Subject: Artists Newsletter, March 10, 2019 PART ONE

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
March 10, 2019
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 600 individuals and organizations. See member benefits here. Join here.
Our new website has been live for 17 weeks and so far 370 (of our 600) members (including 152 artists) have created their profiles on the site. All members are asked to register as soon as possible. You will need a description of your work, and 3 images: a square headshot, a wide "hero" image (like the one above) and a smaller, wide "reference image" used in the Meet Our Members page. Complete the simple form and upload your images here. A new image app. makes it easy to upload your images. Contact us with any questions.
Our Mon. Mar. 11 Spotlight on Arts & Culture interview show on WPKN 89.5 FM, looks at what creative activists are doing about gun violence in Bridgeport in the new arts-based campaign: AIM HIGHER TOGETHER BRIDGEPORT. Artists Jahmane and Darcy Hicks discuss their past success working with young people and future mural workshops planned for this summer at Neighborhood Studios. Frank Derico, Executive Director of Neighborhood Studios will explain how this program fits into their ongoing work with the youth of Bridgeport. And City Lights Gallery Director Suzanne Kachmar ties much of this together with her ongoing foundational work in Bridgeport. Also hear details about the fundraising launch event on March 28 at Blends Gallery.
Our Feb. 27, 2019 panel presentation and discussion, hosted by Silvermine Arts Center, and featuring Felicity Hogan (Director of NYFA Learning) and three artists (Liz Leggett, Susan Newbold, and Jay Petrow) is now available for all to see. A video of the evening is available here; the slides are available here; and a clickable resource list can be downloaded here.
NOMINATIONS are now open for our 2019 Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards, designed to celebrate the passion for arts and culture in Fairfield County, and to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of our arts and cultural offerings. Awards will be presented in five categories in late spring at our 4th annual ACE Awards Breakfast: Artist, Citizen, Corporate, Educator and Nonprofit. Details and nomination form (where you can use upto 150 words to describe why you are nominating your choice) are here ( Deadline March 29.

Mike Harris has loved photography ever since he was given his Kodak Brownie Camera as a young boy: "My dog, Donnie," he says, "was my primary model." Although he has photographed all his life, it wasn't until fairly recently that he began to seriously focus on his work and share it with others, which he and his wife Sally, also a photographer, see as an important part of what they do. Developing a passion to photograph the world as he sees it, has changed the way he sees the world. While he enjoys the aesthetics of capturing patterns and landscapes, he has increasingly enjoyed capturing the essence of the people he meets and the places where they live. His goal is to share his vision of culture through his photographs and he hopes to challenge viewers as they see his subjects in a new and different way. Mike believes his best photographs "tell a story - whether it is a street scene, highway or people interacting with others. All I hope is that you see something in my work which piques your curiosity." Mike has had a solo show at the Cos Cob Library in 2014 and his photographs have been selected for shows at the Greenwich Library, the Bendheim Gallery at the Greenwich Arts Council, the Carriage Barn Arts Center, the Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Botanical Center's Gallery, Stamford Art Association and the UConn Stamford Gallery. He and his wife Sally have also made presentations including for Rotary Clubs, the New Canaan and Cos Cob libraries, at the Retired Men’s Association in Greenwich, and others. He and Sally have a 2-person show of a decade of their work scheduled for April 2019 at the Bendheim Galleries at the Greenwich Arts Council. See Mike's website, his SmugMug and Facebook pages

Penny Putnam is a Greenwich-based painter, working in mixed water media and collage. With a degree in Design from the University of Florida, she launched a noteworthy career in graphic design in New York City in the offices of Raymond Loewy, and co-founded the design firm Kollberg/ Johnson. Since leaving that career in 1999, she has developed her creativity within the fine art world, participated in juried exhibits, winng many awards for her paintings, and has presented several solo shows.Her paintings have often been described as joyful, upbeat and optimistic - abstract tapestries of sophisticated color and marks that celebrate the natural world with a nod to the unknown. She writes that all of her creative work is informed by her treasured time as a child exploring the woods near her family's home in Indiana. She started as a realistic painter with the intent to interpret simple beauty: "A feather, a piece of driftwood, a bleached bone...all are worthy of a portrait." She discovered however that what she really wanted to paint was "the underlying spirit that these objects and the places I find them share. I want to understand what that spirit is and make it visible to others. So I left realism and began to investigate the abstract beauty of places, and things, and moments in time. By doing so, I hope to understand why I have been drawn to the woods, the beaches and the trails where they are found, and why I find that experience so thrilling." Penny is a member of the Greenwich Art Society, the Art Society of Old Greenwich, the Rowayton Arts Center and the Connecticut Watercolor Society. Penny served on the Board of Trustees of The Silvermine Arts Center and as a board member for the Greenwich Art Society. She is represented by Sandra Morgan Interiors. See Penny's website.

Steve Magee is a Fairfield based painter, a member of Norwalk's St. Philip Artists' Guild (SPAG), who remembers being a 10-year-old, fresh from the baseball field, avidly soaking up the atmosphere at Scarpantoni’s Art Studio, Spring Valley, New York. While baseball faded, due to a knee injury, his art career flourished as he majored in Graphic arts and communication at Syracuse University. A successful career followed as Advertising Art Director, Creative Director and Graphic Designer, leaving his mark on clients ranging from the Fortune 500, to friends opening a new local restaurant. Switching careers in 2005, he got his license as a General Contractor, building luxury homes over the following decade. Real estate development appealed to his love of architecture and design, but it wasn't long before he started to long for the art world of his youth. He discovered the Silvermine Arts Center in 2017, and after taking a one-day oil painting class with Alex McFarlane, was hooked. A dozen paintings later, he says his visual awareness has never been at a higher level. See Steve's Instagram page.
Those artists who have posted their profiles onto our new website, that launched Nov. 2, have their names in green with links to their profile. Please join them!
Elizabeth Agresta, Painter
Valerie AhnemanMusician
Peter Alexander, Landscape     Architect
Leslee Asch, Curator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/
Judith Bacal, Designer
Anna Badini, Painter
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice Barrett, Painter
Nina Bentley, Mixed
Sue Benton, Photographer
Susanne Benton, Mixed
Lisa Berger, Visual Artist
Paul R. Berger
Karla Bernstein, 
Thomas Berntsen
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Christina Blais, Quilter
Ziggy Bober, Sculptor
Amy Bock, Painter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed
   Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, 
Carolyn Brady, 
Nancy Breakstone, 
Michael Brennecke, 
Janine Brown,
Lucienne Buckner,
Bevi Bullwinkel, Painter
Miggs Burroughs, Graphic
Trace Burroughs, New
Louise Cadoux, Painter/
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan, 
Patricia CampbellDance
Lynn Carlson, Painter
Linn Cassetta, Printmaker
Alan Chapell, Musician
Ann Chernow, Painter/
Eric Chiang, Painter
Frederic Chiu, Pianist
Yvonne Claveloux, Painter
Lauren Clayton, Painter
Gabi Coatsworth, Writer
Alicia Cobb, Painter
Heidi Lewis Coleman
   Mixed Media
Linda Colletta, Painter
Rosa Colón, Painter, Mixed
Tom Comerford, 
Penrhyn Cook,  
Rod Cook, Photographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans
   Photographer Painter
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn Dahl, Painter
Cris Dam, Painter/Muralist
Holly DangerVideo Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos Davila, Painter, 

Jane DavilaFiber Artist/ 
   Mixed Media 

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

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

Kristen Graves, Musician
Jen Greely, Painter/

Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist

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

Kate Henderson, Mixed    
MaryEllen Hendricks,

Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/
Mixed Media

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

Amy Kaplan, Painter
Natasha Karpinskaia,    
Wayne Keeley, Writer, 
Emily Kelting
Karen Kent, Painter
Susan Keown, Painter/  
   Mixed Media/Ceramicist
Niki KetchmanSculptor/
Jin Hi Kim, Musician
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Dawn Kubie, Photographer
Joanie Landau, Jewelry

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

Julie Leff, Painter
Liz Leggett, Painter
Susan Leggitt, Painter
Henry Lepetit, Painter
Julia-Rose Liptack, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shelley Lowell, Painter/

Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Laurie MacLean,
   Choreographer, Dancer

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Parton, Painter
Judy Peknik, Painter
Justin Perlman, Sculptor
Chris Perry, Book Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Igor Pikayzen, Violinist
Diane PollackMixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter
Jennifer Prat,    
Penny Putnam, Painter
Elizabeth Quesada,
Ben Quesnel, Sculptor,
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Rick Reyes, Singer/

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

Alyse Rosner, Painter/
   Mixed Media

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

Norma Schlager, Fiber

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

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

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

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

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

Nancy Woodward,
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual

Gregg Ziebell, Painter
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Carol Nipomnich Dixon and Rick Shaefer were two of four artists speaking at an Artist Talk at Silvermine Arts Center Sun March 10, 3-4pmRick Shaefer, who won Best in Show at Silvermine's 2017 Art of the Northeast, has his own show now at Silvermine and spoke about his work in "Three Trees: Life-Size Drawings."  Carol is one of the artists in the other exhibition currently at Silvermine: "ReFraming Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts." 
Sue Benton, Lisa Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Janine Brown, Joseph Dermody, Scott Glaser, Fruma Markowitz, and Chris Perry all had work juried into the Rowayton Arts Center's Photography, Sculpture and Fiber Art  exhibit, that opened with an awards reception Sun. March 10. The judge, Michael Shapiro, is a collector of vintage and contemporary photography. He became established as a dealer in 1980 after a curatorial position at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.
Carol Nimponmich Dixon, Lori Glavin and Karen Kalkstein all have work in Fiber Now, an exhibition of "Textile Artists on the Cutting Edge," curated by Jill Parry and opening with a reception at the Rye Arts Center (51 Milton Road, Rye, NY) on Thurs. March 14, 5-7pm.
Dawn Dahl, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Heide Follin, Scott Glaser, Ellen Gordon, Joyce Grasso, Mike Harris, Susan Leggitt, Ann Mcrae, Lina Morielli, Melissa Orme, Jay Petrow, and Julliette Tehrani all have work in the 102nd annual juried exhibition of the Greenwich Art Society at the Bendheim Gallery that opens with a reception Friday, March 15, 6-8pm.
Sue Benton, Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Kat Evans, Scott Glaser, Mary Ellen Hendricks, Jana Ireijo, Amy Kaplan, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Susan Newbold and Norm Siegel all have work included in the next Pop-Up exhibition by members of The Artists Collective of Westport, in their gallery at the Westport Country Playhouse. The reception will be Wed. March 20 6-8pm in the Barn at WCP. Artists talks are scheduled for Sat. March 23 at 3pm.
Lisa Berger's Railcar Repose (24x32, detail at right; click for complete image) was juried into the Rowayton Arts Center's Photography, Sculpture and Fiber Art  exhibit, that opened with an awards reception Sun. March 10. This photograph is a close-up of the side of a train with peeling paint.
Nancy Breakstone had her photograph A Distant Place In The Sand (digital, 16x15, at right) juried into the Rowayton Arts Center's Photography, Sculpture and Fiber Art  exhibit, that opened with an awards reception Sun. March 10. The juror was Michael Shapiro. Nancy is now back in Costa Rica to take more of her magical pictures of these volcanic sand beaches.
Ann Chernow has a solo show, Femmes Fatales: Paintings, Drawings and Prints, opening at Odetta, 229-231 Cook Street, Brooklyn, with a reception Fri. March 15, 6-8pm. The show runs through April 14 and Ann will give a talk Sun. March 31 at 3pm.
Dawn Dahl's painting, Monarch (2018, oil on canvas 20x24,” detail at right, click for complete image)  was accepted into the Greenwich Art Society's 102nd annual juried exhibition opening with a reception at the Greenwich Arts Council's Bendheim Gallery, Friday, March 15, 6-8pm. Dawn notes that "the inspiration for this painting came from a visit to Deyrolle, the incredible taxidermy shop in Paris. It was the source of the Monarch butterfly in the presentation box. and the genesis of the feel of the work.”
Carol Nimpomnich Dixon spoke about her life's work in the Artist Talk at Silvermine Arts Center on Sun. March 10. She has several embroidery pieces and an oil painting in the show ReFraming Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts, that runs through March 24. Carol also has some 30 works in a solo show, My Multi-Media World at the Gertrude White Gallery of the Greenwich YWCA, March 1 through April 27. At right, Ocean Swirl (mixed media embroidered collage, 13" square, framed; click for larger image). Carol has 5 embroidered works in Fiber Now at the Rye Arts Center, including her embroidery and Caran d'Ache Mythical Bird.
Scott Glaser won First Place in the Fiber Arts category of the Rowayton Arts Center's Photography, Sculpture and Fiber Art  exhibition with his My Accident-Prone Son, Dave (2018, fabric bandage mosaic on Arches watercolor paper, 28x35, detail at right; click for complete image). Scott also has two pieces that were accepted into the 102nd annual juried exhibition of the Greenwich Art Society (reception Fri. March 15, 6:30-8pm): The Pierre Hotel (ultrafine markers on Arches watercolor paper 39½ x 31½) and Giacomaybe (pastel, 27x31).
Ellen Gordon had two pieces juried into the 102nd annual juried exhibition of the Greenwich Art Society at the Bendheim Gallery. The Juror was Megan Fontanella from the Guggenheim Museum. A reception for the show will be held Fri. March 15, 6:30-8pm. At right, Ellen's Crazytown (60x40, mixed media) - part of a new series of work.
Kate Henderson is "guest artist" for a solo show at the Branford Art Center (1229 Main St, Branford), opening with a reception Sat. March 16, 1-4pm, and running through April 21. This show focuses on Kate's “Gestural Journeys” series, depicting a sense of place and the energy around us, bordering between abstraction and the natural world: "Using a combination of gestural and contour line, I translate elements of the natural world into a place of imagined passages". Kate will also teach a pastel workshop during the exhibit. At right, The Forest Beckons (pastel on paper, 45x28; click for whole image)
Sooo-z Mastropietro is one of the artists in the next Artist Collective of Westport's Pop-Up on March 20 in the Barn of the Westport Country Playhouse. One of the pieces she will be showing is Beneath the Fray (2019, fabric tubes on acrylic on canvas, 73x48, diptych). Sooo-z says she will also have I will also have fresh printed socks, available for purchase on the spot 
Jill Nichols has sold a full-scale print of her painting Phi to the Vatican Observatory Museum. Named after the Greek symbol PHI for unity, the painting, based on the Carina Nebula, is 3 x 8 feet, on copper with hand-made oil paints formulated with mica, copper and other earthbound stardust. Speaking of Italy, Jill is guiding a 7-day painting workshop and retreat at a private villa in the Renaissance village of Farnese, July 12-19, 2019. "Paint among olive groves, capturing sweeping views of the sea and hills of Tuscany."
Amy Oestreicher has just published an interview in Broadway World with Daniel Levine, artistic director of ACT of Connecticut on their production of the musical Working, based on Stud Terkels book. Amy is also gearing up for the premiere of her original song-cycle performance, Passageways: Songs of Connection, Abnormal & Sublime, at Triad Theatre 158 West 72nd St, New York,  March 16, 7pm and March 31, 3pm.
Chris Perry won 2nd Place in Sculpture at the Rowayton Arts Center's Photography, Sculpture and Fiber Art exhibition, juried by Michael Shapiro, for his piece 185 Ripples: glass of water (2019, altered books 10x15x12, at right; see another view). This work was made with copies of Merck Drug Catalogs from three different years, the most recent being the biggest. Comments Chris: "Picture the manuals dropping into the glass of water, a picture of which is inset into the back of the piece, one needs to choke down all those pills. This is the first piece that I have referenced the subject matter of an old book I have repurposed."
Dorothy Robertshaw is having a moment: 18 years ago, as an interior designer, she was the first "Business of the Month" at Westport's Webster Bank. (244 Post Rd East). Now, as she is entering "semi-retirement" with her business, she is back at Webster Bank as an artist with a solo show, showing her work through April 26.
Julliette Tehrani will be exhibiting her painting Dynamic  at the 102nd annual juried exhibition of the Greenwich Art Society at the Greenwich Arts Council's Bendheim Gallery. The juror Megan Fontanella is the Curator of Modern art and Provenance at the Guggenheim Museum NYC. The show runs from March 8 to April 4. The opening reception is on March 15, 6:30-8pm.

Thur. March 14: Fiber Now, Rye Arts Center. Opening reception 5-7pm (Carol Nimpomnich Dixon, Lori Glavin and Karen Kalkstein)
Fri. March 15: Greenwich Art Society, 102 Annual Juried Members Exhibition at Greenwich Arts Council. Opening reception, 6:30-8pm (Dawn Dahl, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Heide Follin, Scott Glaser, Ellen Gordon, Joyce Grasso, Mike Harris, Susan Leggitt, Ann Mcrae, Lina Morielli, Melissa Orme, Jay Petrow, and Julliette Tehrani)
Sat. March 16: Kate Henderson, Solo Show at Branford Art Center. Opening reception 1-4pm.
Wed. March 20: Artists Collective of Westport, Pop-Up Show, The Barn, Westport Country Playhouse. Opening reception, 6-8pm. (Sue Benton, Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Kat Evans, Scott Glaser, Mary Ellen Hendricks, Jana Ireijo, Amy Kaplan, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Susan Newbold and Norm Siegel)

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