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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.

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Pic Darien Photo Contest Winners Get Prizes — and Here Are the Entries

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First place and honorable mention cash prizes in all categories of the DAC’s Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest were awarded at a recent Award and Reveal Reception. _____________

— an announcement from Darien Arts Center — see below for the entries


Twenty-five winning photographs were chosen from over 300 impressive entries and a slideshow of all entries was featured on the DAC Weatherstone Studio’s 184″ HD movie screen. Judge Miggs Burroughs led the awards ceremony which was followed by cake and refreshments.  

The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For more information, or to view the video of all photo entries, visit darienarts.org.

Winner children’s category of People/Pets, “Me and Daisy” Renee Leimgruber pic darien 03-14-17

Winners of the Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest Announced

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The Darien Arts Center proudly announces the winners in its 2nd annual Smartphone Photo Contest, Pic Darien. The contest garnered over 300 entries in five categories, with submissions from adults, students and children. _________

— an announcement from Darien Arts Center


Children’s Category
Winners are:

Nature — first prize to Schafer Repsher, Honorable Mention to Remi Repsher;
People/Pets — first prize to Olivia Leimgruber, Honorable Mention to Hans Baurmeister;
Travel — first prize to Brynn Forlizzi. Student Category
Prizes are:

Food — first prize to Mary Duffy, Honorable Mention to Macy Millones;
Humor — first prize to Ellie Mueller, Honorable Mention to Lorenzo Zullo;
Nature — first prize to Caroline Krantz, Honorable Mention to Trevor Cooper;
People/Pets — first prize to Maddy Roberts, Honorable Mention to Ellie Mueller;
Travel — first prize to Grace Gardella, Honorable Mention to Sammie Wagner. Adult Category
The prizes are:

Food — first prize to Janine Vairo, Honorable Mention to Philip Leimgruber;
Humor — first prize to Carin Zakes, Honorable Mention to Michael Tangney;
Nature — first prize to Heather Harriton, Honorable Mention to Kathy Rawdon;
People/Pets — first prize to Jared Heuer, Honorable Mention to Brian Hekker;
Travel — first place to Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Honorable Mention to Janine Vairo.

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Deadline Extended to Thursday, March 2 for ‘Pic Darien’ Smartphone Photo Contest

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Darien Arts Center has announced that the deadline has been extended for its Pic Darien smartphone photo contest. You now have until Thursday, March 2 to get your photos in. Professional artist and accomplished Westport graphic designer Miggs Burroughs will judge the contest. This is the second year for the photo contest, which garnered over 400 entries in 2016. This year, contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 5 categories at darienarts.org until March 2.

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Win Glory and a Cash Prize in the Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest

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The Darien Arts Center is announcing the return of its smartphone photography contest fundraiser, Pic Darien. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. In 2016, its first year, the well-received contest garnered almost 400 entries from contestants of all ages from places as far away as California, Tennessee and Washington D.C.

This year, contestants may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 5 categories at the DAC website until Feb. 27. Participants may enter either as a child, age 10 and under, student, ages 11 to 17, or as an adult, ages 18 and over, in one of five themed prize categories including People/Pets, Nature, Travel, and new this year, Food, and Humor. Each contestant may enter up to 2 smartphone photos for a $25 fee.

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Exhibit of Steve McCurry’s Photography Opens Thursday at Housatonic Museum of Art

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The Housatonic Museum of Art presents the exhibition, Steve McCurry: India, featuring forty-four incredible photographs that capture the vibrant color and chaos, providing a stunning backdrop for the ordinary people who live and work in an extraordinary place. The exhibit begins Thursday, Jan. 12 and continues through Feb. 10, 2017. All are welcome, and encouraged to attend.

Photo: Y-Photography – Pixabay 6-24-16

From the Helen Ainson Blog: Your Guide to Looking Great in Photos

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The Helen Ainson store has an interesting blog that we think more Darienites should see, so we asked to reprint some of their posts (you can see the full blog here). Here’s our first one:

Graduation, weddings, family reunions, dinner parties…..the list goes on and on as to events we will either be taking photos, or be in photos, capturing those special moments in life!  This is a season for many of those events so we thought it appropriate to give you some guidance!  Lucky you if you are one of those who looks fabulous in just about every photo!  For many, having a photo taken is not on our list of favorite things!

Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest Winners Announced

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The Darien Arts Center recently awarded 28 cash prizes in its first-ever smart phone photo contest, Pic Darien. The contest garnered almost 400 entries in seven categories, with submissions from all ages. Contestants were not required to live in Darien, and photos were submitted online from as far away as California, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington D.C., in addition to Connecticut. Student Categories
The following prizes were awarded in the student categories (age 15 and under):

My Darien: 1st prize to Amit Chernichaw
Family and Friends: First Prize to Sofia Campo, Honorable Mention to Waverly Waters
Landscapes/Nature: First Prize to Emma Seely, Honorable Mention to Katie Coda
Pets: First Prize to Alyssa Farrell [PICTURED], Honorable Mention to Kallie Hapgood
Abstract: First Prize to Grace Gardella [PICTURED], Honorable Mentions to Grace Argiriou and Meritt Hole
Photobomb/Selfie: First Prize to Katie Cota, Honorable Mention to Amit Chernichaw
Travel: First Prize: Anna Passaretti

Adult Categories
The following prizes were awarded in the adult categories (age 16 and over):

My Darien: First Prize to Julie Johnston [PICTURED], Honorable Mention to Megan Gildea
Family and Friends: First Prize to Milissa Knightly, Honorable Mention to Jolanda Sutherland
Landscapes/Nature: First Prize to Raymond Michaud [PICTURED], Honorable Mention to Marie Reynolds
Travel: First Prize to Carin Zakes, Honorable Mention to Ruth Anne Ring
Pets: First Prize to Lauren Gomez, Honorable Mention to Diane Farrell
Abstract: First Prize to David Gioiella
Photobomb/Selfie: First Prize to Dani Woolwine, Honorable Mention to Paul Lin

First place prizes for adults were $100 and the adult honorable mention prizes were $25. First place prizes for students were $50, with the student honorable mention prizes awarding $15.

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Award & Reveal Reception for Pic Darien Smartphone Photo Contest Friday, April 8

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The Darien Arts Center is holding an Award and Reveal Reception for its first-ever smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien on Friday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The reception is complimentary and open to the public. A slideshow set to music will debut the winning photographs as well as all other photo entries on the DAC Weatherstone Studio’s 184” HD movie screen. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served. Nationally published professional photographer, Alix Martinez of Darien, judged the contest, a fundraiser, sponsored by Darien Rowayton Bank, Geary Gallery and Adelaide Fine Art. To find out more, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.