On Saturday, October 13th, a group of artists will open six solo shows (sculpture and painting). The works will be on display through November 4th with a reception for the artists on Saturday, October 13th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Open Pumpkin and Lantern, 2017, oil on board, 23.5 x 29.5 inches
“The paintings hanging here are still life, painted over the last several years, mostly from observation. Sometimes the things I paint give themselves up quickly, but more often they do not, and I have to settle down to a long pursuit during which looking, memory, and desire all play a role. I’ve been involved with still life from my time in art school up to the present. It is the three-way relationship that interests me: the motif, the canvas, and myself. I return to the same objects and similar arrangements over and over, and this opens up the question: just really what is the subject? Is it the pumpkin, the cabbage, the melons, the jugs, the skull, or is it mass, location, presence, space, color? I hope it is all of the above. I am interested in the identity and presence of my subject as well as the formal concept of composition. I hope that if I do justice to the subject, the geometry and form will be revealed, and if I’m successful, the painting will look back at me with all the force of a portrait.”
Ruth Miller, 2018
Making It Up
May, 2014, bronze, 69 x 19 x 16 inches
“I remember eight sides to a form
And one should have a purpose
Something like “make a good figure”
Remembering the term good and the word figure
Don’t coincide to the eight sides of a form
in a body bilateral but opposed
there is a gap between the saying and the actions
which are not mute
the words seem to sustain in off moments”
Bruce Gagnier, 2018
First Floor Carriage House
Than Again, 447
Towards Malta, 2018, oil & emulsion on paper & canvas, 72 x 56 inches
“The Galleys at Lepanto,
On October 7 of 1571, the Holly League fought the Ottoman Empire in the Bay of Lepanto. This battle, in which more than 30,000 men lost their lives, decided the most momentous question of the sixteenth century: whether the Mediterranean would be an Islamic sea and most of Europe an Islamic province. The victory of the Holly League reverberated joyfully throughout Europe.”
Second Floor Carriage House
Untitled I, 2018, acrylic on wood panel, 20 x 16 inches
“I’ve been looking closely at plants on my windowsill, and in my garden: leaves, petals, stems—the spaces between and around. The patterns and shapes inspire endless hours of drawing and painting. Sometimes I try to invent plant forms—but the natural world is more wondrous than anything I could ever think up.”
Pamela Salisbury, 2018
Third Floor Carriage House
The Wind Comes Through, 2017, 24 x 24 inches, oil on canvas
“To describe how the air comes down between,
and the shadowed corner expands
down the hall;
see how the window
makes the books
I try to remember,
and then I try again,
in the studio…
the distance making a—
where the here sweeps in.”
Maud Bryt, 2018
Fourth Floor Carriage House
Tree at Branford #6, 2018, watercolor/egg tempera, 10.5 X 7 inches
“I have always found refuge in my work since I was a kid.
It is not about confronting or solving anything,
but formally they do need to be very together.
It is about making something that is meaningful and heartfelt. I think of it like soul music, or blues, even raga.
And I hope my painting is a rewarding experience for other people.
I paint another world, and I try to make this real enough that it’s believable, and so becomes possible.
Eric Holzman, 2018
Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11:00 till 5:00 p.m. For further information about the gallery, the artists, and upcoming exhibitions, visit
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