Saturday, February 26, 2011

MFA Visiting Artists Series at WestConn

Pat Lindgren, Artists Rep. will speak Tuesday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 in the basement of White Hall on the Midtown Campus. Pat Lindgren is president of Lindgren and Smith inc., a New York agency that represents 50 illustrators. Ms. Lindgren was educated as a fine artist at University of Michigan and Cooper Union. After graduation, she worked as a photographer’s assistant and silkscreen printer. In her printmaking work, she collaborated on limited editions with such artists as Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and Claus Oldenburg. She has been representing illustrators for the last 25years. She views the agent/artist relationship as a partnership. "My job is to present the artist's work in the best possible way. I connect artists with new clients, and reconnect with old clients every day. My work can be as simple as writing up the assignment and making sure that the terms are clearly spelled out and agreed on, or as complex as writing and reading contracts that can have very long term effects of the artist's income. In the end though my job is to make sure that both the client and the artist are happy.”

Another Contest for Photogtaphers - Deadline Monday 2/28


Calling all photographers! The Focus Project is an international open call for photography that is currently accepting submissions in all photo genres and subjects. Over $75,000 in prizes and cash awards, a gala reception in NYC and career-defining exposure for you and your work are at stake, so hop to it and enter your best images now for a chance of a lifetime. Your monthly deadline is THIS MONDAY February 28th 11:59pm EST. Click here to participate >>

Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo Contest

Looking at art—really looking—can be a powerful thing. But it takes time. And patience. And even a bit of practice. The rewards, however, are well worth the effort. Looking often reveals details not registered by the viewer at first glance, elements that can bring a work of art to life.

We've just launched the third iteration of our "It's Time We Met" promotional campaign. Called "Get Closer," this phase highlights details from works of art throughout the Museum: an exquisite pair of bejeweled hands, a tense pile of sculpted feet, the golden swirl of a French horn's looping center, a horse's tail that looks like a sweeping brushstroke cast in bronze. These are but a few of the images that you will now see on kiosks in front of the Met, on buses and subways platforms around New York, and in online and print ads.

But we also want to hear from you. What's your favorite detail from the Met's collection? What have you seen that perhaps the visitor next to you missed? We're opening a free photography contest, encouraging everyone to share—in photographs and words—the details from the Met's collection that have intrigued or inspired them.

We're accepting submissions through Friday, April 8 (all of the guidelines on how to enter are here). The top five photos and descriptions will be published on the Met's website this spring, and the winners will each receive a free Individual Membership to the Met for a year.

So come visit, get closer, and share with us what you see.

Friday, February 25, 2011


Abraham Lincoln, painted by John Denison Crocker, oil on canvas, c. 1890

With the generous support of the Sachem Fund, the City of Norwich, CT announces a competition to select a painting to replicate a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, painted by John Denison Crocker (1822-1907), c. 1890 and stolen from City Hall in 1994.

The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich Historical Society and Norwich Arts Center will provide scholarship, administrative and programmatic support for the project.

* For more information about Abraham Lincoln and John Denison Crocker, CLICK HERE.

* For more information about submission guidelines, CLICK HERE.

Artists wishing to view Crocker’s portraits may visit Norwich City Hall where portrait work by John Denison Crocker may be viewed daily in the main center hallway. Additionally, a CD of images of the original portrait, plus portraits by John Denison Crocker in the Slater’s collection may be obtained through the museum for a fee of $5.00.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mary Lou Alberetti

Mary Lou Alberetti wants everyone to know that the Book is published. She writes, "It is a pleasure to share with you that I've been included in author Ashley Rooney's 100 Artists of New England. Go to Amazon or Schiffer Books/Contemporary Art/Ashley Rooney .It really adds some momentum to what is already proving to be a fabulous year! ... (Maybe your local library might be interested in ordering?"

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Missy writes, "In February, I spent a few days in South Riding painting fairies and ballerinas in the sweetest little girl's room. My favorite part of this project was the floral swag border that echoed the decorative touches on the furniture."
To see Missy's new work, visit her website

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Santo Bruno

Santo Bruno is a drawing instructor at WestConn. He sat and talked with me and is now on the WestConn art site, or see more of his work on his site, Santo says, "I am an artist and an educator and I enjoy teaching at WestConn."

The above painting is A Wall as a Medium for Its Corners, 1977 Mixed Media

Aline Marie '01

Aline writes from her own blog about March Madness,

"Most of you know I've been teaching and working behind the scenes at Carlsbad Wellness and Yoga. I started there in November as teacher, then started to just organize the teachers and classes, and then I got tossed into the mix of somehow helping to run the studio. Now I have a fancy title "program director" and this really interesting commitment and responsibility to help an entire building of people feel safe, and to make sure people are taken care of. To say it's been a learning experience is an understatement. I've hired some phenomenal teachers, I've had to let some go, I've been blessed with some strong teachers that are grounded, amazing and have perseverance, I've had teachers quit via text message, two out of three owners quit, and somehow we've doubled our student base despite the changes. It's been nuts, I've just been breathing, and taking the fetal position aka childs pose, as often as possible!"

To see more of Aline's writings:
or email her at

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Alan Picard '97

Tuesdays Are Back!
Due to demand, the upcoming Thursday night class is being moved back to Tuesday night, beginning on March 22. There are still openings left in the upcoming four week class. Come join me in the studio and take your paintings to new heights.

Be inspired,
Studio Class
March 22 & 29 and April 5 & 12
Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:30pm
Location: Picard Studio
12 Hillside Road | Southbury CT 06488 | 203.297.1399
Cost: $200

Portrait Demonstration
March 15
Tuesday 7:00 - 9:30pm
Location: Picard Studio
Cost: free
Using the live model, Alain will demonstrate a pastel portrait from start to finish. Throughout the process, Alain will explain his simple approach to portrait painting which emphasizes relationships of shapes, values, and edges. Along the way, Alain will share his insights on color and composition as well. Space is limited. Please email or call Picard Studio to reserve a seat.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Isabelle Day MFA '11

Isabelle writes, "The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford has a show which will feature work from Isabelle Day, Chotsani Dean, and Erin Nazzaro .

The opening reception is Saturday the 19 of March from 3-5pm at the silo gallery. Wines by Hopkins Vineyard and light appetizers provided by The Silo Cooking School. Free to the public."

Friday, February 18, 2011

Heidi Fair '93

The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford has a show, featuring works by Christine Cahalane, Eileen Cooper, Ph. D., Heidi Fair, Sylvia Hierro, Annette Marcus, Paula Marian, Kristi Soucie and Kim Tester, opens with a reception Feb. 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibitions close March 13 with a gallery talk at 2 p.m. with the “New Milford VIII” artists and some of their students sharing insights into their artwork and their inspirations. It will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

From an article in Houstonic Times, "Heidi Fair, who teaches art at John Pettibone School, helps students develop their creativity as painters.

“I teach everything, from how to use scissors to exploring painting and clay—anything they can get their hands on,” Ms. Fair said. “I feel like I have the greatest job in the world, because I get to go to school and play every day. And it’s always awesome to see how creative the kids can be. They don’t have that self-imposed censorship we develop as we get older, so they aren’t afraid to follow their creativity wherever it may lead. It’s refreshing in an age when everything in the media is slick and perfect.”

That lack of censorship, she said, is also inspiring for her own work.

“I draw and paint, but seeing how they follow their hearts in their work is refreshing,” she said. “They are always inspiring.”"

Carmen Lund MFA '05

Friday, February 25th
Comfort Keepers
722 Boston Post Rd,
Guilford, CT

Topic: Move Forward into the Future You Wish to Create
Speaker: Carmen Lund MFA '05

carmen lundCarmen is a creativity catalyst, works to help people re-discover their magic, and has a fantastic idea for us this month! Part of knowing how to capitalize on our strengths is to know what they are. Carmen has opened up a link for all of us to fill out a
Signature Strengths Survey- free!

Come to the meeting with your survey identifying your Character Strengths -- After you complete the survey, you will receive feedback listing your top 24 strengths, and we will share, compare and have fun exploring how we can help each other capitalize on what we do best to become happier in all aspects of our lives.

