Monday, October 22 2012
The exhibit uses historic photographs, artifacts, and first-hand accounts to explore 260 years of Cornwall’s relationship with its forests, showing how and why the town transformed from forest to farm and back to forest. The exhibit will also explore changing attitudes about the forest, from the 18th century view of woods as a source of timber to more recent concepts of the forest as a setting for recreation and as a vital ecosystem.
In the Rio Grande River Valley of central New Mexico and eastern Arizona, the Pueblos, a people spread over 19 communities, continue to practice their ancient art of pottery-making. Descendents of the Anasazi, the Pueblo People, still use the traditional coiling methods and decorative patterns that have distinguished their work for centuries..
This exhibit compares and contrasts the unique style of each Pueblo community and highlights individual artists who have shaped this timeless craft.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm* and Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm * *Last admission 4:30pm
A new series of work reflecting the uncertainty, vulnerability and hope for restoring today’s cultural climate in 2- and 3-D media. The series title also alludes to the artists family name before it was Anglicized in the early 1900’s to better fit into American society. Close examination reveals hints of lace designs in her artwork, an emblem of a long-held family business.
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
September 23rd through November 3rd, 2012
In the ongoing celebration of our 90th year, the historical exhibition will highlight selections of works from the founding members of Silvermine Arts Center. Included in the exhibition will be works by such artists as Daniel Putnam Brinley, Solon Borglum, Berhard Gutmann, Howard L. Hildebrandt, Murray McKay, Addison Miller and Charles Rieffel.
DATE: September 23rd through November 3rd, 2012
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents an exhibition of works by Connecticut artists Joan Fitzsimmons, Laura Barr, Alexis Neider, Barbara Marks, and Lisa Hess Hesselgrave.
The exhibition will take place at Katalina’s cupcake shop at 74 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, and will be on display from September 10th until November 2nd, 2012. Katalina’s is open to the public during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
An artists’ reception is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served, including cupcakes, of course!
The exhibit will feature artwork that revolves around the theme of food, including colorful and playful paintings of indulgent breakfasts and black and white photographs of emptied glasses. The exhibition, curated by our Director of Artistic Services & Programs, Debbie Hesse, brings together all the abundance and the lack that the theme summons within all of us, roughly three times a day.
This exhibition will also complement the Arts Paper’s September issue “The Art of Food,” which will highlight local culinary talent, delve into international eating trends, discuss food documentaries, and goes behind-the-scenes in the article “The Ballet of Service.”
For more information about this exhibition and the Arts Paper, call the Arts Council at (203) 772-2788. High-resolution images are available upon request.
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, publisher of The Arts Paper, is a regional nonprofit arts agency that provides leadership to and advocates for member artists and arts organizations and connects them to one another, to audiences, and to the Greater New Haven community. Visit the Arts Council online at newhavenarts.org.
Featuring first sculpture in residence: Ken Price, Doola (2011) On view September 22 – November 30, 2012
Open Thursday – Monday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30, including tour of the site.
A Persistent Passion: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou : 1870- 1976 Places in a One Hundred and Six Year Life
A solo exhibition introducing the art and celebrating the life of Lora Eberly Ballou, 1870-1976. Featuring a collection of over 30 floral arrangements and landscape oil paintings; an assemblage of personal effects; and a historical timeline documenting her 106 year life.
Old Town Hall Museum, 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT. September 27, 2012 – January 31, 2013. VIP Opening night reception, rsvp required: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Public reception follows immediately from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Gallery hours: Wed, Thurs, Fri, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Check website for weekend hours, guided tours, and art lectures.
Lora Eberly Ballou was born in 1870. Queen Victoria was halfway through her reign, and Lora’s parents were discussing the assassination of President Lincoln and the Civil War. Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States, women could not vote and the horse and buggy was the family car. By the time of her death in October of 1976, Ballou had witnessed: the Spanish-American War; World Wars I and II; the Korean and Vietnam conflicts; the inventions of the telephone, light bulb, and plastics; women gaining the right to vote and access to equal pay; minorities achieving civil rights and in transportation the mass producing of automobiles, commercial airlines and a spaceship landing men on the moon.
"She was a women who was, at one and the same time, both of her time and ahead of her time; on the one hand, comfortable with her "traditional" life but always creating room for her "aspirational" life", writes Sophia Gevas in her essay, A Persistent Passion: The Art of Eberly Ballou, 1870-1976.
Lora created hundreds of paintings in her life time when it was difficult for any woman to pursue a passion for her painting, and as the world dramatically changed around her, she spent much of her 106 years doing the thing she most loved-creating images of her surroundings on canvas.
Lora gave many of her paintings away to friends, hospitals and museums. Over 30 paintings are still in the possession of her grandson, Stamford resident, Bob Phillips who has, along with his wife, Pat, generously sponsored the four month exhibit that will open on September 27th. “The genesis for this exhibition came while attending the celebration of Governor-elect Malloy at the restored Old Town Hall. My wife Pat commented on its appropriateness as an art gallery and the benefit to Stamford Downtown if it became an exhibition hall. That night Lora Eberly Ballou-artist materialized as we reevaluated her paintings for a public viewing”.
