Art Wall2019-03-18T14:20:57-05:00

ART WALL

The Hunt Library Artwall features up to nine exhibits annually including solo and group shows.  It exists to showcase local professional and emerging artists living in the Northwest Connecticut community and further afield.  A portion of all art sales benefit the library.  For information, please inquire with the library staff.

CURRENT EXHIBIT

The David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village will have a reception with refreshments for artist Kathy Wismar’s exhibition Spring Thaw: Paintings and Pottery on Saturday, March 9 from 4 to 6PM.  The exhibit will include the artist’s distinctive bold and color-laden abstract paintings as well as groupings of hand-built and wheel thrown pottery.  A salon talk with the artist will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 3PM when she will be interviewed by her husband, writer CB Wismar.  Both events are free and open to the public.  The exhibition will be on display through April 13, 2019 during Library operating hours.    For more information call the library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary.org.  63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031. Hours: Tues 10-5, Thurs 10-5, Fri 3-7, Sat 10-1.

Kathy Wismar first touched clay in the ‘70’s, became an instructor at The Pot Farm (Santa Monica, CA) and, upon moving east, she established her own studio, currently at Kent Green in Kent, CT.  She has studied with American, Japanese and British masters; explored the results of electric, gas-fired and wood-fired kilns; created unique wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces and continues to refine a vision that joyfully balances function with form.

An abstract painter as well as a clay artist, Wismar will display both pursuits in her new exhibition, Spring Thaw, at the David M. Hunt Library in March and April.  Spring Thaw is the time in between.  The point of inflection when winter’s bluster and grip loosen enough for spring’s tender shots to slide in, promise warm days and invite a gentle breeze.  Kathy Wismar’s paintings and ceramic pieces celebrate that moment – the time in between – remembering the past only long enough to welcome the future.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT

The Artwall of the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village, CT will hold a reception with refreshments for artist John J. Hodgson’s new exhibition of paintings “Audubon Reimagined” on Saturday, April 27th from 4 to 6 PM.  The exhibition will be on display from April 18 through, May 11, 2019 during Library operating hours.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information call the library at 860-824-7424 or visit huntlibrary.org.  63 Main Street, Falls Village, CT 06031. Hours: Tues 10-5, Thurs 10-5, Fri 3-7, Sat 10-1.

John J. Hodgson has been making art since 2008 with his teacher, Baris Gokturk. Since that time, John has had 11 solo exhibitions and has participated in eight group exhibits, including collaborations with Madison House Autism Foundation in Rockville, Maryland. Several of John’s works are included in private collections across the United States as well as Turkey, Germany, and Slovakia.

John’s creative sessions include time spent learning classic brush stroke techniques as well as experimenting with non-traditional tools and methods. Time, movement and creation of an individual pictorial language through an articulation of various painterly moves is the focus of his paintings.  Mr. Hodgson is now participating in art classes at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan where his classmates have been inspired to “create new kinds of art” after viewing his most recent solo exhibit.

His other interests include running in Central Park, visiting museums and galleries, hiking the Appalachian Trail, attending cooking classes and volunteer work. John currently enjoys volunteering with Orkesta Farm, the Central Park Green Team and at Materials for the Arts where he was featured in the Volunteer Spotlight of the Month.

To learn more about John Hodgson and view his paintings, visit parkbenchartist.com.