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

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Current Group Exhibition
“Atomic War I, August 6 – 9, 1945”

Interpretive Art works by

Alan Bisbort, Steven DiGiovanni, Allan Dudek, Phil Falcone, Joseph K. Higgins, Richmond Jones,
Peter Konsterlie, Michael Quirk, Lisa Seidenberg , K. Levni Sinanoglu, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe.

Artists' Reception: Thursday,
August 6th, 5 to 7 PM.
    New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
    (in the Business/Periodicals Room) 
    133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510
  Thursday, August 6th, 2015 is the exact 70th Anniversary day of the dropping of the 16 kiloton Atomic Bomb of Hiroshima, Japan, a city built on a wide river delta. During World War II, the city was the headquarters of Japan's 2nd General Army, a base of Army Marines, and a key shipping port.

On Monday, August 6, 1945, at 8:16 a.m., the nuclear bomb "Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima by an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay flown by Colonel Paul Tibbets, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. In a 2 mile wide firestorm, many were vaporized outright, and tens of thousands burned to death, or survived briefly with excrutiating burns. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought the total number of deaths to 90,000–166,000. The population before the bombing was around 340,000 to 350,000. Approximately 70% of the city's buildings were destroyed, and another 7% severely damaged. One month later, on September 17th, 1945, a typhoon additionally struck the area, destroying bridges and killing more than 3,000 people. In 1946, the novelist John Hersey visited the city, and in his Pulitzer Prize winning book Hiroshima, documented the experiences told to him by survivors of the horrific and devasting nuclear bomb.

During the course of the war, the “conventional incendiary bombing of Tokyo and other cities had caused widespread destruction and hundreds of thousands of deaths. For example, Toyama, an urban area of 128,000 people, was nearly destroyed, and incendiary attacks on Tokyo claimed the lives of 100,000 people. There were no such air raids on Hiroshima, but a real threat was recognized, and to protect against potential firebombings in Hiroshima, school children aged 11–14 years had been mobilized to demolish houses and create firebreaks.

Following protracted heavy combat on Pacific Islands, such as Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Saipan, Harry Truman, now President following the death of Franklin Roosevelt in April, decided on this nuclear attack, either to end the war quickly with Japan's surrender, or to destroy it city by city. The subsequent atomic bombing of the Japanese industrial valley city of Nagasaki on August 9th, killed around 80,000 individuals.
Alan Bisbort "Bombing" mixed media on canvas
Alan Bisbort "Bomb Mandala" mixed media on canvas
K. Levni Sinanoglu "Ashes" 15x15 Sumi-Ink and Graphite on Paper
K. Levni Sinanoglu "Bird Tree Bomb"
Sumi-Ink and Graphite on Paper
Michael Kozlowski "Again 2" 20" x 24" Spray paint on canvas
Michael Kozlowski "Silence" 36" x 48" Spray paint on canvas
Richmond Jones "Sandy Hook Memorial Park Proposal"
click to visit artist website
Peter Lonsterlie "Major Joe" 16" x 12" watercolor on paper
Exhibition: August 4 - 31, 2015.
Curator: Johnes Ruta, 203- 387- 4933
Recent Exhibition
"The Magic Touch"
Paintings by sculptor
Dana Naumann

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
(in the Business/Periodicals Room -- main level)
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 14th, 2 to 4 PM.

Exhibition: June 8 - July 8, 2015

Dana Naumann "The Observer" 36x36" acrylics on canvas

Dana Baldwin Naumann is a sculptor who creates fanciful and historical-themed sculptures crafted from hammered lead sheets.

-- But his paintings are equally fanciful -- depicting mythic, mysterious, and archetypal scenes.

Until 1994, Naumann had a successful career as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing with the Westinghouse Corporation in Pittsburgh, but then determined to devote his life to his art, a decision he says he has never regretted. He and his wife Terrell operate the Naumann Gallery in
North Branford, which is devoted to his sculpture and her fashion clothing business.

Dana Naumann "Oh, the Spoon" 36x36" acrylics on canvas

Dana Naumann's artworks have been shown in two shows at Gallery RIVAA in New York City, Artworks Gallery in Hartford, Art Expo in NYC, Gallerie Michele in Washington DC, the Mystic Art Guild in Mystic, CT, Vital Gallery in Hawaii, the York Square Gallery in New Haven, Fre Wil in Los Angeles, CA, and at the Jewish Community Center in Amity, CT. His first show at RIVAA in 2009 was a solo exhibition of his series of 20 lead sculptures dedicated to the theme of The Holocaust.

Mr. Naumann's works are in the permanent collections of The Aetna in Los Angeles, CA, and in Hartford, CT, an Villanova University, Villanova, PA.

He designed and contributed sculptures to the permanent collections of United States Special Olympics, and one of his pieces of a series created on the theme of the Holocaust was given to the Thomas Dodd Center, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Other gifts of work were made to the East Shore Adult Day Care Center in Branford, CT, and to the Aids Project in New Haven, CT.

Art critic Steve Starger wrote about his work: "Naumann's finely wrought sculptures aren't depressing or oppressive. He draws on African and mythological references to create monolithic faces that are inspired by ritual masks and statuary, like monuments or totems left by a long-vanished civilization. These elongated faces appear aloof and ascetic, but are also strangely poignant, and each emanates a sense of mystery and longing."

These comments also well describe Dana Naumann's paintings.

Dana Naumann "He's Home, He's Free" 18x36" acrylics on canvas
Artist's website:


Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM;
Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM.
Art Gallery Director: Johnes Ruta (203) 387-4933

Recent Exhibition
3 Generations
a show of 60 artworks by 3 generations
of the Rabinowitz Family:

Harold Rabinowitz, Kiki Rabinowitz, Abbie Rabinowitz, Rebecca Rabinowitz, Sandy Rabinowitz, Toni Kirchner, and Mary Rabinowitz (1965-2007).

The Jewish Community Center
of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road , Woodbridge, CT 06525
Shelley Ganz, Director

Artists' Reception:
Sunday September 21, 3 to 5 pm.

Exhibition: September 3 -November 11, 2014.
Curated by Johnes Ruta

Art Gallery Director New Haven Free Public Library

The Rabinowitz family of Bethany are patrons of the arts, in the real sense of the parents, Harold and Kiki, along with Ann Lehman,
having been the founders and first instructors of the highly regarded Creative Arts Workshop in 1961, in New Haven. All active in the arts,
Harold Rabinowitz is a painter, and the father of daughters and a 21 year-old granddaughter who are each an artist in their own right.
Harold Rabinowitz "Winter Woods" watercolor 32" x 39"

Harold and Kiki Rabinowitz met in 1945. Harold graduated Yale Art School with an MFA in1952. He paints nature with passionate, exuberant paint strokes, overlapping planes of color, with a personal
calligraphic signature. Kiki is a musician and artist, Together they bought land in Bethany, CT where they built a large, rambling stone house by themselves. Eventually they had a family of six children who
also became artists and musicians, with the exception of one astrophysicist, and a jazz bassoonist.

Harold and Kiki taught children’s art classes every weekend in their home. Along with their friend Ann Lehman, they were the founders and first instructors of Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven.
The Rabinowitz children practically grew up at CAW, participating in classes and workshops since its conception. Harold taught art at the Amity Regional Highschool system in Woodbridge for 20 years.
Harold and Kiki also created an school art supply business. They invented Twisteezwire sculpture wire and the Waxmelter, a tool designed to melt crayons and wax for batik and encaustic.

Abbie Rabinowitz "Weir Farm Grove" oil on canvas board 12" x 15"

Abbie Rabinowitz: “Painting is a Tango, a dance that engages my intellect, sensuality, and the natural rhythm of my body. It is relationship between myself, my subject and my medium. Like couples moving
in a line of dance around the room, my paintings trace the pattern of my brush marks around the canvas. In each painting I find my own tempo and respond to that rhythm. From beginning to end my paintings
remain in a state of flux as I alternate between leader and follower. The pauses in Tango are as important as the motion. When I pause I can listen to my painting while it guides me to the next stroke."

After graduating art school in 1979 with a BFA from SUNY (State University of New York) at Purchase, Abbie moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she pursued her art. She attended San Francisco
State University for two years where she learned computer graphics. This allowed here to make a living as a computer artist and freelance while pursuing her career as a painter.She is currently living in Bethany and getting her MFA at West Connecticut State University in painting.

Sandy Rabinowitz "Nereyev" watercolor 25" x 31"
Sandy Rabinowitz, born into a family of artists and musicians, has been drawing since she could pick up a crayon, and has always loved animals, especially horses: “Almost as soon as that crayon was in my hand I was drawing horses!” Despite parental objections, I was determined to own one of these magnificent creatures, so I entered a contest to win a pony when I was eight years old. I won! My parents gave in and since that fateful day I have ridden, trained, bred, driven, competed and reveled in the aroma of barns, hay, and horse manure!”

Sandy attended Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design where she focused on children’s book illustration, and while there wrote, illustrated and published the first of several picture books about horses.
This led to a career in children’s book illustration where she drew and painted all sorts of subject matter.

After graduating from college she became a life-long student in the equestrian discipline of dressage, and later an editor of Dressage Today magazine asked her to illustrate a monthly feature called "Solutions,"
for which she has now illustrated for nearly 20 years. She also created a new product for braiding horses manes and tails, called ‘Braideez’ which she has been marketing since 2011.

Rebecca Rabinowitz "Woods and Marsh" watercolor 16" x 13"
Rebecca Rabinowitz' watercolor landscapes are created out of pure joy. Every painting is a story of escape from a hard chair, a computer screen and a thousand responsibilities. Each painting represents a special
and specific moment; an hour or two hiding in a field, sitting on a shore, studying the old yellow house next to Ice Pond road getting covered by road dust. Enjoying every blob of paint, and the joy of mixing colors
and the challenge to capture the beauty around us on paper.
Toni Kirchner "Kiki and Harold" pastels 23" x 28"
Toni Kirchner is Harold and Kiki Rabinowitz' 21 year-old granddaughter, and a practicing artist. She is the daughter of Paul Kirchner and Sandy Rabinowitz both artists/illustrators. Toni has been gifted in art since she was born, She has a keen eye and works well creating art from both memory and photographs. She is talented in sculpture as well, and is self taught and skilled at getting the essence of both animals and people. She is a great animal lover which is reflected in her art. Commissions gladly accepted.
Texts and Photos by Abbie Rabinowitz.

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525 I 203 387-2424
Shelley Gans, Director.
Copyright © 2014 The Jewish Federations of North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Curated by Johnes Ruta, independent curator & art theorist,
Art Director New Haven Free Public Library

Recent Exhibition
art works by Maxwell Clark

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
(in the Business/Periodicals Room -- main level)
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2 to 4 PM.

Exhibition: June 10 - July 28, 2014

Maxwell Clark "Eggs" acrylics on canvas 42x20

My Psychosis + My Paintings

By Maxwell Clark

‘All faces envelope an unknown, unexplored landscape; all landscapes are populated by a loved or dreamed-of face, develop a face to come or already past.’

—Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

If you were to take my paintings as landscapes and my expressions trace in them as the face of my beloved others, then you would be very neatly and justly identifying my paintings.

I express your faces, my beloveds, inasmuch as they are proximate to me in the poesy (or doing) of my paintings. Unlike as in the joyous melancholia[1] of my poems, my paintings evidence my passion to educate a future of new love. Or, whereas my poems ever so delicately lament my loss in various estrangements from beloveds, my paintings very rigorously
investigate how love itself is to be renovated. The erotically zen languor of my painting practice, it is my imagination of the good life incarnated. In my poems as in my paintings, however, I am obligated to obey the sway of my exteriorities. I just obey their otherness, or the Other itself, with different modes of obedience in my poems as opposed to that of my paintings. My paintings are my oracles or augurs of a future sensuality. They do not predict the future at all, however, they merely register the traces of its affect on me or influence into me. I do not say my paintings are the future itself, I say they are archives touched with its absolutely unforeseeable imminence. My paintings may come to be known as having influenced the future, as in my dreams, of course, but this only when their own future is already long past. “Don’t it always seem to go/ That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” (Joni Mitchell).

[1] Melancholia, as in: suffering the loss of a beloved. Thus also a past oriented “facing”.

Maxwell Clark would prefer, in accord with his ethics, to leave himself absolutely unidentified. If there were any possible social justice available in his own self-description, however, he would call himself a creator of infinities, or Infinitist. Maxwell Clark is a young New Haven artist who, in addition to his skill as a painter, also takes a deep interest in the study of historical art and philosophy. He studied Art at the University of Vermont, and Urban Studies at Yale.
Maxwell Clark "Footprints" acrylics on canvas 56x36

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2 to 4 PM. (in the Business/Periodicals Room -- main level)
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Exhibition: June 10 - July 28, 2014

Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM.
Art Gallery Director: Johnes Ruta (203) 387-4933

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Recent Exhibition
"Forgotten Roses" 

a solo show of artworks by
Carolina Guimarey

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery (lower level)
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday September 7, 2 to 4 PM.
Exhibition thru October 3, 2013

Carolina Guimarey "Forgotten Roses II" mixed media, 18" x 18"

Post Minimalist Whispers Lustfully Flirt with Medieval Flavors

Essay by Mercedes Arensberg, Art historian

Carolina Guimarey, a CT professional visual artist will have a One-Woman Art Exhibition at the New Haven Public Library with opening reception Saturday, September 7, from 2-4pm, at Ives Main Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven CT 06510. The exhibit will run from August 29, to October 3, 2013 and is curated by Johnes Ruta of Azoth Gallery.

Guimarey's work is included in collections across the United States, Argentina, Italy and Spain. From an early age, she received art training directly from master artists in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as at University of Connecticut where she studied drawing, sculpture, painting and photography.

Her work captures the viewer’s attention immediately with a sense of quiet dignity filled with tamed yet intense passion. To walk through her studio and gallery exhibitions, one gets the sense of being conveyed, through deeply intellectual perspectives, and strong emotional & philosophical components, to an encounter which captures the facets of human experience. These components reveal an underlying social commentary.
Carolina Guimarey "Behind the Restraints" mixed media, 20" x 16"
In “Hidden Realities II” we see several boxes filled with what appear to be rolled up little papers, scrolls. The repetition of the small scrolls as well as that of the boxes where they are contained speak of individual identities, which have been packaged and limited by externally imposed limitations and structures. These trapped and restricted “individual parts” are easily associated with in the viewer’s mind, but also in the context of an art historical discourse. In the explanation of her work, she relates these visual perspectives with the state of contemporary society and culture, where communication has become limited by the computer screen, the IPhone touchpad, the frame of the text message, the profile on the social media, the space allotted to the tweet, and the confines of the small apartment in the booming urban city. One is made conscious of the state of affairs where, even though there are more inhabitants on earth than ever before, it is prevalent for communication and interaction among them and with the world, to take place in confined and limited virtual or factual spheres and spaces. Thus the global consciousness is characterized by a sense of isolation and confinement.
Carolina Guimarey "Breaking the Emptiness II" mixed media, 20" x 20"
Guimarey’s work presents itself, softly, stoically and with great dignity, it is reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges writings and of Eva Hesse’s unforgettable sculptures. Yet, in spite of its systematic construction, its soft, pleasant, texture, and the humility and quiet which exudes from the pieces—within every one there is visually described an act of courage, a statement of rebellion, a call to awareness. —

For instance, in “Behind the Restraints”, even though the vibrant blood red hue is hidden behind the stitches of restraint, societal norm, and indoctrina-tion -- towards the bottom of the picture plane we can see these stitches seem to be coming undone, and a larger triangular area of red coming through, symbolizing the inevitable escape of the individual consciousness from the Status Quo.

An exhibition not to be missed, one of the most inspiring and surprising artist of our times.

Essay by Mercedes Arensberg, Art historian

Artist Website:

Carolina Guimarey "Fading Traces" mixed media, 24" x 36"
Exhibition: August 28 - October 3, 2013
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM;
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM. Sunday: closed.

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Recent Exhibition
"The Emotion of Color "  

Paintings by Mason Markley

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery (lower level)
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday July 20, 2 to 4 PM.

Mason Markley "Birds of a Feather" oils on canvas, 22" x 28"
My love of art began early when I was a kid living down in the Gulf of Mexico. I would take old coat hangers and shape them into seagulls that I saw on the beach. My dad kept one of these and it always meant a lot to me to see it up on his shelf. In 1980 we moved to Taos New Mexico where my father would take me around to the galleries and go ‘window shopping'. I remember being at gatherings where people were painting, but I was still a little young to understand what was going on. We eventually moved to the Midwest where it wouldn't be till college that I picked up the brush myself.
Mason Markley "Some Things Are Better Left Undone"
oils on canvas, 22" x 28"
My art comes from a place of feeling. I am always trying to capture how I feel about what is going on in my life. I love to use a lot of color, thick paint, and be a little messy. I never quite feel that art must be perfect.I believe that we are messy people, with messy feelings and that confusion is what makes life interesting and beautiful
Mason Markley "Abstract 7"
oils on canvas, 22" x 28"
Mason Markley "Untitled 12"
oils on canvas, 22" x 28"
After a short stint at Hastings College in Nebraska and Purdue University in Indiana, I moved back to New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico graduating in 2001 with honors in Cultural Anthropology and History. I have taken courses in art and am looking into various MFA programs, but I believe that most of my training has come from traveling and living in various places, meeting other artists and my life experiences. All told I have been in every state except Alaska and lived now in 9 US states. In 2010 I settled down and bought a house in Connecticut where I have a studio in my barn.

Artist website:
Mason Markley "Flesh and Color"
oils on canvas, 15" x 28"
Mason Markley "Love Dances"
oils on canvas, 22" x 28"
Past Exhibition
Color Out of the Blue
Paintings by Kristina Zallinger

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artists' Reception: Saturday, June 1, 2 to 4 PM

Kristina Zallinger "Flash in the Pan"
acrylics on canvas, 30" x 30"

"My paintings are all about color and texture," says Kristina Zallinger. "I live in a world surrounded by it. With each of them I try to dazzle the viewer with delight! I have been told that my work makes people happy. That is my intention. Often people miss the presence of color. I like to remind them of it. I isolate a flower garden, a piece of glass, my approach to a waterfall and any images that I see in my mind. The color and texture both create a feeling of depth within the canvas. I often quip that 'color is my middle name!' "

Kristina Zallinger "Little White Square"
acrylics on canvas, 30" x 30"
Kristina Zallinger "Blue Suede Shoes"
acrylics on canvas, 16" x 20"
Exhibition: May 30 - July 16, 2013
Recent Azoth Gallery Exhibition
The International Enclave of Artists of Gallery RIVAA Roosevelt Island, NYC

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2 to 4 PM.
Exhibition thru November 16, 2012.

