Subject: Artists Newsletter Jan. 26, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
January 26, 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 11 weeks and so far 325 (of our 600) members (including 132 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.
Theatre and Community with Michael Barker
The Podcast is now available of our live interview with Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director Michael Barker that took place on Monday Jan. 14 on WPKN 89.5FMClick here for the podcast and please “Like” and share with your colleagues! Michael joined the Playhouse in 2016 after careers in Chicago and California. Hear his evolving thoughts about the role of theatre in the community, and what’s in store for the Playhouse as it continues to develop greater engagement with the wider community in 2019 and beyond.
For an evening panel in February 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
This just in: studios available in a converted mill building just off Route 8 in Beacon Falls, CT. The Bronson Building has a lot of character and currently there are twelve available units ideal for art studios. The spaces range from 143 square feet with rent of $225 per month to 1,225 square feet with rent of $1,020 per month. These small, inexpensive units are perfect for up-and-coming artists. Check out the listing in Space-finder, or contact Sadie Colcord directly at:

Lisa Berger was raised in a family where her creativity was nurtured from a young age, with her mother, especially, having a great influence on her interest in the arts. As an award-winning artist today, Lisa enjoys photography, painting, monotypes and eco-printing. In all her artwork, Lisa tries to capture the beauty to be found in the everyday objects that surround us.  She writes that, for her, art should evoke some sort of emotion or intrigue that leads to deeper conversation. Her work is inspired by both the natural and man-made world: I‘m drawn to rich color, texture and intricate patterns, particularly in rusted metals, peeling paint, and the juxtaposition of new and old. Finding beauty created by nature, taking inspiration from details others may rarely notice. Experimenting with a variety of media, paper and techniques, I strive to capture the wonder of my surroundings." Lisa's photography and abstract mixed media and monotypes have won awards in numerous shows and are in several private collections in New England. Her photography will be featured in a two-person show at The Gallery at Still River Editions in Danbury, in Spring 2019. Lisa is a member of New Canaan Arts Society, Stamford Art Association, Ridgefield Guild of Artists and the Easton Arts Council. Her work has been selected for juried shows at these galleries as well as by the Wilton Arts Council, Golden Thread Art Gallery in West Hartford, West Hartford Art League, Rowayton Arts Center, Roxbury Art Show, Slater Museum in Norwich, Kent Art Association, Mystic Museum of Art, Milford Arts Council, Pequot Library in Southport and Fairfield Library’s Kershner Gallery.

Linda Colletta studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, and has been creating art in various mediums for over 20 years. She first translated her passion for art into a career as a scenic painter in the television industry before dedicating herself full-time to a painting career. She currently defines her artistic approach as an abstract expressionist, creating colorful and uplifting works for designers and individual collectors. I am interested in the alchemy of layering, she says, where two unrelated ideas , when connected, become something else entirely, and likewise when pieces are removed and new story is revealed, one that only time could tell. She says that she is interested in slowing the viewer down and drawing them into her works “compelling you to look closer and linger longer on the smaller moments and the spaces in-between”. She uses color as a catalyst - exploring textures, marks, and layers in a variety of mediums including - acrylics, oils , pastels, graphite, ink and a variety of substrates. Linda likes to recycle, or up-cycle materials, ideas, the “leftovers” from previous work, or the apparently random events of our lives, in order to “find the perfection and lessons to be learned” from them. Linda is a member of the American Fabrics (AmFab) Studios. She showed in New York in the 1990s, at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, 2013-2018, and more recently at Carriage Barn Arts Center, Rowayton Arts Center, and the AmFab Open Studios, 2015-2018. See Linda's website, Facebook page, Instagram and Pinterest pages.

