At some point in an artist’s career, the need for a dedicated work space becomes difficult – even impossible – to ignore. The decision to rent studio space is a big commitment. Here’s a look at some of the reasons artists decide it’s time to have their own studio…
The artist’s studio occupies a unique place in our collective imagination. The public – especially those who appreciate but do not create art – often regard the studio as a type of magical workshop. Behind a closed door, working alone, an artist transforms materials that at first glance don’t seem all that special – canvas, clay, string, paint, and the like – into statements that have the power to move hearts, change minds, and influence society.
Delicately twisted twigs crafted in luxurious gold are some of Melissa McClure’s most well known works. An accomplished jewelry artist, McClure’s work connects two worlds: her own roots are split between Texas and NYC. That blending of rugged energy and sophisticated sensibilities is a winning combination: delicate organic jewelry with hefty visual appeal.
Ayn Kraven’s oversized canvases are full of life, color and energy – dynamic compositions that demand the viewer’s full attention. Working primarily in acrylics, oils, and mixed media, Kraven is an accomplished abstract artist with a robust, devoted following on her Instagram account, @AynKraven.
At first glance, it’s entirely possible to mistake one of William P. Duffy’s paintings for a window framing a particularly lovely view. A multi-award winning plein oil painter, Duffy works in oils. His many collectors are particularly passionate about Duffy’s nautical works, but he has painted scenes all around the world, including Ireland and the Azores.
With a name seemingly drawn from a woodland forest, it’s not surprising to find Holly Hawthorn’s work full of natural elements. A sculptor, printer, and ceramicist, Hawthorn works in many mediums. Her work is playful and thought provoking, cheerful and memorable.
Every year, the Bridgeport Art Trail hosts a city wide open studio event that’s absolutely phenomenal. This year was no exception: over 1,100 visitors came to the American Fabric Arts Building during our two-day Open Studio. We want to thank everyone who attended, as well as those of you who shared information about this event: lots of important community building happened because of you.
Thomas Mezzonotte’s photographs are truly like nothing else you’ve ever seen before. This is because Mezzonotte, who trained at the University of Bridgeport and has spent the past 35+ years as a working art photographer, has a very unique process. He captures his images using cameras and photographic mediums he creates himself.
Richard Killeaney is a man in motion. His American Fabric Arts Building studio echoes with the sounds of pressing, cutting and sewing as he creates gorgeous quilts, pillows, bags and more using luxurious repurposed fabrics. Richard’s work makes an impressive artistic statement and has been featured in numerous shows, most recently the New British Museum of Art.
At only six years old, Lesley Koenig knew she was going to be an artist. A positive day spent with her watercolors led to an eventual design scholarship; Koenig studied at Parson’s, and earned several awards during her subsequent design and illustration career. A move to Southwestern Connecticut saw Koenig return to her painting. Her focus is a spontaneous process of abstract expressionism. Koenig also includes abstracted realism of land and sea as subject matter; as she is deeply touched by the extraordinary beauty of the CT gold coast. What we love about Lesley’s work is the fearlessness of it. There’s an energy and luminosity of her work that commands the attention; the eye is drawn and the intellect driven to inquiry. Pictured are two diptychs and a triptych being installed at Rockwell Art and Framing, Ridgefield. Her solo reception is August 11 and the exhibition will run through mid-September.