I love this event in Greenwich. It’s one of the largest and most exciting festivals ever organized in Fairfield County, the opening is set for Thursday, May 6, from 5:30 – 8pm. The evening launches a truly spectacular show. Entertaining musicians and street performers fill the street. All the art on display is for sale. A complete Map/Guide is available at participating stores and at the Greenwich Arts Council office at 299 Greenwich Avenue. I do have a piece at the Bendheim Gallery titled Desert Rising, 20 x 20″, Acrylic on Canvas (Shown Below). If you are in town it’s such a fun event and the weather is fabulous this time of year!
Additionally, I will be exhibiting artworks at the Tailored Home on 2 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT. I’ll post more about that in the coming weeks.
Curator’s Choice: Between the Night by Shilo Ratner
It’s no secret that life in the 2020’s can feel… chaotic. That’s why we’ve selected Between the Nightby Shilo Ratner for this month’s Curator’s Choice. An abstract geometric painting, it features panes of muted cool colors which are balanced by just a few pops of warm red, and seamlessly marries architectural elements with the vague familiarity of a landscape. Read on to learn more about the painting, and why we’ve chosen it as this month’s Curator’s Choice – particularly at a time when drowning out the hecticness of everyday life can feel borderline impossible.
What It’s About
“I strive to visually depict consciousness through the spatial organization of architectural and natural landscapes alike, with particular attention to color as a foundation,” the artist, Shilo Ratner says. “While my work may easily be interpreted as geometric abstract landscapes, my hope is that the still intensity of my compositions will demand attention to a centered calmness within the chaos of our present day.”
Blue, teal, neutral grey and bright red shapes are layered over one another to create this abstract geometric piece. The painting’s layers are numerous and varied, but frozen nonetheless, playing to the artist’s goal of juxtaposing chaos and stillness in a single frame.
Where It Works
At 48″ x 48″, this statement painting is ideal as a center focus – on large, open walls, or above a sofa or mantle. The geometric style pairs perfectly with mid-century modern or contemporary furniture, while the rich palette adds vibrancy to light, neutral spaces. For those with a bold color scheme in their space, pair it with deep, cool-colored furniture to help draw out the beautiful blues of this painting.
Why We Love It
First, we love that the palette is at once vibrant and balanced – the artist hasn’t shied away from taking risks with color, and to us, it totally works. But it isBetween the Night’sparticular use of line that we love so much. The planes of color are rendered in perspective, so that they recede into a fragmented horizon, giving the viewer a gravitational sense of an imaginary landscape. It is this visual depth where we find the tranquility that the artist has set out to create in a hectic, modern space.
As I continue to experiment with creating mixed media works on paper, I am reminded of the joy in playing. Embracing the art of the unknown and seeing where my work will intuitively go. As adults we can get so caught up in our world of responsibility, that we forget to play. I’m really enjoying this process of creating. Check out my new page with some of the works on paper I have recently finished. I plan on updating this bi-weekly with finished experimental pieces.
Last year had a mix of wow moments and some very sad moments. 2020, was a year like no other. With a year like no other, I have strengthened my gratitude practice and learned to take a bit more care of myself.
I feel hopeful about the future even in the midst of all this chaos. I’m looking at this new year as a new beginning. We may not be able to turn back but we can turn towards something new. Happy New Year my friends 🌈.
May 2021 be filled with happiness, endless creativity, and abundance. ☮️ .