Friday, May 31, 2013

ARTWALK in Stamford Downtown Friday, June 14 (6pm-9pm) and Saturday, June 15 (10 am–7 pm)

2013 ARTWALK in Stamford Downtown
Friday, June 14 (6pm-9pm) and 
Saturday, June 15 (10 am–7 pm)

Join us for an exciting two days filled with fine art, artists,
galleries, retailers and restaurants . . .

Stamford Downtown is always striving to make Stamford Downtown a better place to live, work and play.  The ARTWALK in Stamford Downtown is yet another step towards showcasing the growing art community and collectors market in Stamford Downtown.  As part of our Art in Public Places initiative, and in conjunction with this year’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit entitled “Downtown Abstractions”, Stamford Downtown is sponsoring its first ARTWALK from Friday, June 14th through Saturday, June 15th. 

Created by Stamford Downtown Special Services District and its Curator, Art Consultant Valerie Cooper (owner of Picture That, LLC headquartered in Stamford), a phenomenal experience awaits for ARTWALK patrons from Stamford and its surrounding communities.   Showcasing 95 talented northeast artists, photographers and sculptors, our inaugural ARTWALK in Stamford Downtown will reflect a diverse selection of mediums, styles and trends in the contemporary art world.   

The ARTWALK (which is FREE to the public) will turn Stamford Downtown into a lively, friendly and varied art gallery for two days.  Check in at our Spring Street ARTWALK registration booth to obtain an ARTWALK map highlighting the locations of exhibiting artists.   Equipped with this map, visitors can easily navigate the four block ATRWALK route and enjoy light refreshments and live music along the way (check events calendar for details).  All art will be available for purchase and the majority will remain on display until July 7th.
In addition to the retail and restaurant locations hosting artists in their establishments, six Stamford Downtown Art Galleries are actively taking part in the ARTWALK by featuring special Summer art exhibitions which include the following:

1.      Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, 96 Bedford Street- “Be (come) a Collector
2.      Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin Street – “Strange Invitation
3.      Old Town Hall Museum, 175 Atlantic Street – “SmART: an iPhone & iPad Art Exhibit
4.      R. Hollander MasterGoldsmith, 154 Bedford St. -“Subduction-works of Hollander & Davis
5.      Stamford Art Association Gallery, 39 Franklin St. - “Art and Soul of Stamford
6.      UConn Stamford Art Gallery, 1 University Plaza – “Different Strokes

An ARTWALK Opening Celebration will be held on Spring Street Friday, June 14th at 5:00pm where participating artists, gallery owners, retailers and restaurateurs will meet to kick off the two-day event.  All are welcome to attend the Opening festivities! The variety of art styles and the artists themselves will reflect the diversity of cultures present in Fairfield County.  
For details and more information or call (203) 348-5285


Monday, May 27, 2013

Can you guess who...

Coming to Alive@Five this season.   Check the complete schedule at

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Art highlights this Spring /Summer 2013...

Looking for Art events in Stamford Downtown?  Here's a quick list to keep on hand...

Art in Public Places- Downtown Abstractions
Around Stamford Downtown locations
Each year Stamford Downtown hosts a distinguished outdoor sculpture exhibit designed to attract both local and regional audiences. Art in Public Places features sculptures lining the sidewalks and parks of the Downtown as well as the Stamford Town Center. They will be on display around town starting early June to mid August.

Kiwanis Art - Art in our Park
 Saturday, May 25 - July noon - 4pm
 61 Atlantic St
Bring your family to one of Stamford's most active Art Parks. Your little ones can create hands-on art that they can take home! Parents can enjoy the art of local artists, displayed for your pleasure and purchase, at Kiwanis Park.

ARTWALK in Stamford Downtown:
Friday, June 14, 6-9pm
Saturday, June 15, 10am-7pm
Around Stamford Downtown; walk along to view the art.  Art work from professional artists will be displayed in stores and on a walking route of the Downtown. 
Over 25 participating stores and galleries.

Other art in the downtown:

Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
Phone: 888-861-6791
96 Bedford StreetGallery Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-8pm.

Franklin Street Works
Phone: 203-595-5211
41 Franklin StreetA not-for-profit contemporary art space, café, and social gathering place showcasing original on-site and off-site exhibitions, artist projects, and innovative cultural programming.

Stamford Art Association
Phone: 203-325-1139
39 Franklin StreetFine arts center. Shows, juried by art professionals, expertly exhibited. Educational component. Ongoing local and national events. Thur & Fri 11am-3pm Sat & Sun 12pm-3pm.

UConn Gallery
Different Strokes : The Pink House Painters
May 13, 2013 – July 12, 2013
DIFFERENT STROKES The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to announce it newest art exhibit entitled "Different Strokes". The show is available for viewing from May 13, 2013 to July 12, 2013 in the Art Gallery located in the heart of UConn's downtown campus. The Artists' Reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th from 2:30-4:30pm.Admission is FREE to the exhibit.
 University of Connecticut - Stamford
One University Place
(203) 251-8400 Monday-Thursday 9:00am-7:00pm
Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

City of Stamford, Mayor's Gallery Changing exhibits
10th floor Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd 
(203) 977-4140
more info:

Sackler Gallery -Stamford Center for the Arts
Palace Theatre - Stamford Center for the Arts
Phone: 203-325-4466, 358-2305
61 Atlantic StreetThe region's premier center for the performing arts offers world class theater, dance, music, comedy, and family entertainment, plus changing art exhibitions in our gallery. 

Art at the Ferguson
In the Main Ferguson’s Auditorium Gallery.  Changing exhibits.
Reanimation Library Original Art
6 to 8 p.m.
A juried multi-media show
Exhibit runs through September
Sponsored by The Ferguson Library, the Stamford Art Association and Franklin Street Works

 Some art available for purchase at:
Arts & Crafts on Bedford
September 21 & 22, 2013

Arts & Crafts on Bedford is back for its ninth year in Stamford Downtown. Shop at our craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk cafes.

 Additional information at


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stamford Downtown--we keep on growing....

  For more details go to

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Art at The Ferguson - May 30 thru September

Reanimation exhibit

Art Reception

Reanimation Library Original Art

Thursday, May 30

6 to 8 p.m.

  Main Library Auditorium Gallery

A juried multi-media show
Wine and cheese reception

Exhibit runs through September

Sponsored by
The Ferguson Library, the Stamford Art Association and Franklin Street Works
For more information call 203 325-1139
Ferguson Library
One Public Library Plaza
Stamford, Connecticut 06904


Monday, May 20, 2013

Meet Lester...

This is Lester. He helps keep the downtown clean and tidy; part of the Clean, Green and Safe Program.
Say "hi" if you see him around town... He's not smiling in this picture because he's camera shy, but believe me, he's friendly.  Thanks for all you do Lester!

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About Clean, Green and Safe….

The Stamford Downtown Special Services District creates, manages and promotes a quality downtown environment to enhance its economic vitality.  The DSSD fosters economic growth through a retail recruitment and retention program, special events and marketing programs and by providing enhanced operational services which improve the downtown's physical environment.  These programs promote a clean, green and safe downtown.

Clean:  The Clean Team has been keeping Stamford’s downtown “spic and span” since September 1993.  On duty seven days a week, the Clean Team’s efforts include vacuuming and sweeping the sidewalks, removing graffiti, and maintaining Stamford’s downtown parks.  The hard work of the Clean Team results in of 23+ tons of garbage collected each year!

Green:  The Streetscape Program was established in 1994 by a group of dedicated volunteers determined to enhance the downtown environment.  Their mission was to create an enhanced, pedestrian-oriented environment conducive to strolling and enjoyment.  Bold, massed plantings in the parks and tubs of greenery bursting with flowers, inspire people to visit and enjoy the downtown.  Many groups are partners with the DSSD in a quest to create a visually inviting streetscape.

Safe:  The Stamford Downtown Ambassador Program was founded in 1997 to provide the Stamford Downtown community with many valuable services.  All Ambassadors are trained in security-related matters, first aid, and CPR.  In addition, they are directly linked to each other, as well as, the police, fire department, rescue team and the DSSD office via two-way radio.  They are also specially trained to know everything there is to know about the Stamford Downtown making them an ideal source for providing directions, recommending a restaurant, or even suggesting a show.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

This weekend--Spring on the Farm, Stamford Museum and Nature Center....

Jump into spring with us during our annual Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

At this family favorite, see how Heckscher Farm ushers in the season by shearing its sheep and spinning their wool into yarn. Take a hayride around the farm where you can see what baby animals have arrived. Listen to live music as you view animal demonstrations, participate in storytelling, crafts and face painting, see farm tool displays and so much more. Enjoy a variety a of cuisines for purchase from local food trucks. Our galleries will be open, too! CLICK HERE for a a schedule of events map for the Spring on the Farm Festival Weekend.

Members: $5 | Non-Members: $10
Family PLUS & Director's Circle Members FREE, and Children 3 & under FREE
Please bring your Membership card!
Meet our new kids"Kathie Lee
and Hoda" as seen on

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Steve Martin, June 21 8pm

Posted by PicasaPalace Theatre - Stamford Center for the Arts
Phone: 203-325-4466
 61 Atlantic Street  Box Offices: (203) 325-4466. Order tickets online or by phone.
 The region's premier center for the performing arts. Offering world class theater, dance, music, comedy, and family entertainment, plus changing art exhibitions. Order tickets online at

The region's premier center for the performing arts offers world class theater, dance, music, comedy, and family entertainment, plus changing art exhibitions in our gallery. 
To keep up to date on all SCA events our website.  


Meet the DSSD Staff....

Want to know more about what we do... go to

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The complete summer concert series schedule - Alive@Five and Jazz up July 2013...

The complete summer concert series schedule, right here...

Alive@Five Concerts Thursdays, June 20 through August 15, 2013 (no concert July 4)
Jazz up July Concerts Wednesdays, July 10 through August 7, 2013
 Two of the region’s hottest concert series,
Alive @ Five on the Heineken Light Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Reckson
and BevMax AND People’s United Bank Jazz up July presented by Stamford Town Center in
partnership with Purdue Pharma on the Heineken Light Stage kicks off Thursday, June 20th and
Wednesday, July 10 respectively, in Columbus Park in Stamford Downtown.  We are now happy
to announce our opening bands!
Alive @ Five on the Heineken Light Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center,
Reckson and BevMax in Columbus Park, Stamford Downtown
Thursdays, 5pm (no concert July 4)

Go to www.stamford-downtown for more info.  


Monday, May 13, 2013

Bike to work day - May 17

Stamford Bike to Work Day.  SWRPA and the City of Stamford are inviting bicycle commuters to stop by Veterans Park (Atlantic Street & Main Street) on Friday, May 17, 7.30a – 9.00a, for free refreshments and giveaways. 


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mothers Day plans? Try Tigin Irish Pub in Stamford Weekend Brunch

Tigin Irish Pub in Stamford Weekend Brunch

Tigin Irish Pub
Phone: 203-353-8444
Fax: 203-406-0392 $$ 175 Bedford Street Enter the world of Joyce & Yeats as Tigin Irish Pub transports you to an Ireland of yesteryear.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Mothers Day Plans? Try Bar Rosso Restaurant



Bar Rosso
Phone: 203-388-8640
Fax: 883-8696$$$
30 Spring Street
Bar Rosso features a wood burning pizza oven set behind a 50 ft. bar serving an Italian tapas style menu with small plates. Outdoor patio or private dining.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blazing Blooms unveiled...

About "Blazing Blooms"...

If you find yourself on Atlantic Street at the corner of Main, you might find yourself immersed in the newest Stamford Downtown permanent outdoor art display, “Blazing Blooms” by Scott Glaser.  

It hangs, on the southern facing wall of First County Bank on Atlantic Street, aside the parking lot ramp to the Stamford Town Center measuring 31 feet by 41 feet.   Glaser was chosen, back in 2011 from a list of local artists to complete a massive piece of art that would engage the community with the downtown. Glaser’s subject is a lush world of plants and greenery, sitting amidst the concrete jungle. The painting tricks the eye (trompe l’oeil) and creates the optical illusion of the painting being three dimensional. The style for the “Blazing Blooms” painting is ‘Surrealism meets Realism,’ explains Glaser.
Although the piece looks like an enlarged photograph, the final “sketch” was created by composing Glaser's reference photos for the background image along with his own photography of the gloved hand holding the watering can; the flowers in the foreground, begonias and kalanchoes; window box and window pane. Once configured, the design was gridded and printed out in large sections to be used as reference guides for painting. The painting was done using the grid system, whereby one square at a time is recreated in paint on the canvas.

The paints used were acrylics applied to a gessoed, muslin substrate stretched on a wooden frame. The composition and the act of painting this six foot by eight foot acrylic piece took approximately 1, 250 hours totally eight months.

The large size of the canvas required that the painting be scanned in sixteen separate pieces, then pieced together like a puzzle in a computer and made ready for the printer. Donald Sigovich, a fine art printing and scanning service in Westport, spent two weeks assembling, color correcting, and proofing the final four gigabyte file in order to achieve the most faithful interpretation of the original. Once completed, this file was given to the large format printer to create the finished 31 foot x 41 foot mural.

Special thanks to Marion Glowka, Stamford Downtown Streetscape Coordinator, who acted as floral advisor, hand model and stylist for the photo shoot and to Sam Bridge Nursery, located in Greenwich, as the finest resource for the flower research.

Stop by and take a look!


“Thou Shalt Laugh Out Loud” Comedy Night-FUMC Stamford, 42 Cross Road Stamford

“Thou Shalt Laugh Out Loud” Comedy Night

7PM, Saturday May 11 2013 
FUMC Stamford, 42 Cross Road Stamford CT 06905. 
Comedian Nazareth is One of America's Top inspirational Comedians! His humor is sharp and each performance is uplifting, exuberantly positive and perfect for all ages.

Born in Israel (yes, he is named after the city of Nazareth) and now living in the U.S., he has unique insight into the cultures of both the Middle East and his adopted home of America. Nazareth has been featured on Comedy Central and the NBC Nightly News.


Monday, May 6, 2013

from the top of the Trump building....

top of trump parc, washington blvd

 what an awesome view.  only wish it was a clearer day...
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Friday, May 3, 2013

Saks event, May 4 from 11-5


Saks Fifth Avenue
140 Atlantic Street
Phone: 203-323-3100 
Department Store:

Luxury specialty store offering
 exclusive designer
fashions for men and
women as well as
shoes, accessories,
 cosmetics and fragrances.


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