“Jeremy Holmes: New Sculpture”

Holmes engages the viewer with beautiful abstract three-dimensional forms created out of natural wood. Using traditional wood-working techniques, he starts by soaking 12-foot long planks to make the naturally rigid material more malleable. Improvising as he works, Holmes bends, twists and coils the slabs into graceful sinewy forms, then joins them to become stunning free-standing or wall-mounted sculptures. He stains them with color or leaves them natural with a clear resin finish. On view will be new free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures in addition to a large site-specific installation. Made of white ash, this singular 200-foot structure will activate the gallery space as it hangs suspended from the ceiling and walls. Holmes has been working with wood since earning his BFA a decade ago, and has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions here and abroad. An important part of his artistic practice consists of making large, temporary site-specific installations such as the one he will create for the exhibition. In addition to having his work featured in various publications, Holmes has been a guest lecturer and artist in residence, and has been the recipient of numerous awards.

Heather Gaudio Fine Art specializes in emerging and established artists, offering painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture. The gallery provides a full-range of art advisory services, from forming and maintaining a collection, to securing secondary market material, to assisting with framing and installation. The focus is on each individual client, selecting art that best serves his or her vision, space, and resources. The six exhibitions offered every year are designed to present important talent and provide artwork appealing to a broad range of interests. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday; 10:30am to 5:30pm; and by appointment.

Clement Kamena: ILLUSIONS solo exhibition

Parisians now based in Westport, CT, Serge Clement and Marina Kamena have been making collaborative art in the contemporized spirit of Renaissance ateliers for over twenty years – a prolific body of work that reflects the couple’s relentlessly dynamic, creative and visionary approach. First joining their talents to recreate ten masterpieces for the French film Rembrandt (1999), they have worked in tandem ever since, represented by and exhibited at the Allan Stone Gallery in NYC, and co-authored a book “The Joy of Art” (Abrams 2001). Featured in the current show are a diverse range of paintings, sculpture and mixed media constructions that share the theme of illusion and perspective. The results are offbeat, clever works of enormous craftsmanship that outguess the viewer. As Kamena puts it, “Illusion is a means of testifying to life, of restoring what the artists have seen, and finally making something that intensely captures reality”.


March Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Abstract Reflections” featuring the mesmerizing abstract art of New York City painter, Caroline O’Callaghan. Her exhibit runs March 1 – 31. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

Art Studio Tour

The event on May 5 will include a Welcome Brunch at the Westport Arts Center and access to 13 open art studios for you to visit. The studios are as different as the artists and the work they create, and questions are encouraged. What inspires artists and keeps them disciplined at their craft? Discover art and ideas that speak to you, and maybe even inspire you to make your own creative space. Tickets for the day are $25 regular admission/$15 for designers and students,and free for those under 16, and sales will benefit The Artists’ Collective and The Westport Arts Center’s Community Partner and Outreach Programs, connecting people through the arts and nurturing the creative human spirit in our surrounding communities. Visit westportartistscollective.com or email collectivestudiotours@gmail.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Plus:
Get a Sneak Peek at all the fun with a Preview Party open to all at Design Within Reach on Friday May 4, 6-8 pm, featuring creative cocktails, live music, and a pop up art exhibit with works from our open studio artists.

Nature-Inspired Exhibition: Pattern, Power, Chaos and Quiet

The Housatonic Museum of Art is pleased to present its next exhibition, Pattern, Power, Chaos and Quiet, a group show curated by D. Dominick Lombardi. The exhibition will be on view February 22 through March 31, 2018, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 22nd from 5:30 to 7pm at the museum, located on the Housatonic Community College campus, 900 Lafayette Blvd, in Bridgeport.

Eight artists will be featured in the show: Gloria Garfinkel, Brenda Giegrich, Sandra Gottlieb, Nolan Preece, John Lyon Paul, Mark Sharp, Susan Sommer and Martin Weinstein. The works take nature as its subject, and through a prism of personal, political or technological concerns, each artist strives to portray the very essence of nature.

The artists’ interpretations of the natural world range from magical and quiet to alarming and threatening. Through their use of brilliant color, dramatic shape, chaotic pattern and assemblages of wood and paint, these artists challenge us to rediscover the beauty and power that nature wields, and our place within its path.

“Technology continues to change our relationship with nature. Quite frankly, the speed with which technology continues to advance seems in direct proportion to our destruction of nature,” said Robbin Zella, Executive Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art. “Depression and anxiety is on the rise, especially with younger generations who spend their free time on screens rather than outdoors. Our hope is that this exhibition will allow viewers to re-think what is beautiful in nature, and perhaps protect and preserve it.”

Pattern, Power, Chaos and Quiet will be on view through March 31, 2018. The artists will be present at the opening reception on Thursday, February 22 from 5:30-7:00pm, where programs in connection with the exhibition will be announced. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm, Thursdays until 7pm, Saturday, 9am – 3pm. For more information visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org or call (203) 332-5052. This exhibit was organized through Katherine T. Carter & Associates.

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. Its collection offers students and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary. Unique to the Housatonic Community College campus, this permanent collection is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility, offering a rare opportunity for both art enthusiasts and casual observers to view and interact with the art on a daily basis. Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to learn more.

Norwalk World War I Digitization Day

Photos, letters, documents and souvenirs help bring the story of World War I back to life. In an effort to help preserve these memories and this significant part of our history, the Norwalk Historical Society, the Norwalk Public Library and the Rowayton Historical Society will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library to hold a WWI Digitization Day on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at the Townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT. Limited parking on site, follow signs to overflow parking. Norwalk area residents are being asked to find their WWI related items and stories and bring them to this event to be digitized so they can be included and preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive. The stories, photos, letters and keepsakes can be from anywhere in the world, as long as the person bringing them to the event is a Connecticut resident. Please register at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-846-0525.

Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One Digitization Days, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, give Connecticut residents an opportunity to have their WWI photos, letters, keepsakes and stories preserved for future generations. During these events State Library staff record the stories and digitize the photos, letters, medals, keepsakes or objects saved by the men and women who served over here and over there. Their stories and digital images are then made freely available online and will be preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive so that their efforts and sacrifices are never forgotten. The Remembering World War One project has been holding WWI Digitization Days at libraries, museums and community centers around the state since 2014.

For more information about this event please contact the Norwalk History Society at 203-846-0525, info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org. To learn more about the Remembering World War One project or other upcoming events please visit: ctinworldwar1.org/digitization-days/.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library. Visit the State Library at |http://ctstatelibrary.org | http://www.museumofcthistory.org/ | http://twitter.com/LibraryofCT | http://www.facebook.com/CTStateLibrary

About the National Endowment For The Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Photo Credit: Henry Charles Reardon, Norwalk History Room, Norwalk Public Library

OPALINE: Works by Teodora Guererra and Dmitri Wright

Teodora Guererra’s abstract artistic vision evolved throughout time spent painting and teaching in Fairfield County, Connecticut; Tucson, Arizona; and upstate New York. Arizona’s naturally radiant landscape and arid climate led her to experiment with rich under-painting and vivid color; while the shifting East Coast seasons inspired her dripping and staining techniques. Important artistic influences include Pat Steir and Morris Louis.

Dmitri Wright is a painter, master art instructor, inspirational speaker, and poet. His classical academic training in the foundations used by the Renaissance and Impressionist masters is evident in his work as an American ‘Expressionist Impressionist’. His melodic brushstrokes and unexpected palette are results of extensive plein air painting in Italy’s Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, France’s Provence Cote d’Azur, and New England’s coastline. Affluent study at Cooper Union, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts; along with strong artistic mentors (Samuel Brecher, Rueben Tam, Wolf Kahn and Will Barnet) also influence his lyrical landscape paintings.


I.M. Smitten was founded to offer custom artisan furniture that makes a statement. From mid-century modern and contemporary to transitional styles, I.M. Smitten brings their unique furnishings and rare findings of the world; hand-carvings, doors and shutters that are blended with modern materials to form custom cabinetry, unique walls and dividers, interior and sliding doors, accent tables and artisan headboards. Transform any room with their one-of-kind pieces that can be customized and hand-finished to meet design specifications. Their inspiration derives from annual excursions to Southeast Asia combined with the vision of their Creative Director, Holly Sutton-Darr. It is their mission to inspire designers to redefine living spaces, to bridge local artists with their craftsman, to offer the most unique products and the finest quality of furniture, made locally, in Connecticut.

February Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “February Florals” featuring the breathtaking floral still life oil paintings of Bronx native, Sue Barrasi. Her exhibit runs February 1 – 28. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows

On Thursday, February 8th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present the program, Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows, offering a powerhouse collection of experts on urgent human rights issues. Moderated by Fatima Sabri, a young Afghan leader for women’s equality, the panel includes experts and advocates for social justice, LGBTQ equality, breaking the cycle of domestic violence and the rights of women and children. These noted panelists have dedicated themselves to bringing global awareness to the suffering and the injustice of sex trafficking, the practice of female genital mutilation, and children forced to serve as soldiers.

The panel includes Brian K. Sibley, Sr., S. Bear Bergman, Hans Neleman, Debra A. Greenwood, Ann Weiner and Congressman Jim Himes. The discussion takes place at 2pm in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. For additional details visit: www.HoustatonicMuseum.org or contact executive director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052.

“These respected panelists are champions for positive change in human rights. Each comes to this discussion with their own lens of experience, forming a dynamic group of impact leaders for men and women’s rights across the globe,” said Zella.

Moderator Fatima Sabri fled the Taliban with her family when she was a child. As refugees, her family started over and Fatima found strength through education. Today she is a passionate speaker about women’s equality and overcoming vulnerability through education.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney of New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office, Brian K. Sibley, SR volunteered to be part of the Connecticut state and federal Human Trafficking Task Force when it was formed in November 2015 where he became the lead state prosecutor for human trafficking investigations.

Author S. Bear Bergman is the founder of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books. Bergman is also the writer of the advice column Ask Bear for Bitch Magazine and frequently lectures on issues relating to gender, sexuality, and culture.

Award winning still life art photographer Hans Neleman traveled to Guatemalan brothels to photograph the women who make their living there. In Night Chicas (2003), Neleman’s images show concern for these women, forcing us to recognize their humanity, and the dangerous and damaged world in which they live.

Debra A. Greenwood is the President and CEO of The Center for Family Justice. For twelve decades the organization has provided free, confidential, bilingual crisis services that help all people affected by domestic and sexual violence restore their lives, and educating our communities to prevent future abuse.

Ann Weiner is a conceptual artist, advocate and philanthropist. Her latest sculpture installation “When Caged Birds Sing” is currently on view at the Housatonic Museum of Art and focuses on the stories of eight women who have each endured physical, psychological or/and emotional abuse because of their gender; each having survived and bravely gone on to advocate for change on behalf of other women who are still at risk. Ann will discuss her work and her activism through art to raise awareness of these global issues through this important teaching exhibition.

Jim Himes represents Connecticut’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives where he is serving his fifth term. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, serves as the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Chair of the New Democrat Coalition. Prior to his service in Congress, Jim ran the New York City branch of The Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. Jim’s team led the way in financing the construction of thousands of affordable housing units in the greater New York metropolitan region.

The panel discussion complements the museum’s current exhibition, When Caged Birds Sing by Ann Weiner, on view through February 10th. The exhibit features eight life-size sculptures that represent current day activists for women’s rights in the areas of sex trafficking, domestic violence, child marriage, transphobia, honor violence, child soldiers, female genital mutilation, and educational inequality.

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT and is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. Its collection offers students and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary. Unique to the Housatonic Community College campus, this permanent collection is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility, offering a rare opportunity for both art enthusiasts and casual observers to view and interact with the art on a daily basis. Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to learn more.

“COLOR FIELDS” Art Exhibition at the Loft Artist Association

Stamford, CT October 21, 2017 – Inspired by the work of the American Color Field Movement of the 1960’s, the Loft Artists Association members will showcase an exhibition of work on view in the Phillips and West Galleries at 575 Pacific Street from February 9 to March 11, 2018. “This is a rare opportunity for our artists to work from an original American abstract painting on loan to us, for the exhibit, from the museum. The broad range of talent and diverse and innovative styles of the LAA artists will be highlighted by this unique inspiration.” Commented LAA Co-Director, Mark Macrides.

Nicholas Krushenick was part of a generation emerging at a time when Abstract Expressionism had fallen out of fashion; these artists were trying to distance themselves from this style and create something new. As a result, Krushenick’s work in particular straddled the lines of many styles, including Pop Art and Color Field. Color Field painting features large areas of solid color and a flat picture plane. This treatment of paint on canvas was only viable after acrylic paints became commercially available to artists in the early 1960’s.
An original Nicholas Krushenick painting will be on view at the opening reception Friday, February 9 from 6-8 PM.

This show marks the fourth collaborative event between LAA and SM&NC, free to the public. “Color Fields” is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm. Admission and parking are free. Handicapped access is available by appointment. For directions and more information visit loftartists.com.

Affordable Art Fair NYC

This spring, join us at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, March 22 – 25, 2018, with our Private View on March 21. Alongside the vast array of stunning artwork, you’ll enjoy a creative smorgasbord of educational talks and tours, hands-on workshops, children’s activities, and an irresistible cafe and bar.
With contemporary artwork by over 300 established artists and rising stars, and price points ranging from $100-$10,000 – there is something to suit every taste and wallet whether you are a first-time art buyer or a seasoned collector.





Wednesday, March 21
Private View 6pm–9pm

Thursday, March 22
General Admission 11am–6pm
Art After Dark 6pm–9pm

Friday, March 23
General Admission 11am–6pm
Free Admission 6pm–8pm

Saturday, March 24
General Admission 11am–8pm

Sunday, March 25
General Admission 11am–5pm

Private View Tickets: Advanced online $70; During the fair $80
Art After Dark Tickets: Online and at the door $30
General Admission Tickets: Advanced online $18; During the fair $20
Students/Seniors: Online and at the door $10
Group Rate: Online and at the door $10 (10 or more people)
Children under 12: Free

Indoor Sidewalk Sales In Darien

This coming Thursday, Friday, Saturday-January 18th, 19th and 20th, sixteen of Darien’s locally owned shops will be participating in Indoor Sidewalk Sales. This is a great time to find fabulous bargains on winter merchandise. You can find great gifts for family, friends, and yourself to fill in your wardrobe, find a Valentine’s Day gift for that special person and even buy ahead for growing children!


The participating shops are browne & co., Darien Sport Shop, The Dock Shop, Everything Is Rosey, Helen Ainson, Geary Gallery and Accent Framing, Good Goods, Kirby and Company, Morley, Palmer’s Darien, Pure Barre, Runner’s Roost, Tina Dragone-Darien, Town House Finds +Designs, Wiggles & Giggles, and Wild Birds Unlimited. The event is coordinated by the Darien Chamber of Commerce.


