September 20, 2013

Autumn art at its best!

These beauties will be making a 'guest appearance' at my PARK(ing) Day park!

Did you know PARK(ing) Day is today?  Ck out this global event that brings awareness to our green spaces at:

find my pop-up park in front of the Hartford Public Library 11-3, courtesy of the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Knox Park Foundation!

You can also find me at REAP Streets arts festival
Sat 9/21  Windsor Center  3-7 pm.
The POD makes a morphed reappearance in a storefront!
Work in Progress: installing "Self Storage" for REAP Streets 

Currently in the Donaldson Gallery in the Olin Arts and Science Center from September 16 to October 20 is an exhibition of eleven works by Stanley Lewis, our fall semester Prescott Visiting Artist. The show includes mostly landscapes, some painted in oil and others in acrylic, and one sculpture. Two large invented scenes add to the show an aspect rarely seen in his oeuvre. Special thanks to the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection in Mount Kisco, NY for loaning four paintings for this exhibition. The deeply perceptive works in heavy impasto and lovely textural surfaces present earthy harmonics in a rigorous spacial construct. The paintings are built through relentless sessions of painting scenes of the places where he lives. A member since 1986 of the Bowery Gallery in NYC where he had seven one-person shows, Stanley Lewis was also a member of the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, MA., and of Lohin Geduld Gallery in NYC. He also exhibited at Salander-O'Reilly Galleries in New York. He earned his MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1967 and went on to teach at the American University in DC, at Kansas City Art Institute, at Parsons School of Design in New York, at Smith College, at the New York Studio School, and was a visiting artist at Yale. He has for many summers taught at the Chatauqua Institution, NY and often has been a Visiting Artist at the Vermont Studio Center. A long-time hero of an undercurrent of painterly figurative painters especially in New York and in the midwest, he has recently been recognized at the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in a select group show that opens next week at the National Academy. He is represented by Betty Cunningham Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan. His many awards include a Danforth Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Stanley will give a slide lecture at the Hacker Theater at Porters on October 2 at noon and the talk will be followed by a reception.

ArtAround the West End, Hartford, CT   

Self-guided neighborhood art walk
Saturday, September 21, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Maps available day of walk 

The West End Civic Association is sponsoring its 2nd annual ArtAround the West End on Saturday, September 21. There will be a reception to meet artists the night before.

One of the threads in the rich fabric of the City of Hartford is its arts and culture, and one of the City’s most vibrant artistic communities is the West End, a neighborhood with both a strong sense of place and pride of place.
Join art lovers and collectors for ArtAround the West End, a self-guided walk to visit with and see the works of West End visual artists, including painters, photographers, sculptors, potters, jewelers and others in various locations around Hartford’s historic West End.  

22 Featured Artists:
Linn Bae – oil painting
Carole Bascetta – ceramic sculpture
JoAnne Bauer – assemblages, encaustics, manipulated photography, poetry
Noel G. Coonce-Ewing - assemblage art, oil paintings 
Steve Fournier – watercolor
Georges S. Annan-Kingsley – painting, sculpture
Mo Myra Grogan - watercolor
Bill Healy – oil painting
Roxann Poppe Leibenhaut – oil, Representational
Chris London – sculpture, masks
Thomas McCabe - paintings, cartoons
John Murphy – oil painting
Lisa Pressamarita – eclectic mix of works based on the landscape, two and three-dimensional
Elizabeth (Betsy) Raphael – stone sculpture
Alexis Rathbun – jewelry
Nan Runde – paintings (oil and egg tempera) and drawings
Laura Spero – photography, writing
Cara Stimmel-Agins - Steampunk vibe jewelry/accessories, limited edition vintage assemblage
Peter Upton – oil painting, abstract
Elizabeth Vitale - mixed media, including photography, pen & ink, collage & fabric arts, also poetry & inspirational writing
Carolyn West – jewelry design
Robert Louis Wilgoski – oil painting

Meet the Artists Reception 
Silent Auction to support arts and cultural events in the West End 
Friday, September 20, 2013 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
*** RSVP no later than September 16th to at WECA to receive details for the reception, including the location.
For more information about ArtAround the West End, and the artists and their work, go to or by phone JoAnne Bauer, 860-233-7852
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About WECA – the West End Civic Association (WECA) is a non-profit, nonreligious, nonpartisan neighborhood organization founded more than thirty years ago to promote the welfare and best interests of the West End and the City of Hartford. A substantial force in strengthening community, WECA strives to create diversity, community cultural events, safe and beautiful streets, desirable housing, good schools and a thriving business corridor. Located 1.5 miles from Hartford’s central business district, most of the West End is listed as an historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.

Eat, Drink, Dance: Hartbeat's Boogie Down Benefit. 
Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2-5 pm at Black Eyed Sally's. 
$75/per person included buffet lunch, open bar and general seating
$100/person includes buffet lunch, open bar and reserved seating near the band which is Zydeco Hogs! (fun right?). Group sales also available.

John Dankosky and his team of WNPR’s Where We Live will receive the HartBeat Cultural and Civic Leadership Award.
Andy Hart, photographer for the Hartford News, will be the featured artist, exhibiting a selection of his “Hartford Life” photographs.