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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Two shows open Friday at Giampietro Gallery

Giampietro Gallery—Works of Art
315 Peck St., New Haven, (203) 777-7760
Beck Yazdan: Recent Work
Christopher Joy: Recent Work
Mar. 1 —29, 2013.
Reception: Fri., Mar. 1, 5—8 p.m.
Artists' Talk: Sat., Mar. 23, 2—4 p.m.

Press release from Giampietro Gallery

Fred Giampietro Gallery is pleased to present new work by artists Becky Yazdan and Christopher Joy.

Becky Yazdan lives and works in NYC. She received her MFA from the NY Studio School, studying with Bill Jensen and Graham Nickson, and her Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work is in response to industrial grit, juxtaposing elements of nature, as it attempts to reclaim its territory. Yazdan’s work has been exhibited throughout the East Coast and New York. Becky has received many prestigious awards including the Emma Strain Award, Top 100 Artists by GLAAD, and the Hohenberg Travel Award.

Becky Yazdan: "Ticker Tape"

Sculptor Chris Joy lives and works in New Haven, CT. Joy explores the juxtaposition of raw, off-the-shelf and discarded objects.

Christopher Joy: "Easy As 1-2-3"

Joy received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York and his Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Connecticut. His work has been exhibited throughout New England.

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Opening reception Saturday for Wheeler show at City Gallery

City Gallery
994 State St., New Haven, (203) 782-2489
Karen Wheeler: Undercurrents
Feb. 28—Mar. 24, 2013.
Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 2, 2—5 p.m.

Press release from City Gallery

City Gallery in New Haven presents Undercurrents, an exhibition of new work by Karen Wheeler (Web) during the month of March. The show will be on display through Mar. 24. There is an opening reception Sat., Mar. 2, from 2—5 p.m.

Karen Wheeler: "Crosscurrents"

Wheeler’s richly evocative mixed media work conveys her vision of what may be 'beneath the surface' during times of change and growth. These elusive moments of transition are captured through color and textural shifts that push the viewer through levels of awareness.

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Gil Scullion show opens Thursday at Housatonic Museum of Art

Housatonic Museum of Art
900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, (203) 332-5052
Gil Scullion: Up All Night
Feb. 28—Mar. 22, 2013.
Opening Reception: Thurs., Feb. 28, 5—7 p.m.

Press release from the Housatonic Museum of Art

Up All Night: work from the insomnia project opens February 28 and continues through March 22, 2013. This exhibition has been curated by Robbin Zella and features the work of installation artist Gil Scullion of Middletown, Connecticut. There will be an opening reception for the show on Thurs., Feb. 28, from 5—7 p.m.

Up All Night (2013) is inspired from the sleep disorders that the artist has wrestled with for several years. Although the project is not a first-person record of tossing and turning, it nevertheless is inspired by Scullion’s interest in sleeplessness. This theme evolved through the recognition of insomnia’s intriguing formal relationships, especially its foundation as a presence defined by an absence. After all, insomnia is the absence of sleep, which is itself the absence of consciousness. So while autobiographical information is integrated into the structure of the installation the elements are manipulated with an emphasis on their formal characteristics.

The project incorporates five different but related sets of work, "Wake Me Shake Me," "Sheet-Sheep-Sleep," "00-60," "Not Just Another Good Night’s Sleep," and "It’s the Same Thing Every Night."

"Wake Me Shake Me" (2010 – 2011) depicts the brain’s sleep center as a workshop. Here the stimuli that provoke sleeplessness are represented as templates for the production of various images. Paper bags serve as containers for the resulting pictures. Two projection screens are utilized: one describes sleeplessness as a lost love and the other describes a rare, fatal form of insomnia.

Gil Scullion: "Wake Me Shake Me"

In "Sheet Sheep Sleep" (2009-2010) 30 stenciled panels of sheep are hung out on a line laundry-style. Each template is capable of producing multiple impressions; however, that potential is, as yet, unrealized. Here, Scullion’s use of sheep is a humorous reminder that counting them is believed to induce sleep.

"00-60" (2009-2011) features a modified digital alarm clock that endlessly reads out minutes but not hours, reflecting the dislocation from time that characterizes a loss of sleep. Cardboard bedroom furniture provides a setting for the clock. A one-hour video of the clock in an actual bedroom is projected within the installation.

