"Shelf Life" at The Institute Library

 © Catherine Vanaria

© Catherine Vanaria

Catherine Vanaria, Associate Professor of Art at Western Connecticut State University and co-owner of Still River Editions, is one of the artists featured in the exhibition “Shelf Life” at The Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven, CT from September 29 through December 29, 2018. There is an opening reception on Saturday, September 29 from 4 pm - 6 pm with an artist talk at 5 pm.

From their online materials: “Our fall show: Shelf Life, featur[es] books from the Institute Library biography collection and art about historic individuals, in all forms - portraits, self- portraits, and more. Artists briefly speak about their work half way through at 5pm. Artists include Adger Cowans, Mary Dwyer, Patricia Fabricant, John T. Hilland Tom Strong, Thomas Mezzanotte, Aly Maderson Quinlog, Allan Rubin, Tina Sarno, Jean Scott, Catherine Vanaria, and Brenda Zlamany with historic biographies from the Institute Library's collection.”

The exhibit was curated by Martha Willette Lewis.

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Professional Photography Organization Discount on Giclee Printing and Scanning

Do you belong to one of these professional organizations? If so, you can now receive a 10% discount on fine art digital inkjet (giclée) printing and scanning from Still River Editions. 

    NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals)
    ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)
    NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association)
    NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers)
IBWPA (International Black and White Photography Association)

Just give your member ID # along with your order, and as long as you keep your membership in good standing, you will receive the discount on printing and scanning (mounting, creative services, and shipping are not included). The discount doesn't combine with others, and if another higher discount applies, the higher one will be taken.

Forty Years of Prints

It was 1978, Boston, standing in a darkroom in Kendall Square, watching a print processing tube go around and around, waiting for the next step to dump and refill. That was forty years ago, and I am still making photographs/prints. Who ever thought that would be my destiny?

I went to school to be a professional photographer and ended up on the other end of the gun, getting paid to print. Brown finger tips, who-knows-what inhaled, lack of sunshine. But the bright part is it let me meet my best friend and wife, sharing pressurized air over a light box. And how many images have I seen printing, processing, mounting slides (my estimate, well over two million frames), trimming, and packing? It's like I lived every other photographer's life. But I enjoy it, and that is what life is supposed to be, to do what you like.

I never knew that in 1964, glued to my father’s side in his hobby basement darkroom, truly amazed at the magic of an image popping up in a tray of smelly chemicals, that I would continue doing it. Thanks dad for forty years of printing…so far.

Mark

Shelby Lee Adams' color photographs in The Book of Life

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© Shelby Lee Adams

The Book of Life (Steidl, 2018) presents Shelby Lee Adams' color photographs of four generations of the Appalachian people. Adams began photographing the inhabitations of the rural Appalachian mountain range in 1974, using black-and-white film and Polaroid materials. In time he also worked with color Kodachrome film, invariably returning to the Eastern Kentucky region where he was born. By 2010 Adams was photographing exclusively in digital color, and this book marks the first time he is sharing his color work.

Adams has consistently focused on the valleys and homes of Kentucky families, relatives and neighbors in a predominantly seven-county region. He has often revisited individuals and families many times over decades, distributing his photos and books while creating new pictures. This personal approach has led to the creation of genuine and deep relationships between photographer and subject, in which the subject is often involved in unusually creative ways, verbalizing the emotions they would like to express during the shoot, and where and how they would like to be depicted.

Born in Kentucky in 1950, Shelby Lee Adams attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where he encountered the photographs of the Farm Security Administration; these inspired him to take photos of the people of Appalachia, an ongoing project that has shaped his life’s work. Adams’ awards include a survey grant and fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1978, 1992), grants from the Polaroid Corporation (1989–92) and the John Simon Guggenheim Photography Fellowship (2010). His work is held in collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland. Adams exhibits and teaches internationally, and is currently developing his archive with the Center of Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.

"WaterScapes" by Elisabeth J Levy at the Mercy Center

 "Ripples" © Elisabeth J. Levy

"Ripples" © Elisabeth J. Levy

Madison’s Mercy by the Sea Retreat & Conference Center will be hosting Bethel artist Elisabeth J Levy’s photography exhibit WaterScapes from July 11-August 15, 2018.

The opening reception will be on July 15 from 2-4pm at the Mary C. Daly, RSM Gallery on the premises at 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT. The reception is free and open to the public.

From the press release: "WaterScapes is the latest effort of Fairfield County based Photographic Artist Elisabeth J Levy who is known for her luminous yet intimate images of the natural world, as well as her original Zen & The Art of Seeing Photography & Mindfulness Workshop series. The WaterScapes exhibit is divided into three distinct parts that each honor water in a unique way. The Sound Beauty collection was shot entirely along the Connecticut Shoreline, spanning three seasons including a fortuitous January thaw and according to the artist is a tribute to the magic of the Long Island Sound. The Ripples series – a more abstract approach and a distinct departure in style from the more conventional landscapes Levy is known for – captures the shapes, colors, patterns, and textures of a 'beloved freshwater swimming quarry' in her Bethel, CT hometown.

The third portion of WaterScapes titled Water Dance is Levy’s first foray into Video Montage. She explains, “since it is the movement of water that creates most of its rapture I felt that to most accurately reflect its enthralling spell I had to use moving images.” Water Dancecontains footage captured in a diverse collection of locations and according to Levy was created 'to inspire and soothe the soul.'"

"USA '68: Disorders and Dreams" presented by Foundation MAST, collaboration with Monroe Gallery

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Monroe Gallery of Photography's photojournalism exhibition "1968: It Was 50 Years Ago Today" has been renamed "USA '68: Disorders and Dreams" and is now on view in Bologna, Italy at Foundation MAST through September 30, 2018.

Among the photographs on view are several by Life Magazine photographer Bill Eppridge, that were printed by Master Printmaker Mark Savoia of Still River Editions. 

Read more about the exhibition and view some images at Xibt Magazine

MAST Gallery is located at Via Speranza, 42, 40133 Bologna BO, Italy.

 

Hahnemühle Bamboo paper comes to Still River Editions

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Still River Editions is pleased to announce a new paper to our lineup, Hahnemühle Bamboo. Made from 90% sustainable bamboo fibers in combination with 10% cotton. This combination produces a natural white (slightly cream) with no optical brighteners, lightly textured felt surface at 290 gsm weight paper. If you like Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, this is its "warmer" cousin.

So stop by to see some samples or request one at "FREE PAPER SAMPLES"

Dayna Wenzel in three summer exhibitions

Danbury artist Dayna Wenzel's sculpture is featured in three exhibitions in June/July 2018. Wenzel often combines natural materials - nests, hives, wood, and animal remains - with human-made objects, rendering metaphors for the viewer to contemplate. Wenzel has a special affinity for the insects who are often contributors to her work. She often disassembles and re-assembles hives, highlighting  and emphasizing their texture and geometry.

Wenzel has previously exhibited at The Gallery at Still River Editions. 

 "Inner Sanctum" © Dayna Wenzel

"Inner Sanctum" © Dayna Wenzel

1. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah NY. "Signal" exhibition. Opening Reception: Sat June 30, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. This diverse show features artists from the tri-state area, juried by Lumi Tan, curator at The Kitchens in NYC. The opening party features live local music, food, and juror's awards. The show continues to July 29. Wenzel's mixed media work "Inner Sanctum" constructed of recycled wasp nest paper is included in this group show. For advance tickets to the opening ($10, or free if you are a member), and other information: www.katonahmuseum.org

2. Tivoli Artists Gallery, 60 County Rd 78, Tivoli, NY. "Let's Mix It Up".  This collaboration and mixed media show runs June 29 - July 22, 2018. The free opening reception is Sat June 30, 6:00 - 8:00pm. A free artist talk and closing party is Sunday July 22, 3:00 - 5:00pm. Wenzel was invited to participate in this small group show by New York artist and exhibit co-curator Pamela Tucker. Dayna's "Cosmos Series" of four ceiling-hung mixed media works will be featured. 

