Subject: Artists Newsletter, September 27, 2019

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
September 27, 2019
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit membership service organization that supports its members through unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 600 individuals and organizations. See member benefits here. Join here.

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Register for a free, two-part evening workshop on Financial Fundamentals for Artists. The Cultural Alliance is partnering with the CT Office of the Arts in assisting with its Arts & Economic Impact Professional Development series of workshops developed with the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF). The workshop in our region is hosted by the Housatonic Museum of Art and will take place on two evenings, Tues. Oct. 29 and Wed. Oct. 30, 6pm-8:30pm. CEDF's Frederick Welk is the presenter. More information is available here  and below. Registration here.

Happy Frenchy is a French woman who, after many years in the corporate world, searching for what would be fulfilling,   decided, after an injury that left her in bed for weeks, to take up one of her childhood passions: drawing. He big desire was to create lighthearted illustrations, printed with love on high-quality grain paper made in France. 
Happy Frenchy is a happy (most of the time) Frenchy (all the time) from Bordeaux (Cap Ferret to be precise in Bassin d'Arcachon, which, she says, if you don't know about it you should find about it. Happy Frenchy's husband is from the U.S. and she has two, what she calls, cacahuètes (peanuts). Living in many countries, the family arrived in the U.S. in April 2018 and are living happily in Weston. Happy Frenchy's website will be arriving soon, but in the meantime you can delight in her Facebook and Instagram pages.

Robert Keating is a Fairfield-based writer and artist. He started painting in the 1980s and developed a passion for capturing the colors of nature when they are most vivid: "a simple mist rolling off a lake in the early hours of morning, the drama of galloping horses, the fluid grace of the wings of an eagle, and the many moods and desires of the sea."
His first instructor was Ruth Rheinghaus a member of Manhattan's Salmagundi Club. The class held annual shows at 280 Park Avenue, and, always able to sell his work, he says he became hooked.  Robert has showed widely in the region, including at the Westport Arts Center, The Pequot Library, The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Library, the Branford Arts Center and others. Robert is also the author of several novels. The most current is Islands of Vengeance: The fall of the Pequot Nation, available on

Dr. Steven Labkoff is an award-winning photographer, and a medical informatics expert, based in Stamford. Since the age of 9, Steve has captured life as it happens through his lens, often from unexpected perspectives. His goal is to provide a point of view on a subject that viewers might not otherwise be able to see on their own. His work has been published in newspapers, books and on websites. From the grandeur of the Milky Way to the details on the wings of a butterfly or bee, his work presents the world in ways that are simply not seen every day. His photographic works include time lapses, astrophotography, aerial photography, and macrophotography. He is internationally recognized, having had exhibitions on 3 continents from Europe, to Israel and across the U.S. His numerous photography awards include Color Print of the Year Award 2018 at the Stamford Photography Club (for Away in a Manger), First Place Spring 2018 at Dutchess Regional Professional Photographers (DRPP)(for When You See the Southern Cross for the First Time); Best in Show (Illustrative Category) DRPP Fall 2018 for She Lights the Way and First Place for Show Me the Way. He was recently awarded merits by DRPP for She Lights the Way and Check Out the Neighbors. His work has been in several juried shows across the region and is available for commission work for stills, landscapes, and drone photography. See Steve's website, his page at the Stamford Photography Club, and his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Linda McKie McClellan was born with an artistic temperament. She began at an early age drawing and painting her natural surroundings. A native New Yorker, she has called Westport her home for many years.  Studying at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, she was one of two freshman students whose artwork was purchased by the university for permanent exhibit at their downtown campus. She has also studied at the Wooster Art Center in Danbury and with Betsy Beach, Lisa Arnold at the Silvermine Guild, Richard Byrnes at the Greenwich Art Society, and with the late Peter Konsterlie, former Gallery Director of The Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport. Constantly inspired by the natural world, Linda has been experimenting with many different art forms, and is intrigued by new mediums. She works with oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolors, mono prints, and mixed media, often combining her paintings with organic material, found objects and interference acrylic paint. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. Her work is in private collections throughout the country, and recently she was commissioned to do a landscape painting of an art collector’s property. She is a member of the   Black Rock Art Guild, and the Fairfield County Artist Association. See her website.

