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Happy 2017 Art Lovers! 


Last year was full of events and opportunities and 2017 is looking busier. It's time to congratulate yourself on everything you accomplished in 2016.

Here are some successes I'm celebrating:

  • New art studio

  • Grant recipient: SECTCC Regional Initiative Grant

  • Global Leadership Conference SF

  • 12 Gallery Exhibitions

  • 3 Museum Exhibitions

Later this month I'll run the numbers and share other 2016 statistics in February's newsletter.


In this newsletter:

- iCRV radio
- Hygienic XXXVIII & Blacklight Garden
- Exhibitions 
- Studio Snapshot

iCRV Radio

The stream feeding the River Valley

Photo by Ibby Carothers

Bringing you news from the Connecticut River Valley, Dave and Ibby Carothers have found a way to share the community they love. Opening a radio station in the heart of Ivoryton, CT was just the beginning as they are also on the move. Their tiny house is being outfitted as a mobile radio station to cover events on site.

On December 21 the Carothers invited me, Susan Hickman and Terry "Davo" Davis to talk about the extensive lineup of Hygienic XXXVIII art events happening January 27 - February 11, 2017 as part of the Hygienic Annual Show. Listen in at iCRVradio.

Hygienic XXXVIII

January 27 - February 11

New London, CT

Celebrate the arts this month at the Hygienic Art Gallery's Annual Show. The popular "Salon des Independants" invites everyone to participate and boasts, "No Judge, no jury, no censorship, no fees"! The celebration includes a two-week lineup of artistic revery including the Hootenanny, Children's show, Poetry, Plays, Music, Fashion, Body Painting, Cabaret, Film Shorts and the Blacklight Garden Party. 

Do you have an artwork you would like to exhibit? Bring it to the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London, CT on the morning of January 28. Register your ready-to-hang work and display it anywhere you can find room in one of the four galleries available.
Visit for details.


Don your neon clothing and head to the Blacklight Garden Party! Dance in a fluorescent wonderland and sip UV reactive cocktails on opening and closing nights!

Inspired by movies like Tron, Bladerunner and Avatar, I've been itching to create a blacklight environment for people to enjoy. Thanks to the REGI grant from the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition, this colorful installation will bring light to the dark days of winter.

Opening Reception: January 28, 8-11pm
Open Tuesdays - Saturdays, Sunset - 7pm
Closing Reception: February 11, Sunset - ?
See the event on Facebook.



January 7- 22
Hygienic Art Galleries
New London, CT


Curated by Jason Silva, Object and Influence is an attempt to explore starting points. The space where ideas begin, before being reformulated, repurposed and rebuilt.

Source images dot most artist’s studio walls. A postcard. A ripped page from a catalogue. Odd ephemera lines most artist’s shelves. A ceramic jar or an antique toy. Sound carries from speakers setting the backdrop. Melodic; atonal; rhythmic.

To remove these items from the studio and place them in a gallery setting creates an opportunity to envision a backstory. A jumping off place leading to an artist’s unique way of combining images and themes.

The show will have three sections that will maximize the exhibition space. Each artist has selected one object, two unique images and three sound files that in some way inform their own artwork. Object and Influence builds a dialogue amongst a large group of working artists based on their shared experience working in a studio environment and the information that populates that space.

Opening Reception, Saturday January 7th from 6-8pm

List of Artists:
Brian Anderson / Paolo Arao / Morgan Blair / Craig Boagey / Erik den Breejen / Eben Bull / Maria Calandra / Holly Coulis / Tony Cox / Alex Ebstein / Austin English / Meg Franklin / Marlene Frontera / Elizabeth Glaessner / Rashawn Griffin / Amy Hannum / Halsey Hathaway / Susumu Kamijo / Sean Kelley / Chyrum Lambert / Elisa Lendvay / Scott Malbaurn / Ryan Meyers / Kat Murphy / Yusuke Nishimura / Andy Onderdonx / Catherine Pearson / Walter Price / Christopher Provenzano / Hiba Schahbaz / Paul Simmons / Elisa Soliven / Melissa Staiger / Sean Sullivan / Kyoko Takei


Courtyard Gallery

Mystic, CT

Camouflage in White, encaustic and feathers on birch panels, 12 x 4 x 2

Since August 2015 I have sold award-winning art at the Courtyard Gallery. It's a pleasure working with Del & Kristin Bach and the talented artists there. 
Join the fun on Sundays from 3-6pm for our weekly salons! 

Otherly Lingual

extended exhibit
Connecticut College


You may still have time to view my 3-floor exhibit in Shain Library at Connecticut College. Between now and January 20th I will be juggling the fabrication/installation of Blacklight Garden Party at Hygienic Art Park and the de-installation of Otherly Lingual simultaneously. If you miss the exhibit live, a video tour with commentary is available on the PaintDragon YouTube channel.

Studio Snapshot


In October, I sought contacts for acquiring internal organs for a casting project. Only thinking of making contacts, I was completely unprepared to receive a pig's heart from a generous butcher. In my studio was a new block of skin wax, a more flexible microcrystalline wax suitable for skin casting, and a bag of plaster. I improvised.

The photo above is the resulting cast in plaster from the skin wax mold. Not a bad cast, but silicone gives a cleaner cast and a mold that lasts longer for repeated casts. It was a good test with materials on hand, but in order to use this plaster model I need to make a plaster mold of it, then use that mold to cast my final material. See the original mold in October's newsletter. Time to buy some silicone!

I Hope 2016 was good to you, Art Lovers. Congratulations on making it to another year of endless possibilities. Wishing you the best in 2017. 


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