Subject: Artists Newsletter, May 11, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
May 11, 2019
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The next in our Spotlight on Arts & Culture series of monthly live interview shows on WPKN 89.5 FM will be spent with Cybele Maylone, the dynamic new, young leader of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Get to know Cybele, and find out where The Aldrich might be heading under her new leadership. Save the Date: Mon. May 13 at Noon.
Tickets are available for our fourth annual Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast, celebrating the individuals, organizations, and businesses who have made significant contributions to the Fairfield County community through arts and culture. The breakfast, will be held Wed, June 5, 2019, 7:30-9am at the Shore & Country Club220 Gregory Boulevard, Norwalk. Please join with us to celebrate the awardees and our thriving cultural life in Fairfield County. 
The 2019 ACE Awards recipients:
Artist - Jane Davila, printmaker, fiber and mixed media artist, textile designer, editor, author, and teacher, who also manages the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport.
Citizen - Nick Viscontia Westport-based philanthropist, serving on the Drew Friedman  Community Arts Center Foundation board of directors. 
Corporate - Cohen & Wolf that serves leadership roles in more than 100 organizations, associations, commissions, and boards throughout the area.
Educator - Gina Scarpa, Director of Education at Center Stage, Shelton, and founder of the Center Stage Education Center, serving more than 115 students. 
Nonprofit - INTEMPO, whose founder and executive director Angelica Durrell, is an Ecuadorian-born violinist, educator and social entrepreneur.

Liz Gabriel is an Egyptian/American singer songwriter who grew up in South Texas. Today she writes and performs classical pop music "with a piano feature, and a pensive vibe." ​The conglomeration of classical training, a vintage childhood, steeping in southern gospel, and a love for alternative music have wrought a sound reminiscent of "...Judy Collins meets Tori Amos". Currently based in Westport, Liz began her career of writing and performing original music while living along the gabled rows of Old Towne Prague, in the Czech Republic. For three years she lived in the 500-year-old historic home of a Czech composer, which triggered an outpouring of endless inspiration. After a time of prolific writing in what she calls "this magical abode," she took her music to the streets, performing solo on a pedestrian thoroughfare, drawing small crowds. Before long, she began receiving invitations to play in local establishments and, within a year, she was entertaining corporate executives at organized global events and maintained the #1 position of Singer Songwriters on the Czech Reverbnation charts for several weeks. Her first EP, King of Steady was recorded in Studio Svarov outside of Prague, produced by Petr Binder. The title song won semi-finalist in the Int’l Songwriting Competition, 2012, and “That’s the Way”, the second song on the EP trended on Reverbnation. When Liz returned to the US, she then recorded, Velveteen, her first full production project. Liz reports that listeners often say her music is healing ("Tears were streaming down my face!") and believes music really does have the power to restore souls. See the "Recordings" page on her web site here. Liz also is a trained and certified vocal coach - see her "Lessons" page on her website. Liz's website; Facebook page, Twitter feed and YouTube channel.

Rachel Linnett was born and raised in the UK. She earned a BSc in Physical Geography and an MSc in Engineering Hydrology before starting her career as a hydrologist. Keen to learn more about business, she agreed to an invitation to move into the business development side of an environmental consultancy. She moved to the USA in 2006, and became deeply interested in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. So she became certified in Pilates, Reiki, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and hypnosis. She is also a certified Journey Practitioner and has completed two mentorships for accessing the Akashic Records. All of which, she said, enabled her to understand herself better, heal her childhood wounds, and gave her the tools and experience to start her own spiritual healing practice. Rachel has been working with people since 2007, enabling them to clear emotional issues and to connect to the stillness that lies at their core. In 2013 she started painting a couple of days a week at the Braitman Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in 2016 she completed an intensive 5 month residency program with Andy Braitman: a total immersion into the nuts and bolts of composition, color theory, values and techniques. Rachel has also studied with Anne Blair Brown, Nancy Franke, Angela Nesbit, Dottie Leatherwood and, Allison Chambers. She continues to grow as an artist by attending workshops with artists she admires. Along the way Rachel began channeling energies onto canvas and she loves to paint the essence of her subject, as well as people’s souls. "Landscapes and flowers resonate most deeply with me. Drenching myself in their beauty, all the way into the depths of my soul, I will never grow tired of watching the effects of light and shadow on the natural world. My paintings capture my intimate and tender relationships with these magnificent forms." Rachel recently moved to Westport and had several of her flower paintings in the recent Westport Woman's Club Art Show.  See Rachel's website, her Facebook page and Instagram feed
Those artists who have posted their profiles onto our new website, that launched Nov. 2, have their names in green (to see their page, go to and type their name into the search box at the top of any page). Please join them!
Elizabeth AgrestaPainter
Valerie AhnemanMusician 
Peter Alexander, Landscape     Architect
Kristen AmbrosiPainter
Leslee AschCurator, Writer
Frances 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 ColònPainter, Mixed
Tom Comerford, 
Penrhyn Cook,  
Rod CookPhotographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans
   Photographer & Painter
Naomi Cruz, Painter
Dolly Curtis, Curator
Lisa Cuscuna, Painter
Dawn DahlPainter
Cris DamPainter/Muralist
Holly DangerVideo Artist
Betsy Davidson, Painter
Carlos Davila, Painter, 

Jane DavilaFiber Artist/ 
   Mixed Media 

Cortney Davis, Writer
John Deakins, Sculptor
Ken Delmar, Painter
Joseph Dermody, Painter/
Emily Derr, Illustrator/ 
Joyce DiCamillo, Musician
Barbara Kunin Dierolf,
Eugenie Diserio, Painter
Carol Nipomnich Dixon
   Mixed Media
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani
Erin Dolan, Painter
Amy Dolego, Photography
Jennifer Drolet, Painter 
Ganga Duleep, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed  
Katherine Evans, Painter 
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Louise Flax, Mixed Media
Sally Frank, Painter
David Laurence Flynn, 
   Lighting Designer
Heide FollinPainter
Christa Forrest, Painter
Rose-Marie Fox, Painter
Cecilia Moy Fradet,    
Herm Freeman, Painter
Rebeca Fuchs, Painter
Rebecca Fretty (Pink 
   Imperfection) Fiber 
Liz Gabriel, Musician
Megan Garbe, Painter
Rhonda Gentry, Painter
Robin Jopp Gilmore, Mixed 
   Media and Upcycled 
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Scott GlaserPainter
Lori Glavin, Visual Artist
Gayle Gleckler, Painter
Danielle Goldstein, 
Ellen GordonPainter; 
Sue Brown Gordon
Ellen GouldPhotographer
Michele Gramesty, Jeweler
Joyce Grasso, Painter/
Kristen Graves, Musician 
Jen Greely, Painter/ 
Carolina Guimarey, Multi-
   Media Artist
Barry Guthertz, 
Dorothy Hafner, Sculptor
Don Hamerman,      
Mary Harold, Photographer
Mike Harris, Photographer
Adair W. Heitmann, 
Kate Henderson, Mixed    
MaryEllen Hendricks,
Gwen Hendrix, Fiber/ 
Mixed Media
Lenore Eggleston Herbst
Tracy Hoffman,
   Photographer &
Veronica Hofstetter, 
Sonya Huber, Writer
Yuko Ike, Painter
Jana IreijoPainter
Jahmane, MultiMedia
Sholeh Janati,
Vasken Kalayjian, Painter
Karen Kalkstein, Graphic 
Amy Kaplan, Painter 
Wayne Keeley, Writer, 
Emily Kelting
Karen Kent, Painter
Susan Keown, Painter/  
   Mixed Media/Ceramicist
Niki KetchmanSculptor/
Jin Hi Kim, Musician
Lesley KoenigPainter
Moki Kokoris, Visual Artist
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Dawn KubiePhotographer
Joanie Landau, Jewelry 

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

Julie Leff, Painter
Liz LeggettPainter
Susan LeggittPainter
Henry Lepetit, Painter
Rachel Linnett, Painter
Julia-Rose 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
Joel Martin, "Jazzical" 
Nadia MartinezMultiMedia
Sooo-z Mastropietro,
Fruma Markowitz,    
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool,
Grace S. McEnaney,    
Ann McRae, Painter
Nancy McTague-Stock
Peter Mendelson,    
Kristin MerrillJeweler/    
Toby Michaels, Painter
Annamari Mikkola,
   Photographer, Designer, 

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

Cynthia MullinsPainter
Susan MurrayPainter
Tava Naiyin, Dancer
Dale Najarian, Painter
Erin Nazzaro, Painter
Karen Neems,
Susan NewboldPainter
Mary Newcomb, Painter
Jill NicholsPainter
Tim Nighswander
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
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
Julliette TehraniPainter
Alicia ThompsonActress/ 

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

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

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

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

Gregg ZiebellPainter
 – Latest List by Town of Organization and Creative Business Members: here
 – Latest List by Town of Artist Members: here
Frances Ashforth and Lori Glavin are two of the four featured artists in the Flinn Gallery's last show of the season: Time and Place: Works on Paper. that opened May 9 and will run through June 19. Each of the artists convey their unique impressions of places, adding the dimensions of time and space to give an added depth and intensity to their two-dimensional works on paper. Frances and Lori will be giving talks about their works in the show on Sun. June 2.
Lisa Berger, Paul Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Janine Brown, Bevi Bulwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Heide Follin, Scott Glaser, Gayle Gleckler, Mary Harold, Barbara Loss, Shelley Lowell, Fruma markowitz, Erin Nazzaro, Julie O'Connor, Barbara Ringer, Norm Siegel, Kris Toohey, Lee Walther, and Joan Wheeler were all accepted and have work in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Member Show, opening with a reception Sat. May 18, 4-6pm. The show runs until Sunday, June 23. The juror was Isabella Garrucho, the gallery owner and art consultant in Greenwich.
Anna Badini, Paul Berger, Lisa Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Janine Brown, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Scott Glaser, Joyce Grasso, Emily Kelting, Karen Kent, Jim Malloy, and Erin Nazzaro were all juried into the Rowayton Arts Center's Spring All-Media Juried Show. The juror was Greg Shea, an artist and craftsman and Senior Museum Preparator at the Yale Center for British Art. The exhibition opens with a reception, Sun. May 19, 4-6pm
Frances Ashforth has several drawings and prints   in the Flinn Gallery's last show of the season: Time and Place: Works on Paper. running through June 19, including at right Hobgoblin 5 (2018,
kohinoor pencil on bristol, 22.5×28), one of several boulder portraits made while on daily hikes during a residency at the Ucross FoundationUcross, Wyoming. Click for larger image. Also, recently a young filmmaker Chloe Lee directed a short documentary on Frances: Waterline: in the Studio with Frances Ashforth.

Lisa Berger has two photographs in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Member Show,  opening with a reception Sat. May 18, 4-6pm. Rise and Shine (digital photography on archival paper, 24x32, framed), and Railcar Repose (digital photography on archival paper,  24x32, framed; image at right, click for larger view). Lisa also has Ethereal Narrative (mixed media: 28x21, framed) in the Rowayton Arts Center'Spring All-Media Juried Show that opens with a reception, Sun. May 19, 4-6pm. The Rowayton Arts Center is putting together an exhibition space at the new HAYVN coworking space for women in Darien, opening May 13 for three months (with a reception on May 29). Lisa will have two mixed media pieces in that show: Intrigue Between the Lines (mixed media, 10x10) and Hope Against All Odds (mixed media, 10x10).
Paul R. Berger will have one of his newer color original photographs, Levers of Power (detail at right) included in the upcoming Ridgefield Guild of ArtistsAnnual Juried Member Show, opening with a reception Sat. May 18, 4-6pmPaul's black-and-white photograph from the film, Zabriskie Point   will be on display at the Rowayton Arts Center's Spring All-Media Juried Show, opening with a reception, Sun. May 19, 4-6pm.
Nancy Breakstone will be showing one of her photographs at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition WIDE OPEN National Juried Exhibition May 11-July 7, with an opening reception on May 11, 1-6pm.  The exhibition was juried by Ylinka Barotto, Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim Museum.  Nancy will also be showing photographs at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists9th Annual Juried Members Show, May 18-June 23, with an opening reception May 18, 4-6pm and at the Rowayton Arts Center'Spring All-Media Juried Show, May 19-June 16 with an opening reception on May 19, 4-6 pm.  Pictured here is one of the photographs she will be showing titled Fleeing In The Sand (digital, 38” x 30”)
Bevi Bullwinkel has two paintings accepted in the in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Member Show, opening with a reception Sat. May 18, 4-6pm, juried by gallery owner Isabella Garrucho. In her Dancing (2018, mixed media, 24x24, image at right, click for larger view) Bevi comments that "There is a feeling of movement throughout the painting, generated by the interplay of orange and black and united by the black line dancing across the canvas. Her other work is Promise of Spring, 2019, water-mixable oil, 24 x 20 (in which she says, the lightness of color and upward motion of the shapes invoke the feeling of spring-like exuberance).
Trace Burroughs has two of his new digital works in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 9th Annual Juried Members Show, opening with a reception Sat. May 18, 4-6. At right is his Feel the Heat. Also accepted was Mind and Body. Click for larger image. Trace has wanted to do abstract digital works for a long time. With these new works he starts making strokes of all kinds and styles, drips and splatters and then digitizes and Photoshops them in combination with other images. Liking the sense of depth, he adds shadows and frames the piece very consciously: the art floats above the mat board which is set back with spacers. So there is the illusion of many floating layers. See other related work here.
Ann Chernow, who recently had an exhibition, Femmes Fatales, at Odetta Gallery at its Bushwick Gallery (March 15 - April 14, 2019) is now being represented by ODETTA at 1stdibs, Chelsea Terminal Markets, 269 Eleventh Ave., New York - in particular Ann's "Pulp" paintings.  See, for example her Pulp...Fact or Fiction (2019, silkscreen, oil, canvas, 50x40; detail at right, click for complete image).
Heidi Lewis Coleman will be exhibiting her piece, CURRENTS (2018, acrylic on canvas, 20x20; at right, click for larger image) in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Member Show, opening with a reception Sat. May 18, 4-6pmCurrents is part of Heidi's Dreamscape Series that reflects an exploration of imaginary landscapes inspired by the ancient lands of mythology and cultural lore, whether historical, fictional or fantastical.   
Carol Nipomnich Dixon has two works in the Stamford Art Association's Spring Fling exhibition, on display through May 30.  Carol’s oil painting Apple Blossoms (36x48) was created several years ago to express the colorful spring blooms and branches. The other work by Carol is an embroidered collage, 13” square, at right, also created a couple of years ago, that incorporates her photo fragments into stitchery that expresses blossoms and branches during April showers.
Scott Glaser has his Rome Wasn't Built in a Day (acrylic, graphite and blue painter’s tape on canvas, 24x24) in the Rowayton Arts Center'Spring All-Media Juried Showopening with a reception,  Sun. May 19, 4-6pm. Scott also has two pieces (The Cautious Seldom Erracrylic on paper on canvas 66x42, and Decision by Majorities is as Much an Expedient as Lighting by Gas, acrylic on paper on canvas, 28x28) in the Artists Collective of Westport's Pop-Up Preview Art Studio Tour   Gallery, 47 Main Street, Westport, through Memorial Day. Scott's "Portsmouth, Maine, September 21" (2018, ultrafine markers on Arches watercolor paper32x40) is at the Hudson Valley Art Association's 86th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Lyme Art Association. Scott also has two pieces in the  Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Member Show, opening with a reception Sat. May 18, 4-6pm. Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz (2019, fabric bandage mosaic on Arches watercolor paper27x34) and Suits #1 (2019, mens suit fabric on Arches watercolor paper, 33x37; image above; click for larger view).
Jana Ireijo won an honorable mention and special juror award in the Japan Day art contest for her Big Apple, which is inspired by the Japanese Flag. The design was to include elements of Japan, Central Park, and NYC. Jana comments that if you look at the highlights and leaf, you can see the the islands of Japan, the Bethesda Fountain Angel, and the San Remo towers that line Central Park. Jana also has two pieces in the upcoming Every Woman Biennial opening with a reception and Flash Mob dance on May 19.
Joanie Landau has two pieces that will be in the Carriage Barn Juried Show, The Art of Being a Girl, to benefit LiveGirl. The show runs from 5/16-5/26, with an opening reception on Sun. May 19, 2-4pm. Live Girl is a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower and equip the next generation of female leaders. LiveGirl provides year-round leadership development and mentoring for girls in grades 5-12 proven to build self-esteem, social emotional intelligence and foster diversity. The 2 pieces are Guanacaste 1 and Guanacaste 2 (at right, digital collagraph printed on archival ink jet paper, face mounted to 1/4" Plexiglass, 30 x 30), symbolizing rebirth and renewal. 
New member Rachel Linnett is one of three artists with work on show at Jarosa Studio (75 Hillside Road, Fairfield) for an Art & Wine-Tasting Event, May 16, 7:30pm, in support of Artists for World Peacean organization for "artists and activists who promote peace by feeding, housing, educating, and providing healthcare to those in need, lifting communities to a place of hope throughout the world." At right, one of Rachel's paintings on display, her Surrendering To Love (oil on canvas, 20x20; click for larger image), a piece inspired by gorgeous hydrangeas growing in her mother’s garden in Yorkshire, UK, last summer. Rachel says she was playing with gaining a sense of depth, and capturing their beauty while still staying loose.
Jim Malloy’s abstract acrylic artwork is in several exhibitions. He is a featured artist this month (Jim Malloy Abstract Expressions) at Geary Gallery through May 30, with ten pieces on display. His City (Still) Life (at right) can be seen in The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown's Juried Art Show (through May 18). He has work in both current Stamford Art Association exhibits: Far Away Places (Enigma Ridge) at the Ferguson Library, and Spring Fling at the Townhouse Gallery (Confetti Kiss). The West Hartford Art League is showing his Pinot Noir in its CT+6 show and the Kent Art Association has three pieces in its Spring Juried Show: Three’s A Crowd, What A World, and The Fish Bowl. The Rowayton Arts Center has chosen Silent Vigil for its Spring Juried Art Show and Danbury's Richter Association for the Arts will show two works by Malloy in its Member Art Show & Sale – “Lucy In The Sky” and “The Broken Stroke.”
Amy Oestreicher is performing and presenting her PASSAGEWAYS : Songs of Connection, Abnormal & Sublime at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Place, New York, May 16, 7:30pm - free admission. Passageways is an original song cycle with live music, and artwork projections, all created by Amy. Music, humor and art, interweave with autobiographical narrative, as the creativity of the artist becomes an unexpected passageway through profound crisis. On passageways, there's no way in, no way out, only through. So why not laugh, dance and paint our way towards the light? Musical Direction and Arrangements by Bob Goldstone, and Direction by Shellen Lubin. 
Barbara Ringer had her Shell Life (2016, metal print, 20x24) juried into the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Member Show, opening with a reception Sat. May 18, 4-6pm. Her Family
Album (found and created photos in vintage album, 9x25) was included in the Silvermine Arts Center's PAPER 2019 exhibition, closing Thurs. May 16, and her Tic Tac Toe (Nobody Wins) (2019, acrylic print, 12x12; at right) is one of many of her works included in Uncovered: What She Hides, a pop-up exhibition at 1 Main St, Westport, through closing party, Sat. June 1, 4-7pm.

