Sunday, May 3, 2015


Excited to be included in this show at the Farmington Valley Arts Center during the month of May!

Exhibition: Natura – An exhibition of artworks inspired by the natural world
Exhibition Dates: May 2-23, 2015, Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 4pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 2, 2-4pm
We welcome the spring with an exhibition that brings together the work of artists who look to the natural world as their muse. The exhibition, entitled, Natura, opens with a reception on Saturday, May 2, from 2-4pm in the Drezner Visitors Gallery. The reception will run concurrent with the FVAC First Saturday Open Studios taking place on Saturday, May 2, from 10am-4pm.
The natural world has always provided endless inspiration for artists. Whether a majestic landscape, the endless vocabulary of organic forms, the politics of the environment or the fundamental sounds, smells and textures of the earth – artists have found a consistent muse in nature. The exhibition, Natura is a group exhibition of artworks that draw upon the forms, sensations, materials, language and mystery of the natural world, featuring works that represents nature in a broad and visceral manner. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media works, sculpture and photography.
Farmington Valley Arts Center
25 Arts Center Lane
Avon, CT 06001
Email: info@artsfvac.orgPhone: 860.678.1867
Fax: 860.674.1877


The Esther B. Drezner Visitors’ Gallery showcases artists’ work in a variety of medium. Exhibitions of local and regional artists are presented, including several juried shows judged by prominent museum curators and other arts professionals. Esther B. Drezner Visitors’ Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 12 to 4pm, and by appointment.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Love Local

I am so excited to be joining the fabulous local artists at this Mother of All Markets this Saturday!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cabin Fever!

Forget the frigid temps (and weather reports calling for snow), it's time to get out of the house. Come say hi to me and meet some fabulous local artists at The Love Local Pop-Up Market next weekend!  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Essential Impermanence

There are countless ways my studio practice is influenced, working with galleries to exhibit work is one of them.  In some cases I am participating as an artist, some as an installer and in this case as a curator.  Experiencing the logistics of a show presents a very different perspective from creating work.  The broader my understanding of the art world becomes, the more focused it allows my studio practice to stay.  When I am organizing a show, it often begins as a theme I am interested in using artwork to moderate a discussion around.

January is a reflective time of year for many people.  It is that brief point in time where we wrestle with reconciling the year that lies behind us with the year that lies before us.  This makes it the perfect time of year for a show about where things intersect; about that moment where formlessness meets form, where manmade structures interrupt nature and where exactly the spark of artistic creation is truly experienced.

While on the surface, the works in this show are very different – Kishita’s mixed media work being very bright and graphic in nature, and Losada's oil paintings being much more subdued and mysterious – I have always felt there was genuine potential for dialogue between them and that on a conceptual level they were both exploring some very similar ideas.  It was exciting to have an opportunity to curate an exhibit where the works of these two artists could resonate with each other and serve as a catalyst for discussion with the audience when I posed the question: At what point is the transient nature of creation truly experienced?  The work featured in this exhibit generates a vibrant dialogue, which explores this very question.  Losada’s oil on panel works explore the transformation of space at the moment that formlessness meets form.  Kishita’s mixed media work focuses on the intersection of seemingly disparate elements at the moment they unite.  Each artist responds to the fluid significance inherent in these particular instances of profound mutability.

Among the site specific works created by each artist for this exhibit is Pine River, an installation by Michele Kishita composed of 8,000 paint stir sticks.  Each stick has been meticulously hand dipped and wrapped in Japanese, Indian, and Italian paper.  At its completion, it will have taken 8 months with two studio assistants, one to dip and one to wrap and nearly 40 bottles of glue and 15 quarts of paint.  It will also include wooden dowels of various lengths that will be painted and wrapped.  These dowels will represent the waterfall that ultimately creates Pine River.  Aesthetically, Kishita finds herself attracted to the raw, utilitarian appearance of the stir sticks and their juxtaposition to the delicate gilded papers, especially since both are made of wood.

If you are in the Windsor area in the next month, please take the time to visit this show at the Windsor Art Center.  

Essential Impermanence:  The Work of Debra Losada and Michele Kishita

Jan 17-Feb 28, 2015

Artist Talks Saturdays 1-2pm

Debra Losada 1/24/15  moved to 2/14/15 due to snow