Saturday, April 27, 2013

Artists take part in Earth Day celebration

Sunshine, warm temperatures add to the fun at annual event

Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo, left, and fine artist/maple syrup maker/arts council member Greg Karas man the booth today at the Earth Day celebration at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center. They are wearing earth necklaces crafted by DiCarlo.

Photographer and Valley Arts Council member Ron Smith set up shop next to the arts council booth.

My husband and I were there for most of the event and I'd say a good time was had by all.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Arts council to host life-model drawing session Wednesday

DERBY - The next life-model drawing session will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Valley Center of the Arts, 119 Caroline St.

Cost is $9 for VAC members; $10 for non-members.

These informal sessions are held in a relaxed atmosphere. 

They are open to all level of artists ages 18 and over.

The sessions feature all mediums, free parking, and light refreshments are served.

As arts council President Rich DiCarlo said, "We
supply the model and supply your talent and your art supplies."

Space is still available.

RSVP to Rich at 203-906-4343 or at

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

Arts council members show their photography

Several local residents have their photographs on display at Spector Furniture and Home Decor in Ansonia. 

The exhibit kicked off at the Main Street store's recent home decor show, and will continue for several months.

Some of the photographers include: Jaimee Mansfield, April Pruzinsky, Lisa Checkley, and Ron Smith. 

The show was spearheaded and designed by Valley Arts Council Vice President Steve DiRienzo of Derby.

DiRienzo said artist Gerry Joyce was on hand painting during the show's opening event.

Here are some of the photos and photography books on display on a table as well as on the walls.

As you can tell I had a bit of trouble with lighting; lots of bright store lights created shadows. 

And I also captured reflections that I didn't want to capture.
 And one that I did try to capture (i.e. dresser mirror).


One of my favorites by Derby resident April Pruzinsky. 

This piece by professional photographer Jaimee Mansfield of her young son is so sweet. 

The Valley Arts Council would like to thank Spector Furniture for its ongoing support.

*Note: If your work is now on display at the store and your name wasn't mentioned, please let me know in the comments and I will add you!