Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War features a selection of works donated to the Bruce Museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III.
The United States involvement in World War I lasted only a brief twenty months, from April 1917 to November 1918, but the nation’s military and propaganda strategies were of enormous consequence.
Patriotic Persuasion” marks the centennial of American participation in the First World War. It is organized by Kenneth E. Silver, Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art and Elizabeth Smith, Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow at the Bruce Museum (2017-2018).
Join parents just like you for 5 weeks of parenting classes. Learn to discipline with firmness and kindness, have fun as a parent, and set the foundation for important social and life skills. Help your child feel a sense of belonging and significance through mutual respect and encouragement.
Cost: $199 (includes materials – Positive Discipline book, parent workbook and tool cards) $339 couple with shared materials. Scholarships are available based on financial need.
Five Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 PM, March 14, March 21,March 28, April 4, April 25
There will be no class 4/11 or 4/18.
Class will be co-facilitated by Carol Dores and Christina Cameron.
The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop at the Westport Woman’s Club is having a Huge Winter Clearance Sale.
For the ENTIRE MONTH of FEBRUARY EVERYTHING is HALF-PRICE.
There are a wide variety of quality items from collectibles, jewelry, glassware, artwork, purses and much, much more.
The shop is open
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10-3
Proceeds benefit Fairfield County Charitable Organizations.
Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT
For further information, please call the Club, 203-227-4240.
The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “February Florals” featuring the breathtaking floral still life oil paintings of Bronx native, Sue Barrasi. Her exhibit runs February 1 – 28. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com
FIRST AREA THEATRE PRESENTATION OF NEWSIES COMING TO STAMFORD
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…that’s the story of Disney’s hit musical, Newsies, which will play in Stamford, February 2 through 24, in Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre.
Based on a 1992 film of the same name, the story was inspired by the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City. It pits Jack Kelly and his fellow newsboys against Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the New York World, as he tries to make a profit at the expense of the boys who sell his newspaper. The musical, which premiered in 2011, features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein.
“We were overjoyed that Curtain Call was selected as one of the first community theatres in the country to be licensed to present this terrific musical,” said Curtain Call executive director Lou Ursone. “Most people love a good David and Goliath-type story, and Newsies is all that plus, it’s loaded with a terrific score,” Ursone added. The audience and the characters alike will rejoice at the end of the show as the Newsies triumph over the evil businessmen. “And yes, there’s some great dancing in this show. All in all, it’s a perfect, ‘feel-good’ musical the entire family can enjoy together,” said Ursone. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right…and staying true to who you are.
Among the many fictional elements of the show is the character of Katherine Plumber, a young reporter who serves as a love interest for Jack. As a woman reporter during a time when the industry was dominated by men, Plumber is also standing up for herself and fighting for a cause. A great role model for young women, even today.
The creative team behind this production, in addition to Ursone, includes long-time Curtain Call artists: Gail Yudain – director; Eric K. Johnston – music director; Karen Casagrande – choreographer; Peter Barbieri, Jr. – set design; Adam Lobelson – lighting design; and Megan Latte Ormond – costume design. The stage management team is led by Stacy Lupo. Ursone called the production his A-Team and is thrilled with how rehearsals are progressing.
Curtain Call’s cast of 49 includes, from STAMFORD: Tommy DeSalvo, Jainee Didonato, Stephen Emerick, Frankie Isola, Mike Kraus, Tessa Kurtz, Joshua Leferman, Justin McArthur, Matt McArthur, Michael McArthur, Sean Pultz, Maya Sank; from NORWALK: Ann Alford, Rob Ayala, Chris Balestriere, Mike DeSalvo, Nicole DiBlasio, Scott Ferrara, James Hobayan, Kelly Kinas, Gavin McGee, Nikki Monahan, Emily Rybnick, Daniella Sawyer; from WESTPORT: Seth Barkan, Lillie Bukzin, Matt Bukzin; from WILTON: Stephen DiRocco, Kevin Sell; from GREENWICH: Will Armstrong, Kevin Gillespie, Skye Gillespie, Savannah Miller; from BRIDGEPORT: Monica Harrington, Everton Ricketts; from TRUMBULL: Nicholas Ferreira, Danny Randazzo; from FAIRFIELD: Madeleine Tommins; from MILFORD: Trisha Carr McCoy; from STRATFORD: Dante DiFederico; from WATERTOWN: Jennifer Beveridge; from KATONAH, NY: Vic Sauerhof; from RYE, NY: Bob Praid.
“I always enjoy watching our shows in rehearsal, but the energy coming from this cast as they have been working on the staging and choreography has made me want to watch every moment that I can,” said Ursone.
Newsies will play in The Kweskin Theatre from February 2 through 24, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Regular prices are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.50 for children (up to age 21). Thursday evenings – all seats $25. Doors open for seating one half hour before show time. Discounted Flex Passes reduce prices by up to 30%. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com. (As of press time, matinees are already sold out – check with the theatre about possible extra performances.)
“Color Chases Winter Into Spring” is the title of a new show by Jan McLean opening Monday, February 5 at the Morris Art Gallery, Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. The show runs through April 13 and is part of the Accessible Art Project presented by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.
Using paint, paper, fabric, fiber, found objects and all manner of acrylic gels and mediums, mixed media artist Jan McLean invites us to banish the winter blahs with her vibrant and whimsical depictions of places not quite known and imagined. Sure to make you smile.
An opening reception will be held in the Maria Parloa community room on Saturday, February 10 from 1 – 2:30 pm. Snow date is Saturday, February 17th.
The Morris Gallery is located on the library’s 2nd floor. Opening hours are M-W-Th 10-8; Tu-F-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5. Entrance and parking are on School Street.
Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present “Jeremy Holmes: New Sculpture,” the first solo exhibition of the artist at the gallery. The show will open with a public reception on February 10th, 4-6pm, and will run through March 17th.
Holmes engages the viewer with beautiful abstract three-dimensional forms created out of natural wood. Using traditional wood-working techniques, he starts by soaking 12-foot long planks to make the naturally rigid material more malleable. Improvising as he works, Holmes bends, twists and coils the slabs into graceful sinewy forms, then joins them to become stunning free-standing or wall-mounted sculptures. He stains them with color or leaves them natural with a clear resin finish. On view will be new free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures in addition to a large site-specific installation. Made of white ash, this singular 200-foot structure will activate the gallery space as it hangs suspended from the ceiling and walls. Holmes has been working with wood since earning his BFA a decade ago, and has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions here and abroad. An important part of his artistic practice consists of making large, temporary site-specific installations such as the one he will create for the exhibition. In addition to having his work featured in various publications, Holmes has been a guest lecturer and artist in residence, and has been the recipient of numerous awards.
Heather Gaudio Fine Art specializes in emerging and established artists, offering painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture. The gallery provides a full-range of art advisory services, from forming and maintaining a collection, to securing secondary market material, to assisting with framing and installation. The focus is on each individual client, selecting art that best serves his or her vision, space, and resources. The six exhibitions offered every year are designed to present important talent and provide artwork appealing to a broad range of interests. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday; 10:30am to 5:30pm; and by appointment.
Ballroom Dance Sport Center of Fairfield, SportsPlex@Fairfield invites parents with kids ages 3-8 years for FREE sample Ballroom Dance Classes on Wednesday, February 28
Ballroom Dancing is fun and graceful physical activity for kids.
Let your children get involved in all positive things ballroom dance has to offer: discipline, posture, coordination, focus, agility, team work, social skills and confidence.
Ballroom DanceSport even is considered as an addition to the 2020 Olympics.
Join us on Wednesday, February 28 for fun and exciting Ballroom DanceSport and Performance Classes – it is FREE!
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Kids Ballroom (ages 3-5 years)
4:45 PM – 5:15 PM Kids DanceSport (ages 6-8 years)
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Performance Class (ages 6-8 years)
Address: 85 Mill Plain Road, Suite R, Fairfield, CT 06824/ SportsPlex@Fairfield www.ballroomdancesportfairfield.com
Affecting over 30 million people in the U.S., osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints, most frequently impacting the knees and hips. Osteoarthritis is addressed using a combination of treatments, such as physical therapy before surgery (pre-habilitation) and/or physical therapy after total joint replacement surgery (rehabilitation). Join us for a panel talk that will discuss the importance of prehab and rehab, as well as how to identify when it is time for hip or knee replacement surgery.
To register or for more information, visit www.hss.edu/pped or contact Pam Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW CANAAN, CT – Sorelle Gallery Fine Art celebrates its first exhibition of 2018 with ‘OPALINE: Works by Teodora Guererra and Dmitri Wright’, accompanied by a designer vignette, ‘STATEMENT PIECES’, by I.M. SMITTEN of Trumbull, CT. On Display: March 1st – April 3rd.
Teodora Guererra’s abstract artistic vision evolved throughout time spent painting and teaching in Fairfield County, Connecticut; Tucson, Arizona; and upstate New York. Arizona’s naturally radiant landscape and arid climate led her to experiment with rich under-painting and vivid color; while the shifting East Coast seasons inspired her dripping and staining techniques. Important artistic influences include Pat Steir and Morris Louis.
Dmitri Wright is a painter, master art instructor, inspirational speaker, and poet. His classical academic training in the foundations used by the Renaissance and Impressionist masters is evident in his work as an American ‘Expressionist Impressionist’. His melodic brushstrokes and unexpected palette are results of extensive plein air painting in Italy’s Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, France’s Provence Cote d’Azur, and New England’s coastline. Affluent study at Cooper Union, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts; along with strong artistic mentors (Samuel Brecher, Rueben Tam, Wolf Kahn and Will Barnet) also influence his lyrical landscape paintings.
Presenting STATEMENT PIECES: A DESIGNER VIGNETTE BY I.M. SMITTEN
I.M. Smitten was founded to offer custom artisan furniture that makes a statement. From mid-century modern and contemporary to transitional styles, I.M. Smitten brings their unique furnishings and rare findings of the world; hand-carvings, doors and shutters that are blended with modern materials to form custom cabinetry, unique walls and dividers, interior and sliding doors, accent tables and artisan headboards. Transform any room with their one-of-kind pieces that can be customized and hand-finished to meet design specifications. Their inspiration derives from annual excursions to Southeast Asia combined with the vision of their Creative Director, Holly Sutton-Darr. It is their mission to inspire designers to redefine living spaces, to bridge local artists with their craftsman, to offer the most unique products and the finest quality of furniture, made locally, in Connecticut.