Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - January 20, 2017

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Artists of Fairfield County
January 21, 2017
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❖ Progressive Gallery Tour Success: Save Date for Westport - Sat. Feb. 4
❖ Have Space to Rent? Register for free on New SpaceFinder Connecticut: 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Ellen Gould, Barry Guthertz, Joanie Landau, Louisa Percudani, and Dmitri Wright

List of Current Artist Members

❖ Members in Group Events: Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Hot and Cold Extremes, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Horizons, Silvermine Arts Center's Artists' Talks; Mattatick Museum's Mixmaster.
❖ Other news from Frances B. Ashforth, Paul Berger, Binnie Birstein, Trace Burroughs, Alicia Cobb, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Dawn Dahl, Katherine Evans, Barry Guthertz, Nadia Martinez, Grace McEnaney, Cindi Mullins, Roxanne Faber Savage, Liz Squillace, Dara Tomeo, Amy Vensel and Dmitri Wright.
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Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks - Download the Calendar

❖ Copyright Office Survey: Have Your Say!
❖ Chashama Comes to Town
❖ Be Alert Concerning the NEA and the New Administration

❖ Sign-Up for 1-hour with Bridgeport Schools, ARTS COUNT DAY - March 22
❖ Norwalk's Wall Street Theatre: Call for Artists and Musicians

❖ New Horizons/Mac650 Gallery, Middletown: Love Shouldn't Hurt - Jan. 30
❖ Providence Art Club: (Women) Making Your Mark - Jan. 31
❖ Institute Library, New Haven: Nasty Women - March 8
❖ Rochester Contemporary: 6x6x2017 - April 16

❖ I-Park Foundation: All-Discipline Artists Residencies - Jan. 30
❖ Zuckerman Art Museum: Emerging Curators Initiative - Feb. 1

❖ Creative Capital Webinars: Sharon Louden, How to Approach Art World Gatekeepers - Jan. 31 - Feb. 9

❖ Yale New Haven HospitalArtist in Residence
❖ Guilford Art Center: P/T Craft Expo Coordinator
Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Hosts Jeffrey Price, Cabell Molina and Isadora Gacel for Progressive Gallery Tour: Norwalk - photo, courtesy of Laura Schroeder, Cultural Pursuit
More than 60 people enjoyed the buzz of three of Norwalk's private galleries on our Progressive Gallery Tour Thurs Jan 18. Hosts Jeffrey Price (Artists' Gallery), Cabell Molina (LOVE ART Gallery) and Isadora Gacel (Galeria Isadora) entertained and informed the crowd about their galleries and their current shows. Save The Date for our next excursion to WENDY NYLEN/PICTURE THIS and AMY SIMON FINE ART on Sat. Feb 4, 5-7pmSee Alex Von Kleydorff's photographs along the Tour in The Hour.
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Ellen Gould is a Southport based photographer and preservationist who has had a long and rich career as an art director in New York. Earning her BFA in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University, she writes, “opened up a whole world of visual opportunity.” Her skills were enriched and developed by working with many of the most important editorial photographers of her generation: "Learning from the best, I want each of my photographs to tell a story that will involve and entice the viewer. Color and light create a context for my compositions." Working at New York Magazine, where decision-making was a priority, taught her how to choose the best image to convey an immediate impression on the reader and that skill of stepping outside of yourself to critically evaluate and choose the best image is one that is still with her. Working for Money Magazine, where, she says initially, "the visual components were dismal and lacked any sense of creativity," taught her the power of working with a team and, through creative use of light and location, personalize the subjects and engage the reader. Ellen moved to Southport in 2002, was a member of The Fairfield Historic District Commission from 2005 to 2016, and its Chair from 2007 to 2016. Working with architects schooled her to understand how scale and proportions work in 3-dimensions and this, she says has refined her perception through the lens. As a member of Fairfield Garden Club, The Garden Club of America’s Photography Division has given her an opportunity to enter photographs in Garden Club Flower Shows throughout the country. She became the chairman of The Fairfield Garden Club’s photography committee in 2013, was a cheerleader for the club’s photographers, and encouraged the use of the iPhone camera as a powerful photographic tool. Ellen has won many GCA awards over the last 10 years and in 2016 received a Zone II Best in Show and the GCA Creativity AwardDeciding to spread her wings as an artistic photographer, she has found success being juried into shows around the country. These have included Fairfield Museum’s Images 2016; fotofoto’s 2016 International iPhone Photography Exhibition in Huntington, NY and the 2016 Carriage Barn Arts Center Photography Show. Ellen won the 2016 Photography Award and Best in Show at the Pequot Library and will be one of three artists exhibiting work at Pequot Library in the summer of 2017. Ellen's website is under construction.

Since his youth, photographer Barry Guthertz has been fascinated by the natural world. Born in Brooklyn, a self-confessed "product of the flower-child generation," he spent a lot of time communing with nature at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and getting to understand nature’s life cycles. Currently he is in a two-person exhibition, Nature's Abstractions at the New Canaan Library (see his entry in YOUR NEWS below).. In an interview he speaks about how the camera transformed his view of the world and taught him how to really look at nature. Fascinated by the dynamic symmetry of a cactus plant, of the veins of a leaf, the head of a sunflower, he writes that following the intricate patterns found in natural forms brings into focus his own inner lifestream: "Photography is a meditation for me, helping me connect external reality to my inner world. The two realities converge . . . the unconscious made conscious, and through this integration comes a creative need to visually express my feelings and impressions." His influences included Brett and Edward Weston, Paul Caponigro, Minor White, Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keeffe - for her work in magnifying flowers. Barry has been exhibiting his black-and-white Fine Art photography throughout the Northeast for over 35 years. His award winning work has appeared in The Brooklyn Museum, The French Embassy, the General Electric and Union Carbide Corporate Galleries as well as in the Silvermine Gallery and the Greenwich Library's Flinn Gallery. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group shows in New York City and throughout Fairfield County. His work has been seen on the cover of Lenswork Magazine, the prestigious B&W photography magazine, and has had two portfolios showcased within Lenswork. He is a member of the Silvermine Arts Guild. See Barry's website and Facebook page. Listen to Lenswork's portrait of Barry here.

Artist and jewelry designer Joanie Landau was born and raised in New York City. Early in her career she became fascinated with collagraphya rather obscure form of printmaking in which a relief plate is made from textured materials. Her own collagraphs are punctuated with vivid colors and metallic elements. Joanie then applied her love of color to her jewelry designs, exploring the magical, infinite possibilities. She debuted her jewelry collection in 2002. Her collection now includes digital collagraphs using photographic elements and graphic design techniques. Joanie has shown her art at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking and at Silvermine Arts Center, where she won both the Rembrandt Award for Excellence in Graphic Art and a First Prize, Mixed Media. Her studio has been featured in East Coast Home and Design magazine. She is currently showing her work at Galeria Isadorain Norwalk, and Westport's White Birch Studio. See Joanie's website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and Twitter feed.

Louisa Percudani is, among many other things, a television producer, an executive producer, film festival consultant, author and coach. With early success in the fields of health, entertainment, and coaching, using her expertise in marketing, business development and event management for nonprofits and startups, she says she eventually felt "the Artist inside me nudging me to be expressed." As a result, first she created 24/, an Emmy-nominated television series for teens on FOX Television. As she moved on from that success, tragedy struck in the form of cancer. In an eighteen-month period, both her young husband and father died from cancer and she had an intense period frequenting hospitals and funeral homes. As a result, she says, she gained a new awareness of other people and their personal journeys, and started working more directly with them as executive producer, mind-body-spirit coach, author and Yoga teacher. Recently moving back to Fairfield County from Arizona, Louisa is now specializing in working with arts and culture non-profits and conducting Yoga workshops for those people and caretakers who are living with cancer. She writes that she is committed to assisting others "live powerfully as they navigate the change of circumstances and at the same time transform their lives." See Louisa's website here.

Dmitri Wright is an internationally-known Greenwich-based painter, master art instructor, inspirational speaker, and poet. Growing up in Newark, NJ, Dmitri was inspired by a junior high school teacher, Miss Brown, a published illustrator and author, who encouraged him to apply to Newark’s Arts High School. Following graduation he went upstairs to the professional School of Fine & Industrial Arts, studying modern art under Donald Brown and classical art under Samuel Brecher. Following a Max Beckmann International Scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum, studying under Reuben Tam, Dmitri was recruited into Cooper Union with a national scholarship. Dmitri is today the Master Artist/Instructor for Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, the former home of J. Alden Weir, a leading figure of American Impressionism and a National Park dedicated to American Impressionism. In the tradition of John Henry Twachtman, founder of the Cos Cob Art Colony, Dmitri is also the first artist-in-residence instructing and lecturing at the Greenwich Historical Society, the birthplace of American Impressionism. He also instructs at Silvermine Art School and privately. He describes his style as expressionist impressionism, explaining that his work integrates "the impressionist and expressionist schools with my own personal vision and my training, which was rooted in the academy’s classics." He has also said: "Though I have been privileged to travel to see the splendor in many parts of the world, I often find beauty is in my own backyard. As light breaks through the clouds, it exposes and illuminates the space in the most glorious way, shining a path of beauty allowing me the freedom to capture it. "Do I paint the light, or/Does the light paint me?/I think the latter/Now I'm free." For me as an Impressionist, light is everything." His work is housed in hundreds of collections, including the National Art Museum of Sport, Newark Museum, Brooklyn Museum, the Time Warner, Sloan Kettering, AT&T, Wells Fargo Bank, Pitney Bowes, Verizon, and other corporate collections, and many private collections throughout New England, the East Coast, in Japan, Italy, and China. A newly inducted member of the Silvermine Artists Guild, Dmitri is represented by Sorelle Gallery. See Dmitri's website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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YOUR NEWS                             
BINNIE BIRSTEIN, MIGGS BURROUGHS, TRACE BURROUGHS, HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, DAWN DAHL, JANET DILENSCHNEIDER, MARY HAROLD, AMY KAPLAN, CINDI MULLINS, CHRIS PERRY and BARBARA RINGER will all be participating in Hot and Cold Extremes, the latest Members Show organized by the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. The show, inviting artists to show the balance between opposites, opens Sat. Jan 21, 4-6pm, and runs through February 12.
FRANCES B. ASHFORTH, NANCY McTAGUE-STOCK and KAREN VOGEL have works in HORIZONS an international show of 16 members of The Center for Contemporary Printmaking that explores representations of horizons both physical and perceptual. Shown in Ireland and Denmark in 2016 it is now on view at CCP, opening Sun. Jan 22, 3-5pm.
Join FRANCES B. ASHFORTH, CAROLINA GUIMAREY, CHRIS PERRY and DMITRI WRIGHT and others of the 12 artists recently inducted into the Silvermine Guild of Artists who will be participating in an Artists' Talk  at the Silvermine Arts Center, Tues. Jan. 24, 6-8pm.
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, KATHERINE EVANS, GRACE MCENANEY and AMY VENSEL were all selected to be part of this year’s MIXMASTER exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum144 West Main Street, Waterbury, opening with a reception, Sun. Jan. 29, 1-3pm. MIXMASTER seeks to discover and recognize the talents of artists in the New England and tri-state region and was created to encourage contemporary art and provide an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their latest work. The Juror of the show was Meg White, Director of Boston's Gallery NAGA. Award winners will be announced at the reception on January 29.
FRANCES ASHFORTH's Grayscape 1 (2016, unique waterbase monotype, 22x22," at right) is one of 2 prints included in HORIZONS an international show of 16 members of The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP). Shown in Ireland and Denmark in 2016 it is now on view at CCP, opening Fri. Jan 22. Frances also has two prints chosen for inclusion in the FootPrint International Exhibition opening January 22 at The Project Space at Julio Valdez Studio, 176 E 106th St, NYC. The show runs though March 5, and features 80 works from 62 artists representing 16 states and 14 countries.
PAUL BERGER has two of his photographs in the upcoming 73rd Annual CT Artists Juried Exhibition at the Slater Museum in Norwich. Window for the World captures an intriguing message left on an old barn window in Newtown, and Points of View (photograph from film, 22 x 28" framed, detail at right, click for whole image) is an abstract rendering of an arrangement of boats in Nantucket. The show opens with a reception Sun. Jan. 22 (1-3pm), and runs through March 17. Paul also has two silver gelatin prints (22x28" framed) at the Members and Residents Show at the Milford Art Council (40 Railroad Ave): Off Road and Rocky Maine Coast. The Milford show runs Jan. 17 - March 2, with an opening reception Thurs. Jan. 26, 5:30-7pm.
BINNIE BIRSTEIN has her own show of her encaustic pieces in the Upstairs Gallery at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Pollination opens this Sat. Jan 21, 4-6pm, together with the Members' Show, Hot and Cold Extremes in the main gallery. Through Feb. 12. At right, Swarm (2011 encaustic on panel with ink, 14x14," click for larger image). Binnie comments that "Pollination refers to the way one idea informs another: one series leads to another, a seed sparks another idea and it grows."

TRACE BURROUGH's contribution to the Hot and Cold Extremes show at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists opening this Sat. Jan. 21, is Shadow Life (2016, digital art, 12.5x16.5," at right). Here Trace is working with the contrast of color and shadow framed within the dreamy world of darkness and night.
ALICIA COBB will be making a return visit to Barbados in early February to teach in collaboration with the English Department of BYS (Barbados Youth Services). As well as painting live aboard the "Crush Sunset Cruise," hosted by Baywater Tours of Barbados, she will, hopefully, make another appearance on Good Morning Barbados to talk about her visit and what she's done since her last appearance.
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, will be exhibiting her mixed media assemblage piece, RIVENDELL 2, (acrylic and cut paper on unstretched canvas with wooden hanging rod
58"x45," at right)
 in the Mattatuck Museum's MIXMASTER exhibition (opening reception, Sun. Jan. 29, 1-3pm). She will also be exhibiting her acrylic and cut-paper pieces, ALFHEIMR and PASSAGES, in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' upcoming show, HOT & COLD EXTREMES. Heidi also has Dragonfly Mandala in Beyond Brushwork at the Rowayton Arts Center.
DAWN DAHL is showing Pomegranates (2014, oil on wood panel, 12x14," detail at right, click for complete image) at the National Association of Women Artists' 2017 Small Works Exhibition (315 W 39 St, Suite 508, New York), running Feb 1-24, with an opening reception on Thur. Feb. 9, 5-7pm. Dawn also is showing Intermezzo (2015) at The Power of Color, through Feb. 19, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library, and other work at Hot and Cold Extremes, opening Jan. 21 at Ridgefield Guild of Artists; and Beyond Brushwork, opening Jan. 29, 2-4pm at the Rowayton Arts Center.
KATHERINE EVANS has a large recent painting Conflict Resolution (2016, oil on canvas, 60x60," at right, click for larger image) accepted into the Mattatuck Museum’s MIXMASTER show, opening reception: Jan. 29, 1-3pm. Katherine will be speaking about her work in the museum on Sun. Feb. 12 at 2pm
New member BARRY GUTHERTZ is in a two-person show, Nature's Abstractionsat The New Canaan Library through Feb. 12. At right is Bristlecone Pine (2016, photograph, 25x40" framed, limited edition print of 7, detail, click for complete image) — an example of the oldest known living trees on the planet. Barry comments, "these trees live 12,000+ feet up in the Sierra Nevada, twisted and gnarled by the dynamic forces of nature that are found at this high elevation. This image is part of a triptych of Bristlecones, each with its own unique abstract beauty."
NADIA MARTINEZ has curated a one-day pop-up show, Louder Than Words that can be seen Sat. Jan. 28, 1-5pm at 121 Varick St (7th Floor), in New York. The show brings together an international team of artists from 12 countries who use different mediums to express their emotions, concerns, memories and ideas about life, nature, hope, decay, politics, world events, and humanity. “The pieces contained in this exhibition speak for themselves, louder than any words that could describe them.” This is Nadia’s second curated project; her first was Flying Colors, an exhibition of paintings by Ilona Sochynsky at Zorya Fine Art, Greenwich.
GRACE MCENANEY's watercolor Breakthrough (2016, 24” x28” at right, click for larger image) was selected for the Mattatuck Museum's MIXMASTER show. Grace comments that "the painting is both representational and transitional on many levels to my work at this point." It is the second time it has been shown, the first being at The National Arts Club in New York last month where it received the Katharine A. Lovell Memorial Award for watercolor from The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

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) 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.

ROXANNE FABER SAVAGE is featured in a Meet-The-Artist event at Katonah Museum of Art on Sunday, January 29, 2-5pm. Roxanne's work is exhibited in the Spot Lounge and she will be talking about her First Step Moon Series. Visitors will also be able to create reflective, wearable art. At right detail of First Step (2016, triptych, 3 prints on holographic paper panels; click for triptych image). Katonah Museum is at 134 Jay Street - Route 22, Katonah, NY.
LIZ SQUILLACE is having a Solo Exhibition of new works - on paper, wood, canvas and fabric - at the new chashama space in Bridgeport: chaBridgeport, 305 Fairfield Ave, on Bijou Square. The opening reception is Friday, Feb. 3, 6-9pm with music by Christopher Cavaliere and live screen printing by Liz. At right on flyer, Liz's Standing Rock 3; Water Protector, (2016, china marker on paper, 22"x30", click for image of work), the third in a series of drawings inspired by the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, which Liz says, she was inspired to do after seeing a Native American profile in the layout of the Missouri River. The show will run through March 31 and Liz will be using the chaBridgeport studio space to create new work.
DARA TOMEO is one of four featured artists at The Wilton Library exhibition, Perspectives: The Work of Four Female Artists, opening Feb. 3 (reception, 6 – 7:30pm). At right, Dara’s River Walk (2016, oil on canvas, 24x30”). Dara writes "My most recent series of treescapes reflects my love of nature and my inner journey, a path that is filled with endless possibility. The interaction of light and trees turn mystery and darkness into beautifully enchanting light filled paths in the woods. I strive to capture their essence."
AMY VENSEL had her painting Underumble (2016, acrylic on polyester, 9.5” x 9.5,” at right, click for larger image) accepted into the Mattatuck Museum's MIXMASTER show, opening Jan. 29, 1-3pm. Her Blurt (2015, acrylic on canvas, 10x10"), together with three of her other paintings, can be seen in the Looking Then Reading exhibition at the Institute Library, 847 Chapel St, New Haven (opening reception, Thurs. Jan. 26, 7-9pm) and on display through May 25.
Congratulations to new member DMITRI WRIGHT for both recently being elected into the Silvermine Guild of Artists and for being represented by our member, The Sorelle Gallery. At right is one of the three paintings that Dmitri has in the New Members Show 2017 at Silvermine Arts Center. Movements of Spring (2013, oil on canvas, 36x48," detail at right, click for complete image) is one of a large series, and one of four in the show, that are created at, and inspired by, Weir Farm National Historic Site.
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
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Sun. Jan. 21: Binnie Birstein, Pollination, Upstairs Gallery, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Opening reception, 4-6pm.
Sun. Jan. 21: Binnie Birstein, Hot and Cold Extremes, Group Show, Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Opening reception, 4-6pm (Binnie Birstein, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Dawn Dahl, Jan Dilenschneider, Mary Harold, Amy Kaplan, Cindi Mullins, Chris Perry and Barbara Ringer).
Sun. Jan. 22: 73rd Annual CT Artists Juried Exhibition at the Slater Museum, 108 Crescent St, Norwich. Opening Reception, 1-3pm (Paul Berger)
Sun. Jan. 22: Horizons, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk. Opening Reception, 3-6pm (France B. Ashforth, Nancy McTague-Stock and Karen Vogel)
Tues. Jan. 24: Artists Talk, Silvermine Arts Center, 6-8pm (Frances B. Ashforth, Carolina Guimarey, Chris Perry, Dmitri Wright)
Thur. Jan. 26:  Looking Then Reading, Historic Institute Library, 847 Chapel St, New Haven. Opening reception, 6-8pm (Amy Vensel).
Sat. Jan. 28: Louder Than Words121 Varick St, NYC, 1-5pm (Nadia Martinez curated).
Sun. Jan. 29: MIXMASTERMattatuck Museum, 144 W Main St, Waterbury. Opening reception, 1-3pm (Heidi Lewis Coleman, Katherine Evans, Grace McEnaney, and Amy Vensel)
Sun. Jan. 29: Roxanne Faber Savage, Meet the Artist, First Step, Moon series, 2-5pm, Katonah Museum, 134 Jay Street - Route 22, Katonah, NY.
Sun. Jan. 29: Beyond Brushwork, Rowayton Arts Center. Opening reception, 2-4pm (Dawn Dahl)
Fri. Feb. 3: Liz Squillace, solo exhibition, chaBridgeport, 305 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. Opening reception, 6-8pm.
Fri. Feb. 3: Perspectives: Work of Four Female Artists, Wilton Library, opening reception, 7-7:30pm (Dara Tomeo).
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OTHER NEWS                             

Copyright is above all about balance: the balance between protection of legal rights and the right of fair access. Recently, there have been some disruptive moves at the Copyright Office and the Graphic Artists Guild among others is perturbed. First Maria Pallante, the generally perceived fair and progressive Register of Copyrights was removed from her position by the new Librarian of Congress, who had now released a survey, asking the public about the qualities they would like to see in the next Register. The following appeal is for all of us to respond to the survey and to strongly represent the issues of creatives: "The Graphic Artists Guild needs the help of all visual artists, and all creators and copyright holders. "Here’s the deal: as you probably know, this October, the Librarian of Congress removed Maria Pallante, the Register of Copyrights, from her position. This move was unprecedented, and is a blow to the creative community. Throughout her tenure as Register of Copyrights, Pallante demonstrated her willingness to listen to the concerns of creatives, and her interest in revisiting copyright law and modernizing the Copyright Office so that it can better serve rights holders and users. Now the Librarian of Congress has taken a second unprecedented move. Instead of conferring with members of Congress and stakeholders, she’s decided to post a Survey Monkey poll, asking the general public to weigh in on the “knowledge, skills, and abilities” the new Register should possess, and what the top three priorities should be.... We are asking all visual artists, and all who rely on a strong copyright system, to respond to the Library of Congress’ survey. Let the Library know that we need a Register who understands the value of copyright, recognizes the need for the Office to be modernized, and has the support of the creative community."  See some of the suggested responses you can copy or model your own on at the foot of the page here. You are asked to share the message with fellow creatives on social media, etc. Take the short survey here - until Jan. 31.

Chashama was founded in 1995 by Anita Durst with the mission of supporting artists and nurturing creative communities in New York City, and beyond, by partnering with property owners to activate unused real estate into spaces for artists to work and present. In its 21 years, chashama has revitalized over 80 properties, providing invaluable opportunities to more than 15,000 artists. It empowers artists at any stage of their career with affordable space to live, create and present, and also brings vibrant, artistic programming to audiences of all ages, presenting over 130 free, public events to diverse neighborhoods throughout New York. Now chashama has come to Bridgeport! chaBridgeport is the result of a collaboration between chashama, and Kuchma Corporation in Bridgeport, CT. "We are thrilled to have formed a partnership with chashama that will be presenting art of all sorts in our Bijou Square neighborhood." said Phil Kuchma, "Downtown Bridgeport is continuing to attract arts, culture and entertainment along with many other creative economy businesses, all of which are attracting more residents, commercial tenants and visitors." chashama has expanded its programming to three new locations outside of NYC; two spaces in Bridgeport, CT and one in Matawan, NJ (see all locations here). These locations are run separately from chashama, but have adopted their mission and programs. The two Bridgeport spaces are: 265 Golden Hill and 305 Fairfield Avenue. 265 Golden Hill has a large gallery space and two studios in a complex shared with the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, the New England Ballet Company, a black-box theatre, and a cafe. 305 Fairfield Avenue (pictured above) has a gallery and two studio spaces and includes 36 feet of storefront windows with an elevated stage, wall space and display shelving for small three dimensional works. The first exhibit is of new works by CAFC member Liz Squillace, who will be using the space to create new work and hold gallery hours for visitors (for details see Liz Squillace’s entry in YOUR NEWS above.

