Neighborhoods: Easter egg hunt coming up
DOWNTOWN The Stamford Art Association will present “Organic Works,” a painting series by artists Mayole Gonzalez and Fabian Cortes, until April 25.The painting series is the result of both artists’ creative approach to an organic and straight-forward perspective. The work, which will include pastels, acrylic and mixed media, has been created by two artists who share the same studio but work independently and both have their own distinctive styles.An opening reception will be held Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m., with a closing reception scheduled for April 20, from 7 to 9 p.m.The group “La Tertulia de Stamford” will be offering cultural events during the span of the exhibition at the SAA Townhouse Gallery. The events include a screening of the film “Roma,” as well as a number of plays, a concert, and a poetry recital.The SAA Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin St., is open every Thursday and Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit stamfordartassociation.org. WEST SIDE The Elks Lodge in Stamford will host an annual Easter egg hunt April 19 from noon to 3 p.m.The event is for children from the age of 3 to 12. DOWNTOWN Margot Bittenbender, a Connecticut artist who draws her inspiration from Asian culture, is the featured artist at the Mayor’s Gallery.Bittenbender’s collection of engraved prints are described by the gallery as “exquisitely masterful and conceptually driven work.”Her work is on display until April 30 on the 10th floor of Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd.A reception will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.“My image-making is a reaction to both the physical and spiritual world around me,” said Bittenbender in a statement. “What I see and what I feel meld into a timeless moment that is captured in the copper plate and eventually inked and impressed into paper. Intaglio provides a surprisingly fluid and changeable process that alters the initial image and feeling, despite the hardness and seemingly unyielding surface of the metal plate itself.”“Sources of imagery include the familiar faces and objects of family and home and garden, as well as the mysterious lives embodied in puppets and dolls, especially those of Asia, where I lived for 14 years and often return,” she added.Her most recent series explored the story of Alice in Wonderland if she had emerged in a Japanese Wonderland.To see Bittenbender’s work, visit margotbittenbenderprints.com.For information, call 203-858-3082. CITYWIDE The United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien recently opened the application period for its annual essay contest and leadership award.Residents of Stamford, New Canaan or Darien between 10th and 12th grade are eligible for both awards.The $1,000 Helen S. and Isadore Mark Teen Leadership Award goes to one area teen “who has demonstrated multiyear leadership for the local or worldwide Jewish and/or general community,” and displays a “commitment to Jewish Values,” according to the application.The Rabbi Alex J. Goldman Memorial Essay is has a three-tiered award with first place winning $1,000; second place $500; and third place $250.The contest was established in memory of Goldman, a beloved rabbi at Temple Beth El, according to the UJF.For more information, visit the organization’s website, or contact Diane Sloyer at Dianesloyer@ujf.org. COVE Stamford History Center’s annual gala, titled “Forging the Future: Honoring Women’s Leadership,” will honor local leaders including the city’s Corporation Counsel Kathryn Emmett, state Rep. Patricia Billie Miller, D-145, and Fran Pastore, CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council, according to a news release.The history center has focused on the lives of Stamford women for the last six months in its current exhibit, “Fabric of Stamford: Women, Costumes & Textiles 1860-1960.”“Fran, Pat, and Kathy are great examples of the leadership women have brought to our city in the current generation,” said Marshall Millsap, chair of the History Center.“As our exhibit features banners, dresses, and actual voting records to commemorate the anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S., hundreds of Stamford students have been reminded of how women have shaped our city and our country,” said Thomas Zoubek, president and executive director of the center.“The objects, dresses, photos, and furniture — highlighting the lives of women over the past century — are a demonstration of how women have always undertaken multiple roles,” Zoubek added. “Our honorees represent the leadership and drive that inspires the coming generation of Stamford women to feel empowered as they face the future and its challenges.”“We are thrilled that Kathy, Pat, and Fran accepted our invitation to be honored,” said Joe Maida, board director and chairman of the History Center’s Nominating Committee. “We also plan to honor current Stamford students as they complete their high school education, as they will truly be forging the future. This is a great opportunity for the community to celebrate the historic and soon-to-be historic record of Stamford women.”The gala will be held at The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien on April 18.To purchase tickets or to be a sponsor at the event, contact Lizzy Zawy at 203-716-6576, or visit stamfordhistory.org.