Friday, June 29, 2012

CT Arts Catalyze Placemaking Program

The Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP) Program was created to provide funding for arts-based cultural institutions, activities, programs and artists in ways that will advance Connecticut cities, towns, and villages as meaningful communities in which to live, work, learn and play. The ACP program will run as a pilot in FY2013.

We have prepared a chart to provide an overview of the Arts Catalyze Placemaking (ACP) categories; range of grant awards; funding periods; eligibility, matching and other grant requirements; submission information and review process. Full guidelines will provide greater detail.
GRANT ROLL-OUT TIMELINECOA is continuing to engage in an aggressive schedule with the goal to provide funding to the field in the fall of 2012. The following items will be rolled out over the next few weeks:
  • Full program guidelines*
  • Glossary of Arts Catalyze Placemaking terms
  • Staff geographical coverage
  • Schedule of Information Sessions and Webinars
  • Application and support documents
  • Evaluation criteria/Outcome measures
  • Summary Proposal (only applicable for those applying to the ACP-3 Implementation category)
  • Directory of Performing and Teaching Artists
Each item will be posted on the website as soon as the information becomes available. Please check the website for updates.
* A minimum of 8 weeks will be given for application preparation from the time the full guidelines are posted to the date of the application deadline. The projected application deadline is currently scheduled for mid September.  The funding period will begin in the fall of 2012.

Some of you have asked for the link:

Chris Durante '86

Chris writes, "Warning: shameless self promotion... I will be showing work at Pop Up Art Bethel this weekend along with Catherine Lucia, Michael Seri, Frank Kara, Katie Bassett, Frank Post, Jim Felice and many other art stars...Here's the skinny-PUAB-262 Greenwood Ave, Bethel Ct 06801. (across from Bethel Cinema) opening reception- Saturday June 30- 2-5 pm. Show runs until July 30. Hours: Thursday's thru Sunday's 2-9:30 pm.

203 512-9129 for more info...

Food, live music, scintillating conversation... C'mon put that weed whacker down..."

Alain Picard '97

Alain invites you to a Free Portrait Demo!

He writes, "Come out and enjoy an entertaining pastel portrait demonstration on July 17th from 7:00pm-9:30pm at Picard Studio. What a wonderful way to stir up those creative juices this summer!

Space is limited. Please call or email Picard Studio to reserve a seat.
Be inspired,

Ival Stratfor Kovner MFA '02

Ival writes, "I hope you like today's "Go!" Magazine - on page seventeen I have a photo of my "Patriot Drill" - red, white and blue - and am very happy to be featured - take care - happy fourth"

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jessica Dey '12

Jessica posted from Artist's Path, "Our next artists' reception is July 5th from 6-8pm. The wall will be filled with color. Jessica Dey, from Torrington and Claudia Wood Rahm, from Warren, will exhibit their paintings, titled COLOR 2 WAYS, featuring an exciting combination of abstract and whimsy color."

Jul 1 - July 31

583c Bantam Rd.Bantam, Connecticut 06750

Phone1 (860) 307-0741

Monday, June 25, 2012

Bryn Gillette MFA '09

Bryn writes, "Bryn's iWeb Site has been updated."


dreamscapes design group wrote on Friday, "Which of our photographer friends are good with product photography? I may have a job for you. Please direct message me. Thanks! - Rachel"!/dreamscapesdesigners

2012 MFA

The 2012 MFA Artists are showcased at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City through July 7th. Stop by to see a great show.

I attended the opening reception, check out the pictures:

COA survey for the ARTS

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) wants to learn more about what Connecticut artists in the performing, literary and media arts need to help them succeed as creative professionals.  A short (about 5 minute) survey will help ultimately to develop relevant business training for artists out of the State's office and coming from our regional office.

This survey invitation is sent to artists and to organizations throughout Connecticut that work with artists. Information collected from these surveys will make a substantive difference in helping us address artists' needs.

Thank you in advance for your input, cooperation, and support.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Theatre Arts 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.

Ival, Katie and Chris at new gallery in Bethel

Ival Stratford Kovner MFA '02
Katie Bassett '08, MFA '14
Chris Durante '84

PUAB at 262 Greenwood Ave
open June 30th

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ival Stratford Kovner MFA '02

Ival writes, "I will be in the PUAB - group show.   It will open June 30th from 5 - 7 PM - and I believe there are a few other MFA'ers on display too.   PUAB (Pop Up Art Bethel) is located 262 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, Ct. - across from the Bethel Cinema."

Arts Network of Danbury Group Show Reception

Friday, June 22  6 - 8pm

David Boyajian Studio
3 Milltown Road, New Fairfield Connecticut
The Arts Network of Danbury (AND), a think tank of Danbury area artists, arts and culture businesses and institutions, invites the public to the closing reception of their group show at David Boyajian Studio in New Fairfield Connecticut on Friday, June 22 from 6 to 8pm.  Refreshments will be served and gallery-goers will have a chance to meet the artists on display. 

The group show opened on June 9 as a part of Greater Danbury Open House Day, the inaugural community-wide event coordinated by AND.  Greater Danbury Open House Day was created as a part of the eighth annual Open House Day and featured 11 venues in Danbury, Bethel, and New Fairfield, each offering free or reduced admission, demonstrations, live music and more.  At the David Boyajian Studio, visitors were able to enjoy the gallery and watch live bronze casting demos by owner and sculptor, David Boyajian.

"This exhibit highlights many of the artists who spearheaded the formation of Arts Network of Danbury," said Catherine Vanaria, AND member, photographer, and co-owner of CT Photograhics in Danbury.  "The diversity of work expresses the depth of art presently being made in this area, much of which has had limited exposure."

The AND group show features 14 artists in a variety of different mediums, including sculpture, photography, painting, and mixed media.  The featured artists are Shona Curtis (, Jing Lu, David Haislip, Lys Guillorn (, Catherine Vanaria (, Mark Savoia (, David Boyajian (,  Eric Camiel (, Maressa Gershowitz, Wendy Cahill, Katie Bassett (,  Jim Felice (, Tony Carvalho, and Tiffany Johnson (

David Boyajian Studio (Scultpure Barn, LLC) is located at 3 Milltown Road in New Fairfield.  For more information, visit or call (203)746-6101.

For more information about AND, visit or email  Stay in touch with AND on Facebook at

Jessica Dey '12

Jessica writes, "Finished my latest series, "Through the Eyes", I will be taking pictures of the whole series and putting it on my blog. I have already sold one of the paintings from the series, but the rest of the series will be up for the whole month of July in a little gallery in Litchfield, I will give more details as I get them."

Enjoy the 1st full day of summer

Meet me in NYC for the WCSU MFA emerging artists

Blue Mountain Gallery

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "This is my piece that is up for auction at the Orpheum Fund raiser this Sunday."

Jill Sarver MFA '10

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Christina Ciacci MFA '12 and Isabelle Day MFA '11

Christina Ciacci, "Expectation," oil on canvas 16.5" x 16.5"
First Street Gallery is pleased to present the 2012 National Juried Exhibition, juried by Dore Ashton, renowned art critic and author. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, mixed media and sculpture by 31 artists from all parts of the country, working in diverse styles, including work by Christina and Isabelle.  June 21 through July 14 with a

Reception: Saturday, June 23, 3 - 5 p. 

First Street Gallery
Isabelle Day, "From Natalie," oil on canvas, 17" x 17"
526 West 26th Street, Suite 209
New York, New York 10001

Cathy Vanaria

Cathy invites you to a closing reception at the David Boyajian Studio at the corner of Route 39 at 3 Milltown Road in New Fairfield. The work from the Greater Danbury Open House will be coming down.

Kevin Dunn MFA '11 and Eileen Tavolacci MFA '11

"Sill," acrylic, 15x11.5"
Kevin  and Eileen open at Prince Street Gallery located at
530 West 25th Street 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel. 646.230.0246

The show runs from June 19th to July 7th, 2012 and the Opening Reception is Saturday June 23rd from 3:00 - 6:00. 
"Green Orchids And Dragon," oil on linen, 12"x24"

Bridget Grady MFA '04

Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust, in conjunction with Blue Horse Arts Studio, located in Watertown, Connecticut exhibiting  works of art inspired by nature and/or critical environmental issues. This “Art of the Earth” series of events will encompasses 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.

