DANBURY, Conn. – Entering its seventh year-long, multisite program of Accessible Art exhibitions, the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut kicks off its series on Monday, Jan. 26 and runs through Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.
The first round of exhibitions will be on view through Thursday, March 26. It will feature Victoria Ghetu-Vuono, Noelle King, John Longobricco, Royal Scott, Gary Stanford, Tara Tomaselli and Dayna Wenzel. (All exhibitions are subject to change.) The following are the artists in the first round and the host sites.
Victoria Ghetu-Vuono, mixed media (Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main St., Danbury)
Having recently moved to the United States, Ghetu-Vuono was accepted into several juried exhibitions in the past year and was awarded an Honorable Mention at Silvermine Arts Center. Accepted into Connecticut Women Artists, she was included in their 85th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition that ran from August to September 2014.
Noelle King, paintings (YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main St., Danbury)
King portrays ancient mythologies, stories from earlier times written in mass and color, in pattern and textures; interpretations of the spaces between mythic materials and changes in the cultural terrain of belief and narrative. She painted her deer portraits with memories of when deer were magical.
John Longobricco, paintings (Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury)
Longobricco is an active Danbury senior citizen. Besides doing a lot of local volunteer work, art is his passion. Longobricco is also a carver and craftsman.
Royal Scott, photography (CityCenter Danbury, 186 Main St., Danbury)
Scott has traveled the world as far east as Berlin; as far west as Mombasa, Africa; as far North as Alaska; and as far South as Australia. He holds a degree in photography from The Art Institute of Seattle. He is the artist behind Red Brick Studio in Brookfield.
Gary Stanford, photography (Portofino's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel)
As a photographer, Stanford believes that the very essence of photography is the ability to create a historical record of an event at a precise moment in time. Events may involve people, places and things and be literal or figurative.
Tara Tomaselli, photography (Hancock Hall, 31 Staples St., Danbury)
Tomaselli is drawn to vibrant colors and captivating grays. "From seashells to seascapes, buoys to boats and a variety of weathered architecture, it is through photography that I am able to share my interpretation of beauty in nature," says Tomaselli.
Dayna Wenzel, mixed media wall sculpture (Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St., Danbury)
Wenzel's three-dimensional “wall sculptures” focus on the transformation of materials; whether an element from nature or a discarded item found on the side of a highway, striving to go beyond the mundane routines of daily life and provoking a fresh, new experience. Her work was recently featured at the 42nd Annual Art Show, Mark Twain Library in Redding.
The Accessible Art program is intended to make the work of regional visual artists accessible to new audiences by providing increased exposure through a network of area venues who share in the creative and economic values of working together.
For information about the programs and services provided by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, visit their website here or call (203) 798-0760.
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