Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dino Ianniello '95

Dino is the Principal & Executive Creative Director of Silvermoss Partners – – an Atlanta-based branding, design, web development and social media firm.

Dino is the most recent interview on Visit the Art Views Site to see more of Dino's designs and to see what he is doing in Atlanta.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jamison Odone MFA'10

Jamison writes, "My illustration is back up on redsox page!"
Boston Dirt Dogs
Boston Dirt Dogs is the most visited Red Sox fan site on the web, featuring daily game summaries, articles, photos, video, related links, and more

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall Shows

Don't forget to let me know what shows you are in this fall. I would also post any highlights or interesting moments. Show me your pictures!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cathy Vanaria

Cathy Vanaria is setting up a camera at the arts center construction site so we can watch with anticipation as we get a new state-of-the art building!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Arts Center updates

WCSU Arts Center updates

The new arts center progress will be updated regularly online. I've added the link to our website and it is also found on the school of visual and performing arts page.

I hope you all plan on joining me at the groundbreaking for this beautiful, state of the art, building on October 17 at 4 pm. This is an important date to add to your calendar.

Erik Tonner '04

Erik is now an associate professor for the WCSU theatre department. Congratulations Erik. He has agreed to an interview for Art Views. ...more to come soon.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Christine Lombardi '86

Christine writes, "Here is the latest in my series of seasonal blank notes. This is my "Summer Blank Note." " This image has been added to her webpage and all notes are available for sale at Silver Touch in Bethel, CT.

Ed Little, Instructor Drawing & Art History

Ed provided examples of his new

cityscapes. Check out the website to see more.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Abe Echevarria

Abe writes, "Interesting assembly of illustrators. Good contacts."

Saturday, September 24, 2011
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63 Street
New York, NY 10065

Top fantastic illustrators will demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum.
Tickets $40 Members, $50 Non-Members, $20 Students

Food will be available for an additional $5 or call 212.838.2560

Monday, August 22, 2011

Michael Liebhaber MFA '06

Michael writes, "I was appointed Professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Europe in May. It’s part of the U. of Maryland system, but the primary mission of UMUC is to teach military people and their dependents in Europe and Asia. My title is Professor of Psychology and Art. I have only taught Psychology so far because the demand for Psychology is great and I am the only Psychology instructor in the area. I am based out of Ramstein Air Force Base in Southwestern Germany. I taught summer session, and the Fall term begins today, August 22nd.

I arrived in Germany in the middle of May. The settling in process has taken much longer and was WAY more expensive than I thought it would be; I had to find a place to live, buy a car, and I am now slowly accumulating fundamental household items. My apartment is unfurnished. My landlords took pity on me and gave me a spare bedroom set (bed, closet, nightstand, & small cabinet). Side note: Bedrooms do not come with closets (bare walls only). Closets are big wooden cabinets with doors, purchased at places like IKEA. I’ll buy furniture when my car is paid off.

I live 2 blocks from a national forest. This entire region is hills and forest, so it’s scenic and green, but it also rains a lot. We are at the same latitude as Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, so the temperature is a bit cool, too. Hiking, mountain biking and motorcycling in the woods are big activities. The town of Frankenstein, and its castle, are an easy six miles away.

On the art front - I have started
drawing again. You can see more of my latest work on my blog ( My apartment has room for a studio, so I hope to get that going asap.

Photos of my apartment and the surrounding area:"

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Derek opens at WAA, ShawnaLee has greeting room reception, Susan and Wendi at Molten Java

Derek Leka MFA '07 writes, "Please join me at the Washington Art Association for a show of my new works.

The WAA is located at 4 Bryan Plaza
Washington Depot, CT 06794

The show runs from Aug 20th to Sept 18th with an opening reception on Aug 20th from 4 - 6

ShawnaLee Kashnak '96 invites you to the Artist’s Reception for the DAWS’s Greeting Room Mural
Saturday, August 20th, 2011, 5:00-6:30 pm
Danbury Animal Welfare Society
147 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel Ct.
She writes, "Thank you to all who have contributed pictures to this wonderful painting experience. The response for entries was amazing, and your pictures truly inspiring.
Please, come view the DAWS ‘s Greeting Room Mural and share the love for all the wonderful Cats & Dogs and their unforgettable stories." She adds, "Please bring a donation from DAWS’s wish list:"
RSVP to ShawnaLee W. Kwashnak
59 Bioski Rd., Middlebury, CT 06762
(203) 598‐0065 or

Susan Lang '87 of My Dad's Truck will perform at Molten Java Coffee House, 102 Greenwood Ave in Bethel (owned by Wendi Cahill '95) on Aug 20 from 8 - 10 pm

Marlana Cole Semenza '91

Image from notecard created at Amber Light Gallery.

Marlana, owner of Amber Light Gallery, writes that her company will be participating in a fundraiser for The Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure. A percentage of all purchases made of their note card collections from September 1 through October 31 will go to breast cancer awareness and research."

We can all help raise money for this cause by logging on to their site and purchasing for the cause.
Amber Light Gallery can be found on the web at

Marlana is featured on WestConn Art Views this week. Check it out!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Final Call: HVCA

FINAL REMINDER!! 2011 Juried Art Exhibition

Deadline Wednesday, August 24th


Tel. 203-798-0760

Susan Lang '87

My Dad's Truck will perform at Molten Java Coffee House, 102 Greenwood Ave in Bethel (owned by Wendi Cahill '95) on Aug 20 from 8 - 10 pm

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "It's back to school time, and at Picard Studio we've got some exciting new offerings to go alongside our seasonal staples. Strengthen your basic skills in the new Drawing Class, or create an original gift at our new Holiday Workshop. There's so many ways to color your fall, so why not sign up today!"
Classes include:
Drawing Class
Four Week Studio Class, Fridays 9:30am - 12:00pm September 2 - 23
Location: Picard Studio, Cost: $200

Six Week Studio Class, Tuesdays 7:00-9:30pm September 27 - November 4
Location: Picard Studio Cost: $300

Painting the Portrait in Pastel
One-Day Portrait Workshop, Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm, November 5, 2011
Location: Picard Studio Cost: $125

Holiday Workshop
Tuesday 7:00-10:00pm November 29, 2011
Location: 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.

Alain J. Picard Registration Form or click here to visit the site for contact information

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Renato Ghio '93

Christina Rose wrote an article in Danbury Patch
about raising awareness for the Still River . Renato, director of photography/videographer, is filming a movie about the Still River in Danbury with Dave Bonan as producer and Aurelio Muraca as director. The film received a grant from The Danbury Cultural Commission, the Still River Alliance has been so supportive, Bill Devlin the historian, Danbury Museum, the mayors office, Danbury Senior Center, City Center, Mike McLachlan, Dr. Herbert Janick have all been really great.” Renato owns RMedia, a full service production company, with his wife, Alicia.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Karen Bartone MFA '09

Karen is a guest artist at Gallery One at the Clayhouse August 16 through October 14. The reception is September 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. GalleryOne is located at 665 Boston Post Road at Elm Street (Old Saybrook Shopping Center).
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday:10am -5:30pm, Thursdays:10am-8pm, Sundays:12-5pm. Phone 860-388-0907

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Thank You Dean Carol Hawkes

Eileen wrote, "I added the NewsTimes article about Carol Hawkes to WestConn Art Views and to the website. Check it out."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Derek Leka MFA '07

Derek writes, "Please join me at the Washington Art Association for a show of my new works.

The WAA is located at 4 Bryan Plaza
Washington Depot, CT 06794

The show runs from Aug 20th to Sept 18th with an opening reception on Aug 20th from 4 - 6
Thank you, hope to see you there."

Betsy Davidson MFA '10

Betsy sent an invite: ARTISTS INVITE ARTISTS August 10-September 11, 2011

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 14, 3-5

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11-5:30, Sunday 12-5
11 Unquowa Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 292-8328
The public is welcome to all gallery events and openings, free of charge.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Call for Artists: Fairfield Art Center

The weekend of September 9th-11th, the Fairfield Arts Center will hold its first annual Salon D’Automne, a juried art sale that provides collectors and the general public with a unique opportunity to purchase high quality works of art while offering artists a gallery venue to sell their work (50/50 split). Entries are invited from Fairfield and New Haven Counties; the winning artist will receive a two-week solo show at FAC slated for April 2012.

Best in Show awarded at opening reception Friday, September 9 from 6-8PM, FAC gallery.

Juror: Professor John A. Kandalaft, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, University of Bridgeport

The Criteria:

Paintings only (all media), labeled with titles, year made, dimensions
Framed, not to exceed 40” in either direction
Ready for hanging

Must submit jpegs (maximum of two) to by August 23, 2011

The fee is $20 (for two submissions), payment should be made through website:, please indicate “Fall Salon” for Donation Type.

