Subject: Artists Newsletter March 25, 2018

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
March 25, 2018
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If you missed our monthly broadcast interview show, Spotlight on Arts & Culture, on Who Cares About Public Art? you can hear it on the podcast available here. Hear about artist Holly Danger's work with digital video in public spaces, artist Cris Dam's murals in Berlin, his sister's coffee bar, Lorca, in Stamford, and elsewhere, and Norwalk Art Commission chair, Susan Wallerstein's work with WPA murals, the Norwalk Housing Authority, public sculpture inventories - and much more! Listen here, "like" and leave a comment!
Your opportunity to nominate the Artist, Citizen, Corporation, Educator and/or Nonprofit for our Annual Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards has just been extended through today, Fri. March 23. Don't forget! Please let us know your thoughts about who you believe has made the most significant artistic and cultural contributions to our community, or has best supported the arts and culture sector through volunteerism and/or patronage. These awards are 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.  Click here to make your nominations.
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Rosa E. Colón, a 1985 graduate of Colombia’s Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Interior Decoration), studied Architectural Expression at the National University of Colombia, while taking private classes in oil painting. Emigrating to the U.S. in 2000, she was taught by Florence-trained master artist Enzo Russo, participating in mixed media/collage classes at Norwalk Community College. Her work has been featured in a variety of solo and group exhibitions throughout the tri-state area’s galleries, corporations and universities since 2002, and she has curated several shows, including Hispanic Heritage Month at Shackler Gallery, and “Flower Perfume” at Arte Inc.  in New Haven. She is one of the founding members of, the Stamford-based art collaborative art group, has conducted many workshops, has been a juror for several art competitions, and has donated her work to several social and civic organizations including, but not limited to Literacy Volunteers, Laurel House, Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, and the Beardsley Zoo. Rosa writes that her floral-themed portrayals "blossom with the passion and praise of nature as connoted by my familial roots, national origin and my inextricable linkage to, and engagement with, my natural surroundings." Her skill captures significant moments inspired by her fascination with nature’s multifarious forms, labyrinthine shapes and vibrant colors. Her work, which primarily features oils, pressed flowers and leaves, watercolor and cold porcelain; embodies a multihued, hyperrealist style that emphasizes her character and personality. Rosa is currently a member of the board of the Stamford Art Association, and the Loft Artists Association, is a private art teacher-mentor, and a watercolor art instructor at Stamford Public Schools’ Office of Adult & Continuing Education. See Rosa's website, and Facebook page.

Connie Manna was born and raised in New York, earning her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she was inspired and influenced by the illustrators and painters, Marshall Arisman, Gil Stone, Carl Titolo and Mary Heilmann. As a freelance illustrator, she worked for medical magazines, advertising agencies, book publishers, general interest magazines and computer software companies. She has had several solo shows, and has also participated in several group exhibitions in New York and the tri-state area, as well as in Washington DC. Currently based in Stratford, Connie is an Art Instructor at the Guilford Art Center, as well as a Continuing Education Art Instructor for the Stratford Board of Education. She comments that her paintings, "hearken back to a time when our society was driven more by human experience than virtual reality. Inspiration springs from observing the world around me and injecting each scene with a sense of memory - both personal and collective. Extremes of light, dark and shadow define the subject and conveys a distinct mood, much like the works of Edward Hopper or Rene Magritte." She says that her process usually begins with inspiration from a particular place – somewhere she has visited, photographed, recalled or imagined: "That which inspires me quite literally stops me in my tracks. I draw a series of rough sketches and then create the subsequent painting by reinterpreting the scene, defining the mood, and capturing the feel of a specific moment." Connie says she finds contemporary life to be rushed, so she intends her paintings to provide an opportunity to slow down and take pause: "The painting process calms my spirit, and a sense of quiet introspection and reflection is passed on to the viewer." See Connie's website.


Designer, color and renovation specialist, and Westport-based artist, Dorothy Robertshaw has been a self-employed interior designer since 1983. Passionate about art from earliest childhood, she works joyfully in a wide range of art media, moving effortlessly among oil, acrylic, encaustic wax, pastel, wood, glass and mixed media to achieve her results. Deeply inspired by nature, Dorothy paints from her imagination to create the richly textured, exuberantly colorful water and landscapes she sees in her mind's eye. Since her first exhibition in 1968, Dorothy has created and sold her works internationally. That creative fluidity in Dorothy's art practice inspires her work as an interior designer, a career she has enjoyed for 43 years. She graduated cum laude in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and is an accredited member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID). "As both an artist and an interior designer, I feel that art is the center jewel of a room. Sometimes my design work flows from a signature piece of art; sometimes it becomes the perfect completion to an all over ode to color, content and form." Dorothy is a member of the Saint Philip Art Guild (SPAG) and the Westport Arts Center. See her Instagram page.  
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Elizabeth Agresta, Painter
Valerie Ahneman, Musician
Peter Alexander, Landscape 
Kristen Ambrosi, Painter
Tracey Anderson-Kollar, Visual 
Francesca Andre, Filmmaker and
Leslee Asch, Curator, Writer
Frances Ashforth, Painter/ 
Judith Bacal, Designer
Anna Badini, Painter
Mary Bailey, Sculptor & Writer
Louise Baranger, Musician
Patrice Barrett, Painter
Nina Bentley, Mixed Media/
Sue Benton, Photographer
Paul Berger, Photographer
Karla Bernstein, Photographer
Thomas Berntsen, Photographer/
Binnie Birstein, Painter/
Elise Black, Painter
Tara Blackwell, Painter
Christina Blais, Quilter
Ziggy Bober, Sculptor
Amy Bock, Painter
Andrea Bonfils, Mixed Media Artist
Dennis Bradbury, Photographer
Carolyn Brady, Photographer
Nancy Breakstone, Photographer
Eric Brennan, Singer
Michael Brennecke, Painter
Wendy Brest, Mixed Media
Lucienne Buckner, Sculptor
Bevi Bullwinkel, Painter
Miggs Burroughs, Graphic Artist
Trace Burroughs, New Media
Joy Bush, Photographer
Louise Cadoux, Painter/Sculptor
Bob Callahan, Painter
Donna Callighan, Photographer
Patricia Campbell, Dancer
Linn Cassetta, Printmaker
Polly Castor, Painter
Carolyn Cavolo, Dancer
Ann Chernow, Painter/Printmaker
Eric Chiang, Painter
Frederic Chiu, Pianist
Yvonne Claveloux, Painter
Elaine Clayton, Painter and Writer
Alicia Cobb, Painter
Joyce Colburn, Painter
Heidi Lewis Coleman, Mixed
Rosa Colón, Painter, Mixed Media
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans, Photographer/
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn Dahl, Painter
Cris Dam, Painter/Muralist
Holly Danger, Video Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos Davila, Painter, Sculptor
Jane Davila, Fiber Artist/Mixed
Cortney Davis, Writer
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
   Sculptor/ Furniture Maker/
Emily Derr, Illustrator/Designer
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf, Painter
Jan Dilenschneider, Painter
Eugenie Diserio, Painter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Mixed
Erin Dolan, Painter
Amy Dolego, Photography
Jennifer Drolet, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed Media
Katherine Evans, Painter
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
Rosaida Flores, Dancer
David Laurence Flynn, Lighting
Heide Follin, Painter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet, Painter/ 
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott Glaser, Painter
William Glaser, Photographer
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Danielle Goldstein, Photographer
Ellen Gordon, Painter
Sue Brown Gordon, Painter/
Ellen Gould, Photographer
Nicole Grant-Paul, Painter
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician
Len Grayeck, Painter
Jen Greely, MultiMedia/
Mindy Green, Mixed Media
Carolina Guimarey, Mixed Media
Barry Guthertz, Photographer
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman, Photographer
Mary Harold, Photographer
Julie Headland, Painter/
Adair Heitmann, Printmaker
Kate Henderson, Mixed Media
MaryEllen Hendricks,
Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/Mixed
Lenore Eggleston Herbst, Dancer
Tracy Hoffman, Photographer &
Veronica Hofstetter, Painter
Bruce Horan, Painter/Printmaker
Elizabeth Howard, Writer
Sonya Huber, Writer
Yuko Ike, Painter
Jana Ireijo, Painter
Sholeh Janati, Painter
Martin Johnston, Sculptor
Renée Kahn, Painter/Sculptor
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic Artist
Amy Kaplan, Painter
Natasha Karpinskaia, Painter
Ed Katz, Theatre Critic
Emily Kelting, Photographer
Karen Kent, Painter
Elisa Keogh, Photographer
Susan Keown, Painter/Mixed
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   Photographer ASSOCIATE
Niki Ketchman, Sculptor/
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Xiao Mai Kong, Painter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Joanie Landau, Jewelry 
Lydia Larson, Painter
Paul Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual Artist/
Phyllis Lee, Visual Artist
Julie Leff, Painter
Susan Leggitt, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shelley Lowell, Painter/Sculptor
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Katya Lebrija, Painter/Mixed
Mark Macrides, Painter, Collagist
Jessica Makin, Painter/ 
Connie Manna, Painter
Mary Manning, Painter/
Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Ruben Marroquin, Fiber Artist
Nadia Martinez, MultiMedia
Sooo-z Mastropietro, Multimedia
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool, 
Carole McClintock, Painter
Grace S. McEnaney, Painter
Nancy McTague-Stock, Mixed  
Shanna Melton, Poet
Kristin Merrill, Jeweler/Sculptor
Toby Michaels, Painter
Jay Misencik, Photographer
Duvian Montoya, Painter
Brechin Morgan, Painter
Day Moore, Painter
Nancy Moore, Painter

Meighan Morrison, Painter
Carol Mueller,   
CynthiaMullins, Painter
Susan Murray, Painter
Aisha Nailah, Mixed Media/ 
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Karen Neems, Photographer
Susan Newbold, Painter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill Nichols, Painter
Eddie Niño, Painter
Judy Noel, Painter
Julie O’Connor, Photographer
Kazumasa Oda, Painter
Amy Oestreicher, Performing/
   Visual Artist
Melissa Orme, Painter
Rose Palmiero, Painter
Parkway South, Musicians
Judy Peknik, Painter
Louisa Percudani, Producer,
Justin Perlman, Sculptor
Chris Perry, Book Artist
Jay Petrow, Painter
Laura Pflug, Painter
Diane Pollack, Mixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter ASSOCIATE
Lynn Carlson Popat, Painter
Joseph Provey, Painter
Jennifer Prat, Photographer
Elizabeth Quesada, Painter
Ben Quesnel, Sculptor, 
Cynthia Quintanal, Sound Healer
Lauren Rago, Mixed Media
Tim Reimer, Painter
Gwen North Reiss, Poet
Rick Reyes, Singer/Songwriter
Barbara Ringer, Photographer
Mariya Rivera, Painter
Dorothy Robertshaw, Mixed Media
Christian Roesch, Painter
Alyse Rosner, Painter/Mixed
Richard Sadlon, Musicians
Renee Santhouse, Graphic Artist
Jill Sarver, Painter
Roxanne Faber Savage, Visual 
Ellen Schiffman, Fiber Artist
Norma Schlager, Fiber Artist
Marianne R. Schmidt, Painter
Lisa Seidenberg, Filmmaker
Rick Shaefer, Visual Artist
Barbara Shea, Writer
Alissa Siegal, Painter
Norm Siegel, Painter
Lisa P. Silberman, Photographer
Nomi Silverman, Graphic Artist
Phyllis Sinrich, Photographer
Megan Smith-Harris, Writer/ 
Cleo Sonneborn, Painter
Rene Soto, Painter
Liz Squillace, Painter/Printmaker
Connie Stancell, Painter
Sergei Stepanenko, Painter
Kevin Stevens, Mixed Media
Barbara Stewart, Painter
Pam Stoddart, Painter
Florence Suerig, Visual Artist
Susan Tabachnick, Sculptor
Juliette Tehrani, Painter
Mick Theebs, Writer/Painter
Alicia Thompson, Actress/
Dara Tomeo, Painter
Kris D. Toohey, Painter
Andrea Towey, Musician
Ruth Kalla Ungerer, Printmaker
Amy Vensel, Painter
Vincent Verrillo, Painter
Karen Vogel, Painter
Lee Walther, Mixed Media
Peggy Weis, MultiMedia
Cynthia Whalen, Painter
Joan Wheeler, Painter
Al Coyote Weiner, Painter
Ann Weiner, MultiMedia
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Jahmane West, MultiMedia
Elizabeth White, MultiMedia
Justin Wiest, Painter
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Jen Williams, Painter
Tammy Winser, Mixed Media
Nancy Woodward, Photographer/
   Mixed Media
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual Artist
Greg Ziebell, Painter
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Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Dawn Dahl, Heide Follin, Sherry Lowell, and Julliette Tehrani were all juried into The Greenwich Art Society 101st Annual Members Exhibition at The Bendheim Gallery on the 2nd floor at Greenwich Art Center through April 13, 2018. The show was juried by Randall R. Griffey, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Nancy Breakstone, Michael Brennecke, Bevi Bullwinkel, Trace Burroughs, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Kat Evans, Heide Follin, Megan Garbe, Rhonda Gentry, Ellen Gould, Mary Harold, Barbara Loss, Nancy Moore, Cynthia Mullins, Julia O'Connor, Barbara Ringer, Lisa Paulette Silberman, Kris Toohey, and Lee Walther all have work in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Universe members show, running through April 15.
Alicia Cobb, Jane Davila, Marcella Kovac, Shanna Melton, Susan Murray, and Liz Squillace are six of the ten women whose commitment to the arts in Bridgeport is celebrated in Ten Women, Ten Years, at City Lights Gallery, opening Thurs. March 22 and running through May 11. The show marks the opening of the 10th year of the Bridgeport Art Trail.
Kristen Ambrosi, Patrice Barrett, Jane Davila, Gwen Hendrix, Phyllis Lee, Meighan Morrison, and Susan Murray, artists who have studios in Bridgeport's NEST Arts Factory, are featured in North, East, Space, Time: NEST Artists @ The Schelfhaudt Gallery, curated by David Green, opening with a reception on Thurs. April 5,  5:30-7:30pm, at The University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery.
Lisa Cuscuna, Joyce Grasso, Susan Leggitt, and Dale Najarian have work in In the Moment, a show of the landscape paintings of 8 artists at The Fairfield Public Library's Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, March 24 through May 12, with a reception April 7, 4:30-7pm and an art talk April 11, 7-8:30pm.
Frances Ashforth's Water + Words folio will be shown as part of the show, Three Journeys: Frances Ashforth, Tatiana Ginsberg & Jan Palethorpe  curated by Essye Klempner, at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Blackburn 20/20, in New York, opening with  a reception, April 5th, 6-8pm. A 2-year project, the folio was a hand-printed, limited edition, in which the "words" of 11 conservationists were combined with Frances'  ideas, images and design. Dedicated to those who work daily towards the preservation of our most precious resource, water, the folio was printed at CCP by master printer Christopher Shore.
Patrice Barrett has a number of her colorful portraits in North, East, Space, Time: NEST Artists @ The Schelfhaudt Gallery, opening with a reception on Thurs. April 5,  5:30-7:30pm, at The University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt GalleryAt right is Henry's Green Chair (2017, acrylic, frisket, pastels on board, 25.5x31, detail; click for complete image). Patrice says the piece is a portrayal of her childhood memory of her grandfather, and his debilitating battle with Alzheimers.
Nancy Breakstone had her photograph Threads (30” x 30” at right) juried into the Neoteric Abstract IV Exhibition at the Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY, April 5-28 (opening reception, Sat. April 7, 4:30-7pm). Nancy also has three photographs now showing at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' Universe Members Show, running through April 15.
