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American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015, 12:00 pm
 American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6–8pm.
work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present a large exhibition of Yves Parent maritime paintings. Many of these paintings are of coastal landmarks, recognizable to boaters who have spent time in the waters around the New England coast. On view: June 12 to July 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment.

Art Exhibits/Openings

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT , 06412

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28; Opening Reception on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. The Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412. For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920. For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

"Boom" Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015, 9:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT , 06854

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents “Boom,” a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, running from April 29 through July 31, 2015.

“Boom” will showcase art that looks at prosperity and the overindulgences that have become the norm in a group show of artists.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

"From the Garden"

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 6; An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Connecticut artist Patricia Kitchings. Over fifteen small and very personal floral still-lifes create what might be considered an ideal spring show; On view from June 6 through July 11. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

-Laws of Attraction:  A Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17Art Project , 165 State Street, Suite 106, New London, CT , 06320

An eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artists of the era including Michael Goldberg, Nam June Paid, Edward Allington, Christine Borland, George Herms,Harry Kramer, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Phillip Wofford and others. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art. The exhibition is curated by artist/director Mark Gerard McKee and Migdalia Salas.

Forage

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015, 5:00 pm
Forage;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Green Marble Coffeehouse, 8 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, CT , 06355

Forage, an exhibition of colorful mixed-media works by Lois Lawrence, and Photography by Shelley Lawrence Kirkwood, features works inspired by flowers, plants, shells and sea glass collected in local fields and estuaries. The exhibition opens on Thursday June 4th with a reception from 5-7pm, and will be on display through the month of June.

Mystic Aquarium Announces Limited Engagement of Renowned Marine Debris Educational Art Exhibit “Washed Ashore”;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT , 06355

Washed Ashore is a traveling exhibit that features larger-than-life hand-crafted sculptures of marine mammals and other sea life made exclusively from marine debris. Environmental artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi founded the Washed Ashore “Art to Save the Sea” Project to educate and create awareness of ocean debris and plastic pollution and its effect on marine life species.

This astonishing exhibit is hands-on, interactive, eye-opening, and unforgettable. See 21 sculptures of the Washed Ashore Exhibit located throughout the Mystic Aquarium campus. Sculptures, like Lidia, the eight-foot seal, a walk-through replica of an ocean gyre, a Styrofoam coral reef, Tula, a 10-foot sea turtle, and many more will be displayed throughout the property for a limited engagement beginning on November 1.

The artwork is combined with scientifically based educational signage to teach children and adults alike about ocean stewardship, responsible consumer habits and more. Adults and children alike will have the opportunity to fully engage with Washed Ashore through fun and education events and activities. The Washed Ashore exhibition is free with paid admission. To learn more visit mysticaquarium.org and washedashore.org.

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015, 12:00 am
New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015. A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, 80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, presents an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media. This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn. Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale. The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece - was selected for the Showcase are Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Fay Chin, Gints Grinsberg, Lannie Hart, Deborah Hornbake, Elizabeth Knowles, David Millen, Elizabeth Miller McCue and William Thielen.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs. It is a large -- 144” in height, 56” in diameter -- yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure. Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure. A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen. Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill. Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass. His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe. Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens. Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.” Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015, 9:00 am
Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Atrium At Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT , 06320

A Multimedia Public Art Installation by Mark Gerard McKee and Joseph (Butch) Rovan.

Engaging Space consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The ranks are oriented perpendicular to the long axis of the Harris Place Atrium. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents. The installation is by artist Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com

In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph (Butch) Rovan, www.soundidea.org. Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.

ll the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.

By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.

The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio

Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015, 12:00 am
The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio;

Art Exhibits/Openings

ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn. Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5pm to 8pm. Free. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 4pm. ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, (860) 526-8470, elledesignstudio.net; and (860) 575-9113, www.galleryonect.com

American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 12:00 pm
 American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6–8pm.
work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present a large exhibition of Yves Parent maritime paintings. Many of these paintings are of coastal landmarks, recognizable to boaters who have spent time in the waters around the New England coast. On view: June 12 to July 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment.

 Laws of Attraction: Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17 Art Project, 165 State Street, Suite 106, Atrium at Harris Place, New London, CT , 06320

Laws of Attraction is a major eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artist of the era including Edward Allington, Christine Borland, Michael Goldberg, George Herms, Patrick Hogan, Harry Kramer, Nam June Paik, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Wendy Vanderbilt-Lehman and Phillip Wofford. The latter twentieth century was witness to the most dynamic and diverse art ever created. It was a time of tremendous creative energy and more than its share of controversy. It was an era where art advanced not by one or two overarching ‘isms’ by branched out to develop multiple new disciplines and philosophies. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art.

Image painting by Michael Goldberg, Calagrande

Art Exhibits/Openings

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT , 06412

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28; Opening Reception on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. The Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412. For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920. For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

"Boom" Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 9:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT , 06854

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents “Boom,” a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, running from April 29 through July 31, 2015.

