Subject: Artists Newsletter February 16, 2018 - PART ONE

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Next Issue: March 2 
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.
More than 140 artists, nonprofit professionals, town planners, economic development officers, performers, and citizens participated in our Shaping Community: A Creative Placemaking Conference on Jan. 23-24 at Stepping Stones Children’s Museum in Norwalk. Videos of the Day One events are available on our YouTube channel at: See Liz Squillace, Cris Dam and Sandy Goldstein discussing the Impact of Public Art; see Jane Davila, Elisa Keogh and Mark Macrides on the Impact of Artists Spaces; and Cristle Chumney, Miggs Burroughs, Chris Timmons and Kristin Lessard discuss their Artist Residencies and more. Presentation slides are also available here
Maisa Tisdale and Shanna Melton on Storytelling as Placemaking Panel: see video
Photo: Barbara Loss
Christle Chumney (New Canaan Library), Katie DeLuca (Town Planner for the Town of Greenwich) and Phil Kuchma (Bridgeport developer) were representatives of 3 of the 9 working groups that soaked up the insights and lessons from LISC's Rebecca Chan, ArtPlace America's Jamie Bennett and the NEA's Jen Hughes on Day Two of the Shaping Community conference. They were our guests on the February edition of Spotlight on Arts & Culture, our monthly program on WPKN 89.5FM, February 12.
Lenore Eggleston Herbst is a dancer, choreographer and nonprofit administrator. With more than twenty years of experience managing nonprofit arts organizations, Lenore is currently the Executive Director of Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton and Ridgefield. Her previous experience includes twelve years as director of marketing and development for the Westchester Philharmonic, fundraising for Ballet Tech in New York, as well as marketing and fundraising for the Kaufman Center, which operates a community arts school, a K-12 public school for gifted music students, and the renowned Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. As a dancer and choreographer, Lenore’s work has been presented at venues including the Joyce Soho, Dancespace, Movement Research and at Connecticut College. For several years Lenore also performed in windows, on staircases and around swimming pools in numerous site-specific works with Stephen Koplowitz and Company. Lenore has lent her administrative expertise to the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and served on the board of directors at Woodcock before becoming its executive director in 2018. Lenore holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from Connecticut College and an M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from NYU.

Moki Kokoris trained as an architect, with a degree from Cooper Union and worked for several years as an architect in New York City. She also received a diploma in piano from the Ukrainian Music Institute. In 2003, she became the first Ukrainian woman (and the 14th woman overall) to reach the North Pole. Based on these achievements, Moki became a UN representative for the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations and has also served on UN committees on climate change. An active member of the Explorers Club, editor of the The Polar Times and author for the World Ecology Report, she founded 90-North, introducing students to the Arctic. Moki is a member of the Society of Scribes and the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting. She has been a freelance calligrapher, artist, illustrator and graphic designer for over 40 years, establishing a notable reputation for her artistic work. Moki is as passionate about visual arts, particularly calligraphy in its classical forms, as she is about the Arctic. In many of her high-end calligraphy commissions, she uses authentic animal skin parchment, and swan quills or reeds she often collects and cuts herself. Moki is a Ridgefield resident (and a confirmed chocoholic). She teaches at The Art Spot and other venues. See Moki's website (True North Graphics) here.
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Elizabeth Agresta, Painter
Valerie Ahneman, Musician
Peter Alexander, Landscape 
Tracey Anderson-Kollar, Visual 
Francesca Andre, Filmmaker and
Leslee Asch, Curator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/ 
Judith Bacal, Designer
Anna Badini, Painter
Mary Bailey, Sculptor & Writer
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice Barrett, Painter
Nina Bentley, Mixed Media/
Sue Benton, Photographer
Paul Berger, Photographer
Karla Bernstein, Photographer
Thomas Berntsen, Photographer/
Binnie Birstein, Painter/
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Ziggy Bober, Sculptor
Amy Bock, Painter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, Photographer
Carolyn Brady, Photographer
Nancy Breakstone, Photographer
Eric Brennan, Singer
Michael Brennecke, Painter
Wendy Brest, Mixed Media
Lucienne Buckner, Sculptor
Bevi Bullwinkel, Painter
Miggs Burroughs, Graphic Artist
Trace Burroughs, New Media
Joy Bush, Photographer
Louise Cadoux, Painter/Sculptor
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan, Photographer
Patricia Campbell, Dancer
Linn Cassetta, Printmaker
Polly Castor, Painter
Carolyn Cavolo, Dancer
Ann Chernow, Painter/Printmaker
Eric Chiang, Painter
Frederic Chiu, Pianist
Elaine Clayton, Painter and Writer
Alicia Cobb, Painter
Joyce Colburn, Painter
Heidi Lewis Coleman, Mixed
Catherine Conroy, Photographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans, Photographer/
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, Sculptor
Jane Davila, Fiber Artist/Mixed
Cortney Davis, Writer
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Loren DePalma, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
   Sculptor/ Furniture Maker/
Emily Derr, Illustrator/Designer
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf, Painter
Jan Dilenschneider, Painter
Eugenie Diserio, Painter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Mixed
Erin Dolan, Painter
Amy Dolego, Photographer
Jennifer Drolet, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Kate Eisemann, Photographer
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed Media
Katherine Evans, Painter
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Mary Ferguson, Photographer
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
Joseph Fucigna, Sculptor
Megan Garbe, Painter

Sandy Garnett, Visual Artist/
Rhonda Gentry, Painter

Racey Gilbert, Musician
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Leslie Giuliani, Mixed Media
Scott Glaser, Painter
William Glaser, Photographer
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, Photographer
Ellen Gordon, Painter
Sue Brown Gordon, Painter/
Ellen Gould, Photographer
Nicole Grant-Paul, Painter
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician
Len Grayeck, Painter
Jen Greely, MultiMedia/
Mindy Green, Mixed Media
Carolina Guimarey, Mixed Media
Barry Guthertz, Photographer
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman, Photographer
Mary Harold, Photographer
Julie Headland, Painter/
Adair Heitmann, Printmaker
Kate Henderson, Mixed Media
MaryEllen Hendricks,
Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/Mixed
Lenore Eggleston Herbst, Dancer
Tracy Hoffman, Photographer &
Veronica Hofstetter, Painter
Bruce Horan, Painter/Printmaker
Elizabeth Howard, Writer
Sonya Huber, Writer
Siovhan Hutcherson, Mosaic Artist
Yuko Ike, Painter
Jana Ireijo, Painter
Sholeh Janati, Painter
Martin Johnston, Sculptor
Renée Kahn, Painter/Sculptor
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic Artist
Amy Kaplan, Painter
Natasha Karpinskaia, Painter
Ed Katz, Theatre Critic
Emily Kelting, Photographer
Karen Kent, Painter
Elisa Keogh, Photographer
Susan Keown, Painter/Mixed
   Media/ Ceramicist/
   Photographer ASSOCIATE
Niki Ketchman, Sculptor/
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Xiao Mai Kong, Painter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Joanie Landau, Jewelry 
Lydia Larson, Painter
Paul Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual Artist/
Phyllis Lee, Visual Artist
Julie Leff, Painter
Valerie Ann Leff, Writer
Susan Leggitt, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shirley Lowell, Painter/Sculptor
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Katya Lebrija, Painter/Mixed
Mark Macrides, Painter, Collagist
Jessica Makin, Painter/ 
Mary Manning, Painter/
Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Ruben Marroquin, Fiber Artist
Nadia Martinez, MultiMedia
Peter Massini, Photographer
Sooo-z Mastropietro, Multimedia
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool, 
Carole McClintock, Painter
Grace S. McEnaney, Painter
Tessa Smith McGovern, Writer
Nancy McTague-Stock, Mixed  
Shanna Melton, Poet
Kristin Merrill, Jeweler/Sculptor
Toby Michaels, Painter
Jay Misencik, Photographer
Allyson Monson, Photographer
Duvian Montoya, Painter
Brechin Morgan, Painter
Day Moore, Painter
Nancy Moore, Painter

Meighan Morrison, Painter
Carol Mueller, Painter/Printmaker
Cynthia Mullins, Painter
Susan Murray, Painter
Aisha Nailah, Mixed Media/ 
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Karen Neems, Photographer
Susan Newbold, Painter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill Nichols, Painter
Eddie Niño, Painter
Judy Noel, Painter
Julie O’Connor, Photographer
Kazumasa Oda, Painter
Amy Oestreicher, Performing/
   Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Parkway South, Musicians
Judy Peknik, Painter
Louisa Percudani, Producer,
Justin Perlman, Sculptor
Chris Perry, Book Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Marjorie Poe, Painter
Diane Pollack, Mixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter ASSOCIATE
Lynn Carlson Popat, Painter
Joseph Provey, Painter
Jennifer Prat, Photographer
Ben Quesnel, Sculptor, 
Cynthia Quintanal, Sound Healer
Lauren Rago, Mixed Media
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Rick Reyes, Singer/Songwriter
Barbara Ringer, Photographer
Mariya Rivera, Painter
Christian Roesch, Painter
Alyse Rosner, Painter/Mixed
Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, Graphic Artist
Jill Sarver, Painter
Roxanne Faber Savage, Visual 
Ellen Schiffman, Fiber Artist
Norma Schlager, Fiber Artist
Marianne R. Schmidt, Painter
Lisa Seidenberg, Filmmaker
Rick Shaefer, Visual Artist
Barbara Shea, Writer
Alissa Siegal, Painter
Norm Siegel, Painter
Lisa P. Silberman, Photographer
Nomi Silverman, Graphic Artist
Phyllis Sinrich, Photographer
Bronislava Slagle, Mixed Media 
Megan Smith-Harris, Writer/ 
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter
Rene Soto, Painter
Liz Squillace, Painter/Printmaker
Connie Stancell, Painter
Sergei Stepanenko, Painter
Kevin Stevens, Mixed Media
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam Stoddart, Painter
Florence Suerig, Visual Artist
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, Printmaker
Amy Vensel, Painter
Vincent Verrillo, Painter
Karen Vogel, Painter
Lee Walther, Mixed Media
Peggy Weis, MultiMedia
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Joan Wheeler, Painter
Vonne Whittleton, Mixed Media
Al Coyote Weiner, Painter
Ann Weiner, MultiMedia
   Conceptual  Artist
Jahmane West, MultiMedia
Elizabeth White, MultiMedia
Justin Wiest, Painter
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Tammy Winser, Mixed Media
Nancy Woodward, Photographer/
   Mixed Media
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual Artist
Janet Zamparo, Visual/Literary/
Performing Artist  
Greg Ziebell, Painter

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Nancy Breakstone, Ellen Gould and Julie O'Connor had their photographs selected as three of the 47 chosen by the Fairfield Museum and History Center for its 10th Annual IMAGES 2018 Juried Photo-graphy Show, opening with a reception and a talk by Dr. Philip EliasophProfessor of Visual & Performing Arts, Fairfield University, Thurs. March 1, 6-8pm
Nancy Breakstone has won the Viewer's Choice Award at Fairfield Museum's IMAGES show, opening Thurs. March 1, 6-8pm, for her Threads (2017, digital photograph, 20x20, at right, click for larger image). Nancy has also been accepted as an Exhibiting Artist at the Rowayton Arts Center, and is currently showing work at the Maritime Garage Gallery’s Worth a Thousand Words, the Movement exhibition at Fairfield Library's Kershner Gallery, and the Barrett Art Center’s 31st Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition Photowork 2018, running through March 24.
Adger Cowans will be interviewed at a public event at the Smithsonian's National Museum for African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Washington DC, by NMAAHC Curators Aaron Bryant (Photography) and Tuliza Fleming (Visual Arts) on Tues. Feb. 27, 7-9pm. The conversation, Historically Speaking: A Lifetime in Photographs will be illustrated by visuals from Adger's extensive photography archives. Adger will be signing his book Personal Vision: Photographs: Adger Cowans, following the presentation. 
Congratulations to poet Cortney Davis, whose third poetry collection, Taking Care of Time, winner of the 2016 Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize, for a poetry manuscript, has just had the book published by Michigan State University Press. Cortney's manuscript was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye, who commented that "Davis' skills as a nurse practitioner and her unflinching to-the-bone gifts as a writer mix eloquently to create a manuscript that will grip and compel readers. A great book, not to be missed."
David Dunlop is giving one of his mind-expanding visual lectures at Silvermine Arts Center, Sun. Feb. 25, 4:30-6pm. Entitled Visual Thinking: Deeper, Broader, More Inventive, David will demonstrate how the most inventive minds in history used visual thinking, how you can too and how language hi-jacks your thinking and constrains creative thinking.  Neuroscience has discovered we are all visual learners first. Linguistic learning follows. Linguistic thinking limits the breadth and depth of creative responses.
Meg Garbe received Honorable Mention for Bees, one of her two pieces accepted for the Rowayton Art Center's annual, juried Beyond Brushwork exhibition running through February 25. At right, Bees, (2017, pen on canvas, 12x16, detail at right, click for complete image), and House Made Out Of Spider Webs, (2017, pen on paper, 12x9). 
Ellen Gould had her photograph, Temple of Bosch (2018, digital photograph, 30x20, detail at right, click for complete image) accepted into the Fairfield Museum's Images 2018 exhibition, opening Thurs. March 1, 6-8pm. Ellen comments that she is "always on the lookout for a different slant for a photo in my kitchen. The architecture surprised me!"
Len Grayeck's Miscere Domino (2016, acrylic on canvas, 30x40, detail at right) has been purchased by the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury for their permanent collection. Len's painting was included in the Mattatuck's I Believe In Waterbury exhibition last fall. Len commented that the title of the piece roughly translates to "Mixmaster" and depicts a scene he experienced one late afternoon while visiting the Mattatuck Museum.
MaryEllen Hendricks has a solo show, Thin Places at The Gallery at Greens Farms Church. According to Celtic tradition, the physical and spiritual worlds, are never very far apart. The distance can be tissue thin. MaryEllen writes that she noticed how these cherished locations would figure in the stories of friends and acquaintances, especially when they faced challenges or crises. At right, JC Thin Place (2015, photograph on silk, 8.5 x 11, click for larger image). MaryEllen will speak about her work at a closing reception Thurs. March 29, 10am.
Katya Lebrija is in a 2-person exhibition, with Valery Sutherland, at the New Canaan Library, opening with a reception, Thurs. Feb. 22, 6-8pm, and running through April 8. Destinations is dedicated to the idea of a journey to real and imaginary places. At right, Katya's Marina (2017, mixed media on canvas, 60x36, detail at right, click for complete image). Katya says her exploration with abstraction is taking her into imaginary places, where the viewer can appreciate a seascape or a landscape or a road that leads somewhere.
Julie O’Connor’s photograph, Sea Into Sky (2016, digital archival photograph sublimated to aluminum, 12x12, detail at right, click for complete image) was accepted into the Fairfield Museum's​ IMAGES 2018 exhibition, opening Thurs. March 1, 6-8pm. Julie comments that she was “…enchanted by the beauty in my own backyard, observing the leaves gently floating on the water, blending with the sky above.”
Ellen Schiffman has a solo exhibit of her work at the Mercy Gallery in Windsor, CT, from Feb 20th – April 15th. Following the Thread: Inspiration from The 52 Box Project, follows Ellen's yearlong series of experimental and exploratory mixed media shadow boxes. Along with the boxes will be many of the pieces and series informed by the boxes in the years since. She says, "The 'boxes' set the stage for an inspired, productive and exciting period of artistic growth, which I will be sharing in this show. Hope you can visit!" At right, nine of Ellen's 52 boxes.
Vin Verrillo is the Fairfield University Bookstore's Artist of the Month and has a selection of his paintings and photographs in the bookstore's stairwell art space (at right). Vin comments that he likes the freedom of flow within form, using definite distinct rich and vibrant colors with a subtle urgency. His paintings and photographs often have a dreamlike quality, not pretty but graceful." The show is up through Feb. 28.
Joan Wheeler is exhibiting her needle-felted wool piece, Prophecy (24"x30" detail at right, click for larger image), in Material: An Exhibition of Fiber Art from Across the Country. This piece was selected from over 400 entries and will be shown at the d'Art Center in Norfolk, Va., from Feb. 20-March 29.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Tues. Feb. 20: Ellen Schiffman, Following the Thread. Mercy Gallery, Windsor, CT. Opening Reception, 6:45-8:45pm.
Thurs. Feb. 22:
Katya Lebrija in 2-person show, Destinations, New Canaan Library. Opening Reception, 6-8pm.
Sun. Feb. 25: David Dunlop, Visual Thinking, Silvermine Arts Center. Lecture, 4:30-6pm.
Tues. Feb. 27: Adger Cowans, Historically Speaking: A Lifetime in PhotographsNational Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC. COnversation, 7-9pm. 
Thurs. March 1: 10th Annual IMAGES Photography Exhibition, Fairfield Museum. Opening Reception, 6-8pm (Nancy Breakstone, Ellen Gould and Julie O'Connor) 
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