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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Inside Out New Haven" opening reception Friday at Creative Arts Workshop

Creative Arts Workshop Hilles Gallery
80 Audubon St., New Haven, (203) 562-4927
Inside Out New Haven
Aug. 2—Sept. 2, 2013.
Opening reception: Fri., Aug. 2, 5—7 p.m.
Artists' Talk: Wed., Aug. 7, 5—7 p.m.

Press release from Creative Arts Workshop

Creative Arts Workshop (CAW) presents the much anticipated installation Inside Out Inside, a continuation of the 2012 public art project initiated by a group of artists and community organizers seeking to unite the New Haven community. Originally displayed under two highway overpasses, the large scale portraits will be viewable from outside the CAW Hilles Gallery throughout the month. An opening reception will be held on Fri., Aug. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. CAW will also host an artists talk on Wed., Aug. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Inside Out New Haven is a spin-off of the global art project Inside Out launched by JR, a French artist and 2011 TED Prize winner. Prompted to present "a wish to save the world," during his acceptance speech the artist stated: "I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project and together we’ll turn the world inside out."

In New Haven the purpose of the project was to help bridge the gap between disparate communities separated by barriers both physical and psychological. Photo shoots staged on the spot initiated conversations and interactions between citizens who might otherwise never have crossed paths. In a documentary short film by John Belanger, community organizer Ben Berkowitz gets at the heart and the purpose of the project: "the beauty in the project is not what it looks like but how it got there."

After instances of vandalism lead to the removal of the photographs, Creative Arts Workshop now serves as the latest venue for the collection, making the inspiring images again accessible to the New Haven community. The installation features photos by Ian Christmann, Jeffrey Kerekes, Al Muzzi, Kelly Jensen, Anthony DeCarlo, Miles Lasater and Chris Randall.

Even after instances of vandalism occurred, artists and volunteers repaired the photographs and they remained on display. The poster-size images were eventually removed six months later due to weather damage, at the request of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Creative Arts Workshop is a non-profit community art center devoted to fostering creativity through participation in and appreciation of the visual arts, serving the Greater New Haven area since 1961. Each year, CAW offers a wide range of classes in fully equipped studios to more than 2,000 adults and 1,000 young people, and more than 30,000 people visit exhibitions in CAW’s galleries. CAW is supported by its membership, tuition, donors, arts-related fundraising events and a dedicated group of volunteers. Additional funding comes from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday reception for "Dressing Up" at Institute Library in New Haven

The Institute Library
847 Chapel St., New Haven, (203) 562-5045
Dressing Up: Recent Works by Alan Neider
Aug. 3—24, 2013.
Reception: Sat., Aug. 3, Noon—2 p.m.

Press release from Stephen Vincent Kobasa

Finding inspiration in fashion and glamour, Alan Neider's work examines what constitutes adornment while looking closely at the beauty, boldness and whimsy of jewelry. There will be an opening reception for Dressing Up at the institute Library on Sat., Aug. 3, from noon—2 p.m.

Alan Neider: Drawings (details)

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Shows, including "Pop and Op," opening this Friday at Artspace in New Haven

50 Orange St, New Haven, (203) 772-2709
Artspace Summer Apprenticeship Program: Pop and Op
Dana Filibert: Cloud Form
Meghan Grubb: Aurora
Adam Brent: Thread
Crown Street Window Project: Luke Hanscom
Jul. 26—Sept. 7, 2013.
Opening: Fri., Jul. 26, 5—8 p.m.

Artspace Press release

Several new shows open this Friday at Artspace in New Haven, including Pop and Op, featuring work from the 13th Annual Summer Apprenticeship Program. The opening reception will occur from 5—8 p.m.

Pop and Op

Each year Artspace brings New Haven high school students into its galleries for three weeks to work as apprentices with a Master Artist. The 13th annual Summer Apprenticeship Program, with Master Artist Erika Van Natta, will offer Apprentices collaborative opportunities to work in video, photography, and performance. The show’s theme, Pop and Op, reinterprets traditional portraiture by incorporating unconventional materials, such as popsicles, mirrors, and Op art- inspired patterns. By exploring the various roles behind and in front of the camera, Apprentices will help Van Natta to create a series of videos and portraits, which focus on identity construction, visual phenomenon, and the temporality of youth, summer and melting ice cream. An experimental sound piece, entitled "Pop Music," will be created entirely out of hand made “balloon instruments” and performed live at the opening.

Cloud Form

Intrigued by the phenomenon where instilling a corporeal preciousness in objects prevails as an unconscious human need to shape ones identity, Dana Filibert presents her Cloud Form series. These formations utilize iconic animal imagery that maintains a hold on popular culture commodities as fetishized consumer objects and found objects related to the presentation of an idealized image.

Sculptor and installation artist Dana Filibert received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and an MA and MFA. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Her work invokes humor, creating sculpture that plays with contradictions of attraction and repulsion. Pieces consist primarily of painted sculpture formed using metal, carved foam, and found objects.


The Aurora project specifically responds to aspects of the perceptual experience of the Aurora Borealis, as observed in rural northern Norway on the last day of the six-week long polar night in January 2013, and is part of research into the human experience of light in environments that witness extreme daylight conditions. Developing from practices in art, architecture and design, and research into perceptual psychology, optics, and the environment, Meghan Grubb's (Web) work explores questions about how a powerful and mysterious non-physical response may be stirred by the experience of physical space, and how this kind of experience may be translated to, described in, or provoked by a work of art.


Best described as a joint venture; Thread consists of three major works of the same size and shape. Along with accompanying sculptures Adam Brent will exhibit three versions of a braided rug, each utilizing a different artistic method, continuing his interest in domestic situations and iconography. The work will employ traditional hand braiding and sewing, 3D printing for plastic components, and the hand carving. At roughly 52 inches in diameter, each rug follows the same pattern—designed by the artist in CAD software. Brent’s collaboration with his father sits at the heart of this exhibition; his choice to both carve and print versions of the rug is as much about skill as it is about exhibiting the labor associated with maintaining the bonds that tie families together.

n his solo practice, Adam Brent creates sculptural installations that combine architectural and organic elements to explore issues of nature, reflection, interiors, and structure. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1995 and his MFA in sculpture from Parsons The New School For Design in 2001. His work has been exhibited at such notable museums, institutions, and galleries as The Islip Art Museum, The Bronx Museum for Contemporary Art, The Aldrich Museum For Contemporary Art, The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas, and the New York Public Library. His individual and collective work has received critical attention from the Village Voice, The NY Press, Art Critical, Architect Magazine, and the New York Times.

Crown Street Window Project: Luke Hanscom

The Crown Street Window Project invites artists to make street-facing installations along the Crown Street side of Artspace's gallery. Artists create unique works of art in dialogue with the street and the community, utilizing the visibility offered by this location. This summer, the window features the work of local artist Luke Hanscom.

Luke Hanscom grew up in Houston, TX until he moved to Santa Barbara, CA to attend the Brooks Institute of Photography in 2002. Hanscom left California for New York City in 2005, where he worked with leading industry photographers such as Richard Pierce, Peggy Sirota, and Annie Leibovitz. While currently living and working in the Westville Village of New Haven, Hanscom's fine art mixes multiple mediums while placing an emphasis on his strong photographic background and the use of both digital and analogue techniques.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer exhibits open July 28 at Silvermine

Silvermine Guild Art Center
1037 Silvermine Rd., New Canaan, (203) 966-9700
Charles Hinman and Gary Lichtenstein: Kites
Where Are We (Going)?
Viewing Room: Roger Mudre and Jason Gardner
July 28—Sept. 7, 2013.
Opening Reception: Sun., July 27, 2—4 p.m.
Artist Talk: Charles Hinman and Gary Lichtenstein: Tue., July 30, 6:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: Jason Gardner: Sat., Aug. 10, 2 p.m.

Press release from Silvermine Arts Center

Silvermine Arts Center is proud to announce its summer exhibition, Kites, a collaboration between painting pioneer, Charles Hinman and master printer, Gary Lichtenstein, and Where Are We (Going)?, a Silvermine Guild group show organized by independent curator Emily Cheng. Silvermine’s Viewing Room will feature new silkscreen prints by Guild Artist, Roger Mudre and photography by Brooklyn based artist, Jason Gardner. The exhibitions will open on Sun., July 28, with a reception from 2—4 p.m., and will run through Sept. 7. The reception is free and open to the public. Along with the exhibitions, there will be several artists' talks. Charles Hinman and Gary Lichtenstein will be giving an artist talk on Tue., July 30,at 6:30 p.m. and Jason Gardner will give his talk on Sat., Aug. 10, at 2 p.m.

Kites is an exhibition premiering a new body of work born of the collaboration between artist, Charles Hinman and master printer, Gary Lichtenstein. Their artistic partnership began in 2011 and this new series continues their exploration into translating the visual vocabulary of Hinman's signature hard-edged, shaped canvases into the realm of prints. By combining color and the use of subtle hand embossing, they have created a suite of prints that epitomizes the core of Hinman's ideology: "Though the works at first glance appear serene and placid, they are ever changing as the surface of the ocean or the expanse of the sky. Ever dynamic, they are ever alive."

Charles Hinman: "Suspension (Blue and Yellow)"

The prints faithfully reconstruct Hinman's paintings down to the inclusion of subtle lines referencing the support systems of his three dimensional work. As the viewer gazes at the work, the profound complexity of the arrangements of space unfolds into an ever- changing visual experience.

Where are We (going)?, organized by independent curator and artist Emily Cheng, marks a new direction for Guild group exhibitions at Silvermine. This change is evidenced in the show's title and theme, which are inspired by Guild Artist Susan Sharp’s painting, "Where are We?" Unlike the traditional model of submitting work to a predetermined theme, this group show is selected from curatorial threads found in the paintings, prints, photographs and objects currently being produced by the Silvermine Guild membership.

Susan Sharp: "Where Are We?"

In her exhibition statement, Ms. Cheng suggests that the show can be thought of in philosophical terms akin to Paul Gauguin's prophetic image, "Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?" However, unlike Gauguin's tableau, which visually expresses his contemplation on the meaning of existence, Ms. Cheng writes, "The theme of uncertainty in this exhibition is not so much found in the overt content of the individual art works, but uncertainty as it is experienced through the viewing process…As in, 'What am I looking at? Where is this situated?'

"A prime example of this experience can be seen in the selection of images by Guild photographers Karen Neems (Stamford), Sandi Haber Fifield (Westport), Torrance York (New Canaan) and J. Henry Fair (New York City), all of whom create work inspired by the world we know, their photographic processes eschewing the familiar." Other Guild Artists exhibiting include: Hanneke Goedkoop (Rowayton), Robert Gregson (Orange), Shelby Head (Madison), Liz Dexheimer (Washington), Eve Stockton (Alexandria, VA), Tina Blackburn (Santa Fe, NM), Amanda Duchen (Woodbridge) and Susan Sharp (Easton).

Silvermine Galleries’ Viewing Room will debut a selection of new abstract silkscreen prints by Guild Artist Roger Mudre, which he produced in collaboration with Master Printer, Gary Lichtenstein, from July 28 through Aug. 4 and Aug. 28 through Sept. 7. Photographer Jason Gardner will present a "visual anthropology" of the culture, music and rituals of the authentic folkloric Carnival festival in Pernambuco, Brazil from Aug. 7—25. The exhibit will be part of Silvermine's 3rd annual ArtsFest.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Opening Thursday for "Unfold," Arts Council members' show, in Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery

Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery
70 Audubon St., 2nd floor, New Haven, (203) 772-2788
Jul. 18—Sept. 13, 2013.
Artists' reception: Thurs., Jul. 18, 5—7 p.m.

Press release from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents Unfold, in the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery. There will be an artists’ reception from 5—7 p.m. on Thurs., Jul. 18, for this, our 10th annual members show. The public is invited to attend.

This inclusive show will be comprised of artwork created by members of The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, representing a wide variety of styles and media.

Anne Doris-Eisner: "Passing Through"

The works will be on view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from Jul. 19 until Sept. 13, 2013 at the gallery located at 70 Audubon St., 2nd floor, New Haven.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Opening for Markley painting show at New Haven Free Public Library Saturday

New Haven Free Public Library Art Gallery
133 Elm St., New Haven
The Emotion of Color: Paintings by Mason Markley
July 18—Aug. 27, 2013.
Artist's reception: Sat., July 20, 2—4 p.m.

Press release from Azoth Gallery

Paintings by Mason Markley will be on view in the gallery of the New Haven Free Public Library from July 18 through Aug. 27. An artist's reception will be held Sat., July 20, from 2—4 p.m.

Mason Markley: "Birds of a Feather"

Mason Markley's artist statement:

My art comes from a place of feeling. I am always trying to capture how I feel about what is going on in my life. I love to use a lot of color, thick paint, and be a little messy. I never quite feel that art must be perfect. I believe that we are messy people, with messy feelings and that confusion is what makes life interesting and beautiful.

After a short stint at Hastings College in Nebraska and Purdue University in Indiana, I moved back to New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico graduating in 2001 with honors in Cultural Anthropology and History. I have taken courses in art and am looking into various MFA programs, but I believe that most of my training has come from traveling and living in various places, meeting other artists and my life experiences. All told I have been in every state except Alaska and lived now in nine US states. In 2010 I settled down and bought a house in Connecticut where I have a studio in my barn.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Show of work by Mette Rishøj opens Friday at Reynolds Fine Art in New Haven

Reynolds Fine Art
96 Orange St., New Haven, (203) 498-2200
Un/bound: By Mette Rishøj
July 12—Aug. 13, 2013.
Artist Reception: Fri., July 12, 5—8 p.m.

Press release from Reynolds Fine Art

Reynolds Fine Art is pleased to present Mette Rishøj in her first exhibition in the United States.

Mette Rishøj was born in Randers, Denmark. There, she studied art at Aerø School of Fine Art. Her work has been showcased in numerous collective and personal exhibitions throughout Copenhagen and other cities in Denmark.

Mette Rishøj: "Factory Outlet"

Mette was awarded the Nbex Gallery Prize in 2007 and some of her work is now part of the City of Copenhagen's art collection. Mette's work is dramatically energetic through her use of color and choice of subject matter.

Rishøj's paintings depict a world with inherent hope. A place where even after the worst catastrophic event, there is something to look forward to. This artist easily conveys her expressive talents through her vivid paintings. Reynolds Fine Art is proud to host an exhibition by Mette Rishøj.

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Saturday, July 06, 2013

New members show to open at City Gallery Friday evening

City Gallery
994 State St., New Haven, (203) 782-2489
New and Old
July 5—Aug. 4, 2013.
Opening Reception: Fri., July 12, 5—7 p.m.
Artist Talk: Sun., July 28, 2 p.m.

Press release from City Gallery

City Gallery presents its new members show, New and Old, from July 5 through Aug. 4. This year's show features the relief paintings of Rebecca Lowry alongside Meg Bloom's paper sculptures, Jennifer Davies' handmade paper pieces, and the acrylic and watercolor paintings of Kathy Kane.

Rebecca Lowry: "Bound"

The opening reception will be held on Fri., July 12, from 5—7 p.m. Additionally, there will be an artist talk on Sun., July 28, at 2 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

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