Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today at Higgins Hall Gallery!!

MFA Thesis Exhibition
31 March – 14 April
Opening Reception

Today, 31 March
4:30 – 7:00

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Charles Gehm

Charles Gehm has a painting "Break of Day" selected to be shown in the Oil Painters of America's 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils to be held in June at Devin Galleries in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 

Chris Durante '82

Chris is in an Art Faculty Show at Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Ave, Norwalk 203-857-7197
Reception with the Artists
Thursday, March 31, 2011
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

For further information contact Susan Hardesty, Director of the NCC Art Gallery, at

In the news Danbury News Times

Western Connecticut State University professors cheered the news Tuesday that the long-awaited Visual and Performing Arts Center has been granted state funding, with construction expected to begin this fall. article by Eileen Fitzgerald

WestConn President James Schmotter learned Tuesday morning that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has approved bonding for the $80 million building, which has been on the university's wish list for 20 years and in planning for about eight.

Schmotter said he understood it was one of two "shovel-ready" projects in the Connecticut State University System that received Malloy's go-ahead.
click here to read the remaining article including comments be Terry Wells, chair of the art department

Monday, March 28, 2011

MFA Thesis Exhibition

31 March – 14 April
Opening Reception

31 March
4:30 – 7:00

Featuring artists:
Tiffany Raccio
Bonnie Sullivan
Sarah Stewart/Wright
Isabelle Day
Mark Kuchta
Thomas Dowell Jr.
Kevin Dunn
Doug Friday
Eileen Tavolacci
Alison Targett-Eaglin

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Joel Spector Illustration MFA '05

Joel has been asked to do a portrait of opera soprano, Patrice Munsel, and it will hang at the Metropolitan Opera.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dan Bisop '00

Dan Bishop invites you to an Art Opening at Library Place featuring Erin Walrath and String Fingers
Location:13, 11, and 9 Library Place, Danbury CT
Time:5:00PM Saturday, April 30th

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Joel Spector Illustration MFA '05

Joel writes, "I was selected as one of the finalists in the 2011 International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America."

The congratulations announcement states, "Over the last thirteen years this competition has grown to become one of most prestigious events in the field of portraiture today; and we are pleased to have the space to invite the top twenty finalist this year. With over 1,750 images entered, selecting a limited number was a challenging undertaking. Your work, O. Aldon James , was selected based on skill and technique, as well as aesthetic and emotional content."

Every correct answer will win 10¢ for this month's museum

Take this brief quiz to see how much you know about the work that curators like Heidi Hellmuth do to care for animals at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

and help raise a bit of money for the Smithsonian at the same time. For every question you get right, 10 cents will be donated to the National Zoo.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Call for Artists - Tarrywile Park Plein Air Festival 2011

2nd annual Plein Air Festival 2011 seeking Plein Air Artists, Studio Artists and Photographers. Event details at Tuesday, May 31 2011 10:00 am

Join the Tarrywile Park Authority in partnership with Polley Creates for the Second Annual Plein Air Festival. Tuesday thru Friday, Plein Air artists will be painting throughout the Park. Artists will be on the property from May 31st to June 3rd, with participants meeting at the Red Barn Environmental Center on Tuesday at 10:00 am for a welcome and tour. Once signed up, each artist will receive a schedule of events and support material, regardless of when you paint. If you are a plein air painter, studio artist or photographer who would like to participate in the Art Sale & Exhibit, please include your contact information in an email addressed to:, with Studio Artist, Plein Air or Photographer Submission in the subject line or call Lynne at 407-841-5644 for information and submission deadlines.

Wednesday, June 01 2011 8:00 am
Plein Air Festival - Day 2
The Plein Air Festival continues. Artists will be on the property painting today anytime from dawn to dusk!

Thursday, June 02 2011 8:00 am
Plein Air Festival - Day 3
The Plein Air Festival continues. Artists will be on the property painting today anytime from dawn to dusk!

Friday, June 03 2011 8:00 am
Plein Air Festival - Day 4
Artists will be on the property painting today anytime from dawn to dusk!

Saturday, June 04 2011
Join the Tarrywile Park Authority in partnership with Polley Creates for the Second Annual Plein Air Festival Art Exhibit and Sale from 2 pm - 6 pm. Held at the Mansion, with over 100 works of art & photography on display for sale to benefit the Tarrywile Park Authority. Call the Park office at 203-744-3130 for more information.

Marjorie Portnow

July 2011
Marjorie is at Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA in a 4 person show
“Particular Light”

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Isabelle Day MFA '11

Isabelle opens at The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford this afternoon, 3/19 at 3 pm.

