Oct
7
3:00pm 3:00pm

Artist Talk + Closing Reception: Vanishing

AFRICAN WILDLIFE IS VANISHING, Two photographers document what they saw & how they felt

Join us for a discussion with the artists about their work and travels during Westville Weekend of City-Wide Open Studios.

About the Exhibition:

Husband and wife photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook – whose joint photography studio, PenRod Studios, is located in Bridgeport, CT – searched for a common theme to combine their distinct artistic voices for their upcoming joint exhibition @ KLG. A decision to journey to Kenya and Tanzania provided the solution. In a preface to an accompanying artist book produced by the couple, the artists write:

“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 and can’t speak to what solutions, if any, there are to alleviate the situation.  We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it.”

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. I still do almost no manipulation other than what I could achieve in the darkroom.” For more information about the artists, please visit: www.penrodphotographs.com

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Sep
24
2:00pm 2:00pm

Toto Kisaku's, "Le Petit Studio"

What: "Le Petit Studio" is a workshop space for dramatic readings by and for children (ages 8-12), with some participation by brave adults! 

Why: Creativity is exciting. It's exhilarating. And creating safe spaces for young people to be creators is vital to developing the neighborhoods, the communities, the cities we dream of.

How: Imagine in 2 hours that 20 young people recreate an entire world on stage. Imagine that they take responsibility for making artistic decisions to realize their vision and make their story come alive.

First, the children choose a book or story to dramatize. The book is chosen at random. Participants are invited to bring a favorite book to add.

Next, the children decide who will play each character, who will make sounds and music that will create the environment, and who will design the costumes and scenery. Then the activity begins! For 1 marvelous hour, the young people cut, sew, paint, staple, and draw; they sing, whistle, blow, snap, stomp, and make unearthly sounds to recreate the world they’re creating; they practice voices for characters, look up how to pronounce unfamiliar words, try out various postures that fit their characters, and dig deeply into their characters — how they feel about themselves, and how they feel about the other characters. 

The workshop concludes with a performance of the play created entirely by the children, and their assistants (the adults), in under 2 hours.

For more information, click HERE, or HERE.

 

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Sep
7
to Oct 8

Vanishing, photographs by Penrhyn + Rod Cook

AFRICAN WILDLIFE IS VANISHING, Two photographers document what they saw & how they felt

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9th, 3pm-6pm, during Westville’s monthly Second Saturdays.

Artist Talk / Closing ReceptionSaturday, October 7th @ 3pm, during City-Wide Open Studios Westville Weekend.

Husband and wife photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook searched for a common theme to combine their distinct artistic voices for their upcoming joint exhibition @ KLG. A decision to journey to Kenya and Tanzania provided the solution. In a preface to an accompanying artist book produced by the couple, the artists write:

“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 and can’t speak to what solutions, if any, there are to alleviate the situation.  We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it.”

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. I still do almost no manipulation other than what I could achieve in the darkroom.” For more information about the artists, please visit: www.penrodphotographs.com

 

 

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Jul
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

Opening Reception + Discussion w/ Artists

WHAT DOES CONVERSATION LOOK LIKE? Find out @ KLG!

During this month's Second Saturday extravaganza, stop in to KLG for an opening reception and discussion with the artists for the annual ARTIST AS CURATOR: TALK TO ME.

3PM: Discussion with the Artists: Panelists will discuss their own practice and work, as well as speak to the impact of working in a community of artists, and invite questions from the audience. Moderated by Semi Semi-Dikoko. Panelists include: Brian Flinn, Michelle Thomas and others TBA. Presented in partnership with The ArtEcon Initiative

4PM - 7PM: Opening Reception: Mingle with all the artists. Enjoy nibbles, wine and incredible artworks. 

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Jun
11
10:00am10:00am

Let's Play! Stories + Songs for All Ages

Join us for our FREE monthly story-time events led by member artist, Liz Antle-O'Donnell, her husband Ryan, and Westville's very own, Muffy Pendergast! Each event features a story, song and art activity inspired by the artwork on view. Materials and supplies free of charge. All ages are welcome! Light refreshments served.

This month we will read, Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss, sing a fun traveling song, and create some Seuss-ian inspired artworks.

