Spectrum Gallery Presents The Road Less Taken
Spectrum Gallery and Store, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook presents The Road Less Taken, its latest exhibit, which explores the use of pathways—obvious or secretive—that invite viewers to imagine where a road or life pathway may, or may not, lead.
The seven-week gallery show runs from Friday, July 20 through Sunday, Sept. 9 and showcases fine art and crafts including photography, painting in oil, acrylics and watercolor, as well as a variety of original mixed media works. The opening reception, with wine and refreshments, will be Friday, July 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
“This was an exciting show to curate. I started with one idea, but then as submissions came in the artists and their pieces broadened my view,” says Spectrum Gallery Director Barbara Nair. “It was truly a creative partnership. The exhibit displays not only roadways and pathways in different seasons and locations both representational and abstract, but also the unique life pathways of immigrants and the LGBTQ world. Let’s share pathways during the show and maybe we can build an event around them.”
Artists and fine artisans from across Connecticut, New York, and throughout New England are exhibiting (both returning and new to Spectrum) including many established and emerging painters who work with a variety of mediums and styles. Presenters include Aleta Gudelski, who captures landscapes and other scenes with a blend of abstraction and realism through the use of color; Rosemary Webber, an illustrator and pen-and-ink editorial artist whose work was regularly published in The New Yorker and who is currently exploring watercolor and oil in her work; painter and pastel artist Gigi Liverant, who creates brightly colored landscapes and street scenes with colorful pastels and acrylics; Carol Dunn, an award-winning printmaker and mixed media artist who is showing several black and white etchings of the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina; and Christopher Brown, an abstract painter who, in addition to working on canvas and paper, creates with wood and metal.
Other fine artists participating in The Road Less Taken are award-winning artist and educator Pam Carlson, who exhibits several new landscapes; landscape artist Gabriella DuCharme; Pat Tanger, who returns to Spectrum to present several outdoor scenes captured with pastels that are imbued with impressionistic flare; Mark Rich, who paints with wax and oil paint; award-winning painter Gigi Genovese, who uses acrylics on hardboard; and pastel and oil painter Jane Penfield.
Additionally, fine artists presenting new pieces in the gallery show include Rita Bond, Amanda Merritt, Catherine Satsuk, Denise Gaffney Hartz, and Diane Cadrain.
Mixed media works are strongly represented in the exhibit including creations by artist Deborah Simmons, who uses paint, photography, and ink in her work; Heidi Coleman, who creates unique mixed media assemblages; Marsha Borden, who combines vintage maps with various elements of debris to explore environmental degradation; and painter and mixed media artist Margaret vonKleist Edmond, who returns to Spectrum with a new three-dimensional piece in her signature style.
Many examples of photography are offered in The Road Less Taken and include new works by photographers Dianne Roberts, Faith Bilansky, George Fellner, Howard Margules, Larry Bilansky, Paul Ramsey, Sally Perreten, Robert Thomas, and photographer and glass artisan Maryann Flick.
Several fine artisans presenting in the exhibit include Jean-Luc Godard, an emerging artist who primarily works with sculptural lighting and favors wood and pottery in his creations; Lori Rembetski, who creates whimsical pieces with wood and terra cotta; and glass artisan Edith Deeg, who creates with fused and dichroic glass.
For more information, call Spectrum Gallery 860-767-0742 or visit spectrumartgallery.org. To learn more about the Arts Center Killingworth, call 860-663-5593 or visit artscenterkillingworth.org.