Posts Categorized: Local

The Mercurial Is…For Sale!

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  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 »

Artist Talk: Jamison Odone

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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 »

Call to Photographers: Outdoor “DisH” Exhibit in Danbury

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  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 »

Artist Talk: Jana Ireijo

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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 »

Wallace Roney, Scofield Trio Perform at WestConn’s 18th Annual Jazz Fest

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  Trumpet virtuoso Wallace Roney, guitar legend and bandleader John Scofield, and a constellation of jazz luminaries from across the continent will converge in Danbury from April 25 through 27 to perform in three public concerts during the 18th annual Western Connecticut State University Jazz… Read more »

Call for Artists: ‘The Eighth Crossing’ Juried by Christopher Zhang at Hygienic Art

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  The Hygienic Art Galleries in New London, Connecticut will accept submissions from artists in all medias for ‘The Eighth Crossing’ Juried Exhibition. Hygienic Art is extremely proud to announce that this year’s guest juror will be world-renowned oil painter Christopher Zhang. The exhibition will… Read more »

“Indie-Mathy-Experimental-Heavy-Ambient-Rocker” Releases Solo Record

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  Robbie Vozza, a 26-year-old singer-songwriter as well as the lead singer and guitarist for DawnMother, a Danbury, Connecticut-based “indie-mathy-experimental-heavy-ambient-rock” band on the rise, is releasing a new solo album this weekend at Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury.  Vozza, along with Corey Stroffolino, Brian Stankus,… Read more »

‘Fresh Ink’ Literary Magazine Seeks Writers and Artists’ Submissions by February 28

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  Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC)’s literary journal, Fresh Ink, is inviting writers and artists to submit work for consideration in this year’s publication. In 2012, Fresh Ink went international, and the publication is working to continue stretching its limits. The deadline for submissions is… Read more »

The Art of the Frame

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  Historic downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut has a new inhabitant on Bailey Avenue, right off of Main Street: The Frame Shop of Ridgefield, which opened its doors to customers and the arts community in November of 2012. The store, owned and operated by Sean Kilroy, a… Read more »

Opening for First of Two “Accessible Art Project” Exhibits at ESCAPE to the Arts This Saturday

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  The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut’s ESCAPE to the Arts will host an opening reception from 4 to 6pm this Saturday, February 16, for  a new exhibition, ‘Aesthetic Expressions’, featuring work by local artistsGary Stanford, Christa Forrest, and Randy Lagana. The show runs through… Read more »

Multi-Venue ‘Accessible Art’ Project Kicks Off at Danbury Museum Jan. 26

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  The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is thrilled to announce its 2013 ‘Accessible Art’ exhibiting artists. Throughout the year, visitors and residents can view a variety of fine artwork at five locations – Danbury City Hall, CityCenter Danbury, Danbury Museum & Historical Society, ESCAPE… Read more »

Brause Realty Donates Space for HealingNewtown’s Art Activities

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  The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) met last week for the first time in its temporary headquarters for the HealingNewtown project, an operation to help NCAC to manage the overwhelming response by artists, arts organizations, stakeholders, and the overwhelming number of creative contributions being… Read more »

WestConn Creates Music Scholarship in Memory of Sandy Hook Victim

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  Western Connecticut State University has created a music scholarship to honor the memory of 6-year-old Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.   The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund was established to pay tribute to Márquez-Greene’s… Read more »

Guatemalan & U.S. Children’s Art Show Comes to Downtown Danbury

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  CONNECTICUT – As a part of an ongoing global art exchange organized by Norwalk-based cultural organization Creative Connections, Guatemalan and American students will share what they value in their cultures with art, and the results will be seen throughout CityCenter Danbury. Through the efforts… Read more »

Kenny Hess Believes in Art

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  Visual artist Kenny Hess has invested himself in a wide range of mediums, including cartooning, logo and t-shirt design, character creation, canvas and mural works, paintings, photography, storyboarding, and typography. He is one of many artists showing work at Pop Up Art Bethel (PUAB)’s… Read more »

Danbury Music Centre Nutcracker Tickets on Sale November 15

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  Danbury’s homegrown production of Nutracker Ballet began in 1967 and continues to be one of Danbury’s premiere annual cultural events.  Generously funded by the City of Danbury, the Danbury Cultural Commission, William Fricke and Anna Walter, Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, BMW of the Hudson Valley,… Read more »