Go to the following link to select the VIA Survey of Character Strengths

To access the survey, you will need to register first.
Next you will select the Questionnaire for Character Strengths

Please print out the results and bring to the meeting. Also, think about a time in your life when using one of your top 5 strengths was used to help you accomplish something you desired to happen.

Carmen Lund, MFA, ACC is an Artist and Creative Catalyst. Carmen works with individuals and groups to support them as they rediscover the magic in order to bring passion and purpose to the next chapter of their lives.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP with the Alberettis – Two days- April 9 and 10 10AM-4PM

Mary Lou writes, "Welcome again to the Alberetti’s Collage Workshop.
This spring we will once again present collage, transfer techniques and then add egg tempera as an accent to the traditional techniques.
And once again we will explore subject matter ranging from landscape, to still life, to cityscape, or create a portrait, or an abstract piece, or any subject of your choosing.

Emphasis will be given to technique, composition, contrast, and color relationships. An investigation of collage through a series of exercises will develop the artist's awareness and potential of this unique art form. We will provide the basic materials but encourage you to bring your favorite tools or materials. You are encouraged to bring, or send ahead, some digital photos you might like to include in your work.

The two-day workshop fee is $180 per person.We ask that you register and send half the fee by March 9th Please note we are limiting the class size to 10.
We are very excited about this April workshop and look forward to you taking part in it. Please call 203-746-1321, or reply to to register, or to Alberetti
16 Possum Drive
New Fairfield CT 06812 "

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I received the following in an email. It looks interesting!

You're invited to share your most dynamic images with The Focus Project, an international photography competition - calling for images of all genres and subjects - that seeks to identify and reward photographers for their vision and talent. This is your chance at $75,000 in prizes and cash awards, a gala reception in NYC and priceless international exposure (including your own video produced by Artists Wanted). Plus, in addition to the Grand Prize, the Focus Project is awarding weekly and monthly winners. Your weekly deadline is this Sunday 11:59pm EST. Click here to submit now >>

Monday, February 14, 2011

Joel Spector Illustration MFA '05

Joel Spector called me to remind me that The Artist Magazine is running one of his paintings in the March issue and that the painting was selected and won an award. Joel will send a copy of the painting to add here.

Other news from Joel is that he was commissioned by the Players Club in NYC to do a portrait of the actor Eli Wallach for their Hall of Fame Award. Joel met with the actor and is now working on the portrait. He added that I will get a copy of the image once it's completed for our display.

Joel was hired by The American Cancer Society to illustrate a children's picture book, and is up for two more books this spring.
Joel can be reached at or via his web

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Missy writes, "I've been featured in a podcast with the children's group Rocknoceros. Click on Colonel Purple Turtle's Purple Turtle Journal if it doesn't load automatically:"

Missy will be illustrating the upcoming book and CD for Colonel Purple Turtles Purple Turtle Journal which is due out September 2011.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "
heart event at Memphis college of art, mine is on the second page." The auction is one of MCAC’s two main annual fundraisers; the other is the annual Chefs’ Celebrity Gala. And like the gala, Terry said the success of Works of Heart is the result of a caring and philanthropic community.

Tickets to Works of Heart are $50 and are available online at VIP tickets, which include a commemorative artist gift, a souvenir T-shirt, concierge, complimentary cocktails, coat check, private restroom and more, are available for $200.

The public is invited to visit the exhibit for free through Friday during business hours. MCAC volunteers will be on hand to assist interested bidders with registration and early and absentee bidding.

picture taken from: The Daily News | The Memphis News | Chandler Reports | The Westview
193 Jefferson
Memphis, TN 38103

Friday, February 11, 2011

2 Calls for Spring

The Gallery at the Kent Art Association invites all artists to enter the annual KAA Member Show I, which runs from Sunday, March 13 until Sunday, April 10. Receiving will take place at The Gallery at the Kent Art Association on Route 7, just south of the monument, Saturday, March 12 from 11 am to 2 pm. All work must be original and for sale. A copy of the prospectus can be found at For more information call the Gallery at 860.927.3989. Artists may join at receiving.

Five $100 awards of excellence will be awarded. The show is co-chaired by Barbara Ripps and Virginia Schaeffer and will be judged by Patricia Billeci, Mireille Duchesne and Jay Pinchbeck. The show opens on Sunday, March 13 from 1 pm to 5 pm and the Awards Reception is scheduled for Saturday afternoon March 19 from 2 to 4 pm with awards presented at 3 pm.

Receiving for the Richter Association for the Arts Member Show is on April 4, 2011 from 3 pm until 7 pm. All medium accepted. Current member enter free, prizes will be awarded!

The show opens April 9 with a special reception for artists and closes April 10. The show is open both days from 2 pm until 5 pm.

Richter is beginning an email alert program. Let me know if you are interested in receiving emails from Richter Arts.

Wendi Ann Cahill '95 of Molten Java in Bethel

My Dad's Truck, a local acoustic trio playing free-range Americana roots music, will perform Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. at Molten Java Coffeehouse at 102 Greenwood Ave., Bethel. The band will be picking and singing audience favorites, some oft-forgotten gems and love songs in honor of St. Valentine's Day. Members are Susan Lang '87 of Woodbury, Leif Smith of Redding and Bill Wisnowski of Danbury. Wisnowski will be back at Molten Java Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m., for his monthly solo show. For details on the band, visit or call Wisnowski at 203-994-1903, or Smith at 203-788-5222. For details on Molten Java, visit or call 203-739-0313.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Call for Artists Richter Member Show

Receiving for the Richter Association for the Arts Member Show is on April 4, 2011 from 3 pm until 7 pm. All medium accepted. Current member enter free, prizes will be awarded!

The show opens April 9 with a special reception for artists and closes April 10. The show is open both days from 2 pm until 5 pm.

Richter is beginning an email alert program. Let me know if you are interested in receiving emails from Richter Arts.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chris Durante '82 in the news

Monday, February 7, 2011

Eileen Mooney MFA '06

Eileen writes, "Just thought I'd check in. I have been teaching math at Miss Porter's School for the last three years, and have been involved with set design in their theatre department for two. This year we are putting on Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, as a puppet theatre production. I have been leading a crew in making 14 half-size human puppets and a few supernatural puppets. It has been a tremendous experience. I have been sculpting like crazy! Anyway, the show is on February 24 and 25 at 7:30, and on the 26th at 2:00." Address: 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 860-409-3631

Friday, February 4, 2011

Chris Durante '82 rescheduled opening date Sunday Feb 6

FEBRUARY 1 - 26, 2011

Chris Durante is in
THE GUY SHOW at the Art Place Gallery

An invitational show curated by Gerald Saladyga

10 Male artists from Fairfield and New Haven Counties

Opening Reception
Sunday, February 6, 3 - 5 PM

Artists' Talk: Sunday, February 13 at 3 PM

11 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 292-8328

The public is welcome to all gallery events and openings, free of charge.
For further information, or to be put on our mailing list, please email us at

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday
11 AM - 5:30 PM
and by appointment

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Joel Spector Illustration MFA '05

Joel Spector writes, "The Artist Magazine is running one of my paintings in its March issue, the painting was selected and it won an award.

Also, I've been commissioned by the Players Club in NYC to do a portrait of the actor Eli Wallach for their Hall of Fame Award. I met with him on Friday and I've begun working on the portrait, I'll send you a copy of the image once it's completed.

In the world of illustration; The American Cancer Society has hired me to illustrate a children's picture book, and I'm up for two more children's books starting this spring."


Garry Camp Burdick

Garry writes, "Parts of my work are in the poster for the Film Fest out of New Milford. Note the photo of hands and eye glasses is one of mine from the Norman Rockwell series (his hands ). Click on it to see credit. Delve into the sight to read more about it."

eight by ten CONCEALED
a secret sale of images

saturday, march 5, 2011
at the litchfield hills film festival “pop-up gallery”
77 railroad street new milford, connecticut

over 75 unique photographs by acclaimed and emerging artists will be for sale, and the artists’ identities will be revealed only after purchase

additional works by artists including Garry C. Burdick and Bill Eppridge
will be on silent auction at the event

the works will be unveiled at 5:00
with a reception until 7:00

each work will sell for $150
tickets: $15. cash at the door