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

Mark Twain Library’s 45th art show preview featured over 175 works

Hundreds of people gathered at Mark Twain Library’s art show preview reception on Friday, Dec. 1.

The evening was filled with much glitter and glam on Friday, Dec. 1, at Mark Twain Library’s 45th annual art show preview reception. More than 175 works were on display in every corner of the library, created by over 100 artists. The art included paintings, graphics and sculpture. Artists in this year’s show traveled to the library from all over Connecticut, as well as from New York, New Jersey, Florida, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. General tickets to the event cost $75. Several hundred people — many dressed in bright, sequinned outfits — attended the sold-out event. All … Read more

Barlow STEM chairman promotes new science curriculum

Joel Barlow High School

Next Generation Science Standards is the new science curriculum being taught at Joel Barlow High School.   NGSS is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are challenging to students. With NGSS, the students, rather than the teachers, are the ones who are actively discovering. At the Region 9 Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16, J.T. Schemm, STEM department chairman, presented the advantages of NGSS. “In the classroom, we are looking for students to be the discoverers for the first time,” he said. “Good teachers don’t tell you what you are going to see, the students … Read more

Democrat challenges Republican incumbents for Region 9 board

Three candidates are vying for two open seats to represent Easton on the Region 9 Board of Education, which is in charge of Joel Barlow High School. Redding has different but proportional representation on the regional board. Democrat Maureen P. Williams is challenging incumbent Republican board members Catherine Gombos and Todd A. Johnston. Republicans control the leadership of all Easton elected and appointed boards and commissions and elected offices at Town Hall. Democrats occupy only those seats that are guaranteed by minority representation. All told, 19 Republican candidates and nine Democratic candidates are running for election. Williams, Gombos and Johnston … Read more

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