900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT // Lafayette Hall

Art/PLACE 25+ years

December 17 - January 30, 2009

Opening Reception Thursday, December 18, 5-7pm

Artist Talk with Arlé Sklar-Weinstein, Thursday, January 8, 5-7pm

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The 25th Anniversary Art/Place Exhibition will encompass a wide range of 21st century artistic creativity, from representational to abstract and conceptual, in paintings, prints, photography and mixed media. A highlight will be a wall with a grid of artist portraits created by member Arlé Sklar-Weinstein. Inspired by studio visits to each artist, the individual portraits are mixed media compositions which capture the spirit of the artist as well as his or her image in photo montages.

The seeds of the project sprouted over a year ago when Sklar-Weinstein was participating in an Artist Residency at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Almeria, Spain. Her first Artists Portraits series of the eight international artists and writers there were shown in an Art/Place exhibition here in 2007 and her colleagues proposed a similar project for their 25th Anniversary Exhibition.

Sklar-Weinstein will discuss her work in an Artist Talk on Thursday, January 8 from 5 to 7 p.m at the museum.

A catalogue of the Artists Portrait Project includes a quote from The New York Times on the l982 opening of Art/Place in the Southport Railroad Station which described the gallery as “a blend of old architecture and new aesthetics, creating an exciting art environment.” The founders’ goals were to create a cooperative run by artists – not bound by the complex concerns of a museum, nor determined by the strong market concerns of a commercial gallery….a place where artists were free to explore and develop their own potential, and where artistic concepts and space combined to benefit both the artists and the community.


Sampling of Participating Artists (click image for larger view)
Fulll listing of artists follows thumbnails

Barbara Bernstein

Binnie Birstein

Barbara Harder

Susan  Newbold

Diane Pollack

David Pressler

Arlé Sklar-Weinstein

Florence Zolan
All Participating Artists
Don Axelroad
Barbara Bernstein
Margot Bittenbender
Binnie Birstein
Richard Byrnes
Phyllis Clamage
Cecilia Fradet
Lori Glavin
Barbara Harder
Susanne  Keany
Elisa Khachian
Cate Leach
Mary Louise Long
Belle Manes
Mary Jo McGonagle
Sandra Meagher
Toby Michaels
Liana Moonie
Susan  Newbold
Diane Pollack
David Pressler