Sunday, November 4 2012

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Sunday, November 4 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




3 p.m.

Saint Saëns







Sounding the Silence & Memory and Transformation

Amy Browning’s exhibit, SOUNDING THE SILENCE, contains new work that is an exhilarating revelation of order within disorder.  Pre-ordained rules yield to the mysterious needs of the canvas. The title and theme for Joe Saccio’s exhibit, MEMORY AND TRANSFORMATION, stems from his discovery when working on a four foot by twenty-foot section of a hollow black oak tree trunk. The artist divided the old hollow trunk into three six foot sections and split each vertically to create three triptychs, or three open books revealing the old tree’s inner life and history.


Lecture Series with Tom Brenner: “Illumination – The Role of Light in Two-Dimensional Art: as Tool, as Subject, as Symbol & Sig

In exploring this fascinating subject, Tom Brenner will survey scores of images from a wide range of times, places and artistic perspectives. Among the questions that will be considered:  How best can an artist perceive and understand the workings of light in the physical world?  By what means can he or she most effectively translate these observations into an artistic image?  How does the artists’ treatment of light affect the viewer’s response?  Woven throughout this visual journey, the words of artists, scientists, poets and philosophers, will further illuminate the aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual significance of light in our lives and our creativity.


$10 per person member, $12 per person non-member




Ridgefield Folk with Susan McKeown

Join us for Ridgefield Folk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 4 with Susan McKeown.

After singing on the streets of her native Dublin as a teenager, Susan McKeown left for New York with a bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland and a scholarship to the American Musical & Dramatic Academy, and soon became a regular performer at the legendary East Village club Sin-É. Her debut album 'Bones' (1995) garnered wide critical acclaim, established her reputation as an inventive songwriter with a powerful voice, and set her on the road to an international touring and recording career. Her album 'Sweet Liberty' (2004 World Village/Harmonia Mundi) drew accolades and a BBC Music Award nomination for her beautiful arrangements and collaborations with the groups Mariachi Real de Mexico and Ensemble Tartit.

Ten albums later McKeown has a catalog of music that solidly spans the realms of world music and rock and along the way she has worked with such luminaries as Natalie Merchant, Linda Thompson, Pete Seeger, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie,  and Andy Irvine.

Please note this concert will take place at the Temple Shearith Israel at 46 Peaceable Street in Ridgefield. Free tickets will be given out at 1 p.m. on the day of the show at the Temple thanks to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. 


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 or call 203-775-4526. 




Family Program with Willamarie Moore

What better way to learn about another country than through the eyes and expressions of the people who live there? The exhibition of drawings by children who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II provides much more than a history lesson: it opens a window into the culture of Japan. Come learn about Japanese daily life, school, traditions, holidays and more through activities and games. Compare how your life is different from--and the same as--that of people in Japan. Willamarie Moore is Head of School Programs and Teacher Resources at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the author of All About Japan: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More and co-author of Japanese Traditions: A Year of Japanese Seasonal Festivities.


Dead Cat Bounce: Chance Episodes

Founded 15 years ago by Matt Steckler '97, the jazz group Dead Cat Bounce invokes Charles Mingus and the World Saxophone Quartet, featuring four saxophonists—

Mr. Steckler, Jared Sims, Charlie Kohlhase, and Terry Goss—plus bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Bill Carbone (Ph.D. candidate). The band will perform Mr. Steckler's compositions from their fourth album Chance Episodes (2011), which was praised in Downbeat and Jazz

Times magazines.