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Connecticut at Work New Haven explores its employment legacy
staff Cynthia Clair executive director Soonil Chun director of finance Julie Trachtenberg director of development & marketing Debbie Hesse director of artistic services & programs Bobbi Griffith director of membership & advertising Stephen Grant communications manager Winter Marshall executive administrative assistant David Brensilver editor, the arts paper Russell Shaddox, Quicksilver Communication design consultant
board of directors Robert B. Dannies, Jr. president James Alexander vice president Lois DeLise second vice president Kevin Tobias treasurer Mark Potocsny secretary directors Daisy Abreu Wojtek Borowski Susan Cahan Lindy Lee Gold Mandi Jackson Charles Kingsley Kenneth Lundgren Terry Maguire Jocelyn Maminta Josh Mamis Elizabeth Meyer-Gadon Frank Mitchell Mark Myrick Vivian Nabeta Eileen O’Donnell Bill Purcell David Silverstone Dexter Singleton Ken Spitzbard Richard S. Stahl, md honorary members Frances T. “Bitsie” Clark Cheever Tyler
Artists Next Door Laura Clarke explores public spaces
Book Review Elizabeth Weinberg recommends Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped
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Arts Awards Applauding those who work “In the Wings”
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Letter from the editor If it’s December, it’s Arts Awards time. In this edition of The Arts Paper, we introduce you to the deserving recipients of this year’s honors, which applaud those who work “In the Wings,” behind the scenes and beyond the reach of the spotlight. We also introduce Connecticut at Work, a statewide initiative of Connecticut Humanities that explores what work in our state has meant and will mean in the future. The program was inspired in part by a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition called The Way We Worked, which will be hosted by seven towns over the next year. Each of those municipalities is organizing programs designed to foster dialogue on the local level about how work has shaped and continued to shape residents’ lives. Hank Hoffman’s Artists Next Door story this month is about Laura Clarke, the cofounder and executive director of Site Projects, which has commissioned extraordinary works of public art for display in the City of New Haven. Clarke is quoted in Hank’s story as saying, “At the most fundamental level, I feel like a city is wonderful when it's generous to its citizens, when it feels like it's giving something to the people who live there.” Elizabeth Weinberg’s book review this month tells us about Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped, a memoir, Weinberg explains, “about coming of age in the face of poverty and racial inequality in the American South.”
“Ward’s memoir is powerfully written; the reader at once feels the mental distance she has created for herself to survive her grief,” Weinberg writes. As much as December is about the Arts Awards, it’s also about Creative Arts Workshop’s Celebration of American Crafts, an annual fundraising exhibition and sale featuring work by more than 300 craft artists. More than 10,000 visitors are expected to explore the Celebration of American Crafts, the proceeds from which are earmarked for the organization's programming coffers. We hope to entice you, by way of a handful of product photographs, to visit Creative Arts Workshop this month. This edition of The Arts Paper also includes a column about Southern Connecticut State University’s literary magazine Folio by Arts Council intern and SCSU sophomore Rachel Didsbury, and a music column by Arts Council Communications Manager Stephen Grant about the New York-based, Connecticut-venue-loving band The New York Funk Exchange. Stephen has also contributed a few suggestions of things to do and places to visit during the holiday season. As we remind you to do each and every month, please remember to recycle this publication when you’re finished reading it. Until then, enjoy the articles herein. ■
The JanuaryFebruary edition of The Arts Paper will explore Lisa Seidenberg’s 2008 documentary film The Road Taken … The Merritt Parkway, which will be The Redding Road Bridge crosses the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield screened on County. Photo from Historic American Engineering Record, Library of Jan. 23 at the Congress. New Haven Free Public Library as part of New Haven’s Connecticut at Work programming, which is anchored by the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition The Way We Worked, on view through Jan. 19 at the New Haven Free Public Library.
On the Cover Creative Arts Workshop presents the 45th Celebration of American Crafts, which is open to the public through Dec. 24. Photo by Katherine Spencer Carey. Page 18
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Exploring the work experience New Haven hosts Connecticut at Work photos from the national archives are part of the smithsonian institution’s traveling exhibition, the way we worked david a. brensilver
n Dec. 9, Connecticut Humanities, the state National Endowment for the Humanities affiliate, will host a daylong conference at Wesleyan University in Middletown to kick off its statewide Connecticut at Work initiative. Inspired in part by the Smithsonian Institution’s
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traveling exhibition The Way We Worked, the Connecticut Humanities program has been designed to foster regional dialogues about what work means and has meant to the residents of Connecticut communities. Those conversations will be stirred in part by book and film talks, exhibitions, and performances designed to share more widely what are oftentimes more academic discussions. “Work,” in other words, Cindy Clair, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s executive director, said, “is a common denominator,” something that “most people can relate to, even if their personal experiences are very different.” Each of the seven Connecticut towns that will host the Smithsonian’s exhibit over the course of the next year — New Haven, Torrington, Hartford, Waterbury, Coventry, Stamford, and Groton — are working to create programming that will explore the history and future of work in
those areas. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, in partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library, is organizing Connecticut at Work programming in that city. Brett Thompson, deputy director of Connecticut Humanities, pointed out recently that there are “lots of social issues attached to work,” as well as “lots of personal issues … (and) lots of economic issues.” The Connecticut at Work initiative “is meant to look backward only inasmuch as there are tremendous … traditions of work in Connecticut (that) have left a tremendous legacy,” Stuart Parnes, executive director of Connecticut Humanities, said. Parnes talked about the work opportunities that brought immigrants and others to various parts of Connecticut, and how local and global changes in industry, infrastructure, and technology have changed the employment landscape.
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‘There’s a tradition of creative arts in Connecticut that has been an important part of economy for a long time.’ —Stuart Parnes The arts sector is one that has have long provided employment opportunities in Connecticut. “There’s a tradition of creative arts in Connecticut that has been an important part of economy for a long time,” Parnes pointed out. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts’ recently launched Arts Catalyze Placemaking program, he said, is evidence of how important the arts are to the state’s economy. Still, Parnes said, Connecticut at Work “is not about economics, it’s about people … it’s about people’s lives.” “Work is a huge part of our lives,” Parnes said. And it looks – and has looked – different, depending on where one is and has been. Because of that, Parnes and his colleagues at Connecticut Humanities are taking a broad approach to framing the Connecticut at Work initiative, so that as the Smithsonian Institution’s The Way We Worked moves from town to town, local pro-
gramming will provide regionally specific insight into what work has meant and means today to the folks who live in those areas. “Each region,” Parnes said, “is going to (tell) its own story.” In addition to the Smithsonian Institution exhibition The Way We Worked, which is on view at the New Haven Free Public Library through Jan. 19, 2014, New Haven will host region-specific art exhibitions, author talks and oral histories, a film screening, and a theatrical production. Learn more about Connecticut at Work at CTHumanities.org and about New Haven area programming at NewHavenArts.org. Connecticut at Work is an initiative of Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the New Haven region, Connecticut at Work is a partnership of the New Haven Free Public Library and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. The tour of The Way We Worked is made possible by Connecticut Humanities and Historic New England. ■
Connecticut at Work – December programs New Haven Free Public Library Downtown
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Dec. 7-Jan 19, 2014: The Way We Worked, Smithsonian Institution touring exhibit Opening reception: Dec. 12, 5–7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 p.m. – Book talk: The Real Pepsi Challenge with author Stephanie Capparell Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. – Book talk: Legendary Locals of New Haven with author Colin Caplan Dec. 19, 6 p.m. – Book talk: The Mind at Work
Exhibit: The Erector Set at 100: What to Make of It, on view through Jan. 26, 2014 (Call for hours)
New Haven Free Public Library Mitchell Branch Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. – Book talk: Empire Falls
New Haven Free Public Library Stetson Branch Dec. 18, 6 p.m. – Community forum: Women & Leadership
New Haven Museum Exhibit: Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square, on view through February 2014 Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. – Talk: The Italian American Experience in New Haven
New Haven Labor History Exhibit: Our Community at Winchester: An Elm City Story, on view through Jan. 31, 2014 Gateway Community College Gallery, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday
Southern Connecticut State University Exhibit: Connecticut Industry Mural, on view through Dec. 18 Development in Connecticut counties, Lyman Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Visit cthumanities.org/ctatwork for more information about Connecticut at Work programs. Connecticut at Work is an initiative of Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the New Haven region, Connecticut at Work is a partnership of the New Haven Free Public Library and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. The tour of The Way We Worked is made possible by Connecticut Humanities and Historic New England.
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Holidays in the city stephen grant Many things can boost your holiday spirit, like the sweet taste of hot chocolate on a cold night and the sound of a young Michael Jackson singing, â€œGive Love on Christmas Day.â€? The New Haven Green lights up the town and children are on their best behavior hoping to check off everything on their gift lists. Ah, itâ€™s the holidays and everything is as jolly as Santa! Well, sort of. Letâ€™s face it, your weekends after Thanksgiving are filled with crowded trips to department stores, too many plays of Mariah Careyâ€™s â€œAll I Want for Christmas is You,â€? and the wonderful joy of traffic. The things you are probably most looking forward to are not going to the office on Christmas morning, and watching your children fumble through presents while you anxiously wait for the Christmas feast. Nevertheless, this winter I invite you to take a moment to relax and enjoy one of the most artistic holidays. There are several ways to appreciate the art of the season, like taking a wreath-making class at Common Ground High School or admiring the Holiday Showcase at the Elm City Artists Gallery. For this Best Of feature, weâ€™re showing you an enchanting evening in New Haven that is sure to bring conversation to your family dinner. You donâ€™t have to travel far to enjoy an artsy reminder of the holidayâ€™s intended purpose. The Shubert Theater will present the New Haven Balletâ€™s annual performance of The Nutcracker Dec. 13-15. Entering its 13th year at the legendary
theater, the show has undergone several exciting changes and will introduce the New Haven Ballet Orchestra conducted by Richard Gard and feature new costumes designed by Kathy Masen. The dreamlike performance will also include guest artists Maria Kowroski, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Charles Askegard, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet. With a record number of students participating, that also includes parents and alumni, the show is gearing up to be unlike any Nutcracker we have seen. This may be thanks to the help of the new Interim Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn, who has choreographed a brand new show. Office manager Ruth Barker, who snuck a peak at the rehearsals, says the show is both, â€œfantastic and beautiful.â€? Donâ€™t let the fun stop after the show. Head over to Ordinary at 990 Chapel St. for a post-show cocktail. I hung out with Tim Cabral to find out which spirits best ignite holiday spirits. When you walk inside the recently restored bar it is like time-traveling. Even the name Ordinary stems from the 1600s. Like the name, the cocktails are as classic as the building theyâ€™re served in. They have been carefully created by the knowledgeable employees who have been studying the art of cocktail-making for years. The drinks menu that rotates with the seasons contains only the best ingredients that are sourced locally. Cabral says, â€œWe aim to stay on top of what we do instead of being stagnant â€Ś Small as we are we had to get creative.â€? Like an artist, Cabral and the Ordinary staff take great
pride in making their cocktails. Everything from the glass theyâ€™re served in to the tools used to create the mixtures can be compared to the way a dancer moves on stage, or how an artist selects his or her colors. You wonâ€™t find any of the ordinary bar favorites like Budweiser or flavored vodka drinks at Ordinary either. Cabral says, â€œWe took away the branding. We want people to walk through the journey of what we do.â€? The bar doesnâ€™t have a television, which leaves room for people to learn and appreciate the drinks theyâ€™ve purchased. Similar to an artist statement, each cocktail has a story. I sampled four cocktails during my visit to Ordinary, but one stood out as the ultimate Christmas cocktail: the William I Wonâ€™t Tell, which smells like warm apple cider and contains Rowanâ€™s Creek Bourbon, Busnel Calvados Pays Dâ€™Auge V.S.O.P, local cider, fresh ginger, and homemade cinnamon simple syrup. Other notable drinks are the Thyme & Season for the tequila lover and the Autumn Elixir, which was created by bartender Sean Ryan and includes Fire Cider, an apple cider vinegar with honey and a blend of organic roots and fruits once thought to help boost oneâ€™s immune system. If youâ€™re looking for something that might taste like a drink from the early 1900s, consider the homemade barrelaged cocktails that contain mixes of spirits aged four weeks then served with Cocchi Vermouth di Torino. Feeling creative? Submit your own cocktail and if itâ€™s good enough the bar will serve it up! Happy Holidays. â– Stephen Grant is the Arts Councilâ€™s communications manager.
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rachel didsbury The deadline for advertisements and calendar listings for the January-February 2014 edition of The Arts Paper is Monday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. Deadlines for future editions of The Arts Paper are as follows: March 2014 — Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. April 2014 — Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. May 2014 — March 24 at 5 p.m. June 2014 — April 28 at 5 pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. ■
Creativity can sometimes be difficult to express in a school with thousands of students. It’s easy to become just another number in a head count and get lost in all the stress of schoolwork and part-time jobs. It seems as though there is never any time to just sit in front of a blank piece of paper with a pen in your hand and see what you can make of it. But the thing about college is that professors insist that students do take that time to just sit and write or draw or read something other than a textbook that will probably end up putting you to sleep. There is no shortage of outlets in which students can get involved in activities other than sleeping, eating, and stressing out over homework. There is one outlet in particular that really caught my attention: the Folio literary magazine. This magazine is a huge part of Southern Connecticut State University’s creative community. The Folio was first published in 1948 and is a magazine that comes out with an issue once a year where students of all ages and majors are welcome to submit anything they would like to see published. This includes, and is surely not
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limited to, poems, short stories, photography, and paintings. The best part is the allowed time before the due date. This year, submissions are due just before winter break. I love that because you’re not put under any real pressure. In a way it mirrors what the arts are all about in the sense that creativity is not something that you can put a time restraint on. It’s something that just comes naturally and sometimes in the most unexpected way and time. For example, you could be walking downtown on your way to an internship when the clouds are heavy with impending rain and see the silhouette of the yellow leaves on an almost bare tree next to an aging street lamp. You’re then reminded of how you once thought about how tragically beautiful it was that in their last moments of life, leaves are as bright and warm as a sunset on the beach. So you stop in your tracks and marvel at its magnificent irony and then take out your phone to take a picture. Now, most people would just put this picture on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook, but what lasting effect would that have? Maybe a couple of people will “like” it and click the little heart to indicate that, but then it’s lost and forgotten on your mile-long post count. With the Folio, you can go back in time by going to Southern’s website and looking at archives of issues published from the beginning. That’s right; you can learn about WWII through the eyes of people who actually experienced it. But if you’re not that big a fan of reading, you can always attend monthly readings. These take place just inside the Student Center on the first Friday of every month. Students are encouraged to attend to have some food, listen to good music, and just hang out while also getting the chance to share what they’ve created at the open mic event. ■ Rachel Didsbury is a sophomore at Southern Connecticut State University. She is an intern at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
stephen grant “We prefer playing in Connecticut,” says vocalist Serena Fortier of the Brooklynbased funk band The New York Funk Exchange. “People in Connecticut have more of an appreciation. New York can be stiff sometimes, but Connecticut is all about it.” This fall, the band released a new single, “Get on the Floor,” which will appear on its upcoming record, This is Your Brain on Funk. To promote the album, the band will play a variety of shows stopping at popular Connecticut venues like Acoustic Café in Fairfield and The Main Pub in Manchester. They have played at Hamden’s The Outer Space and you can almost guarantee that this winter they will make another stop in the Greater New Haven area. The band’s shows are a lively mix of original material and funky covers of the music that inspired their sound. Not many bands have a strong female lead singer like Serena Fortier, who sites Aretha Franklin as one of her influences. This is Your Brain on Funk will be the band’s second full-length album released on its independent label NYFE. “Compared to our last record, this album is more cohesive,” Fortier says. “It is new school with an old soul.” When the band is not playing shows in Connecticut you can catch them at Club Groove in Greenwich Village where they have had a residency for years. New York may be the band’s base, but Connecticut is starting to feel a lot like home. For more information about New York Funk Exchange, visit the band’s website and mark your calendars for upcoming nearby shows. ■ Stephen Grant is the Arts Council’s communications manager.
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(Public) Space exploration Laura Clarke of Site Projects champions public art hank hoffman
aura Clarke, co-founder and executive director of Site Projects, recalls standing on the Whitney Avenue overlook in 2007, her fingers in the chain link fence, watching Slovenian artist Matej Vogrincic work on his untitled installation in the abandoned Farmington Canal below. Responding to the location and informed by his recently acquired knowledge of New Haven history, Vogrincic was building boats out of Erector Set materials — originally manufactured in the Fair Haven neighborhood — and filling them with bricks, trap rock and shells that reflected the city’s manufacturing legacy
and its old oystering industry. Two young boys approached Clarke and asked what Vogrincic was doing. “Ask him,” she suggested, and they yelled down to him. “I’m making a piece of art,” he replied. “What is it for?” they asked. “To look at.” “What is it?” “What does it look like to you?” responded Vogrincic. It was a simple exchange. Two young children interrogating an artist at work. The artist answering with an invitation to offer their own interpretations. But it gets to the heart of what Site Projects likes to accomplish. The group has commissioned five
Laura Clarke. Photo by Harold Shapiro.
site-specific works of public art since 2004, the most recent being Night Rainbow / Global Rainbow by Yvette Mattern, a laser light sculpture on view over New Haven this past April. In an interview at the non-profit organization’s office in New Haven, Clarke tells me that when the group was coalescing back in 2003, the founding members felt
that its objective should be to commission “public art in public spaces. And it needed to be able to be interpreted, appreciated, enjoyed and understood on many different levels.” The goal was to bring something that “could engage people from the most disadvantaged communities” as well as those from higher income and educational brackets. Site Projects’ inaugural commission was Chasing Rainbows, a 2004 high-tech digital light installation on the New Haven Green designed by artist Leo Villareal. The 20 long glass tubes contained thousands of lightemitting diodes (LEDs) programmed to evolve in color based on principles inspired by mathematician John Conway’s Game of Life. The sculpture seemed to pulse and shimmer, a cyber-organism with a mysterious inner life. The road to Chasing Rainbows began shortly after Clarke, who trained and practiced as an architect, left her job of eight years as director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. In search of a new challenge, Clarke first contemplated commissioning “an old-fashioned European sound and light show” about New Haven history for the New Haven Green. As Clarke recruited other prominent members of the New Haven arts community for their input — Clarke’s fellow co-founder Betsey Dun-
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Felice Varini’s Three black circles in air, New Haven Free Public Library, 2010. Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal.
ham, Debbie Hesse, Susan Smith, Helen Kauder, Joy Wulke, and Paul Ha (then a curator at the Yale University Art Gallery), among others — the sound and light show idea was set aside in favor of “a piece of the new high-tech art.” The success of Chasing Rainbows solidified Site Projects as an organization and generated enthusiasm for commissioning future work. Clarke wishes to make clear that the Site Projects Board of Directors chooses the work. (Clarke was responsible for calling the board’s attention to three artists who subsequently received commissions, Jason Hackenwerth in 2006, Felice Varini in 2010, and Yvette Mattern in 2013.) Still, her background as an architect with a fascination for the dynamics of public spaces surely informs the organization’s orientation. Clarke was on an academic path in graduate school at the University of Texas, pursuing a master’s degree in American studies. With all her required work done, she opted for a course in the architecture school on architecture related to public places — public spaces having been a focus of her American studies research — and was “hooked.” Drawing and beginning design courses followed. “It was the most fun thing I’d ever done in school,” Clarke recalls. When her husband, architect Fred Clarke, took a job in Los Angeles, Clarke earned her own master’s in architecture from UCLA. “I loved design assignments when they were at the point of seeing big ideas,” says Clarke. In 1977, after she and her husband moved to Connecticut, Clarke was offered a teaching position at the University of Texas. Clarke says she became more interested in architecture as applied to existing building — rehabilitation and historic preservation. Clarke won a state preservation award and several local awards for her efforts overseeing the rehabbing of the Makemson Steel Building in the town in which she grew up. She also got her first taste of creating a public event in a public space. A nighttime Christmas parade she initiated in her hometown of Georgetown, Texas, in 1979 is still an annual event. “The idea was to bring people together into spaces where there is no commercial benefit to be gained to anyone,” explains Clarke. “Coming together to be delighted, for fun, stimulated, to see something they’ve never seen before.”
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‘The idea was to bring people together into spaces where there is no commercial benefit to be gained to anyone.’ —Laura Clarke With Night Rainbow / Global Rainbow, Yvette Mattern’s laser light sculpture, Site Projects worked closely with the New Haven Board of Education to take advantage of the teaching opportunities presented by the project. The organization went through its own learning process to get to that point. Villareal’s Chasing Rainbows was assembled off-site and installed on the New Haven Green without the artist’s ongoing presence in the city. But with the second work of art — Hackenwerth’s monumental balloon sculpture of a fanciful sea anemone, The Megamite — the artist ensconced himself in a corner of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s Great Hall of Dinosaurs, blowing up balloons and tying them together. Museum visitors sat on the floor to watch, chatting with the gregarious Hackenwerth about what he was doing and why. Clarke says the organization realized “we need to choose an artwork where the artist comes and installs it.” Particularly for young people, witnessing the process is as valuable as contemplating the finished work. While most of the organization’s commissions have been temporary, Felice Varini’s illusionistic Square with four circles is on view indefinitely, visible in the pedestrian alley from Chapel Street to Temple Plaza and on the exterior of the Crown Street Garage. Clarke notes that “we’ve had two wedding portraits shared with us taken in the Varini artwork,” a sign that the public feels an ownership and pride in the attraction. “At the most fundamental level, I feel like a city is wonderful when it’s generous to its citizens, when it feels like it’s giving something to the people who live there,” says Clarke. “When people come down to a concert on the Green, that is something the city gives out. Public art is part of that.” ■
In 2011, Jesmyn Ward’s second novel, Salvage the Bones, surprised many when it won the National Book Award, beating out Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife and Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic. Salvage the Bones had been largely overlooked by reviewers, but the award signaled that the novel, which tracks 12 days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of a teenage girl, deserved far more attention. With cleareyed, emotionally rich prose, Ward told a story about coming of age in the face of poverty and racial inequality in the American South. In Men We Reaped, Ward continues her investigation of these themes, but this time through memoir. The men of the book’s title are five friends and family members of Ward from her hometown of DeLisle, Miss. Each died young, all within four years of one another, from a range of
acquittal. The list goes on and on and highlights tensions that undergird both national and local events. Like each death Ward describes, it is easy to lose track of the connections among these events and to view them as isolated tragedies, but ultimately each is evidence of the same system. Men We Reaped makes this unavoidably obvious. Some of the men Ward writes about dealt or did drugs, but Ward forces her readers to look beyond that, to the context, to realize that dealing drugs is often the only choice men have in rural, povertystricken Mississippi, where work is increasingly hard to come by. She points out that ultimately, her “entire community suffered from a lack of trust: we didn’t trust society to provide the basics of a good education, safety, access to good jobs, fairness in the justice system. And even as we distrusted the society around us, the culture that cornered us and told us [we] were perpetually less, we distrusted each other. … Some of us
‘Ward’s memoir is powerfully written; the reader at once feels the mental distance she has created for herself to survive her grief.’ —Elizabeth Weinberg causes including heart attacks, drug overdoses, and car accidents. One, the first to die, was her younger brother. Ward walks through moments and memories of each man’s life and death, putting their lives into conversation with her own family history and that of DeLisle. By doing so, Ward writes, she hopes to “understand a bit better why this epidemic happened, about how the history of racism and economic inequality and lapsed public and personal responsibility festered and turned sour and spread here.” Men We Reaped, then, is both memoir and history, and it is one that is sorely needed. Over the past decade, the precarity of underprivileged lives has begun to come to greater public attention through events such as the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina and the unequal aid provided in its aftermath; the 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant, who was unarmed, in Oakland, Calif.; and the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and Zimmerman’s subsequent
turned sour from the pressure, let it erode our sense of self until we hated what we saw, without and within. And to blunt it all, some of us turned to drugs.” It is possible, of course, for a book to be socially important without being particularly good on a literary level, but Men We Reaped is not one of these books. Ward’s memoir is powerfully written; the reader at once feels the mental distance she has created for herself to survive her grief, and the grief itself, the “burden of regret.” And the guilt and ambivalence Ward feels for leaving DeLisle and for the fact that her own privilege and education has been gained in part through the work of others, particularly her mother, comes through in each scene and each recollection. Through prose that at once drives forwards and dwells in the ambiguities, Ward draws a map of economic and racial privilege and situates herself and her family within it, so that what emerges, ultimately, is resilience. ■
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left Elizabeth Fisher below Dwight Pedersen
2013 Arts Awards Arts Council applauds those who work “in the wings” photos by harold shapiro The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Arts Awards, which applaud those who work “In the Wings,” behind the scenes and beyond the reach of the spotlight:
C. Newton Schenck III Award for Lifetime Achievement in and Contribution to the Arts With his generous support of New Haven’s cultural institutions and an earnest personal interest in the remarkable work they present, William Curran has helped the city’s most iconic arts organizations further their missions to bring compelling arts experiences to the community. A U.S. Navy
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veteran who served as an officer during the Korean War, William was educated at Yale University, and at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and spent 30 years at Halsey Associates, here in New Haven, helping to create wealth and shepherd its redistribution through the establishment of numerous charitable foundations. In Maine, where he summered with his late wife, Jane, William helped a number of conservation groups acquire many acres of scenic land. A dedicated champion of this city’s arts organizations who years ago lent his voice to a boys’ choir, William has shared
his expertise with several of our community’s most beloved arts organizations, serving on the boards of New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Elm Shakespeare Company, and Long Wharf Theatre. And as a longtime trustee of the Dwight Hall at Yale endowment, he has played a role in cultivating tomorrow’s civic leaders. Over the course of 15 years as the International Festival of Arts & Ideas’ managing director, Elizabeth Fisher has played a critical role in establishing the annual event as one of the most dynamic and important of its kind, and one that sets New Haven apart as
a cultural destination. After literally running away to join the circus and spending two decades on the road – during which she met her husband, John, the vice president and executive director of the CAPA Shubert Theater – Elizabeth dedicated two years to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, before settling here in New Haven. While her work behind the scenes of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas has focused in large part on the organization’s financial management and budget-balancing, Elizabeth can typically be found, in June, embracing myriad logistical challenges – from artists’ travel
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pelling multimedia and interdisciplinary works in magnificent spaces, from quarries to waterfronts, Joy has invigorated and engaged fellow artists, students, and countless passersby. Her immeasurable artistic, educational, and civic contributions have touched and enriched the lives of many who live and work here, and have made the Greater New Haven area a more interesting and vibrant place to call home.
As the dedicated executive director of Neighborhood Music School, Lawrence Zukof has enthusiastically worked to enrich our community by expanding the scope of the organization’s programs and championing its commitment to nurturing the talents of students of all ages. After earning a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Lawrence performed with the acclaimed Boston Camerata and served for more than 10 years as the director of the Brookline Music School before arriving here in New Haven. In June, Lawrence will step down as executive director of Neighborhood Music School, where, over the course of nearly 20 years, he has overseen the organization’s extraordinary growth and, as a teacher, steadfastly championed students’ musical development. An ardent advocate of learning through creativity, Lawrence has maintained an active involvement with the National Guild for Community Arts Education. And as an exceptional recorder player, vocalist, and lifetime student, he has been as much a part of Neighborhood Music School’s musical community as he has been its leader.
Connecticut Hospice Arts Program
arrangements to last-minute venue changes and weather concerns – so that eager audiences can luxuriate in the festival’s extraordinary programming. Dwight Pedersen’s keen eye and thoughtful approach to framing and installing works for exhibition has long been recognized by artists and curators alike as paramount to viewers’ experiences. After studying art at Southern Connecticut State University and conservation at the State University of New York, Oneonta, and the historic Munson Gallery, here in New Haven, Dwight opened Pedersen Frames, in
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Hamden, and soon thereafter set up shop in Erector Square. A master framer and art installer, Dwight has, for nearly 40 years, expertly served the needs of artists and those who exhibit their work in galleries, museums, and wherever art is displayed. In doing so, he has been and remains a trusted aesthetic problem-solver and a vital part of visual-art presentation in New Haven and elsewhere. Through Projects for a New Millennium and the groundbreaking artistic and scientific collaborations the organization has fostered for 20 years, and by way of her own
provocative sculpture and steadfast advocacy of public art projects, Joy Wulke’s vision has inspired us to think more broadly about the natural environment and our place therein. In the years since she studied architecture at Washington State University and environmental design at Yale University, Joy has established herself as a nationally recognized artist whose captivating works have graced public spaces and appeared in exhibitions and collections across the United States and beyond. With Projects for a New Millennium a vehicle for the presentation of dynamic and com-
In circumstances that offer more sadness than hope, the extraordinary staff and volunteers of the Connecticut Hospice Arts Program work tirelessly to help patients and their families through physically and emotionally painful times, providing means of expression that celebrate life, create new memories, and bring beauty to those at the end of their journeys. Through music, visual art, poetry, and other artistic disciplines, the selfless individuals and volunteers at the Connecticut Hospice Arts Program — which operates at the first hospice facility to open its doors in the United States — comfort patients when treatments can’t and strive to foster an experience that deepens connections and eases suffering. With a mission based on the belief that “exposing patients and families to the arts and encouraging creativity embraces the eternal at a point when life might otherwise seem frighteningly finite,” the Connecticut Hospice Arts Program has established itself a model initiative that has influenced the way we care about one another here in Connecticut. Having served more than 50,000 patients to date, these wonderful folks tap remembrances and imaginations, finding splendor in moments that would otherwise seem to be passing too quickly. The 2013 Arts Awards luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, at 11:45 a.m., at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave., in New Haven. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Arts Council at (203) 7722788.
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The Yale University Art Gallery presents A Great Crowd Had Gathered: JFK in the 1960s, on view through March. Pictured: Lee Friedlander, Monsey, New York, 1963. Gelatin silver print. Yale University Art Gallery, Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.
Classes & Workshops
days. Single class $15, 10 classes $135. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 6-7:30 p.m.
ACES Educational Center for the Arts 55 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-777-5451. aces.org/schools/eca. Modern and Ballet Dance Classes. ACES Educational Center for the Arts offers modern dance classes with Pamela Newell on Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., and ballet with Suzanne Stack on Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. (Made possible through a grant from the ACES Foundation.) Call Mariane Banar Fountain at 203-777-5451 x. 14202 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Arts Center Killingworth 276 North Parker Hill Road, Killingworth. 860-663-5593. artscenterkillingworth.org. Winter Art Programs with Arts Center Killingworth. We offer art programs year round and seasonal events. Fall programs include adult weekend workshops, classes, and intensives: Sewing, Fashion Illustrator Study, Jewelry Design, Photography, Silk Scarf Painting, Encaustic Painting; Adult Weekday Classes: Oil & Acrylic Painting, Drawing I & II; Just4 Kids: Sculpting, Painting, Drawing, Preschool Art.
Annie Sailer St. Paul/St. James, 57 Olive St. (corner of Chapel and Olive), New Haven. 347-306-7660. anniesailer.com. Modern Dance Classes. Open level class with an emphasis on release of tight muscles, pelvis/spine initiated, free-flow movement, correct body alignment, and rhythmic and spatial clarity. Annie Sailer has an MA in dance, has taught for 30 years, and directs the New York City-based Annie Sailer Dance Company. Thursday evening classes at St. Paul’s and Wednesday classes at Mollie’s House, 30 Averill Place, Branford. $15 for single class, $135 for 10 classes.. 6-7:30 p.m. Modern Dance Classes for Adults. Ongoing Hawkins-based modern dance classes for adults (mixed level) taught by Annie Sailer. Emphasis on release of tight muscles, pelvis-initiated, free-flow movement, and correct body alignment. Thurs-
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Elm City Dance Collective Center for the Arts at Christ Church, 84 Broadway, New Haven. 401-741-8140. elmcitydance.org. Contemporary Dance Technique. Intermediate/advanced contemporary technique classes taught by Chloe Carlson. Come explore contemporary dance technique in a welcoming, high-energy class. Thursday evenings through December. $150 for the semester, $17 drop-in, $14 student drop-in. 67:30 p.m. Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators Yale Peabody Museum Community Education Center, 230 West Campus Drive, Orange. 203-934-0878. ctnsi.com. Classes in Natural Science Illustration. Ongoing classes in natural science illustration at the Com-
munity Education Center at Yale University’s West Campus. We offer instruction in basic drawing, watercolors, pen and ink, oil painting, working with colored pencils, and mixed-media composition. Our instructors are certified natural science illustrators. For information visit ctnsi.com, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-9340878. Mon-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Neighborhood Music School 100 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-624-5189. neighborhoodmusicschool.org. English Country Dance. All dances will be taught by Paul McGuire. Come with or without a partner. Beginners welcome. Live music by Marshall Barron, Grace Feldman, Phoebe Barron, Margaret Ann Martin, and musicians from Marshall’s Dance Band Workshops. 8-10:30 p.m.
Dance 1 Sunday Sugar Plum Party Bring your little one for a fun filled afternoon with the New England Ballet. See a performance of The Nutcracker Suite, make a holiday craft, and meet your favorite characters! 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Stratford Theater, 2422 Main St., Stratford. 203-799-7950. newenglandballet.org.
6-7 Friday-Saturday Winter Dance Concert Advanced student choreographers present recent works. 8 p.m. Wesleyan
University Center for the Arts, CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
8 Sunday Worlds of Dance Concert, Introduction to dance and beginning dance students perform works of various styles including hip-hop, Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance), and West African forms. 2 p.m. Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
13 Friday The Adaptive Nutcracker Don’t miss the award winning Adaptive Nutcracker Suite, this very special performance is a collaborative effort between New England Ballet and Milford’s Adaptive Arts Program the Merry Musical Theater. This performance is a culmination of months of rehearsals with mentors from New England Ballet helping dancers with special needs learn the ballet. 7 p.m. Parsons Government Center, 70 West River St., Milford. 203-799-7950. newenglandballet.org.
Exhibitions Artspace 50 Orange St., New Haven. 203-772-2709. cwos.org. Flatfile: Flat/Not Flat. Jennifer Davies, Karen Dow, Alisa Dworsky, and Martha Lewis all create vibrant multi-dimensional paper works that exist beyond
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the flat plane. They will present this work alongside their flatfile entries. The “Not Flat” portion of their exhibition will reflect each artist’s process and body of work. Organized by Jeff Bergman. On view through Jan. 25, 2014. Wednesday-Thursday, 12-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Free. Futurecast. This exhibition showcases a diverse group of artists whose work addresses the unprecedented weather patterns that have become a new reality for Americans. Featuring works by Paul Duda, Bryon Finn, Stacy Fischer, Noel King, Katya Kiriloff, Lynn Palewicz, Sabrina Marques, Kevin Van Aelst, and Hilary Wilder. On view through Jan. 25, 2014. Gallery hours: WednesdayThursday, 12-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 12-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Beverly Kaye Gallery 15 Lorraine Drive, Woodbridge. 203-387-5700. artbbrut.com, BeverlyKayeGallery.blogspot.com. Anthony Guyther, 92 And Still Going. Anthony Guyther began showing his symbolist collages 60 years ago in New York City galleries and is still going strong. A large body of his one-of-a-kind works, made of hand-colored engravings from the 18th and 19th centuries, are offered at this private Woodbridge dealer’s gallery by appointment at your convenience. Books by Guyther are also available. Through Dec. 19. Call 203-387-5700 to make an appointment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Center for the Arts Milford Fine Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. 203-878-6647. milfordarts.org. Holiday Wreath Show & Sale. This juried exhibit will end with a reception on Thursday, Dec. 12, 5:30-7
p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 12. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. City Gallery 994 State St., New Haven. 203-782-2489. city-gallery.org. Give Art. An annual holiday exhibition. All works of art by gallery artist-members will be for sale at $100 each. This is an excellent opportunity to shop for a friend or add to a collection. The exhibit features paintings, prints, sculpture, mixed media, and photography. Visit our website to learn about the artists. Opening reception: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-6 p.m. Through Dec. 22. Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Free. Creative Arts Workshop 80 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-562-4927. creativeartsworkshop.org. Forty-Fifth Annual Celebration of American Crafts. The Celebration of American Crafts is an annual exhibition and sale of fine, contemporary crafts sponsored by Creative Arts Workshop. The exhibition is held in CAW’s Hilles Gallery. More than 300 artists from across America are featured, representing the finest in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, handcrafted furniture, and more. Through Dec. 24. Open daily. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Davison Art Center Wesleyan Center for the Arts, 301 High St., Middletown. 860-685-2500. wesleyan.edu/dac. Themes and Variations: Seriality in American Print, 1960-1980. Making sets and series is inherently part of the printmaking process. With the boom in printmaking in the 1960s, many artists explored
ways to develop themes and variations within print portfolios. Drawn from the collection of the Davison Art Center, this exhibition also will include works by many other artists. Through Dec. 8. Tuesday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Free. Elm City Artists Gallery 55 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-922-2359. elmcityartists.com. Holiday Showcase. Our show continues with a magical mix of large works, small works, pottery, and giclee prints, perfect for you and everyone on your holiday list. See art by Tracey Kafka, Sharon R. Morgio, Ralph R. Schwartz, Regina M.Thomas, Margaret Ulecka-Wilson, and Laura Wilk. Through Jan. 4, 2014. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa. The Alumni Show II. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, The Alumni Show II looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Featuring 17 artists whose work spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance, and films. Through Dec. 8. Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Free. Fred Giampietro Gallery 315 Peck St., New Haven. 203-777-7760. giampietrogallery.com. Melissa Brown – Gertrude’s Nose, and Elisa Lendvay – Moon of the Moon. Brown’s work uses a unique combination of techniques and materials to cap-
ture the effects of light and color to record specific, perpetual moments of escape or transcendence. Lendvay creates very intimate sculptures, organic in shape, in response to time, moments, and materiality. Through Dec. 21. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Holiday Exhibition. The Fred Giampietro Gallery is please to present a holiday exhibition featuring the work of gallery artists and special guests. Find the perfect, unique holiday gifts for your loved ones. Dec. 6-Jan. 4, 2014. Opening reception is Friday, Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Institute Library Gallery Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-562-4045. institutelibrary.org. From the Archive of Unrealized Dreams: Unmade Projects. Curated by Martha Lewis. Practicing artists spend a good deal of time coming up with unrealized projects, filling in applications for grants and awards and public works installations which are turned down. This is an exhibition of the best of these failed proposals. Dec. 7-28. MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Kehler Liddell Gallery 873 Whalley Ave, New Haven. 203-389-9555. kehlerliddell.com. Out of Hand: A Holiday Show. The artists of Kehler Liddell Gallery present Out of Hand: A Holiday Show. Using the phrase “out of hand” to describe a situation implies a complete lack of control and reckless abandon for the order of things. On the contrary, the artists of KLG chose this title to demonstrate the opposite. Through Dec. 22. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Marguerite L. Brooks, conductor Advent Concert: Dona nobis pacem
saturday, december 7 · 8 pm Battell Chapel 400 College St. (at Elm)
Great Organ Music at Yale Martin Jean, organ Music of Messiaen
saturday, december 14 · 8 pm Christ Church Episcopal 84 Broadway (at Elm)
Both events are free; no tickets required. Info at 203.432.5062 or www.yale.edu/ism Presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music celebrating 40 years at Yale.
is part of our tradition.
OLLEGE A LBERTUS MAGNUSS COLLEGE ith in in your your ffuture. uture. Schedule your campus visit We have faith by calling 800-578-9160. aalbertus.edu/arts lbertus.edu/arts • december 2013
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Luckey & Merrill Studio 181 Main St., Branford. 203-589-6995. kristinmerrill.com. Annual Holiday Trunk Show & Open House. With her line RE-DO, Owen Sea Luckey transforms recycled garments into wearable art using traditional craft techniques. Her whimsical reimagined shirts and sweaters are one-of-a-kind. Kristin Merrill’s jewelry and sculptures combine individual elements – sterling silver, semiprecious stones, pearls, and driftwood – to become something new and different. Dec. 13-14. Opening reception: Friday, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m. Open house: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 .am.-4 p.m. Free. Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery Wesleyan Center for the Arts, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-685-3355. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa “Faces of China, 1981: Photographs by Tom Zetterstrom” Tom Zetterstrom’s photographs offer a glimpse of China’s people in only the third year of Deng Xiaoping’s “Reform and Opening Up.” The people in these color and black-and-white portraits are guileless, everyday people who stand on the brink of enormous social change. September 11 - December 6 . Closed Oct 19-22, and Nov 26-Dec 3. 12-4 p.m. Free. Miller Memorial Library Senior Center Hamden Art League, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. 203-494-2316. hamdenartleague.com. Annual Silverbells Exhibition. This exhibition will showcase a variety of original art in oils, acrylics, watercolors, graphics, pastels, and mixed media by Hamden Art League members. Many works will be available for purchase and can make great holiday gift options. League members are from Hamden and surrounding towns in the Greater New Haven area. Dec. 10-Jan. 6, 2014. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. An opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. The public is invited to attend. New Haven Museum 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-562-4183. newhavenmuseum.org. Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square. The exhibition will explore the neighborhood’s significance as seen through events and individuals that contributed to its development. Come see what has gone into New Haven’s first local historic district. Through Feb. 28, 2014. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $2, children younger than 12 admitted free. Free for everyone on the first and third Sundays of the month, 1-4 p.m. Paul Mellon Arts Center Choate Rosemary Hall, 332 Christian St., Wallingford. 203-697-2398. choate.edu/artscenter/boxoffice. Dynamic Cycles: Freeze to Thaw. Artist Nancy Eisenfeld uses materials found in nature, which she reconstructs and transforms into unique installations. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Through Dec. 6. Open when school is in session. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. CJ Amour ‘14. The culmination of a Choate Rosemary Hall student’s directed study in science and art. Dec. 9-19. Open when school is in session. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Reynolds Fine Art 96 Orange St., New Haven. 203-498-2200. reynoldsfineart.com. Daphne Taylor: Quilt Drawings. Reynolds Fine Art is pleased to present Daphne Taylor: Quilt Drawings, a solo exhibition of artistic quilts and drawings. Through Dec. 3. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; or by appointment. Open to the public. Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven. 203-772-2788. newhavenarts.org. The Art of the Picture Book: Creative Process in Visual Storytelling. Eight award-winning children’s book artists from the New Haven area, in collaboration
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with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, have curated an exhibition of their work, with an eye toward revealing the fascinating process of creating picture books for young readers. Through Jan. 31, 2014. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Whitney Humanities Center 53 Wall St., New Haven. 203-432-0670. yale.edu/whc. The Tenderness of Men in Suburbs: Photographs by Laura Wexler. In the fall of 1968, Laura Wexler began a yearlong project to photograph the Boston suburbs. It was a year of assassination, violence, and protest against the war in Vietnam and against the suppression of civil rights at home. The photographs in this series are from Brookline and Newton, the places she grew up. Laura Wexler was 20 years old. Through Dec. 18. Monday and Wednesday, 3-5 p.m., or by appointment. Free. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-432-5050. peabody.yale.edu. Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs. This exhibition will take visitors on a journey through Egypt, the land of the pharaohs, and the country’s fascinating history. Visitors will enter through a reproduction of the Egyptianizing gateway that is the entrance to New Haven’s Grove Street Cemetery (designed by Henry Austin in 1839). Through Jan. 4. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m. $5-$7.
Kids & Families ACES Educational Center for the Arts 55 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-777-5451. aces.org/schools/eca. Deciding on an Arts High School for Your Child? Come and visit ECA, an honors-level, arts magnet high school for the visual, literary, and performing arts. Contact Louise Ross, dean of students, at 203-7775451 x. 14102 or send e-mail to email@example.com. Application deadline: March 1, 2014. Paul Mellon Arts Center 332 Christian St., Wallingford. 203-697-2398. choate.edu/artscenter/boxoffice. Faustwork Mask Theatre Presents “The Mask Messenger.” This production illuminates and expands the concept of the mask as it is used across cultures, exploring its relationship to human psychology, business, fashion, art, dance, and theater. Spoken word and body language combine seamlessly to captivate audiences of all ages. Dec. 6. 7:30 p.m. $10. Thornton Wilder Hall Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. 203-287-2546. hamdenartscommission.org. Gerwick Puppets. Gerwick Puppets will present a holiday production called Midwinter Magic. Performed to a synthesizer version of Claude DeBussy’s Snowflakes are Dancing, it tells the story of two young children who plan to stay up all night but fall asleep and have sparkling wintry dreams. Dec. 7. 2:30 p.m. $2 children, $3 adults.
Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez present the "Second Annual Beehive Holiday Blowout" on Dec. 28 at Cafe Nine. Photo by Tom Horan.
Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
4 Wednesday WesWings Fall Concert The Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Sarah Bouchard Stockton, performs major works for wind band in an exciting evening performance spanning a variety of genres, cultures, and points in history. 8 p.m. Free. Wesleyan University Center
Braxton Ensemble Concert John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Anthony Braxton’s student ensemble performs his compositions. 8 p.m. Free. Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Music 2 Monday Ebony Singers Winter Concert Your sprits will be lifted by the Wesleyan University Ebony Singers, conducted by one of New England’s leading authorities on gospel music, Dr. Marichal Monts ‘85. 8 p.m. $7 for the general public; $6 for senior citizens, Wesleyan University faculty/staff, and nonWesleyan students; and $5 for Wesleyan students. Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Wesleyan University Chamber Music Concert Wesleyan University chamber music students perform works by various composers. 12 p.m. Free.
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Thursday CafĂŠ George Holiday Bazaar Hear Music Haven students perform holiday music, shop for local artisan crafts, and sample fresh cafĂŠ fare at this festive event! Music at 4 p.m., festivities 3-6 p.m. Free. CafĂŠ George by Paula, 300 George St., New Haven. 203-745-9030. musichavenct.org. John Cageâ€™s Musicircus Hear a wealth of new pieces, collaborations, performances, and surprising sonic intersections as a series of works developed by Wesleyan University students overlap with one another in unexpected ways. The first of John Cageâ€™s Musicircus â€œhappeningsâ€? took place in 1967 at the University of Illinois. 1:30 p.m. Free. Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa. Javanese Gamelan Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese gamelan. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan University Youth Gamelan Ensemble. 7 p.m. Free. Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa. MandĂŠ Music Ensemble The MandĂŠ Music Ensemble presents the musical traditions of MandĂŠ (Maninka and Bamana) peoples of western Africa, performing on guitars and ngonis (traditional lutes) under the direction of Wesleyan University graduate student Samuel Dickey â€˜14. 9 p.m. Free. Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
5-8 Thursday-Sunday Performathon Help raise funds for Neighborhood Music Schoolâ€™s financial aid program by sponsoring a student. Enjoy ongoing performances during four days of fun! Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. 203624-5189. neighborhoodmusicschool.org.
6 Friday Ralph Peterson Foâ€™tet Augmented Alex Toth, bass, Felix Peikli, clarinet, Joseph Doubleday, marimba and vibes, Paulo Stagnaro, percussion, and Ralph Peterson, drums. 8:30 p.m., $18, and 10 p.m., $12. Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., New Haven. 203-785-0468. firehouse12.com. Bachâ€™s Lunch â€“ First Fruits Enjoy new and original works by Sarah LeMieux, performed by Sarah LeMieux, guitar, David Mills, guitar, and Pete DiGennaro, electric guitar. 12:10-12:50 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Music School, Recital Hall, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-624-5189. neighborhoodmusicschool.org.
Firehouse 12 presents Ralph Peterson Fo'tet Augmented on Dec. 6. Photo courtesy of Firehouse 12.
West African Drumming An invigorating performance of the Akan, Ga, and Ewe repertoires of West Africa by a full chorus and drumming ensemble of students in the â€œWest African Music and Cultureâ€? courses directed by master drummer Abraham Adzenyah. 7 p.m. $3. Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown. 860-685-3355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
7 Saturday Yale Camerata: Advent Concert Yale Camerata, Marguerite Brooks, conductor. Works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Britten, Verdi, and Alexander. 8 p.m. Free. Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Battell Chapel, 400 College St., New Haven. 203-432-5062. yale.edu/ism/events.
8 Sunday Celebrating the Season with Song The awardwinning Silkâ€™n Sounds Chorus will delight the whole family with its four-part a cappella harmonies in the barbershop style. Contact Donna at 203-248-7348 to reserve tickets. 2-4 p.m. General admission $12, seniors $10, children 12 and younger admitted free. Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden. 203-239-7104. silknsounds.org.
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13 Friday Feliz Navidad â€“ A Holiday Concert The charming gentlemen of the University Glee Club of New Haven, directed by Lars Gjerde, invite you to a fun concert of secular and sacred choral music for the season! Bring a friend! 4 p.m. $20 at the door. Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-314-0890. universitygleeclub.org.
9 Monday New Works by Graduate Student Composers Graduate students at Wesleyan University present their final works for the semester performed by the cutting-edge ensemble Loadbang. 8 p.m. Free. Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown. 860-6853355. wesleyan.edu/cfa.
Mark Dresser Quintet Denman Maroney, piano, Mark Dresser, bass, Michael Dessen, trombone, Michael Sarin, drums, and Rudresh Mahanthappa, saxophone. 8:30 p.m., $18, and 10 p.m., $12. Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., New Haven. 203-7850468. firehouse12.com. Holiday Extravaganza â€“ A Menschâ€™s Christmas Dream of a white Christmas with songs by Jewish composers Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jules Stine, Johnny Marks, and others performed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Michael Barrett knows Jewish composers, serving as Leonard Bernsteinâ€™s assistant conductor from 1985 until his Bernsteinâ€™s death. 8-10 p.m. $40, $35. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. 203-865-0831. NewHavenSymphony.org.
11 Wednesday A Concert of Chamber Music Presented by the ACES Educational Center for the Arts music department, featuring the ECA Orchestra, vocal en-
Yale Schola Cantorum: The Face of Heaven so Fine Yale Schola Cantorum, Simon Carrington, guest conductor. Works by Palestrina, Stucky, and Vivaldi. 5.p.m. Free. Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Christ Church Episcopal, 84 Broadway, New Haven. 203-432-5062. yale.edu/ism/events. 14 Saturday Make a Joyful Noise A burst of baroque brilliance for chorus and orchestra followed by holiday favorites and a rousing sing-along. Savor the trumpet-and-timpani-filled pomp and elegance of Te Deum settings by baroque masters Charpentier, Handel, and Lully. Relish Messiah choruses and join the New Haven Chorale singing carols and holiday songs. Holiday reception to follow. 7:30 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $15, students (with ID) admitted free. East Haven High School, 35 Wheelbarrow Lane, East Haven. 203-776-SONG. newhavenchorale.org.
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Holiday Play-In & Sing-Along Come and sing or play familiar and unfamiliar music and songs for the holidays, reflecting many different cultures. Music provided. 10 a.m. Free. Limited seating. Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall, 100 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-624-5189. neighborhoodmusicschool.org.
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The Emerson String Quartet performs in Morse Recital Hall, in Sprague Memorial Hall, on Dec. 10, as part of the Yale School of Music’s Oneppo Chamber Music Series. Photo by Lisa Mazzucco.
Lyrical Exploration: A Voyage to Vienna The Haven String Quartet kicks off its 2013-2014 concert series with the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Webern. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden. $20, $10 students, seniors and USNH members. Tickets and series subscriptions available at musichavenct.org/concerts. 203-745-9030. Holiday Extravaganza – A Mensch’s Christmas Dream of a White Christmas with songs by Jewish composers Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jules Stine, Johnny Marks, and others performed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Michael Barrett knows Jewish composers, serving as Leonard Bernstein’s assistant conductor from 1985 until Bernstein’s death. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. 203865-0831. NewHavenSymphony.org. Great Organ Music at Yale: Martin Jean Works by Messiaen. 8 p.m. Free. Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Christ Church Episcopal, 84 Broadway, New Haven. 203-432-5062. yale.edu/ism/events.
15 Sunday Holiday Extravaganza – A Mensch’s Christmas Dream of a White Christmas with songs by Jewish composers Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jules Stine, Johnny Marks, and others performed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Michael Barrett knows Jewish composers, serving as Leonard Bernstein’s assistant conductor from 1985 until Bernstein’s death. 3-5 p.m. Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Boulevard North, Shelton. 203-865-0831. NewHavenSymphony.org.
20 Friday Music Haven Winter Performance Party Celebrate the accomplishments of 75 promising young Music Haven students. Performances by the students and their teachers, the Haven String Quar-
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tet, will be followed by a potluck feast. Come for the music, stay for the food and community spirit! 6 p.m. Free (please bring a dish to share). Southern Connecticut State University, Charles Garner Recital Hall, 501 Crescent St., New Haven. 203-745-9030. musichavenct.org.
12 Thursday Interior Style Explore your personal style with fine crafts in your home! Join interior designer and stylist Allie Bruch for an evening demonstration highlighting the exquisite handmade home furnishings on display at Creative Arts Workshop’s Celebration of American Crafts. Learn how your favorite pieces can be incorporated into your own décor. 5-7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. 203-562-4927. creativeartsworkshop.org.
6 Friday 2013 Arts Awards The Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s 2013 Arts Awards applaud those who work “In the Wings,” behind the scenes, and beyond the reach of the spotlight. Dec. 6. 11:45 a.m. $80 for Arts Council members, $90 for non-members. New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave., New Haven. 203-772-2788. newhavenarts.org/special-events-2/artsawards.
