Each month Les Beaux Arts Gallery exhibits artwork of a local artist, thanks to the vision and hard work of Gallery Curator Mirella Hajjar. The Gallery is located in the hallway directly through the Sanctuary and is open Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., closed Saturday.
Samantha Downing, "This Is Mine"
January 12 through February 20
Ms. Downing creates art that is uniquely her own. Her lines are free and spontaneous while her colors are fun and happy to behold. The images are sketched out freehand using a black magic marker and colored in using fine-tipped felt pens. Although Ms. Downing has Down Syndrome, she lives independently in her own apartment in Stamford and works in the mailroom at GE Capital. She is a member of the ARI of Connecticut Supported Living Program and has been an active member of the ARI Artists' Initiative program for many years.
Suzanne Simpson, A Retrospective, 1958-2019
October 26 through November 26
The exhibit features Simpson's lifelong art works. Her pencil drawings are exquisite and her watercolors soft and serene. Architectural renderings and a large Chinese Brush Stroke Painting are included.
Members’ Juried Exhibition
June 2 through September 5
The creative mind and artistic vision of the Round Hill Community Church members will be showcased at Les Beaux Arts Gallery during its second annual Members’ Exhibit. Members and friends of RHCC are invited to submit up to three pieces of framed artwork or a small piece of sculpture between Tuesday, May 21, and Friday, May 24, at noon. Each artist is guaranteed to have at least one piece included in the exhibition. If you need more information, please call the Office at 203-869-1091
Color Musings: Abstract Paintings by Bethany Brooke
Sunday, April 14 through Wednesday, May 22
The artist captures in painting the excitement of the ever-changing relationships of color, pattern, light and texture. She has a minimalist vocabulary that tends to work well with color fields. “There is a physicality and psychology to the paintings that project an illusionist sense of place,” she explains. “The paintings provide context for me to question and contemplate my observations which lie beyond myself, humanity and beauty.” Brooke has exhibited at the Westport Arts Center and Amy Simon Fine Art. Her work was recently acquired by Citizens Bank and is held within numerous private collections. She holds a BA in Sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University and is a self-taught artist.
Reimagining Traditional Art: Watercolors by A. Mukerji
Sunday, February 24, through Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Alakananda Mukerji’s earthy colors and loose brushwork emphasize her Indian background tempered with her American spirit. She grew up by the river Ganges. “I have long since left the narrow streets of Benares where life is awash in a flood of color and a constant stream of souls,“ she explains. “All the rhythm and rhymes of India, this is the wellspring of who I am.”
Cartography of Dreams and Nature, by Sandra Cordero and Kenia Arguinao
Sunday, January 13, through February 21, 2019
Les Beaux Arts Gallery is happy to showcase the art work of two Cuban artists. Kenia Arguinao, an artist painter, will show an installation of twelve individual abstractions each representing a month of the year. She records her dreams and explains that “archiving my dreams is part of the process in creating my work, narratives turn into visual abstraction.” Arguinao graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba. She has exhibited throughout Europe, Mexico, and the United States including the Perez Art Museum of Miami.
Sandra Cordero is a multidisciplinary artist currently focused on collage. “I deconstruct everyday forms to create new narratives,” she explains. “Through the use of nature I invent new landscapes in a visual language that is my own."
Aux Quatre Coins Du Monde
Sunday, December 2, through January 11, 2019
Our dear French-American artist Anne Strasberg will be showing her latest paintings for the holiday season. Strasberg’s infectious joie de vivre radiates throughout her paintings. She gets her inspiration from her numerous travels and in every painting there is a story to tell; it invites the viewer to participate and have fun with it. Strasberg mixes her own colors and applies them in layers of solid forms. Born and raised in Paris, Strasberg spends her time between New York and France. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world and is used for UNICEF Christmas cards and calendars.
