Thursday, August 11, 2016

Explore the Architecture of Our Surroundings at Kehler Liddell Gallery

In September, Kehler Liddell Gallery explores the architecture of our surroundings in two complementary solo shows: A DIVERSITY OF LINES by New Haven artist Robert Bienstock, and METAL SCULPTURE by New Haven artist Gar Waterman. Both shows will be on exhibit from September 8 to October 2, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 10 from 4-7PM, free and open to the public.

Beauty, Robert Bienstock, ink (brush) and monotype on paper.

A DIVERSITY OF LINES: Bienstock presents a collection of ink and monotype images exploring pattern and contrast, order and disorder through parallel lines. The lines are curved, bent, smooth or distressed; they follow each other, collide with each other, form dense clusters and spare architectures. Some reference landscapes or still life images, others contain purely abstract geometries. This show exhibits Bienstock's new work, along with a cross-section of his pieces from 2012-2015.

Bienstock began creating these abstract ink drawings based around parallel lines in 2011. He is a new Kehler Liddell Gallery member. His art has also been shown at the River Street Gallery in Fair Haven CT; the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Red Hook Brooklyn; Catalyst Gallery in Beacon NY; City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport CT; the 6th Floor Lobby Conference Room at 2 Whitney Grove Square, New Haven CT; and New Haven’s City Wide Open Studios.

Wasp, Gar Waterman, nickel plated steel, copper, 13x17x11.
METAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITGar Waterman includes sculptures inspired by a range of subjects—insects, orchids, birds, diatoms—as well as the odd utilitarian construct from his Tin Man series. Natural forms abound in these sculptures that explore the organic and inorganic architecture of our surroundings. He works in stone, wood, bronze, and steel, producing carefully crafted and frequently beautiful objects that reflect his fascination with evolution’s exquisite sense of design.

Waterman created the distinctive Wooster Street Archway
Waterman has been a member of Kehler Liddell Gallery since 2004. His art has been exhibited in a number of gallery and museum exhibitions including the Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury), the Alexi Von Schlippe Gallery (New London), WOCA Gallery (Maine), and the Alva Gallery (New London). His work can also be found in a number of private and corporate collections, as well as in public art exhibits including Lincoln Financial Riverfront Reclamation Project (Hartford), the Plainville Public Library, and The Connecticut Children's Museum.

Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut.

Founded in 2003, Kehler Liddell Gallery has grown to represent some of Connecticut's highest achieving mid-career and emerging artists in a full range of media, from painting, printmaking and works on paper, to photography and sculpture. The Gallery is dedicated to representing critical perspectives that challenge and illuminate our culture and enrich our aesthetic experience, and is committed to establishing New Haven as an important center of arts and culture. Its programs revel in the excitement of cross discipline collaborations—including projects with musicians, theatre troupes, filmmakers, authors, dancers, creative entrepreneurs, and events like the Westville ArtWalk.

Gallery Hours

Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm:
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm.
Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Support CityWide Open Studios!

If you've ever been to CityWide Open Studios, it's the best ways to spend October in New Haven. Watch the above video to learn more about their fundraising efforts for this year's event!

This short film shows you the perspective of Open Studios from the words of artists, community activists, and many others. To put it in the phrase best said by Semi Semi-Dikoko: "It needs to be experienced."

Experience it yourself by watching the video above! And donate to CityWide Open Studios. Follow +NhvOrg (@NHVORG on Twitter) to find out more about how you can participate as a supporter of Artspace and CWOS. There are many different rewards.

From their posting:

City-Wide Open Studios brings artists living and working in Connecticut together in an exhibition that spreads out across the City of New Haven over mutiple weekends. From recent graduates of the area's fine arts programs, to distinguished artists with international reputations, to nascent collectives, social-justice oriented public art and self-taught artists, CWOS celebrates the ideas and process of a dynamic and generous creative community.

We're celebrating our 19th year with our first-ever Kickstarter because we need your support. This event is for you--the artist, the visitor, the citizen, the explorer, but we can't do it without your help.

We're best known for finding and rehabbing empty historic buildings and securing them for the pop-up installations by artists that inspire and create pride in our unusual built environment. Our overall budget is $185,000. This covers all the clean up, rehabilitation, coordination, printing, website, security, insurance, fees for guest curators, signage, and special projects.  And much more. We keep our fees to artists as low as possible--way lower than other Open Studios across the US-- and most events are free to attend. The good news is that we do have grant funds that cover a good chunk of our budget. We're $25,000 short.

Visitors and friends: Every dollar you give helps us get closer to being able to fully fund this program that is so eagerly anticipated by so many. Your support also keeps it free so that all can enjoy it.

Participating artists: please show your support by standing with us and opening up your studio and space--this year you can sign up right here at Kickstarter. Every artist who signs up gets us closer to being able to present the CWOS festival. And the sooner you sign up, the longer your work is on view on the website for audiences to see.

With your backing, we will also be able, for the very first time, to advertise in two national arts publications--HyperAllergic and Two Coats of Paint--so that we can attract many more people from the region to come and raise our national profile.

We also need your help to enrich the experience for all who are new to the visual arts. In response to requests from community leaders and educators, we've adopted a theme of Game On! to engage many more artists and citizens in playful, kinetic, and interactive public art.  We need your help to connect these projects to community-based groups, neighbors, and other  stakeholders of the huge, empty, Goffe Street Armory.

Check out their rewards! Some of the things they're offering are pretty neat.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

#NHVGo Instagram Contest Proves Successful

On July 7, the game of Pokemon Go became available, which has led to a rise in popularity unprecedented for smartphone games. In response, has followed up with an online game involving discovery of places in New Haven, CT using the #NHVgo hashtag:

The results of the game have been positive. Restaurants ahve offered rewards to winners who take photos of items around town. So far, the first two contests were (1) libraries and (2) outdoor sculptures. The first winner is an installer at the Yale Center for British Art, winning a prize of $50 at Miya's Sushi on Howe Street. The second winner had this to say about the contest:

"It was fun! I needed some motivation to get out n about."

Launching typically around lunch on Tuesdays, the #NHVGo Instagram photo hunting contest is open to the public, and maintains a few simple restrictions; for example, private accounts are unable to participate due to the settings involved in the privacy features of Instagram.

The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram (per the specifications on their "help" page) and winners can receive their prizes simply by receiving it in person or through the mail. Participants are only allowed one winning contest per year.

Those are the rules! Win real prizes by finding places that exist in real life.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Great Views of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge

A lot of people took notice of the colors on the Q Bridge recently when during the 4th of July the full lighting effects were installed.
A video posted by #NHV: New Haven, Connecticut (@nhvorg) on
Here's a look at the lighting rig:
A photo posted by Jay (@jah_beck) on
And some other images:

Chris Randall's photo was seen by over 130,000 people on Facebook.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Neighborhood Music School Presents: Twilight Tuesdays Summer Concert Series

NMS Presents:  Twilight Tuesdays 2016

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Concerts start at 7:30 pm.

Neighborhood Music School presents Twilight Tuesdays, an alfresco dinner/concert series of four fabulous evenings of music in the Park of the Arts, located behind NMS.
July 19 – Goza Latin Jazz Band
Goza (Spanish for “joy”) performs classic and modern songs and dances from Latin America, Brazil and Spain with guitar, horns, violin, percussion and beautiful, romantic vocals. Their variety of styles includes cha-cha, samba, flamenco and tango, and will have you dancing in no time! Learn more about Goza here. 
Listen to Goza here
July 26 – Sasha Dobson
This singer/songwriter is a rising star who has toured with some of the music world’s greatest talents, including Willie Nelson, Norah Jones and Neil Young. Her debut album, Modern Romance, is a fusion of Brazilian Groove, pop, jazz and selections from the Great American Songbook. Sasha comes back to New Haven due to popular demand following her acclaimed performance at NMS’s Le Jazz event last March. Learn more about Sasha Dobson here.
Listen to Sasha Dobson here  
August 2 – Model Decoy
Model Decoy is an art-rock group, and New Haven favorite, that plays original songs ranging from upbeat and catchy, to slow and sublime. This imaginative duo Doron Monk Flake and Ari Sadowitz, and their band, certainly don’t stick to the same old topics when it comes to song-writing - their lyrical influences are drawn from literature, graphic novels, sci-fi shows and classic films. Learn more about Model Decoy here.
Listen to Model Decoy here 
 August 9 – Lonnie Plaxico
Don’t miss this renowned Jazz bassist and composer who has performed with notables including Alice Coltrane, Junior Cook and Dizzy Gillespie, not to mention his Grammy award-winning collaborations with Art Blakey and Cassandra Wilson. This performance will feature Plaxico and NMS faculty members performing classic jazz as well as his original compositions.
Learn about Lonnie Plaxico here. 
Listen to Lonnie Plaxico here. 

Concerts held in the Park of the Arts behind Neighborhood Music School,

100 Audubon Street, New Haven.  Rain or shine!

Food trucks available on site or you are welcome to bring a picnic dinner.
Cash beer and wine bar. BYOB is welcome.
Tickets available at:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Slide the City: Success! (Video)

Slide the City went really well. Perhaps they'l do it again next year?