Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - June 3, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
June 3, 2016
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❖ Welcome New Members: Carolyn Cavolo, Mary Harold, Bruce Horan, Marcella Kurowski, Susan Leggitt, Megan Bonneau McCool, Roxanne Faber Savage, and Justine Wiest.

❖ Member Round-Up
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ Sculpture Center, NY: In Practice Sculpture Proposals - June 15
❖ CT Office of the Arts: RFQs for Two New Public Art Projects - July 15

❖ NEA Arts Works 2: Media Arts Grants - July 14
❖ Gottlieb Foundation: Individual Support Grants - Dec. 15

❖ Marfa Contemporary: Artist in Residence Program - June 30
❖ Center for Contemporary Printmaking: Residency - June 30

❖ Media Arts Conferences Coming Up
❖ Poets & Writers Guide to the Book Deal

❖ The INTAKE Organization: P/T Office Manager
❖ Yale School of Drama/Yale Rep: Properties Assistant

❖ Jill Nichols: Summer Intern
❖ Coastal Arts Guild of CT: Art Teachers

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember

Carolyn Cavolo was born and raised in Westport, where she began her dance career at the age of 8 at the Seabury Center (now Westport's Academy of Dance) under its founder, Paula Fichtenkort, and continued her studies at the Westport Dance Center under Marlayne Schaeffer, Lindy Gibb and Paul Hall, where she was a member of the Junior, then Senior Companies. Carolyn was active in the arts in Westport, as a member of Staples High School Choir, Orphenians, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the award winning Staples Players. Carolyn credits much of her success as a lawyer and a parent to the life lessons she learned from her Staples mentors, Alice Lipson, the great Albert Pia, Joseph Zieghan, John Hanulik and Dr. Gerald Kuroghlian. Pursuing her degrees in English and law, Carolyn relied on the arts to help maintain her identity and voice as an individual and to balance the demands of academics, dancing and choreographing with the Boston College Dance Ensemble, playing violin and touring with the Boston College Symphonic Orchestra, and performing the great Irish playwrights at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Now, while raising her own family in Darien, with a full time real estate law practice at Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, Carolyn continues her dance studies under Bonnie Gombos, Dance Director of the Darien Arts Center (DAC), and is a member of the Adult Dance Troupe, a dedicated group of DAC alumni and area professionals who produce An Evening of Dance, every October. Carolyn is the newest member of the Dance Committee at the DAC, and she credits the DAC and her Darien-based dance family for her ability to maintain her equilibrium and current identity of full time mother, wife, lawyer, friend and artist.

Mary Harold is never far from a camera. In fact, she has enjoyed being behind the lens since the age of nine, when she got her first Kodak Brownie camera. Although she works professionally taking wedding and other photographs, her passion is with her fine art photography, especially capturing "the absurd, the obvious, the decay, and beauty that others do not see." With the range of tools available and choices to be made in photography today, "there is always something to be captured," she says, and views the world as "a visual treat - with its colors, textures, patterns and abstractions." She enjoys the new technology, believing that the computer has transformed photography for the good - into a revolutionary art form. For Mary, being behind the lens is "the base negative that transforms and metamorphizes into the song of what my heart sees." Mary’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the region, winning awards from The Flinn Gallery and the Rowayton Arts Center and being juried into very many shows, for example, at The Katonah Museum, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Fairfield Museum and History Center, The Bendheim Gallery, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Westport Arts Center, The Carriage Barn Arts Center, Soho Photo Gallery, Ferguson Library, Wilton Library, Ridgefield Library and many private collections. Mary's work has been published in many newspapers and magazines. Presently, she is the Co-President of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and is a member of the Westport Arts Center, Westport Arts Collective, Rowayton Arts Center, Greenwich Art Society, and the Carriage Barn Arts Center. Follow Mary on Twitter here.

Bruce Horan is a Stamford-based painter, printmaker and musician. After receiving his MFA from Pratt Institute in 2010, Bruce studied graphic design with the international Shillington School in New York, and then worked with a Master Printer in a contemporary fine art studio in New York City. He now works part-time as a graphic designer and part-time out of his Norwalk studio. Bruce has most recently been working on a series of paintings that blur the distinction between abstraction and impressionism by incorporating gestural expression and loose figurative representation that interprets the energy and definitions associated with the urban experience. He has written: “As I travel through the busy streets, my experience is affected by the surrounding objects, shapes and colors abstracting and simplifying into flat and expressive moments. Detail becomes lost and the possibility of the unknown dominates the scene. Information is filtered into only that which jumps out and grabs a hold of my senses, while the rest fades into obscurity or remains undefined.”  Bruce shows locally at the Rowayton Arts Center, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Pratt Institute, Avenue Gallery, among many others, and is in collections in Great Britain, Germany, France and Australia. He is involved in printmaking/poster shows around the country, including the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, and other shows in Las Vegas, Miami, and Denver. Bruce is a member artist and co-director of SPAG (St Philips Arts Guild) in Norwalk and President of the Rowayton Arts Center. See his website, and Soundcloud page.

