Subject: Artists Newsletter, February 25, 2019 PART ONE

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
February 25, 2019
We regret the delay with this issue, due to technical issues with the mailing house.
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 357 (of our 600) members (including 152 artists) have created their profiles on the site. All members are asked to register as soon as possible. You will need a description of your work, and 3 images: a square headshot, a wide "hero" image (like the one above) and a smaller, wide "reference image" used in the Meet Our Members page. Complete the simple form and upload your images here. A new image app. makes it easy to upload your images. Contact us with any questions.
ARTISTS TALK videos are now available of the five Cultural Alliance artist members who spoke about their work on the occasion of their induction into the Silvermine Guild of Artists. Go to our YouTube Artists Talk playlist to see all five, or click on the artists’ names to see their video recording. Videos are on average 8 minutes in length. Go here   to see our Resources page on the Artists Talk series. See artists' videos here:  Nancy BreakstoneTrace BurroughsNiki Ketchman; Susan Leggitt; and Rosalind Shaffer. Please "like" the videos and subscribe to our channel!
Join us for a free panel discussion and networking party at Silvermine Arts Center, Thursday Feb. 28, 5:30-7:30pm. Hear Felicity Hogan (Director of NYFA Learning) talk about the range of residencies available. Felicity has run a residency, has experienced several and has advised many hundreds of artists about them. Then hear from colleagues Liz Leggett, who has enjoyed many residencies both abroad and locally (including most recently a second stay at Weir Farm), Susan Newbold, who has benefited from 7 residencies (4 in France and 1 in New Zealand), and Jay Petrow, who just returned from a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Please Register Here.
We have just added SERVICES as a new category in our increasingly popular CLASSIFIEDS section of our new website, under "Resources". In addition to Calls for Artists, Auditions, Jobs, For Sale, For Rent, and Volunteers, the new category offers services by our members. Take advantage of this new place to advertise your services to the public - for free!

Liz Leggett is a Westport based painter. Her undergraduate degree was from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, where she majored in Studio Art. Not long after, she completed her Masters in Fine Art at the Maine College of Art in Portland. Painting has run through her whole life. She has always been interested in expressive work that is vigorously abstract while also bearing figurative references. The figurative side mostly predominated in her earlier work but now the balance has shifted somewhat. Her goal is finding that appropriate balance between the two, leaving an open space for the viewer: what she calls "the space in-between." "I like the viewer to see what they want to see. I don’t like to dictate my thoughts to a viewer. I always welcome the viewer bringing their own thoughts and vision to a piece," she said. "I never get offended — I always get inspired." She says that her painting and drawing is very process-oriented: "my canvases serve as an arena for speed, tension, destruction, rebuilding and grappling with expectations of conformity and control. Surface accidents and spontaneous forms are encouraged as I often apply the materials aggressively and haphazardly. I then may refine areas to establish structure and suggest imagery." Above all it's important for Liz in her work to keep the dynamic going: "I continuously play with abstraction and ambiguity so the work remains open for interpretation, meaning and overall visceral response. Ultimately, I strive to relay a feeling of exaltation, joy and hope." Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has particularly enjoyed participating in artist-in-residence programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees, Nova Scotia, Saratoga Springs and most recently, for the second time, at Weir Farm in Wilton. Liz is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists as well as the Artists Collective of Westport and is the Exhibition Manager for the Westport Arts Center. She recently had a solo show at Newton Roux Gallery and currently is in a group show at the National Arts Club in New York (see Your News below for details). See her website and Instagram page. Thanks to Stephanie Kim's article in The Hour.

Tim Nighswander's first experience with a 'serious' camera was when he borrowed his father's Argus for a trip to New York City in 1967. He never looked back. His first 35mm SLR became his constant companion as he worked on a degree in photo-journalism at Kent State University. The student protests there, including the shootings of May 4, 1970 (of which his own photographs became part of the published documentation, exhibited in a 25-year-anniversary show at the Cooper Union) made a big impact on his view of the world. After three years in the Peace Corps, he photographed his way through Europe, returned to graduate school at Kent State and was hired as the photographer for a design and advertising firm in Cincinnati. Moving to New Haven, Tim became a partner in a photography/graphic design studio where he worked on corporate projects as well as for The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He became an early adopter of digital technologies, and designed and created the digital documentation of the Albers Foundation's collection. Recognizing a need for high resolution digital photography tailored to groups that could not afford an in-house department, he formed Imaging4Art, dedicated to working with foundations, institutions, galleries, collectors and individual artists. He has photographed major collections and contributed to important projects for museums and galleries and continuing to work with the Albers Foundation, the Willem de Kooning Foundation and others. The opportunity to have unprecedented access to the art work of the world's greatest artists and to work beside curators, art historians, conservators and collectors has been an immeasurable art education. Exposure to this art and body of knowledge has allowed him to see themes and through-lines that have been a consistent part of his personal imagery, coalescing into new avenues to explore. Now he is actively pursuing showing his own images. Tim is currently showing his work in Migrating Colors at the Maritime Garage Gallery and has recently shown in Select 3, at the Garvey|Simon Gallery, New York, and in Leonardo Challenge, at the Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven. See Tim'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!
Elizabeth Agresta, Painter
Valerie AhnemanMusician
Peter Alexander, Landscape     Architect
Leslee Asch, Curator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/
Judith Bacal, Designer
Anna Badini, Painter
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice Barrett, Painter
Nina Bentley, Mixed
Sue Benton, Photographer
Susanne Benton, Mixed
Lisa Berger, Visual Artist
Paul R. Berger
Karla Bernstein, 
Thomas Berntsen
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Christina Blais, Quilter
Ziggy Bober, Sculptor
Amy Bock, Painter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed
   Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, 
Carolyn Brady, 
Nancy Breakstone, 
Michael Brennecke, 
Janine Brown,
Lucienne Buckner,
Bevi Bullwinkel, Painter
Miggs Burroughs, Graphic
Trace Burroughs, New
Louise Cadoux, Painter/
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan, 
Patricia CampbellDance
Lynn Carlson, Painter
Linn Cassetta, Printmaker
Alan Chapell, Musician
Ann Chernow, Painter/
Eric Chiang, Painter
Frederic Chiu, Pianist
Yvonne Claveloux, Painter
Lauren Clayton, Painter
Gabi Coatsworth, Writer
Alicia Cobb, Painter
Heidi Lewis Coleman
   Mixed Media
Linda Colletta, Painter
Rosa Colón, Painter, Mixed
Tom Comerford, 
Penrhyn Cook,  
Rod Cook, Photographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans
   Photographer Painter
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn Dahl, Painter
Cris Dam, Painter/Muralist
Holly DangerVideo Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos Davila, Painter, 

Jane DavilaFiber Artist/ 
   Mixed Media 

Cortney Davis, Writer
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
Emily Derr, Illustrator/ 
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf,
Eugenie Diserio, Painter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon,
   Mixed Media
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani
Erin Dolan, Painter
Amy Dolego, Photography
Jennifer Drolet, Painter
Ganga Duleep, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed
Katherine Evans, Painter
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
David Laurence Flynn,
   Lighting Designer
Heide Follin, Painter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet,    
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
Rebecca Fretty (Pink
   Imperfection) Fiber 
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed
   Media and Upcycled

Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott Glaser, Painter
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen Gordon, Painter; 
Sue Brown Gordon, 
Ellen Gould, Photographer
Joyce Grasso, Painter/

Kristen Graves, Musician
Jen Greely, Painter/

Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist

Barry Guthertz,
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman,      
Mary Harold, Photographer
Adair W. Heitmann,

Kate Henderson, Mixed    
MaryEllen Hendricks,

Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/
Mixed Media

Lenore Eggleston Herbst
Tracy Hoffman,
   Photographer &
Veronica Hofstetter,
Sonya Huber, Writer
Yuko Ike, Painter
Jana Ireijo, Painter
Sholeh Janati, Painter
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic

Amy Kaplan, Painter
Natasha Karpinskaia,    
Wayne Keeley, Writer, 
Emily Kelting
Karen Kent, Painter
Susan Keown, Painter/
   Mixed Media/Ceramicist

Niki Ketchman, Sculptor/

Jin Hi Kim, Musician
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Dawn Kubie, Photographer
Joanie Landau, Jewelry

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

Julie Leff, Painter
Liz Leggett, Painter
Susan Leggitt, Painter
Henry Lepetit, Painter
Julia-Rose Liptack, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
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
Nadia Martinez, MultiMedia
Sooo-z Mastropietro,
Fruma Markowitz,    
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool,
Grace S. McEnaney,    
Nancy McTague-Stock,
Peter Mendelson,    
Kristin MerrillJeweler/    
Toby Michaels, Painter
Annamari Mikkola,
   Photographer, Designer,

Jay Misencik, Photographer
Day Moore, Painter
Nancy Moore, Painter
Brechin Morgan, Painter
Lina Morielli, Multi-Media
Meighan Morrison, Painter
Carol Mueller,

Cynthia Mullins, Painter
Susan Murray, Painter
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Erin Nazzaro, Painter
Karen Neems,
Susan Newbold, Painter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill Nichols, Painter
Tim Nighswander
Eddie Niño, Painter
Julie O'Connor,    
Amy Oestreicher,
   Performing/Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Eileen Panepinto, Mixed

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,    
Elizabeth Quesada,
Ben Quesnel, Sculptor,
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Rick Reyes, Singer/

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

Alyse Rosner, Painter/
   Mixed Media

Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, Graphic 
Anthony Santomauro,
Jill Sarver, Painter
Ellen Schiffman, Fiber

Norma Schlager, Fiber

Marianne R. Schmidt,
Guy Sealey, Multimedia
Katie Settel, Photographer
Rick Shaefer, Visual Artist
Rosalind Shaffer, Ceramist
Barbara Shea, Writer
Alissa Siegal, Painter
Norm Siegel, Painter
Lisa P. Silberman,   
Nomi Silverman
Phyllis Sinrich,
Vicki French Smith, Painter
Megan Smith-Harris,
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter
Rene Soto, Painter
Carole Southall, Painter
Liz Squillace, Painter/    
Connie Stancell, Painter
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam Stoddart, Painter
Florence Suerig, Visual

Denise Susalka, Painter
Janice Sweetwater, Painter
Susan Tabachnick, Sculptor
Juliette Tehrani, Painter
Alicia Thompson, Actress/

