Subject: ARTISTS' NEWSLETTER - September 2, 2016

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News and Opportunities for Artists of Fairfield County
September 2, 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 450 individuals and organizations. Sign up here
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❖ Our WPKN 89.5 Spotlight on Arts & Culture with Rick Shaefer, Mon. Sept. 12
❖ Please "Like" our Cultural Alliance/ Facebook Page!
❖ New Members: Bevi Bullwinkel, Megan Garbe, Richard Koleszar, and TessaSmith McGovern.

❖ Members in Group Shows: Loft Artists' Association, Lost+Found; Nylen Gallery, The NEST Residents 3; The NEST - Open Studios and Spun; MAPspace, Artists in Dialogue; and Yale New Haven Health - Park Avenue Medical Center Art Collection
❖ Other news from Elizabeth Agresta, Patrice Barrett, Karla Bernstein, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Heide Follin, Ruben Marroquin, Dale Najarian, Amy Oestreicher, Marjorie Poe, Rick Shaefer, Phyllis Sinrich, Bronislava Slagle, Susan Tabachnick, and Malu Tan.
Members' Openings
Calendar of Members' Openings over the next 2 weeks

❖ Celebrate National Arts in Education Week - Sept. 11-17
❖ Artist Rights: A New Resource.

❖ Golden Thread Gallery: Simplicity - Sept. 13
❖ Rowayton Arts Center: Expressions 2016 - Sept. 26-27
❖ ARC Gallery, Chicago: Home - Oct. 1
Re-Made in Bridgeport: Creative Re-Use Challenge - Oct. 15

❖ Key West Literary Seminar: Emerging Writer Awards - Sept. 12
❖ Walker Arts Center: Interdisciplinary Fellowships - Sept. 16
❖ NEFA: New England Dance Fund - Sept. 26
❖ Walter Feldman Fellowships for Emerging New England Visual Artists - Oct. 17

❖ Fairfield County Writers' Studio: How We Got Published Open House - Sept. 8
❖ Westport Writers' Workshop: Fall Workshops Begin - Sept. 12

❖ Wilton Playshop: The Philadelphia Story - Sept. 12-13
❖ Arts in CT: Legally Blonde Jr. - Sept. 15-17
❖ Music on the Hill: Threads of Light - Tuesdays, 7-9pm
❖ National Theater for Arts & Education: Don Quixote - Through Sept. 30

❖ CT Office of the Arts: Program Associate 1
❖ Bruce Museum: Special Events Manager

❖ Long Wharf Theatre: Associate Managing Director
❖ URU, The Right To Be: Communications Communicator
❖ National Theater for Arts & Education: Costume Stitcher - Oct. 10-24
❖ Bruce Museum: Brucemobile Instructor

Jobs Still Available

Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Our next WPKN Spotlight on Arts and Culture live radio interview series features Rick Shaefer, whose Refugee Trilogy drawing show opens at the Fairfield University Art Museum 9/7 (see below), Fairfield University Professor Bryan Crandall, and IIConn's Claudia Connor, on this critical topic. See the University's related programming. Hear Jennifer Bangser's interview on 89.5FM, noon Sept. 12, or stream it.
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Bevi Bullwinkel attended Vassar College and received an MA from Columbia University. After years devoted to photography, she turned to painting, studying with many professional artists in California, Connecticut and Maine. Her work is primarily in acrylic, ink, water-based oil, and mixed media (including cold wax and oil pigment stick) on paper and canvas. Bevi has written, "Painting to me is like poetry. While working in any media I try to distill my thoughts in order to express the essence of what lies beneath the surface. The emphasis on the simplicity of line and importance of space is seen in most of my work. My wish is to express an increasing concern with the fragility and impermanence of nature and our existence as well as to evoke a sense of the transience of being and mystery of the unknown." Current affiliations in Connecticut include memberships in the Guilford, New Canaan, Ridgefield and Rowayton art associations, and the Westport Arts Center Collective. She has been selected for many juried shows in New York, California, Maine, and Connecticut. Her solo exhibitions include the Westport Town Hall, the Ferguson Library in Stamford, and the Chester Gallery in Connecticut. Recent awards include three first prizes at the Rowayton Arts Center and the prestigious Founder’s Award at the Essex Art Association. Bevi's work was chosen for a celebrity auction to benefit NYU Hospital in New York in 2015. She also was selected for the 2015 annual juried members’ exhibition Dreamscapes, at the Westport Arts Center. Her work is represented in private collections throughout the country. See Bevi's Westport Artists Collective website

Megan Garbe is a Fairfield-based painter, working primarily with oil paint on canvas. Her subject matter typically portrays spirit animals, sometimes in fantastical and surreal settings. In 2015 she had a successful show, Spirit Guides at Wendy Nylen Gallery at Picture This, Westport (featured, with an illustration, in the New York Times). At the time, Megan wrote: "I have been captivated by the idea that humans connect with the essence of certain animals; that we are all assigned an animal to be our spiritual guide, whether we are aware of them or not." Meg believes different animals can represent different character traits: "Each animal I paint, I paint for a reason, because they all symbolize specific characteristics within myself, but I like the idea that people can view my art and see or feel something unique to themselves." Each painting is an imaginary encounter with our guiding forces. Meg Garbe is a graduate of Salve Regina University in Rhode Island and has shown her work in exhibitions throughout New England for the last five years, including Wendy Nylen Gallery, Art About Town, Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery, Rowayton Arts Center, Fairfield Arts Center, Ferguson Library, as well as a solo exhibition at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA. See Meg's website, InstagramPinterest and Etsy pages.

