Subject: Artists Newsletter Feb. 8, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
February 8, 2019
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 600 individuals and organizations. See member benefits here. Join here.
Our new website has been live for 13 weeks and so far 343 (of our 600) members (including 134 artists - still less than half) have created their profiles on the site. All members are asked to register as soon as possible. You will need a description of your work, and 3 images: a square headshot, a wide "hero" image (like the one above) and a smaller, wide "reference image" used in the Meet Our Members  page. Complete the simple form and upload your images here. A new image app. makes it easy to upload your images. Contact us here with any questions.
Niki Ketchman    Rosalind Shaffer   Trace Burroughs   Nancy Breakstone   Susan Leggitt
On Wednesday, February 6, Silvermine Arts Center hosted the 9th in the Cultural Alliance's Artists Talk series. Five of the 9 Cultural Alliance member artists inducted into the Silvermine Artists Guild were able to gather for the event. Artists Talk is a series in which member artists are video recorded giving short talks. The videos are available on our YouTube channel. The five artists this past Wednesday were Niki Ketchman, Rosalind Shaffer, Trace Burroughs, Susan Leggitt, and Nancy Breakstone. Other new Silvermine Guild members unable to make the video recording were Dayan Moore, Cynthia Mullins, Justin Perlman and Vicki French Smith. Above, Niki Ketchman chose the ROSE as the subject of her sculpture, Bed of Roses (and of her Rose Seriesas it is such a pervasive image used throughout literature, art, music film and history. She encouraged viewers to: "Lean on it and experience it." In describing her sculpture, Shattered Dreams, Rosalind Shaffer said that her art has always been meditative and that "Centering clay, centers you." Trace Burroughs prints on aluminum are magical and mystical. He used religious icons based on Renaissance art for his works, Futurism and Sentient in the show. Landscape painter Susan Leggitt spoke of how she has been drawn to the coast of Maine for its serenity and simplicity. And Nancy Breakstone spoke about her fascination with the graphic textures of black lava sand beaches in Costa Rica. The videos of these talks will be available shortly on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned.
The Future of History
Mon. Feb. 11, noon
Ramin Ganeshram, Nancy Geary, and Margaret McIntire
Join us for our next Spotlight on Arts & Culture, our live radio interview show on WPKN 89.5FM where we take on The Future of History: Historical Societies in the 21st Century. On Mon. Feb. 11, we talk with three new directors of very established historical societies: Ramin Ganeshram (Westport HS), Nancy Geary (New Canaan HS) and Margaret McIntire (Darien HS). How are they bringing change to established ways of doing things. How can an historical society bring history alive to the young members of their communities? How is history tied into buildings and what can they tell us about the future of the past? Hear what these new directors have to say about the challenges and their plans for their historical societies and their communities. Tune in to WPKN 89.5 FM on Mon. Feb. 11 at noon
For an evening panel in late February/early March on what to expect on an artist residency, we are looking for member artists who have artist-in-residence experiences and advice they would like to share. If you are interested in participating, or have questions, contact David Green at
We have just added SERVICES as a new category in our increasingly popular CLASSIFIEDS section of our new website. In addition to Calls for Artists, Auditions, Jobs, For Sale, For Rent, and Volunteers, the new category offers services by our members. For members this is the place to advertise for free your services to the public.

Jim Malloy is a national award-winning author, artist, songwriter and gold record recipient whose work is known for its exploratory style, vibrant colors, and bold, abstract style. His publishing company, 3 Dreams Creative Enterprises, reflects his creative goals in writing, music and art. As a singer/songwriter, Jim currently writes and records at his 3 Dreams Studio in New Fairfield. An original lead guitarist for the American Standard Band, he later co-founded the pop/rock trio Midnight and paid his country dues playing bass for Rebel Mason. His songs are an eclectic mix of styles and influences that reflect a passion for truth and a desire to find shelter for a restless soul. He is also a successful writer, currently working on several novels and has published two picture books for children, The Look Cookers! and Return Of The Look Cookers! – both of which received the Mom’s Choice Gold award for excellence.  They are about a shy little boy with a very big imagination! Jim's paintings are often inspired by popular songs. He recently worked with Lys Guillorn, fine art imaging specialist and Mark Savoia, master printer, at Still River Editions to make prints derived from his paintings now for sale as signed and numbered, limited edition prints on Etsy.  Jim has said of his foray into abstract art, “for me, painting is a journey, a form of exploration of imagination and emotion, upheaval and serenity.  I love bold color and unconventional technique that aspire to evoke a response, whether it be a sigh or a gasp or just a smile.  I never know where a painting may lead. I have experienced both the spontaneous joy of discovery and the humbling setback of a disaster.  I learn from each and continue the trek.” Jim is a participating member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and the Society of Creative Arts in Newtown. He currently has two pieces in the Conversations exhibit at RGA and three pieces in the “Color In Winter” exhibit in Newtown.  He has installations of his work in personal collections on both coasts. He has installations of his work on both coasts. See Jim's website.
