Our amazing eyes (and brain) - seeing colors


The eyes (and brain) make complicated calculations millions of times per second. One of these is the perception of colors. Unless you have protanopia (color blindness) we all see colors slightly different. This can change throughout the duration of a day many times. Fatigue, bright light, low light, looking at a certain color object for a length of time, computer/smartphone use, and so on are factors.

But when we look at something under different light, like daylight (5000K) vs tungsten (2700K), our brain “auto corrects” to a somewhat neutral compromise. This can be good or bad.

When looking at color prints under different color temperature lighting, certain colors in a print may look slightly different. Our eyes can only do so much to compensate, sort of a general compensation.

To the left is a photo showing the same object (M&Ms on a plate) under different color temperature lighting. Your eyes, if you were looking at each separately, would do it’s calculation to make things look “normal”. But it’s also possible the red M&Ms will look quite different.

Food for thought.

"A Life in Balance: Caroline Harman" at Washington Art Association

© Caroline Harman

© Caroline Harman

Caroline Harman’s solo exhibition “A Life in Balance” opens at Washington Art Association on Saturday, July 13, 2019. The exhibition runs through August 24. The exhibition features recent paintings and works on paper/mylar. In addition, Harman is making available prints of her work made by Master Printmaker Mark Savoia of Still River Editions.

From her artist statement on the WAA website: “Nature speaks in patterns, and I have worked to perfect a language of color and geometry that can respond to the boundless stimuli and increasing instability all around us. Through art, I try to explore how living organisms, and the complex systems within which they exist, adapt to random events and adverse conditions. An optimist by nature, my earlier work was devoted to the ideal of resiliency and the hope of survival. Lately, however, the paintings and drawings are leading me in a new direction – one that is less ordered and stable, tilting toward a tipping point that feels more imminent with each passing day.”

Washington Art Association is located at 4 Bryan Memorial Plaza, Washington Depot Connecticut. Open Tues. - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 10 am - 2 pm.

"Vietnam: The Real War, Photographs from the Associated Press" at Huntsville Museum of Art

U.S. Marines move through a landing zone, December 1969 (©AP Photo)

U.S. Marines move through a landing zone, December 1969 (©AP Photo)

The exhibition “Vietnam: The Real War, Photographs from the Associated Press” is on view at the Grisham Gallery at Huntsville Museum of Art from June 9 through October 6, 2019. There is a ticketed presentation and preview reception on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Still River Editions’ Master Printmaker Mark Savoia printed the exhibition.

From the museum’s website: “To cover the Vietnam War, The Associated Press gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the greatest photographic legacies of the 20th century. This collection tells the story of a divisive war that left a deep and lasting impression on American life.

From Malcolm Browne’s photograph of the burning monk and Nick Ut’s picture of a 9-year-old running from a napalm attack to Eddie Adams’ photograph of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner, Vietnam: The Real War contains images that both recorded and changed history.

This exhibition was organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art and The Associated Press.”

The museum is located at 300 Church St. South, Huntsville, AL.

Gallery installation photos courtesy of Huntsville Museum of Art. Click through to view other images.

The Lost Negatives of Michael Friedman at Bedford Square Open House, Westport

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Friedman Gallery Pop-Up in Westport invites visitors to Bedford Square Open House on Thursday, May 9 from 6 pm - 8 pm. There will also be an opening for John Paul O’Grodnick’s work at Newton Roux Gallery, Savannah Bee Company will be featuring ceramic artist Rachel Press, and there will be music by Caravan on Church Lane in Westport.

Friedman was an avid photographer when he worked in the music business in the 60’s and 70’s as a manager and producer.   He had the opportunity to befriend, work with, and photograph, legendary musical artists including Janis Joplin, The Band, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, James Cotton, Todd Rundgren & the Rolling Stones. Lost in storage, the negatives for these incredible photos of legendary musicians were discovered in Michael Friedman’s attic this past year. 

Mark Savoia, Master Printmaker and co-owner of Still River Editions, is the printer of Michael Friedman’s photographs.


Frances Ashforth in "Time and Place" at Flinn Gallery

© Frances Ashforth, "Blue Line 1", Unique waterbase monotype, 22" x 22", 2017

© Frances Ashforth, "Blue Line 1", Unique waterbase monotype, 22" x 22", 2017

Monoprints by Frances Ashforth are featured in the exhibition “Time and Place: Works on Paper” at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut from May 9 - June 19, 2019. Other artists included in the group exhibition are Lori Glavin, Justin Kim and Shona Macdonald. The exhibition was curated by Fereshteh Priou and Ruth Sutcliffe. Frances Ashforth and Lori Glavin will be giving an artist talk on Sunday, June 2 at 2 pm, and Justin Kim and Shona MacDonald will be giving an artist talk on Sunday, June 9th at 2 pm.

There is an opening reception on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 6 pm - 8 pm. Flinn Gallery is located at the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., 2nd Floor, Greenwich, Connecticut.

SCAN - 49th Annual Juried Show at Art & Frame

A previous SCAN exhibition © SCAN

A previous SCAN exhibition © SCAN

The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will present its 49th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale at Art & Frame, 77 Main Street (Rt. 25), in Newtown from Saturday, May 4th—18th. Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 5-7PM, with the Awards Presentation taking place at 6 PM. The public is invited to the reception, as well as the exhibition. Light refreshments will be served during the reception

Jurors for selection and awards are nationally known artists Bivenne Harvey Staiger, Peter Seltzer, and Susan Grisell. The annual Larry Newquist Award for Excellence/Best in Show prize for $600 and numerous other prizes (totaling $2,000) will be given for outstanding work at the show reception,

Hours of the show are Monday—Saturday, from 10AM—6PM. Art & Frame is located at 77 Main St., Newtown, CT.

“2 0 2 0” Exhibition at Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven

Photograph “Stars & Bars” © Paul Berger

Photograph “Stars & Bars” © Paul Berger

The group exhibition “2 0 2 0” takes place at Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, CT from April 25 through May 26, 2019. Among the artists exhibiting are Paul Berger of Newtown, Phyllis Crowley of New Haven, and Catherine Vanaria of New Fairfield who have exhibited at The Gallery at Still River Editions. There is an opening reception on Sunday, April 28 from 3 pm - 6 pm (with a panel discussion on “Dialogue in a Time of Discord” at 3 pm and moderated by Leah Andelsmith of The Arts Paper).

From the gallery website - “2 0 2 0 – What do these numbers call to mind? Impeccable eyesight? Fully knowledgeable hindsight? A prophetic projection of foresight? Or perhaps a particular year in the near future that looms large in the mind's eye? Forty-seven artists respond.” 

Participating artists are: Ana Henriques, Anne Doris-Eisner, Barbara Phoenix, Beef Young, Brit J. Oie, Cathy Vanaria, Dan Gries, Daniel Eugene, David Kuehler, Diane Chandler, Douglas Deveny, Elizabeth Helling, Eric March, Hank Paper, Hilary Opperman, Holly Whiting, Howard Margules, Janet Warner, Jeanne Ciravolo, Jessica Zamachaj, Joan Jacobson-Zamore, Julie Fraenkel, Kate Henderson, Kim Weston, Lisa Toto, Marjorie Wolfe, Mark Battista, Mark St. Mary, Marsha Borden, Marta Machabeli, Martha Savage, Michael Quirk, Molly Gambardella, Nathan Flis, Paul Berger, Penrhyn E. Cook, Phyllis Crowley, Ricardo Dominguez, Robert Bienstock, R.F Wilton, Roy Money, Steven Wade, Tom Edwards, Werner Sun, William Canosa, Yaron Rosner, Zoe Matthiessen

Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue, New Haven in the neighborhood of Westville.

Jim Malloy at Geary Gallery of Darien - "Abstract Expressions"

“Flight of Fancy #3” © Jim Malloy

“Flight of Fancy #3” © Jim Malloy

Jim Malloy of New Fairfield is the featured artist in the exhibition “Abstract Expressions” at Geary Gallery of Darien from May 1 - 31, 2019.

Jim Malloy is a national award-winning author, songwriter and gold record recipient who now expresses his creative ideas with the medium of acrylic paint. His artwork is known for its raw style, vibrant colors and bold, abstract style.

Geary Gallery is located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien, Connecticut.

Spencer Eldridge - "EMPIRE/Terrascapes" exhibition at Pound Ridge Library

“Empire” © Spencer Eldridge

“Empire” © Spencer Eldridge

Spencer Eldridge’s “joyfully apocalyptic” new series “Terrascapes” will be on view in the gallery at The Pound Ridge Library from March 7- April 20th, 2019. The library is located at 271 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge, New York. An opening reception will take place in the gallery from 5-7pm Thursday, March 7th. Free and open to the public. Children are welcome.

From the release: “From the point of view of nature, these paintings depict the detritus left behind by humans in a world overwhelmed and reclaimed by nature. More than anything they imply the times, hurtling toward an impossible future with abandon.”

Jim Malloy in SCAN "Color in Winter" exhibition and more

“Red Rain” © Jim Malloy

“Red Rain” © Jim Malloy

Multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and songwriter Jim Malloy has three paintings being shown in the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) member exhibition “Color in Winter” which runs until March 29, 2019. The exhibition takes place at the Newtown Municipal Building, 3 Primrose St., Newtown, Connecticut. There is an artist’s reception on Wednesday, February 27th from 3 pm - 4:30 pm.

Malloy recently had two paintings accepted into the Ridgefield Guild of Artists “Conversations” member show which runs until February 17, 2019.

In addition, Malloy has three limited edition prints made by Still River Editions being shown at the Barn Gallery in New Fairfield.

WWI Poster Exhibition at The Gallery at Still River Editions: "And They Thought We Couldn't Fight"


“And They Thought We Couldn’t Fight” is an exhibition of World War I Liberty Loan Posters from the private collection of Kenneth T. Dixon on view at The Gallery at Still River Editions from January 7 through March 29, 2019. There will be a free, public reception for the exhibition on Saturday, February 2 from 2 pm – 4 pm (with a snow date on February 9.)

During World War I, one third of the country’s population bought at least one Liberty Bond. The bonds were sold through massive publicity campaigns that appealed to the public’s sense of patriotism through the powerful visual medium of the poster. The lithographic posters show a wide array of illustration styles and bold lettering with slogans meant to stir the public into action to fund the war.

It was the dawning of mass-marketing and sophisticated propaganda. Twenty four billion dollars, two thirds of the war’s cost, was raised by 66 million transactions, in five bond drives that all exceeded projections.

Kenneth T. Dixon, who is a nationally recognized columnist for the Hearst Connecticut Media Group, began his collection as a child when he was given a gift of the poster from which the exhibit takes his name. He continued collecting posters as an adult after finding a trove in a bookstore near the State Capitol, where he was working as a reporter.

“I didn’t plan on collecting these, but I couldn’t let them go when I saw them,” says Dixon. “And the next thing you know, I had eighteen of them. Back in 1997, the centennial of The Great War was still 20 years away.”

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the last of the war bond drives, the Victory Liberty Loan.

There are fifteen posters from Dixon’s collection on view.

Friedman Gallery Winter 2018 Pop-up

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Friedman Gallery has a pop-up location featuring the photographs of Michael Friedman “The Lost Rock & Roll Negatives” and Larry Silver “Connecticut Photographs”. The pop-up is located at The Brick Walk, 1275 Post Rd., Fairfield, Connecticut. There is an opening reception on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 5 pm - 8 pm. Regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday 12-5 and by chance or appointment. Phone number 203-247-6869.

Michael Friedman’s photographs chronicle a time in his life when he was working in the music industry. The negatives had been lost for almost 50 years. This is a preview of an exhibition that will be at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in the Fall of 2019. They feature artists like Janis Joplin, The Band, Todd Rundgren, Paul Butterfield, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, and The Rolling Stones. Friedman’s archival black and white prints are made by master printmaker Mark Savoia of Still River Editions.

Westport photographer Larry Silver’s work is in the collections of museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Whitney Museum. Most of the photographs presented in this exhibition were taken in the 1970’s and 1980’s in Westport, Fairfield, Southport and Black Rock.

"Toy Boat" at Artspace New Haven

“Salvaged #3” © Catherine Vanaria

“Salvaged #3” © Catherine Vanaria

Catherine Vanaria, of Still River Editions, is featured in the group exhibition “Toy Boat” curated by Sarah Fritchey from the Artspace New Haven flat file. The exhibition runs from November 30, 2018 through March 2, 2019 with an opening reception on Friday, November 30 from 5 pm - 8 pm.

Catherine Vanaria is a photographer, master black and white printmaker, co-owner of Still River Editions. She is also Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Western Connecticut State University.

The other artists in the exhibition are Lexi Axon, Cynthia Back, Marion Belanger, Marc Burns, Jessica Cannon, Claudia Cron, Roxanne Faber Savage, Julian Gilbert-Davis, Nina Jordan, Sun Kwak, Elizabeth Livingston, Shanna Merola, Sam Messer, Jeff Slomba, Joseph Smolinski.

From the promotional materials:
“Life on the sea has captivated the collective consciousness of land dwellers—we go there to seek freedom, respite, peace and thrill, to unplug, practice mindfulness and drift into memories of childhood.  Yet the water has always been a highly sought after and contested territory, a site of violence, failed experimentation, economic competition, and the unknown.  This exhibition pulls from the Artspace Flatfile to explore how artists address these dualities today, constituting a show full of trips, which play out like a deliberately difficult tongue twister.”

Also happening at Artspace concurrently, the exhibition “In Plain Sight/Site,” curated by Niama Safia Sandy, with artists Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, Kimberly Becoat, Coleman Collins, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Deborah Jack, Nate Lerner, James Montford, Tajh Rust, Tariku Shiferaw, and Maya Vivas.

Artspace New Haven is located at 50 Orange St., New Haven, CT.

3DreamsArt launches online store of digital fine art prints

“Imagine” © 3 Dreams Creative Enterprises

“Imagine” © 3 Dreams Creative Enterprises

3DreamsArt has launched an online store of limited edition prints on Etsy. The prints are made from paintings by artist Jim Malloy of 3 Dreams Creative, with titles inspired by popular songs.

The prints are made by master printmaker Mark Savoia of Still River Editions.

From November 20 - November 30, 2018, four of the art prints ("Imagine," "Move Like Jagger," "Hotel California" and "Layla" ) will be discounted 30% for Etsy’s Cyber Sale with free shipping.

ASAP! Presents A Celebration of Young Photographers


Still River Editions is a proud print sponsor of ASAP!’s Celebration of Young Photographers. The photo exhibition features the theme ”Possibilities are Boundless,” and takes place on Sunday, November 4, from 2 pm - 4 pm at Bryan Memorial Town Hall, Washington Depot, CT. Entrance is free.

ASAP! is a Connecticut creative arts organization that fosters arts and theater learning opportunities for over 8,000 children a year from diverse economic and social backgrounds.

From their website: “Join us for a unique exhibit of images by talented young photographers from across our region of Connecticut. A panel of renowned photographers and collectors will jury photographs submitted by students in grades 6-12, each expressing a unique interpretation celebrating this year’s theme, Possibilities are Boundless. Following the exhibit will be a presentation celebrating our selected top young photographers. Enjoy a glass of wine and delicious local hors d’oeuvres while appreciating the work of our talented artists.

The Bryan Memorial Town Hall is located at 2 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington, Connecticut.

Art for ALZ at The Carriage Barn


The Carriage Barn Art Center is hosting an art exhibition “Art for ALZ” to benefit the CT chapter of Alzheimer’s Association from October 26 through November 3, 2018. Over 40 artists are exhibiting including clients Lisa Berger, Paul Berger, and June Eichbaum.

The opening reception is Friday, October 26 from 5 pm - 8 pm.

The Carriage Barn Arts Center is the home of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, and is located at 681 South Ave., New Canaan, CT 06840.

Jim Felice at City Wide Open Studios, Alternative Space Weekend


Jim Felice has created an installation for City Wide Open Studios Alternative Space Weekend, which takes place October 26-28 from noon - 6 pm each day on the Yale West Campus, 410 Campus Drive, Orange, CT.

Felice says, “The installation I am presenting at CWOS is a concept that presents social commentary on the horrendous events that have been going on at our border separating children from their parents.”

A companion piece is on exhibit at Artspace New Haven for the duration of October.

Exhibitions by Edith Borax-Morrison and Hank Paper at Kehler Liddell Gallery


Edith Borax-Morrison, who is a client of Still River Editions, will be featured in a solo exhibition, “Celebration” at Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, from October 18 through November 18, 2018. Also featured in a simultaneous solo exhibition is Hank Paper. There is an opening reception for both exhibitions on Sunday, November 4, from 2 pm - 6 pm with artist talks at 2 pm.

Morrison’s exhibition “presents a series of small pen and ink drawings drawn over the last 12 months that were inspired by a grid of 30 rectangles holding her 30-day supply of medications. The drawings reflect the personal life change and reduced stress that occurred when she recently moved into an assisted living facility in Orange, CT. The intricate interwoven lines, circles and marks in her abstract drawings speak to the very nature of the artist: consistent, compulsive, with meticulous attention to detail.” 

Hank Paper’s exhibition is titled “Surprise Encounters.” Of his work, Paper says: ‘Shooting around the world, I try to capture images that alter our awareness, puncture pretension and mine irony from surface appearances. My images lodge in the hidden, interstices of perception – what people look at, yet don’t see.”

Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut.