“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 http://bit.ly/female_perspective 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.

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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.”


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"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 www.artswesternct.org  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.

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