Winners of Rowayton Arts Center’s ‘PHotography and Sculpture’ Exhibit Announced

Best in Show “Sun Shower,” by Emily Kelting

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Best in Show: “Sun Shower,” by Emily Kelting

A new show with “Photography and Sculpture” is now on view at the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) through Sept. 6, and in RAC’s online gallery.

— an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

This open call, juried exhibition features 86 pieces by 45 area artists that were chosen from almost 150 submissions.

Winners were announced Aug. 7:

BEST IN SHOW: Emily Kelting of Norwalk for “Sun Shower” (Color Photography).

Best in Show “Sun Shower,” by Emily Kelting

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Best in Show: “Sun Shower,” by Emily Kelting

COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY:1st Place, Margaret Kraus of Norwalk for “Redhook,” —2nd Place: Edward Hortick of Cos Cob for “Do You Have Your Ticket?,” —3rd Place:  Tad Philipp of Rye for “Narmada River Wrap,” and —Honorable Mention: Margaret Kraus of Norwalk for “The Block,” Fruma Markowitz of Weston for “Cyanotype Series,” Andrea Letters of Rowayton for “Open Book Series,” Michael Corthell of Millis, Mass. for “Dune Fence Dawn,” Nancy Breakstone of Westport for “Downpour Beach Break.”

RAC Best in Show Winner Emily Kelting

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Best in Show Winner Emily Kelting with her piece “Sun Shower,” (Color Photography)

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY:1st Place, Andrea Carson of Rowayton for “COVID-2,” 2nd Place, Josh Iguchi of Rowayton for “Hedge Series,” —3rd Place, Frederick Bannerot IV of Norwalk for “Silver Flower Series,” and —Honorable Mention: Laure Dunne of Norwalk for “Reaching Pine,” Julie DiBiase or Stamford for “Ascension,” Andrea Carson of Rowayton for “COVID-1.”

SCULPTURE: 1st Place, Lubomir Tomaszewski of Easton for “Ready to Charge” and 2nd Place, Joseph Dermody of Greenwich for “Unrestricted.”

RAC has resumed normal summer gallery hours: Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The Chair for the exhibition is Jay Wilson and the Co-chair is Nancy Breakstone. The judge, Thomas Mezzanotte, has been exploring the potentials of the photographic medium for over 35 years.

Educated at the University of Bridgeport, he became the director of the University’s Carlson Gallery in the 1980s. As a Connecticut Commission of the Arts Master Teaching Artist, he conducts workshops at schools across Connecticut and at universities nationwide.

His work has been exhibited at many galleries and museums around the United States including New York University, the George Eastman House, the John Stevenson Gallery in Chelsea, New York City and the William Benton Museum in Storrs.

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Roost — a New, Restaurant/Coffee Shop — Opens Monday at 1950 Post Rd in Noroton

Roost Darien Mike Pietrafeso coffee shop

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Chef and owner Mike Pietrafeso

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At Roost, Darien’s newest place to eat, located in the recently finished building at 1950 Post Road in downtown Noroton, you’ll be able to get coffee, made-to-go items, tea, coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner and don’t forget coffee. Doors officially open on Monday, Jan. 29.

You can enjoy your food (and coffee) at tables in or to-go from the new establishment, located on the first floor, front and center of the new Scofield Place building.

The menu is seasonal and ingredients are locally sourced, says chef and business co-owner Mike Pietrafeso.

“Working with local and fresh ingredients is what I do best,” Pietrafeso said. “We’re pulling our own mozzarella, curing all the meats and making our English muffins from scratch.”

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Chef Mike Pietrafeso, who is co-owner with his wife Krista Pietrafeso.

Roost will have offerings similar to Pietrafeso’s first coffee shop/restaurant — Ada’s Kitchen + Coffee in Greenwich, which has been racking up awards.

Ada’s opened in February 2016 and has been voted “Best Breakfast” and “Best Coffee Shop” in Greenwich for 2017’s Best of the Gold Coast. Pietrafeso also was honored as one of the “Most Innovative Chefs” for the 2017 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival.

But let’s not forget the coffee — or the teas: Pietrafeso’s seasonal menu can be paired with a variety of artisan coffees from Path Coffee Roasters in Port Chester, N.Y. and teas provided by Arogya Teas in Westport.

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Website coming, restaurant coming.

Roost will also be open for dinner until 8 p.m., weekdays and Saturdays, and the menu will include kid friendly items to make the place comfortable for an entire family.

The restaurant is located two (new) buildings from St. John Roman Catholic Church in downtown Noroton.

The website was still under construction as of Friday afternoon, but it says it will be running soon.

You can also follow Roost on Facebook (Roost Darien) and Instagram @roostdarien. The phone number is 203-309-5546.

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Roost co-owners Mike and Krista Pietrafeso

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Your new roost will officially open these front doors on Monday, Jan. 29 at 1950 Post Road.


Johnny’s & Company “family hair salon,” a fixture at the Noroton Heights Shopping Center for ages, has a new storefront in the same building, next door to Roost (on the righthand side of the first floor, as you look at the building from the Post Road). To the left, Danny’s Cycles has already moved from its former shop on the East Side of Stamford.

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The lineup at the new Scofield Place building at 1950 Post Road in downtown Noroton: From left, Danny’s Cycles, Roost, Johnny and Company. So if your kid stays really still for the barber, you can promise him or her a treat at Roost, and if your kid is really, really good …

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