Subject: Artists Newsletter October 29, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
OCTOBER 29, 2017
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 550 individuals and organizations. You can sign up here.
Quote of the Week
"Art-making is almost unparalleled in helping people see they have something of value in themselves."
Carolyn Matthews, Project Coordinator for Sew Much Love,

Some 200 designers, artists, business leaders, innovators, media and more gathered Thursday night October 26 to celebrate the arts, to honor DJ CareyEditorial Director, C&G Media, and to benefit the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. The event was co-chaired by Lynn Morgan and Patrick Mele. Two videos, generously made by 4th Row Films, were shown: one honoring DJ by her friends and colleagues ( and the other paying tribute to the role of the arts, designers and the Cultural Alliance itself ( Thank you to all who took part!
Sign up to attend our free ARTISTS TALK #5 - GREENWICH on Sun. Nov.5, 2-4pm in collaboration with the Flinn Gallery, at the Greenwich Library (101 West Putnam Ave. 2nd Floor). As part of Of Art & Craft, come see, hear, and ask questions of selected speakers Susan Eisen, Norma Minkowitz, and Cultural Alliance member Ellen SchiffmanThe videorecorded talks of our members will be available on our ARTISTS TALK YouTube Playlist. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here. More info + RSVP here.
...AND FRI. NOV. 10
And please register also for our 10x10 Artists Talk on ... Fri. Nov. 10, at The NEST Arts Factory as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail. Starting with their entries for The NEST's fundraiser, 10x10, Carlos Davila, Lauren Rago, and Rick Shaefer, three NEST artists, who were accepted into the very competitive Silvermine Arts Center's Art of the Northeast 2017, (July - Aug, 2017), will talk about their current work. Register at
See our Artists Talk Archive
Below is a linked list of artist members who now have their talks posted on our YouTube channel:

Interested in how you as an artist, working together with arts nonprofits, town planners, businesses, architects and others can shape your community? Save the dates, Jan. 23-24 for the Cultural Alliance's Creative Placemaking Conference, Shaping Community. With keynote speakers, Kristina Newman-Scott (CT Office of the Arts), Jamie Bennett (ArtPlace America), Jennifer Hughes (National Endowment for the Arts) and Patrick McMahon (CT Main Street Center), one day exploring the impact of Public Art, Artist Residencies, Artists Spaces, and New Narratives for our Towns, and one full day of workshops creating grant proposals to actively shape our communities.

Andrea Bonfils is an award winning mixed media artist who is represented by several galleries (notably the Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles) and in many corporate and private collections worldwide. Her work exhibits in several major art fairs and can be viewed in the permanent collection at The Museum of Encaustic Art. Prior to having children and working in Manhattan for several nonprofits with a Masters in Clinical Social Work, Andrea was always drawn to art. After having her first child, she started spending every free moment painting. Word of mouth spread, her paintings sold and she kept painting. Using unconventional hardware - a blow torch, iron and other heated tools - along with paper, encaustics, photography, resin and natural materials, her uncommon painting and photographic techniques give way to a vision that is intense, mysterious and ethereal. Andrea says that most of her inspiration comes from the natural world, as she captures her subject's movement, drama and complexity. She says she uses all mediums in what Van Gogh called a "language of nature," particularly in her Underwater, Wild Horses and Aspens Series. Her imagery shows curiosity, adventure and evolution which is both compelling and seductive to the viewer. "In all of my explorations in photography, I’m primarily drawn to the wonders of nature and our humanity within; the stunning perfections and imperfections of the world. I’ve spent countless hours following majestic bands of wild horses, staring above in bird sanctuaries and submerged while exploring fluidity in underwater movement."  Andrea says her latest collections Fly and Float and Submerged Gardens depict a kaleidoscopic interaction between an entirely organic, botanical color palette and the magical play between reflection and refraction.” See her website;  Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram pages.

