Friday, December 30, 2011

Margaret Grimes

Margaret has been elected a member of the National Academy in New York City. The National Academy is a museum, art school and honorary association of artists and architects dedicated to "creating and preserving a living history of American art."

Jerrial Young '07

Jerrial wites, "I just had a wonderful rehearsl with the cast of Children of Eden."

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Andrew DiGuiseppi '03

Andrew writes, "Buy diguiseppi posters, diguiseppi prints, canvas and framed diguiseppi art. Discover new art from thousands of unique & independent artists at"

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jessica Murphy '10

Jessica writes, "I just wanted to let you know that there were a couple of westconn names missing from your list of artists in the Art & Frame show. Scott Jackson, Chris Olszewski, and myself, Jessica Murphy. We have also sold a lot of pieces, including some by all three names I just mentioned."

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wendi Cahill '95 at Molten Java

From 2011 top Bethel buzz:
Change is good. So thinks Wendy Cahill, owner of the award-winning Bethel coffeehouse, Molten Java. On Friday, November 4, 2011, Cahill announced plans to expand and move her successful coffeehouse to a new, larger location at 213 Greenwood Ave.

The spacious turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion is located in Dolan Plaza, right next to the newly opened Peachwave Yogurt. Enjoying 8-and-a-half years at the current, soon to be former location, 102 Greenwood Ave., Cahill said it was time to expand “because that’s what my customers want and need.”

Monday, December 26, 2011


THEATRE PERFORMANCE - "SWEENEY TODD" - January 25 at 7 p.m., Stratos G. Dukakis Performing Arts Center, 1050 Westminster St., Fitchburg, Mass.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Eileen Coladarci '89/'96

I want to wish you all a very merry christmas and hope that santa gives you all that you ask for :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

David Boyajian

David writes, "I finished the installation for the the Norwalk train station commission. There are 17 cast aluminum sculptures installed on the railing posts in the old station section. The sculptures are 3D narratives of Norwalk history."

The Norwalk Parking Authority invited artists to submit proposals back in April for the SoNo station public art project. In September the NPA chose the artists to create the permanent installations. The team of David Boyajian, Matt Rink and Vincent Appel are creating a series of aluminum sculptures that depict the history of Norwalk, such as an oyster boat, lighthouse, hat and hatbox. They will be installed on the railing post caps throughout the station lobby.

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "Wishing you a very blessed Christmas!

AJ, Mirjam, Lucas and Joshua Picard"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vincent Baldassano

Vincent sent a holiday greeting

Kevin Dunn MFA'11

Kevin writes, "I am teaching classes at
Silvermine Arts Center this Winter Semester. If you could help me to spread the word about my classes so that I can get as many
students as possible I would be more than thankful. Here is a link to
my portion of the Silvermine Website"
Kevin begins teaching in January. His classes include:
Beginning Drawing
January 23 through March 19, 2012
Beginning Drawing
January 18 through March 21, 2012
Beginning Painting
January 21 through March 17, 2012
Painting Interiors from Observation
January 19 through March 22, 2012
Studio Techniques - Workshop
March 12 through March 19, 2012

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Joan Marie Kelly MFA '05

Joan is presenting “The Public Art of Joan Kelly" for the undergraduate painting class at University of New Hampshire.

MFA 2011 update

Check later today for the 2011 MFA update. Remember I can add to the listing if I missed anything.

Best wishes to you all for the holidays.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ron Lawlor '93

Ron writes, "Hello Friends!

Rick and I are currently producing 2 Place-Mats to be printed the first week of 2012.

Windmill Diner on Lake Avenue, Danbury and Orem's Diner on Route 7, Wilton.

80,000 Place-Mats in each diner, lasting 6 months. Current price - $590 each.
Sign-Up and Pay before December 31, 2011 FOR ONLY $890 TOTAL. Do the math, a $290 savings.

If you want to start the new year off Advertising your company at a great price... NOW IS THE TIME! Space is limited. First come first serve!

If you would like to Advertise in one but not both diners please call for other options. BUT the savings will not be as considerable.

Thank You for your attention!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
R.E. LAWLOR Graphics & Printing
Design • Print • Direct Mail • Marketing • Advertising
Bethel/Danbury, Connecticut
Phone: 203-748-4144
Fax: 203-748-1522

A Family Business Since 1988

Joe Di Guiseppi '02

Joe writes, "Just uploaded some sample pages to my New Cartoon text book
Would make a great gift for young artists and fantasy fans!"

Call to Artists - Katonah

The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St. (Route 22) in Katonah, N.Y., invites artists to submit work for inclusion in Art to the Point, a juried exhibition featuring (but not limited to) painting, drawing and sculpture, which will be on view Jan. 15 through Feb. 19. Artist Donald Sultan will serve as the exhibition's juror. Three cash prizes will be awarded at the opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 914-232-9555, ext. 0, or visit

Artists living in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) are invited to submit up to two pieces (paintings, drawings, prints, mixed-media works, sculptures, photographs or videos up to four minutes in length), which were executed within the last five years. Artists must deliver submissions to the museum on Friday, Jan. 6, from 1 to 6 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Download submission guidelines at Call 914-232-9555.

James Gabianelli MFA '09

James writes, "Give the gift of Art Lessons to someone for X-mas!"

Jamison Odone MFA'10

Jamison writes, "Books to sign from people whom I have never met coming in the mail is the most flattering thing that I have experienced in my life."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

ShawnaLee writes, "This is an example of a softly tinted Graphite sketch. Such a beautiful kitty!!!"


I received the following letter regarding CT Review:

December 13, 2011
Dear Colleagues:
As the fall semester draws to a close, we are pleased to inform you that Connecticut Review, the literary journal of the Connecticut State University System, will continue to
be published as it has been since 1967. While the publication was in jeopardy for a time, through the diligent efforts of faculty and administrators committed to its continuation, you should begin seeing the Fall issue on campus shortly.

There have been, however, a number of changes—in part as a result of necessary budget reductions. You may first notice some revisions to the masthead of the publication, its binding, and the initial pages. The publication name, Connecticut Review, is now featured more prominently. The number of pages is slightly changed; so is the manner in which artwork is presented in the journal.

The distribution method has been modified as well. As you know, Connecticut Review has previously been distributed free of charge to all interested faculty and staff. Beginning this academic year, a reduced number of copies will be distributed to each of the CSUS campuses. Rather than being sent directly to individual faculty members, the journals
will arrive at each department and other key venues on campus. We would appreciate
your seeking out a copy from a colleague, and passing it along afterwards to others who
may be interested. You may also read it on the Connecticut Review website, which is to be updated shortly to include the Fall 2011 issue.
We greatly appreciate your continued support for Connecticut Review. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Louise H. Feroe, Acting Chancellor
Connecticut State University System

Jian-Zhong Lin, Senior Editor
Eastern Connecticut State University

Vivian C. Shipley, Editor
Southern Connecticut State University
This is the link to the submissions page:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chris Olszewski MFA '10

Christopher writes, "anyone need small paintings as gifts for the holidays?
let me know"

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tony Zatzick MFA '02

Tony writes, "My new CD is now available online at Spirit Voyage ~ Enjoy!
Light and Blessings to all ~ may the wonder of the infinite fill you with grace & joy!"

Saturday, December 10, 2011

WCSU theatre arts department

Western Connecticut State University will stage Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol,” at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $7 for children.

The crew features faculty members Sal Trapani and Pam McDaniel as producers, Erik Tonner as director, Frank Herbert as technical director, and Liz Popiel as set designer. Student crew members include: Shannon Stowe, of Monroe, as assistant producer; Cassey Miko, of Stratford, as assistant director; Suzi Immarigeon, of New Fairfield, as production stage manager; Matt Terzigni, of Watertown, as assistant stage manager; Kayla Fontanez-La-Selle, of Peekskill, N.Y., as choreographer; Lisa Rene Jordan, of Brooklyn, N.Y., as costume designer; Melanie Leff, of Cortland Manor, N.Y., as lighting designer; Erika Flynn, of Darien, as musical director; Ty McCombe, of Vernon, as musical director; Zak Klvana, of Sherman, as sound designer; and Brianne Sassone, of Paramus, N.J., as hair and make-up designer.

Tonner’s adaption of the Christmas classic is magical, insightful and filled with heart. The song-filled performance reawakens the true spirit of the holidays, with a spooky and inspiring portrayal of redemption.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wendi Cahill '95at Molten Java

Local Musicians Organize All Day Music Benefit for the New Molten Java
Next Sunday, there will be an all day music concert to benefit the new Molten Java Coffeehouse.

From the Music Dept, via the NewsTimes

Bass master plays at WestConn
Robert Miller, Staff Writer
Being right is overrated, according to master bassist John Patitucci.

"I try a lot of different things and learn by trial and error," he told students at Western Connecticut State University last week as he prepared them for an evening concert in which he'd play with a half-dozen small jazz groups. "I've learned a lot by doing it wrong."

But in talking to the students, Patitucci stressed one of the essential qualities of jazz. Quoting another bass great, Rufus Reid, Patitucci said the best music is made "when people agree."

Read more:

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76

Maryann is selling her glass art at Handcrafted in Connecticut Craft Sale at the New Milford Railroad Station for the final two days, 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.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Artist Fellowship Program

The Artist Fellowship program provides grants to encourage the continuing artistic development of Connecticut’s artists. Awards are made each year in the amounts of $5,000 or $2,500. To be eligible for Fellowships, artists must have lived and worked in Connecticut for a minimum of one year at the time of application and are current full-time residents of the state. Ineligible applicants include students who are currently enrolled in full-time degree-granting institutions and prior Fellowship recipients who have received an award within the past five years.

Applications are now available for the FY2012 Artist Fellowship Program Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Alain Picard '97

Alain is offering FINE ART PRINTS by Alain J. Picard

Picard Studio is offering a unique collection of hand-signed and numbered prints for sale this holiday season. Click the links below to view the landscape and Rwanda collections.

Please email or call us with your print request. We'll have your fine art print delivered just in time for Christmas.
Happy Holidays,


Bryn Gillette MFA 2009

Bryn writes, "Hi Friends, I'm partnering with my non-profit TeamOne:27 to offer a Giclee Print series of my door painting "Written in the Stars". I'm offering these 8x20" giclee prints, signed and numbered, for only $50 and half of all the proceeds go to support this friday's Christmas Party in Haiti where TeamOne:27 and Divine Ministries will be sharing gifts, love, food, and Christ with 5000 street children in Haiti! For more info check out my website or go right to the estore:
Art By Bryn — Welcome"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Patte Corcoran '85

Patte writes, "Join us for a Holiday Artists' Reception after the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration on McLevy Green, Thursday, Dec. 8th. Tree Lighting begins at 5 p.m. City Lights Reception begins at 6 p.m.
Gallery Hours: W-F 11:30a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 12-4

Enjoy a glass of cheer while you shop during these extra holiday shopping hours; we will be open until 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. 15 &16.
DIRECTIONS: City Lights is conveniently located in downtown Bridgeport easily accessible by Metro North, I-95, the Merrittt Pkwy via Route 25 Connector. For complete directions go to"

Laura McCormick '84

Laura writes, "So excited to be in Amsterdam to work with the Dutch Cancer Society ~ about to head to a Scientific Convention but FIRST..... visited the honeymoon suite of John Lennon and Yoko in our hotel ~ wow!"

Monday, December 5, 2011

From the Music Dept


Tonight, Monday, Dec. 5, the WCSU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

For additiona events on campus check out the WestConn Report

Karin Mansberg '11

Karin writes, "My painting is the one in the upper right side in this photo of the exhibition wall. The show is up until January 22, 2012 at the NCMA, in Raleigh, NC."

Nancy White Cassidy MFA '05

Nancy is pleased to announce that her studio is now finished and in use. She writes, "The studio has two sides, divided by a closet under the stairwell. It has enough room for my design studio as well as classes for up to 8 people (more if it's a seated class)."

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tony Zatzick MFA '02

Tony writes, "Counting down now ~14 hours to go ~ Almost 100 Backers! ~ Anything is possible ~ Don't miss this opportunity to help bring this music to the world ~ Huge thanks for all the support that has brought us this far! The way that Kickstarter works is its all or either raise the full amount of your goal and your campaign is funded, or you raise nothing!
Please check this out, and donate if you feel inspired:
Sharing this page to your Facebook and Twitter walls helps too, as we have such a short period of time left to raise awareness and funds!"

Jeanine Molnar '00

Jeanine sends a link,
Fab Finds by My Favorite Crafty Chicas by Jeanine Molnar on Etsy
Colorful Leaves Abstract and has elves for your tree,

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "some good buying opportunities out there tomorrow, Great artists work at the Brooks Museum, The Jewish Community Center (I have scarves there) the the Holiday arts Bazaar at Carefour center. Dont let the rain keep you in. Last big weekend for local artists' work."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

paola DiMeglio '98

Paola Writes, "Hi friends,

Anyone interested in a two night stay in New Orleans groupon - value is $780 - price is $380, only catch is it needs to be used and booked by December 25th – I contacted them and they don’t have weekends available at the moment, just weekdays BUT they do have the Christmas weekend available 23-25th

It’s for the Edgar Degas House in New Orleans - Good for a 2-Night Stay for Two in a Premier Room

Two-night stay in a premier room with breakfast
Two tickets to New Orleans Museum of Art
Two tickets to Louisiana State Museum
Two tickets for ferry ride across Mississippi River
$12 off second entree at Café Degas
10% off lunch or dinner at Napoleon House

Website -

Got rave reviews online if you google them

If you know anyone interested please have them email me at – this was a gift for a friend who won’t be using it and I just can’t go myself so I would hate to see it go to waste


Bridget Grady MFA '04

Bridget writes, "Here is a sneak peek of the forth-coming holiday card I was commissioned to illustrate by Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust.

The proceeds from the sales of the cards will go toward the feeding the animals who reside at Flanders.

The card's design incorporates some of the resident Shetland sheep and an invented likeness of artist Natalie Van Vleck as their shepherdess.

Natalie Van Vleck was an artist, farmer, and an environmentalist.She had the vision and foresight to preserve the property that gave her such creative inspiration from the impact of a beginning trend of suburban sprawl developing in the 1960's. Her vision remains an enduring gift to residents and visitors to the town of Woodbury.
Graphite Drawing by Bridget Grady

For information for where, when, and how one can purchase these cards in the very near future!:
Contact Dianne Parmalee, (who herself is both an artist and current shepherdess to the flock), at Flanders. or visit
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust
5 Church Hill Road
Woodbury, CT 06798
Telephone: 203-263-3711
Fax: 203-263-2214"