Monday, July 30, 2012

KAA Elected Artist

Kent Art Association is accepting applications Elected Artists' Invitational & Solo Show
Click here for the Elected
Artist Application

Sept. 9 to Oct. 14
Click here for eligibility rules and application:

deadline Aug 30

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Eileen Tavolacci MFA '11

Eileen writes, "I currently have four woodblock prints as part of the 32nd Mini Print International of Cadaques Exhibition. The show runs from June 30 to September 30, 2012 at Taller Galeria Fort in Girona, Spain."

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bridget Grady MFA '04

Bridget writes,"5th Row down fourth image over. Conversation with Pieter and Paul by me:) thank you Manifest!"
The 1st International Painting Annual (INPA 1) features 129 works by 79 artists from 30 states and the countries of Canada, China, England, and Germany. It is available for purchase at Manifest Gallery,, on the Manifest website, the Weston Gallery, and many other bookstores around the U.S. and beyond. The INPA 2 is currently in production. The INPA 3 is accepting entries through June 30, 2012.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NYC on July 26th

Chelsea Art Walk! Come by and visit us. We will be open from 11 am - 8 pm! For more information about the Chelsea Art Walk, visit:

James Gabianelli MFA '09

James writes, "C'mon, support local art...see me this Saturday at the Hebron, CT Fairgrounds!"

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Aline Marie '01

Aline writes, "I sent out a call in my heart to get back to my roots and create more art and the response has been overwhelming and beautiful. I am up to my eyes in yogamat orders! Thank you to all of you who have reached out to me to create for you, and for each of you who use your mats and have spread the word! This larger image is actually two yoga mats that were painted together to create one image for a soon to be husband and wife! What an awesome idea!

 The mats custom painted are normally $400 each, until the end of July I am offering a deal of two custom painted yogamats for $350. If you and a friend want to split this it's a great idea!

This offer is only valid until July 31st, and is for latex/pthalate free sticky mats only (custom rubber or lululemon mats are an additional charge), and does not include shipping. The wait time is 3-4 weeks to receive your mat once ordered"

Monday, July 23, 2012

Jill Sarver

Join Westport Arts Center at the Downtown Merchants Association’s 39th Annual Fine Arts Festival, where we are a Community Arts Sponsor.
The Westport Arts Center is proud to host the Children’s Zone. Children of all ages and their families are welcome to come and get creative, tag our brand new Art Car, and make a variety of graffiti-inspired artwork!  Art Car generously provided by Dragone Classic Motorcars of Westport. Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 10am - 4pm

ArtCafé Meets Jazz Jam: Downtown Mash-up
Join Director of Visual Arts Helen Klisser During, Brian Torff and The Phantom Pluckers for a fun filled, happy two hour Art and Jazz Mash-up. With the emphasis on more ‘happy’ than hour, come down and join the mash-up. The Festival has extended hours this year, and our tent will be fully equipped with a bartender and hors d’oeuvres.
Saturday, July 21, 5 - 7pm

To find us at the festival, follow the splattered paint footprints!
For more information about the Fine Arts Festival, please see

Sunday in the Park

It was great to see so many alumni and new students at the BBQ in Harrybrook Park in New Milford yesterday. These students will be graduating in 2016! Wow!

Nancy Yonkers was there and she let me know that she continues to work in graphic design.

I hope to see some of you next Sunday, Jul. 29 for the BROOKFIELD AREA ALUMNI-NEW STUDENT CLAMBAKE: the clambake is hosted by Class of 2007 alumna Helen Curtin from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cadigan Park, 465 Candlewood Lake Road in Brookfield. To RSVP, call (203) 837-8298.

If you are attending, bring me an update : )

Katie Bassett '08 MFA '14; Jing Lu '10; Chris Durante '82; Robert Rae '11

Gallery Exhibition: The Mercurial Staff Show
July 28, 2012 - September 1
Opening reception Saturday, July 28, 5-7pm
Regular gallery hours Wed & Fri 11am-5pm, Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 1-4pm

Music performance by DawnMother, Saturday, August 25, 7pm

The Mercurial Gallery,11 Library Place,Danbury, CT


The Mercurial Gallery in downtown Danbury, Connecticut will be exhibiting its first staff show from July 28 to September 7.  Myriad writers, artists, designers, and friends of The Mercurial's online magazine and its brick and mortar gallery will be showing works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, photography, mixed media, and writing.   

In addition, The Mercurial will be launching its new magazine website at the staff show's opening reception, taking place on Saturday, July 28 from 5 to 7pm. The new, sleek website is the work of local artist and designer Robert Rae, who will also be showing his artwork in the exhibit.  

Other artists on display will include gallery co-curator Katie Bassett, editor and contributing writer Joshua L. Durkin, owner Amanda Bloom, artist and designer Jing Lu, videographer and artist Evan Dalcher, sculptor and furniture maker Alec Jordan, and gallery neighbors Erin Walrath, Chris Durante, and David Haislip.  

The July 28 staff show opening reception includes a meet and greet of the artists and refreshments. An accompanying music performance by Danbury-based rock band DawnMother will take place at the gallery on Saturday, August 25 at 7pm.  

The Mercurial Gallery is located at 11 Library Place in Danbury Connecticut.  Regular gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday, 11-5pm, Saturday 1-5pm, and Sunday 1-4pm.  

Parking is available directly across the street from the gallery in the Charles A. Bardo Parking Garage.  Main Street parking is free after 5:30pm.  

For more information, call Amanda Bloom at (203)417-2215, email, or visit

Jack Tom

Jack writes, "Hope your summer is going well! I would like to invite you to an opening to a group exhibition I will be part of, Pixelated: The Art of Digital Illustration at the New Britain Museum on August 3rd from 5:30 - 8 pm. Please see the attached invitation. Hope you can make and I look forward to seeing you there. Thanks.

Jack Tom, 203/579-0889,

Pixelated at New Britain Museum 

Pixelated: The Art of Digital Illustration
July 21 - Dec. 9, 2012
Opening Reception:
5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

Pixelated: The Art of Digital Illustration will bring 27 illustrations by the most widely recognized and awarded illustrators working today to the Low Illustration Gallery at the New Britain Museum of American Art from July 21–December 9. Curated by Scott Bakal, an accomplished illustrator and professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the exhibition will open a window into the world of the modern illustrator and the tools and techniques that have transformed the face of illustration in the 21st century.
The roster of featured artists spans generations from the most seasoned illustrators with over three decades of experience to some of the youngest and newest names in the field.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ShawnaLee Kashnak '96

New England Artist, ShawnaLee W. Kwashnak, is donating an oil painting to be auctioned for Kai, a foal in need of life altering cataract surgery through the CT Draft Horse Rescue. The auction is online until 7/26; visit FB: CT Draft Horse Rescue and look under the album "Silent Auction & Sales for Kai's Surgery".

The painting being donated is an 12x9" framed Oil Painting on stretched canvas of "Colby" a 1/2 Belgian & 1/2 Thoroughbred Draft horse feeling the breeze on his face after competing in the LHA Hunter Pace at Pound Ridge Reservation in MY during the 1990's. Hand painted in the timeless way by New England Artist, ShawnaLee. visit: or FB: Portraits by ShawnaLee

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sheri Schwartz MFA '14

"Portrait of a Young Man in a Chaperon"
oil on canvas, 31" x 23"

Sheri is in the 2012 MFA National Competition  at FIRST STREET GALLERY.  The 2012 MFA NATIONAL COMPETITION is the second in a series of annual exhibitions open exclusively to MFA students throughout the United States. Juried by John Yau, art critic, poet and professor at ...Rutgers University, the exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media and sculpture.

The exhibit opens at First Street Gallery,  526 W 26th Street, Suite 209, New York, New York 10001on Thursday at 11 AM. The opening reception is July 19, 5 - 8 PM.

(646) 336-8053 /

Mark Estrada '05

Mark writes, "Mohegan Sun.... 7pm Wednesday night! come check out my band on the Rooftop of the Riverview Garage!!! classic car show/fireworks and us!!!!! come party!!!"

Alain J. Picard '97

Alain writes, "Your Best Painting Awaits You

Check out my latest campaign by Constant Contact.

Need a creative outlet this summer? Come and join my four week Studio Class starting on August 14. You choose the subject, I help you make it your best painting yet."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Theatre Arts Dept reminder

School House Rock At Ives Concert Park

Based on the famed educational TV show is being presented by the Theatre Department. It is a great show for the the whole family. Evouchers for free tickets are available on the Ives website.

Showtimes 2 PM Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th 7:30pm Saturday 14th.

In addition, a one man War Stars is being presented at 9:15pm Saturday night after the School House performance as a double feature.

It is a Parody of the Star Wars Trilogy in 35 minutes. Be amazed by our own John Stegmaier as he spins from one character to the next. He is an amazing performer and you will laugh out loud.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Upcoming seminar

Pictures That Move, creating and sharing videos like a pro
HVCA will be presenting "Pictures That Move- Creating and Sharing Video Like A Pro" with host Tom Curley. This even will be held at Art & Frame of Danbury at 60 Newtown Rd, Danbury CT
The cost is $15 for HVCA Members or $20 for non-members
Seminar description:
Learn how to capture still images and videos with any digital camera, then combine them to create short, effective video slide shows that you share online using low cost or free software tools. Why use video online? Share you creative talents, promote your business and events, or just for fun!  These days, everyone is watching video online via PCs, tablets and smartphones. In fact, they expect to see video on websites.
In this seminar you will:
* Learn about capturing, editing and sharing online videos
* Use any digital camera and computer with low cost or free software
* Discover why 'less is more' with online video
* Get tips on optimizing the visibility of your online videos
* Be able to rise above the rest with professional looking results
We will start with the basics, show plenty of examples, then create an online videomontage from scratch. You'll take away the knowledge to be able to create your own videos and share them with the world!
Art & Frame of Danbury
60 Newtown Rd
Danbury, CT 06810
For questions and info about the event, please contact:
Leah Glazer

Karin Mansberg '11 MFA '13

  Karin writes, " There are two events at the Aldrich in August that might be of interest to some of you."
Visual artists are invited to join The Aldrich and gallerist Heather Darcy Bhandari to learn how to navigate relationships with galleries. How do you research opportunities and negotiate representation, sales, and exhibitions? What does the gallery expect from you, from presenting your work for consideration to understanding good business practices? And what can you expect from galleries in return? Participate in the discussion and prepare for success at this first event to re-launch Radius.

Art at Silvermine

Signed, Sealed & Delivered - Private Collectors Party

Saturday, October 27, 2012
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sara Victoria Hall
$35 per person

purchase tickets online
The popular fundraising art sale and event for collectors and enthusiasts returns to Silvermine Arts Center. Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres at a special private collector’s party featuring over 500 4” x 6” original works of art in all media - paintings, prints, photographs, and collages. An element of mystery adds to the fun; the artist's signature is on the back, visible only after purchase. Be one of the first to participate in this special sale of small works of art by Silvermine Guild artists, faculty and well-known friends, to benefit Silvermine’s public programs, gallery exhibits, outreach programs and lectures. In addition to all works available at $50 (buy 3 and get the 4th free!), there will be a silent auction on special selected works of art. Advanced reservations required to attend this private showing and sale.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Actor needed for fall project

HVCA member:
Please read below.  Mark Aldrich is a dedicated and incredibly compassionate individual who works with inmates at the Garner Correctional Facility in Newtown.  Among many things, Mark works in theatre and is looking for 4 male African American actors for a fall project.  There are tight deadlines.  You can contact Mark directly if you are interested.  I’ve cc’d Mark in this email in case you have questions. Otherwise, please share this with someone you think may be interested as soon as possible. 

State Opportunity

The postcard has the wrong date. The deadline is April 12, 2013

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Our condolences to the family and friends of Diane Robinson '87

Diane Robinson, age 49 of Redding, CT, passed away at Danbury Hospital on Thursday July 5, 2012.  She graduated Western Connecticut State University in 1987 earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. Diane then continued her education in graphic design while taking enrichment courses at area schools such as Norwalk Community College, the CT Institute of Art, and Fairfield University. After completing her education in graphic design, Diane then worked for The Stamford Advocate, The Greenwich Times and finally Deloitte and Touche of both Weston and Stamford.  Outside of work Diane also had a passion for art. She brought joy to many people by sharing her talents in the artist's realm. Her creative photos and drawings inspired and moved several people that knew her.  

Diane participated in the last art show we had for alumni in Warner Hall.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, Redding, Saturday morning at 10:30. Private burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT, Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00. Information and online condolences at

Joe Shaboo '98

Joe writes, "A discussion of Shalamazoo is on the bill for the Connecticut Reading Association Conference on October 3, 2012 in Cromwell, CT! THANKS TO THE DEDICATION OF DR. DARLA SHAW! Thank you Darla! Looking forward to rockin' this fancy hotel! Should be fun....what a hoot."

Monday, July 9, 2012

Smithsonian Institution What am I

CT Theatre Dept

The WCSU department of theatre arts will perform "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" based on the Emmy Award-winning, 1970s animated series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through song. The performances will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at Ives Concert Park on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Featured will be the show's classic songs such as "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," "I'm Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction." Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for children 16 and under, plus fees. A family four-pack will be $40 plus fees. For tickets, go to or call (203) 837-TIXX.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sheri Schwartz MFA '13

Sheri writes, "My oil portrait of Philippe Bontemps,  a WCSU senior photography student, was accepted into the National MFA Competition at First Street Gallery in Chelsea.  The address is 526 West 26th Street, Suite 209, NY, NY. The opening is July 19 from 5-8 and the show runs through Aug. 10.  Thank you"

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

ShawnaLee writes, "This is titled " Something Sweet" - a soft graphite sketch of a fluffy white kitty taking a little nap - A sketch for a dear friend and lifetime neighbor."

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Litchfield County "My Town"

Karen O'Brien  | Editor-in-Chief

sends a request for stories:

I wanted to make you aware that we are running a feature in AAA Southern New England's publication, Horizons, that asks our readers to write about their towns.

If you think any of your Litchfield County residents might like to submit something, we'd love to hear from them.

I have attached a sample My Town and a My Town submission form.

To submit something online, they can go to, click "My Town" and fill out the form. If we print the person's submission, they receive a four-pack of movie tickets.

Best regards,

 Submission for AAA Horizons “My Town” feature

Southern New England is home to so many wonderful cities and towns. Are you so proud of where you live that you would recommend it as a day trip for fellow AAA members? Please fill out the form below. We will contact you for more details if we choose your submission for publication. And if we print it, we’ll send you a four-pack of movie tickets.



E-mail address:                                                 

Daytime phone number:                                

Why are you nominating your town? What is special about it? Natural beauty? A historic landmark? A major attraction? The general atmosphere?

List three things people should do in your town – and why.

List three places where people should eat in your town – and why. Consider places for different meals, snacks or dessert.

Is there anything else we should know – or that should not be missed – about your town?

Please submit this form to or Karen O’Brien, AAA Publications, 110 Royal Little Drive, Providence, RI 02904.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Jerrial Young '07

Jerrial writes, "Running thru Romeo Juliet completly memorized(off book) infront of a mini production crew and it is only day 6. 15 more rehearsals left including tech till we open on my first equity stage!!! I am pretty pumped... I AM FINALLY EMC!!!!!"

Jeanine Molner '00

Jeanine's post, maybe I'll try it :)