Check out some of these articles about recent shows @ KLG!
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Check out some of these articles about recent shows @ KLG!
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Check out this great article in the New Haven Independent about TAKE 5, August 2nd – August 26th, featuring 5 of the gallery's newest members:
Take 5, a small group exhibition, features the work of five of the gallery’s newest members, working in a wide variety of media, including photography, printmaking, pastel, collage, and mixed-media. Though each artist is distinctly unique, shared themes of dance, music, spirit, energy, and storytelling emerge in the collection.
Kim Weston’s most recent collection of photographs incorporate movement and strong colors. Created during Native American pow-wows, Weston states she shoots in time with the rhythm of the drum, and aims to connect with the spirit of what she is photographing.
Amanda Walker’s latest collection of mixed media drawings incorporate her ever-present focus on artifice and masks, and center around the idea of a “Dance Macabre.” The artist states the series grew from a place of fear and uncertainty in what is happening in our country today.
Joan Jacobson-Zamore presents a series of prints and stencil monotypes of “dreamscapes of trees.” The works incorporate bold colors, movement and music, with each stencil print expressing a different sound.
Kate Henderson calls her current series of pastel collages “Adventures in Feminism.” As with all her work, Henderson is interested in the energy of line and gesture and how that transforms us, and sees her art-making as a spiritual practice.
Brian Flinn will be presenting a collection of digital collages and drawings in which disparate materials and images are organized around a defined structure. The artist states narratives then emerge intuitively.
Throughout the exhibition, a series of free special events and programs are planned in partnership with ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org). Programs include:
For the next several weeks, July 14th – July 29th, The 16oz Canvas Podcast finds a home at KLG and presents: "The Art of Craft Beer," an exhibition featuring the work of 11 artists who create the label art for craft beer. Check out these great features:
WNHH Radio, Kitchen Sync w/ Lucy Gellman: https://player.fm/series/wnhh-community-radio/kitchen-sync-ep-83-the-art-of-craft-beer
April 26th – May 27th, 2018: Kehler Liddell Gallery presented its 2nd annual juried show, this year taking inspiration from a quote from Shakespeare: "How with this Rage shall Beauty hold a Plea?". Check out these great reviews of the show:
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“What is the point of making beautiful things, or of cherishing the beauty of the past, when ugliness runs rampant?” asks Alex Ross in the 2017 New Yorker magazine article “Making Art in a Time of Rage.” Ross later references a London gallery that, in the midst of World War II, prefaced the exhibition catalogue for Jacob Epstein’s flower paintings with a quote from Shakespeare: “How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea?”
It’s an age-old question. Are we as artists responsible for creating challenging works and addressing critical issues of our time head on? Are other expressions trite or selfish acts of escapism? Or can beauty be powerful? Can the act of creating beauty during a time of ugliness be a form of resistance in itself, offering a vision of all that humans can aspire to? Fifty-three artists offer responses to this question, ranging from abstract meditations to more realistic representations, in a wide variety of media.
Participating Artists: Alan Shulik, Amanda Walker, Alison Kudlow, Ana Henriques, Brian Flinn, Desmond Ambrose, Dionne Pia, Don Wunderlee, Douglas Deveny, Eric March, Erik Durant, Frank Bruckmann, Hank Paper, Hilary Opperman, Hong Hong, Irene Miller, Jackie Heitchue, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Jasper Farish, Jean Perkins, Jeanette Compton, Jennifer Brubacher, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Joan Wheeler, Joe Fekieta, Joe Saccio, Julie Fraenkel, Kate Henderson, Katherine Jackson, Kim Weston, Kwadwo Adae, Laurie Grace, Leila Daw, Linda Lindroth, Liz Alpert Fay, Mark St. Mary, McKenzie Chapman, Missy Stevens, Molly Gambardella, Nina Chung, Patty Weise, Paul Berger, Penrhyn Cook, Robert Bienstock, Ricardo Dominguez, Rod Cook, Roy Money, Scott Schuldt, Sheldon Krevit, Stephanie Blumenthal, Steven Licardi, Warda Geismar, Zoe Matthiessen
A panel discussion moderated by Lucy Gellman, Editor of The Arts Paper, precluded our opening reception. The discussion focused on the central question of the exhibition. Panelists include: Kwadwo Adae, artist, muralist and founder/owner of Adae Fine Art Academy; Luciana McClure, artist and founder of Nasty Women CT; and Ted Efremoff, artist and associate professor at Central CT State University.
The discussion was presented by ArtEcon Initiative (www.arteconinitiative.org) and made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The NewAlliance Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund presents: The Rise and Fail of the N-Word: Implicit Bias and the N-Word Living in our Subconscious by Rhinold Ponder, at Kehler Liddell Gallery (873 Whalley Avenue), February 15th – March 18th, 2018.
The Rise and Fail of the N-Word, by New Jersey based artist Rhinold Ponder, challenges the lack of a common language in our efforts to understand and communicate across perspectives about racism. This provocative exhibition contains work created by Ponder himself, as well as work commissioned by Ponder that includes a series of “N-Word Logos” created by artists worldwide. The exhibition seeks to engage viewers in an emotional and often redemptive dialogue.
“In my artwork, I try to offer the viewer a narrative about race, and the issue of racism, which is one of the most important discussions we need to have in this country, but also one of the most difficult,” says Ponder. “I’m not there to tell [viewers] what to think … the work is there to help them think.”
This exhibition is brought to New Haven by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (WCGMF), marking a new venture for WCGMF to work with art and artists to create opportunities for discussion around race and poverty in our society.
“The ‘N’ Word is intrinsically embedded in the implicit bias that affects people who are charged with the success of children of color in our community,” says Executive Director David Addams.
The exhibition opened with a reception and discussion between the artist and Enroue Halfkenny to a full house of over 100 attendees. The conversation continues with two concluding events. On March 15th, Hanifa Nayo Washington will facilitate a special Literary Happy Hour – a radically inclusive reading and performance series featuring diverse New Haven artists. This event will feature three artists: J-Sun, Z Bell and Mooncha. Following the performance, poets, singers and writers are invited to participate in an open mic. Then on March 17th, Enroue Halfkenny will facilitate a concluding conversation and roundtable discussion with the artist, providing an opportunity for those who have viewed the exhibition to gather, discuss and reflect. Both events are free and open to the public, though reservations are required (see links below).
Exhibition Events and Programs:
Rhinold Ponder is a mixed-media artist from Princeton, New Jersey. He began his artistic journey as an award-winning winning artist in Chicago, where he majored in commercial art at a vocational high school, before obtaining advanced degrees in law, journalism, and African American studies. Much of Ponder’s work reflects his love of explosive colorful abstract and expressionist art with a focus on humanity’s faith and will to overcome adversity. He is largely interested in expressions of hope and faith as unifying elements in a diverse society. His work has been exhibited worldwide. For more information, visit: www.ponderart.com.
William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund’s mission is to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty. For more information, visit: http://www.wcgmf.org.
Enroue Halfkenny Enroue Halfkenny is a U.S. born, multiracial, black, cisgendered, heterosexual male of African, Irish, Swedish, Mi’kmaq and Cherokee descent. He is an Awo (priest of Ifa) within the traditional Yoruba religion from West Africa, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is an Artist and a Healing Justice Activist. Through his consulting, healing and private psychotherapy practice, Healing and Liberation Counseling, he addresses emotional, mental, societal, physical and spiritual wellbeing issues for individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations.
Literary Happy Hour is a curated reading and performance series providing a platform for New Haven writers to present their work, build a local following, and form a supportive, collaborative writing community. This event unites the strongest writers from disconnected corners of the New Haven community--including creative writing students, open mic performers, and independent writers--with an emphasis on writers of color and other writers belonging to marginalized groups. Literary Happy Hour creates a radically inclusive performance space and creative community that gives rise to healing, liberation, deepening of self and genuine community building.
Hanifa Nayo Washington is a cultural activist who views her creativity as radical medicine for the heart and uses it as a tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa has been the curator for Literary Happy since 2016. Learn more at www.handsofhanifa.com.
J-Sun is a Slam Poet/Playwright/Activist/Author and a 2002 CT National Poetry Slam Poet. He has facilitated poetry workshops across the region from community centers to Riker's Island Jail in New York. His emphasis is on arts and activism with a belief that we all need a voice because we all have something to say. His poetic style is vibrant, awakening, and sometimes shocking, speaking to real life situations.
Z Bell (pronouns they/them) believes in the power of redefinition, visioning and poetry as a means towards self-love, community care and liberation. They are an organizer, radical political education trainer and poet. Z has written, designed and released 4 zines of poetry, all of which can be found at ZBellPoetry.com.
Mooncha is New Haven’s answer to the alternative R&B sound becoming ubiquitous in today’s music, from fast-rising artists like The Internet to relative unknowns trending now on Spotify playlists. Nonetheless, only this artist offers a distinctive space-themed twist, an unwillingness to shy away from the political, and a fresh, DIY approach to music and art. Her self-produced art is short, satisfying, and spacey, managing to somehow be atmospheric and danceable, psychedelic and sincere. Find Mooncha on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud etc.
Two artists explore variations of the subconscious
January 11th – February 11th, 2018: Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) presents photographer Mark St. Mary’s, No Longer Noticed and printmaker Joan Jacobson-Zamore’s, Once Upon a Dream in Lapland, with an artist talk on Saturday, January 13th @ 3pm with reception to follow from 4pm-7pm.
Lost Dog. CD Release Party. Tag Sale. Posted to streetlight poles and utility boxes, notices like these create a collage of various colors, images, and typefaces. Mark St. Mary has spent the past year photographically studying the results of their eventual removal, where the residual adhesives look like a community game of visual Mad Libs®. No Longer Noticed, is an exhibition of the resulting rectilinear patterns, dystopian landscapes, and anthropomorphic forms.
While St. Mary’s work unearths a kind of collective subconscious, Joan Jacobson-Zamore presents a series of dreamlike landscapes and scenes in Once Upon a Dream in Lapland. The artist states the concept for the show developed after a trip to Finland, and says the pieces ask us “to suspend our sense of reality for just a moment.” Zamore sees her work as a “rekindling of the natural energy around [her] and a waking of the playful or mysterious magic within.”
Joan Jacobson-Zamore earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in teaching at Hunter College, and obtained her MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute. Her work is included in the collections of Yale University, Colgate University, Housatonic Museum of Art, Eastern CT State University, Aetna Corporation, and The Art Connection. Presently, Ms. Zamore is also affiliated with the Printmakers Network of Southern New England.
Mark St. Mary earned a BS in Floriculture at Texas A & M University and a MS in Biology at Bowling Green State University. A mostly self-taught artist, he draws largely from a former career in landscape design. His work has been exhibited at many galleries in the region including: Hygienic Art Gallery (New London, CT); Agora Gallery (New York, NY); Westport Arts Center (Westport, CT); River Street Gallery (New Haven, CT); Kehler Liddell Gallery (New Haven, CT); Mill Gallery (Guilford, CT); and Firehouse Art Gallery (Milford, CT).
Kehler Liddell Gallery presents: Deck the Walls, annual holiday group show, November 16th – December 23rd, with a reception and launch of UNFRAMED art sale on Saturday, December 9th, 3-6pm.
This holiday season, deck the walls with local art! The annual holiday group show features the work of 19 local artists working in a wide range of media. From photography and printmaking, to painting, sculpture and mixed media works, you’ll find it all at KLG, at prices to suit all budgets!
Beginning on December 9th with KLG’s annual Holiday Happening (3-6pm), the UNFRAMED art sale will open and run for the duration of the exhibition. The sale will feature matted artworks by KLG member artists, as well as other one-of-a-kind gift-ables. A fun, festive day to visit the village, Westville’s tree lighting follows at 6pm.
Participating artists include: Liz Antle-O’Donnell, Robert Bienstock, Edith Borax-Morrison, Amy Browning, Frank Bruckmann, Penrhyn Cook, Rod Cook, Tom Edwards, Brian Flinn, Julie Fraenkel, Matthew Garrett, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Eben Kling, Sven Martson, Roy Money, Hank Paper, Alan Shulik, Mark St. Mary, Amanda Walker, Gar Waterman, and Marjorie Wolfe.
Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) is proud to announce Liz Antle-O’Donnell as the new Gallery Director effective October 1st, 2017.
Antle-O’Donnell has been an active member of the New Haven arts scene for over a decade. She has worked with numerous local arts organizations, including Site Projects Inc, Creative Arts Workshop, Neighborhood Music School, and the City of New Haven’s Percent for Art Program. She is particularly passionate about developing opportunities for people of all ages to share in creative experiences.
