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.
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.
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.
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 Historical Society
Free admission noon until 5 p.m., with a presentation by Bethel’s town historian.
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.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Free admission from noon until 5 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Landscape and still life oil paintings by Roxbury artist Ann Harriet Carew are on view at Southbury Public Library from April 30 through May 29, 2017. Southbury Public Library is located at 100 Poverty Rd., Southbury, CT 06488.
Beth Houghtaling's mixed-media installation "Jonestown: What Flavor Are You Drinking" is at Trailer Box Project from May 6 through June 3, 2017. There is an artist's reception on Saturday May 6, from 5 pm - 7 pm.
From the press release: "In 'Jonestown: What Flavor are You Drinking?', Houghtaling utilizes mixed media including resin, stamp carvings, and Flavor Aid packets to resolve her spiritually and physically abusive past through the lens of the Jonestown murders.
'I had the idea of making something out of Flavor Aid packets and the stamp carving, so I
bought 70 packets of Strawberry Flavor Aid on the internet. Once I made that first piece, the
floodgates opened and the art has not stopped spewing yet,' says Houghtaling. 'But it wasn’t
until early October 2016, as I was looking at the photos of Jonestown residents in life to use in an
art piece, that I realized my Jonestown Art was my way of expressing the emotions from my own
spiritual abuse, which only seems to make my art more powerful.'
rtist Beth Houghtaling, a Danbury native, is a mother and respiratory therapist. She is currently
studying Holistic and Integrated Health at Western Connecticut State University and plans to
pursue a career in art therapy."
The exhibit also has a musical/sonic collage component by Malcolm Tent.
This exhibition marks the opening of the Trailer Box's 2017 season.
Trailer Box Project is located at 15 Great Pasture Rd., Unit 15, Danbury, CT.
The 2017 Senior Thesis Exhibition at The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University. The exhibition features graduating seniors culminating work for their Bachelor of Arts in Art degree at WCSU. The exhibit runs from Wednesday, April 19 through May 4, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 19 from 6 pm - 8 pm.
Included in the exhibition, and broken down by focus
Graphic design: Andrew Bonadio, Joel Carberry, Astrid Enderica, Carly Iwanicki, Conor Kovatch, Mie-Ly Lou, Kimberly Rabita
Illustration: Killian Bradbury, Amanda Parente
Photography: Emma Crowcroft, Karalyn Demos, Jessica Dice, Samantha Gotthardt, Jesse Longo, Nicholas Sackar, Emily Swift
Studio Art + Painting: Andrea Rios
Studio Art+ Sculpture: Zipporah Tompkins
The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center is located on WCSU's Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury.
April 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2017 spend a Revolutionary Weekend at the Danbury Museum and Historical Society.
Please see their website for full details.
Thursday, April 20th, Eric Chandler is hosting a program "Connecticut During the Revolutionary War - Provision State & Arsenal of the Revolution" from 5 pm - 7 pm. It's a lecture and Q&A co-sponsored by the Danbury Library. Free and open to the public.
Friday, April 21st, is Archives After Dark a "late night search & research session from 7 pm to 10 pm" browsing the museums collections with the guidance of Executive Director and City Historian Brigid Guertin, Research Specialist Diane Hassan, and Collections Manager Michele Amundsen. Free event, and advance registration is appreciated.
Saturday, April 22 free tours of the historic buildings from 10 am - 3 pm. Then from 4 pm - 6 pm Cocktails & Conversation with DMHS Board Member Robert Young with a presentation "Why Danbury" about Danbury's roles as a supply depot for the Continental Army. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, April 23 The Mary Wooster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution present "The Not-So-Good-Life of the Colonial Goodwife". Admission $10 to benefit the Mary Wooster CTDAR and is open to the public. Begins at 2 pm. RSVP requested. See website for more information.
The Danbury Museum and Historical Society is located at 43 Main St., Danbury, CT.
A Common Ground Community Arts Center is hosting an acoustic coffeehouse-style benefit for its program Danbury Arts In Action on Saturday, March 25, 2017 featuring folk musical artist Leif Smith. There is also an open mic portion with signup at 7:30 pm. Admission is by free-will donation.
There is also a unity event for the art center itself on Saturday, April 8 from 2 pm - 10 pm. The center is currently suffering from a decline in enrollment, and is hosting a multi-faceted event to raise awareness and inform the community about its range of classes and functions. There will be live music, food, poetry, vendors, and childrens' activities.
A Common Ground Community Arts Center is located at 33 Crosby St., Danbury, CT.
The work of New Preston photographer Shona Curtis is featured in the solo exhibition "To Be Real" at the Gallery at Still River Editions. The exhibit runs from April 8 through June 2, 2017, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 8 from 2 pm - 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibit features dramatic and intimate black and white portraits by Curtis. She says of her work, "I believe that portraiture is not simply about the subject or the photographer, but the alchemy between the two. To Be Real, an exhibit of film and digital photography, exposes what lies behind our masks when we feel safe enough to reveal ourselves. This collection illuminates what I see as the fragility and exquisite beauty of being human, in other words, our shared humanity."
