Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mary Lou Alberetti

On Sunday, May 1, from 6:30 PM-9:00 PM, Lexington's Cary Memorial Library Foundation will sponsor the third Cary Library Art Sale and SoirĂ©e (CLASS 3) — an evening of art, music, and community at 1874 Massachusetts Avenue. The event, which will take place throughout the library, will feature music by the Lexington High School Jazz Combo and works of art for sale by 40 invited artists.
It's a great opportunity to buy art and to mingle with art lovers, friends, and members of the community. Mary Lou Alberetti will exhibit 12 architectural reliefs. Her work is also included in the auction to follow.

Visual artists experience the world more intensely than most people, and their vision can expand our knowledge and enjoyment of everything around us. Because CLASS 3 profiles both well-known and emerging artists, pieces will be available to suit many budgets.


Friday, April 29, 2011

Jamison Odone mfa'10 in Ridgefield Patch

Ridgefield Patch article about Jamison Odone

At East Ridge Middle School, Writing Is Still Cool

A writing expert helped East Ridge students understand how awesome writing can be.

By Nancy Gibson | Email the author | 5:02am
Visit Jamison's blog:

Ginger Hanrahan MFA and Derek Leka open in New Milford Sat. Apr 30

The Gallery at the Hunt Hill Farm announces “A Visual Dialogue” featuring

Ginger Hanrahan, with narrative symbolic abstractions in oil and acrylic; Derek Leka with his colorful layered rectilinear acrylic compositions and Donna Cleary’s charcoal figurative drawings.

The show opens with a reception on April 30 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm and continues through June 5, 2011. There will be an Artists talk June 5 from 2 – 4 pm.

Admission is free at all times and the public is encouraged to visit the gallery.

For more information visit the web site at or call the Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm at 860.355.0300 during Gallery hours Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 pm and Sunday 12 - 5 .m. The Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm is located at The Henderson Cultural Center, Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road , New Milford , CT 06776-2199 .

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Aline Marie '01

Aline writes, "My hand painted yogamats are now being sold at the YogaScape and Spa

in Carmel, NY! If you are looking for a great gift for a yogi you know and love, it doesn't get much better than this! Not to mention this is one of my favorite places to practice yoga!

Sunday May 1st my yoga mats will be on display at the fair on State street in Downtown Carlsbad. They will be at The Hair Salon is at 2763 State Street in Carlsbad, Ca. My fellow yoga teacher Anita Malony will be having a booth in front of the salon. A portion of the proceeds from my mats will go to benefit Summer Autio who is battling cancer."

Senior Exhibition reception

The senior exhibition was well attended last evening and the work was incredible. I took pictures of all the participants and will post them on a reception page on Below Abe Echevarria, illustration professor chats while other guests admire the work.

Aline Marie '01 offers a retreat on the West Coast

Idyllwild Yoga Retreat June 3, 4,5, 2011

Aline writes in her enewsletter, "If you are interested in joining me for this the new rate is $295 per person all inclusive or $350 per person for those who would like to add a one hour Thai massage to their experience."

The retreat will offer;
* 6 yoga classes
* 2 nights lodging
* vegetarian/gluten free meals
* hiking
* meditation & dharma talks with the Monks of Yokoji

If you are interested in joining me I need to know by Friday, April 29th and the retreat needs to be paid in full by Wednesday May 11th. A $125 non-refundable deposit holds your space. For those who would like to come, please make checks payable to Aline Marie,You can mail them to P.O.Box 231641, Encinitas, Ca 92023

To virtually explore the Zen Mountain Center where we are staying please click here:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Robert Crawford

Robert writes, "Here's a couple of items of note; I will be lecturing at the Silas Bronson Library ...Tues May 3rd at 6pm. I'll be discussing my new

childrens' book, T is for Taj Mahal and also talking about my series of prints of Connecticut Greens.

[It's] moving up the Amazon list fast!!"

He adds, "I'll be lecturing again at WestConn this fall!" I will post the date as soon as I know. Roberts lectures are also posted on the Alumni calendar site

Robert Crawford Studios
203.266.0059 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting203.982.8605
91 Lexington Dr.
Watertown, CT 06795

Alain Picard '97 and Joel Spector MFA '05

Gregory James Gallery presents Spring Selection 2011
group show of gallery artists
on the Green * 13 Main Street, New Milford, CT
April 30 - May 29, 2011
Monday -Saturday 10-5
Sunday & Evenings - appointments welcome

13 Main Street
New Milford, CT 06776

Reception for Senior Thesis Exhibition tonight, April 27 at 6 pm

Join me tonight to celebrate The Senior Thesis Exhibition opening in Higgins Hall on the midtown campus Wednesday, April 27 with a reception from 6 - 8 pm. The show continues through May 12 with hours from 12 - 4 pm Monday through Thursday.

Antonio Carvalho

Adam Calderone
Robert Cotton
Emily D'Andrea
Shannon Dodd
Sophia Duarte
Robert Haidar
Michael Macklem
Sandra Morey
Dara Shadowens
Melissa Shaw

Alissa DeGregorio
Katherine Hunt
Elizabeth Manfred
Karin Mansberg
Vincent Pesce
Luiza Zyskowska

Graphic Design
Jerry Bazile
Bryan Bielefeldt
Kialynn Bird
Jason Laliberte
Brittany Leandra
Melissa Nardone
Sara Pinto
Robert Rae
Kaitlyn Smith
Shayna Stanley
Stephanie Szafran
Rachel Vazquez
Nicholas Volant
Kelly Wight

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SCAN Juried Art Show Receiving 4/28

41st Annual Spring Juried Art Show
April 30 to May 8, 2011
Booth Library, 25 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470

Receiving: April 28 3 - 6 pm

Reception and Awards:Sunday, May 1 2 - 4 pm
Pick-up: May 8, 4 - 5 pm and May 9, 9:30 - 11am for prospectus

Nancy White Cassidy mfa '05

Nancy writes, "Hi everyone....I'll be giving a demonstration of some of my illustration techniques this Wednesday at 1:30PM at SCAN of Newtown, held at the Newtown Meeting House. Directions to the Meeting House is on the SCAN site: I hope to see you there!"

Monday, April 25, 2011

Interviews blog is up and running featuring Mat Gonzales.
Coming May 15th and interview with art alumni working in WestConn Production.

Ed Little, Instructor Drawing & Art History

Ed writes, "Just finished!

Please visit my website at!"

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "I am now showing my art work at Fountain Gallery in Memphis."
Paintings and more by Phyllis Boger
Artworks by contemporary artist Phyllis Boger. Original oil and acrylic and watercolor paintings, Batiks, hand painted silk scarves.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Memorial Reception May 4th for John Wallace at Higgins Gallery

photo by George McClintock, 2010

John Wallace, Professor Emeritus of Art passed away April 15th. In nearly 30 years of teaching in the Art department, he was an inspiration to hundreds of students. There will be a memorial reception on Wednesday, May 4th, 3:30-5:00pm, in the Higgins Art Gallery. All former students are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the MFA and Visual Arts Fund at Western Connecticut State University.

Click here for the obituary

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

ShawnaLee writes, ‎*In Progress* Look closely; Can you find all 23 animals? This is all hand-painted with Acrylics, and can be viewed at DAWS.

She continues to work on the mural at DAWS Boardroom and see a larger image on ShawnaLee's FB page.!/photo.php?fbid=1993086113408&set=a.1993054632621.2119455.1431065087&type=1&theater

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Reception for Senior Thesis Exhibition April 27 at 6 pm

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

The Senior Thesis Exhibition is opens in Higgins Hall on Wednesday, April 27 with a reception from 6 - 8 pm. The show continues through May 12 with hours from 12 - 4 pm Monday through Thursday. Featured in this years show are fourteen Graphic Design students: Jerry Bazile, Bryan Bielefeldt, Kialynn Bird, Jason Laliberte, Brittany Leandra, Melissa Nardone, Sara Pinto, Robert Rae, Kaitlyn Smith, Shayna Stanley, Stephanie Szafran, Rachel Vazquez, Nicholas Volant, Kelly Wight.ten photographers: Adam Calderone, Robert Cotton, Emily D'Andrea, Shannon Dodd, Sophia Duarte, Robert Haidar, Michael Macklem, Sandra Morey, Dara Shadowens, and Melissa Shaw; six illustrators: Alissa DeGregorio, Katherine Hunt, Elizabeth Manfred, Karin Mansberg, Vincent Pesce, Luiza Zyskowska and one painter, Antonio Carvalho.

