Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - March 10, 2017

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
March 10, 2017
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit service organization that supports its members by providing unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. This newsletter is sent to all who request it - but we ask that, if you are not a member, you explore membership benefits and consider joining this community of more than 500 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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Spotlight on Arts & Culture Radio Show - Mon. March 13
❖ Creative Spaces: Report Out (and check the videos!)
❖ Progressive Gallery Tour: Southport - March 23
❖ Cultivating Collectors - March 30
 Looking for Space or Have Space to Rent? Check out SpaceFinder Connecticut
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Alicia Thompson and Vasken Kalayjian

List of Current Artist Members


❖ Members in Group Events: Rowayton Arts Center, Inspiration; Ridgefield Guild of Artists, CameraWork 2017; Fairfield Museum, IMAGES 2017; Read's ArtSpace Gallery: Obsidian Colored Glasses; Loft Artists Association: Draw On Workshops; Bartlett Arboretum, Four Artists, Four Directions.
❖ Other news from Elizabeth Agresta, Paul Berger, Binnie Birstein, Ann Chernow, Eric Chiang, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Joseph Dermody, Emily Derr, Barbara Dierolf, Erin Dolan, Danielle Goldstein, Ellen Gordon, Ellen Gould, Dorothy Hafner, Karen Kent, Elisa Keogh, Joanie Landau, Allyson Monson, Jill Nichols, Amy Oestreicher, Chris Perry, Marjorie Poe, Barbara Ringer, Marianne Schmidt & I Am Vernice, Alicia Thompson, and Joan Wheeler.
dan Chernow,
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks - Download the Calendar

 Hispanic Heritage Issue of Unity Magazine - March 20
❖ Carriage Barn Arts Center: Art in the Windows - March 31
❖ The Klein: Footsteps of Peace Essay Contest - April 7
 Essex Summer Arts Festival - May 5 (Gallery); May 26 (Outdoor Festival)
❖ Oxford Food & Arts Festival - May 12
❖ Coastal Arts Guild: Artists & Artisans At the Beach - June 15

❖ Bridgeport Schools: Arts Count Day - March 22
❖ Eyebeam Residency: Technology and Trust - March 29

❖ Bruce Museum: Membership Manager
❖ BrownGrotta Arts: Gallery Assistant Internship (Paid)
 Judy Dworin Performance Project: Director of Community Engagement
❖ Town of Hamden: Director of Arts and Culture

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember

Join us Monday, March 13th for our monthly radio program, Spotlight on Arts and Culture on WPKN 89.5FM, Noon - 1pm (streams live and archived at This coming Monday, join host, Jennifer Bangser, with this month's guests: Michael Barker, Managing Director, Westport Country Playhouse; Stephanie Coakley, Executive Director, Pequot Library; and Rose-Marie Fox, Board of Trustees Chair, Silvermine Arts Center for a discussion on how some of our key local anchor institutions have thrived, managing challenges and change over the years, and remaining connected and relevant to the community.
A complete 23-page report and a 5-page executive summary are now available on the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy conference. Video recordings of each of the sessions, and presenters' slides are also available. Key findings are being taken up by working groups. Email David Green to be kept up-to-date on working group meetings.
Come join us for the 6th stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour 2016-17 at Southport Galleries. Join owner Sissy Biggers, director Jennifer Cargill, curator Philip Eliasoph, in this century-old ‘worn with time’ historic space nestled within Southport’s picturesque village. Enjoy Kim Romero’s current show, Prelude to Spring: Emerging Color: "visually tactile and painterly pieces that illicit feelings and emotional triggers,” together with the work of Katy Ferrarone, a Singapore based contemporary artist who grew up in Fairfield County, with her Mind Maps series: each canvas a "reflection of fleeting thoughts, a map where her mind travels in the moment." Find out more and register here.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is partnering with the Silvermine Arts Center to produce a series of events on the theme of Cultivating Collectors. Recognizing the need to develop and cultivate art collectors in our area, and to help further establish the credibility of Fairfield County as a strong arts and cultural community where art is created, discussed, enjoyed, bought and sold, we are co-producing a series of panel discussions, culminating in an art fair in the late spring. The series kicks off March 30 at Silvermine with a State of the Union panel review of the state of the business of art collecting and art sales locally and nationally with a panel of local gallerists: Fernando Luis Alvarez, Isabella Garrucho, Fred Giampetro, and Amy Simon. The panel will be moderated by Martha Lewis, artist, curator-in-residence at New Haven's Institute Library, educator and radio host. Aimed at fellow gallerists, collectors and artists, the discussion will review the field, recent developments, the challenges and issues of working locally versus in New York, nationally and internationally. Register here. Free to all.
Have space/Want space? Check out SpaceFinder - it's free.

