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,,