Thursday, January 10 2013

Format: 2014/07/25

Thursday, January 10 2013

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.

 

Syntax Showtime: Art at Center Stage

This mixed media exhibition will be held at the Center Stage, Shelton, from November 30 through January 12, 2013.  It opens with a reception on Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the first performance of, “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.”  Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

Open during Box Office hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday

 

 

Donald Axleroad: “Disintegration of Truth & Trust”

A new series of work created in response to current events and the contemporary issues of today’s world.  Through imagery and symbols, the artist explores the dissolution of American culture; a time and place where dishonesty has become the norm, and for many, innocence has been lost and the American Dream has been shattered.

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

January 6th through February 17th, 2013

 

 

Tina Rohrer: “A Commitment to Color, Movement and Geometry”

This new exhibit is a tribute, honoring the life and art of Tina Rohrer, who passed away in the summer of 2012.  The selection of work, in a variety of media, expresses the artists’ love of movement and color through geometric constructions.

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

January 6 - February 17, 2013

 

 

Historical Exhibit: “The Silvermine Print Collection”

Showcasing a selection of works from the current Silvermine print collection, which consists of over 200 prints from renowned artists.

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

January 6th through February 17th, 2013

 

 

New Members Exhibition

Each year in the spring and fall, artists are selected, through a jurying process to become new members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.  This exhibit showcases the works of five new Guild Artist members inducted in the spring and fall of 2012. The new members include: Mindy Green, Shelby Head, Heather Houston, Lara Ivanovic, and Hank Paper.

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

January 6th through February 17th, 2013         

 

 

 

Documentary Night: HAVA NAGILA

 

The Avon Theatre, 
in partnership with the JCC's of Stamford & Greenwich

Special Sneak Preview

HAVA NAGILA

Introduction with Sheryl Shakinovsky, great granddaughter of 
Hava Nagila” creator Avraham Zvi Idelson

Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m.
 

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

Hava Nagila

ABOUT THE FILM: Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more, the film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America. High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people. In English | 73 minutes.

 

Register now for DAC Winter/Spring Classes

 Have you resolved to get in shape for the New Year? Learn a new instrument or skill? Perfect a creative technique? Let the Darien Arts Center help. Nestled behind town hall, the DAC teaches more than you might think, with classes available for all ages and skill levels in Theatre, Art, Dance and Music.

Dance offerings help class members keep in shape from challenging Pilates to elegant ballet and balance the physical and mental in Martial Arts for the whole family. Many classes still have openings for dancers of all ages. A new class called “Just Beginnings” welcomes those who were too young in the fall and turn 3 by January 1st.

Following the success of new group classes for Birth through Pre-K, the Music department is happy to announce group guitar and ukulele lessons and a new Preschool drop-off class. A new performance group, the DAC Children’s Chorus is seeking young vocalists aged 9-13. Registration is ongoing for one-on-one lessons for voice, piano, guitar and more.

Theatre classes create confidence that carries over into all aspects of a child’s life, as well as giving them an outlet for creativity outside of school. Each class culminates in a performance for friends and family. The newest offering, Think on your Feet: Intro to Improv, helps children apply quick thinking and adaptive decision making to the world of acting. These classes begin in mid-February, but early registration is recommended: classes can fill up!

Attend a visual arts class or workshop and unleash your creative spirit in a relaxing way. Whatever your medium of choice is, or whatever you’d like to explore, the DAC offers something for everyone. Both children and adults can make a semester long commitment to learn, or take one of our special workshops.

Information regarding all programs may be accessed on the DAC’s website at arts.darien.org, or by calling the office at 203-655-8683.