Tom Wolff, a native of New York and self taught, is in Bill Gates’ collection and will receive a solo show “Gorillas, Words, and Round Things” @287 Gallery & Meeting Place, the home of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, opening Friday, April 24th with a reception, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, at 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT.
Report by Paula Antolini
April 7, 2015 4:00PM EDT
CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT CONTINUES @287 GALLERY DEDICATION TO VISUAL ARTISTS WITH A SOLO SHOW OF WORKS BY TOM WOLFF
OPENING FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH
“Gorillas, Words, and Round Things,” works by Tom Wolff.
April 24 to July 10; public reception, April 24 at 5:30pm. FREE.
Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, 287 Main Street, Danbury.
Bill Gates’ most well-known acquisition, of art that is, Lost on the Grand Banks, was painted in 1898 by American artist Winslow Homer. Gates bought it for $36 million, the highest price at the time ever paid for an American painting. Tom Wolff, a native of New York and self taught, is also in Gates’ collection and will receive a solo show @287 Gallery & Meeting Place, the home of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, opening Friday, April 24th with a reception, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, at 287 Main Street, Danbury. Curated by Maureen and Bill McCann, installed by Visual Impact, and entitled Gorillas, Words, and Round Things, the show will run through July 10th. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, and also by appointment.
Tom Wolff’s artistic journey began in 1981. Restless and frustrated, he left an upstate college, loaded a ’77 Chevy Vega with camping gear, and headed West. The goal was to see the world untranslated. After crossing the U.S. several times, finding his way to the Caribbean, and eventually to Europe over a period of years, Wolff returned to the Northeast, committed to a career in the Arts. He is a founding partner of Favette & Wolff, creating original fine art, limited editions, commissions, and murals. His clients include, beside Bill Gates, Chazz Palminteri, Perrier Co., and Jones of NY. Mr. Wolff’s work over the past 25 years spans acrylics, oils, sculpture, photo-shoots, and the delicate restoration of fine relics. He also writes, with an illustrated children’s story, The Opalescent Fairy, due for publication later this year.
Much of Wolff”s work explores disparate states of being. These are unified through a theoretical object – an ‘icon’ – on which any context may be expressed. Wolff’s sculpture addresses similar themes, adding metamorphosis, and the fleeting moment. Materials include: found objects and castings, wood, sand, fiberglass, epoxy resin, plaster, gold leaf, foam, and metals. “It is so exhilarating to present such top notch artists @287,” says Executive Director Lisa Scails, “and I trust the Cultural Alliance provides a beacon for our town’s Renaissance.”
CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT
287 Main Street
Phone: (203) 798-0760
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 185 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations.