December 2, 2015

The season Sparkles on and on

So many of my favorite events to celebrate the season of joy!  
Love those trees at the Atheneum every year!

It's that time of year again! Ring in the holiday season at the 42nd Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions. From December 4-13* enjoy musical entertainment and festive family activities while surrounded by decorative trees and wreaths created by community organizations and local artists.

Want a first look at the holiday decor? Festival kicks off at First Thursday: Night of Illumination December 3 from 5-8 pm. Other special holiday events include performances 
  plus plentiful entertainment throughout the galleries during regular museum hours.
Click here for the full schedule of festivities.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, December 3, 5-7pm

Join us for the opening reception of "Remembered: Paintings by Justyna Dabrowski" on Thursday, December 3 from 5-7p.m. Meet Justyna Dabrowski, hear live acoustic folk music by Winthrop Stevens, and enjoy refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres. Plus bring your own fondest memories to participate in our interactive piece.

About the exhibit:

“Remembered: Paintings by Justyna Dabrowski” depicts scenes from family photo albums that celebrate the artist’s Polish heritage. Using textiles, such as curtains and wall paper, Dabrowski constructs a tactile backdrop to the paintings, preserving memory and identity, and capturing lives lived and shared. Learn more about Justyna and the exhibit on our blog. 

This show is the first of the Remembering & Repurposing exhibition series, which explores the preservation and recreation of memories and discarded materials into works of art from oil paintings to mixed media. 
The exhibition is on display through January 8. For more information on 100 Pearl Street Gallery, visit
100 Pearl Street | P.O. Box 231436
Hartford, CT 06123-1436


OUT IN 860

On the first Friday of every month from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, join us for an evening filled with intriguing people, cocktails and culture.

This Friday, we'll have pan-Latin food from Camilla's Restaurant in Parkville!

Real Art Ways will be open during the holidays for our regularly scheduled gallery hours (2-9 PM) and screenings, with the exception of the following days:

CLOSED Tuesday December 8
CLOSED Friday December 25



Silver Circle Art Center | 75 Main St. Putnam CT | 860.928.2900

Jeremy J. Starn showcases his new series of satellite images, titled “Mirrors In The Sky”, which aims to engage and empower young artists in northwest Connecticut. From oil fields in Saudi Arabia to deforestation in Brazil, his work explores the most visible impacts of globalization and development. Using uniquely crafted satellite images he investigates the marks of human activity on the planet, with a focus on natural resource management, industrial agriculture and climate change.

  The show runs until January 21st, 2016.

December 5th & 6th 11 am - 5 pm
WHITING MILLS 9th Annual Holiday Open Studios
One of the Most Unique & Interesting Artist Communities in Litchfield County!
Over 50 artists, crafters and specialty shops of Whiting Mills will open their doors to the public for a creative, fun & festive weekend featuring.... Studio Demonstrations, Guest Artists, Live Entertainment & Free Refreshments!
Air Brush Painting • Artists • Authors • Basket Weaver • Carpenter Shops • Craftspeople
Encaustic Painting • Fiber Art • Gourd Art Hand-MadeGifts • HerbalProducts• HolisticWellness
Jewelry • Lotions&Soaps • MaternityBellyBands MixedMedia • Painters • Pianos • PersonalTrainer
PewterBowls&Ornaments • PhotographyStudios PortraitArtist • Pottery • RailroadModel&HobbySupply
SilverJewelry • Upholstery&WindowTreatments Woodworkers • Yoga Studio
100 Whiting Street, Winsted, CT • 860.738.2240 • •

Opening Reception
Friday, December 4th, 6-9 pm
Join us for a special four artist group show featuring works by
Jill Henderson Pasanen, Judith Bird, Lonny Wilhelm, and Charles Wilhelm

Unique, one-of-a-kind gifts available at The Underground Gallery.  Every item in the gallery is created by local Connecticut artists.  Original artwork and prints, jewelry, pottery, notecards, holiday ornaments, handbags, home decor, folk art and more!

Shop local this holiday season and support the local arts!

Gallery Hours: Fridays 6-9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11-4 pm.
122 Main Street, Lower Level, Collinsville.

Friday, December 4, 2015-Wednesday, March 2, 2016
hello, world!

Curated by JR Uretsky

December 4, 2015 – March 2, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, December 4, 5-8pm

Hello world!" is also used by computer hackers as a proof of concept that arbitrary code can be executed through an exploit where the system designers did not intend code to be executed…

hello, world! is an exhibition that explores how a queer identity can function as a clear projection of self while simultaneously resisting and reframing normative definitions of identity. The complex, humorous and deeply personal approaches each artist brings to the exhibition offers a visual syntax of queer experiences.  The title hello, world! reminds us that language is learned, tested, reframed and hopefully -- hacked.
This exhibition is supported by 
the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Audrey Conrad.

Artspace New Haven
50 Orange Street, New Haven, CT
New Haven, CT 06510

 Starry, Starry Night in Chester this Friday
"Quiet Stroll" by Bob Spooner

Festive spirit will abound during Starry, Starry Night, Chester’s Holiday Festival, Friday, December 4 from 5 to about 8 p.m.

Main Street, in picturesque Chester center will be lined with luminaries and Saint Lucia Girls will be on hand with treats. The galleries will host new exhibits and the shops will be festively decorated and full of holiday gift ideas, while offering beverages and light refreshments while you browse.

At 6 p.m., carolers will stroll through Chester Center and gather around the town tree outside Maple and Main for the town’s annual tree-lighting and community sing-along.

At Maple and Main, we’ll be serving wine and cookies, and want to show you our especially large selection of small paintings and unframed original art particularly suited for gift giving.

96 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510 | 203.498.2200 |

Pieces : A Group Show
Brian Dupont, Suzanne Levy, Diana Godfrey
December 4, 2015 - January 30, 2016
The gallery will be closed for the holiday season from December 24, 2015 - January 4, 2016

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, December 4,
 from 5pm-8pm
Suzanne Levy
this Friday

2015 Members Juried Exhibit

Congratulations to 

Nan Runde, Best of Show winner
for her graphite pencil drawing My Name is James

Nan will be teaching a graphite pencil drawing class in our winter session.

Congratulations to the following members who also won awards;

Second Place: 
Barbara Morley Award
Richard Schlicher

Blick Art Award: Jo McGinnis
Our Members Juried Exhibit will be on display through Dec. 20th.
Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday from 1-4 or by appointment.

West Hartford Art League | 37 Buena Vista Road | West Hartford | CT | 06107

Currently in the
Gilbert Gallery in Main Dining Hall
Miss Porter's School
60 Main Street
Farmington, CT 06032
through December 18 are paintings
by Kathy Axilrod.
The show can be seen by appointment 860 409-3701 or 860 418-9557

Our mailing address is:
1 Maple Street
Chester, CT 06412

Wednesday - Sunday 11 - 6p.m.
also available by appointment

Contact information: l (860)-526-6065

Trailer Box Project

 "Holiday Extravaganza,”


"Holiday Extravaganza", an exhibition of artist
made ornaments displayed within a fantastical and immersive forest installation.

The exhibit coincides with the popular Ann’s Place Festival of Trees, and will run through December 30th.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Holiday Extravaganza will be donated to Ann’s Place in Danbury, Connecticut.

Nov. 21 - Dec. 30, 2015
Artists Reception Nov.21,  5pm - 8pm
Gallery hours Thurs - Sat. 12:00pm - 5:00pm
or by appointment 203 797 0230

15 Great Pasture Rd.
Unit 15
Danbury Ct 06810

Lobby Art Gallery

Rays of Light
12 Minutes to 12 Months
New Work in Antique Photography

Works By: Colin Burke 


EXHIBITION DATES: October 30 - December 18, 2015

Born on the first day of summer, Colin Burke is an artist living
and working at West Rock in New Haven, CT.
He works with antique photographic processes, large format
cyanotype photograms and months-long exposures made
with hand built pinhole cameras, exploring the elasticity of
time, plasticity of memory, 
and the consistent rhythm of
 Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

Phone: (203) 392-SCSU

Mercy by the Sea’s
Mary C. Daly, RSM Art Gallery in Madison, CT
Holiness and the Feminine Spirit – the Art of Janet McKenzie
November 15th —December 17th

Jesus of the People

Contemporary American arist Janet McKenzie is known for sacred imagery that transcends time
and place. Her Jesus of the People was selected First Place winner of The National Catholic Re-
porter’s global competition by juror Sr. Wendy Beckett, the famed art historian and BBC person-
ality. It was revealed for the frst time on the Today Show in New York and generated enormous
worldwide interest and discussion. The controversial paintng challenges stereotypical thinking
by including two groups traditionally left out of iconic imagery of Jesus – people of color and
women. Her art is featured in Holiness and the Feminine Spirit – The Art of Janet McKenzie, which
won the 2010 First Place Award for Spirituality from the Catholic Press Association.

Don't miss this 

"Petit" Arts Immersion Salon!
"Unexpected Connections"
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Join us for a glass of bubbly 
& our famous tarts, 
Hear the beautiful music of Argentina
played by Valentin Surif (and Frederic),
See new art and meet the artists 
-- including artists who were with 
us from the start, plus 

young up-and-coming Lat Am artists, 

plus art from Soundwall

A fun time will be had by all... 

Saturday Dec 12, 8pm
Performance starts
promptly at 8:15

Premium Seating (front 2 rows) $60 
General Seating $40
Artist Seating $25 
(only for artists who have 
participated in our salons)

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

Ronnie Rysz | Drawings and Collage

on view: November 30 - December 20, 2015
Art reception  FRIDAY, December 11th  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

*Please note the Friday evening reception (usually they're on Saturday)

(artwork shown by appointment during the week)

Artist Opportunities:


2016 Open Juried Regional Theme Exhibition
Deadline for entry: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Juror: Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, RISD Museum
Top Award: $1,000.
ALRI/The VETS Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903
The VETS Gallery offers its own set of opposites: flanked on one side by the historically grand and majestic VETS Memorial Auditorium, an amazing multi-dimensional performance venue, and on the other side - the gritty realism of the interstate highway lined with centuries-old mill buildings and filled with the flurry of modern day commuters. Contrasts abound and set the gallery's stage for ALRI's 1st Annual Open Juried Regional Exhibit - where artists working in all media can offer their personal and creative interpretation of the word - Opposites. 

  This is the 24th Annual Call for Emerging Artists group exhibition, promotion and awards. Open to all artists working in any media, this exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery during March of 2016. Winning artists will be exhibited at Limner Gallery and on the gallery website. In addition to the group exhibition, winning artists will be published in the annual Best of Limner magazine and catalog, distributed and promoted to gallery patrons and collectors.  Entry details and information at:


Upcoming Juried Exhibits:

Our Instagram exhibit is back

Send us your best instagram shots by December 9.

Exhibit dates: January 7 - 24, 2016

Work only needs to be printed, not framed.

Cash Awards will be presented for Best of Show and Second place.

Attention Artists: Juried Show at Maple and Main

Maple and Main is hosting its first juried art show and all artists are invited to enter. 
The juror is Robert Noreika, a national award-winning artist and a professional artist for 35 years. There are awards and a lovely show space. 
The exhibit will be hung in the entire lower level of the gallery and will be on view from January 28 through March 13. 

Announcing the 25nd Annual CRT National Arts Program will take place from January 22-February, 8 2016 at Capital Community College.  The program provides an opportunity for artists ages 6 and older to exhibit their work in a professional manner and to compete for cash prizes.    On line registration is now open by clicking on the link below or completing the Registration Form in the enclosed brochure.  There is no cost to participate and all artwork will be displayed.    Please share this information with friends and family.  Everyone is welcome to enter.
This program is open to all CRT staff and their families and to artists throughout Greater Hartford and Middlesex counties.  We are looking forward to another successful year and hope that you will participate.  A hard copy of the brochure is attached.