Still River Editions celebrates it’s 30th year!

Still River Editions is celebrating its 30th anniversary in business located in Danbury, Connecticut.

Still River Editions started off in 1987 as Connecticut Photographics, focusing mainly on traditional black and white film processing and printing, and slide processing. Owners Catherine Vanaria and Mark Savoia relocated from Boston to start the business when they saw a need for professional photographic services in the area. At that time, clients were largely professional portrait photographers, commercial photographers, and publishing companies.

In 1989, when the business moved from Shelter Rock Rd. to its current, somewhat tucked-away location on East Liberty St., it dedicated a portion of the new space to a gallery dedicated to exhibiting local, regional, and national artists quarterly, with a primary focus on prints.

In the 90s, the business began to do digital fine art printing when it was a new frontier. Later the business named its digital department, Still River Editions (named after the Still River, which runs through a culvert in the rear parking lot, diverted from downtown Danbury after the flood of 1955).

The clientele has shifted with the evolution of digital technology, and many commercial photographers moving from film to digital cameras or moving on to other fields.

Now the business primarily serves fine artists (reproducing photographs, paintings, watercolors and drawings), museums, historical societies, portrait photographers, and people seeking restoration services for damaged photographs. In 2017, Savoia and Vanaria officially brought both parts of the business completely under the Still River Editions name. Still River Editions now offers scanning, digital printing, and digital photographic restoration as well as continuing to process and print black and white film in chemistry.

Still River Editions has made exhibition prints for numerous well-known photographers and organizations including among them Bill Eppridge, Eddie Adams, CBS’s 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Bobby Grossman, Steve Schapiro, and more.

Vanaria is still the business’ Master Black and White Printmaker, however now she works primarily at Western Connecticut State University as an Assistant Professor of Art, and Chair of the Art Department, while Mark Savoia is the Master Digital Printmaker and sees to day-to-day. They have one employee, Lys Guillorn, who has been with the business since 1998. Guillorn specializes in scanning, digital restoration, and is the Gallery Director.

Save the Date! Nov. 28

Join us for an Out for Art celebration to usher in the holiday season on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Stage Company in Oakville.

The evening will feature art, performance, food and drink, and socializing with ACC members, friends and community partners.

Suggested donation at the door:  $10
RSVP:  dploch@waterburyregionarts.com or 203-757-0701, Ext. 316

Member Spotlight on Georgia Sheron

Meet Georgia Sheron

Professional Photographer and Published Author

Georgia Sheron has been involved in the creative world for over 40 years, working in the world of fashion design, operating art galleries, teaching art at St. Margaret’s McTernan School in Waterbury (now Chase Collegiate), doing freelance photography and being involved with magazine journalism.

In 1992 Georgia opened a professional photography studio business in the Old Pin Shop in Oakville. For more than 20 years, she produced children’s portraits, wedding photographs, commercial work, and editorial pieces in this studio. Georgia closed her studio in 2014 and now exhibits her fine art photography in museums, libraries, and galleries. Georgia’s work continues to be shown at Southbury Library, the Whittemore Library in Naugatuck, and the Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury.

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A Celebration of the Art of Dance!

The Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region (ACC), hosted an Out for Art event on Wednesday, October 18, at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC). Along with socializing and networking over refreshments, guests viewed a special Connecticut Dance Alliance photo exhibition,“Connecticut Dances: A Visual History.”  The event also featured a showcase of dance, with live performances by dancers from NVCC, Brass City Ballet, and Horgan Dance Academy.

Arts Mean Business

The arts fill our senses while fueling the economy. The nonprofit arts and culture sector in the state of Connecticut is a $797 million industry! This is according to the newly published Arts & Economic Prosperity V Study from the Americans for the Arts, based on fiscal year 2015. These organizations spend $515 million annually, leveraging almost $282 million in additional spending by audiences – spending that pumps vital revenue into local businesses like restaurants, hotels, retail stores, parking garages and more.

Connecticut’s nonprofit arts and culture industry supports over 23,000 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the study, and generates over $72 million in revenue to local and state government. A vibrant arts community not only keeps residents and their discretionary spending closer to home, it also attracts visitors who spend money and help local businesses thrive. The arts are good for Connecticut’s economy!