Subject: Artists Newsletter December 8, 2018

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
December 8, 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 600 individuals and organizations. See member benefits here. Join here.
Our new website has been live for five weeks and so far 261 (of our 600) members (including 105 artists) have created their profiles on the site. All members are asked to please register as soon as possible. You will need a nice description of yourself and your work together with 3 images: a square headshot (250x250 pixels), a 1600x430 pixel "hero" image (like the one above in Alissa Siegal's profile) and a smaller 510x260 pixel "reference image" used in the "Meet Our Members Page" below. Complete the simple form and upload your images at "" Contact us with any questions or issues. If you get stuck with the images, just complete the form and email the images separately to Thank you.
The Cultural Alliance convened 13 arts councils and commissions from around the County last week. Find out some of the issues, challenges and plans for the future of three of these on our next Spotlight on Arts & Culture live interview show on WPKN 89.5FM Mon. Dec. 10 at noon.  Joining us will be Nancy Diamond  from the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, John Varamo, for the Stamford Arts Commission, and Susan Wallerstein, Chair of the Norwalk Arts Commission.
ARTISTS TALK  is a series of video-recorded short talks by artist members of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County about their work in select group and juried shows. The videos are archived and freely available on the CAFC YouTube channel (30 artists so far). Ann Chernow and Miggs Burroughs were recorded at their joint Amazing Grace exhibition opening, Nov. 24 at The Gallery of The Westport Country Playhouse, and Erin DolanHeide FollinNancy McTague-Stock, and Vicki French Smith were recorded Tues. Nov. 27 at a special event for the exhibit, Points of View, of artists working at the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists, at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Click names above to go directly to the videos of their talks. See all 30 videos in this series so far at And subscribe to our YouTube channel! 

Gabi Coatsworth is an award-winning British-born writer, blogger, and group facilitator. Her short story, "Misconception," is featured in When to Now, (2018) an anthology of time travel stories, and her short fiction, essays and poetry are included in the anthology, Tangerine Tango: Women Writers Share Slices of Life (2012), E-chook’s literary memoir app, and many literary journals, both in print and online. She also writes a blog for writers – The WriteConnexion – and a personal blog of her short essays. She runs a monthly open mic Meetup, Westport WritersMic, and a monthly writers’ Meetup, Westport Writers' RendezvousShe is currently looking at publishing her memoir, What Lasts is Love, and is working on a novel in the women's fiction genre (two previous novels are buried, probably forever, in a drawer of her desk!). See her Facebookand Goodreads pages and Twitter feed.

Demitri Papolos a physician/artist for the past 40 years, formally studied at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, before pursuing a career in medicine. For years his primary interest was in painting on canvas but was captured by monoprinting because of the unique translucency of the medium that creates a quality of light very different from a painting on paper or a print. The beauty of this media is its spontaneity and the unique ability to combine printmaking, painting and drawing mediums. Demitri has been making monoprints and mixed media works for the past decade at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, and in his studio in Westport. He has studied with master printmakers, Ron Pokrasso in Santa Fe, and Gerardo Rivera at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. His works are in private collections around the country. 

Fruma Markowitz is a Weston-based photographer who, since childhood, remembers always being fascinated by stories from the past. Photography became the perfect medium for her to create her own visual interpretation of time. When her father gave her a Kodak Brownie camera she was hooked. However it wasn’t until she had graduated from college and moved to Israel that she began to pursue photography seriously. She was part of the first graduating class to earn a BFA in photography at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, and worked as a commercial photographer and photography teacher for five years in Tel Aviv. She participated in her first group shows there, joining an experimental group using computer graphics to make new kinds of photographic images (in 1987!). She returned to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s degree in Interactive Technology at NYU, which led to a great day job for 25+ years in user experience design. Since moving to Connecticut fifteen years ago, she has become more dedicated to making and showing her art, while commuting to work in New York, and raising a family. Fruma has exhibited widely in Fairfield County and in New York, with long-standing affiliations with the Creative Center in Manhattan, and with the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and Artists Collective of Westport. A  passionate concern with women’s and environmental issues are, she says, central themes in her work. See Fruma's Photopia Editions website, her Facebook and Instagram pages.

