Items tagged with Art

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.
 

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

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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
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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
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The Great Hall Exhibit: Transforming The Westport Library

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See 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

A Tour of Artist Susan Fehlinger's Exhibit and Studio

December 6, 2017
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Artist Susan Fehlinger gives us a tour of her Great Hall exhibit and studio. "FROM CITY TO SEA: Paintings by Susan Fehlinger" will be on exhibit in the Westport Library's Great Hall from 12/06/2017 through 2/23/2018.

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TEA Talk: Art and Social Change

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Westport Town Hall
Talks & Readings
Art

Artist Reception for the Great Hall Exhibit: FROM CITY TO SEA: Paintings by Susan Fehlinger

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Into the City Pearl Paint

An exhibit of work by Westport Artists Collective member Susan Fehlinger, whose paintings depict familiar yet abstracted settings or themes and emphasize texture, color and light.

Artist reception : Friday, December 15 from 6-7:30 pm in the Great Hall 

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
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