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Lew and Mary Green's Ragtime Evolution at 'An Evening Under the Stars'

posted Jun 14, 2017, 5:13 AM by Darien Arts Center

Lew and Mary Green and The Ragtime Evolution will perform at our first-ever gala, An Evening Under the Stars, taking place on Saturday, June 24th from 6-9 p.m. at the DAC Weatherstone Studio and Garden. Tickets for the event are $75 and will support new and ongoing programs at the DAC. For more information on An Evening Under the Stars or supporting the DAC, call Amy Allen, executive director at (203) 655-8683.


2017 Ginny Wright Scholarship - Congratulations to Courtney Lowe!

posted Jun 9, 2017, 7:12 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 7:13 AM ]

Darien High School senior Courtney Lowe was recently awarded the 2017 Ginny Wright Scholarship at the opening reception of the 58th Darien Art Show and Sale by Steven Wright, Ginny Wright's son.

The scholarship is given by the Darien Arts Center in memory of Virginia Wright to a Darien High School senior who plans to continue his or her study of art in college.

Pictured in front of Courtney’s artwork in the DAC lobby are Robert Lowe, Catherine Lowe, Courtney Lowe, Anne Ernst Wright, Alison Wright and Steven Wright.

An Evening Under the Stars Gala to Benefit the Darien Arts Center

posted Jun 6, 2017, 10:30 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 10:32 AM ]

The Darien Arts Center invites the community to support its first-ever gala fundraiser, An Evening Under the Stars, on Saturday, June 24th. The cocktail reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the DAC’s Weatherstone Studio and Garden. The benefit will feature live entertainment from Lew and Mary Green and Friends, as well as cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a raffle. Sponsors of the event include Darien Rowayton Bank, Pear Tree Point School, Virtual Doorman, Dr. Rhett Drugge, as well as generous support from various local businesses, including Palmer’s, Wine Cellarage, Spiked Seltzer, and Chocolate Works. IBM is a matching donor and Moffly Media is media sponsor.

Proceeds from An Evening Under the Stars will benefit the DAC, which relies solely on donations, ticket sales, tuitions and grants for funding. Over 6,000 individuals participate in programs and attend performances at the DAC annually, with over 1000 students from toddlers to seniors taking classes in dance, visual arts, music, theatre, and martial arts. DAC outreach programs include partnerships with the Darien Library, Darien Nature Center, Atria, Maplewood, Darien After Schools Program and Overtime Athletics. Over twenty students with disabilities attend Artabilities and Danceabilities classes though a relationship with Star, Inc.

Financial support from the community is vital for the DAC to continue to provide its culturally dynamic events that encompass visual and performing arts, including Pic Darien, the annual smartphone photo contest, the unprecedented showcase of talent in Darien’s Got Talent, the Darien Art Show and Sale with hundreds of local artists showcasing their work, and much more.

Tickets for An Evening Under the Stars are $75 and are limited. For more information on the benefit or supporting the DAC, call Amy Allen, executive director at (203) 655-8683.

Pictured are gala committee members, left to right: Caitlin Whitacre, Jen Osborne, Alexandra Taylor, Marty Rainbow Hendrickson, Susan Willing, Rebecca Morrison and DAC Board Member Cristine Foster. Not pictured are: Anika Charron, Carole Claps, Jennifer Clemow, Katherine Crouse, Amanda Davenport, Elizabeth Hole, Kerrie Kelley, Kathryn Mann, Lesley Osborn, Sharon Parr, Mary Stockdale, and DAC Board Members Adrienne Kelly and Carlyle Upson.

Winners of the 58th Darien Art Show and Sale

posted Jun 5, 2017, 10:07 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 10:54 AM ]

Darien artist Amy Schott won Best in Show with a mixed media entry, Salzburg Swallows, at the Darien Art Center’s 58th Darien Art Show & Sale, which kicked off with a packed gallery at their opening reception on June 2. The DAC, received 244 entries from 157 artists from kindergarten age to adult.

The appeal and variety of the entries in this year’s show have translated into sales of over $1100 in art in its first weekend. The show will be open to the public through Saturday, June 10th, in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. Artwork will be on display and available for sale in a variety of media from noon to 5 p.m. each day. 25% of art sales will benefit the DAC.

This year’s judge, Arianne Faber Kolb, Ph.D., commented, “It was a great pleasure judging the Darien Art Show, which features such a range of artistic talent, from established local artists to students of all ages working in a variety of media. It is challenging at times to award prizes, since the artworks are different in approaches and styles yet equally deserving of recognition. This wonderfully diverse show has something for everyone: contemplative abstract works, landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and whimsical cows! I particularly applaud the student artists who submitted their work to this show and I look forward to seeing these budding talents continue to pursue their creative interests.”

