Nov
23
to Dec 23

Deck the Walls

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Deck the Walls – KLG’s Annual Group Show – features work by all 25 member artists, and an annual UNFRAMED art sale.

Join us for the exhibition reception, and Westville’s Holiday Open House

DECEMBER 8th, 3-6pm.

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Dec
16
5:00 PM17:00

BYO Picnic, Indoor Winter Concert Series

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BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concert Series begins! The first event will feature Bivolita Chamber Klezmer Orchestra. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic, and/or enjoy tasting scrumptious soup by Sopa. The event is free and open to all, and is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative.

Bivolița (bee-vo-lee-tsa) draws its repertoire from the early European sources of Jewish wedding music but finds contemporary interpretations that draw on the diverse musical experiences of its members. We are grounded in a democratic, chamber music approach to performance, and our dance tunes move between the drive of an Appalachian hoedown and the stately exuberance of a renaissance dance.

More about the band: www.bivolitaklezmer.bandcamp.com

ArtEcon Initiative is a neighborhood based non-profit serving the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. An outgrowth of ArLoW – Westville’s affordable artists’ housing – ArtEcon’s mission is to foster and produce ongoing free or low cost arts and community programs for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Programs 2018 are made possible with support from NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. More information: www.ArtEconInitiative.org 

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Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

'Deck the Walls' Exhibition Reception w/ UNFRAMED art sale

Give the gift of local art!

The gallery’s annual group show includes work in a range of media – photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, and also features an UNFRAMED art sale –perfect for anyone looking to delight a loved one with a unique CT-made gift.

Refreshments, holiday treats, and general merriment will abound during the reception (3-6pm) preceding Westville’s annual tree lighting event @ 6pm.

Participating artists: Liz Antle-O’Donnell, Robert Bienstock, Edith Borax-Morrison, Amy Browning, Frank Bruckmann, Penrhyn Cook, Rod Cook, Tom Edwards, Brian Flinn, Julie Fraenkel, Matthew Garrett, Kate Henderson, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Sven Martson, Roy Money, Hank Paper, Michael Pressman, Alan Shulik, Mark St. Mary, Amanda Walker, Gar Waterman, Kim Weston, and Marjorie Wolfe.

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Dec
8
to Dec 9

Functional Art Pop-UP!

The first ever FUNCTIONAL art pop UP @ KLG, features three invited artists – Annie Chittenden (basketry), Mary Wolff (silk scarves, jackets & jewelry), and Whole Circle Studio (quilts & pillows). The pop-up will run through the weekend (December 8th, 10am-6pm & December 9th, 10am-3pm), and be open during Westville’s annual holiday open house.

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Dec
2
1:00 PM13:00

Free Printmaking Workshop

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Bring the whole family and join master printer Tom Edwards in a printmaking demonstration and hands-on workshop for all ages! See and learn how to use a real etching press, and try your hand at creating a dry point etching on plexiglass. Free and open to all. Basic materials included.

Registration is free, and required to reserve your spot, though there may be walk-in availability if the workshop does not fill to capacity.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-printmaking-workshop-tickets-52410751970?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR2lLOlAjH4gCtvKUL4QX_1Iiia5xpNt0hLOQuH8MQ56aXwNFVLQ3rLks4s.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Tom Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. He received a MA from Kansas State University majoring in drawing and printmaking where he also received a bachelor of architecture degree.

Tom's work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibits worldwide, and is held in numerous collections such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Library of Congress (DC), National Museum of American Art (DC), Smithsonian Collection (DC), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT), Baltimore Museum (MD), and The Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection (MA), to name a few.

This program presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from the New Alliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

(Banner Image: "Fall Landscape," etching by Tom Edwards)

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Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Free Pastel Workshop

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Join artist Kate Henderson for this FREE introductory hands-on workshop. Participants will be introduced to different papers, types of soft dry pastels, underpainting, blending, and proper fixing. Some basic materials are provided. FREE and OPEN to all adults and mature teens. Registration is free, but recommended, as this workshop filled to capacity quickly last time it was offered. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-pastel-workshop-tickets-52409861306. Drop-ins will be welcomed if space allows. 

