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Sunday, October 04, 2009

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The Westport Historical Society today hosted an opening reception for its new exhibit, “Treasures from The Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection.” The exhibit celebrates the 45th birthday of the founding of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection (WSPAC), a tribute to the late Bert Chernow, a Greens Farms Elementary School art instructor, whose vision was that Westport School children would be surrounded by a visual arts environment. Sue Gold, executive director, welcomed guests. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dace Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Words of Thanks

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Ann Chernow, wife of the late Bert Chernow, the founder of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, to whom a new Westport Historical Society exhibit is dedicated, addresses the attendees at the opening reception today. “Treasures from The Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection” runs until Jan. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Victoria Sybelnik (l), co-curator of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection (WSPAC) exhibit, poses with Mollie Donovan, who has managed the WSPAC collection and placements for decades, at today’s opening reception at the Westport Historical Society. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Treasures from Schools Art Collection Exhibit Opens Today

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A banner in front of the Westport Historical Society proclaims today’s opening of a new show, “Treasures from the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection.”  The opening reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. and the show runs until Jan. 2. The collection, started 45 years ago by artist Bert Chernow, is a testimony to his vision and desire that the children of Westport be surrounded by a visual arts environment. Picutured are the Westport Historical Society volunteers responsible for organizing and mounting the show: (back row, l-r), Ellen Naftalin, Mary Ellen Hendricks, Sue Kirby, Katie Chase, Mollivan Donovan, Diana Tsimoyianis; (front row, l-r) Gayle Ferenz, Carole Erger-Fass, Sue Gold, and Anne Levine. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Star Power

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Actress Jane Alexander (lime green jacket) and director Mark Lamos (blue tie, glasses) greet attendees following the Saturday opening night performance of “The Breath of Life” at the Westport Country Playhouse. An almost sold-out theater audience gave a standing ovation for the performances of Alexander and Stockard Channing. The play runs through Oct. 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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New Orleans Jazz at Arts Center

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Nancy Heller, director of the Westport Arts Center, tonight welcomed the audience for the music of Rambunction, playing for a New Orleans Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Party. The weather was warm and the music was hot with Renard Boissiere, a native New Orleanian, leading the group with keyboard renditions of old favorites and new songs. This was the first in the Art Center’s 2009/10 Jazz Series.  Next on the agenda is Introduction to Jazz on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m., a program especially geared to young people, with help from prominent jazz musicians and music educators introducing basic jazz elements. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Butterfly Auction Will Benefit Breast Cancer Research

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Almost 60 butterfly sculptures are on display at Westport’s Max’s Art Supply in advance of an Oct. 15 dinner and auction in Wilton to benefit the Laura Hartenbaum Breast Cancer Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Seniors Treated to Retrospective on Artist Hardie Gramatky

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Westporter Linda Gramatky Smith (r) gave a presentation today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities about her dad, Hardie Gramatky, the famed Westport artist best known for his children’s book, “Little Toot.” Hardie Gramatky painted watercolors of many local scenes, she told the packed audience, including this one of Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Library Marks Opening of George Wright Exhibit

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The Westport Public Library tonight hosted a reception marking the opening of the exhibit, “A Retrospective on the Work of George Hand Wright (1872-1951): Dean of Westport Artists. ” A master of many media, Wright was gifted in the use of watercolor, pastels, and etching, which became in his later years his most favored medium of expression. He left a treasure trove of art for generations to come and provided a visual history of what was, during his lifetime, the rural, small town of Westport.  Edward F. Gerber, a distant relative, took those attending on a tour of the paintings on display, including one depicting Wright’s Cross Highway home of more than 50 years. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ticket Sales Reported Brisk for “The Breath of Life”

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Oscar-nominated Stockard Channing (l) and four times Oscar-nominated Jane Alexander are attracting “brisk ticket sales” at the Westport Country Playhouse for its latest production, “The Breath of Life,” which has its opening night performance on Saturday. Public Relations Manager Patricia Blaufuss said that tickets are selling “extremely well” and while no show is completely sold out, some performances have only seats remaining with a limited view. The show runs through Oct. 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Howard Munce: “Inclined to Learn”

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Westport artist Howard Munce gazes at his painting “Inclined to Learn,” one of almost 50 “Treasures Of The Westport Schools Permanant Art Collection” to be shown at the Westport Historical Society. The exhibit opens with a reception on Sunday from 3 - 5 p.m. and runs through Jan. 2. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ellen Naftalin for WestportNow.com

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Author Kate Walbert Traces Five Generations of Women

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Author Kate Walbert discussed her latest book, “A Short History of Women,” at a Westport Public Library appearance today. The novel follows five generations of women from the British suffrage movement through 1970s consciousness-raising to the age of Facebook as they struggle against oppression. “Unlike most authors who research and research and research and write detailed outlines before writing a book, I do not do that,” she said. “When I start I usually don’t have a clue.  Instead, I write and write and let my characters emerge.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Playhouse Sets Community Open House Oct. 24

The Westport Country Playhouse will present a special community open house, “Our Town, Your Playhouse,” on Saturday, Oct. 24, offering activities for children, families, teens and adults.WestportNow.com Image
“Our Town” aired on Showtime and PBS. Contributed photo

The 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. event will include a screening of the Playhouse’s 2002 production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” with Paul Newman in the role of the Stage Manager, at 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.  Reservations are necessary for workshops and the “Our Town” film by calling 203-227-4177.

Children’s events, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will feature storytelling with books from the Playhouse’s 2010 Family Festivities series, including “Laura Ingalls Wilder” and “Charlotte’s Web”; bean-bag toss; face-painting; and “Design Your Own Set” coloring table.  An artist will draw caricatures from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Making Blues Music at the BBQ Fest

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James Montgomery (r) joined blues/jazz/rock legend Jay Geils at today’s second day of the second annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Die-Hard Fans Come Out to BBQ Fest Despite Rain

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Despite the rain, die-hard fans came out today for Blues and R & B greats including Cracked Ice, James Montgomery, Jay Geils and Magic Dick at the second annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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