The Arts Paper | July/August 2017

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Romeo and Juliet Elm Shakespeare Co. to Stage the Classic Tragedy


board of directors

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Sanctuary Kitchen Community Connections through the Culinary Arts


Artists Next Door Hank Hoffman Interviews Liz Antle-O’Donnell

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Letter from the Editor There is something in me that just relaxes in the summer. It’s like in yoga class and the instructor says, “Okay, this time really relax,” and you realize you were still holding on to a little bit of tension. As we tilt ever so slightly toward our closest star our behavior changes. We head to the beach, dine alfresco, and walk a little slower down our favorite sidewalks. Take this slower speed with you to the area art galleries and really soak up the work. One of these summer exhibitions is Broad Stripes and Bright Stars at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art. David Coon and Aicha Woods have curated an impressive exhibition, which includes dozens of artists. Multimedia works by everyone from local artists to Walker Evans will be on view. Read more about it on pages 10 & 11. Another show that I encourage you to visit is Nikki McClure’s papercut art exhibition at Mystic Seaport. While we don’t usually cover exhibitions outside of Greater New Haven, I couldn’t let our audience down by omitting it. (See my story on page 17). Make a day trip of it, or stop on your way north to the beach! McClure’s dramatic black-and-white works are truly stunning. She starts with a single piece of black paper, cutting out her intricate compositions with an X-ACTO knife. There is a lesson in her reductive style: By taking away what’s unnecessary, you can reveal a beauty that was always there. What can you cut out of your life to make it more beautiful? In this issue, we also check in with Music Haven to see how the organization has evolved over the last decade. Read Lucy Gellman’s story on page 9. Hank Hoffman’s Artists Next Door series introduces us to

On the Cover

Liz Antle-O’Donnell, a local printmaker/collage artist. Local high school journalism student Jillian Ginty contributed an article about Air Temple Arts. After you were hopefully able to take in a circus arts show at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Air Temple Arts’ aerial silks classes are the logical next step. Read about it on page 18. Sanctuary Kitchen is a new endeavor of CitySeed, introducing the cuisines of countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, and Rwanda through cooking demonstrations and supper clubs. The twist is that the chefs preparing the food are refugees from said countries. It’s a wonderful example of the culinary arts bringing the community together. Read about it on pages 6 & 7. And of course, it’s Shakespeare season. ARTFARM is staging Hamlet in Middletown and the Elm Shakespeare Company is performing The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet this year. According to the company, the choice was very intentional, made “in response to the ongoing and unparalleled divisiveness in the nation.” May we all learn from thier mistakes. I hope you enjoy this summer double-issue and take the time to recycle it when you’re finished reading.

America, Current Mood by Natalie Baxter adorns this month’s cover. Baxter’s work can be seen at the Broad Stripes and Bright Stars exhibition at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art. Read more about it on pages 10 & 11.

In the Next Issue … The September issue of The Arts Paper will include a story about Karyl Evans, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Evans recently released her latest documentary, which is about landscape architect Beatrix Farrand.


Amanda May Aruani, Editor, The Arts Paper

Images of New Haven by Jim Goldberg and Donovan Wylie

Candy/ A Good and Spacious Land June 15–August 20, 2017

YA L E U N I V E R S I T Y A R T GA L L E RY Free and open to the public | 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut | 203.432.0600 @yaleartgallery Left: Jim Goldberg, At the Corner of U.S. 1 and Ella T. Grasso Blvd, New Haven, Connecticut, 2014. Archival pigment print. © 2017 Jim Goldberg. Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, and Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco. Right: Donovan Wylie, New Haven, Connecticut, 2013. Photograph. © 2017 Donovan Wylie

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We Found Love in a Hopeless Place elm shakespeare to present the tragedy of romeo and juliet zac zuber-zander It’s easy to write off The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet as another Shakespeare play assigned by your ninth-grade English teacher. One that you’ve heard a thousand times, seen every iteration, read every Cliff Note—but there’s something about Elm Shakespeare Company’s interpretation that makes this well-known play so engaging. “This production is about hope and solution instead of living in the tragedy,” Director Raphael Massie said. Our country is in a particular time where the distance between beliefs grow wider every day. These beliefs become more radical—in both directions—and even friends, families, and loved ones begin wars based on what they think is right. I met Massie and Producing Director Rebecca Goodheart during a rainy day at Goodheart’s house. Her home was beautiful, full of some of the actors from the show. Everyone welcomed me with bright smiles. While waiting for Goodheart, Massie and I had a chance to speak. He told me of his personal connection to The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet being performed in New Haven. As well as being a New Haven native, he “understands it on a deeper level.” He’s been in the production five times, has taught the play, and has an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter. Once Goodheart joined, the three of us further examined the intentions behind their decision to put on The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet. “A pretty show in the summer is not enough,” Goodheart said. Instead of the divisiveness seen on the news and in daily life, Elm Shakespeare wishes to bring people together through Shakespeare to explore a shared humanity. “We can make different choices than the families in the play (versus Juliet). And doing the play with our education programs is one of the ways we are highlighting our shared humanity. We are also hosting community

“We watch the tragedy, so we don’t have to live it,” -Rebecca Goodheart engagement programs and making specific production choices to do this as well,” Goodheart said. These production choices involve marrying the historical context of the play to modern culture. “Our designers are working together to create a Mediterranean world that incorporates both historical and modern iconography,” Goodheart explained. “For example, metal adornments are important in this world— whether from ornate embellishments on the

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Courtney Jamison and Steven Johnson will play Juliet and Romeo. Photo by Mike Franzman courtesy of the Elm Shakepeare Company.

hilt of swords or significant metallic jewelry you can see in any hip club today. Likewise, our costumes echo equally ancient Persia and the runways of Milan [in] 2017.” In addition, Elm Shakespeare Company has three two-week summer camps that will be putting on thirty-minute versions of the show before the professional actors do the full show August 17-September 3. And for 14 weeks in the spring, the Afterschool Shakespeare Club—sponsored by the Housing Authority of New Haven—brought kids from six communities to perform the play together. As for future Romeo and Juliet-related engagement events, some may involve community conversations regarding the play and how violence affects our communities. The expansion of their community footprint is due, in part, to the addition of Sarah Bowles, the new Education Program Manager. According to the Elm Shakespeare Company, they seek to grow their programs, content, and quality by reaching a bigger audience with the same foundation. The addition of Bowles amplifies their desire to expand with an education department and move toward their full potential of developing relationships with the New Haven community. “Many of these new programs incorporate my background in applied theatre techniques,” Bowles said. “One branch on the applied theatre tree is devising original theatre pieces based on the interests of the group. We will be combining some of that kind of work with Shakespeare’s language and stories to help students find a deeper connection between the works of Shakespeare and their own experiences. They get to dive into Shakespeare, and then reflect on those themes by

creating their own accompanying pieces. “I’m kept busy: We never stop thinking about how to reach out to more young people in New Haven to offer them empowering, inclusive, challenging, and enjoyable programs,” Bowles said. One of the most important things I took from my conversations with Elm Shakespeare was Massie saying, “Anyone at any age can fall in love—just because they’re young, does not make their love invalid.” Yes, Romeo and Juliet were young, but they loved each other despite the chaos of their families. Even when everything seemed to pull them apart, they found each other. “We watch the tragedy, so we don’t have to live it,” Goodheart said. “Romeo and Juliet allows us the choice that Juliet missed out on.” So, maybe that’s the whole point. This production is important because, in the simplest way, we can apply what is learned from this play to our life—fighting, death, and conflict only leads to more fighting, more death, and more conflict. In the current political climate “hate has been given permission,” as Massie put it. Maybe it’s time we refuse hate and find each other. Maybe we as a country, as humans will find hope and solutions instead of living in the tragedy. n Catch The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet from August 17 to September 3, Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. for free in Edgerton Park, New Haven. For more information, visit

Phrases Attributed to William Shakespeare “Wild-goose chase” (Romeo and Juliet) “Love is blind” (The Merchant of Venice) “Wear my heart upon my sleeve” (Othello) “Be-all and the end-all” (Macbeth) “For goodness’ sake” (Henry VIII) “Kill with kindness” (The Taming of the Shrew) “Full circle” (King Lear) “Good riddance” (Troilus and Cressida) “Laughing stock” (The Merry Wives of Windsor) “Heart of gold” (Henry V) “In my mind’s eye” (Hamlet) “Cold comfort” (The Taming of the Shrew / King John) “A dish fit for the gods” (Julius Caesar)

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Culinary Arts Continue to Unite cityseed’s new program features refugees as chefs

Mutabal (a smoked eggplant dip with yogurt and tahini) on the set table for Sanctuary Kitchen’s first supper club, which featured Syrian cuisine.

carlene kucharczyk images courtesy of sanctuary kitchen


he culinary arts have a long history of uniting people from different cultural backgrounds, perhaps more so than any other art, and a new program in New Haven aims to do just that. Sanctuary Kitchen, a program of CitySeed, the organization that runs New Haven’s farmers’ markets, in partnership with a network of community volunteers, has begun hosting cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, and supper clubs—all featuring local refugees as the chefs. Their mission is to provide refugees with a space to share their cultures, cuisines, and stories while helping them earn an income. The first official event, a cooking demonstration, was held on Sunday, April 23 in the kitchen at CitySeed. The event was sold out with about 20 guests in attendance. Arriving early to the demonstration, I walked in to find the kitchen already smelled delicious. The brightly colored walls, pink tulips on the table, silverware in mason jars, and cleanliness of the space created a welcoming atmosphere.

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The three chefs of the evening, Fatema, Ghadir, and Afeefa (who prefer to go by just their first names) donned headscarves and CitySeed aprons as they prepared for the cooking demonstration alongside several of the founding members of the program. Fatema, Ghadir, and Afeefa came to New Haven from Syria in 2016. Cooking for large groups of people was not unfamiliar to them. “Every day we had people over,” Afeefa said. And it showed, as they appeared confident and relaxed while cooking. Fatema and Afeefa took turns leading the demonstration and answering the enthusiastic audience’s questions with the help of volunteer Arabic translator, Malak Nasr. One of the six women who founded the program, Sumiya Khan, helped facilitate the conversation. As they prepared the food, we learned bits and pieces of their lives. Fatema told the story of how she learned to cook. When she got married, she only knew how to make eggs, but after three months of her mother-in-law bringing food over every day, it was time for her to learn. Once she did learn, however, she found that she enjoyed it.

The first dish demonstrated was the kafta kabob, ground meat skewers. Then was the ruz ma shayreeyeh, vermicelli rice pilaf, shorbet ‘adas, a warm lentil soup, qatayef (atayef), ricotta filled pancakes, laban bi khyar, cucumber yogurt salad, and fattoush, bread salad. The food was flavorful, but not spicy, and created a colorful spread—an art in itself. The guests were given recipes of the dishes,

which included the names of the dishes in English, Arabic transliteration, and Arabic. Most of the attendees were women and there was a warm, appreciative ambience, frequently erupting into laughter. Rice, lentils, lemons, onions, white beans, and tahini are all staple foods in Syria, we learned, and there are about 15 different rice dishes in the country. “There’s always vermicelli [rice pilaf] in the house,” Fatema said.

Shay wa qahwa Arabiyya (Arabic tea and coffee).

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All the dishes were delicious, but my favorite was the cucumber yogurt salad, laban bi khyar, which was refreshing and had a zesty flavor that seemed to fit with the much-welcomed warmer weather we had been having. Afeefa said in the summer they make it for the kids every day. If you, too, would like a refreshing summer treat, the recipe is below, and it’s not too much work! Cucumber Yogurt Salad laban bi khyar Ingredients: 16 oz. plain yogurt 4-5 Persian cucumbers, diced 1 tablespoon dried mint, crushed * 1 clove garlic, minced Salt to taste Water (add until yogurt reaches desired consistency) Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 4-6 *The importance of using dried mint (rather than fresh mint) was emphasized since the flavors are different. Another favorite of mine was the dessert qatayef (atayef), or ricotta filled pancakes, which included pistachios and a delicious syrup drizzled on top. The syrup was made from sugar, water, lemon juice, and orange blossom water. As one guest aptly stated, it “tasted like springtime.” You can also use rosewater, often used in Syrian cooking, instead of orange blossom water. The second event, also sold out, was a supper club held about a week later on Saturday, April 29, at a home in the Westville section of New Haven. The windows were open, letting a warm breeze in, and guests mingled before supper. The chefs had been preparing the elaborate meal since 1 p.m. and had done some of the prepping the day before. Guests were seated at two long tables adorned with candles, and were asked not

to sit next to who they came with. This encouraged people to meet and talk to someone they might not have otherwise. With the help of volunteer Arabic translator, Ahmad Aljobeh, chef Mazen introduced the dishes. Gratitude was expressed for the opportunity to share his culture’s cuisine. Mazen was a chef in his home city of Homs, Syria, and his wife, Rawan, who enjoys helping him in the kitchen, also prepared the meal that night. To start, there was limon bi nana, a delicious mint lemonade, green in color. Then guests passed around mutabal, a smoky eggplant dip with tahini and yogurt, muhammara, a red pepper and walnut spread, fattoush, a tangy green salad with fried pita chips (also featured at the first event), and kibbeh, ground beef, walnut, and bulgur croquettes. The main meal consisted of mandi, spiced rice with smoked lamb, tomatoes, mushrooms, and walnuts, kabsa, spicy golden rice with chicken and mixed vegetables (a vegetarian version was also made), fasuliya bayda, white bean and tomato stew, and khodar mushakalah, fried vegetables in a spiced tomato sauce. To finish the meal was fakihah, a fresh fruit assortment, basbousa, coconut and almond semolina cake, and shay wa qahwa Arabiyya, Arabic tea and coffee, served in delightful small glasses with matching saucers and tiny gold spoons. Although the first two events focused on Syrian culture, the cuisine of many other countries will be featured, including Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Eritrea, Colombia, Cuba, Iran, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. If you’re looking for an authentic culinary experience, community, and a way to support local refugees, I encourage you to go to one of the Sanctuary Kitchen events—I don’t think it gets any more authentic than this. n

One of the tables at the supper club earlier this spring. Chef Mazen is seated at the top right.

To donate to help sustain the program, find out more information, or to sign up for the next Sanctuary Kitchen event, visit

Above: Sanctuary Kitchen team member and Arabic translator Karima Taroua with a serving tray at the supper club featuring Syrian cuisine. Left: Mixing vegetables at the cooking demonstration at CitySeed in New Haven. Sanctuary Kitchen team members and founders Sumiya Khan and Donna Golden at the cooking demo at CitySeed.

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artists next door

Linoleum Block Party

liz antle-o’donnell explores our relationship to nature and each other

hank hoffman


he telephone poles and transmission towers in many of Liz Antle-O’Donnell’s prints represent the technology of connection and communication. But are we connected? Are we communicating? Nestled among forest green, they pose the question: Which world represents our nature? Antle-O’Donnell’s primary motivation in showing her work “is to have a conversation with somebody. It’s a conversation starter,” she said in an interview at her home studio. “’Hey, this is what I was thinking about— what do you think?’” In recent years, some of the conversations she has sought to provoke focus on the tension between the urban and natural worlds and the isolating implications of gated communities. Antle-O’Donnell, who recently showed new work relating to gated communities at the Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville, considers printmaking and collage her primary mediums but has also dabbled in sculpture and installation. With her husband, Ryan O’Donnell, she created two videos for the Kehler Liddell show. In some recent works, she has incorporated found objects, both natural (leaves, tree bark) and manmade (window frames). As a printmaker, Antle-O’Donnell specializes in linoleum block printing. Unlike etchings and engravings, which require acid baths and expensive presses, linoleum block prints can be made in her own studio. “I love the feeling and texture of it. I love to be able to draw and plan it out to a T,” Antle-O’Donnell enthused. It isn’t just the woodcut-like texture of the prints that appeals to her. The carved blocks themselves become almost sculptural. So much so, that Antle-O’Donnell has started to experiment with incorporating them into sculptures after completing her print run. Antle-O’Donnell grew up in New Haven, went to school in New York City and “lived for a minute” in Los Angeles. “I’ve always fancied myself a country person but really,

Liz Antle-O’Donnell. Photo by Tracy Lane.

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Build Your Dream Home, linoleum prints (324), 4” x 4” each (installation detail). Images courtesy of the artist.

I’m more of a city person,” she said. “Maybe it’s a tension within myself,” she added with a chuckle, alluding to the impetus driving her subject matter. She appreciates the formal attraction inherent in the juxtaposition of the geometric, manufactured forms with the organic. “I do see beauty in the power lines. New Haven Harbor—I’ve always thought that’s very beautiful with the big oil tanks,” Antle-O’Donnell said. “That industrial look—I’ve always been drawn to that while others might not think it’s picturesque.” In speaking of her prints featuring telephone poles and power lines, Antle-O’Donnell said, “I’m interested in how these manmade structures are almost more natural in many ways than the trees themselves.” They reflect our nature, a mindset alienated from the natural yet inextricably part of it. “We’re creating a new natural world for ourselves,” she said. One work that explores this theme is Wireless Connection, composed of multiple panels of sycamore bark overlaid with prints of telephone poles and tinted in parts with paint. When living in New Haven, Antle-O’Donnell regularly walked past sycamore trees shedding their bark in mid to late summer. A longtime collector of natural objects, she began filling bags with the shed bark for possible incorporation into her work. “With the natural pieces, the idea is to use found materials to speak to how we’re using the natural landscape,” she said. Wireless Connection germinated from the “baby of a thought”—how to use the sycamore bark as a canvas.

