Thursday, June 30, 2011

Marcella Kurowski '05

Friday, July 15 · 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Marcella's invitation on FB, "Come to Forest To Shore Gallery for the opening night of Marcella Kurowski's exhibit entitled "Ad Libitum." FTS Gallery is proud to display the newest works from this very talented artist and longtime friend." to respond

FTS Gallery
2415 Main Street 2nd Floor
Stratford, CT

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Marjorie Portnow and Margaret Grimes

Marjorie and Margaret open July 1st 7:30 pm with Elizabeth Lehman and Joseph Salerno at Julie Heller East

465 Commercial Street, Provincetown MA 508.487.2166
hours daily 11 AM - 10 PM

Monday, June 27, 2011

Alain Picard '97

One Hour Portrait Study
Have you ever dreamed of having your portrait painted? Perhaps you're looking for a special gift for a loved one.

Take advantage of a truly unique opportunity. Between July 19-22, Alain will be offering pastel portrait studies- created in just one hour-for the special price of $100*.

Call or email Picard Studio to schedule your portrait sitting. This special offer will expire on July 22.
Alain writes, "Be inspired"

*Portraits Studies normally cost $400 for a 2 hour sitting.

12 Hillside Road | Southbury CT 06488 | 203.297.1399

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Susan Lang '87

Susan invites you Tuesday, June 28 6:00pm -7:00pm
Library Plaza (Farioly Program Room in case of rain)

My Dad’s Truck, a local acoustic trio specializing in American roots music, will be picking and singing audience favorites, some oft-forgotten gems and their own original tunes. Members Susan Lang of Woodbury, Leif Smith of Redding and Bill Wisnowski of Danbury play multiple instruments which include violin, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and guitar. Warning: spontaneous sing-alongs have been known to occur!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Vanessa David '95

Vanessa writes that her newest play Connect Couples (dot) Com will have its premiere at the first ever Dinner Theatre Night at the Piedmont Club 152 Hecker Ave Darien, CT 06820 on July 23, 2011.

Currently Vanessa is entertaining the World Wide Web as The Headbanging Hostess, combining her theatre background with food and local music. You can read her blog at and watch her food porn at

She may be contacted at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Vincent McElhone '84

Vincent writes, "I am doing Mohegan Sun 2x a year...and clubs and fundraisers and corporate comedy presentations all over the country...I have now been doing stand-up professionally for 18 years now."

Vincent Baldassano

Vincent writes, "The show ends Sunday!"
Marina Gallery
153 Main Street
Cold Spring,NY 10516
(845) 265-2204

NYC today

Dodge the raindrops to see a great show at Blue Mountain Gallery this evening opening at 5 pm.

2011 MFA Show at Blue Mountain Gallery
The show is from 6/21 until July 9 and features:
Tiffany Raccio
Bonnie Sullivan
Sarah Stewart Wright
Isabelle Day
Mark Kuchta
Thomas Dowell Jr.
Kevin Dunn
Doug Friday
Eileen Tavolacci
Alison Targett-Eaglin

Blue Mountain Gallery 530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 1000

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jessica Bartlet MFA '09 and Tracy Powers MFA '09

Saturday, June 25 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Paintings, photographs, and sculptures by Jessica Bartlet, Tracy Powers, and Michael Yurgeles.

ArtSpace CT
555 AsylumStreet, Hartford, CT 06105 · Get Directions

Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Christopher Van Jura '05"

Attached is a link to my youtube page which contains my latest commercial for ESPN/Craftsman tools ... I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It's currently running Nationally on the ESPN family of networks including ABC. This commercial is now one of 5 National and Regional commercials which I appear in that are currently on air!

Thanks for your continuous support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pamela Hochstetter '80

31 Keeler Road, Bridgewater
Saturday, July 9, 3:00-6:00PM

ART EXHIBIT Opening Reception
Burnham Library
62 Main Street, Bridgewater
Saturday, July 9, 6:30-8:30PM

ART EXHIBIT @ Burnham Library runs
July 1 - 31
Regular library hours
Tues 1-5, Wed 9-6,
Thurs 9-5, Sat 9-1
or 860-355-1921

David Boyajian

Announcing the "Paint on Metal Exhibition"
Opening Saturday June 25, 2011 at 2pm-6pm.

A group show of wall art and various sizes of sculpture all created with metal and paint.

It will be a colorful exhibition.

So stop on by Saturday June 25th at 2pm.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07

Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07 invites you to Art At The Pizzeria

Tonight! Monday, June 20, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

at Pizzeria Laurentano
291 Greenwood Ave
Bethel CT 06801

Ginger writes, "Please join me in a celebration of summer, art, jazz and pizza!"

RSVP to Ginger at

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

This 27 ft x 10 ft mural was painted in 3 days (24 hours) in South Riding Dance. See Missy's work at

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bridget Grady MFA '04

Bridget's interview about her Singapore experience, her life back in CT, and her art is now on WestConn Art Views.

Friday, June 17, 2011

MFA 2011

Opening Tuesday at the Blue Mountain Gallery
MFA 2011 of Western Connecticut State University

Jun 21, 2011 - Jul 09, 2011

Join me on Thursday Jun 23 at 5 pm for the opening reception

Also coming to the Blue Mountain Gallery
Joan Marie Kelly MFA '04
Zones of Contact, The Public Art of Joan Marie Kelly Jul 12, 2011 - Jul 30, 2011


Ival Stratford-Kovner MFA '02
Horse Drawn Aug 02, 2011 - Aug 20, 2011

530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bridget Grady MFA '04

Bridget's blog is

She agreed to an interview about teaching art in Singapore and what she learned from her students there. Bridget is now accepting students at her Studio in CT and is lecturing about her travels.

Bridget wites, "Our good friends, The Jayne family, had a fire last Thursday at their farm on Northfield Road. There will be a benefit dinner fundraiser on June 24 from 5-8 PM at the VFW Post 5157 located at 866 Thomaston Road (Route 6). The dinner will include a raffle. The cost is a $10 dollar donation. For more information contact Tina Biello at (203) 525-7863." Additional information is on her blog:

Monday, June 13, 2011

Vistas ~HVCA Creative Clusters All Artists Networking Forum

co-sponsored by White Silo Farm & Winery
Friday June 17, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
32 Rte. 37 E
Sherman, CT 06486
HVCA and the White Silo Farm & Winery present a cross-disciplinary and informal networking forum for the free and open exchange of information and ideas.

Looking to connect, share your work, problem solve, new opportunities-- don’t miss this!

Come early! Bring your canvas, camera, pencils!

Take a tour of the Winery!
Friday, June 17, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
White Silo Farm & Winery
32 Rte. 37 E | Sherman, CT

Refreshments will be served
RSVP Required

Please contact HVCA at 203.798.0760 for more information

Click to register and attend!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

Click here to see pictures from the opening Day of Gulgon's reception at the Silo.

From the NewsTimes 6/11/2011:

Gulgun Aliriza created this oil on masonite, which will be on display in the New Milford show. She calls it “2B Red.” As to what it’s all about, she said, “When people look at my paintings, questions arise. It’s an inside/outside kind of feeling. I like the idea of showing but not showing. I like to be a little mysterious.” Photo: Contributed Photo / The News-Times Contributed

Four artists with a common bond will exhibit their works in a new show at the Silo Gallery in New Milford this weekend. You can meet them Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the opening reception

The artists are Brian Adgate, Gulgun Aliriza, Will Lustenader and Jessica Halliday. They all create their pieces either directly or indirectly from nature -- representing figures, landscapes and still life -- but each with a unique twist.

That's why Silo Gallery director Valerie Culbertson brought them together for this joint show.

Aliriza is a native of Cyprus who earned her master's in fine arts degree at Western Connecticut State University. She creates compositions from complex still arrangements, focusing on life and objects in her immediate surroundings.

"My work appears more like exercises in picture-making than revelations about a place or thing," Aliriza said.

"2B Red" is the name of one of her paintings in the exhibit. The colorful artwork includes a clown puppet off to one side. Aliriza said while some people find it scary and others love it, the puppet wasn't the focus of the piece.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

The opening reception will be Saturday, June 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Silo Gallery, Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road, New Milford. Wines from Hopkins Vineyard and appetizers by chef Mary Kravec, the Silo Cooking School's director, will be served. Admission is free. For more details call 860-355-0300 or visit

Read more:

Art Alumni web site update

Check out the art alumni website,

I've updated Pat Barkman's page to include pictures of her lovely garden and pictures of the unveiling of Joel Spector's commission on Claire Bloom. Both are linked via the calendar.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07

You're invited to Art At The Pizzeria

Monday, June 20, 2011 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
at Pizzeria Laurentano
291 Greenwood Ave, Bethel CT 06801

Ginger writes, "Please join me in a celebration of summer, art, jazz and pizza!" RSVP to

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Receiving Reminder for Kent Art Association, 6/11/2011

All members are invited!
Five $100 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE will be presented for outstanding work in any medium. Bring 2 of your latest works to be judged into our second Members' Show of the season (at least one will be chosen). You may also bring two small works (image size 80 square inches or smaller) for the small works area and 6 "portfolio pieces that are enclosed in shrink wrap or cellophane envelope.
If your dues have not yet been paid, you may pay at receiving. However, we still need the membership form to be completed. Please have all paper work filled out before entering the President's Room.
You can download the forms for the Members' Show by clicking on the links below.

Membership Form

Members' Show II Prospectus

Call for Photographers! HVCA

The Danbury Farmer's Market is a rare opportunity for artists to participate in downtown Danbury! It is well celebrated and a regional event. Help draw attention to the important issues of healthy lifestyle for families and our community and we will draw attention to you!

Click on link here for the prospectus. Have questions about the Farmer's Market the exhibit, or the application, I'm happy to help!

Joel Spector Illustration MFA '05

Joel writes, "Below you'll find my latest commission for the National Arts Club. The portrait of Claire Bloom was presented to her on June 6, 2011, in order to commemorate a Lifetime Achievement in acting."

Click here to see the pictures from the unveiling event.

Joe DiGuiseppi '02

Joe writes, I am having an art show at ESCAPE to the Arts on Main Street, Danbury on Monday, June 13th from 6-8pm "evening of the arts"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Upcoming show reminders

Linda Rynkowski, MFA '12 is exhibiting at the upcoming CCNS 49th Annual Art Show in Rowayton, CT from June 9-12th. The 49th Annual Art Show will include works by established and emerging artists. The French Salon style Art Show offers one of the biggest and most diverse selections of original art for sale in Fairfield County, bringing in close to two hundred thousand dollars in sales over a four day period. Community Cooperative Nursery School (CCNS), 4 Trolley Place, Rowayton, CT 06853

Laura McCormick '84, Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76 and Plonia Nixon are in the Art of Caring Show at Boehringer Ingelheim June 10, 2011. This annual show has great artwork and supports Regional Hospice. This year Laura is the featured artist and Maryann is judging 3D art.

Gulgun Alziria MFA '07
opens at The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford June 11 through July 17.
June 11 to July 17

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 11, 3 to 5 p.m.
Artists Gallery Talk: Sunday, July 17, 2 to 4 p.m.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Call for Artists - Kent Art Association Member Show II

The Gallery at the Kent Art Association, in Kent, CT, is seeking entries for the 2011 Member Show II scheduled June 12 through July 17 at the Kent Art Association Gallery. The receiving date is Saturday, June 11 from 11 am - 2 pm at the KAA Gallery, Route 7, 21 South Main Street (just south of the traffic light), Kent, Connecticut. The judges will be Phyllis Behar, Pamela Reese, and Alfred Haywood. Oils, watercolors, pastels, graphics, acrylics, small sculpture, artistic collage, mixed media, and nonobjective (abstract) are acceptable in the Member Show. Please bring a recent copy of your bio for visitor reference. An entry fee of $20 will be charged and artists may become members at receiving. All works must be original, for sale and not previously shown at the KAA Gallery.

There is an awards reception on Saturday, June 18 from 2-4pm with the awards ceremony beginning at 3 pm. Refreshments will be provided by J. P. Gifford Market, Main Street, Kent, CT. This is your chance to meet the prize winning artists and discuss their work. The gallery is open Thursday - Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. The Gallery Will Be Open on Monday, July 4th. For information call 860.927.3989or visit

Cathy Vanaria

Catherine Vanaria, WCSU photography professor and Danbury small business owner, who spent time during the summer of 2010 photographing a hat collection at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority . Her work inspired an exhibit being displayed at the museum through October 15, 2011. The exhibit can be viewed on at the museum on Main Street in Danbury Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

“Once we viewed Cathy's exceptional photographs, we knew that the women’s hat collection had to be seen by the public. These hats are works of art,” stated Executive Director, Brigid Guertin.

Over 300 ladies hats from the museum collection will showcase hat design from the colonial period through the mid-20th century. The exhibit includes highly entertaining wall of historic newspaper advertisements and city directory listings related to the millinery trade in Danbury. Vintage photos and antique postcards from museum archives illustrate styles and trends.

Joretta Kilcourse, museum docent and volunteer crafted a special ‘Magnificent Millinery Quilt’ featuring Vanaria’s photos of some of the finest hats in the collection. The winning ticket for this fundraising raffle will be drawn at the close of the exhibit on October 15, 2011.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pat Barkman '72

I stopped by Pat Barkman's Lakeside Gallery yesterday afternoon. Great art work and beautiful gardens at 49 Tauton Lake Road in Newtown. Her gallery is located on the water and she offers snacks, culture, nature, beauty and friendship. The show closes today, June 5th with a second reception from 2 - 4 pm. What a way to spend a gorgeous Sunday afternoon!

Pat and her husband Leon were featured in the How They Met section of the NewsTimes on June 5th, check it out!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm
a three person exhibition featuring
Gulgun Aliriza
Brian Adgate & Will Lustenader

June 11 to July 17, 2011

Opening Reception
Saturday, June 11, 3-5 p.m

Artists Talk: Sunday, July 17, 2-4 p.m.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76

Maryann writes, "Just passing along some info. about my next 3 shows:

Fri. June 10 I will be participating in the Western C T Regional Hospice Arts Festival @ Boehringer Ingelheim. Tickets are rather expensive, but if you are already going, look for my work.

Fri. June 17 from 5-7
I will have an opening reception hosted by Dawn Shepard at Dawn’s Vintage Jewelry of Rte. 7 in

Brookfield (across from Costco). I will be showing jewelry, recycled bottle art, functional table art and other objects’d art.

On Sat. June 11, Banks Art Studio, 55 Tinker Hill Rd. in New Preston will feature several glass artists as well as a jeweler, a potter, textile artists and more. Most prices are reduced at this studio sale.

Eileen Tavolacci MFA '11

Eileen writes, "2011 has been a very busy artistic year so far. In January I was awarded an Artist Residency at Vermont Studio Center. It was a magical place with incredible artists in attendance that made for a very productive time there.

A couple paintings created in VT were included in our MFA Thesis Show; a woodblock print I created there was accepted into a juried exhibition that was shown at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art in Kyoto, Japan, 6th KIWA Exhibition: "Enjoy the Forest of the World Wood Print" at the end of March and will be at The First International Moku Hanga Conference shown at Gallery Keifu in Kyoto, Japan in June.

The print, which was made into a kite by a very talented kite builder, will also be at two galleries in Seattle WA later this year and possibly off to Mexico.

I once again participated in the Annual Spring Show: "Brush With Nature" with my Chinese Brush Paintings at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY (show is currently up until June 18th).

One of my oil paintings was accepted into the 4th National Juried Exhibition at Prince Street Gallery, NY, NY by Juror: William Bailey.

The weekend after graduation I participated in Weir Farm's exceptional workshop with Dmitri Wright for the third time - I would encourage all interested parties to plan to participate in future workshops that are expected to run each Season.

Can't wait to see what the second half of the year has in store for me!"

Thursday, June 2, 2011

weekend reminders

Vincent Baldassano
"New Small Paintings"
Saturday, June 4 · 5:00pm - 8:00pm
The Marina Gallery
153 Main Street, Cold Spring , NY 10516
(845) 265 2204
The exhibition dates are: 6/4 to 6/26
Thursday/Sunday 11:00 to 5 PM

Pat Barkman '72 is holding an art show and sale at Lakeside Gallery
49 Taunton Lake Road, Newtown, CT 06470
June 4th and 5th 2 - 4 pm

Gallery Talk at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford featuring Derek Leka MFA '07 and Ginger Hanaran MFA '07
June 5 at 2 pm

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Carmen Zambrano '03

Carmen writes, "Thanks for everyone who came to my art show. It was a great night :)"

Carmen's show is at Danbury City Hall with an opening on May 31. Please come and support :)" The show is up throughout the month of June.

Art Views update

Our newest featured business on Art Views, the counterpart blog to Art News, is Ron Lawlor of Bethel, CT. Ron owns R.E. Lawlor Graphics & Printing,

See more about Ron's business at

WestConn hits NYC

2011 MFA Show at Blue Mountain Gallery
The MFA Exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City Opens with a reception from 5 - 8 pm on June 23. The show is from 6/23 until July 9 and features:
Tiffany Raccio
Bonnie Sullivan
Sarah Stewart Wright
Isabelle Day
Mark Kuchta
Thomas Dowell Jr.
Kevin Dunn
Doug Friday
Eileen Tavolacci
Alison Targett-Eaglin

Blue Mountain Gallery 530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001
First Street Gallery
526 W.26th Street, suite 209/ New York , NY 10001 / 646.336.8053 /
2011 National Juried Competition
June 22 – July 16, Reception: June 25, 3- 5 pm
WCSU Students/Alumni Accepted
Isabelle Day
Prince Street Gallery
325 West 25th St/ NY NY 10001/646.230.0246/
4th National Juried Exhibition > July 12 - July 30, 2011 Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16, 3-6 pm Gallery Hours Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 pm
WCSU Students/Alumni Accepted
Isabelle Day
Kevin Dunn
Amy Meeker
Perry Obee
Eileen Tavolacci

Bowery Gallery
325 West 25th St/ NY NY 0001/646.230.0246
The Bowery's 20th Annual Juried Competition for 2011
August 2 - 20, 2011
Reception: Thursday, August 4, 5pm- 8 pm
Gallery Hours Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 pm
WCSU Students/Alumni Accepted
Kevin Dunn
Isabelle Day