Arts Council Of Greater New Haven News - September 2, 2015

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September 8, 2015

From: Arts Council of Greater New Haven

Somewhat Off the Wall - September 12th

Somewhat Off the Wall, a unique art exhibition and party from which guests take home original works of art, will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 5-9pm at The Gallery at EleMar, 99-107 Shelton Avenue, New Haven.

This year's event features drawings, jewelry, paintings, wood, pottery, and prints by 50 outstanding artists who have each donated three pieces of their work. At 7pm on the night of the party, numbered premium tickets will be drawn at random. As each premium ticket holders' number is called, he or she will select a piece of original artwork to take home. Each of the 50 participating artists will be given a premium ticket making only 100 premium tickets, at $100 each, available to the public. An unlimited number of tickets to the party are available for $45 (these do not include artwork). Also available is a special "30 and under crowd" party ticket for $35.

Artwork will be on display to the public starting August 31st.
Hours at The Gallery at EleMar are Monday Friday: 9am 4pm , Saturdays: 9am 1pm. Closed Sundays.
Saturday August 29th: CLOSED
Saturday, September 5th Monday September 7th: CLOSED

Participating Somewhat Off the Wall artists include: Cheryl Albaine, Michael Allison, Cat Balco, Laura Barr, Hayne Bayless, Marion Belanger, Susan Bender, Alexis Brown, Joy Bush, Eileen Carey, Alice Chittenden, Karen Ciocca, Pauline Clifford, Greg Cochenet, Ted Culotta, Jessica Cuni, Jennifer Davies, Anne Doris-Eisner, Paul Duda, Roxanne Faber Savage, Joan Fitzsimmons, Joyce Greenfield, Larissa Hall, Keith Johnson, Charles Kingsley, Karen Klugman, Mary Lesser, Vanilia Majoros, Barbara Marks, Michael Marsland, Kiara Matos, Irene K. Miller, Christopher Mir, Jay Misencik, David Ottenstein, Liz Pagano, Shanti Rittgers, Ronnie Rysz, Gerald Saladyga, Mark Savoia, Inger Schoelkopf, Harold Shapiro, Alan Shulik, Judy Sirota Rosenthal, Marjorie Sopkin, Thomas Stavovy, Katro Storm, Alison Walsh and Trevor Youngberg.

Click here to purchase tickets and view images of artwork.

Somewhat Off the Wall is sponsored by Suzio York Hill, Walter and Martha Maguire, Thomas A. Martin and Harold S. Spitzer, Mark J. Potocsny - First Vice President/Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Wealth Managementand EleMar New England Marble & Granite with additional support from Affiliated Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Send in Your Nominations for the 2015 Arts Awards

The theme of the 2015 Arts Awards is Art Recharged, in recognition of the power of individuals and groups to respond to artistic and logistical challenges through reinvention. That may mean an inspired new use of space, resources, or activities that provoke and invigorate the greater New Haven community in new ways.

The Arts Council invites you to nominate the organizations, artists, and volunteers that have shifted your perspective with the energy of their work and the imagination of their mission. Who has reinvented, reimagined, reanimated, rejuvenated space, views, mediums, subjects, experiences, expectations, and made you excited about the future of art possibilities in greater New Haven, today and beyond?

Nominees should include organizations, visual, performing, and literary artists, directors, educators, administrators, and philanthropists who reside or work in Greater New Haven.

There is no limit to how many nominations you can submit - we encourage multiple submissions. Nominations can be submitted online at or emailed to The deadline is Tuesday, September 22nd at 5pm.

Thank you for your input The Arts Council relies on you to speak up about the art experiences that have made an impact on your life.

Arts Council Seeks Communications Manager

The Arts Council seeks a part time Communications Manager to develop and implement arts marketing initiatives, including communications with press and the public. The position is part-time (24 hours per week) onsite at the Arts Council offices.

