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Friday, February 23 News

Directors illustrate their vision for arts center

Eleanor Flatow and Arianne Faber Kolb, the co-directors of the Carriage Barn Arts Center, discussed their vision for the center, the home of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, with Kiwanis Club members at a recent luncheon.

At Picador restaurant on Elm Street. Flatow and Kolb spoke about the upcoming art exhibitions, children's workshops and outreach programs. They also talked about the recently completed photography classes for children and adults and their plans to offer more interactive, hands-on programs for children interested in exploring various ways of creating their own art.

"We can all benefit tremendously from programs that the Carriage Barn offers," Stacey Hafen, Kiwanis president, said. "It's wonderful that they're expanding their efforts to bring more events, exhibits, and classes to the New Canaan community."

They also discussed plans for their upcoming first-ever fundraiser "A Night in Havana," May 17 that will showcase the Contemporary Cuban Art Collection of Greenwich collector Steven Certilman. The collection represents artists living and working in Havana. The artists use mixed-medium materials readily available to them, since art supplies and resources to purchase them are sometimes scarce. The event will feature a live jazz band, catered Cuban cocktails and food and a silent auction. Tickets are on sale now by visiting www.carriagebarn.org.

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The Carriage Barn Arts Center, at Waveny Park, offers artists opportunities to exhibit their work in a 19th-century stone barn.