The Life and Times of The Great Danbury State Fair book signing at the Danbury Museum

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Author Jack Stetson will be signing copies of The Life and Times of the Great Danbury Fair on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1 pm - 3 pm at the Danbury Museum and  Historical Society. Books for the signing will be available for purchase.

Stetson, whose family founded the Danbury Fair, found an unfinished manuscript by his grandmother about the history of the fair, and finished it and expanded on it. The book was published by Emerald Lake Books in October of 2016.

Still River Editions made a number of photographic scans for the book. 

The Danbury Museum and Historical Society is located at 43 Main St., Danbury, Connecticut. 
 

Poli's Palace & Majestic Theatres Memories Project presentation and signing at Barnum Museum

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There will be a Poli's Palace & Majestic Theatres Memories Project program and book signing hosted by photographers/authors Jay Misencik and Geralene Valentine of Misencik Photography at the Barnum Museum on Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 2 pm.

The theatres opened in the 1920s and have been shuttered since the 1970s, but Misencik and Valentine have been allowed access in order to photograph them. 

The book combines vintage clippings, memories collected from people connected to the theatres, and Misencik and Valentine's contemporary photographs of what remains of their gorgeous interiors.

The Barnum Museum is located at 820 Main St., Bridgeport, CT. A $5 donation to the museum is suggested. The book may be ordered by contacting the authors through their website link above. 

Trailer Box Project Holiday Celebration and Benefit for Ann's Place

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There is a group exhibition of Trailer Box Project affiliated artists as well as an artist-made ornament sale opening on December 9, 2017 from 4 pm - 7 pm at the Trailer Box Project in Danbury. Ornament sales will benefit Ann's Place, a non-profit resource for people whose lives are affected by cancer in the greater Danbury area. 

The ornament sale runs through December 21, 2017, and the group exhibition runs through January 20, 2018.

Catherine Vanaria and Mark Savoia of Still River Editions are in the Trailer Box Artists Group Show. The other artists are: Bob Keating, Frank Kara, Dave Gesualdi, Jim Felice, Chris Durante, Antonio Carvalho, Megan Marden, Janice Mauro, and Dayna Wenzel. 

"S 4000" © Mark Savoia

"S 4000" © Mark Savoia

The Trailer Box Project is located at 15 Great Pasture Rd. Unit 15 Danbury, Connecticut. The gallery is open Tues-Fri 11 am - 5 pm, or by appointment 203-797-0230.

Michael Friedman's rock and roll photography pop-up gallery in Westport

© Michael Friedman

© Michael Friedman

There is a pop-up gallery featuring the black and white rock and roll photography of Michael Friedman at 35 Church Lane, Bedford Square, Westport through the 2017 holidays, now also including work by guest artist, sculptor Harris Diamant. There is an artist reception on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 6 pm - 9 pm. 

© Harris Diamant

© Harris Diamant

Friedman was an avid photographer when he worked in the music business in the 60s and 70s. He took thousands of photographs of artists he worked with but lost track of the negatives nearly 50 years ago until he found them earlier this year.

The pop-up exhibit is a preview of more than 75 photographs that will be exhibited at the California Heritage Museum April - June 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Artists include The Band, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, and more. 

Guest artist Harris Diamant, a pioneering dealer in American Folk Art since the 1960s, turned to creating sculpture in the mid-1980s. Diamant's work has been featured in one-person shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. 

A portrait of Mick Jagger by Michael Friedman is also included in the exhibit LOUD at The Gallery at Still River Editions, through December 22, 2017
 

 

Bridgeport Art Trail, November 9-12, 2017

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Bridgeport Art Trail is a huge, multi-venue, many-faceted event that kicks off on Thursday, November 9 with a party from 5:30 pm - 9 pm at Reads Art Space. Friday night there are projections, music, and open artists studios at the historic Arcade Mall. Musicians include Musicians include:  Tim Walsh, Gab Lakshmi, Kenny Owens, Scott Packham, Ian Tait, Legendary Tay, Netta Walker, Dan Carluci. Chris Cavaliere. Read's ArtSpace is located at 1042 Broad St., Bridgeport, CT. 

A few other highlights (please see the website highlighted above for much more information):
Friday evening is Arcade Night at the historic Arcade Mall from 5 pm - 8:30 pm at 1001 Main St., Bridgeport. Holly Danger of Danger Gallery in Stamford will be projecting video footage, there will be a DJ, small bites, and open studios. 

Also Friday, Clients Jay Misencik and Geraldine Valentine of Misencik Photography and author Lennie Grimaldi will be hosting an event at Milano Wine Bar and Pizzeria from 6 pm - 8 pm at 281 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. They'll be sharing photographs and stories about downtown Bridgeport "back in the day." 

