The Artists of Gallery One & Friends

Vaughn, Falls We Are All Connected“The Artists of Gallery One & Friends,” an exhibition of recent works by this professional cooperative group of regional artists, will be on view from April 18 through May 7 at the Mill Gallery, Guilford Art Center. An opening reception with the artists will take place on Friday, April 21, 5 – 7 pm. There will also be a closing reception with guest speaker Julia Pavone, on Sunday, May 7, 2 – 4 pm. Pavone’s talk, “Gallery One, a Concept not a Place,” will take place at 2:30 pm. Participating member artists are Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Ellen Gaube, Deborah Hornbake, Ann Knickerbocker, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Rick Silberberg, and Jill Vaughn. Invited artists who are joining the group for this show are William Vollers, Kelly Leahy Radding, and Bryan Gorneau. One of the exhibiting artists will be on hand each day during the exhibition to discuss the exhibition with visitors. Gallery hours are Mon – Sat 10 – 4, Sun 12 – 4. The majority of art works on exhibition will be available for purchase.

This is the fifth year that the artists of Gallery One are returning to the Guilford Art Center. The Mill Gallery is a large beautiful space, ideal for artists, painters and sculptors to exhibit small bodies of work. Many of Gallery One’s artists use this cornerstone exhibition as an opportunity to display new works they have created during the year. These mid-career artists work in an interesting variety of media and styles, from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture, and works on paper. The resulting exhibition often reveals threads of common ideas in works by different artists. It offers the visitor a stimulating experience with work that represents the artistic diversity of the Southeastern Connecticut shoreline. Gallery One formed back in 2007, and for five years shared a storefront space with the Clay House in Old Saybrook. Since 2012, the group shifted to an itinerant business model and now exhibits in a variety of venues, typically three times a year, and the artists also independently exhibit in galleries and museums across the country.

At a Gallery One exhibition, you are as likely to see a harmonious, structured piece handmade from clay, paper, metal and wood as a painting whose maker describes it as “translucent,” and “staining the wind.” The Mill Gallery provides Gallery One with the perfect setting for the viewer to wander and discover the varied works and the connections among them. One artist’s studio sits near the rural Connecticut woodlands, and her twig “drawings” are inspired by the world just outside her door. Her work might be next to pastels of the Connecticut marshlands, or an intimate charcoal drawing. The invited artists for this exhibition are William Vollers, who constructs minimalist, delicate wooden sculptures, Kelly Leahy Radding, who paints realistic pictures of “everything wild,” and Bryan Gorneau, who experiments, archives and fabricates pieces of our world.

During the closing reception, Julia Pavone will be giving a gallery talk. Julia was the co-founder and Curator/Director of the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus for 24 years until it recently closed. She is also an artist, most recently of encaustic and found object paintings, and an instructor of art history. Pavone was awarded three artistic residencies in Bulgaria.

Information about the artists and Gallery One’s activities may be found online at www.galleryonect.com and facebook.com/Galleryonect, instagram.com/galleryonect.