"Reflections, Hammonasset State Park", Watercolor Series will be on display at The Gallery at the Mill, 5 West MainSt, Chester CT 06412.
June, 2007: MillHouse Gallery, Chester Connecticut Presents: Greek Temples of New England,
Paying Homage to New England farms and Homesteads.
Artist's reception June 8, 5-8 and June 22 5-8. Paintings will be on display from June6-July1, 2007.
"Greek Temples of New England"
Born of sweat, manual labor, love and community these magnificent structures speak of a work ethic and moral code that is the foundation of our society. All too quickly and easily these noble temples are being reclaimed by the earth or merely destroyed to make way for suburban sprawl.
I have focused on barns in the Durham,Haddam and Wallingford area of CT with special emphasis on the Herzig and Greenbacker Family Farms. Deeply moved and inspired by both the structures and the families, I have attempted to use my craft to pay homage to both as they courageously continue to preserve a lifestyle many would consider too difficult and uncertain to pursue.
The paintings of the Greenbacker Farm motivated me to equate the barns with Greek Temples.
It is my deepest hope that these majestic Temples in various stages of struggle yet sill standing with porfound dignity, whisper to your heart and soul. Perhaps some may be motivated to conserve, to treasure and to be mindful of the majesty of our farms past and present.
The Lyme Academy College of Fine Art has recently awarded Aleta a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center Johnson, VT for the month of August, 2007.
Please view new works and works in process that I began during my residency at The Vermoont Studio Center in August, 2007. This was a wonderful experience and has brought my work to a new level. I am exploring both color and composition in exciting and dramatic ways. The Lamoille River and Skyscapes of Vermont continue to be a source of inspiriation for my new paintings in both oil and pastel. I plan to continue both the skyscape and river series incorporating paintings of the Connecticut River. Visit my site often to view more new work.
October 11-12, 2008. Autumn Art Trail Weekend. Begin this weekend adventure with the Arts Center at Killingworth’s FREE local, outdoor arts festival at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT. After the festival, use your weekend pass, heading out on the Autumn Art Trail with colorful program and map in hand. Explore 19 private studios of well-known and emerging artists in Chester, Clinton, Durham, Ivoryton, Killingworth, Madison, North Guilford, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. Featured artists include representational and modern painters, potters, decorative artists, crafters and sculptors. Artists will be discussing, demonstrating and selling their work. See the Arts Center’s Online Gallery at www.artscenterkillingworth.org to stay up to date on all participating artists. Passes for the trail can be purchased at R.J. Julia’s Booksellers in Madison, from the Chester Gallery in Chester, online from the Arts Center, by calling (860) 663-5593 or during the weekend of the Trail at the Festival. Show your pass at Chamard on Oct.11-12 to pick up your program and map. Adults $10; children 12 and under FREE. A Kick-off reception to the weekend will be held on October 10, from 6-8pm, at Chamard. Highlights at the vineyards include wine tastings and a farmer’s market. Chamard Vineyards is located at 115 Cow Hill Rd., Clinton, CT 06413.
Three up coming one woman shows:
Pegasus Gallery, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT highliting a new series of expressive water and skyscape images -February 2009
Art Gallery at the Mill House, Chester, CT, showcasing a series of oils and pastels,"Reflections" the changing moods of natural environment. July 2009.
Clare Gallery at the Francaiscan Center for Urban Ministry, Hartford, CT, "Silent Presence" paying homage to our vanishing farms and barns through out New England.August-October 2009.
Silence Speaks at Clare Gallery
Hartford — The Clare Gallery is pleased to present Silence Speaks - Paying
Homage to Gentle Giants of New England, an exhibition by painter Aleta Gudelski. The
exhibition is free and open to the public and extends from August 6 to October 4, 2009. A
reception and lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 29th from 6 to 8 p.m., at which time
Ms. Gudelski will make a presentation exploring the origins and themes of her art. Her lecture
will begin at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to the reception and lecture.
Silence Speaks pays tribute to the vanishing farms and barns throughout New
England. The paintings focus on the haunting stillness of these majestic structures as they are
being slowly reclaimed by the earth. Ms. Gudelski’s work continues to be a journey of letting go
and allowing the Divine to work through her and her brush to capture images that reflect peace,
at times tension and frequently subtle challenges. Regarding this exhibition she states, “It is my
deepest hope that these majestic barns in various stages of struggle yet still standing with
profound dignity, whisper to your heart and soul. Perhaps some may be motivated to conserve, to
treasure and to be mindful of the majesty of our farms past and present.”
Ms. Gudelski has been exhibited nationally and has taught painting, drawing and design
at both the secondary and college level for several years. She has also received advanced
degrees from Wesleyan University and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art.
The Clare Gallery primarily features exhibitions that emphasize world religions or
interfaith themes, as well as social justice themes, on either a global or local level. The Gallery
is housed in the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry at 285 Church Street. The Center is part
of St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church, a vibrant and active downtown faith community.
The Clare Gallery’s hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. The Gallery and all related events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available
directly across from the church, and the facility is handicapped accessible. More information
may be found at www.spsact.org, click “Community Life” and then “Clare Gallery”.
For Immediate Release Contact: Nancy Wynn
May 1, 2009 (860) 430-1292