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Bicentennial Category Added to DAC’s ‘Pic Darien’ DAC Smartphone Photo Contest

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The Darien Art Center has included a special new category in its annual smartphone photo contest this year — the Darien Bicentennial category was newly created to honor and embrace the significance of the town’s 200th anniversary in 2020. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Additionally, Pic Darien is accepting photo entries from both adults and children in the following categories; Landscapes; Seascapes; People; Pets; Sports; Architecture; Food and Drink; Abstract; and Nature & Flora. “Although we love to receive entries from all over the world in multiple other categories, we were especially excited to include the Darien Bicentennial category this year,” said Pic Darien Chairperson Andrea Jackson. “We know that there are a lot of people taking amazing photographs of our beautiful and historic town, and can’t wait to see the submissions in this category.”

Contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes at darienarts.org until Feb. 29.

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Six Local Judges Named for Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest

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Darien Art Center has named six local judges to select the winners of its 2020 Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest, now in its fifth year. Jon Zadgrosky, Megan Dey, Gary Morello, Ali Curtis, David Wagner and Jeffrey Wyant will judge photo entries from both adults and children in ten categories: Darien Bicentennial; Landscapes; Seascapes; People; Pets; Sports; Architecture; Food and Drink; Abstract; and Nature & Flora. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

The contest garnered over 500 entries in 2019. More About the Contest
This year, contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes at the DAC website until Feb. 29.

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Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries

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The Darien Arts Center’s annual smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien, is accepting entries at the DAC website through Feb. 29. — an announcement from the Darien Arts Center

Adults (18 and up) and Students (17 and under) may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes. There are 10 categories: Darien Bicentennial; Landscapes; Seascapes; People; Pets; Sports; Architecture; Food and Drink; Abstract; and Nature & Flora. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien.

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The Late Margaret Bourke-White of Darien One of Four Notable Photographers Featured in Bruce Museum Exhibit

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Works of four singular American photographers: Margaret Bourke-White (a Darien resident until her death in 1971), Carl Mydans, Patrick Nagatani, and Brett Weston are the focus of “From Butterflies to Battleships,” a photography exhibit at the Bruce Museum. — an announcement from the Bruce Museum

“From Butterflies to Battleships” showcases the tremendous diversity of directions taken by photographers in the 20th century, whether employing the camera in a documentary mode to record insect development and to chronicle historic events, or experimenting with the technology to create abstract or composite images. Organized by Stephanie Guyet, Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow 2018-2019, the exhibition consists entirely of photographs from the Bruce Museum’s permanent collection. “Given that the Bruce is a place for both aesthetic and scientific inquiry, I wanted to create an exhibition that tapped into that dual mission,” Guyet said. “Since photography is a practice that lies at the intersection of art and science, and the museum has a host of surprising works in its photo collection, this seemed like the perfect subject to explore.”

“From Butterflies to Battleships: Selections from the Bruce Museum Photography Collection” will be on view through Sept.

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24 Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest Winners Announced

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The Darien Arts Center has announced 24 winners in its 4th annual Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien. — an announcement from the Darien Arts Center

First Place and Runner Up cash prizes in all categories were awarded to adults and children at a reception on April 28 in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. The contest garnered over 530 entries in six categories, with submissions from all ages. Here are the winners:
FOOD
—Student Winner: Grace Salomon

—Student Runner Up: Georgia Sheehan

—Adult Winner: Margaret Orem

—Adult Runner Up: Katie LeBesco

ABSTRACT
—Student Winner: Matthew Taylor

—Student Runner Up: Moera Kamimura

—Adult Winner : Nancy Breakstone

—Adult Runner Up: Pam Lindberg

PEOPLE & PETS

—Student Winner: Sadie Mossa

—Student Runner Up: Olivia Leimgruber

—Adult Winner: David Wilson

—Adult Runner Up: Patrick Jackson
TRAVEL
—Student Winner: Harrison Slotkin

—Student Runner Up: Alyssa Farrell

—Adult Winner: Diana Berrent

—Adult Runner Up: Kurt Maschoff
LANDSCAPE, SEASCAPE & NATURE
—Student Winner: Matthew Taylor

—Student Runner Up: Ivy Schroeder

—Adult Winner: Meg Schwanhausser

—Adult Runner Up: Patricia Schram
LOVE, ANGUISH & TRIUMPH
—Student winner: Anna Passaretti

—Student Runner Up: Emily Gardella

—Adult Winner: Sue Clarke

—Adult Runner Up: Tracy Deberadinis

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker and producer, Jeffrey Wyant, judged the contest, a fundraiser, which was sponsored by Heights Pizza, Meatball and Co. and Uncle’s Deli.

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Deadline — THURSDAY, Feb 14 — to Enter Your Photo in the Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest

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Photographers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to enter and compete for cash prizes at DarienArts.org. The deadline to enter the Darien Arts Center’s smartphone photo contest Pic Darien is Feb. 14. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

The contest is open to all and contestants are not required to live in Darien. Participants may enter Pic Darien, as often as they wish, either as a student (ages 17 and under) or as an adult (ages 18 and over)

The fee to enter the contest is $10 per photo.

Past PIC DARIEN Winner Captures Nuances of Life, 2019 Photo Contest Open until Feb 14

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The Darien Arts Center encourages smartphone photographers of all ages and abilities, locally, or anywhere in the world, to enter its fourth annual Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien through Feb. 14 at DarienArts.org. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

“With the world increasingly using their phones as cameras, we are seeing an explosion of incredible photos taken every day. We love the idea of gathering what people consider their best smartphone photos and are amazed by the submissions every year,” said DAC Executive director, Amy Allen. “Although the contest is a fundraiser for the DAC, it is largely about fun, creativity and celebrating artistic expression at the Award and Reveal Reception where all entries are showcased and winners are announced.”

Darien resident Lee Smith a three-time winner in last year’s contest, entered several photos into the competition at the encouragement of his wife.

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Jeffrey Wyant Named Judge of Darien Arts Center’s 2019 Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest

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Award-winning photographer, filmmaker and TV producer Jeffrey Wyant will judge the Darien Art Center’s 2019 Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

This is the fourth year for the photo contest, which garnered 375 entries in 2018. This year, contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in six categories at DarienArts.org until Feb. 14. Photos do not need to be taken in Darien.

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‘Pic Darien’ 2019 Smartphone Photo Contest Entries Now Accepted

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The Darien Arts Center is announcing the return of its annual smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien, which will be accepting entries at darienarts.org from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Adults (18 and up) and Students (17 and under) may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in six categories: People and Pets; Landscape, Seascape, Nature; Travel; Food and Drink; Abstract; and Love, Anguish and Triumph. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien.

Veterans, Active-Duty Members of Military Get Free Admission to Maritime Aquarium in November

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To honor the men and women who have served – and are serving – our country, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is offering free admission to veterans and current active-duty military throughout the month of November. Additionally, all Aquarium guests can enjoy a display of gorgeous photographs by — and sometimes of — veterans, in a gallery show curated by the Veteran Artist Program (VAP). — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

“The Maritime Aquarium offers a $10 admission discount to veterans year-round,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “But, throughout the month in which we mark Veterans Day, we are happy to expand our offer to entirely free admission for veterans.”

Sigworth noted that admission is always free to those currently serving in any branch of the military, not just in November. Maritime Aquarium admission is $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors (65+), and $17.95 for children (3-12).

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Two Darienites Win Awards at Rowayton Arts Center’s Marine and Coastal Art Exhibit

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Winners of the Marine & Coastal Exhibit were announced at the Rowayton Arts Center’s opening reception Sunday, including two from Darien. Nancy Gramps of Darien won first place in the mixed-media category, and Joanna Bridges won second place in the photography category. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

 

Susan Fehlinger of Bridgeport won Best in Show for her oil painting, Beach Cottage. Award winning artist and instructor Will McCarthy selected the winners from almost 80 entries. Exhibit chairs were Sandy Mills of Norwalk and Elaine Pagano of the Rowayton section of Norwalk.

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Photos by Nanci Natale on Display Through May at Atria Darien

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Atria Darien cordially invites you to see the photography of Nanci Natale, on display daily for the rest of May in the Gratia Gillespie Art Gallery. An award winning photographer, Nancy’s portfolio includes sea, land and tree scapes, staged and poetic photography; architecture of interest, such as barns, etc.; catalog and still photos.  

Her photographs have appeared in the Darien News; the Darien Times, The Resident, Country, Fine Gardening, and other newspapers and magazines. Nanci’s work has been on display at Darien Rowayton Bank, Darien Donut and Artists at Grove Street Plaza. She also has been a staff photographer for Darien Blue magazine covering feature families and local events, such as the Chili Challenge and Darien Old Timer’s Athletic Association.

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Pic Darien Photo Contest Accepting Photos Until May 16

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The Darien Arts Center is announcing the return of its smartphone photography contest fundraiser, Pic Darien. In 2017, the contest garnered over 300 entries, with submissions from all ages. This year, contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 6 categories at darienarts.org until May 16. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien.  

Participants may enter either as a student, age 17 and under, or as an adult, age 18 and over, in one of six themed prize categories including People and Pets, Landscape and Nature, Travel: Near and Far, Food, Humor and Abstract.

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Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest Accepting Entries Starting April 2

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The Darien Arts Center is announcing the return of its annual smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien, which will be accepting entries at the DAC website from April 2 through May 16. Adults (18 and up) and Students (17 and under) may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 6 categories: People and Pets; Landscape and Nature; Travel: Near and Far; Food; Humor and Abstract. The 2018 contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. All entries will be presented in a slideshow at a June 1st Award and Reveal Reception in the DAC Weatherstone Studio located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall. To find out more about the Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.

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A Photographer’s View of Australia: Presentation Wednesday at Darien Men’s Association

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Dave Pressler, Connecticut photographer, artist and designer, will talk about “Australia, All Over – Down Under” at the Darien Men’s Association on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. His core message is “learning to look in order to see,” encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to become visually conscious of the world around them. Dave’s presentation reveals Australia’s dramatic land and water forms, wildlife, unique botanicals, ancient aboriginal rock art, creative architecture and some humorous items from contemporary culture. He is vice president of ART/PLACE Gallery in Fairfield and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.