STUDIO + EVENT LOCATIONS
WEEKEND ONE, OCT 21-22
315 Peck St., New Haven CT 06513
Alecia Massaro(she/they), is a Connecticut based fine artist who specializes in oil painting. Alecia, “Lee”, received their BFA from Paier College of Art in 2020. They have been apart of numerous solo and group shows, sat as a juror for a New Haven mural competition, along with the conceptualization of “Flux” for a group instillation project constructed in downtown New Haven for Windowed Worlds. They regularly take commissions and have paintings for sale. The past two years they taught Elementary Art in West Haven public schools, but now they are a full time color tech at a local screen printing business. They’ve had their studio at Erector Square since January 2020.
Anne Doris-Eisner’s works have been exhibited in solo and juried shows throughout the country. Her focus is to capture the resilience of the natural world and our own capacities for defiance, strength and renewal. Ms. Doris-Eisner works on paper because of the immediacy and physicality of mark-making on that medium and often uses non-traditional tools found in nature such as a feather or twig.
Annie Sailer is a visual artist, dancer, and director of ANNIE SAILER DANCE COMPANY. The intent of her work is to create forms that resonate with her deeper self, activate space, and reflect the present. She is interested in the innate power of abstraction and the power of spatial relationships to shift one’s state of mind.
We are a collaborative design and fabrication studio specializing in place-making, community engagement, and the creation of architectural works of art. We believe that places and public artworks are most beloved when they tell a story unearthed from within a community. We create works that support a sense of belonging and ownership, and which encourage people to interact with the site and with one another.
Robert Gregson received a BFA from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2014, the New Britain Museum of American Art presented an exhibition of his interactive works in a show titled Space to Maneuver. His work is in many private collections as well as the New Britain Museum and the Housatonic Museum of Art and the state of Connecticut.
Christian Miller, Studio Artist Acrylic Painting,Limestone Sculpture,Digital Art,Photography Art Studio at Erector Square bldg 2, Fl 2, Studio H. 2003 – present Recent Exhibitions: Solo Show Counter Weight Brewing June 2022 Group Show Lyman Allyn Museum Of Art June 2022 Group Show Kehler Liddell Gallery June 2021 Group Show The Urban Collective March 2020 Group Show Kehler Liddell Gallery July 2020 Solo Show Counter Weight Brewing Co February 2020 Group Show Creative Arts Workshop November 2019 Awards: Middlesex Community College Fine Arts Award Hamden Art League Patrons Award Dime Saving Bank Fine Arts Award TJB,Inc Fine Arts Award Education: Paier College Of Art 1985 – 86 Middlesex Community College 1998, Associate In Arts/Commercial Graphics Degree
Born in France and well-travelled, my ceramic work shows influences of many cultures ranging from the South Pacific to the American West. I have shown in Colorado, Connecticut, France, The Soviet Union and China. I now reside in Connecticut where I have taken part in many group shows and have had a number of solo shows in the Hartford and New Haven areas.
Dan Gries writes computer code which creates pictures, and produces high resolution archival prints from his work. He constructs complex rules to guide the creation of the pictures, but uses randomization to allow for variations in shape and color. His work focuses on motion, turbulence, and flow, and seeks to find a balance between entropy and structure. Dan lives and works in New Haven CT, teaching mathematics and computer science at Hopkins School.
David S. Chorney is a talented artist from New Haven whose paintings are extremely cool, and quite often live out their lives being a collector’s conversation piece. His paintings will either fill you with awe, make you angry, or derive some other emotion from you, but they will never bore you.
David Kuehler’s recent paintings explore allegories of masculinity through the lens of 20th century American film. Using vintage behind-the-scenes production stills, as both documentation and inspiration, he draws upon his own experiences as a stage and film actor to revisit, re-experience and respond to an industry that has influenced American beliefs and values.
Born in Chomutov, Czech Republic. She currently resides in Milford. B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.F.A. from Clemson University. Her work is in many private collections. Black and white photograms, are re-interpreted as they are scanned into vivid color imagery that evolve into layered collages resembling organic imagery.
