Friday, February 7 2014

Format: 2015/03/03

Friday, February 7 2014

Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan

In celebration of the relaunching of the last surviving wooden whaleship, Lyman Allyn presents Greasy Luck! The Whaling World of the Charles W. Morgan.

The exhibition, which runs from September 21 through June 8, 2014, will look at how whaling—its myths and reality, risk and reward—left its mark on Connecticut and American identity.

In the 1800s, friends and family gathered on the docks to wish “greasy luck” for a successful voyage to departing whaleships.


To most people, whales were mysterious creatures.  Yet whaling was big business.


The thousands of barrels of oil the whalers brought home made ports like New London and Mystic some of the wealthiest places in the young nation, supporting a wide array of dockside occupations.


Fairfield Back & Forth: Imagery by artist Miggs Burroughs

Visitors will be mesmerized by images that transform from 19th century photos to present-day scenes in Westport artist’s Miggs Burroughs new lenticular photography show.

The exhibition will be on view through February 18, 2014.



Smart Painting

A show of paintings by artists who respond to the institution of contemporary abstraction. Organized by John O' Donnell. Featuring artists: Blake Shirley, Sharon Butler, Deborah Dancy, Zachary Keeting, Ben Piwowar, Jenn Dierdorf, Rob D. Campbell, Derek Leka, Clare Grill, Tatiana Berg.



Perceptual Data

Artist Neil Matthiessen draws on a amalgamation of science, technology and visual culture.


Wesleyan Potters presents: Hartford Art School - “Dirty For A Reason”

Opening reception, Friday, February 7th 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop is featuring a show by University of Hartford ceramics faculty and majors. Contemporary issues in clay, both functional and sculptural, are addressed in their innovative work, which will be on exhibit and for sale during regular gallery hours. Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop, 350 S. Main St. Route 17, Middletown, CT, Gallery hours: Wed -Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10-4 and Sunday Noon-4, 860-344-0039



Perry Obee’s painting process is driven by the formal and material concerns of direct studio practice. As explorations of the abstract, representational and material properties of paint the underling content of his work is the situational context of everyday objects, people and place. In the “Stacked Space” series, precarious vertical and horizontal stacks of books and other objects appear to dissolve into shallow background planes. Modern still-life traditions are engaged here as composition; lighting and color are manipulated to derive a sense of self-referential order and harmony. These arranged views of Obee’s possessions double as autobiographical interactions of momentary space, artistic perspective and the material experience of his own place within them.

Obee is an adjunct art instructor at MxCC. He holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University. See more of his work at Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., when classes are in session.



Attend a reception on Wednesday February 5, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. and enjoy Karen Barton’s series of tondo paintings, which employ the traditional round panel format and the Italian Renaissance combination of oil paint and gold leaf. Picturesque subjects of reflected water lilies, trees, sky and rippled water dislocate viewer’s sense of specificity as they are composed within closely cropped peephole perspectives. The small scale and circular shapes here similarly reference telescopic and magnified slide compositions in as much as the direct landscapes they represent. Bartone lives in Clinton, Connecticut, and holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University and a BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. See more of her work at The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office. Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to  4 p.m.


Chef Conant, UNH Students Host Fundraiser for Hungry Children

Chef Conant, UNH Students Host Fundraiser for Hungry Children

Jan. 16, 2014

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- Scott Conant, one of New York’s most beloved and respected chefs, will speak and sign books at a dinner at the University of New Haven on Friday, Feb. 7.

The dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m., will be prepared and hosted by students in UNH’s Hospitality and Tourism program. It will raise funds for Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign, supporting End Hunger CT, Inc., whose mission is to eliminate hunger in the state through legislative and administrative advocacy, outreach and public education. More than 16 million children in the U.S. — one in five – belong to families who struggle to put food on the table.

The dinner will take place at the German Club on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.

The event, titled “Love Is ... A Full Plate,” will include dinner, a silent auction, showcasing gifts and treats for loved ones, and a talk by Conant. Participants will also receive a signed copy of Conant’s newest cookbook, “The Scarpetta Cookbook.” A book signing will take place at 6 p.m.

Scarpetta is an Italian expression that means “little shoe” — or the shape bread takes when used to soak up the leftovers in a dish. It is also the name of Conant’s restaurant chain that opened in New York and Miami to rave reviews in 2008.  He opened restaurants with the same name in Toronto at the Thompson Hotel, in Beverly Hills at Montage, and Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. Enoteca at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2010.

Conant grew up in an Italian-American household in Waterbury, Conn., and began taking cooking classes at age 11. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and studied pastry at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, after graduation. 

Conant is also a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped.” He is the author of two other cookbooks: “New Italian Cooking” and “Bold Italian.”

The event was developed as part of a UNH fall 2013 class in nonprofit event management and will be cooked and served by graduating seniors in the hospitality management capstone course and the Jeffery’s Fusion Student Catering Team.  The event will feature appetizer tastings based on Conant’s recipes in “The Scarpetta Cookbook.”

The dinner also will feature a chocolate tasting reminiscent of the Valentine’s season and signature selections from Jeffery’s Fusion Restaurant. “Love is indeed a full plate,” said Juline Mills, professor and chair of the UNH Hospitality and Tourism program in the College of Business.

Tickets are $100 each (with $50 tax deductible) and are available for purchase from

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and a graduate business campus in Orange, Conn. and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide, and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference. 



“Thingamabob” Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Machines, gadgets and all things technology inspire the artwork at a new exhibit at the Maritime Garage Gallery. “Thingamabob” features art that is in the eye of the mechanically inclined in a group show of artists, including John Jackson of Jefferson, New York, Tom Hlas of Norfolk, CT, Lewis Schaffer from Ridgefield, Deborah Rauh from Westport, Sara Roche from Weston, and others.  

The Maritime Garage Gallery, located at 11 North Water Street, is part of the Norwalk Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


The Loft Artists Gallery presents "Under the Big Top"

 The Loft Artists Association will showcase the excitement and wonder of circus life with its first all-member exhibition of 2014, to be held in both their East and West galleries at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford.

An Opening Reception will launch “Under the Big Top” on Friday, February 7th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and the exhibition will continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm through Sunday, March 9th, 2014.


Chairman of the show Paul Larson says, “The circus is a great resource for artistic expression, from the barkers and the ballyhoo, the wild animals, the daredevils, acrobats, and of course the jugglers and clowns. Thirty of our artist members will contribute their interpretations of ‘the greatest show on earth’ in a variety of styles and media, and we look forward to sharing the magic and beauty that appeals to children of all ages.”


The Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County’s visual arts community and exposing the general public to artists and their work.

Their grassroots events attract thousands of visitors throughout the tri-state area and have been recognized by funding agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, corporate and private sponsors, the City of Stamford and by visitors who return year after year.

Admission and parking are free. (A donation is suggested.) Handicapped access is available on Saturday and Sunday. For directions and more information visit or call 203-323-4153.      


2nd Annual Jazz Festival at Yale

Last year, as part of our mission to spread jazz on campus and in the community, the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective brought pianist and Yale alumnus Vijay Iyer to campus for the Jazz Festival at Yale. This year, we are proud to bring the Festival into its second year, inviting organist/pianist Cory Henry, steel-drummer Andy Akiho, and saxophonist/flautist Paul Lieberman to campus.
The Festival will feature performances and talks.

As all events are funded through the generous donations from Yale sources and local businesses, admission to all events will be entirely free with no ticket required. We are very excited to make all these events freely accessible to the public and encourage members of the Yale community and the New Haven, Connecticut, New York Metropolitan areas to attend!