April 2018 Guest Artist - Pamela Morgan
This month we will feature our very talented artist and art instructor Pamela Morgan in our Studio Gallery.
Pam is a Connecticut native. She attended Guilford High School and studied Art Education at SCSU. She has also studied under Connecticut artists the late DeWitt Brouard, Joan Downey, and Karen Barton at the Guilford Art Center (previously Guilford Handcrafts Center) and most recently a Chinese Watercolor course under internationally recognized Master Lian Zhen.
Pam has brought her unparalleled vision and arrangement talents to the foreground with her prizewinning watercolor creations. Her Pondside was selected Best Watercolor in the 2014 Wallace Willoughby Summer Show. The Essex Art Association gave her two special awards for wildlife in their Summer 2015 show. (These awards were for her Just Hatched paintings of baby birds.) She also won the only award at the 2017 Madison Art Society Member Show. This award was voted on only by her fellow artists and was for the Most Popular piece (Goldfinch). She hopes that you will enjoy her work.
March 2018 Guest Artist - Molly McDonald
Drawing on past and present experiences, in combination with observation and imagination, Molly creates energetic, meditative color fields. Her style is direct--broad pencil marks, fluid brush strokes and a paint-loaded palette knife. Arresting abstract landscapes reflect an ongoing intuitive conversation between materials and ideas. Molly has contributed to numerous art educational initiatives with the Yale Center for British Art, Education Outreach Yale Art Gallery and Quinnipiac University’s “Celebration of Women in the Arts.” She collaborated on the art activities book Moved to Write by Jane Hoder, former education outreach director of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut. Molly's art has been recognized with national and local awards.
Artist Reception: Saturday March 10, 2018 3-5pm
February 2018 Guest Artist - Marta Resnikov Reisman
Love and Indifference, mixed media
As people travel around the world, they bring their traditions and knowledge with them, mixing their culture with those of new ones. My own migrations are important in shaping both my personal identity and the art I produce: landscapes both real and imagined, such as in Jerusalem, the Sudan and Tuscany.
BA: Bryn Mawr College and Hebrew University,(Russian Literature) Jerusalem Israel; Edited and translated Russian scientific texts for Mifal Ltirgumay Hamadah, "Program for Scientific Translation" in Jerusalem, Israel. Lived in Jerusalem for three years and the Netherlands for one year. MA: Columbia University (English and Comparative Literature) MSW, University of Connecticut; LCSW. Yale Psychiatric Institute 1985-2002: Clinician/team leader in Adolescent Inpatient Programs , Assistant Director of Social Work, Coordinator of Inservice Training and Multifamily therapy, Instructor in Psychiatry Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry. Illustrated book of African Folk Tales by Frances Deng, Dinka Stories of the Sudan, Africana Press, Holmes and Meier, London, New York
Artist Reception: Saturday February 3, 2018 3-5pm
November 2017 Guest Artist - Dennis Gentle
Dennis Gentle is a 93 year old potter and watercolorist from Sydney, Australia, living in New Haven. During World War II, he served in the RAF in the European theater of the war. As an artist, he was a Foundation Student at the Australian School of Art in Darlinghurst, Sydney, and has spent his working life as a Production Designer in the Film Industry where he acquired his skill as a painter. His pieces are small realistic and impressionist beach and landscape paintings, highly aesthetic, and inexpensively priced.
Artist Reception: Saturday November 18, 2018
September 2017 Gallery Artist: Antonio Valentino
August 2017 Guest Artist: Ned Farrell
June 2017 Guest Artist: Lisa Ferber
May 2017 Guest Artist: Marc Potocsky
Marc Potocsky is a highly skilled decorative painter, muralist and designer who has been practicing through his Connecticut studio for almost 2 decades. Marc is dedicated to the arts of centuries past, fusing art with architecture, color with texture, and the practices of the old masters of today.
ABOUT THE ARTIST - MARC POTOCSKY
Artist Marc Potocsky of Branford Connecticut honed his skills in photo realism and portrait painting. Marc Has done numerous Sports art paintings for “Victory Fine Art” in L.A. CA. Marc was commissioned to do the “NFL Super bowl 50th Anniversary painting” for VFA. He has been featured on the TV show “This Old House” and “Extreme Home Makeover.”Marc has done work in the newly restored “Yale art Gallery.”Marc is a portrait and fine artist and the owner along with his son of “MJP Studios” a full service decorative painting company. Marc’s work has been featured at the prestigious “Salon” an international gathering of Decorative Artists from all around the world and in books such as “Mural painting-Secrets for success” and “Designer Faux Finishes.” Marc has also lectured on Decorative Painting and Murals at the University of New Haven and has been commissioned to do three paintings of the “One world Center-Freedom tower” in NYC. Marc is currently working a series of “Rock Legends” for music business clients, establishments and art galleries. You can reach Marc through his website mjpfaux.com
April 2017 Guest Artist: Paul A. Calter and Christopher M. Calter
Paul A. Calter
Paul A. Calter is a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Vermont Technical College. He is a book review editor of the Nexus Network Journal and has interests in both the fields of mathematics and art. He receive his B.S. from Cooper Union and his M.S. from Columbia University, both in engineering, and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Norwich University. Carter has taught mathematics for over twenty-five years and is the author of ten mathematics textbooks, a mystery novel, and the book Squaring the Circle, Geometry in Art and Architecture. He has been an active painter and sculptor since 1968 has had many solo shows and participated in dozens of group art shows, and has permanent outdoor sculptures at a number of locations. Carter developed a course called "Geometry in Art & Architecture" which he has taught at Dartmouth College and Veront Technical College, and he hasten workshops and lectures on the subject. Carter's own art is concerned with astronomical and geometric themes, he searches for a link between the organic and geometric basis of beauty, what has been called the philosopher's stone of aesthetics.
Christopher M. Calter
Christopher Caler was born in Irvine, California, and then lived in Virginia and New York before moving to Connecticut. He graduated from Branford High School in 2013, where he was on the Tech Crew and the Track Team. He is interested in video games, art, and bike riding.
January 2017 Guest Artist: Joanne Paone-Gill
The passion and enthusiasm I experience when creating a piece of art guides my mind and hand regardless of what medium I choose. I love the translucency of glass, the flexibility of the brush, the softness of the pencil... and I become entranced in another world with each form.
Inspiration for much of my work comes from simple influences… first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience. Antoni Gaudi's architecture motivated me to design a stained glass piece capturing a mosaic mood where light reflects on glass to create a kaleidoscope of colors. A walk through my garden stimulated me to paint the stamen of a beautiful lily. The face of a homeless woman showing years of conflict inspired me to draw her portrait.
December 2016 Guest Artist: Beverly Schirmeier
Beverly A. Schirmeier
Beverly’s oil paintings and pastels are inspired by the color and light used by the Lyme Impressionists. They include New England landscapes and still-life art work. All of the landscapes are done “en plein air” outdoors on location. What intrigues her is capturing the movement of light and its effect on the atmosphere.BACKGROUND
Beverly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Wayne State University and worked towards a Master of Fine Arts in Italy. She is an Alumni of the Lyme Art Academy and has continued taking advanced workshops and classes at the Lyme Art Association to further advance her art talents.
Beverly’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries, public buildings, and in collaboration with other artists and in one-man shows. Her work resides in numerous collections and can be seen in regional art club shows and various other artistic venues along the shoreline
Beverly holds Elected Artist memberships in Guilford Art League, Essex Art Association, Academic Artists , Madison and the Clinton Art Societies. She is an Associate Artist in the Lyme Art Association, CT Pastel Society and the CT Plein Air Painters. She is currently the President of the Madison Art Society for the past 11 years..
Beverly earned Best in Show at the Clinton Art Society Jury show 2016, first prize in the Estuary Council of Seniors 2010 Calendar Juried Competition, plus she has won juror awards at the Madison Art Society, Connecticut Pastel Society, Milford, Essex and the Clinton Art Society Juried Shows. Her painting was selected to win a solo art show in July 2015 - the Essex Art Association top prize - the Exit Gallery Award. Paintings featured on Greenway Trails Annual Report, Essex Events and Wethersfield Life Magazine.