Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce “Paradigm Shifts,” a group exhibition featuring paintings by Charles Arnoldi, Ricardo Mazal and Manuel Mérida. The show opens on September 14th with a reception for the artists from 5-7pm, and will run through November 25th.
The artists in this exhibition explore the potential of painting as a medium, challenging its normative paint application and structure. Whether selecting pigments in their primordial form, applying them with non-traditional tools, or presenting irregular supports, these artists break with convention all-the-while maintaining an aesthetic foothold in modernism.
About the artists:
Charles Arnoldi has had a decades-long distinguished career as an artist investigating the formal aspects of paintings and sculpture. Shapes, color, and proportion are motifs he continually revisits in his work, suggesting architectural elements or forms seen in nature, such as tropical plant life. The show will feature Arnoldi’s geometric abstractions, colorful balances of rigid grids containing gestural arcs. Some of these compositions are disrupted by the non-uniform shapes of his canvases. Arnoldi paints on individual panels and later assembles them, at times leaving them un-aligned and making way for gaps and irregular edges. The nature of the hard-edged geometric compositions becomes more apparent with the play between the foreground and background and their spatial relationships. A numerous award recipient, Arnoldi has been featured in many international exhibitions and his work is extensively collected in private, corporate and public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, The Menil Collection, Houston, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
Ricardo Mazal explores themes of spirituality in his abstract paintings, using vibrant colors and refined, minimal forms that can have smooth or finely textured surfaces. Mazal achieves these effects with an unorthodox pigment application, using rubber tipped blades or carved out grooves on the tips of paintbrushes. Starting with photography in what he defines to be the bridge between reality and abstraction, Mazal manipulates digital imagery to arrive at his sketches. Some canvases have grid compositions with contrasting palettes, creating a formal balance of tension and harmony. These geometric abstractions draw from Mazal’s personal investigations of sacred burial rituals in various cultures across the globe. The Bhutan series references colorful prayer flags bestowing their blessings to the wind in the region. Other paintings in the show recall the terrain of national parks outside his home in Santa Fe, geological strata that have been carved out of the bedrock over the ages. A leading artist from Mexico, Mazal has been featured in many exhibitions in the Americas, Asia and Europe and his work is included in the permanent collections of Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Maeght Foundation in Paris, among others.
Manuel Mérida is another artist who originally hailed from Latin America before moving to Paris where he currently resides. His work does not conform to the traditional notion that painting is an oil on canvas. Instead, he presents brightly colored pigments in their primal form: powder. These monochromatic colors are encased in a round frame set to rotate at a steady, consistent speed, causing the powdered pigment to move. The work is in perpetual motion, creating new gestures of forms, light, shadow and space that continually shift and are never the same. Mérida was greatly influenced by contemporary kinetic and constructivist artists such as Jesús Rafael Soto, Julio Le Parc and Lygia Clark whom he met when he emigrated to France in the late 1960s. However, he considers himself to be a gestural painter rather than a kinetic artist. Mérida has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Latin America and Europe and his work is in many collections including the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas.
Favorite memories, reminders and images of home are on display at the City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery. “Memories Of Our Town,” features art in a variety of mediums that represents the unique memories of the place we call home: places, people, sounds, smells, events, etc. that are personally significant to the artist. Contributing artists include Eric Chiang of Westport, Cindy Sinor, Wilton, Al Coyote Wiener of Fairfield.
The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces, making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9:00am -5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
“Reflection of Nature”
Solo Exhibition of paintings by Maria C. Friscia
September 30 – October 29, 2017
Sunday October 1, 4-6 PM
The Loft Artists Association presents an exhibition by artist Maria C. Friscia. Her work is inspired by nature, a combination of her old and new texture technique on canvas. She has painted extensively over the last year developing her technique and exploring new themes and as a result been honored with several awards.
“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 and most recently with texture. Forms of nature speak to me in terms of human emotions. Nature pleases me and touches me, evoking enthusiasm for solitude. Nature frees me from all onuses of life, and when looking at landscapes, I find myself concentrating on the “self”-that which is to me the spirit, the soul of being. Through investigating nature, I am compelled to understand myself and reflect on my role and purpose of being. During this creative process I am in constant touch with my inner feelings. The woods, the hills, the cliffs, the water-these are all motifs for inspiration and reflection of a particular experience.”
In the West Gallery at LAA, an exhibition entitled ‘Mix of Five” will be displayed simultaneously featuring the works of member artists Donna Callighan, Rosa Colon, Fabian Cortes, Lisa Cuscuna, and Ken Delmar
Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm.
Admission and parking are free.
Handicapped access is available by appointment. For directions and more information visit loftartists.com or call 203-247-2027
Now in its 39th year, the Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County’s visual arts community and introducing the general public to artists and their work.
The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Meditations on Nature,” featuring the stress-relieving nature acrylics of the Bay Shore area of New Jersey painter, Sharon Hathaway. Her exhibit runs October 3 – 31. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com
Timeless New England: A Mortimer H. Slotnick Retrospective opens at the Handwright Gallery in New Canaan with a public reception from 5:30 – 8pm on October, 12. The show runs through November 4.
