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About The Exhibiting Artists


Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta This painting was created just as winter was on its retreat; a quiet, introspective time full of hope and anticipation. Being able to create this body of work was a privilege: very satisfying and soothing to the soul. I wish that feeling of peace for all of us, so am grateful for this opportunity to share my work with you. https://agresta.us
Rebecca   Antoniou The World is so full of color, if you look at just a square inch of nature there is a rainbow within it. I love the challange of drawing or painting that array and depth, it is malleable, it blends and layers. There are no hard lines, only the ones we make. The rest is color, light and shadow, one thing merging into another.  
Lynne T Arovas Energy in order is one way I would describe my work. Arranging expressive designs of nervous energy in a contained, structured way is for me a very calming and almost meditative experience. There is satisfaction placing “chaos” in order, and excitement combining these contrasting elements into a dynamic composition. Emotions, nature, and color inspire me and are often the intertwining themes in my work. My goal for a collage is reached when I am finally content with the color harmony, pattern relation, dimension created and emotions/thoughts expressed.

Mixed media/collage is a very forgiving medium, which is in part why I relate and enjoy the process.  There is always the possibility to change — recreate.  I usually begin by drawing and/or painting many designs, shapes, doodles, and written thoughts onto paper.  The materials I gravitate to most are colored markers, pen, paint, pencil, crayon, colored paper, and water-based gloss/matte medium.  Once I feel I have enough designs to work with, I start on cutting the drawings (etc.) up, arranging and gluing the pieces to a paper surface, then sealing with a water-based medium.  These cutting, arranging, pasting, and sealing steps continue many times over which often results in the collage having a tile like quality.

Jean-Marc   Bara Much of my street photography work is shown in B&W.  When the color is just too interesting to abstract, I will leave it on – an example is my third submission.

My work is directed by order and balance.  My tools are Life, Light, Lines and Luck.  There is an element of Luck in most of my photos – whether in capturing the moment or stumbling upon an interesting scene.

Rene   Barkett    
Daniel Wade Barrett My abstract pieces reflect different moods–one heavy or dark and the other light and playful. The latter was awarded Best in Show at Rowayton earlier this year. http://www.danielwadebarrett.com
Gigi   Barrett Color is healing and emotional.  It can soothe, motivate, change moods, lift spirits; and can allow you to travel to distant lands.  In Reflections of Venice, I used pinks and blues as you can almost smell the perfume and dampness of the canals. https://www.gigibarrett.com
Elyse   Barton Always an artist, sometimes creative director, eternal fun adventurer, dedicated mom and wife… that’s me. After years of honing my professional design and advertising skills in New York City and starting a family, we decided to get a little more space in southern CT. For the first time (ever!) I have a studio space to make and create. Art has always fueled me and this was reignited in making and creating with my young kids. I started looking, exploring and blocking out time to sketch, draw and paint… renewing the energy and curiosity that creating brings. This reawakened my passion of seeing things beyond what they are and translating them into meaningful pieces that bring joy. https://www.elyse-b.com/
Melissa   Benedek    
Barbara   Boeck Portrait of Me’ is a multi-medium piece.

Graphite, colored pencil and ink drawings on vellum paper have been cut-out and applied to canvas.

Select areas have been painted with acrylic.

My signature black substrate is visible, as always.

Time, space, thoughts and beloved objects are symbolized throughout the piece.

An altered photograph becomes the focal point. (Original photo by Lee Walther)

Religious symbols hold a special place in this very personal art piece.

Laura   Bonilla As an amateur Photographer, my eyes are always searching for any subject that appears “out of the ordinary”, given the light in which it sits.  I’m attracted to bold graphics, but don’t limit my photos to them.  
Nancy   Breakstone My life as a photographer has taken me to many places but I have always gravitated to the oceans and seas and photographing the patterns in the sand and waters, and the gifts that the ocean leaves on the beaches. These photographs are examples of these simple but beautiful things. http://www.nancybreakstonephotography.com
Michael   Brennecke My work is a continuous exploration of mental landscapes. I constantly have to weed. http://michaelbrennecke.com
Tom   Brenner Light is my primary interest in creating images. It reveals the appearance of all we see. It is the essence of color. On a metaphorical level, it embodies truth and spirit. The artists who speak most strongly to me have all been masters in conveying the beauty and significance of illumination. https://www.tombrennerart.com/
Cynthia A Brown I enjoy creating functional pottery and have been working on a series of buckets and watering cans using porcelain, both throwing and hand building. The pots are soda fired which is a challenging and exciting firing process. http://cynthiabrownstudio.com
Joanne Harmon Bryant   https://JHBryantSculpture.com
Lucienne   Buckner This sculpture appears to float and the colorful acrylic looks great near a window or light source. https://luciennebuckner.com
Bevi   Bullwinkel Painting to me is like poetry.  While working in any medium I try to distill my thoughts in order to explore the essence of what lies beneath the surface.

Recently I have been profoundly influenced by the racial tensions in our divided society as expressed in Harmony 2

and Remembering George Floyd.

In River Spirit I am contemplating the mysterious forces of nature and man’s destructive

impact on its fragility.

Trace   Burroughs This work is created utilizing digital drawing, retouching and enhancement, then composited to create a single digital image.

I try to create each work so it is different from the others in in the way it elicits a response from the viewer. Consciously and subconsciously the symbols depicted will touch each viewer differently.

The criteria for picking subject matter is to create art that engages the mind and the eye. Thought provoking. Visually appealing and with a mystical nuance is important. In addition, creating depth in a two dimensional field, and tricking the eye in a playful and satisfying way is also something I work to achieve. I’m inspired by the mystical and futurism.

Alissa Leigh Cahillane The painting submitted for the member show best represents my style. I love experimenting with bright color ways, seeing how they affect each other. I love seeing how different colors seem to bounce off one another and almost vibrate with energy. Each painting I make is done with the hope that it will cheer up a room and bring joy to the person who owns it and maybe even inspire someone to tap into their own creative energy! https://www.alissaleigh.com
Anelisa   Calmet Often, Anelisa’s emotions are what drive the energy of her paintings. Using bright colors and varying textures is how she captures her feelings; especially those of joy and serenity.  Her past has heavy influence on her art as well. 

She is inspired by her experiences growing up in the stirring, seaside metropolis of Lima, Peru. This can be seen by the use of cool colors and variation, splashes, and movement throughout her paintings. Good fortune led her to take on many more adventures in places like Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Miami, where her Latin roots grew even richer. Aspects in places like these such as warm weather, sunny days, and happy people can often been seen in her paintings.

Most of Anelisa’s art consists of fluid acrylics and ink. With acrylics, the canvas is usually coated with multiple thick and thin layers. And with ink, there is no structure. Often, applications are made freely, combined with drips, pours, and scribbles allowing for a feeling of unpredictability. Anelisa strives to give each of her pieces a sense of vitality, energy, force, and movement. 

In essence, Anelisa’s style can be characterized and identified by the use of beautiful, vibrant colors. Her works express her emotions, and it is her hope that they stir energy within the viewer. 

Susan   Carson Susan Carson is an expressionist figurative artist who focuses on lively and energetic paintings. Her experience as a performing musician for over 25 years shows in her work, as she explores the emotional life of unknown musicians. The work submitted for this show is frenetic, yet limited in color scheme, to express the loneliness and turmoil of the street musician, alone at night with his many thoughts and visions. Carson is an artist member of Loft Artists Association, Carriage Barn Arts Center and Stamford Art Association. http://carsonartmusic.com
Polly   Castor I categorize my artwork as abstract conceptualism. I begin the process with a non-material concept or idea.

For example, I asked myself, how would I paint the month of July? See the first painting below for the answer I came up with. I strove to capture the relaxed feeling of that time of year, with its blue hydrangeas, starry nights, fireflies, bubbles, pools, marshmallows, and floating, unhurried calm. To someone else, July might be searing heat or oppressive humidity, and their painting would be very different.

How do you paint a sound? Euphonium Sound is how I see the sound coming out of the bell of a euphonium.

Layers of Memory explores the fact that some memories are in the foreground, others hover in the midground, but many more back up the deep fabric of recollection.

I find doing a work of abstract conceptualism to be very centering– much more than the process of creating representational or non-objective art; there is more to ponder and think about.

The mixture of metaphysical, abstract thought required, together with the process of objectifying those non-material thoughts in a way they can be shared with others, is a very healing process both for the artist and the viewer.

Mary   Chandler My watercolor paintings are part of a series exploring the connection I feel between the land and sea. These images are meant to capture an atmospheric setting, created by proximity to the ocean, and the play between the structural edges of rocks or architecture against the beautiful wild textures of the surrounding landscape. The paintings I’ve submitted are from vistas taken in Maine last fall.  
Eric C Chiang Due to the size constraints required by the show, I am not able to submit my most recent works, so I go back to my previous works, selecting those I think can bring something needed by the world now.  Thus Peace, Appreciating Natural Beauty, and Soothing Music have become the criteria of the selection, and here I am presenting them:

“Melting Pond” hopes to melt the forest of rifles into the pond and grow lilies out of it.

“Pre-Occupation” depicts a penguin preoccupies by his own issues.  He is totally oblivious to the magnificent surroundings.

“Swan Lake Rhapsody” brings you the soothing natural music to you.

Milan   Chilla   http://milansgallery.com
Patrick J. Cicalo Shizen-Wa (Nature Is)

This image is from a larger body of work that I have titled “Shizen-Wa”, stemming from my fondness and attraction to the spartan simplicity of the Asian aesthetic found in the Japanese ink painting style know as Sumi-e. Using nothing more than black ink, gray wash, minimal brush strokes and carefully curated white space, Sumi-e artists evoke the essence of nature in all its complexity and beauty, but rendered in its simplest form. By way of using an infrared modified digital camera and some basic post processing techniques, it is my intent is to mimic this sparse but elegant sensibility in photographic terms.

Ricahrd   Coico My art translates the subject into whimsically mysterious, albeit, identifiable forms. The ancient painting medium — encaustics, seduces me to be experimental and playful. Fire and wax dance to my music— orchestrated and serendipitous. Birch hardwood panels, hand-made clay bowls, driftwood and other materials have become canvases for the molten beeswax and damar resin, pigments, and shellac I use as I “paint with fire” with the help of a propane torch. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more creatively at the world around them, to discover beauty reflected in ordinary and treasured places and things in the world we all share. http://www.richardcoico.com
Cynthia Y Cooper I have awakened every day of my life hoping I’d find time to paint; it sometimes happened. But studio time without interruptions during Covid was an opportunity to take advantage of. I even stopped cleaning my house in order to focus on my work. The resulting paintings are optimistic, light-drenched and transcendent.

At first glance the work seems simple but becomes more complex and inspirational the longer it is experienced. Placing colors in different relationships to alter perception was one facet of this work. I use repetition and mathematical tangents to make them burst outward with exuberant color. I think of this series of paintings as a parade that will pull viewers into to march in alongside me.  The upward-curving stripes became my vocabulary for this ascending and marching movement, which I interpret to be “moving in the right direction”… toward transformation.

Alder H Crocker My name is Alder Crocker, and I am a tetraplegic, 85% paralyzed, from the chest down, with no use of my fingers. When I awoke in the ICU in mid-2018 after simply tripping, falling and breaking my neck while at the beach on vacation, images and colors began flooding my consciousness and I miraculously had the ability to paint – the beneficiary of Acquired Savant Syndrome. The intensity of my fall and subsequent traumatic brain injury had uncovered latent artistic ability.

I started painting a few months later and haven’t stopped since. After trying a few different techniques, today I now utilize acrylic wet and dry brushing to lay down my base mood layer, and then use squeeze bottles to apply my top layer of semi gloss latex paint to create what I consider… symbolic visual adventures inspired by Chaos Theory.



Complex systems fascinate me. Weather. Traffic. Wave development. Hieroglyphics. Music. Specifically, the dynamic and unpredictable nature of their development, and that they are made up of myriad elements that are themselves constantly in motion and ever evolving.

Throughout history, these elements have been represented by different symbols and images to create distinct narratives for storytelling. And when all these elements – and symbols and images – come together, they form a complex yet cohesive, and uniquely elegant system and narrative all their own.… woven to create fantastical, vibrantly colorful, visual adventures as equally unexpected as they are good fun. So others can escape life’s daily burdens … for even a moment.

Keith J Davidson I love to fish so I paint fish often. My studio is over the garage and looking out the window into the neighbors yard , were these beautiful Lilies with inspired me to paint. My Abstract paintings, allow me to work from my imagination, something I find rewarding. I use objects such as stone or wood to create textures, and juxtapose them next to solid blocks of color. I love color and it is an important element in my work. My solid colors represent sky, water and/or earth. Creating many plains within the painting requires light and shadow, thus unifying the painting. http://www.davidsondesigncompany.net
Mary O Davidson This body of artwork, “My New Hat Series,” presents colorful, geometric, large scale feminine forms, that are mysterious, bold, dramatic, captivating and complex. The many elegant, amorphic, intricate shapes which flow throughout, keep the eyes moving. These playful, dynamic, creative works, give the viewer a chance to pause, lifting your spirit to a better place http://www.davidsondesigncompany.net
John   Diamond Drawing from over sixty years of experience in health and healing, the Creative Arts and in this case photography has become an essential component in my therapeutic practices as a venue to facilitate restoration of the mind and body.  My interest in the transcendental qualities of human nature led me from the traditional medical profession allowing me to mature as a holistic healer and teacher.  I have spent many years investigating, researching, and refining cameras, lenses, papers, printers, inks and software in order to maximize the Life Energy and meditative aspect of each photograph.  As a psychiatrist I work with the unconscious mind to improve and release the therapeutic value in artistic creation.  Through this practice, the Arts can enhance people’s lives and promote the true healing that comes from within. https://johndiamondart.com/
Eugenie   Diserio I have always loved and collected seashells – their subtle colors, textures and shapes show the perfection of nature.

On a recent trip to Sanibel Island, FL I found a treasure trove of new exotic ones and was inspired to paint a “Shell Series.”

Kitten’s Paw tries to express the innate essence of these gifts from the sea. The shell can be viewed as a study in the spiritual relationship between the human psyche (the shell) and the natural world.

Alexandria   Donovan I’m influenced by the water: its movement, texture and colors…I try to capture that poetry on canvas or thru photography. http://alexandriadonovan.com
Grace   Drake Grace Drake’s abstract paintings offer a glimpse into a memory, a sliver of a daydream, a snippet of time into her love affair with color. The paintings are heavily layered, where negative space seeps into the forefront leaving only minor details of bold, vibrant color to come to the surface. A playful and energetic take on color, the viewer is left to untangle and decipher the story behind the vast pale shapes. The works are created over time with many different techniques and processes, an ode to Drake’s film photography and printmaking background. There is constant editing, adding and subtracting of details and subject matter; what’s left it truly what is important – flecks of dramatic, bright color, bits of texture, and grit. The stories in these pieces are tangled behind the expansive white shapes and brushstrokes, where the viewer is encouraged to connect the dots from each corner of the canvas.  
Laure Elise Dunne My background as a designer has a significant effect on the composition of my photos and has helped me understand the nuances of balance and light. My skills as a photographer are the culmination of a career steeped in visual elements that have inspired a passion for creative photographic images.

Roaming the streets of Chinatown in New York City I found a plethora of sights, sounds, and colors. Although the colors were vibrant and varied, I chose, as I often do, to work in black & white while I captured the experience from my specific point of view. The diversity of individuals and their actions in the midst of the cacophony of traffic, produce sales, shoppers, and tourists was overwhelming, yet it all somehow worked in a “New York City harmony.” My effort was to capture the pulse of the bustling community while focusing on the purposeful activities of individuals.

