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Thursday, August 25, 2011

VA-Based Earthquake with 5.9 Magnitude Rocks Northeast

VA-Based Earthquake with 5.9 Magnitude Rocks Northeast
Tremors felt from NC to RI and as far west as Ohio; Fairfielders report vibration; Town Hall evacuated briefly.
At approximately 1:51pm today, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter based in Richmond, VA, rocked the Northeast. It was felt as far south as North Carolina, as far north as Rhode Island and as far west as Ohio. There was no immediate report of serious damage, injuries or fatalities according to major television news reports.

In Fairfield, Police Sgt. Sue Lussier said that the department had received a few calls from concerned town residents who felt some vibration. She also said that Town Hall had been briefly evacuated, but that by 3 p.m., workers had already returned to their offices. To her knowledge, transportation services, e.g. Metro North railroad, had not been interrupted.

On a wider scope, tremors were felt on the upper levels of hi-rise buildings in Stamford, according to News Channel 12. WPIX-TV broadcast live footage of office workers spilling out into the streets of Midtown New York, and using their cellphones to contact loved ones. It was also reported that workers in Federal buildings, including City Hall, in lower and midtown New York had been evacuated and that a NYPD Aviation Unit was conducting a visual inspection of major bridges. Jersey City put their emergency evacuation plan into effect. Anxieties were heightened with the approaching 10th anniversary of 9/11.

With regard to transportation in the Northeast, air traffic at Newark and JFK Airports was grounded. Train service between South New Jersey and Philadelphia was also suspended.

Two nuclear reactors were taken offline in Richmond, VA. Locally, Indian Point nuclear facility continued to operate at full capacity, with no damage reported, though an inspection was ongoing.
Though no tsunami-like conditions are expected to result on major waterways in the affected region, aftershocks are anticipated, according to My 9 News (TV).

The last time an earthquake of this magnitude was felt in Virginia was in 1897.

Artists Open ArtPlace Doors to Other Artists

Artists Open ArtPlace Doors to Other Artists:
Work of 27 creatives ushered in 
at Aug 14 reception
By Mike Lauterborn
(Posted to 8/24)
© 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Fairfield, CT – Twenty-seven area artists, working in a wide range of media, received a golden ticket from member artists of ArtPlace Gallery to show their work at the 11 Unquowa Road space. Pieces were installed August 10 and their arrival celebrated with a cocktail mixer Sunday afternoon August 14. The reception enjoyed a full house, as art enthusiasts browsed, chatted and closely studied exhibited work.

Among those showing was Princess Cureton, a Norwalk artist working in acrylic mixed media. Standing near an untitled piece, she explained, “All my work is multi-dimensional. I like the interaction people have with it, and the response they have to the different layers. It makes it fun, and lends life to the artwork.”

Cureton was invited to show by Margot Bittenbender, with whom she works. “Margot sees me as a closet artist and thought I could get some good exposure here,” Cureton laughed.

Nearby, Easton artist Susan Sharp, standing beside her work “Regret”, an oil painting on wood panels, said, “I’ve been painting since 1975. Oils have been my primary media. My work is personal and topographical, focusing on landscape mapping. The works are intuitive, I don’t plan them. They evolve as I paint them.”

Sharp was a founding member of ArtPlace, one of the four original founders, when the gallery was initially located at Fairfield Train Station. “The gallery has really evolved,” she said, looking about. “It’s nice to see such a good response to a new exhibit.”

Statuesque blonde Kathleen Collins, from Darien, taking interest in Howard El-Yasin’s untitled wood/sand/nails mixed installation, said she had come to support her mom, artist Donna Collins, and enjoy the other artwork. Collins said it was “neat having a mom who is an artist – her artwork is all over our house. I like going to her shows.”

Perhaps the most junior artist exhibiting was Christine Quinn, 24, who is currently attending a graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, studying animation and 3D computer imaging. Her focus to date had been studio illustration – watercolors, landscapes, etc. In fact, the work she was displaying was a watercolor titled “Italian Landscape Watercolor.” Quinn is also a t-shirt designer and displays her work through a website,

Visitor Mimi Vandeussen, from Westport, who confessed to being an “artist wannabe”, was intensely studying works by Dorothy Powers, titled “Crouching Woman” and “Red.” She voiced her thoughts: There’s a lot of history behind these. I’m guessing these are about the women brought up in Afghanistan. Red may symbolize war. There’s a tremendous amount of power here. I really enjoy looking at different pieces and what inspires them.”

Another visitor, Chyai Mulberg, of Fairfield, was enjoying Mary Ellen Hendricks’ “Peony #1”. “I love all the colors… it feels like it has movement… and the depth is amazing. I don’t necessarily profess to know art but I know what I like, and this is wonderful.”

The Artists Invite Artists Exhibit runs through Sept. 11, 2011 at ArtPlace Gallery, 11 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. Gallery Hours: Wed.-Sat. 11-5:30, Sunday 12-5.