The annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Contest last month resulted in 18 Gold Key Award winners from the Fairfield public school district. Gold Key Awards are given to less than 400 students from grades 7-12 throughout Connecticut.

From New Canaan High School, 10 students were selected: Olivia Germann, Ashlyn Pace, Gwenan Walker, Cameron Blair, Caroline Challe, Camaren Dayton, Anna Lysenko, Samantha Pepe, Jack Dahill and Timothy Scranton.

All Gold Key artwork will be on display at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford through Feb. 3. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends from 12-4 p.m.

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Jan. 29.

Furthermore, the Gold Key entries will be entered in the National Scholastic Art Contest in March. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham.

On the dean’s list

Two New Canaan natives were named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2016-17 year at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Students on this list have earned a semester grade-point average of 3.75 or higher this fall to be included on Colby’s highly-selective dean’s list.

Michael DiCosmo is a member of the class of 2018. He attended New Canaan High School and is the son of Mary and Bruno DiCosmo of New Canaan.

Eloise Somerby is a member of the class of 2019. She attended St Luke’s School and is the daughter of Craig and Elizabeth Somerby of New Canaan.

A number of New Canaan natives made the fall 2016 dean’s list at the University of Connecticut: Erik James Eason, Emma B. Flynn, Molly Flavin Flynn, Shelby Haydu, Evelyn Marie Luchs, Sarah Michaela Maddox, Alexa Grace Ozimek, and Emily Elizabeth Mingjuan Serven.

Three New Canaan natives have been named to The University of Hartford’s dean’s list for fall 2016: Nicole Awad, Emma Clay and Sara Norton.

Upcoming events

Portrait drawing class: Philadelphia-based artist Erica Harney will hold portrait drawing classes on Jan. 28 in the New Canaan Library’s Curtis Gallery. The drawing classes are suitable for all skill levels.

The morning session will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will focus on drawing from observation using a reference photo. The afternoon session, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will focus on adding color and value to the drawing with the use of colored pencils. All materials will be provided.

Please register for this class online at

Food is the new fashion: Angela Baldanza of New Canaan’s Baldanza Restaurant began her career journey in fashion, a field equally as fast paced and trendy as today’s food scene. Join Baldanza for a talk at New Canaan Library Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Her mantra is “food is the new fashion” and this synergy is reflected in the way she balances colors and textures on the plate — encouraging her audience to eat with their eyes.

Baldanza has run Baldanza in New Canaan with her family for the past three and a half years. She is a self-taught, instinctive cook who excels at creating organic soups and dishes, fresh salads and baked goods. Her colorful dishes are influenced by her 27 years of experience in the fashion industry.

Baldanza will speak about her life’s career choices, what brought her from fashion to food, and some of her experiences with Food Network, including winning Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons’ ‘Tis the Seasoning competition.

She will prepare a delicious, healthy beet salad, share the recipe, and invite attendees to sample the delicious results. Following her talk, Baldanza will open up the conversation to a Q&A session.

Please register online at

College talk: For parents and students, the question of which colleges to apply to becomes much easier when accompanied by solid information and research. New Canaan Library is pleased to host college admissions consultant Kristine M. White, presenting the talk “Building the College Admissions List” on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Curtis Gallery.

White, a college admissions consultant, will cover, among other points: how big a role the potential college major should play, evaluating a college’s culture, how to rate the student’s standing and potential for admission, how to finalize the list and case studies.

White is the founder of Darien Academic Advisors and has worked with hundreds of students from across the world in guiding them through the college search and application process.

Please register online at

Mother/daughter workshop: LiveGirl will host a free mother/daughter workshop on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Saxe Middle School cafeteria. The featured speaker is Laurie Wolk, who recently published “Girls Just Want to Have Likes: Raising Confident Girls in the Face of Social Media Madness.”

The session is recommended for girls in grades 5-8 and will be a fun mother/daughter bonding experience as they participate in interactive games and role model “real-life” situations. The workshop will introduce the concept of “social esteem,” which takes into account an individual’s confidence in response to social media and (online and offline) relationships.

LiveGirl, a nonprofit, provides year-round leadership programs, including after school mentoring, a monthly leadership (speaker) series, and a summer camp. School-year programs are free-of-charge and summer camp scholarships are available.

To learn more, visit

Ukraine and the World Bank: Richard L. Rose, a fellow member of New Canaan Men’s Club will address the club in Morrill Hall at St. Mark’s Church on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. He will discuss his experiences participating in a World Bank program in the fall of 1991 after Ukraine established its independence from the Soviet Union.

During this crucial period, the World Bank provided support and strategy for Ukraine to make the transition to a market economy. For his part, Rose advised Ukrainian leadership on obtaining bids for the remediation of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; assisted their commercial and agricultural organizations with plans to do business with the U.S. and helped with their understanding of the legal aspects required for this undertaking.

The New Canaan Men’s Club has openings for new members 55 and over. Anyone interested is invited to be a guest at the meeting. For more info, contact Kevin Faughnan at 203-966-5702 or visit