Free parking is located in a rear lot, accessible via Tour Avenue, behind the gallery.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Kate Henderson received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She is recognized for her pastels and is featured in Exhibeo Art Magazine. Her work has been shown at Creative Tech week NY, The Lumen Prize global tour at The Auditorium on Broadway NY, Degas Society in New Orleans, New Haven Lawn Club, NEST in Bridgeport CT, Ridgefield Camera Works, Franklin Street Works in Stamford CT, BRAG at the University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport CT, Connecticut Hospice, Creative Arts in New Haven, Yale-Sterling Library, and Art Place in New Haven. For more information: www.katehenderson.art.

This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from the New Alliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Nov
25
2:30 PM14:30

TEDx Preview w/ Lauri Robbins Ericson

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Westville's own, Lauri Robbins Ericson, organizational leadership consultant, will preview her upcoming TEDx presentation. Join us! Discussion to follow. Free and open to all.

Presented by ArtEcon Initiative, and made possible with support from NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Nov
11
10:30 AM10:30

Sunny Train: Music in Locomotion

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Sunny Train is back at KLG with the full band! Sunny Train performs a unique blend of traditional and original music that integrates yoga and creative movement. Free and open to the public. All ages welcome. See you there!

Also FYI we have a parking lot behind the gallery, accessible via Tour Avenue, 2nd driveway on the left, and you can enter the gallery through the back door.

ABOUT SUNNY TRAIN: Anastasia "LaLa" and Christopher "ChiChi" Jankowski are professional musicians, composers, actors, playwrights and educators who perform, teach and create together. This husband and wife duo, both Music Together and Child Light Yoga trained, are the co-creators and artistic directors of Sunny Train Music in Locomotion. Performance venues include: Day out with Thomas, Foxwoods Kids Week, Misquamicut Spring & Fall Fest, Peace Love & Music Together, and beloved family events near and far. They are teaching artists in CT at The Madison School for Young Children, North End Arts Rising, Green Street Arts, Oddfellows Playhouse, Clinton Child Care Services, Music Together of the River Valley and more. More info @ www.sunnytrain.com

This program is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from The New Alliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Nudibranch: Art, Ocean Acidification and the Sea Slug

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Join Westville's own slug sculptor Gar Waterman for a special FREE presentation all about Nudibranchs (aka Sea Slugs). Discover the fascinating world of these tiny, sublimely colorful and bio diverse creatures, and discover them as sculpture in his current exhibit: Canaries in a Blue Coal Mine (on view now @ KLG through October 6th).

"Unique among the many pressing challenges we face, the impact of Climate Change is on a global scale and will unequivocally affect us all. Specific examples can help us to understand a very complicated phenomenon, and this is where art and science together have an opportunity to engage and inform more effectively than either might be able to on their own." - Gar Waterman

ABOUT "Canaries in a Blue Coal Mine" 

Waterman’s sculpture is often infused with a visual foundation of marine imagery – the product of years of diving with his underwater filmmaker father. As biodiversity vanishes at an unprecedented rate, from both above and below the water line, Waterman believes that “art inspired by nature takes on a new kind of political urgency as the subject matter disappears in front of our eyes.” Waterman explains: “Canaries in a Blue Coal Mine represents what, I hope, is an informative dialogue between art, the marine creatures that inspire it, and what ocean acidification will mean for us all.”

ABOUT Gar Waterman

Gar Waterman was born in Maine and grew up in Princeton, NJ, with a formative year in Tahiti, where his father documented their underwater adventure, exploring the barrier reefs of the South Pacific, in a National Geographic Special. After graduating Dartmouth, Waterman moved to Pietrasanta, Italy, where he lived for seven years and learned to carve stone. His sculpture combines observation of natural phenomena, sensual devotion to the tactile possibilities of material, and a model maker's tinkering sensibility. In 1996, the artist acquired an abandoned warehouse for $1 from the City of New Haven and transformed it into West Rock Studio, where he has lived and worked for the last 22 years. More information: www.garwaterman.com.

