Thursday, March 26, 2015

WCSU MFA exhibition opens April 2

The following M.F.A. candidates will be showing their works in this year’s exhibition:
• Kerri Gaudelli, a Danbury native who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at the University of Connecticut, has exhibited her work in Italy, at several U.S. galleries and at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester County, New York. Her works are often layered and executed in a reduced palette on paper, using the scientific method of two-point perspective to explore human perceptions of space and humanity’s place in the universe.

• Kanika Khurana completed her undergraduate education in her native India before embarking on graduate studies in 2013 at Western and the School of Visual Art in New York. Her mixed-media works in illustration use traditional drawing materials complemented by digital design techniques. Khurana’s continuing series of works titled “Metta” (“Loving-Kindness”) portrays acts of generosity that she has experienced during her transition to life in America, accompanied by descriptions of the persons documented in these paintings. “Since beauty arouses joy, art can bring spiritual enchantment,” she said.

• Stacey Kolbig, of New Fairfield, earned her bachelor’s degree at Western and has exhibited at several Connecticut galleries as well as the Katonah Museum of Art. Her recent works are site-specific installations with projected drawings. She has transformed two-dimensional works on paper into three-dimensional organic forms using means such as rectangular metal projections from wall space and strings turned into drawing tools to create linear tension. Kolbig said she seeks through her work to “repurpose the terms of painting through sculptural form.”

• Colleen McGuire, a native of Canada who now resides in Sharon, received her B.F.A. at SUNY Purchase and has exhibited her works at galleries in New York and Connecticut. Her paintings draw from her careful observation of commonplace settings such as domestic interiors to capture a unique sense of time and place. Gallery notes for the exhibition observed that McGuire’s paintings “possess an atmosphere that is palpable and emotionally felt, without being overly sentimental. Through the exploration of color and light, she infuses her work with a familiarity and quietude that implies a human element, reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s interiors.”

• Jill Harrington Nichols, of Shelton, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and has exhibited at numerous juried shows including an exhibition at the Westport Art Center. Her works are inspired by lifelong experience and appreciation of the natural world, and cover the gamut from small seascapes to large constructed paintings. Her works seek to reveal the transitory nature of life and the familiar wonders found in ordinary daily encounters.

• Peri Pfenninger, of Stratford, earned her B.F.A. at the New York Institute of Technology and has exhibited widely in New York and California, where she previously resided. Pfenninger’s artistic work in California included a substantial number of commissioned public murals. Her “Willow Tree” series of works, inspired by the experience of her mother’s recent illness and death, includes oil paintings, monotypes and charcoal drawings of trees and the natural world, many of which were created on site at the Westside campus.

• Abbie Rabinowitz, of Bethany, received her B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase and returned recently to her native Connecticut after residing for more than three decades and participating in numerous art shows in northern California. The works featured in the M.F.A. exhibition draw from her experience in caring for her elderly parents, employing figurative painting to express the human connection and tenderness of her parents’ relationship with each other.

• Corinne Speidel, of Newtown, recently exhibited in a juried show at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York. Her works include paintings in oil, charcoal and sand on canvas as well as creations from handmade paper, composed of plant fibers, that have been inspired by rock patterns, cracks, crevices and other features observed in the natural landscape. Speidel’s artistic vision has been influenced by a close connection with nature rooted in her experience as an educator in wilderness regions of Australia, Alaska and Montana. 
For more information, contact M.F.A. Coordinator Darby Cardonsky at (203) 837-8881 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

call for Artists - the Gallery at Still River Editions

Call for Entry
Mobile Pics CT 2015

Connecticut-themed cell phone photo exhibit
at the Gallery at Still River Editions
Sat. June 13 – Fri. Sep. 25, 2015
Deadline for entry May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Public opening reception will be held in conjunction with the
State of Connecticut’s Open House Day
Saturday, June 13 from 12 noon - 5 pm.

Photos must have been taken with a cell phone camera, and must have been taken in Connecticut.
Exhibit is open to anyone residing in the United States. Photos may be enhanced, cropped, or manipulated in-camera or with external programs such as Instagram, Picasa, Photoshop, etc. as long as original photo was made with a cellphone camera.

Subject matter is OPEN (landscapes, portraits, still life, etc.), keeping in mind the exhibit is meant to be seen by people of all ages.  If your photo is rejected for any reason (at our discretion), your fee will be refunded.
Photos will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach 150 photos, so please submit early. Entries may be made online via our website, email, or in person.