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

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

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

Nancy Woodward,
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual

Gregg Ziebell, Painter
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Nancy Breakstone, Miggs Burroughs and Ellen Gould are among the artists juried into the Fairfield Museum and History Center's IMAGES 2019 photography exhibition, opening with a reception Thurs. Feb. 28, 6-8pmAt the reception, every submission to the 2019 contest will be featured in a slideshow, and the jury will announce the “Best in Show” photographs in both the Professional/Serious Amateur and Student categories. They will also award honorable mentions. 
Lisa Berger, Paul Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Janine Brown, Miggs Burroughs, Ellen Gould, Mary Harold, Barbara Ringer, Lisa Silberman  and Lee Walther were juried into CameraWorks, 
the 2019 photography show at Ridgefield Guild of Artists, opening with a reception, Sat. March 2, 4-6pm. The show was juried by Joe McNally, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer, one of the top, technically excellent photographers of his generation, whose prolific career includes assignments in nearly 70 countries. 
Tom Berntsen, Lou Buckner, Trace Burroughs, Louise Cadoux, Frederic Chiu, Jeanine Esposito, and Jana Ireijo were among the 28 artists who had work accepted into the Tête-À-te: Reinventing the Conversation Bench, opening with a reception at the Westport Arts Center March 8, 6-8pm. In partnership with the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, this juried design competition asked artists to reinvent the concept of a Victorian-era conversation bench. Jurists were John Edelman (Design Within Reach), Patricia Kane (Yale University Art Gallery), and Paul Goldberger (Pulitzer Prize winning critic of architecture and design). 
Lisa Berger has her color photograph Malfunction Junction (24x32), a close-up image of an old rusted car near Ogunquit, ME, selected for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists CameraWorks exhibition, opening   Sat. March 2, 4-6pm. She will also be showing two works in the Wilton Arts Council's Focus '19 photography show, running March 2 through March 29 at the Wilton Library, with a reception and awards ceremony on Fri. March 8, 6-7:30pm. Her two photographs are Rise and Shine (24x32), of a wine bottle wall at China Ranch Date Farm, Tecopa, CA, and her color photograph, Off the Rails (24x32, at right; click for complete image), a colorful abstract image of rail plates at Essex Steam Train, Essex, CT.
Thomas Berntsen had his competition submission "Becoming Aware Bench" accepted into the Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench exhibition at the Westport Arts Center, that opens with a reception Fri. March 8, 6-8pm. Tom's comment: "A passage around and through a labyrinth of dichroic glass walls, walking inward on a reflective floor. They reach the center. An amorphous bench awaits. Around them, an environment both transparent and reflective invites them to be the same."
Nancy Breakstone’s photograph titled Just Golden-In The Sand (digital, 20x16; click detail at right for complete image) was juried into the Fairfield Museum and History Center's  IMAGES 2019 photography exhibition, Feb. 28 - April 28, opening with a reception Feb. 28, 6-8pm.  Other photographs are being shown in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists CameraWorks exhibit, opening Sat. Mar. 2, 4-6pm, and at the Wilton Arts Council's Focus '19 photography show, Mar. 2-Mar. 29, with an awards reception Fri. March 8, 6-7:30pm, at the Wilton Library.
Lucienne Buckner's entry for the Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench exhibition at the Westport Arts Center, that opens with a reception Fri. March 8, 6-8pm, depicts a pair of fighting bulls forming the backrest of a Victorian seat. It is a photograph of a small bronze sculpture she made at the Silvermine Arts Center in 2011 entitled Tête-à-Tête.  But she now calls it the "Bull Seat" (12x6x5). Click for larger image. Visitors to the NEST Arts Factory's Open Studios, Sat. March 9, 2-6pm, will be able to view the original sculpture in Lu's studio there.
Trace Burroughsconcept was accepted into the  Tête-à-Tête exhibition, opening with a reception at the Westport Arts Center March 8, 6-8pm. Pictured at right is one of three views, 36" wide. The prototype is made from plastic. It's titled Scoop-à-Scoop and is a mid-century modernistic approach like the egg shaped chairs of the late 60's. Those using it would lay in it like you would in a hammock using either end for your head. So with the other person could lay head to head or head to feet.
Louise Cadoux' design for the Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench exhibition at the Westport Arts Center, that opens with a reception  Fri. March 8, 6-8pm, is based on the symbol of Yin & Yang. As Louise says: "Two opposite forces that form a whole. We need to listen to all points of views,
  and learn to cooperate and compromise. Two benches face each other , each has a table. let's work out our differences!" At right, an aerial view of her design. 
Heidi Lewis Coleman is currently exhibiting her four piece ETHEREAL series in the Women's Caucus for Art's national show at A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, New York)Bridging the Gap: Postcards of All the Nation of Art, which runs through March 10th. Ethereal (2018, mixed media on watercolor paper, 9x13; click on image.)

Adger Cowans has a new book out. Following the success of his amazing compendium, Personal Vision: Photographs, that captured the range of work of this extraordinary and groundbreaking photographer (and human being), Adger writes his own account of his life in this autobiography, Art in the Moment: Life and Times of Adger Cowans (Noah's Ark Publishing). As Joan Eisenberg writes, this book is "a nonstop read reflecting the societal changes he experienced growing up as a black man and artist in 20th-centruy America. We accompany Cowans on illustrative and delightfully humorous adventures across continents, revealing surprising new artistic endeavors that are not even close to completion in the 21st century."
Musician, artist and designer Joseph Dermody has many exciting musical events ahead. In the next week or so he is playing viola with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra in a concert version of West Side Story, Sat. Feb. 23, 8pm at the Norwalk Concert Hall. Then the following week, on Sun. March 3 at 4pm, he is playing with his Scape Trio a concert of music by Haydn, Dvorak, Kodaly, Enesco, and Dohnanyi at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich. In the wings for Joseph is Bizet's opera Carmen, in Chappaqua, NY, and a family concert with the Norwalk Symphony on March 17, that includes Prokofiev's Peter & The Wolf.
Mary Harold has had her photograph Gingerbread Doll (30x20, at right; click for larger image) selected by juror Joe McNally into the Ridgefield Guild of Artists CameraWorks exhibition, opening Sat. March 2, 4-6pm and running through March 24. This piece is one in a series of photographs by Mary of New York windows with interesting backdrops, fronted by the shadows of New York characters strolling by.
Veronica Hofstetter has a solo show at The Gallery at Pearl, opening with a reception Wed. Feb. 27, 5-7pmA native Westport resident and lifelong artist, whose familial Swedish and Argentinian roots provided a deep curiosity and strong gravitation towards art, nature, culture, travel, design history, Veronica possesses a desire to work with her hands to discover, express, create and communicate in a visual language. As a mixed media abstract expressionist artist, she is equally inspired by elements that are light, beautiful and peaceful as by elements that are dark, gritty, bold and graphic. The interplay between both is the channel to her observations on composition, color, shape and texture and are symbolic to her sense of visual healing, freedom and spirit.
Jana Ireijo's design, accepted by the judges of the Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench competition, to be seen at the Westport Arts Center, opening with a reception  Fri. March 8, 6-8pm, is a pair of swans. Jana says: "these are a common sight on the Saugatuck River."  This is a collaboration between Jana and Jason Farrell, a builder/sculptor from Australia (where the black swan is native).  This chair, she says, represents our frequent conversations attempting to bridge our cultural divide.
Photographer Dawn Kubie has several of her floral "color negative" works in a group show at the Rogal Art Gallery, New Paltz, New York, along with classically-trained artist Robert Rogal, ink artist Thomas Denaro, abstract painter Charles Jackson, Jr., and charcoal artist Heyley Wescott.
 Joanie Landau has four pieces in the Loft Artists Group Show, The LAA at the Wilton Library through Feb. 28, including Ravello 1 (2017 digital colla-graph, 30x30, printed on archival ink jet paper, face mounted to 1/4" Plexiglass; at right). The piece, Joanie says, was inspired by a quote from the Brave Girls Club, “If you can’t find any roses to stop and smell, then paint some, sew some, dream some up…there is always a way to find what we are seeking.”   Joanie also has work in the LAA's show, Lock Works through Feb. 28, inspired by antique locks and keys from the Stamford Museum.
Liz Leggett had her oil painting The Big Hype included in Highlight: Gramercy, an exhibition of eight contemporary artists based in Athens, Vienna, New York City, Connecticut, and Los Angeles, at the National Arts Club, New York, curated by Paul Efstathiou and Eleanor Flatow. The Big Hype (oil on canvas, 64x50; detail at right, click for complete image) is a good example of Liz's vigorous application of vibrant colors "empowering the spontaneity of the medium and process." The exhibit runs through March 2.
Nancy Moore has a solo show, Emerging Women, at the New Canaan Library, opening with a reception Thurs. March 7, 6-8pm, and running through April 21. Nancy will speak about her work at 6:30pm at the reception. Nancy comments that the women in these images are all emerging from her Unconventional Women series, begun seven years ago "and still pouring out of my heart, through my hand, and onto the paper." They all incorporate wax crayon, watercolor, gouache, graphite, metallic paint, and colored pencil on archival handmade paper. At right, Moon Dance (watercolor/graphite, ink, colored pencil, wax crayon, 33x28; click for complete image)
Amy Oestreicher has just published a review in Broadway World, of Edward Einhorn's new play The Neurology of the Soul produced at A.R.T./New York's Jeffrey And Paula Gural Theatre. Amy is also gearing up for the premiere of her original song-cycle performance, Passageways: Songs of Connection, Abnormal & Sublime, at Triad Theatre 158 West 72nd St, New York,  March 16th at 7 and March 31st at 3pm
Barbara Ringer had her Windows (2018, metal photo in recycled wood frame, 23x27) juried into the Ridgefield Guild of Artists photography show,  CameraWorks,  juried by Joe McNally, and opening Sat. March 2, with a reception 4-6pm. Barbara also has her portrait of a housewife, I Got This (2019, 16x24; detail at right) in a lobby exhibition, through March 10, at Ridgefield's ACT Theatre, accompanying Stephen Schwartz's musical Working - based on Studs Terkel's 1974 best-selling book of interviews with American workers from all walks of life, including a school teacher, housewife, fireman, millworker, and waitress. 
Mariya Rivera, a member of the Art Society of Old Greenwich, has a solo show at Greenwich Bank & Trust, 1103 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside 06878, through March 30. At right her Sunlit Patio at Cafette, (2016, oil on canvas, 28x22). Mariya comments: "It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  This collection of paintings covers many adventures and magical moments, all of which lend themselves to intriguing images.”
Alissa Siegal will have ten paintings in the Artists of Astor event: Saturday March 9th, 8pm to midnight at 2 Astor Place, NYC. Event includes film screening, live djs, and art for sale. $20 door ticket gets you 2 drinks and a chance to take home a piece of art. Buy tickets here. One of Alissa's is at right:  Red Shoes with Birds (oil on linen, 26x36; click detail for larger image). Alissa is also excited for a Weir Farm residency she will be starting in September.
Lee Walther's photograph Seen/Unseen was juried into the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' Camera Works, by Joe McNally, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer. The show opens Sat. March 2, with a reception 4-6pm. About this work, Lee comments: "I am very conscious of what is seen and unseen…..for example the faces and “Tree Spirits” I photograph, which some viewers may still not see. I am reminded of Georgia O'Keefe's words: "Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven’t time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
Jonathan Wilner has a solo show, Mindscapes: A Journey into the Unconscious at the Da Silva Gallery, 897-899 Whalley Ave., New Haven, opening with a reception, Sat. March 2, 6-8pm. Inspired by the possibilities introduced to the arts by André Breton’s Surrealist manifesto, the conflation of dreaming and wakeful consciousness, this exhibit explores the alchemy produced when one reaches into the unconscious while awake. At right, detail of Metamorphosis (oil on canvas, 40x30).

Wed. Feb. 27: Veronica Hofstetter, solo show, Gallery @Pearl. Opening Reception, 5-7pm.
Thurs. Feb. 28: IMAGES 2019 photography exhibition, Fairfield Museum. Opening Reception, 6-8pm. (Nancy Breakstone, Miggs Burroughs and Ellen Gould)
Sat. March 2: CameraWorks, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (
Lisa Berger, Paul Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Janine Brown, Miggs Burroughs, Ellen Gould, Mary Harold, Barbara Ringer, Lisa Silberman and Lee Walther)
Thurs. March 7: Nancy Moore, Emerging Women, New Canaan Library. Opening Reception, 6-8pm. Nancy speaks about her work at 6:30pm
Fri. March 8: Tête-à-Tête: Reinventing the Conversation Bench, Westport Arts Center. Opening reception, 6-8pm (Tom Berntsen, Lou Buckner, Trace Burroughs, Louise Cadoux, Frederic Chiu, Jeanine Esposito, and Jana Ireijo)

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