Carole Southall now lives in Wilton, where she moved, with her architect husband Hermon Telyan and two children, after more than twenty years enjoying the cacophony and intellectual stimulation of New York City. Carole has been painting in oil and acrylic since 2011 when a visit to her son’s college, Rhode Island School of Design, resurrected an interest in the visual arts, her area of study at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she had studied printmaking with renowned artist Jacob Lawrence. Carole’s art education has mainly been informal, attending demonstrations, workshops, and courses wherever and whenever possible, in between her full-time career as a professional fundraiser for transformational organizations, currently with the Westport Country Playhouse, and prior to that, the National Park Conservation Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and many organizations in both the US and UK. Carole is attracted to people stories and nature. Important influences from Carole’s youth are Thomas Hart Benton, from her youth in Missouri, and Georgia O’Keeffe from her childhood years in Texas. Other favorite artist-storytellers are Eric Fischl and Jacob Lawrence. While storytelling underlies many of Carole’s pieces, the colors, shapes, and rhythms of nature are also irresistible: Sonia Delaunay, Annie Albers, and Van Gogh are favorites. Carole has participated in numerous group shows, including the Kershner Gallery in Fairfield, attracting the highest number of visitors and sales in the Gallerys fifteen year history. She has also completed a number of commissions and her work is in private collections throughout the US, UK, and Australia. See her website, and Facebook page.
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 
Paul Berger, Photographer
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
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 FuchsPainter
   Imperfection) Fiber Artist
Megan Garbe, 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 
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 & 
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 LebrijaPainter
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 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 Perlman, Sculptor
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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Kristen Ambrosi, Lisa Berger, Paul R. Berger, Dolly Curtis, L. Richard Koleszar, Eddie Nino, Anthony Santomauro, Cleo Sonneborn, Liz Ward are some of the 64 member artists of the Easton Arts Council showing work in the Council’s Winter Celebration of the Arts at the Easton Library's Community Room, opening with a reception Sat. Jan. 26, 7pm
Rebeca Fuchs and Katya Lebrija are two of the four artists in Intersection, opening with a reception Sat. Feb. 2, 3-5pm, at the Byram Shubert Library, Greenwich. Four artists, each from different backgrounds, and countries (Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, and Mexico), and with different art styles, but all sharing a migration story, and hispanic background, and intersecting in Fairfield county, enriching each other's life and art.
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 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.
New member Lisa Berger has work in 4 shows: 1. in the Easton Arts Council's Winter Celebration of the Arts, opening with a reception Sat. Jan. 26 at 7pm, she has Rise and Shine (24x32), a photograph of a wine bottle wall at China Ranch Date Farm, Tecopa, CA; 2. in Fairfield Public Library's Kershner Art Gallery’s Nature 
exhibition, opening with a reception Sat. Feb. 9, 4:30 to 6:30pm with Discovered Passage (17x20), an Eco print created with wild flowers and leaves gathered in the fields of Connecticut; 3. in the Carriage Barn Art Center's 39th Annual Photography Show, running through Feb. 15 with Hi and Dri (color photograph, 24x32; detail at right, click for complete image), a macro view of the starboard side of a dry docked lobster boat in Ogunquit, ME, and Four Corners (color photograph, 24x 32), an abstract view of an old metal shed in Cape Charles, VA.; and 4. in Ridgefield Guild of Artist’s 2019 Member Show: Conversations, opening with a reception Sat. Feb 2, 4-6pm, with Connections, an abstract photo of a group of women making connections.
Nancy Breakstone will be showing two of her photographs at the Ridgefield Guild of Artist' 2019 Member Show Conversations, Feb 2-17, with an opening reception Feb. 2, 4-6pm.  She will also be showing her photograph One Step In The Sand, (digital, 20½x18¾) at the Community Art Show, NATURE, the annual Community Show at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery  opening with a reception, Feb. 9, 4:30-6:30pm.
Miggs Burroughs and Trace Burroughs had the opening reception of their Burroughs Bros. Gala Exhibit at Bistro du Soleil postponed from last Sunday to this Sunday, Jan. 27, 4-7pm. The show is the first-ever "solo" show where the brothers have shown their work together - Miggs' lenticular photographs and Trace's digital constructions.
Ann Chernow is one of the artists in the Boston Printmakers' exhibition Traveling Flat Files, which is being exhibited in venues across the U.S., including the Southern Graphics Conference (February through 2019). At right Ann's Moonlight (2017, lithograph from one stone, 11x14; click image at right for larger version). 
Heidi Lewis Coleman has several of her acrylic and cut-paper pieces in an exhibition of abstract art, Mindscapes, organized by Ridgefield Art on Main, and showing at the Ridgefield Library and Touch of Sedona (452 Main St), running through Feb. 27. Mindscapes juxtaposes a variety of abstract artists to reveal their individual personality and character as expressed through their paintings. At right Heidi's ÁLFHEIMR (acrylic and cut paper on canvas, 36x36). Heidi also has four pieces, grouped together as The Four Seasons in Spectrum Gallery's Time Passages show in Centerbrook.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon will be exhibiting her mixed media embroidered collage entitled Butterflies Are Free at the Art Society of Old Greenwich's Winter Fest, to be held at the Riverside Yacht Club, Friday, February 8, 5-10 p.m. This work, created in 2018, is 13” sq. framed. Click image at right for larger version.
Jill Nichols has recently renovated her Studio/Gallery and she invites everyone to an open house Sun. Feb. 10, 2-5pm at 24 Meetinghouse Lane, Shelton. Explore Jill's masterful and wide range of painting from nature from land and seascapes to some skyscapes. Special prices on a selection of her paintings and prints will be available during her open house. [Note: Jill's house, # 24 is all the way to the back and on the right of the complex; please park in a ‘V’ spot.]
Amy Oestreicher is having her play with original music, LEFTOVERS, presented as a free reading, part of Fort Point Theatre Channel’s Senses Performance Series (with snacks after!) this Sun. Jan. 27, 7pm. The play explores how trauma impacts a family. BroadwayWorld's write-up has more information. This is the first time that Amy's songs written for a show will be performed as part of the script. SHe's looking for feedback if you're in Boston
Jay Petrow just finished up  a two-week residency at the Virgina Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) in Amherst, VA. At right is a detail of his first painting at VCCA depicting his son, diagnosed with autism, playing his favorite game of UNO, with a parade of toys he likes to line up. Jay says he has played thousands of UNO games with his son. Here he tried to recreate his world as Jay has experienced it. Jay jumped back into painting 5 years ago because he wanted to express his emotions and experiences fathering a child with autism. To do that expressively, he started painting abstract works. In this painting and others in the series he brings representational objects into his abstract work because the world revolving around his son, he says "has often left me not knowing which way was up." His son's vision of the world seemed unique compared to how others experience reality - a magical world filled with joy, yet often with a dark side. Click for complete painting.
Ellen Schiffman is showing her textile piece titled Seed Pod Squared (30x30; click for larger image), in Time Passages at the Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, CT, through March 17th. At the crossroads of past and future, seeds are nature’s time capsules. They hold within themselves the imprint of past lives, the promise of future fruition and beauty, the inevitability of death and decay and the hope of rebirth. The cycle is one that is familiar to us all, as the passage of time in nature serves as an eloquent mirror for the passage of time in our own lives. Ellen also has had her piece Hole, a Q-tip sculpture, selected for the upcoming Small Works show at the 5 Points Gallery in Torrington, opening with a reception Fri. Feb 1 6-8:30pm, and running until Feb 23rd.
Liz Squillace, one of five artists with work in Intersection 5D, at Read’s Ground Floor Gallery, is showing her newest work, including a quadriptych, Disrupted Square (80x80; at right) that is a hybrid screenprint painting. Each piece is one fourth of the whole, and as they meet at the edges and center the complete vision is revealed. With a limited palette, she employs the repetition of screenprinting with the originality of painting. See Liz on a short video about the show - (at 1:16, 3:27, 5:42 and 9:04) and see installation shot.
Ruth Kalla Ungerer had the honor and pleasure of working for the second time in the print studio of Zhang Dongmin on January 14-15, 2019. His studio is in Songzhuang Artists’ Village about 40 minutes outside of Beijing and home to some 13,000 individuals involved in the arts. This was Ruth's second residency and Dongmin has asked Ruth to serve as an arts advisor to his studio as he transitions to a nonprofit group to promote the art of the print in China. At right a detail of Meditation 3, one of the works she created at his studio. Click for complete image.
Jennifer Williams has a solo show, as artist of the month of February, at Rene Soto Gallery, 1 Wall St., Norwalk, with an opening reception Sat. Feb. 2, 6-10pm. The show shows her love of nature and her experiment-ation with light and movement. Growing up near the Snowy Mountains in Australia, she developed an appreciation for nature and wild open spaces. Her paintings are alive with color and light, and expertly capture the essence of free, uninhibited growth and movement as found in nature. She primarily uses translucent oil paints on metal substrates characterized by expressionistic brush work. At right, City Light (16x20, oil on brushed silver aluminum), part of a new series featuring cityscapes.

Sat. Jan. 26: Easton Arts Council Winter Celebration of the Arts Member Show, Easton Library. Opening Reception, 7-9pm. (Kristen Ambrosi, Lisa Berger, Paul R. Berger, Dolly Curtis, L. Richard Koleszar, Eddie Nino, Anthony Santomauro, Cleo Sonneborn, Liz Ward)
Sun. Jan. 27: Burroughs Bros. Gala Exhibit at Bistro du Soleil. Opening Reception, postponed from last Sunday, 4-7pm.
Sat. Feb. 2: Jennifer Williams, Solo Show, Rene Soto Gallery, Norwalk. Opening Reception, 6-8pm.
Sat. Feb. 2: Rebeca Fuchs and Katya Lebrija in Intersection, Byram Shubert Library, Greenwich. Opening Reception 3-5pm.
Friday, Feb. 8: Art Society of Old Greenwich, Winter Fest, Riverside Yacht Club, Greenwich. 5-10pm (Carol Dixon)
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. 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 City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime
Garage Gallery has extended the deadline to Jan 30 for submission to its Migrating Colors exhibition to be held Feb. 19-May 10, 2019. The show will celebrate the abundance of colors that awaken viewers to color’s brilliant presence, especially during the winter months when the colors we choose to surround ourselves with can significantly affect our mood. The Gallery is seeking works inspired by color, its effects, meaning, value, and playfulness. Clever uses of medium, with the exception of pedestal sculpture, and interpretations on the subject are welcome. Nadia Martinez will be curating the exhibit. Fee of $35 covers unto five works. Make your application here.

As part of @The Typewriter Revolution ^@wheresthe1key  and Attack Bear Press have organized a Poetry Vending Machine project in Easthampton, MA, funded by the Easthampton Cultural Council.  Anyone interested in sending typed short poetry can mail entries to PO Box 268, Easthampton, MA 01027. Please include return address (or email). 

Six Summit Gallery (SSG) is working with Art ♥︎ Fashion, a leading platform for designers and artists to showcase their collections in a contemporary fashion week setting, in curating NY Fashion WeekFeb 8-11 at the Neo-Gothic NYC landmark, the Angel Orensanz Foundation172 Norfolk St.  
SSG has a call to artists, photographers and sculptors. Art need not be related to fashion. All work will be judged by email entry via Your Name must be in the Subject Heading and must be the same as on your credit card used to pay for your submission ($75 for up to 6 entries. $35 for up to 2 entries). Title, medium, artist, price, and size should be included in jpeg file name. Pay entry fee here. All work must be for sale. Accepted artists must hang their own work. Deadline Feb 4. Receiving Feb. 8. Questions (include your call-back # to


The Ridgefield Guild of Artists announces a call for entries to its annual Cameraworks show. The Juror for this year's Cameraworks is Joe McNally, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer whose prolific career includes assignments in nearly 70 countries. Nothing is off limits as long as a camera is used in the medium. Film, digital, pinhole, lomo-graphy, photograms, encaustic, disposable, iphoneography, lenticular, photo transfers, videography. Surprise us with your talent and genius. Press the button and see where it takes you. CameraWorks seeks to show as many types of photographic processes and display methods as possible. Each helps to enrich an already vibrant and important genre by exposing the viewers to new and unexpected forms of creation, capture and display. This year also inaugurates online submissions at the Guild. Click here for the entry portal to see the prospectus and to apply.  Deadline is 11:59 pm, Feb. 14.
  • 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

Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and if desired, record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader or another member of the ensemble. The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. CMA seeks to fulfill its vision for the future, where people of all races, religions, genders, and abilities are able to fully participate in the performance, presentation, and enjoyment of the many styles of small ensemble music. Therefore, CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender, and style of jazz. See Guidelines

The Vermont Studio Center offers residency fellowships open to all artists and writers living and working anywhere in the world. In addition, they will be awarding 14 open discipline-specific awards: 4 for writers, 4 for painters, 3 for poets, and 3 for visual artists. A number of fellowships with special eligibility requirements will also be awarded (many with stipends), including residency fellowships for artists and writers of color with demonstrable financial need; artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood; 2D visual artists working in painting, drawing, or printmaking; socially-engaged teaching artists and more! Numerous generous merit-based partial funding grants will also be awarded. These fellowships are for residencies scheduled between May 2019 – December 2019.  See this page for details of all fellowships. Apply here.

I-Park Foundation's fully funded Artist In Residence Program: Environmental Art Residency & Biennale is now accepting applications. I-Park is situated in East Haddam, CT. The Program offers residencies from May to December. The typical residency lasts four weeks and includes six artists, all of whom arrive and depart at the same time, ensuring a deeply shared experience. Residents are given a private bedroom in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, and chef-prepared dinners four nights a week. Residencies are offered in: Visual Arts: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, book arts, mixed media, site-responsive art, installation;  Music Composition/Sound Art: concert music (all genres), sound sculpture, mixed media, architectural sound design, film scoring, instrument design; Creative Writing: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, literary criticism, mixed media; Moving Image: film, video, documentary, animation, computer art, virtual reality, interactive, installation, mixed media; Architecture/landscape design: design projects, competition proposals, dissertations, model building, site-responsive/ecological installations, theoretical investigations. Details and application here.

The Banff Center for Arts & Creativity offers a Summer Artist in Residence (BAiR) program July 22 - August 23, 2019,  designed for visual artists to focus on their own practice in a supportive learning environment. Participants are encouraged to explore new ideas, create, self-direct their research and time, and cultivate new directions in their work — all while surrounded by a community of peers within Banff Centre’s spectacular mountain setting. The program encourages experimentation and risk-taking, via access to shared production facilities and knowledgeable staff who are available to provide technical support and assistance. Participants may attend talks, exhibitions, and performances by world-renowned visiting artists as well as receive studio visits from program guest artists. In addition, participants have the opportunity to build connections, create networks, collaborate, and share their work with other artists-in-residence and the public. This residency is for visual artists with an exhibition/ publication record, who have completed formal training. Financial aid is available. Details and application here.
Dot Dot Dot, Theft, 2014.
Michelle Boule (NYFA 2016 Choreography Fellow)

Benjamin Sutton has a recent artsy article on How Artists Can Use Copyright Law to Safeguard Their Work. As he points out artists own the copyright to any original works they create that are fixed in a tangible form. But still, companies, brands, and fellow visual artists do often use their works, or images of them, without their permission. So what can artists do? The first test to see if an artist can bring a case against  a user is to establish whether the use is "fair" (for editorial or critical uses) or if it "transforms" the original work and adds new value to it. Jeff Koons and Richard Prince have often tested the limits of what can be considered transformative use, and therefore fair. (The College Art Association has a very helpful Code of Best Practices for fair use.) Even though artists in the U.S. have an inherent copyright in any work of original expression they create in a fixed medium, they need a certificate of registration from the U.S. Copyright Office before they can assert that copyright in court. You can hire a lawyer or contact the infringer yourself to  inform them the use is not a fair use  and demand a licensing fee and damages, or you could demand an injunction to prevent further sale or even destruction of the work. Copyright collection, monitoring, and licensing groups like VAGA and the Artists Rights Society (ARS) can also help, with no charge for artists. ARS represents some 80,000 visual artists and artists’ estates. If the Copyright Act is the most versatile legal tool in artists’ arsenal, the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) can help in more extreme situations. It allows visual artists to assert their “moral rights” over their work and sue if their art is misattributed, or if the work’s integrity is compromised somehow. VARA is also intended to empower artists in more extreme situations involving the “intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification” of an artwork, or its outright destruction. A federal judge recently ruled that the owner of the 5Pointz graffiti complex in Queens had violated the artists’ rights provided under the act by destroying their murals. So, while artists whose work is copied without their consent can confidently appeal to the Copyright Act, those whose work is changed, damaged, or destroyed without warning now have surer legal footing thanks to VARA. Many artists feel pressure to accept unfair agreements for the use and display of their work on the pretext that the resulting exposure will make up for weak (or nonexistent) compensation, issues that have been a focus for the activist group Working Artists and the Greater Economy, as well as rights enforcers like ARS. Onerous contracts and egregious copyright violations can threaten artists’ markets, leaving them with few options but to file lawsuits. While infringing uses are unlikely to ever completely stop, artists can be more proactive and assertive in squashing them by knowing their rights. See complete article here.

NYFA's Mirielle Clifford has a useful piece in the latest issue of NYFA's Currents:  The Artist’s Creed: 10 Guiding Principles for Your Arts Career - the result of gathering  advice from those NYFA staff admire. 
1. Find the practice that works for you, and never apologize for it. - Walidah Imarisha. Writing or creating every day “works for some, but if it doesn’t, especially because you’re struggling to survive, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a writer” or artist. You are the only one who can set the best, and most feasible, rhythm and schedule for yourself. If large chunks of time for your art are impossible set aside a few minutes on a regular basis to explore. They will add up.
2. Build yourself up. Become your own best supporter. Writer Esmé Weijun Wang has a file of Kind Words that people have said or written to her. Do the same.
3. Do the thing. Counter creative block by taking a break, or focus on another project. But, ultimately, you have to "do the thing" (Pam Stucky) "even if at that point, it feels tupid and pointless. At least you’ll have something to look at, or fix, or edit.”
4. It’s OK to ask for help. There's a lot of help out there. NYFA offers the NYFA Source Hotline, 800-232-2789, M-F 3-5pm; there are emergency grants; contact your local arts council (such as CAFC); and your peer network is key. Fellow creators can help with feedback, spread the word, and help make connections. Just be sure to help in return.
5. “Watch your pals” - Hanif Abdurraqib
Create a list of 10 favorite artists in your discipline with whom you feel an affinity in style or subject matter. Where are they published? Which galleries show their work? At which festivals do they perform? Then, research deadlines and guidelines and set reminders to be ready to submit.
6. Court rejection. Don’t let the “no’s” define you. Lean into the “no’s.” Some even recommend aiming for 100 rejections a year, as that increases your odds of acceptance.
7. You can be financially stable. "For many freelancers, stability comes with diversifying their income portfolio and finding diverse ways to monetize their skills and expertise." Also figure what fees and hourly rates are realistic to be competitive. A target annual income can help define a sustainable hourly rate. Use Andrew Simonet's formula in his Making Your Life as an Artist. Remember: pay yourself for your time.
8. Know your rights. Work with a contract so expectations are clear (see these  contract templates). Avoid work for hire contracts, where the employer/commissioner owns the rights to the work. Resolve to find the format that works for you.
9. Protect your work, invest in your future. Document your work and materials. Apply the same care in preserving your work as you do in producing it. Move any sensitive materials in your work space to a safer spot. Craft artists can apply for Get Ready Grants  to safeguard their studios and careers. Joan Mitchell Foundation has an archiving guide for visual artists; Dance Heritage Coalition has an Artist’s Legacy Toolkit; and American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works has resources on preserving electronic and time-based works.
10. The world needs your perspective. 
Artists are all too familiar with imposter syndrome. Disregard it and create “what inspires you. Start with the tiny and specific. Then go wide and big.