The mission of the Darien Chamber is to take a leadership role in promoting the Darien Business community and working to improve the quality of life in Darien. Darien Rowayton Bank is the Elite Sponsor and First County Bank is the Select Sponsor of the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

January Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Essence of a Painting,” featuring the work of the late New York artist, Michael Lowenbein. His exhibit runs January 2 – 31. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

“Worth A Thousand Words” Exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery

The winter exhibit at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words” features artists’ renderings that convey storytelling. The exhibit runs through May 11, 2018. The Gallery is located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space, 11 North Water Street in Norwalk, CT.

“Worth A Thousand Words”, curated by Nadia Martinez, features works of art that communicate complex ideas in images. The 32 pieces in the exhibit show artists’ stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. Exhibiting artists include local artists Day Moore from Milford, Bobbie Bernstein of Westport, Gregory Ziebell of Norwalk and Carol M. Battin from Stamford.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in parking spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Exhibit: When Caged Birds Sing by Ann Weiner at Housatonic Museum of Art

The Housatonic Museum of Art is proud to present its next exhibition When Caged Birds Sing by Ann Weiner. The exhibit features eight life-size sculptures that represent current day activists for Women’s Rights, and an opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 5:30 to 7 pm. The exhibition will be on view through February 10, 2018.

The exhibit’s title, When Caged Birds Sing, is based on the Maya Angelou poem Caged Bird. Like birds trapped in their cages, the women in this installation intone their stories of survival and freedom from abuse. They sing about freedom from violence and oppression, as well as the freedom to advocate for others who are still at risk.

The exhibition shares the real-life stories of eight courageous women who each endured, and survived, abuse that is rarely discussed openly. Through assemblage art, Weiner thrusts domestic abuse, sex trafficking, kidnapping, transphobia, female genital mutilation, honor killings, the denial of educational opportunities and the sale of child brides into the spotlight.

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT and is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. Its collection offers students and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary. Unique to the Housatonic Community College campus, this permanent collection is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility, offering a rare opportunity for both art enthusiasts and casual observers to view and interact with the art on a daily basis.

Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to learn more.

Nina Buxenbaum’s Intriguing Exhibition “Topsy-Turvy” Opens January 4 at New Canaan Library’s Curtis Gallery

Artist Nina Buxenbaum’s lush, beautifully rendered paintings exude echoes of Manet and Delacroix. Yet, they challenge viewers to question our desire for definition, particularly in connection to our society’s depiction of women of color. “Topsy -Turvy” opens on Thursday, January 4 and runs through Sunday, February 18, 2018. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 4 from 6 – 8 p.m. and includes a Q & A with Ms. Buxenbaum beginning at 6:30 p.m.. All are welcome to attend.
The inspiration behind this compelling series stems from actual “Topsy-Turvy” dolls, which emerged in the 19th century and were named after the character of Topsy in the famous Harriet Beecher Stowe novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Designed to look like a southern belle on one side, her dress conceals a black girl underneath. Buxenbaum’s arresting images reflect this intended confusion, asking us to question the multitude of ways in which we create and label our identities. Provocative, but always deeply engaging, these works ask us not to turn away but to look more intently at layered possibilities.

Holiday Pop Up Shop at Westport Historical Society

For one day only, the Remarkable Gift Shop at the Westport Historical Society will host a special holiday pop-up boutique featuring unique artisan-crafted items. On Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 am – 5 pm, enjoy holiday refreshments and pick up great gifts for everyone, wrapped to go!

In addition to the gift shop’s expanded holiday selection, three featured artists will be on hand:

KEEP Collective is a line of personalized jewelry and accessories designed by you. With over 400 different pieces to mix and match, create your very own bracelets, necklaces, and key fobs. So many unique and stylish designs to create!

Westport designer Amy Pines loves breathing new life into vintage pieces. Whether working with vintage china, porcelain, and vinyl, or the wonderful old typography on greeting cards, ephemera and tins, her work always includes a wink and a smile.

Maria Theresa Tura creates one-of-a-kind quilling cards of delicate paper coils, inspired by a lifetime traveling the world to get up close to nature and translating the beauty of flowers into art. “Every flower with its distinct color is a soul blossoming in Nature.”

Have some hot cider and cookies while you shop and don’t forget to pick up your Holiday House Tour Tickets!

December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “On Light and Florals,” featuring the still-life florals of New York painter, Murray Smith. His exhibit runs December 1 – 23. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

Holiday Open House & Exhibition Opening at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum

Holiday Open House & Exhibition Opening at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum

Enjoy some holiday cheer as you help the Norwalk Historical Society celebrate the holiday season! Visit the Norwalk Historical Society Museum on Saturday, December 2, 2017 between 12:00pm – 4:00pm for Holiday shopping and discounts in the Gift Shop and to view the new exhibition: “Margaret Hoyt Smith: Norwalk’s First Female Architect”. Spread holiday kindness to those in need by donating cleaning supplies and toiletries to benefit Homes for the Brave. Please visit norwalkhistoricalsociety.org for a list of suggested items. Homes for the Brave provides housing and services necessary to help individuals, especially veterans, return to a productive and meaningful life. Museum admission is free. The Museum is located at 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT, next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with blue double front doors. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue.

Celebrate the opening of “Margaret Hoyt Smith: Norwalk’s First Female Architect” curated by Lynn Friedman. This exhibition explores the life and work of Rowayton resident Margaret Hoyt Smith, who was commissioned in 1973 to design the house that is currently home to the Norwalk Historical Society Museum (formally Lockwood House). View original blue prints and a collection of Margaret’s architect tools as you learn how this innovative woman paved the way for future female architects in Norwalk.

Searching for that unique holiday gift? Shopping for the family member that “has everything”? Look no further than The Norwalk Historical Society Museum Gift Shop which showcases the work of over 15 Connecticut artists and artisans and features an eclectic array of distinctive merchandise: Home decor, paintings, mixed media art, photography, greeting cards, jewelry, ornaments, books, housewares, clothing, accessories, vintage-inspired toys, pottery and more! Plus, you will find the Norwalk Historical Society‘s logo wear, handmade linen tote bags, aprons, dish towels, t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and custom soaps. Selected items will be on discount.

For more information visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525.

Annual Holiday Small Works Show Opening Reception

All Collections Start Small. Join us for the opening reception of our Annual Holiday Small Works show featuring paintings, drawings, and hand blown glass from 25 local and regional artists, all of which are less . Show runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 30th with Opening Reception Thursday Dec. 7th.

Shown: Claudia Seymour, “Squashed”, Oil on Canvas, 8×10 Inches

“Color Separation” James Nares, Peter Monaghan, Raymond Saá

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce “Color Separation,” a group exhibition featuring works by James Nares, Raymond Saá and Peter Monaghan. On view December 1st, 2017 through February 3rd, 2018, the show will open with a public reception on December 1st, 5-7pm, to coincide with the Holiday Stroll in New Canaan.

About the artists:

Widely recognized for expanding the boundaries of different media, James Nares has had an illustrious artistic career spanning five decades. The show will feature some of Nares’ most emblematic work, large-scale brushstrokes that swirl and twist across a long surface. These are typically created by the artist harnessing himself horizontally from the ceiling, brush in hand, allowing for the swinging movement of his body to create the painterly gestures. With the use of bespoke oversized paint brushes, Nares’ calligraphy-style strokes come in bright colors in a singular palette. The subject of many solo exhibitions including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in D.C., Nares has works in prominent museums and private collections around the world. The Milwaukee Art Museum will be curating a major retrospective for the artist in 2019.

A native from Ireland, Peter Monaghan had his first solo show in Dublin in 2002. Since then he has garnered attention for his three-dimensional wall-mounted work and architectural installations. Monaghan uses dowels, wood, plexi and other materials on wood or wall supports to create intriguing colorful constructions and serial assemblages. The works become activated as the viewer shifts his or her position, with color interplays and the illusion of movement delivering changes in their appearance. An award recipient, Monaghan has worked on numerous public commissions and architectural collaborations and has exhibited in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Another artist in the show also works in assemblage, though resolving how they come together is a bit more unorthodox. Raymond Saá’s cut and collaged drawings are stitched together with the use of a sewing machine. The deconstructed elements are energized into brightly colored gouache, or graphite and charcoal “postcards” and are re-organized into different forms and spatial arrangements. Saa was born in New Orleans and raised in Miami of Cuban parents and grandparents. This background becomes relevant in his work as he references cultural diasporas and newly-created environments. Saá has made large commissioned murals and installations with these colorful montages, including public commissions in New York. He has had several solo and group exhibitions in the United States and is an award recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Inspired by the Sea, Julie van Norden

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Inspired by the Sea,” featuring the contemplative seascapes and landscapes of Westport, CT painter, Julie van Norden. Her exhibit runs through November 30.
The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
(203) 655-6633
Visit https://www.gearygallery.com/

One Day Tax-Free Affordable Craft Sale at Flinn Gallery

One Day Tax-Free Affordable Craft Sale at Flinn Gallery
Saturday, November 18, 10am – 4 pm.

All purchases made this day will be tax-free.

Come shop at this exciting one-day sale of affordable and unique jewelry, ceramics, felt vases and scarves by carefully chosen artisans.
Do your holiday shopping early…for friends and family; and find something hand-made for yourself!

Robin and Kevin McLaughlin of Stonecrop Beadworks – original off-loom bead woven jewelry using semi-precious stones and Japanese seed beads.

Sarah Healy of Sarah Healy Design – art based jewelry brand that is heavily influenced by it’s surroundings…New York City, incorporating graphic designs.

Laura Berkowitz Gilbert of Tocco Studio – an innovative line of hand-knit felted vessels – a fresh take on decorative objects for the home. Perfect for your holiday arrangements.

Kiara Matos of Ceramics by Kiara Matos – functional porcelain and stoneware vessels in vibrant glazes and neutrals matte glazes.

Giuliana Michelotti of GM Collections – jewels are inspired by the tribal and ethnic traditions of Asia and Africa; the designs are bold, modern and sculptural.

Keelin Brett of Coralized – jewelry made of hundreds of tiny glass beads and gemstones that are sewn together to create the look of branch coral.

We are pleased to have two artists from our current exhibit, “Of Art and Craft” participating in this event.

Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong – functional ceramic vases.

Ellen Schiffman – one of a kind hand-made felt and silk scarves.

The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, 2nd Floor, Greenwich. 203-622-7947  http://flinngallery.com/of-art-and-craft/

Opening Reception for Three Exhibitions at Norwalk’s Fodor Farm

The Norwalk Historical Commission and the Norwalk Historical Society will be unveiling three exhibitions: “The History of Fodor Farm”, “Saving Fodor Farm” and “Fodor Farm through the Lens of Dan Lenore” on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Fodor Farm located at 328 Flax Hill Road in Norwalk, CT. Parking is on site. A reception, open to the general public, will celebrate the new exhibitions curated by guest curator Elizabeth Pratt Fox. This will also be an exciting opportunity for the public to view the interior of the newly restored Fodor Farm homestead and barn. Please RSVP at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-846-0525.

“The History of Fodor Farm” explores the history of ownership and use of the property from the time the house was built in 1802 until today with an emphasis on the Fodor family, the longest owners of the property. “Saving Fodor Farm” tells the story of the grass roots movement to stop the farm from being developed into a subdivision of 48 houses. The exhibition traces the story through the plans for the development, the rallying of the Save the Farm group, the city taking the land through eminent domain and the success of open land proponents, historic preservationists and the city to develop the site for all the residents of Norwalk. “Fodor Farm through the Lens of Dan Lenore” features photographs of the farm taken between 2006 and 2007 by the Norwalk photographer Dan Lenore. Intrigued by the remains of a once active farm, he documented the farm before the transformation into a park. Working in both black and white and color, he captured the serenity of the site with its empty house and barn, fields and trees. In addition to the exhibitions, objects from the Historical Society and the City of Norwalk have been installed in both the house and the barn.

About Fodor Farm
Fodor Farm is public space run by Norwalk Parks and Recreation. The site features community gardens, a barn venue for events and culinary demonstrations, a historic homestead, green house and orchard. More information can be found at www.norwalkct.org

About the Norwalk Historical Society
The Norwalk Historical Society was incorporated in 1899 with the focus on “the research, preservation, and promotion of interest in the history of Norwalk.” Through a wide variety of educational exhibits, programs and lectures, Norwalk’s rich history and diversity in the region is highlighted. The Norwalk Historical Society manages and operates the Norwalk Historical Society Museum and Mill Hill Historic Park. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ronald and Mark Fodor

For more information on the Fodor Farm Exhibit Opening visit norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, or call 203-846-0525.

Gerberich’s Gadgets: Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys

Remember those crazy contraptions that would spin, rock, and play music -and they were all made from JUNK?!
Yes, the ingenious inventions of sculptor – and SM&NC favorite – Steve Gerberich will return to the Stamford Museum Galleries for a totally re-imagined Winter Exhibition. Gerberich has gathered his most outstanding and outlandish large-scale kinetic sculptures and installations for a showing of the “Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys.” Working with old machine parts, kitchen utensils, furniture scraps, lighting fixtures, medical supplies, toys, and carnival figurines, Gerberich mixes the aesthetics of contemporary sculpture with the scientific principles of simple mechanical motion. It’s crazy fun! For more information, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.977.6521.
* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Arcade Night!

On 10 and 11 November, the historic Arcade Mall will open its doors to the public for a two-day Open Studios organized in collaboration with the Bridgeport Art Trail. A popular destination for both local enthusiasts and collectors, the Arcade is home to six of Bridgeport’s most renowned artists and innovators, who will be on site to give tours of their studios, demonstrate their crafts, and provide insight into the most immediate aspects of their creative practices. The event will also allow visitors the opportunity to purchase artworks—many of which will be on public view for the very first time—directly from studio inventories.

The distinct group of artists at the Arcade work in a wide range of media, from oil painting, screen printing, and weaving to graphic design, interior design, and mixed media. Featured artists include Liz Squillace of Paradox Ink, the creative force behind the recently unveiled Painted Stairway of the Broad Street Steps; Ruben Marroquin of the critically acclaimed Fiber Weaving Workshop; Cris Dam, an internationally recognized painter and muralist; Philip Post of Dertbag Atelier, a line of graphic and hand-printed apparel embraced by celebrities such as Kanye West; Robert Valle of the distinguished Robert Valle Designs; and Razul Branch, shop owner and operator of BPT Creates/Magnacon 7, a multifunctional event and creative space. Although they employ divergent methods, these individuals share a tendency to bridge the continuity of experience between art and life, not only honoring the physical nature of materials through their highly disciplined crafts but also inspiring the community to recognize—and rekindle—the sources of art in the everyday. Marroquin and Squillace will be hosting workshops throughout the Open Studios; Dam will be featuring a new body of work as well as models for outdoor murals.Stamford-based sculptor Mark Andreas will also install a provocative “reactive” sculpture, one of a series of works that have been lauded worldwide.