She breaks the bark “into small pieces and try to force it into these little squares. It doesn’t really behave; it always wants to bust out,” Antle-O’Donnell said. In this case, Antle-O’Donnell’s process reflects her theme—a struggle to dominate and subdue nature and nature’s resistance to that process. The completed artwork harmonizes the natural and the manmade. The materials she chose for her gated communities series were also integral to her theme. Rather than use classic art materials, Antle-O’Donnell employed house paint, sponge printing, and rice paper “to further bring up the home aspect.” Popsicle sticks and kitschy porcelain rabbits were among the materials used to create condos. The series originated in a lot of obsessive viewing of the home and garden design channel HGTV in sleepless hours after her son was born. The gated communities being featured on HGTV and advertised on YouTube fascinated Antle-O’Donnell. “It seemed to me analogous to what was happening in the country with border walls, the same thought process,” she said. Isolation and loneliness—despite the ubiquitous technology of communication and connection—is a powerful subtext in her work. In the absence of representations of people in her imagery, telephone poles and homes “become the characters for me,” Antle-O’Donnell said. “With the gated communities, they’re making these communities and walling themselves off. It becomes a community of people all like ‘you,’” Antle-O’Donnell explained. “It feels so lonely to wall yourself off.”

Her work is, in part, a reaction to a world in which we are increasingly absorbed with our devices. She noted that when you go to a party these days, you often see people glued to their phones rather than talking to each other. On New York City streets, “people become objects to get around,” Antle-O’Donnell noted. “As we’re relying on technology, we’re not having these human connections to each other,” she said. This ties into her use of linoleum blocks and natural objects, “to make a tangible piece of artwork where you can really see the artist’s hand in it.” “Through my artwork, I’m looking for hope and how we can find a happy balance,” Antle-O’Donnell said. “How can we maintain our connection to the natural world and take care of the natural world?” n To see more of her work, visit

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The Revolution Will Be Harmonized music haven: then and now lucy gellman It was a little past 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon in a cramped, cacophonous Whalley Avenue garage when Robert Oakley made a stunning confession: there was no place in the city he’d rather be. And he was in no particular rush to get home. A rising senior at Wilbur Cross High School, Oakley is one of 90 students at Music Haven, a New Haven nonprofit that teaches violin, viola, cello, piano, and guitar, to kids in the city’s high-poverty “promise zone” neighborhoods. This year, it is celebrating a decade of evolution, and figuring out what it means to continue in a landscape of great need, and greater financial uncertainty. Music Haven began as a single, resonant note somewhere between Colorado and Connecticut, where Yale music graduate Tina Lee Hadari was earning her doctorate in music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A founding member of the Vinca Quartet, Hadari had begun to feel “not completely fulfilled” after each performance, as audiences packed up and headed home for the evening. She missed teaching music to low-income kids, which she had done for three years in East Harlem. She sensed, too, a growing need within herself to push the mothball-lined confines of chamber music. “There was a need that I saw in the community, and there was my need—my personal need—wanting to believe that the arts could change lives,” she said in an interview with The Arts Paper. “Coming from a professional string quartet … I was left feeling empty. I didn’t really feel like we were making that much impact on anyone.” She and fellow quartet members Michelle Lee, Christopher Jenkins, and Elise Pittenger began to travel between Colorado and New Haven, performing at all-school assemblies in John C. Daniels and Wexler Grant elementary schools. They’d play some music, then made a pitch: free music lessons in violin, viola and cello for students between second and fifth grade. Students were wildly receptive. For 20 available slots, Hadari received more than 60 applicants. The idea, Hadari said, was music as a new activist frontier, with an armory of pint-sized instruments. Like the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, the nonprofit would make artists a revitalizing force in an under-resourced community. Music Haven was officially incorporated as a nonprofit in 2006. Having relocated to New Haven, Hadari didn’t know if the group would make it beyond a year or two. She was working with a budget of $48,000 for four teaching musicians and 20 students who were getting tuition-free lessons. All of the quartet’s members were working second and third jobs. But the group began to gain traction. What had started as some 20 students in 2007 became 30, then 40, then upwards of 100 students over the next eight years. With support from Development Director Netta Hadari and a growing board of directors, Hadari grew Music Haven’s budget, scoring grants and funding that allowed it to expand.

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Music Haven students on stage. Photo courtesy of Music Haven.

Original quartet members were replaced by resident teaching artists who doubled as the Haven String Quartet. The organization earned local, then state, then national recognition. Second and third-graders began to form their own quartets and quintets (notably, the Phat Orangez) as they entered high school. And students started performing not just in the community, but at juried performances and contests, winning entry into some of the country’s most prestigious summer music programs. Everything operated out of a large former garage at 117 Whalley Ave., where passers-by could see students practicing through large, beckoning windows. “I wanted folks to be able to walk past and say ‘what is that?’ and kind of wander in,” she said. “And that’s what happened.” But by 2015, Hadari was also ready for some of her own transitions. While Music Haven had grown from a musical zygote into a rambunctious 9-year-old, she had had two children of her own. The board of directors was strong enough to support a new Executive Director. In June of that year, she and Netta Hadari bid the organization farewell. There to take the baton was Mandi Jackson, a community organizer who had founded New Haven Works in 2013. “It was very bittersweet,” Hadari said. “I wanted the organization to thrive and expand even more and really take off, and I didn’t know if I was the person to be able to do that.” Jackson entered ready to take on the challenge. In learning to run “my first arts organization, really,” she found herself doing a lot of listening—to both instructors and students. Senior Resident Musician Colin Benn, a member of the Haven String Quartet through 2015, expressed a desire to start a class for students who had never played before. Enter Music 101, a 10-hour (three hours, three days a week)

weekly intensive in strings, percussion, guitar, and bass for 16 new students each year. Then kids studying violin with Senior Resident Musician Yaira Matyakubova wanted to know how they could contribute to the refugee crisis—with their musical instruments. In the fall of 2015, they did a performance and “instrument petting zoo” at Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS). Then Matyakubova scored funding for a weekly after-school class for refugee kids. Their first recital was June 1. But keeping the organization going will be an uphill battle. At 90 students, Music Haven is close to its upper limit. On the state level—where Connecticut’s overall budget is faltering—Music Haven doesn’t have (and never will, according to Jackson) the same kind of line item that the Neighborhood Music School or International Festival of Arts & Ideas has. Arts funding, meanwhile, falls beneath economic development, and organizations are deemed fundable based on the number of jobs they create or ticket sales they generate. An Arts & Community Impact Grant that the nonprofit scored in the 2016-17 fiscal year has been cut from the budget going forward. Because Music Haven offers tuition-free access and does not charge for most of its programming, the organization has found itself at a budgetary disadvantage. A sort of “blind spot” for any state funding, Jackson said. “I’ve found that often, what gets lost is this issue of access,” she said on a recent Friday, the sound of practicing students swelling behind her. “There’s the presumption that the arts are for affluent people, and good luck to anybody who doesn’t have means who wants to participate in the arts or really needs to have access to arts programming. People can’t understand why it’s possibly so important for a kid to have violin lessons. If you spend 10 minutes here, you can tell.” What keeps her motivated, she said, is

the organization’s students—many of whom have taken on mentoring responsibilities on top of their own practice schedules. Like Sofia Galván, a junior at Wilbur Cross who joined Music Haven around its conception. She’s not a fan of practicing, she said—but she recognizes the payoff. Like an improved SAT score when she linked her studying practices with her rehearsal schedule. Or a “better way to express creativity” that got her into the Take a Stand Festival, where she and fellow Music Havener Christofer Zunin will train and perform this July with Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Or Oakley, who credits hours of nightly viola practice and performance—almost five straight years of it—with helping him emerge from a shy shell and meet kids from outside of his neighborhood and high school. “I thought classical music would be… old,” said Oakley, whose favorite composer is Vivaldi. “Then I became a member of the Music Haven family … I was always an expressive person, but I feel like I have a much more valuable way to express myself now. It’s impossible to listen to music and to play music, and to not feel something.” In May, Oakley lived those words, joining Music Haven’s student orchestra Harmony In Action alongside several soloists and members of the Haven String Quartet, who double as full-time instructors. For the first time in its history, the group stood almost completely united at a Haven String Quartet concert, rather than one of its performance parties. Beethoven and Vivaldi coasted over the audience. “It feels like a big part of bringing the community together,” Oakley said. n For more information about Music Haven or to donate to the organization, visit  •  9

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Untitled (2017), back view, Annie Chapman Thornton.

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hat does the American Flag mean to you? Is it a symbol of pride? Of shame? Is flying it an act of resistance or are you “making America great again”? Are you a refugee, relieved to be out of a war zone, and find comfort in its image, or are you a citizen but don’t feel like the flag represents you at all? Undoubtedly, people’s relationships with the red, white, and blue are as varied as they are complicated. In the Broad Stripes and Bright Stars exhibition, currently on view at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art, you’ll find almost as many perspectives as there are stars on the flag. The idea for Broad Stripes and Bright Stars has long been percolating in David Coon’s imagination—the ubiquitousness of what he calls “America’s corporate logo.” Coon is the co-curator of the show, along with his wife, Aicha Woods. Both are artists in their own right and architects at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven. “I think for me, it’s thinking about the tremendous uptick of the display of the American flag, even before Trump was elected president,” Coon said. “We don’t want this

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to be a show about his becoming president, but his rise to power and what’s followed— it is a nationalistic rise. More flags are being displayed. And you go back and think of something further, and it was something that changed on 9.11. The government wanted people to display the flag and show it as a demonstration of national unity. So I have been thinking about it since 9.11.” In a statement, the pair name curatorial work they admire from much further back, including the People’s Flag Show in New York City’s Judson Memorial Church in 1970, Old Glory at the Phoenix Museum in 1996, For Whom It Stands at the Lewis Museum in Baltimore in 2014, and more recent gallery and pop-up shows like Artspace’s Vertical Reach featuring Laura Marsh’s Reimagined U.S. Flag installation. “So really, it’s amplified by current events,” Woods said, agreeing that Broad Stripes and Bright Stars fits into the momentum of exhibitions that have come as a response to the campaign rhetoric and the change in administration. “But it’s also looking back at the way artists’ images of the American flag have also been a touchpoint in the first amendment discussion.” Other artistic influences cited for the exhibition include Jasper Johns, who famously made several iconic flag paintings and was a veteran of the Korean War, Bar-

bara Kruger, whose work is always charged, politically or otherwise, Faith Ringgold, a New York activist and artist who is probably best known for her narrative quilts, Nam June Paik, a Korean-American artist known as one of the founders of video art, David Hammons, an American artist who made African American Flag, Iranian artist Sarah Rahbar, and even Dred Scott (a slave who sued for his freedom, making him one of this country’s first civil rights activists). The result of all of these influences is a diverse and multidisciplinary exhibition that includes photography, sculpture, installation, performance, graffiti, and more traditional styles of painting. Woods and Coon cast a wide net and have been “incredibly delighted and grateful” for the number of artists that have wanted to participate. “Certainly a bunch of artists are young, emerging artists who are using the flag imagery for political reasons—for dissent. But there are some older pieces, and there are several pieces that were created by immigrants. We got an offer to include a painting, an artist put us in touch with a refugee. It’s an American flag, four feet long, but a desert landscape. The edge of the land is the top of this waving flag. And at the far end is a moon. I don’t personally look at that and think its dissent. It’s possible that it was created as relief or love of a place

that took them in,” Coon said in an interview with The Arts Paper before the show’s opening in June. The work that Coon referenced is Moussa Gueye’s Great America. Gueye is originally from Mauritania, Africa. He was granted asylum to the United States in 2003 after being threatened and harassed in his home country for working as an architect (while black) and was imprisoned for speaking out about racial discrimination. “For me art is a universal tool to embel-

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The Arts Paper july | august 2017 lish our environment; but most importantly, to bring people from different horizons and backgrounds together,” Gueye said in a statement. “The idea of making an artwork about the American flag came to me a year ago in the middle off the presidential campaign. One night, alone in my basement studio, I had the idea to play my part in this debate by showing the greatness of America. This artwork is my tribute to the United States of America, a country I love from the bottom of my heart.” The curators reached out to artists working with the flag, including some veterans, but also artists they know in the area, asking them to reflect on flag imagery especially for the show. There is a mix of work made for the show, and selected existing pieces. There are three pieces on loan from the New Haven Museum as well as the 1941 Walker Evans photograph Bridgeport Parade / Bridgeport’s Italian Women Insist Upon Their Patriotism (on loan from Tom Strong, printed for this show by John T. Hill). The photo, taken in Bridgeport, CT, depicts an old car carrying a four Caucasian women in a parade through a crowd of African-Americans, a poster on the side of the car saying “Love or Leave America.” Other works include Annie ChapmanThornton’s untitled work, a flag-shaped resin rectangle, partially transparent, showing the remnants of the flag burnt at Hampshire College preceding the 2016 election. “After I obtained the remnant, I encapsulated it in resin,” Thorton said in an artist’s statement about the piece. “In this process, liquid resin is exposed to a catalyst, and this chemical reaction causes the final solution to solidify. Just prior to solidification, heat is generated from the chemical reaction transpiring between the catalyst and reactant, from which the flag reacted. The charred flag housed a potential energy, possibly still present from the initial burning, and most likely as liquefied petroleum gas. I created a parameter for the object to respond. The resin does not just encapsulate the object, but re-ignition itself, or the moment when potential becomes actualized force. By encasing the flag at the instance of the conversion of potential energy to an energetic force, I propose that the issue of structures of freedom in America are still very much alive.” Natalie Baxter’s America, Current Mood (featured on the cover) from her series Bloated Flags is a fabric flag, simultaneously and literally knotted and bright. She is a sculptor out of New York who is originally from Kentucky. According to Woods, her fabric sculptures reference a tradition of craft and quilting from that part of the country. In America, Current Mood, hues of hot pink and red pair with glittering gold cloth to create a friendly, viscerally soft, Pop Art statement about America with a lump in her throat. “I strive to create approachable work with an accessible entry point to unpack political issues that have become points of division in today’s political and social landscape,” Baxter said in her artist’s statement. One of the video/installation pieces belongs to artist and activist Jay Critchley. His “Old Glory Condom Corporation” proj-

ect, created as an AIDS awareness piece, includes documentation of a lawsuit he provoked by putting the American flag on condom wrappers. Laura Genes’ A Chainmail Flag, is meant to “represent both the weight and malleability of the American mission.” According to her artist’s statement, “The exercise of making the flag was an attempt to reflect on the oppression the states place on its southern neighbor.” Esperanza Mayobre’s Flag of Immigrants installation features a green and white flag hung on the end of a mop handle. Local artist Susan Clinard will have an installation, History Repeats Itself, made up of several sculptures placed with the flag’s stripes weaving between them, meant to “illustrate the rich tapestry of our shared American identity.” One of the figures is a man in a light blue shirt, the Star of David on his sleeve. The man is aged and hunched over so far that his head is at a 90 degree angle from his body, appearing to carry the weight of the world (or at least his people’s history) on his shoulders. “The installation explores both the current and past U.S travel bans, which have relied on fear mongering tactics,” Clinard said. “It was completed one month after the Trump administration’s travel ban which has sparked a deep and concerning rift in America.” Azzah Sultan’s Home Sweet Home is a flag made from donated hijab scarves. Sultan is a young Malaysian Muslim artist now living in New York. Connecticut artist Chen Reichert’s work in the show, Red, White, and Blues, has a refined, animated feel. A blue half circle occupies the top left quadrant, the stylized closed eyelid with white lashes crying fat navy tears laden with stars down the stripes of a square flag. Ruben Marroquin has an 18x25-inch piece in the exhibition that is made up of red, white, and blue string. There is a vaguely familiar blue shape in the top

History Repeats Itself (in process), Susan Clinard.

left corner, but the rest is a knot of complicated threads, at once accidental and intentional, bound and bulging. Theres almost a straight-jacket quality to it. It begs the question: What misshapen form lies beneath? Or has the flag just twisted itself almost beyond recognition? Stanwyck Cromwell is a Guyanese-born visual artist and an adjunct art professor who is currently living in Bloomfield, CT. His piece, Two Citizens, Geronimo and Me, is a black-and-white drawing from the early 80s. The drawing depicts the artist with the American flag draped over his shoulders, along with prominent Native American leader and medicine man, Geronimo, in profile on a floating balloon, partially obstructing Cromwell’s self-portrait. “Two Citizens, Geronimo and Me, is about the Native American struggles for survival. More so, the great Apache leader Geronimo, who was captured and treated like a foreign enemy, instead of an American citizen,” Cromwell said. “My flag drawings, are a testimony to the many contributions that immigrants

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and immigrant artists have made in enriching the American fabric,” Cromwell told The Arts Paper. Keeping the point of view in the hands of the artists was important to the curators. In Coon’s words, the artists in the show are “taking ownership of the flag and using it as a symbol for whatever their relationship is.” “As curators, we wanted to include a broad range of approaches to this,” Woods said. “In our [curatorial] statement, I don’t think we’re using very leading language because we want the artists to give their own response. I think everyone takes a stand in a particular way, but we haven’t tried to guide what that is. We haven’t asked any particular question to the artist[s]. The exhibition just fits in the ongoing engagement with artists and the American flag.” The multi-faceted show at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art will also have a for-purchase section. A companion concept project to Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, Flag Swag invites artists and designers to offer special edition multiples for sale in a pop-up store on-site and online. “In the spirit of artist’s multiples “shops” like Barbara Kulicki and Marian Goodman’s Betsy Ross Flag and Banner Company (1961) and Dread Scott and Kyle Goen’s United We Stand Stand, Flag Swag will include an array of affordable limited edition multiples by artists: stickers, flair, zines, flags, fashion accessories, t-shirts, and much more,” the Ely Center said. After all this symbolic contemplation, one thing is certain: The flag has weathered tragedy and hope, good and bad administrations, just as America’s people have. But as the anthem goes, the flag is still there. It is there today. The permanence matters. It’s an anchor. The flag probably means something different to us than it did to those who came before. Hell, it likely means something different to the person next to you. But if there is one message from this exhibition, it is that that is okay. n Broad Stripes and Bright Stars will be on view at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art at 51 Trumbull St., New Haven through August 13, 2017. Special summer visiting hours are Wednesday and Thursday 5-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. For more information visit  •  11

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Docked by Hank Paper. How You Travel Is Your Destination, an exhibition of photographs by Paper, is on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery through July 2. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Classes & Workshops Annie Sailer studio space Erector Square, 319 Peck St., Building 2, 1st. Floor, Studio D, New Haven. (347) 306-7660. Modern Dance Classes Adult Classes. All ages welcome. Emphasizing body integration and technical skills in a friendly, non-competitive, and creative environment. Classes progress from floor warmups to whole-body movement sequences. Students will release tight muscles, improve alignment, strengthen the core, and receive individualized attention. Beginning level classes: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Intermediate level classes: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 10 Class Card: $150. Single Class: $18. Artsplace 1220 Waterbury Road, Cheshire. (203) 272-2787. Summer Art Classes/Camps/Workshops Exciting art programs for all ages, taught by professional fine artists. All supplies included. Plenty of parking. Subjects include drawing, pastels, oil, watercolor, felting, colored pencil, and acrylics. Children’s full-day art camps include: Star Wars, Travels to Ireland, Puppet Art Camp, Fairytopia, Magical Kingdom and Cabaret Camp. Classes held for five weeks and often include Sundays. Cost varies. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

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Mattatuck Museum 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381. Behind the Scenes: Teen Internship Program High school students get the rundown on what it takes to create an exhibition! Learn about selecting works and designing. July 24-August 4. Every weekday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members: $90, non-members: $100. Full and partial scholarships available upon request. Neighborhood Music School 100 Audubon St., New Haven. (203) 624-5189. Chamber Winds at Neighborhood Music School July 5-9. A fun, week-long intensive for intermediate/ advanced students, college and adult players (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn). For grades 9 and up, but current 8th graders may participate in Chamber Winds with permission from the director. Please see website for tuition cost. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Summer Jazz! August 7-11. For ages 12 to adult. Small ensembles, big bands, theory, master classes, and jam sessions, all taught by NMS faculty and noted guest clinicians. Student performance: Friday, August 11, 5:30 p.m. Students will experience a master class with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Wayne Escoffery. Please visit website for details. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Summer Rocks! August 14-18. For ages 8 to adult. Come celebrate American rock music by region—coast to coast. Sharpen your musical

and performance skills while having fun. One year of experience recommended. All instruments welcome, including voice! Student performance Friday, August 18, 5:30 p.m. Please see website for details. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Spectrum Art Gallery 61 Main St., Centerbrook. (860) 767-0742. Art Classes for All Ages and Summer Camps Spectrum Gallery offers art instruction for all ages including After School Art for children ages 7-11, as well as classes for adults: oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, and more. Try a Sunday afternoon workshop, and spend a few hours creatively experimenting with a variety of media. Summer camps are also offered in nature art and fashion design. Prices and dates: Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. (203) 695-1215. Summer Classes and Workshops There are many wonderful opportunities during the summer! Drawing and Painting Hummingbirds, Drawing from the Dioramas, and Drawing Flowers Through the Microscope are just three examples. For the full listing with course descriptions and a registration form please go to our website.

Exhibitions Artists Live 23 Royce Circle, Mansfield Storrs. (860) 933-6000. Artists Live is a visual arts program that was awarded a Regional Arts Grant. It features monthlong exhibitions starting the 1st Friday of each month March through December (except for August). The final Friday of each month the exhibiting artist and Kathleen Zimmerman will have an artist conversation at 5 p.m. followed by a reception at 6 p.m. Monthly exhibitions start the first Friday of each month and end the final Friday. Artist conversations held the final Fridays 5 p.m. followed by reception at 6 p.m. On view 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free and open to the public. July’s artist is Jean Dalton. Creative Arts Workshop 80 Audubon St., New Haven. (203) 562-4927. 116th Annual Juried Art Exhibit at Creative Arts Workshop The New Haven Paint and Clay Club exhibition will feature works created by artists from Connecticut and New England. The juror for the exhibition is Richard Klein, Director of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Opening reception on Sunday, July 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. On view July 10-30. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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artists display one of their own works, creating a series of visual conversations. Written narratives further illuminate the connections. July 6-August 6. Gallery hours are Thursday & Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturay & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; or by appointment. Free and open to all.

From 1845 to 1860, more than 1.5 million Irish immigrants sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to North America in the cramped quarters below the decks of the “coffin ships.” On view through September 17. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission & parking.

Knights of Columbus Museum 1 State St., New Haven. (203) 865-0400. Fleeing Famine: Irish Immigration to North America

Perspectives … The Gallery at Whitney Center 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. (203) 281-6745.

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Great Organ Music at Yale · Yale Camerata Yale Schola Cantorum · Yale Literature and Spirituality Series and more The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is just one of the things you can learn to draw in the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators’ classes and workshops. Visit for more info. Image courtesy of CTNSI. Ely Center of Contemporary Art 51 Trumbull St., New Haven. Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Curated by Dave Coon and Aicha Woods. Special summer hours: Wednesday & Thursday 5-8 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m. On view through August 13, 2017. Kehler Liddell Gallery 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven. (203) 389-9555. How You Travel Is Your Destination On view at Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) through July 2, pho-

tographer Hank Paper presents How You Travel Is Your Destination. A detour from the usual photo travel essay. The show presents a vision of how we travel today. Running simultaneously—a show by photographer Matthew Garrett. Gallery hours are Thursday & Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; or by appointment. Free. Artist as Curator: Talk to Me In this 4th annual exhibition, KLG artists invite guest artists to exhibit at KLG. Alongside the work of each guest, KLG

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A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions June 1–August 13, 2017 Gwen John, Still Life with a Prayer Book, Shawl, Vase of Flowers and Inkwell (detail), late 1920s, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

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Where the Whole Universe Dwells Organized by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Curated by Debbie Hesse. Multimedia show featuring works by Jennifer Davies, Nancy Eisenfeld, Anne Doris-Eisner, Peter Konsterlie, and Jen Payne. On view through August 27. Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Free. Spectrum Art Gallery 61 Main St., Centerbrook. (860) 767-0742. Group Summer Festival Show A gallery show featuring a variety of artists who participated in the Outdoor Summer Arts Festival (Essex, CT Town Green June 17-18). Visit the gallery Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. through July 2. Free. Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven. (203) 772-2788. SHUFFLE and SHAKE 2017. This summer show features randomly selected artist members of The Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Part one: SHUFFLE June 8-July 14. Featuring works by: Marjorie Wolf, Ruth Sack, Diane Ward, Sharon Morgio, Constance LaPalombara, Matty Dagradi, and Fethi Meghelli. Part two: SHAKE July 21-September 7 with closing reception on Thursday, September 7, 5-7 p.m. Featuring works by: Tracy Hammond, Annie Sailer, Aspasia Patti Anos, Charla Spector, Michael Zack, Anne Doris-Eisner, Liisa Lindholm, and Beth Klingher. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Willoughby Wallace Library 146 Thimble Islands Road, Branford (Stony Creek). (203) 458-1720. Eileen Eder Exhibition Eileen Eder will be exhibiting a collection of landscapes and waterscapes, many from locations along the Connecticut coastline. In addition, several still life paintings will complete the exhibit. Opening reception on Sunday, July 2 from 4-6 p.m. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 2-25. Free. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. dinosaurs-take-flight-art-archaeopteryx Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx Dinosaurs are taken to new heights in Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx. Discovered in 1861, Archaeopteryx provides a critical bridge between dinosaurs and birds. Its fossils have been critical to our understanding of the origin of birds, and the origin of flight. It is an icon of evolutionary theory! Through August 30. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. $6-$13. Beauty and the Beetle: Coleoptera in Art and Science Exhibit focuses on the art of Gar Waterman who uses a “bricolage technique” to construct metal sculptures of beetles out of spare parts. Curated by Leonard Munstermann. It will also feature a diverse collection of Waterman’s muses: real beetle specimens from the Peabody’s collections. Through August 6. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. Closed July 4. $6-$13. Yale University Art Gallery Robert L. McNeil Jr. Lecture Hall, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 432-2800. A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions A suite of exhibitions featuring works given to, or purchased by, the Yale Center for British Art in recent years. These exhibitions will honor the Center’s fortieth anniversary, incorporating selections from the last of Paul Mellon’s gifts to the institution as well as gifts from other significant donors, including donations of important modern and contemporary prints. Through August 13. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Free.

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Ascending, Decending by Rachel Carlson will be part of the 116th Annual Juried Art Exhibit at Creative Arts Workshop.

Summer Rocks! is just one of Neighborhood Music School’s summer camps. It runs August 14-18. Check or call (203) 624-5189 for registration details and to learn about other offerings. Image courtesy of Neighborhood Music School.

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Galas & Fundraisers July 29 Saturday Fundraising @ The MATT Annual Garden Party Celebrate summer with this fun outdoor event benefiting the Mattatuck Museum. Enjoy friends, delicious food, and music at this off-site event. Check for details! Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 753-0381.

Kids & Families Music Together Classes First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Ave., New Haven. (203) 691-9759. Musical Folk Offers Music Together Classes for Children A fun, creative music and movement program for babies through 5 years and those who love them. Sing, dance, and play instruments in an informal and fun setting. Classes and demo classes ongoing throughout the year in New Haven, Hamden, Woodbridge, Cheshire, and Branford. Classes held everyday (morning, afternoon, and weekend classes available). 11-week semester is $249 and includes a songbook and CD. Each semester is a new collection of music. Four semesters per year. Demo classes are free. Neighborhood Music School 100 Audubon St., New Haven. (203) 624-5189. Summer KinderArts A morning of music & dance adventures for ages 3.5-5.5. Aug. 7-11 & Aug. 14-18. Through music and songs from around the world, children explore a variety of instruments and learn music fundamentals such as pitch, rhythm, tempo, and dynamics. Dance, yoga, and visual arts are all featured. 9 a.m.12 p.m.

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August 8 Tuesday Day Art Trip: Chihuly in New York Join Director Bob Burns on an exciting trip to view breathtaking works of art by Dale Chihuly installed at the New York Botanical Gardens. Our time there will be unique with a 45-minute tram ride around the gardens and then a specialty guided tour. August 8, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Members: $98, Non-members: $118. 144 West Main St., Waterbury. (203) 7530381.

17 Thursday Storysharing Share stories in an informal atmosphere or simply listen. Stories may be of any kind—traditional folk tales, myths, stories of personal experience, etc. Open to all levels. August 17. Third Thursdays monthly 6-8 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 847 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 562-4045. Poetry Institute Celebrate an eclectic mix of poetic voices in a casual setting. Open mic with outstanding featured readers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reading starts at 7 p.m. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up. August 17, 6:30-9 p.m. Third Thursdays monthly at 6:30 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 847 Chapel Street, New Haven. (203) 562-4045.

Theater Hamlet ARTFARM’s 12th season of Shakespeare in the Grove features the Bard’s timely tragedy about making choices and taking action when faced with injustice. The show lasts under two hours and features Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge in the title role. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and picnic! Performed indoors if it rains. Fast-paced & great for all ages. July 12-23. Wednesday through Sunday. 8 p.m. curtain. $25 adults; $15 kids. 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. (860) 346-4390. Enviorns by Jean Dalton. Dalton is the featured artist for July’s Artists Live exhibition, on view July 7-28. There will be an artist talk and reception on Friday, July 28, 5 p.m. Image courtesy of Artists Live.

July 14 Friday - 16 Sunday Craft Expo 2017 In celebration of its 60th year, Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo will bring more than 180 nationally-recognized craft artists to the scenic and historic Guilford Green. The latest in handmade crafts will be represented in a variety of media. Friday, July 14, 12-9 p.m., Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 12-5 p.m. Adults $9, seniors $7, members, children under 12, and active military free. Multi-day pass $15. Guilford Green, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford. (203) 453-5947.

20 Thursday Storysharing Share stories in an informal atmosphere or simply listen. Stories may be of any kind—traditional folk tales, myths, stories of personal experience, etc. Open to all levels. July 20. Third Thursdays monthly 6-8 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 847 Chapel St., New Haven. (203) 562-4045. Poetry Institute Celebrate an eclectic mix of poetic voices in a casual setting. Open mic with outstanding featured readers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reading starts at 7 p.m. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up. July 20, 6:30-9 p.m. Third Thursdays monthly at 6:30 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 847 Chapel Street, New Haven. (203) 562-4045. Marcella Trowbridge, ARTFARM Artistic Director, (pictured here as Hamlet in a previous production, Shakespeare’s Argument) will have the leading role in this summer’s ARTFARM Shakespeare in the Grove production of Hamlet. Photo by Bill DeKine courtesy of ARTFARM.

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The Arts Council provides bulletin board listings as a service to our membership and is not responsible for the content or deadlines.

Call For Artists The Woven Tale Press Art Competition. Submission Deadline: July 31, 2017. Medium: painting— acrylic, oil, or watercolor; can include mixed-media. 84 inches maximum size longest dimension. Submission of works consistent in style and medium suggested but not required. Entry fee: $20 for up to three works. For more information to thewoventalepress. net/art-competition-painting. Artists #IBelieveInWaterbury Exhibition Dates: September 10-December 3, 2017. Mattatuck Museum invites submissions for an upcoming exhibition focusing on the city of Waterbury. Artists are challenged to identify those unique aspects of the city and her people that resonate for you. The Museum is asking artists to share their inspiration in works that demonstrate the beauty, joy, prosperity, and momentum of Waterbury. Share with non-artists what your trained eye is finding that inspires and uplifts. All styles and media are encouraged. All forms of art are sought: painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper, textile, video, installation art, performance, sound, light, spoken and written word, and intervention. The Museum seeks fresh work, created particularly for this project. Submission deadline: 5 p.m. August 1, 2017. Artists After a tempestuous 2016 presidential election, many Americans—within the United States and abroad—are struggling to put their feelings into words. Art has the ability to provide an explanation beyond words, unite people, and create concord among communities. “Uniting the States” is a call for art depicting images of people pulling together as a country through friendship, freedom, equality, and peace. Community Art Therapy Services Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, is pleased to issue a call for art on “using art to give form to a vision of unity.” This is a call for artists working in all medias to submit work exemplifying how art can provide a common vision of hope and expectation. Abstract and figurative interpretations welcome. Deadline for Submissions: August 4, 2017. Artists Multiple opportunities for artists throughout the year! Spectrum Gallery and its affiliate, the Arts Center Killingworth, present two annual outdoor arts festivals with concurrent gallery exhibitions. Spectrum hosts 6 exhibits per year and is always looking for artists and artisans working in various media. Please visit

to see the calendar of exhibits, themes and festival prospecti. The non-profit Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, CT is a contemporary gallery and fine artisan store. Artists Connecticut Women Artists announce their dates for 2017 National Open Juried Exhibition to be held September 1-29 at the Vernon Arts Center East in Vernon, CT. The juror of selection and awards will be Nancy Stula, Executive Director of the William Benton Museum of Art, UConn, Storrs, CT. You need not be a member to submit work to this show. See prospectus for complete info at Submissions are being accepted at Entry deadline: Friday, July 30, 2017 until midnight. Dancers Annie Sailer Dance Company is looking for dancers experienced in modern/contemporary technique, improvisation, and performance. Adults of all ages will be considered. Rehearsals will be held at Annie Sailer studio space at Erector Square in New Haven. Rehearsal schedule to be arranged. No pay for dancers. For further information contact Annie: Singers The award-winning Silk ’n Sounds chorus is looking for new members from the Greater New Haven area. We invite women to join us at any of our rehearsals to learn more. We enjoy 4-part a cappella singing, specializing in the Barbershop Harmony style. Our repertoire has broadened to include jazz, American Song Book and other styles. Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 6:15-9 p.m. at the Spring Glen Church located at 1825 Whitney Ave. in Hamden. You can contact Lynn at (203) 623-1276 for more information. Visit us at, or visit our group Facebook page (search: Silk ‘n Sounds). Volunteers Arts for Learning Connecticut, a statewide arts in education organization, is seeking board members and volunteers. Please call Eileen Carpinella, Executive Director, at (203) 230-8101 or email regarding your interest. Volunteers and Interns Volunteering at the Institute Library is a great way to meet your local community, have fun, and make a major difference at one of New Haven’s great treasures. More volunteers means more (and longer) hours that we can stay open! Contact us if you are interested at home@institutelibrary. org. Our internship program is also expanding! Let us

know if you are a high school, college, or continuing education student looking for credit and a meaningful professional development experience.

