Subject: Artists Newsletter, July 20, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
July 20, 2019
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The podcast is now available of our Spotlight on Arts & Culture Interview Program on WPKN 89.5 FM: Connecticut Theatre Women – Leaning In. The show introduces us to Kristin Huffman (New Paradigm Theatre), Claire Kelly (Shakespeare on the Sound) and Marie Reynolds, (League of Professional Theatre Women – CT Chapter), three women leaders in Connecticut Theatre, as they discuss their careers and the issues they have had to face as women in this profession. What’s changing these days in Connecticut Theatre for women? Where are women finding jobs – as artistic directors, managing directors, executive directors? What’s shifting and what should you look out for? Check it out.
At the invitation of the Cultural Alliance, Jackie Lightfield and Margaret Bodell - both celebrated placemakers who have led successful long-term operations to bring the arts and enterprise to vacant stores and storefronts - shared the history of their successes and guided a group of artists in Westport in planning their own strategies for doing the same. A 50-minute video of their presentations is now available, and an edited transcript of their presentations will be available shortly. 

Born in Brooklyn and growing up in Long Island, Vincent Calenzo speaks of how, as a boy, he used to take refuge in art – pouring through illustrations and drawings while taking train rides to the museums, most often the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Later, he graduated with a BFA from the Swain School of Design (now part of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) and then with an MFA from Cornell University. Vincent lived in Los Angeles for 20 years where he exhibited regularly. He has since returned to the East Coast and lives and works in Milford, creating "witty and whimsical" paintings. His work has been described as exploring the real and imagined, "searching for potent metaphors and relationships that reveal truths and ask questions about the American Experience." Others have spoken of how his work is "infused with sardonic, licentious humor, and re-imagine familiar religious motifs with a comedic subtext. The paintings are electrifying, his color choices bold, his images exquisitely chimerical and light." For over 25 years Vincent's paintings have been shown throughout Southern California and along the East Coast. He is still represented by RAWsalt Gallery, Laguna, CA, and has shown in California at the Grey McGear Modern and the Schomburg Gallery, both in Santa Monica; at Bedlam Art, Los Feliz; and the San Diego Art Institute. On the East Coast he  has shown at The Mattatuck Museum, the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Beechwood Arts, The Westport Arts Center, and the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, among others. See Vincent's website, Facebook and Instagram pages.


Tony Award-winning actress Joanna Gleason was born in Toronto, but then moved as a young child to New York, and then to Los Angeles. She graduated from Occidental College, after a freshman year at U.C.L.A., and has since become a U.S. citizen. In 1988 Joanna won the Tony as Best Actress (plus a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award) for her role as the Baker’s Wife in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Joanna also holds three Drama Desks and Two Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as the Theatre World Award, and The Clarence Derwent Award. Theatre-goers have adored her Tony-nominated work in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, as well as the shows, I Love My Wife, Nick and Nora, Social Security, The Normal Heart and Sons of The Prophet, among others. This is to say nothing of her film and TV work, which includes Boogie Nights, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes & Misdemeanors, The Wedding Planner, The Affair, The West Wing, The Newsroom, Friends, and Love and War. Together since 1991, Joanna is married to actor Chris Sarandon (Dog Day Afternoon, Princess Bride, etc.). In 2007, Joanna was honored by the New England Theatre Conference with a Special Award for Achievement in Theatre. Joanna has taught in colleges, high schools and acting conservatories for 30 years. This fall, at The Quick Center, Joanna makes the CT debut of her new show, Out of the Eclipse (straight from her sold-out run at Feinstein’s/54 Below), an 
hilarious and poignant memoir that reunites her with her arranger and music director, Jeffrey Klitz, backed by the Moontones. She and her husband live happily in Fairfield. She can tango. See Joanna on Masterworks Broadway, her Facebook and Instagram pages.

Dan Makara is an artist who lives and works in Redding. As a child in the 1960s, he was drawn to the energy and vivid colors of comic books, and as he became more aware of the skill involved in producing comics, he began designing custom matting and frames for each piece. Among his favorite pieces were a number of giant faux-comic books for Marvel Comics lobby, then on Park Ave. S. He has worked as a painter since 1980 He learning the ropes of billboard painting from a painter about to retire and then painted all the billboards along I-95 from New Haven to Bridgeport. He also painted murals for the Barnum Museum and historic murals for a private estate in Greenfield Hill, Fairfield. Self-taught in the art of silk-screen printing, he also became a Master Screen Printer for Old Lyme Artworks in the 1980s. He says that at heart he is an abstract painter,  but rather than starting by creating art he likes to create situations that at times become art: "The best art I find is an accident that happens with purpose. My approach is the freedom to be spontaneous through the process of investigation....I turn my back on what I did yesterday and resume today. My goal is to bridge creation and destruction." For a while, his experiments with abstract painting involved cutting and re-composing abstract works, or photographing and collaging them. More recently "dabbling in photo-montage & animation," he discovered he could merge both using lenticular printing. As he explains: "lenticular are like the old flicker rings that came in bubblegum machines and the process was also used in making things like campaign buttons or the old "girlie" flicker postcards. Two or more images are intermeshed into one jumbled looking image. A lenticular plastic lens is then overlaid to divide the images so that when a viewer moves by, the image changes." He's been enjoying encapsulating not just two, but as many as four images in one of his frames, working with themes of climate change, race relations, sexual relations and politics. He currently has a show of these in Ridgefield's Summerfest (July 20, 2019). Dan is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and has shown in New York (for many years with the Bruce R. Lewin Gallery in SoHo) and locally including at Artspace and the John Slade Ely House in New Haven.

Having possessed an artistic ingenuity since childhood, Lisa Small has spent her life juggling her creative self, captivated by color, patterns and all-things visual, with her vast intellectual curiosities and exploration. While Lisa went on to become a successful corporate attorney in New York City, her artistic inclination and pursuits were ever-present, serving as her conduit for true expression. Lisa made her public debut as artist at the landmark Dec. 2018 Greenwich Historical Society Holiday House Tour where two of her limited-edition works, “Pieces of My Heart,” and “Whirling Pinwheels” were showcased in one of the Tour’s stunning Greenwich homes. Most recently, fifteen of Lisa's works were on display during the Greenwich Art Council's month-long Art to the Avenue exhibition. Lisa created "elibea" as an art and design studio that exclusively showcases her hand-drawn, original artwork, designs, products and other creative works. elibea is a dream come true for Lisa. It is a place where she is able to be and express her whole self – creative, intellectual, spiritual, passionate – with no boundaries or rules. If you're curious about the name elibea: “e” is for Edith, Lisa's grandmother, who excelled at cooking, baking, sewing, embroidering, crocheting, knitting, painting, gardening and the like; “li” is for Lisa (herself); and “bea” is for Lisa's Great Aunt Bernice or Aunt Bea - a passionate red-head, with a big heart and a go-getter personality. She was a business owner at a time when women just didn’t do that. She was an extrovert and always had a lot to say, and never let any obstacle or challenge prevent her from achieving her goals. See Lisa's webpage, FacebookInstagram and Pinterest pages.
Those artists who have posted their profiles onto our new website, that launched Nov. 2, 2018 have their names in green (to see their page, go to and type their name into the search box at the top of any page). Please join them.
Elizabeth AgrestaPainter
Valerie AhnemanMusician 
Peter Alexander, Landscape 
Leslee AschCurator, Writer
Frances AshforthPainter/ 
Judith BacalDesigner
Anna Badini, Painter
Louise Baranger, Musician
Daniel Wade BarrettPainter
Patrice BarrettPainter
Jan Bassin, Writer
Nina BentleyMixed Media/ 
Sue BentonPhotographer
Susanne BentonMixed Media.
Lisa BergerVisual Artist
Paul R. BergerPhotographer
Karla Bernstein, Photographer
Thomas BerntsenPhotographer/ 
Tara BlackwellPainter
Christina BlaisQuilter
Ziggy Bober, Sculptor 
Amy BockPainter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, Photographer
Carolyn Brady, Photographer
Nancy Breakstone, Photographer
Michael BrenneckePainter
Janine BrownMultidisciplinary
Lucienne BucknerSculptor
Bevi BullwinkelPainter
Miggs BurroughsGraphic Artist 
Trace Burroughs, New Media
Louise CadouxPainter/Sculptor
Bob Callahan, Painter
Vincent Calenzo, Painter
Donna Callighan, Photographer
Patricia Campbell, Dance Caller
Lynn CarlsonPainter 
Linn CassettaPrintmaker
Alan Chapell, Musician
Ann ChernowPainter/Printmaker 
Eric ChiangPainter
Frederic ChiuPianist
Yvonne ClavelouxPainter
Lauren Clayton, Painter
Gabi CoatsworthWriter
Alicia Cobb, Painter
Heidi Lewis ColemanMixed 
Linda CollettaPainter
Rosa ColònPainter, Mixed Media
Tom Comerford, Photographer
Penrhyn CookPhotographer
Rod CookPhotographer
Margaret Stapor Costa, Filmmaker
Adger Cowans,  Photographer 
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, Sculptor
Jane Davila, Fiber Artist/
   Mixed Media 
Cortney Davis, Writer
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/ 
   Sculptor/Furniture Maker/Violist
Emily Derr, Illustrator/ 
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf, 
Eugenie Diserio, Painter Media
Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Painter, 
   Fiber Artist
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani, Painter
Erin Dolan, Painter
Ganga Duleep, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed Media 
Katherine Evans, Painter 
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Kathy FitzgeraldPainter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
Sally Frank,Painter
David Laurence Flynn, Lighting 
Heide Follin, Painter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie FoxPainter
Cecilia Moy FradetPainter/ 
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
Rebecca Fretty (Pink 
   Imperfection) Fiber Artist
Liz Gabriel, Musician
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed Media and Upcycled Jewelry
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott GlaserPainter
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Joanna Gleason, Actor
Gayle Gleckler, Painter
Danielle Goldstein, Photographer
Ellen GordonPainter; Mixed 
Ellen GouldPhotographer
Michele Gramesty, Jeweler
Joyce Grasso, Painter/Photographer
Kristen Graves, Musician 
Jen Greely, Painter/ Printmaker
Carolina Guimarey, Multi-Media 
Barry Guthertz, Photographer
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman, Photographer
Mary Harold, Photographer
Mike Harris, Photographer
Kerry Gale Heftman, Painter
Adair W. Heitmann, Printmaker
Kate Henderson, Mixed Media
MaryEllen HendricksPhotographer
Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/Mixed Media
Lenore Eggleston Herbst, Dancer
Tracy HoffmanPhotographer &
Veronica Hofstetter, Painter
Sonya Huber, Writer
Yuko Ike, Painter
Jana IreijoPainter
Sholeh Janati, Painter 
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic Artist 
Amy Kaplan, Painter 
Wayne Keeley, Writer, Producer
Emily KeltingPhotographer
Karen Kent, Painter
Susan Keown, Painter/Mixed Media 
Niki KetchmanSculptor/ 
Jin Hi Kim, Musician
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Dawn Kubie, Photographer
Joanie Landau, Jewelry 
   designer/ Printmaker
Lydia Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux, 
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual Artist/
Julie Leff, Painter
Liz LeggettPainter
Susan Leggitt, Painter
Henry Lepetit, Painter
Rachel Linnett, Painter
Julia-Rose LiptackPainter
Barbara LossPhotographer
Shelley Lowell, Painter/Sculptor/ 
Diane Lowman, Writer
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Laurie MacLean, Choreographer, 
Mark Macrides, Painter, 
Steve Magee, Painter
Dan Makara, Painter
Jessica Makin, Painter/ 
Jim Malloy, Painter
Connie Manna, Painter
Mary Manning, Painter/Printmaker
Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Joel Martin, "Jazzical" Musician
Nadia MartinezMultiMedia
Sooo-z Mastropietro
Fruma Markowitz, Photographer
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool,
Grace S. McEnaney, Painter
Ann McRae, Painter
Nancy McTague-Stock
Peter Mendelson, Photographer
Kristin MerrillJeweler/Sculptor
Toby Michaels, Painter
Annamari Mikkola,
   Photographer, Designer, Curator
Jay MisencikPhotographer
Day MoorePainter
Nancy MoorePainter
Brechin MorganPainter
Lina MorielliMulti-Media
Meighan Morrison, Painter
Carol Mueller, Painter/Printmaker
Cynthia Mullins, Painter
Susan MurrayPainter
Dale Najarian, Painter
Erin Nazzaro, Painter
Karen NeemsPhotographer/
   Mixed Media
Susan NewboldPainter
Mary NewcombPainter
Jill NicholsPainter
Tim NighswanderPhotographer
Julie O'Connor, Photographer
Amy OestreicherPerforming/ 
   Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Eileen PanepintoMixed Media
Harvey Paris, Carver
Steve PartonPainter
Judy PeknikPainter
Justin PerlmanSculptor
Chris PerryBook Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Igor Pikayzen, Violinist
Diane Pollack, Mixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter
Jennifer Prat, Photographer
Penny Putnam, Painter
Elizabeth Quesada, Painter
Ben QuesnelSculptor, 
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Barbara RingerPhotographer
Mariya Rivera, Painter
Dorothy RobertshawMixed 
Lizzy Rockwell, Painter, 
   Illustrator, Author

Alyse Rosner, Painter/Mixed Media
Katherine Ross, Painter
Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, Graphic Artist 
Anthony Santomauro,  Painter
Jill SarverPainter
Ellen SchiffmanFiber Artist
Marianne R. Schmidt, Painter
Guy Sealey, Multimedia
Eric Seplowitz, Photographer
Katie SettelPhotographer
Rick ShaeferVisual Artist
Rosalind Shaffer, Ceramist
Barbara Shea, Writer
Alissa SiegalPainter
Norm Siegel, Painter
Lisa P. Silberman, Photographer
Nomi Silverman, Printmaker
Phyllis Sinrich, Photographer
Lisa Small, Painter
Vicki French Smith, Painter
Megan Smith-Harris, Writer/ 
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter 
Rene Soto, Painter
Carole Southall, Painter
Liz Squillace, Painter/Printmaker
Connie Stancell, Painter
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam Stoddart, Painter
Florence Suerig, Visual Artist
Denise Susalka, Painter
Janice Sweetwater, Painter
Susan TabachnickSculptor
Julliette TehraniPainter
Alicia ThompsonActress/ 
Dara Tomeo, Painter
Kris D. TooheyPainter
Andrea Towey, Musician
Ruth Kalla Ungerer,  Printmaker
Vincent Verrillo, Painter
Karen Vogel, Painter
Lee Walther, Mixed Media 
Liz Ward, Multi-Media
Ann WeinerMulti-Media, Painter
Peggy Weis, MultiMedia
Gregg Welz, Paper Artist
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Joan B. WheelerPainter
Elizabeth White, MultiMedia
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Jen Williams, Painter
Jonah WilnerPainter
Tammy Winser, Mixed Media
Sherri WolfgangPainter
Nancy WoodwardPhotographer/ 
   Mixed Media
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual Artist
Gregg ZiebellPainter
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Nina Bentley, Michael Brennecke, Janine Brown, Miggs Burroughs, Vincent Calenzo, Linn Cassetta, Susan Fehlinger, Scott Glaser, Jahmane, Fruma Markowitz, and Jay Petrow, are some of the 20+ artists from the Artists Collective of Westport who are giving demos and teaching lessons in half-day batches on Sat. and Sun. July 20 and 21 at the Westport Fine Arts Festival. Go to the 20x40ft tent on Taylor Place. Now in its 46th year, the Westport Fine Arts Festival remains a highlight on the calendars of art collectors from New England and Manhattan each year.
Newtown fine art photographer Karla Bernstein is participating in a 7 woman photo exhibit entitled Visual Conversations to be held at the Flora T. Little Gallery, Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater, Mass., Aug. 2-Sept. 28, with an opening reception with the artists Tues. Sept. 10, 5:30-7:30pm.  Karla describes how the group’s Visual Conversation project came about:
“We are a group of photo-based artists  living in New England. We gather for retreats several times a year to share work and feedback and to encourage each others’ creative growth.  Looking for a way to continue these meaningful conversations between our gatherings, we decided to initiate an ongoing visual conversation, taking turns receiving and then responding to images from each other.  The outcome of our visual conversation is this collaborative creative exhibit.” Karla’s images, including many of those in this exhibit can be viewed at:
Thomas Berntsen has a solo show at The New Canaan Museum and Historical Society in association with the Silvermine Arts Center:   “between thoughts/something happened.”  The exhibition consists of 19 photographic and sculptural works inspired by the ancient practice of meditation. It opens with a reception Wed. July 24, 5:30-7:30pm. Tom comments: "My work is inspired by meditation and is illustrative of a meditative journey. These artworks are photographic and sculptural studies, ideas plucked from the ether, from the mind’s eye, from a place of curiosity. Symbols are appropriated from the archetype of a labyrinth, an ancient design rich in mysticism and alchemy, powerful in many ways, and capable of transforming the willing participant. Often an idea evolves into another thought, sometimes an elaboration, many times pared down approaching minimalism."
Alicia Cobb is part of a group of women who have been working for some 20 years on various sculpture projects for Stamford Downtown. In response to the fact that women are highly under-served in the art world, they took advantage of a space on 96 Bedford Street, Stamford, to organize a pop-up show. Palette of Sisterhood is an evolving exhibit space that opened July 7, with several events planned. One of those is Transformation – An Intimate Conversation with Alicia C. Cobb on Tues. July 30, 6:30-8:30pm, where Alicia will speak about her creative process, the healing art of body painting and specifically about her piece, My An 38, inspired by her late friend, My An Lam Williams. Reservations requested.
Heidi Lewis Coleman will be exhibiting her Hampshire (2016, acrylic & cut paper on canvas
30x30, at right; click for larger image)
in the Stamford Art Association's upcoming show, Visions of New England. The juror, Robin Zella, is the Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art. Show dates: July 26-Aug. 22, with an opening reception Fri. July 26, 6-8pm. Paintings, drawings, photography and collage will depict artists' views of New England landscapes, buildings, and people. Artists will be at the reception to discuss their work.

Carol Nipomnich Dixon has a solo show, All That Jazz at the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Avenue, Greenwich, opening with a reception Sat. July 27, 3-5 pm. Among her 19 paintings and embroidered collages is the oil on canvas entitled All That Jazz, 36” square, created a few years ago. This work, as all the others, expresses rhythm, movement, and vibrant color. Carol also won Second Prize in Stamford Art Association's Visions of New England show, judged by Housatonic Museum's Robin Zella for her “Tamarisk, Greenwich Point.”
Scott Glaser has had his Two Boats, Portland, Maine (ultrafine markers on Arches watercolor paper 31.5x39.5; detail at right; click for complete image) accepted into The Allied Artists of America 106th Annual Exhibition at The Salmagundi Club, New York, Aug 29-Sept. 15, with a closing reception Sun. Sept. 15, 1-5pm. Two Boats was done using the grid system. The surface is gridded in pencil into 1305 1/2” squares. Each multi-colored square contains over 1500 hand_stippled dots. The entire 14.5” x 22.5” drawing is made up of over 2,000,000 hand-drawn dots - one of Scott's "neo-pointillist"™ pieces.
Ellen Gordonand Lina Morielli are having a 2-person show, Crazy Town/Ethereal States at The Seabury Academy of Music and Arts' ARTWorks on the Green, July 21-Aug. 25, opening with a reception, Sun. July 21, 2-4pm. Ellen's work is a new collection of collage and acrylic paintings, relying on past drawings and overlapping shape imagery of prior paintings as the basis for each successive piece created. Lina's Ethereal States is her most recent series of oil paintings that are intended to evoke a sense of otherworldliness. The use of color contrast, positive and negative themes and rendered forms create both a highly structured and ethereal quality.
Jim Malloy's acrylic painting, The Cherry Tree, was awarded Special Merit in the Light Space Time “Primary Colors” contest.  The Cherry Tree is an abstract homage to the song "Black Horse and The Cherry Tree" that put talented Scottish singer/ songwriter K.T. Tunstall on the musical map.  It is one of a series of acrylic on paper paintings inspired by popular music. Other of Jim's works in this series include "Moon Dancers," "California Hotel," "Garden of Eden," "Imagine," and "The Eyes." 
Fruma Markowitz has had her photograph The Muse in the Room (2018, 20x24; detail at right, click for complete image) selected for the Salmagundi Club’s 41st Annual Open Exhibition in Photography, running July 15 - August 2. This is a national open juried show with an opening reception Fri. July 26, 6-9 pm at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue @12th Street, New York, NY.
Dorothy Robertshaw together with her colleague, Lisa Stretton, will be giving an en plein air painting demonstration during the Westport Fine Arts Festival at Westport River Gallery, 1 Riverside Ave., Westport, Sat July 20 and Sun July 21, 1-4:30pm. Join the artists for a free signature drink at the gallery, overlooking the Saugatuck River and enjoy a special lunch menu next door at Arezzo Restaurant (5 Riverside Ave.) There will also be an opportunity to win an original painting by the artists.
Julia Rose had her painting Harbor selected for the Focus Under 40 Exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center, opening with a reception, Sun. July 28, 4-6pm. The juror was Paul DeRuvo. Harbor (2018, acrylic on canvas with palette knife, 20x16; detail at right) was inspired, Julia says, by her first visit to Newport, Rhode Island: "while immersed in the natural and nautical environment, this work draws on the senses of coastal community through color and texture."