Marcella Kurowski-Cavaliere is an artist born, living and creating in Bridgeport. She works in a surreal character style and has been showing her paintings around Fairfield County for the past 16 years. Marcella was awarded her Bachelors in Studio Arts from Housatonic Community College and Western Connecticut State University. As a self-employed artist she shows and sells her work locally, under her own name and also as looketha. For the past 12 years she has been working with an online action figure company sculpting custom portraits and toys. Her latest artistic endeavor has been working with the Bridgeport's Downtown Cabaret Theatre painting scenery and backdrops, while also sculpting stage props, for shows such as Green Day's American Idiot. Marcella has shown at, among other venues, The NEST Arts Factory, Fairfield Arts Center, Colorblends Spring and Flower HouseBeechwood Arts, Reads Artspace, Arcade Mall, Day One Skate Shop, The Acoustic, Blackrock Gallery, 305 Knowlton Studios, Hygienic Gallery, FTS Gallery, and City Lights Gallery. Marcella is also deeply involved with artistic collaborations such as live painting in the audio/visual group DaDA Mr.with musician Christopher Cavaliere. Marcella also collaborates, as painter and colorist of painted tintypes, with alternative process photographer, Thomas Mezzanotte. See Marcella's website, Facebook page, and Instagram account.

Susan Leggitt began her life as an artist as soon as she could hold a crayon. Being artistic her entire life, she creatively propelled herself through school, which led her to a successful career as a graphic designer and art director. Her other career as a fine artist began to re-emerge several years ago when she began to study under Frank Bruckmann. Then under Alex McFarlane and Dean Fisher at the Silvermine School of Art and William McCarthy. At the heart of Susan's work is a deep connection to landscape and place. She writes: “Inspired by the rugged and beautiful coast of Maine, my work reflects a deep connection to the water, coastline and sky, especially to the natural forms created by tidal streams, rock formations and marshes. The play of light and color, warmth and coolness, depth and atmosphere — all take on a role in each painting. Important to each work is a sense of place, connection and serenity.” A native of Connecticut and a Norwalk resident, Susan is a member of Firing Circuits Artists in Norwalk, and has been active in many regional arts and community organizations, including serving as the president of the Rowayton Arts CenterShe currently serves on the board of the Seabury Academy of Music and the Arts and manages and curates the ARTWorks Gallery on the GreenSusan has accumulated many awards for her artwork, including the Sydney and Arthur Eder Foundation Award, from the 2008 New Haven Paint & Clay Annual Exhibition. She has exhibited widely throughout Fairfield County, including several solo shows. See her website, Facebook and Pinterest pages and Twitter account.

Megan Bonneau McCool danced with the New York City Ballet in the early 1990's in ballets by Balanchine and Peter Martins, after studying as a scholarship student at the Pennsylvania Ballet and the School of American Ballet. She performed as a principal dancer in their workshop performances and received the Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise. An instructor and choreographer, McCool has worked with ballet schools and dance departments throughout the northeast, including The Ballet School of Stamford, the Scarsdale Ballet Studio, Repertory Dance Theatre, Muhlenburg College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She served as Ballet Mistress for Pioneer Valley Ballet during her undergraduate career at Smith College. Ms. McCool has choreographed over 20 ballets for ballet schools/companies and colleges and other companies of Regional Dance America (RDA). Megan has received many choreographic awards and scholarships, including RDA/NE Emerging Choreographer's Award for her first piece in 1995, a Monticello College Foundation Scholarship, and was an Honoree of "The Choreography Connection." Her choreography has been performed at the RDA Festivals and at the American College Dance Association’s National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, with collaborator Jennifer Kayle. Megan holds an MFA in Dance/Choreography and an AB in American Studies from Smith. See Megan's Flickr account

