Subject: Artists Newsletter September 29, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County, CT
SEPTEMBER 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.
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Board member Cheryl Williams was recently elected by the Norwalk High Alumni Association into the Norwalk High School Wall of Fame. Aside from her post on the Cultural Alliance Board of Directors, Cheryl is Director of Production at CBS News, and formerly managed broadcasts for 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, The Geraldo Rivera Show, As the World Turns,  and the HBO Chris Rock Show. Congratulations, Cheryl
Please come to our ARTISTS TALK #4 - RIDGEFIELD this Sun. Oct. 1, 3-5pm at Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 30 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield. See, hear and ask questions of prizewinners Nancy Moore and Cindi Mullins as well as Honorable Mentions Polly Castor and Boris Gramajo. An added bonus will be a talk from Shelley LowellThe videorecorded talks of our members will be available on our ARTISTS TALK YouTube Playlist. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here. More info + tickets here.

Tara Blackwell grew up in a household filled with artists—both her parents and her older brother—in a home teeming with differing artistic visions and modalities. The early deaths of both her brother and father left her, a young painter, struggling to find her voice without her beloved mentors. In retrospect, processing these tragedies is what Tara, now a mature artist with a unique, exciting style, believes most accounts for the complexity and depth of her current work. Her abstract monochromatic schemes as well as bold, multi-colored compositions in which she employs layers and texture, elicit both profound emotion and a deep, healing calm—reflecting Tara’s hope of inspiring others to find light and beauty amid the chaos of their own lives. Tara’s early commercial design background informs her other, more playful work, and inspires her fresh take on familiar logos and products. This year Tara has had work included in Chromatic, at the Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk, Giving Voice to the Stories Around Us, at Beechwood Arts & Innovation, the Faber Birren National Color Show, at the Stamford Art Association's (SAA) Townhouse Gallery, and Full Circle Pop Art Show, at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, in New York. Later this year she will have a solo show at the Stamford Art Association's Townhouse Gallery. See Tara's websiteFacebook and Instagram pages.

Louise Cadoux is a painter and sculptor, working mainly in acrylic and clay. She grew up in Sweden, getting her degree from Uppsala University. She also studied art at Stockholm's Konstskola, before moving to the U.S., where she took an Associate's Degree in Textile Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and later moved to Hastings on Hudson. She had her own business for many years On the Floor, designing rugs, and wall designs. She has also taught architecture and art to children and teens. She recently moved to Bridgeport. Originally a painter, Louise has been sculpting in a variety of materials for the past 8 years. She says that her work is the result of processing current events, fiction and poetry: "Seen through a filter of magical realism and myth, I try to make sense of, and sometimes have a good laugh at what I experience, whether it’s music, politics, environmental threats, neuroscience, technology, or religion."  Louise works in a variety of materials; clay, wire, paper mache, wood, and concrete. Most of her pieces are somewhat mobile: the interplay of movement, shadow, and negative space is part of the work. Her work can be both dark and humorous. She writes that she is interested in "getting to the essence of things, and make art that is a simplification of complex matters, that is; presenting a child’s view of the world." Louise is a member of Upstream Gallery in Hastings on Hudson, and has just joined the Black Rock Art Guild. She has shown her work in New York, Westchester, and Stockholm. See Louise's website and Facebook page.

Veronica Hofstetter is an abstract expressionist painter and mixed media artist, who was Westport born and bred (and is now raising her own family there).  With strong early memories of grabbing crayons and markers to color whatever was around her, she transmuted these early impulses through her education at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Fairfield University, and the Silvermine School of Art, studying painting, color theory, drawing, collage, jewelry making, interior design and architectural drawing. She developed skills in antique restoration, with a specialty in the ancient technique of water gilding and runs her own Swedish antique furniture and fine art import business that also offers interior design services to clients.  As a founding member of The Art Studio, an art cooperative and shared work space in Westport, she co-taught a children’s after school program called ARTPLAY for two years and currently organizes group shows and workshops there. Of her work, Veronica says she has a fundamental desire to create and work with her hands, incorporating both mental and physical action: "uniting inspiration and emotion with the physical action of creating, and, in turn, a catharsis of mind, body and spirit bring together the physical/material world with the etherial/ emotional world."  She writes that, working with collage, paint and mixed media, "I am processing form, shape, and composition. I seek, I experiment and I communicate though freedom and release, as well as control and tension, as I physically gather, collect, cut, assemble, paint, gild, scrape, glue, layer, edit, arrange and rearrange compositions while at the same time considering color, relationship, balance and texture." Veronica is a member of the Westport Artists Collective and recently showed at its September Pop-Up exhibition at the Westport Arts Center, and was also included in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists 40th Annual Juried Exhibition. Her work is also available at the Serena and Lily stores in Westport and Hamptons. See Veronica's website here.

An Associate Member

Sue Keown is a multi media artist, recently moved to Southbury from Norwalk, who draws and works with paper, collage, ceramics and photography. Weaving is both a description of much of her work and a metaphor for how she sees our essential role in life. She says she gathers her life through found and made papers, discarded objects, paint and clay, weaving them together to form her pieces and to connect to the centeredness of being. The practice and process of art making is part of her spiritual practice: “Visions flow from stillness as I connect to the materials I gather around me.” Heavily influenced by her senses and visceral reactions to places she finds herself, she says she brings those experiences back to the studio, watching as they play out in her work, her hands moving freely through the paint or clay or repetitively weaving images. Sue was awarded a B.Sc from Skidmore University and a fourth-year diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which she followed up with an M.A. from Goddard College. Sue very much enjoys teaching. She has most recently been teaching art at Rye Country Day School: “My teaching focuses on nurturing confidence and creating a safe environment that supports experimentation, self-direction, and risk taking.” Sue is quite passionate about the power that art-making plays in a person’s life, as it continues to impact and change hers. Sue's most recent show was PROGRESSION - a solo show of new works at ESCAPE to the Arts Gallery, Danbury, sponsored by the Accessible Arts Project of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. See Sue's website and Instagram page.


Eric Jiaju Lee is currently a Greenwich-based multi-media visual artist and musician. He graduated from City College, CUNY, with a BA in Studio Art, and gained his MFA from Hunter College in 1996. He quickly became involved in multi-media projects (mostly in New York but also in San Francisco and Taiwan). From 2004 to 2008 he worked in Beijing, China in the renowned 798 Art District, where he maintained a part-time studio practice. Eric also maintained a full-time studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, from 2007 to 2016, where he took part in the growth of the area since its early beginnings as a vibrant arts community and a hub of contemporary NYC arts. He then moved his base of operations to Greenwich. Of his visual work, Eric says that it is an intersection of modern abstraction and traditional Chinese painting, "where both aspire to elucidate the human experience in relation to nature through an idiosyncratic yet lyrical sensibility.” He says that, “with a quixotic nod to science, science fiction and scientific theories,” his organic forms suggest a micro-to-macro continuum, inherent to nature. He incorporates a process that is both intentional and improvisational by pouring, dripping and brushing paint onto fabric ranging from raw canvas to high-quality silk. Although he is very familiar with painting on the conventional rectangle or square, he says he also greatly enjoys the challenges of painting on different formats, whether they are large scale, on long vertical and horizontal panels, or on circular, fan-shaped and multi-panel compositions. He writes that he incorporates Chinese philosophical principles that inform his composition, "especially with regards to the balance of positive and negative space, a representation of the Yin-Yang (passive-active) duality. I believe true mastery is to know when to paint… and when not to paint. Ultimately what I aspire to is to create compelling works of art that can be objects of contemplation and meditations on beauty."  Eric exhibits regularly in the US and abroad, and has works in many private and corporate international collections (USA, UK, Canada, China, Germany, Philippines, Australia). In 2009 he was commissioned by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to create a painting that would become the official brand logo of their Las Vegas hotel. The large-scale painting now graces a wall of the hotel’s 23rd floor Sky Lobby, overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard. Eric has been extensively covered by the press, including among many others, 944 Magazine, TimeOut NY, GQ Magazine (Taiwan), Sinovision TV, and an extensive 2015 article, “Canvas and Silk/Bushwick and Beijing: The Art of Eric Jiaju Lee,” in the Huffington Post. Locally, in 2017 Eric was in a 2-person show at Amy Simon Fine Art, In Your Dreams, and was included in the Loft Artists Association's Visual Narratives juried show. See Eric's website, Facebook, Instagram Soundcloud pages and Twitter feed.

