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News, culture & curiosities in Greater Danbury, Connecticut, New England, and the Milky Way.


The Mercurial Is…For Sale!

By Amanda Bloom

  That’s right.   After over four years of managing, writing, selling, marketing, etc. etc. The Mercurial, I, your humble editor/co-curator/ad rep/toilet cleaner, am moving on to a freelance writing career.   The magazine is for sale, so if you have a vision for The… Read more »

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Mother Brother Studios, Bridgeport CT
From left to right: Mercurial Gallery owner Amanda Bloom, artist Jamison Odone, and sound technician Alec Jordan before Odone's August 1 artist talk at his show 'Strange Little Books.' Photo by John Lynch.

Artist Talk: Jamison Odone

The Mercurial Gallery

Audio recorded by Alec Jordan   As a part of The Mercurial Gallery’s ‘Strange Little Books’ exhibition, on display through August 16, the gallery held an artist talk with featured artist Jamison Odone, a children’s book author and illustrator, on August 1. For ‘Strange Little Books,’ Odone conceived… Read more »

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Danbury Gallery Seeks One-Act Plays

Mercurial Staff

From Jim Felice:   Attention playwrights!   Trailer Box Gallery in Danbury, Connecticut is now accepting submissions for one-act plays. A great chance to showcase new work to a intimate audience. Looking to have our first performance this fall. For more information call (203)797 -0230,… Read more »

Photo by Norm Cummings/The New Milford Spectrum.

Two-Dimensional Art Sought for Bridgewater Fair

Mercurial Staff

  Are you an artist who wants to exhibit your work but can’t seem to find the right place? Look no further!   The 2013 Bridgewater Fair art show is the place for you. You will have an opportunity to exhibit your work in a… Read more »

'Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba,' a 2011 exhibit at the Housatonic Museum of Art.  Photo courtesy of hmapolaridad.blogspot.com.

HCC Art Handling Course Draws People from Across Country

Anson Smith

  For the second consecutive year,  Housatonic Community College’s art handling workshop has attracted people from across the country.   Designed for museum curators and staff, the workshop, which ran on June 27 and 28, attracted some 17 people to the Bridgeport, Connecticut college from… Read more »

Executive directors of (left) CityCenter Danbury, Andrea Gardner, and the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Lisa Scails, with last year's "best in show" DisH photograph, "Fresh Catch" by Shona Curtis.

Call to Photographers: Outdoor “DisH” Exhibit in Danbury

Ted Killmer

  The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, in partnership with the Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative (DFMCC), invites photographers to participate in the  2013 DisH Photography Exhibition, an outdoor exhibit in downtown Danbury.   Sponsored by HARTransit, this exhibit’s theme is The DisH––Downtown is Happening…. Read more »

Danbury High graduate Nsangi Kariamu receives her scholarship from Larry Deming at the annual membership meeting of the Danbury Music Centre.

Two Danbury High Grads Receive Music Scholarships

Nancy F. Sudik

  The Danbury Music Centre awarded two Deming Family Scholarships in June, each were in the amount of $1,000. One award went to Nsangi Kariamu, a graduate of Danbury High School and a junior at New York University majoring in music education and piano. Her… Read more »

business supports the arts

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut Seeks Arts Award Nominees

Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

  In every town, there are leaders; some in politics, some in business, some artists, some ordinary people, even some children (think lemonade stands). The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will hold its annual signature breakfast on Thursday, October 17 at the Crowne Plaza Danbury… Read more »

One of the buildings comprising the Brookfield Craft Center in Connecticut.

Brookfield Craft Center Closes Again – Maybe Permanently

Mercurial Staff

  Since its founding by Nancy Hagmayer in 1954, the Brookfield Craft Center has offered a broad range of classes and provided an exhibition and retail outlet for American craft artists. Pending the outcome of talks with potential partners, Brookfield Craft Center is suspending operations… Read more »

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Saxophonit Jimmy Greene will receive the Governor's Arts Award this weekend at New Haven's International Festival for Arts and Ideas.

Jazz artist Jimmy Greene to Receive Governor’s Arts Award

Robert Taylor

  Jazz artist Jimmy Greene will receive the Governor’s Arts Award at a presentation ceremony and concert at 6:30pm on Saturday, June 15 during the International Festival for Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut.   Greene, an internationally acclaimed saxophonist, composer and bandleader, will… Read more »

Café Oto, London, Oct '12. with Isabel Casteelvi. Photo by Steve Asenjo.

The Most Graceful Cluck You’ve Ever Heard

Amanda Bloom

  Diane Cluck, a singer-songwriter who attributes her artistic awakening to the “enlightened crucible” of an early 2000s New York arts scene peppered with the likes of Kimya Dawson, TV on the Radio, Regina Spektor, and Devendra Banhart, has embarked on a small Northeast tour with… Read more »

The Danbury Music Centre is housed in the former Danbury Library at 256 Main Street.

Danbury Music Centre Summer Classes Open for Enrollment

Nancy F. Sudik

  Kids, teens, and adults are invited to participate in the Danbury Music Centre Summer Music classes and ensembles including A Cappella Camp, Bands, Strings, and Afrikan Drumming.   All programs conclude with a concert.  For additional information or to receive a brochure, please email… Read more »

From left to right: “Breathe Out So I Can Breathe You In" by Jana Ireijo, artist Jennifer Wen Ma, and Ireijo at the opening reception of ‘re·la·tion’ at The Mercurial Gallery.  Photo by Samantha Quattro.

Artist Talk: Jana Ireijo

The Mercurial Gallery

Audio recorded by Alec Jordan   As a part of The Mercurial Gallery’s ‘re·la·tion’ exhibition, on display through May 17, the gallery held an artist talk with featured artist Jana Ireijo, a painter from Westport, Connecticut.  Ireijo, a mother and triathlete, is originally from Hawaii and creates bright,… Read more »

Robert DeNiro and Katherine Heigl as Don and Lyla in 'The Big Wedding.'  Don's studio, pictured here, was assembled with tools, sculptures, and furniture from two Connecticut artists' studios: David Boyajian of New Fairfield and David Gesualdi of Bethel.

Connecticut Artists Play Small Role in ‘The Big Wedding’

Amanda Bloom

  The Big Wedding, the newest marriage comedy written and directed by Justin Zackham and starring Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, and Diane Keaton, is getting walloped by reviewers, but it’s really not a bad film if you arrive at the theater with reasonable expectations. … Read more »

Joey Batts and DJ Mo Niklz in the video for "Poor Nemo," Batt's second single off 'Seven Deadly Sins: Envy'.

Joey Batts & Them: In E Minor

Alles Jayne

  Joseph Battaglia, otherwise known as Joey Batts, is an underground hip hop artist based out of Hartford, Connecticut. A self-proclaimed “walking subcategory,” Batts’ original sound spans many genres. With several serious mix tapes and a full album with his band “& Them,” the MC… Read more »

found-vs-found

Found Footage Festival and Found Magazine Face Off in Danbury

Mercurial Staff

  The two titans of the “found” universe, Found Footage Festival (FFF) and Found Magazine, will go toe to toe at Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury, Connecticut on Saturday, April 27 in a battle royale of found stuff. The show kicks off at 8pm, and both camps—Joe… Read more »

Some of the artwork featured in 'Art by Artists' at Get Ink Tattoo in Norwalk.

Norwalk Tattoo Shop Broadens the Canvas

Mercurial Staff

  Norwalk, Connecticut’s Get Ink Tattoo will be holding an opening reception for its in-shop exhibition ‘Art by Artists’ on Friday, April 26 at 7pm. Blurring the lines between traditional art and tattooing, the exhibit aims to span the gap between the two canvases with… Read more »

The Trailer Box Gallery at Jim Felice Studios in Danbury.  Photo by Samantha Quattro.

Enter the Trailer Box Gallery

Samantha Quattro and Amanda Bloom

  The Trailer Box Gallery at Jim Felice Studios in Danbury, Connecticut opened this past weekend, showcasing six Connecticut artists working “on the canvas and beyond.” Felice and fellow artists were hard at work the month of March clearing out a trailer in the yard… Read more »