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New staff enhancing offerings at Carriage Barn

Published 1:51 pm, Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • Arianna Kalb and Eleanor Flatow, recently hired as co-directors of the Carriage Barn Arts Center, are working on rejuvenating the center at Waveny Park. Photo: Contributed
    Arianna Kalb and Eleanor Flatow, recently hired as co-directors of the Carriage Barn Arts Center, are working on rejuvenating the center at Waveny Park. Photo: Contributed

 

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Looking to new developments as it launches the 2012-14 season, the Carriage Barn Arts Center, a nonprofit arts organization at Waveny Park, hired two co-directors who are bringing their extensive expertise in the art and business worlds to the cultural community center.

Arianne Faber Kolb, who has a doctorate in art history, was a curator of paintings and drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum and a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is also involved in various capacities at the Bruce Museum, the Glass House and the Art Committee of the New Canaan Library. Her publications range from a book on painter Jan Brueghel to a children's architecture book titled "From the Saltbox to the Glass House: Places that Matter in New Canaan." She is presently working on a children's book on Waveny.

Eleanor Flatow, who has a Master of Business Administration, previously served as assistant vice president at Pershing, LLC., a BNY Mellon company, and before that worked as a specialist in American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Christie's. She interned/volunteered for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Currently, she is vice chairman of the Archives & Preservation Committee at the Colony Club in New York, where she curated archival exhibitions and gave lectures -- one titled "Uncovering our History: The 1922 George Washington Portrait Exhibition at the Colony Club."

As residents of New Canaan, they have been actively involved in the community and are committed to providing high-quality exhibitions and educational programs. They have done local fundraising -- Flatow for the New Canaan Nature Center and the Glass House; Kolb for the Bruce Museum. Both were on the Waveny 100th Celebration Committee, which was co-chaired by Kolb, who is a board member of the New Canaan Preservation Alliance.

In addition to the Annual Members' Show in September and the Photography Show in January, Flatow and Kolb are planning a series of new exhibitions spanning a wide range of themes. They are launching the season with a thematic show titled "The Barn and Beyond," which will reintroduce the history of the Carriage Barn to a broader audience and highlight the significance of barns in New Canaan. A dynamic and interactive kinetic sculpture show will open in November and will incorporate the creation of a sculpture courtyard in front of the barn. The annual Spectrum exhibit will focus on sustainable and recycled art and a high school exhibit will be reintroduced in the spring. The year will culminate with an exhibition featuring contemporary Cuban art from a private collection. A new series of educational children's workshops on Sunday afternoons will take place in conjunction with the exhibitions on view.

The Carriage Barn Arts Center offers artists opportunities to exhibit their work in a gallery space in a 19th-century stone barn.

The Carriage Barn's board and directors is also initiating in May the first-ever "Barnraiser," which will raise money for its expanding programs. As a privately funded organization, the Carriage Barn relies on friends and sponsors in the community to meet the costs of creating exhibitions and educating the public. CBAC Members at various levels will benefit from private exhibition previews and behind-the-scenes visits to museums and private collections.

For information, visit www.carriagebarn.org.