Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - October 14, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
October 14, 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 475 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
Quote of the Week
“Artists are a vital part of every community in the U.S., contributing in multiple ways to the quality of our daily lives and to our economic and social well-being.” In order for society to thrive, our artists must thrive as well.
Jane Chu, NEA Chair

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❖ Save the Date: Space Summit at the Bijou in Bridgeport - Sat. Nov 12
❖ New Members: Paul Berger, Dawn Dahl, Sandy Garnett, Emily Kelting, Kazumasa Oda, Justin Perlman and Janice Sweetwater

Members in Group Shows: 19th Annual Pequot Library Art Show; John Singer Sargent Accepts with Pleasure at New Canaan Library; City-Wide Open Studios, Goffe Armory, New Haven; Westport Artist Collective Explores the Revolutionary Sixties; and Wilson Avenue Loft Artists Open Studios. 
❖ Other news from Frances Ashforth, Nina Bentley, Paul Berger, Karla Bernstein, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Frederic Chiu, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Dawn Dahl, Loren DePalma, Joseph Dermody, Sandy Garnett, Mary Harold, Paul Larson, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Susan Newbold, Amy Oestreicher, Donna Osterby-Brien, Lynn Popat, Alissa Siegal, Barbara Ringer, Janice Sweetwater, Malu Tan and Vincent Verrillo.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

Creativity Connects: NEA Report Reasseses Artists' Roles and Needs
❖ Celebrate Arts & Humanities Month: #ShowYourArt on Social Media
#CreativesCount: Please Take the Survey (and win a gift card)

❖ Carriage Barn Arts Center: Annual Photography Exhibition - Oct. 29
❖ NEST Arts Factory: 10 x 10 Fundraising Exhibition - Nov. 5
❖ Fairfield County Arts Association: Members Show - Nov. 29
❖ Danbury Museum and Historical Society: Holiday Shoppe.

❖ Rauschenberg Foundation: Artist as Activist - Dec. 5
❖ Santa Fe Art Institute: Equal Justice Creative Residency - Jan. 6, 2017

❖ #ArtistHotline Returns to Twitter: Bring Your Social Media Questions - Oct. 19
❖ Four Ways to Better Document Your Work

❖ 5 Grand Luxe Full Box Easels

❖ Westport Country Playhouse: Data Analyst
❖ Ridgefield Playhouse: Development Director
❖ Greenwich International Film Festival: Programmer
❖ Ridgefield Playhouse: Associate Director of Marketing
❖ Carriage Barn Arts Center: Internships
❖ Downtown Cabaret Theatre: Marketing Associate

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Save the Date for a day of discussions about Creative, Affordable, Sustainable Spaces. What are the positive experiences, remaining challenges and possible solutions to the many unresolved living, working, making, selling, performing, and exhibiting space issues and needs within our arts and culture community?  Panel sessions include: Temporary Transformations of Commercial Space; From Spaces to Places: Connecting to Community; Sharing Spaces & Services; Incentives to Release Commercial Space for Cultural Use. To be held at the Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, courtesy of the new management team, Sat. Nov. 12, 9:30am - 4:30pm. Refreshments courtesy Trattoria 'A Vucchella. Reception to follow at 5pm, at the renovated Harral Security Wheeler (HSW) Building, 1115 Main Street, Bridgeport, courtesy Bridgeport Historic Ventures.

Paul Berger has always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring the natural world. A key component of that experience for Paul is photography, and the ability to capture the compelling images he encounters. While he played with various cameras from early days of his childhood, he fully embraced photography in his college years when he got a Canon Ftb 35mm camera. Paul originally focused on landscapes, broadening out to street photography in Atlanta, where he attended Emory University. During these years Paul also took courses in darkroom and printing techniques, later adding a Pentax 6 x 7 medium format camera. Favoring the Fuji Acros and Fuji Provia films, his photography still includes landscapes and coastal images. Lately, he has turned his attention to include more human influenced subjects in detailed shots of classic cars and old industrial equipment and environments. “I work to capture subjects that possess unique characteristics, interesting angles, and intriguing details, attempting compositions that feature slightly different perspectives with complementary lighting.” While enjoying shooting with film, Paul recently began experimenting with a new digital camera. He recognizes the flexibility of the digital platform, but says he will continue to bring his medium-format camera along on most shoots. Paul lives in Newtown, and has shown extensively in the region and elsewhere. See Paul's website here.


Dawn Dahl grew up in a practical self-reliant Minnesotan family that valued independence and exploration. Before she discovered the joy of painting, Dawn had just one, uninspiring, high-school art class, but still won a prize in the school art fair. She was trained as a musician, attending the Manhattan School of Music, with the dream of becoming an opera singer. However, the need to make a living intervened and Dawn made a long career in health and medical public relations. After retiring, she took a drawing class at the Silvermine School of Art - and never looked back. A new life in art had begun, something, she says, "that consumes, directs and nurtures me." This new career has brought rapid success. Dawn just won First Place in the 36th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, organized by the Stamford Art Association (she came in 2nd in 2015); won "Best in Show" at the Greenwich Art Society's  99th Annual Juried Exhibition this year; and won First Place for oil painting in the Rowayton Art Center's 2016 Inspirations Juried Exhibition. See Members News below for the list of shows in which she currently has work.  See Dawn's website here.


Sandy Garnett was born in Virginia and raised in Pennsylvania, London and Connecticut. A self-taught artist, he has been a full time professional painter and sculptor since graduation from St. Lawrence University in 1992. His work can be found in 30 U.S. states and ten countries through a network of "five hundred collectors." He is well known for his twenty year running Fingerprint Project, in which he explores contemporary identity through sculpted and painted fingerprints, human silhouettes and signatures. The project has included Fingerprint Portraits at The Landmark Gallery, Stamford (1998) and various instantiations at The Discovery Museum (2004), White Plains Museum Gallery (2009) and at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2010). Sandy is also known for his "Reconstruction" series of narratives and cityscapes. His public art commissions, starting with hand-painted cars for Chevrolet and hand-painted cows for the CowParade East Coast in Stamford, have included ambitious light installations such as those at the Stamford Train Station (2012), the Trout Art Museum, Appleton, Wisconsin, and the New London Light Cube. Sandy has become a successful author, with the publication of Baloney Express (2011), a coming-of-age story “derived from a long-lost 500-page handwritten journal written after his freshman year at St. Lawrence University," the compendious The First 1000 Paintings of Sandy Garnett (2012), and most recently The Year of an Artist (2016), documenting the trials and tribulations of a professional fine artist. See his website and Facebook page

Emily Kelting, is a photographer specializing in travel, landscape, botanical and I-phone photography. A graduate of Vassar College and the New York Botanical Garden, she studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Silvermine Art Guild in New Canaan, and online at She has taught I-phone photography at the Rowayton Arts Center, and landscape design and photography at the New York Botanical Garden and Norwalk Community College. Emily is a member of the Stamford Photography Club, Norwalk Camera Club, the Connecticut Association of Photographers, an Exhibiting Member of the Rowayton Arts Center, Carriage Barn Arts Center and Wilton Arts Council. Emily has won numerous awards for her photography, including a Best in Show at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Garden Club of America. Emily has travelled to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Central America, with her camera at the ready. Her photographs have been published in New Canaan/Darien Magazine, The Modern Estate, and Gardening on Granite. A landscape designer and writer, Emily teaches both landscape design and photography at the New York Botanical Garden, and lectures frequently for garden clubs and other organizations. She recently presented her popular "Why We Garden" talk in September at the New Canaan Library. See Emily's website here.

Born in Shizuoka, Japan, Kazumasa Oda studied architectural/interior design at Parsons School of Design in New York and has worked in corporate and residential design for more than three decades. While traveling throughout Europe, he started sketching which eventually developed into drawing pen and pencil architectural drawings. Kaz began watercolor painting 12 years ago and has studied at Silvermine School of Art and, more recently, the Rowayton Art Center. His work has been exhibited in Tokyo and in various local shows in Connecticut. His work received numerous awards including many first prizes in art shows. He writes that his art took a new direction when he moved to Bridgeport. Naturally attracted to the old New England industrial factories, he developed an interest in local nature scenes that express the quiet serenity and beauty of New England. He began to use watercolor to capture and express his response to those scenes. He then added oil paintings - enjoying the rich, luxurious feel of the oil on the canvas, and the solid permanence and depth of the medium. Recently, Kaz has been commissioned to paint a number of oils and watercolors depicting their favorite landscapes and homes. See Kaz's website here.


Justin Perlman is the son of self-taught architect, mechanic, and artist Harry Perlman, whose key lesson for his son was to honor craftsmanship and beauty above all, something Justin has held sacred throughout his many years of study and practice as an artist. Those years have taken him on a long winding road: from studying Anthropology at Hampshire College, to taking Sculpture classes at the Art Students League of NY, to studying with the master artisans and marble sculptors of Pietrasanta, Italy, and returning to the U.S. to apprentice as a master chaser at a bronze foundry, where he learned all the facets of the fine-art casting process. Justin writes that he sees art as a language with not only an infinite number of dialects and a vocabulary of form and color, but the very tools and materials used as part of that vocabulary. "The techniques forged over countless experiments do not bind us but give us an incalculably large set of phrases to be arranged and rearranged." He has recently been working with the juxtaposition of opposed "phrases" to represent some universal oppositions: between materials, representing our hard (exterior) and our soft (interior) selves; between figurative abstraction in stone and the highly detailed faces in metal; between the primal, or natural, versus the manufactured; and between the different colors used in a piece. Justin shows his work at C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich  and will be teaching a Mixed Media Sculpture class at Silvermine Arts Center this Fall, starting next week. See Justin's webpage here.

Janice Sweetwater is based in Redding and keeps a studio at The NEST Arts Factory. She attended the Chicago Art Institute, studying painting and sculpture. It was there she says that she was inspired to paint in oils and acrylics. Being primarily a landscape artist, she likes to travel, exploring New England, looking for Mother Nature’s best work to transpose and interpret. Typically, she will sketch and take photographs of subjects on location and then return to the studio to put brush on canvas. Janice says she recognized her passion for art early in high school and, with encouragement from her art teachers and artistic family, began to work on transforming her surroundings into what she calls Landscapes of Color as Light. Constantly evolving, changing and experimenting with new ideas and techniques, for Janice, color is energy, a vibration, and she uses these frequencies as a healing modality for both her viewers and herself. Janice Sweetwater has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the Burr Homestead, The Barn Gallery, Sandman Gallery, Cartus Corp., and the Mark Twain Library. Her work was recently seen at the Nylen Gallery at Picture This, in THE NEST- Residents Show 1, featuring the work of five artists from The NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport (April 20-through May 21). See Janice's website, her Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages
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YOUR NEWS                             
ELIZABETH AGRESTA, ELLEN GORDON, YUKO IKE, OLGA KLYMYK, PAUL LARSONBARBARA MATHIS, and PHYLLIS SINRICH all have work in John Singer Sargent Accepts with Pleasure, a collaborative exhibition mounted by the Loft Artists Association and the Stamford Museum and opening at the New Canaan Library Sat., October 15, 4-6pm
HEIDE FOLLIN, ELLEN GORDON, and MICHAEL DAVID KOZLOWSKI are participating in New Haven's City-Wide Open Studios, during Armory WeekendOctober 15-16 at the Goffe Street Armory, 290 Goffe Street, New Haven. Heide says it’s a big, fun, peeling armory full of artist studios and “site-specific work” to experience! Heide and Ellen are on the main floor, room 217— Saturday and Sunday, 12-6. Download the Guide here.
BEVI BULLWINKEL, BINNIE BIRSTEIN, MIGGS BURROUGHS, TRACE BURROUGHS, MARY HAROLD, MARYELLEN HENDRICKS, NIKI KETCHMAN, DIANE POLLACK, LYNN POPAT, and BARBARA RINGER, are featured in The Westport Artist Collective Explores the Revolutionary Sixties, a group exhibition curated by artist member Nancy McTague-Stock for the 50th Anniversary of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. The show runs from October 19 through January 8, 2017, with a reception on Oct. 27, 2016, 5:30-7:30p.m. at the Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk. $10.
ERIN DOLAN and NANCY McTAGUE-STOCK have their studios at Wilson Avenue Loft Artists  (225 Wilson Avenue, 2nd floor, Norwalk), and will be participating in the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists Open Studio Weekend, Sat. Oct. 29 - Sun. Oct. 30, 11am-4pm both days, with an opening reception of A Sense of Place, curated by Sophia GevasFriday, Oct. 28, 6-9pm.
FRANCES B. ASHFORTH is currently enjoying a residency at Playa, Summer Lake, Oregon, along with two other visual artists, a geologist, ornithologist and three writers. Her cabin overlooks a dry lakebed (5 miles by 20) that backs up to the 7000-ft Winter Ridge. She is working on drawings of the ridge as well as monotypes of the horizon line. We look forward to the work she brings back!
NINA BENTLEY and MIGGS BURROUGHS are the curators of ART TO THE MAX, an exhibition held at the Westport Historical Society through Jan. 7, 2017, of 100 art works by local artists whose work had been displayed in the legendary MAX'S art store windows over the past 50 years. The show is also a tribute to Shirley Mellor, Max's wife and the store owner. Miggs is also speaking at TEA Talk - see Sooo-z Mastropietro below.
New member PAUL BERGER currently has work in five shows: 1. in the 19th Annual Pequot Library Art Show, at The Pequot Library, Southport (through Oct. 18); 2. in Photo Show 38 at the Mystic Museum of Art (through Nov. 12), includes, Window for the World (2015, silver gelatin print, 16"x20, detail at right); 3. in Splash of Color at the Milford Arts Council's Firehouse Gallery (through Oct. 23); 4. in the 39th Annual Members' Show at the Carriage Barn Arts Center; and 5. in Structures and Patterns at the Ferguson Library, Stamford (through Jan. 19). Fourteen pieces are also on display at Newtown's Sal e Pepe’s restaurant. 
Photographer KARLA BERNSTEIN has a solo exhibition of 11 photographs at William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty office, 470 Main St., Ridgfield, (Mon.-Fri: 9am-5pm, through early January, 2017). The show includes three photographs from her new series, One Night I Dreamed..., including, One Night I Dreamed...Vanity, at right.  The exhibit is sponsored through the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Satellite Gallery
TRACE BURROUGHS' selection for The Westport Artist Collective Explores the Revolutionary Sixties show at the Lockwood Mathews-Mansion Museum is his digital collage, Ice Cream Doll (2016, 24" x 36," click for larger image). This piece is one of a collection of 16 works focused on glamorous women of film/pop culture from the 60's. Trace says that in 2015 he decided to develop a collection of pop art, which also included some surreal imagery. Noticing these works were getting more attention, he decided to create more in that vein. The current collection can be seen here
FREDERIC CHIU will be joining Orin Grossman this Sunday, Oct. 16, 3pm at the Quick Center for the Arts in a program of music for one piano, four hands, and two pianists. The program will include Franz Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor for four hands, Claude Debussy’s En Blanc et Noir, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, in a special version for two pianos by the composer. Frederic’s recent recording, Distant Voices, pairs the music of Debussy with the contemporary Chinese composer Gao Ping.
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN and SUSAN NEWBOLD are collaborating with Stephanie Joyce in making several pieces in Pathways to Awakening, at Gallery Flux in Ashland, Virginia, through November 26. At right Pathways 1, 2 & 3 (mixed media on mylar, 160" x 120"). "The works are meditative environments inspired by nature and sacred geometry, using a variety of materials, such as mylar, wood, Japanese rice papers, cut steel and Indian block prints. Working collaboratively, the artists’ studio sessions began with meditation and yoga, which opened the flow of creativity and the artwork took shape and form."
You can see work by our new member DAWN DAHL in five current shows: 1. in the 19th Annual Pequot Library Art Show (through Oct. 18); 2. in The 39th Annual Juried Exhibition, of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists (through Oct. 23); 3. in The Faber Birren National Color Award Show, at the Stamford Artists Association, (through Oct. 27) where she won First Place for Four on the Floor (detail at right - click for full image); 4. in the 39th Annual Members Show, at the Carriage Barn Arts Center (through Oct. 30); and 5. Expressions 2016 at the Rowayton Arts Center (through Oct. 30).
LOREN DEPALMA is the exhibiting artist at Valencia Luncheria for the month of October. She has 20 paintings on display featuring some of her latest abstract works from her Connections series that have as a common theme modern day love and connection. Located at 164 Main Street in Norwalk, Valencia Luncheria is generally open until 9 pm every night.
JOSEPH DERMODY playing viola with his ‘Scape Trio will be playing music by Haydn, Pärt, Kreisler, Hasselmans, Reinecke, and more in a unique concert, Restoring Humanity that is part of a reading by Emily St. John Mandel of her successful novel Station Eleven. Part of The Greenwich Library "Reads Together" program, the event is hosted by The Greenwich Arts CouncilThurs, Oct. 20th 7pm (registration required: 203.862.6750).
New member SANDY GARNETT is the subject of a celebratory and exploratory interview with Tremaine Foundation President, Michelle Knapik as part of the 19th Annual Pequot Library Art Show, this Sunday, October 16, 3-5pm at the Pequot Library, Southport. Artists Thrive is a Gallery Talk in which Michelle and Sandy will explore how artists are viewed in society and how their perceived value is changingThe discussion will be followed by sales and signing of Sandy's book, The Year of an Artist, and a traditional toast of 'sherry in the stacks.'
SANDY GARNETT is celebrating the unveiling of a mural and his open studio the following weekend. The mural unveiling is the side wall of O'Neill's Bar and Restaurant93 North Main Street, Norwalk Sat. Oct 22, 3-5pm; Sandy's open studio is on Sat. Oct 22, 12-3pm and Sunday Oct 23, 12-5pm at 32 Pine Street, #12, Norwalk. The 20 x 14-foot mural was completed in two weeks
MARY HAROLD's photograph in The Westport Artist Collective Explores the Revolutionary Sixties show at the Lockwood Mathews-Mansion Museum is Catholic School Girl (22" x 28" detail at right, click for full image). The photograph was taken in July 2016, as something of an experiment using her daughter Julia as a model and props taken from Mary's earlier life. It was so successful that it will engender a new series of staged and retro pictures from Mary's past!
PAUL LARSON has a solo show at Loft Artists Association, ICONOGRAFIX: Larger Than Life Portraits. Paul writes:  “These larger-than-life portraits are of a chosen few creative cultural icons who were of particular influence and inspiration in my life. They represent only a very small sampling among the many who have in one way or another influenced many of us in our dreams, our fantasies, and in our own creative interests. They are among the heroes who have inspired us to create in our own right.” The show runs through Nov. 6.
SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO, MIGGS BURROUGHS and FREDERIC CHIU are participating in TEA (Teachers, Educators, Artists) TALK Sunday Oct. 23, 2pm at Westport Town Hall: three 20-minute conversations about Earnings v. Yearnings. Sooo-z and Miggs will be in one conversation and Frederic will talk with composer/ orchestrator Ryan Lester. This is a free program of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee - and tea and snacks will be served afterwards at the Historical Society. Click to reserve your free seat.
AMY OESTREICHER is still enjoying studying at the National Theatre Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She was just nominated as a Heath Activist Hero by WEGO Health, a patient empowerment organization. Amy is asking for as many endorsements as possible: click here to help. Amy also just published To The Usher at the Theatre Who Asked If I Was the Sick Girl: An Open Letter in the Huffington Post blog.
DONNA OSTERBY-BRIEN will be the featured presenter for the Fairfield County Art Association's October Artist Presentation  Wed., Oct. 19, 7-9 pm at Roger Ludlowe Middle School Library, 689 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield. Donna will show examples of her work and will discuss the impact that Intuitive Process Painting has had on her personal approach to life. She will encourage attendees to begin their own Intuitive Process Journal by offering some tools in the form of ideas and suggested materials. At right, Donna's Dragon Mask (12"x12")
LYNN CARLSON POPAT has two works in the 19th Annual Pequot Library Art Show which runs Oct. 13-18, 2016 at the Pequot Library,  Southport: Night In The Bramble (2016, (oil, 14"x17", at right) and Silvered Thistles (2016, aluminum print with etchings, 11"x14"). Lynn also has Have A Cool Yule - Christmas Card Series (aluminum print, 12"x8") in the Westport Artist Collective Explores the Revolutionary Sixties show at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum.
ALISSA SIEGAL will lead a workshop at the Aldrich Museum for their monthly Third Saturdays Family Workshop: "Explore the graceful shapes and colorful hues of fall foliage through printmaking! Find natural materials in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden, and work with teaching artist Alissa Siegal to design and print patterns on fabric." This Saturday, Oct. 15 (10am to 12 noon for 2-5-year-olds; 1-3 pm for 6-10-year-olds)
New member, JANICE SWEETWATER is featured in an invitational exhibit exploring the interpretation of the theme Haven at The NEST Arts Factory. Sweetwater's Cape houses and New England homes, bathed in shadow & light, can be viewed at The NEST through Nov. 5. At right, detail of Beautiful Morning (2016, mixed media, 18"x24," click for image of complete painting).
MALU TAN has a solo exhibition of her Colorscapes series  at Sarah’s Wine Bar, at Bernard’s, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield, through January 2017, with an opening reception this Sunday, Oct. 16, 3-5pm. An abstract expressionist painter, known for her strong gestural marks, texture and color palette, Malu explores the minimalist qualities of a scene by painting closely cropped tableaux of the sky, trees, and fields, as if seen through a viewfinder. She reduces the landscape to blocks of color while applying expressive marks and texture to create interest and movement. Her paintings offer a sense of place that is both familiar and new.
VINCENT VERRILLO has several of his abstract expressionist paintings in Reality of Abstraction running at the University of Bridgeport's Schelfhaudt Gallery through February 3, 2017. Vincent is one of nine artists showing. Among his works, Brain (oil on canvas 48"x36", detail at right, click for complete image).
Compiled List of Artist Member Openings & Events
Sat. Oct. 15: John Singer Sargent Accepts With Pleasure, New Canaan Library. Opening Reception, 4-6pm (Elizabeth Agresta, Ellen Gordon, Yuko Ike, Olga Klymyk, Paul Larson, Barbara Mathis, and Phyllis Sinrich)
Oct. 15-16: New Haven City-Wide Open Studios, Goffe St. Armory, 12-6pm. (Heide Follin, Ellen Gordon, David Kozlowski)
Sun. Oct. 16: Frederic Chiu Performs with Orin Grossman, Quick Center, 3pm.
Sun. Oct. 16: Sandy Garnett interviewed by Michael Knapik as part of 19th Annual Pequot Library Art Show. Artists Thrive, 3-5pm.
Sun. Oct. 16: Malu Tan, Colorscapes at Sarah’s Wine Bar, at Bernard’s, 20 West Lane, Ridgefield, 3-5pm
Wed. Oct. 19: Donna Osterby-Brien, Fairfield County Artists Association October Artist Presentation. Fairfield Ludlowe Middle School Library. 7-9pm
Thu. Oct. 20: Joseph Dermody, viola, performs in Restoring Humanity evening, Greenwich Arts Council, 7pm (registration required: 203.862.6750)
Sat. Oct. 22: Sandy Garnett, Unveiling of O'Neill's mural, 93 N. Main St., Norwalk, 3-5pm
Sun. Oct. 23: Sandy Garnett, Open Studio, 32 Pine Street, #12, Norwalk, 12-5pm
Sun. Oct. 23: TEA TALK, Westport Town Hall, 2pm (Miggs Burroughs, Frederic Chiu, Sooo-z Mastropietro)
Thu. Oct. 27: Westport Artists Collective Explores the Revolutionary Sixties, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30pm (Bevi Bullwinkel, Binnie Birstein, Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Mary Harold, MaryEllen Hendricks, Niki Ketchman, Diane Pollack, Lynn Popat, and Barbara Ringer)
Fri. Oct. 28: Wilson Ave. Loft Artists Open Studio Weekend and A Sense of Place, 225 Wilson Ave. Norwalk. Opening Reception, 6-9pm (Erin Dolan and Nancy McTague-Stock).
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OTHER NEWS                             

