Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Marc Chabot Drawings

An Exhibit of Drawings by Marc Chabot and Caroline Harman at the "Field Projects"exhibition space of Blue Horse Arts and Jay Foster Music Studios.
These two gifted artists  will be exhibiting during the lecture and book signing of "Every Little Thing" by author and columnist Tracey O' Shaughnessy.

Marc Chabot "The Wanderer", 19 3/4" x 27 5/8", Graphite on Paper, 1992-98

Marc Chabot "The Wanderer"Graphite on Paper, 1992-98 ( Detail)
Here is a small taste of some of the work  that Marc Chabot will be exhibiting during the lecture and book signing by Tracey O'Shaughnessy on December 8th, 1-4PM.
The author's lecture will commence at 1PM and The artist's and author's reception will be held from 2- 4PM.
This two person Exhibition of Drawings will be on view until the end of January. The Gallery Hours will Thursday-Saturday,12-5PM and by appointment.

 Marc Chabot is an outstanding draftsman as well as a scholar and collector of 19th & 20th century American prints and drawings. He is perhaps more well known locally for his figure work. Those works, though excellent in their own right, are not quite an accurate representation of this artist's true voice. The  exquisitely intricate inventions  he pursues in the private space of his home are closest to his heart and rarely seen.Tightly composed, these quietly undulating forms of botanically inspired invention often take many years of labor to be realized. Marc will be giving a lecture on his drawings and the topic of drawing on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at 1PM.The event is free and open to the public.

Marc Chabot "The Wanderer", Graphite on Paper, 1992-98 ( Detail)

Marc Chabot "The Wanderer",Graphite on Paper, 1992-98 ( Detail)

Marc Chabot "The Wanderer", Graphite on Paper, 1992-98 ( Detail)

Marc Chabot
Artist Statement

My work is mostly from imagination, informed by my life experience and love of drawing. I have always found drawing to be the most intimate, flexible and immediate means of visual expression. I marvel at its range of invention and I delight in the touch of hand to paper. It is sensual and intellectual, emotive and analytical.

The spirit and cycles of nature, its changing forms and the desire to create and reinvent this anew from within myself form the content of my work. Sometimes familiar, often not, it is hoped one touches on something deeper. In a time where we are reaching out around and beyond our world, one may reflect upon where one is by discovering through art a place where one has not yet been.     

As for the content of my other work, it is true that I draw the figure from life and have run a life-drawing group for 23 years. I love drawing the nude; such a thing of beauty, testing one’s powers of observation and ability to render. The dialogue between artist and model also offers confirmation of our connections and empathy with one another; and the opportunity to celebrate and share it with others.  

Where:The Field Projects exhibition space  of Blue Horse Arts and J Foster Music Studios
250 Porter Street, Watertown,CT.
Tracey O' Shaughnessy lecture and book signing December 8th, 1PM, Reception 2-4PM. Free and open to the public!
"Every Little Thing" will be available for purchase at the studio. GREAT STOCKING STUFFER:)! If you would like to purchase before the event, Ms. O' Shaughnessy suggests the Hickory Stick Bookstore located in Washington Depot.

For more info email info@bluehorsearts.com or call 860-417-3243

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Every Little Thing by Tracey O' Shaughnessy
We are so excited to have author Tracey O' Shaughnessy give a lecture and book signing at our "Field Projects" exhibition space on December 8th at 1pm. Her book "Every Little Thing" is a collection of handpicked essays, many from her widely admired weekly column featured in the Waterbury Republican American. 

Tracey will also be talking about her experiences as a writer covering art for the last 15 years and why she believes newspapers perform an important function shaping our understanding and appreciation of art.

The artwork of Danielle Mailer, one of the many Connecticut artists Tracey has interviewed and featured in her newspaper column,   graces on the cover of the book.  Not only is Tracey a gifted writer but a exceptional speaker who can convey a story with warmth and an engagingly wry sense of humor.

In conjunction with the author's lecture and book signing there will be an exhibition of drawings by artists Caroline Harman and Marc Chabot. (More info on the artists to come!)
New Drawings by Caroline Harman

Drawings by Marc Chabot


The presentation will begin at 1pm, Saturday December 8th, 2012.  There will be a reception afterward for all of the artists and Tracy O' Shaughnessy will have her books available for purchase and signing.The hours of the reception will be1PM - 4PM and is free and open to the public.Refreshments will be served.

Tracey O'Shaughnessy, a two-time recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists award for her Sunday Reflections column, is the Associate Features Editor of the Republican-American. She writes weekly about family life, religion, society and culture. Her column has won praise from the American Society of Newspapers Editors, the New England Associated Press News Executives Association, the American Academy of Religion and the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors. O’Shaughnessy’s  art criticism has won her three first-place awards from the Society for Features Journalists. Her year-long series on Burmese refugees settling in Waterbury, Connecticut, won her the New England Newspaper Association's coveted Publick Occurences Award.

A native of Massachusetts, O'Shaughnessy is a graduate of Wesleyan and American Universities and has won three Wilbur Awards for her columns on religion, a Missouri Lifestyle Award for her features and a Clarion Award for her columns on women. She has been at the Republican-American since 1994 and is responsible for the paper's theater and visual arts coverage.

“Her writings are journalistic literary pieces. Every piece, long or short, is a thought provoking essay on life,”
Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi

O'Shaughnessy is “a take-no-prisoners columnist with an abundance of attitude and style.”
New England Associated Press News Executives Association

 " ...Clever wordsmith, poet, painter of words, her writing is masterful and becomes a work of art in its own right.She has understood visual metaphors with alarming perceptiveness and has endorse me with a credibility that I am grateful for.When I'm not getting goosebumps reading her reviews,I am smiling at how lucky I am to have her literary voice beside my work."
 Artist Danielle Mailer 

 For More info
 contact info@bluehorsearts.com

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pollinator Update Shop Local

 Ginger Hanrahan- Genus 2
Congratulations go out to artist Ginger Hanrahan whose fabulous collages were exhibited in the Plight of the Pollinators show!! An article on Ginger's work was featured in Yale University's School of Public Health publication.You can view this catalog of notable accomplishments and research by Yale Yale alumni online here.Congrats Ginger!

In the Shopping Local Spirit

Barbara Getsinger, another one of our Plight of the Pollinator finalists, will be having some of her beautiful ceramic pieces available for purchase at a few area venues.
First on the the schedule is the Woodbury Junior Women’s Club's 28th Annual Christmas Craft Fair and Boutique, which will be held in conjunction with the Woodbury Christmas Festival on December 1, 2012 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Woodbury Middle School, Washington Ave., Woodbury, CT. Find her near the Cafeteria at this show.
 Barbara Getsinger- Dragonfly Platter

Barbara will also be hosting an Open Studio at her house at 61 Chestnut Tree Hill Road in Oxford, CT on Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. She will have beverages and snacks, and maybe even a few new pieces of pottery fresh out of the kiln.  

 Barbara Getsinger

Barbara Getsinger- Tree Platter

Avoid the mall madness and take a trip up to the White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield sometime before Christmas.
(This is truly one of my favorite places). After you wander through the 4000 acres of woods and wetlands, you can browse their museum gift shop and support both the White Memorial Foundation and some of the local artists represented. Barbara has some really nice pieces offered for sale at the shop. So Support a local artist and the Nature Center at the same time:)!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Muy Gourdo!

Jeanne Morningstar Kent
Jeanne Morningstar Kent
Jeanne Morningstar Kent

I  recently came across this Native American artist, Jeanne Morningstar Kent, while perusing the local "Kickstarter"projects. This artist works with Gourds, exquisitely illustrating the stories of the Wabanaki  people on the exterior of specially selected hard-shelled  varieties.. Jeanne Morningstar Kent resides in Winchester, Connecticut and has been awarded a small grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Her Gourd pieces can be found in the museum collections of The Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington, CT., Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, and The Chimney Point Museum in Addison Vermont. 
She has initiated a "Kickstarter" project to help her defray the costs of creating these gorgeous pieces. (Please consider supporting this project! The great thing about Kickstarter is that a little donation can go a long way!) You can read about her painstaking  process from seed cultivation to finished work on her website www.morningstarstudio9.com. Her website is also a  great resource of information on the history of this craft and Wabanaki design, symbols, and stories. Hopefully you'll be inspired by the imagery to put her on your Christmas list! 

 Keeping it in the Gourd Vein.

Jenna Cianciola- Graphite Gourd

The Gourd!

I thought I'd give a sneak peek of a work progress by one of our high school Foundation students Jenna Cianciola. Jenna is developing finely tuned observational skills on her first selected project. Students who work in the foundation course are allowed a choice of working on a cast drawing or a natural object during the first 8 weeks. Jenna has selected a very challenging object. The Gourd!!! (Must be in the air:)). Nice work Jenna!!! 

Heather Hughes- Bargue Plate Drawing
More of What Our Foundation Students Have Been Working On 

Heather Hughes is diligently working on the Charles Bargue plate,an initial exercise in the our program.
Maggie DiSanto's Mask

Maggi DiSanto is concurrently working on a new cast drawing(Beethoven's Death Mask) in her foundation program and  is also having some fun exploring  the portrait through mask making for her Senior Internship Project for Oxford High School.The Internship program at Blue Horse Arts provides experiences in art related careers. Maggie's current research is art therapy as a career.