Subject: Artists Newsletter, April 12, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
April 12, 2019
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 600 individuals and organizations. See member benefits here. Join here.
Our new website has been live for almost 6 months and so far 388 (of our 600) members (including 186 artists) have created their profiles on the site. All members are asked to register as soon as possible. You will need a description of your work, and 3 images: a square headshot, a wide "hero" image (like the one above) and a smaller, wide "reference image" used in the Meet Our Members page. Complete the simple form and upload your images here. A new image app. makes it easy to upload your images. Contact us with any questions.
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If you missed Monday's Spotlight on Arts & Culture, our monthly live interview show on WPKN 89.5 FM on Connecting Our Towns, you can now listen to the podcast here. Hear from Frank Derico, Neighborhood Studios; Pam Lewis, Connect-Us; Laurence Caso, The Klein; and Rob Silvan, K.E.Y.S., about what they do, how they got started, how much assistance they get from other towns, and what more we could all do to help Bridgeport's youth thrive and prosper.

Sally Frank is a printmaker whose images evolve out of her acute observations of the natural world, time and space associations, and a deep sense of connection with the earth. Her work incorporates a wide variety of printmaking techniques, from traditional etching and woodcuts to contemporary print methods. Originally from Chester County, PA, Sally began making prints at Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, MA, and then earned a Master’s degree in printmaking at CW Post College in New York. She lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for three years where she traveled extensively, photographed and painted. Returning to the US in 1989, her work was exhibited in galleries in Palm Beach County, Florida and then, moving to the Northeast, she began printing at Norwalk's Center for Contemporary Printmakingwhere she then served on the Board for six years. Frank was an artist-in-residence at the Weir Farm Arts Center, and her work has been exhibited at Weir Farm National Historic Site, the Audubon Society Center of Greenwich, CT and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Sally's print, Rush Hour was chosen by MOMA curator Eva Respini for inclusion in the December, 2015, Art of the Northeast at the Katonah Museum. Recently her large scale woodcut, Landscape Past was selected by Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art for inclusion in Paper 2019, at Silvermine Arts CenterFour of Sally's large-scale woodcuts were purchased by Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2018 for their new hospital in Bergen, New Jersey, and more of her work can be seen at Olley Court in Ridgefield, and at The White Gallery in Lakeville, CT. See Sally's website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram feed.

Gayle Gleckler graduated from the University of Florida as an art major. She did her graduate work at New York University and taught art and design classes at The School of Visual Arts. Gayle is currently the CEO/Owner of The Whole Enchilada Branding and Marketing Company. She began her career at Young & Rubicam and later became Executive Vice President/ Creative Director at Foote Cone & Belding before opening her own advertising agency, Gleckler and Partners. In the 1970’s, she co-wrote, cast and co-produced The Lords of the Flatbush, a memorable cult classic starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler. In 2011, she wrote and illustrated a children’s book, Milo My Stray Cat, and then co-wrote and published Momoirs, a collection of short stories about motherhood. For the last ten years, Gayle has been sharing art with her husband, Tony Woolner. Their show, Gayle & Tony’s Travels, opened at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists in December 2016. In 2016, she had a solo show organized by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut; “Visions of Southeast Asia” and was featured in Beechwood Arts Transform event. Gayle won First Place in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists 2018 Member Show, for her painting Dubrovnik Sausage Lady & Croatian Market. Juror Susan Powell, of Susan Powell Fine Art, in Madison, commented: "Gleckler’s figure has energy and movement, drawn so freely with powerful lines and simplified shapes and shading. The narrative successfully captures the immediacy of the experience we’ve all shared in a vibrant, open-air marketplace." Gayle is a member of the St. Philip Artists Guild (SPAG) and The Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Gayle has studied at Silvermine Arts Center for ten years and has twice won first prize in the students’ show.