Saturday and Sunday are open studios at The American Fabric Arts Building, 1069 Connecticut Avenue, Building 4, 10 am - 5 pm. Denyse Schmidt Quilts, Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong Ceramics, Brechin Morgan, Janet Slom, and Ulla Surland will be holding their annual studio sales. In an effort to give back to the community we love, for the fourth year we are supporting the Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM). The mission serves those in need, feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and helps people conquer drug and alcohol addictions. AFA will be serving as a drop-off point for their Thanksgiving Stuff-A-Truck event, event, giving patrons the opportunity to donate food and coats for local families in need.

Venues include City Lights Gallery, 305 Knowlton St., Reads ArtSpace, Nest Arts Factory, BAT Pop-Up, University of Bridgeport, Barnum Museum, and many more. 

 

“Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography” at The Briscoe Center

© Charles Moore

© Charles Moore

“Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography,” is an exhibition which features nearly 60 photographs taken between the 1930s and 1970s that show the flashpoints of the civil rights movement. The exhibit begins on Nov. 10, 2017 at The Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas

Still River Editions' Master Printmaker Mark Savoia made the archival prints for the exhibition. 

The exhibition features images from the Briscoe Center’s vast photojournalism collections that provide compelling visual evidence of the struggles, and achievements of the civil rights movement—from Jim Crow to Black Power. Spanning four decades, the exhibition will include images by Spider Martin, Flip Schulke, and Charles Moore, as well as others whose work captured the struggle for civil rights.

The Briscoe Center is located at Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2 on the east side of The University of Texas at Austin campus, 2300 Red River St, Austin, Texas. 

City Wide Open Studios' Erector Square Weekend 2017

Top © Phyllis Crowley, bottom © Keith Johnson 

Top © Phyllis Crowley, bottom © Keith Johnson 

New Haven's City Wide Open Studios Erector Square Weekend takes place Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, 2017, from noon - 6 pm both days. Erector Square is located at 315 Peck St., New Haven, CT and is the former A.C. Gilbert Company which made Erector Sets among other toys in New Haven until the mid-to-late 1960s.

Among the 100+ artists exhibiting in this enormous complex of buildings are Phyllis Crowley, and Keith Johnson, both photographers who have exhibited at The Gallery at Still River Editions. Their studio is in Building 2, 1st Floor, Studio N. 

 

 

ASAP 7th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers

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ASAP!, a Washington Depot-based creative arts nonprofit for youth, is hosting its 7th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers at The White Barn at South Farms, Morris, CT on Sunday, November 5th from 2 pm - 4 pm. The exhibit is free to the public, and donations are welcome. 

From their website: "Join us for a unique exhibit of images by talented young photographers from across our region of Connecticut. A panel of renowned photographers and collectors will jury photographs submitted by students in grades 6-12, each expressing a unique interpretation celebrating this year’s theme, Every picture has a story to tell…What’s YOUR story? Following the exhibit will be a presentation celebrating our selected top young photographers."

This is the second year Still River Editions' Master Printmaker Mark Savoia has made the prints for the exhibition.

The White Barn at South Farms is located at 21 Higbie Rd., Morris, CT. 

Lisa Cohen: "Untamed" at Pound Ridge Reservation

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Untamed: The American Horse Collection is an exhibit of equine photography by Lisa Cohen of Silver Mountain Studio, which runs from October 1 through December 12, 2017 at the gallery at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY. There is an opening reception on Sunday, October 1 from noon - 4 pm.

For the opening of the exhibit, a paddock will be provided for visitors who can ride to the show and there will be equine guests. 

The Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is located at the junction of Routes 35 and 1221 South, Cross River, NY. 

 

Thinking Visually illustration exhibition at WCSU VPAC Gallery

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Thinking Visually: The Art of Connecticut Illustrators runs from September 25 through December 3, 2017 at the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the westside campus of Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. The fifteen illustrators included in the exhibition are Guy BilloutLeslie Cober-GentryRobert CrawfordBruce DegenRandy EnosRobert GiustiJames GrashowGerard HuertaRoger HuyssenChristine KornackiRoss MacDonaldWendell MinorJon SideriadisBill Thomson and David Wenzel.

There is an opening reception on Thursday, September 28 from 6 pm - 8 pm. RSVP here to attend.

From the press release: "The exhibition will provide a sweeping presentation of works encompassing a broad spectrum from popular children’s book illustrations, magazine covers, cardboard constructions and stamp designs for the U.S. Postal Service to evocative graphic images for cartoons, albums, advertising, video games, films and television series. Each of the participating illustrators resides in Connecticut and has attained critical recognition nationally and abroad through unique contributions to the art of illustration."

The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center is located at 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury. Gallery hours M-Thu noon - 4 pm, Sa-Su 1 pm - 4. 