"Not Just Another Good Night’s Sleep" centers on a set of three short texts describing incidents that contribute to sleep deprivation. The texts, and a series of images inspired by the texts, have been cut into stencils. The stencils are used to produce paintings directly on the gallery walls on scrap paper or, as in this installation, on discarded cardboard boxes. The paintings are temporary, disposable and frequently recyclable.

In "It's the Same Thing Every Night" (2011) stenciled sheep are combined with an ornamental motif and the texts from "Not Just Another Good Night’s Sleep" to produce a tense standoff between sleeplessness and slumber. The elements appear in two and three-dimensional forms evoking our visceral engagement with painting and sculpture.

Each of the five bodies of work was conceived as an independent piece, but they are cumulative as well, in effect, flexible modules that create a profoundly more dramatic work over time. Each exhibition utilizes a different set of elements while each new installation is expressly tailored to engage with each new physical space. Gil Scullion’s Up All Night: work from the insomnia project in the Burt Chernow Galleries at the Housatonic Museum of Art is the most comprehensive installation of the project to date.

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Artist talk and reception at John Slade Ely House Sunday

John Slade Ely House Center for Contemporary Art
51 Trumbull Street, New Haven, (203) 624-8055
Life Ascending: Three Views
Through Mar. 10, 2013
Artist Talk and Reception: Sun., Mar. 3, 2—5 p.m.

Press release from the John Slade Ely House

The John Slade Ely House launches its 2013 exhibition schedule with Life Ascending: Three Views running through March 10. Included are sculptures by Susan Classen-Sullivan of Canterbury, mixed media work by Jessica Goodyear of Branford, and photography by Frank Noelker of Storrs, all of Connecticut. An Artist Talk and Reception will be held Sun., Mar. 3, from 2—5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Animals have been a subject of interest for artists since the Lascaux cave painters. Life Ascending: Three Views looks at animal forms in the context of renewed interest in life's common origins. Recent genetic evidence shows the preservation for over 500 million years of what scientists call "immortal genes”—and necessary for every lifeform from microbe to human being. For example, a gene that initiates the growth of an eye in a fly is the same as that in humans. Our new understanding of evolution leads us to see our fate as interconnected to that of all other animals.

Photographer Frank Noelker has witnessed the conditions of animals in captivity since early in his career. He has visited over three hundred zoos, sanctuaries, and farms around the world. Careful not to exploit his subjects for aesthetic concerns, he often frames his photographs with a wide, inclusive view exposing the stark reality of their environment. In his "Zoo" series animals sometimes appear in front of a painted reproduction of their native habitat giving them a toy-like appearance.

Artist/scientist Jessica Goodyear finds inspiration in the ornithological studies of James John Audubon. A video editor for the National Audubon Society in 1993, Goodyear reused the edit logs from that program as the ground upon which she xeroxed Audubon’s birds. Her recycled materials and images reflect a concern for the environment. The three-dimensional folding of the paper makes it impossible to see the work in its entirety from a single angle. Thus our stereoscopic vision interacts with the art in a way that requires and rewards extended viewing.

Susan Classen-Sullivan initially found the source for her exquisitely sculpted works in amphibians discovered while running. Sullivan was attracted to the expressive characteristics of their death throes. Transformed by direct observation into both life-size and larger than life-size pure white ceramic sculptures, they confront and invite us to look intimately at animals that are rarely scrutinized so closely. Embodying both ecstatic sensuality and extreme suffering, Classen-Sullivan's sculptures remind us that we share a common physical destiny with all animals.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Reception for Joy Bush photography show at Mercy Center this Sunday

Mercy Center at Madison Mary C. Daly, RSM Art Gallery
167 Neck Rd., Madison, (203) 245-0401
Ruins of a Holy Land: Photographs by Joy Bush
Through Mar. 9, 2013., 2008
Artist Reception: Sun., Feb. 17, 2—4 p.m.

Press release from the Mercy Center at Madison

Ruins of a Holy Land offers a glimpse into Holy Land USA, a shrine and tourist attraction in Waterbury, Connecticut that officially closed to the public in 1984. Joy Bush’s photography (Web) captures the piety, former glory and disrepair that greet visitors today.

Photograph by Joy Bush

This exhibition of photographs is on view through Mar. 9. An artist's reception will be held this Sun., Feb. 17, from 2—4 p.m.

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Saturday reception for Sullo painting show at New Haven Public Library

New Haven Free Public Library Art Gallery
133 Elm St., New Haven
Color Is Life: Abstract Paintings by Stanislao Sullo
Through Mar. 13, 2013.
Artist's reception: Sat., Feb. 16, 2—4 p.m.

