about

Art in Common, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) community outreach non-profit charitable organization based in Ridgefield, CT whose mission is to promote creativity, increase community awareness around important social issues and foster connection across diverse populations. Creative connection focusing on what we share, facilitates compassion and understanding.

We hold art-events to raise money for recently resettled refugee-artists (see pictures from our latest event) – who in turn receive 100% of their art-sales and bring the art process in the form of classes, workshops and supplies to refugee-youth and adults in Connecticut).

philosophy

  • The arts should be accessible to everyone

  • Creativity fuels life and enriches a community

  • We can identify with each other through the creative process

  • Appreciation of diverse populations is nurtured by creative exposure and support

  • Creative expression takes diverse forms

  • The process of creating art together and displaying it publicly creates strong bonds

We are 501(c)(3) compliant. You will receive a thank-you letter for donations made which can be submitted to the IRS with your 2016 tax return.

board of directors

looking_right_5-6-16_tumblrAimee Jette: President/CEO | aimee@artincommon.org

Aimee founded Art in Common, Inc. in early 2016 after spending much of her life in the corporate world as a producer and designer. She is a mentor for recently resettled refugees with the resettlement agency, International Institute of CT (IIConn) in Bridgeport, CT and helped launch Refugee Resettlement Ridgefield in her hometown. Aimee studies Jordanian Arabic, Icelandic, travels as often as possible, is a private pilot and painter. She was been awarded a month long artist residency in Laugavatn, Iceland in July 2016 where she focued on techniques to bring back to the work she does here in the States. She plans to further her education with graduate studies in Communication, specializing in Social Justice.

Mark_headshotMark Krantz: Chairman of the Board | m.krantz@mkpny.com

Mark Krantz Productions is a New York–based entertainment and television company. He is the co-creator of The Mark Twain Prize as well as The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which has been awarded to Paul Simon at the Warner Theater, and to Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Carole King at the White House. His many television, live event, and stage credits include In Performance at the White House: The Gospel Tradition (PBS), Richard Pryor’s I Ain’t Dead Yet! Birthday Special, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song, the Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremonies, Lewis Black’s Let Freedom Laugh comedy special, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Spring Gala. Mr. Krantz has also produced the legendary Friars Club Celebrity Roasts for more than a decade, most recently the Roast of Quentin Tarantino. To mark the one year anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook, Connecticut school shootings, Mr. Krantz helped organize and produce a national vigil for victims of gun violence at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Additionally Mr. Krantz produced the Little Kids Rock gala, and The White House tribute to Ray Charles.

IMG_4635Denis Carey: Vice-Chair | DCInteriors@comcast.net 

For almost 15 years, Denis has owned and operated Denis Carey Interiors, LLC. He has been the primary care provider for his family, including but not limited to, just being an awesome dad and husband. He serves as Assistant Scout Master in Ridgefield. Prior to this he was a high school English teacher in Washington Heights, NY. He graduated from NYU with a Master of Arts in English Education. Denis currently attends Albertus Magnus College in New Haven and volunteers his time at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT and Light House Sober House in Darien, CT.

HEADSHOT.jpgJeremy J. Winter: Secretary | jeremy.1234@ymail.com

Jeremy is a high-performing operation and business development manager. He excels at optimizing organizational processes, staff and client development, and infrastructure to maximize business results. He is a skilled business strategist and leader who transforms plans into workable solutions. His experience includes operations management at Brightrize and branch management at TD Bank in Larchmont, NY. Jeremy is driven, committed and inspires those around him. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ.

IMG_3204Alexander B. Wattles: Treasurer | avengerpilot@gmail.com

Alex is a pilot and founder Mission Air, Inc.  Mission Air, Inc. philanthropically provides transportation to patients in need for various non-profit organizations. Until 2013, Alex owned and operated Wattles Construction, LLC. Prior to that Alex worked for Spear, Leeds & Kellogg in NYC as a stockbroker. He holds multiple aircraft ratings, ranging from Single Engine Tail Wheel to Commercial Multi-Engine Instrument Jet (and many in between). He was awarded Angel Flight Northeast’s distinguished National Volunteer of the Year Award for Most Missions Flown and works on his 1944 Grumman TBM 3E Avenger in his spare time. He lives in Ridgefield, CT with his family.

carmell_headshotCarmell Clark  | carmell.clark@gmail.com

Life Artist, author, speaker, and accountability coach, Carmell has worked with hundreds to influence transformation and behavioral change over the past 15 years. Through her latest work and signature system, Bare Minimum Genius, Carmell is training and mentoring on her influence strategies, accountability mindset + actions, and program development with thought leaders, entrepreneurs, managers and more.

With an interdisciplinary B.S. in Philosophy and Social Theory and a thriving company, Carmell has created location independence and lives and travels in different locations around the world for part of each year. She is a presenter at the Women’s Economic Forum in Delhi each year, a member of e-Women Network, and Chairperson of Travel and Influence for the All Ladies League.

As she works with clients across the U.S. and in 5 countries, Carmell is completing her first book, Life is Not One Thing. An oils artist, Carmell works with palette knives and large canvases, having held her first exhibition in 2014 with great success. She is an accomplished poet as well as a chef, having run side catering and developed a wide range of recipes. Carmell is co-founder of the Sexy Stein Salon, a women’s idea empowerment forum in the greater Salt Lake area. She is currently developing an entrepreneurial women’s mentorship program to work with non-profits in developing countries. She served as a contributing writer to the UV Review newspaper, president of the Gender Studies organization at Utah Valley University, and produced, directed and led the Oprah Winfrey’s Belief Series launch in Salt Lake City. She also produced, directed and performed in the Vagina Monologues 3 seasons in spite of Utah State attempting to shut it down.

Carmell worked as a project manager and lead technical design writer and consultant for several international software companies early on in her career. At the same time, Carmell built a successful local wellness center over 20 years that she sold to begin her current company in 2012. A professional instigator, Carmell’s great loves are people, sparking lasting behavioral change in her clients and audiences, traveling without a plan, spontaneous kindness, consciousness studies, running, the color orange, and laughing until she cries.

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9772_5577309e6d250_land_lgMary Hayes Phelps | mhp1102@yahoo.com

Mary has over 20 years of experience helping companies and individuals market themselves in Fairfield County. As the Director of Marketing at Stamford Center for the Arts, she managed a huge budget, negotiated contract rates and trade agreements, and ran the in-house advertising agency that was responsible for marketing all performances to the general public.   More recently Mary has been working in advertising sales with a variety of companies, helping them create successful targeted advertising campaigns.  The decision to move into real estate was simple:  “I was helping real estate companies and agents market their properties and brands for over 15 years.  Through that, I gained a working knowledge of the Fairfield County real estate market and a solid understanding of what it takes to be successful within that market.”

Mary has worked with many of the most successful agents in the area helping them develop their brand and sell properties.   Her strengths are in nurturing relationships and delivering excellent customer service.  She is energetic, professional, creative, attentive to detail and dedicated to her clients.

Mary has lived in and around Ridgefield for 30 years.  She has two sons who attend St. Luke’s School in New Canaan and participate in many activities including youth football, SCOR and more.  Her husband, Chris, grew up in Ridgefield and is a teacher and coach at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan.   She enjoys walking and running with her black lab Petey, as well as yoga, skiing, hiking, reading and gardening.

Member of the National Assoc. of Realtors, Ct Assoc. of Realtors, Ridgefield Board of Realtors, licensed in CT.  AAS in Advertising & Communications, BA in English Literature.