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 
Karla Bernstein, 
Thomas Berntsen, 
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Ziggy BoberSculptor 
Amy BockPainter
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
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 FuchsPainter
   Imperfection) Fiber Artist
Megan Garbe, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed 
   Media and Upcycled 
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott GlaserPainter
Lori GlavinVisual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen GordonPainter; Mixed-media
Sue Brown Gordon,    
Ellen Gould, Photographer
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician 
Jen Greely, Painter/ 
Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman, 
Mary Harold, 
Kate HendersonMixed 
   Media - ASSOCIATE
Gwen HendrixFiber/ 
   Mixed Media
Lenore Eggleston Herbst
Tracy Hoffman, 
   Photographer & 
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
Dawn Kubie, Photographer
Joanie LandauJewelry 
Lydia Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Katya LebrijaPainter
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual 
Julie LeffPainter
Susan LeggittPainter
Henry LepetitPainter
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 MoorePainter
Carol Mueller, 
Susan Murray, Painter
Aisha Nailah, MixedMedia/
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Susan Newbold, Painter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill NicholsPainter
Eddie Niño, Painter
Julie O’Connor, 
   Performing/Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Steve PartonPainter
Judy PeknikPainter
Justin PerlmanSculptor
Chris PerryBook Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Igor Pikayzen, Violinist
Diane Pollack, Mixed Media
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 
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
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 
Gregg Ziebell, Painter
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Julia-Rose, Lisa Berger, Paul R. Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Michael Brennecke, Lucienne Buckner, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Mary Harold, Amy L. Kaplan, Barbara Loss, Fruma Markowitz, Cynthia Mullins, Julie O'Connor, Steven Parton, Barbara Ringer, Anthony Santomauro, Lee Walther, Joan Wheeler are among the 70 artists showing in NATURE, the annual Community Show at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, in the Fairfield Public Library, opening with a reception Sat. Feb. 9, 4:30-6:30pm.
Tara Blackwell, Nadia Martinez, and Jahmane are three of the five artists featured in Love+ Confection, a 2-week pop-up exhibition, at the UConn Stamford Gallery, opening with a reception on Sat. Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30pm. The show is co-curated by Tara Blackwell and Danielle Vinci. Each artist brings their unique, fresh style (mixed media, spray paint) blending together themes of love and nostalgia with pop imagery and graffiti. It’s a fun, feel-good exhibit 
Kristen Ambrosi, Judith Bacal, Nancy Breakstone, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Rosa Colon, Naomi Cruz, Amy L Kaplan, Jessica Makin, and Jay Petrow all have work accepted into the Migrating Colors exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery, curated by Nadia Martinez, opening with a reception Tues. Feb. 19, 5-7pm.
Kristin Ambrosi has her piece Shift in the Easton Arts Council's exhibit running through February 23. In Fairfield, Kristin is installing a solo show at Shearwater Coffee Bar in downtown Fairfield (1215 Post Rd, The Brick Walk), opening with a reception on Valentine's Eve, Feb. 13, 6-7pm. Works she is showing include Weave (acrylic on canvas, 20x20, at right; click for larger image). Kristin is also showing Reconcile (acrylic on canvas, 40x40) that was juried into this winter's Migrating Colors exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery, in Norwalk, opening with a reception February 19, 5-7pm.
