It’s a comment heard more than once from patrons viewing the impressive works of Bridgewater artist Tina Underwood. Elaborating on that theme and speaking about her work, Tina will give an Art Talk on June 25 at 3:00 pm in the studio at Gallery 25.
Ms. Underwood was born to immigrant parents, who established a family garden center and landscaping business in Roxbury. She grew up with flowers and learned to cultivate her own gardens. Surrounded with the natural beauty of the gardens and the landscape of western Connecticut, the artist is inspired by endless subject matter.
“The Dutch look of my paintings came about when I switched from watercolors to oil paints about eight years ago,” added Ms. Underwood. “In this medium I can showcase the strong light effects that I love so much, light that spills over the objects and flowers I set up in my north light studio.”
Recognizing she has an affinity for the painters of the seventeenth century Dutch golden age, Tina has studied the handling of light in those paintings and used it as inspiration for her work. “As I study the works of that era, I have a feeling of coming home. This is what my work is meant to be.”
Currently the ‘Featured Artist’ at Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio, an impressive selection of oil paintings by Tina Underwood is currently on exhibit in Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio, 25 Church Street in New Milford. The gallery will host a reception on Saturday, June 25, from 4-7 pm following Tina’s presentation. “It’s so Dutch!” continues on exhibition until August 1.
For gallery hours and more information, visit the gallery’s website at http://newmilfordgallery25.blogspot.com
Ms. Shearstone is an award-winning professional artist with an MFA
in comics, a small herd of cats, strong geek tendencies and a great love for ska-core. In addition to creating and selling fine art, Angi has worked in children's books and comics as an illustrator and writer, and is currently working on a series of novels. She just completed an Artist-in-Residency program with Weir Farm National Historic Site during February 2016.
While on site, Angi took the time to further develop her approach to traditional Chinese brush painting techniques and subject matter. Her interest in Chinese aesthetics began in 2003, and her residency provided time to experiment with toned and marbled backgrounds,
as well as with different surfaces.
As with any creative endeavor, keeping her work plan flexible opened the doors to the unexpected. Within the inspired historical setting and former home of Impressionist painter J. Alden Weir, Angi couldn’t resist the urge to return to large oil painting, after many years away from it. From the first few strokes she fell in love with oils again, and started a new series allowing the spirit and soul of Weir Farm influence her hand. These landscapes constitute the first of many more to come in the months ahead.
On Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 pm, Gallery 25 will host a free Art Talk entitled “Weir’d You Go?” by Ms. Shearstone. The artist will highlight her accomplishments during her month long residency at Weir Farm and her talk coincides with an exhibit of her works in Gallery 25. Reception following to meet Ms. Shearstone and introduce the newest exhibition of works by gallery members. Music during the reception by Abby Lane.
Create Your Own Career in Art with Vince Giarrano
May 22 at 1:30 pm - Fee to attend $20.00 each
Vince Giarrano, professional fine art painter from Washington CT, will present a program for dedicated fine artists entitled "Creating Your Own Career" on Sunday, May 22nd, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.at Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio in New Milford. Any artist who is attempting to navigate the waters of the art market and find their ideal place in it will appreciate hearing about Giarrano's steps to success. He figured it out and is admired by visual artists of all levels. His program on May 22 will detail some of his best tips to help aspiring artists of any media figure out a plan for realizing their goals. Participants will begin their process during this workshop. Please bring a notebook/sketchbook and a pen. Light refreshments will be offered.Vince had established himself as an illustrator of comic books, but yearned to leave that profession to concentrate on fine art painting. Over a period of 16 years he used a variety of methods to understand how to reach his goals, to consciously refine his own artistic concept, and to make a plan of action for reaching his audience. His paintings capture the beauty that exists in people moving through everyday life, in particular everyday life in New York City. Mr. Giarrano is now represented in galleries across the U.S., U.K. and in Europe.
Just like many of you, the artists at Gallery 25 are looking forward to a brighter and more colorful season. Our new show "March Madness" celebrates the weeks to come. Winter in the gallery has vanished and has been replaced with a bevy of brighter landscapes and colorful floral paintings. The gallery artisans have been hard at work, too, with many new designs and products that are perfect gifts for Mother's Day!
We also welcome two new artists to Gallery 25. Karin Mansberg joins us as a printmaker. She is exhibiting framed artwork and prints on fabric. We look forward to seeing new designs as the months unfold. And, we welcome Mary Jean Elizabeth. She paints beautiful small scale oil paintings on wood panels. Mary Jean studied in Florence and her work reflects an old world charm and intimacy.
And, on March 19 our Guest Artist, Kayla Ek, will give an hour long Art Talk. Kayla's works are lively and thoughtful and contemporary! Her art talk will help us understand how she selected the pieces shown in the gallery and how her thoughts led her into each piece. Her program will begin at 2:00 pm and is free. Light refreshments following her program as we receive the public for our new show!
Opening Reception Friday, February 12 from 4 -7 pm
The Gallery 25 Members' Winter Show will open with a reception on Friday, February 12 from 4 - 7. The new show features a collection of fine art and artisan works on a mostly winter theme, all created by local artists. All works are for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits the gallery. The featured artist during this show is New Milford artist, Lorraine Ryan, whose art career includes both fine art and illustration. Her show with Gallery 25 focuses on local farms and barns. Lorraine explains she hopes her passion for the subject raises awareness of their unfortunate and rapid disappearance (see more on "special events" page).
On this same evening, "On the Hunt", our neighbor at 17 Church Street, will open its new upstairs gallery featuring one of the largest selections of antique oil paintings and prints in the area, including works from Sidney Dickinson, Herbert Steinke, Donald Zolan, and Harley Bartlett, in addition to their wonderful antique marble and bronze sculptures.
Gallery 25 is a regional co-op all fine art and artisan venue overseen by New Milford Commission on the Arts. The regular gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12- 5 p.m. or by appointment. Artists interested in exhibiting with the gallery may stop by the gallery or e-mail for more information: email@example.com
On Saturday November 14 from 6:00 to 8;00 pm, Gallery 25 will host a reception for this year’s Holiday Show. The Holiday Show will run from November 7, 2015 to January 3, 2016. The show will be refreshed on November 27 in response to Small Business Saturday in order to include a unique array of winter and holiday themed fine art and artisan creations. Responding to requests for custom works and commissioned fine art for the holidays, the gallery will exhibit examples of portraits, pet art and other unique subjects by local artists accepting commissions for holiday gift giving and special occasions. A portion of each sale benefits the gallery.
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio has a dedicated area displaying information for New Milford’s Tourist Information Center. During the holiday season, the gallery will compliment the tourist area by exhibiting paintings of local scenes of special interest to area visitors. Open during regular gallery hours, the tourist center is overseen by Pat Tripp of New Milford.
Programs and classes offered this fall in Gallery 25 included Color Your World with Anne Adams, Vibrant Visual Collage with Karen Arp-Sandel, watercolor painting with Adele Moros, alcohol ink painting with Danna Phalen, and watercolor journaling with Diane Dubreuil. Chuck Urban will present a workshop on painting glass ornaments. To learn about class openings, visit the gallery. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio announces a call for artists and artisans who wish to participate in the gallery's annual Juried Open Show. This year's theme is "Summer Fun". Delivery of work is Sunday, July 12 from noon to 5 or Wednesday, July 15 from 10 to 2 pm. The gallery is seeking original 2D and 3D fine art and original " off the wall" one-of-a-kind fine artisan creations, including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, and fiber arts. All work must be hand delivered to the gallery and must be for sale.
New this year, cash awards will be offered for oil & acrylic, watermedia, graphics & pastel, sculpture, and artisan works. Sculptors and artisans must supply stands or display materials. Prize money was donated by the Museum of Contemporary Impressionism.
Artists and artisans wishing to participate my request a prospectus by e-mail from email@example.com or visit Gallery 25 during regular gallery hours. Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is located at 25 Church Street in New Milford. The gallery is a regional cooperative all fine art gallery. Hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 5 pm.