Ridgefield Arts Council to raise money for arts scholarship at Gallo guest bartending night

The Ridgefield Arts Council will host a guest bartending night at Gallo Ristorante Thursday, March 21, from 6-9 p.m. The event will raise money for the council’s Ridgefield Arts Scholarship. Amy Casey, Chris Sorgie and Paul Gervais from the council will be pouring drinks. Gallo will generously donate all bar tips, 10% of the bar bills and 10% of the … read more

Arts survey reveals wide range of needs

Already viewed as a thriving arts-friendly town, could Ridgefield enhance that appeal by creating a community arts center where painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, composers could rent space to work, rehearse and perform? Almost 90% of artists responding to a survey by the Ridgefield Arts Council said they needed a space to work. “Do you have a need for space?” the … read more

Arts Council to host ‘The Generator’ at Keeler Tavern Oct. 15

The Ridgefield Arts Council invites local artists and creative professionals to the next installment of “The Generator.” The networking event will feature three speakers discussing their respective artistic endeavors, and will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15 at the Keeler Tavern Museum’s Garden Room, 132 Main Street. During the event, artists, writers and performers gather with the goal … read more

Arts groups are uneasy with outdoor stage plan

Dick Larson, Schlumberger committee chairman, at the site as it looks today.

Some skeptical, others flatly opposed, 22 representatives of local arts and culture organizations reacted to the concept of an outdoor stage on the former Schlumberger property as a threat more than an opportunity. They worried an ambitious, development cultural center project on the remaining Schlumberger land could be a money syphon, slurping up arts funding in an already fiscally-tight environment … read more

Sorgie joins Arts Council

A marketing and advertising executive who plays the guitar, Christopher Sorgie, has joined the Ridgefield Arts Council. He was appointed by the Board of Selectmen, 4-to-0, after an interview Feb. 21. After an initial visit to the Arts Council, Sorgie wrote to its chairman, Mark Meachem, offering his services. “Based on what I observed as well as having a better … read more

Careers in the Arts seminar to be held at RHS March 9

The Ridgefield Arts Council, as part of its “Our Artists, Our Schools” initiative, will hold the third annual Careers in the Arts seminar at Ridgefield High School Friday, March 9. During the daylong seminar, creative professionals will talk about their lives from high school to the present, the path their careers have taken and how they make the most of … read more

Ridgefield Arts Council announces new arts scholarship

The Ridgefield Arts Council has  announced the opening of the application period for its “Ridgefield Arts Council Scholarship,” a newly created scholarship that provides support of $500 to a Ridgefield resident who anticipates pursuing personal advancement in a field of artistic endeavor. The eligibility requirements for the scholarship are as follows: Ridgefield resident Anticipates pursuing higher education and advancement in … read more

A Ridgefield Jazz Festival? Economic commission, Stockel talk idea over

The Latin jazz of Pedrito Martinez drew a crowd to the summer’s last free concert in Ballard Park on Tuesday night, closing a 24-concert CHIRP season. —Scott Mullin photo.

Dixieland, swing, bebop — a Ridgefield Jazz Festival may be added to the region’s cultural calendar, as the town continues pursuing the economic and cultural benefits of its lively arts scene. But in a town with limited hotel space, where would jazz fans stay? The jazz festival idea — still in the early concept stage — sparked a wide-ranging discussion … read more

Ridgefield Arts Council hosts annual ‘Behind the Scenes’ ceremony

The Ridgefield Arts Council hosted its annual Behind The Scenes Honors event at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists May 18.   The event was established by the council to acknowledge volunteers for their “behind the scenes” contributions in support of the various local arts-related organizations. The Arts Council recognizes how privileged Ridgefield is to have individuals who are willing to … read more

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