Born in New Jersey, Lydia Larson grew up as an American nomad, something that she thinks has affected her ever since. She received her BFA locally from Montclair State University, receiving the Excellence in Painting Award of the 2009 graduating class. She went on went on to receive her MFA from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then traveled the world in earnest. She engaged in residencies and research in the Netherlands, Italy, India, Hawaii, Japan, and Hungary. In 2014, she received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. She says that since an early age, art making was a means of documenting the constant changes of her surroundings. With her sense of an almost constantly changing environment came an interest in connecting experiences and places. She writes: "I believe there are multiple realities that exist at the same time, that the physical world is not all there is. I imagine many simultaneous events that link together, spilling over, in a highly organized way. Perhaps our everyday events fit into something greater; there may be a common thread weaving in and out of the lines of every history there ever was, tying us all together. Perhaps, we are these very threads stitched into a colorful and profound synchronistic quilt." Lydia says her work borrows from various histories, images, memories, and tales: "They are little worlds. I am engaged in an ongoing investigation concerning: rootlessness, voyages, spiritual forces, survival, displacement, what it means to sojourn, place, time, and the great struggle and triumph of communicating.” Lydia has exhibited across the United States and internationally. She currently lives and works in Westport, has shown at Loft Artists Association and Stamford Art Association and has a forthcoming solo show, In Plain Sight, at The Mayor’s Gallery in Stamford. See Lydia's website and Facebook page.

An Associate Member

Working in many creative fields for more than 30 years, Karen Ponelli is now a full-time painter. She has an extensive background in the design world. Her prior work included faux finishing, glazing, gilding specially designed hand-painted ceilings and home decor furnishings. She also created her own line of home accessories, specially designed for interior decorator clients and specialty shops. However the time came to devote herself exclusively to painting over the last decade. Her studio/gallery is located minutes from her home in Milford, CT where she works full-time painting. Living on the water has inspired her to study the various changing colors of the atmosphere - her main focus is to capture peacefulness with paint. Karen's work is collected nationally and internationally. Her work has been represented in galleries in Connecticut, New York, Georgia and New Jersey. She was accepted into the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport in 2014 and and is a member artist of the gallery. See Karen's website, and Instagram pages.
Elizabeth Agresta, Painter
Valerie Ahneman, Musician
Peter Alexander, Landscape 
Tracey Anderson-Kollar, Visual 
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
Ziggy Bober, Sculptor
Amy Bock, Painter
Amy 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
Alicia Cobb, Painter
Joyce Colburn, Painter
Heidi Lewis Coleman, Mixed
Catherine Conroy, Photographer
Margaret Stapor Costa,
Adger Cowans, Photographer/
Naomi Cruz, Painter
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
Loren DePalma, 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, Photographer
Jennifer Drolet, Painter
David Dunlop, Painter
Kate Eisemann, Photographer
Philip Eliasoph, Writer
Jeanine Esposito, Mixed Media
Katherine Evans, Painter
Susan Fehlinger, Painter
Mary Ferguson, Photographer
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
Joseph Fucigna, Sculptor
Megan Garbe, Painter

Sandy Garnett, Visual Artist/

Rhonda Gentry, Painterr
Racey Gilbert, Musician
Joe Gitterman, Sculptor
Leslie Giuliani, Mixed Media
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
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
Tracy Hoffman, Photographer &
Veronica Hofstetter, Painter
Bruce Horan, Painter/Printmaker
Elizabeth Howard, Writer
Siovhan Hutcherson, Mosaic Artist
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
   Media/ Ceramicist/
   Photographer ASSOCIATE
Niki Ketchman, Sculptor/
Lesley Koenig, Painter
Richard Koleszar, Painter
Xiao Mai Kong, Painter
Michael Kozlowski, Painter
Dana Laird, Painter/Photographer
Joanie Landau, Jewelry designer/ 
Daniel Lanzilotta, Sculptor
Lydia Larson, Painter
Paul Larson, Painter
Emily Hamilton Laux,
Eric Jiaju Lee, Visual Artist/
Phyllis Lee, Visual Artist
Julie Leff, Painter
Valerie Ann Leff, Writer
Susan Leggitt, Painter
Barbara Loss, Photographer
Shirley Lowell, Painter/Sculptor
Jane Lubin, Mixed Media
Katya Lebrija, Painter/Mixed
Jessica Makin, Painter/ 
Mary Manning, Painter/
Elizabeth Marks, Painter
Ruben Marroquin, Fiber Artist
Nadia Martinez, MultiMedia
Peter Massini, Photographer
Sooo-z Mastropietro, Multimedia
Barbara Mathis, Painter
Megan Bonneau McCool, 
Carole McClintock, Painter
Grace S. McEnaney, Painter
Tessa Smith McGovern, Writer
Nancy McTague-Stock, Mixed  
Shanna Melton, Poet
Kristin Merrill, Jeweler/Sculptor
Toby Michaels, Painter
Jay Misencik, Photographer
Allyson Monson, Photographer

