Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - November 11, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
November 15, 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 500 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week
As President-Elect Trump’s administration takes shape, we will remain engaged to ensure that he and his transition team hear from arts leaders, community leaders, and activists, to keep the arts central to the many pressing needs of the country. We will unite and strengthen our efforts to show that the arts represent the best of humanity, and urge President-Elect Trump’s administration to work to advance pro-arts policies that will impact our society, communities, and generations to come."

Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
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❖ Listen to Spotlight on Arts & Culture: WPKN: Future of the Humanities
❖ Follow Us: Space Summit at the Bijou in Bridgeport 
❖ Sign Up: Progressive Gallery Tour: Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery - Sat. Nov 19
❖ New Members: Adger Cowans, Don Hamerman, Brechin Morgan and Kris Toohey

❖ Members in Group Shows: 8 Artists 8 Years at The Art Studio, Westport;   Trees, Trees, Trees, at Westport Library.
❖ Other news from Frances Ashforth, Frederic Chiu, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Joseph Fucigna, Scott Glaser, Michele Hubler, Sholeh Janati, Karen Kalkstein, Leslie Koenig, Scott Kuykendall, Adelka Polak, Malu Tan and Nancy C. Woodward.
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Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ Statements of Post-Election Solidarity
❖ Bridgeport Schools: Sign Up For Arts Count Day: March 22, 2017
❖ Last Chance to Get Counted for Creative Workers Survey

Gifted: Handmade Seasonal Gifts Fair: DOubleTree Hotel, Norwalk - Dec. 1
❖ Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA: Iteration - Dec. 18
❖ Treat Gallery, NYC: Rest & Relaxation - Dec. 31
❖ Guilford Art Center: Craft Expo 2017 - Jan. 9

❖ USArtists International: Performing Artists Grants - Dec. 1
❖ Shoreline Arts Alliance: Tassy Walden Awards in Children's Lit. - Feb. 1

❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Graphics Director
❖ Leonard Fox Rare Books, Greenwich: Paid Internship

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
More than 100 artists, nonprofit workers, business owners, real estate developers and others focused on the issues of finding and accessing better, more affordable spaces for the work we all do. From how to share space and back-office services, to accessing the new SpaceFinder Connecticut database, to using tax credits, zoning and the art of persuasion on sympathetic landlords and developers, and more. You can see video sessions  Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy on YouTube and can let us know if you want to be part of our follow-up action agenda teams here.
If you missed the live broadcast Monday, Nov. 14, of our Spotlight on Arts and Culture live radio program on WPKN 89.5FM, 12-1pm - a lively conversation about the state of the humanities in Connecticut - then please go here to stream a recording of it. Speaking with Jennifer Bangser on The Humanities Matter Now More than Ever were Central CT State University political historian Matt Warshauer and Debra Mecky, Executive Director of the Greenwich Historical Society.  We want everyone to be aware of the impact on our communities and heritage of the Governor’s recent cut of all funding for cultural programming by history museums and historic sites, which make up the majority of all museums in the state, as well as of the ineligibility of our core programs for funding through the CT Commission on the Arts.
SIGN-UP for the next stop on our Progressive Gallery Tour - from Greenwich to Stratford. On Sat. Nov 19, 6-9pm, join us for an exclusive, private tour with gallery owner Fernando Luis Alvarez at his Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery (96 Bedford St., Stamford) of works by Eliot Elisofon and Pablo Agudelo. We will also being seen the current show of works by James Gortner, Ground Breakage. Find out more and register for this free tour and party. 

Adger Cowans is a renowned fine arts photographer, painter, and printmaker who made a name for himself as a photographer for LIFE magazine, also incorporating his technical skills into abstract expressionist paintings, etchings, and prints. New York Times critic Jacob Deschin described Adger's "two uncommon traits," in his first solo show in New York as: "One, he has a spirited imagination, boldly inventive and experimental. Two, he is a craftsman to his fingertips." (New York Times, 6/13/1965) A veteran still photographer in the motion picture industry, Cowans has captured the works of such film directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Bill Duke, Ron Howard, Spike Lee and Sidney Lumet. His work has been shown by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard Fine Art Museum, Detroit Art Institute, James E. Lewis Museum and numerous other art institutions. His photographs were highlighted in the exhibition, Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2001 (see the catalog). Cowans was awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico alla Carriera in recognition of a Distinguished Career, at the 2001 Florence Biennale of Contemporary Art. Adger received his BFA in photography from Ohio University, studying under Clarence White, continuing on to the School of Motion Picture Arts and School of Visual Arts in New York. While serving in the United States Navy, he worked as a photographer before moving to New York, where he later worked with Life magazine photographer, Gordon Parks and fashion photographer, Henri ClarkeIn Jan. 2017, Glitterati, Inc. will be publishing, Personal Vision, a book of his work. Adger Cowans keeps his studio in the Read's Artspace, Bridgeport. See a 1994 NYTimes review; and a fascinating BOMB Magazine interview by Carrie Mae Weems. See Adger's website and Facebook page.

Don Hamerman is a photographer, born in New York City and now living and working in Stamford. Don shoots both on location and in his natural-light filled studio in an old Phillips factory building.  Don is probably best known for his photographs of weathered and expressive baseballs. including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on book covers, in magazines such as Communication Arts and Elle, newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph and Daily Mail of London, and have been featured on many websites including Time Magazine’s Lightbox, NPR’s Picture Show, and In the 2011 TIME Magazine Lightbox photo essay, Found and Photographed: Baseballs at Barrett Park, Don says, "They’re intriguing, interesting. They speak of memory, all the stuff you can say about baseball. Childhood, all that." He finds the baseballs under leaves and behind bushes. You might assume they were from kids’ games from the other week but Time reporter Sean Gregory writes: "1938, Hall of Famers Johnny Mize, Dizzy Dean and other members of the St. Louis Cardinals' Gashouse Gang barnstormed through this same field…Did one of these balls fly off the bat of Mize, who in 1947 hit 51 home runs for the New York Giants?" "I wish I could do some carbon dating or something,' says Hamerman - but he also admits he's more interested in the balls' aesthetics than their history. He's now all but exhausted Barrett Field, but still captures baseballs on his travels. At Don's website and his Tumblr page you can can see the range of his other work too.


Brechin Morgan’s life and artwork is embedded in the sea and sailing. Growing up in Guildford he spent his boyhood summers at a mile-long beach in Waterford, CT, where his mother’s family had lived, fished and swam for generations. Fascinated by the water and the promise of distant lands, Brec bought his first sailboat, a Blue Jay, when he was in high school. That led the way to sailing charter boats in the Caribbean, and a 5-year, solo voyage around the world in his 27-foot cutter rigged sailboat Otter. (See the paintings recording his 1998-2003 world voyage here.) He had always been fascinated by capturing the sights of the sea and sailing, and had taken an associate degree program in painting at Silvermine School of ArtHowever, the real inspiration for his life as a painter came from the 18 watercolor sketchbooks, the 10-volume journal and boxes of photos he filled during his world voyage. Brechin had earlier opened a sign company in Norwalk, which he ran for 23 years, painting many outdoor nautical murals - most notably the 1978, 15x25’ depiction of the Alice S. Wentworth, one of the last working schooners on Long Island Sound out of Vineyard Haven, on the east side of the historic and renovated Donovan Building at 138 Washington Street, corner of Water Street. Built in 1889, it was the home of Jeremiah Donovan's Saloon. After a billboard company painted over it in 1983, Morgan repainted the mural with some friends and it was touched up in 2007. Brechin was one of the first artists with a studio in Bridgeport’s American Fabrics Arts Building, and it was he who negotiated investment by AmFab’s owner Jason Friedland into turning it into the thriving artists' space it is today. See Brechin's website, his book on his voyage, and his Facebook page.

