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Community Channel: Local artists win at Autumn Juried Show; Coffee house event to feature student singers

Local artists win at Autumn Juried Show

The Rowayton Arts Center was buzzing on Sept. 30 for the opening reception of the Autumn Juried Show, which featured art in all media. Judge Katerina Lanfranco had selected 90 works of art from the 284 submissions to be included in this show. Artists from Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York all have works featured in this show.

Co-chairs of this exhibition, Richard Koleszar and Barbara Murphy handed out the awards. The Best in Show winner was Brian Kammerer of Rowayton for “Surfside Delight.”

Award winners from Westport included Scott Glaser with first place in Drawings, Pastels and Printmaking; Maisie Prince with second place in Acrylic Painting; Nancy Breakstone with third place in Black and White Photography; Carol Mueller with third place in Oil Painting; Deborah Rauh with third place in Sculpture; and Wendy Pieper with an honorable mention in Watercolors.

The artwork will be on display until Oct. 27. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Charity helps raise funds for breast cancer screenings

October shines a pink spotlight on breast cancer with profiles of celebrities with the disease and pink ribbons adorning everything from tissues to gasoline trucks. Sometimes lost in the sea of pink is the plight of underinsured and uninsured women living in the communities and struggling with the added expenses of a serious illness.

Pink Aid, a Connecticut-based charity, was formed in 2011 to help underserved women survive breast cancer treatment with support and dignity and to provide “compassion until there’s a cure.” A second chapter, serving Long Island, was started in 2014, and the organization aspires to expand into other communities.

Now, Pink Aid’s Connecticut and Long Island Chapters, have granted more than $4.6 million to pay essential household expenses, provide diagnostic testing, treatment, recovery and wellness support and to fund outreach and education. Many hospitals, health providers and grass root organizations have quickly come to rely upon Pink Aid to help their underserved patients.

A record crowd attended Pink Aid’s eighth annual luncheon at newly refurbished Mitchell’s of Westport on Oct. 3.

Chaired by Weston’s Nancy Marshall who lost her mom Beverly last year to the disease and Westport Warrior Linda Couturas, the event showcased the spring 2019 collection of designer Lela Rose and the interior design community’s take on this year’s theme — “Blush.” New York graphic novelist and breast cancer activist, Marisa Acocella, shared her story of being an uninsured freelancer during her battle with breast cancer.

The event also introduced the latest Pink Aid initiative, “Warrior Connection,” which was created to provide survivors with information, education and a network of supportive peers throughout diagnosis, treatment, recovery and beyond. Lunch and signature cocktails provided by the Marcia Selden Catering completed the afternoon.

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To learn more about Pink Aid, its mission and services, visit www.pinkaid.org .

Coffee house event to feature student singers

The Staples Honor Society is planning social activities for the seniors this school year at the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

For their first event, enjoy coffee, tea and cookies and listen to Staples High School singing group “Wreckers in Tune” on Oct. 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. “Wreckers in Tune” was co-founded in the 2011-12 school term by Staples students Nick Vega and Ryder Chasin. The club is centered on the idea of gathering musically gifted students and using their talent to give back to their local community.

The Westport Center for Senior Activities is at 21 Imperial Ave. For information or to register for activities, call 203-341-5099 or visit westportct.gov/seniorcenter.

Westport resident to perform in college production

McDaniel College student Anna Rozier, of Westport, will perform in the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Spring Awakening” at the college.

Performances are Nov. 14-17 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors (over 60), active military members and veterans, as well as those with a McDaniel College ID. For tickets, call 410-857-2448.

This Tony Award-winning rock musical explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood in a powerful celebration of youth and love. The musical follows a turn of the century Romeo and Juliet, Melchior and Wendla, as well as their friends and their families, as they navigate, and are impacted by, teenage self-discovery, first love and coming-of-age anxiety.

“Spring Awakening” has a book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. Elizabeth van den Berg, chairwoman of McDaniel’s theater arts department, directs the production with Alison Shaffer as musical director and Julie Herber as choreographer.