The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers’ Market are excited to announce the third annual student digital photography competition, Young Shoots, for kids and teens ages 8-18.
The competition is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers’ Market.
The jurors will select winners in three age groups (8-10 years old, 11-14 years old, and 15-18 years old) and all photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market.
All selected Young Shoots photographers will have their work showcased in a gallery-like setting at Sugar & Olives restaurant. First place winners will receive a $100 cash prize and will also have the opportunity to lead a food photo shoot with Bill Taibe, local chef extraordinaire. Second place winners in each category will win a $50 cash prize.
The community will also have a chance to vote online for their favorite submissions beginning August 20, with “Fan Favorite” winners in each age category receiving a one-year membership to the Westport Arts Center and a Westport Farmers’ Market t-shirt.
To submit work, email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
All photographers ages 8 – 18 may submit.
Students will be juried in 3 separate age groups: ages 8 – 10, 11 – 14, and 15 – 18.
All photographs must be taken at the Westport Farmers’ Market, held Thursdays, 10am – 2pm, at 50 Imperial Ave in Westport.
Edits and stylistic enhancements are permissible.
Selected artists must print and frame their work.
The Photography Competition is free.
Meet the Masters AM:Ages 4-7
All the great masters, both traditional and contemporary, have an influence in this fun weeklong art camp! Each day will focus on a different artist and introduce them to a handful of fun and unique facts while allowing them to complete an art project unique to the style of the artist being studied that day. Each class will introduce different materials and culminate in a collection of completed works reflecting the colorful history of the art world. From Picasso to Frida Kahlo, and perhaps even some Van Gogh, students will learn the names and styles while having fun doing it!
Iphone Photography PM: Ages 8-12
Our worlds are inundated with technology, and we love to share our lives with others through this technology- specifically through the art of image. Our phones are our own personal sidekicks that let us take immediate, hi-resolution images to post to Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. People are Insta-famous! Let you child learn creativity and artistry through the use of their iPhone! Participate in this highly interactive class and learn all the magic tricks and skills of phone photography. We will explore everything from selfies to food photography, curating your photo album. Learn how to adjust for light and composition, and edit on the phone, while gaining valuable knowledge from visiting artists.
For more info, visit our website!
A Night of Comedy Improvisation at The Factory Underground in Norwalk,
On Saturday August 12th at 8:00 p.m., come see local comedians in a family-friendly show at the Factory Underground at 16 Isaac Street in Norwalk, Adults $20, Students $10. Cash only at the door. Cheer on hometown comedy talent featuring Fairfield of Dreams improv team and student alumni of Wilton High School's Freeplay comedy improv troupe, directed by Second City Conservatory alumna and Wilton High School teacher Heather DeLude. The night also features the "Black Tie Affair" jazz band in a delightful, family-friendly, one-of-a-kind night out. The venue, the Factory Underground, is like a lower Manhattan comedy club without all the travel; it is right around the corner from the Garden Cinema in Norwalk at 16 Isaacs Street. No reserved seating so come early. Concessions will be sold at intermission so come hungry! Support your local comedy scene! http://fairfieldofdreams.com Westport residents Kerstin Rao and Dana Rossi are founding members of Fairfield of Dreams comedy group.
Wait! Don't throw it out! If you no longer love your stuff, set it FREE!
Made up of over 5,000 groups with more than 9 million members around the world, The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
(Posted as a reminder of good community options for reducing waste. People can contact me for additional information but I urge you to visit www.freecycle.org and consider joining the Westport group.
Discover the wild foods in the natural world that surround us! Join one of our Naturalists on a foraging expedition throughout our sanctuary in search of naturally growing specimens that you can harvest and eat. Explore local plant and wildlife communities while enjoying the beauty of our trails. Admission is FREE but registration is required. Ages 12+. Call 203-557-4400 or go to
Pre-sale of the Westport Schools Calendar is closing this weekend!
Did you know you don't need to have kids in the school system to support the calendar? We have a variety of donation levels!
Art from the Westport Public Art Collections hangs in Westport Public Schools, Town Hall, Parks & Rec, The Senior Center, Westport Public Schools Tech Center, and the main Fire Station.
Purchasing and/or donating to the calendar supports the display, preservation, and educational uses of the art in our community.
to purchase and/or donate today and help keep art alive in our community!
The Suzuki Music School of Westport is proud to announce its inaugural Summer Camp, for Suzuki students playing guitar, violin, viola and cello! Between July 24th-28th, from 9am-3pm daily,students can come with or without their parents and will receive a combination of master classes, group class (technique and repertoire), orchestra or chamber groups, music enrichment classes and more! Requirements are: age 6 or older, playing at least past the first half of the Suzuki Book 1. Cost: $450.
The school will also offer a class called Jump Start to Twinkle, designed for children ages 4-7 with their parent. Between July 24-28, this five day 60 minute group class introduces parent and child to the
beginning stages of learning a string instrument (violin, viola, or cello) through the Suzuki Method. Lessons take place at the Suzuki Music Schools in Westport. Cost: $100.
For more information, please visit: www.SuzukiSchools.org/summer-camp-2017 or call (203) 227-9474.
About: The Suzuki Music School of Westport is a member of the Cultural Alliance
of Fairfield County, the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, the
Suzuki Association of the Americas and the National Guild for
Community Arts Education. For information on events please call (203) 227-9474 or visit the school website at www.SuzukiSchools.org.
Singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico returns to Weston for his third "Music at the Barn" appearance on Sunday July 23 at 5:30pm, at the Weston Historical Society Coley Homestead at 104 Weston Road, Weston. No reservations required for this delightful family-friendly event. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, favorite food and beverage and enjoy the show. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. Admission is $10/members, $15 non-members and kids are free. for more information: www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.