Town of Weston Seal by Blake Hampton

Weston Commission for the Arts
Town of Weston, Connecticut

Members of the Commission as of January 2010:

Christine Lomuscio, Chair,
Donna May Robinson, Vice-Chair
Margaret Y. Brooks, Treasurer
Gary Bettsworth
Peter Catucci
Andi Luciano Fine
Valerie Finegan

Great turnout for Weston on a Friday night!!!  We are so involved in other things, especially the Friday before election day, that the crowd that turned out, in our opinion, was larger than that which showed up two years ago for ATBM!!!  Bravo!

Photo by Joan Marcus (l) from South Pacific;  Google article here

Metropolitan Opera Bass and Broadway Actor/Singer
Weston High School Auditorium
Weston Commission for the Arts

Introducing New Weston Artists in an Exhibit this Weekend (JUNE 5)

Eleven Weston artists and sculptors will be showcasing their work in a show designed to introduce the artists to Weston and its neighboring towns.  The three-week show, Weston Artists’ Debut Art Exhibit, sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts, will open with a gala reception on Saturday, June 5, 5:30-7:30 PM in the Community Room of the Weston Public Library, 56 Norfield Road.  Hors d’ouvres, and wine coordinated by Bean Corcoran, Weston caterer, will be served.  Floral arrangements by Artistic Blooms by Nanette (Giordano), also of Weston will be displayed.  The event is free and open to the public.  Call 222-2590 for more information.

Co-curators and members of the WCA, Christine Lomuscio, Chair and and Andi Luciano Fine have drawn together photographers, sculptors and multi-media artists, new to Weston and never before exhibited in Weston to showcase their work for this month-long show ending June 25. 

The principal featured artists are Margaret Brooks, Iva Brunow, Andi Luciano Fine, Jeanette Hensinger, Kirkman Jackson, Lisa Kennedy, Kerri Rosenthal, Christine Sesko, Ellen Schiffman, Jane Schulhof, and Lynn Wheeler. 

In Weston, it is cultural rebirth and awakening of new life;  in the rest of CT, it is politics as usual!  POLANIE!  Guest Dance Troupe perform at the 20th Annual Weston Town Hall Green - photo by ACORN professional photographer - this is a very good sign that the economy is improving and Weston FORUM is feeling healthier!!!

Sunday, May 16, 3 PM
20th Annual "Rites of Spring" Outdoor Dance Festival
Town Hall Green.  Free.  Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.

It was free and lawn chairs were the perfect thing to bring (as opposed to umbrellas).  It was sunny at "Rites" this year - hurrah!

"It's a bird, it's a's SCULPTURE 2010"

JUDGING VIA INTERNET - Interested artists should send a sample of their work as a jpeg along with a bio to:

Saturday, April 10, 8 PM
Weston Library
"LAWN ART", talk and visual presentation of Westonite's own estate sculpture from distinguished sculptures to self-made works of art. 
Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.

Saturday, March 27, 8 PM
SAM WEISER, violinist in Concert. Hans Holzen, guitar and Kyle Keggeris, bass.
Young virtuosi violinist plays jazz, classical, bluegrass, standards.
Weston Library. Free.  Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.
222-2590.  No reservations necessary.

Saturday, June 5, 7-9 PM Gala Opening

Weston Library
On exhibit June 5 through 25
Featuring new artists in Weston.  Free.
Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.

Weston Commission for the Arts


Arts Commission Presents Art From Nature Film

The Weston Commission for the Arts welcomes the public to a viewing of the award-winning arts film Rivers and Tides which features the extraordinary work of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy as filmed by German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheimer.  Both have won numerous awards for this 90-minute document including the 2002 Golden Gate Award for Film & Video – the Arts, San Francisco International Film Festival 2003 Best Documentary, German Film Critics Association.

In this film, the viewer watches the process of creating art works shot over a year in four countries over a period of four seasons by which Goldworthy creates intricate and ephemeral sculptures from natural materials such as rocks, leaves, flowers, and icicles.  Some are permanent installations such as a long-running stone wall; others last as long as the forces of nature allow.  All are breathtakingly beautiful and bring the viewer to artistic ecstasy.

The film will be shown in the Community Room of the Weston Library on Saturday, November 14, 8:00 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  Wine and hot apple cider will be served.  Call 222-2590 for further information.

Weston Commission for the Arts...

Is this a Bleifeld?

Saturday, October 17, 7:00 PM  Stanley Bleifeld, world renowned sculptor.  Lecture and Exhibit and unveiling of new work.  Weston Public Library, 56 Norfield Road.  Free and open to the public.  No reservations required. Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts, 222-2590. Photographic exhibit will remain through October 25.

Friday, October 30, 7-8:30 PM  Andy Neilly, Weston artist.  Exhibit of works from Maine, Tuscany and Weston.  Weston Public Library, 56 Norfield Road.  Free and open to the public.  No reservations required. Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts, 222-2590.  Exhibit will remain through November 13.


Rodney Lopez & Mariana Parma

SAT., JUNE 6, 2009 8 PM

DANCING/Hors d’oeuvres

Sponsored by  Weston Commission for the Arts - all WCA events are free!

The 19th annual "Rites of Spring" dance festival  will be held...SUNDAY, MAY 17, 3:00-4:30 PM on the Town Hall Green.  (Rain location, at Norfield.)

Outdoor Dance Festival features Yale’s African Dancers and Drummers

The nineteenth annual “Rites of Spring” outdoor dance festival will take place on the Weston Town Hall Green, 56 Norfield Road off Rt. 57 in Weston on Sunday, May 17, 3:00 pm.

The event, initiated by Margaret Bisceglie and Lisa Lindsay Daugherty in 1990 enjoys its place among Weston’s colloquial traditions.  This year, as in all years past, the program will begin with dances by the Young Peoples Creative Dance Theatre followed by quartet ensemble with members Nicole Horrigan and Lucy Meehan Toal of Norwalk, Kayln and Anna Lo of Stamford, and Leigh Scaglia and Nina Low of Weston.  The program will also feature solo dancer Zena Bibler of Weston.

Zena Bibler began her dance training with Margaret Bisceglie and Young People’s Creative Dance Theater.  While studying as an undergraduate at Yale University, she danced, choreographed, and served as Artistic Director of A Different Drum Dance Company, combining modern dance with other movement techniques and directed improvisation. Currently a master’s candidate at the department of Performance Studies at Tisch/NYU, she hopes to continue blending the boundaries of dance theory and practice.  She is currently directing an online dance installation of site-specific dance experiments taken place in Union Square Park in New York City.

Guest artist Aly Camara, known as Tatchol from Guinea West Africa, is a master dancer and drummer. He says "In Guinea when we are not dancing we sing the rhythms with our mouths.”  Since his move to the US in 1993 he has performed and recording drumming throughout the country. He offers special credit to N'famara Mimo Camera, who took him “from street dance and introduced me to professional dance.”

Mr. Camara has performed with African ballet companies in Guinea and Senegal and in the United States he has taught dance at Southern Connecticut University and the New Haven School of African Rhythm and Dance.  He is a featured performer of African drumming in participatory classes of song and dance to corporations and educational institutions. He currently leads African dance classes at Yale University.

The event is free and open to the public.  Audience members should bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.  In the event of rain, the event will take place in the Norfield Church Parish Hall next door.  There, seating will be available.  Please call 222-2590 for more information.

Not in the show - from the Internet, but this is the general idea!

“MIXED BAG” An exhibit of artist-designed purses created by area professionals.  May 1-15.  Opening Gala Reception Friday, May 1, 7-9 pm, Weston Library, 56 Norfield Road.  Call 557-3169 for more information.  Also, Artful Tea & Coffee-Friday, May 15, 10-12 Noon.  Both events are free.  No reservations required. Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.

Weston Photographers
Visual Poetry in Photography Exhibit
March 28 - April 24
Weston Library
Gala Opening-
Saturday, March 28
7-9 PM
The public is invited.
Weston Commission for the Arts - 222-2590 for info on exhibiting...

Previous Events (opening completed):
  activities and plans for the new season and GRANTS news!

