EXHIBITION: Howard Rackliffe (1917-1987) Selected Works at Brick Walk Fine Art
February 4-May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4, 2-5pm
Porcupine Island - Mixed media on board - 22 x 28 inches
Brick Walk Fine Art is pleased to announce our next exhibition featuring selected paintings by noted area artist, Howard Rackliffe. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with a major exhibition of Rackliffe's work at the New Britain Museum of American Art, presented on the centenary of his birth in New Britain. The exhibition will be comprised of pieces from a number of fine private collections. A self taught artist, Rackliffe was particularly inspired by the rugged and elemental landscapes in Maine but he also painted numerous self-portraits and still lifes with the same rigor and power.
Rackliffe’s paintings have been featured in one-person exhibitions at the Todd Gallery, NY; the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; and the Caldbeck Gallery, ME., and in group exhibitions at the Virginia Museum, Richmond, VA; Jacques Seligmann Gallery, NY; and the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL. He was one of eight artists featured in the 8 From Connecticut exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1960, that also included Cleve Gray and Bernard Chaet. His work was the focus of a retrospective exhibition in 1990 at the New Britain Museum of American Art, CT. that traveled to the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME. Rackliffe’s works are also represented in the collections of the Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA; Columbia University, NY; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Portland Museum of Art, ME; and the Farnsworth Museum, ME.
[Ken Morgan, Here Come the Clowns, 1999, Mixed media on canvas, 24 x 30 inches]
KEN MORGAN: HOLDING THE LINE-SELECTED WORKS
EXHIBITION DATES: November 12th-December 31st, 2016
Opening Reception, Saturday, November 12th, 2-5 pm
Brick Walk Fine Art is pleased to announce our next exhibition which features selected works by Ken Morgan.
This exhibition will revisit drawings on canvas and paper that reference the unusual childhood of the artist as he was part of a Connecticut-based family of circus acrobats that performed across the country. Morgan attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. He later moved to Charleston, Maine for several years, where he lived in a grange hall that he bought and restored before returning to Connecticut where he currently resides.
Among his recognitions are grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation. His work is in many fine private and public collections including the State of Connecticut Artists Collection.
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Conversation with the Artist: Saturday, October 1 at 1:30p.m. Mr. Crowell will discuss his imagery, themes, and passion for bridging diverse communities. Free.
Painting Night: Thursday, October 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. with Irene Hilbert. Be inspired by the current exhibition and create Whimsical Tree, a playful, vibrant painting using line, color, and symbols. All art materials provided for one complete acrylic work of art on canvas. See registration page for an example of the image. Maximum participants is 15. Reservations due by September 30. $45.00 for non-members, $40.00 for members. Click here to register.
Panel Discussion Truths and Myths of Collecting: Anyone Can Collect. Saturday, October 15 from 1 – 2:30p.m. • Panelists include: Betty Hellerman; Lenny Hellerman; Margaret Penn; Betsy Rudden; moderated by Wanda Seldon. Free.
October 29 from 5–7p.m.: Closing reception honoring the artist and the sponsors of the exhibit. Visit with the artist, take your last look at this retrospective exhibition, partake of some refreshments, and enjoy the music. Free.
School and community groups are welcome during open hours or by appointment.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Dan J. & Alice Ford Ferraina and the West Indian Foundation, Inc., the William Kent Charitable Foundation, and the Nigel Cromwell Foundation, Inc.
Drawing inspiration from travel and landscapes, Cardinal Points features abstract oil paintings by Hartford-based artist Lindsey Fyfe. The exhibit explores aspects of the natural world from weather patterns and tectonic shifts to fields in bloom. Lindsey is one of the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s 2016 Featured Artists for the United Arts Campaign.
"Cardinal Points elicits a clear visual of a compass moving in different directions, or of one finding one’s bearings. I want my viewers to be in a mindset of movement and wanderlust as they experience my work, but I also hope that they will settle in and find their bearings within my canvases." - Lindsey Fyfe
Read our interview with Lindsey on the blog.
Join us for the of the opening reception of Cardinal Points on Thursday, April 7 from 5p.m. to 7p.m.where you can meet Lindsey Fyfe, enjoy live music by Daniel Salazar III, sip on wine and munch on light hors d’oeuvres.
EMERGING ARTIST EXPLORES GLOBALIZATION THROUGH SATELLITE ART IN HOPES OF ENGAGING OTHER YOUNG ARTISTS
Jeremy J. Starn showcases his new series of satellite images, titled “Mirrors In The Sky”, which aims to engage and empower young artists in northwest Connecticut. From oil fields in Saudi Arabia to deforestation in Brazil, his work explores the most visible impacts of globalization and development. Using uniquely crafted satellite images he investigates the marks of human activity on the planet, with a focus on natural resource management, industrial agriculture and climate change.