Kris Davenport Toohey is a Westport painter who says she discovered her love of painting and art history as a student, graduating with a BA in Art from Williams College. While pursing an MBA at Columbia University and a career in brand marketing in NYC, she had the opportunity to further pursue studio art and design at Parsons School of Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Students League of New York.  The landscapes of New England are her inspiration: “From the salt marshes of the Connecticut coast to the rolling hills of the Berkshires.” She writes that she enjoys "exploring the interplay of color and light to create an emotional undercurrent in each of my landscapes.  To bring the canvas to life, I start by underpainting the surface with an acrylic gloss – often using a pearlescent or metallic tint to create a glow.  Then, I create a sense of atmosphere by layering oil paint, scraping away and re-blending in an array of colors.  Whether the mood of the work is tranquil or intense, I invite the viewer to experience the awe-inspiring beauty found in nature." Kris continues to take classes at Silvermine and is a member of The Art Studio, the collaborative studio loft in Westport that she shares with CAFC members Katherine Evans, Malu Tan, Cynthia Whalen and others. See Kris’ paintings in the upcoming Open Studios at The Art Studio. She has shown recently at Silvermine, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Art About Town (Westport) and in this year’s Community Cooperative Nursery School annual art show. See Kris' website and Facebook and Instagram pages.
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YOUR NEWS                             
KAT EVANS, MALU TAN, new member KRIS TOOHEY and CYNTHIA WHALEN are 4 of the 8 artists celebrating 8 Artists 8 Years as THE ART STUDIO. Join them for a special art exhibition and open studio: cocktail reception is this Fri. Nov. 18, 5-9pm, and open house continues the following day, Sat., Nov. 19, 10am-2pm at 170 Post Road West, Westport (across from King’s Hwy Elementary School. Back building next to Gym Source).
KAREN KALKSTEIN and NANCY C. WOODWARD are two of the three artists showing in Westport Library's "TREES • TREES • TREES"  in the lower-level Riverwalk Display Case. a reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 6-7 pm, in the McManus Room. The exhibit will run through February 15, 2017.
FRANCES ASHFORTH has had her Water Study 50, a 30"x30" unique water base monotype, included in Art in Print Magazine, ("News of the Print World, Selected New Editions,") Nov - Dec, 2016. At right (click for larger image), is the wall of monotypes that Frances completed during her October residency at Playa, Summer Lake, Oregon, an experience she highly recommends.
FREDERIC CHIU will perform at the Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium in the Fourth Annual Wendy Tisch Memorial Concert, produced and sponsored by the Schubert Club of Fairfield County, Sat. Nov. 19, 7:30pm. Frederic's program will include selections by Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev. More information on his extensive career, recordings, and teaching is available here.
New member ADGER COWANS has three of his paintings in the Read's ArtSpace exhibit of selected works by resident artists. At right is a detail of Up Jumped Spring (2016, acrylic on rag paper, 13"x19", click for whole image). Adger takes small pieces of acrylic and positions them on the paper while they are semi-dry. This work was inspired by Adger's observations of people on his many travels around the world.
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON'At Home in a Chicago Library (2016, photograph, 14x11," detail at right) was juried into the exhibition Shelter 2016 to be held at the Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, Dec. 1 through Jan. 3. The opening reception is Fri. Dec. 2, 2016, 6-9 p.m. The show is jointly sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists and Violence Transformed. The color photograph depicts a homeless woman asleep in a Chicago public library, with her belongings in a cart next to a trash bin. Above her head is a gold-framed portrait of a well-dressed eminent man, whose face, Carol points out, resembles hers.
JOSEPH FUCIGNA is currently one of ten artists in the Norwalk Community College Faculty exhibit, and is giving an Artist's Talk Thur. Nov. 17, 1 - 2pm. He is also in the Lost and Found group exhibition opening at Real Art Ways, Hartford,  this Thur. Nov. 17 from 6 - 9 pm.
SCOTT GLASER was invited to exhibit his Withdrawal Symptoms (acrylic on canvas, 31"x41", detail at right, click for complete image) at the American Fine Craft Show, at the Brooklyn Museum, Nov. 19-20. Scott reports that this is the first time that this show is including 2-D fine art in the 91 booths and that he is one of just three painters accepted into the show.
MICHELE HUBLER showed her "The Black Vase" at the Black Rock Art Guild's BRAG Gives Back Art Show and Fundraiser held as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail this past Saturday, Nov. 12 at Burroughs Community Center in Black Rock, Bridgeport.
