words Monthly Archives: August 2013

Tom Hebért’s “Trashing Skies” Exhibition

Tom Hebert painting

“Space Melody” 30” H. X 22” W. 2011, Mixed-Media

Opening September 20th, 2013, is the exhibition Trashing Skies series 2010–2012 at the Deluca Gallery in Provincetown, MA. This exhibition includes large scale mixed media constructed paintings by Tom Hebért of Connecticut. The reception is scheduled for Friday, September 20th from 5–10 pm at Deluca Gallery 432 Commercial Street in Provincetown, MA. You can find more information on Hebért’s work at this link.

Tom Hebért is an Adjunct Professor of Art teaching painting and drawing.

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New Fine Arts Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

View from High Street of Fine Arts Building

View from High Street

Groundbreaking Ceremony for
Eastern Connecticut State University’s Fine Arts Instructional Building

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 11 am

Wood Support Services Center Lawn
Eastern Connecticut State University
Willimantic, Connecticut

Further information at (860) 465-5735

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“Lyrical. LUSCIOUS” exhibition opens August 10th at LQM Gallery in New London

Jin Feng Shi artworkLyrical. LUSCIOUS features the work of the second group of Residency Program Artists: Wang Ai Ting, Du Chen Xiang, Jin Feng Shi and Xu Chun Yu. The exhibition dates are from August 10th through the 31st, 2013. An artist reception is August 17th from 6 to 8 pm. The gallery address is 165 State Street, Harris Building Atrium, Suite 106, New London, Connecticut. You can contact the gallery by visiting their contact page of their website.

Lyrical. LUSCIOUS is LQM Gallery’s latest exhibition featuring four Chinese artists taking part in ICAS (International Contemporary Art Space) International Residency program. Each with distinct artistic visions, inspirations and style, their skill and passion is evident in their rich brushwork and avant-garde treatment of everyday subjects.

Professor Qimin Liu is the Artistic Director of LQM Gallery in New London, Connecticut. Mr. Liu is Professor of Art and Painting in the Visual Arts Department.

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Visual Arts Department Offices are moving!!

By the start of the fall semester, the Visual Arts Department offices will be located in Shafer 100. Phone numbers will remain the same.

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New Bedford Harbor in a New Light

cynthia guild

Cynthia Guild’s oil paintings are featured in a juried exhibition entitled, New Bedford Harbor in a New Light in New Bedford, MA. Artists were invited to create new work centered around a theme related to the harbor and the fishing industry for a multi-media, open-response art exhibition. This exhibition runs from May 21–August 22, 2013 at the New Bedford Art Museum, the University Art Gallery and 244 Gallery at the Star Shore. This link will bring you to the gallery, as well as this link provides a short video showcasing the exhibition.

Cynthia Guild is an Adjunct Professor of Art teaching Drawing and other studio art courses.

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Limited-edition craft book “The Sacred Family” launched in Cuba

Iman Arroyo

Professor Imna Arroyo and her book “The Sacred Family”

Professor Imna Arroyo launched the book The Sacred Family telling the story of the Orishas. Orula, the Orisha of Wisdom, second only to God, was a witness to the moment of creation. Able to divine destiny, controller of the four winds, Orula saw the creation of the solar system, the Orishas and human beings. The book launch was held August 2, 2013 at Casa de Africa in Havana, Cuba.

Arroyo created the 32 linoleum prints of the Orishas (Deities of the Yoruba Panheom). The images are accompany by descriptions written by Isis Mattei with book design by James Nicholas Winner-Arroyo. Further information on this book, its launch and Professor Imna Arroyo can be found at this link from the Havana Times.

Professor Imna Arroyo is an Art Professor and head of the Printmaking department.

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Miller’s Landscapes in Plein Air at ArtSpace Gallery

Muriel Miller painting

ArtSpace Gallery is exhibiting Muriel Miller’s Landscapes in Plein Air from September 6-28, 2013. The Opening Reception is Friday, September 6, 2013 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Gallery hours will be Saturdays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28 1 to 4 pm. You can find the gallery at 480 Main Street, Willimantic, Connecticut.

Miller’s paintings are plein air (directly on site), which reflect her emotional and artistic response to a scene that stimulates her imagination. Miller does not render photographic images of the scene but tries to capture her feelings, light and colors that she sees in the ever changing moment to capture a sense of place. Many of her paintings were done while teaching students in Art Location Studies Abroad in England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Australia.

Muriel Miller is an adjunct professor Art at Eastern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, and Paier College of Art.

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Last Spring Students Studied Abroad in Ireland and England

Ireland 2013

On June 5, 2013, twelve students, along with Biology Professor Barbara Nicholson and Muriel Miller from the Visual Arts Dept had the opportunity to develop and apply skills in art and biology in the beautiful landscapes of coastal Ireland and the Lake District National Park in UK. Students painted and drew the natural rocky coastal setting while biology students did field studies of the areas distinctive flowers, fossils and birds. Students also visited the Aran Islands.

The Lake District, England’s largest National Park is a landscape of low mountains, pastureland, lakes and streams where students in Art rendered the special sense of place of these beautiful landscapes. Art students used many types of media to develop skills of perception and technical abilities in their chosen field. Some did drawings, and others used acrylic or watercolors while studying the juxtapositions of forms and colors in natural environments. Students visited John Ruskin’s Studio and also Beatrix Potter’s home. Biology students studied animal behavior, plant growth forms and ecological interrelationships. Combined art critiques and biology presentations provided a forum for students to discuss their work and receive suggestions and ideas to develop their work.

Artwork produced from this trip will be shown in the Shafer first floor showcases at the beginning of the Fall semester. We are also doing another Course Abroad to Ireland, England and Wales in the first summer session of 2014, June 5-July 1st. For information students can email Muriel Miller at Millermu@easternct.edu

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Chet Baker Project with June Bisantz at the Litchfield Jazz Fest 2013

June Bisantz

June Bisantz

Professor June Bisantz will be performing with the Chet Baker Project at the Litchfield Jazz Fest on Sunday, August 11 at 1:45 pm. Bisantz has been performing and writing music for over 20 years. She has co-written and produced jazz albums and has recorded with musicians like Steve Swallow, Lou Soloff, Mike Stern, Will Lee and others. Reviews and articles about her work appear in People, USA Today, DownBeat, and Jazziz.

For further information on the performance date click here.
To listen to a great interview with June on “Where We Live” click here. 

Professor June Bisantz lives two lives: one is Bisantz is a Professor of Digital Art and Design, the other a “gifted singer with a warm, vibrant voice that can twist and turn on a dime” Newsday.

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“Faces of Haiti” exhibition opens at the Clare Gallery in Hartford

Diane Coyle Image

“Joy” 2012, Oil

The Clare Gallery’s exhibition is free and open to the public and extends from August 11–October 17, 2013.
 A reception will be held on Saturday, August 10th from 5:00–7:30 p.m. At the reception, Coyle will invite her friend, photographer Kyn Tolson, to discuss both of their “processes of documentation.” Additionally, Tolson’s work for the organization Outreach to Haiti and the plight of the Haitian people will be discussed.

The Clare Gallery is housed in the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry at 285 Church Street. The Center is part of St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, a vibrant and active downtown faith community. Free parking is available directly across from the church, and the facility is handicapped accessible. More information may be found at spsact.org, click “Community Life” and then “Clare Gallery”.

Professor Nancy Wynn curated this exhibition for the Clare Gallery in Hartford, Connecticut. She is also Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design.

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