In June, Coastal Arts Guild of CT member Mick Theebs was named Milford Poet Laureate. This is the first appointment of the position in the town’s history, a four-year term.
Theebs, the founder of the arts website “ALSO THAT” is both a visual artist and poet.
According to the New Haven Register, Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake said Theebs was selected because Theebs’ application proposed “enhancing poetry by engaging Milford in poetry contests, workshops and open mics, as well as spearheading an effort to help install poetry as visual art in community spaces.”
The Milford poet laureate program is co-sponsored by the Milford Public Library and the Milford Arts Council.
Theebs is a lifelong Milford-resident, graduating from Jonathan Law High School. He studied English at Northeastern University, and works a regular job by day.
You can meet Mick at our regular meetings. He will be reading his work — along with other regional poets — “Poetry on the Green” at Artists & Artisans in Paradise, August 28, 2016.
Please welcome and get to know Alec Lessard, our first-ever marketing intern!
Alec graduated in advertising last month from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. His specialties are design and strategy. He has worked with Aramis Consulting at Xavier University, Flipdaddy’s Burgers and Beers in social media, and in direct marketing for Momentum Marketing. He has also worked with Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati as well as Findlay Market and the Cincinnati Zoo, creating campaigns for all three of these organizations. His alternative movie posters are ridiculously fun. He lives in Shelton, CT.
CAGCT: Alec welcome to the guild! You’ve just graduated from Xavier Univeristy in advertising. What part of your studies would you say surprised you the most?
AL: The part of my studies that really surprised me was how many different areas and aspects of advertising we went into. The areas ranged from graphic design which I personally was to areas such as social media and media purchasing.
It was a well-rounded learning experience that I am excited to use moving forward. Also, the Senior Seminar was an awesome experience. We created campaign for the Cincinnati Zoo as well as a local farm stand known as Findlay Market. We even pitched our campaigns to them and my work is actually being shown off downtown because they decided to go with my ideas.
CAGCT: Of all of the social media outlets, which one do you like the best? Why?
AL: I really love Instagram. I have always believed in the statement that a picture is worth a thousand words and with that being said, Instagram is all about pictures. It links your life experiences with those that follow you and anyone that wants to look up a particular hashtag.
CAGCT: You work in design. Do you consider yourself an artist?
AL: This is tricky because art is defined in so many different ways. When I first was starting out in design, I never really thought of myself as an artist. This was mainly because i was taking pictures from the internet and creating my own twist on them with different backgrounds and various effects.
Recently, I have been getting more into what I believe can be described as art: I am more creating the different aspects of a piece such as my Batman and the Joker image I created called “You Complete Me” which then brought me to my piece where I created an image around Prince and his song “Purple Rain.” So long story short, I would classify my newer works as art while my older works are just pieces that I have had fun doing.
CAGCT: Plans for after your internship?
AL: After this wonderful opportunity, I am looking to getting into design for an agency either in the Connecticut/New York City area or move back towards Cincinnati where all my friends from school are. I miss them and with all of them out there it is easier to stay in touch rather than setting up phone calls or texting back and forth. You never know where the road of life will lead so why not take the less road traveled like Robert Frost said and see where it leads you.
CAGCT: You are stuck on a deserted island. Who would you most prefer to have stuck with you (and why?): Frida Kahlo, director Ang Lee, Queen Latifah or Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?
AL: I would have to choose Ang Lee. I have a huge respect for a great number of his movies as I sort of call my self a cinephile. In my collection I have over 200 movies, most of them being the Marvel superhero movies, but a lot of classics and recent box office smashes. I feel that a discussion with him going back and forth would be inspiration to me to continue whatever design work I am up to at the moment.
If you love art, music, theatre, writing and other creative endeavors (and you live within driving distance of Stratford, CT), please take a minute (it’s short!) to complete our survey. We want to know just what kinds of educational arts opportunities to offer you.
ACEO stands for “art cards, editions and originals. ” They are also called artist trading cards. These are miniature pieces of art measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches. They should be original pieces of work created for the theme.