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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Complementary work at City Gallery, one viewing day left

City Gallery
994 State St., New Haven, (203) 782-2489
Roberta Friedman & Kathy Kane: New Members, New Work
Through Jan. 30, 2011.

This show is only up through tomorrow (Sun., Jan. 30) from noon—4 p.m. but it is worth dropping by to check out.

Roberta Friedman’s first medium was watercolor. But in recent years, Friedman has enriched her compositional technique by melding her watercolors with collage. Friedman’s subject is landscape albeit with a highly personal vision. Responding to the natural layering of landscape, Friedman crafts complex abstract compositions that suggest nature as a seething web ofvisual and tactile pleasure.

To this end, Friedman not only layers torn strips of painted watercolor paper but also fibrous handmade paper, seaweed, found strips of bark and lichen and even thin pieces of rusted metal. With “Glacial Plain” and “Glacial Shift,” outcroppings of brown and gray rock—represented by bark, rusted metal and distressed painted paper—appear mineral-veined and sparkle like mica in the sun. In each, the rock is set amid a frozen sea of washed-out blue green puckering like frozen crystals, the snow and ice reflecting the tundra gray of the sky.

The works of Friedman and Kathy Kane complement each other well. Where Friedman’s compositions are characterized by jagged, uneven or flowing natural forms, Kane’s acrylic paintings on panel favor strongly delineated geometric shapes.

But Kane uses a lot of underpainting and also dilutes her acrylic colors to achieve a liquid wash. “Fields” is, on the one hand, striking for its two rectangular fields of color—yellow and red. On the other hand, “Fields”—as with most of Kane’s other paintings—is notable for the energy that surges through both blocks of color because the darker underpainting shows through Kane’s lively brush strokes.

The energy of those brush strokes—the sense of seething natural processes—is a point of connection with Friedman’s turbulent natural forms and textures.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Hygienic Art XXXII this weekend in New London!

Hygienic Art
83 Bank St., P.O. Box 417, New London, (860) 443-8001
Hygienic Art XXXII
Jan. 28-Feb. 13, 2011
Opening reception for Salon des Independants: Sat., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.

(Hanging for the show starts 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Self-express yourself: One Piece Per Artist, No Judge, No Jury, No Fees, No Censorship! Show up and show!)

Press release

The Hygienic Art XXXII Exhibition will open at 8 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 29, 2011 at the Hygienic Galleries in New London, Connecticut. All artists are welcome to submit one piece of their work for the public’s consideration. Sign-in and hanging begins on Sat., Jan. 29 at 8 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. The exhibition opens to the public at 8 p.m. that night. The show runs through Sat., Feb. 13. Art pick-up is on Sun., Feb. 14 beginning at Noon.

The exhibition is well known for its diverse original art ranging from the sublime to the outrageous. Over its 32 year history, the annual art extravaganza has grown from an anti-establishment visual art show to an anti-establishment multi-media art event including film making, performance art, fashion design as well as a young artists’ show and raucous musical events. Call (860) 444-6855 for more info.

Modeled after the Salon des Indépendants held annually in Paris since 1884, New London’s outsider art event is open to all artists. The rules are simple: one piece per artist; no judge, no jury, no fees, no censorship. The Salon des Indépendants movement was created by French Impressionists who were not accepted into the established Salon of the late 19th Century. To protest the rigid arts establishment, these artists exhibited their works in cafés in the seamy sections of Paris. This revolutionary movement included notable characters such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Munch, Rousseau, Cézanne, Modigliani among others. The intent of the artists (and that of Hygienic Art) was to create an artistic event without jury or reward so that all forms of expression and trends in the art of the moment would have a chance to be presented to the public without restriction.

There are many other events associated with the Hygienic Arts Festival. Go to the Hygienic Web site for more information!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sunday opening at Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven

Kehler Liddell Gallery
873 Whalley Ave., New Haven, (203) 389-9555
I…and Love…and You
Jan. 27—Mar. 6, 2011
Opening reception: Sun., Jan. 30, 3—6 p.m., with Artists’ Talk at 3 p.m.

Press release

Kehler Liddell Gallery is pleased to present I…and Love…and You, a group exhibition of paintings, photographs, sculpture and works on paper that examine the contemporary complexities of honest communication in exchanges related to love. Artists include: Joseph Adolphe, Edith Borax-Morrison, Amy Browning, Frank Bruckmann, Jason Buening, Susan Clinard, Rod Cook, Emilia Dubicki, Matthew Garrett, John Harris, Lisa Hesselgrave, Gigi Horr Liverant, Blinn Jacobs, Keith Johnson, Kristina Kuester-Witt, Lawrence Morelli, Hank Paper, Joseph Saccio, Gerald Saladyga, Deirdre Schiffer, Alan Shulik, Gar Waterman and Marjorie Wolfe.

