Women’s Forum Presents “An Artist’s Story” As Lived by Danielle Mailer

Danielle Mailer
Photo by: Steven Sussman

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes renowned painter and muralist Danielle Mailer for a program at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, April 6, beginning at 2:30pm. Danielle Mailer is the daughter of Peruvian painter Adele Morales and writer Norman Mailer, and will be speaking about their influences on her while forging her own impressive career.

In her own words, “Part autobiographical, part mythological and spiritual, Danielle Mailer’s figures combine threads of her consciousness in a joyful explosion of pattern and color.” Anyone who has seen the blue lion at the Salisbury library or the fabulous forty-foot-long Fish Tales mural in downtown Torrington knows firsthand of that joyful explosion.

She received her BA from Bowdoin College and studied at both the New York Studio School and the School of Visual Arts. In the last half a decade she has completed three site-specific public artworks in Torrington and Salisbury, with the help of grants from Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, National Endowment for the Arts and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Mailer also installed three indoor wall pieces for Boston Children’s Hospital’s new wing and has shown in galleries and museums throughout North America. She was honored with a retrospective at the Mattatuck Museum with over 40 of her works on display. She was also part of a traveling retrospective of Provincetown artists titled “The Tides of Provincetown” at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

She is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown and The White Gallery in Lakeville and has her own gallery/ studio in Goshen, CT. She is Litchfield Magazine’s two-time recipient of the “50 Most Influential People” of 2010 and 2012 in Litchfield County.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our March Program: ‘Welcome to the Soaps’

Peter T. RichThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Peter T. Rich for a program entitled “Welcome to the Soaps” at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, March 2, beginning at 2:30pm. Mr. Rich, one of the premier soap opera writers in the business, will relate what it’s like to create characters and dialog – a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on. He has written for soap operas for over twenty-eight years.

Born in Atlanta, Peter moved to New York as an aspiring comedy writer. After hearing that Bob Hope was looking for comedy writers, he moved to California, convinced he and his partner would somehow get the job writing for Bob Hope. They did and, at 25 years old, were the youngest writers Hope ever hired. Peter worked for Hope until a writer’s strike, using that as an excuse to move back to New York. It was during that time soap operas were introducing humor to stay relevant. He and his partner were hired to write scripts for the old NBC soap, The Doctors.

Thanks to his acerbic wit and quick mind, Peter has penned some of the most memorable lines in television for Santa Barbara, All My Children, Days of Our Lives, and Passions. He has won six Emmys, as well as numerous Writers’ Guild Awards. Although most of the soaps are gone, they live on in the minds of all the fans who spent those afternoons glued to their TV screens.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our February Speaker: Visko Hatfield

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The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Visko Hatfield to speak on “The Art of Visual Communication” beginning at 2:30pm on Thursday, February 4, at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield.

Bantam resident and freelance photographer Visko Hatfield, was born in Salem, Oregon, grew up in Washington, DC, earned his BA at the University of South Carolina, moved to New York City and eventually made Litchfield County his permanent home.

Since establishing himself in New York in 1998, Visko has built an impressive, expressive, and instinctively compelling body of both national and internationally commissioned work. His saturated, stylized, fluid canvases seamlessly blend art and commerce while maintaining a vibrant atmospheric freshness and sensuality.

When asked to describe the range of portraits he shoots, Visko replies “from Bankers to Bee Keepers.”

His portraits have captured the images of artists and actors, billionaires and boxers, politicians and diplomats, the Military, models, friends, everyday people and complete strangers. His celebrity photography includes Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Hillary Clinton, Bill O-Reilly, Queen Latifah, George Soros, Debbie Harry, artists Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein, Lily Tomlin, Elizabeth Hurley and Steve O.

Visko has created indelible images for brands like American Express, Christie’s, Gatorade, Hard Rock, HBO, Cinemax, Lancôme, Levi’s Silvertab, MTV, Nike and Speedo. He recently finished a Project for National Geographic Television that will air early this year.

Locally, he is a board member of ASAP, The After School Arts Program and heads their Annual Celebration of Young Photographer’s held in Litchfield each November. He and his wife Sharron have two children who attend Litchfield Middle School.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. For further information, call 860-605-7207 or email womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our March Speaker: Bob Burns

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The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Bob Burns, Mattatuck Museum Executive Director, to speak on “Fortune’s Story: How an 18th Century Slave was Finally Laid to Rest in 2013” at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, March 5, beginning at 2:30pm.

Mr. Burns will share information on all that is happening at the historic Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury including highlights of upcoming art and history exhibits planned for this year. The main feature of his presentation will be to chronicle the story of how the skeleton of an 18th century enslaved African-American man (Fortune) ended up in the Museum’s collection, galvanized a community, and became international news.

Mr. Burns possesses twenty years of administrative and fundraising experience at several nonprofit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House of New York City, the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and the State University of New York at New Paltz. He has also served on boards and advisory committees including being an advisory board member of the Hudson Opera House and serving three terms on the New York State Council on the Arts’ Museum Program Panel.

The Mattatuck Museum is a center of art and history, a gathering place that nurtures creativity and learning through transformative experiences to encourage a deeper understanding of our heritage. Mr. Burns will offer “the story behind the story” of the well-publicized and amazing journey of Mr. Fortune, 215 years after his death.