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).
The winter exhibit at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words” features artists’ renderings that convey storytelling. The exhibit runs through May 11, 2018. The Gallery is located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space, 11 North Water Street in Norwalk, CT.
“Worth A Thousand Words”, curated by Nadia Martinez, features works of art that communicate complex ideas in images. The 32 pieces in the exhibit show artists’ stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. Exhibiting artists include local artists Day Moore from Milford, Bobbie Bernstein of Westport, Gregory Ziebell of Norwalk and Carol M. Battin from Stamford.
The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” placemaking initiative, an effort to support art in parking spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
“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.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Enjoy a gallery tour and scholarly presentation at 7:00pm by Dr. Peter Bayers, Director of American Studies at Fairfield University.
Journey back in time to the early days of the New World and explore the dynamics between new settlers and Native Americans through Pequot Library’s Special Collections. This exhibition features a selection of the Library’s rare books held in Southport and on long-term loan at The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, including “The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans, in the Mohawk language,” William Hubbard’s 1677 discourse on the Pequot War, and an early catechism for young children. Materials on native languages and colonial New England life offer insight into the intersection of two cultures in Fairfield and beyond.
Items on view include primers, language studies, and histories of local, state, and New England life. This exhibit follows on the “return visit” of the Columbus letter (1493) to Pequot in the fall of 2015 offering an imagined view of the early days as counterpoint to life as we know it today.
This exhibition was made possible in part through a generous gift in memory of Richard M. Carpenter and the Constance C. Baker Rare Book Fund.
March 1– March 29, 2018
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OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 1, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Join us this March for the latest pieces by abstract Fairfield County artists Katherine Evans, Rose-Marie Fox, and Linda George at Handwright Gallery.
Katherine Evans, of Westport, pulls inspiration derived from her environment and weaves it with her signature use of magnified color into pieces that highlight one of the two ends of the spectrum. Paint is then layered on canvas to bring out the dimensions of the subject at hand. Previous exhibits include: Spectrum Miami, Saatchi Art, Greenwich Art Society.
Rose-Marie Fox, of Darien, who’s work is influenced by the 16 years she spent living in China, creates a three dimensional depth within the framework of a two dimensional medium. Fox visually contemplates landscapes and in her own words says: “Some works are quiet contemplations of small movements of sky, water, wind – some note the stillness of early morning or late night filled with its mystery of becoming.” Previous exhibits include: Greenwich Art Society, Westport Art Center, Ridgefield
Guild of Artists.
Linda George, of Darien, has most recently been working on non-representational concepts in her pieces, though she feels her work, oftentimes, perhaps subconsciously, returns to current societal and pictorial landscapes…and her love of Bruce Springsteen. Previous exhibits include: Greenwich Art Society and Rowayton Arts Center.
The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Abstract Reflections” featuring the mesmerizing abstract art of New York City painter, Caroline O’Callaghan. Her exhibit runs March 1 – 31. 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
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.
Have a flair for the dramatic? Think the stage is for you?
Participate in an eight week theater workshop for middle schoolers (age 11 to 14), every Wed., from March 21 through May 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, focused on interpretation and embodiment of historical figures. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises to develop the basic skills of acting, before progressing into monologues and historical interpretation. A variety of guest theater instructors, will share their insider acting knowledge and coach students to hone their craft.
Students will be invited to perform a short monologue or conversation in the role of a famous Westporter at the Drew Freedman Foundation Gala on May 17th as a culmination of the workshop.
Please register online at westporthistory.org.
Workshop Admission: $200 Members, $250 Non-Members
Are you worried about what’s happening in the stock market? Taxes? Inflation? Every day it seems there’s something new to worry about. Join us for an “inside” perspective from Fidelity Investment & Catamount experts, and walk away with strategies for dealing with today’s markets.
*Refreshments and light fare will be served
West Rocks Middle School Drama Club presents Annie Jr.
March 22, 2018 7PM
March 23, 2018 7PM
March 24, 2018 2PM
All Tickets $10
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyones favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.