Subject: Artists' Newsletter, June 30, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
JUNE 30, 2017
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Artist, designer, activist and visual thinker, Elizabeth Marks was raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York. She says that the freedom she remembers growing up on the farm, together with the immersion in nature, led her to a deep appreciation of visual art and the environment. Elizabeth earned a BA in Art History and Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz, studied drafting & Mechanical Engineering at Corning College and mechanical engineering, drafting and visual art in Italy. As the principal designer for EMJ Art & Design, Elizabeth designs spaces and produces commissioned works of art for clients based on "their lifestyle and family, as well as individual passions and life experiences." Elizabeth paints with her body, a unique technique in which she pours paint over herself, then strategically lays on top of the canvas capturing the organic shapes of varying depth and texture. The process captures the contours of the body and the resulting abstract artwork evokes "intrigue, serenity, beauty and strength." Elizabeth has been a community activist in Westport since 2004 and in addition to being a fulltime artist, she works for USA for UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency. She shows locally and internationally, having participated at exhibitions at the Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk; Scope Art Fair, Miami; the SeeMe Digital Display Gallery at The Louvre, Beechwood Arts/Blue Lemon Gallery, and others. See her website and Facebook page. 
See a List by Town of Artist Members: here
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Congratulations to Ann Chernow, Carlos Davila, Michael Kozlowski, and Rick Shaefer for being among those selected for Silvermine Art Center's prestigious Art of the Northeast. This is the 67th annual exhibition in this series pulling from established and emerging artists from the 12 states of the northeast (including DC). The juror is the Whitney Museum's David Kiehl. The show opens Sat. July 8, 6-8pm and runs through August 19.
Nancy McTague-StockChris Perry and Amy Vensel were among the artists featured in the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County/Silvermine Arts Center's CT contemporary art fair last weekend in the Bedford Square development, Westport.
Frances Ashforth has a solo show, Land & Water: monotypes, paintings and drawings, opening at Norfolk Library (9 Greenwoods Rd East), Sun. July 9, 4-6pm. At right, Watermark 4 (2017, painting, ink on yupo, 20x20," click for larger image). "In Land and Water, Ashforth captures the stark beauty found within our land and water. It is her hope that these images will help the viewer have greater appreciation for an environment that is worthy of protection."
Judith Bacal won Honorable Mention for her Sunset Flat Water at the Beach  (detail at right) entered into Norwalk 2.0's #IconicNorwalk contest, that attracted 840 submissions. The shot Judith took was of flat water looking out from Calf Pasture Beach at sunset towards the Norwalk Islands and Long Island Sound. Judith also has her floral series currently on view at Braach's Flowers in Sono - and check out her new website.
Ann Chernow had her work Sugar (2007, lithograph from one stone, 16 x 12" detail at right) shown in Second Story Moonlight, an exhibition and auction presented by the Friends of Westport Public Art Collections, (WESPAC), June 8, 2017 at Rive Bistro. The event showcased WESPAC-owned art in town schools and public buildings, including works by Warhol, Matisse, Cezanne, Miro and others. in addition, there was a silent auction featuring works created by local artists including Ann.
Ann Chernow also has a piece in Silvermine's Art of the Northeast. The work selected by juror David Kiehl is: Moonlight  (2016, lithograph from one stone, 11x14,” edition of 20, detail at right, click for complete image): "I can be framed easier than Whistler’s mother…" Part of Ann's ongoing NOIR series.
Frederic Chiu’s String Quartet Transcription of Beethoven’s Pastoral Piano Sonata will be premiered at the Newport Music Festival on July 13. Frederic's summer activities include performances in Newport, RI; Chautauqua, NY; New Paltz, NY; Dublin, Ireland, and Gijon, Spain, as well as in The Beechwood Open, presented by Beechwood Arts & Innovation on August 6.
Alicia Cobb has two public pieces on exhibit in Stamford and Stratford. Honeybees (at right, click for larger image) is part of the Stratford Light the Way exhibit, organized by Stratford Street Sculpture, a division of the the Town of Stratford's Arts Commission. Honeybees was created to raise awareness about the endangerment of the bees and steps we can take as individuals to help. It can be seen in front of the Stratford Fire Department on Main Street through August. Stardust is part of the Art Shapes public art exhibit, organized by Stamford Downtown, and can be seen in front of Bar Rosso on Spring Street. Alicia says she created it to remind us that the world is so much bigger than we are: "In the age of technology, social media and selfies, it's important to remember that we are simply specks of dust in the grand scheme of things and we should honor the gifts that we've been given." 
And... on June 17, Alicia Cobb and our own ACE Award-winner, Shanna Melton were honored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Polished Pearls Foundation as "Bridgeport girls that rock". Bridgeport Girls Rock is an award given to 20 African-American women in Bridgeport who have had a positive and profound affect on the city. Alicia was honored as an artist. Congratulations to both!
Heidi Lewis Colemanhas her Through the Looking Glass at the Greenwich Art Society Annual Members’ Flinn Exhibit. Also, coming up is a solo show of several mixed media assemblage pieces in Aesthetics and Whimsy at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY, opening Weds., July 5, 7-8:45pm, and running through July 28. Included is, at right,  Daphnaie Assemblage 5 (2017, mixed media assemblage on canvas, 36x36").
Carol Nipomnich Dixons color photograph Blue Tree Trunk (14"x11” framed) received a First Prize at the Art Society of Old Greenwich’s Open Juried Exhibition at the Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich Arts Council. The Exhibition runs  through July 5, 2017. Carol says the color photograph was taken at Greenwich Point, where the sunlight picks out the contrast between the blue bark of the tree trunk and the green, yellow, and red leaves surrounding it. Carol's embroidered assemblage “Museum Circuit” was also juried into the show and received an Honorable Mention.
Ellen Gordon won the Frances K. Brooks Memorial Award at this year’s Greenwich Art Society Annual Members’ Flinn Exhibit at the Greenwich Library. The piece that won the award is Dandy Duo (2017, 72x48," diptych, mixed media, detail at right, click for complete image). The juror was Tamar Margalit, of the Museum of Modern Art. The show runs through July 19
Tonight (June 30) Amy Oestreicher will perform her Gutless & Grateful at Feinstein's/54 Below at 9:30 PM. There is a special discount code for readers (AMY35), when you buy tickets online. See her article in Broadway World on Gutless & Grateful. Also see Amy's teaser for her Never-Before-Seen 2nd TEDx Talk.  AND, Amy will, be premiering the reading of her new play, Factory Treasure,  July 24.
Gwen North Reiss, who was awarded a CT Press Club Award in the category of chapbook/group of poems for Paper Aperture and Other Poems, an e-publication from Pen + Brush in New York, received news in June that Paper Aperture has also won first prize in the chapbook category at the national level from the National Federation of Press Women. The CT Press Club is an affiliate of that organization. See Gwen's poems here
Congratulations to Rick Shaefer for being awarded Best of Show (+ a solo exhibition at Silvermine with a stipend for show-related expenses) in Silvermine's Art of the Northeast, opening Sat. July 8, 6-8pm, for his Sugar Maple (2017, charcoal drawing on vellum, mounted on aluminum, detail at right, click for complete image). A video of juror David Kiehl's discussion of the piece will be available soon. Rick also has work in At a Languorous Pace, opening Thurs July 6 at Sears Peyton Gallery (210 Eleventh Avenue, New York), which features Iceberg I (2017, charcoal on vellum, 45 x 78,"). The show "links the eternal spaces of summer with the quiet persistence of studio practice." 
Joan Wheeler has two fiber art works featured in the New England craft show, Contemporary Craft at the Brookline Arts Center, Mass., running through July 21, 2017. At right, detail of Prophecy (2017, sheep's wool fiber, needle-felted) and click here for VoyagerThe exhibit features a select group of twenty-three New England craft artists. "In recent years, the craft movement has defied boundaries and gained recognition as an art form in its own right. What defines studio craft today? How does it navigate between function and fine art?"
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Wed. July 5: Heidi Lewis Coleman, Aesthetics and Whimsy, Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY. Opening reception, 7-8:45pm. 
Thurs. July 6: At a Languorous Pace, Sears Peyton Gallery, 210 Eleventh Ave., NY. Opens (Rick Shaefer).
Sat. July 8: Silvermine Arts Center, Art of the Northeast Opening Reception, 6-8pm (Ann Chernow, Carlos Davila, Michael Kozlowski, and Rick Shaefer) 
Sun. July 9: Frances B. Ashforth, Land and Water. Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Rd. East, Norfolk. Opening Reception, 4-6pm.
Now that you have read our NEWS...
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Above: Charlotte Hedlund, Starry Night, ink and collage on paper

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store (61 Main Street, Centerbrook, Essex, CT), seeks abstract artists, sculptors and photographers who use nature for inspiration for an Abstract Nature Show, opening July 21 and running through Sept. 10. When viewers look closely, the shapes and forms of nature that inspired the work can be discerned. "We all remember Where’s Waldo? This show should be called Where’s Nature?"  To submit, please send the following, in one email message, to Barbara Nair at
  • 3 high-resolution jpg files with title, medium, dimensions, price
  • Biography in Word Doc or PDF
  • Contact information
For further information, click here or call Barbara Nair at 860-663-5593.

The deadline for submitting to Art Walk Ridgefield 2017 has been extended to Wed. July 5. More than 50 businesses, restaurants and cultural venues will showcase the work of over 70 artists in windows and on shop walls during this free, two-week festival, transforming the downtown area into a strolling art gallery. The Ridgefield Guild of Artists invites you to enter as an exhibiting artist in Art Walk Ridgefield, that kicks off Friday, August 25, 5-8pm, with an artist opening reception in the stores, continuing through Sat. Aug. 26, 12-4pm. Accepted artists will be matched with participating merchants through a juried process. Submit a maximum of 5 photocopy examples of recent work (may be jpegs printed on paper). Include: artist name, artwork dimensions and price per piece. These are for store-matching purposes only. Drawings, paintings, works on paper, photography, digital art and sculpture will be accepted. NOTE: Submission materials will not be returned. Application details available here.

What is art and what is design? Where is the line? When did the concept of functionality become antithetical to fine art? What is the role of design in art and art in design? Must we still refer way back to Plato, who identifies only music and poetry as fine arts, relegating the work of the hand as lowly materiality? Surely, nearly a quarter into the 21st century, we must re-assess our thoughts about where boundaries exist now. While we create new definitions for community, and new paradigms for communication, where do the visual arts fit in? We are surely bound by our materiality. Ours are the “too, too solid flesh” of the arts — actual, not virtual, art in three dimensions. We may be the last bastion of brilliance in designing the material world, and isn’t this the right time to celebrate that? This year’s Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's national juried exhibition, Material Matters, is seeking work that explores ideas about form over function in work using clay, glass, wood or metal alone or in combination. Juror, Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, will be looking for artists’ work that illuminates their vision and scope. See prospectus here.


For its second year, the Norwalk Public Library plans to celebrate how people read in Norwalk today, through submitted photographs. To submit your photos, click here - upload to the Photo Gallery and enter your name and contact information in the space provided. Deadline for entries is August 18. A panel of judges will select 2 semi-finalists from each category, and the public will then vote online for the winners. Winners will receive gift cards, and their images will be displayed on the library’s Photo Gallery. You can enter one photo in each of the following categories:
1. Pets – Reading with furry friends and wild creatures.
2. Teens/Children – Kids being read to, in groups, or reading on their own.
3. Norwalk Landscapes – Reading at a special Norwalk spot.
4. Technology Transforms – Show how technology has changed the way you read.
For further information, please contact


And Remember...
June 11: Firehouse Center Playwrights Annual New Works Festival Submission Deadline
June 12: Manifest (Cincinnati), Nude Submission Deadline
June 15: Coastal Arts Guild Artists and Artisans At the Beach Application Deadline
June 15: Center for Book Arts: Advanced Studies Scholarships Application Deadline
June 16: City Lights Gallery, SameSex Exhibit: Submission Deadline

See other deadlines below in Opportunities Calendar
  • 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:
  • No Film School: "A Massive List of Spring 2017 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About."

The Zion National Park Artist in Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to live and work in the majestic desert environment of southern Utah for a period of one month. Four artists will be selected for two spring and two fall residency slots. All visual (painters, photographers, sculptures, etc.), performing (drama, dance, music, composition, etc.) and literary artists are welcome to apply. The work completed under this program will contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Zion National Park and should reflect the National Park Service’s mission to preserve and protect the park’s cultural and natural resources. Learn more.
Deadline: July 31, 2017


The relationship between a director and cinematographer is the most important on any film set, and the most famous director/cinematographer pairs have collaborative relationships spanning decades. We would like to see women cinematographers and directors involved in that kind of intimate collaborative process, and hope that we can start to help move our industry in that direction. The Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers offers approximately $10,000 worth of gear and accessories loaned on a rolling basis to any narrative short, music video, or feature film project to be shot by a female cinematographer. Recipients of the grant receive a loaned camera package for up to 21 production days. See application guidelines. Apply here.
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Effective Negotiation for Artists

As an artist, it's important to be able to negotiate and ask for what you deserve. Kirby Tepper pulls from his experience working in the entertainment industry to help artists become great negotiators. Learn strategies that are specially tailored for negotiations in the art world! 
Thurs, July 13, 7-8:30pm. $25
Social Media: Being Everywhere All the Time

Social media has expanded your connection with friends and family. Artist Brad Stephenson will show you how to use social media to expand the audience interested in your work. Learn how to create a deeper connection with the public and keep them up to date about your practice. 
Mon, July 17, 7-8:30pm. $25
Creating a Marketing Strategy

Artist Dread Scott is a master of marketing his work to bring about social change. He will share his knowledge with you so you can market your work, define your goals and develop tools, tactics and messaging. Build an audience who is passionate about your work! 
Thurs, July 20, 7-8:30pm. $25
Aldrich Museum alumni artist Sharon Louden will be at the museum this Saturday July 1, 2pm-4pm for a discussion about her second publication, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a collection of essays that describe how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. Louden will moderate a conversation among Aldrich exhibitions director Richard Klein, and artists and book contributors Austin Thomas, Steven Dufala and Billy Dufala. A book signing and reception will follow. Writes Whitney Museum Director, Adam Weinberg: "This manual is a testimony to the belief that art can, does and must have an existence that goes beyond the reach of the art market. These intimate essays have a disarming frankness, disclosing the lives of artists from the inside out rather than the outside in."  Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. She has taught for more than 25 years since graduating from Yale in 1991. Her teaching experience includes studio and professional practice classes to students of all levels in many institutions throughout the United States. She is also the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Published in October, 2013, the book is now in its sixth printing. The last book in the trilogy of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books, Last Artist Standing, will be published in 2020. Louden is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives in Minneapolis, MN and works in New York.

I-Park Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, international artists’ community located on a 450-acre nature preserve in East Haddam, CT.   Its mission is to support the creative process and artists in the fine arts and in nature. I-Park has an immediate need for a creative, articulate, and organized development and marketing associate to help energize and professionalize its efforts in the following areas: fundraising/ development, community engagement, contact/donor management, marketing/ promotion/public relations and event planning. The associate will work for the Executive Director. Salary will be determined by relevant experience in the field and prior accomplishments. Full job description available here. 
Applicants should have a commitment to the arts. A BA degree in a related field is required. Previous experience (3-5 years) in a marketing and fundraising capacity is required. Individual must have excellent writing, analytical, and verbal communication skills. Experience with DonorPerfect fundraising software is a plus. Ability to work in a team setting and willingness to work a flexible schedule with minimum supervision is also required. Occasional participation in evening and weekend community events is expected. To apply, e-mail a resume, cover letter with salary requirements and a writing sample in PDF format to the attention of Joanne Paradis at Absolutely no phone calls will be accepted. EOE


The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, seeks an Exhibits Technician who would be responsible for the daily oversight of exhibit elements, ensuring they are maintained to a high level and undertaking repairs when required. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Technician will work closely with other staff towards the fabrication, installation, and maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibits. Responsible for the daily oversight of exhibit elements ensuring they are maintained to a high level, undertaking repairs when required. Must have initiative, a strong customer service ethic, and the ability to analyze situations and troubleshoot problems that produce appropriate solutions. A general working knowledge of accepted museum/gallery standards in regards to exhibit maintenance and construction, use of tools and equipment, and the ability to research, identify, and procure parts and supplies using online computer and printed catalogs and other sources is required. Must be available to work on Saturday or Sunday if an exhibit needs repair. Detailed job description available here.
 Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available

Creative Arts Workshop: Executive Director/Head of School
Quick Center for the Arts: Events and Sales Manager                                       
Sacred Heart University, Art & Design Adjunct                                                  Wadsworth Atheneum: Donor Relations Manager                                              Waterbury Museum: Executive Assistant to the Director
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
July c2: Spectrum Gallery: Abstract Nature Submission Deadline
July c5: Deadline Extended for Ridgefield Art Walk 2017 Submissions
July c6: Studios at MassMOCA: Assets for Artists Residencies Application Deadline
July c9: Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Material Matters: Submission Deadline
July 15: CT Society of Portrait Artists: Southbury Portrait Festival: Submission Deadline
July 23: Stamford Art Association: Faber Birren Color Award Submission Deadline
July 23: Art & Science Collaborations, Science Inspires Art: Ocean Submission Deadline
July 24: Loft Artists Association: Visual Narratives Submission Deadline
July 30: Connecticut Women Artists: National Open Juried Exhibition Submission Deadline
July 31: Zion National Park Residency Application Deadline for Writers, Composers, Visual Artists
Ongoing: Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers

Aug. 18: Norwalk Public Library, The Way We Read Norwalk, Photo Contest Deadline
Aug. 25: Boston Printmakers: 2017 North American Print Biennial Submission Deadline

Nov. 17: 15th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline

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