A Message from the Curator
Currently the Gallery @ Pearl is closed while the restaurant focuses on the Pearl @ Home menu providing quality curbside carry out meals.
But the ART goes on! The Gallery@Pearl shows the work of many talented local artists whose work may be seen by appointment. Please contact me at Allaccessevents2016@gmail.com in order to arrange, or visit the artist’s websites listed below. Information about future shows will hopefully be coming soon. Remember, Art heals the soul! Please continue to support local artists and the places that allow their talents to shine.
With gratitude and wishes for the health and safety of our patrons and artistic community.
The Gallery @ Pearl is curated by Westport resident Cathy Colgan. As a former arts events producer for the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA), Cathy developed a deep appreciation for the depth of talented artists in the community and their desire to show their work in varied venues. All artwork displayed is offered for sale. Contact Cathy via email for information or if you are interested in showing your work at Pearl.
Jennifer Williams – “The Cities of Light and Love”
Jennifer Williams is an Australian born contemporary oil painter. Her recent cityscape series captures the essence of gesture, line, and form as she communicates the majesty of our urban landscape as she perceives them, full of movement and light. The viewer is invited to see an intimate view of the city, free from traffic and people, viewed through foliage in Central Park or from the gardens of Paris.
When not painting Jennifer owns and operates a movement therapy practice at Mission Survivor Center in Southport CT. Her study of anatomy and movement are apparent in her paintings where one can feel the rhythm and structure of her compositions as she builds depth layer by layer. She holds a BA in Business, has studied fine arts at Parsons School of Design in New York and continues to paint at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan. She is currently showing in Paris and Connecticut and has works on permanent exhibit at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. She is a member of The Westport Artists Collective, SPAG and an exhibiting member at The Rowayton Arts Center. Her work is held in private collections in the US, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean.
Frankie Vinci’s Rock ‘n’ Roll journey has led him to create the Pop Art he’s so passionate about today. These raw-colorful Pop Art/ Graffiti/Mixed Media pieces are reflective of his years as a troubadour and his Rock ‘n’ Roll experiences performing in the iconic clubs and concert halls from NYC to LA All of this has become part of his tapestry as a Pop Artist.
Kelly Rossetti is an abstract and figurative painter. Her work primarily is in Acrylic and Oil and utilizes a variety of media including gouache, oil pigment sticks, charcoal and graphite. She most recently received an award of excellence for painting at the Juried 2019 Westport Fine Arts Festival, is represented by multiple fine galleries, and her work is recognized nationally from coast to coast.
A career in the fashion industry has influenced her aesthetic approach. Kelly worked side by side with design to forecast fashion and analyze color and color trends. Continuously evaluating color combinations and coordinating entire collections has directed her color choices and has helped to fine-tune her sense of color.
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Now, she loves to shoot on the street and on the go. She prefers not spending lots of time photoshopping and editing. Janet prefers black and white photography yet cannot resist a moment that is colorful and edgy.
“I am drawn to life with all its beauty, joy, and imperfections…I have a sense of humor and revel in those moments when fun and laughter come through my lens.”
Summer By the Sea
Kelley Schutte, is a native Westport resident and a passionate artist, whose previous background in fashion, interior design, and painting have shaped a uniquely well-rounded talent. Her abstract landscape style stems from her deepest inspirations in the oceans, the hills, and the sky. She spends a majority of her time in the warm weather at the beach, painting with friends and family, enjoying the views that nature has to offer. Beyond her natural instincts to paint skylines and sea ripples, she is also capable to focus on extremely detailed oriented work, whether it be delicate flowers or interpretive spiritual halos. Kelley’s color palette favors light and dark blues, with typically hints of pink, green, yellow. Her work is meant to emote happiness and provide the gazer with a sense of freedom and contentment. Her dedication as a loving parent, and her love for the town has given her wonderful inspiration for her art and allowed her to be the unique artist she is today.
Artist, Lisa Hirten is based in Fairfield, CT and Siesta Key, FL. Lisa’s nature-inspired work is especially influenced by her time by the ocean. Over the past few decades, she has studied painting at the Westport Arts Center, Evanston (IL) Arts Center and Rowayton Art Center while showing her work at outdoor art shows and festivals. She paints in acrylic and enjoys playing with abstraction and color. Lisa also dabbles in mixed media work using photo transfer images, enhanced with acrylic paint and oil pastels. Favorite subjects in her work are the oyster shells and rocks that wash up on the shore.