  1. Jazz
  2. Memorial Day Fair concert
  3. "Rites of Spring 2008"
  4. Weston Self-Portrait
  5. Tango! 
  6. "Laughter, Hope and a Sock in the Eye!" theatrical, one-woman performance.
  7. "Rites of Spring XVI" dance festival
  8. "SPRING '07!" art show
  9. "Razzleberry" - exhibition of hand made dolls
  10. "Rites of Spring 2006"
  11. Spring '06!
  12. Figurative Art
  13. Rites of Spring 2005
  14.  Snapshots of Weston
  15.  Antiques Road Show
  16.  Art Talk
  17. Photographs of Westonites in history
  18. Original theatre readings
  19. Books, birds and art
  20. Flute concert
  21. "Rites of Spring 2005"


Check it out...Mark Rapp music - So Cool!

The big finale to the 2007-2008 year...the Commission brings back JAZZ (and a performer who was spectacular in another role):

Saturday, June 7, 8:00 P.M.  Jazz Concert, trumpeter Mark Rapp.  Weston Library, 58 Norfield Road.  Free.  No reservations necessary.  Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts. 


Memorial Day Ceremony (Monday) after the Parade.

Report on speech from newspaper coming...

2nd Annual  Memorial Day Weekend Outdoor Concert

H U R L B U T T    P T O    F A I R   A D V E R T I S E D   O N    C A B L E V I S I O N   I N    N I C E    S T O R Y
Sunday, May 25
4:30 - Weston High School's "Poster Boys"
6:30 - "Cracked Ice" Motown/Rock Band
Hurlbutt Grounds - Bring lawn chairs
FREE!  NO reservations!
Weston Commission for the Arts

Nancy Meehan Dance Company (l.) and Jennifer Foster, Soprano will be singing the beautiful Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise,"  Op.34 No.14.

"Rites of Spring" on the Town Hall Green
18th Annual Outdoor "Rites of Spring"
SUNDAY, MAY 18 3:00 PM
Town Hall Green
Bring lawn chairs
Rain: Intermediate School (and it did rain)!
Weston Commission for the Arts
Call 222-2590


And then...

A self portrait by Weston artist Nga Nguyen.

Apr 24, 2008
Weston self portrait exhibit
Opening reception Friday

A gala opening reception, featuring 35 Weston artists’ self portraits, is planned for Friday evening, April 25, 7-9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Weston Public Library. Hors d’oeuvres and wines will be served.

Both professional and amateur artists, including photographers, whose work will be on view will be there to meet and greet the public.

Co-curators of the self portrait show, Christine Lomuscio and Donna May Robinson, and the other members of the Weston Commission for the Arts, sponsor of this event, will also be on hand to introduce the Weston artists.  Like all arts commission-sponsored exhibits, concerts and lectures, the event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 222-2590.

T H E   O P E N I N G    E V E N T    F O R    2 0 0 7 - 2 0 0 8... I T    T A K E S   T W O    T O    T A N G O  - 2 0 0    W e s t o n i t e s    t a k e    a    b o w  !

TANGO!  was attended by many, many Westonites including some candidates.

"...Some of the upcoming events the commission has planned are a hot jazz concert, ArtTalks, and exhibit of Weston artists’ self portraits, and, if a large enough venue in town can be found, an eclectic classical concert by the NOW Ensemble.

One event Ms. Lomuscio is very excited about is an 'Argentinean Tango Night,' featuring two award-winning Argentinean dancers, dance demonstrations, audience participation, and Argentinean food, beer, wine, and music.

'It will be part concert, part performance, part demonstration, part activity, and all fun,' Ms. Lomuscio said. And it’s all free.

Tango Night is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. at Norfield parish hall..."

"Laughter, Hope and a Sock in the Eye"  starring Laurel Ollstein...
From her bravura, standing-room-only performance at Weston Library Community Room, June 29, 2007...

A Dorothy Parker, who had the right words for every occasion, most of them sharp and to the point!

Waiting for the telephone to ring...what's a nice girl from Jersey to do?

Sharp verse, tight scripts, gotcha scotch, and drop dead lines...voila! "A Star Is Born!!!"

READ GREAT PROGRAM NOTES HERE:  and yes, there was a Weston connection!.  And a standing room only crowd loved every clever word!!!

Actress and playwright Laurel Ollstein did the celebrated American literary icon Dorothy Parker to perfection, in her play "Laughter, Hope and a Sock in the Eye" at the Weston Public Library Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 7:30pm

Community Room, Weston Library

No charge. 
No reservations.

Some favorites...

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.

You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think


Read about 2006 Rites of Spring (which was indoors at Norfield because of rain...).  Fifteenth festival in 2005 here!

D A N C E    F E S T I V A L   2 0 0 7  !
- Featuring - Young People's Creative Dance Theatre, World Music of NANA, and Greek-American Folklore Society of NY
WHEN: Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 3PM
WHERE:  Town Hall Green

FORUM FRONT PAGE STORY (also front page in the Westport NEWS):
"Dancers from the Young People’s Creative Ballet Dance Theatre perform 'Carrosel,' choreographed by student Cassidy Liebman, at the outdoor Rites of Spring dance festival last Sunday on the Weston Town Hall Green."


By Helen Roman

Commission for the Arts

Five Weston artists who participated in last year's "SPRING!" art and photography exhibit sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts, will be featured in their own art show in the Community Room of the Weston Library, April 29 through May 18. 
The five winning Weston artists are:  Helen Roman, 1st Prize; Jacquie Homschied; Mary Ann Barr, 3rd Prize; Sheila Goldman and Doris Kaye, both winning the "People's Choice" Award.
An opening reception, to which all are cordially invited, will be held Sunday, April 29, 4-6 pm.  Wine and delectibles will be served!

Donna May Robinson, curator.

"Razzleberry" and friends...

The Figurative Art of Local Artist

The public is invited to a gala opening reception to see the extraordinary talent of Westonite Donna May Robinson in an exhibition of her figurative art dolls on Sunday, September 24 through October 20 in the Community Room of the Weston Public Library, 56 Norfield Road.

Ms. Robinson’s creations, one-of-a-kind museum quality dolls, which will be featured in a show entitled “Razzleberry,” “Stellina” and “Stanley,” are entirely hand-made.  The expressive faces of children, old women, real characters and imagined creatures are oil painted onto gessoed canvas, a la tromp l’oeil, the hair is of mohair or cotton chenille as well as various other fibers, the bodies sewn from fabric and clothed with original, again, hand-sewn outfits or costumes. Many are adorned with antique buttons and trims.

Infant dolls, custom- made to reflect the child they are modeled after, are sweet and demure, while other figures are whimsical characters, made to delight the spirit.  These can be made from household objects ranging from toothbrushes as in the case of “The Real Tooth Fairy,” antique tea towels for “Lady Lemongrass,” or old jewelry for her prized “Jack in the Jewel Box.” Each one takes forty to one hundred hours to complete.  The facial expressions of each of the creations are a combination of sweetness, delight and whimsy while simultaneously exuding impishness, unabashed ness, some being downright devilish.  They have even been lovingly described as having “nicely warped” expressions.  Each one brings a smile to the admirer. 

The artist’s work is nationally and internationally acknowledged as outstanding in its field.  Ms. Robinson’s work has been shown at the prestigious IDEX International Doll Exposition in Atlanta, the CFM Gallery in New York as well as the Wachtanof Gallery in Moscow.  She is a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists having followed a rigorous two year application process, and winner of the coveted Rosette Prize at the Seeley’s Convention of Original Dolls.  A graduate of the University of Connecticut, majoring in fashion design and dramatic arts honing her talent in puppetry, Ms. Robinson was awarded a  full scholarship to study for an additional degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts, the public is cordially invited to the gala opening reception Sunday, September 24, 4-6pm.  There is no charge for the reception or for entrance to the exhibit. 

Activities scheduled for Spring 2006 season of RITES OF SPRING 2006 to be ready some time soon.  See some of press reports after "RITES OF SPRING 2006" here!

"Dancers of India "  troupe to entertain at 16th "Rites of Spring"

Sunday, May 21, 3:00pm
"Rites of Spring" 16th Annual Outdoor Dance Festival
Weston Town Hall Green
CONTACT:  Christine Lomuscio, (203) 454-4774, Chair., WESTON COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS
Sixteenth Annual Dance Festival in Preparation
Dancers of many disciplines and genre will convene upon the Town Hall Green on Sunday, May 21 beginning at 3 o'clock to celebrate, for the sixteenth year, the annual "Rites of Spring" Dance Festival sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.
The brainchild of longtime Westonites Peg Bisceglie and Lisa Daugherty, this outdoor festival has entertained and delighted hundreds of audience members for years.  It is a treasured tradition for the local citizens and its neighboring towns.
In addition to repeat appearances of Victoria Sloat of Westport dancing in the style of the infamous Isadora Duncan, and dancers Elizabeth Gary and Nicole Horrigan from the Co-Op performers of the Young People's Creative Dance Theatre as well as a young dancers division from the troupe, this year's featured guest performers will include dancers of India and improvisational dance inspired by the haunting aura of the didgeridoo played by New York jazz trumpeter, Mark Rapp.
The event is free and open to the public.  Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets.  In the event of rain the performance will be held at the Norfield Parish Hall next door.
For more information please call coordinators Christine Fulton or Johnny Fulton at 341-8824.
Follow the link io find out more about the South Indian Kuchipudi style.  The Dance of India troupe is scheduled to perform at the Sixteenth Annual Outdoor "Rites of Spring" Dance Festival, Sunday, May 21, 3:00 on the Weston Town Hall Green.

Read about last year's  event

May 7-31
Opening Reception:
Sunday, May 7, 4-6pm
Community Room, Weston Library

Join Laura Wilk, curator, at the Gala Opening Reception of...
SPRING!  Art & Photography Exhibit
Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts;   featuring Weston artists' and photographers' work May 7-31

Inviting all Weston PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Professional and Avocational - to submit photos of antique objects foundin Westonold barns, hitching posts, stone walls, antique automobiles, architectural details and so on...
"All things antique"                          
April 23-26, Weston Library
(SUBMIT WORK: 4/23, 10AM)
Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts
Opening Reception: SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 4-6pm


Perhaps a little something from your French relations that was handed down?  Or some small object found?
Weston will be having it's very own, 2nd annual

Antiques ROAD SHOW !
Sunday, April 23, 2-4 pm
Community Room, Weston Library
All Westonites are welcome to bring 1 small fine antique (silver, porcelain, very small pieces of furniture, sculpture...) for a FREE evaluation and appraisal by LEON McNAMARA of Westport Appraisers.
Pieces will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. You may come just to hear Mr. McNamara share his knowledge of the pieces presented by being a member of the audience.
Those who prefer a more private assessment may come at 3:30.

The event will close promptly at 4.
Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.

Weston Commission for the Arts
invites you to

ArtTalk: "the spiritual, philosophical nuances of visual art"
by Isaac Sonsino
SUNDAY, APRIL 2 at 3pm
Opening Reception, 4-6pm
featuring Mr. Sonsino's contemporary oils, acrylics and pencil sketches
Community Room, Weston Library


Adolf Duda,
b.1913, Poland, father of Westonite, with his "wheels," Boursin, France, 1930

A most cordial invitation to you...from the WESTON COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS  


All Westonites are invited to participate in an all-town celebration of their individual heritage as captured in early photography. They are asked to submit a treasured photograph of a relative - the older the photograph, the better!  An interesting pose perhaps at the piano, in front of their place of business, or sitting beside a fountain would be nice. 
Each submitted photograph will be labeled with the name of the person pictured, the date of their birth and death, date and place where the photo was taken, and the name and the relationship of the person submitting them.
These framed photos will be hung in the Community Room and will remain on view from November 18 through 27 with a Gala Reception scheduled on November 18, 8:00 pm. to which all Westonites are invited!  The event will be sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.
We will be accepting last minute submissions on THURSDAY EVENING at 6pm in the Community Room of the library!

  Gala Reception Wine, Hors d'oeuvres and desserts   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 8:00 PM Community Room, Weston Library   All are most cordially invited!

The playwright, at Town Hall for reading of "Miss Crandall's Classes" - hear it now and be in the know when it hits Broadway later!

"Miss Crandall's Classes"

A play reading

by Catherine Gropper of Weston


Ten actors tell the story of the Connecticut heroine Prudence Crandall who, in the 1830s, opened her academy to black women thus advocating the right to an education for all women in America.



Weston Town Hall, 56 Norfield Road


Free.  All are cordially invited! 

Reception following.

Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts


Gerda Da Rif - Art Opening - breaks all (unofficial) records for turn-out!!!  Must see!!!
Weston Public Library - 56 Norfield Road
Champagne Reception was Sunday, October 30, 2005, 4-6pm
Exhibit through November 12th.
The Weston Commission for the Arts
The Weston Historical Society

HAROLD JONES in CONCERT Nationally renowned flute soloist..."He's exhilarating, he's vibrant!  Don't miss this fabulous event!"
An evening of Bach, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Hasse, Charminade, Coleridge-Taylor Perkington and Demersseman SATURDAY, October 22, 7:30pm at the Weston Library
  Sponsored by the Weston Commission for the Arts.  FREE!

Available thru bookstores...Barnes and Nobles and the Weston Historical Society...a great read, in our opinion!

Lecture and book signing at Weston Library Saturday, June 25, 2005 - all seats taken to hear the dramatic tale of three water company land schemes (2 recent) a half-century apart!  Cablevision Channel 79 Town TV will be showing "un-cut version" beginning Friday, July 29 - an edition of "About Town" (this show to run for three weeks Friday and Saturday from 5:30-6pm on Cablevision Channel 77).

continues on CABLEVISION CHANNEL 77 at 1PM Mondays ("Part One") and Tuesdays ("Part Two").

                                                                                                                                                      (Westport NEWS photo)
Lisa Lindsay Daugherty, program;  Peg Bisceglie's dancers;  Skidmore College student Sasha Lehrer performs "Ball Dance" - part of a tribute to Isadora Duncan by the Isadora Duncan International Institute.  The sun came out (finally) on a spectacular series of performances by Isadora Duncan International Institute, directed by Jeanne Bresciani, Ph.D.

                                                                                                            (Margaret Wirtenberg, photos)
Sculpture by Andrew Reiss depicting Spring growth:
(Sculpture courtesy of Hamilton's

Young People's Creative Dance Theatre huddles for final words of wisdom in Town Hall...Isadora Duncan dancers warm up in the Town Hall Meeting Room--where they would have performed had it rained...


Commission, crowd and dancers braved foreboding weather - Dancers Co-op, with lead dancer Liz Coprio Gary (l.) having emerged from dormancy within the Andrew Reiss sculpture, set a bold course for the afternoon! 

                                                                                                        (Weston Forum photo)
The Green Chair Dance Group of Swarthmore College (pictured above) made the dance funny, satiric and just wonderfully expressive!!!

Crowd of 200+ plus photographers and videographers cluster by the wall at the Town Hall greensward...which looks as if had been designed for just this event!!!

Please note that there are exciting opportunities for artists including grants and awards from the Arts Division!

New Director Named For State's Film Division
By MARK PETERS | The Hartford Courant
1:09 PM EST, February 26, 2008

The office overseeing a program to attract film, TV and website production work to Connecticut with lucrative tax credits has a new director.

The Commission on Culture & Tourism announced today that George Norfleet is the new director of the state film division. Norfleet has been serving as senior program manager for the tax credit program since October. Before that, he spent 15 years in advertising and film and TV production, most recently as a freelance producer and production manager on the ABC sitcom "Ugly Betty," the commission said in a statement.

"We need to show Hollywood that, in addition to great locations, Connecticut provides a range of support services that, along with the tax credit program, offer compelling reasons for producers to select our state for their next film project," Norfleet said.

