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Wearable Books Exhibit Opening Reception

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"Does This Make My Hips Look Big?" by Wendy Pieper

A visual component for the Saugatuck StoryFest on October 12-14, the Wearable Books exhibit showcases artist-made garments and accessories fashioned from books.

The exhibit will be open to the public for the opening reception on Friday, October 19 from 6-8 pm, as well as Friday-Sunday from 1-5 on the weekends of October 12, 19 & 26 & November 2. Location: 1 Main Street, Westport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wearable Books Exhibit—Artist Bios

Anita Gangi Balkun (West Hartford) completed residencies at Drop Forge and Tool (Hudson, NY) and Farmington Valley Arts Center (Avon, CT), and has also been commissioned to create public installations in New Haven and Hartford. She has an MFA in painting and BAs in both Studio Art and in Economics. She teaches at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School.

Sharon Cooper (Westport). From Cooper’s lifelong passion for reading to previously working at Random House and now working at the Westport library for nearly five years, books have always played a significant role in her life. Combining her love of books with her other passion—designing jewelry—prompted her to aptly name her exhibit pieces Novel Necklaces.

Elizabeth DeVoll (Westport). With a BFA from Washington University, DeVoll became a creative director for several large Madison Avenue advertising agencies. After moving to Westport 25 years ago to raise her two children, she taught art to diverse groups, became education director at the Westport Historical Society for a decade and is now a full-time artist and antiques collector (and a member of the Westport Artists Collective).

Susan Guagliumi (Northford) has enjoyed a 35-year career in machine knitting and is the author of four major books on the subject. Visit www.guagliumi.com to learn more about her and her work.

Mari Gyorgyey (Stamford) is best known for her nonlinear narrative book arts, pen-and-ink drawings, paintings, computer imagery, and fine art etchings. With a BFA from RISD and an MFA from UPenn, she has shown her award-winning work at home and abroad, with solo shows in Hungary and also in Stamford. Integrating her fine art and textile design background, her current work investigates her parents’ history and her Hungarian upbringing in America.

Jana Ireijo (Westport) is a contemporary pop artist, who works in oil and acrylics. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, she has an MFA from Pratt Institute.

C. Delari Johnston (Stamford) is a freelance theatrical costumer, who has worked on projects for community and regional theater (including at Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University, Ivoryton Playhouse and Glimmerglass Opera), and on Broadway, where she was part of the small army of artisans working on the internationally acclaimed production of Hamilton. She now teaches sewing at the Westport Library and at Sew Create & Celebrate in Norwalk.

Mollie Keller (Trumbull) and Dayna Mankowski (Middletown). Friends for years, this is Keller’s and Mankowski’s first collaboration. Keller is a visual artist, watercolorist and member of ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, who is also infatuated with wool. Mankowski is owner of Madison Wool in Madison, CT, and also a pharmacist and fiber artist.

Cate Leach (Darien). After dancing with the New York City Ballet for 15 years, Leach studied painting and printmaking at Silvermine School of Art and with Constance Kiermaier at the Darien Arts Center. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, and she maintains a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk.

Liz Leggett (Westport) has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally, and been artist-in-residence in programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains, Nova Scotia, Saratoga Springs and Weir Farm in Wilton. She has a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA from the Maine College of Art. A member of the Westport Artists Collective and Silvermine Guild of Artists, she works as the Westport Arts Center’s Visual Arts Manager.

Jane R. Lubin (Norwalk) is a mixed-media artist working with acrylic painting, collage and digitally manipulated photographic collage. An eye surgeon by training, she is fascinated by anatomical shapes, creating surreal works on themes of gender fluidity and society’s norms of “beauty.” A member of Silvermine Guild of Artists; Board Member of Artspace, New Haven; and past president of Women’s Caucus for Art, Connecticut, she teaches Anatomy & Physiology.

Fruma Markowitz (Weston) was formally trained in photography and fine arts at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, graduating with a BFA in Photography in 1984. In 1988 she discovered the creative possibilities for using computers in both her commercial and creative work. She began working solely with digital equipment and processes in 2003, exhibiting her work widely in Fairfield County and in New York City.

Sooo-z Mastropietro (Westport) holds a BFA in Fashion and Textile Design from FIT. Her early experience as an art director helped cultivate “Mastropiece,” a silk-painting business for wearable designs. Her current work, under the name Knitiot Savant, is a unique fiber-art form she developed using fabric tubes, which has been shown all over the country in juried shows and has appeared in international publications.

Kate Perri (White Plains, NY) is a teacher, author and fiber artist, who has a BFA in Designer Crafts from MICA. She has taught sewing and quilting to adults and children for over 25 years; created numerous designs for quilts, accessories and special-needs sewing; and completed several hundred custom-quilt projects. She has published two books on sewing and quilting.

Wendy Pieper (Westport) is a painter with a BA in Fine Art from Connecticut College. She has a successful career in graphic design, while painting remains her passion. She also teaches painting and is a teaching artist/volunteer at Smilow Cancer Center, Yale, New Haven, and a member of New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Connecticut Watercolor Society and Rowayton Art Center. Her work has won numerous awards and is in both private and public collections.

Pascaline Richir-Gardner (West Harrison, NY) is a French-American creative director with a background in graphic design. Ever since childhood, she has loved crafting cards and objects from paper.

Katherine Ross (Westport) is a multi-media artist, who has exhibited her work in various art centers and galleries, and has several permanent pieces throughout Westport. She is also an art instructor, teaching visual media to all ages and specializing in the preparation of portfolios for college admissions.

Rebecca Ross (Westport) is a painter and designer, who works mainly in acrylics and mixed media. She received a BA in Illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is currently an exhibiting artist and a freelance designer, and has worked for a variety of clients, including doing greeting cards, sales campaigns, album art, and murals.

Kathleen Scranton (Coventry) and her husband, Dennis, are beekeepers, whose company is called BeeZ. One day, while hunting for vintage books on beekeeping, Kathleen discovered that thousands of beautiful old books were being discarded. So she began scouring library sales, tag sales and book dealers to save these lovely books, repurposing them into truly one-of-a-kind functional purses.

Heli Stagg (Bridgeport) grew up on a farm in Finland and has dabbled in arts and crafts all her life. She especially enjoys working with items from nature and recycled materials, and recently added photography to her toolkit. Her graphic design studies at the School of Visual Arts proved key while working with high-end textile and wallpaper developer Motif Designs and later luxury invitation designers at Printemps Stationery in Westport. Now she manages the Library's Store and Café.

Chris Timmons (New Rochelle, NY). After getting an MA in French and teaching in Chicago for several years, she began a long editorial career in publishing, first at Encyclopedia Britannica, then as editor of FIBERARTS Magazine and finally as chief editor of THREADS Magazine. In recent years, she has been the Westport Library’s exhibits curator.

Cindy Zuckerbrod (Westport). Ten years ago, Zuckerbrod tapped into her inner artist after taking a jewelry-making class through the Westport Continuing Education program and has been beading and making jewelry ever since. A social worker, she brings her bag of beads with her on client visits. She works with children and has found that beading is very therapeutic not only the kids but also for her. 

 

 

 

 

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TEA Talk: The Arts Go Viral!

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"TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) Talk: The Arts Go Viral!" is a moderated discussion led by tech guru David Pogue (Yahoo Finance, CBS Sunday Morning.) The panel will take a tough look at how art and tech are newly interdependent, especially affecting art's creation and distribution. The provocative conversation will be among: Frederic Chiu (internationally acclaimed pianist and music educator); Jerry Goehring (Producer, Be More Chill); and Randa Trivisonno (co-chair, Westport Public Art Collections Committee). Additionally, Westport's new mobile tour guide of the town's cultural and historical treasures will be unveiled. TEA Talk is an annual FREE event, followed by a reception with the panel. Register online.

Read more about the Westport Art Advisory Committe TEA Talks.

The Westport Library is a community partner.

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DATE CHANGE TO FRIDAY, OCT 19: Wearable Books Exhibit Opening Reception

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Image: "Book Bracelet" by Megan Dunn

Due to the weather, the date for this has been changed to Friday, October 19 from 6-8 pm.

A visual component for the Saugatuck StoryFest on October 12-14, the Wearable Books exhibit showcases artist-made garments and accessories fashioned from books.

The exhibit will be open to the public for the opening reception on Friday, October 19 from 6-8 pm, as well as Friday-Sunday from 1-5 on the weekends of October 12, 19 and 26. Location: 1 Main Street, Westport

 

Wearable Books Exhibit—Artist Bios

Anita Gangi Balkun (West Hartford) completed residencies at Drop Forge and Tool (Hudson, NY) and Farmington Valley Arts Center (Avon, CT), and has also been commissioned to create public installations in New Haven and Hartford. She has an MFA in painting and BAs in both Studio Art and in Economics. She teaches at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School.

Sharon Cooper (Westport). From Cooper’s lifelong passion for reading to previously working at Random House and now working at the Westport library for nearly five years, books have always played a significant role in her life. Combining her love of books with her other passion—designing jewelry—prompted her to aptly name her exhibit pieces Novel Necklaces.

Elizabeth DeVoll (Westport). With a BFA from Washington University, DeVoll became a creative director for several large Madison Avenue advertising agencies. After moving to Westport 25 years ago to raise her two children, she taught art to diverse groups, became education director at the Westport Historical Society for a decade and is now a full-time artist and antiques collector (and a member of the Westport Artists Collective).

Susan Guagliumi (Northford) has enjoyed a 35-year career in machine knitting and is the author of four major books on the subject. Visit www.guagliumi.com to learn more about her and her work.

Mari Gyorgyey (Stamford) is best known for her nonlinear narrative book arts, pen-and-ink drawings, paintings, computer imagery, and fine art etchings. With a BFA from RISD and an MFA from UPenn, she has shown her award-winning work at home and abroad, with solo shows in Hungary and also in Stamford. Integrating her fine art and textile design background, her current work investigates her parents’ history and her Hungarian upbringing in America.

Jana Ireijo (Westport) is a contemporary pop artist, who works in oil and acrylics. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, she has an MFA from Pratt Institute.

C. Delari Johnston (Stamford) is a freelance theatrical costumer, who has worked on projects for community and regional theater (including at Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University, Ivoryton Playhouse and Glimmerglass Opera), and on Broadway, where she was part of the small army of artisans working on the internationally acclaimed production of Hamilton. She now teaches sewing at the Westport Library and at Sew Create & Celebrate in Norwalk.

Mollie Keller (Trumbull) and Dayna Mankowski (Middletown). Friends for years, this is Keller’s and Mankowski’s first collaboration. Keller is a visual artist, watercolorist and member of ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, who is also infatuated with wool. Mankowski is owner of Madison Wool in Madison, CT, and also a pharmacist and fiber artist.

Cate Leach (Darien). After dancing with the New York City Ballet for 15 years, Leach studied painting and printmaking at Silvermine School of Art and with Constance Kiermaier at the Darien Arts Center. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, and she maintains a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk.

Liz Leggett (Westport) has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally, and been artist-in-residence in programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains, Nova Scotia, Saratoga Springs and Weir Farm in Wilton. She has a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA from the Maine College of Art. A member of the Westport Artists Collective and Silvermine Guild of Artists, she works as the Westport Arts Center’s Visual Arts Manager.

Jane R. Lubin (Norwalk) is a mixed-media artist working with acrylic painting, collage and digitally manipulated photographic collage. An eye surgeon by training, she is fascinated by anatomical shapes, creating surreal works on themes of gender fluidity and society’s norms of “beauty.” A member of Silvermine Guild of Artists; Board Member of Artspace, New Haven; and past president of Women’s Caucus for Art, Connecticut, she teaches Anatomy & Physiology.

Fruma Markowitz (Weston) was formally trained in photography and fine arts at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, graduating with a BFA in Photography in 1984. In 1988 she discovered the creative possibilities for using computers in both her commercial and creative work. She began working solely with digital equipment and processes in 2003, exhibiting her work widely in Fairfield County and in New York City.

