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Planning is underway for The Community Cooperative Nursery School’s 54th Annual Art Show and Sale, to be held on June 3 and 4, 2016.

Bringing together artwork from more than fifty nationally and internationally known artists, the CCNS Art Show & Sale offers one of the largest and most diverse collections of original artwork anywhere in Connecticut. Well-known for its sophistication and affordability, the Art Show benefits CCNS and offers savvy buyers a 40% tax-deduction on purchases.

For the first time ever, this popular community event will be held at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue, Rowayton CT. This venue, in the heart of scenic Rowayton, will generate visibility for the Art Show and provide a wonderful setting for an Opening Night Gala offering first choice of art for sale, live music, drinks and appetizers.

This year, the CCNS Art Show and Sale will run for just two busy days, June 3rd and 4th 2016.

The 2016 Art Show will feature two talented contemporary artists, Linda Colletta and Julia Contacessi. Both women are based in Fairfield County, yet bring an international footprint of popularity to this event.

“We are incredibly excited to showcase such a diverse range of amazing and well-recognized talent at this year’s show”, said Sarah Little, CCNS Art Show Chair. “What began over 53 years ago as a small event to benefit the school’s scholarship and capital improvement fund has grown into one of the largest and most varied art shows in our region, offering something for all tastes and budgets.”

“Within that diverse backdrop, this year’s Featured Artists, Linda Colletta and Julia Contacessi, offer beautiful and skilled pieces of contemporary art which is on pointe with current art trends.” Ms. Little continued. “As online searches for abstract art outnumber searches for classical art by six to one, this is an important genre to have represented in the CCNS Art Show. The original works Linda and Julia are creating for this year’s Art Show are sure to be hugely popular with buyers and patrons”.

About Linda Colletta

After 15 years as a scenic painter in the music television industry, Linda turned her focus to creating accessible art that adds a touch of beauty and happiness to any home. She defines her style as an abstract expressionist and works in several different medias – acrylics, oils and pastels. She explains her work is a series of “drips, washes, scribbles, and other happy accidents that evoke a feeling of freedom and unapologetic happiness.”  Linda studied at Parsons School of Design in New York City and now works in her studio in the AmFab Building in Bridgeport CT. Her work can be seen all over the country and abroad.

About Julia Contacessi

Julia Contacessi defines herself as a contemporary abstract artist and explains her process as “a combination of conscious and subconscious exploration.” With a focus on color, texture and composition, Julia strives to deliver an atmospheric, feel-good effect in every one of her pieces.  She studied Fine Art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and now works out of her home studio in Norwalk CT.  She creates art for clients throughout the US and internationally.

Artists are encouraged to submit their work for this year’s show by applying at or emailing

Sponsorship packages for the 54th Annual CCNS Art Show are available. To join Fairfield County Bank and the other sponsors already supporting this year’s show, contact CCNS Sponsorship Chair Sivan Kerins at

2016 CCNS Art Show Details:

Opening Night Gala: Friday, June 3rd from 7pm to 10pm. Admission $40.

First-view of artwork and featuring live music, wine and appetizers in a festive atmosphere.

Second/Final Day: Saturday, June 4th from Noon to 6pm. Admission $15.

For information, updates, and an early look at some of the pieces which will be included in the 54th Annual CCNS Art Show and Sale, visit, “Like” the CCNS Art Show Facebook page or follow the CCNS Art Show on Instagram at #ccnsartshow.

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