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Happy Summer, Art Lovers! 


In this newsletter:

- New Studio!
- Chicago/Kohler
- Masquerade Ball Recap
- Exotic Birds of Prey: 96 Hour Flight
- Now showing!

New Studio!

After only 7 months in my first art studio it became apparent why the Landlord had a difficult time keeping tenants. Mold and mildew you can smell from the street, frequent flooding, plumbing issues and a furnace system that proved to be non-functional were only a few of the problems. The winter temps in my space were often 40-45 degrees and made encaustic work a challenge. 
           New studio at 38 Green Street, New London, CT
With only six days to locate, secure and move into a new space, I found one only a few blocks away. Friends helped move the heavier items and made my hasty exodus successful. I am relieved to have found a place that includes working central heat and air conditioning! Time to make sense of the new space and get settled. 



A wedding in Chicago and a family reunion in Lake Geneva provided the perfect opportunity to do a little art research in between weekend functions. 
           Chicago's Wrigley Field

After an early Friday flight to O'Hare, we took in a Cubs vs. Pirates game at Wrigley Field, enjoyed an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River on Saturday and sent my youngest cousin down the aisle in Lincolnshire.

            Kerry James Marshall's Our Town at the MCA

On Monday, my friend and fellow artist played host in Albany Park and we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Kerry James Marshall exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary art was expansive and thought provoking, as was the exhibit by The Propeller Group. 

           The Propeller Group captures the destructive force of the M16 and AK47 assault riffles

On Wednesday, I hired a car and headed up to Sheboygan for the Kohler Factory tour and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on a research mission. It was the first step toward a 5-year project that has already been 15 years in concept. Both facilities, the corporate and the non-profit, are worth the trip and only two hours from Chicago. Be sure to put on your walking shoes, the factory tour takes 3 hours and can be hot and dusty. 

            Playful restrooms at the John Michael Kohler Art Center

The following weekend meant time for relaxing with family before heading back to Connecticut and figuring out my studio situation. It's amazing how a few margaritas and lawn games with cousins can help to rejuvenate the soul. 

Masquerade Ball &
The Artist WithIN Recap

The Masquerade Ball was full of magnificent costumes and you are welcome to peruse the pictures on the OutCT Facebook page. We all had a great time and were able to raise a few dollars for the upcoming Pride Festival in August! 

The Artist WithIN exhibition will be on display at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum until July 24. You can read about the show in the Hartford Courant.

We tallied the votes from our People's Choice Award and the winners were:

Sheila Barbone was awarded first prize for her oil painting, New York City Evening, and was a big hit with her Borg mask. 

Robin Urbani took second prize for her oil painting In Her Calico Elegance but was unable to attend the opening reception. 

Xavier was awarded best costume for his classic black and gold renaissance ensemble and won free entry to Pride in August. 



Exotic Birds of Prey:
96 Hour Flight


Sometimes you go to the studio to do one thing and something completely different emerges. When I tried to begin the next work in the Migration series it failed to arrive in my mind's eye, so I let the creative process flow and my mask for the Masquerade Ball was born.
           Owl garment and mask for the Masquerade Ball reception at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum

The owl has been a constant totem in my life and was the clear choice for a costume. Making the mask was deeply meditative and provided relief from the stresses life was piling on. When the mask was completed I was so enamored with the process that I took it to the next level. The result was my 96 hour escape, or flight, over the next two weeks. 

A palette inspired by exotic birds and the wood grain of a 24" square panel provided direction. The whorls and cathedrals of the birch informed the composition, reducing the work to a limited set of decisions with room for process. Notions of feathers, dragon scales and armor drove the project as I diligently worked to finish the piece in time for the Lyman Allyn exhibit. 


Now Showing!

Courtyard Gallery

Mystic, CT

    Venetian Temple, encaustic photo transfer, 7 x 11

There is always new work at the Courtyard Gallery! When you're in Southeastern CT, it's worth a visit. You'll find this hidden treasure at 12 Water Street in the courtyard behind Voodoo Grill. 

Join us every Sunday from 3-6pm for our weekly salons! 


The Artist WithIN

Lyman Allyn Art Museum
New London, CT


Artist Sheila Barbone won first place for her painting New York City Evening (top) at the Masquerade Ball. The exhibit will be on display until July 24. 

 Wow, what a whirlwind June has been! Time to take the stress level down a notch and get to work in my new studio. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, Art Lovers, and I'll see you next month. 


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