WCSU MFA Thesis Exhibition

Western Connecticut State University's Department of Art is pleased to announce the
2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition

 For Masters of Fine Arts Graduating Students:
Kerri Gaudelli
Kanika Khurana
Stacey Kolbig
Colleen McGuire
Jill Harrington Nichols
Peri S Pfenninger
Abbie Rabinowitz
Corinne Speidel

 All are welcome to join us in the celebration of our MFA students culminating achievements at their
Opening Reception on Thursday, April 2, 6:00-8:00pm
In the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center
Located at 43 Lake Ave Extension, Danbury, CT

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pamela Hochstetter '80

Pamela Hochstetter is conducting a series of workshops, "Build your Creative Courage"  beginning April 30 at 287 Gallery & Meeting Place.
Artists, business and creative professionals, designers, writers, and those who wish to trust their intuition and build on their successes are invited to participate in a 4-week workshop, Build Your Creative Courage, beginning Thursday, April 30th and running every Thursday evening, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, through May 21st. Continuing the Cultural Alliance's efforts to serve its broadening community, the workshop will take place @287 Gallery & Meeting Place, the home of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, 287 Main Street, Danbury.

Facilitated by painter and sculptor, Pamela Hochstetter, she has been leading individuals and groups in expressive arts methods for 14 years. If you're ready to shake things up in a creative and supportive way, this workshop is a must-do. Build Your Creative Courage will feature a variety of low-impact art exercises for which all materials are provided, some ungraded writing assignments which only you will read, and more than a bit of friendly conversation. The Cultural Alliance is providing light refreshments. Pamela holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University and a BS in Art & Education, summa cum laude, from Western Connecticut State University. To view Pamela's artwork and learn more about her, go to

A fee of $150 covers all four sessions and  pre-paid registration is required. Participation is limited. To acquire your seat at this "blueprint" for achieving inner-freedom, self-confidence, and ease, visit eventbrite at or before April 27th, make check payable and mail to: CAWC, 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810. For more information, call (203) 798 0760

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Money for artists!
CT Seagrant arts funding project - grants to individual artists

follow link for application guidelines

Friday, March 20, 2015

Marsha Doran

Marsha writes, "BEYOND EXCITED!!!! I just found out I will be having a Solo show at Blue Mountain Gallery in NYC!! A SOLO NYC...this is AMAZING!! This summer, July 28 - Aug 15."

Call for Artists

A reminder about our Call for Entries for our National Juried Exhibition entitled Art of Painting.
Check out our website for more information and to submit your work:…/artofpainting201…/

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ival Stratford- Kovner

Ival writes, "I will be offering painting workshops in Stowe, Vermont, during "Stowe Days of Hope" May 1- 3, 2015. Each year I instruct two painting sessions - usually at Trapp Family Lodge, a free conference for cancer survivors across the US. 

I love this event - and please share the weekend with anyone you may know who might feel like coming to Vermont. It's a very positive experience - loads of good activities and informative workshops on every type of cancer.
I'll be celebrating 20 years cancer free - this March actually - and so it's one way many of us can give back after all the kind support we've received from others while we were experiencing treatment and survivorship."

Missy Hatch Sheldrate

Missy writes, " My book is published! Ok everyone, I was trying to be patient, but I can't. My book is now for sale on AMAZON! You can get the paperback copy with black and white pictures or the digital copy for your Kindle or ipad app with color illustrations."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Polly Messer '98

This Friday Cynthia, Polly, and Barbara will be performing as part of the original Eight to the Bar lineup of 1975! ETTB is celebrating their 40th anniversary and both the 1975ers and the current lineup will be performing this Friday, March 20 at Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT from 8-10:30. The show will be filmed with a multicamera crew and there'll be both a wooden dance floor area and concert seating as well as a fabulous bistro where you can have dinner!
Drawing its musical influences from American roots music - swing, boogie woogie, rhythm & blues, soul, Motown, - Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals.

Darren Litzie '09 and Chris DeAngelis '04

Darren Litzie '09, a professor at Sacred Heart University, and as part of the Sacred Heart University Academic Music Program Faculty Concert Series, is in "The Art of the Piano Trio" with Prof. Cattey and Chris DeAngelis '04 on bass. They are performing original compositions and jazz favorites from the Great American Songbook on Mar. 18 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. SHU, 5151 Park Av., Fairfield CT.

