Thursday, January 3 2013

Format: 2014/09/22

Thursday, January 3 2013

Franklin Street Works celebrates its one-year with the original exhibition 'Working Alternatives'

Franklin Street Works presents the original exhibition Working Alternatives: Breaking Bread, Art Broadcasting, and Collective Action, on view from October 27, 2012 - January 13, 2013. The exhibition looks at three threads of alternative art space histories and examines how engaged, inclusive strategies are still being used to break down perceived barriers between contemporary art and its audiences. The themes covered in Working Alternatives are conviviality and food, artists who use media (newspapers, television, and radio) as platforms for artworks, and artist collectives in the US, explored through an open archive gathered specifically for this exhibition.

Originally Working Alternatives was designed to be the backdrop for our first annual fundraiser, but Franklin Street Works is postponing that event until the spring so the indoor/outdoor extravaganza will coincide with warmer weather and have less proximity to long-standing regional art events. If you saved the date for our fundraiser, however, don’t despair and keep it on your calendars – there is still a party! Working Alternatives will open on the same night, October 27, from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. with a free, public reception. The evening will include a lively performance of San Francisco artist Tom Marioni’s “Drinking Beer Sonata with 13 Players” where thirteen people will create music by blowing into beer bottles based on Marioni’s instructions.

For Working Alternatives, curators Mackenzie Schneider, Terri C Smith, and Jess Wilcox explore three threads of alternative art platforms and production: conviviality and food as components in alternative art space programming and mission (Wilcox); artists using media such as radio, television, and newspapers as alternative venues for presenting work (Schneider); and artist collectives presented in a living archive with weekly changing exhibitions using archive materials (Smith). In addition to historical examples, the exhibition also includes original artworks by contemporary artists that reflect and expand on the showʼs themes. Working Alternatives’ artists include: Paul Branca, Jaime Davidovich, ESP TV, Group Material, Ann Hirsch, Tom Marioni, Anna Ostoya, Legacy Russell, Chris Sollars and Jerome Waag. Franklin Street Works is also excited to collaborate on several off-site artworks, including the live radio broadcast of an Ann Hirsch performance on WPKN, Bridgeport, and collages by Anna Ostoya in the Stamford Advocate via four, monthly ads during the show’s run. 

 

Guilford Art Center's Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft

Guilford Art Center's annual Artistry Holiday Sale of Fine American Craft features handmade works by more than 300 artists from across America, including pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber, ornaments, accessories, toys, specialty foods and more. New works are added throughout the course of the event, encouraging visitors to return to find one-of-a-kind finds. Support American artists, the arts, and small businesses.

 

Syntax Showtime: Art at Center Stage

This mixed media exhibition will be held at the Center Stage, Shelton, from November 30 through January 12, 2013.  It opens with a reception on Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the first performance of, “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.”  Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

Open during Box Office hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday

 

 

JUDITH RANDALL DE GRAFFENRIED, “DIVERGING PROCESSES”

In Pegasus Gallery

 November 16, 2012—January 3, 2013

 Reception on Thursday, November 29th, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Judith Randall De Graffenried’s painting process considers the varying degrees of analytical, emotional, sensual and spiritual human sensibilities.  In watercolor works like “Resort City,” pictorial plays of space and compositional juxtapositions create a multilayered series of visually charged settings.  In other works painted in oil, figure model session poses are adapted into invented backgrounds.

            Judith de Graffenried is associate professor of fine arts/graphic design and program coordinator at Middlesex Community College. She earned a B.A.at the University of South Carolina, an M.A.T. at the University of South Carolina, and an M.F.A. at City University of New York.  She also attended a year-long painting program at the Art Academy of Munich, Germany and studied art at Queens College and Indiana University. She has exhibited her paintings in more than 50 national juried exhibitions and received awards at: Maryland Federation of Art, (2008, 2005) The Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, Montpelier, VA (2008, 2006), Strathmore Award for Excellence, “Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition”, Golden, CO (1995). 
 

Pegasus Gallery is located within the library on the first floor of Chapman Hall

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., when classes are in session. 

 

For more information please contact:

Matthew Weber, Art Curator

860.343.5806, mweber@mxcc.commnet.edu

http://www.mxcc.commnet.edu/Content/Art_Exhibits.asp

 

 

KATHLEEN SUMPTER, “A TEA PARTY”

In the Niche
 
November 16, 2012—January 3, 2013
Reception on Thursday, November 29th, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in Pegasus Gallery
 
                Kathleen Sumpter’s, A Tea Party is a series of glazed and painted ceramic cups, teapots and tea party food.  These are functional and sculptural works that emphasize the whimsical and fanciful character of their handmade origins.  Vessels like “Queen Bee Teapot,” transcend its utilitarian tradition through color, pattern and ornament as a harmonious union of grass, sky and swarming bees. Sumpter’s forms inhabit the intimate space of the mind and activate associations with the world of play, the nature and delicacy.
 
          Since 2004, Sumpter has owned and operated Sumpter Design Middlefield, CT and is an adjunct instructor of digital arts at Middlesex Community College.   She earned her B.F.A. at the University of Connecticut and has received numerous EdPress Design Awards (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), the Weekly Reader President’s Award for Excellence (1995) and Young’s Printing Calendar Contest, Middletown (2003).
   
The Niche is located in Founders Hall across from the Registrar’s Office.
Hours: Monday's through Thursday's 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  
Friday's and Saturday's 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

     

For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator
http://www.mxcc.commnet.edu/Content/Art_Exhibits.asp