Artistry: American Crafts for the Holidays One-ofa-kind, handmade crafts by 250 American artists: ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods, and more. Works spill from the shop into the gallery, making for a bountiful and festive display. New works are added throughout the course of the show. Through Jan. 5, 2014. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St., Guilford. 203-453-5947. guilfordartcenter.org.
8 Sunday Open House Celebrate the holidays with a gala open house and art exhibition by students and faculty of the Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators. Free and open to the public. ctnsi.com. firstname.lastname@example.org. 2-4 p.m. Community Education Center, Yale University West Campus, 230 West Campus Drive, Orange. 203-934-0878.
13-15 Friday-Sunday The Nutcracker Lisa Sanborn, interim artistic director, featuring New York City Ballet principal dancer Maria Kowroski and former New York City Ballet principal dancer Charles Askegard, with the New Haven Ballet Orchestra conducted by Richard Gard. Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. $18-$53. Call the Shubert Box Office at 203-562-5666 for more details. Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. 203562-5666. newhavenballet.org.
15 Sunday Lessons & Carols The Festival of Lessons and Carols is based on the service of scripture and song held in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Readings from the Bible are interspersed with anthems sung by Choate Rosemary Hall choruses and the congregation in a spirit-filled celebration of the holiday season. 5 p.m. Free. Seymour St. John Chapel 332 Christian St., Wallingford. 203-6972398. choate.edu/artscenter/boxoffice.
Talks & Tours 3 Tuesday Art in Context Benjamin Robert Haydon’s Venus and Anchises. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-4322800. britishart.yale.edu.
Theater Accidental Death of an Anarchist Only one man can cut through massive bureaucratic duplicity and reveal what happened to the suspected anarchist who died at the bottom of a fourth-floor police station window. In a world of commonplace deception and organized corruption, he stands as a bastion of honor and justice – he also happens to be a quick-change con artist and certified maniac. Through Dec. 21. Tuesday-Saturday. 8 p.m. $20$98. Student, senior, and group discounts available. Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel St., New Haven. 203-432-1234. yalerep.org/on_stage. Arts & Cultural Festival: And it Burns ... The students of “Theater with LJ” perform a series of short plays inspired by the Festival of Lights. Preshow dinner available. For details and pricing information, send e-mail to email@example.com or call 203-387-2522 x. 206. Dec. 5. 6 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. 203-387-2522. newhaven.fedweb.org. The Great Cinnamon Bear Christmas Radio Show A new holiday musical for the entire family, loosely based on an actual radio broadcast from 1937. The story follows two children searching for the star of their Christmas tree aided by a magical bear. Heartwarming, fun-filled, and appropriate for all ages. Dec. 7-29. Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. See website for specific schedule. All seats $17. Milford Arts Council, 40 Railroad Ave., Milford. 203-937-6206. pantochino.com. Peter Pan by Sir James Matthew Barrie Adapted and directed by Dustin Wills. In J.M. Barrie’s masterpiece, Peter Pan must decide whether to grow up or remain a boy forever. Unlike the sanitized Peter Pans of our childhood, Barrie’s initial draft of the play depicts growing up as harrowing, treach-
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erous, and infinitely complicated. This is a new adaptation based on Barrie’s earliest manuscripts. Dec. 13-19. Yale School of Drama, 222 York St., New Haven. 203-432-1234. drama.yale.edu/onstage. Theaterworks: He Who Laughs What if the Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac lived in contemporary Manhattan and God called on Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son? Ian Cohen’s play grapples with this
scenario. With the help of the Connecticut Humanities Fund, Jacobs-Komisar is presenting interfaith panels following two of the performances, on the theological and sociological play’s themes Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., followed by an interfaith panel; Dec. 15, 2 p.m., followed by interfaith panel; Dec. 15, 7 p.m., followed by talk-back; Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. $25. 41 Broadway, New Haven. 203-387-2522. jccnh.org.
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Call For Craft Artists Guilford Art Center is seeking contemporary craft artists to participate in Craft Expo 2014, one of the oldest and finest outdoor craft shows in the northeast. The juried show, to be held July 18-20, 2014, is open to crafts made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools, by an individual and/or with help from a limited number of assistants/apprentices. Works must be handmade in the United States or Canada, be of high quality, well-designed, and convey artistic originality and vision. Event benefits Guilford Art Center’s educational programs. Applications may be filed online at zapplication.org. Entry deadline is Jan. 10, 2014. $40 entry fee; $60 late fee. Visit guilfordartcenter.org. Singers The award winning Silk’n Sounds Chorus is looking for new members from the New Haven area. We invite women to join us at any of our rehearsals to learn more. We enjoy four part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style, lively performances, and wonderful friendships. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., at the Spring Glen United Church of Christ, 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Contact Lynn at 203 623-1276 for more information. silknsounds.org.
Services Art Consulting Service Support your creativity! This low-cost service offers in-depth artwork analysis, writing, and editing services by Johnes Ruta, a former arts newspaper editor, the current art director of the New Haven Free Public Library, and an independent curator for many venues. 203387-4933, azothgallery.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookkeeping for Artists and Creative Professionals Get help with the “business” part of your creative business: A/P, A/R, billing, payroll, tax filings, collections, benefits, state and federal compliance, and more. Kristin Merrill has more than 20 years’ experience as a bookkeeper, business manager, and artist. Call 203-589-6995 or send email to email@example.com. Chair Repair We can fix your worn out chair seats if they are cane, rush, Danish cord, Shaker Tape, or other woven types! Celebrating our 25th year! Work is done by artisans at The Association of Artisans to Cane, a project of Marrakech, Inc., a private non-profit organization that provides services for people with disabilities. Open MondayThursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 203-776-6310. Historic Home Restoration Contractor Period-appropriate additions, baths, kitchens, and remodeling. Sagging porches straightened/leveled, wood
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Jobs Please visit newhavenarts.org for up-to-date local employment opportunities in the arts. windows restored, plaster restored, historic molding and hardware restored, vinyl/aluminum siding removed, wood siding repaired/replace. Connecticut and New Haven Preservation Trusts. RJ Aley Building Contractor, 203-226-9933, firstname.lastname@example.org. Private Art Instruction For adults and children. Learn in a working artist’s studio. Home-schoolers, portfolio preparation, artists wanting to work one on one. Drawing, painting, print-making, collage, and encaustic work in a spacious light-filled studio. Erector Square 315 Peck St., New Haven. 203-675-1105, email@example.com, lizpagano.com. Web Design Service Startup business solutions. Creative, sleek Web design by art curator for art, design, architectural, and small-business sites. Twenty-five years of experience in database, logistics, and engineering applications. Will create and maintain any kind of website. Hosting provided. 203-387-4933, azothgallery.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nutcracker The New England Ballet Company is once again busy rehearsing for its Nutcracker season. This is the company’s 22nd year of entertaining people with the holiday classic, delighting everyone with its stunning sets and beautiful choreography. The magical snow scene will enchant young and old alike. Dec. 21-22. Saturday and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. $25-$50. 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. 203-799-7950. newenglandballet.org.
Blue Man Group This wildly popular theatrical show combines comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. With no spoken word, the Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. Dec. 26-31. Ticket price based on seating location. Shubert Theater, 247 College St., New Haven. 203562-5666. shubert.com.
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Space Artist Studio West Cove Studio & Gallery offers work space with two large Charles Brand intaglio etching presses, lithography press, and stainlesssteel work station. Workshops and technical support available. Ample display area for shows. Membership is $75/month. 30 Elm St., West Haven. Call 609-638-8501. westcovestudio.com. Performance Space Elegant contemporary performance space with seating for up to 376 people. Great for concerts and recitals. Free on-site parking, warm lighting, built-in sound system, adjacent social hall, and kitchen available. Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden. 203-288-1807 x. 201. usnh.org. Studio Space Thirteen-thousand square feet of undeveloped studio space available in old mill brick building on New Haven harbor. Conveniently located one minute off I-95, Exit 44 in West Haven. Owners willing to subdivide. Call 609638-8501.
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Celebration of American Crafts marks sapphire anniversary Creative Arts Workshop hosts annual exhibition and sale photos courtesy of creative arts workshop david a. brensilver For the 45th consecutive year, Creative Arts Workshop is hosting its Celebration of American Crafts, a holiday season exhibition and sale featuring work by more than 300 artists, many of whom live and work in Connecticut. On view through Dec. 24 in Creative Arts Workshop’s two-story Hilles Gallery, the Celebration of American Crafts showcases wearable and decorative art, ceramics, works made from glass, and more. The exhibition and sale is an annual fundraiser for Creative Arts Workshop that welcomes more than 10,000 visitors who contribute to the organization’s programming coffers. The Celebration of American Crafts is open to the public Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. The exhibition and sale will be open on Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. As part of this year’s Celebration of American Crafts, Creative Arts Workshop will host “Interior Style!” with interior designer Allie Bruch on Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-7 p.m. This workshop is free and open to the public. For detailed information about Creative Arts Workshop’s Celebration of American Crafts, visit creativeartsworkshop.org.
Fiber design by Laura Hunter.
Jewelry by Louise Fischer.
Wood work by Edward Jacob.
Ceramic work by Paula Shalan.
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member organizations & partners
Arts & Cultural Organizations A Broken Umbrella Theatre abrokenumbrella.org 203-823-7988 ACES Educational Center for the Arts aces.k12.ct.us 203-777-5451 Alyla Suzuki Early Childhood Music Education alylasuzuki.com 203-239-6026 American Guild of Organists sacredmusicct.org
Branford Folk Music Society folknotes.org/branfordfolk Center for Independent Study cistudy.org Chestnut Hill Concerts chestnuthillconcerts.org 203-245-5736 The Choirs of Trinity Church on the Green trinitynewhaven.org
Civic Orchestra of New Haven conh.org Connecticut Dance Alliance ctdanceall.com
Another Octave – CT Women’s Chorus anotheroctave.org 203-672-1919
Connecticut Guild of Puppetry ctpuppetry.org
Arts Center Killingworth artscenterkillingworth.org 860-663-5593
Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators ctnsi.com 203-934-0878 Connecticut Storytelling Center connstorycenter.org Connecticut Women Artists ctwomenartists.org
Artspace artspacenh.org 203-772-2709 Artsplace: Cheshire Performing & Fine Art cpfa-artsplace.org 203-272-2787 Azoth Gallery azothgallery.com Backstage Players Company backstageplayerscompany.org Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library library.yale.edu/beinecke Bethesda Music Series bethesdanewhaven.org 203-787-2346 Blackfriars Repertory Theatre blackfriarsrep.com Branford Art Studio branfordartstudio.com 203-488-2787
New Haven Museum newhavenmuseum.org 203-562-4183
Theatre 4 t4ct.com 203-654-7711
Madison Art Society madisonartsociety.blogspot.com 860-399-6116
New Haven Oratorio Choir nhoratoriochoir.org
University Glee Club of New Haven universitygleeclub.org
Magrisso Forte magrissoforte.com 203-397-2002
New Haven Paint and Clay Club newhavenpaintandclayclub.org 203-288-6590
UpCrown Entertainment upcrown.com
Meet the Artists and Artisans meettheartistsandartisans.com 203-874-5672
New Haven Sister Cities nhsistercities.org 203-787-2288
Wesleyan University Center for the Arts wesleyan.edu/cfa
Guitartown CT Productions guitartownct.com 203-430-6020
Melinda Marquez Flamenco Dance Center melindamarquezfdc.org 203-361-1210
New Haven Symphony Orchestra newhavensymphony.org 203-865-0831
West Cove Studio & Gallery westcovestudio.com 609-638-8501
Hamden Art League hamdenartleague.com 203-494-2316
Milford Fine Arts Council milfordarts.org 203-878-6647
New Haven Theater Company newhaventheatercompany.com
Whitney Arts Center 203-773-3033 Whitney Humanities Center yale.edu/whc
Hamden Arts Commission hamdenartscommission.org 203-287-2546
Music Haven musichavenct.org 203-215-4574
Orchestra New England orchestranewengland.org 203-777-4690
Heritage Chorale of New Haven heritagechoralenewhaven.org
Music Mountain musicmountain.com
Hillhouse Opera Company 203-464-2683
Music with Mary accordions.com/mary
Hugo Kauder Society hugokauder.org
Musical Folk musicalfolk.com
The Institute Library institutelibrary.org
Neighborhood Music School neighborhoodmusicschool.org 203-624-5189
Greater New Haven Community Chorus gnhcc.org 203-624-1979 Guilford Art Center guilfordartcenter.org 203-453-5947 Guilford Art League 203-318-0411
City Gallery city-gallery.org 203-782-2489
The Amistad Committee ctfreedomtrail.org
Giampietro Gallery giampietrogallery.com 203-777-7760
Creative Arts Workshop creativeartsworkshop.org 203-562-4927 DaSilva Gallery gabrieldasilvagallery.com 203-387-2539 Elm City Artists, LLC elmcityartists.com 203-218-3832 Elm City Dance Collective elmcitydance.org Elm Shakespeare Company elmshakespeare.org 203-874-0801 Encore Music Creations encoremusiccreations.com Firehouse 12 firehouse12.com 203-785-0468 Greene Art Gallery greeneartgallery.com 203-453-4162
International Festival of Arts & Ideas artidea.org International Silat Federation of America & Indonesia isfnewhaven.org John Slade Ely House elyhouse.org Kehler Liddell Gallery kehlerliddell.com 203-389-9555 Knights of Columbus Museum kofcmuseum.org Legacy Theatre legacytheatrect.org 203-457-0138 Long Wharf Theatre longwharf.org 203-787-4282
Lyman Center at SCSU lyman.southernct.edu
New England Ballet Company newenglandballet.org 203-799-7950 New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema nefiac.com
New Haven Chamber Orchestra newhavenchamberorchestra.org New Haven Chorale newhavenchorale.org 203-776-7664 New Haven Free Public Library nhfpl.org 203-946-8835
Fairhaven Furniture fairhaven-furniture.com 203-776-3099 Foundry Music Company www.foundrymusicco.com Hull’s Art Supply and Framing hullsnewhaven.com 203-865-4855 Q River Creatives, LLC qrivercreatives.com 203-745-9645 Toad’s Place toadsplace.com
Community Partners Department of Arts Culture & Tourism, City of New Haven cityofnewhaven.com 203-946-8378
Pantochino Productions pantochino.com
Yale Cabaret yalecabaret.org 203-432-1566
Paul Mellon Arts Center choate.edu/artscenter
Yale Center for British Art yale.edu/ycba
Play with Grace playwithgrace.com
Yale Institute of Sacred Music yale.edu.ism 203-432-5180
Reynolds Fine Art reynoldsfineart.com 203-498-2200 Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, New Haven Branch rscdsnewhaven.org 203-878-6094 Shoreline Arts Alliance shorelinearts.org 203-453-3890 Shoreline School of Art and Music shorelineartandmusic.com 203-481-4830
New Haven Ballet newhavenballet.org 203-782-9038
Shubert Theater shubert.com 203-562-5666 Silk n’ Sounds silknsounds.org Site Projects www.siteprojects.org Susan Powell Fine Art susanpowellfineart.com 203-318-0616
DECD/CT Office of the Arts cultureandtourism.org 860-256-2800
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Child Life Arts & Enrichment Program ynhh.org 203-688-9532
Fractured Atlas fracturedatlas.org Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce gnhcc.com Hopkins School hopkins.edu
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History peabody.yale.edu 203-432-5050
Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven jccnh.org
Yale Repertory Theatre yalerep.org 203-432-1234
Overseas Ministries Study Center omsc.org Town Green Special Services District infonewhaven.com
Yale School of Music music.yale.edu 203-432-1965
Visit New Haven visitnewhaven.com
Yale University Art Gallery artgallery.yale.edu 203-432-0600
Westville Village Renaissance Alliance westvillect.org
Yale University Bands yale.edu/yaleband 203-432-4111 Young Audiences of Connecticut yaconn.org
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arts council programs
Perspectives … Gallery at Whitney Center Location: 200 Leeder Hill Drive, South Entrance, Hamden Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7pm and Saturdays, 1-4pm VIBRANT. A Look at Contemporary Lyricism Curated by Debbie Hesse and Insook Hwang Dates: Through Feb. 22, 2014
Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery
Perspectives • Leticia Galizzi
Location: The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., 2nd Floor, New Haven Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Perspectives • Annie Sailer
The Arts of Picture Books: Creative Process in Visual Storytelling Dates: Through Jan. 31, 2014
Katalina’s Location: 74 Whitney Avenue, New Haven Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visual Treats Syntax Artists: Anne Doris-Eisner, Karen Larocque, Regina Levin, Jan McLean, Jean Swanson, Kelly Taylor, Diane Ward, and Gretchen Wohlgemuth Dates: Through Jan. 3, 2014
Advice from the AC
Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery • Frank Dormer
Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery • Nancy E. Wallace
Let the Arts Council staff help you find exhibition space/opportunities, performance/rehearsal space, and develop new ways to promote your work or creative events and activities. Debbie Hesse, the organization’s director of artist services and programs, will be available for one-on-one appointments. To schedule an appointment call (203) 772-2788. Walk-ins are welcome.
Make.Art.Work. Career Strategies for Visual Artists – Season 2 Make.Art.Work. presents Websites & Managing Your Images Date: Monday, Dec. 9, 6-8:30 p.m. Location: University of New Haven, Saw Mill Campus Get crucial tips on what to consider when creating a professional website, including navigation, driving traffic to your site, sizing images, and using social media to promote your work. For more information and to register, visit make.art.work.org.
Katalina’s • Diane Ward
Program presented by The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council, with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.
Photo Arts Collective The Photo Arts Collective is an Arts Council program that aims to cultivate and support a community of individuals who share an interest in photography, through workshops, lectures, exhibitions, portfolio reviews, group critiques, and special events. The Photo Arts Collective meets the first Thursday of the month at the Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven, at 7 p.m. To learn more, e-mail email@example.com.
Katalina’s • Jean Swanson
Photo Arts Collective • Jordan Nodelman