Thurs. May 16: Art & Wine-Tasting Event. Jarosa Studio (75 Hillside Rd., Fairfield). 7:30pm (Rachel Linnett).
Sat. May 18: Ridgefield Guild of Artists Annual Juried Member ShowOpening reception, 4-6pm (Lisa Berger, Paul Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Janine Brown, Bevi Bulwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Heide Follin, Scott Glaser, Gayle Gleckler, Mary Harold, Barbara Loss, Shelley Lowell, Fruma markowitz, Erin Nazzaro, Julie O'Connor, Barbara Ringer, Norm Siegel, Kris Toohey, Lee Walther, and Joan Wheeler).
Sun. May 19: Carriage Barn Arts Center, The Art of Being a Girl. Opening Reception, 2-4pm (Joanie Landau)
Sun. May 19:  Rowayton Arts Center's Spring All-Media Juried Show. Opening reception, 
4-6pm (Anna Badini, Paul Berger, Lisa Berger, Nancy Breakstone, Janine Brown, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Scott Glaser, Joyce Grasso, Emily Kelting, Karen Kent, Jim Malloy, and Erin Nazzaro)

Calling all animal- and pet-lovers. Art for Animals is a community exhibit that will showcase animal-themed artwork in painting, drawing, photography, digital art and sculpture, along with poetry. Participation is open to all levels and ages. prizes will be awarded for youth (16 and under) and adults in various categories. Work can be for sale (60% to artist; 40% to Carriage Barn); $20 participation fee to exhibit one piece of art or poetry; work should be framed or mounted and ready to hang and delivered to Carriage Barn May 23 or 24. Exhibit dates: June 2-14. Register early; space is limited. Questions? Call 203-594-3638 or email Register here. 

How does your artistic practice inform your teaching practice? How does observing and nurturing your student’s artistic growth and development impact your own art? Artist/ Educators are invited to submit to a juried exhibition highlighting their work at The Painting Center, an artist run, non-profit art gallery in the heart of Chelsea, NYC. Patterns of Influence: Artists Who Teach will be highly publicized with a catalogue featuring the artists' images and personal statements addressing the interrelationship of their artistic and teaching practices. The Painting Center is interested in work in all media (under 36” in any direction) by artist/educators for this juried exhibition, which will take place from July 16 through August 10, 2019. Fee: $40 for 1 to 5 images. More information and to apply click here. 

Woman Made Galleryfounded in 1992 to cultivate, promote and support the work of female-identified artists by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and public programs that invite discussion about what feminism means today. More than 8,000 women artists have exhibited their work since WMG was established. WMG welcomes the participation of people of all gender expressions and orientations as artists and program participants, members and supporters. The Call is now open for the 22nd International Open Exhibition to all female-identified artists worldwide to submit artwork. All themes, styles, and media will be considered. Artwork that explores or challenges conceptual and material boundaries is encouraged. Prizes Awarded:  Best of Show $500 / 2nd Place $250 / 3rd Place $100. The application fee for our juried exhibitions is $30 for up to three images of work, plus one detail image if necessary. A limited number of artists who experience financial hardship may be exempt from paying the entry fee; please send us an email a fee waiver request. We encourage entries of recent works, but there is no restriction in the creation date. All applicants should submit an artist’s statement about their body of work (up to 250 words.) Accepted artworks must not exceed 72" horizontally and must not have been previously shown at WMG. Apply here.

SAVOR CITY is a monthly tour of Bridgeport restaurants, food, art and music, showcasing the cultural delights of Connecticut’s most diverse city. Organized by a coalition of organizations and agencies, including Rick Reyes Productions, Capital for Change, NEST Arts Factory, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, and others, SavorCity features monthly visits to neighborhood restaurants where guests can experience the authentic local cuisine of Bridgeport’s many neighbor-hoods as well as local musicians and artists working in a variety of genres and media.
MUSICIANS: Would you like to make some money playing a fun gig in a local restaurant? Tell us a little about yourself! What genre of music do you play? Have you had experience playing in a restaurant setting before? Please provide a link to a website, SoundCloud or iTunes so we can hear your music. ARTISTS: If you would like to have a show
of your work at one of the upcoming SavorCity events, please tell us about yourself! What type of artwork you make? What is your website or social media address where we can see your art? Typically between 4-7 artworks are hung for the event. All sales are handled directly by the artist and there is no commission taken.
Artists and Musicians need to live or work in Bridgeport to be considered. Please see the application here  or email 

The Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk, is seeking works of art that are small in size but large on creativity for its next exhibition: Small Treasures. The curator is Nadia Martinez. Up to 5 pieces are allowed. Most mediums accepted with the exception of pedestal sculpture. Height and width must be no larger than 12 inches and no more than 5 inches in depth, including the frame. Must be ready to hang. Uploads should be in JPG files. If work is accepted, artists are responsible for shipping costs to and from the Gallery. A non-refundable submission fee of $35 is payable online via PayPal, Credit or Debit. Submission deadline: Saturday, June 15th, 2019. Notification of acceptance: Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. Selected artwork must be dropped off for installation between July 1st and 6th, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (except July 4th). Opening reception: Wednesday, July 17th, 2019, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Artwork pick-up: October 7th to 12th, 2019, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Apply here.

Field Projects is a NYC-based project space located in the heart of Chelsea's gallery district. As an artist-run space, it is committed to opening the field of exhibition opportunities to other working artists. Emerging and mid-career artists are invited to submit their work in response to its Summer 2019 Open Call. All submissions will be considered by guest curator, Tess Schwab, Director Jenkins Johnson Projects. Simultaneously, Field Projects Panel (4-5 curators) will be considering the submissions for future solo, group, and 2-person exhibitions, art fairs, pop-up shows, off-site exhibitions and our studio visit program, where we invite outside curators to accompany us to your studio. (85% of the artists we have shown in the last 8 years have been discovered through the Open Call.)  Application fee: $35. Fore more information and to apply via Submittable, click here.

