Friday, September 30, 2011

Vanessa David '95

From the review of Boy Wonder - A new play / Arden Anderson Broecking, in the Norwalk Citizen Online: "The first act takes place in his office, where he argues with clients and succumbs to his secretary, Dolores, not for the first time. She was played by Vanessa Davis[d], who brought a sexiness to her role and did a really good telephone drunk scene. Prior to that, Bill Finch, a frustrated producer of "theatre art," manages to shake poor O'Banion up even more, but later becomes a rescuer (sort of)."

PT artist's assistant in Westpost, CT

one full day or 2 half days to help in a Westport studio ($15/hr). Applicant must be art educated, skilled at MAC computer programs, can take charge at applying for gallery exhibitions and entering competitions, order supplies, wash brushes, etc. References required. Send resume and contact information to

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vanessa David '95

Vanessa writes, "Cum see my play Baby Bear Becomes a Man at the end of the month :"
BTC New Works presents: "After Bedtime Stories"
Downtown Cabaret Theatre
Bridgeport, CT

The Bridgeport Theatre Company New Works Program presents "After Bedtime Stories", our 2nd showcase of local playwrights, actors, dancers, singers, and musicians. Young at heart, mature in theme, come see Goldilocks, Peter Pan, Prince Charming and many more of your favorite characters from fairy tale land as you've NEVER seen them before ~ and will never see them again, because it's for one night only!


For mature audiences (rated 'R' / ages 17 and up welcome)

ORDER ONLINE NOW or Call the TICKET HOTLINE: 800.838.3006

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

new interview on WestConn Art Views

Read about our production team!
WestConn Art Views

Art & Frame Call for Artists


Art & Frame of Danbury writes, "We are attempting to put together our first Small Works Show! If it goes well, it could very likely become an annual event.

Submission is free and each artist may enter up to 3 pieces for the show. Please drop off completed submission form with your art no later than Friday November 4th in store at 60 Newtown Rd, Rte 6 Plaza, Danbury CT 06810. Any artist who would like to submit work can email us for an entry form at You can also call us at (203) 748-0197 to request one by mail.

All we ask is that your piece is ready to hang and no larger than 13" in any direction, that includes the frame or any other display fixtures. We are accepting all mediums including photography and sculpture. If needed, we are also offering super discounted framing for pieces accepted into the show."

Chris Olszewski MFA '10

Amanda Bloom writes as part of her appreciation, "THANK YOU Jing Lu, Evan Dalcher, Chris Olszewski, Alec Jordan and Scott Jackson for your unbelievable help in hanging and preparing the gallery. Thank you to John O'Sullivan and Art & Frame of Danbury for all of your help and support. Thank you to Bill O'Keefe at Redding Roasters for providing delicious coffee. Thank you Zulai Serrano for a fantastic article on the show.

Please come and visit the gallery anytime! Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 12pm and by appointment. The Mercurial Collective is located at 11 Library Place, Danbury, Connecticut. Contact the gallery by calling (203)417-2215 or by emailing"

Sincerely,Amanda Bloom, Curator, The Mercurial Collective

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

I received the following email if anyone has any questions regarding the new SVPA building.
Dear Members of the WCSU Community:
WCSU will break ground on a 130,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Arts Center on Monday, Oct. 17. Please attend one of the two upcoming open forums to learn more about this building, its design, construction, and impact on the Westside campus. Representatives from the design team, the contractor, and Planning and Engineering will be on hand to answer your questions about this exciting new addition to our campus.

Westside Campus VPA Open Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westside Campus Center ballroom.

Midtown Campus VPA Open Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Midtown Student Center theater.

Residency opprtuinties at Millay Colony

The Fall Equinox brings wonderful happenings at The Millay Colony for the Arts: FALL 2011 Events

Extended Application Deadline October 1
In addition to our one-month residencies for artists, writers, and composers, we are thrilled to offer these three new options:
* The Two-Week Residency, two sessions in the month of September.
* The Virtual Residency, weekends only including a stipend of $1,000.
* The Group Residency, five days to a group of collaborating artists.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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

As promised I've added the link to the new SV&PA building on our home page I am hoping to see all of you at the groundbreaking on Monday, October 17, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. There is now an rsvp online registration at Let me know if you have any questions.

Jill Sarver MFA '10

Jill writes, "I was hired on as the Visual Arts Coordinator at the Westport Arts Center in Westport, CT. (I love it there!) I also am teaching "Perspective" online through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

I'll also be in the "Groundbreaking" show that Darby Cardonsky is curating for Higgins Hall, opening 10/20. I have a website:

Monday, September 26, 2011


On Wednesday, Sept. 28, pianist Peter Frankl will perform at noon in Ives Concert Hall. The concert, hosted by the School of Visual & Performing Arts, will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

Richter Awards

Charles Gehm, Plonia Nixon and ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96 won awards at the Richter Association for the Arts Annual Juried Art Show and Sale. Stop by Richter House next weekend to see their winning entries.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Web Developer position available

C# / Developer

We’re looking for a talented, self-motivated software engineer who can program in C# and Visual Basic, and who can have a large role in our future growth.

You need to be a jack of all trades: be able to construct queries in SQL, build HTML and CSS for pages, and write the occasional console or windows forms application. You should have a solid working knowledge of Microsoft technologies including Visual Studio, SQL Server 2005/2008, source control, and IIS.

You should be familiar with standard web technologies such as jQuery, Javascript, and XML. PHP a plus.

We’re a small development staff, so be prepared to do and learn a lot!

Make sure you can tell us about your past projects, and if you can, show us websites or samples online.

Fulltime Preferred. On location in our Ridgefield, CT office.

Salary: Based on experience. Please send resume including salary history to:

Friday, September 23, 2011

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

Groundbreaking Ceremony featuring

The WCSU Chamber Singers
Monday, Oct. 17, 2011
4 p.m., Westside Campus Center

followed by a Celebration of the Arts at the Westside Campus Center Ballroom, WCSU Westside campus
43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, Conn.

Please RSVP by Oct. 10 by sending an email to or calling (203) 837-9820

Celebration of the Arts to feature:

Art Exhibit: Looking Forward
WCSU students, faculty and alumni
Curator: Darby Cardonsky

Selections from Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano
Department of Theatre Arts

Selections from Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and The Thief, WCSU Opera Ensemble

Memories of Marie composed by Daniel O'Brien, student
WCSU Jazz Orchestra

Realizing the Vision

The School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) at Western Connecticut State University is recognized as one of the region's distinctive public university programs in the arts. The SVPA brings together art, music and theatre arts for the better development and promotion of the arts disciplines. The educational and artistic experiences of students, faculty, alumni and patrons of the arts will be enhanced by the addition of a 350-seat concert hall, a 350-seat theater, an art gallery, recording studio, as well as state-of-the-art rehearsal, classroom and studio art facilities.

This school has the potential to establish Western as the region's premier center for cultural, intellectual and artistic excellence.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Call for Portrait Artists

Biennial Fine Art Juried Portrait Exhibition & Portrait Symposium
January 30 - February 24
UCONN, Stamford, One University Place, Stamford, CT 06901
STEVEN ASSAEL Juror, Valentine Awards Reception on Friday February 3, 6pm-8pm. Wear something red!
On view Jan 30 through Feb 24
Deadline for submissions 12/15, early submissions needed by 11/21.

Presented by The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
Chairpersons: Patricia Boes
and Joel Spector. Call 917-921-9058, or

Chris Durante '82

Chris, a teacher and owner of Chris Durante framing, was the judge of the HVCA 3rd annual juried art exhibition and auction. He said of Vincent Albano's watercolor, "Taming the Mouse", as having "extraordinary technique, poetic juxtaposition of complexity and quiet."

Chris will be at the opening wine reception 9/23. Cost to attend is $10, register online at

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

ShawnaLee writes, "My 11x14 $40 sketch offer has been extended through September. $5 for every sketch will be donated to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society. I will have a booth at the DAWS Walk for Animals September 25th from 9-1pm. Thanks for the great updates"

Ival Stratford Kovner MFA '02

Ival writes, "if anyone works in wax they can enter a show at South Shore Art Center - dedicated to all artworks in wax - or utilizing wax - just a sharing."
October 3—Wax-Inc., Entry forms and images must be received by this date due at SSAC by this date

Wax-Inc., National Show juried by Brian T. Allen, Director, Addison Gallery of Art
Click here for a prospectus
Opening reception November 4, exhibition November 4 - December 23
119 Ripley Road • Cohasset • MA 02025
H: Monday – Saturday: 10 – 4, Sunday: 12 – 4
T: 781 383 2787 • F: 781 383 2964

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bridget Grady MFA '04


Artists and Musicians are invited to paint and play in the landscape at Blue Horse Arts and Jay Foster Music Studios!

Jay Foster will be offering a free demonstration and introductory workshop on using Field Recording and Granular Synthesis to create new soundscapes and ambient compositions. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the use of music technology to record and re-sculpt sounds collected from the wetlands area outside of the studio.

The “Hemingway Pond Paint Out” will be held simultaneously and is open to artists of all abilities. Instructor/Artist Bridget Grady will be on hand to assist those with less experience. Bring your own paints, sketching materials, and cameras and enjoy the natural beauty that lays hidden right in the center of town. Some easels are available on a limited basis, but it is advised that you bring your own.

Blue Horse Arts and JFoster Music Studios are located on the edge of Hemingway Pond near the center of Watertown, in the old factory space known locally as the MRCO building. Entrance to the studios is on 250 Porter Street. Beautiful views of the wetlands and wildlife are available outside in the fresh air or from inside the studio complex. The events will be held rain or shine. We are fortunate to be able to paint the landscape inside or out and year round from the window views of the studio complex. The “ Hemingway Pond Paint Out” and “Music Technology” demonstration is free and open to the public, but registration with the studios is required.( Just so we know how much coffee to brew:)!) The "Hemingway Paint Out" date is Sunday morning 9AM- Noon, September 25th. The Field Recording and Granular Synthesis demo and workshop will be held also on September 25th 9AM- NOON.
For more information and registration call 860-417-3243 or visit

Jamison Odone mfa'10

Jamison writes, "cool" when he shared the following from blue apple books Publisher's Weekly August 22nd Issue Cover:
Perhaps the most exciting time at Blue Apple Books is when we receive and view final art for a book for the first time. Especially when we are working with an artist for the first time. Just received a package from Jamison Odone filled with truly inspired work, for his spring 2012 book "Mole Had Everything."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Receiving at Richter House this afternoon, 9/20/2011 at 3 pm

I'm working at Richter today and hope to see all of you. $35 for two pieces for non-members. $20 for members. Over $1000 in awards on Saturday.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Receiving Reminder for 9/20/2011

Richter Association for the Arts Receiving for the Annual Juried Show is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 20 fro 3 - 7 pm at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. More than $1000 awards to be presented!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "here are a few sketches from my trip"Sketches from Italy

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Missy writes, "I'll be signing copies of Colonel Purple Turtle's Purple Turtle Journal today with Rocknoceros at Jammin' Java! It's going to be a great show, hope to see you there!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Doug Friday MFA '11

Doug writes, "I joined other local artists in The 4th Annual Easthampton, Massachusetts "Paint Out" A Plein Air Competion Sept. 3-10 2011 with an exhibition of my work at The Nashawannuck Gallery in Easthampton, Massachusetts from Sept. 10-24 2011."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "New Date for Drawing Class! Join us for our new Drawing Class, the revised dates are October 28 - November 18. There's so many ways to color your fall, so why not sign up today!

Be inspired"
For more information, visit his website at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

David Boyajian
David writes, "Check out the article in the New York Timeson the 9-11 commission I just completed for Sherwood Island state park."
Photo by Ángel Franco/The New York Times.
MEMORY ART David Boyajian, an artist, working on a piece commissioned by the state to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Santo Bruno

Santo writes, "I have a painting in an exhibition at: The High Museum of Art , Atlanta,Ga.
The exhibition is called "Trading Places" and The painting is titled "Small Function"and is on loan from The Museum Of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Exhibition dates are Sept.3rd,2011 thru Feb.5th 2012"

Monday, September 12, 2011

Wendi Cahill '95 at Molten Java

Best of Connecticut 2011 Food and Drink - Connecticut Magazine - September 2011 -

Molten Java Coffee Roasters
Bethel, (203) 739-0313 (
Owner Wendy Cahill roasts high-quality free-trade beans one pound at a time at this kitschy coffeehouse. Plan your visit right and you can get beans that are still warm. Signature varieties include Barnum Blend (named for native son P.T. Barnum) and Mad Hatter (honoring neighboring Danbury). Lattes, espresso, cappuccino, soups, wraps, burritos and vegan chili are also offered. Regulars drop by for the board games, Wi-Fi, live music and open mic night on Thursday.

Congratulations Wendi!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Eric Lewis

Eric Lewis (pictured)will play the first violin on Sunday Sept 11 for the Prometheus Quintet under the direction his own direction (pictured). He will be joined by his brother,violinist Roy Lewis, violist Ronald Gorevic, cellist Stephen Stalker and pianist Norman Carey. The program will be at the Richter House at 3 pm.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Marlana Cole Semenza '91

Marlana writes, "Hi, everyone,
Our company, Amber Light Gallery is involved in a fundraiser for the Susan G Komen Foundation in CT. From now until October 31, $5 from every set of note cards purchased will go to help the Komen Foundation further breast cancer awareness and race to a cure. I know so many of us have have loved ones touched by breast cancer or have been a victim ourselves. Please forward this to as many as possible so we can raise all we can to help this fight.

Thank you for your support."

Marlana & Duanne

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Derek Leka MFA '07

Derek writes, "Hello All,
Hope to see you this Friday at 6:00 (See attached e-vite.) Thank you,

Derek Leka

Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07

Ginger writes, "Newtown Art OPEN HOUSE!!!
11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT
Come visit our studio.class rooms, register for classes and have a goodie. See You Soon!"

Monday, September 5, 2011

Garry Camp Burdick

Garry, former WCSU adjunct professor of photography, was featured in the NewsTimes for writing and publishing a book, "West to Big Water: A Civil War Aftermath," self-published through iUniverse.

Read more on the website.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Derek Leka MFA '07 and Karen Bartone MFA '09

September 1 – October 13, 2011 at ECSU Opening reception:
Thursday, September 8, 5-7 p.m.

A triennial exhibition features work by award-winning faculty of the Visual Arts Department, both full time and adjunct studio professors.
Karen and Derek are both adjunct teachers at Eastern.
Akus Gallery, Shafer Hall, Room 1, Lower Level
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226

Gallery: 860-465-4659, Office: 860-465-4647
Hours: Tues-Wed 11am - 5pm
Thurs 1pm - 7pm, Sat-Sun 2pm - 5pm

Mary Lou Alberetti '64

Exhibition extended through September 11, Brookfield Craft Center Open House weekend
Brookfield Craft Center's 2011 Faculty Exhibition
“A Legacy of Fine Craft” features the work and stories of more than 60 accomplished teaching artists including MaryLou Alberetti.

The exhibition includes 100+ works in all craft mediums. All proceeds support our education programs, and directly support participating artists.

Dates and times for exhibition and fine craft gift shop:
June 26-September 11
Tuesday-Friday, 11-4
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 12-4
(closed Mondays)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Vanessa David '95

Vanessa writes, "This October I will be teaching Dinner Party classes in Trumbull and Ridgefield, CT. I'll also be teaching a Ten-Minute Playwriting class in Ridgefield.

The Dinner Party classes will not be a cooking class, it's a planning class. Learn how to create and execute one-of-a-kind menus that your friends will be talking about for years to come. Students will learn how to create a meal around a theme and with the tools they already have in their kitchens. You don't need to be a chef, you just need to have a plan!

And the Ten-Minute Playwriting class will explore the form and students will have the opportunity to write their own plays and share their work with the class."

Click here for Trumbull Continuing Ed

Click here for Ridgefield Continuing Ed

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tony De Matteo Jr '74

Tony writes, "Little Red School actively seeking voice instructor, our teachers are almost fully booked...203.378.9828"

Melissa Hatch Sheldrake '00

Murals by Missy designed a t-shirt
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