MADISON — The Arts Center Killingworth returns to the Madison Town Green to present its Annual Autumn Outdoor Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10 and noon-5 p.m. Oct. 11. The rain date is 10 a.m-5 p.m. Oct. 12.
The show includes new and original artwork and fine crafts by established and emerging artists from throughout Connecticut and the tri-state region. The festival is located at Boston Post Road/Route 1 and Copse Road, and includes representational and abstract painting, as well as photography, mixed media, and sculpture. Artisans exhibiting on the green feature those working in pottery, wood, fabric and wool, and jewelry designs in sterling silver, precious/semi-precious metals, stones and other fine materials.
A corresponding seven-week Group Show is scheduled at Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store at 61 Main St., Centerbrook through Nov. 8. A juried selection of work by artists participating on the Green are presented and include painting, photography and mixed media collage. There are also many new, one-of-a-kind fine crafts to discover at Spectrum’s Artisans Store.
This year, artists presenting at the festival include the award-winning Bob Ferraro, an oil painter who creates in both traditional and whimsical styles. Known for his seascapes and birds, Ferraro is also becoming popular for his dancing starfish paintings. Racquel Miller is presenting acrylic, resin and alcohol ink works that explore her love of nature through vibrant and expressive color. Painter and sculptor Ron Olansen joins the Festival with several new works in oil, pastel, watercolor and pencil. Olansen, who paints still life, seascapes and landscapes, is also a masterful stone carver, working primarily in granite.
Additional artists include mixed media artists Deborah Simmons and Lisa Conti who enhance their photography with pen and ink for contrast and cold wax to enhance textural features. New this year at the festival are watercolorist Patricia Maher, and John Houle, who shows new wood burnings known as pyrography, a form of engraving done on wood with heat and enhanced with acrylic wash. Illustrator Ted Paulsen, a graphic artist, creates colorful drawings that blend humor, beauty, and fantasy. He presents digitally-enhanced drawings on canvas. Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti – also new to the Festival and Spectrum Gallery – is a mixed-media artist who works in oil-based paint, pen and pencil.
Photographers represented include perennial favorite Larry Reitz, who portrays scenes of stunning rivers and waterfalls on canvas, and who also offers a variety of fountain pens crafted from metal and fine woods like maple and walnut. Spectrum and Festival favorite Robert Thomas returns with new work, including several infrared photographic waterscapes. And Scott Camphausen, an award-winning photographer, who draws inspiration from the ocean and nature around him, with a love of the water seen in dramatic seascapes and mysterious creatures found beneath the waves.
Wood carver Andy Teran presents his popular driftwood marine life creations; and returning potter Nancy Scilipote offers new and original decorative and functional pieces. First time to the Festival is Rachel Brown, a ceramicist who works in Raku with open pit, gas and electric firings. Her original forms are inspired by ancient Chinese and Japanese pottery with a bright, modern glazing aesthetic.
Deborah Churchill is an artist who crafts exquisite mandala artwork using a technique called “dotism” which forms elaborate images. Lynn Webber, a “garden artist” creates lovely, handmade birdbaths constructed from repurposed glass and other materials. And clothing and fabric artisan Dale Gardner-Fox, attends presenting new fine clothing and accessories – perfect for the upcoming seasons.
Many exceptional jewelry designers are represented on the Madison Green and include a mixture of new and returning ones such as Lori Meehan, Joanna Biskupski, Linda Saucier, Sandra Huber, Sue Braden Hull, Joan Wenzel, Anna Mastropolo (also a painter), and Samantha Sylvester.
The festival includes social distancing measures, with the visiting public asked to wear masks at the event and to use hand sanitizer before entering each individual booth or visiting artists under one of the larger tents. For a sneak peak of the artists, visit spectrumartgallery.org for online galleries which feature images and background information on each participating artist.
The Arts Center Killingworth, a nonprofit founded in 2004, organizes outdoor festivals, and offers classes, camps and workshops for children, teens and adults. The Center provides volunteer opportunities for adults to become more involved with the arts and the community, while providing teens the opportunity to earn community service hours. The center offers tax-deductible Membership which provides unique benefits including class and workshop discounts and advertising and fee discounts for artists, local and regional businesses.
Spectrum Gallery and Store in Centerbrook opened in the spring of 2014 and presents approximately six annual exhibits, showcasing representational and abstract painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography from local, regional and tri-state artists. The Artisans Store offers fine crafts in fabric, glass, ceramics, pottery, wood, and jewelry. For more information about the Arts Center and Spectrum programming call 860-663-5593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit Spectrum Anytime, spectrumartgallery.org/shop , the online platform for art and fine craft purchasing. For more information about Spectrum Art Gallery and store visit spectrumartgallery.org or call 860-767-0742.