March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Balkun Brothers Live Tonight at The Rusty Nail
Friday, March 17 at 10 PM - 1 AM 

The Rusty Nail
24 Greenwoods Rd Suite 2, Torrington, Connecticut 06790

A great weekend to catch faculty and student artists from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts - Artwork and readings!!
(see the following 3 entries)

Artwalk Gallery at the Hartford Public Library presents:

Michael Sweeney and Rafael Os

March 17-April 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 17, 6 pm
Michael Sweeney’s body of work the books of things we do not know examines the book as a symbol and prompts consideration of a centuries-old technology that remains an elegant vehicle for exploring one's curiosity.
Rafael Osés's small word paintings — everyday or esoteric words and phrases, utilizing geometric shapes and simple color symbolism — encourage viewers to consider both the meaning and visual attributes of language.
Sweeney’s carved books cannot be opened and perused, and Osés’ punchy little paintings make their statements blankly. Books and the language they contain are picked apart, examined, and reformatted; this exhibition presents paintings to be pored over and books that cannot be read.

500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 
Mon - Thurs
10 am - 8 pm
Fri & Sat
10 am - 5 pm
Sun (Nov - Apr)
1 pm - 5 pm


March 18 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The series will continue on Saturday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Metro Café, 580 Farmington Avenue (corner of Tremont and Farmington), Hartford, CT.
There will be 30 minutes of music before the readings. The readings will be presented by Cieran Barry & Danielle Pieratti, along with a prelude by Xavian Virtue and Verne Bennett, students from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
You are invited to arrive early and have an espresso 
or lunch at the café. 
The food is excellent, as well as the coffee.
For more information visit:

2 of my collaborative artworks (with poetry by GHAA alum Colleen Feeney) 
are included in this show:
Word Art
March 17- April 16
Opening Reception
Saturday, March 18, 6 pm
Evening of Readings: Saturday, April 1, 7p.m.
Gallery on the Green
 5 Canton Green Rd.
Canton, CT 06019
860  693 4102

What does the physical distance between us mean?
Created by LoVid, Deborah Goffe and Matt Towers; Tyler Henry - Technical Director. Commissioned and produced by Real Art Ways.
The presentation of Reaction Bubble is the culmination of the artists' four-year collaboration, inspired by the anthropological field of Proxemics (the study of the impact and significance of physical distances on human interaction). The installation invites audience involvement, forming an immersive installation and performance experience.
Real Art Ways Member Appreciation Event
4-5 PM
Meet the artists with other Real Art Ways supporters; learn about the conceptual development and the collaborative process.
Public Reception
5-6:30 PM
Dance Performance: 5:30 PM
Choreographed and performed by Deborah Goffe in collaboration with
Safi Harriott, Rosanna Karabetsos, Kate Seethaler and Arien Wilkerson.

Be the first to visit The Art Room!
Hartford's newest space for creative inspiration and team building​ 
Tuesday, March 21 & Thursday, March 23
The Art Room, 100 Pearl Street, 1st floor (GHAC offices)
12:00PM - 1:30PM
You're invited to tour the Arts Council's newest creative space for arts projects and team building activitiesJoin us for our Open House to see project demonstrations, meet the team, and create a soothing mandala. Learn more about The Art Room and RSVP below!

27th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture
at Smith College
Presented by the Archaeological Institute of America-Western Massachusetts Society and co-hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art

New Research Strategies and 
Recent Discoveries at Oplontis

Saturday, March 25, 2017 11 AM
Weinstein Auditorium | Smith College 

No reservations necessary 
Reserved seating available for SCMA members

Complimentary lunch at the Smith College Conference Center immediately following the lecture for all program attendees 
John R. Clarke
Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and 
Co-Director of The Oplontis Project will present his work on the Project in connection with the current exhibition Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii and the recent discovery of the long-lost sea façade of the structure known as Villa A. 