Duvian Montoya, Painter
Brechin Morgan, Painter
Day Moore, Painter
Nancy Moore, Painter
Carol Mueller, Painter/Printmaker
Cynthia Mullins, 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
Marjorie Poe, Painter
Diane Pollack, Mixed Media
Karen Ponelli, Painter ASSOCIATE
Lynn Carlson Popat, Painter
Joseph Provey, Painter
Jennifer Prat, Photographer
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
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
Bronislava Slagle, Mixed Media 
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
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
Vonne Whittleton, Mixed Media
Al Coyote Weiner, Painter
Jahmane West, MultiMedia
Elizabeth White, MultiMedia
Justin Wiest, Painter
Jarvis Wilcox, Painter
Bruce Williams, Painter
Tammy Winser, Mixed Media
Nancy Woodward, Photographer/
   Mixed Media
Dmitri Wright, Painter
Jeffrey Wyant, Visual Artist
Janet Zamparo, Visual/Literary/
Performing Artist  

 See a List by Town of Artist Members: here
❦ – See a List by Town of all Organization and Creative Business Members: here
Andrea Bonfils, Miggs Burroughs, Linn Cassetta, David Dunlop, Veronica Hofstetter, Sholeh Janati, Paul Larson, Emily Hamilton Laux, Julie Leff, Nancy Moore, Cynthia Mullins, Dale Najarian, Julie Tehrani, and Jahmane West were all curated into our Designers Celebrate the Arts party (see Facebook slideshow) by Nina Bentley at The Antique & Artisan Center, Thursday Oct. 26 in honor of DJ Carey, editorial director of CT C&G Media and to benefit the Cultural Alliance. 
Karen Kalkstein, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Lee Walther, and Jahmane West all have work in BOOBs, opening at City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, Thurs. Oct. 26, 5:30-8:30pm and running through Dec. 2. The show is a "provocative exhibit depicting personal stories of breast cancer patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers, along with statements about the socio-economic conditions regarding treatment, healthcare, appearance, gender, age and race."
Barbara Dierolf, Leslie Giuliani, Lori Glavin, Karen Kalkstein, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Diane Pollack, Norma Schlager, Joan Wheeler, and Nancy Woodwardare some of the 40 artists from the tri-state region, whose work is included in the show, Unbound, curated by Nancy Moore for the CT chapter of the Surface Design Association, opening Sat. Nov. 4, 5-8pm and riunning through Jan. 7, at the River Street Gallery of Fair Haven Furniture, 72 Blatchley Ave., New Haven. Focusing on fiber and fiber technique, these works "expand and challenge our ideas of what fine art can be, and of what fiber can make us feel and think about outside of its obvious and everyday uses."
As the Bridgeport Art Trail kicks off Thursday Nov. 9, Cris Dam, Ruben Marroquin and Liz Squillace are among the artists opening their studios in the Bridgeport Arcade Mall. Together with Holly Danger, who will showcase a new body of performative video art, they are throwing a party celebrating Arcade Night, Fri. Nov. 10, 5-8:30pm, that will transform the Arcade into an all-immersive happening.  Music will be provided by DJ Justin Shay of JMS Jams, and drinks and small bites will be offered.
Bridgeport Art Trail City-Wide Open Studios, Nov.10-12, feature member artists Linn Cassetta, Roxanne Faber Savage, Lesley Koenig Fine Art, Brechin Morgan, and Susan Newbold(at the American Fabrics Building)Ina Alisa Anderson, Alicia Cobb, Herm Freeman, Jill Sarver, Marianne R Schmidt, and Lee Walther (at 305 Knowlton Street)Adger Cowans, Vasken Kalayjian, Shanna Melton, Aisha Nailah, and Liz Squillace (at Read's ArtSpace)Patrice Barrett, Carl os Davila, Jane Davila, Barbara Dierolf, David L. Flynn, Carolina Guimarey, Gwen Hendrix, Phyllis Lee, Kristin Merrill, Susan Taylor Murray, Joe Provey, Lauren Rago, Rick Reyes, Rick Shaefer, and Janice Sweetwater (at The NEST Arts Factory); Lucienne Buckner, Christa Forrest, Chris Perry, Diane Pollack, and Tim Reimer (NEST Associates); and Susan Fehlinger, Barbara Loss, Jay Misencik, Kaz Oda, Bronislava Slagle, Lee Walther, and Bruce Williams (at the Black Rock Art Guild)
Heidi Lewis Coleman is delighted that her Dreamscape 1 (2017, acrylic & cut paper on canvas, 36" x 36")  has been acquired by the Larson Gallery Guild Board as part of the Larson Gallery's Permanent Collection in her hometown of Yakima, Washington. This was the culmination of her recent solo show in Yakima, Transitions: The Artwork of Heidi Lewis Coleman. Heidi is tremendously honored to have her artwork hanging alongside so many of the Washington State artists that she's known and admired throughout her lifetime.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon will have her art featured at Images Gallery in Old Greenwich during November and December. The Reception is set for Friday, November 17. Among the 18 works she is exhibiting is Artists' Garden, (2017, mixed media embroidered collage, 16” square, at right). It incorporates William Morris fabric flower fragments, torn pieces of reproduced Klimt garden paintings, and photos of flowers from Carol’s own garden with embroidered floral images.

Cris Dam will open his studio in Bridgeport’s Arcade Mall for the first time to the public during the Bridgeport Art Trail (Nov. 10-11). Among the works on view will be a new series of groundbreaking paintings that will transform his studio into a light-filled installation, pushing beyond the limits of compositional tradition. At right, Ursa (2017,  light, latex, acrylic, and oil on panel, 5 x 5 feet). In his "light" series, Cris incorporates incandescent light bulbs into oil paintings, a method that he first introduced in Explosive Target, 2013. In these paintings, which range from diminutive to large scale, he transforms the bulb from its historical place as a subject matter to a medium, integrating it in ways that have yet to be explored by compositional painters. By painting with both oil and light, he juxtaposes the tangible with the intangible.
Erin Dolan has a solo show, Memory Palace, opening at the Darien Library, with a reception Fri. Nov. 3rd 6-8pm. The show runs through Dec. 11. As Erin comments, A "Memory Palace is an imaginary space in your mind where you can store mnemonic images. This exhibition is a culmination of specific locations I have lived and depicted through an abstracted lens of New York City, New Mexico, Hawaii and Coastal Connecticut." At right, Between Waikiki and NYC (2016, oil on canvas, detail).
Leslie Giuliani has a piece in Nancy Moore's Unbound, opening  Sat. Nov. 4, 5-8pm at New Haven's River Street Gallery. Her Side View with Brain (2010, hooked wool on burlap, 17”x13", detail at right) is made using the traditional, primitive rug hooking technique. Click for larger image.
Lori Glavin is showing a series of small thread “drawings” on paper in Nancy Moore's Unbound, opening  Sat. Nov. 4, 5-8pm at New Haven's River Street Gallery. In these, Lori uses machine stitching as one might use a drawn line. At right Simple Addition 3 (2016, thread on paper, 10" x 12"). Lori is also in Interplay, opening with a reception and artist Q&A at New Canaan Library, Thurs. Nov. 9, 6-8pm, in which she and Karen Dow intentionally explore the interplay of their individual works, featuring prints, collages and works of mixed media.
Ellen Gordon will be exhibiting 45 of her most recent work this weekend in City Wide Open Studios in Erector Square (Oct.28 - 29, 12-6pm at 315 Peck Street, New Haven Building #8, 2nd floor). These pieces are what she calls her "Alter Ego" series: freer, more emotional and immediate sketches that have a touch of the macabre and reach back to the work of Schiele and Klimt that so inspire her.
Ellen Gould was invited to hang a group of her photographs in the Darien Cheese Shop located in The Goodwives Shopping Plaza (25 Old Kings Hwy N). The photographs will be on display until November 30. Nod to Alden Weir (2017, a plex panel, 20" x 30", detail at right) fits perfectly into the curated autumnal theme of the shop.
Joanie Landau's Justice + Equality (2017, digital collagraph, 30x40," detail at right) will be a part of the Juried Exhibit, Art of Protest at the Imago Foundation for the Arts in Warren, Rhode Island, Nov. 2-Dec. 3. This piece previously won the Award of Merit at the Cooperstown Art Association's 82nd Annual National Juried Exhibition as well as appearing in Resist at the Zenith Gallery in Washingon, DC, an exhibition juried by Carol Rhodes Dyson, Margery Goldberg and Celinda Lake in honor of the latest Resist movements captivating the globe.
New member Lydia Larson has a solo show opening at The Mayor's Gallery of Stamford, Thurs. Nov. 9, 5:30-7:30pm. In Plain Sight is a collection of recent paintings that explore what Lydia sees as the synchronistic connection between places and events and those that are seen and unseen. Her work borrows from various histories, dreams, images, memories, and tales. The paintings are in essence, little worlds.
Julie Leff is having solo show at the Weston Public Library and Town Hall, opening with a wine and cheese reception on Thurs. Nov. 6, 6-8 pm. Her paintings will be on view in the Library through Nov. 29, and in the Town Hall ongoing. At right, a detail of her painting, Memory (2015, oil on canvas, 30" x 25").
Sooo-z Mastropietro has her Boob Tube: Teetering on the Edge of Approval (2017, tubes of fabric, wire, tv, mdf, 18x18x45", detail at right) featured in BOOBs, opening at City Lights Gallery Thurs. Oct 26, 5:30-8:30pm, and running through Dec. 2. Sooo-z comments: "Breasts are a wondrous part of the female anatomy. An ambrosia of highly utilitarian function and pure curvilinear beauty, they are unpredictable, charismatic, mysterious, sculptural, and ever changing for better or worse. Whatever outward veneer one assumes or is bestowed, we are relatively anatomically similar on the inside. It is the yet another way we savor our individuality while wondering 'how do I look?'”
Sooo-z Mastropietro has four pieces in UNBOUND, at the River Street Gallery, New Haven, opening Sat. Nov. 4, 5-8pm: RuffCuffMuffRipTiedTactical Forces, and The Tops (2017, 36x36, at right) Inspired by Bassonova music by Los Van Van from a recent trip to Cuba, The Tops was painted during a high-spirited listening session, and then 're-painted' with tubes created from 13 old shirts. Colors came from original shirts as well as dyeing and extraction processes.
Diane Pollack has three of her stitched collages featured in UNBOUND, at the River Street Gallery, New Haven, opening Sat. Nov. 4, 5-8pm. Diane's works on white paper have a limited palette of black, red and grey as well as her signature free-form stitching. At right, Whimsy (click for larger image)
