August 14th - September 13th, 2014Opening Reception: Thursday, August 21st 5-9pm
Saturday, September 6th 2-4pm
Work by Fran Henry-Meehan and Liz Dexheimer.
Click each piece below for information.
Liz Dexheimer and Fran Henry - Meehan
Liz Dexheimer's fascination with the intricacies of particular natural environments enables her to capture the patterns, silhouettes and blended colorways found in the watery and wooded settings to which she is drawn - ponds, swamps, woodlands - softly rendered into perfectly composed contemplative abstracts in muted tones with an Asian influenced touch.
Ms. Dexheimer's paintings and works on paper have been exhibited widely in solo and curated group exhibitions throughout the eastern United States. Numerous museum and university shows include the Mattatuck Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Sacred Heart University, CT, Hampshire College and the Whistler Museum in MA, Plymouth State University, NH, amongst many others.
Ms. Dexheimer's work is also in numerous private and corporate collections, including those of United Peoples Bank and the Ritz Carlton Corporation. Most recently, a suite of her large-scale works on paper was acquired by the JW Marriott Corporation for its corporate headquarters in Manhattan, the Essex House.
Ms. Dexheimer works frequently with master printer Marina Ancona of Ten Grand Press, both in Brooklyn and Santa Fe, and has worked on large-scale commissions with master printer Brandon Graving of Gravity Press in North Adams, MA. In 2011, she was awarded a painting residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
Ms. Dexheimer studied at Oberlin College, the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design and is a juried member of the Silvermine Artists Guild in CT. A native of Manhattan, she resides in Washington, CT, where she maintains a studio.
Fran Henry - Meehan :
Raised on Long Island, New York, Fran Henry-Meehan studied graphic design at Parsons School of Design in New York City. In 1972 Fran relocated to Connecticut, then known as "the country", in order to raise her family. After a long hiatus from the art world, Fran decided to re- enroll at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT, in 1991, where she did advanced work with Jacki Kouffman and David Dunlop, studying both painting and the monotype technique. She is an artist member of the prestigious Silvermine Guild of Artists, a former Board of Trustee member and Chairperson of the Silvermine Guild Art Center, and a member of the Monotype Guild of New England.
Ms. Henry-Meehan's work has been exhibited widely in prestigious exhibitions, including the Connecticut Women's Art Exhibit, The Art of the Northeast, The Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial Exhibition, and many other regional, national and solo exhibits. Her work is part of numerous public and private collections.
Artist Statement - Fran Henry-Meehan
My artwork reveals the inner struggle I experience between abstraction and representation. It is a constant battle for me because I see things realistically as well as abstractly. I tell myself to choose one but somehow can't. The final product is a blend of both. The subject is whatever appeals to me. It is usually the landscape or an aspect of landscape either manmade or natural. The viewpoint of my work is totally subjective. I do not try to influence the viewer in any way. Whatever they may interpret in my work is personal to them and I don't attempt to interfere.
Artist Statement - Liz Dexheimer
This series is inspired by the elaborate combinations of linear and fluid elements found in the tangled frameworks of Nature's quieter water environments such as stilled swamps, murky koi ponds and detritus-filled wetlands. It is a reaction to the play between light and dark, motion and stillness, surface elements and what lies beneath. There has always been a yin-yang aspect in my overall body of work; some of the pieces deal with the tangible, gestural elements of the environment, others reflect the more atmospheric, intangible qualities. My process, in both painting and on paper, involves creating structure by building layers of visual information to suggest form.