sq. ft., 1st floor, 14 ft. ceilings, white walls, great light, wooden floors. Contact Annie at

Volunteers The non-profit Spectrum Art Gallery and its affiliate, Arts Center Killingworth offer numerous opportunities for volunteers! Learn new skills, meet new people, and be part of a creative organization that gives to the community. Opportunities exist throughout the year for a variety of events and ongoing programs. Teens are welcome and can earn community service credit. Email Barbara Nair, Director, at or call (860) 663-5593.

Studio Space for Dance, Performing Arts, Events Hall A 1,500 sq. ft. space with adjoining rooms in a turnof-the-century mansion in a historic district. Hardwood floors. Vintage stage with curtains. Mahogany woodwork and glass doors. Ample natural light. Chairs and tables on premises. Contact

Creative Services Historic Home Restoration Contractor Period appropriate additions, baths, kitchens; remodeling; sagging porches straightened/leveled; wood windows restored; plaster restored; historic molding & hardware; vinyl/aluminum siding removed; wood siding repair/ replace. CT & NH Preservation Trusts. RJ Aley Building Contractor: (203) 226-9933, Web Design & Art Consulting Services Startup business solutions. Creative, sleek web design by art curator and editor for artist, design, architecture, and small-business sites. Will create and maintain any kind of website. Hosting provided. Also low-cost in-depth artwork analysis, writing, editing services. (203) 387-4933.

Space Events and Parties With 2,000 sq. ft. of open exhibition space, Kehler Liddell Gallery is a unique venue for hosting events. We tailor to the special interests of private parties, corporate groups, arts organizations, charities, and academic institutions. Our inviting, contemporary atmosphere provides the perfect setting for your guests to relax, mingle, and enjoy the company of friends. We provide a warm atmosphere filled with paintings, drawings and sculptures by CT contemporary artists and free parking, with front door wheel chair access. Contact or Roy at (203) 872-4139. Studio/Event Space at Erector Square in New Haven available for dance and theatre rehearsals and performances, events, workshops, and exhibitions. 1,500

Jobs Please visit for up-to-date local employment opportunities in the arts.

Upcoming Arts Paper Advertising & Calendar Deadlines: The deadline for advertisements and calendar listings for the September issue of The Arts Paper is: Monday, July 24 at 5 p.m. Future deadlines are as follows: October 2017: Monday, August 28, 5 p.m. November 2017: Monday, September 25, 5 p.m. December 2017: Monday, October 23, 5 p.m. Calendar listings are for Arts Council members only and should be submitted online at newhavenarts. org. Arts Council members can request a username and password by sending an e-mail to The Arts Council’s online calendar includes listings for programs and events taking place within 12 months of the current date. Listings submitted by the calendar deadline are included on a monthly basis in The Arts Paper.

The Silk n’ Sounds women’s chorus. Silk’n Sounds placed 3rd at the Harmony, Inc. Area 2 Convention & Contest in Devons, MA this spring. The chorus also received the Area 2 Achievement Award. The chorus is always looking for new members. Find out more at or call (203) 623-1276.

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Nikki McClure Exhibit in Mystic amanda may aruani Are you heading to the Cape this summer? Plan for a pit stop at Mystic Seaport’s Museum of America and the Sea. In their C.D. Mallory Building they are exhibiting one of my favorite artists, Nikki McClure. McClure is a West Coast artist (living in Olympia, WA), but her observations of nature and the sea—that have brought her international fame—are just as relevant on the East Coast. If you’ve been to the Mystic museum in the last year, you may recognize her dramatic black-and-white illustrative style from the Away mural in the Pilalas Reception Lobby of the Thompson Exhibition Building, which opened last September. The work, which spans the full width of the building at 15x60 feet, depicts the moment that a boater reaches their hand down to touch the water, creating its own small wake. The “mural” is actually not actually a painting at all. According to Mystic Seaport’s Director of Communications, Dan McFadden, to create the large work, McClure made a 59-inch papercut—her largest work to date—which was scanned and scaled up to its full size: 59 feet long. A vendor then printed it on a vinyl material which was adhered to the wall much like wallpaper. “Our Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs, Nicholas Bell, was familiar with McClure’s work and arranged for her to receive the [mural] commission,” McFadden said. “The museum wanted something contemporary to complement the modern architecture of the building and something that spoke to different audiences.” Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure the exhibition, which includes dozens of works as well as supporting materials and a video, came about after the unveiling of Away. “Based on the positive reaction we received after the opening, we asked McClure if she would like to work with us on an exhibition of her work,” McFadden said. While Away is a permanent installation, this exhibition is both ephemeral (it will be taken down in December) and more representational of the kind of work that McClure usually makes. Her signature style is cutting black paper with an X-ACTO knife, revealing intricate scenes of everyday life: a woman holding a baby, a bird swooping around a tree, a child examining an object. The images are beautiful on their own, but are especially impressive because they were cut out of a single piece of paper. Her reductive process is an inspiring lesson in planning, environmental observation, and focus. “Everything is connected. It is all one piece of paper, yet now it holds a story,” McClure says on her website, I can’t remember the first time I saw McClure’s work, but I have followed her artistic pursuits for more than a decade.

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Reside by Nikki McClure. Image courtesy of Mystic Seaport.

I usually have her yearly calendar, featuring a single illustration each month, paired with a word: surrender, gather, inherit. Her images become a part of my life and consciousness and are almost mantra-like in their simplicity. In addition to calendars, McClure also sells postcards, children’s books, art books, posters, t-shirts, and even wooden shadow play lamps (in collaboration with her husband, a woodworker). At Mystic, her books How to be a Cat, In, May the Stars Drip Down, Waiting for High Tide, and Collect Raindrops are available for purchase, along with her calendar and some note cards. “This is a museum for curious people and for conversations,” McClure said of Mystic Seaport Museum on her Instagram account. “Plus, it’s been sunny every time I’ve been here.” This summer I encourage you to go see this exhibit, and to start a conversation in the sunshine. n Visit Mystic Seaport at 75 Greenmanville Ave. in Mystic, CT. More info at Away by Nikki McClure (installation view). Image courtesy of Mystic Seaport.  •  17

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Air Temple Arts: Building from the Ground Up

Air Temple Arts’ aerial silks class. Photo courtesy of Air Temple Arts.

jillian ginty When I first stepped into Air Temple Arts’ aerial dance, circus, and movement studio, the idea of monotonous, compulsory exercise only crossed my mind when trying to think of the opposite of an aerial silks class. Drowning in afternoon light, this 4,200-square-foot studio’s yellow walls and wide open space struck me as the perfect place for students of all ages to prosper in a tight-knit community of silks performers and learners. Owner and longtime circus connoisseur Stacey Kigner greeted me with open arms. She was eager to explain the mechanics of her job (and her passion for it) so that I could get an inside look at what aerial dance and circus is truly about—expression, purpose, and skill. “It’s definitely an art form,” Kigner said of aerial dance. “I feel like there’s so much more freedom for various body types. It can be intensely personal, and it just really offers endless opportunities for self-expression, which is definitely one of the reasons I like it so much.” In addition to Air Temple Arts’ classes, the company has a performing entity—The Cirqularity Circus Company—which embodies expressive art with storytelling beyond the norm. Touring not only Connecticut, but also Brooklyn and Boston earlier this year, Circularity’s original show Sherlock Holmes and the Sapphire Night featured a cast of students, instructors, and outside contributors telling the story of what happens when “Sherlock and

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Watson unravel the mystery of six missing young women and their connection with an enigmatic, star-gazing cult,” according to the Air Temple Arts website. Previous original shows include Reverie in Black and White, performed in 2016, and Special Relativity, performed in 2015. As a New Haven native, I can say aerial silks—and circus classes in general—are an especially unique category of exercise offered within the area. It is safe to assume you would have to travel to New York City for a more contemporary, out-of-the-box workout class. Witnessing both the aerial silks and Chinese pole classes in session side-by-side revealed how relaxed the atmosphere was. This, layered with a particularly informal instructional tone, music playing in the distance, an intimate classroom setting with just a few students, and a lack of competition created a tension-free room—an observation amplified by the fact that meanwhile, somewhere close, an end-of-the-season baseball game was underway with an entirely different atmosphere. Air Temple Arts’ beginner versus advanced classes provide a drastic comparison when it comes to what you are (and are not) capable of doing as an aerial silks student. This was brought to my attention by the impressive and rigorous moves that students who had already committed to around a year-and-a-half of classes were challenged with. Conversation with a few students touched on the concept of fear, and how they find that silks is an easy way to get over an unvis-

ited fear of heights without the intimidating confrontation of something like a cliff or an airplane. With the notion of danger connected to circus acts lingering in the back of my mind, I was relieved to get an answer on how to minimize the possibility of injury. Beginning-level students start off on the ground, explained Kigner, so that once they make it up in the air they have the skills they learned on land to keep them safe. The amount of upper body strength necessary for climbing the aerial equipment is substantial, so most students wouldn’t start using the silks. Instructors begin every session with stretching exercises and conclude with strength conditioning, to create body awareness and build the strength needed to safely practice. Most of the stretching is focused on working towards splits and back flexibility. Throughout class, students were taught different moves/poses done on the silks, and how to go about doing said moves. Though terminology can vary from studio to studio, one impressive pose the more advanced students tried was called the “upright gazelle.” At the end, students complete the very core and upper body-focused assisted oversplits, as it is ideal for conditioning strength. When you take part in their specific aerial silks curriculum, you’re not just gaining a level of fitness, you’re working with a purpose. Flexibility, strength, body awareness, and self-choreography are just a few of the abilities that stem from participation at Air Temple Arts. Rather than just hitting the gym for a few reps, the skills these students

acquire allow a routine visit to become 75 minutes of melding intuition and aptitude. Circus arts are redefining the term “alternative workout” as the industry continues to blow up with teens and adults of all ages. I knew from the moment I walked up to the studio door and saw their judgement-free “Nasty Women Welcome!” sign that Air Temple Arts will be the most preferred fitness studio of the summer. n For more information and to sign up for classes, visit Jillian Ginty is an incoming senior at Naugatuck High School. This is her first contributed article for The Arts Paper.

Circularity Circus Company’s Sherlock Holmes and the Sapphire Night. Image courtesy of Air Temple Arts.

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The Arts Paper member organizations & partners

Arts & Cultural Organizations A Broken Umbrella Theatre Alyla Suzuki Early Childhood Music Education (203) 239-6026 American Guild of Organists Another Octave-CT Women’s Chorus (203) 672-1919 Artfarm Arts for Learning Connecticut Arts in CT Artspace (203) 772-2709 Artsplace: Cheshire Performing & Fine Art (203) 272-2787 ARTTN Gallery Ball & Socket Arts Bethesda Music Series (203) 787-2346 Blackfriars Repertory Theatre Branford Art Center

Branford Folk Music Society

Firehouse 12 (203) 785-0468

Chestnut Hill Concerts (203) 245-5736

Gallery One CT

City Gallery (203) 782-2489

Guilford Art Center (203) 453-5947

Civic Orchestra of New Haven

Guilford Art League

Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre

Guilford Poets Guild

College Street Music Hall

Guitartown CT Productions (203) 430-6020

Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus 1-800-644-cgmc

Greater New Haven Community Chorus

Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (203) 934-0878 Creative Arts Workshop 203-562-4927 Creative Concerts (203) 795-3365 CT Folk East Street Arts (203) 776-6310 EcoWorks CT Elm City Dance Collective Elm Shakespeare Company

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Hamden Art League (203) 494-2316

Knights of Columbus Museum

New Haven Paint & Clay Club

Long Wharf Theatre (203) 787-4282

New Haven Symphony Orchestra (203) 865-0831

Lyman Center at SCSU

New World Arts Northeast (203) 507-8875

Madison Art Society

Orchestra New England (203) 777-4690

Mattatuck Museum Meet the Artists and Artisans (203) 874-5672 Music Haven (203) 745-9030 Musical Folk (203) 691-9759

Hamden Arts Commission

Neighborhood Music School (203) 624-5189

Hamden Symphony Orchestra

Nelson Hall at Elim Park

Hopkins School

New Haven Ballet (203) 782-9038

The Institute Library International Festival of Arts & Ideas Jazz Haven Kehler Liddell Gallery (203) 389-9555

New Haven Chamber Orchestra New Haven Chorale New Haven Museum (203) 562-4183 New Haven Oratorio Choir

Palette Art Studio Pantochino Productions Paul Mellon Arts Center Reynolds Fine Art Shoreline Arts Alliance (203) 453-3890 Shoreline ArtsTrail Shubert Theater (203) 562-5666 Silk n’ Sounds Site Projects Spectrum Art Gallery & Store Susan Powell Fine Art (203) 318-0616 University Glee Club of New Haven

Wesleyan University Center for the Arts Whitney Arts Center (203) 773-3033

Creative Businesses Access Audio-Visual Systems Hull’s Art Supply and Framing (203) 865-4855

Yale Cabaret (203) 432-1566

I Luv A Party 203-461-3357

Yale Center for British Art Yale Institute of Sacred Music (203) 432-5180

Toad’s Place

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Child Life Arts & Enrichment Program (203) 688-9532

Community Partners

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Department of Arts Culture & Tourism, City of New Haven (203) 946-8378

Yale Repertory Theatre (203) 432-1234 Yale School of Music (203) 432-1965

Connecticut Experiential Learning Center

DECD/CT Office of the Arts (860) 256-2800 Fractured Atlas

Yale University Art Gallery

JCC of Greater New Haven

Yale University Bands

New Haven Free Public Library New Haven Preservation Trust (203) 562-5919 Town Green Special Services District Visit New Haven  •  19

The Arts Paper arts council programs

Perspectives … The Gallery at Whitney Center Location: 200 Leeder Hill Drive, south entrance, Hamden Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

Where the Whole Universe Dwells Curated by Debbie Hesse Multimedia works by Jennifer Davies, Nancy Eisenfeld, Anne Doris-Eisner, Peter Konsterlie, and Jen Payne. Dates: Through August 27, 2017

Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery Location: The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening reception of Where the Whole Universe Dwells. Perspectives... The Gallery at Whitney Center.

SHUFFLE and SHAKE 2017 A two-part exhibition featuring randomly selected artist members of The Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Part 1: SHUFFLE June 8-July 14 Featuring works by: Marjorie Wolfe, Ruth Sack, Diane Ward, Sharon Morgio, Constance LaPalombara, Matty Dagradi, and Fethi Meghelli. Part 2: SHAKE July 21-September 7 Featuring works by: Tracy Hammond, Annie Sailer, Aspasia Patti Anos, Charla Spector, Michael Zack, Anne Doris-Eisner, Liisa Lindholm, and Beth Klingher. Closing Reception: Thursday, September 7, 5-7 p.m.

Arts on Air Listen to The Arts Council’s Arts on Air broadcasts on Monday, July 17 & Monday, August 21 during WPKN’s Community Programming Hour, 12-1 p.m. Hosted by the Arts Council’s Director of Artistic Services and Programs, Debbie Hesse, Arts On Air engages in conversations with local artists and arts organizations. July’s episode will focus on start-up stories and August’s will discuss creative co-working spaces. Listen live and online at

Wallflower by Diane Ward. SHUFFLE and SHAKE 2017. Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery.

Advice from the AC Need help finding exhibition space/opportunities, performance/rehearsal space or developing new ways to promote your work or creative event? Schedule a free one-on-one consultation with Debbie Hesse, the organization’s director of artist services and programs, by calling (203) 772-2788. Walk-ins are also welcome. Dates: Thursday, August 24, 1-4 p.m. Location: Arts Council offices, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven

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For more information on these events and more, visit or check out our mobile events calendar using the Arts, Nightlife, Dining & Information (ANDI) app for smartphones.

University of New Haven student and Arts Council curatorial intern Keana Dubose draws names of artist members to participate in SHUFFLE and SHAKE 2017. Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery.

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