December 21, 2017

FCAA Member Art Show & Reception

Interior by Alice Katz

The member of Fairfield County Arts Association is very excited to be having our annual Member’s Show in Fairfield at Independence Hall.  We hope you will join us for our reception.

Reception Details are:
Thursday, Dec. 21 from 7:00p to 8:30p
Independence Hall
725 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT

If you can’t make our reception, please stop by weekdays until January 11. 50 paintings on the first and second floor.

 

December Member News

  • Deirdre isold a painting at The Nest Arts Factory Open Studios

Shows & Calls for Entry

Thanks to our new Exhibit chairperson, PATTY, FCAA members will have the following opportunities to show their work.  ALICE has also arranged for a show at Independence Hall.

  • Independence Hall in Fairfield, Dec 1 – Jan 11    Reception 12/21.
  • Wilton Library, Jan 2-25
  • Fairfield University Bookstore Mar 1. Information to come
  • ART/PLACE GALLERY Reception 12/10 at 3-5 pm for “Year In, Year Out”, artworks by all members. The show runs from 12/5-2/4. See www.artplacegallery.org. or call 646-258-691270 Sanford St, Fairfield.
  • KERSHNER GALLERY Reception 12/16 at 4:30-6:30 for “Pencil, Brush, and Needle”, art by Barbara Sfera, Susan Spivack, and Dick Rauh. Artists will talk at 5:15 pm. Show runs from 12/9-1/21. Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155 www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org 

November 15, 2017

November’s Featured Speaker: Dave Pressler

Eye See Fireworks!

Dave Pressler – Eye See Fireworks!

Shelton artist, photographer, world traveler and designer, Dave Pressler, will do a  presentation “Layering Colors -3-D…An Off the Wall Experience” He will combine projected images and actual works. The latter requires viewing with 3-D glasses, which he will provide. He will discuss what this work is about, how he came to be involved with it, and he will explain the technology. After the presentation, he will answer questions.

Dave’s background includes a career in Advertising, Exhibition Design, Educational Materials Development, and Director of Traveling Exhibitions for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and other museums.  His name is on design patents for Warner-Lambert, Kodak, Hasbro and BASF Corporation.

Dave holds a Fine Arts Degree in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited widely in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, judged and critiqued numerous photography exhibitions. He is a member of the Connecticut Association of Photographers, Silvermine Guild, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Westport Arts Center, the Curatorial Committee of Kershner Gallery, and is founder and Vice President of Art/Place Gallery.

Dave says he looks for things that “I believe will open the eyes of viewers to experience things they may not have seen before, or seen in the same way as I present them. My individual point-of-view is reflected in each work, regardless of the medium used or the subject. The recognizable imagery in my work is the dramatic encounter of looking inside to the core of the subject. I make an effort to feel the essence of each subject, involving the viewer with new awareness and compelling subjects that exhibit strong visual focus, interest and sometimes humor.”

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

November Member News

  • Karin and Deirdre have paintings at The NEST Arts Factory for Bridgeport Art Trail and during month of November. 
  • Please come see our show at the Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Rd., Westport

FCAA Needs a New Logo

FCAA is looking for a new logo. This must be an original image, suitable for print and web. We would like to use our complete name: Fairfield County Arts Association with maybe a simple incorporated image. Send your ideas to Eve.

Shows & Calls for Entry

  • Greens Farms Church 10/28-12/1. 71 Hillandale Rd., Westport, Theme of the show is “The Power of Color”
  • FCAA MEMBER ART EXHIBIT – INDEPENDENCE HALL 12/1-1/11. 725 Old Post Rd, Fairfield
    • Entry Info to Alice by 11/28          Receiving 11/30 at 1-3                  Reception 12/21 at 7-8:30
      Hanging 11/30 at 1-4                    Pickup 1/11 at 1-3
      $20 for up to 2 original wall pieces ready for hanging, up to 40″ in any direction. 3rd work $5.

      Click here for Independence Hall entry form

  • FCAA MEMBER ART EXHIBIT – WILTON LIBRARY 1/2-1/25. 137 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton
    • Entry Fee & Form Due Nov. 28      Receiving 12/29 from10-4:30 (at library)                  Reception Friday, 1/5 from 6-7:30
      Pickup 1/26 from 10-5
      $25 for up to 5 original wall pieces ready for hanging, up to 48″ in any direction.

      Click here for Wilton Library entry form

  • Fairfield University Bookstore 3/1. Information to come.

October 18, 2017

October’s Featured Speaker: DeAnn Prosia

Painting by Prosia

Camden Neighborhood Maine 
by DeAnn Prosia

Newtown resident, DeAnn L. Prosia, will demonstrate combining watercolors and colored pencils with drawing and rich layering, textures and movement. She will start by laying down a loose watercolor painting, then drawing an image on top. 

DeAnn has been creating artworks for over 25 years.  Her watercolors have been featured in magazines, and her prints in collections in Europe and America. She is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, is an elected member of Allied Artists of America, an Associate member with the Audubon Artists, an Associate with Distinction with the American Women Artists as well as a member with The Boston Printmakers and Society of American Graphic Artists, among others. 

She says of her work:I love to draw.  I had been creating etchings for over 20 years before I decided that I wanted to try my hand at color and a move to Germany gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. Finding inspiration was easy especially when I happened upon the works of Raoul Dufy.  His loose hand made me want to be able to take a break from the tight lines in my etchings and explore. The result is a burst of color with a more abstract style.”

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

October Member News

  • LINDA has a solo show at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, Darien , CT  203-662-1090. Reception is 10/5 at 5-7 pm., show 10/2-31.
  • SUSAN will be displaying and selling her artwork and handmade greeting cards at Artisans Fair/ Farmers Market, at Quinnapiac University on Saturday Oct. 14.

FCAA Needs a New Logo

FCAA is looking for a new logo. This must be an original image, suitable for print and web. We would like to use our complete name: Fairfield County Arts Association with maybe a simple incorporated image. Send your ideas to Eve.

Shows & Calls for Entry

Thanks to our new Exhibit chairperson, PATTY, FCAA members will have the following opportunities to show their work.  ALICE has also arranged for a show at Independence Hall.

  • Greens Farms Church in Westport, 10/28-12/1 Theme of the show is “The Power of Color” at $20 for up to 2 wall pieces. Receiving is 10/23 and 24.  (Please send Patty jpeg images or email of what you plan to put in the show with title and size by 9/25. Entry form can be downloaded from our website)
  • Independence Hall in Fairfield, 12/1-1/11. Receiving and Hanging 11/30. Reception 12/21.
  • Fairfield University Bookstore 3/1. Information later on.

Sept. 27, 2017

September’s Featured Speaker: Daniel Lanzilotta

Daniel Lanzilotta is a Bridgeport artist creating from debris, rubbish, plastic waste, Starbucks stirrers, copper wire, yarn, broom bristles, ikea plastic sheets, bottles, containers, and oyster netting. He uses what he finds to bring “greater significance to the seemingly insignificant.” The results are sculptures, jewelry, hats.

His background includes a full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon studying technical theater. He also has a culinary arts degree.

Daniel says, “My work is inspired and influenced by Gestalt Philosophy, ,” The whole is other than the sum of its parts”. My “whole” invites the viewer to find increased value and richness in the common and mundane. The world has become plasticized. I rescue this debris from landfills, oceans, beaches and other waterways. I recoup wasted, discarded materials. I repurpose insignificant items and give them a new purpose….

I use a principle of Gestalt Theory called: Functional Fixedness. What use does an object have other than its intended purpose. I manipulate elements to recreate objects of intrigue, conversation and discovery.

I offer the viewer to discover beauty in cast-off items of the insignificant by design, composition, ornamentation, color, form, movement and dynamic juxtaposition of materials

My artistic mission is to bring greater significance to the seemingly insignificant. I am a ‘plastician”. I work with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam and jetsom. I work predominantly with plastics. My art supply store is the environment we live in.”

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

February Member News

  • ALICE is in a 2 person show at Art/Place Gallery until 10/1
  • Welcome new member, SUSAN WERNAU
  • LINDA will have a solo show at Atria in Darien all of October

FCAA Needs a New Logo

FCAA is looking for a new logo. This must be an original image, suitable for print and web. We would like to use our complete name: Fairfield County Arts Association with maybe a simple incorporated image. Send your ideas to Eve.

Shows & Calls for Entry

Thanks to our new Exhibit chairperson, PATTY, FCAA members will have the following opportunities to show their work.  ALICE has also arranged for a show at Independence Hall.

  • Greens Farms Church in Westport, 10/28-12/1 Theme of the show is “The Power of Color” at $20 for up to 2 wall pieces. Receiving is 10/23 and 24.  (Please send Patty jpeg images or email of what you plan to put in the show with title and size by 9/25. Entry form can be downloaded from our website)
  • Independence Hall in Fairfield, 12/1-1/11. Receiving and Hanging 11/30. Reception 12/21.
  • Fairfield University Bookstore 3/1. Information later on.

June 14, 2017

June’s Featured Speaker: Dr. Philip Eras

The Sting by Phil Eras

The featured presenter will be long-time Fairfield resident, non-objective acrylic painter, Dr. Philip Eras. He will talk about how he started painting and progressed from objective to non-objective art and he will show several paintings to demonstrate.

Philip was born in Brooklyn, went to medical school and practiced as a board certified gastroenterologist for 30 years in Connecticut. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale Medical School in New Haven. While serving as a Captain in the Medical Corps, he took art courses at the Des Moines Museum of Art, and later on, as a medical resident, he took art courses at the Brooklyn Museum.

Philip learned about geometric, non-b-objective art from his sister-in-law and her mentor, Ralph Scarlett, who had exhibited at Guggenheim’s Museum of Non-Objective Painting in NYC. When he retired from medical practice, he took up painting seriously.

His first geometric paintings were related to unusual situations in medicine.  Later paintings tell stories of his life experiences. He has so far completed 63 paintings in various sizes. One was featured on the front cover of Connecticut Medicine, another published in the archives of Internal Medicine. He has exhibited in Florida and in Westport and Fairfield.

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

Member’s Notice: Annual dues have been collected. If you have not renewed your membership, your name and images of your work will be removed from the FCAA website.

February Member News

  • Michele was the featured FCAA May meeting presenter with her iPad paintings
  • Paul had two paintings accepted in the Easton Juried show ” Art In The Country “
  • David had two paintings in the Art in the Windows in New Canaan.
  • Marjorie had work in Bendheim Gallery juried show and Westport Women’s Club show

Shows & Calls for Entry

ART/PLACE GALLERY
In Time, In Shadow, paintings by members, Cate M. Leach and Paul Larson. Until 6/18. 70 Sanford St, Fairfield. www.artplacegallery.org.

KERSHNER GALLERY 
Two Paths Through the Woods, the drawings of Dan Long and the photographs of MaryEllen Hendricks. Reception 6/10 at 4:30-6:30 pm. The artists will talk about their work at 5:30, show 6/3 to 7/30. Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155 www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org 

EASTON ARTS COUNCIL juried show. until 6/10.    691 Morehouse Rd in Easton.

Calls for Entry

STAMFORD ART ASSOCIATION TOWNHOUSE GALLERY “Anything Goes” small works 4″x 6″ Submit on  Show 6/16-7/13. Best in Show winner will be chosen by guests during ArtWalk, Friday, June 23, 5-9 pm. SAA Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin St. Stamford.

May 3, 2017

May’s Featured Speaker: Michele Hubler

The featured presenter will be FCAA member, Michele Hubler. She is a self-taught digital artist who uses only a stylus as her brush and an iPad as her canvas. She will discuss the variety of tools available to use with an i-pad, will show examples of her artistic creations, and she will also show some of the items she had created from her art onto wallpaper, I-phone covers, gift wrapping, coasters, and notebooks. She will share her plans to pursue art licensing in order to explore the numerous possibilities available in today’s market.

Michele began creating digital art in 2012 without the benefit of any formal training or art classes.  Over time, she learned to apply the evolving technology to design a visual image on her i-pad that she says “is energetic, lyrical and vibrant. I design outside the norms of any formal structure or rigid technique – a freedom that permits me to grow in my journey of discovery.”

Her artwork consists largely of abstract floral designs. She says her garden and the expansive views of Long Island Sound at her Bridgeport home are a constant inspiration. Her work has appeared in numerous juried shows, including Digital Art Technology Nation Exhibit, Westport Downtown Merchants’ “Art About Town”,  Ridgefield Guild of Artists. It can be seen on www.areaartists.com a website of work by exceptional artists juried for buyers to see.  Michele will have her work in the Kershner Gallery with 2 other artists some time in 2018.

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

April/May Member News

  • Welcome to new member, Patricia Omonte.
  • Marjorie had work in Ridgefield Guild juried photo show and in Ridgefield Art Center juried show in March, Weston Library in April.
  • Lee had a photograph in the BRAG show at Fairfield University Bookstore.
  • Noreen is in SPAG show in Norwalk.
  • Joel got Honorable Mention in Rowayton exhibit in March, had a solo show at Weston Senior Center, is in Salamagundi show this month.

Shows & Calls for Entry

ART/PLACE GALLERY: 70 Sanford St, Fairfield www.artplacegallery.org.

  • Sight-Lines, paintings by members, Susanne Keany and Mollie Keller until 5/14.
  • In Time, In Shadow, paintings by members, Cate M. Leach and Paul Larson.
    Reception and artist talk 5/21, show 5/15-6/18.

KERSHNER GALLERY:  Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. 203-256-3155  www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org 

  • An Artful Mix, work by Jeffrey Starkes, William Meddick and Carlos Frias until 5/29.

EASTON ARTS GALLERY:  691 Morehouse Rd., Easton

  • Juried Show May 10 through June 10. Reception 5/20 from 7:00p to 10:00p