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Fascinating Art at Sharon Library

David James Valyou’s show at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library comes into focus with extended viewing. His work is varied in medium, style and subject, and much of it requires looking until a click of recognition occurs. Suddenly you understand.
Valyou is a fascinating artist, both serious and whimsical in various pieces, and much of his best work is traditional, even if it is painted on found wood and includes objects that inform both subject and shape.

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A Digital Look at History

Or how we got where we are

Leigh Merrill’s unpopulated images of North Texas buildings and sites in her current exhibition, “Manifest Destiny,” at the Hotchkiss Tremaine Gallery, are about the frontier as it pushed west through the vast expanse of the Plains. This movement into new territory freed settlers from European customs and prior mindsets, and from older notions of art and architecture. These pioneers were innovative, individualistic, democratic yet lawless. And in Texas they combined with Spanish and Mexican influences.

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Making Choices At The White Gallery

Sometimes leftovers are better than the original meal. Certainly the art on view in The White Gallery’s Director’s Choice exhibition, a potpourri of paintings, photographs, textiles and even a bronze, allows viewers to concentrate on the various artists’ singularities, styles, strengths and weaknesses. As the show continues, other works may be rotated from the gallery’s inventory.

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Animals, Food And Gardens In Fine Photo Show

The Housatonic Camera Club both meets at Noble Horizons and organizes exhibitions there of members’ work. The latest includes some fascinating images, many of professional quality, of people and places across the globe.
I am a pushover for animals, so Laszlo Gyorsok’s “Billy the Goat” and “The White Owl” grabbed me at once. Billy, with his beautifully bearded head turned to the left, is stately and a bit bemused. The owl with his bright eyes and eager body language is a ball of gorgeous feathers.

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Diverse Photos in New Show

The Art Scene
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Still enjoying the success of his Wingdale Psychiatric Center photography show at The White Gallery in Lakeville, CT, Avery Danziger juried a large and diverse photography exhibition, Exposures 2013, which opened last Friday at the West Hartford Art League. It is a large show of 77 images winnowed from more than double that number of entries.

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Intriguing Shapes In Show at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library

I imagine that Janet Block paints quickly: brushing, scraping, altering until she is satisfied. And I suspect she is a tough judge of her own art, one who discards work that does not meet her standards, the same rigorous standards she brought to positions on Wall Street and as a management consultant.
Most often she succeeds, at least in work now on exhibit at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library.

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Astonishing Craft and Color at The White Gallery

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Quilts, those homey creations of rural and small-town American women in the 19th and much of the 20th centuries, sometimes — in the creative, talented hands of some quilters — rose to the level of great folk art. Now Kate Stiassni, former CBS employee and home designer, takes quilting techniques and applies a contemporary sensibility to make fine art wall textiles, some of which are on display at The White Gallery in Lakeville, CT.

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The Pleasures, Surprises And Questions Art Can inspire

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There are some pleasures in “Enjoying Small Things,” the juried exhibition of 59 works now at The Sharon Historical Society. Pieter Lefferts, the single judge, gave prizes to three artists and honorable mentions to three others.
Why he singled out the winning works is not clear, but that is the nature of art and individual reactions to it.

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Inchoate? Perhaps, But Entertaining, Certainly

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What can be made of Earth, Wind and Fire, the large, inchoate exhibition at Gallery Arts Guild in Lakeville, CT? Too many artists, too many pieces and objects, many small, all competing for attention despite the intelligent way the show is hung and laid out. Editing by both artists and gallery owners would have resulted in a more coherent experience, especially since there is some nice work on display.

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Images Describing A Terrible Time . . .

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Avery Danziger’s photographs of the defunct, deteriorating Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, NY, are both gorgeous and ineffably sad. They record an institution rushing to destroy any record of itself and its sad purpose or of the sad patients it served. The hospital seems alive in its determined return to chaos.

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