The Mercurial Gallery's final show of 2012 entitled "Shadows", featuring Christine Mitchell and Henry Caserotti will open and usher in the New Year. The show opens December 22, 2012, during the winter solstice, a time of year when shadows have a particular feel about them, and the prospect of lengthening daylight along with the New Year breeds a sense of renewal.
Christine Mitchell of Southbury and Henry Caserotti of Norwalk, will be featured during an Artist Opening Reception on New Year's Eve as part of First Night Danbury from 4 to 8 pm. The evening will also include a family friendly shadow painting activity directed by the two artists. We are also proud to feature live music by Oregonian Indie folk artist, Isaac Pierce. As part of our “Artist Talk Series” on Wednesday January 8th, 2013 from 6-8pm there will be an artist talk featuring the two artist at The Mercurial Gallery.
Mitchell derives inspiration from "cave painters from long ago" and explores "an explosion of impressionistic color in a snow storm or harvest moon. These serve as backdrops for the animals who intertwine allegory and story with the everyday themes of a middle aged single mom - love, death, divorce and empty nest." Her work can be described as a collaboration of the natural and the manmade. "Chunks of rusty steel, discarded brake drums and I-beams …twigs leaves and rocks – these are like clouds in the afternoon sky forming images to inspire [her] painting and sculpture…." She seamlessly weaves her connection to the beach after an upbringing on Cape Cod and her modern life as a mother, teacher and farmer.
Caserotti was brought up in the Midwest and now lives with his wife and two year old son in Norwalk. His gentle and calm, yet psychologically deep nature, can be experienced in his highly textured, narrative, and surreal like paintings. "In my recent work I’ve come to recognize the importance of narrative," states Caserotti in his artist statement. "Although I’m not interested in making illustrations I am interested in telling stories through images. After all, stories are how mankind has attempted to explain and come to terms with those most mundane yet incomprehensible events in life, such as birth and death and many of the unforeseen events in-between."
"Shadows" is a part of the First Night Danbury celebrations, is free and open to the public. For more information, additional venues and to purchase a passes for First Night Danbury, please visit www.FirstNightDanbury.org
The Mercurial Gallery, 11 Library Place, Danbury CT 06801
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