Alison Watt: INDEPENDENT NEW YORK at Lévy Gorvy Dayan

Lévy Gorvy Dayan 19 East 64th Street, NYC

May 9 - June 28, 2024   Widely regarded as one of the leading painters working in the UK, Alison Watt won the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious annual award in 1987 while still a student at Glasgow School of Art. She subsequently became known for her figurative paintings, often female nudes, before beginning in the late 1990s to focus on depictions of fabric, which had previously acted as support or backdrop for her compositions. Rather than eliminate the figure, these paintings evoke the human body through its absence. Watt’s work has always been rooted in a deep engagement with the past, particularly the props and attributes of historical European painting and sculpture. Although the human figure is no longer explicit in Watt’s work, it is often implied. More recently, her work has focused on the relationship between the genres of still life and portraiture, exploring the possible narratives around everyday objects. For more information      

DAVID DUNLOP- LIGHT FANTASTIC at Susan Powell Fine Art

Susan Powell Fine Art 679 Main Street, Madison

We are honored to present new works from this versatile and award-winning artist. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 10, from 5-8 pm. Meet David and join us for hors d'oeuvres and wine.   David Dunlop’s solo show Light Fantastic offers a visually transformative experience in this exciting exhibition of 29 new and adventurous works. David is a master of luminosity. His use of multi-layered translucent glazes, reflective metal surfaces and bright underpainting result in paintings that appear to possess their own inner light. He paints on copper, galvanized steel, and brushed gold and silver laminated aluminum which give his work the radiance of Dutch and Italian Renaissance paintings. Historically, artists have quested for luminance, and like Dunlop, wanted their works to glow in their settings, whether it be daylight or candlelight.   David will give a talk and painting demonstration in the gallery garden on Saturday, May 11, from 2-3 pm.  David is well known for his lively and entertaining PBS series, Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop, and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Please RSVP (203) 318-0616 as space is limited, and bring a lawn chair. For more information

Nothing, Then Everything: Power Boothe at Lyman Allyn

Lyman Allyn Art Museum 625 Williams Street, New London

May 11 – August 4, 2024 Nothing, Then Everything brings together more than a dozen of Power Boothe’s large-scale abstract paintings in dialogue with his smaller canvases and works on paper, exploring the artist’s work and process. Using a grid structure as a starting point, Boothe engages color, line, shape, texture, and rhythm in his paintings, seeing each piece as a poetic event. This exhibition shows the shifts and the threads that run through Power Boothe’s artistic idiom over five decades of painting, with energetic, colorful, and bold canvases, as well as more quietly compelling ones. One section focuses on the artist’s drawings, showing framed works on paper as well as sketchbooks full of vivid compositions that visitors can see firsthand. For more information

Impressionism 150: From Paris to Connecticut & Beyond

Florence Griswold Museum 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

June 1 through September 8, 2024 In 2024 the world will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the first independent exhibition of the French Impressionists, marking 150 years since the “Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, etc.” opened in Paris on April 15, 1874. The Museum’s permanent collection contains many treasures through which to tell the story of Impressionism, how it traveled across the ocean, and how audience reactions shifted over time. Impressionism 150 will locate the role of Connecticut artists and settings in this narrative. For more information

$5 – $15

Artists and Photographers Welcome at Hollister House Garden

Hollister House Garden 300 Nettleton Hollow Rd, Washington

June 5 - August 28, 2024 Beginning Wednesday, June 5 and continuing through August 28, Hollister House Garden welcomes artists and photographers to come and be inspired by the beauty of the garden in the morning light. Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission $10 per person. For more information

$10

The Lyme Art Association: Expanding Visions

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

June 7 – July 18, 2024 Hudson Valley Art Association (HVAA) Guest Exhibition | About: HVAA Expanding Visions: Traditional & Beyond Open to all members Hope is a Thing with Feathers – Young Artists Exhibition Young Artists Info Page & Prospectus For more information

Robert Cronin, Serious Paintings at David M. Hunt Library

David M. Hunt Library 63 Main Street, Falls Village

Opening with a reception on Saturday, June 15, 5-7 PM,  on display through July 12. Cronin recently said, “During most of my career, since I majored in painting at RISD, I have worked within the process of adding and subtracting in order to reach a situation that feels like it has arrived on its own–an intelligent but feeling situation of implication that is visibly and wonderfully believable.” The artist will also give an art talk on Thursday, June 27 at 5:30PM.  A selection of Mr. Cronin’s figurative paintings is currently on display in the library’s Art in the Stacks exhibit area. For more information 

Paint the Town Plein Air Painting, Cocktail Party & Art Sale: The Lyme Art Association

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Plein Air Painting – Dawn to Dusk Cocktail Party & Art Sale – 5:00 – 7:00 pm Lyme Art Association Members are invited to participate in a day of outdoor plein air painting around Lyme & Old Lyme, and to attend a cocktail party and an art sale of their painted pieces created that day. After painting the day away, artists and the community are invited to the Lyme Art Association galleries for a cocktail party with live music and hors d’oeuvres and a sale of the artwork painted that very day en plein air. All net proceeds (after the artist’s share) go to support the programs and exhibits of the Lyme Art Association. Rain date: Sunday, June 23. For more information

$10 – $30

FAMILY DAY at The Lyme Art Association

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

From 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, July 13th, join us for Family Day on the lawns of Lyme Art Association for fun & creative art and outdoor activities for kids & families. More details coming soon. Below is a list of the fun activities from last year’s Family Day. 2023’s Family Day Activities Included: Tripledale Farm‘s Petting Zoo Plein Air Painting Food Live Music from Sue Mead & Woody (John Wood) Art Activities for kids & adults provided by PARJE (Public Art Racial Justice Education) Face Painting Pop-up Art Library Young Artist Exhibition Awards Ceremony Calling Young Artists (ages 5 – 18): Sign-up to enter the Hope Is A Thing With Feathers Show, which will be on view from June 7 – July 18, 2024.  Click here for more information and to sign up. For more information

$10 – $30

Color by Nature: Solo Exhibition by Diana Rogers at Essex Meadows Art Gallery

Essex Meadows Art Gallery 30 Bokum Road, Essex

July 19 – September 15, 2024 Colorscape paintings by Diana Rogers are featured in the Color by Nature solo art exhibition hosted by the Essex Meadows Art Gallery in Essex, CT. The opening reception is on Friday, July 19 from 5pm – 6pm and includes refreshments. Works in the exhibit explore the richness of nature's palette. Rogers uses a color-forward approach to translate the landscape into expressive paintings. “Works in the exhibit celebrate the joy that color adds to our lives and tell the story of special places in nature in Connecticut,” said artist Diana Rogers. The exhibit is on view from July 19 through September 15. Diana Rogers is a Connecticut-based artist who makes lively abstract paintings of New England’s diverse landscapes and waterways. She uses her visual voice to honor nature and the special places that need our protection in this time of climate change. The gallery is in the Essex Meadows community at 30 Bokum Road in Essex, CT. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.dianarogersfineart.com.

Thrifted Art Speed Date Painting

The Mix 277 Main Street, East Lyme

Bring a date, friend or a group and start with a thrifted painting that gets rotated every 15 minutes and leave with a fun and bizarre piece. For more information

$39