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Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Let's Play! Stories, songs + art

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This month, Westville’s own Jaime Kane will lead an ocean-themed event, reading a book, singing songs, and facilitating an art project for all ages, inspired by Gar Waterman's marine sculptures. Free and fun for all ages. Light refreshments served.

This program is made possible with support from The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Open Crit for Visual Artists

Bring your works-in-progress, or works-in-need-of-feedback, and join us for a friendly critique session. All skills welcome. Free and open to all.

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This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Pastel Demo + Workshop for Adults w/ Kate Henderson

In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore different papers, types of dry pastels, underpainting, blending, and proper fixing. All materials included. Free and open to adults and mature teens.

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

Dancing with Lines: Workshop for All Ages

Pastel artist Kate Henderson leads a workshop for kids of all ages in exploring the movement of lines. Kids will start with ribbon dancing, and then translate this experience into visual art using sidewalk chalk and water. All materials included. Free and fun for all ages.

Program presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Panel Discussion + Opening Reception

Join the artists of the small group exhibition, Take 5 – Brian Flinn, Kate Henderson, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Amanda Walker & Kim Weston – in a discussion about the impact of community on their art and art-making practice @ 2pm. Opening reception to follow 3-6pm.

 

The discussion is Program presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Digital Art Demo + Discussion w/ Brian Flinn

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

History, Culture & Spirituality in Indigenous Dance

 Patrick "Littlewolf" Brooks

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Please join us for an overview, presentation, and conversation on Native American (Indigenous) drumming, singing and dancing, and how these art forms have changed over time. 

"Drumming and dancing are two very integral aspects of indigenous culture and help preserve the history and teachings of Native American tribes. The drum is considered the heartbeat of the people, the pulse by which we all live. The dances that are passed down from generation to generation keep our traditions and history alive and thriving. Through dancing and drumming our children learn how to spiritually connect with their ancestors and find internal peace, meaningful meditation and focus." - Laura Fuller-Weston, a native of the Seminole tribe

All ages welcome. 

ABOUT Patrick Littlewolf Brooks: A Tuscarora native and father of two daughters, Patrick was born in Baltimore, Maryland and is a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran having served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Patrick has a passion for educating the public about Native culture that has taken him to numerous venues to conduct educational programs to people of all ages to share the history and culture of indigenous people.  Patrick is a Northern Traditional dancer who’s traveled to pow wows all over the U. S. and continues to compete.  Currently residing in the Poconos in Pennsylvania, he has served as a head dancer and arena director at several Native gatherings in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.  An accomplished craftsman, Patrick is also designs and builds Native-made jewelry, feather boxes, and regalia items for dancers.  Patrick prides himself as a traditionalist and lives his life as such honoring his people and his ancestors.  He often refers to himself as an ‘Indigenous American’ not Native American, saying that “Saying you’re Native American just means you were born in America and therefore Native to this country.  Indigenous means your ancestors were here”.

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ABOUT Emelie Jeffries: RavensWing Productions founder, Emelie Jeffries, is a Women’s Traditional dancer of Occaneechi-Saponi descent has been serving the Native community both as an activist and educator for several years. She has been an outspoken voice on behalf of the community on such issues such as treaty rights, cultural appropriation, environmental issues and missing and murdered indigenous women. She has also served as emcee for pow wows in the surrounding NY/NJ area…Nimham Mountain, Pow Wow On The Hudson and Paumanauke Native American Festival in Long Island. She has also served as head lady dancer at several pow wows as well. She currently hosts ‘Voices of Our People’ on Two Worlds Indigenous Radio on WMNF 88.5—a community radio station in Tampa, Florida. The show is syndicated to stations on reservations in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota and Canada and the Northern Territories as well as many ABC affiliates. She has also served as Cultural Director for the Redhawk Native American Arts Council and is a member of Amerinda, a Native American arts collective in New York. Emelie is founder and Executive Producer of her own projects under Mortonkid Productions.