“Mirrors In The Sky” opening reception is Friday, November 27th 2015, from 5–8pm at the Noelke Gallery in Torrington Connecticut. The show runs until January 21st, 2016.
The painterly, and sometimes abstract, satellite images of human activity are both astonishing and thought-provoking. The artist remarks, “I hope that when people see my work they step back and reflect on the unprecedented global development that humans have achieved.” Through this global perspective, Jeremy J. Starn hopes to bring inspiration and empowerment to the young artist community in northwest Connecticut.
Jeremy J. Starn earned a BFA in Photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge MA in 2014. After graduating he worked for one year in northeast Thailand with a community rights organization. This experience gave him a new outlook on how strong communities can support the health of individuals and their environments. He currently resides in his hometown, Barkhamsted Connecticut.
The Noelke Gallery, located at 15 Water Street in downtown Torrington, is a conceptual art project owned and managed by renowned sculptor and painter John H. Noelke. The Noelke Gallery is an attempt to remove the elitist discernment of contemporary art and hopes to curate an approachable gallery that encourages conversation, sparks imagination, and serves as a haven for anyone interested.
15 Water St.
Hours: Thursday – Sunday 12-5pm
Visions of Nature; A 20th Century Impressionist
Running November 4th - November 30th at Marquee Gallery
Reception November 6th 6-8pm
Closing Reception November 28th 5-7pm
The Life and Works of Gerard Doudera
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11pm to 6pm, Monday, Tuesday, & Sunday by appointment. The “Visions of Nature; A 20th Century Impressionist” exhibit will be on display from November 4th to November 30th at Marquee Gallery, 74 State Street in New London, CT.
There will be an opening reception Friday November 6th from 6 to 8pm as well as a closing reception on November 28th from 5 to 7pm. Please call (860) 428 – 4903.
Patricia Rosoff was a member of the Board of Directors of Artists in Real Time, Inc. This award has been created in remembrance of her dedication to this organization and hundreds of local artists. Pat, who we lost on March 25, 2014, was a beloved teacher, art critic, author and artist who described her work as “free-wheeling color abstraction”. She was an important part of Open Studio Hartford for the past 20 years starting back in the 1990s when she boarded the shuttle bus as a most entertaining tour guide. Throughout the years, she was a driving force and brought insight, artistry and credibility to A.R.T. We hope in a small way this keeps her memory alive.
ELIGIBLITY: This competition is open to all abstract visual artists (excluding video) who reside in Connecticut. All pieces of abstract art must be original and personally executed.
PRIZES: First Prize $1,000. Second Prize $500. Each winner will receive $250 in Jerry’s Artarama merchandise and the opportunity to have an exhibit at the Aetna Gallery, at its Hartford headquarters.
The UConn Torrington campus ARTS PROJECT will feature the work of Romanian –born artist Florin Firimita at the campus’ Brick Wall Exhibition Space and the Whitson Gallery from February 9 – April 10, 2015. The exhibit, Reliquaries includes mixed media paintings, notebooks and resource materials from the artist’s studio. The documentary film, The Art of Leaving: A Portrait of Florin Ion Firimita will be shown on Thursday, February 26th, at 6:30 PM, followed by a conversation with the artist. The Art of Leaving depicts the journey of self-discovery for this Romanian immigrant trying to regain the past through painting, ultimately exploring his internal and external journeys and how they influenced the process and meaning of his art. Sponsored by the ARTS Project, the screening of the film and conversation will be held in the Whitson Gallery, followed by a reception for the artist.
ARTS PROJECT at UConn Torrington
855 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790
For more information contact: Pamela Bramble at 860-626-6821 or Pamela.firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist's Statement - Anita Balkun I am a collector of the commonplace. My work reuses stuff headed for the recycle bin or trash and transforms it into unexpected forms. The straightforward integrity of the materials allows the sculptural and sometimes interactive aspect of the artwork to highlight extraordinary qualities of the objects. I search for content within the history of the object - its use or its journey - and use that information as a springboard to the form. Abundance, multiples, texture and generosity also have their place in the artworks.
While the "stuff" is familiar, its juxtaposition to a particular space or daily activity adds potency and intention to its artistic transformation. This sampling of artwork demonstrates the ability of throwaway materials to transform the spaces they occupy, availing you to see them in a new context and in large-scale formats. They fuse recognizable materials to the tempo of life, and often originate through situations of personal serendipity.
Opening Reception: Friday December 5
Please join us on Friday, December 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. to celebrate this new exhibition in the ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library, located in the heart of the city at 500 Main Street.