The exhibition will end June 22, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "hope you all come to see this exhibit. 19 artists"

Mark Estrada '05

Mark writes, "my band is playin Mohegan Sun and FOXWOODS!!!! check it out!!!!"

Wilton Teen Center, Wilton, CT - 6/29
The Space, Hamden, CT - 6/30
Mohegan Sun Riverview Rooftop, Uncasville, CT - 7/18
Heirloom Arts Theater, Danbury, CT - 7/22
Scorpion Bar, Foxwoods Casino, 8/5
Collins Ale House, Stormville, NY - 8/10

Sunday, June 17, 2012

MFA show in NYC

Join me on Thursday at the Blue Mountain Gallery
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 6PM 530 West 25th, 4th flr
New York, New York 10001
T. 646.486.4730

Directions Located in the heart of the Chelsea Fine Art District. If you are in New York, the gallery is easily accessible from the C and E trains. Simply get off at the 23rd street stop, exit at the 25th street exit, and walk 2 1/2 blocks west towards 11th Ave.

Western Connecticut State University

2012 MFA Exhibition

June 19, 2012 - July 07, 2012
Reception: Thurs. June 21, 5-8 pm

Amy Almeida, from Fairfield, CT, creates large-scale, powerful paintings that often include light bulbs and chandeliers as subjects.  “I use specific objects, reflections, light and shadows symbolically by painting them inside a particular reality that carries the expression of each piece independently.”

Renee Bascetta, of Waterbury, CT, creates small-scale works, often watercolors.  She explains, “As an illustrator, I love to tell stories with images.  My hope is to bring out the child inside the viewer.  My current works are regarding traditional American holidays.”

Christina Ciacci, from Milford, CT, is a painter of compelling works.  “I am particularly interested in shape and color functioning as weight and air.  Finding the shapes through observed forms and the use of my own intuitive sense of color, I seek to portray experiences or situations in my life.”

Christopher Donnelly lives in Guildford, CT.  An inventive illustrator, he writes of his work, “I see the world as an imaginable place where characters of all types live to overcome difficulties.  As a character designer, it is my task to lend plausibility to the look and feel of a ‘toon, in order for it to be believable.” 

Tiffany Johnson is from White Plains, NY, and paints in a strong range from figurative to abstract forms.  Some are bold portraits; others are textural abstractions.  “The self portrait compositions”, she writes, “represent my use of color relationships and built up surfaces.”        

Megan Marden is from New Preston, CT.  She works with intriguing set-ups, some that include dinosaur toys.  “I paint from direct observation.  While areas of my paintings are abstracted, they do not stray from reality arbitrarily.  I find myself drawn to surface and three dimensional qualities in a work of art.”

Eunsoo Park, of Trumbull, CT, is originally from South Korea.  Her intensely colored and patterned paintings are based in nature.  “Beauty is found almost anywhere in this world.  By working with a larger scale, I will both create an expansive image that draws the viewer in, and accentuate the beauty of my subject.”

Angeli Robinson, of New Rochelle, NY, describes her lyrical, abstract paintings as “full of fresh colors and bold, expressive brushwork.  These elements come together in dynamic compositions that are full of life and energy.”

Linda Ann Rynkowski, of Darien, CT, is a landscape painter.  “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.”

Jennifer Wyzykowski lives in Harwinton, CT.  Her illustrations are engaging.  She writes, “My work has evolved into being inspired by children and what they feel.  Children need to know that what they think is important.  I am creating a book with their thoughts and feelings in mind.”

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Jerrial Young

Jerrial writes, "Closing weekend of teddy and Alice.... then off to Romeo and Juliet... then off to .... something big... I hope!"

Friday, June 15, 2012

Jeanine Molnar '00

Getting ready to go paint a 5' x 5' section of a wall in town as part of a community art project with some creative folks from The Phoenix Rising Center. It will kick off ArtZfest. Looking forward to it! I'll take some pictures!

Call to Photographers!

 Deadline for Entries: Jun 29 
Notification of Jury Results: Jul 6 
Show Date: Jul 14 
Show End Date: Aug 10 
Hats Off to Baseball is a collaborative project with the Danbury Museum and Historical Society and the Danbury Westerners that includes a variety of programs and events sponsored by the Danbury Museum and Historical Society. 

The Photography Exhibit is a three week exhibition and artfully produced by the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance; sponsored by the Danbury Westerners, the Candlewood Camera Club and Regional YMCA ESCAPE to the Arts. The exhibit will be on display at ESCAPE to the Arts on 293 Main Street, Danbury.
  • Creative - In the spirit of the game of baseball this category is for photographic entries that can be digital creations of all things baseball.
  • Spirit of the Game - There is more to it than the action on the field. This category is to capture more than just the game itself.
  • Baseball - America's Pastime -Photojournalism tells a story in a photograph. Entries in this category are for telling the story of the game of baseball in action. Entries are photojournalism photographs of playing the game of baseball.
Note: Entries in this exhibit should focus on local little league, high school, college, Danbury Westerners or even neighborhood sandlots.
 additional sponsors listed on flyer

Open to All Artists who lives or works anywhere in the Greater Danbury area. Artists must be at least 18 years of age Fees Artists are required to be a current HVCA member to submit entries. The membership fee is $25.00 per artist, not per piece. Click here for Membership Information.
ESCAPE to the Arts will handle all sales. There is a 25% commission to ESCAPE to the Arts if work is sold.
2 dimensional works All submissions must be of original design and must be for sale. Sale price includes frame (if applicable). All work must be framed (if applicable) or work cannot be accepted. Artwork must be ready for installation with accompanying hardware. Any work considered unsafe is not acceptable. No saw teeth for hanging. All works must be exactly as they appear in the digital images. Unless specifically informed in writing by the artist More complete details available on the above application.

All works must be exactly as they appear in the digital images. Unless specifically informed in writing by the artist

sponsored by:
Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance
39 West Street
Danbury, Connecticut 06810

Heather Brasche '12

Heather writes, "super excited, just booked the Burlington Public Library's gallery space for September!!! To all the locals, please stop by and check it out!!!"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mary Lou Alberetti '64

The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm, New Milford, CT
June 30 to August 5

Opening Reception Saturday, June 30, 3 to 5 p.m. Featuring MaryLou Alberetti, Paul Batch, Liz Dexheimer, Joan Jardine and New Talent Artist Chelsea Coon.

Paul Batch, Bill, oil on canvas, 24x24”, 2011
MaryLou Alberetti, Porticus, (detail) ceramic, 12x14x3”, 2008
Joan Jardine, The Huddle, oil on panel, 16x20” 2012
Liz Dexheimer, Circe, oil on canvas, 30x40”, 2010
New Talent Gallery Artist, Chelsea Coon, Birth, acrylic on digital image, 4x6”, 2012
Artist Talk:Sunday, August 5, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jamison Odone MFA '10

Jamison writes, "Cover art for Gerry LaFemina's forthcoming book of NYC poetry, Steampunk."

Monday, June 11, 2012

Alain Picard '97

New Student Discount!      
Calling all students! In an effort to encourage young talent, we are offering a special 20% discount to students ages 21 and under. Sign up for a class or workshop during the month of June and get 20% off your registration fee. Spread the word.
Click here to download a registration form. Fill out the form with the class you wish to attend, and mail it along with your check made out to Picard Studio.
Alain J. Picard
12 Hillside Road | Southbury CT 06488 | 203.297.1399

fun art opportunity - Danbury Museum - June 20

Danbury Museum & Historical Society writes, "We'll be enjoying the gardens at the museum for our next gathering! Bring your camera, easel & paints, writing journal...Celebrate the summer solstice and be inspired!"

Pen & Paper Creatives Collective_Celebrate Summer Garden Gathering

Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00pm at Danbury Museum & Historical Society
  • Join us for a first day of summer celebration. Weather permitting...we'll gather in the gardens of The Danbury Museum & Historical Society this time. So, bring your camera, sketchbook, watercolors/canvas/easel and journal. Draw inspiration from your surroundings and get your creative juices flowing. We'll also have another fun writing exercise for those who'd like to join in.

Fun opportunity - Alumni Association - 8/4

The WCSU Alumni Association would like to invite all WCSU faculty and staff to Alumni Family Day at Lake Compounce taking place this summer on Saturday, August 4. You do not have to be a WCSU alum to attend. There are a limited amount of tickets being ordered, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP as soon as possible.
To reserve your family’s day of fun, complete the Lake Compounce RSVP Form and send it along with your payment to the WCSU Alumni Office, Attn: Lake Compounce, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810.

Cost is $35 per person (children 3 & under are admitted and eat for free). Price includes:
· Admission
· Parking
· All-you-can-eat lunch buffet in the lakeside catering pavilion from 12 to 2:30 p.m.
· Unlimited free soda all day throughout the park
· Unlimited use of rides, shows and attractions (except the Skycoaster)
· Unlimited access to Splash Harbor, Connecticut's biggest water park
· Return Visit Ticket good for a second visit to the park


I've added pictures from open house day in greater Danbury to the website.... what a fun day.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bridget Grady MFA '04

The Plight of Pollinators Show is up until June 22nd.The Show hours are 12PM-5PM everyday but Monday's. All artists who participated will be honored with an online show.

The exhibition space is located at 250 Porter St. in Watertown. For more information visit or call 860-417-3243.

Plight of Pollinators - Entertainment - The Litchfield County Times

Greater Danbury Open House event

The Gallery at Art & Frame offering Live Framing Demo and will still be taking in work and helping customers during the Open House, the Art & Frame workshop will stop production for one day so that  John O'Sullivan can show you the art of framing. Step into the backroom where you will learn tips for do-it-yourself framing and watch the expert at work, 60 Newtown Road.

The Gallery at Still River Editions at 128 East Liberty Street in Danbury will be open 10am - 5 pm. A very special event we are having is a photo shoot with Catherine Vanaria (co-owner of SRE/Connecticut Photographics). She'll be using her vintage 8"x10" film camera to take black and white fine art portraits for her "Faces of Danbury" series. (Participate on a first-come, first-serve basis--you will be sent an 8"x10" print after the event.)

Katie Bassett - Brian McCarley
Christopher Olzsewski - Stephen Bean
David Boyajian at The Sculpture Barn - Molten Java upstairs gallery

and much much more.  

Come out June 9th to enjoy art in the Greater Danbury area.

Santo Bruno

State Street Real Estate Group
12 Queen St. Charleston, S.C. 

Opening reception June 8, 5-8 p.m. On view June 4-15. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Rossi Studios Internship opportunities for Sophomore/Juniors only

Rossi Studios is accepting resumes and references for interns and apprentices to work directly with the Karen Rossi design studio, located in Connecticut. Internships are considered paid PT/FT positions to assist with commercial, community, and goal oriented projects. We are seeking to increase our network circle of like-minded people for short-term goals and possible permanent placement and freelance opportunities. The schedule is flexible and hourly pay is commensurate on job experience and availability. Candidates should be able to work independently as well as with other team employees.

Sorry, no phone calls. Please submit a cover letter that describes why this opportunity would be meaningful to your career, resume, and references to Students who are applying for an internship for credit must submit the appropriate school forms to be reviewed and signed by Rossi Studios. Submitted applications will be reviewed three times per year, or on " as needed" basis.

WCSU Music camp

Summer String Camp July 8 - 14, 2012
Summer Band Camp July 15 - 21, 2012
Julius Baker Flute Masterclasses July 29 - August 3, 2012

NEW For 2012! Register on line NOW!

Eileen Tavolacci MFA '11

Eileen invites you to an Opening Reception for the 3rd Biennial Footprint International Exhibition at Center For Contemporary Printmaking on Sunday June 10th from 2:00-5:00p.m.

CCP is located at Mathews Park, 299 West Avenue in Norwalk CT and the show runs from June 10 - September 2, 2012.


She writes, "My woodblock print "Dragon Revisited Again" received Honorable Mention from the Juror: Donald Sultan.  What began as a print that was constructed into a kite by a master kitebuilder for two exhibitions in Japan last summer has transitioned into this new print, with two additional re-carvings of the block."

She adds, "The kite "Drachen Dragon" is being exhibited at three venues in Utah this summer"

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Aline Marie '01

Aline writes in her newsletter, "After a small hiatus from my art for a bit I am back in front of my favorite canvases, yogamats!
Recent mat is for producer, EFT expert and motivational speaker Jessica Ortner's personal mat she commissioned from me.
For the month of June  I will be offering my custom hand painted yoga mat at a discounted rate. They are normally $400 each custom painted, and $200 for a prepainted mat. Until June 30th, I will be offering my custom painted mats for $225 each and if you need it shipped I will ship it for free within the continental U.S.  If you would like to purchase two mats, one for you and one for a friend I'm offering a deal of two for $300. The mats include a certificate of authenticity, a hand written letter detailing the creative process and symbology and instructions on how to care for them.

I've been blessed to have painted 600 yogamats over the last eight years and meet so many phenomenal people. I would love to continue to bring through more new images and inspirations with your ideas!"

Jessica Dey '12

Jessica writes, "I will be showing work from my latest series "Through the Eyes" for the whole month of July. There will be a reception in July 5th (the first Thursday), I will give more details as I get them."

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Linda Lyons MFA '12


Linda writes, "This past week I participated with two fellow artists in a plein air paint out held in the quaint seacoast village of Rowayton, CT. On Saturday my 8" x 10" painting of a float at the Rowayton Yacht Club won a 2nd place ribbon and cash prize. The event was held at the Rowayton Art Association and I have participated in this competition since it's inception, in 2009."

Stephen Bean '96

Bean writes, "Hi All,

I just wanted to give you a heads up that I will be showing some of my art at a few establishments around town for the month of June. This is mainly for the CT Open House day this coming Saturday (6/9). But the art will be up for the whole month.         more info at this link:

My paintings will be at Moltan Java, 213 Greenwood Ave. Bethel, CT
(203) 739-0313 and

My red matted drawings from the 2011-12 cross country trip will be at
A Common Ground - Community Art Center, 33 Crosby St.Danbury, CT
(203) 791-9850.  Also

This Saturday 6/9 I will be in New Milford doing a painting demo at
"Paint the People <>"
Youngfield Road, New Milford, CT 06776 from noon - 10pm
more info here:

I will be working on a couple of paintings using my thick painting (impasto) technique.
I will also have a place for people to try out the cake decorating tip apparatus I have invented.

If you are in the neighborhood stop by and take a look."


Ron Lawler '93

Ron writes, "Hello Friends!

We are sending a Special Offer to our Email Contacts for the Blue Colony Diner's Place-Mat, Summer of 2012.

$290 for 50,000 Place-Mats (approximately 3 months - $100 off the regular price)

Space is limited so please let us know ASAP.

Thank You... Have a great week!!!"

Open House Day in CT June 9

Greater Danbury Open House Day

Art, culture, history; Kid-friendly; Artisan demos; Many events are free or at a nominal cost; Participate in a one-day statewide celebration of Connecticut's fascinating world of art, history, and tourism.  Local organizations and business open their doors to showcase unique cultural and tourism assets.
A Common Ground
33 Crosby Street, Danbury, CT 06810 |203.791.9850
Free classes all day. All ages welcome! On display, art by Danbury High School students. Classes starting at 8:30am through 7pm. See website for complete schedule.
The Gallery at Art & Frame of Danbury
60 Newtown Road, Danbury, CT 06810 |203.748.0197
"Wild!" original mixed media paintings by Nancy Moore & ceramic pottery by Marcia Taylor. Custom framing demos all day. Open 10am-6pm
Danbury Museum & Historical Society
43 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810 |203.743.5200
Exhibit opening "Covering All the Bases: A History of Danbury Baseball" Open 10am-4pm
Danbury Railway Museum
120 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 |203.778.8337 |
Large display of American historical rail cars and artifacts. Bring this brochure for a free train ride with paid museum admission. Also on display "Urban Totem" series by Brian Walters. Open 10am-5pm

YMCA ESCAPE to the Arts
293 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810 |203.794.1413 |
Join in designing a square for a community art project to be on display for the month of June. Exhibition of artwork by ESCAPE staff on display. All ages welcomed. Open Noon-2pm
The Gallery at Still River Editions
128 East Liberty Street, Danbury, CT 06810 |203.791.1474 |
Print exhibit "Intellectual Property" by Gene Gort. Have your portrait taken for "Faces of Danbury" Receive a free 8x10 after the event. Open 10-5pm
Jim Felice Studios
15 Great Pasture Rd, Danbury, CT 06810 |203.797.0230 |
Artists Jim Felice, Katie Bassett, Kenny Hess, Dave Gesualdi, Eric Camiel and various graffiti artists. Sculpture and painting demonstrations throughout  the day. Open 10am-4pm

The Mercurial Gallery
11 Library Place, Danbury, CT 06810 |203.417.2215 |
Opening reception for "Body of Work" tattoo show. Artist meet and greet. Open Noon-5pm
Molten Java
213 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, Connecticut |203.739.0313 |
Live musical performance by Seth Lefferts at 8pm. Free local art gallery upstairs. Open 7am-10pm

David Boyajian Studio
3 Milltown Road, New Fairfield, CT 06812 |203.241.8204 |
Group show on display. Bronze casting demos all day by sculptor David Boyajian. Open 10am-5pm
Rogers Park
21 Memorial Drive, Danbury, CT 06810 |Hosted by Danbury Museum & Historical Society |
Home of the Danbury Westerners. Vintage baseball game at Westerners Field @ 1pm Danbury Westerners Game @ 6:30pm. Please see Danbury Museum website for admission prices and participation details.
Arts, culture, and history events at venues in greater Danbury as part of the state of Connecticut's Open House Day including exhibits, artisan demos, performances, and special activities.
For more information click here.(includes downloadable map)
Saturday, 09 June, 2012

Ginger Hanrahan MFA '07

Ginger writes, "This is the Plight of The Pollinator Art Show held at Blue Horse Arts in Watertown, CT. It was designed as a fund raiser for Flanders Nature Center. Two of my pieces were juried into the show. We had yummy food, great music and wonderful guests who showed terrific interest in this project. Yeah Team!"

She adds, "The attendance at this show was incredible. At one point I had to push my way toward my paintings and hold tightly to my shrimp appetizers." :)

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes, "I will be teaching another painting on silk workshop at the Memphis Botanic Garden on June 17th. All supplies are included, so come try something new. Call the Laurie at Memphis Botanic Garden if you are interested."

Local Calls Reminders

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 for this exhibition 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

Society of Creative Arts in Newtown is holding a spring juried show at Cyrenius Booth Library. Receiving is June 7 from 3 - 6 pm with the awards reception  on Sunday, June 10 from 2 - 4 pm. The exhibit is hung from June 9 - 16.

SCAN also posted their member's show for July at the Newtown Municipal Center from July 2 - 31. Receiving is June 27 from 4 - 6 pm in meeting room 1, 3 Primrose Street in Newtown. Viewing hours for this show are Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4 pm.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Phyllis Boger MFA '12

Open House CT Day throughout the Greater Danbury area

Open House CT Day @ Jim Felice Studios, 10am - 4pm
Featuring Artists: Jim Felice, Katie Bassett, Kenny Hess, Dave Gesualdi, Eric Camiel, Christine Mitchell, Brian A. McCarley & Various Graffiti Artists.
Sculpture and painting demonstrations will run through out the day. Children art activities until 2pm.

Please join us for a day of art! Wine & refreshments will be provided.
Don't forget to check out the other locations that are participating in Greater Danbury Open House Day!
15 Great Pature Road, Unit 15, Danbury, CT 06810, 203.797.0230 /

Group Show at CT Open House in New Fairfield

Katie Bassett '08, MFA '14; Antonio Carvahlo '11, MFA '13 and Tiffany Johson MFA '12 will be participating in the Greater Danbury Open House Day at David Boyajian Studio: Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Gulgun added

Please stop in & check my artwork at THE WESTCHESTER GALLERY
 Saturday, June 2nd & Sunday, June 3rd, 12 am - 5 pm
Information & map for self-guided tour at the gazebo corner of N. Division & Park Streets  Peekskill Open Studios!  Pick up a map of artists' studio locations; studios will be open Saturday & Sunday, 12 - 5pm.
The Westchester Gallery hours:  
Saturday, June 2nd, 12 - 6pm
Sunday, June 3rd, 12 - 6pm  

Jamison Odone MFA '10

Jamison writes,

Hey everyone--
I wanted to send out an email to all of my friends about the release of my new book, Mole Had Everything! Some of you may have seen this info on Facebook so sorry for the double info.

Mole Had Everything came out on May 8th and has already gotten some great reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.

We have also made a BOOK TRAILER with the help of Blue Apple Books and my ol pal' Dana Glidden:

Anyhow, I think this is my most important book to date and have already begun the initial stages of my next.
Here is a link to the book on amazon: MOLE HAD EVERYTHING ON AMAZON

Thanks all for you time and if you feel generous--share this email with all of your book reading chums. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Veronica Swain '10 needs volunteers

For over 30 years serving thousands of at-risk youth and families in Greater Bridgeport, GBAPP is excited to announce the 6th Annual City Kidz Got Skillz event taking place this November 9th, 2012 in Downtown Bridgeport. GBAPP’s overall goal with this event is to inspire kids to work to succeed. By providing a stage to perform and having a chance to win cash awards, City Kidz Got Skillz can be a positive catalyst to help keep kidz on track to both academic and artistic achievement. We want as many kidz as possible to have an opportunity to participate in this event as artists, performers, or audience members.

We’re looking for some motivated people out there – adults and teens – that would like to be a part of making this special event even more special for the youth involved. Between beforehand publicity and day-of logistics, there is something for anyone and everyone, no matter how much time you have. Come be a part of something great! Contact Veronica Swain to volunteer: For more information, see

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

Gulgun writes, "I am delighted to be participating in Peekskill Open Studios this year!

Please Come & Visit!
I will be showing at the Westchester Gallery. My work has been chosen for the; "POINTS OF VIEW" exhibition."
THE POINT OF VIEW” runs through Jun 2 - July 27 (ARTIST'S RECEPTION: Thursday, June 7 , 5-7 pm,) in the Westchester Gallery at Westchester Community College’s Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension, 27 North Division Street, Peekskill. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Information: or (914) 606-7304.
This show will run in conjunction with the 15th Annual Peekskill Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. More info about Peekskill Open Studios:"

Friday, June 1, 2012

Audition Notice! June 3 & 4

The Ridgefield Theater Barn

Abelard & Heloise: A Correspondence for the Stage in Two Acts By Ronald Duncan, Directed by Stefanie Woerdeman

AUDITION TIMES: 7-9pm. PRODUCTION DATES: July 13, 14, 20 & 21 or July 20, 21, 27, & 28. Weekend Performances Only
OVERVIEW: *Think a Medieval version of "Love Letters"*
Abelard and Heloise are a celebrated 12th century couple, known for their love affair... and for the tragedy that separated them.They are two well-educated people, brought together by their passion, then separated by the act of her uncle's vengeance. The story is tragic, but what's more interesting is what happened after the agony was over. They do not kill themselves, or marry anyone else (unless you count the fact that both married the church). Instead, they continue to live, write and love separately in religious seclusion. Based on the seven letters which form the correspondence between Heloise and Abelard, this play explores how their love is reignited through their letters in the presence of the Church, the monasteries and convents of twelfth century France.

Phyllis Boger MFA '02

Phyllis writes (yesterday), "Going to be interviewed on WKNO at 4pm with Lauren Beyer about artists link exhibit at botanic garden"