Kate Kovacs Luurtsema '05

Kate Kovacs Luurtsema '05 was a first time Stage Manager on Mar. 14, 2015 at Thomaston Opera House for the production of Arsenic & Old Lace.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Isabelle Day and Tom Reilly

Overheard at Washington Art Association

 “Wow! Lots of energy; luscious!”
“The way the artists have captured the light is stunning!”
“The brushwork is exquisite.”
Come and see for yourself!
Landscapes by Day, Jessel, and Reilly: through April 4th. Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Alain Picard

So excited to open the recent issue of Pastel Journal. My portrait, "The Bride," took 2nd Place in the Portrait/Figure Category.

Alain Picard

"Ripe Reflections" won a CPS Honorable Mention Award at the CT Pastel Society Member's Show.

Meg Marden

Paintings by Megan Marden & pottery by Frank Kara.
Art & Frame Of Danbury LLC.
60 Newtown Rd, Route 6 Plaza, Danbury, Connecticut 06810

Opening reception: March 14th / 5-7pm

Mar 7 - Apr 18
Curated by Katie Bassett

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Call for Artists - Kent Art Show

Receiving for the first member show of the year is this Saturday, 3/7 from 10am - 2pm. Artists may become members at receiving.
Meet the artists at the awards reception Saturday, 3/14 from 2 - 4 pm. The show runs from Sunday, 3/8 through 4/12.
Prospectus available online.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Grant Applications Due March 31, 2015

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Deadline: March 31, 2015
$1000.00 Working Art Grant/Purchase Award

The Working Art Grant/Purchase Award is a meager one-time purchase award intended to disperse small but vitalizing bursts of funding to support an artist's ongoing art making process.

The Working Art Grant/Purchase Award is available to all domestic and international artists working in all media. As a stipulation for eligibility to receive the Working Art Grant/Purchase Award, we ask that each prospective recipient be willing to exchange one of their works of our later mutual agreement in return. We will reimburse the artist's shipping costs.

If you are interested in being considered for one of these awards, please send us 5 digital images/files of recent work, (total mail size no larger than 2 MB please), or web links to video/multimedia, via email. No written proposals or CV's are required unless the artist would like to include them. Instead, please simply include in the body of your email current contact information, and send to: There is no application form.

There is an application review fee of $25.00, payable here:
which helps offset the costs of this effort to fund meaningful work by serious artists.

Grant recipients agree by submitting their completed application to limited use of their images or other representation of their artwork and general information to be featured on this site and corresponding promotional media. All rights will be retained by the artists.

Applications for the next deadline of the Working Art Grant/Purchase Awards must be submitted by midnight of March 31, 2015. All participants will be notified of results.

Coming this spring

The Trailer Box Season is soon to begin - Dinosaurs, painting and sculpture, photography, graffiti productions, a story telling masked lady, music, a random fire, the list is long, It all Starts April 18

Call for Submissions - Still River Editions

Call for submissions from the Gallery at Still River Editions (deadline May 1, 2015) for "Mobile Pics CT 2015", a Connecticut-themed cellphone photo show. Open to 150 photographs--please enter early so you don't get shut out!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Isabelle Day and Tom Reilly

Landscapes by Reilly, Day, & Jessel

Landscapes by Reilly, Day, & Jessel
The Washington Art Association presents paintings by local artists Isabelle Day of Milford, Robert Jessel of Torrington
and Thomas Reilly of Norwalk. This exhibition is a re-examination of traditional subjects in untraditional ways.

We are all encompassed by the landscape and the objects of our daily lives. often unappreciated in the rush of a busy day. At the Washington Art Association we can pause, observe and study three different portrayals of the land and objects surrounding us.

Isabelle Day focuses on simplifying shapes and using rich color to focus on the essential presence of her subjects. Robert Jessel on the other hand, utilizes patterns and distortions to remove preconceptions of space and push recognition to the limit. Thomas Reilly brings focus to the ordinary, allowing light to clarify and ennoble his landscapes. He treats spaces and places with the care of portraiture.

Please join us at the opening reception on Saturday, March 7, from 4 - 6 pm.

The exhibition runs from March 7 through March 28.

Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm

For more information, please contact us either by telephone at 860.868.2878 or by email at