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PIC DARIEN 2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

posted Mar 24, 2021, 6:17 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Apr 7, 2021, 9:25 AM ]

PIC DARIEN 2021: 
Images of Hope, Heroes and Home  
Smartphone Photo Contest   
Winner Announcement  

We are happy to announce the winners of the sixth Pic Darien  Smartphone Photo Contest! Once again, we are floored by the incredible photos (close to 400) submitted to this contest that was open to all!

View all entries here

View a fun slideshow of winning photos

DONATE
Donations to Pic Darien will be accepted through April 25th and
10% will go to Health and human Services of Darien.





Land and Sea:
Student Winner: Cameron McElrea, of Darien
Adult Winner: David Gioiella of Darien

Home and Holidays:
Student Winner: Katie Cota of New Canaan
Adult Winner: Patricia Schram of Darien

Nature and Floral:
Student Winner: Myla Thomas, of Darien
Adult Winner: Trevor Cooper of Norwalk

Pets:
Student Winner: Josephine Andren of Darien
Adult Winner: Patricia Frattaroli of Norwalk

Covid 19-The New Normal:
Student Winner: Saoirse Wellenius of Darien
Adult Winner: Patricia Frattaroli of Norwalk

Abstract and Architecture:
Student Winner: Cameron McElrea of Darien
Adult Winner: Allesandra Mossa of Darien

Food and Drink:
Student Winner: Luke Maschoff of Darien
Adult Winner: Julie O’Connor of Weston

Humor:
Student Winner: Saoirse Wellenius of Darien
Adult Winner: Grace Calderon of Fairfield

Hope and Happiness:
Student Winner: Penny Vanovitch of Darien
Adult Winner: Geordie du Pont of Darien

Heroes:
Student Winner: Ayush Dave of Darien
Adult Winner: Cristina Versage of South Pasadena, CA


Congrats to all! 
Your incredible photos are inspirational


Many thanks to Megan Dey, Tom and Anne Geary, 
Ben Larrabee, Alexandra Ramsteck,  Art Sears, 
David Wagner, Terrie Wood and Jeffrey Wyant,
who judged the contest, a fundraiser for the DAC. 

Spring Ballet: Sophia Enters the Fairy Realm

posted Mar 23, 2021, 9:29 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 23, 2021, 9:30 AM ]



Join Us for our Spring Ballet!
Sophia Enters the Fairy Realm


A narrated ballet in which Princess Sophia searches for the Good Fairy to help break an evil spell.


April 24 & 25, 2-3:30pm and 5-6:30pm
2 performances both days
Tickets are $20
30 seat max.





SCULPTING HARMONIES with East Coast Contemporary Ballet!

posted Mar 19, 2021, 12:02 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 22, 2021, 9:15 AM ]

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The LIVE dance and music event we have all been waiting for!  

In collaboration with Latin GRAMMY winner, Pedro Giraudo, ECCB brings you a performance of live music and dance 
that truly encapsulates the spellbinding relationship between these two art forms.

Five renowned musicians will accompany the artists of ECCB in new works and revivals, and 
an extended version of "Vessels" will comprise the second act of this stirring show.

Don't miss your chance to experience and be encompassed by the beauty of live dance and music again. It has been too long!

There is a maximum capacity of 30 people per performance, so buy your tickets TODAY!

Saturday, April 10 at 7pm, Sunday, April 11 at 1pm and 5pm



Ginny Wright Scholarship 2021

posted Mar 4, 2021, 7:38 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 4, 2021, 7:39 AM ]

Applications are now being accepted for the Ginny Wright Scholarship.   

The Darien Arts Center awards this $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior and resident of Darien who will continue their study of the visual arts or design in college. It is not necessary that the student be declaring art as a major at this point, as long as he or she plans to take art courses. The award is given in memory of Virginia Wright, a talented artist, dedicated volunteer and generous benefactor.

A winner will be announced later this spring and a check will follow by mail.


Completion of application, including portfolio, artist's letter and a letter of support must be received by March 26, 2021. This year, all submissions will be digital.

APPLICATION AND REQUIREMENTS

Questions? Call the office at 203-655-8683 or email Emily@darienarts.org.

SUMMER CAMPS, CLASSES & WORKSHOPS ARE HERE!

posted Feb 24, 2021, 9:49 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 4, 2021, 8:28 AM ]

Summer's here and the time is right for signing up!   

ART! DANCE! MUSIC! CAMP  
STEPHANIE LUSH-MASTRIANO AND ERIKA CAPUTO   
Ages 3-6 
Monday-Thursday, 10AM-12:45PM 

Come to the DAC for a week of fun in the arts! Each day, campers will have an art class, followed by a music class, and end with an exciting dance class to release their energy and creativity. This camp is a wonderful way to introduce little campers to the arts. Each art class will introduce different art forms, using different materials and at the end of each week the campers will have a number of different projects to take home.

Schedule:
10AM-11AM-Art class with Stephanie Lush-Mastriano & Erika Caputo
11AM-11:30AM: Lunch Break
11:30-12PM: Music class with Erika Caputo (and once a session a special musical guest!)
12PM-12:45PM: Dance class




Register:

Tuition:
1 session: $265
2 sessions: $500
3 sessions: $700

If you would like to register for more than 1 week, please call the office (203-655-8683) to register and receive a discount.


TIM CRONIN
Grades 1-4
July 12th-July 15th, 9:30AM-11:30AM
$176.00


In this camp session, each student will create their own short comic strip. They will learn how to illustrate the comics, and write text to go along with it. Students will create their own characters, with focus on facial expressions, body language, and the use of color. At the end of the class, each student will have their own comic strip to take home.








KIDS LOVE PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP

NANCY MCTAGUE-STOCK
Grades 5-8
July 19th-July 22nd, 3PM-5PM
$180

Printmaking is a blast! In this 4 day, afternoon camp, artist Nancy McTague-Stock will show middle school students the many ways artists can create prints. Nancy will also teach and guide students how to use a real printing press! At the end of the last session, the students will bring home many projects to take home and frame.





 

FICTIONAL WORLDS - FANTASY MAP DESIGN WORKSHOP
MOKI KOKORIS
Grades 5-8
July 19th-July 23rd, 10:15AM-1:15PM (20 min break)
$350.00

Don't like the world you live in? Well, here's your opportunity to create a map of your own perfect realm inspired by fictional worlds in literature (or films) i.e. Tolkien's Middle Earth/Midgaard, King Arthur's Camelot, C, S. Lewis' Narnia, Lovecraft's Dreamlands, or Harry Potter's Wizarding World. Using the elements, styles, scripts and artistic techniques of olde world cartography, participants will be invited to unleash their imaginations, and to design and produce a color map of their new unique and mythical land, kingdom or empire! Think sea-dragons and labyrinths. By week's end, each camper will walk away with a finished map of their ideal world in the form of a scroll.


CHILDREN'S MARTIAL ARTS CLASS

Grades 1-6
July 6-Aug 17, Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm
$160.00

Children’s Martial Arts Class for all levels. This class will concentrate on rank appropriate material while working on Effort, Respect and Self- Control.


TEEN/ADULT MARTIAL ARTS
July 6-Aug 17, Tuesdays 6:30-7:30p
$160.00

A great workout while learning many self-defense theories and skills. This class will improve coordination, stamina, and self-awareness.



NEW WORKSHOPS: HIP HOP AND MAGIC!

posted Feb 22, 2021, 8:24 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 26, 2021, 10:27 AM ]

JOIN US FOR FUN NEW WORKSHOPS!  


JANA POWERS
Grades 3-5 | Saturday 3-4pm, Mar. 13 | $22
Join us for this fun and exciting one day hip-hop workshop. Come express yourself with friends and learn the latest hip hop moves and Jazz technique from DAC’s premiere instructor Jana Powers. Open to all levels!






STEVE DANE
Grades 5-8 | Saturday 3-4:30pm, Mar. 20 | $55
Join magician Steve Dane and learn a fun and direct approach to the mystery of close-up magic and entertainment! In this workshop, students will learn multiple tricks and effects (and their secrets), along with easy handling tips. Students will learn “self-working” and “sleight of hand” using cards, coins, bills and everyday objects.


EXTENDED! Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest

posted Feb 11, 2021, 8:44 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 11, 2021, 8:45 AM ]

The deadline for our 2021 Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien: Images of Hope, Heroes and Home has been extended and is now accepting entries through February 21. 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, and photos do not need to be taken in Darien.

In honor of hometown heroes everywhere, the DAC is donating 10% of profits from the contest to Health and Human Services of Darien.

ENTER PIC 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.

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 online on March 28th. Donations for this Pic Darien 2021 initiative will be accepted 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.

Pictured: 2020 Pic Darien Winning Entry by John Cavoli.

VALENTINE'S DAY SIP AND PAINT WORKSHOP: GEORGIA O'KEEFE

posted Feb 8, 2021, 12:55 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 8, 2021, 12:56 PM ]

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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

Ginny Wright Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

posted Feb 5, 2021, 4:02 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 5, 2021, 4:14 PM ]

Applications are now being accepted for the Ginny Wright Scholarship.