Slotnick’s work has been compared to the poetry of Robert Frost – simple and realistic, serene and haunting. The paintings and drawings in the show celebrate a vanishing American countryside, taking what were once common images and turning them into luminous works of color and light. They reflect the beauty and tranquility of the New England landscape, photographic in detail, and with keen attention and balance in composition. The viewer is drawn into each scene, experiencing nature at its purest.
For more information: www.handwrightgallery.com, or call 203-966-7660.
“The Great War and the United States Home Front” is part of the Pages from Pequot Special Collections series of changing exhibitions highlighting Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives on view in the Reading Room and Perkin Gallery. This exhibition considers the question, “What can we do?” posed by those at home during the Great War, and features a selection of books, maps, military diagrams, pamphlets, and propaganda posters from Pequot Library’s Special Collections. Visitors will discover and learn more about a variety of patriotic civilian efforts that took place on the American home front after the United States entered WWl in 1917.
Related public programming has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition and includes the community event Home Front on the Front Lawn on Sunday, October 15, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Discover what life was like for families on the home front. View classic cars, listen to the sounds of a Victrola, plant a Victory garden, play period lawn games, and enjoy cider, coffee, and doughnuts. All ages are welcome. The event is free and no registration is required.
On Thursday, October 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. discover the art and artists who thrived during the Great War on a guided tour of the Luce Center for American Art at the Brooklyn Museum on the Day Art Trip: Brooklyn Museum. Register at pequotlibrary.org for bus, museum, and lunch.
Pequot Presents: The Great War in Film begins on Wednesday, October 25 with A Farewell to Arms, followed by Sergeant York on November 1, and War Horse on November 8, all films are free and begin at 3:30 p.m. Join Library docents for a brief and informal tour of the exhibition at 3:00 p.m. each Wednesday before the movie.
On Friday November 3 at 11:00 a.m. look, listen, and learn during Fantastic Finds: The Lighter Draw of Politics with American cartoonist and illustrator Sean Kelly as he takes a closer look at WWl political cartoons from Pequot Library’s Special Collections of materials from the Great War era.
Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!
A weeklong celebration of art with programs for all ages and fine art for sale.
Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 22: Green Art Show
Sunday, October 15: Gallery Talk “Sherry in the Stacks” – 3:00-5:00pm
Wednesday, October 18: Express Yourself: Afternoon Art for children – 4:00-5:30pm
Wednesday, October 18: The Art of Restoration – 7:00-8:30pm
Thursday, October 19: Day Art Trip: Brooklyn Museum – 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday, October 19: Sip & Paint – 7:00-8:30pm
Friday, October 20: Southport Galleries Exhibition Opening: Abstract Women – 5:00pm
Saturday, October 21: Explore Your Story for children – 10am-12pm and 1:00-3:00pm
Saturday, October 21: Karl Soderlund Portrait Demonstration – 2:00-3:30pm
Sunday, October 22: Artists & Collectors Party, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Pequot Library would like to thank its 20th Annual Art Show sponsors: JP Morgan Chase, Oliver Nurseries, Southport Galleries, The Russell Agency LLC, People’s United Bank, Merrill Lynch, Resnick Advisors, WSHU Public Radio, Fairfield Magazine, M Communications, Brad M. Aron – Attorney at Law, Santa Buckley Energy, Hatfield Insurance Agency Inc., Roland & Co., Broken Shed New Zealand Vodka, Bigelow, and Mitchells.
Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!
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Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential figures in United States history—he fought in the Revolutionary War, helped develop the Constitution, and as the first Secretary of the Treasury established landmark economic policy that we still use today. Cut down by a bullet from political rival Aaron Burr, Hamilton has since been immortalized alongside other Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson—his likeness even appears on the ten-dollar bill. This American Legend also inspired the Broadway hit Musical Hamilton.
“. . . a timely portrait of the famous and controversial Alexander Hamilton.” —Library Journal
New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Hennessey will discuss his newly published graphic novel biography at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 (203) 255-7756 on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 beginning at 7:00pm on the 2nd floor. Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father (Penguin Random House Aug. 8, 2017) is a fully-illustrated and impeccably researched graphic novel-style history, authored by Jonathan Hennessey along with comic book illustrator Justin Greenwood. The two bring Alexander Hamilton’s world to life, telling the story of this improbable hero who helped shape the United States of America. This event is free and open to the public! Walk-ins are welcome.
“This book needs to be in schools and on your shelves. Hennessey knows his Hamilton history and Greenwood’s art has a pulse that makes the founder’s story as compelling for comics as it is for great theatre.”
—Jeff Parker, writer of Future Quest and Batman ’66
Jonathan Hennessey was born to a military family on a U.S. Army base in New England and raised, like many, in a town steeped in American history. As an adult Hennessey came to fully appreciate politics, people, and the real world after an extended, hazy interregnum of fantasy novels, gaming, comic books, video games, and anime. Find out more about author Jonathan Hennessey at jonathanhennessey.com
Copies of Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father, will be available for purchase/signing at the downtown Bookstore event. For more Bookstore events please visit us at www.fairfieldbookstore.com and www.facebook.com/FairfieldUBookstore. On Instagram and Twitter: @ FairfieldUBooks. The Fairfield University Bookstore, located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, is operated by the Follett Higher Eduction Group, and proudly serves the Fairfield Community, Fairfield University and beyond.