Sep
21
2:30 PM14:30

Dreamscaping Opening Reception

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Join us for the opening reception of Dreamscaping @ Perspectives Gallery of Whitney Center! Get the first look at work by Olivia Bonilla, Oi Fortin, Jenny Krauss, Janet Warner, and Dganit Zauberman. We will be kicking off the reception with artist talks at 2:30 pm, and proceed with the reception between 3 and 5.

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Postcards 5 x 7

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Rashmi Talpade

Rashmi Talpade

The New Haven Paint & Clay Club (NHPCC) and the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (ECOCA) are co-sponsoring a fundraising Postcard Art Show and Sale. This fundraiser will comprise of donated 5x7 inch original artworks to be sold on Thursday, September 26, at 6-9 pm at ECOCA.

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Nov
16
to Nov 17

Grace’s Art Market

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2 Days of Art & Crafts with a Conscience

Create, Sell, and Help the Connecticut Food Bank

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Schedule

Friday 11/15
> Install from 1 – 5 pm
> Preview Party 6 – 8 pm (preview sales, refreshments, and music)

Saturday 11/16
> Open Faire Hours from 11 am – 7 pm
Arrive 10:30 am — Depart 7:30 pm

Sunday 11/17
> Open Faire Hours 12 – 6 pm
Arrive 11:30 am—Depart 6:30 pm

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Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

2 Opening Receptions

Jeanne Ciravolo,  Portrait of R , Acrylic and collage on paper, 2019, 22 x 15 in.

Jeanne Ciravolo, Portrait of R, Acrylic and collage on paper, 2019, 22 x 15 in.

TODAY

Selected Members : New Haven Paint & Clay Club
and
No Rose Without A Thorn

Join ECOCA for the opening reception for our September exhibitions: the New Haven Paint & Clay Club Selected Members show and No Rose Without A Thorn, works by Jeanne Ciravolo.

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ECOCA AIR 2019 Closing Reception & Open Studios
Aug
15
5:00 PM17:00

ECOCA AIR 2019 Closing Reception & Open Studios

ECOCA AIR CLOSING RECEPTION
August 15
5-8 pm

Featuring work from ECOCA AIR 2019 Residents:
Janet Warner, Marsha Borden, Stephanie Lush-Mastriano, Saron Garnes, Dymin Ellis, Cristina Sarno, Jennifer Florio, ArtGuy Pat, & Leah Caroline

Please join us at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art on August 15th from 5 to 8 pm to have a final look at what our residents have been up to this summer!

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August 8 Open Studios
Aug
5
12:00 PM12:00

August 8 Open Studios

August 8 is another Thursday of public hours during the ECOCA 2019 summer residency - come by from 5 to 8 pm! We have two great resident programs planned for this week:

Fruitage of The Spirit Clothing Swap with Saron Garnes
A third clothing swap & collection for Garnes’ summer residency project, complete with art & refreshments! Come by with donatable garments and take home some fresh new looks.

Children's Art Workshop with Cristina Sarno
Join Cristina Sarno in making sculptures out of recyclable materials! Geared toward children 10 and under, this workshop is designed for kids to experiment freely in open-ended projects that can easily be duplicated back at home.

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July 25 Open Studios
Jul
25
5:00 PM17:00

July 25 Open Studios

Our July 25 public hours are jam-packed with programming! Join artists like Janet Warner for an open studio visit, or participate in any of the workshops/events below!

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Cyanotype Workshop with Leah Caroline
Thursday July 25, 5 PM weather permitting*

Cyanotypes, also known as sun prints or blueprints, is an early form of photography. The process, which utilizes sunlight, is relatively simple and very rewarding. Participants will create their own cyanotype using plants, objects, or acetate negatives. All materials will be provided.

Leah Caroline, a New Haven artist, was raised in the Chassidic community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She works with cyanotype printing, digital media, and installation—documenting nature and Jewish texts. Her exhibits include solo exhibitions and a commission by Artspace Inc. for site-responsive work for City Wide Open Studios in New Haven, CT. She was an artist in residence at Weir Farm in Wilton, CT; Art Kibbutz on Governors Island; and currently at ECOCA in New Haven. I also worked on a collaborative video animation with Jeremy S Horseman, which was exhibited at the Jerusalem Bienale in 2017.She is the co-founder and artist teacher of the Connecticut Artists’ Beit Midrash and leads art workshops. Caroline lives and works in New Haven, CT with her husband and five children.

