Apr
3
to May 8

How to See and Make Photographs II

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Join photographer Kim Weston for this 6-week photography workshop. Beginning April 3rd – May 8th, this class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. Basic photography skills are expected. This class is open to both brand new students, as well as students who completed the first class.

About the Workshop: This workshop is about creating and looking at photographs – how to see them, critque them, and how to take them to get what you want. Students should come with open minds and a willingness to challenge themselves. Visuals will be shown in the first part of the workshop, followed by students showing their work. Students will be asked to bring printouts of their images to be critiqued. A small body of work will be developed by the end of the workshop. Please bring your portfolio, or 2-3 printed images, and your camera to the first class.

NOTE: Students sign up for the full 6-week session, not individual classes. The total cost is $20. Pre-registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-see-make-photographs-ii-tickets-58993570357.

About the Instructor: Kim Weston is a fine art photographer with a graphic design and painters background living in New York and Connecticut. She received her BFA from Cooper Union and is a recent MFA graduate from ICP-Bard College in Advanced Photographic Practice. Photography has allowed Kim Weston to teach, freelance in the commercial industry and be a visual artist. She questions how we can see the world when illusions surround us. Art promotes presence and an opportunity to see what’s true in our spirit and the discrepancy in our everyday. The gestures seen in her images are the product of chance and intention. kimwestonimages.com

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative.org). Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from 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, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

** Banner Image: "Smoke," by Kim Weston **

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! Monthly story time for All Ages

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Join us for ArtEcon’s monthly story hour led by teaching artists Jaime Kane and Ana Henriques. The morning will include stories, songs, and hands-on art activities inspired by the artwork on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery – a group show juried show around the theme “2020.” Free and open to all ages. Snacks (including coffee for grown0ups!) provided. All materials provided.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from 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, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

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Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Panel Discussion, "Dialogue in a Time of Discord"

“Stars and Bars,” by Paul Berger

“Stars and Bars,” by Paul Berger

The discussion moderated by Leah Andelsmith of the Arts Paper. Leah writes: “Anchored by the artwork on view, the conversation will focus on how we can bridge divergent perspectives and what we can all gain by trying on another’s eyes. What are our challenges, what are our points of connection, and how can we sight our path to the future?”

Panelists include:

Salwa Abdussabur, Youth Program Developer, Artist, Activist, Lover, Fighter

Nathan Flis Participating Artist and Head of Exhibitions and Publications/Assistant Curator of Seventeenth Century Paintings for the Yale Center for British Art

Laurie Sweet, Art Historian, Activist, Doula and Founder of New Haven Resistance Choir

About Our Moderator:

Leah Andelsmith is a former teacher who works for the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, providing community-minded arts coverage for the Arts Paper and coordinating Make Music New Haven. Leah lives in New Haven and writes short stories about the strength of spirit and that which is in between. 

This discussion is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from 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, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

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Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Opening Reception

“Stars and Bars,” by Paul Berger

“Stars and Bars,” by Paul Berger

Kehler Liddell Gallery presents: 2 0 2 0,  this year’s juried show, featuring works by 46 artists.

2 0 2 0 – What do these numbers call to mind? Impeccable eyesight? Fully knowledgeable hindsight? A prophetic projection of foresight? Or perhaps a particular year in the near future that looms large in the mind's eye? Artists enable us to frame history with clarity and perception, to dream and conceptualize, to visualize futures, preparing us for what may come, or helping us manifest worlds we look to create. This year’s juried exhibition features forty-seven artists – living both locally and nationally, and working in a wide variety of media – who offer their own unique perspective for our consideration.

Participating Artists:  Ana Henriques, Anne Doris-Eisner, Barbara Phoenix, Beef Young, Brit J. Oie, Cathy Vanaria, Dan Gries, Daniel Eugene, David Kuehler, Diane Chandler, Douglas Deveny, Elizabeth Helling, Eric March, Hank Paper, Hilary Opperman, Holly Whiting, Howard Margules, Janet Warner, Jeanne Ciravolo, Jessica Zamachaj, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Julie Fraenkel, Kate Henderson, Kim Weston, Lisa Toto, Marjorie Wolfe, Mark Battista, Mark St. Mary, Marsha Borden, Marta Machabeli, Martha Savage, Michael Quirk, Molly Gambardella, Nathan Flis, Paul Berger, Penrhyn E. Cook, Phyllis Crowley, Ricardo Dominguez, Robert Bienstock, R.F Wilton, Roy Money, Steven Wade, Tom Edwards, Werner Sun, William Canosa, Yaron Rosner, Zoe Matthiessen

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May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Community Conversations

Image from 2018 Conversation centered around Beauty and Love as Resistance

Image from 2018 Conversation centered around Beauty and Love as Resistance

Looking through the intersection of mental, spiritual and social justice lenses, our ability to see clearly and deeply on issues related to our health and liberation are central.  In the spirit of the “2 0 2 0” exhibit @ KLG, Enroue will discuss these notions as related to his private practice, "Healing and Liberation Counseling" and his life.  This will be explored in a conversation led by Tagan Engel, his wife and the producer of her own radio show and podcast "The Table Underground: stories of food, radical love and creative social justice". There will be time for questions and conversation among those present. 

Enroue Halfkenny, LCSW, of Healing and Liberation Counseling, is an Awo (priest of Ifa) within the traditional Yoruba religion from West Africa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an Artist and a Healing Justice Activist. Through his consulting, healing and private psychotherapy practice, he addresses emotional, mental, societal, physical and spiritual wellbeing issues for individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This program is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from 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, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

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May
11
12:00 PM12:00

ArtWalk Artist Demos

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Artists working in a variety of media will demonstrate their process during this year’s annual Westville ArtWalk! Artists include:

Ana Henriques, Mixed Media (watercolor, embroidery, paper cutting): 12pm

Kate Henderson, Pastels: 2pm

** Demos are presented by ARTECON INITIATIVE and made possible with support from the Pincus Family 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
11
5:00 PM17:00

Literary Happy Hour: ArtWalk Edition!

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Literary Happy Hour is a reading and performance series curated by Cultural Activist Hanifa Nayo Washington that creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building. Each event will focus on a different theme and feature 3 artists, whose performances are followed by an open mic.

Literary Happy Hour provides a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. Uniting the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community – including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers – Literary Happy Hour emphasizes writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups.

If you are interested in being considered as a featured artist for one of the events, or signing up for the open mic, please email Hanifa: hanifaw@gmail.com.

HANIFA NAYO WASHINGTON is a cultural activist who views her creativity as radical medicine for the heart and uses it as a tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa has been the curator for Literary Happy since 2016. Learn more at www.handsofhanifa.com.

This event is sponsored by ARTECON INITIATIVE and made possible with support from The Pincus Family Foundation, Kehler Liddell Gallery, 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
2
7:00 PM19:00

Reconnecting with your Muse: A Guided Conversation on Creativity, Art and the "Artist"

(c) Mark St. Mary

(c) Mark St. Mary

Clinical psychologist Marcia Hunt poses the idea that inside most people is a desire to make, to create. If you claim this desire, if you name yourself “artist” how does this change you? Do you feel the same pressure to express as someone who does not claim that title?  As an artist, what happens when you feel creatively blocked?  Why does this happen and how do you reconnect with your muse?  If do not name yourself “artist” do you feel the same pressure? This guided conversation explores the passion that pushes us to create and express — whether you name yourself “artist” or not.” Free and open to all.

“There are two kinds of artists in this world; those that work because the spirit is in them, and they cannot be silent if they would, and those that speak from a conscientious desire to make apparent to others the beauty that has awakened their own admiration.” 
― Anna Katharine Green

About Marcia Hunt: Marcia Hunt has formal training in design and worked in architecture for just under a decade before deciding to change careers, now working as a clinical psychologist.  For the past thirty years she has struggled with the desire to create.  Working in many mediums including architectural design, creative writing, pottery, painting, and sculpture — she does not name herself “artist”, but will claim to be a “maker.”

