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Posted on February 26th, 2018

Posted on February 26th, 2018

Posted on February 26th, 2018

Posted on February 26th, 2018

Posted on February 26th, 2018

Posted on February 26th, 2018

Artists of Vista Life Innovations, a community-based education program supporting the personal success of individuals with disabilities, were among the more than 25 international artists whose work was selected to be featured during New York Fashion Week.
Six original works by Vista artists, including solo and collaborative pieces, were on display at the Art Hearts Fashion New York Fashion Week events Feb. 8-11 at the Angel Orensanz Center. Individual works by Vista artists Cara Sprouls, Vito Bonanno and Thomas O’Neil were featured along with two collaborative group projects.
“Vista constantly strives to push boundaries in order to build greater acceptance and understanding for individuals with disabilities,” said Vista CEO Helen Bosch. “Having Vista artwork fully integrated and celebrated as part of New York Fashion Week not only allowed us to push boundaries, it demonstrated the incredible unifying power of the arts.”
A premier platform for designers and artists alike to showcase their collections, Art Hearts Fashion shows—hosted annually in New York, Los Angeles and Miami—are curated by Six Summit Gallery in Ivoryton, one of Vista’s community partners.
Having showcased Vista artists in several exhibits at Six Summit Gallery over the years, most recently the “Wonderland” exhibit, Owner Leo Feroleto invited Vista to participate in New York Fashion Week.
“I’m a big believer in inclusion,” said Feroleto. “My history as a gallerist is a bit eclectic in that I show art in multiple venues with a broad range of talent and price point. Art Hearts Fashion is an equally eclectic and inclusive platform. It was a perfect fit.”  
Vista Life Innovations is a 501©3 nonprofit organization accredited by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES). With campuses in Madison, Westbrook and Guilford, Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success. Visit for more information.

Posted on February 9th, 2018

Guilford, CT — Sample some of Connecticut’s best craft brews and barbecue at Guilford Art Center’s Beer & BBQ event, scheduled for Friday, March 9 from 6-8:30 pm at Guilford Art Center.
Guests are invited to try a selection of beers from area breweries, including Stony Creek Brewery, Thimble Island Brewing Co., Counter Weight Brewing Co., and Black Hog Brewing Co. There will be a selection of food provided by The Stand: Roadside BBQ & Market of Branford, CT.  Wine and non-alcoholic beverages also will be served.  Live music will be performed by alt-country musician Frank Nerkowski.   
Additionally, there will be a silent auction and art exhibit on view in the gallery featuring work by watercolor artist John Fleming. The GAC blacksmiths will be conducting live demonstrations in the blacksmith forge. 
“This event will be a really fun, relaxed evening that allows people to enjoy some great drink, food, live music and exhibits, while supporting the arts.  We’re excited to host all of the great local breweries and The Stand, and so appreciate their support of this event” says Guilford Art Center Executive Director, Maureen Belden.
Reservations for Beer & BBQ are $50 per person, with proceeds to benefit Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Reservations are limited; call to make a reservation: 203-453-5947 or pay for reservations online at
For more information contact Guilford Art Center at or 203-453-5947.
Photographs courtesy of Guilford Art Center
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on January 31st, 2018

February 10, 2018: Toby Walker - Toby Walker is a winner of the prestigious International Blues Challenge Award and has been hailed as a finger style guitar virtuoso. If you were with us in 2013 when he made his Branford Folk debut you know exactly what we're talking about.

Toby combines the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style. Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says, "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away". Kaukonen has employed Toby to teach at his internationally famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for more than a decade.

Toby was recognized as a "Master Blues Artist" by the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2014 and four years previous won the New York Music Award for "Best Instrumental CD," sharing honors on stage with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among other award winners. His crowning achievement, however, was winning first place in the International Blues Challenge Award given by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

He has toured America, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and, most recently, Cyprus, and he's been the subject of profiles in The New York Times, the London Sunday Times, on the London BBC and on Sirius-XM radio.

At a young age, Toby's passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music forms drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure – but immensely talented – music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James "Son" Thomas, Etta Baker and R.L Burnside, among others.

Toby recently released several instructional guitar DVDs for the renowned Homespun Tapes which have been garnering rave reviews and his latest CD release – "Mileage" – has been hailed by critics as a shining success in the genre of traditional blues. Carnegie Hall recently acknowledged his talent and hired him to augment and teach in their "American Roots" program aimed at honor level middle school students.

Admission: $20 non-members, $17 members, $5 children 12 and under.

Branford Folk Coffeehouse
First Congregational Church of Branford 
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT
8:00 P.M.
Wheelchair accessible

For more information call 203-488-7715 
Email:  or go to our website:

Branford Folk Coffeehouse welcomes refreshment donations of pastries, cold drinks and other assorted goodies!

Branford Folk Music Society - Traditionally, the Best Folk Music in southern Connecticut since 1973

Branford Folk Gift Shop: 

How about a gift certificate for one or more great traditional folk shows? Or a season membership?
Oh and of course to be totally comfy at our concerts or just about anywhere else, we have the Branford Folk logo cushions with removable, cleanable covers!  Only 4 left!
Really, shopping for yourself and your friends is easy, peasy when you select a gift from the Branford Folk Music Coffeehouse store. And you support our upcoming performances at the same time!

All of the above are available for sale at the upcoming concerts. Best choices for your folk music loving friends and family. Don’t miss out!

Posted on January 31st, 2018

​Please join me in walking and/or supporting my team - funds raised all go directly  to Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)! 
By making a donation to this team you will support IRIS in its work to resettle refugee families in Connecticut. 
Founded in 1982, IRIS has undergone dramatic growth and transformation over the past 35 years, but its goal has remained constant: to provide a new haven to refugees and other immigrants. Throughout its history, IRIS has helped refugees from all over the world.
Help raise money for Refugee Run/Walk with Meli benefiting IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

Simply go to the link below and click the big FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you'll instantly have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team.

THANK YOU - this a a GREAT cause and a GREAT organization!

Melinda Alcosser
CT Experiential Learning Center

Posted on January 31st, 2018