Thursday, November 20, 2014

Festival of Trees to benefit Ann's Place, November 21-23, Danbury

The 12th Annual Festival of Trees benefit for Ann's Place is being held November 21-23, 2014 at Matrix Conference and Banquet Center in Danbury, Connecticut. It brings together the many people, organizations and sponsors who support Ann's Place's mission of community-based cancer support

Artist/designers, organizations and sponsors submitted over 100 trees and raffle items to be raffled as part of the benefit event--many on different themes and some featuring handmade items.

There is a gala kick-off party on Friday, November 21 (ticketed event), and the festival itself runs Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23 from 10 am - 5 pm. The event features entertainment, vendors, a quilters'  corner, robotics and Lego competitions, and the holiday tree raffle. Admission for adults is $10, $5 for children and seniors (children under 5 are admitted for free.)

The Matrix is located off exit 1 off I-84 in Danbury (free garage parking), the festival is on the 3rd level.

Mary Dwyer featured in "Becoming..." exhibition at ODETTA

"Susan B. Anthony, on the Road Again"
2014 © Mary Dwyer
"Becoming..." is an exhibition of recent work by four artists at ODETTA that runs from November 14, 2014 to January 4, 2015. The artists are Mary Dwyer, Deborah Brown, Gregory Curry, and Alice Momm.

From ODETTA's website: "The four artists in 'Becoming…' invigorate the genre of portraiture with wit, beauty, and style. Honing in on the essence of their subjects’ personalities, the artists depict inner life and social context, revealing as much of their own intentions as they do their subjects’. "

Mary Dwyer is a Connecticut resident whose paintings bring alive her deep interest in historical research. She exhibits regionally and nationally and received a Connecticut Artist Fellowship grant in 2008.

ODETTA is located at 229 Cook St., Brooklyn, NY.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Claire Tuffereau featured in exhibition at White Silo Farm & Winery

"Dinner at Dominique's"
© Claire Tuffereau
Watercolorist Claire Tuffereau of New Fairfield is featured in an exhibition at White Silo Farm & Winery, 32 Rt. 37 E. Sherman, CT from October 31, 2014 to November 30, 2014. Also exhibiting are Lynn Jones (wildlife painting) and Ron Jones (still life illustration.)

The opening reception is on Saturday, November 1, from 1:30 pm to 6 pm.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Saddle Horse: Photographs by Lisa Cohen" opens at the gallery at Still River Editions

"Stolen Moment"
© Lisa Cohen
"Saddle Horse: Photographs by Lisa Cohen" opens October 25 at the Gallery at Still River Editions with an opening reception from 2 pm - 4 pm. The opening and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The exhibit reflects Lisa Cohen's experiences photographing the Great American Horse Drive in Colorado, an annual event during which 800 working horses are driven 60 miles over two days. These horses live free much like the wild mustangs do over the winter months, and then spend more clement seasons working on ranches. It is a unique opportunity, given both the animals and the landscape.

Cohen noticed some of the same animals over the four times she returned to the event, and photographed them as they sought each other out, as in "Stolen Moment" at left.

Not all of the images are as restful--she also captures the thundering movement of the herd, which creates a sense of exhilaration.

The Gallery at Still River Editions is located at 128 East Liberty St., Danbury, Connecticut. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. The exhibit was printed by Master Printmaker Mark Savoia.

Facebook invite for the opening

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Directions at Kehler Liddell Gallery with Edith Borax-Morrison and John Harris

"Color Coded"
© Edith Borax-Morrison
"Two Directions" at Kehler Liddell Gallery features the work of Edith Borax-Morrison (drawings) and John Harris (paintings). The exhibit runs from October 16 through November 16, 2014. There is an opening reception on Sunday, October 26 from 3 pm - 6 pm.

Borax-Morrison's detailed abstract drawings and Harris's paintings of water surfaces and reflections complement each other by suggesting natural rhythms, iterations, and changes on both micro and macro levels.

Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven, Connecticut.

Link to a video produced by Kehler Liddell with Edith Borax-Morrison talking about her work for a prior exhibit.

Monday, October 13, 2014

"Missing Links" at the Institute Library, curated by Catherine Vanaria

"Robespierre Unleashed"
© Andrea Zimmermann
Twelve area artists are featured in this unusual group exhibition at the Institute Library in New Haven that explores the meaning of an anonymous antique photo album. It is curated by photographer Catherine Vanaria of New Fairfield. Vanaria is Assistant Professor of Art, and Chair of the Art Department at Western Connecticut State University as well as co-owner of Still River Editions and Connecticut Photographics.

