ArtScapades continues

The March session of ArtScapades will take place on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman of ArtScapades will deliver a lecture on "Italian, French and Spanish Masters."

The series is funded in part by sponsorship from Friends of New Canaan Library, Art Committee.

March's session will focus on Caravaggio, de La Tour, Lorrain, Poussin, Velázquez and El Greco.

The educational lecture series in its entirety, "The Old Masters: From Renaissance to Rococo," focuses on the important artists and movements of each period. Included in each session is background information on each artist's life and work, characteristics of style to help with recognition of the artist's work, and the relationship between artistic movements and the historical and intellectual currents of the time.

Hoffman and Stiffelman began teaching art appreciation in 1998 in the New Canaan Public Schools. They moved on to sharing their knowledge with adults who wanted to further their education and learn more about art in order to make museum trips more fulfilling.

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`The Global Map' book group topic

The World Events, History and Culture Book Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, to discuss "The Growth Map" by economist Jim O'Neill in the Plaut Room.

A decade ago, O'Neill coined the term "BRICs," the acronym for the emerging growth economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. At that time, he and his team made the revolutionary prediction that those four developing nations would supersede the six largest Western economies within 40 years. That analysis drastically -- and accurately -- changed the world of global investing.

"The Growth Map" covers O'Neill's personal account of the BRIC phenomenon, how it has evolved, where those four key nations currently stand, and his evaluation of the "Next Eleven" developing countries on which to keep a close eye. O'Neill is the chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, since 2010. Prior to that, he was the firm's head of global economics, commodities and strategy research. O'Neill, based in London, was a frequent face of Goldman Sachs on CNBC and conferences. He is the chairman of the charity SHINE, created in 1966 initially to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

The group is led by New Canaan resident Ken Hecht. The group meets monthly to discuss a book selected for its historic, global or cultural relevance.

The New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., can be reached at or 203-594-5040.