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ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER
News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
December 2, 2016
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members by providing 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 500 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week
As President-Elect Trump’s administration takes shape, we will remain engaged to ensure that he and his transition team hear from arts leaders, community leaders, and activists, to keep the arts central to the many pressing needs of the country. We will unite and strengthen our efforts to show that the arts represent the best of humanity, and urge President-Elect Trump’s administration to work to advance pro-arts policies that will impact our society, communities, and generations to come."

Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
CONTENTS
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OUR NEWS
❖ Space Summit Video and Presentation Slides Available
❖ Progressive Gallery Tour: New Canaan - Fri.Dec 2


YOUR NEWS
❖ Members in Group Shows: Carriage Barn's 37th Annual Photography Show, Black Rock Art Guild Holiday Show, LOVE Art Gallery, Celebrate the Little Things.
❖ Other news from Karla Bernstein, Joy Bush, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Loren DePalma, Amy Dolego, Susan Fehlinger, Scott Glaser, Mary Harold, Sholeh Janati, Richard Koleszar, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Karen V. Neems, Amy Oestreicher, Karen Vogel and Lee Walther.
dan Chernow,
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

OTHER NEWS
❖ Statements of Post-Election Solidarity
❖ Bridgeport Schools: Sign Up For Arts Count Day: March 22, 2017
❖ Last Chance to Get Counted for Creative Workers Survey

CALLS FOR ENTRIES - Deadlines
Gifted: Handmade Seasonal Gifts Fair: DOubleTree Hotel, Norwalk - Dec. 1
❖ Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA: Iteration - Dec. 18
❖ Treat Gallery, NYC: Rest & Relaxation - Dec. 31
❖ Guilford Art Center: Craft Expo 2017 - Jan. 9

OPPORTUNITIES
❖ USArtists International: Performing Artists Grants - Dec. 1
❖ Shoreline Arts Alliance: Tassy Walden Awards in Children's Lit. - Feb. 1

JOBS
❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Graphics Director
❖ Leonard Fox Rare Books, Greenwich: Paid Internship

Jobs Still Available

CALENDAR
Deadlines and Dates to Remember
OUR NEWS
Speakers at the last session, Policies and Incentives to Release Commercial Space for Cultural Use of the Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy conference held at the Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport, Nov. 12, 2016. Speakers from left to right: Kim Morque, Tod Bryant, David Genovese, Erin Wilson, Robert Orr and Jackie Lightfield. Click image for the video of this session.
SPACE SUMMIT: VIDEOS + SLIDES AVAILABLE
Close to 100 artists, nonprofit workers, business owners, real estate developers and others gathered together at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport Nov. 12 to focus on the issues of finding and accessing better, more affordable spaces for the work we all do. From how to learn from our experiences with temporary spaces, to how best to share space and back-office services, to accessing the new SpaceFinder Connecticut database (to be launched March 2, 2017), to using tax credits, zoning and the art of persuasion on sympathetic landlords and developers to find affordable, creative and sustainable spaces, and more, speakers and audience engaged in a lively debate about how to best organize for the locating and optimal use of real estate for our community. You can see videos of all the sessions here, and all the slide presentations of the speakers here. A full report with follow-up activities will be released shortly.
GALLERY TOUR: TONIGHT
SIGN-UP for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour - from Greenwich to Shelton, tonight, Fri. Dec 2, 5:30-7:30pm in New Canaan. Part of the New Canaan Holiday Stroll, our tour takes in three of our commercial member galleries: Sorelle, Handwright and Heather Gaudio Fine Art, and starts at the Silvermine Holiday Pop-Up at 70 Main Street. 
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YOUR NEWS                             
ROUND-UP OF MEMBERS' NEWS
GROUP SHOWS & OTHER NEWS:
KAT EVANS and MALU TAN are at Art Miami, in the Spectrum Miami Tent, booth 1105, through Sun Dec. 4 (noon-5pm): stop by if you're in the neighborhood (and contact them for a free VIP pass). See their booth at right.
KARLA BERNSTEINMIGGS BURROUGHS, AMY DOLEGO, DANIELLE GOLDSTEIN, MARY HAROLD, KAREN V. NEEMS, BARBARA RINGER, and PHYLLIS SINRICH are all showing in the Carriage Barn Arts Center's 37th Annual Juried Photography Show, in Waveny Park. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 4-6pm, and the exhibit will be on view through Thursday, January 19, 2017. Many of the photographs are for sale. The show was juried by Laurie Kratochvil, the longtime photo editor of Rolling Stone Magazine.
SUSAN FEHLINGER, MICHELE HUBLER, JUDY NOEL, KAZ ODA, and DONNA OSTERBY-BRIEN are five of the members of the Black Rock Art Guild (BRAG) featured in a BRAG Holiday Show at Harborview Market in Black Rock through Dec. 31. Reception and holiday party is scheduled for December 15, 5:30 - 8:00pm. Harborview Market, 218 Harborview Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605
INDIVIDUALS
KARLA BERNSTEIN has photographs in two juried shows. Old Timer and Mama’s Pearls have been chosen for In Stillness an exhibition at The Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT, opening Thur. Dec. 8 and running through January 1, 2017. These photos are from her Close to Home portfolio - 52 weekly photos shot within a mile of her home, showcasing the beauty and mystery in our everyday surroundings. Karla also has two of her newest images from her Foliage portfolio (see Foliage II, detail at right), that celebrate the vibrant colors, textures and shapes of natural foliage, in Carriage Barn Art Center’s 37th annual Juried Photography Show, opening Sat. Dec. 3. The vibrant colors, textures and shapes of a variety of natural foliage are this series’ subject matter.
JOY BUSH has her photograph Rumpled Memory 2010 (16x20", detail at right) in Space, a show organized by The Griffin Museum of Photography at the Lafayette City Center Gallery in Boston that runs through January 15, 2017. Curated by Paula Tognarelli, the show includes a wide range of artistic response to the theme that were curated to form a narrative on the concept of SPACE. 
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN is exhibiting her Acrylic & Cut Paper piece, Tide Pool, in the Mark Twain Library's Juried Art Show & Fundraiser. Redding's much-anticipated annual tradition opens with the Champagne Preview Gala on Friday, December 2nd (tickets required). The show runs from
December 3rd - 11th. The Mark Twain Library is located at 439 Redding Rd, West Redding, CT.

LOREN DEPALMA has artwork on display and for sale at the SONO Holiday Bazaar until December 23rd. This exhibit features her signature skulls and some new floral paintings. She also has artwork at the Love Art Gallery in South Norwalk and will be part of the holiday exhibit Celebrate the Little Things opening Thurs. Dec. 8, 6 to 9 pm.
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON's Artists’ Garden (mixed media embroidered collage) in the Art Society of Old Greenwich's  Holiday Art Show through December 27, at the Gertrude White Gallery, YWCA of Greenwich, 259 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Reception, Fri. Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30pm.
AMY DOLEGO has two photographs in the upcoming 37th Annual Photography Show at the Carriage Barn, juried by Laurie Kratochvil. Both images are from her series, World Trade Center, Resurrection and part of her exhibition currently on display in the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. At right is a detail of one image, click for complete imageAmy has written: "Although produced in "stills," my work is more of a narrative that captures the promise of a structure, the mystery of what's around the corner and of what's inside." 
SUSAN FEHLINGER has work, including Luscious (2016, oil on canvas, 30x40," detail at right, click for complete image) at the Black Rock Art Guild (BRAG) Holiday Show at Harborview Market, 218 Harborview Ave, for the month of December. Susan painted this for Beechwood Arts' show, Savor at the Blue Lemon in Westport. She notes that "It’s big and juicy!" It's done entirely with the palette knife. When the paint was still wet she scraped it down with the knife which gives it its drippy look.
SCOTT GLASER has six pieces in the new Gordon Fine Arts Gallery at the Stamford Town Center Mall (100, Greyrock Place, Macy's Wing - 5th floor) including 187 Movies, 173,760 Calories (acrylic and collage on artboard, 48” X 36,” detail at right, click for complete image). Note the champagne reception this Sat. Dec. 3, 6-9pm.
MARY HAROLD has Windy Waves (detail at right, click for complete image) photographed in the New York Botanic gardens, in the upcoming 37th Annual Photography Show at the Carriage Barn, juried by Laurie Kratochvil. 
SHOLEH JANATI is planning a holiday event at Pearl Restaurant at Longshore in Westport on Sun. Dec. 11, 5-7pm: "hands-on" interactive abstract painting where participants will create their own abstract works of art. Champagne prize to the winner. Special drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Sholeh's Colorful show continues at the Mayor's Gallery in Stamford Government Center, 10th Floor through January 4th. And from Dec. 3 through January 28, Sholeh will be displaying her works for sale at Meli-Melo with a portion of the sales going to Sole Sisters, a Greenwich United Way women's initiative to fund local human service programs.
RICHARD KOLESZAR has had a piece accepted into the Mark Twain Library annual juried show, 439 Redding Rd, West Redding. On the Rocks (2016, oil on canvas, 24"x36") was inspired by old photos of rocky shoreline that reminded him of the Maine coastline he had visited a while back. His underlying sketch was in transparent orange, which he kept as he blocked in the mass of rocks, redefining and arranging to a more pleasing composition. The lighthouse was added later to augment the flow of sight and breakup the flat sky area. The  opening reception is Fri, Dec 2, 7pm and the show runs through December 11th. 
SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO has twelve of her fiber art pieces in a solo show at Koffee? (104 Audubon St, New Haven) through December 22. Included is Escape to Hůsqvärna (at right), one of her earlier Knitiot Savants, consisting of a spontaneous Van Gogh-ular underpainting on board inspired by his Cypress works. Sooo-z wanted to demonstrate the motion and energy of color through a tactile approach. It is her only landscape in this medium and the only piece to utilize an open end/tucked end tube composition. Escape to Hůsqvärna refers to the sewing machine she works with.
KAREN V. NEEMS has three pieces in the upcoming 37th Annual Photography Show at the Carriage Barn, juried by Laurie Kratochvil. Included will be 2 pieces from her Spatial Choreography series, which are photo collages layered with vellum and mixed media, and Tree Grid (2016, 20x16" framed, detail at right, click for complete image) that plays with the subtleties of color and line, poetry and movement.
AMY OESTREICHER has had her two short plays, "Our First Family Dinner," and "The Sky is Blue," published by the Eddy Theatre. She will be performing excerpts from Gutless and Grateful on January 14th at Columbia University for the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and monologues from Gutless and Grateful will now be performed by a college senior at Buffalo University next week.
KAREN VOGEL's Deep Rooted (2014, monoprint, 44x30", detail at right) is one of two pieces that will be featured in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists 12th Annual Festive Home Fundraiser through December 23. Deep Rooted and Pathways, are part of Karen's Santa Fe series she completed two years ago with Master Printer Marina Ancona.

LEE WALTHER has work in two holiday shows: collage and mixed media at Framemakers, 3004 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock, through the end of December, and her mixed media collage mirror and jewelry displays at Artful Gifts opening at City Lights Gallery 855 Main Street Bridgeport, opening Thursday December 8th 5:30 to 8:00pm and running through January 1st.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
Fri. Dec. 2: Progressive Gallery Tour: New Canaan. 5:30-7:30pm
Fri. Dec. 2: Mark Twain Library's Juried Art Show & Fundraiser, 439 Redding Rd, W. Redding (Heidi Lewis Coleman and Richard Koleszar)
Sat. Dec. 3: Carriage Barn Art Center’s 37th Annual Juried Photography Show4-6pm (Karla Bernstein, Miggs Burroughs, Amy Dolego, Danielle Goldstein, Mary Harold, Karen Neems, Barbara Ringer, Phyllis Sinrich).
Sat. Dec. 3: Gordon Fine Art Opening Celebration, Stamford Town Mall, 6-9pm (Scott Glaser)
Thur. Dec. 8: Celebrate the Little Things, LOVE ART Gallery, 132 Washington St, Norwalk. (Loren DePalma)
Thur. Dec. 8: Artful Gifts, City Lights Gallery, 855 Main St, Bridgeport. (Lee Walther)
Sun. Dec. 11: Abstract painting night at Pearl Restaurant, Longshore Club Park, 260 Compo Road South, Westport, 5-7pm (Sholeh Janati)
Thur. Dec. 15: Black Rock Art Guild Holiday Show, Harborview Market, 218 Harborview Ave, Bridgeport. 5:30-8pm (Susan Fehlinger, Michele Hubler, Judy Noel, Kaz Oda, and Donna Osterby-Brien)

Links in blue indicate events listed on FCBuzz.org
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OTHER NEWS                             
WITH TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE, ARTS ISSUES ARE EVERYONE’S ISSUES NOW

Declaring that "The fates of artists, the free press, and democracy are intertwined," Ian David Ross kicks off a long and considered review of some of the implications of the election for the arts and artists. Writing in CreateEquity.com, he continues: "It’s reasonable to wonder what the election of Donald Trump means for the arts. Trump’s was actually the only campaign during the primary season to answer Alyssa Rosenberg’s questionnaire about arts policy priorities back in March. His responses mostly articulate a free-market, libertarian-ish approach to arts policy and a willingness to delegate most of the decision-making to Congress, though he does state his opposition to net neutrality. (Oddly, he also makes a point to say that there is “no Constitutional obligation” for the president to host artists at the White House.) The day after the election, Americans for the Arts was out with a statement that emphasized bread and butter issues for the organization, including support for the National Endowment for the Arts and arts education. A few publications and organizations have attempted to grapple with the reality of Trump as president both before and after the election, trying to read tea leaves from random clues like the fact that he once trademarked the name Trump Art Collection but has yet to use it, or that Mike Pence’s wife is a painter. Read on....

MORE ARTISTS RESPOND

Two other caches of artists' responses to the results of the election include a collection of responses gathered by artnet in: Here’s What Artists Have to Say About the Future of America Under Donald Trump and The Future of Music Coalition musing "What It Mean for Musicians?" First for the artnet piece, 23 artists were asked to speak, from Barbara Krueger and Marilyn Minter to Shepard Fairey and Alison Jackson"For some artists, the election’s unexpected outcome was still too raw, the perceived wound too fresh, for them to put their emotions into words. For others, the chance to reflect on Hillary Clinton’s loss and its ramifications was a chance for catharsis. This means that, for many, the healing power of the arts can offer a way forward as we look to fix a deeply divided and possibly broken nation." Read more...
The Future of Music Coalition, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization founded in 2000 and supporting a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work, has provided an important forum for discussion about issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. In this short piece, Kevin Erickson, National Organizing Director, reviews some of the potential impacts of the new Administration on musicians: "While many of the issues we work on don’t break down on along clear partisan lines, Trump’s election and the resulting shift in the balance of power could result in hard-fought and historic victories for musicians being rolled back. Musicians and their allies must be prepared to organize and fight to defend these victories." Read more...
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             
WALL STREET THEATER SEEKS VOLUNTEER ARTISANS & PAINTERS

Norwalk's Wall Street Theater  is issuing a call to skilled local artisans (professional and amateur) interested in volunteering their creative painting talents to help complete the renovation of the historic Wall Street Theater. Meticulous painters and artists skilled at stenciling, lettering, and retouching are needed to work on a variety of areas within the theater including the proscenium, decorative moldings, wall panels, and more.
“We want to give local artists an opportunity to literally leave their mark on this historic theater,” says Suzanne Cahill, president of the Wall Street Theater. “The goal is to head into the final phase of our refurbishment with an army of artistic volunteers who can work with our designers on the finishing touches.” Slated for re-opening in early 2017, the Wall Street Theater originally opened in 1915 as the Regent Theater. At various times serving as a vaudeville house, a movie theater, dance club, and rock venue, the Wall Street Theater today has undergone an extensive renovation, including state of the art sound, lights, and digital technology.
Artists and painters are interested in volunteering should click here to apply. Please include your specialty (if any), and a link to samples of your work.
CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY  
LANDSCAPE 2017
JANUARY 25

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado is currently accepting entries for its upcoming juried exhibition Landscapes 2017. All artist renditions on the landscapes theme, genres, capture types and photographic processes are eligible for selection. The juror is Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator, Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She previously held several positions at the Wichita Art Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA). Artists selected for exhibition are invited to attend the Artist Immersion Weekend that includes a public reception followed by a dinner on the town, a private portfolio review with the Juror and one with the Executive Director, artist group lunch and a portfolio share with professional development discussion. All selected artists are included in the Main Gallery Exhibition and Online Gallery seen by an international audience. Juror's Award, $400. Director's Award, $200.  $34 for the first three images (members $29, members)
JOBS                             
GREATER NEW HAVEN
ARTS COUNCIL
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven (ACGNH) seeks an Executive Director who will have a strong understanding of and passion for promoting and supporting the arts throughout Greater New Haven. The new leader will support our vibrant arts community through strategic communication, effective partnerships, leveraging existing relationships and networks, and building consensus. ACGNH seeks an individual who will be a catalyst for change. The Executive Director will be a systems thinker and understand the big picture and the Arts Council's role in promoting the arts and arts organizations as essential to a strong region. The new leader will help assess and shape ACGNH's role going forward and will advocate for greater visibility and diversity for the arts, and stabilize and strengthen artists and arts organizations in our region. The new director will bring an informed understanding and perspective to the challenges of supporting and growing member, donor and community relationships. As a catalyst for creative action in response to community issues, ACGNH seeks a new leader who will fully leverage the board and the ACGNH staff to deliver exemplary services for our members and the entire community. Regional advocacy for the arts requires excellent communication skills with donors, legislators, and members. S/he will be an inspiring leader, an effective communicator, a strategic thinker, a problem solver, and have an entrepreneurial spirit. S/he will be a coalition/team builder, well-organized, results-driven, and committed to staff development. The new leader will have a demonstrated ability to achieve what is often a challenging goal – to meet the organization's mission while operating a sustainable business/revenue model. Submit a resume and cover letter by December 15, 2016 to EDsearch@newhavenarts.org.
FRED GIAMPETRO GALLERY P/T GALLERY ASSISTANT

The Fred Giampietro Gallery (1064 Chapel St, New Haven) seeks a part-time gallery assistant. Responsibilities include: Interact with visitors and assist in retail sales, answer phones, and otherwise help visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience; maintain gallery and social media sites; assist in gallery inventory/data entry; prepare standard gallery documents; distribute event flyers to designated citywide locations. During openings and other special events the gallery assistant will aid in the set-up and breakdown of the space, photo documenting the event, and assisting guests as needed throughout the evening. As a Gallery Assistant, you will work primarily in the gallery where the art is exhibited or stored. The selected candidate will be trained in proper art handling/storage procedures to keep the art safe from damage. The gallery assistant will also assist with some other gallery business, including but not limited to: preparing the art galleries (moving art, painting/patching walls, other); packing/unpacking works of art for shipping to museum standards; other gallery business as needed. Gallery Assistant performs “opening” and “closing” procedures to makes sure the art is safe, the facilities are fully prepared, and that the gallery and grounds are
clean; move chairs, tables, vacuum and mop gallery floor, clean restrooms, clean windows, and other tasks to help prepare the gallery for visitor and gallery events. Skills required include being highly organized, and personable, with a background in art. Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs., climb stairs and ladders, repair and paint walls, and use other tools for preparing the galleries and installing art objects. Computer-literate, including digital photography, retail, web maintenance, database. Excellent interpersonal skills. Email cover letter, resume, and references to: fred@giampietrogallery.com and Katharine@giampietrogallery.com
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Teaching Artists
Bruce Museum: Brucemobile Instructors 
Greenwich International Film Festival: Programmer
Hartford Stage: Resident Teaching Artist
New Canaan Library: Digital Services Librarian
Pequot Library, Public Programs Manager
Ridgefield Playhouse: Associate Director of Marketing
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director.
Westport Country Playhouse: Graphics Director and Database Analyst

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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
DECEMBER
Dec. c4: Poets & Writers Live: San Francisco: Inspiration Early-Bird Deadline
Dec. c5: Rauschenberg Foundation: Artist as Activist Fellowship Deadline
Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant Application Deadline
Dec. 15: William H. Johnson Foundation: African-American Artist Prize Deadline
Dec. 16: Stamford Art Association's Faces & Figures Submission Deadline
Dec. 18: Gallery 263, Cambridge: Iteration, Submission Deadline
Dec. 19: Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Library, Power of Color Submission Deadline
Dec. 31: Treat Gallery, NY: Rest & Relaxation Submission Deadline

JANUARY
Jan. c6: Santa Fe Art Institute: Equal Justice Creative Residency Deadline
Jan. c9: Guilford Art Center: Craft Expo 2017 (July 14-16): Application Deadline
Jan. 14-15: Poets & Writers Live: San Francisco: Inspiration Workshops
Jan. 15: Terra Foundation: Summer Residency in Giverny Application Deadline

MARCH
March c1: Ucross Foundation: All-Arts Residencies Program Application Deadline
March 22: Bridgeport Schools, Arts Count Day

APRIL
Dec. c1: USArtists International: Deadline for Tours July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.
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