Roxanne Faber Savage is an award winning multidisciplinary artist with printmaking as her primary medium. She works on paper and less common substrates (metal, plastic, silk) and incorporates photography, digital art, Xeroxing, drawing, painting, book arts, and plaster work as well as various types of printmaking. Her art embraces contrasts — the tension between play and anxiety, industrial and ethereal — and uses a recurring cast of dreamlike symbols. Her graphic imagery of swimmers, powerlines, clover, balls and birds is developed through a mix of skill and intuition, using print, photography, and drawing techniques. “I make art about basic life events, from the mundane to the seminal,” she says. “Images act as a bridge for me to explore intangible ideas and subconscious thoughts about the world.” Roxanne is a juried member of The Boston Printmakers, Silvermine Art Guild, and a recipient of a Weir Farm Artist Residency. Roxanne spent April in North Adams as a resident artist at Makers Mill, working on a silkscreen, fiber and mixed media Tusk project, as part of The Studios at MASS MoCA, a new initiative by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program that provides artists and writers a career-building residency opportunity. Roxanne is a dynamic educator and Master Teaching Artist and is on the State of CT Teaching Artist roster. Her art works are held in private and corporate collections. She was selected for the juried SOLOS 2009 exhibit at the Westport Arts Center, has shown with Heather Gaudio Fine Art, was a prizewinner in the 2015 Nor’Easter Show at the New Britain Museum of American Art and was in this year’s MIXMASTER at The Mattatuck Museum, among many other shows. Roxanne is teaching printmaking at Women's Studio Workshop's summer art institute: (Rosedale, NY): Printmaking & Encaustic and Collagraph and MonoprintSee Roxanne's websiteFacebook page and Twitter feed.

Justin Weist is a classically trained oil painter who explores a variety of styles and subjects. Concentrating mostly on figure and still life painting, where he feels he has the most control in understanding and capturing the effects of light, he is perhaps most interested in creating an ethereal mood that can allow the viewer to respond by stepping out of the everyday. Justin has written: “While great paintings may serve as alternative realities to some, the practice of painting or picture making is a blissful addiction to others. My only endeavor in painting is to continue to learn the craft and maintain my state of bliss; however I do admire those who use painting to ask questions about the human condition or those who try to influence modes of thinking. At this point in my career I’m enjoying the freedom to experiment and search for the limits of painting by scrubbing at the film of familiarity.” He makes his own paint from pigments and manufactures his own oil mediums in his search for the full effect that oils can offer the observer.
Born in Baltimore, Justin began studying painting at a young age at the Schuler School, from where, after a year at The Maryland Institute College Of Arts, he received his BFA. After 2 years of figure study at Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Justin received his MFA in 2001 from The New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art. Justin’s teaching ranges from one-on-one instruction to portfolio classes, as well as advanced, 300/400-level drawing and painting courses at Greenwich Education & Prep, Silvermine Arts Guild, and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Justin has shown at Stricoff Gallery, NY, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, The Salmagundi Club, Westport Arts Center, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Galleria Rossi, Italy, among others. See his website and Facebook page.

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YOUR NEWS                             
JANE DAVILA, MARCELLA KUROWSKI, RUBEN MARROQUIN, JILL SARVER, LIZ SQUILLACE, SUSAN TABACHNICK and LEE WALTHER are featured in ALL MIXED UP, a launch show by the newly re-formed artists of 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport, with invited guests. Sat. June 4, 12-4pm.
AMY BOCK, HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, KATHERINE EVANS, SHOLEH JANATI, LESLIE KOENIG, SUSAN LEGGITT, BRONISLAVA SLAGLE and MALU TAN are some of the 50 artists participating in the 54th Annual CCNS Art Show & Sale, Saturday June 4, noon-6pm ($15) at The Rowayton Community Center. Click on each artist's name above for a portfolio of their work for sale.
MICHAEL J CLOCKS and new member MARCELLA KUROWSKI will be live painting on Short Beach, Stratford, as part of Gathering of the Five, an all-day 5th Anniversary celebration of the founding of Stratford's FTS Gallery, Sat. June 4, 11am-10pm. Marcella and Michael will be collaboratively painting a large mixed-media abstract canvas - improvising as they go. Later, Marcella, the visual half of DaDA Mr., will live paint a canvas projected onto a screen, accompanied by guitarist, Christopher Cavaliere.
SUSAN FEHLINGER and JUDITH LAMBERTSON have work in the annual Fairfield County Plein Air Painters Showopening Saturday June 4, 2-4pm at Framemakers Picture Framing And Art Gallery, 3004 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock, Bridgeport. The group paints together every Wednesday throughout the summer at various locations throughout Fairfield County. The show runs through June 30.
JOYCE COLBURN, BRUCE HORAN and SERGEY STEPANENKO will have work on display at the SPAG Open House, this Saturday, June 4, 2016, 5:00pm 8:00pm. The show celebrates the recent growth and artistic diversity of the St. Philip Artists’ Guild (SPAG) based at the historic Manice DeForest Lockwood Mansion, 25 France Street, Norwalk. The exhibit will feature works from the 19 SPAG artists and highlight new members. Artists studios will be open.
JOSEPH DERMODY and ERIN DOLAN each have pieces in the Focus Under Forty show at the ROWAYTON ARTS CENTER, opening this Sunday June 5, 4-6pm. Joseph submitted Untitled Gold Sculpture and won First Place for Mixed Media. Erin Dolan also has a piece in the show: her mixed media work, Caravan (32" x 32").
BINNIE BIRSTEIN, JEANINE EXPOSITO, SUSAN LEGGITT and KAREN VOGEL have works in the Firing Circuits show, Together Again, hosted at Norwalk's SEABURY ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS, at its ARTWorks Gallery on the Green, 60 East Avenue, Norwalk. The opening reception is this Tuesday, June 7, 6pm-8:30pm.
The following CAFC member artists are in the Massive One Night Only Pop Up Exhibition of all members of the Westport Arts Collective (WAC) at the Westport Arts Center on Thurs. June 9, 5-8pm: Nina Bentley, Binnie Birstein, Amy Bock, Lucienne Buckner, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Joy Bush, Eric Chiang, Jeanine Esposito, Kat Evans, Susan Fehlinger, Mary Ellen Hendricks, Mary Harold, Jana Ireijo, Amy Kaplan, Karen Kent, Niki Ketchman, Lesley Koenig, Michael David Kozlowski, Judith Lambertson, Jane Lubin, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Toby Michaels, Duvian Montoya, Dayan Moore, Cynthia Mullins, Dale Najarian, Susan Newbold, Diane Pollack, Lynn Carlson Popat, Renee Santhouse, Jill Sarver, Bronislava Slagle, Melissa Slattery, Malu Tan, Lee Walther, Cynthia Whalen, Vonne Whittleton, Tammy Winser. All works are under 3’ x 3’ and are available for purchase. With all proceeds going directly to the artists, the event is a great opportunity to support the arts on a local level.
MARY HAROLD and CINDI MULLINS are in a 4-person show at Ridgefield's KEELER TAVERN MUSEUM's Barn Gallery: The Solstice Show. You can see sculpture by Justin Perlman, design and collage by Antonio Munoz, photography by Mary and paintings by Cindi (see details below). An artists reception will be held Friday June 10, 5-7pm.
BIINNIE BIRSTEIN has two encaustic works in the Firing Circuits show, Together Again, hosted at Norwalk's SEABURY ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS (see above). Both pieces are from her What Lies Beneath series "that developed towards the end of 'spatiality.' It still deals with the grid and energy, seeking space within and breaking out on yet a larger scale."  At right a detail of What Lies Beneath: vermillion (2012, 30" x 15" x 2," encaustic, india ink on birch panel). Also showing What Lies Beneath: Fog
ANNE CHERNOW's The Bad Girl (2016, 30" x 20," silkscreen watercolor, acrylic, and oil on canvas, detail at right) appeared as the front page cover of the April/May issue of The Country & Abroad (an arts magazine serving Westchester and Connecticut) with a story and more images inside. The Bad Girl was featured in Westport Arts Center's NOIR, a show of 43 paintings, drawings, lithographs, etchings, and lithographs, by Ann, some completed in 2016.
ALICIA COBB is featured with Joy Monroe in Unframed, a Fine Body Art Showcase, with live art, a live DJ and live performances Saturday, June 11, 8:30pm at VIBZ Uptown, 3155 Main Street, Hartford. Billed as an event for a mature crowd, classy casual.
JANE DAVILA has a brand new piece in the All Mixed Up show at 305 Knowlton Street (see above). Dryades Street is a 36” x 48” fiber mixed-media collage of large scale moths on a background of a painted and block printed architectural drawing. This is one of a series that explores the meaning of "home," "haven," and "shelter," - juxtaposing our sense of "home" with images of creatures that regard "home" as the larger world around them. At right a detail of another in the series, Elfreth’s Alley (2016, 36” x 48,” fiber mixed-media collage). Click for larger image.
JEANINE ESPOSITO is showing two quite different sets of work. First, she has two conceptual pieces in the Firing Circuits show, Together Again, hosted at Norwalk's SEABURY ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS (see above), including Burned Insight, made from charred wood, abaca and flax fiber, and Wish & Think Inside the Box. Jeanine also has two quite different pieces in the WAC Pop Up Show, June 9: Duck Walk (10" x 20", detail at right) and Chill Dog, both Archive photos mounted on board. 
SUSAN FEHLINGER and JUDITH LAMBERTSON have work in the Fairfield County Plein Air Painters Show at Framemakers Gallery June 4th through June 30th. The group paints together every Wednesday throughout the summer at various locations throughout Fairfield County. Artists reception is Sat. June 4, 2-4pm at Framemakers, 3004 Fairfield Avenue, Black Rock. The gallery is open 8:30 - 5:00 Tuesday through Saturday.
Among new member MARY HAROLD's photographs she will be displaying at The KEELER TAVERN MUSEUM's The Solstice Show (see above) is her Railway Cars (2016, detail at right, click for complete image). Taken at a Railway Museum, it is part of Mary's Rust Series. Time, nature and oxygenation have created these abstract colors and designs that Mary then processes on metal or metallic paper to reflect their true beauty.
BRUCE HORAN will have seven recent pieces in the SPAG Open House (above) Saturday, June 4, 2016, 5:00pm-8:00pm at 25 France Street, Norwalk. At right is his Departure (40" x 40", oil on canvas), a work that won Best in Show at the recent Rowayton Arts Center show, Abstraction. Click image for larger picture.