SHOLEH JANATI's contribution to Westport Arts Center’s MORE THAN WORDS #iammore exhibition, which opened Fri. Nov. 11, is her 1990 painting, Not Without Her (detail at right, click for whole image). A very emotional piece for Sholeh, which she says she had hidden away from very dark times of her life: "It symbolizes my life as an artist, a mother, and an individual who celebrates freedom each and every day." Her painting can be seen at the show through Jan. 7.
KAREN KALKSTEIN's Bark Work #27 (detail at right) is one of the pieces she has in Westport Library's "TREES • TREES • TREES" in the lower-level Riverwalk Display Case. Karen works with subject matter and materials drawn from the natural world and recently began incorporating into her collages bark shed by birch trees found during her winters in Vermont. First, she integrated the birchbark into collages made of other materials and then began making collages entirely of birchbark, printing her photos of trees on top of each collage. 
Congratulations to LESLIE KOENIG, who moved in to her new studio, #208, at the American Fabrics Arts Building just in time to take part in the Bridgeport Art Trail Open Studios this past weekend. Leslie also had work in City Lights Gallery's Small Works Sampler Exhibit at Read's Artspace, Ground Floor Gallery, in the "BRAG Gives Back" silent auction/fundraiser at Burroughs Community Center, and the 10"x10" group show art sale to benefit The NEST Arts Factory. She has just been juried into The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), currently with two group shows in NYC: New Members Exhibition in Midtown, through Nov. 29, and a juried members' show, "Celebration" at the Mulberry Street Library in the Village (along with Carol Dixon, see card at right), opening this Wed. Nov. 16, 5:00-6:30pm
SCOTT KUYKENDALL has been working as exhibit designer for Self and the World: Experiencing Photography in 19th-Century Norwalk, opening at the Norwalk Historical Society's Museum this Wed. Nov. 16, 6-7:30pm. The visual platform was developed with a nod to the graphic and typo-graphic standards of the 1800s in the United States. As the publishing industry grew, it incorporated print advertising in newspapers, and photographic technology became more familiar, although it wasn't widely use in printing until 1919. Scott's design complements the many items on display, which include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cartes de visite, tintypes, stereographs, and glass plate negatives.
ADELKA POLAK and her SOVA DANCE AND PUPPET THEATRE recently offered a full-bodied workshop, “Mask as Puppet,” working with masks created by sculptor JUSTIN PERLMAN, at UCONN Puppet Arts Complex (30 Ahern Lane, Mansfield. Sat. Nov. 12, 2pm. This approach to puppetry performance techniques uses fabrics as masks & masks as puppets. The puppet becomes an extension of the human form in this thoughtful and energizing performance movement workshop.
MALU TAN has work in several shows. First be sure to check out her studio at The Art Studio in their open celebration, 8 Artists 8 Years this Fri. Nov. 18, 5-9pm, with her colleagues KAT EVANS, KRIS TOOHEY and CYNTHIA WHALEN. Her painting, Bloom has been accepted for the Fall National Juried Exhibition at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, CA, through Dec. 4. Colorscapes is an ongoing show at Sarah’s Wine Bar at Bernard’s in Ridgefield through January 2016. Lastly, Silver Lining (2016, acrylic/mixed media on canvas, 40"x30", detail at right) is featured at a vignette created by interior designer Christine Griffiths at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists' much awaited 12th Annual Festive Home, opening this Fri. Nov. 18, 6 - 8:30pm ($20), continuing with free admission through Dec. 23.
NANCY C. WOODWARD's Mer's Story Tree (2014, digital photograph, 20"x30," detail at right, click for full image) is one of the pieces she has in Westport Library's "TREES • TREES • TREES" in the lower-level Riverwalk Display Case. Nancy "photographs all things magical" that she comes upon in the natural world. Nancy says this image evoked memories of reading to her daughter Mer, in the quietness of bedtime… "being so close while traveling so far away through the magic of a good story." Nancy's digital darkroom provides the tools to coax out even the faintest of shadows and ethereal landscapes. 
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
Wed. Nov. 16: Celebration, Mulberry St Library, New York. Opening reception, 5-6:30pm (Carol Nipomnich Dixon and Leslie Koenig).
Wed. Nov. 16: For Self And The World: Experiencing Photography In 19th Century Norwalk, Norwalk Historical Society Museum (by City Hall), Norwalk, 6-7:30pm (Scott Kuykendall).
Thur. Nov. 17: Joseph Fucigna, Artist's Talk, Norwalk Community College Faculty Show, 1 - 2pm.
Thu. Nov. 17: Trees, Trees, Trees, Westport Library. Opening reception, 6-7pm. (Karen Kalkstein, Nancy C. Woodward)
Fri. Nov. 18: 8 Artists 8 Years, open studio celebration, 5-9pm. 170 Post Road West (Kat Evans, Malu Tan, Kris Toohey and Cynthia Whalen)
Fri. Nov. 18: Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 12th Annual Festive Home. Opening 6-8:30pm ($20) (Malu Tan)
Sat. Nov. 19: Frederic Chiu plays Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev at the Fourth Annual Wendy Tisch Memorial Concert, Greenwich Library, 7:30pm.
Nov. 19-20: Fourth Annual American Fine Craft Show, Brooklyn Museum (Scott Glaser).

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OTHER NEWS                             

Mirroring the Quote of the Week above by Bob Lynch, President of Americans for the Arts, the leaders of regional organizations have issued similar statements. From Creative Capital:
Creative Capital was founded on a strong belief that artists' voices should be heard and protected, no matter who maintains political power. Today, we take a moment to stand firmly behind this mission. We affirm our commitment to supporting artists as they build sustainable careers, form communities and movements, and use their practice to confront injustice. While we anticipate uncertainty in the coming years, we take solace in knowing that many of you are working every day to make this world a better, safer and more inclusive place. We support you. See other statements on Creative Capital's blog.
And from NYFA: 
We will seek to ensure that the incoming administration, working with the other branches of our government, will help create common ground among the diverse peoples of the United States to preserve and advance those rights. We will do our best to make the case for continuing to support artists for the sake of the country: artists have always been leaders in asserting the rights of everyone in a democratic society through their stories, works, and creativity. Artists make the world more empathetic and humanistic, and challenge the frames of perception that keep people apart. NYFA stands in solidarity with our artists. More...
MARCH 22, 2017

Tania Kelley, Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Bridgeport Schools, is calling for massive participation by artists in the region in Bridgeport's first ARTS COUNT DAY. Recognizing that broad exposure to the arts across all areas of development, including communication skills, math and reading proficiency, confidence-building and creative thinking, benefits individuals and helps unify communities the Bridgeport Public School Performing and Visual Arts Department, along with Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport will hold its first ever “Arts Count” day on March 22, 2017. The goal of the 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." For just one hour, 9 am to 10 am, are seeking artists to share an experience related to your craft, to perform or create with one of Bridgeport's 5th grade classrooms. 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 or email Tania Kelley, Director of Performing and Visual Arts at 203-275-1367 or

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has launched Creatives Count, a survey to better understand the employment and professional needs of New England’s creative workers, especially artists. Designed to capture the complexity of creative work, the survey results will be used to ensure that creative workers are better served. Share how much you count. Last Day: Sat. Nov. 19. 
When you complete the survey, you are entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card! And let us know!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

Artist-entrepreneur Vernice Holmes ( I AM Vernice) is looking for local independent designers, artists and innovative small business owners to join resources and creativity to showcase products and services at "Gifted" - a "handmade shopping experience," at the DoubleTree Hotel in Norwalk on December 10, 10am-3pm.  She is looking for "vendors that are unique by having products that have been created by hand (not mass produced) and/or have a service that is specialized." The cost is $50.00 fora 6 ft. table. There will also be a table for non-perishable food items to be donated to the Homeless Shelter for their Christmas Dinner. A Craft Table with be available to create cards for the women inmates at York Prison and for patients at Norwalk Hospital. There will be open painting where guests can create their own art to give as gifts: $20 per canvas/painting for one hour slots. If you are interested in participating, contact Vernice at Deadline is December 1.

Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, is currently accepting entries for its exhibiton Iteration, work of all 2D, 3D and time-based media that employs pattern through an iterative process: "Pattern and repetitive process go hand-in-hand. An entire practice may be made of similar gestures; each mark, movement or sound informing the next. Maps and systems are connected by similar shapes and textures; patterned artworks are created through a meditative, repeated process. Each individual cell, used repetitively—iterated—can can be just as fascinating as the sum." Open to US residents, entries will be juried by two Boston-based artists: Denise Driscoll, Fountain Street Fine Art, and Nathalie Miebach, Miller Yezerski Gallery. Work must be created within the last 5 years and complete. Applications are submitted through an online form. Up to 6 artworks, represented as jpg files or video/audio links, may be uploaded to the form for consideration. Fee: $25 for 1-3 submissions, $40 for 4-6. See website for further details. Deadline: December 18, 2016 (11:59PM)