Marlene Siff was born and raised in the Bronx. She graduated from the High School of Music and Art and went on to major in art at Hunter College, where she received her B.A. and was elected to Kappa Pi, the International Honorary Art Fraternity.

She writes: "I am concerned with communicating a sense of harmony, balance, order and spirituality. We are all confronted on a daily basis with the fragmentation of our non-linear lives, trying, as in a puzzle, to make the pieces fit together to make sense of it all. My paintings, works on paper, and sculpture depict imagery of personal events and psychological issues. They are expressed through geometric shapes, color, light, space, texture, edges and movement each interplaying with one another engaging the viewer to participate. In my former body of work, 
 "Elements of Peace," I embarked on a series of white paintings that abandoned my signature bold palette. These paintings paid homage to people who have been affected by war. White is soft, quiet, spiritual, unadorned and full of infinite possibilities. My intention is to create an architectural space for rest, retreat, connection, reflection and identification. The multi-dimensionality and multi-layering of my work reference what one must uncover to penetrate the illusions of reality and reach the mystery and essence of the soul." 

Marlene has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the U.S. Capitol Building (2011), Columbia/Barnard University, NY (2011), Katonah Museum of Art, NY (2009), the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC (1998), the Aldrich Museum, CT (1992), and Galerie Musée in Nagoya, Japan (1994). Her work has been sought out by major corporate and private collections around the United States, most recently for the Nevin Welcome Center at Cornell University. She was featured in an episode of Creative Women Today, on CT Cablevision (2010), and selected to appear in Years in the Making, a documentary film by Martin West (2009). See Marlene Siff's website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest pages.
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Congratulations to Bevi Bullwinkel for being accepted into the Silvermine Guild of Artists. Applying is an extensive process and, if successful, applicants join a group that was formed in 1922, originating earlier in Solon Borglum's critique group, the Knockers Club. Guild membership has grown to almost 300 artist members, and has included many renowned artists. The guild has held its membership to high standards with many members having work represented in permanent collections of some of the world's most prestigious museums, as well as prominent private and corporate collections. 
Frederic Chiu has been hired by Carnegie Mellon University School of Music as a full-time Professor of Piano. At the same time, he also has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Piano at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. In addition to his world travels and his role as co-founder and artistic direct of Beechwood Arts and Innovation, he will be teaching undergraduate and graduate students at both institutions. These are the first academic positions he has taken on. 
Cortney Davis, Poet Laureate of the Town of Bethel, is joining three other poets laureate for Voices of Poetry: an evening of poets laureate, to be held at the Ridgefield Library tonight, Fri. Sept. 27, 7pm. She will be joined by Cheryl Hale - Poet Laureate of Middletown, David K. Leff - Poet Laureate of Canton, and Laurel Peterson - former Poet Laureate of Norwalk. Cortney will be reading new poems, three that mention Connecticut towns in the poems, another about first love, a few others and the last poem of her 15-minute slot from Taking Care of Time, her most recent collection, just named a finalist for the CT Center for the Book Poetry Prize. 
Julia-Rose created The Holiday Lights Project out of her drive for mental health advocacy, and her passion for promoting understanding and the nurturance of the human spirit. Consisting of original-designed holiday cards in 3 different options, each card is illustrated with candles in windows, representing Hope & Support. This year’s designs consist of nature-based imagery. 50% of proceeds are donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you’re interested in learning more about prices, options, and ordering, she ask that you join her mailing list.
Jim Malloy has three acrylic paintings in the New Works show at the Loft Artists Association Gallery, opening with a reception Sat. Sept. 28, 5-7pm. His Cherry Tree IIThree’s A Crowd and Country Still Life will be on display through Oct. 27.  He also has three works – Moon DancersLike Jagger and Every Breath
(acrylic on paper, 22x18, at right), in the new RPAC Gallery on Main Street in Ridgefield, where he is a resident artist.  Each of the paintings are inspired by songs from the '70s, '80s and 2010. Jim was also recently awarded Kent Art Association Gallery’s top award for acrylic paintings in the 2019 Fall Juried Show for his painting entitled Leap Frog. The show runs through Oct. 14.
Duvian Montoya was commissioned by Brookfield Properties, the owners of the SoNo Collection mall opening in Norwalk, October 11, to paint one of his signature murals in the new mall. Duvian, whose murals can be found around Norwalk, notably in the South Norwalk train station and the Public Library, is painting a 20 x 12-foot mural, Animals, on the fourth floor of the mall, right by an elevator. Featuring two pelicans and a sperm whale, Duvian wanted something playful - and his models were mobiles he made for his children just after they were born. At right is a shot of the work-in-progress (click for complete image).
Karen V. Neems is part of The Concepts group, a collective of 11 local women artists, all students of Constance Kiermaierthat has been commissioned to take part in this year's City Wide Open Studios (CWOS), a monthlong arts festival in New Haven organized by Artspace, involving over 400 artists. The theme of the festival is “Older, But Younger,” and the Concepts Group show, “Creativity is the Key,” is one of 13 projects commissioned by the festival. It will exhibit at the Yale West Campus in West Haven during the festival’s fourth weekend, Nov. 2-3, noon to 6pm. At right, Karen's Creativity is the Key (2019, digital archival photo collage, 18x18 framed; click for larger image).  The artists, apart from Karen, also include CAFC members Jane Lubin, Mary Manning, and Cynthia Whalen. CWOS kicks off Oct. 4, 6-9 pm, with an opening reception at the Artspace Gallery, 50 Orange Street.
Amy Oestreicher will be discussing her book, My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful on Oct. 16at RJ Julia Book-sellers in Madison CT, along with two other authors, for their local author night Reflection series (you can RSVP here). Then on Oct. 17, 11:15am, she will be the keynote speaker for the Interfaith Sukkot Luncheon at Beth El in Fairfield, discussing her book and doing a book signing. All proceeds go to Operation Hope.
Congratulations to Lizzy Rockwell for being awarded one of the Regional Initiative (REGI) grants from the CT Office of the Arts. Administered by CAFC in our region, five awards were given. Lizzy won with her Hope Quilt Project, in which she will design a quilt on the theme of Hope to hang in the Adam J. Lewis Academy School (AJLA), 500 State Street, Bridgeport. She will collaborate with the school community, the members of Peace by Piece: the Norwalk Community Quilt Project, and the community at large. The project will bring together the two cities of Bridgeport and Norwalk, and will involve people of all ages, creeds and cultures. See Lizzy's other quilting projects on her website:
Ann Weiner’s human rights exhibition, When Caged Birds Sing, that originally opened at Brown University Nov. 2017, and then at the Housatonic Museum of Art in January 2018, is opening at the Buley GallerySouthern Connecticut State University, Nov. 5, 6-8pm. This Human Rights Teaching Exhibition celebrates the stories of eight women who endured abuse because of their gender, and continues the work of supporting other women still at risk.
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Ballet School of Stamford at Chelsea Piers, Stamford - Dance Studios and classroom space. Column-free, Air-conditioned, Heated, Barres, Mirrors. Available by day or hour. (Meeting, Video/Film Shoot, Photo Shoot, Audition, Class, Special Event, Rehearsal, Performance)
AMFAB Art Studio Share Available, Bridgeport.   1000 sq ft of open studio space available to share. 16' ceilings, entire wall of windows facing north. Neat and organized. Individual, textile artist/designer, acrylic painter, watercolorist, mixed media artist, preferred. No use of materials emitting toxic fumes allowed. Mostly furnished. (Studio Art, Video/Film Shoot, Photo Shoot)

