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Walt Disney and his Connecticut Connections

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Comedy
Company A, Greenwich, 1918 Comedy, John Steuart Curry  Walt Disney as Pope, David Levine

Art historian and former cartoonist Garry Apgar, author of Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit, will present an illustrated talk on the fascinating connections Walt Disney had with Connecticut starting with his brief training period in Greenwich as a Red Cross ambulance driver near the end of WWI. In 1934, Westport resident John Steuart Curry painted two murals on the walls of the Kings Highway Elementary School auditorium, one named Tragedy, the other Comedy. The dominant figure in Comedy is Mickey Mouse. Among other Disney connections with Connecticut were the Mickey Mouse watches made in Waterbury in the 1930s, Pez candy dispensers and two other Westport artists, Hardie Gramatky and David Levine. 

Community Partners: WSPAC (Westport Public Art Collections Committee) and Westport Arts Advisory Committee 

Article in Connecticut Magazine, April 2016.

Garry Apgar is an art historian (Ph.D., Yale) and former cartoonist for the Roanoke Times. He wrote the principal essay in The Newspaper in Art (1996) and edited the anthology A Mickey Mouse Reader for the University Press of Mississippi (2014). His monograph, Mickey Mouse: Emblem of the American Spirit, was published late last year by the Walt Disney Family Foundation Press.
 

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Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit: "TRANSFORMED"

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A collaboration with Westport's nonprofit Beechwood Arts & Innovation, this exhibit presents selected work by visual artists from Beechwood's Spring 2016 Arts Immersion "Transformed" Salon. The artists were asked to transform an existing canvas--theirs or someone else's--in any way and document the process with photos. The photos were then made into Aurasma-app "videos," enabling viewers to see the transformation. Opening reception: Thursday, September 15 from 6-7 pm in the McManus Room.

Image: “4 For $10.99" by Camile Zaino
  

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Riverwalk Display Case Exhibit: "REMEMBER TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8!"

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 When Westporter Larry Aasen was about ten years old, his father gave him a pencil with a rubber eraser shaped like the head of 1928 U.S. presidential candidate Al Smith (who lost), and that got him started collecting political buttons. Over the years, Aasen became more and more fascinated with American politics and elections and, to date, has collected more than 2,000 buttons from national, state and local elections, from politicians, other collectors and garage sales. Stop by to see the political memorabilia from the his collection. Dan Woog's 06880 column on his collection.

jfkOpening reception: Thursday, September 29 from 6-7 pm.

About Larry Aasen:

Dan Woog 06880 artilce on Martha and Larry Aasen
Larry on Veteran's Day
Larry's Westport Memories

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Reception for Richard Frank & the Great Hall Exhibit: "ALWAYS LOOKING"

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Muhammad Ali, Jake’s Diner, Athens, Ohio, 1969, © Richard Fran  
Muhammad Ali, Jake’s Diner, Athens, Ohio, 1969, ©Richard Frank  

An exhibit of Westport photographer Richard Frank’s personal and commercial work, spanning his ongoing fascination with photography from analog to digital.

Artist reception: Friday, October 14 from 6-7:30 pm. Light refreshments served.

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The Great Hall Exhibit: "ALWAYS LOOKING..."

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Muhammad Ali, Jake’s Diner, Athens, Ohio, 1969, © Richard Fran  
Muhammad Ali, Jake’s Diner, Athens, Ohio, 1969, ©Richard Frank  

An exhibit of Westport photographer Richard Frank’s personal and commercial work, spanning his ongoing fascination with photography from analog to digital. Join the discussion of his work with Artist-in-Residence and illustrator/photographer Miggs Burroughs on Monday, October 24 at 6 pm in the Great Hall. Hear Frank—a real raconteur—talk about his work, including his seminal photo of Muhammad Ali, which helped validate his decision to pursue photography as a career.

Frank's career in photography was originally triggered by a chance, last-minute decision to take a photography class in his last semester of college. He went on to enroll in an MFA program at Ohio University, but his stay was cut short by the Draft. Even so, while at OU, he had learned the essence of the craft of photography, started establishing his point of view, and began identifying the American social landscape and portraiture as his preferred subjects. 

Artist reception: Friday, October 14 from 6-7:30 pm. Light refreshments served.

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Artist-in-Residence

June 14, 2016

The Artist-in-Residence is a one-year program designed to enhance the Library’s existing connection with the arts and to invite patrons of all ages to explore the arts in various ways. In addition to developing innovative programming. Westport illustrator and graphic artist Miggs Burroughs will spend the year working with Library staff and community members, local artists and arts organizations to increase our engagement with and understanding of the arts.

Link to more Artist-in-Residence programs.

