Kershner Gallery hosts Exit 5, Printmaking in New Haven art show

Oi Fortin, Gerona 01

Oi Fortin, Gerona 01

The public is invited to a reception in the Kershner Gallery for Exit 5, Printmaking in New Haven, a show of the art of Oi Fortin, Irene Miller, and Liz Pagano on May 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road. The artists will talk about their work at 5:30 p.m. The show runs from April 30 to June 12. All of the artists live and work in New Haven at Erector Square and are members of Artspace New Haven and Paint and Clay Club.

Oi Fortin received art training at Creative Arts Workshop. She has solo shows at Good News Café and Gallery in Woodbury, CT and at Gallery Rivva in New York City until May. Past exhibits were in United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and Malaysia, Oi is a member of Creative Arts Workshop, Guilford Arts League, International Print Center and Greater New Haven Arts Council.  

Oi says, “Several of the prints in this exhibition are from my recent series “Catalan”, an homage to the Spanish masters, in particular Antoni Gaudí. In these prints I am trying to capture the bustling sensuality of Barcelona and its environs, and the light that suffuses its citizens as they work and recreate…This series was very exciting and fun to make. I loved exploring the colors, shapes and in particular the negative and positive spaces, which seem to make the prints more energetic.”

Irene Miller, Mirage 21

Irene Miller, Mirage 21

Irene K, Miller studied printmaking at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven and at Silvermine Arts Center. Before that, she was a professional potter and attended residential art programs in Connecticut and Colorado. She has shown her work in shows in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Georgia, and California and has received many awards. She is also a juried member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, New Haven Paint and Clay and Connecticut Women Artists.

Irene says her monotypes and mixed-media works “straddle the line between realism and abstraction. They are the result of constant experimentations with textures, layers and lines and their interactions with each other on paper… I slowly build up each piece with various printing, transferring (paper lithography) and collaging techniques. Often I enhance a line and sections with colored pencils or pastels…I am interested in how the mark in its abstract nature helps to communicate the excitement I feel in composing each work.”

Liz Pagano

Liz Pagano

Liz Pagano is a multimedia artist who does printmaking, construction, painting, drawing, encaustic, metal jewelry, graphic design, and art lamps. She graduated from Paier School of Art and used to co-own a pastry shop in New Haven. She now teaches printmaking at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven and in her studio. Her work has been in solo and group area galleries, nationally and internationally. She is a member of Creative Arts Workshop, International Print Center, Southern Graphics Council, and New Haven Arts Council.

Liz is showing work from her series, Strange Weather. She says, “Accidental beauty inspires me. My process is about exploring interactions of chance and control, coincidence and intent… Creating pieces that are unrestricted and uncontrolled. The parts I cannot control keep me chasing/ searching/ moving. I sometimes take these pieces and layer or assemble them in other ways creating a new composition of unexpected possibilities and connections.”

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