Subject: Artists Newsletter April 20, 2018

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
April 20, 2018
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 575 individuals and organizations. You can sign up here.
Tickets are now available for our 3rd annual Arts & Cultural Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast, Wed. June 6, 7:30-9am at the Shore and Country Club, Norwalk. James Naughton is our master of ceremonies and Robin Tauck, business leader and philanthropist, is our keynote speaker. Our honorees this year are: Dennis Bradbury (Citizen Award); Valerie Cooper (Corporate Award); Megan Bonneau McCool (Artist Award); New England Dance Theater (Nonprofit Award); and Jim Royle (Educator Award). A special President's award is being made to the Family of Burt Chernowin recognition of the powerful impact he made on Fairfield County’s arts and culture community. The Cultural Alliance is grateful for our generous ACE Award event sponsors: United Capital Financial Life Management, Cohen & Wolf and Studio2pt0, LLC, and media sponsor Moffly Media. Individual breakfast tickets cost $75 and are available now at
If you missed this month's Spotlight on Arts & Culture, you can listen to the podcast here. Catch Wes Haynes (Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation), environmental artist Daniel Lanzilotta and Analiese Paik  (Sustainne) discuss Creating a Sustainable Future. Discover the ecology of sustainability: buildings as embodied energy, the links between recycling and bringing new life to old buildings, encouraging consumers to make sustainable choices, and how artists play a role in dramatizing and raising consciousness of the danger of plastics in our environment.  You can also listen to podcasts of recent shows on Who Cares About Public Art, Creative Placemaking and David Green & Adger Cowans.
The Cultural Alliance is joining several Bridgeport groups, including Capital for Change and The NEST Arts Factory, that are organizing to feature the culinary and cultural delights of Connecticut’s most diverse city. The idea is to organize monthly visits to restaurants in different neighborhoods featuring samples of the diverse cuisines of the City: Brazilian, Chinese, Thai, Colombian, Italian, Jamaican, Mexican, Portuguese, Turkish, Vietnamese and more, and to also showcase Bridgeport artists and musicians. The project is called SavorCity and is launching April 28 at Ruuthai's Kitchen at 648 Beechwood Avenue, in Bridgeport’s West End, with two servings of lunch, music by Rick Reyes and paintings by the NEST's Jill Morton. Interested? Space is limited, so reserve a spot at In May, it's Turkish food at Black Rock's Bereket.
The Cultural Alliance is also partnering with other Bridgeport organizations (bikeport co-op, Bridgeport DSSD, Bridgeport Generation Now, Bridgeport Public Library, City of Bridgeport, and Urban Bike Tours of Bridgeport) in organizing the Bridgeport iteration of the international Jane's Walk, May 5. In celebration of Jane Jacobs, the journalist, urbanist and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for over 40 years, Jane's Walks are organized to help citizen's explore their towns and connect with neighbors and contribute to thoughtful conversations about creative, community-driven city building. The session starts at 3pm with a brief meet-up to learn about the legacy of Jane Jacobs; then join one of two bike and two walking tours and learn how to get involved just like Jane. And then end with a drink at Harlan Haus. Sign up here.
Catch our 2-minute Drive Time selections from the week’s E-Buzz on WPKN 89.5 FM and Selected events from postings, can be heard as PSAs: 7-9am and 4-7pm, weekdays.


Denise Susalka, a resident of Redding and Palmas del Mar, earned an MBA in International Finance and worked for 18 years in banking and finance before beginning her art career. Since 2000, she has been channeling her creativity into painting with the same energy that she brought to international finance. Sharing her memories of living in France, Italy, Japan and Puerto Rico and of her travels throughout Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean, Denise uses color, texture, and play of light to convey a sense of place in her landscapes, her evocative abstracts and her still-lifes. She's keen to awaken all the senses of the viewer: evoking the floral scent of hibiscus or lavender, the tartness of a kiwi or the sweetness of a mango, the whisper of trees swaying or the roar of the surf, the warmth of the sun or the coolness of the breezes. Teaching, especially children, helps Denise recapture her child-like vision through the eyes of her students. She revels in seeing children incorporate new information with their unique perspective to arrive at something fresh and undeniably original. Denise has exhibited her work in LakeShore Gallery in Bolton Landing, NY; Lady Audrey's Gallery in West Cornwall, CT; Rockwell Gallery in Westport, CT and had a permanent exhibition of her work at Maji-Lina Gallery in Rio Mar, PR until it closed in 2013. Denise is a founding member of Cannondale Studios and Gallery in Wilton, and exhibits her work throughout Connecticut and Puerto Rico. See her website.

Gregg Welz, a lifelong resident of Norwalk, is a conceptual artist who configures cut and folded pieces of drawing paper into repeating patterns, creating gradations of light and cast shadow. From early watercolor lessons at the age of twelve to an art and design education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Gregg has continued to experiment artistically. He notes that his imagination is influenced by geometries found throughout the environment, both natural and man-made. “I am drawn to this abstract process as a means of expressing the visual symmetry around me: architecture, water patterns, or stone walls, for instance,” he says, citing Sol LeWitt and Louise Nevelson among his sources of inspiration. “Using the grid confines or contains the composition to its singular space; I envision the boundaries broken through to infinite scale.” Using paper with texture and weight is important to the artist; he likes the tactile feel of it. The folds of the paper form shadows that make one more layer of pattern and color; even in the monochromatic compositions, the shadows cast a variety of shades. “When I first created the paper cuts series, shadows were a pleasant after effect,” he says. “As my work develops, I look forward to what the shadows may reveal.” Welz compares cutting paper to preparing a palette of mixed paint, and his studio tools are blades instead of brushes. He then lays out the grid and completes each square, over and over. Each piece of paper has been scored, cut, folded, and a fixed with a riser; completion can take several weeks of repetitious practice. Recent shows include at The Lionheart Gallery, (and its online successor, Paraphé), and Rowayton Arts Center (where Gregg won "Best in Show" for the 2016 Community Sponsored Awards Exhibition). See details on the 2-1-2 Exhibition at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. See Gregg's website here.
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Elizabeth Agresta, Painter
Valerie Ahneman,
Peter Alexander, 
   Landscape Architect
Kristen Ambrosi, Painter
Tracey Anderson-Kollar, 
   Visual Artist
Francesca Andre,
  Filmmaker & Photo-
Leslee Asch, 
   Curator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/ 
Judith Bacal, Designer
Anna Badini, Painter
Mary Bailey, Sculptor & 
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice Barrett, Painter
Nina Bentley, Mixed 
Sue Benton, Photographer
Paul Berger, Photographer
Karla Bernstein, 
Thomas Berntsen, 
Binnie Birstein, Painter/
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Christina Blais, Quilter
Ziggy Bober, Sculptor 
Amy Bock, Painter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed
   Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, 
Carolyn Brady, 
Nancy Breakstone, 
Michael Brennecke, 
Wendy Brest, Mixed Media
Lucienne Buckner, 
Bevi Bullwinkel, Painter
Miggs Burroughs, Graphic 
Trace Burroughs, New 
Joy Bush, Photographer
Louise Cadoux,    
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan, 
Patricia Campbell, Dancer
Linn Cassetta, Printmaker
Polly Castor, Painter
Carolyn Cavolo, Dancer
Ann Chernow, 
Alan Chapell, Musician
Eric Chiang, Painter
Frederic Chiu, Pianist
Yvonne Claveloux, Painter
Elaine Clayton, Painter 
   and Writer
Alicia Cobb, Painter
Joyce Colburn, Painter
Heidi Lewis Coleman, 
   Mixed Media
Rosa Colón, Painter, Mixed
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans, 
   Photographer and
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn Dahl, Painter
Cris Dam, Painter/Muralist
Holly Danger, Video Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos Davila, Painter, 
Jane Davila, Fiber Artist/ 
   Mixed Media 
Cortney Davis, Writer
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
   Sculptor/ Furniture 
Emily Derr,  
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf, Painter
Jan Dilenschneider, Painter
Eugenie Diserio, Painter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Mixed
Erin Dolan, Painter
Amy Dolego, Photography
Jennifer Drolet, Painter 
David Dunlop, Painter
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed Media 
Katherine Evans, Painter 
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
Rosaida Flores, Dancer
David Laurence Flynn, Lighting
Heide Follin, Painter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet, Painter/ 
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott Glaser, Painter
William Glaser, 
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen Gordon, Painter
Sue Brown Gordon,    
Ellen Gould, Photographer
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician 
Len Grayeck, Painter
Jen Greely, MultiMedia/
Mindy Green, Mixed Media
Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist
Barry Guthertz, 
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman, 
Mary Harold, 
Julie Headland, Painter/
Adair Heitmann, 
Kate Henderson, Mixed 
   Media - ASSOCIATE
MaryEllen Hendricks,
Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/ 
   Mixed Media
Lenore Eggleston Herbst
Tracy Hoffman, 
   Photographer & 
   Printmaker ASSOCIATE
Veronica Hofstetter, 
Bruce Horan, 
Elizabeth Howard, Writer
Sonya Huber, Writer
Yuko Ike, Painter
Jana Ireijo, Painter
Sholeh Janati, Painter 
Renée Kahn, Painter/ 
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic 
Amy Kaplan, Painter 
Natasha Karpinskaia, 
Ed Katz, Theatre Critic
Emily Kelting, Photographer

Karen Kent, Painter
Elisa Keogh, Photographer
Susan Keown, Painter/  
   Mixed Media/Ceramicist
Niki Ketchman, Sculptor/
Jin Hi Kim, 
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Xiao Mai Kong, Painter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Joanie Landau, Jewelry 
Lydia Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Katya Lebrija, 
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual Artist/
Phyllis Lee, Visual Artist
Julie Leff, Painter
Susan Leggitt, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shelley Lowell, 
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Mark Macrides, Painter, 
Jessica Makin, Painter/ 
Connie Manna, Painter
Mary Manning, Painter/
Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Ruben Marroquin, Fiber Artist
Nadia Martinez, MultiMedia
Sooo-z Mastropietro, Multimedia
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool, 
Carole McClintock, Painter
Grace S. McEnaney, Painter
Nancy McTague-Stock, 
Shanna Melton, Poet
Kristin Merrill,
Toby Michaels, Painter
Jay Misencik, Photographer
Duvian Montoya, Painter
Brechin Morgan, Painter
Day Moore, Painter
Nancy Moore, Painter
Meighan Morrison, Painter
Carol Mueller, 
Cynthia Mullins, Painter
Susan Murray, Painter
Aisha Nailah,MixedMedia/
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Karen Neems, 
Susan Newbold, Painter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill Nichols, Painter
Eddie Niño, Painter
Judith Norinsky, Painter
Julie O’Connor,      
Kazumasa Oda, Painter
Amy Oestreicher
   Performing/Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Parkway South, Musicians
Steve Parton, Painter
Judy Peknik, Painter
Justin Perlman, Sculptor
Chris Perry, Book Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Diane Pollack, Mixed 
Karen Ponelli, Painter 
Lynn Carlson Popat, 

Joseph Provey, Painter
Jennifer Prat, 
Elizabeth Quesada, 
Ben Quesnel, Sculptor, 
Lauren Rago, Mixed Media
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Rick Reyes, Singer/ 
Barbara Ringer, 
Mariya Rivera, Painter
Dorothy Robertshaw, 
   Mixed Media
Alyse Rosner, Painter/ 
   Mixed Media
Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, 
   Graphic Artist 
Jill Sarver, Painter
Roxanne Faber Savage, 
   Visual Artist
Ellen Schiffman, Fiber 
Norma Schlager, Fiber 
Marianne R. Schmidt, 
Guy Sealey, Multimedia
Lisa Seidenberg, 
Rick Shaefer, Visual Artist
Barbara Shea, Writer
Alissa Siegal, Painter
Norm Siegel, Painter
Lisa P. Silberman, 
Phyllis Sinrich, 
Megan Smith-Harris, 
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter 
Rene Soto, Painter
Liz Squillace,   
Connie Stancell, Painter
Sergei Stepanenko, 
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam Stoddart, Painter
Florence Suerig, Visual 
Denise Susalka, Painter
Janice Sweetwater, 
Susan Tabachnick, Sculptor
Juliette Tehrani, Painter
Mick Theebs, Writer/Painter
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 
Ann Weiner, Multi-Media, 
Peggy Weis, MultiMedia
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Joan Wheeler, Painter
Al Coyote Weiner, Painter
Ann Weiner, MultiMedia
   Conceptual Artist
Gregg Welz, Mixed Media
Jahmane West, 
   MultiMedia Artist
Elizabeth White, 
Justin Wiest, Painter
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Jen Williams, Painter
Tammy Winser, Mixed 
Nancy Woodward, 
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual 
Greg Ziebell, Painter
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Bevi Bullwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Dawn Dahl, Eugenie Diserio, Heide Follin, Barry Guthertz, Emily Kelting, Katya Lebrija, Susan Leggitt, Julia Rose Liptak, Barbara Loss, Jessica Makin, Kristin Merrill, Cynthia Mullins, Susan Murray, Julie O'Connor, Justin Perlman, Chris Perry, Jay Petrow, Diane Pollock, Barbara Ringer, Juliete Tehrani, Lee Walther, Al Coyote Weiner, Nancy Woodward, all have had work juried into the Carriage Barn Arts Center's SPECTRUM 2018 exhibit, opening with a reception Fri. April 20, 6-8pm, and running through through May 24th. Guest juror Hilary Lewis, chief curator and creative director of the Glass House, selected 117 pieces from over 550 entries.
Kristen Ambrosi, Amy Kaplan, Jahmane, Cynthia Mullins, Jahmane, Aisha Nailah, and Joan Wheeler, all have work in the Inside Outside Pop Up Gallery in the Colorblends House and Spring Garden, through May 14th, and with an Open House and Reception, Sat. April 21, 10am-6pm
Bruce Horan and Dorothy Robertshaw are among the artists showing in Transformation, an exhibit curated by Elise Black, at St. Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG) in Norwalk, opening with jazz and poetry, Sat. April 21, 6-9pm. 
Adger Cowens, Jahmane, Herm Freeman, Aisha Nailah, Lesley Koenig, Ruben Marroquin, and Liz Squillace, are among the artists featured in Welcome BACC!celebration of the return of the Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council (BACC), Fri. April 27, 5-10pm at BLENDS Gallery in downtown Bridgeport. Featuring local food, drink, music and of course art, the opening will also be the kick off to BACC's "Celebrate Bridgeport" an inspiring community gathering the fourth Friday of every month, each held at a different location in Bridgeport.
Eugenio Diserio, Christa Forrest and Joanie Landau are three of the Loft Artists Association member artists who are "Bringing a Friend to the LAA," that opens next Friday April 27, 6-8pm, at Loft Artists Association. Each LAA artist shows one of their works, matched with that of one of their non-LAA member artist colleagues.
Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Kat Evans, Scott Glaser, Veronica Hofstetter, Jana Ireijo, Amy Kaplan, Jane Lubin, Carole McClintock, Dale Najarian, Kris Toohey, and Cynthia Whalen are all part of the Westport Artists Collective Studio Tour May 5, 10am-5pm. A $25 ticket include a Welcome Brunch and access to 13 artists' studios. Each studio is as unique as the artist and the work, and questions are encouraged.
Some artists had entries in Spectrum included in previous newsletter
Elizabeth Agresta is part of a 3-person show, Into the Mist at GR Art Gallery in Stamford (1086 Long Ridge Road), opening with a reception Sat. April 28, 4-8:30pm, and running through June 3. At right “Aftermath” (oil on canvas, 30x40, detail at right)
Kristen Ambrosi has several of her large abstract paintings in the Inside Outside Pop Up Gallery in the Colorblends House and Spring Garden, through May 14th, and with an Open House and Reception, Sat. April 21, 10am-6pm. Kristen is also offering an Art and Yoga Workshop for Women: Shift into Spring, Sun. April 29, 1-4pm. Using paint, words, and yoga, the workshop "will set intentions for this shift in the year through various materials and methods, including meaningful discussion, an opportunity to write, a root-to-rise yoga practice, and a serenade of mantra."
Francesca Andre has a screening of her short film Charcoal, followed by discussion, at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (53 Washington Square South, New York) on Thurs. April 26, 7-9pm. More
Nancy Breakstone has had her photograph, Reflections in The Sand (24” x 24” at right, click for larger image) juried into the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 107th Annual Exhibition at the Mystic Museum of Art, April 20-June 2, with an opening reception May 3, 5:30-7:30pm. Nancy's work also appears in the April issue of The Woven Tale Press online and print magazine (pp.36-39) with an interesting interview here.
Eric Chiang had his painting Night Waves (2018, oil on canvas, 36x36) juried into the Carriage Barn's Spectrum 2018 show, opening Fri. April 20, 6-8pm.
Heidi Lewis Coleman is will be exhibiting Sierra (2017, acrylic & cut paper on watercolor paper
21x21 framed, at right, click for larger image) in Perfect Partners: Art in Design, opening with a reception at Silvermine Arts Center, Sun. April 22, 2-4pm, and running through May 19. 
ierra is part of Heidi's Dreamscape Series, which reflects an exploration of landscapes inspired by the ancient lands of mythology and cultural lore, whether historical, fictional or fantastical.

Eugenie Diserio's painting Chiron (2015, acrylic on canvas, 30x40, detail at right, click for complete image) will be exhibited at The Loft Artist Association's Bring A Friend to the LAA, where members invite a guest to show beside them, opening April 27. Painted in 2015, Chiron, Eugenie tells us, symbolizes the wounded healer in all of us showing how we can learn to heal our deepest wounds and fatal flaws. As an astrologer, she says, "Since Chiron just entered the fiery sign of Aries, this painting was asking to be shown right now." She also has her painting Brave showing at Spectrum.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon  is showing 17 works at Out of the Box, 73 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich , May 3-27, 2018 as part of Art to the Avenue. Opening night reception is Thursday, May 3, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Among her oil paintings and collages is her Sunlit Woods (2017, oil on canvas, 30” square, at right).
See Scott paint! And more. Scott Glaser is one of 13 artists included in the Westport Artists' Collective Studio Tour on Sat May 5, 10am-5pm. Tickets at $25 are available here. 
Herm Freeman has six of his new abstract paintings in the Welcome BACC!  exhibition at BLENDS Gallerycelebrating the return of the Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council (BACC), opening with a reception, Fri. April 27, 5-10pm. At right Big City (2018, acrylic on canvas, 40x30). Herm comments that after 20 years of painting landscapes (France, Italy, California, New England...), "I found myself wanting to be ‘unencumbered’ by subject matter...and I turned to painting abstract forms.  Funny thing happened: instead of ‘painting what I saw,’ it was more like ‘seeing what I painted!’"
Sholeh Janati has a solo show, an Art Pop-Up Shop at Anthropologie in Westport this Sat. April 21, 11am-5pm. On display will be a series of paintings, Goldfish, inspired by fish and water, such as Bubbles (detail at right, mixed media on canvas, 16x20, click for complete image).  In Persian culture, goldfish represent good luck and prosperity, and are often given as gifts to mark the new year, which falls on the first day of Spring. Sholeh painted her first goldfish in honor of this tradition years ago, and has now built upon that for this special event at Anthropologie on Saturday.
Joanie Landau will be the featured artist at the Gold Coast Kaleidoscope Dreamlight Event at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Stamford, Sat. April 21, 7-10pm. where she will have several works on display in this "Evening Fantasia of the Performing & Visual Arts." On April 27th, Joanie is bringing MaryEllen Hendricks to the Loft Artists Association's Bring a Friend to the LAA. They will be exhibiting works side by side with a common theme. At right, Joanie's Tree on Main Street (36x24, click for larger image). Joanie also has a piece, From Where I Lie No. 8 in the West Hartford Art League Juried Show, CT+6. opening Sun. April 29, 2-4pm, and running through June 3.
In addition to her two photographic works juried into the Spectrum 2018 showTomorrow, 125th St. and United Do We Stand , Barbara Loss has several photographs in the Flower Power show at Reads Artspace, opening Sat. April 21, including Floral Arabesque, Welcome to Spring, a 24x36 collection of individual 4x6 wooden panels, each an abstraction designed from flowers she has photographed throughout the years (detail at right).
Ruben Marroquin has four of his woven sculptures in the Welcome BACC!  exhibition, celebrating the return of the Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council (BACC), at    BLENDS Gallery in downtown Bridgeport, opening with a reception, Fri. April 27, 5-10pm. At right Untitled (untied knots series #1; 2015, mixed textile media, 36x36x12). These pieces have been deconstructed - they've had their knots untied.

Congratulations to poet, painter, and consultant Shanna Melton. Shanna has been selected Arts Hero for the Fairfield County region by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Shanna will receive her award at a ceremony at the Hartford Stage Wed. April 25, 3:15pm as part of CT Arts Day 2018. There are still tickets if you would like to attend. The Arts Hero Awards honor Connecticut residents who are doing extraordinary things in, for, or through the arts. The 2018 Arts Hero Awards theme is Resilience -  "that ineffable quality that allows people to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and to keep going in the face of adversity."
Cynthia Mullins has ten of her amazing floral paintings included in the Inside Outside Pop Up Gallery in the Colorblends House and Spring Garden, through May 14th, with an Open House and Reception, Sat. April 21, 10am-6pm. At right her Blue and White (2012, oil and acrylic on board, 26x30; click for larger image). Cynthia paints oil over acrylic, using a combination of brush and squeegee to create the contemporary look of both graphic (flat) and space within the flower form. 
Susan Murray had her piece, Where the Earth Meets The Sky - Witching Hour (mixed media on harbored, 36x18, detail at right, click for larger image) accepted into the Carriage Barn's Spectrum 2018 exhibition. The work shows the expanse of both the universe above and the depths of the earth below, where there is a very fine silver line that connects the two. It is this fine line upon which we all live that we need to remind ourselves, we all have to coexist together.
Amy Oestreicher is back home! Fresh from presenting and performing at the Association of Applied & Therapeutic Humor in San Diego, she will be here, live, at the Maker Faire Westport 2018Saturday April 21, giving a presentation and performance on Art and Resilience from 3-4pm with time for questions afterwards.
Painter and interior designer Dorothy Robertshaw has 8 pieces in the Transformation exhibition at St. Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG), opening Sat. April 21 with a reception, including poets and jazz, 6-9pm. The show is curated by Elise Black. Dorothy has several styles of work and mediums. At right, detail of Blossoms (2018, oil on canvas with gold leaf). A palette-knife painting with gold leaf mounted on canvas board as the base and then the "buttery mix of oils."  
Barbara Ringer had her work Pin Up Girl, (2018, 22” x 28” x 4”, at right, click for larger, complete and more detailed image), a photography-based work, using canvas, safety pins, cotton stuffing, metal and wood, juried into the Carriage Barn's Spectrum 2018 exhibition. The work, barber says is part of a current series that uses a mannequin surrogate to explore self-image, female history, and feelings of anxiety.  
Roxanne Faber Savage will exhibit Blue Beast, (painting) and Blue Line I, II (prints) in State of Abstraction, an exhibition co-curated by Jacquelyn Gleisner and Daphne A. Deeds, on view May 5- June 16, at the Washington Art Association, 4 Bryan PLaza, Washington Depot, CT, with an opening reception May 5, 4-6 pm at WAA. At right, Blue Beast (2017, acrylic on canvas with tape, 48x48). This is one of four paintings created during a residency at The Atlantic Center For the Arts, New Smyrna Beach FL, Spring 2017, and was a painting investigation done in monocromatic colors (paynes grey + Black), using fingers, sponges,  squeegy and water hose; creating works that subconsciously merged ideas about stacking, identity, and elephants.
Westport filmmaker Lisa Seidenberg's short film Strangers will be shown at the Film & Video Poetry Symposium April 26-29 in Los Angeles. She recently also attended the Newlyn International Film Festival (April 6-8) in Cornwall, UK where her short film, America premiered. At right, a shot from America.
Alissa Siegal is New Canaan Library’s 2018 Artist in Residence and she is conducting a workshop this Saturday, April 21, 12-3pm at the New Canaan Library. Nature Bowls is a "hyper-local" workshop in which participants will create bowls from local newspapers and scrap papers as well as local flora and fauna. The workshop will focus on how we are surrounded by materials that can be transformed, at little to no cost, into handmade decorative and unique objects.
Liz Squillace has four pieces in the Welcome BACC!  exhibition at BLENDS Gallerycelebrating the return of the Bridgeport Arts & Cultural Council (BACC),  opening with a reception, Fri. April 27, 5-10pm. At right, two pieces, Square Angles 1 & 2, (2018, screenprint on board, 60x10; click for larger image). These pieces, Liz says, were born out of a painting experiment that turned into a screenprinted pattern. Her other two pieces are mixed oil/acrylic paintings inspired by a recent trip to New Mexico.
Alicia Thompson is performing an extract from her dramatic piece I Am My Hair at Connecticut Arts Day, Weds. April 25, 11am, at The Hartford Stage as part of the “Talent is Universal, Opportunity Is Not” panel, that fits into Arts Day's overall theme of Resiliency. I Am My Hair is a one-woman production of monologues that shares the stories of 6 different female characters. The character “Mother Wise” from the play will be featured on the panel. Alicia comments that Mother Wise will share her story of struggling to comfortably settle in a society in which it’s difficult to be authentic and to be accepted. She pushes through the pain of her past and gains the strength to inspire others on her journey of self-acceptance. 
New member Gregg Welz is one of the 5 artists selected by juror Judith Tolnick Champa for the 2-1-2 small group exhibition at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, opening Sat. April 21, 4-6pm. Each artist had 6 months to produce the work. Gregg, who works with cut paper, envisioned a geometric suite of 9 works: 3 each of triangles, circles and squares with a palette of white, black and a bold red. Light and shadows vary in each series. At right Triangle: White (2018, created with scored and folded drawing paper and shadow boxed with acrylic glazing, 32x32, click for larger image).
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Fri. April 20: Carriage Barn Arts Center, Spectrum 2018. Opening Reception, 6-8pm. (Bevi Bullwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Dawn Dahl, Eugenie Diserio, Heide Follin, Barry Guthertz, Emily Kelting, Katya Lebrija, Susan Leggitt, Julia Rose Liptak, Barbara Loss, Jessica makin, Kristin Merrill, Cynthia Mullins, Susan Murray, Julie O'Connor, Justin Perlman, Chris Perry, Jay Petrow, Diane Pollock, Barbara Ringer, Juliete Tehrani, Lee Walther, Al Coyote Weiner, Nancy Woodward).
Sat. April 21: Colorblends House and Spring Garden, Inside Outside Pop Up Gallery. Open House and Gardens and Opening Reception 10am-6pm (Kristen Ambrosi, Jahmane, Amy Kaplan, Cynthia Mullins, Aisha Nailah, and Joan Wheeler)

Sat. April 21: Alissa Siegal, New Canaan Library, Nature Bowls Workshop, 12-3pm.
Sat. April 21: 2-1-2, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Gregg Welz)
Sat. April 21: St Philip Artists Guild (SPAG), Transformation. Opening Reception, with poetry and jazz, 6-9pm (Curated by Elise Black. Bruce Horan and Dorothy Robertshaw)
Wed. April 25: Alicia Thompson, I Am My Hair monologue, CT Arts Day, 11am
Fri. April 27: Loft Artists Association, Bring a Friend to the LA. Opening Reception, 6-8pm
Sat. April 28: GR Art Gallery, Stamford, Into the Mist. Opening Reception, 6-8pm (Elizabeth Agresta)
Turn. May 3: Art to the Avenue, Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, (Carol Nipomnich Dixon)
Sat. May 5: Westport Artists Collective Studio Tour, 10-5 (Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Kat Evans, Scott Glaser, Veronica Hofstetter, Jana Ireijo, Amy Kaplan, Jane Lubin, Carole McClintock, Dale Najarian, Kris Toohey, and Cynthia Whalen)
Sat. April 7: Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, In The Moment. Opening Reception, 4:30-7pm. (Lisa Cuscuna, Joyce Grasso, Susan Leggitt, and Dale Najarian)Sun. April 8: Rowayton Arts Center, Abstraction. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Nancy Breakstone, Bevi Bullwinkel)Sat. April 14: Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Near and Far. Byram Shubert Branch Library, Greenwich library. Opening Reception 3-4:30pmMon. April 16: Jin Hi Kim, One Sky II. Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, 7pm.Wed. April 18: Jin Hi Kim, One Sky II, Yale university, Luce Hall, 34 hill house Ave., 7pm. Fri. April 20: carriage Barn Arts Center, Spectrum 2018. opening Reception, 6-8pm. (Bevi Bullwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Dawn Dahl, Eugenie Diserio, Heide Follin, Barry Guthertz, Emily Kelting, Katya Lebrija, Susan Leggitt, Julia Rose Liptak, Barbara Loss, Jessica makin, Kristin Merrill, Cynthia Mullins, Susan Murray, Julie O'Connor, Justin Perlman, Chris Perry, Jay Petrow, Diane Pollock, Barbara Ringer, Juliete Tehrani, Lee Walther, Al Coyote Weiner, Nancy Woodward).Sat. April 21: Colorblends House and Spring Garden, Inside Outside Pop Up Gallery. Open House and Gardens and Opening Reception 10am-6pm (Kristen Ambrosi, Amy Kaplan, Jahmane, Cynthia Mullins, Jahmane, Aisha Nailah, and Joan Wheeler)
Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library,. Opening Reception, 4:30-7pm. (Lisa Cuscuna, Joyce Grasso, Susan Leggitt, and Dale Najarian) Rowayton Arts Center, Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Nancy Breakstone, Bevi Bullwinkel) Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Near and Far. Byram Shubert Branch Library, Greenwich library. Opening Reception 3-4:30pm Jin Hi Kim, One Sky II. Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, 7pm. Jin Hi Kim, One Sky II, Yale university, Luce Hall, 34 hill house Ave., 7pm. carriage Barn Arts Center, Spectrum 2018. opening Reception, 6-8pm. (Bevi Bullwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Dawn Dahl, Eugenie Diserio, Heide Follin, Barry Guthertz, Emily Kelting, Katya Lebrija, Susan Leggitt, Julia Rose Liptak, Barbara Loss, Jessica makin, Kristin Merrill, Cynthia Mullins, Susan Murray, Julie O'Connor, Justin Perlman, Chris Perry, Jay Petrow, Diane Pollock, Barbara Ringer, Juliete Tehrani, Lee Walther, Al Coyote Weiner, Nancy Woodward). Colorblends House and Spring Garden, Inside Outside Pop Up Gallery. Open House and Gardens and Opening Reception 10am-6pm (Kristen Ambrosi, Amy Kaplan, Jahmane, Cynthia Mullins, Jahmane, Aisha Nailah, and Joan Wheeler)Sat. April 7:In The Moment
Sun. April 8:AAbstractionbstraction
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From Grantmakers in the Arts Blog. Submitted by Carmen Graciela Díaz, March 26, 2018.
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) recently announced the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania became W.A.G.E.  Certified. This certification was initiated with the understanding that the nonprofit sector has not been capable of regulating itself historically, nor has there been evidence of substantial change in present efforts, explains the organization. According to W.A.G.E., non-payment was an industry standard and confronting this extractive practice was central to the organization’s founding in 2008. A decade later, paying artists for their labor is becoming standard practice, but at the museum level, how much to pay and who determines rates are contentious issues. In the greater museum ecosystem, W.A.G.E. certification carries potential influence, the organization explains. This is why the decision by the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania to become the first W.A.G.E. Certified museum is so significant. It demonstrates that a museum is capable of meeting external payment standards, and more importantly that those standards can be set by workers. In practice it means that the ICA Philadelphia will pay fees according to a minimum schedule determined by its operating expenses of $4.8 million in fiscal year 2018. W.A.G.E. Certification is a national program that publicly recognizes those nonprofit arts organizations demonstrating a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees that meet their minimum payment standards.The higher an institution’s total annual operating expenses, the higher the fee. "Our model ties artist fees to these costs because they are the financial articulation of an institution’s priorities," states W.A.G.E. regarding how these fees are calculated.
According to the organization, since the certification's initiation in October 2014, 54 institutions have been certified across the United State.

Fifteen Cultural Alliance artist members helped to make Bridgeport Public Schools Second Arts Count Day a great success. Above, Adair Heittman with her class at Cesar A. Batalia School. Adair's report: "Great fifth-grade class and teacher, and my presentation was translated into Spanish!" Our 15 artists were part of a small army of 78 artists who fanned out across Bridgeport's 5th-grade classrooms to share with their charges some of their skills and challenges. Our members and their schools were:  
Barnum School:
Jay Misencik/Geralyne Valentine 

Cesar A. Batalia School:
Cris Dam, Adair Heitmann, Aisha Nailah

Columbus School:
Brec Morgan 

Discovery Magnet School: 
Amy Oestreicher 

High Horizons Magnet School:
Susan Tabachnick 

Tisdale School:
Lauri Maclean, Daniel Lanzilotta

Madison School:
Kristen Ambrosi, Alicia Cobb

Park City Magnet School:
Nancy Breakstone

Dunbar School:
Ina Anderson

Roosevelt School:
Susan Newbold

Check #2018artscountday on Twitter for pictures and reports!

The Maritime Garage Gallery in South Norwalk is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit, running from June 13 through September 28, 2018. The exhibit, entitled “A Reverence For Nature,” will include art that expresses "reverence, a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe, veneration, for nature or the environment." The exhibition will be curated by Nadia Martinez. Clever uses of medium, with the exception of pedestal sculpture, and interpretations on the subject are welcome. Up to 5 pieces may be submitted for the one fee of $35. Most mediums are accepted, with the exception of pedestal sculpture. Works must be less than 48" wide and less than 84" high, properly wired ready to be hung. Submissions as jpes files only, uploaded at 300dpi. Flles must be sized to 1920 pixels in largest direction. For guidelines and submissions, click here. If you have any questions, please e-mail  The deadline for submissions is May 5th, 2018. 
MAY 10

The Rowayton Arts Center has issued an open call to all artists aged 16-39 to submit work in any medium to its annual juried exhibition Focus Under 40. This year the age limit was lowered to 16. There is no theme to the show. Artists may submit unto five works. Entry fees up $20 for 1-3 pieces and $30 for 4-5 pieces. All fees are non-refundable. The juror for the show is Eleanor Flatow, an independent art consultant, who served as executive co-director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center. There is a $250 cash award for the work judged Best in Show. All detailed requirements are available here.  All submissions are made on line, via EntryThingy. You can apply here. The deadline for submission is May 10. If selected for the show, you will be notified by May 24 and art work MUST be HAND DELIVERED to RAC on Monday, June 4 (4-7pm), or Tuesday, June 5 (11am -2pm)

MAY 21

The first annual Make Music Connecticut, a wild and wonderful mix of over 250 free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Thursday, June 21. Part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music, Make Music Connecticut takes place in 10 Connecticut cities and regions. Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is invited to take part. You can sign up at, by May 21, 2018, or through Cultural Alliance member organizations that are organizing the day in those towns. In BRIDGEPORT, sign up here through  City Lights Gallery,  Bridgeport Art TrailBridgeport Downtown Special Services District and WPKN 89.5FM. In FAIRFIELD, sign up through the Fairfield Theatre Companywhich is organizing both performers and venues. In STAMFORD, Music Day is being coordinated by Stamford Downtown: sign up as a performer or as a venueIt's not too late: organizations can visit these websites to offer their outdoor spaces as concert venues. A full schedule of events will be posted at on June 1, 2018. The deadline to sign up is May 21.
MAY 25

City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, has issued a call to all artists for its 8th annual SameSex exhibition, scheduled for July 2018. SameSex explores LGBTQ themes, same-sex attraction, related feelings and issues of 2018. Artists need not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to participate. All artists are invited to submit jpegs of their work (no more than 10 images) for consideration to by May 25, 2018. Necessary information to include with your submission: a brief artist statement, itemized list of art work submitted should include: title, size, medium, price of work. Works not for sale should include a value rather than a price. Also include artist's contact information: name, email address, phone (evening and daytime numbers), mailing address and website address, if available. For more information, call 203-334-7748 or visit the City Lights Gallery website at
And Remember:
April c8: Real Art Ways: Real Art Awards: Submission Deadline
April 15: AT&T Film Awards: Short Films Application Deadline
April 29: IPCNY New Prints: Submission Deadline
See more in Opportunity Calendar below, after JOBS.

  • Run by WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) this is a registry of opportunities, as well as an application management system. Registration required.
  • ArtSake: Archive of Calls for Artists, run by the Massachusetts Arts Council
  • "the art world's first and most accessed resource of its kind"
  • The Calls for Artists (can be indexed by state and deadline)
  • Scoop.It: Public Art RFPs and RFQs
  • NYFA Opportunities: Calls, Residencies and other opportunities. Can be indexed by date, location and type
  • No Film School recently released a list of opportunities available for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects with Spring 2018 deadlines
  • Poets & Writers - the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests grants and awards available anywhere.
MAY 10

The Canadian Women Artists Award is a $5,000 grant, open to Canadian women artists between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, including students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. It is designed to provide financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in any discipline, and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further their artistic goals. It is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded. All applicants must provide proof of Canadian citizenship and can apply in a wide range of categories. Full application details are available here. NYFA will announce the award winner by August 31, 2018. Composer and musician Anna Webber was the 2017 Fellow, a Brooklyn-based composer, flutist, and saxophonist, who was selected by a multi-disciplinary panel of artists form a pool of 100 applicants.

The CT Office of the Arts has announced a Webinar on the above grants on Weds. May 8, 12-1pm (details still to come). Remember: Artists can apply for a CT Office of the Art Project Grant ($5-15,000) - or Regional Initiative Grant (REGI; $1-4,000) - either with a fiscal sponsor (such as NYFA, Fractured Atlas or other 501(c)(3) cultural nonprofit) or through their own legal entity. Or they may seek to work with a cultural nonprofit (or municipal department, school district, college or university) as part of a project, as every project has to engage at least one Connecticut artist. Discuss project ideas with cultural nonprofits and be one of the artists they work with. Project Grants support "arts-based projects of artistic excellence for Connecticut audiences, communities and participants and that are accessible and relevant to the audience and community it is designed to serve." REGI Grants are designed to encourage and support small community arts-based projects and are perfect for engaging in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, and/or projects that bring neighborhoods together. An informational webinar will be available in early May. The application deadline is June 6, 2018.  The Guidelines are available here.

Artists can apply for a CT Office of the Arts Regional Initiative Grant ($1-4,000) - either with a fiscal sponsor (such as NYFAFractured Atlas or other 501(c)(3) cultural nonprofit) or through their own legal entity. Or they may seek to work with a cultural nonprofit (or municipal department, school district, college or university) as part of a project, as every project has to engage at least one Connecticut artist. These REGI grants are designed to encourage and support small community arts-based projects. These grants are perfect for engaging in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, and/or projects that bring neighbor-hoods togetherAn informational webinar will be available in early May. The application deadline is June 20, 2018.  The Guidelines are available here.

The Artist Fellowship Program  encourages the continuing development of Connecticut artists.  The program provides competitive Artistic Excellence grants of $5,000; Artist Fellowship grants of $3,000; and Emerging Recognition grants of $1,000. The funding provides an opportunity for artists to pursue new work and achieve specific creative and career goals. Connecticut-resident artists, of at least 18 years of age, working in all disciplines may apply. Fellowship awards are highly competitive and artists are encouraged to apply only when they have created a substantial body of recent work that can be presented professionally. Applicants must be the primary creator of original works of art. View the 2018 Fellows. The application deadline is July 25, 2018. The Guidelines are available here.

The Westport Woman’s Club is offering a Scholarship to an outstanding woman enrolled in a post-secondary educational program. The award will be based on financial need and applicant goals upon program completion. Applications are due by April 13, 2017. Additional information and an application are available here. Call-203-227-4240 with any questions. The Westport Woman’s Club is a non-profit, philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the charitable, educational, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.

The Coastal Arts Guild of CT and Housatonic Community College (HCC) are co-sponsoring free SCORE Workshop - A Marketing Bootcamp for Artists & Creatives on Thurs. April 12, 6:30 to 8:00 HCC's Beacon Hall, Room 357, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, A lively, fast-paced workshop with tons of tips and hints to expand your community on social media, reach customers, and develop strategies for creative email marketing and e-commerce. Learn how to efficiently and effectively use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to connect with fellow creatives, partner with brands, and sell your work. Learn how to
• create an effective social media strategy
• know when, where, & what to post online
• balance time and energy online for maximum results
• seek out opportunity
• analyze and track your results
Presenter: Jane Davila
Jane Davila is a printmaker, fiber, and mixed-media artist who also has over 25 years of retail and e-commerce experience. She teaches art quilting, surface design, and creative marketing workshops extensively across the US as well as internationally, including in South Korea, Canada, and Australia. Jane has written several bestselling books on surface design and art quilting, and is the managing director of the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport CT. Register Here.

Join the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and hundreds of other Connecticut artists, arts professionals, advocates, performers, thinkers and doers in celebrating the range and impact of the arts in Connecticut. Organized by the CT Office of the Arts, the day includes special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards and the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Judy Dworin, founder of The Judy Dworin Performance Project! The morning's keynote speaker, Bettina Love explores how urban youth negotiates Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities that create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms. Hear panel discussions including "Advocacy to Activism" that includes a theatrical monologue performance by our very own Alicia Thompson!  For a full program, and to register ($20 includes lunch and all performances and events), click here.


The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport, seeks a Director of Development. As an integral member of a small, dedicated and enthusiastic staff team, the Director of Development’s main focus will be fundraising, grant writing, individual giving, and sponsorships. In concert with the Executive Director, responsibilities include: supervising development and public affairs outreach; developing and nurturing relationships with donors; producing communications such as the annual report, PowerPoint presentations, government relations, and general correspondences; and contributing to website and social media content as they apply to development initiatives. The ideal candidate is able to take initiative and identify which responsibilities of the broad job description are most crucial to Development, in an effort to make a part time position as effective as possible. Plans, directs, and coordinates all Development activities personally, or with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, as it relates to targeted goals in Development Plan.
This is currently a part-time position, average of 30 hours per week, but could become full time with the right candidate.  The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director. Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in sales, marketing, or a related field, or equivalent experience plus 5-7 years of fund development experience in a non-profit organization with diversified fund development programs; at least 1 year of which at a leadership level; experience with grant writing and research; proven success in developing and executing effective fundraising plans, meeting fundraising goals, soliciting individual, corporate, and foundation donors, and maintaining up-to-date data base of contributed income.  Familiarity with Donor Perfect is a plus; experience in recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers in fundraising activities; experience with public speaking and communicating effectively in person, in writing, and electronically, to a variety of audiences.  Excellent interpersonal, relationship, and staff development skills; must be a team player; Excellent analytical, problem solving, and strategic thinking skills.  Ability to keep a flexible schedule with some early morning, late evening and weekend work. Interested candidates should submit a resume and two professional references to:

