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Chelsea Mitchell

October 2019

A Village Love Affair: The Life and Work of Rollie McKenna Presented by Chelsea Ordner Mitchell, Librarian of the Stonington Historical Society Rosalie Thorne McKenna is arguably one of the most important photographers of the last century, and yet many have never heard her name. She was responsible for portraits of many of the literary giants of the 1950s and 60s, including Dylan Thomas, T.S. Elliot and Sylvia Plath; as well as other celebrities like Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller and Roman Vishniac. This program will explore the life and career of Rollie McKenna, and how that influenced her style of photography. It will also explore her special affection for a small town on the Connecticut coast. The presentation will be supported by materials recently acquired by the Stonington Historical Society from Ms. McKenna’s estate.



Bob Potter

September 2019

Bob Potter is a graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. He spent his early career as an art director and creative director for leading media companies including Scholastic Magazines, Time Warner, National Geographic, and AOL. Over the past decade, he helped create an arts therapy program for Save The Children, was a corporate development officer for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and headed marketing and communications for Mystic Seaport. In addition to giving museum lectures on art, he is a docent at the Yale Center For British Art. He and his wife Jeanne, who is an artist, live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.


Sarah Grote

February 2019

Sarah Grote is a lifestyle and nature photographer specializing in projects, equine, and event photography. She has also developed a passion for painting, primarily with acrylics but also watercolors. After 20 years in corporate and nonprofit companies in various operational, development, and managerial roles, she decided to follow her artistic dreams and visions based on her Mom’s inspirational quote, “celebrate everything”. Since 2014, Sarah has been the photographer for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue (CDHR) where she also serves on the Board of Directors. Her photos and paintings have been featured in CDHR’s juried art shows “Save a Horse - Buy Art! In August 2016, she won Best Photo for “Spencer & Oliver”. Her first Friday Exhibition, a solo show, called “Flora, Fauna, and Phases” was featured in Boston for three months. Her photo of Moose, the Clydesdale horse, appeared on the cover of the Connecticut Horse Magazine. In 2018, her photos were selected for three juried shows at the Mystic Museum of Art, the Essex Art Association Gallery, and The Voice of Art Gallery.



Michael Milicia

January 2019

I strive to create images that include an artistic element and have an aesthetic appeal that transcends their role as natural history documentation. I am motivated by a love of nature, a fascination with wildlife, and the never-ending challenge of finding that perfect combination of good light, cooperative subject, attractive setting, and beautiful background that allows me to create an artistically pleasing image. My passion for photography is rivaled only by my passion for teaching photography. I enjoy teaching at all levels, whether it is helping beginners get acquainted with the world of digital photography or helping more experienced photographers take their images to the next level.



Robert Calafiore

Contemporary Photography from the 1970's to the present

December 2018

Robert Calafiore was born in New Britain, Connecticut to Italian immigrants. His first-generation American experience continues to significantly influence his work. Cultural traditions and visual icons of his past merge with a critical interest on the impact of new technologies on current culture, particularly social media, gaming, augmented realities, and communication platforms. The unprecedented speed at which new technologies change, and reflection on personal experiences, serve to develop a focused exploration and conceptual base for his work.


Mr. Calafiore's website link is in his name (above). You can see his faculty page here.





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