Stratford artists featured in Kennedy Center calendar

Shown, from, (front row) are Kennedy Center artists James Graves of Bridgeport, Michael Donahue of Trumbull, calendar photographer Lisa Ellis of Fairfield; Ryan Gall of Stratford, (back row) Armando F. Goncalves, president of People’s United Bank, Connecticut-South; Jack Barnes, president and CEO of People’s United Bank; Vince Santilli, executive director of the People’s United Community Foundation; Martin D. Schwartz, president and CEO of The Kennedy Center; Mayor Bill Finch; Kennedy Center artist Marc Iaizzi of Bridgeport; and Debra Jean Willis.

Over 70 art lovers attended the Kennedy Center’s A Unique Perspective 2013 calendar unveiling at a recent reception at Gallery@999 in Bridgeport.

The calendar features the expressive, vibrant works of 18 Connecticut artists with disabilities and illustrates how people with disabilities can be productive, contributing members of their community. Stratford artists featured in this year’s calendar are Alice Dubois, Glen Oross, Stacy Koty and Tremaine Wilson.

“The calendar has been a wonderful showcase for The Kennedy Center, demonstrating the diverse range of abilities of people with disabilities as well as the breadth and depth of The Kennedy Center’s services” said Martin D. Schwartz, president and CEO of the Kennedy Center.

Dignitaries who participated in this popular kickoff event included Jack Barnes, president and chief executive officer, People’s United Bank; Martin D. Schwartz, president and CEO, The Kennedy Center; Mayor Bill Finch; Armando F. Goncalves, president, People’s United Bank, Connecticut–South; and Vince Santilli, executive director, People’s United Community Foundation.

“The Kennedy Center is one of the great attributes of our city,” said Finch, who served as the evening’s host. “Our City Hall employees always look forward to the Kennedy Center calendar exhibit because it is so unique, vibrant and colorful. The city of Bridgeport is proud to host this greatly anticipated display for a second year in a row.”

For more 30 years, People’s United Bank and, more recently, the People’s United Community Foundation, have underwritten the calendar as its major sponsor.

Artwork featured in A Unique Perspective covers a variety of themes ranging from abstracts to still lifes. Each piece reflects the personal interests and feelings of the artists.

Gallery@999 has been transformed into an art gallery representing more than 72 Kennedy Center artists and more than 80 paintings. The artwork will be on display for public viewing until the end of January. The gallery is located at 999 Broad Street in Bridgeport.

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