Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mary Lou and Robert Alberetti

Opening Party ~ Two Views II Artworks of Mary Lou and Robert Alberetti
Friday, July 24, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM                                       
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
287 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Grant Opportunity

Applications now accepted.
Deadline July 23rd.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) developed this project grant in partnership with its nine Designated Regional Service Organizations which make up a valuable statewide service network. The Regional Initiative grant program (REGI) is a good fit for applicants primarily interested in small projects that support access to the creative process and/or creative experience, especially those projects that experiment with new ways to apply the arts within community. Grant projects can take many varied forms: engage in a specific community matter, reflect on personal experience, bring neighbors together, etc.
We strongly encourage representatives in Western Connecticut to apply, including arts organizations, municipal art departments, artists, arts programs of 501c-3 non-arts organizations, Pre K-12 schools and PTO's. See complete list of eligible applicants below.
Eligible Applicants:
  • Artists
  • Arts Organization with 501(c)(3) status with annual operating income under $300,000
  • Arts Programs of a 501(c)(3) non-arts organization
  • Municipal Arts Departments - all levels (A,B,C)
  • Pre-K through 12 schools
  • Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO)

For more information or assistance with the application process, please:
EMAIL Tara Tomaselli
Call 203.798.0760.
Visit Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut Website 
Go to REGI facebook group page for regional peer support, share information, and network!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marci Tomascak

Marci invites you to take the arts tour!
This weekend Sat. June 27 and Sun. 28, Dragonfly Studios has been invited to the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council's sixth Annual Open Your Eyes Studio Tour in the towns of Washington, Roxbury, Morris, and Bethlehem, CT. Since we are in New Milford, we were graciously invited to participate at our friend and fellow artist Larry Livolsi's hot glass shop, Lorenz Studios in Morris. Sadly, our friend Larry passed away recently but the studio will be open in his honor. He will be sorely missed.

The tour will feature 27 artists and artisans who have their studios in Washington, Roxbury, Morris, and Bethlehem. Visual artists and artisans open their creative spaces and show their processes to the public during the days of the tour. Dragonfly's Markis Tomascak will be at Lorenz Studios working on a stained glass piece of art. Come on down and see the artists at work!

The aim of Open Your Eyes Studio Tour is to shine a light on the many artists who live and work in our region, to give the community a greater understanding and appreciation for the arts and the creative process, and to draw attention to the towns in which these artists live and work. For information about Open Your Eyes Studio Tour go to or contact the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council at (860) 618-0075 or
Attendance is free and information about the party is available on the event website. Free Ticket Packets can be ordered through the website and include a map, directions sheets, and convenient sign-in stickers.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Nathan Meyer

Nathen now has a new website. Stop by to see his beautiful work.

He continues to create his mobiles and works at Oakly Restoration in New Milford, CT. His 14 years of woodworking has expanded his artistic skills and he builds furniture as well as restores antiques.

Pamela Boily

Pam is in an exhibition at First Street Gallery
2015 National Juried Exhibition
June 25 - July 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27, 3-5 pm
Gallery hours: 11 am - 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Alissa DeGregorio

Alissa wrote, "I don't often talk about my work on here but I just got the sweetest package in the mail from Good Grief, the non-profit I do design work for. They sent me all the hard copy print samples of the work I've done so far this year and a lovely thank you note.

Good Grief helps children and families after the loss of a loved one, at no charge. It's wonderful working for a company that is doing good in the world. I love my job (and my other job title, mommy, of course :)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bridget Grady

Our friends,Alex and Becky, at the Shirt Bakery have cooked up  one of my designs to be featured on their Swedish Dishcloths. The dishcloths are made from recycled materials and byproducts, are 100% biodegradable, and can last up to 12 months! A single Swedish dishcloth can replace 17 rolls of paper towel!!
Keeping in the spirit of the Plight of the Pollinators  that we held in the past to support environmental education programs at Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust, we will be donating partial proceeds from the sale of this particular design to the Xerces Society.

Go on over and visit their new website designed by my amazingly talented husband Jay Foster:)! 

You can support local artists,business and the Bees! by purchasing your eco-friendly dishcloth HERE on the Shirt Bakery site.

Call to artists - grant opportunity for RSVP - write session date in subject


Office of the Arts

FY2016 Regional Initiative
Arts Grants  Information Session

Wednesday June 17
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton
John Cusano 
Community Development Coordinator
Connecticut Office of the Arts
RSVP Required
This new collaborative grant program offered by  the Connecticut Office of the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, is designed to support small projects that enable "access to the creative process and/or creative experience, especially those projects that experiment with new ways to apply the arts within the community." These competitive grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will fund projects that are collaborative in nature, community-focused and clearly benefit the public. Download the Guidelines (here) or click on image. Please bring to the meeting.

Alain Picard

Alain's piece from the Paint-A-Round is on the far right.
Thursday, June 4, 2015, Alain Picard took part in the Paint Around where 5 top notch pastelists take the stage and they all paint on all 5 paintings. He writes, "Such a hoot to watch the paintings
develop....and change dramatically with each new artist working on them. The 5 artists were: Terri Ford, Tony Allain, Alain J. Picard, Marla Baggetta, and Stan Sperlak.

Alain Picard in front of Terri Ford's painting after a couple of the other artists had worked on it.

Friday, June 5, 2015

WCSU MFA in New York City

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
at Blue Mountain Gallery
Located at 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY

Opening Reception on Thursday, June 18, 5:00-8:00pm
All are welcome to attend.

EXHIBITION DATES: June 16 – July 3, 2015
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Call for Photos

The New Wild Photo Contest (“Photo Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Employees of The Nature Conservancy, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of those employees, are not eligible to enter.
The Photo Contest is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606 (“Sponsor”). This Photo Contest is in no way sponsored by, endorsed by, administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
Entry Period
The Photo Contest begins at 12:00am EST on May 8, 2015 and ends at 12:00am EST on June 30, 2015 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Photo Contest.
What to Enter
The Nature Conservancy is committed to a New Wild—a future for people and nature—and we want to see it through your eyes. For our 2015 Photo Contest, we’d like to know: “what does the ‘New Wild’ mean to you?” Is it nature in an urban area? Is it in the forest and parks in your area? Does it have people in it, animals, or macro details in it? How do you live nature? Capture those vibrant moments that express what the New Wild means to you

For additional details and to enter your photo:

Kate Luurtsema

at 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Crescent Gallery 158 Main Street, Thomaston CT 06787
Grab some friends and join us for an informal guided painting party! We provide the canvas, paint, tools and inspiration! Our upcoming painting will feature a dark ocean with a whale tail...@ 1pm then Brush Up will feature a favorite, bright orange background with a stylized pug dog @ 6pm. A great gift for your loved ones...or maybe to keep for yourself!

$30 per painter
Cash, check (made payable to Kate Luurtsema) at door
Credit ($2 additional charge) at door.

Held in the Crescent Gallery, 158 Main Street, Thomaston