Joel A. Martin is a Norwalk-based pianist, producer, composer, and arranger who has collaborated with, and/or written music for, Grammy® Award-winners Alan Menken, Kathleen Battle, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, cellist Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers. At 17 Joel was the youngest and the first African American pianist, to compete in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (1985). He has appeared as soloist with the NY Philharmonic, El Paso Symphony, Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA), Philadelphia Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra, New Hampshire Festival Orchestra, and the Hartford Symphony. Trained as a pianist at the Hartt School of Music and SUNY, Purchase, he created "Jazzical" in 1995 as a celebration of creative fusion: "the explosive union of classical composition and jazz innovation ignited with a fresh spirit all its own." This concept, form and vehicle "captures the dynamic force of multiple cultures and influences, unleashing a kinetic energy that breaks down boundaries and yields whole new worlds of musical expression." In 2016 he created The Sonicals, a piano duo with George Lopez.  And in 2017 he joined with Paul Winter Consort multiple Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen to create the Friesen and Martin Cello/Piano Duoplaying music infused with pop, jazz, rock, and world folk styles. One of Joel's signature productions is Footsteps of Mandela, an all-star tribute to Nelson Mandela produced at NYC's Riverside Church in 2014, that was the capstone event of International Mandela Day celebrations following Mandela’s passing. In January 2015 Footsteps of Mandela was brought to The Klein in Bridgeport, before a packed audience of 1,000 people. March 6, 2016 heralded Joel’s new Footsteps of Peace concert event in West Palm Beach with an all-star cast promoting peace and reconciliation in our communities, which then was also seen at The Klein in 2017. Joel is currently collaborating with, and touring the US with, multiple Grammy-winning MET opera soprano Kathleen Battle in her production, The Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey. On June 29, 2019, Joel will debut the first concert reading of his first opera, HIPOPERA at the Darien Arts Center. This year he will also be premiering his 9th CD Jazzical: Armenia!.See Joel's Jazzical website, Facebook page, Hipopera Facebook page, Hipopera Gofundme page, and Instagram feed.
Those artists who have posted their profiles onto our new website, that launched Nov. 2, have their names in green (to see their page, go to and the their name into the search box at the top of any page). Please join them!
Elizabeth AgrestaPainter
Valerie AhnemanMusician 
Peter Alexander, Landscape     Architect
Kristen AmbrosiPainter
Leslee AschCurator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/ 
Judith BacalDesigner
Anna Badini, Painter
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice BarrettPainter
Jan Bassin, Writer
Nina BentleyMixed
Sue BentonPhotographer
Susanne BentonMixed
Lisa BergerVisual Artist
Paul R. Berger
Karla Bernstein, 
Thomas Berntsen
Elise Black, Painter
Tara BlackwellPainter
Christina BlaisQuilter
Ziggy BoberSculptor 
Amy BockPainter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed
   Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, 
Carolyn Brady, 
Nancy Breakstone, 
Michael Brennecke, 
Janine Brown,
Lucienne Buckner,
Bevi BullwinkelPainter
Miggs BurroughsGraphic
Trace BurroughsNew
Louise CadouxPainter/
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan, 
Patricia CampbellDance
Lynn CarlsonPainter 
Linn CassettaPrintmaker
Alan Chapell, Musician
Ann ChernowPainter/
Eric ChiangPainter
Frederic ChiuPianist
Yvonne ClavelouxPainter
Lauren Clayton, Painter
Gabi CoatsworthWriter
Alicia CobbPainter
Heidi Lewis Coleman
   Mixed Media
Linda CollettaPainter
Rosa ColònPainter, Mixed
Tom Comerford, 
Penrhyn Cook,  
Rod CookPhotographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans
   Photographer & Painter
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn DahlPainter
Cris DamPainter/Muralist
Holly DangerVideo Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos Davila, Painter, 

Jane DavilaFiber Artist/ 
   Mixed Media 

Cortney Davis, Writer
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
Emily Derr, Illustrator/ 
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf,
Eugenie Diserio, Painter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon
   Mixed Media
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani
Erin Dolan, Painter
Amy Dolego, Photography
Jennifer Drolet, Painter 
Ganga Duleep, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed  
Katherine Evans, Painter 
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
Sally Frank, Painter
David Laurence Flynn, 
   Lighting Designer
Heide FollinPainter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet,    
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
Rebecca Fretty (Pink 
   Imperfection) Fiber 
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed 
   Media and Upcycled 
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott GlaserPainter
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Gayle Gleckner, Painter
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen GordonPainter; 
Sue Brown Gordon
Ellen GouldPhotographer
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician 
Jen Greely, Painter/ 
Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist
Barry Guthertz, 
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman,      
Mary Harold, Photographer
Mike Harris, Photographer
Adair W. Heitmann, 
Kate Henderson, Mixed    
MaryEllen Hendricks,
Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/ 
Mixed Media
Lenore Eggleston Herbst
Tracy Hoffman,
   Photographer &
Veronica Hofstetter, 
Sonya Huber, Writer
Yuko Ike, Painter
Jana IreijoPainter
Sholeh Janati, Painter 
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic 
Amy Kaplan, Painter 
Natasha Karpinskaia,    
Wayne Keeley, Writer, 
Emily Kelting
Karen Kent, Painter
Susan Keown, Painter/  
   Mixed Media/Ceramicist
Niki KetchmanSculptor/
Jin Hi Kim, Musician
Lesley KoenigPainter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Dawn KubiePhotographer
Joanie Landau, Jewelry 

Lydia Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Katya LebrijaPainter
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual 

Julie Leff, Painter
Liz LeggettPainter
Susan LeggittPainter
Henry Lepetit, Painter
Julia-Rose Liptack, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shelley LowellPainter/ 

Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Laurie MacLean, 
   Choreographer, Dancer

Mark Macrides, Painter, 
Steve Magee, Painter
Jessica MakinPainter/ 

Jim Malloy, Painter
Connie Manna, Painter
Mary Manning, Painter/

Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Joel Martin, "Jazzical" 
Nadia MartinezMultiMedia
Sooo-z Mastropietro,
Fruma Markowitz,    
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool,
Grace S. McEnaney,    
Ann McRae, Painter
Nancy McTague-Stock
Peter Mendelson,    
Kristin MerrillJeweler/    
Toby Michaels, Painter
Annamari Mikkola,
   Photographer, Designer, 

Jay MisencikPhotographer
Day MoorePainter
Nancy MoorePainter
Brechin MorganPainter
Lina MorielliMulti-Media
Meighan MorrisonPainter
Carol Mueller, 

Cynthia MullinsPainter
Susan MurrayPainter
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Erin Nazzaro, Painter
Karen Neems,
Susan NewboldPainter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill NicholsPainter
Tim Nighswander
Eddie Niño, Painter
Julie O'Connor,    
Amy Oestreicher,
   Performing/Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Eileen PanepintoMixed 

Steve PartonPainter
Judy PeknikPainter
Justin PerlmanSculptor
Chris PerryBook Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Igor Pikayzen, Violinist
Diane PollackMixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter
Jennifer Prat,    
Penny Putnam, Painter
Elizabeth Quesada, 
Ben QuesnelSculptor, 
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Rick ReyesSinger/ 

Barbara Ringer
Mariya RiveraPainter
Dorothy Robertshaw
   Mixed Media
Lizzy Rockwell, Painter, 
   Illustrator, Author

Alyse Rosner, Painter/ 
   Mixed Media

Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, Graphic 
Anthony Santomauro,  
Jill SarverPainter
Ellen SchiffmanFiber 

Norma Schlager, Fiber 

Marianne R. Schmidt, 
Guy Sealey, Multimedia
Katie SettelPhotographer
Rick ShaeferVisual Artist
Rosalind Shaffer, Ceramist
Barbara Shea, Writer
Alissa SiegalPainter
Norm SiegelPainter
Lisa P. Silberman,   
Nomi Silverman
Phyllis Sinrich,
Vicki French Smith, Painter
Megan Smith-Harris,
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter 
Rene Soto, Painter
Carole SouthallPainter
Liz Squillace, Painter/    
Connie Stancell, Painter
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam StoddartPainter
Florence Suerig, Visual 

Denise Susalka, Painter
Janice Sweetwater, Painter
Susan Tabachnick, Sculptor
Julliette TehraniPainter
Alicia Thompson, Actress/ 

Dara Tomeo, Painter
Kris D. Toohey, Painter
Andrea Towey, Musician
Ruth Kalla Ungerer

Vincent Verrillo, Painter
Karen Vogel, Painter
Lee Walther, Mixed Media 
Liz Ward, Multi-Media
Ann Weiner, Multi-Media, 

Peggy Weis, MultiMedia
Gregg Welz, Paper Artist
Jahmane West, MultiMedia
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Joan B. WheelerPainter
Elizabeth White, 
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Jen Williams, Painter
Jonah WilnerPainter
Tammy Winser, Mixed 

Sherri Wolfgang, Painter
Nancy Woodward, 
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual 

