The Norwalk Art Space is Pleased to Announce That It Will Open Its Doors to The Public on June 5, 2021

Arts and Entertainment

June 2, 2021

From: The Norwalk Art Space

Norwalk, CT -- The Norwalk Art Space is pleased to announce that it will open its doors to the public on June 5, 2021, 12pm - 7pm. The opening follows an 18-month redevelopment and remodeling of the building , named ADK House, after its founder Alexandra Davern Korry (1959-2020). The Norwalk Art Space is located adjacent to Mathews Park.

The opening weekend will feature:

-- A group exhibition by our Resident Artists and Korry Fellows, curated by Artistic Director Duvian Montoya, and Curatorial and Policy Advisor Nicole Sansone Ruiz, PhD.
-- The opening of our Sculpture Garden, curated by sculptural curator Yvonne Shortt.
-- An outdoor live music festival, orchestrated by Musical Director David DeJesus, on June 5, 12pm - 7pm and June 6, 12pm - 5pm.
-- The opening of the Art Space Cafe by celebrated Chef Bill Taibe.
-- The opening of educational facilities under the supervision of Educational Directors Duvian Montoya and Darcy Hicks.
-- The launch of our new website and social media platform headed by Director of Communication and Space Manager, Canyon Sharits, and Director of Design and Community Ambassador, Raf Santella (aka Five Fingaz).

Admission is free and open for all to enjoy.

“The Norwalk Art Space is a wonderful addition to our community. Norwalk is a vibrant place with a deep connection to the arts, museums, galleries, and culture, and the Norwalk Art Space is a perfect fit in a truly unique location. Students, artists, and visitors all have a place to enjoy and experience right in their own community. Many thanks to Alexandra Korry, and congratulations to Duvian, Canyon and the entire Norwalk Art Space team — we are thrilled to have this new museum in Norwalk.” said Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling.

“The arts play an integral role in our communities. Our galleries and museums not only serve as institutions of inspiration and education but also sources of enrichment. That is why I am so excited to mark the opening of the Norwalk Art Space! The Norwalk Art Space will be a place that celebrates the work of artists across mediums and will expose visitors to new creative and innovative heights. I can’t wait for the community to experience all the Norwalk Art Space has to offer,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz.

About our First Art Exhibition and our Resident Artists and Korry Fellows

Starting on June 5, The Norwalk Art Space will host its first exhibition, open to the public free of charge. The exhibition, curated by our Artistic Director Duvian Montoya, and Curatorial Advisor Nicole Sansone Ruiz, will feature select pieces from each of our four Resident Artists and five Korry Fellows, and will give the public a sample of the year ahead. Community tours of the exhibition and space will take place at 1:30pm and 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday with the Artistic Director and participating Artists. The exhibition will last five weeks, through July 15, and will be followed by our first Korry Fellow Exhibition featuring Norwalk’s own Jahmane West.

Our inaugural Korry Fellows, whose work will be exhibited, are:
Tara Blackwell - Woman empowering pop artist - Stamford/Norwalk - https://www.bwellstudios.com/about
Joe Fucigna - Multimedia abstract sculptor/painter - Redding/Norwalk - https://www.fucigna.com/
Lizzy Rockwell - Book illustrator and quilt maker - Bridgeport/Norwalk - https://www.lizzyrockwell.com/the-all-together-quilt
Kelly Rossetti - Abstract expressionist painter - Westport - https://www.kellyrossetti.com/
Jahmane West - Socially aware multimedia artist - Norwalk - https://www.artofjahmane.com/

Our inaugural Resident Artists, whose work will also be exhibited, are:
Francisco Mandujano - Sculptor/creature creator - Norwalk - https://www.youtube.com/c/FrankyDCrafter/about
Lorena Sferlazza - Contemporary painter/photographer - Norwalk - https://www.lorenasferlazza.com/
Remy Sosa - Mixed media painter and collage artist - Norwalk - https://www.needsrum.space/mixed-media
Emily Teall - Multimedia sculptor/painter and installation artist - Stamford - https://www.emilyteall.com/

Korry Fellows and Resident Artists were selected through a rigorous, highly-competitive process for their artistic excellence, talent, body of work, reputation in the community, and interest in teaching, mentoring and public engagement.

About our Sculpture Garden

Our sculpture garden, curated by Yvonne Shortt, is intended to be a dynamic link between The Norwalk Art Space museum and the adjoining community. The garden aims to inspire interaction and conversation in an artistic, welcoming environment. We have one permanent sculpture and three rotating sculptures which will change every two years. There will be public programming associated with each piece and around public art in general, as well as educational programs offering hands-on learning. The sculptures exhibited for our opening year include:

A permanent sculpture by Connecticut-based artist, Gilbert Boro, titled “After the Race III”, which evokes memories of sailing on Long Island Sound.

Curator Yvonne Shortt’s "Afro Pick: Don’t Go, Don’t Grow," which draws from her own experiences as both a mother and a daughter. It depicts a moment of transition; of taking ownership and letting go. It does so using an afro pick base, an object with a rich 5,500 cultural history.

Yves Franciois Wilson’s “Janus of the Hollow,” which documents the artist’s grandfather’s journey from serving as a young Marine in South Carolina to working as one of the first black foremen at a shipyard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Resident Artist Emily Teall’s “Tulip Bulb,” which draws on natural imagery of bulbs and wombs to evoke a gestation period in which the visitor can grow through introspection and reflection before emerging into the community.

About Our Team

We have assembled an extraordinary group of talented individuals to manage and guide our operations, fill our Space with art and music, and teach and mentor our students. Our core team includes:
Duvian Montoya, Artistic and Educational Director
Canyon Sharits, Communications Director and Space Manager
David DeJesus, Musical Director
Darcy Hicks, Educational Co-Director
Raf Santella, Director of Design and Community Ambassador
Yvonne Shortt, Sculpture Garden Curator
Nicole Sansone Ruiz, PhD, Policy and Curatorial Advisor

About Our Cafe

Our Art Space Cafe is a destination for museum visitors, artists and students. It will be operated by acclaimed chef and restaurateur Bill Taibe and his team—Andrea Dinan, Caitlin McGowan and Kelly Clement. The Cafe will offer carefully crafted coffees, teas, pastries and lite fare. Inspired by Alexandra’s vision, it will highlight local culinary artisans and their products. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.

About Our Restoration and Redevelopment

Our building, ADK House, has been completely redeveloped and remodeled over the last 18 months to achieve the vision laid out by Alexandra Korry. The extraordinary team that completed the work was led by architect Rick Hoag, master builders David DiScala and Neal Esposito, and landscape architects Wesley Stout and Thomas Cross.

About The Norwalk Art Space, ADK House, and our Founder

The Norwalk Art Space was founded and built by Alexandra Davern Korry (1959-2020), a trailblazing M&A lawyer, educator, civil rights advocate, and philanthropist. Alexandra’s goals in creating and funding The Norwalk Art Space were to enhance opportunities and equity in the local arts community by promoting local artists, offering free educational opportunities to underserved students, and providing the public a beautiful, welcoming space to enjoy art and music. Our building, ADK House, which was named for Alexandra, includes a museum, sculpture garden and studios for artists, as well as a classroom and workspaces for students. Our museum, music events and classes will be open to the public free of charge.

The Norwalk Art Space is located in ADK House at 455 West Avenue, Norwalk Connecticut.

Hours of operation:
Opening Weekend Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm
Monday and Tuesday - Closed
Cafe Hours
Wednesday - Sunday 9am - 4pm
Monday and Tuesday - Closed

Additional Parking in Matthews Park

For more information on our exhibits, classes, music, cafe and more visit www.thenorwalkartspace.org or email info@thenorwalkartspace.org.