May
27
4:00 PM16:00

Testimonials Film Screening

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How can we create unity in our community when we choose to ignore the stories of those who have been marginalized? Throughout history storytelling has been utilized as a way of connecting people. The sharing of personal experiences and emotions creates empathy and facilitates crucial dialogues. 

In light of the #METOO movement, Nasty Women CT collected and documented stories from all people who chose to share their story over the last several months. 

Come and learn more about the people in your community, share, listen, and support. Screening followed by a discussion with Luciana Q. McClure, Founder of Nasty Women CT, and the filmmaker, Louisa de Cossy

Free and open to all.
 

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Community Conversation: Beauty and Love as Resistance

 Image: "Shadow Siren," by Nina Chung

Image: "Shadow Siren," by Nina Chung

Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW, of Healing and Liberation Counseling, will facilitate a community conversation at Kehler Liddell Gallery during the 2nd annual juried exhibition: "How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?" (Shakespeare) Enroue will connect participants with the artworks to inspire and prompt conversations about the relevance of this question in their and our lives. How can we as communities and individuals stay connected to love, beauty, liberation, and freedom in times of suffering, rage, and despair? Is it possible to connect with these values and experiences even as our eyes are open to the unpleasant realities around us? What helps us to do so? What hinders us from doing so?

Enroue Halfkenny Enroue Halfkenny is a U.S. born, multiracial, black, cisgendered, heterosexual male of African, Irish, Swedish, Mi’kmaq and Cherokee descent. He is an Awo (priest of Ifa) within the traditional Yoruba religion from West Africa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is an Artist and a Healing Justice Activist.  Through his consulting, healing and private psychotherapy practice, Healing and Liberation Counseling, he addresses emotional, mental, societal, physical and spiritual wellbeing issues for individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. 

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, 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
12
11:00 AM11:00

Westville's Annual ArtWalk

ArtEcon Initiative is sponsoring several events during Westville's Annual ArtWalk.

@ Edgewood Park, 11am-3pm: Find us in the park for Recycled Bottle Bubble Painting!

@ Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Avenue): Demos!

  • 12pm-1pm: Hilary Opperman, Encaustic Collage
  • 2pm-3pm: Amanda Walker, Drawing and Watercolor
  • 4pm-5pm: Kwadwo Adae, Painting

 

These programs are made possible in part with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, 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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Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Panel Discussion: "How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?" (Shakespeare)

 Image: "Shadow Siren," by Nina Chung

Image: "Shadow Siren," by Nina Chung

“What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant?” asks Alex Ross in the 2017 New Yorker magazine article “Making Art in a Time of Rage.” Ross later references a London gallery that, in the midst of World War II, prefaced the exhibition catalogue for Jacob Epstein’s flower paintings with a quote from Shakespeare: “How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea?”

It’s an age-old question. Are we as artists responsible for creating challenging works and addressing critical issues of our time head on? Are other expressions trite or selfish acts of escapism? Or can beauty be powerful? Can the act of creating beauty during a time of ugliness be a form of resistance in itself, offering a vision of all that humans can aspire to? Fifty-three artists offer responses to this question in Kehler Liddell Gallery's 2nd annual juried show, April 26th – May 27th, 2018.

Moderated by Lucy Gellman, Editor of The Arts Paper, the panel discussion will focus on the central question of the exhibition. Panelists include: Kwadwo Adae, artist, muralist and founder/owner of Adae Fine Art Academy, Luciana McClure, artist and founder of Nasty Women CT, and Ted Efremoff, artist and associate professor at Central CT State University.

Lucy Gellman, Editor of The Arts Paper (www.artspaper.org): Lucy is a lapsed art historian who loves wordplay almost as much as community building. Prior to her time at The Arts Paper she was a reporter at the New Haven Independent and station manager at WNHH Community Radio, where she still produces and hosts Kitchen Sync, a show about food and New Haven. 

Kwadwo Adae, Artist/Muralist & Owner of Adae Fine Art Academy: Kwadwo Adae is a visual artist, muralist, and founder the Adae Fine Art Academy, an independent art school located in the Ninth Square of Downtown New Haven that provides drawing and painting instruction for children, young adults, and adults. He also runs a Mobile Art Studio service that provides on site art lessons to elderly artists in the Alzheimer's & dementia ward of Brookdale Senior Living in Woodbridge; for children in after school programs at the Foote School, for adults at the Parents' Foundation a transitional living facility for people living with schizophrenia,    and he runs the young adult art group at the West Haven Mental Health Clinic. Adae partners with Arte, Inc. a Fair Haven based nonprofit Latino services organization that allows the Mobile Art Studio to provide art lessons to children after school programs and senior artists at Casa Otoñal free of charge. When he is not teaching, Adae is fully committed to contributing to the discourse of public art in our community by installing murals. To date he has installed 9 murals in the Greater New Haven area, 2 in Guatemala, and one in India. He was the recipient of an FY18 project grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts and is currently fundraising for the installation of 18 x 106 foot mural on the Farmington Canal Greenway with the theme of Women's Empowerment beginning this summer.

Luciana McClure, Artist & Founder of Nasty Women CT: Luciana McClure is a multi visual artist, photographer and educator. She is the founding organizer of the Nasty Women movement in New Haven and leads Nasty Women Connecticut. Using art as a vehicle for communication, Lucy and the Nasty Women created a platform for organization and resistance to the current administration and its policies. Nasty Women Connecticut seeks to unite and mobilize our communities through the arts, collaborate with other local organizations that share a philosophy of equality to all, and create a platform of inclusion through the arts and its accessibility to all people.

Ted Efrenoff, Artist & Associate Professor at Central CT State University: Ted Efremoff, born in Moscow, Russia, is a cross-disciplinary artist engaged with performance, video, installation and social practice. Spurred by his personal interest in social justice, he envisions creative collaborative activity as an instrument that builds critical relationships between people. His art explores the personal and cultural constraints ingrained within prevailing political, economic, and social power structures. In the U.S. Efremoff has presented his work at Winkleman and Sideshow galleries in New York City, The Museum of American Art in Philadelphia, Free Speech TV and many other venues. Internationally his work has been seen at the Gongju National Museum in South Korea, The National Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria and The Center for Social Innovation in Vienna, Austria. His work is in the collections of the Sound Museum of Rome, The Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts and the Culture House of Bad Sobernheim, Germany. He is also currently an Associate Professor of Photo, Video and New Media at Central Connecticut State University, and teaches a course called "Social Practice in Art."

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, 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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Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talks

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Join us in a discussion with artists Marjorie Gillette Wolfe and Tom Edwards about their work and process, specifically in relation to their latest bodies of work.

Marjorie Gillette Wolfe has been a photographer for four decades, and was an art teacher for 37 years. A New Haven native, her work often centers on structures, landscape, organic processes, and the environments in which they occur. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master’s degree from Wesleyan University. Wolfe was a 2012 recipient of the CT Artist Fellowship. For more information, visit www.marjoriewolfe.net

Tom Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts, with a major in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. His work has been exhibited extensively, and is held in numerous collections such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Library Congress (DC), Smithsonian Collection (DC), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT) and the Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection.

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, 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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Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! w/ Special Guest Brenna Yu

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Join us for a special edition of our free monthly story time event! This month, we will welcome local author and illustrator Brenna Yu, who will read her latest Hazel and Twig book, The Birthday Fortune. Following the reading, participants will engage in an art activity inspired by the book. Free and open to all. Light refreshments served.

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, 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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Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

"Le Petit Studio ... for Adults!" Workshop w/ Toto Kisaku

Kids don't get to have all the fun! Join acclaimed Actor, Playwright, & Director Toto Kisaku (www.kmutheater.net) for a fun evening of art, music, and acting. Let loose of your inhibitions, and allow yourself to be silly. We will work together to create a play in under 2 hours! The evening will conclude with a brief presentation by Toto about his work and journey, followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments served. 

 Image by Ian Douglas

Image by Ian Douglas


WHAT: "Le Petit Studio" is a workshop space for dramatic readings

WHY: Creativity is exciting. It's exhilarating. And creating safe spaces to be creators is vital to developing the neighborhoods, the communities, the cities we dream of.

HOW: Imagine in 2 hours we will work together to recreate an entire world on stage. 

First, we will choose a book or story to dramatize. The book is chosen at random. Participants are invited to bring a favorite book to add! Next, we decide who will play each character, who will make sounds and music that will create the environment, and who will design the costumes and scenery. And so the evening begins! The workshop concludes with a performance of the play created in under 2 hours.

ABOUT Toto Kisaku: Toto Kisaku is a Playwright / Actor / Director / Producer originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has led over 40 such workshops for schools, non-profits and governments worldwide. He studied Drama in the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa (INA) and since 2002 has traveled the world producing and participating in plays. He developed his expertise through workshops and participations in artistic residencies. As a refugee since December 2015, he is redefining his artistic expression based on the drama that his country of origin is experiencing as well as the country which has welcomed him with so many surprises from a humanitarian perspective as well as a perspective of identity. For more information, please visit: www.kmutheater.net. (Image by Ian Douglas)

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, 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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Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

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. Free and open to all. 

Tom Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts, with a major in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. His work has been exhibited extensively, and is held in numerous collections such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Library Congress (DC), Smithsonian Collection (DC), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT) and the Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection.

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program 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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Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

How Does The New Tax Code Affect You? Free Tax Workshop

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Are you an artist and/or entrepreneur? Have you wondered about the new changes in the tax code? Don't miss this opportunity to learn from experts Bill Kalinowski, CPA and 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, hasmore 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.

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants, 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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Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! stories + songs + art

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Join us for our free monthly story hour for all ages! Each month, we select a book, songs, and art activity inspired by the exhibition on view. This month, we will read The Night Gardener, by the Fan Brothers, and create artworks with natural materials. Free and open to all ages. Light refreshments served.

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, 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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