Gregg ZiebellPainter
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Anna Badini, Richard Koleszar, Anthony Santomauro, and Gregory Ziebell have work in the Historic Grounds and Modern Gardens exhibition showing at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum from Thurs. April 11, through June 23. Jurist and Trustee Gail Ingis was impressed by the range of works shown, "from realism to post-impressionism that fit well with the exhibit theme and the history of the Mansion." At right Richard Koleszar's Amber Bridge (oil on canvas, 25x32; click for complete image).
Kristin Ambrosi, Bevi Bullwinkel, Toby Michaels, Steve Parton, Norm Siegel, and Anthony Santomauro are six of the 19 artists in Artists Invite Artists, Part II, in which members of Art/Place show a painting together with one by an invited guest. The exhibition runs through April 28 (Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm; Sundays, 2-5pm)
Eric Chiang, Yvonne Claveloux, Ganga Duleep, Cecilia Moy Fradet, Ellen Gordon, and Jim Malloy all have work in the Carriage Barn Arts Center's current juried exhibition, Spectrum:   Ditto, in which artists are showing multiples. Works highlight the juxtaposition, contrast, comparison, expansion, connection and separation between the pieces. These artists are also talking about their work in a Gallery Artists' Talk, Sun. April 14, 1-3pm.
Kat Evans, Susan Fehlinger, Mary Harold, Darcy Hicks, Amy Kaplan, Fruma Markowitz, and Gregg Welz are among the 14 artists showing in the Fifth Annual Art Show at the Westport Woman's Club , opening Sat. April 27, 5-8 and showing then only April 28-29, 12-4pm. Curated by Miggs Burroughs, this popular show features a variety of local artists and their works available for purchase. Participating artists are donating a portion of their art sales to fund the club’s community service grants to non-profit organizations in Fairfield County, in addition to need-based college scholarships for Staples High School seniors.
Lisa Berger has three photographs in the Kent Art Association's Spring Juried Show (April 13-May 12), that opens with a reception, Sat. April 13, 2-4 pm: Hi and Dri (digital, 25 x 34), a macro view of the starboard side of a dry docked lobster boat in Ogunquit, ME, that won an Award of Excellence in Photography; Malfunction Junction (digital, 25 x 34), an old rusted relic in Ogunquit, ME; and Discovered Passage (eco print, 17 x 24), created with wildflowers and leaves gathered in the fields of Connecticut. Lisa also has two mixed media pieces in Rowayton Arts Center's BIG and small exhibition, opening Sun. April 14, 4-6pm and running through May 11Intrigue Between the Lines (mixed media, 10 x 10), and 
Hope Against All Odds (mixed media, 10 x 10), shown at right - click for larger image.
Paul Berger has work in two upcoming shows. First, he has two photographs in the Kent Art Associa-tion's Spring Juried Show (April 13-May 12), opening with a reception, Sat. April 13, 2-4pm: Cathedral Under the Canvas (archival print, 24 x 31, framed; detail at right, click for complete image), taken in Nantucket; and Laundromat Blues (silver gelatin print, 22 x 28” framed), taken in Tecopa Springs, CA. Paul also had his Stars and Bars   
(silver gelatin print, 22 x 28” framed) juried into the Kehler Liddell Gallery Annual Juried Show: 20/20 in New Haven, opening reception Sun. April 28, 3-6pm(and used for show promotion). This is of the giant American flag at Boston's JFK Presidential Library.
Nancy Breakstone had her photograph Splash In The Sand (digital, 24” x 30”) juried into the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 108th Fine Arts Exhibition, April 19-June 1, with an opening reception May 2, 5:30-7:30pm at the Mystic Museum of Art. At right, detail of Splash in the Sand; click for larger complete image. Nancy comments that it a lot of time and patience over the years to figure out how to use the reflection of the sun on the water in every shot to bring color and life to them.
Eugenie Diserio's Brave, Ascension and Phoenix Rising (acrylic, glitter on canvas, 40 x 60) were curated into the Art File Gallery at The Painting Center, located in the Chelsea district of New York City. Eugenia said: "I am honored to have my Crystal Matrix series exhibited together in this long standing community of accomplished painters." At right a detail of her Brave (acrylic, glitter on canvas, 40x60)
