Cindy Wagner’s childhood was unique and influenced the direction of her career as an artist. Her father owned both a filming studio and a set production company. This gave her the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most creative artists in New York. Artists as varied as Mark Chagall, Spike Lee and Jim Henson were at the studio at one time or another. Wagner’s affection for painting began at fourteen when she worked alongside her father, building and painting sets. He was an inventive artist, and her first teacher and mentor. Wagner is a member and past Chairman of The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. Other affiliations include The Westport Arts Center and The Portrait Society of America. Her work has been displayed at The Connecticut Pastel Society’s National Exhibition, City Wide Open Studios in New Haven, Faces of Winter at the Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich, Lyme Art Association, Silvermine Gallery, Westport Downtown Merchants Arts Show, Ross Gallery, University of Connecticut Art Gallery, Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum and Stepping Stones Museum for Children.
My goal is truthful, interesting interpretations of our world. Color and design are the most distinct elements of my paintings. I am currently experimenting with very large abstract paintings. The paintings are often inspired by abstract designs found in realistic settings. My paintings always have an emotional component. The subjects that move me tend to be close to home and heart. Many of my landscape painting are based on locations in Weston and Westport. Still life paintings have treasured items or symbolic meanings. Most recently and probably as a result of related events in my person life, I have been fascinated with the theme of motherhood, children and capturing the bond between mother and child. Being a mother of three has had a profound effect on my outlook, priorities and happiness. If art mimics life then absolute joy should be evident in my painting. www.cindywagnerart.com
Lee Walther is a multi-media artist, conceptual artist, and designer. She has exhibited in both juried and invitational shows with the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, The Carriage Barn Art Center of New Canaan, The Westport Arts Center, City Lights Gallery (Bridgeport), Bruce S Kershner Gallery (Fairfield), the Stamford Arts Association, the Nonmouth Museum in New Jersey, and more. She was also named Bridgeport's Artist of the Month.
With a keen eye for design and a love for art, Lee Walther considers herself a “Dadaist”. For Lee, who has always been in the creative field relating to the arts, fashion and design, everything is and can be art. Inspiration is drawn from nature, found objects and from her personal collection and images that can only be seen through Lee’s special lens and imagination where new concepts and ideas are created in different mediums. A visionary/creative who easily sees the multi-dimensional potential for all kinds of objects and combinations, Lee creates original pieces of functional art.
The Mixed Media Collage Mirrors can be used as a jewelry display or for hanging keys and often incorporate removable jewelry which are part of the composition. “My intention is to offer the opportunity to co-create with me by adding their personal touch to my work. This invitation is clearly evident with my table ‘sculptures’ which features a removable plexi-glass boxed assemblage in the center of the 20”x20” table which can be replaced with a see-through lidded box to be used in a variety of ways.... floating candles, memorabilia, miniature gardens, sea glass, etc., and becomes an interactive, functional work of art”
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and perapatetic ever since. Long residence in Japan, where I studied tea ceremony, calligraphy, and sumie. Undergraduate degree in Asian Studies (Connecticut College), M.S. in Linguistics (Georgetown) and Ph.D. in Japanese language and literature (Cornell); taught at various institutions until I ditched academia for the far more rewarding and immersive art of ceramics. I currently live in Greenwich and work out of my home studio. website: ginnywatersceramics.com.
Someone once described my work as the light side of the dark side, which pretty much sums it up: skulls, spiderwebs, beasties, lanterns, and teeth, particularly of the pre-orthodontic variety. I try to balance my pieces on the knife-edge between goofy and sinister; endearing and menacing; cuddly and creepy. There's nothing political about it - just a keen awareness that death is a part of life. Not all my stuff is morbid: I uploaded the baby dish set to demonstratethat I can be conventional - even kitschy - as well.
Al Coyote Weiner
Actor, singer, writer, professor, and artist, Al Coyote Weiner has made his mark in the art and entertainment world for over forty years. His journey has spanned the east coast from New York to Florida, and then all the way to England. He took a run at acting in the 60’s, where he landed several minor acting roles, and more importantly, learned how to creatively find ways to support himself in the process. He was even able to secure a place with Lee Strasberg, a prominent acting coach, for lessons and advice.
Not to limit his potential, Coyote also took time during this extended period to go to Coconut Grove, FL where he wrote and published his poetry, and then returned to the University of Bridgeport for courses in literature and writing.
Next, he decided to further his studies in Western Europe after seriously considering a Fulbright Scholarship offer for studies in India or Africa. Ultimately, he earned his MACW in Creative Writing from Antioch International University, in Oxford and London, England. Following these studies, he established a long list of creative writing credits including copywriting, songwriting, promotional literature, and freelance articles. In addition, he has authored a one-act play accepted for production at the National Theater of Australia, and has written an original full-length screenplay.
Having established a strong and impressive academic foundation, Coyote has discovered his passion and voice as a performer. He has an eclectic resume of performance experience all the way from community theatres to voice-over artist, to the Yale Drama School as a playwright. He has formerly served as an adjunct professor in film studies.
Starting in 2003, Coyote has embraced painting with a resolute focus, taking courses at Housatonic and Norwalk Community Colleges, promoting his art works, visiting art museums, and joining art-related organizations. Al Coyote Weiner has made the decision to be a life-long student of art. To date, Coyote has had 17 one-man shows, including exhibits at local libraries, private galleries and institutions. He has participated in over 35 juried and group shows in Fairfield/New Haven counties, and in NYC.
My paintings employ the various depth and width of my oeuvre, from frivolity to profundity. In real estate, it’s location, location, location. With Al Coyote Weiner, it’s eclectic, eclectic, eclectic. I involve the viewer in works which have an expansive and unabridged use of color. My paintings cross the border of confinement and question the status quo. Viewers find that my work has an unusual impact and high entertainment value.
Hopefully, my paintings will heighten the viewers’ creative experience and appreciation of color. As a late bloomer and a cancer survivor, I feel my works offer inspiration and enjoyment.
Born in New York, Deborah Weiss is a painter and printmaker whose work combines both painterly and printmaking techniques. She has exhibited throughout the United States as well as in England, Ireland, Italy, China and Denmark. Her work is included in both private and public collections as well as numerous publications.
Exploring and bringing attention to the natural world is timely and timeless. As a painter and printmaker I have chosen to investigate the physical and emotional nuances of our environment. My intent is to offer the viewer recognizable imagery, however my techniques intentionally render the location nonspecific.
Inspiration/information is continually gleaned from sources as diverse as a panoramic rockbound vista to the minuscule hatched markings on a tiny mollusk in a salt marsh. Surface markings record this process. Subject matter is not predetermined, it is intuitive and emerges as the process progresses. The work is created from memory of observation, emotion and awareness. www.deborahweiss.com
Initially a ceramic artist and silver gelatin darkroom photographer, I have explored many other art forms, including watercolor, oil, pastel, charcoal, photo transfer and mixed media. Subject matter includes landscape, portrait, and still life. Each technique provides both pleasures and challenges; my pieces reflect my aesthetic response to the world around me as well as to my inner world.
Cynthia Whalen has exhibited solo shows in galleries such as Meli Meli (Greenwhich, CT), Greenwich Women's Exchange, Farrow & Ball, and others. Her group exhibition record spans from shows at the Pequot Library (Southport, CT) to the Rowayton Art Center (Rowayton, CT), to Avenue Gallery (Norwalk, CT), and more. Whalen recieved First Prize in both 2012 and 2014 for mixed media / prints at the Darien Art Center (Darien, CT). Her work is featured in numerous collections across the country and several galleries in Fairfield County, CT: Heather Gaudio (New Canaan), ArtPlace Gallery (Fairfield), Westport Arts Center Collective (Westport).
I don't think of 'art' as being separate from myself - it is and always has been a part of who I am. I've been thinking about, looking at, making, collecting and discussing art for as long as I can remember.
I have kept my art mostly to myself and only in the last few years have I come out of the studio and stopped making art purely for family and friends.
My current medium is printmaking... It enables me to create a unique translucency and quality of light very different from that of painting. Printmaking is direct, it’s very freeing to work so directly… there is an immediacy and spontaneity that I like. I am never quite sure what the result will be, the element of surprise. I may then draw, paint or sew into a final print. I use oil based inks, Akua inks and am exploring all kinds of plates and printing methods.
Most recently I have been exploring and altering digital prints - drawing & sewing into them...
Atmospheric change, the angle of light... a word that might change everything in a moment. Connection and mark making... this is what I try to capture in my work.
Elizabeth White studied art and communications at College of Marin (CA) and continued the study of drawing and painting at Art Students League and JoAnne Day Studio. She has worked as a decorative painter, a volunteer in educational and environmental activities, and as a board member for regional environmental and art groups. White established Bob Becker Marketing and Communications with her husband, Bob Becker, and continues the collaboration at their studios in Bethel, Connecticut.
Connection to the natural world and desire for harmony with my surroundings has been a motivating force in my artistic practice. My work ranges from the ephemeral to the concrete using natural and found objects, cement, and sometimes video. Themes often reflect environmental or social concerns. Website:
Jennifer Williams is a contemporary oil painter who runs a movement therapy practice in Westport Connecticut. Her paintings are alive with color and light, and expertly capture the essence of free, uninhibited growth and movement as found in nature. Williams has a BA in Business and has studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in New York and at Rowayton Arts Center and Silvermine School of Art in Connecticut. Her award-winning work is exhibited and collected in The United States, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. Her paintings are currently on exhibit in Paris, New York, Connecticut and on long term exhibit at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York.
I love to paint nature’s rhythms, patterns and revelations and find strong connections between ecosystems and the body systems. Working on a metal substrate gives me the opportunity to express strong gestural line, adding and subtracting shapes and patterns with translucent oil colors to create luminous, organic compositions. I deliberately leave areas of the metal exposed to express a sense of mystery, joy and light.
Delight is her medium. Through photography, painting, collage, and assemblage, Tammy Winser creates thought provoking imagery. She started in fashion (Parsons grad, print designer for Marc Jacobs), was a kid photographer, and has since created public artworks in USA, Berlin, and Australia. She currently works on private commissions and exhibits in local galleries. WAC shows include “Toy Stories”, “Solos 2013”, “Home Sweet Home”, “Illusion” and various pop ups. She is one of the founders of the Westport Artists Collective.
Thought, uncertainty, delight. If you look at my work, and find yourself questioning it, then I have succeeded. If it made you smile, even better.
Painter Sherri Wolfgang is known for her figurative works, which draw on sources ranging from Renaissance painting traditions in combination with Old Master painting techniques. Born in New York City, she received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by graduate studies at New York University.
Wolfgang has received critical acclaim for her series statement paintings, Crazy Making, on mental illness, Twisted, on women and cosmetic surgery, and her most recent work, Nick.e.lo.de.on, her figurative work.
As a young artist, Wolfgang founded an enormously successful illustration studio in New York City in 1983, The Dynamic Duo Studio, Inc. Throughthe years The Dynamic Duo Studio won numerous industry awards for its covers for the New York Times magazine, Worth, Barrons, Time, Forbes, Business Week, Der Spiegel plus other recognition for work that appeared in national and international newspapers. In addition, illustrations from The Dynamic Duo have been the centerpiece for some of the most famous advertising campaigns in the U.S. (Coca-Cola, IBM, Burger King, Reebok, NBC, Nike, MTV, and Nickleodeon). Although Wolfgang’s early commercial career revolved around illustration, she has always maintained her fine art roots in traditional painting.
Wolfgang’s work was exhibited at The Housatonic Museum of Art, June 2017. She has also exhibited at The William Ris Gallery, Hamptons, NY., The Silvermine Gallery and The City Lights Gallery, Connecticut. Wolfgang's studio is in Westport, Connecticut. www.sherriwolfgang.com
Millennials have been raised to strive for the best possible life, because that is what has been given to them - access to opportunity, and the emotional support they’d need to achieve it. Hovering family and friends laud their successes, listen to their complaints, and clear the paths of the obstacles and challenges that made their own experiences so trying. And yet, despite this foolproof, cushy narrative that was created for them, millennials are struggling, leaving us wondering what happened?
AMERICAN PATHOS attempts to capture the dark cloud of millennial doubt that constantly rears its head, even during periods of stability and satisfaction. The heady joy of a senior prom, a large step towards independence, is counterbalanced by the age-old question of now what? as evidenced in the painting The Prom(ise). The Young Americans plants millennials in bucolic Americana; they sit together, the front porch on a summer day, barefoot and carefree, yet there is an unexplainable sadness in their faces.
They do not quite know what the next step is, inviting uncertainty, melancholy, and desolation to descend as they try to figure it out. The series portraitizes millennials at that moment in time.