The exhibit runs from October 18 through November 29, 2014 and there is an opening reception on Saturday, October 18 from 12 pm - 2 pm. The Institute Library is located at 847 Chapel St., New Haven, CT.

A page from the "found" photo album
According to Vanaria’s curatorial statement, ”The artists and writers participating in Missing Links were asked to create their own stories and interpretations based on an anonymous early-20th century photo album found at a flea market. The unidentified materials, separated from their original context, have become a springboard for new narratives.”

The individual works created by the artists and writers use diverse media to get their ideas across, and the end result blurs the lines between photography, sculpture, painting, collage, installation, writing, and sound.

The artists are: Chris Durante (Redding), Jim Felice (Danbury), Gene Gort (West Hartford), Brigid Guertin (Danbury), Lys Guillorn (Shelton), Diane Zaleta Hassan (Danbury), Stacey Kolbig (New Fairfield), Victor Pasquale (Mount Kisco, NY), Lori Robeau (Torrington), Elyse Shapiro (Norwalk), Catherine Vanaria (New Fairfield), and Andrea Zimmermann (Newtown). 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ben Larrabee one night pop-up show, "The Artist's Muse", Thursday, Oct. 9 at Southport Galleries

© Ben Larrabee
Darien photographer and Still River Editions client Ben Larrabee will be hosting a one-night pop-up show called "The Artist's Muse" featuring Larrabee's remarkable photographs of his wife and muse Trudie on Thursday October 9 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Southport Galleries, 330 Pequot Ave., Southport, CT.

The exhibit and party celebrate a collection of nude studies taken over seventeen years.

From his website:  "The story of the artist and his muse is a long tradition in the arts. Some of Ben’s photography heroes such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston and Harry Callahan were all inspired to photograph their wives. Ben’s images of Trudie carry on the tradition of that lineage. They tell the story of their artist/muse relationship."

See Ben Larrabee's blog post on the collaborative nature of the artist/muse relationship "Receiving the Gifts of the Muse, Nantucket".

Friday, September 26, 2014

James Grashow: "Corrugated Worlds" premiere exhibition at WCSU's VPAC Gallery opens Oct 2, 2014

James Grashow, known for his amazing large-scale cardboard sculptures and woodcut prints, is featured in a solo exhibition at the Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut University's Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, CT from October 2 through December 7, 2014.

There is a gala opening reception on October 2, 2014 from 6 pm - 8 pm. It is free and open to the public.

In 2012, Grashow's "Corrugated Fountain" was exhibited at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT.

Regular gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs. 12 noon - 4 pm, Sat.-Sun. 1 pm - 4 pm.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Joe McNally exhibit at Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe, Oct. - Nov. 2014

"Girl in Doorway, Mumbai, 1999"
© Joe McNally
World-renowned, award-winning photographer, photojournalist, and photographic educator Joe McNally is featured in a solo print exhibition from October 3 through November 23, 2014 at Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe., NM.  This retrospective of McNally's 30+ year career is his first solo exhibition.

There is an opening reception on Thursday, October 3 from 5 pm - 7 pm.

McNally was the last staff photographer in the history of LIFE magazine, and he has been an ongoing contributor to National Geographic. He has shot cover stories for TIMENewsweekFortuneNew York and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

McNally has a reputation for going to remarkable lengths (and heights) in order to get remarkable shots.  All daring aside, his work is wide-ranging, clever, technically masterful, and quite often moving.

A Monroe Gallery blog post gives further details about both McNally's career and the exhibition.

McNally, and gallerists Sid and Michelle Monroe will be doing a live Q&A Google+ Hangout on Monday, September 29, 10:30 am Eastern time.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Grand Opening Gala WCSU's new Visual & Performing Arts Center, Sunday, Sept. 28

WCSU's Visual & Performing Arts Center is hosting an opening gala on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1:30 pm - 4 pm. The new, cutting-edge arts facility is located at the university's Westside Campus. It houses the art, theater and music departments of Western Connecticut State University and includes performance spaces and theaters, art studios, a darkroom, technology labs, a recording studio, classrooms and offices.

Catherine Vanaria, co-owner Connecticut Photographics and Still River Editions, who is an Assistant Professor of Art at Western Connecticut State University, was recently named Chair of the Art Department and extends the invitation to community to check out the offerings at the new facility.

According to the website, the gala "will feature the facility’s performance, exhibition and studio spaces being fully utilized by students, faculty and staff — creating a true “behind the scenes” look at the building in action."

The Westside Campus is located at 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, CT.

A map showing the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus