Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - February 17, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
February 18, 2017
Next Issue: March 9
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❖ ACE Awards Nominations Open Through March 1
❖ Cultural Alliance Organizes Grant Info Sessions - Feb. 21 and Feb 22
❖ Join Us For CT Arts Day in Hartford - March 2
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Sue Benton, Michael Brennecke, Elisa Keogh, Norm Siegel, and Lisa Silberman

List of Current Artist Members


❖ Members in Group Events: Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Selfie; Iona College, A Life in Color; Ridgefield Library: Expressive Women of NAWA; Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk: Chromatic
❖ Other news from Nina Bentley, Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Ann Chernow, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Cortney Davis, Kat Evans, Mindy Green, Elisa Keogh, Katya Lebrija, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Nancy Moore, Cindy Mullins, Leslie Giuliani, Roxanne faber-Savage, Malu Tan, Joan Wheeler and Elizabeth White.
dan Chernow,
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks - Download the Calendar

❖ Maker Faire Westport 2017 (April 22)
❖ Carriage Barn Arts Center: Spectrum/Grayscale - March 9
❖ Arts Center, Killingworth: Walls, Fences & Doors - March 10
 Figment NYC 2017 - April 22

❖ Music on the Hill: Festival Chorus
❖ Vagabond Theatre: Dog Sees God - Feb. 18-19

❖ CT Office of the Arts: Project Grants - March 22
❖ CT Office of the Arts: Regional Initiative Grants - March 22

❖ Greenwich Arts Council: Executive Director
❖ BrownGrotta Arts: Gallery Assistant Internship (Paid)
❖ CT Arts Alliance: P/T Administrator
❖ Silvermine School of Art: Registrar

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember

We have opened nominations for the 2017 ACE Awards celebrating the passion for arts and culture in Fairfield County, and raising awareness of the quality and diversity of our arts and cultural offerings. Our 5 awards (Artist, Citizen, Corporate, Educator and Nonprofit) will be presented in late spring at our 2nd annual ACE Awards Breakfast (date and time to be announced) to recognize and thank those individuals, organizations and businesses who have made significant artistic and cultural contributions to our community, as well as those who have supported the arts and culture sector through volunteerism and/or patronage. Click links for more information, last year's awards ceremony, and the link to nominate. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, and self-nominations are welcome.
Artists can apply for several of the CT Office of the Arts grants. Grant deadlines are rapidly approaching (March 15 and March 22). Staff will not be visiting our region, but Cultural Alliance staff are organizing two information sessions on the four COA grants: Click registration links for more information.
Tues. Feb. 21, 6pm-7:30pm, Ferguson Library (Board Room), Stamford - Register
Wed. Feb. 22, 10am-11:30am, Fairfield Public Library (Memorial Room) - Register
Space is limited and RSVPs are essential. New: see this handy Grants-At-A-Glance

See the whole day program and register here.
Celebrate our own Local Arts Hero
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Sue Sutherland Benton is a photographer and choreographer, currently based in Stratford. Sue grew up in Pittsburgh, attending Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh, and has been teaching dance for over 25 years, currently at Dance Express, 509 Westport Ave, on the Norwalk/Westport line. Sue began exploring photography just five years ago. She says she was inspired by her daily commute from Stratford to Westport on I-95, where abandoned buildings reminded her of her childhood in Pittsburgh. A recent spread in Connecticut Cottage and Gardens (Oct. 2016) articulated, and dramatically illustrated, the fascination these neglected industrial buildings have for her. "Often, the intrinsic beauty of graffiti covering an old, stately building goes unnoticed," she explains. "I love these neglected buildings—people just don’t see them anymore. It makes me happy to make them beautiful." Her brilliant photographs pop in saturated primary colors. "I play with color, light and focus to make these images hyperrealistic and idealized," she says. "My hope is that others can appreciate and realize the often hidden beauty of these subjects." But she also says that her love of photography "is inextricably linked to my work as a dance teacher and choreographer. Choreography is design using the body and space, with music as the frame. Photography is a dance of light and form, framed by each viewer’s perception."  Her work can be seen in Axel Interiors, Norwalk, and she was one of 8 local artists featured in Artx8, curated by Trace Burroughs at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. See Sue's website and Instagram page.