In Defense of Lana Del Rey

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by Amanda Bloom I first heard about Lana Del Rey on NPR a week or two ago.  The story centered on outraged fans who had discovered that Del Rey, real name Elizabeth Grant, had reinvented herself from the less successful Lizzy Grant sometime in 2010… Read more »

Lots of Artists, Little Art Scene

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by Amanda Bloom ON NOVEMBER 30, The Atlantic Cities published “The Most Artistic Cities in America”, in which Danbury was listed as the number six most artistic city.  The title of this article is somewhat misleading; essentially, reporter Richard Florida came to his conclusions by… Read more »

The Mercurial Gallery to Present “Selva Fantasma: Images from the Undeforestation Project”

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by Amanda Bloom DANBURY, CONNECTICUT’S Mercurial Gallery will be exhibiting “Selva Fantasma: Images from the Undeforestation Project”, a photographic installation by Summer Moore and Marissa Macias, from December 31 to March 2, 2012. Selva Fantasma (Jungle Ghost) is a selection of photographs from Moore and… Read more »

A Night at the Museum

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by Amanda Bloom AFTER HOURS on Friday, October 7, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut stuffed itself with a live band and 200+ people and threw a party rife with food, drink, funk and art.  It was one of The Aldrich’s “First Fridays”,… Read more »

Great Success at “The Graduates” Opening!

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The opening reception of “The Graduates” at The Mercurial Collective on Saturday, September 24 was a great success.  Attendance, estimated at over 75 people, surpassed that of The Collective’s grand opening in April, and the gallery made its first sale, Robert Rae’s “Suspended Cliff”. THANK… Read more »

Singing and Dining at Acoustic Wednesdays

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by Leah Glazer Danbury, Connecticut’s Two Steps Downtown Grille provides a wide variety of meals, refreshing drinks and a great atmosphere, but owner Tom Devine wanted to bring a more memorable form of entertainment to the bustling restaurant.  On April 19, Two Steps held their… Read more »

Kick-start Summer with Downtown Rocks!

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by Leah Glazer Danbury, Connecticut’s own Palace Theatre will host the kick-off event for the CityCenter Danbury Summer Series concerts with the first-ever Downtown Rocks! on June 24. This live music event is presented by CityCenter Danbury and will benefit all the organization’s hard work… Read more »

The Mercurial Collective’s Grand Opening

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Photographs by Lenny Hankins The Mercurial Collective’s grand opening was a great success.  A towering THANK YOU to everyone who attended and helped out! Gallery hours are 10am to 12pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment: contact Amanda Bloom at Editor@TheMercurial.com. The Mercurial Collective11… Read more »

Chapman Does Dylan

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by Al Robinson from the HatCityBLOG From the famous Open Mic Night at 1Bar, here’s local talent Jonathan Chapman singing Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”. by Al Robinson from the HatCityBLOG       From the famous Monday night Open Mic… Read more »

From the Streets to the Aldrich

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by Amanda Bloom GRAFFITI, a nuisance for officials and property owners and a sly snub at the notion of art and public space for writers, is a craft that can function as a launchpad into a long career of art and innovation.  As graf writers… Read more »

Uncensored Success

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by Amanda Bloom THERE SURE WAS A LOT OF PUSSY at the “Uncensored: Women in the Arts” show this weekend. Artist Jennifer Byrne featured an intimate photo series of her cats, Charlie and Toulouse, along with a bright yellow and orange painted portrait of one… Read more »

Happy Birthday Charles Ives

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by Amanda Bloom OCTOBER IS AN APT MONTH to enjoy the woods before winter descends and to learn more about the area’s most famous composer, Danbury-born Charles Ives.  Ives was born on October 20, 1874, and The Danbury Music Centre will be celebrating on Sunday,… Read more »

My First Vibe

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by Amanda Bloom As a music festival virgin, I was not sure what to expect as I headed to The Gathering of the Vibes last weekend. I had heard stories of drugs, deaths, boobs and gargantuan parties, but for me, The Vibes were about friends,… Read more »

Ain’t Too Proud to Play

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by Amanda Bloom This story was further investigated after publication.  Please read the follow-up article, “Union Savings Takes the Hit for CT Film Fest’s Censorship“. The Mercurial was involved in a snowballing series of events over the past two weeks concerning the Connecticut Film Festival(CTFF),… Read more »