The Harts Gallery Window Front
Artists, collectors and enthusiasts who love painting, sculpture, mixed media and creativity have been eagerly anticipating the debut of the Harts Gallery this summer. The inaugural exhibit, 'Love and Sacrifice', will have an opening reception this Saturday, August 1st from 5- 9 pm and the show will run through September 30th.
This provocative collection of work will feature six local artists many of whom have exhibited in New York, Los Angeles or London and will be shown for the first time in Litchfield County. These talents include photographer Evan Abramson, mixed media/installation/sculpture artist Lauren Booth, photographer Tealia Ellis-Ritter and painter Sebastian Tillinger as well as local renowned mixed media artists Elizabeth MacDonald and Peter Wooster.
Evan is an award-winning filmaker and photographer born in New Yrok City. Together with his wife Carmen Elsa Lopez, he writes, directs, shoots and produces films including their 2011 documentary Carbon for Water which has won nearly 20 festival awards.
Evan’s photography has been published in National Geographic Adventure, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, FT Weekend and The Sunday Times.
Tealia Ellis Ritter
Tealia Ellis Ritter is an American photographer born in Illinois, who now lives and works in rural Connecticut. Ellis Ritter views photography as an explorative process, often examining personal experience, family history and photography's layered relationship to time and memory.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently by Aperture, The New Yorker, at PRC: Exposure, on Women in Photography, by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, at Catherine Edelman Gallery, by Taschen NYC and at the Humble Arts “31 Under 31” exhibition.
Peter Wooster is renowned for design and renovation work for such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim and James Taylor. He has redesigned extremely successful venues such as the restaurant Orso in Manhattan and its sister locations in Los Angeles and London.
More recently, after a stroke, Wooster sought alternative methods of creative expression. He drew in charcoal and dabbled in watercolor and made dazzlingly colorful pictures in colored pencil. Emerging from a fascination with playing with colored paper and overlapping them, his artistic expression was channeled into intensely soulful collages.
Potter and sculptor Elizabeth MacDonald of Connecticut and New York works in clay. Her most intriguing designs are rectangular slabs with an archaeological or geological effect.
Earth-toned layers and striations of these shapes give the effect of a mountainous landscape and geode like beauty. This artist strips aways the most basic layers to reveal the haunting, gorgeous details under the earth.
Lauren Booth's professional life in the visual arts took root in London of 2001 where she opened her first studio and began selling and showing her work. In 2011, she relocated to rural Connecticut where she currently lives and works. She collaborates with other talented people, creating works in neon, resin, bronze and other media.
Her most recent work with light and resin has taken on a more experiential quality as the pieces react to the changing light around them. These pieces have come together over several months of sketching, pouring resin, polishing, working with fabricators and re-inventing them.
Sebastian Tillinger grew up in Roxbury, CT and now lives in Washington, CT. He sees this part of the world is very special. Influenced by emotion, he struggles with impermanence, and within that search he stumbled upon a state of being that transcends time.
The artist voices his truth, " I paint because I'm alive and I am vibrating color. My eyes have always sensed a veil of color in front of all the images I see. These paintings hold moments in time. The intention is important. I work every day to make sure I'm not living anyone's life but my own."
One of the gallery owners, Pilar DeMann told us the impetus for opening the Harts Gallery, "Carmen Abramson and I started the gallery because both our husbands are artists and we know so many artists. Modern art is not strongly represented in our community and it seems you have to go to New York or other areas for it. We thought the community would love to see some unique art from local artists (to start) and we also thought that this is just what is missing from Bank Street."
The Harts Gallery, the first contemporary art gallery of its kind in Litchfield County, is located in the town of New Milford, Connecticut at 20 Bank Street, a historic 5,000 square foot storefront. Don't miss this wonderful new exhibit of local artists works which opens August 1st and will be shown through September 30th.
For more information on the Harts Gallery, please click on the link here.