ArtBra New Haven Benefit Bra Auction for Smilow Cancer Hospital Sun. October 9--Get your tickets by October 3

"Mammographic Mandala"
© Edith Borax Morrison
ArtBra New Haven is hosting its first ever art bra auction to benefit the Breast Center at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven on October 9, 2011. The auction takes place at the Omni Hotel New Haven and features an art-bra runway show, benefit auction, and Sunday brunch and takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased on the website by October 3, 2011--there will be no tickets available at the door. Tickets are available individually and by the table.

Hat City Millinery Spectacular Brassiere, 2011
© Lys Guillorn
Client, visionary artist, and breast cancer survivor Edith Borax Morrison has contributed several art bras as well as two of her drawings for the auction. Our own Lys Guillorn has contributed a bra that includes vintage millinery flowers that was inspired by Danbury's hatting history. Guillorn's bra is in honor of her grandmothers, one who is currently being treated for breast cancer, and the other, who was always crafting for a cause.

From the website: "ArtBra-New Haven is the expression of the community of survivors, supporters, and artists, in celebration of and thanks to the wonderful people who helped get us through the odyssey of breast cancer. Bruce Barber, host of NPR's “Yale Cancer Center Answers”, has graciously agreed to be our MC and Auctioneer. We will also be honoring our own Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro for her groundbreaking work on the “No Drive-Through Mastectomies” legislation, which has helped so many post-operative patients.

Eileen Kaplan, noted author of Laughter Is The Breast Medicine, will be one of our survivor models. Eileen will also be available at a book signing following the fashion show."

Organizers Gaye Hyre and Serena Hatch have collected around 40 art bra and fine art donations from area artists and inspired individuals. The auction will benefit a fund that offers financial assistance to women (and men) who would otherwise have difficulty paying for their breast cancer treatment.

The Omni Hotel New Haven is located at 155 Temple St., New Haven, CT.

Gorky's Granddaughter: Video Interviews of Visual Artists

Painters Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy have joined forces to found a blog that borrows its name for their recent show at the Fort Point Arts Community. Their site, Gorky's Granddaughter, explores the visual arts community around them in video. Christopher Joy conducted a lot of interviews on the fly at CWOS, and for full disclosure, I must say that the video of me taken at City Wide Open Studios, New Haven, is here.


Three Photographers: Mark Savoia, Catherine Vanaria and Lys Guillorn at City Wide Open Studios New Haven: Sept. 25-26.

© Catherine Vanaria
The three of us at Connecticut Photographics/Still River Editions will be sharing a gallery space at City Wide Open Studios New Haven this weekend.
Sat. 9/25 12-5pm and Sun. 9/26 from 12-5 pm
Three Photographers from Still River Editions: Mark Savoia, Catherine Vanaria, and Lys Guillorn at Erector Square, 315 Peck St. New Haven, CT Building 2, 3d Floor, Unit 1

There is an opening reception Friday night from 5-8 at Artspace New Haven in which Mark and I will have one piece each, but the bulk of the show is during the weekend at Erector Square. I'll be going to the opening.

Other folks we know are participating include: Keith Johnson, Phyllis Crowley, Tom Peterson, and kHyal™ and Karl Heine from DesignerGrill, Joan Fitzsimmons, Valerie Richardson (WPKN DJ), and Lisa Nichols. We're sharing a space with painter Zachary Keeting.

We'll be bringing traditional and digital prints of our own work. I chose to work a bit bigger than I have been lately, and had Mark print some 20"x36" carbon pigment inkjet prints of black and white film double exposures. Mark is bringing black and white carbon prints that recently were exhibited at NESOP that show off his sense of humor and eye for irony. He might also have a 13-foot-long triptych in the works. Cathy is bringing some of her intimate portraits made with the 8"x10" camera currently residing about 12 feet away from me, like a lone dancer in the middle of the lab.

It's free, so if you feel like having a New Haven day trip to see some interesting art of all varieties and qualities, please come over and say hello. We're looking forward to meeting our fellow artists and jumping in the fray.

Be well,
A view of our space before the start on Saturday

Lys Guillorn on HolgaJen's blog

"Arm's Length"
©Lys Guillorn

Today one of Lys Guillorn's photos was featured on HolgaJen's site in a roundup of Etsy items related to the Holga. If you haven't been on Etsy before, it's a way for users to sell and buy fine art and handcrafted items, as well as vintage goods, and supplies. The Holga is a plastic 120 film camera with a plastic lens known for its quirky ability to lend a dreamlike quality to an image. Though there's a bit of a toy camera craze right now, Lys has been using the same Holga for the last 11 years, covered in electrical tape.