Les Beaux Arts Gallery
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"Cuba: Through My Lens"
October 18 – November 24, 2015
This past July 23, the United States and Cuba exchanged embassies after many decades of cold war. Cuba became communist after the second World War and since then, has been under economic sanctions which froze the island in a moment of time. Following the announcement by President Obama in December of 2014, to lift some sanctions and normalize diplomatic relations, traveling to Cuba became possible for Americans.
In light of this historical event, Les Beaux Arts Gallery will exhibit a collection of photographs featuring views and street scenes from Cuba by Barbara O'Shea, a well known artist photographer from Greenwich. The show opens on Sunday, October 18 and will run through Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Click here for more information.
"Keeping in Line"
September 6 – October 15, 2015
Les Beaux Arts Gallery is starting the fall season with an exhibit of exceptional drawings by Fereshte Priou, master of lines and forms. The show, “Keeping in Line,” will open on Sunday, September 6 and run through October 15.
Priou limits subject matter to the human body expressing the purity of its soul through the simplification of line. Her style stems from the idea that, amongst the clamor of everyday existence, one can regain harmony by reducing life to the essence of tranquility.
Line is a fundamental foundation of rendering forms and compositions, stripped of ornamentation, reducing the subject matter to pure line.
August 1 – 31, 2015
In 2015, the Town of Greenwich is celebrating its 375th Anniversary. In recognition of the Town’s rich history and cultural heritage, Les Beaux Arts Gallery is hosting “Historic Greenwich,” an exhibition of historical and current photographs depicting some of Backcountry Greenwich’s landmark buildings and locations. A continuous slide show will complement the exhibition. Helen O’Malley and Arto Szabo have taken the current photographs, with historical views reproduced from various collections.
"Songs of Nature"
May 17 – June 10, 2015
“Songs of Nature,” a series of photographs by Vicky Netter Fitzgerald will be on display at Les Beaux Arts Gallery starting Sunday, May 17 and running through June 10, 2015.
Fitzgerald is an artist photographer who finds her inspiration in the nature around her. "I try to find beauty in nature and look for an ideal charm and brightness in my photographs,” she says.
Her photographs have a strong sense of pattern and repetitive forms like songs in a visual form.
Fitzgerald graduated with a Fine Arts degree from Wesleyan University, Ohio. Throughout her career, she was agraphic artist, production assistant and art director for Ray-O-Vac and McCann-Erickson.
"Polo at Conyers Farm"
April 5 – May 14, 2015
Ted Berkowitz explores Infinite creative possibilities through the acrylics, sketches and mixed media in his exhibit, “Polo at Conyers Farm,” at Les Beaux Arts Gallery. The exhibit opens on Sunday, April 5 and runs through Thursday, May 14, 2015.
Galloping horses, the feeling of heart pounding exhilaration, vital moments dramatically captured with a remarkable sense of speed, life illustrated in many facets of spatial form: These are the paintings of Berkowitz's Polo Game series. The viewer will have the opportunity to experience the aesthetics of rhythm, balance, harmony and interaction. The brushwork is quick and spontaneous to capture the fleeting image. "With a sketchbook in hand I draw," Berkowitz explains, "catching that moment in time. From that momentary stillness before the Conyers Farm games begin, to the crowds exploding in cheers as the two teams charge up and down the field at full gallop,horses and men fused into one as if mythological centaurs. Animals come to an abrupt halt, players swing their mallets from every angle. Color, energy, pageantry, man and beast, are channeled from the Polo grounds to the canvas."
The Bronx born artist earned his BFA in 1972 from the University of Texas in Austin then went into the corporate world. He created a financial management consulting firm for twenty five years. After 9/11 and the passing of his business partner and wife in 2004, he devoted himself fully to painting. He is affiliated with Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Croton Council on the Arts and Ossining Artists Council. He has received many awards and exhibits extensively. He has also illustrated numerous books and magazines.
"Icons of the Civil Rights Movement"
February 1 – March 31, 2015
Civil Rights: What challenges do we face today?
“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Who said this and why? How did the various strands of the Civil Rights movement – political, historical, social, religious – come together to make change? Are we still on the path Martin Luther King envisioned? Have we finished? What are we prepared to commit to today for a more just world?
This inspiring exhibit is both a visual and a written history of the Civil Rights Movement and honors the many who sacrificed their lives for freedom and equality. The show features a series of paintings created by Pamela Chatterton-Purdy using handmade paper, oil paints, and found objects. Each of the thirty icons is accompanied by a historical description written by the Rev. David Purdy, her husband. The use of the iconic form represents the sacred nature of the Movement’s nonviolent philosophy.
In Eastern Christian tradition, icons are religious paintings on wood panels depicting scenes from the Bible. They are often set in a golden background or covered with silver. The style is idealized, suggesting the sacred nature of the subject. Icons are venerated for their theological teachings of the church. Chatterton-Purdy was inspired by icons to create a body of work representing people committed to social justice.
The subjects include Martin Luther King, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and many others. The show celebrates all of their lives and their common mission.
"Impressions of Tuscany: Photographs by Arto Szabo"
January 4 – January 29, 2015
Tuscany is known not only for its beautiful landscape but for its historical centers. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and the home of many important artists. It was always Szabo's dream to visit Tuscany and photograph the scenery of this ancient Etruscan land.
When asked about it, Szabo explains, "In Tuscany one is surrounded by the views of the constantly changing landscape and the architecture of over 500 year old towns and villages with stone walls and marble churches and castles. It is fascinating to find old hardware objects embedded into the walls. Walking through the streets of Florence and Sienna, one is overwhelmed with the breathtaking beauty of the medieval architecture of the buildings and the timeless piazzas."
As a landscape photographer, Szabo travels around the world searching for historic and interesting places. When he returns, he spends time creating large format photo album books and special exhibitions. He is a resident of Greenwich and studied at the Applied Arts University in Budapest, Hungary. He left Hungary during the 1956 revolution and moved to New York where he studied at Parsons School of Design. He designed furniture for some of the largest manufacturers in the country and after 45 years, retired to spend more time with his beloved photography ventures. His next trip is a photo safari to Tanzania.
"A Personal Vision: An Exhibition Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Paintings" by Martha Robinson
October 19 – November 25, 2014
This exhibition honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month since the artist, Martha Robinson, derives her inspiration from her personal experience with breast cancer. Les Beaux Arts Gallery and Ms. Robinson hope that the exhibit will inspire others affected by this disease. It is difficult to describe the artistry of Robinson; her work is simply intimate and personal. She primarily focuses on encaustic painting which brings a surreal and mystical feeling to her work. She also works in printmaking.
Ms. Robinson’s artistic statement speaks to the heart, "The more I discover about universal principles, the more illuminated the nature of the world before my eyes becomes. The intelligence encoded in the experience of the three-dimensional world is stunning—from the dynamics of galaxies to the geometry of flowers. From the perspective of quantum physics, an invisible language is constantly writing possible realities into being that repeat across time and space. Through my art, I have sought to understand this unseen world of cosmic forces and possibilities by exploring the principles that govern their expression into physical form, including mathematical relationships and the cyclic nature of life. Universal truths are often repeated and embedded in that which is known and experienced in the world and, when seen through the layered perspective of “as above so below,” a unified understanding emerges that connects the seen and unseen at a personal level.
“Personal’ became more pronounced in my work in early 2012 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time. I processed much of my experience by creating art during and after my treatment. Through the lens of creativity and vulnerability, I became increasingly aware of the ways in which perspective shapes reality as I was given the opportunity to see things from a different point of view. Cell imagery emerged in my art as a reflection of the same cosmic forces I had sought to know earlier, further expanding the “as above so below” principle and symbolically affirming the beauty and sacredness of all life. This experience gave me extraordinary insight and continuing appreciation for all that the Universe provides."
