Connecticut news

UPDATE: The show has been extended through September 30, 2015.

Thank YOU, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery. Two of my paintings (pictured at top) are included in “Thank You, Connecticut,” an annual group show that was curated this year by gallery artists Rex Prescott Walden, Shelby Head, Nathan Lewis, Joe Boginski, and James Gortner. The show features artists who have ties to Connecticut, as a place to live and/or work. Did I ever mention that my family, full of pastors, publishers, and bankers, has been in Connecticut since the 1600s? Other artists in the show include Hollis Dunlap, Jaclyn Conley, Camille Eskell, Steven DiGiovanni, Jonathan Waters, Molly S. McDonald, Scott Paterson, George Phelps, Roland Becerra, Connie Pfeiffer, and Charles McIlvane.

Located at 96 Bedford Avenue in Stamford, Connecticut, Fernando’s gallery specializes in international emerging artists, secondary market, and estate collections. He has shown work by Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Longo, Louise Fishman, Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Jim Dine, Sean Scully, Jacqueline Humphries, Arturo Di Modica, Jena Thomas, John J. Bedoya, Rex Prescott Walden, Kirsten Reynolds, Damla T. Faro, Evelin Vel�squez, Shelby Head, and Nathan Lewis. 

Thanks to James Gortner, for selecting my work for the show. Image at top: At left, Red Column (Text to Come), 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. At right, Blue Alloy, 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Another group show of note:
“Perfect Stangers” (pictured above) at the Ober Gallery, in Kent, on view through September 25, 2015. Artists include
Jason Stopa and Eric Shaw (image via Jason Stopa on Facebook).

Good news: The John Slade Ely House, a non-profit art space for more than fifty years, was slated to be sold by Wells Fargo, but after a community outcry, the sale has been put on hold.
According to a report in the New Haven Independent, representatives of the two sides (the bank and the community) met on Friday. �We did not feel there had been adequate maintenance of the building and therefore preservation of the assets for the benefit of the New Haven arts community, and there hadn�t been an attempt to reach out to the arts community,” Connecticut Economic Development Administrator Matt Nemerson reported. “They didn�t talk to the Arts Council. They didn�t talk to Andy Wolf. They didn�t talk to the [Community] Foundation � This mitigated any ability they had to begin any action to change the nature of either the building or the trust itself.� Essentially, Nemerson felt that the city �absolutely� has the authority and legal standing to intervene in the sale of the John Slade Ely House.(Image above: via Flickr, Justme07)

I’m pleased to see that Daniel Bohman, one of my former students from the  UConn MFA program, is having a show at Reynolds Fine Art in New Haven, on view through September 30, 2015. Pictured above: Daniel Bohman, Glass Ceiling, oil on canvas, 36 x 55 inches. I’m looking forward to meeting the new students at the end of the month. (Note to students in my class: Our first class will meet at the VARC for studio visits, 9am, Monday, August 31!)

Are you having a show in Connecticut? Add it to the Comments section with a link. Thanks!


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