Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Todd Umbarger March 24th through May 3, 2014

Todd Umbarger is a native of New Milford and a 1995 graduate of New Milford High School. Following his graduation from Hartford Art School in 1999 with a BFA in Illustration, he moved to New York City and worked for several web and media companies before embarking on a career in freelance illustration. He has been published in various editorial, institutional and educational entities and worked with clients such as HBO, Anheuser-Busch and the United Nations. He also created a popular series of online political cartoons and exhibited them at The Silo in New Milford in 2010. Umbarger has since returned to Connecticut and in 2012 made a transition into fine art. He is currently a graphic artist at Whole Foods Market Danbury. The “Point of Impact” series depicts the spectacle of an explosion as a surreal Pop art object. The explosion is both a horrific act of violence and a staple of modern entertainment. We recoil at the death and destruction caused at home and abroad by these fiery combustions while we simultaneously cheer the contemporary heroes of film, television and gaming who employ them regularly. The eruptions of “Point of Impact” are presented without context- no geography, no victims, no debris- and are pure solid forms of fire and smoke. Each panel is a unique exploration of shape and color while retaining a sense of force and light. “Point of Impact” also symbolizes one man’s long-desired burst of artistic energy after a demoralizing creative drought.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Deedee Calvey

February 8th through March 23, 2014 Deedee Calvey is an artist and tai chi instructor. She has been exhibiting locally since before the turn of the century! Born Donna Diane Ball, Dee remembers enjoying making art for as long as she can remember. Her kindergarten report card reads: Donna has good ability and especially enjoys and does well at art work. It is as true today as it was then. In touch with my creator, Deedee has become very present in trying to capture the beauty and movement of light and color. Finding symbols in the negative spaces delights her when she discovers them with her brush. Deedee says: “I am delighted when you like what i do!” Deedee has had many exhibits, the latest being at the Bank Street Coffee House and New Milford Public Library. She has done portraits of people, pets and homes and has been commissioned for various art project. She sells her paintings throughout the year. View slideshow Charles Gehm January 6-February 14, 2014 Sept 21-Nov 4, 2012 .

Monday, January 6, 2014

Charles Gehm January 5-February 9, 2014

Charles Gehm has been a fine artist and illustrator for over 60 years. Displaying exceptional talent as a child, he was selected to paint a large wall mural depicting The Intellectual Phases of Education on acoustic tiles in his Alliance, OH high school. When years later the old school was replaced with a new one, this mural was lovingly removed and reassembled in its new place of honor. Charles subsequently received the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He won the Scholastic Art Awards 1948 Certificate of Merit along with their scholarship to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design, where he studied under Joseph Canzani. His studies were interrupted by service in the Korean War; upon returning home he enrolled in the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. Charles enjoyed great success as an illustrator. During his long career he created book cover art for every major United States publishing house. His illustrated young adult books The Thanksgiving Treasure and A House Without a Christmas Tree (Scholastic) have both been televised. Also in his resume are magazine illustrations for Redbook, Reader’s Digest, and Good Housekeeping, record jacket covers for Columbia Records, and advertising art for clients including Delta Airlines, Kellogg’s, E&J Brandy and Land o’ Lakes. Highly prized, his collectible art projects include a series of limited edition Gone With The Wind prints (Marks Collection), Wizard of Oz prints (Marks Collection), and Grimm’s Fairy Tales plates (Bradford Exchange). He painted the now collectible poster for the film Barry Lyndon. Other movie posters include The Island, The River, The Betsey, and Death on the Nile. In 2002, The Board of the New York Stock Exchange selected him to create their Christmas card for that season. The original painting now hangs in the NTSE Museum. Along with his commercial projects, Charles worked as a fine artist. He has received numerous awards for his fine art, including Best in Show from The Butler Art Institute, OH, The Kent Art Association, CT, and The Richter Association for the Arts, CT. His oil and watercolor paintings have been shown in The Husberg Fine Arts Gallery, AZ, The Vanier & Roberts Gallery, AZ, The National Arts Club, NY, The Salmagundi Art Club, NY, as well as in various galleries in Connecticut. Sharing his love of art with students, Charles taught life drawing and painting at The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, illustration at Pratt Institute, NY, and drawing, design, painting and illustration at Western Connecticut State University. He has been a member of The Society of Illustrators, The Salmagundi Club and The National Arts Club. Currently a member of The Oil Painters of America, he has participated in several of their group shows. Charles resides in Connecticut with his artist wife, Judy York.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Shelley Lowell

November 17 through January 5, 2014 Shelley Lowell was born in the Bronx, NY in 1946 and started drawing before she was four years of age. She graduated Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, with a BFA in Advertising Design & Visual Communications. She is a painter, sculptor, illustrator and designer as well as poet. Her paintings are allegorical stylized surreal landscapes. These works inspire poetic stories. She has been writing poetry since the early 1970s and performed them in Asheville, NC, the Metropolitan Washington DC area and New England. Many have been published and recorded. Her current paintings and their inspired poems have been in solo exhibits. She performs the paintings’ poetry at her solo art show receptions. Her illustrations have been published in print advertising, brochures and books. She won the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators Award of Merit and many other awards for her paintings and graphic designs. Her artwork and designs have been published in numerous books and publications. She is also known for her commissioned pet paintings. This work can be seen at Her landscape paintings with their poems are her way to communicate her inner-self and her reactions to her surroundings. Her artistic ability was developed over the last 40+ years expressed as contemporary artwork with an edge, a statement and a message. Early in her artistic career (1970s), her art earned her the label of New York City feminist representational and social commentary visual artist as she produced monumental original artwork and poetry as a counter statement to what she felt as demeaning aspects of the sexual revolution of the period. This artwork was in exhibits with such notable feminist artists as Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Joan Semmel, Anne Sharp, Linda Benglis, Agnes Denes, Hannah Wilke, Sylvia Sleigh and Judith Bernstein to name a few. Her feminist art is in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Base on the Brooklyn Museum web site. This work has been in museum and gallery exhibits and published in feminist art journals and publications. Biographical information and image of one of her paintings is in Women Artists of America II. Throughout her artistic career, she has maintained a thread of communicating messages or making statements in her art due, no doubt, to her studying Advertising Design & Visual Communications at Pratt Institute. Her messages and statements have changed as she has grown artistically and personally, but her statements are always been about humanity and the human condition. She has always remained an innovator in her art. Her work is in corporate and private collections. Aside from her inclusion in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Base, she is also in Clara, the Archive Library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), and WAAND, the feminist woman artists data base at Rutgers University. She resides in Danbury, CT where she has her studio.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mo Myra Illustrations

Mo Myra is a local Hartford artist who mainly focuses on landscapes the figure and fashion illustrations. Her work has been displayed nationally and in many different group exhibitions. She is completing her BFA this year at the Hartford Art School. Mo Myra is currently available for portrait commissions. Please contact her be phone of email as listed on her website.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Angelica Mendes Student Artist

August 25-October 6, 2013 Since I was a little girl I loved to spend hours drawing and doodling on any paper that I could fine. Now, I am a student artist and currently attending Northwestern Connecticut Community College. I have been working on my Associate Degree in Fine Arts for the past two years. I have been in two art student shows at Northwestern Community College and a student art show at Artwell Gallery in Torrington, Connecticut. Also, several of my artworks are displayed in private collections. I am currently employed as an Art Teacher at a Private School. The work that I am displaying at the New Milford Public Library ranges from oil paintings, film photography, and charcoal drawings. I will also be displaying in a case pottery, cardboard and clay objects, and additional film photographs. My favorite medium of art is oil painting and film photography. I enjoy working with the materials and having a hands on experience with my art work rather than working with computers and technology.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Celebrating Robert E. Walker

Celebrating Robert E. Walker A Life of Art (1927- 2012) What: Robert E. Walker’s lifetime artistic endeavors and accomplishments will be on view for the first time ever. When: On June 2nd, 2013, for approximately 6 weeks Where: The New Milford Public Library, New Milford, CT 06776 Why: Robert Walker passed on July 9, 2012 leaving a legacy of Great Art and Design. He came ‘up’ weekend’s (from NYC) to the New Milford area for over 40 years. For over 60 years ‘Bob’ evolved as an Artist and Designer both personally and professionally. He was always very talented and well received. What you will see are the Major Stages of this Artist’s life, Childhood/School Years, through his Professional and Retirement Years. What were his major influences? How can someone who grew up in a small Mid-Western town end up working and ‘making it big’ in a big city? Art was Bob’s life from the time he could color in a coloring book. Much can be learned, by both young and old, from this Graphic Genius, Humanitarian and Company Man. Bob was a man of true humble beginnings. He had a ferocious drive and boatload of innate talent, creativity and passion for both art and his fellow man. A rare man indeed, Bob was loved by all throughout his entire life. This exhibition will show the depths of his classic and endless talent and creativity and that a nice guy really can, and did, finish on top. Bob lived and worked during the Golden Age of Art and Design in New York City and the world. Many of the Great’s either knew or worked with Robert Walker including photographer Irving Penn. Mr. Walker was influential in the discovery of several well-known actors and actresses in the 60’s through 80’s. Recruited by Alexander Leiberman directly out of UCLA, Bob spent 15 years as art director at Vogue Magazine. Later, he spent 17 years as Creative Director at Clinique, where he was recognized by Leonard Lauder, Estee Lauder/Clinique Executive as “...such a big part of our success.” Upon ‘semi-retiring’ from the Big Apple Bob said: “It’s curious to me now, looking back at my artistic endeavors and how I’ve evolved, how I am still anxious for the next challenge life brings my way.” As you the viewer will see, Bob was always comfortable with Color, Composition and Design and Drawing! As a lifetime Creative Director for and amongst the best, Bob never found an assignment he couldn’t or wouldn’t do and, yes, excel at doing. All ages and aspirations will gain BIG from viewing this accomplished (award winning) man’s incredible journey.