Trace Burroughs just completed an album of songs he wrote, produced, and lead sing on. Love & Anguish is  R & B/Contemporary Pop/Bluesie Pop. Click title to give it a listen. Trace was a drummer for many decades and switched over to singing 7 years ago.
Linn Cassetta has a solo show, Egg Works at Southport Galleries, opening with a reception, Fri. March 23, 5-8pm. Linn has been immersed for a while now in an exploration of EGGS, which she regards as "The Most Perfect Thing." Her mediums include painting (oil) and encaustic collagraph. She says she is in the business of making things beautiful and making beautiful things. See video at right for a brief tour of her work and the show.
Heidi Lewis Coleman is currently exhibiting her Rivendell 2  mixed media piece (2016, acrylic & cut paper on unstretched canvas with wooden hanging rod, 58x45, detail at right, click for complete image) in the Greenwich Art Society's 101st Annual Juried Exhibition through April 13. Rivendell 2 is part of Heidi's Dreamscape Series, which reflects an exploration of landscapes inspired by the ancient lands of mythology and cultural lore, whether historical, fictional or fantastical. 
New member Rosa Colón has work in three shows currently: The LAA @ 40, at the Mayor's Gallery, through April 30; Bits and Pieces at A. I. Friedman Gallery, Port Chester, through March 31; and a solo show at The Greenwich Bank and Trust (115 East Putnam Avenue Greenwich), Flower Explorations, through April 14. At right, Hydrangea (2017, cold porcelain, 20x16, detail), one of 21 pieces at Greenwich Bank & Trust, made with different techniques: oil on canvas, watercolors, pressed flower and cold porcelain. Rosa says she was inspired to make this painting by the hydrangeas that grow in her garden every spring. She's also fascinated with the cold-porcelain technique that she learned in Colombia, as she says  it allows her to express "the real three-dimensional feeling in my artwork."
Jane Davila is of the ten women whose commitment to the arts in Bridgeport is celebrated in Ten Women, Ten Years, at City Lights Gallery, opening Thurs. March 22 and running through May 11.  At right, La Mode (2017, mixed media, 12x12), part of a series that explores abstractions of the shapes and forms of clothing, in this case a kimono. It’s constructed of paper and waxed linen from South Korea. Jane is also one of the artists in North East Space Time (see below)
Jane Davila also will have on display, in North, East, Space, Time, opening at the Schelfhaudt Gallery April 5, 5:30-7:30pm, a complete set of 54 small mixed-media works based on the classic Loteria cards from the Latin American game, similar to Bingo, that originated in Mexico in the mid 1700s. These images are iconic in Mexican culture and cover a broad spectrum of objects and people of various archetypes. These works are all constructed on a substrate of hand-dyed wool and incorporate a variety of papers and fabrics, plus hand embroidery and machine stitching. All of the works are 5” square and are 10” square framed.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon has a solo show Newof her oil paintings, embroidered collages and computer paintings at the Byram Shubert branch of the Greenwich Library (21 Mead Ave), opening with a reception Wed. April 4, 3-4:30pm, and running through April 28. Carol also has two embroideries in the Silvermine Arts Guild Pop-Up show, opening Sun March 25, 2-4pm (running through April 8) and she has two embroidered collages that were juried into the Connecticut Women Artists 2018 Juried Show at the Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar Street, New Britain, running through May 4, with an opening reception Sat. April 7, 2-4 p.m. At right Gallery Hopping (2018, embroidered assemblage, 7” diameter, 15” sq. framed, click for larger image).
Christa Forrest has a solo show, The Emerging Goddess at Loft Artists Association through April 22. A reception is being held Fri. March 23, 6-9pm. The show is presented as "an edgy, modern presentation of figurative art promoting the female as a powerful figure. Forrest shows a collection of female icons unleashing the spirit from within."
Congratulations to Scott Glaser for winning the Best Drawing prize at the 101st Greenwich Art Society Annual Show for his November 8 (2017, marker ink, 32x40; detail at right, click for complete image). This is Scott's first "neo-pointillist piece," something he calls “pointings.” Made up of 1305 1/2” squares in the grid, the piece is created by hand-stippling dots with ultra fine markers. Each multicolored square contains about 1500 dots - the entire piece is made up of innumerable dots. With no under drawing, Scott builds up layers of colors from a yellow grisaille background.
MaryEllen Hendricks' exhibition of her photographs, Thin Places, at The Gallery at Greens Farms Church closes this Friday March 30. MaryEllen will be giving a talk in the Parlor of the Church, Thurs March 20 at 10am. MaryEllen says, "The idea of Thin Places became increasingly resonant for me over the last several years as I noticed how often a special location, a place of solitude, a place of transcendence, a Thin Place, would figure in the stories of friends and acquaintances, especially when they faced challenges or crises or simply needed escape.”
Gwen Hendrix has some of her rich, abstract fiber paintings and marbling on show in North, East, Space, Time, opening at the Schelfhaudt GalleryApril 5, 5:30-7:30pm. At right, detail of Unfolding - marbling on silk. These current works of Gwen's show her exploring abstract images and patterns in marbling on silk. She says that the absence of color allows the viewer to focus on the forms that evolve during the marbling process.

