Jul
17
to Aug 21

Through the Camera Lens to the Photographic Print

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Join photographer Kim Weston for this 6-week photography workshop, meeting on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm between July 17th – August 21st. This class is open to both brand new and returning students.

About the Workshop: In this beginner to intermediate course, students improve their creative and technical skills. Through lectures, assignments and critique, students explore the practical functions of the digital camera and learn how to compose a strong and meaningful photograph. Presentations on historical and contemporary artists will introduce several genres in photography, such as portraiture, landscape, and documentary. Expand your knowledge of your camera’s aperture, shutter speed and host of functions. Be willing to push yourself to the next level to learn how to get what you see. Please bring your camera and five or more prints to the first class.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/through-the-camera-lens-to-the-photographic-print-tickets-63386202839

NOTE: Students sign up for the full 6-week session, not individual classes. The total cost is $30. 

About the Instructor: Kim Weston is a fine art photographer with a graphic design and painters background living in New York and Connecticut. She received her BFA from Cooper Union and is a recent MFA graduate from ICP-Bard College in Advanced Photographic Practice. Photography has allowed Kim Weston to teach, freelance in the commercial industry and be a visual artist. She questions how we can see the world when illusions surround us. Art promotes presence and an opportunity to see what’s true in our spirit and the discrepancy in our everyday. The gestures seen in her images are the product of chance and intention. kimwestonimages.com

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative.org). Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Pincus Family Foundation, and Kehler Liddell Gallery.

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Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Doonesbury@Starbucks: A Collaboration

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Garry Trudeau and George Corsillo discuss 35+ years of working together, focusing particularly on a two-year project for Starbucks from 1999-2001. During this time, Trudeau and Corsillo produced a wide variety of Doonesbury-themed products, from posters to mugs to figurines, that were sold across the country in support of local organizations working to boost literacy skills in their communities. Through this project, the team discovered new ways of producing Doonesbury, moving the comic strip into today's iconic style.

Tickets are $25 (+ tax), and limited, so preregistration is highly encouraged: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/doonesburystarbucks-a-collaboration-tickets-63828407485.

In the spirit of the project's original intent, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit New Haven Reads, whose mission is to increase the literacy skills of children by providing individually tailored one-on-one after school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank. The event will also feature a silent auction in further support of this local organization.

This is the second conversation in a two-part series, The Art of Collaborationcoinciding with Corsillo's retrospective, More is More, on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery, July 5 - August 18, 2019.

Garry Trudeau, social observer and American cartoonist, is best known for his creation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip Doonesbury, and has been drawing electoral commentary for nearly a half-century. Beginning upon his graduation from Yale University in 1970, Doonesbury is now syndicated to 1,000 daily and Sunday newspapers worldwide and is accessible online in association with The Washington Post. In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer, traditionally awarded to editorial-page cartoonists. He was also a Pulitzer finalist in 1990, 2004, and 2005. Other awards include the National Cartoonist Society Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 1994, and the Reuben Award in 1995. In 1993, Trudeau was made a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Wiley Miller, fellow comic-strip artist responsible for Non Sequitur, called him "far and away the most influential editorial cartoonist in the last 25 years.” Trudeau has contributed to such publications as Harper's, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The New Yorker, New York Times, and The Washington Post. In 2013, Trudeau created, wrote and co-produced Alpha House, a political sitcom starring John Goodman that revolves around four Republican U.S. Senators, who live together in a townhouse on Capitol Hill. While writing Alpha House, Trudeau put the daily Doonesbury into rerun mode. On March 3, 2014 the "Classic Doonesbury" series began, featuring approximately four weeks of daily strips from each year of the strip's run. He continues to produce new strips for Sundays.

George Corsillo is the co-owner and art director of Design Monsters, a design studio in Westville Village, New Haven, CT. George studied Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY where he earned his BFA. His first job out of Pratt was at Warner Paperback Library. From there he moved to Paul Bacon Studio where he was exposed to all of the major New York publishing houses. He had been Paul’s assistant for three years when he moved to Los Angeles to work for Gribbitt! Design Studio. At Gribbitt! he worked with major record labels (RCA, Casablanca, Soul Train, Columbia, etc.) designing album packages such as Grease, The Original Movie Soundtrack. After moving back to the New York area, George started Design Monsters, designing book jackets and interiors –– Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis; Famous for 15 Minutes, a biography of Andy Warhol by Ultra Violet, Lonesome Dove, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry (as well as the logo and title graphics for the TV mini-series.) Album package clients included: Jefferson Starship, Dolly Parton, Yoko Ono, Pat Benatar, and Bon Jovi. Luther Vandross and John Mellencamp were both musicians with whom he collaborated for many years, creating posters, tour merchandise, videos, etc. as well as designing over a dozen album covers for each of them. Since moving to New Haven, George has focused his career on posters, products, books and typography. Currently, he is the graphic designer for Garry Trudeau’s, Doonesbury – he colors the Sunday comic each week – designing his books and posters. He has also had the opportunity to design three exhibition books – War GamesHistory; and War, Myth, Desire – for internationally renowned photographer David Levinthal.

** This conversation is presented in part by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative) whose 2019 programs are made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Pincus Family Foundation. **

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Jul
28
to Sep 29

Plein Air Painting Workshop

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Join artist Chris Ferguson for this 3-part plein-air painting workshop. Class will meet the last Sunday of every month, from July – September, from 2-5pm. Dates as follows:

  • Sunday, July 28th, 2-5pm

  • Sunday, August 25th, 2-5pm

  • Sunday, September 29th, 2-5pm

Participants will meet at Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Avenue), and then head over to Edgewood Park. No experience necessary. Most supplies included (see below for detailed list).

About the Workshop: In this 3-part plein-air – (French for outdoors) – workshop, participants will learn the skills to paint directly from life. Painting from direct observation vs. a photograph requires seeing and painting in very different ways. Participants will use the oil medium to capture what they see, simplifying and translating the seemingly-endless amounts of information in their surroundings onto the canvas by focusing the composition, value and color. Participants will also learn how to work with the challenges that come from painting out in the elements. This workshop is open to all skill levels, from beginners and hobbyists, to those with ample experience.

To register, please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plein-air-painting-workshop-tickets-64064043278.

Basic Supplies included (for use during class):

  • 8"x10" canvas boards (2 per person)

  • Basic set of oil paints to share. Colors included: Titanium White, Ivory Black, Crimson Alizarin, Cadmium Red Hue, Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Viridian Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Cobalt Blue Hue, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber

  • Grey Matters Paper Pallette paper

  • Linseed Oil

  • Turpenoid

Supplies to Purchase/Bring to Class:

  • Brushes: Students should purchase an assortment of Bristle and Taklon brushes in a variety of sizes

  • Two glass jars w/ lids (think, recycled salsa jar, etc. – baby food jars are the best)

  • Rags (1-2 old rags for cleaning and wiping brushes)

  • Easel: We will have some easels available for use, but not enough for everyone. If you have your own easel, or access to borrow one, please bring it along, and let us know you plan to do so.

About the Instructor: Chris Ferguson remembers enjoying drawing ever since he was a small child. During high school, he attended E.C.A. (Educational Center for the Arts) in New Haven, CT, an experience that he says allowed him to explore his creativity in new ways. He then went on to earn a degree in Illustration from Paier College of Art in Hamden, CT, with the intention of embarking on a career in children's book illustration. However, he quickly realized his heart belonged to fine art, and has been painting and exhibiting his work for the last 20+ years. His work has been shown in local venues in and around New Haven, including DaSilva Gallery and Kehler Liddell Gallery. Currently, his primary focus is on local scenery and landscapes.