The Mosesian Center for the Arts (MCA), Watertown, MA, seeks artwork for its upcoming fall exhibition called We The People. Much like the Constitution that this preamble originates from, We The People aims to find unity in the commonalities between people and establish a narrative surrounding what it means to be an artist in America today. This phrase implies a shared understanding we all have that an inclusive embrace of our differences often makes a stronger bond between individuals and creates a more harmonious democracy of ideas and actions. The MCA seeks artwork in all forms and mediums that addresses concepts of personal identity, migration, national identity, heritage, and race. This exhibition will present the public with a dialogue surrounding the enduring relevance of the principles that guided the creation of the US Constitution and made America a nation of individuals seeking opportunity and change. Artists regardless of location are welcome to apply. Entry Fee: $10 per submission; limit 5 submissions per artist. Artists receive 60% commission. Artwork must be submitted online at:

THE MAC's Firehouse Gallery, Milford, with the Coastal Arts Guild of CT, has issued a call for Landscape: Vast & Intimate, a show scheduled to open Oct. 17. Artists are invited to rethink how they look at landscapes. For example, consider the perspective of an ant or giraffe as they view a scene. Try focusing your view by looking at the ground near your feet, or straight up through the branches and canopy of the trees. Realism or abstract - all styles encouraged and accepted. One or two original, 2- or 3-dimensional artwork(s) accepted, any medium. Entry Fees: $25 for one, or $35 for two works. Members of MAC and the Coastal Art Guild of CT receive a $5 discount. Electronic and walk-up submissions are both accepted. Submit your work electronically here. Also, even if you complete a submission form, you must also download and complete a Registration Form. All art must be delivered to the second floor of the MAC at 40 Railroad Ave S, Milford, CT.

MANIFEST, created in 2004 by professors and students from area universities seeking to make a positive community impact, is still run by professors, students, and working artists to this day. Its mission is to stand for quality in the visual arts, as well as the importance of creative research, meaningful and accessible art-based experiences for the public, deep learning outside academia, and the rigorous documentation of exceptional art for posterity. Manifest has issued a call for artists for Time Bombs, an international call for works about anxiety and/or impending disaster. "We live in a world increasingly enervated by the sense that at any moment everything could change, generally for the worse. Individuals, communities, political subcultures, social media spheres, even whole countries are each, it would seem, a ticking time bomb. Where is the fuse, the key or trigger? How can we detect and diffuse such intense energy-pockets bent on total destruction? Anxiety and fear are like a virus. Perhaps the solution is to acknowledge, examine, and then contain and discard them. Maybe art can help with this by providing an encapsulation of the subject, something that safely externalizes the issue, providing release. And maybe Time is the key...Artists are encouraged to take a broadly creative view of the theme. Manifest's juries embrace surprise, creative solutions, and most of all exceptionally well put together visual art. The bottom line is the work should address the general theme discussed above in some way, even if subtle and understated. 
This exhibit has no defined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional realism to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental. Feel free to email us here if you have any questions about submitting work to this exhibit. Entry fee: $40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. See prospectus and submission details here.
Artwork by Debbie Gilbert Taylor

Stratford Library Association is announcing a call for artists for its iteration of Art & Text, a project of Art Spaces in Fairfield County, a consortium of 13 libraries in Fairfield County that offer curated visual art exhibitions. Art & Text is a united exhibition featuring the work of local and regional artists. Each library within the consortium will highlight one or more artists, whose work reflects their unique perspectives on the exhibition’s theme. “Art & Text” runs from September 1 through December 31, 2019, with shows running from one week to 3 months, depending on a library’s individual calendar. Through mixed media ranging from sculpture and painting to graphics, each library’s exhibition aims to promote awareness of visual arts in the libraries of Fairfield County, as well as foster a connection between the community it serves and the arts. Art & Text at Stratford Library will run Fri. Nov. 1 – Tues. Dec. 31, 2019The show is open to 2D and 3D works of art that combine visual imagery with letterforms, words and phrases. 2D submissions can be paintings, collage, photography, graphics and design. 3D works can be made from any material, but please note the size limitations below. Artists may submit up to two pieces. 2D works can be no larger than 24″ x 36″ (dimensions include the frame). 3D works will be displayed in an enclosed glass shelf unit, with maximum dimensions of 12″ (H) X 11″ (W) X 11″ (D). There is limited space on top of the shelf unit for some taller pieces. Base for work on the top shelf can be no wider than 14″ X 14″.Fees: There are no submission fees. Hanging: Each artist will bring their work to Stratford Library on Fri. Nov. 1, during library hours, and hang their work in the gallery section or on adjacent wall space. 2D works must be securely wired for hanging or will not be accepted. 3D pieces will be placed in the glass shelf unit with the assistance of library staff. To enter, artists must complete a submission form, here.

A Pop of Color
is a multi-venue pop-up art exhibit in Downtown Bridgeport as a collaboration between the NEST Arts Factory and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District.
A Pop of Color will create a concentration of 10 art installations in vacant storefronts in Downtown Bridgeport, creating opportunity for city artists to make and display their work, for city musicians to perform at reception events, for the owners of the vacant storefronts to show the attractiveness and viability of their spaces to prospective tenants, and for the resident and visiting public to view and explore Bridgeport as an active hub of the arts. You are invited to create a proposal for a pop-up art exhibit or installation in one of ten vacant storefronts in Downtown Bridgeport. Installations must include a component of light, or be lighted to be visible at night. Please note benchmark dates below before applying. There will be an Information session Sat. Oct. 5, 2pm at DSSD OfficesEligibility: This opportunity is open to visual artists living or working in Bridgeport, CT. Individual artists or teams of artists may apply. Application fee: There is no application fee. Budget: 
Each artist or artist team will be awarded $500 for artist fees and the cost of design, transportation, and installation, and up to an additional $300 for materials and supplies, including lighting. Installation will be performed by the artist or artist team under the guidance of the project managers. Criteri for selection include: ● Engage and inspire the community; ● Be colorful and visually compelling; ● Fill the space well and include either lighting or components of light to be visible at night; ● Use durable materials that require no maintenance; ● Be made of any two or three dimensional media; ● Installations must include a component of light, or be lighted to be visible at night. Further information here; application form here
  • 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
  • NEW: No Film School recently released its list of opportunities for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects with Fall 2019 deadlines
  • Poets & Writers - the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests grants and awards available anywhere. See the P&W Grants Database

The Southern New England Apprentice-ship Program fosters living cultural heritage art skills. The program pairs mentor artists from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut with apprentices from one of the other states. Teaching and learning traditional arts helps to sustain cultural expressions that are central to a community. The program has developed a wide regional network of excellent traditional and occupational artists who actively practice their art forms. Over 22 years, 142 apprenticeships have taken place with more than 400 folk artists participating.  A full list of previous apprenticeships can be viewed hereThe Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program at the Connecticut Historical Society manages the program in collaboration with the Folk Arts Program at the Mass Cultural Council and independent folklorist Winifred Lambrecht. Primary funding for the program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD, and other partner organizations. Before filling out this application, it is important for both mentor and apprentice to meet together and talk about your ideas for this apprenticeship. Without shared understanding of what you plan to do, or why you are doing it, many problems can result. If you have questions or need help with the form, please contact your state’s program director below. In CT, contact Kate Schramm

In conjunction with Rachel Owens’ upcoming exhibition at the Housatonic Museum of Art, the Museum will be hosting a mock competition for a prospective new artwork in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park. Owens’ exhibition weaves together the story of the Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses, the natural landscape of the coastal area, and PT Barnum’s legendary exhibits. In accordance with Owens’ exhibition themes, which address the natural, architectural, cultural, historical, social/political and environmental context of the site, the proposal may focus on women’s rights, the history of Little Liberia, sea level rise and resiliency as well as other social and political issues that affect this diverse community.
A one-day workshop will be held on Thurs. Oct. 3, 7-9 pm in Room 109, Lafayette Hall. In the workshop, you will take part in a brief discussion on the history of Public Art, the monuments that are currently located in Bridgeport, and how to develop a proposal. All Bridgeport area artists and designers are invited to apply. The winner of the competition will receive $500 to further develop the proposal, build a small model of the proposed sculpture and have the prospective artwork featured in a case near the Burt Chernow Galleries during the run of Owens’ exhibition. Female identifying and artists of color are encouraged to apply. To register for the workshop, click here.

Artists Lead! supports creative people with great ideas for collaborative solutions to community needs. This unique opportunity gives one-on-one fundraising support and up to $15,000 in match funding to bring your creative project to life. Artists lead! is a project of ioby. ioby stands for “in our backyards,” but it also stands for taking care of each other, for civic participation, and for trusting neighbors to know what’s best for the neighborhood. ioby gives local leaders the ability to crowdfund the resources they need to build real, lasting change from the ground up. This crowdfunding platform helps connect local leaders with support and funding from their communities to make our neighborhoods more sustainable, healthier, greener, more livable, and more fun.  Across America, artists are stepping into civic life and using their skills to creatively address local issues. Are you a creative person working to make change in your community? Fundraise for your idea with ioby and you could get your dollars doubled through the Artists Lead! match program. To get started, share your project idea via the brief form here. You'll be contacted by an ioby Leader Success Strategist—one of our experienced in-house fundraising coaches—within 2 business days. They can confirm for you if the project idea you shared is eligible for matching funds, or ask questions if we need a little more information. As soon as they confirm your project is eligible, you can begin building your ioby crowdfunding page. Information session October 17th, 12-1pm; register here. Can't make it? Register and you'll be sent a video link after the event.

New England Foundation for the Arts has launched the Public Art Learning Fund. Through small grants of $500-$2,000, the Public Art Learning Fund (PALF) provides resources for artists in New England to identify and pursue professional development opportunities that they need to strengthen their own public art practice. By supporting artists in pursuing professional development opportunities to build necessary skills, resources, and connections that strengthen their own public art practice, we are in turn strengthening the field of public art and fostering more equitable, inclusive, and vibrant public spaces and public life throughout New England. Artists may use the Public Art Learning Fund to pursue a specific professional development opportunity to strengthen their own public art practice in New England and beyond. Examples may include but are not limited to attending a conference, workshop, training, or discussion related to building creative or administrative skills related to their public art practice; registration fees and travel expenses are eligible expenses. Applicants can be artists who live and work in New England whose artistic practice engages the public realm or who can demonstrate that they are in the process of expanding their artistic work into the public realm. Funding priorities are for timely to timely opportunities that: remove barriers to access; value geographic diversity; advance the evolving field of public art through learning opportunities related to fostering more equitable, inclusive, and vibrant public spaces and public life throughout New England. See a 14-min. recorded webinar here. Apply here.

“It doesn’t matter where you live,” Sharon Louden says, “it matters how you treat people in your community, and how you approach those who can give you opportunities.” As a visual artist, Louden has made a sustainable practice not by relying on the gallery system, but by communing with other artists, forming partnerships and creating a network of like-minded individuals who support each other by working together. Through these relationships, Louden has created her own opportunities and learned to leverage her unique capabilities as an artist to create a healthy business practice. She shares her expertise in a four-part online workshop starting October 14 designed to empower artists who want to turn generosity into opportunities. As part of the content she shares with participants, Louden talks about her list of resources, best practices, and case studies for creating opportunities. Seemingly disparate lessons are united by Louden’s theory of generosity, cultivating a system that is supportive to artists rather than exploitative. “The gallery model is only just one model, so there’s no point being dependent upon it,” said Kathryn Hart, a Denver-based artist who also took the class. “The workshop didn’t talk at the 30,000-foot level; it was real life work examples. At the end of the class we were supposed to have ten career goals. I ended up having 30.” For more information, click here; to register, click here.
OCTOBER 29 & 30

