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American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks To Perform  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 04 October 2017

American Idol Winner Taylor Hicks To Perform

At Danbury’s Palace Theatre On October 21

“American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks will perform at The Palace Danbury on Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm.

Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular “American Idol” winners of all time.  From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart with his unique take on southern soul, R & B, country and blues. In May 2006, a whopping sixty-four million votes were cast with 37 million American viewers and 200 million viewers worldwide tuning in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of “Idol,” making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade!

Less than three weeks after his “Idol” victory, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” rocketed to #1 on Billboard’s record chart! He was the first Idol to land a residency in Vegas, and on Broadway, Hicks starred in the hit musical, “Grease” as Teen Angel.

This fall Hicks is set to release his new single, “Six Strings and Diamond Rings,” from his forthcoming album. This long-awaited single is Taylor’s first new music released in seven years and features a collaboration with Robert Randolph of Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

“I’ve always heard that for an artist to become successful you have to live and breathe the art that you are making. “Six Strings and Diamond Rings personifies that for me in every way,” Taylor said in a statement about the single.

In the midst of recording his new music, Hicks also returned to television to host the food and travel show “State Plate.” Now in it’s second season, Hicks travels the country in search of each state’s most popular foods. In his travels, Taylor visits farms, ranches, docks, markets, and festivals, uncovering the stories and legends behind each state’s unique food traditions.

Opening the show at The Palace is Mahopac’s own Amanda Ayala. Amanda is a 19-year-old rock singer/songwriter who stepped into the music spotlight when she was featured on NBC’s Emmy-Award winning show “The Voice.” Judges Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton competed with one another to get this artist with powerhouse vocals and a throwback vibe on their team. Her rendition of “Mississippi Queen” has reached over 1.2 million views on and counting on YouTube.” Come see her at The Palace and be prepared to be blown away!!

Ticket prices range from $40 to $50. They may be ordered by phone at 203 794-9944, at the box office starting at 7:00 PM day of show, or online at

The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, in Danbury, Connecticut. Free parking is readily available for theatre patrons in the parking lot behind the building. For more information about this and all upcoming shows visit

Post by In ArtsWestern News On 12 September 2017





 “There is something deeply satisfying in shaping something with your a song made solid. It is an act of creation.” 

― novelist, Patrick Rothfuss

From artisanal chocolate to handmade jewelry, tabletop sculpture, miniatures for the dollhouse, and more, the premier Danbury Artisan Street Fair promises an end-of-summer shopping spree that will delight the entire family. The Danbury Artisans Street Fair, featuring twenty creators of original work from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00am to 5:00pm, on Danbury's Main Street between White and West Streets. Main Street merchants will also offer discounted goods and Fair specials in front of their shops, creating a festive and colorful, people-watching event that will surely celebrate the arrival of the Fall season.

"Our goal is to produce a show that provides each exhibitor the opportunity to show his or her talent in an urban setting and to its best advantage, to support the purchase of original fine art and hand-made craft, and to foster art appreciation," says PJ Prunty, CityCenter Danbury's Executive Director. Lisa Scails, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, adds "There's lots of excitement already from participating vendors and merchants about this event. We are pleased to present this festive event with CityCenter Danbury for the community and visitors, and most importantly, we're planning lots of fun."

Presented by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and CityCenter Danbury, the Danbury Artisan Street Fair is sponsored by Union Savings Bank and Danbury Cultural Commission. Production partners include Sofar Danbury, Workspace Collective, Danbury Parking Authority, Chris Plaisted Design, New Fairfield Press, and The City of Danbury. The Artist Green Room is supported by Hat City Market and Mothership on Main Bakery & Cafe.

With affordable, quality handmade art and craft, Indie Music produced by Sofar, an art display hosted by Danbury Music Centre, Food Trucks, and games for the kids, the Danbury Artisan Street Fair is a weekend must-do. Parking is available nearby at the Bardo Garage, 10 Library Place. For more information and to volunteer, call (203) 798 0760 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Post by In ArtsWestern News On 12 September 2017




 "Imagining, without any doubt, an absorbing occupation." - artist Emile Galle

 Magic realism is a genre of narrative fiction that expresses the real world while adding magical elements. Robert Crawford, an illustrator and fine artist living in the beautiful northwest hills of Connecticut, practices magic in the visual world.

