Tuesday, October 15, 2019

INTERPLAY: Abstract work by Sheila Kaczmarek, Kathy Kane and Maria Morabito

On view at River Street Gallery, October 26, 2019 - January 12, 2020

Despite different mediums and styles, it’s easy to recognize distinct interactions between the works of Sheila Kaczmarek, Kathy Kane and Maria Morabito. See for yourself in the new River Street Gallery exhibit INTERPLAY, on view from October 26, 2019 - January 12, 2020. Meet all three artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, November 9 from 5-8pm, then learn more about their work during an Artists’ Talk on Saturday, December 7 at 2pm.

“We chose the title INTERPLAY after noticing how we all embraced abstraction in our work.” explains Kathy Kane. “It made us focus on presenting a cohesive collection of work for this show.”

Maria Morabito notes that “Abstraction is a way to see and understand the world, to explore memories and emotions, to decodify connections and mental associations inspired by natural forms and cultural landscapes.”

Each of the three artists is inspired by nature and the environment, interpreting the connections of living forms onto the canvas, or to three-dimensional sculpture, like Sheila Kaczmarek’s work. Combined you’ll see, as Morabito explains, “the expressive potential of the interplay of lines, color, and shapes, and the free assembly of elements to create new forms.”

Kane, Kaczmarek, and Morabito have been making art and involved in the New Haven arts community for many years. Kane has maintained a studio at Erector Square in New Haven for more than 30 years. She is a member of City Gallery (New Haven), the Guilford Art League, and the Connecticut Watercolor Society. Kaczmarek 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 Ceramics Studio, is President of the Guilford Art League and founder member of the City Gallery. Born in Italy, Maria Morabito grew up in Rome and now lives and works in New York City. She lived in New Haven and maintained a studio at Erector Square for many years. Morabito has studied at University of Cincinnati in Ohio, Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, and the School Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is represented in several public and private collections in the United States and Europe.

This is the first time the three artists have shown together in this exhibit which was curated by Liz Pagano at the River Street. The exhibit, Opening Reception and Artists’ Talk are free and open to the public.

Inside a renovated former workspace in Fair Haven Furniture, River Street Gallery showcases fine art and craft by regional artists in combination with high-quality, artisan-made furniture in a warm and welcoming environment. The gallery is located at 72 Blatchley Avenue in New Haven. It is open Monday - Saturday, 10-6, Sunday 12-5 (closed Tuesday). December hours Monday- Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5. For more information: 203-776-3099, www.fairhaven-furniture.com/riverstgallery.

Sheila Kaczmarek, Aurelia III, glazed clay, 12" x 12" x 8"

Maria Morabito, State of Mind, oil on canvas , 40"x 60"

Kathy Kane, Easy Street, watercolor on paper, 21"x 26"