Expressive Women of NAWA (the National Association of Women Artists, Inc.), is a juried show co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library and by NAWA. Selections for this call for entries exhibition have been made by the Library and NAWA, empowering, promoting and encouraging women artists since 1889. Celebrating Women's History Month (March), this juried exhibiton of works by artists in the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. runs the gamut from figurative to abstract, from realist to highly stylized, from portraiture to landscape and from muted tonalities to vibrant, rich colors. Accepted artists come from New York, New Jersey, New England, the Midwest and the West Coast.PVA
Veteran New York artist, Robert Reitzfeld will exhibit his nervy, intense and colorful pop/abstract paintings which sometimes reference comic book,cartoon, and other images. "Reitzfeld's distinctive melange of Abstract Expressionist, Pop and Op art and other post-war painting styles...features cartoons and familiar Pop-art iconography...in a colorful network of patterns that suggest late Matisse collages and Bridget Riley paintings as well as certain 1980's Pattern and Decoration works."--David Ebony, Art in America. Artist's reception will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 2-4 PM in the Library's Gallery on the Lower Level.
Artist and author Joe Fig will talk about his newly released book, Inside the Artists Studio, which captures not only creative inspiration, but also the myriad of physical and logistical details that artists face in their daily lives. Perfectly hung works of art are part of a long and arduous process. Over the years, Joe Fig has interviewed, documented and recreated the spaces of over 120 leading contemporary artists creating portraits of the artist at work. Fig’s paintings, sculptures and photographs are exhibited internationally and can be found in numerous museums and leading private collections. He is the author of the acclaimed Inside the Painter's Studio and Inside the Artist’s Studio.PVA
About the book: Inside the Artist's Studio by Joe Fig, 256 pages, 309 color illustrations. What was your earliest childhood artwork that received recognition? When did you first consider yourself a professional artist? How has your studio's location influenced your work? How do you choose titles? Do you have a favorite color? Joe Fig asked a wide range of celebrated artists these and many other questions during the illuminating studio visits documented in Inside the Artist's Studio--the follow-up to his acclaimed 2009 book, Inside the Painter's Studio. In this remarkable collection, twenty-four painters, video and mixed- media artists, sculptors, and photographers reveal highly idiosyncratic production tools and techniques, as well as quotidian habits and strategies for getting work done: the music they listen to; the hours'they keep; and the relationships with gallerists and curators, friends, family, and fellow artists that sustain them outside the studio.Fig's interviews and extensive photography form the backbone of his ongoing investigation of the creative process'a study that culminates in original artwork representing each artist's studio. Some are depicted through meticulous sculptural miniatures, others through richly detailed paintings.In words and images, each investigation forms a unique portrait of the artist at work.
Robert Reitzfeld will exhibit his densely color paintings that weave figurative elements into abstract designs from April 2 through 28. His vibrant works "feature painted fragments of cartoons and comic strip imagery that contrast with agitated brushwork in the abstract backgrounds" (David Ebony, Art in America). His exuberant compositions set up a going back and forth relationship between the fragmented imagery and the richly textured backgrounds.
"I always combine elements from the comics (or pop imagery) in my work. More often than not, they are barely recognizable elements, tidbits or fragments, co-opted, re-arranged or juxtaposed onto canvas, creating colorful, complicated and sometimes disorienting abstract passages. They strive to create depth on a flat 2-dimensional surface, to confuse the issue of figure/ground." -- Robert Reitzfeld PVA
Thriving Through the Arts: The College Admissions Process for Musicians, Actors, Dancers and Visual Artists
The Ridgefield Library along with the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Arts Council will present an afternoon program called Thriving Through the Arts: The College Admissions Process for Musicians, Actors, Dancers and Visual Artists. The program will take place at the Library on Sunday, April 23 between 1 and 3 p.m., and is aimed at high school students and their parents who are interested in learning more about the college admissions process for performing and visual artists.
The afternoon will begin with a general introduction to what the college application process is like for artists and how it differs from the general college admissions process. Topics covered will include major versus non-major, BA versus BFA, resumes, what is required in terms of work samples such as portfolios, audition recordings and much more. College consultant Candace Channing, who is herself an internationally acclaimed flutist, will moderate the discussion. This will be followed by break-out sessions, where more specific questions for each of the four disciplines will be addressed by panelists that will include teachers, university professors, practitioners and students and parents who have recently been through the process. The afternoon will conclude with refreshments and time for networking and more informal Q & A.
Katie Diamond and Daniel Levine - both broadway actors and executive directors of ACT of CT
Jason Peck - actor and artistic director of Thrown Stone Theatre Company; also theater director at St. Luke’ school.
Dominic Amendum - music director, composer and professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Heather Meachem - mother of an acting student who just went through the application and audition process
Christopher E. Manning, Exhibitions Coordinator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Artist and Adjunct Professor of Studio Art at Manhattanville College
ARTrip to The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden.
Trip limited to 15. Meet at the Museum (28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY 10560-). Entrance fee is $ 5.00, $ 4.00 for seniors. Lunch will take place afterwards at 121 Restaurant in North Salem (2 Dingle Ridge Rd, North Salem, NY 10560). Group will meet at 10:30 for a guided tour of the Japanese Stroll Garden for 45 minutes and then tour the museum and gift shop on your own from 11:15 - 11:45. Then all will travel and meet at 121 Restaurant for lunch around 12:00 PM.
The Hammond Museum was created as a foundation of support to promote global awareness and development of Eastern cultures with the West. It continues to reach out and support its wide community of artists and performers in the Greater New York Metropolitan Region. The museum's mission is to stimulate interest in appreciating artistic traditions of the East in the West through presentation of exhibitions from the museum's collections and through loaned shows; through music, dance and theatre, featuring historical and contemporary material representing Eastern and Western cultures. The Hammond Museum generates art programs, lectures, films and seminars, involving the public of all ages with specific learning experiences about the East in the West.
The Japanese Stroll Garden was designed as an environment of natural beauty and tranquility, to delight the senses and refresh the spirit. It totally complements the Museum as a space where aspects of Eastern and Western culture can meet and can be appreciated through art exhibitions, concerts, special events and educational programs. The Garden's mission is to preserve and develop the Japanese Stroll Garden which serves as a model for teaching people about the value of the environment, horticultural design and Eastern traditions through lectures, walking tours, classes and workshops. The campus sits on 7 acres.
Opening reception for exhibition: Iconic Women - guoache paintings by Hazel Jarvis of noteworthy women from Joan of Arc to Dolly Parton.