Richard Koleszar first studied at the Silvermine Guild Art School (then the college of art) before entering Syracuse University. His studies were interrupted by being drafted into the armed services, serving two years in Germany where he received the Soldier of The Cycle award for his performance in basic training. On his return, memories of the hills and mountains of Germany and Switzerland lingered. This then led him to a deeper appreciation of the landscapes of New England, which ultimately drew him away from New York City. After returning to Syracuse, he graduated with a BFA in illustration. Richard went on to the Grey Advertising Agency, and SSC&B, to become an art director and ultimately a creative director in Philadelphia. Subsequently, Richard's passion for watercolor brought him to study with internationally renowned artists, Frank Webb, Robert Calrow, and Tony VanHasselt. His feelings for the earth and its scenery are reflected in his landscapes, which are the core of his work, although he also paints seascapes and portraits. He works are characterized by and strong composition. A past chairman of the Redding Arts Council, Richard is currently an Exhibiting Member of the Rowayton Arts Center and exhibits mostly in the New England area. See updates in Member News below. See Richard's website and Facebook page 

Tessa Smith McGovern is an award-winning writer whose linked short story collection, London Road: Linked Stories  is an Amazon best-seller and gold medal winner for Short Story Fiction in the 2011 eLit Awards. Her non-fiction book, Cocktails for Book Lovers (Sourcebooks), is also an Amazon best-seller. Her many publication credits include the Connecticut Review and the English Arts Council at the Southbank Centre, London. Tessa is co-founder of the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, along with Carol Leonetti Dannhauser. She is founder and editor of eChook Digital Publishing, publisher of stories and memoirs on iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook and Kindle. eChook won a silver medal in the 2011 eLit Awards, for Anthologies, and its stories have been read by thousands of readers in 100+ countries.
Tessa is also host, writer and producer of BookGirlTV (BGTV), an award-winning digital channel that promotes books and reading on all digital platforms and smart TVs. On YouTube, BookGirlTV is partnered with Disney’s MakerGen Studios, has 710 subscribers, and has 6 million minutes viewed. eChook and BookGirlTV have 166 million impressions on Facebook, 11,000-plus Facebook likes and 2,000-plus Twitter followers. Listen to (or watch) BGTV’s podcast, ‘BookGirlTV BUZZ’ on iTunes, or as a mobile app. Tessa also teaches at The Writing Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, N.Y. See Tessa's Facebook page and her BookGirlTV Twitter feed.
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YOUR NEWS                             
ELIZABETH AGRESTA, KARLA BERNSTEIN, HEIDE LEWIS COLEMAN, YUKO IKE, PHYLLIS SINRICH, BRONISLAVA SLAGLE, SUSAN TABACHNICK, and JULLIETTE TEHRANI all have work in the LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION's Annual Tri-State Juried Exhibition, LOST + FOUND, juried by Larissa Bailiff, a New York-based art historian, educator, and writer. The award ceremony and opening reception is this Thursday September 8, 6 - 8 pm at 575 Pacific Street, Stamford
CARLOS DAVILA, JANE DAVILA and SUSAN TAYLOR MURRAY are featured in THE NEST - Resident Show 3 at The Nylen Gallery, at Picture This, 772 Post Road East, Westport. This is the third and last exhibit in which Wendy Nylen introduces Westport to the artists of The NEST. On view through October 1 (Mon.-Fri. 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat. 9:30am-5pm), an Artists' Reception will be held Friday, September 9, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
PATRICE BARRETT, CARLOS DAVILA, JANE DAVILA, BARBARA DIEROLF, PHYLLIS LEE, KRISTIN MERRILL, SUSAN TAYLOR MURRAY, and RICK SHAEFER are 8 of the 35 artists participating in the NEST Open Studios, Sat. September 10, 2-4pm. This is one of 7 open studios a year and coincides with SPUN, below, and a special exhibit of work by Barbara Dierolf.
BARBARA DIEROLF and SOOO-Z MASTROPIETRO will be two of the 20 artists selected by Dr. Linda Simon-Wolk, Director and Chief Curator of the Fairfield University Art Museums, for inclusion in SPUN, a juried innovative fiber exhibit showing at The NEST Arts Factory Gallery, Sept. 10-Oct. 3. The opening reception will be on Saturday September 10, 2-4pm. 
KAREN KALKSTEIN, SUSAN NEWBOLD and KAREN VOGEL are engaged in the compelling ARTISTS IN DIALOGUE project at the Miranda Art Project MAPspace, in Port Chester, NY. Each was part of five pairs of artists engaged in critique sessions that led to choosing work by their partner for this show opening next Sunday Sept. 11, 2-5pm. Artist pairs are Christine Aaron & Claudia Renfro; Lori Glavin & Susan Newbold; Karen Kalkstein & Mitchel Visoky; Jill Parry & Teresa Waterman; and Karen Vogel and Barbara Weiss.