This year’s show featured 14 categories and 42 winners. All adult first-, second- and third-place winners will be on display at the Darien Library June 26 through July 14. Adult honorable mention winning entries will be on display from June 13 through July 17 at the Darien Town Hall. Children’s first place winners will be at Dr. David Osherow’s Orthodontics office from June 12 through July 6.

Adult first place winners included Kaz Oda for Oil, Joyce Grasso for Acrylic, Adriana Robles for Color Photography, Sophie Cirillo for Black and White Photography, Christina Klumb for Sculpture, Sandra Aldrich for Watercolor, Meg Tweedy for Mixed Media and Dana Goodfellow for Drawing, Pastel and Graphics. High school first place winners were Faith Helms, Tighe Ekern, and Emily Wright.

Darien Rowayton Bank is corporate sponsor of the Art Show and Sale. Prize sponsors are Ben Larrabee Fine Art Portrait Photography; Big Shots; The Dock Shop; Dana Fead of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties; Rose-Marie Fox, Board Chair, Silvermine Arts Center; Geary Gallery; Jerry’s Artarama; David M. Osherow, D.D.S., Orthodontist; Sugar Bowl and Wilson Avenue Loft Artists. Show sponsors consist of Baubles; Crunch Norwalk: Darien Carpet; Flowers and Flowers by Adam; Frederic & Co.; The Gardener’s Center & Florist; Grieb’s Pharmacy; Imported Cars of Darien; Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club; Michael’s Cleaners; Rowayton Fuel & Oil; Rowayton Market; Silverhill Landscaping; Tammy Langalis of William Raveis Real Estate and Wineport of Darien.

Following is a list of the winners:

ADULT AWARDS

BEST IN SHOW


Amy Schott, Salzburg Swallows, Mixed Media

OIL
1st Kaz Oda

2nd Vicki French Smith
3rd Betty Ball

ACRYLIC
 

1st Joyce Grasso

2nd Lisa Thoren

3rd Carl Smith


COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
1st Adriana Robles

2nd Katherine Rawden
3rd Kyle Michael King

BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
1st Sophie Cirillo

2nd Adriana Robles

3rd Kyle Michael King


SCULPTURE
1st Christina Klumb

2nd Tom Volpe

WATERCOLOR
1st Sandra Aldrich

2nd Caroline Weeks

3rd Suzanne Wilsey

MIXED MEDIA

1st Meg Tweedy

2nd Karen Neems

3rd Karen Vogel


DRAWING, PASTEL & GRAPHICS 

1st Dana Goodfellow

2nd Robert Carley

3rd Eddie Nino

STUDENT AWARDS


HIGH SCHOOL - PHOTOGRAPHY
1st Faith Helms

2nd Harrison Nicholls

3rd Harrison Nicholls

HIGH SCHOOL - SCULPTURE
1st Tighe Ekern

2nd Tighe Ekern

3rd Skye Ekern

HIGH SCHOOL - ALL OTHER MEDIA
1st Emily Wright

2nd Mariana Seibold

3rd James McPartland

GRADE 6 - 8

1st Greta Hoffmeister
2nd Nora Ashrifeh

3rd Rachel Huang

GRADE 3 - 5

1st Conrad Straden

2nd Joyce Huang

3rd Lillie Foster

GRADE K - 2

1st Rhys Richards

2nd Claire Ventker

3rd Malia Graybill

 

 

Long Tradition of Darien Art Show Becomes Family Tradition For Lori & Henry Glavin

posted May 15, 2017, 8:04 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 15, 2017, 8:05 AM ]

The 58th Darien Art Show and Sale returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio from June 3 through June 10, and is accepting registrations online through May 22. Like many local artists, Lori and Henry Glavin look forward to participating in what has become a long-standing tradition in town.

For Lori, an accomplished artist, long-time Darien resident and co-founder of Wilson Avenue Loft Artists (WALA) in Norwalk, participating in the show is second nature. She is a past co-chair of the Art Show, and past DAC board member, as well as a DAC Best in Show winner in 2013. “I’m a big supporter of The Darien Art Show. It provides an opportunity for both young and experienced artists to be recognized for their creativity. Fostering the arts on a local level is vital to our community.”

Following his mother's lead, Lori's son Henry quickly developed a passion for the visual arts. Henry was introduced to the Darien Art Center through after-school classes in grade school and went on to become a regular art show participant and volunteer. "The Darien Art Show is a great way for artists of all ages to experience the excitement of exhibiting your work among your friends and family. Having the opportunity as an elementary school student to show with older respected local artists is rare and very motivating. The prospect of sales at the show was also one of the early factors that allowed me to see art-making not as a hobby, but as a viable way to make a living." Henry graduated in 2014 from The School of Art and Design at Alfred University with a BFA in painting and ceramics. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY, and works as a studio assistant and art handler while maintaining a daily studio practice.

The 58th Darien Art Show and Sale offers cash awards and is open to DAC students and children and adults who live or work in Darien. Artists of all ages are encouraged to register, and entries are welcome in a variety of media. Nonresidents may also enter the show with a donation to the organization. The winner of Best in Show will be given a solo exhibit in the Town Hall in the spring of 2018.

Darien Rowayton Bank is corporate sponsor of the Art Show and Sale. Prize sponsors are Ben Larrabee Fine Art Portrait Photography; Big Shots; The Dock Shop; Dana Fead of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties; Rose-Marie Fox, Board Chair, Silvermine Arts Center; Geary Gallery; Jerry’s Artarama; David M. Osherow, D.D.S., Orthodontist; Sugar Bowl and Wilson Avenue Loft Artists. Show sponsors consist of Baubles; Darien Carpet; Frederic & Co.; The Gardener’s Center & Florist; Grieb’s Pharmacy; Imported Cars of Darien; Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club; Michael’s Cleaners; Rowayton Fuel & Oil; Rowayton Market; Silverhill Landscaping; Tammy Langalis of William Raveis Real Estate and Wineport of Darien.

Drop off of artwork is on May 30, from 2 to 8 p.m. only, in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. No walk-in registrations will be accepted at drop off. All submitted pieces of art must be ready to hang with a wire on the back, or, if needed, the DAC will provide assistance with wiring at the drop-off site for a small fee. The awards reception will be held Friday, June 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be open for public viewing every day from Saturday, June 3 through Saturday, June 10, from noon to 5 p.m. 


Arianne Faber Kolb, Ph.D. to Judge 58th Annual Darien Art Show and Sale

posted May 4, 2017, 12:24 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 8, 2017, 8:00 AM ]

Arianne Faber Kolb, Ph.D. will judge the 58th Darien Art Show and Sale which will be held Saturday, June 3 through Saturday, June 10 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Kolb is an art historian and curator of old master and contemporary art. She was the Executive Co-Director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park, New Canaan, a curator of paintings and drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, a visiting professor of art history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a researcher in the Paintings Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kolb also worked at the Philip Johnson Glass House, where she initiated and led the youth program of tours. As a board member of the New Canaan Preservation Alliance, she founded an architecture education program for elementary school children and published the books From the Saltbox to the Glass House: Places that Matter in New Canaan and Waveny: New Canaan’s Treasure. She organized the Waveny Book Launch in 2016, and also co-chaired the Waveny 100th Celebration in 2012. Her other published work includes a book on Jan Brueghel the Elder, co-authorship of Getty Museum Paintings catalogues, as well as articles and art exhibition catalogues. She is currently on the Capital Campaign Committee of the Bruce Museum, a member of the Middlebury College Arts Council, and Co-chair of the Stoddard Art Lecture Series at the New Canaan Library.

The 58th Darien Art Show and Sale offers cash awards and is open to DAC students and children and adults who live or work in Darien. Nonresidents may also enter the show with a donation to the organization. Entries are welcome in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing/pastel, mixed media/printmaking, sculpture, color photography and black & white photography. The winner of Best in Show will be given a solo exhibit in the Town Hall in the spring of 2018.

Darien Rowayton Bank is corporate sponsor of the Art Show and Sale. Prize sponsors are Big Shots, The Dock Shop, Dana Fead Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, Rose-Marie Fox, Board Chair, Silvermine Arts Center, Geary Gallery, Jerry’s Artarama, Ben Larrabee, David M. Osherow, D.D.S., Orthodontist, Sugar Bowl and Wilson Avenue Loft Artists. Show sponsors are Baubles, Darien Carpet, Frederic & Co., The Gardener’s Center & Florist, Grieb’s Pharmacy, Imported Cars of Darien, Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club, Michael’s Cleaners, Rowayton Fuel & Oil, Rowayton Market, Silverhill Landscaping, Tammy Langalis, William Raveis Real Estate, and Wineport. 

