Save the Date: June 11 is Still River Editions' Open House Day

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, the Gallery at Still River Editions will be opening as part of Connecticut Comission on Culture and Tourism's Open House Day 2011. Across the state on that day art galleries, historical properties, museums, parks, and other organizations will be offering free admission, tours, refreshments, and activities.

The inaugural re-opening exhibition at our gallery will feature the work of photographers Keith Johnson and Mark Savoia (co-owner of Connecticut Photographics and Still River Editions). Both Mark and Keith were 2010 Artist Fellowship Recipients from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

We don't normally have Saturday hours, so if you've been meaning to come visit us and haven't had time during the week, this would be a great day to come out, look at some art, and chat with us about printing/art/photography. We'll have some light refreshments, and look forward to having some of our clients meet each other. It's a hidden little community--folks don't usually get to meet unless there's a mini-pileup at the counter.

As the date approaches, I'll list other participating venues in the area. For those who aren't familiar with us, we're in downtown Danbury very close to the Danbury Railway Museum and Danbury Historical Society, and not too far from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield. Not far from I-84 exit 5, but I strongly suggest following written directions to get here the first time.

If you can't make it on June 11, there will also be an artist's reception (probably an evening event), with a date in June to be determined. Regular gallery hours are our normal business hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm.

Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Announces 2010 Artist Fellowship Recipients

"Fried doe, just a buck"

© Mark Savoia

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism has announced 2010 recipients of artist fellowships from the state. The fellowships are awarded on an alternating annual basis, and applicants are judged solely on artistic merit.  This year's categories were craft, new media, painting, photography, sculpture/installation and works on paper. Alternating years recognize choreography, fiction, film/video, music composition, playwriting and poetry.

Among this year's 37 recipients is Mark Savoia, co-owner of Connecticut Photographics and Still River Editions. Mark submitted a portfolio of black and white images that highlight his wry observations of unusual nooks and crannies of American culture. In addition to the award, recipients usually have the opportunity to participate in a group exhibition in Hartford.

If you are a Connecticut resident, keep the CCT's website bookmarked, and check back periodically for application materials. The website features numerous resources for state artists of all disciplines. New York residents, you have a great resource in the New York Foundation for the Arts website.