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Joyce DiCamillo invites all to come on February 11, from 3:00—5:00 p.m., for an afternoon of jazz to support her beloved project, PROJECT MUSIC, changing the lives of so many of Stamford’s underserved children. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church, 42 Cross Road, Stamford. www.projectmusic.org/events/saa-46th-annual-student-show/

On January 29, Kathy DiGiovanna kicked off the 2018 Perrot Library book discussion series facilitated by Greenwich Pen Women. Kathy opened the series with Nina Willner’s memorable family story of survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall, Forty Autumns. This is the second year of the series hosted by the Perrot and facilitated by Greenwich Pen Women. Three more book discussions will be presented this year: Jean Moore—March 12, Barbara Ehrentreu—May 7, and Sarah Darer Littman—September 24.

Maria C. Friscia happily informs us that she is one of the artists included in the “Comfort Zone” exhibition at the Ferguson Library, located at the intersection of Bedford and Broad Streets in Stamford. The exhibit is running through May and is in the gallery of the third floor auditorium of the Di Mattia Building.

Letters member Leigh Grant has been shortlisted for two awards for her novel, Mask of Dreams. One, the Chaucer Award, is for pre-1750 historical novels. The other is the Chatelaine Book Awards for Romantic Fiction. Congratulations, Leigh! You can see the two shortlists here:

Shortlist

Travel writer and Letters member, Stasha Healy shares her experience staying at the NLAPW Headquarters in Washington D.C. over Christmas break in her blog, Stasha’s Travels. Read all about her family’s stay in this historic building here: https://stashastravels.blog/author/stashastravels/

Linda Hortick had a painting exhibited in the Rowayton Art Center show, “From the RAC Studio,” an event featuring student and teachers’ paintings. The exhibit, whose January 14 reception was well attended, ran through January 28. Her painting shown below is after J.M.W. Turner and is entitled, Fishing Boats with Hucksters Bargaining for Fish.

Linda Hortick beside her painting

Doris Mady has several showings during February: Vintage Lounge & Restaurant, 171 Main St., White Plains, New York, and at Muddy Waters Cafe & Coffee, 52 Main St., Tarrytown, New York.

 

Spotlight:
Maria C. Friscia, new Arts member

Maria C. Friscia attributes her love of art to her wonderful memories growing up in a small mountain village in Italy admiring the picturesque countryside. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of twelve with her parents and brother and lived in New York City. Her inspiration for art was sparked after observing a family friend’s works of art. Despite taking painting classes in college, she worked in the finance industry in NYC and in Greenwich in the 1980s. After moving to Greenwich and with children now occupying her daytime hours, she returned to her studies in art taking evening courses at Lehman College in NY.  She completed her second B.A. degree in art and subsequently graduated with an M.F.A. in 1997. She was honored at that time with an invitation to participate in the National Art Club Exhibition at Gramercy Park in New York.

Her medium has been mostly acrylic but she has discovered painting with oil as well. Although landscapes have been her primary interest she has explored different subjects and multi-media including experimenting with digital art and photography. She has painted extensively over the last twenty years developing her technique and exploring new themes. Her current studio is at the Loft Artists Association in Stamford.

She continues to be selected to show with various Art Associations and has won numerous awards in different categories. She is a member of the Greenwich Art Association, Greenwich Arts Council, Art Society of Old Greenwich, Stamford Art Association, Loft Artists Association, New Canaan Society for the Arts, Inc., and Exhibiting Member of Rowayton Arts Center.

Maria has always been supportive of the arts and has been a Board member of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra since 1998.

For more information on the artist visit her website at www. mcfriscia.com

She may be contacted at mcfriscia@gmail.com

Summer Afternoon; and Vista from Saguenay Fjord