On Friday, September 29th, a solo exhibition of his works, entitled "Imaginings", opens at the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's @287 Gallery, 287 Main Street, Danbury, with a free reception to the public from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The event will also feature live music, nibbles from Pour Me Cafe, and prints for sale. For reservations, go to or call 203-798-0760 The @287 Gallery is open 10:00am to 4:00pm Thursday and Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. The exhibition, made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Savings Bank of Danbury, will be on view through the end of the year. 

Robert Crawford's unique style is influenced by the regionalism of post World War Two artists like Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. Some highlights in his career include recent work for Celestial Seasonings and The New York State Lottery. He loves to see his work around New York City and on products in the supermarket. His work for Bank of America featured a gigantic mural on three sides of a building facing the Kennedy Expressway where upwards of a half million people a day pass by.

He has been on the cover of major magazines such as FortuneBusiness WeekThe Atlantic, U.S. News and World ReportNewsweek and Rolling Stone. Robert recently finished his fifth children’s book, about Carl Sandburg, the American poet. A previous book, The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain, reached #1 on the regional bestseller list.

Robert's work has won numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Graphics and Print. He was also honored by a commission to do six paintings for a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the German car maker, Volkswagen.

Major support for the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is provided by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The Cultural Alliance depends largely on community support for its programs and services. For information, to volunteer or to donate, call (203) 798 0760 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Charles Ives Concert Series Comes to the Greater Danbury Area  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 05 August 2017

‘Charles Ives Concert Series’ Comes to the Greater Danbury Area on August 6th

Presented by the Danbury Music Centre

Throughout the week of Sunday, August 6th, the Danbury Music Centre will launch the Charles Ives Concert Series. The series honors the legacy of Danbury’s hometown composers through the performance of the music of Ives, the music of today’s American composers, and music that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate pop music and other contemporary styles. The artists featured on the Ives Concert Series are some of America’s most award-winning young performers, all of whom are graduates of America’s most prestigious conservatories including the Juilliard School, Yale University, the Curtis Institute, and Rice University.

Led by artistic director and Danbury-native, Paul Frucht, the series will feature four free concerts on August 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th. On August 6th at 3 PM, the series kicks off with a house party at a private home in Ridgefield. Ives Series Artst-faculty will perform music that incorporates elements of folk culture from various countries around the world. The concert is open to the public, but interested attendees must RSVP online to receive details.  (

On August 8th at 7 PM, the series brings an award-winning duo, cellist Julian Schwarz and Marika Bournaki, to Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre. The concert, entitled “Enduring Traditions,” will be a  journey through American concert music through the ages, ranging from Arthur Foote, a contemporary of Ives to today’s living composers, including 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Justin Dello Joio.

On August 10th at 7 PM, the series moves to the CityCenter Danbury’s Downtown Green for a concert that opens with a collaboration between the Ives Series-Artist Faculty and participants in the Danbury Music Centre’s educational Chamber Music Intensive. Ives Series Guest Artists Charles Yang and Peter Dugan close out the program.

The series closes on August 12th at 7 PM at Marian Anderson Recital Hall with a concert entitled, “The Ives Legacy: Living American Composers.” The finale of the series features music by composer-in- residence, Justin Dello Joio, Max Grafe, David Ludwig, two recent Pullitzer Prize winners - Kevin Puts and Caroline Shaw-  as well as the winner of our world-wide call for scores and Paul Frucht, who will premiere a new percussion concerto with Guest Artist SimonBoyar.

The Danbury Music Centre has also launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to create a launch fund to serve as a financial springboard for the series. The campaign can be found here:


Danbury Music Centre, Charles Ives Concert Series Artist-Faculty and Guest Artists


The Charles Ives Concert Series - Four Free Concerts


Greater Danbury Area


8/6 at 3 PM 8/8, 8/10, 8/12 all at 7 PM

About Danbury Music Centre:

The Danbury Music Centre is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization located on Danbury’s Main Street that provides classical community music experiences through ensembles and events.

