Saturday, November 22, 2014

State Grants available to artists!

The Guidelines and Application for The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund Grant for Arts Organizations is now available.  Instructions on how to access guidelines and instructions on how to submit an application are posted on our website. 
Deadline:  12/15/14
Please click on link below for information.
For further information:  please contact Rhonda Olisky –

Friday, November 21, 2014

Joan Marie Kelly

Joan posted her Curatorial Statement By Sarah Schuster
EXHIBITION: The Kotha THE Akhara: Historical Indian Archetypes of Masculinity and Femininity
Paintings by Artist: Joan Marie Kelly

My interest in Joan Marie Kelly’s artwork began several years ago when an acquaintance of mine introduced me to her painting and the project she was doing with the sex workers in Kolkata. Her doggedness to paint perceptually where others refused to go seemed radical within the genre of contemporary representational painting. A multitude of artists In Cinema, New Media, Community-based and Grassroots artistic practices cross and blur the cultural boundaries of agency and power, but I had never seen a perceptual painter who was, in her own way, undertaking this kind of unraveling. Outside of a handful of contemporary mural painters such as Judy Baca, and the early portraits of Alice Neel I was at a loss as to who was doing work like this in the arena of traditional oil painting. I began to wonder why this practice might have become taboo given the many instances of such work in the history of Western art. 

The feminist critique of patriarchal culture, and its strong hold on Western painting has been extremely important and influential to me as a woman painter, but in thinking about Joan’s work I began to think of the ongoing repercussions of defining the gaze as male. What is the ongoing impact of recognizing that the traditional languages of patriarchy, such as those championed and ensconced in western figure painting, inevitably reproduce the objectification of the subject and position the subject of the painter’s attention as both an object and as the other. Is painting from the figure or model about the artist’s projection of their reality onto the sitter? I had begun reading the Israeli born philosopher, analyst and artist Bracha Ettinger. Her work impacted the French feminist movement, and she spoke of the ‘matrixial’ gaze to describe a post-conceptual practice that reshapes the legacies of the technologies of surveillance and documentation as a pathway towards a future where acceptance of the burden of sharing, transforming and processing trauma is possible. 

Working with and from marginalized groups of people is very problematic because of the ingrained hierarchies of power but as Joan has said to me, “The risks are worth it to me when faced with the option of doing something rather then doing nothing at all.” I curated this exhibition to put it forward as a possible option for change and transformation, and to invite us to consider that the gaze may also be a means of absorption, and coming to know.

Alain Picard

Alain writes, "My painting entitled, The Bride, has been awarded Second Place in the Portrait/Figure category of the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition.  I'm grateful to my friend, Josie, who posed for this painting. I'm also grateful for the amazing Pre-Raphealite artists like Waterhouse and Rosetti who inspired me with their own depictions of Victorian brides. Most of all, I'm grateful to God, who has given me the ability and opportunity to create."
Congratulations Alain!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Intern Opportunity for Graphic Designers

David Skora writes, "Graphic Design Students. Here is an intern opportunity which Dean Goble sent to me. Here is the message: I believe it is for graphic design work.
I spoke with Leon Istambouli from Morganti Construction yesterday…they are looking for an intern to start ASAP. This looks like a great opportunity for one of our seniors. Please ask anyone interested to submit their resume to
or…call 203-830-3301"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alain Picard

Alain writes, "I'm thrilled to have been invited to give a one-day workshop and a portrait demonstration at the upcoming 2015 IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a great opportunity for those of you who are outside of the east coast to study with me in a very exciting and creative environment. Registrations are now live, so sign up today!"

Be Inspired,
Alain Picard 
Three Hour Portrait Demonstration from Life
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Working from the live model, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the portrait. Included will be an explanation of techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design. Alain will also discuss the importance of lighting and posing the model.

One-Day Workshop
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Location: Albuquerque, NM

After an introduction to color theory and how it relates to skin tones, Alain will demonstrate from a model how to develop a 9 color skin tone chart to serve as a color key. Then everyone will paint a portrait based on the discoveries made with the skin tone charts. This logical approach to color selection will equip the pastelist with knowledge and confidence to see and select skin tones for their own portrait and figurative work.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Visiting Artists Series at WCSU

Visiting Artist Lecture with John Goodrich
Monday, Nov 14, 11:00am Room 144,
Visual & Performing Arts Center, Westside Campus,
43 Lake Ave Extension, Danbury, CT

All are Welcome!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pamela Hochstetter

Sweet Dream 1, 14 x 11 x 2, Baltic birch, low-fire clay & acrylic, 2014
Sweet Dream #1 - 14" x 11" x 2", Baltic birch,
 low-fire clay & acrylic, 2014
Dear Eileen,

I was delighted to have three recent bas reliefs chosen to be part of the juried show,
"Small Works! 2014," at the Carriage Barn Arts Center at Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. 

The juror was 5th generation art dealer, Lee Findlay Potter, of David Findlay Jr. Gallery in NYC. "Sweet Dream #1" is one of my three pieces.  

The Opening Reception is this Saturday, November 1st, 6-8pm. 
The show will run from 
November 1st - December 21. 
All the works in the show will be no larger than 14" x 14". When I delivered the goods last week I was intrigued by the variety of offerings so I think attending will be especially enjoyable.  

Carmen Lund

Make plans to join The Big Brush Workshop™. Get your creative on!  You will not only have an art adventure, but you will make bold colorful paintings while sharing company of friends and loved ones. Absolutely no experience is needed to enjoy and succeed!!! 

If you are unable to make one of these workshops but would like to discuss organizing a workshop in your area, contact me,

I will be happy to answer any questions on how to set up a workshop especially for your group (think: girlfriends, birthdays, anniversaries, date night out, adult and child, students, faculty etc.).

Enjoy an evening of Wine + Paint with your Friends! The Big Brush Workshop™                                                                      

Instructor · Carmen Lund

Course ID: CLF700PM1172014
 evening:· 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm · $50 p/pNovember 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Register: 203.966.9700                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Silvermine Arts Center: 1037 Silvermine Road · New Canaan, CT 06840 
Looking to do something fun and different on a Friday evening? Tired of the same old same old? Try something new. Ask a date or friend to join you for an evening of creative fun. Absolutely no experience is necessary. Enjoy yourselves as you sip wine, paint and meet new friends. Your innate creativity will amaze you! Bring a bottle of wine and an hors d’oeuvres to share Leave with a collaborative masterpiece to hang on your wall.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson installed her show yesterday. She says, "Come check out on Tuesday October 28th at St. Paul's on the green in Norwalk!"

St. Paul’s on the Green
60 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851