Charles Reyburn "The-Connecticut-Shoreline -- Ferry-Headed-to-Long-Island"
oil on canvas 10" x13"
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
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"
Jane Gilman Fleischner IPSWICH MORNING acrylic on canvas 20"
Gilman Fleischner holds a BA in Fine Art from the University
Her relentless joyful pursuit is photographing and painting
Costa Rica to Europe, Utah, and the East Coast.
Jane Gilman Fleischner SUNSET OVER A SALT MARSH
acrylic on canvas 24" X 16"
in her Trumbull CT studio, the photos serve as a reference
library to paint from. Janes 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"
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
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 daughters 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
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.
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,
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.
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
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."
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
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
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
Friday, May 11, 6 to 8 PM
897-899 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT 06515
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Luis Rodriquez Ysmino "4802" acrylics on canvas,
40"h x 28"w
Ruisen Flores "4838" acrylics on canvas, 20"h
Exhibition opening Video address by Scott Olden,
introduced by Gabriel DaSilva and Johnes Ruta:
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.
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.
for all Photos: Paul Arthur, Appleton Museum, 2017
Rain Forest Comes to New Haven
By Alan Bisbort
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
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.
little can prepare viewers for the work that will appear at
the Da Silva Gallery in New Haven in May 2018, from Scott
Olsens 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.
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 arelike the work of Amaringo and his disciplesnot
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, 2001the artist no doubt
oblivious to the tragic events in New York and Washington
D.C. the day beforeis enough evidence, at least for
this viewer, to suggest that forces beyond our understanding
are shaping the world we live in.
11 - June, 2018 (extended).
Reception: Friday, May 11, 6 to 8 PM
Curated by Johnes Ruta 203-387-4933 email@example.com
DaSilva Gallery Fine Art and Framing
897-899 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT 06515
203 387 2539
ART EXHIBIT AT THE DASILVA GALLERY OFFERS PROFOUND ENCOUNTERS
WITH ART & THE MYSTICAL STATES OF THE PERUVIAN SHAMANS
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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"
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.
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).
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.
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.
Voinova - "Dream Garden"
oil on board, 20" x 12"
Voinova - "Fairy Tale of Old"
oil on board, 20" x 12"
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
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
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
Exhibition: February 27 to April 12, 2018
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
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.
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.
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."
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,
"Embrace" acrylic on canvas, 20"h x
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.
are important to me. I maintain the integrity of whatever
medium I use whether its pastel, paint or digital imaging.
I want each medium to have its own unique characteristics
to provoke the senses, be it optical impressions, viscosity,
or the unspeakable sound of elements as they hit the surface."
art picks up where nature ends. -Marc Chagall
Kate Henderson "Monet Stones" cyto-digital
print 24h x 30"w
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
Kate Henderson "Current Electric, Blue" cyto-digital
print 24h x 30"w
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
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
Herm Freeman "Cubist Suburb" acrylics on
canvas 20"h x 24"w
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
Herm Freeman "Promised Land" acrylics on
canvas 18"h x 24"w
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