Subject: 2nd Annual Fairfield County Progressive Gallery Tour by Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Continues on to Stamford

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 9, 2016
Media Contact:
Jennifer Bangser, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
(203) 256-2329


Norwalk, CT - The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) launched their second annual Progressive Gallery Tour of Fairfield County at the C. Parker Gallery and the Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery in Greenwich in September and continues November 19th on to the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in downtown Stamford. CAFC's Progressive Gallery Tour was created to bring its artist, cultural nonprofit, and creative business members together once a month to discover and celebrate the richness and variety of the organization's commercial art gallery members across coastal Fairfield County. The tour, which began in Greenwich, progresses monthly along the coast, visiting one town a month, until the last stop in Stratford in May of 2017.

The Progressive Gallery Tour visited two commercial galleries in September: The C. Parker Gallery and the Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery, both located in Greenwich. The exhibit at C. Parker Gallery provided a fascinating look at the work of legendary movie poster designer Bill Gold - "the man behind the most iconic movie posters ever" (Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, A Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, For Your Eyes Only, and more). The stop at the Isabella Garrucho Fine Art Gallery provided an opportunity to celebrate the Gallery's move to a new space and to view a show of paintings by Michelle Sakhai and sculptures by David Hayes. Tiffany Benincasa, owner of the C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich, commented that participating in the Tour “has been a terrific way to connect with fellow art dealers and our creative community at large.”

On November 19th, the tour will visit the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, located at 96 Bedford Street, in downtown Stamford. Along with refreshments, there will be a private tour of an exhibition of works by Eliot Elisofon, a staff photographer for LIFE Magazine from 1942-1964, and a founding member of the Photo League. Elisofon was one of the first photographers to travel through Africa after WWII, helping Americans to see and appreciate the vastness and unique qualities of the continent and its people. Also on view will be work by Pablo Agudelo, a mid-20th-Century Colombian painter and friend of Fernando Botero, who, though he did not achieve the notoriety of his contemporaries, exhibited heavily in Latin America and New York. These works are privately held and are many are being seen for the first time.

The Progressive Gallery Tour will then proceed as follows: Friday, December 2, to New Canaan, as part of the annual New Canaan Holiday Stroll with three commercial galleries participating: Handwright Gallery & Framing, Heather Gaudio Fine Art and the Sorelle Gallery. In January a stop in Norwalk will bring the tour to PGT, The Artists’ Market, Leclerc Contemporary, The Love Art Gallery and Galleria Isadora. In February, the tour moves to Westport with stops at the Amy Simon Gallery and the Nylen Gallery at Picture This. 

Moving into spring, the Tour moves eastward to the Southport Galleries in March. April will bring the tour to browngrotta arts, the world-renowned crafts gallery open in Wilton just one week a year and celebrating its 30th anniversary. In May, the tour visits a new gallery in Fairfield, Elise Contemporary Art, ending in Stratford at the FTS (Forest to Shore) Gallery.

For further details about the tour and how to participate, or for information about how to become a member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County as an artist, cultural nonprofit or creative business, please contact David Green, Director of Programs and Membership at David@CulturalAllianceFC.org.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has close to 500 members, comprised of nonprofit arts and culture organizations, creative businesses, artists, libraries and municipalities.

The mission of the organization is to support its membership - and the cultural sector - by providing promotion, services and advocacy. CAFC maintains the region’s most comprehensive online event calendar for all things arts & culture, www.FCBuzz.org. CAFC is also one of the State of Connecticut, Office of the Arts's (COA), "Designated Regional Service Organizations," which are directed to develop, convene, and sustain the arts industry, develop cross-sector relationships, and provide support for specific COA programs and services. 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Bangser, 
Jennifer@CulturalAllianceFC.org or 203.256.2329

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is supported, in part, by:
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