“Boom” will showcase art that looks at prosperity and the overindulgences that have become the norm in a group show of artists.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

"From the Garden"

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 6; An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Connecticut artist Patricia Kitchings. Over fifteen small and very personal floral still-lifes create what might be considered an ideal spring show; On view from June 6 through July 11. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

-Laws of Attraction:  A Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17Art Project , 165 State Street, Suite 106, New London, CT , 06320

An eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artists of the era including Michael Goldberg, Nam June Paid, Edward Allington, Christine Borland, George Herms,Harry Kramer, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Phillip Wofford and others. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art. The exhibition is curated by artist/director Mark Gerard McKee and Migdalia Salas.

Chance and Cadence

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 10:00 am
Chance and Cadence ;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17 Art Project, 165 State Street, Suite 101, Atrium at Harris Place, New London, CT , 06320

Susan Firestone refers to art possessed of certain qualities that have particular appeal to other artists. It is seen in the trail of marks revealing the process and search, the tension between positive and negative space. It is expressed in vaguely recognized yet not exhaustively rendered forms, patterns that stop just short of becoming overtly decorative as well as a tenuously balanced symmetry. The large paintings on view adeptly straddle a fine line between objective and non-objective abstraction.

Image: Susan Firestone, Black Russian Red

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 12:00 am
New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015. A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit Reception

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 6:00 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art and Frame Gallery, 140 Bank St, , CT

A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, 80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, presents an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media. This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn. Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale. The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece - was selected for the Showcase are Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Fay Chin, Gints Grinsberg, Lannie Hart, Deborah Hornbake, Elizabeth Knowles, David Millen, Elizabeth Miller McCue and William Thielen.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs. It is a large -- 144” in height, 56” in diameter -- yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure. Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure. A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen. Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill. Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass. His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe. Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens. Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.” Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 9:00 am
Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Atrium At Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT , 06320

A Multimedia Public Art Installation by Mark Gerard McKee and Joseph (Butch) Rovan.

Engaging Space consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The ranks are oriented perpendicular to the long axis of the Harris Place Atrium. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents. The installation is by artist Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com

In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph (Butch) Rovan, www.soundidea.org. Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.

ll the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.

By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.

The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio

Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015, 12:00 am
The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio;

Art Exhibits/Openings

ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn. Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5pm to 8pm. Free. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 4pm. ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, (860) 526-8470, elledesignstudio.net; and (860) 575-9113, www.galleryonect.com

American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 12:00 pm
 American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6–8pm.
work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present a large exhibition of Yves Parent maritime paintings. Many of these paintings are of coastal landmarks, recognizable to boaters who have spent time in the waters around the New England coast. On view: June 12 to July 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment.

 Laws of Attraction: Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17 Art Project, 165 State Street, Suite 106, Atrium at Harris Place, New London, CT , 06320

Laws of Attraction is a major eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artist of the era including Edward Allington, Christine Borland, Michael Goldberg, George Herms, Patrick Hogan, Harry Kramer, Nam June Paik, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Wendy Vanderbilt-Lehman and Phillip Wofford. The latter twentieth century was witness to the most dynamic and diverse art ever created. It was a time of tremendous creative energy and more than its share of controversy. It was an era where art advanced not by one or two overarching ‘isms’ by branched out to develop multiple new disciplines and philosophies. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art.

Image painting by Michael Goldberg, Calagrande

Art Exhibits/Openings

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT , 06412

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28; Opening Reception on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. The Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412. For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920. For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

Soul Suckers

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 7:00 pm
 Soul Suckers;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Green Marble Coffeehouse, 8 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, , 06355

A presentation of love letters by Faloblu: the dynamic duet of artists Brian Stephens and Pola Esther.
About the artists.
Brian Stephens is a painter, he paints bold and big and beautiful. Pola Esther uses photography as main platform for expression, she likes to photograph nature, mostly human.
Besides their solo art practice, they’ve established unofficial duet called “Falo Blu”. They use each other as reflection and contradiction.
Show runs through 31 July 2015

"Boom" Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 9:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT , 06854

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents “Boom,” a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, running from April 29 through July 31, 2015.

“Boom” will showcase art that looks at prosperity and the overindulgences that have become the norm in a group show of artists.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

"From the Garden"

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 6; An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Connecticut artist Patricia Kitchings. Over fifteen small and very personal floral still-lifes create what might be considered an ideal spring show; On view from June 6 through July 11. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

-Laws of Attraction:  A Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17Art Project , 165 State Street, Suite 106, New London, CT , 06320

An eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artists of the era including Michael Goldberg, Nam June Paid, Edward Allington, Christine Borland, George Herms,Harry Kramer, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Phillip Wofford and others. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art. The exhibition is curated by artist/director Mark Gerard McKee and Migdalia Salas.

Chance and Cadence

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 10:00 am
Chance and Cadence ;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17 Art Project, 165 State Street, Suite 101, Atrium at Harris Place, New London, CT , 06320

Susan Firestone refers to art possessed of certain qualities that have particular appeal to other artists. It is seen in the trail of marks revealing the process and search, the tension between positive and negative space. It is expressed in vaguely recognized yet not exhaustively rendered forms, patterns that stop just short of becoming overtly decorative as well as a tenuously balanced symmetry. The large paintings on view adeptly straddle a fine line between objective and non-objective abstraction.

Image: Susan Firestone, Black Russian Red

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 104th Annual Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center , 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) presents its 104th annual juried exhibition of works in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture and graphic arts. CAFA is a non-profit arts organization established in 1910 by a group of renowned Connecticut artists. CAFA’s mission is to encourage excellence in the arts and provide a forum to advance the efforts of accomplished artists.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 2, 6-8pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT , 06355

The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) 104th Annual Juried Show consists of juried artworks from Connecticut artists of all mediums, including photography, sculpture, graphic arts, and painting. CAFA is a non-profit arts organization established in 1910 by a group of renowned Connecticut artists. Their mission is to promote the art of area members. This shows recurs daily from 11am to 5pm, June 19th through August 1st.

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 12:00 am
New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015. A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, 80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, presents an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media. This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn. Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale. The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece - was selected for the Showcase are Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Fay Chin, Gints Grinsberg, Lannie Hart, Deborah Hornbake, Elizabeth Knowles, David Millen, Elizabeth Miller McCue and William Thielen.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs. It is a large -- 144” in height, 56” in diameter -- yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure. Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure. A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen. Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill. Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass. His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe. Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens. Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.” Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 9:00 am
Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Atrium At Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT , 06320

A Multimedia Public Art Installation by Mark Gerard McKee and Joseph (Butch) Rovan.

Engaging Space consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The ranks are oriented perpendicular to the long axis of the Harris Place Atrium. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents. The installation is by artist Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com

In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph (Butch) Rovan, www.soundidea.org. Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.

ll the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.

By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.

The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015, 12:00 am
The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio;

Art Exhibits/Openings

ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn. Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5pm to 8pm. Free. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 4pm. ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, (860) 526-8470, elledesignstudio.net; and (860) 575-9113, www.galleryonect.com

American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 12:00 pm
 American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6–8pm.
work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present a large exhibition of Yves Parent maritime paintings. Many of these paintings are of coastal landmarks, recognizable to boaters who have spent time in the waters around the New England coast. On view: June 12 to July 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment.

Gaia's Lament: Art Cry

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 7:00 pm
 Gaia's Lament: Art Cry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Hygienic Art Galleries, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

A multi-disciplinary exhibition that explores the environmental crisis, Gaia's Lament: Art
Cry, will open with a reception and performances July 3 at Hygienic Art Galleries.
All of the works that have been created for, displayed or performed during Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry are connected with the beauty and vulnerability of our planet. They all share a focus on some aspect of the eight major impacts of climate change. Sculptors, painters, installation artists, photographers, choreographers, dancers, and poets are participating in this major exhibition made possible with the generous support of the Willow Creek Foundation of Cecilton, Maryland.
Artists include Renee Rhodes, Serena Bates, Rosemary Cotnoir, Gray Jacobik, Linda Talerico, Del-Bourree Bach, Claudia Van Nes, Katia Jirankova Levanti, Carol Young (LORAC), Ruth Berman and Genevieve Lavo. Dancers include Viva Soudan, Bailey Nolan, D'Andrea Knox, Todd Belcher, and Micael Okoasia. Spoken word poets Naomi Jones is performing as well as Joanie DiMartino. Jude Rittenhouse and Joanie DiMartino are hosting and participating in a poetry reading 7 pm on July 16 with Melanie Greenhouse, Gray Jacobik, Lana Orphanides, Kate Rushin, Lisa Starr, Rhonda Ward and Christie Max Williams.
The gala opening includes dance performance in the Art Park with the lively presence of Marya Ursin's and Dan Potter's Mystical Paper Beasts at 7 pm on Friday July 3.

Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 11:00 am
 Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

An exhibit and performances focused on global climate change. All of the works displayed or performed are connected with the beauty and vulnerability of our planet and focus on some aspect of the major impacts of climate change, and the probable political and social upheavals of their consequences. On view from July 3 through August 4
.Poetry Reading on Saturday July 18 from 7-9 pm Regular gallery hours are Tues-Thurs from 11-3 pm, Fri-Sat from 11-6 pm, and Sun from noon-3 pm

 Laws of Attraction: Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17 Art Project, 165 State Street, Suite 106, Atrium at Harris Place, New London, CT , 06320

Laws of Attraction is a major eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artist of the era including Edward Allington, Christine Borland, Michael Goldberg, George Herms, Patrick Hogan, Harry Kramer, Nam June Paik, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Wendy Vanderbilt-Lehman and Phillip Wofford. The latter twentieth century was witness to the most dynamic and diverse art ever created. It was a time of tremendous creative energy and more than its share of controversy. It was an era where art advanced not by one or two overarching ‘isms’ by branched out to develop multiple new disciplines and philosophies. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art.

Image painting by Michael Goldberg, Calagrande

Art Exhibits/Openings

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT , 06412

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28; Opening Reception on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. The Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412. For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920. For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

Soul Suckers

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 7:00 pm
 Soul Suckers;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Green Marble Coffeehouse, 8 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, , 06355

A presentation of love letters by Faloblu: the dynamic duet of artists Brian Stephens and Pola Esther.
About the artists.
Brian Stephens is a painter, he paints bold and big and beautiful. Pola Esther uses photography as main platform for expression, she likes to photograph nature, mostly human.
Besides their solo art practice, they’ve established unofficial duet called “Falo Blu”. They use each other as reflection and contradiction.
Show runs through 31 July 2015

"Boom" Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 9:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT , 06854

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents “Boom,” a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, running from April 29 through July 31, 2015.

