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'Where ART Thou?' Western Connecticut

In our kickoff episode of Season 3, host Ray Hardman meets Lisa Scails, the Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, at the historic Granite Church in Georgetown. The Granite has been renovated as a new nonprofit community gathering space celebrating the arts.

Matin Malikzada, a seventh-generation master potter from Afghanistan, is our first artist stop. He and his family have resettled in the western part of the state, where Matin continues to craft bowls, plates, vases, and other pieces inspired by the ancient techniques handed down through generations. He has also recreated a turquoise glaze that closely resembles the famed Ishkar glaze known in his homeland.

Ray then heads over to Still River Editions in Danbury, a fine art and printing business that worked with famed photojournalist Bill Eppridge after he moved to Connecticut with his wife and collaborator Adrienne Aurichio. Since Bill’s passing in 2013, Adrienne has been archiving his body of work. She shares photos and stories with Ray about Bill’s work, including his time with The Beatles, Barbara Streisand and Robert F. Kennedy, including the story behind Bill’s famous photo of Kennedy’s assassination. You can also hear more and read Ray's radio feature from his interview with Adrienne here.

Jim Felice is a musician, sculptor, and curator of the Trailer Box Project. Ray visits Jim’s studio in Bethel to learn how he went from a career in auto body restoration to creating full-scale sculptures and helping to elevate local artists. We also get a peek at Jim’s process for sculpting a tree that will be installed in the children’s room at Ann’s Place, a facility that helps those living with cancer. Jim was recognized with a CT Arts Hero award from the Connecticut Office of the Arts in 2022.

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