Monday, March 31, 2014

The Saxtet at Richter

            The Saxtet was formed in 2012 by a group of friends who first met while studying music together at Western Connecticut State University. Inspired by the Grammy-winning eight-piece jazz ensemble Supersax, the goal of The Saxtet is to hold true to the large jazz ensemble tradition of swing but also move it forward by performing fresh, bold arrangements that have an eye firmly pointed toward the future.

The Saxtet will be performing at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury on Sunday, April 6th at 3 pm.

On WCSU campus

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 2:00pm 
The Gallery at Higgins Hall
101 Higgins Annex, Midtown Campus
All are welcome to attend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Call for Artists for prospectus

Monday, March 17, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Steve Bean

 "Most of my ideas for paintings come when I am hiking or driving down a
scenic road. I take note of the textures and forms. I look at how they
relate to each other and how they go back in space and intertwine. I want
to draw the viewer into my paintings by literally having the paint reach
out to them. Come take a look at a journey of line and texture."
- Steve Bean 
Steve opened at Rockwell Gallery March 8 - April 30 with an opening
Reception This Saturday March 15th 5:00-7:00

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Call to Artists - Juried Show

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 1st annual juried exhibition. Artists are invited to submit up to 2 original works of art for consideration.

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

The exhibition will run from March 22 to May 2, 2014 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: $15 for one entry; $25 for two entries. Cash or check payable to Regional YMCA of Western CT.
·  One or two original works of art created within the last 3 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.

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 and photography
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.

Cash prizes will be awarded to “best in category” in each of the following categories: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture and Mixed Media. Winners will be notified on Friday, March 21st.

Lisa Scails: Lisa is the Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. She is responsible for the development and oversight of the Cultural Alliance, (formally the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance) a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties.  


All work exhibited must be for sale. The Regional YMCA (ESCAPE to the Arts) will handle sales of work and retain a 30% commission on works sold as a result of the exhibit.

Art work must remain on display through the duration of the exhibition including works that are sold.


The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut nor any of its staff assumes no liability for any loss or damage to art work during the jurying process, delivery or pick up, while on display, in storage or in transit.

Artists must arrange for proper insurance coverage for their work.

The Regional YMCA assumes the right to photograph the work in the exhibition for publicity (both in print and online).

Delivery & Pick Up Guidelines

Artist must deliver and pick up your art work in person. If you are unable to, an agent may do so only with written permission to drop off/pick up work and sign the waiver/release on the artist’s behalf.


March 18 (Tues)       Deliver art work (with completed paperwork) to ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main St., Danbury between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
March 22 (Sat)         Awards & Artists’ Reception: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
March 22 – May 2     Exhibition Dates
May 5 (Mon)            Pick up art work between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm
                             *There is a $15/day storage fee for late pick up



Name _________________________________               Date ___________________

Address ______________________________________________________________

City ________________________             State ___________             Zip _________

Email _________________________________                Phone __________________

Website ______________________________________________________________

Fill out the labels below, cut out & attach to back of art work. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY.

Artist ________________________________

Title _________________________________

Medium ___________________________

Price __________

Artist ________________________________

Title _________________________________

Medium ___________________________

Price __________

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bridget Grady, one of my favorite artists, opened yesterday at WAA

NO MORE NO LESS exhibition
And Three There Shall Be.
Lisa Brody, Caroline Harman, and Bridget Grady.(Watch out for the beavers:)!)

Opened March 8th, from 4PM to 6PM,
If you couldn't make it the show is on until April 5th! Stop by to see some great work by 3 great artists.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Christina Ciacci

Please join me on Thursday, March 13, from 6:30-8:00pm for my opening reception at ArtWorks Gallery at St. Paul's in Norwalk.

Call to artists - KAA

You will surely want to get in to the Gallery on Saturday to enter your work in the Members' Show I. As the first show of our regular season, we're expecting a great turnout.
    This is your chance to show off all of the terrific work you've created during the winter (or previously, for that matter.) 
    Our judges for this show will be Laura Bleau and Doug LeighThe Chair of the Show is Karen Cashman and the Co-chair, Janet Amalfatano. KAA is very appreciative of their help with this show!


Master Artist Critique Program

Noted artist/member, Scott Bricher will be available from 10 to 11am on the morning of Receiving to provide helpful critiques and input on members' work. Each member may bring in one piece of artwork for a review and discussion with Scott.     
Scott Bricher giving a critique.
Scott Bricher giving a critique at a previous session.
     Struggling with a particular piece? Bring your questions and don't miss out on the opportunity to get another artist's eye on your work! There is no charge for members for this program.
    Receiving will be from 11am until 1pm and open to all members in good standing of the Kent Art Association. If you haven't had a chance to renew your membership for this year, you'll have the opportunity at Receiving.
    The prospectus for the Members' Show I can be downloaded from our website at:

Monday, March 3, 2014

call to artists - juried show

The Regional YMCA’s ESCAPE to the Arts invites artists to submit artwork for consideration in their upcoming juried exhibition. This juried show will run from March 22 through May 2, 2014 in the Art Gallery at ESCAPE to the Arts, Danbury, CT. There will be a reception and awards ceremony on March 22 from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture and Mixed Media. 
Interested artists must deliver their work on March 18 between 9:00am and 7:00pm. Entry fees are $15 for one work, and $25 for two.

The juror will be Lisa Scails, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. Scails is responsible for the development and oversight of the Cultural Alliance, (formally the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance) a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties.

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

Painter, Kyle Staver, at WCSU for Visiting Artist Series

All are welcome to the next
MFA Visiting Artist Lecture with
Painter, Kyle Staver
Tuesday, March 4, 11:00 am
White Hall basement, Viewing room 1

Job opportunity

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Seeks Executive Director
Qualified applicants are invited to apply.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County was established in 2008 as a not-for-profit regional agency for serving arts and cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses. The mission of the organization is to provide unified marketing, capacity building and professional development services, and advocacy for the arts and culture sector. With over 250 professional members, the Cultural Alliance has become an important vehicle for coordination, collaboration and learning. Located in Norwalk, CT, in a historic landmark building, services are supported by seven full and part-time staff and a sixteen-member Board of Directors. For more information visit

Summary: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Candidates must have a deep-rooted passion for arts and culture and demonstrated visionary leadership. They will be responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic vision of the organization, guided by its mission and values. The scope of responsibility will include community relations, fund development, strategic planning, program policy and operational, financial, and administrative management.

Essential Skills: The Executive Director should be a strategic thinker and dynamic innovator with excellent interpersonal skills. She/He needs to have an understanding of institutional image/brand building, resource development and fundraising, marketing, external relations, and have the presence and capacity to move initiatives forward in all areas. Seasoned organizational, planning, and administrative ability, an excellent knowledge of fiscal management, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and strong computer aptitude are essential requirements.

Administrative Management and Leadership:

  • Maintain the highest quality of operational and professional management of staff and volunteers in areas of program, membership, development, marketing, and administrative planning and execution.
  • Ensure all programs and services reflect the strategic plan of the organization as set forth by the Board of Directors.
  • Develop and monitor annual operational budget and program budgets with prudence.

Fundraising and Board Relations:

  • Direct all private and public sector fundraising activities including cultivation and solicitation.
  • Establish and monitor annual program, development, and marketing plans with benchmarks.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Directors in all aspects of planning and development.Plan and participate in Board meetings.

Advocacy and Partnering:

  • Foster an organizational culture that emphasizes collaboration and coordination.
  • Develop relationships with national, state, regional, and local agencies and organizations.
  • Actively participate in member events and professional development opportunities.

Education: An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.

Compensation: Competitive salary with paid vacation, holidays, personal and sick days.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to:

Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
Gate Lodge at Mathews Park
301 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850

(203) 256-2329

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is supported in part by