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Tuesday, April 24 News

Community Soundings: MMS collects for P2P, ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’...

The Middlesex Middle School Student Council held its fourth annual food drive for several weeks in November, collecting over 1,000 items for Person-to-Person, a community-supported agency that provides emergency assistance for basic needs and support for individuals and families as they move towards stability.

Afterwards, Student Council members traveled to Person-to-Person to help stock the shelves just in time for Thanksgiving.

“The Nutcracker” comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at their annual production, “Scenes from the Nutcracker.”

This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.

A Darien favorite since 2002, this year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.

Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. Show times are Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended as performances sell out quickly. Call the DAC at 203-655-8683 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org for reservations.

Additionally, ages 6-11 attending Dec. 9 performances may want to participate in the Holiday Print-Making and Frame Decorating Workshop in the DAC Visual Arts Studio from 1-3 p.m. Participants will sip hot cocoa and eat holiday treats while creating holiday-inspired Styrofoam prints on the DAC’s printing press. Their prints can then be put in a frame that they decorate, creating a perfect gift for family, teachers and friends.

Fee for the workshop is $40, with no registration fee.

The Darien Public Schools Music Department is presenting Darien High School’s annual Holiday Spectrum Concert Dec. 13, featuring all of the high school instrumental and choral ensembles performing a complete program of festive holiday music.

There is no admission fee, but because of the popularity of this event, it is recommended you arrive early to get the best seating. The 1-hour event will begin at 7 p.m. and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

A holiday silent auction, sponsored by the DHS Community Council to benefit Darien Social Services, will take place in the lobby of the auditorium from 6:15 to 7 p.m. just prior to the concert. The silent auction will feature holiday gift items and services from local businesses and the school community.

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently-used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes to benefit the those in need through Dec. 31.

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Through Dec. 6, the bank is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. All donations will be distributed to kids and families in need throughout Fairfield County as part of Inspirica’s holiday gift collection.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

Jan Dilenschneider, a Darien landscape artist who has championed the cause of preserving the environment in exhibits worldwide, will display her paintings in a new show titled “Paint the Beautiful World” at Stamford’s Palace Theatre.

The show, which will runs through Dec. 31, is in the recently-refurbished Sackler Gallery and in Café Teatro at The Palace Theatre.

For her exhibit at The Palace, the expressionist painter has divided the paintings into themes based on the idea behind the works:

Decalcomania is a series where one surface is painted and then pressed onto or printed onto a second surface, either canvas or aluminum. This gives texture and a haunting mirror image that can be worked on.

Homage to Leaves is themed to help the viewer appreciate the beauty of the everyday leaf.

Reeds, Rivers and Reflections highlights her fascination with the landscape, its colors, variations and the reflections in water.

Dilenschneider, who with her husband, Robert, developed The Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts, which rescues artists and arts scholars from repressive regimes around the world. The award is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the largest international exchange organizations in the world, and has provided life-saving fellowships that have taken oppressed artists and their families out of danger and allowed them to create and flourish.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words.”

The exhibit will run from Jan. 29 to May 11 at the gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk.

Every picture tells a story — it can communicate to anyone in the world a complex idea with just a single image, no translation needed. The Maritime Garage Gallery is seeking work that captures how the artist would communicate their stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. into works of art. The exhibit is curated by Nadia Martinez.

For online guidelines and submissions, go tonorwalkpark.org/callforart. Please email maritimegallery@norwalkpark.org with any questions. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 16.

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