The title of the exhibition references an indie-folk song by the Avett Brothers that tells the story of a man who cannot utter the simple phrase “I love you.” He is plagued by the radical differences between speaking and acting on feelings of love and hate. He fights with words, preferring verbal attacks to physical attacks, and loves with action, preferring courtship to intimate profession.

The show will illuminate the great love dysfunctions of our time, place and culture by addressing the quiet underpinnings of love and its converse aspects, such as: romance and sex, ambiguity and directness, polygamy and monogamy, naiveté and maturity, honesty and deceit, and madness and betrothal.

A selection of works will investigate the psychological dimensions of love that arise in Harold Pinter’s 1963 play, “The Lover.” The 50-minute play follows the erotic escapades of a long-married British couple that engage in an afternoon of fantasy role-playing. The husband makes 3 visits to his house as an illicit “lover,” assuming the role of a young park keep, an aggressive mugger and a kidnapper. The couple forces each other into and out of jealousy in a series of small actions that raise the drama to uncomfortable boiling points.

During the run of “I and Love and You”, Elm Shakespeare Company will perform eight nights of “The Lover.” The theatrical stage will occupy the center of the gallery, and seating will take place in the round, so that the set and audience will be surrounded by the works. In this setting, the play will act out themes expressed in the images: power struggles, verbal dominance, game playing, moving beyond reason, and falling out of love.

Performances will take place February 3—6 & 10—13; Thursday-Friday: 8 p.m.; Saturday: 8 and 10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Special Benefit Performance will take place on Friday, February 11, 6:30 p.m., $75 per ticket; hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Please visit the Elm Shakespeare Company Web site for tickets.

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Reception tonight at 100 Pearl Street Gallery in Hartford

100 Pearl Street Gallery
100 Pearl St., Hartford, (860) 525-8629
Reclamation, Inspiration, Creation: Works in Wood by Craig Diamond
Jan. 26—Feb. 26, 2011
Artists' reception: Thurs., Jan. 27, 5—7 p.m.

Press release

Simsbury artist and West Hartford elementary school teacher Craig Diamond (Web) creates stunning, intricate, geometric installation and sculptural artwork from pieces of reclaimed wood gathered throughout the Greater Hartford Area.

A free public opening reception with the artist will be held on Thurs., Jan. 27 from 5—7 p.m. in the gallery space. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Friday evening opening of "New Americana" at Arts Council of Greater New Haven's Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery

Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery
70 Audubon St., 2nd floor, New Haven, (203) 772-2788
New Americana
Through Mar. 4, 2011
Artists' reception: Fri., Jan. 28, 5—7 p.m.

Press release

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents New Americana, an exhibition curated by Margaret Bodell and Debbie Hesse, in the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, 70 Audubon St., 2nd floor. The exhibition will be on display during business hours from Mon., Jan. 24 through Fri., March 4. A public reception is scheduled for Fri., Jan. 28, 2011, from 5—7 p.m.

New Americana is an exhibition of drawings and paintings by emerging contemporary artists with disabilities. Featured artists will include Vito Bonanno, Ricky Hagedorn, Kenya Hanley, Andy Lacouture, Bill McDonnell, Susan Oliver, Michael Pellew, Chris Platt and Kerry Quirk (see image).

Curator Margaret Bodell, a community arts advocate in New Haven, works to develop programs and exhibits such as New Americana, which highlight the extraordinary contributions of underrepresented artists such as those with disabilities. “The work of these artists is highly personal,” she says. “Much of it focuses on themes of current events and reflects a strong sense of the artist’s community.” She describes the artists’ work as “contemporary Americana,” a term she uses to acknowledge the ever-expanding impact and significance of the work of artists with disabilities and other marginalized artists, commonly classified as “Outsider Art.”

Artist Bill McDonnell has Asperger’s Syndrome. “What I always wanted to be was a comic book artist. Now I go to a program called Second Sight where I write and draw and play music in a band.” McDonnell’s work has been shown in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York City and New Jersey.

Each artist in the show works with at least one artist-mentor. The artist-mentors are highly attuned individuals that aid in the process of enabling the artist to bring forth their artistic visions. Robert Sanchez is one such artist-mentor: “My work with Vito is collaborative. Vito has developed his own ‘brand’ around characters that emerge through his experiences. My role is helping him bring his characters to life through our discussions and through collaboration on new pieces.” Other artist-mentors include Nate Carroll, Toni Carroll, Justin Crosby, Mathew Murphy, Dan O’Brien, Liz Pagano, Carlos Sanches, Liz Squillace and Katro Storm.