Artist Bios

Earning accolades all over the tristate area for her visionary projects and community outreach, Liz Squillace is a Bridgeport-based artist and owner of Paradox Ink—screen printing, public art, and murals. Squillace founded Paradox Ink in 2002 in a studio in Stamford, moving it to the Arcade Mall in 2013 as part of the Create Here Now program to turn vacant spaces into vibrant places. Her newest public art project is the Painted Stairway of the Broad Street Steps. For this, the artist partnered with Bridgeport Generation Now! and painted with the local and artistic community. Squillace has also painted fifty utility boxes throughout Fairfield County and continues to enhance urban environments by bringing art to public places. Squillace is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and resident of Read’s Artspace live/work studios. To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.paradoxink.com.

Visual artist, textile designer, and weaving instructor Ruben Marroquin received an Associates degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009, where he is currently pursuing a BFA in Textile and Surface Design. In 2011, he enrolled in Paris’s École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle through a scholarship from the Fondation Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. His studio doubles as a weaving school for children and adults, and he has collaborated in educational programs with such distinguished institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.marroquinruben.com.

Raised in both Alaska and Spain, Cris Dam attended Parsons School of Design and SUNY’s Studio Art MFA Program before becoming a full-time curator, artist, and community organizer. In 1998, he cofounded Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, becoming an early gallerist to propel Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into an international art mecca. Dam has since traveled internationally for commissions and shows in Germany, Istanbul, and Russia. Recent exhibitions include 1×1 Show, Danger Gallery, Stamford, CT (2017); Friends + Lovers, Danger Gallery, Stamford, CT (2016); and Williamsburg on Warren, One Art Space, New York City (2015). Commissioned murals can be found in Stamford, CT (Lorca Coffee Shop); Jacksonville, FL (Florida Life Building); and Berlin, Germany (Kunsthalle Bethanian and Ökozentrum). To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.crisdam.com.

Philip Post is a designer and entrepreneur from Norwalk, CT. At the age of thirteen, he launched the streetwear company Dertbag, and five years later, he opened Dertbag Atelier in the Arcade. Post has organized pop-up shows from from Austin, TX, to Shibuya, Japan, and he has exhibited with Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard. His studio is decorated with murals by his father, the famed artist Frank Foster Post, who also informs his designs. To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.dertbag.us.

Event planning + decorating are Robert Valle’s expertise.  Designing one of a kind events, weddings and galas throughout the tri-state area for various organizations and clients. Through his experience in Interior Design he adds the right elements to create those unforgettable moments.

An artistic, cultural, and social innovator, Razul Branch has been a trailblazing force in the development of Bridgeport’s creative community for nearly a decade. Founder of the consulting firm Magnacon 7 Enterprises and the art gallery BPT Creates, Branch has galvanized the arts and business scenes with his expertise in community development and outreach, social media, brand identity design, creative consulting, content creation, print collateral, and executive production. Branch has also served as co-coordinator of countless projects in the area, among them the Bridgeport Arts Fest (2011–16), the largest of its kind in the city. To explore the magnitude of Branch’s impact, visit www.magnacon7.com.

A kinetic sculptor working and living in Stamford, Mark Andreas has garnered international acclaim with his self-titled Reactive Sculpture Series, which explores the concept of time through transformation. Inherent in these compositions is the artist’s extensive experience as a metalsmith and shipwright, allowing him to tap into the tensile strength of his materials in a way that is masterful yet shockingly new. Andreas has participated in residencies worldwide, including Helsinki and Turku, Finland; Berlin, Germany; Arctic Circle, Norway; and Basel, Switzerland. Solo exhibitions have been held at the Cress Gallery, University of Tennessee; Marc de Puechredon, E-Halle Gallery, Basel; Leo Kesting Gallery, New York; and Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn and Berlin, among others. He currently teaches courses at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan. To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.reactivesculpture.com.

Pushing the boundaries in multimedia art for nearly two decades, Holly Danger is a creative director, motion graphic designer, video editor, and live-performance video artist, based in Stamford, CT.  She is also the owner and curator of the experimental art space and post-production studio Danger Gallery located at the Glenbrook Industrial Park. In the last few years, Danger has been the honored recipient of grants from City Canvases Bridgeport and the LAMP Festival in New Haven, and her animated video “Soul Seasons” won “Most Innovative” at the Digital Graffiti Festival, Alys Beach, FL. Renowned for her experiential platforms, Danger has performed live video art shows across the country in rock venues, clubs, galleries, and museums, including the Museum of the Moving Image, New York City; SXSW, Austin, TX; Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, NV; and Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT. For more information, visit www.hollydanger.com.

The Historic Arcade Mall

One of the nation’s first enclosed shopping malls, the Arcade Mall was built in 1840 and has since undergone a number of renovations during the 1920s, 1950s, and 1980s, all the while holding its historical significance as one of the few remaining arcades from its time period. Having been reactivated by artists, the Arcade has since become an uplifting space that engages the dynamic cultural energy of Bridgeport. For more information, see www.arcademallbpt.com.

Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection

The collection is on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery. Previews begin November 9, 2017. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali’s legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, during scheduled special appearances by Madame Argillet for the public: Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and then Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 2:00 pm – to 4:00 pm. All appearances are complimentary to the public, and RSVP’s are required at 844-990-9500 or tiffany@cparkergallery.com. Visit www.cparkergallery.com for more info.

SHAPESHIFT: Works by Ryn Del Mar and Rob Lorenson

Opening Reception: Friday, November 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00pm.
Artist talk, Q&A by Rob Lorenson 7:00 – 7:30pm.
On Display: November 3rd – 27th.

Although he enjoys the temporal nature of artworks by Andy Goldsworthy, and brings organic whimsy to his sculpture, Rob Lorenson’s artistic goal is to create works that survive centuries. Using stainless steel, aluminum, and polyester marine urethane, he thinks in terms of structural integrity and material permanence. His signature sculptural shape is a split-ring, manipulated again and again to create intriguing tension, attitude and gesture. Lorenson says, “A split-ring symbolizes life’s cycles and seasons. Of moments in time; of thoughts and ideas rushing in… It is emblematic of human existence. All things essential in nature are circular.”

A painter and dancer, Ryn Del Mar’s elegant figure paintings capture dance movements and the romantic feelings they inspire. She uses many tools to amplify emotion and action – including palette knives, paste, and acrylic spray-paint. Swatches of paint serve as the buzz of wind when twirling; layered brush strokes embody shifting lace. Del Mar states, “We have countless cliché phrases to describe the feeling dance and painting give me in my best moments. ‘Cloud 9’, ‘In the Zone’, ‘Runner’s High’, ‘Seventh Heaven’ … I paint to communicate to all the blissful energy of dance; I dance to remember the satisfying hard work behind grace.”

