PenRod's environmental portraits highlight the majestic, endangered African wildlife, which is disappearing due to overpopulation, poaching, global warming, and changing cultural customs. Their photographs of the Serengeti ecosystem in eastern and central Africa attempt to represent what they saw.
PenRod is a combination of names of two photographers, Penrhyn and Rod Cook who maintain PenRod Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Rod Cook worked as a commercial photographer in New York for 25 years. Penrhyn started making pictures after enrolling in a photographic workshop. Her photographs document the serendipitous moments that make life interesting.
The West River Arts Building consists of 13 studio spaces forming a community of engaging artists of different styles, backgrounds, and practices. The roster includes sculptors, mechanical engineers, product designers, handmade jewelers, painters, photographers and more. Our members each personalize their own space to fit their creative process an
The West River Arts Building consists of 13 studio spaces forming a community of engaging artists of different styles, backgrounds, and practices. The roster includes sculptors, engineers, product designers, handmade jewelers, painters, photographers and more. Our members each personalize their own space to fit their creative process an
Color is one of my great joys in life. I’m fascinated by how it makes us feel and the power color has to bring us into greater harmony when we are in resonance with it. Beauty is found in the organic curves and textures created by dripping paint. Through color and intuitive painting I am able to come into greater alignment with my authentic self.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In addition to custom abstracts, she paints commissioned oil portraits of people and pets from her home in New Haven. She loves collaborating with clients to create unique, personalized works of art for their living spaces.
Creating art means holding space for the sacred. In painting and drawing I focus on the personal as the political, while texture and contrast emerge to dominant my compositions. In jewelry design I transform discarded items into wearable aesthetic. Revolution, Hip Hop, meditation, poetry, nature, grief, and love are sources of inspiration.
Sarah Bratchell is a certified Art Teacher, visual artist, spiritual seeker, womanist, feminist, jewelry design revolutionary, activist, and poet. The notion of transformation is ever present throughout her work and creating beauty without burden is the fierce underpinning of her creative brand Bella Rev.
I like to play with paper and make things. These things can be cards to send to others, paper dolls to make you laugh or pinwheels to blow around or necklaces to wear or things I haven’t even dreamt up yet.
I have been making things with paper since childhood. I use paper of all kinds, die cutting, rubber stamping and jewelry making techniques to create cards, paper dolls, calendars, pinwheels, necklaces, etc. I also share these techniques and tools with others in my work as a creative arts therapist
Oil painting is what I do, how I communicate, how I relate: landscape, still life, portrait, the figure, interiors...all of it, it still compels me to pick up the brush. I have no idea who I would be without it...so I'll just keep painting.
I’ve painted in oil for over 30 years and will NEVER be done…Born in NJ, went to art school in NYC and NJ, spent nearly a decade in Paris and parts of Spain where I learned a ton from painting in the best museums, scraping by as a dog walker and a figure model. Just back from a year in France, lots of work to show in my studio, come visit!
Exploring the elasticity of time, plasticity of memory, and the consistent rhythm of nature, through historic photographic processes.
I work with a variety of photography processes--some dating back to the early, primitive techniques used by the pioneers of the medium-- from analog, handbuilt pinhole cameras to digitally edited files.
… lives and works in Westville, CT, researching and investigating the limitations of photography to push beyond the notion of capturing a precise instant or singular moment in time.
Through writing and art, I explore parallels between the dismantling of Earth and the built environment through climate change; and the dismantling of our social fabric as seen through the dissolution of family, community, and societal structures. My latest body of work is an ongoing series of paintings called, “Control & Release.”
Rebekah Fraser is a multi-media artist, working in prose, trash fashion & painting. Author of the novel, The Orderly, and the nonfiction book, A Farmer’s Guide to Climate Disruption, she is also the founder and facilitator of Local Lit @ LOTTA, a bi-monthly reading & discussion series featuring published & unpublished works by New Haven authors.
My work is about: patterns, round things, pops of bright color, symmetrical shapes, a sense of abundance and multiplicity. A feeling of lightness or elevation. Things that are lush, that are multi-textured, that have a sense of multicolor or multiplicity.
I create things to battle shame with the intention of spreading joy.
Molly Gambardella is an up and coming American artist who works in 2D and 3D media. She graduated from Paier College of Art with a BFA in illustration in 2017. Molly continues to receive commissions and show work internationally. Molly currently works from her studio at West River Arts in New Haven, Connecticut.