Note: Participants sign up for the full 3-part workshop. The total class fee is $40 for the entire session, including basic supplies listed above.

Please Note: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative.org), whose mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Pincus Family Foundation, and Kehler Liddell Gallery.

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Aug
3
1:00 PM13:00

Design the Album Cover of Your Life!

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This afternoon workshop is inspired by the design work of George Corsillo – a Westville-based graphic designer whose retrospective of work, More is More, will be on view at KLG. Using a relief printing technique, and under the guidance of teaching artist Ana Henriques, and Corsillo himself, participants will create an album cover of the soundtrack to their life. Participants are asked to bring 4-5 photographs or images that are meaningful to their lives. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Free and open to ages 11-14 years old. All materials are included.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-the-album-cover-of-your-life-tickets-63387265016

George Corsillo is the co-owner and art director of Design Monsters, a design studio in Westville Village, New Haven, CT. George studied Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY where he earned his BFA. His first job out of Pratt was at Warner Paperback Library. From there he moved to Paul Bacon Studio where he was exposed to all of the major New York publishing houses. He had been Paul’s assistant for three years when he moved to Los Angeles to work for Gribbitt! Design Studio. At Gribbitt! he worked with major record labels (RCA, Casablanca, Soul Train, Columbia, etc.) designing album packages such as Grease, The Original Movie Soundtrack. After moving back to the New York area, George started Design Monsters, designing book jackets and interiors –– Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis; Famous for 15 Minutes, a biography of Andy Warhol by Ultra Violet, Lonesome Dove, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry (as well as the logo and title graphics for the TV mini-series.) Album package clients included: Jefferson Starship, Dolly Parton, Yoko Ono, Pat Benatar, and Bon Jovi. Luther Vandross and John Mellencamp were both musicians with whom he collaborated for many years, creating posters, tour merchandise, videos, etc. as well as designing over a dozen album covers for each of them. Since moving to New Haven, George has focused his career on posters, products, books and typography. Currently, he is the graphic designer for Garry Trudeau’s, Doonesbury – he colors the Sunday comic each week – designing his books and posters. He has also had the opportunity to design three exhibition books – War GamesHistory; and War, Myth, Desire – for internationally renowned photographer David Levinthal. www.designmonsters.com

Ana Henriques received a BFA in Visual Arts at York University, after a gap year teaching in Hong Kong. She then trained as an art teacher in Oxford, UK, and is an experienced and skilled fine arts instructor. Ana's personal work – mixed media artworks on handmade paper or wall hangings – explore the spaces women fill and create, asking how the metaphysical or spiritual is used to elevate/explore the female narrative. She also explores destruction and regeneration, and the socio-political history of women. Aiming to disrupt the prevailing view of fine art, she uses elements of South American quilts and weaving as a means to subtlety subvert the notion that craft is used functionally and traditionally by women. The breadth of experience and perspective gleaned from traveling and teaching in a myriad of countries continues to inform her art and practice.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Pincus Family Foundation, and Kehler Liddell Gallery.

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Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Experience the Art of Pastels

Youth ages 11-14 years old are invited to join pastel artist Kate Henderson for this FREE introduction to pastels and beyond. Participants will learn the basics of using soft pastels, including application, blending, and underpainting techniques. Participants will also explore different papers, types of pastels, and proper cleaning and care of materials. The class will focus on fun drawing exercises emphasizing color and valued relationships and end with a final drawing from life. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required as class size is limited. All materials included for class use. Pastel sets can be purchased to take home for $5 at the end of class.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experience-the-art-of-pastels-tickets-63387774540

Kate Henderson received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She is recognized for her pastels and is featured in Exhibeo Art Magazine. Her work has been shown at Creative Tech week NY, The Lumen Prize global tour at The Auditorium on Broadway NY, Degas Society in New Orleans, New Haven Lawn Club, NEST in Bridgeport CT, Ridgefield Camera Works, Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT, BRAG at the University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport CT, Connecticut Hospice, Creative Arts in New Haven, Yale-Sterling Library, and Art Place in New Haven. For more information: www.katehenderson.art.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Pincus Family Foundation, the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and Kehler Liddell Gallery.

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Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

Artists in Conversation: Brian Flinn and Mark St. Mary

Join us in conversation with artists Brian Flinn and Mark St. Mary about their work, process and current exhibitions on view at KLG.

About the Shows: (September 12 – October 13 at Kehler Liddell Gallery)

Highlighting the futile quest of humankind to create permanence, Mark St. Mary reminds us that “objects, no matter how massive or solid, will deteriorate” over time. Unless, of course, “man takes on the Sisyphean task of trying to preserve them.” Interested not in what objects were, but rather, what they have become, St. Mary becomes a kind of preservationist. In this collection of abstract photographic images titled Static, St. Mary captures the “beauty of deterioration,” preserving a moment in time during the evolution of found objects.

Simultaneously, Brian Flinn plays with found objects and images and notions of order and disorder in his collection of mixed-media artworks titled, Permutations. Of the digital works and drawings, Flinn states: “They serve as reminders of the ease with which we can be overwhelmed or paralyzed by minutiae, but that we have the choice to embrace alternatives. Like any collection of elements in the universe, we are the arranged and the arrangers, the permutations of events and experiences that provide us a rich and complex life.”

About the Artists:

Brian Flinn is an artist whose current work uses both digital and mixed media. He earned his BFA in Illustration in 1990 from the University of Bridgeport and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1993. In November 2018 an exhibition of his recent work was held at Partium Christian University in Romania titled “Loss: Form, Texture and Symbolism.” He has shown in galleries throughout the U.S. including: The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Verum Ultimum in Portland, OR and Gallery 66 in NY. His work has been shown widely in Connecticut at a range of venues including: The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Bridgeport and Central Connecticut State University where he works as Associate Professor of Art teaching digital art, painting and art education.

Mark St. Mary is a mostly self-taught artist, he draws largely from a former career in landscape design. earned a BS in Floriculture at Texas A & M University and a MS in Biology at Bowling Green State University. His work has been exhibited at many galleries in the region including: Hygienic Art Gallery (New London, CT), Agora Gallery, (New York, NY), Westport Arts Center, (Wesport, CT), River Street Gallery, (New Haven, CT), Mill Gallery, (Guilford, CT) and Firehouse Art Gallery, (Milford, CT).

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Oct
12
5:00 PM17:00

Literary Happy Hour: CWOS Westville

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Literary Happy Hour is a reading and performance series curated by Cultural Activist Hanifa Nayo Washington that creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building. Each event will focus on a different theme and feature several artists.

Literary Happy Hour provides a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. Uniting the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community – including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers – Literary Happy Hour emphasizes writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups.

If you are interested in being considered as a featured artist for one of the events, or signing up for the open mic, please email Hanifa: hanifaw@gmail.com.

HANIFA NAYO WASHINGTON is a cultural activist who views her creativity as radical medicine for the heart and uses it as a tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa has been the curator for Literary Happy since 2016. Learn more at www.handsofhanifa.com.

