What a Summer!

We have had a busy summer here at KLG! We so enjoyed hosting guest artist, George Corsillo, and his new retrospective, “More is More.” Check out the details below.


With “More is More,” George Corsillo chronicles his design career packaging celebrities large and small.

NEW HAVEN, July 5 – August 18, 2019: Kehler Liddell Gallery, in partnership with Westville Village Renaissance Alliance and ArtEcon Initiative, presents: More is More, by George Corsillo, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, July 13th, 3-6pm, and an Artist Talk at 5pm.

Over the last forty years, George Corsillo has produced some exciting, and often iconic art. You have seen his graphic design on album covers, posters, and tour merchandise for John Mellencamp and Luther Vandross; on book covers for Carrie Fisher’s memoir Postcards from the Edge, Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, and Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero; on numerous projects for Garry Trudeau and Doonesbury. Corsillo has also worked with Yoko Ono, the Eagles, and Pat Benatar. He did the album cover for the original soundtrack from the motion picture Grease. He designed the book cover for First Wives Club. From albums by Jefferson Starship and Dolly Parton to the packaging of New Haven’s newest hip brew-pub, Corsillo’s work is everywhere.

You’ve seen George’s work. Now you can see the best of his work in one place.

The new retrospective More is More not only guides visitors on Corsillo’s personal journey, but also provides a glimpse into the development of the graphic design styles of the 80s and 90s. In the early days, Corsillo assembled designs with mechanical paste-ups, cutting and pasting to create press-ready art. Today, as one might expect, his work is all computer-based. His early work, in the forefront of Postmodern and New Wave design, helped transform the graphic design field. Appropriating pop-art imagery and modernist collage techniques, and using an irreverent approach to type and a shocking color palette, the end product became a rock-and-roll/punk style with a twist.

“More than anyone else,” Garry Trudeau says, “[George] makes me look more talented than I am, for which I am usually privately grateful.” Now, that private gratitude will become public, for all of us.  

During the run of this exhibition, numerous concurrent programs are planned, including a ticketed conversation series titled, The Art of Collaboration, featuring a conversation with Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau, and a panel discussion with Brian Walker (Hi and Lois and Beetle Bailey) and editor David Stanford. Programs include:

  • Opening Reception, sponsored by East Rock Brewing Company, Saturday, July 13, 3:00-6:00 p.m., and Artist Talk with George Corsillo at 5:00 p.m.

  • The Art of Collaboration: Conversation Series, Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

      • Cartooning in General and Specifically, featuring Brian Walker, David Stanford and George Corsillo, Thursday, July 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m. ($15/ticket)

      • Doonesbury@Starbucks: A Collaboration, featuring Garry Trudeau and George Corsillo, Thursday, July 25, 7:00-9:00 p.m. ($25/ticket)

  • Let’s Play! Free Story Hour for All Ages, with guest George Corsillo, Sunday, July 21, at 10:00 a.m.

  • Design the Album Cover of Your Life, free arts workshop for ages 11-14, led by teaching artist Ana Henriques with George Corsillo, Sunday, August 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (pre-registration required; space limited)

Check out this great press:

New Haven Register: https://www.ctinsider.com/entertainment/nhregister/article/Vandross-Grease-cover-artist-Corsillo-gets-14058235.php?fbclid=IwAR1rs8poqQK1HVWON-pemRUbRrOtA_1xBQeg4AZetKpjNP35JlALNxuPa_4#photo-17772856

Daily Nutmeg: http://dailynutmeg.com/2019/07/12/more-is-more-george-corsillo-kehler-liddell-gallery-power/?fbclid=IwAR2BDot6sVNJRGsVLEWz5Zea-otGzyymCfOdtS110_jQ41r68W99tOltfGs

The Arts Paper: https://www.newhavenarts.org/arts-paper/articles/more-is-more-takes-a-trip-down-memory-lane?fbclid=IwAR1QqK5X5qpR6ssP84iRcYLMz9euSIEP_xIFgP-nX4mskjuVj4RYE2e4cwM

Hartford Courant: https://www.courant.com/ctnow/arts-theater/hc-ctnow-art-george-corsillo-new-haven-0711-20190708-ymulikjasffihl5i4tukqtxemu-story.html?fbclid=IwAR16j2wFwHJf6fvcEoqa5iCKLIYOa6wSoTGCmprgBibBsQwPDQs7lgWuruo

WPKN, State of the Arts: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/265580 

WTNH w/ Ann Nyberg: https://www.wtnh.com/on-air/nyberg/nyberg-george-corsillo-graphic-designer?fbclid=IwAR2cJ5I6KoiNU7TFh_M0FIERY97FqWJfHnyk_ZNJ6SPlNuZiqyA9VGh2DMU

George Corsillo is the co-owner and art director of Design Monsters, a design studio in Westville Village, New Haven, CT. George studied Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY where he earned his BFA. His first job out of Pratt was at Warner Paperback Library. From there he moved to Paul Bacon Studio where he was exposed to all of the major New York publishing houses. He had been Paul’s assistant for three years when he moved to Los Angeles to work for Gribbitt! Design Studio. At Gribbitt! he worked with major record labels (RCA, Casablanca, Soul Train, Columbia, etc.) designing album packages such as Grease, The Original Movie Soundtrack. After moving back to the New York area, George started Design Monsters, designing book jackets and interiors –– Less Than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis; Famous for 15 Minutes, a biography of Andy Warhol by Ultra Violet, Lonesome Dove, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry (as well as the logo and title graphics for the TV mini-series.) Album package clients included: Jefferson Starship, Dolly Parton, Yoko Ono, Pat Benatar, and Bon Jovi. Luther Vandross and John Mellencamp were both musicians with whom he collaborated for many years, creating posters, tour merchandise, videos, etc. as well as designing over a dozen album covers for each of them. Since moving to New Haven, George has focused his career on posters, products, books and typography. Currently, he is the graphic designer for Garry Trudeau’s, Doonesbury – he colors the Sunday comic each week – designing his books and posters. He has also had the opportunity to design three exhibition books – War Games; History; and War, Myth, Desire – for internationally renowned photographer David Levinthal. www.designmonsters.com 

Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) is a cooperative gallery in the heart of New Haven’s Westville village representing 25 of the area’s most notable emerging and established artists. Established in 2003, KLG is one of New Haven’s longest running retail galleries to date. All of the artists are juried into membership. Monthly exhibitions are highlighted by free community arts programming presented by ArtEcon Initiative. Gallery hours: Thursday–Friday, 11am-4pm; Saturday–Sunday, 10am-4pm. The gallery is free and open to the public. www.KehlerLiddellGallery.com.

Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (WVRA) is a New Haven, CT-based non-profit organization and a designated Connecticut Main Street organization. The mission is to partner with local businesses, property owners, residents and public and private institutions to foster and sustain economic revitalization, community engagement and cultural vitality in Westville Village and the surrounding neighborhoods, while emphasizing historic preservation and place-making. www.WestvilleCT.org

ArtEcon Initiative is a neighborhood-based non-profit and an outgrowth of ArLoW (Art Lofts West), New Haven’s only affordable artist housing. The primary mission of ArtEcon is to produce and support free, or low cost, arts and community programs for all ages in the Westville West-Rock neighborhood. Related programming during this exhibition is supported by ArtEcon, whose 2019 programming is made possible in part with support from the Pincus Family Foundation and 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. www.ArtEconInitiative.org.

Amanda Walker, Drawings with a Chance of Narrative & Alan Shulik, Quiescence

Check out this great review of the last two shows @ KLG: https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/klg_opposites/, and read more about them below!

TRANQUILITY AND CONTRADICTIONS: Two simultaneous solo shows at KLG

NEW HAVEN, May 30th – June 30th, 2019: Kehler Liddell Gallery presents: Quiescence, by photographer Alan Shulik, and Drawings with a Chance of Narrative, by Amanda Walker. The exhibitions open with Artist Talks on Sunday, June 9th @ 2pm, followed by an opening reception until 5pm.

Amanda Walker’s most recent collection of artworks presents a series of vignettes, each with their own story to tell. Or at least, each with their own chance at a story to tell. The artist states: “I am fascinated by the point at which opposites meet: living death, open secret, excessive moderation, etc. There is both ambiguity and clarity within the small space where two contradictory ideas collide. It is this sometimes infinitesimal space that I want to understand. I use narration as a sort of wedge to begin the exploration.” Using water color and colored pencils, Walker “strive(s) to understand the duality inherent in our humanity and language using imagery from history, theater, and a little bit of pop culture.”

Meanwhile, photographer Alan Shulik is searching for a little bit of peace. The artist states that the title of his show (Quiescence), brings to mind images like “a very still, motionless body of water [or] rock formations under a starry night sky, cloudless and still” – both examples of images one will find on the gallery walls. Shulik states these recent works “reflect my pursuit of tranquility and peace in landscape and seascape images, as well as in life itself.”

Alan Shulik is a fine-art photographer who lives in Guilford, CT, and has been a CT resident for over 30 years. Shulik has exhibited in solo and group exhibits in the USA as well as France. His work has won numerous awards and honors, and been recognized in exhibitions/venues, such as: The Art of the Northeast, Spectra (Silvermine Guild of Arts, New Canaan, CT), Images (Shoreline Arts Alliance, Guilford, CT), The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA) Richardson Symphony Orchestra (Dallas, TX – in a remarkable “photography concert” presenting a slide-show of his images to the music of American composers such as Aaron Copeland), Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and more. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Connecticut Homes and Gardens, and Focus Magazine.

Amanda Walker was born and raised in Texas. In 2000, she moved to New York City to pursue costume design. In 2004, she graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in costume design. Within the last 10 years, a lifetime of doing art has combined with a career in theater. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and cat designing costumes and create art.

Re:connecting + Vanishing ... in the news!

The last two exhibitions at KLG received some great coverage from our local arts journalists. Check it out:

“Three Artists Reconnect @ Kehler Liddell,” by Brian Slattery, New Haven Independent: https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/klg_fraenkel_antle-odonnell_garrett/

“‘Vanishing’ Races the Clock on Climate Change,” by Lucy Gellman, Arts Paper: https://www.newhavenarts.org/arts-paper/articles/vanishing-races-the-clock-on-climate-change

“Vultures in Tree,'“ by PenRod Studios, All Rights Reserved

“Vultures in Tree,'“ by PenRod Studios, All Rights Reserved

More About Vanishing, Volume Two, by Penrhyn and Rod Cook, February 14th – March 17th, 2019

During their first journey to Kenya and Tanzania three years ago, husband and wife photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook, were struck by the majestic beauty of the African wildlife, as well as the intense sadness they felt for the tragic fate facing them:

“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 ... We can only attempt to visually represent what we saw and how we felt about it.” The collection debuted at KLG in September 2017, and then later traveled to other local and regional venues, including the New York Hall of Sciences.

Anxious to continue their investigations, the couple returned to Kenya this past year with the specific intention of documenting the Great Migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest across the East African plains. Unfortunately, unusual weather patterns kept many of the animals in Tanzania, where grass was still plentiful; a direct result of climate change:

“Scientists predict that in 50 years time, if we don’t spend more time thinking and acting differently in regards to conservation, species we know and love will be driven to extinction … humans could very well be one of those beloved species.”

Working to the undertones of climate crisis, the couple ultimately discovered new photographic opportunities in “the relatively untouched golden grasslands of Kenya.” Vanishing Volume Twopresents a further celebration of “the magnificent animals still to be found in Africa.” While the original collection was composed of all sepia-toned images, the images in Volume Two include components of color.

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.” For more information about the artists, please visit: www.penrodphotographs.com

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More About Re:connecting, featuring Matt Garrett, Julie Fraenkel & Liz Antle-O’Donnell, March 21 – April 21, 2019

While meditating on the exhibition’s theme, photographer Matthew Garrett states: “For me, Re:connecting is an aspirational concept. A dream – often unrealized – to share space with the people, places, and things that were once a regular part of my life, and are now more loosely bonded.” 

For Garrett, this includes photography. As readily accessible cameras and instantaneous results have changed the field, he finds himself with a different relationship to his art form. He states: “In my own case, photography has become something done more from habit, than from inspiration. Creating images is alarmingly easy in this digital age, and steps must be taken to make things just a little more difficult – a little more intentional. This work draws from both habitual and intentional instincts.”

