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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.

Ginny Wright Scholarship Applications

posted Feb 28, 2017, 4:53 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 11:47 AM ]

Applications are now being accepted for the Ginny Wright Scholarship, given in memory of Virginia Wright to a Darien High School senior who plans to continue his or her study of art in college. Applications & portfolios are due April 5, 2017. Application is available for printing through link below. For questions, call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683. 

Pictured is artwork by 2016 Ginny Wright Scholarship winner Ella Moore.

Professional Artist Miggs Burroughs to Judge PIC DARIEN Smartphone Photo Contest

posted Feb 22, 2017, 8:55 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

We are happy to announce that professional artist and accomplished Westport graphic designer, Miggs Burroughs will judge the 2017 PIC DARIEN Smartphone Photo Contest. 

Miggs, the son of a commercial artist, grew up in the Westport community of artists that had greatly developed in the 1950’s. After graduating from what is now Carnegie Mellon University with a theatre degree, Briggs found himself working at a local newspaper and designing pages for magazines. He soon developed his affection for designing and graphic art. Since then, he has designed the Westport town flag, the Westport public schools logo, the Levitt Pavillion logo and Tunnel Vision, a permanent collection of his photos on display in a passageway in downtown Westport. His other artistic creations include a U.S. postage stamp, Time magazine covers, a public access TV show, Miggs B on TV, and a book of questions entitled What If. He is also on the Westport Arts Advisory and Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts Committees, is a founding member of the Westport Artists’ Collective, and recently took on the role of Artist in Residence at the Westport Library. Burroughs will judge the Pic Darien contest blindly; without the identity of the contestants. 

Contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 5 categories until March 2nd. 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. 

DAC Stage Presents Wordsmith

posted Feb 6, 2017, 2:24 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 2:25 PM ]

Playwright Rocco Natale is performing in his latest play, a comedy and one-night staged reading, Wordsmith, on February 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

Rocco's comedy is about life, love and the pursuit of a dog. Main character Phillip Bosch is many things: a professor of English Literature, renowned waffle expert, and cross-word puzzle award-winner, but he’s not what you would call a “dog person.” Then Houdini, an orphaned bulldog comes into his life. Phillip comes to notice strange coincidences and becomes convinced that his beloved dog is sending him messages through the daily crossword puzzle.

Rocco, a Greenwich resident, shared his enthusiasm for his latest work, "I am excited to share Wordsmith with theatergoers at The Darien Arts Center. It will be the first time that this one-man play is presented in front of an audience. That's an exhilarating prospect, but also terrifying. It’s a great opportunity for our creative team and patrons to hear the play for the first time. Most people go to the theatre and never realize how many readings and workshops plays go through before production. I'm thrilled that audiences will get a look at how new plays are created."

Wordsmith is directed by New Canaan’s Claire Kelly, who also works as artistic director of Shakespeare on the Sound in Rowayton. Tickets are not necessary to attend the performance; a donation of $10 is suggested. DAC Weatherstone Studio doors open at 7:00 p.m. for seating and refreshments.

Pic Darien Parent/Child Smartphone Photo Workshop

posted Jan 30, 2017, 1:29 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 1:38 PM ]

We are offering a parent/child smartphone photography workshop on February 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to create beautiful smartphone photos that consider the basic rules of photography and composition.

Sam Morrow, professional artist and instructor, will lead the workshop that focuses on composition, color and lighting using smartphone photography. Morrow holds masters degrees in Fine Art from both Ohio State University and the Royal College of Art in London. He currently teaches at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Greenwich Art Society, Rowayton Arts Center and Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan. “Basic photography skills can easily translate into beautiful smartphone photos with a little practice and knowledge,” commented Morrow. “With the advanced technology available in our smartphones, we all have the capability for taking impressive photos, novices and children included.”

New smartphone photography skills can be used to enter our Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest, which is accepting entries through February 27, and features prizes for all ages. There is no obligation to enter the photography contest. Fee for the workshop is $60 for one adult and up to 2 children. Participants must register by February 17, as the workshop cannot accept drop-ins. 


FIND OUR MORE ABOUT THE PIC DARIEN SMARTPHONE PHOTO CONTEST                                           


Cast of Baby

posted Jan 25, 2017, 5:39 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

DAC Stage is happy to announce that we have cast the principal roles of BABY!
Thank you to all who came out in the cold to audition. We can still use 2-3 men for the ensemble. If you are interested, email director Carin Zakes at czakes@me.com.

Here are the roles we've cast already:

Danny Hopper - Billy Shubeck
Lizzy Fields - Hilary Webster
Nick Sakarian - Jeffrey Aldana
Pam Sakarian - Danielle A.Valdes
Alan Mcnalley - Peter Green
Arlene Mcnalley - Lisa Spielman

Beth Brandon
Michele Salustri
Alison Soderquist
Julie Thaxter-Gourlay 

Welcome Emily Evans, Cartooning Instructor!

posted Jan 12, 2017, 12:27 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 12:43 PM ]

We are happy to announce the addition of a new Visual Arts instructor, Emily Evans, who is teaching Cartooning for 7-12 year olds on Mondays from 4:10-5:10 p.m. from February 6 through May 22. Evans is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and draws and co-writes a monthly comic strip, Polly Tries. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant at the Bush-Holly House in Greenwich and the Silvermine Art Guild in New Canaan. In Emily's cartooning class, students will design their own characters and learn to use one-panel cartoons and three-panel comic strips. Television storyboards and caricature will be included and students will study facial expressions and body language. Emily emphasizes individual instruction and utilizes dynamic on-the-spot demonstrations in her class. Fee for the class is $280, plus an annual $35 registration fee.

Register for Cartooning

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