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William Kent Durham CT Estate Tour

April 27, 2019

WK Durham Estate Tour

Join us for the tour of all tours. Meet at the gallery on Saturday, April 27th, 10 a.m. to take a look at the exhibition and meet the curator. Coffee, juice & muffins will be served. 

We will depart the gallery at 10:30 a.m. to head to Durham. 

Linear Senses - Evening Yoga & Ritual Talk Installation Show

March 02, 2019

Join us for a unique evening featuring yoga set to live music followed by a performance featuring Brooklyn-based Ritual Talk. Artist Dan Criblez's wire sculpture and light installation will be featured in the gallery throughout the evening.

During this class, experience the relationship between your body and sound by practicing yoga (all skill-levels welcome) to soothing, ambient guitar; guided by Lauren McGinley and Alex DeSimine (of Ritual Talk).

Ritual Talk will perform a broken down set featuring songs off their debut album "Plans":

RSVP if interested in Yoga class here:
There are limited spots:)

6-7 p.m., Body + Sound
7:30 p.m., performance by Ritual Talk
Installation art and light performance by Dan Criblez
$15 admission
$10 admission for students

CT Contemporary 2018

October 14, 2018

Melanie Carr Gallery is presenting the artwork of seven exceptional female contemporary artists all working in Connecticut. The Artists are at different points in their careers ranging from emerging to mid-career and have a dedicated practice and extensive exhibition record. The focus of the work ranges from contemporary figurative to minimalist sculpture.  




Mary Dwyer

Jennifer Knaus

Janet Passehl

Rachel Hellerich

Sarah Rohlfing

Elizabeth Gourlay

Ellen Hackl Fagan


CT Contemporary: October 14th – November 10th


Opening: Sunday, October 14th, 2:00-4:00 pm


Silvermine Galleries

1037 Silvermine Road

New Canaan, CT 06840


July 13, 2018

Join Melanie Carr, Owner/Director at Melanie Carr Gallery, and international performance artist Kate March for a theatrical dining experience titled Joy Girl. For two nights only, July 13 & 14 at 8 p.m., this immersive performance will evoke the liberated and controversial spirit of the 1920s American flapper, offering guests a chance to travel back in time for a captivating night of food, wine, and art.


By using sound, fashion, dance, and food, March—along with co-choreographers Karina Ikezoe and Mary Sherwin—will explore 1920s America, tapping into the era’s newfound curiosity of pushing boundaries and pursuing joie de vivre (or, “the enjoyment of life”). The Roaring Twenties were an era of social, artistic, and cultural dynamism that established modernity and broke traditions in the aftermath of World War I, particularly with women. March’s performance will reveal how dance has evolved as an emblematic role in the story of women’s liberation, exposing the controversies and implicit narratives of the quintessential flapper.


Connecticut-born Kate March is a self-described “multi-hyphenate artist and entrepreneur” who has performed extensively in the United States and abroad. Her work has been described as visionary, interactive, provocative, and powerfully bold. March is the Founder and Creative Director of the all-female international creative collective I AM, in which she develops revolutionary performance concepts, redefines dinner entertainment, and performs across the world, including her newest venture: Joy Girl. She is currently living and working between Hong Kong and New York City.


Ambitious to celebrate innovative, contemporary artists, Carr is thrilled to offer her Gallery as a venue for March’s latest performance. She said, “Art happens in all manners, awakens all the senses, and stimulates our thoughts and imaginations. The gallery is the perfect setting to inject the spirit of live performance and make for a truly interactive and immersive experience.”  


This event is the inaugural performance of Joy Girl in the United States. It will occur on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 from 8-10 p.m. at Melanie Carr Gallery. Tickets are $100 per person; food and wine included. Seating is limited. To register, please contact Melanie Carr at


About I AM

I AM is titled by media in Asia as Asia’s Leading Creative Force. I AM, the passionate all-female creative collective is a global pioneer for immersive dining and interactive experiences in non-traditional performance settings. Using fashion, dance, live art, and music, I AM transports people to a niche world of infinite imagination and redefines the exchange between audience and performer. Created by American performance artist and director Kate March, I AM was founded in July 2013 in an effort to bridge the gap between commercial and experimental art by pairing various moods with food, drink, and performance entertainment. I AM designs unforgettable, immersive, and emotionally stimulating concepts for a wide audience. Never boring, never conventional, I AM strives to revolutionize the experience of live art for a cosmopolitan, contemporary audience.


Opening Reception: Speaking Light

April 28, 2018

Please join us for the Opening Reception of the exhibition Speaking Light, work from Joe Bun Keo.

2-4 P

While incorporating everyday items and popular commercial products, Joe Bun Keo's sculptural, installation and conceptual works utilizes semantics to bring forth issues of cultural identity and the evolution of language. He's also interested in the relationship between art and work, specifically the correlation between global supply chain management and the art world. ‘Speaking Light’  explores the mysteries of autism and light – in the Artist’s words:


‘Speaking Light’


Autism is a spectrum.

Light is a spectrum.

We are all on that spectrum.

Cinema marquees light up the night with the newest films to enjoy.

The challenges of autism play themselves out in an action packed feature.

You have your Oscar winning moments of progress and then you have your empty seat moments of helplessness and frustration.

Light is a revelation, it is a beacon, it is a sign.

These light boxes feature terms, phrases, and soundbites I'm hearing, reading and learning about as a parent to an autistic child.

Let these be educational, but also let them be comforting and reassuring for those living life on the spectrum.

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Critical Conversation: Artists as Curator Panel Discussion

March 31, 2018

Join us for a discussion of how the role of artist influences the job of curator.


Suzan Shutan, Independent Curator

Jacquelyn Gleisner, Independent Curator + contributor Art New England

David Borawski, Independent Curator for Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

Joe Bun Keo, Independent Curator

Ellen Hackl Fagan, Owner, Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Jane Rainwater, Independent Curator

Debbie Hesse, Director & Curator, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven,CT

Opening Reception , 2-4 PM

February 03, 2018

Mighty Minis

Curated by Suzan Shutan

January 27 - April 8, 2018

In the art world where bigness reigns, thirty contemporary artists from the United States and abroad have come together to reflect and respond to working small. For centuries, artists have utilized pint-size scales to depict and explore cherished, esteemed, and intimate subjects. The contemporary miniature can be seen as an approach to art making that marries craft and concept with gemlike details of tiny treasures. Despite our fast-paced world, small works require giving time for reflection and thought. The reward may be the element of surprise. 

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Sip, Shop and Stroll

December 01, 2017

Join the Essex Board of Trade for an evening of shopping for the holidays, strolling through historic Essex Village, and of course sipping some of your favorite beverages.


Stop by on your stroll for our extended hours!

5-8 pm


December 16, 2017

Artist talk featuring Cool + Collected artists Matthew Best, Margaret Vaughan, Rashmi Talpade and David Borawski.


Join us for a robust discussion as these artists discuss how contemporary culture, politics, and social issues influence their work - and how their process helps to communicate these ideas.




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