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ReFraming Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts

February 16-March 23, 2019


Silvermine

2019 ARTISTS - Years in Guild June Ahrens Binnie Birstein Paedra Bramhall Marilyn Clements Kathy Conway Carol Nipomnich Dixon James Grashow James Reed Jonathan Talbot

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Florence Zolan

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ReFRAMING Aging: Health, Happiness, and the Arts This exhibition traces the creative evolution of ten outstanding artists whose energy and ingenuity have continued over a lifetime and who are central to Silvermine’s enduring presence as an artists’ community. Their visually compelling art addresses socially relevant ideas in a wide variety of media and materials—cardboard sculpture, collage, photography, oil painting, watercolor and pastels, printmaking, and mixed media pieces using industrial or household materials. Artists thrive through the innovation and risk-taking involved in the making of art—becoming “better with age.” ReFRAMING Aging debunks myths about aging, deepens visitors’ understanding of why lifelong creativity matters, and inspires intergenerational bonds—illuminating what it means to age creatively in our youth-oriented society when people are living longer. An honorarium in memory of the late Guild artist Jane Ingram helped fund the gallery exhibition. Connecticut Humanities awarded Silvermine a Grant of $3500 to support dynamic programs – a keynote lecture, a moderated panel discussion, and a family day of storytelling – to accompany this exhibition. Visitors of every age will explore the benefits of creativity. They will have the opportunity to hear rich life stories directly from artists and to be inspired to find their own ways to flourish through artistic expression. ReFRAMING Aging strives to dispel the notion that you have to be privileged to indulge in art; creativity is in fact a vital and necessary component of a joyful life. As it nears its centenary, Silvermine is shining a light on its true legacy and the vital role artists’ communities play in American culture. Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.


June Ahrens Sculptor

Stamford, CT Member since 1991

June Ahrens received a BFA (Summa Cum Laude) from Purchase College, New York, and was part of an advanced studies group at Yale University. Ahrens has participated in numerous one-person shows, group exhibits, and collaborative installations throughout the United States as well as internationally. Her work has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Duracell and Polaroid Foundations. Her work was nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. She was also granted the Distinguished Advocate for the Arts Award by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts as well as an Individual Artists Grant. Ahrens had an installation acquired by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO for their permanent collection. Ahrens work is also in the collection of the Trustman Gallery, Boston, MA, Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT, Contemporary Gallery of Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, and Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT.


Binnie Birstein Painter

Norwalk, CT Member since 2009

Binnie Birstein’s work was always about multiple images and layers, with off-angles, spatial ambiguity, feelings of flying or falling and of not fitting in. Combined with, or even opposed to, the luminous and painterly layers in her work, a vigorous energy and an underlying grid suggest hidden structure and alternative interpretations. Birstein has exhibited her work throughout the country, extensively in the Northeast, in many prestigious shows and invitationals, including the two museum exhibitions of Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic - at the Cape Cod Museum in Dennis, Massachusetts in 2013 and at the Hunterdon Museum in Clinton, New Jersey, in 2014. Other exhibits included Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure & Surface in 2015 at Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts, and in 2018 in Organic to Geometric II: Investigations in Structure & Surface at the Provincetown Museum & Art Association, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Birstein’s work was also included in Encaustic Works 2012, published by R & F Handmade Paints.


PAedrA BrAmhAll MIxed Media

Bridgewater, VT Member since 1971

Paedra Bramhall is a transgendered male to female artist, who has been out and proud for more than 20 years. Bramhall lives and works in Bridgewater Corners, in Central Vermont. A native Vermonter, she still owns the cabin in which she was born. She has been supporting herself as an artist since 1970, after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in sculpture and a minor in ceramics. She remarkably explores a wide array of media from paper to glass to bronze to digital. After spending over 35 years creating blown art glass, Bramhall had her first solo exhibition of paintings in 2007. She paints in inks and has created sculpture in cast and fabricated bronze, glass, steel, wood, clay. Now, Paedra says, “I make art with my mind using… the computer, which allows me to create at nearly the speed my mind works.”


mArilyn Clements Painter

Stamford, CT Member since 1987

Abstract painter Marilyn Clements employs a diversity of forms and colors to express the experience of inner states of consciousness – that of an expanded, highly energetic field. Into this space, geometric shapes mix comfortably with biomorphic and organic forms, and the whole space vibrates with the energy of color. Clements' work is inspired by her deep involvement in Meditation practice as well as her interest in diverse cultures she has experienced in extensive travels. Trips to Bali in 1997 and 2004 led to a series of paintings that draw on the richness of that culture. "In Bali, I saw how spirituality, ritual, and ceremonial magic are all woven into dance, drama, art and life. With the background of an astonishingly beautiful landscape, I was very moved to record some of these impressions in a visual way. In my work I explore Bali as a state of mind, a place where the archetypes of the human psyche can come to life." Clements work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, New England, Canada and Europe. She is represented in numerous corporate and private collections.


KAthy ConwAy Photographer

North Haven, CT Member since 1977

Kathy Conway is a self-taught photographer originally from Chicago and now North Haven, Connecticut. Her creative expression, first in oil painting in the 1970s and 1980s, has focused on fine art photography since 2013, being inspired by her travels and exploration of nature as well as her experience as a lawyer concentrating in environmental and land use law. Conway’s ability to see and capture the dignity, beauty and ever-changing moods of people and wildlife in their environment evokes a sense of place that engages viewers in an intimate way. Inspired by form, lighting and texture, her landscapes, both natural and man-made, challenge the viewer to enter her domain and thus engage in her visual stories. Conway is influenced by Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth’s use of color and starkness of subject matter to elicit emotion; and Eugene Atget, Frederick Whitman Glasier and Walker Evan’s documentary and street photographs conveying timeless reality in black and white images. “Art is about story telling – capturing and conveying the essence of a moment in time, evoking memories of people and places, and often stimulating a new way of looking at something familiar. If I can communicate this vision, I have succeeded in my goal of touching others through artistic expression”.


CArol niPomniCh dixon Fiber

Old Greenwich, CT Member since 1972

Carol Nipomnich Dixon has been drawing, painting, photographing and experimenting with mixed media since she was a child. “I like to think that the child in me still appears in the art I do, along with more mature "soul," feeling, intelligence and often wit, expressed in large part through color, texture, shape and composition. For me, art needs to convey a personal, original point of view, along with its strong visual elements and wellexecuted techniques.” Her inspiration comes from her own experiences and emotions, nature, places visited, varied cultures, historical eras and art over the ages – ranging from Ming Dynasty squares to paintings by Klimt, Kandinsky and Krasner. Dixon’s most characteristic pieces are her mixed media embroidered collages, whose influences go back to her Russian paternal grandparents – her grandmother, who taught her to embroider, and her grandfather, who gave her fabric remnants from his tailor shop. Dixon recieved a BA from Vassar College PBK, and her MA from Columbia, studying at The Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. She received teaching certificates in NY and CT. Her works have been shown in numerous galleries and museums and are in many corporate and private collections.


JAmes grAshow Mixed Media

Ridgefield, CT Member since 1989

James Grashow is an American sculptor and woodcut artist. He is perhaps best known for his sculptures and large-scale installations (such as cities, fountains, and menageries) made of cardboard. Grashow was born in Brooklyn, New York and received his BFA (1963) and MFA (1965) degrees from Pratt Institute. He then received a Fulbright Travel Grant to study in Florence. Based in Redding, Connecticut, his works have been exhibited at many museums including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts; the Center for the Arts at SUNY Purchase, the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia; and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Grashow has created cover art for record albums such as Jethro Tull's 1969 album Stand Up and the 1971 Yardbirds album Live Yardbirds. Grashow is the subject of a 2012 documentary entitled The Cardboard Bernini, describing the creation, exhibition, anticipated decay, and ultimate destruction of an enormous cardboard fountain, inspired by the Trevi Fountain in Rome and the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini.


