MoCA Westport Announces New Exhibition

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MoCA Westport Announces New Exhibition

A new exhibit, “Paul Camacho: El Ritmo y La Unidad” (Rhythm and Unity), will be on view at MoCA Westport from January 13th through February 26th. It features approximately 50 selected works by Paul Camacho, drawn primarily from the Westport Public Art Collections. The show also features works on loan from the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport and the Benjamin Ortiz and Victor P. Torchia, Jr. Collection.

An opening reception will be held on January 12 from 17:00 to 19:00. The reception is open to the public and is free for MoCA members. Advance registration on is requested.

The exhibition was curated by Alexandra M. Thomas, an art historian, critic, curator and PhD candidate at Yale University in art history and African American studies, with a certificate in women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

This year’s annual collaboration between MoCA Westport and WestPAC will once again allow audiences to enjoy selections from WestPAC’s holdings of more than 1,800 works of art at a public venue. Most of these works are housed in public schools and municipal buildings, which are not always accessible to the public. The exhibition will also include a “Learning Gallery” with approximately 20 works of abstract art from WestPAC’s collection, curated by WestPAC Committee Chair Ive Covaci.

The upcoming cocktails and conversations will also focus on the exhibition every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm starting January 19 with “Paul Camacho in Westport.” “The Intersection of Art / Fashion / Design and Art Collecting (Investing 101)” will be January 26, the curatorial conversation with Thomas on February 2 and art conservation on February 16. The evenings are free for members and $10 for non-members. Advance registration is requested.

Visit or contact Liz Leggett, director of exhibits, for more information. MoCA Westport’s winter hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays, noon to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. MoCA Westport is located at 19 Newtown Tpke. in Westport.

Taxes are due

Tax collector Christine Alison reminds residents that property tax, personal property tax, supplementary motor vehicle tax, sanitary sewer use and assessment charges are due on January 1 in the third quarter. Taxpayers have until February 1 to pay taxes without penalty. Bills will be subject to an 18 percent (1.5 percent monthly) penalty if paid late. Minimum interest charge is $2.

Taxes can be paid by credit card, debit card or electronic check from a checking account online at

Checks should be made payable to “Town of Westport” and mailed to: Town of Westport-Tax Collector, PO Box 350, Westport, CT 06881.

Personal payments can be made at the tax collector’s office, room 109 in City Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

24 Owenoke Park recognized for sustainability

The town and Sustainable Westport recently announced 24 Owenoke Park is the 2022 recipient of the Westport Green Building Award for achievement in sustainable design and construction.

The team includes owners Keith and Kate Melnick, architect Jack Franzen, interior designer Chrystal Toth and builders John and Steve Segerson, Pam Brennan and Segerson Builders.

The award recognizes residential and commercial projects that make, or have made, significant contributions to sustainability and Westport’s future as a Net Zero community.

The Melnicks moved to Westport in 2016 with the goal of incorporating the sustainable building features they discovered while living abroad in Switzerland and Australia into their new home. Sustainable aspects of 24 Owenoke Park include an efficient building envelope, use of sustainable building materials, a solar photovoltaic system, energy efficient appliances and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

To learn more about how to make your home more sustainable, refer to the Sustainable Westport Green Building Awards Program on Sustainable Westport’s website, and follow the link to guidance for applicants.

Pequot Library welcomes 2023 with free programs

Pequot Library is ringing in the new year with a series of programs, most of which are free and open to the public.

The events kick off with the announcement of this year’s One Book, TJ Klune’s “House in the Cerulean Sea,” at 10 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Fairfield Main Library.

On Jan. 11, a book club led by head librarian Christine Catallo and inspired by the library’s Shakespeare collection will be held at 11 a.m. and discuss “Macbeth.” Explore Shakespeare’s plays by viewing their earliest publication within the folios and reading and comparing his original works and their modern interpretations.

Play With Your Food will feature a short reading, talk back with the actors and director, and box lunches from local restaurants (to stay or to go). The 2023 schedule includes February 15, March 22 and April 19. Tickets cost $60, and a four-month subscription costs $224.

Children in grades four through eight can create a soda bottle compost on January 18 at 4:15 p.m.

The new Silent Book Club starts on January 19 from 6pm to 8pm. SBC will be offered on the third Thursday of each month. It is a worldwide community of readers and introverts, with 300 chapters. Members gather in person and online to read together in quiet camaraderie.

A family movie night will be held Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. with a screening of “Frozen.” Children can wear their pajamas, bring a blanket and their favorite stuffed animal friend. Popcorn will be provided. A group of cast members from Westport’s Bedford Middle School’s recent Frozen, Jr. musical will kick off the evening with a few songs.

There will be four digital Meet the Author events starting with Namina Forna, author of The Gilded Ones series at 2pm on January 7th. William Maz will speak on “The Bucharest Dossier” on January 12th at 18:00. Dana K. White will lead a talk titled “Decluttering to Begin Your New Year” at 2:00 pm on January 17th. Randall Munroe of What If? will speak on January 31 at 2:00 p.m.

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