Paul Berger has two of his original photographs in the  Rowayton Arts Center (RAC)'s Abstraction exhibition, opening with a reception Sun. Feb. 10, 4-6pm. At right Light Waves (color digital photograph, 24x32; click for complete image); also see Lines in the Sand (B&W photograph from film, 22x28 inches framed). Paul also has Canyon Glow (B&W photograph from film, 28x32 framed) taken at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, in NATURE, the annual Community Show at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, opening with a reception Sat. Feb. 9, 4:30-6:30pm.
Karla Bernstein has two digitally composited images in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists members' show, Conversations running through Feb. 17. These images are part of Karla's new photographic series entitled The State of Our Union, and she thought it clearly fit within the show’s theme of work which will engender conversations. At right her Our Children Are Watching.
Tara Blackwell co-curated the Love+Confection pop-up show, opening at the UConn Stamford Gallery with a reception on Sat. Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30pm, with gallery director Danielle Vinci. They were both looking for a poppy, bright show to ward off the last days of winter. At right is Tara's No Where To Run (acrylic on canvas, 24x36; detail at right, click for complete image) that is part of her playful, nostalgic Saturday Morning series. 
Nancy Breakstone is showing her photograph One Step In The Sand, (digital, 20½x18¾, at right; click for larger image) at the Community Art Show, NATURE, the annual Community Show at the Bruce S. Kershner Galleryopening with a reception, Feb. 9, 4:30-6:30pm. She is also showing Inner Heat-In The Sand (digital, 16½x13¾) in the Migrating Colors exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery, curated by Nadia Martinez, and opening with a reception Tues. Feb. 19, 5-7pm.
Trace Burroughs recently released an album of 15 songs of original rock music, titled Gravity which is available on CD Baby. Hear songs on SoundCloud Trace sings, composed the music, wrote the lyrics and played all the instruments. Kelsey Miles provided the backup singing.
Heidi Lewis Coleman is showing her Ocea (mixed media assemblage, 30x30; at right, click for larger image)  in NATURE, the annual Community Show at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. She is showing Serendipity 2 in the   Migrating Colors exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery, curated by Nadia Martinez, opening with a reception Tues. Feb. 19, 5-7pm. And Heidi is showing Sedona 2 and Dragons at Rowayton Arts Center's    Abstraction exhibition, opening Sun. Feb. 10, 4-6pm
Eugenie Diserio has two paintings curated by Six Summit Gallery for Art ♥︎ Fashion, leading platform for designers and artists to showcase their collections during NY Fashion Week: Ascension (2018, acrylic, glitter on canvas, 40x60; detail at right) and Phoenix Rising (2018, acrylic, glitter on canvas, 40 x 60"). Both are on exhibit during the runway event at the New York land-mark, Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk St. Feb. 8-10Eugenie says, "As a fashionista at heart, I'm so excited to showcase my work at this cool, cutting edge NYC art and fashion experience!"
Carol Nipomnich Dixon will have five art works in the Silvermine Art Center's Reframing Aging: Health, Happiness and the Arts  exhibition, opening with a reception Sat. Feb. 16, 2-4pm. Among her pieces is The Sea of Cortez (1975; mixed media embroidery, 13x13; at right, click for larger image).
Mary Harold has photographs in three shows currently. In the Kerschner Gallery's NATURE exhibition, opening Sat. Feb. 9, 4:30-6:30pm, is her Spooning (detail at right; click for larger image) taken at the NY Botanical garden and with a surreal quality as the pods serenely float in the lily pad. In the 39th Annual Photography Show at the Carriage Barn Arts Center her The Music in My Head is on exhibit through Feb. 15. Mary will be speaking about her work, along with 10 other artists, Sun. Feb. 10, 3pm.  Mary's piece, Partners is in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' show, Conversations through Sun. Feb. 17. She says this photograph is one in a series of quirky window dressings that she observes, walking around New York.
Nadia Martinez is one of five artists with work in the pop-up show Love+Confection, opening at the UConn Stamford Gallery, with a reception on Sat. Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30pm. At right OMG (acrylic on canvas, 30x40) inches, one in a series of acrylic paintings that juxtaposes the familiar symbols of Street Art and SMS language with Nadia's own beliefs and faith and "striving to have positive messages."
Susan Taylor Murray is offering a workshop, Sat. Feb. 9, 12-4pm at The NEST Arts Factoryin "Surface Design Alchemy" - an array of enchanting and unusual surface design techniques for use on paper, canvas, or fabric. Susan walks you through the step-by-step process of creating unique textures and designs with paints, plasters, waxes, stencils and reactive metals. Add a little magic to your art!
Erin Nazzaro has 14 of her works (2013-2019) in a curated show, A Winter Tonic: The Art of Erin Nazzaro, at Oak & Oil Gallery in Katonah, NY, running through March 3. At right, Daily Shoutout (pastel, charcoal and acrylic, 24x24, click for larger image), which, Erin says, "reflects my passion for painting birds from crows to bluebirds for their beauty, strength and especially their communications." The animals, birds, landscapes and people and high color in her work has been inspired by her many travels to South American countries and the American southwest.
Amy Oestreicher's play, We Re-Member was just accepted to Itinerant Theatre’s 2019 Play Series, The Play’s The Thing. Selected Playwrights address the theme “Women Leading”.  The theatre is based in Louisiana, making this the ninth state that has produced this play!

Rick Shaefer, as winner of Best in Show at Silvermine Art Center's 67th Art of the Northeast exhibit in 2018, now has his own exhibit: Three Trees: Life-Size Drawings, a show of these three large works as well as other pieces, opening with a reception Sun. Feb. 17, 2-4pm. The majority of Rick's practice centers around drawing with charcoal, using a language of mark-making that is defined, gestural, and rhythmic. His drawings are large, often life-sized works in charcoal on vellum. He says of his technique: “it resembles the look of etching, engraving, lino or woodcut in that each line is distinct, and tone is gained by crosshatching or scribbling. The intent is to highlight the act of drawing, the myriad decisions made of putting down each mark in succession.”
Liz Squillace is featured in Make Your Mark, an exhibition at the Fairfield Museum & History Center  with local artists, plus items from the Museum’s collections, exploring both the abstract and physical relationships between “making your mark” and mark-making. Liz is showing work related to the process of creating the Painted Stairway in Bridgeport (and she'll also have small "beaded stairway" pieces in the gift shop). Liz says she's excited that the Fairfield Museum included the stairway mural in the show as it clearly demonstrates how the impact of public art can spread to neighboring communities. The exhibition opens with a reception Thurs. Feb. 14, 5-7pm

Sat Feb. 9: NATURE Community Show, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library. Opening Reception, 4:30-6:30pm (Julia-Rose, Lisa Berger, Paul R. Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Michael Brennecke, Lucienne Buckner, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Mary Harold, Amy L. Kaplan, Barbara Loss, Fruma Markowitz, Cynthia Mullins, Julie O'Connor, Steven Parton, Barbara Ringer, Anthony Santomauro, Lee Walther, Joan Wheeler)
Sat. Feb. 9: Love+Confection, UConn Stamford Gallery. Opening Reception, 6:30-8:30pm (Tara Blackwell, Nadia Martinez, and Jahmane)
Thurs. Feb. 14: Make Your Mark, Fairfield Museum. Opening reception, 6-8pm (Liz Squillace)
Sun. Feb. 17: Rick Shaefer, Three Trees: Life-Sized Drawings, Silvermine Arts Center. Opening reception, 2-4pm.
Tues. Feb. 19: Migrating ColorsMaritime Garage Gallery. Opening reception, 5-7pm (Kristen Ambrosi, Judith Bacal, Nancy Breakstone, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Rosa Colon, Naomi Cruz, Amy L Kaplan, Jessica Makin, and Jay Petrow)
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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This Spring the Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts will host its 29th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Show. Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork, and invites submissions in all media. Entries must have been created within the past two years and not have been previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn. Through a partnership with  Voltz Clarke Gallery, Blair Clarke and Sarah Tortorich are the selected jurors for this year's show, DITTO: an exhibit of multiples, highlighting the juxtaposition, contrast, comparison, expansion, connection and separation between two or more pieces. This exhibit gives artists the opportunity to showcase multiples – a pair, diptych, triptych or group of pieces that relate to each other. Votlz Clarke is a New York City based gallery that maintains a roster of national and international emerging to mid-career artists.   Jurors will be looking for submissions of two or more pieces that make statements that are both subtle and obvious, complementary   and conflicting. Acceptable media includes painting, prints, drawing, photography and mixed media. In addition, sculpture that includes two or more different pieces that are thematically related and make sense when exhibited together. From the accepted entries, the jurors will select 3-5 “Artists To Watch” who will be recognized at the opening, and throughout the show, and who will be invited to participate in a special presentation at the Arts Center.
