Uncensored Success

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by Amanda Bloom

Paintings by "Uncensored" art director, Sony Phinitsovanna.  Photo by Chansoda Roeun.

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 of her feline friends.  Byrne’s mother, Frances, displayed her painted accolades to the horse, finding fascination within the deep black pools of their eyes.

Over 20 female artists of various mediums were showcased in Uncensored, which took place on the evening of November 6 at The Gilbert and Bennett School in Wilton, Connecticut.  The show was the brainchild of artist Sony Phinitsovanna and musician/artist Jen Ackerly, and the two have been working diligently since May bringing the event to fruition.  Their hard work paid off – over 100 people were estimated to attend the show.

by Amanda Bloom

 


 

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(Note: This article was written from an inside perspective by one of the featured “Uncensored” artists.)

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 of her feline friends.  Byrne’s mother, Frances, displayed her painted accolades to the horse, finding fascination within the deep black pools of their eyes.

Over 20 female artists of various mediums were showcased in Uncensored, which took place on the evening of November 6 at The Gilbert and Bennett School in Wilton, Connecticut.  The show was the brainchild of artist Sony Phinitsovanna and musician/artist Jen Ackerly, and the two have been working diligently since May bringing the event to fruition.  Their hard work paid off – over 100 people were estimated to attend the show.

The show opened with a performance by singer-songwriter Salina Solomon, a small girl with a big voice who is working on an undergraduate degree in music at SUNY Purchase.  Solomon studies guitar with Katty Mayorga, a classical guitarist of great skill who is currently immersed in a Master’s Degree in the craft at Purchase.  Mayorga followed Solomon’s set with a series of intricate Latin American compositions, leaving the crowd spellbound.

“Uncensored” is what happens when the right resources are handed to hungry, young artists: a night of celebration, showcase and success.

 

Poet/artist Haley Brendle Keane was next, captivating the audience with only her voice and a driving meter.  Keane will be featured in “Brave New Voices”, an upcoming HBO documentary series on slam poets.  From her slam poem “Remus and Romulus”:

“In the past when I said the words I love you
what I was really saying was hold me, kiss me,
I am afraid of growing up, I’m afraid to be alone”

Ackerly took to the stage next, utilizing every inch of her piano and every molecule of air in her lungs to don complex compositions with her pure and powerful voice.

Two dances followed Ackerly’s performance.  Three teenage Ridgefield Academy of Dance students moved to Mozart’s “Requiem” in a dance brimming with emotion as choreographer Jessica Boets looked on.  Sandra Hernandez Egea, a dancer in the Val Ramos’ Flamenco Assembly, then took the floor with one of her students in a fiery flamenco display rupturing with the percussion of high heels and castanets.

The whirling soundscapes of Brooklyn’s Elaine Lachica was bookended by a living room style performance by Bridgeport’s  rock group Saint Bernadette – frontwoman Meredith DiMenna began the set perched comfortably on the edge of the stage, then stood upright as the music’s energy grew.

It was a perfect night – the room held sound like a pair of cupped hands holding a firefly, and the wide array of artwork donning the walls seemed to nod at each performance.  Uncensored is what happens when the right resources are handed to hungry, young artists: a night of celebration, showcase and success.

A date for another art show has not yet been confirmed, but Ackerly and Phinitsovanna hope to make Uncensored happen again next year.

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