Alanna Fagan is a painter and printmaker whose work has been widely exhibited in national and international shows and has won awards in several media. Her work has been shown in Central Falls Gallery in New York, Galerie du Musée in Paris, La Galerie in St. Barts, and in ten solo exhibitions.
Commissions include portraits for The Center For Creative Leadership, Wilmington NC; Cohen & Wolf P.C., Bridgeport CT; The Harvard Club of New York City; Istituto Geografico de Agostini, Novara, Italy; and The New England School of Law, Boston MA.
She is listed in Who’s Who in America, from 2006, and in Who's Who in American Art, from 1993. Her work is represented in many private collections in the USA, the Caribbean and Europe.
An elected member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and New Haven Paint & Clay Club, she is also a member of the Center For Contemporary Printmaking and the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut.
Fagan lives and maintains a studio on the Housatonic River in Milford, CT. She has studied with painters, sculptors and printmakers, and has taught painting at the Silvermine Guild School of Art in Connecticut.
Art is about making marks – on paper, canvas, printing plates or some other surface. Those first marks begin the exciting, frustrating, angst-ridden, driven, joyous journey that is art-making. The first marks become the drawing, a spontaneous response to some idea, and from there the process begins. I never know for sure where the journey will end, or if it will end well, but obsessively persevere in the hope that what is first conceived in my mind's eye, will come through my hand to a satisfying conclusion.
Artistry and aesthetics have been a focus of my life for my entire career. As a practicing cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, I have learned how to use the smile as my canvas. Painting and art have become a true passion and one of my greatest pleasures. Most of my works use acrylic and epoxy resins applied to canvas, metal, wood, plexiglass or MDF. The bigger and more colorful, the better! I am essentially self taught but would love to study with many of the artists whose work I greatly admire. I have experienced much commercial success selling works at the Westport River Gallery (Westport, CT), local interior designers, my dental office (where all proceeds are donated to charities), my website (www.abstractartbyjohnfatse.com) and other websites. My works have been featured in Art World News and Westport Lifestyles Magazine. Thank you for viewing my works and I appreciate any comments.
My name is John Fatse. I have lived in Westport for the past 3 years and love the creative and artistic vibe the town has. I am looking forward to joining a group that is focused on exploring and enjoying all the joy and beauty that art has to offer. Learning from others, sharing what I know and meeting interesting and passionate artists has become a significant part of my life. I am hoping for a mutually beneficial relationship with the collective and it’s members.
Susan Fehlinger had to be content to be an occasional painter during her 30+-year career as a Television Producer in New York City. She attended art classes at The School of Visual Arts, and painting workshops on Cape Cod but for the most part she is a self-taught artist.
When she quit her job in NYC in 2003 and moved to Cape Cod she began painting more seriously. She discovered the palette knife and created large still life oil paintings. She joined the Chatham Art Gallery on the Cape, and was also represented by Sheldon Fine Arts in Newport RI, later at Art Essex in Essex CT, and now at Southport Galleries, Southport CT.
In 2014 she relocated to Black Rock CT and branched out to other themes such as coastal architecture and cityscapes. Fehlinger’s paintings depict familiar, yet abstracted scenes. Her painting style emphasizes her interest in texture, color and light; and she applies her paint thickly with a palette knife to highlight structure, form and shadow. Visit www.susanfehlinger.com
Light changes everything. It transforms everyday objects or simple buildings into important objects and architectural structure. It changes colors. It changes moods. It’s the play of light and shadow --negative and positive--that I strive to see, understand, and capture in my paintings.
Jane Gilman Fleischner
Jane received a BFA in Painting with a Psychology Minor from the University of Bridgeport. Jane has worked on her art since then,along with receiving a Culinary degree from the CIA and her current project, raising her three kids. She recently finished a '100 paintings in 100 days' project to insure art would have a place in her daily life, however busy.
My acrylic paintings depict color, light, shadow and their interplay. Favorite subjects are nature and flowers. I have brought people back to my studio after a long break and will be working on compositions from street scenes to meadows. I photograph as I go, and return to my studio to paint from my photographs.
Architect Louis Kahn wrote a eulogy for architect, Carlo Scarpa. These words are what I aspire to in my work:
‘Beauty’… the first sense … Art … the first word … then Wonder. Then the inner realization of ‘Form’. The sense of the wholeness of inseparable elements. Design consults Nature … to give presence to the elements. A work of art makes manifest the wholeness of the ‘Form’ … a symphony of the selected shapes of the elements. In the elements … the joint inspires ornament, its celebration. The detail is the adoration of Nature.
My grandfather, a superb gardener, chemist and inventor, introduced the wonders of nature to me at a young age. From his flowers, he distilled perfume essence that he sold to Channel and others. He often led me on walking tours through his gardens, as well as giving me plants to grow and nurture. I made my entire childhood bedroom a thick jungle of plants and birds. Ever since, my art and nature merge as one. With my microscope, I love looking at and studying the wonder of interesting natural shapes and textures. I came to realize with every step you take outside you can come upon something no one has seen. I started out as a traditional carver of stone and wood, and often find myself transferring the beauty of human forms and rhythms with the natural world, and vice versa. A lot of my pieces have the feel of something you might come upon while walking. They are types of shelters and hives, mimicking the human condition of what we do in life, making us feel we are somewhat in control, but not completely, as we do what we can to protect those we love. Or, they are of images that convey evolving, as all natural forms do in the elements. As my grandfather distilled flowers for the essence of perfume, I distill the wonder of the natural world for the essence of my sculpture.
Cecilia Moy Fradet
When asked the question “what do you like to do outside of art?”, the first thing that came to Cecilia’s mind was “more art!”. Whether it is viewing, reading, or talking about art, Cecilia Moy Fradet is constantly creating and curating ideas for her projects to come. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Lower Manhattan, Cecilia was fascinated by the differences in ideologies such as perceived beauty and the question “what do we hold sacred?”
She graduated with a fine arts degree then had a second career as a fashion designer. Cecilia is currently a mixed media artist and has a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, a member of the Artist Collective of Westport, and an educator at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum..
My practice encompasses the beauty of translating memories into objects sometimes using remnants of discarded materials to create a series of unique artwork. Because my process is intuitive, I often use different mediums and colors to best express my vision at the time.
Art has always been in my life. I was drawn to art at an early age, as my grandfather was a painter of Chinese landscapes and my father was a calligrapher. As a visual learner, I am influenced by interactions, first impressions, and instant judgements stemming from people, places, and colorful patterns. These moments are imprinted in my memory and create stories in my head that I make visible in my art.
Rebeca Calvo (now Rebeca Fuchs) was born in Madrid, Spain, where she graduated in Fine Arts Faculty from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, with a master in Design. She developed a professional career as furniture designer, creating numerous collections for the retail and contract markets and working for major hotel projects (for further information, please visit: rbk-design.com).
I paint, I find silence, and listen to the words of life around me. I try to find the common thread that runs through it all: colors that repeat themselves, shapes that multiply, curves and gestures that talk of pain or laughter, of dreams and of life. May my paintings bring you silence as well. May they allow you to stop and ponder, to feel deeper, to listen clearer, to see brighter.
... shh... quiet, let the painting talk now [Rebeca Fuchs].