Subject: Artists Newsletter, March 23, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
March 23, 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 almost 5 months and so far 380 (of our 600) members (including 171 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.
New to our website is a "Resources for Artists" section (found under the Resources Menu). So far it includes a "Funding Resources" section with 60+ sources for grants, fellowships, awards and residencies for artists and writers. It also is home to documents from our own Artists Residencies panel held Feb 27, 2019, with NYFA's Felicity Hogan and CAFC members Liz Leggett, Susan Newcomb, and Jay Petrow. You'll find on the page a video of the event, the presenters' slides and a one-page list of resources specific to artists' residencies.
There are just a few days left (until March 29) to NOMINATE your candidates for the 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 are made in five categories in late spring at our 4th annual ACE Awards Breakfast: Artist, Citizen, Corporate, Educator and Nonprofit. Details and nomination form (use up to 150 words to describe why you are nominating your choice) here.  ( Deadline March 29.

Jan Bassin is a writing coach and consultant based in Westport, who believes that the act of writing has transformative power. She says she is at her happiest and most fulfilled when helping others find their authentic voices. Jan received a BA in English and Rhetoric from Binghamton University, and later did graduate work at the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work and the Ross School of Business. Over the course of her career, she has taught and developed English curricula at a technical institute in New York; held the position of Marketing Director at Roth Publishing, Inc., a company specializing in literary reference materials for schools and libraries; worked in the Writing Center at Norwalk Community College; freelanced as a writer of sales and promotional material for a variety of diverse businesses; and implemented a creative arts program at Westport's Staples High School. She developed and teaches The Writer’s Workshop at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, where she serves as Coordinator for writing programming, and developed Shared Voices, a series of readings and eventsIn 2018, she curated the “Writing Your Next Chapter” program for the first Saugatuck StoryFest, a three-day town-wide multidisciplinary literary festival. Jan has also designed ground-breaking intergenerational programming with Staples High School. She continues to offer personal guidance, consultation, and support to writers of all ages, in all genres.

Darcy Hicks is a Westport-based teacher and artist. She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and then from Lesley College with a Masters in Education. Darcy taught in Massachusetts and Connecticut for ten years as an elementary classroom and art teacher. Today, she works as an educational coach, helping teachers use art to strengthen reading and writing skills. For the last six years she has been part of a team that coordinates a “Visual Literacy” partnership between Connecticut Public Schools and the Yale Center for British Art. She has continued actively as a painter, specializing in using metal leaf and oil paint on canvas and clay board. She says she is drawn to anything that reflects aggressive light, and uses gold, silver and copper leaf to capture the radiance and relies on the viewers of her work to move around so they can experience the transience of light and its effects. She notes that her experience teaching children has taught her that making art taps into the topics and moments that matter the most to us. In turn, this feeds the writers inside of us. She enjoys this process of translating art into words.  Darcy has been increasingly involved in campaigns using the arts to reduce and end gun violence. She is Director of Education Programs for #UNLOAD, and is part of the broad coalition, Aim Higher Together Bridgeport that is working with the young people of Bridgeport to help end gun violence there. See Darcy's website, Facebook, Instagram pages and Twitter feed.

Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works, which draw on sources ranging from Renaissance painting traditions in combination with Old Master painting techniques. Born in New York City, she received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by graduate studies at New York University. She now lives and works in Westport. Sherri has received critical acclaim for her series statement paintings: Crazy Making, on mental illness; Twisted, on women and cosmetic surgery; figurative work,; and her most recent, American Pathos. Historically, she frequently portrayed her nude figures as examinations of the various female archetypes found in visual culture, with a caricatured sexuality and studied emotions. She applies different subject matter and genres that she has passionately pursued: Anatomy and Figure, Expressionism, Portraiture, Self Portrait, the Nude and the interplay of light, color and texture by the Dutch Masters, broadly represented across her many fine art images. All her recent work has been done in a wide variety of media, including charcoal, conté, graphite, oil, resins on canvas, paper, and wood. Recent works include portraits of a male dancer with 16th-Century Mannerist aesthetics and her next series, American Pathos (opening in a solo show at Dacia Gallery, New York) combines Renaissance sensibilities with contemporary cultural figures. As a young artist, Sherri founded a successful illustration studio in New York City in 1983, The Dynamic Duo Studio, Inc., which won numerous industry awards for its covers for the New York Times Magazine, Worth, Barrons, Time, Forbes, Business Week, Der Spiegel plus other recognition for work that appeared in national and international newspapers. Illustrations from The Dynamic Duo have been at the heart of some of the most famous advertising campaigns in the U.S. (Coca-Cola, IBM, Burger King, Reebok, NBC, Nike, MTV, and Nickleodeon). Although Sherri’s early commercial career revolved around illustration, she has always maintained her fine art roots in traditional painting. She has exhibited at The Dacia Gallery, NYC, The Housatonic Museum of Art, The William Ris Gallery, Hamptons, NY., The Silvermine Arts Center and City Lights Gallery, as well as across the U.S. throughout her career. See Sherri's websiteFacebook and Instagram pages.
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 AgrestaPainter
Valerie AhnemanMusician 
Peter Alexander, Landscape     Architect
Kristen AmbrosiPainter
Leslee AschCurator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/ 
Judith BacalDesigner
Anna Badini, Painter
Louise Baranger, Musician
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 ColónPainter, 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
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
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 
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed 
   Media and Upcycled 
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott GlaserPainter
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen GordonPainter; 
Sue Brown Gordon
Ellen GouldPhotographer
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 IreijoPainter
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 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
Julia-Rose Liptack, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shelley LowellPainter/ 

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
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
Eddie Niño, Painter
Julie O'Connor,    
Amy Oestreicher,
   Performing/Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Eileen PanepintoMixed 

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
Rick ReyesSinger/ 

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

Alyse Rosner, Painter/ 
   Mixed Media

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

Norma Schlager, Fiber 

Marianne R. Schmidt, 
Guy Sealey, Multimedia
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
Juliette TehraniPainter
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. 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
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Sue Benton, Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Camille Eskell, Kat Evans, Scott Glaser, Mary Ellen Hendricks, Jana Ireijo, Amy Kaplan, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Susan Newbold, and Norm Siegel all have work in the Spring Pop-Up Exhibition of the Artists Collective of Westport, showing at the Barn of The Westport Country Playhouse through Sat. March 23. All the above artists are expected to participate in an Artists Talk at 3pm, Saturday.
Eric Chiang, Yvonne Claveloux, Ganga Duleep, Cecilia Moy Fradet, Ellen Gordon, Barry Guthertz, Emily Kelting, Karen Neems, Julie O'Connor, Gwen North Reiss, and Lee Walther all had work accepted into DITTO, the next show opening at the Carriage Barn Arts Center: its 29th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Exhibition, opening Sat. April 6, 5-7pm. DITTO is a show of multiples, highlighting the juxtaposition, contrast, comparison, expansion, connection and separation between two or more pieces. The jurors of DITTO are Blair Clarke and Sarah Tortorich of New York's Voltz Clarke Gallery.
Lisa Berger, Ann Chernow, Liz Leggett,   Barbara Ringer, and Gregg Welz were among the artists from across the country selected for the Silvermine Arts Center's exhibition PAPER 2019, opening with a reception Sun. April 7, 2-4pm. This show was juried by Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its goal is to "highlight the vitality, diversity, sense of experimentation and skillful execution and the many ways in which contemporary artists approach this material."
Lisa Berger has work in two upcoming shows. Her Part of the Equation (mixed media on archival paper, 23x19) was accepted into Silvermine Art Center's Paper 2019 (April 3-May 16), opening with a reception Sun. April 7, 2-4pm. Lisa is also in a two-person exhibit, Rusted Relics, Photographs by Lisa Berger and Tara Tomaselli at The Gallery at Still River Editions, opening with a reception Sat. April 6, 2-4 pm. At right, Lisa's Earned My Stripes (color photograph, 24x32; detail at right; click for complete image).
Ann Chernow has a piece in Silvermine Art Center's Paper 2019 (April 3-May 16), opening with a reception Sun. April 7, 2-4pm. Ann's piece is Laura Walking (lithograph, 11x14) - a lithograph from one stone, edition of 20.  A work from her ongoing series of Film Noir images.
Eric Chiang had his triptych Landscripts VI, VII, & VIII accepted into the Carriage Barn's 29th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Exhibition: DITTO, a show of multiples, opening Sat. April 6, 5-7pm. Eric's pieces are part of his decptych of black and white landscapes. At right, Landscript VI (2019, oil on canvas, 60x48). Click image to see the triptych. Eric also has his diptych Waterscripts at the Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up show through Sat. March 23 and will be speaking about his work at 3pm.
Ellen Gordon's diptych Crazytown (2019, mixed media acrylic collage, 60x40; detail at right) won the Frances Brooks Memorial Award for Best in Show at the Greenwich Art Society's 102nd Annual Members Show, running through April 4, and juried by Guggenheim Museum curator, Megan Fontanella. Ellen comments that this is part of a new body of work, departing from her 10 years of working on figurative collages, with colors that are amplified in a new and exciting palette. This was inspired by the Black Light Experience show at the Loft Artists Association last year - one part of the Crazytown diptych is painted in fluorescent paint and the other half painted to match the coloration without the black light illuminating it. The piece is based on her figure drawings, re-drawn as overlapping shapes and then abstracted.
Barry Guthertz had three images, Bristlecone Pine #2,#3 and #4,  juried into the Carriage Barn Art Center’s Spectrum Contemporary Art Show: DITTO,  an exhibition of multiples, opening with a reception is Sat. April 6th, 5-7pm. 45 entries were selected from 750 submissions. Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living trees in North America.  The twisted trunks and weathered bark are caused by high winds  at elevations of 10,000 - 11,000 feet. The juried images were taken high in the White Mts. of northern CA and will be hung together as a triptych. At right detail of Bristlecone #2
Joanie Landau is in a 6-person juried group show Love and Fear, curated by Studio Montclair and on show for the month of April at the Montclair Public Library Gallery. The Opening Reception and Panel Talk is April 7, 3-6pm. At right, one of Joanie's 8 pieces in the show: “Love Your Neighbor”  (digital collagraph, 41x55; detail, click for complete image)
Liz Leggett's Mobility (Over the Edge) (oil, graphite and oil stick on paper, 50x38; detail at right, click for complete image) was juried into Silvermine's PAPER 2019 exhibition by the Metropolitan Museum's Jennifer Farrell. The show opens with a reception Sun.April 7, 2-4pm. Liz notes: "My drawing and painting is predominantly process-oriented, where surface accidents and spontaneous forms are encouraged as I often apply the materials aggressively and haphazardly. Paper’s affordability, versatility and surface quality lets me maximize this handling and approach."
Jeweler and sculptor Kristin Merrill is in the three-person show, Emergence at the Fairfield Library's Kershner Gallery that opened with a reception March 16 and runs through May 6. Kristin commented: “I am continually experimenting and combining precious gems, pearls and metals with found objects. I enjoy breaking the rules by melting, fusing, piercing and burning materials to bring out their natural beauty. That combination of traditional and creative—of left brain and right brain—is how I see the world around me, so it is not surprising that it appears consistently in my work." At right, Fly Charlotte (antique Charlotte doll, irradiated quartz, freshwater pearls, crystals and sterling silver).
Meighan Morrison is in a two-person show, Shades of Black and Blue, with artist Clyde Theophilus McLaughlin at Blends Gallery, with opening reception, Fri. April 5, 5-9pm and viewing Sat. April 6, 5-8pm. At right is Meighan's Untitled #1819 (82x76, ink and acrylic on stretched linen; detail, click for larger image). Meighan writes that McLaughlin suggested they do a show together at Blends with the theme being blue. "I can’t seem to get away from black, so a few weeks later the show became Black and Blue. The idea behind #1819 is that it feels both heavy and light and it’s that coupling that makes the painting work for me."
Cynthia Mullins is having a solo show, A Spring Preview, Contemporary Florals by Cynthia Mullins at Oak and Oil Gallery (89 Katonah Ave, Katonah, NY), opening with a reception for the artist Fri. March 22, 5 - 8 pm., and running through April 28th. Cindy will be showing a selection of floral work in oil including several millefleur pieces (an overall pattern of many small plants and flowers as found in tapestries), and a triptych called "Intimates." At right, Millefleur I (2019, oil on board, 12x12; click for larger image).
Amy Oestreicher's performance of Passageways: Songs of Connections, Abnormal and Sublimeher song cycle, with mixed media artwork projections and original compositions, at New York's Triad Theatre March 16 was reportedly a great success and tickets are available for Amy's repeat performance March 31. The show interweaves storytelling, humor, and art, as the creativity of the artist becomes an unexpected “passageway” through profound crisis. See video here.
Chris Perry, the book artist, does not have any of his work in Freed Formats: the book reconsidered, but he did co-curate the show with fellow book artist Alice Walsh. It's a traveling exhibition of 135 works of book art from 53 artists representing 17 U.S. states and 2 countries. It opens simultaneously Sat. March 30 at the Ridgefield Guild of Arts (with a reception 4-6pm), and at the Mark Twain Library, Redding. There will be classes in book making for adults and children, artist's talks, and the screening of an award-winning film, a form of book art itself. See article in WAG Magazine. At right, detail of Vivian Rombaldi Seppey’s Flying Words (2014)
Ben Quesnel, together with Michael Manning, and Stacey Cleary, has been supervising the newly formed Curator's Club at Greenwich's Eastern Middle School, as part of the Developing Artist project, funded by the Greenwich Alliance for Education and the CT Office of the Arts, through its Regional Initiative Grant (administered by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County). The Curator's Club hosted its first exhibition at the First Bank of Greenwich recently, highlighting environmental art and the projects that the Greenwich eighth-grade middle school artists created at Tod’s Point in collaboration with SPURSE, a Connecticut-based creative design consultancy that focuses on social, ecological and ethical transformation. The show includes photography, a paper airplane installation, and a participatory art piece that provides visitors with the opportunity to physically connect with the artwork in the show. The exhibit will be on display through April 17th during the Bank’s operating hours. Above: Members of the curators club, Frank Gaudio, artist educators Stacey Cleary, Ben Quesnel and Michael Manning. More...
Poet Gwen North Reiss is currently working in the territory between literature and the visual arts, and has two "cut-paper sonnets" that were accepted into the Carriage Barn Art Center’s Spectrum Contemporary Art Show: DITTO,  an exhibition of multiples, opening with a reception Sat. April 6th, 5-7pmCut Paper Sonnet #1 and #2 explore the rhyming and metric patterns of the sonnet form in poetry and are modeled on particular sonnets by William Wordsworth and Gwendolyn Brooks. At right detail of Cut Paper Sonnet #1 (Bristol board, 14x11; click for complete image).
Julliette Tehrani has a solo show, Nature Abstracted (March 30-April 28), at the Loft Artists Association, with a reception Sat. April 6, 5-7pm. The exhibit includes her new paintings on aluminum, reflecting her ongoing exploration of new ideas and materials. Julliette's paintings are quite mysterious. She says, "I love working on aluminum, because it enables the paint to be moved around in ways not possible on more traditional surfaces. Magic is created when intended outcomes develop into unplanned random occurrences." At right, Just Back (acrylic on canvas, 48x60; detail)
Lee Walther's photograph Seen/Unseen that had been juried into the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' Camera Works show, has also been accepted, with its companion, at right, into the Carriage Barn Arts Center's 29th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Exhibition: DITTO. opening Sat. April 6, 5-7pm.  About these pieces, Lee has written: "I am very conscious of what is seen and unseen…..for example the faces and “Tree Spirits” I photograph, which some viewers may still not see. I am reminded of Georgia O'Keefe's words: "Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven’t time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
New member Sherri Wolfgang is having her first solo show in New York this weekend. The exhibition, American Pathos, the title of her latest series of oil paintings, opened at Dacia Gallery, 53 Stanton St., New York, Thurs. March 21, and will run through March 31. At right, Let's Be Friends (2019, oil on canvas, 40x60; detail, click for complete image). Sherri has commented that her American Pathos series "combines Renaissance sensibilities with contemporary cultural figures."

Sat. March 23: Artists Collective of Westport, Spring Pop-Up Exhibition. Artists Talks, 3pm (Sue Benton, Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Camille Eskell, Kat Evans, Scott Glaser, Mary Ellen Hendricks, Jana Ireijo, Amy Kaplan, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Susan Newbold, and Norm Siegel.)
Sat. March 30: Chris Perry, co-curator,  Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, opening reception, 4-6pm; Mark Twain Library, 10am - 6pm.
Fri. April 5: Meighan Morrison, Shades of Blue and Black. Opening Reception, 5-9pm.

Sat. April 6: Lisa Berger in Rusted Relics, Gallery of Still River Editions. Opening Reception, 6-8pm. Nancy speaks about her work at 6:30pm
Sat. April 6: Julliette Tehrani, Nature Abstracted, Loft Artists Association. Opening reception, 5-7pm.
Sun. April 7: Paper 2019, Silvermine Arts Center. Opening Reception, 2-4pm (Lisa Berger, Ann Chernow, Liz Leggett, Barbara Ringer, and Gregg Welz)

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association presents the 46th Annual Westport Fine Arts Festival taking place July 20 & 21, 2019, in downtown Westport, back on Main Street, its original location. Last year saw record sales and attendance. Original artwork in Painting, Watercolor, Photography, Sculpture, Drawing, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Glass, Ceramics, Fiber, Jewelry, Wood and Digital Art will be viewed by thousands of patrons from Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. With a long-standing tradition in the arts, Westport is the perfect backdrop to support this 46th annual event. Westport Fine Arts Festival is a Juried Fine Arts Festival which features the artwork of 175 Artists. The show is juried for quality in original fine arts and fine crafts. All artists are eligible to win media prizes and will be highlighted during the two day event. Artists will be the focus of the show and all efforts will be made to ensure an artist-friendly environment for your maximum success! Along with the Westport DMA, the show is under the direction of Gordon Fine Arts. Register here. If you prefer to send a $40 check for jury fee made payable to WDMA, submit all information requested on the application and mail to: WDMA attn: Fine Art Festival, 56 Church Lane, Westport, CT 06880. Please email your five images (4 of your artwork and 1 of your display) hereImages should be clear and not larger than 3 mg, no larger than 1200 - 1800 pixels, Zapp format works fine. Online or postmark deadline: March 23, 2019

On Thursday April 4, The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport is holding a live fundraising art auction, presented by Joseph Scott Galleries! To prepare for this event, the Klein is organizing a juried art contest to determine five winning entries and 10 runners-up. The 10 runners-up will have their art displayed in the Klein Mezzanine Gallery for the duration of the event. Artists will receive 100% of what their piece is sold for. The purchase of a $10 auction ticket grants you one submission. Limit 3 submissions per artist. Win or lose, you will still receive a ticket to the auction. To enter, purchase a ticket to the art auction. Email your full name and order confirmation number, a jpeg of your submission, medium(s), measurements of piece, and price point to this addressRequirements: All artists must live in Connecticut. Mediums accepted: paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Minimum size: 16in x 18in; maximum size: 48in x 48in. Paintings should be wired. Last day to submit: March 28, 2019. For all ages! Important information for winners and runner-ups: The Klein is not responsible for lost or stolen paintings. Artists must sign a release before selling/displaying artwork. Runner-ups: if you do not bring your artwork to The Klein by April 1, 2019, you will lose your spot.

The 118th Annual Exhibition of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club will be juried by Dr. Elizabeth Hodermarsky, the Sutphin Family Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at Yale University Art Gallery. She will award prizes in excess of $4000 with additional funds available for purchases to the NHP&CC Permanent Collection. The exhibition will be on view at the Susan B. Hilles Gallery at the Creative Arts Workshop from May 11- June 1. Selected work must be hand delivered to the Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St. New Haven, CT. Eligible media include drawing, painting, mixed media (no larger than 40" in width) and sculpture (no heavier than 75 lbs). Giclees, photography, digital work and video are not eligible for entry. Entry fees: $20 first entry; $15 additional entries (up to 3 total). Submit entries via
Notification by April 15. Accepted work to be hand delivered May 2 or May 4. Complete prospectus here.
MAY 31

The Moondance International Film Festival ian independent annual film festival and awards competition that takes place in the fall in Boulder, CO. The Moondance mission is to entertain, inform, inspire, encourage and educate. We honor those artists who, through their creative work, actively increase awareness, provide multiple viewpoints, address complex social issues, and strengthen ties between international audiences At Moondance, you can come together with other writers, directors and producers to create new opportunities, develop tools for success and forge new alliances within the international film and entertainment industry. Moondance is currently accepting submissions in the following categories: feature and short screenplays, stage plays, short stories, libretti, treatments, animation films, feature and short narrative and documentary films, drone films, radio plays. See detailed submission categories here. Entry form is here.

Curtain Call, the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford, is preparing for the final show of its season. The 1984 musical, Big River, based on the Mark Twain novel from 100 years earlier, "Huckleberry Finn," won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, among others. Auditions for all roles and ensemble will be held Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2, at The Kweskin Theatre. Performances of Big River will be held in The Kweskin Theatre, June 7 through 22. Rehearsals begin April 8. Full details, including audition scenes and songs, are available at  All roles are open. Especially seeking African American actors for leading and featured roles. Those auditioning should prepare a brief song (something from the show is fine) and be prepared to read from the script if asked. You may also be asked to learn a brief dance combination.  For more information, call 203-329-8207 or write  

The Franklin Furnace Fund supports artists from all over the world with grants of between $2,000 to 10,000 for the development of performance work to be presented in New York City. Applications go through an all-artist panel review process. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace. Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. Every year the panel changes, as do the definitions of "early career artist" and "performance art." So if at first you don't succeed, please try again. For more information about The Franklin Furnace Fund, please read the 2019-20 Application Guidelines and eligibility requirements. The online application can be accessed after successfully completing the eligibility questionnaire.

Created in 1993 to further the Foundation for Contemporary Arts' mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who: 
● Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other funding;
● Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the U.S., for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Each month FCA receives an average of 80 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, averaging $1,500. We recommend artists review all of our eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. You may also complete our Eligibility Questionnaire, but please note that the questionnaire is not a substitute for a thorough review of program guidelines.
For information on current Emergency Grantees, follow FCA on Facebook and Instagram.
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Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua InstitutionIn this four-part online workshop series on building a sustainable career and creative life, Louden will focus on leveraging artists’ inherent creativity, thinking outside the box about creating opportunities and building relationships. Louden will review relevant information and examples of artists building communities that help empower those willing to put in the work to turn generosity into opportunities.
Content will include:
● Honing communication skills
● Methodologies to follow when a new opportunity is identified
● Approaching arts professionals without a referral
● Best practices for building a community of artists.
Louden will share the expertise she has gained through collaborations and conversations with gallery owners, museum professionals, critics, curators and others in different art communities. The workshop series is specifically designed to empower artists, demonstrate pragmatic approaches to sustaining a creative life, and build relationships into communities. In addition, there will be multiple touch-points of correspondence between Sharon and participants throughout the four-week duration that will include extensive sharing of documents and answering of questions. At the conclusion of the series, Sharon will be made available for one-on-one consultations where she can answer questions specific to each artist’s situation.
Workshop Dates:
Part 1: Monday, April 1, 7-8:30pm ET
Part 2: Monday, April 8, 7-8:30pm ET
Part 3: Monday, April 15, 7-8:30pm ET
Part 4: Monday, April 22, 7-8:30pm ET

After the workshop series concludes, participants will be given the opportunity to sign up for an additional one-on-one consultation with Sharon Louden. Consultations are 45-minutes long and take place by phone or video conference. The price is $90. 15 sessions will be made available. This online workshop series will be recorded. Recordings will be shared with all previously registered participants after each workshop concludes, regardless of whether participants attend the live workshop or not. The recordings will be posted online indefinitely. They are not available for download. Click here for more information about Sharon, and to register.

Assets for Artists is back with FREE professional development workshops for artists in all disciplines, with support from U.S.D.A.'s Rural Business Development Grant Program. To request a seat, email Briana at with your name, home address, and artist website or brief description of your artistic practice.
Artist in Business
Dee Boyle Clapp
Apr 7, 
N. Adams, MA
Apr 129:30am-5pm 
Warwick, RI
May 11, 10am-4pm
New London, CT
Dee directs the Arts Extension Service at UMASS and here will introduce the elements of a business plan and information helpful for running an artist-based business. Learn how to create attainable business goals that shape the future of your art-based business. Best for commercial and craft-based artists.
Business Thinking for Performing Artists.   Amy Smith
Apr 22, 10am-5pm
Providence, RI
Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater and Performance Institute in Philadelphia, will help performing artists in all fields (music, dance, theater, comedy, etc.) set goals and learn skills they can implement right away. Issues related to self-employment, long term financial thinking, "real cost" budgeting for projects and for your life.
Branding & Marketing for Visual Artists
Jessica Burko
May 2, 1-6pm
Bristol, RI
May 17, 1-6
Winsted, CT
Boston-based exhibiting artist, curator, and arts marketing professional on how to better present work, identify target audience, and create a detailed marketing plan. Day following workshop, artists can meet individually (for 30 minutes) for in-depth discussion of specific concerns.
Understanding Your Visual Art Practice as a Business
Kim Faler
May 8, 1-6pm
N. Adams, MA
Installation artist, awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies, will create a framework for understanding artists' practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Guidance on improving artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising.
NYFA: Business of Art | The Artist’s Survival Guide to Tax Season
Read the NYFA Guide to Tax Season put together by Mirielle Clifford. Includes:
● A Note on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)
● Decide Whether You Mean Business
● Channel Your Inner Organizational Nerd
● Gather Your Tax Allies
● Key Resources

The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District  (DSSD) seeks to retain a Website Development Consultant to design and develop a web platform to align with new branding and communications goals connected with the Colorful Bridgeport campaign. Colorful Bridgeport is a new, integrated marketing and streetscape beautification campaign that aims to represent the woven tapestry of Bridgeport, while highlighting the beautiful and vibrant overlapping of forms, shapes, and colors that intersect in the Downtown. The Project Goal: To build a web platform that communicates a sense of place for Downtown Bridgeport using the principles of the Colorful Bridgeport campaign. In particular, the web platform should communicate that sense of place by highlighting Downtown Bridgeport businesses, cultural institutions, public spaces, residential offerings, events, and programming produced by the DSSD and partner organizations. Project responsibilities: The Consultant will manage the Bridgeport DSSD’s website development process under the creative direction of our marketing agency, The Bananaland. The purpose of the collaboration is to ensure that resulting work product achieves the Colorful Bridgeport campaign goals and expresses our views creatively. Below are high-level responsibilities, as well as examples of specific tasks the DSSD is expecting the selected Consultant to undertake.
● Design and implement a mobile ready storytelling platform that attracts high levels of web traffic, and allows for constituent engagement. The platform must use media queries to allow the website to scale correctly to all mobile devices and be compatible with the last three versions of primary web browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
● Integrate a content management system, preferably WordPress, that is user friendly for DSSD members to generate, edit, publish, and share engaging content daily (e.g. original text, photos, videos, and news), including embedded curated feeds from the DSSD’s social media channels.
● Create space to house content currently in production. Please refer to the attached production timeline for examples of content.
● Migrate selected content from, including calendar, individual business information, and DSSD-specific reporting requirements.
● Clearly connect the web platform’s sense of place for Downtown Bridgeport and the role of theDSSD in that place.
● Set specific metrics and monitoring/ reporting processes compatible with the goal of the website, particularly focusing on success factors pointing to search engine optimization, web traffic, and audience engagement.
The website development process is expected to begin the week of April 15, 2019, with expected delivery of the final web platform by June 15, 2019. This scope of work is contract-based (IRS Form 1099). Proposals are not to exceed $15,000 for this scope of activity. The DSSD reserves the right to adjust the billable hours, and staffing levels, of any contractor on a regular basis. See complete RFP.

The Norwalk Arts Commission is seeking social media and communications services for the Norwalk Arts Commission. Services provided are aimed to help grow and engage our community with the Norwalk arts.While the Commission has successfully leveraged volunteer social media and communications services, the organization realizes that the ongoing growth, visibility, and viability of the Commission and its services depend on engaging professional services. The fee is $2,000 for the period of April-Dec 2019. Expectations are that 2 hours a week of social media/ communication services will be provided. Roles and Responsibilities:
● Assist in the development and implementation of a social media strategy for Instagram and Facebook
● Create engaging social media posts across platforms showcasing NAC, local: artists, art, and art venues
● Create and promote NAC Facebook events
● Search and/or share art related FB events on NAC social media platforms
● Manage social media inquiries, comments, and requests
●  Work with the Communications Manager for the city to help promote important events and/or information
● Provide metrics as requested on NAC social media presence
● Assist in communicating web changes and updates as needed
● Update NAC mailing lists as needed
● Assistance with misc. social media and communications related projects as neede
● Assist in the design and distribution of occasional e-blasts and a bi-annual e-newsletter
Skills and experience required:
● 3-5 years of experience in social media
● Proficient in social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram
●  Strong and effective communicator, with excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
● Excellent understanding of branding
● Ability to take high quality photos with your phone for social media
● Photo editing skills
● Interest and enthusiasm for the arts
● Proficiency in Canva (or similar program) or willingness to learn
● Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook
Educational requirements:
● Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Marketing or Communications preferred, but solid experience and a proactive personality are most important.
Proposal: The commission invites those interested in providing these social media and communications services to submit a proposal to Please put “Social Media and Communications” in subject line.
Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019
Required elements: 
1. Cover letter 
2. Resume
Please send questions to:

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is accepting applications from individuals interested in an internship through the Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI)AWI provides paid internships to Connecticut college students, emerging creative professionals and military veterans at arts and cultural organizations throughout Connecticut. COA will select 37 individuals, a combination of college, emerging professionals and veterans, who have interest in arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts. These individuals will be matched with an organization that is aligned with their specific professional goals and desired career track.  To be eligible, an individual must: ● Be a Connecticut resident; ● Have availability to successfully complete the program (intern-ships must take place between June 1, 2019 - Sept. 30, 2019); ● Have interest in: arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media, performing, or visual arts, arts education, or literary arts; ● Be enrolled in an accredited college or university or be an emerging arts professional (for the "40 and Under" category); ● Be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces (for the "Veterans In  Arts Workforce" category). For location of internship hosts, click here. Important Information:
● Notification of selections will take place on or before May 13, 2019; 
● The internship must take place between June and Sept. 30, 2019; 
● An intern is required to complete a total of 250 hours between June 1 and Sept.30; 
● Selected interns will determine a work schedule with the host organization; 
● Interns will receive payment from the host organization where their internship will take place; 
● Host organizations will be granted $3,750 per intern and will pay the intern at the rate of $15 per hour.
For further information and to apply online, click here.

Sorelle Gallery Fine Art, located in New Canaan, has an immediate need for a Senior Art Advisor, an exceptional person, to join our growing gallery. This is a full time position responsible to promote and sell works of art in the gallery and online. You will meet with prospective clients, be responsible for displaying artwork that's for sale, transport art to local buyers, and gallery administration. Position Requirements 
• Successful sales experience 
• Knowledge of contemporary art market 
• Excellent negotiating skills 
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) 
• Excellent people skills 
• Excellent customer service skills 
• Well-organized and attentive to detail 
• A demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently 
• Technologically Savvy, experience with Photoshop, Salesforce and Shopify a bonus
• Clean driver’s license 
• Experience and able to install and hang artwork. Compensation based on experience. At Sorelle we strive to create in-gallery and online experiences that inspire, inform, delight and empower our customers to find artwork that lifts their spirit and will make their homes more beautiful than they ever thought possible. We are passionate about problem solving and we thrive on meaningful interactions. We believe that offering great artwork makes for happy, satisfied, and loyal customers. We have fun taking work seriously. Please email cover letter; Resume with a minimum of 3 professional references to References will only be contacted after speaking with applicant. Absolutely no phone calls or walk-ins, please. References will only be contacted after speaking with applicant.

"I teach art as a volunteer one day a week in a charter school for kids who are academically challenged. One of my students, a smart and talented eighth grader, would like to find work with a practicing artist, either after school hours, on the weekends, or during the summer.
Her goals are: improving her own skills, being around more artists, and helping or assisting to make, teach, or display art. 
If you think you might like to help, please contact me, Alissa Siegal at  Thank you. Please note that a background check is required."
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Darien Arts Center: Office Manager
Greenwich Historical Society: Manager of Youth Programs
Mar. 23: Westport Fine Arts Festival: Submission Deadline
Mar. 25: SCORE Workshop, Stamford: Creative Business Legal & Tax Tips - Register
Mar. 25-26 COA: Financial Fundamentals Free Workshop. Register here
Mar. 28: The Klein: Art Show and Live Auction Contest: Submission Deadline
Mar. 29: Real Art Ways: Real Art Awards for Emerging Artists Application Deadline

April c1: New Haven Paint & Clay Club: 118th Annual Exhibition: Submission Deadline
April c1: Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Artists: Application Deadline
April 12: Carriage Barn Arts Center: The Art of Being a Girl  Submission Deadline
April 19: CT Center for the Book: CT Book Awards Submissions Deadline
April 30: NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Application Deadline

May 31: Moonlight International Film Festival (screenplays, stage plays, short stories, libretti, treatments, films, and more): Submission Deadline


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