Registration for artists is available online only at darienarts.org until May 22. Artists needing help with online registration may call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683, or visit the DAC office at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall, for assistance. Drop off of artwork is on May 30, from 2 to 8 p.m. only in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. No walk-in registrations will be accepted at drop off. Artists may enter up to two pieces of artwork, with an entry fee of $20 per submission for adults and $10 per piece for children. Adults submitting two pieces must designate at least one for sale. A 25% commission on each sale will benefit the DAC. Artists of all ages are encouraged to register.

All submitted pieces of art must be ready to hang with a wire on the back, or, if needed, the DAC will provide assistance with wiring at the drop-off site for a small fee. The awards reception will be held Friday, June 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be open for public viewing every day from Saturday, June 3 through Saturday, June 10, from noon to 5 p.m. 


Darien Art Show & Sale

posted Apr 3, 2017, 5:40 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 12:32 PM ]

The 58th Darien Art Show & Sale returns in the spring of 2017! Artists of all ages are encouraged to participate in this Darien tradition that includes cash awards and a solo exhibit for the Best in Show winner. Registration for artists is online only and opens mid-April. 

Cash prizes and the Ginny Wright Scholarship will be awarded at the Opening Awards Ceremony that takes place on Friday, June 2, from 7-9pm. Over 250 pieces of children's and adult artwork in a variety of media will be on view from June 3-10 in the Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio. 

Sign up for the DAC newsletter to get more information and reminders for important dates. For questions, please call the DAC at (203) 655-8683

Fiona Goes to Paris

posted Mar 22, 2017, 8:49 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 1, 2017, 5:58 AM ]

Online tickets for Fiona are no longer available. Please purchase tickets at the door. And enjoy the show!

Darien Arts Center students and members of the DAC performance company will present Fiona Goes to Paris, a new original children’s ballet, and the third in the Fiona series, on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 at noon and 3 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Fiona is geared toward a younger audience and all are welcome to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. The show runs for approximately one hour. For questions, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683. 


Pic Darien Winners and Reception

posted Mar 13, 2017, 10:38 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 10:02 AM ]

We are happy to announce the winners in our second annual Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien, which garnered over 300 photo entries from all ages!

Winners in the children’s category are:
Nature, 1st prize to Schafer Repsher, Honorable Mention to Remi Repsher; People/Pets, 1st prize to Olivia Leimgruber, Honorable Mention to Hans Baurmeister; Travel, 1st prize to Brynn Forlizzi.

Prizes in the student category are:
Food, 1st prize to Mary Duffy, Honorable Mention to Macy Millones; Humor, 1st prize to Ellie Mueller, Honorable Mention to Lorenzo Zullo; Nature, 1st prize to Caroline Krantz, Honorable Mention to Trevor Cooper; People/Pets, 1st prize to Maddy Roberts, Honorable Mention to Ellie Mueller; Travel, 1st prize to Grace Gardella, Honorable Mention to Sammie Wagner.

In the adult category, prizes are:

Food, 1st prize to Janine Vairo, Honorable Mention to Philip Leimgruber; Humor, 1st prize to Carin Zakes, Honorable Mention to Michael Tangney; Nature, 1st prize to Heather Harriton, Honorable Mention to Kathy Rawdon; People/Pets, 1st prize to Jared Heuer, Honorable Mention to Brian Hekker; Travel, 1st place to Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Honorable Mention to Janine Vairo.

Congratulations to all!

Many thanks to accomplished graphic designer Miggs Burroughs, who judged the contest, lead sponsors David and Rebecca Ashcraft, Gold Sponsors Pam Heckel and Jessie Gilbert, and Silver Sponsor Sarah Ritchey.

All photo entries will be showcased in a slideshow on the DAC Weatherstone Studio’s 184” HD movie screen at the Award and Reveal Reception, on March 17th, from 7-9pm, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call us at (203) 655-8683. 

See the 2017 Pic Darien Slideshow of all entries.

Pictured is 1st place winning photo in the Childrens' People/Pets category by Olivia Leimgruber, "Me and Daisy".

                                                  

Scenework, Kids' Theatre Class

posted Mar 3, 2017, 6:05 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 6:38 AM ]

Grades 5 through 8 can register now for Scenework, a fun, fast-paced performance-based theatre class taught by DAC Kids' Theatre Director Heather Kahlert. Classes begin on March 23rd and run through May 4, on Thursdays from 5-6:30pm. Students will use short skits & improvisation to build a show for an invited audience at the last class. Class fee is $170, plus $35 annual registration fee. Register through the link below, or for questions, call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683.

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