Aleta Gudelski is best know for her dynamic and passionate oil paintings of New England barns energized with vivid color and texture. Aleta artfully merges abstraction and realism creating a visual journey from ordered chaos to peaceful repose.
Aleta Gudelski was born in Meriden CT in 1947 and grew up on a wooded homestead in Cheshire CT. Aleta formed a deep spiritual bond with nature at an early age, that continues to be a powerful inspiration for her paintings. Aleta married her high school sweetheart and settled on a small farm in Durham CT raising chickens, goats, sheep and four wonderful daughters. While nurturing her family, Aleta earned a BS in Art Education from SCSU, a MALS with a concentration in painting from Wesleyan University and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in painting from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art. She taught painting, drawing, and design, at both the secondary and college level for several years.
The obligations of being a wife, mother and grandmother, frequently put her work on hold for months at a time.
But the breaks in her art production provided time and space for seeds of inspiration to incubate in her soul, waiting for the right time to unfold on her canvas.
Aleta has now retired, children are grown and she has returned to her sacred space to create visual journeys using color, texture and composition to move the viewer from controlled chaos to quiet centers of peace and hope
Aleta says of her work, “I cannot change the world, but I can create quiet centers within my art where others may consider its meaning.”
Ursel’s Web Gallery, Washington St. Middletown, CT, represents Aleta’s work.
Aleta has shown her work at the Left Bank Gallery, Essex 2008-9, Maple and Main Gallery in Chester 2012
Aleta has exhibited in juried group shows throughout Connecticut.
Art Guild of Middletown 15th Annual Huried Show, Silka Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct 2018
Marine Art Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Lyme CT, June 15-August 3 2018
Solo Shows Include:
“Silence Speaks”, Clare Gallery, 285 Church St, Hartford, CT August- October 2009
Middlesex Community College
Reflections: An Interior Journey
Drawings and Paintings
By Aleta Gudelski
February 7- Mach 13 2009
“Greek Temples”, paying homage to New England Farms and homesteads, Art Gallery at the Millhouse, 5 West Main St, Chester, CT 2007
Faculty Select Summer Exhibit, featuring Aleta's Post-Baccalaureate Independent Project, Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, June-July 2005.
"Haiti: A Personal Response" in the Pegasus Gallery, Middlesex Community College (1995)
Included in her exhibits are: Zelka Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. May, 1991-thesis exhibit: "Conversations with Light"
Honorable Mention for "Late Spring Snow, Greenbacker's Barn" OIl o Canvas, Art Guild of Middletown Exhibitio 2018
The Lyme Academy College of Fine Art has recently awarded Aleta a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for a month residency during August 2007.