Kevin Dunn MFA'11

Kevin writes, "If you are interested in taking Painting Classes this Fall please contact me. I'm teaching Continuing Education through Naugatuck Valley Community College as well as privately in my studio in Edmond Town Hall Newtown, CT. Everybody please spread the word!!!! Tell everyone that you know to take classes with Me. They are extremely affordable at around ten dollars per class you will be more than happy Pleased with the value."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dean Carol Hawkes
Barnard alum Carol Hawkes '43, shares stories at the 2008 Reunion show, "Barnard Women Through the Ages"

Monday, August 8, 2011

Don Kimes in

Don was featured in an article on August 7, 2011 in the online of Pittsburgh, PA.

Don is the visual arts director at the Strohl Art Center at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

News from Edinburgh

Vice President Walter Bernstein, Associate Professor Liz Popiel, Prof. Sal glad someone from Westconn visited us!! In the background is our venue: THE GILDED BALLOON. During the year, this is the Student Union building for the University of Edinburgh. (the oldest SU in the world!)see pic on FB

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Opening this evening in New York City: August 4

Ival Stratford-Kovner MFA '02
at the Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001
Horse Drawn

Aug 02, 2011 - Aug 20, 2011

Reception August 4 from 5 - 8 pm
This show was featured in the NewsTimes

Kevin Dunn MFA '11
Isabelle Day MFA '11

at Bowery Gallery
325 West 25th St/ NY NY /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

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Charles Gehm

Charles Gehm of Gaylordsville, CT won the Spencer Nichols Award for Oil for “Rememberance” in the Kent Art Association’s President’s Show. Congratulations!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Marlana Cole Semenza '91

Marlana writes, "My photography partner and I own a company called Amber Light Gallery. We just signed a contract with one of the largest production companies in the world and they will be marketing our photos (for use as wall decor, posters, for print on objects, etc) in 72 countries."

Ridgefield Guild of Artists Call

34th Annual Juried Exhibition
The Guild is pleased to announce that noted creative director and gallery owner Cynthia Reeves will be the juror for this year's 34th Annual Juried Show.

The Juried Show showcases artists in all media from the regional area. Receiving for the show starts September 8. The show opens September 24 and runs through October 28.

For more information visit our website at
Click here for the 34th Annual Juried Show Prospectus.

Rick Villodas '84

Emplorium August 5th- September 9th

Opening Reception this Friday August 5th 6-8pm at Rockwell Art and Framing
9 Burtis Ave
New Canaan, CT


As First Night Danbury enters its 22nd year as the city's popular family friendly, alcohol free New Year's Eve celebration, it's "Looking Up & Moving Forward." That's this year's theme, a nod to the fest's venerable history, its artistic and community regrowth, and to the Danbury Main Street Partnership, for which it serves as a year-end acknowledgement of the ongoing excitement of what's happening downtown. This year, the First Night Night Danbury 2011-2012 edition returns to the tradition of creating its buttons and advertising campaign using an original and thematic image created by a regional artist, whether amateur or pro.
Contest rules:
*Anyone may enter, from toddlers to seniors, living down the street or regionally;
*The image must be original, eye catching, easily reproducible, and reflect this year's theme, "Looking Up & Moving Forward," and may be produced in any medium - crayon, oil, photo, collage;
*Submissions must be 8-1/2 by 11 inches only - on paper, canvas, cardboard, tin or other material;
*The artist may choose to include the words "First Night Danbury 2011-2012" and/or "Looking Up & Moving Forward," but it's not necessary;
*Submissions may be hand delivered or mailed (Do Not Bend) to First Night Danbury, CityCenter, 186 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810, no later than September 1st, 2011;
*All submissions become the property of First Night Danbury and will be exhibited during this year's new year's eve celebration.
*Please mark back of submission with name, age (if under 18), address, phone and email contact

A jury of noted Danbury artists and officials will select this year's button design, and the winner will be named from the stage at "Taste of Danbury" on Sunday, September 11th. Besides the artist's button design serving as the visual ambassador for First Night, s/he will receive a follow up media release and photo blast, and 8 buttons to bring family and friends to First Night Danbury 2011-2012.

New Year's is just around the corner, and First Night is already "Looking Up & Moving Forward." First Night Danbury is presented at many CityCenter venues from
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., with fireworks to follow at 8:30 p.m. The celebration is sponsored in part, by the Danbury Cultural Commission, Union Savings Bank, CityCenter Danbury, and many local businesses.

contact person: Ted Killmer, 206 660 2828 or