Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Local TV show to feature arts council prez, Derby gallery owner

I'm sharing this from a "Looking Up: A View from the Valley" Facebook posting.

"Please be sure to tune in for tonight's episode of "Looking Up: A View From The Valley" at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 10 as both Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo, and "Gallerie Chartier" Proprietor Russell Chartier, discuss how and why arts, music and culture are alive and vibrant in the Valley. Thank you for watching, and enjoy the show."

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Art show highlights students' work

At the Gallery@37

Steve DiRienzo, left, arts council vice president, chats with sixth grader Alexis Pudimat (in orange shirt).
Students and parents enjoyed the show.
DERBY - The Gallery@37 was filled with talented kids and their proud parents Friday as the arts council hosted an art show and reception.

 Eileen Ryan of Ansonia takes in the art on display.

The artwork was created by students at St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby, during an after-school program taught by arts council President Rich DiCarlo and Vice President Steve DiRienzo.

Here's a look at the students holding their artwork. 
Their sculpture subjects ranged from flowers and animals to athletes and the Statue of Liberty. 
Photos are posted in the order they were taken. 

Fourth grader Amber Lagoja

Fifth grader Marissa Lagoja

Tom Stewart poses with his daughters, third grader Jacqueline Muncy, left, and fifth grader Samantha Muncy

Seventh grader Jessica Gallagher
Third grader Teresa Joseph
Sixth grader Alexis Ryan

Fourth grader Ariana Ryan
Sixth grader Cristina Carloni

Sixth grader Alexis Pudimat

Sixth grader Shannon Cobaugh

Seventh grader Gabriella Koziol

Fifth grader Samantha Landona

Fourth grader Madisyn Parratt

Third grader Max Shuart

Congratulations to the budding artists as well as to DiRienzo and DiCarlo on a job well done!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Shhh...artist at work

DERBY - Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo set up shop Friday outside the Gallery@37, 37 Elizabeth St., to work on a mermaid brick sculpture.

Having a table covered with art supplies and a partially-completed sculpture out on the sidewalk attracted plenty of interest from passers-by, he said.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Artists participate in Culture Fair at Ansonia Middle School

Valley Arts Council member Len Grayeck, left, and vice president Steve DiRienzo chat Friday with Ansonia Middle School teacher Lisa Nicolari at the school's fourth annual Culture Fair. 
Nicolari was an organizer of the always-popular event. 

DiRienzo and Grayeck brought some of their paintings and prints with them for display. DiRienzo said he enjoys attending the fair each year. "We always get a good response," he said.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Council members to take part in culture fair

ANSONIA - Artists will be on hand Friday at a Valley Arts Council booth as part of the fourth annual Culture Fair at Ansonia Middle School.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's always an educational event, filled with ethnic food, costumes, geography lessons, music, dancing, and lots of traditions.

The school is at 115 Howard Ave. The event is open to the community. 

Stop by!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Art takes a ride on mural commemorating bicycle inventor

Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo of Derby works in Ansonia Sunday on a mural depicting the first bike ride taken by Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle. 
Lallement lived in Ansonia when he invented the bicycle in 1865. 
Tim Schmidheini, 14, of Ansonia, helps DiCarlo with the painting.  
Derby resident Joel DeScheen (not pictured) also helped to paint the mural.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Council prez expresses thanks

Valley Arts Council president Rich DiCarlo said today he wanted to publicly thank Martha Hinkson of Derby for her monetary donation as well as a donation of art supplies to the council.
Much appreciated!

Anyone who would like to help local artists with a donation may contact DiCarlo at, or at 203-906-4343.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Artists welcomed as new members

DERBY - The Valley Arts Council would like to welcome five new members, President Rich DiCarlo said today. 
They are: artists Ryan Glovna, Bianca Jones, Tony Juliano, and Kori Brien, and an artist from New Haven named "War."
Come down to the Gallery@37 at 37 Elizabeth St. and check out their new pieces on display!