Press release from Azoth Gallery

Stanislao Sullo is a New Haven artist, born in Panni, Italy. Sullo is a self-taught artist who works in watercolors, oils, and acrylics. He studied ancient art and worked in the fashion world in Bologna, Italy for many years. working in that world on both Broadway, New York City and New Haven. There will be an artist's reception for Sullo on Sat., Feb. 16, from 2—4 p.m.

"In my works," says Sullo, "Color is life. Color represents the mood of a person, and gives emotion to figures. Abstract colors give a personal interpretation of emotion, a variety of color-identification: the mood of the day—morning, afternoon and evening..."

Stanislao Sullo: "The Kiss"

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Opening reception this Saturday for shows at Gallery on the Green in Canton

Gallery on the Green
Corner of Dowd and Route 44, Canton, (860) 693-4102
Members' Show Dreams
Tom Cameron: A Wild and Scenic River
Diane Wright: In the Mind's Eye
Feb. 15—Mar. 17, 2013.
Opening Reception: Sat., Feb. 16, 6—9 p.m.

Press release from Gallery on the Green

From February 15 thru March 17, 2013, the Canton Artists' Guild will be hosting 3 exhibitions at the Gallery on the Green. The public is warmly invited to the Opening Reception Saturday evening, Feb. 16, from 6-9 p.m.

The downstairs Main Gallery will feature a member's show with the theme Dreams. Gallery members will showcase interpretations of dreams in various mediums featuring works in sculpture, paint, pastel, photography and other mixed mediums.

Tom Cameron: "A Meade Sunrise" 

The Upstairs Gallery will showcase an exhibit of waterscapes by Tom Cameron entitled A Wild and Scenic River. Cameron has become an informal ambassador for the 'wild and scenic' character of the Farmington River. This latest exhibit is dominated by his newest work. Included are serene (almost surreal) waterscapes, bold reflection symmetries, a heron 'portrait,' striking dew drenched webs, and many other images that one will see only rarely if ever. All images come directly from time on and around his favorite river. His earlier river works have been shown in solo shows, galleries and collections throughout the Farmington Valley. Cameron states, "The river, lighting and seasons generate continuous visual delight. This is where I most often dwell—with the sunrise, on the water."

The "Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Management Plan" (2011) and related Study Report both featured numerous images from his earlier river works. Additional images can be viewed at his Web site. Cameron is General Manager at Ultimate NiTi Technologies in Bristol, CT.

In the 2nd floor Spotlight Gallery, mixed media artist Diane Wright will feature a showing of her work titled In the Mind’s Eye, which will include new collages and several "story boxes."

The gallery is open Fridays through Sundays from 1—5 p.m. The downstairs gallery is handicapped accessible. Gallery on the Green is located within sight of Rt. 44 at 5 Canton Green Rd.

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CT ArtList reception rescheduled to this Friday, Feb. 15

CT ArtList
703 Kent Rd., Gaylordsville
CT ArtList Pop-Up ExhibitionFeb. 9—28, 2013.
Rescheduled Opening Reception: Sat., Feb. 15, 5—9 p.m.

Press release from CT ArtList

The reception for the inaugural CT ArtList pop-up exhibition, postponed because of the blizzard, will take place this Friday evening, Feb. 15, from 5—9 p.m.


Reception for Brad Horrigan photo show rescheduled to this Saturday, February 16

The Institute Library
847 Chapel St., New Haven, (203) 562-5045
Photographs by Brad Horrigan: Bittersweet: Dying in the Nicaraguan Sugar Fields
Feb. 9—23, 2013.
Rescheduled Reception: Sat., Feb. 16, 5—7 p.m.

Press release from Stephen Vincent Kobasa

The reception for Brad Horrigan's photography show of life, work and death in Nicaraguan sugar fields, originally scheduled for this past Saturday but postponed because of the snow, will instead be held this Sat., Feb. 16, from 5—7 p.m.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Upcoming receptions, other events, for "Nudes and Nudibranchs" at Kehler Liddell

Kehler Liddell Gallery
873 Whalley Ave., New Haven, (203) 389-9555
Nudes and Nudibranchs: An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture
Through Mar. 10, 2013.
Artist Reception with Frank Bruckmann and Gar Waterman: Sat., Feb. 16, 2—4 p.m. followed by "Poetry and Chocolates" (see below) from 4—6 p.m.
Artist Reception with Frank Bruckmann and Gar Waterman: Sun., Feb. 24, 2—4 p.m.
"Conspicuous Cocktails" (see below): Sat., Mar. 2, 2—4 p.m.

