Diversity: Art Reception at Kershner

Bruce S. Kershner Gallery

July 12, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The public is invited the reception for the artwork of Carol Bloch, Charles Hall, Michele Hubler, and Tom Scippa. The artists will talk about their work at 6:45 pm. The show can be seen from June 29 to August 17 during library hours.

CAROL BLOCH is a Trumbull visual artist and clinical social worker who also creates collage art.

Carol worked for several years as a textile colorist and designer of printed fabrics in New York’s garment district. She also was a freelance illustrator with the publication of two children’s books. Her coursework in art education at Bank Street College of Education led to a position as an art teacher in Brooklyn. She later received a master’s degree in social work from New York University and currently maintains a private psychotherapy practice and does school social work in Fairfield and Easton.

Carol says, “Collage involves the manipulation of color, texture and images that are ‘borrowed’ from others or created anew. Just as intuition, risk-taking, experimentation and eventual commitment are inherent in creating a visually and emotionally satisfying piece of art, an analogous process is involved in psychotherapy. Helping people piece together a deeper understanding of themselves, and knowing when and how to intervene as a psychotherapist is both a science and an art... Light and darkness, longing, sadness, humor, meaning and sudden revelation, as well as that which remains hidden, unspoken and barely emergent are all part of the fascinating intra-psychic journey. “

CHARLES HALL is a disabled Vietnam veteran from Windsor Locks who is getting help with PTSD, after struggling with it and unemployment for many years.

Charles says, “...I have found Photography to be my outlet, to get me out of the house now (rather than being home alone). I enjoy photography, and for that time I am out, I can forget about things and concentrate on taking my pictures... All my photos have special meaning to me as it is not only photography to me, it is also therapy...”

Since 2016, he has shown in more than thirty juried and solo exhibits in venues throughout New England. His photos were published in a book, “Nature Inspired: Autumn”. Charles has received a number of awards for his photographs. He has memberships in Vernon and in Simsbury in Ct. and in Hampden, Ma. Shown is his "Sunflower".

MICHELE HUBLER is a resident of Black Rock. She has been creating art on her I Pad since purchasing it in 2012 despite lack of any formal training.

She says, "I find there’s a great deal of freedom when creating art in a digital format. The stylus is my tool - the iPad is my canvas - my studio - my portfolio. The entire process motivates me to explore the endless possibilities of creating artwork that’s vivid & visually well defined in composition, depth & detail...” She describes the experience as involving “Curiosity, Discovery, Surprise”.

Michele has had her work in area venues. She is an exhibiting member of the Rowayton Art Center and is founding member of the Black Rock Art Guild (BRAG).

TOM SCIPPA was born in Bridgeport, now lives in Fairfield. He received art training at the Art Students League, Silvermine College of Art and Yale University where he obtained his Masters Degree in Fine Arts.

Since 1994, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Art at Housatonic Community College. He also taught sculpture at The New School, Parsons School and the Sculpture Center in New York City and other venues. He has had solo exhibitions at galleries in New York and in Connecticut.

Tom says, "I've been working in foundries on pieces in bronze, clay and wood. My models are people from a bygone era. I am attracted to the way that they held themselves and dressed. For the last 10 years I found paper a suitable medium for my bas-reliefs."

Contact Name: LIZ TARDIF

Contact Email: liztardif@aol.com

Contact Phone: 2032469065

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Bruce S. Kershner Gallery
Fairfield Public Library
Fairfield, CT 06824

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