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Studio News for Spring 2016

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SPRING EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS, AND NEWS


Arnot Art Museum

Painting "Onlooker" copyright C Christiano"the 75th Regional Exhibition"

This regional exhibition of artworks in a wide range of media includes Catherine Christiano's large oil painting Onlooker. (See Artist's Statement below.) The Arnot Art Museum is known for its permanent collection of European art with works by Bouguereau, Courbet, Millet, and Gerome; its 19th and 20th century American art collection that includes Hudson River School artists; and its notable collection of 21st century contemporary representational art. 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 5:30 pm
$10 for not-yet-members

Exhibition Dates: April 25 - August 13, 2016

Arnot Art Museum
235 Lake Street
Elmira, New York 14901






The Mill Gallery at The Guilford Arts Center

"The Artists of Gallery One and Friends"

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Catherine Christiano will have a selection of landscape oil paintings of Old Lyme on exhibit, including two new large, gorgeous architectural pieces. She will also have a small selection of her beautiful archival limited edition reproductions available. 

Gallery One is an itinerant cooperative group of mid-career artists working in a variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, in painting, drawing, 
printmaking, and sculpture. For this exhibition they are 
joined by sculptor Deborah Hornbake and painter Steve
Lloyd. 

Opening Reception: Friday, April 22, 5 - 7 pm
2016 Guilford Art Center Exhibition for newsletter 3


Closing Reception: Sunday, May 15, 2 - 4 pm
with Jazz Circle improvisational music inspired by the artwork
                               
Exhibition Dates: April 22 - May 15, 2016

Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun 12 - 4 pm
(203) 453-5947

Gallery One
For information about the group and its artists.



ELLE DESIGN STUDIO

Re-Opening and 5th Anniversary CelebrationElle Design Shop Photo

This winter while ELLE Design Studio was closed for a 
major bridge reconstruction project outside 
its door, Erica was busy remodeling inside. ELLE Design Studio has now reopened and is once again partnering with the Gallery One cooperative group of artists. Stop by to see the exciting new changes, ELLE's spring inventory, and an interesting new 
selection of art in a range of styles. Catherine Christiano 
Gingerbread Cottage #2 painting
will have several small works at ELLE and a selection of her archival limited edition reproductions.

ELLE is a contemporary interior design studio offering 
complete interior architecture and styling 
services. It is located in the heart of the charming village of Chester where one may find a number of interesting shops, galleries, and great eateries.

Re-Opening Reception: Friday, April 15, 5 - 8 pm
with wine tasting from 6 - 7 pm

May Daze Evening: Friday, May 6, 5 - 8 pm
an evening when galleries and shops host receptions and restaurants are open

ELLE Design Studio
1 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412
elledesignstudio.net
Hours: Tues - Sat 11 - 6 pm, Sun 10 - 4 pm (calling ahead is advised)


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Lyme Academy College ArtsBall invitation
ArtsBall 2016
Lyme Academy College of Fine Art
Fine Art Auction to Support the Scholarship Fund

Catherine Christiano and a group of invited artists will be creating artworks based on iconic settings in scenic southeastern Connecticut. All artwork will be auctioned on the evening of ArtsBall, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund. ArtsBall patron ticket holders may preview the works in progress on location on May 21st and attend the Patron's Barn Party the same evening.

ArtsBall Patrons' Events
Saturday, May 21st, 2 - 3:30 pm
Visit artists working at ten iconic private settings
The Patron Barn Party, 5 - 7 pm
Gather with the artists for a memorable party in an
exquisitely restored antique barn in Hadlyme, CT
Special Guest: Jacques Pepin
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 6 - 11 pm

ArtsBall
Saturday, June 4th, 6 - 11 pm
Art auction
Menu designed by celebrity chef Jacques Pepin
Dancing to live music of seven-piece band ETA

For Ticket Information Contact:
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
A College of the University of New Haven
84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
860-434-5232


Lyme Academy College of Fine Art 40th Anniversary

Limited Edition Reproductions to Benefit Scholarship FundDrawing of the Sill House, Lyme Academy College

In honor of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art's 
40th anniversary year, Catherine Christiano's studio will be offering beautiful, archival limited edition reproductions. The drawings for these reproductions, now in the college's permanent collection, were commissioned years ago to commemorate the accreditation of the Lyme Academy as a BFA degree granting college. The education offered by this unique, very small fine arts college is focused on the history 
and tradition of representational art, centered on the study
Drawing of Chandler Center, Lyme Academy College
 of nature and the figure. Over the past forty 
years, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler's figurative academy that began in the lower level studio of the Lyme Art Association has transitioned to become what is now a gem of a College of the University of New Haven. 

Limited Edition Reproductions Available at:
Lyme Academy College of Fine Art's ArtsBall (see details above)
Catherine Christiano's studio website
Fifty percent of sales will benefit the scholarship fund. 



A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST

Onlooker - Artist's Statement

The painting Onlooker is a continuation of my exploration of ideas relating to spectatorship. The garden in this painting, like all gardens, was created for our visual delight and, as a viewer of the artwork, we expect to enjoy its pleasures without restriction. However, within this garden our gaze is met by that of the artist. It is a self-portrait that has been clearly crafted, like most portraits (and like many gardens), for the gaze of the public. As viewers of art or gardens we assume that we have unlimited access to gaze upon them, yet we may not expect to be confronted with our own action. Here, in Onlooker, our presence is implied by the pose of the artist, who during the course of her work looks directly out at the viewer. The viewer's role is ambiguous but is clearly a part of the painting. Likewise, the artist's image is equally ambiguous. What is the subject of this painting? Is it about the artist, the viewer, the garden, or perhaps our roles as onlookers or recorders and interpreters of the visual world?



Image Information from the top:

Catherine Christiano, Irises #2 (detail), pastel on paper, 14 x 11 inches, 1997.


Catherine Christiano, Onlooker, oil on canvas, 60 x 36 inches, 2011. Photo credit Paul Mutino.


Catherine Christiano, The Porch, Summer's End, oil on canvas, 24 x 34 inches, 2016. Photo credit Paul Mutino.


Catherine Christiano, Gingerbread Cottage #2, oil over stone lithograph on paper, 7 x 6 inches, 2015.


Catherine Christiano, Sill House, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graphite on paper, 7 x 11 inches, 2007. Collection of the College.


Catherine Christiano, Chandler Center, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graphite on paper, 7 x 11 inches, 2007. Collection of the College.


All images listed are copyrighted by Catherine Christiano, all rights reserved.


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