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

Patrick "Littlewolf" Brooks

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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Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

Closing Reception + Artist Talk: Marjorie Wolfe + Tom Edwards

Artist Talk will begin at 2pm. Join artists Marjorie Gillette Wolfe and Tom Edwards as they discuss their work and process. Questions and comments encouraged!

Marjorie Gillette Wolfe has been a photographer for four decades, and was an art teacher for 37 years. A New Haven native, her work often centers on structures, landscape, organic processes, and the environments in which they occur. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master’s degree from Wesleyan University. Wolfe was a 2012 recipient of the CT Artist Fellowship. For more information, visit www.marjoriewolfe.net

Tom Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts, with a major in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. His work has been exhibited extensively, and is held in numerous collections such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Library Congress (DC), Smithsonian Collection (DC), The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT) and the Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection.

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
15
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Play! Special Edition

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Join us this month for a special edition of our free monthly story time event! This month, we will welcome local author and illustrator Brenna Yu, who will read her latest Hazel and Twig book, The Birthday Fortune. Following the reading, participants will engage in an art activity inspired by the book. Free and open to all. Light refreshments served.

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
12
6:00 PM18:00

"Le Petit Studio ... for Adults!" Workshop w/ Toto Kisaku

Kids don't get to have all the fun! Join acclaimed Actor, Playwright, & Director Toto Kisaku (www.kmutheater.net) for a fun evening of art, music, and acting. Let loose of your inhibitions, and allow yourself to be silly. We will work together to create a play in under 2 hours! The evening will conclude with a brief presentation by Toto about his work and journey, followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments served. 

 Photo by Ian Douglas

Photo by Ian Douglas

ABOUT "Le Petit Studio" with Toto Kisaku

What: "Le Petit Studio" is a workshop space for dramatic readings

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

How: Imagine in 2 hours we will work together to recreate an entire world on stage. 

First, we will choose a book or story to dramatize. The book is chosen at random. Participants are invited to bring a favorite book to add! Next, we 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. And so the evening begins! The workshop concludes with a performance of the play created in under 2 hours.

About Toto Kisaku: 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 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
8
10:00 AM10:00

Printmaking Workshop w/ Tom Edwards

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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 a real etching press works, and try your hand at creating your own dry point etching on plexiglass. Toddler appropriate options available too. Free and open to all! All materials included.

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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Mar
22
to Apr 22

Marjorie Wolfe + Tom Edwards

Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) presents Marjorie Gillette Wolfe’s, Far and Wide, and Tom Edwards’, Expanded Visions, with an opening reception on Sunday, March 25th, 3pm-6pm, and a closing reception on Sunday, April 22nd, 1pm-4pm, featuring an artist talk @ 2pm

For more information, visit: http://www.kehlerliddellgallery.com/exhibitions/

 MATERA, by Marjorie Gillette Wolfe. Copyright: Marjorie Wolfe

MATERA, by Marjorie Gillette Wolfe. Copyright: Marjorie Wolfe

 Still Life: Bark and Rocks, by Tom Edwards. Copyright: Tom Edwards

Still Life: Bark and Rocks, by Tom Edwards. Copyright: Tom Edwards

Artist Talks presented by ArtEcon Initiative, and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, 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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Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition Conclusion: Roundtable Discussion

Join Enroue Halfkenny LCSW, a consultant, Babalawo and psychotherapist, and founder of Healing and Liberation Counseling, and the artist, Rhinold Ponder, for an opportunity to gather, reflect and discuss The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious.

The event is free and open to all, though reservations are required: http://bit.ly/2Bb4DOl.

Presented by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (www.wcgmf.org), The Rise and Fail of the N-Word challenges the lack of a common language in our efforts to understand and communicate across perspectives about racism. This provocative exhibition contains work created by Ponder himself, as well as work commissioned by Ponder that includes a series of “N-Word Logos” created by artists worldwide. The exhibition seeks to engage viewers in an emotional and often redemptive dialogue. 

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Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Performance and Discussion hosted by Literary Happy Hour

Hanifa Nayo Washington facilitates a special Literary Happy Hour to coincide with "The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious" by Rhinold Ponder, presented by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund: www.wcgmf.org.

Literary Happy Hour is a radically inclusive reading and performance series featuring diverse New Haven artists. This evening will feature artists J-Sun, Z Bell and Mooncha. Following the performance, poets, singers and writers are invited to participate in an open mic.

The event is free and open to all. Reservations are recommended: http://bit.ly/2rd2FgC 

J-Sun is a Slam Poet/Playwright/Activist/Author and a 2002 CT National Poetry Slam Poet. He has facilitated poetry workshops across the region from community centers to Riker's Island Jail in New York. His emphasis is on arts and activism with a belief that we all need a voice because we all have something to say. His poetic style is vibrant, awakening, and sometimes shocking, speaking to real life situations. 

Z Bell (pronouns they/them) believes in the power of redefinition, visioning and poetry as a means towards self-love, community care and liberation. They are an organizer, radical political education trainer and poet. Z has written, designed and released 4 zines of poetry, all of which can be found at ZBellPoetry.com

Mooncha is New Haven’s answer to the alternative R&B sound becoming ubiquitous in today’s music, from fast-rising artists like The Internet to relative unknowns trending now on Spotify playlists. Nonetheless, only this artist offers a distinctive space-themed twist, an unwillingness to shy away from the political, and a fresh, DIY approach to music and art. Her self-produced art is short, satisfying, and spacey, managing to somehow be atmospheric and danceable, psychedelic and sincere. Find Mooncha on Spotify, Apple Music, Souncloud, etc. 

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.

Literary Happy Hour is a curated reading and performance series providing a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. This event unites the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community--including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers--with an emphasis on writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups. Literary Happy Hour creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building. 

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Feb
15
to Mar 18

The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious by Rhinold Ponder

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Presented by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, The Rise and Fail of the N-Word by New Jersey based artist Rhinold Ponder, challenges the lack of a common language in our efforts to understand and communicate across perspectives about racism. This provocative exhibition contains work created by Ponder himself, as well as work commissioned by Ponder that includes a series of “N-Word Logos” created by artists worldwide. The exhibition seeks to engage viewers in an emotional and often redemptive dialogue. 

“In my artwork, I try to offer the viewer a narrative about race, and the issue of racism, which is one of the most important discussions we need to have in this country, but also one of the most difficult,” says Ponder. “I’m not there to tell [viewers] what to think … the work is there to help them think.”

This exhibition is brought to New Haven by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (WCGMF), marking a new venture for WCGMF to work with art and artists to create opportunities for discussion around race and poverty in our society.

“The ‘N’ Word is intrinsically embedded in the implicit bias that affects people who are charged with the success of children of color in our community,” says Executive Director David Addams.

Rhinold Ponder is a mixed-media artist from Princeton, New Jersey. He began his artistic journey as an award-winning winning artist in Chicago, where he majored in commercial art at a vocational high school, before obtaining advanced degrees in law, journalism, and African American studies. Much of Ponder’s work reflects his love of explosive colorful abstract and expressionist art with a focus on humanity’s faith and will to overcome adversity. He is largely interested in expressions of hope and faith as unifying elements in a diverse society. His work has been exhibited worldwide. For more information, visit: www.ponderart.com.

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund’s mission is to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty. For more information, visit: http://www.wcgmf.org

Exhibition Events and Programs:

  1. Opening Reception & Discussion with the Artist: Wednesday, February 21st, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Discussion with the artist moderated by Enroue Halfkenny at 7:30pm. Free and open to all. Reservations required: http://bit.ly/2rgUGiD 
  2. Press Event: Wednesday, February 21st @ 4:00pm. Press are invited to talk with the artist before the opening.
  3. The Rise and Fail of the N-Word Exhibit: Performance & Discussion Hosted by Literary Happy Hour: Thursday, March 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Literary Happy Hour is a radically inclusive reading and performance series featuring diverse New Haven writers curated and hosted by Hanifa Nayo Washington. Reservations recommended: http://bit.ly/2rd2FgC 
  4. Exhibition Conclusion: Roundtable Discussion: Saturday, March 17th, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Free and open to all those who have visited the exhibition. Facilitated by Enroue Halfkenny. Reservations required: http://bit.ly/2Bb4DOl 
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