Sunday, November 30, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pamela Hochstetter

Pamela Hochstetter is having a SOLO show at the Norfolk Library in Norfolk, CT, from December 6-January 7, 2015. 

The show will include paintings, woodcuts, and bas reliefs. (The library is not set up to accommodate sculptures.)  

The OPENING Reception is Sunday, December 7, from 4:00-6:00pm. It would be great if you could stop by! 

Norfolk is located in the uppermost reaches of Litchfield County, CT. The library is just around the corner from Infinity Music Hall.
It's an absolutely beautiful building. When I first walked into the space I felt immediately at home - like I was in one of the treasured libraries at Yale.  

call to artists

Accessible Art 2015

Deadline Extended to December 5

The Accessible Art Project is an opportunity for artists to show their work in alternative spaces and to make art more accessible to the general public. The Cultural Alliance is not a gallery, but a resource and a facilitator for these opportunities. Open to all artists.  Cultural Alliance membership is required for participation.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

State Grants available to artists!

The Guidelines and Application for The Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund Grant for Arts Organizations is now available.  Instructions on how to access guidelines and instructions on how to submit an application are posted on our website. 
Deadline:  12/15/14
Please click on link below for information.
For further information:  please contact Rhonda Olisky –

Friday, November 21, 2014

Joan Marie Kelly

Joan posted her Curatorial Statement By Sarah Schuster
EXHIBITION: The Kotha THE Akhara: Historical Indian Archetypes of Masculinity and Femininity
Paintings by Artist: Joan Marie Kelly

My interest in Joan Marie Kelly’s artwork began several years ago when an acquaintance of mine introduced me to her painting and the project she was doing with the sex workers in Kolkata. Her doggedness to paint perceptually where others refused to go seemed radical within the genre of contemporary representational painting. A multitude of artists In Cinema, New Media, Community-based and Grassroots artistic practices cross and blur the cultural boundaries of agency and power, but I had never seen a perceptual painter who was, in her own way, undertaking this kind of unraveling. Outside of a handful of contemporary mural painters such as Judy Baca, and the early portraits of Alice Neel I was at a loss as to who was doing work like this in the arena of traditional oil painting. I began to wonder why this practice might have become taboo given the many instances of such work in the history of Western art. 

The feminist critique of patriarchal culture, and its strong hold on Western painting has been extremely important and influential to me as a woman painter, but in thinking about Joan’s work I began to think of the ongoing repercussions of defining the gaze as male. What is the ongoing impact of recognizing that the traditional languages of patriarchy, such as those championed and ensconced in western figure painting, inevitably reproduce the objectification of the subject and position the subject of the painter’s attention as both an object and as the other. Is painting from the figure or model about the artist’s projection of their reality onto the sitter? I had begun reading the Israeli born philosopher, analyst and artist Bracha Ettinger. Her work impacted the French feminist movement, and she spoke of the ‘matrixial’ gaze to describe a post-conceptual practice that reshapes the legacies of the technologies of surveillance and documentation as a pathway towards a future where acceptance of the burden of sharing, transforming and processing trauma is possible. 

Working with and from marginalized groups of people is very problematic because of the ingrained hierarchies of power but as Joan has said to me, “The risks are worth it to me when faced with the option of doing something rather then doing nothing at all.” I curated this exhibition to put it forward as a possible option for change and transformation, and to invite us to consider that the gaze may also be a means of absorption, and coming to know.

Alain Picard

Alain writes, "My painting entitled, The Bride, has been awarded Second Place in the Portrait/Figure category of the 16th Annual Pastel 100 Competition.  I'm grateful to my friend, Josie, who posed for this painting. I'm also grateful for the amazing Pre-Raphealite artists like Waterhouse and Rosetti who inspired me with their own depictions of Victorian brides. Most of all, I'm grateful to God, who has given me the ability and opportunity to create."
Congratulations Alain!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Intern Opportunity for Graphic Designers

David Skora writes, "Graphic Design Students. Here is an intern opportunity which Dean Goble sent to me. Here is the message: I believe it is for graphic design work.
I spoke with Leon Istambouli from Morganti Construction yesterday…they are looking for an intern to start ASAP. This looks like a great opportunity for one of our seniors. Please ask anyone interested to submit their resume to
or…call 203-830-3301"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Alain Picard

Alain writes, "I'm thrilled to have been invited to give a one-day workshop and a portrait demonstration at the upcoming 2015 IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is a great opportunity for those of you who are outside of the east coast to study with me in a very exciting and creative environment. Registrations are now live, so sign up today!"

Be Inspired,
Alain Picard 
Three Hour Portrait Demonstration from Life
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Working from the live model, Alain will demonstrate a painterly approach to the portrait. Included will be an explanation of techniques for creating an accurate likeness, establishing clear values, evaluating color relationships and selecting skin tones, developing a painterly style, and harnessing the power of strong design. Alain will also discuss the importance of lighting and posing the model.

One-Day Workshop
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Location: Albuquerque, NM

After an introduction to color theory and how it relates to skin tones, Alain will demonstrate from a model how to develop a 9 color skin tone chart to serve as a color key. Then everyone will paint a portrait based on the discoveries made with the skin tone charts. This logical approach to color selection will equip the pastelist with knowledge and confidence to see and select skin tones for their own portrait and figurative work.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Visiting Artists Series at WCSU

Visiting Artist Lecture with John Goodrich
Monday, Nov 14, 11:00am Room 144,
Visual & Performing Arts Center, Westside Campus,
43 Lake Ave Extension, Danbury, CT

All are Welcome!