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‘Art in the Windows’ Kicks Off Downtown Thursday

Dozens of New Canaan shops will stay open late Thursday, as live music, artist receptions, wine tastings and other special events are held throughout the business district to mark the launch of Art in the Windows. Residents are invited to stroll the streets of New Canaan from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the 10th annual Art in the Windows. A record-70 stores are participating in this year’s event, featuring photos, paintings, sculpture and mixed media pieces from as many artists, 31 of them New Canaanites (see gallery above), according to Hilary Witmann, executive director of the Carriage Barn Arts Center. The Waveny-based nonprofit organized the event, which is sponsored by Bankwell, New Canaan Board of Realtors and Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists, in partnership with the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. “It’s great that we have more stores than ever and a lot of New Canaan artists, which is one of the things I really wanted to bring in this year, in addition to the great artists who are members of the Carriage Barn and exhibit in a lot of shows,” Witmann told NewCanaanite.com. Continue Reading →

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Carriage Barn Arts Center’s Director To Step Down; Search for Successor Underway

A search is underway for a new director at a prominent nonprofit organization in New Canaan after the woman who has filled the post for the past decided to step down, officials announced Tuesday. Valerie Garlick had served as executive director at Carriage Barn Arts Center for about one year, and will continue in the role through Aug. 10, according to a press release from the organization. She will take on the same role at the 1826-founded Institute Library in New Haven, according to the release. “I leave my position at the Carriage Barn with no small amount of sadness,” Garlick said in an email to members of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, which oversees the Carriage Barn. Continue Reading →

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Letter: Farewell from Carriage Barn Arts Center Executive Co-Directors

Dear Members, Supporters, and Friends,

As the final exhibition of the season Va Va Vroom! The Art of the Vehicle has ended, so has our tenure as Executive Co-Directors of the Carriage Barn Arts Center. It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of our resignation, which was tendered to the Board of Trustees several months ago due to differing visions for the organization. These years have been some of the most rewarding in our careers. We have enjoyed collaborating with so many fine and talented artists, volunteers, and teachers, as well as prestigious jurors. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: NCHS Senior Internship Program, through the Lens of Kayleigh Pace

The Senior Internship Program (SIP) is opportunity for NCHS seniors to take what knowledge they’ve gained in four years outside of the classroom and into the real world for the last month of the school year. From May 18 to June 17, 80 seniors are dispersed throughout New Canaan and Fairfield County working in a variety of different fields such as medicine, retail, business, teaching and many others. The four-week program runs throughout the hours of the typical school day in which seniors work between 20 and 25 hours a week. Organized by NCHS College and Career Center Coordinator Susan Carroll, each of the students participating in the unpaid internship program are working at pre-approved worksites in fields that they are interested in partaking in the future. Kayleigh Pace, a senior intern for Jane Beiles Photography, took the pictures above (and Jane took a couple, too) to give a glimpse of what many interns are taking part in at their work sites. Continue Reading →

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Opening Reception for Local Artist Exhibition at Bankwell June 4th

As part of an ongoing effort to support local artists, Bankwell is featuring the newest collection of paintings by local resident Ceal Swift themed “Door County, USA” through August. The community is invited to view the exhibit anytime during banking hours, which are 9-5 weekdays and 9-noon Saturdays at the 208 Elm Street branch. The public is also invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, June 4th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Ceal is locally known as the former greeter of Gate’s, the Forest Street restaurant that her husband, Jeb, had operated for 36 years prior to their recent retirement. Ceal Swift has recently “entered a new journey” in life, creating acrylic paintings of landscapes and dog portraits. Continue Reading →

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