Art Exhibits/Openings

Cool & Collected

Cool & Collected; Wednesday, November, 15, 2017

Wednesday  4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

ESSEX, CT (August 5, 2017) – Melanie Carr Gallery is pleased to announce the grand opening and inaugural exhibition of Cool & Collected, a group exhibition of fourteen contemporary artists on view at 1 North Main Street (across from the Essex Art Association) from October 21 – December 3, 2017. The opening reception will be Saturday, October 21, 4-7 p.m.

This exhibition will highlight the work of artists in Carr’s collection including Mary Dwyer whose historical portrait paintings revolve around historic lore and her love of early portraiture paintings; Kevin Van Aelst whose cerebral photographs consist of common artifacts and scenes from everyday life, which he rearranges into various forms, patterns, and illustrations; Bombay born artist Rashmi Talpade’s photomontages are amalgamations of reconstructed landscapes that reflect the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures.

The exhibition also includes mesmerizing graphite drawings by Thea Wilcox Ciciotte; Robert Gregson’s geometric drawings which stem from his love of architecture; Matthew Best’s collages deal with power, gender, and authority; Kathleen Jacobs’ landscape paintings reveal nature’s abiding beauty, grace and order; Artist Ben Parker delights in his masterful folded paper constructions; conceptual artist David Borawski’s Blast drawings will be on view, puppeteer and artist Kimberly Van Aelst’s combines her love of science, nature, and art, Suzan Shutan’s Tar Roofing Paper pieces straddle the worlds of two and three dimensions; University of Connecticut Professor of Art John O’Donnell’s works on paper utilize appropriated images and objects relating to art history, popular media and consumer culture; and Margaret Vaughan who appropriates imagery from the fashion and porn industry states "my works fit in the fine line between lust and revulsion."

Melanie Carr Gallery
1 North Main
Essex, CT 06426




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