Studio Tuesday is an informal, non-instructional “paint-inÂ” that meets each Tuesday. Come work in a creative environment along with other artists. 9 a.m.-noon September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 at Margaret Egan Center, 35 Matthew St., Milford. Free. 203-878-6647, milfordarts.org.
Photography Meet-Up is a new series that affords photographers and photo enthusiasts the chance to share work, tips, questions and opportunities. Bring along some photos to be critiqued or participate in monthly photo projects and share your work online. Guest speakers will discuss subjects including photo collecting, purchasing cameras and equipment, organizing and archiving your work, and exhibition or publication opportunities in a relaxed, social setting. 7-9 p.m. September 9 at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St., Middletown. Free members, $3 non-members. 860-685-7871, greenstreetartscenter.org.
Show Â‘nÂ’ Play
Choosing the perfect class will be even easier with CAWÂ’s Annual Fall Back to Art School Open House for kids and teens. Hands-on demonstrations for young people will be offered throughout the day in painting, cartooning, clay, collage and more. Parents may visit classrooms and meet the teachers who make Creative Arts Workshop a great place for exploring creativity and making art. Staff will be on hand to help in choosing the perfect class for fall to fit both childrenÂ’s interests and parentÂ’s schthere.les. Fall session runs September 22 through December 13.
Â— Elvira J. Duran
1-4 p.m. September 21 at Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. Open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Sat. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 203-562-4927, creativeartsworkshop.org.
Get a taste of what will be offered all season long at Free Art Day Â— meet the teaching artists, try a workshop, or tour the sound recording studio, black box theater and computer labs. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free workshops activities include: drawing, salsa and ballroom dancing, guitar instruction, Web design and more. 1-4p.m. September 6 at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St., Middletown. Free. 860-685-7871, greenstreetartscenter.org.
Everyday Monuments: Photographs of Jerome Liebling. Monographic exhibition features some 50 photographs by American artist Jerome Liebling. Active since the 1940s, Liebling has explored a variety of photographic themes including social-documentary photographs of people and places, poetic images of the relics and physical remnants of literary figures, and photographs of mannequins and corpses. The body of work on display includes representative examples from the many facets of LieblingÂ’s practice. Through September 7 at YUAG, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.), 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.there.
A noted scholar of eminent American photographer Alfred Stieglitz, Doris Bry is perhaps best known as the agent and confidant of StieglitzÂ’s wife, the painter Georgia OÂ’Keeffe. Her collection includes photographs by renowned masters such as Irving Penn and Berenice Abbott, as well as intriguing works by lesser-known artists, and includes examples of a wide range of styles and photographic media. From Any Angle: Photographs from the Collection of Doris Bry celebrates the remarkable collection of more than 200 photographs brought together by Bry and currently on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery. Through September 7 at YUAG, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.), 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.there.
The Dutch post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh was notorious as a fou roux (redheaded madman). Even with a piece of his earlobe missing, his works include some of the world's most recognizable, popular and expensive pieces. Some of those works will be on display in New Haven this summer. The Yale University Art Gallery exhibits two of van GoghÂ’s most renowned paintings, Â“CypressesÂ” and Â“The Starry Night,Â” side by side for the first time in Van GoghÂ’s Â‘CypressesÂ’ and Â‘The Starry NightÂ’: Visions of Saint-RÃ©my. Completed in June 1889 during his year-long confinement at the asylum in Saint-RÃ©my, these two paintings exemplify the work of this modern master at the height of his creativity. Together, they reveal the artistÂ’s vivid and tender vision of Saint-RÃ©my as he observed the French countryside from his window Â— by day and night. To ensure a pleasant and unrushed experience for YUAG visitors, free timed tickets will be available at artgallery.yale.there. Through September 7 at the YUAG, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.), 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.there.
Fly Away Fly Away. An installation and new work by William Downs in Gallery 3. DownsÂ’ work often takes the form of large-scale installations of many small drawings and paintings involving elements of autobiography, narrative, collage, and text. Verging on the surreal or abstract, the work finds its subject in Â“fear, worries, memories, dreams, fantasies, secrets, and feelings,Â” and in DownsÂ’ interest in Â“the balance of conscious and unconscious states.Â” During his residency in New Haven, Downs created new work that premiers with this installation. Through September 20 (closing reception: 5-7 p.m. September 18) at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues., noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org
Over the course of a three-week residency, master artist William Downs shared his artmaking process and concepts with 15 New Haven high school artist apprentices during Hawaii: 2008 Summer Apprenticeship Program. They collected paper, old books, magazines, and typewriters, experimented with collage, paint, ink and sundry drawing tools. With these materials, the group assembled a combination of many kinds of images and text through which they each strove to express a personal narrative. Together, separate narratives weave into one unified and multifaceted investigation in communal storytelling in the form of a gallery installation. In Gallery 1 view the collective work of: William Downs and Summer Apprentices: Annette Anderson, Kadeem Boothe, Chris Daniels, buy ambien online no prescription Durham, Max Duenkel, Tashaun Fair, Anessa Jackson, Terrencia Lee, James Manley, Marisol Muniz, Terell Palmer, Margie Roman, DaQuaya Scott, Louie Tafuto and Geeta Talpade. Through September 20 (closing reception 5-7 p.m. September 18) at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues., noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org
In Gallery 6, The Best Around features work by Flatfile artists Caitlin Foster and Juliana Sabinson, who weave found source material into humorous narratives featuring personal stories and absurd situations. Through September 20 (closing reception: 5-7 p.m. September 18) at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues., noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org
Canadian-born Guilford resident, Jefri Ruchti displays his latest paper project in .and then., an exhibition at City Gallery September 4-27.
Down Paradise Way features four artists represented in the Flatfile who draw viewersÂ’ attention to often-ignored details in everyday spaces. Asa Chibas photographs details in the landscape, coloring and accentuating using thread and stitching. Ilana Cohen pays attention to street architecture and infuses portraits of parking meters and metal grates with there wild flora. Suzanne SiegelÂ’s watercolor drawings of big-box store parking lots emphasize overlooked islands, lights and rooflines. Ann ToebbeÂ’s drawings turn cluttered functional living space into shattered forms, drawing attention to objects in the rooms. Curated by Laurel Coniglio and on view in Gallery 7. Through September 20 (closing reception 5-7 p.m. September 18) at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues., noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org
Through the Community Partner Program, Artspace collaborates with the art department of Southern Connecticut State University to present extraordinary work by SCSU art faculty. Representing a wide range of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and ceramics, Art: SCSU offers a look at the cutting-edge trends coming out of todayÂ’s fine art programs. In Galleries 2, 4 and 5 view the work of: Yolanda del Amo, Mia Brownell, Wiley Carr, Greg Cochenet, Arthur Guagliumi, Keith Hatcher, Terry Lavin, Bill Phelan, Jeff Slomba, Thuan Vu, Rachael Vaters-Carr, and Jessie Whitehead. Through September 20 (closing reception 5-7 p.m. September 18) at Artspace, 50 Orange St., New Haven. Open noon-5 p.m. Tues., noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Free. 203-772-2709, artspacenh.org
In Works by Jennifer Davies and Lisa Keskinen, Branford resident Davies showcases new prints and handmade paper works, while KeskinenÂ’s constructed pieces, informed by herÂ career as an architect, draw inspiration from the transformative possibilities of everyday objects. Davies earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught dozens of classes in handmade paper at the Creative Arts Workshop as well as the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk. Keskinen received a BA in psychology from UConn before completing a masterÂ’s in architecture at North Carolina State. Her work has been showcased extensively throughout the region, including at Erector Square in New Haven, the Cornwall Library and Earl Lindgren Architects Office in Naugatuck. Through September 26 (reception 5-7 p.m. September 9) at Gallery 195 at NewAlliance Bank, 195 Church St., 4th floor, New Haven. Free.
New pastels on Japanese paper by City Gallery member-artist Jefri Ruchti will be on display in . and then . September 4-27 (artist's reception 4-7 p.m.Â September 6; meet the artist noon-4 p.m. September 27) at City Gallery, 994 State St., New Haven. Open noon-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. & by appointment. Free. 203-782-2489, city-gallery.org.
