Saturday, December 16, 2017

JUXTAPOSITION, a Group Show at City Gallery

featuring Jennifer Davies, Nancy Eisenfeld. Sheila Kaczmarek, and Kathy Kane

Artist Max Ernst once said “Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition.” Consider that an introduction to the upcoming at City Gallery show JUXTAPOSITION, featuring Jennifer Davies, Nancy Eisenfeld. Sheila Kaczmarek, and Kathy Kane, on view from January 4 - January 28, with an Opening Reception on Sunday, January 14 from 3-5pm.

Aptly titled, JUXTAPOSITION is a group show presenting four distinct points of view in variations of media including painting, ceramics, fiber art, and assemblages. The process itself is important in the making of the art, and the viewer is encouraged to see the juxtapositions in the methodologies as well as the media. The counterpoint to these differences is what unites the artists and their work: an appreciation of nature as a visual resource and the opportunity to grow in realizing the art.

Meet the Artists

Jennifer Davies applies a variety of fiber techniques, such as dyeing, sewing, and wrapping to create her textured objects using paper she makes herself. In addition to many solo and group shows, her work has been included in traveling exhibits such as Fiberart International, and The Paper Runway. She is a member of City Gallery, The Friends of Dard Hunter, a group devoted to hand papermaking; Fiber Artists Collective; and Surface Design. In 2012. she was awarded a Connecticut Artist Fellowship Grant to further her opportunities and experience in the field of Fiber.

Nancy Eisenfeld has been a maker all of her life, and has had a studio in New Haven's Erector Square for 40 years. Her painting, drawing, and sculpture focus on nature, its gifts and destruction from weather and humans. She says, “The process of making includes chance, the flow of paint, and the joining together of wood (bark, limbs and found materials). I look for lively energy and movement in the development of my art.”

Ceramic artist Sheila Kaczmarek finds her inspiration from marine creatures and forms in nature as she explores the role that multiplicity and inter-dependence plays in their existence. She has studied at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, UCLA, and the Academie de Boitsfort in Belgium. She apprenticed at the Guilford Art Center Ceramic Studio, is the president of the Guilford Art League, and is a Founder Member of City Gallery. 

Kathy Kane primarily paints with watercolor and acrylics. Recently her pallet has been pared down to using mostly black and white, applying color subtly, buried beneath layers of white or black paint. She has maintained a studio in Erector Square for many years. She is a member of the Guilford Art League, City Gallery, and the Connecticut Watercolor Society.

Guests can meet all four artists at the Opening Reception on January 14; the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 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,,

Tangles Tales, Jennifer Davies, thread and handmade paper, 8” x 5”, 2017

Sky, Nancy Eisenfeld, acrylic and ink on mylar, 36” x 36”, 2017

Spillway, Kathy Kane, acrylic on canvas, 22" X 48", 2017

Raft Culture, Sheila Kaczmarek, clay and wire, 12” x 14”, 2017


Monday, April 24, 2017

Michael Morand Describes the Life of Jethro.

Cool map was shown by Michael Morand today at Yale's Beinecke. He talked mostly about how the absence of a last name on the map led him to understand more about the life of Jethro, a black man who lived in the colony before the Revolution of 1776 as a free man, most likely one of the only free black men in the colony at the time, and certainly a part of history. It was told that he worked on the construction of Connecticut Hall, which was built from a mortar of oyster shells, and that he owed a debt to a president of Yale College - as well as that his property eventually became the Yale Law School.  This is the etchings of a story of an incredible man, as brought to light in the sketches of a map found and brought to Michael's attention by someone who thought that it might be worth his attention. In the interests of the public school system and of history in New Haven, this well-attended event (in the context of an afternoon thing right there at the Beinecke which was hardly publicized) should be shared in schools.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In Turbulent Times, Two Artists Explore the American Landscape

Liz Antle-O’Donnell and Alan Shulik at Kehler Liddell Gallery, March 23 – April 23, 2017

New Haven’s Kehler Liddell Gallery presents two unique bodies of work exploring American landscape and culture. Liz Antle-O’Donnell’s mixed media exhibit WALLS focuses on gated communities, drawing an analogy to what is happening in the country at large. Running simultaneously, ENIGMATIC CANYONS, an exhibit of Alan Shulik’s landscape photography, features canyons found in the southwest. Both shows will be on view from Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, April 23. The Opening Reception, part of Westville’s Second Saturday event For the Love of Art will be held on Saturday, April 8, 3-6pm, and features a lively Q & A with the artists, hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko at 5pm.

Antle-O’Donnell explains the concept for WALLS – a mixed media exhibition featuring prints, collages, 3D installation and video – grew from a fascination with gated communities: “As an artist and lifetime city-dweller, it was hard for me to understand this desire to barricade oneself in conformity and box living.” Her varied research on the subject was the foundation for the exhibit, which asks the viewer to consider the larger implications of our fabricated communities, the epidemic of mass consumerism, and the “visible and invisible, blatant and subtle” walls that are everywhere in today’s society.

ENIGMATIC CANYONS, a collection of new work by Shulik, consists of color photographs created in the slot canyons of the southwest, as well as some images of Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon. These works were created with color digital technology, and reveal the enigmatic beauty of the slot canyons, and the visionary drama of western landscapes. Of this exhibit, Shulik says, “My most recent works have a painterly quality, much more reminiscent of a painted image than a traditional photograph.”

Shulik is a fine-art photographer who lives in Guilford, Connecticut. He likens his work to visual poetry, and to painting with the lens of the camera. His artistic work in recent years has moved into a more impressionistic and surreal realm, focusing on creating images that are evocative of dream-life, memory and wishes. Shulik uses digital imaging techniques to achieve some, but not all, of his final works. Shulik has exhibited in many solo and group exhibits in the U.S. as well as in France, and has won numerous awards and honors. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Homes and Gardens, and Focus Magazine, among others. You can see more of his photography at

A New Haven native, Antle-O’Donnell has been an active member of the New Haven arts scene as a teacher, administrator, and artist for over a decade. Though primarily self-taught, she studied printmaking and studio arts at New York University (BA, English), Paier College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited from coast to coast, including such local venues as Kehler Liddell Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, Artspace, and Seton Gallery, and is held in private collections in CT, NYC, LA and abroad. You can see more of her work at

Programs and events made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program. For more information about all upcoming events, visit, call 203.389.9555, or follow the Gallery’s Facebook page. Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public. 

IMAGES: The New American Dream, Liz Antle-O’Donnell, 15 linoleum prints, popsicle sticks, gold spray paint, 2’ x 3’, 2017. Narrows, Lower Antelope Canyon, Alan Shulik, archival digital photograph, 24x30” framed, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Reception, Artist Talk & Artist Demo at Kehler Liddell Gallery

Be sure to stop by Kehler Liddell Gallery during the weekend of March 11 and 12 for two interactive events with artists Edith Borax-Morrison & Frank Bruckmann

March 11, 3-6pm
On Saturday, KLG will host a Reception for Monoliths and Magic by Edith Borax-Morrison, and Studio Still Lifes by Frank Bruckmann. Come see these two exciting exhibits, meet the artists, and enjoy refreshments and conversation during Westville’s Second Saturday events. At 5pm, both artists will be in-hand to talk about their work and process in a lively Q&A hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko.

March 12, 12pm
On Sunday, join Frank Bruckmann for an artist demo and learn how the paintings from Studio Still Lifes evolved. Frank is an engaging painter and presenter, and this is a great opportunity to learn about the life and practice of an artist.

Monoliths and Magic and Studio Still Lifes will be on view at Kehler Liddell Gallery through Sunday, March 19. Together, the works of Borax-Morrison and Bruckmann bear witness to the daily workings of an artist: the mindset, the mechanics and the necessary materials to make art.

Programs and events made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program. For more information about the artists and upcoming events, visit, call 203.389.9555, or follow the Gallery’s Facebook page. Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public.