Press release from Kehler Liddell Gallery

Award-winning painter Frank Bruckmann and sculptor Gar Waterman will exhibit their most recent work at the Kehler Liddell Gallery: Nudes and Nudibranchs, from Feb. 7—Mar. 10, 2013. Because of the disruptions caused by Blizzard Nemo, there will be make-up artists' receptions on Sat., Feb. 16, from 2—4 p.m. (followed by "Poetry and Chocolates" from 4—6 p.m.) and Sun., Feb. 24, from 2—4 p.m.

Frank Bruckmann: "Home Library"

Frank Bruckmann and Gar Waterman are both traditionalists who use direct observation of nature and carefully applied technique to craft their work. Bruckmann's brushstrokes caress oil paint with an expert and familiar hand into the eternally complex landscape of the female figure, while Waterman's sculpture bends the liquid sheen of polished stone into impressions of rhythm and grace from the marine environment. Their work is beautiful, but its beauty is not confined to the surface. Instead, it wells up through the underlying layers of paint and stone, brush and chisel strokes revealing the more complex alchemy of their creative process.

Gar Waterman: "Humboldt Squid"

Meet artists, art patrons, neighbors and friends at Kehler Liddell Gallery, one of Connecticut's premiere retail arts venues, located in the heart of historic Westville Village. Cultural and culinary happenings during Bruckmann and Waterman's exhibit will include:

· Sat., Feb. 16, 4—6 p.m."Poetry and Chocolates." Samples of exquisite chocolates, generously provided by Chocopolgie, will accompany poetry recitations by SCSU faculty and MFA candidates.

· Sat., Mar. 2, 2—4 p.m. "Conspicuous Cocktails." An exotic drink-tasting event with restaurant 116 Crown's John Gianetti, CT's hottest mixologist.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Linda Lindroth talk at Kehler Liddell Gallery tomorrow during Photo Arts Collective meeting

Kehler Liddell Gallery
873 Whalley Ave., New Haven, (203) 389-9555
Talk by photographer Linda Lindroth at monthly meeting of Photo Arts Collective: Thurs., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Press release from Giampietro Gallery

Linda Lindroth will talk about her recent photographs, Trickster in Flatland at the monthly meeting of the Photo Arts Collective at the Kehler Liddell Gallery, 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, on Thurs., Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Linda Lindroth is an artist, photographer, writer and Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University where she has taught courses about visual culture in departments including Women’s Studies, Interactive Digital Design, Fine Art and the University Writing Seminars for the past 15 years. She has a BA and MFA in Art from Rutgers University and her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. She has exhibited internationally and has received Grants and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Architecture League of New York, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. She is the co-author of Virtual Vintage (Random House 2002) Her recent photographs entitled, Trickster in Flatland were exhibited at the Giampietro Gallery in September, 2012. (See the Connecticut Art Scene review here.) Linda Lindroth is represented by FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery in New Haven, CT.

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Thursday opening of Ronnie Rysz show at Kohn-Joseloff Gallery

Kohn-Joseloff Gallery at Cheshire Academy at the John J. White Science & Technology Center
10 Main St., Cheshire, (203) 439-7227
Opting Out: Collages, Paintings and Prints by Ronnie Rysz
Feb. 4—Mar. 31, 2013.
Opening Reception: Thurs., Feb. 7, 5:30—7:30 p.m.

Press release

An exhibition of works by Ronnie Rysz (Web) will be on view in the Kohn-Joseloff Gallery at Cheshire Academy through March 31. There is an opening reception for the show tomorrow, Feb. 7, from 5:30—7:30 p.m.

Artwork by Ronnie Rysz

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Thursday opening for "Black Rock Creative" at Schelfhaudt Gallery at the University of Bridgeport

Schelfhaudt Gallery
123 Arnold Bernhardt Center, University of Bridgeport, 84 Iranistan Ave., Brisgeport, (203) 576-4034
Black Rock Creative
Feb. 7—Mar. 1, 2013.
Opening Reception: Thurs., Feb. 7, 5:30—7:30 p.m.

Press Release from Azoth Gallery

Black Rock is an enclave with an indomitable collection of creative spirits. The neighborhood is located in the southwestern section of the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. It’s historic neighborhoods swirl with a mixture of old and new. Many creative-types of different disciplines make their home there.  Artists, illustrators, designers, sculptors, writers, academics, young professionals, and a few art collectors, live in this exciting and socially conscious community. This synergy provides a great example for when a community can work toward a better art and society; it becomes a beacon of achievement. This exhibition is an example of that creative spirit and a showcase of Black Rock’s diversity.

Black Rock Creative will be on view from Feb. 7 through Mar. 1. There is an opening reception Thurs., Feb. 7, from 5:30—7:30 p.m.

Participating artists:

David Barbour
Susan Breen
(Woodward Gallery)
Ann de Bernard
Dr. Kristine DeMarco
Dalton Getti
Carolina Guimarey
Wayne Hiller
Janet Habansky
Emily Habansky
Lee Jinishian
Linda Keller
Andreas Kornfeld
Maria Laracueunta
Gerry Manning       
Wendy Nylen
Joe Provey
Lizzy Rockwell
David Ryan
Lee Walther
Bruce Williams


Two shows open at Artspace in New Haven Saturday night

50 Orange St, New Haven, (203) 772-2709
The Figure Eight
Figurative Metonymy
Feb. 9—Mar. 16, 2013.
Opening: Sat., Feb. 9, 6—8 p.m.

Artspace Press release

Two shows open at Artspace this Saturday night, Feb. 9: The Figure Eight and Figurative Metonymy. The opening reception will occur from 6—8 p.m.

The Figure Eight, organized by artist and Artspace Visual Arts Committee member Kwadwo Adae, will run at Artspace from Feb. 9—March 16, 2013. In this exhibition, depictions of figuration encompass the continuum from the traditional to the abstract, the scientific to the animalistic, and address the historical as well as societal aspects of artistic relationships with the viewer. Each artist employs innovative approaches to the traditional concept of the figure in aspects of form, social commentary, and the willful transformation of materials. The exhibition will be supplemented with community programming to engage the general public in these questions of figuration. Weekly figure drawing classes with live models, free and open to the public in the gallery at Artspace, will span the duration of this exhibition.

About the Artists:

Sophia Wallace is an award-winning and critically acclaimed photographer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In Wallace's body of work titled On Beauty she skillfully focuses attention on societal perceptions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality by creating photographs of male models that objectify them in ways similar to the societally accepted practice of the objectification of women across artistic media.

Jaclyn Conley is a figurative painter who lives and works in New Haven, CT. Conley's work is driven by fragments of jpeg images cultivated from the internet and explores the line between the human figure and animal figure, asking which aspects of human behavior are animalistic and what aspects of animalism are human in nature.

Gerri Davis (Web) is a painter living and working in Manhattan, NY. In her series Iteration she renders awe-inspiring, spatially perverse, monumentally sized figurative pieces in oil paint. These works are comprised of the exploration of staccato moments of time and space, echoing masterpieces of classical artistic expressions of portraiture.

Gaviero Umami is the moniker for the collaborative team of sculptors, Eoin Burke and Jim Dessicino. They live in New Haven, CT and work in Brooklyn, NY. They render innovative forms by utilizing aspects of the figure as a vehicle for the exploration of ideas, leading to conceptual creations of figurative entities that are simultaneously abjectly familiar and impossibly alien.

Gregory Santos, an artist who works predominantly in printmaking, lives and works in Manhattan, NY. In Santos' body of work entitled Movements, he explores and portrays intimate interpersonal relationships by reducing figurative form to the rudimentary building blocks of color, shape, size, and space. These simplified forms capture complex aspects of personality, mood, and the vibrancy of human gesture.

Ryan and Trevor Oakes (Web) are multidisciplinary, collaborative, twin artists living and working in Manhattan. In their series Vision they explore fundamental aspects of visual perception by utilizing a special concave easel (specifically designed for the cranial measurements of these identical twins) with concave paper surfaces that are analogous to the spherical shape of the human eye. These masterful concave drawings take into account the technical aspects of the perception of the viewer to create surprisingly accurate freehand ink drawings of interior and exterior spaces.

About the Organizer:

Kwadwo Adae is an award-winning abstract painter, teacher, and member of the Visual Arts Committee, Artspace’s peer review artist board. Adae is the founder of Adae Fine Art Academy, a small art school and studio dedicated to providing individualized instruction in drawing and painting in the community through afterschool art programs, assisted living centers, and rest homes for the mentally ill. He holds a Masters in Art from New York University.


