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Saturday, January 19 News

Community Buzz: New members art exhibition at Silvermine opens Sunday; YMCA special needs director receives Many Hands Award

YMCA special needs director receives Many Hands Award

On Dec. 23, Carolynn Kaufman was presented with the Many Hands Award in the Constant Contributor category from the Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut.

As the New Canaan YMCA’s director of special needs programming, Kaufman has touched the lives of many through interacting with families and those in our community with special needs.

Specifically, Kaufman has worked to organize and execute the Y’s local celebration of World Down Syndrome Day since 2012. World Down Syndrome Day is an event celebrated internationally since 2006 with the goal of promoting awareness and understanding of Down syndrome across the world.

“I am so touched and honored to receive this award! I truly enjoy working each day with our most special members and with many families and professionals to help provide enriching experiences for individuals of all abilities,” Kaufman said in a news release. “The New Canaan YMCA is such a special place that fully embraces this mission.”

The Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut thanked Kaufman for all of her dedication and hard work.

Under Kaufman’s leadership, the Y’s Special Needs Department serves over 100 children, teens, and young adults with special needs through inclusive and specialized programming, special events, employment, and volunteer opportunities.

Event to focus

on Connecticut’s African-American heroines

In honor of Black History Month the Norwalk Historical Society Museum is hosting a lecture about “Connecticut’s African American Heroines.” The event is at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 at 141 East Ave. It is free of charge.

The 45-minute discussion, led by a speaker from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will explore some of Connecticut's most remarkable African American heroines, from women's rights advocate Maria Miller Stewart to civil rights catalyst Marian Anderson to pioneering artist Laura Wheeler Waring and current State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier.

Tony-award winner Anika Noni Rose will also be featured.

The group will explore the important contributions of African American women in Connecticut, event organizers said. The lecture will conclude with a question-and-answer session and refreshments. Space is limited and advanced registration is encouraged.

To register, visit https://ctafricanamericanheroines.brownpapertickets.com or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society Museum parking is at City Hall, at 125 East Ave. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors next to the Norwalk Health Department.

In the case of inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 9.

For more information visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, email info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-846-0525.

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New members

art exhibition opens Sunday

Silvermine Arts Center will begin 2019 with a New Members Exhibition featuring 42 new artists juried into the nearly 100-year-old Silvermine Guild in 2018. Their work, which spans a wide range of artistic disciplines, will be on view through Feb. 6. The public is invited to an opening reception on Jan. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“This exhibition showcases Silvermine’s newest members’ exploration of materials, arresting captures of nature’s forms and patterns, vibrant use of color and light, and singular re-imaginings of the figure in sculptural and painted form,” said Roger Mudre, gallery director at Silvermine. “We’re delighted to welcome such a strong new group to the guild.”

Criteria for members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists include excellence of technique; cultural or social relevance, clarity and continuity of style, and professional accomplishment. These artists have exhibited their work regionally or nationally. They join a distinguished group of professional artists comprised of over 300 members who work in a wide array of media and are represented in prestigious museums and private and corporate collections.

The majority of new guild members are from the Northeast (New England and New York’s tri-state area). Silvermine welcomes these artists:

Mark Andreas of Stamford; Gianluca Bianchino of Little Falls, N.J.; Debra Bilow of South Salem, N.Y.; Gilbert Boro of Old Lyme; Nancy Breakstone of Westport; Tracy Burroughs of Redding; Alexander Churchill of Norwalk; Susan Clinard of New Haven; Pam Davis of Rowayton; Elysa DeMartini of Stamford; David Dowler of Corning, NY; Laure Dunne of Norwalk; Hans Fischer of Ridgefield; Nathaniel Galka of Mount Kisco, NY; Miranda Girard of Trumbull; Martha Ives of New York, NY; Paul Eric Johnson of Stafford Springs; Niki Ketchman of Westport; Renee Khatami of New York, N.Y.; Audrey Klotz of Weston; Ron Lake of Westport; Liz Leggett of Westport; Susan Leggitt of Norwalk; Ralph Joseph Levesque of Higganum; Day Moore of Milford; Cynthia Mullins of Ridgefield; Jill Parry of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Justin Perlman of Bethel; Penny Putnam of Greenwich; Jon Puzzuoli of Norwalk; Jennifer O’Connell Reid of Wilton; Janine Robertson of Madison; Nan Runde of Hartford; Ingrid Scheibler of Newton Centre, Mass.; Rosalind Shaffer of Weston; Vicki French Smith of Darien; Susan Sommer of Accord, N.Y.; Sofie Swann of Stamford; Mary Tooley Parker of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.; James Von Klemper of Darien; Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt of Bayside, N.Y.; Christa Whitten of Suffield; and Jennifer Whitten of Ringwood East, Victoria, Australia.

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