From Americans for the Arts:
On the eve of Donald Trump’s Inauguration, The Hill newspaper reported that Trump Transition Team staff intend to recommend that the President-elect eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This decades-old proposal from the politically conservative Heritage Foundation and House Republican Study Committee is expected to be included in this year’s Congressional House Budget Resolution, as it has in previous years. However, it would be much more serious if it were also proposed by the Trump Administration.

Legislative and executive branch action will start moving very quickly now. We need everyone to be prepared, organized, and educated about what’s at stake. Please help us recruit more free Arts Action Fund members, spread the word, and raise some money to support our grassroots activities. The Arts Action Fund will continue sending important updates.

1. Click and Share this page with your personal network. Ask at least five of your friends to join the Arts Action Fund for FREE.

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CALLS FOR ARTISTS                             

Please dedicate just one hour of your time to help Bridgeport Public Schools bring attention to the value of arts education for all children and encourage support for quality art programs in our schools by encouraging, inspiring, and educating our students about your art form.

We all know the positive impact that participation in the arts brings to communication skills, math and reading proficiency, confidence-building and creative thinking. Improving arts education helps benefit not just individuals, but also helps unify communities. To that end on March 22, 2017 the Bridgeport Public School Performing and Visual Arts Department, along with Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport will hold its first ever Arts Count Day and is sending a call to all artists to bear witness to the power of the arts as an educational tool. The goal of this occasion is to call attention to the role the arts play in our everyday lives, to celebrate the power of the arts as an educational tool and to show that the right to have access to the arts, belongs to each and every student, in each and every school! Help celebrate Arts Count Day on March 22, 2017 from 9 am to 10 am. You are encouraged to share an experience related to your craft, perform or create with one of the 5th grade classrooms in our district. It will take 85 artists to cover each 5th grade classroom on that day. Additional artists will be assigned to other grade levels in the school. If you would like to participate, or you would like more information please
call Tania Kelley, Director of Performing and Visual Arts at 203-275-1367 or email her at:


The Wall Street Theater in Norwalk is issuing a call to area bands and musicians interested in participating in the Theater’s inaugural concert series, planned to begin summer 2017. These concerts are designed to promote awareness of the revitalized Wall Street Theater while providing local bands with an opportunity to showcase their musical talent in a unique historic setting. Bands are responsible for their own instruments. Wall Street Theater will provide sound and technical services. This invitation is open to all musical genres including rock, blues, jazz, soul, R&B, alternative, reggae, funk, rap, folk, country, electronic, classical, pop, dance, singer/songwriter etc. Says Suzanne Cahill, president of the Theater, "Inviting area bands and musicians to perform on our brand-new stage, with state-of-the-art sound technology is an exciting way for us to begin achieving our goal of providing diverse arts programming to the public." Bands and musicians interested in applying to perform should click here to apply. Please include the type of music played, a link to your promotional website or Facebook page, and additional social media links. You must also include links to samples of the band’s music.
The Wall Street Theater is the first next-generation performance space in Connecticut to provide theater enthusiasts live shows, interactive entertainment, digital productions, art space, state-of-the-art digital streaming technology, and a community arena in which to play. Refurbishment of this national historic landmark at 71 Wall Street, is an integral part of the greater redevelopment of the Wall Street area. For more information contact:
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

New Horizons, a 24-hour operational non-profit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence in Middlesex County, is hosting a Valentine’s Day themed Art Show, Love Shouldn’t Hurt, on February 10, 2017, 5-7PM. New Horizons is seeking local talented artists to showcase their work in a silent auction format at the Mac 650 Gallery, which is run by the residents of the North End Artist Cooperative in Middletown, CT. Twenty-Five percent of the proceeds from items auctioned will benefit New Horizons domestic violence services, with the remainder of the proceeds retained by the artists. Artists will also have an opportunity to be featured in the newsletter and websiteIf you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Kelly Tea at and submit a photo of your work. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2017 and space is given on a first come first serve basis.


The Providence Art Club invites female artists to submit their strongest two- and three-dimensional work in any media to its National Open Juried Exhibition, Making Your Mark. This exhibition will be the concluding event in a three-month long series celebrating the Art Club’s unique founding as the first such organization to be co-founded by men and women. In 1880, six women and ten men signed the founding documents of the Providence Art Club. 136 years later the Club continues its mission to promote “art culture” and each year it hosts an open juried show to provide non-members with an opportunity to exhibit in its Maxwell Mays Gallery, which hosted its first Art Club exhibition in 1885. Making Your Mark will celebrate the achievements of contemporary female artists, thus honoring the women so integral to the founding of this unique organization. Thirteen prizes totaling over $5,000, includes Best in Show prize of $1,500. The exhibition will be juried by Kathryn Wat, PhD, Chief Curator of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Women art makers working in any medium throughout the United States are encouraged to apply for this exciting opportunity by January 31. Apply here

Attention all nasty women and their allies: New Haven is one of 23 cities to join the nationwide movement to organize a Nasty Women exhibition in the first days of Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s term in office. The organizers invite artists, activists, scholars, creative thinkers and anyone who identifies as a “nasty woman” or a “nasty woman ally” to submit a visual or performative work to the show. This exhibition is volunteer run and financed, and will take place in the storefront first floor gallery space of the Institute Library at 845 Chapel Street, New Haven, March 9 – April 8, 2017. The exhibition will be installed throughout the day on International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8 from 8am-8pm, and celebrated with a public opening reception on Thursday, March 9 from 6-8pm. The exhibition will close with a Nasty Women Convening on Sat., April 8, 12-4pm, with a series of presentations and readings of the literary submissions we receive. To confirm your interest in participating, please fill out this online submission form. The show is no-fee and unjuried. Requirements: Please make sure you or a friend are available to transport, carry in, and install your work on Wed. March 8, between the hours of 8am-8pm. All artists are responsible for hanging their own work in the show and must arrive with a method of installing their piece, as well as helpers to install the piece if need be.  Artists from New Haven, Connecticut, New England and BEYOND are invited to join.

Last year thousands of people from around the world built an incredible exhibition of nearly 6,000 artworks! Participate in the 10th year of Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo) international small art phenomenon 6x6x2017Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo) international small art phenomenon returns for the tenth year! In 2016, thousands of artworks were made and donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, college students, and children. Each artwork must be 6 by 6 inches (15 by 15 centimeters) or mounted to a 6-by-6 inch board. All artworks are displayed anonymously, so they should be signed only on the back. All entries will be accepted and exhibited both in the gallery and online until July 16, 2017, and all will be on sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artists' names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase, and sold-out artists' names will be revealed next to their works online July 7. Each artist may enter up to four artworks of any medium (2D or 3D), and there is no fee to enter. There is a four-artwork limit per elementary, middle, or high school. Entries Due: April 16Learn more here 
And Don't Forget...
Jan. 25: Center for Fine Art Photography: Landscapes 2017, Submission Deadline
Jan. 27: Norwalk Maritime Parking Garage: Chromatics Submission Deadline
Jan. 31: Schelfhaudt Gallery, Univ. of Bridgeport: Selfie Submission Deadline
Jan. 31: Town of Monroe: CT Snow Sculpting Competition Application Deadline


I-Park Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 Artist-in-Residency Program. I-Park is located in rural East Haddam, CT.  Its 2017 multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence program is open to those working in the following creative disciplines: visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, architecture, moving image and landscape/garden/ecological design. This program is offered free of charge to accepted/invited artists, though there is a $30 application fee to help defray the cost of the selection panels. The only major artists’ expenses are for personal art supplies/ materials and transportation to and from the area. The format is self-directed, non-judgmental. Residents are provided with a private bedroom, a private studio, a meal program as well as shared amenities: artists’ kitchen, Common Area, library, wireless internet. Residencies are being offered from June through November, 2017. Most residencies are 4-weeks in duration. International applicants are welcome. Deadline: January 30, 2017. Apply here.

MFA Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts invites emerging and mid-career artists working in all disciplines to apply for the inaugural Art Practice Artist-in-Residence program. One artist will be selected to be the Artist-in-Residence for the duration of the Art Practice program’s summer semester. The residency period will be June 12 – August 4, 2017. The Artist-in-Residence will receive a studio, access to the facilities, including the Metal Shop, Wood Shop, Digital Sculpture Center, Digital Editing Lab, Fibers Lab, Ceramics Lab and Nature and Technology Lab, and a $2500 stipend. He or she is expected to engage with the SVA Art Practice community, participate in weekly group critiques, and develop a project with first-year MFA candidates in the program, which will culminate in a public presentation (exhibition, screening, performance, book launch, etc.). Respons-ibilities include: deliver an artist talk at the School of Visual Arts; participate in weekly group critiques of Art Practice graduate students’ work; conceive of and carry out a project with first-year MFA candidates in the program, which will culminate in a public presentation of the work; dedicate at least 20 hours per week to work within their Art Practice studio and/or the related facilities. Qualifications include: an MFA or equivalent; a significant exhibition record; proven ability to execute ideas to completion; experience in teaching or leading workshops is highly desirable. Applications for the AIR program should be submitted through SlideRoom and must include: 5-10 images of recent work and/or 1-2 video or audio files, upto 2 mins. in length; an artist statement, contextual-izing one’s work; a project proposal, with timeline and material/space requirements; C.V.; 2 references: names+contact info.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

