Michael Biondo, President
Michael Biondo Is a New York & Connecticut based photographer whose has a keen interest in all types of art & design. After growing up in New Canaan & Darien, Michael attended Pratt Institute where he graduated in 1985 with his BFA. Following Pratt he divided his time between New York, Los Angeles & Paris where he pursued a 20 year career in editorial and commercial photography. His clients during this period included Interview Magazine, W Magazine, Elle Magazine, Sony
Music, Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
In 2006 Michael moved back to New Canaan where he is currently working as a photographer of Architecture & Design. Most recently he was the primary photographer for the monograph, “Alan Greenberg Classical Architect” published by Rizzolli in 2014. In 2015 Monacelli Press published “Mid-Century Houses Today” for which he was a co-author and photographer. Michael has also used this time to pursue his original love of landscape photography. He currently lives in Wilton with his wife and his two children.
Serena Gillespie, Vice President
Serena Gillespie, President of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, Inc. at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, has been involved with us since Spring of 2013. Ms. Gillespie has had multiple active roles on the Board of Directors. She has served in the capacity to coordinate membership development, exhibitions and event committees. She has also served as Co-Chair of the NCSA’s fundraisers. Ms. Gillespie’s interest in art comes from her father. Her parents’ home is filled with pieces that connected her father with important periods in his life. She has followed the same path, seeking art that connects her to a recent travel adventure or a more distant memory. She travels extensively with her husband, seeking art from different parts of the world that approaches similar subject matter from a different perspective. While Ms. Gillespies’s taste in art can be considered traditional from the 20th century, she seeks pieces containing non-traditional elements that make them unique.
Serena brings her professional background of project management, analysis and communications to help maintain the Carriage Barn Arts Center’s growth and promote exciting possibilities for the future. She is the owner of Serena Gillespie, LLC, a regulatory compliance firm which performs document review of clinical documents in preparation of regulatory filings to US and international regulatory authorities. Prior to managing her own firm, Serena managed regulatory filings and provided regulatory support for several pharmaceutical companies is California. Serena currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Canaan Cares.
A native of Lyme, Connecticut, she holds a B.S. degree in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University. Ms. Gillespie has lived in New Canaan since 2011 with her husband, Doug Gillespie (a NCHS graduate) and their two children.
Allison Donaldson joined the New Canaan Society for the Arts as a Trustee in 2015 and is currently a member of the Board’s Finance Committee. Her interest in the arts stems from living in Paris during her junior year of college, where she not only took her first art class, but also visited many of the spectacular Parisian museums. She continued to study art and art history for her remaining years at school as well as during her young adulthood. Her grandmother and father were both art hobbyists. Art remains an important diversion in her life.
Allison is an Investment Advisor and Marketing Professional with HTG Investment Advisors in New Canaan. She is fluent in French and enjoys spending time with her family, running and painting.
Connie is a working artist and a native New Canaanite. She fell in love with art as a young child, watching her grandfather spend hours painting at her mother’s dining room table. This eventually led Connie to receiving a BFA from the University of Arizona.
While raising three children, Connie freelanced as a graphic designer as well as continuing to paint and sculpt. She spent twelve plus years teaching art to homeless men and women in South Norwalk CT and New York City, realizing that all humans benefit hugely by having a creative outlet.
She has been on the Board of Directors of the New Canaan Outback Teen Center, New Canaan Red Cross and the New Canaan Winter Club. Connie also spent countless hours volunteering at the local schools. Connie’s first experience at Carriage Barn was through exhibiting there. She is looking forward to being involved with all artists from all venues, sharing ideas on how to enhance the art community through the New Canaan Society for the Arts for the town of New Canaan and surrounding communities.
Carolyn Corcoran moved to New Canaan in 2011 with her husband and 2 children after a 4-year international assignment in Switzerland. Believing strongly in being involved in the community and giving back, she immediately started to get involved locally with organizations that she felt strongly about. Carolyn just completed her term as Treasurer and is now focused on membership – positions that combine her finance background, love for the arts, and her desire to give back to the community.
