Martha Willette Lewis NovemberArt News
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I am pleased to announce:
CRUSH: A solo exhibit of recent prints, drawings and experiments

November 24 - December 22, 2019
public opening reception on December 1st, from 1-3 pm

2nd floor Lounge
Ely Center of Contemporary Art
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven CT 06510

ECOCA is open:
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1-4pm & by appointment

Holiday Closing: November 27 - November 30 more information at


The Gallery Upstairs at the Institute Library
presents a series of EVENTS related to the Exhibition
 Melted Pots & Cooked Books- Save the dates!
  • Nov 10: Monique Truong Book signing. 3-5 pm
Join us for an unforgettable afternoon with award-winning author Monique Truong reading from her latest book The Sweetest Fruits  (which came out in September, 2019) as well as discuss her previous food and flavor-centric novels.  Copies of The Sweetest Fruits will be available for purchase at the event.  Monique Truong was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, and came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1975. A  best-selling author  of  award-winning novels, she is also an essayist, avid eater, lyricist/librettist, and an intellectual property attorney.  

This event will have limited seating and therefore will require an RSVP. Go to the events page at to reserve a seat, please click through the  "Register" process to reserve a seat AND/OR purchase a copy of The Sweetest Fruits.
  • Nov 24 : Peace Through Pie- The Winter Holiday Edition. 4-6 pm
Artist and Chef Nadine Nelson of Global Local Gourmet has created for us a special participatory holiday pie party to eat and celebrate the winter season! Come sample pies from around the world – and share your own with others- raise a glass of good cheer, while touring the Melted Pots & Cooked Books exhibit. Additionally, bring something delicious home with you: The Institute Library Board is hosting a bake sale table where pies can be purchased just in time for your other holiday celebrations!  Funds raised from the bake sale event will go towards much-needed Library repairs, so it’s an extra sweet deal.

This event will have an RSVP and participation information available shortly.

Interested in donating a pie to the bake sale or Peace for Pie Party? Let us know by emailing

About the exhibit:
Melted Pots and Cooked Books is the fall/winter exhibit at the library focusing on our collective shifting and intersecting food experiences. Our celebrations are enactments of old traditions, blended with new innovations, contemporary preferences and often necessary modifications and modernizations. This project interacts with those from both oral and written traditions and seeks to engage all the senses, including scent and taste, into the traditional word and image setting of the art gallery.  This exhibit features over 30 contributors from the community and will including artworks, utensils, photographs, textiles, videos, recipes, cookbooks, food-related objects and ephemera from all over the globe. The Gallery will be hosting monthly events throughout the exhibition, partnering with local organizations and institutions including: Sanctuary Kitchen, The Language Chef, Nadine Nelson/ Global Local Gourmet, Common Ground High school and Deep Roots/ The Public Humanities Department at Yale. A Catalog/ Cookbook will memorialize this exhibit.
Exhibition Participants:  
Robert Aiudi, Marion Belanger, Beth Castle Lovell, Vanessa Chiriboga, Eric Cocks, Jeanne Criscola, Terry Dagradi, Shelley Dell, Nike Desis, Joan Fitzsimmons, Kathryn Frund, Donna Golden, Lys Guillorn, Clymenza Hawkins, Wieslaw Jarmulowicz, Marcy Juran, Helen Kauder,
Bob Keating, Ann Kennedy, Maria Lara-Whelpley, Jessica Levine, Jezrie Marcano- Courtney, MaryJane Millington, Harry Minot, Nadine Nelson, Adam Niklewicz, Jan Ohye, Amy Rostkowski, Scott Schuldt, Gil Scullion, Linda Secondari, Rebecca Scotka, Donna Soohoo, Pete Stewart,
Daina Taimina.

Curated by Martha Willette Lewis

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