Special to the Press
NEW BRITAIN - Live music echoed off the stained-glass windows as people filled the halls of Trinity-On-Main Saturday, March 25, for the tenth annual Support Women Artists Now, or Swan Day CT, program promoting female artists from around the state.
Female musicians from ages 15 to 80 took to the main stage in the concert hall throughout the night, while other artists live-painted bodies and canvases alongside.
One of the musicians was That Virginia, a current nominee for the New England Music Festival’s Best of CT award.
Originally from Brazil, the 27-year-old now lives in Bridgeport and has been playing guitar for nine years and is a DIY musician scheduling her own performances and shows.
“When I first heard about Swan Day through another performer, I reached right out to Jennifer Hill,” said That Virginia, who has participated for three years.
Hill has organized Swan Day CT in conjunction with the WomenArts organization for the past ten years and is referred to by many of the female artists as Mama Swan.
The singer, songwriter and pianist has been recognized by the organization for making Swan Day CT one of the most successful Swan Day programs both nationally and internationally.
Fashion and jewelry designer Ebony Amber of Torrington co-hosted the main stage with Ryan Kristafer from WTNH.
“It’s a great way to support women artists and it’s nice to see a lot of guys here too; without women where would we be?” said Kristafer.
Attendees also enjoyed the live music coming from the smaller stage while checking out the pop-up market consisting of different female vendors, each with their own unique skill or passion.
Self-proclaimed chocoholic Lisa McDonald of Harwinton was present, representing her business, Underground Truffles, and 34 of her own chocolate recipes.
When visiting friends in Gualaceo, Ecuador, McDonald became familiar with the cocoa plant and began mixing the raw cocoa with Austrian chocolate to create her recipes that each take about 20 hours to make.
They contain no preservatives or dyes and she usually vends at different farmers markets around the state and online.
Second-year vendor Emily Falkowski displayed earrings handmade from balsa wood she burned designs on, prints of her artwork and T-shirts she designed.
“Last year I was cutting people’s silhouettes out of paper and I thought this year to bring some more work to get myself out there,” said Falkowski.