Led by artist Sharon Louden, this 4-part Creative Capital webinar series ($100) is geared to visual artists yearning for guidance on how best to approach and communicate with the gatekeepers of the art world: galleries, curators, collectors, museum professionals, and more. The webinar will address the questions: How does an artist approach a gallery cold? How does an artist communicate with a gallerist, curator, museum professional, etc.? What are the best ways to correspond and to start up a relationship and maintain it? When is the best time to approach the person? How often should an artist be in contact? How does one follow up on an inquiry? What is the proper way to pace a professional conversation?  This webinar series will answer these questions and many more by calling upon the personal experiences and advice of many different experts in the art world. The series will also focus on what NOT to do and will address how to improve poor communication skills (and bad behavior) when dealing with the greater art ecosystem of galleries, curators, collectors — basically anyone that can help your professional career! Participants will exercise different approaches to adopt into their own practice to close the gap between artists and gatekeepers. Sign Up Here.
1: The Content of the Correspondence - Tuesday, January 31, 7-8:30pm 
Learn about research, developing a template to work from, language to use in your correspondence.
2: The Approach - Thursday, February 2, 7-8:30pm
Learn the best ways to correspond via email, email marketing services, snail mail and in person; when to do this; and keeping track.
3: Pace & Timing - Tuesday, February 7, 7-8:30pm
Learn how to best time your approach, when to follow-up, and controlling your expectations and reasoning.
4: Maintaining the Relationship - Thursday, February 9, 7-8:30pm
How to continue and maintain new relationships with galleries, curators, collectors & museums.

Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, seeks an artist-in-residence who will be responsible for developing, planning, implementing, modifying and evaluating art and arts-based educational activities in a variety of arts disciplines. Activities are designed to provide educational, creative, and expressive opportunities that support the developmental and psychosocial well-being of children, teens and young adults and their families pertinent to units assigned within Pediatrics through the Child Life Department.  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 Bachelors Degree in an art discipline, art education or related degree; a minimum 1-2 year's experience facilitating art activities with children in a health care environment preferred or the equivalent of 2 year's full time experience teaching art discipline to children in a school or other community setting with specific expertise in working with children with special needs. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with multidisciplinary groups in effective collaborative practice. 

The Guilford Art Center seeks a part-time Craft Expo Coordinator.  Responsibilities include: organize all aspects of Craft Expo and assist with some aspects of the Shop, primarily the Artistry holiday sale; work with town departments to secure dates and submit appropriate applications; announce call to artists; organize and maintain online application process and subsequent jurying database; correspond with accepted artists on all details of participation; coordinate with contractors (tent vendor, electrician, sanitation, etc), and works to provide with media sponsor with all materials for program. Works with Marketing Specialist on media campaign. Secures and contracts with food vendors, musicians, and student tent and demonstration participants. Organizes show layout and volunteer schedule. Manages/oversees event on-site with artists, public and volunteers. Additional responsibilities (during the months September through December) related to the Shop/Artistry holiday sale include working with Shop Administrator to assist with purchase orders, other inventory functions, and ordering packaging; part-time hours as Shop Assistant. Skills required: A successful candidate will be well-organized, energetic, and be open to collaboration and group problem-solving. They will have the ability to multi-task, excellent people skills, oral and written communication skills, and good computer skills. An interest in and understanding of the arts is a plus. Email cover letter and resume to: No phone calls please. Hours: 20-25 hours/week, year-round, with additional hours as necessary during Craft Expo.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Teaching Artists
International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven): Grant Writer
Norwalk Housing Authority: Part-time Photography Instructor
Sacred Heart University, Graphic Design Adjunct
Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop, Fairfield: Digital Arts Education Coordinator
Westport Country Playhouse: Facilities Manager
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
Jan. 25: Center for Fine Art Photography: Landscapes 2017, Submission Deadline
Jan. 27: Norwalk Maritime Parking Garage: Chromatics Submission Deadline
Jan. 30: New Horizons' Love Shouldn't Hurt Pop-Up Auction Deadline, Middletown 
Jan. 30: I-Park multi-disciplinary Artist-in Residency Program Applications Due 
Jan. 31: Schelfhaudt Gallery, Univ. of Bridgeport: Selfie Submission Deadline
Jan. 31: Town of Monroe: CT Snow Sculpting Competition Application Deadline
Jan. 31: Deadline for taking 3-question Copyright Office Survey
Jan. 31: Providence Art Club, Making Your Mark Application Deadline
Jan. 31: Sharon Louden, Gatekeepers Webinar 1. Content of Correspondence. $25

Feb. c1: Zuckerman Museum (Kennesaw, GA): Emerging Curators Application Deadline
Feb. c2: Sharon Louden, Gatekeepers Webinar 2.The Approach. $25
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.

March c1: Ucross Foundation: All-Arts Residencies Program 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 (Guidelines published Jan. 23)

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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