Michael Brennecke, has been a lifelong resident of Westport, growing up in a community, and a family of artists. At the age of 12, he remembers being fascinated with seascapes, only then to experiment with abstraction, fascinated with the ability "to elicit various and ambiguous impressions from a single composition." He attended Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and received his MFA from Tufts University. There, he started working in figurative mode, but eventually returned to abstraction after being impressed by a show of Antonio Tapies work. However, he writes, it’s the work of Paul Klee and Jean Dubuffet that has most influenced his ongoing exploration of color and texture. In his current painting, he usually begins with an abstract "automatic" drawing, relying on his subconscious. He enjoys these "accidental" compositions, with their sometimes vaguely discernible imagery. He then develops the parts of the composition that interest him, through the use of color and texture. Even though the compositions are intended to be non-representational, they may still evoke a sense of landscape or figure. For instance, he says, "the initial work may have the suggestion of a geological location, almost the appearance of rock formation or stone. I consider that a good starting point. It’s like an archeological find and now I have to recreate the history and sense of place. So what starts as purely abstract can end up straddling the figurative world" (See, for example, Cat in the Hat, 2014)Michael is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Rowayton Arts Center and Westport Artists CollectiveMichael won first place in oil paintings for his New Marlboro at Rowayton Arts Center’s 2016 “Abstraction,” exhibition and was recently featured in Trace Burroughs'  Artx8, at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. See his website and Facebook page.


Elisa Keogh is an artist and designer working with photographic images. Born in England and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the height of political unrest, growing up she was drawn to the raw, underground street art around her that focused strongly on content. Arriving in the U.S. at the tender age of 19, she studied photography at Harvard University’s continuing education program and immediately knew that photography would be an important element of her life. Studying graphic design at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons, she subsequently enjoyed a successful career in New York - as a junior layout artist with Hershell George Graphics and Art Director for Arista Records. She then opened her own design studio in Manhattan, SeeHear Design, specializing in providing visual solutions to the music industry. While at Arista, her cover design for Annie Lenox’s DIVA album was nominated for a Grammy in 1993 and in 1995, while at SeeHear Design, her poster design for the alternative rock band The San Francisco Seals created for her client Matador records, was placed in the permanent design collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. It was also while at Arista that Keogh’s interest in photography reignited as she collaborated with many creative photographers to capture the personalities of the musicians she worked with. Following a move to Connecticut in 1998, to raise her family, Elisa close her design studio to focus on her photography, accepting a position as assistant to fine art portrait photographer, Ben Larrabee, who inspired and encouraged her to exhibit her experimental photographs. Since 2005, Keogh has been an active exhibiting artist throughout Connecticut, including at Silvermine Arts Center, Housatonic Museum of Art, the Westport Arts Center, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 22 Haviland Street Gallery,  Rowayton Arts Center, the Carriage Barn Arts Center, and Rockwell Gallery (Ridgefield). She has work in Chromatic, opening March 7 at the Maritime Museum Gallery and has her studio at Firing Circuits. Elisa has been active as a digital photography teacher since 2005, both as an artist-in-residence and after-school instructor in Norwalk Public Schools and to private students of all ages. See her website and Facebook page.

A Norwalk-based painter, Norm Siegel graduated from New York City’s High School of Industrial Art (now Art & Design), and went to study at The Cooper Union, in the days when abstract expressionism was de rigueur. He resisted, as his bent was definitely in the photorealistic and figurative style. Graduating, he went into advertising design, graphics, and marketing as a free-lance illustrator. In 1989, he started a virtual advertising agency with two partners and quickly landed Discovery Communications as their first client. Enjoying the freedom and excitement of working with his partners, Norm still spent a lot of time illustrating. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won most every award in the industry and has three commercials in the permanent collection of New York's Paley Center. Now, his "day job" is painting, as he specializes in trompe l’oeil subjects, photo realistic portraits and all things aviation- and astronomy-related. In 2000, Norm joined the American Society of Aviation Artists and a few years later, the Air Force Art Program. Both gave him the opportunity to have his work exhibited in aviation museums around the country and to be part of the their permanent collections and those of the Pentagon and the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. The Air Force Art Program has also given him the opportunity to fly in many of the newest aircraft. Norm’s awards include Lockheed Martin's Star of Excellence, and Aviation Week’s Best of The Best Award, 2011. for his stunning painting, Louis Blériot Lors du Premiere Salon de L’Aeronatique à Paris, 1909. Norm is presently a member of the Westport Artists Collective and Area in Connecticut. He recently made a presentation at the Fairfield County Arts Association. Currently, Norm is exploring interactive 3-D anaglyph painting (that you need red/blue 3-D glasses to see).

Lisa P. Silberman is a photographer who holds a BFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where she studied art and photography with Alice Beck-Odette, Stephen Frailey and Sid Kaplan. Following graduation, she worked in New York, supplementing event photography with studio/location assisting and studio management for a number of photographers. She freelanced as a Tiffany’s studio photographer, assisted in the public relations department at the Whitney Museum of American Art during an exciting biennial year, and worked as an art buyer for a small boutique ad agency. Lisa was in New York during the September 11 attack and she participated in the September 11 Photo Project, a community-based response that used photographs and written statements by survivors, eyewitnesses, and others affected by the disaster. The Photo Project was seen by over 300,000 people, at the Wooster Street Gallery and at the New York Public Library, where it is on permanent view. The Project, including Lisa's photograph, is also available as a book. Born in New York, but growing up in Westport, Lisa started to explore the arts community in Connecticut, moving between New York and South Norwalk, and more recently to Weston in 2016. Lisa’s work has been included in several group shows, including at the Valley Arts Council, Shelton, Pen and Brush (NYC), The Westport Woman’s Club (2015), The Greenwich Arts Council's Bendheim Gallery, Near and Far (2016), WAC’s The Revolutionary Sixties at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum (curated by Nancy McTague-Stock), and this January’s Westport Artists’ Collective Pop Up Show at the Westport Arts Center. A member of the Westport Artists Collective, Lisa is also an artist member of the Westport Arts Center and of Pen and Brush (since 1894 providing an international platform for emerging and mid-career female artists and writers) as well as a contributing member of Women in the Arts & Media Coalition. Lisa writes about her work that "There’s a moment when you see the light swim and finally settle, a look in a child’s face, a gesture that can’t be duplicated, a reflection in the water. That’s the moment when you take the picture." See Lisa’s website.
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YOUR NEWS                             
Heidi Lewis ColemanShanna Melton, and Joan Wheeler (not included in the last Newsletter) also have works in SELFIE at the University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery through April 8, along with those by   Sooo-z Mastropietro, Jill Nichols, Donna Osterby-Brien, and Lee Walther.
Kat Evans and Malu Tan are two of the four women artists featured at A Life in Color at Bro. Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College in New Rochelle NY. The exhibition "celebrates Women’s History Month, the beauty of color and the human connection to mark-making."  The show’s Artists' Reception is on Thursday, March 2, 6-8pm, and an Artists' Talk is on Thursday, March 23.
Cindi Mullins is co-curating and showing a painting in Expressive Women of NAWA, a national show of the National Association of Women Artists, opening Sunday March 5th, at the Ridgefield Library, with a talk at 2pm by NAWA's Penny Dell and an opening reception at 3pm. Also in the show is work by NAWA members Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, and Nancy Moore.
Binnie Birstein, Amy Bock, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Kat Evans, Mindy Green, Jana Ireijo, Jahmane, Elisa Keogh, Day Moore, and Karen Vogel are among the 28 artists appearing in CHROMATIC, a show on the blending of musical and visual inspiration, curated by our member Beechwood Arts and Innovation. The exhibition opens Tues. March 7, 5-7pm, at Norwalk's Art in Parking Spaces'  Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 N. Water St.
Nina Bentley has a display of her Typewriter Art in the Riverwalk Display Case at Westport Library. REWRITTEN! Typewriter Art by Nina Bentley can be viewed now through May 9, with an opening reception in the McManus Room, Thurs. March 9, 5-7pm. See this exhibit of vintage typewriters Nina has transformed to comment on social issues. At right, Pearls of Wisdom.

Trace Burroughs doesn't have the figures but he, Hilary Wittmann, and everyone else who showed up, were surprised by the immense turnout for his first-ever curated show, Artx8 at Carriage Barn Arts Center last week. Sales were strong, energy was high and it was a big reward for the immense amount of work. Trace's huge marketing effort really paid off. He said his big lessons were: artists don't read their e-mails and publicity is key. Brother Miggs helped out too with the hanging, but Trace did pretty much all of the work single-handed. Trace says that as soon as the opening was over he vowed not to do it again – but now he's ready for more. 
Amy Bock has two oils in CHROMATIC at the Maritime Garage Gallery. In keeping with the theme of the show she chose to exhibit Red Jazz and Chinese Peacock ButterflyRed Jazz (2016, oil on canvas, 30x24,” detail at right, click for complete image) is from her Nature’s Dance series, in which she aims to visually communicate the natural rhythms of Nature, both in the symbolism of the forms and in the execution of the line. Amy says she draws upon her dancing experience, using the natural arcs and swoops of her arm and body movement to create the figurative elements. Music is a fundamental part of dance and serves as a catalyst and influence for these pieces. 
Ann Chernow is delighted that the Silvermine Arts Center's Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection has acquired 388 of her prints, dated from 1966 through 2016. Included is I WAKE UP SCREAMING, (2016, lithograph from one stone, 22x26," edition of 7) which can also be seen in Silvermine's The Legacy of Silvermine exhibit opening Sun, Feb 26, 2-4pm. Ann is one of 18 artists in this first of several celebrations of current Guild members who helped shape what Silvermine is today. 
Heidi Lewis Coleman will be exhibiting her acrylic & cut paper piece, EQUINOX 2, (24x24", at right) in the National Association of Women Artist's upcoming show, WOMEN ARTISTS, COAST TO COAST: EAST at New York's Prince Street Gallery, opening Thurs. March 2, 5-8pm, running through March 25. Heidi also has an early piece, Positive and Negative in Selfie, Serendipity 2 (another acrylic and cut paper piece) in Expressive Women of NAWA at the Ridgefield Library, opening March 5, 2pm, and Daphnaie Assemblage 4 in CHROMATIC at the Maritime Garage Gallery, opening Tues. March 7, 5-7pm
Congratulations to Cortney Davis, for winning the 2016 Wheelbarrow Prize for Poetry for her collection, Taking Care of Time. Selected by judge Naomi Shihab Nye, Taking Care of Time will be published by the MSU Press in 2018. Cortney, a nurse practitioner, is the author of Leopold's Maneuvers (University of Nebraska Press), Details of Flesh (Calyx Books); three poetry chapbooks; two works of nonfiction, and two anthologies (as co-editor). Her poems have appeared nationally and internationally in journals including Poetry, Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Poetry East, Rattle, and others. 
Kat Evans has work in three shows: two in CHROMATIC at the Maritime Garage Gallery, 14 in A Life in Color at Iona College, and 12 paintings in a group show at The Avenue Gallery, 173 Main Street, Norwalk, opening March 9, 6-8pm. Buddha's Gate (acrylic on canvas, 54x54x2," at right, click for larger image) was inspired by a trip to Japan last year. Kat writes: "the colors of Buddha's Gate in Kyoto were awesome (in the true sense of the word). The rich saffron, oranges and blue greens made me very happy." 
Mindy Green's contribution to CHROMATIC, opening at the Maritime Garage Gallery, March 7, 5-7pm, is Earth Body (2016, acrylic on canvas30x30," click for larger image). Mindy comments that "this lively, gestural painting is an outburst of energy imagined from the center core of the earth. It has sacred geometry symbols and bold colors to celebrate the primordial rhythm and vibration of Mother Earth."
New member Elisa Keogh has two photographs from her Black + Blue series in CHROMATIC, opening March 7 at the Maritime Garage MuseumBlack + Blue: Two and Black + Blue: Five (detail of #5 at right, click for complete image; both 2016, 22x32" framed). About this series, Elisa writes, "old torn windows in an abandoned factory, shot late in the day when the light was soft and color palette strong, transformed these harsh relics of the past into something quite beautiful."
Katya Lebrija will be showing her newest series LIFE EXPRESSIONS, in a solo show at the Byram Shubert Library, Greenwich. The exhibit will be shown March 1-31, 2017, with the opening reception on Sat. March 4th, 3:00-5:00pm. At right, Celebration (2017, mixed media, 36” x 36”). Katya writes that her inspiration for this series is life itself: "In this body of work, I intend to communicate different stories that anyone can relate to through daily situations and people in our lives, but more importantly, it’s an expression of my heart, as I drew inspiration from personal memories that I will always carry with me."
Sooo-z Mastropietro has had Huetation accepted into The Hektoen International - A Journal of Medical HumanitiesHuetation is a triptych of three 16"x16" panels, demonstrating the progression of mutating cancer cells, and based on images from a documentary on Henrietta Lacks. Her cells continue to provide valuable scientific research 60 years after they were acquired. At right the central panel (click for complete triptych). Also Sooo-z's Teee was accepted into the Just My Height show at the Aventura Mall in Miami to benefit the Miami-Dade Learning Partnership. Lastly, Soo-z has built a pretty successful print-on-demand store based on her designs: see Print All Over Me.
Nancy Moore has had her original painting, Indigo, juried into the Expressive Women of NAWA exhibition  opening Sunday March 5th, at the Ridgefield Library, with a talk at 2pm and a reception at 3pm. Indigo is a 32-inch square of watercolor, gouache, and wax crayon, about the beauty of diversity. Nancy says that It's called "indigo" because of the ikat effect I was going for by painting an opaque layer of indigo, using a thin brush with water to lay down an intricate ikat design, and then blotting up the water with paper towel and watching the design emerge.

Cindi Mullins'  piece in the Expressive Women of NAWA exhibition, opening Sunday March 5th, at the Ridgefield Library, is her Genesis (oil on linen, 24 x 36," detail at right, click for complete image). Genesis is part of Cindi's Big Flower series and, she says, also, in some ways, an internal self portrait.
Leslie Giuliani has curated Prints That Work, an exhibition at Housatonic Museum of Art that features Roxanne Faber-Savage and three other artists that offer unique perspectives on printmaking. The artists mine a range of subjects, including wildlife trafficking and conservation, sexuality, religion, gender and the illusion of domestic bliss. The show includes ElephantElephantx2    Roxanne's second installation of a visual story about the current state of elephants and ivory poaching. Prints include archival digital prints, xeroxes, silkscreen and sculpture. At right, Tippytoe (2017, digital archival print, 16"x16" framed). The exhibition, running through March 25, opens with a reception Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30-7pm
Roxanne Faber-Savage is pleased to announce her participation in the 164th Artist in Residence program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (at right), Feb. 19 through March 11. This interdisciplinary artists-in-residence community and arts education facility is dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing talented artists an opportunity. Roxanne is also teaching this summer: Botanical Intaglio: Drawing, Mark-Making & Incising from the Ground Up at the Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, (July 17-21) and Mixed Plate Monotypes at the Truro Center for the Arts (Aug 14-18).
Malu Tan is curating a show A Life In Color featuring four women artists (herself included) at the Bro. Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College, New Rochelle NY. Opening reception is Thursday, March 2, 6 - 8pm, and the show runs Feb. 26 through March 30. At right End of May (acrylic/mixed media, 48" x 48")
Joan Wheeler has two pieces in the continuing SELFIE exhibit at the University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery through April 8. At right, detail of Bit by Bit (oil on wood, 14x11," click for complete image) is her own view of the process of aging.

Elizabeth White received a commendation from the UK's Red Line Art Works for her sculpture series Dirty Bombs. Three works from Elizabeth's series can be seen in Red Line's international online exhibition here. At right, Teddyburr, to Children of Iraq from Uncle Sam - a mixed-media sculpture with burrs, created, she writes, "as a protest against 'depleted' uranium weaponry...I enlisted the symbol of Teddy to describe yearning for peace and security. The 'children of Iraq' include also those children born to soldiers who have been handling chemical and radio-active toxins/agents so powerful as to mutate human DNA."
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Thur. Feb. 23: Leslie Giuliani, Prints That Work, Housatonic Museum of Art. Opening Reception, 5:30-7pm (Roxanne Faber-Savage)
Sun. Feb. 26: The Legacy of Silvermine, Silvermine Arts Center. Opening Reception, 2-4pm
Thur. March 2: Women Artists, Coast to Coast: East, Prince Street Gallery, 530 W. 25th St, 4th Fl., New York. Opening Reception, 5-8pm (Heidi Lewis Coleman)
Thur. March 2:  A Life in Color, Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College, New Rochelle NY. Opening Reception, 6-8pm (Kat Evans and Maul Tan)
Sat. March 4: Katya Lebrija, Life Expressions, Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave, Greenwich. Opening Reception, 3-5pm
Sun. March 5: Expressive Women of NAWA, Ridgefield Library. Opening talk, 2pm and reception, 3pm (Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Cindy Mullins, and Nancy Moore)
Tues. March 7: CHROMATIC, Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 N. Water St., Norwalk. Exhibit curated by Beechwood Arts & Innovation. Opening reception, 5-7pm. (Binnie Birstein, Amy Bock, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Kat Evans, Mindy Green, Jana Ireijo, Jahmane, Elisa Keogh, Day Moore, and Karen Vogel)
Thurs. March 9: Nina Bentley, REWRITTEN! Typewriter Art, Westport Library. Reception, 5-7pm
Thurs. March 9: Group Show, Avenue Gallery, 173 Main St., Norwalk. Reception, 6-8pm (Kat Evans)
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CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

Our member Remarkable STEAM, that produces the Westport Mini-Maker Faire, has announced that the Fair has now qualified to drop the "Mini" and so, for 2017, it will be the MAKER FAIRE WESTPORT 2017with the ambition and expectation of drawing 10,000 people on Saturday, April 22, Earth DayRemarkable STEAM is making a big effort to put more STEAM into the event, so there is a particularly urgent Call for Artists to be part of the Fair. Artists of all stripes, woodworkers, builders, musicians, people who sew, engineers, comedians, jugglers and more: your ideas are needed. While the theme is The Earth, the focus is on Creativity and Innovation - so spread the word, put on your creativity and innovation hat, and complete the application here! Applications requested by April 15 - but the earlier the better.

The Carriage Barn Arts Center is accepting entries for the 27th Annual SPECTRUM Contemporary Art Show, scheduled to open Saturday, April 22 and run through Thursday, May 25, 2017. This juried exhibit of original, contemporary art by local and regional artists invites submissions in all media. Entries must have been created within the past two years and not have been previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn. Guest juror and contemporary art specialist Adrienne Ruger Conzelman, of ARC Fine Art, is reviewing works rendered in grayscale — black and white and anything in between. The limited palette will give emphasis to form, texture, perspective, context and content. All media will be considered including: Oil, Acrylic, Photography, Pastel, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Installation, Fabric and Video, when part of an installation. This will be the 27th Annual SPECTRUM Show sponsored by The New Canaan Society for the Arts and held at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. Typically, the show features about 100 works selected from hundreds of entries. New this year: the juror will select 6-8 Artists To Watch, who will be recognized and awarded at the reception and participate in a special presentation at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. $26 for 3 entries ($5 additional entries); non-Members: $41 for 3 entries ($5 additional entries). Click here for prospectus. Members apply here; Nonmembers hereDeadline for submissions: Midnight, Thurs. March 9.
Fence 1, collage, 18x24in by Sandra Baker

The Arts Center Killingworth/Spectrum Gallery announces a Call for Entries for Walls, Fences & Doors: Obstacle or Opportunity? The show will feature drawings, prints, representational and abstract paintings on paper or canvas, and sculptures, that explore the purposes of walls, doors and fences. Do they protect and/or honor us? Are they used to entice us? Or instead, do they create obstacles, and exclude and isolate us or others? These timely questions can serve as fantastic vehicles for artistic expression and help us make sense of these confusing times. Artists can submit online here, or send 3-4 high resolution jpegs of their work with titles, medium, dimensions and date created to : Deadline is March 10; receiving of accepted work is March 13-18. All of our shows are promoted through our website, postcards to over 5,000 people, newspaper features and online calendars. Visit the space here.


FIGMENT NYC 2017 is a two-day free participatory arts event held on Governors Island. FIGMENT showcases interactive works of all mediums that encourage participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. Submissions are now open for artists of all ages and experience. The deadline for submissions is April 22. 2017. If you're thinking about submitting an interactive work, consider attending  FIGMENT Meet and Greet Feb. 28 to join together with the FIGMENT team and other artists to ask any questions you may have. FIGMENT NYC Meet and Greet: February 28, 7-11pm, at Lucky, 168 Avenue B. See FB Invite. For those interested in submitting a project to the Artist Designed Minigolf Course, submissions close March 10th
And Don't Forget...
Feb. 21-22: Rowayton Arts Center Inspiration Receiving (2/21: 4-7pm; 22: 11am-2pm)
Feb. 27: Darien Arts Center: Smartphone Photo Contest Submission Deadline
Feb. 28: apexart Franchise Exhibition Open Call Proposal Deadline


Music on the Hill welcomes singers for the first concert of its 2017 season, a Festival Chorus performance of music of Mozart and Haydn. Artistic Director David H. Connell conducts. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning February 7 at the WEPCO church complex, 48 New Canaan Road (Rte. #106) in Wilton. The concert takes place on Sunday afternoon, March 12, at the Wilton Presbyterian Church at WEPCO. New singers welcome! No auditions, but advance registration required: all welcome to register and join in next rehearsal. To register, or with questions, e-mail or leave a message at (203) 529-3133. Music on the Hill ensembles are project based: join for one rehearsal/concert cycle or many. Learn about Music on the Hill, and join the mailing list at:

The Vagabond Theatre Company of Greater Bridgeport announces auditions for its third production of their 2016/17 Season: Dog Sees Good: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, by Burt V Royal. Open auditions February 18 & 19, Noon-3 pm. Callbacks February 21. Location:
Performing Arts Center Of CT, 18 Lindeman Dr, Trumbull. No appointment necessary. Non-Equity - All Roles Unpaid. No Monologue or Appointment Required. Sides will also be provided. If available, please bring Headshot (or recent photo) and resume. Contact: with questions or visit for character breakdowns and more info.
Production Details: Tentative schedule for rehearsals is Mon-Fri evenings beginning in March 2017 Production dates are May 19-28 2017 : Fri/Sat @ 8:00pm Sun @ 5pm.

Artists may apply to these two categories of grants offered by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is offering two Information Sessions: Tues. Feb. 21, 6pm, Ferguson Library (Board Room), Stamford - Register HereWed. Feb. 22, 10am, Fairfield Public Library (Memorial Room) - Register Here. Space is limited and RSVPs are essential. 

The Connecticut Office of the Arts' Project Grants program encourages and supports arts-based projects of artistic excellence that are aligned with our READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity, Inclusion) framework. Grant requests range from $5,000 to $15,000 for planning and implementation of arts-based projects for Connecticut audiences, communities, and participants. Projects of all artistic disciplines are encouraged and must engage at least one Connecticut artist in a significant project role. Projects should be accessible and relevant to the audience and community it is meant to serve. Eligible applicants must reside in Connecticut. Artists may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor.

Application Guidelines available here.


The Connecticut Office of the Arts' Regional Initiative (REGI) Grant Program encourages and supports small community arts projects that are aligned with the READI (Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion) framework. Regional Initiative grants are a good fit for applicants that intend to use small arts-based projects to engage in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, and/or that bring neighborhoods together. Matching grant requests range between $1,000 and $4,000 and the funding of projects is regionally distributed throughout the state with partnership support from Regional Service Organizations. Artists may apply independently or with a fiscal sponsor.

Application Guidelines available here.

Founded in 1973 the Greenwich Arts Council has the mission of presenting significant art programs and exhibitions to the community and building audiences for the arts in Greenwich and the surrounding areas. The Council is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director who is its full-time administrator. It is a salaried position with benefits which requires a dynamic, creative individual who can work effectively with an active Board of Directors, manage two full-time and three part-time staff, and motivate numerous volunteers. Qualifications include ability to develop and implement the annual operating budget, secure funding from public, individual and corporate sources, and maintain the Council’s overall fiscal stability. The Executive Director also manages the use and operations of the Art Center, a 9,500SF facility in downtown Greenwich leased from the Town which encompasses art galleries, studios, administrative and performance spaces for other arts organizations as well as its own programming. Excellent communications and writing skills are required, along with press, social media, and events management ability. Development of current and new programs is a priority, as well as initiating collaborations with other arts and cultural organizations. Qualifications also require background in the arts and significant experience as an operations and finance manager of a mid-size non-profit organization with a demonstrated track record of accomplishment. The position becomes available as of June 30. Interested candidates should submit resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to

browngrotta arts is primarily an online gallery, specializing in promoting international contemporary art and producing art catalogs. The gallery is based in Wilton and now is offering a Media/Marketing/Gallery Assistant Internship. This is a hands-on position in which the intern will assist in marketing and gallery administration. Social Media skills an absolute must. The intern will assist the Gallery Curators with a wide range of activities from building social media presence, updating blog and Facebook pages, exhibition planning, photo shoots, creation of marketing campaigns, public relations, art installation and administrative tasks, including inventory organizing and image archiving. Intern will be paid $10.10 an hour and may receive a letter of recommendation at the successful close of the internship. We are open to candidates requiring course credit. Minimum commitment 10 hours a week, but an intern may work more hours as interest and projects dictate. Requirements: Candidates must have good writing/speaking skills, reliable transportation. Some work experience preferred. Some Adobe/Mac experience and social media experience and understanding. While supervision and direction will be provided, the intern must be able to work independently. The internship will begin in ASAP at browngrotta arts' office in Wilton, CT. Please send cover letter and résumé to: rhonda brown co-curator browngrotta arts 276 Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 US 203.834.0623; 203.762.5981 (fax); see website, blog and Facebook page.

The Connecticut Arts Alliance seeks a part-time Administrator (16-20 hours/mo. or roughly 240 hours annually maximum - 2017 would be for 9 mos. or 140 hrs max.). The administrator will report to the CAA Board President and will have the following areas of responsibility: 1. Administration - Provide administrative support to President for material related to board meetings
Work with Treasurer to develop and track budget; Coordinate strategic planning with board ; Monitor and update website
Report to grantees; Interface with cultural and nonprofit partners, and state and national advocacy organizations. 2. Arts Day - Help formulate and implement follow through to Arts Day 2017, in coordination with the CT Office of the Arts; in concert with CT Office of the Arts and other partners, coordinate Arts Day 2018 with a goal of increased engagement and participation levels and partnerships  3. Membership - Build membership program and work with cultural Regional Service Organizations to implement; coordinate Calls to Action eblasts, etc. Qualifications include: Excellent communications skills; knowledge of electronic communications using email service providers; proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel; strong time management and organization skills; ability to work with a diverse group of professionals; experience with nonprofit organizations necessary. Because this is a new position, scope of duties may change according to organization’s needs. Please submit your resume and cover letter by March 3rd to:

The Silvermine School of Art is seeking a full-time Administrative Registrar. Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and must be available to work some weekends. The Registrar position is highly administrative, strongly customer-service oriented, and contributes towards the smooth operation of the School Office. The School is looking for someone who is friendly, patient, can easily adapt to different customer situations and learn new systems. The Registrar position provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the operations of a well-established non-profit community art school. Qualifications include: Bachelor's degree (preferred); strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability communicate professionally with individuals at all levels of the organization; proven capacity to apply independent judgment in planning, prioritizing, and organizing multiple tasks in a diversified workload; and more. Must have an ability to work in a fast-paced environment; have proven success in written communication, including proofreading and editing; and be a team player, comfortable with a collaborative work environment. Job Responsibilities include: registration of students via phone, mail and in person; advises students of course options; notifies students of course or workshop changes; contacts faculty with enrollment numbers; work with faculty in all capacities; Nonprofit office administration experience, and an art background helpful. Silvermine School of Art provides year-round courses designed for full and part-time students of all ages and levels, from beginners to professional artists. Full description here. Please send cover letter and resume to No phone calls. Applicants must include cover letter.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Teaching Artists
Double Up Dance Studio, Fairfield: Entry-Level Marketing Assistant
Guilford Art Center: P/T Craft Expo Coordinator
Pequot Library: Directory Development
Sacred Heart University, Graphic Design Adjunct
Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop, Fairfield: Digital Arts Education Coordinator
Yale New Haven Hospital: (Writer) Artist-in-Residence
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
Feb. 21-22: Rowayton Arts Center Inspiration Receiving (2/21: 4-7pm; 22: 11am-2pm)
Feb. 21: Grant Information Session for CT Office of Arts: Ferguson Library, 6pm
Feb. 22: Grant Information Session for CT Office of Arts: Fairfield Library, 10am
Feb. 27: Darien Arts Center: Smartphone Photo Contest Submission Deadline
Feb. 28: apexart Franchise Exhibition Open Call Proposal Deadline 

March c1: ACE Awards Nominations Deadline
March c1: Ucross Foundation: All-Arts Residencies Program Application Deadline
March c1: Brookfield Craft Center Woodturning Tuition Scholarship Application Deadline
March c2: CT Arts Day, Hartford
March c8: Self-Installation of Nasty Women works, Institute Library, New Haven
March c9: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Spectrum/Grayscale Submission Deadline
March 10: Arts Center Killingworth: Walls, Fences & Doors Submission Deadline
March 11: Center for Contemporary Printmaking: 11th Biennial International Miniature Print Competition and Exhibition, Submission Deadline
March 22: Bridgeport Schools, Arts Count Day
March 22: Regional Initiative Grant (REGI) Application Deadline

April c1: USArtists International: Deadline for Tours July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.
April 15: Deadline for applying to participate in Maker Faire Westport 2017
April 16: Rochester Contemporary Art Center's 6x6x2017  - Entries Due
April 22: Figment NYC 2017 Submission Deadline

May 17: CT Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship Application Deadline (Guidelines published March 1)
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