Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - May 6, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
May 6, 2016
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 400 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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❖ Connect with Schools - May 9
❖ Michael Ross on our Radio Show - May 9
❖ Art is Everywhere Panel Discussion - May 9
❖ ACE Awards Breakfast - May 19
❖ Public Art with Tamara Dimitri - May 20
❖ Welcome New Members: Nina Bentley, Erin Dolan, MaryEllen Hendricks, Phyllis Sinrich, Bronislava Slagle, and Tammy Winser

❖ Member Round-Up: News from Patrice Barrett, Nina Bentley, Binnie Birstein, Elise Black, Amy Bock, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Michael J. Clocks, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carlos Davila, Jane Davila, Barbara Dierolf, Erin Dolan, Jeanine Esposito, Kat Evans, Susan Fehlinger, Joe Gitterman, Vernice Holmes, Michele Hubler, Jana Ireijo, Sholeh Janati, Karen Kalkstein, Amy Kaplan, Niki Ketchman, Leslie Koenig, Judith Lambertson, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Kristin Merrill, Toby Michaels, Day Moore, Nancy Moore, Cindi Mullins, Susan Murray, Dale Najarian, Marjorie Poe, Diane Pollack, Lynn Carlson Popat, Rick Shaefer, Malu Tan, Lee Walther, and Joan Wheeler.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ New Britain Museum of American Art: New/Now - Rolling Deadline
Norwalk NICE Festival: Call for Crafts Vendors - May 15
❖ Bruce Museum: iCreate - May 16
❖ Art & Science Collaborations/NY Hall of Science
: FOOD - May 22
❖ Arts Center Killingworth: Summer Arts Festival, Essex - May 27
❖ Poets & Artists: Size Matters - June 1

❖ Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise for Immigrant Artists  - June 10
❖ Phoenix Gallery, NY: Fellowship Program - June 8

❖ Real Art Ways: P/T Grant Writer
❖ Melissa & Doug: Graphic Designer
❖ g.a. macura: Art Preparator
❖ Isabella Garrucho Fine Art: Interns

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Interested in connecting more effectively with schools and their curriculum? How do you become a registered Teaching Artist? How do you find nonprofits with whom you could work to teach the arts in schools? Sign up for our Connecting With Local Schools & Their Curriculum Education Summit at Fairfield Public Library Mon May 9, 10-12:30pm. 

Join us Monday, May 9 at noon for our Spotlight on Arts & Culture monthly radio program on WPKN, 89.5FM (stream here)Michael Ross, Managing Director of the Westport Country Playhouse is our featured guest. Michael is returning to his roots at the Center Stage Theatre in Baltimore. Join us for an insightful conversation on regional theatre and inspiring new generations of arts supporters. Featuring special call-in guests.
Join Cultural Alliance Program Director, David Green as he moderates a discussion Monday at 6pm at the Westport Arts Center with four key local arts figures about art and its impact, and especially on the issues emerging from the two art-related plays in repertory at the Westport Country Playhouse: Art and Red in Repertory.
Tickets are selling fast for our first  Arts & Culture Empowerment Award Breakfast. Come celebrate the success of the Westport Artists’ Collective Founders, Curtain Call, Bank of America, The Bruce Museum and Richard J. Wenning. Read more here. Buy seats/raffle tickets here.

Interested in Public Art? Are you on the Public Art Register? What is that?  Come hear Tamara Dimitri from the CT Office of the Arts talk about Public Art Opportunities and how to sign-up to be eligible for opportunities as they arise: Friday May 20, 10am-noon at Silvermine Arts Center. Find out more and sign-up.
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Nina Bentley is a self-described "multi-media assemblage sculptor," a conceptual artist whose rich, much-travelled life has influenced her as an artist: "growing up in Brooklyn, having a father who was an Italian anarchist and a mother who worked, a cheerleader in the 1950's, a history major at college, a writer of advertising copy, a designer of department store window displays, a mother, a corporate wife, living fifteen years in Europe, becoming a grandmother - now many times over. All of these experiences have left their mark and occasioned reflection."  She also writes how she is concerned with social issues: "From early childhood I have been moved both by aesthetics and the human condition, not only matters affecting me personally but those evident on a broader social scale. I create art in order to gain some perspective on the world around me while trying to retain a sense of humor. In short, my work can be seen as multi-dimensional social commentary." Nina has had numerous solo shows in Europe and the U.S. She has won awards in regional juried shows, including Silvermine's Art of the Northeast, and at the Mattatuck, Katonah and Discovery museums. She had a solo show in the New Britain Museum of American Art's NEW/NOW series, has exhibited at many regional galleries, and curated local shows for the Flinn Gallery, the Westport Historical Society, Westport Arts Center and the Rye Art Center. A former executive director of the Rye Art Center, and board member of the Westport Arts Center, she was one of the founders of the Westport Artists Collective (WAC) and is an active member of the Silvermine Arts Guild. See Nina's website, Facebook page, Silvermine page and WAC page.

