Splashes, Drips and Drops

Splashes, Drips and Drops

A New Summer Spectrum Gallery Exhibit Opens July 16, 2021

The Splashes, Drips and Drops show has received such positive feedback that we are extending it until Sept. 12th!

Discover new and original artworks that explore the creativity and spontaneity of liquids…and not just water! Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store’s newest exhibit, Splashes, Drips and Drops, opens July 16 and runs through September 12 at 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, Connecticut. The seven-week exhibit will kick off with an Opening Weekend that includes wine and safely bagged snacks.

There are multiple artists and fine artisans presenting for the first time at Spectrum including Dana Uzwiak, a nature enthusiast and plein air artist from Killingworth whose creations are often inspired by her almost daily visits to a small brook that feeds into the Hammonasset River.  Award-winning artist Erin Starr presents a painting from her series “Nature Reflections” which draws inspiration from the elements of water and nature’s organic depth of color.  She works in a combination of acrylic, oil, and ink on linen canvas.  Also for the first time showing at Spectrum is Joan Appel, who is both an artist and professional musician.  As a painter she sees her art form as a personal performance using color and shape.  And Jeannette Delmore, a painter whose subject matter often includes delicate portraits in watercolor, as well as works created en plein aire.

New to Spectrum for this Summer show is painter Richard Nowak, a Massachusetts-based artist who paints in oil, acrylic, and watercolor to create New England landscapes, harbor scenes, and gardens in an impasto impressionist style using a combination of brushwork and painting knives; he is known for his textured application of paint and high-keyed colors.  Sabely Peralta, a painter and mixed media artist, presents several works for the first time at Spectrum, as does paper artist Chris Penry who specializes in Pulp Painting, using inclusions from nature, and making paper from Thai Kozo, a fiber from the mulberry plant. Katie Danahy Samuelson, new to Spectrum, who has a background in interior design, is a painter whose subject matter is often cityscapes and landscapes with a focus on abstraction and expressive brushwork.

Many returning Spectrum favorites include Pat Damiani, a representational painter, who explores an unexpected liquid in her exhibit piece; and Diane Rubacha, an artist who is showing a riparian-inspired watercolor and a woodblock print.  Edith Skiba LaMonica and Pam Carlson, award-winning abstract painters whose vibrant works are in many private and public collections.  Kathleen DeMeo, a printmaker, painter, and mixed-media artist whose primary medium is monotype, a painterly form of printmaking. She presents several works in oil and wax. Bonnie Lea Townsend, a largely self-taught artist in photography, pencil, and watercolor, returns to Spectrum with a dreamy seaside pictorial image. Kearen Enright, a mixed media artist, presents several colorful and fluid works in acrylic and resin; and painter Kimberley Kordonowy joins with a vibrant work of nature crafted in acrylic, fabric, and oil.

Carolyn Rothfeld is an emerging artist living and working in Connecticut. She studied fine art and has focused her attention specifically on acrylic painting.  Others presenting in Splashes include painters Catherine Satsuk and Ceal Swift, both with vibrant seascapes.  Painters Laurie Diwinsky and Marjorie Sopkin exhibit several abstract works, and Teri Glassman returns with a new work – an engaging and vibrant work in egg tempera (a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a binder such as egg yolk).

A variety of original photography and limited-edition prints are presented including those by returning favorites Robert Thomas and Scott Camphausen – both with powerful new seascape images.  Harry Rosenbluth whose work covers varied subjects ranging from the famous (Rolling Stones, Muhammad Ali) to street photography, and Michael Fanelli who presents several brooding photographic works on aluminum with contrasting light and dark values. New to Spectrum is Lois Blood Bennett, a digital media artist, presenting large and dramatic pigment prints.  And Maryann Flick, a photographer and stained-glass artist, exhibits new archival digital images that capture the essence of the show.  Other photographers presenting in Splashes include Larry Bilansky, Paul Ramsey, Dianne Roberts, and for the first time, Stephen Dandrow.

Many potters, glass artists, fabric and jewelry designers, and other fine artisans exhibiting include Bob Rosenberg, a basketry artisan, Jean Gresham, a fused glass artisan and jeweler and Andy Teran who is known for his driftwood carvings of whales; botanical artist Anna Sidorow with new pressed flower works; potters Lisa Krall, Lyn Harper, and Marcia Kindlmann.   Jewelry designers with new works include Carol Dorman, Joanna Biskupski, Kate Huddleston, Linda Saucier, and polymer clay jewelry artist Kristie Foss.

The Gallery recently expanded 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 site for artwork and gift card purchasing.

Spectrum Gallery, located at 61 Main St., Centerbrook, CT is open Wednesday through Saturday (12-6pm) and Sunday (12-5pm). 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