Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Silvermine Guild Art Center

Silvermine Guild Art Center begins winter semester registration on December 6th with classes beginning January 17.

Carmen Lund MFA '06 and Jamison Odone MFA '10 are teaching this semester.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Studio Sale continues through the weekend

Maryann Meken Silvestri, award winning glass artist, has a studio sale through the weekend. Great Christmas gifts available for those you love. Contact Maryann with questions, mrms1@comcast.net.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Helen Anne MFA '06

Helen juried into the Workhouse at Lorton Arts Foundation, Lorton, Virginia, where she has a studio. Helen explains that the building is a national historic site and was formerly a prison. It is more than one hundred years old. The suffragettes were imprisoned here at the turn of the 20th century, Norman Mailer in the 1960s. It was basically the prison for Washington, D.C. It is now the home to over 120 artists. She says, "The public is welcome to visit our studios and watch us work. You can see my work on our site www.workhousearts.org/helenanne.

She adds, "I recently did a series of paintings called "BP-Changing the Landscape". Along with that I am in a traveling show, "Response to the Gulf Oil Diaster" which originated in Chicago, Illinois, and is now in Huntsville, Alabama. In October, one of my landscapes was accepted in the juried members' show at International Arts & Artists in Washington, D.C."

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

Exhibition: Evolution of a Gallery GREEN MOUNTAIN TO BLUE MOUNTAIN

A landmark exhibition which includes works by many illustrious artists including Gretna Campbell, Paul Georges, Lois Dodd, Robert De Niro, Sr, Rudy Burckhardt, and Robert Henry. Altogether 80 artists are represented who at one time were affiliated with Green Mountain Gallery, Blue Mountain Gallery, or both. Among the artists are Margaret Grimes and Gulgun Aliriza.

Lucien Day opened Green Mountain Gallery on Perry Street in 1968 and it evolved into an artist's cooperative as the Blue Mountain Gallery, now at its home in Chelsea.

The full color catalogue is available on line at www.bluemountaingallery.org. or directly at http://bluemountaingallery.org/assets/2010_BMG_Catalogue.pdf

In it, the artists write very personally about their memories of the people and events in this gallery's long and lively history.

To celebrate this special event, there is a panel discussion , The Power of the Co-Op Model, on Thursday, December 9, 7 -8:30, and a concert by the First Street Woodwind Quintet, Saturday December 18, 2-4 pm.

Also available at the gallery, documentation of forty years of exhibitions, announcements, and photographs as well as papers from Lucien Day's memoirs and from the formation of Blue Mountain Gallery.

November 30 - December 30, 2010
RECEPTION: Thursday December 2, 5-8 pm
Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25th St. 4th Floor
Chelsea, NY

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ival Stratford Kovner MFA '02 sends an update

I have a fellowship to attend Vermont Studio Center in December - and this will be my fourth fellowship !! I hope to find a gallery while up in Vermont to show some of my new work.

I am still doing horse guard images. My show at Blue Mt. has not date yet - but will be in August - when I have word from Marcia, I shall let you know. I am excited.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76

Award winning artist, Maryann writes, "My studio is set up for a holiday sale.

It will be open on Fri. Sat. & Sun. after Thanksgiving. Also, by apt. in Dec.

All glass work will be sold at wholesale prices."

For great Christmas gifts or to enhance your home, Email Maryann at mrms1@comcast.net

The above set is called a Penannular, a type of ancient Roman and Celtic clothing fastener. They were widely used in Britain around 200 AD and is thought to be the origin of later style medieval brooches and pins, such as closed ring and heart shaped brooches.

Based on the ancient style, this penannular can be used as a decorative fastener for shawls, scarves, capes and a coat embellishment.

WestConn artists featured online


Patch online features Richter Juried Show with Maryann Meken Silvestri '76 and Kevin Dunn MFA '11

Monday, November 15, 2010

Aline Marie '01

Aline writes, "
Hey Hey Folks! This is your official invite to my art show on Saturday November 27th from 6-9pm in California. So all of our CA friends, the show will be hosted at Carlsbad Wellness and Yoga. 50% of the proceeds of the mats will go to the Shakti Rising foundation, we will have live music and a photographer! Please feel free to bring family, children and friends, all are welcome!!

Carlsbad Wellness and Yoga in downtown Carlsbad Village.

date: November 27th

time: 6-9pm

2801 N.Roosevelt St, Carlsbad, Ca 92008
* located across from the post office in the alley way between the Dutch bakery & the hair salon. If you pass Hennessy's restaurant you went too far! There is an arching green sign with the studio name on it over the walkway.

This exhibit will be my art in a fusion with Mind Body Alliance, a conscious company dedicated to wellness and being in harmony with Nature.

The art will be my hand painted yoga mats with surfing and yoga themes depicted on them. There will be live music, refreshments and lots of hugs! Come celebrate with me this wonderful fusion of art, yoga and health!"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

In addition to being a room mom for Kindergarten & third grade, and an active Junior Girl Scout leader for my 5th grader,I am involved in Charcoal portraiture, teaching art to gifted young students, have recently consigned Artisan Quality Grapevine Baskets & Bowls with New Morning Organics in Woodbury, Ct. see photo.

Call for Photographs - ShawnaLee recently joined up with the Danbury Animal Welfare Society to create a mural for their boardroom. She adds, "DAWS & I are making a call for photographs of rescued pets enjoying their new lives for consideration for the mural. We would like all pictures to include name & contact and a brief story of the pet and sent to us by December 3rd, 2010 (DAWS@shawnalee.com or to my home address)."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Joan Polzin MFA '05

I'm so excited to have won a first place prize in Oil Painting at the Richter Art Association Juried show for my small self portrait, "Sighting".

You are invited to the reception and award ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6th at 3PM. The doors open at 2PM. The address is, Richter Art Association, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury, CT 06811. Phone is 203-798-2245. The directions are available on their website, at
There is a large parking lot just beyond the buildings next to the art association.

Other news: I've been working on improving my landscape painting skills, studying with a wonderful local teacher and brilliant landscape painter, Anda Skyler. We have been painting outdoors, which is key to bringing life into the painting.
Above is a recent landscape.

I've also been busy teaching a drawing class, which runs on Thursday mornings here in Brookfield, CT, and hope to launch a second class for Monday nights, starting in January. I truly believe that people can learn to draw if they are taught the concepts that artists use in order to capture reality on paper. Also, I think that basic drawing is the first step in becoming an accomplished artist, and the foundation for all representational work in all mediums. I love teaching art, and hope to continue with it. Please pass the word on, if you know anyone who would like to learn to draw and paint.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

David Boyajian mid show reception

David Boyajian is part of a group show at the SCULPTURE BARN 7TH ATELIER EXHIBITION "ART IN THE LANDSCAPE"
October 16 - November 28, 2010
(free to the public) mid show reception November 13 at 2 pm

David writes,"Don't let the November chill keep you from seeing some really wonderful art. Our 3,000 sq.ft. Gallery is nice and warm, packed full of sculptures and painting from 17 very talented artist.

Hope to see you on the 13th
David Boyajian
Master Sculpture"

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76

I attended Maryann's show at the White Silo in Sherman, CT and loved Maryann's new ideas and techniques. Maryann won 1st place in Mixed Media for her glass hanging "Kimona" at the Richter Association for the Arts Juried Show. The Awards reception will be Nov 6, 2010.


Chris Van Jura

Chris Van Jura writes, 2010 continues to be fantastic year, below I have attached a link to my latest work, a webisode for Campbell's Chunky Soup starring Deion Sanders, "The Prime Time Problem Solver" ... just follow the link and view 'Solution #4' titled 'Lawn Care' ...

Prime Time Problem Solver

I'd also like to invite you to the Graduation show for my PIT Improv class! Their is plenty of talent in my class and we would love to have you in the audience!!

Date: Monday 11/8/2010
Show Time: 9:30
Location: PIT Studio Theater 154 W. 29th Street

Thanks so much for all of your continued support and hope to see you soon!