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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Appreciating Candlewood Lake in Images

May 02, 2016 02:42AM

Candlewood Kiss: An Alternative View of a Beloved Lake, a photography exhibit by Elisabeth J. Levy, will be on display in Danbury through June 14. The exhibit is currently being shown at Hancock Hall; there will also be another exhibition at Escape to the Arts later this fall. The Hancock Hall Exhibition is part of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Accessible Art Series.

Levy, a photographer known for her images of the natural world, has turned her camera towards a local treasure for these exhibits. Candlewood Lake, originally a product of human engineering, was built for the largely practical purposes of regulating water levels in the Housatonic River with the side effect of providing summertime recreational opportunities for residents of the five towns along its borders. Levy grew up spending summers on the lake and later lived there year-round.

“I was relaxing at home one afternoon in mid-January when I looked outside and couldn’t believe how gorgeous the lake looked. I had marveled at its beauty countless times but this light and what it was doing to the water and the hills around it was beyond anything I had ever seen here before. I grabbed my camera and kept shooting until it got too dark. Then the next day I went out and shot again. It was about 24 hours of Candlewood Magic. It was my last winter on the lake and I felt like it was giving me a kiss good-bye, hence the title of the series,” says Levy.

For more information, visit or call 203-794-9466. Contact the artist at [email protected] or 914-261-3509. Hancock Hall location: 31 Staples St, Danbury.

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