Monday, October 31, 2011

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76 check out Patch

Handcrafted in Connecticut Craft Sale opens at the New Milford Railroad Station on November 26 & 27 and December 10 & 11 with hours from 10-5 on Saturdays and from 10-4 on Sundays. The show features fused glass, jewelry, pottery, cards, silk & woven scarves, hand-made soap and more. A percentage of the sales are donated to New Milford Animal Welfare. Artists participating in the show include Linda Banks, glass artist; Cynthia Battista, jewelry artist, Celeste Battista, weaver, Kathy Kairawicz, pottery artist and painter and Maryann Meken-Silvestri, a fused glass artist.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Andrew DiGuiseppi '03

Andrew writes, "I just launched a new site. 3 page business front site as apart of creating their entire brand.

Uploaded to you tube by WesternCTState on Oct 24, 2011

a video created to celebrate the School of Visual and Performing Arts Building groundbreaking...

Blue Horse Arts tonight at 7 pm

Lee Cordon MFA '04, Bridget Grady MFA '04, Anne Flynn MFA '04, Matang Gonzales '86, Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07 are participating in a show at Blue Horse Arts Gallery, 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT. The exhibition promotes awareness of the connection between food, culture, and the environment, thinking globally and acting locally. The conceptual thread of this exhibition is based on the outreach and entanglement of artists, farmers, the environment, and community through mutual exchange. Blue Horse Arts Studio and the JFosterMusic Studio complex located at 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT will host an interdisciplinary visual art and music event “Field Projects” to celebrate our connections to the natural world. The public is invited to an opening exhibition Friday, October 28th, 7PM- 9PM. Refreshments will be provided. Music will be provided by, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music teacher based in Watertown CT

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Karin Mansberg '11

Karin writes, "I am the winner of the 2011-2012 First Night Danbury button design." The press release states that with this design is a new mark as First Night Danbury continues to build its regional presence.

Kain unveils her winning image to reflect "Looking Up & Moving Forward," this year's First Night theme, in a limited edition keepsake pass to an evening of joy-full entertainment

First Night enters its 22nd year as Danbury's popular family friendly, alcohol free New Year's Eve celebration with a nod to its venerable history, CityCenter's regrowth, and to the Danbury Main Street Partnership, for which it serves as a year-end acknowledgement that "there's something happening downtown."

WHEN:Saturday, October 29th, 2:30 p.m., amidst CityCenter's "Halloween on the Green" festivities (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)on the Danbury Green.

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "Come and join us this Friday at our new Drawing Class. The class will take place from 9:30am - 12pm, October 28 - November 18. The class will focus on learning to render form by defining light and shadow shapes, learning to see and record values, and drawing with emphasis on both line and tone. Personalized instruction at the easel will be provided to each student as they develop their drawings. All levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome so why not sign up today!

One-Day Portrait Workshop
Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
November 5, 2011 at 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. Medium: Oil and Pastels

Holiday Workshop
Tuesday 7:00-10:00pm
November 29, 2011
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.
Bring your own reference photo as inspiration for your painting.
All levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome. This class is limited to six students. Medium: Oil and Pastels"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jerrial Young '07

Jerrial writes, "I am in Guys and dolls!!! I am playing the role of nicely nicely at the palace theatre nov 4 5 6 10 11 12 17 18 19
Phone Number:(603) 668-5588

Theatre Address:
80 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Elizabeth L. Popiel

Elizabeth writes, "OK so we open tonight SWEENEY TODD....blood is ready. Trick chair is ready....and now I am making a "BEATRICE" doggy hat for GMA's monday show. The joy is just unending. hee hee."

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jill Sarver MFA '10

Jill writes, "I recently started a blog for "ArtCafé", which we host at WAC every Friday morning. After our discussions, I create a blog with highlights from local CT galleries/museums, New York venues, and select international locations as well. Most articles and exhibitions are carefully selected by our Visual Arts Director, Helen Klisser During. Click on the images and you will be taken directly to site of the article or exhibition. This way, we all can stay informed about what's happening in the art world, no matter where we reside.

Below, I have attached a link to the blog. You will also find archived issues on the site. I hope to stay in touch and hear from you soon!"

James Gabianelli MFA '09

Jim writes, "I have been working on several commissioned works for area motorcycle and car enthusiasts. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me."

Vincent Baldassano

Vincent writes, "A few things which may be of interest: presently I have work in the faculty show at Gateway Community College, New Haven and also the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, NYC. In addition Queensboro Community College, NYC; Three Rivers Community College,Norwich, CT; and Wagner College ,Staten Island: have acquired some large scale paintings of mine for their permanent collection."

Monday, October 24, 2011

Jennifer Wyzykowski MFA '12

Jen writes, "I am currently in a show in Canton, CT. The Canton Gallery on the Green's 44th annual Open Juried Show. The show runs from Oct. 7 - Nov. 6. I also had a piece running in a loop slide presentation during the cocktail hour at the Parsons Alumni cocktail party last Saturday."

Lee Cordon MFA '04

Lee's daughter, JENNIFER WYZYKOWSKI MFA '12 writes, "I wanted to let you know that my mom is also showing with Bridget Grady and Ann Flynn at the Blue Horse Arts Gallery as well."

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "Anyone interested in learning how to paint on silk/cotton, I will be teaching two workshops at the Memphis Botanic Garden, Nov 12 and Nov 16th. 10 am to 3 pm. Let me know if you are interested"

John Kane '76

John writes, "After many requests we are reintroducing the New England Photographic Workshop here at Mabels Hollow Farm in Northville , CT. We hope to give folks the chance to get into the heads of leading pro shooters, printers and web masters. I'll be kicking it off with Contemporary Photo Methods.

The description and details are in the calendar link attached. I'm working on bringing in leading shooters and other teachers, outstanding in their profession. Even considering a photo safari to southern Italy! (raise your hands please) Stay tuned and I will notify you by email as the classes come together.

Meanwhile, if there is something you would like to see from our workshops link, or if you have a suggestion, let me know.

Hope to see you for learning, fun and artistic expression!

Go to our site:"

Friday, October 21, 2011

Call for Artists

Art & Frame Of Danbury LLC. writes "We've been getting lots of submissions for the small works show! Its starting to get exciting! Keep 'em coming everyone!"


The WCSU departments of theatre arts and music will present "Sweeney Todd" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26 and 27, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at(203) 837-8732 for information. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit

Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07

Field Projects: Crop Circle 2011

Host: Ginger Hanrahan 203-748-5849
Friday, October 28 at 7:00 PM
Blue Horse Arts
250 Porter Street Watertown, CT 06795
with artists Bridget Grady MFA '04, Anne Flynn MFA '04, Matang Gonzales '86 and others

Bridget Grady MFA '04

Bridget Grady MFA '04, Anne Flynn MFA '04, Matang Gonzales '86, Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07 are participating in a show at Blue Horse Arts Gallery, 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT. The theme of the exhibition is to promote awareness of the connection between food, culture, and the environment, thinking globally and acting locally. The conceptual thread of this exhibition is based on the outreach and entanglement of artists, farmers, the environment, and community through mutual exchange. Blue Horse Arts Studio and the JFosterMusic Studio complex located at 250 Porter Street in Watertown, CT will host an interdisciplinary visual art and music event “Field Projects” to celebrate our connections to the natural world. The public is invited to an opening exhibition Friday, October 28th, 7PM- 9PM. Refreshments will be provided. Music will be provided by, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music teacher based in Watertown CT.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mural Competition

Keith Rodgerson invites
ARTISTS: Register for the mural competition by 6pm. No fee + gratuitous awards for those that prevail. We still have room for performers and can use volunteers and donations. Please msg. me for details!
Thursday, October 27 at 6:00pm

Gallery Opening in Higgins Hall

Join me at 5 pm tomorrow evening for the opening of "Looking Forward."

"Groundbreaking: Looking Forward," a collection of works by WCSU students, alumni and faculty. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. The works will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Thursday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Higgins Gallery in Room 101 of the Higgins Hall Annex on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8486. for updates on the Arts Center.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Watch Blue Sky Studios for upcoming opportunities!

Blue Sky Studios today announced it will expand its headquarters in Greenwich and create 70 jobs, a move that will allow the Oscar Award winning digital animation company to grow even more in the future. The state, through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), is providing financial support for the project.

Blue Sky plans to hire 70 and expand its office space by 43,000 square feet at One American Lane in Greenwich. The expanded facility, which will total 150,000 square feet, will include seating for up to 140 artists, conference rooms, a screening area, editorial space, and a data center.

“We are pleased to announce the expansion of our facility in Connecticut and look forward to the continued production of many new and exciting films within the state,” said Brian Keane, Blue Sky Studios chief operating officer.

Dance Instructor Needed

ESCAPE to the Arts
Danbury, CT

Arts & Humanities branch of the Regional YMCA of Western CT is seeking a professional educator to teach youth one afternoon per week. A dance instructor is needed in our after-school program for middle school students. Instructors will develop and teach meaningful educational lessons in a safe creative environment; embrace and encourage the core values of the YMCA, its mission and that of ESCAPE to the Arts.

Areas of instruction can include: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Zumba, or African Dance

Preferred Day: Wednesdays(but can also do Mondays)Hours required: 3:30 – 5:00 pm (dance instruction)
3:30 - 4:15 Class #1 (10-12 students)
4:15 – 5:00 Class #2 (10-12 students)
Optional Hours: 2:30 – 3:30 pm (homework supervision)

Start Date: November 2011


Individual must be highly knowledgeable in the subject area he/she teaches, as well as understand how to develop age appropriate courses and lessons. He/she must be able to motivate and manage the particular group he/she is hired to teach. He/she must also possess flexibility to adapt as situations arise and require adjustments. He/she must be knowledgeable of procedural and program information within the YMCA; possess patience with adults and children, and have the ability to function as a team player. He/she must demonstrate maturity, good judgment and professionalism in all aspects of the job.

Performing Arts instructor must work with and be able to prepare students for parent’s night performances in December, February and June.

Successful experience teaching upper elementary and/or middle school students is required. Individuals who have successfully worked with at risk youth are encouraged to apply. To learn more about our programs visit

Please submit a current resumé with letter of interest to: or mail to Art Director, ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Polly Messer '98

Polly writes, " Join us on Saturday, October 22 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm, 59 West Center Street Southington Connecticut 06489

Here is a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh and singer Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from his new release "An American Record", as well as his past radio hits and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Smokin With Chris is one of Connecticut's most popular live music and dining venues featuring some of the best live music and barbeque cuisine around.
No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133
for directions & details:

Michael Whelan

OCT. 18 at 11 am.

Illustrator Michael Whalen will discuss his work in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call (203) 837-8881.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Celebration of the Arts

WCSU Visual & Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Monday, October 17, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (ET)
Western Connecticut State University
Westside Campus Center
43 Lake Ave. Extension
Danbury, CT 06810

Ed Little, Adjunct Instructor Drawing & Art History

Exciting Announcement:
Winners: 1st Emerging Artist Discovery Prize

These winners were just announced.

Watch for our Artist stories and live links to the websites for these amazing Artists, coming soon!

We found that we had a tie for first place in this competition, so there are 2 Gold Award Winners.

Gold Award Winner

Veronica Garcia Huidobro, Chile

Gold Award Winner

Edward Little, USA

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Melissa writes, "FALL SPECIAL! Just for Facebook fans: get one day of painting for just $300.00 (25% off)! I can do a lot in a day, check out my web gallery for examples. Small print below.
Mural Gallery

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mandee Peebles '10

Mandee writes, "Tomorrow is the big day! Come check out what myself, Julie Visser, Cate Nixon, Jessica Murphy of Cross-Eyed Tie Dyes, Lauren Rushka, Linda Kamphan, and many other local vendors, crafters, and artists have to offer you! 12-5, FREE!!!"
Sunday, October 16 · 12:00pm - 5:00pm
155 Main Street
Danbury, CT

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

Gulgun writes, "I was invited to participate in a group show entitled 'HUMAN FORM: An Enduring Inspiration' at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY.
It Opens Oct.15-Nov.12, 2011. Opening reception,Oct. 15, 6 - 9 PM. I was invited by Virginia Walsh, Curator/Director of the Ann Street Gallery."


