Friday, January 25 2013

Format: 2014/07/29

Friday, January 25 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.

 

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         

 

 

 

French Cinematheque: MAX AND THE JUNKMEN

 

Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich

MAX AND THE JUNKMEN
(Max et les Ferrailleurs)

Newly restored 35mm print!

Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Max and the Junkman

ABOUT THE FILM: Never before released in U.S. theaters, Claude Sautet’s elegant and sophisticated crime drama stars the great Michel Piccoli as Max, a Paris detective hellbent on justice at any cost after watching one too many wily criminals slip through his fingers. Following a chance encounter with Abel (Bernard Fresson), an Army buddy now working as a scrap collector (most of whose “scrap” just happens to be stolen), Max decides to lure Abel and his gang into committing a bank robbery ... so that he can then catch them red-handed. So Max poses as a wealthy banker and begins a series of illicit rendezvous with the high-class prostitute Lily (Romy Schneider), who happens to be Abel’s girlfriend, carefully dropping hints about a bank that’s just waiting to be knocked over. But there’s one thing the cold-hearted Max doesn’t factor into his diabolical scheme: the possibility of falling in love. A taut thriller with the heart of a great melodrama, MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS makes its belated arrival in American theaters in a restored 35mm print featuring new English subtitles by Lenny Borger. In French with English subtitles | 107 minutes.

 

Attack of the Space Nymphos from the Planet Uranus

Strange gaseous emissions . . . Amazonian female space aliens . . . items hurling from space heading toward planet earth . . . just another day at the award-winning Hole in the Wall Theater (HITW) in New Britain!

 Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus, the latest from local playwright Bill Arnold, will be making its maiden voyage on January 11, 2013 and first stop – Hole in the Wall Theater.
 
Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus is acomedy that pays homage to the classic Sci-Fi movies and TV shows from the 1950’s and features a wild array of characters, recognizable to anyone who’s a fan of this genre. 

Attack of the Space Nymphos from Uranus is written and directed by Bill Arnold and produced by Rebekah Poppel. Performances will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm from January 11 through February 2, 2013, with a 2:00 pm matinee onSunday, January 20,and an 8:00 pm showonThursday, January 31.

 Tickets are $20 for general audiences, $15 for students and seniors, and “Pay What You Can” night is Friday, January 18.
 

For reservations, directions, and other theater information, please go to www.hitw.org and/or call 860.229.3049.

 

The Orange Players present "The Cemetery Club"

 The Orange Players present the comedy “THE CEMETERY CLUB” on January 25, 26, and February 1 and 2, at the High Plains Community Center (525 Orange Center Road, Orange,CT), 8:00 pm. The show will offer cabaret-style seating so bring your own food and beverage of choice. No set-ups are provided. The doors open at 7:15 pm for your convenience. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (203) 988-5335.

 

“The Cemetery Club”, by Ivan Menchell, has been performed at Yale Repertory Theatre, the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, and the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway. Set in Long Island, “The Cemetery Club” is a comedy involving three long time friends who meet monthly for tea prior to visiting their husbands’ graves. Using humor, the play explores with richness of friendship and how sometimes the best of intentions can go awry.

 

“The Cemetery Club” is directed by Leo Meyer (Orange), who is long time owner of Atlas Scenic Studio, designing and producing sets for many great Broadway shows and touring companies. Assistant director is Pat Miller (Orange), President of The Orange Players. Marianne Miller (Orange) is the producer. Cast includes T.J. Chila (Milford), Dawn Reiss-Mellilo (West Haven), Mallie Massaro (Branford), Paul Templeton(Orange), and Barbara Stolarik (Orange).

 

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact producer Marianne Miller, at (203) 795-3906.

 

Long Time Gone: Words & Music by Bob Dylan

Long Time Gone, a theatrical biography, tells the story of one of the most intriguing and influential figures ever, entirely through his words and music. At intimate & historic, Lyric Hall, blues master Guy Davis & acclaimed singer-songwriter, BettySoo will perform the songs in personal interpretations.  Between the songs, Peter Landecker as Dylan speaks to the audience & re-creates interviews, one in each act.  

 

 

FRIENDS MUSIC SERIES

 

On Friday, Jan. 25th at 8 PM (doors at 7:30 pm) The Friends of the Simsbury Public Library presentsSinger Songwriter, Indie RockerTony Lee Thomas 
 
 
Imagine the energetic strumming of Richie Havens and the intricate finger work of Bert Jansch. Add a vocal style that summons Stevie Wonder and Martin Sexton. Then take a songwriting vocabulary as poignant as Ani DiFranco, playful as John Prine, and add commanding stage presence…booyah!

A student of voice from age 4, his vocal endeavors have included classical technique, various choral ensembles, even barbershop and doo-wop quartets. He has sung in, directed and arranged for many such projects and has gained a deep understanding of vocal harmony. Tony began guitar at seven years old, double bass at age 10, furthering his understanding of instrumentation and song composition. Tony's wealth of performance experience lends him the ability to connect with audiences spanning a multi-faceted scope: from intimate and poignant solo performances to momentous full-blown commanding vamps with his rock band, the Tony Lee Thomas Band.He has shared the stage with performers such as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother & The Holding Co., Quicksilver, The Mammals, Albert Cummings Band, Ellis Paul, Guy Davis, Dar Williams, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, and many more.Tony has performed at numerous well known and respected venues including The Bitter End, NYC, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ,  Theodores, Springfield, MA, The Muse, Nantucket, MA, Crystal Theatre, Okemah OK, Folk Alliance National Conference, Memphis TN; The Colony, Woodstock, NY, The Guthrie Center, Housatonic MA, Club Helsinki, ACME Underground, New York NY. www.tonyleethomas.com
 
 
 

FOOD-WATER-LIFE---LUCY+JORGE ORTA

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, noon to 5pm

 

The work of Lucy+Jorge Orta explores the major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change, and exchange among peoples. At the same time, this work embodies the philosophy that steers their pioneering art practice, “the ethics of aesthetics.” As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Ortas’ works are, in a sense, reflections of their own function—beguiling assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that actually purify water, and elements that they created for their 2007 expedition to Antarctica and that are part of an effort to amend Article XIII of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The works in the exhibition are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic. It is in their ability to actually function, albeit awkwardly and haltingly, that these objects gain power as works of art created to move us to awareness and action. FOOD-WATER-LIFE---LUCY+JORGE ORTA is curated by guest curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared, and is co-sponsored by the College of the Environment with additional support from the Department of Art and Art History.

 

"Parallel and feeding into their studio practice of sculpture and painting, [Lucy+Jorge Orta] stage ephemeral interventions, performances, [and] workshops, which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world."

Sublime Magazine (London)

 

Remodeling Zilkha (2012) by Janne Höltermann

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5pm

 

“Remodeling Zilkha” (2012) is a site-specific, two-channel video installation (8:16 min.) by Janne Höltermann, the Luther Gregg Sullivan Visiting Artist in Wesleyan's Art and Art History Department, that shows the filmed gallery space within the same gallery space. The two videos of the installation extend, compress and mirror the room using the inherent architectural characteristics of the gallery (repetition, segmenting, mirroring) to reconfigure space.

 

Geoff Kaufman & Magpie

 

For more than thirty years, Geoff Kaufman has been leading audiences to find truth, humor, and beauty in folk music. Whether singing sailor songs with his quartet, Forebitter; or environmental songs on board the Sloop Clearwater in the Hudson River; or in solo performances at coffeehouses throughout the Northeast United States and festivals in Europe, Geoff has entertained and touched audiences near and far.


Songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit—all of these are in Geoff Kaufman's ditty bag. Ancient ballads, work songs, and songs of love; poignant songs of people in struggle, humorous glimpses of human foibles, and insights into history—all of these are likely to be woven into one of Geoff's concerts.

Above all, at the core of Geoff's performance is his rich tenor voice and an exuberant love of singing. And part of that love is to entice audiences to sing along, to share in the exhilaration of full-throated vocalization if they wish. In this age of electronic overload and passive media pabulum, Geoff likes to stress the "live" in live performance, promoting participation, be it by voice or heart or mind.

Magpie - Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino
From the beginning Terry and Greg's interests in various musical styles have led them to be eclectic in their repertoire. Rather than confine themselves to a single style, Magpie has always embraced a musical rainbow, and with impressive proficiency in each different genre. From traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the nineteen twenties and thirties, to contemporary songs written by themselves and others, Terry and Greg cover a lot of musical ground. Terry is a gifted singer of jazz and blues in the tradition of Connie Boswell and Billie Holiday, but is equally comfortable with the subtle beauty of traditional folk and contemporary songs.  Greg is an outstanding guitarist whose fingerstyle approach owes a lot to his heroes, guitar legends such as Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Nick Lucas, Phil Ochs, and Rolly Brown. His playing is the solid basis of Magpie's sound, providing whatever is called for, whether it be a hard-driving rhythm, or a ringing lyrical beauty.

With the power of their delivery, Magpie is well-known for their performances of hard-hitting topical songs and as regular performers on Phil Ochs Song Nights, organized by Phil's sister, Sonny Ochs, since 1984. Politically, their viewpoint has been shaped by their life experiences.

 

 

 

Eastern Connecticut Symphony January Concert

 The Eastern Connecticut Symphony concert series begins the New Year on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8 PM at the Garde Arts Center.  ECSO Music Director, Toshi Shimada, conducts a program which features, Hyewon Kim, winner of the 2013 ECSO Instrumental Competition, performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank.  The audience members will also hear Sibelius Karelia Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No, 2, (the Little Russian.)   Pre-concert conversation at 7 PM with Gary Chapman; post-concert reception free for members of the audience.  Tickets are priced from $32-$62 with senior and student tickets in selected seating areas.  Call the ECSO office at 860-443-2876 or purchase them on the Internet at: www.gardearts.org.  For further information, visit the ECSO website at: www.ectsymphony.com or friend us on Face Book.