Subject: Southport Galleries Celebrates 6th Anniversary while Hosting Cultural Alliance's Progressive Gallery Event Tour

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 12, 2016
Jennifer Bangser, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
(203) 256-2329
Jennifer@CulturalAllianceFC.org
Southport Galleries Celebrates 6th Anniversary While Hosting 5th Stop on The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's Progressive Gallery Tour!
(Norwalk, CT) The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is pleased to announce that the fifth stop on their "Progressive Gallery Tour of Coastal Fairfield County" is happening on Wednesday, January 20th, at Southport Galleries, located at 330 Pequot Avenue, in Southport, from 6-8pm. Southport Galleries is celebrating its sixth year as the artistic anchor in the harbor-side village of Southport with the presentation of a special exhibit honoring six of its most popular painters: "Southport Galleries Celebrates: 6 Years, 6 Artists."

The Cultural Alliance's Progressive Gallery Tour began on September 30 at the C.Parker Gallery in Greenwich, and then visited the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford in October, followed by a November stop at the Heather Gaudio Gallery in New Canaan. The LeClerc Contemporary Gallery, in Norwalk, hosted a festive holiday party as their contribution to the tour, where attendees enjoyed a sculpture exhibit entitled "Elements of Abstraction."  
In 2009, Southport Galleries' founders, and long-time Fairfield residents, Kelsey and Sissy Biggers began the meticulous restoration of a 100-year old hardware store as an historic preservation mission, and partnered with Dr. Philip Eliasoph, Fairfield University Professor of Art History to curate an accessible collection of works by American Masters and Contemporary Artists.

The high-ceiling space is a desirable social hub for private events and the many non-profits the gallery proudly supports, including Pequot Library, Fairfield History Museum, Near and Far Aid, and Haitian Educational Initiatives. Southport Galleries partnered with Quinnipiac University in hosting the internationally acclaimed Hungarian exhibition, Art as Ambassador, featuring important Hungarian art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Southport Galleries also partnered with Shannon Fine Art of Milford to introduce Robert Bizinsky, America's post-war Paris Plein-Air Impressionist.

"This beautiful and historic gathering space has exceeded our expectations and expanded our view of greater Fairfield's artistic opportunities. Today, we draw artists from not only Fairfield County, but from throughout New England who feel at one with both the space and the community of art lovers," says co-founder Sissy Biggers.

The anniversary installation highlights popular Connecticut painters M
elissa Barbieri, Tom Graves, Kim Romero, Jarvis Wilcox, Carol C. Young and Massachusetts hyper-realist Rob Brooks, who has found artistic inspiration throughout Fairfield and within the village and harbor of Southport. 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is dedicated to creating powerful connections among Fairfield County's diverse audiences, artists, organizations, and creative businesses. With a commitment to umbrella marketing for hundreds of its members, the creation of networks for leadership & organizational development, and advocacy efforts at the state and local level, the Cultural Alliance works to strengthen the delivery of the region’s vibrant arts and cultural resources. The Alliance's event website, FCBuzz, has become the "go to" spot for arts & cultural happenings across the county.

For more information, please visit www.CulturalAllianceFC.org or call (203) 256-2329. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is located in the Gate Lodge at Mathews Park, 301 West Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Jennifer@CulturalAllianceFC.org or (203) 256-2320
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