Friday, November 16 2012

Format: 2014/07/28

Friday, November 16 2012

Pueblo Pottery; Stories in Clay Exhibit

In the Rio Grande River Valley of central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, the Pueblos, a people spread over 19 communities, continue to practice their ancient art of pottery-making.  Descendents of the Anasazi, the Pueblo People, still use the traditional coiling methods and decorative patterns that have distinguished their work for centuries..

This exhibit compares and contrasts the unique style of each Pueblo community and highlights individual artists who have shaped this timeless craft.

 The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm* and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm *      *Last admission 4:30pm

 

 

Exhibit: Cecilia Moy Fradet: “Dreams of Devotion and Delight”

A new series of work exploring the inner landscape of the artists’ dreams, blending the commercial with the spiritual.  Delighting in the pop culture of Mickey Mouse, the material expression of joy and all things possible, the artist melds Mickey and Buddha into one sacred Mandela, exploring the boundaries between reality and perception.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

November 11th through December 20th, 2012

 

Exhibit: Susan White: “Picture Perfect”

The 50s are often portrayed as the ‘perfect decade’ of American History.  In this new exhibit, the artist reflects the images of this era with oversized graphite drawings of black and white photographs of a ‘picture perfect’ 1950’s family.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

 

Exhibit: Guild Group Show: “Important Incidentals”

Featuring photographic works by Miggs Burroughs, Leigh Leibel, Jeremy Saladyga, Alan Shulik, Marjorie Wolfe and Torrance York.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

 

 

Historical Exhibit: “Reuben Nakian: Eight Decades of Creation”

Showcasing his small sculptures and works on paper, Reuben Nakian is a major figure in 20th Century art.

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 pm; Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

 

A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou : 1870- 1976 Places in a One Hundred and Six Year Life

 A solo exhibition introducing the art and celebrating the life of Lora Eberly Ballou, 1870-1976. Featuring a collection of over 30 floral arrangements and landscape oil paintings; an assemblage of personal effects; and a historical timeline documenting her 106 year life.

Old Town Hall Museum, 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT. September 27, 2012 – January 31, 2013. VIP Opening night reception, rsvp required: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Public reception follows immediately from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Gallery hours: Wed, Thurs, Fri, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Check website for weekend hours, guided tours, and art lectures.

www.LoraBallou.com


 

Lora Eberly Ballou was born in 1870. Queen Victoria was halfway through her reign, and Lora’s parents were discussing the assassination of President Lincoln and the Civil War.  Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States, women could not vote and the horse and buggy was the family car.  By the time of her death in October of 1976, Ballou had witnessed: the Spanish-American War; World Wars I and II; the Korean and Vietnam conflicts; the inventions of the telephone, light bulb, and plastics; women gaining the right to vote and access to equal pay; minorities achieving civil rights and in transportation the mass producing of automobiles, commercial airlines and a spaceship landing men on the moon. 

 

"She was a women who was, at one and the same time, both of her time and ahead of her time; on the one hand, comfortable with her "traditional" life but always creating room for her "aspirational" life", writes Sophia Gevas in her essay, A Persistent Passion: The Art of Eberly Ballou, 1870-1976. 

 

Lora created hundreds of paintings in her life time when it was difficult for any woman to pursue a passion for her painting, and as the world dramatically changed around her, she spent much of her 106 years doing the thing she most loved-creating images of her surroundings on canvas.

 

 Lora gave many of her paintings away to friends, hospitals and museums. Over 30 paintings are still in the possession of her grandson, Stamford resident, Bob Phillips who has, along with his wife, Pat, generously sponsored the four month exhibit that will open on September 27th. “The genesis for this exhibition came while attending the celebration of Governor-elect Malloy at the restored Old Town Hall. My wife Pat commented on its appropriateness as an art gallery and the benefit to Stamford Downtown if it became an exhibition hall. That night Lora Eberly Ballou-artist materialized as we reevaluated her paintings for a public viewing”.

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Labriola, owner of Labriola Frame and Art Gallery beautifully restored the paintings that will be on display along with an assemblage of personal effects and the historical timeline, “Places In a One Hundred Six Year Life”. The timeline, researched by co curator, Valerie Cooper, incorporates important historical developments, political, social and scientific contributions along with the evolution of women’s rights and accomplishments that occurred during the life of Lora Ballou and is the basis for the creation of a teachers professional workshop and partnership with the Stamford Public School System that will allow tours for middle and high school students. The Stamford Garden Club will also offer tours. Information on scheduled tours, lectures and workshops and also weekend hours for the duration of the exhibit can be found at 

 

www.LoraBallou.com or call Valerie Cooper at 203-977-8203.

PERSISTENT PASSION: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou is sponsored by Robert M. and Patricia C. Phillips and supported by the City of Stamford, Michael A. Pavia, Mayor and Old Town Hall Redevelopment Agency; co curated by Valerie Cooper, Art Consultant and Appraiser and Lina Morielli, Artist/Arts Advocate. Exhibit catalogue essay by Sophia Gevas. Art Restoration by Labriola Frame and Art Gallery, graphics by Connacher Design and Marcel Biro Design.

 

“Performance Now”

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Closed November 21 through November 26, 2012

“Performance Now,” curated by RoseLee Goldberg. is an exhibition that will debut at Wesleyan, and show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition featuring video, film and photography, by artists including Marina Abramović, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, will be showcased in Zilkha Gallery. The exhibition also extends to a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson '05. 

 

 

Friday Dinner Theatre Package- Something's Afoot

An old English mansion. A raging thunderstorm. Ten strangers. Murder, mystery, music and comedy abound when the guests disappear one by one – knocked off by cleverly fiendish devices. Join the fun as Miss Tweed the amateur sleuth sets out to solve the crimes…but the butler didn’t do it! With songs like “I Owe It All To Agatha Christie,” it’s a zany whodunit for all to enjoy. October 5 – December 9, 2012

Age rating: PG

Friday Dinner Theatre Package: Includes dinner at the Gelston House (located next door to the Opera House) and a ticket to the 8 pm performance. Only $71.

 

 

ONE LITTLE WISH - A New Musical

If you had One Little Wish, what would you wish for?

Would you put a magic curse on.............. a pear tree?

One man does - and changes his life and the world itself!

Come and join us for an exciting, fresh, fully-staged new musical fable with a 5-piece orchestra and something in it for everyone. With a funny, creative, and thought-provoking script by Connecticut playwright Colin Speer Crowley, fresh from a London premiere - a tuneful, feet-taping, Latin music score by Paul Robert Bartsch, composer of over 9 successful book musicals - and sleek direction by Shawn Amdur, former President of Troupers Light Opera Company and director of several musicals - "One Little Wish" is guaranteed to leave you singing and dancing out of the theater!

RUNTIME OF SHOW - 2 hours and 15 minutes (including one 15-minute intermission).

Tickets for "One Little Wish" at Wilton Playshop are General Admission - first-come, first-serve.

Any special requests for disability-access seating can be made to info@speerheadtheatricals.org.

There will be a reception after each performance (wine and cheese provided) where event-goers can meet the authors of the new work, the actors in the production, the Director of Production, and other theatrical personnel. Anyone who wants to attend the reception after the event would need to buy a "General Admission - Show And Reception" ticket.

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White

Kehler Liddell Gallery begins the holiday season with a group show inspired by one word, WHITE. Each painter, sculptor, print maker and photographer began somewhere with white and in the end created something with a more memorable and melodious voice than one would ever expect of white.

 

 

MY FAIR LADY

WEST HARTFORD COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS MY FAIR LADY, WITH SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC EVER WRITTEN. 

MY FAIR LADY IS A TIMELESS MUSICAL FULL OF LOVE & LAUGHS.

THE SHOW BEGINS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16th AT 7:30 p.m.

2 SHOWS ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17th  AT 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. AND SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18th AT 2 p.m. 