Barbara deCew -- "Waters of Time"
acrylics on canvas, 48" x 30"
the artists:
Valeriu Boborelu
Rachel Garrick
Annette R. Hochberg (1918-2012)
Piotr Olszewski
Ioan Popoiu
Edel Stuehmke-Levy

Barbara deCew
Toshiko Kitano Groner
Arlene Jacoby
Kevin Pope
Georgette Sinclair
Victoria Thorson
Guest Curator: Barbara deCew, Vice-President RIVAA Gallery,
Roosevelt Island, NYC
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The Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) is a cooperative of artists in an international community, located on an island in the East River, NYC, bridging Manhattan and Long Island City, Queens. Established in March, 2001, its membership of approximately twenty-five artists promotes RIVAA as a dedicated cultural center which provides monthly classical music concerts, jazz salons, poetry readings, modern dance and theatre events!
Toshiko Kitaro Groner -- "Hampton"
oils on canvas, 18" x 24"
Vicoria Thornton -- "Basswood Abstraction"
wood sculpture, 30" x 15" x 11"
Georgette Sinclair - "On the Coast of Maine"
dry pastels, 19" x 22"
Ioan Popoiu -- "Anonymous"
acrylics on canvas, 36" x 48"
Piotr Roland Olszewski -- "Roosevelt Island"
photograph, 18" x 24"
Exhibition: October 13 - November 16, 2012
Red, Blue, White,
Bodies of Light ...

art works by
Valeriu Boborelu

A Romanian art educator whose creative, spiritual vision brought him to the US in 1983, Valeriu Boborelu paints fractal layers of space/time. Luminous, transparent beings gesture and vibrate in the cosmic dance
of karma.

SATURDAY, April 28, 2012, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Guest Curator: Johnes Ruta

Valeriu Boborelu "Phthalo - Blue Celestial Meditation"
acrylics on canvas, 60" x 60"
Artist Valeriu Boborelu is an inspired painter of human shapes in ancestral & anthropomorphic silhouettes -- silhouettes integrated in verticals, obliques, and spirals superimposed to create a continuous movement of Space. Using contrasts in a reduced range of colors, polarities of white & black, large strokes of modulated grays, gestural tensions create a Chromatic Vertigo, a vibration, and depth: "In my paintings are human shapes and forms inspired by the mineral and floral worlds. Figures are luminous, transparent and pearl-white colored, and appear from the Blue-Black depths of space. Underlying geometric drawing combines with the harmony of sober color. There is a dialogue between Part and Totality. In my vision, these figures symbolize our subtle inner-nature of Wisdom and Compassion -- our spiritual Bodies of Light."
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Valeriu Boborelu "Luminous Magenta Romanian Figures"
acrylics on canvas, 60" x 60"
Boborelu hails originally from Bucharest, Romania. He obtained his MFA in 1965 at the Nicolae Grigorescu Academy of Fine Arts there, as a student of the world-famous painter Gheorghe Saru. He went on to teach Composition and Drawing there from 1966 to 1982, and became the Chair of Painting. After studying Painting, Drawing, and Art Documentation in Perugia, Rome, Bologna, Venice, Naples, Sicily, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Russia, he was allowed to make study visits to Paris, from where in 1983 he was able to bring his family out of Ceausescu’s Romania, finally settling in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York.

Boborelu’s early paintings were influenced by Romanian traditional art, such as old icons on glass, rugs from Oltenia and Moldavia, and ceramics pots. There is a visionary relation between color and value, the equilibrium and rhythm of shapes, dynamicity, exaltation, a cool / warm dialogue.
Valeriu Boborelu "Blue Meditation"
acrylics on canvas, 48" x 36"

"I believe that an artist-painter has to think and feel continuously in form-color, to translate all the events of life in symbol colored images. Color, the essential element in art painting, can tell us about the depth and warmth of life, and the uniqueness of our psychic experiences. Spiritually, color is a vehicle to penetrate and experience the Superior Planes of Consciousness. Art painting is the happiness and joy of life: the aesthetic manifestation of human beings. It is the inner, spiritual vibration sent to other souls -- the special way of seeking our real Identity."

Boborelu had one man shows in several Bucharest galleries, and was in group shows in Warsaw, Turin, Helsinki, Venice, Moscow, Sofia, and Budapest. Working in Paris 1982-83, he was in the "Salon D'Automne," "Grand Palais" shows, and in recent years, Montmartre, The International Festival of Paris, The Biennial Drawing Exhibition at the Art Gallery Le Puget. In the U.S., he has shown at the Alex Gallery in Washington DC; the York Square Gallery, New Haven; in NYC at Tribeca 148, Artist’s Space, Gallery Korea, the East-West Gallery at the Romanian Cultural Center, and GALLERY RIIVA on Roosevelt Island. His work is in private and State collections.

Exhibition: April 28 - June 3, 2012

Gallery Hours:

Tues.& Thurs. 1-5; Wed.& Fri. 6-9; Sat.& Sun. 11-5

Directions to Gallery RIVAA:
From GRAND CENTRAL STATION in Manhattan: Walk 3 blocks west (right) on 42nd Street to the corner of 6th Avenue, at Bryant Park; take the F Subway Train uptown. Get off at the 4th stop (the FIRST STOP after LEXINGTON AVE/E63rd ST.). Exit the subway station and walk north (right) 1/8 mile on Main Street to Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street.

OR take the Roosevelt Island TRAM from E60th & 2nd Ave. On Roosevelt Island, exit the tram station and walk north 1/4 mile on Main Street to Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street.

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"The Urban and Aquatic Adventures of
Mickey Wolve"

paintings by
Nicholas Grossmann

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, March 17, 2 to 4:30 PM.

Nick Grossmann (b.1980), aka Mickey Wolve, is an artist and Sculptor from Norwalk, Connecticut.

"It all started as a child (ha ha). I was really into heroes like Bat Man," says Nick Grossmann, alias "Mickey Wolve." "I used to make up my own evil villains and try to be as creative as possible as to their unique super powers. Come middle school, I was very misunderstood. I had a few good friends but was definitely part of the anti-establishment. I discovered Punk Rock at the age of fourteen and fell completely in love with the music because it was non-conformist like me. I took up writing and composing music, calling myself a troubadour and playing country/punk. Life wasn't easy. I felt like an Outlaw. I didn't know what it was like to be a 'typical' person, and I still don't.

Nicholas Grossmann - "Sea Gypses" - triptych, oil on canvas, 72"w x 48"h
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Video by Stan Olshefski
"As I got older, I remained troubled and got into some major...let's just say some Outlaw issues that wasted chunks of time away from my life. Eventually I started getting tired of this lifestyle. I believe that when you're an artist, you are different and it's hard when you're not accepted; a lot of us become rebels in our own way. Things changed a lot when my son Dylan came along and some friends have also changed my life as well. I came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth getting in trouble anymore. I happened to go to a Native American Indian Pow Wow just to go buy some art or crafts from them and ended up in a powerful conversation with a man there who was a Shaman and he told me that I was gonna go on a journey to find myself. Well after that, some unexplainable, mystical things happened and I became even more of a loner. I went on long hikes, meditated and played music, alone. It was really spiritual to have all that time to myself as well as to having a son. If I can say I have a spiritual belief and categorize it, it's looking out for others more then myself. I believe in helping the sick, Homeless, and animals because that's worth more to me then all the money in the "world.
Nicholas Grossmann - "A Loner in a Lost City" oil on canvas, 48"w x 64"h
"One day about three years ago, out of the blue, I went to the art store and bought supplies and started painting. I did five or six oil paintings and people really loved them. I discovered I truly loved painting memories, dreams and visions on canvas. I dedicate much of my time to my art because I feel passionate about the arts and my paintings. My favorite color is purple and I use it a lot. I like capturing the little things in life that are absolutely breathtaking to me." ~Nick Grossmann
Nicholas Grossmann "Friends of the Neighborhood - Waste Haven" oils on canvas, 68"w x 50"h
Nick Grossmann's artworks, with their vivid, blended colors, emerging and submerged forms, and deliberately trapezoidal shaped stretched canvases, have been shown at many venues, including Umbrella Arts, NYC; The Nest Arts Factory, Bridgeport; Rosie in New Canaan; the Bridgeport Arts Fest; Visions of Hope for Japan; and Caffeine in South Norwalk.
Nicholas Grossmann "Italiano Terrotso (Carmine)" oils on canvas, 20"w x 16"h

Exhibition: February 18 - March 31, 2012
"Stolen I.D.: Fragmented, Colonized,
and Lost"

paintings by GORDON SKINNER

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Thursday, January 19, 5 to 7 PM.

The subject of identity is one every artist battles with; whether this means voiding identity of its importance or basing one’s art entirely on what it means to be a Self and a human. Gordon Skinner’s work falls within the litmus of an identity in crisis. As a young African-American, the frustration felt by the artist at his lack of ownership in society is something that is centuries old and runs deep with in the veins of society. He is part of a group that feels fragmented, colonized, and lost. As Skinner puts it, “I feel robbed of my heritage and culture.”

This anger and frustration is too big to put into words. So, two years ago in 2009, Skinner turned to paint to vent that sense of invisibility in a tangible way. He began painting figures wearing colorful masks that represent both concealment and expression. Though their true identities, defining features, and identifying qualities are obfuscated by the mask, the images are expressive and dynamic. Skinner tends to challenge the norms of American society in his images, calling upon the sedatives fed to the public through television and reliance on petroleum. In other works, he commemorates those artists that inspire him, from Joan Mitchell to Tracey Emin, expressing that he is fully conscious of the fact that, as a young artist, he is a subject of those who blazed the trail before him.

Gordon Skinner - "Tin Drum" acrylic house paint, spray paint, and collage on canvas, 36" x 48"

Full of vigor and animation, his work is raw, spontaneous, colorful, and fragmented. You escape nothing when viewing his work; through a variety of mediums, he lays everything out on the table to be picked over and looked at. There is a rough, almost primal, edge to his artwork. It comes from a severely emotional place, creating an instant and intimate connection with the viewer. Skinner is locating his voice out of voicelessness; as an artist, he is emerging into a category of human that transcends definition and exists purely in a place of creativity and innovation.

Gordon Skinner is a visiting artist to the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery. He is a New Haven area artist.