Art & Frame Of Danbury LLC. writes, "We still need some creative display units for the front of the store. Any ideas anyone? Must be able to display various assortment and sizes of frames and accessible from front AND back if possible."

Vanessa David '95

vanessa writes, "Ain't nothin' like seeing a play come to life for the first time. Especially when I'm the one who wrote it :) Thank you Heather Milone Caplan and Ruth Anne Baumgartner. The rest of you people need to come see it - Connect Couples (dot) Com and Aspiration/Dream in Westport"

Friday, October 14 at 8:00pm, Westport Community Theatre
Read about the free staged-reading in Westport Patch

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76

Maryann writes, "For the 8th consecutive year, a show featuring fused glass art, giftware, tableware, wall panels & jewelry by artists: me, Maryann Meken-Silvestri of Danbury, Judy Mirrer of Middlebury and Linda Banks of New Preston will be presented by The White Silo Farm and Winery, Rte. 37E in Sherman, CT.

The show opens on Fri., Oct. 14th and runs weekends thru Sun., Oct. 30th. Gallery hours are Fri., Sat. and Sun. 11:00am – 6:00pm.

An artist’s reception will take place on Sat. Oct. 15th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

The White Silo is located at 32 Rte. 37E in Sherman, CT For directions, call the winery at (860) 355-0271. For further information regarding the show or artists email Maryann at or call (203) 778-3982.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Visual & Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Ceremony & Celebration of the Arts

Monday is the groundbreaking ceremony on our new building on the WestSide Campus. I do not yet have the list of participating artists for the visual arts exhibition. The program includes presentations by theatre and music depts, and I am still hoping to see alumni from art, theatre and music. The proposed building is amazing and each department has it's own huge space.

rsvp online registration at Let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Elizabeth L. Popiel

Elizabeth L. Popiel via Good Morning America
Elizabeth writes, "I had the pleasure of a fun morning at GMA doing this set up ..thanks to a great crew and fun idea on the part of the segment producer Maureen White and a great director Jeff Winn."Robin Roberts' 'E.T.' Audition

Not so high!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

From the Danbury NewsTimes

Help wanted in Sunday paper:
1. Education-Art Assistant in Norwalk. Norwalk Housing Authority is seeking an energetic and outgoing individual to assist in teaching youth to think outside the box.​ Responsibilities include: To work closely with youth to expand their knowledge
of the arts while creating an environment they feel comfortable in; Assist the lead teacher with planning, implementing, and
evaluating developmentally appropriate activities for youth;
Assist in supervision and interaction with children during all activities;Assist with preparation of all classroom activities.​ Required qualifications and experience: Must have a Bachelor’s degree.​
Experience working with children.​
Candidate must be enthusiastic about creativity and self-expression.​ Arts background preferred.​ Apply with cover letter to Norwalk Housing Authority, 24½ Monroe Street, Norwalk, CT 06856-0508 or
email to smccre@​norwalkha.​org.​
The job closing date is November 1, 2011.​ EOE

2. Promotional Writer/​ New Media Marketer Trade magazine publisher seeks a creative marketing/​customer service support professional for its unique website, magazine and trade shows.​ Must possess excellent promotional writing, analytical, research and organizational skills.​ You also need to be comfortable interfacing with our clients and be computer and internet savvy.​ Some travel required.​ If this is you, a non-smoker who is not allergic to dogs, please cite CT Post & send cover letter /​resume to: info@​LMTmag.​com

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Carmen Zambrano '03

Carmen writes, "Just started a mural for the Danbury Hospital @ the Seiford and Ford Health Center. Stay posted for all the progress :)"
Day 2 of painting

Karin Mansberg '11

Karin writes, "I would like to share good news that my painting "Communication" (2009) was selected into a juried show Self Observed in NCMA."

