Monday, December 17, 2012

Ron Crowcroft

Ron Crowcroft Paint Marker on Canvas December 16th through March 10, 2013 Artist thoughts The works in this show are all made with acrylic and oil-based paint markers on canvas. They are biomorphic abstractions, with aboriginal and ancient glyph-like elements. Viewers may associate some of the images with animals, fish, birds, heads, figures, eyes or internal organs. I have created artwork in various media for forty years, including painting, drawing, sculpture/assemblage, photography, performance art/events, conceptual art, humor, experimental music and soundwork and writing/poetry. Early impulses include Yoko Ono, who first stimulated me to create, followed closely by Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus, Minimal Art and Conceptual Art. The work in this show may still show elements of the Fab Four . . . Miro, Klee, Kandinsky and Arp, as well as those of meso-american aboriginal, rock art and other ancient/ethnic cultures. I have exhibited work in many countries, music has been played on various radio stations and have been noted in various magazines, newspapers and books. Several works have been archived in MOMA, The National Library of Australia, etc. I will have a poem included in the twice yearly Buddhist magazine, Inquiring Minds in the spring of 2013. I demystify and simplify the physical process of creation in order to deepen the sychronous aftereffects of experiencing the work, hoping it will continue to surprise, educate and pleas.e I love an artwork that thinks for itself. Bio Born 1953, Sussex England. Ron went to art school in Leeds,England, which at the time was the most radical art school in Europe. He was in an experimental music group, New 7th Music until relocating to the USA in 1982. He works at the Wellspring Foundation in Bethlehem, Ct and is the sexton of St. Paul's Episcopal church in Woodbury, Ct. Ron has two children, Alex and Emma. Both were raised in New Milford. Alex is also an artist and avid snowskater. Emma is currently studying at Southern. Ron is always willing to give talks, with slide shows as well as curate shows, sit on discussion panels and otherwise work with other artists on exhibitions, live performances or other projects. He is currently seeking a larger space for a variety of larger sized projects. Copies of his booklet, SOME SHORTER RECENT ART AND CREATIVITY NOTES, may be freely taken. Please don't hesitate to comment or ask questions.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cheryl Bartley Folk Art

Cheryl Bartley Folk Art Folk Art for the Spirit American Folk Art Painter, Cheryl Bartley’s artistic talent was apparent from an early age when she produced her first works of art as a means of communication. Raised by a French speaking family, she relied on a paintbrush and a box of paint to express herself to her English speaking friends. Her early love of expressing herself with her art resulted in working for over 25 years as a graphic artist in the manufacture of wallpaper and textiles. During these years, Cheryl developed the skills necessary to understand the technical aspects in the creation of wallpaper and textile design, color theory, computer design, oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, and the proper care and utilization of quality artist materials. Although trained as a graphic artist, Cheryl now unleashes her imagination and creativity from her “Folk Art Spirit” studio 403, 100 Whiting Street, The Whiting Mills, Winchester, Ct. The inspiration for her life long fascination with telling stories with paint is revealed in her folk art spirited creations. Each painting will enchant you with its detailed happy scenes of simpler times. She utilizes mixtures of vibrant colors to produce scenes from her imagination and actual places that are warm and inviting, vibrant and exciting. Her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas or wood, and watercolor on paper. Her folk art collection can be seen at her studio in Winchester Connecticut or on her web site Her paintings and prints are found in private collections and businesses worldwide. Cheryl's folk art is licensed to manufacturers of wall calendars, greeting cards, puzzles, and prints that are sold world wide. Cheryl holds a B.A. in Psychology with a portfolio in fine art from St. Joseph College for Women in West Hartford, Ct.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sushobha Jenner Sept 23-Nov. 4, 2012

My artworks are in the Congregational Church, Children's Hospital, Schools and also with private collectors. I paint large size artworks and murals. I have completed artworks based on clients needs and this describes the variety of mediums and strokes in my paintings. My preferred style of paintings uses acrylic and thick gels with knife strokes as seen in the paintings titled 'Love at First Note' and the 'Flamenco Flare'. I also like to create representational artworks using oil colors. I have led youth groups to create large size artworks. This was featured on WHCTV episode titled 'Leading Youth to Art'. You may view this segment in the press releases section of my website.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Paul Sakren August 12-September 23, 2012