This program, created in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative, is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

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Jun
10
2:30pm 2:30pm

Hank Paper + Matt Garrett: Opening Reception + Artist Talk

June 1 – July 2, 2017: Kehler Liddell Gallery presents two new exhibitions of photography: Hank Paper’s, “How You Travel Is Your Destination,” and Matt Garrett’s, “Signs of Life Continue,” with an opening reception, as part of Westville’s monthly Second Saturday events, on June 10th, 2017, 3pm-6pm, featuring a pre-party artist talk @ 2:30pm.

Hank Paper's, "How You Travel Is Your Destination"

Hank Paper's, "How You Travel Is Your Destination"

Matt Garrett's, "Signs of Life Continue"

Matt Garrett's, "Signs of Life Continue"

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May
21
4:00pm 4:00pm

Our Mother Earth: Family Film Series

Join us for this environmentally-themed film series presented in conjunction with One Planet. One Home., a group exhibition of works confronting climate change and the environmental crisis. For the second edition of this series, we will screen: Chasing Ice, a documentary about the melting of the ice caps by a famous photographer who was initially skeptical about climate change and then converted.

This series, developed by KLG and the ArtEcon Initiative, is curated by and presented in partnership with Best Video Film and Culture Center, and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

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May
21
10:00am10:00am

Let's Play! Stories + Songs for All Ages

Join us for our FREE monthly story-time events led by member artist, Liz Antle-O'Donnell, her husband Ryan, and Westville's very own, Muffy Pendergast! Each event features a story, song and art activity inspired by the artwork on view. Materials and supplies free of charge. All ages are welcome! Light refreshments served.

This month we will read, The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, sing some of our old favorites about gardens and love, continue working on a community earth-themed mobile, and even do a bit of planting for the Spring! Click HERE for details.

This program, created in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative, is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

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May
13
3:00pm 3:00pm

"What Can I Do to Fight Climate Change?": Panel Discussion & Community Conversation

Join us for an informative conversation with area experts focused on the concrete ways in which each of us can make a difference in the fight against climate change. Moderated by Westville's own Semi Semi-Dikoko, this program is one in a series of monthly community conversations, Art in Community 20|20, and will take place during Westville's Annual Artwalk. For more information, click HERE.

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May
7
3:00pm 3:00pm

One Planet One Home: Family Film Series @ KLG

Following the art and science workshop with Gar Waterman, stick around for the first edition of this environmentally-themed film series! Best Video Film and Culture Center in Hamden, Connecticut has curated this series of 3 films (TBA). Films will address environmental themes in conjunction with: One Planet. One Home (May 4 – 28, 2017), a group exhibition of work that confronts climate change and the growing environmental crisis. All ages welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

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May
7
1:00pm 1:00pm

BEETLE-mania: Art + Science Workshop

Join Westville artist Gar Waterman for a sneak peak of his forthcoming exhibition: Beauty and the Beetle, opening May 25th @ the Yale Peabody Museum of Natual History.

Waterman will share spectacular images of beetles, as well as beetle specimens from the Peabody collection and his own sculptures. Afterward participants are invited to sculpt a scarab using clay and other materials.

All ages are welcome, though this program is best suited for ages 6 and up. 

This program was developed in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

 

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Apr
23
10:00am10:00am

Let's Play! Stories + Songs @ KLG

Join us for a FREE story-time event for all ages hosted by member artist Liz Antle-O'Donnell, her husband Ryan O'Donnell, and Westville's very own Muffy Pendergast. Story selections are inspired by the artwork on view. Audience participation is always encouraged. Hands-on art activities for all ages follow the story. Materials and supplies are free to participants as well. Light refreshments served.

This month we will read Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara, learn a song about love. and create a community mural.

About Liz: Before becoming a mom to Oliver 18 months ago, Liz was an Early Childhood Educator for nearly a decade. She was most recently a teacher at the Preschool at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. Liz and her husband Ryan began Let's Play! @ KLG as a fun way for families to gather around art.

About Ryan: Guitar extraordinaire, Ryan leads the musical portion of the morning, (with assistance from son Oliver!)

About Muffy: Deemed “The Empress of the Arts in Westville” (which she loves..), Muffy is a parent, art teacher, community arts organizer, and giant puppet facilitator. She likes to host art happenings at KLG, because she loves to create art with all the kids, while getting to know parents and grandparents, intending to further build community.