The opening reception is 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, March 18, 2011

Ed Little, Adjunct Instructor Drawing & Art History

Ed writes, "I thought you would like to know that my painting 'Natasha' has been selected for the Oil Painters of America's 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils to be held in June at Devin Galleries in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Katie Bassett '08

Katie writes, "I am now working for local Danbury artist Jim Felice (Jim Felice Studios) We are making art, restoring other artists art, and having a great time!

Also, I was just accepted into the John Slade Ely House juried exhibition so my "Addiction Fashion" sculpture will be in that show. Click here to see her work: The John Slade Ely House is a non-profit contemporary visual arts center located in New Haven, CT that has served the Greater New Haven area for over 40 years.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tonight Free Portrait Demonstration

free portrait demonstration at Picard Studio on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00-9:30pm.

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, March 12, 2011

For those of you interested in animation

Animation Festival April 25 through 29
Student Center Theater, WCSU Midtown campus
The 10th annual WestConn computer animation festival, AniFest '11, will feature continuous showings of student-produced computer animation short features daily. Other highlights of the festival will include an "Art of Animation" poster exhibition in the Student Center. Admission is free and the public is invited. For information, visit the AniFest '11 Web page or contact the Center for Graphics Research Director Dr. William Joel at (203) 837-9353.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

First Street Gallery Juried Art Call

Jessica Bartlett MFA '09 writes, "Tracy Powers and I (both from class of 09) are members of First Street Gallery and we are moving to the second floor into a huge space on the second floor W 26th street right over Robert Miller Gallery. The new space is significantly larger than their current gallery, with 18 ft ceilings and floor to ceiling windows overlooking W 26th street.

We are having a juried show this summer and offering a solo show in the space as a prize. For more information, you can check out:"

First Street Gallery
2011 National Juried Competition
June 22 - July 16, 2011
Juror: Paul Resika
Award: Solo Show – Value: $3000
Entry must be received by: March 31, 2011
Inquiries: • 646-336-8053
Enrty form at:

Jessica adds, "We are also looking for new members and review work at our monthly meetings.

Ival Stratford Kovner MFA '02

Ival writes, "Stowe, Vermont Weekend of Hope - cancer survivors & their families is offering my “Expressing Yourself Through Watercolor, Finding Harmony”” to the schedule on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Stoweflake Resort. It is a 1.5 hours session, offered as an extended session."

Ival will be showing at the Blue Mountain Gallery, solo exhibition August 1 - 20, 2011 reception August 4th during First Chelsea Thursdays.

She adds, "My drawings of the horse guard will be displayed and the title will be "Horse Drawn". The new Broadway production called "War Horse" also concerns the cavalry. Currently the horse guard may be eliminated due to budget considerations in Hartford. I will offer prints of my work to raise funds this Summer. I was a trooper for two years
and served as the 2GHG Historian in 2009. My show will also include poems and drill songs that I have written while serving in the guard."

Donna Eaton '81

Donna writes, "I will be exhibiting in a group show this Weekend, The Gala Gardner Artist Exhibit, in Gardner, Mass. It runs the entire weekend and features over 40 artists."
GALA Spring 2011
Art Show & Sale

Gardner Polish American Citizens Club (PACC)
171 Kendall Pond Road West
Gardner, MA 01440

Opening Reception: Friday, Mar. 11, 6 - 9:30 PM
Saturday, Mar. 12, 11 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, Mar. 13, 12 noon - 4 PM
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
GALA will hold a raffle and art will be offered for sale.
Get original creations for yourself or as a gift
in our Art Shop.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

KAA receiving postponed to 3/19

Because of the rain and snow scheduled for the next two days, receiving for the Kent Art Association Member Show I is as follows:

Saturday, March 19/Patricia Broun's presentation 10 am/Receiving 11 am to 2 pm/Hanging starts at 2 pm

Sunday, March 20 show opens

Monday, March 21 Judging 10 am

Saturday, March 26 Awards Ceremony 2 to 4 pm

Prince Street Gallery Juried Art Show - deadline 4/9/2011

PRINCE STREET GALLERY is located in Chelsea and originated in SoHo in 1970.
The year 2010 marked the gallery’s 40th anniversary. (
530 W 25th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10001
Tues thru Sat 11 am - 6 pm

To enter, use the prospectus on their website under juried show or click here. Entries must be digital and postmarked by 4/9.

Call for Artists the Bowery Gallery - deadline 4/15/2011

530 W 25th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10001
646-230-6655 Tues thru Sat 11 am - 6 pm

Every year the Bowery Gallery hosts a juried show open to all applicants working in two-dimensional media. In the past, prominent artists have juried the shows.

