Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - February 3, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
February 4, 2017
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
“The understanding of art depends finally upon one's willingness to extend one's humanity."
- Ralph Ellison

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❖ Progressive Gallery Tour Westport - Sat. Feb. 4
❖ Have Space to Rent? Register for free on New SpaceFinder Connecticut: 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Mary Bailey, Nicole Grant-Paul, Allyson Monson and Melissa Bisbee Orme

List of Current Artist Members

❖ Members in Group Events: Silvermine Arts Center, Flights of Fancy Artists Talks; Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Selfie; Carriage Barn Arts Center, Artx8: Visions & Revelations
❖ Other news from Nina Bentley, Trace Burroughs, Joy Bush, Ann Chernow, Adger Cowans, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Robin Gilmore, Leslie Giuliani, Leslie Koenig, Jane Lubin, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Cindi Mullins, Susan Taylor Murray, Mary Newcomb, Jill Nichols, Amy Oestreicher, Donna Osterby-Brien, Phyllis Sinrich, and Lee Walther.
dan Chernow,
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks - Download the Calendar

❖ Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts: Goals Worth Fighting For 

❖ Stamford Downtown, Art in Public Places: Shapes! - Feb. 17
❖ Rowayton Arts Center: Inspiration - Feb. 21-22
❖ Darien Arts Center: Pic Darien Photo Contest - Feb. 27
 apex art: Franchise Exhibition Open Call - Feb. 28

❖ National Poetry Series: Open Competition - Feb. 15
❖ Brookfield Craft Center: Woodturning Tuition Scholarship - March. 1

❖ Yale New Haven Hospital: (Writer) Artist in Residence (New)
❖ Pequot Library: Director of Development
❖ CT Office of the Arts: Arts & Culture Administration Intern (unpaid)
❖ Double-Up Dance: P/T Maketing Assistant

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
After a successful Progressive Gallery Tour: Norwalk, where more than 60 people explored the galleries and heard stories from gallery directors at Artists' Market, LOVE ART Gallery and Galeria Isadora (see Alex von Kleydorff's photos in The Hour here) we now continue our march from Greenwich to Shelton on Sat. Feb. 4, with PROGRESSIVE GALLERY TOUR: WESTPORT. Please join us to meet other members and explore two of our private member galleries: Wendy Nylen/Picture This and Amy Simon Fine Art, both on Post Road East.The tour coincides with opening receptions held by both galleries for new exhibitions: Flora, works by Ann de Bernard, at Wendy Nylen, and In Your Dreams! Geoffrey Detrani + Eric Jianju at Amy Simon. More information and registration here.
Have space to rent? Then register here for this free service
See examples of those who have already listed their spaces here
Please spread the word - seeking 100 renters by March 2!
Contact David Green (203-212-6894) with any questions.

Mary Bailey is a sculptor and writer who works in an old barn in Redding. She became a sculptor when she discovered during a painting course that she had more fun building the stretcher than painting the painting. After graduating from Brown University, and while working as a product designer, Mary experimented in a variety of media (fiberglass, metal, cast concrete) before focusing in on wood (and quitting her full-time job). She is fascinated by the challenge of inventing – through drawing, then building parts and playing around with them – lively and eccentric plant/animal forms with loads of personality. In 1988, she moved her studio from her Norwalk basement to a large studio with eleven-foot ceilings in downtown Bridgeport, starting a four-year period that included building fantastic aquatic creatures, each placed in its own 3D environment. In 1994, as her work became increasingly narrative, she received a grant from the New England Foundation of the Arts, to make The Surgery, a short dramatic narrative with live actors that incorporated her sculptures into the action of the story. After writing, directing and editing this video (which won the 1995 Connecticut Film and Video Competition), she began writing short stories and completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College. Mary is a long-time member of the Silvermine Artists Guild (and a member of the board of the Silvermine Arts Center 1991-1999). She has shown extensively across CT, including solo shows at Silvermine, Sacred Heart University, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, as well as in group shows at the Housatonic Museum of Artthe Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, the United Nations, Fordham and Governors Island, in NYC, and The Kyoto Gallery, in Kyoto, Japan, among many others. She has had nine short stories published and recently finished her novel AKRASIA. To see Mary’s sculpture or read a few of her short stories go to her webpage.

An artist-artisan, Nicole Grant-Paul says she is an evolving artist whose work is very much an interpretation of her environment and experience. She says, for her "the creative process is the time that I disconnect from the world, bond with the "Most High" and reflect on life."  Art has become Nicole's "healing tool in dealing with life's roller coaster of joy, pain, challenges and obstacles. It has become my visual diary of colors, lines and rhythm."  She says that she does not seek out her art pieces, but rather, they find her: "I simply assist in the creative process by bringing the pieces in the visual/physical realm to share with the world." Throughout her work she uses very vibrant colors and "reggae rhythm" to express herself. Many of her pieces have four consistent colors that flow throughout the entire collection: black, red, gold/yellow, and green. She says that these colors symbolize the love and appreciation that she has for her roots, her culture, her heritage and the "Most High." See Nicole's website, and her Facebook page for Unicole Artistry, through which she provides art/painting parties for children, adults and corporations. See also her clothing and scarves on her page at Vida.

Allyson Monson is a Redding-based photographer who, from a young age has always had a love for texture and color. She studied textiles, merchandising and design at the University of Rhode Island and interior design at The Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. While studying in Italy she worked on a project designing a print of a coffee percolator using the texture from Pirelli tires. It was from that moment that she started looking at everyday life from a different perspective. Allyson says it is her ability to see ordinary objects differently that is what makes her work personal. her BLUR and SPLAT series demonstrate her love for color which she feels “often transforms life into a painting.” Other series include PURE (typically shot with the macro lens), which brings texture to the surface, URBAN NATURE, which “ignites day-to-day life, and GLOW, which brings her back to her roots, portraying her love of design and light. Growing up in the suburbs of New York she says she had the city at her fingertips. The fast action and energy of metropolitan cities remain her favorite subject. Allyson shows often with the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and her work can currently be seen at RoostWilton and at Nest Inspired Home in Rye, NY.  Coming up, Allyson will have work appearing in the New York Affordable Art Fair (March 30-April 2) and at CAFC member, Elisa Contemporary Art in Fairfield. See Allyson's website, Facebook  and Instagram pages and Twitter feed.

A native of Michigan, Melissa Bisbee Orme graduated from the School of Architecture and Design at The University of Michigan where she majored in painting and earned a BS in Design. She has worked as an art teacher, a painter in oil, watercolor and acrylic and also as a printmaker. In the 80's, she began painting exclusively with watercolor and has recently added acrylic to her palette. "For me, painting is a projection of the spirit. Watercolor and acrylic are the perfect vehicles for this expression through their infinite range of possibilities. They provide a playground for spontaneity. My objective is to manipulate color with water to create images that reflect the essence of the spirit."  Ms. Orme also studied at the New York Botanical Garden where she earned a certificate in Landscape Design and started her own design firm. She has designed numerous gardens for private residences in the northeast and refers to garden design as "designing and painting with plants – another medium for the painter." Her garden illustrations have appeared in House Beautiful magazine. Her own garden was featured in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine in June of 2007 and Jane Garmey's Private Gardens of Connecticut. Melissa studied with Phyllis Rutigliano at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center and recently with Anna Patalano at Greenwich Art Society. She is an exhibiting member of The Rowayton Arts Center and exhibits widely in group and juried shows in the Tri State area. Her first solo show was mounted at the Town & County Club in Hartford in March, 2009, her second was at Garden of Ideas, in Ridgefield, and in 2014 at Teatown Gallery, Ossining, NY. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the U.S. and England. See Melissa's website, and Facebook page
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YOUR NEWS                             
Nina Bentley and Jane Lubin will be giving Artists Talks,  speaking about their work in the Silvermine Arts Center's exhibit Flights of Fantasy - a three-woman show - on Tuesday night, February 7 at 6pm. Flights of Fancy brings together and explores the "hidden truths in myth, fantasy, fairy tales, and games of chance".
Sooo-z Mastropietro, Jill Nichols, Donna Osterby-Brien, and Lee Walther all have works in SELFIE, a celebration of the self-portrait curated by Dominick Lombardo and Peter Konsterlie at the University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center For The Arts & Humanities, 84, Iranistan Ave. Bridgeport. The show's opening reception is Fri. Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30pm and it runs through April 8.
Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Nina Bentley, and Nancy Moore, are four of the eight artists curated by Trace Burroughs into ART X 8: VISIONS and  REVELATIONS  opening Saturday February 11, 4 - 6pm at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. Trace's show focuses on "8 exceptional artists, giving them the opportunity to show a broad spectrum of they’re work in varied genres."  The show will run through Friday, Feb. 17.
Nina Bentley, who is one of the three artists in Silvermine's Flights of Fancy exhibition has an announcement: some of her pets are up for adoption: "Shots are up to date. Papers are all in order. Take me home today." Come see her pets and hear Nina in an Artists Talk at Silvermine this Tuesday Feb. 7 at 6pm.