Gordon Skinner - "Wise Noble" acrylic house paint and spray paint on canvas, 36" x 48"
Gordon Skinner - "Crack Baby" acrylic house paint on wood panel, 21" x 24 1/2"

Exhibition: January 10 - February 19, 2012
featuring the paintings of
elisa vegliante

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2 to 4 PM.
Exhibition thru September 8, 2012.

Elisa Vegliante "Outside Art Fair"
oils on canvas, 22" x 28"
Welcome to the world of “Mondoexpressionism” a term created by New Haven artist Elisa Vegliant which can be roughly translated as "Beyond ‘The Scream.’" Reaching for words to describe her massive, iconoclastic body of work, clichés like "poignant", "provocative" and other recycled expletives are impotent and absurd. (This curator would credit it as a form of "Maximalism," in the vein of such a painter as her colleague, outsider Maurice Hansen (1941-2000) -- but whereas Hansen's work is narrative, Vegliante's is explosive.)

Arty Fields of The Patterson Review of Art notes that by “combining the expressionism of Edvard Munch with the personal visual documentation of Frida Kahlo, Vegliante’s … [oil on canvas] paintings merge elements of inner psychology with events in the material world to form a haunting, disturbing, enlightening and completely unique body of work… Her paintings vividly illustrate the psychological and philosophical under-pinnings of characters and events, the spiritual motivation behind things, rather than the things themselves. Her bold and shameless paintings make for an ongoing cultural diary of Western Civilization’s mass hysteria
at the breaking point.”

Elisa Vegliante "Vinny's Chicken"
oils on canvas, 22" x 28"
Ms. Vegliante also stars in husband Ace Fronton’s backyard films as the eccentric actress, Yahuba Daley, such as in the astonishing (to this viewer), feature-length "Seven Ghastly Sins" :

These films, like Vegliante’s paintings, are multidimensional vignettes of psycho/social commentary in motion picture format, giving voice to another facet of the artist’s boundless creativity.

For more images and information on Elisa Vegliante's work and exhibitions, please visit the artist's website at

Elisa Vegliante "Hot Nut Stand"
oils on canvas, 22" x 28"

Exhibition: August 8 -September 8, 2012
"In Relationship with Time"
art works by
Michael Sundra

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, May 12, 2 to 4:30 PM.

Michael Sundra "Elisa and Elenya" mixed media on canvas, 48"w x 48"h
“I respond to things that are in relationship with time,” says Michael Sundra. "Words in a dream that came one morning in early 2007 soon after I began investigating the arch form (the oldest man-made form in the world), as subject matter for a new direction in my work: 'More than geometry, strength, mystical meaning in sacred western architecture. Vesica Piscis (Pisces).'

"In painting, the object, the idea is only pretext. The act of painting is in direct relationship with time. The essence of which (not only form) is really what is being explored. The painting usually finds it’s way – if you allow it to happen."

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Michael Sundra "In Relationship with Time V" mixed media on canvas, 48"w x 48"h
Michael Sundra was born in 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio and resides in Farmington, Connecticut. In 1972 he graduated from the Paier College of Art in New Haven with a degree in Photography. His work has been featured in national and international exhibits. One of the most notable appearances of his work was as a part of “Americans on Americans,” the photographic tour that opened at the Kiev Museum of Art in Kiev, Ukraine in 1997, and featured work from his Venice Beach, California series where his art was displayed alongside works by Annie Liebowitz, Walker Evans, Dorthea Lange, Herb Ritts, Bernice Abbot, and “Beat” poet Allen Ginsburg.  
Michael Sundra "In Relationship with Time III" mixed media on canvas, 48"w x 48"h

As a photographer, Sundra is most known for his black and white conceptual portraits and mixed media art that incorporate his B&W portraits as pretext for painting. He has worked commercially for many national clients and Fortune 500 companies, out of his former Colt building studio, in Hartford, for twenty years. Many of his fine art photographs reside in corporate and private collections.

Michael Sundra "In Relationship with Time VI" mixed media on canvas, 48"w x 48"h
Sundra’s interest in painting began in 1990 in mixed media and he has gradually made painting his primary focus as an artist. In "Relationship With Time," his current work embraces ancient architectural forms, primarily the arch, in it’s relationship to primordial, mystical, and spiritual energies; it’s strength, and the influence the arch has had on civilization over time as both aesthetic and utilitarian elements.
Michael Sundra "In Relationship with Time XIV" mixed media on canvas, 48"w x 48"h
Exhibition: May 3 - June 18, 2012
POSTERS FROM AN ISLAND - Classic Films vs. Contemporary Cuban Design --
An exhibition in conjuction with the New Haven International Ibero-AMERICAN Film Festival

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Tuesday, October 2, 3 to 5 PM.
Exhibition thru October 12, 2012.

Nelson Ponce' -- marquee poster: "A Clockwork Orange"
A collection of posters designed by young cuban designers. The exhibit will be curated by designers Nelson Ponce, Raúl Valdes (RAUPA) and by Sara Vega, an specialist from the Cinemateque of Cuba . The number of available works will vary depending on the exhibition space.

23 serigraphic works, format 51 x 76 cm, covering international classic films as viewed by Cuban designers.
Young Designers
Development of the serigraphic posters organized by the young designers that work this artistic expression. Dierten tgeneration al technologies.Current forms of production. Caca (Friends of Posters
Club). Revitalization of the genre by young designers, from 1999 to the
Raul Valdes Raupa - marquee poster
The second step
The cultural or cinema poster is the first step in a promotional or "popular” campaign. The second step involves the development of the idea and the graphic elements in order to create a consequent story with multiple elements that will support it. In this case, the audiovisual spot
is very strong in Cuba because of its masses and visual appeal.
How do you develop a story with just a few minutes from that first step (the poster) ? It is done from the poster, script, story board, animation and composition.
Yolyanko WIlliam - marquee poster - Piano with Saxes
Cinema Posters

Cinema Posters from an island Panoramic view of the graphic arts
especially produced for the promotion of cuban cinema. References to the peak reached by this manifestation during the decades of the sixties and seventies, the crisis of the eighties and nineties and the new expressions that hinted to a recovery of the genre during the last few years.
This renovation period occurs because of a new generation of graduates from the Superior Institute of Design which not only has contributed to the revitalization of lm posters, but also to the productof posters for other cultural institutions.
Exhibition: September 12 - October 12, 2012
The Amazing Himba People of NAMIBIA
photography by Barbara Paul

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, April 14, 2 to 4:00 PM.

Barbara Paul, of Westport, CT, photographs people living in remote regions of Asia and Africa and other parts of the world where few travelers visit. She photographs their ethnic dress, tribal and religious customs, festivals and daily way of life, capturing the spirit of the moment in each photograph.

"I was privileged to visit twenty isolated Himba villages in the rugged terrain of Northwestern Namibia. It was impossible not to be awestruck by the stunning women of this semi-nomadic tribe, whose oiled and ochred skin gleams a deep red-orange, and who wear extravagant thick braids and animal hide skirts, headdresses and ornaments. The Himba still preserve age-old habits and traditions which have endured despite much adversity. They live almost as they did centuries ago.

"I was welcomed into every village, first by the elder, then by other members of the community. This photo exhibit reveals the daily life of women caring for their children, cooking, picking corn, men engaged in herding goats, and children playing in the encampments. It was most spectacular to photograph the Himba women exuberantly dancing, their glorious braids flying out in all directions as they spin their heads and bodies. They are truly a fascinating people.

"By photographing unique indigenous groups around the world," says Barbara, "I hope to provide understanding and respect for their culture, their style of dress, their daily way of life, and the steadfastness with which they preserve their traditions. We can learn from them; we can value their creativity; and we can make an effort to help them maintain their identity while much of the world's population becomes homogeneous.

Recent Exhibition
"Not Belonging To The Place
You Have Arrived At"
Artworks by Cecilia Whittaker-Doe

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
(in the Business/Periodicals Room -- main level)
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, March 14th, 2 to 4 PM.

Exhibition: March 10 - April 21, 2015

Cecilia Whittaker-Doe "Wash" oil,mixed-media on panel 18" x 18"
“Painting is a place to go – a place to inhabit. It’s the way I see the world, or the way I would like to see the world. It welcomes interpretation,” says Cecilia Whittaker-Doe.

“The depiction of the movement of water through a natural environment in my paintings illustrates continual growth and change.

“Perceived human and animalistic forms that evolve from the chaos suggest our intrinsic connection to a natural environment that is both threatening and joyful.”
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe "Passing Cloud" oil,mixed-media on panel 22" x 30"

The artist's palette of brilliantly vivid and soft color create abstract fields that are both balanced and energized. The conceptual focus is growth and change, while the dense patterns of Ms. Whittaker-Doe's abstract and natural analogies are visually enigmatic and aesthetic.

Since 1996, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe has been an Adjunct Professor at the New York School of Interior Design.  From 1990 to 2000 she was Founder/Art Director of Doe Print Designs LTD., NYC, creating textile surface designs for men’s ties.  In 1998 she was Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design, and in 1996 was Visiting Artist in Printmaking at St. John’s University, Queens,NY.  She assisted Nancy Graves in the application of patina.

Cecilia Whittaker-Doe "X-Rayed Earth" oil,mixed-media on panel 36" x 36"
She received her MFA at Brooklyn College in 2013, where she received three awards for her work in 2012 and 2013. She received her BFA at Buffalo State College in 1986, Apprentice-Patina. She studies at Tallix Art Foundry 1986-1987, and Siena University, Italy in 1983.

Just in the past two years her artwork has been exhibited at Nation III, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.: Fractured Landscape, Callahan Art Center, St., Francis College, Brooklyn, NY; Art from the Boro’s, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY; Landscape, Greenhouse Café, Brooklyn, Curated by Jeanine Bardo; Pain and Pleasure, Gallery Ell, NYC/London, Curated by Kirsten Nash, Juried Fine Art 2014, Juried by Denise Bibro, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY.
Cecilia Whittaker-Doe "Red Tree" oil,mixed-media on panel 16"x 20"


Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM;
Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM.
Art Gallery Director: Johnes Ruta (203) 387-4933

Recent Exhibition
"Atlantic and Southwestern Rocks"

Photography by Victoria Navin

Artist Reception: Saturday April 25, 2 to 4 PM.

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
(in the Business/Periodicals Room -- main level)
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, April 25th, 2 to 4 PM.

Exhibition: April 21 - May 27, 2015

Victoria Navin"Arizona Rocks 927" digital photograph

"I have been taking photographs for many years, but it is only in the last few years that I have been able to give full rein to my enthusiasm for photography!" writes Victoria Navin. "Among my favorite subjects are trees, rocks and boulders, bodies of water, landscapes and roof-scapes. I am also interested in monumental architecture as well as the smaller details that define a location as unmistakably unique, such as doors, windows, balconies and street-scapes."

Currently a resident of New Haven, Ms. Navin has also lived in Wallingford and Meriden, CT as well as Brooklyn, NY, Washington, DC and Madrid, Spain. A graduate of Lyman Hall High School and Albertus Magnus College, she also holds master’s degrees from New York University, Georgetown University and Pratt Institute.

"A retired librarian, I do volunteer work for two nonprofits in New Haven," she says. "Among my enthusiasms are travel, reading, movies, theater, leaning Portuguese and hiking. I enjoy sharing photographs with my family and friends. I am the mother of two adult daughters not wanted by the FBI...

"My ATLANTIC AND SOUTHWESTERN ROCKS exhibit consists of some photographs taken during recent trips to the Atlantic coast of New Hampshire, Arizona and New Mexico, where I enjoyed the variety of rocks and boulders featured in the natural landscape.

"This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Emilie Zernitz, my late great-aunt, who pioneered the concept of groundwater pollution and opened my eyes to the beauty of rocks and boulders."

Victoria Navin"Arizona Rocks 937" digital photograph
Victoria Navin"Atlantic Rocks 028" digital photograph
Victoria Navin"Northern New Mexico NM17" digital photograph


Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM;
Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM.
Art Gallery Director: Johnes Ruta (203) 387-4933

Recent Exhibition
The Symmetry of Thought and Being

A 6-person art exhibit at
888 Main Street Roosevelt Island New York, NY 10044
(in the Lobby Gallery) Directions below.

Artists’ Reception:
Saturday, October 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Exhibition: October 18 to November 16, 2014
Gallery Hours: Daily 10 AM to 8 PM.
Curated by Johnes Ruta
Art Gallery Director New Haven Free Public Library


Maxwell Clark

Philip Falcone

John Favret

Carolina Guimarey

M.G. "Trudy" Martin (1935-2013)

Kristina Zallinger


This exhibition will explore the relations between the three components of Symmetry, Thought, and Being:
1. "Symmetry," the principle of balance, the balance of elements in Matter, the "static equilibrium" of purely balanced weights versus the "dynamic equilibrium" or asymmetry of proportioned objects; 2. "Thought" as the principle of personal interpretation of life, existence, perceived objects, Matter, and ephemera, and the personal interpretation of experience: ... Descartes "I think therefore I am" ; and 3. "Being," in the experience and orientation of the physical world and metaphysical dimensions -- the principles of "Becoming" as process; and of "Being" in the reality of Matter and Dark Matter: ... as the early Greek philosopher Parmenides surmised: "Being is. Non-Being is; Being and Non-Being are...:

Aside from philosophical and artistic considerations, this exhibition explores the sensations and sensibilities of personal worlds from many perspectives, the meaning and experience of being a person, being an individual in a world of responsibilities and choices, the thinking which is expressed and private, and the balances required in life. The purpose of asking these questions is to perceive and understand the Universe, and to evolve the human condition: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness !"

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All photos by Rita DeCassia.
Carolina Guimarey "Cryptic Chronicles" 40x30 mixed media
Carolina Guimarey, is a CT professional visual artist whose work is included in collections across the United States, Argentina, Italy and Spain. From an early age, she received art training directly from master artists in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina and continued learning drawing, sculpture, painting and photography in USA at Norwalk C.College and University of Connecticut .
Guimarey's work, in the format of the repetition of small scrolls and boxes, speak of individual identities, and captures the viewer’s attention immediately with a sense of quiet dignity filled with tamed yet intense passion. To walk through her studio and exhibitions, one gets the sense of being conveyed, through intellectual perspectives, and strong emotional & philosophical components, to an encounter which captures the facets of human experience. These components reveal an underlying social commentary and an historical discourse.
There is a global consciousness characterized by a sense of isolation and confinement. Her work is reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges writings and of Eva Hesse’s sculptures. Within every piece there seems visually described an act of courage, a statement of rebellion, a call to awareness.
M.G. "Trudy" Martin (1935-2013) "The Symmetry of Faces"
11x14 ink on black scratchboard
M. G. “Trudy” Martin, (1935-2013) studied at Westminster College, PA, Ohio State University, The American Craftsmen, R.I.T., NY; Pratt Graphics Center, NYC, and the Brookfield Craft Center, CT. She has taught at Manhattanville College, NY, Hartford Art School, CT; Arcosanti, AZ (the experimental strip city designed by architect Paolo Solieri), and was head of art department at Westover School in MIddlebury, CT. She was Vice-President of the Society of Connecticut Craftsmen, winner of a Fulbright Grant to Italy, and original member of the Makers Gallery in SoHo, NYC. She had one-person exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, and at The Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT.
Kristina Zallinger "A Little White Square" 30x30 acrylics on canvas
Kristina Zallinger says “My life revolves around a palette of color. I am not sure why or when this obsession began. It's sort of an example of "who came first, the chicken or the egg?". I know that I owe some credit to my design teacher in art school who taught color theory. He would challenge us with squares upon squares of color-aid paper, which I coveted. With this said and done, I guess you could say that Josef Albers and all his "Homages" influenced my work as well. When I lived in Montana my focus centered around Native American art and culture. Totems, hide paintings and ledger drawings became the iconography of the day. Color was secondary at this point. My emphasis was on drawing. Somewhere after that, upon returning to Connecticut, I splashed into a world of abstract expressionism. I could barely pronounce it let alone paint it. I kept saying to myself, "What am I doing?" That phrase suggests growing pains and boy, I had them! I still ask myself that question although I have began to be less apprehensive. However you always must be apprehensive or you won't move forward, or grow, or change.
Maxwell Clark "Topographical Map" acrylics on canvas 26x22
Maxwell Clark is a young thinker and researcher on the principles of Thought who would call himself a creator of infinities, an Infinitist; a young New Haven artist who takes a deep interest in the study of historical art and philosophy. He studied Art at the University of Vermont, and Urban Studies at Yale. “In my paintings, I am obligated to obey the sway of my
exteriorities. I just obey their Otherness. My paintings are my oracles of a future sensuality. They do not predict the future at all, however, they merely register the traces of its affect on me or influence into me. I do not say my paintings are the future itself, I say they are archives touched with its absolutely unforeseeable imminence. My paintings may come to be known as having influenced the future, as in my dreams, of course, but this only when their own future is already long past.
Philip Falcone "BEING BECOMING" 20X16 oils on canvas
Philip Falcone thinks in the dimension of the creative process of painting and the textures of oil paints, the smell of linseed oil, and the work of mixing oil colors right on the canvas. "As a child I have vivid recollections of vacationing in Upstate New York with my parents. Two working artists from New York City would vacation
with us. They would paint the surrounding landscape, and I would sit and watch them for hours, fascinated." Phillip Falcone is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and holds a 1999 BFA from the University of Hartford Art School. In 2001, he had an Artist Residency at the University of Urbino, Italy, and in solo exhibits in SoHo, NYC and at the New Britain Museum of American Art in 2013.
John Favret "Transfer Station" 24X16 acrylics on canvas
John Favret 's paintings pose existential situations and dilemmas of Being, Time, and Place. Presently the Art Program Coordinator at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT, Favret is originally from a Boston suburb, where he began making art in childhood, winning the Boston Globe Art Award-Gold Key in high-school. On graduation from Bridgewater State College, he was awarded the Senior Art Award. Earning his MFA , with a scholarship at East Texas State University, he lived, in between, in the East Village of New York City and there developed his unique expressive visual style exploring these situational and sometimes preternatural sensations. His work has been exhibited in San Francisco, Dallas, and Boston. At Rhode Island School of Design, he received one of the first Certificates in Computer Graphic Design, and began a career in textile graphic color separation. He began teaching at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, then taught Computer Graphics in the Certificate Program at RISD.

Since 1999, Favret has been a Graphic Design Instructor at Housatonic College. His experiments, combining the traditional expressive style of painting with patterns and color blends that are common in Italian mosaic tile work, have continually produced an array of landscapes populated with figures in the midst of perplexing scenes and situations that can be best interpreted by the viewer's own existential and experiential memories and anticipations.

888 Main Street Roosevelt Island New York, NY 10044
(in the Lobby Gallery) Directions below.

Artists’ Reception:
Saturday, October 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Exhibition: October 18 to November 16, 2014
Gallery Hours: Daily 10 AM to 8 PM.

Curated by Johnes Ruta, independent curator & art theorist,
Art Director New Haven Free Public Library

From GRAND CENTRAL STATION: Obtain an MTA Round-Trip Ticket from the Subway station, $2.50 each way, (or $2.50 for a round-trip Senior Ticket from the ticket window, with a Medicare ID Card, if applicable). Exit the GCT station from an east corridor and walk one block east on East 43rd Street to 3rd Avenue. Take the uptown bus to
East 60th - 61st. Walk one block east on East 60th to the Roosevelt Island Tram (at 2nd Avenue). Tram entry is an MTA TRANSFER Fare. At Roosevelt Island, a four minute ride,take the FREE Red RIOC Bus to the north end of the route at THE OCTAGON. (This bus runs every 10 to 15 minutes.)

BY CAR from I-95 CT via thr Tri-Borough Bridge (Toll road): Coming into The Bronx on I-95, fork left onto Rte 278 the Bruckner Expressway. At fork for the Major Deegan FORK LEFT continuing on 278, which crosses the the Tri-Borough / Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. The bridge crosses over Randall's Island then into Queens, NYC. Take the first exit in Queens -- Astoria / Hoyt Avenue/ 31st Street. Either take first right ramp and cross Hoyt Avenue onto 29th Street, or next RIGHT onto 31st Street. Either way, take next RIGHT onto Astoria Boulevard. Take LEFT at 21st Street. Take RIGHT at 36th Avenue, and continue straight across the Roosevelt Island Bridge. Turn left down the circular ramp to the street level. Turn RIGHT onto Main Street, and follow north along the East River to the THE OCTAGON -shaped Building on the left.

BY CAR from Manhattan: From East 57th Street, between 2nd and 1st Avenues, enter the QUEENSBOROUGH BRIDGE Upper Level to Long Island City, Queens, (no toll)

Exit the bridge via the right-side ramp to 21st Street. Turn RIGHT, and take an immediate LEFT at the first traffic light before passing under the Q-Bridge onto Queens Plaza South. Drive to the end of this street and take a RIGHT onto Vernon Boulevard. Travel up Vernon along East River Park to 36th Avenue, and turn LEFT to cross the bridge to Roosevelt Island, then left down the circular ramp to the street level. Turn RIGHT onto Main Street, and follow north along the East River to THE OCTAGON -shaped Building on the left.

Recent Exhibition
The Wonders of Portugal
photography by Victoria Navin

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery (in the Business/Periodicals Room, main level)
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception:
Wednesday, April 9th, 5 to 7 pm.

Victoria Navi "Street in Mist, Elvas" digital photo print
Exhibition: March 25 - April 24, 2014.

"My WONDERS OF PORTUGAL exhibit consists of a few photographs taken during three recent trips to Portugal, a visual paradise on earth."

"I have been taking photographs for many years, but it is only in the last few years that I have been able to give full rein to my enthusiasm for photography! Among my favorite subjects are trees, rocks and boulders, bodies of water, landscapes and roofscapes. I am also interested in monumental architecture as well as the smaller details that define a location as unmistakably unique, such as doors, windows, balconies and streetscapes."
Victoria Navin ""A Main Street in Monsaraz" digital photo print

Currently a resident of New Haven, Victoria has also lived in Wallingford and Meriden, CT as well as Brooklyn, NY, Washington, DC and Madrid, Spain. A graduate of Lyman Hall High School and Albertus Magnus College, she holds Master’s Degrees from New York University, Georgetown University and Pratt Institute.

Victoria Navin ""Lisbon Roofscape" digital photo print
"A retired librarian, I do volunteer work for three nonprofits in New Haven. Among my enthusiasms are travel, reading, movies, theater, learning Portuguese, hiking and observing the world. I also like to share photographs with my family and friends; I am the mother of two adult daughters who are not wanted by the FBI."

"My TREES OF LIFE exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Jacquelin Chase, who opened my eyes to the beauty of trees."

Victoria Navin "Olive Trees from the Alentejo, Portugal" digital photo print
Recent Exhibition
"The Domestic Workers
of New England"

photography by
Mario Quiroz

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception:
Wednesday, MARCH 19th, 5 to 7 PM

Exhibition thru March 25, 2014

Photography by Mario Quiroz

"It's time to support Domestic Worker Bill of Rights," advocates documentary photographer Mario Quiroz of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Nannies, house cleaners, and adult care workers/personal care attendants are the invisible labor force that has freed our business men and women, scientific community, academic world, and many others to go out into their everyday industries knowing that their dear ones and their homes are being taken care of.

In partnership with the Brazilian Immigrant Center, MataHari: Eye of the Day, Brazilian Women's Group, the Women's Institute for Leadership Develop,and the Dominican Development Center, photographer Mario Quiroz is producing a series of portraits of Domestic Workers. These images will be featured as a traveling exhibition during 2013.The project supports the ongoing movement for legislative passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Once it becomes law, this bill will address current gaps in legal protection for domestic workers, address working conditions, living wage, sick days, vacation and injury on the job issues. "It's just common sense to care of those who take care of our families."


"For a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights" composite digital photograph by Mario Quiroz
For more information about the project, contact: Mario Quiroz:

Photographer's website:
Exhibition: February 8 - March 31, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 8 PM;
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM. Sunday: closed.

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enter location: 133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510
"Ten Narratives"
Ten Artists (current members)
Claudine Burns-Smith
Moira Fain
Wills McWilliams
Rita Valley

Bob Cuneo
Nick Grossmann
Bob Keating
Dana Naumann
Elisa Vegliante
Reception: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 6 to 9 pm.
Reception: Saturday, July 27th, 2013, 7 to 10 pm.
851 Hegeman Avenue
East New York, Brooklyn, NY 11208
Exhibition thru October 30, 2013.
Recent :
Reception: Saturday, Septenber 21st, 2013, 7 to 10 pm.
14 South Main Street
(corner of Haviland Street)
South Norwalk, CT
Exhibition thru September 29, 2013.
The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510
Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 23, 2 to 4 PM.
Exhibition thru April 14, 2013.
Elisa Vegliante -- "Mad Youth SPIN OUT"
oils on canvas, 17" x 14"
Curated by Chris Butler - Butler Exhibition Design &
Johnes Ruta,, independent curator, writer & Art Director New Haven Free Public Library.

A Catalog with essay will accompany this exhibition.

Exhibition thru March 3, 2013.
Good things come in small Spaces. "Ten Narratives" is a substantial group show of Connecticut, New York, and California artists to be housed in a small East Village Gallery, Umbrella Arts, at 317 East 9th Street from January 24th to March 2nd. The exhibition explores the art of the narrative through a broad scope of styles, ranging from expressionist to surrealist to abstract to primitive, with influences ranging from Eduard Munch to Joan Miro, Australian Aboriginal art to Jean Dubuffet and Outsider Art. The ten artists comprise an interesting cross section. Half are self-taught. Ages stretch from mid-30s to mid-90s. Media include paintings, drawings, etchings, collage, assemblage, mixed media and sculpture. Some of their accomplishments include NEA fellowships, public sculpture and mural installations, and publishing children's picture books. All of these elements combine to make an exciting visual smorgasbord held together by the narrative art form.

In visual narrative stories emerge from constellations of dots and strokes of paint, points of reference, shadows and overlays, forms and images, figures and objects. -- It often requires a new vocabulary to describe patterns, motifs, moods, and emotions. Carl Jung's so-called "archetypes" lay out patterns of personalities, symbols, and myths to explain recurring principles in living reality. The anthropologist Claude Levi- Strauss wrote that the vast number of mythic stories in the world can be distilled into certain structures that are constant and universal. A.J. Greimas points out contrasting polarities in stories, such as subject/object, sender/ receiver, helper/opponent -- the individual terms of which are characteristic representation
Elisa Vegliante of New Haven is a painter who also stars in husband Ace Fronton's backyard films as the eccentric actress Yahuba Daley. Whenever she is not making art she is teaching art to elementary school children. One of her many talents is extracting extraordinary pictures from her students. Their art, in turn, informs hers. In addition to the influence of children's art, Vegliante aligns herself ultimately with Outsider Art. Initially a printmaker, she turned to oil painting in the 80s, eventually finding a kinship with Eduard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo. In the late 90s she began developing complex narratives in an over-amped expressionistic style she has dubbed "Mondoexpressionism", which can be roughly translated as "beyond The Scream".
Claudine Burns-Smith
"Carlos Defending the Children from the Chickens"

ceramic wall sculpture, 30" x 30"
Claudine Burns-Smith is a US citizen/Parisian who resides in Hamden, CT. Formerly an Art Instructor at The Hopkins School, she paints on handmade paper and sculpts in clay and cement. Her narratives relate to her love of family, mythology, and primitive cultures. Primary influences are the art of Oceania and Dubuffet. Her approach is always intuitive. She pays no attention to archetypes until after the art is completed. Only then does take stock of what the piece is about. Her interest in the work of Carl Jung and dream symbolism enhance themes that typically derive from her personal life or the natural world.
Gordon $kinner "Shante' "
acrylics, house paint, spray paint, on fibre material board,
42" x 48"
Gordon Skinner of Woodbridge, CT, comes from a fashion design background. His "masks" are wildly Dubuffet + Basquiat. He has been creating quite a stir in New Haven and NYC galleries as well as Yale University's Afro-American Cultural Center. Skinner's art is composed of organic narrative portraits that reveal his inner struggle and come to life through his signature blend of bold color, spontaneous brushwork, and a world of hard-edged life experiences. Personal and universal revelations lie behind the mask-like visages. Skinner's work is also reminiscent of a tradition and movement known as "Blues Impulse" comprised of artists who transform circumstance and hardship into extraordinary levels of visual content and artistic expression.
Cherie Tredanari "Vento d'Amore"
copper sculpture, 20" x 15" x 30"
Cherie Tredanari is a 94 year old bohemian from Manhattan's Upper West Side who still creates metal sculptures and then builds pedestals for them. She uses all types of metals, new and recycled, to produce abstract narratives that are sometimes whimsical, sometimes stately, sometimes delicate, always vital. She studied with such figures as Arthur Melzer, Paul Gill, and Henry Snell. Movement is most important to her: movement through time as well as movement through space. Tredanari has designed many large scale sculptures, including one installed at Broadway Malls in 1983 titled "Number 11 Perspectives", dedicated to Duke Ellington. In 1981, at the request of Saks Fifth Avenue, Cherie installed 13 of her sculptures in their Fifth Avenue display windows. Her home is a salon where artist friends visit, drinking wine from bottles bearing the Tredanari label, produced in her basement.