Westport illustrator and graphic artist Miggs Burroughs will be the new Artist-in-Residence, and among the programming plans are an oral history project, visiting artists working in pop-up studios in the Library, a monthly art challenge with an announced theme where creations by the community will be displayed, artist get-togethers to discuss issues and problems in making art, and workshops for kids, teens and adults.

Burroughs’ first official duty was to serve as judge for the Library’s 4th annual Teen Photography Contest. The winners’ work was exhibited in the Riverwalk Hallway from July 15-August 31. The first art challenge will be an “Artist’s Selfie,” which can be drawn or painted on a 6x6" canvas (available in the Library store) and submitted at the Artist-in-Residence booth at the Arts Festival or at the Library until August 8.

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Riverwalk Display Case Exhibit: "In the Land of Liz Leggett"

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hatThe exuberant paintings of Westport artist Liz Leggett range from purely abstract to representational and include the vibrant space in-between. Talking about her work, Westport artist Liz Leggett says that spontaneity is at the heart of her creative process and that she welcomes material “accidents,” which allow the materials to fall and emerge as they may. Although she may start with a basic idea or technical experiment in mind, she leaves the process open—and the end result is always a surprise. This open-ended exploration is what, she says, intrigues her most of all as an artist. On display June 16-September 20.

Art Portfolio

Images, counterclockwise, "Hat," "Mini Dress" & "Superhero Thinking"

mini dress superhero thinking

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Artist Reception for The Great Hall Exhibit: "Landscapes/Cityscapes: 20 Years of Vistas by Herm Freeman"

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Summer Vacation @ Horta rench Lesson
Summer Vacation at Horta French Lesson

An exhibit exploring the meandering, spirited path of Westport artist Herm Freeman’s work over the last two decades. On display June 24-October 6.

Artist reception: Friday, July 8 from 6-7:30 pm. Light refreshments served.

Art photo credit Katie Settel.

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The Great Hall Exhibit: "Landscapes/Cityscapes: 20 Years of Vistas by Herm Freeman"

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Summer Vacation @ Horta rench Lesson
Summer Vacation at Horta French Lesson

An exhibit exploring the meandering, spirited path of Westport artist Herm Freeman’s work over the last two decades. 

Westport artist Herm Freemanemphatically exclaims, "Landscape is my passion. From here to there, I always brake for landscapes." Twenty-eight years ago, Freeman went to southern France for the first time with the express purpose of finding the actual locations of landscape paintings by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) and ChaimSoutine (1893-1943). He wanted to stand in their "painting shoes" and view those incrediblevistas forhimself. "If I could," he says, "I'd live in those paintings."

Since that first foray to France, Freeman has been searching for landscapes, “village-scapes” and cityscapes ever since. The new exhibitof Freeman's work, which runs through October 5, offers a glance at the progression of his varied landscape painting styles over the last 20 years, from early work with an attention to detail to later exuberant, playful pieces flooded with color and bold shapes.

On display June 24-October 6.

Artist reception: Friday, July 8 from 6-7:30 pm. Light refreshments served.

Art photo credit Katie Settel.

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NEW DATE: January 29: A Painting Workshop with Local Author & Artist Judith Orseck Katz

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the beautiful pondPlease note that his workshop is now scheduled for Friday, January 29 from 2-3 pm.

Join local artist and teacher Judith Katz, author of the beautiful POND, in a painting workshop. This is a workshop for artists and art lovers on painting nature with inspiration from the pond. Bring your watercolor paints and paper. Easels welcome. Space limited. Register online.

judith katzWestport artist and author, Judith Orseck Katz, is a graduate of Music and Art High School and the Syracuse University School of Fine Arts. A graphic designer, potter and painter, Ms. Katz teaches at The Westport Arts Center and previously taught at Silvermine Arts Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the Silvermine guild of artists. Judith’s design career launched at retail, where she developed the visual personality of specialty stores in New York. In addition, she created prize-winning advertising. Her paintings and sculpture have been exhibited in galleries throughout New York and Connecticut. She has two other books: A Painter’s Guide to the Catskills of Rip Van Winkle and A Painter’s Guide to Fort Lauderdale.

Return on Thursday, February 11 at 7 pm for a panel discussion with Judy Katz, supporter Robin Tauck, a travel company co-owner, business leader, philanthropist and Old Mill Pond resident, and Leigh Shemitz,  president of Stamford-based SoundWaters Coastal Education Center. They will discuss the importance of place—why it’s essential to preserve and protect Earth’s special places and how to do it along with stories and history of a beloved Westport Pond and how it’s helping to save Long Island Sound.

Dan Woog's 06880 blog post.

Westport News article on the book.

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