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN, LISA CUSCUNA, CHRISTA FORREST, ELLEN GORDON, SHOLEH JANATI, JILL NICHOLS, AMY OESTREICHER, ALISSA SIEGAL, LIZ SQUILLACE and MALU TAN all have work in Trumbull's Yale New Haven Health Park Avenue Medical Center Art Collection, assembled by Picture That Arts Consultants and opening this week. Congratulations to all! 
Congratulations to members YUKO IKE, KAREN KALKSTEIN, MARJORIE POE, KAREN VOGEL and GREGG ZIEBELL for being voted in as new members of the Westport Artists Collective. Looking forward to seeing you at a future WAC Pop-Up Show.
ELIZABETH HASEGAWA AGRESTA has two pieces, Transition (2016, acrylic on canvas, 28x22", detail at right, click for complete image) and Trace Residual (2016, acrylic on canvas, 29x23") cityscape, in the Loft Artists Association's annual juried show, Lost + Found (details above). Elizabeth also has her Kinetic Perception on show at the CWA National Art Exhibit, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, juried by Min Jung Kim, Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art, on view through September 23.
Congratulations to PATRICE BARRETT for her work on the cover of the current ART NEW ENGLAND - The Annual Gallery Issue! I See You (But You Don't See Me), (2016, acrylic, frisket, pastels, colored pencil on archive mat board, 16" x 20") was done at the NEST Arts Factory, where Patrice has her studio. Patrice comments that while the left side of the page represents the subject's thoughts and feelings, the right side "is the face the subject shows the outside world, happy hello, unmarked by turmoil, flat without emotion. Her colorless eye, heavy lidded and passive, reveals nothing."
KARLA BERNSTEIN has her fine art photograph My Memory’s Perspective (detail at right, click for larger image) in the Loft Artists Association’s 2016 annual juried show, Lost + Found (details above)This image is from her photo series of old barns in Connecticut.
HEIDI LEWIS COLEMAN will be exhibiting her acrylic & cut paper piece, LOST WORLD: VALYRIA, (24x24", click for larger image) in LOST AND FOUND (details above). Valyria, a fictional realm of George R. R. Martin's, was home to dragons with massive wings, sharp claws and fiery breath! Heidi is also showing her mixed media assemblage piece, EQUINOX 3, in the Stamford Art Association's juried exhibition Structures and Patterns in Stamford's Ferguson Library, opening Thursday Sept. 15, 6-8pm on the Ferguson's third floor gallery.
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON has mixed media embroidered collage works in two shows: Refresh From the Blues (13" sq. framed), juried into Rise Up! at the Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), Sept. 10 - Nov. 6; and Orvieto (13" sq. framed; click image at right for large version) in Structures and Patterns in Stamford's Ferguson Library (see above).
HEIDE FOLLIN has a solo show at the Stamford Mayor's Gallery, 888 Washington Blvd, opening this Wednesday, September 7 from 5:30 -7:30pm. Visual Wanderings: Inspired by Nature shows how Heide's abstractions are rooted in Nature’s magnificent colors but then explode into her own personal discoveries. "Her personal interpretation of landscape explores the layering of elements, textures, color and energy lines that lead the eye across the canvas to reveal visual surprises that entice and delight." At right, Gallaher's Fall Colors 1 (2016, acrylic on #300 watercolor paper, 30"x22", detail)
RUBEN MARROQUIN is working with Los Angeles-based Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, providing multiple pieces of his unique fiber art for the four-story The Harper  condominium complex in West Hollywood. Ruben's artwork complements the condo's style. His deep exploration of fiber results in the unique look of his work that is made of yarns covering an underlying structure, abstract in nature and using a custom, subdued palette. See detail of Ruben's work at right (click for complete image).
DALE NAJARIAN has a solo exhibition, Colorful Translations, Sept 9th - Oct 11 at the The Gallery at GFC, 71 Hillandale Rd, Westport. At right a detail from one of Dale's oil paintings in the show, Trees Study (2016, oil on wood panel 36"x40"). Dale's work is a colorful translation of everyday scenes and objects. She says that she works from life, or in her studio using photography as a general guide, but soon abandons the actual to create from within to develop a recognizable yet simplistic painting the viewer can identify with.
AMY OESTREICHER  is asking for patrons on Patreon to help support PTSD awareness through theatre, in her full-length drama, IMPRINTS. She is also seeking weekly "detour" contributions for her Why Not Wednesday feature. And Amy recently wrote about Gutless and Grateful for the Entertainment Networking Site Stage 32.

MARJORIE POE was recently accepted into the Westport Artists Collective. She also sold two pieces at Art Walk Ridgefield: Red Paradise Birds (2016, Chinese ink water color on rice paper), and The Loons (2016, gouache  on paper, detail at right).
RICK SHAEFER presents his major new work, Refugee Trilogy at Fairfield University Art Museum's Walsh Gallery, Sept 8-Oct. 22. An opening reception, Wed. Sept 7, 6-7:30 will be preceded at 5pm by a lecture by Metropolitan Museum curator, Stijn Alsteens. The Trilogy of large-scale charcoal drawings is a response to the global immigration crisis, reflecting the journeys taken by refugees everywhere: Land Crossing, Water Crossing and Border Crossing. Please register to attend the reception and also the lecture. Listen to our WPKN 89.5FM interview with Rick, Bryan Crandall, and Claudia Connor Sept. 12, noon.
PHYLLIS SINRICH's photograph, Wandering (2016, archival pigment photograph, 20"x24”, Detail at right, click for larger image) selected by Larissa Bailiff, in the Loft Artist Association's upcoming show, LOST AND FOUND (details above). The photograph was taken in Rabat, Morocco.
BRONISLAVA SLAGLE submitted a piece from her Knitting in Art series for the Loft Artist Association's show, LOST AND FOUND (details above). She says that while her improvised, knitted creature-like shapes within her paintings may seem chaotic and wild, the opposite is true: knitting, Bronislava says, is a very calm, soothing and Zen-like craft. To the right is a detail of her piece Rider, (2016, acrylic/cotton, 16"x20", click for larger image)
SUSAN TABACHNICK has one piece L (2016, mixed media assemblage, 32"x18", detail at right, click for complete image) in the Loft Artist Association's upcoming show, LOST AND FOUND (details above). The piece is made of wood and metal, starting with the wooden letter that Susan found on the side of the road. The other items include a saw blade, meat grinder plate, and an item related to tilling soil.
MALU TAN is one of the artists whose work is included in the Yale New Haven Health Park Avenue Medical Center Art Collection in Trumbull (see above). Malu's If A Tree Could Wander (2016, mixed media, 48”x 72”, detail at right, click for complete work) is both in the Cancer Center Lobby, Garden Level (see catalog page) and is featured on the cover of the Art Guide and Map.
Compiled List of Member Openings & Events

Wed. Sept. 7: Rick Shaefer, Refugee Trilogy, Fairfield University Art Museum's Walsh Art Gallery. Register for opening reception, 6-7:30pm, and lecture by Stijn Alsteens, 5pm.
Wed. Sept. 7: Heide Follin, Visual Wanderings: Inspired by Nature. Mayor's Gallery, Stamford. Opening reception, 5:30-7:30pm.
Thurs. Sept. 8: Lost+Found, Loft Artists Association, Opening reception, 6-8pm (Elizabeth Agresta, Karla Bernstein, Heidi Lewis Coleman, Yuko Ike, Phyllis Sinrich, Bronislava Slagle, Susan Tabachnick and Julliette Tehrani)
Fri. Sept. 9: The NEST Resident Show 3, Nylen Gallery at Picture This. Opening reception, 5:30-7:30pm. (Carlos Davila, Jane Davila, Susan Taylor Murray)
Sat. Sept. 10: The NEST Open Studios, 2-4pm. (Patrice Barrett, Carlos Davila, Jane Davila, Barbara Dierolf, Phyllis Lee, Kristin Merrill, Susan Taylor Murray, Rick Sheafer)
Sat. Sept. 10: SPUN. The NEST Arts Factory, 2-4pm. (Barbara Dierolf and Sooo-z Mastropietro)
Sat. Sept. 10: Frederic Chiu, Classical Slapdown, Bach v. Glass. DiMenna Center, 450 West 37 St, NYC. 5pm. $5.
Sun. Sept. 11: Artists in Dialogue, MAPspace, Port Chester, NY, 2-5pm (Karen Kalkstein, Susan Newbold, Karen Vogel)
Mon. Sept. 12: Rick Shaefer, Spotlight on Art & Culture, Refugee Response WPKN, 89.5FM, 12 noon.
Thurs. Sept. 15: Structures and Patterns, Ferguson Library, Stamford. opening reception, 6-8pm. (Heidi Lewis Coleman, Carol Nipomnich Dixon) 
Links in blue indicate events listed on
Check for listings of all events by our members!
OTHER NEWS                             

National Arts In Education Week is September 11-17, 2016. Take two minutes to issue a Letter to the Editor using this form to your local papers and tell them why the arts matter in education! Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters join together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education. In 2016, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education, as we usher in a new chapter of American educational policy with the new Every Student Succeeds Act and its many arts-friendly provisions. In the new law, the arts remain a "well-rounded" subject and are empowered to be central to a child's education in our public schools. Municipal, education, and state leaders need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples' lives and that they must support the arts in every district and every school in America. Write a letter to the editor, post, and see what's already posted: on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and share your ideas and experience about why the arts matter in education! Please always use the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd to spread the word and connect with others.

Artist Rights is a new resource created by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the Center for Democracy and Technology for artists and others who need guidance when threatened or intimidated as a result of their work. The site gives artists tools to respond in such situations. It gives easy-to-understand explanations of when art is and when it is not protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A terrific introduction to this new resource is an interview by Creative Capital's Jenny Gill with Joy Garnett from the Arts Advocacy Project at the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). Previously, the NCAC had created an art law database, and the Center for Democracy and Technology had built a site to address artists’ online rights. The Artist Rights site brings the two together. The site's creation was precipitated by the recent case of an artist receiving a letter demanding work that included nudes be removed from an exhibition in a public space. The letter contained legalese that the artist found confusing and intimidating. Had he been able to penetrate the jargon, he might have realized that the assertions in the letter were incorrect and that he was well within his rights. Artist Rights offers answers to the many different questions artists may have about their rights, as well as a glossary of legal terms and examples of case law involving different forms of censorship with clear explanations for lay people. The idea is to make legal concepts and issues legible to ordinary people. See the site here. Read the interview here.
CALLS FOR ENTRIES                             

The Golden Thread Gallery is located at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford -  a newly renovated space with high ceilings, natural light, and professional exhibit space. Each exhibit has a unique theme that enhances the mission of the retreats and workshops taking place in the Holy Family Retreat Center. This year's theme is the intersections between art and science: "searching for the exact spot where the two collide. While often seen in opposition, together they can create a unified message." Through art we seek to rearrange reality and create new forms from unique perspectives, which guide us to better understand the complexity in such a way that both the artist and the viewer may possibly catch a glimpse of they mysteries contained within the realm where art and science meet. The next exhibition in this series is SIMPLICITY: "Capturing the essence of a subject in the most revealing way by bringing out the best and the truth from a subject while using very few (brush) strokes." Submit your work and complete the submission form here.
Rowayton Arts Center, Expressions 2015, Best in Show: Treasure Seekers, oil by Peter Kinseley

The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) announces its Expressions 2016 exhibition and a call for artists to participate. Expressions will run from Sunday, October 2nd through the 30th with an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm on October 2nd. Expressions is a juried show open to all artists and up to two works per artist may be submitted in any media on any theme. Fees: RAC Exhibiting and Supporting Members: $20/1; $35/2; fees waived for Art Angels. Non-Members: $25/1; $45/2; Cash or check.Note that the Mavis Fenner Memorial Award of $250 will be given for Best in Show. Receiving: Monday, September 26th, from 4 to 7 pm, and Tuesday, September 27th, from 11 am to 2 pm. Chair: Yuko Ike; Judge: Sue Gordon Brown. Click here for Expressions Exhibition Full Prospectus Link

The ARC Gallery (2156 North Damen, Chicago) is a non-profit, woman-run cooperative gallery dedicated to providing alternative space exhibition opportunities for innovative artists outside the commercial gallery system. Since 1973, ARC has given exposure and support to both men and women artists, providing an atmosphere for the continued development of artistic potential and experimentation. ARC currently has a call for entries for an exhibition on the concept of HomeThis juried exhibition investigates how home is perceived in a variety of contemporary contexts. Homelessness, routine eviction, migrant work, and the refugee crisis all affect our understanding of home. This exhibition seeks to explore the concept of home in light of these current international and domestic contexts. What does the concept of home mean for the individual and community? This investigation includes, but is not limited to, artistic inquiries of social and cultural identity, economic and political status, gender identity , and ethnic and/or religious heritage. All mediums and materials are eligible, including video and performance. $40 for up to 3 images. Three monetary awards will be given: Best in Show and two honorable mentions. Prospectus here; submission forms here.


Re-cycling was never so much fun. Join Robin Gilmore (Made in Bridgeport) in this creative project to create art out of re-cyclables. Take one of Robin's Re-Made in Bridgeport boxes, sign-up, make a $10 suggested donation (towards a reception to celebrate the artists and a community art project during the Bridgeport Art Trail), create your artwork and display during the Bridgeport Art Trail, Nov. 12-13. Re-Made in Bridgeport boxes can be found at the Black Rock Farmers Market (458 Brewster St; 9am-1pm, Saturdays), City Lights Gallery (855 Main Street), and Downtown Bridgeport Farmers Market (McLevy Green, Main & State Sts) from now through October 15. (Email here to ensure boxes will be available). 
Each box contains miscellaneous recyclable materials. Each participant will get ??? in their box - it’s a never know what you will get. Sign Up and commit to creating a work of art from the items in your box. Create sculpture, wall art, mobiles and more... wherever your imagination takes you. When you are done, send a snapshot to Images will be posted to the Bridgeport Art Trail and Made In Bridgeport websites. In November all finished creations will be displayed at The Bridgeport Innovation Center (955 Connecticut Avenue) on November 12 and 13
And Don't Forget...
Sept. c8: Rowayton Arts Center: Deadline to Apply for Exhibiting Member Status
Sept. 10-12: Receiving for Ridgefield Guild of Artists 39th Annual Juried Show.
Sept. 15: American Repertory Theater (Cambridge): I.D. Festival Submission Deadline

Entries are now being accepted for the Key West Literary Seminar’s Emerging Writer Awards. Three prizes valued at $4,000 each are given annually: the 
Scotti Merrill Award for a group of poems, the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award for a  short story, and the Marianne Russo Award for a novel-in-progress by writers who have not published a book with a major publisher. The winners will each receive $500 and full tuition, airfare, and lodging to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and Workshop Program in January 2017 in Key West, Florida. Details and application forms here.

