Tuesday, November 6 2012
Join us on Tuesday nights for free swing lessons & dancing at Sidebar!
7:30 - 8 pm Beginner Lesson
8 - 10:30pm Dancing
$3 suggested donation
No partner or experience necessary! For more info or to sign up for our weekly updates on where to dance in CT, contact us at [email protected]
Hartford Underground is a non-profit organization which promotes vintage swing dancing and has been preserving lindy hop, charleston, balboa, & blues in Hartford since 2007. Check out our website, www.hartfordunderground.com, for additional info.
In the Rio Grande River Valley of central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, the Pueblos, a people spread over 19 communities, continue to practice their ancient art of pottery-making. Descendents of the Anasazi, the Pueblo People, still use the traditional coiling methods and decorative patterns that have distinguished their work for centuries..
This exhibit compares and contrasts the unique style of each Pueblo community and highlights individual artists who have shaped this timeless craft.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm* and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm * *Last admission 4:30pm
Featuring first sculpture in residence: Ken Price, Doola (2011) On view September 22 – November 30, 2012
Open Thursday – Monday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30, including tour of the site.
A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou : 1870- 1976 Places in a One Hundred and Six Year Life
A solo exhibition introducing the art and celebrating the life of Lora Eberly Ballou, 1870-1976. Featuring a collection of over 30 floral arrangements and landscape oil paintings; an assemblage of personal effects; and a historical timeline documenting her 106 year life.
Old Town Hall Museum, 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT. September 27, 2012 – January 31, 2013. VIP Opening night reception, rsvp required: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Public reception follows immediately from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Gallery hours: Wed, Thurs, Fri, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Check website for weekend hours, guided tours, and art lectures.
Lora Eberly Ballou was born in 1870. Queen Victoria was halfway through her reign, and Lora’s parents were discussing the assassination of President Lincoln and the Civil War. Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States, women could not vote and the horse and buggy was the family car. By the time of her death in October of 1976, Ballou had witnessed: the Spanish-American War; World Wars I and II; the Korean and Vietnam conflicts; the inventions of the telephone, light bulb, and plastics; women gaining the right to vote and access to equal pay; minorities achieving civil rights and in transportation the mass producing of automobiles, commercial airlines and a spaceship landing men on the moon.
"She was a women who was, at one and the same time, both of her time and ahead of her time; on the one hand, comfortable with her "traditional" life but always creating room for her "aspirational" life", writes Sophia Gevas in her essay, A Persistent Passion: The Art of Eberly Ballou, 1870-1976.
Lora created hundreds of paintings in her life time when it was difficult for any woman to pursue a passion for her painting, and as the world dramatically changed around her, she spent much of her 106 years doing the thing she most loved-creating images of her surroundings on canvas.
Lora gave many of her paintings away to friends, hospitals and museums. Over 30 paintings are still in the possession of her grandson, Stamford resident, Bob Phillips who has, along with his wife, Pat, generously sponsored the four month exhibit that will open on September 27th. “The genesis for this exhibition came while attending the celebration of Governor-elect Malloy at the restored Old Town Hall. My wife Pat commented on its appropriateness as an art gallery and the benefit to Stamford Downtown if it became an exhibition hall. That night Lora Eberly Ballou-artist materialized as we reevaluated her paintings for a public viewing”.
Sandy Labriola, owner of Labriola Frame and Art Gallery beautifully restored the paintings that will be on display along with an assemblage of personal effects and the historical timeline, “Places In a One Hundred Six Year Life”. The timeline, researched by co curator, Valerie Cooper, incorporates important historical developments, political, social and scientific contributions along with the evolution of women’s rights and accomplishments that occurred during the life of Lora Ballou and is the basis for the creation of a teachers professional workshop and partnership with the Stamford Public School System that will allow tours for middle and high school students. The Stamford Garden Club will also offer tours. Information on scheduled tours, lectures and workshops and also weekend hours for the duration of the exhibit can be found at
www.LoraBallou.com or call Valerie Cooper at 203-977-8203.
PERSISTENT PASSION: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou is sponsored by Robert M. and Patricia C. Phillips and supported by the City of Stamford, Michael A. Pavia, Mayor and Old Town Hall Redevelopment Agency; co curated by Valerie Cooper, Art Consultant and Appraiser and Lina Morielli, Artist/Arts Advocate. Exhibit catalogue essay by Sophia Gevas. Art Restoration by Labriola Frame and Art Gallery, graphics by Connacher Design and Marcel Biro Design.
Amy Browning’s exhibit, SOUNDING THE SILENCE, contains new work that is an exhilarating revelation of order within disorder. Pre-ordained rules yield to the mysterious needs of the canvas. The title and theme for Joe Saccio’s exhibit, MEMORY AND TRANSFORMATION, stems from his discovery when working on a four foot by twenty-foot section of a hollow black oak tree trunk. The artist divided the old hollow trunk into three six foot sections and split each vertically to create three triptychs, or three open books revealing the old tree’s inner life and history.
Franklin Street Works presents the original exhibition Working Alternatives: Breaking Bread, Art Broadcasting, and Collective Action, on view from October 27, 2012 - January 13, 2013. The exhibition looks at three threads of alternative art space histories and examines how engaged, inclusive strategies are still being used to break down perceived barriers between contemporary art and its audiences. The themes covered in Working Alternatives are conviviality and food, artists who use media (newspapers, television, and radio) as platforms for artworks, and artist collectives in the US, explored through an open archive gathered specifically for this exhibition.
Originally Working Alternatives was designed to be the backdrop for our first annual fundraiser, but Franklin Street Works is postponing that event until the spring so the indoor/outdoor extravaganza will coincide with warmer weather and have less proximity to long-standing regional art events. If you saved the date for our fundraiser, however, don’t despair and keep it on your calendars – there is still a party! Working Alternatives will open on the same night, October 27, from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. with a free, public reception. The evening will include a lively performance of San Francisco artist Tom Marioni’s “Drinking Beer Sonata with 13 Players” where thirteen people will create music by blowing into beer bottles based on Marioni’s instructions.
For Working Alternatives, curators Mackenzie Schneider, Terri C Smith, and Jess Wilcox explore three threads of alternative art platforms and production: conviviality and food as components in alternative art space programming and mission (Wilcox); artists using media such as radio, television, and newspapers as alternative venues for presenting work (Schneider); and artist collectives presented in a living archive with weekly changing exhibitions using archive materials (Smith). In addition to historical examples, the exhibition also includes original artworks by contemporary artists that reflect and expand on the showʼs themes. Working Alternatives’ artists include: Paul Branca, Jaime Davidovich, ESP TV, Group Material, Ann Hirsch, Tom Marioni, Anna Ostoya, Legacy Russell, Chris Sollars and Jerome Waag. Franklin Street Works is also excited to collaborate on several off-site artworks, including the live radio broadcast of an Ann Hirsch performance on WPKN, Bridgeport, and collages by Anna Ostoya in the Stamford Advocate via four, monthly ads during the show’s run.
Guilford Art Center's annual Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft features handmade works by more than 300 artists from across America, including pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods and more. New works are added throughout the course of the event, encouraging visitors to return to find one-of-a-kind finds. Support American artists, the arts, and small businesses.
Brookfield Craft Center’s 37th Annual Holiday Exhibition will feature an extraordinary collection of contemporary American craft for the holidays: handmade works by more than 140 selected artists in jewelry, wearable fiber, ceramics, toys, glass, wood, paper and steel. All purchases benefit the Craft Center’s education programs, and provide support for independent artists. This Holiday sale will kick off with a Special Members only preview November 2nd. Consider becoming a member today. For more information on membership for Gallery hours please visit brookfieldcraft.org or call 203-775-4526.