Facing creative challenges of her own, Liz Antle-O’Donnell’s recent works present a kind of reconnection to self. She writes: “Over the last few years, I have found it increasingly difficult to find time for art-making. As an artist, this inability to let your creative juices flow feels like a physical constipation … Working (finally) and without a preconceived thematic plan, these recent works unfold to present a juxtaposition between the hectic day-to-day, and what happens to our inner selves when we neglect basic self care.”

Simultaneously, Julie Fraenkel’s recent works explore concepts of connecting and longing. The artist states: “Recognizing that I nearly always depict people alone, I set out to create images with more than one person, and images that imply another presence, or absence. In doing so I realized that in most cases the second person turned out to be unreal — a figure from a dream, perhaps, a memory or phantasm, or literally a figure of imagination. Something that couldn’t be shaken or something that was never there. All of which brought up questions for me: are we always alone? Are we never alone? The current direction of my work explores these questions.”

Matthew Garrett studied photography at Louisiana State University, before completing his BFA at Mount Allison University in Canada. He then continued his education by working for Sean Kernan, at his studio in Stony Creek, CT. He is a founding member of Kehler Liddell Gallery, and was one of the leaders of New Haven's Photo Arts Collective for its entire 20+ year lifespan. https://www.instagram.com/imagerealm/

Julie Fraenkel is a New Haven, Connecticut based artist. She has a studio at Erector Square, where she works in drawing, painting, mixed media, and papier-maché sculpture. www.instagram.com/juliefraenkel 

Liz Antle-O’Donnell is originally from New Haven, CT, and has been an active member of the local arts scene as an administrator, teacher 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 Hygienic Art, Creative Arts Workshop, Artspace, Seton Gallery, and Ely Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is held in private collections locally, nationally, and abroad. www.lizantle.com

Great Press!

Great Press for TAKE 5

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: Kim Weston, Brian Flinn, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Amanda Walker, Kate Henderson

TAKE 5: Kim Weston, Brian Flinn, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Amanda Walker, Kate Henderson

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:

  • Sunday, August 5th @ 4pm: History, Culture and Spirituality in Indigenous Dance w/ Laura Fuller-Weston and RavensWing Productions
  • Wednesday, August 8th @ 7pm: Digital Art Demo and Discussion w/ Brian Flinn
  • Saturday, August 11th @ 2pm: The Impact of Community on Art: Panel Discussion with the Artists
  • Sunday, August 12th @ 4pm: Dancing with Lines: Workshop for All Ages w/ Kate Henderson
  • Wednesday, August 15th @ 7pm: Pastel Workshop for Adults w/ Kate Henderson

Art + Beer = Art of Craft Beer

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:

WTNH News Channel 8: https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/new-haven/new-haven-art-show-celebrates-craft-beer/1299243836

WNHH Radio, Kitchen Sync w/ Lucy Gellman: https://player.fm/series/wnhh-community-radio/kitchen-sync-ep-83-the-art-of-craft-beer

New Haven Independent: https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/the_art_of_craig_gilbert_goes_with_the_flow/


Dreams + Dystopian Landscapes

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).

Mark St. Mary

Mark St. Mary

Joan Jacobson-Zamore

Joan Jacobson-Zamore

Announcing New Gallery Director

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.

Antle-O'Donnell during her exhibition,  Momentary Landscapes,  @ KLG in 2015. (Photo credit: Tracy Lane).

Antle-O'Donnell during her exhibition, Momentary Landscapes, @ KLG in 2015. (Photo credit: Tracy Lane).



Messages + Meditations: Two concurrent shows @ KLG

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.

African Wildlife is Vanishing

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.


“LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION” Two photographers delve into life’s interiors

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.


One Planet. One Home. : Artists Confront Climate Change

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.



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. 


In Turbulent Times, Two Artists Explore the American Landscape

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. 

Discover the Artist At Work: Two New Shows @ KLG

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.”

Inauguration Nation: Artists Respond to the New Administration

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.”

Check out press for the show: New Haven Independent, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant

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).