The Walker Art Center is hiring two new interdisciplinary fellows, one for one year, with an emphasis in Performing Arts (specifically the
 curating, developing, and managing of hybrid works, and the conceptual, technical, spatial, financial, developmental/rehearsal, collaborative/ collective, audience/outreach, and other concerns required for the successful realization of these projectsand one for two years, with an emphasis in Visual Arts, to encourage greater leadership in this area and to develop a new generation of curatorial and scholarly talent engaged with the challenges and evolving standards for collecting, documenting, archiving, and presenting interdisciplinary work across gallery, stage, and site. $35-40,000/year. Full details and application process here for Performing and for Visual position.

The New England Foundation for the Arts will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to New England choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. The New England Dance Fund gives priority to timely opportunities with the goal of supporting a diverse group of artists from a range of cultures, disciplines, aesthetics, and career stages throughout all six New England states. Eligible opportunities may include, but are not limited to: residencies; research trips; conferences; workshops or other trainings that build creative or administrative skills; tour planning; publication expenses; documentation; video shoots; artist fees needed to prepare the work for a pivotal presentation opportunity; hiring a consultant; mentorship. Apply here.

The Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists supports the careers of young, New England artists under the age of 40, through the experience of a solo exhibition and curatorial support, as well as expert counsel in marketing and business skills needed to fully leverage this opportunity. The Fellowship is open to artists working in 2D media other than photography who have yet to have their first solo exhibition. The program is made possible with the investment of celebrated abstract expressionist artist Walter Feldman, who has supported young artists with opportunities for professional recognition and growth. Two artists will be selected as 2017 Fellows. Benefits of the fellowship include:
curatorial guidance; a solo show of 10-20 works at the Walter Feldman Gallery; design and printing of a catalog to accompany the solo show and distributed at the artist’s discretion; individualized career coaching with industry professionals; free access to A&BC professional development workshops throughout the Fellowship year. Legal support as needed through the A&BC’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program. Apply here.

RESOURCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                             

Members of the faculty at The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio will share their stories, tips and tools in a free How We Got Published (and You Can Too) panel at the studio’s open house in Westport, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 21 Charles St., Westport. About a dozen instructors will be on hand to answer questions following the panel. Due to space limitations, advance registration is required: register here. Featured panelists include: Sophfronia Scott of Sandy Hook; Nora Raleigh Baskin of Weston; Newtown’s Linda Letters; Westport’s Alan KatzBeth Levine of Stamford; Stephanie Lehmann of New York City; and Westport’s Victoria Sherrow. Fairfield County Writers’ Studio co-founders Tessa Smith McGovern and Carol Leonetti Dannhauser of Fairfield will moderate the panel. The Fairfield County Writers' Studio is a creative community committed to the art, craft and business of writing. Nationally acclaimed faculty help emerging and established writers grow their stories and their careers with support, workshops and master classes. The Studio is the creative partner in Westport Library's upcoming Westport Writes initiative.

As of today, the Westport Writers Workshop had these openings, at 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport:
Early, Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction C201F 2 spaces left. $495. Christine Pakkala
10 Mondays, 10am-12:30pm, from Sept. 12. 
Screenwriting for Film and Television SC700F $495. Alana Sanko
9 Mondays, 10:30am-1pm, from Sept. 19. 
Writing and Publishing the Short Essay in Print and Online B706F. $495
Thomas Fiffer
10 Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 12
Getting Ready for Prime Time (Level 3) N730F. $495. Allison Dickens. Permission to register required - call 203-227-3250
9 Tuesdays, 10am-12:30pm, from Sept. 13.
• Upper Level Poetry (Levels 2 & 3) P702F
$495. Manuscript class with Charles Rafferty
9 Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm, from Sept. 13
Introduction to Fiction (Level 1) F101F
Jessie McEntee. $495
10 Wednesdays, 1:30pm-4pm, from Sept. 14
Upper Level Fiction (Levels 2 & 3) F202F. $495. New section. Jessica Speart
9 Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm, from Sept. 14
• Introduction to Creative Writing (Level 1) B102F. $495Thomas Fiffer
10 Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm, from Sept. 15
• Upper Level Writing About Your Life (Levels 2 & 3) N303F. $495Elizabeth Hilts
9 Thursdays, 7pm-9pm, from Sept. 15. 
For complete list, visit
SEPT 12-13

The Wilton Playshop announces auditions for its production of The Philadelphia Story, directed by Al Recchia. Auditions will take place Sept 12 and 13 @ 7pm, Callbacks will be Sept 15th @ 7 pm. Please bring a resume and current headshot. All roles open for auditions. Be prepared to read from the script. Roles include: Tracy Lord -  20's to 30's, spoiled, willful daughter of America's unofficial peerage; Dinah Lord - early teens, kid sister, with a twinkle in her eye (should be able to play the piano, accordion or other musical instrument); Margaret Lord - 50's, proper but practical society matriarch; Alexander (Sandy) Lord - 20's, married with a baby and lives in New York. Thomas - any age, the Lord's butler. William (Uncle Willy) Tracy - 50's to 60's;  Elizabeth (Liz) Imbrie - a female photographer, a blend of sympathy-winning softness, under a python-tongued smart-aleckness. Macaulay (Mike) Connor - an ink-smeared journalist; George Kittredge - 30 to 40, Tracy's fiancee, a nouveau riche business man and aspiring politician; C. K. Dexter Haven - 30's, warmly congenial as Tracy's cast off, but undefeated mate; Seth Lord - 50's, patriarch of the Lord clan, he has never met a show girl he didn't like; Elsie - any age, a maid in the Lord household; Mac - 30's, the night watchman; May - any age, a maid in the Lord household; Edward - any age, the Lord's footman. For any questions, contact Al Riecchia here:
AGES 12-18
SEPT 15-17

Arts in CT announce auditions for Legally Blonde Jr. Auditions in Milford at 64 Ridge St (inside of St. Ann’s School). Please sign up for your audition times here. Ages for this production are 12-18 (if you feel you are capable of competing with this age group you are more than welcome to audition) are invited to audition for musical. Legally Blonde Jr. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s high school boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not serious enough, Elle crafts a showy song-and-dance personal essay, charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. As she outsmarts her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all. Auditions: Sept 15-Sept 16, 4-7pm. Sat auditions, Sept 17, 10am-12pm. Students should prepare 16-32 bars of a song and bring sheet music or mp3/ cd instrumental, a resume (if available, we are accepting new actors) and a headshot photo. Be prepared to dance and read sides from the script. Rehearsals are Mon. and Wed., 5pm-7pm, and Sat., 1pm-2pm, Oct 10-Dec 8. Show is Dec. 9, 10, and 11. For more information:


Music on the Hill calls for singers for a new work of African-American spirituals by Ellen Dickinson to be performed at Norwalk Concert Hall on Oct. 1st. Threads of Light: A Tapestry of African-American Spirituals is a setting of 40 spirituals in three movements: Hope, Journey, Glory. Rehearsals have just begun and all singers are encouraged to join. The performance will feature multiple choirs, soloists, handbells, trumpet, and upright bass, as well as poetry by African-American poets read by special guests. The Festival Chorus, along with the Special Projects Choir of the Unitarian Church in Westport and others, will perform this new work by Ellen Dickinson. Rehearsals continue on Tuesday evenings throughout September, with a dress rehearsal on Friday evening, September 30, at Norwalk Concert Hall. The concert takes place at Concert Hall on Saturday, October 1st. Advance registration required: email Ellen here: Rehearsals: Tuesdays starting Aug. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the WEPCO church complex in Wilton, 48 New Canaan Road.


Dandelion Productions, parent company of CT Free Shakespeare, in association with the National Theater for Education and the ArtsEllen Lieberman, Artistic Director, is casting for a tour of Don Quixote. All those auditioning must have some knowledge of the Spanish language. The roles being cast include: Don Quixote (Lead): Male; Sancho (Lead): Male; Dulcinea (Supporting): Female; Maritornes (Supporting): Males & Females; Samson Carasco (Supporting): Male; Father Perez (Supporting): Male; Innkeeper (Supporting): Male. All roles are open to all ethnicities and are for 18+. A headshot is required for all those auditioning. Rehearsals begin Oct. 13 in Connecticut; tour ends Nov. 18. The rehearsal stipend is $385 total. Tour pay is $330/wk. No per diem. Housing & transportation provided in rehearsal and tour. Interested? Contact Ellen Lieberman,     Artistic Director at 203-232-8805, or


The Connecticut Office of the Arts has a position opening for a Program Associate 1. Reporting to the Director of Culture, the Program Associate will be a key partner in the office and will work independently to support the grant-making, researching, and developing activities necessary to implement arts and cultural programs in a wide range of artistic areas. The Program Associate will be expected to use their knowledge of, and passion for, the arts and culture to promote programs and events that will encourage appreciation of artistic and cultural events across the state. Specific functions include: supporting the Director of Culture with the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and investments to ensure success and community impression; developing and maintaining familiarity with regional and national activities in the field of the Arts; assisting with tracking and reporting activities associated with grant-making, including special initiatives and programs; tracking and maintaining program-area impact and goals; serving as liaison to internal and external partners to plan and implement events and initiatives; coordinating, along with colleagues, all aspects of meetings, conventions and events; participating in special projects and activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of the Office Of The Arts. For qualifications and application process, click here.

The Bruce Museum seeks a Special Events Manager who reports to the Director of Development and Institutional Advancement. This is a FT, exempt position. The hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, plus necessary additional hours including some mandatory nights and weekends. The Special Events Manager will supervise a PT Special Events Assistant, in addition to interns and volunteers as needed. Job Responsibilities include: manage all special events, from conception through completion, including: Annual Gala, Family Benefits, special fundraising events, stewardship events, and exhibition openings, while maximizing revenue for each event; provide pre- and post-event financial reports to leadership; at each event, proactively manage all event logistics; ensure compliance with insurance, legal and safely requirements; generate corporate event sponsorships; assist with/coordinate all auction donations; work with Director of Marketing to implement strategic/dynamic marketing plan for all events; propose new ideas to broaden fundraising opportunities to diverse audiences; work collaboratively with colleagues, volunteer leadership, and other volunteers; and more. Preferred candidates possess the following capabilities: special event budget management experience for large scale events essential; excellent problem solving skills; successful/ enthusiastic event planner with proven record of overseeing events from concept to completion; and more. Details here. Email resume and cover letter here. No phone

Long Wharf Theatre seeks an Associate Managing Director to serve as a key member of its senior management team. Key responsibilities include leading interdepartmental projects and initiatives; overseeing human resources, finance, and operations; and assisting the Managing Director and Board of Trustees with the implementation and measurement of organizational strategy. This position serves as the lead staff member for a number of key Board of Trustee committees, including Finance, Audit, and Compensation and Human Resources. Qualifications include 10 years of arts management experience with increasing degrees of responsibility; experience in the non-profit producing theatre environment; the ability to work independently, prioritize, and multi-task; excellent communication and supervisory skills; accounting experience; a strong ability to read, analyze, interpret, and report financial data; proficiency with accounting software (experience with AccuFund a plus); and the ability to develop and manage complex budgets. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Send cover letter, resume, and references to Human Resources, here. EOE.

URU, The Right to Be, Inc is a content production company, located in New Haven, that develops and implements films and other arts-based national initiatives that educate and inspire. URU seeks an experienced part-time (25 hours/week) Communications Coordinator to collaboratively oversee a national civic engagement tour, fundraising efforts and communications activities. The ideal candidate should have extensive knowledge of community organizations, collective impact approaches and the media. He/she will report directly to URU's Founder/CEO. Prior experience in the nonprofit sector or the film industry is required. Responsibilities include: manage the creation, production and dissemination of printed materials for education, development and administrative purposes; supervise creation and selection of photography for print and electronic communications; collaboratively manage and coordinate creation and maintenance of web content; and more. See complete job description here.

The National Theater for Education and the Arts, in association with Dandelion Productions, is seeking a skilled Costume Stitcher for their Fall 2016 production of Don Quixote. This is a two week technical job for the time period October 10 through October 24. Responsibilities include fittings and alterations for a cast of eight. Applicants must be skilled in stitching. This is a paid position. For more information contact Ellen Lieberman via email at


The Bruce Museum seeks Instructors for the Brucemobile, an educational outreach program that travels to classrooms to conduct science and art enrichment. Offered to students in grades Pre-K to 12, each program is developmentally appropriate and consists of a lesson and hands-on learning activity. All programs are inquiry based and include Museum artifacts and specimens. The Brucemobile Instructor is a per diem position with variable hours. Instructors receive payment on a per-class basis. Details here.

Jobs Previously Listed and Still Available
Creative Arts, New Haven: 2017 Gallery Fellowship
Devore Associates: Landscape Architect
Fairfield County Chorale: Executive Director
New Canaan Society for the Arts: Executive Director
Philip Johnson Glass House: Chief Curator
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts: Director.
Westport Country Playhouse: Development Director
Yale University Art Gallery: Exhibition Production Manager

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Sept. c8: Rowayton Arts Center: Deadline to Apply for Exhibiting Member Status
Sept. c8: Fairfield County Writers' Studio How We Got Published Open House, 10am
Sept. 10-12: Receiving for Ridgefield Guild of Artists 39th Annual Juried Show.
Sept. 11-17: National Arts in Education Week #BecauseofArtsEd
Sept. 12: CAFC/WPKN 89.5 Spotlight On Arts & Culture Interview Show, Noon
Sept. 12: Sustainable Arts Foundation: Artists and Writers with Children Application
Sept. 12: Key West Literary Seminar: Emerging Writer Awards Application Deadline
Sept. 13: Golden Thread Gallery, W. Hartford: Simplicity Deadline
Sept. 15: American Repertory Theater (Cambridge): I.D. Festival Submission Deadline
Sept. 15: Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program: Deadline
Sept. 15: Creative Capital Website, Blog and Email Essentials Webinar, 7pm.
Sept. 16: Walker Art Center, MN: Deadline for Performing Arts and Visual Arts Interdisciplinary Fellowships
Sept. 16-18: Aldrich Museum: Full STEAM Ahead Symposium
Sept. 18: Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL: Master Artists-in-Residence Deadline
Sept. 19: A Blade of Grass: Artist Fellowships for Socially Engaged Art Deadline
Sept. 26: New England Foundation for the Arts: New England Dance Fund Deadline
Sept. 26-27: Rowayton Arts Center: Expressions 2016, Receiving.
Sept. 30: Franklin Street Works: Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline
Sept. 30: Arts Center Killingworth: Submission Deadline for Madison Arts Festival
Sept. 30: Clark Hulings Visual Artist Business Accelerator Grant: Application Deadline
Rolling: Catapult Film Fund: Development Funding for Documentary Films

Oct. c1: Pequot Library: 19th Annual Art Show Submission Deadline
Oct. c1: ARC Gallery, Chicago: Home Submission Deadline
Oct. c2: Billboard Creative: Submission Deadline
Oct. 15: Re-Made in Bridgeport Creative Re-Use Contest Deadline
Oct. 15: Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Festive Home Crafts Submission Deadline

Dec. 15: William H. Johnson Foundation: African-American Artist Prize Deadline

Dec. 15: Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant Application Deadline
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