CT –February 7th, 2013 –Rockwell Art Galleries of Ridgefield breaks away
from traditional visions in RENEGADE: The Mavericks of Fabericks exhibits from
February 7th –April 13th. The show welcomes original uses of mediums and forms
from artists Heidi Lewis Coleman. Peggy Corallo Dembicer, Leslie Giuliani, Melissa
Maddonni Haims, Arle Sklar-Weinstein, and Leslie Smith. Their usage of
alternative materials brings the viewer in closer, makes the viewer think, wonder,
and smile. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday February 7th
from 5:30-7:30PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Rockwell Art and Framing of Ridgefield
is located at 470 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Phone 203-894-8000.
Corallo Dembicer is a mixed media artist who creates unique and contemporary
artwork. Using her background in textile and fiber arts, she presents a modern
take on traditional techniques. She is a self-taught artist, drawn to the fiber
arts in particular. Picking up techniques through workshops and
experimentation, she has explored weaving in all its forms beginning with her
earliest focus on tapestry. Through exhibitions and her associations with
galleries, her work has grown and diversified in both style and materials.
Recent work incorporates recycled materials and found objects. Peggy often
includes beads and specialty papers in her constructs. The work takes its shape
through the versatility of weaving, gluing, embroidering, stitching or
combining these techniques together with paints, fabric, and polymer clay. She
gets her inspirations from the possibilities she sees in everyday things, from
brochures to the rusty metal fragments in the street. She considers how things
can be interpreted through fiber or embellished with beads and continues to
delight us with her playful and original interpretations. She exhibits her work
regularly in CT galleries like Gallery on the Green in Canton, Silvermine Art
Guild in New Canaan, Artwell in Torrington, and through the West Hartford Art
Heidi Lewis Coleman was
inspired by the weavings and basketry of the local Indian tribes where she grew
up in Central Washington State and took her early influences to heart infusing
them into her art. Studies of Indian artifacts and practices have deeply
influenced her work in the form of woven pieces. She has further explored this
technique by weaving painted paper. By shredding two identically painted sheets
horizontally and vertically, she reweaves an image which appears to ripple and
vibrate. These textural results add dimension and life to her work which began
as a mere one dimensional element.
Melissa Maddonni Haims is
a fiber artist based in Philadelphia. She creates knit graffiti, soft sculpture,
and large-scale knit + crocheted installations using recycled, reclaimed or
rescued textiles. Her career in the arts began in New York City in the mid
1990’s, and life led her back home to Philadelphia in 2004, where she lives
with her husband and young daughter. Ms. Haims is an active member at The 3rd
Street Gallery and a part of the executive team for FiberPhiladelphia, an
international biennial of fiber arts.
Leslie Giuliani has
a rather eclectic artistic background. Having graduated with a B.F.A. in
drawing and painting, she continued her studies in esoteric art forms including
fresco painting, Byzantine icon painting, gold leaf conservation, non silver
photographic processes, and encaustic painting. She has worked with textile
handcrafts since childhood. Ms. Giuliani is the recipient of an Artist
Fellowship Grant for Craft from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and
Tourism and her work is represented in the CT state’s art collection.
Sklar-Weinstein has always identified herself as an artist from a very young
age, while true inspiration came during a lunch in 1981 after witnessing
a faculty colleague hand quilting and appliquéing. The tactile
enhancement of stitched fabric in composition combined with the improvisational
piecing of fabric while fusing painting with photo imaging concepts opened her
art to great endeavors. Investigating new technologies and integrating
combinations of materials in non- traditional formats has always been her
approach in exhibitions as a painter, printmaker and installation-artist.
However, as the sculptor, Jacques Lipchitz said, “No one falls out of the sky,
we stand on the shoulders of our history.” Sklar-Weinstein’s
“soft paintings” give homage to the artistic heritage of all the inspired,
gifted quilters who have preceded us. Her current work employs both visual and
physical layering and is represented at ART/PLACE Gallery, Southport, CT and at
the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT.
Leslie Smith, enchanted by a
spinning wheel as a child, has practiced the magical arts of weaving, spinning,
dyeing, felt making, basketry, freeform crochet, and rustic woodworking for
many years. She has shown her work locally and nationally, and has taught fiber
arts workshops, and presented fiber arts and living history programs to
students of all ages, in schools, guilds, camps, museums, and at public events.
When weaving, she tends to favor the freedom, and intimacy of her simple frame
looms over her mechanical looms. She finds inspiration for her work in nature,
and finds joy in foraging for new and unexpected materials to work with. A
favorite pastime is the study, and contemplation of history, culture,
mythology, and gardening. She frequently incorporates symbols of these themes
into her work.