Visual Arts

Westville’s CWOS Watershed Moment

by David Sepulveda | Oct 16, 2016 10:09 am | Comments (11)

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTOS Last weekend, the first in a series of four weekends of City Wide Open Studios kicked off in Westville, marking a watershed moment in the life of this emerging arts district. Consideration of Westville’s entree as a full-fledged, City Wide Open Studios (CWOS) weekend destination had its pros and cons according to Helen Kauder, executive director of Artspace, which sponsors the nearly month-long arts festival in New Haven.

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The Furniture Speaks ... French?

by Allan Appel | Oct 13, 2016 8:07 am | Comments (1)

Yale University Art Gallery Photo. A young newlywed couple, good subjects of the crown in colonial Rhode Island, are very fashionable, and they’re sufficiently well-to-do to support their good taste.

They want for their first home together a decidedly French-looking table, with its serpentinely curved legs and expensive marble top, of a kind that might have been found in a far-away chamber at Louis XIV’s Versailles.

Does it matter that when the couple decide to purchase the Gallic pier tables of their dreams that the British are fighting the French in The French and Indian War?

Apparently not.

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Degrees Of Separation Overcome

by Allan Appel | Oct 6, 2016 8:08 am

Allan Appel Photo More than a dozen years ago the abstract nature photographer Hayward Gatling had not shown any of his work. Many of his friends didn’t even know he was a photographer.

Until his then-girlfriend threw a surprise party for him, in which his works were to be displayed. He tried to resist even that, but “I couldn’t back out or I’d be a total ass,” he said.

Many of the compositions, however, sold, and Gatling’s artistic life changed forever.

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