Silvermine celebrates the season with two weekends of holiday sales—and beautiful, unique items from artists and artisans
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Silvermine Arts Center is celebrating the holiday season this year with two weekends of holiday sales. The first, opening the day after Thanksgiving and running Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Nov. 23-25) is a Holiday Trunk Show featuring fifteen artists and craftspeople with unique handmade items. The School of Art Annual Holiday Sale, showcasing work by Silvermine’s faculty and students, will follow on the weekend of December 1st and 2nd. Both sales will offer beautiful and practical gifts not to be found anywhere else.
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Nov 14, 2018 - 5:47:50 AM

LAA presents annual new members show
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The Loft Artists Association is hosting its annual new member show, “New Year - New Artists” in the Phillips and West Galleries at 575 Pacific Street from Friday, January 4 through Sunday, January 27, 2018, with an Opening Reception on Friday, January 11, from 6-8 PM.
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Nov 13, 2018 - 5:27:05 AM

Office of the Chair created at Silvermine Arts Center; new Board members announced at annual meeting
Silvermine Arts Center announced new leadership with the creation of the Office of the Chair led by Rose-Marie Fox, Board Chair. The Office of the Chair (“OC”) is being created to enhance Silvermine’s ability to support its growth and strategic initiatives as it nears its Centennial—while continuing to carefully manage the operations and financial performance.
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Nov 12, 2018 - 5:24:51 AM

Stamford Exhibit Celebrates American Patriotism Through the Arts
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is displaying an exhibit of American patriotic art featuring works from some of the 20th century’s most beloved artists, including hundreds of Norman Rockwell’s iconic Saturday Evening Post covers, which helped the nation define its self-image for nearly 50 years.
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Nov 9, 2018 - 5:08:26 AM

Creativity and can-do come together at opening of local Board & Brush Creative Studio
From the outside, it looks like a charming shop with an artsy feel. Once inside, there’s no mistaking this is a place for creativity to blossom, DIY confidence to take hold, and memories to be made. The Norwalk, Conn., Board & Brush Creative Studio, located at 68 Water Street, Suite E, is holding its grand opening Monday, Nov. 19 from 5-7 p.m. with gift bags for the first 30 people, raffle prizes, and a chance to win a free sign-making workshop for six valued at $390. Attendees will also have the chance to create mini-signs during the evening. Workshops start the day prior, Nov. 18. The grand opening event is free and open to the public. For more on the new studio and to register for a workshop to create your own home décor piece of art, log on to boardandbrush.com/norwalk.
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Nov 9, 2018 - 5:02:39 AM

Silvermine receives $215,000 grant from Daniel Edward Offutt, III, Private Foundation Trust
The Daniel Edward Offutt, III, Private Foundation Trust recently awarded an unrestricted grant for $215,000 to Silvermine Arts Center. Silvermine was one of a number of non-profit cultural and arts organizations in Connecticut to receive funding.
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Oct 22, 2018 - 2:32:01 PM

UConn Stamford Art Gallery presents The Connecticut Pastel Society’s 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition, “Renaissance in Pastel”
The Connecticut Pastel Society is celebrating a quarter of a century of glorious pastel exhibitions. The opening reception will begin with a gallery tour from 1:00pm - 2:00pm by award winning artist Karen Israel. Following the gallery tour will be the artists reception from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, with the awards presentation at 3:00pm. The reception and gallery tour are free, and all are welcome!
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Oct 15, 2018 - 4:10:47 PM

Pequot Library's 21st Annual Art Show features 140 works of juried art plus more programs
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WET PAINT: Art Fresh from the Studio, which is juried by Bob Burns, director of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, is Pequot Library's 21st Annual Art Show — and it's sure to be a spectacular one. The exhibition will feature select and current works — painting, photography, mixed media, works on paper, drawing, multimedia, and sculpture — by local and regional artists. It opens with a Preview Party fundraiser on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from sales will be shared by the artists and Pequot Library. This exhibition and sale support the educational programs and events at Pequot Library and is on view October 14-21 during Library hours.
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Oct 4, 2018 - 4:06:51 AM

Children's Halloween Art Party at Silvermine
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On Sunday afternoon, October 21, from 2-4 pm, the Annual Silvermine School of Art Children’s Halloween Art party will give kids a wildly creative afternoon of art, sweet treats, games and a Halloween parade around the campus. All ages are welcome.
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Oct 3, 2018 - 5:36:23 AM

Loft Artists Association presents 40th Anniversary Open Studios Event
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The Loft Artists Association hosts their annual Open Studios event with special acknowledgement of their 40 years in Stamford’s South End. The event will take place at 575 Pacific St. in Stamford on Saturday, November 3, 12 to 5 PM and Sunday, November 4, 12 to 5 PM.
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Sep 11, 2018 - 11:02:18 AM

Local artist donates sculptures to Ives Concert Park
April Herbert, of Pound Ridge, New York, has led an interesting life and has found a way to pay it forward. Almost 40 years ago, at the age of 45, the mother of three saw a small advertisement in the New York Times promoting a four-day welding course at the Somerstown Gallery in Somers, New York. Herbert had always loved the arts, but had “never found my medium,” she said. When she mentioned the course to her husband, he told her that if she didn’t take it, he would take off from work and take it himself. So she did.
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Sep 6, 2018 - 2:19:49 AM

Art Partners, Silvermine’s Outreach Education Program, receives $50,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation
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Silvermine Arts Center’s Art Partners Outreach Education Program is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Art Partners, headed by Outreach Education Director Sophia Gevas, serves nearly 1,000 students in Stamford and Norwalk each year. Professional Teaching Artists collaborate with classroom teachers and after-school program directors to offer curriculum-based studio art projects that enhance critical-thinking skills and foster the joy of learning.
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Aug 28, 2018 - 3:42:01 AM

Simsbury Chamber Launches Sculpture Look-Alike Photo Contest
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The Simsbury Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first ever Public Art Trail this summer. The project, which started on May 15th, features 32 bronze sculptures, and has drawn tens of thousands of visitors from all over the U. S. to Simsbury’s gardens and streets to catch an eye of these life-like figures.
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Aug 27, 2018 - 5:58:05 AM

Maritime Garage Gallery Seeks Artists For Exhibit Inspired By Street Art
The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists, 18 and over, for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk, CT. The exhibit will run from October 25, 2018 through January 18, 2019.
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Aug 13, 2018 - 5:25:22 AM

Mexico, Canada & France, Through the Lens of Karen Spencer at NPL
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A new collection of photographer Karen Spencer’s work, will be on exhibit at the Norwalk Public Library, in the Main Reading area, from August 12– September 30. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, August 12, from 3 – 5 p.m.
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Jul 23, 2018 - 5:18:54 AM

Community Arts Partnership Program grant applications available
The Stamford Community Arts Partnership Program (CAPP) grant has provided numerous Stamford-based arts and cultural organizations with funding to initiate special projects within the city for over 10 years. The grant highlights Mayor David R. Martin’s commitment to increasing the participation and accessibility of art throughout Stamford. This year the city has committed $100,000 in grant funding for projects by Stamford-based arts organizations or individual artists backed by a Stamford-based non-profit.
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Jul 3, 2018 - 1:57:32 AM

Simsbury Chamber Salutes New Sculpture Exhibit with Sold-Out Event
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This summer, Simsbury’s streets, gardens and breathtaking scenery are home to 32 lifelike sculptures created by Seward Johnson. Sponsored by the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, the hand-painted sculptures will be on display in numerous locations around town from now until September 15th.
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May 28, 2018 - 7:12:57 AM

The Loft Artists Association Announces Summer Art Saturday Workshops
The Loft Artists Association in Stamford, CT invites children ages 7 to 14 to again spread their creative wings this summer at a series of creative art workshops. The fifth annual Summer Art Saturday Workshop Program runs each Saturday 10 AM – 12PM from June 23 to August 11 and will feature explorations in Fimo clay, robot recyclables, poured and dripped painting, collage, watercolor, pressed flowers, cubist portraits and more — all taught by the LAA’s professional, award-winning artists.
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May 8, 2018 - 7:21:02 AM

Timely Exhibition Highlights The Work of Contemporary Female Artists
The Westport Arts Center presents Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art on view from March 23 – June 2, 2018. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Gorayeb, the Executive Director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc., a non-profit art historical research foundation based in New York. For nearly two decades, Gorayeb has specialized in art historical research on the provenance and attribution of works of art. More
Mar 15, 2018 - 5:31:59 AM

Stamford's LAA to hold annual 2018 Come Draw with Us
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The Loft Artists Association invites people of all ages to participate in two “Free Community Drawing Events” to be held Saturday March 17 and Saturday March 24 from 12 to 3:30 pm at 575 Pacific Street.
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Feb 5, 2018 - 9:03:20 AM

WCSU hosts competition for artists to perform, exhibit on campus
The Western Connecticut State University School of Visual & Performing Arts will host a competition in support of art and artists this spring. Artists of all disciplines (theatre, dance, art, music and film) — from up-and-coming artists to seasoned professionals — are encouraged to apply with either large- or small-scale projects and in various stages of completion. Through an application process adjudicated by the VPArts Commission, the selected artists will be awarded the opportunity to collaborate and present work in the university’s state-of-the-art Visual and Performing Arts Center free of charge. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 1, and finalists will be notified by Thursday, Feb 15. There is an application fee of $30.
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Jan 22, 2018 - 6:42:53 AM

Wilton Library welcomes FCAA artists in exhibition opening Jan. 5
After the hubbub of the holidays, Wilton Library offers art lovers a tranquil stroll through its gallery, reading room and reference area to reflect on “Fairfield County Arts Association Winter Collection” exhibition, opening on Friday, Jan. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit features ten area artists from the collective who will be showcasing myriad subjects, styles and media. The featured artists include Deirdre Abbotts – Westport, Karin Brey – Trumbull, Gail Ingis Claus – Fairfield, Harold Davis – Bridgeport, Diane Desmond – Fairfield, Nina Marino – Norwalk, Linda McKie-McClellan – Westport, Patty Omonte – Trumbull, Jason Pritchard – Fairfield, and Eva Rogoff – Trumbull. More
Dec 19, 2017 - 10:11:25 AM

Pop In To a Pop Up at the Westport Arts Center November 15
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Pop in to a special fall Pop Up show by the Westport Artists Collective on Wednesday, November 15 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center. The Pop Up is free and open to the public, and will be on view through Saturday, November 18. The Pop Up can also be previewed during the day on November 15.
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Nov 3, 2017 - 6:07:27 AM

The Palace Theatre to feature works of Darien artist Jan Dilenschneider
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Jan Dilenschneider, a Darien landscape artist who has championed the cause of preserving our environment in exhibits worldwide, will display her paintings in a new show titled “Paint the Beautiful World” at Stamford’s Palace Theatre.
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Sep 15, 2017 - 4:10:46 PM

Poets In Conversation at NPL October 5
Join NPL, once again, this fall for Poets In Conversation at the Norwalk Public Library. Each evening will feature two poets, who will read from their works and discuss the writing life with the audience. All programs, September through December, will take place the first Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., in the Main Reading area of the library, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk. For the second year, Norwalk’s Poet Laureate, Laurel Peterson, has brought together a diverse group of published poets for what promises to be an interesting series.
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Sep 13, 2017 - 1:54:44 PM

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