“Boom” will showcase art that looks at prosperity and the overindulgences that have become the norm in a group show of artists.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

"From the Garden"

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 6; An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Connecticut artist Patricia Kitchings. Over fifteen small and very personal floral still-lifes create what might be considered an ideal spring show; On view from June 6 through July 11. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

-Laws of Attraction:  A Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17Art Project , 165 State Street, Suite 106, New London, CT , 06320

An eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artists of the era including Michael Goldberg, Nam June Paid, Edward Allington, Christine Borland, George Herms,Harry Kramer, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Phillip Wofford and others. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art. The exhibition is curated by artist/director Mark Gerard McKee and Migdalia Salas.

Chance and Cadence

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 10:00 am
Chance and Cadence ;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17 Art Project, 165 State Street, Suite 101, Atrium at Harris Place, New London, CT , 06320

Susan Firestone refers to art possessed of certain qualities that have particular appeal to other artists. It is seen in the trail of marks revealing the process and search, the tension between positive and negative space. It is expressed in vaguely recognized yet not exhaustively rendered forms, patterns that stop just short of becoming overtly decorative as well as a tenuously balanced symmetry. The large paintings on view adeptly straddle a fine line between objective and non-objective abstraction.

Image: Susan Firestone, Black Russian Red

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 104th Annual Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center , 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) presents its 104th annual juried exhibition of works in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture and graphic arts. CAFA is a non-profit arts organization established in 1910 by a group of renowned Connecticut artists. CAFA’s mission is to encourage excellence in the arts and provide a forum to advance the efforts of accomplished artists.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 2, 6-8pm

Gaia's Lament: Art Cry

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 7:00 pm
Gaia's Lament: Art Cry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Hygienic Art Galleries, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

A multi-disciplinary exhibition that explores the environmental crisis, Gaia's Lament: Art
Cry, will open with a reception and performances July 3 at Hygienic Art Galleries.
All of the works that have been created for, displayed or performed during Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry are connected with the beauty and vulnerability of our planet. They all share a focus on some aspect of the eight major impacts of climate change. Sculptors, painters, installation artists, photographers, choreographers, dancers, and poets are participating in this major exhibition made possible with the generous support of the Willow Creek Foundation of Cecilton, Maryland.
Artists include Renee Rhodes, Serena Bates, Rosemary Cotnoir, Gray Jacobik, Linda Talerico, Del-Bourree Bach, Claudia Van Nes, Katia Jirankova Levanti, Carol Young (LORAC), Ruth Berman and Genevieve Lavo. Dancers include Viva Soudan, Bailey Nolan, D'Andrea Knox, Todd Belcher, and Micael Okoasia. Spoken word poets Naomi Jones is performing as well as Joanie DiMartino. Jude Rittenhouse and Joanie DiMartino are hosting and participating in a poetry reading 7 pm on July 16 with Melanie Greenhouse, Gray Jacobik, Lana Orphanides, Kate Rushin, Lisa Starr, Rhonda Ward and Christie Max Williams.
The gala opening includes dance performance in the Art Park with the lively presence of Marya Ursin's and Dan Potter's Mystical Paper Beasts at 7 pm on Friday July 3.

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 12:00 am
New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015. A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Opening Reception for Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 7:00 pm
Opening Reception for Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

An exhibit and performances focused on global climate change. All of the works displayed or performed are connected with the beauty and vulnerability of our planet and focus on some aspect of the major impacts of climate change. On view from July 3 through August 4. Opening reception on Friday July 3 from 7-11pm. Please check Hygienic’s website at www.hygienic.ning.com for the most up to date information on events. Regular gallery hours are Tues-Thurs from 11-3 pm, Fri-Sat from 11-6 pm, and Sun from noon-3 pm.

Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, 80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, presents an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media. This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn. Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale. The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece - was selected for the Showcase are Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Fay Chin, Gints Grinsberg, Lannie Hart, Deborah Hornbake, Elizabeth Knowles, David Millen, Elizabeth Miller McCue and William Thielen.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs. It is a large -- 144” in height, 56” in diameter -- yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure. Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure. A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen. Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill. Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass. His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe. Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens. Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.” Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 9:00 am
Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Atrium At Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT , 06320

A Multimedia Public Art Installation by Mark Gerard McKee and Joseph (Butch) Rovan.

Engaging Space consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The ranks are oriented perpendicular to the long axis of the Harris Place Atrium. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents. The installation is by artist Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com

In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph (Butch) Rovan, www.soundidea.org. Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.

ll the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.

By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.

The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio

Friday, Jul. 3, 2015, 12:00 am
The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio;

Art Exhibits/Openings

ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn. Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5pm to 8pm. Free. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 4pm. ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, (860) 526-8470, elledesignstudio.net; and (860) 575-9113, www.galleryonect.com

American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 12:00 pm
 American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6–8pm.
work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present a large exhibition of Yves Parent maritime paintings. Many of these paintings are of coastal landmarks, recognizable to boaters who have spent time in the waters around the New England coast. On view: June 12 to July 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment.

Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 11:00 am
 Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

An exhibit and performances focused on global climate change. All of the works displayed or performed are connected with the beauty and vulnerability of our planet and focus on some aspect of the major impacts of climate change, and the probable political and social upheavals of their consequences. On view from July 3 through August 4
.Poetry Reading on Saturday July 18 from 7-9 pm Regular gallery hours are Tues-Thurs from 11-3 pm, Fri-Sat from 11-6 pm, and Sun from noon-3 pm

 Laws of Attraction: Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17 Art Project, 165 State Street, Suite 106, Atrium at Harris Place, New London, CT , 06320

Laws of Attraction is a major eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artist of the era including Edward Allington, Christine Borland, Michael Goldberg, George Herms, Patrick Hogan, Harry Kramer, Nam June Paik, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Wendy Vanderbilt-Lehman and Phillip Wofford. The latter twentieth century was witness to the most dynamic and diverse art ever created. It was a time of tremendous creative energy and more than its share of controversy. It was an era where art advanced not by one or two overarching ‘isms’ by branched out to develop multiple new disciplines and philosophies. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art.

Image painting by Michael Goldberg, Calagrande

Art Exhibits/Openings

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT , 06412

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28; Opening Reception on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. The Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412. For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920. For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

Soul Suckers

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 7:00 pm
 Soul Suckers;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Green Marble Coffeehouse, 8 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, , 06355

A presentation of love letters by Faloblu: the dynamic duet of artists Brian Stephens and Pola Esther.
About the artists.
Brian Stephens is a painter, he paints bold and big and beautiful. Pola Esther uses photography as main platform for expression, she likes to photograph nature, mostly human.
Besides their solo art practice, they’ve established unofficial duet called “Falo Blu”. They use each other as reflection and contradiction.
Show runs through 31 July 2015

"From the Garden"

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 6; An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Connecticut artist Patricia Kitchings. Over fifteen small and very personal floral still-lifes create what might be considered an ideal spring show; On view from June 6 through July 11. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

-Laws of Attraction:  A Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17Art Project , 165 State Street, Suite 106, New London, CT , 06320

An eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artists of the era including Michael Goldberg, Nam June Paid, Edward Allington, Christine Borland, George Herms,Harry Kramer, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Phillip Wofford and others. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art. The exhibition is curated by artist/director Mark Gerard McKee and Migdalia Salas.

Chance and Cadence

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 10:00 am
Chance and Cadence ;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17 Art Project, 165 State Street, Suite 101, Atrium at Harris Place, New London, CT , 06320

Susan Firestone refers to art possessed of certain qualities that have particular appeal to other artists. It is seen in the trail of marks revealing the process and search, the tension between positive and negative space. It is expressed in vaguely recognized yet not exhaustively rendered forms, patterns that stop just short of becoming overtly decorative as well as a tenuously balanced symmetry. The large paintings on view adeptly straddle a fine line between objective and non-objective abstraction.

Image: Susan Firestone, Black Russian Red

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 104th Annual Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center , 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) presents its 104th annual juried exhibition of works in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture and graphic arts. CAFA is a non-profit arts organization established in 1910 by a group of renowned Connecticut artists. CAFA’s mission is to encourage excellence in the arts and provide a forum to advance the efforts of accomplished artists.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 2, 6-8pm

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 12:00 am
New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015. A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, 80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, presents an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media. This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn. Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale. The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece - was selected for the Showcase are Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Fay Chin, Gints Grinsberg, Lannie Hart, Deborah Hornbake, Elizabeth Knowles, David Millen, Elizabeth Miller McCue and William Thielen.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs. It is a large -- 144” in height, 56” in diameter -- yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure. Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure. A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen. Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill. Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass. His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe. Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens. Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.” Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 9:00 am
Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Atrium At Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT , 06320

A Multimedia Public Art Installation by Mark Gerard McKee and Joseph (Butch) Rovan.

Engaging Space consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The ranks are oriented perpendicular to the long axis of the Harris Place Atrium. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents. The installation is by artist Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com

In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph (Butch) Rovan, www.soundidea.org. Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.

ll the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.

By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.

The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015, 12:00 am
The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio;

Art Exhibits/Openings

ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn. Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5pm to 8pm. Free. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 4pm. ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, (860) 526-8470, elledesignstudio.net; and (860) 575-9113, www.galleryonect.com

American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015, 12:00 pm
 American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6–8pm.
work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present a large exhibition of Yves Parent maritime paintings. Many of these paintings are of coastal landmarks, recognizable to boaters who have spent time in the waters around the New England coast. On view: June 12 to July 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment.

Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015, 11:00 am
 Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

An exhibit and performances focused on global climate change. All of the works displayed or performed are connected with the beauty and vulnerability of our planet and focus on some aspect of the major impacts of climate change, and the probable political and social upheavals of their consequences. On view from July 3 through August 4
.Poetry Reading on Saturday July 18 from 7-9 pm Regular gallery hours are Tues-Thurs from 11-3 pm, Fri-Sat from 11-6 pm, and Sun from noon-3 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT , 06412

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28; Opening Reception on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. The Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412. For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920. For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

Soul Suckers

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
 Soul Suckers;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Green Marble Coffeehouse, 8 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, , 06355

A presentation of love letters by Faloblu: the dynamic duet of artists Brian Stephens and Pola Esther.
About the artists.
Brian Stephens is a painter, he paints bold and big and beautiful. Pola Esther uses photography as main platform for expression, she likes to photograph nature, mostly human.
Besides their solo art practice, they’ve established unofficial duet called “Falo Blu”. They use each other as reflection and contradiction.
Show runs through 31 July 2015

"From the Garden"

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 6; An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Connecticut artist Patricia Kitchings. Over fifteen small and very personal floral still-lifes create what might be considered an ideal spring show; On view from June 6 through July 11. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

-Laws of Attraction:  A Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17Art Project , 165 State Street, Suite 106, New London, CT , 06320

An eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artists of the era including Michael Goldberg, Nam June Paid, Edward Allington, Christine Borland, George Herms,Harry Kramer, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Phillip Wofford and others. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art. The exhibition is curated by artist/director Mark Gerard McKee and Migdalia Salas.

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 104th Annual Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center , 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) presents its 104th annual juried exhibition of works in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture and graphic arts. CAFA is a non-profit arts organization established in 1910 by a group of renowned Connecticut artists. CAFA’s mission is to encourage excellence in the arts and provide a forum to advance the efforts of accomplished artists.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 2, 6-8pm

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015, 12:00 am
New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015. A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, 80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, presents an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media. This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn. Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale. The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece - was selected for the Showcase are Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Fay Chin, Gints Grinsberg, Lannie Hart, Deborah Hornbake, Elizabeth Knowles, David Millen, Elizabeth Miller McCue and William Thielen.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs. It is a large -- 144” in height, 56” in diameter -- yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure. Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure. A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen. Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill. Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass. His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe. Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens. Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.” Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio

Sunday, Jul. 5, 2015, 12:00 am
The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio;

Art Exhibits/Openings

ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn. Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5pm to 8pm. Free. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 4pm. ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, (860) 526-8470, elledesignstudio.net; and (860) 575-9113, www.galleryonect.com

American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015, 12:00 pm
 American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6–8pm.
work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present a large exhibition of Yves Parent maritime paintings. Many of these paintings are of coastal landmarks, recognizable to boaters who have spent time in the waters around the New England coast. On view: June 12 to July 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment.

Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015, 11:00 am
 Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

An exhibit and performances focused on global climate change. All of the works displayed or performed are connected with the beauty and vulnerability of our planet and focus on some aspect of the major impacts of climate change, and the probable political and social upheavals of their consequences. On view from July 3 through August 4
.Poetry Reading on Saturday July 18 from 7-9 pm Regular gallery hours are Tues-Thurs from 11-3 pm, Fri-Sat from 11-6 pm, and Sun from noon-3 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT , 06412

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28; Opening Reception on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. The Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412. For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920. For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

Soul Suckers

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
 Soul Suckers;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Green Marble Coffeehouse, 8 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, , 06355

A presentation of love letters by Faloblu: the dynamic duet of artists Brian Stephens and Pola Esther.
About the artists.
Brian Stephens is a painter, he paints bold and big and beautiful. Pola Esther uses photography as main platform for expression, she likes to photograph nature, mostly human.
Besides their solo art practice, they’ve established unofficial duet called “Falo Blu”. They use each other as reflection and contradiction.
Show runs through 31 July 2015

"Boom" Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015, 9:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT , 06854

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents “Boom,” a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, running from April 29 through July 31, 2015.

“Boom” will showcase art that looks at prosperity and the overindulgences that have become the norm in a group show of artists.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

"From the Garden"

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 6; An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Connecticut artist Patricia Kitchings. Over fifteen small and very personal floral still-lifes create what might be considered an ideal spring show; On view from June 6 through July 11. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

-Laws of Attraction:  A Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17Art Project , 165 State Street, Suite 106, New London, CT , 06320

An eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artists of the era including Michael Goldberg, Nam June Paid, Edward Allington, Christine Borland, George Herms,Harry Kramer, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Phillip Wofford and others. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art. The exhibition is curated by artist/director Mark Gerard McKee and Migdalia Salas.

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 104th Annual Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center , 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) presents its 104th annual juried exhibition of works in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture and graphic arts. CAFA is a non-profit arts organization established in 1910 by a group of renowned Connecticut artists. CAFA’s mission is to encourage excellence in the arts and provide a forum to advance the efforts of accomplished artists.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 2, 6-8pm

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015, 12:00 am
New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015. A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, 80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, presents an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media. This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn. Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale. The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece - was selected for the Showcase are Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Fay Chin, Gints Grinsberg, Lannie Hart, Deborah Hornbake, Elizabeth Knowles, David Millen, Elizabeth Miller McCue and William Thielen.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs. It is a large -- 144” in height, 56” in diameter -- yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure. Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure. A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen. Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill. Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass. His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe. Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens. Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.” Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015, 9:00 am
Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Atrium At Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT , 06320

A Multimedia Public Art Installation by Mark Gerard McKee and Joseph (Butch) Rovan.

Engaging Space consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The ranks are oriented perpendicular to the long axis of the Harris Place Atrium. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents. The installation is by artist Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com

In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph (Butch) Rovan, www.soundidea.org. Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.

ll the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.

By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.

Art Exhibits/Openings

15 Water Street Gallery, Mystic Arts Center, 15 Water Street, Mystic , CT , 06355

Join us for a series of wine tasting and discussion on the relationship between art and wine, in conjunction with Frizzante Wine Bar. Owner Stephen Clemente will lead the tastings and discussion featuring various topics around art and wine. The event series will continue on the first Monday of each month through 2015.

Our June topic will be held at MAC’s 15 Water Street Gallery and we’ll discuss New World wines and modern art.

Members $20 / Public $25

American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 12:00 pm
 American Waters: A Marine Art Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Opening Reception: Friday, June 19, 6–8pm.
work by the country’s premier maritime artists, on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful sky-lit galleries. A juried exhibition of marine art by the Association’s member artists will be on view simultaneously. Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Lyme Art Association will present a large exhibition of Yves Parent maritime paintings. Many of these paintings are of coastal landmarks, recognizable to boaters who have spent time in the waters around the New England coast. On view: June 12 to July 31. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 5pm, or by appointment.

Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 11:00 am
 Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

An exhibit and performances focused on global climate change. All of the works displayed or performed are connected with the beauty and vulnerability of our planet and focus on some aspect of the major impacts of climate change, and the probable political and social upheavals of their consequences. On view from July 3 through August 4
.Poetry Reading on Saturday July 18 from 7-9 pm Regular gallery hours are Tues-Thurs from 11-3 pm, Fri-Sat from 11-6 pm, and Sun from noon-3 pm

Art Exhibits/Openings

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT , 06412

Award-winning photographer Peter Wnek explores the SOUL OF THE LANDSCAPE in his upcoming exhibition of fine art photography at the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, May 8 - July 28; Opening Reception on June 7 from 4-7 p.m. With a focus on local scenes, this exhibit speaks to the beauty that surrounds us, the coastal vistas and woodland spaces that are unique to our state. The Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway, Chester, CT 06412. For gallery specific information, call 860-526-8920. For more information about photographer Peter Wnek, visit www.PeterWnekPhoto.com.

Soul Suckers

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
 Soul Suckers;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Green Marble Coffeehouse, 8 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, , 06355

A presentation of love letters by Faloblu: the dynamic duet of artists Brian Stephens and Pola Esther.
About the artists.
Brian Stephens is a painter, he paints bold and big and beautiful. Pola Esther uses photography as main platform for expression, she likes to photograph nature, mostly human.
Besides their solo art practice, they’ve established unofficial duet called “Falo Blu”. They use each other as reflection and contradiction.
Show runs through 31 July 2015

"Boom" Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Maritime Garage Gallery, 11 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT , 06854

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents “Boom,” a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery, running from April 29 through July 31, 2015.

“Boom” will showcase art that looks at prosperity and the overindulgences that have become the norm in a group show of artists.

The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority’s “Art in Parking Places” initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces. The gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 203- 831-9063, or visit www.norwalkpark.org/public-art.

"From the Garden"

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Art Exhibits/Openings

Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 6; An exhibition and sale of new paintings by Connecticut artist Patricia Kitchings. Over fifteen small and very personal floral still-lifes create what might be considered an ideal spring show; On view from June 6 through July 11. Visitors are welcome and encouraged Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com.

-Laws of Attraction:  A Selection of Late 20th Century Art;

Art Exhibits/Openings

MS17Art Project , 165 State Street, Suite 106, New London, CT , 06320

An eclectic exhibition of Art of the Late 20th Century, showcases the art by significant artists of the era including Michael Goldberg, Nam June Paid, Edward Allington, Christine Borland, George Herms,Harry Kramer, Maurizio Pelligrin, Gunter Umberg, Phillip Wofford and others. The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from painting, photography and mixed mediums to video and installation Art. The exhibition is curated by artist/director Mark Gerard McKee and Migdalia Salas.

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 104th Annual Exhibition;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Mystic Arts Center , 9 Water Street, Mystic, , 06355

The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) presents its 104th annual juried exhibition of works in all media, including painting, photography, sculpture and graphic arts. CAFA is a non-profit arts organization established in 1910 by a group of renowned Connecticut artists. CAFA’s mission is to encourage excellence in the arts and provide a forum to advance the efforts of accomplished artists.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 2, 6-8pm

New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 12:00 am
New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, 140 Bank Street, New London, CT , 06320

Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery presents the New London Coast Guard Summer Exhibit, June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015. A benefit for National Coast Guard Museum, Inc. with proceeds from the commission on sales to be donated to the new Connecticut landmark and museum of national significance. New London has a strong partnership with the United States Coast Guard as home city to the Coast Guard Academy, 100 years at its current location, home port of USCG Barque Eagle, America’s Tall Ship, Coast Guard Station New London,with vessels assigned to Search and Rescue missions, USCG National Research and Development Center at Fort Trumbull, historic home of the School of Commissioned Officers of the Revenue Cutter Service, and as the future home of the National Coast Guard Museum. Join us in honoring and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the founding of the USCG, New London’s recognition as an official Coast Guard City, CT Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s designation of the summer of 2015 as Connecticut’s Coast Guard Summer, and the rich legacy of honor, respect, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. Receptions 6:00 to 9:00 pm First Friday’s Through Coast Guard Summer, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, 2015, at 140 Bank St., New London, CT. Visit us at studio33gallery.com.

Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 5:00 pm
Opening Reception for Summer Sculpture Showcase;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, 80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , 06371

Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, presents an exciting new exhibition on the grounds of his studio featuring examples of his own contemporary work accompanied by a selection of works created by a number of other widely acclaimed sculptors working in contrasting media. This Summer Sculpture Showcase will be on view from Monday, June 8, through Sunday, Sept. 13, and feature an Opening Reception on Friday, June 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reception at which light refreshments will be served.

Nine sculptors will be exhibiting in Boro’s expansive Sculpture Gardens located on the 4.5 acres of his residence on historic Lyme Street in the heart of Old Lyme, Conn. Their works will be interspersed amongst Boro’s own sculptures along with works by 13 other contributing artists on the beautifully landscaped grounds offering a unique plein air experience combining both large- and small-scale contemporary sculptures, many of which are for sale. The sculptors whose work – and in some cases, more than one piece - was selected for the Showcase are Diane Barcelo, Ashby Carlisle, Fay Chin, Gints Grinsberg, Lannie Hart, Deborah Hornbake, Elizabeth Knowles, David Millen, Elizabeth Miller McCue and William Thielen.

The signature piece of the exhibition is “Queen Anne’s Lace” by Gints Grinsbergs. It is a large -- 144” in height, 56” in diameter -- yet delicate structure that evokes the intricate design of lace in its welded and stainless steel structure. Grinsbergs’ work has been featured at various museums and galleries and is Included in private and corporate collections throughout North America.

Fay Chin’s abstract aluminum sculpture in the exhibition titled, “Waves,” explores pyramidal relationships in a large, ground-based structure. A sculptor and painter, she has exhibited stone and metal sculptures nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces with larger installations.

“Modern Dance,” a multi-colored sculpture utilizing wire fencing wrapped in vinyl surveying tape, is a collaborative work by Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen. Natural patterns inspire the work of Knowles and Thielen, who live and work respectively in New York City and Carbondale, Ill. Both have an extensive body of individual work and have received numerous awards, grants and residencies.

Boro has enjoyed a distinguished career as a sculptor, architect, educator and international design consultant. He explores the interplay of space, place and scale in a wide range of media including stone, wood, metal and fiberglass. His vast body of work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the US and internationally, and has also been purchased by collectors, corporations and foundations in both the US and Europe. Boro currently has several works being exhibited at off-site locations including the South Carolina-based Art League of Hiltonhead’s Biennale (where he was recently awarded second place in their 24th National Juried Exhibition), the New England Sculptor’s Association’s exhibition in Portsmouth, N.H., and Ramey Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

This inaugural Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in a different location, while also effectively creating a new exhibition within the Sculpture Gardens. Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a fascinating combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”

Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.” Apart from attracting visitors to see the works on his grounds, Boro is thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and hopes this exhibition will help cement the town as a summer destination for art-loving visitors from near and far, especially during the town’s Midsummer Festival on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I-95, the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. The Studio is open by appointment.

For further information, contact 860-434-5957, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com or email studio80sculpturegrounds@gmail.com

Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 9:00 am
Temporary Multimedia Public Art Installation;

Art Exhibits/Openings

Atrium At Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London, CT , 06320

A Multimedia Public Art Installation by Mark Gerard McKee and Joseph (Butch) Rovan.

Engaging Space consists an installation of multiple ranks sheets of semi-transparent plastic of very light weight and thickness. The ranks are oriented perpendicular to the long axis of the Harris Place Atrium. The overall installation which extends to fill the length and width of the Atrium in its configuration defines the space as well as interacts with the environmental conditions and the vicissitudes of light and air currents. The installation is by artist Mark Gerard McKee: www.mckeestudio.com

In addition to its sculptural elements Engaging Space incorporates music as well in the form of the music/sound installation created by Joseph (Butch) Rovan, www.soundidea.org. Liriodendron is both interpretation of and response to the physical space of the atrium. However, this extraordinary sound experiences draws directly from the environment found at the Arboretum of nearby Connecticut College. In fact Liriodendron is also the name of a particular species of tree found there.

ll the sounds in this piece, then, come from the arboretum. The right front entry gate on Williams Street features, as a centerpiece, a decorative liriodendron leaf in wrought iron. Striking the gate, and listening through the leaf’s vibrating form, I discovered the gamelan-like resonances featured here, which suggest to me both the lyricism of the tree’s name and its mysterious past.

By walking through the atrium, listeners will be able to “play” this piece as well. Liriodendron reacts to their movement by offering up a series of high rhythmic melodies, like the tree’s high canopy, that rise to the building’s upper reaches.

The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio

Tuesday, Jul. 7, 2015, 12:00 am
The Artists of Gallery One at ELLE Design Studio;

Art Exhibits/Openings

ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, Chester, CT , 06412

Member artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn. Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5pm to 8pm. Free. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, Sunday from 10am to 4pm. ELLE Design Studio, 1 Main Street, (860) 526-8470, elledesignstudio.net; and (860) 575-9113, www.galleryonect.com

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