A free, two-part evening workshop on Financial Fundamentals for Artists is being offered by thConnecticut Office of the Arts as part of its Arts & Economic Impact Professional Development series of workshops developed with the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF)The workshop in our region is hosted by the Housatonic Museum of Art and will take place on two evenings, Tues. Oct. 29 and Wed. Oct. 30, 6pm-8:30pm (networking at 6pm; program from 6:30pm). The presenter is Frederick Welka CEDF business advisor who serves as director of education and communications and who spent more than 30 years in specialty retailing and franchise development, operating his own company for 23 years. As he puts it, the path to sustainability involves assembling essential business knowledge and applying the principles when making decisions that impact the work and your livelihood. This two-part introduction lays the groundwork for understanding small business financial fundamentals so you can temper decisions with a balanced eye toward the long term. Whether you are a visual artist, performer or educator hoping to make your passion pay the bills, the truth is you need the same knowledge as the owner of any small business. More information is available here. Registration here.

Silvermine Arts Center seeks a Gallery Assistant to work closely with our Gallery Director who oversees the planning and implementation of all exhibitions and related programming. The Gallery Assistant will be exposed to every aspect of gallery manage-ment and will be encouraged to assume greater roles and responsibilities. This position is part time 30 hours/week; however, may extend to full time based upon needs of the Gallery and performance of the individual. RESPONSIBILITIES. Daily Gallery OperationsAssociate manages the daily operations of the Gallery and must ensure its smooth running; follow opening and closing procedures; handle telephone, email and visitors’ questions; count and record number of daily visitors; restock and order gallery supplies; handle, transport, hang, present, and store all works properly to ensure their safe presentation and condition; process all sales transactions and maintain related records; manage Gallery Store operations; refresh display to encourage more sales; maintain inventory and artist consignment records; restock supplies; develop and prepare Store for sales events; maintain and develop new relationships with vendors; participate and facilitate Sales of Art; become knowledgeable about the art and artists; answer questions about artwork and artists, provide copies of biographical data; maintain aesthetic and professional appearance of the Gallery exhibition space, kitchen and storage space. Exhibition Management: Gallery Assistant supports the Gallery Director in all facets of exhibition programming both onsite and offsite; assist Gallery Director in maintaining gallery calendar with all upcoming exhibitions; maintain donor and customer lists for invitations to VIP and Public receptions; perform pre-exhibition activities (contact artists well in advance; execute contracts with artists and collect fees; follow detailed checklist for information and handling; receive artwork, complete condition report and proper consignment forms; prepare exhibition catalogs; secure volunteers necessary to assist at opening reception. Event Marketing: Assist Gallery Director in implementing a marketing and social media campaign; announce “Call for Entry” on Silvermine/social media/community sites; work with marketing to prepare catalogs, posters, and eblasts; assist with scheduling and coordination of gallery programming; manage gallery's social media presence including web posting, Facebook and daily Instagram postings throughout exhibition; attend opening receptions, greet visitors, facilitate sales; perform post-exhibition activities; manage artwork pickup, shipping and storage; prepare sold artwork for pickup by buyer including all sales receipts and documentation; assist with other tasks and projects as assigned by the Gallery Director. QUALIFICATIONS: The Gallery Assistant must have an understanding and appreciation of art, combined with the business and marketing skills to support the Gallery Director in running all aspects of the Gallery. Must have a bachelor’s degree preferably in Art Management or related area or Business Management. Must have proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel); Photoshop; Social media platforms. Requisite SkillsA passion for art and desire to keep abreast of the art trends and market; self-motivated and able to work independently, detail oriented, excellent organizational skills; flexible and practical approach to task management; responsible, reliable, able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends as needed; excellent interpersonal skills – positive attitude, cooperative, team player; friendly, engaging, helpful with visitors and clients; ability to sell art; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to design basic layouts according to approved branding templates (social media posts, banners, labels and exhibition programs); physical ability for setting up exhibitions and facilities manage-ment (able to lift 35lbs). Send resume and cover letter by email only to Roger Mudre, Gallery Director:

The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, a growing organization, seeks an experienced, results-oriented grant writer to sustain existing relationships with funders and identify and pursue new funding sources. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to present a compelling case to grant-making organizations, track the status of applications and associated projects, and report on the results and impact of grant-funded projects to ensure funders’ enthusiasm for continued support. To apply, send an e-mail with subject line “Grant Writer,” cover letter and resume to, including descriptions of specific, recent grant achievements.

Samuel Owen Gallery is currently seeking a part-time Sales Consultant to join an established contemporary gallery in Greenwich. This opportunity is an ideal match for a sales professional who is looking to expand their career in a highly successful gallery representing numerous contemporary artists. You will be responsible for having a thorough understanding of the artists we represent and make the appropriate recommendations to our clients based on their interests. You will also be responsible for contacting existing clients; potential new clients along with providing follow-up to ensure complete satisfaction and to secure possible additional sales. 3 day a week / Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10:00 - 6:00
● Minimum of 2 years art or high-end sales experience required
● Excellent people skills, strong verbal and written communication skills
● You must have the initiative and confidence to close sales.
● You must be capable of developing a clientele and nurture those relationships.
● Professional appearance and a team player
Please email your resume and cover letter with the subject line: "Last Name, First Name: Part Time Gallery Sales Greenwich". Include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach your resume. All job inquiries are kept strictly confidential.


Greenwich Historical Society: Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
Sept. 29: Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX: Materials Hard+Soft Craft Exhibition Submission Deadline
Sept. 30: Gulf Coast Magazine: Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing Application Deadline
Sept. 30: Red Bull Detroit Artist Residencies Application Deadline

Oct. c1: CT Historical Society: Southern New England Apprenticeship: Application Deadline
Oct. c1: Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival: One Act Play & Fiction Deadlines
Oct. c1: Mosesian Center, Watertown, MA: We The People Submission Deadline
Oct. c3: Housatonic Museum of Art: The Prospect. Workshop Registration
Oct. c4: Firehouse Gallery, Milford: Landscape: Vast & Intimate Submission Deadline
Oct. c5: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Capturing New Canaan
Oct. c6: Gallery 263, Cambridge: Texture: Submission Deadline
Oct. c6: Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati: Time Bombs: Submission Deadline
Oct. 11: The NEST/Bridgeport DSSD: A Pop of Color  Submission Deadline (Bridgeport Only)
Oct. 15: Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival: Poetry & Very Short Fiction Deadlines
Oct. 15: Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island: Residency Fellowships for Artists & Writers Deadline
Oct. 16: A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art: Application Deadline
Oct. 23: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: 2-1-2 Submission Deadline
Oct. 28: Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Holiday Market Submission Deadline
Oct 29-30: Free Professional Development Workshop: Financial Fundamentals for Artists

Nov. c1: Stratford Library: Art & Text Submission Deadline
Nov. c4: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Capturing New Canaan
Nov. c4: Picture That/Thompson Hospitality: Sustainability Submission Deadline
Nov. 11: Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie: Photowork: Beyond20/20 Submission Deadline
Nov. 12: NEFA: Public Art Learning Fund: Application Deadline

Dec. 15: John Lennon Songwriting Contest Application Deadline
Dec. 31:  Iconic Norwalk: Submission Deadline   

Savor City: Bridgeport Artists and Musicians Needed.
Gottlieb Foundation: Emergency Grant Program (painters, printmakers, and sculptors)
ioby/ArtPlace America: Artists Lead!: creative placemaking crowdfunding plus
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