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For KK Kozik’s New Work, The Joy Is In The Making

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Artist KK Kozik’s show of new work at Darren Winston, Bookseller in Sharon reveals an intimate side of her work a bit less familiar than her large, often dreamlike oil paintings. “KK Kozik: The Gold Rush” features smaller oils on exotic papers, gilded with gold or aluminum leaf.

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Classes, Gifts and Art Shared at Millerton Studio

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Art gallery. Classroom. Artisan gift shop. Little Red Bird Studio in Millerton has many identities, and they all share a common theme: Art should be shared.

“I started the studio as a place for everyone to share what they’ve created with the world,” said owner Julianna Kreta, a Sharon resident who has been drawing the shop’s bird logo since she was 4 years old. “The world needs more beauty.”

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Finding Joy Through Teaching

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It’s just our nature to take something utilitarian, such as a fired clay pot, and turn it into an absolutely non-utilitarian and splendid work of art.
The stretch between the two is clear in Friends of Fire, a ceramics show at The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery featuring Hotchkiss teacher Delores Coan and a number of her onetime students.
One corner in the exhibit (which, along with Coan, was beautifully designed by Greg Lock, co-director of the Tremaine Gallery) features “Livelihood — various works of functional pottery.”

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An Artist’s View: Moving the Work

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Saturday morning, Nov. 5, in Kent, you may have heard the rumble of a diesel engine outside the Ober Gallery as a large excavator came to life, lifting a heavy stone sculpture.
Tipping the 20-foot-high piece on its side to wrap it in nylon straps, a small crew held their breath as its full 1,500 pounds slowly left the ground. The capable hands of Vinnie the backhoe operator allowed no harm to come to the piece as he gently set it in the steel bed of a heavy duty trailer. Then, the work began.

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Molding Clay Into Masks

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Some masks are meant to conceal, as with bank robbers, say, or dancers at a Venetian ball. People are more daring when their features are obscured. 
Then there are death masks, using casts made of mates or children or historic figures, such as Abraham Lincoln, after they have taken their last breath. (Lincoln actually had a mask made before his assassination, and another was made after, according to Wikipedia.) The Victorians were fond of these masks, it seems. Phrenologists, too. They thought bumps on the head revealed character traits. 

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A Style Evolving Into Abstract

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The appeal of Victor Mirabelli’s paintings is immediate. Both impressionistic and abstract, the contrast between white structures — abandoned farm buildings, alone or in groups — and gauzy, feathery landscape draws you into the picture and its possible story. 

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Where land and sky meet

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Paintings by northwestern Connecticut resident Leora Armstrong are currently on display through Nov. 13 at Darren Winston, Bookseller in Sharon. The works are inspired by the memories of her childhood growing up on the remote Isle of Islay, off the western coast of Scotland. Armstrong’s work will next be on display at Place, an art gallery and studio located at 3 Main St. in Millerton. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display at Place through Jan. 6.

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Two Museums, Two Views

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North Canaan resident Tom Zetterstrom has a photograph on display at the Wadsworth Athaneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn.

The image was one of seven Zetterstrom pieces purchased by American curator and fine arts collector Samuel Wagstaff. In the early 1970s, Wagstaff began collecting what would amount to over 26,000 works of fine art photography.

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Dazzling Vistas

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He’s back. David Dunlop — the voluble fellow who peppers a 10-minute chat with quotes from Picasso, Gombrich, Billy Collins, Homer (not sure which one) and Picasso again — is back at The White Gallery in Lakeville with 18 new paintings, most of them local vistas which he scouted out, photographed and sketched before painting them in blue and gold and green oils on linen, copper or aluminum.
For lovers of these handsome landscapes, it is dazzling.

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At Last, Making Time for Art

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A retired federal judge, a former reporter for CBS News, a man whose degree in photography was followed by 35 years in the construction business. These and nine other artists who, after years in careers or full-time parenting, now make art with enthusiasm, even passion, are showing work in “Second Act: The Artist’s Life at Last,” a new show at Noble Horizons in Salisbury.

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