I have been painting since 1992, mostly in acrylics, occasionally in oils or multimedia. Most of my work tries to capture visions that have come to me throughout my life. Some of these are visions that just pop out of the canvas, others are from my past, some from noteworthy dreams, others are spontaneous waking visions. One of those visions is of a certain range of mountains that has particular meaning for me and which has haunted me all my life. Since 2008 I have been working on a series dedicated to this theme, exploring the possibilities of where it might take me. Rather than trying to paint traditional landscapes, I want to create a sense of the dream quality that these landscapes have for me, and so they tend toward a certain impressionistic abstraction, with shapes, colors and strokes representing the energy of subliminal imagery and symbolic content. If there is a meaning or message in my works, it manifests only after they are completed. For me each painting is a process of allowing imagery to suggest itself spontaneously, doing away with the unnecessary, and refining the painting to meet my aesthetic goals of color, composition and effect. I have lived in Northwestern Connecticut for most of my life, sometimes making second homes in San Francisco CA, Cork Ireland and Glasgow Scotland. My professional calling has been as a land- scape gardener and designer which has allowed me to follow my other passion (painting) in the down months of winter. My experience outdoors in nature has always influenced my paintings. My father, Bill Sakren, was an artist, illustrator and professional cartoonist, and I grew up drawing and painting from age one. I have had solo shows at Artwell Gallery and The Warner Atrium Gallery in Torrington, The Gallery at NCCC in Winsted, Cornwall Library and Burnham Library, and have been in group shows at ALL Gallery in New Haven, Risley Gallery in Litchfield, Periodic Art in Stonington, Windham Arts Collaborative in Willimantic, and First Street Gallery in Chelsea, among others.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Steve Eazarsky

July 1st through August 11th, 2012
Growing up and playing thirty three years in New England's backwoods Steve Eazarsky lives by an old Frank Lloyd Wright adage, "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." Combining those elements with his trained eye, broad imagination and camera he artistically captures life on all scales; from clouds rolling over hills to a single blade of grass and to life on all levels. Landscape and light play is Steve's primary photographic medium, leaving Mother Nature to set the stage. His ability arriving right on time to capture these images is uncanny. A self-taught photographer his landscapes are reminiscent of Ansel Adams, but with a twist. Steve uses a modern Digital SLR. He does not manipulate any photo. John Muir sums up Steve's everyday mentality, "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares drop off like autumn leaves." Raised in Watertown, Connecticut, Steve received a degree in chemistry in 2001. Having worked in the chemical industry has only spurred his advocacy of open spaces, wildlife refuges, and state and national parks. And he is very greatful for having so much beauty to experience, capture and share. Outside is where you will find him.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Janet Newman

May 28th to July 1, 2012 view paintings by Janet Newman
For over20+ years, Janet Newman worked with an expanding color palette on living canvases and achieved widespread recognition as a make-up artist in New York City. She recently developed a program teaching young adults in a specialized school for four years. With a formal art education, She began painting again and is presently developing a body of work inspired by nature and her personal photos of flowers from her garden as they bloom and flourish in Litchfield County. Currently working with acrylics and water soluble oil colors, the paintings are layered gradually over days, weeks or months to create depth. With a compilation of multiple scenes and photographs, a unique perspective is achieved in the composition of her paintings. She uses bright colors that dance off the canvas prominently in her works of vibrant flowers and geometric designs. Many of her paintings flow in motion and movement capturing her inner memories and training as a young ballet dancer.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bill Gusky April 14, 2012-May 27, 2012

Bill's work brings together visual data from a variety of cultural sources: old TV cartoons, lottery tickets, internet memes, old candy wrappers, packaging, family photographs, decorative patches and print ads, to name just a few.

He paints elements from these disparate sources, as well as original elements, using a range of styles, from expressionistic to hard-edge, abstract to realistic, or in imitation of a specific industrial arts, graphic arts or international style.

The result of all this is that each of his paintings is a kind of knot in a massive multicultural multitemporal tapestry. His process enacts the hyperconnectedness of this era in which everyone is a cultural processor. We're forced by circumstance to gather from the elements that constantly stream in from around the world, to break them down and use them to build memories and lives and art and, to the degree that it's possible, a useful understanding of our place in the world.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Fine Oil Paintings by Dennis W. Stuart

About the Artist-Dennis W. Stuart

New Milford native and artist Dennis W. Stuart is a 1975 graduate of the Paier School of Art in Hamden, with prior studies at Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, and School of Visual Arts, NYC. He started his own studio in 1977 illustrating educational filmstrips, periodicals and books for the commercial market. In 1990, crossing over into self-publishing, he created and marketed Connecticut historical landmark subjects. In 1998, following art study in Italy, he then turned full-time to fine art painting, producing and marketing original artwork nationally for the office and home marketplace. Mr. Stuart has been entering national and regional art competitions over these years. He feels comfortable using the medium of watercolor, mixed media, acrylic or oil paint, exploring varied subject themes.

Prior exhibits with awards include “National Park Academy of the arts’” American Watercolor Society, National Society of Casein and Acrylic Painters, Adirondack National Watercolor Society, Connecticut Watercolor Society, Connecticut Academy of Fine Art, Hudson Valley Art Association, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Hammond Museum and Kent Art Association.

This new exhibit at New Milford Library, “Italian Country Villa and Farmhouse” comprises sixteen oil paintings on canvas.