Eric March is a painter and draftsman whose work explores the formal possibilities of realism with themes of urban life, urban environments, and personal narrative-often through dense multi-figural compositions. Eric earned his BFA at Indiana University and continued his studies in New York City with Andy Reiss and at the Art Students League. He has had solo shows in Brooklyn, Queens (NY), and New Haven, CT. His paintings are featured in a permanent exhibitions at Indiana University, Yale New Haven Hospital at 150 Sargent Drive and at Cornell Scott Hill Health Center. Honors include the Queens Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant, the Provincetown Dune Shack Residency, and the Hudson River Fellowship. Eric served as the Department Head of the Painting and Drawing Department at the National Academy School in NY in 2014-15. He currently teaches at the Art Students League (NYC) and Creative Arts Workshop (New Haven). He lives in New Haven with his wife and two boys and has a studio in Erector Square.
Esthea is an interdisciplinary artist integrating sculpture, installation and painting. Her works represent a captured notion from memories and express the sensed and theorized through fading and poetic imagery in a visually succinct way. Transposed from her perception, her painting transfers atmospheric vastness into repeated gestural brushstrokes and built up textures. While fleetingly capturing light in-between layers, these brushstrokes combine with hard-edged elements, condensing infinite views and the unseen into a single flattened composition.
Faustin Adeniran is a contemporary artist from Lagos, Nigeria working in New Haven, Connecticut. For the past ten years, his work has been to re-imagine materials that would otherwise be considered trash or recyclable. Through extensive historical research and deep observation of cultural trends, his work takes a critical view of social and political issues. Faustin’s art series reflect elements of the communities he encounters. His vision is to encourage, educate, and inspire positive social impact through his artworks.
Fethi Meghelli is an Algerian American artit who has been practicing his art since emigrating to New Haven. Fethi has been exhibiting since 1974 throughout the US in Europe,Japon and Algeria. Has received many grants and fellowships and is in collection of the Library of Congress, the Housatonic Museum of Art Bridgeport CT and private collections.
Hannah Petrikovsky combines oil paint and charcoal to create aesthetically lush, vivid paintings which explore themes of motherhood. She exhibited in a group show at Lyme Academy and two group shows at the Richard and Dolly Maas Gallery. She has her BFA in Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and has an MFA and MA from SUNY Purchase. She lives in Hamden with her family.
Heather Mahoney is a long time New Haven resident. She is the daughter of two artists, her Mother an illustrator and her Father a photographer. Heather has enjoyed photography throughout her life, though through the last few difficult years, she sought to find peace in the natural world and in small moments. Heather’s photography often captures the quiet, the small, the overlooked, the at times silly, noticing beauty and joy wherever it could be found.
bregamos community theater
491 blatchley ave., new haven, cT 06513
Clara Nartey is a self-taught artist who critiques beauty standards and examines the role of hair in the identity and culture of Black women. Her work, which has been widely exhibited nationally, is inspired by how fabrics are used in her African heritage to tell stories, memorialize events, and to share words of wisdom. Her portraits counter negative stereotypes about Black hair and build confidence in young girls and women.
Julie Krishnaswami creates books, performances, and works on paper. Drawing on feminist perspectives of history, she uses interdisciplinary research to guide her practice. Interrogating her experiences as a woman, mother, lawyer, and law librarian, she unpacks norms around work, resulting in structural observations about contemporary labor conditions. Julie holds a BA from Reed College, a JD from CUNY School of Law, an MLIS from Pratt Institute, and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
My name is Miguel Mendoza originally from Oaxaca, Mexico. I came to this wonderful country 30 years ago. My art reflects the life of my people, my people, their traditions and customs. that magical town full of diversity. culture. art. the countryside. the ravages of my town.. i have given workshops in different parts of new york and connecticut. I have exhibited in different events, galleries in new york.
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill is a textile and quilt artist, creating functional art pieces and site-specific installations. Her work is held in both corporate and private collections. An award-winning quilter, her pieces have been featured at galleries and museums as well as in numerous books and publications, including the New York Times. Sheri’s mission is to enhance people’s everyday lives through beautiful, meaningful design. She also lectures and teaches throughout the United States.
Shula Weinstein (Graduate of Pratt Institute 1986 Brooklyn NY) has been a community member of New Haven area since 1994, a 20 + year (boots on the ground ) recycler with Rainbow Recycling, and currently works with Ecoworks ct to promote & share the many joys of creative reuse . Shula celebrates the power of nature through her Giclee art prints as a daily practice, & lives with her partner , Son and four legged friend in Hamden CT
85 willow st., new haven, cT 06511
Cynthia Beth Rubin explores the imagined sensations of the unseeable. In this series plankton are interwoven with fragments of a 1008 Hebrew Bible from Old Cairo. The works incorporate a return to drawing on paper for a digital pioneer, as she melds microscopic life photographed by scientists in the Menden-Deuer lab at the University of Rhode Island with mysteries of an ancient decorated Text.
My photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Princeton University Art Gallery, the Newark Museum of Art, the Bibliotheque National de France and other museums around the world. My work with the Polaroid 20×24 camera has been widely exhibited and published.
• Professional jewelry artist since 1976 • Exhibited extensively through numerous galleries national and international • Work has been included in many publications, and has garnered awards and honors, is in permanent collections of the White House and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
weekend two, oct 29-30
west river arts
909 whalley ave., new haven, cT 06515
Don is an abstract painter with a strong affinity for experimentation. He paints his images in acrylic on a variety of surfaces such as wood, canvas, and paper. Don’s approach to painting is discovery and based on a need to find new ways to contribute to the language of abstraction. He has had careers in puppetry and music. He studied life drawing with Leroy Jensen and was an assistant to the artist Alfred Tulk. Don was trained as a docent at the Yale Art Gallery.
Janet Beth Brodie/Rubberstamper has been creating unique cards, calendars, jewelry and more using rubberstamps, die cutting and many other paper crafting techniques. Using quotes, whimsy, images, shapes and colors. These works have been featured in CAW Celebration of Craft and Second Saturdays at West River Arts.
Kate Stephen is a jewelry designer based in New Haven, CT. Her studio is located in the West River Arts building in the heart of the Westville neighborhood. Kate has been making jewelry for as long as she can remember. Her line of handcrafted sculptural designs is fueled by her love of style, the meditative element of the creative process and the joy of creating something new everyday.
Susan McCaslin’s sculptural works are odes to home and security. Using various mixed media (paper mache, sumi ink and newspaper among others), she creates her own landscapes of houses and walls, vessels and boulders. As a photographer, McCaslin often just stops by the side of the road or interrupts her daily walks to capture the texture and position of a tree, the light of a scene, or the architecture of a composition. Having been raised in the midst of dairy farms in Pennsylvania, she is comfortable with landscape alongside her passion for the messy detritus of long-closed closets and forgotten attic and cellar boxes.
97 country st., new haven, cT 06511
When Aileen Ishmael creates a work of art, she wants her audience to be drawn in by the palette, texture or beauty of a piece and stay awhile in mood, dream, and memory. Aileen loves creating three-dimensional works drenched in brilliant color and stunning texture embracing metal, collage and paper.
I have painted for the last 45 years in a wide variety of formats, styles and mediums . My primary focus has been abstract work of a constructiveness nature, exploring color, symmetries and spatial illusion. I am presently employing extensive patterning in multi-panel works, some flat other tilted also exploring mono-tone palettes and more random pictorial structures. I am not quite sure what an artist statement should be. Should we describe what we do so others might want to see it. Should we describe in some vague way what we think or feel about our work. When I work the medium is the message, the form is just the container of the process. The individual work though appearing precious become less important than the new work that is the current focus. Sincerely John T. Fallon III
Lexica MacCrady is a New York painter-colorist using poetics to process the surrealism of climate, war, and politics framed by economics. Born to two jazz musicians who moved often. MFA Hunter College 1990. BFA Syracuse University VPA. Mentors Friedl Dzubas, Judith Rothschild, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Morris, Rosalyn Krauss, Elaine deKooning. Galerie Donguy Paris, Sao Paolo Biennial.
Robbin D. Benefield is a local native of New Haven, CT for 23 years. Drawing and painting has been a constant staple in her life and in a way of both comfort and escape from daily struggles. From the early age of 3 onward, she has used her self-taught skills to share with the people around her. At 22 years old, Robbin first officially emerged into the art scene sharing her work on greeting cards and other forms of stationery, under the business she built from her own thought process and creativity – “RDB Greetings”. Robbin is “both honored and amazed” to finally happily share with New Haven locals her reality, having her once mere dreams turn to action!
When Aileen Ishmael creates a work of art, she wants her audience to be drawn in by the palette, texture or beauty of a piece and stay awhile in mood, dream, and memory. Aileen loves creating three-dimensional works drenched in brilliant color and stunning texture embracing metal, collage and paper.
Shaunda Holloway (Sekai) is painter/printmaker and writer born in New Haven, CT. Her writing has been published in ESSENCE magazine, CT Post, Inner City, Stand Our Ground Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander and other publications. Holloway is a 2020 New Haven Arts Award recipient. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited throughout the east coast, including New Delhi, India.
Will Maxen is a visual artist currently based in California and Connecticut. Will holds a BA in Illustration from Central Connecticut State University. While attending CCSU, he also participated in Division 1 athletics as a member of the football team. Currently he is enrolled in University of California, Davis as an MFA candidate in Art Studios. At UC Davis Will has been awarded the Provost’s Fellowships in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the 2021-2022 academic year, the Fay Nelson Award in the Department of Art and Art History and the 2022 Dean’s Summer Fellowship at UC Davis. Prior to attending UC Davis Will was an educator teaching art at the high school level for three years in Virginia and Connecticut
Yueting focused on the record of some state of affairs which is making the index of the original objects through labor-intensive process. Her working media included darkroom photography, paper casting, rubbing, silicone casting, printmaking and photo transferring. The indices are ghostly which implies an emptiness, a hollowness that merely indicated “thereness,” an irrefutable partial presence but mythical and illusional. She did not aim to build mimetic copies of objects, but considered the index as a momentum to bridge the abstract and reality. The goal is to reveal the absence (the original objects) through the presence (the index) within her works.
Zeb Mayer is a multidisciplinary artist, designer / illustrator based in New Haven Ct. Powered by folk music, and an appreciation for good hospitality, Zeb runs a little design practice geared towards helping small businesses shine. With the help of his trusty steed Sonny (The Dog) Zeb spends his free time making silly, sad, and sometimes beautiful “things”.
303 washington Ave., new haven, cT 06519
october 29 only
Participating Allied Organizations:
Housatonic Museum of Art, Representative: Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye Music Haven, Representative: Alana Ladson ArtAround, Representative: Lindsey Mancini
My name is Edwin Mendez Jr, a freelance artist from the Greater New Haven area. I graduated from Paier College of Art in 2003 w/ a BFA in Illustration. After an extended hiatus, I have a reinvigorated sense determination and focus after the Covid epidemic. I’m taking part in this art festival to get an agent to get my artwork published. I specialize in art for: Childrens Books, Comics/Webcomics and Character Design. I also want to represent for the city that I love and show what the New Haven art scene has to offer.
This series of inscrutable, imagined flags connects to the weight of world news and his inner life. Jay’s talk on this work is at https://youtu.be/Bv-Id0RJLhU You and your friends can put a flag print in your window and send me a photo at email@example.com. To complete my project of a flag from every state, I still need AR AK DE HI IN IA KA MN MO ND NM SD. I’ll send You a printable file.
Joe Fekieta is a life-long New Haven artist and writer, currently residing in the Hill Neighborhood. He has a large vegetable garden, exercises and tap-dances every day. In his home studio, he creates complex series and thematic books with writing that comments, often humorously, about our contemporary American culture. In his back yard, he creates engaging and memorable installations that have been exhibited at City-Wide Open Studios for seven consecutive years. This year, his latest installation “Fat & Dangerous” at the Wilson Library, is a dramatic commentary about how obesity is contributing to global warming.
eli whitney barn
920 Whitney Ave., hamden, cT 06517
Clymenza Hawkins is a self-taught artist in collage/mixed media. She photographs Black women including image from magazines and recreate their portraits They are powerful WomenFolk, visionaries of their own destinies illuminated by the feminine psyche’s spiritual paths into the unknown of “herselves”, a metamorphosis within the realm of a woman’s soul.
Karen Dow is a printmaker working in linocut, woodcut and mono print. Her abstract imagery draws on reflections of domesticity, relationships, memory and story-telling. Each print is unique, with color, pattern, process and mark-making, all playing an integral role. Her intent is to create a situational space that contains a sense of natural beauty and intuitive balance where the eye can rest.
Kevin Van Aelst is a Fine Art Photographer based in Hamden Connecticut. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, including one-person shows at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Panopticon Gallery, and Real Art Ways. His photo-illustrations can be seen regularly in such publications as Time, Wired, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Scientific American, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and on book covers such as Rachel Maddow’s, Drift.
Sabrina Marques has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. Solo exhibitions include Real Art Ways, Whittier College, and Yale University, and group exhibitions at Geoffrey Young Gallery, The Berkshire Botanical Garden, and Morgan Lehman Gallery. She has had artist residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Studios of Key West, and the Vermont Studio Center. Marques has been a Radius artist at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and has received a Connecticut Artist Fellowship.
creative arts workshop
80 Audubon st., new haven, cT 06510
Alana Ladson is an illustrator and character designer who loves to read, write, and draw. Her experience is rooted in the arts, education and advocacy– she loves working with youth, making art and sharing what her students call “sage-wisdom”. You can find Alana sipping chai lattes with oat milk, taking online courses, or reading all types of books— from adult fiction to young adult to poetry to comics to picture books. Alana particularly loves to draw women of color, nature and mythical creatures. Additionally, she has a business ‘Alana Ladson Art’ in which she sells pins, stickers and art prints. You can find her work at alanaladsonart.com.
D. M. Brown works in oils, creating paintings for several different series by subject matter: “Philly Days,” from photos of his youth in Philadelphia; “21st Century Studies,” from recent photos; “Famous Faces,” studies of celebrities; and “The Tarot Panels,” images for each of the 22 cards in the Major Arcana.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Linda Falcão is a civil rights lawyer and mediator, founder of the fundraising organization America Serves, and new artist using art as provocative social commentary. “Triumph of the Tampons,” celebrating female empowerment, is the first of a trio of Shadowbox Truths. She is currently working on “Unborn babies have daddies too,” and “I’d rather put it in the bank than on my face.” She previously exhibited her photography in local shows in PA, MD, and NC, and had a reading from her screenplay “Out Flying Past My Bedtime” at the New Hope Film Festival.
Nays Milagro Cruz. Their work in contemplative. Evoking a deep silence & introspection. A main influence of their work is daily Zen meditation practice adn silent retreats in nature that facilitate transcendental experiences. The works in this series are mixed media:Watercolor/Goache/Acrylic/Oil on canvas. Nays Milagros hails from New York City.
Ryan Kalentkowski (they/he) lives in New Haven, Connecticut, USA and holds a BFA from Paier College of Art. Their recent work examines personal relationships to specific types of birds by way of expressive mark-making through woodcut print and water media. The imagery is inspired by observation, interaction and symbolism, as well as their childhood obsession to study, mimic and share space with birds.
151 east st., new haven, cT 06511
I love photography. I especially love the image that is created by natural light hitting celluloid, otherwise known as film. That’s why I shoot film. The majority of the photographs that are here were taken with film. On a very few of the photographs, some color corrections were made. My mission is to capture the history, contributions and culture of people of African ancestry with an honest point of view. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.
Stephany Brown is a multimedia artist from the New Haven area and a recent graduate from The School of Visual Arts. Her work embodies a simultaneous feeling of wonder and dread through a wide variety of media including oil paint, magic markers, found and repurposed objects, photography, video, music, and collage. Stephany chooses materials based on ideas surrounding beauty in the grotesque and poetry, finding meaning in materiality and process.
I have been sketching figurative art for 15 years and studying it on and off in my spare time. I would like to show some of my studies from recent years to a public audience and facilitate a discussion on the human body, public versus private spaces and entities, and nature versus technology.
133 elm st., new haven, cT 06510
My Name is Evelyn Massey currently residing in New Haven, Connecticut, formally a published makeup artist turned Vintage Reseller/Stylist…Curator and Founder of Noir Vintage Co. I specialize in Vintage Clothing, Decor, and Textiles, also creating vignettes and fashion stories through installations using vintage wear and textiles in the subject.
Deborah Greco is a landscape artist residing in Guilford, CT. Deb has a BFA from Syracuse University School of Visual Arts and has studied at the Arts Students League, Silvermine School of Art, The School of Visual Arts, workshops with master pastellists Chris Ivers and Liz Haywood Sullivan, and is currently studying with nationally known landscape painter David Dunlop.
Frank Bruckmann discovered painting in his 20’s, while living in his native state, New Jersey. Compelled by the seductive properties of oil paints, he began studying at the DuCret School of Art, and at the Art Students League in New York City. Early on, he knew he had embarked upon a lifelong career, as professors and art collectors encouraged him to continue his studies abroad, and so he spent nearly a decade in Europe. In Paris, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Paris American Academy. Wanting to better understand the techniques of the Great Masters, he found himself in the Musee D’Orsay and the Louvre copying painters from Frans Hals to Cezanne. Later in Madrid, Frank copied at the Museo de Prado, reproducing painters like Velasques and El Greco.
I grew up in Greenwich Village in New York City, spending weekends and summers in upstate New York where I learned to love nature. Extended studies at the University of Delaware ending in 1998 also provided me with ample opportunity to love nature, and in particular the seashore; it is in Delaware that I discovered photography. After a brief career in New York City, I left the business world to return to academia and moved to the Connecticut shoreline in 2004. I am by trade a Social Psychologist and was employed full-time as a Professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut until January 2021, at which time I entered the semi-retired population. I still teach and do research consulting, but I now have a lot more time to focus on my loves which include traveling, enjoying nature, gardening (flowers and vegetables and fruits), and of course photography. I shoot using a digital SLR camera, and what I see is what you get; I do not edit, filter, or crop my images. The largest manipulation I embark on is to move an object to different spaces, experimenting with background color and surface. My work explores the beauty (and sometimes tragedy) of nature and human experience, examining color, form, movement, and physical traces of human activity. I have exhibited and sold my work locally at area summer and fall festivals, art shows at my college, and the former City-Wide Open Studios.
Jaye Alison Moscariello is an artist-interpreter of her external surroundings, inner personal landscapes, worldly issues, environmental worries and political concerns. She creates work in response to whatever is most pressing to her. Moscariello uses varied media to make work relying upon her skills and talents in a wide variety of expressive forms. Before moving to NYC and Los Angeles, Moscariello was a longtime resident of New Haven, Connecticut.
I enjoy manipulating metal in unexpected ways, transforming hard sheet and wire into organic shapes and textures. Bending, folding, reticulating, hammering, and melting are all exploratory processes I use to see where the metal takes me. I love the surprises and solutions that come from allowing my creative energy to flow. Engaging in a creative process is a playful way for me to stretch my thinking, problem-solve, experiment with ideas, and express them in ways not limited by words. Making art grounds me, feeds my spirit, and is a vital part of my expressive self.
I have been a photographer for five decades and was an art teacher for thirty-seven years. I received a BFA degree from Rhode Island School of Design and Masters from Wesleyan University. A recipient of the Connecticut Artist Fellowship, my work has been exhibited widely and won numerous awards, including at RISD, ECOCA, and numerous venues in the northeast. My work has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times and Camera Arts Magazine. In New Haven I often exhibit at KLG in Westville.
Lessser create vived and compelling images with acrylic and flashe vinyl paint. She also makes short animated film which complement the paintings. Each work portrays contemporary concerns such as climate change, gun control, pollution, refugees and immigration. The vibrant color and senes of humor contrast with the works’ messages.
Sven’s images can be seen at Kehler Liddell Gallery during Open Source. His show titled: Grow Up! features images of juveniles in education. Sven prefers to find images. He photographs what is significant to him in the physical world. It is his hope to discover and record meaningful moments in this life through the process and craft of photography. Sven takes photographs because it pleases him to capture and show something he has seen that had meaning for him. Sven Martson received his BA from Syracuse University. After further studies, he met Walker Evans and worked under his direction, making prints from Evans’ negatives. After Evans’ death, Martson continued to print for the Evans estate. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits including National Association of Independent Schools, Washington DC, Kiek in de Kök Museum Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia, The Connecticut Open Real Art Ways, Hartford CT, Artspace, New Haven CT, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford CT, Shoreline Alliance for the Arts, Guilford CT, Exposure Gallery, New Haven CT, Jennifer Jane Gallery, New Haven CT and Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport.
The artist pushes a shovel into the ground, separating a volume of dirt from below. He lifts the volume upward and dumps it on the surface of the ground next to the negative space where the dirt was, creating in that three-part gesture a relation between negative space and positive form. This way of thinking about process infuses ongoing projects.
Thuan Vu was born in Saigon, Vietnam and settled with his family in New Orleans, LA. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Thuan exhibits and lectures nationally. His paintings examine constructions of identity, especially those of Vietnamese refugees. His latest series of Kintsugi paintings revolve around the Japanese philosophy of embracing damage and wounds. This philosophy finds beauty in healing, scars being celebrated and highlighted with precious gold. His research has taken him to Vietnam, Japan, and Paris, where he studies Vietnamese communities world-wide. A dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Thuan lives in New Haven, CT where he has been a Professor of Art at Southern Connecticut State University for 23 years.
Painting is a part of my life, just as going to work and trying to figure out how to budget my finances so as to continue my profession. My artwork is meant for a general audience. The paintings are representational snap shots of my everyday life, much like a visual diary. The works are predominately created from direct observation. However, lately, I have introduced some works that involve television commercials and media. At first, I was concerned about the purity of my subject matter but realized how life has become so media oriented that I would start to embrace it. The lack of access to painting people from life also spurred my involvement with social media.