Community Soundings: Photographers, grants and more
The Darien Arts Center has announced 25 winners in its second annual smartphone photo contest: Pic Darien.
The contest garnered over 300 entries in five categories, with submissions from adults, students and children. First place and honorable mention cash prizes in all categories will be awarded at an Award and Reveal Reception on March 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.
In the children’s division, Schafer Repsher took first place in the nature category and Remi Repsher earned honorable mention. Renee Leimgruber got first place in the people or pets category and Hans Baurmeister got honorable mention. Finally, first prize for the travel category went to Brynn Forlizzi.
In the student division, the prize for first went to Mary Duffy and honorable mention to Macy Millones in the food category. In the humor category, Ellie Mueller took home first place and honorable mention went to Lorenzo Zullo. For nature, first prize went to Caroline Krantz and honorable mention to Trevor Cooper. Maddy Roberts earned first place and Ellie Mueller snagged honorable mention in the people or pets category. As for the travel category, first prize went to Grace Gardella and honorable mention to Sammie Wagner.
As for the participating adults, Janine Vairo took home first place in the food category and Philip Leimgruber earned honorable mention. In the humor category, Carin Zakes won first place and Michael Tangney got honorable mention. First prize went to Heather Harriton and honorable mention to Kathy Rawdon for their nature photos. In the people or pets category, Jared Heuer got first and Brian Hekker got honorable mention. Finally, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick won first place in the travel category and Janine Vairo took home honorable mention.
Accomplished graphic designer Miggs Burroughs, judged the fundraising contest, which was supported by lead sponsors David and Rebecca Ashcraft, gold sponsors Pam Heckel and Jessie Gilbert and silver sponsor Sarah Ritchey.
All photo entries will be showcased in a slideshow on the DAC Weatherstone Studio’s 184” HD movie screen at the March 17 reception, which is free and open to the public. For more information, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall.
Grants for P2P
The Board of Directors of the Pitney Bowes Foundation, Inc. has granted $15,000 to Person-to-Person in support of the P2P Campership Program.
One of the core programs at P2P, camperships are awarded to Stamford elementary school children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. At an average cost of $600 per child, this grant will fund a full summer of day camp for 25 children this year.
The Campership Program positively impacts the entire family. It provides the type of enrichment that translates into better academic performance for children when they return to school in the fall and it helps to preserve the family’s financial stability because parents are able to continue working during the summer months.
P2P has also been awarded a $7,000 grant from the People’s United Community Foundation. In keeping with the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts “to invest in programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents, with special emphasis given to low-income areas” in the communities it serves, this grant will be used to support the P2P Emergency Assistance Program.
Available to help low-income individuals and families at their moment of need, the Emergency Assistance Program provides food — enough groceries for clients to prepare three meals a day for seven days — as well as free, gently-used clothing, footwear and small household items.
With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found at p2phelps.org.
Learn about unhealthy relationships
The Depot, onelove and the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk will be holding two separate screenings of “Escalation,” a powerful, emotional and engaging film that illuminates the warning signs of unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationships. The film has been described as “eye-opening” yet recognizable.
The screening, which runs 38 minutes, will be followed by conversations about empowerment and next steps.
Both events are free and open to the public. RSVP by March 24 at ywcadn.org/escalation.
Darien Arts Center is accepting applications for an art scholarship.
The Ginny Wright Scholarship, given in memory of Virginia Wright, goes to a Darien High School senior who plans to continue his or her study of art in college. Applications and portfolios are due April 5.
For application forms and more information, visit darienarts.org or call the DAC office at 203-655-8683.