Inspired by the salt marshes of the Connecticut coast, Kris Davenport Toohey enjoys exploring the interplay of color and layers of light to create an emotional undercurrent in each landscape. While Kris’s starting point is always nature, the final painting is a combination of the artistic process and her imagination. As the piece unfolds, Kris uses oil paints to build veils of light, fluid reflections and misty depths by softly layering and blending both opaque colors and translucent glazes. In each, Kris strives to create a tangible mood and a sense of atmosphere. Kris now lives and works in Westport, CT where she is a part of The Art Studio – a shared artists’ workspace. Kris is an Exhibiting Member of The Rowayton Arts Center, as well as an active member of the Artists Collective of Westport and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.
As a mixed media abstract expressionist artist, she possesses a desire to work with her hands to discover, express, create and communicate in a visual language.
Veronica is equally inspired by elements that are light, beautiful and peaceful as by elements that are dark, gritty, bold and graphic. The interplay between both is the channel to her observations on composition, color, shape and texture and are symbolic to her sense of visual healing, freedom and spirit
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The themes of balance and integration inspire and permeate Kristen’s work. Rotating the canvas, incorporating scripted words, and manipulating paths of dripped paint with breath, Kristen’s intuitive abstractions emerge through layering, with several pieces in progress at a time. Quieting evaluative narratives, using less representational imagery and more broad forms, Kristen’s process is guided by the intention of remaining open to the unexpected, letting go of what is not serving, and creating space for transformation.
Throughout her career she has used different mediums, including watercolors and acrylics, and has also worked extensively with printmaking. Most recently, she has focused on creating mixed media pieces, where she uses different materials like acrylics, paper, leftover monotypes, fabric, gesso, ink, charcoal, oil sticks
Food for Thought
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 25, 5pm – 7pm
Susan Fehlinger was only an occasional painter during her 35-year career in advertising in New York City. In 2003 she quit her job, moved to Cape Cod and began painting seriously. Soon she was exhibiting extensively and winning awards. Since relocating back to Connecticut she has branched out to coastal architecture and cityscapes but also loves painting over scale colorful produce. As an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Art Center she recently won Best in Show at the 2018 Marine and Coastal show. She’s an active member of the Westport Artists Collective and is represented by Southport Galleries.
Nina Bentley, a long-term resident of Westport, began exhibiting her work in 1965 and since that time has had 16 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Nina’s work is best known for its humor, wit and social commentary. As a founding member of the Westport Artist Collective, Nina’s work has been inspired by her life long love of travel as well as numerous roles ranging from copywriter, window designer, wife and mother. “I create in order to gain perspective on the world around me while trying to retain my sense of humor.”
Photographs By Peter Mendelson
Opening Reception: Tuesday, July 10, 5pm – 7pm
“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.”
Photographer Peter Mendelson’s art fully embodies Elliott Erwitt’s idea about photography’s potential to “elevate the ordinary” and present new ways of seeing the world. Peter uses perspective, light, color and form to capture the psychological power of coastal and urban environments in photographs to transport viewers into these spaces and inspire them to re-imagine the world for themselves. Whether taken during his visit to the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas, his explorations of Miami Beach and the Maine coast, or even during commutes to and from New York City, his photographs focus on those things that are often overlooked or abandoned, but which reward their viewers when given a second, deeper look.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 8, 5pm – 7pm
Abstract artist Yvonne Claveloux merges vibrant colors and organic shapes to create a sense of energy in her work. She embraces beauty in imperfection through her uninhibited brush strokes, loose lines, drips, and smudges, all bursting on her canvases in harmony. Her style is instinctive, which always leads to new and unexpected adventures when she steps into the studio. Unplanned from the onset, she follows her impulses. Through the use of diverse mediums including chalk, acrylics, watercolors and gesso, each piece develops its own personality.
“Inspiration for my art derives from my travels, Cuban roots and colorful winters in Miami. I use paint as a way to express emotions that cannot be verbalized and strive to celebrate beauty, flaws and all.” Yvonne’s passion for art was sparked while studying fashion design in Milan and since then her creative journey has taken many forms. From running her own interior design firm to working as Head Stylist for athome Magazine, her artistic eye has continued to evolve as she encounters new opportunities and explores the world around her. Claveloux divides her time between Westport, CT and Miami, FL.
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 15, 5pm – 7pm
My fascination with wild flora and fauna began in childhood in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. With the spring flowers came wonderful surprises in the form of change, color, light and astonishing new growth. Many years of travel, study and working abroad have further enriched my appreciation for new flora, wildflowers and their curious possibilities.
My paintings often begin with an intention, but evolve into abstract expressions as I let the paint and my response play out within the composition. My finished pieces are like a dance: wildflowers rhythmically dot the scene like notes on a musical staff, patterns and gestures communicate the sway of movement, and energy and soul are expressed as myriad plants struggle and thrive in equal measure as they reach towards the sunlit sky
Signs of the Times
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 5pm – 7pm
Join us as we welcome four talented artists to the Gallery@Pearl for a provocative exhibition exploring where our culture is today and where we are going in the future.
Exhibit runs through March 13, 2018.
Joanie Landau Artist and Jewelry Designer Joanie Landau was born and raised in New York City. Early in her artistic career, she became fascinated with collagraphs, a rather obscure form of printmaking in which a relief plate is made from textured materials. Later, she applied her love of color and originality to her jewelry designs, tirelessly exploring the magical, infinite, and fun possibilities.
Sue Benton My love of photography is inextricably linked to my work as a dance teacher and choreographer. Choreography is design using the body and space, with music as the frame. Photography is a dance of light and form, framed by each viewer’s perception.
Nancy Landauer Having studied at Parsons School of Design, Nancy Landauer holds a BFA in Illustration. She worked as an engineered print and textile designer, as well as a freelance magazine illustrator for many years in New York City.
Miggs Burroughs A lifelong resident of Westport, and full-time graphic artist and photographer, Miggs has designed hundreds of logos,print material, and websites, for commercial and non-profit clients throughout Fairfield County since 1972.
Laura is an abstract painter and lover of all things colorful and textured. Her method for creating is full of experimentation and freedom. She enjoys using the gift of art to bring a glimmer to the soul, offer comfort to the heart and catalyze inspiration.
Laura has been painting for 11 years. Her passion for art was reignited during the years her family lived in London. It was there she began taking art classes at small independent schools and tried a variety of mediums, ultimately landing on acrylics and mixed media. She is still trying new things and finds the challenge of new techniques exciting and fun.
Painting is Laura’s truest passion, as well as an avenue to care for and give to others. Laura and her husband, Mark, have found a joint mission in the generosity space and have found that it can change the way people view their meaning and purpose in life. Painting feels like an outpouring of her identity as a daughter of the ultimate Creator, and a way to express her emotional journey through life.
Dale Najarian received her BFA from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia and worked for over fifteen years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director at various advertising agencies and studios in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Dale began painting in watercolor and for the last 20 years has experimented with other mediums including acrylics, mixed media, and oils. Her work is a colorful translation of everyday scenes and objects and she often works from life or in her studio using photography as a general guide. Once she gets the feel for a painting she abandons the actual image and creates from within to develop a recognizable yet simplistic painting the viewer can identify with.
Dale’s paintings are in private and corporate collections. She paints in her studio in Southern Connecticut and shows her work in curated gallery exhibitions and juried shows throughout the North East.
Elizabeth is an artist, activist, designer and visual thinker. Raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York with abundant freedom and immersed in nature, Elizabeth developed a deep love of art and the intrinsic beauty of her environment. With the aim to transform the movement of nature, her canvases illustrate the quiet drift in the sky, the roll of the ocean and a softness seen in water and the horizon.
Elizabeth’s artwork is literally an extension of who she is, as she paints with her body. A unique technique in which Elizabeth pours paint on her body and strategically lays on the canvas to capture the organic shapes for varying depth and texture. The outcome is abstract artwork that evokes intrigue, serenity and ultimately one of beauty and strength. Her paintings engage the viewer both visually as well as tactically using many layers of paint to indicate movement and color abstraction, each canvas is an individual exploration of texture, color and form.
Janet Samuels is a born and bred Brooklyn girl who left New York to go to college in Boston. While majoring in business, Janet found herself drawn to all things visual and began to develop her interest in photography. After college, photography took a back seat as she began a marketing career.
Flash forward 20 plus years, and the rediscovery of some of her early rock and roll portraits brought resurgence in her passion for capturing a visual statement and isolating a moment in time.
Now, she loves to shoot on the street and on the go. Drawn to life with all its beauty, joy, and imperfections…she has a sense of humor and revels in those moments when fun and laughter come through her lens.
Sholeh Janati’s renowned works are characterized by strong brush strokes, rich textures and vibrant colors and can be found in Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Born in Tehran, Sholeh adopted the United States as her home in 1988. Her talents were originally recognized by Persian traditionalists. As her paintings grew in prominence, Sholeh’s work in still life, nudes, portraits, and abstract paintings has earned her praise from a variety of American and European critics.
Collectors of Sholeh’s work appreciate that her paintings provide a constant interaction with the viewer, discovering new dynamics and dimensions in each piece. In this sense, the viewer finds each of Sholeh’s works as an expression of their own artistic vision.
Formally trained as an illustrator, Nancy Landauer holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She worked on staff as a print and textile designer, and freelanced as a magazine illustrator for many years. Enjoying the freedom from the constraints of commercial art, Nancy has created a unique and on-trend look in her abstract canvasses. They are aimed at the interior design market, but truly are abstract expressionism in its purest form. The result of her unique artistic voice is a distinct body of art work in which every piece is different and makes it own contemporary statement.