Cecilia Moy Fradet has a series of four related pieces  in the Carriage Barn Arts Center's current juried exhibition, Spectrum: Ditto, in which artists are showing multiples. Cecilia is also speaking about her work as part of the Gallery Artist Talk this Sun. April 14, 1-3pm. At right, detail of Still Standing #2 (acrylic on antique watercolor paper, 12x9). For complete image and the set of four, click here and scroll down. Cecilia says: “I am an artist working in various mediums. I am intrigued with creating work that relaxes it’s grip on a strict narrative, leaving room fro and inviting dialogue. These groupings of pale figures on an aged background are seemingly simple and stripped down to their bare essence. In the process of subtraction, they become more mysterious and intriguing."
Congratulations to Lori Glavin and Sonya Huber for winning $3,000 Artist Fellowship Awards from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The awards were just announced (see the whole list here). Fellowships  provide competitive grants to encourage the continuing development of Connecticut artists. These grants provide support for artists to pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals. Lori was awarded for Works on Paper, Mixed Media, Painting and Sonya for Literature, and Creative Non-Fiction
Darcy Hicks is showing work in the Fifth Annual Art Show at the Westport Woman's Club, opening Sat. April 27, 5-8 and showing April 28-29, 12-4pm. At right, detail of Darcy's Mother (oil, gold leaf and copper leaf, 18x24; click for complete image). Darcy comments: "Watching mother elephants oversee their babies unearths a visceral, almost painful feeling in my chest - and something about their dirt showers compound that feeling of grit mixed with euphoria. It is a violent love!"
Jim Malloy has two pieces in Lots of Laughs at the Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook, CT:  'Blockhead Tries to Smile and, at right, Out of Coffee (acrylic on paper, 20x16, framed); click on detail for complete image). The show is devoted to works of humor and Out Of Coffee, Jim comments, is a humorous depiction of that fateful moment when, late at night, you desperately need to finish a project and realize the cupboard is caffeine free. Jim also has two pieces in Spectrum: Ditto at the Carriage Barn Arts Center:     Seven Sisters and Five Brothers and will be one of the artists talking about their work this Sun. April 14, 1-3pm. Lastly, Jim has his Pinot Noir juried into the CT+6 regional show at the West Hartford Art League.
Fruma Markowitz is one of the artists with work in the Fifth Annual Art Show at the Westport Woman's Club, opening Sat. April 27, 5-8 and showing April 28-29, 12-4pmFruma is showing images from a series of photographs of ponds and wetlands in Fairfield County, taken with her iPhone 7S. She says: "using the Portrait setting opened up a multi-dimensional world where what lies beneath and floats above meet on the water’s surface. I’ve shown these images singly at several recent local shows - in Fairfield and Rowayton -  so I’m thrilled to be able to present them together as a larger collection." See a collection of her images here. At right, detail of Weston Pond 63 (archival digital print on paper, 20x24).
Amy Oestreicher is performing and presenting "Healing from Trauma Through Autobio-graphical Theatre" April 12, at 2pm, at New York University's 2019 Forum on Theatre & Health,     presented by the NYU Programs in Educational Theatre and Drama Therapy. She will then be performing her signature solo theatre piece, Gutless & Grateful, as part of the HealMeToo fest, at IRT Theatre, 154 Christopher St. on Sat. April 13, 7pm. Tickets are discounted if you buy in advance. The performance will be followed by a talkback on healing from sexual assault, cultivating resilience, and sharing stories through theatre.
Rick Shaefer who recently had his solo show,   Three Trees: Life-Size Drawings at Silvermine Arts Center, is coming to the end of another gigantic project. Fans have been following his progress on Rick's Instagram feed as he works on his The New Colossus (charcoal on vellum,120x190), which is his entry into "the conversation." In his words: It’s an allegorical take on a divisive subject, rife with historical notes, temporal dissonance, and cultural references, some of which I am still unpacking. It’s large because the subject demanded it. The title is taken from the poem by Emma Lazarus. I hope she would appreciate the irony. This piece could probably be considered the sixth in The Refugee Trilogy series. In the desert we built a dam, a bulwark to stem the tide, stanch the waves. “You can keep your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” We turned off the Lamp, and shut the Golden Door.

