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February 27, 2015
Opening Reception
Friday, February 27, 6:00-9:00pm
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
Featured Artists

Jennifer Casaburi, Catherine Connolly, Scott Dodson, Victoria Duncan, Coila Evans, Sirun Guan, James Horner, Griselda Lechini, Sanda Manuila, Deanna Mclaughlin, Michael O'Sullivan, Carol Scavotto, Hongmei Shen, Kathleen Tobin and Mario Villagómez


Jennifer Casaburi: Is a young artist born in Torrington CT, who sees art as an adventure that never ends! As Leonardo Da Vinci one said, "The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of".   With a love of being creative, experimenting and learning new techniques and opinions, and a fascination of the ability to convey different emotions and atmospheres through the use of paint and paint brushes.  She was taught to never be afraid of making mistakes and trying something entirely new with her artwork. At such a young age, Jennifer knows that art will always be a part of her life and aspires to be a well-known artist who makes a difference.  She feels that there is no better time to start then now and is ready to continuing her education on the art world in NYC.

Cath Connolly Hudson: Is a self-taught contemporary figurative painter working primarily in oils. “I do not have a long list of formal art training, just a passion to paint. I’ve been seriously painting for the last five years and still exploring. I’m truly an emerging artist … I work by day in the corporate world for a software company, Infor (headquartered in Chelsea). I manage global programs, travel and dream of only painting.” Currently she lives and paints in Raleigh, NC.

Scott Dodson: Is a painter, illustrator, writer, and web designer based in Staten Island, New York.  Having studied film criticism and production at the University of Texas at Austin, he moved to New York City in 1999, where he began working as an animator and art director for various television series.  As a result of these projects, he gained knowledge of a wide variety of art production techniques.  In 2004, Scott began working for AHRC New York City, a non-profit organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, where he continues to use his writing and creative talents to bolster the organization’s public communications.  As his professional career grew, Scott continued to develop his own artwork, creating images ranging from abstract to representational.  His abstract works focus upon the connection of shapes, and the images that can be found within negative spaces.  Scott is currently developing his landscape and figure drawing skills through paintings that evoke the individuality that can be found in each person, as they connect to their own environment.

Victoria Duncan: was born outside of Chicago in Highland Park, Illinois. She currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama where she is studying printmaking and painting at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Here she enjoys learning the many artistic processes of etching and the in depth culture of art history. She is slowly working to develop a sense of style that speaks to regulate equality among the various ethnic races.

Sirun Guan: Has been pursuing art and growing as a painter since 2002. She has had, paintings accepted in several juried water-media competitions, including American Watercolor Society 2005 in New York City. One Solo show with Baquero Gallery in Houston, TX in 2006 and three group shows with Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery between 2007-2011. She as been featured in an article in Houston's 002 Magazine October 2010 Issue and has participated in several art fairs, including juried Bayou City Art Festival. Sirun's paintings are described by collectors as beautiful and sensuous. Sirun is currently working on a new body of figurative paintings in oil that capture fleeing tender moments in life. She works at Spring Street Studios in Houston, TX.

James Horner: Is a New York painter whose colorful, layered style is influenced by abstract expressionism and surrealism. Horner received his MFA in painting from Lehman College and has exhibited across the NYC boroughs as well as in Malaysia, Florida, Texas and New Jersey. He is an art critic for the Examiner and Bronx Art Guide websites, as well as a set designer, lecturer, freelance fashion / prop stylist and art blogger. He lives and works in New York.

Griselda Lechini: Is an artist, best known for her impressionistic landscapes. Her subject matter includes forests, roads within them, flowers, and musical instruments.  Her distinctive style is characterized by vivid colors that emit energy in all her artwork. Argentine by birth, Lechini has made the United States her home since 2000. Following a successful modeling and television career, she has breathed and lived painting as a career since 2008. Her works are held in private collections in Florida, Washington DC, Louisiana, New York and Argentina and exhibited locally in the Design District in Miami.

Sanda Manuila: “Very early in my life I realized that I had the perspective of an outsider.  Because I was born in a Romanian family in Geneva, Switzerland, the eccentric tendencies of my relatives often clashed with the principles of the Calvinist society we lived in.  My friends called me “Paprika Feet”.   Later on and yet in another place in California, while studying contemporary Latin American fiction I experienced instant recognition.  The novels I was reading were describing what I had been observing for years: magic realism.  Raised in a Cartesian society where only a pragmatic attitude was acceptable, I succumbed to the irrationality of the reality described by Latin American writers. Since then, I have been concerned with the disparate interpretations of reality, which displays the paradox of two conflicting perspectives, one based on a rational view of reality and the other on the acceptance of the unusual as prosaic reality. In my work, I aim to seize the paradox of the union of opposites, and in particular the polar tension between life and death.  Time is not linear, but rather cyclic, what happened once is destined to happen again.  Death is end but also beginning.  The distant past is present in every moment and the future has already happened.  Rather than progression, time is repetition, like a Monarch butterfly, ending at the beginning.  It happens in the place where the grape vines die, pulled out to be replanted in the spring. In order to represent the connection between reality and illusion, I focus my emotions and thoughts to construct meaning, applying oil paint and glazes layers after layers.  By adding multiple impressions of light, I create inner landscapes from which exude an allegorical quality.”

Carol Scavotto: Is a Rhode Island based artist. The mid years of her career were spent creating Art related business. While living in Massachusetts she opened and ran the Springfield Arts Center. After moving to Rhode Island Carol opened the very successful business Casanna Design featuring her own line of Jewelry. The next stop was as an Interior Designer establishing a permanent Art Gallery located within a high end furniture store. Since 2009 she established herself within the arts community showing her work widely both nationally and internationally. Carol had great success featuring her PERSONALITY" Series at the 2013 Fountain Art Fair in New York NY. Her work has also been included in Dacia Gallery NY 2013 international Universal Art Project. Carol was also the June 2014 Artist in Residence at Coohaus Gallery in NYC.

Hongmei Shen: Is a citizen of the world who was born and raised in the rich culture of China, and then came of age and received higher education in the U.S. The natural beauty of the West Coast of the U.S. first lured her into photography and eventually led her to painting and sculpture. To realize her vision of creating works that reflect our time even as they are informed by the artistry of the old worlds, she has been immersed in technical training in schools in Stockholm, New York, and Florence. Hongmei currently lives in Stockholm.

Kathleen Tobin: (°1977, New York, United States) Is an artist who mainly works with painting. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, Tobin investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. Her works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in painting. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, she often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation. Her works are characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Kathleen Tobin currently lives and works in Toms River.

Mario Villagómez: His passion in life is creating and expressing himself by painting and anything that is related to visual arts. “My passion in life is creating and expressing myself through visual art. This year has been very important for me because I made the decision of dedicating my life to art and making a living off it. I started by painting acrylic on canvas and looked for places to exhibit my artwork. I registered for several art competitions where I was selected to exhibit my paintings. I have also had a few personal exhibitions at local cultural centers where my art was displayed publicly. Up to this point, I have already had two individual and ten collective exhibits. Also I exhibit a different piece every month in a well-known gallery named Yuri Kullins Galería in Mexico City. I define my style as surrealistic; by channeling my inner creatable self to translate my surrealistic imagination into unique visual artwork.” As an artist, this is a way for Mario to express himself and share with the world his vision and artistic appeal.

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