Helene Burke "Teapot #3"
mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20"
Helene Burke of NYC is an NEA fellowship recipient (1992-93) who currently works in mixed media collage, with a background in painting and found object sculpture. She has published two children's picture books, pieces of which appear in her collages. The vocabulary of her art is biomorphic surrealism, descended from such painters as Miro and Kandinsky. Burke begins her collages by doodling just as Miro used automatic drawing to begin his biomorphic works. She combines her own drawings, cut up paintings, papers, pieces of pages from her books, thin layers of acrylic paint and splotches of walnut ink to create dreamy landscapes of furniture, plant forms and domestic interiors. Important themes in these narratives are childhood innocence and healing of the inner child, and personal transformation that creates Hope.
Nick Grossmann
"Nephilem Invade the Little People Village"

oils on canvas, 24" x 30"
Formerly living the life of an Outlaw, Nick Grossmann of Norwalk, CT, went on a self-imposed exile in his mid-twenties, spending a lot of time alone, practicing meditation, learning voodoo, meeting with a Shaman, finding his truths and coming to terms with his identity. He went into an art store one day, bought paints and brushes and canvases, and has been painting ever since. Grossman now happily perceives himself as a vagabond, a troubadour, a street mystic and, most recently, a sea gypsy named Mickey Wolve. These identities fuel the subject matter of his art. Each painting is a story drawn from Grossmann's adventures. Images are built of heavily textured layers of garish colors, shadows, forms and details scratched into freshly painted canvas. His painting titled "The End of You" was included in the 2011 annual Nurture Art Benefit held at the Chelsea Art Museum.
Moira Fain "Teapot #3"
mixed media , 16" x 20"
Moira Fain of Landers, California has also published a children's book with beautiful illustrations rendered in oils. She and her family presently live in the Mojave Desert. Although her body of work includes oil paintings, drawings and etchings, her primary art form is assemblage. This exhibition features what she refers to as her "collage boxes" which she began constructing during the 90s. Steeped in childhood imagery and ominous overtones, these narratives recall childhood confusion and conflicted relationships with parents, overshadowed by the impending loss of innocence. As adult understanding emerges, personal experiences are understood; the collage boxes become less detailed and more focused. Finally, in later works, the art starts to take over the narrative.
Bob Cuneo "Primal Deities" (6 of 12)
Dancing Goddess & God
Elder Goddess & God
Enchanted Goddess & God

derwent pigmented leads, each painting 8" x 10"
Bob Cuneo is a retired Professor of Fine Arts from the University of Bridgeport where he taught from 1969 to 1989. He is a painter of miniature narratives in the Magic Realist style. After leaving his teaching post, he moved away from the ideas of contemporary art and devoted most of his work to his long-time practice of neo-pagan Wicca, also becoming a staff artist for the nature/spirituality quarterly CIRCLE MAGAZINE, which has featured his ink drawings and color covers since 1985. His recent narrative series "Thought-Form Divinities : Astral Images of the Great Goddess and the Primal God by a Wiccan Iconographer" relates his symbolism and mythic pictorial imagery to the Hermetic Traditions of alchemy, pagan magic, ancient wisdom, and Renaissance story-telling.
Dana Naumann "The Narrator"
lead pedestal sculpture, 8" x 20" x 6"
Dana Baldwin Naumann, former corporate marketing executive who reincarnated as a self-taught artist, is a metal sculptor and painter residing in Branford, CT. His style stretches from primitive to expressionistic. Naumann hammers narratives out of sheets of lead in the form of religious, mythic and archetypal figures, reminiscent of the art and artifacts found amongst ruins of an ancient civilization. He finishes the metal in zinc or copper patinas which impart a warm glow and add a feeling of softness to the hard surfaces. The idealized woman and romantic love are also themes that he frequently revisits.
Maurice Hansen"Vision of Catatonic Cathlick Medamorphics"
acrylics on casnvas, 19" x 20"
In Memoriam . . . Maurice Hansen (1941 - 2000)

The late New Haven Outsider Artist, Maurice Hansen, created an endless stream of paintings, poems, plays and videos in an elaborately quirky environment of his own making from 1960 until his untimely death in 2000 from Lymphoma at age 59. In 1993 his retrospective "Inner Visions", which included 63 paintings spanning four decades, was curated by Whitey Jenkins and held at the Aetna Center Gallery in Hartford. Outsider art critic and Director of the Benton Museum in Storrs, Sal Scalora, called it a "tour de force". This exhibition sparked the subsequent steady flow of solo and group shows which had been long overdue. His exposure over the next seven years included such venues as the Cork Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center where he exhibited his 30 foot mural of Coney Island; the Bridges + Bodell Gallery on East 7th Street where he exhibited his 25 foot mural of the 3rd International Outsider Art Fair. Hansen's art was also exhibited during the early years of the Outsider Art Fair at the Puck building in Soho. Reviews of his shows were featured in the New York Times, The New Haven Register, The Advocate, Art New England, Provincetown Art, Folk Art Finder and the Hartford Courant. Hansen was also included in Betty-Carol Sellen's and Cynthia J. Johansen's resource book "Self-Taught, Outsider and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources", 1999.

Hansen and Maximalism

Maximalism began to appear as a movement in painting during the 90s in both Europe and the US, having been initiated in a catalog by filmmaker and painter Daryush Shokof of Cologne, Germany for his 1990 solo exhibition at Galleria Verlato in Milano, Italy. As a visual art form it is elaborate in design, ornate in detail and bright in color. In the catalog for that show Shokof wrote some of his thoughts on Maximalism: "Unbalancing the Chaos = Balance = Life = Maximalism" and "Life for a Maximalist means actions committed by every moving creature." A year later Shokof's "Maximalist Manifesto" began appearing in his exhibition catalogs asserting that, as an aesthetic, Maximalism "is open to wide views and visionary dimensions that can be fantastic, but not deformed".

Back in New Haven, at roughly the same time, Maurice Hansen found that, to catch attention in our frenzied environment, the artist can reinforce his concepts with multiple subtexts and elaborate detail. In a captivating, wildly expressionistic style, Hansen flaunted these visual excesses as a self-proclaimed Maximalist. In a 1994 exhibition at the York Square Cinema Gallery in New Haven, "Castles, Kings and Carnivals; The Maximalist style of Maurice Hansen", the artist displayed his fully developed philosophy, vision and style.

Hansen's Narratives

Maurice Hansen's starring role was as a painter of narrative. Through decades of painting Biblical subjects as well as contemporary cultural and political events, Hansen took the art of visual narrative to a whole new level. One of his better known paintings "Starry Night of the Kingdom Come" (property of Beverly Kaye Gallery) is an apocalyptic vision which depicts an extravaganza of cultural icons and religious references interwoven with subplots and miscellaneous annotation, and which ironically result in a painting that celebrates life.
Chris Butler (203) 988-2412
Johnes Ruta (203) 387-4933

UMBRELLA ARTS 317 East 9th Street,
East Village, New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-7196
Exhibition: January 26 - March 3, 2013

Gallery Hours: Thursday thru Saturday, 1 to 6 PM.
Past Exhibition
"Not Specialized"
Paintings by Matty Dagradi

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artists' Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2 to 4 PM

Matty Dagradi "High in the Sky (Lighthouse)"
watercolors on paper, 20" x 16"

"I do no belong in this age of specialization," says Matty Dagradi. "I can’t resist painting a multitude of subjects. A walk in the woods reveals an inspiring contrast of earth and foliage. A cluster of grapes accidentally spills and creates a still life. The pounding elusive surf is a constant challenge to capture. Every day there is a new image to discover.

"After graduation from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, I worked for David Delaney Printers in their advertising department. Afterwards I worked for a U.S. Government Agency producing “Amerika” a magazine sent to the USSR. I married and became a 1950’s “cookie mom” and raised five children in Summit, New Jersey. I returned to work when my youngest was 7 years old and became manager of the Overlook Hospital Gift Shop. I also taught Watercolor classes for 10 years at the Summit Adult Education Department.

"After a decade of widowhood, I decided to downsize and move to New Haven to be closer to family, welcome my sixth grandchild, and become more involved in art. The art scene in New Haven proved to be so exciting and I’ve found many new friends, students, and teachers. Recently I began exploring oil painting, a total different mind set from all the years creating in watercolors. I’ve included a few examples of them in this exhibition. I teach painting at Hamden Adult Ed and an active member of The Hamden Art League and The North Haven Art Guild. I’ve settled nicely into Westville and yes, I’m finding more time to paint."

Matty Dagradi "High in the Sky (Lighthouse)"
watercolors on paper, 20" x 16"
Matty Dagradi "Maine Coast"
olis on canvas, 20" x 16"
Exhibition: April 29 -May 29, 2013
Past Exhibition
abstract paintings
by Stanislao Sullo

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artists' Reception: Saturday, February, 16 2 to 4 PM.
Exhibition thru March 14, 2013.

Stanislao Sullo "Patia" ("Craziness") oils and acrylics on canvas, 40" x 30"
Stanislao Sullo is a New Haven artist, born in Panni, Italy. Sullo is a self-taught artist who works in watercolors, oils, and acrylics. He studied ancient art and worked in the fashion world in Bologna, Italy for many years. working in that world on both Broadway, New York City and New Haven.

"In my works," says Stanislao, Color is life. Color represents the mood of a person, and gives emotion to figures. Abstract colors give a personal interpretation of emotion, a variety of color-identification: the mood of the day -- -- morning -- afternoon -- evening..."

Sullo's fascination with color began when in 2002 he opened his men's clothing store, Monsieur, in Bologna. Immersed in the world of fashion, he worked with local artisans to create lines of menswear with innovative color combinations and led his brand to become one of the most prestigious in northern Italy. His storefront window displays were noted for their originality and he quickly became sought after as a window designer for businesses throughout Bologna.
Arriving in New Haven, Connecticut three years ago, Stanislao has continued to explore amalgamations of color through his work in storefront design and through his paintings. He combines media, oil and acrylic paints and wax, to create textured and atmospheric images on large scale supports of canvas, linen, and wood. He paintings subtly layer and juxtapose hues to provoke each individual viewer's own memories and experiences of color.

Stanislao Sullo "Two Faces" oils, acrylics and wax on canvas, 24" x 36"
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"My work expresses everyday emotions – simultaneously concrete and fleeting, recognizable and imperceptible, extraordinary and unexceptional – through experimentation with various color palettes and combinations. I take inspiration from my work in fashion design and as a specialist in storefront window display, as well as from my travels.

"Color is the substance of the landscapes and panoramas that surround us in our lives; it can depict our moods and define our visual perceptions of the physical world. Through the medium of paint, I recall the ever-changing expanse and greens, reds, and browns of my southern Italian hometown located on a hilltop of the Apennines. Tones of blue evoke time spent in Greece as eclectic bright color describe the chaos of Tokyo. I am ever stirred by the museum-scape of Barcelona, dotted by the late works of Miró. Juxtapositions of color can represent events, episodes, or memories of our individual journeys through life. Experiencing color through art is a way to dream, to reminisce, and to reify emotion."

Stanislao Sullo "The Kiss" oils and acrylics on canvas, 40" x 30"
Exhibition: February 7 -March 14, 2013
Recent New Haven Library Gallery Exhibition
Unique works on paper
by Vanilia Majoros

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artists' Reception: Saturday, January, 12 to 4 PM.
Exhibition thru February 7, 2012.

Vanilia Majoros "Xoxo" - silkscreen, 10"w x 7"h

Vanilia Majoros came from Hungary to the US in 2003. She lives in New Haven, and teaches Printmaking at Creative Arts Workshop.

"I love to explore my own self and image; this is the culmination of the fusion of science and art for me. I try to see things in my own way, shaped by my life and my experiences. For each viewer this experience an entry into this personal world through visual or mental images, can be uniquely his own."

Vanilia Majoros "Illusion" - serigraph, 14"w x107"h
Vanilia received her Ph.D. in Art History in 1997 in Budapest, and worked there as a scholar and as head of the Art Collection of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She has written six books and more than one hundred articles about European Modernism., and spends her time at the Yale Libraries researching and writing. Her largest book is about one of the best Hungarian painters, Lajos Tihanyi, who died in Paris in 1938. "My book was published in Budapest in 2004, and this was a changing point in my life. My dream to become a Yale professor did not materialize, but a new dream to be an artist was born. -- After eleven solo shows of my photos in Hungary, I determined art as a new field of pursuit, and I began my studies of Calligraphy with Martha German and of Printmaking with Barbara Harder at the Creative Arts Workshop.
Vanilia Majoros "Grand Central Terminal" - cyanotype, 24"w x42"h
"From 2006, I was a guest student in the Yale School of Art, in the first year completing all of the Printmaking classes with Norm Paris. After finishing the Graduate Printmaking Seminar with Rochelle Feinstein, I was invited to teach printmaking in the Creative Arts Workshop. Since 2005, I've participated in group shows in New Haven, and in 2009 my first solo show took place at the DaSilva Gallery." In 2010, the Arts Council of New Haven invited her to show in Gallery 195 in the downtown First Niagara Bank, and the New Haven Register published a complimentary article about Barbara Marks' and her works in this show.
Vanilia Majoros "Variation for Sunday" - cyanotype, 42"w x24"h
Vanilia's prints are in private collections in the US, Hungary, Austria, Australia, China, Japan, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany, and in the Collection of the National Gallery of Hungary, the Literary Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. "My unique prints are not only monotypes, but mono prints by woodcut, carborundum, linoleum cut, lithograph and etching.

I make prints connected to Architecture, Music, Literature and Fine Art, a series dedicated to Gehry, and portraits about Gyorgy Ligeti, Anna Netrebko, Joan Sutherland, Paul Auster and Chuck Close. My Connecticut Garden series is based on Nature, but I like semi-Abstraction."


Vanilia Majoros "Times Square" - cyanotype, 24"w x42"h
Exhibition: January 3 - February 7, 2013

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artists' Reception: Saturday, November 17, 2 to 4 PM.
Exhibition thru January 2, 2013.

Rosebud Ebenezer "New York 2" acrylics on canvas, 36"w x 18"h


"My recent acrylic on canvas series ‘New York’ is my rumination over my New York City life," writes Rosebud. Born and raised in a very quite countryside of South India, I moved to New York few years ago. The concrete jungle that New York is famous for baffled my senses at first and later I started seeing the quintessential abstract and geometrical patterns that was hiding behind the physical facade of the city.

Abstraction to me is the essence of my innermost feelings that stand with color and form. The subtle forms in my work hold a physical presence of the cityscape yet truly an inner manifestation of my own self of the objective exterior. I prefer to make sketches from my walk in Manhattan and other high-rises around Brooklyn area then transfer them on to my canvas to convert them as my personal images.

The bright colors that are characteristic of my palette help me bath in vivid shades till I complete a work. I move to and fro between delicate color variations and intense shades until the form and the color converge to become a unique whole.

In Chennai, India, 1992, Rosebud Ebenezer earned her B.Sc. in Ceramic Design at Government College of Arts and Crafts, and an award for Excellence at the Victoria Technical Institute. During 2012, Rosebud has had two shows at A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, on West 57th Street, New York City: ‘Yudh Abhyas’ and ‘New Beginnings.’

Rosebud Ebenezer "Byway 4" acrylics on canvas, 20"w x 36"h
Rosebud Ebenezer "New York 4" acrylics on canvas, 24"w x 24"h

Ebenezer Sunder Singh, a Fulbright scholar from Madras, India, constructs images with allegorical/religious references, displaying metaphysical aspects of Shiva, angels, and the human figure, with a mastery of texture, equilibrium, tonality, and rhythm. His references cross several cultures because he comes originally from the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India, studying at the Madras College of Art there, and at the Art Institute of Boston.

Ebenezer Sunder Singh "Cathedral" acrylics on canvas, 18"w x 12"h

Building references in his writing to "elemental forces," the "Body's compulsions," "matter & energy," "memory packages," and "spiritual plethora," his artwork is committed to developing a visual vocabulary of his spiritual experience. His evocative figures each fall within a fixed translucent geometric form, visualizing personal thought and the intimacy of human emotions, such as the mutual sharing of breath and the experience of sexual parity in free-fall.


Ebenezer Sunder Singh "Prowl" acrylics on canvas, 12"w x 18"h

Working on hand-made paper in tempera, acrylics, or acrylic emulsion, Ebenezer explores the inner color complexity of the human torso: contrasts of blue, red, and orange blend to manifest the throat chakra and a mandalla centered over the navel chakra. He describes a visionary experience invoking the symbolism of the Snake, representing its mythic history and the creation of the Universe. His writing is included in three catalogs: "Fibre Glass Sculptures and Painted Books," "The Hollow Men, The Stuffed Men," and "Inspirationen."

Both Rosebud Ebenezer and husband Ebenezer Sunder Singh are currently represented by A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery on West 57th Street, New York City, and have their studios in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.

Exhibition: November 17 -December 27, 2012
"The Symbolism of Places"
art works by
Michael Kozlowski

The New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT 06510

Artist Reception: Saturday, July 7, 2 to 4 PM.

Michael Kozlowski "The Wolf"
Oil, Acrylic, Lacquer, and spray paint on canvas. 84" x 70"
"My inspiration" says artist Michael Kozlowski, "has always come from painters who have the ability to create and display another world that not only allows you to visit but draws you in and bars the door behind you. Whether this is done through the intrigue created by the symbolism and careful technique of Edward Hopper, or through the visual attack that comes from many paintings by Turner, creating work that has this type of arresting power and presence is my goal.

Michael Kozlowski "Window 3"
Acrylic on canvas. 60" x 40"
"Most of my work deals with places--typically interiors or man-made spaces. Saying that I allow the places I paint to choose me would not be incorrect. These are places which have all made an impression on me in some way, and the way I choose to present them -- and the situations depicted in these settings -- reflect, and hopefully convey these impressions. Each person brings their own history and ideas to view artwork, and therefore the images can suggest an endless array of interpretations that may evolve over time. Likewise, my paintings are composed over long stretches until they reach a "critical mass," at which point they can be assembled on the canvas. These recent paintings are large scale, immersive works depicting store windows and interior spaces, and attempt to incorporate contemporary elements into representational painting to make it more dynamic, expressive, emotive, and appealing. Rather than dictate a particular meaning or point of view, they are meant to evoke diverse feelings and emotions which become a catalyst for a dialogue with the work."
Michael Kozlowski "Untitled"
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas. 56" 36"

Kozlowski is an award-winning Fairfield County artist who studied art at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to drawing and painting (in oils, acrylics, and watercolors), he has studied traditional darkroom and digital photography, computer graphics, and advertising.

Exhibition: July 3- August 1, 2012