Tony Donovan's Saw Mill Photographs at the Essex Art Association

© Tony Donovan
Photographer and client Tony Donovan's black and white photographs from his saw mill series are featured at the Essex Art Association's Exit Gallery, located at 10 North Main St., Essex, Connecticut from July 29 until August 20, 2011. There will be an artist's reception on Friday, July 29, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tony Donovan's photographs are an intimate look at the way of life centered around the family-run sawmill at which he worked in preparation for making a film around 1973.  The images are both lyrical and graphic, and have one foot rooted in journalism and the other in fine art. There is more information about the origin of the images here.

His prints combine the artistry of film photography with the new technology of archival fine art digital (giclee) printmaking.

Laurie Lambrecht in the New York Times

Flash with Level
© Laurie Lambrecht
Client Laurie Lambrecht was written up in the New York Times on June 19, 2011 for her exhibit of photographs "In Roy Lichtenstein's Studio 1990-1992" at the Drawing Room in East Hampton, NY. The show came down June 27, 2011, but I wanted to give a mention of her presence in the Gray Lady.

I have previously written about her here and here.


Saturday, June 11 is Open House Day - Come visit us!

This Saturday June 11, 2011 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., we are hosting the grand reopening of our gallery as part of the State of Connecticut's Open House Day. Come hang out with us, check out the new show, eat a snack and meet fellow artists and art-goers.

Featured will be our inaugural exhibition Photographs by Keith Johnson and Mark Savoia, which was also printed by Still River Editions.

11 pm Gallery opens

1 pm Gallery talk and discussion on digital printmaking with Mark Savoia, photographer and Master Printmaker

12-3:30 pm Participate in Faces of Danbury with photographer Catherine Vanaria. Portraits will be taken on a first-come first serve basis. Those who participate will be sent an 8x10 print after the event.

If you want to make a day of it, also in the area: The Danbury Museum and Historical Society (who have a fabulous exhibition on women's hats featuring photographs by Catherine Vanaria) and the Danbury Railway Museum. The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield is only a 15-20 minute ride away.

FYI we have air conditioning.

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We will also be having an evening art opening on Thursday, June 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Keith Johnson is teaching at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and will miss Open House Day, but will be here for the opening on the 23d.)

Ben Larrabee's Moments of Grace® at Art to the Avenue, opening Thursday, May 5, 2011

"Montana, 2010"
© Ben Larrabee
Photographer Ben Larrabee's fine art black and white portraits will be on exhibit during Art to the Avenue May 5 – 30, 2011 at Lexus of Greenwich, CT.

Art to the Avenue is an annual May event during which over 100 artists exhibit in storefronts and local businesses along and around Greenwich Avenue, turning the city into a strolling art gallery. The opening night (May 5 this year) is festive, with opening receptions and entertainment at many of the participating locations.

Larrabee's photographs are finely tuned to capture tenderness within families and relationships. Larrabee calls his work  "'Moments of Grace' referring to those fleeting yet memorable moments every family has but rarely sees captured in photographs. His photographs show families acting naturally and spontaneously, expressing their spirit and love for one another."

There will be an opening reception for Ben Larrabee's exhibition on Thursday, May 5, 2011, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Lexus of Greenwich is located at 19 Railroad Avenue (across from train station), Greenwich, CT. A .pdf map of the venues is downloadable here.

Mark Savoia in Group Exhibition of CCT Fellowship Winners in Hartford

Four black and white photographs by Mark Savoia will be exhibited at Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery from November 19, 2010 to January 21, 2011.

The group exhibit, titled "Grey Area", showcases the work of eight artists from across the state who were awarded Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Fellowships. The artists are Daniel Buttrey, Susan Classen-Sullivan, Patricia Carrigan, Ted Efremoff, Nancy Goodrich, Eva Lee, Mark Savoia, and Rachael A. Vaters-Carr. The  artists work in diverse media: photography, sculpture, works on paper, poetry, and video.

Savoia is co-owner of Still River Editions and Connecticut Photographics. He works primarily in black and white digital photography, and prints his own work. He was selected for a 2010 fellowship from the state Commission on Culture and Tourism earlier this year.

The opening reception is on Thursday, December 2 from 4:30-6:30 pm. The gallery is located at One Constitution Plaza, 2d Floor, Hartford, CT.

More information on the state's resources for artists may be found at


Claire Tuffereau at Silo Gallery, opening November 5

© Claire Tuffereau
From November 5 until November 21st, watercolorist Claire Tuffereau will be exhibiting with photographer Georgia Sheron and wildlife artist Alan Brown at White Silo Farm and Winery, 32 Rt. 37 E. Sherman, CT. Tuffereau's landscapes reflect her travels and French heritage, and are suffused with lush greens and lovely light.


Three Photographers: Mark Savoia, Catherine Vanaria and Lys Guillorn at City Wide Open Studios New Haven: Sept. 25-26.

© Catherine Vanaria
The three of us at Connecticut Photographics/Still River Editions will be sharing a gallery space at City Wide Open Studios New Haven this weekend.
Sat. 9/25 12-5pm and Sun. 9/26 from 12-5 pm
Three Photographers from Still River Editions: Mark Savoia, Catherine Vanaria, and Lys Guillorn at Erector Square, 315 Peck St. New Haven, CT Building 2, 3d Floor, Unit 1

There is an opening reception Friday night from 5-8 at Artspace New Haven in which Mark and I will have one piece each, but the bulk of the show is during the weekend at Erector Square. I'll be going to the opening.

Other folks we know are participating include: Keith Johnson, Phyllis Crowley, Tom Peterson, and kHyal™ and Karl Heine from DesignerGrill, Joan Fitzsimmons, Valerie Richardson (WPKN DJ), and Lisa Nichols. We're sharing a space with painter Zachary Keeting.

We'll be bringing traditional and digital prints of our own work. I chose to work a bit bigger than I have been lately, and had Mark print some 20"x36" carbon pigment inkjet prints of black and white film double exposures. Mark is bringing black and white carbon prints that recently were exhibited at NESOP that show off his sense of humor and eye for irony. He might also have a 13-foot-long triptych in the works. Cathy is bringing some of her intimate portraits made with the 8"x10" camera currently residing about 12 feet away from me, like a lone dancer in the middle of the lab.

It's free, so if you feel like having a New Haven day trip to see some interesting art of all varieties and qualities, please come over and say hello. We're looking forward to meeting our fellow artists and jumping in the fray.

Be well,
A view of our space before the start on Saturday

Keith Johnson at Mercy Gallery

Aerial Photographs
©Keith Johnson
Photographer Keith Johnson is exhibiting new work in a group show called Earth & Sky at Mercy Gallery from Sept. 21 - Oct. 27, 2010. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 6:45-8:45 pm.

Other artists participating are Susan Scott, John Mullin, and Leila Daw. Mercy Gallery is located at Richmond Art Center, The Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.


Matt Frieburghaus: Waveforms at the Center For Digital Arts, Peekskill, NY

© Matt Frieburhaus

Matt Frieburghaus will be exhibiting at Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, 27 N. Division St., Peekskill, NY 10566, from September 7 to October 16th.

An opening reception will take place on Tuesday September 14th, 5:30 - 7pm, with an artist talk at 6:30pm. The exhibit will show digital prints, single channel video, and sound.

Matt is interested in collecting sound, video, and other data and transforming elements digitally. He is interested in investigative procedures for manipulating the recorded data and presenting it as a visual or aural experience.

Cliff Abrams in Juxtapositions at Flinn Gallery, Greenwich

© Cliff Abrams

Photographer Cliff Abrams will be among Greenwich Art Society members whose work is on display in a juried exhibition at the Flinn Gallery from July 30 to Aug. 22 with a reception held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 30. The judge of the show is Neil Watson, executive director of the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, N.Y.

The Flinn Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut.


Mark Savoia Exhibit at New England School of Photography in Boston

"Fried Doe Just a Buck"
© Mark Savoia

Mark Savoia, photographer (and co-owner of Connecticut Photographics/Still River Editions), is exhibiting at the New England School of Photography's Stairway Gallery for the month of July, 2010.
Mark graduated from the New England School of Photography in 1980.

Savoia's fine art photography records the visual contradictions that pop up just about everywhere, but it takes a trained eye like his to seek them out. Mark shoots primarily digitally, and his prints are carbon pigment giclees, yet his black and white prints have a film feel. Color would probably just distract the eye from the key elements of his compositions that add up to the visual satire.

Mark is one of seven photographers to receive at 2010 artist fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

NESOP is located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.


Cliff Abrams' Dualities at the Greenwich Art Society

Greenwich Art Society will be hosting photographer Cliff Abrams' solo show "Dualities" from July 7-31, 2010. There will be an opening reception Wednesday, July 7, from 6-8 pm.

In "Dualities", Abrams couples his images; the architectural, industrial, and geometric are paired with florals, botanicals, natural processes, or soft things (like skin, in one image). Abrams designs exhibitions, giving him experience grouping objects and images to create emotions or elicit questions. Proximity may change the meaning of his individual photographs, and the viewer must either connect or ultimately disconnect their relationship to each other. In that, there is both duality and simultaneity--which is its own duality.

Greenwich Art Society is located at 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut.


Andrew Buck in "Photography: Three Worlds" at Flinn Gallery, Greenwich

"Tobacco 96"
© Andrew Buck

Photographer Andrew Buck is featured in a new exhibit at the Flinn Gallery with Phil Stein and Lacey Terrell. "Photography: Three Worlds" runs from February 4-March 7, 2010. Flinn Gallery is located at the Greenwich Library, Second Floor, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Connecticut.

Images are from Buck's series "Tobacco", "Tobacco Panoramas", and "Ohio Horizon".

Buck says something interesting about the idea of landscape on his website, "My use of the word 'landscape' is based in the writings of John Brinkerhoff Jackson. He went back to the source word, the German landschaften, which referred to that which results when 'man' reconfigures or uses the land, in essence creating his own landscape on the natural landscape. I’ve always found this landscape of much more interest than purely natural landscapes."

Buck's "Tobacco" images made me think of the rural South, but when he said they were from Windsor, Connecticut, he reminded me of Connecticut's role in the cigar industry. The gauzy forms of covered tobacco rows are well-suited to Buck's eye, and his panoramic treatment.

The opening reception is Thursday February 4, from 6-8 PM.


Tom Peterson - Passing By at City Gallery, New Haven

Tom Peterson is exhibiting his color urban documentary photographs in a show called "Passing By" at City Gallery in New Haven from. January 7 to January 31. Peterson's photographs use familiar locations around Connecticut as a springboard for explorations of color and shape. There will be an artist's reception January 9, 2-5 pm. City Gallery is located at 994 State St., New Haven.

City Gallery is an artist-run co-op that was founded in 2003.


A few snaps from the opening on January 9th, 2010

Six Degrees of Separation - Photography show at Windsor Art Center

"Six Degrees of Separation," an exhibit of Connecticut photographers including client Andrew Buck, Steven Cote, Wayne Dombkowski, Jim Duval, Susan Forbes Hansen, and Jack McConnell will be held at Windsor Art Center from January 9 to February 16th. There will be an artists' reception January 9 from 5-7 pm, and there will be an artist talk with Andrew Buck on Saturday January 16 at 1 pm.

Windsor Art Center is located at the Freight House, 40 Mechanic St. Windsor, CT 06095.


Here are a couple of pics from the opening on 1/9 (added 1/14/10)

Andrew Buck (with mic) gave a brief gallery talk, along with the other artists

A patron viewing one of Buck's photographs

Ben Larrabee at Nantucket Looms during Christmas Stroll this weekend

"Nantucket Ferry #1, 2009"
©Ben Larrabee

Photographer Ben Larrabee will be exhibiting at Nantucket Looms through the Christmas Stroll this weekend December 4-6, 2009 at 35 Main St., Nantucket, MA. A sample of his fine art collection is viewable here. Larrabee's fine art black and white photography is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, MFA Boston, and the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.


