To accompany the beauty of our setting in Longshore Club Park, we have launched the Gallery @ Pearl.
The Gallery, located in the lounge at Pearl, hosts one-artist shows celebrating and supporting the work of the local artist 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.
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.”
Kristen Ambrosi &
Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 4, 5pm – 7pm
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
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.