3. The Eric Sloane Museum, 31 Kent Cornwall Rd., Kent, CT. "Noah Blake and his Wonderful Cabin". June 29 - July 13. This show is inspired by Eric Sloane's book Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake, 1805. Eric Sloane (1905 - 1985) was a prolific painter and writer who captured the spirit of early American life. His many books contain illustrations of early American tools, many of which are on display in the richly curated collection in the museum. Wenzel has recreated two works based on Sloane's illustrations of a "bottle window" and a "rick vane". Both utilize recycled antique barn wood and primitive wood working techniques. The artists's reception is July 4, 11:00am - 1:00pm. A bell ringing and reading of the Declaration of Independence will commence at 2:00pm. Many other events are scheduled, such as hewing and shingle making, and tool box building. 

Join us in Danbury for Open House Day on June 9, 2018

 "Bouquet" © Nancy Lasar

"Bouquet" © Nancy Lasar

The Gallery at Still River Editions will be among the venues across the state participating in Connecticut's annual Open House Day. Three other Danbury organizations will be opening their doors to the public for free events--The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, Workspace Collective (which shares an address with the Cultural Alliance), and Art & Frame of Danbury.

The Gallery at Still River Editions will be hosting the opening reception for Nancy Lasar's solo exhibition "Flux and Flow: Unique Techniques and Collaborations" from 2 pm - 4 pm, with art, light refreshments, and conversation. Lasar's gorgeous, often large-scale work combines techniques and methods in surprising ways, always populated by her lively lines which dance form joyfully into being.

As a bonus, Still River Editions is offering a 10% off digital printing services coupon for visitors that day to use on their next (or first) digital printing order. 

All four venues are within a short drive of each other, and there are numerous excellent food and beverage options around Danbury and Bethel we'd love to recommend if you'd like to take a breather in between things. 


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The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut and Workspace Collective will be open at 287 Main St. from 11 am - 6 pm, and will have light refreshments. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's gallery will be open with the exhibit "Faces: Works by Larry Morse." The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is a non-profit arts organization, community resource, and gallery right in the heart of Downtown Danbury and serving the Greater Danbury area. 


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Workspace Collective is a small-maker boutique, retail co-op, workshop studio and handmade gift store that occupies the same storefront as CAWC. Their offerings include designer apparel, accessories, body care, and home goods. 


Art & Frame of Danbury at 60 Newtown Rd., Danbury (in the same shopping plaza as Chamomille) will be hosting the opening for the group exhibit "Abstracted Thoughts" from 5 pm - 7 pm, which will feature music by the ukulele swing group Edukated Fleas. Art & Frame's openings feature excellent, homemade munchies.

Mark Savoia, Catherine Vanaria, and Lys Guillorn of Still River Editions all have pieces in the exhibition, along with many other members of the local arts community. 

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Also local things of interest not officially participating in Open House Day (paid, ticketed admission applies)

The Danbury Museum and Historical Society - 43 Main St., Danbury

The Danbury Railway Museum's Antique Car Show - 120 White St., Danbury


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For more information on events and offers in each municipality please go to the Open House Day page on ctvisit.com.

S.M. Dyer exhibiting at First Bank of Greenwich, Cos Cob

 "Bluewest" © S.M. Dyer

"Bluewest" © S.M. Dyer

Photographer S.M. Dyer is exhibiting in a solo show at The First Bank of Greenwich, Cos Cob Main Branch opening with a reception on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 5 pm - 7 pm. 

From her artist's statement: "Intrigued with shapes and undisclosed forms, S.M. Dyer investigates using the ephemeral nature of nature, the spirit that is buried within. Using available light, she explores her subject through a variety of methods, motion and actions, honing in on its essence, but also exposing a critical comment on the relationship humanity shares with our environment."

First Bank of Greenwich is located at 444 East Putnam Avenue, Cos Cob, CT. 

WCSU Department of Art 2018 BA Senior Portfolio Exhibition

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Twenty-eight Western Connecticut State University undergraduate art majors who are candidates this year for the Bachelor of Arts degree will present their works in the Senior Portfolio Exhibition running from April 19 through May 6, 2018, in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the gallery. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited. The gallery will be open for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The WCSU Department of Art presents the Senior Portfolio Exhibition each spring as a capstone experience for students pursuing the B.A. in Art in one of four areas of concentration: graphic design, illustration, photography and studio art in painting. This year’s exhibition will feature nine art majors with a concentration in graphic design, 10 in illustration, seven in photography, and two in studio art in painting. The following 2018 B.A. in Art candidates will show selected works:

Graphic Design seniors: Lazaro Alvarado, of Westport; Amber Bauer, of Bethel; Victoria Bogosian, of Bethlehem; Matthew Bulan, of Monroe; Ruby Cantoni, of Thomaston; Kayla-Ashley Connolly, of Woodbridge; Jessica Leslie, of West Cornwall; Adriana Reis, of Monroe; and Wing Na Wong, of Danbury.

Illustration seniors: Justina Carneiro, of New Milford; Branden Heap, of Oakville; Jessica La Rock, of Darien; Randy Lagana, of Brookfield; Rhys Morrill, of Danbury; Ryan Provenzano, of Danbury; Rachel Rossier, of Norwich; Matthew Stephen, of New Milford; Alexis Surovy, of Southbury; and Claudasha Weaver, of Danbury.

Photography seniors: Lorenzo Ash, of New Milford; Mary Casey, of Troy, New York; Ashley Dickan, of Katonah, New York; Stephanie Johnson, of Bristol; Patrick Mengler, of Newtown; Andrea Ojeda, of Stamford; and Karina Sorensen, of Oakville.

Studio Art in Painting seniors: Phoebe Hart, of Newtown; and Amanda Megill, of Northford.

A musical celebration of Marian Anderson at the Danbury Museum

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On April 21 at 2 pm, Western Connecticut State University voice students, together with pianist Andrew Gordon, will present a Marian Anderson tribute concert, replicating a concert that she presented in Czechoslovakia in 1931.  The wide range of repertoire will include songs and arias in Italian, English, and Czech, as well as several of her favorite spirituals.

The concert takes place at the Marian Anderson Studio at The Danbury Museum and Historical Society on Saturday, April 21, at 2 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 50 people and is on a

Block printing workshop with Karin Mansberg at Workspace Collective

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Artist Karin Mansberg, who has exhibited at The Gallery at Still River Editions, will be teaching a block printing t-shirt workshop at Workspace Collective in Danbury on Saturday, April 14 from 2 pm - 4 pm. 

Mansberg earned an MFA from Western Connecticut State University after studying Art History and Criticism at the Estonian Acadamy of art in Tailinn, Estonia. Mansberg is an illustrator, and maker of block printed fabric, accessories and cards under the label BLOCKprintedArt.

Workspace Collective is located at 286 Main St., Danbury, CT. Sign up for the workshop, which costs $35, may be found online here

"The Well Worn Path" featuring Erin McAtee at Trailer Box Project

 "Working for the Church of New England" © Erin McAtee

"Working for the Church of New England" © Erin McAtee

The solo exhibition "The Well Worn Path" features the work of artist Erin McAtee at Trailer Box Project in Danbury from April 14 through May 5, 2018. There is an opening reception on Saturday, April 14, from 5 pm - 7 pm. 

McAtee studied art education and printmaking at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She taught art in the Muncie Community Schools and Fishers High School in Indiana. She is currently working with college students as a campus missionary at the Catholic center at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT while continuing her own art practice.

Trailer Box Project is located at 15 Great Pasture Rd., Unit 15, Danbury, CT.

Rock & Roll Legends: The Lost Negatives of Michael Friedman at the California Heritage Museum

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© Michael Friedman

 

Michael Friedman of Weston, Connecticut is featured in a solo photography exhibition at the California Heritage Museum titled "Rock & Roll Legends: The Lost Negatives of Michael Friedman" from April 15 - July 15, 2018.

Lost in storage, the negatives for an incredible collection of photos of legendary musicians were discovered early this year in Michael Friedman’s attic. 

Friedman, a Westport native, 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 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.

The black and white fine art archival digital prints were made by Master Printmaker Mark Savoia of Still River Editions. 

The California Heritage Museum is located at 2612 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm. 

Interview with Michael Friedman in SonicScoop

Final Days: Photographs by Hasna Muhammad opens at the Gallery at Still River Editions

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The solo exhibition "Final Days: Photographs by Hasna Muhammad" opens on Saturday, April 7 at the Gallery at Still River Editions. There is an opening reception from 2 pm - 4 pm. It is free and open to the public. The show runs through June 1. 

Muhammad says of the exhibition in her artist's statement, "FINAL DAYS is a collection of some of the photographs taken during the celebrations of life after the deaths of my parents, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. This collection also includes photographs from the final days of my cousins, Donald L. Miller and Karen Fletcher; my father-friend, Dr. Beny Primm; and my friend, Sara Myers. FINAL DAYS captures some of the personal, ceremonial, and farewell rituals that they wanted for themselves and that we wanted for them."

Hasna Muhammad is a photographer, filmmaker, and writer who uses art to bring light to social and human conditions and to draw attention to the extraordinary in the ordinary. 

She has exhibited at the Still River Editions Gallery in Danbury, CT; the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY; the Bridges Cultural Center in Cleveland, OH; the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA; the New Rochelle Council on the Arts in New Rochelle, NY; and at ArtsWestchester in White Plains, NY.

Muhammad is also an educator who received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She grew up in Westchester County, New York with her parents, actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, her sister Nora Davis Day, and her brother Guy Davis, the traditional blues musician. She currently lives in Putnam County, New York with Wali Ali, the jazz guitar player she married. Together they are parenting 3 adult children.

Many of the prints for the exhibition were made by Master Printmaker Mark Savoia of Still River Editions. 

The Gallery at Still River Editions is located at 128 East Liberty St., Danbury, CT. Regular hours are 8:30 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed Memorial Day. 

Becoming Barbra, new book by Bill Eppridge

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Becoming Barbra, a new book of photographs of Barbra Streisand by Life Magazine photographer Bill Eppridge is set to be published on April 10, 2018 by Rizzoli.  

From amazon.com "Becoming Barbra presents a never-before-seen look at a star in the making by an award-winning photographer with full access.

From the humble beginnings of Barbra Streisand’s career in 1963 to full-fledged stardom in 1966, renowned Life magazine photographer Bill Eppridge had full access to the young singer. He photographed Streisand shopping in a thrift shop; trying on outfits in her apartment; and there’s an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson—then live from New York. Eppridge documented Streisand meeting with producer David Merrick, who wanted her for the starring role in Broadway’s Funny Girl, which catapulted her to celebrity status.

By the time Eppridge caught up with Streisand in 1966, she was a star in full orbit. Funny Girl had just wrapped, CBS had signed her to star in three television specials, five of her albums had gone gold and one platinum, and she had received three Grammys and an Emmy. Eppridge photographed Streisand throughout her CBS rehearsals and recording sessions, then went to Paris where he covered her at fashion shows with Marlene Dietrich and Coco Chanel, and captured a Richard Avedon shoot of her for French Vogue.

Eppridge’s photographs are vivid, candid, and a truly intriguing and unprecedented look at the beginnings of Streisand’s career—an intimate photo album by a master photographer of one of the most talented performers of our time."

Article on the book on PageSix.com

IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Exhibition at Fairfield Museum and History Center

 "Reaching Out" © Cam Gould

"Reaching Out" © Cam Gould

Still River Editions client Cam Gould is among the photographers exhibiting in IMAGES 2018 at Fairfield Museum, juried by John Cusano, Harold Shapiro, and Stephanie Coakley. 

The exhibition runs from March 1 through April 15, 2018 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 1 from 6 pm - 8 pm.

The full list of photographers selected is located on the museum's website using the above link.

The Fairfield Museum is located at 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. 

"Evoke Transformation: Works by Dayna Wenzel and Shona Curtis" at Art & Frame of Danbury

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"Evoke Transformation" is an exhibit of new work by Dayna Wenzel and Shona Curtis that runs from January 20 through March 3, 2018 at Art & Frame of Danbury. There is an opening reception on Saturday, January 27, from 5 pm - 7 pm. 

The exhibit features mixed-media sculpture by Wenzel and photographs by Curtis. 

There will be live music by Lys Guillorn of Still River Editions at the reception. 

Art & Frame of Danbury is located at 60 Newtown Rd., Danbury, CT.