Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tracy Powers mfa '09; Jessica Bartlet mfa '09

New Work New Space

September 6 - October 1, 2011
Reception: Thursday, September 8, 5 - 8 pm

First Street Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the season, New Work / New Space. The show is a comprehensive exhibition of work by gallery artists, and will be presented in First Street's beautiful, large new space at 526 West 26th Street, NYC, Suite 209.

First Street Gallery, one of New York's oldest artist-run galleries, represents work of an extremely diverse group of artists who are dedicated to figuration in the visual arts—in all of its varied manifestations. Style and approach among the gallery artists demonstrate an extensive range of aesthetic sensibility, as well as an engagement with a broad array of subject matter and multi-media. Landscapes, the figure, portraits, cityscapes, interiors, narrative, still-life and other forms of genre painting are among the lively themes.
Gallery hours: 11 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday
526 West 26th Street, Suite 209, New York, New York, 10001
646-336-8053 • 646-336-8054 fax

Katie Bassett '08, mfa '14

Katie Bassett has work featured in 'The History of Woman' at the Quick Center in Fairfield. @QuickArtsCenter
The significant role women have played over time is explored in the new exhibition 'The History of Woman', on view from May 30 through June 23, at Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, located in the Quick Center for the Arts. The exhibition is presented by Montage Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Bridgeport, CT, and London, England, and its Traveling Art Gallery (TAG) program. Montage Initiative is dedicated to providing impoverished and disadvantaged women and families around the globe with expanded opportunities to earn a sustainable living. TAG is one of the organization's unique programs, offering space and materials for artists to create and exhibit their art.
"Tiny Girl Entering Entanglement" by Katie Bassett. 7" x 7". Charcoal, pastel, various glues & thread on paper.
"Tiny Girl Entering Entanglement" by Katie Bassett. 7" x 7". Charcoal, pastel, various glues & thread on paper.
The History of Woman features works by local artists, students, and faculty in celebration of cultural acceptance and individual expression, including Bethel artist and Mercurial Gallery co-curator Katie Bassett. The opening reception is Wednesday, May 30 from 6 - 8pm, and a $25 donation is suggested.  RSVP at (203)983-8873.
The Quick Center's stewardship of this project and its relationship with Montage Initiative is an important, multi-faceted collaboration that aims for prompt discussion on globalization and increased awareness about extreme poverty and sustainable development.

Pamela Hochstetter '80

Pamela sent an invitation:

You're Invited - Art Show @ Carole Peck's
"Meditations on Paper"
Sunday, June 3rd at 3:00 PM
Carole Peck's Good News Cafe & Gallery
694 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dan Goble

From Bach to Bebop

Note New Time: Saturday, June 9, 8 p.m.

It’s Club Night at the Silo!
Join us as the historic barn setting at Hunt Hill Farm’s Silo Gallery will once again be transformed into an intimate Cabaret for a summer night’s performance of great music.

Sax musician Dan Goble*
pianist Russell Hirshfield**

“We programmed this concert with a little something for everyone….from Bach to the tango music of Astor Piazzolla. There is also a set of waltzes that Russell will play solo on the piano by renowned Belgian composer Piet Swerts.  This will be a very fun evening of music.

                                                          - Dan Goble
*Dean, School of Visual & Performing Arts, Westconn
**Professor of Music, Westconn

$30 per person, Includes wine and appetizers. Limited table seating for early bird reservations.
$5 students. Stadium seating.
To benefit Hunt Hill FarmTrust.

Eileen Tavolacci MFA 11 and Kevin Dunn MFA 11

Art Opportunity in Bethel, CT

Wendy Mitchell writes

Hello! I am opening up a new youth center for the arts studio in Bethel and am looking for some art instructors. If you or any of the WCSU students are interested please have them contact me ASAP. The studio is set to open the first weekend in August & I want to have my fall calendar booked ASAP.

Wendy Mitchell

Art opportunity - volunteer or participate

The Regional YMCA is hosting a community art event at ESCAPE to the Arts on Saturday, June 9th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Join in as an event volunteer or participant to design 8 inch square canvases that will be assembled into a larger community art project. Materials provided include canvas boards, paints, collage material and more. Works created will be displayed at ESCAPE through the end of June. The event is free of charge and all ages are welcome. ESCAPE to the Arts is located at 293 Main Street, Danbury, CT. For more information or to register, please call (203) 794-1413.

ESCAPE to the Arts is one of 11 venues participating as part of the Greater Danbury Open House Day, a celebration of art, culture and history in association with Connecticut’s statewide Open House Day on June 9th. For more information visit or

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, I am holding a Painting the Portrait in Pastel, a One-Day Portrait Workshop, Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pmon June 16, 2012  at Rorick Studio, Southbury ,Cost: $125"

Description: Working from the live model, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to pastel. Students will then work from the model with individual instruction at their easels throughout the afternoon.This workshop will promote a simple approach to portrait painting using the principles of shape, value, edge, color, and composition. All levels, beginner to advanced, are welcome. Medium: Oil and Pastels

Also a Free Portrait Demo
Tuesday 7:00-9:30pm
July 17, 2012
Location: Picard Studio
Cost: free 

Alain J. Picard, 12 Hillside Road | Southbury CT 06488 | 203.297.1399 
Gift Certificates are available upon request. Consider giving a class or workshop experience to someone special. Please email or call Picard Studio at 203.297.1399 for more information or to request your gift certificate.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jessica Dey '12

Jessica writes, "Hey everyone, I will be in an art show this weekend at Whiting Mills in Winsted CT. While I'm there I am going to donate a portion of my sales to my fundraiser, so come out and enjoy an art show and know that if you make a purchase from me there, a portion of that sale (in most cases half of the sale price) will go to helping prevent suicide"

Monday, May 28, 2012

Greater Danbury Open House Day, Art Culture and History

June 9, 2012 

Greater Danbury Open House Day will consist of arts, culture, and history events at venues in greater Danbury as part of the state of Connecticut’s Open House Day on June 9, 2012 including exhibits, artisan demos, performances, and special activities.

In Bethel, CT:
Molten Java 213 Greenwood Avenue directions
In Danbury, CT:
A Common Ground
 33 Crosby Street directions
Danbury Museum & Historical Society 43 Main Street directions
Danbury Railway Museum 120 White Street directions
Jim Felice Studios 15 Great Pasture Rd directions
The Gallery at Art & Frame of Danbury 60 Newtown Road directions
The Gallery at Still River Editions 128 East Liberty Street directions
The Mercurial Gallery 11 Library Place directions
Rogers Park 21 Memorial Drive directions
YMCA ESCAPE to the Arts 293 Main Street directions

In New Fairfield, CT:
David Boyajian Studio 3 Milltown Road directions

See WestConn Art Dept on Facebook for list of events by venue.
On June 2nd, Danbury Public Schools will presents the fourth annual CoDA Festival (Celebration of Danbury's Arts) on June 2 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Danbury High School. The free event is open to all.

The Fine and Applied Arts departments from all Danbury schools will have artwork, coursework, and robots on display throughout the day. There will be free art activities and face painting for children, plus music performances and family activities.

Food made by the Culinary Department of Danbury High School will be sold and a new CoDA Cone ice cream dessert will be introduced.

Check out the upcoming artists!

Santo Bruno

Santo invites you to his exhibit, "State Street Real Estate Group is pleased to host an exhibit of artworks by Santo Bruno. The exhibition dates are June 4-15thwith an artist reception June 8thfrom 5 to 8 pm in the gallery at State Street Real Estate Group located at 12 Queen St, in Charleston, SC. 

Santo Bruno has worked in two and three dimensional media as well as installations. His art is primarily abstract and is known for its deceptive simplicity and inventiveness. His interest has been to strike a balance between order and intuition while focusing on emotional, spiritual and intellectual ideas. Bruno has exhibited internationally and has been active in Philadelphia, Rome Italy, Atlanta, New York City and Connecticut. His work is in museum and important public & private collections.

The exhibit will feature a selection of earlier and current works. Highlighting the exhibition is a piece called “Spinner” which he created in 1991. “Spinner” is an interactive installation of multiple 11 inch interchangeable discs with infinite compositional permutations."

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jack Tom, new asst prof of illustration!!

Jack writes, "This past May 2, I was selected by the Hartford Art School for the Regent's Honor Award for a Graduate's considered the most prestigious award that the University of Hartford bestows on graduate students. Woo really came as a surprise to me."

Linda Lyons Rynkowski MFA '11

Alumni Show at Darien Library through May 31st

The Darien library opened its newest free art exhibit, which features the landscape paintings of local artist Linda Lyons Rynkowski, on Thursday, April 12. The show runs through Thursday, May 31. There was an opening reception on Friday, May 18, from 6-8.
Lyons graduated in May with an master's in fine arts degree in painting from Western Connecticut State University; she was also asked in January to join the Artist Residency Program at the Vermont Studio Center.

"When engaged in painting from observation, I seek to evoke the sense of atmospheric phenomenon found in nature, creating a dialogue in which the subject transcends the canvas, evoking a sense of deep, intimate space, the perception of color as light," she said.

Lyons holds a bachelor's of fine arts in graphic design from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University and has been awarded graduate certificates from her studies in the arts from the Yale Summer Graduate Program in Graphic Design, formerly of Brissago, Switzerland, as well as the Maine Summer Institute of Graphic Design at the Portland School of Art. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University.

As always, the exhibit is free.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Linda Lyons MFA '11

Linda writes, "Must get to Art On The Avenue this final weekend in Greenwich, CT. A good place to show work, even if you are featured with those who are more interested in a more decorative creative pursuit."

Go to:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Call for Artists - SCAN

SCAN Art in Newtown, SPRING JURIED ART SHOW: June 9-16, 2012

click for prospectus:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Job Opportunity for graphic designer



Position Summary

Assist in the creation of package designs from initial concepts to final samples.

Package Art:
·         Execute and create package designs
·         Communicate via email to overseas vendors
·         Prep art with product specifications and create mechanicals
·         Create final mockups
·         Prepare and send all production artwork to overseas vendors

Research and Development:
·         Competitive Research: Knowledge of market trends
·         Trends:  Collect information pertinent to project assigned
·         Create style boards based on information gathered

·         Organize and maintain files of all pertinent data, samples, packaging
·         Update and maintain department server
·         Burn CDs and DVDs for image transmission
·         Send out for and manage French translation library

·         From the line initiation through to approved pre production piece, track art out, proofs, and finished art work
·         Track all production artwork
Product Management Assist:
·         Assist in proofreading all back labels and UPC labels
·         General product line management

General Requirements:
·         Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design and/or Art
·         Must identify with commercial nature of product
·         Ability to work under tight deadlines
·         Must be able to recognize color and design trends as well as receive art direction
·         Must have good verbal and written communication skills

Computer Requirements:
·         Adobe Illustrator CS5
·         Adobe Photoshop CS5
·         Microsoft Entourage
·         Word
·         Excel

contact information: Richard Hughes -

Call for Artists - KAA

The Gallery at the Kent Art Association, in Kent, CT, is seeking entries for the 2012 Member Show II scheduled June 10 through July 15 at the Kent Art Association Gallery. The receiving date is Saturday, June 9 from 11 am - 2 pm at the KAA Gallery, Route 7, 21 South Main Street (just south of the traffic light), Kent, Connecticut. Oils, watercolors, pastels, graphics, acrylics, small sculpture, artistic collage, mixed media, and nonobjective (abstract) are acceptable in the Member Show. Please bring a recent copy of your bio for visitor reference. An entry fee of $20 will be charged and artists may become members at receiving. All works must be original, for sale and not previously shown at the KAA Gallery.

Judges include Mireille Duchesne and Jay Pinchbeck. Edward Martinez and his wife, Deborah Chabrian will critique member's work Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  Davis IGA will be providing the refreshments at the awards reception Saturday, June 16 from 2-4 pm.  The exhibit will be open for viewing from June 10 to July 15.  Gallery hours are 1-5 pm.  More information at or call 860.927.3989.  The Gallery Will Be Open on Monday, July 4th.

Katie Bassett '08

Katie writes, "You can see this piece, along with 8 of my other works, in the HISTORY OF WOMAN exhibition"
May 30 - June 23, 2012
Presented by the Traveling Art Gallery, A Montage Initiative Program — at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Karin Mansberg MFA '13 and Christina Ciacci MFA '12

Karin writes, "I am going to Drawathon at Jerry's Artarama — Saturday, June 2 at 10:00am at Jerry's Artarama Norwalk."

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Kevin Isaacs

From the NewsTimes, "Kevin Jay Isaacs, a professor of music and music education at Western Connecticut State University, has earned an Award of Merit in composition from the Global Music Association.
His work, inspired by the Sasquatch, is a four-movement composition called "Skookum Suite Op. 112."
The Global Music Association is a top-tier music competition based in California that honors talented musicians around the world.
Isaacs teaches theory, composition and choral studies. His award-winning piece is one of several WestConn contributions to "Mad Dances: American Music for Saxophone and Piano," an album of contemporary compositions that Albany Records released last year.
Dan Goble, WestConn's dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, plays the saxophone and music professor Russell Hirshfield plays the piano on the album.

Hugh O'Donnell

26 MAY  -  24 JUNE, 2012

Please come to the:
Opening Reception on Saturday, 26 May, 5 - 7 pm

M O R R I S O N  G A L L E R Y
 8 Old Barn Road | Kent, CT 06757 | 860.927-4501

Friday, May 18, 2012

Check out the finalists!

 An interdisciplinary jury panel comprised of (Donald Taglialatella(World House Editions and World House Gallery), Marjorie Frankel Nathanson (Executive Director of the Hunterdon Art Museum), Douglas Hyland (Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art), Marjorie Portnow (Prof.of Painting at Western Connecticut State University and elected member of the National Academy of Design), Dr. Susan Cusato (Chairperson of the Science Education and Environmental Studies at Southern Connecticut State University),and Jay Foster(Musician, Composer, Audio Production Consultant, and owner of J. Foster Music Studios)donated their time and expertise in supporting this event.
Kathleen Austin MA
Maryanne Benns MA
Aaron Birk PA
C.Bonicelli NY
Isabelle Day CT
Bonnie DeWitt  CT
Edith Dillon AZ
Amy Evans NJ
Barbara Getsinger CT
Freya Goetz RI 
Hazel Howie Australia
Lucille Scurti NJ
Kelly Shannon AL
Jeanne Stevens-Sollman PA 
Margi Weir MI
Tracey Young TN

Opportunity to Exhibit

Guidelines for exhibiting at the Silo at Hunt Hill Farm are explained here:

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "I'm doing a portrait demonstration in Westport next Thursday evening. Come on out for a street party filled with art!

Art About Town Westport 2012 - Mark your calendars now for Art About Town's Opening Night Street Party Thursday, May 24, 2012, 5:30-8:00 pm ."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ed Little

Ed writes, "Here is a just finished and sold new painting - my New York cityscapes are selling well!!!"


Join me on Thursday June 21 at M.F.A. NEW YORK EXHIBITION: 
The Master of Fine Arts Emerging Artists Show, featuring works by the 2012 graduates from the WCSU Master of Fine Arts painting and illustration program, will be on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, on the 4th floor of the Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 W. 25th St. in New York City. An Opening Reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-3222 or visit

Theatre Arts dept. in NYC

MAY 17 - 19 The WCSU theatre arts department will present "Almost Maine" at 8 p.m. at the TBG Theatre, 312 West 36th St., 3rd floor in New York. For reservations, call (203) 837-8732.

David Boyajian and Maryann Meken-Silvestri '86

Peter Lawrence Gallery announces the First Annual Sculpture Exhibit and Culture Fest with works on display by locally, nationally and internationally recognized sculptors. This fun-filled cultural event will also include musical entertainment performed by Broadway stars, jazz musicians and local talent over the 6-week event. The Sculpture Fest will run from May 12 to June 17, 2012. 

There will be two exhibit areas, the inside gallery and the garden. In addition to sculptures and entertainment, the Festival will have available a rotating selection of local artisan delicacies over the 6-week period, including chocolate truffles, hand-made in the French tradition by Carol Monnerat Artisan Truffles of Branford, CT; simply heavenly cakes baked with all natural, allergen-free ingredients by Izzi B’s of Norwalk, CT; and more.              There are two country gift shops adjacent to the Gallery: The Basket Shop and the Carriage Barn, selling New England Americana, and are open to all.

The events will take place on each Saturday and Sunday beginning May 12 through June 17, and on Memorial Day Monday.  There will be no entertainment or food vendors on Fridays, but the Gallery and the Gardens will be open for viewing.

Peter Lawrence Gallery is located at 703 Kent Road (Rt. 7), Gaylordsville, Connecticut, and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, or by appointment. For more information please contact Peter Lawrence Scalera 203-746-5533, visit 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Alain Picard '97

Alain writes, "I led a gallery discussion at the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition in Old Forge, NY last weekend. Great show at an amazing facility."
Northeast National Pastel Exhibition
Photographs taken at opening reception, Gallery Walkabout,  Continental Breakfast, and Portrait Demonstration and Decadent Desserts

Sunday, May 13, 2012

David Skora

David writes, "I have 3 sculptures in a show at The Noble Horizons /fortieth /anniversary Invitational Sculpture Show. May 27-October 14. Salisbury CT."

He adds, "I am in the 2012 Unison Outdoor Invitational Sculpture Exhibition. Unison Sculpture Garden, New Paltz, New York. May-October and the International Miniature Art Project 2012. July 28 - August 31 at INDEXG Gallery, Toronto  Canada"

Santo Bruno

Santo writes in a press release, "State Street Real Estate Group is pleased to host an exhibit of artworks by Santo Bruno.  The exhibition dates are June 4-15th with an artist reception June 8th from 5 to 8 pm in the gallery at State Street Real Estate Group located at 12 Queen St, in Charleston, SC.   

Santo Bruno has worked in two and three dimensional media as well as installations.  His art is primarily abstract and is known for its deceptive simplicity and inventiveness.  His interest has been to strike a balance between order and intuition while focusing on emotional, spiritual and intellectual ideas.  Bruno has exhibited internationally and has been active in Philadelphia, Rome Italy, Atlanta, New York City and Connecticut.  His work is in museum and important public & private collections.

The exhibit will feature a selection of earlier and current works.  Highlighting the exhibition is a piece called “Spinner” which he created in 1991.  “Spinner” is an interactive installation of 24 11 inch interchangeable discs with infinite compositional permutations."