The exhibits for the new year at Silvermine Arts Center, located in New Canaan, CT, brings the highly anticipated annual New Guild Members show plus an exciting exhibition of new works by Donald Axleroad, a retrospective honoring the work of Tina Rohrer, and the Silvermine Print Collection. All are welcomed to the opening reception on Sunday, January 6th from 2pm to 4pm. The exhibits will run through February 17th, 2013.
Donald Axleroad’s new body of work in “Disintegration of Truth & Trust” was created in response to current events and the contemporary issues of today’s world. Through imagery and symbols, Don explores the dissolution of American culture; a time and place where dishonesty has become the norm, and for many, innocence has been lost and the American Dream has been shattered. The exhibit features art work that reacts to significant societal, political and economic events and headlines that remain relevant and timely. The artist addresses many issues in his works that include corporate greed and fraud, the foreclosure crisis, rising unemployment, political corruption, the disintegration of family, censorship, injustice, prejudice and intolerance. Through this new exhibit, Donald Axleroad is expressing his reactions to today’s events and his sadness at what he sees the world has become, where truths are hidden and lying has become commonplace. “People want to believe that things will be okay,” says Axleroad. “We have become a very closed society and the number of people who can impact what is happening is becoming increasingly smaller. The general feeling is that wrong is right, and that lying is okay by fooling people and not telling the truth. People don’t want to think about things that are ‘ugly’ and through my art I hope to allow the viewer the opportunity to try and think about the realities of the world and today’s events.”
Donald Axleroad, a resident of Stamford, CT, draws his inspiration from Greek mythology and makes connections between the ancient and modern worlds. He has received numerous awards from prestigious organizations including the Salmagundi Club, NY, the National Arts Club of NY, the Allied Artist of America, as well as top prizes in many Fairfield County art associations. He has exhibited in major museums on the east coast and in a UN sponsored traveling exhibit of 100 American printmakers. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he has studied with Philip Guston, Richard Linder and Antonio Frasconi. In addition to pursuing his artistic career, Axleroad has reached out to help dozens of others move forward in their lives. He has sponsored outreach events to educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Axleroad is also the founder and Executive Director of the ARI, Artist’s Initiative of Stamford, which teaches developmentally disabled adults to draw and paint.
“Awash in Blue and Green” by Tina Rohrer who was from Pound Ridge, NY
The new exhibit, “A Commitment to Color, Movement and Geometry,” is a tribute, honoring the life and art of Tina Rohrer, who recently passed away in the summer of 2012. Tina was awarded the show back in June of 2011, and her family, led by her youngest son, Jay, is leading the effort to hold this exhibit in her honor. The selection of work, in a variety of media ranging from painting to works on paper, expresses the artists’ love of movement and color through Tina’s geometric constructions. The principal focus of her work is on the optical qualities of color. The interaction of colors is most important. The use of complimentary colors creates an especially intense “push/pull” effect. Artwork with black, white and grays can produce a strong sense of action. From a distance, the individual marks lose their identity; hues are seen in the mid-range and these, then, coalesce to form a textural, geometric image. Of her art, Tina has said that the works of Seurat and Albers were instrumental in inspiring her own work. Integration and balance play a role in the inherent meditative quality of the art. Ms. Rohrer has said about her work, “Confronting my own mortality has increased my awareness of deeply rooted spiritual concerns. Thus, my art deals not only with self-unity but also with some type of oneness with God, a Higher Power, Nature or the Cosmos.”
Tina Rohrer, born in Washington, DC, was a resident of Pound Ridge, NY. She received her undergraduate degree, with a major in biology and minor in chemistry, from Randolph Macon Woman's College in Virginia, and a Ph.D from Harvard University. In her first career, Tina was a distinguished scientist. After several years raising a family, she started on her second career as an artist. In her 27 years as an artist, she participated in many art shows and won numerous awards. A Silvermine Guild Artist member since 1997, she received many honors for her work including the Golden Color Award at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, the Liquitex Color Award from Connecticut Women Artists, as well as awards in sculpture and painting from the Stamford Art Association. Rohrer’s work has been shown in group shows as well as solo exhibitions in venues such as the Katonah Museum of Art, Noho Gallery and the Northern Westchester Center for the arts in New York; Art Place, Stamford Art Association, Silvermine Galleries and the Rich Forum, Stamford Center for the Arts in Connecticut.
“Now Mon” by new Guild Member Mindy Green from Rowayton
Each year in the spring and fall, artists are selected, through a jurying process to become new members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists. The Silvermine Guild of Artists is a distinguished group of professional artists comprised of over 300 members who work in a wide array of media and are represented in museums, and prestigious private and corporate collections. Selection into the guild is based on several criteria such as creativity, uniqueness or timeliness, excellence of technique, compelling notion or idea, cultural or social relevance, professional presentation of work, clarity and continuity of style, and professional accomplishment. The New Members Exhibition will showcase the works of five new Guild Artist members inducted in the spring and fall of 2012, representing a variety of media. The new members include: Mindy Green from Rowayton, CT – Painting; Shelby Head from Madison, CT – Sculpture; Heather Houston from New Milford, CT – Sculpture; Lara Ivanovic, from Larchmont, NY – Painting/Drawing; and Hank Paper from Hamden, CT – Photography.
“In the News” by Hank paper form Hamden
The Silvermine Print Collection began out of the efforts of Guild Member, professor and noted artist Gabor Peterdi. Peterdi felt it was necessary to preserve the history of printmaking and develop a collection that was available for both appreciation of this unique art form, and as a tool for education. Having started the printmaking department at Yale University, Peterdi established the National Print Biennial competition at Silvermine in 1956. Out of these juried exhibitions the Arts Center established the foundation of a permanent print collection through the acquisition of juror purchase awards. In the subsequent years additional prints were also added to the collection via donations and bequests.
“Hello Again” by new Guild Member Shelby Head from Madison
Currently, the Silvermine print collection consists of over 200 prints including examples by such renowned artists as Annie Albers, Lee Chesney, Christo, Jack Damer, Sergio Gonzalez Tornero, Michael Mazur, Gabor Peterdi and Linda Plotkin. Now on the heels of its 90th anniversary, the Arts Center is working to substantially increase the print collection and developing towards a plan to make the collection more accessible to artists and the general public. This exhibition will include a selection of some of the existing prints in the collection along with some of the most recent acquisitions.