June 15, 2017

Lots of art opps and events to enjoy!

From the Crisper: Re(Produce) Print Market by Anita Gangi Balkun, interactive print making station!

Art on the Streets returns to downtown Hartford for its second year! We've partnered with Aetna to raise awareness on how the arts keep us healthy and our communities vibrant. Local artists will present interactive artistic experiences for the public to enjoy 
from music and dance to visual art and poetry. Stop by during your lunch break.
Thursday, June 15th | Pratt Street, Hartford
Lindsey Fyfe: Street Sing
Anita Balkun: From the Crisper: Re(Produce) Print Market
Sea Tea Imrpov: World’s Tiniest Improv Theater


Outdoor Concert Series: Mariachi Mexico Antiguo

Thursday, June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm |

On June 15 (rain date June 16) we present Mariachi Mexico Antiguoa Connecticut mariachi group of fourteen men and women playing a variety of instruments and vocal arrangements of traditional mariachi music. The group moved to Connecticut from Las Vegas in 2016 to lead an established mariachi academy for young people in Wallingford. Since then the group has become well known for its joyous and authentic performances in festival, concert, church, and community settings, and they have established three additional academies – in Hartford, Bridgeport, and West Haven. Rodbel Virula is teaching guitarron (bass guitar) to a young musician under the CHS Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has produced two CDs of their music.
All concerts are free. Grounds open at 5:00 pm and concerts will play from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.


Elaine Lyman
Majesty of the Farm Animal

Art Opening
Friday, June 16, 2017
Meet the Artist 6-9 pm
122 Main Street, Lower Level, Collinsville
(860) 693-6689

Gallery Hours:
Friday Nights 'Meet the Artist' Receptions 6-9 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 11-4 pm


Artist Lecture Series
A Brief History of Seven Bridges Foundation

June 17, 2017
, 2:00pm
 The two art galleries on the property along with the outdoor sculpture garden blend beautifully with the natural surroundings. Set on over 80 acres, the specimen trees are as much of an art form as the buildings themselves. The landscaped grounds, woodlands and waterways are manicured just enough to enhance the sculpture but still evoke the beauty of nature. The two galleries are very different in style, one traditional, one contemporary, yet they both fit perfectly into the landscape.
Seven Bridges Foundation
Gallery 2
111 North Porchuck Road
Greenwich, Connecticut 06831

Seating is limited
Please rsvp by June 12, 2017

The Balkun Brothers Album Release Party with Consider the Source and Jake Kulak & The LowDown

Infinity Hall Hartford

 Come join us as the Balkun Brothers officially unleash their new album “Devil on TV” from our Infinity Hall Hartford stage! Joining this bill are progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with Indian and Middle Eastern styles super shredders – Consider The Source, and local Blues Rock phenom 
Jake Kulak & The LowDown. Jake and the LowDown kicking it off, 
followed by a full set for CTS to stretch what you believe is musically possible, 
and the finale to bring it all together brought to you by the Balkun Brothers!

Infinity Hartford


Sat, June 17, 2017
Hartford, CT
Show at 8 PM

Ticket INFO

Price: $15 - $30
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Opening Reception* Tuesday June 20, 5:30 pm

The Hill-Stead Museum for wine, hors d’oeuvres 

and artful conversation 

Boundless: Altered Books in Contemporary Art

June 16 – September 4, 2017


Boundless presents contemporary art inside Hill-Stead’s period rooms for the first time

In celebration of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s 25th Anniversary, the historic Libraries will be transformed into a contemporary sculpture gallery to showcase Boundless: Altered Books in Contemporary Art, guest-curated by Carole Kunstadt, a graduate of the Hartford Art School. Installed among the many rare first editions and early volumes in the Pope family’s personal library, it is an exhibition of altered books by three contemporary artists: Carole P. Kunstadt, Chris Perry and Erin Walrath.
Boundless presents three unique approaches to transforming and exploring the malleability of the form, creating new structures and experiences of the codex. Using found books as their medium, the artists give new life, meaning and relevance to the source materials. Through each artist’s process of deconstruction and recreation, the pages and spines are layered, cut, stitched, molded, stacked, drilled, shredded, woven and gilded. In re-imagining both the content and the context the resulting works reshape our relationship with books. they entice us into a world intriguingly familiar yet previously unknown. The written texts are re-imagined into a boundless world of new associations, altered memories and rekindled responses.  Associations abound when viewing the altered books, rekindling intimate imaginings, sensorial responses to the books’ physicality 
and cherished memories of personal attachments to books.

Boundless is exclusive to the Hill-Stead Museum and is guest curated by Carole P. Kunstadt in collaboration with Melanie Bourbeau, Curator & Director of Interpretation and Programs and Susan Ballek, Executive Director, Hill-Stead Museum.

*Reception Free with Museum membership; $10 for non-members.

Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road, Farmington, Connecticut 06032




Monster Drawing Rally

Friday, June 23, 7-9:30pm
Ely House Center for Contemporary Art
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven

Over the course of the night, artists at all stages of their careers take shifts to draw for an hour in front a live audience, bringing their private studio practices to the public. As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged artworks. All works can be purchased at the event for $50 each. Proceeds support programming at The Ely Center fOR Contemporary Art and Artspace. Tickets for a bourbon tasting from Litchfield Distillery are $6 for a half flight or $12 for a full flight with Connecticut-made varieties including: Straight Bourbon, Double Barrel Bourbon, Vanilla Bourbon and Coffee Bourbon. Food will be available for purchase by Farm Belly. Throughout the night, Dave Coon will DJ tunes to set the mood. All art lovers, supporters, and enthusiast are welcomed to this free event.
Join the Facebook Event. Check out the 45 participating artists, here.



MakeHartford's Paper Artist Gathering Group Show

The Gathering is a group of paper artists that meet monthly in Hartford to discuss techniques and ideas of what is possible with paper as a medium. We have a range of members of different styles including paper engineers, paper makers, marblers, and origami artists. The Farmington Valley Arts Center will host our first group exhibit during May and June as well as several workshops on paper techniques.
On view through Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Drezner Gallery, 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon, CT 06001

Closing Reception: Saturday, June 24th from 2pm to 4pm

 Artist Opps:


The Elusie Gallery is seeking artwork for the above exhibit. 

  • Open to all.
  • All entries relevant to the title and subtitle will be considered.
  • Multiple entries are encouraged, acceptance will depend on available space.
  • No size limitations but smaller work are encouraged to allow as many participants as possible.
  • Email all applications to elusie@bigredframe.com, including high resolution digital files, contact information, bio and artist statement.
  • Not an artist? Become one!
  • Not an activist? Become one!
  • Application deadline: June 30th
  • Please email us or call 413-529-9265 for more information. 

    Call for Artists for the 2017 Real People Show

    Real People is the Old Court House Arts Center national juried fine art exhibition celebrating the arts through faces and figures. Real People is open to all artists and media; submitted work must depict the human form or face in some manner that is recognizable. The show is held each year at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, Illinois, located outside of Chicago, Illinois. Real People has become a much-anticipated area event and the show enjoys excellent media coverage and exposure. Along with the Opening Reception, other events are held at The Old Court House Arts Center during the exhibition to encourage attendance.

  • The deadline for entry this year is Sunday July 2nd. Accepted artists will be notified by Sunday July 9th.

    To apply to the show, or view the complete prospectus, please visit www.callforentry.org and look for 'Real People 2017' in the show listings. If you have any questions, please email us at realpeople2017@naac4art.org. 

    Excellence in Fibers 2017
    Registration is open!
    Submission deadline: October 1, 2017
    Notification: by October 31, 2017
    Exhibition Catalog Release: December 10, 2017

    Exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: October 19, 2018-January 13, 2019 
    $1800 in prizes! 


About #IBelieveInWaterbury

Announcing a call to artists for an exhibition to be presented September 10 – December 3, 2017.
All styles and media are encouraged. All forms of art are sought: painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper, textile, video, installation art, performance, sound, light, spoken and written word and intervention. We seek fresh work, created particularly for this project.
Focusing on the City of Waterbury, artists are challenged to identify those unique aspects of the city and her people that resonate for him/her.  We ask artists to share their inspiration with us in works that demonstrate the beauty, joy, prosperity and momentum of Waterbury. Share with non-artists what your trained eye is finding that inspires and uplifts.
Open Call for Art Deadline: August 1, 2017 (submit works to chelsea@mattmuseum.org)
Exhibition: September 10 – December 3, 2017
Reception & Awards: Sunday, September 10, 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702

Apply now for a fall/winter residency!
The deadline to apply for a residency in the Studios at MASS MoCA for sessions between October 13, 2017 and April 2, 2018, is July 6th.
Why wait? Apply today, and please share the info with your artist-friends.
Apply now & learn more.