"The artists of KLG are thrilled that Liz will lead the Gallery,” says longtime KLG artist and Executive Committee member, Penrhyn Cook. “In addition to her art, she brings a wonderful mixture of innovation, professionalism, and vision to our activities."
Antle-O’Donnell has been an artist at KLG since 2013. As a member of the Executive Committee since 2016, she has been managing the gallery’s new community arts programming initiative, as well as overseeing many other facets of gallery business. She is excited to continue working to grow such a well-loved and impressive arts institution in New Haven.
October 12th – November 12th, 2017: Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) presents photographer Roy Money’s, Clouds: A Temporary Matter and collage artist Brian Flinn’s, Message in a Bottle, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 21st, 3pm-6pm, and a closing reception and artist talk on Saturday, November 11th @ 3pm.
Brian Flinn states that the basis for his most recent body of work was the discovery of “a small cache of old bottles (c. 1920’s)” in his basement one month after his wife’s passing: “As I tried to reconcile the loss of the most important person in my life, I wanted to drop messages into each of these bottles and cast them over the chasm to reach her … the desire to communicate with the incommunicable.” Yet amidst expressions of impermanence and mourning, Flinn offers hope, stating the works also reflect “my hopes for all the wonders of the yet unknown.”
Simultaneously, Roy Money offers a meditation on the “sentinels above, energy systems governed by the same principles of chemistry and gravity as us down below.” Becoming now the subjects of his photographs, rather than merely background material, Money references numerous indigenous cultures who saw “the insentient world as an integral part of a vast spectrum of being.” Money states that is with similar sensibility that he “explores the myriad manifestations of clouds, as they seem emblematic of creation itself.”
Roy Money’s photographs are principally concerned with the natural world, in part to challenge cultural distinctions associated with the concept of nature. For him the camera is a way to widen the limits of perception and explore the porosity of boundaries between self and other. Money received his MFA in photography from the University of Delaware. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in CT, as well as in DE, NY, VT, Chicago, Atlanta and Nashville. His work is held in private collections worldwide.
Brian Flinn is an artist and educator whose work currently uses a variety of mixed and digital media. Trained as an illustrator, Flinn often employs multiple narratives and symbolism culled from art history and contemporary culture. He holds a BFA in Illustration (1990) and MS in Art Education (1995) from the University of Bridgeport and MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts (1993). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Central Connecticut State University.
Two photographers document what they saw and how they felt.
September 7th – October 8th, 2017: Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) presents Vanishing, an exhibition of photographs by Penrhyn and Rod Cook, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 9th, 3pm-6pm, during Westville’s monthly Second Saturdays, and a closing reception and artist talk on Saturday, October 7th @ 3pm, during City-Wide Open Studios Westville Weekend.
Husband and wife photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook – whose joint photography studio, PenRod Studios, is located in Bridgeport, CT – searched for a common theme to combine their distinct artistic voices for their upcoming joint exhibition @ KLG. A decision to journey to Kenya and Tanzania provided the solution. In a preface to an accompanying artist book produced by the couple, the artists write:
“African wildlife is vanishing. The reasons are numerous and manifesting themselves as if they were choreographed to occur in unison. … We are not experts on the incredibly complex issues that threaten the region and can’t speak to what solutions, if any, there are to alleviate the situation. We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it.”
Rod Cook worked as a commercial photographer in New York for the first 25 years of his career. His fine art career began in 1996 with “Cypress Knees and Tupelos,” nudes taken in cypress swamps in and around Savannah, Georgia. Since then he has created his own interpretations of botanicals, landscapes, masks, mannequins and statues, often incorporating other mediums into the photographs.
Penrhyn Cook says: “A black and white photographic workshop 20 years ago opened my eyes to photography and life changed for me. Photography became a personal search for my own vision of the world. … I started with film, but now work digitally. I still do almost no manipulation other than what I could achieve in the darkroom.” For more information about the artists, please visit: www.penrodphotographs.com.
Find out @ KLG’s latest exhibition, Artist as Curator: Talk to Me
July 6 – August 6, 2017: Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) presents its fourth annual invitational exhibition: Artist as Curator: Talk to Me. On Saturday, July 8th, as part of Westville’s monthly Second Saturday events, KLG will host a discussion with the artists @ 3pm, and an opening reception from 4pm-7pm.
Throughout history, artists have inspired, challenged, supported and learned from one another. These relationships can catapult an artist’s work forward, open new doors, or – at the very least – spark great conversation. For its fourth annual Artist as Curator, KLG artists look outside the collective and invite guest artists – artists who awe, inspire, or shake them up – to exhibit in the gallery. Alongside the work of each guest, the hosting KLG artist displays one of his/her own works, creating a series of visual conversations throughout the gallery. Written narratives – many conversational in style – will further illuminate the connection. A wide variety of media is represented, from photography and painting to installation and works on paper.
Participating artists include: Liz Antle-O’Donnell; Robert Bienstock; David Brown; Penrhyn Cook; Rod Cook; Terry Degradi; Geoffrey Detrani; Tom Edwards; Linda Edwards; Howard el-Yasin; Brian Flinn; Julie Fraenkel; Warda Geismar; Bob Giannotti; Sarah Gustafson; Joan Jacobson-Zamore; Michael Kozlowski; Linda Lindroth; Sven Martson; Roy Money; Hank Paper; Tom Peterson; Jackie Podlaski; Polly Shindler; Alan Shulik; Mark St. Mary; Michelle Thomas; Gar Waterman; R.F. Wilton; Marjorie Wolfe.
June 1 – July 2, 2017: Kehler Liddell Gallery presents two new exhibitions of photography: Hank Paper’s, “How You Travel Is Your Destination,” and Matt Garrett’s, “Signs of Life Continue,” with an opening reception, as part of Westville’s monthly Second Saturday events, on June 10th, 2017, 3pm-6pm, featuring a pre-party artist talk @ 2:30pm.
Hank Paper – a street photographer whose goal is “to capture what escapes notice” – states this exhibition “presents a detour from the usual photo travel essay.” Paper sees more meaning in the act of travel versus the destination: “It is the journey … that defines who we are and how we find meaning as we wander through the world. … Perhaps all our voyages are simply journeys into our own interior.”
Simultaneously, Matt Garrett’s work offers the viewer a glimpse of one man’s experience of life. Garrett – a photographer who captures “life as it unfolds” – says his most recent body of work is a collection of moments: “Does the work add-up to a treatise on modern life? No. Is it a comprehensive document of my own life? No. Does it create an incomplete, but compelling, sketch of my life? Yes.”
Hank Paper is an award-winning photographer, who has documented contemporary culture and society worldwide. His many solo exhibition venues have included: the African American Museum in Philadelphia; Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel; the High Point Museum in North Carolina; The Jewish Museum of New Jersey and The Harlem School of the Arts in New York. A resident of Hamden, Paper is the founder of Best Video. www.hankpaper.com
Matt Garrett is a founding member of Kehler Liddell Gallery and the Photo Arts Collective. His work has been exhibited extensively. He lives in Hamden, CT with his wife and son and is the Director of Communications and Web Operations at the Yale School of Forestry.
Thursday, May 4 - Sunday, May 28 • Opening Reception, Friday, May 12, 4-7PM
Why is climate change still up for debate? Since November 2016, it has felt like so much of what we love is under attack. Among its many plans, the current administration is working to dismantle the EPA by 2018. Kehler Liddell Gallery's One Planet. One Home. confronts the issues of climate change and the environmental crisis with a juried exhibition of 29 artists on view from Thursday, May 4 - Sunday, May 28. An Opening Reception will be held the first night of Westville's Artwalk, Friday, May 12 from 4-7PM.
One Planet. One Home. is a group show for KLG members and includes a juried component with a number of guest artists. Participants include: Liz Antle-O’Donnell, Marsha Borden, Amy Browning, Frank Bruckmann, Ari Burling, David Chorney, Julia Coash, Rod Cook, Penrhyn Cook, Phyllis Crowley, Tom Edwards, Joe Fekieta, Brian Flinn, Julie Fraenkel, Molly Gambardella, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Katie Jurkiewicz, Wayne King, Zoe Matthiessen, Roy Money, Hilary Opperman, Hank Paper, Hannah Rothstein, Alan Shulik, Mark St. Mary, William Thompson, Elizabeth Tranzillo, Gar Waterman, Robert Wilton, and Marjorie Wolfe.
As part of this thought-provoking exhibition, KLG will host a Panel Discussion and community conversation on Saturday, May 13 at 3PM, addressing the question: “What Can I Do to Fight Climate Change?” This program was created in partnership with The ArtEcon Initiative and made possible with support from the Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program. For more information on the panel, click HERE.
EXHIBITION EVENTS SCHEDULE
Sunday, May 7, 1PM
BEETLE-mania! Workshop with Gar Waterman
Sunday, May 7, 3PM
Our Mother Earth: Family Film Series: First Edition, Microcosmos
Environmentally-themed films, fun for the whole family, curated by Best Video Film and Culture Center.
Friday, May 12, 4-7PM
Opening Reception, One Planet. One Home.
Saturday, May 13, 3PM
Panel Discussion, “What Can I Do To Fight Climate Change?”
Sunday, May 21, 10AM
Let's Play! Stories & Songs for All Ages
Sunday, May 21, 4PM
Our Mother Earth: Family Film Series: Second Edition
Sunday, June 4, 4pm
Our Mother Earth: Family Film Series: Third Edition
All of these events are free and open to the public.
Liz Antle-O’Donnell and Alan Shulik at Kehler Liddell Gallery, March 23 – April 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8th, 3-6pm; featuring live guitar music by Joseph Tinari and a discussion with the artists hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko @ 5pm.
New Haven’s Kehler Liddell Gallery presents two unique bodies of work exploring American landscape and culture. Liz Antle-O’Donnell’s mixed media exhibit WALLS focuses on gated communities, drawing an analogy to what is happening in the country at large. Running simultaneously, ENIGMATIC CANYONS, an exhibit of Alan Shulik’s landscape photography, features canyons found in the southwest. Both shows will be on view from Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, April 23. The Opening Reception, part of Westville’s Second Saturday event For the Love of Art will be held on Saturday, April 8, 3-6pm, and features a lively Q & A with the artists, hosted by Semi Semi-Dikoko at 5pm.
Antle-O’Donnell explains the concept for WALLS – a mixed media exhibition featuring prints, collages, 3D installation and video – grew from a fascination with gated communities: “As an artist and lifetime city-dweller, it was hard for me to understand this desire to barricade oneself in conformity and box living.” Her varied research on the subject was the foundation for the exhibit, which asks the viewer to consider the larger implications of our fabricated communities, the epidemic of mass consumerism, and the “visible and invisible, blatant and subtle” walls that are everywhere in today’s society.
ENIGMATIC CANYONS, a collection of new work by Shulik, consists of color photographs created in the slot canyons of the southwest, as well as some images of Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon. These works were created with color digital technology, and reveal the enigmatic beauty of the slot canyons, and the visionary drama of western landscapes. Of this exhibit, Shulik says, “My most recent works have a painterly quality, much more reminiscent of a painted image than a traditional photograph.”
Shulik is a fine-art photographer who lives in Guilford, Connecticut. He likens his work to visual poetry, and to painting with the lens of the camera. His artistic work in recent years has moved into a more impressionistic and surreal realm, focusing on creating images that are evocative of dream-life, memory and wishes. Shulik uses digital imaging techniques to achieve some, but not all, of his final works. Shulik has exhibited in many solo and group exhibits in the U.S. as well as in France, and has won numerous awards and honors. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Homes and Gardens, and Focus Magazine, among others. You can see more of his photography at www.alanshulikphotography.com
A New Haven native, Antle-O’Donnell has been an active member of the New Haven arts scene as a teacher, administrator, and artist for over a decade. Though primarily self-taught, she studied printmaking and studio arts at New York University (BA, English), Paier College of Art, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited from coast to coast, including such local venues as Kehler Liddell Gallery, Creative Arts Workshop, Artspace, and Seton Gallery, and is held in private collections in CT, NYC, LA and abroad. You can see more of her work at www.lizantle.com.
Programs and events made possible with support from the City of New Haven Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program. For more information about all upcoming events, visit www.kehlerliddell.com, call 203.389.9555, or follow the Gallery’s Facebook page. Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Gallery hours are Thursday through Friday from 11:00am - 4:00pm: Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It is free and open to the public.
