Monday, June 27, 2016

"Artist as Curator III" at Kehler Liddell Gallery

"Trouble Ahead Trouble Behind"
© Jackie Heitchue
Keller Liddell Gallery in New Haven is hosting its third annual invitational exhibit "Artist As Curator III" from July 7 through August 21, 2016. The exhibit "represents creative relationships, life-long associations, working partnerships, mentorships, personal inspirations, and friendships. To highlight these relationships, member artists will display one of their own works alongside each invited artist's work. Through this unique pairing of images, a visual conversation emerges between curators, artists, and viewers."

There is an opening reception on Saturday, July 9 from 4 pm - 7 pm.

Mark Savoia, Master Printmaker of Still River Editions is among the artists invited to participate, and was invited to participate by Kehler Liddell gallery member artist Keith Johnson. The other artists are Melissa Benson, Joy Bush, William Chickillo, Megan Craig, Vincent Edwards, Nancy Eisenfeld, Mark Ferguson, Allan Greenier, Kenneth Hanson, Jackie Heitchue, Debbie Hesse, Sheldon Credit, Dru Nadler, Peter Nuhn, Liz Pagano, Jaclyn E. Podlaski, Paul J. Thériault, and Peter Ziou.

The gallery is located at 873 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tara Tomaselli at Norwalk Art Festival

Newtown photographer Tara Tomaselli will be exhibiting and selling her work at the Norwalk Art Festival. The festival runs on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th, 2016 from 10 am - 5 pm both days at Mathews Park, 295 West Ave., Norwalk, CT. Tomaselli's photographs feature coastal sights and rusty trucks and objects from her travels.

According to the festival website, the event features "the works of 125 juried artists from local to national talent. They will exhibit a wide variety of media including, photography, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, painting, mixed media, printmaking, fiber, metal sculpture and glass."

In addition, the nearby Center for Contemporary Printmaking is hosting its annual "Foot Print Show and Sale" and will be open on Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday from noon - 5 pm. The CCP is also located in Mathews Park.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Artists' Books by Rita Valley at Trailer Box Project

"Face-a-Day Club" (12 Months)
© Rita Valley
Artists' books by Rita Valley are on view at Danbury's Trailer Box Project from mid-June through July 30, 2016.

Valley says of her artist's books on her website, "When a series of my collages present a coherent theme, I frequently group the collages together into an artist's book. Books are great! They are art works that can be picked up and fondled and looked at leisurely and intimately. I embrace a truly hands-on approach; no white gloves are required!"

Valley's art involves a wide range of techniques and materials, and she has described it as "quirky and often political."

Trailer Box Project is located adjacent to Jim Felice's studio at 15 Great Pasture Rd, Unit 15 Danbury, Connecticut. Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm or by appointment.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

"Luminous Intervals" by Colin Burke opening and Open House Day 2016

"West Rock 3A June 2012 - June 2013, 2015"
© Colin Burke

On Saturday, June 11, 2016 from noon - 5 pm, The Gallery at Still River Editions will be participating in the State of Connecticut's 12th Annual Open House Day with the opening of an exhibit of pinhole camera and cyanotype photographs by Colin Burke called "Luminous Intervals: Extended Exposures in Alternative Photography." We'll have light refreshments, art, and conversation. The event is free, and open to the public. 

From 1 pm - 4 pm there will also be demonstrations of cyanotype printing, one of the oldest photographic processes.

We've made a handy page of other Open House Day events happening in our area with a list of some of our favorite local restaurants to help you make a day of it. The State of Connecticut's Open House Day page, which features listings by town, is here

The Gallery at Still River Editions is located at 128 East Liberty St., Danbury, CT. The exhibit will be on view through September 30, 2016. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Faith Stewart Gordon: "Life's Joys" at the Mattatuck Museum

"Beau and the Duck-Billed Dinosaur"
© Faith Stewart-Gordon
An exhibit of paintings by Faith Stewart-Gordon titled "Life's Joys" will be on view at the Mattatuck Museum from June 3 through July 24, 2016. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 12 from 2 pm - 4 pm.

Stewart-Gordon is an internationally exhibiting painter, cookbook author, and former restaurateur. Her colorfully idealized paintings draw inspiration from her travels, and many feature animals including her dogs.

The Mattatuck Museum is located on the green in Waterbury 144 West Main St., Waterbury, CT 06702. Hours: (Closed Monday) Tuesday – Saturday:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sundays: 12 noon – 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"En Theos: A God Within" Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe at Five Points Gallery, Torrington

"Deer in Fog"
© Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
"En Theos: A God Within" is an exhibition of black and white photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe at Five Points Gallery, 33 Main St., Torrington, CT. The exhibit will be on view in the West Gallery at Five Points from May 26 through June 25, 2016. There is an opening reception on June 3 from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Artist's statement from the gallery's website: "Whether in drawing, painting, or printmaking, the process for me is about layering and energizing space in such a way that objects are fluid, interconnected and full of energy and movement. I try to utilize a variety of lines, marks and media to suggest both stasis and openness to possibility and transformation as well as the passage of time.  As I attempt to describe the multiple realities which intermingle in memory, imagination and daily life, images emerge and diverge – reconfiguring in new relationships.

