Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gulgun Aliriza MFA '07

Click here to see pictures from the opening Day of Gulgon's reception at the Silo.

From the NewsTimes 6/11/2011:

Gulgun Aliriza created this oil on masonite, which will be on display in the New Milford show. She calls it “2B Red.” As to what it’s all about, she said, “When people look at my paintings, questions arise. It’s an inside/outside kind of feeling. I like the idea of showing but not showing. I like to be a little mysterious.” Photo: Contributed Photo / The News-Times Contributed

Four artists with a common bond will exhibit their works in a new show at the Silo Gallery in New Milford this weekend. You can meet them Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the opening reception

The artists are Brian Adgate, Gulgun Aliriza, Will Lustenader and Jessica Halliday. They all create their pieces either directly or indirectly from nature -- representing figures, landscapes and still life -- but each with a unique twist.

That's why Silo Gallery director Valerie Culbertson brought them together for this joint show.

Aliriza is a native of Cyprus who earned her master's in fine arts degree at Western Connecticut State University. She creates compositions from complex still arrangements, focusing on life and objects in her immediate surroundings.

"My work appears more like exercises in picture-making than revelations about a place or thing," Aliriza said.

"2B Red" is the name of one of her paintings in the exhibit. The colorful artwork includes a clown puppet off to one side. Aliriza said while some people find it scary and others love it, the puppet wasn't the focus of the piece.

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The opening reception will be Saturday, June 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Silo Gallery, Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road, New Milford. Wines from Hopkins Vineyard and appetizers by chef Mary Kravec, the Silo Cooking School's director, will be served. Admission is free. For more details call 860-355-0300 or visit

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