Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Michael Centrella

February 5, 2017 through April 16, 2017 http://backnthereagain.blogspot.com/
Brief Bio: Michael Centrella is a self-taught painter who works primarily in oil colors. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Connecticut and Yale Medical Schools, he began to paint about six years ago in preparation for retirement. And now retired, he considers creating art the best “job” he ever had. During this period his work has been shown at several commercial galleries in Connecticut, at the New Britain Museum of American Art, at the Lyme Art Association, and at the New Haven Paint and Clay Club where this year his painting was given the Carl J. Blenner Prize. He is mainly inspired by early to mid 20th century realists, including Fairfield Porter, Edward Hopper, Lucian Freud, Joachin Sorolla, and John Singer Sargent, although his work does not emulate those masters. He paints the full gamut of landscape, cityscape, seascape, still life, and figural images, with a greater focus on the challenge of figures in the last few years. His paintings are now in private collections throughout the USA. I don’t expect that people will necessarily find many of my paintings commonplace or pretty. Rather, I want the images to present a context that can develop a visual story for the viewer. I am surprised that, in retirement, I don’t have as much time as I would like to paint. Because of this I often try to produce an image in a single session, or at least with minimal adjustment soon after. Even so, I am seldom completely satisfied with a painting right after it is created. But I have finally learned that more is not always better, and to stop when the story appears to be told. The following comments from George Bellows, I think, well describe some of my thoughts on painting: As he wrote: "I am always very amused with people who talk about lack of subjects for painting. The great difficulty is that you cannot stop to sort them out enough. Wherever you go they are waiting for you". “There is a strange disease in people's minds which makes them imagine themselves as arbiters of beauty, and creates a constant and foolish demand that pictures be all 'pretty'. As if Shakespeare had always gone around writing love sonnets." Finally, as a rule, I try to paint until I can produce something that I would admire if I knew that someone else painted it. That may seem odd, but it’s true.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Susan Grissell

February 28, 2016 through April 10, 2016
Susan, a life-long Gaylordsville residents, began studying with her neighbor, impressionist master Bernard Lennon in 1964. She continued to paint with him until his death in `1992 and still works in his studio. She considers her work to be an exploration of the relationship of man to nature: a visual diar y in which each piece represents a specific time and place as perceived by the artist. She works primarily, though not exclusively, on location and has painted extensively in this country and in France and Italy. Susan exhibits mainly in outdoor shows. Among her awards are: Best in Show in Mystic and New Milford; First Prize in Oils in Mystic, New Milford and the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in New York; First Prize in Watercolor in Newport and an Honorable Mention in the Connecticut Pastel Society's Invitational Show. Other awards include Best Landscape (Washington Square) and the Brackman Award for Figure and Portraiture (Mystic). She demonstrated and lectured at several schools and organizations, including the North Shore Art League of Long Island and the Kent Memorial Library, New Milford Historical Society and Gallery 25, all of Connecticut. She has also demonstrated on videotape for the benefit of students and others interested in a straightforward approach to painting landscapes, still life and the figure. She is a New York City and a past Member of the Kent Art Association and the Lyme Art Association, both of Connecticut. Two of her painting accompany the poems of Neil Silberblatt in his recent book of verse "Present Tense." Her work is in private collections throughout the United States and Europe, Japan and Australia and is gaining popularity in France and China.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Richard Stalter October 25, 2015

Richard Stalter
http://richardstalter.com/ Richard was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 27th 1934. He developed an interest in art at a very early age, gaining recognition for his work in both grade school and high school. He kept his interest in art alive in his college years at Ohio State University and after he graduated. He mistakenly thought that advertising was the only practical way to utilize his artistic interests to make a living. In 1958, during a six month stay in New York City, he met and befriended a master impressionist artist, Bernard Lennon. In l964, Richard quit his job in advertising and moved to Gaylordsville, Ct to study with Mr. Lennon and began his career as a professional artist. That year also marked the beginning of his participation in the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (New York City) and the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival (Mystic, Ct). Throughout the years, he won many prizes in both shows including First Prize in Oils four times in the Mystic exhibition and Special Landscape Award at the Washington Square show. During those years he also participated in other group shows in the Northeast winning prizes several times in Newport, RI and once in Atlantic City, NJ. Mr. Stalter paints his subjects on location finding inspiration from scenes throughout the Litchfield Hills and nearby New York State, within easy reach of his Gaylordsville home. He paints all four seasons at these locations and adds figures and still life painting done from life to his body of work. From the 1960's through the 1980's, he traveled yearly to Provincetown and Wellfleet on Cape Cod to capture the seaside light and subjects and visited there in 2007 to paint. Beginning in the 80's, he sought out the boat and water subjects on Mystic and Stonington, Ct. He still paints there two or three times a year. One of his lifelong ambitions was to preserve the best of contemporary impressionist works of art in a museum which he spent five years (1994-1999) helping in the unsuccessful attempt to raise sufficent funds to establish it in New Milford, Ct.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Christina Achorn March 29 through May 10, 2015

Christina’s work primarily consists of charcoal drawings which employ figures and settings derived from her own invention. She learned traditional applications of fine arts and human anatomy while attaining her Bachelors of Fine Arts at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Upon her arrival at the Lyme Academy in 2010, as a Drawing major, she was awarded the Chandler Scholarship and the CICS Independent College Scholarship for the merit of her portfolio. The exhibit will be on view during regular library hours .http://www.christinaachorn.com/white/

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lacee Yurtoglu

February 15 to March 29, 2015
I am a self taught multi media artist specializing in water color and ink works. I also enjoy illustration and look forward to exploring it more in the future. I have been hiding "Lacee Art" illustrations in the downtown New Milford businesses for several years. These completely free, positive illustrations invite the participant to my social media pages to come along my journey exploring self expression. Some of these "Lacee Art"s also are redeemable for free commission work. I genuinely enjoy doing commissions because they challenge me. As much as I love to create art for me I love receiving direction as well. I'm open to commissions at the moment and would love to work on new projects. I have been on a mission these past few years to celebrate life. My recent works have been a reflection of that. I have been in the mist of a expressive color study. I've been focusing in on line work as well. I find line work to be the most fulfilling part of any piece. You can fallow my creative path on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/LaceeArt or on Instagram @LaceeSmiles or also by using the hashtag #LaceeArt .

Friday, December 5, 2014

Bette Anne Wygant

November 30th through January 4, 2015
My Journey Each painting explores the energy of eternal light, that can heal & inspire all of us. We only need to recognize it around us and within us. I hope my work inspires others to find and share that light. I have been an oil painter for forty-eight years. It is my quest to investigate and experience the bond between the physical and spiritual worlds. We are just one breath away from continuing. Visit my other website here www.bawshop.com for more about me and my art work. Also visit my posts on Unity.Gallery - a social network for artists: www.unity.gallery Here is a video featuring me and my work there as well: Let me share this with you, ”Day of Judgement” (below), was painted in 1974, after my brother was murdered while attending Law School. His death sent me on a lifelong journey to understand and connect with a deeper reality. Recently I was able to continue this healing process by participating in a show in Newtown, CT where "Healing Through Art" was the focus. Through my art I was able to connect with a few who had lost loved ones in the recent tragedy. They were reassured to see and hear the good news of eternal love and healing that is possible. I look forward to continuing on this journey through similar opportunities where others can share in this experience.
Another focus of my work is on the Natural energy that surounds all living things. In this painting, "Spring Symphony" (below) I share my impression of a moment in time. While I was riding in my car, I glanced out the window as the Sun peeked out of the dark raincloud to reveal an intoxicating sea of wildflowers, while listening to the Brandenburg concertos. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the moment.

Monday, October 20, 2014

J.G. Coleman Photography

J.G. Coleman Photography October 19-November 30, 2014 J.G. Coleman is an award-winning landscape photographer whose work is a celebration of the natural and agricultural heritage of the American Northeast, with a special emphasis on his home state of Connecticut. Building upon an early background in sketching and painting, Coleman ultimately discovered a passion for artistic communication through the aesthetics and rhythms of the natural world. He incorporates into his photography, the full range of dynamics in our living landscape, leveraging exquisite light, ceaseless motion of water and wind, transformative power of the seasons and an inexhaustible array of organic shapes, contrasts and colors. Coleman's work has been recognized by the Ct. Forest and Park Assoc., and National Park Service and he's taken part in various exhibitions, including those hosted by local conservation organizations such as the Madison Land Trust, Granby Land Trust and Glastonbury Adubon Society. He produces fine art prints. His work is available from his online galleries at JGCOLEMAN.COM. His imagery has also been used in editorial, magazine, advertising and museum contexts. The full breadth of J.G. Coleman's landscape photography is on display at his online gallery. He also hosts a photography blog, From the Field, where he routinely releases new work and elaborates upon the unique landscapes and fascinating histories that inspire him.