ARTISTS TALK: Come hear 5 artists talk at Silvermine, Weds. Feb 6, 11am

On Wed. Feb. 6 at 11am, come hear and ask questions of five artists in our latest Artists Talks – 5 min. talks + 5 mins Q&A by Cultural Alliance member artists in curated and juried exhibitions. On Wednesday, we are pleased to present five of the nine artist members who were recently inducted into the Silvermine Arts Guild, and who have artwork in the Silvermine Arts Guild New Members Show 2019Nancy Breakstone, Trace Burroughs,  Niki Ketchman, Susan Leggitt,  and Rosalind Shaffer. We need an audience, but space is limited, so please RSVP directly to david@culturalalliancefc.org.

Spotlight Podcast Available: Michael Barker – Theatre & Community

The Podcast is now available of our live interview with Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director Michael Barker on Monday Jan. 14 at noon on WPKN 89.5FM. Click here for the podcast and please “Like” and share with your colleagues!

Michael joined the Playhouse in 2016 after careers in Chicago and California. Hear his evolving thoughts about the role of theatre in the community, his observations about theatre in Fairfield County in general, and the Playhouse in particular, and what’s in store for the Playhouse as it continues to develop a greater engagement with the wider community in 2019 and beyond.

Podcast Available: WPKN SPOTLIGHT Show: Arts Councils: What Good Do they Do?


If you missed our December SPOTLIGHT live radio show on WPKN, then you can hear it, or listen to it again on the podcast available on Soundcloud at: http://bit.ly/spotlight_artscouncils. Our guests on What Good Do Arts Councils Do? were Nancy Diamond (Co-chair of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee), John Varamo (Stamford Arts Commission) and Susan Wallerstein (chair of the Norwalk Arts Commission). Learn the difference between an arts council and a commission, hear how these got started, what they believe they’re doing well, and how much more they are planning to do to reach out to engage their communities even more effectively.

Next ARTISTS TALK is this Tues. Nov. 27, 2018

Our next ARTISTS TALK event, where we video member artists’ short talks in group and juried shows, is this Tues. Nov. 27, at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Five member artists in Points of View: Selections from Wilson Avenue Loft Artists  – will talk about their experience trying some new things with printmaking. Please let us know you are coming with an RSVP.
The 24 videos recorded so far in this series form an archive of member artists discussing their work on our YouTube channel – an asset for the artists and a showcase for the richness of the visual arts in Fairfield County. You can view all videos to date on our YouTube Artists Talk Playlist here.

Podcast Available for our November WPKN Spotlight on Artists Communities

If you missed Monday’s broadcast of our monthly SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS & CULTURE interview program on WPKN 89.5FM, you can now catch the podcast on Soundcloud. Click here to hear the discussion about Artists Communities. 

Hear Miggs Burroughs and Nina Bentley, two co-founders of the Artists Collective of Westport, Jane Dávila, Managing Director of the for-profit Nest Arts Factory, and Pamela Stoddart, Executive Director of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

November WPKN Spotlight on Artists Communities

Join us Monday Nov. 12 at noon for our monthly SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS & CULTURE live interview program on WPKN 89.5FM. This month’s theme is Artists Communities. Why do artists band together – historically and today? What do they do for the community, and how do they differ, one from another?

Listen as we hear from Miggs Burroughs and Nina Bentley, two co-founders of the Artists Collective of Westport, Jane Dávila, Managing Director of the for-profit Nest Arts Factory, and Pamela Stoddart, Executive Director of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

SavorCity Bridgeport

Friday November 9, come and savor the taste of Bridgeport to be found at Eat Noodle. This is the latest visit in a series of monthly visits to Bridgeport restaurants to celebrate and showcase the culinary and cultural delights of Connecticut’s most diverse city.  SavorCity Bridgeport  is organized by The Cultural Alliance with The NEST Arts FactoryRick Reyes Productions, and Capital for Change in order to showcase the authentic local cuisine of Bridgeport’s many, diverse neighborhoods. To accompany the food, and create a festive mood of celebration, Bridgeport musicians perform and Bridgeport artists showcase their work. Our visit to Eat Noodle, next to the Bijou Theatre in downtown Bridgeport, will feature the work of two Cultural Alliance member artists, the painter Cris Dam and musician Rick Reyes. For more details and to sign up to save your spot, go to http://bit.ly/savornoodle.

Progressive Gallery Tour: Nov. 30 – New Canaan

Our Progressive Gallery Tour will continue to New Canaan on November 30. The tour is designed to show our members and the art-curious public the range of commercial galleries that are members of the Cultural Alliance, as well as to encourage members and the public from across our region to meet and mix and explore a different town each month. On Fri. Nov. 30 we visit three galleries in New Canaan. At Heather Gaudio, a new show “Room for Play” features a lively group of works by Ellen Carey, Deborah Kass, Robert Sagerman and Andrés Schiavo – all working working with imaginative and distinct processes to create colorful and engaging visual experiences. At Sorelle Gallery, we will experience Light Effects, the latest works by Ken Elliott and Alina B, accompanied by Kate Smith Interiors’ designer vignette, Blurred Edges. And at Handwright Gallery, its annual holiday show (stay tuned for details).