The Aldrich Museum seeks a Facilities Manager, who is in charge of managing the maintenance of the Museum’s facilities and grounds, both public and back of house. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a pride of ownership for the museum, and an understanding of the importance of safety, cleanliness, and proper functioning of all systems and areas of operation. The Facilities Manager oversees, coordinates, and participates in the maintenance and upkeep of the Museum's buildings, grounds, and mechanical systems. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Hiring and scheduling appropriate personnel for cleaning the lobby, restrooms, education center, and administration building;       monitoring and controlling the building's HVAC and security systems; maintaining the building's lighting systems; cleaning gallery spaces, particularly adjacent to fragile artwork; liaising with appropriate government officials, such as Ridgefield’s Fire Marshall, on facilities inspections to ensure compliance with all applicable codes and regulations; procuring maintenance materials; performing basic building maintenance (spot painting, etc.); hiring and supervising HVAC, sprinkler system, electrical, plumbing and security system contractors for all aspects of the Museum’s physical plant; hiring and supervising outdoor maintenance contractors, particularly in relationship to sculpture and other artworks on the Museum’s grounds, as well as roofs, gutters, exterior lighting, painting and landscape maintenance; maintaining excellent working relationship with vendors and contractors; securing all certificates of insurance, contracts and warranties as needed; participating in facilities expense planning and budgeting and providing assistance in controlling spending within approved guidelines. In addition, the Facilities Manager will support exhibitions, programs and events, as assigned. Responsibilities include,but are not limited to: cleaning artwork when appropriate (in conjunction with the Registrar); working cooperatively with the Museum’s Exhibitions Manager on exhibition tasks as needed; working closely with the Museum’s Head of Special Events and Rentals and Education Department on the planning, preparation and set up for events at the Museum, including set up and break down of furniture and A/V equipment for museum events/programs and scheduling/ oversight of custodial services required pre and post events and programs. For complete job description and skills required, click here Please send cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line “Facilities Manager.” Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Westport Arts Center (WAC) is seeking a Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer. Graphic Designer:  design and manage all Westport Arts Center print communications in support of departmental (Visual Arts, Development, Education, and Concert Series) needs including advertising, direct mail, program guides, gallery materials, invitations, calls for entry, and other supporting materials; design and execute updates to WAC website and digital presence, including homepage, calendar, membership and fundraising information, exhibitions, classes, and event registration; assist in the development of WAC branding guidelines for use across all WAC communications. Marketing: Assist with press outreach and press relations; maintain and build community collaborations with other key regional non-profit and corporate organizations; create and manage internal communications timelines; oversee Google Analytics and other analytic tools to assess and improve marketing communications over time; prepare reports for WAC team; manage and optimize WAC social media plan, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram presence and campaigns, in accordance with overall WAC marketing plan; manage WAC e-blast program, including email design, database management, and analytics/analysis.
Desired Qualifications: High level of competency with InDesign and Adobe Creative suite; familiarity/past experience using Google application suite (Drive, Sheets, etc); familiarity/past experience with a CRM/customer database system; able to juggle many different tasks simultaneously; comfortable wearing “many hats” for the organization; strong written and oral communication skills; comfortable representing WAC in community; interest in working in a creative, fast-paced non-profit environment. Experience: At least three years working in a marketing role, including graphic design and print production. Hours Per Week: Between 25-40/hours per week; to be mutually determined. Pay: Commensurate with experience. Please send resumés to Leslie LaSala, Director of Marketing:; no phone calls please.


Sorelle Gallery Fine Art is seeking a polished, professional, mature, upbeat, and passionate part time Art Advisor. 24 – 32 hours/week. $14/hr to start, with performance-based quarterly monetary incentives. Qualified Candidates will possess the following: • Poised, outgoing professional that loves to help clients in the selection of artwork for their home or office and all things art gallery! • Positive attitude and love working retail (Saturday hours a must). • Can work independently; be innovative, self-motivated, and is energetic. • Has a marketing/sales or retail background, is highly organized, detail oriented, and self-reliant. • Impeccable, polite phone manner and written communication skills. • Excellent computer skills with Apple products, Microsoft Office. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign a BIG PLUS. • Degrees in sales and marketing, communications, business, or graphic design encouraged. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Aiding Director and staff in day-to-day gallery matters. • Accompanying Director on local, in-home art consultations. • Art installation. • Emailing and posting press releases for upcoming exhibitions and lectures. • Updating of all social media/dealer sites, in accordance with the Sorelle brand. • Maintenance, and editing of artwork for the gallery website. • Updating inventory and mailing list databases. • Designing of marketing material (postcards, booklets, etc.). • General back office gallery work along with merchandising and clean up. At Sorelle we strive to create in-gallery experiences that inspire, inform, delight and empower our customers to find artwork that lifts their spirit and will make their homes more beautiful than they ever thought possible. We are passionate about problem solving and we thrive on meaningful interactions. We believe that offering great artwork in our gallery makes for happy, satisfied, and loyal customers. We have fun taking work seriously. Please email cover letter, resume AND references to  We will only contact candidates who we are interested in interviewing for the position. Absolutely no walk-ins or phone calls, please.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Senior Development Officer; Education Assistant
Fairfield Museum: Director of Community Programs
Kennedy Center, Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Therapist
Philip Johnson Glass House: Visitor Center/Design Store Associate
Rowayton Arts Center: Executive Director
Wesleyan University: Center for the Arts Associate Director for Programming and Performance
Westport Country Playhouse: P/T Box Office and Concessions Associate

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April c8: Real Art Ways: Real Art Awards: Submission Deadline
April 11: Eyebeam: Access Art & Technology Residency Application Deadline
April 13: Westport Woman's Club: Adult Scholarship Application Deadline
April 15: AT&T Film Awards: Short Films Application Deadline
April 15: MacDowell Arts Colony: Fall Residency Application Deadline
April 29: IPCNY New Prints: Submission Deadline

May c5: Norwalk Maritime Garage Gallery: A Reverence for Nature Submission Deadline
May 10: Rowayton Arts Center: Focus Under 40: Submission Deadline
May 10: Canadian Women Artists Award: Application Deadline
May 21: Make Music Connecticut: Application Deadline for Musicians
May 25: City Lights Gallery: SameSex  Submission Deadline

June c6: CT Office of the Arts: Project Grants Application Deadline
June 20: CT Office of the Arts: Regional Initiative Grants Deadline

July 25: CT Office of the Arts: Artists Fellowships Application Deadline

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