The Darien Arts Center awards this $2,000 scholarship to a DHS senior who will continue their study of the visual arts or design in college. It is not necessary that the student be declaring art as a major at this point, as long as he or she plans to take art courses. The award is given in memory of Virginia Wright, a talented artist, dedicated volunteer and generous benefactor.

A certificate will be presented at the DHS evening award ceremony later this spring and a check will follow by mail.

Completion of application, including portfolio, artist's letter and a letter of support must be received by March 26, 2021. This year, all submissions will be digital. 

Questions? Call the office at 203-655-8683 or email Emily@darienarts.org

Free Virtual Cooking Class with Food by Phoebe!

posted Jan 29, 2021, 11:00 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 3, 2021, 5:48 PM ]


Registration is closed for this event, but please find recipes below!


DAC COMMUNITY COOKING CLASS 

Featuring Food by Phoebe
Thursday, February 4, 5:30-6:30pm

On the menu: Blackened Fish Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions, Chipotle Lime Crema and Cilantro Rice, and a Rosemary Grapefruit Margarita!


SHOPPING & EQUIPMENT LISTS

     Ingredients
  • agave nectar (or honey)
  • fresh sprigs of rosemary
  • tequila
  • fresh squeezed grapefruit juice*
  • 3 limes
  • 1 lb. Tilapia filets
  • blackening or cajun seasoning
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Salt, Pepper, Sugar & EVOO
  • apple cider vinegar
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo
  • 1 cup white or brown rice*
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 bunch scallions

   
 Equipment
  • cocktail shaker
  • oz jigger
  • 2 medium mixing bowls
  • 1 sheet tray lined with foil
  • whisk
  • 1 medium tupperware container with lid (for pickled onions)
  • tongs
  • blender
  • cutting board
  • chefs knife - or your favorite knife
  • an apron and your 'A game'

     * Important to note: Please see advanced prep of these items within recipes. Grapefruit should be squeezed (note that fresh squeezed           grapefruit juice can be purchased at many grocery stores.) Also, rice should be cooked before class.


     Recipes

     To do before class: Squeeze your grapefruit juice

     Cocktail
  • Rosemary Grapefruit Margarita (Makes 1 cocktail)
  • 1⁄4-​1⁄2 oz agave nectar (or honey) 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 1⁄4 oz fresh grapefruit juice 
  • Juice of 1⁄2 lime
  • Optional salt for rim

     Rub the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and then dip into a small plate of salt. Fill the cup with ice and set aside.

     Add the agave and 1 rosemary sprig to a cocktail shaker and muddle until the rosemary is fragrant. Add the tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime       juice and fill with ice. Cover and shake for about 20 seconds until nice and cold.

     Using tongs, carefully hold the remaining rosemary sprig over the open flame of the stove to singe the top of the rosemary sprig slightly. Pour       the cocktail into the prepared glass and garnish with the smoky rosemary sprig!

     Dinner
     Blackened Fish Tacos: Serves: 2

     Ingredients:
  • 1lb tilapia filets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Blackening or cajun seasoning (I love Frontier Co-op Blackening Seafood Seasoning - Old Bay would also work) if you can't find - a mix of smoked paprika and onion or garlic powder will do the trick!
  • 8 corn tortillas

     Directions:
     Preheat the oven to the broil setting with the rack 6 inches from the broiler. Place the tilapia on a foil lined sheet tray misted with cooking         spray, drizzle with oil, and top with ample seasoning (about 1-2 tablespoons).
     Broil for about 7 minutes until a fork meets no resistance and the fish easily flakes apart. Serve in a tortilla with quick pickled onion, chipotle      lime crema, and cilantro rice on the side

     Quick Pickled Onions: Serves: 8

     These pickled onions are the gift that keeps on giving! Store in your fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks and top on sandwiches,      breakfast bowls, tacos/breakfast tacos etc.

     Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • .5 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

     Directions:

     Whisk the cider vinegar, sugar, salt and water in a medium bowl until dissolved. Add the onion to a medium tupperware container,
     pour the pickling liquid on top, seal the lid, and set aside.

     Chipotle Lime Crema: Serves: 4

     Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo (comes in a can), finely chopped, or just 1 tablespoon of the adobo liquid if you don't love spice - your favorite hot sauce will do the trick if you can't find!
  • Juice of 1 lime

     Directions:

     Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl


    To Do Before Class: Cook your rice!

     Cilantro Rice: Serves: 4

    Ingredients:  
  • 1 cup white or brown rice - cooked per back of bag (yields 3 cups cooked) feel free to buy a bag of frozen rice to pop in the microwave - no judgement here!
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 bunch scallions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime

     Place the cilantro, scallion, olive oil, lime, 1/2 teaspoon salt and about 1/4-1/2 cup water in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour over rice and      mix until fully incorporated. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.

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