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Portrait of an Artist

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Artist Christo is all smiles tonight at a reception at the Westport Arts Center. The Center is hosting an exhibit featuring two works in progress by Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude: “Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado,” and “The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates.” The exhibit includes original artworks — collages, drawings and films — created in preparation for the two projects that Christo plans to complete in the coming decade. The exhibit runs until Sept. 4. Doreen Birdsell for WestportNow.com

Welcoming Christo to the Westport Arts Center

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The Westport Arts Center tonight held an opening reception for internationally known environmental artist Christo (c),who with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, is the subject of its current exhibit. Welcoming him is Helen Klisser During (r), the center’s director of visual arts, and Westport artist Ann Chernow, who is an old friend of Christo’s. Her late husband Burt Chernow authored the 2002 work “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Parks & Rec: Only 30 Fireworks Tickets Left

Ten minutes before the Westport Parks & Recreation Department closed today there were only 30 tickets left for Friday’s fireworks at Compo Beach, said Rick Guinta, the department’s administrative manager.WestportNow.com Image
A sign at the entrance to Compo Beach reminds visitors of the fireworks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

“We’re going to take the remainder to the Police Department tonight, and if they don’t sell outright, I’ll take back half tomorrow, and well split the difference selling the rest,” Giunta said about the tickets costing $30 each.

A dispatcher at the the Police Department said they had some tickets left, too, but would not give a number. All of the money raised will go to the Police Athletic League, which is sponsoring the event.

“I have a feeling they may not make the night at the Police Department, and they will be sold out,” Giunta added.

Gary S. Ozar, 64

Gary Steven Ozar,  husband of Chery Ozar, died June 29 at his home in Westport. He was 64.

Born May 26, 1947 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Chester and Sophie Ozarowski. He had a great love for his immediate and extended family. Gary was known for his crazy one of a kind sense of humor, his family said.

Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Jesse, Evan and Daniel two nieces, Brett and Sofia, two nephews Corey and Keith and one brother, Bruce Ozar and his wife Randy.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at his home, 229 Bayberry Lane, on Saturday, July 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. The Harding Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 42 High Point Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 42 High Point Road, off Long Lots Road, is in process. Built in 1957, the two-story colonial has 3,586 square feet and is situated on a 1.32-acre property. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com