Wednesday, March 5, 2008

March Art Exhibit: Local Artists at Farmington Library

The Farmington Library Hosts Art Exhibit:
Local Artists in Farmington

The Farmington Library is honored to showcase a group exhibit of artwork in the community/programming room & first floor gallery/hallway. This art exhibit will be showcased through the entire month of March. The exhibit features the work of several local Farmington Valley artists – John Squire, Chris O’Herron, Kris Dezzani, Debbie Leonard, Heidi Olson and Carol Lowbeer.

A reception for these featured artists will be held from 6:30 – 9pm on Thursday March 27th. The reception will include a performance art piece by artist Heidi Olson. The reception will feature hors d’ouvres and drinks. Artists will be available during the reception to talk with guests and discuss their work. More information about the artists is listed below:

John Squire (aka Jon Art) is a Collinsville based tattoo artist and cartoon/art teacher. A graduate of Walt Disney’s California Institute of the Arts, John has freelanced in Hollywood and New York. He currently resides in Collinsville where he runs Jon Art Tattoo Studio.

Chris O’Herron is a Simsbury native who works out of his art studio in the Collinsville Axe Factory. Chris graduated from the Illustration Program at Syracuse University. He also studied art in Florence, Italy. Chris specializes in creating stunning portraits in charcoal or oil. His portraits of people and pets/animals will be featured in the Farmington Library.

Debbie Leonard is co-founder of the annual Farmington Valley City and Country Canvases event with the Hartford Symphony. She is Vice President of the Avon Arts Association, and a member of the West Hartford Art League. Her work has appeared in many juried shows including Mystic Arts, DOG DAZE- Parade of Dogs in New Hartford, the Avon Library, Simsbury Library, Gifts of Love Rocking Chair Auction and WHAL ARTWALK 2005 & 2007. She has been a featured artist at Seasons in Avon Old Farm Hotel and is part of a permanent collection in the Children’s Room at the Simsbury Library. Debbie welcomes opportunities for commissioned work.

Kris Dezzani was born and raised in the Nepaug area of New Hartford, CT. He learned to paint from his greatest mentor – his grandfather Roland Dery. (Roland Dery was a prominent CT artist, and member of the CT Artist’s Association. Dery’s artwork hung in Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum in the 1960’s.) Kris inherited his grandfather’s talent for painting, and studied art and art education at CCSU. Kris Dezzani’s paintings are primarily abstract and impressionistic landscapes of the wilderness around the Nepaug Reservoir. His paintings (in oil & acrylic) involve texture, depth and rhythm. Kris has previously showcased his work in Torrington’s Artwell Gallery and at the Bloomfield Art League.

Heidi Olson is a visionary painter and sculptress. She has formal training in fine arts and psychology from Alfred University. She works extensively with Tibetan singing bowls and gongs as part of the group Himalayan Voices. Most recently, Heidi’s artwork has been exhibited in Passiflora Tea Room in New Hartford, CT. A common theme of all the colorful directions of Heidi is her work in oil paint on canvas, fully expressed, always spontaneous and intuitively driven.

Carol Lowbeer is a photographer & , photographer & creator of the hallway gallery exhibit titled “Winters Transition into Spring”. Photograph’s in this exhibit include images of the gentle rain and melting snow, characteristic of March and April. Poetry and quotes about winter and spring by well-known authors are included with the photographs.

Carol Lowbeer is a member of the New England Professional Photography Association, the Charter Oak Photographic Society of West Hartford and several other organizations. She owns Caroleena Photography & Visual Arts llc in Farmington. Her work has been featured in community newspapers and various exhibition venues including the Audubon Society annual exhibition in Glastonbury and the Pond House Gallery in Elizabeth Park. Photos in the “winter into spring” exhibit at the Farmington library may be viewed at her website:

For more information about this exhibit, contact Hal Bright, Head of Adult/Information Services at: (860) 673-6791. The artists reception on Thursday March 27th from 6:30 – 9pm is free and open to the public. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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