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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Large Crowd for The Art Studio Opening

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UPDATE More than 300 guests turned out today for the opening of The Art Studio, an artists’ collective for six local artists—Birthe Ehrling Bennett, Nell Waters Bernegger, Angela DiNapoli, Katherine Evans, Veronica Hofstetter and Helen Werngren. The studio, located at 170B Post Road West, across the street from Kings Highway Elementary, is open to the public this week Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment at (203)918-6800. A portion of the proceeds are being donated to MACH/Neighborhood Studios, a nonprofit school of the arts in Bridgeport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Audience Favorite

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The Audience Award at the Westport Youth Film Festival today went to a trio of Staples High School students for “Ryan Shea: Security Officer.” The comedy film shows Ryan taking charge and seeking the protection of Staples. Accepting the award were (l-r) Jarrett Goodness, Ryan Shea, and Jake Shore, director. Click here to see the film. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:25 PM
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The Art of Documentaries

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Westport documentary producer Tom Seligson was keynote speaker at the Westport Youth Film Festival awards ceremony today at Toquet Hall that concluded the two-day event. He discussed the importance of documentaries and the elements that make a good documentary. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Posted 11:21 PM
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Big Night for Film Festival Team

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Members of the Westport Youth Film Festival gathered tonight outside the Westport Town Hall auditorium for a group souvenir photo of the opening night of the seventh annual edition of the event. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

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Enthusiastic Reception for Film Festival Opening

By Phyllis Groner

The seventh annual Westport Youth Film Festival (WYFF) opened tonight to an enthusiastic reception in the Westport Town Hall auditorium. WestportNow.com Image
WYFF co-directors Katie Hacala and Matthew Kalmans address the opening night audience tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

More than 200 films made by high school students from South Korea to Israel to Minnesota to New Orleans were reviewed and 65 selected for the two-day event.

The festival opened with words from Katie Hacala and Matthew Kalmans, both students at Weston High School, and later Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein. Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff arrived later because of a schedule conflict.

The opening night consisted of two blocks of films. One featured the importance of the U.S. Constitution to young people. The other was by Canadian, Palestinian, and Israeli students who gathered at a Canadian summer program called “Peace It Together.”

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Opening Night for Westport Youth Film Festival

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Filmmakers gathered on stage at Westport Town Hall tonight for the opening night of the seventh annual Westport Youth Film Festival. The two-day festival opened with two blocks of films—-one featuring works on the U.S. Constitution and the other featuring works by Canadian, Palestinian, and Israeli high school students in a summer program in British Columbia called Peace It Together.” The festival continues Saturday at Town Hall and Toquet Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 02:42 AM
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Friday, May 07, 2010

Reminders of Tonight’s Westport Youth Film Festival

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Trees in Westport’s Parker Harding Plaza were wrapped in orange ribbons to remind everyone of the start tonight of the two-day Westport Youth Film Festival at Westport Town Hall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Megan Donaher for WestportNow.com

Posted 04:30 PM
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Art Talk and Scones

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Today’s Westport Arts Center ArtCafé was well attended with a diverse group of artists and those interested in the arts discussing the art scene over coffee, tea, and scones. The weekly Friday discussion hosted by Helen Klisser During (3rd r), visual arts director at WAC, is free and open to the public. Today’s talk ranged from “What is pornography” to During’s recent trip to Haiti where she photographed the aftermath of the January earthquake. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Posted 02:51 PM
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Final Event in Spoken Word Series

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The fourth and last of the Spoken Word Series at the Westport Library was presented tonight. The Theatre Workshop of Connecticut, a professional group of actors, writers, and directors, presented readings from Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses.” More than 100 persons attended the event in the McManus Room. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Spring Concert Farewell

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Westport’s Staples High School held its first spring concert tonight. The A Cappela Choir performed under the direction of Alice Lipson, accompanied by Nava Zeevi. Lipson will be retiring in June after 35 years in the Westport school system. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Making Music at Staples

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The Staples High School Freshman, Sophomore and Symphonic Bands played under the direction of Nick Mariconda tonight at a spring concert at the Westport school. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

RTM Votes to Restore $45,000 to Library

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UPDATE After almost two hours of debate, Westport’s Representative Town Meeting by a 33-1 vote tonight restored $45,000 to the Westport Public Library’s proposed 2010-11 budget. Martha Aasen, president of the Westport Library Association, told the members before the vote that failure to restore this portion of the $100,000 cut by the Board of Finance would mean closing the library on 16 Sundays. Earlier, the RTM agreed to restore $64,000 to the Public Works Department, but a move to restore $64,153 to the Fire Department fell three votes short. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Westporter Bruce Beinfield Honored by AIA

Westport native Bruce Beinfield has been elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects—the highest honor that the professional group can bestow.  WestportNow.com Image
Bruce Beinfield: First such honoree in Connecticut since 2001. Contributed photo

Beinfield, a 1970 Staples High School graduate who practices in Norwalk, is the first Connecticut architect to be honored in the category of design since 2001.

He will receive his fellowship medal memorializing his “contributions of national significance to the profession” at the national AIA convention on June 11 in Miami.

“Bruce Beinfield designs timeless buildings drawn from both urban and rural vernacular combining classical proportion and scale with modern abstraction,” according to the AIA.

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Remembering Dad

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Lifelong Westporter Linda Gramatky Smith addressed the Westport Rotary Club today about her father, Hardie Gramatky, the famed Westport artist best known for his children’s book, “Little Toot.”  Grmatky Smith displayed photos of many drawings and paintings created by her father as well as a 1947 photo (rear) of herself as a 4-year-old with her mother Dorothea and her father. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Discussion Sets Stage for Westport Youth Film Festival

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In a lead in to this weekend’s Westport Youth Film Festival, Barnes & Noble Monday night hosted a panel discussion on “Documentaries and Social Justice.” Westport film critic Susan Granger took part along with filmmakers David Burstein (l), Matt Heineman, and Gabriel London. Burstein, one of the Westport Youth Film Festival founders, is a senior at New York University Film School. The participants showed clips from their films and gave insights into the evolving role of the documentary. The film festival opens Friday night at Westport Town Hall with two blocks of documentaries made by teens—one by Connecticut high school students about the U.S. Constitution, and the other by Canadian, Israeli and Palestinian high school students. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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