Q&A: Carriage Barn Arts Center Plans ‘Art for Animals’ Exhibit

The Carriage Barn Arts Center this summer is planning a community-wide exhibit of artwork and poetry celebrating the bonds between people and animals. “Art for Animals,” showcasing pieces that reflect people’s love for animals, will run June 2 to 14. Those seeking to exhibit animal-themed paintings, drawings, photography, digital art, sculpture or poetry may register here, for a $20 participation fee. All funds raised through the exhibit will go toward supporting the New Canaan Police Department’s K-9 program. (Sponsors already on board include Bankwell, PRAI Beauty, Stephanie Conti Photography, WAG Magazine, Boyd Law Group and Janaco.)

The exhibit is presented in partnership with Spencer’s Run, and representatives form the dog park will join the Carriage Barn Arts Center in hosting a kickoff event in Waveny from 2 to 4 p.m. on  June 2, with an online auction for a number of animal-themed artwork, items and experiences. 

We caught up with Carriage Barn Arts Center Executive Director Hilary Wittmann to get some more information on Art for Animals.

Did You Hear … ?

The town on April 12 issued a permit to demolish the 1952-built Cape at 71 Hillcrest Road down to the foundation (which will remain). A Stamford couple bought the property in March for $900,000, tax records show. The lot includes one acre in the 1-acre zone. ***

New Canaan Police reported this week the department has seen seven vandalism-related incidents through March 2019, compared to just three in the same quarter last year. Authorities also reported during the Police Commission’s regular meeting that fraud-related incidents have declined from 26 to 11 since last year, while motor vehicle violations are up to 1,218 this year from 1,170 in 2018.

Dump Truck Operator Sues Town, Housing Authority 

Saying he was injured two summers ago while working on an affordable housing project in New Canaan, a Brookfield man is suing the town and several municipal agencies and companies. According to a lawsuit filed this week in state Superior Court, Karl Nelson had been working for Newtown Mulch and Outdoor when, around midday on July 10, 2017, the dump truck he was driving began to pitch forward and ultimately tipped over as he tried to dump fill at the base of a retaining wall on the Millport Avenue Apartments site. That happened in part because the tri-axle dump truck was overfilled and also because the filled area where Nelson backed up was itself soft from heavy rains, the lawsuit said. “The accident was caused by the defendants,” according to the lawsuit, filed by attorney John A. Keyes of Branford. Those defendants include the New Canaan Housing Authority, Sweeney Excavation Inc. of Hamden, Enterprise Builders Inc. of Newington and Jonathan Rose Companies of Milford. 

The New Canaan Town Clerk received the complaint Thursday.

0684-Radi0: Mobilizing New Canaan’s Volunteers and Donor Dollars

In this installment of 0684-Radi0—free and downloadable here in iTunes—we talk to New Canaan Community Foundation President and CEO Lauren Patterson about the organization’s unique process of involving dozens of residents in reviewing local needs and prioritizing grant funding to address them. This week’s podcast is sponsored by the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, connecting community with commerce. The Chamber hopes to see you at the Sidewalk Sale, coming up July 12 and 13. Here’s more from 0684-Radi0: