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Packed Formal Reception Celebrates 'In The Bag' Exhibition At Newtown Municipal Center

Published: September 13, 2018 at 10:22 am

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First Selectman Dan Rosenthal stands with Adriana Russo after announcing her design won a reusable bag design contest at the opening reception of “In The Bag: The Art & Politics Of The Reusable Bag Movement” on September 8. Adriana holds the reusable bag made with her design on it.

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People view works of art on display in the grand corridor at Newtown Municipal Center on September 8, when an opening reception for the “In The Bag: The Art & Politics Of The Reusable Bag Movement” exhibition was held. —Bee Photos, Hallabeck

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Newtown Poet Laurate Lisa Schwartz reads “Elegy To A Bag Gone By,” a poem she wrote specifically for Saturday’s opening reception of “In The Bag: The Art & Politics Of The Reusable Bag Movement.”

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Two of the artists with pieces on display for the "In The Bag" exhibition — Daniel Lanzilotta, left, and Miggs Burroughs — stand together during the opening reception at Newtown Municipal Center on September 8.

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A display of bag design contest finalists is on view for the opening reception of “In The Bag” at Newtown Municipal Center on September 8.

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Adriana Russo’s winning bag design on display at Newtown Muncipal Center for the opening reception of the “In The Bag” exhibition. The bags will be available for purchase at the Newtown Environment Action Team tent at the 2018 Newtown Arts Festival.

A formal opening reception for the traveling exhibition “In The Bag: The Art & Politics Of The Reusable Bag Movement” was celebrated on September 8 at Newtown Municipal Center. The traveling exhibition will remain on view weekdays through September 28.

The exhibition is set up in the grand corridor of the town building at 3 Primrose Street, and people nearly packed the hallway during the opening reception to view the works of art on display.

Westport residents Liz Milwe and Peter Wormser created the exhibition ten years ago, and they were present for the opening reception. Ms Milwe and Mr Wormser each shared remarks at the event, speaking to the “life” of the exhibition and how it has traveled from town to town.

Newtown Poet Laurate Lisa Schwartz read a poem she wrote to say “farewell” to a plastic bag.

Also at the event, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal announced the winner of a reusable bag design contest as Adriana Russo. Her design, as well as the designs by nine fellow finalists — Nicole Rinei Hawke, Samantha Hoffert, Allison Holden, Penelope Jackson, Kathryn Lynders, Steven Vournazos, Jacob Wallenta, Caleigh Ward, and Eren Weiss — are also on view at the municipal center. Eren and Caleigh were runners up for the contest.

The exhibition is a cooperative effort between Newtown Environmental Action Team (NEAT) and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.

Susan Kassirer, who helped coordinate the presentation of “In The Bag,” said this week that Adriana’s bags will be available at the 2018 Newtown Arts Festival.

“We did sell a heap at the reception,” Ms Kassirer said Tuesday, September 11, but “luckily, we produced quite a few,” she added.

The bags will be available in the Newtown Environmental Action Team tent at the festival, which will be presented at Fairfield Hills on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16. They are available for a suggested $5 donation, with proceeds to benefit NEAT.

 

 

 

 

 

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This Week's Poll

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
0% (0 votes)
The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
25% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (2 votes)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
0% (0 votes)
“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
0% (0 votes)
Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
0% (0 votes)
“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
25% (1 vote)
Newtown Day, October 6
0% (0 votes)
The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
0% (0 votes)
“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
0% (0 votes)
Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
0% (0 votes)
The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
0% (0 votes)
Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
0% (0 votes)
“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 4