Artists Choose Artists at First Street Gallery, NYC

 

cloud tower, 2015, acrylic on panel 

Artists Chose Artists, Group Exhibition

April 28 – May 21, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28, 6–8pm

FIRST STREET GALLERY presents a unique exhibition featuring gallery artists and their invited guests, with work that is small in size, but wide in the variety of media and styles.

With over 40 participants from across the country, ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS pays tribute to the breadth and depth of our artistic community. Each member was asked to invite two guest artists to participate in the Gallery’s annual group exhibition. The proximity of such diverse work allows for an inspired pairing of artistic vision. Viewers will delight in this random exchange of ideas.

Participating artists include: Leslie Adler, Chuck Baker, Marianne Barcellona, Jessica Bartlett,Kathleen Bennett BastisSallie Benton, Matt Best, Taimur Cleary, Tracy CollamoreMary Connelly, Mary DeVincentis, Matthew Dibble, Jessica Doh, Teresa Dunn, Joseph Esposito, Richard Estrin, Suzi Evalenko, Charlotte Evans, Dan Gheno, Wendy Gittler, Xico Greenwald, Charlotte Gross, Kylie Heidenheimer, Margo Herr, Ann Kemp, Michele Liebler, Philip Lique, Christopher Lowrance,Rallou Maliarakis, Laura Marsh, Peter Maslow, Mary Beth Mckenzie, Anahita Mekanik, Mary Newcomb, Kathi Packer, Erin Palmer, Tim Parsley, Alan Petrulis, Christine Romanell, Marianne Perry Salas, Alexandra Schoenberg, Sheri Schwartz, Jane Shoenfeld, Brigid Watson, Grant Whipple, John Willis, and Barbara Yeterian.

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Excited to have nine of my recent Madonna collages in this exciting group collage show taking place at the Stockman Gallery at Trinity-On-Main in New Britain, Connecticut.

Artist Talks at 5 p.m., reception 5:30-7 p.m. This show features work by Matthew Best, Matthew Feiner, and Margaret Vaughan
Curated by Melanie Carr. Refreshments, free. The exhibition continues through April 22.

 More information and directions can be found here: http://www.happeninghere.org/stockman
Double Queen, 2015. collage

I didn't really like Madonna until 1989 until I saw her video for "Express Yourself" for the first time. I vividly remember seeing it for the first time, my sister and I were watching MTV and the video aired. The song video were big, lavish, and beautiful. The moment I remember most is the part of the video when she bursts on stage wearing a masculine suit, grabbing her crotch and then opening her jacket to reveal a pink corset. It was electrical. I was hooked. Both my sister and I were in awe. It was a display of power unlike anything we had ever seen. My life was changed forever, I was now obsessed with Madonna.
At the time I was an overweight closeted kid. Madonna was like an explosion to me. She did what she wanted, she wasn't afraid, she didn't care. This was her power. She combined beauty, vulgarity and sex in a daring way. She was everything I feared and wanted to be.
My room became a shrine to her. I saved every picture I could find of her and taped them to the walls. I made drawings, paintings, and collages of her. I even made a 20lb plaster bust of her. I still credit her as one of the reasons I became an artist. She gave me courage to express myself.
I naively wasn't aware of was Madonna status as a gay icon. I didn't realize that by identifying myself as a Madonna fan I was in some ways outing myself as gay before I was fully able to really express it. Later on this is way I have again started making art with images of Madonna, to embrace being gay. To take something I wasn't fully aware of and celebrate it, to take naive obsession to turn it to outright veneration. I want to make the power I saw in these images in my youth visible to others.

 

detail of Seeress, 2015, collage

 

EBK Gallery and Real Art Ways present "Art For Sale"

"Lisp" 2014. 24 by 24 inches. Acrylic on panel.

 I'll be showing two paintings in "Art For Sale." 

An exhibition featuring the work of 23 artists at
Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, in Hartford, CT.  
Meet artists at the reception.
All of the work is available for purchase. 


The public is invited to an opening reception on:
Friday, June 12, 2015, from
 5pm to 8pm

Works not sold at the opening night art sale will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition. Art For Sale will run through Sunday, August 23.  Gallery Hours are from 2pm to 9pm, 7 days a week.

Artwork available by Artists: Stella Maria Baer, Cat Balco, Matt Best, Micheal Borders, George Chaplin, Geoffrey Detrani, Laurie Flaherty, Amy Genser, Barbara Hocker, Janet Lage, Terry Lavin, Roxann Leibenhaut, Linda Lindroth, James Montford, Adam Niklewicz, Victor Pacheco, Kathi Packer, Ronnie Rysz, Mike Ulrich, Kevin Van Aelst, Peter Waite, Tim Wengertsman, and Mark Williams.

More information: http://www.realartways.org/event/art-for-sale/2015-06-12/

"All At Once" 2015. 8 by 8 inches. Acrylic on panel. 

6th Annual Art for AIDS Fundraiser

Local Artists and AIDS Connecticut Unite for an Exciting Art Grab
Fundraiser to Support HIV/AIDS Services in Connecticut!

HARTFORD, CT - AIDS Connecticut (ACT) is pleased to invite you to the 6th Annual Art for AIDS fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Richard B. Fried Fund for ACT, a permanent endowment administered by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The event will be held on Saturday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at ArtSpace, 555 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT.

The evening will include an art show/sale and an exciting art grab where each guest will take home an original 12"x12" piece of art created by a local artist on a canvas donated by Jerry's Artarama. Ticket prices start at only $50 and guests will enjoy an evening of art, food, music, wine and fun! 

Our goal is to raise funds to support our mission: AIDS Connecticut, in partnership with its member agencies, improves the lives of people impacted by HIV through care and supportive services, housing, advocacy and prevention..

Tickets go on sale May 1, 2015. For more information go to www.aids-ct.org or call Wendy Graveley at (860) 247-2437 x320.


Limited Means, a solo show at the Gallery at Three Rivers Community College

detail of #richardsimmons, 2014. acrylic on panel. 24 by 24 inches

I called this show Limited Means for two reasons, first, I work with a limited palette, typically no more than two or three colors per painting as well as a limited array of shapes. I'm interested in getting maximum impact with the simplest elements. The repeated elements are changed by context rather than variation.

Second, making art is expensive and I decided to stop buying paint and work with what I had on hand. I assembled all the paint I could find in the studio. At first I had my full usual palette along with some odd metallics and some air-brush paint. I spent the following 6-7 months working exclusively with these colors. At first it was easy but quickly things began to run out. My challenge was to make due with what was left. It forced me to make decisions that I wouldn't normally make such as odd, sometimes uncomfortable color combinations. My only concession was replacing white after it ran out, I found that was the one thing I couldn't work without. Beyond that it was liberating.

The show will be on view from January 23 to March 13, 2015 at the Gallery at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT (http://www.threerivers.edu/Div_academics/Gallery/theGallery.shtml).  I will be giving an artist talk on Monday, February 2 at 9:30am and there will be an opening reception on Tuesday, February 3 from 6-7:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9am to 7pm.