JAmes reed Printmaker

Bridgeport, CT Member since 1980

James Reed is an artist, master mrinter, professor, and collector/curator. His Bridgeport printmaking studio, Milestone Graphics, is an important institution for contemporary artists in Connecticut. Reed’s own work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the Tamarind Institute, among others. His work and life have been archived in the Smithsonian Institute Libraries.The work produced in collaboration with other artists is housed in museums and public collections throughout the world. Reed has taught drawing, color theory and printmaking as a university adjunct professor for over thirty years. Reed studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (B.A.); San Francisco State University (M.A.); Tamarind Institute; and the University of New Mexico. Reed has received a Ford Foundation Fellowship and a Rockefeller Research Grant. Solo exhibitions include Institute Technilogico, Monterey, Mex.; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and participation in more than 150 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Latin America and France. Reed interned with a curator/conservator at the Achenbach Collection in San Francisco and was a curatorial assistant for the permanent print collection at San Francisco State University. He is presently the Manager and Curator of the Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection at Silvermine Arts Center.


JonAthAn tAlBot Mixed Media

Warwick, NY Member since 1976

Jonathan Talbot is an American collage artist, painter, and printmaker. He also is the creator of an innovative collage technique that eliminates liquid adhesives from the collage assembly process. His technique is the subject of his book, Collage: A New Approach. He conducts workshops throughout the U.S. for artists who wish to study collage, his techniques, and related subjects. Talbot is best known for his collages and multidimensional collage-constructions, as well as, for his oils, watercolors, and etchings. Talbot's works have been exhibited at The National Academy and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His artwork has represented the United States in exhibitions sponsored by the U.S. State Department as well as by the Smithsonian Institution. His works are included in permanent museum collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His studio is in Warwick, New York.


FlorenCe zolAn Printmaker

Bridgeport, CT Member since 1984

Florence Zolan’s work is concerned with the actual and the implied relationships in the arrangements of form, object, and color. She explores contrasts: a smooth surface against rough, patterns next to solids, soft edges as well as sharp. Zolan expresses these effects in various media: oil, collage, pastel, various forms of printmaking, and often a combination of these plus random objects. Zolan is a founding member of ArtPlace Gallery, Fairfield, CT. Early studies were at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. In New York City, art studies continued at Pratt Manhattan Graphic Center, and The New School. Zolan received her MFA from Hunter College studying with Tony Smith. She has taught school in New Rochelle and print classes at the Museum of Modern Art with Sol Lewitt. She has exhibited statewide in many juried and invitational shows and is represented in corporate and private collections throughout the United States. Zolan is on the curatorial committee of the Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library.


Exhibition


June Ahrens

Unclaimed Memories 1991 State of Connecticut toe tags used to identify the unclaimed homeless at the time of death. site specific, POR


June Ahrens

detail, Unclaimed Memories 1991 Toe tags (authentic from the state of CT) stakes site specific, POR


June Ahrens

Disguise 2007 Screening, and hot glue 19 1/2" x 12" x 1", $850


June Ahrens

Conscience 2018 Industrial filters, cord, rope, metal, re-purposed glass 78"x 21" x 16", $1,500


BInnIe BIrsteIn

The Fence 2008 Encaustic with ink 40" x 48", $6,000


BInnIe BIrsteIn

What Lies Beneath: Reflect 2012 Encaustic, India ink, graphite, oil stick on birch panel 48" x 36", $4,000