    Sat. April 13: Kent Art Association's Spring Juried Show. Opening Reception, 2-4pm (Lisa and Paul Berger)
    Sun. April 14: Spectrum: Ditto, Carriage Barn Arts Center. Gallery Artists Talks 1-3pm (Eric Chiang, Yvonne Claveloux, Ganga Duleep, Cecilia Moy Fradet, Ellen Gordon, and Jim Malloy)
    Sun. April 14: BIG and small, Rowayton Arts Center. Opening reception and awards, 4-6pm (Lisa Berger)
    Sat. April 27: Fifth Annual Arts Show, Westport Woman's Club. Opening reception 5-8pm (Kat Evans, Susan Fehlinger, Mary Harold, Darcy Hicks, Amy Kaplan, Fruma Markowitz, and Gregg Welz)
    Thurs May 2: CT Academy of Fine Arts 108th Fine Arts Exhibition, Mystic Museum of Art. Opening Reception 5:30-7:30pm (Nancy Breakstone)


    Grantmakers in the Arts reports a post on the Barr Foundation blog site in which the question is posed: “Why not put money in the hands of artists to spark projects that would inspire public imagination? The post is by the two foundation directors who have put together a program in Boston to do just that. San San Wong, director of Barr Foundation's Arts & Creativity, and Cathy Edwards, executive director of the New England Foundation for the Arts write about the Creative City program   initiated in response to a clear interest in Boston for more public-facing arts. Over three years, Creative City has funded 46 projects across 16 Boston neighborhoods, with two-thirds led by artists of color. Wong and Edwards believed the program would work "by putting money directly in the hands of artists." In their blog article they write that they saw neighborhoods activated as public art studios: basketball courts turned into dance floors and parks turned into theaters. Residents from nearly every neighborhood gathered in public spaces to co-create with artists, share stories, and reflect on their neighborhood’s cultural history. They write that they learned that "investing in socially-engaged artists is a powerful way to spark important public conversations and drive community change, contributing to a stronger city overall." We trust that here in Fairfield County we may find funders with the same convictions and beliefs that might invest in similar community-transforming projects. As Wong and Edwards write: "when public spaces are activated by art, communities come alive, neighbors show up, and places previously marred by monotony are transformed into showcases of dynamic art."
    Portrait of Marilyn Minter and Laurie Simmons by Laurel Golio for Artsy.

    Anna Louie Sussman has written a well-researched, compelling article on "The Challenges Female Artists Face Mid-Career" for artsy. Collector Valeria Napoleone noticed how works by young artists in the past 5 years, often commanded similar or higher prices than pieces by accomplished mid-career women. Mid-career can be fraught for men too, but it is especially challenging for female artists, who face deeply ingrained stereotypes and biases, whose work is less easily received by a male-dominated art market, and who may be less inclined to advocate for themselves than their male peers. Some said the biggest obstacle is self-doubt. Judith Bernstein, represented by New York's Kasmin Gallery, cites the writings of Louise Bourgeois, famously ignored for most of her career, as inspiration. “She never stopped making work,” Bernstein said. “That is the way to overcome self-doubt, to continue on.” Another big obstacle is parenthood, which while many say enriches their lives and deepens their artistic practices, unquestionably demands time that could otherwise be spent networking - critical to career advancement in the relationship-driven art industry. "Men," said Joan Semmel, 86, "can hide children more easily." While some women found parenthood pushed them to greater heights of creativity, ingenuity, and collaboration, the art world in general has a bad attitude towards it. Instead of exclusion and discrimination, men have boys’ clubs; instead of childrearing obligations, a partner who will do the lion’s share of the work; instead of self-doubt and discouragement, entitlement and ambition. “Men were, and still are, much more aggressive,” said Judith Bernstein. “They dominate conversations, and their entitlements and expectations are far greater. This is changing, but it is so entrenched and still present in the art world.”  Women are beginning to reshape popular culture and political and public discourse. Frieze London has been featuring special sections devoted to female artists, who are even making their way into evening auctions, long the dominion of men, and institutions are actively seeking artists from demographic groups they have ignored in the past. See the complete article here.
    CALLS FOR ENTRY- Deadlines
    APRIL 19

    The Rowayton Arts Center has a call open to all artists for an all-media exhibition, Spring, juried by Greg Shea, an award-winning artist and craftsman who has been Senior Museum Preparator at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven for the past 20 years. The exhibition will run from May 13 to June 16, 2019 and is open to all artists working in all media, including: oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor, mixed media, color and black-and-white photography, sculpture, printmaking, pastels or drawing. There will be a $250 Cash Award for Best in Show. The fees for entry are $30 for 1 piece, $10 each additional piece up to 5 ($20 for 1 piece; $10 for each additional piece up to 5 for RAC Members). Artists will be notified of accepted work by email on April 26. A list will also be put up on the RAC website under Opportunities for Artists. Accepted work must be HAND DELIVERED on Sunday, May 12, 11am-2pm or Monday, May 13, 4-7pm. A complete prospectus is available here. Submit via EntryThingy here.
    APRIL 26-27

    The Stamford Art Association  announces an open call to artists for its next exhibition, Spring Fling. The show will run from May 3 through 30. This multimedia juried exhibit is open to all artists and the theme is the artist's rendition of a spring fling. Cash awards will be presented at the opening reception. The juror is Lina Morielli, curator of Stamford's Mayor's Gallery and a multimedia artist. Submission is by actual artwork only. Entry for SAA members $20 for first piece, $15 each additional piece and nonmembers $25 first piece, $20 each additional piece. Wall work must be framed and wired for hanging or it will not be accepted. Receiving: Fri/Sat April 26/27, 12-3pm. Accepted artists only will be listed on the SAA website by April 30. Click here for other submission requirements. Call 203-325-1139 with any questions.
    APRIL 24

