Arts and Leisure
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Drink ‘n Draw at Mitchells
The Westport Arts Center tonight hosted its first Drink ‘n Draw art session outside its headquarters at Mitchells of Westport. More than 40 persons showed up to draw a model wearing a sampling of Mitchells top designer works. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Artist and Model
Artist Valerie Lynn (r) of Westport gets some help from model Diane Dean of Preston, Conn. tonight showing off her drawings created at the Mitchells of Westport-hosted Westport Arts Center Drink ‘n Draw session. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Capacity Crowd for Authors’ Talk at Barnes & Noble
Westport natives and children’s authors Tommy Greenwald and Laure Tarshis tonight share their experiences as middle-grade writers to a capacity crowd at Barnes & Noble in Westport. The third book inGreenwald’s acclaimed Charlie Joe Jackson series was just released. Tarshis is the author of the historical fiction series, “I Survived,” which has sold almost 4 million copies. The event was moderated by Westporter Sally Allen. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Saturday, June 01, 2013
Westport Artist’s Baseball Works Go On Display
Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher, who was the grand marshal of the Westport’s Memorial Day parade on Monday is one of three artists featured at a new exhibit, “Play Ball!!” at the Fairfield Public Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. The other two artists are Glenn Callahan and Busch (identified professionally by one name). Seven of Fisher’s paintings on display in the exhibit include (l-r) “The Closer,” “The Second Baseman,” “The Starter,” “The Manager and Coaches,” “The Shortstop,” “The Third Baseman,” and “The First Baseman.” The baseball-oriented artwork is on display through July 6. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
‘I Was Born With a Baseball in My Mouth’
Westport artist Leonard Everett Fisher addresses a reception tonight at the Fairfield Public Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery where some of his baseball-related paintings went on display as part of a new exhibit, “Play Ball!!.” Fisher, who was this year’s grand marshal at the Westport Memorial Day parade, welcomed the crowd and said,“Let’s all sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.’” And they did. Explaining his love of baseball, he said, “I was born with a baseball in my mouth.” Click here to see some scenes from the reception. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Thursday, May 30, 2013
A Warm, Festive Evening for Art About Town
By James Lomuscio
Despite summer humidity and temperature climbing into the 90s, hundreds turned out tonight for Art About Town, a Downtown Merchants Association annual event transforming Main Street and surrounding roads into a continuous art gallery with working artists, musicians, performers and food vendors.
The Shiny Lapel Trio performs tonight at the foot of Main Steet at the Art About Town street party. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
“The weather’s beautiful, and it’s a great day,” said Marc Iacobellis, base player for the Shiny Lapel Trio, who said he likes it hot. His band came all the way from Deep River to perform at the foot of Main Street which had been closed to traffic
Not far from the band was Josa Weathermax of East Hampton working on a series of wood and acrylic impressionist paintings.
“I think it’s very nice that it makes art approachable, and that the kids are involved,” said Weathermax. “They’re never allowed in the galleries.”
Artist at Work
Bridgeport artist Aisha Nailah was among artists painting and showing ther works on Main Street tonight. She said the advantage of working at Art About Town is that “you get to see a lot of people coming through.” “I think it’s great,” she said. “If you’re in a studio, you’re in a studio.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Artists set up easels all along Main Street tonight as part of Art About Town. Portrait artist Alain J. Picard of Southbury said, “With all the hustle and bustle of the crowd, the excitement of artists painting, live dance performances and music, it really was an amazing experience.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Tony Riggio for WestportNow.com
On Assignment at Venice Biennale 2013
The center of the art world this week is Venice where the world’s oldest and most prestigious international art festival, the Venice Biennale, is previewing exhibits of the almost 90 countries participating. Helen Klisser During, visual arts director of the Westport Arts Center and contributing WestportNow photographer, is among those getting a sneak peek ahead of Saturday’s official opening. She is pictured at the German pavilion where Chinese artist Ai Weiwei created complex towers constructed out of 886 three-legged wooden stools. Called “Bang,” the installation touches upon Chinese tradition and cultural values through the use of the stools, which are often passed down from generation to generation. Watch for Klisser During’s photo tour of Venice Biennale 2013 soon on WestportNow. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Playhouse Gala to Honor Phylicia Rashad
The Westport Country Playhouse annual gala in September will honor actress Phylicia Rashad, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.”
Phylicia Rashad: directed Playhouse’s “Raisin” last season. Matthew Jordon Smith photo
In 2004, she became the first black woman to win the Tony Award for a dramatic lead role in the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Last season, she directed the Playhouse production of this play that closed the 2012 season.
The Monday, Sept. 16 event will feature Broadway talent as well as a pre-show cocktail party and a dinner afterwards. Tickets range from $250 to $2,500.
Benefactor level, at $2,500 per person, includes a cocktail party, highest priority seating at performance, post-performance dinner with the evening’s stars, and an invitation to a Benefactor Preview Party at a private home.
Plenty of Art About Town
Artist Pamela Stoddart’s “Orange Daisy II” is featured at the Blue Mercury, 62 Main St. one of many venues displaying art art as partt of the Art About Town festival. An opening night street festival, postponed from last week because of bad weather, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
WCT Readies for ‘Frost/Nixon’
The cast of the Westport Community Theatre production of “Frost/Nixon,” written by Peter Morgan, rehearses for the play’s opening on June 7 in the lower level of Westport’s Town Hall. The plot revolves around British talk show host David Frost and Richard M. Nixon who had resigned the U.S. presidency in disgrace. Pictured (l-r) are Jack Brennan, Will Jeffries, playing the role of Richard Nixon, and Jeremy Funke as David Frost, Marc Hartog and Tom Petrone. Directed by Bob Johnson and co- produced by Donna Wyant and David Eger, the play runs through June 23 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www.westportcommunitytheatre.com. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Friday, May 24, 2013
Historical Society Salutes Tracy Sugarman
Also opening tonight at the Westport Historical Society’s Mollie Dononvan Gallery was “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist” about the life of the Westport illustrator, writer and civil rights activist who died in January at age 91. On hand for the reception were Gloria Sugarman (l), his wife, and Dianne Wildman, who curated the exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Tracy Sugarman On Display
Guests tonight visit the Westport Historical Society’s “Tracy Sugarman, Citizen-Artist” exhibit which opened in the Mollie Donovan Gallery. An inteview with Sugarman plays on a vido screen amid drawings and pictures illustrating his career. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Booked for the Evening Celebrates Meacham
By James Lomuscio
Jon Meacham at the Westport Public Library tonight displaying Southern charm and self-deprecating humor. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
With wit, Southern charm, self-deprecating humor, grace and an overwhelming optimism about America’s future based on its past, journalist, historian and Pulitizer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham tonight accepted the Westport Library Award at its 15th annual Booked for the Evening fundraising gala.
The event drew about 400, including many local officials, to the library’s Great Hall.
Library Director Maxine Bleiweis presented the award, describing Meacham, a Tennessean, as “journalist, editor, writer, pundit, public intellectual and Southern gentleman.”
“It is equally impressive that this list of accomplishments accrues to a person who only two days ago had his 44th birthday,” Bleiweis noted.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport