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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Two openings at Middlesex Community College on Wed., Feb. 6

Middlesex Community College Pegasus Gallery
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, 1-800-818-5501
Sonya Suydam Gill: Color in the Pegasus Gallery (Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall)
Jan. 28—Mar. 22, 2013.
Michael DiGiorgio: Drawn from Life in the Niche (The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.)
Feb. 4—Mar. 22, 2013.
Opening Reception: Wed., Feb. 6, 4—6 p.m.

Press release from Middlesex Community College

Sonya Suydam Gill’s painting process confronts color and composition with dynamic and expressive force. “Color” is dominated by landscape paintings that emphasize the abstract qualities of paint. Broadly applied brush strokes create an active surface where successive paint layers suggest depth and light. This is best observed in “River at Dusk,” where balance is struck between a gestural image construction and its serene waterscape subject.

Sonya Suydam Gill

Gill says, “I paint those things that are part of my life. I love flowers, the water and often in my still lifes, incorporate lively fabrics in vivid colors. I could not live in a world without color.”

Gill has exhibited throughout Connecticut and lives in Chester. She received her BFA, MFA and EdD at Syracuse University, instructed art in New York and was the principal at East Lyme High School.

Michael DiGiorgio's illustrations are based on direct observation of bird species within their natural habitat. Drawn from Life consists of preparatory watercolor sketches produced in Connecticut and abroad. Drawing and painting birds while in the field rather than from photographs is significant to DiGiorgio's process and contributes the life-like appearance of his subjects. In his statement prepared for this show he says that: "These field sketches help me produce some of my favorite work, because they have a freshness and immediacy that is almost impossible to get in the studio."

Michael DiGiorgio

DiGiorgio lives in Madison and is an adjunct instructor of art at MxCC and Wesleyan University. He has exhibited nationally including the Bennington Center for the Arts (Bennington, VT), Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, W.I.), Dietel Gallery (Troy, N.Y.), Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia, P.A.) and the Northeast Wildlife Art Exposition (Albany, N.Y.).

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