Ben Larrabee wins award at RAC's "Marine & Coastal Art" exhibition

"Nantucket Ferry, Man at Bow"
© Ben Larrabee
Ben Larrabee's strikingly contemplative black and white photograph titled "Nantucket Ferry, Man at Bow" won first prize for photography at the juried group exhibition "Marine & Coastal Art" at the Rowayton Arts Center. The photograph was printed by Mark Savoia at Still River Editions.

The exhibit features marine-themed works in a diverse range of media and techniques and was juried by Helen Kunzman.

 Read more here in the Darien News.

The exhibit runs until July 29. The Rowayton Arts Center is located at 145 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, CT.

Edith Borax-Morrison and Keith Johnson: 2 solo shows at Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven

Edith Borax -Morrison and Keith Johnson are featured in simultaneous solo exhibitions at Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven from April 19 - May 20, 2012.

Morrison's exhibit of abstract ink drawings is titled "Alternative Pathways." Her drawings range from geometric studies to sinuous organic forms which intertwine on paper.

Johnson's exhibit of photographs is "Recent Work." Johnson's use of the grid in his "Extended Landscapes" led to his current work. Some photographs are completely abstract, and others use familiar objects as elements that form patterns in the larger work. Water surfaces, the sky and airplanes are recurrent motifs.

Both exhibits open on Sunday, April 22, from 3:30 - 6:30 pm with live music by Notattoos from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Morrison and Johnson will also be speaking about their work.

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

IMAGES 2012 - Shoreline Arts Alliance - Shona Curtis wins First Honors

Photographer Shona Curtis
and her father
Photographers Shona Curtis, David Blackett and Alegre Poniros were among those juried into IMAGES 2012, 31st Annual Photography Exhibition, Shoreline Arts Alliance at Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St, Guilford, CT. The exhibit runs from April 1 - April 21, 2012. There was an opening reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

Congratulations to Shona Curtis who won a First Honors portfolio award for her three intimate black and white images of her father.

Other First Honors recipients are: Miela Barocas Mayer - Guilford, David Gillich - Milford, Dianne Thouin - Old Saybrook. Honorable Mention Recipients are: Sara Augenbraun - Wilton, Liz Calvi - West Hartford, Peter Cooperman - Avon, Kathryn Frederick - Killingworth, Jill Grossman - Chester, Jerry Reed - Essex, Dana Osborn - Middlebury and David Ottenstein-New Haven. The Ann Christensen Award winner is Jackie Heithchue-Madison.

IMAGES 2012 was juried by Jill Enfield, Lance Keimig and John Stanley. The complete list of selected photographers is available here in a pdf.

At the close of the show some of the images will be reinstalled at CT Hospice in Branford.

An article on the exhibit in The Day

"Stone Soup" at Koenig FrameWorks in partnership with HVCA

"Stone Soup" featuring artists Judith Secco, Mally DeSomma and Thomas Nackid will be on exhibit at Koenig FrameWorks in Newtown, CT from February 10 through March 19, 2012. The exhibition is a partnership with Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance's Accessible Art Project.

The exhibit is called "Stone Soup" in a reference to the folk story of the same name, with the artists' different talents becoming more than the sum of their parts when put together. The artists' mediums are as follows: Judith Secco, photography; Mally DeSomma, painting; Thomas Nackid, painting/illustration.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 10, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Koenig FrameWorks is located at 97 South Main St., Newtown, CT.

Marko Susla in "Searching for the Perfect Storm"

© Marko Susla
Marko Susla is among the finalists whose work is being exhibited in "Searching for the Perfect Storm", a storm-themed juried group photography exhibition at Method Art, Scottsdale, AZ. The exhibit began on January 3, and is on view until February 25, 2012.

Images from the show may be viewed here.

Christine Brooks Cote of the Still Point Art Gallery, at which Susla is a Gallery Artist, wrote about Susla's work:

“Marko Susla pursued independent study in photography and is currently under the mentorship of a fine art professional. His current interests are disparate, ranging from the beauty of scenic and landscape photography, the dark side of documenting abandoned structures and places, and, most recently, the beauty and drama of nocturnal photography. Perhaps what seems disparate is actually a balance.

Marko Susla's work has been shown in a number of exhibitions around the United States, including: Vermont Photography Workplace in Middlebury, Vermont; The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado; Presidio of San Francisco and New Orleans. His work was also part of an online gallery project based in Kópavogur, Iceland. Susla has also had work published in Burn Magazine and SuperMassiveBlackHole.”

Ben Larrabee's "Ships Inn" at Rowayton Arts Center

"Ships Inn, 2011"
© Ben Larrabee
Photographer Ben Larrabee's intimate black and white portrait of his wife and muse Trudie Larrabee was accepted into the juried show "Expressions" at Rowayton Arts Center. The show is on display from February 5 through February 26, 2012 at Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, CT.

Ben Larrabee writes about the experience and image:

Ships Inn, 2011

When Trudie and I went to Nantucket last summer for our two weeks of shooting, we spent the first day at Ships Inn before our rental was available.

We discovered that the first day had to be a transition day.

It became a day to shift our energy, tune into each other, allowing time to reorient and connect. We had no agenda, no place to go, nothing to do.

As I looked at Trudie I began to “see” her sitting in the window in a moment of reflection as she wrote down her thoughts about being a muse and our life together. I was inspired to photograph this moment in our lives. A moment that becomes one of the many in the body of work that shows our life together.

I love the layers; foreground, middleground and background, Trudie’s shape, the patterns and textures of the cushion, wallpaper and leaves outside."

Six Views: Opening Reception Jan. 21, 2012

The show "Six Views" at the Silo Gallery features photography students of Laurie Klein: Amanda Drake, Connor Cushine, Evelyn Fenick,  Maggie Kennedy, Marissa Nadeau, Tim Ciavara.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 3 - 5 p.m. The show runs until February 19, 2012.

Here is an article from the Litchfield Coutnty Times on the exhibit.

Also on exhibit in the New Talent Gallery is a show by Canterbury School Art Students.

The Silo Gallery is located at the Hunt Hill Farm Trust, 44 Upland Road, New Milford CT.

Katonah Museum of Art: Art to the Point

"Particle House"
© Mark Savoia
Still River Editions' co-owner and Master Printmaker Mark Savoia, is among the artists chosen for the Katonah Museum of Art's Tri-State Juried Exhibition "Art to the Point".  The show was juried by Donald Sultan, painter, printmaker and sculptor.

There is an opening reception on Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 5 - 7 p.m. The Katonah Museum is located at 134 Jay St. (Route 22), Katonah, NY.

The exhibit will be open from Sunday, January 15 until Sunday, February 19, 2012.

Our Winter Exhibit is Fourteen Threadless Needles: Photographs by Vito Pasquale

© Vito Pasquale

The Gallery at Still River Editions is pleased to announce:

Fourteen Threadless Needles
Photographs by Vito Pasquale

January 5 - March 30, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, January 28, 2012 4-6 pm*
*Snow date: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 4 - 6 pm

Vito Pasquale is a photographer and writer from Mount Kisco, NY. He is one of those people who, upon retiring from the full-time job he'd done in corporate America for almost thirty years, began to "peek down, as Frost would call it, 'the road not taken'". In 2008, Pasquale returned to writing after a long hiatus, and in 2009 he began taking photographs that reflected some of the themes in his writing. His book of poetry, Fourteen Threadless Needles, was published in 2011.

Many of Pasquale's photographs are abstracts and photo-manipulations that go beyond taking the world at face value. In his poem, "(Somewhere) After Silence (and) Before Regret", Pasquale refers to ". . .the surprisingly elastic properties of a dream." The photographs dance around that dream-state in the everyday.

Included in the show are several photographs that relate to Pasquale's history in the Danbury area. He grew up in Mount Kisco, NY and his father worked in Danbury until 1966 at a construction company that was located near the site of the train station just up Liberty Street. Coincidentally, this is a short distance from the Gallery at Still River Editions.

The fourteen photographs are connected to poems posted online via QR codes, which viewers can scan using their smart phones, or look at online in the gallery.

"At the Edge of Things: Twenty-Four Photographers" at West Cove Gallery

"Buy Land"
© Mark Savoia
Mark Savoia of Still River Editions is included in "At the Edge of Things: Twenty-Four Photographers", a group photography show at West Cove Studio and Gallery, that runs from August 25 - September 17, 2011.

There will be an opening reception on Sunday, September 4, 2011 (this is new date, postponed last week due to Irene) from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. West Cove Studio and Gallery is located at 30 Elm St., West Haven, CT.

The show, curated by Stephen Vincent Kobasa, features James Ayers, Christopher Beauchamp, Marion Belanger, Paul Bloom, Joy Bush, Phyllis Crowley, Paul Duda, Ashley Estep, Joan Fitzsimmons, Andrew Hogan, Aniko Horvath, Keith Johnson, Clare Kobasa, Linda Lindroth, Eric Litke, Meredith Miller, Roy Money, Hank Paper, Thomas Peterson, Mark Savoia, Jess Smith, Maria Tupper, Marjorie Wolfe and Stefan Znosko.

Upcoming at The Gallery at Still River Editions - Moments of Grace®: Ben Larrabee / Reception Thu., Sept. 8

Photo: "Herbie & Albert"
© Ben Larrabee
We are pleased to announce that our next show will be Moments of Grace®, a solo exhibition of black-and-white portrait photography by Ben Larrabee of Darien, CT.

The exhibit takes place from August 30, 2011 to October 28, 2011.

Opening reception Thursday, September 8, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Free and open to the public.

Larrabee’s black and white portraits of children and families are far from staged. More than just depictions of individuals, the portraits engage the viewer in a feeling of connection. Larrabee says, “My work is not about my camera: I really want to make the camera itself disappear so that I’m performing effortlessly and my subjects are acting naturally unselfconsciously, expressing their spirit and their love for one another.” Larrabee calls the instances of synergy he captures in his subjects’ lives “Moments of Grace®”.

Ben Larrabee is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied under noted photographer Harry Callahan and earned at BFA in photography. He also studied at Yale University, where he earned an MFA in graphic design. Larrabee’s work has been exhibited nationally and is in the permanent collections including The George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), The High Museum, Atlanta, GA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Larrabee lives in Darien, Connecticut with his wife and creative partner Trudie Larrabee.

Larrabee's archival fine art prints are made by Master Printmaker, Mark Savoia at Still River Editions.

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.


Art opening at Still River Editions this Thursday: Keith Johnson and Mark Savoia

The Gallery at Still River Editions is having a reception for Photographs by Keith Johnson and Mark Savoia on Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Gallery at Still River Editions is located at 128 East Liberty St., Danbury, CT. Directions are on our website.

You may know Mark Savoia as co-owner and master printmaker at Still River Editions. Keith Johnson is a fine artist and art educator from Hamden, CT. Both Savoia and Johnson were 2010 winners of fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Both artists have in common a keen observation of art hiding in plain sight in the everyday world, and a sense of humor.

The Facebook events page is here.

Our First Open House Day Was a Success

Catherine Vanaria photographing
Robert Jacobsen
We had a great day on Saturday! New and familiar folks came through and looked at the exhibit "Photographs by Mark Savoia and Keith Johnson", shared some food and drink, and had their photos taken by Cathy Vanaria for her "Faces of Danbury"series.

The Danbury News-Times wrote a story on the show, which drew in some local folks we hadn't met before. We also had clients and friends from as far away as New Jersey. I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by for for helping make it a fun day.

Edith Borax-Morrison and
Mark Savoia discussing a print
Keith Johnson had to miss Open House Day, as he was returning via the Blue Ridge Parkway from a teaching gig at Penland in North Carolina. He will be at the opening along with Mark Savoia on Thursday, June 23, 2011.


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.

Facebook events page  

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.)

"B. W. Grinnell: Land Used" Exhibition at W.P.A. Gallery at Ward Pound Ridge

© B.W. Grinnell
Photographer Benjamin W. Grinnell will be exhibiting "Land Used: Photographs of America and Abroad" at W.P.A. Gallery at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, NY, from May 7-June 5, 2011.

Grinnell's photographs explore the relationship between the natural environment and the human-made objects within it as seen through his extensive travels.

I like the way Grinnell puts it in his artist's statement, "There are so many untold tales and lives tied to the land (and sea), and these photographs are merely a glimpse, usually from a passerby's vantage, of what was and what may yet be.  As such, the relics - the barns, telephone poles, tower cranes, trucks, boats, weathervanes, windmills and more serve as cairns to guide one's interpretation of these untold and unfinished stories."

Grinnell's book, Americana from Road and Rusty Rail is previewable here.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, May 7, from 11-4 pm. The gallery is located at Route 35 and Route 121 South, Cross River, NY.

Gar Waterman: New Sculpture and Marjorie Wolfe: New Photographs at Kehler Liddell, New Haven

© Marjorie Wolfe (left) and
Gar Waterman (right)

There's an opening at Kehler Liddell this weekend, and I just wanted to pass along the information. Their website has a thorough description of the show which combines architectural and natural forms in both photography and sculpture.

Coruscations and Cotyledons: Gar Waterman - New Sculpture, and  Marjorie Wolfe - New Photographs from April 14 - May 15, 2011

Artists Reception:  Sunday, April 17, 3-6pm; Artists Talk, 3:30pm

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

Koenig Frameworks' Spring Photography Show 2011: Call for submissions

Koenig FrameWorks in Newtown is hosting a juried spring photography show on the theme of "Fantasy." They are receiving submissions between April 9th and April 23, 2011. The exhibit will run from May 6-May 27, 2011.

They define fantasy as "a supposition based on no solid foundation; visionary idea; illusion; something that people believe is false." They are encouraging photographers to enter "images of any location, setting, or thing that portrays a fantastical element. It could be hidden, or leak into the real world. It may entirely occur in a fantasy world."

The opening reception and awarding of ribbons will be on May 6th.

Koenig FrameWorks is located at 97 South Main St. (Rt. 25) Newtown, CT.

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


Koenig FrameWorks Photography Show Call for Entries: "Scapes", deadline Nov. 20

Koenig FrameWorks and Gallery in Newtown, CT is hosting a winter photography show and competition titled "Scapes", with the theme of landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes. Submissions (matted, but not framed), up to two entries per person, must be delivered to Koenig FrameWorks no later than Saturday, November 20, by 5:00 pm at 97 South Main St., Newtown, CT.

Entry form with full requirements here.

The opening reception will be Friday, December 3, from 6-9 pm. It should be a fun night to start off December, so come out even if you are not entering.  The show will remain up until December 24.

For the sake of full disclosure, Mark Savoia and I are judging the competition, however we will not see the names of any entrants, and will be as neutral as possible.