Subject: Artists Newsletter, June 29, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
June 29, 2019
next issue: July 19, 2019
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Save the Date for our next Spotlight on Arts & Culture. On Monday July 8 at noon on WPKN 89.5, hear Kristin Huffman, Claire Kelly and Marie Reynolds, three women leaders in Connecticut Theatre, talk about their own careers and the issues they have had to face. In light of the "Me Too" movement what's changing 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?

Daniel Wade Barrett earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University and his BA from Wesleyan University, and is currently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), Danbury. Prior to joining WCSU, Dr. Barrett served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016 his textbook, Social Psychology: Core Concepts and Emerging Trends, was published by Sage Publications. His research interests include suspicion, persuasion, social influence, and cross-cultural psychology. When not teaching and writing about psychology, he thinks, paints, and works with wood at his home in Redding, CT. Daniel writes that he paints and sculpts neither to express his feelings nor to share his perceptions of the world with others. Rather, he engages in artistic activities in order to revise his own comprehension of his objects: "I paint, not to record what I see but to change it; to understand differently my prior conceptions of the true, the real, and the imaginary. I seek to generate new visions and thoughts by replacing and/or updating my previous ones—whether internal or external (which can be indistinguishable). I work in order to comprehend the life world, not because I already do."  Daniel is a member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the Carriage Barn Arts Center, an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Arts Center, and a resident artist at the new Ridgefield Pride Art Center. His work has been shown at many juried shows over the past few years, including in Kent, Rowayton, Ridgefield, New Canaan, and SCAN (Newtown). See Daniel's website; and Instagram page.
Those artists who have posted their profiles onto our new website, that launched Nov. 2, 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     Architect
Kristen AmbrosiPainter
Leslee AschCurator, Writer
Frances AshforthPainter/ 
Judith BacalDesigner
Anna Badini, Painter
Louise Baranger, Musician
Daniel Wade Barrett, 
Patrice BarrettPainter
Jan Bassin, Writer
Nina BentleyMixed
Sue BentonPhotographer
Susanne BentonMixed
Lisa BergerVisual Artist
Paul R. Berger
Karla Bernstein, 
Thomas Berntsen
Elise Black, Painter
Tara BlackwellPainter
Christina BlaisQuilter
Ziggy BoberSculptor 
Amy BockPainter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed
   Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, 
Carolyn Brady, 
Nancy Breakstone, 
Michael Brennecke, 
Janine Brown,
Lucienne Buckner,
Bevi BullwinkelPainter
Miggs BurroughsGraphic
Trace BurroughsNew
Louise CadouxPainter/
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan, 
Patricia CampbellDance
Lynn CarlsonPainter 
Linn CassettaPrintmaker
Alan Chapell, Musician
Ann ChernowPainter/
Eric ChiangPainter
Frederic ChiuPianist
Yvonne ClavelouxPainter
Lauren Clayton, Painter
Gabi CoatsworthWriter
Alicia CobbPainter
Heidi Lewis Coleman
   Mixed Media
Linda CollettaPainter
Rosa ColònPainter, Mixed
Tom Comerford, 
Penrhyn Cook,  
Rod CookPhotographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans
   Photographer & Painter
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn DahlPainter
Cris DamPainter/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
Kathy Fitzgerald, Painter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
Sally Frank, Painter
David Laurence Flynn, 
   Lighting Designer
Heide FollinPainter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet,    
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
Rebecca Fretty (Pink 
   Imperfection) Fiber 
Liz Gabriel, Musician
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed 
   Media and Upcycled 
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott GlaserPainter
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Gayle Gleckler, Painter
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen GordonPainter; 
Sue Brown Gordon
Ellen GouldPhotographer
Michele Gramesty, Jeweler
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician 
Jen Greely, Painter/ 
Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist
Barry Guthertz, 
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman,      
Mary Harold, Photographer
Mike Harris, Photographer
Kerry Gale Heftman, Painter
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 IreijoPainter
Jahmane, MultiMedia
Sholeh Janati,
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic 
Amy Kaplan, Painter 
Wayne Keeley, Writer, 
Emily Kelting
Karen Kent, Painter
Susan Keown, Painter/  
   Mixed Media/Ceramicist
Niki KetchmanSculptor/
Jin Hi Kim, Musician
Lesley KoenigPainter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Dawn KubiePhotographer
Joanie Landau, Jewelry 

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

Julie Leff, Painter
Liz LeggettPainter
Susan LeggittPainter
Henry Lepetit, Painter
Rachel Linnett, Painter
Julia-Rose LiptackPainter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shelley LowellPainter/ 

Diane Lowman, Writer
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Laurie MacLean, 
   Choreographer, Dancer

Mark Macrides, Painter, 
Steve Magee, Painter
Jessica MakinPainter/ 

Jim Malloy, Painter
Connie Manna, Painter
Mary Manning, Painter/

Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Joel Martin, "Jazzical" 
Nadia MartinezMultiMedia
Sooo-z Mastropietro,
Fruma Markowitz,    
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool,
Grace S. McEnaney,    
Ann McRae, Painter
Nancy McTague-Stock
Peter Mendelson,    
Kristin MerrillJeweler/    
Toby Michaels, Painter
Annamari Mikkola,
   Photographer, Designer, 

Jay MisencikPhotographer
Day MoorePainter
Nancy MoorePainter
Brechin MorganPainter
Lina MorielliMulti-Media
Meighan MorrisonPainter
Carol Mueller, 

Cynthia MullinsPainter
Susan MurrayPainter
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Erin Nazzaro, Painter
Karen Neems,
Susan NewboldPainter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill NicholsPainter
Tim Nighswander
Julie O'Connor,    
Amy Oestreicher,
   Performing/Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Eileen PanepintoMixed 

Harvey Paris, Carver
Steve PartonPainter
Judy PeknikPainter
Justin PerlmanSculptor
Chris PerryBook Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Igor Pikayzen, Violinist
Diane PollackMixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter
Jennifer Prat,    
Penny Putnam, Painter
Elizabeth Quesada, 
Ben QuesnelSculptor, 
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Barbara Ringer
Mariya RiveraPainter
Dorothy Robertshaw
   Mixed Media
Lizzy Rockwell, Painter, 
   Illustrator, Author

Alyse Rosner, Painter/ 
   Mixed Media

Katherine Ross, Painter
Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, Graphic 
Anthony Santomauro,  
Jill SarverPainter
Ellen SchiffmanFiber 

Norma Schlager, Fiber 

Marianne R. Schmidt, 
Guy Sealey, Multimedia
Eric Seplowitz, 
Katie SettelPhotographer
Rick ShaeferVisual Artist
Rosalind Shaffer, Ceramist
Barbara Shea, Writer
Alissa SiegalPainter
Norm SiegelPainter
Lisa P. Silberman,   
Nomi Silverman
Phyllis Sinrich,
Vicki French Smith, Painter
Megan Smith-Harris,
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter 
Rene Soto, Painter
Carole SouthallPainter
Liz Squillace, Painter/    
Connie Stancell, Painter
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam StoddartPainter
Florence Suerig, Visual 

Denise Susalka, Painter
Janice Sweetwater, Painter
Susan Tabachnick, Sculptor
Julliette TehraniPainter
Alicia ThompsonActress/ 

Dara Tomeo, Painter
Kris D. TooheyPainter
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
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Joan B. WheelerPainter
Elizabeth White, 
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Jen Williams, Painter
Jonah WilnerPainter
Tammy Winser, Mixed 

Sherri Wolfgang, Painter
Nancy Woodward
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual 