Farnosh Olamai is a painter deeply concerned with how to combine the cultures of East and West – as she puts it: "the timeless elegance and beauty of my native Persia, with the contemporary vitality of the United States, the adoptive home I’ve embraced." She calls this bringing together of traditional and modern, of natural and man-made, her "Persian Fusion." One of her series of paintings,  “Nouns,” had its origins in an art class she was taking at SUNY Purchase, where a challenge was to choose a noun from a list of ten words, then depict or respond to it in a painting. Loving Persian miniatures and fascinated by how anyone could paint so beautifully in so small a space, she based each of her “noun” stories on one or two traditional Persian images which she would enlarge and transfer into her painting. She also uses poems, colors and abstract forms, blending poems and script – both English and Farsi - blurring the script so each viewer can draw upon their own imagination. Farnosh says she feels called upon to bring opposites together in a harmonious way, and in the process, create something new and enduring. Farnosh is a member of the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists (WALA), recently participating in the Center for Contemporary Printmaking's exhibition Points of View. She has also shown at the Fifth Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, in Irving, TX, at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, as well as at the Loft Artists Association, ARTWorks, Gallery on the Green, and the Westport Fine Arts Festival. See her website here.
Those artists who have posted their profiles onto our new website, that launched Nov. 2, have their names in green with links to their profile. Please join them!
Peter Alexander, 
   Landscape Architect
Aishah Anailah, Multi Media
Tracey Anderson-Kollar, 
   Visual Artist
Francesca Andre,
Leslee Asch, 
   Curator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/ 
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice Barrett, Painter
Nina Bentley, Mixed 
Sue Benton, Photographer
Susanne Benton, Mixed 
Paul Berger, Photographer
Karla Bernstein, 
Thomas Berntsen, 
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Ziggy BoberSculptor 
Amy Bock, Painter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed
   Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, 
Carolyn Brady, 
Nancy Breakstone, 
Michael Brennecke, 
Janine Brown
Lucienne Buckner, 
Joy Bush, Photographer
Louise Cadoux,    
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan
Linn Cassetta, Printmaker
Polly Castor, Painter
Alan Chapell, Musician
Ann Chernow
Eric Chiang, Painter
Frederic Chiu, Pianist
Yvonne ClavelouxPainter
Elaine ClaytonPainter 
   and Writer
Lauren Clayton, Painter
   Mixed Media
Rosa ColónPainter, Mixed
Tom Comerford, 
Penrhyn Cook, Photographer
Rod Cook, Photographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans, 
   Photographer and
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn DahlPainter
Cris DamPainter/Muralist
Holly Danger, Video Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos DavilaPainter, 
Jane Davila, Fiber Artist/ 
   Mixed Media 
Cortney DavisWriter
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
   Sculptor/ Furniture 
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf, 
Eugenie DiserioPainter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon
   Mixed Media
Erin DolanPainter
Amy Dolego, Photography
Jennifer Drolet, Painter 
Ganga Duleep, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed   
Katherine Evans, Painter 
Susan FehlingerPainter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
David Laurence Flynn, 
   Lighting Designer
Heide FollinPainter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet, Painter/ 
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
   Imperfection) Fiber Artist
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed 
   Media and Upcycled 
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott GlaserPainter
William Glaser, 
Lori GlavinVisual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen GordonPainter; Mixed-media
Sue Brown Gordon,    
Ellen Gould, Photographer
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician 
Len Grayeck, Painter
Jen Greely, Painter/ 
Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman, 
Mary Harold, 
Kate HendersonMixed 
   Media - ASSOCIATE
MaryEllen Hendricks,
Gwen HendrixFiber/ 
   Mixed Media
Lenore Eggleston Herbst
Tracy Hoffman, 
   Photographer & 
   Printmaker ASSOCIATE
Veronica Hofstetter, 
Sonya Huber, Writer
Yuko IkePainter
Jana Ireijo, Painter
Sholeh Janati, Painter 
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic 
Amy Kaplan, Painter 
Natasha Karpinskaia, Painter
Wayne Keeley, Writer, 
Karen Kent, Painter
Susan Keown, Painter/  
   Mixed Media/Ceramicist
Niki KetchmanSculptor/
Jin Hi Kim, Musician
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Xiao Mai Kong, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Joanie LandauJewelry 
Lydia Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Katya Lebrija, Painter
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual 
Julie LeffPainter
Susan LeggittPainter
Henry Lepetit, Painter
Julia-Rose Liptack, Painter
Barbara Loss, 
Shelley Lowell, Painter/ 
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Laurie MacLean, 
   Choreographer, Dancer
Mark Macrides, Painter, 
Jessica Makin, Painter/ 
Connie Manna, Painter
Mary Manning, Painter/
Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Fruma Markowitz
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool
Grace S. McEnaney, Painter
Nancy McTague-Stock
Shanna Melton, Poet
Peter Mendelson,
Toby Michaels, Painter
Annamari Mikkola
   Photographer, Designer, 
Jay Misencik, Photographer
Day Moore, Painter
Brechin Morgan, Painter
Meighan Morrison, Painter
Carol Mueller, 
Susan Murray, Painter
Aisha Nailah, MixedMedia/
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Susan Newbold, Painter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill Nichols, Painter
Eddie Niño, Painter
Julie O’Connor, 
Kazumasa Oda, Painter
   Performing/Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Steve Parton, Painter
Judy Peknik, Painter
Justin Perlman, Sculptor
Chris Perry, Book Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Igor Pikayzen, Violinist
Diane Pollack, Mixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter. 
Jennifer Prat, Photographer
Elizabeth Quesada, 
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Dorothy Robertshaw, 
   Mixed Media
Lizzy Rockwell, Painter, 
   Illustrator, Author
Alyse Rosner, Painter/ 
   Mixed Media
Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, 
   Graphic Artist 
Ellen Schiffman, Fiber 
Norma Schlager, Fiber 
Marianne R. Schmidt, 
Guy Sealey, Multimedia
Katie Settel, Photographer
Barbara Shea, Writer
Norm Siegel, Painter
Lisa P. Silberman, 
Nomi Silverman, Printmaker
Phyllis Sinrich, 
Megan Smith-Harris, 
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter 
Rene Soto, Painter
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam Stoddart, Painter
Florence Suerig, Visual 
Denise Susalka, Painter
Janice Sweetwater, 
Susan Tabachnick, Sculptor
Mich Theebs, Poet, Painter
Alicia Thompson, Actress/ 
Dara Tomeo, Painter
Kris D. Toohey, Painter
Andrea Towey, Musician
Vincent Verrillo, Painter
Karen Vogel, Painter
Lee Walther, Mixed Media 
Ann Weiner, Multi-Media, 
Peggy Weis, MultiMedia
Gregg Welz, Paper Artist
Jahmane West, 
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Elizabeth White, 
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Jen Williams, Painter
Jonah Wilner, Painter
Tammy Winser, Mixed 
Nancy Woodward, 
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual 
Greg Ziebell, Painter
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Frances B. Ashforth, Ann Chernow, Jen Greely, Susan Newbold, Ruth Kalla Ungererand Peggy Weis are showing work in the Center for Contemporary Printmaking's Annual Members' Exhibition, Surface Matters, opening with a reception Sun. Dec. 9, 2-4pm. The goal of this show is to challenge members to incorporate found objects into the surface of a print.
Janine Brown, Joanie Landau, Barbara Ringer, and Greg Ziebell are among the artists showing work in the Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up Exhibition, opening with a reception, Wed. Dec. 12, 6-8pm at the Westport Arts Center. An Artists Talk will take place Sat. Dec. 15 at 3pm
Janine Brown will be showing 6-8 pieces from her The Wallflower Project, in the Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up Exhibition, opening Wed. Dec. 12 at the Westport Arts Center. This body of work examines the stigma of being a "wallflower" through the use of photographic portraits taken with a pinhole lens. At right, The Wallflower Project: Evan, (Digital C-Type Mounted on Aluminum, 24" x 20") 
Heidi Lewis Coleman is currently exhibiting her acrylic and cut paper pieceCumulus 2, in Inside Small, a small works show at the Outside In Gallery. This holiday exhibit runs through December 16th.  The Outside In Gallery is located at 249 Ferdon Ave, Piermont, New York.
Eugenie Diserio's Entanglement (acrylic, glitter on canvas, 10x10) iis one of her four small works in Deck The Walls, the Carriage Barn Arts Center's holiday show up until Dec. 14. "This is a great opportunity to pick up very affordable pieces by some of the best local artists," Eugenie says. She also has larger paintings on exhibit in Street Level at the Maritime Garage Gallery and Art at the Ferguson's Fall Fantasy. Both shows run until January 18, 2019.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon has two embroidered collages in the Art Society of Old Greenwich’s Holiday Art Show at the Greenwich YWCA, 259 E. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, December 3-28, with a December 7, 6:30-8:30 Reception. At right is her Striped Sea at Sunset (2018, 13x13). Carol also has two embroidered collages in the Greenwich Art Society’s Faculty Exhibition, Dec. 14-Jan. 10, with a Closing Reception Jan. 10 to be held at the GAS Gallery, 2nd Floor of the Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich.
Joanie Landau has work in the Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up Exhibition, opening Wed. Dec. 12 at the Westport Arts Center. At right, her Love and Courage Blue, (New Media: Digital, Manipulated, Color and Photo on Paper, 30x40; detail, click for larger image). Joanie has commented: "In these divisive times, I've asked friends and family to give me one word that influences them, a word that they would share to help change the world in a positive way. "Love + Courage" is a compilation of these words." 
Photographer Barbara Ringer has eight pieces in the Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up Exhibition, opening Wed. Dec. 12 at the Westport Arts Center. At right, her Cortisol (2018, mixed media piece with canvas photos, safety pins, cotton batting and wood, 14x14x3; click for larger image). All Barbara's entries are from her Anxiety” series - all but one have never been shown. She points out that Cortisol is the stress hormone, and she illustrates the thoughts in the head with the chemical structure of the drug.
Vincent Verrillo has a show of several of his abstract oil paintings at Rockwell Art and Framing in Westport (236 Post Rd East) through Feb. 28. There is an opening reception on Sat. Dec 8, 5-8 pm. At right, Joy (2018, oil on canvas, 48x36; detail at right, click for complete image)
named after the emotion that came to Vinny while painting and thinking of his daughter. 
Karen Vogel will be featured in a solo exhibition, Construct/Deconstruct, at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP), opening with a reception,  Sun. Dec. 9, 2-4pm. This exhibit is the result of Karen winning the Best in Show Award at CCP's 2017 Annual Member Show. Karen comments about the work in this show: "The image represents a process of a layered progression of textures and patterns, drawing on the languages of typography, architecture, and organic forms. By constructing forms of order, then deconstruct-ing them, I am seeking to reveal the underlying tension between the order and chaos that resonates throughout our daily lives." Above: Rush Hour (2017, monoprint).
Gregg Ziebell will be showing five pieces in the Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up Exhibition, opening Wed. Dec. 12 at the Westport Arts Center. At right, his Rainbow Bridge (2018, oil on canvas, 48x36; detail at right, click for complete image), which, he says was inspired by the loss of his dog Liberty.

Sat. Dec. 8: Vincent Verrillo, solo show, Rockwell Art & Framing (236 Post Rd. E., Westport). Opening Reception 5-8pm.
Sun. Dec. 9: Karen Vogel, Construct/DeConstruct, CCP, Opening Reception, 2-4pm
Sun. Dec. 9: Surface Matters, Center for Contemporary printmaking. Opening Reception, 2-4pm (Frances B. Ashforth, Ann Chernow, Jen Greely, Susan Newbold, Ruth Kalla Ungererand Peggy Weis)
Wed. Dec. 12: Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up Exhibition, Westport Arts Center. Opening Reception, 6-8pm (Janine Brown, Joanie Landau, Barbara Ringer, and Greg Ziebell).
Sat. Dec 15: Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up Exhibition, Artists Talk (Janine Brown, Joanie Landau, Barbara Ringer)
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
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The Milford Arts Center, the MAC and the Coastal Arts Guild are sponsoring a juried figurative exhibit of two- and three-dimensional original artwork to be held at the Firehouse Gallery, Milford. The organizers are asking artists to explore, interpret and draw inspiration from the human body. All media is welcome. All work must be original and not previously exhibited at the MAC or Firehouse Gallery. Two-dimensional works must be framed and wired for hanging. No exceptions. Submissions will be received digitally at Coastal Arts Guild, here. Deadline is midnight on Jan. 3, 2019. In-person submissions can be made by bringing your work(s) to the Firehouse Gallery by Jan. 3, between 2 and 7pm. Prospectus can be downloaded here. Framed dimensions: 24" x 36" (maximum size) One larger/single submission is optional. Non-refundable jury fee: $10. Submission fee: $25/one or $35/two. Members of the MAC & Coastal Arts Guild of CT $5 discount.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is pleased to announce The IMAGES 2019 Juried Photography Show, in memory of Marcia B. Saft (1945-2016), a former Fairfield Museum Board Member and devoted community leader and philanthrop-ist. IMAGES 2019 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public. The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate. Submissions will be accepted through noon on Fri. Jan. 11, 2019A jury of three professional photographers will select approximately 40 photographs for display at the Fairfield Museum Feb. 28 - April 28, 2019. During the opening, the jury will choose one Professional/Serious Amateur photograph and one Student photograph as “Best in Show.” Honorable mentions will also be given. The Professional/Serious Amateur winner will receive their own exhibition at Southport Galleries. The Student winner will receive a professional portfolio review.The Fairfield Museum thanks Southport Galleries for their continuing support. Apply here.

The Equinox Women’s Short Film Festival is a festival of films showcasing women, taking place at The Glenn Massay Theater, in Palmer, Alaska, in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.  Submitted films must be directed, and/or written by women, and preferably highlighting a woman's story. 
Equinox Women’s Short Film Festival is the first festival created in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The 5th annual Equinox will take place in The Glenn Massay Theater, our state of the art theater. Equinox accepts short films and video in all genres, made at any time: experimental, narrative, documentary, animation, and whatever else you can think of.  All films must be under 40min in length. Animation film submission fee can be waived. Apply via FilmFreeway here.

The Westport Fine Arts Festival is held July 20-21, on the downtown streets of Westport: Main Street, Elm Street and Church Lane, close to the high-end shopping, restaurants and living space next to the Saugatuck River. The venue is stunning, impressive and easy for artists and patrons to traverse connected streets closed for the festival. This will be the Festival's 46th year and thousands of patrons eagerly look forward to visiting from surrounding Fairfield and Westchester counties and further. This show is nationally considered one of the best for quality, recently ranking #34 of the top 200 in the country. High end sales and great artist hospitality make this a highly desirable weekend opportunity for fine artists. For more information, click here. To register for a booth, click here.
  • 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
  • NEW: No Film School recently released its list of opportunities for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects with Winter 2019 deadlines
  • Poets & Writers - the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests grants and awards available anywhere. See the P&W Grants Database

Fractured Atlas is hosting its second Artist Campaign School in May 2019 in Chicago. This program is a series of all-expenses-paid trainings to recruit and mentor artists and arts administrators for elected office. Artist Campaign School Chicago will bring in top-tier campaign veterans from across political parties and ideologies as trainers for approximately 100 accepted applicants. The intense two-day session will cover topics including voter targeting, message and policy development, media training, fundraising, and social media strategies. Travel, hotel accommodations and meals for the trainees will all be funded through a generous donation from The Joyce Foundation. Applications are currently being accepted until Jan. 14, 2019. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and those selected will be notified in mid-February. Fractured Atlas will be working with the other participating arts service organizations and one Super PAC, all of whom share a vision of seeing a greater representation of artists in the political process. For more information, click here.

Norwalk Mayor Rilling has announced the search for the City of Norwalk's next Poet Laureate. The mission of the Poet Laureate is to communicate the value of poetry to the Norwalk community. The Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador of the community's vibrant artistic and literary life, promoting the literary community and celebrating the written word. The term of service for the Norwalk Poet Laureate is one year. The position is honorary and carries no stipend. To be considered, a nominee must be a poet and a resident of the City of Norwalk, and available and willing to collaborate with other town poets to develop and present poetry-related activities. All nominees must submit a completed application form by December 31. interested poets can self-nominate or be nominated by others. A search and review committee, appointed by the Norwalk Arts Commission and the Library Board, with input from the present Poet Laureate, will review all nominations on or before March 1, 2019 and the Poet Laureate will be introduced to the City by the mayor on or after April 1, 2019. Full details here.

Franklin Street Works (FSW) is seeking a new Executive Director (ED). The ED will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for financial management, operations, strategic planning, and oversight of exhibition and programming development. The ED supervises and motivates FSW staff. [This is currently a 3/4 time position [30 hours] that will become full-time as funding increases to support a full-time position.   Responsibilities include, among others:     Mission and Strategy: Build awareness of Franklin Street Works by being an active and visible participant in local and regional arts and cultural organizations; build and expand collaborative partnerships; Work with the Board to continue to implement the 2014 strategic plan; Work with the Creative Director to ensure that exhibitions and programs are in keeping with the mission of FSW: to support emerging and contemporary artists and curators, in order to present local, regional and national audiences with leading-edge experiences in contemporary art practice. Development: With the Board Development Committee, create and imple-ment an annual fundraising plan and execute appropriate strategies for obtaining grants, sponsorships, memberships and major gifts; Plan and direct all fundraising activities including Annual Appeal(s), FCCF Giving Day and other special events; Marketing & Communications: Develop and implement a marketing strategy to further FSW's organizational goals; Manage institutional messaging, media relations, advertising, e-communications, social media, and marketing materials; write press and media releases; Financial Management: Update and present annual budget; manage cash flow; Work with FSW’s bookkeeper and tax preparer to file all necessary forms; ensure compliance; Leadership & Management: Track organization’s progress and evaluate program components; communicate updates regularly to the Board; Assist President in preparation for quarterly board meetings. Prepare agenda and supporting materials; development reports, audience growth, budget review; Create and publish Annual Report; Cultivate Board involvement and recruitment; serve as ex-officio on all committees. Professional Qualifications: Five or more years of management experi-ence in a non-profit visual arts organization or comparable business; advanced degree from an accredited University preferred; Strong leadership and financial acumen; knowledge of grant making and the ability to attract resources to an organization
; Superior written and verbal communication skills; Enthusiasm for the goals of FSW and a commitment to building and servicing audiences. Please submit a cover letter to, along with a resume and salary expectationsFor full job description, click here.

ACT of Connecticut, an AEA SPT Theatre company, opened its brand-new facility last Spring in Ridgefield. It recently completed a successful run of its first production (of the 2018-19 season) Evita and is now heading into its Spring season with two additional mainstage shows – Working and Spelling Bee, as well as a co-production of a new musical, Austen’s Pride. In addition, ACT has added supplemental programming which includes education programs, New Works readings, and a concert series. The venue is a 181 seat fully outfitted theatre. ACT of Connecticut seeks a Director of Communi-cations to oversee all public communi-cations, including Marketing, Development, FOH operations and Box Office. Working with a staff of part time employees, board members and outside contractors, the Director of Communications will set communication strategies and then use the available personnel and resources to implement that strategy. As a new company, this position will be central in expanding ACT's reach of both audiences and donors. The Director of Communications will work under the Executive Director, and, along with the Artistic Director and Director of Production, will play an integral role in leading the theater. Responsibilities include: with the Executive Director, create and manage an individual donor database, strategize cultivating new major donors, and follow through to ensure all donor inform-ation is accurate and up to date. Participation in all aspects of donor management including: developing prospects, initiating contact, developing cultivation strategies, soliciting donations, and maintaining ongoing contact with donors. Provide support to Board of Directors and Gala committee in planning and executing the Gala and other special events throughout the season. Develop marketing strategies in conjunction with contractors and consultants, and provide necessary communication to have a streamlined look and voice to all marketing materials. Work with the Front of House and Box Office staff to set standard protocol for interactions with audiences. In this new and growing company, helping determine the infrastructure of the company and where additional support and resources are needed. Requirements includeBachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree in related field preferred); Three years of experience in non-profit administration - specifically in the field of development and/or marketing, preferred experience in performing arts non-profits. Experience supervising staff. Familiarity with donor database software and email marketing and social media tools. Excellent communicator with excellent writing skills. Ability to work well with broad spectrum of staff, volunteers, Board members, donors, and broader community in a collaborative manner. Ability to assess and react to the needs of a quickly changing and growing company. A willingness to work organically with the small, dedicated staff to make sure all areas of the theatre are adequately supported to encourage sustainable growth. For complete job description, click here. To apply: Email cover letter and resume to with subject line "Director of Communications."
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Curatorial Assistant
Kennedy Center/Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Therapist
One River School of Art & Design, Westport: Assistant Director
MEMBERS: Please post your Job Opportunities in FCBuzz Classifieds: 
Dec. 14: Mattatuck Museum: MixMaster. Submissions Deadline
Dec. 14-15: Stamford Art Association: Faces & Figures Receiving
Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation: Fellowships for Mature Visual Artists (+Emergency Grants) Application Deadline
Dec. 15: Marble House Artist Residencies: Application Deadline
Dec. 28: Bruce S. Kershner Gallery: Exploring Nature Application Deadline
Dec. 31: City of Norwalk: Poet Laureate Nomination Deadline

Jan. c3: Milford Arts Center/Coastal Arts Guild: Go Figure Submission Deadline
Jan. c7: MassMOCA: Artist Residencies Application Deadline
Jan. 11: Fairfield Museum: Images 2019 Submission Deadline
Jan. 14: Artists Campaign School: Application Deadline
Jan. 21: Loading Dock Gallery: Fiberlicious Submission Deadline

Feb. c1: Equinox Women's Short Film Festival, Alaska: Submission Deadline

Mar. 16The Westport Fine Arts Festival: Application Deadline


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