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.