Monday, April 30, 2012

call to artists - Plight of the Pollinators


Bridget writes:

Okay fellow Artists, Musicians, and Electic Mix of Creatives, the final day for entering your work is this Friday, May 4th, by Midnight!! We have some really gorgeous work coming in from in and out of the country. We also have some very special guests gracing the "Field Projects" space with some incredible murals.We'll keep you in suspense on that for another day or two:).

Theatre Arts 2012

School Shows May 3 and May 4 at 10:30am Berkshire Theatre. All tickets $7.00.
Public Performances: May 4, 7 pm, May 5, 3pm and 7pm, May 6, 3 pm. All tickets $10.

Directed by Erik Tonner Produced by Pam McDaniel and Sal Trapani Technical Direction by Frank Herbert Artistic Consultant - Liz Popiel Musical Direction by Tom Cuffari Costume Design by Corey Pumroy Lighting Design by Suzie Immarigeon Set and Prop Design by Kim Girardi Sound Design by Paul Dente Make-Up and Hair by Bri Sassone Stage Manager - Laura O'Donoghue 

Schoolhouse Rock Live!, based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is now a musical! Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, featuring songs such as "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," I'm Just a Bill," and "Conjunction Junction!" 

Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings its infectious zest to children of all ages. It is just plain and simple good, clean - and educational - fun!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Part time opportunity

Joanne Hunter writes, "I have a couple of small part time opportunities for preferably art students."

The Art Spot has been commissioned to do a piece of Public Art in Waterbury - a 900 square foot mosaic tile mural.  I am looking for some kids with some aesthetic painting understanding to help transfer the image we have designed onto the substrate boards that will be tiled and then installed.  In addition, I may need some bodies to help load and unload and move around some of the materials.  We are fabricating the panels with the community up there at the Palace Theater from June 5-14.  The prep work I need to hire people for will take place before that, in the next few weeks. Contact Joanne at

Eileen Tavolacci MFA '11

Eileen writes, "I will be in the Prince Street Gallery 5th National Juried Show selected by Juror: Yvonne Jacquette. The show runs from June 19th to July 7th, 2012 and the Opening Reception is Saturday June 23rd from 3:00 - 6:00.
Gallery location is 530 West 25th Street, NY, NY."

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ryan Saghir '00

Ryan writes, "At the 20th Annual NFRA Executive conference - excited to be presenting on Best Practices in Social Media shortly!"

Rebecca Rigdon '02

Rebecca writes, "I am looking forward to my new venture. For those of you who haven't heard, I will be joining the law offices of Cecilia Buck-Taylor. It is truly an amazing law firm that makes giving back to the community a top priority. Now that I am local, I urge all of my family and friends to contact me with any legal issues. The firm specializes in domestic and family law, real estate, corporate/business, probate, civil litigation, personal injury, criminal and juvenile matters. I am both excited and nervous about going back to work full time, but know that it is whats best for my family. After being home with Leighton for two years, believe me, this is hard. I'm sure I'll cry all the way to work on Friday morning. Wish me luck!!!"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eileen Tavolacci MFA '11

Eileen writes, "William Bailey was brilliant in his lecture today at WCSU.
"The act of painting is often an act of correction: you put something down and it is Yes or No, most often No. .....If you are unable to compromise and compensate, you are unable to make a painting.""

Phil Lique MFA '08 and Karin Mansberg MFA '13

"White Men Hunting Oxen" by Karin Mansberg, 2011.
Ink and acrylic on a book page.

"Roadkill" by Phil Lique. 2011.

Article about Phil and Karin from the Mecurial

Monday, April 23, 2012

Katie Bassett '08

Check out the link to see Katie at work in her studio!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Senior Thesis Show - opening reception

Click here to see pictures from this exciting opening.   The upcoming grads were out in full force.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ival Stratford Kovner MFA '02

The Town of Newtown is pleased to present “Horse Drawn Revisited,” a series of drawings executed in charcoal, monochromatic pastel, oil stick and selected  burnt sienna wash, by the artist Ival. The show opened April 12 and continues through April 30.  A closing reception is scheduled for April 30, Monday, Late Afternoon.  Ival will  be present at the reception to discuss her work.
Ival writes, "Troopers and now-eleven mounts of the Connecticut Horse Guard stationed in Newtown, provided both the inspiration and a unique artistic challenge."  

She adds, "My personal experience as a trooper and troop historian for two years in the Horse Guard provides the underlying narrative informing each drawing."



The WCSU department of theatre arts will present "Next to Normal" at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Send an email to for more information.

Bridget Grady MFA '05 - Flight of the Pollinators awards - call deadline May 4th

Bridget writes, check out some of the awards for upcoming show!
Field Projects Award 500.00
A Very Generous Anonymous Donor

Pollinators Garden Award 200.00 (and growing!)

Fine Dining and a Sophisticated Atmosphere! Soon to voted the Best New Restaurant!!
Main Street, Watertown Connecticut
 Reservations: 860-274-7788

Abbey Taylor Johnson
Landscape and Garden Designer
Nursery Address: 207 Old Litchfield Road( Rt.109) Washington, CT.
Earth Tones Native Plants& Landscapes
A Nursery Specializing in Native Plants and Landscaping 
Check out their website for some gorgeous photography!
212 Grassy Hill Road, Woodbury, CT.

Natalie Von Vleck Student Award 100.00
For best High School Student Entry

 Good Seed Studios Award 150.00
This is us :)! J.Foster Music and Blue Horse Arts 
 for best online entry that perhaps can't make it to the Field Project's exhibition space!

R.Barry Award 150.00
 for Best Sound/Music Entry.  Thanks Ryan!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Open Studio and Exhibition from April 14

Saturday was a very busy weekend and although I did not get to Pamela Hochstetter's opening at the Peter Lawrence Gallery,"Spontaneous" Paintings by Pamela Hochstetter '80
April 13 - May 6, I hope you get a chance to stop by (send me pics!).

I did go to see Jill Sarver MFA '10 and Joel Spector MFA '05 opening at The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm,

and stopped by the Open Studio to see Katie Bassett's work,

Check it out on site or in person.   

And finally, besides performing a wedding ceremony in Brookfield, I attended the Awards Reception at Richter House in Danbury.  Check out our Facebook page to see work by participating artists including many from WCSU.
Antonio Carvalho '11 and MFA 13
Visit Richter on Facebook:  

Senior Thesis opens tonight

at Higgins Hall Gallery in the annex at 6 pm. BE There!

Plight of the Pollinators:A Call to Artists !!!

Reminder to Submit Art, Music or Interpretive  Bee Dancing!

Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust, in conjunction with Blue Horse Arts Studio, located in Watertown, Connecticut, seeks artwork for an upcoming exhibition in June, 2012. Artists will be challenged to create works of art inspired by nature and/or critical environmental issues. This “Art of the Earth” series of events will encompass seasonal group exhibitions starting this spring with an initial call for art and multimedia creations for a “Plight of the Pollinators” exhibition. This exhibition will be open to the local and online community in an effort to raise awareness of the vital importance of the role of pollinators in maintaining the health of our food and eco-systems. Partial proceeds from the sale of work from the exhibition and entry fees will be donated to Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust’s environmental educational programming.

Opening Reception

The Regional YMCA launches a new art gallery at ESCAPE to the Arts!
The first exhibition will showcase work by the teaching artists and staff at ESCAPE.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 5th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main St., Danbury, CT
For more information call 203.794.1413

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Katie Bassett '08 and Antonio Carvalho MFA '12

I would like to invite you to the Opening Reception for my show on April 28th 2-5 pm. 

Danbury, Connecticut artists Antonio Carvahlo and Katie Bassett will have a two person exhibition. 
The Stanley L. Richter Association for the Arts presents, "Representational Abstraction", in their gallery at 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury, CT. 

The exhibition will be on view, April 28th & 29th 2-5pm and May 5th & 6th 2-5pm. 
An Opening Artist's Reception will be held on April 28th from 2:00 to 5:00pm. 

Join us for Refreshments, Music & Art! Hope to see you there! 
Check out the event page for more info:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Call to Artists - Kent Art Association

Call for Artists -Annual Kent Art Association Spring Juried Show

The Gallery at the Kent Art Association invites artists to enter the annual KAA Spring Juried Show, which runs from April 29 until Sunday, June 3. Receiving will take place at The Gallery at the Kent Art Association on Route 7, just south of the monument, Friday, April 27 from 1 to 4 pm and Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 1 pm.  All work must be original and for sale.  The Judges for the Spring show are Jim Adair,  Edwar Martinez, and Marlene Weidenbaum and there will be more than $1000 in prizes.  

A copy of the prospectus can be found at . For more information call the Gallery at 860.927.3989.
An Awards Reception is scheduled for Saturday afternoon May 5 from 2 to 4 pm with awards presented at 3 pm. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

Senior Thesis Artists - opening Wednesday at 6 pm in Higgins Hall

BA Thesis Exhibition 2012
Graphic Design
Kathleen Barta
Randy Blissett
Anna Burns
Justin Buto
Alissa DeGregorio
Ryan Greene
Victoria Grennan
Ashley Hampton
Samantha Hummel
Nicholas Jakoboski
Natalya Kurjiaka
Zeqiang Li
Joseph Massimo
Kim Neel
Anthony Pensiero
Timothy Porter
Nicholas Saward
Alexandre Teixeira
Gabrielle Waterman

Jerry Bazile
Heather Brasche
Gabriella Ciocca
Emily Gombos
Karyn Hazel
Luke Kennedy
Jessica Long
Shavonna Person
Mary Ellen Sperle-Pataro

Amanda Emanuel
Shaina Fogel
Haley Ford
Megan Pirron
Heather Testa

Studio Art
Jessica Dey
Whitney Foster
Jasmine Hunter
Timothy Schweitzer

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Joan Polzin MFA '05, Maryann Meken Silvestri '86

Joan and Maryann each won an award at Richter Association for the Arts 2012 Members Show.

Congratulations Joan and Maryann!

see pictures on Facebook

Friday, April 13, 2012

Phil Lique & Karin Mansberg

Gallery Exhibition: Phil Lique & Karin Mansberg
April 21, 2012 - June 1
Opening reception Saturday, April 21, 5-7pm
Regular gallery hours Mon, Wed, Fri 11am-5pm, Sat. 1-5pm

Music performance by The Selkie, Saturday, May 19, 7pm

The Mercurial Gallery
11 Library Place
Danbury, Connecticut

Francis Patnaude

Fran writes, "I'm curating a show at the Washington Art Association, opening May 6th,4-6 p.m. - "The Zen of Contemplation" and My guitar playing is featured on a limited edition EP w/ singer songwriter Kath Bloom on Caldo Verde Records to be release date June 26,2012"

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Coming up this weekend

An Eclectic Mix
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14, 3 to 5 p.m.
Jill Sarver
, oil painting and Joel Spector, works on paper
in a group show Apr 7 - May 13

The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road,New Milford, CT 06776-2199

Phone: (860) 355-0300
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday - Saturday, Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.

Richter Association for the Arts Member Show opens April 14 with an Awards Reception at 2-5 pm.
 The show continues April 15 2- 5 pm and April 21-22 from 2-5 pm. Entered in the show are Katie Bassett ’08, Antonio Carvalho MFA ’12, Renee Bascetta MFA ‘11, Joan Polzin MFA '05

"Spontaneous" Paintings by Pamela Hochstetter '80
April 13 - May 6
Opening Reception & Tasting the Specialty Wines of White Silo Winery
April 14,  3-5  pm
Peter Lawrence Gallery
The Historic Basket Shop Building
703 Kent Road (Route 7)
Gaylordsville, CT 06755

Katie Bassett '08 Open Studio "Possibilities"
Sculpture &Painting

15 Great Pasture Rd., Unit 15, Danbury, CT
Select Saturdays, or by Appointment
Apr. 14 10 am - 3 pm

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

David Boyajian and MaryAnn Meken Silvestri '86: outdoor sculpture at Peter Lawrence Gallery

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "will be teaching two plein air watercolor classes at the Botanic Garden this month. Come join me.
Watercolor class at Botanic Garden

04/24/2012, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM or

04/28/2012, same time

Contact: Registration Line 901-636-4128

Plein Air Watercolor with Phyllis Boger.

It’s Spring! Paint “en Plein air,” a fancy way of saying “outdoors,” at the Garden. Learn to paint in water color with the sun at your back and breezes gently blowing.

All skill levels welcome. Students may use single sheets and/or a journal to capture spring at the garden. This four hour workshop will be taught by Phyllis Boger who has taught plein air painting throughout the southeast, New England, and Italy.

Supply list provided, for an additional fee the instructor will supply paints, paper and brushes. Bring a sack lunch or order a box lunch from Fratelli’s Café at the Garden.

MBG members $60/non-member $75, with own supplies. MBG members $70/non-members $85 with all supplies provided.

Pre-payment due 7 days prior to class. Call 636-4128 to register."

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

ShawnaLee writes, "I'll have some works at the Richter Member's show coming up.  See attached for picture.  Visit my artists FB for more info:  "portraits by ShawnaLee"."

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jill Sarver MFA '10

Jill writes, "I just wanted to give you a heads up on my upcoming group exhibition, "An Eclectic Mix" at the Silo Gallery (Hunt Hill Farm Trust) in New Milford, CT.

My work consists of oil, acrylic, and gouache paintings and four new memory drawings. The opening reception is on Saturday, April 14th from 3- 5pm. (might I add that the Silo has amazing food and local wine at their openings!) If you're in the area, I very much look forward to seeing you there! Artist talks are Sunday, May 6th at 2pm."

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bridget Grady MFA '04

Drawing selected for INDA Volume 7
 7th International Drawing Annual Juried exhibition in print sponsored by the Manifest Creative Research Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
The International Drawing Annual publication was conceived as an extension of Manifest's Drawing Center mission to promote, feature, and explore drawing as a rich and culturally significant art form.

The goal of the International Drawing Annual is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of drawing from around the world.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mary Lou Alberetti '64

ATLAS fine art services
41 South 6th Avenue . Tucson AZ . 85701 . (520) 622 – 2139 

works on paper and ceramic sculpture by 
Mary Lou Alberetti (connecticut) 
Mel Hombre (texas) 
Katherine Monaghan (arizona) 
When: 07 April to June 2, 2012 
Opening Reception: 07 April . Saturday . 6 to 9 pm 
Closing Reception: 02 June . Saturday . 6 to 10 pm 
in conjunction with the Central Tucson Gallery Association’s SUMMER ART CRUISE 
Where: ATLAS fine art services 
41 South 6th Avenue 
Tucson, AZ 85701 
(South 6th Avenue between Congress and Broadway) 
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00am - 6:00pm and Friday and Saturday: 11:00am - 7:00pm 
or by appointment 
A MARRED GEOMETRY : the grid, the ever present grid – the underlying bones of interior and exterior space and the very structure of our daily life – marred by purpose, marred by process. 
Mary Lou Alberetti’s ceramic sculptures draw inspiration from her extensive travels and borrow freely the elements from Moorish and Italian architecture. A timeless quality is generated in each piece through the application of multiple glazes and their subsequent firings in the kiln. The rich surfaces and variegated colors that are produced seem subdued and worn by time and weather. These textures are formed by Alberetti’s masterful understanding of clay, glazes and process and her keen awareness of how time erodes and conditions stone and soil and the hues that color them. 

For additional images and information please contact: james@atlasfineartservices or call 520.622.2139

Vanessa David '95

Vanessa writes, "I just got the official e-mail welcoming me as a full member playwright to Theatre Artists Workshop - this is a big deal for me and my plays. I'm looking forward to a new productive chapter and I'm happy the "old baggage" in finally gone :) I'm very glad I stood up for myself and my work and that it paid off!!! Never give up folks :)"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Call for Artists - Art Takes Times Square

You're invited to join Art Takes Times Square, a competition searching for inspired works by artists, designers, photographers and all creative talents from across the globe, to identify one visionary whose artworks will transform the most visited attraction in the world into a brilliant, spectacular exhibition.

This is your moment, be the star of the show.
Click here and participate for free.

International Publicity + New York's Most Immense Exhibition + $16,000 in Grants

Be the star of the most spectacular art exhibition to grace New York City's most iconic landmark. Soaring up to 23 stories high and illuminated in thousands of lights, the exhibition will be brilliant, immense, and witnessed by over half a million people. You're invited to participate in: Art Takes Times Square.

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Bridget Grady MFA '04

Commissioner Daniel Esty of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has invited Bridget to exhibit her paintings at the head offices of the DEEP. Along with Bridget artists Dianne Parmalee, co-curator of the Art of the Earth series, Plight of the Pollinators:Call to Artists, and Randy Orzano Featured artist presenter at Flanders Nature Center, will also have their works displayed. The works will be on view from June to August 2012. A reception for the artists will be held during the last week of June at a date TBA.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Darryl Ohrt

Darryl writes, "I'm in AdWeek this week!
(I knew they would use the shot where the photographer made me lie down in silly pose on the roof...)"

Tracy Powers MFA '09

Day 2 : Catherine Kehoe's workshop at the WAA.