Let’s go abstract! The award-winning New York City-based artist ELLEN GROSSMAN will present her work, which includes her signature drawings, made up of hundreds of metallic lines, done on Cromatico paper and Tyvek material. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 6:30pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 915 Main Street, in South Glastonbury, CT. This program is free and open to the public.
Participants at this program will be able to free draw on Tyvek, and explore some of the techniques that Grossman will demonstrate. Grossman considers her drawing process to be meditative in nature, and she encourages participants to “slow down and to pay attention to the space between what is already drawn and where a new line is going.”
Grossman primarily creates drawings and sculptures that evoke tactile sensation and fluidity. According to Grossman’s artist statement, “The flows, folds, ripples and crosscurrents build up, suggesting what is common to water currents, geologic change, biological development and the wind made visible.” Grossman grew up on Long Island, New York, and the theme of water’s edge finds its way into much of her work and creative process. In an article from The Village Voice from June 6, 2017, the author interviews Grossman about her life and “15 minutes of fame” in 2012 when she met the rapper Jay-Z on a New York subway, resulting in a viral YouTube video.
Grossman has exhibited in galleries both nationally and internationally, most recently at Westbeth Gallery (New York, NY), Brooklyn Workshop Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Art Salon (Long Island City, NY), and Salon Zurcher (Paris, France).
Learn more about Ellen at www.EllenGrossman.com.
Penny Feder will be featured in our March Got Art program. Her program, Printmaking to Collage, will cover the multitude of media and techniques that she uses in her award-winning work. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Friends Room of the Welles Turner Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury.
For this program, Penny will bring samples of her mixed media collage pieces, wood blocks and proofs, etching plates and prints, and monotypes. For each she will explain the process used to create the work, describe her techniques, and then “see where the questions lead me.” This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from and speak with a renowned artist about the fascinating processes of fine art printmaking and collage.
Penny is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, has won awards in national and international competitions, and has exhibited all over the world. She is an extremely versatile artist, working in a variety of media including printmaking, mixed media collage, oils, and pastels. Penny is known for her unique use of colors, shapes, forms, and textures in creating pieces that draw the viewer into her vision of the subject, maximizing the elements of design, color, and light to evoke movement and colors that “dance.”
Penny has a BA in art education and an MA in printmaking. Her work can be found in many private, public, and corporate collections, including the US State Department, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Museum Duren in Germany.
For the next GOT ART event, artist Bob Ferraro will discuss the process of painting on wood, and demonstrate techniques for painting ocean waves. Bob’s work is currently focused on creating 2D and 3D pieces on found hardwoods and solid red oak. His images are designed to emphasize the natural beauty of each unique piece of wood. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 6:30 pm in Conference Room “A” at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness, 622 Hebron Ave in Glastonbury.
Connecticut artist Bob Ferraro began his art career at Paier College of Art, majoring in illustration. After doing freelance work in published cartoons and coloring books, Bob moved into the fields of fine art and faux finishing. Known for his sports art in the 1990’s, Bob was honored by having his painting of NHL playoff MVP Brian Leetch displayed with hockey’s Stanley Cup, as well as a limited-edition print of the Kentucky Derby licensed by Churchill Downs. Currently, Bob participates in juried outdoor art festivals from Maine to Florida year-round. He also accepts varied commissions, including portraits. Bob’s work is a blend of representational and whimsical styles that range from great blue herons to dancing starfish. More about Bob at www.bobferrarostudios.net.
For the next GOT ART event, Glastonbury Arts will explore an animalistic nature: Award-winning artist KAREN ISRAEL will create animal portraits demonstrating pastel techniques and underpainting using Art Graf water soluble graphite. Participants will be able to sample the Art Graf / pastel technique for themselves. The event take place on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm in Conference Room “A” at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness, 622 Hebron Ave in Glastonbury. This program is free and open to the public.
Karen creates interesting concepts and dynamic composition in her work. She has been focusing on pastels for the past decade. Prior to making art full-time, Karen worked as a physical therapist. Her passion for teaching is evident in her demonstrations, workshops and rigorous pastel classes.
Karen is proud to be a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Master Circle Member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Signature Member and the President of the Connecticut Pastel Society, Artist Member of the Catharine Lorillaird Wolfe Art Club and Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC.
Her work can be found in many private and public collections in the United States and Canada. Karen has exhibited at several museums and galleries in Connecticut and New York City, including the Salmagundi Club,The National Arts Club, The Slater Memorial Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art. More about Karen at www.artbykarenisrael.com.
Glastonbury Arts is doing some spring cleaning for the May GOT ART event. DENISE CASEY will show you how to “Bring New Life to Old Paintings”, on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 1 pm – 3 pm in the Friends Room at Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury. Denise is a talented painter – oil, acrylic, pastel – who will demonstrate techniques to turn older paintings into modern masterpieces. This program is free and open to the public.
Denise loves the total engagement in the artistic process, the heightened awareness, complete focus, and the sense of purpose and fulfillment that it gives. For Denise, it’s a challenge to embrace the uncertainty of not knowing how a painting will develop or how she’ll get to the end, but she’s always excited to see what reveals itself as she proceeds.
Denise has learned an enormous amount over the years from design classes and critiques with Connecticut artist John Massimino. She also studied with Joann Ballinger at the Lyme Art Association, working in soft pastels. For several years, she painted mostly in oils and oil pastels. More recently, she has been working with Lenny Moskowitz and Sheila Kaczmarek, exploring new ways of seeing, thinking, and working, and different techniques and mediums, including acrylics, collage, and mixed media.
Denise serves on the boards of the Madison Art Society and Guilford Art League and is a member of the Lyme Art Association, Essex Art Association, and Clinton Art Society.
Glastonbury Arts will soak a paintbrush with water and color for the next GOT ART event: JERRY CARON, accomplished artist, teacher, and magazine illustrator, will demonstrate watercolor painting techniques and facilitate a discussion about the medium on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Friends Room at Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street in Glastonbury. This program is free and open to the public.
Jerry, who “creates illusions of light and atmosphere in paint,” graduated in 1963 from the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and worked in the publishing industry until 1976, when he decided to pursue a full-time fine art career. He studied at the Art Students League in New York with the artists Harvey Dinnerstein, Aaron Shikler, Burt Silverman, and Morton Kaisch. Jerry was a member of the faculty of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts for seventeen years where he taught Drawing, Perspective, Composition and Design, Color Theory, and Landscape painting in Watercolor and Oil. His work was featured on the cover of Yankee Magazine, and was published in Backpacker Magazine and a children’s encyclopedia published by McGraw-Hill.
In the 1980’s, Jerry created and appeared in a series of television programs (Storer Television) featuring watercolor demonstrations. For four years, Jerry taught on-site painting workshops in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, and has taught and lectured throughout New England. Jerry has been an artist member of the Salmagundi Club, NY, the New England Watercolor Society, MA, the Providence Watercolor Society, RI, The Copley Society, Boston, MA, and The Hudson Valley Art Association, NY.