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Post by In ArtsWestern News On 20 December 2017




“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” -Georgia O’Keefe, artist

Through figurative gesture,  expressive mark making and color choice, Woodbury CT artist Karen Bonanno captures a mood suggestive of Cezanne, Bonnard or Matisse. Her new solo exhibition, "The Female Perspective," opens on Friday, January 19th, 2018, at @287 Gallery, 287 Main Street, Danbury CT, with a free public reception from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. An RSVP is strongly suggested. For reservations, go to or call (203) 798 0760  "The Female Perspective" runs through Friday, April 20th. The exhibition marks the beginning of @287 Gallery's 2018 season, as it enters its sixth year of presenting fine art by Western Connecticut artists and others that capture the gallery's sense of vision and looking forward.  

Karen Bonanno received her B.A. in Fine Art/Painting from Western Connecticut State University in1993, and since then, she has shown extensively throughout the region. In 2016, her work was featured in Prince Street Gallery's 8th National Juried Show in New York, juried by Guggenheim Fellow, Graham Nickson. Influenced by the Bay Area Figurative movement, including artists David Park, Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff, Karen's figures are formed with intent, often appearing in an ambiguous atmospheric space and creating an emboldened narrative that is both solid and proud. For more information and gallery images, visit Karen's web.

@287 Gallery's 2018 season will also feature solo exhibitions by:

May 4th - July 27th

Larry Morse, Bronx, NY

August 10th - November 2nd

Hannah Munroe, Bethel, CT

November 16th - February 8th, 2019

Megan Marden, Danbury, CT      

@287 Gallery, a project of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, is open 12:00 noon to 4:00pm Tuesday to Friday, 12:00 noon to 3:00pm Saturday, and by appointment. For more information, call at (203) 798 0760.

ASAP! presents PILOBOLUS MAXIMUS: Beyond the Limits of Dance  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 12 December 2017

ASAP! presents PILOBOLUS MAXIMUS: Beyond the Limits of Dance

Saturday, January 6, 2018 
2pm & 7pm
Danbury High School, Danbury, CT

For 45 years Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies. They have created and toured over 120 pieces of repertory to more than 65 countries, and they perform for over 300,000 people each year. Recently Pilobolus was featured on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NBC’s TODAY Show, and MTV’s Video Music Awards. Along with Pilobolus’ full-scale performance, ASAP!’s Multi-Generational Community Dance Project and Inter-district Dance Project will be featured in the shows. 
See you there!

$20 Student  |  $35 General Admission  |  $50 Reserved  |  $100 Patron

For Tickets:

Mayor heads traffic box art initiative, seeks artists and graphic designers  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 02 November 2017


Mayor Boughton is asking local artists and graphic designers to submit draft proposals for consideration in the City’s Traffic Box Art Program. A selection committee will choose one or more artists to design art that will be printed on vinyl wrapping and placed on traffic boxes throughout the city center.

“Downtown represents the vibrancy of the Danbury community, and by partnering with our residents and businesses for this project, we hope to capture that vibrancy in a new, unique, and artistic way,” said Mayor Boughton. “We are putting out a call to artists so that the local community, people who live in and know Danbury, can team up with the City and bring this special public art project to life in downtown Danbury.”


WestConn named number one “The Top Ten Most Underrated College Theatre Programs for 2017  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 02 November 2017

WestConn was recently named number one on the list of “The Top Ten Most Underrated College Theatre Programs for 2017 – Northeast Region” by OnStage blog, which we find pretty surprising. Underrated? If you say so. Award-winning? Absolutely!  Click here to learn more

Dance with Pilobolus!  
Post by In ArtsWestern News On 02 November 2017

ASAP! is presents the Multigenerational Community Dance Project (MCDP), which brings together students ages 14-75 with world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater.


Pilobolus, one of CT’s gems valued most for its artistic excellence, is unlike any other dance company. Their creative process is completely collaborative, and it’s this process that they bring to communities around the world demonstrating how dance, and working side-by-side with your colleagues towards a common goal, builds trust, nurtures acceptance, and celebrates kindness. Just like Pilobolus, through improvisation, exploration, and discussion and a lot of fun, MCDP participants will discover new physical and creative strengths and collaboratively craft an original dance. Participants from the MCDP will perform along-side Pilobolus in their full-scale production at Danbury High School on January 6, 2018.

All are welcome! No dance experience necessary!


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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





Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
287 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Tel 203.798.0760


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