Shelley Lowell is a painter, sculptor and poet, who, originally from New York City, is now based in Danbury. Throughout her adult life she has maintained parallel artistic careers as a visual artist and a visual communicator. Her commercial work and her fine art have won numerous awards and have been published in over a dozen books and publications. Although she started writing poetry in her youth, it wasn’t until the early 1970s that her poems gained attention. Shelley says her art and poetry are her way to communicate her inner self and her reactions to her surroundings. Early in her artistic career (1970s), she was recognized as part of New York’s feminist art movement, producing monumental sculptures and poetry exploring her femininity and countering what she felt were some of the demeaning aspects of the sexual revolution at the time. In 1973, she showed alongside Judy Chicago in the six-woman group show "Witticisms by Women," at The Erotic Art Gallery on W 29th St, New York. In 1975, her work was part of The Year of the Woman, an important show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts that included work by Miriam Schapiro, Joan Semmel, Anne Sharp, Linda Benglis, Agnes Denes, Hannah Wilke, Sylvia Sleigh, Judith Bernstein to name a few (see Shelley’s entry in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum). Throughout her artistic career, she feels she has maintained the thread of communicating messages through her art due, she says, to her studying Advertising Design & Visual Communications at Pratt Institute for her BFA. Shelley continued working in a figurative style while maintaining a successful advertising agency in NYC (1974-77) and Atlanta, GA (1977-96). Shortly after moving to Asheville, NC (1996-1998), where she owned a gallery and curated exhibitions, her art developed into a non-representational, abstracted style, which continued through 2003. In retrospect, she sees these works communicating visionary and spiritual concepts. In her current work, with its inspired poetry, she uses images as symbols (her stylized trees, for example, representing humanity or the world we inhabit), creating a duality of the seen and the unseen. She says she feels increasingly compelled to communicate statements about the human condition and the plight of the planet through the eyes of nature. Shelley’s work has been in solo, two-person and group shows in New York City, the Washington, DC, area, Atlanta, Asheville, and the New England area, and is included in many corporate and private collections. Shelley is included in Clara, the Archive Library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), WAAND and the Brooklyn Museum’s Feminist Art Base. See Shelley's website, her blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.
Elizabeth Agresta, Painter
Valerie Ahneman, Musician
Peter Alexander, Landscape 
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
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
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
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
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
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
Miggs BurroughsTrace Burroughs, Amy Bock, Binnie Birstein, Michael BrenneckeMary HaroldEmily Hamilton Laux, and Diane Pollack are showing in a benefit exhibition curated by Trace Burroughs for Tiny Miracles, a local charity that provides support for families with premature babies. The show is hosted by Imke Lohs and Susan Vanech, agents for William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty at 5 Ridgewood Lane, Westport, Sat. Sept. 30 and Sat. Oct. 7, 4-6pm. 
Ken Delmar, Lisa Cuscuna and Donna Callighan are three of the five artists in Mix of Five in the West Gallery of the Loft Artists Association, 575 Pacific Street, Stamford, running September 30 through October 29, with an opening reception Sun. Oct. 1, 4-6pm
Michael Brennecke, Bevi Bullwinkel, Heidi Lewis ColemanDawn Dahl, Katherine EvansIsadora GacelMindy Green, Yuko IkeEmily KeltingCarol MuellerMelissa Orme, Judy Peknik, and Julie Tehrani are among those artists selected for showing in Expressions, opening at Rowayton Arts Center this Sunday, Oct. 1, 4-6pm.
Carlos DavilàJane Davilà and Peggy Weis are featured at a group exhibition Shape, Form, Pattern at Fairfield Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. The exhibition opens Oct. 7 and runs through Dec. 4, with an opening reception Sat. Oct.14, 4:30-6:30pm, and an artists' talk at 5:15pm.
Anna Badini, Patrice Barrett, Paul Berger, Tara Blackwell Bevi Bullwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Donna CallighanEric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Joseph DermodyEugenie Diserio, and Allyson Monson,all have work in the Carriage Barn Arts Center's  ART FOR ALZ: Memories and Reflections, opening Fri. Oct. 13, 5-8pm.
Patrice Barrett's recent work Fleeting Thoughts (2017, pastels, frisket, colored pencil, on watercolor paper, 15x19", detail at right) will be included in the Carriage Barn Arts Center's Art for ALZ: Memories & Reflections. The exhibit runs from October 13 through October 20, and all proceeds from the sale of work will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of CT. Local artists have submitted work that represents their connection or feelings about Alzheimer’s and themes of memories and reflections. Patrice's studio is at the Nest Arts Factory, in Bridgeport.
Margaret Stapor Costa, a Norwalk-based film producer, released her first short documentary film, My Name is Joan, earlier this year. The film follows the story of a woman, born as Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, and her journey to find her true identity, while highlighting the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries. The film was accepted into nine festivals, and won many awards (including the Gold Award at the Short Documentary Festival in Toronto). The 30-minute film is being shown for free at the Wall Street Theatre, Norwalk, on October 6. A pre-screening reception begins at 6:30pm followed by the screening of the film at 7:30.
We wish Alicia Cobb all the best for her entry in the North American Body Paint Championships, taking place in Greensboro, NC, October 14. This will be her second year competing; last year she placed in the top ten. Alicia tells us that the theme for this year is "Heal the body, heal the world." Some of the other competitors in the pro category are from Korea, Columbia, Italy, The Netherlands, Philippines, Canada, Germany, Chile and from across the U.S.
Heidi Lewis Coleman is showing two of her acrylic and cut paper pieces, Hydrangea and Annwyn (at right) in the Rowayton Arts Center's upcoming exhibit, Expressions 2017. The show was juried by award-winning artist and illustrator, Rosemary Webber and the opening reception is Sun. Oct. 1, 4-6pm
Naomi Cruz has a solo show of 12 paintings at Romanacci, 250 Westport Ave, Norwalk. At right is Apron Woman (2017, acrylic and crayon on canvas, 36"x48", detail at right, click for complete image). Naomi comments that as she's always cooked for crowds, and she's showing in a restaurant, this image is particularly à propos!
Carlos Davilà is one of three artists in Shape, Form, Pattern at Fairfield Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, opening with a reception Sat. Oct.14, 4:30-6:30pm, and an artists' talk at 5:15pmDavila will be exhibiting two of his large wooden wall assemblages, four of his small brass and copper sculptures, and a number of paintings from his new series of heavily textured abstract oils, including Deep Blue, 72” x 84”, at right, featuring heavy impasto and intense colors.
Jane Davilà is also a participant in Shape, Form, Pattern at Fairfield Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. Jane will be exhibiting mixed media works depicting birds and insects, many exploring the themes of human impact on the environment and the climate. About the works, she says "I am particularly drawn to fish, birds, and insects as subjects. The fact that these creatures’ homes are much broader than four walls, a floor, and a roof makes for an interesting allegory." Her works are constructed of fabric, paper, and found objects, include printmaking, collage, and stitching techniques, and are quietly patterned and subtly textured.
Carol Nipomnich Dixon's mixed media embroidered collage Ice Floes (2015, found papers, fibers, and embroidery thread on felt, 13" square, framed) will be included in the NAWA sponsored national juried exhibition CHANGE to be held at Emerge Gallery, 228 Main Street, Saugerties, NY, October 6-30. Preview to be held Friday, October 6, 2017, until 8 p.m., Reception to be held Saturday, October 7. 2017, 5-8 p.m.

Susan Fehlinger will be exhibiting her paintings in a solo show at Harborview Market, a popular restaurant in Black Rock. She will be showing recent oil paintings of some of the local architecture in this historic district of Bridgeport. The House at Seaview Terrace (2017, oil on canvas, 30x30", at right) features the iconic home on the corner of Seaview Terrace and Seabright Avenue built in 1875 by a prominent sea captain for his two daughters. It is a three-story two-family home with two identical mirror image residences. The work will be on view from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30 at 218 Harborview Avenue, Black Rock - open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch, 6am-5pm
Scott Glaser will be one of the artists exhibiting at the Westport Democratic Town Committee fundraiser at The Inn at Longshore, 260 Compo Road, Westport, Thurs. Oct. 12; cocktail reception, 7-9pm. Glaser’s piece, August 2 (2017, fine-line markers on Arches watercolor paper  32x40” framed) is one of his neo-pointillist pieces, created using fine-line markers and the grid system. Each 1/2” square of the grid contains over 650 multi-colored dots.
Lori Glavin is on a roll. Having won 3rd place in the Faber Birren National Color Show, with Verdant, she has a solo exhibition, New Between opening at The George Gallery, Charleston, October 6, 5-8 pm. At right detail of Aquafir (2017, oil on canvas, 42x56"). "This collection will include Lori’s paintings, monotypes and works on paper that altogether tell the story of an artist who honors the past and progresses a new story in abstract art." See the online catalog here. Lori is in two shows coming in November (details to come).
Allyson Monson was selected for her photographic print Next Time, Water no. 1, (2017, 30”x30,” detail at right, click for complete image) juried into the Carriage Barn Art Center’s Art for ALZ: Memories and Reflections. This image comes from Allyson’s Splat series and was taken at the NY Botanical Garden, Bronx NY.
Diane Pollack has a solo show, VARIATIONS: New Work at Art/Place Gallery, Fairfield, opening Sun. Oct. 8, 3-5pm, with an Artists Talk at 4pm. The show runs through Nov. 5 and consists of several themes– paper flowers, paper quilts, mystical orbits–all which feature collage, ink and stitching. At right, detail of Mystical Orbits Pink (click for complete image). Of her work Diane says: "My work is an exploration of personal themes and cross cultural influences – a hybridization of Eastern and Western imagery. Gods, goddesses, women's work, rituals, and calligraphy are a constant part of my visual vocabulary.”
Lynn Carlson Popat has her photograph titled The Light (2016, photograph on aluminum, 16 1/8"x 30"x 3/4", detail at right, click for complete image) currently on view in the 40th Annual Member Show at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan. The show runs through October 7th, 2017. Of her work, Lynn comments, ""I like to create images that are universal---of no particular time or place. This is one of my favorite images. It's ethereal & mysterious and I never tire of looking at it."
Rick Shaefer's Refugee Trilogy is continuing its tour of the country, organized by the Fairfield University Art Museum. It opens October 5 in Milwaukee at Marquette University's  Haggerty Museum of Art, through January 14, 2018. From there it will travel to Brigham Young University in the fall.
Peggy Weis will be featured at an exhibition at Fairfield Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. On display will be her series Dressmaker's Delight, based on drawings her mother made in dressmaking school in Vienna in the early 1930's. At right, Mom's Green Spool (2015, 30" x 22", paper lithography w/chine colle, detail, click for complete image). These works are very personal, and yet they are equally universal images of traditional women’s work. The show, Shape, Form, Pattern, that also includes work by Carlos Davila and Jane Davila, runs Oct. 7 – Dec. 4, with an opening reception Sat. Oct.14, 4:30-6:30pm, with an artists talk at 5:15pm.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Sat. Sept. 30: William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty Benefit Exhibition for Tiny Miracles, 5 Ridgewood Lane, Westport, 4-6pm (Binnie Birstein, Amy Bock, Michael Brennecke, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Mary Harold, Emily Hamilton Laux, and Diane Pollack)
Sun. Oct. 1: ARTISTS TALK - Ridgefield. Ridgefield Guild of Arts, 30 Halpin Lane. 3-5pm (Nancy Moore, Cindi Mullins, Polly Castor, Shelly Lowell)
Sun. Oct. 1: Expressions,  Rowayton Arts Center. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Michael Brennecke, Bevi Bullwinkel, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Dawn Dahl, Katherine Evans, Isadora Gacel, Mindy Green, Yuko Ikeo, Emily Kelting, Carol Mueller, Melissa Orme, Judy Peknik, and Julie Tehrani).
Sun. Oct. 1: Mix of Five, Loft Artists Association. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Donna Callighan, Lisa Cuscuna, Ken Delmar).
Fri. Oct 6: Free screening of My Name is Joan. Pre-screening reception, 6:30pm; Film at 7:30pm.
Sat. Oct. 7:William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty Benefit Exhibition for Tiny Miracles, 5 Ridgewood Lane, Westport, 4-6pm (Binnie Birstein, Amy Bock, Michael Brennecke, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Mary Harold, Emily Hamilton Laux, and Diane Pollack).
Sun. Oct. 8: Diane Pollack, Variations: New Work. Art/Place Gallery, Fairfield Theatre Company. Opening Reception, 3-5pm.
Thurs. Oct. 12: Westport Democratic Committee Fundraiser at The Inn at Longshore. Cocktail reception, 7-9pm (Miggs Burroughs, Scott Glaser).
Fri. Oct. 13:ART for ALZ: Memories and Reflections. Carriage Barn Arts Center. Opening Reception, 5-8pm (Anna Badini, Patrice Barrett, Paul Berger, Tara Blackwell, Bevi Bullwinkel, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Donna Callighan, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Joseph Dermody, Eugenie Diserio, and Allyson Monson)
Sat. Oct. 14:Shape, Form, Pattern. Kershner Gallery at Fairfield Public Library. Opening Reception and Artists Talks, 4:30-6:30pm (Carlos Davilà, Jane Davilà and Peggy Weis).
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The West Hartford Art League announces The Drawing Exhibit, a juried show open to drawing in all forms. Mediums may include pencil, colored pencils, graphite, pen and ink, charcoal, markers, and silverpoint.Prizes: First, Second and Third place prizes to be announced. Work may be submitted digitally. Work must be pre-registered by October 2. For pre-registration form and full prospectus, click here. Receiving of Work: Saturday, October 28, 10-12 noon. Clubhouse Gallery. A 30% commission will be taken on all sales.

Fountain Street Gallery, Boston, announces an international call for works that explore the concept of space. As an element of art, space refers to distances or areas around, between or within components of a piece. It can be positive or negative, open or closed, shallow or deep, 2-D or 3-D, political or personal. Sometimes space is an illusion. Space Invaders aims to address space as it defines our world and the understanding of reality. This call asks artists to interpret it widely when selecting works to submit. All media is accepted. The juror is artist and writer Samuel Rowlett. The submission fee is $36 for up to three entries. Submission is online and must be done in one sitting (approx. 10-15 minutes). For more information, click here.
And Remember...
Oct. c1: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: 2-1-2 Group Show Submission Deadline
Oct. 20 Penn State, Abington College: Immigration Now: Submiission Deadline EXTENDED
Nov. c1: New Canaan Library: Artist in Residence Program Application 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 mid-June to September for documentary, narrative, screenwriting, and new media projects


As ArtNet News pointed out recently
“Artists have a new opportunity to network and develop projects aimed at civic good, courtesy of none other than Barack and Michelle Obama, via their foundation. Twenty “community-minded rising stars,” among them “organizers, creators, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, and journalists,” will be selected for the first round of the Obama Foundation Fellowship. They will enjoy expense-paid trips to confabs with all the other fellows. The two-year, non-residential fellowship invites applicants from around the world. The Obama Foundation specifically seeks artists who are at a turning point in their careers, but who currently lack access to the networks that can help take their work to a bigger stage.” The Foundation is looking for: 
Civic innovators - individuals working to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways; Discipline diverse - people working from all angles and with different perspectives to strengthen our communities and civic life: "organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more;" At a tipping point in their work - those who have already demonstrated meaningful impact in their communities, and stand at a breakthrough moment in their careers; Talented, but not connected - civic innovators who are not currently connected to the networks and resources they need to advance their work; and Good humans - strong moral character is essential for the strength of this community, the integrity of the program, and the longevity of its value. We’re seeking inspirational individuals who demonstrate humility and work collaboratively with others towards shared goals. Apply here by October 6.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, in keeping with its mission "to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature," established in 1993, Emergency Grants to provide prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who:
Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding;
Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the U.S., for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,500. Eligibility requirements: applicants must be living in the U.S. and have a U.S. Tax ID Number; applicants must have committed performance or exhibition opportunities, providing specific dates at the time of application; applicants must be individual artists, or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble, or group (curators, producers, workshop organizers, organizations, or arts presenters are not eligible); applicants should not request more funding than needed; students are not eligible to apply. Successful applicants to the Emergency Grants program may not reapply for three years from the date of their past award. Life-related emergencies such as food, rent, medical bills, childcare, and other basic necessities, are NOT within the scope of the grant. When to Apply: Applications are reviewed mid-month, every month by a volunteer committee of established artists. We recommend applying within 6-8 weeks of your performance or exhibition date and no sooner than 8 weeks prior to when funding is needed. Applications are only accepted through an online form. Apply for an Emergency Grant here.

Music for Youth announces the Marianne Liberatore Memorial Scholarship Competition for High School junior and senior instrumentalists who reside in Fairfield County. (18 years of age or younger on Oct. 27, 2017) Music for Youth was the creation of Marianne Liberatore and friends with the goal of bringing classical music, professionally performed, into the lives of young people in Fairfield County. This competition is in honor of Marianne and the gift of music she gave to our community through the Free Young Persons’ Concerts and school residency and exchange programs. How to apply: Interested juniors and seniors who reside in Fairfield County can apply for this scholarship by completing the application and including a YouTube video link of two live performances of contrasting pieces recorded within the last 6 months. This recording needs to show the hands of the musician at all times. Up to six finalists will be selected from the applications submitted to compete in the final round that will be held on November 12th aT 3 pm at Pequot Library in Southport. Deadline: The application deadline is October 28th 2017. The applications and YouTube videos will be reviewed and the finalists will be notified no later than the evening of November 4th. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on November 12th at Pequot Library. Please mail application to: Music for Youth, PO Box 403, Westport, CT 06881. Letters of recommendation can be mailed to the address above or emailed to musicforyouthct@gmail.comFor more information please call: (203) 254-0123 or write

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) founded in 2009, seeks to create clean energy-generating artwork. This current Request for Qualifications seeks creative individuals working in the fields of art, design, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, renewable energy, engineering , and other related fields to work collaboratively in teams to develop an energy generating work of public art for Willimantic, CT. The RFQ is a collaboration among LAGI, the CT Office of the Arts, the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership (WWP) and the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University. The WWP is launching an invited design competition to bring forward the best ideas for an energy generating public artwork within a new development at a prominent site along the Willimantic River in downtown Willimantic. The design process for the artwork should take a creative placemaking and community-oriented design approach. WWP is looking for a team that can merge the on-site renewable energy infrastructure with the landscape, the architecture, and with other environmental sustainability measures. The RFQ is open to any team with one current resident of the State of Connecticut, and is targeted at creative individuals or practices working in the fields of art, design, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, renewable energy, or related fields. A public presentation of this RFQ and question and answer session will be held on October 11, 2017, 5:30–7:30 p.m at J. Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, CT 06226. Download the RFQ here.

Ever get into some legal bind and wonder where you might get some expert advice? Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) was set up in 1969 with that scenario in mind. VLA is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artists and arts organizations. It provides pro bono arts-related legal representation and education to low-income artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. VLA does what it can to ensure that artists and their organizations understand certain legal and business matters to protect themselves and their work. It offers legal counseling, educational programs, advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution. While once there was a VLA-CT, VLA-NY now services CT and NJ artists and organizations - although please note that assistance to Connecticut artists and arts organizations is subject to attorney availability. Over 11,000 artists used VLA legal services last year. Among many others, services include: the Art Law Line, where artists can speak to VLA about their legal issues and schedule an in-house consultation with a staff attorney. After that initial consultation, artists are checked to determine whether they qualify for further services under VLA's income guidelines. Once approved, artists may then be placed with a volunteer attorney - usually within 6 to 12 weeks. Staff attorneys meet with every applicant eligible for in-house or pro bono referral services, except where there are case conflicts. Typically, they offer four consultations each business day. If you have an issue that you need legal assistance with, call The Art Law Line, 212.319.2787 x1 and complete an Intake Form. Also consult the very useful list of FAQs.
In The Fractured Atlas Book Club Blog, Arno Mokros recommends Ciara Pressler's Game Plan - a workbook designed to help us think through and define your personal, career, and project goals. Pressler works with artists, creatives, and other innovators collaboratively to develop strategic plans to achieve their missions, and founded the Pressler Collaborative, a marketing collective devoted to that work. Arno tells us that Pressler's book will not offer advice or “how-to” information. It won’t tell you what your game plan should be, but rather how to go about crafting one, giving you blank space on the page to jot all your ideas and dreams down, and refine an actionable plan to meet those goals. Of Pressler's 24 "Goal Principles," Arno picks three, which he specifically applies to Fractured Atlas members' sponsored projects, but which, like the other principles are he says broadly applicable to goal-setting and strategizing generally. He picks: 1. Measurable: “If you can’t track it, you won’t hack it.” - A fundraising goal isn’t just a number with dollar signs in front of it — it’s also a plan with a timeline. 2. Endurance: “Run your race at your pace.” With larger fundraising goals, you’ll always need smaller sub-goals. It’s less about how you’re ever going to raise $100,000, and more how are you going to raise your first $1,000. 3. Action: “Avoid paralysis from over-analysis” - remember that any plan is only a means to meet your goal: don't let it get in the way of action. In conclusion, Arno, approves of Pressler's light touch: "Perhaps the most refreshing and direct guidance Pressler offers is the encouragement that you should pursue the goals which you actually feel passionate about today — not what was important to you when you chose your major in college or what you said you would do in your meticulously crafted five-year plan. Because your game plan should always be about getting where you actually want to go."

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art seeks a Head of Marketing. Working closely with the Deputy Director, Exhibitions Director, Senior Development Officer and the Head of Strategic Partnerships, the Head of Marketing sets the marketing framework for key areas of outreach and cultivation, including exhibitions, public programs, membership and events. The Head of Marketing also manages all aspects of institutional marketing materials, including monthly mailings, promotional materials, e-communications, and signage. The Head of Marketing supervises the Graphic Designer, Communications Manager and Website Content Facilitator. Key responsibilities include: ● Manage development and production of institutional marketing materials: monthly calendar, website, eblasts, direct mail, etc.; Maintain consistency of key messaging and positioning for institution across all promotional materials, advertising, and on-line outreach;  With Graphic Designer and Communications Manager, maintain consistency of visual identity of the Museum and its brand across all platforms;  
Regularly assess the effectiveness of marketing strategies and recommend innovative tactics/methods for effective audience development and communication● Create annual advertising strategies and budgets to most effectively promote the Museum  Cultivate, develop, and maintain media partnerships Manage all advertising content ● Maintain up to date, accurate content for all promotional materials; and more. Qualifications  include: 
5 to 10 years of marketing and management experience in an arts environment; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, a plus
. Please send a cover letter and resume to with subject line “Head of Marketing.” Qualified candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Complete description is here.

Caramoor in Katonah, NY, seeks a Front of House & Volunteer Coordinator, a year-round, part-time role - 35 hours a week with potential for additional hours during the peak season. Caramoor is a non-profit cultural landmark and organization dedicated to enriching the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality, mentoring young professional musicians, and engaging young children through interactive educational experiences that deepen their relationship to and understanding of music. The Front of House & Volunteer Coordinator works in consort with the Marketing and Audience Services teams, reporting to the Audience Services Manager. This role’s primary goal is to serve as the lead House Manager by providing the highest level of customer service and hospitality to the public in all aspects of the job including engaging and providing solutions to audience’s concerns and safety matters. Main responsibilities include Providing high level customer service to guests at all events and ensuring their safe and enjoyable experience at Caramoor;  Setting up and maintaining Caramoor’s performance venues to the highest standards, regarding audience seating, safety, access and hospitality;   Supervising and maintaining Caramoor’s 150+ member volunteer corps including communication and enforcement of Caramoor’s policies, orientation and training, scheduling, and outreach. Required Skills and Qualifications include: Two plus (2+) years of arts/events production;  Bachelor’s in related field preferred. For complete description and application details, click here.
 Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
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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Sept. 30: Art Hearts Fashion: Submission Deadline

Oct. c1: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: 2-1-2  Group Show Submission Deadline
Oct. c2: Creative Capital Webinar: Grantwriting for Artists. 7pm
Oct. c2: West Hartford Art League: Drawing Exhibition Pre-Registration Deadline
Oct. c5: NALAC Fund for Artists and Ensembles, Submission Deadline 
Oct. c5: S&R Foundation: Washington Award Application Deadline
Oct. c6: Obama Foundation Fellowship Due Date
Oct. c7: NPT: So You Wanna Be A Broadway Star? Mentoring and Audiotns
Oct. c8: Madison Town Autumn Arts Festival, application deadline
Oct. 11: Land Art Generator RFQ Public Meeting
Oct. 15: Fountain St Gallery, Boston: Space Invaders Submissions Due
Oct. 20: National Parks Arts Foundation: Haleakala Artist Residency Submission Deadline
Oct. 20 Penn State, Abington College: Immigration Now: Submission Deadline EXTENDED
Oct. 28: Music for Youth Marianne Liberatore Scholarship Application Deadline

Nov. c1: New Canaan Library: Artist in Residence Program Application Deadline
Nov. c1: Norwalk Library: Building Your Business As An Artist
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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