A New Season of Events

Fall brings a new batch of events for the remainder of 2011, from all the familiar faces plus some new and some returning. We thought we’d take a look at some notable upcoming happenings…

“Hang In There” Poster Exhibit
October 15 (Opening) – November 12
Hygienic Art Galleries, New London, CT

Designer Patti Murphy of Seed Factory is a resident artist at Hygienic Art Galleries in New London. When she was charged with putting on an art show, her mind turned quickly to showcasing design work, something Hygienic hasn’t done in the past.

The theme Murphy landed on, “Hang in There,” came with a double meaning. “I really like the idea of hanging art on hangers,” says Murphy. “It is a simple solution to decorating homes and workspaces — easily hanging something that you like or prints that you’ve purchased.”

“And I love collecting positive words, quotes, illustrations and images — I think, as designers, we are taught and trained how to evoke or represent a certain emotion or feeling, and I thought it would be interesting to see how each designer will create something that they see as uplifting or positive.”

The show will display (and offer for sale) 12×18 posters by a variety of Connecticut and Rhode Island designers and artists, including Patti herself, Susan Hickman, Kat Murphy, Troy Monroe, Mark Bevington, Tomaz Kazmierczak, Julia Balfour, Katie Kerrigan, Vaughn Fender, Eric Panke, Nick Healy, John Lepak, Magdalena Lutoborska, Richard Hollant, Tracie Valentino, Karli Hendrickson, Chris Piacik, Noemi Zalanski and Amy Graver.

“I chose the participating artists based on who I have collaborated, connected with or worked with before,” says Murphy. “Though sometimes we are all competing for clients, this is a great opportunity to come together as a community of designers and create artwork for each other and ourselves.”

“I am excited to see all the work hanging together on the walls at the gallery and I know I will have a hard time choosing the posters that I want to take home with me!”

Young Turks vs. Old Dogs
November 5
Union Station Great Hall, Hartford, CT

A self-proclaimed “once-in-a-career opportunity,” Young Turks vs. Old Dogs is a reunion / networking event to give younger creatives in the state the opportunity to “rub elbows with the old guard. And vice versa.”

Old dog Jack Lardis organized the event as a benefit for his organization Oil Drum Art, a not-for-profit grass roots art movement that seeks to change human patterns through meaningful artworks.

“There are three ex-advertising people on the Oil Drum Art Board,” says Lardis. “Dave Murphy, one of the Directors, came up with the idea to have a small reunion of ad people as a fundraiser.  We thought it was a great idea and it quickly mushroomed to a major event with all four major ad and design clubs co-sponsoring the event.”

“It has become a fun, networking reunion party for the ad industry and the donated funds will go to Oil Drum Art to help underwrite its Spring 2012 art exhibition in the Hartford Union Station Great Hall.  It will feature 40 drum artworks created by regional artists and 30 Trash Drum Artworks created by about 240 inner-city Hartford students. The finished drums will be placed in city parks to collect trash and provide public art.”

Creative for the event (including the name of the event) came courtesy of Adams & Knight Creative Director (and fellow Old Dog) Don Carter, who worked for Lardis as an art director at Lardis, McCurdy & Company in the early 80s. “First off, I got involved because Jack is an old friend. He taught me so much about art direction that I feel a lifelong indebtedness to him. And second, this is a great idea.”

“For me personally, after 30 years in the business, club events have lost their luster. This event will draw from all of the organizations and hopefully attract a lot of the old-timers like myself back into the fold. We’re hoping the evening will be an opportunity as well for younger creatives to mix with the older generation and share ideas and maybe even spark some future collaboration.”

The event will feature a number of fun and creative distractions above and beyond the networking, including food and wine samplings, door prizes, a silent auction, live music, and an art display. Attendees are also encouraged to bring photos from “back in the day” for display on the “Reunion Board,” and to design their own name tag (for prizes and bragging rights).

“We hope it becomes a yearly reunion that will get better and better,” says Lardis. “Don’t miss it… and bring your camera.”

Ad Club of Connecticut Holiday Party
December 1

Holiday parties are a staple of Connecticut creative organizations, but no one does it bigger than the Ad Club.

“The Holiday Party has been a favorite of mine for years now,” says Fred Caserta of Casterta Design Company. “Where else can you rub elbows with some of the top agency folks in Connecticut, get introduced to great vendors and let the creative community know what you are all about?!”

“Last year I was fortunate enough to share A Chair 4 Charity with the Club. With very little promotion we were able to raise a couple hundred dollars selling photo opportunities in Don Draper’s office chair from the set of Mad Men. Now what’s cooler than that?”

Besides plenty of elbow rubbing, there’s great food and an always-great raffle.
And in the spirit of holiday giving, the party asks attendees to donate arts and crafts supplies that will make their way to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center ArtReach Program.

The BoNE Show (Best of New England) Traveling Exhibit

The AIGA Best of New England (BoNE) Show is a biennial design competition and celebration of New England design. This year’s winners were announced at the awards ceremony and exhibition opening, held in Boston on June 9, 2011 at Boston University’s 808 Gallery.

This year, the BoNE Show is hitting the road — making a stop in Providence, Rhode Island and then in Connecticut later this year. (We are watching the AIGA Connecticut website for details!)

Connecticut was well represented at the show — Ethan Bodnar won for his work for Cultivate; Keiler & Company for their work for Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford; and CO:LAB for their work for Bated Breath and Design Is Love.


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