Stamford Art Association announces the call for entries for The Faber Birren Color Award Show. In 1980, Faber Birren, world renowned color consultant, author of 27 books on color, endowed the Faber Birren Color Award of $1000 for original and creative expression of color. The Faber Birren Color Award Show has grown from a regional exhibit to one of national scope, encouraging artists in all media. This competition is the only artistic event devoted exclusively to the use of color. This year the Stamford Art Association celebrates its 39th year of the Faber Birren National Color Award Show. This year's juror is Meredith A. Brown is a Curatorial Research Associate in the Department of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Original art in any two-dimensional or three-dimensional media, created in the last 3 years and not exhibited previously in the Faber Birren Show. Electronic media, performance art, and installations will NOT be accepted. All entries must be submitted electronically. More information here.
MAY 17

Building on the theme of celebrating Norwalk’s past and present, Norwalk 2.0 launched #IconicNorwalk in the spring of 2017, with the support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts. This project encouraged anyone to post to Instagram their vision of iconic, people, places or things in Norwalk. With over 2,500 images submitted over two years, this project has really highlighted the best places in Norwalk. Norwalk 2.0 is running the contest again in 2019 and is launching the project Fri. May 17, 6pm at the Norwalk Public Library to hear the details, and see the winning entries, plus all the rest of the entries.  
MAY 15

The Studios of Key West provides a collaborative and supportive environment for creative experience, offering studio space, lectures, workshops, residencies, partnership projects to nurture the creation of work. The Studios offers a residency program for emerging and established artists and writers designed to encourage creative, intellectual and personal growth. The program grants nearly 35 artists each year the time and space to imagine new artistic work, engage in valuable dialogue and explore island connections. The Studios’ residency program is community-based and built upon the hope that visiting artists will take inspiration from Key West’s rich artistic past and present, and will engage with — and be inspired by — the remarkable people and culture that surrounds them. Residencies are almost a full month, and run from the 16th of the month through the 14th of the next. Applications are now being accepted for residencies falling between December 2019 and August 2020. For more information,  click here. Apply here.

Centered in studio practice, Studio Potter promotes discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community. It has published Studio Potter  journal for 45 years. Established in 2019, and funded by an anonymous donor, Studio Potter’s Grants for Apprenticeships program supports emerging artists who want to become full-time studio potters and, conversely, mentor-potters who wish to take on an apprentice. This grant program fosters individual careers in studio pottery, ensuring the continuity of a centuries-old tradition in non-academic education, and upholding humanitarian values. Studio Potter is currently accepting applications for their new Grants for Apprenticeships program, which launched at the annual NCECA conference this year. The program offers $50,000 in grants each year for the next ten years to support apprenticeships in studio pottery. Individual grants may be up to $10,000. The program is national and encourages applications from partnerships of mentor-potters and apprentices. For more details and to apply, click here.

Entries are currently being accepted for The Vilcek Foundation 2020 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature. This foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in America and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences. Three prizes of $50,000 each will be awarded to foreign-born writers, 38 years or younger, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement early in their careers. Eligible genres include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Applicants must: have been born outside the US; not be more than 38 years old as of Dec. 31, 2019; be a naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the US; be a holder of an H1B or O-1 visa and have been living and working in the US for at least 5 years; or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); not be enrolled as a full-time student; have published at least one full-length book (not self-published); intend to pursue a professional career in the US; not be a past winner of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise. The application will ask for personal information; a CV; proof of immigration status; a portfolio of no more than 20 pages of writing samples; five press clippings about your work; three short essays (1,000 words total); and contact information for two professional references
Submit a completed application by 5:00pm EDT, June 10, 2019. Application is here.
MAY 21

The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $10,000. It was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work. Submissions for grants are accepted twice a year. Each grant cycle is juried by a new team of contemporary curators who select grant winners on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential. The curators for this cycle are: Leilani Lynch, Curator The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, and Rachel Adams Chief Curator & Director of Programs Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska. The Hopper Prize views the field of visual art in its broadest and most inclusive sense and make awards available to artists working in any media. Ten artists each receive $1,000 annually (5 in Spring, 5 in Fall). 30 artists from each grant cycle will have their work archived at Applicants may elect to have work considered for additional exposure @hopperprizeAll artists are encouraged to apply. There is a $40 submission fee due with your application
Work are accepted in the categories of painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, video, performance, conceptual, experiment-al, installation. Apply here.  


NXTHVN offers a unique shared environment where artists and curators converge for an opportunity to make art, exchange ideas, and extend their networks. NXTHVN's fellowships provide dedicated work space, a stipend, a professional development curriculum, and mentorship opportunities. These are combined with a paid high school Apprenticeship program to ensure the next generation of talent receives the support and direction it needs. NXTHVN’s facilities include exhibition space, a black box theater, and co-working space. The combination of these amenities further creates an atmosphere of collaboration, inclusion, and social engagement amongst the entire New Haven community. Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the project managerhelps to deliver NXTHVN’s strategic vision and ensure smooth operations of the non-profit organization, currently in the start-up phase. They are primarily responsible for serving as point of contact for administrative communications between NXTHVN and collaborators both inside and outside of the organization. The role centers on the coordination and production of NXTHVN’s fellowship, apprenticeship, and internship programs, which includes, but is not limited to: Coordinating professional development workshop logistics; Planning live events, including networking activities, site visits, tours, and on- and off-site programs; Maintaining the NXTHVN calendar; Scheduling and drafting agendas for meetings with key internal and external stakeholders; Copy-editing grants and marketing materials; Liaising with partners to coordinate participant contracts and forms; Reviewing data and information logs to reflect accurate attendance numbers, expenses, contact information, year-end reports, etc.; Creating promotional materials across platforms and coordinating strategic marketing strategies for NXTHVN activities and announcements; Producing program evaluations for participants, visitors and facilitators.  Background Requirements: Strong background in art production and/or administration with demonstrated hands-on project management experience required; Proven ability to create and manage systems with expert oversight, and enact administrative workflows required; Respectful attitude, philanthropic drive, team spirit, and a willingness to share ideas and learn on the job required; Ability to collaborate openly and effectively, while engaging own responsibilities at all levels of production required;  Independent problem-solver able to see the bigger picture and structure/ systematize tasks and priorities appropriately required; Advanced interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills required; Excellent computer skills, particularly MS platforms. Available some nights and weekends to deliver programs and the calendar of events required Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV and 3 references to no later than June 1, 2019. No phone calls or faxes, please.

ACT of Connecticut is seeking a Director of Development to plan, organize and direct all of our fundraising efforts, including a major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving and special events. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Development Director works closely with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. Responsibilities: Develop and execute annual fundraising plan, including annual income goals and budget; Identify and build relationships with new and prospective donors. Maintain long-term relationships with existing donors. Conduct prospect research. Make direct, face-to-face solicitationsHelp our donors accomplish their philanthropic goals through a relationship with ACT.Generate new ideas that increase revenue and donor loyaltyDevelop a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donorsManage donor database to track and cultivate donors and prospects. Maintain gift recognition programIdentify foundation and grant opportunities, write grant proposals and manage tracking requirements.
8. Build a planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectanciesDirect the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drivesDirect capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives Coordinate fundraising special events, including the annual GalaManage annual sponsorship packages. Identify new sponsorsMake public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about ACT of Connecticut with the communityStaff Board Development Committee meetingsDemonstrate professional conduct at all timesPerform other related duties as requested. Qualifications: Must embrace the mission of ACT of ConnecticutFive years of experience in professional fundraising, particularly major gift fundraisingAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationships will all constituencies, including patrons, board members and the community at large; must possess tact, discretion and diplomacyProficient skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Suite and donor databases, preferably BloomerangStrong written and verbal communication skills, including presentation and negotiation skillsPossess the skills to work with and motivate board members and volunteersBe a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls. Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goalsDisplay a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening abilityA bachelor’s degree. To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to
May 13: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Art for Animals: Submission Deadline
May 13: Watermill Center: Artist Residency Program: Application Deadline
May 15: Carve magazine: Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Application Deadlines
May 17: Iconic Norwalk: Launch party, Norwalk Public Library
May 20: I-Park General Residency Program Application Deadline
May 20: Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation: Arts Writers Grants Application Deadline
May 31: Moonlight International Film Festival (screenplays, stage plays, short stories, libretti, treatments, films, and more): Submission Deadline

June c1: Regional Initiative Grants (REGI): Application Deadline
June c1: The Painting Center, Patterns of Influence: Artists Who Teach Submission Deadline
June c1: Woman Made Gallery, 22nd International Open Submission Deadline
June 10: Touchstone Gallery, DC: America Is... Submission Deadline
June 15: Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk: Small Treasures Submission Deadline

July c5: Picture That: African-American History Month - Unity magazine Submission Deadline
July 13: Field Projects, New York: Summer 2019 Open Call Submission Deadline
July 21: Stamford Art Association: The Faber Birren Color Award Submission Deadline

Aug.c1:  Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Berlin: MiniMaxi Prints Berlin Submission Deadline   

Dec. 31:  Iconic Norwalk: Submission Deadline   

Savor City: Bridgeport Artists and Musicians Needed.

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