Art Smart News: HSO Looking For Young Artists; Tyler Anderson Cooking For Twain Gala

Governor’s Arts Awards

Five individuals and entities were recently given the Governor’s Patron of the Arts Awards, an annual honor which acknowledges support of the arts.

The 2018 winners are Alva G. Greenberg, who founded New London’s ALVA Gallery, rehabilitated five buildings in New London and founded the Saturday Market and New London Music Festival; Grace Farms Foundation of New Canaan, an arts venue that hosts events related to social justice; United Technologies; Yale University; and Fritz Jellinghaus of Chester, chairman of the Connecticut Arts Council.

HSO’s Young Artist Competition

Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition is accepting registrations until Dec. 31. Competitors must be Connecticut residents in grades 9 to 12 during the 2018-19 school year, cannot be a previous first-place winner of the competition and must play one of the following: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, piano or harp.

Judging will be conducted throughout the online registration process. Those who pass the online judging will perform in May at Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave. in Hartford.

The first-place winner will receive $1,000, and the possibility of performing at an HSO event. Second- and third-place winners will receive $750 and $500, respectively. All three also will receive tickets to a Masterworks concert of their choice.

To submit forms and an audio recording of the pre-approved repertoire, visit Candidates must also mail a $75 non-refundable application fee to HSO Young Artists Competition, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, 06106.

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A Twain Feast And A New CFO

Twain’s Feast, a fundraising gala for the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, will be Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford. Chef Tyler Anderson will prepare the menu based on foods listed in Andrew Behar’s book “Twain’s Feast.” Tickets are $275 at

In other Twain House news, Michael L. Campbell is the new chief financial officer of Twain House.

Previous to the Twain, Campbell was director of finance and operations at Connecticut Quality Council for Rensselaer at Hartford; executive director of Hartford Children’s Theatre and SummerWind Performing Arts Center; national development director of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps; and chief of staff for the Girls Scouts of Connecticut.

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‘What’s So Funny?’ At Yale

David Sipress, a staff cartoonist for New Yorker magazine, will give a presentation at Yale University Art Gallery, “What’s So Funny?” on Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. The talk is in conjunction with the exhibit “Seriously Funny: Caricature through the Centuries. Admission is free. The gallery is at 1111 Chapel St. in New Haven.

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Kids And Art

Tunxis Community College’s Multicultural Arts & Technology Saturday Program begins its third season on Nov. 3, offering arts and technology instruction to any student in grades 2 through 6 in the Hartford region. Among the artistic subjects are African drumming, Chinese arts, dance and creative writing.

The program is held at Tunxis, 271 Scott Swamp Road in Farmington, on Nov. 3, 10 and 17 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Field trips include the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford and the New Britain Museum of American Art. The tuition fee of $25 includes art supplies, a backpack and snacks and use of all musical instruments. To register:

Night At The Museum

Bruce Museum’s sixth Annual Night at the Museum benefit event will be Nov. 9 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the museum at One Museum Drive in Greenwich, when kids can explore the galleries in their pajamas, do a scavenger hunt and craft projects and eat pizza. Songs for Seeds will perform music, and Mad Science will conduct experiments. A silent auction will benefit the museum’s children’s education and scholarship programs.

Israeli Voices

Contemporary Israeli Voices opens its annual fall series at Wesleyan University in Middletown with a presentation by University of Illinois Professor Rachel Harris, “Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema,” on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. at the campus’ Russell House, 350 High St. The second presentation, on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. at Daniels Common, 45 Wyllys Ave., is the one-woman play “The Strawberry Girl,” by Savyon Liebrecht. Admission is free to both.

Litchfield Arts Appointments

Litchfield Performing Arts, the presenter of the Litchfield Jazz Festival and the Litchfield Jazz Camp, has appointed Terry Grady of Portland and Adrian Jones of New York City to its board of directors.

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