The artist earned a BA in studio art from Connecticut College and an MBA in finance from Columbia University. She worked with innovative companies in venture capital for 19 years before leaving the corporate world to raise twins, teach art and re-embrace her passion in painting. She has been driven to know and express truth in her art, which in her case, involves understanding the nature of reality using both science and intuition. Being introduced to the golden ratio (1.6128... to 1) several years ago was a pivotal point of understanding for Robinson in uniting aesthetics, mathematics and spiritual inquiry in profound ways that continue to influence the direction of her art. Robinson's art continues to evolve as her life experiences continue to unfold. She embraces creativity in all things, including the very way we choose to live our lives.
"En Plein Air" Landscapes by Jean-Pierre Jacquet
September 7 – October 16, 2014
Les Beaux Arts Gallery is celebrating the opening of their fall season with “En Plein Air,” an exhibition of paintings by Jean-Pierre Jacquet, a French artist and resident of Greenwich. The exhibition is a collection of airy and luminous landscapes, many of which are recognizable locations in this area.
There are many facets to Jacquet's creative life including being a renowned producer of animation movies in his native France, and the U.S.A. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he became the president of AFCA, the Association Francaise du Cinema and earned numerous awards, among them best production for his movie "Buddy." He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his production of "Doug" and he realized many TV series including "Billy The Cat," "Pink Palace" and "Waldo."
Jacquet started painting in 2003. "It was a natural transition and extension of my own creative work for the cinema," he explains. He was inspired by Edward Hopper and the Ash Can School. His early work was more of the narrative genre. Jacquet evolved to plein air painting where he closely follows nature and freely alters what he observes, without changing the spatial organization of the composition. Landscapes of parks, farms and nature reserves attest to his keen eye and sense of color. In his street views he suggests that the scene continues beyond the frame. This can be observed in fragmentary glimpses of Greenwich Avenue, Manhattan’s Bleecker St. and other scenes from Port Chester and Norwalk which will be included in the exhibition.
Jacquet has exhibited in galleries in Paris and New York. In Greenwich, his paintings have been shown at the Bendheim Gallery.
Ann Flinn Solo Exhibition
May 4 – June 12, 2014
There is an exceptional freshness in the work of Ann Flinn, a Greenwich artist showing at Les Beaux Arts Gallery.
Versatile in her style of painting, Flinn navigates freely and easily from still life to portraits to landscapes and enjoys the art of painting. Seasonal and atmospheric change in land, sea and sky scapes provide an enduring source of inspiration for her. Her landscapes reflect the splendor and serenity of nature. A more recent subject of inspiration of a more personal nature are the 12 young grandchildren Ann and her husband, Michael Flinn, are fortunate to share. She portrays them playing and frolicking by the sea side in a light and airy atmosphere complemented by fresh, vibrant colors.
Flinn has a BA in the history of arts from Connecticut College in New London, CT and an MA in Library Science from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Work in New York City included landmarks preservation which led to the designation of Greenwich Village as an as historic district and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum as a National Historic Landmark. She also worked at the Library of Congress in the division of Prints and Photographs. She studied water color painting in DC with Sanfred Larsen and continued in Greenwich, CT with Dmitri Wright. She studied landscape in oils with David Dunlop at Silvermine Art Guild in New Canaan.
Since 1984, Flinn has exhibited her work in group shows annually in DC., Connecticut and Florida. Her work is held in over 60 collections around the country. She is a member of the Greenwich Art Society and, for many years, has been a sustaining member of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
"Psychology of Art" by Lyn and Bob Harmon
March 30 – April 30, 2014
"Psychology of Art" is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures that combines two artists, husband and wife, Robert and Dr. Lyn Harmon, whose aesthetics relate to emotional and spiritual perception.
Dr. Harmon is a Psychotherapist who works primarily with artists and writers to enhance their creative process. She has lectured and given workshops combining psychology, spirituality, health and healing, and the creative process. She works with water based paints such as acrylics and watercolor. She also uses oil pastels with colored inks. Her early paintings have a strong Chinese influence. Later on, she evolved into a more abstract form inspired by her frequents travels to South America, Africa, Asia and Antarctica. She listens to music while she paints allowing the rhythm to shape her forms and colors. Her compositions are well structured and enriched with vibrant hues.
Dr. Harmon views the world in unique ways that reflect her experiences, knowledge and emotions. There is an emotional attachment that drives her focus on her art allowing her to be in tune with it. Her creative process grows and changes to acquire new meaning and new interpretation providing insight into our lives. Basically, her artwork reflects a 'lived experience' not a 'scrutiny of details. She studied at The Art Students League in New York City and The School for Sacred Art with professor Zhang. Locally, she studied at The Silvermine School of Art. Recently, she took up digital art and photography exploring the possibilities and parameters.
Mr. Harmon has been working with sculptures for over thirty years. He used wood material when he worked in Greenwich and bronze casting from a lost wax process when he spent time in Mexico. His forms are inspired by his interest of ancient myths, mainly the cultures of Central America. He traveled extensively studying the art of sculpture of Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Central America and Europe. In 1986, the Harmons spent a year in Italy where Bob studied at S.A.C.I., an art school in Florence, and worked with Sr. Marcello Guasty, a well known Florentine sculptor. Bob also worked in the Fonderia Mariani bronze foundry in Pietra Santa.
"Aux Quatre Coins Du Monde" by Anne Strasberg
December 24, 2013 – January 8, 2014
The French-American artist Anne Strasberg, is returning to Les Beaux Arts Gallery in Greenwich, for a festive holiday exhibition entitled "Aux Quatre Coins Du Monde".
Whether you want to call them Naive, Primitive or Intuitive, Strasberg’s paintings will capture your attention and captivate you with their story telling. She has often been compared to Grandma Moses and has been collected by serious patrons throughout the world. She has a personal view and expression of her surroundings that she translates into her compositions to create a fantastic world. Her joie de vivre is infectious and permeates her paintings from charming country villages to delightful seasides and cityscapes.
Strasberg lives part of the year in Manhattan with her husband John Strasberg, producer and theater director. They travel the rest of the time, mostly to Europe. Many of her paintings reflect her travels and rich imagination, and embrace a diversity of subjects. Strasberg exhibits extensively in France, Japan, Israel, Spain and the United States. Her work has been used for calendars and Christmas cards (UNICEF).
"Imagine That" by Jeff Moriber
May 5 – June 24, 2013
Awakening our senses and exciting our vision are the attributes of the exhibit, "Imagine That," at Les Beaux Arts Gallery in Greenwich.
An award winning graphic designer, Moriber is a fine art artist and printmaker whose paintings and linoleum block print work tell tales of emotions through a crisp cutting technique, saturated inking and a rich pallet. His subjects are boldly painted with a strong sense of chiaroscuro. They push forward and fill up the space creating a strong sense of presence. His portraits are expressive and ambiguous inviting the viewer to make up his own story about the painting.
In his artist statement, Moriber wrote, "You can't look forward without looking back. I often see before me what is familiar: I also see what is unfamiliar, what I expected and what I hadn't expected. My personal storehouse of memories encompasses all I've experienced and informs me, in my own particular context, what it is I'm seeing. My images depict what I believe is there and unseen, subtle or overt at that particular moment. The content, gestures and colors reflect my feeling and thought about the circumstances and history of that moment. I invite the viewer's own imagination to join the conversation."
Moriber is a graduate of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn and was creative director for Hill and Knowlton and Fleishman Hillard in New York. He resides and has his studio in Westchester, NY.
"Spring Notebook" by Heather Sandifer
March 31 – April 25, 2013
Spring is around the corner and Les Beaux Arts Gallery is pleased to usher it in with "Spring Notebook," a new collection of Heather Sandifer's botanical monotypes and assemblages.
Sandifer's work features some color-brushed tulip blossoms and bird nests – she calls them the original Easter baskets. As for her botanical monotypes, they include spring ferns and other plant life. The assemblages are three-dimensional elements in which construction assumes major importance. The emphasis of the show is on the color green; emerging shoots, bright blooms and bird eggs.
Ms. Sandifer's first botanical paintings relied on the herbarium preservation method, which consists of pressing and drying natural plants. However, the fragility of the plants forced her to create a new kind of monotype that combines her knowledge of art with the herbarium preservation methods. "It takes thirty steps to complete s single piece," she explains, "starting with pressing the plant material to administering the layers of color and employing frottage to transfer the impression. The dual process demonstrates not only the beauty of the leaf's impression but also its inherent strength and resiliency." Each piece is one of a kind and there is no duplication.
Sandifer had a long career as a textile designer before going into fine art botanical paintings. She holds a certificate in botanical art and illustration from the New York Botanical Garden. Her work has been featured at several venues including Holly Hunt, Chicago, Winter Works on Paper, New York, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, and the Flinn and Bendheim galleries of Greenwich.
"In Rhythm and Perspective" by Janet Baldi
February 17 – March 21, 2013
Janet Baldi, a longtime resident of Greenwich and a nationally known artist, is best known for her large-scale elaborate paintings of architectural landscape, still life and abstraction. Though her abstract work showcases her creative process and her keen eye for design, architectural landscapes are closest to her heart and her trips to Spain and Italy inspired her latest series of paintings.
Baldi's mastery of design is about rhythm and relationships - providing meaning to mass versus space - repetition and variety in design elements create patterns that are visually compelling. Whether it is a row of houses or buildings or windows, they all take on a new perspective and pattern that is analogous to rhythm in music.
Rhythm in Baldi's work satisfies her desire for order, for it brings a familiar sense of the pulsing of life. Baldi sought to express the underlying unity she experienced in nature and she felt it as a 'unity of movement', that same movement in evidence in all her paintings.
Baldi holds a BA/MA in Art History and MLS (Master of Library Science). She began painting in the 1950's when she and her family lived in Madrid, Spain. Baldi studied sculpture as well as painting during her stay in Madrid. Upon her return home, she continued working in both media and became a member of Silvermine Art Guild. She is a scholar on the work of the Renaissance artist Piero Della Francesca.
Baldi has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, from the Art Society of Old Greenwich, Stamford Art Society, Silvermine Guild and The Kuriansky Foundation Award. She is widely exhibited and is represented in many collections such as GE, IBM, Greenwich Hospital, Xerox, Connecticut Bank and Trust and many others.
"Photographer to the Tsar" by Sergei Mikhailovich Produkin-Gorskii
January 13 – February 14, 2013
The Les Beaux Arts Gallery is proud to feature a special exhibit of a collection of photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944), an ingenious photographer credited with implementing the first color photographs in Russia.
Prokudin-Gorskii's photographs offer a vivid portrait of a lost world of the Russian Empire at the eve of World War I and the coming revolution. With the support of Tsar Nicholas II, he went on a photographic survey of Russia between 1909 and 1912, and again in 1915. He photographed fantastic landscapes, medieval churches, monasteries, old towns and diverse ethnic people.
The present collection has been made possible by the digital work of Arto O. Szabó, the Round Hill Community Church Archivist. The historic glass plates have been scanned and, through an innovative process known as digichromatography, were printed and for the first time in many decades, the public will be able to enjoy them.
"Dreamy Landscapes" by Deborah Pierce Bonnell
December 2, 2012 – January 10, 2013
Deborah Pierce Bonnell has a feverish love of nature and it is her favorite subject to paint. She is a keen observer of the natural world, capturing colors, form, light and space. Her style is mainly traditional, however her latest paintings tend to have more patterns and abstraction. Some of her paintings are reminiscent of the French Fauves with their wild colors and stylized flat forms; the result is a vision of fancy. There is a decorative element to her style that comes from her training as a textile designer.
Bonnell is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked as a graphic designer, textile designer, and art teacher. She has been working in fine arts since the 1990’s. She creates in different media including oil on canvas, watercolor, encaustic on panel and pastel. She is also an avid printer.
Bonnell has exhibited in many local galleries as well as galleries in New York City and Texas. She likes to work on commission and her paintings can be seen at deborahpiercebonnell.com
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