This event is sponsored by ARTECON INITIATIVE and made possible with support from Kehler Liddell Gallery, the Pincus Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

Art Demonstration: Pastels

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Join artist Kate Henderson for a demonstration on the art of pastels during this month’s Second Saturday. Her current exhibition, “Dowsing for Water,” will be on view. Artist talks to follow at 5pm.

Kate Henderson received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She is recognized for her pastels and is featured in Exhibeo Art Magazine. Her work has been shown at Creative Tech week NY, The Lumen Prize global tour, Degas Society in New Orleans, New Haven Lawn Club, NEST in Bridgeport CT, Ridgefield Camera Works, Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT, University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport CT, Creative Arts and Art Place in New Haven. Simultaneous to this exhibition, Henderson will be exhibiting another piece about water for this year’s CWOS Alternative Space, an Artspace commissioned installation, “Searching for the Fountain of Youth.” www.katehenderson.art.

Presented in part by ArtEcon Initiative, a neighborhood-based non-profit and an outgrowth of ArLoW (Art Lofts West). The primary mission of ArtEcon is to produce and support free, or low cost, arts and community programs for all ages in the Westville West-Rock neighborhood. Related programming during this exhibition is supported by ArtEcon, whose 2019 programming is made possible in part with support from the Pincus Family Foundation and Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. www.ArtEconInitiative.org.

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Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Artists in Conversation: Kate Henderson and Roy Money

Second Saturday continues at KLG! Join us for artist talks with photographer Roy Money and multimedia artist, Kate Henderson, whose current exhibits are on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery.

About the Exhibitions:

In her most recent collection of multimedia artworks – Dowsing for Water – Kate Henderson dives into the symbolism of water. The artist notes the themes that run through these works – “finding the source, sacred waters, feminine energies, life force and healing” – all inspired by the element of water, explaining: “Water is a symbol of spiritual journeys, diving deep into the unconscious. It is the source of all life or it can take it all away … Water is our primal connection with Universal Wisdom.”

Simultaneously, Roy Money presents the results of a spiritual journey of his own with Lost in the Woods. The artist states: “Photography is a kind of meditation for me, in which I welcome what is before me in an awareness of our shared space and time. … Even inanimate objects like rocks have a life that is expressive of the elemental creativity of the cosmos.” Created during a recent artist residency at Weir Farm, Money’s images, he hopes, will “convey a sense of wholeness in what often seems like a fragmented world.”

About the Artists:

Roy Money started photography with a film camera and received an MFA in photography from the University of Delaware. During a dormant photographic period, poetry and meditation served to sustain his connection with creative awareness. A trip to visit his son in China enriched his sensibilities of the natural world and he reclaimed his photographic practice with new inspiration and resolve. Roy's work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows and is held in private collections in the US and elsewhere.  www.roymoney.com 

Kate Henderson received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She is recognized for her pastels and is featured in Exhibeo Art Magazine. Her work has been shown at Creative Tech week NY, The Lumen Prize global tour, Degas Society in New Orleans, New Haven Lawn Club, NEST in Bridgeport CT, Ridgefield Camera Works, Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT, University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport CT, Creative Arts and Art Place in New Haven. Simultaneous to this exhibition, Henderson will be exhibiting another piece about water for this year’s CWOS Alternative Space, an Artspace commissioned installation, “Searching for the Fountain of Youth.” www.katehenderson.art.

Artist Talks presented in part by ArtEcon Initiative, whose 2019 programming is made possible in part with support from the Pincus Family Foundation and Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. www.ArtEconInitiative.org.

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Sunny Train Kids Concert

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We’re all clapping our hands for Sunny Train!

They are back at KLG for the 3rd Annual Kids Concert at KLG! Sunny Train performs a unique blend of traditional and original music that integrates yoga and creative movement. Free and open to children of all ages and their adults. Fun for the whole family! The show will start promptly at 10am so please plan accordingly. There is free parking in a large lot behind the gallery, accessible via Tour Avenue, 2nd driveway on the left. You can enter the gallery through the back door. Front door is ADA compliant. See you there!

ABOUT SUNNY TRAIN: Anastasia "LaLa" and Christopher "ChiChi" Jankowski are professional musicians, composers, actors, playwrights and educators who perform, teach and create together. This husband and wife duo, both Music Together and Child Light Yoga trained, are the co-creators and artistic directors of Sunny Train Music in Locomotion. Performance venues include: Day out with Thomas, Foxwoods Kids Week, Misquamicut Spring & Fall Fest, Peace Love & Music Together, and beloved family events near and far. They are teaching artists in CT at The Madison School for Young Children, North End Arts Rising, Green Street Arts, Oddfellows Playhouse, Clinton Child Care Services, Music Together of the River Valley and more. More info @ www.sunnytrain.com

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Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Let's Play! Free monthly Story Time for All Ages

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Join us for ArtEcon’s monthly story time for children of all ages! This month’s event is inspired by Kate Henderson’s multimedia exhibition, and Roy Money’s photography on view at the gallery. Stories, songs and hands-on-art activities are designed and lead by teaching artists with backgrounds in Early Childhood Education. Free and open to all. Light refreshments provided.

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Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! Free monthly Story Time for All Ages

This month’s story hour is inspired by the design work of George Corsillo – a Westville-based designer whose work will be on view @ KLG. Stories, songs, and a hands-on art activity for all ages. Free and open to all ages. Snacks – including coffee for grown-ups! – will be provided. All materials included.

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Cartooning in General and Specifically

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For the first conversation in a two-part series, The Art of Collaborationdesigner George Corsillo is joined by two longtime associates – cartoonist and historian Brian Walker, and editor David Stanford – for a discussion about cartooning in general, with a specific focus on the book, Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau (2010), that the trio worked on together. Corsillo's retrospective, More is More, will be on view in the gallery.

Tickets are $15 (+ tax). Preregistration encouraged. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cartooning-in-general-and-specifically-tickets-63796576277.

Brian Walker has a diverse background in professional cartooning and cartoon scholarship. Since 1984, he has been part of the creative team that produces the comic strips Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois, both of which were created by his father Mort Walker. Brian was a founder and former director of the Museum of Cartoon Art, where he worked from 1974 to 1992.  He has written, edited or contributed to over forty books on cartoon art, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs and magazine articles. His most well-known books, The Comics – Since 1945, and a companion volume, The Comics – Before 1945, were published by Abrams in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Brian Walker taught cartoon history at the School of Visual Arts from 1995 to 1996. He has served as the curator for seventy cartoon exhibitions, including three major retrospectives, The Sunday Funnies: 100 Years of Comics in American Life, at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Conn., 100 Years of American Comics at the Belgian Center for Comic Art in Brussels and Masters of American Comics at the Hammer Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He was Editor-in-Chief of Collectors’ Showcase magazine from 1997 to 2000 and is currently the Chairman of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.

David Stanford is an independent editor working with nonfiction, fiction, humor and cartoons. He spent 20 years in New York trade book publishing, the second half as a senior editor at Viking Penguin, and 21 years on his own. He has worked with authors ranging from Ken Kesey, William S. Burroughs, and the Estate of Jack Kerouac to Don Dunphy, Stewart Brand, and Alice Notley to Charles Schulz, Art Spiegelman, and G.B. Trudeau. Over the past 40 years he has worked with Garry Trudeau on innumerable fascinating projects, and has served as Duty Officer of the Doonesbury Town Hall since its launch in 1995. He and his family live in rural New York.

George Corsillo is the co-owner and art director of Design Monsters, a design studio in Westville Village, New Haven, CT. George studied Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY where he earned his BFA. His first job out of Pratt was at Warner Paperback Library. From there he moved to Paul Bacon Studio where he was exposed to all of the major New York publishing houses. He had been Paul’s assistant for three years when he moved to Los Angeles to work for Gribbitt! Design Studio. At Gribbitt! he worked with major record labels (RCA, Casablanca, Soul Train, Columbia, etc.) designing album packages such as Grease, The Original Movie Soundtrack. After moving back to the New York area, George started Design Monsters, designing book jackets and interiors –– Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis; Famous for 15 Minutes, a biography of Andy Warhol by Ultra Violet, Lonesome Dove, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry (as well as the logo and title graphics for the TV mini-series.) Album package clients included: Jefferson Starship, Dolly Parton, Yoko Ono, Pat Benatar, and Bon Jovi. Luther Vandross and John Mellencamp were both musicians with whom he collaborated for many years, creating posters, tour merchandise, videos, etc. as well as designing over a dozen album covers for each of them. Since moving to New Haven, George has focused his career on posters, products, books and typography. Currently, he is the graphic designer for Garry Trudeau’s, Doonesbury – he colors the Sunday comic each week – designing his books and posters. He has also had the opportunity to design three exhibition books – War Games; History; and War, Myth, Desire – for internationally renowned photographer David Levinthal.

** This conversation is made possible in part by ArtEcon Initiative, whose 2019 programs are made possible with support from the Pincus Family Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. **

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Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

Artists in Conversation: George Corsillo

Join us in conversation with Westville-based designer George Corsillo. A retrospective of his work – More is More – will be on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery, July 5 – August 18, 2019.

Over the last forty years, George Corsillo has produced some exciting, and often iconic art. You have seen his graphic design on album covers, posters, and tour merchandise for John Mellencamp and Luther Vandross; on book covers for Carrie Fisher’s memoir Postcards from the Edge, Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, and Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero; on numerous projects for Garry Trudeau and Doonesbury. Corsillo has also worked with Yoko Ono, the Eagles, and Pat Benatar. He did the album cover for the original soundtrack from the motion picture Grease. He designed the book cover for First Wives Club. From albums by Jefferson Starship and Dolly Parton to the packaging of New Haven’s newest hip brew-pub, Corsillo’s work is everywhere.

You’ve seen George’s work. Now you can see the best of his work in one place.

The new retrospective More is More not only guides visitors on Corsillo’s personal journey, but also provides a glimpse into the development of the graphic design styles of the 80s and 90s. In the early days, Corsillo assembled designs with mechanical paste-ups, cutting and pasting to create press-ready art. Today, as one might expect, his work is all computer-based. His early work, in the forefront of Postmodern and New Wave design, helped transform the graphic design field. Appropriating pop-art imagery and modernist collage techniques, and using an irreverent approach to type and a shocking color palette, the end product became a rock-and-roll/punk style with a twist.

“More than anyone else,” Garry Trudeau says, “[George] makes me look more talented than I am, for which I am usually privately grateful.” Now, that private gratitude will become public, for all of us.  

George Corsillo is the co-owner and art director of Design Monsters, a design studio in Westville Village, New Haven, CT. George studied Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY where he earned his BFA. His first job out of Pratt was at Warner Paperback Library. From there he moved to Paul Bacon Studio where he was exposed to all of the major New York publishing houses. He had been Paul’s assistant for three years when he moved to Los Angeles to work for Gribbitt! Design Studio. At Gribbitt! he worked with major record labels (RCA, Casablanca, Soul Train, Columbia, etc.) designing album packages such as Grease, The Original Movie Soundtrack. After moving back to the New York area, George started Design Monsters, designing book jackets and interiors –– Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis; Famous for 15 Minutes, a biography of Andy Warhol by Ultra Violet, Lonesome Dove, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry (as well as the logo and title graphics for the TV mini-series.) Album package clients included: Jefferson Starship, Dolly Parton, Yoko Ono, Pat Benatar, and Bon Jovi. Luther Vandross and John Mellencamp were both musicians with whom he collaborated for many years, creating posters, tour merchandise, videos, etc. as well as designing over a dozen album covers for each of them. Since moving to New Haven, George has focused his career on posters, products, books and typography. Currently, he is the graphic designer for Garry Trudeau’s, Doonesbury – he colors the Sunday comic each week – designing his books and posters. He has also had the opportunity to design three exhibition books – War Games; History; and War, Myth, Desire – for internationally renowned photographer David Levinthal. www.designmonsters.com 

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Storytelling with Alisa

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Join us for a very special edition of Let's Play!, free monthly story hour for children of all ages, and their adults. Alisa Bowens – Artist Director, Choreographer, Performer, Instructor and Owner of Alisa's House of Salsa –will lead us on this exciting journey as she reads author Lillian Colon-Vilas', Salsa. The characters in the book come to life through music, dancing, percussion and language. Free and open to all ages. Light refreshments provided. Pre-registration encouraged as space is limited. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-play-storytelling-with-alisa-tickets-63031848957.

About Alisa K. Bowens: Alisa started her dancing journey at the age of three years old. Ms.Bowens – who is a classically trained ballet, tap, and jazz dancer – studied with Gloria Jeans’ Dance Company (Home Of The Worid Tap Dance Champions) for over 16 years. This is where Alisa obtained her Dance Masters Of America (DMA), Professional Teaching Certificate. In the fall of 2000, after a career managing her family's general contracting business, Alisa returned to dance and started teaching at Southern Connecticut State University. In September of 2002, Alisa opened Alisa’s House of Salsa. She has had the privilege to introduce her storytelling program to pre-schools, children's museums, head-start and daycare programs throughout the Northeast. For more information, visit: https://alisashouseofsalsa.wixsite.com/alisashouseofsalsa.

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Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talks: Amanda Walker + Alan Shuilk

Join artists Amanda Walker and Alan Shulik in discussion about their work, process and journeys, and specifically their latest bodies of work on view through June 30th @ Kehler Liddell Gallery.

About the Exhibitions:

Amanda Walker’s, “Drawings with a Chance of Narrative,” presents a series of vignettes, each with their own story to tell. Or at least, each with their own chance at a story to tell. The artist states: “I am fascinated by the point at which opposites meet: living death, open secret, excessive moderation, etc. There is both ambiguity and clarity within the small space where two contradictory ideas collide. It is this sometimes infinitesimal space that I want to understand. I use narration as a sort of wedge to begin the exploration.” Using water color and colored pencils, Walker “strive(s) to understand the duality inherent in our humanity and language using imagery from history, theater, and a little bit of pop culture.”

Meanwhile, photographer Alan Shulik is searching for a little bit of peace. The artist states that the title of his show (Quiescence), brings to mind images like “a very still, motionless body of water [or] rock formations under a starry night sky, cloudless and still” – both examples of images one will find on the gallery walls. Shulik states these recent works “reflect my pursuit of tranquility and peace in landscape and seascape images, as well as in life itself.”

About the Artists:

Alan Shulik is a fine-art photographer who lives in Guilford, CT, and has been a CT resident for over 30 years. Shulik has exhibited in solo and group exhibits in the USA as well as France. His work has won numerous awards and honors, and been recognized in exhibitions/venues, such as: The Art of the Northeast, Spectra (Silvermine Guild of Arts, New Canaan, CT), Images (Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford, CT), The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA) Richardson Symphony Orchestra (Dallas, TX – in a remarkable “photography concert” presenting a slide-show of his images to the music of American composers such as Aaron Copeland), Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and more. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Homes and Gardens, and Focus Magazine.