Sooo-z Mastropietro (Westport) holds a BFA in Fashion and Textile Design from FIT. Her early experience as an art director helped cultivate “Mastropiece,” a silk-painting business for wearable designs. Her current work, under the name Knitiot Savant, is a unique fiber-art form she developed using fabric tubes, which has been shown all over the country in juried shows and has appeared in international publications.

Kate Perri (White Plains, NY) is a teacher, author and fiber artist, who has a BFA in Designer Crafts from MICA. She has taught sewing and quilting to adults and children for over 25 years; created numerous designs for quilts, accessories and special-needs sewing; and completed several hundred custom-quilt projects. She has published two books on sewing and quilting.

Wendy Pieper (Westport) is a painter with a BA in Fine Art from Connecticut College. She has a successful career in graphic design, while painting remains her passion. She also teaches painting and is a teaching artist/volunteer at Smilow Cancer Center, Yale, New Haven, and a member of New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Connecticut Watercolor Society and Rowayton Art Center. Her work has won numerous awards and is in both private and public collections.

Pascaline Richir-Gardner (West Harrison, NY) is a French-American creative director with a background in graphic design. Ever since childhood, she has loved crafting cards and objects from paper.

Katherine Ross (Westport) is a multi-media artist, who has exhibited her work in various art centers and galleries, and has several permanent pieces throughout Westport. She is also an art instructor, teaching visual media to all ages and specializing in the preparation of portfolios for college admissions.

Rebecca Ross (Westport) is a painter and designer, who works mainly in acrylics and mixed media. She received a BA in Illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is currently an exhibiting artist and a freelance designer, and has worked for a variety of clients, including doing greeting cards, sales campaigns, album art, and murals.

Kathleen Scranton (Coventry) and her husband, Dennis, are beekeepers, whose company is called BeeZ. One day, while hunting for vintage books on beekeeping, Kathleen discovered that thousands of beautiful old books were being discarded. So she began scouring library sales, tag sales and book dealers to save these lovely books, repurposing them into truly one-of-a-kind functional purses.

Heli Stagg (Bridgeport) grew up on a farm in Finland and has dabbled in arts and crafts all her life. She especially enjoys working with items from nature and recycled materials, and recently added photography to her toolkit. Her graphic design studies at the School of Visual Arts proved key while working with high-end textile and wallpaper developer Motif Designs and later luxury invitation designers at Printemps Stationery in Westport. Now she manages the Library's Store and Café.

Chris Timmons (New Rochelle, NY). After getting an MA in French and teaching in Chicago for several years, she began a long editorial career in publishing, first at Encyclopedia Britannica, then as editor of FIBERARTS Magazine and finally as chief editor of THREADS Magazine. In recent years, she has been the Westport Library’s exhibits curator.

Cindy Zuckerbrod (Westport). Ten years ago, Zuckerbrod tapped into her inner artist after taking a jewelry-making class through the Westport Continuing Education program and has been beading and making jewelry ever since. A social worker, she brings her bag of beads with her on client visits. She works with children and has found that beading is very therapeutic not only the kids but also for her. 

 

 

 

 

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Wearable Books Exhibit

Please see full event listing for date.

"Does This Make My Hips Look Big?" by Wendy Pieper

A visual component for the Saugatuck StoryFest on October 12-14, the Wearable Books exhibit showcases artist-made garments and accessories fashioned from books.

The exhibit will be open to the public for the opening reception on Friday, October 19 from 6-8 pm, as well as Friday-Sunday from 1-5 on the weekends of October 12, 19 & 26 & November 2. Location: 1 Main Street, Westport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wearable Books Exhibit—Artist Bios

Anita Gangi Balkun (West Hartford) completed residencies at Drop Forge and Tool (Hudson, NY) and Farmington Valley Arts Center (Avon, CT), and has also been commissioned to create public installations in New Haven and Hartford. She has an MFA in painting and BAs in both Studio Art and in Economics. She teaches at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School.

Sharon Cooper (Westport). From Cooper’s lifelong passion for reading to previously working at Random House and now working at the Westport library for nearly five years, books have always played a significant role in her life. Combining her love of books with her other passion—designing jewelry—prompted her to aptly name her exhibit pieces Novel Necklaces.

Elizabeth DeVoll (Westport). With a BFA from Washington University, DeVoll became a creative director for several large Madison Avenue advertising agencies. After moving to Westport 25 years ago to raise her two children, she taught art to diverse groups, became education director at the Westport Historical Society for a decade and is now a full-time artist and antiques collector (and a member of the Westport Artists Collective).

Susan Guagliumi (Northford) has enjoyed a 35-year career in machine knitting and is the author of four major books on the subject. Visit www.guagliumi.com to learn more about her and her work.

Mari Gyorgyey (Stamford) is best known for her nonlinear narrative book arts, pen-and-ink drawings, paintings, computer imagery, and fine art etchings. With a BFA from RISD and an MFA from UPenn, she has shown her award-winning work at home and abroad, with solo shows in Hungary and also in Stamford. Integrating her fine art and textile design background, her current work investigates her parents’ history and her Hungarian upbringing in America.

Jana Ireijo (Westport) is a contemporary pop artist, who works in oil and acrylics. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, she has an MFA from Pratt Institute.

C. Delari Johnston (Stamford) is a freelance theatrical costumer, who has worked on projects for community and regional theater (including at Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University, Ivoryton Playhouse and Glimmerglass Opera), and on Broadway, where she was part of the small army of artisans working on the internationally acclaimed production of Hamilton. She now teaches sewing at the Westport Library and at Sew Create & Celebrate in Norwalk.

Mollie Keller (Trumbull) and Dayna Mankowski (Middletown). Friends for years, this is Keller’s and Mankowski’s first collaboration. Keller is a visual artist, watercolorist and member of ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, who is also infatuated with wool. Mankowski is owner of Madison Wool in Madison, CT, and also a pharmacist and fiber artist.

Cate Leach (Darien). After dancing with the New York City Ballet for 15 years, Leach studied painting and printmaking at Silvermine School of Art and with Constance Kiermaier at the Darien Arts Center. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, and she maintains a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk.

Liz Leggett (Westport) has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally, and been artist-in-residence in programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains, Nova Scotia, Saratoga Springs and Weir Farm in Wilton. She has a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA from the Maine College of Art. A member of the Westport Artists Collective and Silvermine Guild of Artists, she works as the Westport Arts Center’s Visual Arts Manager.

Jane R. Lubin (Norwalk) is a mixed-media artist working with acrylic painting, collage and digitally manipulated photographic collage. An eye surgeon by training, she is fascinated by anatomical shapes, creating surreal works on themes of gender fluidity and society’s norms of “beauty.” A member of Silvermine Guild of Artists; Board Member of Artspace, New Haven; and past president of Women’s Caucus for Art, Connecticut, she teaches Anatomy & Physiology.

Fruma Markowitz (Weston) was formally trained in photography and fine arts at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, graduating with a BFA in Photography in 1984. In 1988 she discovered the creative possibilities for using computers in both her commercial and creative work. She began working solely with digital equipment and processes in 2003, exhibiting her work widely in Fairfield County and in New York City.

Sooo-z Mastropietro (Westport) holds a BFA in Fashion and Textile Design from FIT. Her early experience as an art director helped cultivate “Mastropiece,” a silk-painting business for wearable designs. Her current work, under the name Knitiot Savant, is a unique fiber-art form she developed using fabric tubes, which has been shown all over the country in juried shows and has appeared in international publications.

Kate Perri (White Plains, NY) is a teacher, author and fiber artist, who has a BFA in Designer Crafts from MICA. She has taught sewing and quilting to adults and children for over 25 years; created numerous designs for quilts, accessories and special-needs sewing; and completed several hundred custom-quilt projects. She has published two books on sewing and quilting.

Wendy Pieper (Westport) is a painter with a BA in Fine Art from Connecticut College. She has a successful career in graphic design, while painting remains her passion. She also teaches painting and is a teaching artist/volunteer at Smilow Cancer Center, Yale, New Haven, and a member of New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Connecticut Watercolor Society and Rowayton Art Center. Her work has won numerous awards and is in both private and public collections.

Pascaline Richir-Gardner (West Harrison, NY) is a French-American creative director with a background in graphic design. Ever since childhood, she has loved crafting cards and objects from paper.

Katherine Ross (Westport) is a multi-media artist, who has exhibited her work in various art centers and galleries, and has several permanent pieces throughout Westport. She is also an art instructor, teaching visual media to all ages and specializing in the preparation of portfolios for college admissions.

Rebecca Ross (Westport) is a painter and designer, who works mainly in acrylics and mixed media. She received a BA in Illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is currently an exhibiting artist and a freelance designer, and has worked for a variety of clients, including doing greeting cards, sales campaigns, album art, and murals.

Kathleen Scranton (Coventry) and her husband, Dennis, are beekeepers, whose company is called BeeZ. One day, while hunting for vintage books on beekeeping, Kathleen discovered that thousands of beautiful old books were being discarded. So she began scouring library sales, tag sales and book dealers to save these lovely books, repurposing them into truly one-of-a-kind functional purses.

Heli Stagg (Bridgeport) grew up on a farm in Finland and has dabbled in arts and crafts all her life. She especially enjoys working with items from nature and recycled materials, and recently added photography to her toolkit. Her graphic design studies at the School of Visual Arts proved key while working with high-end textile and wallpaper developer Motif Designs and later luxury invitation designers at Printemps Stationery in Westport. Now she manages the Library's Store and Café.

Chris Timmons (New Rochelle, NY). After getting an MA in French and teaching in Chicago for several years, she began a long editorial career in publishing, first at Encyclopedia Britannica, then as editor of FIBERARTS Magazine and finally as chief editor of THREADS Magazine. In recent years, she has been the Westport Library’s exhibits curator.

Cindy Zuckerbrod (Westport). Ten years ago, Zuckerbrod tapped into her inner artist after taking a jewelry-making class through the Westport Continuing Education program and has been beading and making jewelry ever since. A social worker, she brings her bag of beads with her on client visits. She works with children and has found that beading is very therapeutic not only the kids but also for her. 

 

 

 

 

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Signs of Resistance

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Westporter and award-winning graphic designer Bonnie Siegler combined her passions for graphic design and resistance to produce Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America. For centuries, from postcards and posters to modern-day gifs and memes, citizens have always found a way to speak their minds when political and social injustice occurs. In hundreds of iconic, smart, angry, clever, unforgettable images, Signs of Resistance chronicles what truly makes America great: citizens unafraid of speaking truth to power.

Note location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

Vanity Fair magazine slide show on the book.

“Clever images of dissent are not a recent phenomenon in the United States. ... [Signs of Resistance is] visually fascinating ... [and] there is bigly wit here, too.”—The Washington Post

“Illuminating. ... Signs of Resistance includes the work of many movements—woman’s suffrage, civil rights, Black Lives Matter—but the creativity and conviction behind each image are a common thread.”
Los Angeles Times

Bonnie Siegler, voted one of the fifty most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, StoryCorps, Participant Media, and Newsweek. Most recently, she was the creative director of the Trump parody autobiography You Can’t Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen and created the main title sequence for Will & Grace. She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University, conducted workshops at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design and judged design competitions all over the place. Siegler is the author of two new books, Signs of Resistance, which is a visual history of protest in America, and Dear Client, which is a book that will (hopefully) help clients work more successfully with creative people.  

Author photo credit to Ryan Christopher Jones

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Encounter Comics!

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT BARNES AND NOBLE IN WESTPORT

Join us at the Westport Barnes & Noble for a day of comic books and creation.

Meet Eisner Award-winner Franco and Eisner-nominated artist Sara Richard and check out their new book, The Ghost, The Owl

Our MakerSpace will also be on hand for Family Maker Sunday focused on making your own comics. We'll use Lego Story Starter software to combine Legos building with comics writing to create cool digital comics! 

And as a special treat, swing by early to pick up free comic books from DC, Marvel, and others! (While supplies last.) 

Special thanks to the always amazing Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, NY, for their support in this awesome event! 

