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Making Choices At The White Gallery

Sometimes leftovers are better than the original meal. Certainly the art on view in The White Gallery’s Director’s Choice exhibition, a potpourri of paintings, photographs, textiles and even a bronze, allows viewers to concentrate on the various artists’ singularities, styles, strengths and weaknesses. As the show continues, other works may be rotated from the gallery’s inventory.

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Animals, Food And Gardens In Fine Photo Show

The Housatonic Camera Club both meets at Noble Horizons and organizes exhibitions there of members’ work. The latest includes some fascinating images, many of professional quality, of people and places across the globe.
I am a pushover for animals, so Laszlo Gyorsok’s “Billy the Goat” and “The White Owl” grabbed me at once. Billy, with his beautifully bearded head turned to the left, is stately and a bit bemused. The owl with his bright eyes and eager body language is a ball of gorgeous feathers.

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Diverse Photos in New Show

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Still enjoying the success of his Wingdale Psychiatric Center photography show at The White Gallery in Lakeville, CT, Avery Danziger juried a large and diverse photography exhibition, Exposures 2013, which opened last Friday at the West Hartford Art League. It is a large show of 77 images winnowed from more than double that number of entries.

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Intriguing Shapes In Show at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library

I imagine that Janet Block paints quickly: brushing, scraping, altering until she is satisfied. And I suspect she is a tough judge of her own art, one who discards work that does not meet her standards, the same rigorous standards she brought to positions on Wall Street and as a management consultant.
Most often she succeeds, at least in work now on exhibit at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library.

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Astonishing Craft and Color at The White Gallery

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Quilts, those homey creations of rural and small-town American women in the 19th and much of the 20th centuries, sometimes — in the creative, talented hands of some quilters — rose to the level of great folk art. Now Kate Stiassni, former CBS employee and home designer, takes quilting techniques and applies a contemporary sensibility to make fine art wall textiles, some of which are on display at The White Gallery in Lakeville, CT.

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The Pleasures, Surprises And Questions Art Can inspire

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There are some pleasures in “Enjoying Small Things,” the juried exhibition of 59 works now at The Sharon Historical Society. Pieter Lefferts, the single judge, gave prizes to three artists and honorable mentions to three others.
Why he singled out the winning works is not clear, but that is the nature of art and individual reactions to it.

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Inchoate? Perhaps, But Entertaining, Certainly

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What can be made of Earth, Wind and Fire, the large, inchoate exhibition at Gallery Arts Guild in Lakeville, CT? Too many artists, too many pieces and objects, many small, all competing for attention despite the intelligent way the show is hung and laid out. Editing by both artists and gallery owners would have resulted in a more coherent experience, especially since there is some nice work on display.

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Images Describing A Terrible Time . . .

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Avery Danziger’s photographs of the defunct, deteriorating Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, NY, are both gorgeous and ineffably sad. They record an institution rushing to destroy any record of itself and its sad purpose or of the sad patients it served. The hospital seems alive in its determined return to chaos.

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Modern Masters

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They are India ink on paper, this suite of seven abstract and deconstructed female nudes, and they may be the most compelling pictures in Billy Morrison’s new show of works from Hans Hoffman and Alexander Liberman. These busy, flat images by Hoffman prefigure
Willem de Kooning’s third “Woman” series of paintings that were among the jewels in the Museum of Modern Art’s de Kooning retrospective last fall.

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Combining Movies, Food and Art

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A long time ago, somebody figured out that food and movies go together. So when Janet Crawshaw, associate publisher of The Valley Table, a magazine devoted to all things edible in New York’s Hudson Valley, announced that the sixth annual restaurant week would include four new restaurants in the northeastern part of the valley, Bob and Carol Sadlon got an idea.

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