Karen is a multi-media artist and photographer. She often combines printmaking, collage and photographic techniques.She has studied art since early childhood when she took classes from Alexander Calder’s sister, Peggy Calder Hayes. She graduated, an art major, from Scripps College, and earned a MA in art education at NYU. Karen has taught elementary and high school art and private classes for children and adults. For twenty years she had a custom tile business designing, hand making, and hand-glazing ceramic tiles for clients across the country. She has shown her work on the east and west coasts and is in numerous collections including the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Collection in New Jersey. She lives and works in Stamford, CT and spends parts of each year in Vermont.
Statement of Work:
Nature and the flow of life permeate my work. My subject matter and materials are found in the natural world - the human figure, the woods, the weather. Materials often include hand-made papers and even birch bark. A recurring theme for many years has been the aging process, particularly of women. Wrinkles become line drawings. Skin takes on new textures and colors. Gesture changes. I print wrinkled, lined figures on natural Japanese papers that resemble old skin. Sometimes these figures float in the air as paper sculptures.
Amy Kaplan is an artist who lives and works in Fairfield County CT. After graduating from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Amy worked as a textile designer and colorist for various home furnishing companies during the 1990’s. Currently a board member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Amy works to connect local artists with local businesses and other exhibiting opportunities, enriching our communities by making art more accessible. Amy’s work in watercolor and oil has been exhibited at numerous juried and invitational exhibits in and around Fairfield County.
I make abstract art referencing landscape real and imaginary, using pigment and cut paper to weave together many different subtle moments, days and weeks of a place, creating an textile-like artifact of interwoven past, present and future.
my aim in my work is to capture an instant and hold it forever.
I try to do this in my gouache and ink paintings with the spontaneity of water.
I like the way clay can do this also;
I like the rhythms of my finger marks , the contrast of splashed glazes on unglazed porcelain.
I find inspiration among the people, places, and ordinary activities that I encounter on any given day. I am particularly interested in exploring and capturing the way natural light bathes my subjects via it's lines of shadows.
My objective is to capture the beauty or emotions that have been evoked in me..to capture a snapshot in time. I like to paint intuitively, choosing what "feels right" despite established rules or structure. I often revel, after the fact, in the glorious accidents that can occur.
Susanne Andover Keany
Keany is a painter and a sculptor. A graduate of Barnard College and the School of Visual Arts at Purchase. she was given a grant to participate in the Studio Semester Program in NYC and later studied with Robert Reed at Yale. She is a member of Art/Place Gallery and the Westport Artists Collective. She has exhibited widely in Connecticut, Florida and New York. She moved to Connecticut about sixteen years ago, where she found herself living in the midst of towering beautiful old trees that changed the direction of her work. Still drawn to realism, she turned from the water’s edge to landscapes, interested in the patterns and colors that enveloped her. Now inspired by the American road trip, she tries to convey something of the wonder she feels as she travels over back roads and through small towns.
Making art is like an odyssey. It is never a simple journey but one filled with insights and surprises. Painting for me is a visual record of perception and a desire to impart the intensity of seeing to the viewer. In my large oil paintings I explore scale and color. My small and intimate sculptures incorporating natural fragments began as a form of play. It was the act of wrapping them that gave them a spiritual energy. It is the relationship between the cognitive and the intuitive that interests me.
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Karen Kent was born in Wurzburg, Germany but grew up in Garden City, New York.
She graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Architecture. Her drafting skills combined with an original eye for color led to a successful career as an Interior Designer. A member of ASID for twenty seven years, Karen worked with both commercial and residential clients throughout New England. Karen is now devoting most of her time to painting in both pastel and oil. Her love of nature and the outdoors is evident in her work. Her color palette is vibrant and full of life yet her work conveys a feeling of peace and serenity. Karen has studied at Silvermine Arts Center and with Arlene Skutch, Susan Ogilvie, David Dunlop, Dean Fisher, Claudia Mengel, Dimitri Wright, and Leona Frank.
Owls are a majestic and mysterious bird, rarely seen in the middle of the day. After several magical encounters, Karen was called to start painting these birds. But not in an ordinary way, she aimed to paint them to honor who they are and what they signify. The owl is a symbol of knowledge, strength, and intuition. These special feathered creatures can see beyond illusion and deceit. As each owl is painted, a personality is born. The process is spontaneous and calls for the use of mixed media; the artist feels as though these birds paint themselves. Color is paramount and is dictated by the mood of the owl: playful, smart-ass, powerful, shy, attitude. Oil, acrylic, pastel, ink, fabric, and newsprint can be found in these pieces. The artists is fascinated by their beauty and so the series continues.
My work speaks of my life; it’s influences, experiences, and longings.
It speaks of growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the height of political unrest.
It speaks of arriving in Boston at the age of 19,
of moving to New York City to become a graphic designer,
and of working in the music industry during the roaring ‘80's.