    Beechwood Arts & Innovation welcomes Spring with three exciting events (see below) exploring the theme "JOURNEYS" - and needs your participation to make it a total success. In its barest form, a journey is a change over time. It can be psychological or physical, linear or circular. It may be voluntary or imposed, straight-forward or circuitous, difficult, easy or both and may evoke a wide range of emotions. It can be short or long (or endless!). It may be forgotten over the years or have a lasting impact on your life in a big or small way.
    Beechwood seeks works of visual art that refer to/reflect on/are a product of/have been created during/been inspired by a journey you’ve experienced that has made an impact on you/your life. There are two parts to the submission: the art work (2D or 3D) and your story that accompanies it. When you register, you will be asked 5 questions about the story of the journey behind your piece(s). This will be considered part of your entry, and if selected, it will be displayed alongside your piece. Fee: $10 for 3 entries. For Prospectus, click here.
    The three JOURNEYS Events are: 
    1. Arts Immersion Salon: 
    Sun May 53-6pm. The main event of our season with music, art, film, performance and culinary. (Artists can volunteer – first come, first served – or purchase a ticket)
    2. Art Open House “Gather Round” Wednesday May 8, 6-8pm with artists.
    3. The Beechwood BFD: 
    Friday, May 17, 7-9:30pm A single facilitated conversation among 18 diverse people over a delicious dinner, exploring the theme through personal experience, followed by an ideation to better our community.
    APRIL 27

    The Ridgefield Guild of Artists invites all members to submit to the 9th Annual Juried Member Show. The Juror for this year's show is Isabella GarruchoFounder and President of Isabella Garrucho Fine Art and Art Services International in Greenwich. Isabella has successfully led her own international art consulting company, Art Service International, for over 20 years. This exhibition, running May 18-June 23, 2019, is open to all Ridgefield Guild of Artists members, age 16 and older. Artists may submit up to 5 works. All entries must be submitted online at: Fees: $20; $10 each additional piece up to a total of 5, payable by credit card via EntryThingy. Fees are nonrefundable. Non-members may join prior to submitting their entries by clicking here.  Cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Details and full prospectus available here.

    MAY 1

    The Carriage Barn Arts Center seeks artists to showcase their works in New Canaan store windows in the Art in the Windows festival. Organized with the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, premier retailers participate in this annual event, which promotes local artists and benefits the Carriage Barn Arts Center. The 2019 theme is “TRUE COLORS”  and artists may submit their best representational or non-representational work with a concentration on one color or a multitude of colors. Stores are encouraged to collaborate and create complementary window displays. Store space is limited and all submissions may not be exhibited. Stores can typically fit one or two smaller art works; a few stores can display larger scale artwork. Any medium is welcome, including small sculptures. There are no substitutions once works are chosen. The designation of artwork in the stores is at the discretion of the Director and the Art in the Windows committee. Artists receive 50% of sales, with 50% supporting the New Canaan Society for the Arts. Click here for further details and the entry form.
    APRIL 15

    The MacDowell Colony is accepting applications for its Fall Residency ProgramOperating on the property of the late Edward MacDowell, arguably America’s first great composer, the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The colony currently is accepting applications from emerging and established artists for its fall fellowship program in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theater, and visual arts. The fellowship includes exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for a period of two weeks to two months. Fall residences are available from October 1, 2019, to January 31, 2020. There are no residency fees, and travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available (though artists are generally responsible for the cost of travel to and from the colony).
    The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which is defined in a pluralistic and inclusive way. The colony encourages applications from artists representing a range of perspectives and demographics. Individuals enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a fellowship.
    More details here; apply for a fellowship here.
    MAY 20

    I-Park in East Haddam, CT, is an artists in residence program offering fully-funded residencies in: Visual Arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, book arts, mixed media, site-responsive art, and installation); Music Composition/Sound Art (concert music - all genres - sound sculpture, mixed media, architectural sound design, film scoring, and instrument design); Creative Writing (playwrights, writers working in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, literary criticism and mixed media); Moving Image (film, video, documentary, animation, computer art, virtual reality, interactive, installation, and mixed media); and Architecture/Landscape Design (design projects, competition proposals, dissertations, model building, site-respon-sive/ecological installations, theoretical investigations). Residencies are offered from May through November. All 2019 residencies are 4-weeks and include 6-7 artists, all of whom arrive and depart at the same time, ensuring a deeply shared experience. Residents are provided a private bedroom in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio and chef-prepared dinners five nights a week. Applications are processed in two rounds. Please be sure to submit your best work samples in your Preview Round files. Applications are adjudicated by five selection panels consisting of independent experts with discipline-specific strengths. The composition of the panels changes each year. For more details, click here.