Treat Gallery (417 W. 57th Street, New York) is ready to help you unwind after a busy Holiday season with an upcoming collaboration with musician Blake Flattley in Midtown Manhattan. The Gallery is ringing in 2017 with Rest and Relaxation: "Keep your conceptually heavy work at home for this one – we want art that mirrors leisure. In a world where it’s ever more difficult to escape work, it’s good to be reminded to #treatyoself." Artists who interpret the theme Rest and Relaxation in their work are welcome to apply. To apply, submit your biography, CV/Resume, 3-5 Work Samples (complete with sizes, prices and medium used) and pay the $25 application fee (via paypal to Shipping of work to and from the exhibition is the financial responsibility of the artist. Deadline is midnight, Sat. Dec. 31. Artists will be notified no later than Wednesday, January 4th.  With every pop-up exhibition, Treat Gallery donates 25% or more to a various cause or non-profit. For Rest & Relaxation, 25% of proceeds will be donated to Blake’s project, Communion Arts. Blake Flattley is a native Californian who grew up on the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. A love for harmony and the challenge of sonically sharing the human struggle have greatly influenced his musical releases. 

In celebration of its 60th year, the Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo will return once again to the scenic and historic Guilford Green, celebrating the arts with its extensive array of handmade crafts by American artists. Craft Expo 2017 will be held for three days: Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16. This is a nationally juried show of fine American craft, held outdoors, under tents. Artists exhibit in all craft media including baskets, ceramics, fiber, glass, leather, metal, jewelry, paper, mixed media, sculpture, furniture, wood and more. Work must be original and created by the artist. Craft Expo is produced by the staff and numerous volunteers of Guilford Art Center. Artists are invited to apply for participation in Craft Expo 2017. Works must be handmade in the USA or Canada by an individual and/or with help from a limited number of assistants/apprentices. Artist work is juried from digital images, and must be of high quality, be well-designed, and convey artistic originality and vision. Event benefits Guilford Art Center’s educational programs. Fee: $40 for up to 5 images. See application details here. Deadline: January 9, 2017.
And Don't Forget...
Nov. 18: The Windham Project: Public Art Submissions Deadline
Nov. 29: Fairfield County Arts Association Members Show Drop-off


USArtists International (USAI) supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals. USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange and enhancing the creative and professional development of US based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators and artists around the world. USAI extends the reach and impact of professional touring artists and ensembles from the United States and is committed to expanded touring opportunities for continued sustainability of US artists. USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation. The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2017 grant rounds are:
December 1, 2016 for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2016. April 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2017. See FY17 GuidelinesWork Sample Preparation Guide and Budget Instructions 

The Shoreline Arts Alliance is presenting the seventeenth annual New Voices in Childrenʼs Literature: Tassy Walden Awards competition. This contest affords unpublished Connecticut authors and illustrators of childrenʼs books the opportunity to have manuscripts and portfolios reviewed by literary agents and possibly by editors and art directors at some of the major publishing houses for childrenʼs literature. The contest is open to residents of all 169 towns in Connecticut and is the only competition of this sort in the region. To date, the Shoreline Arts Alliance has seen books published by more than 30 former winners and/or finalists. The Awards is a juried competition open to writers and illustrators who are not published or under contract for publication. Categories are: Picture Book (text only), Illustrated Picture Book (author and illustrator must be same person), Childrenʼs Book Illustrator Portfolio, Middle Grade Novel and Young Adult/Teen Novel. All submitted works that meet the contest guidelines will be sent to literary agents for the first tier of judging. Works deemed outstanding will then be sent on to publishers and editors at major publishing houses for childrenʼs literature. All submissions for this yearʼs contest must be postmarked by February 1, 2017. Guide-lines are available here. Click here for entry form
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The Westport Country Playhouse seeks a Graphics Director to be responsible for the creation/supervision of all Playhouse publications in all mediums, and for serving as brand steward to ensure consistent application of messaging and visual identity. This position reports to the Director of Marketing and works in close cooperation with other key staff members to market the institution’s productions, education and development programs in support of its mission and values. Responsibilities include: Collateral: manage and oversee the creation of all collateral including appeals, advertising materials, playbill, group sales and promotional pieces, box office materials, annual report, education materials, etc. Pieces include brochures, programs, flyers, posters, displays, signage, advertisements (digital and print), newsletters, postcards, stationary, and business cards. Edit all publications, working with departments for copy, content, and approvals. Design selected pieces and oversee outside designers in the creation of other pieces. Must be fluent in Adobe Creative Suite. Website: Working with key marketing staff, keep all graphics up-to-date on the website (some HTML required). Displays and Signage: Create and maintain all lobby displays; maintain all internal and external signage. Social Media: Help create content for the Playhouse’s social media channels and e-newsletter. Experience with Adobe Premiere Pro is a plus. Details here. Submit cover letter and resumé to: Graphics Director Search,