Claire Tuffereau at White Silo Farm Gallery through this weekend

© Claire Tuffereau

Watercolorist Claire Tuffereau, a client whose work is full of life and greenery, will be showing at the White Silo Farm & Winery Gallery through this Sunday, December 6. The gallery is open Fri., Sat., and Sun. from 11 to 6, and is located at 32 Rt. 37 E. Sherman, CT.

Also of note, the Silo offers tastings of its fruit-based wines made from their own fruit.


Chris Osborne Exhibiting "Who's Driving? Legendary Cars and Legendary Stars" at the Trucking Museum, Middlebury, Connecticut

"James Dean with a 1949 Mercury"
© Chris Osborne

Fine artist Chris Osborne will be exhibiting "Who's Driving? Legendary Cars and Legendary Stars" at the Golden Age of Trucking Museum from November 15, 2009 until November 2010. There will be an artist's reception from 2-4 pm on November 15. The museum is located at 1101 Southford Rd., Middlebury, CT.
Chris Osborne's art bridges a love of cars and a love of music and film. Often familiar faces are paired with significant automobiles--Marilyn Monroe with a pink 1956 Thunderbird, Johnny Cash with a 1954 Chevy pickup, Robert Johnson with a 1935 Hudson Terraplane. When she is not traveling the country with her artwork, she sometimes drives around in a green vintage Chevy truck of her own.

Osborne says of the museum, "I love the museum for the quality of the displays and the sense of history, and I am grateful for the chance to be a part of it over the next year. The antique trucks are truly impressive. The museum has always been very supportive of my work; they sell my posters in their gift shop."

On exhibit will be original paintings, as well as digital fine art prints and posters.

"Green Bean" and Chris Osborne
© Chris Osborne


Tony Donovan's "Ardoyne, Belfast, Ireland 1971-1972" at NESOP

© Tony Donovan

Tony Donovan of Ivoryton Studio's portfolio of work from Ardoyne, Belfast, Ireland 1971-1972 will be exhibited from November 16, 2009 to January 8, 2010 at The Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions, New England School of Photography, 537 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA. There is an opening reception November 19, 7-9 pm.

Donovan, who was a 26-year-old filmmaker at the time, ended up by chance living in a brick row housing estate in the small community of Ardoyne, in north Belfast, Ireland and photographing its residents with his Leica. "To a lot of Irish Americans, [Ireland] was the promised land," said Donovan. What he saw when he got there was more like a police state.

"At the time the images were made, no one was interested in the work--people didn't want to talk about it," Donovan said. His time in Ireland coincided with some of the worst civil unrest caused by paramilitary groups who waged a war against British rule. Donovan worked on a scaffolding gang rebuilding houses that were burned during the conflict. He says there was around 60% unemployment among the men of the community, as well as high rates of alcoholism and suicide. Some of these problems continue to this day.

As an outsider, Donovan had to gain the trust of his neighbors, and he often photographed children playing in his neighborhood. His images capture the contradictions in Ardoyne's street life, at once tender and supercharged with tension. The black and white carbon pigment prints for the exhibition were made by Still River Editions from the original negatives.


Florence Froeder / New Fairfield Artist Tour, September 26th

© Florence Froeder

Watercolorist, painter, and client Florence Froeder is opening her studio as part of the New Fairfield Artists' Studio Tour on Saturday, September 26. There are five artists participating in the event sponsored by the Candlewood Arts Fund. Studios will be open from 1-4 pm, and afterward there will be an artists' reception from 4-5pm at Sue Newton's Barn Gallery at 82 Route 37 in New Fairfield.

Check out the above link for more details on the other artists.

If you've never gone on a studio visit before, this is a good opportunity to check out some artists, and see how they work, without having to drive to a major city. It'll be a good weekend to do that, get some apples and cider doughnuts, and see the blushing leaves.