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ABOUT RavensWing Productions: Our company dancers have competed in some of the most prestigious pow wow competitions in the U.S. and Canada. Our dancers have danced for Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to the U.S. in 2007 during the Anniversary of the Jamestown Settlement, Nelson Mandela during his visit to London in 2008, and at the presidential inaugural balls for the previous 3 administrations. Together we continue to do educational programs for schools, libraries, colleges, military bases and cultural festivals all over the world sharing our culture, educating the public and bringing awareness about who we are as a culture and a people.

This program is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jul
10
4:00 PM16:00

Printmaking Workshop w/ Tom Edwards

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Fall Landscape, etching by Tom Edwards

Bring the whole family and join master printer Tom Edwards in a printmaking demonstration and hands-on workshop for all ages! See and learn how to use a real etching press, and try your hand at creating a dry point etching on plexiglass.

The first time was so much fun, we decided to offer this workshop again! If you joined the first time, feel free to join us to continue working on your projects, or create new ones!

Toddler appropriate options available. Free and open to all. All materials included.

Registration is free, and required to reserve your spot, though there may be walk-in availability if the workshop does not fill to capacity.

To RSVP, please visit: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-printmaking-workshop-for-all-ages-tickets-47278601570 

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk + Closing Reception

 "Fun with Lines," (detail, Left), Robert Bienstock; "Harbor Cornucopia," (detail, Right), Amy Browning.

"Fun with Lines," (detail, Left), Robert Bienstock; "Harbor Cornucopia," (detail, Right), Amy Browning.

Join us for a discussion with Amy Browning about her work, process and latest exhibition, "Island Musings," @ 2pm, followed by a closing reception for both Browning and Bienstock's exhibitions, 3-6pm.

The discussion is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Crit Day

Artists working in all media are invited to bring works-in-progress, or works-in-need-of-feedback, and join us for friendly, constructive, critique session. All are welcome.

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! Special Father's Day Edition

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Join us for our free monthly story event! This month, we welcome back Thabisa Rich – local musician, artist and gifted storyteller – for a special Father's Day edition. Following the story, we will make gifts for our dads with Muffy Pendergast. All materials and supplies included; light refreshments served.

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Free Film Screening: WINNIE

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Join us for a free film screening of WINNIE, a documentary film about Winnie Madikizela Mandela by Pascale Lamche. Thabisa Rich – local musician and artist originally from South Africa – hosts, and will facilitate discussion following the film. Light refreshments served. Parental discretion is advised as the film contains sensitive material.

ABOUT the FILM from the FILMMAKERS

Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures.  
Her rise and seeming fall from grace, bear the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time, this film pieces together and properly considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from those who were closest to her and with testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things. More information: www.winniedocumentary.com.

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Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Special Presentation w/ Toto Kisaku

Acclaimed Actor | Playwright | Director Toto Kisaku discusses his work, journey, and latest upcoming production, Requiem for an Electric Chair, set to debut at this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas

ABOUT "Requiem for an Electric Chair" 

"With a gun to his head, Toto Kisaku was moments away from being killed by his government when his executioner showed him a moment of mercy. His only crime? Creating art that questioned the practice of child exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Toto Kisaku found political asylum in the United States, but many people from his country have not been so fortunate. Be a part of the first audience to hear his harrowing story at the world premiere of his newest theatre piece Requiem for an Electric Chair." (from The International Festival of Arts & Ideas)

Get your tickets HERE: https://www.artidea.org/requiem.

ABOUT Toto Kiskau:

Toto Kisaku is a Playwright / Actor / Director / Producer originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has led over 40 such workshops for schools, non-profits and governments worldwide. He studied Drama in the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa (INA) and since 2002 has traveled the world producing and participating in plays. He developed his expertise through workshops and participations in artistic residencies. As a refugee since December 2015, he is redefining his artistic expression based on the drama that his country of origin is experiencing as well as the country which has welcomed him with so many surprises from a humanitarian perspective as well as a perspective of identity. For more information, please visit: www.kmutheater.net.

This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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May
27
4:00 PM16:00

Testimonials: Film Screening

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How can we create unity in our community when we choose to ignore the stories of those who have been marginalized? Throughout history storytelling has been utilized as a way of connecting people. The sharing of personal experiences and emotions creates empathy and facilitates crucial dialogues. 

In light of the #METOO movement, Nasty Women CT collected and documented stories from all people who chose to share their story over the last several months. 

Come and learn more about the people in your community, share, listen, and support. Screening followed by a discussion with Luciana Q. McClure, Founder of Nasty Women CT, and the filmmaker, Louisa de Cossy

Free and open to all.

This program is presented by Nasty Women Connecticut, in partnership with ArtEcon Initiative, and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Community Conversations

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How can we as communities and individuals stay connected to love, beauty, liberation, and freedom in times of suffering, rage, and despair? Is it possible to connect with these values and experiences even as our eyes are open to the unpleasant realities around us? 

Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW, of Healing and Liberation Counseling, will facilitate discussion centered around such questions, inspired by the KLG's current exhibition: "How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?" (Shakespeare). 

Light refreshments served. If you are able, please bring a dish to share. The program will begin at 6:30pm, with the first half hour open for exploring the artwork. 

The event is free and open to all, but RSVP's are greatly appreciated: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversations-beauty-and-love-as-resistance-tickets-45566665122.

Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW, is a U.S. born, multiracial, black, cisgendered, heterosexual male of African, Irish, Swedish, Mi’kmaq and Cherokee descent. He is an Awo (priest of Ifa) within the traditional Yoruba religion from West Africa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is an Artist and a Healing Justice Activist. Through his consulting, healing and private psychotherapy practice, Healing and Liberation Counseling, he addresses emotional, mental, societal, physical and spiritual wellbeing issues for individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. 

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Westville's Annual Artwalk

KLG will host demonstrations by 3 of the participating artists throughout this year's annual Westville ArtWalk. The schedule is as follows:

  • 12pm-1pm: Hilary Opperman, Encaustic Collage
  • 2pm-3pm: Amanda Walker, Drawing & Watercolor
  • 4pm-5pm: Kwadwo Adae, Painting

This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

"How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?" (Shakespeare)

 Image: "Shadow Siren," by Nina Chung

Image: "Shadow Siren," by Nina Chung

Kehler Liddell Gallery presents its 2nd annual juried show, this year taking inspiration from a quote from Shakespeare: "How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?". The show opens with a panel discussion on Sunday, April 29th @ 2pm, and reception to follow from 3-6pm.

“What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant?” asks Alex Ross in the 2017 New Yorker magazine article “Making Art in a Time of Rage.” Ross later references a London gallery that, in the midst of World War II, prefaced the exhibition catalogue for Jacob Epstein’s flower paintings with a quote from Shakespeare: “How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea?”

It’s an age-old question. Are we as artists responsible for creating challenging works and addressing critical issues of our time head on? Are other expressions trite or selfish acts of escapism? Or can beauty be powerful? Can the act of creating beauty during a time of ugliness be a form of resistance in itself, offering a vision of all that humans can aspire to? Fifty-three artists offer responses to this question, ranging from abstract meditations to more realistic representations, in a wide variety of media.

Participating ArtistsAlan Shulik, Amanda Walker, Alison Kudlow, Ana Henriques, Brian Flinn, Desmond Ambrose, Dionne Pia, Don Wunderlee, Douglas Deveny, Eric March, Erik Durant, Frank Bruckmann, Hank Paper, Hilary Opperman, Hong Hong, Irene Miller, Jackie Heitchue, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Jasper Farish, Jean Perkins, Jeanette Compton, Jennifer Brubacher, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Joan Wheeler, Joe Fekieta, Joe Saccio, Julie Fraenkel, Kate Henderson, Katherine Jackson, Kim Weston, Kwadwo Adae, Laurie Grace, Leila Daw, Linda Lindroth, Liz Alpert Fay, Mark St. Mary, McKenzie Chapman, Missy Stevens, Molly Gambardella, Nina Chung, Patty Weise, Paul Berger, Penrhyn Cook, Robert Bienstock, Ricardo Dominguez, Rod Cook, Roy Money, Scott Schuldt, Sheldon Krevit, Stephanie Blumenthal, Steven Licardi, Warda Geismar, Zoe Matthiessen

Moderated by Lucy Gellman, Editor of The Arts Paper, the panel discussion will focus on the central question of the exhibition. Panelists include: Kwadwo Adae, artist, muralist and founder/owner of Adae Fine Art Academy; Luciana McClure, artist and founder of Nasty Women CT; and Ted Efremoff, artist and associate professor at Central CT State University.

About our Moderator

Lucy Gellman, Editor of The Arts Paper (www.artspaper.org): Lucy is a lapsed art historian who loves wordplay almost as much as community building. Prior to her time at The Arts Paper she was a reporter at the New Haven Independent and station manager at WNHH Community Radio, where she still produces and hosts Kitchen Sync, a show about food and New Haven. 

About our Panelists

Kwadwo Adae, Artist/Muralist & Owner of Adae Fine Art Academy: Kwadwo Adae is a visual artist, muralist, and founder the Adae Fine Art Academy, an independent art school located in the Ninth Square of Downtown New Haven that provides drawing and painting instruction for children, young adults, and adults. He also runs a Mobile Art Studio service that provides on site art lessons to elderly artists in the Alzheimer's & dementia ward of Brookdale Senior Living in Woodbridge; for children in after school programs at the Foote School, for adults at the Parents' Foundation a transitional living facility for people living with schizophrenia,    and he runs the young adult art group at the West Haven Mental Health Clinic. Adae partners with Arte, Inc. a Fair Haven based nonprofit Latino services organization that allows the Mobile Art Studio to provide art lessons to children after school programs and senior artists at Casa Otoñal free of charge. When he is not teaching, Adae is fully committed to contributing to the discourse of public art in our community by installing murals. To date he has installed 9 murals in the Greater New Haven area, 2 in Guatemala, and one in India. He was the recipient of an FY18 project grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts and is currently fundraising for the installation of 18 x 106 foot mural on the Farmington Canal Greenway with the theme of Women's Empowerment beginning this summer.

Luciana McClure, Artist & Founder of Nasty Women CT: Luciana McClure is a multi visual artist, photographer and educator. She is the founding organizer of the Nasty Women movement in New Haven and leads Nasty Women Connecticut. Using art as a vehicle for communication, Lucy and the Nasty Women created a platform for organization and resistance to the current administration and its policies. Nasty Women Connecticut seeks to unite and mobilize our communities through the arts, collaborate with other local organizations that share a philosophy of equality to all, and create a platform of inclusion through the arts and its accessibility to all people.

Ted Efrenoff, Artist & Associate Professor at Central CT State University: Ted Efremoff, born in Moscow, Russia, is a cross-disciplinary artist engaged with performance, video, installation and social practice. Spurred by his personal interest in social justice, he envisions creative collaborative activity as an instrument that builds critical relationships between people. His art explores the personal and cultural constraints ingrained within prevailing political, economic, and social power structures. In the U.S. Efremoff has presented his work at Winkleman and Sideshow galleries in New York City, The Museum of American Art in Philadelphia, Free Speech TV and many other venues. Internationally his work has been seen at the Gongju National Museum in South Korea, The National Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria and The Center for Social Innovation in Vienna, Austria. His work is in the collections of the Sound Museum of Rome, The Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts and the Culture House of Bad Sobernheim, Germany. He is also currently an Associate Professor of Photo, Video and New Media at Central Connecticut State University, and teaches a course called "Social Practice in Art."

The discussion is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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