Vicki French Smith, chairman of the 53rd Darien Art Show and Sale, announced the judge this year will be Mitche Kunzman, an internationally recognized specialist for over 30 years in the field of Indian miniature paintings and old master drawings.

Kunzman is also an accomplished painter and independent curator and gallery owner. He has worked with auction houses, collectors, dealers and museums.

Since 1982, he has been president of Artifacts Collections of New York, a firm dealing in the sale and conservation of early works of art on paper from Europe and Asia.

He is co-founder and director of Artifacts Lanier, a gallery formerly in Darien, which offered critically acclaimed exhibitions of contemporary and old master art. The company is now based in South Salem, N.Y.

The show, a venue for artists of all ages to exhibit, will open with a reception and presentation of awards 7 to 9 p.m. June 3 in the center's Weatherstone Studio. It will be open for viewing June 4 through June 11.

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Entry is open to children and adults who live or work in Darien or take classes at the center. Nonresidents may also enter the show with a donation to the organization. Entries are welcome in a variety of media, including, oils and acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, photography (color and black and white) and pastels.

Participants can enter up to two pieces of artwork, with the second priced for sale.

There is a registration fee of $15 per submission. All interested artists should preregister online at

Artists may bring their artwork to the DAC Weatherstone Studio, behind Town Hall at 2 Renshaw Rd. in Darien, on May 29 from noon to 4 p.m., and on May 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Work must be ready to hang with a wire on the back.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. It offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Theatre and Music, as well as performances by the Darien Players and the Cabaret Theatre. The organization is funded by private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales. For further information, call 203-655-8683 or visit