KING PHILIP MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 100 KING PHILIP DRIVE, WEST HARTFORD. TICKETS ARE $18 IN ADVANCE / $22 AT THE DOOR. GET YOUR TICKETS ON-LINE AT WHTHEATER.ORG OR CALL 860-967-7026 OR GO TO PFAU’S HARDWARE, 982 FARMINGTON AVENUE, WEST HARTFORD CENTER. A TREAT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

 

LUCY SHELTON, The Solo Voice

Lucy Shelton has performed repertoire from Bach to Boulez in major venues throughout the world. A highly acclaimed interpreter of 20th and 21st century repertory, she continues to expose audiences to contemporary works. She is the only artist to receive the International Walter W. Naumburg Award twice, as a soloist and as a chamber musician

 

Franklin Street Works celebrates its one-year with the original exhibition 'Working Alternatives'

Franklin Street Works presents the original exhibition Working Alternatives: Breaking Bread, Art Broadcasting, and Collective Action, on view from October 27, 2012 - January 13, 2013. The exhibition looks at three threads of alternative art space histories and examines how engaged, inclusive strategies are still being used to break down perceived barriers between contemporary art and its audiences. The themes covered in Working Alternatives are conviviality and food, artists who use media (newspapers, television, and radio) as platforms for artworks, and artist collectives in the US, explored through an open archive gathered specifically for this exhibition.

Originally Working Alternatives was designed to be the backdrop for our first annual fundraiser, but Franklin Street Works is postponing that event until the spring so the indoor/outdoor extravaganza will coincide with warmer weather and have less proximity to long-standing regional art events. If you saved the date for our fundraiser, however, don’t despair and keep it on your calendars – there is still a party! Working Alternatives will open on the same night, October 27, from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. with a free, public reception. The evening will include a lively performance of San Francisco artist Tom Marioni’s “Drinking Beer Sonata with 13 Players” where thirteen people will create music by blowing into beer bottles based on Marioni’s instructions.

For Working Alternatives, curators Mackenzie Schneider, Terri C Smith, and Jess Wilcox explore three threads of alternative art platforms and production: conviviality and food as components in alternative art space programming and mission (Wilcox); artists using media such as radio, television, and newspapers as alternative venues for presenting work (Schneider); and artist collectives presented in a living archive with weekly changing exhibitions using archive materials (Smith). In addition to historical examples, the exhibition also includes original artworks by contemporary artists that reflect and expand on the showʼs themes. Working Alternatives’ artists include: Paul Branca, Jaime Davidovich, ESP TV, Group Material, Ann Hirsch, Tom Marioni, Anna Ostoya, Legacy Russell, Chris Sollars and Jerome Waag. Franklin Street Works is also excited to collaborate on several off-site artworks, including the live radio broadcast of an Ann Hirsch performance on WPKN, Bridgeport, and collages by Anna Ostoya in the Stamford Advocate via four, monthly ads during the show’s run. 

 

Guilford Art Center's Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft

Guilford Art Center's annual Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft features handmade works by more than 300 artists from across America, including pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods and more. New works are added throughout the course of the event, encouraging visitors to return to find one-of-a-kind finds. Support American artists, the arts, and small businesses.

 

Brookfield Craft Center Holiday Exhibition

Brookfield Craft Center’s 37th Annual Holiday Exhibition will feature an extraordinary collection of contemporary American craft for the holidays: handmade works by more than 140 selected artists in jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, toys, glass, wood, paper and steel. All purchases benefit the Craft Center’s education programs, and provide support for independent artists. This Holiday sale will kick off with a Special Members only preview November 2nd. Consider becoming a member today. For more information on membership for Gallery hours please visit brookfieldcraft.org or call 203-775-4526. 

 

 

 

The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy











Written and directed by Rinde Eckert,

Performed by Rinde Eckert and Wesleyan Students

 

"[Rinde Eckert is] an artist who travels regularly into the upper strata of myth, philosophy, classical music and world literature." --The New York Times

 

An inaugural recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012), Rinde Eckert has built a dynamic theatrical logic that is fiercely interdisciplinary. The Grammy Award-winning musician, writer, composer, librettist, and director will perform the world premiere of a new work developed during his residency at Wesleyan. The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy is about a man raised by wolves who finds himself toward the end of his life at the top of the food chain. Powerful and erudite, he longs for a return to the wildness of the wolf he was--but how does one recover one's original, less conditioned or acculturated self? What is gained in the effort? What is lost in translation? This work is commissioned by the Center for the Arts, and is made possible by the Creative Campus Initiative and leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

 

Dither Electric Guitar Quartet











 Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen at 7:15 p.m.

"The electric guitar quartet Dither, typifying this nebulous twenty-first century, brings massive chops with an egalitarian sense of purpose to every piece of music."

—Free Music Archive

 

Dither, an electric guitar quartet formed in 2007 by Taylor Levine, David Linaburg, Joshua Lopes, and James Moore, is dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans from new commissions and original compositions to improvisation, electronic manipulation, and multimedia works. With sounds ranging from clean pop textures to heavily processed noise, from tight rhythmic unity to cacophonous sound mass, Dither's music wholeheartedly embraces the beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound of electric guitars. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.

 

 

French Cinematheque: FAREWELL MY QUEEN

 

FRENCH CINEMATHEQUE

Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich

FAREWELL MY QUEEN

"A pleasure to be savored."
- The New York Times

Thursday, November 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Avon Members & AFG: $6 | Students/Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Farewell My Queen

ABOUT THE FILM: Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot (A Single GirlSeventh Heaven, SadeDeep in the Woods) and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution.

Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, the film stars Léa Seydoux as one of Marie’s ladies-in-waiting, seemingly innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress’s special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. With the action moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions. Diane Kruger gives her best performance to date as the ill-fated Queen and Virginie Ledoyen is the Queen’s special friend Gabrielle de Polignac.

FRENCH with ENGLISH subtitles I 97 MINUTES

 

Art Gallery Purchase Party at University of Saint Joseph

Art Gallery Director and Curator Ann H. Sievers has pre-selected a variety of artworks, any one of which would be a significant addition to the Gallery’s permanent collection. The works will be displayed at the Art Gallery without any indication of price, so as to encourage members to weigh each work’s aesthetic merit and usefulness to the collection. The evening of the Purchase Party, the Gallery’s Director will discuss each work of art, explaining how it would enhance the collection. Members will then cast a secret ballot for their first choice and the winner will be announced. This work will be purchased from a fund set aside from a portion of membership dues from Friends of the Art Gallery (but the amount of this fund will not be disclosed). Subsequent ballots will be cast if the first acquisition does not exhaust the fund and if there are artworks that can be acquired with the remaining balance.

 

 

Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble on Nov. 16 & 17

The Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Saint Joseph presents Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in The Bruyette Athenaeum’s Hoffman Auditorium located on the University’s West Hartford campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue. General Seating - Advance Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Senior Citizen, $5 Youth, $10 Member. Tickets available online at www.tickets.sjc.edu  or call the Frances Driscoll Box Office at 860.231.5555.

 

Spectrum in Motion is dedicated to people of color and the American experience. Founded 30 years ago by Olivia Davis, the premise of Spectrum is that dance should once again be a part of everyday life, should help to tell and share life stories, and should embrace all people. The Spectrum body of work speaks to shared histories and unique cultural traditions. The company performs annually at The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, and has had residency programs at Smith College, West Hartford Public Schools, and Kinsella Arts Magnet School in Hartford. Spectrum has performed in several festivals, including the Annual 5 X 5 Dance Festival at the University Saint Joseph, and at Provincetown Festivals.

 

FRIENDS MUSIC SERIES

 
On Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m., The Friends Music Series presents contemporary folk rocker, Heather Maloney. The concert is held in the library’s Program Room on the lower level. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 
 
 
 
 
Heather Maloney
 
Heather Maloney is a singer-songwriter-poet with knock you dead vocals and “terrific lyrics that cut to the chase” (Huffington Post). She weaves elements of folk, rock, jazz and pop to create a unique sound and a powerful and compassionate message that leaves folks saying “she sounds like... Heather Maloney.” Heather had one of her first public shows at a small coffee shop in Northampton Massachusetts in September of 2009. So nervous she had to be prodded onto stage. In July of 2011 she walked out onto the stage at the Calvin Theater in front of 1,500 fans of the Grammy Award winning artist Jonny Lang, and brought them to their feet in applause. Jonny immediately asked her to open three more shows and called her “an extremely talented songwriter and incredibly great singer.” Heather has since fallen in love with performing, having played over 350 shows and sharing the stage with such celebrated acts as Jonny Lang, Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriquez, Vance Gilbert, Dala, David Wax Museum, Devil Makes Three, Caravan of Thieves, Jeffrey Gaines, Jill Sobule, Meg Hutchinson, and many others.
And the buzz has just begun. In the past year she has been nominated for an Independent Music Award, chosen as an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and signed on with Signature Sounds to release her upcoming album due out January 2013.
www.heathermaloney.com 
 

MACBETH

The New Britain Youth Theater Teen Company will perform William Shakespeare’s Macbeth on November 16, 17 and 18 at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center in downtown New Britain.

Often considered the darkest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Macbeth is a tale about a couple’s thirst for power and its bloody consequences. Ghosts, witches, and many of the Bard’s most famous lines make Macbeth one of the most intense and often performed of Shakespeare’s works—despite its superstitious reputation as a cursed play.

As directed by NBYT Artistic Director David B. Sousa, the production is set in a modern yet third-world Scotland. Macbeth is the second full production of the NBYT Teen Company, a program in which teens may become involved in choosing, producing and promoting their own theater.

Macbeth will be performed at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center, located at 69 Main Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 18, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for students, and seniors. Special group rates are available for parties of ten or more. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online through a link at www.nbyt.org.

For more information about New Britain Youth Theater, please visit the company’s website at www.nbyt.org.

 

JUDITH RANDALL DE GRAFFENRIED, “DIVERGING PROCESSES”

In Pegasus Gallery

 November 16, 2012—January 3, 2013

 Reception on Thursday, November 29th, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Judith Randall De Graffenried’s painting process considers the varying degrees of analytical, emotional, sensual and spiritual human sensibilities.  In watercolor works like “Resort City,” pictorial plays of space and compositional juxtapositions create a multilayered series of visually charged settings.  In other works painted in oil, figure model session poses are adapted into invented backgrounds.

            Judith de Graffenried is associate professor of fine arts/graphic design and program coordinator at Middlesex Community College. She earned a B.A.at the University of South Carolina, an M.A.T. at the University of South Carolina, and an M.F.A. at City University of New York.  She also attended a year-long painting program at the Art Academy of Munich, Germany and studied art at Queens College and Indiana University. She has exhibited her paintings in more than 50 national juried exhibitions and received awards at: Maryland Federation of Art, (2008, 2005) The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, Montpelier, VA (2008, 2006), Strathmore Award for Excellence, “Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition”, Golden, CO (1995). 
 

Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., when classes are in session. 

 

For more information please contact:

Matthew Weber, Art Curator

860.343.5806, mweber@mxcc.commnet.edu

http://www.mxcc.commnet.edu/Content/Art_Exhibits.asp

 

 

KATHLEEN SUMPTER, “A TEA PARTY”

In the Niche
 
November 16, 2012—January 3, 2013
Reception on Thursday, November 29th, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in Pegasus Gallery
 
                Kathleen Sumpter’s, A Tea Party is a series of glazed and painted ceramic cups, teapots and tea party food.  These are functional and sculptural works that emphasize the whimsical and fanciful character of their handmade origins.  Vessels like “Queen Bee Teapot,” transcend its utilitarian tradition through color, pattern and ornament as a harmonious union of grass, sky and swarming bees. Sumpter’s forms inhabit the intimate space of the mind and activate associations with the world of play, the nature and delicacy.
 
          Since 2004, Sumpter has owned and operated Sumpter Design Middlefield, CT and is an adjunct instructor of digital arts at Middlesex Community College.   She earned her B.F.A. at the University of Connecticut and has received numerous EdPress Design Awards (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), the Weekly Reader President’s Award for Excellence (1995) and Young’s Printing Calendar Contest, Middletown (2003).
   
The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.
Hours: Monday's through Thursday's 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  
Friday's and Saturday's 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

     

For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator
http://www.mxcc.commnet.edu/Content/Art_Exhibits.asp