The following is from the press release that included more information about the show. Karin Mansberg, MFA 2012 is exhibiting at the North Carolina Museum of Art as it presents Self, Observed, the first exhibition of college student work juried by college students at the Museum. The works are exhibited concurrently with the Rembrandt in America exhibition October 30, 2011 through January 22, 2012. Self, Observed reexamines the function of portraiture and highlights the enduring influence of Rembrandt. The exhibition is located in East Building, level B. Museum Hours are Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm; Friday 10 am–9 pm; Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm; Closed Mondays.
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kent Art Association Paint Out and Auction

Come to Paint or come to Bid

The weather is promising to be great this weekend, so go to Kent on Saturday, Oct. 8.

If you're a painter, join the folks painting the town (or the fields, the hills, the cows down the road - whatever!).

If you're just an art lover, join us for the auction in the afternoon to catch a deal on a "just finished" painting!

9 AM - Come by to sign up and join us for a snack

3 PM - Bring your finished painting (framed) back to the gallery for display

4 PM - The bidding begins!
Kent Art Association | 21 S. Main St | PO Box 202 | Kent | CT | 06757
If you can't paint out on Saturday, you can bring a painting you finished before the day of the auction. Also, all artists are entitled to enter a second painting on any subject, and in any medium, or style.
Art entered in the Auction must be properly framed and wired for hanging and all paintings must be back at the gallery by 3:00 PM for the preview.
The minimum bid has been set at $125.00, though you may set a different minimum bid for your work at a higher amount if you wish.
We are excited to have Del Bourree-Bach as our auctioneer again this year.
The member fee is $10.00 ($20.00 for non- members). Registration is at 9:00 AM. Meet at the Gallery for coffee, tea, and Munchkins.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Darryl Ohrt

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
Time: 7:30-8:00 a.m. networking, 8:00-9:00 a.m. social media panel.
Please arrive by 7:15 a.m. to allow time to clear security.
Location: General Electric Company, 3135 Easton Turnpike, Conference Center West 5, Fairfield, CT.
Cost: $35 Members pre-registered, $45 Non-Members pre-registered. Walk-ins will not be permitted at this event.
This meeting is free with your purchase of an annual membership ($65).

Stephanie Bursese

Stephanie began as a photography professor last year. She requested that White Hall Gallery be painted for critiques and student conferences. As a low priority, the walls were not painted. I was on campus yesterday and Stephanie was painting the Gallery. Thank you Stephanie for your work and dedication to the students!

Francis T. Patnaude

Thursday, October 13 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm at Whitson Gallery UCONN Torrington
855 University Dr.
Torrington, CT

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

Gulgon writes, "My painting is in a group show at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and I am pleased to announce that I have received Honorable Mention Award.

The juror was Cynthia Reeves, Owner of the Cynthia-Reeves Gallery in Manhattan and Creative director of the Great River Arts Institute, a Nonprofit Art Center in Bellows Falls, VT"
The exhibition runs from September 24 - October 28, 2011.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Adela Ferris '04

Adela added AFotography to ArtViews-

Tonight: wcsu jazz faculty – ives hall

tuesday, october 4
7:00 – 8:30

dave scott – trumpet
andrew beals – alto
deborah weisz – trombone
chris morrison – guitar
peter tomlinson – piano
dave ruffels – bass
jeff siegel – drums

Monday, October 3, 2011

Karen Bartone MFA '09

Guests are welcome to visit the studio of Karen Bartone in Clinton, CT during the Art Trail weekend, work from two new series are on view
"The Red Door" and "The "Illuminated Plane".

She writes, "Visitors are invited to see the new work of Karen Bartone in her studio during the Autumn Art Trail weekend Oct 8th and 9th. Her studio is located at 54 Brickyard Road in Clinton, CT. OK all, I am doing the open studio this year, you can check out the details under the Arts Centers web site, come and enjoy a weekend of art with over 70 artists."

Sunday, October 2, 2011

James Gabianelli MFA '09

James writes, "NEW WORK POSTED ON MY WEBSITE!!! check it out..."