The Norwalk Historical Society seeks  knowledgeable, engaging, friendly, and reliable educators for its popular Little Red Schoolhouse Program. Prospective educators should: have experience working with elementary school-aged children, have experience in classroom management and working with large groups of students, be an engaging presenter with a theatrical flair, have an interest in local and Colonial history. 
Program: The Little Red Schoolhouse Program has been in existence for close to 40 years and provides local elementary school students a two-hour historical experience at the Society's Mill Hill Historic Park. Students rotate to the three buildings on site for a tour in each: 1835 Town House - an interactive history lesson on Norwalk's Colonial-era history, c1740 Governor Fitch Law Office - a hands on guided tour of the house and herb garden focusing on Colonial life and work, c1826 Downtown District One Room School- a reenactment of an early 19th century school day. The program runs from April 22, 2019 - June 14, 2019 and classes visit for two hours either in the morning or afternoon. Responsibilities: Educators will be expected to learn two out of the three tours. All tours require educators to be comfortable engaging students through questioning, storytelling and role-playing. Educators will be required to become familiar with the script, logistics, and additional historical background information for each tour. Scripts and historical information are provided. The Governor Fitch Law Office and the one room schoolhouse tour require educators to wear a costume. Costumes are provided. Educators will be provided on-site training by the Society's Educational Coordinator. Educators should be expected to lead between one and five 2 hour school group visits per week. Educators will be expected to participate in set up and/or clean up before and after each school group. Compensation: Educators are paid $25.00 per session. Please submit a letter of interest plus resume with the subject: LRS Educator to: If considered for the position, a background check is required.

VW Contemporary, a high-end Greenwich art gallery is looking for an experienced and skilled art gallery professional to join as Gallery Director. VW Contemporary specializes in blue-chip, post-war and contemporary artists with a focus on mid-career and museum-caliber artists. Several years of expertise working with discerning clientele in a gallery environment is required as is a thorough understanding of the art market in general. Extensive sales and administrative skills are needed for this position as it is a fast paced, goal driven environment. This is a salary-with-commission position. Send resume with cover letter to No in person submissions or phone calls. 

AMS is seeking a part-time Accounting Manager to join its Southport team and to manage all aspects of professional services firm accounting: client billing and collections, monthly accrual basis closings, AR and AP, internal reporting, and benefits and contract administration. Collaborate with leadership on analysis and forecasting and provide coordination w/outside CPAs. Attention to detail and strong communication skills a must. Proficiency in PC-based accounting software, EXCEL and reporting tools. 5 years of full-charge bookkeeping. Send resume and compensation history to No phone calls please.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Darien Arts Center: Office Manager
Greenwich Historical Society: Manager of Youth and Family Programs
Kennedy Center/Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Therapist
Jan. 25-26: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Conversations. Receiving.
Jan. 30: Maritime Garage Gallery: Migrating Colors Deadline Extended
Rolling: Pollock-Krasner Foundation: Established Artists in Need

Feb. c1: Equinox Women's Short Film Festival, Alaska: Submission Deadline
Feb. c1: Chamber Music America: New Jazz Works Program Application Deadline
             LiteratureApplication Deadline
Feb. c4: Six Summit Gallery & Art♥︎Fashion, NY Fashion Week Show Submission Deadline
Feb. c4: Vermont Studio Center: Residency Fellowships Application Deadline
Feb. c7: Silvermine Guild: PAPER 2019 Submission Deadline
Feb. c7: Rowayton Arts Center: Photography, Sculpture & Fiber Arts Submission Deadline
Feb. c7: UConn Stamford Gallery: The National Encaustic Exhibition Submission Deadline
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: Bruce Museum: Your Place Squared Submission Deadline
Mar. c1: Japan-US Friendship Commission: Creative Arts Fellowship Application Deadline
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: New Date: SCORE Workshop, Stamford: Marketing Bootcamp for Creatives - Register
Mar. 16The Westport Fine Arts Festival: Application Deadline
Mar. 21: Bridgeport Public Schools: Arts Count Day, 10am.
Mar. 25: Date Change: SCORE Workshop, Stamford: Creative Business Legal & Tax Tips - Register

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