The young men who were eager to pose for a few photos, the girl with your Looney Toon Jacket against the Looney Toon mural, and the woman examining the bounty of jewelry in a shop window were among the many fascinating images I discovered on a hot summer afternoon on the streets of Chinatown.

Marsden   Epworth I aim to stir ideas with photographs. Some are funny; some a little grim. And some, I am sure, are just between the image and the viewer. That’s my goal. A jar of rock salt speaks to the importance of flavor, but this humble kitchen object in the eye of the camera can stir notions of beauty and surprise in those who take a look.

And sometimes my images are a little subversive, noting the difference between public and private travel in a democracy. Every image whispers a word or two about our lives.

Almudena   Fernandez Vicens My sources of inspiration come from nature and uncommon places. I tend to create abstract landscapes that are not specific locales but imagined places. I like using textured surfaces and materials that I manipulate so they could interact with each other. In my creative process I gradually trim away elements in search of the essence of things and lean towards minimal expression with monochromatic palette and open spaces. I have been working primarily in acrylics. http://www.afvicens.com
Sally   Finnican    
Elizabeth   Frascella My name is Liz and I’m a self taught artist working with acrylics on canvas. I just recently started to paint again, and I love how healing it is for me. I love to create abstract pieces with unexpected color combinations, but I also enjoy working on landscapes and practicing my skill there. These three pieces show the variety of my work, including style and color use. I wanted to submit works that illustrate the different kinds of styles, colors, and emotions I’ve been using and working with during this art process of mine. http://www.instagram.com/art.by.lizf
Derek   Freres Stating in ceramics and eventually moving to glass, the comon theme of my work is capturing and directing the flow of glass into unique forms or in unique ways. https://www.rittenhousestudio.com
Maria C. Friscia I create my landscape work as I understand it intellectually and my art is an expression of my concept of nature. When I choose my composition I sacrifice detail in order to improve the overall effect of the composition. It is the effect of nature that is important and not the descriptive detail of the landscape. I concentrate on the emotional expression or the aesthetic ideas that forms in nature may suggest. I do not feel obliged to represent nature realistically; this gives me the freedom to experiment with form, design and color. https://www.mcfriscia.com
Merion S Frolich    
Hank   Gans I don’t have any particular agenda other than to capture moments that I found visually exciting and share those moments with others. I must say, though, that I find my unconscious mind, which composes these images, usually very quickly, is much more brilliant and sophisticated than my conscious mind. It’s like we are two different people. https://www.hankgans.com
Jennifer   Glover Riggs I am inspired by the beauty and patterns found in nature, and by mark making in organic ways.  I like to use unconventional tools that make organic and unpredictable marks when I paint, but at the same time I like to have a degree of control over my composition.  I make one mark, then evaluate the piece and make another.  For me, this is a study in the balance of chaos and control. The paint reacts to the marks that I make, and then I in turn react.  In this way, I am able to create a piece that is intentionally beautiful but also very organic and energetic.

I am also interested in adding depth and dimension to my artwork, and have experimented with this in several different ways.  In my Sanctuary series, I created three dimensional marks which I layered on top of one another in a shadowbox frame.  In my Gaea and Breathe series, multiple layers of acrylic paint and epoxy resin combine to create artworks that are full of depth and mystery.

Ronnie B Gold Exploring geometric shapes either intertwined to create patterns or obliterating parts where they emerge in a loosely painted and are layered with texture and line work.  Definitely influenced by past career as a textile designer. https://www.ronniegold.com/view/788082/1/4001320
Marianne   Goldstein I have always been passionate about the color blue and the ocean. Therefore, in two larger pieces I have predominately used the color blue with other colors to portray the ocean from above and from land.

I painted a smaller piece depicting a lake surrounded by birch trees. The unusual color flow from a pour, gave it an unusual somewhat eerie affect.

David Alan Gonzales I have been creating art employing various mediums for my entire life. My main goal is to improve my artistic technique and skills via continuing education and exposure to other artists’ works. I would also like to show my work to the public as I believe one good way to learn is through constructive criticism. The personal enjoyment and satisfaction I get from creating art is the ultimate reward.  
Bill   Gore I am drawn to the possibilities of digital imagery as an artistic avenue into questions about perception and illusion. Dimensions enters this mental space starting with a single room and expanding across the universe. Partitions are defined with lines and planes and are revealed as fragile and transitory.  Rays of light remind us of the continuum of space and time and become metaphors for the connectedness of all things near and far.  My images explore my own environment and ultimately draw insight and metaphor from ordinary subjects with which I have a long acquaintance. My process deconstructs images into the digital language of 0’s and 1’s and mixes them into a virtual bardo where time and space are compressed. These works go beyond the camera to create assemblages where abstract elements carry the secret narratives of their ancestor images and ultimately bring color and form together with literal representation. https://www.billgorephotography.com/
Francie   Grace Vibrant with bright colors, joy, humor, reflection, inspiration and bursts of words and phrases, Francie Grace’s original giclée art has been shown at juried exhibitions in New York City and Connecticut, including a solo show sponsored by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. Francie’s unique designs may also be spotted anywhere coffee, tea and hot chocolate lovers gather, in a series of collectible art mugs (https://francie-grace-art.creator-spring.com/). https://cawct.org/profile/?pu=fgrace
Joyce   Grasso Picasso once said, ” It took me years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

As a former art teacher, my young students were always playful and fearless in their approach. Their broad strokes and bright palettes were charged with energy and a joy to behold. Now, in my second career, I approach each canvas and collage piece with that same ethos. My rich toolkit includes bold colors, multiple layers and varied textures.

I grew up in Maine where the lulling sounds of waves breaking and the din of distant foghorns were part of my everyday existence. The simple beauty saturated my soul, is part of who I am and is expressed in my artwork. With frequent return visits to Maine, as well as many inspiring trips to Italy, the south of France, and other exquisite places, I have integrated the beauty of natural and man-made environments into my work. Rather than the traditional land or seascape, my paintings create a “feeling of place”. I believe place allows us to access those special feelings and memories that escape our usual awareness.

Working with children has allowed me to see the world through their lens. As a result, each of my pieces reflects my joyful heart and colorful world. It gives me great pleasure to create works that are true to my aesthetic and meaningful to others.

Thomas   Graves    
Jaffa   Gross The essence of my artistic work is best described by the famous saying of Leonardo da Vinci: “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”  I use imagery, textures, and mark-makings, to present my creative vision. I paint intuitively, and as the painting progresses, I adapt to the shifts and changes, as the painting takes form.  I feel that the utilization of elements of composition, design, and contrast help convey a sense of balance and harmony in my work.

Each of the works I submit to this exhibition, is a representations of the new styles of painting, that I have been working over the last year.

Barry   Guthertz Northern Arizona, Southern Utah is my favorite part of the country.   I have traveled there  and photographed there on numerous occasions. These images were taken a few months before CoVid lockdown on my last big photographic journey so they are especially meaningful to me. http://barryguthertz.com
Colin   Harrison This work is drawn from two log running series – “Watercolours”, which concerns the delicate interaction between light and water surfaces, and “Into the Light” in which the viewer is placed in a darkened space and looks out into a bright scene.  Such scenes call out to me as I encounter them and evidently resonate in some unknown ways with my perception.  Some viewers have the same experience and to them I dedicate this work. https://www.behance.net/TheMind
Kyle Hicks Healy I am submitting three different pieces which represent the spectrum of my current fine art philosophical approach.

“Daffodil: Portrait of a Hen,” is emblematic of my representational portraiture work that often illuminates a particular solitary figure, human or animal, in a state of action or contemplative repose.

