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Monday, March 23, 2015

Remembering Famous Artist Walt Reed

By James Lomuscio

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Walt Reed in his studio in the 1960s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Ed Gerber, president of the Westport Historical Society, says it was a love of the town’s arts history, illustrators in particular, that forged a friendship 15 years ago with renowned illustrator Walt Reed who died at his Saugatuck home March 18 at age 97.

Gerber, a collector of art by George Hand Wright, an illustrator who ushered in Westport’s arts community in 1907, recalled being at Reed’s New York City gallery, in search of Wright’s work.

“I bought a lot of stuff through the gallery, Illustration House, then on West 25th Street,” Gerber said.

Reed, once described as the founding father of the study of American illustration as well as its chief archivist and its patron saint, started Illustration House, Inc. in 1973 in Westport. His son Roger Reed now operates it at 34 West 27 St.

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Walt Reed, 97,  Noted Westport Artist

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Westport artist Walt Reed, once described as the founding father of the study of American illustration as well as its chief archivist and its patron saint, died March 18. He was 97. Once an instructor at Westport’s Famous Artists Schools, he authored numerous books and articles, including one on fellow Westport artist Harold von Schmidt. He founded Illustration House in Westport in 1974, which was devoted to the art and history of illustration. His son Roger joined him in 1981, and in 1987 they moved the gallery to New York City. He is pictured front of his 1976 American bicentennial U.S, postage stamp issue showing the flags of each of the 50 states which was part of a 2012 Westport Historical Society exhibit. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Westport Historical Society Honored Walt Reed

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A 2013 exhibition in the Mollie Donovan Gallery at the Westport Historical Society honored Westport artist Walt Reed, who died March 18 at age 97.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

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Going Down: 18 Reichert Circle

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The house at Westport’s 18 Reichert Circle, off Cross Highway, was demolished today. Built in 1960, the one-story ranch had 1,936 square feet, was situated on a .36-acre property and, according to Town Assessor records, last changed ownership in March 2012 for $585,000. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day on Jan. 31, 2015. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Staples Students Excel in History at Regional Tourney

Westport students, especially those at Staples High School, have shown they do know much about history.

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They excelled Saturday in the Fairfield Regional History Day in Connecticut contest at Fairfield University. More than 300 students from 16 area communities took part in the competition.

Westport students dominated in the senior category (grades 9 to 12), taking 15 of the 20 top awards in the division while those in the junior category (grades 6 to 8) took two of 26 top slots.

Students who placed in the top three in their respective categories and divisions are invited to compete in the State History Day Contest, which will take place on May 9 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

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Supper Hunt

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Birds look for their supper late Sunday at Westport’s Compo Beach. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Molesworth for WestportNow.com

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Monday, March 23, 2015


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Westport Historical Society - “Saugatuck @Work” & “Framing Saugatuck”
4 p.m. - Westport Library - Teen: Maker Mondays
6:30 p.m. - Staples Room 1025C - Board of Esucation Special Meeting Executive Session
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 309 - RTM P&Z Committee
7 p.m. - Town Hall Room 102 - Sherwood Mill Pond Special Meeting

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Arts Center Presents Hartford Jazz Orchestra

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Vocalist Nicole Pasternak performs today with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra led by Donn Trenner (l) in a Westport Arts Center concert at the Pequot Library in Southport. The 15-member group, founded In 1965, has been led by Trenner since 2000. Most of his career has been as a jazz pianist. He has worked as pianist-conductor for such artists as Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vicki Carr, Dick Haymes, Jose Feliciano and Jack Jones. Hartford native Pasternak is featured with a number of jazz orchestras and combos in the area and also is a songwriter and lyricist. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Meeting Again After Many Years

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William O. Harbach (l) of Fairfield talks over old times today with Donn Trenner, leader of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, which performed at a Westport Arts Center jazz concert at the Pequot Library in Southport. Harbach is an award-winning television producer, director and author who worked with Trenner on the “The Steve Allen Show,” a spinoff from “The Tonight Show” from 1954 to 1960. Harbach, 95, was the producer and Trenner, 88, eventually became band leader. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Jazz Jam


Scenes from today’s Hartford Jazz Orchestra concert sponsored by the Westport Arts Center at the Pequot Library in Southport. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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Another Sewer Main Collapse on Post Road East

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Traffic on Post Road East eastbound near No. 468 was down to one lane of traffic today as there was another sewer main collapse in the area of a collapse Thursday that was repaired Saturday after two days and nights of work. This new section is smaller in size, said Westport Police Lt. Ryan Paulsson, quoting the Westport Town Engineering Department. He said crews will be beginning work on the smaller section on Monday at 9 a.m. after the bulk of the morning commuter traffic has subsided. This will necessitate reducing traffic in both directions again to one lane each, he said. Paulsson said repairs are expected to go into Monday evening. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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Sunday Songbooks at Senior Center

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There was a large turnout today at the Westport Center for Senior Activities to welcome the “Return of Jodi Keogan & Friends.” They performed songs and duets from the Great American and Italian Songbooks. Before the show, there was a pizza party with pizzas supplied by Westport pizza producers. The series is funded by the Friends of the Center for Senior Activities as well as the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and funded by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

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U13 Blue Team Winner in WIN Tourney

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Westport’s U13 Blue Team today won the Westport Soccer Association’s Westport Invitational Soccer Tournament, known as WIN, at Staples High School. The team sealed the victory by winning in penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie in the finals against Chelsea Piers Premiere. In all, they played four games leading up to championship game – a 1-1 tie against Norwalk; a 0-2 loss to Chelsea Piers Premiere, a 4-0 win over Fairfield, and a 7-0 win over Westport U13 White in the semifinals. Pictured are (top row, l-r) Assistant Coach Alex Anveri, Emerson Anveri, Sam Maged, Lars Djuve, Michael Lau, Drew Halpern, Chet Ellis, Tadeo Messenger, Head Coach Amar Bellara; (bottom row) Andrew Lau, Benny Feuer, Vignesh Kareddy, Matisse DeVos, Colin Corneck, Evan Siegel, Teddy O’Kane, and Josh Dedomenico. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

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Getting Their Attention

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It was a busy Sunday afternoon at Westport’s Compo Beach today for dogs and their masters despite temperatures in the mid-30s with winds gusting to almost 30 mph making it feel like 25. Dogs are permitted at the beach until April 1. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Bob Eckman for WestportNow.com

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Celebrating Science Win

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Bedford Middle School students celebrate Saturday after winning first place at the Science Olympiad state competition held in Farmington. Next step is the national competition in Nebraska in May. The Science Olympiad is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting science education through conducting competitive science tournaments. Teams of up to 15 students meet and compete in about 23 different science events that cover many different areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some events require constructing a project ahead of time. Others involve on the spot application of skills to a given problem. Individual students win medals for placing in an event, with cumulative scores yielding overall team placement at a tournament. Contributed photo

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