As part of their ongoing commitment to the community, Bankwell donated $2,500 to Child Advocates of Southwestern Connecticut.

Child Advocates of Southwestern Connecticut, a local non-profit based in Norwalk, recruits, trains and supervises court-appointed volunteer advocates who work to ensure that each abused or neglected child has a safe, loving and permanent home.

More information about Bankwell can be found at mybankwell.com.

Student art on display

The community is invited to view and celebrate the work of New Canaan High School art students whose work was selected for inclusion in “Through Our Eyes V” at The Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park.

An opening reception will be held March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., and the exhibit will be on view through April 1. New Canaan High School performing arts students will also be showcased and celebrated during the exhibit, with live music performed at the opening reception and a closing poetry event on April 1.

This is the fifth year the Carriage Barn Arts Center has partnered with the New Canaan High School art department to showcase student artwork in the gallery. The work of more than 100 students will be showcased and include photography, original paintings, drawings and jewelry as well as video and installations. The selected works represent students in introductory level courses up to Advanced Placement level art classes.

The students whose will be shown are Lukah Aguilera, Claire Batchelor, Lauren Berardino, Audrey Bloom, Sydney Britt, Claire Brunner, Alex Carlson, Matt Chalon, Quincy Connell, Skye Curren, Skyler Davidson, Kiefer Dresser, Rachel Driver, Jack Dunn, Charlie Hane, Morgan Hibbert, Tighe Hoey, Isabel DiGiacomo Meghan Kloud, Michelle Labadie, Nicholas LaMorte, RJ Lauture, Gabriela Limone, Daniel Lu, Isaac Marshall, Grant Mellinger, Katherine Mettler, Aurelie Moutran, Cortland Parrott, Megan Rigione, Skyler Risom, Nicole Schlesinger, James Sweet, Katie Tan, Gwynne Tenney, Aurelio Alvarez, Cameron Blair, Reid Dahill, Catherine Doytcheva, Taylor DeVito, Devin Findlay, Emma Garner, Olivia Germann, Anne Greer, Claudia Guerrero, Katherine Lisecky, Katherine Lindberg, Connor McDevitt, Molly Mazabras, Isabela Montano, Adrianna Morina, Sharanya Mukherjee, Caroline O’Dea, Ashlyn Pace, Ann Pakhayev, Jessica Penman, Isabella Rocha, Rosa Alfizures Cifuentes, Darleicy Ruiz, Mead Savage, Rachel Smith, Zoe Spencer, Madison Starr, Hannah Suthons, Ashley Sztam, Joshua Vindas, Gwenan Walker, Alexandra Yee, Brooke Barber, Ellery Baran, Emma Barker, Lauren Bisceglia, Elizabeth Bochicchio, Jackson Braden, Margaux Brennan, Shannon Bucci, Caroline Challe, Brielle Connelly, Morgan Connelly, Courtney Coutts, Elizabeth Cuoco, Camaren Dayton, Matthew DePalo, Jessica Eccleston, Emily Dowdle, Maria Fagerstal, Alexander Galvan, Hannah Gelnaw, Casey Gertsen, Jane Gesing, Luis Gonzalez-Miranda, Sophie Graham, Caroline Grogan, Timothy Hardy, Zoe Jones, Danielle Klapper, Reilly Krug, Anna Lysenko, Chloe McAuliffe, Grant Mellinger, Michelle Mercede, Samantha Pepe, Elizabeth Pohle, Chiara Rapuano, Bailey Reehl, Grace Riley, Thomas Roscoe, Nicolas Savini, John Slattery, Sammi Smith, Emma Smith, Becca Walshin, Emily Wasser, Wyatt Wilson, Stephen Wronski, and Amy Chu.

This year’s exhibit is underwritten by Bankwell, with additional sponsorship support from HTG Investment Advisors, New Canaan Alarm Co., Santella Electric and William Raveis.

Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

More details can be found at www.CarriageBarn.org.

Light and shadows

New Canaan Country School “Beginners” (students ages 3 and 4) put on their annual Lantern Walk celebration Feb. 15 with shadow puppet plays, songs and a night-time parade of handmade lanterns. The evening was a much-anticipated event which culminated a classroom study of light and dark.

The unit began with questions: What is light? Where do you find it? How do you make it?

The pre-K students and their teachers talked about the difference between day and night and experimented with shadows.

This exploration led to the creation of four shadow puppet plays: The Tree and Zoo Story, Animal Friends, Animal Beach Party and Peaceful Animals. The lanterns were handmade with balloons and translucent tissue paper.

Following the puppet shows, the students were joined by their parents, teachers and friends as together they sang “Walk With My Little Lantern” and paraded around the school’s campus, the small hand-held lanterns, illuminating the night.

Waveny teams up with Silvermine

Several Waveny LifeCare Network residents recently got the chance to chat with board members of Silvermine Arts Center .

Waveny residents Gerry Roberts and Rose Chopek , and staff art therapist Brenda Jacobsen , were delighted to meet with Mindy Green and Karen Neems , co-chairs of Silvermine’s inaugural “Legacy of Silvermine” Exhibit, which opened Feb. 26.

This special senior-focused exhibit, which will run through April 9, will honor the artwork of 18 of the Silvermine Guild’s longtime artists, painters, sculptors, designers and printmakers who have devoted decades of service to the guild — many for well over 35 years.

Beyond wishing them luck with their meaningful show, Waveny residents were excited to discuss upcoming collaborations, which will include a special guest visit from artist Marjorie Tomchuk , who is featured in the upcoming show, as well as a special lunch visit on March 28 to explore and appreciate the Legacy of Silvermine exhibition in person.

At the Library

Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org for events at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.

Meet a local author: New Canaan author and Stepping Stones Museum founder Gigi Priebe will be showing off her debut book on March 5 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Her recently released children’s book, “The Adventures of Henry Whiskers,” takes a page from history, with the setting of arollicking tale in Windsor Castle’s most famous exhibit: Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.

In addition to a short reading by the author, the afternoon will include craft activities and special treats.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Elm Street Books.

Bankwell launches pet adoption project

As part of an ongoing effort to provide ongoing value to the community, Bankwell launched the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project on March 1 to create awareness about the many dogs and cats in need of homes at animal shelters throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.

All Bankwell branches will feature photographs and information about available dogs and cats, which will also be previewed on the bank’s website during March and April. The branches will also serve as collection points for a “wish list” to benefit the Connecticut Humane Society, and a list of those items will also appear on the bank’s website.

Portraits of the featured animals were taken by local photographer Michael Bagley.

The project was the brainchild of Lynne Gomez, Bankwell’s executive assistant to the CEO, who worked with Wilton Branch Manager Ann Mitrione and Marketing Assistant Lucy French to get the program off the ground.

Bankwell has partnered with Animal Haven, ROAR, STARelief and Pet Assistance, Stamford Animal Shelter, Red Leash Rescue, Strays & Others, Little Black Dog Rescue, One More Dog Rescue, Lexi’s Angels/Shaggy Dog Rescue, Sunshine Golden Retriever and the Humane Society for this project.

Pet Pantry has generously offered to provide a complimentary gift basket for the home of any pet adopted during the program and also serve as a collection point for the Humane Society “wish list”. Additionally, Canine Training & Behavioral Services in Wilton will offer a free 30-minute consultation for anyone who adopts a dog during the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project.