Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Latitudes: A Collaborationon View at New Haven’s City Galley

Mixed media artists Susan Newbold and Nancy Mooslin come together for Latitudes: A Collaborationat New Haven’s City Gallery, Thursday, September 5 - Sunday, September 20. The Opening Reception on Saturday, September 7 (3-6PM) is your chance to meet these two long-time friends and to witness the results of their collaborative process.

What brought Mooslin, from the West Coast, and Newbold, from the East Coast, together for this exhibit was a history of friendship between two artists. They have long shared an interest in the patterns found in the details of nature. Often these details were site-specific to the areas in which they lived and traveled, but mixed media offered them a shared vocabulary over the years.

“We have discovered that a successful collaboration requires each of us to lay aside personal ego and any preconceived idea of what the outcome will be,” explains Newbold. “You also have to be receptive to new approaches and new ways of using media.” 

“During the collaborative process, totally unique ideas and images emerge that would not have happened in our solo work,” adds Mooslin. “There is a cross fertilization of ideas and mediums which creates the opportunity to learn from each other and create with each other.”

Make time to see Latitudes: A Collaborationin September. The exhibit is free and open to the public. City Gallery is located at 994 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday, 12 noon - 4pm. For further information please contact City Gallery, info@city-gallery.org, www.city-gallery.org.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Can you feel the beat? Four Artists, FOUR BEATS at City Gallery this July!

All art has rhythm—a tempo of colors and patterns, a groove of style, a meter of technique, a pulse of the individual artist. Come, feel the beat at City Gallery’s July Show FOUR BEATS featuring artists Phyllis Crowley, Sheila Kaczmarek, Kathy Kane, and Tom Peterson. This exhibit of paintings, photographs, and sculptures will be on display from Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 28 with an Opening Reception on Sunday, July 14 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

Meet the Artists

Much of Phyllis Crowley’s work addresses issues of perception and point of view. As she explains, “I am not attempting to simply represent what I see; I prefer to encourage participation from the viewer. In working with the landscape, I use methods like format, multiple images, abstraction, and change of focus to create new relationships that bring me closer to the original emotional experience.” Crowley teaches photography at Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, and formerly at Norwalk Community College. She has twice received a fellowship grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and recently exhibited at Five Points Gallery in Torrington.

Ceramic artist Sheila Kaczmarek finds her inspiration from marine creatures and other forms in nature. She utilizes clay and transformed found objects in her pieces. Kaczmarek studied at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, UCLA and the Academie de Boitsfort in Belgium, and apprenticed at the Guilford Art Center ceramic studio. She is president of the Guilford Art League and a founder member of City Gallery.

Of her work, artist Kathy Kane explains “I spend considerable time contemplating my marks, their placement and the colors I choose. Sometimes I work on my iPad “designing” their placement, and I also make little paintings and drawings. However, when I approach the canvas all preconceived ideas are not in my consciousness, the painting is spontaneous.” Kane is a member of City Gallery, Guilford Art League, and Connecticut Watercolor Society. She has maintained a studio at Erector Square for more than 25 years.

Tom Peterson is a documentary and fine art photographer. He has recently explored photographing multiple series of minimalistic images to create short journeys into inner spaces of peace and tranquility. He has received numerous awards, including First Honors at the Shoreline Arts Alliance. Exhibitions in 2019 include the Cheshire Academy and New Have Lawn Club. He has been a member of City Gallery since 2009.

The exhibit FOUR BEATS 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, info@city-gallery.org, www.city-gallery.org.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SELFIE: Self-Portraits by City Gallery Artists

SELFIE - What is a self-portrait in the age of the selfie?
New Exhibit Features Self-Portraits by City Gallery Artists

In 2013, the word “Selfie” was announced as being the Word of the Year by the Oxford English Dictionary and defined as “a self-portrait type image that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone.” Which made some local artists wonder: What is a self-portrait in the age of the selfie? Their responses appear in the new exhibit SELFIE featuring work by 13 local artists, on view at City Gallery from May 30 - June 30, with an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 2, from 2:00 - 5:00pm.

In SELFIE, City Gallery artists Judy Atlas, Meg Bloom, Joy Bush, Jennifer Davies, Roberta Friedman, Joyce Greenfield, Barbara Harder, Jane Harris, Kathy Kane, Sheila Kaczmarek, Susan Newbold, Tom Peterson, and Michael Zack respond to the question through their paintings, sculpture, textiles, prints and photographs. Come discover how art can reveal a vision of the artist, both inside and out.

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, info@city-gallery.org, www.city-gallery.org.

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, info@city-gallery.org, www.city-gallery.org.

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 www.aplacecalledhoperaptors.com.

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: www.3chairspublishing.com.


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, www.randomactsofwriting.net.

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.