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Friday, March 07, 2008

All Smiles

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Westport artist Julie Fatherely was all smiles tonight as she thanked a large crowd which turned out for a reception at the Westport Public Library where her “Sightings and Dreams” exhibit of abstract impressions is on display in the Great Hall through April 30.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Julie Fatherley Exhibit Opens at Library

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The Friends of the Westport Public Library tonight hosted a reception in the Great Hall of the library for artist Julie Fatherley whose exhibit “Sightings and Dreams” is now under way. Fatherley addressed the crowd and offered her thanks for the large turnout. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Food Then Play

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The third production of this season’s “Play with Your Food” played to a full house today at Toquet Hall in Westport. Patrons lined up for a hearty lunch, then enjoyed three one-act plays which finished with a “talk-back” session. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Library Book Sale This Weekend

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The book sale banner is again flying at the Westport Public Library. The annual Winter Book Sale begins Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday’s hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  On Monday, all items will be marked half price, and the hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The final day of the event will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. While all items on Tuesday will be free, a cash donation is always welcome. With many new items, including contemporary comic books and New York Playbills, there should be something for everyone. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Oz Talk

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J. T. Barbarese, a professor at Rutgers University and an authority on children’s literature, spoke tonight at the Westport Public Library. In his talk, “On the World Through Dorothy’s Eyes,” he compared Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” to other children’s literature. Barbarese wrote the introduction to the edition of “The Wizard of Oz” chosen to be this year’s WestportReads selection. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Westport Arts Center Announces Leadership Restructuring

The Westport Arts Center, in a move to better handle its continued growth and position itself for the future, has announced a restructuring of its leadership. WestportNow.com Image
Eileen Wiseman (l) and Nancy Heller: new leadership roles at Westport Arts Center. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Working collaboratively in newly created positions are Eileen Wiseman as artistic director and Nancy Heller as business and development director, an announcement said.

“This restructuring provides a strong team approach that allows the Westport Arts Center to continue to strengthen and diversify the ways in which we bring visual arts, performing arts and arts education to this community,” said Gary Cosgrave of Westport, president of WAC’s board of directors. “For such a multi-dimensional, expanding Arts Center, this change was overdue.”

Wiseman will be responsible for creating and implementing WAC’s extensive programming in the visual and performing arts. Heller will manage business strategies, finances and development, and oversee the administrative staff, the announcement said.

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Playhouse Debuts 2008 Season with “Vigil”

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It was opening night Saturday night for the Westport Country Playhouse 2008 season with Timothy Busfield and Helen Stenborg starring in the dark comedy “Vigil” by Canadian playwright Morris Panych. Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe, co-artistic directors, along with Jodi Schoenbrun Carter, managing director, greeted the audience before the show. “Vigil” runs through March 15. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Carol Rosegg photo

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Celebrating the Library’s Centennial

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The Westport Public Library today hosted a group of young actors from Weston Middle School as the opening event in the library’s 100th birthday celebration which features L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” as the current selection for WestportReads. The students are all cast members of the school’s production of the “Wizard of Oz.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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100th Birthday Music

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“The Flying Monkeys.” the Woodwind Quintet from the Norwalk Symphony, serenaded Westport Public Library visitors today in the Great Hall as the library kicked off its 100th birthday celebration. The centennial features the 2008 WestportReads selection of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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On Display

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Westport artist Julie Fatherley today adjusts one of her works on display at the Westport Public Library Great Hall. A March 7 reception will honor the post-impressionist and abstract artist who has been a Westport resident for almost 20 years. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Fatherley has taught art in several schools. She has exhibited widely and her works are in numerous private collections. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Making a Case for Preservation

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The Westport Historical Society today kicked off the first of a three-part series of lectures on preserving historic homes. Speakers included Morley Boyd of Westport and Phillip Esser of Ridgefield, who serve on their town’s Historic District Commissions. Pictured is Boyd as he presented an update on the status of the restoration of the house at 113 Cross Highway. Westport’s Planning and Zoning Committee endorsed modifications of restrictions that supported the restoration of the 19th century property. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Opening Night

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Distinguished printmaker Ann Chernow of Westport tonight hosted the opening reception for her art exhibit at the Rockwell Gallery at Sconset Square in Westport. More than 20 etchings, linoleum cuts and lithographs by Chernow from 40 years of printmaking were on display. The show will run through March 26. Pictured are Chernow (l) welcoming guests (l-r) Paige Egan, Betty Jinnette and Phillip Williamson all of Norwalk. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Opening Night

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About 150 guests turned out for a reception marking the opening of the Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 606 Post Road East. Westport. Among the nine artists represented, four posed with Wendy Nylen (2nd. l.), owner of the gallery. They are (l-r) Nate Gibbons, Nina Bentley, Linda Merk-Gould and Peter Konsterlie. There will be another artists reception on Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Edible Art

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Art collector Harry Laurie looks over the “edible art” offering at the recent reception marking the opening of the Nylen Gallery at Picture This of Westport, 606 Post Road East. Nine local artists are represented in the inaugural exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Donating Books by the Truckload

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Westporter Katje Donovan unloaded the back of her pickup truck Friday afternoon, and delivered to the Westport Public Library a collection of culinary books that were left over from the tag sale of her friend, Pat Powers, a well-known caterer from Weston. The books will go into the library’s annual book sale this summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

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