Julia Berkeley Heck My “Reflections” series illustrates my understanding of the energetic world.  Each color plane is painted with intention— reacting, reflecting and shifting in response to one another.   The works hold discomfort and resolution, fear and hope, curiosity and discovery in the push and pull of layered color. http://www.juliaberkeleyheck.com
Jennifer Moné Hill I swipe, blow air, use traditional and non-traditional tools, to move the very runny liquid acrylic paint to create abstract works. I explore viscosity, motion, vibration, intuition, the interaction of color, and the emotions and ideas that spring from experiencing the work. I mix paint to the viscosity that allows it to flow across the surface freely, and use motion to create my signature cells, wisps, and drips. It is the fusion of controlling the uncontrollable fluidity, using old and creating new techniques, pushing my materials to their limits, materializing my ideas, and allowing muse to contribute. The colors mingle but still retain integrity as they interact becoming something new when they meet. There is a roadmap I have envisioned when I start, but spontaneity and serendipity are welcomed. https://jmonehill.com
Kathy   Hoets    
Aimee   Hofmann “Just Hold Me…Don’t Fix Me 1”: This piece is a part of a diptych, from my “Broken and Beautiful” collection. It features vibrant colors, multiple layers, imperfect shapes and broken lines.  The series was inspired by embracing our imperfections and adversities that we’ve faced in our lives.  They may have “broken” us, but only made us stronger.  Just like an abstract painting, it is our imperfections and our tough journeys that make us beautiful.  We have to accept ourselves the way we are as well as others.  The idea of not being afraid to show our true colors and shine bright is what inspired the boldness and brightness of this piece (eg., see the use of gold foil with fluro-pink!).  In addition, there are doodle designs/scribbles which add whimsey to the piece and remind us to return to our child-like selves and not take ourselves too seriously. http://www.artbyaimeestudio.com
Kirsti   Holtan    
Andrea Benice Horowitz My paintings reflect the mood of the moment .  I enjoy and process itself and go where the paint leads me.   I work instinctively and use my experience and skill to resolve the composition.   My passion is for the brushwork, the line and color combination.   The pieces submitted are reflective of my involvement with abstraction and reflect my excitement with process. http://beniceHorowitz.com
Edward   Hortick During the past year I had the opportunity of reinventing my photographic genre to landscape and nature photography in consideration of social distancing guidelines promoted by the CDC.  My real inspiration resulted from a greater awareness of light and its importance in the photographic process.  The landscape takes on different meaning depending upon the quality of light at different times of the day. While nature photography is best described as landscape close up. Warm Morning Light endeavors to capture the freshness of the landscape early while highlighting unique features in the composition.  Whereas Sculptural Essence of a Japanese Maple emphasizes the shape of this mature tree with the limbs in relation to the leaves from underneath.  
Lauren J Hunt “COLOR….COLOR….COLOR….I mix a color that has inspired me, and so begins my creative process.  The shapes, textures, design and palette are all a result of that initial color choice.  It’s that simple.” http://laurenhunt.net
Norm A Jensen    
Heather J Jones The inspiration for my work originates from the desire to work with a specific color or palette. Each piece consists of three distinct mediums: 1) a graphite ‘grisaille’, 2) layered with light watercolor washes and saturated vertical brush strokes, and 3) finished with opaque strokes of gouache to heighten the lightest and darkest parts of the painting. While each of my floral pieces starts with a reference image, the work is developed by finding veins, shadows, highlights, and colors in the paper and paint as the painting process progresses—morphing beyond the reference image into what it ‘could be’.  In the end, the result is not what the flower is but an evolution from what it was.

‘Qianlong Vase (Emerald Green)’ is comprised of layers of vertical strokes of graphite and paint, which create little ‘louvers’ of color, juxtaposed against a matte gouache background.

Marcy   Juran    
Patti   Kane These three works attempt to capture the energy and spirit of summer.  Using some of my favorite color combinations these abstract seascapes invite the viewer into the beauty and calm energy of the sea. http://pattikaneart.com
constance   Keller In Our Hands is a collection of photographs I am currently working on. Beginning at the coast these images reflect on the space that is found between nature and humankind along the shores. The first entry is a landscape image of Point Reyes National Sea Shore ( Untied States National Park Service) in Marin County, California. The  next two entries are still life images created with natural elements and remnants of what is forgotten or left behind by all of us along our shoreline. http://www.constancekeller.com
Emily   Kelting In July I photographed  the sunflowers at Ambler Farm in Wilton with other members of the Stamford Photography Club.  I actually bushwhacked into the fields, and found indescribable joy in being surrounded by these happiest of flowers, and all the bees and bugs that also found them enchanting. http://[email protected]
Wendy Trainer Kerr My focus at this time is on my yoga practice, being outside in Mother Nature and taking photographs that capture moments of awareness. There is a thread for me between this important parts of my life. This piece uses various papers, yarn, ribbon and yoga mat material to weave together a tapestry of what these practices mean for me and to symbolize the interconnectedness of all things.  
Lisa C Keuker For me, photography brings me just complete joy, unadulterated joy!  The feeling that you have somehow brightened someone’s day or uncovered a hidden window into nature’s gifts. The thrill of discovering beauty that exists beyond immediate perception. But also, it is the surge of happiness I get personally, camera in hand for hours on end as I revel in the sights all around us beckoning for me to capture and share.

I hope you can also explore the wonder I have discovered in colors/light/shadows/nature and the simple, yet profound beauty this world freely serves to us all to enjoy.

Alina   Knechtle In my current work, I seek to find balance between the creative and the present moment. In the age of consumerism where we are being convinced to want and need more, I challenge the idea of interactive art to invite viewer to pause. To achieve this, I work with mirrors as my canvas through artistic experimentation and manipulation of silver layer. This approach allows me to combine the reflective surface with colors that react and change at different perspective. I use sustainably sourced mirrors that may have unexpected abrasions to represent imperfect moments, but also to denote an anti-consumption mentality. The surprising passages of color and pattern entwined with preserved reflective areas respond to light and environment. Asking the viewer to become a part of the artwork and to interact with surroundings in the painting. https://www.alinabfineart.com
Robin Jane Koffler These three paintings best represent my style of abstract realism.  In all my work, I concentrate on bold colors, graphic shapes, and dramatic lighting. http://robinkofflerart.com
Linda   Kourkoulis These imaginary, abstract, land and seascapes explore the iconic relationship between consciousness, memory, and lived experience. Gestural marks, pseudo close-ups and aerial views are used to convey the perception of places or spaces being created or in flux by combining print-making processes to create images built up in layers. http://lindakourkoulis.com
Lucy M Krupenye I create wall hanging sculptures out of found objects such as stone, wood, metal and bone. My sculptures are generally very organic and Zen in feeling.

I search for harmony among the very diverse elements. They are often my personal reflections and meditations but they can also represent the physical reflections and counterparts that exist in nature, life and our world.

My work is very intuitive and often primitive and I strive to create beauty, peace and tranquility in a world that is often surrounded by violence and hatred.

This sculpture is in my Autotem series (based on Auto and Totem) and was created with old car parts, in homage to the past.

Steven E Labkoff My work reflects my ambition to bring a new point of view to the viewer – of things they don’t generally get to see.  From far-off galaxies and nebulae to the hairs on an insect – or even a new perspective on something as mundane as a landscape – I try to bring those things that exist right before your eyes, into proper focus – allowing you to experience the unseen.  The works submitted for this exhibition all reflect this goal.  It is my hope that you enjoy the unseen world around you. https://www.LuminantPix.com
Lisa   Laible    
Joan   Landau Each of my pieces begins with original photography and multiple images are used to form a piece. The digital art experience provides an outlet to be unceasingly creative, continually reworking pieces to form unique shapes through manipulation.

The Carriage Barn is my favorite venue, by far. I love the location, the execution of the shows, and the space itself. I always feel so honored to be a part of an exhibit and I feel the warmth of the people and venue as soon as I walk in.

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Corinne   Lapin-Cohen After painting traditional botanical watercolors for 20 years, I am now working in oil paint, watercolor and drawing with silverpoint.  Currently when I begin a painting, I often don’t know the direction it will take. My paintings are usually unplanned, with each brushstroke and addition of color spontaneously leading to what comes next. They are open-ended improvisations.   I glaze transparent layers of pigment over and over again, allowing you to see through the layers, have the light bounce back  and creating infinite changes of color. I call this “optical mixing”.