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Martha Lewis artist reception in Greenwich rescheduled from today to next Monday

Luchsinger Gallery at Greenwich Academy
200 North Maple Avenue, Greenwich, (203) 625-8900
Martha Lewis: Exploratory Mapping Varying in Uncertainty and Redundancy
Through Feb. 16, 2011.
Artists’ reception: Thurs., Jan. 31, 6—8 p.m. (rescheduled from Jan. 27 because of the snow)

Press release

A new exhibit, Martha Lewis: Exploratory Mapping Varying in Uncertainty and Redundancy, will open to the public on Jan. 12, 2011, in Greenwich Academy’s Luchsinger Gallery.

Martha Lewis, an artist who splits her time between the United States and Europe, will display both drawings and paintings, which draw inspiration from—and respond to—engineering diagrams, maps and architectural renderings. Lewis has explained that, in her work, these—and other—informational images “get combined into sprawling hybrid constructs, frequently using formats derived from carpet designs, modernist painting, and religious diagrams such as mandalas and tantric drawings.”

Describing her process and her approach, Lewis writes, “My practice plays with ideas of faith, belief, trust in science and humanity’s enduring curiosity about the causal mechanisms which make up the world. They are about big plans, big plans to alter the existing world as we know it locally and globally, though my versions are absurd and impossible to enact. Broadly speaking, I am interested in ideas and their shelf-life, and the persistence of human hubris.”

Beginning on Jan. 12, 2011, the exhibit will be open in the Luchsinger Gallery for public viewing Mon.—Fri. from 8 a.m.—4 p.m. The show will close on Feb. 16, 2011.

Lewis will join the Greenwich Academy community on Jan. 31, 2011 (originally scheduled for this evening but rescheduled because of the snow)to discuss her work at a reception from 6—8 p.m. in the gallery. She will visit classes and meet with students from all three divisions on January 31 to talk about her work and experience as an artist.

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Opening this evening at Eastern Pulse Skate Shop in Hamden

Eastern Pulse Skate Shop
1895 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, (203) 909-6441
New Artwork from Kyle Cusson and Justin Gerace
Jan. 27, 2011.
Artists’ reception: Thurs., Jan. 27, 7—10 p.m.

Press release

One of Twenty is an online artist collective and a clothing company featuring all limited edition runs of twenty copies. Started by Jeff & Nick Healy, the gallery is a spot to showcase their work and a growing network of artists from all over the US

Kyle Cusson attended the Educational Center of Arts in New Haven for High School and is a graduate of Mass Art in Boston. You can see examples of his work at One of Twenty. He has been doing a combination of glass blowing and glass sculpting, and has recently been doing a significant amount of pinstripping.

Justin Gerace is a graduate of the New Hampshire Institue of Art in Manchester, NH. He just exhibited a group of work in the 55th annual Wesleyan Pottery show. You can see examples of his thrown pottery at One of Twenty.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Jeffrey Schiff show opens Tuesday at Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University
238 Washington Ter., Middletown, (860) 685-3355
Jeffrey Schiff: Double Vision: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society
Jan. 21—Feb. 27, 2011.
Opening reception: Tues., Jan. 25, 5—7 p.m.
Gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.

Press release

Double Vision: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society is a solo exhibition of new work by artist Jeffrey Schiff, which exposes how unconscious projections from America’s colonial past shape perceptions of its current reality.

In 1786, members of the American Philosophical Society, including such luminaries as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Joseph Priestly, published personal accounts of the natural world in the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (subtitled “Useful Knowledge”). Schiff has created a body of work distilling anecdotes from these texts into concrete images: a field of terracotta pots—some smashed to reveal interior organs; an 18th-century painting of a slave girl transformed into a fragmented nautical map; laboratory experiments in purity and contamination; and stereoscopic displays of animal hearts.

Double Vision will be on view in Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery from Fri., Jan. 21 through Sun., Feb. 27, 2011. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Tues., Jan. 25 from 5–7 p.m., with a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m.

Double Vision is based specifically on three accounts from the Transactions: Two Hearts Found in One Partridge, Account of a Worm in a Horse’s Eye, and Some Account of a Motley Coloured, or Pye Negro Girl and Mulatto Boy. These texts are records of personal observations and explanations of the natural world, which purport to be scientific accounts, yet reveal themselves as wholly subjective descriptions rife with the biases and superstitions of the day. Together, the texts unwittingly reveal the era’s unresolved struggle between rationality and superstition, democratic ideals and cultural traditions of elitism and slavery—struggles we have inherited as we negotiate (sometimes violently) conflicting views of scientific enterprise, globalism, religious and ethnic identity, and the information age. Schiff’s sculptural extrapolations intervene in the historical text, giving physical form to the preoccupations of America’s early conscience. In contrast with a more traditional exhibition format of presenting historical documents and artifacts as time capsules of a particular era, Double Vision abstracts from the text to initiate a dialogue across time and culture.

The exhibition is curated by Andrea Hill of Seven Hills Advisory.

Jeffrey Schiff is a sculptor/installation artist whose work explores the interplay between order and disorder, rationality and custom, and the uses of information. He has received numerous fellowships and prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Senior Scholar Fulbright Fellowship to India, Bogliasco Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio residencies, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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Sunday opening at John Slade Ely House

John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, (203) 624-8055
Extraordinary Facilities
Jan. 19—Mar. 6, 2011
Opening Reception: Sun., Jan. 23, 2—5 p.m.

Press release

Extraordinary Facilities is the first in a series of exhibits in 2011 celebrating the John Slade Ely House’s fifty years of operation, presenting visual arts exhibitions and cultural events to the greater New Haven region. A public reception for the artists will be held on Sun., Jan. 23, from 2—5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Extraordinary Facilities comprises a selection of artists who previously exhibited in curated exhibitions at the Ely House. Media include painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Artists exhibiting were chosen for the facility and command of their art forms, achieving a level of excellence in melding their technique and style to subject matter. The exhibit offers the viewer interested in contemporary art a survey of some of the finest visual artists in the Greater Connecticut region.

Subsequent exhibitions in the series will focus on Conceptual Art, New Media and Digital Art, Art in Context, as well as Traditional Art forms.

Participating Artists:

Marion Belanger, Anna Bresnick, Megan Craig, Phyllis Crowley, Steven DiGiovanni, Nancy Eisenfeld, Anne Doris-Eisner, Leila Daw, Karen Dow, Amanda Durant, Christopher Engstrom, Joan Fitzsimmons, Kathryn Frund, Joseph Fucigna, Josh Gaetjen, Gilles Giuntini, Stephen Grossman, Barbara Harder, Tom Hebert, Lisa Hess, Blinn Jacobs, Jilaine Jones, Clint Jukkala, Richard Kallweit, John Keefer, Mary Kenealy, Nathan Lewis, Sabrina Marques, Christopher Mir, Frank Noelker, Kathi Packer, Liz Pagano, Dorothy Powers, Joseph Saccio, Gerald Saladyga, Susan Sharp, Deirdre Schiffer, Laurie Sloan, Kim Sobel, Susan Classen-Sullivan, Rachael Vaters-Carr, Thuan Vu, Daniel Wilkinson, Peter Ziou

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Sunday opening of "Contemporary Souvenirs" at Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University

The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Ave., Fairfield, (203) 365-7650
Contemporary Souvenirs
Jan. 23—Mar. 3, 2011
Opening Reception: Sun., Jan. 23, 1—3:30 p.m., Panel discussion at 3:30 p.m.

Press release

From Laura G. Einstein, Independent Curator:

Souvenirs are tokens of remembrance, mementoes that are cherished and saved. The works of art in Contemporary Souvenirs reference the modern world around us and give credence to the old adage that “one person’s trash will be another’s treasure.” It is the artistic use and interpretation of the discarded materials from our modern world that provides the foundation for this fascinating exhibition.

Generally we don’t pay much attention to the mundane objects that we use each and every day that are ubiquitous in our 2011 cultural footprint. The ritual transformation of remnants—including air conditioning filters, record albums, construction site materials, deer netting, receipts and more—into works of art, tracks from the minutiae to the grandiose.

The works in this exhibition make us wonder if there is a ritual of collecting for the included artists June Ahrens, Ula Einstein, Joseph Fucigna, Constance Old and Paul Villinski. Perhaps the works commemorate the notion that human beings are ephemeral but what we manufacture, in the long run, might not be.

June Ahrens is known largely for her installations. "Passage" (2009), is a 26-foot long installation made of recycled beverage and vitamin bottles, stones, industrial glue and steel wire. The bottles are broken and repurposed to form a long sloping shape that, in this exhibition, winds along the tiered wall of the gallery. Ahrens’ "Flow" (2009) incorporates the wispy tendrils of fiberglass from cobalt blue air conditioning filters to create a strikingly vivid blue-framed wall piece. The filaments of material emanate from the rectangular support providing a contemporary image that seems to reflect the work of Eva Hesse, the conceptual artist of the 60s and 70s, known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass and plastics.

Swiss born multi-disciplinary artist Ula Einstein offers her Tyvek® series: "Scales" (2009), "Detectable TRACES" (2009), "W(e)aring Her Tracks" (2010) and "Currents" (2010). These works exemplify her desire to stretch everything beyond its original purpose. Tyvek® provides a lightweight, durable structure whose pliability provides her with an opportunity to appropriate a material meant originally to sheath houses in a protective cover. Her innovative, process-oriented work includes drawing with fire and blades to create layered, three-dimensional work that re-employs discarded and overlooked materials. Einstein’s process is organic and transformative, and although the technique is violent and destructive, she creates serene, meditative, light works of art. Her use of synthetic material to create allusions to landscape and the body is an ongoing exploration of the physicality and immateriality that is vital to her work.

Joseph Fucigna is a mixed-media artist who creates abstract wall constructions using, for this exhibition, colored plastic fencing, and deer netting. Layers are folded, hung, and bunched together to create abstract forms that deal with issues of line, shape, texture and color. In "Orange/Green/Orange" (2001), brilliant orange construction site netting is placed against dark green mesh, creating a bold and imposing wall sculpture. Deep black deer netting is placed against a white ground in his Untitled (2008) series, perhaps suggesting the inkblot image of a Rorschach test or the simple cadences of Chinese calligraphy. Fucigna creates freeform movement with synthetic industrial materials, transforming them into something new and unique.

Constance Old captures the spirit of the 21st century by taking advantage of the excesses of the consumer economy. Choosing receipts and miscellaneous plastic items rather than scraps of cloth, she transforms the 18th century North American tradition of rug hooking into "Sea of Blue: Plastic Floats Forever" (2009) and "Floats" (2009),creating three-dimensional wall pieces out of found color. Obvious symbols of our consumer economy, any detritus that can be rendered into strands and any usable grid, becomes her source material. She experiments with innovative and pliable fibers and matrices to discover which materials she is able to hook and which existing grids she can use as substrates. Her work is both timeless and an index of our time.

In "Diaspora" (2010) Paul Villinski is interested in the implied motion of the flutter of the wings of specific species of birds as he cuts and carves actual vintage record albums for this spectacularly large installation of 10-plus feet of birds emanating from a central core of record album covers. Of "Idyll" (2010), an installation piece that is made from flattened beer cans that Villinski transforms with tin snips, files and fingers, he states, “I take these 'dead soldiers'—every one of them once raised to someone’s lips—and breathe new life into them, changing them into images that suggest the possibility of change itself. A kind of conceptual unity develops between materials, process and imagery. My practice in the studio mimics the act of transformation that butterflies symbolize everywhere, in all cultures.” Whether avian or butterfly, Villinski is paying homage to these fanciful creatures through common materials, creating evocative images that resonates with us as we look at our modern world.

These collected works unite past and present by giving new life and meaning to the chosen objects. It is not only the clever tongue-in-cheek component of the appropriation of discarded items that draws our attention, but also their selection and transformation that is so compelling. Each artist has created a unique palette drawing upon his or her own personal artistic history and background.

Laura G. Einstein
Independent Curator

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Upcoming events at new Gallery 305K in Bridgeport

Gallery 305K
305 Knowlton St., Bridgeport, (203) 814-6856
Upcoming events:
Sun., Jan. 23, 3 p.m.: Historical talk with Mary Witkowski and Charles Brilvitch.
Tues., Jan. 25, 7 p.m.: Views on Bridgeport's future.
Sun., Feb. 5, 3 p.m.: Grand Opening Show reception.

Press release

The New Gallery 305K, Art and Cultural Center. (formerly the Gallery at Black Rock) announces it’s move and grand opening event schedule.

In celebration of the gallery’s move to the City of Bridgeport’s vibrant East Side we are having three grand opening events. The gallery’s move is part of its mission to bring arts and culture to Bridgeport Residents. The historic factory space at 305 Knowlton Street has considerably more space so that we are able to show a much more broad array of arts, music, film, dance, etc. The building, a newly renovated and restored 19th century bicycle and automobile factory, houses the studios and workspaces of architects, filmmakers, fine artists, fine furniture makers and decorative painters as well as the new gallery. The gallery aims to become an integral part of the east side neighborhood and plans to provide programs and art events that will serve and be of interest to its residents, as well as the wider Greater Bridgeport area.

Sun., Jan. 23, 3 p.m. • Charles Brilvitch and Mary Witkowski will speak on the history of the east side of Bridgeport and the Armstrong factory in which the gallery is housed. Mary Witkowski runs the Bridgeport History Center at the Burrows Library. She is the current Bridgeport City Historian. Charles Brilvitch is a past Bridgeport City Historian and a noted expert in the architectural history of the city of Bridgeport.

Tues., Jan. 25, 7 p.m. • The gallery will host students from the University of Munich in coordination with Nils Weisenmuller of Bridgeport Design Group who will showcase their views for Bridgeport’s future including ideas on sustainable development.

Sun., Feb. 5, 3 p.m. • The Grand Opening Show reception! The show will feature a sampling of art from the Black Rock gallery artists, as well as some artists work who we will be featuring in the future. It is an open themed show that will allow our artists to show their newest and best work and will set the tone for the gallery’s future exhibits.

Some artists included will be Joan Fitzsimmons, Liz Squillace, Marcella Kurowski, Felipe Soltero, Mark DeRosa, Jessica Bajoros, Michelle Beaulieu and more.

The gallery will have regular Business hours beginning Thursday Feb. 10, Thurs.—Sat. from 11:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

"Step Up Slide Slam" to feature at this Thursday's Creative Cocktail Hour at Real Art Ways

Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St., Hartford, (860) 232-1006
Step Up Slide Slam
Thurs., Jan. 20, 6—8 p.m.

Press release

Real Art Ways celebrates the work of 68 artists from the northeast in this year's Step Up Slide Slam on Thurs., Jan. 20, 2011 from 6—8 p.m.

This one-night exhibition is part of Creative Cocktail Hour, Real Art Ways' monthly third Thursday gathering from 6—10 PM. Admission is $10/$5 Real Art Ways members.

The event will feature the projected work of each artist. Each artist will have the opportunity to speak briefly about their work.

"This is a great opportunity to see a wide array of artistic ideas all at one time," says director Will K. Wilkins. A list of this year’s Slide Slammers is available on the real Art Ways Web site.

Also in the galleries, Real Art Ways presents Ryan V. Brennan: Close Your Eyes and Look As Far As You Can See; Olu Oguibe: Wall; Saya Woolfalk: Institute of Empathy and David Wojnarowicz: A Fire in My Belly and Untitled (One Day This Kid...).

About Step Up:

Every year Real Art Ways sponsors an open call for emerging artists living in New England, New York, and New Jersey. These 68 artists were selected from 170 entries. Additionally, six artists were selected to receive solo exhibitions, which will take place in 2011.

Step Up 2010 is made possible with the generous support of our members, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sandy and Howard Fromson, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Silas Finch sculpture show opens Thursday at Hopkins School

Hopkins School
Keator Gallery, Baldwin Hall
986 Forest Rd. New Haven, (203) 397-1001
Silas Finch: Works from Found Objects
Jan. 20—Mar. 10, 2011.
Opening reception: Thurs., Jan. 20, 5—7 p.m.

Sculptor Silas Finch will be showing his works at Hopkins School. Handcrafted creations cobbled together from vintage found objects, Finch’s works showcase both an appreciation for the materiality of his components and a gift for aesthetic recombination.

The exhibit in the school’s Keator Gallery will run through Mar. 10. An opening reception will be held this Thursday, Jan. 20, from 5—7 p.m.

Finch's work—along with that of painter Lawrence Morelli—will also feature in a new independent film slated to be filmed in New Haven this March. My Brother Jack is a mystery-thriller by writer/director and New Haven native Stephen Dest. According to an article at the New Haven Independent, My Brother Jack is the inaugural project of Dest's UpCrown Studios, a new film and video production studio.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Artists' reception in Rockville Saturday evening at Gallery 46

Gallery 46
46 Union St., Vernon-Rockville, (860) 454-8822
Colin Burke & Krys Swiatek: Articulated Bodies
Through Feb. 5, 2011.
Artists’ reception: Sat., Jan. 15, 6—9 p.m.

Press release

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Artist reception for Tom Scippa Saturday at New Haven Public Library

New Haven Free Public Library Art Gallery
133 Elm St., New Haven
Tom Scippa: Memories of Folks in Transit
Through Feb. 17, 2011.
Artist's reception: Sat., Jan. 15, 2—4 p.m.

Press release

Born in Bridgeport in 1943, Tom Scippa attended the Art Students League, taught by Edwin Dickenson. He then attended Silvermine College of Art and Yale University where he obtained his Masters Degree in Fine Arts.

"During these years, and after," Scippa writes, "I've been working in foundries on pieces in bronze, clay and wood. My models are people from a bygone era. I am attracted to the way that they held themselves and dressed. For the last 10 years I found paper a suitable medium for my bas-reliefs."

Mr. Scippa, an Adjunct Professor of Art at Housatonic Community College since 1994, has taught sculpture at The New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Design, and the Sculpture Center in New York City. In the past, he also taught sculpture at the Culinary Institute of America, and Silvermine College of Art in Connecticut, and at the Scarsdale Art Center, Scarsdale, NY.

He has had one-person exhibitions in New York City at The New School, Benevy Gallery, Atelier 14, and The White Box; and in Connecticut at Wooster Art, Nieman Gallery, and Half Moon Gallery. He's been in group exhibitions at The Yale Alumni Show, Housatonic Gallery, and Allied Artists.

There will be an artist's reception for this show on Sat., Jan. 15, from 2—4 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Artists' reception next Tuesday at Gallery 195

Gallery 195
195 Church St., 4th floor (NewAlliance Bank), New Haven, (203) 772-2788
Susan Tremaine & Marjorie Gillette Wolfe
Through March 11, 2011.
Artists' reception: Tues., Jan. 11, 5—7 p.m.

Press release

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents an exhibition of works by Connecticut artists Susan Tremaine and Marjorie Gillette Wolfe at Gallery 195 at NewAlliance Bank, 195 Church St., 4th floor, New Haven. The exhibition will be on display during bank hours from Dec. 8, 2010 through March 11, 2011. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Tues., Jan. 11, from 5—7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit will feature paintings by Susan Tremaine and photographs by Marjorie Gillette Wolfe. The artists share similar sensibilities and views on subjects that are often abstractions of nature, making for a soothing and captivating juxtaposition.

Susan Tremaine’s work has been featured across Connecticut and in her native Canada, and she has placed many of her works in private collections. Her educational background is in both art and interior design, giving her a unique perspective on the interplay of color, texture and design. She developed an affinity for contemporary art while curating art programs for various large corporations during her work in the field of interior architecture. Tremaine later moved to Connecticut, where she ran an interiors business and worked in lighting design with her husband. She now focuses primarily on her work as an independent artist. She currently works at two painting studios, in the Mushoka lake district of Ontario, Canada, and in Norwalk, CT in the Wilson Avenue Loft artists building.

Marjorie Gillette Wolfe has exhibited her photography and participated in juried exhibits widely across Connecticut at galleries including the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, The Bushnell in Hartford, The Atlantic Gallery in Hamden, as well as in galleries in Vermont, Rhode Island and New York City. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and her Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. She discusses her work: “My primary subject, landscape, needs to have both an emotive power and an inherent architecture so that I can separate, but not remove, the geometry of a place from its allure. I am especially attracted to minimal landscapes that confound perspective and allow for a contemporary view of what can be a well-worn subject.”

Sunday opening at Silvermine for three shows

Silvermine Guild Art Center
1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan, (203) 966-9700
Director's Choice: Karen Hillmer
Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero: At the Tribal Carving Shed
New Members Exhibition
Jan. 9—Feb. 20, 2011.
Opening Reception: Sun., Jan. 9, 2—4 p.m.

Press release

Winter exhibits at Silvermine Guild Arts Center, located in New Canaan, CT always brings the highly anticipated Annual New Guild Members show plus exciting exhibitions featuring South America’s finest modern printmaker, Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero and Director’s Choice, Karin Hillmer. All are welcomed to the opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 9 from 2—4 p.m. The exhibits will run through Feb. 20, 2011.

Director’s Choice, Karin Hillmer, is a painter, a photographer and above all a storyteller. Her pictures represent a new reality—maybe “surreality"—shaped by a lifelong interest in philosophy, history, art invention, music and science. Her images combine the avant-garde with the historic, have a deep intellectual reference, are enigmatic and humorous, mysterious, and original. They also combine Renaissance and technology, genetics and Botticelli.

The meaning and experience of time has always been central to Hillmer. Researching this topic led her to the Argentine poet and writer, Jorge Luis Borges. His enigmatic fictions inspired her current work, Infinity & Dreams: photographs inspired by the short stories of J.L. Borges, where she explores visually the concepts of time and the infinite moment as it pertains to dreams or different forms of reality.

“The characters in my photographs, as in Borges’ fiction, represent the human experience; they are independent of space-time and connect the past, present and future in unexpected ways. My images have several layers of meaning, some obvious, others only revealing themselves over time. I invite the viewers to engage in a dialogue with my photographs, to explore this journey and to find their own personal experience along the way,” explains Hillmer. Photography itself, a product of the scientific process, has evolved into exciting new frontiers to give the artist innovative forms of expression. In Hillmer’s work the camera is no longer directed at one single object in a single moment, but explores multiples of space and time merging into a new visual landscape.

One of South America’s finest modern printmakers, Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero’s current works in his exhibit At the Tribal Carving Shed” are a fusion of two distinct entities: a compulsion towards modernist form with its abstract notion and a fascination with the historic cultures of the Pacific Northwest.

“I respond to their art above all, which I choose to see as a deeply spiritual and gloriously formalist view of life. I like to think that my work is an outsider’s painterly and ongoing romantic adventure into the spirit of the First Nations of the Northwest Coast of North America,” states Gonzalez-Tornero.

This connection began with the first of many visits to Haida Gsaii, “Land of the Haida,” also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, an archipelago located 100 miles off the coast of British Columbia and Alaska. The unique signature element of Sergio’s paintings is his use of red and white. For Gonzalez-Tornero, red serves as a substitution for black. He feels that black is a cold and lifeless color and by using red, he is infusing energy and life into his works. According to The New York Times, “His way of putting paint to canvas shows how texture and volume can be represented by using fairly heavy-handed, and somewhat unusual, cross-hatching techniques. His emphasis on line may remind some of woodcuts, where the white of the paper, or in this instance, the white of the painted areas, suggests the pristine voids common to most woodcut prints.”

Each year in the spring and fall, new members are selected through a jurying process into the Silvermine Guild of Artists. The Guild of Artists is a distinguished group of professional artists comprised of over 300 members who work in a wide array of media and are represented in museums, and prestigious private and corporate collections. Selection into the guild is based on several criteria such as creativity, uniqueness or timeliness, excellence of technique, compelling notion or idea, cultural or social relevance, professional presentation of work, clarity and continuity of style, and professional accomplishment.

The New Members Exhibition will showcase the works of eleven new Guild Artist members inducted in the spring and fall of 2010, representing a variety of media. The new members include:

Amy Bilden (Web) of Greenwich, CT (sculpture);
Kerry Brock (Web) of Weston, CT (printmaking);
Sharon Cavagnolo (Web) of Mount Kisco, NY (painting);
J. Henry Fair (Web) from New York, NY (photography);
John Harris (Web) from Norwalk, CT (painting);
Mindy Horn (Web) of Weston, CT (ceramics);
Jane Lubin (Web) of Westport, CT (mixed media);
Anca Pedvis (Web) of New York, NY (painting);
Connie Pfeiffer (Web) of East Haddam, CT (sculpture);
Margaret Roleke (Web) of Redding, CT (wall relief); and
Anita Soos (Web) from Guilford, CT (drawing).

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Paintings and collage at City Gallery opening this Saturday

City Gallery
994 State St., New Haven, (203) 782-2489
Roberta Friedman & Kathy Kane: New Members/New Work
Jan. 6—31, 2011.
Opening reception, Sat., Jan. 8, 3—6 p.m.

Press release

City Gallery is presenting New Members/ New Work, the collages of Roberta Friedman and the paintings of Kathy Kane, from Jan. 6 through Jan. 30, 2011. The opening reception is on Sat., Jan. 8, from 3—6 p.m. There will be an informal discussion with the artists on Sun., Jan. 23, at 2 p.m.

Friedman’s watercolor collages transform papers and natural found objects into layered paintings that explore and celebrate the wondrous unpredictability of water-based media. Her vision is to contemplate and re-imagine the natural layering of the landscape—its grandeur and its serenity—through texture, light and color.

Kane is a Connecticut based painter. In this body of work, the paintings reflect with simple structure the personal observations of her daily life and the input of media. The surprising results are works that are dance-like, musical and rhythmic.

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Monday, January 03, 2011

City by the Sea Art Fair call for entries

City by the Sea Art Fair
89 Ellsworth St., Black Rock 06605, (203) 362-5544
1st Annual City by the Sea Art Fair
May 14—15, 2011.
Call for entries

Press release

The first annual City by the Sea Art Fair (CSAF) is scheduled for May 14–15, 2011. A weekend-long regional juried art exhibition celebrating the vitality and creativity of our waterfront metropolis, the fair will include live musical performances, samplings of some of our best local fare and other special events.

All artists working in New England with work focused on urban and maritime or coastal subject matter may apply. The show’s theme is light, water and industry. The call for artists and entry form are available for download at The Art Fair’s jurors are Robbin Zella and Terri C. Smith, respectively, Director and Curator of Bridgeport’s Housatonic Museum of Art — which was founded in 1967 and has one of the largest permanent collections of any two-year college in New England.

Artists and art enthusiasts are encouraged to join the fair’s Facebook page, and follow fair news on twitter at @CityArtFair. Detailed updates on entertainment and other exciting news will be announced as the date gets closer.

The City by the Sea Art Fair was born when Black Rock NRZ liaison Kathryn vanRenesse and chair Wendy Nylen, owner of Picture This/Nylen Gallery in Westport and Black Rock resident, had researched a revival of the Black Rock Arts Walk. After interviewing local businesses, artists and residents they concluded the art walk had not fulfilled the needs of the community and a new project with a fresh approach in a different venue was the optimal solution. When vanRenesse and Nylen suggested their idea, fellow committee member Bruce Williams, an artist and owner of Captain’s Cove Seaport in Black Rock Harbor, immediately volunteered to donate space for the fair. Other community members running local art galleries followed suit in volunteering their efforts, including Eileen Walsh of The Gallery at Black Rock (and, now 305K Gallery on Knowlton Street), and Maureen Buckley of Framemakers Gallery and Frame Shop.

Bridgeport is Connecticut’s largest city and home to a growing community of multidisciplinary artists. Its increasingly vibrant art scene has been gaining momentum in recent years, including offering many new outlets for local artists to live, work and exhibit their art.

“Bridgeport's creative capital is currently on display via the Arts Trail; individual artists' work represents tremendous and relatively untapped assets for this city in the midst of a strong transformation. Celebrating these assets and sharing artwork with residents and visitors must be an ever increasing phenomenon, and making common cause with Bridgeport's world of performing arts in designing future events should be a priority for organizers, including the Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council now based at the city's historic Arcade,” said Kenneth Kahn, executive director, Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council.

City by the Sea Art Fair is presented by the Black Rock Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (BRNRZ), Black Rock Community Council (BRCC) and Captain’s Cove Seaport.

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