Sunday, July 31, 2011

Elizabeth L. Popiel

Liz writes, "I'm headed to Edinburgh tonight with 27 lovely, well mannered, cheerful students and one other groovy faculty member."

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ridgefield Arts Council - Oct 1

Join Ridgefield Art Council to celebrate a diverse and vibrant arts community at the Ridgefield Cultural Festival.

Stage a performance, display and sell your work, host interactive demonstrations.

Discover new audiences & share information about you, your organization or your business.

Registration is now open! Click the above link for registration details.

The festival boasts a rich tapestry of performances on multiple stages by artists in music, dance, theater and storytelling, and celebrates the visual arts, the world of craft, and much, much, more.

Artists, businesses and organizations will be featured throughout the day, displaying and selling their work, presenting interactive displays and hosting information booths for those seeking to learn more about events, classes and other opportunities to enjoy one of Ridgefield's greatest resources.
This event is open to the public and attendance is free.

For further information contact Alison Greeley at

Friday, July 29, 2011

Call for Artists - HVCA

Chris Durante '81 is the Juror for 2011 HVCA Juried Art Show and Auction.
Click here for prospectus and application, Deadline August 24

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

John Kane '76

John writes, "Here is a little blurb on my latest. We also have just come out with the new Pilobolus Calander and my guess is it will be up for some competitions but too soon to say which. He works with Korokoro, a full-company Pilobolus Dance Theater piece created with Takuya Muramatsu, the principal choreographer from Dairakudakan, one of Japan's most intriguing butoh companies and I, photographer and WCSU grad, and sometime adjunct professor will be debuted at the the renowned Joyce Theater in Manhattan." He states, “This is the first live performance digital work that I’ve done. It goes way beyond simple photography to a hybrid of photography, film and live performance” He adds, “ Having worked with this and other dance and theater companies over the years my heart is still with capturing the moment in stills, but this was a real blast to be part of a live theater piece in Manhattan”

Kane’s work can also be seen on posters and bill boards throughout the city and subways promoting the Pilobolus NYC season July 11th through August 6th at the The Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10011 212-691-9740.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Karin Mansberg '11

Karin writes, "I was accepted for the MFA/Illustration program at WestConn and will start this fall semester 2011. I will continue working for the University Computing as a student manager of the Student Technology Training Center in WCSU, teaching Adobe CS5 and Microsoft Office programs to students." She adds, "I am also working on personal illustration projects and doing freelance work as graphic artist."

Congratulations Karin!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Joan Marie Kelly MFA '04

Stretcher frames & outside striping frames for sale!
If anyone if interested in purchasing the stretcher frames and outside striping frame from Joan Kelly when her show comes down 30 July - 31 July 12 noon please contact her as soon as possible @ 347 981 7614 or jmkelly! The outside striping frames are 3 inches thick really nice too. Selling everything half price. I have to take my work back to Singpaore with out the frames. thank you!

the sizes are:
size Amount
74 x 45--- 2
68 x 44 1
70 x 42 1
36 x 50 2
30 x 48 2
36 x 20 1
72 x 22 2
30 x 40 3
36 x 30 1
36 x 24 1
48 x 24 2

Friday, July 22, 2011

Isabelle Day MFA '11 and Sarah Stewart Wright '11

FIRST STREET GALLERY is pleased to present the 2011 MFA Juried Exhibition, July 21 to August 10, the first in a series of annual exhibitions open exclusively to MFA students throughout the United States. Juried by SAIC Professor and artist Susanna Coffey, the exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media and sculpture. Opening reception July 21 from 5 - 8 pm.

Gallery Hours: 11 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

526 West 26th Street, Suite 209,
(PLEASE NOTE: moved from Suite 95) New York, New York, 10001
646-336-8053 ·
First Street Gallery is located in the heart of Chelsea, NYC between 10th & 11th Avenues.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ival Stratford Kovner MFA '02

From the NewsTimes, "Horse Drawn," 2nd Horse Guard through an artist's eye by Eileen FitzGerald, Staff Writer
Charcoal and pastel drawings of the Newtown-based 2nd Company Governor's Horse Guard will be on exhibit at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City starting Aug. 2. for full article click here

Monday, July 18, 2011

Vincent McElhone '84

Vincent is performing his comedy routine at Mohegan Sun 2x a year...and at clubs and fundraisers and corporate comedy presentations all over the country. He adds, "I have now been doing stand-up professionally for 18 years now."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Art & Frame Call for Artists

We are starting to plan for a small works show that will go up November 19, 2011. Artworks completed in any medium will be accepted as long as they are small so that we can fill our gallery up as much as possible. It will be open to the public, so if you or anyone you know are interested stop by the store for more info or check upcoming newsletters for details and submission requirements.
60 Newtown Rd
Route 6 Plaza
Danbury CT 06810
(203) 748-0197

Maryann Meken Silvestri '76

Maryann is part of The exhibit "4 Artists -- 4 Journeys" an exhibit open to the public until early August at Danbury City Hall. The following is a notice from The News Times: The artists are Vincent Albano, Shelley Lowell and Maryann Meken-Silvestri '76, all of Danbury, and Emilya Padlowski, of Ridgefield.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Linda Rynkowski MFA '12

Linda writes, "I sold one painting out of five exhibited at the annual CCNS show in Rowayton, CT which ran from June 6th -12th."

She adds, "I will be having a show at the Darien Rowayton Bank from Tuesday, November 1st through Wednesday, November 30th. The opening will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 4 - 6 pm. entitled "About Town" featuring plein air works executed on location in the towns of Darien and Rowayton, CT.

The show will feature eight works.

something different

CT Ballet's 30th anniversary celebration kicking off with
the company's first-ever statewide Summer Dance Caravan.

Classical, contemporary and dramatic works performed by 16 dancers presenting free July 30 (Saturday) at 7:30 pm at Ives Concert Park on the campus of West Ct. State Univ.
43 Lake Avenue Extension.

Free ballroom dance class with John Vitti will be offered from 3:30 to 4:30 on the Ives stage. The rain date is 7/31 same time.

Bring chairs, eats, and bug spray!

Friday, July 15, 2011

our art alumni are busy

Don't forget to check out our arts alumni calendars for events to enhance your summer! and

WestConn Theatre Alumni

Marcella Kurowski '05

Friday, July 15 • 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Marcella Kurowski's invites you to come to Forest To Shore Gallery for the opening night of exhibit entitled "Ad Libitum." FTS Gallery is proud to display the newest works from this very talented artist and longtime friend.
FTS Gallery
2415 Main Street 2nd Floor
Stratford, CT

Sarah Stewart Wright '11 and Isabelle Day '11

FIRST STREET GALLERY is pleased to present the 2011 MFA Juried Exhibition, July 21 to August 10, the first in a series of annual exhibitions open exclusively to MFA students throughout the United States. Juried by SAIC Professor and artist Susanna Coffey, the exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media and sculpture. Opening reception July 21 from 5 - 8 pm.

Gallery Hours: 11 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

526 West 26th Street, Suite 209,
(PLEASE NOTE: moved from Suite 95) New York, New York, 10001
646-336-8053 ·
First Street Gallery is located in the heart of Chelsea, NYC between 10th & 11th Avenues.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vanessa David '95

Dinner Theatre Saturday, July 23 at 7:00pm at the Piedmont Club. On this special night we will have performed live, the play, “CONNECT COUPLES (DOT) COM” Featuring Vanessa David and David F. Savo.

Dinner will be at 7pm with the show beginning at 8pm. Our menu for the evening:$20.00 PER PERSON WITH CASH BAR
(203) 655-7884

Arts Alumni updates

I have a meeting today to discuss the alumni lists for the Arts Building groundbreaking. For both the theatre people and the art alumni please remember to send me your "snail mail" and I hope that you are all getting my emails.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

You’re Invited 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.
ShawnaLee 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

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Call for Artists - Kent Art Association Presidents' Show

The Kent Art Association Juried President’s Show will award over $2,000 in prizes. The large gallery located at 21 South Main Street in Kent, Connecticut encourages the public to view shows and attend receptions. The show will be juried and judged by Deborah Chabrian, Melody Asbury, and Roger Kastel.

The President’s Show opens July 24 and closes September 5. Receiving for this show will take place Friday, July 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee for members is $20 for two pieces, non-member entry fees are $30 for one piece, $35 for two pieces. Work must be original and done by the artist’s own hand and must be hand delivered. No photography or giclee prints; hand pulled prints only. For information call 860-927-3989 or visit for a prospectus listing the awards.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Joan Marie Kelly MFA '04

Joan is exhibiting at the Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001
Zones of Contact, The Public Art of Joan Marie Kelly

from Jul 12, 2011 - Jul 30, 2011
The Reception is July 14th 5-8pm

"Joan Kelly operates in "zones of contact," a theme elaborated in the 2006 Sydney Biennale: places where competing narratives of power compete, where silences speak to unwritten histories. Kelly reinvents the body through the environment of these zones: be it the foreign worker chattels of Little India, the brothels of Calcutta, or the factory towns of the Shenzhen Economic Zone. These zones mark the intersection of the grand narrative of globalization and progress with those of the lived reality at the bottom of the pyramid. This is landscape to the art of Joan Kelly." Paul Khoo, art critic Singapore

While in NYC visit Isabelle Day MFA '11
Kevin Dunn MFA '11
Amy Meeker MFA '12
Perry Obee MFA '11
Eileen Tavolacci MFA '11

exhibiting at Prince Street Gallery
325 West 25th St/ NY NY 10001/646.230.0246/ for the 4th National Juried Exhibition
July 12 - July 30, 2011 with an Opening Reception: Saturday, July 16, 3-6 pm
Gallery Hours Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 pm

And beginning August 2,
Ival Stratford-Kovner MFA '02
opens at the Blue Mountain Gallery
530 West 25 Street, New York, NY 10001 with her show
Horse Drawn

The show is up from Aug 02, 2011 - Aug 20, 2011 with an Opening Reception: August 4, 5–8 pm

Ival will be showing her dynamic large scale drawings depicting cavalry images. Charcoal stick and multi-media washes.

While in NYC for Ival's opening stop by the Bowery Gallery for the opening for Kevin Dunn MFA '11 and Isabelle Day MFA '11

at 325 West 25th St/ NY NY, 646.230.0246
The Bowery's 20th Annual Juried Competition for 2011 from August 2 - 20, 2011 with a Reception: Thursday, August 4, 5pm- 8 pm
Gallery Hours Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6 pm

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pamela Hochstetter '80 reminder

31 Keeler Road, Bridgewater CT
Saturday, July 9, 3:00-6:00PM
~ART EXHIBIT Opening Reception
Burnham Library
62 Main Street, Bridgewater CT
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


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Eva Weymouth '86

E.K. Weymouth Design won an award at the Connecticut Art Director’s Club annual awards show. The category was “self promotional design” the ceremony was this past June at The Boathouse in Hartford.

Maureen Kelly '91

Maureen is the owner of Pumpkin Hill Beads. Read about this glass bead artist on WestConn Art Views

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

mfa illustrators in New Milford on Aug 6

august 6: gallery opening
WCSU MFA Students
Litchfield Hills Film exhibition in New Milford Aug 6 through Aug 28. The hours are 5-7.

Opening 5pm-8pm with artists Tiffany Raccio '11, Bonnie Sullivan '11, Thomas Dowell '11, David Ferreira '10, Jamison Odone '10 and Hiroshi Mizuno '10

gallery 77
77 railroad street
new milford, ct

Sunday, July 3, 2011

WCSU theatre arts department

Sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank.

The WCSU theatre arts department will present "Seussical, The Musical" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. The show will transport the audience into the imaginary world of Dr. Seuss. A fun, lively, intimate production ... a must-see for the whole family!

Tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and children under 12. A Family Four-Pack will be $40. Purchase tickets at or (203) 837-TIXX.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Donna Eaton '81

Donna has a line of watercolor
cards and a line of Calendars that sell on Old Home Day in New Salem, Mass. She writes, "I am very much influenced by Matisse, Mel Stabin, Prendergast, Timothy J. Clark, and Lucy Willis."

All the best, Donna Eaton