Post by In ArtsWestern News On 07 June 2017




"I always thought it would be a great thing to do an art carwash. So you can actually go and get your car washed, but while you're sitting around waiting you can walk in that hallway where you look at the cars going through the window, and that could be changing exhibitions." - visual artist Kenny Scharf

Summer is upon us, and with it, a sense of playfulness and ease. Art pops up in unexpected places, public visual art installations and performances appear on town sidewalks or in farmers' fields, and festivals abound. And with it, too, the Accessible Art program, now in its 10th season under the curatorial eye of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, provides leisurely summer strollers and curious arts enthusiasts plenty of opportunity to pause, reflect, and enjoy. The 3rd mounting of 2017 Accessible Art exhibitions opens on Monday, June 26th and runs through Friday, August 18th in 8 venues. People love to visit and live where the Arts thrive, and the Accessible Art program underscores that belief. So, as you take some time off to escape the everyday, consider visiting some of the exhibitions listed below.  

This round of Accessible Art, a year-'round, multi-site program, joining Business with Art, features the works of Debra Burger (Danbury, CT), Barbara Courtian (New York, NY), Justin Farigiano (Bethel, CT), Victoria Harriott (Norwalk, CT) Chris Kiely (Danbury, CT), Toni Miraldi (Sandy Hook, CT), Betsy Post (Newtown, CT), and Charlene Schosser (Danbury, CT).

Hours at the venues vary, so call ahead. For more information about Accessible Art, call (203) 798 0760 or visit www.artswesternct.org  (All exhibitions are subject to change.) 

Debra Burger

Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, (203) 797-4511

Throughout the years, Debra has been capturing images from her other creative passion - her garden. Challenging herself to create a body of work from the objects in her garden, she has created larger-than-life images that examine the color, shape, texture, and life of each plant and flower. They provide the viewer with a unique perspective on the fragile, yet bold impression each flower offers. She is President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Western New York Chapter.

Barbara Courtian

Mothership Bakery & Cafe, 331 Main Street, Danbury, (203) 417-6914

"The nature of watercolor, my chosen medium, demands a certain spontaneity", says Barbara.  "There is a lot that is unpredictable, whether it is the way the colors flow together or how they dry on the paper. They seem to have a mind of their own and possess a certain freshness. That is what makes watercolor unlike any other medium and such a challenge." She enjoys exploring neighborhoods, whether they be amidst the quick pulse of a city or the tranquility of the country. "Both offer such wonderful contrasts and are a never ending source of inspiration".

Justin Farigiano

Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street, (203) 797-4505

Justin believes the human brain is the most complex thing in the universe. "It can create poetry or destroy itself alive, and sometimes it considers the two the same, he says. "It can build the great pyramids of Egypt and at the same time just want to spend a whole day in bed. It's essentially a computer that runs a mass of plumbing. And even though we all have the same mess of electric charges and chemicals, we perceive the world differently. Through my photography, I strive to formalize the surreal qualities of the mind, and how it interacts with people, places, and its host."

Victoria Harriott

YMCA's ESCAPE to the Arts, 293 Main Street, Danbury, (203) 794-1413

Before Victoria found painting, music was her escape. But during Victoria's junior year of high school, she was taking an art class specific to painting where her teacher introduced her to the monochromatic / pop art style that her work is done in currently. She recalls being so amazed by how a few different tones of color could make a complete photo. She says, "My work is the place where my love for music and passion for painting meet."

Chris Kiely

CityCenter Danbury, 268 Main Street, (203) 792-1711

A photographer, Chris is dedicated to exploring and documenting the beauty in vacant buildings.  His inspiration is the solitude, tranquility, nostalgia, and sometimes eeriness of forgotten places.

Toni Miraldi

 Filosa/Hancock Hall, 31 Staples Street, Danbury, (203) 794-9466 

Toni Miraldi writes, "As a mural artist, my mission is to transform plain walls into stimulating walls. I believe our attitudes are subtly influenced by our environs. If we surround ourselves and our communities with small positive messages--whether they be art, nature, inspiring architecture or kind words--we will see the world differently than if we are surrounded by suspicion, fear and despair. This is why I love murals. They take a thing that literally surrounds us--a wall--and turn it into an encouragement."

Betsy Post

Bethel Public Library, 189 Greenwood Ave, (203) 794-8756

Though not a professional artist or even an 'artist' in the way you define it, Betsy can claim the title as a "needle artist," approaching 60 years old who has always found fulfillment creating beautiful pictures from a needle and thread. Working in her spare time, she finds that needlework "connects me to my female ancestors and hopefully those in the future who will chose to create art from fabric and thread." 

Charlene Schosser

Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main Street, Danbury, (203) 792-2323

"I have always been attracted to color", Charlene notes. "For over 10 years I have dreamt of using paint chips in artwork. Finally I was able to follow my vision, using colors that have body to them in different shapes and sizes, allowing me to explore the endless options of tiling these beautiful colors in a totally different art form. Paint chips, glue, artist board and a trusty knife or hole punch are combined to form each art piece, at first simplistic but, in viewing, quite complex. What was first intended for furniture, walls and floors, now dance around in my art pieces, expressing joy, life and light". 

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