The Art of Mourning: 19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography

Photos from beyond the grave! Join Elizabeth Burns, of the nationally renowned Burns Archive and historic photo consultant for THE KNICK & MERCY STREET for an intimate look at “The Art of Mourning: 19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography” on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. People used photography to memorialize dead loved ones with a reverence little understood today. Learn how these photographs were a normal part of the culture, and how they are testament to a time when the magic of photography offered the hope of extending relationships. Rare postmortem photographs from the Burns Archive will be incorporated into the lecture. Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs in the museum and at this time there is no elevator. Limited seating available! Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at https://theartofmourning.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 203-846-0525. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

Elizabeth A. Burns is the Creative and Operations Director of The Burns Archive, which houses over one million historic photographs from the birth of photography through the atomic age. Stanley B. Burns, MD, her father, is founder of the Burns Collection and author of the groundbreaking publication Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography In America (1990). Elizabeth collaborated on Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement & The Family in Memorial Photography, American and European Traditions. Her other books include, Setting Sun: Painted Photographs of Meiji Japan, Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1913, The Burns Archive Medical Specialty Series, Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism and Mensur & Schmiss: German Dueling Societies. Elizabeth has curated and worked on hundreds of exhibitions, publications and films on memorial photography as well as on early flight, spirit photography, criminology, Lewis Hine and the playground, African American history, and the SS Ben Hecht. She served as medical photo-historic consultant on the HBO/Cinemax series THE KNICK and PBS’ MERCY STREET. Recent projects include, AMERICAN GODS, LIVE BY NIGHT and THE BIG SICK. Liz lives in New York City and actively promotes history and photography through publications, exhibitions and events. www.burnsarchive.com

For more information: visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Photo credit: Stanley B. Burns, MD & The Burns Archive

Vivian Maier – a Lifetime of Photographs Exhibition

The Westport Arts Center presents Vivian Maier – a Lifetime of Photographs on view from September 15 to November 10, 2017. The exhibition features over seventy color and black & white photos taken by the secretive nanny-photographer during her lifetime.

Vivian Maier’s story has been pieced together only from the images she made and from the handful of facts that have surfaced about her life. For over five decades while she served as a nanny in Chicago and New York, she shot more than 100,000 images, which she kept hidden from the world. Maier captured both revealing self-portraits and casual, unposed images of people in urban America; she was interested in the fringes of society, and had special interest in the poor and the forgotten.

In 2007, two years before Maier’s death, Chicago historic preservationist John Maloof discovered a trove of negatives and undeveloped film in a storage locker he bought at an auction. They revealed a surprising and accomplished artist and a stunning body of work, which Maloof championed and brought to worldwide acclaim.

Maier’s photography has received international recognition, with recent exhibitions at Palazzo Ducale di Genova (Italy), The Center of Art in Tarnow (Poland), and the FoLa Fototeca Latinoamericana in Argentina.

Maier’s life is also the subject of an Oscar-nominated film, Finding Vivian Maier, (currently available on Netflix) that will be screened at the Westport Arts Center in October. Parents and children of the families for whom she worked — including talk-show host Phil Donahue — are interviewed as part of the film. Of Maier, Donahue stated, “We recognize her for who she truly was: a brilliant artist hiding out as a nanny. Our nanny.”

Maier’s photography has also not gone unnoticed by the fashion world. Swiss label Akris’ 2017 pre-Fall collection featured designs that channeled the spirit of the photographer and adapted several of Maier’s visuals as prints. The collection, described as an homage to Maier, celebrates “her eye, her excellent technique, and her unwavering passion to pursue an artist’s life every day,” said Albert Kriemler, creative director of Akris.

Open 10-5 Monday – Saturday; closed Sunday

Photo credit: ©Estate of Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

Open Showroom Soirée Oct. 14 at Get Back Inc.
in The Old Pin Shop, Oakville, Conn.

Our first Open Showroom this past summer was met with such enthusiasm we’re opening our doors again this fall as the foliage reaches its peak in northwestern Connecticut. Join us for an evening of wine, craft beer, light fare, as well as design insight and inspiration from founder Tim Byrne acting as a docent sharing his 5,000 square foot showroom of vintage-industrial treasures.

Pattern in Motion Opening Reception & Artist Talk

Opening reception for Pattern in Motion, an exhibition of paintings by artist Marcia Santore, on view at the UConn-Stamford Art Gallery from October 28 through December 1. Santore will give a short artist talk beginning at 3 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Pattern in Motion is an exhibition of paintings by artist Marcia Santore, on view at the UConn-Stamford Art Gallery from October 28 through December 1. Santore’s nonrepetitive patterns and vibrant colors play with stability and instability, balancing on that almost indefinable point between recognizable subject matter and complete abstraction. The result can be ambiguous yet emotionally resonant. The viewer is invited to linger, to follow the lines where they lead, as the shape unfolds from their labyrinthine paths.

The UConn-Stamford Art Gallery is located at One University Place, Stamford, Conn., at the corner of Broad and Franklin Streets.

Open Studios 2017 – Loft Artists Association – Annual Event


Friday November 3, 6 – 9 PM
Saturday November 4, 12 – 5 PM
Sunday November 5, 12 – 5 PM

Stamford, CT –August 1, 2017– The Loft Artists Association celebrates another event-filled year of “art-meets-life” in the South End with “Open Studios 2017” at 575 Pacific St. in Stamford on Friday November 3, 6 to 9 PM, Saturday November 4, 12 to 5 PM and Sunday November 5, 12 to 5 PM.

“Our annual weekend-long Open Studios highlights the LAA’s creativity and brings opportunities for the entire community to experience professional artists working in their studios and exhibiting artwork in state-of-the-art galleries,” co-executive director, Mark Macrides says. “This annual event brings collectors, dealers and over 30 diverse artists together in a collaborative way that differs from the typical gallery experience.”
The Loft Artists pioneered the South End of Stamford, initially setting up an artist’s colony in the former Yale & Towne Factory. They produced artistic happenings, musical performances, tours and lectures that continue to attract thousands of people from the tri-state area. The LAA’s educational mission includes workshops and classes, artistic demonstrations and other events available for the community to see the creative process first hand. Now in their 39th year, the Lofts Artists continue this great tradition by once again inviting the public to Open Studios 2017, one of Stamford’s premier art experiences.

The Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County’s visual arts community and introducing the general public to artists and their work. Their grassroots events have been recognized by funding agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, corporate and private sponsors, the City of Stamford and by visitors who return year after year.
Admission and parking are free. (A donation is suggested.) Handicapped access is available by appointment. For directions and more information visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027. Supported by The City Arts Partnership Program – City of Stamford, David Martin, Mayor. Sponsored in part by Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation, Bob and Pat Phillips, and Wagner Instruments. ###

Pattern in Motion art exhibition

Pattern in Motion exhibition October 28-November 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 28, 2:30-4:30 pm
University of Connecticut-Stamford Art Gallery
One University Place, Stamford, Conn. (corner of Broad and Franklin Streets)

Vibrant color against vibrant color creates a vertiginous sense of seeking balance amidst roiling surroundings. Nonrepetitive patterns evolve, change, move, and dance to discover the shapes they create, enhancing the whirling sense of encountering an unknown future. Some in oil, some in acrylic, some on loose canvas, some on traditionally stretched canvas, some with collaged elements such as recycled sewing pattern tissue paper or handmade paper, Pattern in Motion balances on that almost indefinable point between recognizable subject matter and complete abstraction. The result can be ambiguous yet emotionally resonant. The viewer is invited to linger, to follow the lines where they lead, as the shape unfolds from their labyrinthine paths.

Born in Hartford, Conn., Marcia Santore was raised in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rochester, N.Y., before her family came to settle in Austin, Texas. She received her BFA degree in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin. With her husband, composer Jonathan Santore, she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and Minneapolis, Minn., prior to making their home in Plymouth, N.H. Santore has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and her work is to be found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe. To learn more about the artist, visit www.marciasantore.com.

Antique Appraisal Day

Astor Galleries will be bringing a team of recognized expert appraisers including Stephen Cardile (long time appraiser), Mara Dean (fine art appraiser), and Alex Salazar (fine art consultant) to New Canaan, CT. The experts will appraise all types of Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage Items.

No appointments are made or necessary. Items will be appraised for just $10 each (or $25 for 3 items).

By popular demand Qualified Consignments will be accepted plus, Gold, Silver, Jewelry, and Coins will be purchased.


For more information email to Stephen@astorgalleries.com or call 800-784-7876

“Memories of Our Town” Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Favorite memories, reminders and images of home are on display at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery. “Memories Of Our Town,” features art in a variety of mediums that represents the unique memories of the place we call home: places, people, sounds, smells, events, etc. that are personally significant to the artist. Contributing artists include Eric Chiang of Westport, Cindy Sinor, Wilton, Al Coyote Wiener of Fairfield.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces, making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Peter Max Retrospective – The Collected Works 1960-2017

Now in the sixth decade of his prolific art career, he is still creating modern masterpieces. This presentation is truly the finest ever on view and available to Collectors. Greenwich’s’ venerable C. Parker Gallery will exhibit the works October 13 through October 22 beginning with an uncrating event on Friday, October 13 from 6-8pm. Artist Peter Max will make two very special in gallery appearances on Saturday, October 21 from 6-8 pm and on Sunday, October 22 from 2-4 pm. RSVPs required at 844-990-9500 or tiffany@cparkergallery.com. For more info, visit http://www.cparkergallery.com/

Opening Reception – Two Exhibitions at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play and Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970

Opening Reception – Two Exhibitions at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum
New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play and Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970

Celebrate the opening of New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play and Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970, two new exhibitions at The Norwalk Historical Society Museum on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The museum is located at 141 East Avenue next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with blue double front doors. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. RSVP – info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org.

New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play is the first exhibition featured in the new Norwalk Historical Society Museum’s WPA Exhibition Room, curated by Valerie A. Cooper – Picture That Art Consultants. The artwork on display highlights the “New Deal” and exemplifies the optimistic feeling of a “New Day” in the careers of the WPA artists who participated in the eight-year, short-lived, yet life-changing national work relief program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.  There were a range of local, regional and national artwork created for the WPA funded Federal Art Project. In addition, there are vintage photographs, original ceramic vessels and the recently released U.S. Postal Service WPA stamps collection. The WPA mural “Steamboat Days on the Mississippi” will be reintroduced, which was relocated from Norwalk City Hall. The Norwalk Historical Society Museum will become an official stop on the Norwalk WPA Murals Trail.

Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970, curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz. This is an extension of the “Norwalk: Portrait of Diversity” exhibition.  It highlights the migration of 5 million black Americans from southern states during the “The Second Migration” to urban industrial centers of the North, Midwest and West.  Some making their destination Norwalk, Connecticut.  This mass exodus was spurred on by civil, economic and educational injustices that made up everyday life in the South.  As the racial composition of Norwalk changed, the City’s political priorities, labor relations, community and cultural expression evolved in these decades of major Civil Rights reforms. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rev. Dr. Merle Rumble and Rev. Dewitt Stevens, Jr.

About the Norwalk Historical Society
The Norwalk Historical Society was incorporated in 1899 with the focus on “the research, preservation, and promotion of interest in the history of Norwalk.”  Through a wide variety of educational exhibits, programs and lectures, Norwalk’s rich history and diversity in the region is highlighted. The Norwalk Historical Society manages and operates the Norwalk Historical Society Museum and Mill Hill Historic Park. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For more information visit norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525.

Ukrainian Artist Exhibits at Les Beaux Arts

Taras Borovyk, a Ukrainian artist from Upstate New York, will open his exhibition of oil paintings, My Journey Through Colors, at Les Beaux Arts Gallery on Sunday, September 10. The exhibit will run through Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Living in the United States since 1997, Borovyk has applied the rich background of his Lviv art education and his experience as a muralist for elegant homes and commercial environments. His early paintings bear his Ukrainian soul with their strong vibrant colors and shadowy figures. In recent years, his style shifted to become more abstracted and decorative. “I do not create art unless it creates itself as I work,” Taras explains. “It could be anything. It is like a ghost that appears when I pick up the brush. Whether I see a doorway or a still life that is abstracted in my view, or remember a piece of music that takes shape on canvas. It guides me through as it develops.”

In addition to his work as muralist, Borovyk has had multiple solo exhibitions and been highlighted in group shows in New York, Chicago, and Ukraine, since 2000.

The Gallery is open Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; closed Saturday. There is ample parking on the Round Hill campus and admission is free. #TarasBorovyk #Ukraine

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Painted Stairway Unveiling

The iconic stairway starts where Broad St. meets Elm St. and leads up to the Downtown Cabaret Theatre. The Stairway has an unobstructed view from many vantage points along Broad St. and has now been revitalized by a harmonious design in a prime location for a public art piece. Seeing people climb and descend the stairs throughout the day has become a new joy!

The large scale mural could not have happened without the dedicated volunteers from BPT Generation Now, the local Bridgeport community and the cooperation of the City of Bridgeport. It was truly a collective experience of many painting sessions to transform the high profile landmark in downtown.

More than two dozen volunteers helped with the mural, from priming to laying out the design, taping to painting. Actual days spent painting (weather permitting!) were approximately 14 from late June to late August. Crews of painters averaged 5-6 per session. The mural design contains 6 colors. The colors were chosen to complement the surrounding environment referencing the height of the stairs reaching to the sky, the sun, the greenery of the landscape with flowers and also tying in the urban elements like handrails and lampposts of the stairway. The theme of the mural is a celebration of the people of Bridgeport, our diversity, and how through collaborating and working together we can achieve unity and prosperity.

Painted Stairway is made possible by a Regional Initiative (REGI) Grant, supported in part by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County in partnership with the CT Department of Economic & Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant has been generously matched by Spinnaker Real Estate and Trefz Corp.

Liz Squillace, who designed the mural and was awarded the Painted Stairway grant, is the owner of Paradox Ink, an art studio specializing in screenprinting, murals + public art. Paradox Ink’s mission is to make art more accessible by creating it in public places. Public art such as Liz Squillace’s mural at the Bridgeport Train Station as well as the many painted Utility Boxes that adorn streetscapes in Bridgeport and Stamford are seen by commuters on a daily basis. Paradox Ink has had a storefront located in the Arcade Mall in downtown Bridgeport for over 4 years. Liz was classically trained as an artist at Rhode Island School of Design and currently resides at Read’s ArtSpace live/work studios.

Liz had this to say about the new Painted Stairway mural:

“It is such a fulfilling feeling to see this project come to fruition after months of planning, designing, meetings and preparation. It’s been an opportunity to connect with amazing people while transforming a piece of our urban environment. I think the Painted Stairway reflects what a fun and vibrant place Bridgeport is becoming to live in.”

Bridgeport Generation Now is an all-volunteer, grassroots social action network dedicated to boosting civic engagement in our city. BPT Generation Now works on a wide range of civic projects, each showcasing how our diverse community actively collaborates to foster positive change.

Callie Heilmann, the president of BPT Generation Now—

“When Liz presented the concept of “Painted Stairway” at one of our Member Meetings last year, everyone’s eyes and hearts lit up. Public art brings a unique joy and collective pride that is shared by all of us equally. We hope “Painted Stairway” empowers and inspires all people to be the change they wish to see in our city!”

Painted Stairway unveiling on Thursday, September 7 from 5-6pm is free & open to the public. To see photos of the mural in progress, visit paradoxink.tumblr.com

Annual Benefit Party “Get Out! Making Art Public”

Join us for our annual party to benefit Franklin Street Works on Saturday, September 16 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. This year we are celebrating art in the public sphere with “Get Out! Making Art Public,” and we are honoring Connecticut arts advocate Tamara Dimitri and Chicago artist Cheryl Pope. This is Franklin Street Works’ biggest fundraiser of the year, making it an important event in sustaining our award-winning exhibitions and free, public educational programs.

The party will take place on Franklin Street Works tented back patio and will include: dinner by the bite created by Sweet Pistachio with Franklin Street Works Cafe, an open bar, music with EXPLOIT AND INDUSTRY (the DJ team of artist Emily Larned and producer Chris Ruggiero), a silent auction of unique art items and experiences, and more! Tickets start at $65.

The evening is also the opening night for our upcoming exhibition, “I hear it everywhere I go,” which is curated by Terri C Smith and explores, in part, the unconscious ways dissatisfaction around and pursuit of the “American Dream” are expressed. Exhibiting artists: Alex Bag, Michael Blake, Nayland Blake, Jen DeNike, Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, Rashid Johnson, Adam McEwen, Rodney McMillian, Tameka Norris, Cheryl Pope, Mikel Rouse, and Melissa Vandenberg.

Many thanks to: Arts Awards sponsor Sharon & Steven Chrust; event sponsors Fifield Piaker Elman Architects, KeyBank Foundation, MediaCrossing Inc., Purdue Pharma L.P., SL Green Realty Corp, and WPKN; exclusive media sponsor, Moffly Media; and In-kind sponsors Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Farmer’s Cow, Irving Farm, Santa Energy, Sweet Pistachio Events and Half Full Brewery.

General admission tickets are $65 with a member and student discount of $55. Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, to donate in an honoree’s name, or to become an event sponsor, email info@franklinstreetworks.org.


Savor the last day of summer at Sorelle Gallery with the opening of “LANDS’ END” New Works by John MacDonald and Antonia Tyz-Peeples, featuring a designer vignette, designer to-be-announced. The exhibition will be on display at Sorelle’s New Canaan location from Sept 21st – Oct 16th. Please join us!

Influenced by the great European and American traditional and ‘Tonalist’ painting masters, artist John MacDonald realistically captures the spectrum of color, light, and atmosphere found in the natural landscapes of rural New England. His paintings gracefully depict nature’s fleeting moments – twilight, dusk, snowfall – wrought from keen observation, technical mastery and cognitive reflection. MacDonald received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Painting and Drawing from Purdue University, Indiana. MacDonald draws lifelong inspiration from the traditional techniques used in Japanese woodcuts through his printmaking studies at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. He resides in beautiful Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Connecticut painter Antonia Tyz-Peeples enjoys the intense study of rippled water reflections and rolling surf as subject matter for her detailed ocean depictions. Influenced by reality-bending artists Salvador Dali and Georgia O’Keefe, Tyz-Peeples transforms an everyday beach scene into a dazzling liquid daydream. Harbor areas in Rhode Island and Connecticut are her favorite sources of local inspiration – mid-day light allows for bold colors and stark shadows; sunset provides warmth and sparkle. She received a BFA from Eastern Connecticut State University. Airbrush techniques learned at Silvermine Guild Arts Center continue to inform her smooth, hyper-realistic style.

The Korshak Collection

The Korshak Collection-Masterpieces of American & European Science Fiction, Adventure & Fantasy Illustrations.
 September 22 to October 29, 9 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday; Sunday 11 am-5 pm
  Longbefore the era of the Syfy channel, Xbox and video games, fans of Science fiction and fantasy stories read novels and magazines illustrated by world renowned artists. In our Fall Exhibition, those alien landscapes, mystical creatures, and fantastical characters come alive. The art was inspired by myths, fairy tales, novels and pulp magazines including Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, and Wonder Stories. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this collection of the greatest fantasy masterpieces of our time.
The illustrations are from the private collection of Stephen Korshak, who has had a life-long love of art and literature. His father, Erle Korshak, founded Shasta Publishers, which specialized in science fiction books. His collection reveals the evolution of fantasy illustration and traces the history of science fiction imagery from the pages of dime-store magazines to hardcover, library-quality books. SM&NC Members: Free | Non-Members: included with gate admission. For more information, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.977.6521.
* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

People’s Choice 2017: Opening Reception

A selection of works by the winners of the 2016 Annual Art Show will be featured in The Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library. The People’s Choice winners were selected by the viewers at last year’s Preview Party.

Opening reception, Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Exhibition on view through September 24, 2017.

Sage Goldsmith Tremaine – painting
Alexandra Wallace-Currie – mixed media

Sage Goldsmith Tremaine
Sage’s oil paintings are known for their vivid colors and for capturing the character of the subjects. She has been painting since she was old enough to hold a paint brush with her grandmother, the late wonderful landscape and portrait painter, Sybil Goldsmith. Sage lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. Her work is greatly influenced by the natural beauty of those places which include the varying landscapes, ocean views, and familiar sights.

Sage received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont. She also studied painting and drawing in Italy, at the Art Students League in Manhattan and at the New York Studio School, also in Manhattan. While in Fairfield, Sage works and exhibits out of her studio. Studio visits are welcomed by appointment only. On Nantucket she is represented by the Artists’ Association of Nantucket, Peach Trees on Main Street and at the Westmoor Club.

Alexandra Wallace-Currie
Alexandra (Alex) Wallace-Currie, originally from Texas, moved to Fairfield in 2011 from her latest foreign stint in London UK. Transferring and continuing her existing business, a little square, and her charity, The Pink Pom-Pom Project, Alex held her ambitions high on providing art therapy to cancer survivors and vocational workshops for at-risk youth.

Alex spearheaded art therapy programs at The CT Challenge, weekly sessions for the Whittingham Cancer Clinic at Norwalk Hospital, and bi-monthly Stitch and Bitch groups at Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center in Fairfield. Her dedication to at-risk youth has proven steadfast through The Cardinal Shehan Center, The McGivney Community Center, Wakeman’s Boys & Girls Club, and The Child & Family Guidance Center in Bridgeport.

Her very first installation at The Pequot Library Art Show won Best In Show – Third Place and Alex has not looked back. Her devotion to kids and love for the arts has given her a new stance on how important it is for people to think out of the box – art therapy is essential for all to keep a positive outlook and focus on life.

Special guest art in memory of:
Robyn Swan Filippone (1954-2017) graduated from the University of Vermont, did her Masters work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and got a Degree in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. She worked for many years at the Swan Engraving Company and at her death was employed at Pequot Library and the Fairfield Museum. Robyn enjoyed traveling with friends and family, was an accomplished gardener, and took wonderful pictures of family, friends and events.

Robyn loved fine art and art history. She frequented art museums and galleries across the country and she was a true art enthusiast.

SMHD Galleries’ Grand Opening Solo Art Exhibit

Come relax at the new downtown Stamford nomadic art gallery with complimentary beverages and snacks. Always Free Entry! SMHD Galleries is just starting out, and we’d be glad to have you.
Currently hosted by Holy Name Athletic Club