Department of Art Alumni
Art show to open at Silo Gallery in New Milford Saturday, June 11
M.B. Tuccio, Contributing Writer, Updated 09:02 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2011
Four artists with a common bond will exhibit their works in a new show at the Silo Gallery in New Milford this weekend. You can meet them Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the opening reception
The artists are Brian Adgate, Gulgun Aliriza, Will Lustenader and Jessica Halliday. They all create their pieces either directly or indirectly from nature -- representing figures, landscapes and still life -- but each with a unique twist.
That's why Silo Gallery director Valerie Culbertson brought them together for this joint show.
Aliriza is a native of Cyprus who earned her master's in fine arts degree at Western Connecticut State University. She creates compositions from complex still arrangements, focusing on life and objects in her immediate surroundings.
"My work appears more like exercises in picture-making than revelations about a place or thing," Aliriza said.
"2B Red" is the name of one of her paintings in the exhibit. The colorful artwork includes a clown puppet off to one side. Aliriza said while some people find it scary and others love it, the puppet wasn't the focus of the piece.
"It's not the subject I'm concerned with," she said. "I'm interested in color and shapes, and how colors relate to other colors."
Aliriza said she's heard if you take out one paragraph from a newspaper and remove enough words from it, you can create poetry.
"I like that idea," she said. "I was interested in red, and I wanted to create a little poetry. I hope I was able to do that."
"My job is to paint and put (my artworks) out there. How people interpret them is out of my hands."
Adgate, a painting instructor at Quincy College, paints in oil and works almost exclusively from memory.
"My work tends to be minimalistic," he said. "I don't put a lot of detail in my landscapes. You're not seeing something as a scene, you're seeing it as an area of color. I'm trying to distill the essence of the particular landscape."
Among Adgate's works will be paintings of Iceland and Morocco.
"My paintings of Iceland are pretty bare and stark," he said. "There are barren landscapes with big skies and open areas of terrain."
In Morocco, there is not a lot of vegetation, he added. There are warm desert colors and vast blue skies.
Playing with colors allows Adgate to create a stark kind of beauty in his artworks, some of which have a dream-like quality.
His pieces are memories of different places he has seen.
Lustenader, a New Haven artist and teacher, will exhibit his still life paper cutout paintings and his "Areas of Refuge" bent wire series.
Halliday, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, will exhibit her bold figure and portrait oil compositions.
The opening reception will be Saturday, June 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Silo Gallery, Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road, New Milford. Wines from Hopkins Vineyard and appetizers by chef Mary Kravec, the Silo Cooking School's director, will be served. Admission is free. For more details call 860-355-0300 or visit www.hunthillfarmtrust.org.