Freese Park Artist Village


From May 29 through June 14th 2014.

Come explore the artist village and be a part of the creative community of greater Norwalk!

16. April 2014 by Jackie Lightfield
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Call for Artists: Deadline April 14, 2014

The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency has an open call for artists along the West Ave. underpass wall.

The full details are here:

Gateway to Norwalk – Celebration of Public Art

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Norwalk, Connecticut

Budget: $ 100,000

Submission deadline: April 14, 2014


21. March 2014 by Jackie Lightfield
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The POP CITY Holiday Artisan Market

Buy Local POP UP Features Locally made items and artwork

Norwalk 2.0 promotes buy local artisan crafted goods in SONO

Starting Friday November 29th, POP CITY SONO will be hosting a series of local artists and makers who are selling affordable art, clothing and gear. The former vacant storefront once featured a nightclub hot spot, and in that theme, the pop up has a definite lounge vibe and ushers in artists with an edge. POP CITY is located at 14 South Main St. Norwalk CT 06854.

doorway_popupPOP City SONO represents a return to SONO by Norwalk 2.0. Norwalk 2.0 has been active in creating arts-centric pop ups and workshops for entrepreneurs. POP City SONO will only be operating through the end of the year as the artisan local market. Norwalk 2.0 thanks TR SONO Partners, who donated the storefront for this project. jahmane_warez

A complete and up to date list and times is available on Thus far the lineup is:

Friday November 29th 10 am – 7pm
The Kultjah Pop Up Shop

Saturday November 30th 10 am – 7pm
The Kultjah Pop Up Shop

Sunday December 1 10am – 7pm
The Kultjah Pop Up Shop
Wednesday December 4 5:30 pm
HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini

Friday December 6
5:30 pm HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini
1-5 pm gallery open The 11th Hour Show | Wrap it Up Sale – Mary Elizabeth Peterson & Elizabeth Nagle
“Wrap it Up” sale of 20% off art shown by Nagle & Peterson as part of The 11th Hour show; artists will gift wrap for free

Saturday December 7 1-5 pm
gallery open The 11th Hour Show | Wrap it Up Sale – Mary Elizabeth Peterson & Elizabeth Nagle
“Wrap it Up” sale of 20% off art shown by Nagle & Peterson as part of The 11th Hour show; artists will gift wrap for free

Sunday December 8 1-5 pm
gallery open The 11th Hour Show | Wrap it Up Sale – Mary Elizabeth Peterson & Elizabeth Nagle
“Wrap it Up” sale of 20% off art shown by Nagle & Peterson as part of The 11th Hour show; artists will gift wrap for free

Wednesday December 11 5:30 pm
HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini

Friday December 13 5:30 pm
HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini

Saturday December 14 11-5pm
Peace by Piece Quilt Pop Up with Lizzy Rockwell
Social Fiber with Margaret Bodell

Wednesday December 18 5:30 pm
HoHo Yoga (free) with Melissa Slattery and Virginia Semeghini

Saturday December 21 10am – 7pm
State of Makers info session and yarn event
The Kultjah Pop Up Shop

Sunday December 22  10am – 7pm
The Kultjah Pop Up Shop

“We’ve tweaked the format for this POP Up,” said Maribeth Becker, co-founder of Norwalk 2.0. “We wanted to select local artists and makers who have a range of products and artworks that are fun and affordable.”

“This is a great time to come to SONO, have a glass of wine at Strada 18 or hot chocolate at Chocopologie and support the local economy by supporting our SONO entrepreneurs,” said Jackie Lightfield, co-founder of Norwalk 2.0.

Norwalk 2.0 has been working in partnership with the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, the Norwalk Library, the Norwalk Preservation Trust and the Norwalk Historical Society in efforts to leverage the interests and activities of the organizations in the area.

Norwalk 2.0 is part of a growing national movement that leverages technology to increase social engagement in and participation in communities. Gov 2.0, Code for America and Startup America all focus on delivering tech tools to local organizations and communities to enable better and more efficient ways of making communities better. Becker and Lightfield founded Norwalk 2.0 in the summer of 2010 to address needs in Norwalk after extensive work as civic leaders.

Norwalk 2.0’s mission is to engage residents, businesses and community organizations to work together and create an authentic, creative, economically diverse and sustainable future.

For more information visit the website:

27. November 2013 by Jackie Lightfield
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A Very Wild West Show


Norwalk 2.0 welcomes Susan Frey’s one woman show, A Very Wild West show at POP City.

Exhibit: Thursday, July 25 – Saturday, August 3

Opening Reception is Friday, July 26 – 6 to 9 pm

Gallery Hours:
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 2 to 9 pm

POP City is located at 68 Wall Street in Norwalk.

Susan Frey is a member of the LAA, a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County’s visual arts community and exposing the general public to culture and artistic works.