MARCH 2 - 3

The Greenwich Art Society (GAS) announces that it will be accepting entries for its 102nd Annual Juried Members Exhibition on March 2 and March 3 at the Greenwich Arts Council's Bendheim Gallery,  299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich. All entrants must be current GAS members (new members can join on entry day). Entry fee is $35 for one piece, $15 for a second, which must be paid with entry with cash or check. Categories: Oil/Acrylic, Drawing, Pastel, Watercolor, Sculpture, Photography, Computer Art, Fiber Arts, Other Media. All submitted work must be attractively and appropriately matted, framed and/or presented. All works must be for sale. The Bendheim Gallery reserves the right to final approval of the selection of artwork for the exhibition. Entry fees will not be returned if the Bendheim chooses to remove a work from eligibility for exhibition. The juror for the show is Megan Fontanella, Curator, Modern Art and Provenance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Megan has curated or co-organized nearly thirty exhibitions for the Guggenheim’s extended constellation of museums. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in art history modified with history, and received her MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she specialized in late 19th-century French art. Full prospectus available here.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, located at 295 West Ave., Norwalk, is calling for artists for a juried exhibition entitled, Historic Grounds & Modern Gardens. The submission deadline is March 18, 12 p.m. and the exhibit will run April 11-June 23, 2019 with a reception on Thurs., April 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Open to all artists, this exhibition will be juried by artist and Trustee Gail Ingis who will select approximately 30 works from digital submissions. Size limited to not more than sixty inches on any side. Media limited to paintings and drawings including oil, acrylic, pastels, ink, graphite, mixed media, etc. No photographs, prints or Giclées. Fee: $40 for 2 entries, $10 each for additional entries. File size must be minimum 5x7” and high resolution, 300dpi. This juried exhibition will be held in the Billiards Room at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. Submit your work here. For additional information send email here. Accepted artwork must be framed and wired ready for hanging. Labels will be provided by LMMM and attached to the artwork. The exhibit will be hung by LMMM. Artists will receive 70% of proceeds from artwork sold; 30% will support the museum’s educational and cultural programs. Notification will be by email by Friday, March 22. Accepted artwork must be hand delivered on Friday, March 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Delivery details will be emailed to artists. End of show artwork must be picked up and signed out. Pickup date is Monday, June 24, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The Carriage Barn Arts Center is partnering with LiveGirl for the 2nd year to host “The Art of Being a Girl exhibit and celebratory event. The exhibit and event will benefit LiveGirl, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership development and girl empowerment in Connecticut. Submissions by local and regional artists are invited in all media that represent “an expression of the feminine essence.” Submission deadline is April 12, 2019. Selected works will be featured and available for sale (50/50 split) and works will also be showcased through an online gallery on, and may be used for event promotion (PR, advertising, invitations, posters, email campaigns, event program).  The exhibit (May 16-26, 2019), and event (Sun. May 19, 2-4pm) will celebrate female power and the arts, featuring accomplished contemporary artist Michele Utley Voight completing a masterpiece, live music by Hope In Harmony, spoken word by poetic activist and author Cheyenne Taylor Jacobs; and a variety of LiveGirls sharing talents.  Plus, Ashley Longshore has donated an original piece with 100% of proceeds benefiting LiveGirl. Submission fees: members/ students: $10 for up to 3 entries; non-members: $20 for up to 3 entries. Click here to enter online with your images.

