Thursday, March 26, 2015

WCSU MFA exhibition opens April 2

The following M.F.A. candidates will be showing their works in this year’s exhibition:
• Kerri Gaudelli, a Danbury native who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at the University of Connecticut, has exhibited her work in Italy, at several U.S. galleries and at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester County, New York. Her works are often layered and executed in a reduced palette on paper, using the scientific method of two-point perspective to explore human perceptions of space and humanity’s place in the universe.

• Kanika Khurana completed her undergraduate education in her native India before embarking on graduate studies in 2013 at Western and the School of Visual Art in New York. Her mixed-media works in illustration use traditional drawing materials complemented by digital design techniques. Khurana’s continuing series of works titled “Metta” (“Loving-Kindness”) portrays acts of generosity that she has experienced during her transition to life in America, accompanied by descriptions of the persons documented in these paintings. “Since beauty arouses joy, art can bring spiritual enchantment,” she said.

• Stacey Kolbig, of New Fairfield, earned her bachelor’s degree at Western and has exhibited at several Connecticut galleries as well as the Katonah Museum of Art. Her recent works are site-specific installations with projected drawings. She has transformed two-dimensional works on paper into three-dimensional organic forms using means such as rectangular metal projections from wall space and strings turned into drawing tools to create linear tension. Kolbig said she seeks through her work to “repurpose the terms of painting through sculptural form.”

• Colleen McGuire, a native of Canada who now resides in Sharon, received her B.F.A. at SUNY Purchase and has exhibited her works at galleries in New York and Connecticut. Her paintings draw from her careful observation of commonplace settings such as domestic interiors to capture a unique sense of time and place. Gallery notes for the exhibition observed that McGuire’s paintings “possess an atmosphere that is palpable and emotionally felt, without being overly sentimental. Through the exploration of color and light, she infuses her work with a familiarity and quietude that implies a human element, reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s interiors.”

• Jill Harrington Nichols, of Shelton, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and has exhibited at numerous juried shows including an exhibition at the Westport Art Center. Her works are inspired by lifelong experience and appreciation of the natural world, and cover the gamut from small seascapes to large constructed paintings. Her works seek to reveal the transitory nature of life and the familiar wonders found in ordinary daily encounters.

• Peri Pfenninger, of Stratford, earned her B.F.A. at the New York Institute of Technology and has exhibited widely in New York and California, where she previously resided. Pfenninger’s artistic work in California included a substantial number of commissioned public murals. Her “Willow Tree” series of works, inspired by the experience of her mother’s recent illness and death, includes oil paintings, monotypes and charcoal drawings of trees and the natural world, many of which were created on site at the Westside campus.

• Abbie Rabinowitz, of Bethany, received her B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase and returned recently to her native Connecticut after residing for more than three decades and participating in numerous art shows in northern California. The works featured in the M.F.A. exhibition draw from her experience in caring for her elderly parents, employing figurative painting to express the human connection and tenderness of her parents’ relationship with each other.

• Corinne Speidel, of Newtown, recently exhibited in a juried show at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York. Her works include paintings in oil, charcoal and sand on canvas as well as creations from handmade paper, composed of plant fibers, that have been inspired by rock patterns, cracks, crevices and other features observed in the natural landscape. Speidel’s artistic vision has been influenced by a close connection with nature rooted in her experience as an educator in wilderness regions of Australia, Alaska and Montana. 
For more information, contact M.F.A. Coordinator Darby Cardonsky at (203) 837-8881 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

call for Artists - the Gallery at Still River Editions

Call for Entry
Mobile Pics CT 2015

Connecticut-themed cell phone photo exhibit
at the Gallery at Still River Editions
Sat. June 13 – Fri. Sep. 25, 2015
Deadline for entry May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Public opening reception will be held in conjunction with the
State of Connecticut’s Open House Day
Saturday, June 13 from 12 noon - 5 pm.

Photos must have been taken with a cell phone camera, and must have been taken in Connecticut.
Exhibit is open to anyone residing in the United States. Photos may be enhanced, cropped, or manipulated in-camera or with external programs such as Instagram, Picasa, Photoshop, etc. as long as original photo was made with a cellphone camera.

Subject matter is OPEN (landscapes, portraits, still life, etc.), keeping in mind the exhibit is meant to be seen by people of all ages.  If your photo is rejected for any reason (at our discretion), your fee will be refunded.
Photos will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach 150 photos, so please submit early. Entries may be made online via our website, email, or in person.

WCSU MFA Thesis Exhibition

Western Connecticut State University's Department of Art is pleased to announce the
2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition

 For Masters of Fine Arts Graduating Students:
Kerri Gaudelli
Kanika Khurana
Stacey Kolbig
Colleen McGuire
Jill Harrington Nichols
Peri S Pfenninger
Abbie Rabinowitz
Corinne Speidel

 All are welcome to join us in the celebration of our MFA students culminating achievements at their
Opening Reception on Thursday, April 2, 6:00-8:00pm
In the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center
Located at 43 Lake Ave Extension, Danbury, CT

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pamela Hochstetter '80

Pamela Hochstetter is conducting a series of workshops, "Build your Creative Courage"  beginning April 30 at 287 Gallery & Meeting Place.
Artists, business and creative professionals, designers, writers, and those who wish to trust their intuition and build on their successes are invited to participate in a 4-week workshop, Build Your Creative Courage, beginning Thursday, April 30th and running every Thursday evening, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, through May 21st. Continuing the Cultural Alliance's efforts to serve its broadening community, the workshop will take place @287 Gallery & Meeting Place, the home of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, 287 Main Street, Danbury.

Facilitated by painter and sculptor, Pamela Hochstetter, she has been leading individuals and groups in expressive arts methods for 14 years. If you're ready to shake things up in a creative and supportive way, this workshop is a must-do. Build Your Creative Courage will feature a variety of low-impact art exercises for which all materials are provided, some ungraded writing assignments which only you will read, and more than a bit of friendly conversation. The Cultural Alliance is providing light refreshments. Pamela holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University and a BS in Art & Education, summa cum laude, from Western Connecticut State University. To view Pamela's artwork and learn more about her, go to

A fee of $150 covers all four sessions and  pre-paid registration is required. Participation is limited. To acquire your seat at this "blueprint" for achieving inner-freedom, self-confidence, and ease, visit eventbrite at or before April 27th, make check payable and mail to: CAWC, 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810. For more information, call (203) 798 0760

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Money for artists!
CT Seagrant arts funding project - grants to individual artists

follow link for application guidelines

Friday, March 20, 2015

Marsha Doran

Marsha writes, "BEYOND EXCITED!!!! I just found out I will be having a Solo show at Blue Mountain Gallery in NYC!! A SOLO NYC...this is AMAZING!! This summer, July 28 - Aug 15."

Call for Artists

A reminder about our Call for Entries for our National Juried Exhibition entitled Art of Painting.
Check out our website for more information and to submit your work:…/artofpainting201…/

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ival Stratford- Kovner

Ival writes, "I will be offering painting workshops in Stowe, Vermont, during "Stowe Days of Hope" May 1- 3, 2015. Each year I instruct two painting sessions - usually at Trapp Family Lodge, a free conference for cancer survivors across the US. 

I love this event - and please share the weekend with anyone you may know who might feel like coming to Vermont. It's a very positive experience - loads of good activities and informative workshops on every type of cancer.
I'll be celebrating 20 years cancer free - this March actually - and so it's one way many of us can give back after all the kind support we've received from others while we were experiencing treatment and survivorship."

Missy Hatch Sheldrate

Missy writes, " My book is published! Ok everyone, I was trying to be patient, but I can't. My book is now for sale on AMAZON! You can get the paperback copy with black and white pictures or the digital copy for your Kindle or ipad app with color illustrations."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Polly Messer '98

This Friday Cynthia, Polly, and Barbara will be performing as part of the original Eight to the Bar lineup of 1975! ETTB is celebrating their 40th anniversary and both the 1975ers and the current lineup will be performing this Friday, March 20 at Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT from 8-10:30. The show will be filmed with a multicamera crew and there'll be both a wooden dance floor area and concert seating as well as a fabulous bistro where you can have dinner!
Drawing its musical influences from American roots music - swing, boogie woogie, rhythm & blues, soul, Motown, - Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals.