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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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Printing on Plaster – A Demonstration

Artworks by Tom Edwards

Artworks by Tom Edwards

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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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
23
10:00 AM10:00

Storytelling with Alisa

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Join Alisa Bowens (Artist Director, Choreographer, Performer, Instructor and Owner of Alisa’s House of Salsa) on this exciting journey as she reads Author Lillian Colon-Vilas, Children's Book  "Salsa". The Characters in the book come to life through Music, Dancing, Percussion and Language. We have had the privilege to introduce this program to Pre-schools, Children's Museums, Head-Start and Daycare Programs throughout the Northeast.

About Alisa K. Bowens (alisashouseofsalsa.wixsite.com/alisashouseofsalsa):

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 College (Northeastern University, Boston, MA), Alisa majored in Criminal Justice, but loved the dance class that she attended every Tuesday and Thursday.

After college, she went home to join the family business, a General Contracting firm which she ran for a while. After almost eleven years Alisa felt she needed an outlet, stress-reliever, some unwind-time; so in 1998, she decided to take a Latin “Salsa” dance class. Instantly, Alisa was addicted to the music, the movements, the life and spirit of Salsa dancing. After a few classes, endless practices, and a scuffed-up kitchen floor; Alisa and her then dance partner started performing at Local parties, Corporate Events, Dance benefits, Senior homes etc.

In the fall of 2000, Alisa started teaching at Southern Connecticut State University for the Multi-cultural Center. This began her career as a Latin Dance Instructor. In September of 2002, Alisa opened Alisa’s House of Salsa I, Studio Of Latin Dance, in New Haven, CT. In the Winter of 2003, Alisa’s House Of Salsa II, opened in Waterbury, CT. In the summer of 2004, Alisa’s House Of Salsa III opened their doors in Hartford, CT.  Entertainment is provided by Alisa’s House Of Salsa Professional Dance Company, the Latin Heat Dance Team. Since the House of Salsa has been open, there has been more than a 1000 pairs of feet to walk through her doors.

Performance History:

Alisa has opened for Grammy-Award Winner Rueben Blades, She was the lead Back-Up Dancer for M&M Recording Artist Hector-Bonet (Bronx, NYC). Currently Alisa is a Choreographer/Dancer/Performer with the Concert Tour of Morning, Noon, and Night, Featuring A.W. Nardi (West Palm Beach, FLA). She has opened for Jose Alberto “El Canario”, and has been on the show bill with Huey Dunbar, Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, Tiempo Libre, Eddie Palmieri, India (Salsa Palooza Tour), Spanish Harlem Orquestra, & Dee Dee Bridgewater (Summer Concert Series). She has also been an Accompany Dancer for Mi Cata (Afro-Latin Salsa band) and Marion Meadows, Jazz Saxophone player.

Television/Radio: Future Host Of La Mega’s Latino Caliente Latin Dance TV Show. Spotlight with News Channel 8 (ABC), Cinco De Mayo, Good Morning CT with Matt Scott, Arts & Ideas 10th Anniversary, It’s Your Weekend with Gill Simmons. Media Package with Power 104.1 FM Radio, Puerto Rican Day Parade. Radio Promotional Advertisement with Hot 93.7 FM Radio. Live Broadcast Interviews with 96.0 FM Radio, 1060 AM Radio. PBS Special Making it In New England & Live TV Interview with Songwriter, Cast and Backup Dancers.

Theatre/Concert: Shubert Theatre (New Haven, CT), Opening Act For the Caliente Concert Series with Tiempo Libre (Cuban/Salsa Band, Miami Based IMG Artist) Palace Theatre (Waterbury, CT), Latin Festival Pre-Show, Salsa Palooza Concert Series with Eddie Palmeri and La India (IMG Artist).

Night Life Promoter: Host of Latin Night at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino Ultra 88 Nightclub/Lounge, Indigo Lounge, NEAT Lounge, Club Oracle, Cafe Bottega, Lush Nightclub, The Blues Cafe, Sonomas Bar & Grille, Congas Latin Lounge, Miyas Sushi Bar, Burns Cafe, and many more.

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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

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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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Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Free Pastel Workshop

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Join artist Kate Henderson for this FREE introductory hands-on workshop. Participants will be introduced to different papers, types of soft dry pastels, underpainting, blending, and proper fixing. Some basic materials are provided. FREE and OPEN to all adults and mature teens. 

Registration is free, but recommended, as this workshop filled to capacity quickly last time it was offered. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-pastel-workshop-tickets-52409861306. Drop-ins will be welcomed if space allows. 

Free parking is located in a rear lot, accessible via Tour Avenue, behind the gallery.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: 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.

This workshop is 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.

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Nov
25
2:30 PM14:30

TEDx Preview w/ Lauri Robbins Ericson

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Westville's own, Lauri Robbins Ericson, organizational leadership consultant, will preview her upcoming TEDx presentation. Join us! Discussion to follow. Free and open to all.

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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Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Let's Play: Make Your Own Pizza!

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Join us for a special edition of our monthly story hour @ RAWA restaurant (838 Whalley Avenue). We had a blast making our own pita bread last year, so this year we learn all about how RAWA makes its delicious pizza, and even have a chance to make our own! We will also read pizza-themed books w/ Jaime Kane while our pizzas cook in the oven. So yummy! This event is FREE and open to KIDS of ALL AGES, and their adults.

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

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Nov
11
10:30 AM10:30

Sunny Train Kids Concert

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Join us for a FREE kids concert! Last year’s concert was so much fun, we just had to invite Sunny Train back to the gallery. Sunny Train performs a unique blend of traditional and original music that integrates yoga and creative movement. Enjoyable for all ages!

More 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. www.sunnytrain.com

This program is made possible with support from 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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Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talks

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Engage in discussion with KLG artists Edith Borax-Morrison and Hank Paper about their latest works, life, and process.

This program is made possible with support from 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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Oct
24
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.

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This program is made possible with support from 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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Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

Literary Happy Hour: "Being Well While Being __________"

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Literary Happy Hour is a curated reading and performance series providing a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. This event unites the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community – including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers – with an emphasis on writers of color, and other writers belonging to marginalized groups. Creating a radically inclusive performance space and creative community, Literary Happy Hour gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building. Literary Happy Hour is curated by Cultural Activist Hanifa Nayo Washington.

Presented during Westville Weekend of this year's CityWide Open Studios, our October event will center around the theme: "Being Well While Being ________________." 

There will be 3 featured artists. Following their performances, we are opening up the mic for all you poets, singers, writers out there who have something to say about wellness, wellbeIng, wholeness, etc. 

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

This program is made possible with support from the NewAlliance Foundation.

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