Friday, December 30, 2011

Margaret Grimes

Margaret has been elected a member of the National Academy in New York City. The National Academy is a museum, art school and honorary association of artists and architects dedicated to "creating and preserving a living history of American art."

Jerrial Young '07

Jerrial wites, "I just had a wonderful rehearsl with the cast of Children of Eden."

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Andrew DiGuiseppi '03

Andrew writes, "Buy diguiseppi posters, diguiseppi prints, canvas and framed diguiseppi art. Discover new art from thousands of unique & independent artists at"

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jessica Murphy '10

Jessica writes, "I just wanted to let you know that there were a couple of westconn names missing from your list of artists in the Art & Frame show. Scott Jackson, Chris Olszewski, and myself, Jessica Murphy. We have also sold a lot of pieces, including some by all three names I just mentioned."

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wendi Cahill '95 at Molten Java

From 2011 top Bethel buzz:
Change is good. So thinks Wendy Cahill, owner of the award-winning Bethel coffeehouse, Molten Java. On Friday, November 4, 2011, Cahill announced plans to expand and move her successful coffeehouse to a new, larger location at 213 Greenwood Ave.

The spacious turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion is located in Dolan Plaza, right next to the newly opened Peachwave Yogurt. Enjoying 8-and-a-half years at the current, soon to be former location, 102 Greenwood Ave., Cahill said it was time to expand “because that’s what my customers want and need.”

Monday, December 26, 2011


THEATRE PERFORMANCE - "SWEENEY TODD" - January 25 at 7 p.m., Stratos G. Dukakis Performing Arts Center, 1050 Westminster St., Fitchburg, Mass.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Eileen Coladarci '89/'96

I want to wish you all a very merry christmas and hope that santa gives you all that you ask for :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

David Boyajian

David writes, "I finished the installation for the the Norwalk train station commission. There are 17 cast aluminum sculptures installed on the railing posts in the old station section. The sculptures are 3D narratives of Norwalk history."

The Norwalk Parking Authority invited artists to submit proposals back in April for the SoNo station public art project. In September the NPA chose the artists to create the permanent installations. The team of David Boyajian, Matt Rink and Vincent Appel are creating a series of aluminum sculptures that depict the history of Norwalk, such as an oyster boat, lighthouse, hat and hatbox. They will be installed on the railing post caps throughout the station lobby.

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "Wishing you a very blessed Christmas!

AJ, Mirjam, Lucas and Joshua Picard"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vincent Baldassano

Vincent sent a holiday greeting

Kevin Dunn MFA'11

Kevin writes, "I am teaching classes at
Silvermine Arts Center this Winter Semester. If you could help me to spread the word about my classes so that I can get as many
students as possible I would be more than thankful. Here is a link to
my portion of the Silvermine Website"
Kevin begins teaching in January. His classes include:
Beginning Drawing
January 23 through March 19, 2012
Beginning Drawing
January 18 through March 21, 2012
Beginning Painting
January 21 through March 17, 2012
Painting Interiors from Observation
January 19 through March 22, 2012
Studio Techniques - Workshop
March 12 through March 19, 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Joan Marie Kelly MFA '05

Joan is presenting “The Public Art of Joan Kelly" for the undergraduate painting class at University of New Hampshire.

MFA 2011 update

Check later today for the 2011 MFA update. Remember I can add to the listing if I missed anything.

Best wishes to you all for the holidays.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ron Lawlor '93

Ron writes, "Hello Friends!

Rick and I are currently producing 2 Place-Mats to be printed the first week of 2012.

Windmill Diner on Lake Avenue, Danbury and Orem's Diner on Route 7, Wilton.

80,000 Place-Mats in each diner, lasting 6 months. Current price - $590 each.
Sign-Up and Pay before December 31, 2011 FOR ONLY $890 TOTAL. Do the math, a $290 savings.

If you want to start the new year off Advertising your company at a great price... NOW IS THE TIME! Space is limited. First come first serve!

If you would like to Advertise in one but not both diners please call for other options. BUT the savings will not be as considerable.

Thank You for your attention!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
R.E. LAWLOR Graphics & Printing
Design • Print • Direct Mail • Marketing • Advertising
Bethel/Danbury, Connecticut
Phone: 203-748-4144
Fax: 203-748-1522

A Family Business Since 1988

Joe Di Guiseppi '02

Joe writes, "Just uploaded some sample pages to my New Cartoon text book
Would make a great gift for young artists and fantasy fans!"

Call to Artists - Katonah

The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St. (Route 22) in Katonah, N.Y., invites artists to submit work for inclusion in Art to the Point, a juried exhibition featuring (but not limited to) painting, drawing and sculpture, which will be on view Jan. 15 through Feb. 19. Artist Donald Sultan will serve as the exhibition's juror. Three cash prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 914-232-9555, ext. 0, or visit

Artists living in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) are invited to submit up to two pieces (paintings, drawings, prints, mixed-media works, sculptures, photographs or videos up to four minutes in length), which were executed within the last five years. Artists must deliver submissions to the museum on Friday, Jan. 6, from 1 to 6 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Download submission guidelines at Call 914-232-9555.

James Gabianelli MFA '09

James writes, "Give the gift of Art Lessons to someone for X-mas!"

Jamison Odone MFA'10

Jamison writes, "Books to sign from people whom I have never met coming in the mail is the most flattering thing that I have experienced in my life."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

ShawnaLee writes, "This is an example of a softly tinted Graphite sketch. Such a beautiful kitty!!!"


I received the following letter regarding CT Review:

December 13, 2011
Dear Colleagues:
As the fall semester draws to a close, we are pleased to inform you that Connecticut Review, the literary journal of the Connecticut State University System, will continue to
be published as it has been since 1967. While the publication was in jeopardy for a time, through the diligent efforts of faculty and administrators committed to its continuation, you should begin seeing the Fall issue on campus shortly.

There have been, however, a number of changes—in part as a result of necessary budget reductions. You may first notice some revisions to the masthead of the publication, its binding, and the initial pages. The publication name, Connecticut Review, is now featured more prominently. The number of pages is slightly changed; so is the manner in which artwork is presented in the journal.

The distribution method has been modified as well. As you know, Connecticut Review has previously been distributed free of charge to all interested faculty and staff. Beginning this academic year, a reduced number of copies will be distributed to each of the CSUS campuses. Rather than being sent directly to individual faculty members, the journals
will arrive at each department and other key venues on campus. We would appreciate
your seeking out a copy from a colleague, and passing it along afterwards to others who
may be interested. You may also read it on the Connecticut Review website, which is to be updated shortly to include the Fall 2011 issue.
We greatly appreciate your continued support for Connecticut Review. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Louise H. Feroe, Acting Chancellor
Connecticut State University System

Jian-Zhong Lin, Senior Editor
Eastern Connecticut State University

Vivian C. Shipley, Editor
Southern Connecticut State University
This is the link to the submissions page:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chris Olszewski MFA '10

Christopher writes, "anyone need small paintings as gifts for the holidays?
let me know"

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tony Zatzick MFA '02

Tony writes, "My new CD is now available online at Spirit Voyage ~ Enjoy!
Light and Blessings to all ~ may the wonder of the infinite fill you with grace & joy!"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

WCSU theatre arts department

Western Connecticut State University will stage Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol,” at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The crew features faculty members Sal Trapani and Pam McDaniel as producers, Erik Tonner as director, Frank Herbert as technical director, and Liz Popiel as set designer. Student crew members include: Shannon Stowe, of Monroe, as assistant producer; Cassey Miko, of Stratford, as assistant director; Suzi Immarigeon, of New Fairfield, as production stage manager; Matt Terzigni, of Watertown, as assistant stage manager; Kayla Fontanez-La-Selle, of Peekskill, N.Y., as choreographer; Lisa Rene Jordan, of Brooklyn, N.Y., as costume designer; Melanie Leff, of Cortland Manor, N.Y., as lighting designer; Erika Flynn, of Darien, as musical director; Ty McCombe, of Vernon, as musical director; Zak Klvana, of Sherman, as sound designer; and Brianne Sassone, of Paramus, N.J., as hair and make-up designer.

Tonner’s adaption of the Christmas classic is magical, insightful and filled with heart. The song-filled performance reawakens the true spirit of the holidays, with a spooky and inspiring portrayal of redemption.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wendi Cahill '95at Molten Java

Local Musicians Organize All Day Music Benefit for the New Molten Java
Next Sunday, there will be an all day music concert to benefit the new Molten Java Coffeehouse.

From the Music Dept, via the NewsTimes

Bass master plays at WestConn
Robert Miller, Staff Writer
Being right is overrated, according to master bassist John Patitucci.

"I try a lot of different things and learn by trial and error," he told students at Western Connecticut State University last week as he prepared them for an evening concert in which he'd play with a half-dozen small jazz groups. "I've learned a lot by doing it wrong."

But in talking to the students, Patitucci stressed one of the essential qualities of jazz. Quoting another bass great, Rufus Reid, Patitucci said the best music is made "when people agree."

Read more:

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76

Maryann is selling her glass art at Handcrafted in Connecticut Craft Sale at the New Milford Railroad Station for the final two days, December 10 & 11 with hours from 10-5 on Saturdays and from 10-4 on Sundays. The show features fused glass, jewelry, pottery, cards, silk & woven scarves, hand-made soap and more. A percentage of the sales are donated to New Milford Animal Welfare. Artists participating in the show include Linda Banks, glass artist; Cynthia Battista, jewelry artist, Celeste Battista, weaver, Kathy Kairawicz, pottery artist and painter and Maryann Meken-Silvestri, a fused glass artist.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Artist Fellowship Program

The Artist Fellowship program provides grants to encourage the continuing artistic development of Connecticut’s artists. Awards are made each year in the amounts of $5,000 or $2,500. To be eligible for Fellowships, artists must have lived and worked in Connecticut for a minimum of one year at the time of application and are current full-time residents of the state. Ineligible applicants include students who are currently enrolled in full-time degree-granting institutions and prior Fellowship recipients who have received an award within the past five years.

Applications are now available for the FY2012 Artist Fellowship Program Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Alain Picard '97

Alain is offering FINE ART PRINTS by Alain J. Picard

Picard Studio is offering a unique collection of hand-signed and numbered prints for sale this holiday season. Click the links below to view the landscape and Rwanda collections.

Please email or call us with your print request. We'll have your fine art print delivered just in time for Christmas.
Happy Holidays,


Bryn Gillette MFA 2009

Bryn writes, "Hi Friends, I'm partnering with my non-profit TeamOne:27 to offer a Giclee Print series of my door painting "Written in the Stars". I'm offering these 8x20" giclee prints, signed and numbered, for only $50 and half of all the proceeds go to support this friday's Christmas Party in Haiti where TeamOne:27 and Divine Ministries will be sharing gifts, love, food, and Christ with 5000 street children in Haiti! For more info check out my website or go right to the estore:
Art By Bryn — Welcome"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Patte Corcoran '85

Patte writes, "Join us for a Holiday Artists' Reception after the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration on McLevy Green, Thursday, Dec. 8th. Tree Lighting begins at 5 p.m. City Lights Reception begins at 6 p.m.
Gallery Hours: W-F 11:30a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 12-4

Enjoy a glass of cheer while you shop during these extra holiday shopping hours; we will be open until 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. 15 &16.
DIRECTIONS: City Lights is conveniently located in downtown Bridgeport easily accessible by Metro North, I-95, the Merrittt Pkwy via Route 25 Connector. For complete directions go to"

Laura McCormick '84

Laura writes, "So excited to be in Amsterdam to work with the Dutch Cancer Society ~ about to head to a Scientific Convention but FIRST..... visited the honeymoon suite of John Lennon and Yoko in our hotel ~ wow!"

Monday, December 5, 2011

From the Music Dept


Tonight, Monday, Dec. 5, the WCSU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

For additiona events on campus check out the WestConn Report

Karin Mansberg '11

Karin writes, "My painting is the one in the upper right side in this photo of the exhibition wall. The show is up until January 22, 2012 at the NCMA, in Raleigh, NC."

Nancy White Cassidy MFA '05

Nancy is pleased to announce that her studio is now finished and in use. She writes, "The studio has two sides, divided by a closet under the stairwell. It has enough room for my design studio as well as classes for up to 8 people (more if it's a seated class)."

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tony Zatzick MFA '02

Tony writes, "Counting down now ~14 hours to go ~ Almost 100 Backers! ~ Anything is possible ~ Don't miss this opportunity to help bring this music to the world ~ Huge thanks for all the support that has brought us this far! The way that Kickstarter works is its all or either raise the full amount of your goal and your campaign is funded, or you raise nothing!
Please check this out, and donate if you feel inspired:
Sharing this page to your Facebook and Twitter walls helps too, as we have such a short period of time left to raise awareness and funds!"

Jeanine Molnar '00

Jeanine sends a link,
Fab Finds by My Favorite Crafty Chicas by Jeanine Molnar on Etsy
Colorful Leaves Abstract and has elves for your tree,

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "some good buying opportunities out there tomorrow, Great artists work at the Brooks Museum, The Jewish Community Center (I have scarves there) the the Holiday arts Bazaar at Carefour center. Dont let the rain keep you in. Last big weekend for local artists' work."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

paola DiMeglio '98

Paola Writes, "Hi friends,

Anyone interested in a two night stay in New Orleans groupon - value is $780 - price is $380, only catch is it needs to be used and booked by December 25th – I contacted them and they don’t have weekends available at the moment, just weekdays BUT they do have the Christmas weekend available 23-25th

It’s for the Edgar Degas House in New Orleans - Good for a 2-Night Stay for Two in a Premier Room

Two-night stay in a premier room with breakfast
Two tickets to New Orleans Museum of Art
Two tickets to Louisiana State Museum
Two tickets for ferry ride across Mississippi River
$12 off second entree at Café Degas
10% off lunch or dinner at Napoleon House

Website -

Got rave reviews online if you google them

If you know anyone interested please have them email me at – this was a gift for a friend who won’t be using it and I just can’t go myself so I would hate to see it go to waste


Bridget Grady MFA '04

Bridget writes, "Here is a sneak peek of the forth-coming holiday card I was commissioned to illustrate by Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust.

The proceeds from the sales of the cards will go toward the feeding the animals who reside at Flanders.

The card's design incorporates some of the resident Shetland sheep and an invented likeness of artist Natalie Van Vleck as their shepherdess.

Natalie Van Vleck was an artist, farmer, and an environmentalist.She had the vision and foresight to preserve the property that gave her such creative inspiration from the impact of a beginning trend of suburban sprawl developing in the 1960's. Her vision remains an enduring gift to residents and visitors to the town of Woodbury.
Graphite Drawing by Bridget Grady

For information for where, when, and how one can purchase these cards in the very near future!:
Contact Dianne Parmalee, (who herself is both an artist and current shepherdess to the flock), at Flanders. or visit
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust
5 Church Hill Road
Woodbury, CT 06798
Telephone: 203-263-3711
Fax: 203-263-2214"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Looking Forward update

Reminder: This show at Higgins Hall Gallery closes tomorrow, Dec 1st. If you did not get a chance to see this exciting exhibition, it is online at in the calendar

WCSU theatre arts department

Dec. 10 - Dec. 11

The WCSU theatre arts department will present "A Christmas Carol" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Performances will be at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at (203) 837-8732 for information. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit

Also check out the holiday concerts at WestConn:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tony De Matteo Jr '74



INFO. CALL 203.375.0692

Monday, November 28, 2011

Matang Gonzales '86

Mat writes, " check out my new web site. Thank you Jay Foster!"

Call to Artists for 2012 Accessible Art Project Arts and Music - News

From the Mecurial
Monday, 28 November 2011 13:48

THE HOUSATONIC VALLEY CULTURAL ALLIANCE invites area artists to submit entries for the 2012 Accessible Art Project, designed to increase opportunity for art in public spaces. The Project functions as a partnership with HVCA, participating venue(s), and selected artists. Entries will be juried and selected for 2012 exhibitions at four locations: the Danbury City Hall Exhibit, CityCenter Danbury, Danbury Museum & Historical Society for a special Genealogy exhibit to run Jan - March, and FrameWorks in Newtown CT, which will host exhibits for several months during the year. The new venues also open the doors for 3D artists to participate in the project. Electronic submissions will only be accepted and deadline for entries is December 9th.

According to a recent study by the Americans for the Arts indicates as of January 2011, Connecticut is home to 11, 248 arts related businesses that employ 37,638 people. These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. They employ a creative workforce, spend money locally, and generate government revenue, and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development. Danbury and its environs is ranked in the top ten of artists in the workforce according to a study prepared by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“We are excited to expand options for art exhibits in the Danbury community. Artists in the area look for opportunities for their work to be showcased and supported,” says Lisa Scails. “Adding new venues to the project is a benefit to the community and we hope this trend continues.”

All artwork is available for sale and exhibits rotate approximately every six (6) weeks throughout the year. The public is welcome to the 3rd floor display anytime during city hall hours, which are: City Hall -Monday – Wednesday: 7:30am to 6pm; Thursday: 7:30am to 6:30pm. CityCenter Danbury –Monday-Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm. Exhibit hours for the Museum and for Frameworks will be announced.

For a full prospectus and more information on how to submit entries please visit For questions about the prospectus artists can call 203-798-0760 or email

HVCA - Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance is a regional service organization for creative and cultural resources that serves the 10 Housatonic Valley towns of Danbury, Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, and Sherman. Its mission is to support and strengthen the arts, historical and cultural organizations, and individuals through collaboration and coordination to further economic development in the region. For more information about HVCA visit

Mary Lou Alberetti '64

Mary Lou writes, "all's well after Bob's heart surgery and thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers"

Mandee Peebles '10

Sidewalk Dave Release Show Copyright Mandee Potter 2011

$10 for 8x10 Print!
Contact: for more information/availability.***

quote of the day

As a politician, I could not put the following quote on my FB page, but with you as my friends, I had to post it somewhere:
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
-- Simon Cameron

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Looking Forward update

I've added the exhibition to the website. Check out the link: and while at the site, don't forget to check out WCSU job opportunities.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tony Zatzick MFA '02

I have been out on tour and supporting the upcoming release of my new CD by running a Kickstarter campaign. Please share this link to help support it:

Nancy White Cassidy MFA '05

Nancy writes, "I found out that I was accepted as a juried artist at Mount Washington Valley Arts Association in North Conway. This means that I can exhibit at their gallery. I'm also going to submit proposals for teaching there, so we're on our way...I'm participating in the upcoming show!
MWV Arts | The Mount Washington Valley Arts Association"
Our 3rd Annual Affordable Show and Sale will be held at the Visual Arts Center in North Conway from Friday, December 2nd until Friday December...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

WCSU looking for professors!

School of Visual & Performing Arts
Department of Art
Assistant Professor - Illustration
Tenure Track - Fall 2012

Review of applications begins on December 8, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications postmarked by December 8, 2011.

School of Visual & Performing Arts
Department of Art

Assistant Professor - Photography

Tenure Track - Fall 2012

Review of applications begins on December 8, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications postmarked by December 8, 2011.

School of Visual & Performing Arts
Department of Music

Assistant Professor
Music Education - Choral Emphasis

Tenure Track - Fall 2012

Review of applications begins on December 8, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications postmarked by December 8, 2011.

School of Visual & Performing Arts
Department of Music

Assistant Professor
Assistant Coordinator of Jazz Studies

Tenure Track - Fall 2012

Review of applications begins on December 8, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications postmarked by December 8, 2011.


I attended the opening of Art n Frame for their Small Works Show 2011. There were over 80 artists featured with more than 200 pieces.

The show included work from 13 WestConn artists: Stop by to see a great exhibition!
Marylou Alberetti '64
Robert Alberetti (faculty)
Mike Ballantoni '98
Katie Bassett '08
Antonio Carvalho '11 MFA 2013
Carolyn Currie '85
Betsy Davidson MFA 2010
Xenia Hodza, MFA 2012
Jim Jeffries, manager Art & Frame
Christine Lombardi '86
Jing Lu
Rick Villodas '75
Michael Whelan, MFA advisor

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bridget Grady MFA '04

Bridget Grady MFA '04, Anne Flynn MFA '04, Matang Gonzales '86, Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07 and Lee Cordon MFA '04 are participating in a show at Blue Horse Arts Gallery in Watertown, CT. The theme of the exhibition is to promote awareness of the connection between food, culture, and the environment, thinking globally and acting locally. The conceptual thread of this exhibition is based on the outreach and entanglement of artists, farmers, the environment, and community through mutual exchange. Blue Horse Arts Studio and the JFosterMusic Studio complex located at 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT hosted an interdisciplinary visual art and music event “Field Projects” to celebrate our connections to the natural world. CALL to set up an appointment for viewing through Dec 1. Click here to see pictures from the opening.

Tony De Matteo Jr '74




Friday, November 18, 2011

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "Here are some of my hand painted scarves for sale the the college of art annual bazaar. hope you can make it tonight 6-9. hundreds of paintings for sales by students and alumni"

Barbara Mansilla MFA '10

Barbara writes, check out my website and blog:


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Katie Bassett '08

Katie writes, "I am also going to be in the "Small Works" show at Art in Frame. I saw in your last email that a few other alumni are in it so seems like you have all the info you need. Attached are photos of the 3 drawings that will be in the show."
Reception Info:
Saturday November 19th @ 5-7pm
Art & Frame of Danbury
60 Newtown Rd, Rte 6 Plaza
Danbury Ct 06810

Eileen adds, "join me at the opening to see Katie's other entries and so much more."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christine Lombardi '86

Christine is at Art & Frame Of Danbury LLC. Don't forget to mark your calenders! Small Works Opening Reception
Saturday, November 19 at 5:00pm, Art & Frame Of Danbury LLC.

Derek Leka MFA '07

Derek sends an invite to Six See, an exhibition of paintings, photography and other images by faculty from the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the University of Bridgeport. The works will be on view starting with an opening reception 4:30pm - Thursday, Nov. 17 at the University Gallery. The show runs until Dec 10.

Works of Kelli Costa, John Kandalaft, Michael Kandalaft, Peter Konsterlie, Derek Leka and Rick McCollum comprise the Six for you to See.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "My Holiday Workshop Still Has Openings. Come and join us in the studio on November 29 for our first Holiday Workshop from 7pm -10pm for only $50!

Check one gift off your list this holiday season by creating an original painting, a perfectly thoughtful gift for a loved one or friend. Alternatively, put it under your own tree this Christmas and enjoy it! Create a small oil or pastel painting in just one session.

Bring your own reference photo as inspiration for your painting.
All levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome so why not sign up today!

Happy Holidays"

Susan Lang '87

Susan writes, "My Dad's Truck is at Molten Java. Come on out for some laughter and some singing along! My Dad's Truck at Molten Java on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00pm with Wendy Cahill in Bethel."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Call to Artists - HVCA

2012 Accessible Art
Deadline: Friday, December 9th, prospectus:
2012 Exhibit locations:
Danbury City Hall,
CityCenter Danbury,
Danbury Museum & Historical Society -new!,
Frameworks, Newtown CT -new!
* Most exhibits will rotate approximately every 6 weeks | FrameWork exhibits will run Feb – April & Sept- Exact dates to be provided following the selection process - Accessible art provides artists with an opportunity to show work in alternative spaces and make art more accessible to the general public.

