Gallery One, located at 665 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, will present a Group Exhibition, on view from August 14 through October 5, with a reception to meet the artists on Friday, August 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Featured artists include Nile Barrett, Westbrook; David Brown, Old Saybrook; Mary Fussell, Clinton; Maureen Squires, Branford; and guest artists Karen Bartone, Clinton; Catherine Christiano, Old Lyme; and Molly McDonald, Branford.
Nile Barrett of Westbrook presents new fabric abstractions which have their source in a lifetime of stitchery, including making colonial reenactment costumes. These works include collages and collographs produced on her own press. She received her BS in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University and was a member of the honor society Kappa Delta Pi. Barrett has studied with a number of area artists and received several awards for her watercolors and drawings.
David Brown, an artist known for his Connecticut sunrises and expressive portraits as well as an organic farmer in Old Saybrook, combines these two aspects of his life in paintings of chickens and gardens. Solo exhibition venues include the Florence Griswold Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art. He has received many awards and grants including from the Gottlieb Foundation and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
Mary Fussell of Clinton is Gallery One’s newest member. Her long and varied career ranges from Off-Broadway set design to stained glass windows for synagogues. Work with the Lemur Conservation Foundation led to her collages, which present a rich archetypal world that shows nature in its vast diversity. Her education background includes Sarah Lawrence College and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She holds a BFA from Tufts University/The Boston Museum School.
Branford calligrapher/artist Maureen Squires’ layered gestural sumi ink and watercolor works on paper contain and reflect the words of her chosen texts. She began her fascination with letters at Seton Hill University and under Arnold Banks at Carnegie Mellon University. This ultimately led to her teaching, jurying calligraphic exhibitions and directing three international calligraphy conferences.
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts alumna and adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, Karen Bartone is one of the guest artists for this exhibition. She identifies herself as a “stone cold beauty junky” in her subject matter, which ranges from lily pads and other “Growing Things” to door panels to the attributes of the paint itself. Bartone recently received a professional development grant with artist Hugh O’Donnell and was awarded a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.
Guest artist Catherine Christiano of Old Lyme, also an alumna of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, explores the possibilities of stone lithography in her recent works, occasionally using them as the base for pastel monoprints. A common thread is her focus on the gaze, most recently embedded in the landscape. She illustrated the Old Lyme Historical Society’s Poverty Island, and her work has appeared in several notable periodicals, including American Artist Drawing.
Guest artist Molly McDonald’s new work is in her signature style of palette knife and fluid brush strokes, bordering between representational and abstract. She describes these works as “an ongoing conversation between canvas and intuition.” She has received several awards and grants including the Connecticut Educator’s Celebration of Excellence Award and the Guilford Art Center’s Educational Achievement Award, Lifetime Contribution to Art Education, and served on several art-related boards.
Gallery One’s Group Exhibition opens Tuesday, August 14th and runs through October 5th. There will be a reception on Friday, August 24th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm. Please call (860) 388-0907 or visit www.galleryonect.com for additional information.
Gallery One, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, is a co-operative gallery showing the work of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract in photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Gallery One was founded in 2003 and currently shares space with the Clayhouse, Old Saybrook Shopping Center, 665 Boston Post Road at Elm Street.