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Studio News for Spring 2017

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SPRING EXHIBITION AND NEWS


The Mill Gallery at The Guilford Arts Center

"The Artists of Gallery One and Friends"

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This is the fifth annual exhibition that Gallery One has organized at the Guilford Art Center and, as always, this year's show will include an outstanding and diverse collection of works. Catherine Christiano will be exhibiting for the first time her latest large figure painting Backyard, Old Lyme along with two small floral still lifes. A selection of Catherine's beautiful archival limited edition reproductions will also be available for purchase. 

Gallery One is an itinerant cooperative group of mid-career artists working in a variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, in painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. For this exhibition they are joined by sculptor Bryan Gorneau, painter Kelly Leahy Radding, and found object artist William Vollers.
 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 5 - 7 pm
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Closing Reception: Sunday, May 7, 2 - 4 pm
with guest speaker Julia Pavone her talk is "Gallery One: a Concept Not a Place"
                               
Exhibition Dates: April 18 - May 7, 2017
a Gallery One member will be on hand each day to discuss the exhibition

Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 12 - 4 pm
(203) 453-5947

Gallery One
For information about the group and its artists.



For Mother's Day

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Consider showing your appreciation this Mother's Day with a fine art reproduction or an original work of art!. Most of Catherine Christiano's  limited edition reproductions are priced at $125 and will far outlast any floral arrangement. Small, postcard sized original oil paintings are $425. If you are so inclined, for originals please contact the studio for available images and information and please remember to allow sufficient time for delivery. A small selection of fine art reproductions will be at the Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center, through May 7. To view the full selection of reproductions and to place an order follow the link below.

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(Images shown at top White Cottages, Hawk's Nest #2, fine art limited edition reproduction, printed image size 7 x 10 inches; at bottom Roses #2, original oil painting on panel, 4 1/2 x 6 inches.)










A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST

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I thought you would enjoy learning a bit about my process in creating my latest large figure painting. While each new painting project begins with a blank canvas, threads of ideas carry forward from earlier works and provide a starting point. In this painting I again explore the concept of spectatorship in art and intend the viewer to serve as an active participant in the piece. Another artist whose work touches upon this idea is Robert Bechtle. His paintings, careful arrangements of the people, cars, and middle class neighborhoods from his ordinary everyday life, I find to be not only visually interesting but to carry a psychological charge. Backyard, Old Lyme is strongly influenced by Bechtle’s self-portrait Santa Barbara Chairs. The seated male frontal figure with arms on the chair’s armrests is not unlike that of Daniel Chester French’s figure of Abraham Lincoln in the Washington DC Memorial which in turn borrows from Ancient Egyptian sculpture, an example shown here from the Temple of Ramses II in Nubia, Egypt.

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In gathering the visual resources to create Backyard, Old Lyme I enlisted my son, Noah, who was just about to take off for the start of his fall term at college. He patiently posed for a multitude of photographs as I tried different clothing, sunglasses, and seating positions. Using these along with drawings and numerous additional photographs of the garden as resources, I then carefully arranged the major visual elements for the painting. The image at right with the superimposed lines shows how the linear elements within the painting are designed to align and direct the eye around the image and back to the figure's eyes.

Much of the painting was completed during a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Over dinner one evening, when I described my process to one of the writers, he compared it to the scaffolding approach employed by writers that begins first with brainstorming and research, then a structured outline, rough draft, revisions and then finally publishing. In the end the underlying inner framework enables the work to stand on its own.


Image Information from the top:


Shown in banner as detail and also below: Catherine Christiano, Backyard, Old Lyme, oil on canvas, 42 x 38 inches, 2016. Photo credit: Paul Mutino.


Catherine Christiano, White Cottages, Hawk's Nest #3, limited edition reproduction of original oil on panel, reproduction image size 7 x 10 inches, oil size 4 1/4 x 6 inches, 2005. Private collection.


Catherine Christiano, Roses #2, oil on pane, 4 1/4 x 6 inches, 2012.


Catherine Christiano, Sill House, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graphite on paper, 7 x 11 inches, 2007. Collection of the College.


Catherine Christiano, Chandler Center, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graphite on paper, 7 x 11 inches, 2007. Collection of the College.


Robert Bechtle, Santa Barbara Chairs, oil on canvas, 48 x 68 7/8 inches, 1983. Collection Yale University Art Gallery.


Daniel Chester French, Abraham Lincoln, 1920, Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, 


Temple of Ramses II, Nubia, Egypt. Photo 2007.


All images listed by Catherine Christiano are copyrighted by Catherine Christiano, all rights reserved.


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