August 16 through September 8 Artists Reception August 16 from 5:30 to 8pm
Heather Sawtelle I grew up in Rhode Island, but now I reside in our new home in Collinsville Connecticut! In 1995 I received my Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art and began working as an illustrator. Soon after we moved to Connecticut and I began teaching art in a private school in Newington. In 1998, I decided to start my own business teaching private art lessons, and I also began working as a muralist. Since that time I have painted many murals in homes and businesses across Connecticut including murals in several public schools including Ruth Chafee Elementary School, Martin Kellogg Middle School, and Webb Elementary School. I was also recently commissioned to paint a mural in the children’s department in the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington.
Although I love painting murals, I also work doing commissioned portraits and other free lance projects. Painting is a passion of mine. I have shown some of my work more recently at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts annual show, the Farmington Valley Arts Center, and at the Gallery on the Green in Canton.
Most of my time over the past 18 years has been dedicated to teaching students the fundamentals of art and showing them how to expand their vision and grow in their knowledge of technique and materials to produce realistic artwork that is truly spectacular. ONE ON ONE attention and supervision is the key to really unlocking potential that can easily be overlooked in a large classroom setting. Please visit the art lesson page of my site to learn more about art lessons and see the amazing work done by these gifted artists! My philosophy In moments of obscurity, there is often a defining picture to be found. I think that is because most of our most intimate motivations are hidden inside our most common activities - making the irrelevant most relevant. It is in the framework of finding those thoughtful moments that I am compelled to paint. I love paintings that make me want to know the people in them - that remind me of similar things I have felt, places I have gone, and things I have done. The human experience, both uncommon and common, is full of these stories and it is for this reason that I love to paint people as they go about that daily tasks that make their stories unique.
Tom Cameron Solo Exhibitions: Jerram Winery Gallery, New Hartford– Sept 2010 and Dec 2011 Spear Community Art Gallery at Stanley Whitman, Farmington, June 2011 Farmington Library – Sept 2011 Canton Library – Feb 2012 Matthew’s Restaurant Main Gallery, Unionville – Spring 2012, Summer 2014 Gallery on the Green - Feb-Mar 2013
Galleries: Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT Autumn Light, Avon, CT The Market Gallery, Collinsville, CT LeClerc Contemporary - Norwalk - Spring 2014
Other: Publications: “Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic Management Plan”, June 2011 (18 images from the Farmington River Collection appeared in this publication) “Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Study”, Nov 2011 (11 images) Juror Team-Annual Piedmont Photography Show, Somers, CT 2011, 2014 Member – Canton Artist’s Guild
Juried Shows: New Britain Museum of American Art – 43rd Annual Juried Members Exhibition Granby Land Trust Juried Art Shows, 2010,2011, 2012 Autumn Light Studio and Gallery – First Annual Open Juried Art Exhibition 2012 Gallery on the Green – Member/Guest Juried Show 2012 W. Hartford Art League “Exposures 2014” ( Awards in juried competitions: 2 )
Artistic Mission –
To witness the ordinary - and expose the extraordinary