southport, Conn., $20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., (203) 255-4538, ­

Setting the Table for the Holidays: Edward’s Table

November 15

Tabletop guru Ed Lent offers tips for creating beautiful table settings for the holiday season. Lent has worked for many leading tabletop manufacturers, such as Simon Pearce, Noritake, and Mikasa. He will inspire you to “stop keeping your dinnerware hostage”—that is, pull it out from the cupboards and enjoy it! Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwalk, Conn., 2 p.m.; $25 for members, $30 for non-members; (203) 838-9799, ­

Painting in Four Takes

November 15, 2015–April 3, 2016

The exhibit features the work of Steve DiBenedetto, Hayal Pozanti, Julia ­Rommel, and Ruth Root. A reception celebrating the four exhibitors is scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m.–5 p.m., and will include family activities, guided museum tours, and food for purchase. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn., (203) 438-4519,

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