March 26, 2013

Springin' it up!

Hygienic Art Galleries
The Ant1-Her0 Project, Vol 1: Duality
Opening this Saturday night:
Join us March 23 from 7-10pm
The Ant1-Her0 Project is a conceptual character study Hygienic Resident Artist Travis Gibbs created to explore his interest in the human condition. Comprising of Illustration, Graphic Art, and Performance Art, Gibbs wanted to create a continuous character similar to that of a comic book, without the anchors and limitations of a continuing story line. Ant1-Her0 is a character loosely based on the artist, and the project deals with the gritty challenges of internal struggle, political and spiritual ideology, and social issues. Also, showing works inspired by this theme will be Mattias Lundblad and fellow Hygienic Resident Kim Abraham.

Dana-Naumann, The Narrator

"Ten Narratives"
10 artists 
Helene Burke                              Claudine Burns-Smith                  
Bob Cuneo                                  Moira Fain 
Nick Grossmann                         Maurice Hansen (1941-2000)
Dana Naumann                           Gordon Skinner 
Cherie Tredanari                         Elisa Vegliante 

Artists' Reception: Saturday March 23rd, 2 to 4 PM. 
 The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery (in the Lower Level) 
133 Elm Street   New HavenCT  (across from the New HavenGreen)

“Ten Narratives” is a substantial group show of Connecticut, New York, and California artists first shown in January in the small East Village Gallery called Umbrella Arts, at 317 East 9th Street. The exhibition explores the art of the narrative through a broad scope of styles, ranging from expressionist to surrealist to abstract to primitive, with influences ranging from Eduard Munch to Joan Miro to Australian Aboriginal art to Jean Dubuffet and Outsider Art. The ten artists comprise an interesting cross section.  Half are self-taught.  Ages stretch from mid-30s to mid-90s.  Media include paintings, drawings, etchings, collage, assemblage, mixed media and sculpture. Some of their accomplishments include NEA fellowships, public sculpture and mural installations, and publishing children’s picture books. All of these elements combine to make an exciting visual smorgasbord held together by the narrative art form.
In visual narrative stories emerge from constellations of dots and strokes of paint, points of reference, shadows and overlays, forms and images, figures and objects. --  It often requires a new vocabulary to describe patterns, motifs, moods, and emotions.  Carl Jung's so-called “archetypes” lay out patterns of personalities, symbols, and myths to explain recurring principles in living reality. The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss wrote that the vast number of mythic stories in the world can be distilled into certain structures that are constant and universal.  A.J. Greimas points out contrasting polarities in stories, such as subject/object, sender/ receiver, helper/opponent -- the individual terms of which are characteristic representations.
Curated by Chris Butler - Butler Exhibition Design  &
Johnes Ruta,,  Art Director New Haven Free Public Library

Call for entries:

CT+6: April 14 - May 19th
Clubhouse and Saltbox Galleries
Best of Show: $1,000 cash prize plus a one person exhibit in 2013-2014 season. Additional prizes and awards.
Jurors: Nancy Stuart, dean, Hartford Art School and Jane Lund, nationally known artist represented by the Forum Gallery, NYC.
Digital entries due March 28th.
Drop-off of entries: Saturday March 30th
Pre-registration forms due by March 28th.
Download a complete prospectus from our website at
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And my own work featured at 100 Pearl Street, courtesy of the Greater Hartford Arts Council:
 gallery hours: M-F 9-5

This weekend: installation in progress
Unwrapping "Touchstone" - deconstructed lace tendrils

Adding the last scatter of leaves to "I'm Knitting Green"
More to see at - and you can find my Facebook artist page too!
Thanks to the Greater Hartford Arts Council:

Check out Steve Balkun's entry in the Joe Bonamassa Bluesmasters competition.  
The  more you view it, the more votes he gets. 
Watch it once a day for your dose of the hot blues!!