* rain date, Thursday August 1

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Barbie’s Wardrobe: A Communal Story Cloth Project with Marsha Borden
Thursday July 25, 5:30 pm - 7 pm

Introduced at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959, Barbie was supposed to represent the idea that women had choices, to tell “the little girl [that she] could be anything she wanted to be,” her creator, Ruth Handler, has said. By dressing and styling Barbie, we could become many things – a fashion model or a homemaker, yes, but also an astronaut, a world traveler, an Olympic athlete or a rock star.
In her original form, Barbie was a white female with large breasts, tiny waist and impeccable features. Her clothes fit perfectly. Newer versions are more diverse – curvy body shapes, 7 skin tones and 33 hairstyles (including an afro), but Barbie still retains a taint of controversy. What of the objectification of women? The unattainable body image? The stereotypical “rules” about who gets to play with Barbie? Do we need to resolve our feelings about any of this or can we simply enjoy Barbie with all her contradictions and complications?
On Thursday, July 25, 5:30 – 7 p.m., join Marsha Borden to discuss, reminisce, play, and weave a story cloth with vintage Barbie clothing. Dolls, clothing, and accessories provided.
Marsha is a visual artist who is currently experimenting with cloth, stitch and vintage textiles. Her work applies needle and thread to repurposed fabric and is slow and contemplative. She is interested in the individual story narratives hidden within cloth and clothing.
If you have a trove of Barbie, Ken, and/or Skipper doll clothes that you would like to donate to a project that pays homage to Barbie, please speak to Marsha or email marsha@marshmakes.com. Feel free to also bring your own Barbie clothing to add to our communal weaving project.

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Fruitage of The Spirit with Saron Garnes
Thursday July 25, 5 -8 pm

A clothing swap & collection for Garnes’ summer residency project, complete with art & refreshments! A brief fashion show of selected garments will be presented in the backyard at the end of the swap.

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The Gorilla Campaign Project with Stephanie Lush-Mastriano
Thursday July 25, 5 -8 pm
The goal of “The Gorilla Campaign Project” is to get younger and older artists/ audiences to connect through the history of 80s and 90s hip-hop and punk rock music and art culture, recognizing and appreciating its influence on modern pop culture today, while embracing the Gorilla as a marketing mascot. Related art-based activities will be available.

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Roots of Origin: The Gorilla Campaign Project
Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

Roots of Origin: The Gorilla Campaign Project

Join us for our second weekly Open Studios with the 2019 ECoCA Artists in Residence. This week, artist Stephanie Lush-Mastriano will host “Roots of Origin.” All are welcome and this event is free & open to the public.

“Roots of Origin” is about recognizing, respecting, and celebrating our history and ancestry. We are all connected by our DNA. How do we come together around this theme as older and younger generations? The idea is to utilize the arts as a bridge to embrace and explore different cultures and forms of spirituality, promoting equanimity and healing and opening up lines of communication.

The goal of “The Gorilla Campaign Project” is to get younger and older artists/ audiences to connect through the history of 80s and 90s hip-hop and punk rock music and art culture, recognizing and appreciating its influence on modern pop culture today, while embracing the Gorilla as a marketing mascot.

In the Art world, the Gorilla calls to mind The Guerilla Girls, political activism and feminism, fighting out against injustices and standing up for equality. Guerrilla Art also is a reference to environmental art and street art, paying homage to artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy. Guerrilla Art is more about the meaning of the art than it is about the art itself.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/354565192109122/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1563296767313783

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First ECOCA A.I.R. Open Studios
Jul
11
5:00 PM17:00

First ECOCA A.I.R. Open Studios

This summer, ECoCA is open to the public every Thursday evening from 5-8pm for open studios for our Artists-in-Residence as well as resident-driven programming. To start us off, Artist-in-Residence Dyme Ellis is hosting an artist’s studio warming to discuss their latest project, RECLAIMING PLACE.

RECLAIMING PLACE is an art project that focuses on the visual and emotional impact of seeing people of color, namely those of the LGBTQIA+ community, in spaces they are typically not welcome, uninvited, and therefore, unseen due to lack of comforting accommodations and and micro aggressive racism, homophobia, or transphobia, thus creating an uncomfortable and unwelcoming environment. Through photography, Dyme intends to disrupt this norm through the civil disobedience of existence, breath, and art. This project centers the experiences of Black women and self-identified femmes including queer men and nonbinary people. This includes, but is not limited to, a collection of photos and original poems of and by volunteer models and writers. If you are interested in modeling or volunteering some poetry, please contact Dyme at (203) 809-5841 or dymin.ellis@gmail.com

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Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Meeting & Brunch. Closing Reception for Sea & Soil // Water Access

Join ECOCA’s Annual Meeting & Brunch

Sunday, June 23
12 – 2 pm

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12 – 1 pm
A live performance featuring Briana Williams and Clifford Schloss
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Tea House of Many Stories by Ian Leung, Yale-China Association Fellow
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Seaweed printing on fabric with Briah Luckey (back by popular demand)
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Colleen Hugo, viola

On the Menu
Tortilla, Frittata, Salad, and more

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1 – 2 pm
Closing Reception for Sea & Soil // Water Access

Find out what we’re programming in 2019–2020.
Free and welcome to all—bring a friend!

 
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Jun
21
11:00 AM11:00

Make Music Day

The Ely Center of Contemporary art joins Make Music Day, along with 20 New Haven locations, 18 cities in Connecticut, and featuring over 65 artists. The Ely Center will celebrate with a unique 5 hour program from 11am to 4pm on Friday, June 21, 2019. Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music, and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year.

The Ely Center of Contemporary Art invites everyone from professional musicians to people who have never picked up an instrument to join in the global music celebration by attending our program. The day begins at 11am. Our first performer, Nick Di Maria, will go on at 11:30, followed by Bethany Wilder and Friends at 12:00, Elegant Primates at 12:30, Kevin Sherwin at 1:00, Wandering Waves at 1:30, Pious Mantis at 2:00, Quinn Harley / Alexis Perkins at 2:30, Clifford Schloss at 3:00, and closing with Thabisa at 3:30.

This event is BYOI: Bring your own instrument!

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Seaweed Printing on Fabric Workshop
Jun
18
4:00 PM16:00

Seaweed Printing on Fabric Workshop

Join artist Briah Luckey where together we will create a one-of-a-kind printed tapestry using a variety of seaweeds. Briah will guide participants in communally making an art fabric using printmaking and silk painting techniques.

Briah Luckey’s work is currently on view at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art as part of the Sea & Soil exhibit. She was featured in the 2001 issue of Connecticut Magazine as one of 30 influential people under 40 because of her vision to use art to create community connection. She has exhibited her own art locally in Connecticut, in New York City, and in Washington, DC, with a feature in the Connecticut section of The New York Times.

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https://www.briahluckey.com/

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Cyanotypes & Seaweed Workshop
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Cyanotypes & Seaweed Workshop

with Aly Maderson Quinlog
Sunday, June 9 from 1-3pm
$5 suggested donation
RAIN DATE: June 16th

The history of using cyanotypes for scientific study is a often overlooked piece of art history. The first book ever printed with photography was the 19th century botanist Anna Atkin’s study of British Algaes. In this workshop, folks will get to make cyanotypes with seaweed, and as a group we will create a unique collaborative mural made with our bodies, hand knitted nets, seaweed, and lace.

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The Tea House of Many Stories
Jun
6
5:00 PM17:00

The Tea House of Many Stories

From April 25 to June 9, The Tea House of Many Stories will inform Ian Leung and allow him to share his observations and findings from all the guests he has served at the Tea House in an attempt to understand what constitutes an art experience, and to share the inspiring human stories that have left a mark in one’s life.

^for the sessions held on May 19 and Jun 6, we’d like to invite stories or recollection of the memories of/about/with water

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Community Cut N' Swap & Seed Share
Jun
6
5:00 PM17:00

Community Cut N' Swap & Seed Share

June 6, 5-8 pm

Spring is here, and it's gardening season! Looking for a place to swap some cuttings or seeds with fellow members of the New Haven community? Come to our Community Cut N' Swap & Seed Share! We want to generate an environment in which community members can come forward and exchange plant cuttings or saved seeds with one another, in the ecological spirit of Sea & Soil // Water Access.

If you are interested in participating, or are looking to drop off or donate cuttings/seeds, please contact Maxim Schmidt at mschmidt@elycenter.org!

Image: detail from Farm Worker Series by Marion Belanger

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3D Ocean Farming: Growing Kelp in Long Island Sound and Beyond
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

3D Ocean Farming: Growing Kelp in Long Island Sound and Beyond

June 5th, 7-8 pm

Guest speakers from GreenWave

3D ocean farming is a polyculture vertical farming system that grows a mix of seaweeds and shellfish that require zero inputs - no fertilizers, freshwater, antibiotics, or pesticides - making it the most sustainable form of food production on the planet while sequestering both carbon and nitrogen, and rebuilding reef ecosystems. Since our farms sit below the surface and leverage the entire water column, they produce high yields with a small footprint. Our crops are used as food, fertilizer, animal feed and more.

GreenWave is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 to replicate our 3D Ocean Farming model. We’re dedicated to climate resilience and equity, and work in two areas: farm replication and market innovation.

Jill Pegnataro | Farm Manager and Hatchery Technician
Jill attended The Sound School in New Haven, CT and focused on ecology of Long Island Sound and ocean engineering. She graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI with a B.S. degree in Biology. After graduation she worked with endangered sea turtles in Texas and Costa Rica. Her skills gained from marine research and conservation is now being used to manage and oversee the daily operations of the farm.