Gregg ZiebellPainter
 – Latest List by Town of Organization and Creative Business Members: here
 – Latest List by Town of Artist Members: here
Tom Berntsen, Amy Bock, Louise Cadoux,   
MaryEllen Hendricks, Emily Laux, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Nancy Moore, Cynthia Mullins and Elizabeth White are 9 of the 12 Artists Collective of Westport artists participating in The Forest Floor at Terrain, the garden cafe in Westport, in honor and tribute to the recently departed Dan Long. The show runs July 12-22 and opens with a reception ($25), to partly benefit the Artists Collective, Thurs. July 11, 6-9pm.
Nina Bentley, Lisa Berger, Thomas Berntsen, Nancy Breakstone, Lucienne Buckner, Miggs Burroughs, Louise Cadoux, Ann Chernow, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carol Dixon, Cecilia Moy Fradet, Sally Frank, Vicki French Smith, Liz Leggett, Susan Leggitt, Jane Lubin, Mary Manning, Day Moore, Nancy Moore, Cynthia Mullins, Erin Nazzaro, Karen Neems, Justin Perlman, Chris Perry, Jay Petrow, Laura Pflug, Penny Putnam, Barbara Ringer, Ellen Schiffman, Rosalind Shaffer, Florence Suerig, Karen Vogel, and Joan Wheeler are all included in the Silvermine Guild Summer Salon, juried by Paul Efstathiou. The Summer Salon runs July 6 - Aug 21, with an opening reception on Sat. July 13, 6-8pm.
Nancy Breakstone, Eric Chiang, Eugenie Diserio, Julie O'Connor, Julia Rose, and Gregory Ziebell all had work selected for the Maritime Garage Gallery's Small Treasures Exhibit, July 15-Oct. 5, that opens with a reception on Wed. July 17, 5-7pm
Patrice Barrett, Kate Henderson, Barbara Loss, Nancy Moore, Barbara Ringer, and Susan Tabachnick have work in the Ninth Annual SAMESEX 2019  art exhibit at City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, July 18 through Aug. 30, with an opening reception Thurs. July 18, 5:30 - 8:30pm. 
Nancy Breakstone, Christa Forrest, and Amy Kaplan all have work that was selected for the Westport Fine Arts Festival, July 20-21. 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. Original, juried works in Painting, Watercolor, Photography/Digital Art, Sculpture, Drawing (Pastel, Pencil, Ink), Printmaking, Mixed Media, Glass/ Ceramics, Jewelry, and Wood are displayed along main Street in downtown Westport.
Lisa Berger has three pieces in the Kent Art Association Presidents' Juried Show that runs through Aug. 4: Four Corners (digital photography on archival paper, 34x25, framed; detail at right), an abstract view of an old metal shed; Part of the Equation (mixed media, 23x18, framed), a mixed media collage using acrylics, ink transfer, monotype printing and other mark making tools on archival printmaking paper; and Earned My Stripes  (digital photography on archival paper, 34x25, framed), an old car at Orval's Used Cars in Delta, CO. Lisa Berger has one piece in the Silvermine Guild Summer Salon, July 6-Aug 21, opening with reception Sat. July 13, 6-8pm: Ethereal Narrative (mixed media, 23x18, framed), a mixed media collage using acrylics, ink transfer, mono-type printing and other mark making tools on archival printmaking paper.
Congratulations to Paul Berger who won Best in Show at Rowayton Art Center’s Community Sponsored Awards: “At the Table”  exhibition, which runs through July 21, for his photograph Abandoned Counter (detail at right), shot through a broken window of the abandoned Circle Dot drive-in restaurant in Monroe, CT. Paul also has three photographs in the Kent Art Association Presidents' Juried Show that runs through Aug. 4: Alone at the Top, a dead tree standing alone at the top of a rock outcrop on the Hidden Valley Trail at Joshua Tree National Park, CA; Next Wave, a glimpse of the incredible rocks, and the water that shapes them, on the shore at Little Hunters Beach in Acadia National Park; and Anticipation at Lone Ranch Beach, a dramatic scene at Lone Ranch Beach on the Oregon Coast. Paul also had his photograph, Aftermath, of burnt trees in a stark landscape that is slowly returning from a devastating fire at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, in Portland, Oregon's, Black Box Gallery's exhibition, Field Work: Landscape and Architecture , running through July 20.
Nancy Breakstone will be showing one of her sand pattern photographs at the Silvermine Guild Summer Salon, July 6-Aug. 21, with an opening reception on July 13, 6-8pm.  Her photograph Blues In The Sand (24” x 24”, digital; at right) will be part of a two woman show at the Gallery@Pearl Summer By The Sea, Part 2: Photography exhibit July 15-Sept. 16 with an opening reception on Mon.   July 15, 5-7pm. Nancy also has had two photographs juried into the Maritime Garage Gallery Small Treasures Exhibit, July 15-Oct. 5, with an opening reception on Wed. July 17, 5-7pm.  Nancy will also be showing her photographs at the Westport Fine Arts Festival, July 20-21.
Ann Chernow had her lithograph Trouble (2016, pencil, whiteout, sandpaper on rag paper, 32x38; detail at right) juried into the Silvermine Guild Summer Salon by Paul Efstathiou. The Summer Salon runs July 6 - Aug 21, with an opening reception on Sat. July 13, 6-8pm.
Eugenie Diserio has two paintings in Maritime Garage Gallery's Small Treasures  July 15 to Oct. 5, with an opening reception July 17, 5-7pm. The two works are Libra (at right) and Virgo, (acrylic, glitter on canvas, 12x12) from her Zodiac Series, follow the show's theme of "works of art that are small in size but large on creativity."

Carol Nipomnich Dixon had her oil painting Katonah Meadow (40” square)  juried into the Silvermine Guild Summer Salon by Paul Efstathiou. The Summer Salon runs July 6 - Aug 21, with an opening reception on Sat. July 13, 6-8pm.
Carol says this work captures the varied grasses of the site in Katonah.
Liz Leggett is showing her Seasonal Blitz
(oil on canvas, 60x46, detail at right)  in the Silvermine Guild Summer Salon, curated by Paul Efstathiou. The Summer Salon runs July 6 - Aug 21, with an opening reception on Sat. July 13, 6-8pm

Congratulations to our new member (as of June 15) Diane Lowman, who was just announced as the first Poet Laureate of the Town of Westport. Diane's memoir, Nothing But Blue, was published in November 2018, and her My Life on the Post Road column appears in Hamlet Hub (Books, Inc.) and has received awards from the CT Press Club. "Having a Poet Laureate is a long overdue acknowledgement of the importance of the written word to Westport’s artistic and cultural heritage," said First Selectman Jim Marpe. Hearing the news June 20, Diane participated in the Westport Library’s grand re-opening celebration on June 23, sharing a haiku of her own and a favorite poem by Charles Simic reflecting on the importance of libraries. "I feel so enthusiastic about the potential to create connections and community through this program. It is my delight and honor to serve as the town poet," she said.
Jim Malloy has two paintings that were selected for the Kent Art Association Presidents' Juried Show that runs through Aug. 4: Pinot Noir and Country (Still) Life. Joseph’s Coat (at right), Deconstructed Fret Board and Wooden Ships #1  are represented at Geary Gallery in Darien,  and The Barn Gallery & Frame Shop in New Fairfield are showing three popular limited edition Giclee prints signed and numbered by the artist:  Torn, Imagine and Torch Song.
Sooo-z Mastropietro has several pieces, including Purlieu (fabric tubes on painted board, 48x29) at Forest Floor, an exhibit of work at Terrain by 12 members of The Artists Collective of Westport, in honor and tribute to the recently departed Dan Long. Opening with a reception ($25) to benefit the Artists Collective Thurs. July 11, 6-9pm.

Cynthia Mullins is showing one of her millefleurs pieces (many different small flowers and plants on a background of green), a new 18x18 oil on wooden panel, at Terrain's Forest Floor exhibition, opening with a fundraising reception Thurs. July 11, 6-8pm. She also has Floating (oil on aluminum board, 24x24; at right) in the Silvermine Guild Summer Salonjuried by Paul Efstathiou. The Summer Salon runs July 6 - Aug 21, with an opening reception on Sat. July 13, 6-8pm.
Amy Oestreicher is having a launch for her memoir and true-to-life adventure, My Beautiful Detour, at the Westport Barnes & Noble, Thurs. July 11, 6:30pm. Amy will be interviewed by fellow CAFC member and author Gabi Coatsworth and then will read from her book and give a brief performance, before signing books. There will also be refreshments and a literary door prize gift basket. All are welcome. See article in Hamlet Hub 
Barbara Ringer has a piece in the Silvermine Guild Summer Salon, opening with a reception Sat. July 13, 6-8pm.  She also has work in the SAMESEX 2019 art exhibit at City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, July 18 through Aug. 30, with an opening reception Thurs. July 19, 5:30 - 8:30pm.  Barbara will be exhibiting work from her ongoing Anxiety Project, a series dealing with various states of panic, self-doubt, and rumination. At right, You're Not Alone (2019, canvas prints in wood frame, 12x12; click for larger image).
Julia Rose has two oil pastels in the Maritime Garage Gallery's Small Treasures  exhibit, July 15-Oct. 5, that opens with a reception on Wed. July 17, 5-7pm. Julia comments that these abstract oil pastels Beach (2019, oil pastel on cold press finish paper, 10x8 framed) and Summer in the Air (2019, oil pastel on cold press finish paper, 10x8 framed) were inspired by the vibrant colors, energy, and sensations of this playful season. 
Congratulations to Ellen Schiffman who has won the top Award for Sculpture at the National Juried Exhibit at the Providence Art Club. Her piece Yet Still a Proud Voice (at right) is a textile sculpture made from cotton twill tape. It is the third piece in her Fragment Seriesinspired by lacework from around the world, Mogul imagery, fragmented antiquities, the ethereal white of the Taj Mahal, temple embellishments, the meditative and healing power of the mandala and the magic of handwork. While they speak of vulnerability and frailty they also speak of resilience and hope. They are big - over 40” tall each!It will be on exhibit through July 17. Ellen is also currently showing her 20-part series Singular Stories from a Sizable Spool at the New England Thread show at the Brookline Art Center, Brookline, MA (through July 19). In addition Ellen had two pieces, Scrumble and Fading Memories juried into the Connecticut Women Artists' 90th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition at the Slater Memorial Museum, in Norwich, CT,  through Sept 13.
Eric Seplowitz has an exhibition of his latest series of macro-photographs, Micro Landscapes – Small on a Large Scale, at the Stamford JCC: July 1 - Aug. 30, with an opening reception Thurs. July 11, 6:30-8pm. Eric examines the direct connection between what is happening in the larger macro environment, to what is happening on the micro level. He uses macro (close-up) photography to get close to the rock and minerals he photographs in order to present these tiny landscapes as grand. He comments: "These mineral and rock structures are literally the building blocks for everything around us– they play a major part in how relate with the world we live in."
Joan Wheeler will be exhibiting at the Silvermine Guild Summer Salonjuried by Paul Efstathiou. The Summer Salon runs July 6 - Aug 21, with an opening reception on Sat. July 13, 6-8pm.  Her work, The Messenger (Roseate Spoonbill) (oil on birch, 11x14) is part of a series of paintings about endangered birds of the Florida's Panhandle.  Joan was the recipient of a grant that enabled her to travel to the Panhandle last summer, where she photographed the landscapes of this beautiful area.  These photographs served as a reference point for her continued exploration of the changing natural world.  The woman in the painting, dressed in in the style of the 1800's, serves as a reminder of how much our planet has changed in the last 100-150 years. Our ever-increasing world population and our efforts to increase food production and add more housing have contributed to a crisis situation for many species of birds, mammals, fish and insects. Scientists estimate that between 200-2000 species are becoming extinct every year.

Thurs. July 11: Eric SeplowitzMicro Landscapes – Small on a Large Scale, Stamford JCC Opening Reception, 6:30-8pm
Thurs. July 11: The Forest Floor, Terrain, Westport. Opening Reception, 6-9pm.
Sat. July 13: Silvermine Guild Summer Salon. Opening Reception, 6-8pm (Nina Bentley, Lisa Berger, Thomas Berntsen, Nancy Breakstone, Lucienne Buckner, Miggs Burroughs, Louise Cadoux, Ann Chernow, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carol Dixon, Cecilia Moy Fradet, Sally Frank, Vicki French Smith, Liz Leggett, Susan Leggitt, Jane Lubin, Mary Manning, Day Moore, Nancy Moore, Cynthia Mullins, Erin Nazzaro, Karen Neems, Justin Perlman, Chris Perry, Jay Petrow, Laura Pflug, Penny Putnam, Barbara Ringer, Ellen Schiffman, Rosalind Shaffer, Florence Suerig, Karen Vogel, and Joan Wheeler)
Wed. July 17:  
Maritime Garage Gallery, Small Treasures . Opening reception 5-7pm (Nancy Breakstone, Eric Chiang, Eugenie Diserio, Julie OConnor, Julia Rose, and Gregory Ziebell) 
Thurs. July 18: SAMESEX 2019, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport. Opening Reception 5:30 - 8:30pm. (Patrice Barrett, Kate Henderson, Barbara Loss, Nancy Moore, Barbara Ringer,
and Susan Tabachnick)
July 20-21: Westport Fine Arts Festival, Main Street, Westport, 10am-5pm (Nancy Breakstone, Christa Forrest, and Amy Kaplan)
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Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait, a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts brings together new research together with usually separate data on 11 distinct artist occupa-tions (based on U.S. Census data). Some ky findings:
1. 5 million wage-earning workers are employed in arts and cultural industries
• 2.5 million artists are in the US labor force 
• Some 333,000 (self-employed or wage-earners) hold secondary jobs as artists.
• Another 1.2 million hold a primary job in a cultural occupation other than artist.
2. Artists are 3.6 times as likely as other workers to be self-employed.
• 34% (2012-16) of artists were self-employed, compared with 9% of all workers. 
3. Artists' share of the U.S. labor force is growing: From 1.42% in 2006 to 1.55% in 2017 (a 6.1% increase).
• In 2017, the artist unemployment rate hit an 11-year low.
4. Faster-than-average growth in employment is projected for set and exhibit designers, actors, producers and directors, and film and video editors.
• Between 2016 and 2026, annual job openings will average 7,400 for actors and 14,100 for producers and directors. Employment growth in these occupations stems from strong demand for new movies and television shows.
• Employment of film/video editors is projected to grow at a 17 percent clip. A contributing factor is the number of shows increasingly produced by Internet-only sources and streaming services.

A recent study carried out by the British nonprofit Art Fund found that, among the study’s 2,521 participants, visiting museums and galleries was a common way to “de-stress.” Art Fund’s study, published under the title Calm and Collected — Museums and galleries: the U.K.’s untapped well-being resource? details that 63% of U.K. adults "used a visit to a museum or gallery to 'de-stress,'" while "only 6% of [them] visit a museum or gallery regularly." Those who do visit museums and galleries regularly, the study noted, “report a greater sense of satisfaction with their lives than those who have never visited—as well as a greater sense of their lives and what they do being worthwhile.” Of those who reported visiting galleries and museums regularly, participants under 30 were twice as likely to do so to de-stress. The survey found that 65% of people under 30 had felt some level of anxiety in the previous 24 hours and that they were twice as likely as others to use monthly art visits to calm down. Leading sources of anxiety were worry about debt and finances, at 42%, feeling lonely, and issues around social media, at 32%. Levels of anxiety appear to start to drop as people reach their mid-50s, steadily falling in retirement. The study’s findings led Art Fund to launch its Under-30 National Art Pass, offering discounted admission to 240+ museums, galleries, and historic sites throughout the U.K., as well as 50% discounts on admission to special exhibitions. Visiting museums and galleries has been proven to provide myriad other wellness benefits, including boosting standardized test scores and improving one’s capacity for empathy.
JULY 14; 16-19

Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook, CT, announces a call for artists for its summer exhibit: Birds, Bugs & Their Flowers,   which opens July 26.  Spectrum wants to celebrate the season by featuring the interactions between some of nature’s best gardeners. This show runs through September 15 and is open to artists and fine artisans in all mediums. To submit your work, send one email message containing: 1. 3-4 image attachments (JPGs) of your artwork (300dpi, at least 900 pixels wide or high, no more than 1.5MB in size each) with title, medium(s) used, dimensions, price in the file title; 2. a short text bio in Word (no resumes); and 3. your contact information. Send to: 
with the Subject: "Submission for Birds, Bugs & Their Flowers." Full submission details here. Receiving: July 14; July 16-19, 1-6pm.

bed·lam ˈbedləm/
noun 1. a scene of uproar and confusion.

The Ridgfield Guild of Artists has a call for its 8th annual members' Bedlam show, where you, the artist, hang your own work in any spot in the gallery at any height you desire. This technique of hanging is meant to create BEDLAM…a fun and different way of showing your work, enticing conversation. Entry Fee: $10 per piece for as many as you want to enter. Membership required. Easy Instructions: Come to the RGA receiving with your art on Friday, August 16 or Saturday, August 17, from 12 – 4. Fill out an entry form and a wall tag for each piece, grab a hammer and nail, and hang your art on the wall. That’s where the bedlam begins! No equipment is necessary – the Guild has lots of tools and stepladders.   This year there are no size limitations - if it fits through the door and it fits on a wall it is in! Anything over 60" limits the entry to only one piece per artist; anything smaller and there is no limit for quantity.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is calling for artists for an exhibition entitled, The Trained Eye: The Art of Railways and Stations. An early digital submission and bio is requested by August 15, by 12 pm for marketing purposes. The exhibit will run Oct 5, 2019-Jan. 9, 2020Open to all artists. Size limited to not more than 36" and no less than 12" on any side. Media limited to paintings, drawings and photographs including, oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, mixed media, and photographs. No ink, prints or Giclée’s. Artwork must be framed and wired with D-rings ready for hanging. Labels will be provided by LMMM and attached to the artwork. The exhibit will be hung by LMMM. Artists will receive 70% of proceeds from artwork sold; 30% will support the museum’s educational and cultural programs. Fee: $40 for 1 or 2 entries, $10 each for additional entries. PR digital size must be minimum 5×7” and high resolution, 300dpi, required for marketing purposes.  Artists can submit their work here. For additional information email hereWork to be hand delivered on Monday, September 30, 2019, 10-12noon.