PAedrA BrAmhAll

Head 1981 Sumi ink drawing 36” x 24”, $95


PAedrA BrAmhAll

Depression 2007 Ink painting 50” x 38”, $1200


PAedrA BrAmhAll

Dead Bird 2011 Archival ink on archival paper 42 1/2” x 42”, $725


PAedrA BrAmhAll

Fishnet Stockings 2019 Archival ink on archival paper 42” x 32 3/8”, $825


mArIlyn Clements

Table Series #4 1984 Charcoal on paper 25” x 20”, $850


mArIlyn Clements

Table Series #5 1984 Charcoal on paper 25” x 20”, $850


mArIlyn Clements

Under the Table 1986 Acrylic on canvas 89” x 47”, $5,000


mArIlyn Clements

Temple of The Lake Goddess 2003 Acrylic on canvas 75� x 60", $8,500


KAthy ConwAy

A Huck Afternoon 1978 Oil on canvas 34” x 40”, $2,400


KAthy ConwAy

The Great Beyond 2006 Archival ink jet print 34” x 27”, $700


KAthy ConwAy

Going to Market, Hanoi, Vietnam 2015 Archival ink jet print 22” x 21”, $450


KAthy ConwAy

Portrait of a Boxer, Havana, Cuba 2011 Archival ink jet print 19” x 25”, $450


KAthy ConwAy

Tropicana Solo, Havana, Cuba 2011 Archival ink jet print 25” x 19”, $450


KAthy ConwAy

Woman with Gold Earrings, Havana, Cuba 2011 Archival ink jet print 17” x 21”, $450


KAthy ConwAy

Time Out, Ellis Island 2016 Archival ink jet print 21” x 27”, $450


KAthy ConwAy

New Arrivals, Ellis Islands 2016 Archival ink jet print 25” x 21”, $450


CArol nIPomnICh dIxon

Sea of Cortez 1990 Mixed media embroidered collage 13” x 13”, $1,000


CArol nIPomnICh dIxon

Sunlit Woods 2018 Oil on canvas 30” x 30”, $1,200


CArol nIPomnICh dIxon

Sunlit Woods 2018 Mixed media embroidered collage 13” x 13”, $1,000


CArol nIPomnICh dIxon

Early November 2010 Mixed media embroidered collage 13” x 13”, $1,000


CArol nIPomnICh dIxon

In Nature’s Realm 2019 Embroidery on felt 13” x 13”, $1,000


JAmes GrAshow

Live Yardbirds 1971 Wood engraving 20 1/4" x 19 1/4�, $1,000


JAmes GrAshow

Great Monkey Project 2006 Linocut 44" x 32 1/2�, $2,500


JAmes GrAshow

Herons in Stream 2004 Corrugated board, wood, acrylic 38� x 56" x 10", $70,000


JAmes GrAshow

Fish Flower 2017 Wood, paper, acrylic 20” x 7" x 7" x 20", $3,000


JAmes reed

Old Building 1980 Lithograph 18” x 24”, $600 unframed


JAmes reed

Store Front 1977 Lithograph 25” x 20”, $600 unframed


JAmes reed

Britenny 2005 Mixed media 46” x 78”, $700


JAmes reed

I’ll Fly Away 2016 Small book 8” x 6.75”, $200


JAmes reed

Raven 2019 Book letterpress 24” x 16”, $2,000


JonAthAn tAlBot

Anima Captiva 1987 5 plate color etching with aquatint 4.125" x 7", $325


JonAthAn tAlBot

Nine Works from Patrin Series 2002–2018 Collages on 300 lb watercolor paper Images 3” x 3”, Paper 7” x 7”, Frames 13’ x 13”, $400 each


JonAthAn tAlBot

The Number Thief (and his gang) 2016 Collage on canvas stretched over panel 40" x 40", $8,000


JonAthAn tAlBot

Spin & Win 2016 Interactive carnival wheel offering a variety of possible responses to the results of the 2016 Presidential election. 88” x 40”, 15,000


FlorenCe ZolAn

The Queensboro 1967 Woodblock print 23” x 29”, $700


FlorenCe ZolAn

Spaces I 2010 Print, collage, pastel 13” x 15”, $350


FlorenCe ZolAn

Spaces II 2010 Print, collage, pastel 13” x 15”, $350


FlorenCe ZolAn

Blues in the Night 2017 Collagraph, pastel, collage 17" x 22 �, $600


FlorenCe ZolAn

Hiding Places 1995 Oil on canvas 50” x 48”, $2,800


Programs saturday, February, 16, 2-4 pm

opening reception and Keynote lecture Keynote Lecture, “The Science Behind the Art: How Everyone Can be Creative, and Why it Matters,” James Kaufman, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and a leading scholar on creativity. He will discuss the science and psychology of creativity and explore the ways in which creativity manifests itself over a lifetime. He will offer some research-based tips on how to enhance one’s creativity.

sunday, march 3, 2-3 pm “Better with Age,” a lecture and conversation with Robin Jaffee Frank, PhD, Director of Strategy and Development at Silvermine Arts Center, and an author and art historian, on the revitalized brilliance of renowned artists late in their long lives. Following at 3:30 pm is a panel discussion and Q & A on Creativity and Healthy Aging moderated by Dr. Allison Ostroff, Director of Geriatrics at Stamford Hospital and Founder/Director of the Geriatric Assessment Center.

saturday, march 23, 2–3 pm A day of family programming and adventurous art-making activities. Join painter and award-winning children’s book Illustrator and author Leonard Everett Fisher in conversation with Anne Butler Rice, Director of Education at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. From 3-4:30 pm, families can enjoy “Exploring Art Together.” Listen to books about how making art unites us across generations. Choose from a variety of fun hands-on activities led by Silvermine teaching artists that reflect the work on view in ReFRAMING Aging, from a sense of self and community to concerns about our natural world.


Board Of Trustees Chair Rose-Marie Fox Vice Chairs Robin Jaffee Frank* Barbara Linarducci* secretary Shirley Leung treasurer Grace Tang Board members Mark Carta David Dunlop Stephanie Joyce William Hilson Joseph J. Kais Rob Mallozzi, Emily McDermott Roger Mudre Karen Neems Guild Co-Chairs David Dunlop Roger Mudre* * Ex-Officio

honorary Board Cynthia Guest Roger Mudre Sally Sheehy Leonard Tow Diana Wege

Gallery Staff Gallery director Roger Mudre roger@silvermineart.org 203.966.9700 x26 Gallery Associates Zach Dunn Teresa Gay Leslie Cullen


Silvermine Arts Center is a nearly century-old organization dedicated to excellence in art and art education that inspires creativity and builds community. Located on five bucolic acres, Silvermine encompasses a School of Art with over 4,000 annual enrollments; an Outreach Education Program serving 1,000 under-resourced students annually; a Guild of over 300 professional artists; an outdoor Sculpture Walk; a permanent print collection; and five free, public galleries exhibiting contemporary art. Silvermine has been a place for artists to gather since 1906 when visionary sculptor Solon Borglum moved to the area and held annual exhibitions in his studio and weekly artist-critiques called the Knockers Club. In 1922 The Silvermine Guild of Artists was incorporated as a not-for-profit to provide a permanent and supportive community of artists. Guild members represent artists that have a high level of accomplishment and are selected through a jurying process. Our Galleries have exhibited and involved art luminaries such as Joseph Albers, Gabor Peterdi, Milton Avery, Elaine deKooning, Clement Greenberg, Louise Nevelson, Larry Rivers, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Faith Ringold, James Rosenquist, Chuck Close, Philip Johnson, and many others. The Galleries continue to expand on our heritage by presenting visually compelling exhibitions of art by emerging and internationally recognized artists, accompanied by programs that encourage appreciation of art and its role in society. Our layered, approach includes programs tailored to make our exhibitions meaningful, accessible, and enjoyable for diverse audiences of every age and background. Many of our landmark exhibitions are juried by distinguished guest curators. All of our exhibitions offer opportunities for visitors to connect with art and each other through an exploration of ideas. What attracts artists, students, and visitors to Silvermine is the pivotal role it plays as an inclusive gathering place that deepens understanding through the arts. Silvermine is grateful for the generosity of its supporters. Gifts ensure excellence now and for generations to come. To learn how you can make a difference contact, Robin Jaffee Frank, robin@silvermineart.org or by calling 203.966.5617 x21.


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“ Being an artist is a way of life. You become better with age.� Faith Ringold

Thank you for furthering the vision of art in our community. June Ahrens Binnie Birstein In Memorium

Paedra Bramhall Marilyn Clements Kathy Conway Carol Nipomnich Dixon Leonard Everett Fisher James Grashow James Reed Jonathan Talbot Florence Zolan

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ReFRAMING Aging: Health Happens and the Arts  

This exhibition traces the creative evolution of ten outstanding artists whose energy and ingenuity have continued over a lifetime and who a...

ReFRAMING Aging: Health Happens and the Arts  

This exhibition traces the creative evolution of ten outstanding artists whose energy and ingenuity have continued over a lifetime and who a...