Framing New Haven
date change: new date coming soon
CAW examines the arts in context–in New Haven, the arts community, and our social fabric. This year the program will explore the experience of immigrant artists in the region, looking at the role artists and art play in fostering an inclusive equitable community. This year, Framing New Haven features artists Mohamad Hafez and playwright Elizabeth Nearing.
About the Artists:
Syrian artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and educated in the midwestern United States. Expressing the juxtaposition of East and West within him, Hafez’s art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint and scrap metal. Using his architectural skills, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content. Hafez’ work will be featured in “Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart,” a group show at the Brooklyn Museum running October 13, 2018-January 13, 2019 as part of the Arab Art and Education Initiative in collaboration with UNESCO, Misk Art Institute and the Saudi Mission to the United Nations. He has also has recently been featured in four highly acclaimed exhibitions and featured on National Public Radio, and in The New York Times and The New Yorker. He serves as a 2018 Yale University Silliman College Fellow.
Playwright Elizabeth Nearing collaborated with IRIS for a year and a half on “The American Unicorn,” a performance piece written by seven refugees who have settled in New Haven. “The American Unicorn” performed at Long Wharf in June 2018. Nearing is also the community engagement manager at Long Wharf.
Tickets go on sale soon.
22nd Annual Bowl-a-Thon
November 18, 2018, 1-5 pm
Sponsored by the Studio Potters at CAW to benefit Community Soup Kitchen.
Much anticipated every year, CAW faculty, students and local potters donate pottery. Local restaurants donate soup, bread, and food.
Minimum donation of $20 for soup-sized bowls and mugs. Larger items are priced as marked.
Donate by cash, check, or CSK-administered credit card processing.
Note: Celebration of American Crafts is giving a sneak-peak that same day.
Celebration of American Crafts
Saturday, November 24-December 24, 2018
Celebration is a much-anticipated annual sale event juried by Creative Arts Workshop in its two-floor gallery space. This year’s Celebration — our 49th — will feature works by more than 125 artists and makers, primarily from the New Haven and northeast region.
Traditional and contemporary in design and form, Celebration’s handmade works include fiber art, small-scale sculpture, handmade books and jewelry, ornaments, clothing, limited edition prints and photographs, pottery and ceramics, and more. All are made in the United States by artists selected for their excellence, originality, and mastery in their medium, and for breathing new life into handcrafted traditions. CAC annually showcases work of the highest standards of fine arts and fine crafts, with many objects being one-of-a-kind.
Edible Book Tea
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Every April, Creative Arts Workshop’s book binding department presents the Edible Book Tea, part of a worldwide celebration – the International Edible Book Festival in which “edible books” are created, displayed, and small events are held.
Culinary and literary arts come together in delicious offerings, are photographed and then consumed. The event was initiated in 2000 by Judith A. Hoffberg and Béatrice Coron to commemorate “the birthday of French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755–1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food, though April Fools’ Day is also related as “the perfect day to eat your words and play with them as the ‘books’ are consumed on the day of the event.”
Free. Attendees are invited to bring an entry. Details coming soon.