A New Spectrum Gallery Exhibit Opens March 19, 2021

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its newest exhibit, Entanglements with an opening weekend Saturday, March 20 (1-6pm) and Sunday, March 21 (1-6pm) with wine and safely bagged snacks.  The six-week exhibit (through May 2) is located at 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.  Entanglements will allow visitors to discover original representational and abstract artwork that explores the complex and creative ways objects and people intertwine.  A wide selection of paintings, mixed media, sculpture, and photography are available.

There are many returning favorites artists to the Gallery as well as artists and fine artisans presenting at Spectrum for the first time. Returning is painter Amy K. Lewis, an award-winning artist based on the Massachusetts coast who works primarily in oil and acrylic. Visually impaired, Lewis uses this impairment as a unique way of ‘seeing’ the world through representations of her art and photography.  Recently, she has focused on abstract expressionist work using unusual materials such as dental floss, chalk-line, and ordinary thread to paint on canvas. Beverley Fisher – new to Spectrum, originally from England, is an artist and art educator who is continually inspired by nature; her works are predominantly in watercolor, gouache, and collage.  Elayne “Layne” Marholin – returning to Spectrum – presents an oil on canvas with powerful color and brushwork.  Marholin, who has been painting her entire adult life, focuses on a wide variety of subject matter, and is inspired by a strong sense of composition and a compelling palette.

Also, for the first time at the Gallery is Kim Coughlin Tellez who throughout her career has painted – mostly in acrylic – and who experiments with abstraction, expressionism, and bold use of color.  Painter Leslie Printis presents several works in graphite, a medium she employs to explore the blurring of lines between drawing and painting. She uses heavy marks and vivid contrast to create her motifs, which are playfully interwoven curvilinear forms.

Painter Ceal Swift presents a vibrant nature scene.  She has participated in numerous group shows as well as a number of solo exhibitions.  Many of her works are inspired by travel, including various golf destinations when accompanying her husband.  Pennsylvania-based artist Tammy Kushnir explores a wide-range of subject matter including animals, wildlife, and surreal landscapes that vacillate from dark to light. Working mainly in acrylic, she also enjoys exploring mixed media, incorporating, ink, colored pencils, modeling paste, and other textures into some of her creations. Kushnir has extensive experience in drawing, creating keepsake boxes, digital art, and book art.  Yashika Singh is an abstract painter inspired by nature through which she explores the limitless possibilities that color, paint and a blank canvas offer. She primarily works in acrylic and oil and is currently working on her series ‘Women ‘n World’ with more than 100 works in her inventory. Artist Lois Lawrence presents several works on paper that clearly capture the spirit of Entanglements.  While trained extensively in formal composition, she considers abstraction an important part of her artistic journey and feels equally comfortable creating representational images and works of pure imagination.

Diana Baker is primarily an abstract landscape painter, working in most mediums, often mixing her paint with pigments. A varied and interesting life surrounded by art includes working with renowned painter Helen Frankenthaler, in which she “observed the psyche of a successful female artist intent on gesture.” Working in architecture including for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, Baker continued living and working in this vibrant city for many years frequently showing as a painter. Once back in the US, she continued painting, exhibiting her work and teaching drawing and painting to children and adults.

A variety of original photography are presented including those by Sharyn Farrell – new to Spectrum.  Trained formally and through apprenticeships with well-known professional photographers, Farrell focuses much on travel photojournalism and abstract photography.  Her work has been exhibited and published extensively including in the book, Love in Puebla, Mexico.

Many fine artisans at Spectrum Gallery offer works in wood, glass, paper, fabric, jewelry design, and more. As the Artisan’s Store is always expanding its relationships with fine crafters, new items to browse and purchase are available.  New to Spectrum is Carol Szymanski, a woodworker and woodturner with decades of experience experimenting with this preferred craft medium. She creates with a lathe and uses a variety of wood finishing treatments such as the Japanese art of Shou Sugi Ban which uses fire to burn and preserve the wood, while enhancing its unique lines.

Spectrum Gallery, located at 61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT adheres to all safety measures and asks visitors to wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering. Open Wednesday through Saturday (12-6pm) and Sunday (12-5pm). For more information call (860) 767-0742 and visit spectrumartgallery.org

Spectrum Gallery recently enhanced and relaunched its online shopping site, Spectrum Anytime, at spectrumanytime.com.  It is the place to browse and shop online with shipping available throughout the US – a perfect choice to discover new artists while adding to one’s collections, as well as a convenient option for gift giving.  Additionally, gift cards are available in the Store as well as online.

Spectrum Art Gallery and fine Artisans Store is open Wednesday through Saturday (12-6pm) and Sunday (12-5pm).  It adheres to all safety measures and asks that visitors wear masks and use hand sanitizer upon entering.  For more information call (860) 767-0742 and visit spectrumartgallery.org.  To follow on social media visit facebook.com/spectrumartgallery, instagram.com/spectrum_art_gallery, and twitter.com/spectrum_ct