Thursday, 18 January 2018 17:25




 "It's good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way." - film director/animator Tim Burton

With a mission to join business with art - and art with business, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will kick off a new year of its multi-site series of visual art shows, Accessible Art, on Monday, February 5th. With five rounds of exhibitions spread over the course of 2018, Accessible Art will provide those who live, work, and play in, or visit, the Greater Danbury region with a sense of the importance of Art in our everyday lives. This round of Accessible Art runs through Friday, April 13th.

 " 'New' is the operative word in 2018," notes the Cultural Alliance's Executive Director, Lisa Scails.  “More than half of the artists selected this year are new to the program.  The experience of their individual creativity and expression will be new to our growing audience and art enthusiasts.  And, all of this is only possible with the support from our small business community, and particularly Danbury City Hall, CityCenter Danbury, Hodge Insurance Agency, Bethel Public Library, Pour Me Café, Mothership Bakery, Hancock Hall, and the Regional YMCA ESCAPE to the Arts.”   

Including six artists from the ten towns serviced by the Cultural Alliance and two from neighboring towns, this premier round of the 2018 Accessible Art series will highlight the works of Clarice Azzoni (Southbury), Betsy Davidson (Bethel), Colin Harrison (Brookfield), Mary Jane Magoon (Sherman), Jan McClean (Shelton), Keith Raphael (Danbury), Wing Na Wong (Danbury), and George Zipparo (Redding).  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.

Clarice Azzoni

Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe, 274 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 743 6246

What would life be without art and photographs?  BORING.

"When I draw or paint, I love to enjoy the process without worrying about the outcome," says Clarice.  "Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't.  But the process always makes me feel alive." 

Betsy Davidson

Filosa/Hancock Hall, 31 Staples Street, Danbury

(203) 794-9466

Betsy works in an explorative process, often using many different mediums in one piece. Her use of collage and paint together provides a means to express a rich vocabulary of shape shifting in space. She values the role of chance, saying "I welcome serendipitous moments and appreciate when they occur. I strive to be present in the making and then to choose carefully what ultimately remains. My work can be viewed as an outward expression of an internal dialogue with form."

Colin Harrison

Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 792-2323

Colin believes that the photographer's job is really 90% about Seeing, about being in the right place and the right time and actually noticing a moment that is worth capturing and sharing. "Scenes that call out to me and people with whom I can strike a resonance are moments that expose truths that need to be preserved," he notes, adding "and having a camera on hand as well." 

Mary Jane Magoon

Mothership Bakery & Cafe, 331 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 417-6914

With a background and education in interior design, Mary Jane has always had a passion for art, especially watercolor. Owning an art gallery, Artistic Surroundings, deepened this infatuation.  "I am especially fascinated by the effects of light and the shadows that it creates, she comments. "Reflected glass and windows are some of my favorite subjects to paint. The transparency and luminosity of watercolor affords reflections to be even more luscious."  

Jan McClean

Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave

(203) 794-8756

Through paint, paper, fibers, fabric, found objects and a 'let's-try-this' approach to mixed media collage, Jan creates the world as  whimsical, colorful, fun and funny. She says, "I offer the viewer playful but also profound insights into the essence of humanness and of Life itself. I am a storyteller. Whether the motifs are houses, trees, critters or something more abstract, my work is always a narrative. Houses carry on conversations. Trees dance. Fish teem in cosmic seas. The story may not always be evident, but it is inevitable."

Keith Jay Raphael

Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue

(203) 797-4511

A global financier, sculptor, woodworker, and Kodak Award winner at the age of 18, Keith has produced photography for the last 46 years. He says, "I find that abstraction feeds my imagination, creativity, and alternative thinking. There is no greater artistic satisfaction for me than to produce an image that speaks to my diverse interests in art, nature, and humanity. Each time this happens, the wonderment of my inner child is triggered and I am elated."

Wing Na Wong (Wendy)

CityCenter Danbury, 268 Main Street

(203) 792-1711

Wendy decided at the age of twelve that she wanted to be an artist. Drawing, painting and digital arts have always been her focus. "I love the fusion of practical projects with the creative process," she passionately shares. 

George Zipparo

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 794-1413

"My work is my statement," George declares. The artist is best known for his captivating, true-to-life portraiture.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 13:58







"Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is 'to fit together' and we all do this every day." -  Sister Mary Corita Kent

"Fitting together" is at the heart of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's Accessible Art program, a year-long, multi-site series of visual art shows that joins business with art. The decade-old program has grown significantly, this year featuring more than 30 artists in 9 venues over 5 rounds of exhibition, more than 40 shows in all. Opening Monday, October 30th, Accessible Art runs through Friday, December 29th.

This final round of 2017 Accessible Art mountings will highlight the works of Alma Al-Faham (Danbury), Steve Bean (Danbury), Frederick P. Burger (Danbury), Anne Marie Foran (Newtown), Carol Gibson (Bethel), Crystal Keeler (Patterson, NY), Chris Ludwig (New Milford), Honorah O'Neill (Bethel), and Tara Tomaselli (Newtown).   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.

Alma Al-Faham

Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe, 274 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 743 6246

Born and raised in Kuwait to a Syrian father and a Jordanian mother, Alma Al-Faham holds a BSc in Architectural Engineering. She has lived, worked and exhibited her art in Jordan, Greece, and the US, complementing her passion for art by taking extensive courses in painting and jewelry design in both Greece and Jordan. Poetry, the blue waters of the Aegean sea, and Damascene architecture are her sources of inspiration.

Steve Bean

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 794-1413

Steve Bean possesses the soul of a wanderer. He earned a BA in Illustration and Painting at Western Connecticut State University, and has continued his own education and sought inspiration by exploring US National Parks from Alaska to Maine. Steve's unique style is a combination of the expressive quality of impasto painting with the fluidity of the sumi brush. He often uses cake decorating tips to create unique textures.

Frederick P. Burger

Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue

(203) 797-4511

For Frederick P. Burger, photography is all about recording the action of light on our world. His interest in the impact of man on the urban environment is evident in the way urban landscapes are changed by the choices of lighting used once the sun has gone down. His work strives to capture the ways in which artificial light are used to enhance and inform our perception of the man-made environments in which we live and play, whether they are stationary or in motion.

Anne Marie Foran

Mothership Bakery & Cafe, 331 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 417-6914

Anne Marie Foran, whose show is entitled Water and Woods, works in a variety of mediums. She received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College and has studied at the Washington Art Association. Her works have been awarded numerous prizes and she has been included in exhibitions at The Gallery of the Brookfield for the Arts and at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. She is a member of the Washington Art Association and the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. 

Carol Gibson

CityCenter Danbury, 268 Main Street

(203) 792-1711

Carol Gibson says she is an "eclectic photographer." Her passion for photography has been instrumental in showing her the beauty in all of her surroundings. Her mantra is, 'Look up. Look down. Look all around. You never know what will be found.'  Her greatest honor is seeing her photograph of the 9/11 Flag Memorial in Newtown CT hanging in the New York Stock Exchange. Her ultimate goal is to have it hang in the Oval Office.

Crystal Keeler

Filosa/Hancock Hall, 31 Staples Street, Danbury

(203) 794-9466

In Frozen in Time, Crystal Keeler shows a deep passion for both science and the arts, for example, combining traditional and digital 3D sculpting techniques or abstract work mixing the effects of heat and gravity in a fast setting epoxy resin She has a degree in Media Arts & Animation. Her latest abstract series, from calm vistas reminiscent of a spring meadow or cresting waves on an ocean to dynamic expanding nebulas glowing in brilliant colors, each work represents a transient emotional state "frozen in time.' 

Chris Ludwig

Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave

(203) 794-8756

"In my art," Chris Ludwig says, "the final versions rarely seem to resemble their source, which I guess can be the case for many of my observations. We see the world how we want to, and perhaps, not as it is. My art is an extension of my own reality or lack thereof."

Honorah O'Neill

Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street

(203) 797 4505

"I give flesh to monsters," proclaims Honorah O'Neill lightheartedly.

Tara Tomaselli

Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 792-2323

Tara Tomaselli is a fine art photographer with over 20 years working in the industry. Primarily self-taught, she has been professionally exhibiting and selling her photographs since 2012. She notes,"When I come upon an interesting subject, I like to observe and take it in from all angles, then I hone in on what I feel is the most appealing part - most often a close up, showing the beauty in things no matter their current state, objects that are old, discarded, junked, rusted, decayed, interesting."


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 is provided by the Connecticut Office of the Arts with additional support  by public and private funding, corporate sponsors, and by its 290 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations.  For information on the services and programs of the Cultural Alliance, as well as to volunteer or donate call (203) 798 0760.






 Art gives voice to and increases awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault  - Engage and move the conversation forward…

Photo above (L. to R.): Andrea Gartner, Vice President, Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Martin G. Morgado, President & CEO, Savings Bank of Danbury, Lisa Scails, Executive Director, Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut has announced that @287 Gallery & Meeting Place will open a challenging and ambitious show as it continues its 4th season of exhibitions in its space at 287 Main Street, Danbury. Entitled "Endworks: Out of Darkness" and assembled by guest curators, New Fairfield artists Mary Lou and Robert Alberetti, the show represents a meaningful collaboration between the Cultural Alliance and the Women's Center of Greater Danbury.  Opening on Friday, May 19th, with a free reception to the public from 5:30pm to 8:00pm (for reservations, go to, "Endworks" will run through Friday, August 4th. 

The relationship between artist and audience is distinctive. "Endworks"is an artist-led encounter between those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence and sexual assault, and those who have not. This exhibit explores these issues and what they mean to the artist personally and perhaps for the nation-at-large. It also seeks to create common ground, to explore these topics more fully, and to inspire truth and hope. "Endworks" is intended to grow into an annual offering at @287 Gallery and Meeting Place, becoming an ongoing catalyst for a deeper, extended community dialogue. 

Fourteen artists will be represented in the exhibition. They are: Chiara Alberetti Milott (Brooklyn, NY), Katie Bassett (Bethel, CT), Jane Bennett (Patterson, NY), Karen Bonanno (Woodbury, CT), Jane Capellaro (Hudson Valley, NY), Polly Castor (Bethel, CT), Sylvia Hierro (Sherman, CT), Siovhan Hutcherson (Danbury, CT), Megan Marden (Danbury, CT), Toni Miraldi (Newtown, CT), Amy Morken-Flynn (Brooklyn, NY), Stephanie Safarik (Bethel, CT), Peter Schachter (Danbury, CT), and Tracy Van Buskirk (Newtown, CT).        


Mary Lou Alberetti, a studio artist and professor emerita from Southern Connecticut State University, has a 40 year background in the arts and has worked with numerous art consultants and galleries. Her works are found in civic, private and corporate collections including HBO World Headquarters in New York City and the Mint Museum of Art and Design, in Charlotte, NC. Her work is found in Sculpting Clay by Leon Nigrosh, Sculptural Ceramics by Peter King, 100 Artists of  New England by Ashley Rooney, and at

Robert Alberetti, began his teaching career in 1963 at Western Connecticut State College where he retired in 2003 as full professor. He was chairperson of the Art Department for six years in the late 70's. In addition to post-graduate work at New York University, he earned his Master of Fine Arts in painting at Arizona State University.  Robert has an extensive one-person and group exhibition record both nationally and internationally. He has shown at the Panama Museum of Art, the De Young Museum (San Francisco, CA), the Pentagon (Washington D.C.), the Aldrich Museum of Art (Ridgefield, CT) and the Mattatuck Museum, (Waterbury, CT).  For three summers he taught at the Ciafiordi School of Art in Pietralunga, Italy and previously at the Southern Connecticut State University summer program in Urbino, Italy.

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

Major support provided by the Connecticut Office of the Arts

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