February 16, 2017

Last few days to catch "Lost and Found"
Anita Gangi Balkun's artwork "Embedded Breath" evoked interesting responses from Arts Academy students on a recent visit to the RAW galleries.

Thursday, February 16 | 6-10 PM
Open-minded, friendly people make Real Art Ways home for innovative art, independent film, and all sorts of new ideas. At Creative Cocktail Hour we do it all at once, on the third Thursday every month.

Music: Sorg & Napoleon Maddox - Electronic Hip Hop duo from France

Four Gallery Exhibits:
Lost and Found - Liz Atzberger * Anita Balkun * Robert Calafiore * Joseph Fucigna * Jeff Ostergren * Scott Schuldt
Marion Belanger: Passing Moments
Ellen Hackl Fagan: Into the Blue Again
Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void

Book & Record Sale!
Out-of-print and eclectic!
Hardcovers, paperbacks, mysteries, histories, biographies, rarities, and vinyl records!

3 days, 11-2pm.
Fri., Feb. 17
Sat., Feb. 18
Mon., Feb. 20



William Baczek Fine Arts

ANIMAL KINGDOM – Group Exhibition at William Baczek Fine Arts
36 Main St. Northampton MA 01060
Exhibition Dates: February 15 – March 25, 2017
Opening Reception with the artists: Saturday, February 18, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Phone: 413-587-9880
Gallery Website: www.wbfinearts.com
Gallery email: info@wbfinearts.com


Donna Martin Dates

 Northwest Park Nature Center
February 18th at 7:30pm
145 Lang Road, Windsor CT
Tickets: $16.
This is a split bill performance with the Armentano Duo.  I'm excited about this show since we will also team up at the end to do a few songs together.  
Head on over to the nature center website for more details and the link for purchasing tickets.  Tickets will also be available at the door.


New date for opening reception:
We hate to do it but...
Due to the weather predictions,
and the fact that we have people traveling in from all areas of the state 
and beyond, we are postponing both opening receptions 

(Exposures and The Faculty Exhibit)  to

Sunday, February 19th.
Same time  (2-4)
Same place (37 Buena Vista Road)
Hope to see you all then!



Steven Holmes | Photography

On view: February 20 - March 28, 2017
Art reception  SATURDAY,   March 4th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"I think I have finally come to terms that the only art I can make is the art that I have only ever been able to make..."

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

Continuing through February in the Gilbert Gallery in Main Dining Hall
at Miss Porter's School are works by
Don Moss and Susan Reeder Moss

The show may be viewed by appointment only 860 409-3701 option 2


Rescheduled for Thursday, February 23
from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

Due to the forecast for Thursday, February 9, we have rescheduled FEBTOBERFEST for Thursday, February 23 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets are
still available
and it's sure to be a great time!  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact
Marketing & Development Assistant Molly Nelson
at 203-753-0381 x138 or

Thursday, March 9Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
6:30PM  - 9:00PM | VIP: 5:30PM at NIXS Hartford

Eat, drink, & support the arts! It's the art party of the year! Celebrate the start of our 2017 United Arts Campaign at Big Red for the Arts and enjoy special live performances by Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Hartford Opera Theater, and Cuatro Puntos. Featuring signature dishes from the area's best restaurants, local spirits, and international wines!

Please join us at the VIP reception with Claire and Esther Pryor to honor the Pryor Family for their incredible commitment to our arts and cultural community.  


Artist Opps:


open call 
deadline: March 7 

drop off/install: March 8 - International Women's Day - from 8am-8pm.

location: 845 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT (first floor of the Institute Library).

Opening Reception & Party: Thurs., March 9, 6-8pm with an afterparty at BAR from 8:30-10pm.




Numbers are used to quantify, rank, prioritize, calculate, and measure. Depending on their context, numbers can be holy, encouraging, devastating, superficial, or so commonplace they are barely noticed. Many works that feature repetition or are part of a series inherently reference numbers. Open to all media, The Nth Degree is a juried exhibition that encourages artists to submit work that uses numbers or mathematics. These influences can be conveyed boldly, subtly, contextually, literally, or simply as inspiration.

For more information or to submit your work, click here

We are pleased to announce a twelfth venue (!!!) for Threads of Resistance:

August 3-24, 2018
Experience Fiber Art
The Wilder Building
Rochester, New York

As of this posting, Threads of Resistance is scheduled to be exhibited in ten states!
The Artist Circle presents “Threads of Resistance,” a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies.