Location & partner: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East

Franco has filled his life with all things art related! He has also worked on critically acclaimed series like SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, SUPER POWERS and the New York Times bestseller, multi Eisner award winning series TINY TITANS for DC Comics! He is the proud owner of AW YEAH COMICS publishing and retail stores featuring ACTION CAT and ADVENTURE BUGAuthor, illustrator of the popular DINO-MIKE chapter book series! Franco has worked for DARK HORSE COMICS, ARCHIE COMICS, IDW, ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT, CARTOON NETWORK as well as others.

 

 

 

Credits of Sara Ricahrd's past work are the kid’s book from Yen Press, “Kitty and Dino” which was nominated for a 2013 Eisner Award (Best Publication for Young Readers). She has been steadily working on variant covers for the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic series from IDW. She has also contributed interior art to a couple Pony tales. Other work from IDW includes covers for Jem and The Holograms and an interior story for Ghostbusters. She is the illustrator of the DC Collectables’ Justice League Tarot Card Set and has done variant covers for Marvel’s Deadpool, Dynamite’s Bob’s Burgers and Oni Press’ Rick and Morty

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Opening Reception for The Great Hall Exhibit: Transforming The Westport Library

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New Date!

Library Executive Director Bill Harmer describes this exhibit that features a glimpse of the future renovated Westport Library via architectural renderings paired with photographs by Westport's Richard Frank of the construction process underway since last September.

Opening reception on Friday, March 16 from 6-7:30 pm.

On display through May

Ten years in the making, the major renovation of the Westport Library began last September. The current $19.5 million plan will not change the building's footprint and will continue into 2019, during which the Library will remain open. The newly installed exhibit in the Library's Great Hall showcases renderings of the planned renovation by architect Henry Myerberg's New York-based design firm, HMA2, paired with photographs of current construction on the Library's first floor by Westport photographer Richard Frank. 

Founded in 1986 by Myerberg, HMA2 is a recognized leader in the design of learning places. The firm's notable education and library projects include American University of Central Asia; American University of Paris; Amherst College; Baltimore Hebrew Library and School; Bryn Mawr College Rhys Carpenter Library; Davidson College Library; Hampshire College; LIBRARY Initiative, NYC Schools; and Washington, DC, Public Libraries.

Westporter Richard Frank is a professional photographer, whose photographs of people have been featured in national magazines, Fortune 500 annual reports, marketing brochures and books. Portfolios of his personal work have appeared in Print Magazine and Nikon World. In 2012, Richard and his wife, Leona, a painter, were collaborative Artists-in-Residence at Weir Farm National Park. Among other current projects, Frank is documenting the full renovation of the Westport Library.

Salient features of the Library's renovation will include a newly designed entrance that capitalizes on the Library's location in the heart of downtown and a redesigned Riverwalk Level that will house the bulk of the Library's adult book collection, offering quiet reading areas and unparalleled views of the Saugatuck River. The Main Level will be transformed into The Forum, an open, flexible space for multiple everyday activities that, for special events on the Forum Stage, can convert to accommodate an audience of up to 600 people. The Main Level will also feature an increased number of conference rooms and quiet areas, an enlarged Library Café, a larger dedicated MakerSpace, a HackerSpace workshop with prototyping equipment and co-working space, and a state-of-the-art recording studio. The expanded balcony will offer more conference rooms and provide open study/reading areas, which can become mezzanine seating for large events on the Forum Stage.
 

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Opening Reception for The Great Hall Exhibit: Transforming The Westport Library

Please see full event listing for date.

This has been rescheduled to March 16 at 6 pm.

Library Executive Director Bill Harmer describes this exhibit that features a glimpse of the future renovated Westport Library via architectural renderings paired with photographs by Westport's Richard Frank of the construction process underway since last September.

Opening reception on Friday, March 16 from 6-7:30 pm.

On display through May

Ten years in the making, the major renovation of the Westport Library began last September. The current $19.5 million plan will not change the building's footprint and will continue into 2019, during which the Library will remain open. The newly installed exhibit in the Library's Great Hall showcases renderings of the planned renovation by architect Henry Myerberg's New York-based design firm, HMA2, paired with photographs of current construction on the Library's first floor by Westport photographer Richard Frank. 

