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WestConn Gallery Showcasing Artwork Of Seven MFA Students

"Clouds Passing Over" by Janet Warner, of New Haven, oil on canvas, will be part of a March 30 exhibition of work by MFA art students at Western Connecticut State University. The public is invited to the showcase and free reception.
"Clouds Passing Over" by Janet Warner, of New Haven, oil on canvas, will be part of a March 30 exhibition of work by MFA art students at Western Connecticut State University. The public is invited to the showcase and free reception. Photo Credit: Janet Warner
"Muddled Berries" by Joey Loos, of Meriden, mixed media on canvas will be part of a March 30 exhibition of work by MFA art students at Western Connecticut State University. The public is invited to the showcase and free reception.
"Muddled Berries" by Joey Loos, of Meriden, mixed media on canvas will be part of a March 30 exhibition of work by MFA art students at Western Connecticut State University. The public is invited to the showcase and free reception. Photo Credit: Joey Loos

DANBURY, Conn. -- The public is invited to attend an opening reception of the Thesis Exhibition to showcase the work of seven art students in the Master of Fine Arts program Thursday, March 30 at Western Connecticut State University.

The showcase in the university's Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC gallery) demonstrates the personal artistic direction and mastery of candidates for the MFA in Visual Arts degree.

The following students will be showcased:

  • Christine Armold , of Sandy Hook, paints primarily in oils and watercolor to create works that combine elements of still life and landscape, exploring the duality between interior and exterior spaces.
  • Tricia Currie , of North Haven, works primarily in mixed media on paper, often on a large scale, to create fluid, and expressive works emphasizing figures depicted in bold and delicate line work that evokes the emotional intensity of interactions between persons.
  • Kirsten Koromilas , a native of Staten Island, N.Y., and a resident of Bethel, layers wet and dry media in a gray-scale palette to create works that evoke space and movement, inspiring explorations of the impact of memory, experience, travel and ancestral influence.
  • Joey Loos , of Meriden, combines paints with various non-traditional materials including fabric dyes, feminine products, and liquids to pursue her passion for creative investigation in the creation of her mixed-media works.
  • Ellie Nazari, a 2007 emigre from Iran who now resides in Danbury, has created a series of paintings marked by a bold use of colors in acrylic and oil that evoke what she described as “the unbearable heaviness of being a woman in the traditional, male-dominated society” of her native country.
  • Sara Ruiz , a Peruvian immigrant who resides in New Haven, uses soft brushes, a firm palette knife, and varied combinations of muted and vibrant color tones to create paintings that reflect the full palette of her native land, from the soft grays of Lima’s winter sky to rich color saturation evocative of Peruvian flora and fauna.
  • Janet Warner, of New Haven, often works on site at East Rock, creating landscape paintings of her hometown that have evolved from earlier realistic representations to more interpretive images investigating a combination of the real and imagined worlds. “I have been exploring brush stroke, color palette and

The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. The showcase runs to April 10 in the VPAC gallery, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury.

The gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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