Newtown Bee  || Published July 14, 2017

Those who travel Church Hill Road may have spotted some new art under the railroad overpass next to Newtown Veterinary Specialists and wondered, “Who has been painting that?”

The Newtown Bee was fortunate enough to spot local artist and Newtown resident Virginia Zimmermann hard at work painting, and see her skills in action on Monday, July 10, at 1 pm.

As cars whizzed past on the road just a few feet away — with some people even pulling over to compliment her work — Ms Zimmermann set her paintbrush down and spoke with The Bee about the progress being made on her large piece of public art.

Years In The Making

In 2015, Ms Zimmermann applied for Connecticut’s highly competitive Regional Initiative Grant Program with the hopes of creating a mural for Newtown.

“In order to qualify to submit the grant, the artist or art group has to be affiliated with one of the seven Regional Art Alliances,” Ms Zimmermann explained.

As an affiliate with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in Danbury, her grant for $3,500 was awarded last October. It is supported in part by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the National Endowment of the Arts.



Brookfield Craft Center is delighted to bring A Tradition of Excellence:  Faculty Show, to our Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery. The exhibit begins with an opening reception on Saturday, August 12 from 5-8 PM and will run through Saturday, September 10.

According to Executive Director, Howard Lasser, “This exhibition, now in its sixth year, is always remarkable.The show is a great opportunity for the community to view the exceptional work of our faculty members who are creating pieces in a variety of media." Work from over 25 of Brookfield Craft Center’s talented faculty representing all seven teaching studios will be displayed.  This includes work in Wood, Glass, Fiber, Ceramic, Metal as well as Paintings.  All by our talented professional faculty.

The regular Gallery and Gallery Shop hours are Tuesday – Friday 12 - 5 PM, Saturday 11am – 5 PM, Sunday 12 – 4 PM, or by appointment.   

About the Brookfield Craft Center - The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1952 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft schools in America. The center, incorporated in 1954 is a 501(c)(3) organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, woodturning, ceramics, jewelry, blacksmithing, fiber arts and other creative endeavors for children and adults taught by professional faculty. The summer “Hands on Art” program, is available for children ages 11-14 during summer months. The historic Mill Building (ca 1780) Gift Shop and Exhibition Gallery is a beautiful venue for displaying fine craft. All works are carefully juried and are representative of the type of skills individuals can learn in our classes. As a force for arts advocacy and community building, BCC strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship, and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education.

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‘Charles Ives Concert Series’ Comes to the Greater Danbury Area on August 6th

Presented by the Danbury Music Centre

Throughout the week of Sunday, August 6th, the Danbury Music Centre will launch the Charles Ives Concert Series. The series honors the legacy of Danbury’s hometown composers through the performance of the music of Ives, the music of today’s American composers, and music that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate pop music and other contemporary styles. The artists featured on the Ives Concert Series are some of America’s most award-winning young performers, all of whom are graduates of America’s most prestigious conservatories including the Juilliard School, Yale University, the Curtis Institute, and Rice University.

Led by artistic director and Danbury-native, Paul Frucht, the series will feature four free concerts on August 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th. On August 6th at 3 PM, the series kicks off with a house party at a private home in Ridgefield. Ives Series Artst-faculty will perform music that incorporates elements of folk culture from various countries around the world. The concert is open to the public, but interested attendees must RSVP online to receive details.  (

On August 8th at 7 PM, the series brings an award-winning duo, cellist Julian Schwarz and Marika Bournaki, to Marian Anderson Recital Hall at the Danbury Music Centre. The concert, entitled “Enduring Traditions,” will be a  journey through American concert music through the ages, ranging from Arthur Foote, a contemporary of Ives to today’s living composers, including 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Justin Dello Joio.

On August 10th at 7 PM, the series moves to the CityCenter Danbury’s Downtown Green for a concert that opens with a collaboration between the Ives Series-Artist Faculty and participants in the Danbury Music Centre’s educational Chamber Music Intensive. Ives Series Guest Artists Charles Yang and Peter Dugan close out the program.

The series closes on August 12th at 7 PM at Marian Anderson Recital Hall with a concert entitled, “The Ives Legacy: Living American Composers.” The finale of the series features music by composer-in- residence, Justin Dello Joio, Max Grafe, David Ludwig, two recent Pullitzer Prize winners - Kevin Puts and Caroline Shaw-  as well as the winner of our world-wide call for scores and Paul Frucht, who will premiere a new percussion concerto with Guest Artist SimonBoyar.

The Danbury Music Centre has also launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to create a launch fund to serve as a financial springboard for the series. The campaign can be found here:


Danbury Music Centre, Charles Ives Concert Series Artist-Faculty and Guest Artists


The Charles Ives Concert Series - Four Free Concerts


Greater Danbury Area


8/6 at 3 PM 8/8, 8/10, 8/12 all at 7 PM

About Danbury Music Centre:

The Danbury Music Centre is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization located on Danbury’s Main Street that provides classical community music experiences through ensembles and events.

Photos by William Frucht can be found here:

**Note the great recent coverage in the Hartford Courant!

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