Carolyn also sits on the Board of Trustee of the New Canaan Community Foundation after actively volunteering on five panels, as well as both the Luncheon and Annual Appeals committees. In November of 2011, Carolyn was pleased to accept the offer and join the New Canaan Chapter of PEO International where she is currently Treasurer and sits on the CT State Finance Committee. Prior to living in New Canaan, Carolyn was involved with various fund raisers for numerous organizations as well as holding positions in the New York Junior League and the Center for Hope.
A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Art attended Fairfield and Danbury schools. In 1971, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1974, he was admitted to the Connecticut Bar and in 1977 to the Florida Bar. Throughout his career, Art has specialized in providing legal services to individuals in the areas of income, gift and estate taxation, estate planning and estate and trust administration.
Art began his law practice with Cummings & Lockwood in 1974 where he became a partner of that firm in 1982. In 1993 he left Cummings & Lockwood to become a principal of Blair & Potts.
Art lives in New Canaan with his wife, Bunny, who recently retired as the Principal of East School. Their two adult children live in Colorado and California. Art has served as President of a number of New Canaan organizations, including A Better Chance, the Waveny Care Network, the New Canaan Community Foundation and the New Canaan Land Trust, and has served on the Boards of a number of other organizations, including the New Canaan Inn, the Stamford Symphony and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.
Sharon Stevenson, Trustee
Sharon Stevenson has been a New Canaan Resident since 2007. Her professional career has spanned various positions in Sales, Sales Management, Marketing and Corporate Communications positions within the technology field in both international and domestic markets. While living abroad for twelve years, she became involved in expatriate organizations devoted to children’s charities including hospitals, orphanages and schools. These initiatives cultivated and shaped her passion for philanthropy and volunteerism and inspired her continued local non-profit service.
Since living in New Canaan, Sharon has been active in the community remains serving on the Board of Directors of the New Canaan Community Foundation, Waveny LifeCare Network and the New Canaan Society of the Arts. From 2009-2013, Sharon Co-chaired the New Canaan Women’s Platform Tennis League and the New Canaan Women’s Competitive Tennis League. In 2009, the most notable achievement, Sharon Co-championed and established a 170(c)(1) non-profit organization dedicated to renovating the Mead Park tennis facility in New Canaan. Over the course of two years she successfully raised over $170,000.00 and completed the renovation for the town of New Canaan in 2012.
Sue Stone, Trustee
Sue has been inspired to be part of NCSA as an artist herself, but also as a 25-year New Canaanite who values a vibrant arts community within a sports-oriented town. “My family has benefitted from the fantastic sports programs in New Canaan, but of equal importance are the many artists and art appreciators here, young and old, who benefit from the cultural dimension that NCSA provides to New Canaan. It’s good to be well-rounded!”
Having served on other boards in New Canaan, Sue’s devotion to NCSA began in 2012 as her own pursuits as an artist (photographer) began to expand thanks to a new empty nest. “Artists tend to work by themselves most of the time, but we need community – a place where we can learn from each other and share our experiences, challenges, discoveries and passions. There are so many ways NCSA can provide that!”
Sue heads up the Nominating Committee on the Board and is always talking with folks around the community, looking for ways to engage individuals with our organization, whether it be on the board level, serving on one of our committees, helping to hang exhibits, or otherwise supporting NCSA.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Sue Stone received her B.A. from Colby College in 1984. After living and working in New York City, Sue returned to her studies and earned an M.A. in French from NYU. Later, while raising her children in Connecticut, she took art classes at Silvermine School of Art, and started focusing on photography in 1999. Since 2012, she has been a participant in the photography workshops of Sandi Haber Fifield in Westport, Connecticut. Sue’s work has been exhibited in juried shows at the Silvermine Arts Center, the Ridgefield Guild of Artists and the Carriage Barn Arts Center.
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