This program created in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative, is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

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Apr
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

Opening Reception: Liz Antle-O'Donnell + Alan Shulik

Join us for the opening reception of Liz Antle-O'Donnell's, WALLS, and Alan Shulik's, Enigmatic Canyons. At 5pm a lively Q&A with the artists will be hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko. Audience participation welcomed. 

This program, created in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative, is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

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Mar
29
5:30pm 5:30pm

Don't Be Afraid of Your Taxes: Crash Course for Artists + Entrepreneurs

Are you an artist, freelancer, entrepreneur, or all of the above? Do you have anxiety every tax season? This workshop is for you! Bill Kalinowski and Linda Colman will lead a crash course in how to take control of your bookkeeping, your taxes, and your business. Bring your questions, your dinner, and a laptop if you have one.

Bill Kalinowski CPA, a partner at Burzenski & Company, specializes in the areas of nonprofit and governmental engagements. He is instrumental in executing accounting and audit functions and serves as a reviewer of financial statements for clients in numerous industries. He serves on the Board of Directors of Artspace Inc of New Haven and as the vice-chairman of the Town of Cheshire’s Youth Service Commission. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Linda Colman, partner at Dressler Santaus Colman LLC, hasmore than 35 years of experience providing bookkeeping services for many types of small businesses. She specializes in working with nonprofit and community organizations, providing customized statements that include fund accounting capability and budget comparisons. She studied jewelry design at the Tyler School of Art and is now a working sculptor in New Haven, CT.

This program was created by The ArtEcon Initiative with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

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Mar
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Captain of a Huckleberry Party

In his eulogy for his friend Henry Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson lamented that “instead of engineering for all America, he was the captain of a huckleberry-party.” In 2017, 200 years after Thoreau’s birth, it sure seems like America right now could use a few more huckleberry parties. So, in Henry’s honor, Dr. Dann is holding a roving huckleberry party. Dr. Dann will walk from NYC to Concord Mass. (235 miles in 13 days), stopping along the way to perform Thoreau’s poems, sing his favorite songs, and "make a joyful noise that would make Henry smile." Dr. Dann states that as he walks, he will carry Thoreau’s maxim –

“In the long run, we find what we expect; we shall be fortunate then, if we expect great things” 

and hope to inspire a new generation of Americans to take up Thoreau’s practice of enlivened observation of Nature and enlightened citizenship. For more information, visit www.drdann.com

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Mar
19
10:00am10:00am

Let's Play! Stories + Songs @ KLG

Join us every for a story time event for all ages hosted by member artist Liz Antle-O'Donnell. This month, we will read and sing, Abiyoyo, by Pete Seeger, a magical story inspired by a South African folktale. We will also welcome Muffy Pendergast who will lead a hands-on art activity for all ages. Light refreshments served.

This program, created in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative, was made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants program.

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Mar
12
12:00pm12:00pm

Artist Demo: Frank Bruckmann, Still Life

Join painter Frank Bruckmann for an artist demo and learn how the paintings from Studio Still Lifes evolved. Frank is an engaging painter and presenter, and this is a great opportunity to learn about the life and practice of an artist. Light refreshments will be served.

This program, created in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative, was made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

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Mar
11
3:00pm 3:00pm

Opening Reception + Discussions with the Artists

Join us for the opening reception for Frank Bruckmann's, Studio Still Lifes, and Edith Borax-Morrison's, Monoliths and Magic. Come see these two exciting exhibitions, meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and conversation for Westville's Second Saturday events.

At 5pm, Semi Semi-Dikoko will host a discussion with the artists. Semi will lead the audience on a journey through each artist's work and process, concluding with a Q&A.

About Our Host: Semi Semi-Dikoko is a Conceptual Artist and Principal at SSD International, (a Consulting & Systems Architecture practice). He considers Westville New Haven Connecticut his home. Having lived on four continents, he focuses his professional practice and artistic expression on being of service, benefiting and healing his community, the poor and disenfranchised, (here and abroad). Through his activism, consulting and social entrepreneurship, he strives towards a sustainable economic, social and environmental outlook for the most vulnerable. 

This program, created in partnership with the ArtEcon Initiative, was made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program.

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