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from 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, and the Pincus Family Foundation.

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Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Re:connecting: Reception + Artist Talks

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"Re:connecting," featuring the work of Liz Antle-O'Donnell, Julie Fraenkel and Matthew Garrett. Artist talk @ 3pm, w/ reception to follow.

ABOUT THE SHOW: While meditating on the exhibition’s theme, photographer Matthew Garrett states: “For me, Re:connecting is an aspirational concept. A dream – often unrealized – to share space with the people, places, and things that were once a regular part of my life, and are now more loosely bonded.”

For Garrett, this includes photography. As readily accessible cameras and instantaneous results have changed the field, he finds himself with a different relationship to his art form. He states: “In my own case, photography has become something done more from habit, than from inspiration. Creating images is alarmingly easy in this digital age, and steps must be taken to make things just a little more difficult – a little more intentional. This work draws from both habitual and intentional instincts.”

Facing creative challenges of her own, Liz Antle-O’Donnell’s recent works present a kind of reconnection to self. She writes: “Over the last few years, I have found it increasingly difficult to find time for art-making. As an artist, this inability to let your creative juices flow feels like a physical constipation … Working (finally) and without a preconceived thematic plan, these recent works unfold to present a juxtaposition between the hectic day-to-day, and what happens to our inner selves when we neglect basic self care.”

Simultaneously, Julie Fraenkel’s recent works explore concepts of connecting and longing. The artist states: “Recognizing that I nearly always depict people alone, I set out to create images with more than one person, and images that imply another presence, or absence. In doing so I realized that in most cases the second person turned out to be unreal — a figure from a dream, perhaps, a memory or phantasm, or literally a figure of imagination. Something that couldn’t be shaken or something that was never there. All of which brought up questions for me: are we always alone? Are we never alone? The current direction of my work explores these questions.”

** Artist talks presented by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the Pincus Family Foundation, and 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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Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

ArtEcon Community Programs Benefit

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Spring into Spring into Spring! ... w/ ArtEcon Initiative ... in New Haven's historic Westville Village!

5:30pm-7:30pm: We begin at RAWA Mediterranean Fusion Restaurant (838 Whalley Ave) for a signature spring cocktail and multi-course dinner, featuring sumptious food by former NYC Michelin Star chef, Salam Al-Rawi.

7:30pm-9:30pm: Then spring on over across the street to Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Ave) for champagne cocktails and dessert, as well as an art sale, featuring artwork by award-winning CT-based artists, and a spring-in drum circle with Billy Fischer.

Tickets: $85 (single); $150 (pair)

This event is to benefit the community programs of ArtEcon Initiative. Established in 2016, ArtEcon has produced over 100 free, or low cost, arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhood of New Haven, CT, reaching more than 4,000 artists, kids, and grown-ups, to date.

Please join us to celebrate ArtEcon's achievements, and help us continue to exceed expectations.

Free parking behind RAWA, Kehler Liddell Gallery (accessible via Tour Avenue), and on the street, as well as a pay lot on Whalley and Blake.

Can't make it? We greatly appreciate any and all support. We stretch every dollar – even a little goes a long way!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-in-benefit-dinner-tickets-56935021181

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Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! Monthly story time for All Ages

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Join us for ArtEcon’s free monthly story hour for all ages! This month, we will learn all about printmaking with artists Liz Antle-O'Donnell (whose work will be on view) and Ana Henriques Flis. Refreshments (including coffee for adults!) will be served. All materials included. Free and open to all. See you there!

This program is made possible with support from the Pincus Family Foundation and 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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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

Art + Theater: Women's Voices

A panel discussion with four playwrights from the Ivoryton Playhouse’s, Women’s Playwright Initiative, and four artists from Kehler Liddell Gallery. Moderated by Laura Copland.

Playwrights: Waltrudis Buck, Rachel Carnes, Kathleen Cahill, Tori Keenan-Zelt

Artists: Penrhyn Cook, Kate Henderson, Ana Henriques, Kim Weston

This program is sponsored by Ivoryton Playhouse, Kehler Liddell Gallery, and the ArtEcon Initiative, whose programs are made possible with support from 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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Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concerts

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The final concert in the ArtEcon Initiative sponsored BYO-Picnic concert series directly follows the opening reception for Penrhyn and Rod Cook. Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket/camping chairs – and/or purchase delicious soup by SOPA! New Haven – and enjoy the music! Thabisa is a South-African born singer, songwriter, and multi-lingual performer, who blends African soul, jazz and original music. Free and open to all. Families welcome!

This event is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from 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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Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Artist Talk + Opening Reception: Penrhyn + Rod Cook

“Zebra Herd,” by PenRod Studios. All rights reserved.

“Zebra Herd,” by PenRod Studios. All rights reserved.

Join us for an artist talk (3pm) and opening reception (4-6ppm) for Penrhyn and Rod Cook’s latest photography exhibition: Vanishing Volume Two.

During their first journey to Kenya and Tanzania three years ago, husband and wife photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook, were struck by the majestic beauty of the African wildlife, as well as the intense sadness they felt for the tragic fate facing the creatures:

“African wildlife is vanishing. The reasons are numerous and manifesting themselves as if they were choreographed to occur in unison. … We are not experts on the incredibly complex issues that threaten the region ... We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it.” The collection debuted at KLG in September 2017, and then later traveled to other local and regional venues, including the New York Hall of Sciences.

Anxious to continue their investigations, the couple returned to Kenya this past year with the specific intention of documenting the Great Migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest across the East African plains. Unfortunately, unusual weather patterns kept many of the animals in Tanzania, where grass was still plentiful; a direct result of climate change:

“Scientists predict that in 50 years time, if we don’t spend more time thinking and acting differently in regards to conversation, species we know and love will be driven to extinction … humans could very well be one of those beloved species.”

Working to the undertones of climate crisis, the couple ultimately discovered new photographic opportunities in “the relatively untouched golden grasslands of Kenya.” Vanishing Volume Two presents a further celebration of “the magnificent animals still to be found in Africa.” While the original collection was composed of all sepia-toned images, the images in Volume Two include components of color.

Rod Cook worked as a commercial photographer in New York for the first 25 years of his career. His fine art career began in 1996 with “Cypress Knees and Tupelos,” nudes taken in cypress swamps in and around Savannah, Georgia. Since then he has created his own interpretations of botanicals, landscapes, masks, mannequins and statues, often incorporating other mediums into the photographs.

Penrhyn Cook says: “A black and white photographic workshop 20 years ago opened my eyes to photography and life changed for me. Photography became a personal search for my own vision of the world. … I started with film, but now work digitally.” For more information about the artists, please visit: www.penrodphotographs.com. 

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Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Let's Play! Stories, songs + art

Join us as ArtEcon Initiative’s FREE monthly story time for all ages returns to KLG this month for a morning all about animals and love. Jaime Kane (beloved teacher at Westville Community Nursery School, and super Westville resident) leads. Free and open to all. Snacks (+ coffee for parents!) provided.

This event is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from 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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Jan
27
5:30 PM17:30

BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concerts!

BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concert Series continues with Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band! Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, and enjoy the sounds of this New Haven-based band. Free and open to all. Families welcome.

This event is sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from 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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Jan
26
to Jan 27

Pastel Workshop

Forest Beckons (detail), by Kate Henderson

Forest Beckons (detail), by Kate Henderson

Join artist Kate Henderson for this 2-day introduction to pastels and beyond. Participants will learn techniques of using soft pastels. Class drawings will be focused on representing a still life; participants are also encouraged to bring a few landscape photos to work from. No experience necessary, but some basic drawing skills are assumed.