"Kompromat" by Rita Valley
The Gallery Upstairs at the Institute library 
847 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510 
(203) 562-4045

Forthcoming Exhibition:
Mincing Words: The Tactile Language of Unrest
March 25 –May 21, 2017 , Opening Reception March  25, 4-6 pm. 
Artists: David Borawski, Matthew J. Feiner, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Learn– as – Protest, Cayla Lockwood, Jeff Mueller/Dexterity Press, 
Scott Schuldt, Rita Valley, Robert Zott.  
Curated By Martha Willette Lewis


Hello Spring!
Free Fashion Show at Lark.

4 Water Street, Chester, CT
Sunday, March 26
doors open at 1 pm, show at 2 pm.

(ages 10 - 110) 
Help us prepare. Email to pre-register.
a portion of proceeds to be donated to Dress For Success in Hartford.

4 Water Street, Chester, Ct 06412
Suite 4
Chester, CT 06412


MODERN SALON - Cuban Art & Culture
ALRI Elected Artists Cindy Horovitz Wilson, Eileen McCarney Muldoon and Paul M. Murray have explored Cuba as travel and fine art photographers for the past five years. Their journeys have afforded them a unique view of Cuban life, art and culture. Through their images and stories as well as the works of some Cuban artists, they will share with you their perspectives on Cuban art and culture.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 6-8 pm
The Hive - Directions can be found at
650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852

This program is open to ALRI members and their guests. Click here to learn more about becoming a member.

Ongoing exhibits:

 At the Elusie Gallery:

 Lady Madonna and Son
Drawings on collage by
Ken Gagne

March 11 to April 1st
Artist Reception: March 11, 5-8pm 
"During the past year or two I have regularly attended figure drawing sessions in order to further hone my drawing skills. I believe, as many other artists do, that if you can draw the human figure other skills will naturally follow. Many of these session drawings were used to create the collages in this exhibit. The human forms are often depicted with extraordinary modifications, which is not uncommon in religious art.
Many contemporary artists have used the body to express belief in religion or a spiritual world. My drawings, however, do not represent any personal point of view, though I have always had an affinity with painters depicting religious scenes such as Rubens, El Greco and Caravaggio, as well as the Abstract Expressionists, such as John Graham, Willem de Kooning and George McNeil. I have also been fascinated by the artistic layouts of fashion models presented in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vogue. All the images in these drawings depict the Madonna and Son, in infant or adult forms, composed in both classical and contemporary settings while recognizing nuances of old and modern sensibilities. 
Big Red Frame, The Old Town Hall, 43 Main St., Easthampton, MA 01027

"Worker's Mandala" by B. Amore
Mercy by the Sea welcomes Ann Grasso’s series of pen and ink, collage and watercolor works Begging and Offering Bowls to their Mary C. Daly RSM Art Gallery. Ann resides in Cromwell, Connecticut, and is a member of the Art Guild of Middletown. Ann defines art as “a language which often employs symbols allowing for personal interpretations.The Begging Bowls sprouted during a visit Ann made to Vienna in 2015. She was struck by the amount of gold on many buildings both outside and in. For Ann the gold contrasted with the street beggars dressed in monks’ habits laying prostrate with begging bowls.She also noted the “lack of eye contact with passers-by.” Ann sees this series of bowls as icons of the poor and needy and of the rich and greedy represented by the gold in abundance. She believes both groups desire to be anonymous. “The poor are a faceless sea of many. The rich are insulated from public scrutiny because they can pay for their privacy.
Transitioning from Begging Bowls to Offering Bowls provides insight into “the other side of the coin.” Traditionally, Offering Bowls are used in Buddhist practice. They are filled with waterinitially considered to be plentiful and freeand are symbols of generosity. Ann felt it fitting to paint this series of bowls with watercolor.
All are welcome to explore the gallery and artwork, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; typically, the exhibits change every two to three months.
For more information on the exhibit and program, visit or call 203-245-0401.
Mercy by the Sea’s
Mary C. Daly RSM Art Gallery 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 06443  
exhibit on view through April 4, 2017
The New Canaan Library presents “Hand Work but Not Home Work: the Art of Liz Alpert Fay” on view in the Curtis Gallery
through March 26, 2017.
The work of Liz Alpert Fay, while exactingly crafted, pushes the boundaries of hooking by making it fine art. The artist will sit for months with an idea before beginning a new piece, thinking and feeling it through so that it will convey a message. Her work preserves something of the past as it also calls our attention to more contemporary concerns.
 New Canaan Library
 51 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06854
(203) 594-5000
Roxanne Faber-Savage/Tippytoe, 2017
Housatonic Museum of Art 

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE: The panel discussion featuring the artists will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 6 PM. 

printmaking in the service of a bigger picture

Prints That Work features the work of four artists offering unique perspectives on printmaking.  Roxanne Faber-Savage, Kelsey Miller, John O’Donnell and Neil Daigle-Orians mine a range of subjects including wildlife trafficking and conservation, sexuality, religion, gender and the illusion of domestic bliss.

The exhibition, which will remain on view through March 25, is curated by Leslie Giuliani.

The Housatonic Museum of Art is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT.  For directions and gallery hours please visit

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, 06510


Artist Opps:
 The Crossing Juried Exhibition is not a theme based show it is open to all themes and we hope to receive artists best and most recent work. It is also an opportunity for new artists from across other bridges to get involved with the exciting things happening at the Hygienic Art Galleries and in downtown New London. Every year we have a different juror. Every Juror looks for different things so it is always interesting to see what makes the cut.
This year, The Crossing will be juried by Mark McKee! Mark is adjunct professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT and an adjunct professor of art history at Mitchell College, New London, CT. As an advocate for the arts, McKee has served on many arts boards of directors including, the San Diego Art Institute, the Latin Network for the Visual Arts and presently serves on the board of the Griffis Arts Center, International Artist Residency Program in New London, Connecticut and his works are in national, corporate and university collections.
The opening reception will be Saturday, March 25 from 7—10. There will be cash prizes for selected best pieces. The show will run through Saturday, April 22.

Submission Dates:
Thursday, March 16th: 2pm-7pm
Friday, March 17th: 2pm-7pm
Saturday, March 18th: 11am-7pm

(No pre-registration required. Bring work to Hygienic Art Galleries 79 Bank Street New London, CT 06320)
Unselected Work must be picked up Sunday, March 19th between the hours of 12-4pm.
Selected Work and Purchased Work must be picked up Sunday, April 23rd between the hours of 12-4pm.
Submission Fees:
1 piece: $15
2 pieces: $20
3 pieces: $30

The Marlborough Arts Center (231 N. Main Street, Marlborough, CT) invites all regional artists to participate in its “East of the River” Juried Art Show from April 21 – May 6, 2017. Over $1000 will be awarded. The juror is illustrator, cartoonist, fine artist and teacher Bill Colrus, a graduate of Paier College of Art and a member of the faculty for 33 years.

This exhibit will include a special viewing by professionals and business personnel. To aid in the sale of  art, the Arts Center's commission has been reduced to 20%. The Opening Reception on April 21st will include refreshments and a silent auction. Full details entry forms, and a prospectus are available at

Art on the Streets - Call for Creativity
Art = Health 
Deadline: March 24
We're partnering with Aetna to bring Art on the Streets back to downtown Hartford this spring and we're looking for local artists to participate. Submit your ideas on how to make Hartford healthy through Art on the Streets with this call for creativity. Art on the Streets will showcase various art forms, including visual, dance, and music. Visit to learn more and download the  

CSF Symposium Exhibit: The Integration of Art, Science and Medicine
ALRI is collaborating with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital on the CSF (Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders) Symposium Exhibit: The Intersection of Art, Science and Medicine. The primary goal of this call to art is to illustrate in visual form the transformative manifestations of neurometabolic disorders. For more information on how to apply click here.
Entry Deadline: April 1

Exhibition Dates: June 16 - August 30 at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown Univers

The deadline is approaching for our
10th Anniversary CT+6 Exhibit! 

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

Deadline to pre-register: 
Monday, March 27th

Deadline to upload images digitally: 
Wednesday, March 29th

Receiving date:
Saturday, April 1, 2-4 p.m.

To upload work, pre-register, and download a prospectus
visit our website at

You may enter work digitally OR in-person.