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Current Exhibition at the Gallery at Still River Editions

LOCALworks
Group exhibition
January 9 - March 25, 2015
Opening reception Saturday January 9, 2 pm - 4 pm (snow date Saturday, January 16, 2 pm - 4 pm)

Katie Bassett, Paul R. Berger, Karen Bonanno, Shona Curtis, Chris Durante, David Haislip, Jim Felice, Stacey Kolbig, Karin Mansberg, Vito Pasquale, Alegrobot, Lori Robeau, Elyse Shapiro, Dayna Wenzel

Paul R. Berger "After the Rain" © Paul R. Berger; "Time Unfurled" © Lori Robeau

Our winter exhibition features artists from the Greater Danbury area. The exhibition is a break from our usual mission of exhibiting primarily prints, as it includes some original artwork in a variety of media on an open theme as well as prints and photographs.

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Katie Bassett
Bethel, CT

Artist Statement 
My training in traditional sculpture and graphic design has led to a non-traditional approach in installation, process based work. I utilize a large range of domestic materials to represent fragments of my existence as an artist and a woman. I primarily focus on expressing emotions abstractly through material based explorations. I’m interested in constructing, being so involved with the work that it becomes a true extension of myself. My work is a reflection on my relationship to others, observations and significant life experiences. A consistent theme is the expression of building, destroying and rebuilding; an acknowledgment of the vulnerability and breaking down in life shadowed by a naive hope for the rebuild."

Biography
Katie Bassett has specialized in conservation, curating and exhibiting for the past 13 years. Bassett has a BFA in Sculpture, BA in Graphic Design and a MFA in Mixed Media Painting. She has also received many prestigious art scholarship and residencies including a full scholarship to Chautauqua’s Artist Residency in 2012.

Paul R. Berger
Newtown, CT

Paul was born and raised in Louisville, KY.  Growing up in a family that had several cameras for him to experiment with, Paul can recount early experiences with his parents’ Kodak instamatic cameras with the easy load cartridges and the flash cubes, and his own inexpensive Polaroid camera.   Later he discovered his brother’s Mamiya range finder camera.  About the time he graduated from High School he had purchased a Canon FTb 35mm camera of his own.  
Paul attended Emory University in Atlanta where he was able to take photography courses and learn B & W darkroom and printing techniques.  Atlanta also offered a wide variety of photo opportunities including street photography, architecture, live concerts, and landscapes for Paul to broaden his experience. At that time he won first place in an Atlanta Journal and Constitution photo competition.

With a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications from Fairfield University, Paul pursued professional opportunities that also drew on his writing and editorial skills.   He’s been in business communications for over 25 years, creating and managing both written and visual media.  As former Director of Marketing Communications for Philips Medical Systems, and now with his own communications business, Paul has written, edited, and art directed newsletters and publications, reviewed photographers’ portfolios, directed photo and video shoots, handled media relations and overseen numerous visual and print campaigns. 

While Paul’s interest in photography never diminished, his purchase of a Pentax 6 x 7 medium format camera some years ago sparked a renewed interest in showing more of his work.  His photographs, all shot with film, have appeared in a variety of juried shows and solo venues in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.  A number of his pieces are also in private collections throughout the region.

Paul lives in Newtown, CT with his wife.

Karen Bonanno
Woodbury, CT

Biography
Karen Bonanno (New York, 1968) is a contemporary figurative artist living and working in Connecticut. Working predominantly in oils, her paintings, mostly figures and landscapes, are invented images based on memory and/or sketches.

She received her B.A. in Fine Art from Western Connecticut State University and completed a residency at Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited in group and solo shows in New York and Connecticut, including Prince Street Gallery in NYC and WAA in Washington, CT.

Shona Curtis
New Preston, CT

Artist Statement
I approach photography in the same way I approach life – with an insatiable curiosity towards the complexity of the human condition. I enjoy exploring the dynamic interplay and gradations between seemingly incongruent concepts – strength & vulnerability, intimacy & isolation, illusion & reality. I am also drawn to the feelings associated with longing, dreams, impermanence, death & rebirth. With my camera I can explore these concepts from the position of an objective observer. In my recent portrait work, I am exploring many of these concepts in a more intimate and vulnerable way as a participant-observer.

Chris Durante
Redding, CT

Artist Statement
The inability to couple a thought with a sustained and focused action can be an asset if one can be patient and accept that condition as temporary. Let the mind wander and the hand fiddle. Attention is a slippery proposition. The unison of idea and craft will come, eventually. When it does it is important to seize that little bastard by the scruff of its neck and work the living @^$#% out of it. Thus transforming that period of seeming inactivity into material, tangible evidence of an existence. There is no down time. I have found that keeping this notion in mind is challenging yet essential. Couple that with a good pair of Italian shoes and you’ve got something.
Rock on. - Chris Durante, June 2010

Biography
I was born in The Bronx under the watchful gaze of the Eisenhower administration, it was summer and the Yankees were in first place.  Somehow I have managed to make it through to the current debacle. During this time I have attended school, watched a lot of television, gained and lost about a thousand pounds, made and spent money, fallen in and out of love, suffered through George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin and A-Rod, made a lot of drawings (some of which reside at addresses far more tony than mine), been witness to miracles large and small, broken bread with scoundrels and sages (often at the same meal), seen walk-off home runs and ninth inning strike outs, met and fell in love with the woman who is my wife, started a business, taught, read too many books, eaten too many pastrami sandwiches and not enough broccoli rabe,  said yes when no would have been better and vice versa, etc… all my experience and education has led me to one immutable truth, life is a coin flip-one side you get to buy candy, the other you have to pay the dentist.

Seriously, I graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 1981 with a bachelors in Graphic design. Three years of evening extension classes at SVA in New York helped me make the transition from commercial to fine art. Since 1981 I have operated my own Framing/Art Handling business in Danbury. My clients include The Aldrich Museum, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, The State of Connecticut Prison Arts Program and many local and international artists. I have been teaching Drawing at Norwalk Community College since 2001. I also work with The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum as a preparator, framer, educator and some time lender and sponsor. The hard fact of having to put food on ones table has made me see the wisdom of coupling one's artistic endeavors with a sense of business. - Chris Durante, January 2016

Jim Felice
Danbury, CT

Biography
Jim Felice is a painter and sculptor.  He has exhibited throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties in solo and group exhibitions including: Kouros Gallery and Sculpture Center, (Ridgefield, Ct.), A-Space Gallery, (West Haven Ct.), Scott and Bowne, (Kent Ct.), The Bartlett Arboretum, (Stamford Ct), The Time Warner Building (NYC), The Stamford Museum and Nature Center (Stamford, CT), Zoe and Floyd Gallery (Seymour, CT), The Sculpture Barn (New Fairfield, CT), Silvermine Guild Gallery, (New Canaan, Ct), Hiram Halle Memorial Library (Pound Ridge, NY), The Gallery at Onatru (South Salem, NY), Northern Westchester Center for the Arts (Mt. Kisco, NY), and Colby College (Waterville, ME).

Jim is the recipient of numerous awards including “Award of Excellence in Sculpture” at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts (2000). He also won “Best in Sculpture” (1991), “2nd Prize in Sculpture” (1993) and “2nd Prize in Painting” (1994) all from juried exhibitions at the Stamford Art Association.

Jim's craftsmanship and specialization in paint application has won him many restoration commissions by galleries, estates and collectors. He has restored sculpture by Alexander Calder, Anthony Caro, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Liberman, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Kenny Scharf, and Joel Shapiro among others.

David Haislip
Danbury, CT

Biography
David Haislip is a photographer and multi-media artist from Danbury, CT. He has an extensive fine arts background, and was a luthier for many years. His interest in cartography informs his work, and he considers himself a free-floating apex.

Stacey Kolbig
New Fairfield, CT

Artist statement
Stacey Kolbig allows for the play of visual information as it changes form. Her practice is designed to function as a feedback cycle responsible for tracking its own production. Disciplines collapse into and onto each other as each work assumes the role of source and subject for its successor. Work accumulates as independent and individualized forms dependent upon each other as the process continues as question; will the whole prove greater than the sum of its parts? 

Biography
Stacey Kolbig is an artist and educator based in New Fairfield, Connecticut. 

Karin Mansberg
Bethel, CT

Biography
Karin Mansberg was born in Estonia. She earned the MFA in Illustration from the Western Connecticut State University in 2013. She has studied Art History and Criticism in the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn, Estonia (1996-99). During her studies in the WCSU, Karin also learned printmaking, a medium she continues to explore in her work as an illustrator. Her work has been exhibited in various group and juried shows in Connecticut, New York City, and in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her artwork is in private collections in USA, Estonia, and England.

Vito Pasquale
Mount Kisco, NY

Vito Pasquale lives in Mount Kisco, NY with his wife and two sons.

Alegrobot
Milford, CT

Biography
Alegrobot is a mixed media artist known particularly for creations with a curious and almost witty undertone. Harnessing inspiration from an infinite combination of materials and processes, each piece discloses an individual card from the rolodex of personal attachments. Pulling parts from inventory, fusing them together and then refining them results to a machine-made feel while still leaving that human touch intact.

Lori Robeau
Torrington, CT

Biography
Lori Robeau is an interdisciplinary artist who explores ideas about subjectivity and the disjointed relationship between human kind and the natural world. Her work has been acquired by numerous private collectors and has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout the Northeast including Blue Mountain Gallery, The Duxbury Art Complex Museum, The Warwick Art Museum, The Slater Memorial Museum and The Pearl Street Gallery. She holds a MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently works as the Visual Arts Assistant at Western Connecticut State University.

Elyse Shapiro
Bethel, CT

Biography
Elyse Shapiro has been a photojournalist, event and corporate photographer and photography teacher for more than 30 years. In addition to being Chief Photographer at Brooks Newspapers, Elyse's photojournalism career has included work for the New York Times, USA Today, Weekly World News, American Photographer, and others. Her teaching experience has included positions at Photographics Workshop in New Canaan CT and Norwalk Community College.  Currently, she teaches at the Silvermine Guild of Art, New Canaan and Western Connecticut State University, Danbury CT., where she teaches a variety of photography classes. She studied at the Arts Student League in NYC and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Elyse has a BA in Art History from the University of Bridgeport, CT.
Her own work has been exhibited widely, including:
 'Nighttime in New York' at the NY Cultural Center,
'Revisions' and “Environmentality” Art & Ecology The Carriage Barn, New Canaan CT.  
WCSU Higgins Gallery:  “Creativity & Compassion 2014 &
Faculty Exhibition 2015
New Pond Farm Curated THROUGHOUT THE SEASONS 1st annual photography show
UCONN Stamford Art Gallery
“Missing Links” - The Gallery at the Institute Library, New Haven, CT.
Faculty shows at the Silvermine Guild 1997-present

Dayna Wenzel
Danbury, CT

Artist Statement
The infinite mysteries of nature, with their contrasts between pure simplicity and deep complexity, are a constant source of Dayna’s inspiration.  Often combining "nature made" with "human made" objects, she strives to transform both into fresh, thought provoking and emotionally stimulating experiences for the viewer. Her belief in the importance of recycling and the offensiveness of encroaching consumerism are reflected in scavenging found objects.

Dayna seeks to elevate individual components beyond the mundane routines of everyday life while respecting, honoring and sharing the rich bounty of the items provided by nature. Her fascination of nature’s shapes, colors and textures, combined with society’s castoffs, form the base of interpreting their unique messages into three dimensional creations. 

Her inherent curiosity leads her to utilize diverse, non-traditional, and unexpected materials. Fiber, wasp nests, barbed wire, and found objects are examples of items that are often utilized as a means to communicate a wide range of emotions and tactile sensations.

Biography
Dayna was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in her father’s professional art studio, often assisting with his various commissions.  Her family spent many hours outdoors at the nearby beaches, mountains and deserts which developed Dayna’s deep connection to nature at a very early age. She studied art at Cal State and later lived in Paris for 5 years. Now based in Danbury, Connecticut, Dayna cherishes the bounty of each season and all that nature constantly provides for her artistic stimulation.

About the Gallery at Still River Editions

The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area.

The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.

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Jan. 9 - Mar. 25 2016
"LOCALworks"
group exhibition


Apr. 2 - May 27
"Off Peak" Photographs by Phyllis Crowley


Oct. 10 - Dec. 18, 2015 "New York Diptychs: I & II"
Photographs by Robert Kalman


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