Thursday, April 17, 2014

Council prez to teach charcoal technique

DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites young adults ages 12 to 17 to a four-session Drawing in Charcoal Series, from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, and 22 at the library, 313 Elizabeth St.

Valley Arts Council President Richard DiCarlo will guide participants in developing their inner artist.  

Registration is requested. 
For information stop by the Library,call 203-736-1482, or visit
Rich DiCarlo teaches use of watercolors during a recent class at Derby Public Library. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lively colors, movement jump off canvas

"There is no must in art because art is free."  

~ Wassily Kandinsky

 Blue Mountain, 1908-09 ~ Oil on canvas

Russian-born painter Kandinsky (1866-1944) has been called the father of modern art.

I was fortunate enough to see this painting of his on a high school field trip to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York decades ago. 

I never forgot how it spoke to me.
I love the sense of movement and of course the vibrant colors. 

What does Kandinsky's artwork mean to you?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Artistic thought for the day


We certainly do.

The Valley Arts Council is a vibrant part of the community. If you're not yet a member, consider joining us!

Come in and introduce yourself at the Gallery@37 at 37 Elizabeth St., Derby, and see lots of great artwork created by local artists. 

You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Teaching the art of water color painting

Aspiring artist Alicia Tillotson, 12, of Ansonia, is getting some pointers in painting with water colors from Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo of Derby. 
DiCarlo is teaching a four-session workshop on painting at Derby Public Library, 313 Elizabeth St., Derby. The class meets at 4 p.m. Thursdays. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sharing a thought from an American realist

From Wikipedia: Edward Hopper (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ah, Degas

From Wikipedia: Edgar Degas was born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas; (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917).
He was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers. 
He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist.

Question: Who is your favorite Impressionist? Please leave your answer in the comments!