The Libertine Collective:

The Libertine Collective is a Connecticut-based creative group of like-minded artists of every medium who express themselves and motivate others. The Collective explores and shares ideas through actions, connections, intellect, communication and intent; allowing for enriched life experiences. In doing so, we inspire one another with endless possibilities and gain insight by learning from one another.

Our overall goal is to bring art and people who appreciate it together in an environment that appeals to even the casual dabbler. By mixing live original music with poetry, visual art and performance art, we hope to generate a sort of spectacle that might offer greater incentive to the community as naturally and organically possible.

contact: Heather at

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SCARLET - Art for the Heart - Reception Dec. 11th

The Libertine Collective invites you to join us for SCARLET - Art for the Heart at Hartford ArtSpace:

An art exhibit & benefit celebrating the 10 year "LIFE-iversary" and victory over heart disease survivor Dawn Manogue while raising awareness for heart disease and All proceeds to benefit WomenHeart. Their mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease, and to advocate for their benefit.

$10 donation at the door ($5 for children) gets you:



The Kelvins and Friends

Atticus Kelly & Adrian Mojica - The Boy Wonder Jazz Duo

and belly dancer Sugati and Chris Phillips on percussion

and more!!


OVER 40 CONNECTICUT ARTISTS contributing a unique piece of sculpture utilizing a mannequin of a female torso. Artists involved are as follows:

FOOD and LIBATIONS graciously sponsored by Harpoon Brewery, Chef extraordinaire Carl Lantz, REMAX Premiere Realtors of West Hartford, Shayna B and the Pickle, Angelo's on Main, Nature's Grocer , Aruna chocolates and the Flat Bread Company.

GALLERY HOURS: Dec 11-23rd -Weekdays 3:30pm - 6:00pm Weekends 12-3 pm
Not Open Christmas Eve through the weekend

For more information contact H.L. GROEN at

Daniel Bohman Solo Exhibit - Dec 3rd

The Libertine Collective and MAC650 Gallery present:

The Libertine Collective and MAC650 Gallery present:

THE MODERN FIGURE - A Solo Exhibit with emerging artist Daniel Bohman

Reception Dec 3rd from 7:00 pm to 10 pm. The exhibit runs through Dec 26th at the MAC650 Gallery at 650 Main St. in Middletown, Ct. Gallery hours 12 - 3 on Sat & Sunday or by appointment.

For more information contact, 860 965 4056

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Art of Peter O'Brien - Reception - Dec 3rd

The Libertine Collective and Ethel Walker school welcome you to partake in the experience of Peter O'Brien's haunting and ethereal paintings. Take away with you lifetimes of journeys.

Where and when you ask?

Artist Reception:

The Constance Lavino Library at Ethel Walker School.
230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, Ct, 06070
Dec. 3rd, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Ongoing til December 17th 2010

For more information on this show please contact Peter via facebook or Debbie Altschuwager @ 860-416-9026  *

* Proceeds from this event will support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Art Bares All at 650 MAC in Middletown

Images from Show: click here

The North End Artist Co-op, along with The Libertine Collective, will be displaying an exhibit, titled 'Art Bares All', at the MAC 650 Gallery (650 Main St. Middletown, CT) throughout the month of November.  The purpose of the exhibit is to explore nudity through art and encourage everyone to be comfortable with their own natural bodies...we are all beautiful!

The opening reception  Friday, November 5th from 7-10pm, where visitors can meet the artists and explore the gallery.  Complimentary food at the event contributed by Iguanas Ranas Taqueria, The Firehouse Steakhouse, and Tschudin Chocolates. All proceeds benefit the North End Artist Co-op for our efforts to offer free programs in art & music to the residents in the North End community. 

MAC 650 Gallery, 650 Main St., Middletown, throughout November, Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., (860) 347-0834,

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The L.C. Presents: Divnation, A Solo Exhibit of H.L. GROEN

Divination: The Intuitive Art of H.L. GROEN

The Libertine Collective presents:

* Personal drawings and sculpture spanning the past year and a half of spiritual exploration and impulsive nature.

* Reception on Sep. 25th, 2010 - Hartford ArtSpace, 555 Asylum Ave. Hors d'oeuvre's and Libations provided. Food sponsored by Simsbury Little City Pizza -

Exhibit runs from September 12th - September 26th (limited hours, please contact H.L. Groen for appointments). "light" opening fri. the 17th 6:15 – 9:00

Also featuring drawings from visual art students of the Hartford Magnet Middle School and original music by high school students Atticus Kelly and Adrian Mojica of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts .

* This exhibit is CHILD friendly

Sponsored by the Libertine Collective, Hartford ArtSpace and Simsbury Little City Pizza

For more information contact

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Inspired Initiation. New talent!

Emerging artists ~ INSPIRED INITIATION - New talent showing their photographs for the first time! Join us for an opening reception on Friday July 9th from 7-9pm at Gallery 46, 46 Union Street, Rockville -

Jamie Turner * Richard Alan * Shane Jones * Craig Stalk
Peter McClure * Karen Michaud *
Brianna Houghton

Monday, June 7, 2010

Welcome to Bohemia! Re*Art Style - June 18th

Welcome to Bohemia is an ongoing series of multi-media shows featuring live original music, art, poetry and performance art. This month, we're utilizing the phenomenal Re*Art exhibit as the stage for the event.

* This event is dedicated to the memory of artist and fellow Libertine, Matthew Gabrielson, aka RibOne. Rib was beloved by many, and his beautiful energy will be missed.

This show will feature:
* live musical performances by The Kelvins and Bret the One Man Band
* Spoken word poetry by John L. Stanizzi, Summer Tate and more.
* Live painting
* A tribute to artist Matthew Gabrielson, aka RibOne
* The brilliant art of Re*Art

Art for Aids -June 19th

On Saturday, June 19, 2010, we invite you to be part of the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition's Art for AIDS fundraiser to benefit the Richard B. Fried Fund, CARC's Endowment Fund. Our goal is to raise funds to help support people living with HIV/AIDS in Connecticut as we enjoy an evening of art, music, food, wine and dancing at ArtSpace in Hartford.

Special features of the event include, open wine bar, delectable appetizers & pasta stations by Salute restaurant, music by Jason Villani a.k.a. DJ Lord Lewis, Art Show/Sale and an exciting Art Grab featuring canvases donated by Jerry's Artarama and designed by 100 local area artists.

For ticket information go to:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

SKIN FEST at Sully's - May 15th!

Cancer Awareness Month, we're throwing a benefit bash at Sully's Pub!

This will be EPIC!!! $10. in advance/$12. at the door gets you:
LIVE performances by:
* Bipolar Jukebox
* Hannah's Field
* The Kelvins (with the debut of drummer Travis LaMothe!)
* Matt Zeiner (special duo performance with Dennis Fancher)
* Bret the One Man Band!

Live body painting by artists H.L. Groen, Christian Ayala, Jes Zurell and Jeremy Jordan.
a communal live canvas that they'll be painting and auctioning.
Raffles and surprises galore!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

2nd Annual Re-Art exhibit at I.O.N, May 8th - June 18th

The Libertine Collective presents: Re-Art II at ION in Middletown

Participating Artists: Joseph Dinunzio, Ted Esselstyn, Sonia Gill, Ashley Kaye, H.L. Groen, Bill Panke, Chris London, Stefanie Marko Lantz, Dayna Mankowski, Corey Pane,  Renana Magee, Roberta Mockus, Daylynn Richards, Carrie Swider, Karl Stephan, Karen Wassmer, Rob White

Opening Reception May 8th 6-9 PM with the music of Mike Cleary

Closing Party / Welcome to Bohemia June 18th 6-9 pm with Bret the One Man Band and the Kelvins

It's Only Natural -386 Main Street, Middletown, Ct
For more information regarded the exhibit please contact H.L. Groen at or Greg Garcia at  RSVP on our Re-Art facebook link!

Monday, April 12, 2010

The L.C. presents SPONTANEOUS POETRY and MUSIC: Inspiring the words to flow

The Libertine Collective presents: Spontaneous Poetry and Music: Inspiring the words to flow.

Thursday, April 15, 2010
7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Black Box at Bacon Academy in Colchester CT

THE POETS -- Summer Tate, Jonathan Stanizzi, Jahsh Curzan, John Stanizzi

THE MUSICIANS -- Jason Stanizzi (percussion), Abu Alvin Carter (percussion), and Jim Mercik (guitar).

The audience- YOU, seated on the stage with the performers

The Artists – Corey Pane, Jeff Mansolf

The Black Box at Bacon Academy in Colchester
611 Norwich Avenue
Colchester, CT 06415

$5 cover- proceeds to benefit the students of the Bacon Academy Theater for future events.

EVENT: Strenght in art

Strength in art - an L.C. sponsored event:
Saturday, April 17, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Rockville Elks Lodge
9 North Park Street
Rockville, CT
Strenghth in art features the talent of 14 local artists, including: Ashleigh Kay, Karl Stephan, Tao LaBossiere, Amy Mielke, Roberta Mockus, Kristen Shaw, Jessica Thurber, Andria Alex, Michelle Podgorski, Karen J. Wassmer, Ethan Boisvert, JoAnne Bauer, H.L. Groen & Ron Thompson. Also, the musical talent of Zeno's Eros will be gracing the reception night!
$5 Donation Admission at the door for adults (kids are free), 100% of which will be donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Please consider making a separate donation to the LAF to help this great cause. Link below for donations and printable mail-in forms.

Artwork will be on display from April 12-24, with viewing hours TBA.

Come join us for an amazing night of art and music at The Rockville Elks Lodge!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Colin McEnroe promotes the L.C.

For those of you who don't know our friend Colin McEnroe (really?), he hosts a radio show on WNPR (90.5 in these parts) aptly called The Colin McEnroe show. Today's topic was the Beatnik Movement, from its roots to its current incarnation. Colin had three Libertines in the studio for the broadcast: Summer Tate, the brilliant poet who read at the most recent Bohemia show, and the musical duo of Chris Phillips (of The Kelvins) and Gary Jacobs on bodhran and flute, respectively. Colin made numerous references to the Libertine Collective as a modern embodiment of the beatnik ideal, and to founders Heather Groenstein and Greg Garcia. He also fielded a call from Greg (aka me), whom he called "the King of the Hartford Beatniks." Ok, the title was way overstated (I'm certainly not the king of the Hartford beatniks, but I love being one of the more vocal of them!), but much appreciated in the sense that it spoke volumes about the Libertine Collective and what we represent. For that, I thank Colin, who just might be the king of the Hartford beatniks! To hear a stream of the show (with several poems by Summer Tate with musical accompaniment by Chris and Gary, as well as commentary by Alan Bisbort), click on: Pics coming!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Latest Bohemia Show Considered

Images from event:

Last night's Welcome to Bohemia show was a light year leap from the debut show in January. Perhaps it was the location, though Billings Forge isn't really very "Bohemian" in appearance or vibe.It seemed to be just the right setting for the evening.

Maybe it was the music. HannaH's Field brought a happy, organic, vibe to the evening that had everyone smiling. Really, they got everyone high! Kate Callahan gave everyone chills with her intimate performance, and her percussionist, Allie, had a great feel for the material. Dawn Manogue showed me the goosebumps on her arm, and I'm sure she wasn't alone. DJ Krypt, a late addition to the event, spun some wild-yet-low-key mixes on his tables. My Kelvins had a short set to end rthe night, but we really used all of the energy that had built up to our advantage. We even pulled out a first: I am the Walrus, in its entirety! FUN.

Was it Sugati and her hypnotic belly dancing? Absolutely! She and Chris Phillips (known collectively as Marishka Dance) electrified the room.

It could have been the spoken word artists and their bold forays into linguistic acrobatics and lyrical allure. Summer Tate laid down a gauntlet that was taken up with panache by Nancy Otter. John L. Stanizzi hammered it home with some amazing poems.

It was definitely the art, at least in part. Paintings by Gary Jacobs, Corey Pane, Roberta Mockus and, H.L. Groen (aka Heather Groenstein) surrounded the event and created a lush, vibrant atmosphere.

All of those elements combined to form the perfect tapestry of art, but the audience of over 100 Libertines gave that tapestry meaning. Thank you all for coming out, be you artist or enthusiast. You are all the reason that we exist! We thank all of you for making the night phenomenal.

Galleries of images by Shane Dixon (whose image tops this blog), Jamie Turner, Tony Stanley and others, are coming soon (or go to their FB pages)!