DANBURY, Conn. -- The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is presenting several exhibitions from Monday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Oct. 29, the next edition of its "Accessible Art," a yearlong, multisite series of exhibitions joining business with art.
The exhibition program, now in its seventh year, is presented in both public and private venues, providing opportunities for artists to show work in alternative spaces and to make art more accessible to the general public.
Here are some of the featured artists (Times at venues vary. Call ahead. All exhibitions are subject to change.):
- Jane Herschlag (Danbury) Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main St., Danbury, 203-792-2323. A former apparel and textile designer, Herschlag is both poet and photographer. She is best-known for her New England landscapes. Her love of nature and animals is reflected in much of her work. Many of her photographs are accompanied by her ekphrastic poems, inspired by the visuals. ( photographyjane.com)
- Lesley Koenig (Norwalk) Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave., 203-797-4511. Though Koenig attended Parsons School of Design to become a fashion designer, she's focused on her first artistic loves, drawing and painting, enjoying the best of both worlds as she shifts seamlessly from the precision of realistic figure drawing to the spontaneity of intuitive abstract painting. ( www.lesleykoenigfineart.com )
- Honorah O'Neill (Bethel) Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St. 203-797-4505. "I give flesh to monsters," says the enigmatic artist. (http:// hconeillart.tumblr.com/ ) Royal Scott (Brookfield) Portofino's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, 203-797-8131 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 is the artist behind Red Brick Studio in Brookfield. (http:// www.red-brickstudio.com/ )
- Daniel Shoemaker (Ridgefield) CityCenter Danbury, 268 Main St., 203-792-1711. Shoemaker's greatest influences are not necessarily other photographers but the masters of modern art, including de Kooning, Still, Newman and Rothko. (http:// photographer-dan.tumblr.com/ ).
- Gary Stanford (Danbury) Hancock Hall, 31 Staples St, Danbury, 203-794-9466. Stanford believes that the very essence of photography is the ability to create an historical record of an event at a precise moment in time. (http:// www.garystanford.zenfolio.com ).
- Tara Tomaselli (Newtown) Visual Impact, 12 Finance Drive, Danbury, 203-790-9650. Tomaselli is drawn to vibrant colors and captivating grays. (http://www.tomaselliphoto.com/).
For more information, call 203-798-0760 or visit artswesternct.org .
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