Erin Dolan is a painter and mixed media artist who writes that her art career began around age 4 when she taught her older sister how to tie her shoes. "It was then that I knew intuitively, that working with my hands, building, scratching, constructing and painting would become my life’s work." With a BFA in painting, printmaking and sculpture from SMU, and a Master's in Art Education from NYU, Erin taught art in a variety of public and private schools, and museums, in Manhattan for 10 years before moving to Hawaii. Now, back on the east coast, Erin continues to teach Advance Placement Drawing, 2D- Design, 3D-Design, Ceramics and Sculpture at Rye Country Day School, is a member of Norwalk's Wilson Avenue Loft Artists and is the Artistic Director for the Rock ‘n’ Renew Foundation. Inspired by the contrast between the tranquillity to be found in nature, and the loud, bustling experience of the city, she notes how "observing the scratch marks on the bark of a tree, while simultaneously observing the scratch distressed marks within cement, metal and bricks walls, play a role in my mark making, layering and the subtractive scratching process at the center of my work. The notion of contrast as a place of inspiration is a continued dialogue in my life and art." Her extensive travels are ever-present in her work: the beaches of eastern Long Island, the industrial spaces of Greenpoint, the cities of New York, Savannah, San Francisco, Paris, London, Brussels, Stockholm, Barcelona, the mountains of Taos, the fjords of Norway, and "the breath-taking beaches, lava flow, snow covered mountains and beauty of the Big Island of Hawaii." See Erin's website, blog, Instagram, and Twitter feed.


Since graduating from Pratt Institute over 30 years ago, MaryEllen Hendricks has been exploring various photographic processes. Her passion is late 19th- and early 20th-century large format photography. To capture some of the qualities in the work of photographers she admired, like Carleton Watkins, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Karl Blossfeldt, she attached a barrel lens from the late 1800s to her 4x5 view camera, and with her exploration of 19th-century printing techniques, her work changed dramatically. She began exploring portraiture and landscapes, again using large-format cameras and antique lenses. Continually finding inspiration in early photography, she started printing these images with platinum and gum bichromate vintage processes, giving a timeless feel to contemporary subjects. She is the founder of The Thin Places Project, an effort to document places where people experience the presence of the spiritual. According to Celtic tradition, Earth and Heaven, the physical and the spiritual worlds, are never very far apart. MaryEllen noticed how often a special location, a place of solitude, a place of transcendence, a Thin Place, would figure in the stories of friends and acquaintances, especially when they faced challenges or crises or simply needed escape. See MaryEllen's website.

For photographer Phyllis Sinrich, "It’s all about the thrill of discovery - the “wow” of coming upon specks of paint and paper transformed into dazzling awesome image that resonates emotionally. Find it. Shoot it. Capture it forever." Phyllis writes that, as a child, she dreamed of becoming an archeologist. "I still love digging around old ruins and delight at each unique, centuries-old discovery. These objects evoke a profound sense of closeness with the ancient people who created them." She says that photography helps her fulfill that same joy of spontaneous discovery - so she can metaphorically “dig” anywhere in the world. Phyllis exhibits her work regularly in area juried shows (most notably in the annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, where she has won several awards). In 2003 one of her abstract photographs was a First Place winner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Annual National Photo Competition. Other venues have been the Katonah Museum, Silvermine Arts Center, the Edward Hopper House Art Center, UConn Art Gallery, Stamford, City Lights Gallery, the Fairfield Museum and History Center, the Quick Center of the Arts, and the GE World Headquarters. She writes: “The excitement for me as an artist is to capture something entirely unique through the camera’s eye . . . shooting a real-world image that morphs into abstraction or invites speculation about the subject. By interpreting the world around us in a non-traditional way I hope to spark an emotional reaction . . . perhaps raise 
a tingle of tension between illusion and reality . . . and ultimately, evoke a deeper artistic experience.”  See Phyllis' website.

Wilton multimedia artist Bronislava Slagle studied art in Czechoslovakia and education before escaping from her Soviet-occupied homeland in 1981. After modeling in Austin and New York, she studied hairdressing in Manhattan, and got to own her own salon. Moving to Connecticut, Bronislava studied art at Norwalk Community College and exhibited her work in numerous juried shows - at the Rowayton Art Center, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Westport Art Center, and at the Wilton, Easton, and Fairfield public libraries. Her biology professor once said "Everything is connected to everything" and that has informed her work ever since, as it expanded from simple to ever more complicated shapes: "They lack predictability and have a degree of disorder, yet these organic shapes create a wonderful harmony of weirdly entangled curves and lines." Like other non-objective artists, from Miro to Rex Ray, she says she works from her subconscious: “By connecting my emotions to the outer world, I feel I am connected to everything.” Her other passion is knitting, which she teaches at Bridgeport's Black Rock Public Library. She also has more than 200 educational videos on YouTube. Her newest body of work focuses on knitting as an art, which goes back to the 12th century and is now having a comeback. Her improvised knitted creature-like shapes may seem to have stepped from the past - chaotic and wild - but, she says, the opposite is true: knitting is calm, soothing and Zen-like. All of her knitted, delicate pieces have organic and see-through forms carefully blended with painted abstract shapes, thus creating enigmatic impressions directed toward the viewer. See Bronislava's latest work in Aqua at the Maritime Garage Gallery, her websiteblog, and Facebook page.

Tammy Winser is a mixed media artist focusing on whimsical, absurd or thought-provoking works. Photography, painting, collage, tiny mini-scenes or giant items are all employed to convey her ideas. Delight is her medium: Thought, uncertainty, delight. If you look at my work, and find yourself questioning it, then I have succeeded. If it made you smile, even better. Tammy started in fashion (a Parsons grad who became a print designer for Marc Jacobs). She was a kid photographer, and has since created public artworks in the U.S., Berlin, and Australia. She currently works on private commissions and exhibits in local galleries. Her Westport Arts Center shows include Toy Stories, Solos 2013, Home Sweet Home, Illusion, and many pop-ups. Tammy is one of the founders of the Westport Artists Collective. See her webpage.

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YOUR NEWS                             
NINA BENTLEY, HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, JEANINE ESPOSITO, KAREN KALKSTEIN, SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO, NANCY MOORE, and DIANE POLLACK have work in By a Thread: The Fine Art of Fiber, curated by NANCY MOORE for the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. The opening reception will be on Saturday May 14, 4-6pm at RGOA, 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield.

PATRICE BARRETT, CARLOS DAVILA, JANE DAVILA, BARBARA DIEROLF, KRISTIN MERRILL, SUSAN MURRAY, RICK SHAEFER and 27 other artists and musicians will participate in THE NEST OPEN STUDIOS, Sat. May 14, 2-5pm. Details here.
MIGGS BURROUGHS, TRACE BURROUGHS, MICHAEL J. CLOCKS, HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, SUSAN FEHLINGER, JANA IREIJO, NIKI KETCHMAN, LESLIE KOENIG, TOBY MICHAELS, DAY MOORE, DALE NAJARIAN, LEE WALTHER and JOAN WHEELER will each be contributing a work to the Transformed exhibit at Beechwood Arts, viewable at the May 15 Transformed Arts Immersion Salon, 2-5pm
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, ERIN DOLAN, VERNICE HOLMES, MICHELE HUBLER, SHOLEH JANATI, AMY KAPLAN, SUSAN MURRAY, DALE NAJARIAN, MARJORIE POE, LYNN CARLSON POPAT and MALU TAN are in Art About Town, Westport, sponsored by Westport Downtown Merchants Association. The Opening Night Street Party takes place Thur. May 19, 5:30-8:30pm.
BINNIE BIRSTEIN, has a piece What Lies Beneath: Redline (detail at right, 2012, encaustic, india ink, graphite on birch panel, 47 x 35 x 2 inches) in the Silvermine Arts Center's one-night-only Pop-Up show May 19, 6-8pm. What Lies Beneath is a series that "still deals with the grid and energy, seeking space within and breaking out on yet a larger scale." Binnie also has work in the CT Affordable Art Fair, at The Avenue, 173 Main St, Norwalk May 13-June 12.