Michelle Stephens | Programs Assistant & Hatchery Manager
Michelle is a graduate of the University of New Haven with a B.S. in Marine Biology. While attending the university, she focused her studies on aquaculture by researching both oyster rearing and giant clam spawning. After graduating, she worked as fish technician and researcher for an inland finfish nursery/grow-out facility. Her past experiences with aquaculture and passion for sustainability are now being used to manage the kelp hatchery.

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Artist Walk & Talks
Jun
5
5:30 PM17:30

Artist Walk & Talks

As the Sea & Soil // Water Access exhibitions are in full swing, stop into the Ely Center of Contemporary Art for the opportunity to talk with exhibiting artists about their displayed work!

Laura Barr

Cynthia Beth Rubin

Marion Belanger

Joseph Smolinski

Scott Schuldt

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The Tea House of Many Stories
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

The Tea House of Many Stories

From April 25 to June 9, The Tea House of Many Stories will inform Ian Leung and allow him to share his observations and findings from all the guests he has served at the Tea House in an attempt to understand what constitutes an art experience, and to share the inspiring human stories that have left a mark in one’s life.

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The Tea House of Many Stories
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

The Tea House of Many Stories

From April 25 to June 9, The Tea House of Many Stories will inform Ian Leung and allow him to share his observations and findings from all the guests he has served at the Tea House in an attempt to understand what constitutes an art experience, and to share the inspiring human stories that have left a mark in one’s life.

^for the sessions held on May 19 and Jun 6, we’d like to invite stories or recollection of the memories of/about/with water

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The Tea House of Many Stories
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

The Tea House of Many Stories

From April 25 to June 9, The Tea House of Many Stories will inform Ian Leung and allow him to share his observations and findings from all the guests he has served at the Tea House in an attempt to understand what constitutes an art experience, and to share the inspiring human stories that have left a mark in one’s life.

*for the sessions held on May 12, we’d like to invite stories and recipes around seaweed

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being in your body, A Performance by Annie Sailer Dance Company
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

being in your body, A Performance by Annie Sailer Dance Company

being in your body, a performance by Annie Sailer Dance Company. A movement improvisation generated by physical presence, socio-spatial relationships, and our deeper selves; informed by the Ely Center of Contemporary Art space, and art work in the Our Bodies Ourselves exhibition.

Free and open to the public!

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Closing Reception: Our Bodies Ourselves
Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

Closing Reception: Our Bodies Ourselves

This year, the Ely Center of Contemporary Art takes inspiration from Our Bodies Ourselves, the pivotal book first published in 1970. All culture producers and all genders — artists, writers, thinkers, makers — will participate in this exhibition with work that addresses issues of consent, gender, equity, health, spirituality and identity. More info and to submit your work: www.elycenter.org/call-our-bodies-ourselves/

Annie Sailer Dance Company will be performing during this event, 6-7 pm. More info here.

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What Do I Need to Know?
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

What Do I Need to Know?

Join Dr. Nash and Dr. Nayak, founders of Feminology, as they explore the hidden costs of "hormonal" contraceptives on the biochemical, nutritional and mental/emotional levels. They will also discuss the many natural ways of balancing hormones and why a healthy menstrual cycle is essential to a woman's overall health.

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Artist Walk & Talk
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Walk & Talk

Meet some of the participating artists and exhibition organizers for an informal walk through of the 9 galleries of multimedia artwork in Our Bodies Ourselves. We will discuss the artwork on display and the ideas behind the exhibition.

Pictured: Joan Fitzsimmons and her installation

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Period. End of Sentence.
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Period. End of Sentence.

Please join us for a special viewing of Period. End of Sentence. and presentation by executive producer Sophie Ascheim, a Yale University First Year and co-founder of The Pad Project, a nonprofit that raises money for machines that help make pads. The machines are then donated to women in impoverished areas since many women in global, rural communities stop going to school when they first get their period.

From the award-winning director Rayka Zehtabchi and a hardworking group of students, parents, and teachers from a small high school in Los Angeles, California comes Period. End of Sentence. a film that follows girls and women in Hapur, India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.

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Being In Your Body: Movement Workshop
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Being In Your Body: Movement Workshop

For further information, please go to: anniesailer.com, annniesailerdancecompany.com, and Annie Sailer on Instagram. anniesailer@gmail.com

To see recent improvisational work performed by ANNIE SAILER DANCE COMPANY, go to Youtube anniesailer 1, and view videos titled: “documenting sadness”, “forever and a day”, “bluebells cockleshells”, and “ fairytale improvisation”.

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