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Opening Planned For Danbury Artist Mazza Displaying Work In Ridgefield

"A Ginger Morning" by James Mazza
"A Ginger Morning" by James Mazza Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Rockwell Art and Framing of Ridgefield is exhibiting the artwork of artist James Mazza through Thursday, June 30, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Mazza is a professional artist from Danbury with over 37 years of experience. He works primarily with oil paints, bringing to life landscapes, still lifes and a variety of subjects from his daily life. In 1977, he began an apprenticeship under Edward DeVoe, during which time he traveled to West Point and painted with the cadets. His 12-year apprenticeship focused on the study of light and shading, highlighting and the using different brushes for different effect.

During this time, he also studied with Frank Mason at The Arts League in New York City, where he learned the style of Rembrandt, utilizing the old masters method to fine tune his own paintings and combined various styles to create his own. Mazza later studied at San Mateo College in California and the Wooster School in Danbury.

He has shown his work at the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, the Mark Twain Library in Redding, the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Richter Art Association in Danbury and Art & Frame in Danbury.

“I mainly use Belgian linen canvas and oil paints. I enjoy working with these materials because they last longer and they create a different effect in the painting that mirrors the classical paintings of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Cezzanne,” said Mazza.

The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Rockwell Art and Framing of Ridgefield, located at located at 470 Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

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