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“She Is Rising” Exhibit & Arts Showcase


Benefit for LiveGirl at the Carriage Barn Arts Center

Exhibit: May 27 – June 7, 2020 

Gallery Open By Appointment:
Wednesday Noon-2pm / Fridays 10am-Noon / Saturdays 1-3pm.  

She Is Rising Gallery

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All works are available for sale.  Email [email protected] for more information or to arrange a viewing.

“Shero” portraits by artist TL Duryea available for $250 each

Bid Now!!  Audrey by Ashley Longshore, Retail value: $7,000
24 x 24 original, intricately bedazzled with thousands of hand placed stones


Curatorial Statement from Abby Bangser:  This selection is a celebration of women of various ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities – some captured from life, and others imagined – who represent female power in a myriad of manifestations. While ranging in media, each work shares a strong sense of authorship and emotional resonance. Female power is expressed as a woman dancing, laughing, or engaging in a contemplative moment. There are teachers, mothers, and students. Throughout the presentation there is a sense of intimacy between the artist and subject that permeates these works and allows for narratives to be drawn out by the viewer. This emphasis on the joys and struggles of womanhood is foregrounded in the selection and showcases the many life experiences of these artists.


LiveGirl Benefit Event: Sunday, May 31 | 2-4pm
A virtual celebration of female power and the arts, featuring activist artist, TL Duryea, completing a live masterpiece. Plus, TL will preview the art collection, including New Orleans pop art phenomenon, Ashley Longshore. This special Zoom event will also feature Fran Hauser – media executive, startup investor, and best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl.


Founded in 2014, LiveGirl is a New Canaan-based nonprofit organization that builds confident leaders. LiveGirl’s mission is to empower and equip the next generation of brave, inclusive leaders with the skills, community, and connections so that ALL girls may thrive and make a positive impact on the world. LiveGirl provides year-round, free-of-charge leadership development and mentoring for girls in grades 5-12 proven to build self-esteem, social emotional intelligence, and foster diversity. To date, LiveGirl has served over 5,000 young women statewide in Connecticut. Connect @goLiveGirl.


The Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts, is partnering with LiveGirl for the 3rd year to host “She Is Rising,” a virtual art exhibit, showcase and celebratory event.  A portion of proceeds will benefit LiveGirl, a nonprofit girls leadership organization that provides year-round leadership development and mentoring in Connecticut.  Submissions by local and regional artists are invited in all media that represent “an expression of female power.” 

Juried by Abby Bangser.  Bangser is the founder and creative director of Object & Thing, a new model for an art and design fair that launched in New York in the spring of 2019. She is former Artistic Director of Frieze Art Fairs for the Americas and Asia and the founding head of the Americas Foundation of the Serpentine Galleries. She has additionally worked for nonprofit arts institutions in both New York City and Los Angeles including Dia Art Foundation, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 

NEW Submission deadline is April 24, 2020. Selected works will be showcased and available for sale through an online gallery on at carriagebarn.orggoLiveGirl.org and via social media, PR, advertising, email campaigns, etc.  

Submission Deadline: Passed
Notification (by email): Friday, May 1, 2020
Delivery: Friday, May 22 (10am-2pm) & Saturday, May 23 (10am-1pm)
Virtual Event: Sunday, May 31 from 2-4pm
Pick-up: (times TBD)

SUBMISSION FEES: Submission fees directly support our operations. Become a Carriage Barn member today for reduced entry fees! members/students: $15 for up to 3 entries. non-members: $25 for up to 3 entries.

SPECIFICATIONS: Work delivered to the gallery must be installation-ready. All two-dimensional works and wall sculptures must be wired or cleated with a beveled edge on the cleat for hanging. Works will be displayed on easels or  walls using the Walker hanging system (nails and screws are not drilled into the walls).  Saw tooth hangers and small wire loops on the back of inexpensive frames are not acceptable along with scratched glass or plexi-glass, poorly constructed frames and poorly cut mats. Sculpture must be presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium. All sculpture must be delivered fully assembled and presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium.  
SALES: For any works sold, artists receive 50% of the sale price and 50% will benefit LiveGirl and the Carriage Barn Arts Center. Artists will be paid by check at the end of the exhibit.
LIABILITY AND INSURANCE: While all care will be taken while art is being exhibited in any NCSA sponsored exhibition, NCSA assumes no responsibility for any damage to the artwork during delivery, installation, and de-installation including, by way of example but not limitation, normal wear and tear, such as minor nicks to frames or scratches to Plexiglas. NCSA will not be liable for work not claimed after specified pick-up dates and times.   As a condition for exhibiting work in any NCSA exhibition, the exhibiting artist acknowledges by executing this agreement that NCSA assumes no responsibility for theft or other catastrophic loss beyond the applicable limits of NCSA’s insurance coverage. Except to the extent set forth in a separate written agreement signed by both the Exhibitor and NCSA, and subject to applicable deductions, insurance coverage cannot exceed 50% of the market value of any particular item, with the understanding that the exhibitor’s requested price may not be determinative with regard to market value for insurance purposes.
IMAGE USE RIGHTS: Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Carriage Barn Arts Center the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting the Center’s programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on the Center’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks with artist credit.