Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Circumstances Beyond Control at City Gallery

Featuring Artist Nancy Eisenfeld

Artist Nancy Eisenfeld explores Circumstances Beyond Control in this City Gallery exhibition, on view from April 4 - April 28. The show features Eisenfeld’s new work in sculpture, ink on film and collage.

In this timely collection of work, Eisenfeld addresses nature’s forces, and the ever-present cycles of growth, decay, and the resurgence of life. “I believe in climate change. There is scientific evidence here, now. We read about it in the paper all the time: firestorms, dissolving polar ice sheets and more frequent tornados. This evidence of destruction manifests itself as an urgent passion in my work.”

Eisenfeld often works with found materials; sloughing tree bark, decaying wood, invasive vines in nature, rusted wire, weathered plywood and commercial metal parts from the discard of the streets. They become the impetus for her drawings and sculptures, which are reconstructed and transformed though a process of intuition, change, and experimentation.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. City Gallery is located at 994 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Gallery hours are Friday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm. For further information please contact City Gallery,,

New Photo Book Benefits Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center

Three Chairs Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of its newest book, FLOSSING, featuring a thought-provoking collection of more than 40 artistic, ironic photographs of discarded dental flossers that illustrate the impact of our actions on the world around us. In keeping with its message, 50% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to A Place Called Hope, Birds of Prey Rehabilitation & Education Center.

A Place Called Hope is a rehabilitation and education center for birds of prey located in Killingworth, Connecticut. Its goal is to rescue, rehabilitate, re-nest and release each bird back into the wild whenever possible. The Center is state-licensed and federally-permitted to care for wild birds of all kinds, and they are specialists in birds of prey, corvids and vultures including: hawks, falcons, harriers, osprey, kites, eagles, owls, barn owls, ravens, American crows, fish crows, blue jays, black vultures and turkey vultures.

A Place Called Hope is a 501c3 nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers along with donations of time, supplies and money from supporters. For more information, visit

The photos in FLOSSING first appeared in the poetry book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (2017). They are part of a collection of more than 150 photographs of flossers found over a three-year period by author/photographer Jen Payne in locations far and wide, large and small.

Payne is the owner of Three Chairs Publishing (Branford), which was inspired by a quote from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.” It speaks to the connections we can make—with ourselves, with our friends or loved ones, with our community—through creative efforts like writing, art making, and photography.

FLOSSING is a 6.5″-square, paperback book, 54 pages with color photographs. It costs $14.99 (plus tax + shipping) and can be purchased online from Three Chairs Publishing:


Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Haven Bioregional Group POTLUCK & POETRY

featuring Evidence of Flossing by Naturalist Jen Payne

On Saturday, January 26, the New Haven Bioregional Group will host author and naturalist Jen Payne for a poetry reading and book signing featuring her book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind. The event, held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven (608 Whitney Avenue, New Haven), begins with a potluck supper at 6PM, followed by the reading at 7PM.

Come listen to a selection of poems that are, at their heart, love poems to the something greater within all of us. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Mary Oliver, they explore the human condition juxtaposed to the natural world and the possibility of divine connection.

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature. Both books will be available at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Jen Payne enjoys writing about our relationships with each other, with our natural world, and with our innate creativity. Installations of her poetry were featured in exhibitions at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Kehler Liddell Gallery (New Haven), and her work has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network, WOW! Women on Writing, and The Perch, a publication by the Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health. Jen is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and the Connecticut Poetry Society. You can find more of her work on her blog Random Acts of Writing,

Connecting New Haveners to their life place, the New Haven Bioregional Group sponsors walks, films, canoe trips, potlucks, and other events to help us connect with our natural and built environment, and to build community and local resilience.

City Gallery presents 6 x 6: AN INVITATIONAL

For this dynamic group invitational, six City Gallery members have invited six fellow artists to participate in 6x6: AN INVITATIONAL, on view from January 31 to March 17. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2-5pm (snow date February 10, 2-5), and an Artists’ Talk featuring all 12 artists will occur on Sunday, February 24 at 2pm.

Participating artists include:

Phyllis Crowley          Emilia Dubicki
Susan Newbold           Katherine Evans
Tom Peterson              Karleen Loughran
William Frucht            Jane Lederer
Meg Bloom                 Connie Pfeiffer
Michael Zack              Nan Adams

“Building a sense of collaboration and community is an important part of art making, and this show is an affirmation of that,” says City Gallery artist Phyllis Crowley. “We're excited to open up the gallery to new artists whose work we admire.” Artists’ media include painting, photography, sculpture and printmaking.

The show and events are free and open to the public. City Gallery is located at 994 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Gallery hours are Thurs - Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm. For further information please contact City Gallery,,

Connie Pfeiffer: East Haddam: Essence, 2016, black ink on Asian paper, 4’7” x 24”

Emilia Dubicki, New Haven: Sounding Line, 2018, oil on canvas, 52” x 36”

Jane Lederer, New Haven: Profile, Mixed media and inkjet print

Katherine Evans: Fairfield, Aqua Zen, 72” x 48”, acrylic

Karleen Loughran, Hamden: Mindscape III, 20 x 24”, solar print/hybrid

Nan Adams: New Haven, Cityscape, monoprint