ELISE BLACK has a solo show, What Comes To Be, at Rockwell Art, 236 Post Rd. E, Westport, through August 5. Elise is showing a range of her work: paintings, assemblages and sculpture. The title of the show refers to "that magical state where the work takes on a life of its own, seemingly without deliberate thought on the part of it's creator." At right a detail from Jealous Sky(triptych, 36"h x 86"w x2.5"d, resin coated mixed media on canvas). Click for complete image
Congratulations to ZIGGY BOBER for being selected for the Save our Stepney Art on the Green public art project. At right Rebirth, one of three sculptures selected to kick off the project for their whimsy, scale, and the fact that they light up at night, offering viewers a different sculptural experience. A reception to meet Ziggy and learn more about his work will be held Sunday May 15th, 3-5pm at the Stepney Green. Refreshments will be served, accompanied by live music. 
AMY BOCK will be exhibiting three oil paintings from her Pollinators series in Flora & Fauna, a 7-person invitational show at The NEST Arts Factory, 1720 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, opening Sat May 14, 2-4 pm. At right, Chinese Peacock (oil on mica, 30" x 30"). Click for larger image. 
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN will be exhibiting her artwork at Dovecote Antique Store, 53 Post Road East, during Art About Town, Westport, May 19th - June 19th. At right, Namaste 2 (mixed media assemblage on watercolor paper 22" x 22," framed). She will also be showing her mixed media assemblage piece, IYATIKU, in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' upcoming show, By a Thread: The Fine Art of Fiber, Saturday, May 14, 4-6pm. 
ERIN DOLAN has several pieces, together with eight other Wilson Avenue Loft Studio artists, in a show, The Artful Kitchen, in the showrooms of nukitchens, 132 Water Street, South Norwalk. The show runs through July 25. An opening reception will be held next Thursday May 19, 6-8pm. At right Erin's Blooming (oil on canvas, 44" square)
KAT EVANS is one of three "color field" painters in an exhibition at SMHome Gallery, COLOR FIELD ARTISTS 2016opening with a Cosmo Cocktail Reception, Thursday, May 19, 5:30-7:30pm, with an artists' talk at 6:30pm. RSVP at the Facebook page, here.
SHOLEH JANATI has a solo show in the reception area of Sacred Heart University's Graduate Center in Landmark Square, Stamford. The pieces she has on display represent her earlier style, according to the curator, where she is using large strong brushstrokes. Also now available is a short video of Sholeh's large solo exhibition, Breaking Boundaries at Lilian August
JOE GITTERMAN was invited to place his sculpture On Point 7 at the Governor’s Mansion Residence in Hartford. The sculpture (click for larger image) is part of a permanent sculpture park exhibit and is joined by the works of twenty four other living Connecticut artists. The sculpture was inspired by the graceful arms of a dancer and regally stands approximately 8 feet tall. Made of mirror polished bronze mounted on a painted metal pedestal On Point 7 is on view for all to enjoy. Photographer Al Ferreira
JUDITH LAMBERTSON is having a solo show at ART/PLACE: GUARDIA IN CONNECTICUT. The show runs May 12 through June 19. A reception will be held Sunday May 15, 3-5pm. These recent studio canvases, and some related smaller plein air works were painted in the medieval Italian village of Guardia, Sanframondi. 
SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO has two pieces, Chimaerrow (on the show's flyer) and Postulator ("for short sits and lengthy laughs") in the RGOA's By A Thread show. She also just had a piece, Unions Squared (detail at right; click for larger image), accepted into The Citya juried how at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA, opening May 13. Sooo-z is also playing bass in a May 14 concert with the Civic Orchestra of New Haven (see flyer).
MARJORIE POE, and her engineer husband Wilson, have a joint exhibition of work, East Meets West at the Weston Senior Center9 School Road, Weston. The show includes works ranging from traditional Chinese ink wash paintings
to western influenced paintings using several mediums. At right, detail of The Tranquil, The Lotus (23" x 34"; click for larger image). The show runs through May 31, and the artist reception is Thur. May 12, 6-8pm. 
RICK SHAEFER is one of five artists from THE NEST showing in the first of three exhibits at the NYLEN GALLERY at Picture This, 772 Post Road East, Westport. THE NEST - Residents Show 1 opens Friday, May 6, 5:30-7:30 PM.
Rick is showing his series of life-size crow drawings, done he says, "as kind of a goof, or respite" from his more epic work. One drawing led to another and now he has 50 feet of them all along a single barbed wire fence. Crows has been in several museum shows to good response.

