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Johnes Ruta, writer, ¨Mercurator¨
Independent Curator & Art Theorist.

Exhibition Archive 2017 ~ present

Past monthly exhibition venues

Oil Paintings by Charles Reyburn

Artist's Reception: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 3:00 to 6:00 PM

Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Road
Branford, CT 06405

Curated by Johnes Ruta,

Charles Reyburn "The-Connecticut-Shoreline -- Ferry-Headed-to-Long-Island" oil on canvas 10" x13"

Artist’s Statement by Charles W. Reyburn

"Our World is not static. It is forever changing. My solution, these days, is to take my french easel
and head out into that world. I use my wooden palette laid out with 14 to 15 oil colors and I…..
choose a composition….draw… and then… paint (manipulate color). The challenge is to concentrate
(think) and to transfer a large or immense (if it extends to the horizon) scene convincingly onto a canvas
rectangle, 8x 10, 11 x 14, 18 x 24 up to perhaps 48 x 36 inches.

"In our time away from our chosen vocations we often head outside OR remain inside to observe
and explore the world around us. To reaffirm its’ life-giving beauty and awesome powers.
All caught in glimpses in which we are feeling the present-into-the future or are taken into feeling
our past. A painting by hand (and mind) puts you there.

"I grew up in New London, CT. Attended Rhode Island School of Design 1974-78
and hold a BFA in Painting. I presently live in Waterford, CT.  I think of my paintings as
"moments in time” or as Corot called many of his paintings; “souvenirs.”

Charles Reyburn "Across Fishers to Plum Island 1-14-11" oil on canvas 11" x 14"

Charles Reyburn "The Branford Hospice 10-01-2019" oil on canvas 11" x 14"

Jane Gilman Fleischner CITY STREET acrylic on canvas 20" x 24"

Charles Reyburn "Front Porch" oil on canvas 24" x 30"


Exhibition: October 8 to Novembe 17, 2019

Curated by: Johnes Ruta, independent curator & art theorist

Hours: Visiting Hours Daily 9am - 8 pm

Katherine Blossom, Arts Director
Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Road
Branford, CT 06405


Paintings by Jane Gilman Fleischner

Artist's Reception: Saturday, June 8th, 3:30 to 5:30 PM

Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Road
Branford, CT 06405

Curated by Johnes Ruta,

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Jane Gilman Fleischner IPSWICH MORNING acrylic on canvas 20" x 24"

Jane Gilman Fleischner holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Bridgeport.
Her relentless joyful pursuit is photographing and painting landscapes from
Costa Rica to Europe, Utah, and the East Coast.

Jane Gilman Fleischner SUNSET OVER A SALT MARSH acrylic on canvas 24" X 16"

At home in her Trumbull CT studio, the photos serve as a reference library to paint from. Jane’s main focus
is a reverence for nature, color, light and life within all things. The internal story is a sometimes elusive subject,
always present her artwork.

Jane Gilman Fleischner TIGER LILLIES AND HYDRANGEA acrylic on canvas 16" x 20"

Jane Gilman Fleischner CITY STREET acrylic on canvas 20" x 24"

Jane Gilman Fleischner BEAR'S EARS MONUMENT, UTAH acylic on canvas 48" X 36"


Curated by: Johnes Ruta, independent curator & art theorist

Hours: Visiting Hours Daily 10AM - 8 PM

Katherine Blossom, Arts Director
Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Road
Branford, CT 06405

Beloved souls, the Rainbow Bridge and Beyond

a two-person art exhibit of collages by Paula Emery of Lyme,
and paintings by Ralph Levesque of Higganum

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Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 23, 3:30 to 6:00 PM.
Curated by: Johnes Ruta

Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Rd
Branford, CT 06405

Anima : an individual's true inner self that in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung reflects archetypal ideals of conduct; also, an inner feminine part of the male personality.
Animus : an inner masculine part of the female personality in the analytic psychology of C. G. Jung.
Animals : well, you know that one!

Exhibition: February 27 to April 8, 2019 10AM - 8PM daily

Paula Emery - ANGELS III -- collage, 5"h x 7"w

Artist Statement by PAULA EMERY

My art reveals - my love of animals and their unique personalities - their very distinctive eyes as the windows to their soul; of nature and its beauty - skies, trees, gardens, flowers, rocks, water. The beauty of the natural world just awaits to be captured by the brush. My collage mixed media works reflect my strong sense of design and tell a story without words. The stories reflect the joys and sorrows of women; from ancient past to present day …. from Angels and stone goddesses of ancient past memories to mental images of my daughter’s days as a female in the Iraq war. My collage work tends to reveal where my heart and inner mind are when creating the work. I guess my heart rules my art even tho I am not aware of it during the execution….as some of my collages have taken more than a year to complete.

Paula Emery - FACES OF THE GODDESS -- collage, 12"h x 16"w

Associations: Former Board of Directors Member - Clinton Arts Gallery and the Madison Art Society; Elected artist member of the Madison Art Society; Artist Member the Essex Art Association, the Lyme Art Association, and Easel Insights; Represented on-line by Fine Art America and ArtMajeur.

Education: Graduate of University of Maine with a BA in History and Art History, minors in Art and Education. More recently, I have studied at the Crealde School of Art and Design, Winter Park, FL.; Lyme Art Academy, Lyme , CT; and Lyme Art Association, Lyme, CT.

Paula Emery - ANCIENTS -- collage, 12"h x 16"w


Ralph Levesque - SMALL LANDSCAPE -- mixed media on panel, 20"h x 20"w

Artist Statement by RALPH LEVESQUE

"I am a romantic visual poet - aware that all designs and symbols are inspired by the Natural. Therefore, I am not concerned with producing copied images of Nature, but, seek to find beauty within the concrete; behind the material level.

"Instinctively and unconsciously I seek the essence of 'universal beauty'- the intrinsic force of all. The true artist is but a person who understands what others only know about. Using materials both Natural and 'man-made,' old and new, discarded/ found or recycled; I discover their hidden truth. The hidden reality of matter it is always moving/ changing, evolving and becoming anew.

"My works are like artifacts from some distant past civilization and places unknown- pointing to new yet to be discovered worlds and realms. The element of time revealing past and future cycles of the universe are revealed, and appear in recognized/ yet forgotten memories, I have been granted a gift - a 'child like mind' - seeing the constructive patterns/ the rhythmic hidden constructs in nature and seeing the spiritual things that it really is. Reaching back, I allow the handcrafted, "touched by man" to show. "Using matter; I focus on being a conduit, through which timeless invisible sources and untouchable mysterious forces connect the physical and spiritual."

Ralph Levesque has experienced a lifetime of changes -- from getting his MS in Fine Art from University of Bridgeport, to teaching art for thirty five years in Hamden and Durham private schools, to displaying his imaginative and award winning works in galleries all over Connecticut.

Ralph Levesque -- FIRE IN THE EAST - acrylics on canvas 30"h x 18"w

Ralph Levesque - MANTIS -- acrylic on canvas, 30"h x 20"w

Exhibition February 26 to April 8, 2019

Curated by: Johnes Ruta, independent curator & art theorist

PETER KONSTERLIE (1963-2018) : A Memorial Retrospective Art Exhibition

Opening Reception: November 10th, 2018, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
(Memorial Gathering at 2:00 PM

University of Bridgeport’s Schelfhaudt Gallery
Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center
84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Curated by Johnes Ruta 203.387.4933

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897-899 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT 06515 -- 203-387-2539
(click here for directions)

The Magical Mystery of Shamanism
visionary artworks by Peruvian shaman
Pablo Amaringo (1939-2009) and his Students

From the Collection of Scott Olsen, Ph.D.
(Professor of Philosophy, College of Central Florida, Ocala)

Curated by Johnes Ruta

Reception: Friday, May 11, 6 to 8 PM

DaSilva Gallery
897-899 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT 06515

A presentation will be given by Scott Olsen at 7:00 PM on the
essential elements of Pablo Amaringo's art, concepts, and
workshop, as well as Prof. Olsen's personal learning
and working experiences with Amaringo, and his group.

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Pablo Amaringo "Conocimientos Curvos (Curved Knowledge)" acrylics on canvas, 20"h x 32"w

Pablo Cesar Amaringo Shuña (1938 – 2009) was an acclaimed Peruvian artist, renowned for his intricate, colorful depictions of his visions from drinking the entheogenic plant brew ayahuasca. Pablo worked as a vegetalista, a shaman in the mestizo tradition of healing, for many years, up to his death. He painted, organized and ran (along with Eduardo Luna) the Usko-Ayar school of painting, and supervised ayahuasca retreats.

When he was 17, Amaringo became extremely ill, nearly dying from severe heart problems. For over two years he could not work, but was eventually cured by a local healer. It was while recovering from this illness that he started to paint and make drawings with pencil and shading with soot from lamps. From a friend employed in a car factory he got permatex, a blue substance with which he colored his drawings.

Amaringo and Eduardo Luna co-authored and published the book Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman (North Atlantic Books 1999). He occasionally gave interviews in the years following, and later penned the preface for Plant Spirit Shamanism:Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul (Destiny Books 2006).

Deny Efer Rios Chavez "4850" acrylics on canvas, 40"h x 18"w

Jorge Enrique Ramierez Flores "4847" acrylics on canvas, 40"h x 24"w

Jose Luis Rodriquez Ysmino "4802" acrylics on canvas, 40"h x 28"w

Ruisen Flores "4838" acrylics on canvas, 20"h x 32"w

Exhibition opening Video address by Scott Olden,
introduced by Gabriel DaSilva and Johnes Ruta:

From 2000 to 2016, Scott Olsen, Ph.D., made two trips into the highland Inca centers of Peru, including Cusco, Machu Pichu, and Q'ollorit'i, and six trips deep into the Peruvian rainforest, to the very headwaters of the Amazon River system. While working with the indigenous tribes, including the Quero, Shipibo, and Mestizo shamans, Olsen met the already great shamanic healer and artist Amaringo. There Olsen was exposed to the vividly colorful and deeply spiritual renditions of nature's life, the inner
spiritual world of plant and animal medicine teachers, and the transformative visions portrayed in their paintings.

This special exhibition features Scott Olsen's collection of paintings and prints by Pablo Amaringo and his students including Alfredo Zagaceta Cometivos, Mauro Reategui Perez, Mita Dexi Lozano Paima, Jorge Enrique Ramirez Flores, Ruisen Flores, Ener Dias Núñez, Deny Efer Rios Chavez, José Luis Rodríguez Ysmiño and Juan Benavides Perez. Scott Olsen is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the College of Central Florida, Ocala, and is the author of Mysteries of the Amazon: Visionary
Artwork of Pablo Amaringo and his Students and The Golden Section, as well as a variety of papers on the subject.

Credit for all Photos: Paul Arthur, Appleton Museum, 2017

Exhibition: May 11 to May 31, 2018.

Reception: Friday, May 11, 6 to 8 PM

Curated by Johnes Ruta

DaSilva Gallery Fine Art and Framing
Gabriel DaSilva, owner & director
897-899 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT 06515
203 387 2539

The Rain Forest Comes to New Haven
By Alan Bisbort

Alan Bisbort is a writer, editor, and researcher who has authored or coauthored sixteen books of art, history, music, and travel and contributed to numerous other books. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, In These Times, Los Angeles Times, Hartford Advocate, and many other publications.

What would one expect from artwork created deep in the Peruvian rain forest, awash in the sounds of the Amazon River headwaters? And when the artist, Pablo Cesar Amaringo Shuna (1938-2009), was also a shaman whose work was inspired by visions arising from ayahuasca, a plant brew that similarly dispatched Carlos Castaneda to the furthest corners of the human mind, the art is bound to be, at the very least, verdant and colorful.

Still, little can prepare viewers for the work that will appear at the Da Silva Gallery in New Haven in May 2018, from Scott Olsen’s collection of paintings and prints by Amaringo and the students of his Usko-Ayar School of Painting, such as Felix Pinchi Aguirre, Alfredo Zagaceta Cometivos, Jorge Enrique Ramirez Flores, Ener Fias Nunez and Ruisen Flores. Olsen, a University of Florida philosophy professor, spent nearly two decades traveling to the rain forest and Amazon headwaters of Peru to explore this art and the shamanic tradition that inspired it. He is the author of Mysteries of the Amazon: Visionary Artwork of Pablo Amaringo and his Students, which offers a visual sampling as well as a chronicle of his trips to the Incan strongholds in Peru.

  Take “Conocimientos Curvos (Curved Knowledge)”, which Amaringo painted in 2003. With Bosch-like detail and a palette that redefines what greens and blues can do on a canvas, the artist creates a multidimensional universe that embraces the spirits that vision masters like Amaringo find in the rain forest. Even when the meaning of the work is not immediately (if ever) knowable, the viewer simply cannot take his eyes off of it. Not to trivialize the work, but it is this quality that renders much of the psychedelic art of the 1960s so timeless. The power of the images are just as strong now, 40 and 50 years later, that they were at the time of their creation. They are—like the work of Amaringo and his disciples—not affixed to any artistic school or trend. They just are.

The same sense of timelessness can be seen in “Allpa Runa (Underground Earth Spirits)” which, according to Olsen, is the “spirit genii who live in the tunnels, the catacombs, subterranean holes, caves, grottoes, and beneath the cemeteries and cavities of the earthly globe.” Yes, it may be all of those things, but it is also a stunning visual feast the likes of which one can find the equal of in only the finest of Persian or Hindu art. The fact that this painting was completed on September 12, 2001—the artist no doubt oblivious to the tragic events in New York and Washington D.C. the day before—is enough evidence, at least for this viewer, to suggest that forces beyond our understanding are shaping the world we live in.

Exhibition May 11 - June, 2018 (extended). 

Reception:  Friday, May 11, 6 to 8 PM

Curated by Johnes Ruta  203-387-4933
DaSilva Gallery Fine Art and Framing 
897-899 Whalley Avenue   New Haven, CT 06515   
203 387 2539 


When you unite the talents and experience of three eminently qualified professionals -- a first-rate art curator, a worldly and well-seasoned professor and a highly regarded local gallery owner -- you almost always come up with an art show that simply cannot be missed. Such is the art show on Peruvian shamanism presently on exhibit at the locally famed DaSilva Gallery in New Haven's Westville section thanks to the efforts of well-respected art curator Johnes Ruta.

Until May 31, 2018, the show entitled "The Magical Mystery of Shamanism" will festure the magnificent works of the late vegetalista curandero of the mestizo tradition, Pablo Amaringo, who passed in 2009, and his students. Amaringo and the students of Amaringo's Usko-Ayar school of painting created these visionary artworks from their experiences deep in the rainforest of Peru after ingesting ayahuasca, an entheogenic concoction comprised of plant derivatives.

At the Gallery's opening, the collection's owner, Scott Olsen, Professor Emeritus at the College of Central Florida, Ocala, who is well-versed and well-experienced in the ways of the ayahuasceros asserted that this concoction is "the fastest way to die to the ego." He explained that ingestion of ayahuasca really is a "dry run at death" as one attains supernormal perception allowing for profound encounters with plants, animals and ultimately, the Logos.

Upon viewing these incredible artworks, there seems to be no question that these deep mystical states are precisely what Amaringo and his students have in fact experienced during their vision quests. Central to the exhibit is Pablo Amaringo's painting, "Curved Knowledge," which invites the viewer to follow a serpentine path that ascends in both knowledge and divinity. At the bottoms of the painting, we watch as retreat participants are depicted ingesting ayahuasca or having its smoke blown into the palm of their hands or on the nape of the neck by other retreat participants. Then the visual odysseys begin as we first encounter animals and plants and then our eyes rise to meet ascended masters, diving beings and even sacred geometric forms at the painting's top.

And without eschewing the importance of the artistic and culturally iconic masterpiece that "Curved Knowedge" clearly is, each and every painting of Amaringo's students depicted in the exhibit are visionary masterpieces of their own. The purples, blues, greens, reds, oranges and yellows in all of these paintings are just so saturated that to view these paintings offers an experience with synesthesia. For no longer do you only "see" the rich colors but you and I can actually "feel" and "hear" the colors as they vibrate with unrelenting intensity. Spirit animals like the owl, the eagle, the cheetah and especially, the jaguar are common in these paintings as is the lush vegetation of the Peruvian rainforest.

Indeed, visionary paintings such as these are not typically found on the walls of most museums in the Western hemisphere. And according to Professor Olsen, the reason rests primarily in the fact that most of Western civilization is immersed in a dark and destructive energy that is pulling us from nature and our innate divinity. Far from being protectors of "Mother" nature, Western civilization has cast itself far afield of the Divine Feminine. Most of the populations of the Western hemisphere have become saboteurs of this beautiful planet and in losing our relationship with "Mother" nature we have virtually lost our connection to what the plants and animals can teach us about attaining the Logos.

Perhaps, there is no wonder that even in Christian societies most apparitions of the Logos (Jesus) and Divine beings such as the Virgin Mary manifest primarily amidst simple, indigenous and agrarian populations where there remains an intimate and enduring relationship with nature. The apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal to the shepherd children, Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin, Lucia Santos, are prime examples.

Undoubtedly, there is much to the belief that there is no way to the Father/the Son but through the Mother. And yet, according to Professor Olsen, the rigors of pursuing an ayahuasca retreat are many. Not only is the Peruvian rainforest far removed from the usual comforts of civilization but the average Westerner would probably be ill-advised to even entertain the possibility of such a journey. Professor Olsen advised that the ayahuasceros require a diet of extreme physical and sensual deprivations in order to prepare the body for such a profound activation of the third eye chakra.

But, a short trip to the DaSilva Gallery is certainly in order where you can enter a meditative state just by fixating on one of these magnificent artworks. Enter by the jaguar's mouth, the mouth of the cheetah or the headwaters of the Amazon. You won't be disppointed.

Authored by Donna Marie Joyce Copyright 2018


Mysteries of the Balkans
works by three European Masters
Stoimen Stoilov, Diana Stoilova, & Margarita Voinova

Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 24, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Curated by: Johnes Ruta

Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Rd
Branford, CT 06405


Exhibition: February 27 to April 12, 2018 10AM - 8PM daily

Stoimen Stoilov - "Woman and Bird"
etching 31" x 24"

Stoimen Stoilov - "Power"
etching 32" x 26 1/2"

STOIMEN STOILOV was born in Varna, Bulgaria in 1944 and is a graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. He leads his visual articulations with a Surrealist nature, and works in his studio in Vienna.

For Stoimen, line is a justified dominating force, and his visions are rich with symbolism and indigenous history. His poetic visions encourage viewers to imagine mythic traditions and lore. He spent time living among the Aborigines in Australia, one of the many cultural influences in his work. His art has also been influenced by the poetry of friends like Lyubomir Levchev (b. 1935) Poet Laureate of Bulgaria, William Meredith (1919-2007) Poet Laureate of the United States 1978-1980, and the poet Richard Harteis (b.1946).

In 1991, Stoimen Stoilov was awarded Gottfried Von Herder Prize by The University of Vienna. His work resides in Museum of Graphic Arts Albertine, Vienna; the National Museums of Art in Sofia, Columbia, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland; the Pushkin Museum, Moscow; the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; Yale University; the NY Public Library, and the U.S. Library of Congress, Washington. His most recent shows were a large 2015 retrospective, including two 8 foot wide murals at the Slater Museum in Norwich, and exhibitions at UCONN Avery Point, Groton, CT; New Haven, CT; and Westerly, RI.

Stoimen Stoilov is a first-class engraver for in his recent work he has attained a maturity of touch, an expressivity of line, and a dynamism of the imaginaire which transcends not only the frontiers of reality, but also those of forms. The work of Stoilov is marked by a new vision which scrutinizes the unequalled detail, the most obscure recesses of the body of the being, of the animal, of nature and environment. The minutae of details reveal, as under an X-ray, the articulations and body language of all our living bodies. If at times human beings and things appear in their skeletal elements, they do not for that reason fail to acquire a lightness which makes them float in space, a space overflowing the geometric forms of a picture, a diptych or triptych, to let themselves go freely in movement, in the conquest of new imaginary landscapes.

Margarita Voinova - "Dream Garden"
oil on board, 20" x 12"
Margarita Voinova - "Fairy Tale of Old"
oil on board, 20" x 12"

MARGARITA VOINOVA, younger sister of Stoimen Stoilov, was born in Varna, Bulgaria, where she lives and works. Her hand woven tapestries decorate many hotels, banks, restaurants and cultural clubs in Bulgaria and abroad. Her paintings and watercolors are in the possession of numerous galleries, museums, and private collections in Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Finland, USA, Australia and Lebanon. She finds in her works primary archaic signs, created in a pristine naive world bound to the mythology of Earth and Air. For the artist these signs, symbolizing birds, fish and human beings embody the primary idea of the Universe and the understanding among the formations of this world. These symbols are tranquil, intense, simple, tangible and understandable by all people. The artist finds these signs in the traditions of the world civilizations and in her own being. Her contact with the Australian aborigines and their art has been a unique experience. The harmony of colour and shape is striking, surprising, and after all, convincing: through her works, the artist starts a journey back to ancient civilizations, to a culture, shared by all people.

Diana Stoilova - "Fish"
oil on board, 18"h x 24"w

Diana Stoilova - "Window"
oil on board, 24"h x 18"h

DIANA STOILOVA, daughter of Stoimen Stoilov, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. She was among a small group of artists first shown at UCONN's Alexey Von Schlippe Gallery at Avery Point in Groton, CT in 2000, when this exhibition was visited by the Vice President of Bulgaria.

In 1994, she studied at the Academy of the Beaux Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she attended a Master Class for Pressure Graphics. In 1997, she studied at the Applied Arts in Vienna. Works of the artist are in the collections of the Graphics Museum Carpenter, Bath Steben, Germany, the Dialogue Foundation, Pris, France, the Griffis Art Center, New London, CT, and in other private collections.

Exhibition: February 27 to April 12, 2018

Hours: Visiting Hours Daily 10AM - 8 PM

Curated by: Johnes Ruta, independent curator & art theorist

Katherine Blossom, Arts Director
Connecticut Hospice

Richard Harteis, President of the William Meredith Foundation,
represnetative of the Stoilov's artwork in the United States.

The Dream Life of Color
Art works by
Kristin Ambrosi, Kate Henderson, Herm Freeman

Artists' Reception: Saturday, November 18th, 2017, 4:00 to 6:30 PM.
Curated by: Johnes Ruta

Connecticut Hospice Gallery
100 Double Beach Rd
Branford, CT 06405

Exhibition: November 7 - December 30, 2017 10AM - 8PM daily


Kristen Ambrosi "Spacious" acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30”


"Inspired by light, color, nature, music, and words, my work is an evolving exploration of the beauty within these elements, gathered and channeled into two dimensions. My intention is to leave the world more beautiful through painting. Creative expression has become my vocation, a sacred journey carried out through painted colors
across a canvas, sung notes in the air, and composed words on a page. My fundamental goal: to create harmonious canvases that resonate and vibrate, embracing the richness of human experience through exquisite use of color, light, and form.

"As a practitioner and instructor of yoga, the themes of balance and integration inspire and permeate my work. I repeatedly rotate the canvas while working towards a composition where the weight of color and contrast feel balanced. Intuitive abstractions emerge through layering.

"Metaphors for life, such as facing the unknown with courage, surrendering the outcome guided by the heart, quieting beliefs of what is correct to instead tune into what feels good, I use less representational imagery and more broad forms, and follow intuition about what comes next. This is a bold, scary, trusting, and exciting place from which to be working, and it is my hope that my paintings reflect the truth of that energy."

Ms. Ambrosi's artwork is in collections throughout the US and Europe. As a Visual Arts Graduate, she was Magna Cum Laude at Bowdoin College in Maine,and was Artist-in-Residence at Kent Island, Canada.

Kristen Ambrosi "Embrace" acrylic on canvas, 20"h x 30”w


"I create environments from natural elements to give people a sense of place. Emotional essence and energy that connects us to each other and everything around us. My images both describe and celebrate the intrinsically aesthetic structure of the natural world and the ever-present duality in all things. I invite the viewer to see and feel the world both within us and around us, experiencing the macro vs microelements common to all.

"Materials are important to me. I maintain the integrity of whatever medium I use whether it’s pastel, paint or digital imaging. I want each medium to have it’s own unique characteristics to provoke the senses, be it optical impressions, viscosity, or the unspeakable sound of elements as they hit the surface."

"Great art picks up where nature ends.” -Marc Chagall

Kate Henderson "Monet Stones" cyto-digital print 24”h x 30"w

"Painting-with-cells" is how Ms. Henderson describes her cyto-Illusions series: "I start by using microscope images of human cells and also images of abstraction “found” in nature. Through layering and manipulation techniques, I create an image that mirrors micro images on a macro level. On one level the images are a colorful abstraction that allow the viewer to freely explore and experience the image on their own. Many images are suggestive of a specific element such as water, but others are more environmentally placed. On another level the images are about the reality of nature; cells of disease, the growth structure of plants, and the patterns of light filtered through the leaves."

Kate Henderson "Current Electric, Blue" cyto-digital print 24”h x 30"w


Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Herm Freeman earned his Phi Beta Kappa degree from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. in 1969 and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Indiana University in 1971. He studied painting with several major American artists,including Fairfield Porter, George McNeil, James Brooks, James McGarrell, and Richard Serra.

He draws his landscape inspiration from the motifs of Soutine, Cezanne and Courbet. He is represented by Phil Demise's 'a' gallery in NYC, and exhibits his paintings primarily in NYC and the Northeast. Recently, he was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the prestigious Silvermine 51st Art of the Northeast USA Annual Exhibition.

Herm Freeman "Cubist Suburb" acrylics on canvas 20"h x 24"w

Herm has been teaching art in Connecticut since 1973. In addition to his emotionally charged landscape painting, he has pursued his musical muse throughout the years; playing guitar, keyboards and vocals in the infamously obscure N.DoDoBand in 70's and 80's.

Herm Freeman "Promised Land" acrylics on canvas 18"h x 24"w

Exhibition November 7 to 30, 2017

Hours: Visiting Hours Daily 10AM - 8 PM

Playhouse-on-the-Green 177 State Street, Bridgeport,CT, 2003 - 2007.
The York Square Gallery 61 Broadway, New Haven,CT, 1988 - 2005.