Norm Siegel was inspired by the trompe l'oeil art he saw on a sixth-grade trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he saw Albert Bierstadt landscapes, and a still-life by William Harnett. Now he is exploring interactive 3-D anaglyph painting where you need the 3-D glasses to view them. See Norm's solo show, The Art of Norm Siegel at WorkPoint in Shippan Landing, Stamford, from Oct. 30 through Jan. 10, with an opening reception, Sun. Nov. 5, 4-6pm.
Dara Tomeo has a solo show, Seascapes, Landscapes and Escapes, opening at Fairfield University Bookstore, Fri. Nov. 3, 6-8pm (2nd floor). The show will run through Nov. 29. A Fairfield artist, Dara's seascapes express the captivating and varied moods of water in motion, while her landscapes capture the essence and beauty of trees in varying seasons and light, and her compositions of paths in the woods entice the viewer to take an enchanted journey into her paintings. At right, detail of Coastal Bliss (2017, acrylic on canvas, 24"x40").
Lee Walther has her Vibrant Energy (2017, collage on plastic mold) in BOOBs, at City Lights Gallery through Dec. 2. This work is part of series of female forms with color and patterns depicting different energies and emotions. Lee comments that "the human body is a beautiful machine and I am fascinated by individueal faces but I choose to work with torsos and explore how I can depict aspects of the human soul and psyche."
Joan Wheeler will be exhibiting her fiber art piece The Seeker, (2017, needle-felted sheep's wool, 24"x36", detail at right) in Nancy Moore's exhibition Unbound, opening Sat. Nov. 4, 5-8pm, and running through Jan. 7, at the River Street Gallery of Fair Haven Furniture.
Nancy Woodward had her Burr’s Prayer Rug (2016, 35 x 25") curated into Unbound, opening Sat. Nov. 4, 5-8pm, at New Haven's River Street GalleryNancy's piece was created using printed Abaca tissue sewn to a light backing paper, with burlap and threads woven into the rug’s borders and fringe. Nancy says this piece recalls a childhood memory of a living room rug in her Uncle Burr’s home.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Fri. Nov. 3: Erin Dolan, Memory Palace, Darien Library. Opening Reception, 6-8pm.
Fri. Nov. 3: Dara Tomeo, Seascapes, Landscapes and Escapes. Fairfield University Bookstore. Opening reception, 6-8pm.
Sat. Nov. 4: UnboundRiver Street Gallery of Fair Haven Furniture, 72 Blatchley Ave., New Haven. Curated by Nancy Moore. Opening Reception, 5-8pm. (Barbara Dierolf, Leslie Giuliani, Lori Glavin, Karen Kalkstein, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Diane Pollack, Norma Schlager, Joan Wheeler, and Nancy Woodward).
Sun. Nov. 5: Norm Siegel, The Art of Norm Siegel. WorkPoint, Shippan Landing, Stamford. Opening Reception, 4-6pm.
Thurs. Nov. 9: Lori Glavin, Interplay, New Canaan Library. Opening Reception, 6-8pm
Thurs. Nov. 9: Lydia Larson, In Plain Sight, Mayor's Gallery of Stamford. opening Reception, 5:30pm-7:30pm. 
Thurs. Nov. 9: Julie Leff, Weston Public Library and Town Hall. Opening Reception, 6-8pm
Fri. Nov. 10: Arcade Night, Bridgeport Arcade Mall. Opening Party, 5-8:30pm (Cris Dam, Holly Danger, Ruben Marroquin and Liz Squillace)
Nov. 10-12: Bridgeport Art Trail: City-Wide Open Studio
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PrintAustin invites you to enter its 5th annual juried international exhibition The Contemporary Print to be held at O2 Gallery at Flatbed Press Headquarters (2832 East MLK Blvd, Austin, TX) during PrintAustin 2018. The Contemporary Print exhibition is a survey of the traditions and the innovations of contemporary printmaking happening today. While non-traditional or digital output is accepted as a print element, submissions must utilize traditional print media as their primary technique including: Lithography, Relief, Intaglio, Silkscreen, Photo Polymer Plate ( SolarPlates) and Monotype. Solely Digital and Photographic Prints are not eligible but feel free to contact us with any questions. Requirements: Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10. Entry Fee $35.00. Juror: This is the first time The Contemporary Print will be accepting international artists and we are excited to have our first juror from the United Kingdom. Dr. Paul Laidler is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research, and Senior Lecturer in BA Illustration/MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking, University of the West England, Bristol, UK. His research explores the impact of digital technology on the field of fine art print-making, focusing on the advantages of using the traditional collaborative print studio model when generating and realising physical artefacts in the digital age. Paul has worked with artists such as Richard Hamilton, Lesley Dill, Joe Tilson, Gordon Cheung and Stanley Donwood. Awards: PrintAustin Award: $500; Gamblin Award: $200 + $200 Gift Certificate courtesy of Gamblin Artists Colors; The Awagami Paper Award: $100 + $250 (50 sheets) of "Awagami Editioning" Japanese washi paper; and Dick Blick Award: $150 Gift Certificate courtesy of Dick BlickOpen to international artists 18 years or older. Any 2-D or 3-D work including ceramics, sculpture, mixed media and artists’ books that uses printmaking as the sole or major technique in its execution. Work cannot exceed 72 inches in any direction. Be prepared to submit your artist statement if chosen for the final selection. We would prefer statements no longer than 250 words. Register and Apply here.


Picture That, LLC and Thompson Hospitality invites Latin artists to submit artwork for the September 2018 Hispanic Heritage edition of Unity Magazine. Unity Magazine is distributed on a complimentary basis to hundreds of corporate and university dining centers throughout the United States where Thompson Hospitality provides food services. This is a great opportunity to have your artwork viewed by thousands of consumers and possibly sold. Desired Works: We are interested in a variety of unique objects in different media: paintings, watercolors, collage, drawings, photographs, prints, mixed media works as well as traditional art forms, such as beadwork, baskets, jewelry, pottery and sculpture, including works of glass. Please format the subject of your e-mail as follows:
(Hispanic, your last name, first name and your city and state). For example: Hispanic_DoeJohn_Butte_Montana. Required Materials: 
1. Five (5) digital images as jpg files of artwork to be considered;
300DPI or greater (3.5+ insize) must be available if chosen as a finalist.
Name the jpg files the same as artwork title.
2. Artist Bio and/or Artist Statement (Word documents or text files are acceptable).
Include detailed contact info: phone number, city and state and website address,
if available, since the curatorial team may select alternative
and/or additional website images to include with your submission
3. Artist Photo as jpg file
Submission Process:
If you have any questions and/or would like your work considered for a feature in UNITY
Magazine, please e-mail the required materials below by Friday, November 10, 2017 to There is no fee to enter. Read complete rules here:


Fairfield County Arts Association (FCAA) is a networking group for area artists. Membership includes a presentation by an artist at monthly meetings, a website with postings of artwork by members, plein air sketch outings, and a monthly newsletter. FCCA has issued a call to artists for its annual member exhibition to be held at Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Rd, Fairfield, Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 11, 2018. A reception will be held Dec. 21, 7-8:30pm. All area artists are invited to enter work. Entrants must complete an application for and bring up to 3 original wall pieces in any media up to 40 inches in any direction. The annual membership fee is $40. The entry fee for the show is $20 for up to 2 original wall pieces ready for hanging, up to 40″ in any direction. 3rd work is $5. For full details and to enter click here for entry form.  Receiving Nov. 30, 1-3pm at Independence Hall. Hanging: Nov. 30, 1-4pm.

Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery is pleased to announce ON THE ROCKS: An Exhibition of Vessels For & Related to Drinking, juried by Pete Pinnell. Pewabic is a National Historic Landmark pottery located in Detroit’s Jefferson Corridor. Founded by Mary Chase Perry Stratton in 1903, whose experiments with glazes changed the face of contemporary ceramics and her business partner Horace James Caulkins, their blend of art and technology gave the pottery its distinctive qualities as Detroit's contribution to the International Arts and Crafts movement and exemplified the American Craftsman Style. For ON THE ROCKS,  artists from around the globe ages 18 and older may submit up to 5 ceramic works for consideration. Works may include cups, mugs, tumblers, goblets, steins, bottles, flasks and jugs. All works must be functional, food safe and available for sale. Entry fee: $40. Prizes: $500 First, $250 Second, $100 Third.
And Remember...
Nov. c1: New Canaan Library: Artist in Residence Program Application Deadline
Nov. c4: 10x10 NEST Fundraising Exhibit Submissions Deadline
Nov. 6-10: Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook: Winter! Submissions Due
Nov. 10: Land Art Generator Initiative Willimantic Project: RFQ Submissions due
Nov. 15: Heritage Gardens: Commemorations Exhibition Entry Deadline
Nov. 17: 15th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline
Nov. 18: Easton Arts Council: Annual Juried Photography Show Submission Deadline

See other deadlines below in Opportunities Calendar
  • Run by WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) this is a registry of opportunities, as well as an application management system. Registration required.
  • ArtSake: Archive of Calls for Artists, run by the Massachusetts Arts Council
  • "the art world's first and most accessed resource of its kind"
  • The Calls for Artists (can be indexed by state and deadline)
  • Scoop.It: Public Art RFPs and RFQs
  • NYFA Opportunities: Calls, Residencies and other opportunities. Can be indexed by date, location and type
  • No Film School recently released a list of opportunities available from October to December for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects
  • Poets & Writers - the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests grants and awards available anywhere.


Dancers, Choreographers Applications are currently being accepted to perform at the 2018 Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (June 20-August 26, 2018) and Inside/Out performances occur every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening during the Festival. Jacob’s Pillow is interested in presenting all dance forms and genres, including culturally-specific dance forms and dance-theater in addition to classical and contemporary choreography. Artist submissions that contain an audience engagement element, work-in progress proposal, or educational component are welcome. Performances take place on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage. Both audience and performers are surrounded by nature and the stunning backdrop of the Berkshire Hills. Performances are free and open to the public. They are geared toward exposing audiences to dance in an informal way, giving all people, regardless of their financial means, the opportunity to experience a wide variety of dance. Both the content and production needs of your presentation must be appropriate for a free outdoor venue with sound only. There are no lights, wings or other staging, and the performance moves indoors in the event of rain. Apply here.
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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the expansion of the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge, a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production. Launched in 2016 as a pilot program in three cities (Dallas, TX; Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA), the Songwriting Challenge offers six semi-finalists mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians and the opportunity to have an original song performed by those musicians. Also, the finalists will be awarded a school scholarship and more. Applications are due by January 5, 2018. Regional semifinals will be held in February and the national competition among the six semifinalists will be in April. The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts partnering with the American Theatre Wing and in collaboration with Playbill, Inc. and Disney Theatrical Productions. If you teach or work with high school students, please help us to spread the word about this exciting opportunity!


Artist and Fine Art Consultant Liz Tardif and Cherry Street Art, present a series of free presentations and discussions on Building Your Business As An Artist. This presentation is designed as an introduction to understanding the process and value of creating a business plan that will help visual artists succeed in building a collector base and earning an income from their art. To be discussed are the basics for organizing and operating the business of marketing and selling art and how to design a map for your own success. Submitting applications to galleries, the pros and cons of publishing, identifying a target market, business building resources and much more will be discussed. As a follow-up to this presentation, individual and group Business Planning Sessions will be offered to artists who are interested. Norwalk Public Library, Weds. Nov. 1, 6:30-8:00pm, 2nd Floor, 3/4 Auditorium, register here, or call 203 899-2780 x 15133.
Mon. Nov. 6: 
7-8:30pm $25
Unlocking Europe: Commissions & Festivals Revealed
Frustrated by the art market in the US? Artist Kurt Perschke has built his career around working with presenters all over Europe. In this course, he will teach you how to find commissions and art festivals in Europe, how to write tech riders, and about negotiation tactics specific to arts organizations outside the US. 
Mon. Nov. 20
Producing & Funding Your Community Engagement Campaign
In the past few years, Stephanie Bleyer has raised millions of dollars for engagement campaigns for over 20 social justice projects. She will teach artists of all disciplines how to create a plan, partner effectively, find an audience and measure the impact of a project once it's completed.  Register


Artist & Craftsman Supply in Bridgeport is seeking a helping hand in the form of a full-time art supply clerk. The ideal candidate has past retail experience, is a dedicated team player, has a friendly demeanor and a willingness to learn. Main tasks and responsibilities include: help customers locate products in the store; give product details and demonstrations to customers; ensure that all displayed items in the store comply with company standards; follow standard operating procedures of the store; keep inventory active and stocked, follow all receiving and stocking guidelines; accurately and properly handle the store’s money including the opening and closing of a register, as well as the basic security of the register during store hours; and all other duties as assigned by management. Physical Requirements:   While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, bend, reach, climb, grasp, and key. Employees are required to speak and hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Experience with fine art materials such as oil painting, printmaking, sculpture materials, etc. is preferred, but not necessary. Weekend and evening work is required. Benefits are available. To be considered for this job, send your resume and a cover letter introducing yourself and how your skills apply to working here. Email: or mail to: 1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, 06604. No phone calls please. 

The Kennedy Center, Trumbull, offers a broad range of programs and services for children, adults, and the elderly with diverse disabilities. The Kennedy Center seeks a per diem Expressive Arts Facilitator/Therapist - ($15/$18 per hour).  Responsibilities  include: to develop and implement an expressive therapy program that interfaces with the individual needs of each participant to include a variety of disciplines; to provide opportunities for consumers to explore themselves in the areas of art, yoga, music, dance, media and poetry. etc.; to conduct individual and group sessions in the areas of art, music, movement, drama.; to develop a curriculum and goals for each activity planned, tying them in with prevailing established goals for consumers. Hours: oncall generally, Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Expressive Therapy or related field; significant and demonstrated experience instructing in area of discipline may be considered in lieu of degrees; two years experience in area of specialization (i.e., music, art, drama, yoga, etc.); one year experience working with people with disabilities preferably with the age group assigned to. Please send resume and cover letter to: 
 Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Head of Marketing
Brookfield Crafts Center: Manager of Charitable Giving
Bruce Museum: Brucemobile Instructor.
Connecticut Historical Society: Exhibit Developer
Connecticut Humanities: Executive Director
Connecticut Office of the Arts: Unpaid internships
Downtown Cabaret: Digital Marketing Specialist
Fairfield County Children’s Choir: Part-time Executive Director
Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Curator of Collections & Exhibitions
Westport Country Playhouse: P/T Box Office and Concessions Associate
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Oct. 31: Experimental Studio Residencies, Newcastle, UK: Application Deadline

Nov. c1: New Canaan Library: Artist in Residence Program Application Deadline
Nov. c1: Norwalk Library: Building Your Business As An Artist
Nov. c1: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Submission Deadline
Nov. c4: 10x10 NEST Fundraising Exhibit Submissions Deadline
Nov. 6-10: Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook: Winter! Submissions Due
Nov. 15: Heritage Gardens: Commemorations Exhibition Entry Deadline
Nov. 17: 15th Annual Photo Contest Submission Deadline
Nov. 18: Easton Arts Council: Annual Juried Photography Show Submission Deadline

Dec. c1: Provincetown Fine Arts Center: Writers Fellowships Application Deadline
Dec. c1: Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, USA International Travel Grants: Application Deadline for 
             projects taking place March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019.
Dec. 12: Puffin Foundation: Application Deadline for Music, Photography and Theatre Projects

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