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.
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
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.
Architecture has the unique ability to illustrate the narrative of its occupants. Recording traces of the lives and memories that took place within, it captures a moment’s particular emotion into a physical presence. If art is a record of history, I aim to capture and record in my work the raw and pained spirit of that moment in history.
Mohamad Hafez is an interdisciplinary artist and architect .
Many years of a common vision for highly conceptualized imagery began to build. Together, through years, a symbiotic photographic relationship was formed allowing them to not only live and work together, but to enrich each others imagery.
Each having unique skills that are used to collaborate on projects on the local and commercial platforms.
Mistina Hanscom & Luke Hanscom
Photographic imagery for commercial, editorial and personal projects.
Protective spaces, both physical and emotional, are an important part of my work; investigating protective layers that happen naturally or intentionally. I work with muted tones using water-based mediums, plaster, board and wood.
I have exhibited in California, New York, Connecticut and Ohio. Since 2010, twelve solo exhibitions,
an Artist Fellowship Grant from the State of Connecticut (DECD & COA) and Artist in Residence at Weir Farm. From southeastern PA, earned BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and MALS at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT
In a perfect bouquet one bloom is virtually indistinguishable from the next, but in fleeting moments of their deterioration each stem is transformed. To these images we ascribe meaning: some are melancholy, some vulnerable, some are proud. Through gesture and form they become compositionally intriguing and metaphorically rich.
Photography has been my career and passion my entire adult life. As a photographer whose business has been dedicated to the work of others my concentration has been on servicing the needs of my clients – not on promoting my personal work. It is only recently that I have begun to actively pursue showing my personal images to the broader public.
Walking, last July, I see a cluster of pink thistles near a crosswalk.
I draw them.
I paint. A fluid, transparent layer of terre verte on canvas. Finger-paint thistles. Dry.
Follow with color and texture in a manner studied and “careless,” light and heavy, real and invented.
Pass thistles a few days later. They've exploded into white fluff.
Worldwide use of plastic increased 20-fold in the past 50 years. Plastic use is expected to double in the next 20. About one-third of all plastics produced wind up in the ocean. Post-consumer waste is my medium. My work investigates our relationship with the environment. It is a reminder of the human destruction of the earth and life therein.
I use found and recycled materials and everyday trash to create objects of beauty and horror. Current projects include “More Garbage than Fish” and “You’re Fired! I Quit!.” The former investigates pollution’s effect on fish and other sea life. The latter is a series of portraits of former and current members of the 45th president’s administration.