Items tagged with Art

Godzilla Day: Classic Movies, Author Talk & Sculpting

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Join a day of activities around one of cinema's most enduring and popular characters, Godzilla. Start with classic Godzilla movies on the big screen. Then, Staples High School English teacher and author Brian Solomon shares his book, which explores the character, popularity and the many facets of the  "King of the Monsters." Finish the day with a sculpting workshop with Chris Crowe and create your very own Godzilla!

9:15 am: Godzilla (1954; 1h 36m)
11 am: King Kong vs. Godzilla
            (1962; 1h 31m)
1 pm: Author Brian Solomon on his book Godzilla FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of the Monsters
2:30-4:30 pm: Sculpt your own Godzilla with Chris Crowe (NOTE: This workshop will be held upstairs, in the new MakerSpace!)

Author Brian Solomon has been in love with Godzilla for as long as he can remember, and today he is proud to be passing along the kaiju craze to his own son. As a writer, he's contributed to publications such as Fangoria, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and VENU, and he s even edited a volume on the history of chemical and biological warfare. He s the mastermind behind the popular film website TheVaultOfHorror.net and has given film discussions throughout the greater New York area


ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

McManus Room
Films, Family, Authors
High School, All ages

CANCELLED: "Catch of the Day" Family Art Workshop

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PROGRAM CANCELLED.

Join artist Daniel Lanzilotta and learn how to make something meaningful out of seemingly meaningless, throw-away materials. Get creative, make art, be an artist! Materials provided. Lanzilotta's exhibit of refuse sculpture is on view in the Library’s Riverwalk Display Case through July 20. 

Family program for grades 2 and up

 

 

McManus Room
Exhibits, Family
Art

Workshop for June Artist-in-Residence Challenge

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On the summer solstice June 21, photograph anywhere/ anything in Westport to create your own record of the town on that day. Use a high-resolution setting. Select your three best images, and submit them one image at a time to dayinthelifeimages [at] gmail [dot] com at the largest option offered (large or actual size) by Sunday, June 25. Be sure to put your name and town in the subject line. Workshop with Miggs: Start thinking with Miggs about what and how to shoot your Day in the Life of Westport on Thursday, June 1 at 4 pm in The Great Hall. 

An exhibit of a selection of all the submitted photos will be featured in the Riverwalk Hallway from July 3-21, and an opening reception for the exhibit will take place in the McManus Room on Thursday, July 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm. 

The Great Hall
Seminars & Workshops
All ages
Art

"A Day in the LIfe of Westport" Photo Challenge

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 On June 21, the summer solstice, photograph anywhere/ anything in Westport to create your own record of the town on that day. Use a high-resolution setting. Select your three best images, and submit them one image at a time to dayinthelifeimages [at] gmail [dot] com at the largest option offered (large or actual size) by Sunday, June 25. Be sure to put your name and town in the subject line. 

An exhibit of a selection of all the submitted photos will be featured in the Riverwalk Hallway from July 3-21, and an opening reception for the exhibit will take place in the McManus Room on Thursday, July 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm. 

The Great Hall
Seminars & Workshops
All ages
Art

Workshop for May Artist-in-Residence Challenge

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Image © Roger Price

Possible captions:
• Man wearing a bowtie in a crowded elevator
• Butterfly climbing a string
• Elevator going to a formal dinner

Using any medium you want, create a 6"x6" Droodle—a simple visual riddle that combines a doodle, drawing and riddle. See the example, and include your caption below your droodle. Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Monday, May 3 at 4 pm in The Great Hall. Miggs Burroughs, a Westport illustrator and photographer, is the Library's Artist-in-Residence for the year. Bring submissions any time during May to the main circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Keller at jkeller [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

The Great Hall
Seminars & Workshops
All ages
Art

May Artist-in-Residence Challenge

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Image © Roger Price

Possible captions:
• Man wearing a bowtie in a crowded elevator
• Butterfly climbing a string
• Elevator going to a formal dinner

Using any medium you want, create a 6"x6" Droodle—a simple visual riddle that combines a doodle, drawing and riddle. See the example, and include your caption below your droodle. Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Monday, May 3 at 4 pm in The Great Hall. Miggs Burroughs, a Westport illustrator and photographer, is the Library's Artist-in-Residence for the year. Bring submissions any time during May to the main circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Keller at jkeller [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

The Great Hall
Seminars & Workshops
All ages
Art

Artist Reception for Daniel Lanzilotta Exhibit & Talk on Environmental Issues

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Join this reception for Westport artist, chef and environmentalist Daniel Lanzilotta and his Riverwalk Display Case exhibit of plastic-refuse sculpture. A talk by Lanzilotta on environmental issues will be at 7 pm, followed by a discussion led by Earthplace staff on what we can do in Westport to address and remedy some of the issues raised.

On display May 11-July 21. 

CT Fashion Magazine Article: "The Ebb and Flow of Daniel Lanzilotta"

YouTube talk

McManus Room
Exhibits
Art

Riverwalk Display Case Exhibit: "CATCH OF THE DAY" Refuse Sculpture by Daniel Lanzilotta

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See this exhibit of plastic-refuse sculpture by Westport artist, chef and environmentalist Daniel Lanzilotta.

On display May 11-July 21.

Opening reception: Wednesday, May 31 from 6:15-7 pm in the McManus Room. A talk by Lanzilotta on environmental issues will be at 7 pm, followed by a discussion led by Earthplace staff on what we can do in Westport to address and remedy some of the issues raised.

Family Program: "Catch of the Day" Workshop on Staurday, June 3 from 2:30-3:30 pm in the McManus Room

Dan Woog's 06880 blog: "Daniel Lanzilotta’s Trashy Art"

Environmental artist Daniel Lanzilotta calls himself a "plastician," meaning that he works primarily with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, and flotsam and jetsom. "My art supply store," he says, "is the environment that we live in, and my artistic mission is to bring great significance to the seemingly insignificant." 

A longtime Westport resident who recently moved to Brooklyn, Lanzilotta says his work is inspired and influenced by Gestalt Philosophy, specifically by German psychologist Kurt Koffka's principal idea that the whole of anything is greater than the sum of its parts. Lanzilotta's "whole" invites viewers to find increased value and richness in the common and mundane. Since the world has become plasticized, he rescues plastic debris from landfills, oceans, beaches, other waterways and also the streets, and gives the wasted, discarded materials a new purpose—significance, beauty, a new vision.

“I look for a use for each object other than its original intended purpose," notes Lanzilotta, "and I manipulate elements to recreate objects of intrigue, conversation and discovery. The most insignificant piece of debris becomes ‘other than itself’. In return, I hope viewers of these pieces also become ‘other’ than themselves, and discover beauty in these cast-offs through their repurposed design, color, form, movement and ornamentation.”

CT Fashion Magazine Article: "The Ebb and Flow of Daniel Lanzilotta"

YouTube talk

Riverwalk Level Display Case
Exhibits
Art

The Great Hall Artist Reception: Signs of Compassion: Celebrating a Poem, as Photographed by Miggs Burroughs

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Westport photographer/graphic artist and the Library's Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs shares a photographic exploration of a short poem by Emily Dickinson through the visual poetry of American Sign Language.

Learn more about American Sign Language.

On display May 19-August 31 

An opening reception for the artist will be held in The Great Hall on Friday, May 26, from 6-7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, June 14, from 6-7 pm, the Library will continue its Artist-to-Artist series in The Great Hall, with Burroughs changing seats this time from doing the interviewing to being interviewed by fellow Westport artist Katherine Ross.

On Thursday, August 17 from 6-8 pm, see a screening of the documentary Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World, an in-depth examination of the life and work of America’s greatest female poet. Writer and Dickinson scholar Jerome Charyn will introduce the film (which is narrated by Cynthia Nixon) and afterward lead a Q/A with producer Sol Padopoulos.

A closing reception and celebration of Miggs Burroughs year as Artist-in-Residence will be held in The Great Hall on Monday, August 21 from 6-8 pm.

 

Migg's presentation at the CT State Capitol for Arts Day, speaking about the background and preparation of this exhibit

July 2016 Westport News article on Miggs

Dan Woog 06880 article on Miggs as Artist-in-Residence

The Great Hall
Exhibits
Art

The Great Hall Exhibit: Signs of Compassion—Celebrating a Poem, as Photographed by Miggs Burroughs

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Westport photographer/graphic artist and the Library's Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs pairs his signature, "animated" lenticular imagery with the visual poetry of American Sign Language (ASL) to express a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson. Entitled "Signs of Compassion," the exhibit features 30 Westporters signing segments of the short poem, written around 1864, that begins "If I can stop one heart from breaking." With the exception of Noah Steinman, who's a fluent signer and helped Burroughs pose each person's hands as closely as possible to the actual ASL signs, the people in the images are neither deaf nor fluent signers. Rather they volunteered to help Burroughs introduce this simple but powerful poem to both the hearing and hearing-impaired communities in a purely visual way. On display through August 31.

Learn more about American Sign Language.

An opening reception for the artist will be held in The Great Hall on Friday, May 26, from 6-7:30 pm.

On Wednesday, June 14, from 6-7 pm, the Library will continue its Artist-to-Artist series in The Great Hall, with Burroughs changing seats this time from doing the interviewing to being interviewed by fellow Westport artist Katherine Ross.

On Thursday, August 17 from 6-8 pm, see a screening of the documentary Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World, an in-depth examination of the life and work of America’s greatest female poet. Writer and Dickinson scholar Jerome Charyn will introduce the film (which is narrated by Cynthia Nixon) and afterward lead a Q/A with producer Sol Padopoulos.

A closing reception and celebration of Miggs Burroughs year as Artist-in-Residence will be held in The Great Hall on Monday, August 21 from 6-8 pm

A lifelong resident of Westport and a full-time graphic artist since 1972, Burroughs has designed hundreds of logos, ads, brochures and now websites for commercial and nonprofit clients throughout Fairfield County. Among his most notable projects have been designing the Westport Town Flag, an Easter Egg for Reagan's White House (which is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution), a U.S. Postage Stamp, four covers for TIME Magazine and, more recently, Tunnel Vision on Main Street. As a member of the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan and of the Westport Arts Center, he has won much acclaim for his cutting-edge lenticular imagery and is one of only about a dozen artists in the country working in this medium.

A 1967 graduate of the Carnegie Tech drama department in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon University), Burroughs says that his short-lived career in theater "began and ended with an audition for The Graduate, when an actor of questionable talent, named Dustin Hoffman, got the part of Benjamin."

Dan Woog's O6889: "Miggs Burroughs’ Signs Of Compassion"

 

 

Image at top: Welcome spelled in ASL

Migg's presentation at the CT State Capitol for Arts Day, speaking about the background and preparation of this exhibit

July 2016 Westport News article on Miggs

Dan Woog 06880 article on Miggs as Artist-in-Residence

The Great Hall
Exhibits
Art