Westport Writers’ Rendezvous – November update

In spite of this being NaNoWriMo (National Novel-Writing Month) month, sixteen of us showed up to hang out with other writers. A couple of our members were ahead of the game in terms of numbers of words written, some had stalled but were gamely going to keep trying. Either way, well done, I say!

If you’re looking for a quiet place to work (on your novel or any other writing) The Fairfield County Writers’ Studio is having open days on November 17, 18, 20, 21, 27 and 28. Hours vary, so be sure to check their site.If you have taken a paid workshop with them, you can come in and write for free on those days. If you haven’t, you can buy a one-day pass for $25. They’d like to know you’re coming, so either register here, or email them at info@FCWritersStudio.com.

There are a lot of writing events happening around us – here are just a few:

Next Tuesday, November 21,  is WritersMic night at Panera’s in Westport 7-8.45PM. Come and read something for five minutes or so, or come to listen.

November 18, 2:00-3:30 PM Writer and published author Professor Elizabeth Hilts leads a Continue reading

Nina Bentley – Where the worlds of art and writing collide

HKD Nina

Helen Klisser During (left, curator WAC) with Nina Bentley

Nina Bentley is the kind of unusual artist I love. For one thing, her assemblage art is easy to understand, and for another, it makes me want to buy it and take it home. Not just because it’s beautiful but because I also love the wit she shows in all her pieces. The Westport Arts Center is currently exhibiting her work in a two-artist exhibition called Soles Scents. Nina’s contribution is the sole of the show, so to speak. These 23 creations are based on real shoes that she has decorated with objets trouvés to tell a tale.
“My shoes are humorous (ShuShi), dark (Freudian Slipper), political (Platform Shoe), feminist (Feathering One’s Nest) and, at times, just pretty (Primavera), but each tells a story, one meaningful to me, and, hopefully, to the viewers,” she says. You can see the exhibition through September 7. (The Scents piece of the show includes paintings of perfume bottles by Robert Cottingham.)
These shoes are wonderful, and many collectors and art museums agree with me on this, of course. But what really grabbed my attention was a notice telling me that she is currently (until July 26) exhibiting some of her works based on typewriters at the Worrell Smith Gallery in Westport. Here’s one of her pieces, He Looked Good on Paper:


He Looked Good on Paper (enlarged section)

He Looked Good on Paper (enlarged section)

Behind the large type, you can see the qualifications of the candidate (for marriage? a job?). They include: Choate, Andover, Dartmouth, Harvard, New York Athletic Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Princeton, Eaton, Marshall Scholar, etc. You get the picture.
And the others are just as interesting. Funny, but also making a serious point. If you can get there, do. If you can’t, check out some the links above to see Nina’s art, or click here
If you’re a writer, you’ll get it.