JUDITH LAMBERTSON has a solo exhibition entitled CALM ABIDING  at Harbourview Market, 218 Harvorview, in Bridgeport's Black Rock section. The Market features breakfast and lunch with jazz on Sundays. Judith's work on display is extremely simplified, a peaceful moment of time captured. At right, Night, Singer Island Bridge (12" x 16," oil on linen, detail). Through June 30.
New member SUSAN LEGGITT has two pieces in the Firing Circuits show, Together Again, hosted at Norwalk's   SEABURY ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS, (details above). One is a monoprint, the other is Sea Glass 3 (2016, 36" x 24", oil and mixed media, detail at right), part of a body of work based on her love of the clumps of sea grasses that grow in tidal marshes. The title comes from the influence of the colors of sea glass that she incorporates into the paintings. The canvases are richly textured and then glazed to bring out the depth of color.
RUBEN MARROQUIN is showing his latest fiber piece at the All Mixed Up show at 305 Knowlton Street (above). Mushroom Cloud #2 (Bolibompa, 2016, 30" x 40" x7") is made with Güttermann sewing threads of highly saturated colors, blended with alpaca and silver thread over Belgian linen. Objects were added to the linen base: loom parts, baseballs and embroidery rings create a topographic landscape over which the threads float.
New member and choreographer MEGHAN BONNEAU McCOOL recently completed choreography for part of Act 2 of Sleeping Beauty performed by the Ballet School of Stamford. Megan has had a long-term relationship with the Ballet School. This year, as guest choreographer she worked with Lauren Etter to create "In a Kingdom Far, Far Away," a contemporary take on battle between Maleficent and the Lilac Fairy, performed by the Company dancers. 
TOBY MICHAELS has a piece, 'Tis a Puzzlement in the Artists' Choice exhibition at the Wilton Library through June 30. Also showing with Toby are Art/Place members Diane Pollack, Florence Zolan and Mollie Keller. 'Tis A Puzzlement (2016, 28" x 28", watercolor collage) at right, was inspired by Matisse's cut-outs. Toby cut, collaged and embellished puzzle-like pieces cut from an older watercolor onto a black background.
CINDI MULLINS has several paintings in The KEELER TAVERN MUSEUM's The Solstice Show (see above). One is Zinnia Wheels (2016, oil and sealed watercolor on aluminum board, 18" x 24", detail at right). Cindi says she is very much enjoy using florals with their "almost endless opportunities for compositional arrangement of shape, color and value. In this painting I have crowded the disc-like shapes and tipped some to face different directions." See them Friday June 10, 5-7pm. Click on image for larger image of complete painting.
AMY OESTREICHER, is presenting her gutless and grateful musical at Chenango River Theatre June 13th and at the Mental Health America conference June 8th. Amy also just published some of her mixed media art in Art of the Detour, in Cargo Literary Magazine, "bringing you compelling stories of human development through the lens of travel."

JILL SARVER is showing Anonymous V, (detail at right, 2015, oil on clapboard, 7" x 5") as one of nine small portraits in the All Mixed Up show at 305 Knowlton Street (see above). Jill's recent work "investigates the feminine presence, derived from memory and observation, of ancient Egyptian and Roman artifacts." She uses shifts in tonality and light to explore the duality between solidity and air, linking present and past.
LIZ SQUILLACE is showing two pieces at the All Mixed Up show at 305 Knowlton Street (see above). One is Paris Window, (2016, oil on canvas, 36"x 48", detail at right) which says Liz, "was inspired by a recent trip to Paris. It was painted from a photograph I took through french windows in a friend's apartment. At first, the composition inspired me, but upon painting it was the trompe l'oeil effect that captivated me, the push & pull between foreground and background." Click image for complete painting.
SERGEY STEPANENKO has five works in the SPAG Open House (above). These will be from his Homage and XO series. To the right is Homage to Max Beckmann (2016, oil on canvas). Sergey says of his Homage series, "I am painting, with respect and love, semi-abstract compositions after the works of famous artists, limiting the color to black and white, but keeping the energy of the original work as much as possible." 
SUSAN TABACHNICK is showing four of her sculptural works assembled from found objects at the All Mixed Up show at 305 Knowlton Street (see above). One is Three Sisters #1 (at right). Her pieces are not permanently attached. She has said she has always been attracted to the idea that everything has a history and when the histories of these objects are joined, an unexpected piece of work comes forth.
KAREN VOGEL has two works in the Firing Circuits show, Together Again at Seabury Academy (see above). At right is Cross Over (24" x 24", Mixed media on Wood panel). In Karen's work, "the language of print, typography, architecture and organic forms emerge from multiple layers of a variety of printmaking and painting techniques."
LEE WALTHER is showing several of her ConverTables and collage mirrors at the All Mixed Up show at 305 Knowlton Street (see above). Lee's removable boxed assemblages are incorporated in her unique convertible 20" × 20" handmade tables that feature a clear acrylic, empty lidded box that becomes a see-through center piece of the table. Image at right includes her tables and Susan Tabachnick's Bowling Ball and Chair. Click for larger image.
Compiled List of Member Openings & Events
Sat. June 4: All Mixed Up, 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport 12-4pm (Jane Davila, Marcella Kurowski, Ruben Marroquin, Jill Sarver, Liz Squillace, Susan Tabachnick, Lee Walther)
Sat. June 4: CCNS Art Show Fundraiser, 12-6pm, Rowayton Community Center (Amy Bock, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Kat Evans, Sholeh Janati, Leslie Koenig, Susan Leggitt, Bronislava Slagle, Malu Tan)
Sat. June 4: Michael J. Clocks and Marcella Kurowski live painting at Gathering of the Five, 11am-10pm, Short Beach, Stratford.
Sat. June 4: Fairfield County Plein Air Painters,  Framemakers Gallery, 2-4pm (Susan Fehlinger, Judith Lambertson)
Sat. June 4: St Philip Artists Guild (SPAG) Open House & Show, 25 France St, Norwalk, 5-8pm (Joyce Coburn, Bruce Horan and Sergey Stepanenko)
Sun. June 5: Focus Under Forty Rowayton Arts Center, 4-6pm (Joseph Dermody and Erin Dolan)
Tue. June 7: Firing Circuits, Together Again, Seabury Academy, 6-8:30pm (Binnie Birstein, Jeanine Esposito, Susan Leggitt and Karen Vogel)
Thu. June 9: Westport Artists Collective Pop Up Show at Westport Arts Center, 5-8pm (too many to list)
Fri. June 10: The Solstice Show, Keeler Tavern Museum, 5-7pm (Mary Harold and Cindi Mullins).
Sat. June 11: Alicia Cobb in Unframed, Fine Body Art Showcase, 8:30pm, VIBZ Uptown, Hartford.
Check for listings of all events by our members!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

SculptureCenter's In Practice program offers artists curatorial and financial support to create new work for exhibition at SculptureCenter (Long Island, NY). It invites artists to submit proposals for new projects to be presented in early 2017. Artists selected for the In Practice exhibition will receive a $250 honorarium and up to $2,000 in production support. The level of production support will depend on the scope of accepted works and available funding. SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution that takes the history and legacy of sculpture as a framework from which to consider the diverse activity taking place in the field of contemporary art. SculptureCenter's program encourages artists and audiences to explore the possibilities of sculpture and the multifarious ways in which sculpture is developing and connecting to other forms of expression. SculptureCenter seeks proposals that offer new ways of considering sculpture or furthering the understanding of the discipline and how it can intersect with other mediums. Artist proposals will be reviewed relative to the following criteria: quality of the proposal and prior work; responsiveness in regards to the specific context of SculptureCenter; feasibility of the project. Application and further information here. Deadline: June 15, 2016

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has issued two additional Requests for Qualifications through COA's Art in Public Spaces Program. These are RFQs, therefore there is no application process. Interested artists should register or update an existing portfolio in the Art in Public Spaces Registry by the RFQ deadline. One registration is all that's required to be considered for current and future public art opportunities. Projects are administered through an RFQ process. The site committee reviews registered artists and shortlists a group for proposal development. The Artist Registry is managed using an online registration process here.  The two projects are: 1. Eastern Connecticut State University, Williamantic, with a budget of $365,000 for interior and/or exterior site-specific public art installations. Open to in-state and out-of-state artists. 2. Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse Torrington, Connecticut, Westport, with a budget of $550,000 for a variety of interior (and possibly exterior) commissions and/or purchase opportunities with a focus on regional artists. Open to in-state and out-of-state artists with a preference for regional artists. RFQ Deadline for both projects: July 14, 2016.
Coming Up...
June 18: City Lights Gallery: SameSex Deadline
June 19: Firehouse Center for the Arts: New England Playwrights Submission Deadline
See full calendar of deadlines at end of Newsletter.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) offers grants to support the development, production, and distribution of innovative projects that demonstrate media as art and media about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, and media arts including animation and digital art). Media arts, as defined by the NEA, includes screen-based projects presented via film, television, radio, audio, video, the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, video games, and transmedia storytelling, as well as media-related printed books, catalogues, and journals. For the next NEA Media Arts deadline of July 14, the NEA supports the creation of film, television, radio, digital and interactive media (all phases); professional development activities such as workshops, conferences and services to the field; facilities access; and publications. Watch the Art Works Webinar for details on the application process. If you have any questions, please contact Media Arts Specialists Sarah Metz (, 202-682-5511) or Sarah Burford (, 202-682-5591). Note: Applicants can submit multiple applications for this July deadline of Art Works: Media Arts. See Guidelines here.

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation aims to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success. To that end, the foundation's Individual Support Grants program was conceived in order to recognize and support the serious, fully-committed artist. Twelve grants are awarded each year to artists who have been in a mature phase of their art practice for at least twenty years. “Maturity” is based on the level of intellectual, technical, and creative development maintained over that time period. Artists must also show that their primary involvement has been with their artistic goals, regardless of other personal or financial responsibilities. Only artists working in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, or printmaking are eligible to apply. Eligibility for an Individual Support grant is determined by current financial need. Each applicant must complete the financial disclosure section in full and submit appropriate financial documentation. Grants amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis. See the Gottlieb Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, information about previous grant recipients, and application instructions.

JUNE 30 

The Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program in Marfa, TX, invites artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, performance-related media and other fine art media are eligible to apply for a residency. The residency is for a two-month periodThe Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program was instituted in 2012 with the aim of supporting the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds and disciplines. The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for artists from the USA to work in a unique natural environment. Marfa is a small town in a sparsely populated area of far West Texas, and artists should be prepared to spend a great portion of their time alone. A residency at Marfa Contemporary is perfect for those artists who seek a quiet environment that remains largely unfettered by industrialism. Due to the isolation of Marfa, it is a condition of acceptance that the artist have a valid driver's license that permits him or her to drive in the United States. Marfa Contemporary provides a furnished apartment and artist studio. A stipend of $1,100 per month is provided to assist with living expenses and art materials. Flights and travel costs to and from Marfa will be borne by Marfa Contemporary. Any car hire/rental cost or travel costs the artist incurs during the residency will be self-funded. It is expected that the artist, during his/her residency, will participate in school workshops, actively engage with the local community and present an open house of his or her work at the close of the residency period, which runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 15.
Deadline: June 30, 2016


The Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, takes place in the Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage. Within this space, artists have the opportunity to produce a body of work in a supportive atmosphere for creative growth and development —using traditional as well as innovative printmaking techniques. The residency offers uninterrupted time and privacy 24/7 in a well-equipped studio with onsite living accommodations. The resident artists work independently or with one of CCP’s staff printers or professional collaborators on an hourly or daily fee basis. CCP is now offering two distinct competitive residency opportunities:
1. A Professional Development AIR. Artists who teach at colleges, universities and high schools throughout the United States may apply for one-or two-week residencies based on professional funding guidelines at your institution. This opportunity is meant to further individual artistic objectives in printmaking. CCP will match 50 percent of costs to a maximum of $2,500 associated with the AIR. Travel, food and materials are not covered expenses. The deadline for this application is June 30, 2016 for residencies in 2017. 
2. Self-funded Residencies. Experienced printmakers may apply for residencies of one or two weeks by submitting an application and the $35 application fee. Applications are due on June 30, 2016 for residencies in 2017. Residencies will be awarded as space permits, given the applicants preferred schedule.  Full details and application instructions here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RESOURCES                             

Jay Deluca, Media Arts Director at the National Endowment for the Arts, wants to alert all film and media-makers to the plethora of Media Arts conferences happening in the month of June. Some of those he highlights are:
1. Eyeo Festival: Code & Activism. Minneapolis, June 6-9, for creative coders, data designers, artists, and attendees.
2. Allied Media Conference: Create, Connect, Transform!  Detroit, June 16-19, for filmmakers, artists, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and dancers.
3. AFI Docs American Film Institute's Documentary Film Festival connecting film audiences with national opinion leaders and filmmakers. Washington DC, June 22-26
4. Games for Change Festival New York CIty, June 23-24. 3 tracks: Civics & Social Impact, Neurogaming & Health and Games for Learning.
5. NAMAC Alliance Conference: Media Arts, Culture & Community. Oakland, June 9-12.

Poets & Writers has updated its Guide to the Book Deal for 2016. This comprehensive electronic guide provides an overview of how books are acquired, edited, and published, so that you can make informed decisions as you begin to navigate the path to publication. This collection of articles edited by the staff of Poets & Writers Magazine, is an essential resource for understanding how the publication process works, including:
  • How books are acquired by editors
  • What to look for in a publishing contract
  • How the editorial process works
  • The advantages of independent publishing
  • How to sell your short story collection
  • When to turn down the deal
  • The challenge of getting blurbs
  • The author's role in book jacket design 
  • When self-publishing may be your path to a book deal
Download here for $4.99

The INTAKE Organization (Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics) is a youth development and arts education organization, founded in 2011 to improve the quality of life for underserved children, largely from immigrant families, by providing access to quality classical music education through the use of native instruments that represent the community’s diverse cultural backgrounds. INTAKE seeks an office manager professional to be responsible for the full range of administrative tasks within the organization to help ensure the smooth functioning of the internal and external system of the organization. The Office Manager plays a central role in the development and coordination of INTAKE’s programmatic activities, including the ongoing Native Instrument Academy and community development initiatives. Responsibilities may include: support services in expense tracking and book keeping; monitoring email correspondences and meeting follow-ups; assist with event and calendar year planning; administering the organization's online contact databases, pupil records/enrollment, master contracts and insurance policy renewals; assist with coordinating instructor/class schedules. The right candidate will have a Bachelors degree, preferably with a finance background, strong organizational and communication skills. Experience of nonprofits and/or education and being bilingual (Spanish language) would be a plus. The hourly rate, for this approximately 20-hours/week position is $15-$20/hour; negotiable, based on experience. Position to begin immediately after successful interview with executive director. Email cover letter and resume to or call 203-952-3762
with questions. Click here for full job description.


The Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre (YSD/YRT) seeks a highly motivated and positive individual to join our staff as long term seasonal Properties Assistant. Responsibilities include assisting in providing props, furniture and set dressing for YRT productions, while maintaining high standards for safety and craftsmanship. This position works closely with the Properties Master and Properties Craftsman, as well as advises and oversees student workers. Ideal candidates have professional and/or college-level experience in general carpentry and use of shop tools; and assembling, altering, and repairing furniture, props, and set dressings. Knowledge of Photoshop, Excel, and Word required. Must be able to shop effectively, and track and log receipts. Preferred experience: AutoCAD, CNC routers or laser cutters, mold making and body casting, upholstery and soft goods construction, welding and metal working, as well as budgeting and bookkeeping experience in a professional setting. Minimum salary is $21.87/hr, plus Yale University benefits package. Opportunity to audit MFA level courses while expanding professional resume credits. Nine-month renewable position (August through May), 37.5 hours/week. Preferred start date August 8th, 2016. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To apply, click here and enter 37075BR in the STARS Requisition number field, then press SEARCH. Click the blue “Apply to Job(s)” button and be sure to upload your resume (which includes 3 references), and include a cover letter referencing position 37075BR.

Established artist looking for a bright and motivated individual that wants some hands-on experience in art. Looking for help with computer and business side. Looking for someone with computer, organizational, business and creative skills. A few hours per week, flexible time, compensation in painting lessons. Email a letter of interest here.

The Coastal Arts Guild of CT invites you to teach art classes with them. Arts and creativity teachers may submit their suggestions of classes they would like to teach, in conjunction with the Guild. Teaching art classes through the Guild, gives you the following support: The Guild's marketing and design team to create materials and promote the class; The Guild's mailing list; its social media outlets; its volunteers, who support your class onsite; a photographer to record the class; a strategic plan for number of students, cost of materials, event planning and location; and a percentage of the net earnings. The Guild is actively looking for art teachers, including master-class instructors, in clay, watercolor, fiber, anime, oil painting, figure drawing, fiction writing, theatrical arts, and more. All course suggestions are welcome. To apply, complete a simple survey, including the fee you would expect for the class, here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Artist (New Haven): Painting Assistant
Creative Arts, New Haven: 2017 Gallery Fellowship
Creative Ground: Website Administrator
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
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June c7: CT Office of the Arts: RFQs for Hammonasset Beach and Sherwood Island Public Art projects.
June c8: Phoenix Gallery, NY: Artists Fellowship Application Deadline
June 10: Vilcek Foundation Creative Promise Prizes: Submission Deadline
June 15: Oficinas do Convento, Portugal: Project Residencies Application Deadline
June 15: Sculpture Center, Long Island City: In Practice Sculpture Proposals Deadline
June 18: City Lights Gallery: SameSex 2016 Submissions Due
June 19: Firehouse Center for the Arts: New England Playwrights Submission Deadline

July c1: Connecticut Dance Alliance: Dance History Project Submission Deadline
July c8: Mass MOCA, Assets for Artists: Artists & Writers Residencies Applications Due
July 14: NEA Media Arts Grants Submission Deadline
July 15: CT Office of the Arts: RFQs for ECSU and Litchfield Courthouse Public Art projects.
July 18: Loft Artists Association: Lost + Found Submissions Deadline
July 29: CT Office of the Arts Regional Initiative Grants Application Deadline
July 31: Independent Documentary Films: Documentary Fund Application Deadline
July 31: Willapa Bay, WA: Artists, Writers, Musicians Residencies: Applications Due

Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant Application Deadline
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