Open Doors of Milford. Throughout downtown Milford artists will display original design interpretations on plain recycled doors. Six-week outdoor event culminates with a lively auction of the doors in September, with a portion of the proceeds donated to a local charity. Through September 28 throughout downtown Milford. downtownmilfordct.com.
ConjuringsÂ….Where the Abstract and Surreal Collide is a unique and visually stunning array of paintings where surreal imagery and abstract thoughts collide,Â by contemporary artist Clinton Deckert. Deckert is influenced by the Surrealist movement, Dada and abstract expressionism. He is inspired by the artists Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Francis Bacon and Salvador Dali. Deckert refers to his art as Â“surreal mindscapesÂ” a merging hybrid of the surreal and abstract. The works are oil paintings that result from combining random abstract thoughts and surreal imagery. His technique is both exploratory and spontaneous. September 2-October 4 (opening reception 6-8 p.m. September 13) at White Space Gallery, 1020 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 7 p.m. Thurs.); Sun. by appt. Free. 203-495-1200, whitespacegallery.com.
FeelinÂ’ the Summer Breeze
American artists have been lured south since the 19th century. Among the best known are Connecticut native Frederic Edwin Church and master watercolorist Winslow Homer. Both traveled in search of unusual scenery, which they found in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Florida and Bermuda. For artists from North America, the tropics offered a simpler way of life unburdened by the stresses of modern urban life. They recorded the distinctive places and people they met as tourists, soaking up the local culture. Over time, enjoyment of the tropical climate deepened into appreciation of the regionÂ’s people. Will Howe Foote and Abram Poole composed powerful portraits of island residents in Jamaica and Dominica. In Reynolds BealÂ’s etching, Â“Sponge Fishing, Florida,Â” men fish for natural sponges, once a major industry in the northern Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Warm Winds: Connecticut Artists in the Tropics examines the appeal of year round painting, varied and plentiful subject matter and simpler way of life offered by warmer climes. The 60-plus paintings and works on paper chronicle Connecticut artistsÂ’ longstanding love of the tropics, which continues to this day.
Â— Elvira J. Duran
Through October 5 at the Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $10 ($9 seniors & students, $6 children 6-12, free under 6). 860-434-5542, flogris.org.
3 at BAC is an exhibition featuring the work of three artists. David Frank is a potter who creates vessels full of color and life at his studio on an old chicken farm in Guilford. Rex Walden is a painter who say he takes risks to keep Â“paint-friendly.Â” Sid Werthan is a conceptual artist who employs a base of sculpture, found objects, digital photography, video and sound installation combined with Eastern aesthetics to merge the concepts of Japanese Zen Buddhism, martial arts doctrine, meditation and motorcycle. All three artists are members of the Shoreline Arts Trail. September 13-October 11 (opening reception 6-9 p.m. September 12) at Branford Artists Cooperative, 211 Montowese St., Branford. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10-3 and Saturday 11-3.Free. 203-589-6995, branfordartistscoopertive.com.
Like the swirls of ornamental grotesques that adorn architecture, metalwork and textiles, the boundaries between beauty and strangeness were extremely fluid in Renaissance and Baroque art. Through monsters, hybrid creatures and bodies that twisted into fanciful shapes, artists visualized myths and dreams, delighting their viewers by these seemingly limitless flights of fantasy. Drawn from the Davison Art Center Collection, The Bizarre and the Beautiful: Fantasy as Visual Pleasure in Renaissance and Baroque Prints features works by Agostino Carracci, Enea Vico, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Christoph Jamnitzer, Jacques Callot, Hendrick Goltzius and others, probing the essence of art and artistry of the period. September 12-October 12 (opening reception 5-7 p.m. September 11) at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, 301 High St., Middletown. Open noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Free. 860-685-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org., wesleyan.there./dac.
CAW Faculty/Guest Artist Show. Show encompasses two exhibitions in the Creative Arts WorkshopÂ’s Hilles Gallery. On the ground floor, An Impulse to Order, features paintings by Michael Mancari of the CAW drawing and painting department as well as guest artist Rachael Wren, will present a series of paintings. While different in temperament, the works of both artists are outcomes of a common endeavor Â— finding a sense of place and creating a cohesive world with its own internal logic through the process of painting. The second group will feature works by Corinne McManemin, also of CAWÂ’s drawing and painting department, and guest artist Jerry Weiss in The Figure. McManeminÂ’s lifelike sculptures and WeissÂ’ realistic paintings will reveal a freshness of individual vision to this classical form. Â Their work challenges the viewer to step into the artistÂ’s world as the hand of the artist remains exposed through the layers of clay and strokes of paint. September 12-October 17 (opening reception 5-7 p.m. September 12, closing reception: 5-8 p.m. October 16) at Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. Open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Sat. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 203-562-4927, creativeartsworkshop.org.
Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of DÃ¼rer and Titian showcases mural-size prints from the late 15th century to 1630, when ambitions-to rival painted images, to assert political rule, or simply to adorn wall surfaces-prompted printed imagery to expand. Surviving in fewer numbers than smaller prints, mural-size print ensembles sometimes reached over ten feet in height and sixteen feet in length. Grand Scale displays approximately 50 oversize prints from the German, Italian, and Netherlandish schools, including compositions by Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht DÃ¼rer, Titian, Jacopo Tintoretto, Bartholomaeus Spranger and Peter Paul Rubens. September 9-November 30 at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon. (until 8 p.m. Thurs.), 1-6 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-0600, artgallery.yale.there.
Zilkha Gallery will present a major, semester-long exhibition, Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography examining how visual artists use documentary photography in their work. Artists often employ more than one system of representation in order to reinforce, subvert or go beyond the meaning offered by the images themselves. Some also use photographs to critique the documentary medium itself. Exhibition features work by (among others) Wendy Ewald, Andrea Geyer, Jim Goldberg, Eric Gottesman, Emily Jacir, An-My Le, Susan Meiselas, Ann Messner, Walid Raad, Martha Rosler and Krzysztof Wodiczko. September 13-December 7 (opening reception 5-7 p.m. September 12) at Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, 283 Washington Terr., Middletown. Open noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sun. (until 8 p.m. Fri.). Free. 860-685-3355, email@example.com., wesleyan.there./cfa.
The Pearl of the Snowlands: Buddhist Prints from the Derge Parkhang. The Derge Parkhang is one of the foremost cultural, social, religious and historical institutions in Tibet. Founded in 1729 by Denba Tseren, the Derge Parkhang today is an active center for publication and distribution of Buddhist texts and images, preeminent examples of the Tibetan woodcut printing tradition. The exhibitionÂ’s large, finely cut prints of buddhas, protective deities and tara, together with astrological charts, story prints and charms were printed from some of the 300,000 blocks in the Parkhang collection. They open a fascinating window into the beliefs, symbols and learning of Tibetan Buddhism. Photographs and video introduce the people of Derge who have preserved and revived the ParkhangÂ’s position as one of the most precious pearls of TibetÂ’s living culture. September 10-December 7 at Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery, Wesleyan University, 343 Washington Terr., Middletown. Open noon-4 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Free. 860-685-2330, wesleyan.there./east.
A New Reality: Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art, an exhibition of 98 photographic works is derived from a major private collection of photography amassed by New Jersey residents Anne and Arthur Goldstein. A New Reality exploresÂ the continued use of black-and-white photography as a medium of visual and historical consequence.Â The exhibition alsoÂ reflects the expanding technical and conceptual role of photography, emphasizingÂ its recent adaptation to the complex and psychologically charged images and narratives desired by contemporary artists. September 19-December 7 at Thomas J. Walsh Gallery, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free. quickcenter.com.
In 1795 Benjamin West, the American-born president of the Royal Academy in London, fell victim to an elaborate hoax. He was persuaded that an old manuscript purporting to contain long-forgotten recipes held out hope of rediscovering Venetian High Renaissance techniques of oil painting. West used these materials and techniques to execute an ambitious historical painting: Cicero Discovering the Tomb of Archimedes. But the manuscript was a fake and the story an absurd invention. When the fraud was exposed, West suffered profound professional embarrassment. Seven years later West painted an almost identical version of his painting, this time according to his own methods. Benjamin West and the Venetian Secret brings together both versions of WestÂ’s composition, along with recent technical analysis, copies of the fake manuscript, and other works on paper pertaining to the hoax. September 18-January 4 at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Mon., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 203-432-2858, ycba.yale.there.
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