JILL SARVER is sharing both a 35th birthday and a show with her friend Sarah Stewart. They will both have fresh new work on display at the Armstrong Gallery, 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport. Opening reception will be Friday May 13, 6pm till late. At right, detail of Jill's Anonymous VII (oil and graphite on clayboard). Click for larger image
LEE WALTHER will be the featured artist of the month at the next meeting of the Fairfield County Arts Association, Thurs. May 12, 7 to 9 pm at Roger Ludlowe Middle School, Fairfield, in The ART Room 181. Refreshments will be available from 6:45-7:00 pm. She will discuss her collaged mirrors (see Mona Mirror at right), her tables and her journey to becoming an artist.
Compiled List of Member Openings
Fri. May 6: Rick Shaefer in The NEST Residents Show 1, Nylen Gallery 5:30-7:30pm
Thu. May 12: Marjorie Poe in East Meets West, Weston Senior Center, 6-8pm
Thu. May 12: Lee Walther speaks at Fairfield County Arts Assoc, Ludlowe Middle School
Fri. May 13, Jill Sarver, 35, Armstrong Gallery, 305 Knowlton Street, Bridgeport. 6pm till late
Sat. May 14: Amy Bock, Rick Shaefer in Flora & Fauna, The NEST, 2-4pm.
Sun. May 15: Transformed Arts Immersion Salon, Beechwood Arts 2-5pm
Sun. May 15: Ziggy Bober, Art on the Green, Stepney Green, Main Street, Monroe. 3-5pm
Sun. May 15: Judith Lambertson, Guardia in Connecticut, Art/Place, 3-5pm
Thur. May 19: Kat Evans, Color Field Artists, SMHome Gallery, Cosmo Cocktail Reception, 5:30-7:30pm.
Thur. May 19: Silvermine Arts Center Pop-Up Show (Binnie Birstein)
Thur. May 19: Opening Night Party Art About Town, Westport, (Heidi Lewis Coleman, Erin Dolan, Vernice Holmes, Michele Hubler, Sholeh Janati, Amy Kaplan, Susan Murray, Dale Najarian, Marjorie Poe, Lynn Carlson Popat, and Malu Tan), 5:30-8:30pm
Check for listings of all events by our members!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

The NEW/NOW series has been an important part of the New Britain Museum of American Art’s exhibition history for over ten years. It allows the Museum to feature the most recent work of contemporary, living artists. Each selected artist’s exhibition runs for approximately three months in the NEW/NOW gallery. Details of the exhibition will be further discussed if selected as a NEW/NOW artist.
See NEW/NOW Guidelines and submission requirements here. NEW/NOW artists are selected on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of responses received, it may take several weeks or months to receive a response. See current New/Now artist: Katja Loher (her image above)
MAY 15