Phyllis Lee has an installation of a flock of some 100 irregular, 2-12", perforated, low-fired ceramic shapes, in North, East, Space, Time, opening at the Schelfhaudt Gallery with a reception, April 5, 5:30-7:30pm. At right, a detail of of the installation. Phyllis comments that the pieces remind her of walking on the beach and letting her thoughts wander.

Susan Leggitt has eight pieces in In the Moment, the show of the landscape paintings of 8 artists at The Fairfield Public Library's Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, March 24 through May 12, with a reception April 7, 4:30-7pm. At right is Stolen Heart (2018, oil on canvas, 11x14, detail at right, click for complete image). Her work in the show reflects the new minimalist series she has been working on for the past 8 months. 
Jessica Makin had her painting Flux (2018, acrylic on paper, 9x9) juried into Healing Nature, an exhibition opening March 27 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. 56 works from 18 states were selected out of 720 submissions expressing various interpretations of the artist's relationship to the natural world and issues confronting the environment. 
Sooo-z Mastropietro has seven pieces in Smother, Stick, Cut, Collect: Vernacular Sums and Material Mythologies, a show at the Arno Maris Gallery Ely Campus Center, Westfield State University (MA) through April 21, of the work of six artists for whom "materials act as a kind of language to address personal and/or cultural mythologies, observations and behaviors." Sooo-z's pieces are: BoobTube, Chimaerrow, Collared Greens, Bachanale du Barnacle, RipTide, PILE: Perplexity of the Indubitable Laminosal ExploitMonochromania 16-1362TCX-16-1463TPG (at right, click for larger image), and an ongoing installation piece Microfiber Organisms
A vignette of work by Susan Taylor Murray, to showcase her art, as well as her business Finished With Style, along with her partner Tracey Anderson-Kollar, is featured in the 10 Women 10 Years show celebrating 10 years of the Bridgeport Art Trail at City Lights Gallery. Susan also has 23 pieces in North, East, Space, Time, opening at the Schelfhaudt Gallery April 5, 5:30-7:30. Work will include her Liquid Blue (2017, mixed media on glass, 22x10.5)
Meighan Morrison has four pieces in North, East, Space, Time: NEST Artists @ The Schelfhaudt Gallery, opening with a reception on Thurs. April 5,  5:30-7:30pm, at The University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery. At right is her Hotbed (2017, acrylic on stretched linen, 63x100, detail at right, click for complete image). Meighan comments that this painting marked the beginning of her shift to larger, more simplified work, "where the large scale amplifies the power of less...kind of a small personal rebellion against the exponential convolution of our modern lives and times."
Melissa Orme's painting Abundance (2018, acrylic on paper, 30" x 44" unframed; detail at right, click for complete image) was juried into the Greenwich Art Society's 101st Exhibition at the Bendheim Gallery, The show runs through April 13. The juror was Randall R. Griffey, Curator of Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alicia Thompson has had her short one-act play, Park Therapy, accepted into Quickies in the Stacks: Standing, a staged reading of seven short, one-acts, with the theme of Standing, at Stratford Library Sat. March 24, 2pm.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Thurs. March 29: MaryEllen Hendricks, Thin Places, Gallery at Greens Farms Church. Closing talk by the artist, with refreshments, 10am.  

Thurs. April 5: North, East, Space, Time: NEST Artists at The Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport. Opening Reception 5:30-7:30pm (Patrice Barrett, Jane Davila, Gwen Hendrix, Phyllis Lee, Meighan Morrison, and Susan Murray)

Thurs. April 5: Three Journeys, Elizabeth Foundation (323 W39 St, NYC). Opening Reception, 6-8 (Frances Ashforth)

Sat. April 7: In the Moment. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library. Opening Reception, 4:30-7pm. (Lisa Cuscuna, Joyce Grasso, Susan Leggitt, and Dale Najarian)

Sat. April 7: Neoteric Abstract IV, Limner Gallery (123 Warren St., Hudson, NY). Opening Reception, 4:30-7pm. (Nancy Breakstone),


ArtNet News reports that a new online video start up The Daily Plinth is vying to be the art-world version of YouTube. The channel seeks to aggregate and promote art-themed videos that might otherwise fall through the cracks of the internet. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation with clients, about how they’re making videos, and getting great response when they put the content on their own website and social channels,” says co-founder and publisher Cornell DeWitt. “But when tossed into the gaping maw of YouTube, it disappears.” 
And with that, the idea for a platform for art-themed video content was born. More from the ArtNet report: "The site will post videos that fall under a different theme each day of the week. Monday, for example, will be dedicated to museum exhibitions; Wednesday will be dedicated to artist studio visits; and Friday will host market-themed content. (Longer form videos including talks, lectures and mini-documentaries will wisely be reserved for Saturday.) Each month, a guest editor (curator, collector, writer, etc) will make tailored selections for the site. The venture is self-financed, DeWitt says, with “a modest amount of private investment.” (The other partners wish to remain anonymous.) Daily Plinth will not sell ads, but will accept payment for promoted posts and sponsored content. The rates for promoted content will range from around $100 to $5,000. 
DeWitt has worn many hats in the art world, including as a dealer and as an art-fair director (he was the director of Pulse from 2010 to 2013). He also worked in business development for artnet News’ parent company, artnet Worldwide. The first public video of the day was a fascinating compilation of “vault” footage from pioneering content producer Art21. The eight-minute clip is packed with enticing shots of artists in the studio describing their process, including Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Kerry James Marshall, Bruce Nauman, and Sally Mann. As the site grows, DeWitt hopes to prove there is an audience for this material and motivate galleries, museums, and other art-world denizens to produce more and better quality video. Daily Plinth “plays very much into this Instagram world,” DeWitt says. “What we’re trying to do is just pull it back a little bit more. We want to start to bring people back from this hyper-short attention span and provide a bit more engagement.”

The Artist Fellowship Program of the CT Office of the Arts recognizes the artistic excellence of individual Connecticut artists in a variety of disciplines and allows these artists the opportunity to pursue new works of art and to achieve specific creative and career goals. The program is highly competitive: over 235 applicants were received for the 2018 round with applications reviewed by 48 professional panelists representing a wide array of artistic disciplines. There are three categories of awards: an Excellence Award ($5,000), a Fellowship Award ($3,000) and an Emerging Category Award. Cultural Alliance members Ted Thomas and Carolina Guimarey were two recipients: congratulations! Here is the complete list of awardees:

Artist Fellowship Excellence Award
Mara Lieberman, West Hartford Dramatic Writing, Playwriting)
Olive Alice, Branford Performing Arts, Songwriting, Music Composition, Soundscape and Folk Music
Ted Thomas, Norwalk Performing Arts, Choreography, Ballet, Modern/Contemporary Dance
Camille Eskell, Norwalk Visual Arts, Mixed Media, Works on Paper, and Sculpture
Marcela Staudenmaier, New Haven Visual Arts, Illustration, Children’s Book Illustration, and Works on Paper

Artist Fellowship Award
Community/Teaching Artist
Anna Sanko, Rockville 
JeAndra Davis-Marcellin, Windsor 

Digital Media & Film
Jenifer McShane, Guilford
Jeff Bemiss, Enfield

Literary Arts
Tricia Bauer, West Redding
Leslie Bulion, Durham
Melanie Faranello, West Hartford
Benjamin Grossberg, West Hartford
Lynn Houston, North Haven  
Leslie Johnson, Coventry
Linda Zajac, Vernon

Performing Arts 
Jim Allyn, Newtown
Noah Baerman, Middletown 
Amy Beth Kristen, New Haven 
Tawnie Olson, New Haven 
Steven Raider-Ginsburg, New Haven 
Tarishi Shuler, West Haven
Nicole Stanton, Amston
Carl Testa, New Haven 

Visual Arts
David Borawski, Hartford
Gary Burnley, Ridgefield
Robert Calafiore, West Hartford
Jan Cunningham, New Haven
Geoffrey Detrani, Hamden
Joseph Fucigna, Weston
Carolina Guimarey, Bridgeport
Leeah Joo, Middlebury
KK Kozik, Sharon
Sabrina Marques, Hamden
Mari Skarp-Bogli, Bristol

Emerging Recognition Award
Amanda Bloom, New Haven Literary Arts, Fiction, Poetry
Monique Atherton, New Haven Visual Arts, Photography, Peformance Art 
Joe Bun Keo, Hartford Visual Arts, Installation, Sculpture, Mixed Media 
Destiny Palmer, East Haven Visual Arts, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Painting

Bridgeport Public Schools will hold its Second Annual “Arts Count” Day on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 8:30 to 11 am to celebrate the arts with Bridgeport students. Building off last year, Arts Count Day encourages artists from the community to share their experiences related to their craft with 5th grade students in the Bridgeport Public School district. Artists will create, perform, and engage for one hour (10am to 11am) with their assigned 5th grade classroom to call attention to the role the arts play in their everyday lives. It will take 70 artists to cover each 5th grade classroom on that day, additional artists will be assigned to other grade levels within the district. If you are interested or know of any artists (Painter, Musician, Dancer, Architect, etc.) interested in speaking with our students, please contact Timothy Grasty at, call 203-275-1367, or register here.

The Carriage Barn Arts Center is partnering with LiveGirl and Hadley Pollet to host Pouvoir de Femme (“Woman of Power”) on Saturday, May 12. The event will feature a fashion, art and performing arts showcase to benefit LiveGirl, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides leadership development and girl empowerment in Connecticut. Submissions by local and regional artists are invited in all media that represent ”the powerful essence of being a femme.” Selected works will be featured and available for sale at the May 12 event, and may be used for event promotion (PR, advertising, invitations, posters, email campaigns, event program). Selected artists and works will also be showcased through an online gallery on, and - Deadline is Wednesday, April 4. Fees: $20 for up to 3 entries (Carriage Barn members: $10). Further details here.  Apply here.


Real Art Ways, Hartford, invites emerging artists from New England, New Jersey, and New York to submit their work for consideration for Real Art Awards and Exhibitions Award this competitive program. In addition to a $2,500 award, six chosen artists will receive a solo exhibition occurring between 2018 and 2019, curatorial assistance, documentation, exhibition publication, and an opportunity for an artist talk. Real Art Awards will be judged by: Min Jung Kim, Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Saya Woolfalk, Artist, and Will K. Wilkins, Executive Director of Real Art Ways. Emerging artists living and working in New England, New York or New Jersey, who are no more than three years removed from a full-time educational program, or artists with less than five years of exhibition experience are eligible to apply to this call. Artists who do not fit either of these criteria but feel they can make a compelling case to be considered as emerging may also apply; the jury will determine their competitiveness based on review criteria. Artists should not be enrolled in any academic program during the time of exhibition. For more information and submission guidelines, including image and video requirements, click here.  Submissions must be made here. Please address questions to: Neil Daigle Orians, Visual Arts Coordinator. No phone calls.

The International Print Center New York has announced an open call to artists for its IPCNY New Prints 2018/Summer  exhibition, on view June 21 – September 21, 2018. Submit your prints and print-based work, unless you have exhibited in this show in the past two years. Editioned prints, unique printed works, printed installations, artist’s books, print-based animations, and ephemeral formats are eligible. Photography  or direct reproductions of other artworks, such as drawings or paintings, are NOT eligible. Prints must have been completed within 12 months prior to the submission deadline. Up to 3 images may be submitted. There is no entry fee. Self-published artists, workshops, publishers, and galleries are welcome to submit print projects completed within the past twelve months. Artists selected for the exhibition will also be invited to apply for the New Prints Artist Development program. This includes three opportunities to receive further training, guidance, and exposure: an artist residency program, mentorship program, and sponsored coursework. Submit here.
And Remember:
Mar. 31: Art at Ives: Application Deadline
April c1: 
Boston Cyberarts: Art/Technology Exhibit: Submission Deadline
See more in Opportunity Calendar below, after JOBS.

