Aquila’s Nest Vineyards to host two outdoor art shows of nature and the seasons

Paul Steinmetz | march 18, 2021 


Curator, Amy Salerno, Pawling, NY 

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The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut has partnered with Aquila’s Nest Vineyards of Newtown to present outdoor art show inspired by the world of birds.

Artists from Connecticut and New York are asked to submit proposals for two exhibits, “Nesting,” which will run from June to September, and “Migration,” running from September to November.

The exhibitions are expected to be the first of many Cultural Alliance Accessible Art Projects to take advantage of Aquila’s Nest Vineyards’ stunning outdoor spaces.

Submissions are open to artists 18-years-old and up who live in Western Connecticut and in the New York counties of Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, and Westchester. Works must be three-dimensional or an assembly of works, of original design, not smaller than 10 cubic feet, and offered for sale. Materials must be durable for outdoor exhibition and exposure to the elements.

“As we welcome spring, we consider the nests that we have built and found shelter, protection and comfort within,” said Amy Salerno who is curating the exhibits. “Similarly, we appreciate the hopefulness of migration, as it means to move with the seasons. Artists will interpret these themes both literally and figuratively in their sculptural work, expressing how we coexist within the natural world.”

Salerno is a graduate of the SVA Graduate Art Education program, with 15 years of teaching experience in public K-12 schools in Westchester and Long Island. She has taught in the Bedford School District since 2013 where her passion for community building and mosaic mural arts inspired her to pursue a grant to study mosaic at Orsoni Mosaici in Venice. In her personal studio, Salerno works in encaustic painting, ceramics, and glass, as well as creating and donating public murals to sites in need of hope, as with the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury.

About the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

Since 2008, the Accessible Art Project has been a successful collaboration of the Cultural Alliance and various public and private venues in Western Connecticut. The initiative offers a series of art exhibits throughout the year.

About Aquila’s Nest Vineyards

Perched on a hilltop in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, Aquila’s Nest Vineyards is an innovative family-owned winder, tasting room and event venue. The 41-acre experience-focused winery intermingles mythology, art and wine that defines the guest experience.

Questions?  Contact Amy via EMAIL.


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