Frank Bruckmann's, "Studio Still Lifes" + Edith Borax-Morrison's, "Monoliths + Magic": Thursday, February 16 - Sunday, March 19, with a reception on March 11th, 3-6pm w/ artist talk @ 5pm
Step into the mind of the artist in two new Kehler Liddell Gallery shows: Monoliths and Magic by Edith Borax-Morrison, and Studio Still Lifes by Frank Bruckmann. Together, the works of Borax-Morrison and Bruckmann bear witness to the daily workings of an artist: the mindset, the mechanics and the necessary materials to make art. Both shows are on view at the Westville gallery from Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, March 19, with an Opening Reception planned for Saturday, March 11 from 3pm - 6pm that will feature an artist talk at 5pm.
The intricate interwoven lines, circles and marks in Borax-Morrison’s abstract drawings speak to the very nature of the artist: consistent, compulsive, with meticulous attention to detail. On display in Monoliths and Magic are a series of small pen and ink drawings from the artist's sketchbook, revealing how her “mind fibers” or “penweave” drawings take shape. From sketchbook to larger formats, the show also includes a group of drawings from “Mollie’s Magic” and a series of monoliths.
“My work is influenced by surreal, mystical, and psychological elements from the past,” explains Borax-Morrison. “I am also fascinated with weaving, hair, fairy tales, myths, and primitive societies. All of which appear in my work.”
For Studio Still Lifes, Bruckmann has composed a collection of oil paintings depicting the life in his studio. Increasing the mission of the materials that are foundations to every piece of his artwork—crimped oil paint tubes, bottles of viscous medium, ancient canvas pliers—they are abruptly shifted to the forefront as the very subject, keenly observed and elevated into objects of art, no longer worthy only to the artist.
Bruckmann’s brushstrokes, use of color, form and texture are his mechanisms to paint the tools of the art studio, creating a lusher and nearly kinetic subject. Though referred to as a “still life,” visits will find that they are more about “life” than “still.”
At this unprecedented time in our nation's history, Kehler Liddell Gallery has created an open forum for local artists to respond to the political and social climate. In Inauguration Nation, on view at the gallery through February 12, three dozen artists boldly address current issues in a variety of viewpoints and mediums including visual, literary and performance art.
Inauguration Nation was organized by artists Tom Edwards and Tracey Scheer. “The goal was to allow artists to fill a room with expressions of their political and emotional views at a critical time in our history,” said Edwards. “Some folks protest, others write and post on social media. This show is an outlet for artists to express themselves in their most natural way.”
“It's also a place for members of the community to gather on Inauguration Day and after, to explore issues, engage in conversations, and find fellowship among a community of artists,” added Scheer. “We hope that folks who are not otherwise engaged on Friday will come by Kehler Liddell Gallery rather than watching the ceremony. This is one of many ways people can come together during critical times to feel a sense of community.”
The following special events are planned. All of them are free and open to the public.
Friday, January 20, 11AM-4PM: Inauguration Day Open House
Join friends and community artists to explore issues, discover new art, and enjoy the fellowship of others instead of watching the ceremony.
Saturday, January 21, 3-6PM: OPENING RECEPTION
The Opening Reception for Inauguration Nation includes excerpts from the live performance piece "Society Fuct" by Gordon Skinner, Attallah Sheppard, and Teens Davis at 5PM (Parental Discretion Advised).
Saturday, January 21, 6:30-8PM: Official After Party
Continue the conversation at the official after party at Gordon Skinner's Art Cafe, Erector Square 315 Peck St., Building #4.
Sunday, February 12th, 9:30am: Let's Play! Stories and Songs @ KLG
We will read a story inspired by the exhibition. All ages welcome. Refreshments served.
Participating artists include: Corina Alvarezdelugo (encaustic), Liz Antle-O'Donnell (mixed media), Marsha Borden (mixed media), Jay Bright (watercolors/dry pigment print), Amira Brown (acrylic/media), Amy Browning (painting), Frank Bruckmann (painting), Rod Cook (photography), Penrhyn Cook (photography), Teens Davis (performance), Tom Edwards (print collage), Daniel Eugene (ink on paper), Silas Finch (sculpture), Julie Fraenkel (sculpture), Kathryn Frund (multimedia), Toni-Ann Gammon (video installation), Katrina Goldburn (painting), Mohammed Hafez (3D installation), Draper Harris (acrylic on paperboard), Joan Jacboson-Zamore (painting), Katie Jurkewicz (painting), Gaetano LaRoche (oils on canvas), Sven Martson (photography), Roy Money (photography), Adam Nicklewicz (acrylic on canvas), Ivan Nussberg (photography), Hilary Opperman (encaustic/mixed), Hank Paper (photography), Jen Payne (visual poetry), Gritti Ragins, Tracey Scheer (mixed media), Attallah Sheppard (performance), Gordon Skinner (sculpture/collage), Mark St. Mary (mixed media), Gar Waterman (photo collage), and Jonathan Weinberg (acrylic/panel).
Want to take the edge off your holiday shopping list? Then check out DECK THE WALLS, Kehler Liddell Gallery’s annual holiday group show and sale featuring an eclectic mix of local art, like photography, painting, pen and ink, mixed media, prints, and sculpture by 18 local artists. You'll find creative works of varying sizes in price ranges to suit all budgets. The show runs from Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, December 18.
Come out and celebrate the season at the festive Holiday Reception on December 10 from 4-7pm as part of Westville's Second Saturday. Meet and mingle with all of Kehler Liddell's featured artists: Liz Antle-O’Donnell (Hamden), Robert Bienstock (New Haven), Amy Browning (South Norwalk), Frank Bruckmann (New Haven), Penrhyn (Penny) Cook (Bridgeport), Rod Cook (Bridgeport), Thomas Edwards (Killingworth), Julie Fraenkel (Branford), Matthew Garrett (Hamden), Joan Jacobson-Zamore (Milford), Keith Johnson (Hamden), Sven Martson (New Haven), Roy Money (New Haven), Edith Borax Morrison (Branford), Hank Paper (Hamden), Mark K. Saint Mary (New Haven), Alan Shulik (Guilford), Gar Waterman (New Haven), and Marjorie Wolfe (Cheshire).
Revelations of a Secret Self in New Kehler Liddell Gallery Shows
Kehler Liddell Gallery's upcoming shows call to mind the quote by French film director Jean-Luc Godard who said “art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” Will you see yourself in Donne in Maschere, a stunning exhibit by photographer Rod Cook? Or in Who We Were When, an intriguing series of new figurative work by Julie Fraenkel? Come find out! Both solo shows run from October 13 - November 13, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, October 15, 4-7pm.
Cook has long been fascinated by the literal and metaphorical meaning of masks. In Donne in Maschere he features handmade Venetian-style masks in concert with his love of the female form. The result is a collection that captures two incongruous states: unadorned exposure and camouflaged secrets.
Cook worked in photography in New York for the first 25 years of his career. His other jobs have included managing editor of a magazine, helicopter pilot, and partner in a design firm. In 1996, he left commercial photography to devote his energies to fine art work exclusively. His photographic mediums have included platinum/palladium printing as well as silver gelatin and digital carbon pigment. In recent years he has combined encaustic methods as well as Venetian mask making with his photographs and prints. Rod has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits, and his work is in many private and public collections notably Graham Nash Collection, University of Chicago and the Cherye R. and James F. Pierce Collection. You can see examples of his work at www.penrodphotographs.com
In Who We Were When, Fraenkel presents an allegorical look at the phases of life as if stages of mythic dreams. Employing the push and pull she experiences in her painting and drawing—shifting between which marks to leave and which to bury—she has created a series of figures bound in time, forming a non-linear chronology of who we may be at particular moments.
Fraenkel attended Syracuse University as a Fine Arts major, and received a Bachelor of Arts and certification in Art Education from Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont. She was a graphic designer and illustrator for many years, working for newspapers, ad agencies, book publishers and museums. Julie has a studio at Erector Square in New Haven, where she works in sculpture, drawing, painting, mixed media and encaustics. Fraenkel won the Joshua Point Studio Prize for collage and New Haven Paint and Clay Club Prize. She exhibits widely in the region, and her work is in many private collections. You can view her work at www.juliefraenkel.com
Below is the link to Yale Daily News' article written by James Post. It concerns the Kehler Liddell Gallery and artist Kathleen Zimmerman's latest exhibitions titled Couples.
Below is the link to the WindhamARTS press release. It concerns Kathleen Zimmerman's exhibition titled Couples.