The Art Committee of the Curtis Gallery of the New Canaan Library is looking to showcase wonderful art in their gallery and is calling for submissions. The Curtis Gallery’s auspicious beginnings date to 1955, when a few friends of the New Canaan Library arranged to borrow thirty contemporary pieces by twenty-five American and European Artists, and mounted the Library’s first exhibition. Its walls were filled by the works of Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Joseph Albers, Kenneth Nolan, Ad Reinhardt, Raoul Dufy and George Rouault. The gallery was formally inaugurated in 1980 to commemorate the life of H. Pelham Curtis, a financier and philanthropist with a passion for the arts.  The Library has continually held shows from that time forward. This call for shows is for 8-week shows, beginning January 2020, final dates TBD. Exhibitions can be solo or dual, and that will depend on the discretion of the committee. There is no size limit on works for these shows. All mediums except sculpture may be submitted.  The submission deadline: August 30, 2019. Please enter your submission directly on the New Canaan Library website. Go to: Click on Submit Your Work (towards the bottom of the page)

Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) funds unrestricted fellowships for individual artists (painters, sculptors, printmakers, photo-graphers and artists using mixed media) who have demonstrated financial need. Grants awarded generally range from $1,000 to $10,000 and may be used to support any expense that enhances the artist's ability to create his/her work such as supplies, materials, equipment, rent, travel, residencies, etc. To apply, an artist must: reside in the specified geographic area of New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) and have done so for at least two years prior to making the application; have let eight years elapse from receiving a prior ART fellowship; and have an active art practice. Nonprofit organizations wishing to show, commission or purchase work by mature artists living in New England may also apply separately. Artist’s Resource Trust was established in 1996 to provide support to the creative work of mid-career (aged 35 and older) visual artists who have demonstrated substantial commitment, development and quality in their work. Review criteria are: excellence of work submitted and financial need. Since 1996, annual contributions to A.R.T. have made the grant awards possible. Now the A.R.T. Fund is building an endowment so that its work can continue in perpetuity. Make a tax deductible contribution to the A.R.T. Endowment. To apply log-in or create a new account on SlideRoom, which  allows artists to easily upload samples of their work. Deadline: Aug. 1. For technical questions regarding the portal and how to complete your application, email Brandon Williams or call him at 413.229.0370 x 115. 

Although residency programs offer opportunities for artists to get out of their studios and work in a new environment, often with funding or stipends, they are also often competitive and aren’t always accessible to all artists. In This New Website Helps Artists Swap Studios across the World Artsy’s Lead Editor, Casey Lesser quotes Helsinki-based artist Timo Wright explain that: "If you have a family, or you’re very young in your career, or you have disabilities, or so on, you can’t really be part of those programs." In response, Timo and curator Anni Fahler have built a website to help more artists reap the rewards of the residency experience. Launched this spring, Artist Residency Swap allows artists to list their studios online, then connect with fellow artists and make arrangements to trade spaces and take their art practices abroad. Still in its infancy, the website currently has around 120 users from around the world. Postings include a midcentury two-bedroom in London, a jungle studio in Tulum, and a large space for painting in Manhattan. Over the last three years, Wright and Fahler interviewed artists to help determine what kind of service they should provide through Artist Residency Swap. The website needed to be easy to use, but it also needed to have a social element. Artists expressed that they wanted a platform that fostered conversations and encouraged artists to share their art scenes and communities with one another.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is partnering with Middletown's Oddfellows Playhouse to serve Connecticut's teaching artists. Oddfellows is to serve as a center, providing opportunities for teaching artists (TAs) to meet formally and informally for discussion groups, professional development, networking and field development. The first event under this new program will convene on Thursday, July 18, 4-6pm. The session will begin with information about the partnership and COA’s renewed direction for teaching artists.  All teaching artists and those interested in knowing more about the professional field of teaching artists are welcome to attend.  So please come, and bring a colleague new to or interested in the field with you. Following that session, all who are interested may then attend a free performance of Diagonal Life Circus by Bread & Puppet Theater at 7 pm at Wesleyan University’s Foss Hill. You are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic items. In order to attend, please RSVP here, with "July 18th" in the subject line

One River School of Art + Design is on an ambitious plan to "transform art education" across America and we are seeking compelling art educators to join our company and grow with us. One River is growing rapidly, with 12 locations across the country and are expanding across the tri state area. We now seek Full- and Part-Time Art Teachers  One River has developed a new method for teaching art that makes it fun to learn while also producing compelling outcomes. Studios are state of the art and teaching at One River is a completely different experience than any other art program in the countryOne River is an aspirational company that delivers innovative art experiences to students of all ages, seeking people who want to learn and grow with us, fun and fast paced place to work where we work hard, collaborate and strive for excellence. You Are...Enthusiastic about art & creative education; focused on great student outcomes and making sure students have fun.
  • BFA or BA required, MFA or MA strongly desired
  • Experience teaching art or digital media / design at structured or alternative programs
  • Strong technical skills and subject matter expertise
  • Significant first hand experience in making art
  • Passion for working with people and creating a fun / interactive experience
To Apply:
  • Send Current Resume
  • Cover Letter indicating why you are interested in One River and how your experience, background align with One River School's teaching model
  • Indicate the age levels you are interested in teaching and the media you specialize in

The Prospector Theater, Ridgefield, is seeking a Part-Time Production Assistant to assist in driving its mission: to provide meaningful employment, vocational training, and opportunities to people with disabilities through the operation of a community-supported first-run movie theater, which includes an events space, bar, and café. Through this operation, the Prospector Theater enables a wide audience of moviegoers to create meaningful relationships with, and business opportunities for, people with disabilities in their communities, demonstrating that people with disabilities are valuable and employable contributors to society. The Production Assistant creates and implements quality programming to support the Prospector’s mission. Responsibilities include: Training Program: Include Prospects in all aspects of the production process; coach, counsel, train, and evaluate Prospects Technology Support: Troubleshoot any
technical issues in a timely manner; train/coach Prospects to assist in use of and maintenance of technical equipment. Production: create and implement quality programming, such as commercials, PSA’s, training videos, etc.; edit and assemble final visual/audio program material; ensure consistency and relevancy to production; monitors technical quality of end product; assist the Production Manager in all aspects of the production proces; determine, set, and manage production schedule: manage human and material resources to meet production goals. Qualifications: Education and experience: production or related degree; 3-5 years of experience in production and/or photography; strong customer focus and positive attitude; demonstrated ability to work with people with disabilities; demonstrated team player – has shown the ability to lead, support, and coach others; outstanding communication skills, demonstrated in multiple settings/ situations – especially in demanding/stressful situations; physical stamina – able to stand/sit for full 8 hour shift. Competitive wage commensurate with experience. The Prospector Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Apply here.

Aldrich Museum: Digital Media Coordinator
Arts for Learning: Executive Director
Wilton Historical Society: Museum Educator
June 30: Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo: Photography Goes Wild Submission Deadline
June 30: We, Women: Photography Open Call Deadline

July c1: Greenwich Historical Society: This Place Matters Photography Submission Deadline
July c1: Rowayton Arts Center: Food for Thought Writing Contest: Submission Deadline
July c1: Light Work, Syracuse: Artist Residencies Application Deadline
July c5: Picture That: African-American History Month - Unity magazine Submission Deadline
July 12: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: ArtWalk Ridgefield Submission Deadline
July 13: Field Projects, New York: Summer 2019 Open Call Submission Deadline
July 14; 16-19: Spectrum Gallery: Birds, Bugs & Their Flowers: Receiving
July 15: Loft Artists Association: The Shape of Memories Submission Deadline
July 15: Art Omi, Ghent, NY: Translation Lab 2019 Application Deadline
July 18: COA Information Session on Teaching Artists. RSVP here.
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 24: NYFA: The Creative Entrepreneur Full Day Workshop. $125. Register here.

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. 20: CT Office of the Artists Artists Fellowship Program: Application Deadline
Aug. 30: New Canaan Library: Open Call for Shows in the Curtis Gallery   

Dec. 31:  Iconic Norwalk: Submission Deadline   

Savor City: Bridgeport Artists and Musicians Needed.
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