Founded in 1986 by Myerberg, HMA2 is a recognized leader in the design of learning places. The firm's notable education and library projects include American University of Central Asia; American University of Paris; Amherst College; Baltimore Hebrew Library and School; Bryn Mawr College Rhys Carpenter Library; Davidson College Library; Hampshire College; LIBRARY Initiative, NYC Schools; and Washington, DC, Public Libraries.

Westporter Richard Frank is a professional photographer, whose photographs of people have been featured in national magazines, Fortune 500 annual reports, marketing brochures and books. Portfolios of his personal work have appeared in Print Magazine and Nikon World. In 2012, Richard and his wife, Leona, a painter, were collaborative Artists-in-Residence at Weir Farm National Park. Among other current projects, Frank is documenting the full renovation of the Westport Library.

Salient features of the Library's renovation will include a newly designed entrance that capitalizes on the Library's location in the heart of downtown and a redesigned Riverwalk Level that will house the bulk of the Library's adult book collection, offering quiet reading areas and unparalleled views of the Saugatuck River. The Main Level will be transformed into The Forum, an open, flexible space for multiple everyday activities that, for special events on the Forum Stage, can convert to accommodate an audience of up to 600 people. The Main Level will also feature an increased number of conference rooms and quiet areas, an enlarged Library Café, a larger dedicated MakerSpace, a HackerSpace workshop with prototyping equipment and co-working space, and a state-of-the-art recording studio. The expanded balcony will offer more conference rooms and provide open study/reading areas, which can become mezzanine seating for large events on the Forum Stage.
 

The Great Hall
Exhibits
Art

How to Succeed in Business as an Artist

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Miggs Burroughs will lead a panel discussion of Westport artists and advisors on the necessary attributes and qualities that lead to business success for artists. Other panelists will consist of Sooo-z Mastropietro, artist/musician; Alan Neigher, entertainment, media, and intellectual property attorney as well as TV producer; and Wendy Nylen, gallery owner and custom framing business owner. Some of the topics covered will include: necessary knowledge from the business world; need for marketing, legal, and financial information; defining your uniqueness and building your brand; how to develop and maintain relationships, etc.  Each of the panelists will bring their unique perspective and story to the conversation.

Guide to The Business of Art: How to Succeed as a Professional Artist

Note: A networking opportunity precedes the program from 6-6:30 pm.

Large Reading Room
Career
Art, Business

Artist to Artist: Susan Fehlinger & Miggs Burroughs Talk

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In conjunction with painter Susan Fehlinger's current exhibit, "From City to Sea," the Library will present the fifth in its series of Artist-to-Artist talks with a conversation between Fehlinger and photographer/illustrator—and the Library's former Artist-in-Residence—Miggs Burroughs on Tuesday, January 30, from 6-7 pm in the Great Hall. Inaugurated in October 2016 as part of the Artist-in-Residence program, Burroughs has had conversations with each artist subsequently exhibiting in the Great Hall, including photographer Richard Frank and painters Heidi Palmer and Charles Reid. (Burroughs himself was interviewed during the run on his Great Hall exhibit, "Signs of Compassion," ending his year's residency.) 

During her 30-year career as a television producer in New York City, Susan Fehlinger had to be content with being an occasional painter. While in New York, she attended art classes at The School of Visual Arts and plein air painting workshops in Cape Cod, New Hampshire and Maine, but, for the most part, she is a self-taught artist.

In 2003, she moved to Cape Cod and began painting more seriously. She
discovered the palette knife and started painting large still lifes in oil. Soon she was exhibiting her work and gradually had several solo shows under her belt and representation by four galleries in New England. In 2014, she relocated to Fairfield County and began focusing on themes of architecture, cityscapes and seascapes, depicting familiar, yet abstracted settings or themes.

Fehlinger's painting style emphasizes her interest in texture, color and light, and she applies neutral or earth tones thickly with the palette knife to highlight structure, form and shadow. As well, her compositions play with scale, placement and negative and positive space. An active member of the Westport Artists Collective, Fehlinger is now represented by Southport Galleries in Southport, CT.
 

The Great Hall
Exhibits
Art