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WestportREADS 2019: Migration Today in the Sweep of History

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Why do people move? Is migrating an inherent instinct or would history tell us that humans gravitate to a sedentary lifestyle?

The United Nations Association Southwest CT will explore the richness of global culture that results with migrations in this discussion moderated by Alex Anvari. Whether your life is lived in one place— or that every generation of your ancestors had a migration, immigration or emigration story among their intimates—your experience of life will dramatically vary based on interactions with people on the move. In the spirit of WestportREADS, this will be a community conversation on why people move, how these migrations effect ecosystems and policies countries (and subunits) implement related to migrations. This discussion of the themes novelized by Mohsin Hamid in Exit West will raise awareness of our shared interest that a well-designed and executed immigration framework also be multi-lateral-compatible.

Azrah Karim Rajput is a senior policy analyst and expert on international migration policies from the United Nations International Office on Migration OIM. OIM, established in 1951, works with 169 member states and 8 observer states, along with numerous international and non-governmental organizations, to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration.

Robert Riggs is a scholar who has researched, taught, and written about forced migrations, conflict, and the transformation of sectarian identities in the recent history in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. He will present the historical context of movement and mixing of peoples, ideas and technologies. War, strife, persecution, work, weather, and even boredom are all part of the story.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Partner: United Nations Association Southwest CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saugatuck Congregational Church

Family Art Exploration of WestportREADS Themes

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Explore the themes of immigration, cultures and magical doors portrayed in works of art in this program designed to build skills in observation, critical thinking, vocabulary and art appreciation. Elementary school age & up. Register online.

Community partner: Creative Connections

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 

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WestportREADS 2019: Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg on “Stranger Visions”

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New York-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg discusses her project “Stranger Visions.” She created portrait sculptures from analyses of the broad range of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed-up gum) collected from public places.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Heather has a PhD in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an artist fellow at AI Now, an Artist-in-Residence at the Exploratorium, and an affiliate of Data & Society. She is also a co-founder and co-curator of REFRESH, an inclusive and politically engaged collaborative platform at the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology.

Above: "Stranger Visions"  photo credit Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Partner & location: Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Avenue

Partner: Westport Arts Advisory Committee

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

“Established in 1994 the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) is committed to increasing public awareness of the Town's cultural resources, past and present: its artists, artworks and institutions.

Appointed by the First Selectman, the WAAC advises on the preservation of Westport’s legacy as an arts community, oversight of the Westport Permanent Art Collection and ways to increase the visibility of the arts in our community.”
 

Westport Arts Center

Wearable Books Exhibit

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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.

Meg Tweedy (Darien). A member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Tweedy is a conceptual artist working in encaustics and mixed media.

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.

Meg Tweedy (Darien). A member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Tweedy is a conceptual artist working in encaustics and mixed media.

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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Art

Wearable Books Exhibit Opening Reception

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.

Meg Tweedy (Darien). A member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Tweedy is a conceptual artist working in encaustics and mixed media.

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.

Location: Westport Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Avenue

The Westport Library is a community partner.

Westport Town Hall
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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

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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.

Meg Tweedy (Darien). A member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Tweedy is a conceptual artist working in encaustics and mixed media.

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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