For the second year in a row, the Silvermine Arts Center has been voted Best Art Gallery and Best Art Classes in Moffly Media's annual Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut.

Silvermine was previously voted Best Art Gallery in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011 and the School of Art was voted Best Art Classes in 2008, with both voted best in 2012. As stated by Moffly Publications, "Silvermine is the kind of place that simply draws in artists and art enthusiasts. If you don't consider yourself one, but always had an interest, you might want to check out the classes, which are praised by our readers."

Leslee Asch, executive director, said "The Silvermine Arts Center community is thrilled to again be recognized as the Best Art Gallery and the Best Art Classes. To receive this double recognition two years in a row reflects the quality of our exhibits and our faculty, as well as the diversity of special events, performances, and lectures we offer to the community.

"This is an exciting time for Silvermine. There are wonderful events and new exhibits in the next few months."

Opening on July 28 is the collaborative exhibit "Kites" with New York City artist Charles Hinman, and master printer Gary Lichtenstein and the guild group show entitled "Where are We (going)?" curated by New York artist Emily Cheng.

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The third annual Silvermine ArtsFest will take place Aug. 10 with a free full performance of "A Tale of Two Nations" featuring Maracatu Nacao Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat. One of Brazil's oldest and most respected music groups, Estrela Brilhante ("Bright Star") performs traditional maracatu, a propulsive Afro-Brazilian rhythm. There will also be hands-on activities led by the Silvermine School of Art faculty.

The gallery at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, call 203-966-9700 or visit