CT Commission on Culture and Tourism

Throughout the years, I've provided information about the Arts Division of CCT. From their website, The CCT Arts Division develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors. Through its grant programs, the division invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations and encourages the public’s participation as creators, learners, supporters, and audience members. Through its program and services, the division connects people to the arts and helps to build vital communities across the state. To find out more about their grants, foundation and opportunities, review the site regularly because they have strict deadlines. CT Commission website link.

Ed Little, Adjunct Instructor Drawing & Art History

Ed Little received notice for National Exhibition, "Congratulations for being accepted into this year’s National Exhibition to be held at Devin Galleries in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho! This year we had 2,100 entries of which only 158 were selected to participate. You should feel very proud of this tremendous accomplishment!"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Artist Views Introduction

I am interviewing my first artist for Art Views on Thursday. Coming soon Art Views of Mat Gonzales '86 Click here for Mat's page on

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Isabelle Day MFA '11

The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm

in New Milford has a show featuring Isabelle Day MFA '11, and two artists Mar 19 - Apr 24

Isabelle would like to invite you to the Artists Gallery Talk: Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

MFA at Higgins Gallery

Today is the last day of the MFA Thesis Exhibition at Higgins Gallery, midtown campus, featuring the paintings and illustrations of WestConn M.F.A. students on display from noon to 4 pm (Room 101 of the Higgins Hall Annex). Stop by to say hi and see a great show!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Joel Spector Illustration MFA '05

Unveiling of the portrait of Patrice Munsel Honor Award Event at the National Arts Club, NYC. April 10, 2011

"Patrice Munsel" 2011 48" X 36" Oil on Canvas Permanent Collection of the National Arts Club

Monday, April 11, 2011

Richter Association of the Arts awards

Among the winners of the RAA art show and sales was Plonia Nixon. Plonia's work can be seen at

Also in the show were Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76 and ShawnaLee Waterbury Kwashnak '96

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Vincent Baldassano

Saatchi Online Artist: vincent baldassano; Oil, 2011, Painting "Via Garibaldi"
Oil on Canvas

click here to see image:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Call for Artists - KAA annual Juried Spring Show

The Gallery at the Kent Art Association invites all representational artists to enter the annual KAA Spring Juried Show, which runs from April 17 until Sunday, June 5. Receiving will take place at The Gallery at the Kent Art Association on Route 7, just south of the monument, Friday, April 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm and Saturday, April 16 from 10 am to 1 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.

$1100 in prizes will be awarded. Briget Herbst, Joan Jardine, and Richard Price are judges for the show.

The Opening Reception will be on Friday evening April 22 from 5 to 7 pm and the Awards Reception is scheduled for Saturday afternoon April 23 from 2 to 4 pm with awards presented at 3 pm.

Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Call for Artists - 54th Chautauqua Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Postmark deadline April 15, 2011
Notification mailed to artists May 20
$35 entry fee payable to VACI

Alain Picard '97

Alain wrote, "My artist friend, Ralph Schwartz sat for me during a portrait demonstration at Gallery 53 in Meriden, CT on April 2, from 1-3pm as part of the CT Pastel Society Exhibit."

Richter Arts Member Show

Plonia Nixon, Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76 and ShawnaLee Waterbury Kashnak '96 are in the Richter Show opening April 9 with an awards ceremony at 3 pm with background music by Jim Russell. Show hours are Saturday & Sunday, April 9-10 – (2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 2:30 p.m. & 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday).

Sunday, April 17 – Members Art Show continues. (no musical performance on 4/17)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Receiving at Richter House this afternoon, 4/4/2011 at 3 pm

Member Show receiving at Richter House
100 Aunt Hack Road
3 - 7 pm

call me if you have any questions (203-744-1949)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Alain Picard '97

Painting the Portrait in Pastel

One-Day Portrait Workshop

Saturday, May 7
9:30am - 4:30pm

Location: 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.