Golden Fleece by Ralf Feyl oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, 17 x 21 inches framed. Ralf Feyl studied with the respected Bill Parks at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He then traveled East to study at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and became inspired by the mysterious borderlands of the New England coast and the people who inhabit it. The Cooley Gallery offered Feyl his first exhibition in 1992 and has shown his work there ever since.
Untitled by Zbigniew Grzyb enamel, 24 x 19 inches, 26 x 21 inches framed, June 3, 2001. Zbigniew Grzyb was born in Poland and studied art at the Jaroslaw High School of Art and then the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow, Poland. In 1973, Grzyb moved to America and took up residence in New Britain where he still resides. He worked full time but continued to paint and ended up taking on the role of security guard at the New Britain Museum of American Art where he also exhibited his paintings. He has been featured in many solo and group exhibits throughout Connecticut and his works are in many museums and private collections.
Odile's Garden by Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff gouache, 13.5 x 21 inches, 17.5 x 25 inches framed, 2016. Born in the former Belgian Congo, Christian Brechneff was educated in Switzerland, England, and the United States. He received his Masters of Art degree from the Royal College of Art in London. He has won numerous awards, while his work appears in many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Greece. In 2017, he was the subject of the award-winning documentary film, Like Notes of Music: Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff - The Landscape Painter, a Magee production from Switzerland, which was inspired by his memoir The Greek House.
Apple Blossom Time by Barbara Lussier oil, 16 x 20 inches, 22 x 26 inches framed. Barbara Lussier holds a BFA degree with high honors from the University of Hartford where she studied with Rudolph Zallinger and Paul Zimmerman. She also studied at Ringling School of Art, Hartford College for Women, and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Barbara is a signature member of New England Plein Air Painters, elected to Hudson Valley Art Association and the Rockport Art Association. Her work has been exhibited throughout New England and internationally and is represented in a number of corporate and private collections.
At Sundown by Del-Bourree Bach acrylic on board, 6 x 8 inches, 10 x 12 inches framed. Del-Bourree Bach is a signature and board member of the American Society of Marine Artists. His works are included in many private and public collections, and he has received over 200 awards in regional, national and international competitions.
Dusk, Haley Farm by Eric Jacobsen oil on board, 8 x 10 inches, 13.75 x 15.5 inches framed. Eric Jacobsen received a BA in History from Gordon College in Wenham, MA and then studied fine art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts where he received training in the Beaux Arts tradition of drawing and painting from life. Jacobsen is a "Plein Air" painter and gets his inspiration from the amazing beauty he sees in nature. He has won numerous awards and his works have appeared in many exhibits throughout the United States.
Plantissimo 7 by Jac Lahav acrylic, flashe, graphite on paper, 9 x 10 inches, 16 x 17 inches framed, 2022. Born in Israel, Jac Lahav grew up in Boston and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He studied painting at the School of Visual Arts and The Cooper Union and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Brooklyn College, New York in 2008. His series of paintings 48 Jews and The Great Americans employ portraiture to question basic assumptions about the relationship of historical memory and collective identity. These works have been shown in several museums across the United States, including The Great Americans exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum in 2019.
Dappled Light by Janine Robertson oil on aluminum, 16 x 12 inches, 20.75 x 16.5 inches framed. Robertson is a prolific, award-winning artist who paints luminous landscapes on aluminum and copper. Her paintings are known for their vibrant color, texture, and glow. Janine began her career as a muralist and trompe l'oeil painter but has turned her full attention to landscape oil painting. Her work hangs in private collections throughout the United States.
Evening, Smith Neck by Nancy Pinney oil, 8 x 8 inches, 11.5 x 11.5 inches framed. Pinney is known for her poetic and mood-filled landscapes of the Connecticut shoreline. She studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and has exhibited in many local gallery shows, including The Cooley Gallery, the Hoxie Gallery, the Lyme Art Association, and the Essex Art Association.
Pretty and Pink by Lorraine Skelskey Chapin oil, 14 x 18 inches, 19 x 23 inches framed. Lorraine Skelsekey Chapin has a BA degree in Graphic Design and an AA degree in Fine Art from the University of Connecticut. She is a self-employed commissioned artist and has been a painting instructor for over 35 years. Lorraine is a member of the Lyme Art Association, SCAN, and the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and her works have won numerous awards in juried art shows.
Bathing Time by Sears Gallagher (1869-1955) etching, 8 x 6.75 inches, 16.25 x 14.75 inches framed, includes 7 x 6 inch original copper plate (on back of frame). After studying in Paris, Sears Gallagher became a well-known painter, etcher, and teacher in the Boston area. He frequented Monhegan Island and was much inspired by the surrounding landscape. He has over 200 etchings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, in addition to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Honolulu Academy of Art.