My work speaks of becoming a wife, a mother, a nurturer
and it speaks of love, hope, disappointment, and pain.
My work conveys notions of time and memory.
I photograph in a particular and specific way for each project,
often experimenting as I shoot, in order to speak my truth.
One-person museum exhibitions include the Katonah Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Group shows at other museums include the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Bruce Museum, Grounds for Sculpture and the Neuberger Museum of Art. Niki Ketchman has had four one-person exhibitions and was included in numerous group shows at Kouros Gallery, NYC from 1993 to 2004. The Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, the Mona Berman Gallery, New Haven and the Gallery New World, Dusseldorf, Germany are among other galleries in which Ketchman has had shows.
Reviews of her work have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, The Boston Globe, Art New England, The Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Arts Magazine and the Journal News. Essays about her work also appear in the Museum catalogs where she has exhibited.
Ketchman's work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Pickar Art Gallery, (Colgate University), Grounds for Sculpture, DeCordova Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Housatonic Museum of Art, CUNY at Staten Island, Westport School System, Westport Historical Society, several corporate collections and many private collections.
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I make sculptures, drawings, collages and ink jet prints. My sculptures are often made by sewing, weaving, braiding, draping and decorating. The materials I use are steel rods, aluminum wire, stampings (metal flowers, plants, etc.) and artificial and dried grasses and flowers. My sculptures are most often interactive if not necessarily functional in a traditional sense.
My most recent series of sculptures and ink jet prints is my Rose Series. The rose has multiple associations and historical references. It is associated with romance, beauty, fragrance, pageantry, formal occasions and even war. The rose is a pervasive image in life, literature, visual art, songs and film. It seems to be a perfect image to use when addressing the passing of life.
7 x 2 x 2 feet
8 x 5 x 9 1/2 feet
An experienced oil painter, I like the color and structure of still life, and the excitement of painting landscapes plein air. My approach is visceral, emotional and expressive. I also enjoy throwing and decorating pottery and making jewelry out of natural materials.
Lynne Knobel was born in CT, lived in NY State and Maine, has traveled widely, and recently returned to CT, liking the proximity to NYC and the beach. An Art major at Skidmore College, she also studied Ceramics with Ray Chen at the U. of So. Maine. She is primarily an oil painter, liking still life and plein air landscape. She has been in many juried shows in New England and New York. A longtime member of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, she is now a member of the Westport Artists Collective.
Krizsán was born in Stockholm, Sweden, of Hungarian parents. He attended secondary school in Austria and then studied at the University of Vienna, Georgetown University and later at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City. After graduating from Columbia, he worked as an investment banker in London. Since 2004, he has lived and worked in Westport. His father, an artist, inspired him to walk and see. Ever since, photography has been a central part of Krizsán’s life.
The luck of the photographer is that everything changes at all times: light, space, people and one’s perspective. No moment is ever the same as the next. My ambition is to capture, often hastily, beauty in the decay of the moment, manifested by texture, light and color as well as the art created by happenstance or people on the street. I also aim to document how people live their everyday lives. Therein lie the many stories of individuals and objects—often discarded or abandoned.
Ed. of 3 / 1 artist proof
Inkjet print mounted on plexiglass
40 x 60 inches
Ed. of 10 / 2 artist proofs
Inkjet print mounted on archival paper
24 x 24 inches
Part of a diptych
Ed. of 10 / 2 artist proofs
Inkjet print mounted on archival paper
24 x 24 inches
Lucy M. Krupenye, an award winning sculptor, creates wall hanging assemblages out of found objects such as stone, wood, metal and bone. Her sculptures, which range in height from less than a foot to over 6 feet and a half feet high, are very organic and Zen in feeling. Although some are whimsical, most frequently Lucy searches for the harmony among the very diverse elements. Her sculptures are often her personal reflections and meditations but they can also represent the physical reflections and counterparts that exist in nature, life and our world.
Lucy is very in tune with nature and preserving the environment and she uses a lot of "recycled" material in her work. What most people consider flotsam, jetsam or garbage, she often considers treasures!
I look for color, form and texture in a stone and I usually know intuitively if I would want to use it in a sculpture.
I generally leave stones in their natural state. Rather than manipulating them, I try to enhance them with other natural elements that relate such as wood and bones, which are, in themselves, works of art. I also use a great deal of rusted metal because it is an element that truly fascinates me. Although it is not natural or "art" in its original form, metal becomes a work of art when exposed to nature which causes it to rust and change form.
My artwork is something that I see, not from the outside, but from within. It is something that I feel. I rarely draw a piece before I make it. As I work with the elements the piece is just born - in essence, it creates itself. It is, in part, a reflection of my inner being and thus is extremely personal. If one looks closely into my artwork, one might see a part of my soul.