DANBURY, Conn. – The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will show seven exhibitions by seven local artists at seven hosting businesses from Monday, April 6, through Thursday, June 4, to commemorate its seventh year of the Accessible Art series.
Ted DeToy (New Fairfield) Visual Impact, 12 Finance Drive, Danbury
Rendered in expressive primary colors with contemporary neo-cubist flair, DeToy’s works on canvas offer sharp and colorful encounters with familiar imagery related to pop culture, race and gender, American politics and daily life. “Every painting is another lesson,” says the artist whose sweet vignettes, critical commentaries and entertaining visions are as unexpected as they are vividly compact.
Jean Fagernes (Danbury) Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main St., Danbury
"Here are several pieces of art work by John Pete Petrone," Fagernes writes about her father, a soldier in World War II who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. "Later Pete studied mechanical engineering at Lehigh University and traveled throughout the world during his work life. When Pete retired in Pennsylvania, he decided to try painting. His precision as an engineer adapts well to watercolor painting, which requires a steady hand and attention to detail."
Viorica Ghetu-Vuono (Norwalk) Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave.
Having recently moved to the U.S., Ghetu-Vuono was accepted into several juried exhibitions in the past year and was awarded an honorable mention at Silvermine Arts Center. Accepted into Connecticut Women Artists, she was included in the group's 85th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition in Aug.-Sept. 2014. She grew up in Chisinau, Moldova, and studied at The Free International University of Moldova.
Jane Herslag (Danbury) Danbury Library, 170 Main St.
Both poet and photographer, Herslag is best known for her iconic New England landscapes. Her love of nature and animals is reflected in much of her work. Many of her photographs are accompanied by her poems, inspired by the visuals. She and her husband, Herbert, a painter, have often exhibited their art together, which is currently featured in the Cultural Alliance's In the Windows series at 40 White St.
Lilane Migliorino (Redding) CityCenter Danbury, 186 Main St.
With a bachelor’s in fine arts from Boston University's College of Fine Arts and a master’s in fine arts from WCSU, Migliorino has taught at the prestigious National Academy Museum and School in New York City and exhibited at such venues as the Hudson River Museum and the National Museum of Sports. For more than 15 years, she served as chairperson for the Dedham (MA) Cultural Council and continues to actively participate as a Board member for various arts oriented initiatives.
Peach Pair (Sherman) Hancock Hall, 31 Staples St, Danbury (203) 794-9466
A digital and mixed media artist, Pair’s organic, painterly, expressive works start with a blank canvas. "I draw with a mouse, sometimes using organic substances: bark, leaves, or wasp hives, scanned in to add texture to my work. Pensive and impatient, she attempts in her work to achieve a graceful pas de deux between technology and fine art. While hanging upside down on a jungle gym a friend dubbed her Peach because her last name is Pair. "I am different by nature, thus a digital artist."
Ival Stratford-Kovner (Bethel) Portofino's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel
Daumier comes to mind,” commented professor Ed Smith of Marist College when reviewing Stratford-Kovner’s work during his residency at Vermont Studio Center. Professor Sydney Hurtwitz, formerly dean of Boston University, in awarding Stratford-Kovner first prize in drawing at the South Shore Art Center Juried Exhibition in Scituate, Mass/, commented on the strength and power of her drawings. She became the very first master of fine arts graduate from Western Connecticut State University in January 2002.
For more information about Accessible Art, call the Cultural Alliance of western Connecticut at 203-798-0760 or click here.
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