Jill Sarver has several pieces in Vision Quest, a group show by the Creative Conscience Arts Collaborative at Artspace Gallery, 555 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. The show will be open Saturdays and Sundays: Aug 10, 11, 17, and 18, 1-4pm, opening with a reception with DJ Cajar, Sun. Aug. 4, 3-8pm. At right Jill's Anonymous XXVII (2019, oil on Gessobord, 7x5, detail at right; click for complete image).
Susan Tabachnick's Three Sisters make an appearance at City Lights Gallery's SameSex exhibition that opened July 18. Susan makes things out of found objects, both sculptural and functional. Her work is about connections and the partnering of disparate objects. Susan comments: "These pieces were created independently. Only after seeing them together did it become apparent that they were related, thus the Three Sisters. They bring to mind women of all ages and generations."
Jarvis Wilcox has works in a two-person show, Reflections at the The Art Gallery of New York's Rockefeller State Park Preserve (125 Phelps Way, 
Pleasantville): "an alluring odyssey in landscape, still life and seascape images," in which Jarvis, and sculptor Edward Walsh, "realize the poetry of our present world, creating impressionistic images that animate our transient quests." At right, Jarvis' Sunset, Cape Santa Maria (oil on linen, 24x30; click for larger image). The exhibit runs July 20 through Sept. 20, with an opening reception Sat. July 20, 1-3pm.

July 20-21: Westport Fine Arts Festival, Main Street, Westport, 10am-5pm (Nancy Breakstone, Christa Forrest, and Amy Kaplan + Artists Collective tent)
Wed. July 24: Thomas Berntsen, "between thoughts/something happened,”  New Canaan Museum and Historical Society.  Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30pm.
Fri. July 26: Visions of New England, Stamford Art Association. Opening Reception, 6-8pm (Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carol Nipomnich Dixon), 
Fri. July 26:  Salmagundi Club’s 41st Annual Open Exhibition in Photography, Opening reception 6-9pm (Fruma Markowitz)
Sat. July 27:  Carol Nipomnich Dixon, All that Jazz, Byram Shubert Library, GreenwichOpening reception 3-5pm
Sun. July 28: Forty Under Forty, Rowayton Arts Center. Opening Reception 4-6pm. (
Joseph Dermody, Julia Rose)

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Stamford's Loft Artists Association is extending the deadline for entries to its 6th Annual Tri-State Juried Exhibition, The Shape of Memories until Mon. July 22. The dates of the exhibition are Aug. 24-Sept. 22, 2019. The juror for the show is art historian and independent curator Arianne Faber Kolb. Memories are often said to be our link to the past, while at the same time helping to shape our future. Memory is defined, in part, as being vital to experiences and important for the retention of information over time, which influences future action. This exhibition explores the theme of memory and the key role it plays in art. Most artists’ works, whether on a conscious or subconscious level, reflect certain personal experiences and histories.  The show will explore the various mnemonic devices artists use to create thought provoking connections and commentaries on the passage of time. Work in all media will be considered, including collages or sculptures incorporating everyday found objects. Entry fee: $35 for first entry and $5 for each additional entry up to five. Awards: Cash awards totaling $1,000 will be presented at the opening reception (awards based on actual work, not jpegs). Click here for full prospectus.

Silvermine Arts Center has extended the deadline for submissions to its 69th AONE (formerly known as Art of the NorthEast). This exhibition is now a national one. The juror is Bill Carroll, Director of the Studio Program, The Elizabeth Foundation for the ArtsThe show is open to all artists, 18 years of age and older, residing in the United States. Original artwork in any media will be considered. Eligible artwork must have been completed after January 1, 2017. Entry Fee – $45 for up to 5 entries. To be considered for the Best in Show Award, artists are required to enter a minimum of three works. Awards: Best in Show awards an artist a solo exhibition at Silvermine Arts Center, with a $1,000 stipend for show related expenses. The Juror has additional awards to give at his discretion. Apply online at All artwork must be for sale. A standard commission of 50% will be retained on all sales. The gallery reserves the right to negotiate up to 10% discount to secure sale of a piece. Price of work may not be changed after it is submitted. Silvermine Art Center will insure all accepted work to 50% of artist’s stated retail price.
6X6 4 PEACE 

The Coastal Arts Guild of CT (CAG) has announced a Call for Artists for a pop-up art show in August. CAG is partnering with the Milford Arts Council and Middletown-based Artists For World Peace (AWP) for their 6×6 4 Peace wall of art. AWP organizes pop-up shows featuring walls of 6″ x 6″ canvases. The canvases are donated by artists from all over the country (and sometimes beyond). They sell the canvases to raise money for humanitarian causes. The most recent initiative was Native Eyes, which raised money for free glasses and eye care for residents of Native American communities. To get your 6″ x 6″ canvas, pick them up at Michael’s or Jerry’s (they often run sales). We would love to have members and guests submit lots of artwork for this show. First, please complete the registration and release form giving Artists for World Peace permission to sell your 6x6 canvases to raise money for their fundraising. Deadline for completed canvases is Thurs. Aug. 1. To submit your completed canvas(es), email Debbie at, or call Mark at 203-685-5348 to arrange receipt of your completed 6×6 canvas.

Stamford Innovation Week in conjunction with Chilton & Chadwick Global Art Advisory is hosting an open call for local artists to showcase innovation through art at OpenPOP2019. The organizers invites the community to weigh in on their favorite pieces from Aug. 18 on to curate an exclusive exhibit.  Artists will not only have an incredible opportunity for exposure, but their work will also be offered for sale at the event. 25-35 pieces will be included in the final exhibit. Artists can submit upto 3 works, each no larger than 36” x 48”. Pieces for sale should not exceed $5,000. Register your pieces here and be prepared to explain how you pieces submitted are innovative (materials, subject matter, style and imagery, or process). The PopUp exhibit venue will be announced approximately 2-4 weeks before the show opens September 21st-24th,  and will be located in Stamford, CT. Register and submit your innovative work here.

Pequot Library invites submissions for its 22nd Annual Art Show, Art Libris: Celebrating Art + Text (October 19-27, 2019). Art + Text is a collaborative project, launching this autumn, with thirteen  participating Fairfield County libraries that are asking local artists to be inspired by the intersection of visual arts and the written word. With a mission to foster awareness of the culturally rich visual arts experiences available in our local libraries, prospective artists should reflect upon this theme and what it means to them in their art medium of choice. Encouraged by the success of 2018’s 21 under 21 segment of the Art Show, we will have a special category for artists 22 years and younger, called 22 under 22. All artists are asked to submit works that embody the Art + Text theme by the deadline of September 15, 2019. All works will be judged by gallerist, art consultant, and curator, Lisa Cooper of Elisa Contemporary Art. Entry Fee: The first entry is $35, with $21 each additional entry to a maximum of 5 entries per artist. Entries into the 22 under 22 category are $10 per piece, with a maximum of 5 entries per artist. Awards: There will be cash prizes for the top three artists, and the winner’s work will appear at the Affordable Art Fair NYC (September 2020) with Elisa Contemporary Art. Photographer, designer, and teacher, Michele Hermsen will judge the 22 under 22 category, the winner of which will be featured in Pequot Library’s historic Auditorium in July 2020. To submit to the general show, artists should register on Pequot Library's ArtCall page. All entry fees are non-refundable and are considered a donation to the Library. All works must have been created in the last two years and should not have been exhibited at previous Pequot Library art shows. All mediums are welcome.

