A Fairfield resident was among the winners of the Rowayton Arts Center’s “Abstraction” exhibit.

The winners, selected by juror Riad Miah, an educator and award-winning abstract painter from New York City, were announced at the opening reception of Abstraction on April 2.

In the oils category, Bevi Bullwinkel won second place for “Trio 1.”

The show runs through April 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For an in-depth look at abstract art, the Norwalk Arts Commission, in partnership with the Rowayton Arts Center, is hosting this year’s SLOW Art Day program on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rowayton Arts Center. Miah will lead the conversation about the artwork. Space is limited and the fee is $5.

The honor roll

Jonathan Konecny , an accounting major from Southport, has achieved the dean’s list for the fall term at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass.

The Nichols College dean’s list recognizes students who have achieved high grades during a single semester. In order to be included in the dean’s list, a student must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.2 for at least 12 credit hours and receive no grade below a C-plus during the semester.

Kevin Hickey, of Fairfield, has been named to the fall chancellor’s list at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. To be eligible for the chancellor’s list, students must earn a 4.0 grade-point average and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours.

Music education program honored

Fairfield has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the fifth year in a row. Fairfield joins 527 districts — or 4 percent — across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2017.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to elevate their music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the Fairfield Public Schools Music Department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award also recognizes Fairfield is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements in a well-rounded education for all children.

Fairfield’s Music Department prides itself on offering a variety of music courses to all students in grades K-12, with performing ensemble opportunities beginning in grade four with the strings program. As an elective program at both high schools, approximately 30 percent of students are enrolled. Fairfield has 1,408 students enrolled in band in grades five to 12, 1,398 students enrolled in choir in grades five to 12, and 1,438 students enrolled in the string program in grades four to 12.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.

Dancing to end cancer

Madeline Salveson, a Fairfield native, joined the fight against childhood cancer as a dancer with UDance, a dance marathon at the University of Delaware.

UDance, the university’s largest student-run philanthropy event, benefits the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. In March, the organization celebrated a year’s worth of fundraising during its 11th annual 12-hour dance marathon. UDance is the fifth-largest college dance marathon in the nation, with over 2,000 student participants.

Throughout the academic year, students raised more than $1.8 million. Funds provide financial assistance to families of children battling pediatric cancer and fund cutting-edge, life-saving research studies.

To learn more about UDance or make a donation, visit UDanceDelaware.org.

Collegiate honors

Southport’s Dani Pasquarelli, an Ithaca College student majoring in occupational therapy, was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the only national honor society which recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all disciplines of higher education. In accordance with the chapter by-laws, inductees must be of good character and possess notable academic achievements.

To qualify for membership, juniors must be in the upper 7.5 percent of their class and seniors must be in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class; graduate and professional students must rank in the upper 10 percent of all graduate and professional students currently enrolled and have been registered for at least two semesters.

Three Fairfield natives are participating in spring sports at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

John Edmonds, a member of the class of 2019, and Kyle Mason, a member of the class of 2017, are on the lacrosse team.

Jack Myers, a member of the class of 2020, is on the baseball team.

Union College athletes are committed to the pursuit of academic and competitive excellence on the field and in the classroom.

Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Westport-Weston and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at imperial cities along the way, departing Sept. 28 and returning Oct. 7.

Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.

Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.

Each city boasts unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.

The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.

If interested in learning about the trip, call the Fairfield Chamber at 203-255-1011.