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by Allan Appel | Jun 14, 2013 1:53 pm
When Don Wunderlee moved his studio from Westville to Erector Square, he had to cram into a reduced 400 square feet of space and hang his paintings-in-progress chock-a-block and atop each other.
That constriction gave him some new visual ideas that he now has plenty of room to show off.
They’re hanging in a unique new gallery space in town that is literally a city block long.
by Allan Appel | Jun 13, 2013 11:45 am
Kansas-born and Illinois-raised Margot Nimiroski remembers the first time she saw the ocean. She was in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. She was 16 years old and prone to fall in love.
She did precisely that: with the ocean.
Decades later, after 26 years of service teaching pre-school special-ed kids in New Haven, she has taken up a new profession and expressed that former love in 15 large acrylic-on-canvas paintings inspired by the harbor in Branford, where she lives.
by Staff | Jun 6, 2013 11:04 am | Comments (3)
From the coral reefs of Tahiti, by way of Italian marble quarries, a giant sea slug arrived in a backyard in Westville.
by Allan Appel | Jun 4, 2013 1:21 pm | Comments (1)
New Haven-born Kristina Zallinger had her last solo show in 1973 shortly after she received her MFA from the University of Montana. Then she lost time, lost a lot of it, to a long struggle with bipolar disorder.
In 2007 an art therapist at Fellowship Place handed her a canvas. “Go to town,” she said. And Zallinger did.
by Allan Appel | May 30, 2013 1:03 pm
Come this fall, if you lock up to a bike rack in the shape of broccoli and carrots in front of a local vegetarian eatery or to a cupcake-shaped rack beside a bakery, you’ll have Ann Lehman to thank.
by Allan Appel | May 29, 2013 1:01 pm | Comments (3)
At first you notice chicken wire and assorted colors of fencing woven into a comfy rounded mesh suitable for a day care center.
by Allan Appel | May 24, 2013 11:08 am
On the day after she received her MFA in sculpture from Yale, Kenya Robinson looked up at a ten-foot tall black cyborg.
It presented a single Amazonian breast, a Star Wars helmet, a figure like Wonder Woman or Barbie.
Not to mention a right nipple, and genitals, and three cell-phone size monitors showing footage of choreographic superheroes performing martial arts on the seashore while getting rained on by silver crystals.
by Allan Appel | May 22, 2013 3:40 pm
Jane Lederer’s photograph of a seemingly ordinary July 4 celebration is anything but.
If you look close up, folks are relaxing in lawn chairs and taking in the fireworks. Step back and they become sprawled out bodies, carnage in a battle scene beneath the rockets’ black and and white glare.
by David Sepulveda | May 21, 2013 8:16 am | Comments (2)
“Similar, But Different” is the way Edgewood School second-grade teacher Kim Rogers has described a unique artistic and social collaboration between her class and art students of Tina Menchetti at Chapel Haven, a private non-profit transitioning program serving young adults on the autism spectrum and those with social and developmental disabilities.
by Thomas MacMillan | May 15, 2013 1:08 pm | Comments (2)
Sculptor Gar Waterman was welding together a “ray gun,” reliving a childhood spent playing with toy firearms and shooting real ones, when tragedy struck in Newtown—and gave his piece a bitter new edge.