Entries are currently being accepted for the 2020 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award. Open to U.S. artists, aged 25-35; Year 2020 is for Non-Representational paintings. Awards: $10,000 Yeck Purchase Award; 2nd Place, $2,500; 3rd Place, $2,000. The juror is Ebony PattersonUp to 5 entries; artwork completed within the past three years demonstrating the scope and depth of your work. Print and submit a hard copy of the entry form via email. Images submitted should be on a thumb-drive, JPG, 5” x 7”, 355 dpi, RGB color mode. A Word document, titled Image List, should be included on the drive with the following information per entry: Artist name, Title of work, Year of work, Media, Dimensions. Also Include:
A two-page CV; check made payable to Miami University for $25. Self-addressed padded envelope with correct postage for return of thumb-drive, if needed. Place all materials in a padded mailing envelope and address to:Young Painters 2020, Department of Art, 400 S. Patterson Avenue, Room 124, Art Building, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056-2486. Prospectus here.

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center invites you to apply to be a part of our Holiday Market on November 14, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This market will run during the Opening Reception of our winter exhibition, Chagall for Children. Deadline to submit your application: Monday, October 28, 2019. Guidelines and informationAll entries must be original hand-crafted work, designed and executed by the accepted artist. Accepted artists will be notified of their participation in the 2019 Holiday Art Market via email. If your work is accepted, you will receive payment and sign up guidelines by email. 
For more information please contact Jen Parry at or call (203) 977-6536.

Each year, NXTHVN selects six early-career artists from a competitive pool of applicants to receive a professional studio space and a generous stipend to cover material expenses throughout the Fellowship year. In addition to participation in a culminating group exhibit, Studio Fellows have the unique opportunity to form new creative partnerships within the art communities at Yale University, as well as in Greater New Haven and New York City. Studio Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 20 hours of studio time per week and 5 hours of mentorship time with their high school Apprentice. Additionally, Studio Fellows are required to engage in a series of group critiques, studio visits, and workshops with art world professionals.
NXTHVN Studio Fellows must reside in or relocate to New Haven for the duration of the Fellowship year
The Studio Fellowship includes:
generous stipend of $25,000 and housing for eligible candidates; dedicated studio space within a state-of-the-art facility for the duration of the Fellowship year; a dedicated studio assistant through the NXTHVN Apprenticeship Program; Professional Development Workshops twice per month; scheduled critique sessions with NXTHVN Professional Artists; a group exhibition in the NXTHVN Gallery; support from the NXTHVN Program Advisor; access to the Yale University Library and Art Gallery; free membership to the NXTHVN co-working space. Applicants to the Studio Fellowship Program are required to submit: a clear indication of which program (Studio or Curatorial) you are applying for: a one-page Letter of Intent; an updated resume or CV; a 300-word artist statemen; 8-10 jpegs of recent work. Artists working with film/video/sound may submit up to 3, 4 minute clips of recent work, or a combination of 6 jpegs and one, 2 minute a/v clip. A $35 non-refundable application fee. A 1- 2-minute maximum video of the artist’s statement is acceptable, in lieu of a written statement. Apply here.

Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following disciplines: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and a studioEligibility:
Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principle at Yaddo is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist’s work and professional promise. There are no publication, exhibition, or performance requirements for application. Yaddo encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply for admission. Yaddo does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status. There is no fee for residency. Yaddo’s nonrefundable application fee is $30, to which is added a fee for media uploads ranging from $5 to $10, depending on the discipline. Application fees must be paid by credit card. Residencies vary in length – the average stay is five weeks. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum is eight weeks. Funds exist to provide limited financial aid to artists, based on need. Only individuals who have already been invited for visits may apply for financial assistance. Specific instructions and an application form are included with each letter of invitation. Application Guidelines here. Apply here.

CREATIVE CAPITAL has a two-part guide to writing grant proposals based on Tracie Holder's workshops. Here is part of Part One of: How to Write A Grant Proposal with Confidence: First Steps. There are so many great artists out there and not enough arts organizations to fund their work, Tracie Holder points out when she begins her workshop on grant writing. Applying for a grant is an extremely competitive process. So it’s important to take the process as seriously as your creative practice. Holder suggests incorporating grant writing as an integral part of your artistic practice—make it the first step when you begin your process, rather than the last thing you do. Here are some helpful tips from Holder’s workshop to help make fundraising easier.
Don’t Wait—Start Now!
“It’s never too early to start applying for grants,” says Holder. Many organizations take six to eight months to respond to proposals or applications. In that time, the course of your project could have changed several times. It’s important not to let the issues you haven’t figured out about your work hold you back from fundraising for the project. Holder recommends making this a first step in your creative process. She, for example, submitted a proposal in February for a new film she hasn’t begun shooting. She won’t hear back from the organization until July. The process of writing the grant helped her jumpstart conceptualizing the scope of the project, forcing her to think through not only the timeline, budget, and funding strategy that the funders will want to know, but also the film’s narrative, basic structure, visual style, and intended audience for the finished work. While the organization takes their time deciding whether or not to give her a grant, she can continue working to further develop the project. Writing the grant proposal can help you prepare to make the work real. It forces you to do the initial research, and consider the project from a macro sense—from the impact you hope to make on the audience, to whom you hope to reach. Rather than feeling intimidated by the grant writing process, try to envision it as just one step helping propel you through your creative practice. Read More...


Through the support of The Vilcek FoundationNew York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced its Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Performing & Literary Arts. The program runs from August to December 2019, and is open to performing artists working in music and composition, dance and choreography, performance art, and theater arts (acting, producing, directing), and writers including playwrights, storytellers, and poets, as well as those working in fiction and nonfiction. In bringing these two disciplines together, the program aims to nurture a productive environment for collaboration. The program pairs immigrant artists working in all disciplines with artist mentors who provide one-on-one peer support, guiding them to achieve specific goals for their artistic practice and providing them with broader access to the New York cultural world and beyond through an exchange of ideas, resources, and experiences. Most importantly, the mentoring program fosters a community, providing opportunities to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings, peer learning, and informal gatherings that include alumni from 2007 to the present. Through access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations, the program offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their career goals while navigating the shared experience and challenges of being an immigrant artist. Applicants must live within commuting distance from NYC. Click here for more information. Apply here.

Connecticut Ballet Center, official school of Connecticut Ballet, has an immediate opening for a capable and experienced administrator. Founded in 1996 and located in Stamford, the school operates community and pre-professional dance classes year-round and shares space with the non-profit ballet company. The School Manager serves as a vital liaison in the larger Connecticut Ballet family. We seek a person who is both a strong communicator and a people-person, but who is also meticulous with details of class management, billing, database & record-keeping, comfortable with routine website updates, and school-wide correspondence. Forty-hour week. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to Brett Raphael, Connecticut Ballet Center Director,

 INTEMPO is a Stamford-based non-profit arts education and youth-development organization whose mission is to make music education relevant, accessible, and inclusive through the use of classical and cross-cultural instruments and repertoire. The creation of a music and technology pilot during summer camp will lead to curriculum implementation in 2019-2020. Respons-ibilities: Teach elements of Audio Production and Technology in a small group setting during Summer Camp, Aug. 5-9, 2019. 8:30am-4:30pm. Valuable professional development is offered through a partnership with Carnegie Hall PlayUSA program. This is a contractual position with a $1,250 stipend Bachelor's Degree Required; Bachelor of Music in Technology and Audio Production (Music Education preferred). Two years of teaching and recording experience preferred. Basic knowledge of ProTools/GarageBand and other recording software. Send cover letter and resume to, with "Audio Production & Technology Candidate" in subject line.

Arts for Learning: Executive Director
Artspace New Haven: Executive Director
Wilton Historical Society: Museum Educator
July 20/21: Greenwich Art Society: Unity in Diversity Members Show Submission Deadline
July 21: Stamford Art Association: The Faber Birren Color Award Submission Deadline
July 22: Loft Artists Association: The Shape of Memories Submission Deadline EXTENDED
July 24: NYFA: The Creative Entrepreneur Full Day Workshop. $125. Register here.
July 25: Silvermine: AONE Submission Deadline EXTENDED
July 29: NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Application Deadline
July 31: NXTHVN: Studio Fellowship Application Deadline

Aug. c1: Yaddo Residencies Application Deadline
Aug. c1: Coastal Arts Guild/MAC/Artists for World Peace: 6x6 4 Peace Submission Deadline
Aug. c1:  Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Berlin: MiniMaxi Prints Berlin Submission Deadline
Aug. c1:  Artists Resource Trust: Fellowships for Individual Artists Application Deadline
Aug. 10: Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA: Crossing the Line: Refugees in Search of Sanctuary 
   Submission Deadline
Aug. 15: Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum: The Trained Eye: Art of Railways Deadline
Aug. 16-17: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Bedlam Receiving
Aug. 17: Stamford Innovation Week: OpenPOP 2019 Submission Deadline
Aug. 20: CT Office of the Artists Artists Fellowship Program: Application Deadline
Aug. 30: New Canaan Library: Open Call for Shows in the Curtis Gallery   

Sept. 15: Pequot Library: Art Libris: Celebrating Art + Text Submission Deadline
Sept. 19: Miami University, Ohio: Young Painters/Nonrepresentational Competition: Application Deadline 

Oct. 28: Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Holiday Market Submission Deadline

Dec. 31:  Iconic Norwalk: Submission Deadline   

Savor City: Bridgeport Artists and Musicians Needed.
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