Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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Spectrum Gallery Presents See Me, Feel Me


Pixelated Love, stained glass panel, Maryann Flick

Pixelated Love, stained glass panel, Maryann Flick)


Sunflower, cotton thread painting with wire beads, Judith Ross

Sunflower, cotton thread painting with wire beads, Judith Ross)


Wooly Ram, mixed media, Dawn Tyler

Wooly Ram, mixed media, Dawn Tyler)


Pearls of Wisdom, oil on canvas, Melissa Imossi

Pearls of Wisdom, oil on canvas, Melissa Imossi)


Fruit in a Wood Bowl, fine art photograph, Sergio Villaschi

Fruit in a Wood Bowl, fine art photograph, Sergio Villaschi)


Danse de Trois, pastel, Karen Israel

Danse de Trois, pastel, Karen Israel)

An exploration of texture—a powerful element found in many artforms—takes center stage in the first exhibition of 2018 at the Spectrum Gallery and Store, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook. From Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, March 18, Spectrum presents artists who integrate texture into their pieces using paint, collage, mixed media, fiber, and photography. Included are drawings, photographs, representational and abstract paintings, mixed media, and sculpture. See Me, Feel Me opens with a free reception, open to all, on Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

“Spectrum is now close to four years old,” says Spectrum Gallery Director Barbara Nair. “I have noticed our gallery show themes emphasize and encourage those who enjoy art, and are also new at art collecting, to really look and observe closely each piece not only through our installation designs but also as a function of the various themes of the many shows we have organized from artists’ use of text to light and shadow and See Me, Feel Me is no different. As I curated this show it was amazing to me the many creative and surprising ways artists use texture, both with their techniques and in their subject. Come see for yourself how an ordinary window screen or animal’s fur can take on new meaning.”

Artists from Connecticut, New York, and throughout New England will be exhibiting their work, incuding those both returning and new to Spectrum. Artists include Adina Andrus, whose pieces are semi-abstract and highly textural; Kelly Taylor, who creates abstract works with acrylic, gels, collage, photographs, and photo transfers; Sarah Schneiderman, who uses found and recycled materials generated from daily life as her medium; and painter Linda McCarthy, who creates abstract works and acrylic impressionistic pieces on canvas and aluminum. Adam Viens is a painter and mixed media artist who explores deep and personal psychological themes, while maintaining an undertone of the universality of human experience.

For the first time at Spectrum is Melissa Imossi, an award-winning contemporary realist artist known for close-up studies of nature that examine the graphic quality of a single subject, emphasizing symmetry, repetition, and rhythm. Suzanne Siegel creates with mixed media, oil and cold wax painting, and watercolor collage in her current work to explore line, shape, color, and texture to evoke the spirit of a location, whether a rugged, working coastal harbor or a New England beach.

Also presenting is mixed media artist Jan McLean, who has been engaged in an in-depth exploration of two aspects of her art: found object assemblage and acrylic faux encaustic, with repeated layers of acrylic gels and mediums applied to create both the actual physical and the illusion of depth of traditional encaustics. Mark Battista, an illustrator, painter, and photographer, works in oil, watercolor, pastel, and charcoal. He will show pieces in a variety of mediums. Artist and dancer Marie Percy creates lithographs that focus on capturing and depicting movement, while painter Dawn Tyler focuses on light, color, and mixed media to capture mother nature at her finest.

Returning to Spectrum is painter and mixed media artist Douglas Deveny, who is fascinated by texture, happenstance, and the patina of worn surfaces. His current work focuses on geometric and fluid stripe compositions. Also returning is Heidi Lewis Coleman, an abstract artist who creates acrylic and cut paper pieces using Thai Kozo paper, a delicate, translucent tissue made from Kozo fiber. Others include Kathy Johnson, a collage and mixed media artist whose work is about seeing the beauty in the discarded; Christine Miller, whose paintings burst with bold color and texture; and pastel artist Karen Israel, who captures moments in time with vivid colors and brushstrokes. Also returning to Spectrum include award-winning oil and pastel artist Peter Seltzer; Maria Mohiuddin, who creates color and intricate layered works constructed from wax and oil pastels; photographer and glass artisan Maryann Flick; and Maris Fiondella, an artist who paints glorious illuminated letters and figures copied from old manuscripts.

For more information, call Spectrum Gallery 860-767-0742 and visit www.spectrumartgallery.org. To learn more about the Arts Center Killingworth, call 860-663-5593 and visit www.artscenterkillingworth.org.

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