    The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum seeks a Digital Media Coordinator who would work with diverse Museum departments—Exhibitions, Education, Development, Special Events, and Visitor Services—to actively organize and archive content, and update The Aldrich’s website to ensure that timely and accurate information is posted in a way to make the site dynamic, accessible, and engaging. In addition, this position will work on the Museum’s forthcoming website redesign process and will be instrumental to its success. This position supervises the Museum’s online presence and social media channels with the goals of elevating the Museum’s profile, implementing outreach strategies to build constituency engagement, and supporting fundraising goals. This position will also schedule, develop, and format all Aldrich e-newsletters across all departments, create and manage a digital archive of all exhibitions, programs, and events, and support the Graphic Designer on special projects. Responsibilities: Format content for, regularly review, update, and maintain the Museum’s website; Assist with the Museum’s forthcoming website redesign process; Assure the timeliness, quality, and accuracy of website content; Update, review, and maintain online retail and ticketing platforms; Implement social media outreach to disseminate information about Museum activities, building visibility for and interest in Museum news, exhibitions, and programs; Maintain consistent and frequent postings across multiple social media platforms to convey energy and dynamism of Museum activities and exhibitions; Develop and create video content for various Museum depar-ments to share on website and social media, and to use for grant applications, when applicable; and moreRequirements: Fluent in Illustrator (InDesign and Photoshop a plus), with a strong understanding of producing and optimizing media for the web; Ability to collaborate well; comfortable working with a broad range of Museum personnel, including curators, educators, technology designers, and development, marketing, and communications staff; Effective written and verbal communication skills; Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, and more. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commit-ment to the Museum’s mission, to working to advance its position within the museum field, and the ability to advocate effectively for the Museum and its goals in professional and social settings. For complete description click here. Please send cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line “Digital Media Coordinator.” Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

    Westport Continuing Education (WCE) is looking for innovative and creative educators to engage, inspire, and teach school-age students in diverse after school programs. Classes in the arts, science, creative writing, drama, and physical education generally meet once per week for 1 - 1½ hours for 6 - 8 weeks in the Westport public schools during the academic school year. 
    Educators are encouraged to submit proposal ideas that resonate with students’ interests and popular trends in grades K - 5, or 6 - 8. Educators work closely with the Director of WCE to develop engaging, themed activities for after school classes that specialize in topics such as visual arts, crafts, STEM/STEAM projects, drama, sewing, fitness, homework help, games, and multidisciplinary activities. Classes are aligned with the mission and goals of Westport Public Schools to foster 21st century skill-building; inquiry-based learning, creative and critical thinking, perseverance, and teamwork. Competitive payment for teachers is based on course offering and experience. QualificationsMaintain a professional and positive attitude; Innovative problem-solver with expertise in teaching school-age children; Experience in classroom management and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment where Children can learn and excel; Must be punctual and respectful of school facilities; Must be able to pass a background check.  Responsibilities: Develop, instruct, and lead children with fun and engaging learning experiences, hands-on projects, games, and physical activity; Communicate with Director and WCE staff in a timely manner with any needs or issues; Maintain a safe and nurturing environment where students of all abilities and backgrounds have a
    chance to develop important skills after school; Manage a classroom of 8-15 students, creating a set structure of activities; Create innovative “take-home” projects or activities; Classes are take-in/take-out; activities and materials must be set up quickly before the program and
    ensure that classrooms are left clean and in order; Report in writing for any student disciplinary issues, injuries, or illnesses to Director and WCE staff; Supervise parent pick-up. To Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter outlining your experience and class ideas, resume, and three references to Westport Continuing Education, 70 North Avenue, Westport, CT 06880 or email to 
    Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
    Greenwich Historical Society: Public Historian
    April 12: Carriage Barn Arts Center: The Art of Being a Girl  Submission Deadline
    April 15: Macdowell Coloony: Fall Residency Fellowship Application Deadline
    April 19: CT Center for the Book: CT Book Awards Submissions Deadline
    April 19: Rowayton Arts Center: Spring Submission Deadline
    April 24: Beechwood Arts & Innovation: Journeys Submission Deadline
    April 26-27: Stamford Art Association: Spring Fling Receiving
    April 27: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Juried Member Show Submission Deadline
    April 30: NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Application Deadline

    May c1: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Art in the Windows Submission Deadline
    May 20: I-Park General Residency Program Application Deadline
    May 31: Moonlight International Film Festival (screenplays, stage plays, short stories, libretti, treatments, films, and more): Submission Deadline


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