Local musicians to perform at inaugural Connecticut Guitar Festival

All things guitar will be celebrated across several Fairfield County venues this weekend with the debut of the Connecticut Guitar Festival. Initiated by the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange, it is partnering with Westport-based Music for Youth, the Factory Underground Studio of Norwalk, the Westport Arts Center, Westport Public Library and Pequot Library in Southport to present a range of activities, including concerts, master classes, vendors and exhibits. In explaining the concept for the festival, Dr. Andrew Smith, director of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport and Orange, said, “The guitar is one of those instruments that crosses … Read more

Iconic: Artist explores what it means to be an icon

“I’ve never swayed from what I do,” said contemporary artist Robert Mars of Redding. “I started making assemblages when I was seven years old with sports objects, especially baseball. I’ve always been interested in iconic things. What is iconic? That is the question I pose in my work, but do not answer. I want viewers to look and decide.” Mars works in a broad range of art forms, but is best known for his Neo Pop multilayered, mixed media and collage art that celebrates the cultural icons of the 1950s and 60s, which have been dubbed Futurelics. His work has … Read more

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