Art/Place Gallery hosts Splash and Passion art exhibit

The public is invited to a reception at Art/Place Gallery for Splash and Passion, the artwork of new members, Anthony Santomauro and Darlene Keeffe,  on June 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. The artists will talk about their work at 3:30. The show runs from June 11 to July 15 and may be viewed every afternoon at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield. See www.artplacegallery.org or call 203-292-8328.

Darlene Keeffe has a Master’s of Fine Art from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco and now teaches Visual Arts at the high school level. Besides painting, she makes pottery, sculpture, and crafts. In addition to a solo show at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, she has had several group exhibits at area venues. She is a member of several area art groups besides Art/Place Gallery.

Her work in this show expresses her obsession with the process of fluid painting and the way the colors interact with each other.Darlene says she is motivated by nature and its colors, textures and patterns, as well as by people. “My work is a representation of my life; it is a visual account of my soul living…I paint to investigate and explore, to communicate my experiences and to record these encounters…  

It is my intention to evoke reflection of life and beauty in its finest sense, to draw attention to the refinement of one’s spirit, to enliven one’s soul.”

Anthony Santomauro works in pastel, charcoal, and acrylic. The Fairfield resident has received many prizes for his artwork at many national and Connecticut art venues, including the Salmagundi Club in New York, where he exhibits annually in juried shows. Hestudied drawing at Silvermine Guild and was awarded the Faculty First Prize in drawing at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition of Silvermine School of Arts several times. He is a member of the Easton Arts Council, Fairfield County Arts Association, Westport Arts Center, Westport Artist Collective and Art/Place Gallery.

Anthony creates realistic, detailed and technical works of humans and animals. He says he aims to merge feelings with visual reality and to explore the variety and intensity of the human emotional experience. Whether it is beauty, rage, melancholy, malevolence or goodness, he wants the viewer to enter the world, power and emotion of each of his creations.

Anthony Santomauro, On the Steps of Santiago de Compostelo

Anthony Santomauro, On the Steps of Santiago de Compostelo

Darlene Keeffe, Turbulence

Darlene Keeffe, Turbulence

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