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.

Afternoon Artist Talk

Members and guests are invited to a gallery talk by photographers in the current exhibit. Participating artists include:
Jean-Marc Bara, Ralph Baskin, Susan Cannarella, Mary Harold, David Hurwitt, Erin Karp, Saman Majd, Karen Neems, Hank Paper, Melissa McCann Santangelo, Eric Seplowitz, Richard Ventre, & Joan Wheeler

A dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol

Carriage Barn Arts Center presents a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Two Performances on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11am & 2pm

A magical re-telling of Dickens’ classic Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kinder man after visitations by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. Performed by Joe Plummer Jr. and Therese Plummer.

Faces of New Canaan: Hadley Pollet

Hadley Pollet, a 1988 New Canaan High School graduate, moved back to town one year ago after growing up here (and attending the great, bygone Center School). She returned to New Canaan after attending NYU, moving to Boston, attending RISD and launching her own fashion line and business. A success story about an entrepreneur-and-artist following her talents and doing what she loves, Pollet in recent years has become involved with LiveGirl, the locally founded girl empowerment organization, as an inspirational speaker. She and much of her line are the central figures of a May 12 LiveGirl “FemPowered Benefit” at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. In this installment of “Faces of New Canaan,” we talk to Pollet about growing up here, her singular career arc, returning to New Canaan and the LiveGirl benefit (see transcription below).