CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT

PRESENTS "IMAGiNINGS", WORKS BY ROBERT CRAWFORD

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH AT @287 GALLERY & MEETING PLACE

 "Imagining themes...is, without any doubt, an absorbing occupation." - artist Emile Galle

 Magic realism is a genre of narrative fiction that expresses the real world while adding magical elements. Robert Crawford, an illustrator and fine artist living in the beautiful northwest hills of Connecticut, practices magic in the visual world.

On Friday, September 29th, a solo exhibition of his works, entitled "Imaginings", opens at the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut's @287 Gallery, 287 Main Street, Danbury, with a free reception to the public from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The event will also feature live music, nibbles from Pour Me Cafe, and prints for sale. For reservations, go to http://bit.ly/imaginings287gallery or call 203-798-0760 The @287 Gallery is open 10:00am to 4:00pm Thursday and Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. The exhibition, made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Savings Bank of Danbury, will be on view through the end of the year. 

Robert Crawford's unique style is influenced by the regionalism of post World War Two artists like Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. Some highlights in his career include recent work for Celestial Seasonings and The New York State Lottery. He loves to see his work around New York City and on products in the supermarket. His work for Bank of America featured a gigantic mural on three sides of a building facing the Kennedy Expressway where upwards of a half million people a day pass by.

He has been on the cover of major magazines such as FortuneBusiness WeekThe Atlantic, U.S. News and World ReportNewsweek and Rolling Stone. Robert recently finished his fifth children’s book, about Carl Sandburg, the American poet. A previous book, The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain, reached #1 on the regional bestseller list.

Robert's work has won numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Graphics and Print. He was also honored by a commission to do six paintings for a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the German car maker, Volkswagen.

Major support for the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is provided by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The Cultural Alliance depends largely on community support for its programs and services. For information, to volunteer or to donate, call (203) 798 0760 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Brookfield, CT-June 19,- Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to present a unique exhibit by artist and thread painter Missy Stevens.  An opening event and reception, with the artist will be held on July 8th, from 5-8pm in the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery at 286 Whisconier Road.  The exhibit will continue through July 30.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday noon – 5pm, Saturday 11-5pm, Sunday Noon – 4pm.

Missy Stevens, a visual builder, infusing fabric with technique and sensibilities from painting.  The thread paintings are loop pile embroidery, where even her color choice gain in extra dimensional and magnetic quality, as color is represented by pronounced thread.  The result is an experience at once visual, yet bound by a tactile sensation from the thread.  Stevens’ approach evolved at a turning point for the artist, where she answered the question of what her passion is with the combination of art and fabric.  In her works, inspired by nature and a spiritual exploration, are evocative images of a refined ability and lead the audience with a familiar perspective and passageways to the unrevealed life of her subjects.  Textiles as a medium have always been important to her, as the progress of her work illustrates the monument to her origins bridging to thread sculpture, three dimensional objects almost clothed, or in part made of clothing, as seen in the piece Moon Crown.  Her career would find a fulcrum while attending New England College in NH, where, she became influenced by the contemporary art scene in Manhattan, and then would go on to study and graduate from Boston University’s Program In Artisanry. 

The veteran of many shows, including several at Brookfield Craft Center, Stevens’ work has been recognized with several awards such as the Craftsman's Choice Award, from the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC., and added to the collection of the Museum of Art And Design, in New York City.  Stevens’ work is well traveled, included in shows and exhibits reaching from across the United States to around the globe.  Stevens currently resides in Washington, CT. 

About the Brookfield Craft Center - The Brookfield Craft Center (BCC) was founded in 1952 and is recognized as one of the core fine craft schools in America. The center, incorporated in 1954 is a 501(c)(3) organization, offering classes and workshops in glass arts, woodturning, ceramics, jewelry, blacksmithing, fiber arts and other creative endeavors for children and adults taught by professional faculty. The summer “Hands on Art” program, is available for children ages 11-14 during summer months. The historic Mill Building (ca 1780) Gift Shop and Exhibition Gallery is a beautiful venue for displaying fine craft. All works are carefully juried and are representative of the type of skills individuals can learn in our classes. As a force for arts advocacy and community building, BCC strives to teach and preserve the skills of fine craftsmanship, and to enable creativity and personal growth through craft education.

Howard Lasser

Executive Director

Brookfield Craft Center

PO Box 122

Brookfield, CT 06804

Phone: 203 775-4526

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