Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Open House on Saturday December 13th

"Barns in Fog" by Judith Secco, photograph
"Barns in Fog" by Judith Secco, photograph

Gallery 25 will host a "Holiday Open House" on Saturday, December 13 from 4-6 pm, featuring "Treasures in the Gallery"  seasonal and gift-priced art and artisan works.   This is a great opportunity to meet some of the artists who are creating unique artwork and fine crafts for holiday shoppers, and have light refreshments.  Artwork includes original oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel paintings, as well as archival photography, sculpture, art glass, pottery, and jewelry. 

The gallery is staffed by member artists and is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts. This new, spacious center of creativity is located in the heart of New Milford Village, just off Main Street at 25 Church Street. New holiday hours are Friday (12 - 5 pm), Saturday (11 - 5 pm), Sunday (12 - 5 pm) and by appointment.  Admission is free.  Ample parking is available. For additional information please call 860-355-6009. 

The gallery welcomes these new members:

Ann Quackenbos


Vikki Bouffard


Ed Muszala

Chuck Urban

Debra Booth

Steven Tanenbaum

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Gallery 25 Hosts “Treasures in the Gallery” Art Show

Gallery 25 Hosts “Treasures in the Gallery” Art Show

 
Glass pendants of the New Milford bandstand  created by Brookfield designer Lori Meehan
Glass pendants of the New Milford bandstand 
created by New Milford designer Valerie Wilson will be 
available at Gallery 25 in New Milford for the holiday season.

Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio will host its Holiday Art Show, Saturday, November 15, to Sunday, January 10, with an Opening Reception from 4-6 PM on Saturday, November 15th. The most recent creations of award-winning gallery artists and artisans will be on exhibit. 

 Artwork includes original oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel paintings, as well as archival photography, sculpture, art glass, pottery, and jewelry. Prices range widely and many items are ideal for one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday gifting.

 In addition, the gallery is participating in the Church Street 48-day Open Street event “Don’t Be a Sheep, Shop Unique” starting November 15th.  During the event residents and visitors can rediscover Church Street, shopping locally for gifts such as imported household items, refinished antiques and fine furniture, lovely floral gifts, beautiful and unique fine art, great salons for beauty and hair removal, as well as gift certificates to learn new skills and discover new products and services.


Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is a co-op style gallery exhibiting some of the best local fine art and artisan creations. The gallery is staffed by member artists and is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts. This new, spacious center of creativity is located in the heart of New Milford Village, just off Main Street at 25 Church Street. New holiday hours are Friday (12 - 5 pm), Saturday (11 - 5 pm), Sunday (12 - 5 pm) and by appointment.  Admission is free.  Ample parking is available. For additional information please call 860-355-6009.  For information about the gallery’s educational programs, please visit the gallery or email: newmilartscomm@gmail.com.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Susan Grisell Demo October 26th


Susan Grisell painting en plein air at Topsmead in Litchfield CT.
On October 26, Susan Grisell will give a painting demonstration at 2:00 p.m.  Susan Grisell is a native New Milfordite and is hugely popluar with artists and patron alike. Her life-long interest and career has been painting. She has won numerous first place awards from a variety of organizations and shows her work throughout the United States. Her recent travels to Europe increased her popularity among artists there. Her demonstration will be in oils and a dialog with the audience is encouraged. This event is FREE, sponsored by New Milford Commission on the Arts and Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio. The demo will be held in Gallery 25, at 25 Church Street in New Milford, CT. No reservations needed.  Seating is on a first come basis.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sculpting the Human Head--Merklein Demo 9/28

Sculpting the Human Head, a Demonstration by Bill Merklein
Sunday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio
25 Church Street, New Milford, CT 06776

Bill Merklein's demonstration for Gallery 25 will be a water based clay portrait stressing easy to remember forms basic to the human head. Bill sculpted nearly 70 of the GI JOE action figures that Hasbro produced in the 1980's. As a master sculptor, he has worked on projects ranging from GI JOE, Star Wars, Visionaries and Mighty Max, to sculpting the VISA dove hologram that has appeared on tens of millions of credit cards. He invites a dialogue with his audience while sculpting. This event is sponsored by New Milford Commission on the Arts and Gallery 25 and is FREE to the public. Seating is limited on a first come basis.




Contact: Gallery 25 860-355-6009 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Random Acts of Creativity

Original, one-of-a-kind artwork is being offered for free in over a dozen towns 
in Western Connecticut, to raise public awareness of local artistic talent, 
courtesy of Fine Line Art Gallery in Woodbury, 
and Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio on New Milford. 



Two co-op art galleries in Western Connecticut are cooperating with each other to create a new public outreach event this fall: “Random Acts of Creativity.” The talented artists from both galleries have created over 200 original, one-of-a-kind works of art and are distributing them ‘randomly’ throughout their communities, including: Bantam, Bethel, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Danbury, Naugatuck, New Milford, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Waterbury, Wolcott, and Woodbury. The artists encourage the public to be on the lookout for these diminutive pieces of artwork, wrapped in cellophane and offered for free.

Random Acts of Creativity will be appearing at local shops, libraries, hair salons, restaurants, etc., to raise the public’s awareness of the artistic excellence right in their home towns, and to encourage art lovers to shop locally. These galleries exhibit and sell original paintings, archival photographs, prints, pottery, one-of-a-kind jewelry, stained and fused glasswork, and a variety of other unique artistic creations by award-winning, regional artists and artisans.

Fine Line Art Gallery, a cooperative venture consisting of 15 carefully juried artists and artisans, has been in existence for over two decades, with the goal of celebrating and encouraging the work of the many talented artists in the area. Prices are reasonable, and on any business day, an artist is on site to discuss the artwork, the different media exhibited at the gallery, and the creative process. It is located at 319 Main Street South in Woodbury. For more information, please visit the Fine Line Art Gallery’s website at www.finelineartgallery-connecticut.com, or telephone the gallery (203-266-0110) during its regular business hours, Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm and by appointment. Admission is free. Ample parking is available.


Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is a co-op style gallery exhibiting some of the best local fine art and artisan creations. The gallery is staffed by member artists and is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts. In addition to exhibits, the gallery offers a variety of art-related educational programs, including classes, workshops, and critiques. This new hub of creativity located in the heart of New Milford Village is just off Main Street at 25 Church Street. New business hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 PM; and by appointment. Admission is free. Ample parking is available. For additional information please call 860-355-6009.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Gallery 25 Hosts Fall Show September 19-November 8

"Red in the Shed" oil painting by Ellie Boyd of Southbury,
Plein Air 9" by 12"

Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio will host its Fall Art Show, September 19th through November 8th, with an opening reception from 4-6 PM on Saturday, September 20th. The most recent creations of award-winning regional artists and artisans will be on exhibit.
Archival photograph by Bantam photographer Judith Secco, 
"Two Pears in Antique Bowl"

Artwork includes original oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel paintings, as well as archival photography, sculpture, art glass, pottery, and jewelry. Prices range widely and many items are ideal for one-of-a-kind gifts. 



Acrylic painting by New Milford artist Lorraine Ryan, 
"Egret in the Sun"
In addition, art classes will continue at the gallery.  The instructors are talented artists who are eager to share and inspire creativity. Bethel painter Adele Moros has been invited back to teach watercolor painting Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30, September 19 to October 24. Various watercolor techniques, value and color temperature will be covered with a strong emphasis on composition and mood. Classes will run for 6 weeks at a cost of $150. Interested participants should contact Adele Moros at 203-744-7690 or at adelemoros@yahoo.com. 


Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is a co-op style gallery exhibiting some of the best local fine art and artisan creations.  The gallery is staffed by member artists and is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts.  This new, spacious center of creativity is located in the heart of New Milford village, just off Main Street at 25 Church Street.  New hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 PM; and by appointment.  Admission is free.  Ample parking is available. For additional information please call 860-355-6009.  For information about the gallery’s educational programs, please visit the gallery 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Beyond Belief--Book Reading by Newtown Author in New Milford CT 8/24/14

Author, C. J. Golden of Newtown, CT

Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio will host a book reading by Newtown author CJ Golden at 2PM on August 24. Ms. Golden will read from her latest book, Reflections From Beyond: Sharing a Message of Hope, Peace and Kindness (Eronel Publishing, Feb 2014; $8.95), and lead a discussion on the topic. 

This inspiring book is about the life and near-death experience of Tracy LaCroix, a Virginia man who had no perceptible heartbeat for 1½ hours before regaining consciousness, spiritually renewed and fortified with a life-affirming message. Mr. LaCroix’s amazing journey imparts the peace and beauty that lie just beyond this physical plane – regardless of one’s religion or personal spiritual beliefs. 

Ms. Golden is an inspirational speaker and writer who has authored other works, such as Tao of the Defiant Woman and Tao-Girls Rule!. She is donating $1.00/book from the sale of Reflections from Beyond to the Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families (a program of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut). This organization was specifically chosen by Golden and LaCroix because of its effective role in assisting the grieving families and the community of Newtown and surrounding areas. 


At her book reading, Ms. Golden will discuss some of the most compelling aspects of Mr. LaCroix’s experiences. Admission for the event is free, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Gallery 25 & Creative Arts Studio, which is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts, is located at 25 Church Street in New Milford. 860-355-6009. Gallery business hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Sunday, noon to 4PM; and by appointment. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Artwalk New Milford Saturday August 2



New Milford Gallery 25 Artists Sweep Juried Prizes at Show

A number of Gallery 25 artists participated in the 18th annual New Milford Outdoor Art Festival sponsored this year by the New Milford Historical Society was held on Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and June 16th on the Village Green and experienced the joy of juried awards and solid sales. The fine art show attracts artists from all over New England and beyond. Testimony to its success is the extremely high rate of returning artists every year. The art show is a major fund raiser for the historical society. The historical society is a non-profit organization which maintains a public museum, and offers educational and cultural activities encouraging an appreciation of art, history and music.
Susan Grisell wins best overall booth with accompanying prize of $1,000.
Richard Stalter wins for oil.
Diane Dubreuil wins for watercolor. 


Judy Secco poses with her red ribbon for photography. 


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Livin' Is Easy -- Open Juried Show

"Harrybrook Park-Fall" watercolor  16" x 20" Diane Dubreuil  

Gallery 25 will host a juried show open to all area artists, "Livin' Is Easy" starting June 21st running to September 13th.  Artists who are interested in becoming members of the coop gallery may apply in the same application.

Entry fee/cost  per non-gallery member artist to participate in the show is $20.00 for one or two pieces of original 2D art or sculpture no larger than 1000 square inches (roughly 26” x 36” including frame), owned by the artist. Or, “off the wall” artisans may submit a collection of up to 10 pieces of their original work. No class work or work done under a teacher’s supervision is eligible. All work must be framed and otherwise prepped for exhibit and all work must be for sale. Sculptures must have stands. Artist/artisan agrees work is left “at his/her/the artist’s own risk.” The gallery and/or jurors have the right to refuse artwork for any reason.

Delivery: *Artists/artisans currently exhibiting may pick up work and deliver for “Livin’ Is Easy” on Sunday, June 15 from 4-7 pm. Delivery for other artists/artisans and current artists: Tuesday, June 17 from 4-7 pm. or Thursday, June 19 from 10-1 pm. 

Chairmen: Linda McMillan e-mail: Gallery25OpenShow@aol.com

Robin Sherwood-Armour, Lori Meehan

Download the full prospectus.

Friday, March 14, 2014

New Life, New Light.....New Show at Gallery 25


Harbinger of Spring by Maryanne Meken-Silvestri, Fused Glass
Harbinger of Spring by Maryanne Meken-Silvestri, Fused Glass


Gallery 25 Hosts Spring Art Show 

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio will present a new art exhibit to celebrate the arrival of spring: New Life, New Light. The juried show opens with a reception on Saturday March 29 from 4 PM to 6 PM, and runs through June 21st.  The exhibit will highlight the work of approximately 16 regional artists, many of whom have won awards for their work.

The artwork includes original oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel paintings, as well as photographic art, sculpture, glasswork, pottery, and jewelry. Many of the artists will be present at the reception to discuss their art and the creative process. Prices and sizes of the artwork cover a wide range, and many of the items in the show have been selected with Mother’s Day gifts in mind.

In addition to the new exhibit and poetry readings, art classes will continue at Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio. The instructors are talented artists and gallery members who are eager to share and inspire creativity in others. Professionals and students of all levels are welcome.

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is located at 25 Church Street, New Milford, CT. It is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment 860-355-6009. For more information about the gallery and classes, please visit the gallery or email: newmilartscomm@gmail.com.  Admission is free; ample parking is available.


Gallery 25 Hosts Poet Dr. James R. Scrimgeour




On April 27, 2:00 pm., the gallery will host a poetry reading by Dr. James R.  Scrimgeour, Professor Emeritus of Western Connecticut State University, Dr. Scrimgeour has published nine books of poetry and over 220 poems in anthologies and periodicals. He has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and he has given over 250 public readings of his work including one at an International Conference on Poetry and History, Stirling, Scotland. He served as editor of Connecticut Review, and he was one of five poets recently listed on the CBS CT poetry blog.  Furthermore, he has published a critical biography of Sean O'Casey (G. K. Hall) along with numerous reviews and articles on poetry and drama. He currently resides in New Milford Connecticut with his wife, Christine Xanthakos Scrimgeour.

For his Gallery 25 reading, Dr Scrimgeour will read poems that represent at least three of his major interests: poems about his family (a long-standing staple of his work), poems dealing with the relationship between landscape and consciousness (i.e., poems written in plain air), and poems written as a result of his engagement with the work of Monet including poems that grew out of his recent visit to France. For further information about Dr. Scrimgeour’s poetry, please visit his home page: http://people.wcsu.edu/scrimgeourj/

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is located at 25 Church Street, New Milford, CT. It is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment. For more information about the gallery and classes, please visit the gallery or email: newmilartscomm@gmail.com.  Admission is free; ample parking is available.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Girl Scout Troop 40228 Visits the Gallery


Brownie Girl Scout Troop 40228 and troop leaders, Joana Chiappa and Leslie Savich, 
visited Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio in New Milford on Monday. The girls completed 
requirements for a Painting Life Styles badge. Photo courtesy of Ellie Boyd.


Members of Brownie Girl Scout Troop 40228 from Northville Elementary School and their leaders, Joana Chiappa and Leslie Savich, visited Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio in anticipation of completing their Painting Life Styles badge requirements. The girls reviewed gallery etiquette, interviewed artists, learned about painting mediums, and identified and spoke about favorite paintings on exhibit in the gallery.
            Assisting the troop leaders for this project were artists, Diane Dubreuil of New Milford, and Ellie Boyd of Southbury, both exhibiting artists at Gallery 25. Ms. Boyd introduced the girls to the art of portrait painting with oils, explaining the use of a model, sketches, photography and composition. Ms. Dubreuil, a former Brownie Girl Scout leader at Northville in the 1980s, spoke on the arts of plein air painting and sketchbook journaling.  The girls gave their own mini-critiques of the paintings in the current show "Red, White, and Winter".  Polar bears and Huskies were very popular!
            Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is a co-op style juried fine art gallery and studio venue presented under the guidance of New Milford Commission on the Arts. The gallery is located at 25 Church Street in New Milford and is open on Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 to 5, or by appointment. For more information, visit the gallery on facebook or view the gallery blog at: http://newmilfordgallery25.blogspot.com/



