Events, gatherings, & outings:
What to see and do this month
by Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown attended the art program at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY where in 1994 he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree, graduating cum laude and being awarded Departmental Distinction in Art. In 1995 he enrolled in the postgraduate sculpture program at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and in 1997 received his Master of Fine Arts Degree. At university, Christopher developed his interests and skills in wood and metalworking. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta, GA where he worked in metal fabrication studios. With this experience, he decided to move back to Connecticut to launch his own business designing and fabricating art furniture. Christopher owned and operated his business until 2009 when he decided to stop designing furniture and focus singularly on art making.
Christopher now works from home where he lives with his wife of 16 years and three daughters. His art-making relies in large part on intuition stemming from a full and practiced creative vocabulary accumulated over many years of education, ‘muscle memory’ from using his hands, and life experience. Tapping into both reason and impulse, Christopher has been working abstractly for the past several years, visually exploring the ‘spaces’ found within thought and emotion.
Good News Restaurant & Bar
694 Main Street South
Photography of Thomas Merton
This is the first time the collection of Merton’s photographs, on loan from the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY), will be shown in New England. This show features a collection of 35 black and white photographs of landscapes, elements from the natural world, and domestic items from his daily monastic life. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat. 10 am- 4 pm.
Wisdom House Retreat & Conference Center
Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
229 East Litchfield Road
At The White Gallery
The White Gallery opens David Dunlop’s The World Around Us. A gallery favorite, Dunlop’s show features all new works. Our New England landscape’s undulating topography, gauzy summer atmosphere, incandescent meadows, clear lakes and streams with their fleeting reflections all serve as territories for adventurous exploration in Dunlop’s paintings. These works emit and emote their light and vibrate with subtle motion.
“David Dunlop has been called a modern-day old master, and with good reason. His paintings transcend the ephemeral and often temperamental nature of the contemporary art world; David says of his work, ‘I think the idea is not to startle but to offer insight, which is far more elusive and difficult. Works of art that startle are transitory. The most effective painting doesn’t prejudice people toward certain results, it lets people do their thinking and project their imagination into the painting,’” said Tino Galluzzo, Director of The White Gallery.
“Immersion in a natural landscape offers an awakening; the vistas, the intimate close-ups, the time of day, the temperature, the quality of light, the season all become more pronounced when embedded in the landscape,” said Dunlop. “We scan the textures, colors, shapes and look for movement. The paintings in this show offer a variety of sensations within the landscape now transmuted through paint.”
Whether in the field or the studio Dunlop approaches painting as an opportunity for research and experimentation. His work is not a transcription of a particular place but rather, the places offer themselves as springboards for discoveries in the paint. How can the sway of grasses in low afternoon sunlight be explored and evoked? How do our biological vision and psychological perception feel a landscape and then later, create and present an analogous experience in viewing a painting?’
Dunlop and Galluzzo have a long history together with Dunlop’s first show in 2003. Since then he has shown regularly at the gallery. “As a good and innovative gallerist Tino supports the explorations of artists like me,” said David. “The result is an exhibition of surprises. Just as the artist wises to explore new ground and innovate so does The White Gallery. Your expectations of the work of a particular artist will always be challenged by the visual surprises at The White Gallery.”
“Today the art world is more pluralistic in its offerings than ever before,” said Galluzzo. The painter’s tools more varied. Artists like David are testing varieties of new instruments and materials like brushed silver aluminum composites and a variety of multi-media technology to see what effects they can generate. Subject matter is more diverse. The references to art history and the art of other cultures are now more deeply explored and borrowed.
A painter and lecturer based in Connecticut, Dunlop is also the engaging host and Emmy Award-winning writer of the 13-episode PBS television series, “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop.” Dunlop’s paintings have been shown internationally and are held in the collections of major corporations including Aetna Insurance, Citibank, Delta Airlines, GE Capital Corporation, IBM, Mobil and more.
The White Gallery
342 Main Street
Composition for Painters
Artist Tom Hlas will be teaching a 10-week Art Course on Design and composition for Beginner to Advanced painters.
“As an artist, I believe in sharing what I do, how I do it and helping others along the way. This includes principles and techniques I’ve learned throughout my career – how to start and develop a strong, unique painting and how to get unstuck when a painting isn’t going well. I’ll be teaching this and much more!”
Tuesdays, October 2 – November 20, 6 – 8 pm
Tuition: $175; WHAL members: $155
West Hartford Art League
37 Buena Vista Road
A New Reality
Zbigniew Grzyb’s “A New Reality” is presented in the East Gallery. “While I paint, I become part of the process,” Grzyb writes. “I don’t try to control the destiny of the painting. When every element of the painting connects, I stop.” Works by the artist, who was born in Poland, have been shown in many galleries and museums, including the New Britain Museum of American Art.
