Saturday, December 3, 2016

New Milford's VNA Sip and Stroll on December 2, 2016

Gallery 25 enjoyed participating in this wonderful fundraising event to benefit VN's Camp Jonathan! Many thanks to all and each who visited the gallery tonight and supports our community visual arts venue!! 

Among those contributing to the gallery's festive evening, we wish to especially thank New Milford Art Commission members: Diane Dubreuil, Barbara Payne, Joanne Lillis, Jim Scrimgeour, Susan Fogarty, and Lacee Yurgatlu. Nearly all of the gallery members helped out by bringing food items to share, and we had a lovely few hours to catch up on information about family and holiday art events! We missed gallery artist Adele and wish her a quick and thorough recovery!! 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

"Haiti - Beyond the Ruins"

Around 40 attended Bryn Gillette's Art Talk, "Haiti - Beyond the Ruins" and joined us for a light reception following the program. Several have come into the gallery this weekend to view the exhibit! People are surprised to learn we have such a wonderful venue for the visual arts here in New Milford!!! And, we are happy to announce this very special exhibit will continue through Sunday, November 27. 

Thank you to everyone who helped us make this program successful. Special thanks to Mary T and Steve T for making the arrangements to exhibit this extraordinary art in our gallery!! And, thanks to Diane D, Linda B, Lorraine R, Carolyn C, Susan F, Paula M, Mary Jane M, Susan G, and Lou M and a few others who joined in with refreshments and other help.

Through November 27, you may still contribute to the artist's special charity and support Gallery 25 by purchasing one or more of the beautiful Giclee prints of his original art. Lots of other wonderful art on exhibit and for sale, too, created by local artists and artisans.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Announcing an Exhibit and ART TALK with Bryn Gillette

“Honoring These Sacred Shards . . . “
An Exhibit and ART TALK with Bryn Gillette

Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio welcome our current guest artist, Bryn Gillette, and invite artists and other to meet him following an Art Talk on Friday, November 11 at 7:00 PM.  This exhibit for Gallery 25 in New Milford is his “homecoming”, not having shown in New Milford for more than 11 years.  These same paintings have traveled from NY, MA, CA, OR, NC, to Haiti, and now back.  (More on our events page.)

After four summers of love and labor, Bryn’s twelve “Haiti - Beyond The Ruins” panels are finally finished. These door-size "portals" (80x32”) are his painted prayers that God's Kingdom come in fullness in Haiti.  He has tried to put vision to his inner groaning, grieving Haiti’s brokenness, celebrating its beauty, and imagining its restored destiny. They stand together as witnesses, both to the destruction of the 2010 earthquakes, as well as championing each of the "Seven Spheres of Influence" critical to national restoration: Education, Government, Family, Religion, Business, Media, and the Arts. It is his prayer that these paintings host conversations asking, "What does it take to restore a nation?" and become a catalyst in the search for an answer. May God inspire us as individuals, communities, and nations to open the doors to a Haiti beyond the ruins. 

Bryn & Kirsten Gillette.  Children Cai (10), Kea (7), Skyler (4), Lily (1)

As “husband, father, and passionate follower of Jesus Christ”.  He earned his B.A. in Visual Art from Gordon College in 2001 and his M.F.A. in Painting from Western Connecticut State University in 2009.  Bryn is currently a full time art, photography, and Bible teacher at Trinity-Pawling School in NY.  He is the co-founder of TeamOne:27, a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of Haitian orphans, and spends the majority of his artistic time as an advocate and champion of the needs of his Haitian “family”.

The Art Talk on Nov. 11 will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. The exhibit is on display currently and will run through Sunday,  November 13.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Congratulations to gallery members!!!

Congratulations to some of our Gallery 25 artists who received awards at The Juried Art Show and Sale at the Richter House in Danbury!!! The show continues on this Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 2 - 5 p.m. Our artists names appear in blue among the list of award recipients. ** Reminder that their works are always available at Gallery 25 on Church Street in New Milford. Our gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 pm. Not ready to buy art?? Stop by and write congratulations in our guest book.

This year's award winners are:

Best in Show:  Betty Ann Medeiros
Oil & Acrylic  
1st Place - Steve Tanenbaum
2nd Place - Herb Herschlag
3rd Place - Ann Kromer
Honorable Mention - Tony Carvalho
1st Place - Barbara Courtian
2nd Place - Stephanie Mischner
3rd Place - Mary Ann Carley
Pastel, Mixed Media & Graphics   
1st Place - Adele Moros
2nd Place - Maryann Meken-Silvestri
3rd Place - Mary Lou Costa
Honorable Mention - ShawnaLee Waterbury-Kwashnak
1st Place - Brett Garamella
2nd Place - Austin Gehan
Student Awards   
1st Place - Lorennah Granfors
2nd Place - Luciano Zaccardo

3rd Place - Matthew Rossi

Friday, September 9, 2016

New Milford Art Walk 2016 was a Great Success!!

We want to thank all the participating businesses and artists who came out on August 27 for the New Milford Art Walk 2016. By simple count, we know more than 245 people attended the event as dedicated art lovers!!! The weather was beautiful, but a little hot, and the evening concert performed by SongHorse was fabulous!!
    Special thanks to Kayla Ek and Lacee Yurgatlu who organized the event with Gallery 25 member and chairwoman of New Milford Commission on the Arts, Diane Dubreuil. After a little break, we are quite certain plans will begin for next years Art Walk.

L to R: Kayla Ek, Diane Dubreuil, Lacee Yurgatlu

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Get Your Map and Get Walking!!!

New Milford Art Walk 2016, organized by Gallery 25 and Creative Arts Studio and the New Milford Commission on the Arts, will take place on Saturday, August 27, rain or shine, from one to six pm.  This year’s event directors are Kayla Ek and Lacee Yurtoglu, both well-known local artists. This free event is designed as an opportunity to cultivate an interest in the visual arts and introduce the public to the many business offerings in the New Milford downtown area. 

Visual artists of all media, local businesses and other community participants have joined together for this mostly "downtown" visual art experience. Fine Line Dance Theatre will perform three times during the afternoon (weather permitting) and may be seen near the bandstand on the town green. Several businesses in town are featuring original window paintings and are easily seen when walking nearby. Outside of the village area, the Gregory James Gallery on Rt. 202 is featuring the works by outsider artist Jorge Silveira in “Beyond Boundaries” and The Silo Gallery on Upland Road is featuring the works of local photographer John Kane's Family's, entitled, “The Four of Us”. 

A New Milford Art Walk map, including names of participating artists and businesses, and activities will be available on the day of the event at Gallery 25, 25 Church St., New Milford. A special website has been set up to include updated events and participating businesses at: or search on facebook “New Milford Art Walk”.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

CT Clay Artists - an Exhibit of Recent Works

So HAPPY to announce the gallery will feature this special exhibition during the month of August, beginning on Friday, August 5, with a wine and cheese reception from 5 - 7 pm. Stop by and meet the artists. 

AND, two of their members, Paula Marian and Karen Pinto, will give a special Art Talk on Friday, August 19, from 6 - 7 pm. This talk will highlight their trip to Cuba and what they learned about the clay artists there, and the Cuban culture. Limited seating on a first come basis. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Featured Artist and Talk

“It’s so Dutch!”

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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Two Great Programs for Visual Artists!!

"Weir'd You Go?" with Angi Shearstone

May 21 at 2:00 pm - this is a free Art Talk

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 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. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Our Members' Winter Show!!!

Our Members' Winter 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: