Thursday, 02 November 2017 13:58







"Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is 'to fit together' and we all do this every day." -  Sister Mary Corita Kent

"Fitting together" is at the heart of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's Accessible Art program, a year-long, multi-site series of visual art shows that joins business with art. The decade-old program has grown significantly, this year featuring more than 30 artists in 9 venues over 5 rounds of exhibition, more than 40 shows in all. Opening Monday, October 30th, Accessible Art runs through Friday, December 29th.

This final round of 2017 Accessible Art mountings will highlight the works of Alma Al-Faham (Danbury), Steve Bean (Danbury), Frederick P. Burger (Danbury), Anne Marie Foran (Newtown), Carol Gibson (Bethel), Crystal Keeler (Patterson, NY), Chris Ludwig (New Milford), Honorah O'Neill (Bethel), and Tara Tomaselli (Newtown).   Hours at the venues vary, so call ahead. For more information about Accessible Art, call (203) 798 0760 or visit  All exhibitions are subject to change.

Alma Al-Faham

Pour Me Coffee & Wine Cafe, 274 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 743 6246

Born and raised in Kuwait to a Syrian father and a Jordanian mother, Alma Al-Faham holds a BSc in Architectural Engineering. She has lived, worked and exhibited her art in Jordan, Greece, and the US, complementing her passion for art by taking extensive courses in painting and jewelry design in both Greece and Jordan. Poetry, the blue waters of the Aegean sea, and Damascene architecture are her sources of inspiration.

Steve Bean

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 794-1413

Steve Bean possesses the soul of a wanderer. He earned a BA in Illustration and Painting at Western Connecticut State University, and has continued his own education and sought inspiration by exploring US National Parks from Alaska to Maine. Steve's unique style is a combination of the expressive quality of impasto painting with the fluidity of the sumi brush. He often uses cake decorating tips to create unique textures.

Frederick P. Burger

Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue

(203) 797-4511

For Frederick P. Burger, photography is all about recording the action of light on our world. His interest in the impact of man on the urban environment is evident in the way urban landscapes are changed by the choices of lighting used once the sun has gone down. His work strives to capture the ways in which artificial light are used to enhance and inform our perception of the man-made environments in which we live and play, whether they are stationary or in motion.

Anne Marie Foran

Mothership Bakery & Cafe, 331 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 417-6914

Anne Marie Foran, whose show is entitled Water and Woods, works in a variety of mediums. She received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College and has studied at the Washington Art Association. Her works have been awarded numerous prizes and she has been included in exhibitions at The Gallery of the Brookfield for the Arts and at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. She is a member of the Washington Art Association and the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. 

Carol Gibson

CityCenter Danbury, 268 Main Street

(203) 792-1711

Carol Gibson says she is an "eclectic photographer." Her passion for photography has been instrumental in showing her the beauty in all of her surroundings. Her mantra is, 'Look up. Look down. Look all around. You never know what will be found.'  Her greatest honor is seeing her photograph of the 9/11 Flag Memorial in Newtown CT hanging in the New York Stock Exchange. Her ultimate goal is to have it hang in the Oval Office.

Crystal Keeler

Filosa/Hancock Hall, 31 Staples Street, Danbury

(203) 794-9466

In Frozen in Time, Crystal Keeler shows a deep passion for both science and the arts, for example, combining traditional and digital 3D sculpting techniques or abstract work mixing the effects of heat and gravity in a fast setting epoxy resin She has a degree in Media Arts & Animation. Her latest abstract series, from calm vistas reminiscent of a spring meadow or cresting waves on an ocean to dynamic expanding nebulas glowing in brilliant colors, each work represents a transient emotional state "frozen in time.' 

Chris Ludwig

Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave

(203) 794-8756

"In my art," Chris Ludwig says, "the final versions rarely seem to resemble their source, which I guess can be the case for many of my observations. We see the world how we want to, and perhaps, not as it is. My art is an extension of my own reality or lack thereof."

Honorah O'Neill

Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street

(203) 797 4505

"I give flesh to monsters," proclaims Honorah O'Neill lightheartedly.

Tara Tomaselli

Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street, Danbury

(203) 792-2323

Tara Tomaselli is a fine art photographer with over 20 years working in the industry. Primarily self-taught, she has been professionally exhibiting and selling her photographs since 2012. She notes,"When I come upon an interesting subject, I like to observe and take it in from all angles, then I hone in on what I feel is the most appealing part - most often a close up, showing the beauty in things no matter their current state, objects that are old, discarded, junked, rusted, decayed, interesting."


The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, with offices at 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT, is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. The Cultural Alliance promotes and advocates for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts and culture for all residents and visitors in Greater Danbury. Major funding is provided by the Connecticut Office of the Arts with additional support  by public and private funding, corporate sponsors, and by its 290 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations.  For information on the services and programs of the Cultural Alliance, as well as to volunteer or donate call (203) 798 0760.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 22:25






 “There is something deeply satisfying in shaping something with your a song made solid. It is an act of creation.” 

― novelist, Patrick Rothfuss

From artisanal chocolate to handmade jewelry, tabletop sculpture, miniatures for the dollhouse, and more, the premier Danbury Artisan Street Fair promises an end-of-summer shopping spree that will delight the entire family. The Danbury Artisans Street Fair, featuring twenty creators of original work from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00am to 5:00pm, on Danbury's Main Street between White and West Streets. Main Street merchants will also offer discounted goods and Fair specials in front of their shops, creating a festive and colorful, people-watching event that will surely celebrate the arrival of the Fall season.

"Our goal is to produce a show that provides each exhibitor the opportunity to show his or her talent in an urban setting and to its best advantage, to support the purchase of original fine art and hand-made craft, and to foster art appreciation," says PJ Prunty, CityCenter Danbury's Executive Director. Lisa Scails, Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, adds "There's lots of excitement already from participating vendors and merchants about this event. We are pleased to present this festive event with CityCenter Danbury for the community and visitors, and most importantly, we're planning lots of fun."

Presented by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and CityCenter Danbury, the Danbury Artisan Street Fair is sponsored by Union Savings Bank and Danbury Cultural Commission. Production partners include Sofar Danbury, Workspace Collective, Danbury Parking Authority, Chris Plaisted Design, New Fairfield Press, and The City of Danbury. The Artist Green Room is supported by Hat City Market and Mothership on Main Bakery & Cafe.

With affordable, quality handmade art and craft, Indie Music produced by Sofar, an art display hosted by Danbury Music Centre, Food Trucks, and games for the kids, the Danbury Artisan Street Fair is a weekend must-do. Parking is available nearby at the Bardo Garage, 10 Library Place. For more information and to volunteer, call (203) 798 0760 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 "I'm a firm believer in karma, and put it this way: I get as lot of good parking spots." -  Cuban-American musician, Al Jourgensen

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places for social engagement and creative expression.  The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since then, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement.

Danbury's celebration of PARK(ing) Day began in 2014. This year's event, which will pop up somewhere on Main Street, takes place all day on Friday, September 16th. PARK(ing) Day is made possible by the Danbury Parking Authority, the City of Danbury's Department of Parks & Recreation and Department of Forestry (Danbury has been an official USA Tree City for 26 years), CityCenter Danbury, Gartner & Main, and a new urban enterprise, DisH Living ("Downtown is Happening").

Since PARK(ing) Day's birth,  the project has expanded to include interventions and experiments well beyond the basic “tree-bench-sod” park typology first modeled by Rebar. In recent years, participants have built free health clinics, planted temporary urban farms, produced ecology demonstrations held political seminars, built art installations, opened free bike repair shops and even held a wedding ceremony! All this in the context of this most modest urban territory – the metered parking space.

For more information about PARK(ing) Day, visit or Facebook. Original PARK(ing) Day concept by Rebar Photos thanks to Danbury Cultural Commission




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Danbury, CT 06810

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