Five Points Gallery
33 Main street
A Vision Defined
Dennis Pinette’s compelling show, “A Vision Defined,” was curated by Michael Shortell, who has known the painter since the 1970s. Pinette creates his works on site. He explains: “In my quest for logical fiction, which is what ‘realism’ is after all, I layer improvisation over observation.” Pinette’s paintings are in many museum collections, including the DeCordova, Farnsworth and Portland Museum of Art, and in the museum collections of Bowdoin, Bates and Colby colleges.
Five Points Gallery
33 Main street
Torrington, CT 06790
Sway. Shift: Rising Version 5.2
In the TDP gallery is Debbie Hesse’s “Sway. Shift: Rising Version 5.2,” The installation artist creates ephemeral environments in which she combines organic and artificial materials and forms with cast shadows. Of her work, she writes, “I create shifting, layered, abstract landscapes, using transparent materials and projected lights to create contemplative, meditative spaces.” Hesse is the recipient of numerous grants, including a Regional Project Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts with the National Endowment of the Arts.
Five Points Gallery
33 Main street
Of Works by Costas Picadas
Mis En Scene Home is pleased to present Rhapsody, an exhibition of works by contemporary artist Costas Picadas. The exhibition features seven photographs taken from the artist’s series, Bradyon, which is defined by very small particles that travel below the speed of light.
Picadas was born in Greece, and being outdoors in a natural environment is where he feels most creative. His photographs are an exploration of science, philosophy, light and
energy. Working primarily with a monochrome palette, Picadas blurs internal and external space through stunning dimensional expression. Picadas provides alternative visions of conceivable realities within his photographs. He works in series, many of which explore how light can behave both as elementary particles and waves. His ethereal images capture a morphing universe comprised of abstracted forms, vibrating particles, and floating fragments. He is inspired by science and hopes his viewers are too.
In terms of his personal history, the artist was born in Ionnina Greece in 1966 and studied art at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts and art history at the Louvre School in Paris. Picadas’ work has been exhibited, among other places, at Queens Museum- Bulova NY, Budman Gallery NY, Denise Bibro Gallery NY, The Blender Gallery Athens Greece, Gallery Gransart Paris, Mykonos Biennale Greece, The Young Art Fair in Switzerland, Gallery J&J Donguy Paris, Some Young New Yorkers III at PS1 NY, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece, Gallery de Buci Paris, Gallery Anatole Chartres, France, Gallery de Nest Paris, Salon de Montrouge, Paris, W.G. Amsterdam, Holland, and the Festival of Avignon, France. Articles, reviews and critical analysis of Picadas’ work appear in solo and group show catalogues in addition to newspapers and magazines in France, Greece and New York, such as Zing Magazine, Absolute Arts, New York Spaces Magazine and Flash Art. Since 1994 he has been living and working in New York City.
To schedule a private viewing, request high resolution images or further information,
please contact Skylar Ivey at:firstname.lastname@example.org or860.619.0577.
Mis en Scene Home
2 Green Hill Road
KMR Arts presents Mark Seliger: Platinum Prints. The exhibition opened for viewing on September 29, 2018. Mark Seliger is among the most sought-after editorial, celebrity, and fashion photographers working today. The Platinum Print exhibition at KMR Arts highlights Seliger’s love of the photographic darkroom. The utterly iconic subjects in these exquisite prints span Seliger’s prolific career including Mick Jagger, Johnny Cash, Bob, Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Heidi Klum, Iman, David Bowie, among others. Also included in Platinum Prints will be some of Seliger’s personal work, including nudes and landscape photographs made in his adopted city of New York.
2 Titus Road
Jo-Ann Miller will have her paintings on display at the Oliver Wolcott Library from November 1 – December 28, 2018.
While Jo-Ann’s interest in art came more recently, throughout her life she has pursued artistic expression. A Torrington native, she moved to San Francisco to attend La Cordon Rouge School for Professional Chefs. Upon completion, and moving back to the area, she was the pastry chef and general manager for the Egremont Inn; eventually acquiring the Inn with her husband whom she met there. Upon selling the Inn three years later and moving to Washington, DC, she started taking art classes at the Alexandria (VA) Art League.
Four years later they moved to Essex on the Connecticut shoreline and attended the Lyme Academy. Her works were shown at the Essex Art Association. Five years ago they moved to Bantam andJo-Ann joined the Washington Art Association, participating in the exhibitions and studying with Ira Barkoff and Souby Boski.
Painting exclusively in oil, Jo-Ann initially did still lifes and representational works, but her true passion and current interest is in the Abstract. Not only can she put her emotional thoughts on canvas, but Abstraction allows her to paint the way she feels rather than describing the way things look in a literal sense. In this manner, the viewer can evoke a personal interpretation that is heightened by her mix of multiple palates and layered textures.
Opening reception: Thursday, November 1, 5 – 7 pm
Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
At Craven Contemporary
“COLLAGE” is currently showing at Craven Contemporary and runs through November 25th. The show features work by five artists who have made female portraits using collage techniques. The five artists are Julie Cockburn, Daniel Gordon, Linder, Mickalene Thomas and Hannah Whitaker.
340 Main Street
To Be And Not To Be
That Is The Answer
Byrde + the b is pleased to announce an exhibit of Walter Fields new works. The exhibit will run through January 5, 2019.
Fields has written “Modernism holds no charms for me. Depth of field is important. Ryder, Vuillard, and Gustave Moureau I include among my masters”. Fields’ world is darkly romantic, wry and curiously inviting. His paintings are poetic and moody allegorical works. Figures appear in dream-like landscapes and interiors. Fields emphasizes subtle variations in color with his spell-binding tonalist works. He is a painter’s painter whose works are well crafted over time. The late works of Goya spring to mind when viewing Fields’ intimate works.
A former professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts in New York City. he is the recipient of the Ingles Griswold Nelson Prize for painting. Byrde + the b welcomes you in the journey of discovery of this extraordinary artist.
Opening: Friday, November 2, 5 – 7 pm
Byrde + the b
10 Titus Road
Curated by Marky Kauffmann
The Tremaine Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit featuring the work of seven women photographers: Nadine Boughton, Blake Fitch, Nancy Grace Horton, Marky Kauffmann, Tira Khan, Rania Matar and Emily Schiffer. The exhibit, Outspoken: Seven Women Photographers will run November 2, 2018 – January 13, 2019. The exhibit has traveled extensively to galleries throughout the northeast including Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy; Cornelius Ayer Wood ‘13 Gallery, Middlesex School; De Menil Gallery, Groton School; Hess Gallery, Pine Manor College; and Providence Center for Photographic Arts.
The award-winning photographers gathered for the exhibit depict a range of cultural experiences, ages, and settings in their portrayal of the lives of women and girls, from early childhood to advanced age, from refugee camp to the backyard clothesline – all with the aim to amplify the voices of women and girls. In the words of curator, educator, and photographer Marky Kauffmann, “The images in this show ask the viewer to question assumptions about what is fair, right, or possible for women and girls. What do girls get to do or be before the cultural onslaught inevitably comes? If growing up is in part about gaining power over our lives, then what do girls gain or lose as they navigate the hurdles with which they are confronted? What happens to the search for identity in a patriarchal world? As a female, do I dare stand out, shout out, be outspoken?”
A gallery talk with curator and photographer Marky Kauffmann, Tira Khan, and Nancy Grace Horton followed by a reception and exhibit preview is scheduled for Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Please call 860.435.4423 to RSVP for the gallery talk portion of the evening.
The Tremaine Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Gallery Talk and Reception: November 1, 7 pm
(please call 860.435.4423 to RSVP for gallery talk)
Followed by reception and exhibit preview
Presented by Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, this an important new film about recovery & community. The United States is suffering a drug and alcohol addiction epidemic. “Recovering Community,” is an in-production documentary film produced by Hope Payson and Tory Estern Jadow of RC Productions, focusing on how this epidemic is affecting the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. While the Northwest Corner may seem, to some, a pocket of great beauty and tranquility, our communities are affected and devastated by addiction problems like the rest of the country. The film focuses on the specific and heartfelt stories of people with histories of trauma and addiction. Through interviews and other footage, the viewer is offered a unique window into the hardships and triumphs of an often marginalized, misunderstood, and stigmatized population.
Saturday, November 3, 5 – 7 pm
Screening will be followed by a Reception and Q&A with the filmmakers and particpants
The Abigail J. Woodhall Performing Arts Center
The Woodhall School
58 Harrison Lane
Join all for a unique exhibit of images by talented young photographers from across our region of Connecticut. A panel of renowned photographers and collectors will jury photographs submitted by students in grades 6-12, each expressing a unique interpretation celebrating this year’s theme, Possibilities are Boundless. Following the exhibit will be a presentation celebrating our selected top young photographers. Enjoy a glass of wine and delicious local hors d’oeuvres while appreciating the work of our talented artists.
Sunday, November 4, 2 – 4 pm
Washington Town Hall
2 Bryan Hall Plaza
At Makery Coworking
In today’s always-on world, many of us feel compelled to be plugged in and available on a nearly full-time basis—whether for work, school, family or otherwise. We use our devices for everything from alarm clocks to news sources, from snapping photos to texting to entertainment. By putting the world (and everyone we know) constantly at our fingertips, our gadgets allow us to navigate and master our environment. And yet, when it comes to our high tech-habits, far too many of us are beginning to feel more shackled and helpless than we do free and in control.
Tal Fagin, a former corporate attorney and certified life coach, has devised a new workshop aimed at informing you of some of the more troublesome aspects of our plugged in lives, and helping you to institute lasting, meaningful, positive changes.
Ultimately, you will emerge feeling optimistic and energized, empowered, lighter and liberated. Now who wouldn’t want more of that?
Wednesday, November 7, 7 pm
20 Bank Street
860.868.0551, ext. 2161
The Hotchkiss Dramatic Association is pleased to present the musical Runaways, November 8 – 11. The musical, conceived and written by Elizabeth Swados, originally debuted off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 1978. It was revived in 2016 and presented at New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center concert series. The Hotchkiss production will be directed by Marcus Olson, instructor in theatre at The Hotchkiss School. For Runaways, Elizabeth Swados researched the lives of actual teenage runaways in 1970s New York City, even casting some of the teens in the production. The musical itself has a non-traditional structure consisting of a series of scenes, songs, poems, monologues, and dances.
The Hotchkiss Dramatic Association production “is sometimes nerve-wracking, often moving, and tells difficult stories of real kids who ran away from home. The cast is terrific – approaching the serious subject matter with artistry, imagination, and empathy,” says Marcus Olson. Olson adds that due to the musical’s content it is most suitable for ages 12 and over.
The Sunday matinee performance will benefit the AdoptUSKids Foundation, a national project that supports child welfare systems and connects children in foster care with families. AdoptUSKids.org.
November 8 – 10, 7:30 pm
November 11, 2:30 pm
Tickets: $10, $5 for students and seniors
Cash or check only: buy at the door
Reservations are not necessary
The Hotchkiss School
Walker Auditorium on the lower level
11 Interlaken Road
for Good News Café
In honor of our 25 years in the business community the Good News Café is holding a dinner to benefit the community. There will be an elaborate buffet of delicious fall specialties, select wines and beers on tap, birthday cake, and live music by Griffin Anthony with dancing.
Friday, November 9, 6:30 pm
$80 per person
Get advance tickets
Call to reserve your place
Good News Café
694 Main Street South
The Feast of St. Hubert
Standard Space is pleased to present The Feast of St. Hubert, an exhibition of new photographs by Jeff Barnett-Winsby. Acting as an observer, not a participant, he seeks to capture the emotions he felt on his first hunting trip as a teenager in rural Kansas—a feeling of both power and helplessness. He says, “I become fascinated by the intensity of this pursuit and the incredible emotional ride that runs through it. I am not a hunter, nor do I care to become one…I am an artist traveling with a hunter attempting to explore, and share, a bit about the strangeness and sometimes beauty of an ancient pursuit.”
The landscape dominates the photographs. Clad in camouflage and situated in sprawling, empty terrain, the figures disappear into nature, emphasizing their solitude and loneliness. Silence pervades, reflecting the escape from technological attachments and the separation from society at large. The focus is not on the act of hunting, but on the long expanses of time spent waiting that create an abundance of moments to reflect, and on the wild, intense, and sometimes brutal beauty of nature.
Jeff Barnett-Winsby (b. 1979 Wichita, KS) is an artist and community organizer with an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited internationally and his second book, Mark West and Molly Rose, was published in 2010. He has served on the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island, and is a regular critic at SVA’s Photography MFA program. He is the co-executive director of the Wassaic Project, founder of the Wassaic Artist Residency, and lives in Wassaic with his wife, Bowie Zunino, and their two children.
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10, 5:30 – 8 pm
147 Main Street
South Kent resident Stephanie Wargo is a botanical artist who has worked exclusively with Pergola for many years to create her tasteful and beautiful stationery and card collection based on paintings and drawings of the flora from her own garden, which are then printed on hand-made Italian and Bhutanese papers.
Stephanie’s 2019 calendar and holiday card collection will debut at the event. Complimentary special calendar gift wrapping and gift card. Local cider and scones will be served.
Reception: Saturday, November 10, 1 – 4 pm
Pergola, New Preston
And Perch by Pergola, at Kent Barns