Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Joel Spector

Joel Spector invites you to two openings:

The first is at the Gregory James Gallery in New Milford, CT.
Opening Reception- Saturday, May 2nd 5-7pm

The second Show is at the Art Students League in New York City, NY
Opening Reception- Thursday, May 7th 4:30-7:30 pm

ShawnaLee Kwashnak and Joel Spector

Childhood Portraits: Our Children, Our Future
May 9-June 28, 2015

295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850 General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $6, 8-18
Opening Reception: May 9, 3-5 p.m. – Free Admission

Following the culmination of a partnership launched by the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA), the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will unveil the exhibit, Childhood Portraits: Our Children, Our Future.
Participating Artists include Middlebury Artists, ShawnaLee Kwashnak & Sam D’Ambruoso, along with Howard Aaron, Diane Aeschliman, Kelly Birkenruth, Carol Boynton, Harry Burman, Linda Champanier, Michel Delafontaine, Deborah Howland-Murray, Debbie Hennes, Jeanine Careri Jackson, Francis Philibert, Jo Ellen Reinhardt, Joel Spector, Nancy Stember, Candace Taubner, Maya Trimner, Kathleen Ullman, Cindy Wagner and Joyce Zeller.
The Opening Reception will feature live piano music by Michel Delafontaine and a nut free selection to enjoy!
Children are invited to try their hand at portraiture during the opening reception under the guidance of participating professional artists including ShawnaLee Kwashnak and Deborah Howland-Murray.
From Ancient Greece’s depiction of deities to Andy Warhol’s celebrity portraits, not to mention today’s selfie craze, the art of portraiture has been a part of society since its inception. This exhibit at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will explore this enduring artistic form with twenty new original portraits of children created exclusively by CSOPA members after a “Matching Event” on November 15, 2014, where children and their families interacted with twenty-two professional portrait artists at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. At this event children also explored the art of self-portraiture under the guidance of CSOPA artists and Stepping Stones educators.
For a sneak peak at the portraits, please visit:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2015 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Antonio Carvalho and Megan Marden

Trailer Box Gallery
Presents: 3+1
Antonio Carvalho, Kat Manning,
Megan Marden, Honorah O'Neill

April 18, 2015 - May 30, 2015
Artist Reception April 18, 5-7pm
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Trailer Box Gallery
15 Great Pasture Rd, Unit 15, Danbury, Connecticut 06810

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ival Stratford-Kovner

Ival invites you to:
Watercolor & Oil Landscapes by Ival Stratford-Kovner, "Accessible Art Project of CAWC"

Motley Pond on the Charles
view from our second floor porch.
Portofino Restaurant and Wine Bar
213 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, Connecticut 06801
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Landscapes including: Charles River, Walden Pond, Weir Farm, Motley Pond - and Strasbourg, France.

If you can't make the opening, Ival writes, "just wanted to note that the show is open now April 6 - June 4"

Portofino Restaurant located I Dolan Plaza, Downtown Bethel, CT - click for map and menu too!


Friday, April 3, 2015

Christina Ciacci

Santo Bruno

Santo writes, "I will be participating in this event for Weston Magazine Group on April 22, 2015.  
Please mark your calendar and come have some fun. It would be great to see you there."

for a fabulous evening
of fine autos, art, food,

drinks & company!


Maserati of Westport, 1026 Post Road E., Westport CT

Phyllis Boger

Phyllis writes, "I will be having an exhibition at the Kroc Center along with fellow artist, Antzee Magruder. Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 1:30 to 3 pm. There will be a gallery talk at 2pm"
800 East Parkway South
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Auditions - Musicals at Richter

~~~April 2 - 4~~~
Thursday  April 2   7pm-9pm
Friday  April 3   7pm-9pm
Saturday  April 4   10am-1pm*
*children 6 to 13 

Saturday  April 4    10am - 1pm*
*also auditions for Fairy Tale Theater shows ages 7-15

Saturday  April 4    1:30pm-5pm

~audition location~
The Richter Arts Center
100 Aunt Hack Road
Danbury CT 06811

Doors will open 1⁄2 hour before the audition begins.
Those auditioning should complete  and print out an audition form, click HERE http://www.musicalsatrichter.org/pdf/2015%20MAR%20Audition%20Form%20Final.pdf
and bring a picture and resume (stapled) if they have them; Those auditioning for MainStage shows should prepare two contrasting songs from traditional and contemporary musical theater that show their range, bring sheet music in their key, and be ready to sing only their best 16 measures if necessary. 
An accompanist will be provided. 
They should also be prepared to learn a short dance combination and read from the script if asked.
All ethnicities are encouraged to attend and all roles are open;
please note that positions are unpaid and housing is not available.
Musicals at Richter Alumnus may request a specific audition time, please email info@musicalsatrichter.org
If you are unable to attend any of the above audition times, alternate audition times are available.
Please email info@musicalsatrichter.org with your request. For Complete Information, visit www.musicalsatrichter.org

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.