Everything is open and flows back and forth: empty and full, defined by its opposite – fleeting yet tangible – air and space dissecting form and formless in an effort to capture the unity and delight of life experienced, remembered, longed for."

Moutoussamy-Ashe's award-winning photography has been exhibited internationally and is the subject of five books.  In addition to being a photographer and author, she is a social activist, civic leader, a director of the Arthur Ashe Endowment for the Defeat of AIDS, and the founder of the Arthur Ashe Learning Center.

A portion of Moutoussamy-Ashe's exhibit was printed by Mark Savoia of Still River Editions.

The gallery is also featuring two other solo exhibits concurrently by Anne Gilman and John Frederick walker.

An article about the exhibits may be found in the Litchfield County Times here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Jim Felice's "The Circus is in Town" at the Bethel Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

"The Circus is in Town"
© 2016 Jim Felice
Jim Felice's sculpture "The Circus Is in Town" is featured at the Bethel Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, which will be on view on the grounds of the Bethel Library, 189 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT from May 7, 2016 through May 5, 2017.

Felice's piece is part of a year-long installation of sculpture works throughout downtown Bethel curated by sculptor David Boyajian.

Other sculptors whose work is included: David Boyajian, Murray Bodin, Richard Pitts, B.A. D'Alessandro, Glenn Zweygardt, David Gerlach, Steven Brooks, John Ferguson, Sarah Bader & Matt Rink, and New Antiquity.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

RIFF Rocks the Park, indie music festival in Ridgefield, May 20 - 21, 2016

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival will present RIFF Rocks The Park with two events at Ridgefield's Ballard Park, on Friday evening, May 20th and all day Saturday, May 21st. The two-day event will celebrate the connection between music and film and will run concurrently with the film festival. Ballard Park is located at 485 Main St., Ridgefield (the corner of Gilbert and Main).

On Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra's Wind Ensemble, led by Albert Montecalvo, will officially open the film festival, playing a selection of themes from famous film scores. The concert will be immediately followed by a screening of The Beatles classic forerunner for indie film, A Hard Day's Night in the park. 

RIFF Rocks the Park resumes on Saturday 11a.m. - 6 pm with an all-day music festival in the park. Eight local indie bands will perform throughout the afternoon, playing original material and covers of songs that have appeared in films or on soundtracks over the years. Bands in the order in which they are playing:
Blank Slate
Tori and the Renegades
Quiet Giant
Telegram Scam
Spectral Fangs
Chica Non Grata
The Sawtelles
Lys Guillorn & Her Band (featuring Still River Editions' own Lys Guillorn.)

"Both Indie filmmakers and indie musicians are hungry, committed and know how to get things done," explains RIFF Music Director, Spencer Eldridge. "We wanted to bring them together for the festival so they can experience each others' work in a warm and friendly setting and hopefully make some connections to other artists they might not otherwise find the time to meet." 

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, created by local playwright and theatre director, Joanne Hudson, is a site-specific film festival that aims to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories from around the world through cinema. RIFF brings more than 70 films from 23 countries around the globe to Ridgefield, Connecticut for thoughtful screenings in curated venues such as the Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield Library, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Keeler Tavern Museum and the Prospector Theater. In addition, RIFF offers master classes in different aspects of film and filmmaking. The festival runs May 20-22.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"Before Your Elders You Must Stand": Nicaraguan Portraits by Robert Kalman

© Robert Kalman
Photographer Robert Kalman will be exhibiting his Nicaraguan portraits at Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White St., New York from June 8 through July 2, 2016. There will be a reception on Tuesday, June 7 from 6 pm - 8 pm.

The photographer says of this body of work (via “Larreynaga is a small Nicaraguan farming community located in a harsh, arid region that’s sparsely populated because it borders on being inhospitable. In this out of the way impoverished village with limited access to health resources, there are a considerable number of elders, people ranging in age from their 70′s to 100′s. This series of formal black and white portraits is a dignified tribute to these remarkably resilient individuals.”

In addition to the opening reception, the artist will be present during gallery hours on June 11, 16th, 26th and July 2nd. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1 pm - 6 pm and by appointment.

Monday, May 9, 2016

"Nature Unraveled" solo exhibition by Dayna Wenzel at Ridgefield Guild of Artists

"Nature Unraveled" is an exhibition of solo work by sculptor Dayna Wenzel at Ridgefield Guild of Artists' Upstairs Gallery from May 14 - June 19, 2016 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 14, from 4 pm - 6 pm.

Wenzel's work incorporates found human-made materials along with natural objects into three-dimensional works and sculpture.

Wenzel is also showing work in the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Main Gallery Group Exhibition, "By a Thread: The Fine Art of Fiber" also on view from May 14 through June 19, 2016.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists Upstairs Gallery 34 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT.