This Week in Westville : 
Winter Frame Sale @DaSilva, Artists Open Calls, Black and Ugly As Ever Performance by Porsha O @Lyric Hall, Winter Concert Series: Thabisa, Photo Workshop W/ Kim Weston, and Vanishing Volume II @KLG!

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2019 ArtWalk Planning Meeting

Monday, March 4, 7:00pm
Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for ARTWALK22, which will be May 10 +11 this year!The food vendor and artists applications for the 22nd Annual Westville ArtWalk are LIVE! Opportunities for Friday night ($75) and all-day Saturday ($125). Please feel free to reach out with any questions, or come by tonight!

LOTTA STUDIO, 911 Whalley Ave.
February Programs
Mitchell Library
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Mon 12-8 |Tue 12-6| Wed 10-6 | Thu 10-6 | Fri CLOSED | Sat 10-5 | Sun CLOSED

Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, 203-946-8117
Launch Party 
Thursday, February 21, 5:30pm

mActivity, 285 Nicoll Street
Cafe X

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Cafe X, 911 Whalley Avenue
Strange Ways

Monday * Closed 
Tuesday-Sunday * 10AM-5PM 

Strange Ways, 910 Whalley Avenue, 
Chip In A Bottle

Small batch confectionery where all items are made in house. Over 100 flavors of chocolates, gelato, and macarons are available. Chip In A Bottle also hosts chocolate creation parties.

Chip In A Bottle, 837 Whalley Avenue

Vintanthro's expertly curated vintage, modern and small batch handmade goods can be found at 895 Whalley Avenue in Westville.

Monday + Tuesday + Wednesday - CLOSED Thursday - Friday 12-5 Saturday/Sunday 10-5 

Vintanthromodern, 895 Whalley Avenue 
Artists Apply!

20|20...2020...20/20 ...  Kehler Liddell Gallery  invites artists working in all media to share your vision - personal or political, practical or perplexing - offering the acuity of your hindsight or the visionary audacity of your farsightedness. We encourage you to envision this theme as broadly or as narrowly as you wish. All we ask is that you give us more to see.  This exhibition will run from April 25th - May 26th, 2019, a timeframe that includes Westville's Annual ArtWalk (May 10th + 11th). 

FEE: $30 jurying fee.  TO APPLY:  SEND to THIS EMAIL , w/ subject line JURIED SHOW '19:

Further details HERE
Writers Apply!

  Submissions are currently open for our next event! Send us your pieces by Friday, March 1st to be considered for our next event. Guidelines and details can be found on our website  

We look  forward to reading your work!

February 18, 2019, The Arts Paper, by Lucy Gellman- "A little girl presses her nose to the aquarium glass, her body just a fraction of the wide oval window that surrounds her. Her hands reach up and out, fingers spreading as if to say a warm, wordless hello. She has company-a giant pink squid who glides through the water before her, tentacles rippling like ribbon. It fixes one pupil on her, the surrounding white of its eye almost as big as her head. Another appears behind it, making its way through the dark water..." Click HERE to read full article.

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 pm-  We are organizing an Artist Meet + Greet for individuals who wish to apply to our Open Call for  Project Proposals for City-Wide Open Studios 2019 Older But Younger , but may be looking for  collaborative partner(s).  Older But Younger seeks to humanize and prioritize an examination of how age factors into the way artists make work together today. We are looking for proposals that recognize contexts in which intergenerational collaborations already exist, as well as proposals that present opportunities  for new relationships  to form and grow. Please check the  Open Call announcement  for sources of ideas and inspiration.  If you have an idea for a project, great! You will have the opportunity to share your 3-minute elevator pitch of your idea. Not sure what you want to do, also great! You can listen to the group conversation and mingle with other artists who spark your interest. Artspace  staff will be on hand to support the ideas as they develop and answer questions.  Light refreshments will be served. 
The event is free, but please register in advance  here Artspace, 50 Orange St, New Haven
Tuesday, February 19, 6:30pm + 7:30pm


The New Haven Pride Center's Center Cabaret Presents Black & Ugly as Ever A Choreopoem and Performance by Porsha O. Join us at the historic Lyric Hall Theater for two incredible performances of poet, educator, organizer, and Boston's 2019 Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. 

Performances  will be at 6:30p and 8:30p (doors open 30 minutes before the performance begins).  GET TICKETS Tickets are $25 (or $30 at the door). Discounts for students and Center Members. Click here to buy! RSVP HERE

ABOUT THE SHOW BLACK & UGLY AS EVER is a one-person choreopoem that explores what it means to move through reality as a queer, fat, dark-skinned woman. The production utilizes original song, poetry, and movement to discover love of self in a body that occupies multiple marginalized identities. This hour-long production is split between two halves: one that scrutinizes society's norms and the other that praise the defiance of rigid normalities. Be prepared to laugh, cry, think critically and be a little uncomfortable in this dangerous love story. 

Porsha Olayiwola (she/her/hers) is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. In 2018, Porsha was named by GK100 as one of Boston's Most Influential People of Color. She is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. She is an MFA Candidate at Emerson College and has a full length collection of poetry forthcoming in 2019 with Button Poetry. As an educator and organizer Porsha seeks to cultivate spaces for emerging artists that allow them to deepen their understanding of craft and community. She has served youth artists in the city of Boston for the last six years and continues to grow spaces for artists and audience of the art. Porsha Olayiwola is the current Poet Laureate for the city of Boston.  

The New Haven Pride Center provides educational, cultural and social enrichment for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members, to make a positive contribution to the entire community of Greater New Haven. To find out more visit  This Program is a part of the Center's Center Cabaret performance series, which is a part of our Arts, Culture & Humanities programming.

Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue.
Every Wednesday, through March 13


Join photographer Kim Weston for this 6-week photography workshop. Beginning February 6th - March 13th, this class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. Basic photography skills are expected. Class Fee: $20. Purchase tickets HERE

About the Workshop: This workshop is about creating and looking at photographs - how to see them, analyze them, and how to take them to get what you want. Students should come with open minds and patience. Visuals will be shown in the first part of the workshop, followed by students showing their work. Students will be asked to bring printouts of their images to be critiqued. A small body of work will be developed by the end of the workshop. Please bring your portfolio, or 4-5 printed images, and your camera to the first class.

About the Instructor:
Kim Weston is a fine art photographer with a graphic design and painters background living in New York and Connecticut. She received her BFA from Cooper Union and is a recent MFA graduate from ICP-Bard College in Advanced Photographic Practice. Photography has allowed Kim Weston to teach, freelance in the commercial industry and be a visual artist. She questions how we can see the world when illusions surround us. Art promotes presence and an opportunity to see what's true in our spirit and the discrepancy in our everyday. The gestures seen in her images are the product of chance and intention.

Kehler Liddell gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue
Sunday, February 24, 6:30pm


BYO-Picnic Indoor Winter Concert Series continues with our final performer - Thabisa! Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket, and enjoy this New Haven-based singer/songwriter. Also available for purchase will be delicious soup by Sopa New Haven! Free and open to all. Families welcome!

More information:

Sopa New Haven offers a "soup-scription" service delivering warm, healing, homemade soups to the Greater New Haven area. Founded by Eric Rey and Alejandro Pabon-Rey. Their delicious soup will be available for purchase during the event.

Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue
Sunday, February 24, 3:00pm


Kehler Liddell Gallery presents: VANISHING: VOLUME TWO, by Penrhyn and Rod Cook.

An artist talk will be held on Sunday, February 24th @ 3:00pm, with reception to follow until 6:00pm.

During their first journey to Kenya and Tanzania three years ago, husband and wife photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook, were struck by the majestic beauty of the African wildlife, as well as the intense sadness they felt for the tragic fate facing the creatures: "African wildlife is vanishing. The reasons are numerous and manifesting themselves as if they were choreographed to occur in unison. ...We are not experts on the incredibly complex issues that threaten the region ...We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it." The collection debuted at KLG in September 2017, and then later traveled to the New York Hall of Sciences, and other local venues. Anxious to continue their investigations, the couple returned to Kenya this past year with the specific intention of documenting the Great Migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest across the East African plains... More info and RSVP HERE .

Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue

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Tuesday, February 26, 6:30pm
ART + THEATER: WOMEN'S VOICES- Click HERE for more info. Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue

Every Wednesday through March 13
HOW TO SEE/TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS- Click HERE to RSVP and learn more.  Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue

Sunday, March 3, 1:00-4:00pm
COPPER ETCHING WORKSHOP- Click HERE for more info. Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue

Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 -8:30pm
MARDI GRAS @MITCHELL- C lick  HERE   for more info. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison Street, (203) 946-8117

Saturday, March 9, 12:00-5:00pm
UNBOOKED: ARTIST BOOKS AND ZINES- CLick HERE for more info. Snail Market, 909 Whalley Avenue

Saturday, March 9, 12:00-5:00pm
SNAILS ON THE MARCH- Click  HERE for more info. Snail Market, 909 Whalley Avenue

Saturday, March 9, 12:00-5:00pm
MARCH SECOND SATURDAYS- Click HERE for more info. Westville


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