23. July 2013 by Jackie Lightfield
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Abstract Narratives Exhibit

Michael Kozlowski - Carousel - 72dpi
“ABSTRACT NARRATIVE” Art Exhibit at Norwalk’s New Pop-Up Gallery:Pop City  68 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT
Artists’ Reception:  Saturday, June 15   6 – 9 pm
Closing Celebration:  Sunday, June 23   4 – 6 pm
Phil Falcone
Peter Konsterlie
Michael Kozlowski
Jodiann Strmiska
Kristina Zallinger

Norwalk 2.0, the City’s downtown economic and creative revitalization initiative, has set up shop in the historic Wall Street district in a new 2,000 square foot pop-up gallery called “Pop City” at 68 Wall Street.  Jackie Lightfield and Maribeth Becker are the forward-thinking cofounders of the revitalization organization. As part of this effort, they have created pop-up events and exhibits in “SoNo” to great acclaim. Having staked out vacant real estate in the Wall Street art district, they have begun exploring its enormous potential for art exhibits, multi-media productions, performance arts and virtually any type of art/cultural event.
Lightfield and Becker are concept developers and executers, organizers and all-around visionaries focused on creating bridges between the art community, local businesses and the residents of their city through the conduit of neighborhood revitalization.  Norwalk artists Jahmane (whose studio and “Kultjah Lab” are located in Firing Circuits, the old brick factory complex located on Muller Street) and Duvian Montoya act as arts and events consultants.

The inaugural group exhibit, “Abstract Narrative” explores the narrative aspects of abstract art.The show, curated by Chris Butler, Butler Exhibition Design and Johnes Ruta, of New Haven, is comprised of five artists from Connecticut and New York whose art pulsates with energy, is saturated in color and psyche, and infused with light and soul. In visual abstraction the artist’s ideas gradually emerge from splotches of paint, points of reference, shadows and overlays of forms, merging into microcosms and macrocosms.  However, abstraction occurs along a continuum: it can be only slight as in the abstract representational paintings by Michael Kozlowski, or it can be partial as in the biomorphic botanical forms of Jodiann Strmiska, or it can be complete as in the works by Phil Falcone, Peter Konsterlie, Michael Kozlowski, and Kristina Zallinger.


Some theorists have suggested that the very act of painting is an “event”; that the artwork is about the process of painting and the actions of the creative hand. In this scenario, the canvas becomes an arena in which the artist acts, and the painting becomes the event; the painting is seen as a physical record of the artist’s actions, personal philosophies and psychological states during the time of its creation.  Thus is the act of abstract painting a means of expressing personal identity.

Jodiann Strmiska “Ballonery”   pastels on brown paper   60″ x 36″
After a nearly ten-year hiatus, Jodiann Strmiska of Bridgeport has returned to “working with color; with paint, paper and fabric; and to make work which evokes a sense of joy amidst the austere socio-economic backdrop of The Great Recession”. Strmiska is a proponent of the “Slow Movement” which advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace. “Choosing to create ‘Slow Art’ from non-traditional materials which is high-touch, low-tech, involving hands-on artisenal labor, is [her] way of pushing back against the technological tsunami of digital information overload generated by Social Media and the cultural obsession with life as a trivial pursuit”.

Kristina Zallinger ”Flash in the Pan”  mixed media 30″ x 30″
Kristina Zallinger of Hamden, finds that her life “revolves around a palette of color”. Unsure of why or when this obsession began, she acknowledges the “Homages” of Josef Albers as an important influence. While living in Montana during the 70s her art was heavily influenced by Native American art and culture. “Totems, hide paintings and ledger drawings became the iconography of the day. Color was secondary at this point. [Her] emphasis was on drawing.” Upon returning to Connecticut, she “splashed into a world of abstract expressionism” an arena that demanded that she grow and change. Her major influences are now Hans Hoffman, Wassily Kandinsky, Gorky and Franz Kline. 

Phil Falcone “Lucy and Desi”  acrylic on canvas  24″ x 24″ 
Phil Falcone of Astoria, New York loves the creative process of painting. He has vivid recollections as a child vacationing in upstate New York with his parents and some of their New York artist friends, and his fascination with watching them paint the surrounding landscapes. He credits these experiences with his desire to share his own thoughts and ideas with someone who might recognize them as he did. He feels his painting is simply a gift he can give to others.

Michael Kozlowski “Carousel” oils on canvas 48″ x 28″
Michael Kozlowski has always drawn inspiration from painters who have the ability to create and display another world that not only allows you to visit, but draws you in and holds you captive. It is important to Kozlowski that he not dictate a particular meaning or point of view. Rather, he seeks to provide the catalyst for viewer participation. “Stylistically [his] work has always danced along the line between abstraction and representation, typically landing somewhere in the middle. While enjoying “the intellectual aspect that comes with carefully crafted and organized representational elements, [he is also drawn to] the energy and dynamism that more abstracted spaces can bring.” He sees his childhood insomnia as an explanation of why the night is so often the backdrop for his work.

Peter Konsterlie ”Grid Work”   acrylics on canvas  30″ x 30″ 
Peter Konsterlie is a Professor of Art History at the University of Bridgeport. He earned a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, graduating with a “Dayton’s First Place Award” in a statewide university competition.His artwork has been seen at such venues as The Aldrich Contemporary Museum, the ABC news program 20/20 with John Stossel, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Carnegie Mellon in Washington D.C., Westport Art Center, Sacred Heart University.pkartdude@gmail.comExhibit:  Thursday, June 13 -  Sunday, June 23

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 15;  6 – 9 pm
Closing Celebration:  Sunday, June 23;  4 – 6 pm.


Gallery Hours:
Thursdays and Fridays: 2 – 10 pm
Saturdays: 2 – 10 pm
Contact:  Chris Butler  203.988.2412

03. June 2013 by Jackie Lightfield
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