I draw upon nature for inspiration, both the natural world and human nature. Through my studio process, I am trying to allow the unconscious to become known to the conscious, thus revealing my inner intention.

Werner   Liepolt I have been honored to have works shown in juried shows on Mount Desert Island, Maine, at Lyme Art Academy, Silvermine, the Mark Twain Library, the Mather Homestead and the Lockwood Mansion.

In addition to a life devoted to teaching, I have written several Off-Broadway play and scripts for movies, developed computer software, rescued numerous dogs, and enjoyed to exploits of the members of my family,

I respond to what’s happening and how it affects me. So plein air is a favored method. Long Island Sound and the New England landscape inspire me.  Works shown in juried shows on MDI, Me, at Lyme Art Academy, Silvermine, Mark Twain Library,Mather Homestead and Lockwood Mansion.

In addition to a life devoted to teaching, I have written several Off-Broadway play and scripts for movies, developed computer software, rescued numerous dogs, and enjoyed to exploits of the members of my family,

Elaine   Lloyd Capturing the beauty in nature has always been something I love about photography, but I appreciated it even more this past year.  
Barbara R Loss As a street photographer, I have documented people and places for decades. Mostly, I enjoy people in their contemplative moments or while enjoying action. Sometimes, I just like to observe the places that attract us. My entries range from Tri-X film, to DSLR photography to the new convenient iPhone images. http://www.barbaraloss.com
Martie   Mackay I reimagine images from the natural world to express my inner thoughts – whether they be joy, confusion or discovery. I invite to viewer to join me in my visions. http://www.juniperstudiophotography.com
Cheryl Ann Malecki Composing a Plein Air painting outside brings my eyes to focus on the beauty around us in something as simple as a tree branch. My paintings are completed onsite, so the light is a constantly fleeting inspiration.  
David J Marchi In the art world, you are either defined as “Trained or an Outside Artist”.

Very few galleries, curators and critics have ever heard of a third group, Acquired Savant Syndrome, which I am one.

Everyone has talent.

Others are fortunate to discover what they can do at an early age, while the rest often take a while.

For me, I found my skill with the brush after a boating accident.

Five years ago, I fractured my back and injured both wrists.

A week after the accident, I started dreaming in vivid colors with hands moving paint in a frenetic manner.

I woke up and started to paint.

I found myself working prodigiously and decided to research how this was possible.

I had never touched a paintbrush my entire life.

I was diagnosed by the late savant psychiatrist Dr. Darold Treffert with “Acquired Savant Syndrome” when dormant savant skills emerge after a brain, spinal injury, or disease, and this allows people to perform at a prodigious level, creating an “accidental genius”.

I am now among the 300 of his documented cases around the world.

As an artist, I paint with three guiding principles: color, texture, and pattern. I take the great contrast in all three to make a single painting from smooth to streaked, squared to rounded, and shimmering crimson to deep blue.

I also take inspiration from colors and painting structures I see in my dreams.

My process often starts by looking at the negative space. From here, I can plan what I want to compose before taking the colors out of the shelf and lining them up to get a tangible perspective of my dreams.

I mainly work on daring acrylic abstract paintings that portray passion and unpredictability.

Viewers tell me they find themselves immersed in beautiful, riotous gradients with large scale graphic designs integrated in my work.

New York Magazine Art critic Jerry Saltz recently critiqued one of my works called Aqua Vita and said- “David has no fear of scale. In this particular work, his Cézanne like style has great materiality and an expressionism aspect of flow.”

In 2019, I had my first solo show at Art Basel Miami.

Today I attend the Art Students League of New York, studying under Larry and Paula Poons, Ronnie Landfield, and Peter Bonner.

In 2020, my work was juried by The Silvermine Guild, and I was invited as an artist member.

I sit on the Board of the Hygienic in New London, CT

Through my art, I support The Human Rights Campaign, Positive Exposure, Our Heart Speaks, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

Linda S Marino Summer Day in the City is based on a reference photo I took on a trip to NYC in August 2016. The scene is of Lincoln Center plaza. What inspired me to paint this scene was the activity of figures and the strong warm light on a hot August day. https://www.lindasmarinoart.com/
Carmen   Martin Entry 1- Waiting for the Light.  During the COVID lockdown period, many of us were indoors and hesitant to leave the safety of our homes.  It was during this time that I began to pace around my surroundings and noticed these lightbulbs in a bowl.  “Waiting for the Light” was my true lightbulb moment.  It’s a photograph that for me, signifies patience and hope.  Light is something that makes vision possible.  Light lessens the weight.

“Pinkalicious” is a photograph that radiates and celebrates springtime.  As you enter through the gate, cherry blossoms in delicious shades of pink explode before your eyes.  They are a symbol of renewal and the ephemeral nature of life.  Alas, the pink beauties are gone in two weeks.

Basha   Maryanska My creativity floats and expresses

Energy and Movement.

Art is in constant motion.

It is a motion.

My Art is the mirror of my Soul,

reflects what inspires me,

responds to what life brings.

I transform the space,

light and shadows, shapes and movements

into my images.

I portrait my feelings and thoughts,

light and atmosphere

using various techniques.


The vibration of colors, composition

and texture have a significant role in my painting.

I invite all of these miraculous things

to come

and float like a stream

through me.

I choose to remain open and let it happen

Elena   McCoy   https://elenamccoy.com
Jeanne   McDonagh My work reflects my interests in my family and by garden. I am a digital artist and use a Nikon DSLR to capture my subjects. In the case of the “Dancing Tulips” compositions, the larger work is a composite of several Raw images edited in Adobe Photoshop. The “Three Tulips” is one digital image edited in Adobe Photoshop. The third image, “Duke and the Digger” is a composite of two images, and a cell phone was used to capture the subject . One image is the original image and the second images is a digital watercolor image that was use to create texture and visual interest. I used the Waterlogue App to create this effect. The subject is my youngest grandson, Duke McDonagh.  
Susan I McHale My ceramic pieces are sculptural vessels in forms that hopefully bring joy and emotion. They resemble a living growing tree or a moving animal, dancing, twisting, speaking with gestures. Reaching out.

The clay shapes are pushed outwards as an inner energy comes to life. The color of the outer surface contrasts with the inside lip.  More than decorative objects, they can become a pitcher or a flower vase. They are for touching and using.

Sandy   Mills Subjects for paintings during the pandemic have focused on whatever interests me during walks outdoors. “Whiteout” was inspired by a rock wall freshly covered with snow after the one major snowfall we had this winter. There is a wild, awesome quiet revealed right after a snowfall. Shrubs, twigs and rocks peak out from a blanket of white. http://www.sandymillsfineart.com
Peter   Millward I paint landscapes en plein air and also rework some of them in my studio from those sketches. Using colored pencils on toned paper, I also enjoy drawing the clothed and unclothed human figure from life. http://petermillward-drawings.com
Irene B. Miltimore Irene began her artistic career as a dancer and performed professionally with ballet, modern dance, opera and light opera companies in New York City. She is also a garden designer. Irene’s abstract paintings are inspired by her passion for music and dance. http://www.irenemiltimore.com
Hedi B. Minow-Pike I look to nature to find the unique patterns, colors or activities. Nature creates the ultimate art work and as a photographer my challenge is to find it and let the world see it.  
Trish   Monahan In my art I like to create a space to dwell.  My recent abstract sare textural and colorful, but always convey a sense of peace and tranquility. http://www.trishmonahan.com
Lynn   Moore Hand-cut, one-of-a-kind art

Normally, garbage in nature isn’t a beautiful thing. They just don’t belong together – or do they?

Whether it’s trash in nature, under water or in space, Lynn Moore wants to draw attention to the beauty of our planet and nature, with a gentle reminder that reducing and recycling our waste is an essential responsibility.

Lynn’s art instigates conversations about what shopping bags, satellites and jellyfish have in common.

The very essence of art is to get us talking and seeing the beauty that surrounds us – and if it is created with waste, will we think twice about what we put in the landfill? – she hopes so.

