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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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
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
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
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
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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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

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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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Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Let's Play! Stories, songs, + art

Sculpture by Gar Waterman

Sculpture by Gar Waterman

This month, Jaime Kane – one of the well-loved teachers at Westville Community Nursery School – will lead an ocean-themed event, inspired by Gar Waterman's sculptures. Free and fun for all ages! Light refreshments served.

** Please Note: We will begin @ 11am this month, as opposed to our usual 10am start-time. **

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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Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talks

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Join artists Sven Martson and Gar Waterman in conversation about their current exhibitions on view @ Kehler Liddell Gallery. Free and open to all. For more information: www.kehlerliddellgallery.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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Aug
22
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 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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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Pastel Demo + Workshop for Adults w/ Kate Henderson

In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore different papers, types of dry pastels, underpainting, blending, and proper fixing. All materials included. Free and open to adults and mature teens.

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and 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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Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

Dancing with Lines: Workshop for All Ages

Pastel artist Kate Henderson leads a workshop for kids of all ages in exploring the movement of lines. Kids will start with ribbon dancing, and then translate this experience into visual art using sidewalk chalk and water. All materials included. Free and fun for all ages.

Program presented by ArtEcon Initiative and 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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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Digital Art Demo + Discussion

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Rolling Crusader, by Brian Flinn

Join artist Brian Flinn in a discussion and demonstration on the digital collage process in the context of contemporary art methods. Flinn will discuss his process using Adobe Photoshop, focusing on how the software can be used for art construction vs. photography or commercial applications. Free and open to adults and mature teens. Registration is not required, though greatly appreciated. Drop-ins welcome.

Brian Flinn is an artist and educator whose work currently uses a variety of mixed and digital media. Trained as an illustrator, Flinn often employs multiple narratives and symbolism culled from art history and contemporary culture. He holds a BFA in Illustration (1990) and MS in Art Education (1995) from the University of Bridgeport and MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts (1993). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Central Connecticut State University.

[Image: "Rolling Crusader" by Brian Flinn]

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and 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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Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

History, Culture & Spirituality in Indigenous Dance

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Please join us for an overview, presentation, and conversation on Native American (Indigenous) drumming, singing and dancing, and how these art forms have changed over time. Hosted by Laura Fuller-Weston and RavensWing Productions. All ages welcome. 

"Drumming and dancing are two very integral aspects of indigenous culture and help preserve the history and teachings of Native American tribes. The drum is considered the heartbeat of the people, the pulse by which we all live. The dances that are passed down from generation to generation keep our traditions and history alive and thriving. Through dancing and drumming our children learn how to spiritually connect with their ancestors and find internal peace, meaningful meditation and focus." - Laura Fuller-Weston, a native of the Seminole tribe

ABOUT Patrick Littlewolf Brooks: A Tuscarora native and father of two daughters, Patrick was born in Baltimore, Maryland and is a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran having served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Patrick has a passion for educating the public about Native culture that has taken him to numerous venues to conduct educational programs to people of all ages to share the history and culture of indigenous people. Patrick is a Northern Traditional dancer who’s traveled to pow wows all over the U. S. and continues to compete. Currently residing in the Poconos in Pennsylvania, he has served as a head dancer and arena director at several Native gatherings in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. An accomplished craftsman, Patrick is also designs and builds Native-made jewelry, feather boxes, and regalia items for dancers. Patrick prides himself as a traditionalist and lives his life as such honoring his people and his ancestors. He often refers to himself as an ‘Indigenous American’ not Native American, saying that “Saying you’re Native American just means you were born in America and therefore Native to this country. Indigenous means your ancestors were here”.

ABOUT Emelie Jeffries: RavensWing Productions founder, Emelie Jeffries, is a Women’s Traditional dancer of Occaneechi-Saponi descent has been serving the Native community both as an activist and educator for several years. She has been an outspoken voice on behalf of the community on such issues such as treaty rights, cultural appropriation, environmental issues and missing and murdered indigenous women. She has also served as emcee for pow wows in the surrounding NY/NJ area…Nimham Mountain, Pow Wow On The Hudson and Paumanauke Native American Festival in Long Island. She has also served as head lady dancer at several pow wows as well. She currently hosts ‘Voices of Our People’ on Two Worlds Indigenous Radio on WMNF 88.5—a community radio station in Tampa, Florida. The show is syndicated to stations on reservations in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota and Canada and the Northern Territories as well as many ABC affiliates. She has also served as Cultural Director for the Redhawk Native American Arts Council and is a member of Amerinda, a Native American arts collective in New York. Emelie is founder and Executive Producer of her own projects under Mortonkid Productions.

ABOUT RavensWing Productions: Our company dancers have competed in some of the most prestigious pow wow competitions in the U.S. and Canada. Our dancers have danced for Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to the U.S. in 2007 during the Anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement, Nelson Mandela during his visit to London in 2008, and at the presidential inaugural balls for the previous 3 administrations. Together we continue to do educational programs for schools, libraries, colleges, military bases and cultural festivals all over the world sharing our culture, educating the public and bringing awareness about who we are as a culture and a people.

This program is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative and 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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Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! All About Bees!

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Join us for a very special edition of our monthly story hour – all about bees! We will meet at local artist Gar Waterman's backyard garden (425 West Rock Avenue), where beekeeper Augustine will show and tell us all about his bees. We will also read a bee-themed book, create bee-themed artworks, and enjoy private tours of Gar's studio!

Free and fun for all ages! All materials included free of charge. Light refreshments served. Parking is available on the street, or in Kehler Liddell Gallery's parking lot off Tour Avenue. 

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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Jul
10
4:00 PM16:00

Printmaking Workshop for All Ages

"Fall Landscape," etching by Tom Edwards

"Fall Landscape," etching by Tom Edwards

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.

The first time was so much fun, we decided to offer this workshop again! If you joined the first time, feel free to join us to continue working on your projects, or create new ones!

Toddler appropriate options available. Free and open to all. All materials included.

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

To RSVP, please visit: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-printmaking-workshop-for-all-ages-tickets-47278601570 

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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Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk: Amy Browning

Join us for a discussion with abstract artist Amy Browning about her work, life and process. Free and open to all.

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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Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Crit

Artists working in all media are invited to bring works-in-progress, or works-in-need-of-feedback, and join us for friendly, constructive, critique session. All are welcome.

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and 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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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! Special Father's Day Edition

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Join us for our free monthly story event! This month, we welcome back Thabisa Rich – local musician, artist and gifted storyteller – for a special Father's Day edition. Following the story, we will make gifts for our dads. All materials and supplies included; light refreshments served.

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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Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Free Film Screening: WINNIE

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Join us for a free film screening of WINNIE, a documentary film about Winnie Madikizela Mandela by Pascale Lamche. Thabisa Rich – local musician and artist originally from South Africa – hosts, and will facilitate discussion following the film. Light refreshments served. Parental discretion is advised as the film contains sensitive material.

ABOUT the FILM from the FILMMAKERS

Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures.  
Her rise and seeming fall from grace, bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time, this film pieces together and properly considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from those who were closest to her and with testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things. More information: www.winniedocumentary.com.

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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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