June Art Exhibit: Sandhya Paladugu

June Art Exhibit:  Sandhya Paladugu

Our June exhibit features multi-media artwork by Sandhya Paladugu.  Her beautiful and exquisitely detailed pieces will be on display in our Gallery through June 28th.

  

ARTIST RECEPTION ~ Saturday, June 15th ~ 12:00-4:00pm

Meet our June artist, Sandhya Paladugu, at her opening reception on Saturday, June 15th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in our Gallery.  In addition to the framed pieces that are on display in the Gallery, Sandhya will be bringing additional painted items including bottles, eggs and small seeds!

     

Artist statement: 

My name is Sandhya and I immigrated in 1992 to Windsor, CT, during which I studied to receive my masters at UConn in civil engineering. After finishing my studies, I traveled around the States, including Texas, Illinois, and Minnesota. However, my love for the New England seasons brought me back to Connecticut and I have loved being a resident of Farmington over the past two decades.  While working as a software engineer at Aetna, I discovered a new passion and hobby during the COVID. I became very interested in acrylic canvas art and miniature/jewelry art.  From last year I expanded my art to include painting on egg shells ( Pysanky) and also into painting on small seeds.

‘Annapurna Creations’ is dedicated to my maternal grandmother and after the Hindu Goddess Annapurna ( goddess of nourishment). My grandmother’s name translates to “full of food”, signifying her desire to ensure everyone that came across her path was taken care of and had the proper necessities.  Food is considered sacred in Hinduism, and prayers are offered before consuming it.  Annadanam, the donation of food, is highly praised in Hinduism.  I am planning to contribute some of my proceedings to charity.  In my art, I hope to translate the message of ‘Annapurna’ to others especially because it helped support and raise the majority of my childhood. I hope you enjoy my painting in your home as the values it represents contribute to a major part of my upbringing.  Please contact me at AnnaPurna.Creations.USA@gmail.com if you are interested in any of my art prints.

May Art Exhibit: Pine Grove School & Roaring Brook School

May Art Exhibit:  Pine Grove School & Roaring Brook School

On display in our Gallery for the month of May is the Spring Art Show, featuring pieces from students at Pine Grove School and Roaring Brook School here in Avon.  This colorful collection of work showcases the creativity and imagination of the young students and their teachers.  Make sure to stop by and see this wonderful show – it is always one of our favorites!

Artist Reception: Sandhya Paladugu

ARTIST RECEPTION ~ Saturday, June 15th ~ 12:00-4:00pm

 

     

 

Meet our June artist, Sandhya Paladugu, at her opening reception on Saturday, June 15th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in our Gallery.  Everyone is invited to come and see her beautiful and exquisitely detailed work.  In addition to the framed pieces that are on display in the Gallery, Sandhya will be bringing additional painted items including bottles, eggs and small seeds!

 

 

 

Artist statement: 

My name is Sandhya and I immigrated in 1992 to Windsor, CT, during which I studied to receive my masters at UConn in civil engineering. After finishing my studies, I traveled around the States, including Texas, Illinois, and Minnesota. However, my love for the New England seasons brought me back to Connecticut and I have loved being a resident of Farmington over the past two decades.  While working as a software engineer at Aetna, I discovered a new passion and hobby during the COVID. I became very interested in acrylic canvas art and miniature/jewelry art.  From last year I expanded my art to include painting on egg shells ( Pysanky) and also into painting on small seeds.

‘Annapurna Creations’ is dedicated to my maternal grandmother and after the Hindu Goddess Annapurna ( goddess of nourishment). My grandmother’s name translates to “full of food”, signifying her desire to ensure everyone that came across her path was taken care of and had the proper necessities.  Food is considered sacred in Hinduism, and prayers are offered before consuming it.  Annadanam, the donation of food, is highly praised in Hinduism.  I am planning to contribute some of my proceedings to charity.  In my art, I hope to translate the message of ‘Annapurna’ to others especially because it helped support and raise the majority of my childhood. I hope you enjoy my painting in your home as the values it represents contribute to a major part of my upbringing.  Please contact me at AnnaPurna.Creations.USA@gmail.com if you are interested in any of my art prints.

April Art Exhibit: Artistic Edge Studio – Student Art Show

ARTISTIC EDGE STUDIO presents:  Seeing Takes Time

A student art show featuring over 100 pieces of artwork by 50 artists

On display in our Gallery:  April 1 – April 28, 2024

Fine artist Heather Bondorew Sawtelle is the founder and sole teacher at Artistic Edge Studio.

“Teaching art and sharing what I have learned has been one of the great joys of my life.  Most of my time over the past 25 years has been dedicated to teaching students the fundamentals of art and showing them how to expand their vision and grow in their knowledge of technique and materials to produce realistic artwork that is truly spectacular. 

Talent is overrated.  Patience, diligence, and acquiring the correct thought process enables each artist to attain the true skill of seeing, observing, and creating masterful works of art.

We all have creativity inside us, but learning the techniques to showcase our creativity and skill is imperative to achieve quality artwork.  Most people don’t know where to begin, but EVERYONE CAN CREATE MEANINGFUL ART.  This show is a celebration of aspiring artists of all ages.” 

You can learn more about the studio by visiting www.artisticedgect.com.

March Art Exhibit: Avon High School AP Studio Art

March Art Exhibit:  Avon High School AP Studio Art

       

      On display in our Gallery for the month of March is the Avon High School AP Studio Art Student Art Show.  This eclectic and impressive collection of work is a testament to the creativity and imagination of the students and their teachers.  Make sure to stop by and see this wonderful show!

Students featured in this exhibit: 

Kristine Antonio, Varda Bajpai, Aishwarya Balaji, Brooke Barcikowski, Angela Borden, Ying Yang Cheng, Grace Deng, Isabella Fasano, Gabriel Frenkel, Benjamin Hakim-Pourkavoos, Leah Haughey, Julie Iwama, Evan Keane, Sarah Larsen, Hannah McKinniss, Sawa Machida, Sabrina Pelletier, Julia Phillips, Savannah Pile, London Ward and Melody Wei.

December Art Exhibit: Avon Arts Association Holiday Art Show

December Art Exhibit:  Avon Arts Association Holiday Art Show

 

Featured in our Gallery for the month of December is the Holiday Art Show by the Avon Arts Association.  Make a point to stop by and see all of the beautiful work on display by the many talented members.  Avon Arts Association provides annual college scholarships to Farmington Valley graduating high school students who were selected for their exceptional artistic talents. The Avon Arts Association is a 501 (c) (3) organization that promotes visual art in the Avon area by holding art exhibits, demonstrations and workshops. For more information, please visit their website @ http://www.avonarts.org/.

Holiday Art Show Reception:  Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Please join us in the Gallery for an afternoon reception featuring holiday music and refreshments!  The Avon Arts Association invites everyone to join us to celebrate the opening of their Holiday Art Show, on display in our Gallery during December.  There will be light refreshments and music, featuring pianist John Brighenti.  Stop by and meet the talented members of the Avon Arts Association!

November Art Exhibit: The Faces of Freedom — Photographs and Oral Histories of U.S. Military Veterans

November Art Exhibit:  The Faces of Freedom – Photographs & Oral Histories of U.S. Military Veterans

     

Our November exhibit features The Faces of Freedom by Walter Schuppe.  It is a collection of photographs and stories of U.S. military veterans.  Walter began this project in July of 2019 to express gratitude to, and honor the sacrifices and service of U.S. military veterans and their families.  The project uses black and white portraits and oral histories, as told by each veteran, to help connect a face with a personal story.  Each story captures not only their recollections of their time in the service, but also their memories of their childhood, their life after the military and what it meant to each of them to be part of something bigger than themselves and to be in the service of others.  You can learn about all 105 veterans that participated in this project at https://www.facesoffreedom.us/.  If you are a veteran and would like to tell your story, or if you know a veteran that would like to participate in this project, you can contact Walter by email (walter11_22@yahoo.com) or phone (860-558-1072).

This powerful and moving exhibit will be on display for the month of November.  We can’t think of a better way to recognize Veteran’s Day this month than to stop by our Gallery and see Walter’s work. 

October Art Exhibit: Arthur Backstrom

October Art Exhibit:  Arthur Backstrom

Our October exhibit features the photography of Arthur Backstrom.  Art is a photographer who was born and raised on Staten Island, the busiest port in the world. He is an ex-merchant seaman and the son of a merchant seaman. As an artist, he naturally gravitates towards ships and the sea. He has been a devoted photographer for the last 21 years, specializing in fine photos from film captured with manual cameras.  His work has been featured at ArtSpace Hartford, Open Studio Hartford, 100 Pearl Street Gallery, and the Staten Island Museum Fence Show.

This exhibit will be on display October 3rd – October 31st.

An artist’s reception open to the public will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served – all are invited to stop in! 

Artist Reception: Arthur Backstrom

Artist Reception:  Arthur Backstrom

Saturday, October 28th ~ 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Patrons are invited to meet our October artist, Arthur Backstrom, at a closing reception for his photography exhibit.  Art is a photographer who was born and raised on Staten Island, the busiest port in the world. He is an ex-merchant seaman and the son of a merchant seaman. As an artist, he naturally gravitates towards ships and the sea. He has been a devoted photographer for the last 21 years, specializing in fine photos from film captured with manual cameras.  His work has been featured at ArtSpace Hartford, Open Studio Hartford, 100 Pearl Street Gallery, and the Staten Island Museum Fence Show.

   

This exhibit will be on display October 3rd – October 31st.

An artist’s reception open to the public will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served – all are invited to stop in! 

September Art Exhibit: Don Bonner

September Art Exhibit:  DON BONNER

Now on display in our Gallery
About the artist:  American artist Don Bonner grew up inspired by the picturesque surroundings of his hometown in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  He lives in Avon, Connecticut near where his family roots go back to early settlements.  He attended the Paier School of Art outside New Haven.  Don continued with a career in commercial design, creating materials for many Fortune 500 companies.  He went on to start and run his own business for 25 years, Bonner & Company Creative Communications.  Don has continued to create imagery as a painter.  He is passionate about telling a story on canvas, and creating it with color, lighting, and emotion.  Don’s studio is in Avon, Connecticut.