Amanda Walker was born and raised in Texas. In 2000, she moved to New York City to pursue costume design. In 2004, she graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in costume design. Within the last 10 years, a lifetime of doing art has combined with a career in theater. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and cat designing costumes and create art.

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Printing on Plaster – A Demonstration

Artworks by Tom Edwards

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Join artist Tom Edwards as he demonstrates the technique of printing etchings on plaster.

About the Instructor: Tom Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. He received a MA from Kansas State University, majoring in drawing and printmaking, where he also received a bachelor of architecture degree. Tom's work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibits worldwide, and is held in numerous collections such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Library of Congress (DC), National Museum of American Art (DC), Smithsonian Collection (DC), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), Baltimore Museum (MD), and The Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection (MA), to name a few.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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May
22
to Jun 26

Through the Camera Lens to the Photographic Print

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Join photographer Kim Weston for this 6-week photography workshop. Beginning May 22nd – June 26th, this class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm, and is open to both brand new and returning students.

About the Workshop: In this beginner to intermediate course, students improve their creative and technical skills. Through lectures, assignments and critique, students explore the practical functions of the digital camera and learn how to compose a strong and meaningful photograph. Presentations on historical and contemporary artists will introduce several genres in photography, such as portraiture, landscape, and documentary. Expand your knowledge of your camera’s aperture, shutter speed and host of functions. Be willing to push yourself to the next level to learn how to get what you see. Please bring your camera and five or more prints to the first class.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/through-the-camera-lens-to-the-photographic-print-tickets-61601717395

NOTE: Students sign up for the full 6-week session, not individual classes. The total cost is $30. 

About the Instructor: Kim Weston is a fine art photographer with a graphic design and painters background living in New York and Connecticut. She received her BFA from Cooper Union and is a recent MFA graduate from ICP-Bard College in Advanced Photographic Practice. Photography has allowed Kim Weston to teach, freelance in the commercial industry and be a visual artist. She questions how we can see the world when illusions surround us. Art promotes presence and an opportunity to see what’s true in our spirit and the discrepancy in our everyday. The gestures seen in her images are the product of chance and intention. kimwestonimages.com

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative.org). Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Pincus Family Foundation, and Kehler Liddell Gallery.

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May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Literary Happy Hour: ArtWalk Edition!

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Literary Happy Hour is a reading and performance series curated by Cultural Activist Hanifa Nayo Washington that creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building. Each event will focus on a different theme and feature 3 artists, whose performances are followed by an open mic.

Literary Happy Hour provides a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. Uniting the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community – including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers – Literary Happy Hour emphasizes writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups.

If you are interested in being considered as a featured artist for one of the events, or signing up for the open mic, please email Hanifa: hanifaw@gmail.com.

HANIFA NAYO WASHINGTON is a cultural activist who views her creativity as radical medicine for the heart and uses it as a tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa has been the curator for Literary Happy since 2016. Learn more at www.handsofhanifa.com.

This event is sponsored by ARTECON INITIATIVE and made possible with support from The Pincus Family Foundation, Kehler Liddell Gallery, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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May
11
12:00 PM12:00

Artist Demos during Westville's Annual ArtWalk

Artists working in a variety of media will demonstrate their process during this year’s annual Westville ArtWalk!

Ana Henriques: Mixed Media (watercolor, embroidery, paper cutting): 12pm

Lisa Toto: Mixed Media: 1pm

Kate Henderson: Pastels: 2pm

** Demos are presented by ARTECON INITIATIVE and made possible with support from the Pincus Family Foundation and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Community Conversations

Looking through the intersection of mental, spiritual and social justice lenses, our ability to see clearly and deeply on issues related to our health and liberation are central.  In the spirit of the “2 0 2 0” exhibit @ KLG, Enroue Halfkenny and Tagan Engel will discuss these notions of healing and liberation as related to their work and their lives together.  Enroue has a private practice "Healing and Liberation Counseling", which integrates mental, spiritual and justice interventions.  Tagan is the producer of her own radio show and podcast, "The Table Underground: stories of food, radical love and creative social justice.”  Tagan and Enroue will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in October 2019. With 23 years of partnership in life, faith, work, and joy, they welcome this opportunity to be in conversation together.  There will be time for questions and conversation among those present.

Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW, of Healing and Liberation Counseling, is an Awo (priest of Ifa) within the traditional Yoruba religion from West Africa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an Artist and a Healing Justice Activist. Through his consulting, healing and private psychotherapy practice, he addresses emotional, mental, societal, physical and spiritual wellbeing issues for individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.

Tagan Engel is a New Haven community leader, artist and activist on food justice, community development and racial and economic liberation. After more than two decades working in food and community building, her current focus is her radio show, podcast and website, The Table Underground: stories of food, radical love, and creative social justice. All of Tagan’s work from chef to organizer, parent to broadcaster is centered around the importance of relationships and empathy in healing injustice and the harms of white supremacy. As a white Jewish woman and Orisa practitioner, granddaughter of holocaust survivors and partner in a mixed race and faith family, Tagan welcomes the opportunity to be in conversation and action on both the internal and communal work of transformational change.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

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Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

"Dialogue in a Time of Discord," Panel Discussion

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To coincide with Kehler Liddell Gallery’s juried show “2 0 2 0,” ArtEcon presents the panel discussion, “Dialogue in a Time of Discord.” The discussion will be moderated by Leah Andelsmith of the Arts Paper. Leah writes: “Anchored by the artwork on view, the conversation will focus on how we can bridge divergent perspectives and what we can all gain by trying on another’s eyes. What are our challenges, what are our points of connection, and how can we sight our path to the future?”

Panelists include:

Salwa Abdussabur, Youth Program Developer, Artist, Activist, Lover, Fighter

Nathan Flis, Participating Artist and Head of Exhibitions and Publications/Assistant Curator of Seventeenth Century Paintings for the Yale Center for British Art

Toto Kisaku, Director, Actor, Playwright, Producer, and Artist in Residence at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas

Laurie Sweet, Art Historian, Activist, Doula and Founder of New Haven Resistance Choir

About the Exhibition:

20|20 ... 2020 ... 20/20 .... What do these numbers/what does this number call to mind? Impeccable eyesight? Fully knowledgeable hindsight? A prophetic projection of foresight? Or a particular year in the near future that looms large in the mind’s eye? 47 artists respond.

About Our Moderator:

Leah Andelsmith is a former teacher who works for the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, providing community-minded arts coverage for the Arts Paper and coordinating Make Music New Haven. Leah lives in New Haven and writes short stories about the strength of spirit and that which is in between. 

About Our Panelists:

Salwa Abdussabur is a New Haven-born artist and activist. They are a Teaching Artist and Youth Organizer for The Word Poetry, working and mentoring young people to be poets and culture creators. Salwa is a singer, songwriter, actress, and poet, who sung background for Childish Gambino during his historical host and performance on Saturday Night Live. Salwa is an up and coming artist with soul and consciousness that uses their voice and floetry to both uplift spirits and voices. When not “spitting bars,” leading workshops, or prancing around on stage, Salwa is speaking their truth at rallies and marching for social justice. They hope that by being a part of these transformative spaces, combining art and activism, collectives, and self-expression, they can help change the narrative of what it means to be young queer people of color.

Nathan Flis is an artist and curator, originally from Canada, now based in New Haven, CT. He is the Head of Exhibitions and Publications, and Assistant Curator of Seventeenth-Century Paintings at the Yale Center for British Art, where he co-curated The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World (2018), and William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum (2019). Like his work as curator, historian, and writer, Nathan’s drawings and prints reflect his interest in the relationship between the natural world (or what we perceive to be the natural world) and ourselves.

Toto Kisaku is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning playwright, actor, director and producer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has organized theater communities across the DRC and established K-Mu Theater in 2003 in Kinshasa, the capital. He spent the next 15 years traveling the world, producing and participating in plays. His work focuses on examining how people living in difficult circumstances can use theater to recreate their environment and improve their lives. Toto is an Artist in Residence at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (2019) in New Haven, CT.

Laurie Sweet holds a BA in Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr, an MA from NYU (Institute of Fine Arts) in History of Art, and a PhD in Ancient Greek and Roman Art from The Ohio State University. She taught Art History survey courses at Ithaca College for two years before moving to CT. For the last 7 years, Laurie has worked as a certified birth doula. Additionally, she has been involved in Nasty Women CT since 2017, and was the editor for the exhibition catalogue. In August of 2018, hearing about family separation, Laurie turned her attention to immigration activism and began volunteering for Immigrant Families Together. she is a sponsor for a young man from Cuba and an unofficial sponsor for a family of 3 from Honduras. Laurie was part of the coalition that shut down the tent city for immigrant children in Tornillo and is currently working to bring awareness to Homestead, Florida, another immigrant detention center. Laurie is also the founder of the New Haven Resistance Choir, and currently makes art that centers around protest: evil eye fingerless mittens for the March for our Lives participants or, most recently, "Enjoy Every Moment: images from the Texas border." Laurie’s next activist project will be a family-friendly mother's day rally to highlight family separation and child detention. 

** The panel discussion is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Pincus Family Foundation.


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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! Monthly story time for All Ages

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Join us for our monthly story hour led by teaching artists Jaime Kane and Ana Henriques. The morning will include stories, songs, and hands-on art activities inspired by the artwork on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery – a group juried show around the theme “2020.” Snacks (including coffee for grown-ups!) provided. All materials provided. Free and open to all.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This program is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

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Apr
3
to May 8

How to See and Make Photographs II

(c) Kim Weston, “Smoke”

(c) Kim Weston, “Smoke”

Join photographer Kim Weston for this 6-week photography workshop. Beginning April 3rd – May 8th, this class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. Basic photography skills are expected. This class is open to both brand new students, as well as students who completed the first class.

About the Workshop: This workshop is about creating and looking at photographs – how to see them, critque them, and how to take them to get what you want. Students should come with open minds and a willingness to challenge themselves. Visuals will be shown in the first part of the workshop, followed by students showing their work. Students will be asked to bring printouts of their images to be critiqued. A small body of work will be developed by the end of the workshop. Please bring your portfolio, or 2-3 printed images, and your camera to the first class.

NOTE: Students sign up for the full 6-week session, not individual classes. The total cost is $20. Pre-registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-see-make-photographs-ii-tickets-58993570357.

About the Instructor: Kim Weston is a fine art photographer with a graphic design and painters background living in New York and Connecticut. She received her BFA from Cooper Union and is a recent MFA graduate from ICP-Bard College in Advanced Photographic Practice. Photography has allowed Kim Weston to teach, freelance in the commercial industry and be a visual artist. She questions how we can see the world when illusions surround us. Art promotes presence and an opportunity to see what’s true in our spirit and the discrepancy in our everyday. The gestures seen in her images are the product of chance and intention. kimwestonimages.com

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative.org). Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

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Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

Don't Be Afraid of Your Taxes!

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Are you an artist or entrepreneur? Are you feeling the annual anxiety around tax time? Don’t stress alone! Join us for this amazing opportunity to learn from experts Bill Kalinowski, CPA and bookkeeper Linda Colman. Light snacks provided. Free and open to all.

Bill Kalinowski CPA, a partner at Burzenski & Company, specializes in the areas of nonprofit and governmental engagements. He is instrumental in executing accounting and audit functions and serves as a reviewer of financial statements for clients in numerous industries. He serves on the Board of Directors of Artspace Inc of New Haven and as the vice-chairman of the Town of Cheshire’s Youth Service Commission. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Linda Colman, partner at Dressler Santaus Colman LLC, has more than 35 years of experience providing bookkeeping services for many types of small businesses. She specializes in working with nonprofit and community organizations, providing customized statements that include fund accounting capability and budget comparisons. She studied jewelry design at the Tyler School of Art and is now a working sculptor in New Haven, CT.

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Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Reconnecting with your Muse: A Guided Conversation on Creativity, Art and the "Artist"

(c) Mark St. Mary

(c) Mark St. Mary

Clinical psychologist Marcia Hunt poses the idea that inside most people is a desire to make, to create. If you claim this desire, if you name yourself “artist” how does this change you? Do you feel the same pressure to express as someone who does not claim that title?  As an artist, what happens when you feel creatively blocked?  Why does this happen and how do you reconnect with your muse?  If do not name yourself “artist” do you feel the same pressure? This guided conversation explores the passion that pushes us to create and express — whether you name yourself “artist” or not.” Free and open to all.

“There are two kinds of artists in this world; those that work because the spirit is in them, and they cannot be silent if they would, and those that speak from a conscientious desire to make apparent to others the beauty that has awakened their own admiration.” 
― Anna Katharine Green

About Marcia Hunt: Marcia Hunt has formal training in design and worked in architecture for just under a decade before deciding to change careers, now working as a clinical psychologist.  For the past thirty years she has struggled with the desire to create.  Working in many mediums including architectural design, creative writing, pottery, painting, and sculpture — she does not name herself “artist”, but will claim to be a “maker.”

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

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Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Artist Talk

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Kehler Liddell Gallery artists Liz Antle-O’Donnell, Julie Fraenkel, and Matthew Garrett will discuss their work, currently on view in “Re:connecting.” More information: http://www.kehlerliddellgallery.com/exhibitions.

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Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Spring In Benefit

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Spring into Spring into Spring! ... w/ ArtEcon Initiative ... in New Haven's historic Westville Village!

5:30pm-7:30pm: We begin at RAWA Mediterranean Fusion Restaurant (838 Whalley Ave) for a signature spring cocktail and multi-course dinner, featuring sumptious food by former NYC Michelin Star chef, Salam Al-Rawi.

7:30pm-9:30pm: Then spring on over across the street to Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave) for champagne cocktails and dessert, as well as an art sale, featuring artwork by award-winning CT-based artists, and a spring-in drum circle with Billy Fischer.

Tickets: $85 (single); $150 (pair)

This event is to benefit the community programs of ArtEcon Initiative. Established in 2016, ArtEcon has produced over 100 free, or low cost, arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhood of New Haven, CT, reaching more than 4,000 artists, kids, and grown-ups, to date.

Please join us to celebrate ArtEcon's achievements, and help us continue to exceed expectations.

Free parking behind RAWA, Kehler Liddell Gallery (accessible via Tour Avenue), and on the street, as well as a pay lot on Whalley and Blake.

Can't make it? We greatly appreciate any and all support. We stretch every dollar – even a little goes a long way!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-in-benefit-dinner-tickets-56935021181

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! Monthly story time for All Ages

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Join us for our free monthly story hour for all ages! This month, we will learn all about printmaking with artists Liz Antle-O'Donnell (whose work will be on view) and Ana Henriques Flis. Refreshments (including coffee for adults!) will be served. All materials included. Free and open to all. See you there!

This program is made possible with support from the Pincus Family Foundation and Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

Art & Theater: Women's Voices

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A panel discussion with four playwrights from the Ivoryton Playhouse’s Women Playwrights Initiative – Waltrudis Buck, Rachel Carnes, Kathleen Cahill & Tori Keenan-Zelt – and four artists from Kehler Liddel Gallery – Penrhyn Cook, Kate Henderson, Ana Henriques & Kim Weston. Moderated by Laura Copland. Free and Open to All.

More information: www.ivorytonplayhouse.org/our-season/third-annual-women-playwrights-initiative

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Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concerts

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Bring-Your-Own Picnic Winter Concert Series concludes with Thabisa!

Guests are invited to bring your own picnic, blanket, camping chairs, and enjoy the music! Also available for purchase is delicious soup by SOPA! New Haven. Free and open to all. Families welcome!

ABOUT THABISA: Thabisa is a South-African born singer, songwriter, and multi-lingual performer, who blends African soul, jazz and original music. Captivating audiences with her sultry, yet raspy voice, Thabisa spreads messages of love, hope, and introspection - challenging us all to be better versions of ourselves. Thabisa's career took off when she entered Idols SA in South Africa and finished in the Top 18. The following year, she signed with an independent recording label and produced two highly acclaimed albums, The Journey (2013) and Eyodidi (2015). Arriving in New Haven, CT in the spring of 2016, she immediately jumped onto the music scene. With a unique sound that blends her eclectic love of music and a larger than life personality, Thabisa puts her heart and soul into her music and offers a glimpse of who she is in a tender and powerful way. More information: www.thabisamusic.com

ABOUT THE SOUP: Sopa New Haven offers a “soup-scription” service delivering warm, healing, homemade soups to the Greater New Haven area. Founded by Eric Rey and Alejandro Pabon-Rey. Their delicious soup will be available for purchase during the event.

This event is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the Pincus Family Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Artist Talk w/ Penrhyn + Rod Cook

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Join husband and wife photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook, in a discussion about their recent journey to Kenya, and their latest exhibition at Kehler Liddell Gallery: Vanishing Volume Two.

During their first journey to Kenya and Tanzania three years ago, husband and wife photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook, were struck by the majestic beauty of the African wildlife, as well as the intense sadness they felt for the tragic fate facing the creatures:

“African wildlife is vanishing. The reasons are numerous and manifesting themselves as if they were choreographed to occur in unison. … We are not experts on the incredibly complex issues that threaten the region ... We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it.” The collection debuted at KLG in September 2017, and then later traveled to other local and regional venues, including the New York Hall of Sciences.

Anxious to continue their investigations, the couple returned to Kenya this past year with the specific intention of documenting the Great Migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest across the East African plains. Unfortunately, unusual weather patterns kept many of the animals in Tanzania, where grass was still plentiful; a direct result of climate change:

“Scientists predict that in 50 years time, if we don’t spend more time thinking and acting differently in regards to conversation, species we know and love will be driven to extinction … humans could very well be one of those beloved species.”

Working to the undertones of climate crisis, the couple ultimately discovered new photographic opportunities in “the relatively untouched golden grasslands of Kenya.” Vanishing Volume Two presents a further celebration of “the magnificent animals still to be found in Africa.” While the original collection was composed of all sepia-toned images, the images in Volume Two include components of color.

Rod Cook worked as a commercial photographer in New York for the first 25 years of his career. His fine art career began in 1996 with “Cypress Knees and Tupelos,” nudes taken in cypress swamps in and around Savannah, Georgia. Since then he has created his own interpretations of botanicals, landscapes, masks, mannequins and statues, often incorporating other mediums into the photographs.

Penrhyn Cook says: “A black and white photographic workshop 20 years ago opened my eyes to photography and life changed for me. Photography became a personal search for my own vision of the world. … I started with film, but now work digitally.” For more information about the artists, please visit: www.penrodphotographs.com. 

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Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Let's Play! Stories, songs + art

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Join us as our FREE story time for all ages returns to KLG this month for a morning in celebration of animals and love. On view at the gallery – Vanishing, Volume Two – is an exhibition of photographs by Penryhyn and Rod Cook of African wildlife in Kenya.

Jaime Kane (beloved teacher at Westville Community Nursery School) will read animal-themed books and lead an animal-themed valentine making activity. Free and open to all. Snacks – including coffee – are provided. All materials included. See you there!

This event is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the Pincus Family Foundation and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Feb
6
to Mar 13

How to See + Make Photographs

“Smoke,” by Kim Weston

“Smoke,” by Kim Weston

Join photographer Kim Weston for this 6-week photography workshop. Beginning February 6th – March 13th, this class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. Basic photography skills are expected.

About the Workshop: This workshop is about creating and looking at photographs – how to see them, analyze them, and how to take them to get what you want. Students should come with open minds and patience. Visuals will be shown in the first part of the workshop, followed by students showing their work. Students will be asked to bring printouts of their images to be critiqued. A small body of work will be developed by the end of the workshop. The first class will be discussion-based, but please bring your camera. Pre-registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-see-and-make-photographs-tickets-54763193185.

About the Instructor: Kim Weston is a fine art photographer with a graphic design and painters background living in New York and Connecticut. She received her BFA from Cooper Union and is a recent MFA graduate from ICP-Bard College in Advanced Photographic Practice. Photography has allowed Kim Weston to teach, freelance in the commercial industry and be a visual artist. She questions how we can see the world when illusions surround us. Art promotes presence and an opportunity to see what’s true in our spirit and the discrepancy in our everyday. The gestures seen in her images are the product of chance and intention. kimwestonimages.com

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative.org). Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Feb
3
to Mar 3

Printmaking Workshop

Fall Landscape, by Tom Edwards

Fall Landscape, by Tom Edwards

Join master printer Tom Edwards for this two-part printmaking workshop exploring copper etching. Participants will create original copper etchings, and see and learn how to use a real etching press. No printmaking skills are necessary, but basic drawing skills are assumed. Materials are provided.

SESSION 1: Sunday, February 3rd, 1pm-3pm: Participants will prepare a copper plate for etching, by drawing with an etching needle on a prepared surface. Participants are encouraged to arrive with an idea of what they would like to draw, and welcome to bring sketches, or photographs for reference.

SESSION 2: Sunday, March 3rd, 1pm-4pm: Plates will then be etched off-site, and the second session will be about printing your plates on a real etching press. Participants will learn how to properly ink, wipe and clean plates.

CLASS FEE: $10, basic materials included for use during class.

Pre-registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copper-etching-printmaking-workshop-tickets-54653180133?fbclid=IwAR05CcvMRBk_14ssbTbl7QYo8Vk6TKcqavzvs3UgkvF7NcChQQFOx0-mefc.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Tom Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. He received a MA from Kansas State University, majoring in drawing and printmaking, where he also received a bachelor of architecture degree. Tom's work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibits worldwide, and is held in numerous collections such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Library of Congress (DC), National Museum of American Art (DC), Smithsonian Collection (DC), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), Baltimore Museum (MD), and The Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection (MA), to name a few.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative(www.ArtEconInitiative.org). Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop; market value for weekend arts workshops is $200/$250. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jan
27
5:30 PM17:30

BYO-Picnic Winter Concert Series

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BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concert Series continues with Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band! Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, and enjoy the sounds of this New Haven-based band. Also available for purchase will be delicious soup by Sopa New Haven! Free and open to all. Families welcome.

ABOUT THE BAND: Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band providing the best in fun, festive steel drum music for over 30 years. Most recently performing on the Wendy Williams Show our musicians come from many parts of the Caribbean including Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, and Antigua. Performing for many venues around the world. Best known for their high energy, lively, and rhythmic performances, covering a wide variety of styles including Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Latin, and North American music. You will "Feel and experience the sounds of the Islands" with Caribbean Vibe! More information: www.caribbeanvibesteelband.com

ABOUT THE SOUP: Sopa New Haven offers a “soup-scription” service delivering warm, healing, homemade soups to the Greater New Haven area. Founded by Eric Rey and Alejandro Pabon-Rey. Their delicious soup will be available for purchase during the event.

This event is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jan
26
to Jan 27

Weekend Pastel Workshop

Forest Beckons (detail) by Kate Henderson

Forest Beckons (detail) by Kate Henderson

Join artist Kate Henderson for this 2-day introduction to pastels and beyond. Participants will learn techniques of using soft pastels. Class drawings will be focused on representing a still life; participants are also encouraged to bring a few landscape photos to work from. No experience necessary, but some basic drawing skills are assumed.

DAY 1: Learn the basics of how to use soft pastels, including application techniques, value and color studies, underpainting and toned paper. Participants will also explore different papers, types of pastels, and proper cleaning and care of materials.

DAY 2: Participants will delve deeper into the particular drawing techniques used by Kate herself, from gestural to abstraction with mixed media.

Class Fee: $20. Basic materials, including a set of 24 pastels, are included for use during class. Sets can be purchased to take home for an additional $5 to be paid at the end of the class. Open to all, 18+

Pre-registration required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pastel-workshop-tickets-54415858297?fbclid=IwAR2KZWgFQlzXiLSpn0O24Wbhj0979_K8o-ejzTZKLhVb1zbsrLZve54y_Ew.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Kate Henderson received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She is recognized for her pastels and is featured in Exhibeo Art Magazine. Her work has been shown at Creative Tech week NY, The Lumen Prize global tour at The Auditorium on Broadway NY, Degas Society in New Orleans, New Haven Lawn Club, NEST in Bridgeport CT, Ridgefield Camera Works, Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT, BRAG at the University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport CT, Connecticut Hospice, Creative Arts in New Haven, Yale-Sterling Library, and Art Place in New Haven. For more information: www.katehenderson.art.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative.org). Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop; market value for weekend arts workshops is $200/$250. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jan
25
5:30 PM17:30

Literary Happy Hour

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Literary Happy Hour is a reading and performance series curated by Cultural Activist Hanifa Nayo Washington that creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building.

This month, come out to be moved by the writings and readings of three featured artists: Kelley Knight, Kristianna Smith and Steve Driffin, as we circle to reflect on the dream Martin Luther King, Jr. left for us to live into, protect and propel forward into future generations. Open mic to follow their performances.

About the Artists:

Kelley Knight is a classically trained actor, writer, and director born and raised in the Greater New Haven area. Kelley has acted professionally on various stages across the tristate area and beyond for 11 years. Her credits include The Vagina Monologues and Canary Cockroach Phoenix. Kelley began writing at a very young age and has been featured as a writer/performer at Storytellers New Haven and Urban Perspectives at Citywide Open Studios.

Steve Driffin, Writer/Director, was born in New Haven, CT, but raised in Brooklyn, NY and in South Carolina after his mother relocated. He completed undergraduate school at the University of South Carolina and eventually went back to his birthplace after graduation. Steve has been writing stories for most of his life. Later, he was inspired by Black Filmmakers like Spike Lee and Julie Dash and a host of other visionaries and wanted to create and produce film. Steve aslo became actively engaged in the community after he saw the impact drugs and crime had on his neighborhood. Because filmmaking was expensive and a hard industry to break into, he began speaking to these ills by using his God-given gift of writing and using the medium of theatre. Steve became a well-known, local playwright and produced many independent plays over the years and can presently add the title "Filmmaker" to his moniker as he most recently completed his first independent film that he wrote, directed and produced. Steve is a very proud father of two daughters, Kendall and Kayla.

Kristianna Smith is the owner of Via Arts LLC. A facilitator, theater artist, amateur blogger and educator. She has spent over a decade working to reinvigorate the human experience through theater arts. Through arts-based programming, Kristianna collaborates with her partners to increase their accessibility to address the difficult topics of privilege, equity, oppression, and creativity within their communities. Kristianna has been exploring her journey through pregnancy and parenthood through her blog, The Curless Journey. In 2018, she received The Future is Now Award from CWEALF for both her personal and professional work.

About the Curator: Hanifa Nayo Washington is a cultural activist who views her creativity as radical medicine for the heart and uses it as a tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa has been the curator for Literary Happy since 2016. Learn more at www.handsofhanifa.com.

About the Event: Literary Happy Hour provides a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. Uniting the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community – including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers – Literary Happy Hour emphasizes writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups.

If you are interested in being considered as a featured artist for one of the events, or signing up for the open mic, please email Hanifa: hanifaw@gmail.com.

This event is sponsored by ARTECON INITIATIVE and made possible with support from Kehler Liddell Gallery, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Open Crit for Visual Artists

Bring your works-in-progress, or works-in-need-of-feedback, and join us for a friendly critique session. All skills welcome. Free and open to all.

This program is made possible with support The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Dec
16
5:00 PM17:00

BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concert

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BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concert Series begins! The first event will feature Bivolita Chamber Klezmer Orchestra. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic, and/or enjoy tasting scrumptious soup by Sopa. The event is free and open to all, and is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative.

Bivolița (bee-vo-lee-tsa) draws its repertoire from the early European sources of Jewish wedding music but finds contemporary interpretations that draw on the diverse musical experiences of its members. We are grounded in a democratic, chamber music approach to performance, and our dance tunes move between the drive of an Appalachian hoedown and the stately exuberance of a renaissance dance.

More about the band: www.bivolitaklezmer.bandcamp.com

Made possible with support from NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Free Printmaking Workshop

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Bring the whole family and join master printer Tom Edwards in a printmaking demonstration and hands-on workshop for all ages! See and learn how to use a real etching press, and try your hand at creating a dry point etching on plexiglass.

Registration is free, and required to reserve your spot, though there may be walk-in availability if the workshop does not fill to capacity. Free and open to all. Basic materials included.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Tom Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. He received a MA from Kansas State University majoring in drawing and printmaking where he also received a bachelor of architecture degree.

Tom's work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibits worldwide, and is held in numerous collections such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Library of Congress (DC), National Museum of American Art (DC), Smithsonian Collection (DC), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), Baltimore Museum (MD), and The Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection (MA), to name a few.

This program presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from the New Alliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

(Banner Image: "Fall Landscape," etching by Tom Edwards)

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