Figurative Metonymy is the first to be organized at Artspace by the University of Connecticut's Advanced Photography Class, led by professor Cara Vickers-Kane (Web). Metonymy, a linguistic device used in rhetoric in which one thing is named or referred to by the name of another, forms the thesis of this show. The exhibition features five artists whose images coalesce to form a pictorial response to the work in the surrounding space. Learn more about the exhibition on the Figurative Metonymy blog. Opening on February 9, 2013.

Participating artists are Joan Fitzsimmons (Web), Carolyn Monastra (Web), Christopher Beauchamp (Web), Keith Johnson (Web) and David Coon (Web).

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Monday, February 04, 2013

Reception Saturday at Institute Library for Nicaraguan photographs of Brad Horrigan

The Institute Library
847 Chapel St., New Haven, (203) 562-5045
Photographs by Brad Horrigan: Bittersweet: Dying in the Nicaraguan Sugar Fields
Feb. 9—23, 2013.
Reception: Sat., Feb. 9, 5—7 p.m.

Press release from Stephen Vincent Kobasa

Bittersweet: Dying in the Nicaraguan Sugar Fields, an exhibition of photographs by Brad Horrigan, will be on view at the Institute Library from Feb. 9—23. There will be a reception on Sat., Feb. 9, from 5—7 p.m.

Photograph by Brad Horrigan

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CT ArtList opens inaugural pop-up show this Saturday

CT ArtList
703 Kent Rd., Gaylordsville
CT ArtList Pop-Up ExhibitionFeb. 9—28, 2013.
Opening Reception: Sat., Feb. 9, 4—7 p.m.

Press release from CT ArtList

CT ArtList ( is presenting it’s first pop-up show of artists from the website’s curated image bank.

The art and artist resource website was founded in September, 2012 by Danbury painter Megan Marden. Marden, who has an M.F.A. in painting from Western Connecticut State University, created the site to provide visibility and valuable information to working Connecticut visual artists. In November 2012, the website was profiled on Sharon Butler’s art blog Two Coats of Paint.

Painting by Amy Almeida

The website lists information on 155 (and counting) Connecticut galleries and art spaces. Additionally the website provides listings for arts employment, internships, grants and residencies. Calls for artists and exhibition opportunities statewide are updated on a regular basis.

The curated image bank currently features 18 artists from every corner of the state, and in all different stages of their careers. An overwhelming majority of the featured artists are graduates of Connecticut art schools.

Marden maintains the website with the assistance of Hartford artist Joe Bun Keo. Together, they have spent hundreds of hours updating, promoting, and improving the quality of the web-project on a strictly volunteer basis.

"As artists ourselves, we examine all of the information we put up onto the website personally. We make sure that everything we post is of real value," says Marden.

Keo’s artwork, which often humorously deals with the eccentricities of language and interpretation will be on exhibit along with 13 other artists from the image bank.

New Fairfield painter Amy Almeida who has an M.F.A. from W.C.S.U. says of her large-scale paintings, "I reproduce recognizable inanimate objects by portraying them in unrecognizable situations rooted in my own experiences. By altering the scale and color, I create a visual tension between the familiar objects and how they are functioning."

Painter and sculptor Yelizaveta Masalimova's hyper-realist, and emotionally charged sculptures invoke memories of her early childhood in Kiev, Ukraine. Masalimova earned her B.F.A in Sculpture from the Lyme Academy in Lyme CT., and her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Connecticut.

Daniel Bohman is currently a graduate student at the University of Connecticut says of his work, "My paintings are comprised entirely of found imagery which range from commercial photographs to anonymous pictures from image searches. Piece by piece the work progresses through trial and error- disparate images and the points of view inherent in them are constantly rearranged and consolidated. Understanding is altered as the paintings grow and new elements re-contextualize existing realities. I welcome this awkward exchange as I seek to highlight absurdity and contradiction present in everyday life."

Marden says, "I’ve selected these artists based on the strength of their work alone, but I must say that I have been so thrilled that so many of the applicants have been young artists, and recent graduates just like me. These artists’ works vibrate with a youthful vigor that isn't always well represented in the Northwest Corner’s arts community."

The opening reception will include free food and drinks, and a trunk show by Twitch and Whiskers - up-cycled jewelry made by Danbury artist Mei-Ling Uliasz. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to support CT ArtList will be accepted.


Amy Almeida
Matthew J. Best
Daniel Bohnam
Ethan Boisvert
Matthew Cassar
Charlie Cunningham
Kevin Ferreira
Jim Felice
Matthew Hester
Jana Ireijo
Tiffany Johnson
Joe Bun Keo
Janet Lage
Yelizaveta Masalimova

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