40th Annual Carriage Barn Members' Exhibition 2017

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The 40th Annual Carriage Barn Members' Exhibition runs from September 10 through October 7, 2017 at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut. A list of artists' names and selected works may be found here. Among the artists exhibiting are a number of clients of Still River Editions: Daniel Wade Barrett, Lisa Berger, Paul Berger, June Eichbaum, William Frucht, Marcy Juran, Kathie Miranda, Karen Neems, and James Stasiak. 

There is an opening reception on Sunday, September 10 from 3 pm - 5 pm. There is also an "artist coffee" on September 16 from 10 am - noon. 

From their website: "We partnered with Sorelle Gallery in New Canaan and worked in consultation with the gallery director to select works included in the member show.  At the opening reception 1-2 artists will be awarded “Best in Show” and will have a joint or solo exhibit at Sorelle in summer of 2018."

The Carriage Barn Arts Center is located at 681 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT.  

Art Walk Ridgefield 2017

"Unknown City" © Molly Olsen Leckie

"Unknown City" © Molly Olsen Leckie

Molly Olsen Leckie, and George Stewart, both Still River Editions clients, are among the over sixty artists participating in this year's Art Walk Ridgefield, which takes place in Ridgefield, Connecticut August 25 - September 8, 2017. 

Artists will show their works at downtown area businesses. Festivities include free admission, live music, and artist demonstrations. Opening night is Friday, August 25 from 5 pm - 8 pm and artist day is Saturday, August 26 from noon - 4 pm. In addition to the individual locations, one piece from each artist participating in Art Walk Ridgefield will also be on view at the "Walk on Down" show at Ridgefield Guild of Artists' Guild Barn at 34 Halpern Lane, Ridgefield through September 8, 2017. 

Molly Olsen Leckie's abstract paintings will be at William Pitt Sotheby's, 470 Main St. along with the work of Paulina Connelly. 

George Stewarts' landscapes will be at Designs by Ursula, 370 Main St. along with the work of Doris Mady.  

 



 

 

#IBelieveinWaterbury at the Mattatuck Museum

© Emery Roth

© Emery Roth

Photographer Emery Roth, a print client of Still River Editions, is among the artists in the group exhibition "#IBelieveinWaterbury" at the Mattatuck Museum from September 10 through December 3, 2017. There is an opening reception on Sunday, September 10 from 1 pm - 3 pm. 

Roth is the author and photographer of a book about industry in Connecticut's Naugatuck River Valley titled Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry.

From the Mattatuck Museum website: "Focusing on the City of Waterbury, artists are challenged to identify those unique aspects of the city and her people that resonate for him/her. We ask artists to share their inspiration with us in works that demonstrate the beauty, joy, prosperity and momentum of Waterbury. Share with non-artists what your trained eye is finding that inspires and uplifts."

The Mattatuck Museum is located at 144 West Main St., Waterbury, CT. 

Documentary on Missy Stevens now streamable on CPTV

The Spirit and Technique of Painting with Thread is a new documentary about the artistic practice of Missy Stevens, a nationally-acclaimed fiber artist who resides in Connecticut. It premiered on CPTV on June 24, 2017 and is now streamable on their website here. Stevens makes nature-inspired thread paintings using the technique of punch-needle embroidery, guided by her practice of shamanic journeying.  

Block printing workshop at Workspace Collective

Artist Karin Mansberg of Block Printed Art will be teaching a block printing workshop on June 15 and June 22, from 6 pm - 8 pm at Workspace Collective, 287 Main St., Danbury, Connecticut. Signup in advance is required from Workspace Collective's website. Students may sign up for either one or both classes.

Mansberg is a graduate of WCSU's MFA Illustration program. She is a native of Estonia now living in Bethel, CT. 

June 10 is CT Open House Day

Saturday, June 10, 2017, The Gallery at Still River Editions will be participating in the State of Connecticut's annual Open House Day by being open from noon - 5 pm with an opening for the exhibition, "Connecticut: Morning, Noon, and Night" by members of the CT ASMP. Refreshments, conversation, and a couple of free giveaway drawings for our services (see below). 

Here is a list of events in the Greater Danbury area, compiled from ctvisit.com. Please see individual websites to confirm events, which are subject to change.

Danbury

Art & Frame of Danbury LLC
Gallery open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with an art opening of “Spring into Summer,” featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Danbury Museum & Historical Society
Free admission from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Gallery at Still River Editions
Open from noon until 5 p.m., featuring an opening reception for the exhibit, “Connecticut: Morning, Noon, and Night;” with light refreshments, art and conversation. SRE will also be doing two giveaway drawings, 1) a 16"x20" archival giclée print from either a digital file of your own or a flatbed scan up to 22"x30" ($57.78-$85.78 total value, no substitutions), or 2) a flatbed scan up to 11"x17", plus one hour of retouching, plus an 8"x10" archival giclée print ($130 total value, no substitutions). One free entry per person, drawings at 5 pm with notification by email. 
Danbury Railway Museum*
(*Right in our neighborhood, but not participating in Open House Day. Will be open on Sat. with normal ticketed rates.)

Bethel

Bethel Historical Society
Free admission noon until 5 p.m., with a presentation by Bethel’s town historian.

Brookfield

Brookfield Craft Center
Free reception from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., featuring a special showing of “Home and Away: The Photography of Colin Harrison.”
Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
From 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. At 10 a.m., baseball games with the cast and crew of “Damn Yankees.” At 2 p.m., join the improv team “17 Debacles” in improv games and rehearsal. At 7 p.m., learn a new holiday song from the “Christmas in July” event.

Ridgefield

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Free admission from noon until 5 p.m. 

Dayna Wenzel's installations at Beechwood Arts and Innovation

"The Center of the Universe" © Dayna Wenzel

"The Center of the Universe" © Dayna Wenzel

Several sculptures by Connecticut artist Dayna Wenzel are installed on-site at Beechwood Arts and Innovation in Westport, and will be viewable at their arts immersion salon "Giving Voice - Through the Arts to Stories Around Us," a multi-artist event involving music, art, film, performance, writing and culinary arts on Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 2 pm-5 pm, advance tickets are required (no tickets available at the door.)

There will also be two open houses, Wednesday, June 14 from 5:30 - 8 pm, and Saturday, June 17 from 4 pm - 7 pm. 

Beechwood Arts is located at a private residence. Address given upon RSVP to events, invites to Open Houses by Beechwood's email list. 

Andrea Zimmermann's exhibition "World of Nature" at Bethel Library

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© Andrea Zimmermann

Artist, writer, and librarian Andrea Zimmermann of Newtown is featured in a solo exhibition titled "World of Nature" at the Bethel Library from June 4 through July 10, 2017. 

There is an opening reception on Sunday, June 4 from 2 pm - 4 pm

The exhibit features Zimmermann's nature-inspired artwork in various media including photography, block printing, silkscreen, etching, and pastel. 

Read more in-depth about the exhibition and Zimmermann's artistic upbringing on Zimmermann's website, (reprinting an article from the Newtown Bee, May 19, 2017.) 

Bethel Public Library is located at 189 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT.

"Connecticut: Morning, Noon, and Night" CTASMP Photo Exhibit

"Peaceful" © Peter Wnek

"Peaceful" © Peter Wnek

The exhibit “Connecticut: Morning, Noon, and Night” at The Gallery at Still River Editions runs from June 10 through September 29, 2017. An opening reception with the photographers takes place on June 10, from noon to 5 pm, and is free and open to the public. The opening is part of the State of Connecticut’s 13th annual Open House Day.

The sixteen photographs, taken around Connecticut and representing different times of day, are by members of the Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the leading trade association for professional photographers. Connecticut’s chapter of the ASMP has a membership of around 100 photographers at all stages of their careers, and offers programming including speakers, seminars, and ongoing small groups that promote business and community within the profession.

The photographers participating are: Allegra Anderson (South Glastonbury), Stacy Bass (Westport), Mike Cohen (Westport), Adam Coppola (Killingworth),  Ron DiLaurenzio (Bethlehem), Ronald Glassman (Stamford), Nancy Hill (Weston), Barry Hyman (Westport), Robert Lisak (New Haven), Christopher Rakoczy (Manchester), Mark Savoia (New Fairfield), Edwina Stevenson (Branford), Catherine Vanaria (New Fairfield), Carl Vernlund (Berlin), Peter Wnek (Meriden), Gale Zucker (Branford).

With this event, Still River Editions is also celebrating its 30th anniversary as a business. In addition to the gallery, Still River Editions is a fine art print studio that specializes in traditional black and white photographic prints, scanning/fine art capture, digital prints of fine art and photographs, and digital restoration.
 
The Gallery at Still River Editions is located at 128 East Liberty St., Danbury, CT. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Michael Friedman's Lost Rock and Roll Photographs at Rhinebeck

"Mick Jagger, Madison Square Garden, 1969" © Michael Friedman

"Mick Jagger, Madison Square Garden, 1969"
© Michael Friedman

An exhibit of 40 of Michael Friedman's never-before-seen black and white rock and roll photographs from the 1960s and 1970s will be on view at Barn Star Productions' Antiques at Rhinebeck show from May 27-28th, 2017.

Among subjects are The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, The Band, James Cotton, and numerous other stars and legendary session players. 

The show is at the Duchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck, NY and runs Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am - 4 pm. Admission is $10 each day.

Friedman worked in various facets of the music business, during which he traveled and was close to many great artists. He has been a dealer of Western antiques for many years . 

The photographs on exhibit were printed by Master Printmaker Mark Savoia of Still River Editions. 

Read an article on the exhibit in the Antiques and the Arts Weekly here