  • 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

Binnie Birstein was a painter, printmaker, teacher and active member of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) for many years. It was Binnie’s wish to continue to support working artists at CCP with scholarships for classes. A small team of artists is working with CCP to create prizes and cash awards for artists who exhibit at CCP through the Binnie Birstein Memorial Fund. Known for her energetic paintings and prints, Binnie was always generous, with a quick wit, warm smile and enthusiasm. Sadly, Binnie passed away from pancreatic cancer on May 9, 2018. She will be sorely missed. You are invited to support the fund here. Please support this fund, for the love of Binnie! Scholarships are available to all who wish to take a workshop but might not be able to do so without this scholarship assistance. CCP members and non-members over the age of 18 may apply. Scholarship recipients are expected to attend all classes in a given workshop. Room and board is not provided. For further details and to apply, complete an application form here. Then send three work samples via email to

Emerging artists are invited to submit their work for The Real Art Awards at Real Art Ways, Hartford. Six artists will receive: $2,500 prize, a solo exhibit at Real Art Ways in 2019 or 2020, an exhibition publication with essay, curatorial assistance, and the opportunity for an artist talk. Emerging artists working in all media are welcome; there is no entry fee. Jurors will consider the quality of the artist’s work, the innovation evidenced by submitted work, the potential impact of the exhibition on the artist’s career and the economic and physical feasibility of the exhibition. Artists should submit work made within the last 3 years. Artists who are no more than three years removed from a full-time educational program, or artists with less than five years of exhibition experience are eligible to apply to this call. Artists who do not fit either of these criteria but feel they can make a compelling case to be considered as emerging may also apply; the jury will determine their competitiveness based on review criteria. Jurors are: Terry Jenoure, artist/curator, Director, Augusta Savage Gallery; Olu Oguibe, artist/critic; and Will K. Wilkins, Executive Director, Real Art Ways. Submission Guidelines here  apply here.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 29th International Sculpture Conference in Portland, OR, October 12-15, 2019. This conference will feature the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE show, ARTSlams and breakout sessions, panel discussions, evening parties, hands-on workshops, a keynote address, open studios and gallery hops, optional art and culture trips, public art tours and visits to nearby sculpture sites, and more. The International Sculpture Center is seeking a diverse and comprehensive program, covering topics relevant to sculpture today. All panel proposals must be submitted electronically via the form on the ISC website. This year’s conference will focus on topics in contemporary sculpture and proposals submitted should fall into the below categories. We are looking for panels which explore the following topics and ideas:
1. Redefining Sculpture in the Digital Age
2. Asian Influences in Contemporary    
3. Muddy Waters: Bridging the Classic and 
   Contemporary Gap
4. Collecting and Collections
5. Makers in the Margins
6. The Life of Public Art
7. The Art of Learning and Teaching 
8. Green Only: The Impact Art Has on the 
9. Technical Talks/Workshops
10. Wildcard

NYFA's Mirielle Clifford has a useful piece in the latest issue of NYFA's Currents: 5 Ways to Boost Your Social Media Presence NowRather than being a chore, social media can be an effective way to engage your audience, forge connections, and create new opportunities. Each artist’s goals for social media will be unique. 
1. Find Your Platform. It’s helpful to specialize: the platform/s you enjoy will best convey who you are and what you do to your audience. Ask: 1) Where is your audience? 2) What do you feel comfortable using consistently? If you use several platforms, don't cross-post: posts shared directly across platforms lose their power. Be consistent with your posting schedule so an audience knows when you'll be around.
2. Create Buzz With Action. Show your process and integrate social media with your day-to-day. Studio shots, works in progress, and behind-the-scenes views can engage your audience and help your followers connect with you on a more personal level.
3. Be Specific. Use targeted, specific hashtags to reach your audience. They are unparalleled for information, activism, and building self-defined community. #BlkTwitterstorians, or #MuseumDetox, are more productive than #painting or #art. Find hashtags that describe unique materials you use, like #ThreadOnPaper for textile artists.
Always capitalize the first letter of each word, i.e., #InstallationShot.
4. Experiment. Try different things on different platforms. Experiment with the time you post. vary your content. Alternate single and multiple images on Instagram. Mix variety with consistency.
5. Prioritize Engagement Over Follower Growth. It's not about numbers of people who look at you, but how you can create a community and encourage engagement. Cross-promote others and their work, so it's not just about you.
* Read Mirielle's complete post here.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museumseeks a Director of Education to enrich the Museum’s exceptional programming. Successful candidates will have a deep knowledge of contemporary artistic practice and a proven track record developing and implementing inventive and engaging programming for broad audiences. In addition to maintaining our active programs for youth and families, the Director of Education will be critical in conceptualizing and executing engaging programs for adults. As a core member of the Museum's senior management team, the Director of Education will work closely with curatorial staff on The Aldrich’s annual program of activities. In addition, the Director of Education will oversee the Museum’s robust calendar of school programs, which include longstanding school partnerships and an active roster of visits. Working with the curatorial department, the Director of Education is also responsible for the Museum’s interpretive materials, ensuring that the content of The Aldrich’s programs is accessible and engaging. Successful candidates will be flexible, collegial, and able to work collabora-tively with the Museum’s team while also cultivating relationships with partners outside of The Aldrich. In addition, they will contribute to a positive organizational culture for Museum staff and volunteers. Qualifications: 5-10 years of programming experience in a contemporary art institution; Knowledge of current trends and standards in K-12 education; Experience with program assessment; Experience leading a team of full and part-time employees. Please send a cover letter and resume to:, with the subject line “Director of Education.” Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Bruce Museum seeks an emerging scholar to work with curators and educators in researching and developing all aspects of art exhibitions and related programs. The Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow will assist in the planning and creation of art exhibit-ions and will be responsible for the implementation of related research, inter-pretation, and administrative duties. The Fellow will have the opportunity to curate an exhibition from the Museum’s collection of works on paper. The Fellow will also manage the development and implementation of adult public programs, some of which include lecture and film series and educational special events. This Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for object-based research and the creation of educational program-ming. The position includes access to senior staff for personalized career-mentorship. The Resident Fellowship term is 39 weeks, starting July 1, 2019, with a stipend of $25,000 and generous paid time off. This is a full-time, temporary position, 35 hours per week, for 39 weeks. Fellow is expected to spend the fellowship period in residence at the Bruce Museum. Applicants should be currently pursuing a Ph.D. in art history or a related field and recent graduates from an M.A. program in art history or a related field and interested in a museum career. Application must include: 1. A cover letter explaining interest in the fellowship with a personal statement of how the fellowship fits with career preparation, experience, and goals. 2. Complete CV. 3. Two letters of recommendation. 4. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts. 5. Writing sample (less than 4,000 words) from an academic paper or published work. A small group of applicants will be invited for final interviews. Deadline is Monday April 1, 2019. Submit all material to: Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, at OR Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellowship Program Bruce Museum 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830-7157
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Darien Arts Center: Office Manager
Greenwich Historical Society: Manager of Youth and Family Programs
Norwalk Historical Society: Museum Educators
VW Contemporary: Gallery Director
Feb. c8: New England Foundation for the Arts: New England Dance Fund Application deadline
Feb. c8: Manifest: Drawn Submission Deadline
Feb. 14: Darien Arts Center: PIC Darien Smartphone Photo Contest Submission Deadline
Feb. 14: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Cameraworks Submission Deadline
Feb. 15: Maker Faire Westport: Maker Application Deadline
Feb. 15: Lighthouse Works, Fisher Island, NY: Artists & Writers Residency Fellowships
Feb. 28: I-Park, E.Haddam, CT, Residency Program Application Deadline

Mar. c1: CCP: Binnie Birstein Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline
Mar. c1: Bruce Museum: Your Place Squared Submission Deadline
Mar. c1: Japan-US Friendship Commission: Creative Arts Fellowship Application Deadline
Mar. c2: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Spectrum - Ditto Submission Deadline
Mar. c2-3: Greenwich Art Society: 102nd Annual Members Exhibition Receiving
Mar. c6: Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity: Summer Artist-in-Residence Program
Mar. c9: Center for Contemporary Printmaking: 12th International Miniature Print Competition
Mar. 11: SCORE Workshop, Stamford: Marketing Bootcamp for Creatives - Register
Mar. 16The Westport Fine Arts Festival: Application Deadline
Mar. 18: Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum: Historic Grounds & Modern Gardens Deadline
Mar. 21: Bridgeport Public Schools: Arts Count Day, 10am.
Mar. 25: SCORE Workshop, Stamford: Creative Business Legal & Tax Tips - Register
Mar.  29: Real Art Ways: Real Art Awards for Emerging Artists Application Deadline

April 12: Carriage Barn Arts Center: The Art of Being a Girl  Submission Deadline


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