Trace Burroughs has curated a show of eight artists, ART X 8: VISIONS & REVELATIONS (see above) opening at Carriage Barn Arts Center, Sat. Feb. 11, 4-6pm. At right, one of his own pieces in the show, Power Lunch, (2016, 24” x 36”, digital art, click for larger image),"a surreal depiction of the corporate ritual of having lunch with business associates which fuels your body and mind with power to conquer the business world."
Joy Bush’s Billboard, Bonaire (2009, archival pigment print, 22x28”) is one of eleven photographs she is showing in Inner Landscapes, a three-person show of new members of City Gallery, (994 State St., New Haven), opening Sat. Feb. 4, 2-4pm, running through Feb 26 with a an artists talk Feb. 26, 2-4pm. City Gallery is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 12 to 4 pm.
Want to look up some of Ann Chernow's prints? Ann has announced that while a new website is being developed, (she's hoping for this summer as a release date) she has posted her current website at a new address. So, this is the address for the current and the new site:
Adger Cowans, "one of the great unrecognized photographic luminaries of our time," who now lives and works at the Read's Artspace in Bridgeport, has had a major work of his photography published by Glitterati. With an introduction by Gordon Parks  and a foreword by Romare Bearden, Personal Visions  is an important and expansive collection of an extraordinary artist in our midst. As reported in The Daily Beast, Adger celebrated the publication last week with an interview at Harlem's The Schomburg Center.  As The Daily Beast article says, Adger was: "a mainstay as a still photographer on film sets for decades, working with some of the biggest names in the business—from Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda to Al Pacino and Spike Lee. He also shot street scenes and nudes and still lifes as well as a captivating series of pictures of light reflecting on water. “Often such talent abides by rules set by others,” Parks wrote, “but Adger’s individualism sets him apart, simply because he follows his own convictions. His photographs go as far as imagery can go without actually speaking. Cowans has acquired the freedom to master himself.”
Carol Nipomnich Dixon’s mixed media embroidered collage Peacock Feathers (2016, mixed media embroidered collage, 7” diameter, 14” sq. framed) was juried into the National Association of Women Artists Small Works Exhibition, to be held February 1-26 at the NAWA Gallery, 317 West 39th Street, Suite 508, NYC. The Reception is set for February 9, 5-7 p.m.
Robin Gilmore, and her Made In Bridgeport Jewelry, is now showing at the Wendy Nylen Gallery at Picture This772 Post Rd East, Westport, through March 4th. Stop in during the Progressive Gallery Tour: WestportSat. Feb 4 at 5:30pm to see unique jewelry designs, artworks and stimulating statement pieces on display. Robin comments that her work is "upcycled, romantic, steampunk, playful fun and found objects that become wearable art."
Leslie Giuliani, whose exhibit, CODED NARRATIVES, continues through Feb. 28 at The Lionheart Gallery (27 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge, NY) will give a talk at the Gallery Sat. Feb. 4 at 4pm (along with a talk by fellow artist Peter Massini). Leslie's improvisational embroidered encaustic paintings (detail of House and Garden, right) use a stylized language to present mysterious narratives. In her talk she will discuss her process, including Encaustic painting, printmaking, materials, programming drawings using embroidery software and machine work embroidery.
Leslie Koenig has seven pieces in African-American Artists of the Hudson Valley at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY, opening Sat. Feb. 4, 3-5pm, and running through Feb. 26. Leslie comments that when she paints it’s spontaneous and is a form of bliss - an escape from everyday 'noise'. She had seen the Howland Center and for this exhibit chose pieces that would be complemented the setting. The night before the hanging, she saw the PBS Documentary, The African-Americans and was intrigued by how the names of her pieces related to that historical narrative; the qualities of which are intrinsic to all of humanity: freedom and the journey towards one's aspirations.
Sooo-z Mastropietro has had her piece Thread Baron (2014, cotton lycra, 12x12", right, click for larger image) juried into the SELFIE exhibition of self-portraits at the University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center For The Arts & Humanities, 84, Iranistan Ave. Bridgeport. Thread Baron is made of cotton lycra knit shreds stitched and glued into layers and forming a self portrait. The show's opening reception is Fri. Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30pm and it runs through April 8.