Sandy Labriola, owner of Labriola Frame and Art Gallery beautifully restored the paintings that will be on display along with an assemblage of personal effects and the historical timeline, “Places In a One Hundred Six Year Life”. The timeline, researched by co curator, Valerie Cooper, incorporates important historical developments, political, social and scientific contributions along with the evolution of women’s rights and accomplishments that occurred during the life of Lora Ballou and is the basis for the creation of a teachers professional workshop and partnership with the Stamford Public School System that will allow tours for middle and high school students. The Stamford Garden Club will also offer tours. Information on scheduled tours, lectures and workshops and also weekend hours for the duration of the exhibit can be found at
www.LoraBallou.com or call Valerie Cooper at 203-977-8203.
PERSISTENT PASSION: The Art of Lora Eberly Ballou is sponsored by Robert M. and Patricia C. Phillips and supported by the City of Stamford, Michael A. Pavia, Mayor and Old Town Hall Redevelopment Agency; co curated by Valerie Cooper, Art Consultant and Appraiser and Lina Morielli, Artist/Arts Advocate. Exhibit catalogue essay by Sophia Gevas. Art Restoration by Labriola Frame and Art Gallery, graphics by Connacher Design and Marcel Biro Design.
Amy Browning’s exhibit, SOUNDING THE SILENCE, contains new work that is an exhilarating revelation of order within disorder. Pre-ordained rules yield to the mysterious needs of the canvas. The title and theme for Joe Saccio’s exhibit, MEMORY AND TRANSFORMATION, stems from his discovery when working on a four foot by twenty-foot section of a hollow black oak tree trunk. The artist divided the old hollow trunk into three six foot sections and split each vertically to create three triptychs, or three open books revealing the old tree’s inner life and history.
In today’s anarchic media flux, governments and traditional media empires have lost much of their power to dictate what we see and believe. This erosion is the subject of Paul Qaysi’s recent work in which he scavenges, cuts, pastes and animates digital images from a variety of sources, interrogating the production of authority and truth.
The Arab Spring uprisings flared up with the aid of digital technologies and social media. Investigating these historic events in “Actual Dots,” Qaysi recycles, connects and dismantles official images of recently overthrown dictators. Portrait stills captured from YouTube are reduced to dot screens. The screens shift and dots enlarge, evoking newspapers, bullet holes and abstract painting. The more close-up the images of these corrupt leaders, the more meaningless they become. As the photos disintegrate, the floating dots form moiré patterns that briefly resemble Islamic tile designs, and we hear a multi-track sound collage of passionate crowds. By making a shorter version of the videos available for download as a screen saver, Qaysi invites viewers to look closer, participate and even celebrate in the corruption of these official images.
In “Drawdown,” an official photo of armed U.S. marines exiting a destroyed building, the soldiers slowly melt before our eyes in animated layers–but the ruins behind them remain. Digitally isolating the soldiers, Qaysi animated a single frame. Primed by video games and film on how to react to this type of image, we expect sudden violence, but Qaysi elects a slow-burning approach that gives viewers time to think, time we usually do not spend before a single photo of this kind.
Attuned to temporal questions, Qaysi investigates the speed of world events, and our understanding of them and their long-term effects. He incites viewers to consider how we receive the news, what we choose to view, and the blurry line between information and entertainment.
Paul Qaysi was born in 1963 in Baghdad, Iraq, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his B.F.A. in sculpture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and M.F.A. in Program in Advanced Photographic Studies from Bard College-International Center of Photography in New York, NY. Exhibitions include Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, ICP, New York (2012); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2012); Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, ICP, New York (2010); DUMBO Arts Festival, New York (2010); JGS Forward Thinking Museum, location?, (2009); 25 CPW Gallery, New York (2009); ICP-Bard MFA Studio, Long Island City, NY (2009); and Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, ICP, New York (2009).
Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall
Screen time schedule will be posted and updated at: http://www.mxcc.commnet.edu/Content/PAUL_QAYSI_A_SEA_OF_PATTERNS.asp
The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.
Hours: Mondays- Thursdays 8:30am-6pm & Fridays 8:30am-4pm.
For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator
Monday, October 22: A Better Life (English, 2011); Rated PG-13. Remarks by Dr. Diana P. Valencia, Professor of Spanish, University of Saint Joseph
Carlos Galindo works as a gardener with Blasco Martinez. Blasco wants to return to Mexico and continually tries to persuade Carlos to purchase his business from him. Carlos' son Luis is in high school and is dating Ruthie Valdez, the niece of a local gang leader. Luis regularly goes to her house after school where gang members congregate. Luis is embarrassed by his father and, although he does not wish to follow in his footsteps, has a hard time committing himself to his education. However, his relationship with Ruthie and his friendship with Facundo pushes him toward becoming a gang member.