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Valentine's Day Sip and Paint: Georgia O'Keefe!

Celebrate romance through the language of love and the feminism of flowers. Whether you are focusing on loving yourself, or being in love and loving others more deeply, exploring the depth of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings will help you to look deeper into the anatomy of nature, while getting in touch with your inner most self. 

Join instructor Stephanie Lush-Mastriano, on February 10th from 7-9pm, in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio to take a meditative approach in this workshop, learning about painting techniques and art history. Express yourself through your own artistic style and have fun either by yourself, with a group of friends, or as a date night (and make some new friends as well!) Bring your own snacks and beverage of choice for a fun and relaxing night!
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VALENTINE'S DAY SIP AND PAINT WORKSHOP: GEORGIA O'KEEFE
For Adults | Wednesday, February 10, 7-9pm | $50





Valentine's Day Sip and Paint: Georgia O'Keefe!

posted by Darien Arts Center   [ updated ]

Celebrate romance through the language of love and the feminism of flowers. Whether you are focusing on loving yourself, or being in love and loving others more deeply, exploring the depth of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings will help you to look deeper into the anatomy of nature, while getting in touch with your inner most self. 

Join instructor Stephanie Lush-Mastriano, on February 10th from 7-9pm, in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio to take a meditative approach in this workshop, learning about painting techniques and art history. Express yourself through your own artistic style and have fun either by yourself, with a group of friends, or as a date night (and make some new friends as well!) Bring your own snacks and beverage of choice for a fun and relaxing night!
SIGN UP

VALENTINE'S DAY SIP AND PAINT WORKSHOP: GEORGIA O'KEEFE
For Adults | Wednesday, February 10, 7-9pm | $50

Pic Darien to Benefit Health and Human Services; Eight Locals to Judge

posted Dec 16, 2020, 12:36 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 17, 2020, 6:08 AM ]

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Our 2021 Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien: Images of Hope, Heroes and Home returns with a special initiative and marks the sixth year for the photo contest, which garnered over 500 entries in 2020. In honor of hometown heroes everywhere, the DAC is donating 10% of profits from the contest to Health and Human Services of Darien.

Pic Darien: Images of Hope, Heroes and Home will have eight local judges to select its winners this year. Ben Larrabee, Terrie Wood, Art Sears, Jeffrey Wyant, Tom and Anne Geary, Megan Dey, David Wagner and Alexandra Ramsteck will judge photo entries from both adults and children in ten categories: Heroes, Hope & Happiness, Home & Holidays, Humor, Covid-19: The New Normal, Land & Sea, Nature & Floral, Food & Drink, Abstract & Architecture and Pets.

Contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes until February 10th. Photos do not need to be taken in Darien. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. As in previous years, the contest will be judged blindly, without the judges knowing the identity of the contestants.

ENTER PIC DARIEN
The Judges:

Heroes - Ben Larrabee’s formal training as an artist began in 1962 at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he discovered his passion through his mentor, world-renowned photographer Harry Callahan, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. In 1978, he continued his studies at Yale University, where he earned an MFA in graphic design. His approach is based on letting go of expectations and assumptions about how people should look or behave. For the past 23 years, Ben has been exploring and recording the authentic details of peoples’ lives in intimate and revealing photographic portraits. They not only reflect the inner spirit of his subjects, but also the uncommon aesthetic aims of a dedicated artist.

Home and Holidays - Terrie Wood serves as a member of Connecticut House of Representatives, representing Darien and Rowayton. Wood also has an art history degree, owned a photography business and is and avid photographer. Terrie Wood has an extensive history of supporting non-profits in Darien. She commented, "I grew up in a family for whom the visual and performing arts were revered as a vital part of a community. The arts provide an emotional balance and creative outlet in our lives and I'm deeply grateful that the Darien Arts Center offers so many rich opportunities to enjoy music, theatre and visual arts."

Humor - Art Sears is a longtime Darien resident, and has had a long career in entertainment. He was a comedy writer for Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and Jay Leno. He was a producer and writer for Dick Clark Productions, and a writer for The Grammys and American Music Awards. Sears is currently the owner of the celebrity booking service "Radio Guest Quest" and comedy APP “Comicsay".

Abstract and Architecture, Covid 19: The New Normal
- Jeffrey Wyant is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and TV producer. He has written and directed over 200 national TV commercials and has produced daily and weekly TV shows and top-rated syndicated specials. Wyant’s clients have included Showtime, Hearst Communications, BET, ABC/Disney Home Entertainment, RCA Records, The Humane Society of the United States and Entertainment One. His documentary coverage of Afghan refugees raised $500,000 for Doctors Without Borders and his productions have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the New York International Film Festival.

Land and Sea - Tom and Anne Geary have been the proprietors of The Geary Gallery & Accent Picture Framing of Darien for more than 35 years. The Geary Gallery is well-known as a preeminent Fairfield County Fine Art Gallery and has collaborated with hundreds of local artists, hosting over 200 exhibits. They feature both Connecticut based artists with national reputation and well-known artists from along the eastern seaboard.

Pets, Nature and Flora - Megan Dey has been a professional photographer for over 20 years and currently has a boutique photography studio in Darien. Her professional life is focused on capturing moments on camera that express the essence of the people she photographs and allow for the preservation of a moment, a phase or a lifetime of who they are.

Food and Drink - David Wagner is the owner of Sipstirs, a local wine and spirit store that brings an exciting energy to downtown Darien. He is an active participant in the town who serves on the Executive Board of the Chamber of Commerce as Vice Chairman and frequently partners with local businesses and nonprofits.

Hope and Happiness - Ali Ramsteck has lived in Darien for 17 years and has 3 daughters attending Darien schools. Ali began as a Case Manager at Darien Human Services in 2012 and was appointed Director in 2017. She shared, "We are so grateful that Darien Arts Center will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to Darien Human Services. This year more than ever so many people are struggling financially. Having support from the community and donations helps us support Darien residents who are facing hard times. I do not have a bone of creativity in my body but am in awe of those who do, and I look forward to seeing images of Hope and Happiness!”

Participants may enter Pic Darien either as a student (ages 17 and under) or as an adult (ages 18 and over). Fee to enter the contest is $10 per photo. Contestants may enter multiple times. First place cash prizes ($100) will be awarded to students and adults in all categories. Winners will be announced on March 28th. Donations for this Pic Darien 2021 initiative will be accepted from 12/12/20 through 4/25/21.

The Pic Darien contest and prizes are sponsored by DR Bank. To find out more about the contest, call (203) 655-8683. 



Winter/Spring Classes Available Now!

posted Nov 18, 2020, 11:42 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jan 15, 2021, 11:33 AM ]

Register now for classes that begin in January for all ages in Dance, Martial Arts, Music and Visual Arts!   

We are following all state Covid-19 protocols. 

See All Classes by Day and Register.
     

DANCE: 
Winter/Spring classes in Dance run from January 25, 2021 through June 3, 2021. Tuition is $400. Adult drop-in and class card options are available.
Dance classes for all levels, ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance and Pointe.






MARTIAL ARTS: 
Tuition is $400. Adult drop-in and class card options are available. 
OPEN MARTIAL ARTS
Ages 8 & Up | Monday 5:30-6:30pm | Jan. 25-June 6
Open Martial Arts for ages 8 and up. 
Adult | Thursday 6:30-7:30pm| Jan. 21-June 3

MUSIC:
The DAC music program includes private lessons for both adults and children in cello, composition, drum set, guitar, flute, viola, violin, voice, piano, and music theory as well as group classes. Private lesson registration cannot be completed online. Before registering, you must call Music Director, Juanita Bosee at 203.829-5451 or the DAC office at 203.655.8683 to receive confirmation of your instructor, day, time, number of pro-rated lessons and total cost of your lessons. 

GROUP MUSIC CLASSES
Grades 5-12 | Saturday 1:15-2:45pm | Jan. 23-Mar. 27 | $256, plus performance fee of $15
Grades 3-5 |Saturday 3-4pm | Jan. 23-Mar. 27 | $210, plus performance of $15

VISUAL ARTS:
STUDENTS:
Grades 1-4 | Monday 3:45-4:45pm, Feb. 22, Mar. 1 & Mar. 8 | $70
Grades 5-8 | Wednesday 5-7pm, Feb. 25 | $45
Grades 5-8 | Tuesday 4:05-5:05pm, Mar. 2-April 27 | $176
Grades 1-4 | Wednesday 3:45-4:45pm, Mar. 3-April 28 | $176
Grades 5-9 | Wednesday 5-6:30pm, Mar. 3-April 28 | $265
Grades 5-8 | Friday 4:40-5:40pm, Mar. 5-April 30 | $176

ADULTS:
Adults | Wednesday 7-9pm, Feb. 10 | $50
Adults | Thursday 10-11am, Feb. 11-Mar. 25 | $126
Adults | Tuesday 9:30-10:30am, Feb. 2-Mar. 9 | $108
Adults | Tuesday 6:30-8pm, Feb. 2-Mar. 23 | $215
Adults | Thursday 2-3pm, Feb. 4-Mar. 11 | $108
Adults | Monday 7-9pm, Mar. 15-April 19 | $295

SIP & PAINT! PABLO PICASSO

posted Nov 2, 2020, 5:47 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 2, 2020, 5:48 AM ]

Back by popular demand!  
Join us for another Sip and Paint on Friday, November 20th!
Bring your friends and some wine, and work with our DAC instructor Stephanie Lush Mastriano as she guides you through creating your own painting inspired by Picasso.
This workshop is open to beginners and experienced artists.
All materials will be provided. BYO wine and refreshments.

STEPHANIE LUSH-MASTRIANO
Adults | Friday 7-9pm, November 20 | $50














GIFTS MATCHED AT 50% THROUGH NOVEMBER 1ST

posted Oct 26, 2020, 6:42 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 26, 2020, 6:42 AM ]

On October 19, in an effort to aid arts organizations in the state, Connecticut Governor Lamont announced a state-wide Arts Funding Program available to organizations like the Darien Arts Center that have suffered greatly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Donations made to the Darien Arts Center by November 1st will be matched at 50% by this new grant.

Utilizing federal CARES Act funding from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Office of the Arts will administer the COVID Relief Fund for the Arts program with the goal of supporting:
· Arts nonprofits for whom grants will make a difference in terms of survival or rehiring; and
· Arts nonprofits that have had to curtail operations for a period of time due to the pandemic and which have had limited ability to reopen due to pandemic restrictions and/or have had to pivot their service delivery due to pandemic restrictions.

“Connecticut’s arts community provides an incredible amount of good for our state and supports thousands of jobs,” Governor Lamont said. “The ongoing, global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many aspects of our lives, and many of our state’s nonprofit arts organizations are struggling to recover from its impact. This program will provide some support so that these groups can continue providing the services in our state that so many depend on.”

“The pandemic has wreaked havoc on Connecticut’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations,” Liz Shapiro, DECD’s Director of Arts, Preservation, and Museums, said. “The impact of the arts on our communities and our overall quality of life cannot be overstated, so it is important we extend this financial lifeline to our nonprofits to help them weather this storm.”

The Darien Arts Center, founded in 1975, has been home to one of the largest dance programs in the area and offers programs for all ages that include visual arts, music and martial arts. We also host the popular annual Smartphone Photo contest, Pic Darien and give the annual Ginny Wright Scholarship to a graduating Darien High School artist.

In March, the arts center quickly shifted all of its classes, recitals and cultural programing to a virtual setting. Our ability to quickly adapt to this “new normal” allowed the DAC to operate without interruption and to continue offering a wide variety of programing to the community. The DAC also introduced Created in Place, an online virtual showcase that was opened to the public, calling for works of art created during quarantine. We continue to offer new programs that include Ladies Night Out workshops: a Sip and Paint on November 20 and Wreath Making Workshops on December 2 and 4, in our continuing efforts to provide creative outlets for the community.

We are solely funded by private donations, grants, tuition fees and ticket sales and despite efforts, the Darien Arts Center lost 42% of earned income, totaling over $272,000 since March of 2020. 

 

Important Parking Update

posted Oct 23, 2020, 8:22 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 23, 2020, 4:29 PM ]

Please note new Town Hall hours that affect our parking rules below.   

PARKING RULES:
  • Please DO NOT park in the fire lane to wait for class dismissal.
  • Please park only in DAC designated spots during Town Hall office hours of 8am to 5:15pm. Do not not park in Darien Town Hall employee spaces during this time. (This includes the First Selectman's space!)
*PLEASE NOTE NEW PARKING SPACES






Portrait Sketching Class for Adults

posted Oct 16, 2020, 3:30 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 16, 2020, 4:54 PM ]

Join us! All levels are welcome in this drawing class, where you will learn the basic technique of portrait sketching from local artist Joel Flora. Students will learn how to capture individual features and subtle expressions, and leave the course with a new understanding of the art of sketching. 
A zoom link will be sent prior to the first class.

About Joel:
Joel studied art at The Arts Students League in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and The National Portrait Academy, Toronto, Canada where he went on to become Instructor of Classical Underpainting Methods. He was also Instructor of Drawing and Painting at The Thornhill Community Center in Toronto and Painting Instructor and the Rowayton Arts Center. His work is currently showing at the Geary Gallery in Darien, The PS. Gallery in Litchfield and the Shimko Gallery in Provincetown, MA. 

JOEL FLORA
Adults | Tuesday 10-11am, Oct. 27-Nov. 17 | $80




Join Us for Fun New Visual Arts Workshops!

posted Oct 5, 2020, 12:53 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 20, 2020, 9:31 AM ]



DOROTHY HAFNER. 
Adults | Friday 6-9:30pm, Oct. 23 | $90
Add Some Sparkle to Your Life! Join us for a workshop in glass coaster making. Learn glass cutting, then assemble your own designs using pre-cut glass in assorted shapes and sizes. Join this exciting workshop with Dorothy Hafner, award-winning artist and designer. We supply the tools and materials, you bring the creativity. Includes 4 coasters or 2 larger hanging light catchers for your windows.




STEPHANIE LUSH-MASTRIANO
Adults | Friday 7-9pm, November 20 | $50
Back by popular demand, join us for another Sip and Paint on Friday, November 20th! Bring your friends and some wine, and work with our DAC instructor Stephanie Lush Mastriano as she guides you through creating your own painting inspired by Picasso. This workshop is open to beginners and experienced artists. All materials will be provided. BYO wine and refreshments.







ERIKA CAPUTO
Adults | Wednesday 7-9pm, Dec. 2 | $70
This new DAC holiday tradition returns with more dates scheduled. Come join us for a festive wreath making workshop and a ladies night out! Bring your friends! Wreaths and all materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring extra decorations to give their wreaths a more personalized look. Usher in the holiday season with this classic craft! BYO wine and refreshments.



ERIKA CAPUTO
Adults | Friday 7-9pm, Dec. 4 | $70
This new DAC holiday tradition returns with more dates scheduled. Come join us for a festive wreath making workshop and a ladies night out! Bring your friends! Wreaths and all materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring extra decorations to give their wreaths a more personalized look. Usher in the holiday season with this classic craft! BYO wine and refreshments.

ROCKTOBERFEST!

posted Sep 23, 2020, 4:44 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 30, 2020, 5:03 PM ]

The Darien Arts Center and Darien Parks and Recreation are hosting ROCKtoberfest, a free event for all ages, to celebrate the opening of Highland Farm, with an acknowledgement from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, and to benefit the DAC. The event will feature two bands and beer, wine and food offerings to benefit the DAC. The bands Exit Ramp and Nightshift are performing at the concert, which takes place on Saturday, October 3 from 2-6pm at Highland Farm in Darien. Preregistration is required to attend.

Food, beer and wine may be pre-ordered online for curbside pickup between noon and 2pm on October 3rd at Sipstirs, located at 1053 Post Road. Meal choices include dinner options for adults and children prepared by Michael Joseph’s catering. Flag-decorating craft kits, that include a 12” X 18” flag, pole and markers, for groups to creatively mark their spot on the lawn, will also be offered. Flag kits will be delivered in advance or picked up on October 3rd from noon to 2pm in front of Sipstirs.

Exit Ramp is a popular cover band that performs danceable driving rhythms with a clean, tight sound. Nightshift, a dynamic '60s, '70s and '80s cover band made up of five well-known Connecticut musicians, also plays fun danceable songs, promising “to take you right back to your happy place!” Exit Ramp is performing from 2-3:30pm and headliner, Nightshift performs from 4-6pm.

In compliance with recommended Covid-19 protocols, groups will have designated spots for sitting on the lawn with their own blankets or lawn chairs that are 10 feet in diameter and 15 feet apart. After registering, seating circles at the event will be first come first serve for up to 4 adults. Masks will be required at all times when outside of designated circles. Attendees may also pack their own picnics and should bring the means to dispose of trash as the event is ‘carry in, carry out’ to help keep the town’s new recreational space clean. Portable bathroom facilities will be provided.

It is recommended to register early as the number of attendees is very limited. Deadline for food, beverage and flag kit orders is Wednesday, September 30 at 12 noon. Rain date for the event is Sunday, October 4. For questions or to find out more, call (203) 655-8683.

Preordering food does not include registering with Parks and Rec – everyone must register separately through link below.


REGISTER FOR ROCKTOBERFEST - Sold Out

Pre-Ordering Food, Drinks and Flag Kits is Closed. Flag Kits Available for Purchase at the Event.
INFORMATION ON FOOD, DRINKS AND FLAG KIT PICK UP

Still Available! Help out at this fun event:

New! Plein Air Drawing

posted Sep 15, 2020, 11:53 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 10:52 AM ]

D
arien Arts Center, in Partnership with The Darien Land Trust and The Darien Nature Center Present: 
PLEIN AIR DRAWING 
With NANCY MCTAGUE-STOCK 

For Adults | Saturday 10am-12pm, October 10 | $60
Location: Cherry Lawn: Meet in front of the Darien Nature Center 
Rain Date: Sunday, October 11 

Enjoy re-discovering a well-known location in Darien through the eyes of Nancy McTague-Stock! Learn how to find the right drawing/painting spot, determine what constitutes a good composition, even try new materials while out in the great outdoors. Well-versed in all media, Nancy will guide you whether you use pencil, pen and ink, colored pencils, markers, pastel, she will steer you on the right path. Just bring yourself, choice of paper and a drawing board, sketchbook or a hot press watercolor block, your favorite media and tools, a chair or stool, sunscreen and a bottle of water! 
**Table top easels can be available if you are bringing a little table. Advance notice is necessary for this, please email 
emily@darienarts.orgwith any material questions.

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