Duties: The primary responsibility of this position is the promotion of arts events, programs, and artists in greater New Haven. Specific responsibilities include: develop and maintain social media strategy to market the Arts Council's and member's events. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter); update content on the website and approve website calendar listings; edit weekly e-newsletter; oversee/coordinate/proof Arts Council promotional materials such as exhibit postcards; assemble Arts Council program information, edit event calendar, and contribute story ideas for the monthly publication, The Arts Paper; maintain the Arts Council blog; facilitate Arts Marketing Network meetings of arts marketing professionals; write and distribute press releases, manage regional media contact list, and build relationships with press; produce and host monthly arts radio program on WPKN.

Qualifications: Requirements include excellent written and oral communication skills; proficiency in Wordpress, and social media platforms; ability to adhere to deadlines; and ability to multi-task. The Communications Manager must be personable and comfortable working with volunteers. A passion for the arts and knowledge of the regional arts community is a plus.

To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter and three references to: Communications Search, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven, CT 06510 or email Deadline: September 8, 2015.

Spectra 2015

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents Spectra 2015 in the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, at 70 Audubon Street, 2nd floor. The exhibition will be on display from September 11 to October 30, 2015. An artists' reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Spectra is the annual members' show of the Photo Arts Collective, an Arts Council program whose mission is to cultivate and support a community of individuals who share an interest in photography, through workshops, lectures, exhibitions, portfolio reviews, group critiques, and special events.

Open to Arts Council members, the Photo Arts Collective meets the first Thursday of each month at Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue, New Haven. Members include local professional and amateur photographers that employ a wide variety of photographic styles, which will all be represented in the exhibition.

For more information about this annual exhibition at the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, or about the Photo Arts Collective, call the Arts Council at (203) 772-2788 or e-mail the Photo Arts Collective at

Jeffery Starks at DaSilva Gallery

DaSilva Gallery
898 Whalley Ave, New Haven
(203) 387-2539

Jeffery Starks "Contemporary Abstract Oil Paintings"
September 4th-30th
Reception to be held on September 5th, 6-8pm

Following a long career as an art director and graphic designer, Jeffrey Starkes is now an emerging abstract artist working primarily in oils. His work often employs a bold, unconventional color palette, and is characterized by an arrangement of layered, overlapping, transparent shapes. To view more of Jeffery Starkes works, please visit

See Artwork by Jay Babina & Debbie Temple

Madison Art Society painters Jay Babina and Debbie Temple will be exhibiting their work during September and October at the Madison Town Hall, 8 Campus Drive, Madison. The public is invited to stop by and appreciate the beautiful art. The exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours.

Jay Babina is a painter with over 40 years experience as well as a practicing graphic designer & Illustrator. He works in watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as various drawing mediums. Currently involved in various art societies throughout CT, he paints both plein air & studio works and approaches art with passion and enthusiasm. Jay received his AFA at Silvermine college of Art and his BFA at the University of Bridgeport In addition to his painting and graphic work, Jay shares his skills and talents as a painting instructor at Artist View Learning Center in Madison and the Killingworth Art Center. He is represented by the Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, CT

Debbie Temple is a pastel painter and an active member and volunteer in many Connecticut art associations. She belongs to Glastonbury Arts where she has served as co-director for the "Got Art" series and chair of the Members Tent on the Green Show. She is also a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, serving as co-chairperson of their Renaissance in Pastel Show and a frequent assistant and member of the Madison Art Society. In her artist's statement Debbie writes: "I used to spend hours in my room drawing pictures when I was little. I have no idea where the original inclination came from, it just blossomed by itself. Sometimes I felt like what I drew literally came out of my hands without any effort on my part. Looking back now, I am grateful that my mother kept buying me more paper! I am naturally curious, visual and observant, so maybe that's how this affinity began in the first place. All I know is that I am passionate about creating art and just as passionate and committed to learning and improving..."

Women Making Their Mark
September 4 September 26, 2015

Susan Powell Fine Art ispleased to present Women Making Their Mark, an exhibit paying tribute to the long tradition of women who have struggled throughout history to gain recognition. While women weren't mentioned in the early edition of reference books like H.W. Janson "Bible of Art History," these 19 exhibiting artists have garnered numerous awards throughout their careers and many have been included in national shows as well as museum exhibitions. 60 paintings are on view including landscapes, still lifes, figurative, and abstract works. Join us on Friday, September 4, from 5-8 pm, and celebrate women and the end of summer.

Artists Represented: Kathy Anderson, Carol Arnold, Cindy Baron, Stephanie Birdsall, Kelly Birkenruth, Deborah Chabrian, Grace DeVito, Emilia Dubicki, Sandy Garvin, Carol Jenkins, Sarah Lamb, Roxann Leibenhaut, Anne McGrory, Susan Nally, Cora Ogden, Kimberly Ruggiero, Polly Seip, Claudia Seymour and Sandra Wakeen.

Susan Powell Fine Art is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11- 5 pm, Sundays and anytime by appointment. For more information, call 203.318.0616, or visit

Adae Fine Art Academy Student Exhibition

The Adae Fine Art Academy Student Exhibition presents artwork by students from this New Haven community art school in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. Kwadwo Adae, artist, teacher and curator, selected works from his students representing New Haven area citizens of all ages (7 to 100), backgrounds, skill levels, and experiences.

Opening reception: Thursday, August 27, 6 8pm
Exhibition Dates: August 27 through October 3

Gallery & Library Hours: Monday Thursday, 10am 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am 5pm
NHFPL Ives Gallery, New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT.


Located at 817 Chapel Street in the Ninth Square neighborhood of New Haven, this community art school has been working with children, young adults, adults, and elderly students since 2005. Offering no generic "Beginner" or "Advanced" courses, the Academy utilizes a unique method in the teaching; avoiding constrictive categories, everyone is taught at their own pace and is given lessons for development from the point at which they begin. This, along with allowing artists to choose their media and subject matter, works especially well with artists the Academy caters to during their offsite art lessons the elderly, young adults in mental health clinics, children in afterschool programs, and those in transitional living facilities for people with schizophrenia.

Live at LWT it's Steve Martin!

Long Wharf Theatre presents The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik in a vibrant, intimate and thought-provoking conversation with creative genius Steve Martin.

Wednesday, September 16 7PM

TICKETS: $75-100

STEVE MARTIN is a beloved national treasure and one of the most diversified performers and brilliant artists of his generation. Actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician, Steve is the recipient of an Emmy, four Grammy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar, to name just a few. We are thrilled to welcome him to Long Wharf, where you may have recently seen two of his plays The Underpants and Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

ADAM GOPNIK has been writing essays, commentary, and criticism on a vast range of topics for The New Yorker since 1986, and his work for the magazine has won both the National Magazine Award for Essay and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He is currently collaborating with composer David Shire on a new musical, Table.

Elm Shakespeare Launches Acting Classes

Elm Shakespeare Company (ESC) launches a new educational initiative: acting classes for adults and high school seniors beginning October 3 at Southern Connecticut State University (501 Crescent St).

Founded 20 years ago on education in the classroom, ESC works year-round with educational partners throughout the city including United Way, the Housing Authority of New Haven, Common Ground High School, and LEAP New Haven, to bring Shakespeare and theatre education to middle and high school students. Now ESC resident teaching artists are offering educational options for adults and pre-college teens.

"Just as dancers train and musicians practice, actors must always be working on their craft," says Elm Education Director Kate Fletcher, "These classes are designed to provide an environment for experienced actors to continue growing as artists, and for emerging actors to find their voices."

Introduction to Acting, taught by Jeremy Funke, is Ideal for everyone from novice actors interested in auditioning for community theatre to business professionals who want to work on their public speaking skills.

Students in Raphael Massie's Performing Shakespeare class learn literary, vocal, and physical techniques, as well as historical Elizabethan context, all to enhance their overall execution of Shakespearean text. Great as an introduction to Shakespeare, audition or college prep, sharpening current skills, or simply learning for the joy.

In December and January, Kaia Monroe Rarick leads two College Audition Masterclass sessions. High school seniors preparing for college theatre and music theatre auditions learn the dos and don'ts of this competitive audition process, including presentation, resume and head shot critique, and monologue selection and critique.

ESC's Education Partner, Southern Connecticut State University, where Elm's annual production is rehearsed and the set prepared, is now hosting these new classes on their campus.

Dates and times:
Introduction to Acting: Six sessions Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7; , 10:30am - 12:30pm

Performing Shakespeare: Six sessions Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7; 1pm - 3pm
College Audition Masterclass: December 5 and 12 or January 9 and 16; 10am - 12pm

Class sizes are limited. To register, visit and click on Eduction, Adult & Pre-College Acting. Questions: email

New Classes for Young Actors

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. has announced two new classes for young actors beginning this Fall hosted at Pantochino Studios in the former St. Ann School on Ridge Street in Milford.

"We're delighted to offer two unique learning experiences for young actors," said producer Bert Bernardi. "Our programming continues to grow thanks to the response of our shows and camps," he added.

"Sing Broadway" is a celebration of musical theatre both past and present. Students will learn songs and styles from a variety of shows led by Pantochino's musical director, Justin Rugg. For young actors age 9 to 15, the class will be held on Mondays, October 5th through November 9th from 4-4:45pm.

"Improv Workshop" is a fun-filled and creative exploration of improvisation. Each session is jam packed with a variety of theatre game and hosted by Bernardi. The class is geared to young actors age 9 to 15 and takes place on Mondays, October 5th through November 9th from 5-5:45pm.

Tuition for each class is $125.00 and enrollment is limited. Registration forms for both classes are available online at

Palette Knife Oil Painting Demo

The Hamden Art League will begin the 2015-2016 season with a palette knife oil painting demo titled Painting the Impressionist Landscape by local painter and pastelist Joan Jardine. The artist will focus on light and form, recognizing large masses and breaking them down into smaller masses. Composition, perspective and working on first color notes to achieve a cohesive landscape painting will be discussed.

Having lived in many parts of the country, studying and working with several fine artists and instructors, Joan began studies at the Cape Cod School of Art in 1995. There she discovered color and the painting knife, which had an enormous influence on her work. Recently she has been painting contemporary work featuring the figure and transitioning into the abstract.

An elected member of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and the West Hartford Art League, she is also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Connecticut Women Artists and Golden Thread Gallery. In addition to numerous one and two person shows, Joan's paintings have been exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, The P.T. Barnum Museum and The New Britain Museum of American Art. As a faculty member at The Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY and The West Hartford Art League, her courses are designed to pass on her expertise in color techniques.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in the Social Hall of the Miller Memorial Library Senior Center, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT. Coffee and conversation begins at 7:00 pm, followed by a brief business meeting at 7:15 and the artist's demo at 7:30. Free and open to the public. For more info on Hamden Art League visit

Grantwriting 101 Workshop

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven offers Grantwriting 101 Workshop
A workshop for volunteer or paid grantwriters with little experience.
Thursday, September 24th | 9:00 -10:30 am
Click here for more information and to register

Tenor Vocalists Sought for Holiday Caroling Group

The Connecticut Yuletide Carolers will hold auditions, by appointment only, for TENOR vocalists for the 2015 holiday season on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Branford United Methodist Church, located at 811 East Main Street in Branford, CT. To schedule an audition, contact Lori Cartwright at (203) 673-9485 or

The Carolers engage several Victorian a cappella quartets, costumed in Dickens-style costumes, to perform traditional and contemporary holiday carols at various activities all around the state, including senior residences and centers, shopping centers, private functions, and public events.

Must be able to read music; choral/theatre experience preferred. Adults only. Paid engagements. Major costume pieces provided by producer. Must have your own transportation, although group does carpool when possible. 5 to 6 Sunday evening rehearsals to be held in Branford, but we are looking for singers from all areas of Connecticut.

More information about the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers can be found at All soprano/alto/bass positions are filled for the 2015 season. To be notified when future auditions are held, please email