  • 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 recently released a list of opportunities available from January to March, 2018, for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects
  • Poets & Writers - the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests grants and awards available anywhere.

The MacDowell Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of the imagination. It encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics.It facilitates a balance between focused work and interdisciplinary interaction, among composers, writers, architects, film and video artists, playwrights, interdisciplinary artists, and visual artists. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. Founded in 1907, the Macdowell Colony is situated on 450 acres in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. Residencies are between 2 and 8 weeks (with an average residency of 5 weeks). The average number of artists in residence at a given time is around 20. Residencies are awarded based on a completed application to the Colony. Applications are chosen by a peer-review panel. Artists may apply only ONCE within a 24-month period - select the residency period that best suits your schedule. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2018 residency period. The application deadline is April 15th. The reference deadline is April 22nd. See this 3-minute video by Charles Poekel who gathered a handful of friends he met at MacDowell to illustrate the value of a MacDowell Colony residency. Apply here.

The Eyebeam Residency is a prestigious award for artists engaged with technology and technologists working in the arts. Residents work in shared Eyebeam studios in Brooklyn for one year on experimental, interdisciplinary projects with a goal towards invention and impact. Residents receive a generous financial stipend as well as access to top-notch facilities and a dynamic far-reaching community. Frequent critiques and mentorship by field leaders in the arts, business, and technology sectors round out the experience. Work generated by artists during their residency from November 2018 to October 2019—whether art, research, code, or machines—are to be made open source and accessible to the public through means like teaching tools, open events, public repositories and documentation. This year’s theme is Access. Eyebeam seeks applications that consider how art and technology can challenge dominant notions of access and how together we can shape a more equitable future. Eyebeam is invested in ideas that function as a magnet, rather than a filter, and are interested in responses to the Open Call that focus on access in a myriad of ways including, but not limited to: access to physical space, access to information, access as it relates to disability, gender, race, socioeconomic positions, sexual-orientations, as well as ecosystems and environmental access. A stipend of up to $25,000 is offered to all residents. For more details, click here. Apply here

The Westport Woman’s Club is offering a Scholarship to an outstanding woman enrolled in a post-secondary educational program. The award will be based on financial need and applicant goals upon program completion. Applications are due by April 13, 2017. Additional information and an application are available here. Call-203-227-4240 with any questions. The Westport Woman’s Club is a non-profit, philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the charitable, educational, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.

The Coastal Arts Guild of CT and Stratford Continuing Education are co-sponsoring a free SCORE Small Business workshop: Running a Successful Creative Business: Business, Legal and Tax Tips for Creative Types, this Tues. March 27, 6:30-8:30pm to be held at Wooster Middle School, Room 207, 150 Lincoln Street, Stratford. "Even artistic geniuses, need at least some business savvy to achieve the financial independence necessary to devote full-time to their art. In this fast paced, entertaining program, you will learn the basic business, legal and tax skills necessary to survive, from a successful entrepreneur who is also an author and performer. Topics to be covered include:
● Who buys your creative product, and what are they looking for?
Giving the customer what they want without “selling out” and the art of making money from your art
Developing a recognizable “brand image”
Contracts, copyrights and trademarks
● Dealing with taxes and avoiding lawsuits.

Sign up for this free workshop here.
Art Business Management
Online Workshop

Mon. April 2
7-8:30pm $25

Composer Byron Au Yong covers all aspects of managing your practice, including managing relationships, hiring employees, contracts, time management, space organization, marketing, and business etiquette. Register
Creating a Marketing Strategy

Mon. April 23, 7:00-8:30pm $25 

Artist Dread Scott covers all aspects of marketing your work, including defining your goals; developing effective tools, tactics, and messaging; and identifying, engaging, and building your audience and support community. An overview of several effective case studies of artists who have used both traditional and non-traditional marketing strategies in support of their work. Register


The Rowayton Arts Center is looking for an Executive Director responsible for overseeing all operations, functions and activities of the art center. Wanted is an innovative and independent thinker, a team player who will be the face of the organization, responsible for executing the strategic direction and implementing the Arts Center’s mission statement. Principal responsibilities include: management of primary operations including oversight and coordination, with the Board of Directors, of gallery exhibitions, sales, education classes, development and membership and annual appeal drives; financial management to include paying bills, preparing and making deposits, paying artist commissions, inputting income and expenses into RAC’s system of records, QuickBooks, and completing, in conjunction with the Bookkeeper and accountants, relevant tax filings; personnel management including oversight of the Directors of Education and Marketing, Gallery Assistant and interns; business related administration and follow-up; facilities, equipment and supply management; attendance at monthly Board meetings and Exhibition openings. Requirements: previous experience as gallery director or other relevant managerial position; knowledge of QuickBooks or a willingness to learn. The position is part time requiring 4 six-hour days a week and monthly exhibition openings. Salary is commensurate with non-profit director positions in the arts sector. If interested, please email your resume to: Subject – Executive Director Position.