Contact: Diane Dubreuil, New Milford Commission on the Arts,  203-770-2801



Monday, February 24, 2014

Gallery 25 Welcomes Rainie Crawford, Patrick Purcell, and Mel Crawford

"Charlie's Team" by Mel Crawford
   
     Rainie Crawford, pastelist, Patrick Purcell, sculptor, and Mel Crawford, painter have joined the coop gallery and are exhibiting their artwork at the Gallery at 25 Church Street in New Milford, Connecticut.
     Rainie, a Master Pastelist of the Pastel Society of America is widely known for her ethereal pastel still life paintings. She is an elected member of the Allied Artists of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Audubon Artists, and the Hudson Valley Art Association.  Her work is part of the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Paint and Clay club of New Haven.  She has been featured in numerous magazine articles and books.
     Artist Mel Crawford Mel Crawford has lived and painted in New England for over 40 years.  He has gained great insight into the ebb and flow of New England, enabling him to successfully capture timeless impressions of this beautiful countryside.  In his early years his medium of choice was watercolor and he painted outdoors whenever possible.  As his career progressed Crawford worked for Disney Studios, Sesame Street and several publishing houses.  After changing his medium to acrylic, Crawford concentrated on fine art.  Twice a finalist in the Arts for the Parks competition, his single entry “Summer Treasures” was selected by Ambassador Robert Strauss to hang in the Ambassador’s residence during his tenure in Moscow.  Widely acclaimed as a painter and illustrator, Crawford has exhibited his award-winning work throughout the United States and Canada.  His work can be found in museums, corporate offices and in the homes of private collectors.  He is a winner of the Franklin Mint Gold Medal for watercolor and a winner of several Grumbacher Gold Medals.
     New Milford sculptor Patrick Purcell begins the physical process of creating a three dimensional piece with a preconceived or at times, a subconscious idea.  From years of experience, he has mastered the techniques needed to make these ideas evolve into finished pieces. He enjoys creating a wide variety of work ranging from figurative to biomorphic; jewelry and small indoor sculptures to large outdoor pieces. The materials he uses varies. Depending on the piece he is creating, he uses stone, wood, metals, resins, cement and recycled materials. What is the most exhilarating is the creative process itself…when the piece finally takes on a life of its own.  Purcell's sculpture featured in Gallery 25 are of bronze.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Red, White, and Winter -- Show Opening 2/1/14, 4 to 6 p.m.

Cherries by Judy Secco
"Cherries" by Judy Secco


New Milford Art Gallery Hosts Winter Show and Classes
Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is brightening the winter months with a brand new art show and a roster of art classes. This emerging art hub in the center of New Milford has created a dynamic art exhibit to emphasize the beauty of the season, entitled Red, White and Winter.

The juried show opens with a reception on February 1, from 4 PM to 6 PM, and runs through March 15th. It will highlight the work of approximately 16 regional artists, many of whom have won awards for their work. The artwork includes original oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel paintings, as well as photographic art, sculpture, glasswork, pottery, and jewelry. Many of the artists will be present at the reception to discuss their art and the creative process.  Prices and sizes of the artwork cover a wide range, and many of the items in the show have been selected with Valentine’s Day gifts in mind.

Also featured this winter is a growing curriculum of art classes for professionals and students of all levels. The instructors are talented artists and gallery members who are eager to share and inspire creativity in others. These classes will all take place at Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio, but registration is through the instructor.  See the Workshops page:   http://newmilfordgallery25.blogspot.com/p/gallery-25-classes-and-workshops.html


Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio is located at 25 Church Street, New Milford, CT. It is affiliated with the New Milford Commission on the Arts. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 5 PM, or by appointment. For more information about the gallery and classes, please visit or contact the gallery at: newmilartscomm@gmail.com. Admission free; ample parking available.