Regular gallery hours are 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Roxanne Faber Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O'Donnell, and Neil Daigle Orkans are featured in a group exhibition titled "Prints that Work" curated by Leslie Giuliani at the Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT The exhibit runs through March 25th, 2017, and there is an artist panel discussion on March 23, 2017 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. The artists "will discuss the role of printmaking in their artistic practice, as well as how they approach communicating broad artistic concepts."
Roxanne Faber Savage's work in the exhibition, ELEPHANTELEPHANTx2 "is Roxanne's second installation concerning elephants and ivory. Her prints depict a visual story about her concerns about the current state of elephants and ivory poaching."
The exhibit contains mature subject matter and is meant for those 18+.
Tara Tomaselli is featured in a solo exhibition of photographs titled, "Transport to the Past" which will be at Hancock Hall from Thursday, March 16 through April 14, 2017.
Tomaselli says of this work, "My new exhibition entitled "Transport to the Past" includes 15 images that examine the relationship between past and present. Theses photographs depict functional transportation-related objects of the past, after their transformation over time. My works capture the rusted relics of bygone eras and the various ways these objects are honored by their owners. While each object has its own history, viewers are invited to imagine and make their own personal connections to the objects – uniting past with present."
The exhibition is part of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Accessible Art Program.
The Newtown Bee wrote a story about the exhibit, viewable here.
Hancock Hall is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located at 31 Staples St., Danbury, CT.
"Corrugated World," a solo exhibit of the art of James Grashow, will be at Flinn Gallery in Greenwich from March 16 through April 26, 2016.
There will be a reception with the artist on Thursday, March 16 from 6 pm - 8 pm. Additionally, "The Cardboard Bernini," a documentary film about Grashow by Olympia Stone, will be screened on Friday, March 24th at 8 pm with an artist's talk. A public talk with the curators will be held on April 6 at 11 am.
Grashow is a world-renowned artist who works in corrugated sculpture and intricately carved woodcut printmaking.
Flinn Gallery is located at 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT.
The group photography exhibit "Shutter" at Art & Frame of Danbury runs from March 4 through April 8, 2017. The opening reception is Saturday, March 11 from 5 pm - 7 pm with live music by Edukated Fleas.
Included in the exhibition are Mark Savoia and Lys Guillorn of Still River Editions.
Art & Frame of Danbury is located at 60 Newtown Rd., Danbury, CT.
Joe McNally is giving a talk at the Ridgefield Library on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 2 pm - 3:30 pm in the Main Program Room. It is asked that interested parties register for this free program here.
The Ridgefield Library is located at 472 Main St., Ridgefield, CT.
From their public materials: "Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned more than 35 years. Mc Nally's expansive career has included being a contributor to National Geographic; a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated; as well as shooting cover stories for Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. His prints are in numerous collections including the National Portrait Gallery of the United States and the September 11 Memorial and Museum.
McNally's most well-known series is Faces of Ground Zero - Portraits of the Heroes of September 11th, a collection of 246 Giant Polaroid portraits shot near Ground Zero in a three-week period shortly after 9/11. A large group of these historic photos were exhibited in seven cities in 2002, and seen by almost a million people. Sales of the exhibit book helped raise over $2 million for the 9/11-relief effort.
McNally has authored several noteworthy books on photography and has amassed an impressive commercial and advertising client list ranging from FedEx to the American Ballet Theater.
A sought-after workshop instructor and lecturer, he has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Disney Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense."
"100!" is an exhibit of 100 women artists curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY that runs from March 4 through April 2, 2017. The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States and the passing of the 19th amendment in 1917.
Catherine Vanaria and Lys Guillorn of Still River Editions are among the artists exhibiting. Dayna Wenzel, who has exhibited at the Gallery at Still River Editions is also included, as is client Missy Stevens.
There is an opening reception on Saturday, March 4 from 3 pm - 6 pm. Regular gallery hours are 1 pm - 5 pm Friday through Monday (except during performances on March 5 and 19.)
The Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main St., Beacon, NY.
Running concurrently is a solo exhibit of paintings by Frank Bruckmann titled "Studio Still Lifes." There is an opening reception on Saturday, March 11 from 3 pm - 6 pm, with artist talks at 5 pm.
Morrison's bio on Kehler Liddell's website states, "Edith's work is her identity. It is consistent, compulsive, with meticulous attention to detail. Each abstract drawing that is rendered in pen and ink, contains a series of intricate interwoven lines or circles or marks creating a unique maze like image. She calls her artwork "Mind fibers" or "Penweave " drawings. They are influenced by surreal, mystical, and psychological elements from the past. She is fascinated with weaving, hair, fairy tales, myths, and primitive societies. Edith finds her work is all consuming and at any hour day or night she may find herself at the drawing board working steadily on the piece until she is satisfied it is finished and has merit.
Edith received a MA degree from C.W. Post College, Greenvale, New York. She also studied at Art Students League in NY and with Paul Margin art studio in Hempstead, NY."
Regular gallery hours are Thursday and Friday 11 am - 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT.