Wednesday, February 25, 2015

art supplies!!

Koenigs Art Emphorium in Southbury is closing its doors on March 31st. If you need art supplies, everything is on sale.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WCSU Art Departmant Spring Schedule 2015

The Visiting Artists Program continues with a great spring line up. All lectures are open to the public.

Feb. 23 MFA Visiting Artist Lecture: Mixed Media Artist, Andrea Sulzer, 11:00 AM, VPAC 144                                                   

Mar. 7 100@100: Off the Wall Fundraiser to support the Department of Art Exhibitions Program.  At the Fundraiser all $100 ticket holders’ names will be randomly drawn to select an artwork off the wall to take home. $25 general admission tickets will also be available for those who would like to attend the event for food, drinks and fun. All ticket sales will support the WCSU, Dept. of Art Exhibitions Program. This event is open to ticket holders only. Purchase tickets here . 4:00 - 7:00 PM, VPAC 
Mar. 9 MFA Visiting Artist Lecture: Painter, Sabrina Marques, 10:30 AM, VPAC 144                            

April 2 Gallery Opening: MFA Thesis Exhibition, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. On view through April 13th, Mon - Thurs, 12-4 PM, Sat-Sun 1-4 PM, VPAC  
April 8 Visiting Artist Lecture: Painter, Judy Glantzman, 11:00 AM, VPAC 144                             
April 20 Visiting Artist Lecture: Writer/Historian, Jennifer Samet & Gallerist, Steven Harvey , 11:00 AM, VPAC 144  

April 22 Gallery Opening: Senior Thesis Exhibition, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  On view through May 5th. Mon - Thurs, 12-4 PM, Sat-Sun 1-4 PM, VPAC     
Join us in the CITY! June 18 Gallery Opening: MFA Exhibition NYC, 5:00–8:00 PM Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., 4th floor, NY, NY. On view from June 16–July 3, Tues–Sat, 11:00 AM–6:00 PM

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ginger Hanrahan

You are invited to the an unprecedented union of Post University and The Mattatuck Art Museum. On Friday February 20th, at 5:30 Post Art Faculty will showcase their art as well as the work of their students, in the Community Gallery at Mattatuck Museum. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. The artists featured at this event are (clockwise starting top right) Tracy Collamore, Sheri Schwartz,Ginger Hanrahan, Brad Gilchrist and John Rohlfing.
We hope to see you there!

Tara Tomaselli Photography - new opening date

New Exhibition: Coastal Collection
at Hancock Hall
31 Staples Street, Danbury, CT

February 13th 4:00-6:00 pm

This “Coastal Collection” includes images taken over the last four years. About half of these photographs were taken in Maine, with the remainder representing Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Turks & Caicos.
“Coastal towns have inspired me as an artist and photographer to capture and preserve beautiful moments and imagery. From seashells to seascapes, buoys to boats, and a variety of weathered architecture, I am drawn to their vibrant colors and captivating greys. Most often what I present is a close up view of an object or section of something larger. I want the composition to be simple, but interesting. I want to show the beauty in things no matter their current state.”
This exhibition is part of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s
Accessible Art Project.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Gabrielle Guðbjörg Waterman

Gabrielle writes, "Pretty awesome to see a logo I designed embroidered on a ‪#‎vineyardvines‬ tie! ‪#‎proudmoment‬ ‪#‎graphicdesign‬ ‪#‎logo‬ ‪#‎identity‬ ‪#‎brand"

Ival Stratford-Kovner

Ival Stratford-Kovner (MFA '02) is exhibiting "Horse Drawn" - now at Artspace Gallery, 137 Geenwood Avenue, Bethel CT  - Reception Feb 15 2-5 PM - I will be there most days 12 - 8 drawing in charcoal - but in NYC Feb 11 - 14 at College Art Association and exhibiting at ArtExchange at Sheraton Hotel. See you all !!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Call to artists!

Time to get those 2015 submissions rolling in!
Details are on our website at
Please share this with your friends and colleagues who might be interested!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sal Trapani

Sal writes, "We will be performing The Events at the New York Theatre Workshop on Valentine's Day, 2015. It's a Saturday night. We hope you will join us for this amazing show."

Pam McDaniel, CHAIR, Dept. of Theatre Arts, Western Connecticut State University

The choir is the cast of Lysistrata - The Disco Vaudeville Rock N Roll Musical an updated version of the satire, with an original score composed by director Sal Trapani. Originally performed at Western and then the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Designed by Emmy-Award winning designer and professor at Western, Elizabeth Popiel. While performing in Edinburgh, we were asked to perform in The Events at the Traverse and did so twice. We performed again when The Events played New Haven last June at the International Festival of Art and Ideas. An amazing experience for us - life changing in so many ways, the experience of being a part of this show has been a gift that has reaffirmed for my students and myself why we do theatre and hope you, too, discover the healing power of theatre.

New York Theatre Workshop is located in the East Village at 79 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery (Third Avenue).

Alain Picard

Gail Sibley writes a blog, How to Pastel. From her blog, "My love of pastel and the enjoyment I receive from teaching about pastel inspired the creation of this website. On it, I want to offer not only my own workshops both on- and off-line but also tips and reviews and opinions, and all manner of information regarding pastels, their use and pastels done through the years – old and new.The end of another month has rolled around and it’s time to inspire you with January’s Pastel Delights!"

She writes about other pastel artists.

"As always, the decisions were TOUGH, maybe even more so because of the 3/5 challenges being posted on various pastel Facebook groups over the past month. In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge, it means a nominated artist posts three paintings a day for five days. So you can see that there was even more work than normal to view and then choose from. I began with over 50 choices! Some got dropped because I didn’t have all the info necessary (that made it somewhat easier although there were a few choices I hated to lose!). Once I got the pool of images down to 20, it took me quite a bit of time, of rotating through the images again and again, to whittle the choice down to the mandatory 10 (it was almost 11 this time!). My choices are totally subjective. Some artists are well known, some emerging. I chose the pieces that made me look and look again, and that made some part of my being vibrate. So, enough talking, let’s get on with the show."

Number one on her January list was our own Alain Picard!

Alain Picard, “Evelyn,” pastel, 11 x 19 in
Gail writes, "I was absolutely charmed by this pastel of a young girl. I love the way Alain captured her sweet expression and the many colours in her skin. I also like his technique of blocking in the dress and the headdress (vegetation of some sort? makes me think of corn). The background is very simple and uses some of the colours from her skin and hair (purples and dark browns). Click here to see more of Alain’s work."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tara Tomaselli Photography

       New Exhibition: Coastal Collection
at Hancock Hall
31 Staples Street, Danbury, CT

February 12th 4:00-6:00 pm
(Snow date: Feb. 13)

This “Coastal Collection” includes images taken over the last four years. About half of these photographs were taken in Maine, with the remainder representing Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Turks & Caicos.

Sunday, February 1, 2015