Lynn uses handmade paper, reused shopping bags, pencil and paint to create multidimensional artworks that are sure to excite your imagination!

Mary   Moross My newest work continues my interest with nature (botanical and animal) and it’s ever changing patterns and forms.

I aim to catch the  feeling of a  spontaneous visit of a moment in time.

Chris P Morris Waive not by particle our wave’s better part.

Because, after all, BOTH the former in reality AND the latter in my art are each the mutually exclusive irony of the other’s independence.  And yet together, en masse, all that literally matters is squared in light’s speed for destiny’s last judgment.  Save for the much needed needle in the Carriage Barn haystack..

Paul M. Murray I am very much a visual traveler interacting with the world and ideas on a variety of levels through several planes of vision that intersect with time and space. At those intersections, I hope to capture an intriguing moment and portray it from my perspective. Often, I venture well beyond the pathways of others in my photographic journeys.

Color, light, and gesture are important elements in my work. My use of these varies intrinsically across landscapes, nature, people, and culture. My choices of timing, perspective, and composition are intended to draw the viewer into the setting and moment. Often, I try to pattern my pursuit of opportunities to the natural tempo of what I see.

In creating art, I try to remain open to possibilities, trust my instincts, and discard labels that are divisive. I use technology to increase my creative options and productivity, but not to replace my vision and responsibility.

Exhibiting is a continuing part of my experience as an artist. The feedback I receive from that and my participation in arts organizations help me refine my work, identify new opportunities, and create collaborations. Some of my best achievements have resulted from those interactions.

As an artist, I hope my images engage the viewer’s attention and interest, and perhaps enrich their experience and vision. To the extent this happens, I feel my art communicates in a way that is unique to me.

Arthur   Nager The photographs from this series are part of an ongoing project documenting Times Square in NYC. I have included two images that reflect my interest in capturing the facades of buildings and people within a image that provides a frontal image with people within the photograph diminished in scale but reflective of the crowds that populate this tourist destination. The third photograph extends my documentation of Times Square with a night image that captures the energy and drama of the locale and the tourists that venture out after dark.

In general my work includes a concern for what I consider the social landscape – the manner in which people appear and alter the spaces they inhabit. I have focused, as well, on the ability of the photographic image to convey or suggest a narrative that is open to individual interpretation. Relying on intuition I seek to enable the viewer to experience a moment in time, to look past the impact of color, scale and form, to extract meaning that is implied or disguised. I continue to be fascinated by the ability of the photograph to capture nuance and detail, and information unavailable in other art forms, to facilitate an experience both visceral and cerebral.

Erin   Nazzaro Much of my work over the years has been  inspired by the beauty of animals and birds.

I love many birds but Ravens are a particularly strong, personable and intelligent bird.

I love how some animals will stop and look ….wondering about your intention as they head to a stream to drink .

I like to capture the moments.

I  like to use color boldly as you can see in this piece.

Karen V Neems I am a collector of images, mining them for unexpected combinations.  In my artistic practice I choose to use photography to explore the relationships of images I observe and record, rather than its documentary aspect.  I often use translucent layers and collage to foster the illusion of space and the connections created.  The elements depicted may have a certain familiarity, but the composition often transcends the importance of their identification. These constructions and deconstructions focus on another aspect of my imagined reality.

Whether looking through the viewfinder of the camera, creating collages digitally or manipulating materials, I am drawn to the aspects that contain and formalize a space.  In a society where we are constantly bombarded by loud, disparate and raw imagery, I aim to create a calm and enchanting world, both within and outside the frame.

Claudia Noel Nerreau The purpose of my work is the celebration of God’s creation. Even in the ugliest of times there is always beauty. I would like to think that my work reminds us of what is beautiful. I believe that we should all look to find beauty in each other and our world. https://claudianerreau.com
Tim   Nighswander My goal as a photographer is to remain open to seeing beyond the obvious. Sight uses a tremendous amount of our mental capacity – so as a way to conserve resources our brain takes shortcuts. All but a small fraction of what we are exposed to every waking hour of every day is ignored and discarded because the bombardment of visual stimulus forces us to block out and ignore that which is not deemed relevant or important to our routine. ‘Seeing’ – beyond what is necessary to navigate our daily lives – needs to be a conscious act. Photography trains me to ‘see’, to be aware of my surroundings: to seek out the unique, the accidental juxtapositions, small gestures, everyday abstractions and fleeting moments that would otherwise be ignored and lost forever.  
Caroline   O’Callaghan As an artist I am primarily drawn to abstract art, both pure abstracts, and abstract scenes which are a bit more representational. I never tire of watching how the swipe of a brushstroke or the drag of a palette can suddenly look like sky, land or waves. It’s fascinating the way images appear in abstracts that are often not intentional. I use gestural strokes to dictate the direction of my paintings for both scenery art and abstract images. I love that abstracts leave a lot to the imagination of the viewer. Art should pull the viewer in and offer space to explore. That is the magic of abstract painting! http://www.carolineoart.com
Carol   Paik I’m a textile artist, working exclusively with repurposed fabrics: old clothing, linens, etc. My Cairns series explores the question of whether it’s possible to leave your mark on the world without marring it. People around the world have created cairns, or stacked rocks, for millenia, and the urge to create them carries through to today, as evidenced by the fact that they can frequently be seen on hiking trails or pretty much any place one can find stackable rocks. But while historically cairns have served a variety of practical functions, often as markers of trails or burial sites, today they only serve to memorialize their makers’ presence, and others who use the trails where they’re found have begun to object vociferously to the practice, saying they disrupt natural settings, intrude upon the environment, and spoil their own experience of the place. My cairns are meant to be markers, but I only intend them to provoke thought, not ire. And I keep them indoors.

I believe that Carriage Barn Arts Center exists in a part of the world that understands and appreciates its natural habitats, and might find this conversation of interest.

Hank   Paper My street and landscape photography attempts to capture what otherwise escapes notice – a revelation that alters our awareness, punctures pretension, and mines irony from surface appearances.

Shooting for warmth and wit within composed geometries, my images – while sometimes amusing – transcend terse irony to turn the real into the surreal and the quotidian into the quintessential.

My solo exhibitions include those at The African American Museum in Philadelphia; Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel; the High Point Historical Museum in North Carolina (Grand Opening Exhibit); The Jewish Museum of New Jersey; the Morgenthal-Frederics Gallery, the Tamarkin Leica Gallery and The Harlem School of the Arts in New York City. I have also appeared in juried exhibitions at The New Britain Museum of American Art; The Woodstock Museum in New York; and The Mattatuck Museum and the Fairfield Museum, both in CT. I am a member of the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, CT.

Patricia Rosario Pedraza I am an emerging artist, self-taught. I am a beauty-hunter eager to flood the world with colorful images that spark curiosity. I am particularly attracted to studying order in both natural and architectural structures. I like to observe, isolate, capture, deconstruct and reconstruct, and multiply images to create new ones that make you think twice or see twice. I hope my work helps us appreciate the magnificence of world around us. My training as a tv news producer and visual story-teller prepared me well for this personal and professional pivot in priorities. Seek Truth. Seek Beauty. And like my beloved flowers, bloom where you are planted! http://www.patriciapedrazadesign.com
Denise   Petit Even though my work is abstract, Nature is my greatest inspiration.

My ambition is to capture and interpret light and shadow, contrast and subtleties in shades, to convey a feeling suggested at a moment in time.

Jay   Petrow These three works were done during the covid lockdown this year and represent my exploration of abstract shapes and forms. https://jaypetrowfineart.com
Deborah   Petrucci These paintings are from my “covid mini” series.  It was my way of keeping busy & productive with smaller pieces & a constant flow of new ideas.  Inspiration always is derived from nature. http://dpetrucciart.com
Kristin B Pierce Kristin Pierce has a rich history in performing arts and visual art. Over twenty years ago she began studying visual art with a focus on painting in New York City. She has many original pieces showcased nationwide. When moving to New Canaan two years ago, Kristin was so excited to find Carriage Barn. She has found such a wonderful community of supportive artists here.

Kristin draws inspiration from music, theater, book, lyrics, and nature. Kristin aims to capture purity of emotion in her pieces. She hopes to create a sincere and honest expression in every piece she creates. Kristin’s goal is to let go and trust the process of creating pieces that break barriers and focus on true self expression.

The piece “Night Swimming” was created to portray the treasure in simple moments.

Diane   Pollack Twelve works called the Handmaiden Series were produced while we were isolated during the pandemic. The clay figures fit into the palm of a hand and are secured by threads to monotype scraps of my recycled works. These forms are meditative offerings for healing and well being. http://dianepollackart.com
Joanne D Ponzo In the beginning of my creative process, I enjoy rendering images as realistically possible, but often let the paint and my imagination mix with my memory to interpret the images in a new way. I paint subjects that resonate with me.  I am continually exploring different approach’s to painting as my personal style evolves. I love the process of making art; painting is a form of meditation, when I paint, I think of nothing else! https://jdponzo.faso.com
Greg   Presley Greg Presley is an amateur photographer who travels extensively.  Greg is predominantly a color photographer, but he is taking more Black and White images and has recently begun taking infrared images via a converted DSLR.  Greg’s favorite subjects are unrehearsed close-up portraits of the people in his travels.  In addition, he enjoys evocative landscapes and abstracts that capture the unique cultural aspects of these domestic and foreign lands.  Greg uses SmugMug, a web-based sharing site, to catalog his favorite images into mini-Galleries. Linkage to his SmugMug images would be provided on request.  
Beth M Reifers    
Barbara Ann Ringer Using a camera, old dolls, and one dilapidated mannequin, I create images that evoke various states of trauma or anxiety.  I extend these narratives into the framing devices I build.

If my work triggers a repressed memory or uncomfortable feeling in the viewer, then I hope that the playfulness gives them some relief, as it does for me.

Elena Helen Roman I think it was Constable who said,”the eye is the chief organ of sentiment.” We mostly look without seeing and we mostly hear without listening. We look and  quickly react; “I know what I like.” But if you stop and stay the with a painting you start seeing, really seeing, through the eyes of the artist you make your own discoveries. I research all my subjects animate or inanimate and I connect in a way that I could not if I wasn’t painting the subject. I love the process it is so different from the graphic discipline painting is intimate. I loved my years as a designer but my they can’t compare to the joy of painting. https://[email protected]
Janet Bogon Romanowski Although I enjoy painting diverse genre my lifelong interest lies in Figurative work. The process I most often use within my studio entails creating a comfortable setting and plenty of chat time with my model.  In the first session I make copious studies.  This approach immediately opens the door to the relaxation necessary to both of us.  As the true nature of the person begins to surface I am further inspired and my initial kick-off point begins to change.  I then begin to paint what I refer to as the “person inside.” https://www.jbogonromanowski.com
Marianne   Rothballer    
Robert   Sachs My images are expressions of how I fell about what I see.  This emotion is translated into unique shapes, patterns, and tones using camera movement.  Hope you enjoy. https://rsachs2.zenfolio.com/
Kathleen   Samuelson My work is intended to be abstract in form and expressive in execution. Paint is applied with a variety of brushes and tools, and mark making is made with pencil, charcoal and oil sticks. For some pieces I create stencil shapes and apply paint that way. I enjoy the process of adding, subtracting and layering the paint and other media. http://katiesamuelsonart.com
Melissa McCann Santangelo    
Mark   Schiff As the events of 2020 unfolded and included incident after incident of racial injustice, my work began to reflect my reactions to these events. The work expresses outrage, sadness, frustration and finally resolve – resolve to reject racial injustice and to speak out. The series in oil and cold wax on board, called “Speak Out”, is inspired by graffiti art and the form of expression it takes. The lines and shapes are meant to be nonliteral and left to the viewer’s interpretation. https://www.markschiffartist.com
Sarah   Schneider My paintings are an expression of my appreciation for the beauty of nature.

In my Sea Glass Series, nature is a jumping off point for exploring patterns, colors, and texture.  I was drawn to paint this series last spring after seeing a friends’ sea glass collection in a large glass bowl. I was fascinated by the range of colors and the way the fluctuating transparency or opacity of different pieces let the light move through the bowl of sea glass. It was mesmerizing to look at and both earthy and elegant at the same time. I sought to capture this feeling in my work.

I work intuitively, often starting with an automatic drawing, then layering with mark making and pouring paint.  I respond to how the paint moves, the shapes interact and the colors harmonize, and from there I develop the composition. I use the materiality of the paint to absorb the viewer in a visceral way – building paint up, scraping paint off and scratching into the surface, revealing traces of earlier marks.

Painting these pieces is a meditative experience that allows me to be fully present in the moment.  My hope is that the paintings give the viewer a moment of serenity and centeredness as well.

Judith G. Secco   http://www.judithsecco.com
Amy   Shaw A Glass of cold milk and a cupcake or two…what could be better? Trying to connect with the viewer by creating happy feelings and a smile. The artwork was inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. Its everyday reality with a twist. https://www.amyshawpaintings.com/
Day R. Shields Like all my art, the two works submitted here are memories of past experiences in my life.   The first is from a pleine aire art class at Weir Farm during that time of year when the colors and life of spring are just starting to burst forth.   The second is from a photo safari in Kenya my wife and I took many years ago – something we hope to repeat soon, if l possible.  
Clarice M Shirvell I believe I have a unique perspective on life and art from being a Latina American who grew up and attended school in both Connecticut and Argentina. I embrace both cultures, I love Connecticut and I am proud of my heritage, passing along family values and culture onto my children.

My art reflects my experiences and grows as I continue to evolve, now as a mother, reflecting on my own parents and family, I am embracing and finding connection with my values and those of my ancestors. I too love the solitude of the woods, it is my church, I see God in trees. My connection to nature is deep rooted in my heritage

Granted an Artist in Residence throughout 2021 gave me the space and solitude to create, and share my art. The solitude allowed me an uninhibited unleashing of my inner self and my spirit. I allowed myself to play, experiment and work on ideas which I could only dream of and now was able to execute the projects. I created larger paintings on canvas, and large three to four feet drawings in charcoal and ink, and series. The main series had to do with Meditation in Motion and the connection of Man and Animals.

I want my art to inspire people to stop and see the Light in all of Us, the light that unites any living thing, a tree, people and understand we are all connected. Like a gratitude journal, a painting can show beauty in the everyday, and in doing so, we can change our outlook and pass along a smile.

Margaret Esme Simon When someone looks at a portrait I have painted, I want them to feel that I have given them a window into the soul of the sitter.  Painting the figure is a challenge; in addition to the structural aspects of the face and the body, there is the indefinable quality that he or she possesses that I hope to capture in my work. http://www.esmesimon.com
Barbara   Simonson    
Jennifer C. Sinski This series of photographs are recent works from my travels. I spend much of my time outdoors, where I find myself capturing beautiful moments that are lasting memories. I use a variety of shutter speeds, apertures and digital editing tools to enhance the color, light and focus of the subject. “Quiet Time” was a beautiful moment that I approached walking my daughter through the Wild Center in Chittenango, New York. “Mushroom Walk” was an experiment with a low, close-up perspective of one of thousands of mushrooms that we discovered on a hike to Doug Mountain Falls in Adirondack Park. Lastly, “Yosemite at Dawn” was a profound memory of the stunning Yosemite Valley in the early morning hours where smoke and haze filled the air. The view is set from a locally-known, hidden viewing point through the Wawona Tunnel, only accessed by walking at the start of Yosemite’s entrance.

These photographs will be digitally printed on matte presentation paper, matted with a simple white mat and framed for presentation in the gallery space.

Lisa A Small My body of work honors my appreciation, respect and passion for both “traditional” art, mixed media art, and the expanding field of “digital” art. This grouping is also a true reflection of what results from the ongoing internal battle I have between my creative, artistic self and my highly analytic, disciplined self yielding creations that often embody symmetry, detail, balance and sophistication as well as being infused with bold, rich, vibrant, expressive colors. While all of my artwork is created by hand, regardless of medium, I have always found it exciting to explore the endless possibilities of integrating elements of different, and sometimes unexpected, mediums, styles and genres into my work. The works submitted – a mix of embellished giclees and mixed media – all express my innate desire for balance and creative exploration as well as my lifelong love of color. Some people find “digital” art to be divisive, however, I have found this genre to have opened a new world of creativity, artistic expression and challenge for me.  
Barbara   Soares Power of sound to heal, power of play to inspire, this recent water fall study was also recorded as a video and was used as inspiration to write a poem about the creative process.  
Jessica Erin Soininen-Eddis In Jessica Soininen-Eddis’s current artistic practice, she uses worn items of feminine clothing, both her’s and her daughter’s, and then pastes them into her paintings. Soininen-Eddis applies many layers of paint to these fabric pieces so that the fabric becomes sculptural. The clothes are no longer pieces of fashion. They are now relics, which hint at the past even if it is a recent past. Garments, lingerie, intimate pieces of apparel, children’s pajamas and dresses float around flowers and botany. The flowers, just like the items of clothing, reference sensuality. When she collages paper, it covers the page just as cloth to the body. Bodily shapes and lyrical gestures commingle in her paintings which explore nostalgia through the use of paint and mixed media. https://www.jessicasoininen-eddis.com
James   Stasiak To paraphrase Henri Cartier Bresson, … Photos … are made with the eye, heart and head. My photography relies on emotion to recognize an image, technology to develop it, and both to create a print. I call my process Improvisational Development. Much like jazz musicians playing a melody in its original form, and then improvising to present the melody in a different form, my work evolves through various stages which focus, guide and intensify my emotional involvement with the emerging image. There is always a blend of conscious decision with mindful guidance. When my feelings reach a still point, I know the work is done. I hope that the viewer will accept my communication of what I see and use it to improvise with their own mind’s eye. http://wisefishworld.com
Julie   Stauffer The detritus along the lake’s edge has fascinated me for sometime. There’s the beauty at the surface and there is a world of possibility below the waterline. These were taken during the fall as the decaying leaves lapped along the edge of the outlet pond. The colors were still brilliant and there was an “aging gracefully” aspect to the process. We see so much of the floral climax of bloom; one can also look at the graceful beauty in the decline. http://juliestaufferphotography.com
Carrie   Steele This work of art is a conceptual piece with emphasis more on the process than the product.  Using acrylic washes resulted in an ethereal effect reminiscent of a thin veil or foggy day. https://carriemsteele.com
Michael R Stimola Taken near or far, my photographs reflect a philosophy that photographs can be other than objective representations of what exists in front of the camera. My photographs are typically not literal depictions of physical places and objects; they are subjectively infused with remembered and imagined ones. They are also heavily influenced by my expectations, memories, values, and an aesthetic informed, by and large, by Pictorialist photographers and Tonalist painters.

These three photographs reflect this view. Twilight, on the edge of the blue hour, in Umbria inspired the photograph of Villa Aureli in Castle del Piano. The shadowy setting for a display of Cala Lillies set the mood for Emergence 5, one of a small series of photographs taken in a flower stall in Bologna, Italy. Bare winter trees along the slow-moving Musconetcong River in Allamuchy, NJ, offered up a perfect abstract that could only be made as a Black and White photograph.

Caroline   Temlock Teichman    
Sarah J Tobin I have painted in watercolor for 30 years, but I found painting in acrylics during the pandemic to be a great way to deal with anxiety. I calmed myself by painting to please myself, instead of a client, which was very freeing. I also went bigger than I have in the past, and used no references. http://sallytobinwatercolors.com
Marjorie   Tomchuk I use abstract concepts to express my visual designs in a repetitive, textural and dimensional way. My pressed paper art is mostly inspired from visions found in nature and sometimes it is based on a theme reflecting outer space. Since the 1980’s my artworks have been created on artist-made, 100% cotton fiber paper. A collagraph is used to achieve deep embossing. The printing plate is run through an etching press and later the paper is hand colored with an airbrush, using fiber dyes.Since 1982 I have been making paper in my studio in New Canaan, CT. Some of these prints can be found in corporate collections as well as in 30 museums and educational institutions. https://www.MTomchuk.com https://www.MTomchuk.com
Kris Davenport Toohey From the salt marshes of Connecticut to the coast of Maine, I enjoy exploring the interplay of color and the layers of light that one discovers along the coastline.  While my starting point is always nature, the final landscape is a combination of the artistic process and my imagination.

I begin with a luminous glow, prepping the canvas with a layer of copper or gold acrylic gloss.  Then, I switch to my primary medium – oil paint.  As the landscape unfolds, I build veils of light, fluid reflections and misty depths by softly layering and blending both opaque colors and translucent glazes – often using tools such as rags, oversized brushes and my hands.  Finally, I like to work back through the layers of color to expose the metallic gloss for a luminous touch.

My overall goal is to create marshscapes and seascapes that have an emotional undercurrent, and a sense of atmosphere and mood.

Richard   Ventre DEFIANCE. Facing up to the powerful: the unpredictable; that which has its own path and destiny, with no regard to what there may be on its journey; an unending and unyielding force. Standing in defiance of all that. Not as a voyage, but as determined and eternal as the sea. http://www.rventre.com
Sergio   Villaschi Looking for beauty, peace and happiness in simple things. http://www.sergiofinearts.com
Patricia S Wetzler What I see in my environment living in Greenwich….White bird and flower done in pastel; double birds done in oil.

All inspired by my own photography.

Joan   Wheeler In my art I explore the my relationship with  natural world. I am concerned about what we are doing to our planet and the plants and animals that inhabit it. http://wheelerart.com
Jarvis Geer Wilcox I paint because I have no choice.  
Martha Buchanan Wilson This collection shows the botanical collages of artist Martha Buchanan. She picks and presses the wildflowers, weeds, annuals, and ferns from the fields and gardens of her Vermont farmhouse to form the raw material for her pictures. https://www.facebook.com/coreyhill.botanticals.1
Caren   Winnall SHORELINE

Regardless of what is going on in the world or my life,  going to the water lifts my spirits.   I can spend an entire day watching the waves, walking along the wet sand at any time of year, and observing others who are there.   The unique democracy of the beach is part of its appeal.   There are children, senior citizens, teenagers, families, friends, individuals.  You cannot determine income or social status.  This project celebrates the New England shoreline as it is for so many who spend time there — a place of beauty, solace and most importantly,  joy.

Nancy C Woodward Working from a photograph of a tree, a design took shape that evoked memories of an old oriental rug belonging to my godfather, Uncle Burr. As I worked on this piece, the emerging design conjured up early memories of that wonderful man. I had a sense of Uncle Burr whispering familiar words to me: “Awful nice job, Nancy Carol.” He was the only person who used my middle name as a term of endearment.  Throughout this process, I felt his kindness and support.

This image was designed using bits and pieces of a branch from one of my photographs. It is a digital archival inkjet print on Epson Exhibition Canvas with threads stitched on the edges of the piece.

Sarah Griffith Wrede Photography is my favorite way to tell a story. No matter where I am, or how unremarkable a particular setting may seem to be on first glance, I’m always looking to capture an image that conveys to the viewer what it felt like to be there in that moment.

Each of the photos I have selected to submit for the Members’ Exhibition is quite different, but each represents a meaningful moment for me.

“The Light” is of the Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine during sunset. It was taken three weeks ago on my family’s first get-away since the Covid lockdown began in March 2020.

Edward   Zerdy I am a figurative painter with a focus on cityscapes and nature scenes.  
Florence K Zolan I enjoy the mixture of mediums. The process of printmaking plus varied layers of collage, pastel, threads,

or objects, transform into a completed “whole”. There is a constant challenge of choices.