‘Bril­liant’ show opens June 30

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - Your Weekend - Contributed story

ES­SEX — The July show at the Es­sex Art As­so­ci­a­tion is an open ex­hi­bi­tion and wel­comes all area artists to sub­mit up to two pieces of art­work for dis­play.

This type of show of­fers the pub­lic a view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a wide spec­trum of sub­jects, styles and medi­ums. The show is juried for awards only, with the EAA dis­tribut­ing $1800 in nine cat­e­gories. In ad­di­tion, one artist will be awarded a solo ex­hibit in the EAA Gant­ner Gallery dur­ing the 2019 gallery sea­son.

The ex­hibit’s open­ing re­cep­tion will be held on Fri­day, June 29 from 6-8 p.m. The show runs through July 21.

The ex­hibit theme, “Bril­liant,” in­vites artists to share their most in­ge­nious and in­sight­ful art­work re­flect­ing ex­pres­sions of dy­namic com­po­si­tion, lu­mi­nous color or any per­sonal in­spi­ra­tion.

The Gant­ner Gallery ex­hibit, “Per­spec­tive of Port­land, My Home Town,” fea­tures the work of Steven Wells of Port­land, who has en­joyed por­tray­ing fa­mil­iar and unique per­spec­tives in and around his home town the bet­ter part of his life. This Paier Col­lege of Art stu­dent, af­ter teach­ing art classes on and off for a few years, set aside his pas­sion for wa­ter­col­ors to cre­ate with a dif­fer­ent medium, ham­mer and nail. A pro­fes­sional build­ing con­trac­tor for over 40 years.

Through­out his time de­sign­ing, ren­o­vat­ing, and cre­at­ing homes in and around Port­land, Steven never truly “put down the brush” as he would use the win­ter months to pick up where he left off, pur­su­ing what he en­joys most, paint­ing.

His pro­found abil­ity to cap­ture the essence of life and na­ture was un­doubt­edly nur­tured by his mother Lois, a tremen­dous wa­ter­col­orist of her own. They loved to share creative mo­ments while they worked on their lat­est pieces.

Be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Es­sex Art As­so­ci­a­tion and par­tic­i­pat­ing in their ex­hi­bi­tions has been a wel­com­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and has al­lowed him to share, through his eyes, the artist be­hind the ham­mer.

Ex­hi­bi­tion ju­ror, Douglas Deveny is an Ab­stract Ex­pres­sion­ist who at­tended the Art In­sti­tute of At­lanta and Sa­van­nah Col­lege of Art and De­sign. He grad­u­ated with a B.S. in Art Ed­u­ca­tion from South­ern Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity – Summa Cum Laude.

Deveny says, “My work is nonob­jec­tive. I like to ex­plore the com­plex­ity in sim­plic­ity, by use of tex­ture and color. I am in­trigued by the beauty of de­te­ri­o­rated sur­faces, hap­pen­stance and patina. Each paint­ing in­cor­po­rates a va­ri­ety of tech­niques and count­less lay­ers of acrylic and mixed me­dia, with a con­stant ac­cu­mu­la­tion and re­duc­tion of ma­te­ri­als, un­til each piece finds its own end.”

The EAA Gallery is lo­cated at 10 North Main Street, Es­sex. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. daily, closed Tues­days. For more in­for­ma­tion visit es­sexar­tas­so­ci­a­tion.com or call 860-7678996.

Contributed photo

Paint­ings by Steven Wells, of Port­land, are on ex­hibit at the Es­sex Art As­so­ci­a­tion.

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