The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County proudly launches a new ARTISTS TALK series, the first of which celebrates an exciting collaboration with the Westport Arts Center, and its new exhibition SELECTS 2017.

On Friday July 28, 6:30 – 8:00pm, the public is invited to attend a special behind-the-scenes conversation with SELECTS 2017 exhibition curators, Charlotte Strick, Art Editor of The Paris Review literary magazine and Claire Williams Martinez, former Chapter President of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Design) Chicago, who will speak about their selection of the work chosen for the show and will lead a panel discussion with the artists.

This discussion will be the first in a series of ARTISTS TALK 10-minute recorded videos of Cultural Alliance member artists, created and archived by the Cultural Alliance for public viewing on its YouTube channel – an asset for artists and a showcase for the richness of the visual arts in Fairfield County.

SELECTS 2017, the Westport Arts Center’s annual summer member artist exhibition, is currently on view through September 2, 2017. The exhibition includes a wide diversity of works and technique, including photography, painting, archival pigment prints, and other mixed media.

The jurors reviewed over 100 entries and selected the following nine artists to participate in the exhibition:

  • Eric Chiang (Westport, CT)
  • Barbara Cigarroa (New York, NY)
  • Louise Flax (Norwalk, CT)
  • William Glaser (Weston, CT)
  • Tracy Hoffman (Chappaqua, NY)
  • Xiao Mai Kong (Westport, CT)
  • Linda Lindroth (New Haven, CT)
  • Richard Silverspoon (Hartford, CT)
  • Jarvis Wilcox (Westport, CT)

The event is free to members of the Westport Arts Center or Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County who register in advance. Tickets are $10 in advance for non-members and are $15 at the door.

Members of the Westport Arts Center may register for free here:

Members of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County sign up here:

All others may register for $10 here:

About The Jurors

Charlotte Strick is a principal at the multidisciplinary graphic design firm, Strick&Williams, founded with her longtime friend and colleague, Claire Williams Martinez, in 2014. The studio collaborates with cultural institutions and clients in the arts, publishing, education, non-profits and everything in-between. For fourteen years prior, Strick was a designer turned art director at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she designed book covers for much-loved authors like Jonathan Franzen, Roberto Bolaño, and Lydia Davis. Her work has been featured in the AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers show, the TDC Annual Exhibition, Print magazine, and in many books about cover design. The proud owner of a coveted Silver Cube from The Art Directors Club, Charlotte is also Art Editor of the distinguished literary magazine, The Paris Review. Her writings on art and design have been published by The Paris Review, The Atlantic and The Huffington Post. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Charlotte lives with her husband and their twin boys in Brooklyn, New York.

Claire Williams Martinez was raised by parents who worked for the United Nations, so her humanitarian interests were formed early in life. As a graphic designer she loves to work with clients who have community, art, and education at heart, and she pursues work with this focus. Claire’s career began with five years in New York book publishing, where she designed covers for the trade paperback imprint Vintage Books. Love and marriage then took her to Chicago, where she spent her first three years working with the talented teams at VSA Partners, building corporate communications campaigns. This indispensable experience was followed by a joyful five years designing for museums and cultural institutions at Studio Blue. In the last two years, before returning to New York, Claire was honored to serve AIGA Chicago as Chapter President. In 2014 Claire founded the design studio Strick&Williams with her colleague and art school friend, Charlotte Strick, where the quest for culturally meaningful work endures.

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Random Acts; Rosenkranz Foundation; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.


About the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, assists cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses in Fairfield County through marketing, professional development and advocacy services. For the public, it publishes, a free comprehensive cultural calendar with the latest information on what’s happening in the arts and culture across Fairfield County. For more information, visit and

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