Cat Play by Andrew Stevovich pencil on gragh paper, 10 x 8 inches, 16 x 13.5 inches framed, 2021. Andrew has had many solo exhibitions throughout New England and New York, as well as internationally. His work is in important collections such as the Boston Atheneum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. The artist is represented by the prestigious Adelson Gallery of New York and will have a solo exhibition of his paintings there September 15 - October 31, 2022.
Back to Back by Michael Theise oil on board, 14 x 11 inches. Michael Theise is a master of trompe l'oeil (fool the eye) painting. He is a graduate of the Paier College of Art and is considered a protégé of Ken Davies. Theise has exhibited extensively for the past two decades. The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme, Connecticut has held four highly successful solo shows since 1992. Theise also exhibited at Vose Galleries and the St. Botolph's Club, both in Boston. In October 2008, the New Britain Museum of American Art opened Theise's first major museum exhibition, The Eye Deceived: Paintings by Michael Theise. He is represented in many prestigious collections and galleries.
City Scene by Frederick R. Wagner (1864-1940) pastel, 8.5 x 10 inches, 15 x 16 inches framed. Born in Port Kennedy, PA in 1864, Frederick R. Wagner enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he served as chief demonstrator of anatomy to the life classes and studied under Thomas Eakins. He then traveled to California where he began painting before returning to Philadelphia and taking a job as illustrator for the Philadelphia Press. He often painted impressionist urban scenes and in 1912 founded the Addington School of Painting. His modernist work is sought after by many collectors of the avant-garde movement.
Orient Point Light by Pat Kelbaugh watercolor, 11 x 17.5 inches, 19 x 26 inches framed. The very essence of Pat Kelbaugh and the inspiration for her work are deeply rooted in the unique life experiences of someone born and raised in a tightly-knit fishing community along the southeastern Connecticut shoreline. A watercolorist specializing in maritime art for over thirty years, Pat's watercolors are applauded for capturing the many moods of the sea and for preserving historic landmarks. She uses a self-taught technique that she perfected under study with renowned artist Dan Gheno at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme. Her work has long been exhibited in galleries throughout Connecticut and is represented in corporate and private collections all over the world.
Done for the Day by Sandy Garvin oil, 6 x 6 inches, 11.5 x 11.5 inches framed. Sandy Garvin is a native of Old Lyme who studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and workshops around the country. She has exhibited at invitational shows in New England, as well as private galleries throughout the country. Her works are in many prominent collections.
Flowers on the Lieutenant by Kate Avery gouache and watercolor 9 x 12 inches, 14.5 x 17.25 inches framed, 2022. Kate Avery used to renovate and sell antique furniture while selling paintings on the side, however she is now a full-time artist. She has never had any formal training however her works are heavily influenced by the Old Lyme school of Impressionists. Kate has been featured in The Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, Cottages and Bungalows Magazine, HGTV, the SYFY network to name a few places.
Spring Thaw, Hawk's Nest by Catherine Christiano oil, 6 x 8.5 inches, 2018. Catherine Christiano was born and raised in suburban central New Jersey where she studied drawing and painting part-time. A move to Connecticut prompted her to fully focus on art, and she received a BFA in 2001 from The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Her work has been published in American Artist Drawing and The Journal of the American Medical Association. She also designed the seal for the Town of Old Lyme. Catherine has exhibited her work throughout the Northeast, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Osprey Lookout by Anne Bingham Pierson watercolor, 9 x 13 inches, 18.75 x 23 inches framed. A physician, mother and grandmother, Dr. Pierson has also become an accomplished artist with her work displayed in galleries, businesses, and juried shows throughout Connecticut. She is past president of the Lyme Art Association. An elected artist in several shoreline Art Associations, in 2003 Dr. Pierson was elected a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society. She paints primarily in watercolor because of its spontaneity and flow of color and both the subtlety of shading and transparent clarity which can be achieved.
Saybrook Light by Tom Rose multimedia, 24 x 30 inches, 25 x 31 inches framed. In addition to owning and operating Black Whale Antiques at Rattleberry Farm in Hadlyme for 30 years, Tom Rose's artwork has appeared in numerous national magazines, including House Beautiful, Country Living, and Colonial Homes.
Solstice Evening Light on the Cove by Diana Rogers pastel, 10 x 11 inches, 15 x 16 inches framed, 2022. Diana Rogers focuses her paintings on the exploration of nature through color and emotion using a bold and colorful palette. She works primarily in pastel because the pure and intense pigments allow her to capture the essence of nature during all seasons. Her works have been shown at many juried exhibitions and museums in Connecticut and throughout New England plus it can be found in many private and public collections.
Lamb Shade by Moira Daniells oil on copper, 5 x 7 inches, 8.75 x 10.75 inches framed. Moira Cowell Daniells grew up in the Connecticut River Valley and her interest in art began as a child, when she received traditional academic training in drawing and painting for a number of years. She graduated from Green Mountain College and began to pursue a career in the financial world until later attending and graduating from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Moira has exhibited her work at the Academy as well as a number of galleries. She is a member of the Connecticut Women Artists, the Lyme Art Association, the Essex Art Association, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. She has won several awards, including the President's Award for Citizenship and Excellence in painting at the Lyme Academy. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections in New England, Maryland, and Washington D.C., as well as the West coast.
The Henry Whitfield House, Guilford by Louis L. Novak (1903-1988) limited edition print 14/100, 8.5 x 10 inches, 17 x 18.5 inches framed. Louis Novak was born in Czechoslovakia and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 4 in 1908. In 1915, his family moved to Cambridge, MA where he remained until his death in 1988. Louis studied at the School of Art in Boston and spent most of his life teaching architectural drawing at the Wentworth Institute. His woodcuts of scenes throughout New England are very popular among collectors.
Manhattan at Night by Sheila Barbone oil, 6.5 x 9 inches, 8 x 10.25 inches framed. Sheila Barbone was born in Stonington, CT and has been painting and showing in galleries since the age of 9. She received a BFA in art from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, where she studied human anatomy, painting and drawing. Her works depict a snapshot of life in the 21st century and she uses her own photos as reference materials and starts out with a drawing that she then draws over with paint using brush strokes, washes and a palette knife to construct her final product.
Matchboxes by Alan Blackman oil, 12 x 18 inches, 14.75 x 20.75 inches framed, 1966. Alan Blackman is an American artist.
Bobcat by Cilla Mays oil 18 x 18 inches, 2019. Cilla Mays is an American artist who likes to use bright colors in her works. She has recently began to focus her attention to portraits of animals because of the problems they face including loss of habitat and becoming endangered.
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arum Triphyllum) by William Curtis (1746-1799), copper plate engraving with original hand-coloring, 8.25 x 5 inches, 17.25 x 13.25 inches framed. William Curtis was born in Alton Hampshire, England and began his career as an apothecary before turning his attention to botany and other natural history. He established the Botanical Magazine in 1787, the first popular horticultural publication to use fine hand-colored plates. This plate is from the magazine published in London, c. 1787ff.
The Innocent Age by Mally De Somma oil, 5 x 5 inches, 7 x 7 inches framed. Mally DeSomma's life as an artist has spanned over 35 years. Through years of college courses, private institutions, and numerous workshops with many renowned artists, she has enjoyed and received many awards throughout her career as an artist. Mally has taught at Artsplace, a private art school in Cheshire, CT and is currently one of their anchor teachers. She has also taught at the University of Connecticut Waterbury campus and privately in her Waterbury studio. Her works have been exhibited in many juried shows and won numerous awards.
Washington Creek by Bryan Banducci photo on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta Paper, 14 x 11 inches, 17.25 x 13.5 inches framed, 2020. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY Bryan Banducci was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. He studied photography and journalism at San Francisco State University and Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy. His works can be seen in Vogue, Runners World, and The New York Times plus many other publications. This particular piece is from his series 100 Miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington during wildfire season in the West.
Church at Old Lyme by A. Serra pastel, 12.25 x 9.25 inches, 19.75 x 16 inches framed, 1987. A. Serra was a French exchange student who had stayed at the home of Susan Minot Woody while studying at the Old Lyme school. This piece was completed and given by the student as a thank you to Susan.
Buzzing Echinacea by Michaela Gorski colored pencil and marker, 10.5 x 8 inches, 15 x 12 inches framed, April 2022. Michaela Gorski graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Art History. She previously worked as a visitor relations associate at the Museum and is currently a visitor services shift leader at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Michaela was inspired for her piece as she worked at the admissions desk located in the Rafal Landscape Center where she could view the historic gardens through the doors.
Uttanasana by Stephanie Psarros original screenprint 3/12, 2021. Born in London to a Greek family, Psarros moved to New York City in 2005 where she received a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Currently living between London, Athens and the island of Chios, she continues to experiment with imprinting her unique designs of yoga poses on paper.
Hatched Circle: Blue - Green by Mell Scalzi ink on bristol board, 4 x 4 inches, 2022. Mell Scalzi, Registrar at the Museum, has a BA in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She holds a professional certificate in Art Collections Management and Object Display from NYU. Her artwork, which she refers to as Doodleology, stems from the many doodles she creates in margins of various notebooks and on scraps of paper. Scalzi works best when she is half-distracted from her drawings, which allows her sub-conscious to lead the way.