The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, celebrating its 10th anniversary season, hosts its next Accessible Art exhibitions, currently running through Monday, November 14th, with new artists, seasonal horizons, and a reverence for community-bound Art.
Report by Paula Antolini
October 87, 2016 3:53PM EDT
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Newest ‘Accessible Art’ Exhibitions Reflect the Color-Full Array of Fall
CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT’S NEWEST ACCESSIBLE ART EXHIBITIONS REFLECT THE COLOR-FULL ARRAY OF FALL
“Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.” – Yoko Ono
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, celebrating its 10th anniversary season, hosts its next Accessible Art exhibitions, currently running through Monday, November 14th, with new artists, seasonal horizons, and a reverence for community-bound Art. A year-long, multi-site program joining Business with Art, Accessible Art has been made possible, in part, by the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, and though Autumn and seasons pass, the project continues to grow. This Autumn potpourri will highlight the works of visual artists Steve Bean (Danbury), Ted DeToy (New Fairfield), Spencer Eldridge (Ridgefield), Vicki Foy (Newtown), Chris Kiely (Danbury), James Mazza (Danbury), Suzanne Nicoll (Danbury), and Barbara Simonson (Darien).
Image above by Steve Bean.
Steve Bean Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street, Danbury, (203) 792-2323
Steve Bean possesses the soul of a wanderer. When stationary for too long, he begins to feel the call of the open road. Bean grew up spending most of his time either outside playing in nature or inside drawing. Now Steve seeks inspiration by exploring U.S. National Parks from Acadia to Denali, and captures them with his unique style, combination of the expressive quality of impasto painting with the fluidity of the sumi brush stroke.
Image above by Ted DeToy.
Ted DeToy Filosa/Hancock Hall, 31 Staples Street, Danbury, (203) 794-9466
Ted DeToy’s paintings in acrylic on canvas offer sharp and colorful encounters with familiar imagery related to pop culture, race and gender, American politics and daily life. Rendered in expressive primary colors with contemporary neo-cubist flair, DeToy takes an innovative approach to painting, drawing from books, magazine, movies and the internet as he allows both the most intimate and the most universal aspects of modern existence to influence his art.
Vicki Foy CityCenter Danbury, 268 Main Street, (203) 792-1711
Vicki began working with ceramics in 1998, dappling in many kinds of arts and crafts before falling in love with pottery. She’s recently expanded her work with experimentation in glazing techniques and new styles.
Spencer Eldridge Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, (203) 794-8756
Spencer’s show is the product of a voyage for the past fifteen years from abstraction towards representational works and back again. He notes, “After arriving at my most representational and structured work which employ the use of chiaroscuro (painting from the shadows towards the light) and grids, I felt I had accomplished all I could with representational work for the time being. Now I find myself going ever farther towards pure color, line and shape.”
Chris Kiely YMCA’s ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury, (203) 794-1413
A photographer dedicated to exploring and documenting the beauty in vacant buildings, Chris’ inspiration is the solitude, tranquility, nostalgia, and sometimes eeriness of forgotten places.
James Mazza Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, (203) 797-4511
With over 37 years of experience, James brings to life landscapes, still life, and a variety of subjects from his daily life. In 1977, James began an apprenticeship under Edward DeVoe, during which time he traveled to West Point and painted with the cadets. During this time, James also studied at The Arts League in New York City, where he learned the style of Rembrandt, utilizing the old masters method to fine tune and create his own style. James later studied at San Mateo College in California and the Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut.
Suzanne Nicoll Visual Impact, 12 Finance Drive, Danbury, (203) 790-9650
Trained as an illustrator, Suzanne found her love of pattern led her to textile design and surface pattern. After many years working in the wallpaper and fabric industry, Suzanne began to develop and design collections for the home goods industry that have her unique stamp on them. It is Suzanne’s love of nature and the garden that keep her designs and colors fresh and classic.
Image above by Barbara Simonson.
Barbara Simonson Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street, (203) 797-4505
Barbara captures the beauty of the human form, highly influenced by a love of dance. Studying this classical art form from an early age and working with the late Robert Joffrey provided her with insight and passion. She began painting after several decades as an international attorney at the School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union, the New York Academy, as well as the Silvermine School of Art, and has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S.
About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $197.8 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org
Danbury “Accessible Art,” a year-long, multi-site series of visual art exhibitions currently features Steve Bean, Ted DeToy, Spencer Eldridge, Vicki Foy, Chris Kiely, James Mazza, Suzanne Nicoll and Barbara Simonson. Presented by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. Thru November 14. (203)798-0760 artswesternct.org
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, with offices at 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT, is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. The Cultural Alliance promotes and advocates for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts and culture for all residents and visitors in Greater Danbury. It is supported by public and private funding, corporate sponsors, and by its 290 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations. phone: (203) 798 0760 www.artswesternct.org