The Bowery's 20th annual juried competition for 2011 will be juried by the painter Stanley Lewis. The juried exhibition will be held from August 2 - 20, 2011 at the Bowery Gallery.

All applications should be postmarked by April 15, 2011.
The gallery will make every effort to notify applicants of acceptance by June 1, 2011.
Click here for 2011 Bowery Prospectus.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mark your calendar! Spring shows at WestConn in Higgins Hall

MFA Thesis Exhibition March 31 - April 14
Reception March 31
4:30 - 7 pm

Senior Thesis Exhibition April 27 - May 12
Reception April 27
6 - 8 pm

Monday, March 7, 2011

Jurg Lanzrein

Francesca Arcilesi Fine Arts present Monumental, and exhibit featuring four New York artists, including Jurg Lanzrein. The exhibit opened May 20, 2010 at 21 Bond Street in NoHo. "Jurg conveys the movement, rhythm, and fluidity of dance in solid form in his ceramic art." Monumental is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday or by appointment 212-810-7716. For more information, please contact Norma at or Francesca at

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Artist's Talk at The Gallery at Kent Art Association

Artist/Illustrator Member,Patricia Collins Broun, to speak on Book Illustration Patricia Collins Broun Book Cover, Silly Sheep 10 o'clock on March 12th prior to receiving of Member's Show to hear Pat Broun on her experiences as a book illustrator. She'll discuss how she grew to be interested in book illustration, the business of book illustration, her work process and interaction with her author and more!

Pat's talk will start at 10, but she'll be available after her talk for discussion and questions.

Member's Show Receiving 11 am until 2 pm

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


You are invited to the premier event of New York City's Armory Arts Week. Happening this Thursday March 3rd from 7pm - 1am inside the historic Angel Orensanz Foundation (172 Norfolk Street), The Night Event is a beautiful and decadent celebration of art, music and, of course, New York City. Featuring live performances by Gang Gang Dance, Didi Gutman of The Brazilian Girls, and the Vintage DJ, this is the one event you don't want to miss. Tickets are limited, click here for details >>

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Betsy Davidson MFA '10

Betsy sent an invite to the 4th Annual All-Artists Networking Event which according to the invite is free if you mention that you are a guest of the Ridgefield Arts Council when you arrive.

Friday, March 4th at 6 PM at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

258 Main Street, Ridgefield CT

Keynote Speaker is Richard Friswell, Editor-in-Chief, ARTES Magazine

Doors open at 5:30 PM.
Presentation begins promptly at 6:30 PM.

Join in.
Want to meet similar, like-minded people interested in culture and the arts in the greater Ridgefield area? Connect at the Ridgefield Arts Council's 4th Annual "All-Artists Networking Event" at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. This event provides artists across all disciplines the opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate, network and just relax and socialize.

This event is FREE. Guests of the Arts Council Networking Event are invited to participate in the Aldrich's First Friday festivities, as well. For your complimentary admission, remember to mention that you are a guest of the Ridgefield Arts Council when you arrive.

Sponsored by the Ridgefield Arts Council.

This event is made possible through the generosity of:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Rodier Flowers; Alan Andrews; Italian-American Club; Arthur Lipner; The Ridgefield School of Dance; Richard Friswell; Randy Carboni and with support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The Ridgefield Arts Council is committed to fostering and promoting the Ridgefield arts community.

Alison Greeley, Chair | Els Carboni, Treasurer | Khristee Rich, Secretary
Randy Carboni | Carolina Fernandez | Paul Gervais
Andrew Levine | Kay Mayr

Carmen Lund MFA '05

Come be creative and have a fun morning in The Big Brush Workshop™. Adults, children and friends of all ages are invited this Sunday, March 6. There is another workshop only for adults on March 27 at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT. (No previous art experience is necessary).
Register now to hold your space. Call the office at (203) 966-6668 x2.

The Big Brush Workshop™
Adults and Children Playing with Paint
Course Code: CLUNDSUN1030AM0030611
Winter 2011
Faculty: Carmen Lund
Start Date: Sunday, 03/06/2011
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration: One-Day
Fee: $125 for two participants ($65 for each additional participant)
Supply List
This is an opportunity to bring family members and friends together to let go and be creative! Big Brush painting will satisfy the needs of parents, grandparents, children and friends (you don’t need to be related and can come with or without a child). The inspiration of children in this workshop will empower the rest of us to follow the natural ability of the young to be free and to create effortlessly and fearlessly. All ages are welcome to experience the joy of discovering the secrets of uncovering your creativity. The school will provide all materials except your big brush (2” flat brush from hardware store or WalMart or art supply store, etc.).