A Bridgeport-based actress and playwright Alicia Thompson practically grew up on stage. Her love for the performing arts began at a very early age when she performed in school and church plays. She was known as "little actress" or little "Miss Lou"--Louise Bennett--an iconic Jamaican poet, folklorist, writer, and educator. Bennett had worked to preserve the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories in Jamaican dialect, or patois. Some of her early influences were Jamaican actresses Madge Sinclair and Cheryl Lee Ralph. At age twelve, Alicia entered an island-wide drama festival with her school and was awarded a four year scholarship to attend the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts for four summers in Kingston. Migrating to the United States, and attending Weaver High School, Hartford, she quickly signed up for the school's drama club, where she met Mrs. Frances McAlphine Sharp, a drama teacher who became an important mentor over the years. Alicia attended the University of Bridgeport, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business, and since graduating has been performing in many plays and short films, including Tobacco Burn, a short film that has won over 15 film festival awards. During 2016 she decided to write, perform, direct and produce  I Am My Hair, a one-woman show that includes a post-performance community discussion. It premiered at the Loft, 51 Crescent Ave, Bridgeport, and has been touring ever since. She has performed at Yale for the GEAR UP students and their parents in New Haven, the Secret Theatre Solo Show Festival in New York, Resilient Women Empowerment Conference in Hartford, Black Doll Affair in Stamford, Healed in Heels Conference in Bridgeport, and most currently for the InterACTion Symposium at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. She recently became a member of the Stratford SquareWrights Playwright group. Understanding how the arts can heal communities and change lives, Alicia intends to turn her mission of "Artistry is Ministry" into a venture in which she collaborates with different industry sectors to help strengthen communities locally - and internationally. See Alicia's website, and Facebook page


Vasken Kalayjian was born in 1956 in Aleppo, Syria, descended from Armenians who escaped genocide in the Ottoman Empire 40 years earlier. Vasken began painting at the age of 6 in Syria, when his mother gave him a set of watercolors. Fine art stuck as a passion, which he developed throughout his childhood in Syria then later in the United States, where he immigrated as a teenager. He met his mentor Professor Bruce Colvin and painting instructor Rudolph Baranik while studying Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute in NYC. In the 1970s, his work progressed through Surrealism, Eroticism, Impressionism, Cubism, and Synthetic Cubism. In 1975, he revisited the genocide that his grandparents had fled with a series of paintings that protest the barbaric acts that humanity inflicts on itself, depicting the effect of violence on children and how it is passed on for generations. Born in conflict, Vasken writes that he inherited a need for understanding and healing, which he has pursued all his life through spiritual exploration and the creation of art. In the late 1970s, his work became more abstract, inspired by his study of human consciousness through the teachings of Buddhism and Shamanic practices, as well as the Fourth Way teachings of the mystic and philosopher G. I. Gurdjieff and his student P. D. Ouspensky. These rich and varied explorations have fused into the distinct language that is manifested in his work as we see it today. "Whatever concepts that I cannot express through language," he writes, "all flow through me into my painting. In that moment, it becomes my connection - a lifeline to everything and everybody." He says that true to the Fourth Way's emphasis on developing all of his parts and becoming a good householder before all else, Kalayjian is also a successful businessman as the co-founder of his own international branding consultancy firm, as well as a proud father. Vashen keeps a studio at the Read's Building in Bridgeport. See Vasken's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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YOUR NEWS                             
Paul R. Berger, Heide Follin (1st Place, acrylics), Danielle Goldstein, Yuko Ike (2nd place, oils), Karen Kent (Honorable Mention, mixed media),  Richard Koleszar (3rd place, oils), Judy Noel, Donna Osterby-Brien, and Margorie Poe were among the 88 artists accepted from the 196 entries to Rowayton Arts Center's Inspiration exhibition. The juror for the exhibition was Dean Fisher, faculty member of the Silvermine Arts Center. Chairs were Chris Perry and Sandy Mills. Inspiration runs through March 26.
Paul R. Berger, Karla Bernstein, Miggs Burroughs, Scott Glaser, Danielle Goldstein, Ellen Gould (1st Place), Barry Guthertz, Mary Harold, Lisa Keogh, Barbara Loss, Allyson Monson (Honorable Mention) Margorie Poe, Barbara Ringer, Lisa Silberman, and Nancy Woodward (Honorable Mention) were selected for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ CameraWorks 2017 exhibition. The juror was Rebecca Robertson, photoeditor of PDN and, earlier, ARTnews Magazine. Through Sun March 26
Ellen Gould (Viewers’ Choice Award), Danielle Goldstein, and Scott Glaser were juried into Fairfield Museum and Historical Society's Images 2017 exhibition that opened March 9 and runs through April 30.
Adger Cowans, Jahmane and Shanna Melton are both included in Obsidian Colored Glasses: An Introspective Look At Black Lives Through Art, opening Fri. March 10, 5-10pm at Read's ArtSpace Gallery. This is an introspective look through the creative lenses of artists of color and how they see themselves, culture, the world, life and art. "In the age of Black Lives Matter, political upheavals, resurging racism, bigotry, mass incarceration, mental health concerns and a multitude of other forces affecting our daily lives it's important to check in. Check in on who we are, what we are doing, where we are and especially how do we feel through our interpretive views of the world." Through March 31.
Ellen Gordon is leading this year’s Loft Artists Association free community drawing workshops, DRAW ON, at 575 Pacific St, Stamford, in collaboration with The Ballet School of Stamford, which provides live models, today, Sat March 11 and next Sat March 18, 12-3:30pm. Among the dozen LAA artists offering free instruction and answering questions are: Lisa Cuscuna, Christa Forrest, Sholeh Janati, Barbara Mathis, and Phyllis Sinrich.
Elizabeth Agresta, Ellen Gordon and Olga Klymyk are three of the four Loft Artists Association artists in Four Artists Four Directions, an Art at the Bart exhibition at the Bartlett Arboretum (151 Brookdale Road, Stamford), opening this Sunday March 12, noon-2pm, in the Silver Education Center. Not only does this show present an interesting comparison of four artists’ styles, it offers a good example of how a single artist’s work can evolve over years of practice. The show will run through April 28.
Elizabeth Agresta is one of the four Loft Artists Association artists in Four Artists Four Directions, at the Bartlett Arboretum, opening this Sunday March 12, noon-2pm, Elizabeth is showing several of her American Landscapes, including Tapestry: Into the Woods (2010, oil on canvas 18x24," detail at right, click for complete image). Elizabeth has 10 paintings in the show that demonstrate her development. Tapestry was her first oil, after years of painting with acrylics, so she was experimenting with brushstrokes to get the effect she wanted.
Paul Berger has two works in RGOA's CameraWorks 2017: Lines in the Sand and Waiting for a Ride (2016, silver gelatin print, 22 x 28,” at right), taken at the Shenandoah County Fair, Woodstock, VA, early in the day, before the fair was open to the public. Paul has Waiting by the Harbor that was juried into Inspiration and two images in the Wilton Arts Council’s Focus 17 photography show at the Wilton Library running through March 30. Paul’s Window for the World (B&W 22 x 28” 2014) along with his Off Road (B&W 22 x 28” 2013) are on display at the NEST Arts Factory as part of the Easton Arts Council's photography show, opening Sat, March 11, 2-5pm and running through April 1st.
Binnie Birstein, who has two pieces in CHROMATIC at the Maritime Garage Gallery, through June 2, is in a 3-person show at Reynolds Fine Art in New Haven (96 Orange St.) through April 29. Binnie has several of her Air series of encaustics on panel. At right, detail of Air III: Splash (2014, encaustic on panel, 40″x30″x2,″ click for complete image). Binnie also starts her 6-session encaustic painting class Fuse-Flow-Fun, Thur March 16, 1-4pm at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. Info and registration.
Ann Chernow was featured on two post-Oscar national radio shows: American Tonight, with Kate Delaney and The Question, hosted by Frankie Boyer. She was told that both reached over 260 stations nationwide. Ann spoke about classic Hollywood films, the Oscars, and her work on the subject of Noir.
Eric Chiang's Blue Rhapsody of Swan Lake (2014, oil on canvas, 36" x 36") is currently being shown in Chromaticcurated by Beechwood Arts, and running through June 2 at Norwalk's Art in Parking Spaces' Maritime Garage Gallery (11 N. Water St). This is a very apt submission as Eric writes that there is in this painting a synthesis of feelings from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue: "The swan sings itself into a Saxophone and blows the water into a Rhapsody in Blue."
Heidi Lewis Coleman is currently exhibiting her mixed media pieces, Freya (2008, at left in image to the right) and Passages (2016), in the Belskie Museum of Art and Science's juried show, Personal Renaissance,   
running through March 26. Artists were asked to reflect on their past artwork and compare it to their more recent work, revealing how past ideas combined with personal growth can impact and inspire the ways they currently create. The Belskie Museum is located at 280 High Street, Closter, NJ.
Joseph Dermody has a booth (M715) at the 2017 NYC Architectural Digest Design Show on Piers 92 and 9455th Street at 12th Avenue, in New York, March 16-19"The world's leading brands along with today's top talent come together in a carefully curated presentation of design, offering inspired vignettes by respected brands, design seminars, culinary demonstrations, and special appearances." Click here and search for "715" for Joseph's booth. Purchase tickets here.
Emily Derr is gearing up for the Greenwich Arts Council's 20th Art to the Avenue opening May 4. She was thrilled to have work from her If it's Not Baroque, Don't Fix It series shown at the March 3 Preview, a reception where participating businesses select the artists whose pieces will be displayed for sale on Greenwich Avenue. She says, "I am so curious to see where I am featured. Will it be a boutique, major retailer or restaurant? Who knows? That is part of the adventure." 
NEST Artist Barbara Dierolf will be teaching Ice Dyeing Basics on April 1 and 2 from 1pm to 4pm. This class is a required prerequisite to be able to attend the Ice Dye Mandala class to be held on April 22 and 23, from 10am to 1pm both days. Class fee is $95. All materials needed to complete the two day process.are provided by the instructor. Just bring yourself (wear old clothes) and a notebook and pen. For more information please email Barbara Dierolf at See more NEST workshops

Erin Dolan will have several pieces on view at the Adios Pop-Up Party and Final Exhibition at Galería Isadora (132A Washington St. Norwalk), Wed. March 15, 6-9pm. Included is Erin's Nautical Stories (2016, oil on canvas, 36" x 36"). This set of 9 12x12" canvases (detail of four at right, click for complete set), is part of Erin's continuing fascination with the interplay between smaller works and her often very large canvases. The show runs through March 25.
Danielle Goldstein had her Disney juried into Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ CameraWorks 2017 exhibition. Disney and Passage (2015, 17"x22", detail at right, click for complete image) were juried into the Fairfield Museum's IMAGES 2017 show. Danielle comments that "Passage was made in an ice cave in Iceland. The lone figure wandering through the cold passage seemed to summon the feeling of our own individual journeys through the challenges of life."
Ellen Gordon is one of the four Loft Artists Association artists in Four Artists Four Directions, at the Bartlett Arboretum, opening this Sunday March 12, noon-2pm, Ellen is showing six large pieces including collage, mixed media, drawing and watercolor/ink. At right Cut Paper (2016, paper collage, 32"x28," detail on right, click for complete image).
Ellen Gould won 1st Place in RGOA's CameraWorks 2017 and the Viewers' Choice Award in the Fairfield Museum's IMAGES 2017 show for her So Done (2016, digital print, 30"x22," detail at right, click for complete image). The image was originally shot for a Garden Club of America Flower Show in Pasadena, CA, where it won a First Award. Ellen said that, noticing how wonderful the light was at Westport's Tarry Lodge, where she eats lunch with her husband, she took some 400 photographs and this is the final result.
Leading glass artist Dorothy Hafner (she has works in more than 20 museum collections worldwide and published in over 60 books on Art, Craft, and Design) offers Glass-Fusing Workshops at her studio in South Norwalk (223 Wilson Ave). Options range from an introductory 2-hour Glass-Fusing Experience, where you see all the steps of glass fusing, learn glass cutting and make your own glass plate in sparkling colors, through a 1-day workshop (Color, Color, Color), a 3-day intensive workshop, The Elements of Inspiration including a “visual brainstorming” exercise and methods for creating dynamic designs to a full blown 6-week workshop Design, Inspiration and Realization. Click for details. Register with Dorothy at, 203-292-5995.
Karen Kent had two mixed media pieces juried into the Rowayton Arts Center's Inspiration exhibition: Christopher, one of Karen's many owls, and Molly (2017, 30"X24," detail at right, click for complete image). Molly won an Honorable Mention in the mixed media category. The juror for the exhibition was Dean Fisher, faculty member of the Silvermine Arts Center. Chairs were Chris Perry and Sandy Mills. Inspiration runs through March 26.
Elisa Keogh had one work juried into CameraWorks 2017 at RGOA: her diptych White Buildings I + II (2016, 18x48" detail at right, click for complete image) from her Journeys series: "Snippets of life from a moving train window leaves the passenger with an out-of-focus, dreamy reality of scenes that so quickly came and went -- an abstracted memory of color and form, never to be seen in exactly the same way again."
Joanie Landaus I’M NOT FAMOUS, (2016, digital collagraph printed on archival ink jet paper, face mounted to 1/4" plexiglass (Display Ready)., 30"x40", at right) has been selected to be part of the Cape Cod Museum of Art's Freedom of Expression exhibition (60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA). Opening Reception and Award Ceremony, March 23, 5:30-7pm; the show runs through may 14. Joanie comments: "I’m Not Famous is a statement on the 21st-century pitfalls of stardom as it relates to social media."
Allyson Monson received an Honorable Mention for her photographic print Sound No. 1, (2017, 36"x24," detail at right, click for complete image) juried into the Ridgefield Guild Artists's CameraWorks 2017.  This image comes from Allyson's Splat series and was taken at Compo Beach, Westport.
In Phi, Jill Nichols speaks to the Unity found through the female spirit: Wisdom, Love, Heart, Light, Peace and Hope. Phi (oil on copper, 48" x 108," detail at right, click for complete image) makes her debut at the Nasty Women's Exhibition, celebrating the power of women, at the (Young Men's) Institute Library, 845 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. March 9- April 8th, for more information on Phi, read Jill's webpage here.
Amy Oestreicher is bringing Gutless & Grateful - her musical comedy about trauma, and the happy surprises that you can find on the way - back to New York March 26th. Amy just gave her second TedX talk at Virginia Commonwealth University. The video will be posted in May but you can see pictures here 
Watch out for an interview with book-art magician, and recent Silvermine Guild inductee, Chris Perry by Joel Lang for the Connecticut Post for publication this coming Sunday, March 12. It will be the cover story of the arts section of the Norwalk Hour and inside the Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate and others. At right Chris' 148 Ripples - Reef.
Marjorie Poe had her photograph Shall We Dance? juried into RGOA's Cameraworks 2017 exhibition (2016, photograph, 16x20" framed, detail at right). The photograph is og a Tibetan girl dancing and playing with a Chinese instrument at Jo-Jia Heaven, a hotel in Jo-Jia-Go, an 8 hour drive from Chengdu city in China. Marjorie also had her Pool Table gouache juried into the Rowayton Arts Center's Inspiration show, which runs through March 26.
Barbara Ringer has work in CameraWorks 2017 at the Ridgefield Guild (through March 26), has her Sixties Woman photomontage for The Nasty Women Connecticut Art Exhibition, set to run through April 8 at the Institute Library on Chapel Street, New Haven, and has three pieces, including Flexible Arrangement (2016, 19" x 13" framed photograph, detail at right) in SHUTTER, a photography group exhibition at Art & Frame Gallery in Danbury. An artists' reception is this Sat. March 11, 5-7pm, and the show runs through April 8. 
Marianne Schmidt and I Am Vernice celebrate moving into Studio 8 in the 305 Knowlton Street Building with a party Sat. March 11, 5-9pm. Studio tours, poetry readings, and light refreshments. All are welcome. More information here.
New member Alicia Thompson presents her popular one-woman theatrical presentation I Am My Hair, at Housatonic Community College's Lafayette Hall, Tues. March 21, 6:30pmThe performance is about five females who struggle with self-image, acceptance, and media images. At some point, they have to make a decision about whether to cross the border of conforming to society's norms, or to come to terms with accepting their authentic self. The presentation is part of HCC's Theater Arts Program, through its InterACTion Symposium, Crossing Borders
Joan Wheeler  has a painting in The Nasty Women Connecticut Art Exhibition, set to run through April 8 at the Institute Library on Chapel Street, New Haven. Her work, Seekers (2016, 24"x36" painting with wool, detail at right, click for complete image) references the idea of moving on, passing from one state into another. Joan comments, "This may be the movement through time, or the movement through space, or both."
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
Click button to right to download Fairfield County events to your ICAL or Google Calendar
Sun. March 12: Chris Perry interview in Norwalk Hour, CT Post, Stamford Advocate etc.
Sun. March 12: Art at the Bart, Bartlett Arboretum. Opening Reception, noon-2pm (Elizabeth Agresta, Ellen Gordon and Olga Klymyk)
Wed. March 15: Dorothy Hafner, Glass Fusing Workshops. 2-hour Glass Fusing Experience, 6-8pm. Explore other options.
Wed. March 15: Adios Pop-Up Party and Final Exhibition at Galería Isadora, 132A Washington St. Norwalk. Reception, 6-9pm. (Erin Dolan)
Thur. March 16: Binnie Birstein Fuse-Flow-Fun Encaustic Workhops Begin
Thur. March 16-Sun March 19: Joseph Dermody, Booth M715 at Architectural Digest Design Show (Piers 92 and 94, 55th at 12th Ave., New York)
Sat. March 18: Draw On Workshops, Loft Artists Association, Stamford. Reception, 12-3:30pm (Lisa Cuscuna, Christa Forrest, Sholeh Janati, Barbara Mathis, and Phyllis Sinrich.)
Tues. March 21: Alicia Thompson, I Am My Hair, Housatonic Community College, Lafayette Hall, 6:30pm.
Thurs. March 23: Cape Cod Museum of Art, Freedom of Expression (60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA). Opening reception, 5:30-7:30pm (Joanie Landau)
Sat. April 1: Barbara Dierolf, Ice Dyeing Workshop, The NEST Arts Factory.
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CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

Picture That, LLC and Thompson Hospitality invite you to submit artwork for the September 2017 Hispanic Heritage edition of UNITY Magazine. UNITY Magazine is distributed on a complimentary basis to hundreds of corporate and university dining centers throughout the United States, where Thompson Hospitality provides food services. This is a great opportunity to have your artwork viewed by thousands of consumers and possibly sold. Click here to view past editions of UNITY Art Centerfolds. Picture That is interested in a variety of unique objects in different media: paintings, watercolors, collage, drawings, photographs, prints, mixed media works as well as traditional art forms like bead work, baskets, jewelry, pottery and sculpture including works of glass. Please format the subject of your EMAIL as follows:  Hispanic_LastNameFirstName_THArt
Required materials include:
1. Five (5)digital images as jpg files of artwork to be considered; 300 dpi or greater (3.5"+ in size). Name the jpg files the same as artwork title.
2. Artist Bio and/or Artist Statement (Word documents or text files are acceptable).
3. Artist Photo as jpg file
If you have any questions or would like your work considered for a feature in UNITY
Magazine, please e-mail the required materials below by Monday, March 20


The Carriage Barn Arts Center is seeking artists to showcase their artwork in New Canaan store windows and participate in a downtown celebration of the arts in. Many premier retailers in New Canaan are participating in this annual event, which promotes local artists and benefits the Carriage Barn Arts Center, home of the New Canaan Society for the Arts (NCSA). Please take into consideration that store space is limited and all submissions may not be exhibited. Typically, a store window can accommodate 1 – 3 smaller pieces of art. A limited number of stores can display large scale artwork. Any medium is welcome, including small sculptures. There are no substitutions once works for the exhibit are chosen. The designation of artwork in the stores is at the discretion of the Director and the Art in the Windows committee. Please note the NCSA is not liable for any loss or damage of artwork. Artists receive 50% from sales, with 50% supporting the NCSA. New This Year: 1. "Affordable art" will be highlighted throughout the exhibit and pieces priced at $1,000 or less will be featured. 2. A Youth Category has been added for artists ages 8-16. Selected works will be displayed in designated store windows or in a special youth gallery in town. 3. Artists will be asked to participate in a Kick-off Event on May 5, 5-7pm, hosted in conjunction with the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, with receptions taking place at various retailers, restaurants and locations around town. A maximum of 3 works per artist. Fees for NCSA members and Youth/Student: $21 ($36 for nonmembers). For prospectus and entry form, click here.

To further the celebrations around The Klein's Footsteps of Peace concert April 28, honoring civil rights leader and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Justice of the Supreme Court who was instrumental in ending legal segregation, The Klein has announced an essay contest. Please spread the word to middle school and high-school students you know. Students are asked to write a 1-page essay on: "What does freedom really mean to you, and how can we get there as a country and as a society?" There will be 4 winners: 2 in the Middle School Division (grades 6-8) and 2 in the high-school division (grades 9-12). Each of the four winners will receive a $100 scholarship and will have the opportunity to showcase their essay during the concert. Each winning student will receive a pair of tickets to attend the April 28 concert. Essays must be submitted by April 7 to: Executive DIrector, Laurence Caso at (or mailed to The Klein, c/o Laurence Caso, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605.

The Arts Center Killingworth/Spectrum Gallery announces a Call for Entries for Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters for the 2017 Essex Town Green Outdoor Summer Arts Festival. Open to visual artists working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood, stone and clay. Ways to Participate:
1. Exhibit at the two-day Outdoor Summer Arts Festival, June 17-18 on the Essex Town Green. Demonstrate, discuss and sell your artwork. Participation required both days of Festival.
2. Submit work for consideration in the 6-week Spectrum Gallery Group Show at the Center’s Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT. Only Outdoor Arts Festival participants are eligible to exhibit in the Spectrum Show. 
$80, nonrefundable Participation Fee for Exhibitors showing at the Outdoor Summer Arts Festival both days of the Festival Weekend. Group Rate: Maximum 2 artists per tent. Fee for two artists sharing a tent space is $120. Prospectus and application form here.
 MAY 12

The 3rd Annual Food and Arts Fest in Oxford, CT is scheduled for Sunday, June 11 (noon-6pm; rain date 6/18) along Great Oak Road in Oxford. Two schools on either end of Great Oak Road provide plenty of parking and the road is closed to vehicular traffic. Food trucks are lined up on one side of the street and arts and craft vendors on the other side of the street. In the middle of the street, tables and chairs are lined up so the guests have a place to sit and enjoy their food and display the treasures they’ve bought. Throughout the day there is music, magicians, face painters, stilt walkers – etc. Last year there were 22 trucks and 50 vendors' booths, beautiful weather and lots and many very happy, well-fed people. Because there was wind last year, this year there is a requirement that every umbrella, awning and tent must be weighted down. Download application form here for Arts and Crafts Vendors to participate.

The Coastal Arts Guild of CT invites artists, artisans, and fine crafters for Artists & Artisans at the Beach 2017 to be held Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10 (10am-5pm) at Short Beach Park, in Stratford.
The Guild welcomes applications from fine artists and artisans who create work from across the spectrum of the handmade arts, including fine artists, makers of original arts and crafts, and food artisans.
No mass-market, re-sold work, imports or crafts from kits will be accepted. This is a juried show and all applications are reviewed by committee. All artists, crafters and vendors are responsible for providing their own tables, chairs, displays and tents.
All spaces will be assigned. All tents are required to have a WHITE canopy. Prior participation does not guarantee acceptance in this year’s show. Artist Registration Fees: $170/space, $150 if application is received before June 15, 2017. Guild members: $150/space, $135 if received before June 15, 2017. Application form here.

Resources Run by WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) this is a registry of opportunities, as well as an application management system. Registration required.
ArtSake: Archive of Calls for Artists, run by the Massachusetts Arts Council "the art world's first and most accessed resource of its kind"
The Calls for Artists (can be indexed by state and deadline)
Scoop.It: Public Art RFPs and RFQs
NYFA Opportunities: Calls, Residencies and other opportunities. Can be indexed by date, location and type

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 Eyebeam Residency is a prestigious award for artists engaged with technology and technologists working in the arts. Residents work in Eyebeam studios in Brooklyn for one year on experimental, interdisciplinary projects with a goal towards invention and impact. Residents receive a generous financial stipend as well as access to top-notch facilities and a dynamic far-reaching community. Frequent critiques and mentorship by field leaders in the arts, business, and technology sectors round out the experience. Work generated by artists during their residency (Oct. 2017-Sept 2018)—whether art, research, code, or machines—are to be made open source and accessible to the public through means like teaching tools, open events, public repositories and documentation. A stipend of up to $30,000 is offered to all residents. Deadline: March 29. Theme: Trust. The ways in which we trust have been transformed. As institutions lose credibility, people are placing their faith in new myths. It is critical to design methods for critique, communication and coordination towards a more open, inventive and just world. This call is open to engineers and artists who want to work within a collaborative environment for critique and support. Eyebeam identifies the following three areas of focus for this year:
Democracy: How can technology be leveraged to strengthen democratic values? 
Ownership: How do we expand open-source practice in service of the commons?
Community: How can communities acknowledge differences while building unity? 
Eligibility: Acceptance into the program is predicated upon applicant’s ability to commit to 3 days a week of robust professional development and group feedback participation from Tuesday through Thursday. Success of the group program is dependent on you being present regularly.  Acceptance into the program is predicated upon applicant’s ability to commit to 3 days a week of robust professional development and group feedback participation from Tuesday through Thursday. Success of the group program is dependent on you being present regularly. For application procedure and more information, click hereIn-person interviews in early June. Applicants notified in early July. Apply here


The Bruce Museum seeks a Membership Manager who reports to the Development Manager/Donor Relations Manager and is responsible for leading the Membership Program through a wide range of acquisition and retention plans, including:
  • manage operations/correspondence
  • compile monthly renewal, upgrade and conversion reports
  • create text for all membership collateral material
  • create/implement strategic membership acquisition opportunities
  • address all concerns/questions of members with efficiency and sensitivity
  • oversee stewardship responsibilities for members
  • oversee design/implementation of retention/conversion strategies and strategic plan for new member recruitment initiatives
  • represent membership interests with other staff/volunteers and alignment with Museum programming
  • design Founding Member programs tied to institutional growth
  • manage/maintain accurate membership records, including timely acknowledgements, revenue reports, mailing lists, member lists and other reports as needed
  • oversee Robert Bruce Circle membership activities and assist with Corporate Leadership Council, including event management
  • oversee membership events.
Qualifications include: Degree in Arts Administration, Art History, Museum Studies, and/or other liberal arts discipline preferred; 5+ years of museum or other non-profit experience working with all levels of donors; fundraising experience essential & experience organizing special events required; strong interest in the arts preferred. For further qualifications and application instructions, click here.


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

The Judy Dworin Performance Project [JDPP] seeks qualified applicants for the position of Director of Community Engagement. This position will work closely with JDPP Executive Director, Associate Artistic Director and other members of JDPP's close-knit, action-oriented staff to deepen existing relationships as well as help identify new partners, program participants, and opportunities for financial support of JDPP's three programmatic offerings – Bridging Boundaries, Moving Matters! and The Ensemble. The Director of Community Engagement will expand JDPP's ability to meet its strategic goals, particularly around broadening its visibility, reach and program impact across diverse communities to increase understanding of social issues, build community, and inspire action through the arts. The position will focus on meeting four goals: 1) raising the organization's visibility regionally and beyond as a catalyst for social change; 2) engaging more people and organizations in the agency's mission; 3) expanding the impact of JDPP's arts outreach programs and providing tools and training to bring its residency model to additional schools and prisons; and 4) laying the foundation for organizational and financial stability. For complete job description, click here. A reliable car is a must. Salary range is commensurate with experience. Full-time, 40 hours per week. EOE.
The Town of Hamden seeks a Director of Arts & Culture. This is a highly responsible Administrative position in the Town of Hamden reporting directly to the Mayor. The Director of Arts & Culture will create and oversee implementation of the strategic vision, business plan, budget, staffing plan, marketing plan for music, dance, film, theater, multi-disciplinary arts programming and other community events and projects. Coordinates funding and community volunteer involvement.
Skills Required: Must be proficient in all aspects of booking and artist relations, production management, and community development. Graduation from a recognized college or university with a four (4) year degree in Fine Arts or a closely related field of study. Three (3) years of Arts and Culture programming experience with supervisory responsibility. Sound fiscal management expertise required along with strong leadership skills including conflict resolution and team building. Completed applications and resumes should be sent to: Personnel Department, Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518. Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Teaching Artists
Greenwich Arts Council: Executive Director
Pequot Library: Director of Development
Sacred Heart University, Graphic Design Adjunct
Saugatuck Digital Arts Workshop, Fairfield: Digital Arts Education Coordinator
Yale New Haven Hospital: (Writer) Artist-in-Residence
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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
March 13: Spotlight on Arts & Culture: WPKN, 89.5FM Thriving Over the Years
March 20: Picture That: Sept 2017 Hispanic Heritage Unity magazine Deadline
March 22: Bridgeport Schools, Arts Count Day
March 22: Regional Initiative Grant (REGI) Application Deadline
March 29: Eyebeam Residency: Technology & Trust Application Deadline
March 30: Cultivating Collectors Panel: "State of the Union", Silvermine, 6-8pm
March 31: New Canaan Art in the Windows Submission Deadline

April c1: USArtists International: Deadline for Tours July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.
April c7: Footsteps of Peace Essay Contest Submission Deadline
April 15: Deadline for applying to participate in Maker Faire Westport 2017
April 16: Rochester Contemporary Art Center's 6x6x2017  - Entries Due
April 22: Figment NYC 2017 Submission Deadline

May c5: Essex Summer Arts Festival Application Deadline
May 12: Oxford Food and Arts Fest (June 11) Application Deadline
May 17: CT Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship Application Deadline (Guidelines published March 1)

June 15: Coastal Arts Guild Artists and Artisans At the Beach Application Deadline
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