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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

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Artist to Artist: Charles Reid & Miggs Burroughs Talk

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In conjunction with the ongoing Great Hall exhibit, noted Westport painter Charles Reid discusses his work with Artist-in-Residence and illustrator/photographer Miggs Burroughs. Best known for his luminous watercolors, Reid teaches workshops nationwide, has published 11 books and has a large following around the country.

 

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Artist to Artist: Heidi Palmer & Miggs Burroughs Talk

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In conjunction with the ongoing Great Hall exhibit, Westport painter Heidi Palmer discusses her work with Artist-in-Residence and illustrator/photographer Miggs Burroughs. Palmer's paintings suggest a story or narrative that leaves the details for viewers to supply, each in their own way.

Palmer focuses in her work on light, air and the meaning of time. Light is always the point of departure for each painting; it governs her compositions, defines form and is the catalyst for delving into the ephemeral effects of air and atmosphere, which clarify the painting's sense of place. And, for Palmer, who is really a visual storyteller at heart, the element of time has become increasingly important, referencing memories, beginnings, endings and longings―what we all share as human beings.
 

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Artist Reception for Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit: Leona Frank: iDraw!

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While many people use special drawing apps to create art on their smart phones and tablets, Westport artist Leona Frank prefers sketching on her iPhone’s pre-installed Notes app, with delightful results.

Opening reception: Tuesday, March 28 from 6-7 pm in the McManus Room.

On Tuesday, April 25, at 7 pm in the McManus Room, Leona will give a workshop on sketching in Notes on an iPhone.
 

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Workshop with Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit Artist Leona Frank

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Apple
Compo in the Fall

While many people use special drawing apps to create art on their smart phones and tablets, Westport artist Leona Frank prefers sketching on her iPhone’s pre-installed Notes app, with delightful results. On Tuesday, April 25, at 7 pm in the McManus Room, Leona will give a workshop on sketching in Notes on an iPhone.
 

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Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit: Leona Frank: iDraw!

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Apple
Compo in the Fall

While many people use special drawing apps to create art on their smart phones and tablets, Westport artist Leona Frank prefers sketching on her iPhone’s pre-installed Notes app, with delightful results.

Opening reception: Tuesday, March 28 from 6-7 pm in the McManus Room.

On Tuesday, April 25, at 7 pm in the McManus Room, Leona will give a workshop on sketching in Notes on an iPhone.

Leona Frank is known chiefly for very large acrylic paintings exploring the "topography" of flowers, but recently she stumbled onto a new drawing tool: her iPhone. On a train ride home from New York, she was writing a reminder in the Notes program on her iPhone and came across some symbols at the bottom of the screen that she'd never noticed before. She tapped on one of them, which issued up a set of drawing tools and palettes, and her drawing adventure with the phone's small screen format (2"x2 5/8") began. 

Now Leona frequently draws on her iPhone, using both her fingers and a stylus. She enjoys the challenge of creating art on the phone's diminutive 2”x2⅝” screen, as well as the limitation of the given tools in Notes. A larger screen and a more sophisticated drawing program may be in her future, but, for now, she is committed to the discipline of making the most of these simple tools in her portable mini-studio. 

Leona Frank has a BA in studio art from Queens College in New York and an MS in art education from Southern CT State University in New Haven. She has shown her work in numerous solo and juried exhibits around Connecticut and New York State, and most recently added to her roster of awards First Prize in Acrylics in the 2014 20th Annual Mavis Fenner Memorial Juried Exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center. Her work is included in private, corporate and public collections, including Yale New Haven Health Care Radiation Facility in Trumbull (5 paintings) and Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven (3 paintintgs), Hale & Dorr in Boston, and Linsco Private Ledger in Boston. In addition to painting, she also teaches adults and high school students in her Westport studio. 

 

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Workshop for April Artist-in-Residence Challenge

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Using any medium you want, create a 6"x6" yellow-and-black, diamond-shaped caution road sign for an off-beat warning (like "Ants Crossing"). Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Monday, April 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 April to the main circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Keller at jkeller [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

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April Artist-in-Residence Challenge

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Using any medium you want, create a 6"x6" yellow-and-black, diamond-shaped caution road sign for an off-beat warning (like "Ants Crossing"). Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Monday, April 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 April to the main circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Keller at jkeller [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

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All ages
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Workshop for March Artist-in-Residence Challenge

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Using a 6" x 6" format, spell out your first name using pictures of everyday objects to mimic the shape of each letter. Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Wednesday, March 1 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 March 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

March Artist-in-Residence Challenge

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Using any medium you want and using a 6" x 6" format, spell out your first name using pictures of everyday objects to mimic the shape of each letter. Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Wednesday, March 1 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 February 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