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On Exhibit : Jamie Gagarin Gallery

 

On Exhibit: Wendy Costa & Sally Frank


 

Land & Sky: A Photography and Printmaking Exhibition

April 15 - May 30
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 18 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Wendy Costa and Sally Frank both draw inspiration for their work from the natural world. They found it fitting to collaborate in a joint show to share their artistic visions.

 

Artist Statement: Wendy Costa

Wendy Costa is inspired and energized daily by the natural world. She seeks to share this love with others through her art. Costa uses infrared photography, with its unusual reading of light and shadow, to bring attention to land, water, and especially clouds and skies. This medium allows her to share perspectives that are otherwise unseen by the human eye and therefore bring greater attention to the natural world. With our climate in peril, Costa feels especially passionate about sharing this powerful vision of nature.

With a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ms. Costa has dedicated her life to the study, teaching, and practice of artistic expression. She did additional studies with Parsons School of Design in Paris and Italy, the Cleveland Institute of Art in Provence, Vermont Studio Center, and Maine College of Art and Design. She taught art for 39 years, spanning the Hotchkiss School, the University of Michigan, Avon High School, and Wamogo Regional High School.

Wendy Costa has shown her work in exhibits across the country, and in 2018 one of her photographs was awarded first prize in a themed juried exhibit “Water” at Indian Mountain School, in Lakeville, CT. Jurors were Agnes Gund, Sandra Boynton, and Craig F. Starr.

The artist lives in Goshen, Connecticut with her husband Jonathan and is the proud mother of adult sons, Jon and Carl. The Costas’ yellow lab Vickie is the perfect photography assistant, keeping Wendy company on hikes in the woods and fields, and waiting patiently while she composes her photos. 

Visit www.alternaterealityphotos.com for more information about her work.

 

Artist Statement: Sally Frank

Sally Frank is a printmaker who draws inspiration from close observations of the natural world and a deep sense of connection with the earth. Her work channels the vibrant forces of life that flow through the forests, hills, rivers, and lakes that make up 29% of our planet. 

She uses a variety of printmaking techniques to create etchings, woodcuts, monotypes and lithographs. In her intaglios, she balances the beauty of native woods and landscapes with a sense of impending danger posed by a changing climate. Her woodcuts explore nature’s fragile complexities. Using the patterns created by leaves, branches and bark, her prints suggest fractals, revealing the delicate and vulnerable structures of plants and trees.

She began making prints while attending Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, MA, and later earned a master’s degree in printmaking from C.W. Post College in New York. Over the last 40 years, her work has been exhibited in galleries across New York, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Mexico.

Frank’s work has been selected by a variety of notable jurors over the years, including David Max Horowitz, assistant curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC, Jennifer Farrell, associate curator of drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eva Respini, MOMA Curator department of photography and David Kiehl, curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Frank has been an artist in residence at the Weir Farm Arts Center in Wilton, Connecticut, and Memorial Sloan Kettering acquired several large-scale woodcuts for their collection. Her studio is located in Waccabuc, NY. She also works in the studios at Zea Mays Printmaking in Northampton, MA and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT.  She is a member of The Boston Printmakers and the Monotype Guild of New England. 

Visit www.sallyfrank.com for more information and photos of her work.

 

 

Coming Soon: Alibaba Awrang


 

"Life is Beautiful!" - Contemporary Calligraphy Works

June 2 - July 18
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 6 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Artist Statement: 

Calligraphic practice can be defined as the art of giving form to signs and sounds in an expressive, harmonious, and balanced manner. For centuries, Persian calligraphy served as a mirror for mystical and literary teachings. In my work, I present a new artistic reality – by crossing the border of the “long-standing tradition of calligraphy. Linking calligraphy with painting, I reconstruct the past and bring it into the present.”

While I have a deep understanding of traditional calligraphy and how it was done in the past, I take a bold new approach with the aim of enriching the art to make it more contemporary. My works reflect both a continuation of and a transition from a long-standing calligraphic tradition. In other words, my calligraphic works are rooted in the past while opening the window to future horizons.

The graphic and aesthetic aspects of calligraphy are hugely important for me. My calligraphy works are important not because of their linkage to religious teachings and Islamic literature, nor because of their belonging to Islamic mysticism. Their uniqueness is derived from my attempt to cross the boundaries of tradition by the combination of script and painting. 

My work is distinguished from much other calligraphy by my use of handmade paper, paste paper, traditional ink, natural colors. The use of gold and silver leaf and good material composition make an artwork more stable and durable for hundreds of years to come. 

I see my work as a window half open to a world full of possibilities. I strongly believe that such efforts will elevate the art of calligraphy while ensuring the revival of the artform to the importance it has enjoyed over the past fourteen hundred years.

 

About the Artist: 

The paintings of recently relocated artist Alibaba Awrang masterfully fuse Persian calligraphic depictions of poetry with brightly colored images, resulting in contemporary illuminated paintings.

His work is well known in the Eastern world, with exhibitions in Kabul, Tehran, Bahrain, Dubai, Istanbul, Islam Abad, Tajikistan and Melbourne, among others. His recent commission of a large triptych was installed in the fall of 2022 in the entry gallery of the I. M. Pei designed Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.  At the pinnacle of his career, Awrang evacuated from Afghanistan in 2021, and is relaunching his career from his new home in Connecticut.

His work was featured in two prominent exhibitions in Connecticut: a sold-out show, From Kabul to Connecticut, in November, 2022, at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Litchfield County; and a September-November 2023  show, Between the Worlds:  Stories of Artists and Migrations, co-curated by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute, and the Mattatuck Museum, at the Mattatuck in Waterbury.

“While my work is rooted in ancient tradition, it is a new kind of Islamic art,” explains Awrang, “striving to open a new horizon by connecting the past, present and future through the prism of postmodernism. I depart from tradition by combining both script and painting. In every maze of my calligraphic work, there is mystery; and in every turn and twist of its colors, I reflect the human condition.”

 

 


 

The Jamie Gagarin Gallery and Exhibits at OWL

The Jamie Gagarin Gallery is a space dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of art for the enjoyment of our community. Exhibits rotate several times during the year and feature works for sale by artists.

All exhibits include an opening reception. Patrons can meet the artist, have a first look at the artwork and enjoy refreshments. All exhibits and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

Since the art gallery shares its space with the community and library events, it is recommended that you confirm that the art gallery is open before visiting. Please call us at 860-567-8030.

 

How to Submit Art for Consideration for an Exhibit

All artwork exhibited is selected through a competitive, juried process by the Cultural Committee appointed by the President of the OWL Board of Trustees. The Cultural Committee uses guidelines in its selection including technique, price range, size of proposed work, type of medium, type and style of framing, and artist credentials.

For more detailed information on the submission process, click here.

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