An artis­tic Re­nais­sance em­braces town

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - LOCAL NEWS - By NFAm­bery open Satur­day from 4 to 7 p.m., which hosted re­spec­tive re­cep­tions with light re­fresh­ments and wine for artists and vis­i­tors. About 300 vis­i­tors walked to each gallery in the mid70s sunny af­ter­noon. Art ranged from por­traits to land­scape paint

SHARON » The town of Sharon is in the mid­dle of quiet artis­tic Re­nais­sance th­ese days.

This golden pe­riod was cel­e­brated on Satur­day with the town’s first an­nual Sharon Art Walk. The par­tic­i­pat­ing sites, which in­cluded the lo­cal his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, the town hall build­ing, and a new wine bar lay within walk­ing dis­tance of the Town Green.

This first-time-ever event fea­tured par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions and gal­leries, dia run­ning from Sept. 16 through Oct. 27. One artist on hand, Babs Perkins ex­plained to vis­i­tors her sin­gu­lar black-and-white photography, which por­trayed hori­zons of bod­ies of wa­ter later dig­i­tally mir­rored as duplicates to por­trayed sound waves. “It looks like a sound file,” said Perkins of her se­ries of pho­to­graphs “Sound­scapes: In­ci­den­tal Mu­sic Six.” She added: “I like the idea of com­po­si­tions. It is the idea of vis­ual com­po­si­tion and mu­si­cal phrases re­peated. The im­ages are made upon fab­ri­cated metal print.”

“Th­ese are re­ally great!” ex­claimed visi­tor Astrid Baum­gard­ner of Lakeville to Perkins. Baum­gard­ner added later, “I love the work on dis­play at all th­ese places. I think it is a great show­case for artists.”

Visi­tor Sunny Kuskin of Lakeville ad­mired an etch­ing by lo­cal artist Ray Olsen and said, “I’m en­joy­ing this. It is the first time people have got­ten to ex­plore lo­cal art in such an event.”

The Hotchkiss Li­brary of Sharon, at 10 Up­per Main St. , ex­hib­ited a solo show of art work by Danielle Mailer en­ti­tled “Tiny Tremors: Paint­ings, Prints, Sculp­ture.” The show, on view September 4 through Oc­to­ber 31 through­out the his­tor­i­cal li­brary, fea­tured 30 smaller works by the artist, who is cur­rently paint­ing a mu­ral on the back­drop of the Sta­ples store in Tor­ring­ton.

“I have been work­ing on large-scale mu­rals,” said Mailer, who is the daugh­ter of the late writer Norman Mailer. “I have re­turned to minia­tures as kind of a re­ac­tion to the gi­ant scale.”

Hotchkiss Li­brary of Sharon co-di­rec­tor Robin Yu­ran said they had about 100 vis­i­tors dur­ing the event’s first hour, some re­sult­ing in sales. “It’s been great that the art is mov­ing so quickly,” said Yu­ran. “There are a lot of un­be­liev­ably tal­ented artists.”

Across the Sharon Town Green, The Sharon Town Hall Art Gallery, at 63 Main Street, dis­played a show en­ti­tled “Fe­male Per­spec­tive,” a group show of re­cent work by lo­cal women artists in­clud­ing Linda Amerighi, Eve Bid­dle, Purdy Ea­ton and Tara Lisa Fo­ley. Eve Bid­dle of Was­saic ex­hib­ited her pho­to­graphs art­fully de­signed from an­i­mals that set up off se­cu­ri­ty­cam­era footage off-hours as well as de­tailed ren­der­ings of feath­ers and wings of ea­gles and blue herons. “The Art Walk has cre­ated a mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion and syn­chronic­ity,” Bid­dle said.

Lo­cal busi­nesses also joined in the Art Walk. Vis­i­tors came to the new wine bar in town, The Porch­light, at 19 West Main St. , to view art by Sharon artists Theresa Kenny, KK Kozik, and Will Trow­bridge. Next door, at­tached to the same build­ing in a small ad­join­ing cot­tage, the busi­ness Wild Iron Forge’s Sharon black­smith Wil­liam Trow­bridge, ex­hib­ited iron

Dar­ren Win­ston Book­seller at 81 Main St. dis­played “Pic­ture Book: New Works” by the Sharon artist Jeff Joyce. The works, on view at the store from September 14 through September 30, were col­or­ful yet sub­tle land­scape scenes painted upon book cov­ers.

Owner Dar­ren Win­ston, who was part of the orig­i­nal Art Walk brain­storm­ing ses­sions with the li­brary, his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, and town hall that pro­duced the event, said, “It’s fan­tas­tic that ev­ery­one is in­volved in the Walk. I knew it was a good idea but it’s turned out to be a great idea.”

One of the high­lights of the Art Walk was the new­ly­opened Stan­dard Space gallery at 147 Main St. , which fea­tured the pho­to­graphs by artist and gallery owner Theo Coulombe. Coulombe, who hails from Wil­liams­burg, Brook­lyn, took over the newly-ren­o­vated space that had lain fal­low for years after for­merly hous­ing a health-food store. The large and de­tailed, art­ful color and black-and-white pho­to­graphs on dis­play were taken us­ing vin­tage cam­eras on dis­play, said Coulombe. “We had a soft open­ing September 2,” Coulombe said. “We had about 200 people then, and many more to­day. It is pretty awe­some.”

NOEL AMBERY / SPE­CIAL TO THE REG­IS­TER CIT­I­ZEN

Vis­i­tors at the The Sharon Town Hall Art Gallery, at 63Main St. look at a show en­ti­tled “Fe­male Per­spec­tive,” fea­tur­ing re­cent work by lo­cal artists Linda Amerighi, Eve Bid­dle, Purdy Ea­ton and Tara Lisa Fo­ley dur­ing the first an­nual Sharon Art Walk.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Babs Perkins ex­hib­ited her se­ries of pho­to­graphs “Sound­scapes: In­ci­den­tal Mu­sic Six” at The Gallery at the Sharon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety & Mu­seum at 18 Main St. in Sharon.

Theo Coulombe stood near his art­ful pho­to­graphs at his show en­ti­tled “Im­per­fect Beauty,” at his gallery Stan­dard Space at 147Main St. Sharon.

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