February 2, 2018

Mid-winter art heating up!

Great shows and exhibits, get out there!

Unique shopping venue for special gifts from 30 artists
Steve and I will be there, come say hello!


Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 3rd, 4:30-6:30

January 26-March 17 

Please join us this Saturday for the opening receptions of our newest exhibition: MOVEMENT, A Community Show
1080 Old Post Road  |  Fairfield, CT  06824  |  bskgallery@gmail.com

Monday–Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5

An autobiographical solo performance portraying memories of strong, beautiful and black women. Colleen explores her personal diasporic identity by revisiting tidbits passed on to her from her grandmother, mother, sister, and other strong female influences, including their cultures, stories, foods, dances, clothes, hair, songs and words.

The work is informed by the family recipe she is desperate to learn, the dances she watched her sister do her whole life, or simply the way these women carry themselves. Colleen "carves a space for us to celebrate black women." She says, "Putting the body on stage is an act of protest. The work serves as an urgent declaration that black women are important, beautiful and magical."

$10 Regular Admission; $5 RAW Members & Students

Make Music Day Mixer
Saturday, February 3, 2PM - 5PM
Hog River Brewing 
Join us to learn how YOU can be part of the first Make Music Hartford, when our city joins hundreds of others worldwide for Make Music Day on June 21st!
Meet musicians to jam with, talk with possible venues, help us create awesome musical collaborations that bring energy and excitement to our city. And there will be open mic opportunities, so bring your instruments! 
The first 20 people (21 years old+) to register will receive a free drink ticket from Hog River Brewing that can be used during the event.
Learn more about Make Music Day and register for the mixer at LetsGoArts.org/Make-Music-Day.


West Hartford Art League
Faculty Exhibit

February 8 - February 25, 2018

opening reception: Sunday, February 11, 2-4 p.m
Saltbox Gallery

Featuring work by 
Paul Batch, Carol Ganick, Zbigniew Grzyb, Karen Israel, Ilona Levitz,  
Pieter Lefferts, Charlene Li, Donna Namnoum,  
Bob Noreika, Beth Reynolds, Nan Runde, Shauna Shane, 
Bill Simpson, Michael Toti, Dianne Zweig.

Art as Activism:
When Caged Birds Sing


Come to a powerful night of art, conversation, inspiration and activism that includes viewing the powerful art exhibit “When Caged Birds Sing,” and hearing a talk on “art as activism” by the exhibit’s creator, sculptor Ann Weiner. Presented by the CT chapter of the National Organization for Women in partnership with the Housatonic Museum of Art,
this very special event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8,
 in the Performing Arts Center, located in Lafayette Hall on the campus of HCC
at 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport.

Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows

On Thursday, February 8th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present the program, Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows, offering a powerhouse collection of experts on urgent human rights issues. Moderated by Fatima Sabri, a young Afghan leader for women’s equality, the panel includes experts and advocates for social justice, LGBTQ equality, breaking the cycle of domestic violence and the rights of women and children. These noted panelists have dedicated themselves to bringing global awareness to the suffering and the injustice of sex trafficking, the practice of female genital mutilation, and children forced to serve as soldiers.

The panel includes Ray Bechard, S. Bear Bergman, Hans Neleman, Debra A. Greenwood, Ann Weiner and Congressman Jim Himes. The discussion takes place at 2pm in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. For additional details visit: www.HoustatonicMuseum.org or contact executive director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052

EBK Gallery [small works]

EBK Gallery [small works]
218 Pearl St
Hartford, CT

Chris Perry | Sculpture
"Altered Books"

Guest curator: Jeffrey Mueller

On view: February 5 - February 28, 2018
Art reception  SATURDAY,   February 10th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We're proud to announce our first 2018 exhibit, 12 x 12,  
featuring a collection of 12" x 12" works graciously donated by our gallery artists. 
Each piece is priced at $100
 and all profits go to fund our  
Integrative Therapeutic Arts Program (ITAP). 


Saturday, February 10th, 2-4 PM

During Putnam's Fire and Ice Festival 


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exhibition on view through March 3, 2018

"Accumulations of Time and Place"
Rebekah Lord Gardiner 

"Bromfield Prints"
Gallery Artists

January 31 - February 25

Reception: Friday, February 2, 6-8:30 pm

Bromfield Gallery
450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 451-3605
Wed - Sun 12-5 

In the Gallery

Between Beauty and Decay

Now thru February 24, 2018

Artspace is pleased to present Between Beauty and Decay, a group show that examines humanity in the age of conflict.  The artists in this show come from geopolitical backgrounds that deeply inform their work, identifying as American Indian, American, and Middle Eastern. Each use digital media, performance and installation to contemplate their contemporary landscapes, exploring land as a physical, emotional and psychological life-affirming 
and life-sustaining form.
 Learn more. Artspace New Haven
50 Orange Street, New Haven, CT
New Haven, CT 06510

XOXO: A Sale of Valentines 

February 1st to the 14th

Monday through Friday 12 noon to 6 pm

Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.

This Valentine’s Day, Hallmark’s got nothing on Creative Arts Workshop! Shop for one-of-a-kind cards, books, boxes, pottery and small prints handmade by our Studio Binders, Studio Potters, and Printmakers. 
All proceeds benefit Creative Arts Workshop
Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510

1 Maple Street
Chester, CT 06412

Wednesday & Thursday 11 - 5 pm
Friday: 11 - 6 pm
Saturday: 11 - 5 pm
Sunday 11 - 5 pm
Also available by appointment

The Mary C. Daly RSM Art Gallery at Mercy By The Sea presents photographs by Cindy Fiano through March 14, 2018. Cindy is a self-taught photographer, inspired by serene seascapes and graceful birds on beaches and in marshes.  For Cindy, her biggest inspiration has been to capture and share the beauty in the commonplace — those things which often get overlooked.  It’s the small details, often overshadowed by daily activity, that hold the key to a deeper connection to nature and joy. As guests look at Cindy’s photos, she hopes they hear the sound of the waves in the distance, smell the salty air, 
feel the coarse sand beneath your feet 
and see the wonderful gifts the sea has to offer.
Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center

167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 06443

The Clare Gallery presents
The Mayan Cycle

The Clare Gallery is pleased to present The Mayan Cycle, an exhibition of paintings by Hartford artist Gersohn. The Mayan Cycle is a a series of large-scale paintings filled with symbolism, patterns, and beautiful rich colors. They are interpretations of daily Mayan life, rituals and mythology. We all can understand cycles of life, in New England, we have seasonal changes. The exhibition is through March 11, 2018.  Artist Gersohn transforms his interest in Mayan culture, why this series is especially important to his identity, and how being a self-taught artist informs his work.

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Artist Opps:

Boston Biennial 5

Building on the very positive critical response to 2016's Boston Biennial 4, The Biennial Project is excited to announce that Boston Biennial 5 will be unveiled in the Spring of 2018.
Boston Biennial 5 will be juried by the internationally feared artists of The Biennial Project, who will pick prizewinners in the categories of 1) photography, 2) painting/drawing, 3) sculpture, 4) installation, 5) video, 6) performance, 7) mixed media/collage and 8) other.
Reasons To Enter:

- All accepted work will be shown in digital galleries on The Biennial Project website.
- Selected work promoted on Biennial Project Blog postings reaching over 40,000 subscribers.
- Many received entries are highlighted on our social media and in our blog.
- A large screen digital presentation of all accepted work will be shown at Atlantic Works Gallery in April 2018 as part of The Biennial Project's Manifest Destiny exhibition.
- The pieces chosen by the jurors as first prizewinners from these categories (as well as one piece to be chosen for a Special Juror's Prize by a celebrity juror to be announced) will be shown physically in the gallery in this show as well. We know (from hard experience) that artists just love to wait until the last possible moment to respond to calls for entry. But there are great reasons to break from this time-honored tradition and enter the Boston Biennial 5 early.
You will have a much better chance of having your work promoted as part of the publicity for Boston Biennial 5. We feature an entry of the day every day during the entire entry period - sending a chosen image out on Facebook to our foillowing of 4000 people- and linking to the entrant's website or facebook page. Additionally, we send out Entry Sampler Email Blasts several times during the lead up to the contest, highlighting some of the most interesting work that we have received. Near the end of the entry period we are swamped with the number of replies, whereas at the beginning is much slower - greatly increasing your chances of being included in one of these publicity vehicles. Not to mention that your image could be selected to appear on a postcard or a poster for Boston Biennial 5!
So while we don’t guarantee you instant fame and fortune, you do get a heck of a lot of lot of promotion work for your buck (only $25 for 3 entries). ENTER NOW, we can’t wait to see your work!
So download our prospectus and enter now! See the impressive entries from our latest contests. Do it!

Contest Entry Deadline: 12pm EST Feb 14, 2018 To enter Boston Biennale 5:


Bridgeport Public Schools will hold its Second Annual “Arts Count” Day (ACD) on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 8:30 to 11 AM to celebrate the arts with Bridgeport students.
Building off last year, ACD encourages artists from the community to share their experiences related to their craft with 5th grade students in the Bridgeport Public School district. . Artists will create, perform, and engage for one hour (10AM to 11AM) with their assigned 5th grade classroom to call attention to the role the arts play in their everyday lives.
It will take 70 artists to cover each 5th grade classroom on that day, additional artists will be assigned to other grade levels within the district. If you are interested or know of any artists (Painter, Musician, Dancer, Architect, etc.) interested in speaking with our students, please have contact me at tgrasty@bridgeportedu.net, call 203-275-1367, or register above.

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“We who have means, and a voice must use them to help those who have neither.” - author for young adults, Jennifer Donnelly

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut has issued, in collaboration with the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, Inc., a call for arts-related projects that will help to move a conversation forward regarding issues of domestic violence and sexual assault that are socially direct and culturally aware in their expression. The goal, through 2018, is to partner with three community producers/presenters of arts-related programs as collaborative participants in "EndWorks," a series giving voice “...to end the violence against women, men, and children, to foster equality and empowerment for all." As such, the relationship between artist and audience will be distinctive and personal, crafting an artist-led encounter between those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence and sexual assault, and those who have not.

Proposals should be directed to the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. There are no deadlines to apply and all artistic means of expression and voice are welcomed. For guidelines, visit artswestenct.org To submit an event, go to http://bit.ly/endworks2   Major funding for the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is provided with the support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Questions? Email info@cawct.org 


Announcing I-Park's 2018 

Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency 
July 24 --   August 6, 2018 
East Haddam, Connecticut 

I-Park's Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency gives composers an opportunity to complete a new composition in tandem with an acclaimed chamber music ensemble.
Five composers will get to spend two weeks with members of the Akropolis Reed Quintet, shaping and polishing substantially complete new works to an exquisite state of concert readiness. This intensely collaborative residency will culminate in a pair of all-premiere performances in Connecticut and New York City. 

The residencies are fully funded, and include a private room, a meal program, a studio recording of the new works, and a $1,000 stipend.
Application materials will be available Tuesday, January 16
Submissions are due February 19
For more information and to apply, visit

November 3, 2017

Lots of Fall art wonderfulness!!

If you're up in the Rochester area, 
I have 3 book art pieces in this exhibit:

2nd place winner: Altered Book category, "Elegant Desserts" by Anita Gangi Balkun

Joe Yeno
Art Opening Reception
Friday, November 3, 2017
Meet the Artist 6-9 pm

Artist Statement:

For about 7 years now I have been experimenting with india ink on watercolor paper using abstract symbols and stencils to create new patterns while linking them to my latest series WAVES first and then and continuing today the UNIVERSE series: all under the rubric of ABSTRACT ORGANIC IRRATIONALISM.

The Underground Gallery
122 Main Street
lower level
Collinsville, Connecticut 06022-0146

 ...and two more artworks in this local one!

Unbound Opening Reception, Nov. 4, 5-8 p.m., River Street Gallery, 72 Blatchley Ave., New Haven.
The Connecticut Chapter of the Surface Design Association 
hosts the opening of their fiber exhibit with music, food, fine art and craft. 
The show at Fairhaven Furniture runs through Jan. 7. 
More info: (203) 776-3099. 

by Sarah Tortora
New Work by Featured Gallery Artists
November 3 - December 23, 2017

Please join us for the opening reception on 
Saturday, November 4th from 6-8p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday: 11AM-5PM
CLOSED November 23, 2017
CLOSED December 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY January 2 - February 28,2018
Reynolds Fine Art · 96 Orange St · New Haven · Connecticut · 06510

EBK Gallery [small works]
218 Pearl St
Hartford, CT

Miggs Burroughs | Lenticular Photography

"Signs of Compassion"
A tribute to an Emily Dickinson poem expressed in American sign language

On view: November 6 - December 31, 2017
Art reception  SATURDAY,   November 11th  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

(artwork shown by appointment during the week)

click on image to go to the web page
EBK Gallery [small works]
"Signs of Compassion" 2017


Please join us for an ArtWalk Artist Talk with Afarin Rahmanifar on Monday, November 6 at 6pm on the ArtWalk, 3rd floor of the downtown Hartford Public Library to learn more about the concepts, characters, and process for the Hartford Public Library’s current ArtWalk artist.


Afarin’s work reveals iconic female characters that have ties to both Eastern and Western cultures. She tells the stories of women and explores what it means to grow up in hybrid cultures. She deconstructs female figures in patterns, textures, and architectural elements using gold leaf, red sewing machine thread and animation to create layers.

"Sacred Poem XXX" by Carole Kunstadt

November 9 – December 14
Opening Reception: November 9, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: November 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Gallery

Books are an intrinsic part of our culture; and our perceptions of books create intimate experiences, unique to our own personal relationship with these objects. As window into the past, means of communication, treasured object, place for self expression or favorite storybook, books inspire in myriad ways. Each artist in this exhibit pursues their own particular vision in their work using the book as an art form.

