Back by popular demand, the Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities is presenting another series of Conversations with the Artists, held on four Friday afternoons in October from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The talks will be open to the public and free.

"We are excited to be able to share with the community the talents of these very accomplished artists," said Neil Hardy, organizer of the series. "This is a rare opportunity to listen to and question artists, as well as to view some of their works."

Each session will feature a talk by the artist about his or her life and career, followed by a question and answer session. Works by the artist will be on display or shown through slides.

The series kicks off on Oct. 8, with illustrator Randy Enos. His works have embellished magazines, newspapers, books, record and CD covers, posters and animated film for over 46 years. The public has been exposed to his illustrations in venues such as The New York Times, NBC, National Lampoon, Playboy, Boy's Life, Time, Sports Illustrates, Fortune and Forbes. Enos' distinctive sense of humor is reflected in his work.

Frank Bolle is the highlighted speaker on Oct. 15. Bolle is one of the most prolific comic-book artists of all time. His career began in 1948 and continues today. He started at Magazine Enterprises, illustrating westerns, and also designed and illustrated children's records and albums. At Western Publishing, he illustrated dozens of books, from Golden Books to Sherlock Holmes.

A Weston resident, Bolle is a member of the National Cartoonist Society and is president of Connecticut Classic Arts. He has won a number of awards for his watercolors, three Grumbacher Gold Medallions, and in 2003 received the Inkpot Award for lifetime achievement in comics.

Westport resident Joan Miller will discuss her career and art on Oct. 22. Miller works in collage to create optical illusions, primarily of impossible objects. Her use of color creates the visual tension and dynamic movement of the pieces. Miller's art has been influenced by many artists, including Joseph Albers and the op artists of the 1960s as well as patterns and textures. Her work has been published in several books about optical illusion.

The fourth and final speaker will be Norma Minkowitz on Oct. 29. Minkowitz is a sculptor of the human form who happens to uses the technique of crochet to achiever her vision. For more than 30 years Minkowitz has transformed the traditionally feminine art of crochet into a medium for figurative sculpture. The transparent openness of the crochet allows her to draw in three dimensions to reflect the psychological ideas beneath the surface.

Minkowitz's work has received wide recognition and honors over her lifetime. In 2003, she was named a Fellow by the American Craft Council. Her work has been exhibited around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Arts and Design, among others.

To reserve a space at any or all of the lectures or for further information, phone the Westport Center for Senior Activities at 203-341-5098, or visit us on the web at