Dara C. Polenghi-Quinn founded Galleria d’Arte Design in 1989 with a focus on corporate and residential art. She had become a certified picture framer four years earlier. Dara expanded her business 14 years later to a Gallery location in Ridgefield, CT.
Dara’s expertise is extensive and varied. Being born and raised in Milan, Italy into a family of artists has given her a deep understanding of art and framing. She herself is an artist and holds a B.F.A from Syracuse University.
Dara is bilingual and travels regularly to her home in Italy where she seeks out emerging artists to show at Galleria d’Arte. Dara’s depth of knowledge and understanding of art and design is reflected in her very successful corporate and residential relationships over the years.
The Seventy Acres design studio creates dynamic landscapes that deliver enhanced property values, increased functionality and refined aesthetics. We collaborate with architects, engineers, soil scientists, hydrologists and other design professionals in order to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients. We specialize in understanding outdoor spaces and how people use them, resulting in enhanced outdoor experiences for our clients. Our designs add value while creating lasting connections with nature. We take pride in our attention to detail and commitment to strong design.
Weston School of Music
The Weston Music Center and School of the Performing Arts, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1950 by Constance and Franklin Coates. Since its founding, a skilled and caring faculty has fostered a lifelong love of music in hundreds of students of all ages, some of whom have gone on to professional careers in music.
Both children and adults from beginning to advanced levels are taught by teachers who are distinguished both for their positions on university faculties and for their activities in the professional world of music. The school is continuing its tradition of providing first-rate instruction in music, offering opportunities to perform with other musicians in chamber music and other groups and encouraging a love of music to last a lifetime.
For the majority of students instruction is provided in the form of weekly private lessons. There are two semesters, each fifteen weeks in duration. The first semester begins in September and ends in January; the second begins in February and ends in June. Summer lessons are possible subject to demand and teacher availability. Lessons are offered at two teaching locations, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Weston, CT, and the Gilbert & Bennett Community Cultural Center in Wilton, CT.
We are happy to talk with you about our school and faculty and can be reached at 203.227.1425. We look forward to hearing from you.
New Street Guild of Artists
We are a Guild of professional artists sharing space and ideas, supporting each other in our individual pursuits of excellence in the tradition of realist painting, whether working from the live model, the still life object or the landscape.
During the spring of 2010, five artists came together to paint the model from life. We rented in a tiny, dark room in the Beardsley Gallery of Fine Art in Wilton, CT. The desire to paint superseded the obstacles. In September 2010 we formed the Beardsley Guild of Artists. We solidified our intentions and defined our Guild as comprised of professional artists who came together to share space, ideas, work from the live model and above all, share the pursuit of excellence in the realm of traditional art. In a year's time our commitment was strong enough to necessitate a more suitable studio space and we moved to our current location. Our membership grew and we renamed ourselves the Schoolhouse Guild of Artists. Today, as we reinvent ourselves, we are the New Street Guild of Artists; eleven members who are active in their own artistic endeavors but come together exclusively to paint the model from life two full days a week, year round. We offer each other not only a supportive community and environment, but a sanctuary in which to share our passion and continue our creative journeys.