Music Mountain, a beautiful and serene chamber music center in the foothills of the Berkshires, is America’s longest running chamber music festival and the oldest performing arts institution in Connecticut. Conceived and managed by Jacques Gordon, one of the great violinists of the 20th century, its significance is that it is the only summer concert and educational institution devoted primarily to the string quartet, as it has been since its founding in 1930. Music Mountain seeks a Festival Manager who works with Music Mountain's Board of Managers and Artistic Director to present exceptional performances, sponsor educational workshops given by leading performers, and achieve financial results. Activities include: marketing and sales, Box Office management, staffing and systems support, facility readiness, support of educational programs, video production, patron and community relations, supervision of summer interns, and works with world renowned musicians. The Festival Manager with the Board, is responsible for marketing and fund raising, and assisting the Artistic Director in the details of the next Summer's Festival. Job requirements: S/He must be available full-time from May 1 to September 30, on site at the campus in Falls Village, CT, and present at every concert. Concert days include every Saturday and Sunday, and occasionally mid-week. S/He may work at the location of his/her choice during the rest of the year. Attendance at monthly Board meetings is required throughout the year. Housing on the Music Mountain campus is provided year-round. Prerequisites: Excellent people skills; computer skills, in particular database utilization and graphics design; video production; financial tools; organization and problem-solving skills; creativity. Send letter of interest and resume to Mrs. Kathy Herald-Marlowe, Vice President & Treasurer, 38 Keeler Road, Sharon, CT 06069 or email:

The Visitor Center/Design Store Associate is the first point of contact for visitors to The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Reporting directly to the Manager of the Visitor Center and Design Store, the Associate also interacts closely with the Business Manager and the Manager of Interpretation & Education. This post is responsible for providing initial orientation and excellent client service for all visitors before and after tours and is required to provide interpretation and understanding of design objects in our carefully curated Design Store. Processing retail sales and completing ticket transactions in person and on the phone in a courteous and professional manner. Candidate must demonstrate a collaborative, positive, supportive spirit, while working with all staff members to provide a seamless, warm, welcoming experience for all visitors that exceeds expectations. Other duties include: daily opening and closing of register and Visitor Center; maintenance of visual displays, ensure all supplies and inventory is well stocked keeping store neat and orderly at all times (some lifting is required for restocking and inventory adjustments); communicating with Design Store manager when products are running low; providing assistance during special events and exhibitions; FedEx labeling, packing and shipping to customers, filling online web store orders. This is a part time- seasonal position averaging 16- 32 hours weekly. Requires availability Thursday through Monday from mid/late April to January,including weekends, holidays, and some evenings. Ideal candidate will have: a degree in an arts related field, i.e. art history, architecture, design, museum studies; outstanding verbal communication skills and ability to work in a fast paced environment with flexibility and poise; experience with computers and POS systems; experience working in a professional retail or museum environment; must possess a valid driver’s license. Please send resume and cover letter to:


Samuel Owen Gallery, a widely respected contemporary art gallery located in Greenwich and in Nantucket, MA, with a varied offering of paintings, mixed media works, works on paper and prints by an international roster of artists, seeks an experienced, professional, full time Sales Associate with strong art business-related administrative skills. This is a full-time position, occasionally with additional hours for events and openings. The position involves: Art sales and the full scope of the sales process before, during and after closing; assist with gallery operations, gallery upkeep, art handling; assist the Registrar with work in art database, web platforms, shipping quotes, internal logistics of art between warehouse and the two galleries; research for and writing artist bios and related information; ongoing updates to client contact list; involvement in planning and participation in gallery events and exhibitions; communication with clients, artists, vendors and business partners; effective communication within the company - with Gallery Director, Registrar, warehouse personnel, framer, art handler, gallery owners, Position Requirements:; experience in sales in the art business or art studio management; enjoyment working in sales and with the public, an engaging demeanor, an innate ability to provide excellent customer service, and are at ease with a high net worth clientele, strong social skills; general knowledge of contemporary art, art mediums and art terminology and a strong interest in contemporary art, artists and the art market; understanding of the basic principles of art framing and art handling; excellent written and verbal communication; working knowledge of MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word and Excel); facility with art database systems such as ArtSystems or ArtPro, Adobe Photoshop; experience using social media platforms, especially Facebook and Instagram; strong focus on details without losing perspective; ability to navigate a multi-faceted company and to take direction; 4-year degree, preferably in Art History, Studio Art or related field of study. Apply here. No phone calls or drop-ins.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Senior Development Officer; Education Assistant
Fairfield Museum: Director of Community Programs
Kennedy Center, Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative: Expressive Arts Facilitator/Therapist
Wesleyan University: Center for the Arts Associate Director for Programming and Performance
Westport Country Playhouse: Development Fellow and P/T Box Office and Concessions Associate

MEMBERS: Please post your Job Opportunities in FCBuzz Classifieds:
Mar. 31: Art at Ives: Application Deadline

April c1: Boston Cyberarts: Art/Technology Exhibit: Submission Deadline
April c4: Bridgeport Public Schools: Arts Count Day
April c4: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Woman of Power, Submission Deadline
April c8: Real Awt Ways: Real Art Awards: Submission Deadline
April 11: Eyebeam: Access Art & Technology Residency Application Deadline
April 13: Westport Woman's Club: Adult Scholarship Application Deadline
April 15: AT&T Film Awards: Short Films Application Deadline
April 15: MacDowell Arts Colony: Fall Residency Application Deadline
April 29: IPCNY New Prints: Submission Deadline
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