Art comes to the windows of businesses in town
Published 1:05 pm, Friday, May 6, 2011
Downtown New Canaan again becomes a town-wide art gallery for 14 days in May as the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park displays the artwork of 65 artists in the windows of 54 stores along Elm, Main, Park, Pine and Forest streets, East and South avenues and Morse Court.
Running from May 9 through May 22, the fifth annual "Art in the Windows" exhibition includes watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, drawing, mixed media, photography, printmaking and sculpture in a range of styles by artists from Connecticut and New York. Nineteen of the 65 participating artists are New Canaan residents.
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On Saturday, May 14, several of the exhibiting artists will be working "en plein air" throughout the day in front of the shops displaying their artwork.
Also on Saturday, May 14, there will be two events for children from noon to 2 p.m.. At 123 Elm Street, artist Mona McGreevy will lead a mixed media workshop using paint and natural materials like bark and stones. Students from New Canaan High School will be on hand to help. New Canaan artist, Constance Old will be back again this year leading a workshop outside Design Solutions on Elm Street. Photographer Dore Hammond will appear at Comina May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. The community will have the opportunity to meet the artist and have coffee.
All work exhibited will be available for purchase and the artists will donate 50 percent of sale proceeds to the non-profit Carriage Barn Arts Center. Sales will be on a "cash and carry" basis. Purchases can be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) as well as by cash or check.
The downtown "Art in the Windows" event is a collaborative effort between local merchants and the New Canaan Society for the Arts, the non-profit parent organization that sponsors the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park.
"Once again, I am very grateful to the merchants for their enthusiastic response to the event. And to the artists -- some returning for the fifth year and also to the new artists participating for the first time," Bärbel Green, the owner of show organizer Bärbel Jewelry, said. "The event is so popular, each year it continues to grow. It is wonderful for the Carriage Barn Arts Center as it raises essential funds for the organization's many programs and raises awareness of the gallery and exhibitions."
Green is also a trustee on the board of the Carriage Barn.
"This event is important for the town itself, too," Green said. "It is an excellent creative community endeavor for everyone to enjoy."
Since 1977, the Carriage Barn Arts Center has been dedicated to promoting community interests and supporting creativity through the involvement in, and appreciation of, the visual and performing arts. The handsomely restored 19th century stone barn in Waveny Park is the usual venue for the Carriage Barn's art exhibitions in the Betty Barker Gallery. In addition to exhibits, the Carriage Barn is host to concerts, lectures, classes, and other cultural events in its unique setting.
The Carriage Barn Arts Center is located in Waveny Park, on South Ave. On view from May 1 through June 12 at the Carriage Barn is the annual juried show, "SPECTRUM," featuring works by regional artists selected by this year's juror, Paul Clabby, Curator and Exhibitions Director of the John Slade Ely House, New Haven. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Call 203-972-1895 or www.carriagebarn.org.
New Canaan artists featured in the exhibit include, Pam Ackley who will display her oil paintings at New Canaan Wine Merchants; Paul Creedon, who will display pastels at Odesmith & Richards; Anthony Festa, photography, Lamakers; Anne Hutcheson, watercolor on Chinese paper, Soleil Toile; Virginia Jennewein, acrylic, Citibank; Norman Jensen, shadow box, The Gramophone Shop; Emily Kelting, photography, Verizon; Al Knaus, photography, Salon KiKlo; Cynthia MacCollum, mixed media, True Blue; Aida Mol, watercolor, DWR Consignment; Susan O'Shea, oil, Sallea Antiques; Constance Old, ds -- design solutions; Vera Rahn, pastel and oil, The Whitney Shop; Marianne Rothballer, giclee and watercolor, Belgique Chocolatier; Geraldine Sterling, pastel, Francos Wine Merchants; Ceal Swift, acrylic, Athletic Shoe Factory; Marjorie Tomchuk, collage and photograph, Skirtin' Around; Antoinette Vardami, oil and watercolor, Candy Nichols; and Barbara Wood, photography, 123 Elm Street.
Darien artists include Pat Atkin, raku/naked raku, Bärbel Jewelry; Dana Goodfellow, oil, The Whitney Shop.
Stamford artists include Carol Gleason, colored pencil, Salon KiKlo; Ellen Gordon, ink and watercolor, Shoes `N' More; Elizabeth Kilgore, oil, L'Armoire; Felix Lugo, silk screen and mixed media, New Balance New Canaan; Beth Mizelle, oil, The Summer House; Benjamin Napolitano, oil, Healthfare; Helene Napolitano, watercolor and egg tempera, Healthfare; and Karen Neems, photo collage, Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers.
Westport artists include Elise Black, mixed media, Pimlico; Jo Ann Davidson, watercolor, Irresistibles; Linda Francis, oil, Elm Street Books; Wendy MacCordy, Watercolor J. McLaughlin; Steven Parton, oil, Handwright Gallery & Framing.
New York artists include Dore Hammond of Bedford Corners, Photography, Comina; James Boland of Cross River, oil, The Silk Purse; Janis Boland of Cross River, watercolor and Chinese Brush, The Silk Purse; Charlotte Klein of Mount Kisco, collage, M Milestones;Cristina Cerone - of New Rochelle, Photography, Francos Wine Merchants; Renata Schwebel of Pound Ridge, acrylic, M Milestones; Patt Baldino of Scarsdale, oil, Consider the Cook; Karen Chandler of South Salem, oil, Wave; Mona McGreevy of South Salem, mixed media, 123 Elm Street; Tatiana Ferraro of Yorktown Heights, watercolor, That Personal Touch.
Jacob Francis Forero of Old Greenwich will exhibit giclee at New Canaan Ski & Sports Center; Ghislaine Moomaw of Ridgefield will exhibit clay and photography at Brotherhood & Higley; Fran Meehan of Southport will exhibit oil at Baskin Robbins. Karin Brey of Trumbull will exhibit oil at New Canaan Marble & Tile. Kari Cholnoky of Hanover, N.H. will exhibit mixed media at L'Armoire.