Saturday, September 29, 2012

Linda Lyons Rynkowski MFA ‘11

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Linda Lyons Rynkowski MFA ‘11

Karen Bartone MFA '09

Karen writes, "This is an upcoming closing reception.  This is one of my new paintings featured on the postcard."

Gallery One’s
at the Clayhouse

Come celebrate five art-filled and creative years at the Clayhouse 
and find out what’s next, this
Thursday, October 4th
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

at the Clayhouse
665 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
(two doors from HomeGoods)
(860) 388-0907

Eileen Tavolacci MFA '11

Eileen writes, "I will have some woodblock prints exhibited as part of 32nd Mini Print International of Cadaques
at Fundacio Tharrats d'Art Grafic, Pineda de Mar, Barcelona, Spain.  October 6 through November 4, 2012."

Friday, September 28, 2012

Call to Artists! Blue Horse Arts Studio

Reminder: Paint Out is on Saturday, 12PM-5PM. Come on Down!!Bring your paints, sketchbooks, cameras, or just visit the new studios! Sunday is the SketchJam with the Melonkali Flowers and Special Guest, Seth Hedu. That event is also free. It is from 3PM-5PM.The lovely Rita Quinn has baked her special banana bread for the occasion. THANK YOU RITA!!!( Goes great with Cider). Once again artists bring your drawing gear and sketch while being serenaded by some fine muscians!!! Details below....
Sunday afternoon “Sketch Jam” hosted by Jay Foster. The public is invited to come and listen or draw to the acoustic duo “Melon Kali Flowers”. This is a first in a series of musical events that will be held Sunday, September 30th, from 3PM-5PM. These events are Free and refreshments will be served.

 Hemingway Pond September 2012
Hemingway Pond Paint Out
The public is invited to paint the landscape at the Blue Horse Arts Studio’s Hemingway Pond. The paint out is free, just bring your paints, sketchbooks, or camera, and explore the beautiful water views and the rich variety of wildlife that exist right outside our studio door. This event is un-instructed and will be held rain or shine. One of the unique features of the Blue Horse Arts Studio is that we have great wetland views from the windows so we can paint no matter what the weather! Please email or call us if you are planning on attending so we know how much coffee or tea to make! Email or call 860-417-3243
Date and Time: Saturday, September 29th,12PM-5PM
Artists who like to paint the morning light are welcome .Just give a call!
Location – Blue Horse Arts Studio, 250 Porter Street, Watertown, Connecticut
Tuition- Free

Anthony Pensiero '12

 Anthony enjoys his new position and writes, "What a long day..made some pretty cool web banners at work for the Jets and Giants though!! Can't wait till they're up online..Remember, hard work ALWAYS pays off! Good night world"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

WCSU Faculty Exhibition

Creativity & Compassion

A Faculty Exhibition

at The Gallery at Higgins Hall
Opening Reception: October 11, 2012
5 - 7 pm   October 11 - November 29

Vanessa David

Vanessa writes, "This is the official link for my upcoming show :) I'm representing! LOL

TAW Launches 30th Anniversary Season with Annual Playwrights Festival

‎"What if" Edgar Allen Poe's mother invited a social worker to investigate why her son was writing and thinking such odd thoughts?."
Friday, October 19, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Call to artists

Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut 
ESCAPE to the Arts Art Gallery


The Art Gallery at ESCAPE to the Arts is accepting entries of art work for the upcoming juried exhibition The Faces, Places & Spirit of Our Community. Artists are invited to submit up to 2 original works of art for consideration by our selection committee.

The exhibition is open to local and regional artists working in the following media: oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, graphite, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture and mixed media.

The exhibition will run from October 1 to November 2, 2012 in our 400 sq ft gallery within ESCAPE to the Arts at 293 Main St. Danbury, CT.

Submission Guidelines

Artists must submit the following:
 Non-refundable Entry Fee: $10 for one entry; $15 for two entries. Cash or check payable to Regional YMCA of Western CT.
 One or two original works of art created within the last 2 years (ready to hang with label on back)

 Signed Entry Form

Basic Guidelines

All work must be appropriate to be viewed by all audiences. We ask that artists do not exhibit nudes. Works must be appropriate for the location (subject, size, and safety).

All work must be original. No works previously exhibited at ESCAPE will be considered.


Theme: Works submitted should represent the theme of “Community” and fall under one of the following categories:

 Faces: Examples of portraiture (individual or groups) depicting people in our community

 Places: Locations, landmarks, destinations and other places in our community

 Spirit: Works that portray a more artistic interpretation of community

Artwork may represent Danbury and nearby towns in our area.

All work must be ready for installation. Any work considered unsafe is not acceptable. 2-D works must be properly framed for hanging with wire on back. Wires must be securely fastened with hooks on the back of the frame. Wire must not extend above top of frame. No saw tooth or loop hangers permitted. Works that are not properly framed will not be accepted. Works should not exceed (36) inches in any direction.

Works in the following mediums should also be protected behind glass (or plexi-glass):

watercolor, printmaking, pastel, graphite and photography

Paintings on stretched canvas must be framed and properly wired for hanging.

3-D works (ceramics and sculpture) should not exceed (18) inches in any direction.

The Regional YMCA reserves the right to reject any and all works of art submitted for exhibition that do not meet the proper specifications as described above.

Vanessa David

   Friday, October 19, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 8 p.m.
  Sunday, October 21, 3 p.m.
 The Theatre Artists Workshop is located at 5 Gregory Blvd., Norwalk CT 06855.  Parking is free.

Monday, September 24, 2012

State Arts Grant process

Lisa Scails of HVCA writes, HVCA, as a designated regional arts agency, is not eligible to apply for this grant as a lead agency.  However, we are here to assist your efforts where we can.  I can try to help answer questions about the grant application or give some insight.  I was not involved with the development of the guidelines, but I did have additional conversations with CT Office of the Arts and others.  I will be participating in the webinar tomorrow with Wolf Brown.
HVCA is eligible and open to partnerships with local arts groups.  If you need assistance with the design and/or implementation of a proposal, would like access to cultural resources in the region, need coordination or facilitation, or in need of a fiduciary, etc.,  please let me know as soon as possible -so we can discuss and have time to plan.
The best way to reach me is via email or mobile (203) 300-2607.

David Boyajian

2012 Sculpture Fest Stamford continues through Oct 31st

 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, admission is Free

Sculptures indoors and in the gardens by world class CT sculptors, including, David Boyajian, Denis Folz, Jim Felice, Eric Camiel, Justin Perlman, Suzanne Benton, Janice Mauro, Marcia Spivak, Patricia Warfield, Derek Ulhman and Dalton Ghetti

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens
151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT

Phone: 203-322-6971,

Art Festival

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual "Made In The Berkshires" Festival on Columbus Day weekend. Join honorary chair Governor Deval Patrick at the opening celebration Friday, October 5th!— with Bronte Roman and Hilary Somers Deely at Upstreet Cultural District.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

12 x12 collage for the "Hair Raising Event" Oct 1st on Brookhaven Circle

Fulltime opportunity in Brooklyn

Full-time Studio Manager / Artist Assistant

Full-Time Salaried Position starting immediately

Sarah Small Photography LLC, (Brooklyn, New York)

Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Small is seeking a creative and energetic art's management professional to join her team, as full-time assistant/studio manager. The ideal candidate will be an extremely organized, open-minded, well-rounded, diligent self-starter with a willingness to learn. Ability to multi-task and synthesize a lot of information in a fast paced environment a must. Candidate will possess excellent interpersonal/social and written communication skills. Experience in customer/client relations preferred.

Ability to handle stressful/high-pressure situations and work under tight deadlines. Must be confident working independently and prioritizing tasks; while also being comfortable enlisting the assistance of others and appropriately delegating tasks when necessary. Attention to detail is a must.

Must be computer savvy and technically proficient on a Mac platform.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and iWork Suite (Numbers, Pages, Keynote), as well as Google Docs. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Bridge, In Design, Illustrator) and Adobe Lightroom.

Knowledge of Final Cut Pro (and/or alternate basic video editing software) and Mailchimp, a plus.

Additional Skills:
-General knowledge of photography equipment, software, and terminology (assistant photographer experience/lighting knowledge, a plus)
-Experience working in theatre, film, and/or music production
-Interest in and knowledge of arts culture in NYC and beyond, a plus
-Experience in graphic design and/or web design
-Grant writing
-Problem Solving
-Basic understanding of non-profit business structure, fiscal sponsorship, 501(c)(3) IRS regulations
-Administration and management experience/understanding of both for-profit and non-profit settings, a plus
-Strong memory skills, a plus
-Must have a valid driver's license
-Must be a team player, like people, communicate well, and have a sense of humor!
Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
-Drafting correspondence
-Creating and editing marketing and promotional materials for print and web
-Acting as the primary point of contact for galleries, agents, talent, crew, general network
-Maintaining contact database and print archive
-Receipt and invoice management
-Photo Retouching
-Getty Submissions
-On-site production management/oversight for live events, film shoots
-Equipment maintenance, liaising with IT technical support
-Online research
-Managing intern(s), conducting interviews (HR experience helpful)
-Studio and office maintenance
-Personal errands and general administration

Candidate should be highly motivated, hard working and looking to build a long-term working relationship.

Undergraduate college degree-required (BA in Art's Management or related field, a plus).

Interested candidates, please send a resume and cover letter (including a minimum of three references; two professional (past employers), and at least one personal reference), along with two writing samples (e.g. grant proposals, artist statements, etc.) to Chrissie at

This is a full-time, salaried position beginning immediately.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

casting call!
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut residents are being sought to be extras in a movie about the Underground Railroad that will star Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

This May 25, 2012 file photo shows actor Cuba Gooding Jr arriving for the screening of "Cosmopolis" at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
This May 25, 2012 file photo shows actor Cuba Gooding Jr arriving for the screening of "Cosmopolis" at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut residents are being sought to be extras in a movie about the Underground Railroad that will star Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
The film, with the working title "Something Whispered," is being filmed through November at locations around Bridgeport and at a church in Pomfret.

Casting calls are being held Tuesday at the Bridgeport Public Library and on Friday at the Bradley Playhouse in Putnam. There also was a casting call last week in Guilford.

The story revolves around a family's struggle in 1850 to escape slavery through the Underground Railroad.
Casting officials say they are looking for actors and musicians to appear in the movie.

Cathy Vanaria

From the Mercurial:

The Mercurial Gallery in downtown Danbury, Connecticut will be exhibiting ‘Still…’, a photography exhibition featuring Catherine Vanaria, Mark Savoia, and Lys Guillorn from September 15 to October 26 with an opening reception taking place on Saturday, September 22 from 5 to 7pm.  Vanaria and Savoia, a married couple who live in New Fairfield, are co-owners of Still River Editions and Connecticut Photographics, a studio and gallery specializing in fine art digital printing and traditional black and white film processing, and they are currently celebrating their 25th year in business.  Guillorn, who lived above The Mercurial from 2001 to 2009, has been working with Vanaria and Savoia at Still River Editions since 1998.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Visiting Artists this Tuesday

Stop by on White Hall, Viewing Room 1 at 11 am this Tuesday, Sept. 18 to listen to Alan Feltus. Feltus, a painter who has been represented by Forum Gallery in New York since the mid-1970s, believes that the purpose of art is not to strive to create something entirely new but to find one’s self—for it is the variation within an individual that enables something different to be produced. Feltus work
ed at the American Academy in Rome as a recipient of a Prix de Rome fellowship in addition to receiving the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Currently residing in Assisi, Italy, Feltus has taught in Italy as well as at American University in Washington, D.C. His work is exhibited both in the U.S. and abroad.

Friday, September 14, 2012

State Grant webinar

Arts Catalyze Placemaking Webinar. Sept. 25 & Oct. 2 Both identical and presented by WolfBrown. Plan on submitting a grant? If you can make one of these - you should!
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) will offer two webinars to support constituents who are interested in applying to the new Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP) grant program. These identical 90-minute interactive presentations will be held at two different times and will be led by Jennifer Novak-Leonard of WolfBrown (WolfBrown is the firm that was engaged to support the design of the new ACP evaluation and outcomes framework).

The focus of the webinars is to provide constituents with:
• greater context and clarification regarding how to best approach the ACP program’s new self-reporting requirements,
• an overview of how to use the ACP Outcomes Table and the Activities, Goals & Outcomes Worksheet,
• context for placemaking,
• helpful information about outcomes and indicators.

There will be time to respond to constituent questions and it is COA’s intention to make the PowerPoint slides available after the first webinar. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Artists Opportunity
A trade association of professional publication phototographers

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Call to Artists - Escape to the Arts

Regional YMCA’s ESCAPE to the Arts announces A Call to Artists

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut’s ESCAPE to the Arts invites artists working in all media to submit artwork for consideration in the upcoming exhibition The Faces, Places and Spirit of Our Community. This juried show will run from October 1 through November 4 in the Art Gallery at ESCAPE to the Arts, Danbury, CT.

Works of art should relate to the theme of community and fall under one of the following categories: 
·    Faces: Examples of portraiture (individual or groups) depicting people in our community
·    Places: Locations, landmarks, destinations and other places in our community
·    Spirit: Works that portray a more artistic interpretation of community

Prizes will be awarded to the best in show for each category. Deadline for entries is September 26.

For guidelines and an entry form, call ESCAPE to the Arts at 203.794.1413 or visit 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Call for Artists, and Come enjoy a great Exhibit

Sept. 18 - 3 to 7p.m. - Receiving for Richter Association for the Arts Annual Juried Art Show.
<Download application form>.

Sept. 22 - 2 to 5 p.m. - Opening Reception for the Juried Art Show. Piano music by Jim Russell.
Sept. 23 - 2 to 5 p.m. - Art Show continues
Sept. 23 - 3 p.m. - A trio from the Connecticut Little Symphony will present selections from the music of Brahms, Liszt and Beethoven.
Sept. 29 - 2 to 5 p.m. - Art Show continues
Sept.30 - 2 to 4 p.m. - Art Show continues. Artwork pick up from 4 to 5 p.m.

Richter House
100 Aunt Hack Road
Danbury CT

Monday, September 10, 2012

Richard Patton '10

Richard writes, "Just wanted to let everyone know that I would be participating in the 
"Make Art Not War" exhibit hosted by City Lights Gallery Sept. 21-Oct. 18.  Two of my paintings
"Peace is like a River" and "Bottled Rage" will be on view."

Jack Tom is also exhibiting.

Make Art Not War

Art Exhibit Sept. 21-Oct.18

Join us Friday 9/21/12 to recognize the International Day of World Peace.
Φ Artists’ Reception at City Lights 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Φ Artists for Peace Celebration 5-7:30 at McLevy Green: Music by the Deecken Brothers, Poetry Open Mic
Φ Menu Specials at Star of Istanbul Turkish Restaurant, next to City Lights Gallery.
About MAKE ART NOT WAR: Artists Against Violence Globally, Locally and Personally.
City Lights, in collaboration with the World Artist Network and the Artists for Peace Celebration, will host an event honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace, on September 21. 2012. In addition to the artists’ reception at City Lights from 5-8:30 p.m., attend the Artists for Peace Celebration on nearby McLevy Green for music by the Deecken Brothers and a Poetry Open Mic.

City Lights

37 Markle Court
Bridgeport, CT 06604


Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Friday, 11:30AM - 5:00PM
Saturday, 11:30PM - 5:00PM or by appt.

Cathy Vanaria

We have our WCSU team working their tails off down in NYC for fashion week!

ShawnaLee Kwashnak '96

‎3rd Place Prize at the Bethlehem Fair!!!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Megan Marden - Tiffany Johnson - Amy Almeda, all MFA '12

“EmergeCT 2012: Painting Recalculated” at
UConn Stamford Art Gallery
9/10/12 – 10/13/12
Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2 to 5 PM

The UConn Stamford Art Gallery welcomes an exciting exhibition of nine recent graduates from Connecticut’s MFA painting programs—UCONN, WCSU, and Yale.
From the press release: This vibrant work excites the imagination and stirs the heart, which is good news at a tim
e when Conceptual Art seems to dominate major galleries and museums.

Megan Marden depicts children’s toys that thrill, even as they terrify. Her paintings playfully evoke the fear and rage we tried to suppress as children—and as adults.
Tiffany Johnson’s self-portraits in closely calibrated colors
Amy Almeda’s depictions of a few everyday objects offer the painted surface as a field of meditative silence.

Collectively, these artists offer the public fresh evidence that painting persists as a resilient tradition—one that can be fun and interesting for both the timid and the adventurous.

The gallery is free and open to the public during these times: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-7:00pm, Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm. Visitors may park for free in the UConn Stamford garage located just off the intersection of Broad Street and Washington Boulevard.

Friday, September 7, 2012

New England Foundation for the Arts

Public Art Bulletin September 2012


NEFA supports artists with grants and professional resources; establishes vital connections between artists, arts programmers, and the public; and strengthens the region's creative economy through research that informs public policy.


Due September 10, 2012
RFQ for $375,000 Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center Expansion in Scottsdale, AZ

Due September 10, 2012
Transforming the Bridge Design Competition in Cleveland, OH

Due September 12, 2012
RFP for $200,000 public art project for multi-modal development in Norfolk, VA

Due September 14, 2012
RFQ for $95,000 and $7,650 Florida State Buildings public art projects in Tallahassee, FL

Due September 15, 2012
RFQ for New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park Mural Commemorating 54th Regiment in New Bedford, MA

Due September 19, 2012
Americans for the Arts Seeks Proposals for the 2013 Public Art Preconference in Pittsburgh, PA

Remember, these are just a few of the great listings available on the NEFA Network. Calls are posted several times a week, so visit today and check back often!

Thursday, September 6, 2012



Due date is October 29
Art & Frame will be taking submissions for an open photo show
limit 2 submissions per artist, max size 24" x 24"
The show will be on display from Nov 3 - Dec 2
Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 5-7 pm
Click Here to download and print the submission form

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

You, as an artist, should know....

Marketing is a combination of everything you do to promote your art.
You must be sharing your art consistently and coherently throughout the various platforms you use.

Coming soon!

new interview on WestConn Art Views coming soon!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Web Developer Opportunity!

dreamscapes design group

dreamscapes design group is looking to hire a Junior to mid-level web developer to join our team! Candidate must be motivated, detail oriented with a strong work ethic and a team player. If you know of anyone please have them email Interviews start this week!

Music Faculty Recital

Wednesday September 5th

FACULTY RECITAL - noon, Ives Concert Hall, White Hall, Midtown campus. (203) 837-8350 with

Deborah Lifton and Russell Hirshfield,

Monday, September 3, 2012

Tracy Powers MFA '09

First Street Gallery reopens tomorrow for "Utopia," the solo exhibition of Tracy Powers. Stop by and visit!

Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6 - 8 pm

Utopia, a solo exhibition of the works by Tracy Powers, explores our fascination with the amusement park experience.

First Street Gallery
526 West 26th Street, Suite 209
New York, New York 10001, p: 646-336-8053

11AM - 6PM, Tuesday - Saturday

Kent Art Association Elected Artists

If you are a KAA member and you have been accepted in two juried shows within the last three years (Member shows are not juried shows.), you are eligible.
You can apply this Thursday, September 6th. All you have to do is to bring 3 (three) examples of your best work into the gallery (also a $30 application fee). Your work will be reviewed and judged by the elected artist membership.
So, pull out your best paintings, drawings, or sculpture and bring them in on Thursday.

    An application to become an elected artist is available on line at:

 The winner of the elected artists show will receive the solo show award for 2013 and the Medal of Merit.