The NICE Festival 2016 is a large multi-cultural celebration that will showcase the diversity of Norwalk around the sights, tastes and sounds of world cultures on July 9. NICE is a Norwalk non-profit organization that seeks to promote and increase awareness of the diversity of peoples from around the world through arts and culture. In association with the Mayor’s Office and the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department, NICE is staging its first international multi-cultural event, The NICE Festival on July 9, 2016, at the Oyster Shell Park (in SoNo next to Maritime Aquarium). The NICE Festival is looking for craft vendors for the fair. A 10'x10' space costs $150. You bring your own tent and your flags: show your colors! Estimated attendance is 5,000+. There will be food and performing arts from around the world. Visit the NICE website for more detailed information and the NICE Facebook pages. Craft Vendor applications here.
MAY 16

The Bruce Museum is seeking artwork from talented high school students in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and the surrounding area by May 16. Select pieces will be showcased in the seventh annual iCreate exhibition in the Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery. Opening June 11, some 40 artworks chosen from the hundreds of expected submissions will be on display through July 17. Students in grades 9 through 12 are urged not to miss the opportunity to participate in this well-respected annual exhibition. All submitted work will be recognized through presentation in an official video on display in the gallery. Approximately 100 pieces from the digital submissions will be selected for a live judging on May 23. Finalists will be chosen by a jury of professional artists, who determine the artworks for exhibition after several rounds of voting. This year’s jury will include Daniel Buckley, Bruce Museum Exhibit Designer and celebrated artist, and two other judges to be announced. Any regional high school student may submit up to three entries digitally by emailing here by the deadline of Monday, May 16. Cash prizes will be awarded from $500 to $100 for the top five honorees as well as a $250 people’s choice award. More...
MAY 22

Art & Science Collaborations (ASCI) was founded in 1988 to inform its membership of opportunities in the international field of art-science practice, raise public awareness about the artists and scientists using science and technology to explore new forms of creative expression, and to increase communication and collaboration between these fields. ASCI announces its 18th international art-science juried exhibition
on the theme of FOOD, to be held Sept. 17, 2016 – February 26, 2017 at the New York Hall of Science. Science Inspires Art: FOOD seeks artworks that reflect on the topic of FOOD from all angles: from the historical record to the elite haute-cuisine of today's "molecular gastronomy”; as a physical material for making or inspiring art, or a performance medium for creating community. Submit 2D images of original art executed in any media. Jurors for the show are Clive Adams, an esteemed curator and Founder/Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) at Schumacher College in Devon, UK; and Dr. Marti Crouch, a consulting science expert, working for nonprofit groups such as the Center for Food Safety, focuses on the relationships between biotechnology, agriculture, and the environment. Deadline: May 22, 2016. Full details here. Application Guidelines here.

MAY 27

The non-profit Arts Center Killingworth and Spectrum Gallery are now calling for local and regional fine artists and artisans to join the NEW Summer Arts Festival on the Essex Town Green in Essex, CT on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, 2016. Festival artists have the additional opportunity to exhibit their work in the Summer Group Gallery Show at Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St. Centerbrook (May 27-July 10, 2016). Space is limited to 50 exhibitors. Three digital images (Hi-Res, 300dpi, 500KB-2MB) must include title, materials and size under each jpeg. Fees: $80, nonrefundable participation fee for exhibitors showing at the Outdoor Summer Arts Festival both days of the Festival Weekend. Group Rate: Maximum 3 artists per tent. Fee: is $80 for first artist, additional $40 for second artist, and additional $40 for third artist. Registration deadline is Friday, May 27, 2016. Space on the green is limited, early registration is recommended to be included in Festival postcard, program and email announcements. Full prospectus and registration here.

Poets & Artists is a multi-interactive publication focusing on art, figurative, representational portraits, and poetry. The magazine is published from 8 to 12 times a year including end of the year issues (Drawing and Painting). In the magazine you will find interviews with art collectors, poets, artists, gallery owners and art dealers to keep readers in the know.  Poets & Artists collaborates with galleries and curates group exhibitions to bring further awareness to our community of artists and poets. Currently, Poets and Artists has a call out for large-scale artworks by women artists for a publication dedicated to the theme Size Matters. All mediums accepted for submission including photography, sculpture, drawings, painting, installations, murals, and street art. Works must be 48 inches or larger. Submit up to 3 images via a zip folder to Include in the folder a list of the works being submitting with the Title, Medium and Size. Include a text file with a short bio and web site. If accepted for publication the feature will be published in print-on-demand (including a large format book), PDF, digital, and interactive online. No fee application. For more information, click here.
May 13: Westport Arts Center: SOLOS 2016 Submission Deadline
May 14: Brookline Arts Center, MA: Gravity Submission Deadline

May 27: Silvermine Arts Center: Art of the Northeast, Submission Deadline
May 31: Rowayton Arts Center: Focus Under Forty Receiving


The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young immigrant artists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and other visual arts processes are eligible.To be eligible for the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Fine Arts, applicants must meet all of the following criteria: Applicant must have been born outside the United States; must have been born on or after January 1, 1978); must be a naturalized citizen of the U.S. (or a permanent resident of the U.S., a holder of an H1B or O-1 visa and have been living and working in the U.S. for at least 5 years, or granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; must intend to pursue a professional career in the U.S.; and must not be enrolled in a school. A panel of distinguished members of the fine arts community will evaluate each application based on its quality, level of creativity, clarity of vision, and impact. The submitted work samples would have to show curiosity, originality, technical excellence, and potential for longevity within the field. The individuals chosen will have demonstrated commitment to their chosen field. Full Details here.

Located in a Landmark Arts Building, 548 West 28th St., a half block from the High Line in Chelsea, the Phoenix Gallery celebrates its origins as a prestigious New York artist co-operative as it has evolved into a community oriented center for all the arts. Founded in 1958, during the “Tenth Street” days, the gallery now has artist members from around the world, all dedicated to the highest level of professionalism, working in all media and creating art that encompasses and reflects wide cultural and ethnic interests. The Gallery has a a fellowship program open to artists working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, mixed media or video. Selection will be made from CD OR VIDEO ONLY. The winning applicant receives a Solo Exhibition, January 4 - 28, 2017; sponsored membership in Phoenix Gallery for 18 months 2017-2018; participation in member group shows; access to the gallery space and resources during membership; and recognition on the Phoenix Gallery website. The jurors are Christa Toole, Phoenix Gallery Artist and Executive Board Member and Richard Des Jardins, Phoenix Gallery Artist and Adjunct Professor, Interior Design Department, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Click here for a full prospectus. Deadline: June 8, 2016

Real Art Ways seeks a Part-time Grant Writer to manage its grant applications. The right candidate will produce grant applications and reports in accordance with the organization’s development plan and research new prospective funding sources. Specifically, this person will: gather information that will easily allow him/her to grasp the concept of a project or program for which funding is sought; acquire and maintain knowledge and understanding of Real Art Ways, and use that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which grants will be sought; research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs; compile, write, and edit grant applications -must have excellent expository writing skills; keep in contact with grant-making organizations during their review of a submitted grant application in order to be able to supply additional supportive material; and manage the process of supplying progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program. Qualified candidates will possess strong expository writing skills, attention to detail, research ability, and proficiency with Microsoft Office. Previous grant-writing experience required. Interested applicants, please send cover letter and resume, in a single PDF to Resumes will be reviewed until the job is filled. Details here.

Melissa & Doug, a leading children’s toy company, is looking for a talented Graphic Designer to join their team. This role will report directly to the Chief Marketing Officer while also working under the Creative Director, when applicable. Candidates should have excellent design skills and a sense of whimsy that is applicable to children’s products. Melissa and Doug's children’s products are geared to the specialty and mass markets, and include toys, arts and crafts, activity books, puzzles and games. This designer will support and drive the visual aesthetic for the Melissa & Doug brand worldwide (including style guide extensions and “brand look and feel”). The designer should have a strong graphic eye and be able to style for photo shoots and video production. The designer will be creating marketing and promotional materials (inserts, new product launch assets, print ads, and retail POS) in addition to web assets (email, display banners, content within video assets, site content) for, and therefore should have a good sense of UX/UI for eCommerce site creative. Lastly, the designer should be a self-motivator with lots of enthusiasm and ability to work on high visibility projects under tight deadlines. Details and requirements here.
g. a. macura

g a macura inc. is looking for a Fairfield-based, two-to-three-day-a-week art handler whose primary tasks will include installing and packaging art. Potential work hours will increase starting in May at least through the end of the year. Candidate should have knowledge of: installation hardware; various hanging techniques and systems; packing materials; safe handling methods with artworks of various size and medium. Candidate should have the ability to: install artworks; create portfolios and boxes for artwork shipment; work both independently and as part of a team; manage and maintain accurate paperwork for the projects executed; having the ability to use inventory software, Excel, Photoshop, & InDesign is a bonus, but not required. Candidate does not need experience driving a truck, but should have a car for transportation to our facility and occasional off-site locations. This is a part time position, with some flexibility in schedule. Full description here. g a macura inc. will provide competitive compensation based on experience and expertise. Please submit a resume to

Isabella Garrucho Fine Art (IGI Fine Art) his opening a Greenwich gallery, and is looking for interns to work directly with management in that location. Interns' duties will include both assistance with clerical gallery procedures and events, as well as research, development, and implementation of multiple self-initiated projects. One of the primary roles of the intern will be to help staff the gallery Greenwich, and help maintain its daily operations. This includes engaging with visitors when appropriate, participating in online and gallery art sales and minor/routine maintenance. Interns will also be involved in maintaining inventory records and digital/online management systems, updating and producing content for all social media platforms, and participating in the installation of exhibitions. Interns will have the opportunity to work on a number of projects during their internship that are developed in conjunction with the gallery director. These projects are expected to be in line with the interests of the intern as well as those of IGI Fine Art. Projects should result in a deliverable that can directly contribute to the needs of IGI Fine Art while also benefiting the personal development of the intern. Full details here.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
Greenwich International Film Festival: Screen Manager (3); Print Traffic Coordinator; Box Office Manager
Sacred Heart University: Graphic Designer
Westport Country Playhouse: Database Administrator
Yale Press: Publicist.
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May c6: FIGMENT NYC 2016: Extended Submission Deadline
May c9: Connecting with Schools: Education Summit, 9:45am-12:30pm
May c9: Spotlight on Arts & Culture radio interview with Michael Ross, 89.5FM, noon
May c9: Art is Everywhere conversation: David Green moderates panel of Frederic Chiu, Jeanine Esposito, Amanda Innes, and David Kennedy. Westport Arts Center, 6pm
May c9: Darien's Got Talent Audition Registration Deadline
May 12: Rowayton Arts Center: Exhibiting Memberships Receiving Date, 12-5pm
May 13: Westport Arts Center: SOLOS 2016 Submission Deadline
May 14: Brookline Arts Center, MA: Gravity Submission Deadline
May 14: CCP: Binnie Birstein Encaustic Collagraph Workshop
May 15: Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists Submission Deadline
May 16: Bruce Museum iCreate (High-School students) Submission Deadline
May 18: CC/Warhol Foundation: Arts Writers Grants Application Deadline
May 19: Cultural Alliance ACE Awards Breakfast, Shore & Country Club, Norwalk
May 20: Public Art Presentation by CT Office of the Arts' Tamara Dimitri, Location TBD
May 22: Art-Science Collaborations: Science Inspires Art: Food Submission Deadline
May 27: Silvermine Arts Center: Art of the Northeast, Submission Deadline
May 27: French-American Jazz Exchange Application Deadline
May 27: Arts Center Killingworth Summer Arts Festival Artists Submission DeadlineMay 30: Aaron Siskind Photographers Fellowships Application Deadline
May 31: Rowayton Arts Center: Focus Under Forty Receiving

June c1: Coastal Arts Guild Artist and Artisans in Paradise art fair early registration
June c1: Adelphi NY Breast Cancer Hotline: Registration Deadline for Creative Cups
June c1: Poets & Artists: Size Matters Submission Deadline
June c3: Headlands, Sausalito, CA: Artist Residencies Application Deadline
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

July c1: Connecticut Dance Alliance: Dance History Project Submission Deadline
July 29: CT Office of the Arts Regional Initiative Grants Application Deadline
July 31: Independent Documentary Films: Documentary Fund Application Deadline

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