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