Final days to view the City-Wide Open Studios exhibition at Artspace

Featuring one work by each of the 360+ participating artists!
Artspace on Orange Street, New Haven is open Wednesday & Thursday, 12-6pm and Friday & Saturday, 12-6pm. Thank you to everyone who visited artists studios during City-Wide Open Studios 2017. 

William Baczek Fine Arts

Mallory Lake
Pastels, Paintings, Photographs & Prints

This is a reminder that the exhibition will be closing Saturday, November 11th.

36 Main St. Northampton MA 01060

(On Sat. - I will be exhibiting 
at the new Colt Gateway site on Huyshope)


Open Studio Hartford

"OSH" is an enjoyable, educational and inspiring month-long event bringing the capital city’s arts and artists together! The main event, Open Studio Weekend, features hundreds of artists of all kinds in their own working or live-in studios, galleries, art-related organizations and creative group locations city-wide. Read More


 Fashion & Textile Council Annual Lecture: The Anatomy of an 18th-Century Gown  
Thursday, November 16 @ 5:30 pm -  7:00 pm 

Hallie Larkin and Stephanie Smith bring their expertise in 18th-century costumes to the CHS for a special presentation. We will look at construction conventions in achieving an overall shape and appearance as well as what these tell us about the owner. Drawing on examples from the CHS's extensive collection of historic costumes, they will discuss how gowns were made in the mid-1700s.  
Tickets are free for members of the Fashion & Textile Council, $10 for CHS members and $15 for non-members. 
Space is limited and pre-registration is required
To register for this event please contact Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger by phone at (860) 236-5621 x289 or email natalie_belanger@chs.org.

Art in the Orchard is back!
Park Hill Orchard 
Easthampton MA
(you need to go: art, scenic views, fresh air, apples!)
Michael Poole

AiO'17 is the fourth edition of this award winning biennial sculpture exhibit at Easthampton's Park Hill Orchard: 
where captivating art, amazing scenery, juicy fruit 
and community come together.
AiO'17 offers 30 new sculptures and site specific installations by artists from the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts and neighboring New England States. These artists will be present on opening day from noon to 3pm to welcome the public and introduce their creation. AiO'17 will then be open daily from dawn to dusk 
until the end of November.

Artist Opps:
Ives Gallery at the New Haven Free Public Library Open Call Opportunity, 
deadline extended to Nov. 3. 

The New Haven Free Public Library invites artists, curators, nonprofit organizations and students to exhibit their (2D) work at the Ives Gallery. Show off art and help the Library celebrate their creative community for the third year. 
The deadline has been extended and the application is short! 

 The Arts Paper's Bad Cartoon Contest, Deadline Dec. 15. 
Do you have what it takes to be bad? Not get-arrested-and-your-embarrassing-mug-shot-becomes-a-meme kind of bad (okay, maybe), but the artistic kind of bad. 
If yes, here's your chance to enter the first ever Arts Paper Bad Cartoon Contest!

We're looking for the best of the worst. So bad it’s good. There’s no fee to enter and the prize is minimal: Fame, bragging rights, and personal glee from seeing your craft in print. 

Cartoons can be a single-panel or a strip. The winning cartoon will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges. The winner must commit to providing 10 cartoons on publication schedule for The Arts Paper, 
which will be published both in print and online.

Artists and non-artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter. 
Here are a few details:

-We need hard copies. 

-All entries must include name, address, phone, email on back. 

-Winner must commit to 10 submissions for the entire year, one cartoon for each issue of The Arts Paper. Should the winner be unable to perform the duties of Contest Winner at any point during the year, the runner-up will be asked to carry on from there. 

-Entries are due at Arts Council Headquarters no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15. We’re located at 70 Audubon St., Floor 2, New Haven, CT 06510.  

More info: www.artspaper.org

Entry Deadline Extended to Wednesday, November 8th
VETs Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 
Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2017 - March 3, 2018

Juror: Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography

Spark the Gift of Making – Hygienic’s annual holiday show, “Art=Gift” is back with a new spin! Presented by Spark Makerspace, this year’s show features handcrafted, affordable art by local and regional makers! Showcasing special pieces with gift-giving in mind, all works are priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season.

Opening reception will be Saturday, November 25th from 7pm – 10pm. The exhibit runs until Saturday, December 30th.

Artwork Drop-off: Nov 19th
Fee: $10pp
Other info: We prefer items are priced under $100 each (affordable gift-giving in mind) and in multiples (minimum series of 5 like items).

Spark members can submit for free through Spark.

Questions? Email us at info@hygienic.org.