USA fine artist Rob Brooks is a contemporary American painter who brings Social Realism back to the forefront. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1962, Rob has been a full time professional artist for 26 years. Educated at the Art Institute of Boston, Rob studied under Nathan Goldstein and received the Academic Achievement Award at his graduation.
After moving to Cape Cod in the early 1990’s, Rob spent more and more time concentrating on his fine art, painting outdoors and connecting with the beauty of the coast. Nature’s repetitive rhythms and the intense, saturated light along the shore fascinated Rob. Although still a realist, this led to an abstract quality in his approach to composition and color.
Rob showed regularly in galleries around the United States, and his success resulted in his switch to painting fine art full time in 1997.
Donald Sigovich has spent his entire career in fine art printing and graphic arts photography. His early years were spent with The Meriden Gravure Company in CT and Rapoport Printing in NY specializing in art book printing. He then entered into a partnership in the mid 80’s and running Gamma One Conversions in NY which had their own patented lighting system for art copying. Since ’91 he has worked in Westport concentrating on large format, flatbed scanning for image capture and state-of-the-art printers for reproduction.
Andrew Smith is the fourth of six children who grew up in Southport in a large, illustrious, Irish Smith Family. They first came here in 1939 and then moved to their large manse on Main Street—The Gillman House—now best known for their annual Halloween installation in the spooky Victorian. As a child, Andrew wandered the Southport Village streets with his Brownie Hawkeye camera. While he tried to sell his photographs to the local papers, his trove of photographs is now the most important in the family archives.
Andrew’s greatest photography credit was his first prize accolade in the Fairfield History Museum’s Images Competition in 2014. He is finally availing himself of the amateur winner’s prize: an exhibition at Southport Galleries
October 20-Novemeber 18th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Southport Galleries presents Abstract Women, a lively exhibition of contemporary paintings with selective works by six leading edge, female artists with strong local roots: Katherine Evans, Katy Ferrarone, Ellen Hermanos, Beth Munro, Kim Romero, Helen Werngren. The exhibit runs from October 20 – November 18.
Curatorial Director Philip Eliasoph cites the famous words of artist, Georgia O’Keeffe: ‘I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other — things I had no words for.’ “It is in that spirit we present the talented voices of these women addressing today’s trending styles in contemporary art, with six signature variations,” continues Dr. Eliasoph.
Southport Galleries Co-Directors Sissy Biggers and Jennifer Cargill invite patrons to compare and contrast how each artist is navigating her own set of painterly approaches ranging from images of harmoniously colorful hues, delicately rendered compositions to bright interwoven angles searching beyond the frame. The exhibit surveys original artistic approaches, which reveal each artist’s visual journey and feminine points of view.
“We invite collectors, home designers and art lovers to this fall cornucopia of fresh, off-the-easel paintings,” says Jennifer Cargill. “Come join us to experience these indisputably ‘now’ contemporary works.”
In collaboration with the Pequot Library’s annual Art Show week, Southport Galleries will host a special opening reception on Friday, October 20th, 5-8PM which will benefit the library’s programs and outreach. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, September 17th-30th
Southport Galleries is honored to present the photography exhibition “Reflections; the Faces of Tourette Syndrome” at a special opening reception on Sunday, September 17, 2017 featuring the work of Kristie Kistner, the winner of the Fairfield Museum and History Center’s annual Images competition.
Ms. Kistner specializes in family and portrait photography and, as a mother of two children with Tourette Syndrome, she specializes in powerful and deeply soulful images of her clients. Kristie uses photography to “give the viewer time to reflect on the subject without the distraction of tics to understand that they are no different than the rest of us.”
Southport Galleries looks forward to the opportunity to shine a light on the syndrome and invites the community to a special family reception on Sunday, September 17th, 2-4PM. The exhibition continues through September 30th. Southport Galleries, 330 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 203-292-6124,
Vistas and Voyages: Southport to Sri Lanka
Brec’s artistic vision is inspired by his unique, nearly 5-year journey circumnavigating the globe aboard the 27-foot sailing vessel, Otter. During his solo voyage he sketched and water-colored sunrises and sunsets, ports and ship industry–selling his works along the way to finance his incredible journey.
Prelude to Spring: Emerging Color
Kim Romero’s popular, colorful abstracts return to Southport Galleries to kick off the Spring 2017 season. This new collection of her large acrylic canvases instantly bring color, texture and expression to a home or office setting.
“I want to create something for my viewer to be drawn into, visually tactile and painterly pieces that illicit feelings and emotional triggers and connections that a participant will experience using his/her own imagination.” – Kim Romero