We invite you to consider the theme “Threads of Resistance,” and create work – fiber art, art quilts, modern quilts or traditional quilts – to convey your passion, anger, or sadness about an issue that concerns you. Your work can be either positive (encouraging and unifying), or negative (portraying anger, sadness or discouragement). Possible themes include:
Refugee crisis
Climate change
Black Lives Matter/racism
Attack on science
and more!
Boats, Surf, and Beaches: Open Juried International Exhibition
Boats, surf, and beaches - whether combined or separate, active or passive, foreground or background - are often the intrinsic components of coastal recreation. Let your art interpret some aspect of these recreational themes.
ALRI Members, please call (401) 861-0500 or email us to receive your discount code.
Entry Deadline: February 24 

Juror: Anthony D. Tomaselli, Painter and Teacher, Fluer De Lys Art Studio, Providence, RI. 

Exhibition Dates: April 7 - May 27 at the VETS Gallery.

January 27, 2017

"Figure This" Artist Conversation
 Moderated by Joseph Montebello
Friday, January 27th 6:00pm   

Five Points and The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory Figure Drawing Workshop: Drawing on the Arts
Beginners to advanced participants welcome


 Balkun Brother on the road:



To Be Real: Portaits by Shona Curtis 
Through stunningly intimate portraits, photographer Shona Curtis illustrates how portraiture is not about the subject or the photographer, but the alchemy of the relationship 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 it—a shared humanity—
and demonstrates the fragility, beauty and perils of being human.

"To Be Real: Portaits by Shona Curtis" will have its opening reception on January 27 at 6 p.m. in the Charter Oak Gallery. The show runs through February. For more information, call 860-310-2580.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, Connecticut 06106


The Dehn Gallery at MCC on Main presents:
Any World That I'm Welcome To

Guest curated by David Borawski

Join us for the opening reception of Any World That I'm Welcome To! This exhibition features paintings, prints and photographs by five Connecticut artists, each exploring the concept of 'other worlds' or abstracted reality. The exhibit aims to challenge the viewer to see the "known" in new and different ways.

Featuring work by:
Aspasia Anos - aspasiaanos.com
Geoffrey Detrani - geoffreydetrani.com
Joan Fitzsimmons - joanfitzsimmons.com
Lindsey Fyfe - lindseyfyfe.com
Jason Werner - jasonwernerart.com

Opening Reception with a Q&A with the Artists:
January 27, 2017. 6-8pm. Free Admission. Lite fare provided.

Show Runs: January 17 - March 4, 2017

MCC on Main
903 Main St, Manchester, Connecticut 06040

1 Maple Street
Chester, CT 06412

Wednesday & Thursday 12 - 6 pm
Friday: 12 - 7 pm
Saturday: 11 - 7 pm
Sunday 11 - 6 pm
Also available by appointment

Contact information:

mapleandmain@att.net l (860)-526-6065

 January 28th - March 11th

In our 4th season we are exploring the connection between art and science, searching for the exact spot where the two collide. While often seen in opposition, together they can create a unified message.
Contours & Configurations mixes the self, machines, structure, and patterns with art in an effort to explain the workings of our inner self and our universe.
Opening Event for
Saturday, January 28th
7:00 - 8:30 pm
The Golden Thread Gallery
303 Tunxis Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

Connecting the Human Spirit Through the Arts


Salon Des Independants

Art drop off and hanging: Saturday January 28, 8am-6pm.
Show opens at 7pm
Location: Hygienic Art Galleries 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320

One piece per artists, No Judge, No Jury, No Censorship, No Fees

The show runs Saturday, January 28 through Saturday, February 11
Pick-Up Unsold Art Work on Sunday, February 12 12pm - 6pm

Now in it 38th year, Hygienic Art will once again infuse New London, Connecticut with the freedom of expression through this vibrant un-censored visual arts exhibit.
Hygienic Art Inc. | 79 Bank Street, new london, new london, CT 06320


Live Culture 23 : Public Art/Art Public
January 28, from 11-12 noon
Listen on live 
WPKN 89.5 fm and at WPKN.org and on-demand
 as a podcast on
  Soundcloud , itunes or Stitcher

Let's pretend it's summer! This month on Live Culture we start off 2017 with a rebroadcast of Episode 4 from June, 2015, which seems at once very relevant to right now and very far in the past indeed. This slice-of-warm-weather show features a conversation with Selby Nimrod, curator and project manager of Art Sites New Haven, a web-based initiative which offers interactive maps of public art in the greater New Haven area, and Laura Weir Clarke, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Site Projects, an organization which commissions international 
artists to do public art projects around the city of New Haven.   
Art Sites New Haven is a spin-off from Site Projects, and offers access and information about the broad range of free, public outdoor works which surround us.

 Join us for the Opening Reception of MIXMASTER: Juried Members Exhibition! MIXMASTER seeks to discover and recognize the talents of artists in the New England and tri-state region. 
Created to encourage contemporary art, 
this exhibition provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their latest work. 
Winners of prizes will be announced at the Reception. 
For more info please visit: https://www.mattmuseum.org/exhibition/mixmaster-2/
Reception: Sunday, January 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
 (I have a piece in this exhibition, come to the opening!)

Wednesday, February 1st,  1:30
The five 2017 Emerging Artists; Jessica Fallis, Rachel Rubenbauer, Keith Tang, Julie Weaver, and Jiannan Wu, will discuss their work. Clubhouse Gallery. Please join us.
West Hartford Art League | (860) 231-8019 | westhartfordart.org


Join us after hours to explore the museum and celebrate the special exhibition Utamaro and the Lure of Japan with music, activities, food, cash bar, and a film!

Enjoy performances by Taiko drummers, music by NYC-based DJ Keiichiro Nakajima, origami and Japanese language lessons, and a Kimono dressing workshop. Plus, visit the Wadsworth Atheneum's Izakaya--our Pop-Up Sake Bar!
Curator Oliver Tostmann will give a 30 minute tour of Utamaro and the Lure of Japan at 6pm, and artist Valeska Soares will give a talk about her MATRIX 176 installation in Avery Court at 7pm.

A screening of the Japanese comedic drama Shall We Dance? (1996) begins at 8pm, and is included with Art After Dark admission.

Tickets are $10/$5 members, and will be available at the door.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

New Haven Review Subscription Party

Friday, February 3 at 7 PM - 9 PM

 by The New Haven Review + The Institute Library 

Each winter, The New Haven Review throws a shin-dig at the Institute Library on a cold, dark night to celebrate the publication of our winter issue. We like to think of it as a reason to come together, to rub elbows with local literati, and share a drink, and generally to delight in the fact that everyone can support two local institutions that do so much for the literary quotient of this town: the New Haven Review and the Institute library. We'll see you there!
Four kinds of tickets are available:
$10, Get the latest issue of the New Haven Review at the door.
$20, Includes a year-long subscription to the New Haven Review or
$25, Includes annual Apprentice membership (or renewal) to the Institute Library
$40, Includes both a year-long subscription to the New Haven Review and an annual Library Apprentice membership
This event sells out quickly, so please buy your tickets online here or in-person at the library today.
The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Connecticut Guitar Society presents:

Sinan Bakir


Popular local jazz wiz mixes standards and originals from his latest CD,

with the great Matt Dwonszyk on upright bass. sinanbakir.com

Tickets for individual concerts: $20 general admission; $15 CGS members. http://ctguitar.org/
Windsor Art Center
40 Mechanic Street, Windsor CT 06095  |  860-688-2528

Artists For World Peace on Broadway 6
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Couldn't we all use a little more Art and Peace right about now?
Join us to create community.
Join us to celebrate diversity.
Join us to feed the hungry.
Join us to sustain our orphans.
Join us to educate and empower women and children.
Join us to make an actual difference.

 Join us at Artists For World Peace on Broadway 6.
With tremendous love and peace,
Wendy, Sharone, and everyone at AFWP

Ongoing exhibitions:

Artist Opps:

The Eclipse Mill Gallery is inviting professional artists working in any media to submit to its spring juried exhibition: inDIVISIBLE.

The 2016 political campaign season was incredibly stressful and contentious. It divided families, distanced friends, and challenged our perceptions of the country at large. The subsequent election of Donald J. Trump as the nation's 45th President has deepened the divide among citizens and residents of the country. This exhibition, inDIVISIBLE, will explore themes of democracy and the American electoral system. We are looking for works that are reflective of your thoughts, experiences, and reactions to the political events of the past ten months and the impact these events have had on you personally, professionally, socially, philosophically, and/or culturally.

All local, regional, and national artists are welcome to apply. Call deadline is Friday, February 3 at 11:59pm. Submission fee is $30 for 3 entries; $5 for each entry thereafter.  inDIVISIBLE will be on view at the Eclipse Mill Gallery March 10 - May 14, 2017.

For complete prospectus and application form, visit

Our 10th Annual CT+6 Exhibit
A regional exhibit open to artists in CT,
New York and New England
April 30 - June 4, 2017
Clubhouse and Saltbox Galleries

Juror: Min Jung Kim
Director, New Britain Museum of American Art

Click here for the prospectus and pre-registration form

Best of Show: $1,000 cash plus a one person exhibit
Other awards and prizes to be announced.