A recent NEA report, Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists and its accompanying Bright Spots interactive digital graphic presents the results of 18 months of research looking into how social and technological changes have impacted the lives of artists. Who are artists and what are their needs today? No longer defining artists as just those who derive their primary income from their art, the report sees artists as those who, “utilize their artistic skills to derive income, further their creative work, or contribute to their community.” Thus it is key to, articulate and measure the benefits of artists and creative work to societal health and well-being.” The four main trends the report surfaced are:
• Technology is profoundly altering the context and economics of artists’ work.
• Artists share challenging economic conditions with other segments of the workforce.
 Structural inequities in the artists’ ecosystem mirror those in society more broadly.
Training and funding systems are not keeping pace with artists’ evolving needs and opportunities.
While artists respond to evolving conditions and develop new skills to structure their work, there are groups that are working to address conditions for broader constituencies that share some of artists’ challenges, such as burdensome debt. Five priorities emerged to move us forward:
1. Articulate and measure the benefits of artists and creative work to societal health and well-being.
2. Address artists’ income insecurity as part of larger workforce efforts.
3. Address artists’ debt and help build their assets.
4. Create 21st-century training systems.
5. Upgrade systems and structures that support artists.
All require aligning artists’ interests with those of other people facing similar challenges and collaborating with broader movements for social and economic change.

Read Jane Chu's comments; read the report here.

October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) designed to focus attention on the arts and humanities at local, state and national levels, encouraging everyone to participate in the arts, and for government and business to show their support and overall to raise public awareness about the role the arts and culture play in our communities. Read President Obama's proclamation, in which he wrote that "the arts and humanities are central to who we are as Americans—as dreamers and storytellers, creators and visionaries." Participate as best you can, including in Americans for the Arts' social media campaign intended to highlight personal stories under the hashtag #ShowYourArt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Americans for the Arts has suggested themes for posting for each day. Remaining days are:

15th: Tattoos
16th: Digital Art
17th: Green
18th: Movies/Film
19th: Sculpture
20th: Hidden Art
21st: Art in Schools
22nd: Blue
23rd: Culinary Art
24th: Art in Nature
25th: Photography
26th: Art Supplies
27th: Architecture
28th: Art Indoors
29th: Typographic Art
30th: Orange
31st: Artist's Choice
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. Take the opportunity to share how much you count. 
Plus - when you complete the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card! And let us know!
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

The Carriage Barn Arts Center invites submissions for its 37th Annual Photography Exhibition, juried by Laurie Kratochvil, an award-winning photo editor who has worked with leading photographers at publications including Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times, and has curated several photography exhibitions in the US and Europe. The exhibition will run from Dec. 3 through Jan.19, 2017. All subjects and styles will be considered. Online submission preferred; submit 1-6 jpegs here. Fee: $20 for 3 images/$30 for up to 6 (non-members: $35 for 3 and $45 for up to 6). Click here for complete prospectus. Deadline: Sat. Oct 29 (midnight).

All artists are invited to take part in the annual NEST Arts Factory fundraising exhibit, 10 x 10, this November. All artwork will be sold for $100, with $50 going to the NEST and $50 going to the artist. All artwork must be exactly 10" x 10" square and no more than 2" deep. The exhibit opens November 11, 2016 during the city-wide Bridgeport Art Trail. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser go toward operating costs for the Gallery and upgrades to community space, which are available for public use. Artwork for the 10 x 10 exhibit must be dropped off on Saturday, November 5 from 1-4 pm. There is no entry fee and entries are limited to 3 per artist. Download entry form here

The Fairfield County Arts Association announces a call for its Members Art Show, November 29, 2016-January 27, 2017 at Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Artists may bring 1- 2 original wall pieces in any media, wired for hanging, framed or painted to the edge, up to 40” in any direction, that are suitable for a public building. At least one piece must be for sale. Price should include a 20% commission to FCAA.
 Entry form available here. Fee: $20 for up to 2 works (+$40 FCAA membership, if just joining) +20% commission if work is sold. Receiving and hanging will be on Tuesday, November 29, 12-3 pm in the first floor Conference Room in Independence Hall. No work accepted after this date or time. Call Alice at 259-8026 for other arrangements. A reception for the show will be held, Thursday, December 1, 7-8:30 pm in first floor Conference Room.

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will be hosting its annual Holiday Shoppe and Craft Fair, November 26 through December 23, at 43 Main Street, Danbury. The museum seeks artisans and crafters interested in showcasing and selling their unique crafts and fine goods during this very popular and well-attended event. The Holiday Shoppe will be open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm and sales will be managed by museum staff and volunteers. Vendors are not required to be present during business hours. There are a limited number of tables and exhibit cases available and at a very reasonable rate. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The museum also provides all marketing for this event via their website, social media and print outlets. Special holiday programs have been booked throughout the run of the Holiday Shoppe & Craft Fair to draw even more visitors, including our annual Holiday Tea in the Historic Rider House. Click here for vendor application form
And Don't Forget...
Oct. 15: Re-Made in Bridgeport Creative Re-Use Contest Deadline
Oct. 15: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Festive Home Crafts Submission Deadline

Oct. 26: Center for Fine Art Photography: Singular/Signature Submission Deadline
Oct. 28: Photography Center of Cape Cod: Water in Motion Submission Deadline


The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg's life, work, and philosophy that art can change the world. In that spirit, the foundation is accepting applications for its Artist as Activist Fellowship program.
The provides independent artists and art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere up to $100,000 over two years along with access to opportunities for professional advancement. Fellows are identified through a highly competitive open call for proposals.
In 2015 more than 600 applicants from 42 states, spanning artistic genres and thematic focus, were narrowed to six fellows with the help of 30 field experts from across the U.S. See the six 2015 fellows and the ten 2016 fellows here. This inaugural cohort tackled a range of timely issues—from climate change to caste-based sexual violence. The Foundation now invites projects addressing a specific issue or theme. The 2016 and 2017 cohorts of Artist as Activist Fellows are addressing racial justice through the lens of mass incarceration.  Register for an Application Webinar Oct. 27 here.  Deadline: December 5. Apply here.


The Santa Fe Arts Institute (SFAI) is a body of artists, innovative thinkers and engaged citizens who cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and a place to re-imagine a more equitable world. SFAI implements yearlong thematic programing that addresses pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with regional cultural and educational organizations, and integrating social entrepreneurial and education initiatives, SFAI aspires to transform Santa Fe into a hub for positive social change that reflects the greatest needs of our times. From September 2017 through July 2018, SFAI programming will explore the following questions within the context of Equal Justice: How can art be used to engage systems of power and foster social and racial equity? How can community action creatively address accountability and responsibility for equal justice within legal, financial, and social systems? How can creative practices bear witness and give testimony to those who suffer injustice, and in the process help to transform systems of structural oppression?  Interested in a residency where you can apply your artistic and creative energy on these issues, then apply here.
RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

Inspired by the NYFA Source Hotline, #ArtistHotline is an initiative dedicated to creating an ongoing online conversation around the professional side of artistic practice. #ArtistHotline occurs on the third Wednesday of each month on Twitter. The goal is to help artists discover the resources needed, online and off, to develop sustainable careers. The dialogue takes place on Twitter, under the hashtag #ArtistHotline, and includes discussion starters, directly answers artist inquiries and distributes a variety of curated content – including retweets, blog posts and engaging multimedia. The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), along with art professionals from varied organizations around the country, responds to questions and offers resources on topics such as financial planning, emergency preparedness, self-promotion and developing your creative practice in the digital age. This month, experts in the field will join in for a Twitter Guest Chat from 1 PM - 3 PM on the topic of "Social Media for Promotion.Make sure to follow @nyfacurrent on Twitter, and join us for ther next #ArtistHotline Twitter chat on October 19, 2016, 9:30am-5:30pm. Supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.


Introducing Dread Scott’s October 13 webinar Creating a Marketing Strategy, Creative Capital, brought together some of the key elements of documenting one’s work. Posted by Holly Ajala:
"Your words and your documentation are critical to a marketing strategy that speaks truthfully and effectively about your work. Having your own documentation puts the power of representing your art in your hands. To that end, Dread stresses artists treat the documentation of their work with the same seriousness and creativity that they devote to the work itself.
1. Document Better: Art Direct Your Images. Set up a dramatic action shot. If movement or participation is key to the essence of your work, that should come through in your documentation.
2. Include a person in the image for a sense of size and scale. For visual artists it's hard to create the physical experience of engaging with a work in a single image, so give viewers an idea of its scale.
3. Rearrange the installation so important elements are in a single shot. Pulling things closer together can give viewers a feel for the “wholeness” of the live experience.
4. Video clips convey the essence of a longer work. For literary artists in particular, a short video of a reading of a passage or chapter of your work can serve as effective documentation.
Images need to be coupled with clear and engaging description to do their best work. Elements that can’t be easily appreciated visually – like the significance of a particular material, or the importance of the space itself should be communicated. You are the single best advocate for your work, and taking the time to ensure that your work is documented in ways that authentically convey the ideas and purpose behind your art will make promoting and marketing your work that much easier, authentic and effective."

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Westport Country Playhouse is searching for a Database Analyst (DA) to manage and support the use and analysis of patron and ticketing data contained in the Tessitura and QuickBooks databases and integrate data with other internal and external systems to aid staff in providing outstanding customer service and to increase revenue. This position reports directly to the General Manager and works closely with the systems, box office, marketing, development, and finance departments. This position requires a flexible schedule and the DA must be available on nights and weekends in order to maintain the ticketing system. Some of the maintenance work can be done remotely. Ideal candidates will possess either a college degree with a focus in information technology or comparable professional experience. As this position will interact with staff members who may not be as proficient with computer systems, excellent communication and documentation skills are required. Familiarity with Tessitura, SQL, and InfoMaker is a plus. Full details here. Send résumé and cover letter to No phone calls, please. 

The Ridgefield Playhouse seeks a Full time Director of Development to: Oversee development activities including annual and capital fundraising, foundation grants, membership program, sponsorships, advertising (movie pre-show and annual program book) and benefit events such as the annual gala; Work in conjunction with Executive Director and Finance Director to create personal relationships with high-end donors; Build strong relationships with staff and external stakeholders to raise awareness of the need for philanthropic support, clarify giving opportunities, and ensure that they feel part of the Playhouse family; Manage the particulars of each sponsor/underwriter’s agreement and giving history, and keep organized files for each sponsor underwriter and donor; Lead and motivate the development team through effective management, performance tracking and goal setting; Be able to tell a story with numbers and have full knowledge of our budget and historical financial statements. For complete job description, click here. 

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a non-profit organization that hosts a world-class film festival each June, as well as events throughout the year. The festival’s goal is to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. GIFF is seeking a Programmer for the 2017 festival, which will take place June 1 to 4, to help program film screenings and premieres, panels, workshops and other programs. Additionally, the Programmer will help to conceive, develop, and implement the artistic and programmatic focus of the organization in consultation with the Chairman of the Board, Executive Director, and Director of Programming. This is a paid position that will start January 2nd and will end June 30th. Click here for full job description.
Qualifications include being able to work independently, efficiently and under deadline pressure; having excellent oral and written communications skills; being detail-oriented, organized, and motivated, with experience as a Film Festival Programmer or Assistant/ Associate Programmer. Send a resume and cover letter to Ginger Stickel, Chief Operating Officer c/o


The Ridgefield Playhouse seeks an energetic and creative Associate Director of Marketing for a fast-paced department responsible for marketing, social media, graphic design, promotion, press, and community/public relations. The Associate Director of Marketing manages all media buys, promotional and grassroots outreach, digital promotions, special projects and events. Additionally, the Associate Director serves as a leader in the department and assists the Director of Marketing in creating strategy, evaluating personnel and determining budgetary priorities. Responsibilities include: create a communication/PR strategy for individual productions, events, education programs and other institutional initiatives; manage and track effectiveness of the assigned marketing budgets and all campaign efforts; secure and manage all advertising placements by working closely with representatives across various media; and more. Qualifications needed include: 4+ years of experience in performing arts marketing and a love for live music and theater; direct supervision experiencestrong knowledge of the local and regional media outlets; extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Wordpress, and Constant Contact; the ability to work as part of team that values brainstorming and creative input, as well as to work independently and take initiative; and more. See full job description here. 

The mission of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, Inc. (NCSA) is to promote the visual and performing arts, and to enrich the community through exhibitions, education, and cultural experiences, and to operate the Carriage Barn Arts Center. NCSA seeks two motivated, detail-oriented interns who are eager to learn and gain experience working with a non-profit art center and in a gallery setting. Tasks will include, but are not limited to: front desk maintenance, interacting with members and visitors, administrative tasks, research, special projects and general operations. The right candidate will be a self-starter who is organized and able to multitask. Good phone etiquette and people skills are a must, as are computer skills. The internship requires a one year commitment (Fall ’16 – June ’17) and candidate should be available 1-2 days per week. Some weekend or evening hours will be required. Interns should be undergraduates, graduate students, or recent college graduates. Please email resume and brief cover letter to Hilary Wittmann at

Bridgeport's Downtown Cabaret Theatre seeks a Marketing Associate who will report solely to the Marketing Director and will assist with the theatre’s marketing campaigns in a variety of capacities. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following: maintain website and social outlets; create weekly eblasts; create show-specific content; proofread print and digital marketing products; assist in the planning and execution of internal and external marketing events; coordinate photography at shows and other key moments. Skills/ Qualifications include: a B.A. in Communications, Marketing, English or related field; 1+ years experience in Marketing, preferably for a non-profit or arts organization; 1-2 years of professional experience handling Social Media Accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc); excellent attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication; familiarity with Wordpress and Google Analytics; photography background a plus! Interest in theatre a plus! This is a full-time, seasonal position. Must have flexible schedule and be available some nights/weekends. All interested candidates can email their cover letter and resume to with the subject line “MARKETING ASSOCIATE”.
Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Aldrich Museum: Teaching Artists
Creative Arts, New Haven: 2017 Gallery Fellowship
Devore Associates: Landscape Architect
URU: The Right to Be: Communications Coordinator
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director.
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National Arts & Humanities Month #ShowYourArt
Oct. 15: Re-Made in Bridgeport Creative Re-Use Contest Deadline
Oct. 15: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Festive Home Crafts Submission Deadline
Oct. 18: Creative Capital Webinar #3 with Sharon Louden
Oct. 25: Creative Capital Webinar #4 with Sharon Louden
Oct. 26: Center for Fine Art Photography: Singular/Signature Submission Deadline
Oct. 28: Photography Center of Cape Cod: Water in Motion Submission Deadline
Oct. 29: Carriage Barn Arts Center: Annual Photography Exhibition, Deadline
Oct. 31: apexart: Unsolicited Exhibition Program Deadline

Nov. c1: I-Park (East Haddam): All-Discipline Site-Responsive Residency Deadline
Nov. c1: ASCAP Foundation, Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards Application
Nov. c1: American-Scandinavian Foundation Writing Fellowships and Grants
Nov. c5: NEST Arts factory: 10x10 Exhibition Drop-off and Deadline (1-4pm)
Nov. 12: Creative Spaces for the Creative Economy, Bijou Theatre, 9:30-4:30pm
Nov. 16: Center for Craft, Creativity & Design: Materials-Based Research Grant 
Nov. 18: Deadline for Responding to #CreativesCount Survey
Nov. 29: Fairfield County Arts Association Members Show Drop-off

Dec. c1: Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown: Writing Fellowships Application Deadline
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

Jan. c6: Santa Fe Art Institute: Equal Justice Creative Residency Deadline
Jan. 14-15: Poets & Writers Live: San Francisco: Inspiration Workshops
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