DAY 1: Saturday, January 26th, 9am-1pm: Learn the basics of how to use soft pastels, including application techniques, value and color studies, underpainting and toned paper. Participants will also explore different papers, types of pastels, and proper cleaning and care of materials.

DAY 2: Sunday, January 27th, 9am-1pm: Participants will delve deeper into the particular drawing techniques used by Kate herself, from gestural to abstraction with mixed media.

Class Fee: $20, payable via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/pastel-workshop-tickets-54415858297?fbclid=IwAR1hz5n4x3MzBSE7eSJbXKQPlf8-1DJofmeGHl8SSQw1HOwWv6afXb0-Xww.

Basic materials, including a set of 24 pastels, are included for use during class. Sets can be purchased to take home for an additional $5 to be paid at the end of the class. Open to all, 18+

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.ArtEconInitiative.org). Our mission is to produce free, or low cost, accessible arts and community programs in the Westville-West Rock neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Your class fee goes directly towards supporting the additional costs of an in-depth workshop; market value for weekend arts workshops is $200/$250. If you have the means, we would be grateful for any and all additional contributions, so that we can continue to offer accessible programs.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! This workshop is made possible with support from 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.

** Image: "Forest Beckons," by Kate Henderson **

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Jan
25
5:30 PM17:30

Literary Happy Hour

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Literary Happy Hour is a reading and performance series curated by Cultural Activist Hanifa Nayo Washington that creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building.

This month, come out to be moved by the writings and readings of three featured artists: Kelley Knight, Kristianna Smith and Steve Driffin, as we circle to reflect on the dream Martin Luther King, Jr. left for us to live into, protect and propel forward into future generations. Open mic to follow their performances.

About the Artists:

Kelley Knight is a classically trained actor, writer, and director born and raised in the Greater New Haven area. Kelley has acted professionally on various stages across the tristate area and beyond for 11 years. Her credits include The Vagina Monologues and Canary Cockroach Phoenix. Kelley began writing at a very young age and has been featured as a writer/performer at Storytellers New Haven and Urban Perspectives at Citywide Open Studios.

Steve Driffin, Writer/Director, was born in New Haven, CT, but raised in Brooklyn, NY and in South Carolina after his mother relocated. He completed undergraduate school at the University of South Carolina and eventually went back to his birthplace after graduation. Steve has been writing stories for most of his life. Later, he was inspired by Black Filmmakers like Spike Lee and Julie Dash and a host of other visionaries and wanted to create and produce film. Steve aslo became actively engaged in the community after he saw the impact drugs and crime had on his neighborhood. Because filmmaking was expensive and a hard industry to break into, he began speaking to these ills by using his God-given gift of writing and using the medium of theatre. Steve became a well-known, local playwright and produced many independent plays over the years and can presently add the title "Filmmaker" to his moniker as he most recently completed his first independent film that he wrote, directed and produced. Steve is a very proud father of two daughters, Kendall and Kayla.

Kristianna Smith is the owner of Via Arts LLC. A facilitator, theater artist, amateur blogger and educator. She has spent over a decade working to reinvigorate the human experience through theater arts. Through arts-based programming, Kristianna collaborates with her partners to increase their accessibility to address the difficult topics of privilege, equity, oppression, and creativity within their communities. Kristianna has been exploring her journey through pregnancy and parenthood through her blog, The Curless Journey. In 2018, she received The Future is Now Award from CWEALF for both her personal and professional work.

About the Curator: Hanifa Nayo Washington is a cultural activist who views her creativity as radical medicine for the heart and uses it as a tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa has been the curator for Literary Happy since 2016. Learn more at www.handsofhanifa.com.

About the Event: Literary Happy Hour provides a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. Uniting the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community – including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers – Literary Happy Hour emphasizes writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups.

If you are interested in being considered as a featured artist for one of the events, or signing up for the open mic, please email Hanifa: hanifaw@gmail.com.

This event is sponsored by ARTECON INITIATIVE and made possible with support from Kehler Liddell Gallery, 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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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
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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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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