Mike and Sally Harris have developed a passion for cultural photography. Over the past several years, they have traveled around the U.S. and abroad capturing the essence of a place by photographing people in their daily lives. Photographing fairs has become an annual occurrence. For Mike and Sally, summer isn’t complete without a visit to a fair or two. Whether it’s a small-town carnival or a county fair — they love to spend hours photographing kids and adults alike on the rides, playing at the game booths, or competing for a ribbon with their animals or baked goods. At night the lights from the rides create a kaleidoscope of color. Inside the barns, there is tremendous pride seen in the faces of the young men and women who show their prized animals. “Fair Play” is a collection of some of their favorite images from fairs near and far.
The Harrises are active members of the Stamford Photography Club. They have exhibited in numerous shows, particularly around Fairfield County, and enjoy presenting photo essays to various groups such as RMA, Rotary Clubs, Greenwich Country Club, Edgehill Retirement Community, and At Home in Greenwich.
For the second year, Gallery Curator Mirella Hajjar invited members and friends to submit artwork to be exhibited over the summer. Please visit the Gallery to see works by Sara Savov, Marialiisa Pettengill, Suzy Simpson, Ed Horstmann, Ann Flinn, Heather Sandifer Lawrence Sterne, and Louise Hoffman. Many of the pieces are available to purchase.
Kazumasa Oda, A Journey Through Art May 27 through June 29, 2018
Oda's work has been exhibited in Tokyo and in various local shows in Connecticut. He received numerous first prize awards in art shows.
Rob Pajer, Life and Nature
April 15- May 26, 2018
Pajer emphasizes the intimate connection to people in his portraits who are depicted in a meditative state leaving the narrative to the viewer. His nature scenes are depicted in the same vein, serene and calm.
An American Master: The Painting Collection of Emilio Grossi
A true American art modernist, the late Emilio Grossi, loved precision, color harmony and control of execution. His work is the product of his studies with color theory artist Josef Albers and architectural design training with I.M. Pei.
Human Rights through the Eyes of Students
January 21 through February 28, 2018
Read an interview with Mirella Hajjar about the exhibit
Exceptional works of art created by Greenwich Academy and Brunswick upper school students will be featured at Les Beaux Arts Gallery beginning this Sunday. Present a theme on human rights to young people and a whole new world unfolds in front of your eyes. Their unique vision and power of perception transcend all notions of adult creativity; their bold minds and driven intuition elevate the ordinary details of life to the extraordinary. The showcased art works are intense, passionate, and very personal. They are digitally produced prints with very diverse subjects, as each student draws on what mostly touches her or his heart.
June Greenspan, People and Places
June Greenspan, an award-winning photographer specializing in portrait imagery, will be featured at Les Beaux Arts Gallery opening Sunday, December 3, and running through January 17, 2018. Greenspan ran a Portrait Photography studio in Armonk for many years but now she devotes her time to traveling and pursuing her fine art work. Her experiences with all the different cultures and people she has met, combine to make the images she creates. In her own words, she discusses her artistic process: "My images are born of several photographs. I record what I see all around me and try to capture the mood, color and light of the scenes that grab me. My goal is to tell a story after recording many photos from an experience as I wander. I am an artist of the digital age but have a longing to translate my imagery in more traditional style as though crafted from an earlier age."
Joseph Fama, The Inner Soul-Capturing Nature's Wonders
A nature lover and romantic landscape artist, Joseph Fama will be featured at Les Beaux Arts Gallery to complement the mesmerizing colors of the New England autumn. Fama is master of natural light. "I am a visual translator expressing my feelings with color and brush strokes to move someone's heart,” he explains. He always starts with plein air color sketches and completes his oil painting in his studio. Like a hunter, he is on the lookout for picturesque scenes and he says that it is a challenge to capture nature with all its wondrous colors and subtleties of shade-dark and light. Fama attended Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, and is a member of the American Artist Professional League and Oil Painters of America. He exhibits extensively throughout the nation and he presently conducts private group art lessons.