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Studio News for Summer 2015


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Midsummer Festival Logo


ONE DAY ONLY!!! SATURDAY, JULY 25, 9:30 am - 4 pm

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For over 20 years Old Lyme has celebrated its artistic heritage with Midsummer Festival, a two-day quintessential
New England celebration for all ages. Located in Old Lyme's historic district, this event packs in numerous activities, including art exhibitions and sales, fresh market and artisan fairs, musical performances, book signings, and kids' activities.

Our booth featuring limited edition fine art reproductions and stone lithography prints will be 
located in the studios at the Lyme Academy
College of Fine Arts. Available images will include
popular Old Lyme beach cottage scenes, still-lifes on newspaper, and the Poverty Island series created for the Old Lyme Historical Society. Preview a sampling of the reproductions on the studio website. This is a great opportunity to pick up unique gifts and add to your art collection! 

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).
Studio booth will be located in the studios at the College
One Day Only!!! Saturday, July 25, 9:30 am - 4 pm
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-5232

This is the largest and most popular annual event in Old Lyme, so it is advisable to consult the event site for parking information and maps.


"The Artists of Gallery One"
Through August 30

Catherine Christiano is one of eleven artists currently
exhibiting at ELLE Design Studio this summer. Stop by
this interior design studio and store to see a selection of small oils including a series of exquisitely painted postcard size oils of roses. ELLE Design also has a selection of limited edition reproductions and stone lithography prints. It's a great excuse to spend some time in the charming village of Chester.

ELLE Design Studio
1 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412
(860) 526-8470
Hours: Tues - Sat 11 - 6 pm, Sun 10 - 4 pm

Gallery One is a cooperative association of mid-career artists working in a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, that exhibits along the Connecticut shoreline between New Haven and Stonington.




This summer’s studio events feature a fine selection of

limited edition archival pigment reproductions (aka giclées) of my oil paintings. In the world of fine art the terms giclée, digital print, archival pigment print, and high resolution inkjet print are used interchangeably and refer to the same printing process that is at the leading edge of digital printing technology. Giclée printing, first introduced in the early 1990s and once known as Iris printing, has evolved to now include the use of archival pigment inks and heavy weight archival papers (including watercolor, textured, and smooth fine art papers and canvas) that increase the longevity and durability of the image.

The professional inkjet printers that create giclées are similar to household inkjet printers in that they produce an image by releasing minute droplets of ink through multi-nozzle print heads onto paper. Professional inkjet printers differ in that their print heads are designed to hold more colors than the basic CMYK configuration and hold archival pigment inks in lieu of the less expensive, more ephemeral dye based inks. It is a continuous tone process, meaning there is no dot pattern. This results in incredible detail with matchless color density, saturation, and brilliance. When high quality fine art archival papers are employed, the results are impressive and the image stability is superior to that of any other method of printing reproductions. For the archival pigment inks used by my studio Epson reports that the image will remain light resistant from approximately 61 to 76 years.

Archival pigment prints can now be found throughout the fine arts establishment including in the collections of major museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, and at highly reputable galleries. Other artists who have created giclées include Chuck Close, David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, and Richard Avedon.

So what’s the difference between a print and a reproduction? Although these two words seem synonymous the difference between them is important, especially to collectors. A print is an original work of art, whereas a reproduction is a printed copy of an original work of art. Original fine art prints are created with the direct involvement of the artist. If the master image is created by the artist using a stone or plate, the printing may be done either by the artist or by someone under the artist’s supervision. The master image may also be created digitally, where the artist begins with digital photography or scans, manipulates the image using software like Photoshop, and electronically prints the image. On the other hand, reproductions are created by taking a very high resolution photograph or scan of an original work of art and printing the image electronically. The best quality prints and reproductions are approved and signed by the artist. In general, a print will be of higher value than a similarly sized reproduction by the same artist.

Imagine going through life without recorded music, with the only possibility of hearing a favorite performer being live performance? Like music recordings, reproductions enable many people to invite art into their homes and workspaces. My original works are high in value and are often located in private collections, so I am pleased to be able to offer this affordable and very high quality option for many people to enjoy my art.


i) Keep in mind that this by no means is a guarantee and that all works of art will change with environmental conditions, especially with light exposure. I recommend taking basic precautions including framing your reproductions behind glass, not hanging them in direct sunlight, and protecting them from heat and humidity. Ultimately our art should be lived with, bringing joy to our daily lives.

Image Information from the top:

Catherine Christiano, Uncas Pond #4.(detail), oil over stone lithograph on paper, 5 6/8 x 10 7/8 inches, 2014.

Catherine Christiano, Cottages, White Sands Beach #9, original painting is oil on canvas, 4 1/4 x 6 inches, 2014. 

Catherine Christiano, Sables Hearts, original painting is oil on paper on panel, 7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches, 2013.

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

Catherine Christiano, Cottages, Hawk's Nes #3, original painting is oil on panel 4 1/4 x 6 inches, 2005. 

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