Nancy Helle (203) 966-1517, publicity
Florence Zolan (203) 374-9720,
Robbin Zella (203) 332-5052, Housatonic Museum
DEC 18-JAN 30
ART PLACE HAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION AT HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF
BRIDGEPORT -- Art/Place, Fairfield County’s unique artists’ cooperative
is culminating a year of exhibits throughout the county with a major
celebratory 25th Anniversary exhibition at the Housatonic Museum of
Art in Bridgeport.
Opening with a public reception on Thursday, December 18 from 5 to
7 p.m., the exhibition will run through January 30. The museum’s
2,000-square-foot gallery space, a part of Housatonic Community College,
will allow Art/ Place’s 28 members the opportunity to exhibit
multiple and large scale works.
The venue is especially welcome as Art/Place has been without a space
to call their own since a fire destroyed its “home place” gallery
in the Southport Railroad Station in January 2008. That gallery space
is currently being reconstructed by the State Department of Transportation
and Art/Place will move back into their new gallery sometime in 2009.
The 25th Anniversary Art/Place Exhibition will encompass a wide range
of 21st century artistic creativity, from representational to abstract
and conceptual, in paintings, prints, photography and mixed media.
A highlight will be a wall with a grid of artist portraits created
by member Arle Sklar-Weinstein. Inspired by studio visits to each artist,
the individual portraits are mixed media compositions which capture
the spirit of the artist as well as his or her image in photo montages.
The seeds of the project sprouted over a year ago when Sklar-Weinstein
was participating in an Artist Residency at the Fundacion Valparaiso
in Mojacar, Almeria, Spain. Her first Artists Portraits series of the
eight international artists and writers there were shown in an Art/Place
exhibition here in 2007 and her colleagues proposed a similar project
for their 25th Anniversary Exhibition.
Sklar-Weinstein will discuss her work in an Artist Talk on Thursday,
January 8 from 5 to 7 p.m at the museum.
A catalogue of the Artists Portrait Project includes a quote from
The New York Times on the l982 opening of Art/Place in the Southport
Railroad Station which described the gallery as “a blend of old
architecture and new aesthetics, creating an exciting art environment.” The
founders’ goals were to create a cooperative run by artists – not
bound by the complex concerns of a museum, nor determined by the strong
market concerns of a commercial gallery….a place where artists
were free to explore and develop their own potential, and where artistic
concepts and space combined to benefit both the artists and the community.
“When we heard that this talented group of artists needed a
place to hold a 25th Anniversary milestone exhibit, we were delighted
to offer our galleries,” said Housatonic Museum of Art director
Founded in l967 by the late Burt Chernow, author and professor, the
Housatonic Museum of Art encompasses an extensive collection of over
4,000 artworks including masters such as Picasso, Renoir, Rodin and
Dali. It is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd., off Exit 27 on I 95. The
galleries are open Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Thurs. til 7 p.m.
Closed on weekends December 20 through January 28.
For further information: (203) 332-5000 or 5052