Draw On Exhibition
Community & Loft Artists Together in Collaborative Show
May 9 – June 14th 2015
Reception: Sunday June 14th, 2 to 4 pm
The Loft Artists Association will hold its sixth annual "Drawing Show" exhibition in its Galleries from May 9 to June 14. The event features work by member artists - along with people of all ages in the community who participated in a free "Draw On!" workshops at LAA in March - in a collaborative show devoted solely to the art of drawing with models and set-ups provided in part by The Ballet School of Stamford and PROJECT MUSIC. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Sunday June 14th, 2 to 4 pm, where prizes will be awarded, ice cream sundaes will be served and the PROJECT MUSIC Bucket Band will play live music.
Using only pencils, pens and ink, crayons, markers, oil pastels, craypas, oil sticks and charcoal, participants were encouraged to let their creativity run free. "We are excited to see the show mark its 6th consecutive year, and have the unique benefit of having works created from live models from our community partners" noted Philippa Lodato-Suppa, an LAA board member who chaired the event.
Admission and parking are free. Regular Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1 TO 4:30 PM. For directions and more information call 203-247-2027.
The Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing artists with a supportive environment and opportunities to exhibit their work, while reaching out to the community at large with education and artistic expression, as well as collaborative projects. LAA has been recognized by funding agencies, including the Connecticut Office of the Arts, corporate and private sponsors, and the City of Stamford.
Sponsored in part by The City Arts Partnership Program Grant, David Martin, Mayor; Harbor Point, Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation, Mosaic Images, The Norwalk Vault Company, Pat and Bob Phillips, and Wagner Instruments
The Loft Artist Association, the area's largest cooperative of working artists, is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County's visual arts community, as well as involving the general public in art education. For 37 years, the LAA has continually reached out to the public through its members, a diverse group dedicated to sharing their appreciation of the power of art within the community in which they work.
The LAA has touched the community through programs like Open Studios, Gallery Walk & Talk Discussions, Special Gallery events, Children's Outreach, and Video Commentary on Stamford's arts community. For more photos and announcements on our outreach events and those of our artists, visit the LAA Blog .
Art in the Community
Art in the Community is a video produced by Lina Morielli, 20 year member of Loft Artists and arts activist in Stamford.
Morielli's video highlights the arts communities of Stamford CT with archival footage as well as commentaries by and interviews with Steve Karp from Stamford Theatre Works; Laurence Gilgore, Maestro of the Connecticut Grand Opera; Marti Etter from the Ballet School of Stamford; as well as Juliana Sciolla, former director of Stamford Cultural Development Corporation, who helped many grass roots organizations grow to be vital contributors to quality artistic experiences in Stamford CT. If you are interested in airing Lina's video and/or hosting an event about the arts in Stamford CT, please email Lina Morielli.
Lina Morielli with Bob and Pat Phillips
Special Gallery Events
David with Governor Dannel Malloy
In the past, two of our gallery events were dedicated to local organizations in Stamford's South End. Great Dames was dedicated to the Sexual Assault and Crisis Center and The Men's Show was dedicated to the Men's Shelter on Pacific Street in the South End. 20% of any work sold at these shows was donated to the organizations associated with the show. In the past we partnered with Cathy Malloy, former director of Stamford's Sexual Assault and Crisis Center, to produce "Art in the Yard", a benefit for the Sexual Assault and Crisis Center. The event was held at the home of Cathy and former Mayor Malloy.
Children at the Draw On! weekend family drawing event
Many of our members are interested in working with children in the community and we gladly accept requests from schools and organizations. In the past, our artists have run workshops in the schools and on-site. Recently, in conjunction with the 2008 show "The Unconventional Self: Not Your Average Portrait Show" we invited children to come see the show and then create their own Unconventional Self Portraits. 30 children attended and had a great time painting and drawing themselves. Not only does this give the children in Stamford the opportunity to attend a workshop unique to this area but it also offers the artists the chance to get out of the studio setting and work with young people. For inquiries regarding children's workshops, please email us. You will be contacted by the LAA.