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, February 23, 2010

WELCOME TO BOHEMIA! March 20th 2010

At Billings Forge in Hartford, March 2oth
563 Broad St, Hartford
6pm * Children Friendly * $5 Cover

Original Music with the Kelvins, Hannah's Field, Kate Callahan and special guests.
Original art by Gary Jacobs, Corey Pane, Stanwyck Cromwell and live painting by H.L. Groen
Spoken word with Nancy Otter, John Stanizzi and Summer Tate
Belly dancing with Sugati

For more information contact

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Micro Arts with the L.C. (Pictures & Streaming)

Micro Arts Pics and for your listening pleasure...streaming: Micro Arts with the Libertine Collective & Colin McEnroe

Photos of: Heather Groenstein (aka H.L. Groen), Greg Garcia, Dan Blow, Laura Sheehan and Colin McEnroe
All photos taken by Chion Wolf          


Next Event in March

The next Welcome to Bohemia! show is booked! We'll be at Billings Forge in Hartford on March 20th. Details TBA.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Art Community Opportunities 2-5-10


•    Reminder * Stay tuned today for micro arts with the L.C’s Greg Garcia & H.L. Groen on the Colin McEnroe Show at 1:00pm.  It will also be streamed for your viewing pleasure. For more info go to: Microarts on the Colin McEnroe Show

ConnectiKids Inc, a non profit C.B.O. that works with two of Hartford’s Elementary schools, is currently looking to begin Enrichment programming. As part of this process we are looking for instructors teach courses. Participants would be grouped in classes of no more than 15 elementary school students, grades 2-6. Our currents days are Monday, Tuesday and Friday during the hours of 3:30 - 5 p.m. Our rate of pay is $25/hr and courses usually run 5-6 weeks unless it is an extended/specialized project.

John L. Prescod, ConnectiKids Inc. 814 Asylum Avenue Hartford, CT 06105, 860-522-8710 ext. 12, Email:,

•    FOOD FOR THOUGHT (Will be on L.C discussion board under Artist Community Awareness) From Luis Cotto…

Just thinking out loud and would love some feedback. A proven developer is considering doing some stuff with the Swift factory building (> 30,000 sq. ft) in the northend over by where Garden Street/Westland Street/Love Lane meet.

My questions to the Hartford area peeps are the following:

Does Hartford have the artist community clamoring for artist studio/work/residential space? Are the days of the old Colt Building beyond us or is there a need out there?
Are there any artisanal, light manufacturing type of craft businesses who would benefit from a low market rate, high quality type of space? If you had a wish list surrounding such a big space...what would it include? Do people in the technology sector think that this space (tons of parking) can become a technological space? What kind of light manufacturing type of businesses could people throw out that would include possible employment opportunities for local residents. Just trying to gauge some stuff. I think next steps include another possible forum conversation at Real Art Ways...but until then, It would be good to start a conversation.

peace and thank you!! Luis

And from H.L. Groen…

•    There is also a large warehouse that might be available for studio space in Newington right of the Berlin Turnpike. The idea is to have an “Open Space” for artists and instead of paying a lease per month it would be a fee per month, as in a membership fee based on how many artists would be involved. The more members – the less the fee. This is an idea that is not new and has been done in New York City. Are there artists out there that are interested and is the Berlin Turnpike an ideal location?  The idea is to surround yourself with creativity from others. To inspire one another and help one another produce, communicate and create.
here's a link to what i'm talking about (to give you an idea):

•    TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES…Due to new Facebook we are having difficulties posting other links from facebook. Please be with us!

If you have a link that you are able to share PLEASE post to our wall…such as Bi Polar JukeBox, Matt Zeiner Band events both this weekend.

Also check out the infamous poet John Stanizzi at the Windsor Freight House this Sunday!  Here’s the link for that:

The L.C.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Micro Arts with Colin McEnroe, H.L. Groen & Greg Garcia on WNPR

MICRO ARTS on the Colin McEnroe Show (FM 90.5)

photo by Chion Wolf

Greg Garcia and Heather Groenstein (aka H.L. Groen) will be LIVE on the Colin McEnroe Show to discuss the Libertine Collective and “microarts" - low-overhead performing arts endeavors that may be more doable in the midst of a funding crisis:

"The national arts ecology is more fragile than since the Great Depression and the Fed's WPA. For dance, it's especially acute. The City of Hartford is attempting to secure Federal Stimulus Act monies for a round two of "arts and heritage" job grants, How about, instead, small strides locally?

Greg Garcia co-founded the Libertine Collective with artist Heather Groenstein (aka H.L. Groen). They've brought several art shows to Artspace Hartford, the 650MAC gallery in Middletown, and Alchemy Café. Of these, all have integrated live music and two have included spoken word poetry. Their newest endeavor: Welcome to Bohemia! is an attempt to fuse all of these mediums (along with belly dancing and other performance art) as naturally as possible in a recurring series. All shows have been run on the cheap, with DIY advertising and a lot of Facebooking. You can join the conversation. How is the Connecticut art scene reinventing itself in order to survive in a changing economy? "

Airs at 1:00 pm on WNPR and can be heard through steaming afterwards.
Call us. 860-275-7266 or e-mail

To listen to the LIVE show - microarts

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New blog logo by the gifted Greg Garica

Bohemis Pic #2

Art by Iya Tucker at Welcome to Bohemia!

Bohemia Pic #1

Chris Phillips of the Kelvins on his Kushtar 

Welcome to Bohemia!

Welcome to Bohemia!
Images of Bohemia event

This is the first in a series of special shows we're calling Welcome to Bohemia! and for good reason. In addition to your Kelvins and our music, you'll be entertained by original musical creations by band members Michael Clancy and Chris Phillips, original art by H.L. Groen, Joseph Dinunzio, Sugati Phillips, Carrie Swider and Iya Tucker. Belly Dancing by Sugati and Joy Herbst, and special guests of all stripes.

In collaboration with The Libertine Collective, the show will seek to juxtapose as many contemporary art forms as possible under one roof, and we're going for it!

Los Muertos Pic #3

Los Muertos Pic #2

Los Muertos Pic #1

The artists of Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos

Honoring the traditional Mexican “Day of the Dead”, a select and diverse group of ten linertine collective visual artists created art to interpret and honor the joyous tradition of the Mexican day of remembrance.

The interactive Libertine Wall at Bestia Phasmatis

Bestia Phasmatis Pic #1

Bestia Phasmatis

Bestia Phasmatis: Animal Spirits both Benign and Malevolent:
A musical and visual art extravaganza to benefit and support H.O.P.E. Spay/Neuter Clinic, Inc: Halting Overpopulation Preventing Euthanasia.


The TLC REART Exhibit
In a world in which things are just thrown away & tossed aside a group of artists from the Libertine Collective reinvent art and celebrate the unwanted, discarded and misunderstood and take the idea of “one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure to another level. In essence it is to honor the misunderstood in each and every artist that is out there. Instead of discarding the individual, we choose to honor what is different and unique.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Libertine Mission

The Libertine Collective is dedicated to celebrating the passionate creative spirit and collective endeavors. We seek those who understand the values of living life to the fullest through actions, connections, intellect, intent and damn good conversation. The L.C. website serves as a gathering place for Connecticut like-minded artists to express themselves and thereby motivate others. In a "real world" sense, we hope to explore and gather at new venues along with the habitual hot spots we’ve come to love. On-line, we can to share ideas and thoughts through blogs, pictures and comments to keep each other up to date with our whereabouts, happenings, life accomplishments and other salient information. We will post any information of upcoming events, links, art and music if you send it along. In turn we hope to build upon our little community.

Our Manifesto:
Welcome Everyone to the Libertine Collective. This is your collective; a local community and resource site hoping to inspire one another to reach our creative potential. The idea sprang from good friends discussing the shortage of resources and means for networking with other creative people in the area. We wanted to fill this gap without limiting the community to one creative medium or another. Literature can inspire the visual arts. Beautiful music can move the poets. A painter can inspire the tattoo artist to transform the human body into a canvas. We are all connected to each other, and can inspire each other to change, grow, and reach our full potential as artists, writers, musicians, photographers, etc.

Our Mission:
• To continually seek out resources for all to use, including creative people, sites, links, events and networking opportunities. In a functional context, the Libertine website is specifically geared toward local Connecticut creative minds, but welcomes those from other areas to contribute, participate and advance our desire to bring the creative community together.

• Keep the collective up to date on potential happenings around the state. *We need you to help with this. We’re libertines, not gods and don’t know all. Let us know about your shows and special events so that we can update our page.

• To organize forums, gatherings, exhibits, concerts, etc. contributing to the collective. *Although we are a Hartford based group we will also be venturing outside of Hartford.

Your Libertine Mission:
• Use this site and the facebook site to post any other pertinent info you have pertaining to you or of others: artwork, upcoming exhibits, music concerts, CD releases, writing, etc. etc. *within reason*

• Use the discussion box link on facebook as a forum and scroll the comments and links to see what others have posted.

• Help us come up with new ideas by sending your suggestions our way via messages, posts and discussion forum. Let us know about other resources, links, open calls for exhibits, open mike nights, festivals, etc.

• check in for new information and upcoming Events.

• USE US. We want you to. This collective is for you and about you.

• Spread the News of the Libertine Collective