Photos by William Frucht can be found here:

**Note the great recent coverage in the Hartford Courant!

Rennie McQuilkin, 2017 Poet Laureate for the State of Connecticut  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 23 June 2017



"The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way." - Marshall McLuhan 

As poets and writers breathe words, so too does Art give voice. To celebrate and complement its current @287 Gallery exhibition, "Endworks: Out of Darkness," The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is hosting an "Open MIc Night" on Friday, July 14th at 5:30pm at 287 Main Street, Danbury. The event is designed to engage, move the conversation forward, and increase awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

"Endworks" is a collaboration between the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Women's Center of Greater Danbury.  The relationship between artist and audience is distinctive, creating an artist-led encounter between those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence and sexual assault, and those who have not. The current art exhibit explores these issues and what it means to the artist personally and perhaps for our nation at large.  It is also a place to create common ground, to explore these topics more fully, to inspire truth and hope, and to deepen our dialogue.

"Open Mic Night" is an invitation to a community of all ages and abilities to participate in an evening of performance. Performers of all levels who sing, play instruments (acoustic or electronic), write and perform poetry or spoken word, essayists and all other performing artists who seek an audience are welcome. Help the Cultural Alliance celebrate writing that speaks to transformation, renewal, and inspires a sense of hope and new beginning, perseverance and inner strength, fostering a shared narrative that is empowering as it relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and broader issues of violence. Share your writing with local and regional like-minded writers, artists, and community members. Enjoy the art exhibit. Light refreshments will be served, and  original artworks and broadsides are for sale.

Spaces are limited, so reservations are required. If you would like to perform or attend as an audience member, please register. Go to to join in this special evening. First come, first perform, and share our creative community voices. 

Featured writers will include:

Rennie McQuilkin, 2017 Poet Laureate for the State of Connecticut, Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Rennie has an extensive background participating in poetry readings and workshops in Connecticut and beyond, as well as a distinguished literary career with several published full-length collections of poetry. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Yale Review, Yankee, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Gettysburg Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The North American Review, The American Scholar, and many other publications.

Lea Graham, author of chapbooks and the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You, published by No Tell Books in 2011. Her poems, translations, reviews and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She is Associate Professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Major funding is provided by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. @287 Gallery is supported by the Savings Bank of Danbury.   



Please list: Danbury. "Endworks: Open Mic Night." An evening of song, spoken word & performance exploring issues of domestic violence & sexual abuse, in response to a current exhibition that features 14 visual artists brought together by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and the Women's Center of Greater Danbury. July 14th. 5:30pm. $10, free to members. @287 Gallery, Cultural of Western Connecticut, 287 Main Street, Danbury. (203)     

 The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, with offices at 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT, is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. The Cultural Alliance promotes and advocates for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts and culture for all residents and visitors in Greater Danbury. Major funding from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.  Also, supported by public and private funding, corporate sponsors, and by its 290 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations.  phone: (203) 798 0760


Brookfield Craft Center to host art exhibition: “Like a Flower: The Art of Missy Stevens”  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 20 June 2017

Brookfield, CT-June 19,- Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to present a unique exhibit by artist and thread painter Missy Stevens.  An opening event and reception, with the artist will be held on July 8th, from 5-8pm in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery at 286 Whisconier Road.  The exhibit will continue through July 30.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday noon – 5pm, Saturday 11-5pm, Sunday Noon – 4pm.

Missy Stevens, a visual builder, infusing fabric with technique and sensibilities from painting.  The thread paintings are loop pile embroidery, where even her color choice gain in extra dimensional and magnetic quality, as color is represented by pronounced thread.  The result is an experience at once visual, yet bound by a tactile sensation from the thread.  Stevens’ approach evolved at a turning point for the artist, where she answered the question of what her passion is with the combination of art and fabric.  In her works, inspired by nature and a spiritual exploration, are evocative images of a refined ability and lead the audience with a familiar perspective and passageways to the unrevealed life of her subjects.  Textiles as a medium have always been important to her, as the progress of her work illustrates the monument to her origins bridging to thread sculpture, three dimensional objects almost clothed, or in part made of clothing, as seen in the piece Moon Crown.  Her career would find a fulcrum while attending New England College in NH, where, she became influenced by the contemporary art scene in Manhattan, and then would go on to study and graduate from Boston University’s Program In Artisanry. 

The veteran of many shows, including several at Brookfield Craft Center, Stevens’ work has been recognized with several awards such as the Craftsman's Choice Award, from the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC., and added to the collection of the Museum of Art And Design, in New York City.  Stevens’ work is well traveled, included in shows and exhibits reaching from across the United States to around the globe.  Stevens currently resides in Washington, CT. 

About the Brookfield Craft Center - The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1952 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft schools in America. The center, incorporated in 1954 is a 501(c)(3) organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, woodturning, ceramics, jewelry, blacksmithing, fiber arts and other creative endeavors for children and adults taught by professional faculty. The summer “Hands on Art” program, is available for children ages 11-14 during summer months. The historic Mill Building (ca 1780) Gift Shop and Exhibition Gallery is a beautiful venue for displaying fine craft. All works are carefully juried and are representative of the type of skills individuals can learn in our classes. As a force for arts advocacy and community building, BCC strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship, and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education.

Howard Lasser

Executive Director

Brookfield Craft Center

PO Box 122

Brookfield, CT 06804

Phone: 203 775-4526

Post by In ArtsWestern News On 07 June 2017




"I always thought it would be a great thing to do an art carwash. So you can actually go and get your car washed, but while you're sitting around waiting you can walk in that hallway where you look at the cars going through the window, and that could be changing exhibitions." - visual artist Kenny Scharf

Summer is upon us, and with it, a sense of playfulness and ease. Art pops up in unexpected places, public visual art installations and performances appear on town sidewalks or in farmers' fields, and festivals abound. And with it, too, the Accessible Art program, now in its 10th season under the curatorial eye of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, provides leisurely summer strollers and curious arts enthusiasts plenty of opportunity to pause, reflect, and enjoy. The 3rd mounting of 2017 Accessible Art exhibitions opens on Monday, June 26th and runs through Friday, August 18th in 8 venues. People love to visit and live where the Arts thrive, and the Accessible Art program underscores that belief. So, as you take some time off to escape the everyday, consider visiting some of the exhibitions listed below.  

This round of Accessible Art, a year-'round, multi-site program, joining Business with Art, features the works of Debra Burger (Danbury, CT), Barbara Courtian (New York, NY), Justin Farigiano (Bethel, CT), Victoria Harriott (Norwalk, CT) Chris Kiely (Danbury, CT), Toni Miraldi (Sandy Hook, CT), Betsy Post (Newtown, CT), and Charlene Schosser (Danbury, CT).

Hours at the venues vary, so call ahead. For more information about Accessible Art, call (203) 798 0760 or visit  (All exhibitions are subject to change.) 

Debra Burger

Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, (203) 797-4511

Throughout the years, Debra has been capturing images from her other creative passion - her garden. Challenging herself to create a body of work from the objects in her garden, she has created larger-than-life images that examine the color, shape, texture, and life of each plant and flower. They provide the viewer with a unique perspective on the fragile, yet bold impression each flower offers. She is President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Western New York Chapter.

Barbara Courtian

Mothership Bakery & Cafe, 331 Main Street, Danbury, (203) 417-6914

"The nature of watercolor, my chosen medium, demands a certain spontaneity", says Barbara.  "There is a lot that is unpredictable, whether it is the way the colors flow together or how they dry on the paper. They seem to have a mind of their own and possess a certain freshness. That is what makes watercolor unlike any other medium and such a challenge." She enjoys exploring neighborhoods, whether they be amidst the quick pulse of a city or the tranquility of the country. "Both offer such wonderful contrasts and are a never ending source of inspiration".

Justin Farigiano

Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street, (203) 797-4505

Justin believes the human brain is the most complex thing in the universe. "It can create poetry or destroy itself alive, and sometimes it considers the two the same, he says. "It can build the great pyramids of Egypt and at the same time just want to spend a whole day in bed. It's essentially a computer that runs a mass of plumbing. And even though we all have the same mess of electric charges and chemicals, we perceive the world differently. Through my photography, I strive to formalize the surreal qualities of the mind, and how it interacts with people, places, and its host."

Victoria Harriott

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury, (203) 794-1413

Before Victoria found painting, music was her escape. But during Victoria's junior year of high school, she was taking an art class specific to painting where her teacher introduced her to the monochromatic / pop art style that her work is done in currently. She recalls being so amazed by how a few different tones of color could make a complete photo. She says, "My work is the place where my love for music and passion for painting meet."

Chris Kiely

CityCenter Danbury, 268 Main Street, (203) 792-1711

A photographer, Chris is dedicated to exploring and documenting the beauty in vacant buildings.  His inspiration is the solitude, tranquility, nostalgia, and sometimes eeriness of forgotten places.

Toni Miraldi

 Filosa/Hancock Hall, 31 Staples Street, Danbury, (203) 794-9466 

Toni Miraldi writes, "As a mural artist, my mission is to transform plain walls into stimulating walls. I believe our attitudes are subtly influenced by our environs. If we surround ourselves and our communities with small positive messages--whether they be art, nature, inspiring architecture or kind words--we will see the world differently than if we are surrounded by suspicion, fear and despair. This is why I love murals. They take a thing that literally surrounds us--a wall--and turn it into an encouragement."

Betsy Post

Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, (203) 794-8756

Though not a professional artist or even an 'artist' in the way you define it, Betsy can claim the title as a "needle artist," approaching 60 years old who has always found fulfillment creating beautiful pictures from a needle and thread. Working in her spare time, she finds that needlework "connects me to my female ancestors and hopefully those in the future who will chose to create art from fabric and thread." 

Charlene Schosser

Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street, Danbury, (203) 792-2323

"I have always been attracted to color", Charlene notes. "For over 10 years I have dreamt of using paint chips in artwork. Finally I was able to follow my vision, using colors that have body to them in different shapes and sizes, allowing me to explore the endless options of tiling these beautiful colors in a totally different art form. Paint chips, glue, artist board and a trusty knife or hole punch are combined to form each art piece, at first simplistic but, in viewing, quite complex. What was first intended for furniture, walls and floors, now dance around in my art pieces, expressing joy, life and light". 

Giuliano Calore, 48 Hairpin Bends By Night, Photo courtesy of Ciclismo Classico Film Festival  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 01 June 2017


The Ciclismo Classico 



What’s better than descending Italy's legendary Monte Stelvio Pass… at an elevation of  9048 feet/ 2758 meters… with all of its 48 hairpin turns… on a bike with no handlebars or brakes… at night illuminated only by a torch and moonlight!?  Watching someone else do it!

On Friday June 16, The Palace Danbury will present the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival showcasing the best bike travel films by professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world.

Now in it’s 8th year, the Festival is the ONLY one in the USA to feature films specifically about two-wheeled travel, and it has gained a huge following over the years. The Palace Danbury is the only location in Connecticut participating in the festival.

There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival, and you don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy these tales of adventure!  The festival goes all over the world in search of interesting journeys – from from Italy to India to Kenya and beyond, The Palace Danbury is proud to present this one of a kind event.

In addition to the films, there will be plenty of door prizes and giveaways plus the opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the cycling community, local bike shops, armchair adventurers, and independent film fans.

The festival is a production of Ciclismo Classico.  For more than 20 years Ciclismo Travel has been sharing their passion for immersive bicycle tours across Italy, France, Spain, Austria, and New England. Their Bike Across France tour was honored as a National Geographic Traveler “Tour of a Lifetime.”

The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival will take place on Friday, June 16 starting at 8:00 PM. Tickets cost $15 in advance/$20 the night of the the show. Tickets may be ordered by phone at 203 794-9944, at the box office starting at 7:00 PM day of show, or online at

The Palace Danbury is located at 165 Main Street, in Danbury, Connecticut. Free parking is readily available for theatre patrons in the parking lot behind the building. For more information about this and all upcoming shows visit 

Roster of Films:

48 Hairpin Bends By Night (Paolo Casalis, Italy, 53 min) GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER

The incredible story of 77 year old Giuliano Calore, a living legend of extreme cycling, who descends Italy's legendary Monte Stelvio Pass, at an elevation of 9048 feet/ 2758 meters, with all of its 48 hairpin turns, at night, on a bike, with no handlebars or brakes, illuminated only by a torch and moonlight! A no-hands descent into our fears, ambitions, passions and dreams. 

Dreamride 2 (Mike Hopkins, Canada, 5 minutes)

A spectacular journey through the furthest reaches of the imagination.  Whether winter snow or summer heat, there’s always adventure to be found on two wheels.

Escape – Lee Craigie’s inner journey along the Caledonia Way (Lee Craigie, Scotland, 5 minutes)

A very personal account of how exploration on bicycle has changed our narrator’s life – and how she works to help young people find their way, through cycling. Lee says "My hope is that people watching this film will think 'that's the freedom I want' or 'I remember those feelings that bikes can bring' and be inspired to get outside and start their own adventure.”

Pedal to Peaks / Norway (Brody Leven, USA, 8 minutes)

A small team of skiers strapped an obnoxious amount of gear to bicycles and rode through arctic Norway. Connecting craggy islands by underwater tunnels, they climbed and skied mountains along the length of the Lofoten archipelago. Gear failed, partners bailed, and spirits wavered. But after camping on snow-covered beaches, what they found at the end of the peninsula made them look deeper inside themselves and their motives.

In Search of the Storm (Naveed Mulki, Rishabh Malhotra & Pankaj Singh, India, 7 minutes)

In Search of The Storm is a film that documents a fat biking expedition that took three guys to the very edge of the Indian Himalayas… in the dead of winter.  Amazingly, this is the first fat bike adventure to be featured in our festival.

A Way Forward (Pedal Born Pictures, USA, 6 minutes

Even short rides can make a difference.  For these schoolgirls in Kenya, having the opportunity to bicycle to school can be life-changing. Produced for World Bicycle Relief on location in Kenya.

Around the World in 851 Days (Marcus & Kirsty Mumford, England, 5 minutes)

Although the festival rarely accept films with no narration, the lovely footage and the views from this worldwide journey was worth inclusion. Marcus writes that the trip “took us through 46 countries, covering 47,062km by pedal power and along the way we experienced a world full of wonder and kindness.” It’s worth a peek at their blog - if only for their otherworldly tale of running a half-marathon in North Korea along the way.


Giuliano Calore, 48 Hairpin Bends By Night, Photo courtesy of Ciclismo Classico Film Festival

Pedals to Peaks, Photo courtesy of Ciclismo Classico Film Festival

Giuliano Calore, 48 Hairpin Bends By Night, Photo courtesy of Ciclismo Classico Film Festival




Post by In ArtsWestern News On 01 June 2017





photo: contemporary broadsides by recent artist-in-residence Theresa Easton at Robert Smail's Printing Works, a 150-year-old "living museum" supported by the National Trust of Scotland

To complement its current visual art show, "Endworks: Out of Darkness," at @287 Gallery & Meeting Place, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut invited five writers to respond to the exhibition's artworks. Their written commentary, entitled "Broadsides: Writers' Response to Endworks," will address selected visual statements about domestic violence and sexual abuse. "Broadsides: Writers' Response to Endworks" opens on Friday, June 2nd, with a free public reception for the  broadsides installation, which features reading, writing, and conversation. The reception will take place from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at @287 Gallery and Meeting Place, 287 Main Street, Danbury. For reservations, go to Featuring the words of five young Connecticut women, this complement to the exhibition is part of a continued effort by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut to build community dialogue.  A meaningful collaboration between the Cultural Alliance and the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, "Endworks: Out of Darkness" runs through Friday, August 4th.

Long-gone ephemera, broadsides were usually printed on single thin sheets of paper on one side, designed as a cost-effective way to advertise products, theatrical and musical performances, patriotic and popular songs, government proclamations, town meeting announcements, as well as political and satirical commentary, and often pinned on the walls of taverns or other meeting places. This early form of written communication used in America died out with newspapers, but it still continues in the hands of contemporary artists who understand a broadside's immediacy and reach. 

The writers participating in “Broadsides: Writers' Response to Endworks”, were selected by guest curator, Dr. Brian Clements, Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University. They are (pictured L. to. R.): Emily Carney (Danbury, CT), Emily Chauvin (New Milford, CT), Samantha A. Garcia, (Monroe, CT), Melissa Johnson (New London, CT),  and Steph Meyers (Brookfield, CT). Antonia Schachter is project advisor and coordinator.  

“The five young writers contributing to the ‘Endworks’ project are among the brightest young writers in Connecticut. Each of them has written—in their poems, their fiction, their journalism—about the ways contemporary American life challenges the rights of women to live unfettered by sexism, by culturally endorsed economic handicaps, by domestic violence, and to do the work to which they are committed without having to fight for the moral and political right to do that work. This is an important exhibit for Western Connecticut, and I, for one, cannot wait to see the energy generated in this work from the combination of these powerful artists and writers,” commented Dr. Clements.

@287 Gallery is supported by the Savings Bank of Danbury. The @287 Gallery & Meeting Place is open 10:00am to 4:00pm Thursday and Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut depends largely on community support for its programs and services.  Contact Lisa Scails to volunteer or to donate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information,  call (203) 798 0760 or visit

The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 01 June 2017

Danbury Museum & Historical Society Exhibit

The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call

Saturday, June 10, 2017

DANBURY, CT –  "All we hear & know now is war and my head and ears ache from the roar of the guns. We went into position again the other night and got an awful reception. Fritz sent over the iron and filled the air with gas so it was rather hard work and living in the ground fairly makes your bones sore all over. Have stood it pretty good so far."

Danbury soldier, Ernest Hoyt Patchen to his mother, Mrs. Arthur Patchen, wrote the above description of World War I events on October 7, 1918. At the time, Patchen was serving with the American Expeditionary Forces in France.  Ernest’s poignant letters, numbering nearly 100, were gifted to the Danbury Museum by his daughter, Marilu Tosi and are featured in the next exhibit at The Danbury Museum & Historical Society, The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call, opening on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Sponsored by local businesses, 1 Kennedy Flats and Leahy’s Fuels, the exhibit focuses on the contributions of Danbury citizens at home and abroad during World War I.  All branches of the services will be recognized and some of the topics covered include; Sacrifices on the Homefront, The Mallory War Garden, the role of Danbury Hat Factories, and the Old 8th Company.

“The exhibit has been structured around the amazing record of Danburians in meeting obligations to the community, the state and the country,” stated Michele Lee Amundsen, Collections Manager and Curator of this exhibit.

Historic imagery of all kinds will be on display such as parades, war bond rallies, soldiers and other period images of Danbury. In addition to letters, artifacts such as uniforms, helmets, and ephemera items including posters, and memorabilia from the archives of the Old 8th Company donated by Mr. Frank Stone.

Brigid Guertin, Executive Director and City Historian noted, “The Danbury Museum is so excited to share the story of our community and their response to The Great War. Through photographs, advertisements, newspaper articles and artifacts, the story of Danbury’s commitment and sacrifice is truly inspiring.

A number of events are planned throughout the duration of and in support of the exhibit including a a World War I free Film Series and Book Club in conjunction with The Danbury Library, a World War I Recipe Pot Luck Dinner in October and A Night of Poetry in November.

The Great War: Danbury Answers the Call is on display through Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017. The museum is open for exhibit visitors Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission is free. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted.

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About the DMHSA:

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society was formed to acquire, preserve, exhibit and interpret New England's past; focusing particularly on the heritage of Danbury.  Situated in downtown Danbury, the museum preserves the John and Mary Rider House (c.1785), the Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790), the Marian Anderson Studio and the Charles Ives Birthplace.  Huntington Hall, a modern exhibit building houses the museum offices and research library.

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The Danbury Museum & Historical Society

Phone: 203.743.5200

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