This post is about a venue that you might not think about when talking about galleries. Gifted Hands is a boutique on the border of Byram and Greenwich in Connecticut which features local artwork. All of the pieces are for sale and they usually aren’t as expensive as buying a piece from a gallery or museum. Plus, to me a piece created by someone local gives it such a personal feel because you know the artist is homegrown and usually you get a little bit more information about the process they used to make it.

Gifted Hands is located on Mill Street in Greenwich, CT and is open Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Take time to visit this wonderful boutique to pick up something special and locally made. While you’re there, be sure to talk to the staff because they usually know the artists and their work first hand, that way you get an inside look into your purchase. So feel free to stop in and peruse all of the local art!

I’ve come back from touring with my husband’s band, These Animals, and life is in full swing. I’m especially excited to be painting again (yay!) and you can see updates about that here.

I’ll also be sticking to a very strict posting schedule: to two per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, which should give me a chance to talk about one weekday event and one weekend event.

Today’s post is about Apexart, an amazing gallery in Tribeca on Church Street that will be featuring a free mini-concert series at 3pm on Saturday afternoons in September and October. The next one is this Saturday, September 24th and it features Vadim Neselovskyi, a brilliant and talented pianist and composer. I love that they’re putting these right in the middle of a lazy Saturday. It will allow people the chance to wrap themselves up in a gem of a performance and carry it with them all day long. I think it’ll also give people a chance to do something a little geekier than they are allowed to do on a Saturday night, and not feel like they have to only like it insofar as they’re friends do. My friends would rather go to a hipster bar than watch me while I geek out to an innovative and mind-blowing jazz performance. So I say forget them and let this be a spa day for your lyrical senses. And guess what? It’s free, my friend. So enjoy!

For the next two weeks I will be traveling with my husband’s band, These Animals, while they are on tour. You can check updates on our adventures here. My next post for local and free arts in the greater New York City area will be on August 16th. See you then!

 

The 2011 Yonkers Artists Showcase is an ongoing art exhibit put together with work from various painters, sculptors, and collage artists held at the Yonkers Riverfront Library Gallery. Some of the pieces in this show are truly fascinating and masterfully done, but I think the most interesting part may very well be its curator, Paul Greco, whose YouTube tage name is theuforoundtable, drawing some of his inspiration from crop circles. When speaking about his work, Greco states, “The origins of life and the unknown have inspired me and opened my mind to new possibilities of expression and creativity.”

I’m interested to learn more about his artistic perpective at this free art event happening through August 26th. We hope to see you there!

 

Once again, the Actors Equity Association will be offering its member’s talents to Connecticut Free Shakespeare but with a twist! There will be a free showing of the Three Musketeers at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut this weekend and next. There will be a preview this Thursday evening, July 21st  at 8pm, with performances Friday through Sunday, July 22nd-July24th at 8pm and Wednesday through Sunday, July 27th-July 31st at 8pm.

I think this is a wonderful variation on Shakespeare in the park: Dumas at the zoo! Come bring your picnic dinner starting at 6:30pm to find a good seat and settle in for an evening of adventure and excitement! I’ll be bringing my blanket and a couple of sandwiches to enjoy the show! So come out because it’s free fun!

“Like a hunter who waits quietly for life in the forest to show itself, I seek what the piece is saying and then respond intuitively. I do not know what it is or where, only that I am on the way, like taking a Sunday drive. One just feels out which road to take.” -Craig Usher

A native of Westchester, New York, Usher earned a BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase College of Art and Design, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree of Fine Art in Sculpture. The Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford, New York will be exhibiting Usher’s work through Spring 2012 and I highly encourage all of you to get out there and experience this wonderfully talented local artist. I have to say that I prefer his abstractions over his portrait work, but sometimes we have to leave behind what we have mastered in order to gain insight from something that gives us a greater challenge. I am excited to see what he will bring to the art world after he has completed his education, as he has already given so much thus far. His Infinite Wanderings Through Strange Places has notes of Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, which is one of my favorite sculptural pieces, so Usher’s work makes me hopeful for the way he will be moving the sculptural community and inspiring the “next big thing” What’s really amazing is the chance to see so many of his pieces on display locally and for free. We hope to see you there!


"Rooftops of Burlington, VT" by Andew Mullen

The Ferguson Library, located in Stamford, Connecticut, with help from the Stamford Art Association, opened it’s Black and White and Shades of Grey exhibit July 14th. It will be open until October 6th and is on display in the main library.

The exhibit was juried by Tatiana Mori, curator for The Greenwich Arts Council in Greenwich, Connecticut and it is the fourth installment in the ongoing ‘Art at the Ferguson’ series, curated in cooperation with the Stamford Art Association. It will display works of forty artists, including Andrew Mullen, an artist, writer, and illustrator living in Black Rock, Connecticut. Library hours are  Monday through Thursday 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm, Friday 11am to 2pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm and the exhibit is open to the public.

Please come out to see the beautiful works of local artists for free!

Today’s post is a bit of new territory for us: we’re featuring a music event! Twist of Fate will be playing at Flint Park in Larchmont, New York this Thursday night, July 14th at 7:15pm. The sounds of reggae and ska played by this Caribbean inspired rock and roll band are a perfect remedy for the heat this summer in Fairfield County. We’re excited to bring you a bit of sonic art in a relaxed atmosphere so come down to this week’s session of the Summer Concert Series in Flint Park for some free summer fun!

"Wonders of the Invisible World", George Nama 2005

Free Tuesdays is back! This week we will be noting 4 galleries that will all be open for free this Tuesday.

The Bruce Museum: Tried and true and always open for free on Tuesdays from 10am-5pm. Right now, they are exhibiting Picasso’s Vollard Suite: The Sculptor’s Studio until October 16th and Saddle Up! Horsing Around at the Bruce Museum until September 25th Don’t forget to check out the Seaside Center!

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: Another great favorite open for free only on Tuesdays from 12pm-5pm. With quite a few indoor and outdoor installations, including Chelpa Ferro: Visual Sound and MTAA: All the Holidays at Once, as well as the beauty of the architecture itself, this place will keep you enchanted for hours!

 

 

The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is always open for free and is open Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. This is a great place to go if you really want to talk to the artists and staff about the art on display and right now it’s the 8th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition.

The Bendheim Gallery is a wonderful hidden gem on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut, that will not only peak your artistic interest, it also gives you a refreshing break from all of the shopping in nearby boutiques! Right now you can take a peak at the 2011 Open Juried Show giving way to all types of 2-dimensional art, juried by renowned artist and sculptor George Nama.

Tomorrow is Tuesday so enjoy the free art!

 

Christo and Jean-Claude

This weekend there are lots of things to do! Sunday, July 10th from 4pm-6pm: the opening of the Marine & Coastal Art Exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center. This exhibit also gives you a taste of the sandy shores and not only lets you peruse fabulous local art, you may even be able to afford to take it home with you.

Another exciting free spot is the Westport Arts Center (WAC) which is open to the public seven days a week and right now they are exhibiting plans for two works in progress by the internationally acclaimed Christo and Jean-Claude. The exhibit will give a close look at Over the River, in which the Arkansas River in Colorado will become covered with silvery cloth. Christo will be funding this installation himself by selling his works to private collectors and galleries. His concurrent project, The Mastaba, will be 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels secured to an inner structure in the United Arab Emirates, 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of the city of Abu Dhabi, near the oasis of Liwa.

This is a beautiful and unique experience that these local institutions have given Connecticut and I hope you all are able to get out there and enjoy it.