Norwalk, Conn., March 28, 2012 – The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will present Reflections on the Titanic, a juried exhibition opening April 26 through June 22, 2012 at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. An opening reception will be held on April 26 at 5-7 p.m. Reservation required for the reception. Free Admission, Wed.-Sun. 12-4 p.m.
The Art Gallery at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will display selected works from the juried exhibition, Reflections on the Titanic, where participating artists will examine one of the most poignant moments in the history of modern technology and travel and offer their own interpretation of the RMS Titanic and the Edwardian era. Judge Sophia Gevas and Gail Ingis-Claus, Chair of LMMM’s Art Committee will curate the exhibition following the selection of the qualifying artworks.
Sophia Gevas has been the Director of The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University since its inception in 1983. She has curated and executed over 100 exhibitions and has presented numerous Art Talks and Panel Discussions associated with the exhibitions. Gevas also developed a collection of over 350 donated works for the University.
KK Mink is a native of Norwalk, CT. She received her BFA in painting from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT. While in school, she exhibited in student shows at the Chauncey-Stillman and Sill House galleries, as well as a group show, Art Appropriation at the Brownstone Gallery in South Norwalk. She does independent commissions, and has a piece in the upcoming charity benefit Project Return. Currently, KK lives and works in Norwalk.
Christine Jewell integrates history, spirituality and nature into her mixed media work that includes bookmaking, fiber arts and collage. She received her B.F.A at Purchase School of Art + Design in Purchase, New York and designed an independent study M.A. in Social Policy and the Arts at Empire State College, New York. She also studied art and policy at Venice International University in Venice, Italy and fiber arts at prominent craft schools including Haystack Mountain in Maine, Penland in North Carolina and Arrowmont in Tennesee. Her work has been shown at the Washington Art Association, Artwell Gallery, Mattatuck Museum and most recently at the Fairfield Public Library.
Ms. Jewell was a founding member of the Arts and Culture Collaborative and was Chair of the Youth Development Advisory Council in Waterbury, CT. She has presented workshops on youth development, emerging technologies, Visual Thinking Strategies and community collaborations at conferences for the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Education, New England Museum Association and the Connecticut After School Network. She is currently the director of education and community programs at the Fairfield Museum and History Center in Fairfield, CT.
The exhibition will also see a “Collaboration” exhibit featuring artist Cindi Mullins, an award-winning painter who enjoys working with a range of subjects and is especially drawn to seascapes, landscapes, and “closely cropped” florals. Ms. Mullins’ paintings reflect her innate connection to the beauty, shape, design and color she observes in the natural world and is interested in how the landscapes around us interweave, influence and reflect our own moods and thoughts. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows throughout the Northeast and Florida and has won numerous awards for her oils and pastels. Ms. Mullins’ roots run deep as she is the great, great granddaughter of renowned Hudson River School painter Aaron Draper Shattuck and, of the same school, the great, great niece of Samuel Colman. Currently, she sits on the board of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, co-designs and installs the exhibits and directs the town Satellite Gallery Program.
A native of Brooklyn, Gail Ingis-Claus has been the Art Director of the LMMM Gallery Committee for the past five years. She has a degree in interior design and studied architecture and design criticism. An accomplished artist and illustrator, Ms. Ingis-Claus has been involved in design, architecture, teaching, and art for more than 35 years. Her career has spanned all aspects of design and art with an emphasis in interior design. Currently she is working on a collection of paintings consisting of 25 works of Coney Island in the present day. Through these paintings, Ms. Ingis-Claus reflects on her teenage years playing blackball on the handball courts, swimming in the giant pool, sunbathing on the private beach at Coney Island’s Washington Baths and, of course, watching fireworks every Tuesday night.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark and regarded as one of the earliest and most significant surviving Second Empire Style country houses ever built in the United States. It predates by 20 years the Vanderbilt homes in New York and Newport, R.I., and has been the set for several Hollywood movies and TV shows including Stepford Wives and House of Dark Shadows.
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Distinguished Benefactors: Xerox; Klaff's; The Maurice Goodman Foundation; Mrs. Cynthia C. Brown