There was standing room only at the opening of Pop Up Art Bethel’s (PUAB) Fine Art & Design Show last weekend.
The show, up through October 13 at 262 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, Connecticut, is hosted by Michael Seri and Stephi Kix, and attendees of the opening were a mix of local and regional Connecticut residents, a New York City crowd, and beyond. Conversations were lively and animated at a show well worth attending.
The exhibit includes 64 works of art ranging from paintings, illustrations, three-dimensional wall art, hanging pieces, woodcuts, ceramics, glass, plexiglass, textiles, photography, furniture designs, and much more, all from numerous artists.
The detail and creativity of the art is spectacular, starting with a large triple-wheel sculpture “Menage a Trois” on the front exterior of the building by Seri, and his “Composition III” watercolor and mixed media on copper and “Paris” figural head lamp, both in the first gallery room.
Entering the gallery, there is such a diversity in materials, styles, and colors. It is candy for the eyes.
Two wall reliefs of painted soldiers on wood by Margaret Roleke, “White Men” and “Blue Men,” are wonderfully whimsical. The innovation continues with “Aggregate” by Jaynie Crimmins, made from shredded household papers and thread mounted on cradle board.
Wall art from Stephi Kix, “Hello Someone” and “Rainboy,” made from toys, acrylic, cardboard and neon tubing, are mesmerizing.
Miniatures in glass and lead by Caroline Wirth Ullman, such as “Assemblage,” “Strat I,” and “Later,” are unique.
Also on display are fabulous ceramic pieces by Frank Kara, such as the melodious “Assorted Temple Bells” you can’t miss, or the “Japanese Tea Set,” “Raku bowl,” and “Red Vase,” displayed on a long table filled with tiny stones, also crafted by Kara.
Yui Terai is displaying beautiful leather one-of-a-kind hand-stitched purses at the Fine Art & Design Show. “Cloudbag,” “Coil Handbag,” and “Wave Handbag” are a few of the many on display, and Terai is also showing some of her small illustrations. Liz Alpert Fay is showing colorful wall textile designs, such as “Ripple: Lake Water.”
Some of the furniture includes Gregory Clark’s “Signature Chair” made from horse hair, Bolivian rosewood, and cowhide, and another called “G Spot Rocker” is rendered from cowhide with pony pattern and steel. Doug Meyer has a creative “Club Chair” and a full size “Chess Set” in the show, both made from recycled sheet and steel tube.
Snacks and refreshments were served at the opening, and attendees lingered long. There is much, much more to see and many more pieces by each artist than is mentioned here.
PUAB’s Fine Art & Design Show is a stunning exhibition you won’t want to miss. Check the gallery hours and dates below.
Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday, 2pm to 9pm; Sunday noon to 7pm. Contact: Michael Seri at (203)512-9129 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The PUAB Fine Art & Design Show is on display through October 13.