Cindi Mullins has two pieces in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Hot and Cold Extremes: Blue and White I (2016, oil on canvas, 12x17," detail at right, click for larger image) and Blue and White II. Cindi commented that she hand stretched and primed two 12x17" canvases, applied lots of ultramarine blue oil paint and then, with a squeegee, removed that paint to the white canvas. She hand painted more detail and used a slightly peach tinted white to offset the blue. Basically, she says, they are monochromatic, blue-and-white pieces.
Susan Taylor Murray is one of several NEST artists giving Art, Craft & Design Workshops over the next few months. Susan is offering two workshops: From Ordinary to Extraordinary teaching how to transform everyday objects, by adding special paint finishes (bring something small you would like to paint) on Feb. 18, 12-4pm (register here - $80 by February 11). Also: Paint Your SpaceFeb. 19, 1-4pm, a lecture on color theory and selection, with painting pro tricks and tips, including a not-to-be-missed hands on demonstration to help choose the perfect paint color for a room.
Mary Newcomb writes in to report on being a guest with Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's David Green on Center Stage, Pamela Kuhn's weekly radio show on WGCH, Jan. 24. Pamela founded and directed Greenwich's CAFC member The Angel Choir and interviews artists each week for her show. Mary writes that "We had a chance to discuss the rumored cut-backs/elimination of the NEA, NEH and CPB, and as an artist in Fairfield County, I feel very fortunate to have such intelligent and tenacious cultural support from people like Pamela, David and organizations like CAFC!" You can hear the show here.
Jill Nichols has an oil painting, Selfie Woods (2016, oil on canvas, 10x8", detail at right, click for larger image) in the Schelfhaudt Gallery's SELFIE show, opening Fri. Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30pm and running through April 8. Jill is committed to oils and the outdoors. She captures her profound reverence of nature in her paintings - and not surprisingly her submission for this show was a self-portrait outdoors - in the woods. 
Amy Oestreicher reports that she had a wonderful time performing Gutless and Grateful in Sarasota and will be at New York's Metropolitan Room February 5th and March 26th. You can now also read her story on Medium's The TEDx Experience: Can Art Heal Surgery?

Donna Osterby-Brien is included in the SELFIE Self-Portrait show at the Schelfhaudt Gallery, Arnold Bernhard Center, University of Bridgeport, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport, opening Fri. Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30pm. The show runs through April 8th. Donna's selfie, My Process (2017, acrylic on canvas, 20x16” detail at right, click for larger image) represents the Intuitive Process she uses for inspiration. Trained as a watercolorist, she is currently exploring this technique using fluid acrylic on panel or canvas. Donna offers classes in Intuitive Process Art, focusing on Journaling in paint.
Phyllis Sinrich is in a two-person show, with Deborah Loeb Bohren at the Loft Artists Association East Gallery (575 Pacific St., Stamford), Wanderlust, opening Thur. Feb. 16, 6-8 pm. At right is Huli Spirit Man (detail, click for complete image) taken in Papua, New Guinea. Phyllis writes that for this show she "focused on immersing myself in the spirit and diversity of individual cultures. These images are like mini-stories about indigenous people, their lives and interests, their architecture and their history. I hope they evoke a  deeper understanding of the great world we all share." Wanderlust runs through March 19, with an Artists’ Talk Sunday, March 5, 2-3pm.

Lee Walther had her Busting Out (2017, collage on bust form, 18x16"), accepted into the Schelfhaudt Gallery's SELFIE exhibition opening in the Arnold Bernhard Center of the University of Bridgeport, 84 Iranistan Ave., Bridgeport, next Fri. Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30pm. The show runs through April 8th. Lee comments that the collaged form "represents the inspiration and ideas bursting forth to be manifested by the artist. An invitation is extended to collaborate and make a work of functional art by adding scatter pins/jewelry to the color palette and composition of the bust to create an original jewelry display." 
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
Click button to right to download Fairfield County events to your ICAL or Google Calendar
Sat. Feb 4: Inner Landscapes, City Gallery, 994 State St., New Haven. Opening Reception 2-4pm. (Joy Bush)
Sat. Feb 4: African-American Artists of the Hudson Valley, Howland Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY Opening Reception 3-5pm. (Leslie Koenig)
Sat. Feb. 4: Leslie Giuliani and Peter Massini, Artists Talks, The Lionheart Gallery, 27 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge, NY, 4pm. 
Sat. Feb. 4: Progressive Gallery Tour: WestportWendy Nylen Gallery/Picture This. Tour, 5:30-6:30pm (Robin Gilmore)
Tues. Feb. 7: Nina Bentley and Jane Lubin, Artists Talks, Silvermine Arts Center, 6-8pm
Thur. Feb. 9: Small Works Exhibition, NAWA Gallery, 317 W. 39 St, NYC. Opening Reception, 5-7pm (Carol Nipomnich Dixon)
Fri. Feb. 10: Selfie at the Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bernhardt Ctr, Univ. of Bridgeport, 84, Iranistan Ave. Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30pm (Sooo-z Mastropietro, Jill Nichols, Donna Osterby-Brien, and Lee Walther)
Sat. Feb. 11: Artx8: Visions and Revelations, Exhibit curated by Trace Burroughs. Opening reception, 4-6pm. (Nina Bentley, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, and Nancy Moore)
Thurs. Feb. 16: Phyllis Sinrich, Wanderlust, Loft Artists Association, 575 Pacific St., Stamford. Opening Reception, 6-8pm.
Links in blue indicate events listed on
Check for listings of all events by our members!
 - a day to celebrate and to learn about the successes and aspirations of the arts and cultural sector in Connecticut. At The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and Connecticut State Capitol, 8:30am-4pm. Full schedule and free registration here.
OTHER NEWS                             

Below is an edited version of the blog by Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts, in The Huffington Post Jan 27, 2017: 
    "At a time when many of us are wondering what the future holds for the arts, it brings me great pleasure to stop and recognize elected leaders who already do extraordinary work to champion the arts.
    Last week, Americans for the Arts and The U.S. Conference of Mayors celebrated two elected leadersMartin Walsh, mayor of Boston, and Satish Hiremath, mayor of Oro Valley, Arizona—who have enriched the lives of citizens of all ages and backgrounds through a variety of cultural initiatives.
    The day after we celebrated these leaders, Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States. Uncertainty remains—in the questions we helped develop for the Washington Post during the presidential campaign, he was positive about the value of the arts, but deferred to Congress on increasing federal funding of the NEA and other federal culture funding. He also deferred to state and local school districts on maintaining or increasing support for arts education funding. While he does express appreciation for arts education...specific policy positions have so far remained unknown or undeveloped.
    We also now know that some of President Trump’s transition team advisors are recommending elimination of federal arts and humanities funding and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 
    As we wait for more clarity, Americans for the Arts will continue to celebrate those who are making a difference. We will work with arts advocates across the country toward goals that could strengthen our country through the arts such as the following:
    1. Every person in the United States deserves to have access to the broad range of arts in his or her life. The way to do that is increase federal funding for the arts to $1 per capita for a more creative America;
    2. Every child in the United States deserves to have access to every art form, grades K-12. The way to do that is fully fund and implement the Well-Rounded Education provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act to close gaps in access to arts education for all students;
    3. Our country needs to be competitive and the arts provide a great opportunity for economic development, including tourism and support for small arts businesses run by entrepreneurs. One way to get there is by establishing a cabinet-level position to advise President Trump on the $704 billion arts and culture economy;
    4. The creation of millions of jobs would be helped by boosting economic and community development programs, like those proposed in Senator Tom Udall’s CREATE Act. The job numbers speak loudly: the nation’s arts and culture sector employed 4.7 million wage and salary workers in 2013, with a total compensation of $339 billion;
    5. Our military service members and veterans deserve to be fully supported during and after valiantly serving our country. Two ways to do that are to support the arts as they are integrated into health and wellness programs, which has shown much success in the past, and to increase access to arts therapists and artist-directed programs to help provide a pathway for re-entry and re-integration of our service members and veterans into the workforce. The NEA’s Creative Forces program is a shining example of this work;
    6. Preserve or expand charitable tax deduction incentives;
    7. Support creative youth development by strengthening community-based organizations working in youth development and the arts; and
    8. Promote cultural exchange programs that advance diplomatic objectives and cultural cooperation through the exchange of art and other aspects of culture among nations.
    As President Trump settles into the White House, Americans for the Arts and arts advocates across the country (including 300,000 members of the Arts Action Fund) will remain engaged with his administration and urge them to advance pro-arts policies that will impact and improve our society and communities. While we make our voices heard, you, the artist and arts advocate, can take advantage of advocacy opportunities. Seek out, and support arts advocacy organizations. Partner with trusted allies, and share your information with elected leaders at every level. We all have a role to play.

CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture features sculptures lining the sidewalks and parks of Downtown as well as the Stamford Town Center. The 2017 exhibit will consist of 40 originally designed and painted fiberglass geometric shapes that will be on display for free public viewing and enjoyment all summer. The Stamford Downtown Special Services District is calling all artists to submit designs for Shapes for jury and possible sponsor selection and exhibit inclusion. Shapes will be an interactive sculpture exhibit, similar to the Cow Parade, Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown, Street Seats and Dinosaurs
Rule. Artists, through a juried selection process, will paint, sculpt and decorate
fiberglass shapes (pyramid, sphere, square) that will be displayed throughout Stamford
Downtown June through August, 2017.
Stamford Downtown is accepting proposals now. Download Guidelines and Application here. Application Deadline: February 17.

The Rowayton Art Center announces its next juried exhibit, Inspiration. Open to all artists, this exhibition is open media with an open theme. Two works may be submitted. The show will be juried by Dean Fisher; chair is Chris Perry and co-chair is Sandy Mills. Best in Show will be awarded a cash prize of $250. Click here for the Inspiration Prospectus. Receiving dates for art: Tuesday, February 21 (4-7 pm); Wednesday, February 22 (11am-2pm). Opening reception: Sunday, February 26, 4 - 6pm. (Free and open to the public)
Yuko Ike, Pink Steps (2016 Inspiration "Best of Show" winner)

The Darien Arts Center is announcing the return of its smartphone photography contest fundraiser, Pic Darien. In 2016, its first year, the contest garnered some 400 entries from contestants of all ages from California to Washington D.C. Contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 5 categories here until February 27th. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. Participants may enter either as a child, age 10 and under, student, ages 11 to 17, or as an adult, ages 18 and over, in one of five themed prize categories: People/Pets, Nature, Travel, (new this year:) Food, and Humor. Each contestant may enter up to 2 smartphone photos for a $25 fee. Contestants may enter multiple times. Adult prizes: $100 (first place); $50 (honorable mention); students’ prizes: $50, $25, and children’s prizes: $25, $15 for honorable mention. Professional artist Miggs Burroughs, will judge the show, with lead sponsorship by David and Rebecca Ashcraft. An Award and Reveal Reception open to the public, with refreshments and a slide show of all photo contest entries, will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio on Friday, March 17th. To find out more about the Pic Darien contest, click here or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall.

apexart announces its 10th annual Franchise Exhibition Program Open Call: an opportunity to propose and produce an exhibition that takes place anywhere in the world except New York City. No prior curatorial experience is necessary and anyone can apply. Proposals should describe focused, idea-driven, and original group exhibitions, cannot exceed 500 words, and must be written in English. No biographical information, CVs, links, or images will be accepted. Projects are judged by the strength of their ideas and the organizer's ability to communicate them, not by connections or past accomplishments. An international jury of up to 200 individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds rates the proposals. Submissions are made anonymous and jurors assign their scores independently online over the course of a month. The organizers of the four highest-ranked proposals receive an exhibition budget of up to $6,000, a location rental budget of up to $2,000, an honorarium of $2,000 for organizing the exhibition and writing an accompanying essay, and administrative support and involvement necessary to present their proposals as apexart Franchise Exhibitions. Submit your proposal here by February 28.
And Don't Forget...
Feb. c5: Fairfield Museum, IMAGES 2017 application deadline 

Entries are currently being accepted for the National Poetry Series Open Competition. Five prizes of $10,000 each and publication by participating trade, university, or small press publishers are given annually for poetry collections. Publishers include Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed Editions, Penguin Books, and University of Georgia Press. The National Poetry Series seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry written by American residents or American citizens living abroad. Manuscripts are submitted online only via Submittable with an entrance fee of $30.00 (per manuscript). Manuscripts must adhere to the following guidelines: All manuscripts must be previously unpublished in their complete form, although some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals.
Translations, chapbooks, small groups of poems, and self-published books are not eligible. Manuscript length is not limited. However, a length of 48-64 pages is suggested. Manuscripts must be paginated and contain a Table of Contents. All submissions are anonymously submitted. Five winning authors are notified by August 31 of the calendar year. All finalists will be notified of their status at that time. For detailed guidelines and to apply, click here.


The Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to offer a free workshop in its Woodturning program. This opportunity is offered in honor of Buster Shaw, former instructor, Board member and longtime friend of the Brookfield Craft Center. Each year the Brookfield Craft Center will offer a weekend woodturning workshop at no cost. This workshop is intended for those who otherwise would not explore their interest in this craft. All tuition and materials fees are covered by the Buster Shaw Woodturning Scholarship fund. The Brookfield Craft Center offers this opportunity so that the student may learn new skills and gain an appreciation for the creative process and in woodturning in particular. Interested individuals will be chosen by a panel as defined by the Buster Shaw Scholarship Fund. The panel will review the applications and select those that reflect the strongest desire and ability to further develop their skills and interest in Woodturning. It is the hope that by taking a workshop at the Brookfield Craft Center, the recipients will be inspired to continue the creative journey and develop a life-long passion for craft. For more information and to apply, click here. 

Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, seeks a (Writer) Artist-in-Residence  to develop, implement and adapt creative writing and spoken word activities for a diverse pediatric patient population in an acute healthcare setting. This will include facilitating group or individual sessions that engage children of all ages, family members or staff in self-expression through poetry, narrative, theatrical writing and performance to support the healing process and share patient work through performance and publication. Responsibilities include:  1. Direct and Indirect Patient Care: Develop, plan, implement and evaluate art/ educational activities and special projects that maintain or develop the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and/or creative development of pediatric patients and their families, in individual and group settings. 2. Communication, Collaboration and TeamworkCommunicate with Child Life staff regarding patient referrals and provide a written and verbal summary of the patient's and family's response to interactions. 
3. Fiscal management: Maintain supplies, equipment and materials specific to the art/educational program and provide assessment of material needs. 
4. Administration of Program: Participate in quality assurance and quality improvement including collecting, maintaining and analyzing data specific to art/educational program, such as productivity and patient satisfaction. Provide accurate and timely reports. Qualifications include a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, Theater, Expressive Art or related. Applicants must possess strong writing and teaching skills, excellent listening, empathy and collaboration skills and the ability to create a safe and nurturing family-centered environment that fosters creative expression and communication. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Pequot Library seeks a full-time Director of Development. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Director of Development serves as the chief fundraiser for the Pequot Library. The Development Director is a member of the Senior Management team and manages a part-time Membership Manager and Special Events/Rentals Coordinator and collaborates across departments to maximize efficiency and effectiveness to fulfill the mission of Pequot Library. The Director of Development is responsible for securing all public and private funding including business/corporate and foundation support, governmental grants, and individual donors. Primary responsibilities include: working closely with Executive Director and Board of Trustees to achieve the organization’s annual and long-term fundraising goals; creating and executing strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of current and new donors, to include: individuals (including major donors and estate/planned giving), private foundations, and businesses/corporations; managing, planning, and supervising all development activities and budgets within the assigned area, including business/corporate sponsorship and exhibition underwriting, grants, annual fund appeals, and major gifts; researching and writing grant proposals and interim and final reports in support of new funding. Minimum qualifications and skills required include: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit development field.; proven track record of cultivating and stewarding major donors, foundations, businesses/ corporations, and sponsors.; excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, ability to make Pequot Library come alive through top quality development written material, stories, strategies, and talking points.For detailed job description click here. Submit a resume and cover letter to:
Stephanie J. Coakley, Executive Director
Email: by 2/20/17


Recognizing the need to provide hands-on, practical work experience not typically available to students and emerging professionals in the traditional academic setting, the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has established an unpaid internship program. Although qualified students may use this to obtain academic credit from their institution, the position is also open to professional-track applicants not currently enrolled in an academic institution. Reporting to the Director of Culture, Office of the Arts, this position is an excellent opportunity to gain mentorship from experienced professionals. The intern will be part of a progressive State that recognizes the important role the arts and culture play in building a rich, vibrant community. Working closely with staff, the intern will gain hands-on experience assisting with the outreach, communication, outreach, planning and marketing for COA programs. Requirements include: assist in the preparation of PowerPoint/Keynote presentations and marketing materials; interact with members of the arts community, staff and public officials; conduct research on arts & cultural activities in cities across the region; assist with Arts Council & Arts Advisory Committee meetings and related projects; demonstrate excellent computer skills (graphic design skills a plus); assist in administrative and clerical support activities, special event projects, and within different areas of Office of The Arts Projects and programs. Additional internship enhancement experiences may be required, but not included in 8-15 hours of work per week. Further details and application instructions are available here.


Double Up Dance Studio, in Fairfield, is looking to hire an Entry-Level Marketing Assistant with strong problem solving skills and a keen ability to multi-task and prioritize. Individuals must display excellent communication and collaboration skills. Reliability and a positive attitude is a must. Responsibilities include: manage all Social Media engagement and outlets - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.; create a Go-to-Market Strategy for all dance programs, events and conventions; answer and manage high-volume of phone inquiries; schedule classes, conventions, programs and community involvement; meet and greet clients; file and streamline internal processes; recruit new clientele as well as corporations for corporate events; assist with event development, participation and break-down; generate correspondence to existing client base and develop correspondence to target market; manage inventory; attend meetings with staff and company members. Requirements include: proficiency in Microsoft Office, social media outlets, MAC and PC Computers, experience in marketing automation platforms a plus; education or professional experience in Customer Service and/or Marketing Strong interpersonal skills; flexibility to work varied hours; professional writing experience; marketing and/or business degree preferred but not required
How to apply: Please reply to this post with your resume and availability. If interested, we will respond promptly.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Teaching Artists
Guilford Art Center: P/T Craft Expo Coordinator
Sacred Heart University, Graphic Design Adjunct
Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop, Fairfield: Digital Arts Education Coordinator
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
Feb. c4: PROGRESSIVE GALLERY TOUR: WESTPORT (Wendy Nylen and Amy Simon)
Feb. c5: Fairfield Museum, IMAGES 2017 application deadline 
Feb. c7: Sharon Louden, Gatekeepers Webinar 3. Pace and Timing. $25
Feb. c9: Sharon Louden, Gatekeepers Webinar 4. Maintaining the Relationship. $25
Feb. 12: Santa Fe Art Institute: Equal Justice Creative Residency Deadline
Feb. 15: School of Visual Arts MFA Art Practice Artist in Residence Applications Due
Feb. 15: National Poetry Series Open Competition Application Deadline
Feb. 17: Stamford Downtown: Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture Spaces Deadline
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 

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 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 16: Rochester Contemporary Art Center's 6x6x2017  - Entries Due

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