from the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance
THREE LOCAL ARTISTS have been selected to display their creative talents in one of four venues as part of the 2012 Accessible Art Project sponsored by the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance (HVCA). Kateleen Foy, Deanne Komlo, and Aparna Phadnis each bring their talents to the forefront in a collection of photography and art that can be viewed at “The Gallery” at Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave and located on the third floor.
The exhibit is on view during normal business hours from January 9 through February 16, 2012. A reception will be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 4 to 6pm and is open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served.
from the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance
THREE LOCAL ARTISTS have been selected to display their creative talents in one of four venues as part of the 2012 Accessible Art Project sponsored by the Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance (HVCA). Kateleen Foy, Deanne Komlo, and Aparna Phadnis each bring their talents to the forefront in a collection of photography and art that can be viewed at “The Gallery” at Danbury City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Ave and located on the third floor. The exhibit is on view during normal business hours from January 9 through February 16, 2012. A reception will be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 4 to 6pm and is open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served.
Kateleen Foy, a 20-year-old from Newtown, has been taking pictures since she was in the fourth grade.
“As an artist, I have always been drawn towards the things people leave behind. The remains of old broken down building, bits and pieces of castles and mysterious places are just a few examples of places where I love to shoot. I try to find new angles to transform an abandoned building into something new, interesting and unusual. My favorite part of photography is the transformation of something ordinary to something extraordinary. Changing a dilapidated old building into something people enjoy looking at is my favorite part of the photography process. With the way things decay the colors of everyday objects change creating a new spectrum of colors. I particularly enjoy photographing these mysterious places because they have been left behind and forgotten about and I bring them back to life.”
Kateleen attends Hofstra University and is duel majoring in Photography and Psychology. She has also done internships with local photographers Cynthia McIntyre and Laurie Klein.
Deanne Komlo, a local photographer from Brookfield, has also been taking pictures since she was a young girl.
“I remember my first ‘real’ camera. My initial inspirations came when I took that camera and traveled throughout Europe, taking pictures. To this day, my camera is a constant companion on any trip that I take, whether it is a walk in the park or a longer journey.”
Deanne’s interests include travel, history and nature, elements she seeks to combine in her photography.
“When I moved to Connecticut, my yard provided the perfect stage on which to witness the enthralling and captivating annual spectacle of the Northeast’s four seasons.”
-artist Aparna Phadnis
“A photograph is a drawing or inscription of light that allows me to tell a story, from the mundane to the majestic. Sometimes the stories revealed in the images are evident; often they emerge only through the interplay of light upon the image. Nature and the world around us offer an infinity of images and displays of light that are waiting to be discovered and recorded. As a historian and an artist, I enjoy the adventure of expressing that which cannot be put into words and portraying the hidden world that is not always evident; I enjoy exploring and discovering the essence of the beauty that is all around. My photography is an expression of a collection of my eclectic interests: a passion for travel and cultures, an affinity for history, and an appreciation of the artistry that surrounds us. It is my desire to blend these three passions into one and share these inspirations with others.”
Deanne, whose background includes two Master’s degrees, one in Theology and the other in Holocaust studies, has also shown her work at a photography show at Plain Jane’s Restaurant in Bethel. The show was a collaboration of photographers and artists under the directorship of Dana Fradon, a cartoonist for New Yorker magazine.
Aparna Phadnis, a licensed professional engineer, was introduced early to art by her mother, who would set her off outdoors to behold nature accompanied by her sketch pad and pencils. Aparna has woven her love for nature with her passion for art as is evident from her exhibited artwork.
“Every change of season brings to my heart a poignant awareness of how ephemeral are the colors of the sunset in the sky or how short-lived are the autumn leaves. My art is born from my desire to capture, to preserve this transient beauty and to prolong and share their memory. When I moved to Connecticut, my yard provided the perfect stage on which to witness the enthralling and captivating annual spectacle of the Northeast’s four seasons. It also provided me with a wonderful opportunity to study, observe and learn something new about nature every day, an antidote to daily stress. I spent endless hours picking summer flowers or fall leaves from the yard and researching ways to press and preserve the collected specimens.
I met with reasonable success using certain UV sealants but sometimes the colors would dim or the best of the specimens would crumble due to the sheer fragile nature of the material itself. The flatness of the background and lack of depth also posed a challenge. While trying to overcome these challenges in my quest for accurate reproduction of the specimen, I stumbled upon the world of digital art, graphics and scanography. The plethora of image manipulation techniques empowered me to recreate what the mind’s eye had recorded and capture the time-sensitive details of the samples.
My journey has also led me back into mixed media, adding acrylics, oils and other different mediums to my botanical specimens. This wide range of mediums offers me the flexibility to embody the colors, depth and texture I desire, while retaining the shape, pattern and detail of the real specimen.”
Aparna chose the creative field of engineering and technology for a career, but has maintained a lifetime connection with art. She immigrated to the United States with her husband and two children and lives in Brookfield, Connecticut. Aparna is an avid gardener and an active supporter of environmental awareness. Aparna has a private gallery at her residence where she hosts exhibits for other artists, friends and family.
The artists were jury selected by a panel of representatives from the local community to display their work at City Hall. HVCA has partnered with Danbury City Hall, City Center Danbury, Danbury Museum & Historical Society and FrameWorks in Newtown as part of the initiative. The project provides an opportunity for local artists to show their work in a variety of spaces that are accessible to the general public and to celebrate culture and art within the community.
The Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance (HVCA) is a regional arts agency that provides services to creative assets in the Housatonic Valley municipalities of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, New Milford, Ridgefield, Redding, and Sherman Connecticut. HVCA aims to increase the network, collaboration, and conversation within the arts, historical, and cultural community as well as among business and other interest groups to promote economic development. Visit hvculturalarts.org.