Monday, October 22, 2012

Don't miss 'Magic and Mysticism' exhibit

Show runs through Nov. 3 at Gallery@37

Artist Chris Peterson's 'Pink Floyd' is one of the many magical works now on display. 
This photo was taken at last week's opening, as you can see from the gallery visitors reflected in the glass.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Magical, mystical, creepy-ful on display at gallery

The exhibit at the Gallery@37 in Derby is a must-see this Halloween season.

The Valley Arts Council's "Magic and Mysticism" show had a grand opening Saturday. The artwork will be up through Nov. 3.  

Looking at Valley Arts Council Vice President Steve DiRienzo's "Looking Glass," above, can give one a chill.
I saw a werewolf, but Steve said it wasn't one. Hmmm...

Artist Beverly Borucki knows how to creep people out! 
"One, Two. .. Freddie's Coming for You" is the stuff of nightmares.

This wooden cabinet is filled with interesting items for sale -  painted bottles, stained glass decor, coffins and more - created by gallery manager BillieJo Scharfenberg (except for the mummy brick, top row center, made by Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo.)

The coffins contain papers printed with poetry by Edgar Allen Poe. 
Open the coffins and read the poems if you dare!

Warning..the next photo is re-e-e-ally creepy.


Artist Sheryl Muzzillo offers us "Jewel" - this doll looks nothing like the dolls I had as a child. 
She sends a shiver down my spine. But she fits in perfectly in this exhibit.

In this painting Rich DiCarlo offers us a respite from creepiness with a peaceful piece, "Serenity."

I had fun playing with a photo I took in 2004 at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris
Now that's a tombstone!
I call it "See You Later." 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

'Magic and Mysticism" opening a big success

This is one of the signs that accompanies the art exhibit.

The Gallery@37 came alive Saturday night as folks of all ages enjoyed the opening reception of the arts council's latest show, "Magic and Mysticism: The Art of Believing." 

The show runs through Nov. 3 at the gallery, 37 Elizabeth St., Derby.
These two-month old twin girls got their first art lesson at the gallery Saturday night.

Stay tuned for photos from the opening reception. 

And stop by the gallery if you get a chance! You won't be disappointed. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

It's almost here ~ The magic and mysticism show opens Saturday

'Enchanted Rendezvous'
Stained glass artist BillieJo Scharfenberg, manager of Gallery@37, at 37 Elizabeth St., Derby, Ct., created this piece for "Magic and Mysticism: The Art of Believing," a show that opens Saturday at the gallery.
A reception will be held from 6-9 p.m., and the public is invited.
The show runs through Nov. 3.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Artists judge scarecrows, pumpkins at festival

(Note: This post was previously published on the New Haven Register's View from the Valley blog.)

Harvest festival contest winners announced

Scarecrows, pumpkins get prizes

ANSONIA - Cultural Commission Chairwoman Judy Nicolari today announced the winners of the scarecrow making and pumpkin decorating contests held Saturday at the ninth annual harvest festival.

Valley Arts Council members Greg Karas and Steve DiRienzo judged the artwork.

In the scarecrow competition, first place ribbons went to My Sister's Place; AT Bay; Stauffer Real Estate; L2 Innovate Computers; second place went to the Friends of Ansonia Library; PM Lounge and Michele's Alterations took third place. 

Pumpkin-decorating contest winners are listed below.

First Place, Ansonia Middle School:
Ashely Ambrose
Victoria Gold
Payton Westine
Melissa Healey
Sean Morales
Anthony Valez
Second Place, Ansonia Middle School:
Christopher Waugh
Jason Edwards
Krystal Pellegrino
Dan Bedoya
John C. Mead and John G. Prendergast elementary schools:
First Place:
Karyme Serrano
Jaxon Anderson
Mya Zayas
Second Place:
Matthew Lundeen
Victoria Gavin
Third Place:
Marissa Pelligrino
Jackie Finney
Ardit Gjonbalaj
Symone Finney
Jackie Finney
Faith Alteri

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Artists conjuring up work for next show

'Magic and Mysticism: The Art of Believing' opens Saturday
This painting, 'Secrets,' by Shelton artist Len Grayeck is on display at the Gallery@37 in Derby.
A reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Gallery@ 37, 37 Elizabeth St., Derby. 
The public is invited. The show will run through Nov. 3.