Sunday, March 10, 2013

On the Road - CT ArtList Pop Up Exhibition

On Friday, February 15th, Thom and I headed over to Gaylordsville for the opening of the CT ArtList Pop-Up Exhibition. We were pretty excited to be doing a show together for the first time. His band Burnkit2600 was playing the opening reception and I set up my Twitch and Whiskers jewelry in a cozy corner of the gallery. 
CT ArtList Pop Up Exhibition Reception
The big event was set up by painter Megan Marden. She is the founder of CT ArtList, M.F.A. graduate from Western Connecticut State University, and recent first prize winner in painting at the Washington Art Association Member show. The CT ArtList website was set up in September of 2012 as a one-stop resource for Connecticut artists and the arts. This exhibition showcased 18 of the CT ArtList artists, many of whom were also graduates of WCSU's M.F.A. program.
Megan Marden & her mom Debra Woodin (left) Carol & Reed Hotchkiss of The Basket Shop and The Carriage Barn (right)
The evening was filled with the experimental electronic sounds of Burnkit2600. Thom Uliasz and Justin Emmerson played a variety of handmade, circuit bent instruments. Circuit bending is the modification and creative customization of electronic devices. They improvised on themes ranging from ambient to dub on modified instruments such as the Casio SK-1 and Roland TR-606 Drumatrix. Visit Burnkit2600's website and on Facebook to explore their  gear, music, and videos.
Justin Emmerson and Thom Uliasz of Burnkit2600
handmade circuit bent gear
At the show I had the pleasure of meeting Jana Irejo a Westport artist, originally from Hawaii. I was really drawn to her brightly-hued dog and cat paintings layered with ephemera and hidden images. She shared with me some of her inspirations: her childhood, major turning points in her life, and pop culture. Her artwork involves a process of adding and taking away and often evolve over many years until they are complete. Visit Irejo's website and blog to see an amazing sampling of her work. 
Jana Irejo - fine art
This curated exhibit had a diverse representation of talented artists from every corner of Connecticut. Follow the links below to see more work from each artist.
Yelizaveta Masalimova
Amy Almeida
Matthew J. Best
Kevin Dunn
Tiffany Johnson
I enjoyed sharing many new Twitch and Whiskers pieces at the reception. Some of my favorites went home with happy ladies including a blinking doll eye necklace, protractor necklace, and exploding cigarette loads locket.
pinback button necklaces
Twitch and Whiskers at the CT ArtList Pop-Up Exhibition
Steve, Jared, and Melissa (and her 3rd eye)
Lash Out - blinking doll eye necklace
Tassels and Tails - protractor necklace
Ribbit Bang - tin locket
The CT ArtList Pop Up Exhibition will be up until the end of March. The drive up to Gaylordsville is lovely and well worth the trip. Make sure to follow CT ArtList on Facebook and visit their website frequently to find out what's going on with art in Connecticut. 

My 2013 show season is starting to take shape. Here is where you can find me so far:
Craftopia - Pawtucket, RI - Sunday, April 28th
Arts Fest Beverly - Beverly, MA - Saturday, June 15th
Greenway Open Market - Boston, MA - summer dates TBD
Visit Twitch and Whiskers on Etsy and FB for new pieces each month.
My "Safety in Numbers" necklace is currently on display at "The Melt" exhibition at The Mercurial Gallery in Danbury, CT.

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