Connecticut put in place some of the most generous film tax credits in the country a year and half ago. The credits resulted in a large increase in the number feature films shooting in Connecticut, including ``Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods'' last summer. State legislators have added additional incentives to get film and TV production companies not to just shoot here but relocate to the state permanently.

Norfleet replaced Heidi Hamilton, who last fall was put on administrative leave and then fired over what she had characterized as a clash with her supervisor over the handling of location scouts. Hamilton is challenging her dismissal.


Sep 1, 2007
Commission’s mission to bring art, culture to Weston

Most of Weston’s boards and commissions regulate activities or oversee the day-to-day operations of the town. But there’s one commission whose sole concern is to enhance the town’s cultural life.

The Weston Commission for the Arts was formed by the Board of Selectmen in 1992, three years after the town began participating in the joint Westport/Weston Arts Council.

The commission’s current chairman, Christine Lomuscio, believes that  having its own arts commission that sponsors activities in town instead of “next door” strengthens the Weston community. And it makes sense, she said, because there are more than 60 professional artists, photographers, art promoters, and arts center personnel who live in Weston — and those are just the ones she knows about.

“Our mission is very simple: To provide art and cultural events for the townspeople of Weston,” Ms. Lomuscio said.

Those events, which range from traditional art exhibits to music programs to dance demonstrations, are a mixture of homegrown talent and performers from around the world.

“I think there’s an excellent balance of both,” Ms. Lomuscio said. “We use local talent when accessible and available and they can do it, but we also try to bring interesting things in from outside Weston.”

The events are always free, something that undoubtedly contributes to their success.

Some of the “outside” talent the commission has brought to town include music from China, flutist Harold Jones, reminiscences of George Balanchine, and a one-woman play about the life of Dorothy Parker that played to a standing-room-only crowd at the library this past spring.

Local fare has included exhibits of heritage photography, photographers’ takes on spring in Weston, the artwork of former Westonite Gerda Da Rif, and an evening of limerick recitations.

It was one such event that brought Ms. Lomuscio to the commission about eight years ago. She attended a reading by Emmy award-winning Burry Fredrik of stories from the Newsletters of the Jarvis Academy, a military school that used to be located in Jarvis House on the corner of Norfield and Weston roads.

“It was absolutely mind-boggling,” Ms. Lomuscio said. “I thought, this is quality, good stuff, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

The arts commission (not to be confused with the similarly named WestonArts, which is a grassroots fund-raising group) can have up to 12 members, but there are currently only six. Members, who serve two-year terms, are interviewed and recommended by sitting commissioners and are appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

The commission is always looking for anyone affiliated with or interested in any of the arts who might be interested in serving. Ms. Lomuscio acknowledged it’s often hard to find people to fill the commission’s seats, because artists and performers tend to “lead very busy and productive lives, and are not always in the local limelight.”

It’s also a fairly big commitment, she said. “We do have people that enthusiastically join us, and then find it’s a time-consuming effort.”

The commission meets on the second Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission Room at town hall. The meetings are posted and open to the public. There is a lot of brain-storming and planning for upcoming events.

“Sometimes we get so enthusiastic, we have to reel ourselves in. After all, we have a limited budget,” Ms. Lomuscio said.

The Weston Commission for the Art’s funding is included in the selectman’s budget and is voted on at the Annual Town Budget Meeting each year. The present budget for the commission’s activities is just under $9,000.

“It’s not a big budget, but even we are surprised every year by how many events we pull off with it,” Ms. Lomuscio said.

Some of the upcoming events the commission has planned are a hot jazz concert, ArtTalks, and exhibit of Weston artists’ self portraits, and, if a large enough venue in town can be found, an eclectic classical concert by the NOW Ensemble.

One event Ms. Lomuscio is very excited about is an “Argentinean Tango Night,” featuring two award-winning Argentinean dancers, dance demonstrations, audience participation, and Argentinean food, beer, wine, and music.

“It will be part concert, part performance, part demonstration, part activity, and all fun,” Ms. Lomuscio said. And it’s all free.

Tango Night is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. at Norfield parish hall.

For more information about serving on the Weston Commission for the Arts or on upcoming events, contact Ms. Lomuscio at 454-4774.