Inspiration, This Way

All it takes to get out of the doldrums is a spark of inspiration. Consider tapping into the creativity of one of the experts coming to our area to talk about the artistic spirit—the kind that pushes through blocks, overcomes hesitation, and boldly gives to the world. Even for the non-artists among us, the message of inspiration and self-confidence provides a motivating feeling, like having the wind at your back. Who doesn’t need that now?


Fairfield University Art Museum will present 13 Ways of Looking at Landscape: Larry Silver’s Connecticut Photographs as a new solo exhibit. The photographer—who moved to Westport in 1973—will share more than 100 works, to be enjoyed by the public from March 25 through June 18. Don’t miss this opportunity to appreciate his more than forty years of artistic expression. The installation is curated by Leslie K. Brown, who brings together examples of his work from across the state. Opening night lecture, March 24, at 5 p.m.; reception, March 24, 6-8 p.m.; Family Day, March 26; Conversation, April 20, 5 p.m. See more at

Larry Silver, Sitting at Water’s EdgeSherwood Island State Park, Westport, Conn., 2014/2022, archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York © Larry Silver


Internationally renowned American jazz pianist Kenny Werner, a Grammy nominee, is coming to town. He is scheduled to appear at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on March 19. He will discuss his book, Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within (Sweet Lo Press), which inspires musicians as well as anyone who wants to bring their performance to the next level. His discussion will include music as well. March 19, 1 p.m. (book talk); 7:30 p.m. (performance);


Tanaquil “Tanny” Le Clercq, George Balanchine’s muse and last wife, was a longtime summer resident of Weston. She is given the spotlight in the upcoming Women’s History Month lecture by Orel Protopopescu, her biographer. The work, Dancing Past the Light: The Life of Tanaquil Le Clercq (University Press of Florida), was recently published. The free event—sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Public Library, the League of Women Voters of Weston, and the Weston Historical Society—takes place on March 26, 3 p.m., at the Weston Public Library. Register at; see event listing.


View Stepping Out on Faith: The Art and Journey of Charles Joyner, an art exhibit by former Westporter Charles Joyner, professor of design at North Carolina Central University and North Carolina State University. He moved to Westport to attend Staples in the 1960s, as part of a program to integrate schools in the south; he was among 35 students to move north and stay with a host family. The opening-night reception includes a panel discussion in the Trefz Forum, and the exhibit is located in the Sheffer Gallery. Opening night is March 10. See more

Charles Joyner’s Village @ Ntonso, now in the Westport Public Arts Collections, courtesy of the artist and Westport Library


Don’t underestimate the power of a good interview or oratory. Find out in Fairfield University’s Open Visions Forum, a series of lecture that take place on campus in the Quick Center. The season opens on March 8 with Michael Eric Dyson and John H. McWhorter in a civil discourse on “Race, Liberty and Justice in America Today.” See more at


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