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Studio News for Summer 2017


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George Billis Gallery

NYC Invitational Exhibition - Chelsea


This opening reception, on a summer's evening in the heart of Chelsea, is a fun one! George Billis packs in a crowd, with numerous invited artists exhibiting works in a range of styles and media. This time I am exhibiting Coffee and Crossword and a selection of my postcard sized paintings. If you're in New York, please stop by to see me at the reception.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 27, 6 - 8 pm

Exhibition Dates: July 25 - August 18, 2016

George Billis Gallery
525 West 26th Street, Ground Floor
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
New York, NY 10001
Hours: Tues - Sat 10 am - 6 pm
(212) 645-2621


George Billis Gallery

Old Lyme's Midsummer Festival

Shop for Limited Edition Reproductions! 

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Old Lyme's quintessential New England celebration in the heart of the historic district is jam packed with events including art exhibitions, fresh market and artisan fairs, musical performances, talks and demonstrations, kids activities, and food trucks. 

Once again I will be participating in the art fair at The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. This is your only opportunity to view my full line of limited edition fine art reproductions and make purchases in person. Look for me in the Stobart Studio, just inside the big barn doors. Have your heart set on a specific image? It is highly recommended that you order in advance to guarantee availability (limited quantities will be available at the festival). Can't make the event? Shop for reproductions online


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One Day Only!!!

Saturday, July 29 9:30 am - 4 pm

My table will be located in the Stobart studio at the College.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts                         
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
For a listing of events at the College:

Midsummer Festival:
For a full schedule of events, map, parking info.

Marquee Gallery

The Artists of Gallery One

Monhegan Island
For this exhibition, each member of Gallery One was invited to interpret the theme "Revive/Reset/Respond" in their own way. I have selected three works from my "spectatorship" series. Each was created with the intention of engaging the viewer in the visual experience with a figure that gazes directly out at us and, hopefully, evokes a "response". The settings for each are ones of leisure and recreation, spaces we seek out to "revive and reset".

Gallery One is an itinerant cooperative group of mid-career artists who are committed to their individual creative practices and mutual sharing for artistic and personal growth. Each artist represents a different background and tradition which is clearly visible in how each interprets the world and works with materials to transform them into unique works of art. At a Gallery One exhibition, you are as likely to find an artist's careful rendering of a subject caught in a particular light, as you are to encounter a wholly expressive gestural depiction of a figure. Next to these you might find a work whose objectives appear to be solely material and procedural or referencing text, imaginary worlds or more abstract aspects of life. The collective body of work plays both against and with each other's art creating a unique conversation about how we respond to our world.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 6 - 8 pm

Exhibition Dates: September 13 - October 6, 2017

Marquee Gallery                        
74 State Street
New London, CT 06320
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday Noon - 6 pm, other days by appointment
(860) 428-4903 for Gallery Director, Clint Slowik to setup an appointment

For information about Gallery One


Connecting with Antiquity in Italy  

Following my daughter’s high school graduation this past May we packed our bags for Italy. Wanting to make the most of our relatively brief visit, we followed a packed itinerary that thoroughly immersed us in art and history. By coincidence our sequence of destinations roughly followed their placement in the chronology of history: Pompeii with its predominantly Etruscan and Greek origins that was later part of the Roman  Empire; Rome with its layers from the Roman Empire, early Christian, through to the Renaissance and Baroque periods; Florence with its Renaissance gems; and Venice with its global contemporary Biennale art exposition superimposed on a city that was at its economic prime from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.


Coming from a small New England town that boasts having been founded in 1665 and a few structures dating back to the 18th c, I found the clearly evident layers of human history in Italy quite remarkable. There’s nothing like a trip to a place with such ancient beginnings to dwarf one’s sense of significance in the grander scope of millennia. And while we may believe that we have advanced with our internet, electricity, and fossil fueled transportation, it was fun to learn that the Romans also enjoyed their gyms, indoor heating and plumbing, theater and entertainment, fine clothing and decorations, and pizza cooked in a stone oven.

I also found it fascinating how the threads of ancient civilization are woven into contemporary society. They have transcended millennia, major demographic shifts, and political upheavals, and yet we are often not cognizant of them. Through the art which has survived, it is possible to see connections that link back through time. In the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, which houses many of the artifacts from Pompeii’s excavations, I came across a remarkable fresco that had decorated a villa. The motif of Venus on a half shell, long associated with Botticelli’s beautiful painting The Birth of Venus, appears in this work created 1400 years earlier. On my first trip to Florence I had become interested in Botticelli’s work for the ideals of beauty that it represented and later created the work Myth and Reality.

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Another painting that I found fascinating was a fresco on the wall of the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii, the last image in a cycle referred to as a Dionysian Cult Cycle.  This motif of a woman having her hair styled was also used by Degas and the cupid holding up a mirror was employed by Titian during the Renaissance. It becomes obvious that cupids, long associated with Christian art, were popular well before that time.


To view more images from  my trip check out my posts on Instagram and Facebook.

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Image Information from the top:

Catherine Christiano, Seashells, oil on panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches, 2005. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Catherine Christiano, Coffee and Crossword, oil on paper on panel, 8 7/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 2013. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano. 

Catherine Christiano, Breakfast, oil on paper on panel, 11 x 8 inches, 2006. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Catherine Christiano, Just Steps Away, oil on panel, 6 x 4 1/4 inches, 2006. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Catherine Christiano, Monhegan Island, oil on linen, 14 x 28 inches, 2010. Photo credit: Paul Mutino.

Painting from Pompeii, fresco, 50-79 AD, National Archaeological Museum, Naples. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, tempera on canvas, 67.9 x 109.6 inches, 1484-1486. Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Photo credit: The Google Art Project.

Catherine Christiano, Myth and Reality, oil and metal leaf on panel with mirror, 37 1/4 x 55 3/4 inches, 2007-2009. Photo credit: Paul Mutino.

Painting from the Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii, fresco, approx. 60 inches high, c. 50 BC. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, La Coiffure, oil on canvas, 45 x 57 3/4 inches, c. 1896. National Gallery, London. Photo credit: The Google Art Project.

Titian, Venus with a Mirror, oil on canvas, 49.02 x 41.54 inches, c. 1555. National Gallery, London. Photo credit: The Google Art Project.

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