Leonard Fox Ltd, located in Greenwich, is seeking an exceptionally motivated intern to join this gallery of fine arts and rare books. The ideal candidate will be mature, reliable, organized, and energetic with strong communication skills. Working closely with the gallery owner and director, training and experience will be provided in the following areas: artist research, interacting with clients/institutions, social media outreach, art handling, gallery marketing, bookkeeping, and inventory database management. Responsibilities would include: conducting artist research; art handling and preparation of shipments; interacting with clients and institutions; social media platforms; phone, email support and mailing lists; gallery appointments as well as fairs, auctions, and exhibitions calendar; day to day general operations of the gallery; database inventory management; and finance and bookkeeping aid. Qualifications include: an interest or familiarity with Art Deco, 20th-century European Art and Fashion, livres d'artistes, and rare illustrated books; polished written, oral, and communication skills; strong attention to detail and the ability to multi-task; general bookkeeping skills; experience with social media platforms e.g. Instagram, Facebook, and MailChimp; fluency with Mac platform and Adobe suite; experience with cataloging and bibliographic research of rare books are a plus. This internship provides an excellent opportunity to learn the inner-workings of the gallery business, and is ideal for both recent graduates as well as current students. The gallery requires a commitment of two to three full days a week (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5:30pm) for a minimum of 3 months, beginning immediately. There is also potential for the internship to become a part-time or full-time position. We can offer a modest stipend for travel and lunch.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Teaching Artists
Bruce Museum: Brucemobile Instructors 
Greenwich International Film Festival: Programmer
Hartford Stage: Resident Teaching Artist
New Canaan Library: Digital Services Librarian
Pequot Library, Public Programs Manager
Ridgefield Playhouse: Associate Director of Marketing
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director.
Westport Country Playhouse: Development Director and Database Analyst

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OPPORTUNITIES CALENDAR                             
Nov. 16: Center for Craft, Creativity & Design: Materials-Based Research Grant 
Nov. 18: The Windham Project: Public Art Submissions Deadline
Nov. 189: Deadline to Count in #CreativesCount Survey
Nov. 19: Progressive Gallery Tour Stop at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, Stamford
Nov. 29: Fairfield County Arts Association Members Show Drop-off
Nov. 30: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Ends (50,000 words later)

Dec. c1: Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown: Writing Fellowships Application Deadline
Dec. c1: USArtists International: Deadline for Tours March 15, 2017-March 18, 2018
Dec. c1: Gifted Handmade Gifts Fair, DoubleTree Hotel, Norwalk: Deadline for Vendors
Dec. c4: Poets & Writers Live: San Francisco: Inspiration Early-Bird Deadline
Dec. c5: Rauschenberg Foundation: Artist as Activist Fellowship Deadline
Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant Application Deadline
Dec. 15: William H. Johnson Foundation: African-American Artist Prize Deadline
Dec. 16: Stamford Art Association's Faces & Figures Submission Deadline
Dec. 18: Gallery 263, Cambridge: Iteration, Submission Deadline
Dec. 19: Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Library, Power of Color Submission Deadline
Dec. 31: Treat Gallery, NY: Rest & Relaxation Submission Deadline

Jan. c6: Santa Fe Art Institute: Equal Justice Creative Residency Deadline
Jan. c9: Guilford Art Center: Craft Expo 2017 (July 14-16): Application Deadline
Jan. 14-15: Poets & Writers Live: San Francisco: Inspiration Workshops
Jan. 15: Terra Foundation: Summer Residency in Giverny Application Deadline

March c1: Ucross Foundation: All-Arts Residencies Program Application Deadline
March 22: Bridgeport Schools, Arts Count Day

Dec. c1: USArtists International: Deadline for Tours July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.
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