Marilyn Lindner MFA '02

Marilyn writes, I am accepted into "VERNISSAGE des FEMMES ARTISTES", Juried Exhibit at Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
November 18, 2011 through January 7, 2012

Wendi Cahill '95 at Molten Java

Wendi writes, "I've got about 30 small frames to hang at the new Molten.

Photographers, graphic designers... artists of all persuasions, if you'd like a tiny add space on our walls drop off a 4x6 sized piece of work AND YOUR CONTACT INFO. :)"

Katie Bassett '08

Katie sent the following announcement, "The Greenwich Arts Council
presents LOOK WHO'S HERE! ARTISTS MAKE MIRRORS, an innovative exhibition designed to explore our perennial fascination with mirrors and reflection through the imagination and creativity of contemporary artists.
November 17, 2011 - January 6, 2012

Thursday, November 17, 6 - 8 pm

Conversation With The Artists at 6:45pm. The Opening Night Reception is Sponsored by Serendipity magazine

Bendheim Gallery,
299 Greenwich Ave - Second Floor,
Greenwich, CT 06830
P 203.862.6750
This exhibition is made possible in part thanks to the support provided by
The CT Office of the Arts, Serendipity magazine & Wrightson Ramsing Foundation.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "I still have a few spaces left in my batik and silk painting class on Wed, Nov 16th at the Memphis botanic Garden. Call Laurie at the 636-4128"

James Gabianelli MFA '09

James writes, "Interested in learning how to paint or doing something new with a friend? I am teaching art classes at Michael's of Manchester, CT. See flyer for more details..."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

UCONN Assistant Professor of Illustration

Department of Art and Art History, University of Connecticut

Tenure-track position in Illustration at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2012. Located in the Department of Art and Art History within the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut, the position will engage both undergraduate and graduate level students in BFA and MFA degree programs.

Applicants must have an MFA or equivalent degree (equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable), or outstanding record of professional achievement. Minimum two years beyond TA, full-time college level teaching experience is preferred. Professional practice is essential and the candidate must have a promising record of recognition for creative work. Knowledge is required in technical skills, conceptual development, materials processes, digital technology, and professional practices. The applicant will be skilled in traditional and digital techniques and media, including some combination of the following: animation, game design, comics and graphic novels, and book arts. The applicant will be able to integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research/creative tools. Opportunities for collaboration exist between illustration and the other studio disciplines.

Duties in addition to teaching include curriculum development, advising and service on departmental committees. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus with the possibility of work at UConn’s regional campuses across the state. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of, or interest in, the university setting and the interdisciplinary mission of the department.

To apply: Please visit Husky Hire at submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, jpeg files of creative work (20), and jpeg files of student work (20); animations or videos can be submitted in mov or mp3 formats, or via a website. In keeping with our commitment to build a culturally diverse community, the University of Connecticut actively solicits applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.
Thank you Ival for the tip!

Robert Alberetti

Robert writes, I am showing paintings and works on paper at the Atlas fine arts services, 41 South 6th Ave in Tuscan AZ. The exhibit continues through Nov 26. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 6, Friday and Saturday 11 to 7.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wendy writes, "Stop being coy and "like" Molten Java on Facebook! When we get 1000 likes I will personally dress as a coffee mug and dance/walk from the "old" space to the brand new Molten on a Saturday afternoon."

Feel free to share this and get the ball rolling!
Molten Java
From belly!
Page: ‎461 like this"

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jeanine Molnar '00

Jeanine writes, "New today! These small peace signs make great gifts!"

~ Mini 4 inch Jewel Mosaic Peace Sign ~

Titled: So Gold

She adds, "My newest mosaic peace sign design. This one is small, only 4" round, but it still bursting with fabulous color. It arrives ready to hang with a sturdy saw tooth hanger on the back as seen in photo.

The mixed media mosaic is made with an assortment of stained glass, beads, mother of pearl, vintage bits & doo dads, glitter and paint. Hang one above a shelf, or group a few together for a super groovy look!~ Be sure to follow Gemini Moon Mosaics on Facebook to stay up to date on new work, take advantage of 'fan only' specials and more."

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wendi Cahill '95 at Molten Java

from Bethel Buzz: Molten’s Metamorphosis: Molten Java Announces New Digs
Molten's moving! This beautiful historic Victorian house located at 213 Greenwood Avenue will soon be the new, larger home of Molten Java Coffeehouse! Photo credit: Wendy Cahill.

The new Molten Java will have more room available for artists to hang their work. Interested artists can send email their digital portfolio to Wendy Cahill at

Friday, November 4, 2011

Karen Bartone MFA '09

First Street Gallery, Art for Clearwater, guest artist invitational, New York, NY
December 8, 2011 – January 5, 2012, opening Saturday December 10, 2-5pm

Tony Zatzick MFA '02

Tony writes, I have resigned my position as MFA Assistant at WCSU." He provided me with information about his many new opportunities. Read about Tony on the WestConn Art Views blog.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Robert Crawford

Robert writes, "Just want to announce that I did the 2011 LL Bean Christmas catalog cover."

He adds, "As always, I'll be showing my work at PS Gallery in Litchfield. Everyone is welcome to come by."

Robert Crawford Studios

91 Lexington Dr.
Watertown, CT 06795

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "Hope to see you at the opening."
Fountain Art Gallery
Fountain Art Gallery invites you to an exhibition of Totems Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Chickasaw Oaks Village 3092 Poplar Ave, Suite 1 Memphis TN 38111

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Missy writes, "I've been busy painting fairies lately! I just love how versatile they are and how much my imagination just soars when I think about all of the possibilities that their tiny magical world presents. All of these original paintings are for sale on Etsy right now, and are a steal at just $45.00. Click to view the listing on Etsy!"

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Linda Rynkowski MFA '12

Storm Update!
Linda Rynkowski MFA '12 is having a show at the Darien Rowayton Bank from Tuesday November 1st through Wednesday November 30th. The Opening is moved to Thursday, November 17th from 4-6 pm because of the storm.

Entitled "About Town," the show features well known vistas of Darien, CT. A wine tasting will be conducted by Nicholas Roberts, Ltd.- Fine Wine Merchants of Darien.

All works are for sale. A portion of any proceeds will go to The Neuropathy Association for research into causes and cures for peripheral neuropathy.

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Murals by Missy
Such a Good Snail! New listing on Etsy.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76 check out Patch

Handcrafted in Connecticut Craft Sale opens at the New Milford Railroad Station on November 26 & 27 and December 10 & 11 with hours from 10-5 on Saturdays and from 10-4 on Sundays. The show features fused glass, jewelry, pottery, cards, silk & woven scarves, hand-made soap and more. A percentage of the sales are donated to New Milford Animal Welfare. Artists participating in the show include Linda Banks, glass artist; Cynthia Battista, jewelry artist, Celeste Battista, weaver, Kathy Kairawicz, pottery artist and painter and Maryann Meken-Silvestri, a fused glass artist.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Andrew DiGuiseppi '03

Andrew writes, "I just launched a new site. 3 page business front site as apart of creating their entire brand.

Uploaded to you tube by WesternCTState on Oct 24, 2011

a video created to celebrate the School of Visual and Performing Arts Building groundbreaking...

Blue Horse Arts tonight at 7 pm

Lee Cordon MFA '04, Bridget Grady MFA '04, Anne Flynn MFA '04, Matang Gonzales '86, Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07 are participating in a show at Blue Horse Arts Gallery, 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT. The exhibition promotes awareness of the connection between food, culture, and the environment, thinking globally and acting locally. The conceptual thread of this exhibition is based on the outreach and entanglement of artists, farmers, the environment, and community through mutual exchange. Blue Horse Arts Studio and the JFosterMusic Studio complex located at 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT will host an interdisciplinary visual art and music event “Field Projects” to celebrate our connections to the natural world. The public is invited to an opening exhibition Friday, October 28th, 7PM- 9PM. Refreshments will be provided. Music will be provided by, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music teacher based in Watertown CT

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Karin Mansberg '11

Karin writes, "I am the winner of the 2011-2012 First Night Danbury button design." The press release states that with this design is a new mark as First Night Danbury continues to build its regional presence.

Kain unveils her winning image to reflect "Looking Up & Moving Forward," this year's First Night theme, in a limited edition keepsake pass to an evening of joy-full entertainment

First Night enters its 22nd year as Danbury's popular family friendly, alcohol free New Year's Eve celebration with a nod to its venerable history, CityCenter's regrowth, and to the Danbury Main Street Partnership, for which it serves as a year-end acknowledgement that "there's something happening downtown."

WHEN:Saturday, October 29th, 2:30 p.m., amidst CityCenter's "Halloween on the Green" festivities (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)on the Danbury Green.

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "Come and join us this Friday at our new Drawing Class. The class will take place from 9:30am - 12pm, October 28 - November 18. The class will focus on learning to render form by defining light and shadow shapes, learning to see and record values, and drawing with emphasis on both line and tone. Personalized instruction at the easel will be provided to each student as they develop their drawings. All levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome so why not sign up today!

One-Day Portrait Workshop
Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
November 5, 2011 at Picard Studio
Cost: $125
Working from the live model, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to pastel. Students will then work from the model with individual instruction at their easels throughout the afternoon.This workshop will promote a simple approach to portrait painting using the principles of shape, value, edge, color, and composition.
All levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome. Medium: Oil and Pastels

Holiday Workshop
Tuesday 7:00-10:00pm
November 29, 2011
Picard Studio
Cost: $50
Check one gift off your list this holiday season by creating an original painting, a perfectly thoughtful gift for a loved one or friend. Alternatively, put it under your own tree this Christmas and enjoy it! Join Alain in the studio for this one-night workshop and create a small oil or pastel painting in just one session.
Bring your own reference photo as inspiration for your painting.
All levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome. This class is limited to six students. Medium: Oil and Pastels"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jerrial Young '07

Jerrial writes, "I am in Guys and dolls!!! I am playing the role of nicely nicely at the palace theatre nov 4 5 6 10 11 12 17 18 19
Phone Number:(603) 668-5588

Theatre Address:
80 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Elizabeth L. Popiel

Elizabeth writes, "OK so we open tonight SWEENEY TODD....blood is ready. Trick chair is ready....and now I am making a "BEATRICE" doggy hat for GMA's monday show. The joy is just unending. hee hee."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jill Sarver MFA '10

Jill writes, "I recently started a blog for "ArtCafé", which we host at WAC every Friday morning. After our discussions, I create a blog with highlights from local CT galleries/museums, New York venues, and select international locations as well. Most articles and exhibitions are carefully selected by our Visual Arts Director, Helen Klisser During. Click on the images and you will be taken directly to site of the article or exhibition. This way, we all can stay informed about what's happening in the art world, no matter where we reside.

Below, I have attached a link to the blog. You will also find archived issues on the site. I hope to stay in touch and hear from you soon!"

James Gabianelli MFA '09

Jim writes, "I have been working on several commissioned works for area motorcycle and car enthusiasts. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me."

Vincent Baldassano

Vincent writes, "A few things which may be of interest: presently I have work in the faculty show at Gateway Community College, New Haven and also the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, NYC. In addition Queensboro Community College, NYC; Three Rivers Community College,Norwich, CT; and Wagner College ,Staten Island: have acquired some large scale paintings of mine for their permanent collection."

Monday, October 24, 2011

Jennifer Wyzykowski MFA '12

Jen writes, "I am currently in a show in Canton, CT. The Canton Gallery on the Green's 44th annual Open Juried Show. The show runs from Oct. 7 - Nov. 6. I also had a piece running in a loop slide presentation during the cocktail hour at the Parsons Alumni cocktail party last Saturday."

Lee Cordon MFA '04

Lee's daughter, JENNIFER WYZYKOWSKI MFA '12 writes, "I wanted to let you know that my mom is also showing with Bridget Grady and Ann Flynn at the Blue Horse Arts Gallery as well."

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "Anyone interested in learning how to paint on silk/cotton, I will be teaching two workshops at the Memphis Botanic Garden, Nov 12 and Nov 16th. 10 am to 3 pm. Let me know if you are interested"

John Kane '76

John writes, "After many requests we are reintroducing the New England Photographic Workshop here at Mabels Hollow Farm in Northville , CT. We hope to give folks the chance to get into the heads of leading pro shooters, printers and web masters. I'll be kicking it off with Contemporary Photo Methods.

The description and details are in the calendar link attached. I'm working on bringing in leading shooters and other teachers, outstanding in their profession. Even considering a photo safari to southern Italy! (raise your hands please) Stay tuned and I will notify you by email as the classes come together.

Meanwhile, if there is something you would like to see from our workshops link, or if you have a suggestion, let me know.

Hope to see you for learning, fun and artistic expression!

Go to our site:"

Friday, October 21, 2011

Call for Artists

Art & Frame Of Danbury LLC. writes "We've been getting lots of submissions for the small works show! Its starting to get exciting! Keep 'em coming everyone!"


The WCSU departments of theatre arts and music will present "Sweeney Todd" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26 and 27, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at(203) 837-8732 for information. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit

Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07

Field Projects: Crop Circle 2011

Host: Ginger Hanrahan 203-748-5849
Friday, October 28 at 7:00 PM
Blue Horse Arts
250 Porter Street Watertown, CT 06795
with artists Bridget Grady MFA '04, Anne Flynn MFA '04, Matang Gonzales '86 and others

Bridget Grady MFA '04

Bridget Grady MFA '04, Anne Flynn MFA '04, Matang Gonzales '86, Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07 are participating in a show at Blue Horse Arts Gallery, 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT. The theme of the exhibition is to promote awareness of the connection between food, culture, and the environment, thinking globally and acting locally. The conceptual thread of this exhibition is based on the outreach and entanglement of artists, farmers, the environment, and community through mutual exchange. Blue Horse Arts Studio and the JFosterMusic Studio complex located at 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT will host an interdisciplinary visual art and music event “Field Projects” to celebrate our connections to the natural world. The public is invited to an opening exhibition Friday, October 28th, 7PM- 9PM. Refreshments will be provided. Music will be provided by, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music teacher based in Watertown CT.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mural Competition

Keith Rodgerson invites
ARTISTS: Register for the mural competition by 6pm. No fee + gratuitous awards for those that prevail. We still have room for performers and can use volunteers and donations. Please msg. me for details!
Thursday, October 27 at 6:00pm

Gallery Opening in Higgins Hall

Join me at 5 pm tomorrow evening for the opening of "Looking Forward."

"Groundbreaking: Looking Forward," a collection of works by WCSU students, alumni and faculty. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. The works will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Thursday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Higgins Gallery in Room 101 of the Higgins Hall Annex on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8486. for updates on the Arts Center.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Watch Blue Sky Studios for upcoming opportunities!

Blue Sky Studios today announced it will expand its headquarters in Greenwich and create 70 jobs, a move that will allow the Oscar Award winning digital animation company to grow even more in the future. The state, through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), is providing financial support for the project.

Blue Sky plans to hire 70 and expand its office space by 43,000 square feet at One American Lane in Greenwich. The expanded facility, which will total 150,000 square feet, will include seating for up to 140 artists, conference rooms, a screening area, editorial space, and a data center.

“We are pleased to announce the expansion of our facility in Connecticut and look forward to the continued production of many new and exciting films within the state,” said Brian Keane, Blue Sky Studios chief operating officer.

Dance Instructor Needed

ESCAPE to the Arts
Danbury, CT

Arts & Humanities branch of the Regional YMCA of Western CT is seeking a professional educator to teach youth one afternoon per week. A dance instructor is needed in our after-school program for middle school students. Instructors will develop and teach meaningful educational lessons in a safe creative environment; embrace and encourage the core values of the YMCA, its mission and that of ESCAPE to the Arts.

Areas of instruction can include: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Zumba, or African Dance

Preferred Day: Wednesdays(but can also do Mondays)Hours required: 3:30 – 5:00 pm (dance instruction)
3:30 - 4:15 Class #1 (10-12 students)
4:15 – 5:00 Class #2 (10-12 students)
Optional Hours: 2:30 – 3:30 pm (homework supervision)

Start Date: November 2011


Individual must be highly knowledgeable in the subject area he/she teaches, as well as understand how to develop age appropriate courses and lessons. He/she must be able to motivate and manage the particular group he/she is hired to teach. He/she must also possess flexibility to adapt as situations arise and require adjustments. He/she must be knowledgeable of procedural and program information within the YMCA; possess patience with adults and children, and have the ability to function as a team player. He/she must demonstrate maturity, good judgment and professionalism in all aspects of the job.

Performing Arts instructor must work with and be able to prepare students for parent’s night performances in December, February and June.

Successful experience teaching upper elementary and/or middle school students is required. Individuals who have successfully worked with at risk youth are encouraged to apply. To learn more about our programs visit

Please submit a current resumé with letter of interest to: or mail to Art Director, ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Polly Messer '98

Polly writes, " Join us on Saturday, October 22 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm, 59 West Center Street Southington Connecticut 06489

Here is a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh and singer Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from his new release "An American Record", as well as his past radio hits and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Smokin With Chris is one of Connecticut's most popular live music and dining venues featuring some of the best live music and barbeque cuisine around.
No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133
for directions & details:

Michael Whelan

OCT. 18 at 11 am.

Illustrator Michael Whalen will discuss his work in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call (203) 837-8881.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Celebration of the Arts

WCSU Visual & Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Monday, October 17, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (ET)
Western Connecticut State University
Westside Campus Center
43 Lake Ave. Extension
Danbury, CT 06810

Ed Little, Adjunct Instructor Drawing & Art History

Exciting Announcement:
Winners: 1st Emerging Artist Discovery Prize

These winners were just announced.

Watch for our Artist stories and live links to the websites for these amazing Artists, coming soon!

We found that we had a tie for first place in this competition, so there are 2 Gold Award Winners.

Gold Award Winner

Veronica Garcia Huidobro, Chile

Gold Award Winner

Edward Little, USA

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Melissa writes, "FALL SPECIAL! Just for Facebook fans: get one day of painting for just $300.00 (25% off)! I can do a lot in a day, check out my web gallery for examples. Small print below.
Mural Gallery

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mandee Peebles '10

Mandee writes, "Tomorrow is the big day! Come check out what myself, Julie Visser, Cate Nixon, Jessica Murphy of Cross-Eyed Tie Dyes, Lauren Rushka, Linda Kamphan, and many other local vendors, crafters, and artists have to offer you! 12-5, FREE!!!"
Sunday, October 16 · 12:00pm - 5:00pm
155 Main Street
Danbury, CT

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

Gulgun writes, "I was invited to participate in a group show entitled 'HUMAN FORM: An Enduring Inspiration' at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY.
It Opens Oct.15-Nov.12, 2011. Opening reception,Oct. 15, 6 - 9 PM. I was invited by Virginia Walsh, Curator/Director of the Ann Street Gallery."


Art & Frame Of Danbury LLC. writes, "We still need some creative display units for the front of the store. Any ideas anyone? Must be able to display various assortment and sizes of frames and accessible from front AND back if possible."

Vanessa David '95

vanessa writes, "Ain't nothin' like seeing a play come to life for the first time. Especially when I'm the one who wrote it :) Thank you Heather Milone Caplan and Ruth Anne Baumgartner. The rest of you people need to come see it - Connect Couples (dot) Com and Aspiration/Dream in Westport"

Friday, October 14 at 8:00pm, Westport Community Theatre
Read about the free staged-reading in Westport Patch

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76

Maryann writes, "For the 8th consecutive year, a show featuring fused glass art, giftware, tableware, wall panels & jewelry by artists: me, Maryann Meken-Silvestri of Danbury, Judy Mirrer of Middlebury and Linda Banks of New Preston will be presented by The White Silo Farm and Winery, Rte. 37E in Sherman, CT.

The show opens on Fri., Oct. 14th and runs weekends thru Sun., Oct. 30th. Gallery hours are Fri., Sat. and Sun. 11:00am – 6:00pm.

An artist’s reception will take place on Sat. Oct. 15th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

The White Silo is located at 32 Rte. 37E in Sherman, CT For directions, call the winery at (860) 355-0271. For further information regarding the show or artists email Maryann at or call (203) 778-3982.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Visual & Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony & Celebration of the Arts

Monday is the groundbreaking ceremony on our new building on the WestSide Campus. I do not yet have the list of participating artists for the visual arts exhibition. The program includes presentations by theatre and music depts, and I am still hoping to see alumni from art, theatre and music. The proposed building is amazing and each department has it's own huge space.

rsvp online registration at Let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Elizabeth L. Popiel

Elizabeth L. Popiel via Good Morning America
Elizabeth writes, "I had the pleasure of a fun morning at GMA doing this set up ..thanks to a great crew and fun idea on the part of the segment producer Maureen White and a great director Jeff Winn."Robin Roberts' 'E.T.' Audition

Not so high!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

From the Danbury NewsTimes

Help wanted in Sunday paper:
1. Education-Art Assistant in Norwalk. Norwalk Housing Authority is seeking an energetic and outgoing individual to assist in teaching youth to think outside the box.​ Responsibilities include: To work closely with youth to expand their knowledge
of the arts while creating an environment they feel comfortable in; Assist the lead teacher with planning, implementing, and
evaluating developmentally appropriate activities for youth;
Assist in supervision and interaction with children during all activities;Assist with preparation of all classroom activities.​ Required qualifications and experience: Must have a Bachelor’s degree.​
Experience working with children.​
Candidate must be enthusiastic about creativity and self-expression.​ Arts background preferred.​ Apply with cover letter to Norwalk Housing Authority, 24½ Monroe Street, Norwalk, CT 06856-0508 or
email to smccre@​norwalkha.​org.​
The job closing date is November 1, 2011.​ EOE

2. Promotional Writer/​ New Media Marketer Trade magazine publisher seeks a creative marketing/​customer service support professional for its unique website, magazine and trade shows.​ Must possess excellent promotional writing, analytical, research and organizational skills.​ You also need to be comfortable interfacing with our clients and be computer and internet savvy.​ Some travel required.​ If this is you, a non-smoker who is not allergic to dogs, please cite CT Post & send cover letter /​resume to: info@​LMTmag.​com

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Carmen Zambrano '03

Carmen writes, "Just started a mural for the Danbury Hospital @ the Seiford and Ford Health Center. Stay posted for all the progress :)"
Day 2 of painting

Karin Mansberg '11

Karin writes, "I would like to share good news that my painting "Communication" (2009) was selected into a juried show Self Observed in NCMA."

The following is from the press release that included more information about the show. Karin Mansberg, MFA 2012 is exhibiting at the North Carolina Museum of Art as it presents Self, Observed, the first exhibition of college student work juried by college students at the Museum. The works are exhibited concurrently with the Rembrandt in America exhibition October 30, 2011 through January 22, 2012. Self, Observed reexamines the function of portraiture and highlights the enduring influence of Rembrandt. The exhibition is located in East Building, level B. Museum Hours are Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm; Friday 10 am–9 pm; Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm; Closed Mondays.
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kent Art Association Paint Out and Auction

Come to Paint or come to Bid

The weather is promising to be great this weekend, so go to Kent on Saturday, Oct. 8.

If you're a painter, join the folks painting the town (or the fields, the hills, the cows down the road - whatever!).

If you're just an art lover, join us for the auction in the afternoon to catch a deal on a "just finished" painting!

9 AM - Come by to sign up and join us for a snack

3 PM - Bring your finished painting (framed) back to the gallery for display

4 PM - The bidding begins!
Kent Art Association | 21 S. Main St | PO Box 202 | Kent | CT | 06757
If you can't paint out on Saturday, you can bring a painting you finished before the day of the auction. Also, all artists are entitled to enter a second painting on any subject, and in any medium, or style.
Art entered in the Auction must be properly framed and wired for hanging and all paintings must be back at the gallery by 3:00 PM for the preview.
The minimum bid has been set at $125.00, though you may set a different minimum bid for your work at a higher amount if you wish.
We are excited to have Del Bourree-Bach as our auctioneer again this year.
The member fee is $10.00 ($20.00 for non- members). Registration is at 9:00 AM. Meet at the Gallery for coffee, tea, and Munchkins.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Darryl Ohrt

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
Time: 7:30-8:00 a.m. networking, 8:00-9:00 a.m. social media panel.
Please arrive by 7:15 a.m. to allow time to clear security.
Location: General Electric Company, 3135 Easton Turnpike, Conference Center West 5, Fairfield, CT.
Cost: $35 Members pre-registered, $45 Non-Members pre-registered. Walk-ins will not be permitted at this event.
This meeting is free with your purchase of an annual membership ($65).

Stephanie Bursese

Stephanie began as a photography professor last year. She requested that White Hall Gallery be painted for critiques and student conferences. As a low priority, the walls were not painted. I was on campus yesterday and Stephanie was painting the Gallery. Thank you Stephanie for your work and dedication to the students!

Francis T. Patnaude

Thursday, October 13 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Whitson Gallery UCONN Torrington
855 University Dr.
Torrington, CT

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

Gulgon writes, "My painting is in a group show at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and I am pleased to announce that I have received Honorable Mention Award.

The juror was Cynthia Reeves, Owner of the Cynthia-Reeves Gallery in Manhattan and Creative director of the Great River Arts Institute, a Nonprofit Art Center in Bellows Falls, VT"
The exhibition runs from September 24 - October 28, 2011.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Adela Ferris '04

Adela added AFotography to ArtViews-

Tonight: wcsu jazz faculty – ives hall

tuesday, october 4
7:00 – 8:30

dave scott – trumpet
andrew beals – alto
deborah weisz – trombone
chris morrison – guitar
peter tomlinson – piano
dave ruffels – bass
jeff siegel – drums

Monday, October 3, 2011

Karen Bartone MFA '09

Guests are welcome to visit the studio of Karen Bartone in Clinton, CT during the Art Trail weekend, work from two new series are on view
"The Red Door" and "The "Illuminated Plane".

She writes, "Visitors are invited to see the new work of Karen Bartone in her studio during the Autumn Art Trail weekend Oct 8th and 9th. Her studio is located at 54 Brickyard Road in Clinton, CT. OK all, I am doing the open studio this year, you can check out the details under the Arts Centers web site, come and enjoy a weekend of art with over 70 artists."

Sunday, October 2, 2011

James Gabianelli MFA '09

James writes, "NEW WORK POSTED ON MY WEBSITE!!! check it out..."

Friday, September 30, 2011

Vanessa David '95

From the review of Boy Wonder - A new play / Arden Anderson Broecking, in the Norwalk Citizen Online: "The first act takes place in his office, where he argues with clients and succumbs to his secretary, Dolores, not for the first time. She was played by Vanessa Davis[d], who brought a sexiness to her role and did a really good telephone drunk scene. Prior to that, Bill Finch, a frustrated producer of "theatre art," manages to shake poor O'Banion up even more, but later becomes a rescuer (sort of)."

PT artist's assistant in Westpost, CT

one full day or 2 half days to help in a Westport studio ($15/hr). Applicant must be art educated, skilled at MAC computer programs, can take charge at applying for gallery exhibitions and entering competitions, order supplies, wash brushes, etc. References required. Send resume and contact information to

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vanessa David '95

Vanessa writes, "Cum see my play Baby Bear Becomes a Man at the end of the month :"
BTC New Works presents: "After Bedtime Stories"
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Bridgeport, CT

The Bridgeport Theatre Company New Works Program presents "After Bedtime Stories", our 2nd showcase of local playwrights, actors, dancers, singers, and musicians. Young at heart, mature in theme, come see Goldilocks, Peter Pan, Prince Charming and many more of your favorite characters from fairy tale land as you've NEVER seen them before ~ and will never see them again, because it's for one night only!


For mature audiences (rated 'R' / ages 17 and up welcome)

ORDER ONLINE NOW or Call the TICKET HOTLINE: 800.838.3006

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

new interview on WestConn Art Views

Read about our production team!
WestConn Art Views

Art & Frame Call for Artists


Art & Frame of Danbury writes, "We are attempting to put together our first Small Works Show! If it goes well, it could very likely become an annual event.

Submission is free and each artist may enter up to 3 pieces for the show. Please drop off completed submission form with your art no later than Friday November 4th in store at 60 Newtown Rd, Rte 6 Plaza, Danbury CT 06810. Any artist who would like to submit work can email us for an entry form at You can also call us at (203) 748-0197 to request one by mail.

All we ask is that your piece is ready to hang and no larger than 13" in any direction, that includes the frame or any other display fixtures. We are accepting all mediums including photography and sculpture. If needed, we are also offering super discounted framing for pieces accepted into the show."

Chris Olszewski MFA '10

Amanda Bloom writes as part of her appreciation, "THANK YOU Jing Lu, Evan Dalcher, Chris Olszewski, Alec Jordan and Scott Jackson for your unbelievable help in hanging and preparing the gallery. Thank you to John O'Sullivan and Art & Frame of Danbury for all of your help and support. Thank you to Bill O'Keefe at Redding Roasters for providing delicious coffee. Thank you Zulai Serrano for a fantastic article on the show.

Please come and visit the gallery anytime! Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 12pm and by appointment. The Mercurial Collective is located at 11 Library Place, Danbury, Connecticut. Contact the gallery by calling (203)417-2215 or by emailing"

Sincerely,Amanda Bloom, Curator, The Mercurial Collective

Visual & Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony & Celebration of the Arts

I received the following email if anyone has any questions regarding the new SVPA building.
Dear Members of the WCSU Community:
WCSU will break ground on a 130,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Arts Center on Monday, Oct. 17. Please attend one of the two upcoming open forums to learn more about this building, its design, construction, and impact on the Westside campus. Representatives from the design team, the contractor, and Planning and Engineering will be on hand to answer your questions about this exciting new addition to our campus.

Westside Campus VPA Open Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westside Campus Center ballroom.

Midtown Campus VPA Open Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Midtown Student Center theater.

Residency opprtuinties at Millay Colony

The Fall Equinox brings wonderful happenings at The Millay Colony for the Arts: FALL 2011 Events

Extended Application Deadline October 1
In addition to our one-month residencies for artists, writers, and composers, we are thrilled to offer these three new options:
* The Two-Week Residency, two sessions in the month of September.
* The Virtual Residency, weekends only including a stipend of $1,000.
* The Group Residency, five days to a group of collaborating artists.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Visual & Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony & Celebration of the Arts

As promised I've added the link to the new SV&PA building on our home page I am hoping to see all of you at the groundbreaking on Monday, October 17, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. There is now an rsvp online registration at Let me know if you have any questions.

Jill Sarver MFA '10

Jill writes, "I was hired on as the Visual Arts Coordinator at the Westport Arts Center in Westport, CT. (I love it there!) I also am teaching "Perspective" online through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

I'll also be in the "Groundbreaking" show that Darby Cardonsky is curating for Higgins Hall, opening 10/20. I have a website:

Monday, September 26, 2011


On Wednesday, Sept. 28, pianist Peter Frankl will perform at noon in Ives Concert Hall. The concert, hosted by the School of Visual & Performing Arts, will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

Richter Awards

Charles Gehm, Plonia Nixon and ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96 won awards at the Richter Association for the Arts Annual Juried Art Show and Sale. Stop by Richter House next weekend to see their winning entries.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Web Developer position available

C# / Developer

We’re looking for a talented, self-motivated software engineer who can program in C# and Visual Basic, and who can have a large role in our future growth.

You need to be a jack of all trades: be able to construct queries in SQL, build HTML and CSS for pages, and write the occasional console or windows forms application. You should have a solid working knowledge of Microsoft technologies including Visual Studio, SQL Server 2005/2008, source control, and IIS.

You should be familiar with standard web technologies such as jQuery, Javascript, and XML. PHP a plus.

We’re a small development staff, so be prepared to do and learn a lot!

Make sure you can tell us about your past projects, and if you can, show us websites or samples online.

Fulltime Preferred. On location in our Ridgefield, CT office.

Salary: Based on experience. Please send resume including salary history to:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Visual & Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony & Celebration of the Arts

Groundbreaking Ceremony featuring

The WCSU Chamber Singers
Monday, Oct. 17, 2011
4 p.m., Westside Campus Center

followed by a Celebration of the Arts at the Westside Campus Center Ballroom, WCSU Westside campus
43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, Conn.

Please RSVP by Oct. 10 by sending an email to or calling (203) 837-9820

Celebration of the Arts to feature:

Art Exhibit: Looking Forward
WCSU students, faculty and alumni
Curator: Darby Cardonsky

Selections from Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano
Department of Theatre Arts

Selections from Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and The Thief, WCSU Opera Ensemble

Memories of Marie composed by Daniel O'Brien, student
WCSU Jazz Orchestra

Realizing the Vision

The School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) at Western Connecticut State University is recognized as one of the region's distinctive public university programs in the arts. The SVPA brings together art, music and theatre arts for the better development and promotion of the arts disciplines. The educational and artistic experiences of students, faculty, alumni and patrons of the arts will be enhanced by the addition of a 350-seat concert hall, a 350-seat theater, an art gallery, recording studio, as well as state-of-the-art rehearsal, classroom and studio art facilities.

This school has the potential to establish Western as the region's premier center for cultural, intellectual and artistic excellence.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Call for Portrait Artists

Biennial Fine Art Juried Portrait Exhibition & Portrait Symposium
January 30 - February 24
UCONN, Stamford, One University Place, Stamford, CT 06901
STEVEN ASSAEL Juror, Valentine Awards Reception on Friday February 3, 6pm-8pm. Wear something red!
On view Jan 30 through Feb 24
Deadline for submissions 12/15, early submissions needed by 11/21.

Presented by The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
Chairpersons: Patricia Boes
and Joel Spector. Call 917-921-9058, or

Chris Durante '82

Chris, a teacher and owner of Chris Durante framing, was the judge of the HVCA 3rd annual juried art exhibition and auction. He said of Vincent Albano's watercolor, "Taming the Mouse", as having "extraordinary technique, poetic juxtaposition of complexity and quiet."

Chris will be at the opening wine reception 9/23. Cost to attend is $10, register online at

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

ShawnaLee writes, "My 11x14 $40 sketch offer has been extended through September. $5 for every sketch will be donated to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society. I will have a booth at the DAWS Walk for Animals September 25th from 9-1pm. Thanks for the great updates"

Ival Stratford Kovner MFA '02

Ival writes, "if anyone works in wax they can enter a show at South Shore Art Center - dedicated to all artworks in wax - or utilizing wax - just a sharing."
October 3—Wax-Inc., Entry forms and images must be received by this date due at SSAC by this date

Wax-Inc., National Show juried by Brian T. Allen, Director, Addison Gallery of Art
Click here for a prospectus
Opening reception November 4, exhibition November 4 - December 23
119 Ripley Road • Cohasset • MA 02025
H: Monday – Saturday: 10 – 4, Sunday: 12 – 4
T: 781 383 2787 • F: 781 383 2964

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bridget Grady MFA '04


Artists and Musicians are invited to paint and play in the landscape at Blue Horse Arts and Jay Foster Music Studios!

Jay Foster will be offering a free demonstration and introductory workshop on using Field Recording and Granular Synthesis to create new soundscapes and ambient compositions. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the use of music technology to record and re-sculpt sounds collected from the wetlands area outside of the studio.

The “Hemingway Pond Paint Out” will be held simultaneously and is open to artists of all abilities. Instructor/Artist Bridget Grady will be on hand to assist those with less experience. Bring your own paints, sketching materials, and cameras and enjoy the natural beauty that lays hidden right in the center of town. Some easels are available on a limited basis, but it is advised that you bring your own.

Blue Horse Arts and JFoster Music Studios are located on the edge of Hemingway Pond near the center of Watertown, in the old factory space known locally as the MRCO building. Entrance to the studios is on 250 Porter Street. Beautiful views of the wetlands and wildlife are available outside in the fresh air or from inside the studio complex. The events will be held rain or shine. We are fortunate to be able to paint the landscape inside or out and year round from the window views of the studio complex. The “ Hemingway Pond Paint Out” and “Music Technology” demonstration is free and open to the public, but registration with the studios is required.( Just so we know how much coffee to brew:)!) The "Hemingway Paint Out" date is Sunday morning 9AM- Noon, September 25th. The Field Recording and Granular Synthesis demo and workshop will be held also on September 25th 9AM- NOON.
For more information and registration call 860-417-3243 or visit

Jamison Odone mfa'10

Jamison writes, "cool" when he shared the following from blue apple books Publisher's Weekly August 22nd Issue Cover:
Perhaps the most exciting time at Blue Apple Books is when we receive and view final art for a book for the first time. Especially when we are working with an artist for the first time. Just received a package from Jamison Odone filled with truly inspired work, for his spring 2012 book "Mole Had Everything."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Receiving at Richter House this afternoon, 9/20/2011 at 3 pm

I'm working at Richter today and hope to see all of you. $35 for two pieces for non-members. $20 for members. Over $1000 in awards on Saturday.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Receiving Reminder for 9/20/2011

Richter Association for the Arts Receiving for the Annual Juried Show is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 20 fro 3 - 7 pm at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. More than $1000 awards to be presented!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "here are a few sketches from my trip"Sketches from Italy

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Missy writes, "I'll be signing copies of Colonel Purple Turtle's Purple Turtle Journal today with Rocknoceros at Jammin' Java! It's going to be a great show, hope to see you there!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Doug Friday MFA '11

Doug writes, "I joined other local artists in The 4th Annual Easthampton, Massachusetts "Paint Out" A Plein Air Competion Sept. 3-10 2011 with an exhibition of my work at The Nashawannuck Gallery in Easthampton, Massachusetts from Sept. 10-24 2011."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "New Date for Drawing Class! Join us for our new Drawing Class, the revised dates are October 28 - November 18. There's so many ways to color your fall, so why not sign up today!

Be inspired"
For more information, visit his website at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

David Boyajian
David writes, "Check out the article in the New York Timeson the 9-11 commission I just completed for Sherwood Island state park."
Photo by Ángel Franco/The New York Times.
MEMORY ART David Boyajian, an artist, working on a piece commissioned by the state to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Santo Bruno

Santo writes, "I have a painting in an exhibition at: The High Museum of Art , Atlanta,Ga.
The exhibition is called "Trading Places" and The painting is titled "Small Function"and is on loan from The Museum Of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Exhibition dates are Sept.3rd,2011 thru Feb.5th 2012"

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wendi Cahill '95 at Molten Java

Best of Connecticut 2011 Food and Drink - Connecticut Magazine - September 2011 -

Molten Java Coffee Roasters
Bethel, (203) 739-0313 (
Owner Wendy Cahill roasts high-quality free-trade beans one pound at a time at this kitschy coffeehouse. Plan your visit right and you can get beans that are still warm. Signature varieties include Barnum Blend (named for native son P.T. Barnum) and Mad Hatter (honoring neighboring Danbury). Lattes, espresso, cappuccino, soups, wraps, burritos and vegan chili are also offered. Regulars drop by for the board games, Wi-Fi, live music and open mic night on Thursday.

Congratulations Wendi!