Saturday, June 24, 2017

REAL. W3ird.

The Official PARIS IN PLANTSVILLE reunion show is upon us!

Let's get REAL.  W3ird.

Opening August 5th and running through August 26th the ol' gang from Paris In Plantsville is coming to Southington Community Cultural Arts!


Please join the past, preset, and future friends of the retired Paris And Plantsville Gallery and Studio (2010-2016) at Southington Community Cultural Arts center on August 12 from 5:00 PM to 7:PM for the Opening Reception on “REAL W3IRD – A Paris In Plantsville Reunion”
The line-up of artists for this show is amazing, featuring artists that have featured in just about every major gallery in the Tri-State area. We’re proud and excited to get the group back together for the exhibition… They work created, some real, some weird, all unique.
And here they are – The Real, The Weird, The Unique –
Clinton Deckert, 
Paul Baylock, 
Craig Fredricks, 
Christine Ivers, 
Cathy Michanczyk,
Sean Michanczyk, 
Eric Stegmaier, 
Steve Rand, 
Jackie Etling, 
Greg Shea,
Florin Ion Firimita,
Brie McDonald,
Michele Tragakiss, 
Stephen Southerland, 
Wanda Buda, 
Johanne Beerbaum, 
Mary Decroce,
Andre Rochester, 
and Jon Bristol, 

Join your friends and fellow artists and collectors on August 12th for the opening reception, we’re looking forward to seeing you.
The show runs from August 5th through August 26th , during normal gallery hours.

As part of the show Paris In Plantsville’s favorite puppets will also be screening! August 19th Elmwood Productions will be bringing their newest series “The Risley Brothers” for a laughter filled evening, more detail to follow soon!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

One Year Later!

Paris In Plantsville may have closed it's doors as a physical gallery and art space, but the community created there lives on!

Several of the regular artists and resident artists fro PiP are coming together this April for a group show at The Firehouse Gallery in Milford Connecticut!

Here's the lowdown on this first reunion of many to come!  We hope to see you there for the opening!

Invitational Group Exhibit                                                   
April 13, 2017 – May 5, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6- 8 pm
“Springtime Showcase” Invitational Group Show
Firehouse Gallery
81 Naugatuck Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 306-0016, email:  fhgallery@optonline.net

The Milford Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery is proud to present, its “Springtime Showcase”, an Invitational Group Show of artists from around Connecticut.  The show highlights a diverse group of artists working in multiple styles and media. The exhibition runs April 13-May 5, 2017, Reception Thursday, April 13, 2017 6-8 pm at the Firehouse Gallery, 81 Naugatuck Ave Milford Ct,  Tel: 203-306-0016. For more information, go to milfordarts.org/firehouse-art-gallery/exhibits/ or call 203-878-6647, Tuesday-Friday, 10-5 pm.

Exhibiting Artists are:

Paul Baylock is the current President of the Art League of New Britain.  Baylock is a retired art educator who had taught for over 38 years in the New Britain school system. He now focuses his time creating his own work.   At the moment, he primarily works in acrylics exploring the theme of old advertisements from popular science magazines depicted in an abstract manor.  His work has appeared at the Underground Gallery in Collinsville CT, the Good News Café in Woodbury Ct, and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Jon Bristol is an award winning filmmaker, puppeteer, and artist. He is the founder and creative director of Elmwood Productions, a small but mighty film studio in Central Ct. Jon’s most recent feature film "Head" has won a number of awards around the world at various, independent film festivals.
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Clinton Deckert is an award winning contemporary artist and art advocate, having served as Curator and Juror in many regional art events. His artwork was represented internationally when selected for inclusion into the Societé Nationale Des Beaux Arts international exhibition at Carrousel Du Louvre, Paris, France. Deckert was also a featured guest on WNPR radio’s “rock star panel of artists and art critics” for the “Ebb and Flow of Dada”.   He served fourteen years on the board of directors for Artworks Gallery Hartford including a two terms as President.  In New York he exhibited in Chelsea, SoHo, Williamsburg and Woodstock. He has several artworks represented in the acclaimed Jack & Susan Warner Collection of American Art in Alabama. Deckert recently had a solo exhibition in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s New/Now program and had work unanimously selected into the museum’s permanent collection by the Collections Committee and Board of Trustees.

Jacquelyn Etling is an award winning photographer and art historian who works primarily in the infrared photographic medium. She is a member of the Pleiades gallery in New York City.  Her work has been shown in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions around the United States. Some of the venues include Wade Wilson Gallery in Huston TX, The Queens Museum NY, The Slater Art Museum Norwich Ct, and the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT.

Florin Ion Firimita is a visual artist, educator, and writer who immigrated from his native Romania to the United States to pursue his artistic career. This award-winning artist is versatile in a variety of mediums from painting to mixed media and from writing to photography. From 1991-2016 he has participated in over 300 solo and group art shows in both Europe and America. His latest photographic exhibition the Bookstore Project has been touring the U. S. and  Europe.  It is currently on view at MAC Gallery in Middletown, Ct and at Galerie Gadcollection  in Paris, France  .

Sean Michanczyk is a graduate of Hartford School of Art. His award winning oil paintings pay homage to the old masters while keeping a contemporary trompe l’oeil edge. His tightly rendered work and keen sense of balance create harmonious story telling through symbolism. He was the owner and founder of Paris in Plantsville Gallery in Plantsville CT a cornerstone of the Southington arts scene for over eight years until its closing in 2016.

Andre Rochester is an artist and curator from Hartford Ct. He works in several diverse media, which include acrylic, charcoal, and pastel.  He is the founding member, and current chairperson of Pro+Cre8 Artist Group in Hartford Ct, and is also, a co-founder of the Hartford Artist  Co-Op, a collective of literary, performing, and visual artists from the greater Hartford area. Andre is also a 2015 100 Men of Color honoree.

Greg Shea is an award winning photographer and craftsman. He has a wide variety of creative interests, which include drawing, painting, and sculpture. For over twenty years, Greg has worked as a Senior Museum Preparator at the Yale Center for British Art. This award winning artist’s work has appeared in a number of museum and gallery exhibitions.  Some of the venues have included the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Yale Center for British Art. He is also the current Vice President of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club and a board member, of the Art League of New Britain.

Eric Stegmaier is a graduate of the Hartford Art School. He is the Senior Conservation Assistant at the Yale Center for British Art . He has worked as an archaeological illustrator on several excavations in the Middle East. His archaeological illustration work has appeared in a number of books and article.  Eric is also a member of New York’s famed Salmagundi Club. His most recent work is inspired by his love of history, literature, and nature.

Cheryl Wilczak Psy.D. is a photographer , illustrator and clinical psychologist . She is a graduate of Pratt Art Institute in New York City and worked as a commercial illustrator for over 15 yrs. She later returned to school to earn an advanced degree in Art Therapy from New York University.  Her award winning photography has been show at a number of venues around the United States, including the Salmagundi Club in New York City, the Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea, NY, and Paris in Plantsville Gallery in Plantsville, Ct.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tonight is the night! FIN.

After six amazing years we're calling it a day.

And for the night we welcome all to join us for one last amazing art show.

Click the image above for all the info, and we hope to see you all there!

Monday, April 25, 2016

One week left! - A small look back...


Thank you to everyone who came out the our last screening this past Friday night from Paris In Plantsville and Elmwood Productions!

As we head into our final week open we wanted to share some images of showcards from the past.
It's not all of them, but we hope you get a kick out of seeing some of the amazing, interesting, and unique events we've had sine 2010!
Enjoy!

 





















And make sure to join us for our last opening, this Saturday - April 30th FIN



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

LAST SCREENING! THIS FRIDAY!


 
As you may have read, heard, seen, and lamented over: 
Paris In Plantsville is ending it’s amazing 6 year run in May!  
So Elmwood is coming back for one last screening just in time to wrap it up with them! 
Since our first screening there Labor Day weekend 2010 we’ve been a staple of the gallery, and sold out many of our screenings. 
And we’re bring ing back two of the biggest for one nite only!

So if you’ve been saying:
“Hey, I really need to get out to the gallery and see the art” or "Hey, I really need to get out to see one of those flicks” 
NOW IS THE TIME!
First up at 7:30 is “Josh and Todd” The Story of A Man and His Puppet” followed at 8:45 by the multi-award winning horror/comedy “HEAD - Horror The Elmwood Way”
And there will even be a few surprises too!
Following the films will be a Q & A session with members of both casts, and the film makers.

And starting at 6:00 PM we will be joined by The Hartford Flavor Company! They will be doing a tasting of some of their amazing Wild Moon, a line of unique, flavored liqueurs made of all natural ingredients. Check them out at http://hartfordflavor.com/

Also as the doors open at 6:00 make sure to say hi to S.W. Rand and Euphio Films! Euphio will be there doing a little showing off, and selling DVDs of their film "The Hollow Waltz"! More about Euphio Films at  http://www.euphiofilms.com/

This night will be a great chance for local film makers, puppet-heads, and artists of all types to meet up and network before and after the flicks!

The doors open at 6:00 PM, and the films start at 7:30. Admission is $5.00! Where else can you see two films for only five bucks!?
And it's BYOB! Let's have a party!
Both films are Rated R, so please leave the kids at home!


And look for some great new Elmwood events at some amazing spots later this year!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"This is the end..." - The Doors

FIN : The Final Send-Off to an Era of Art in Plantsville
APRIL 30th

That's correct, this will be the final exhibit at Paris In Plantsville. The exhibit will feature artists past and present who have made such a huge impact on the arts and culture community. There is no theme to show, other than getting a last glace at some of the areas most talented artists in the area.

Artist list to come...  Click HERE for all the show info

Join us as the gallery staff and friends enjoy great company, many laughs and memories and discuss what the future may have in store!

And Elmwood Productions is coming back for one last screening!
APRIL 22nd

The doors open at 6:00 PM, and the films start at 7:30. Admission is $5.00! Where else can you see two films for only five bucks!?
And it's BYOB! Let's have a party!
First up at 7:30 is “Josh and Todd” The Story of A Man and His Puppet” followed at 8:45 by the multi-award winning horror/comedy “HEAD - Horror The Elmwood Way”
And there will even be a few surprises too!
Following the films will be a Q & A session with members of both casts, and the film makers.
For all the info on the screening click HERE!
Both films are Rated R, so please leave the kids at home!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

6th Annual Juried Show Opening 3/12


6th Annual Juried Open Call: With Guest Juror Paul Baylock
March 12 - April 2, 2016

JOIN US THIS WEEKEND FOR THE OPENING RECEPTION: 
Sat, March 12th 6 - 9 p.m.


ABOUT THE JUROR
Paul Baylock, from New Britain, Connecticut graduated from Hartford Art School with Bachelors and Masters in Art Education. Paul taught art in New Britain at the middle and high school level for 38 years, retiring in 2012. Paul has been involved with the Art League of New Britain for the past seven years, presently serving as president. Paul has been involved in art making from an early age. He has sculpted, drawn and painted in all media and areas. His master’s show featured slipcast ceramics.  



Paul has continuously strived to be a better artist, training with Rachel Siporin, Dr. Michael Cipriano, Molly Bornstein, Jenny Knauss,and Zbigniew Grzyb. He has shown in many exhibits and has won his share of prizes and is included in many private collections. The work in this exhibit draws its inspiration from motifs and symbols of the industrial past of his hometown and his childhood exposure to ads and cartoons from Popular Science magazines

Monday, February 22, 2016

Open Call - Submission This Week!!!


6th Annual Juried Open Call: With Guest Juror Paul Baylock
March 12 - April 2, 2016

Drop Off Dates: Feb 27th & 28th 1 - 6 p.m.
Pick-up dates for unaccepted work: March 5th & 6th 1 - 5 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION: Sat, March 12th 6 - 9 p.m.

-All 2d and 3d work may be entered but MUST have hanging wire
or proper display pedistol at time of drop-off.
-$20 for first entry, $5 for every entry after ( Max 5 entries )
- Not all work may be accepted. If artwork was not chosen
by juror, the artist must pick up work March 5/6th.
-All work at conclusion of show MUST be picked up April 2/3rd.

ABOUT THE JUROR
Paul Baylock, from New Britain, Connecticut graduated from Hartford Art School with Bachelors and Masters in Art Education. Paul taught art in New Britain at the middle and high school level for 38 years, retiring in 2012. Paul has been involved with the Art League of New Britain for the past seven years, presently serving as president. Paul has been involved in art making from an early age. He has sculpted, drawn and painted in all media and areas. His master’s show featured slipcast ceramics.  



Paul has continuously strived to be a better artist, training with Rachel Siporin, Dr. Michael Cipriano, Molly Bornstein, Jenny Knauss,and Zbigniew Grzyb. He has shown in many exhibits and has won his share of prizes and is included in many private collections. The work in this exhibit draws its inspiration from motifs and symbols of the industrial past of his hometown and his childhood exposure to ads and cartoons from Popular Science magazines

Sunday, February 7, 2016

LOVE BIRDS - This week's Paint N' Taste


Now you and your friends can join local art enthusiasts & try your hand at creating a masterpiece at Paris in Plantsville & Gallery Cafe.

Nationally recognized artist Sean Michanczyk will walk you through an entire 16" x 20" acrylic painting over the course of 2-2 1/2 hours while we treat you to some of the finest wines & Hors d'oeuvres the area has to offer.

What you need to bring?
Nothing! everything will be provided for you, paint, brushes, apron, canvas and of course Wine & Hors d'oeuvres are included by Greens & Beans 

What will we work on?
By the end of the class, you will have completed your very own 16 x 20 masterpiece with the help of Sean Michanczyk & gallery staff. Themed paintings are different with each class but season appropriate.

What are the important times to remember?

The class you've purchased is for Thursday, Feb 11th Session begins at 7 p.m., so be sure to come in 15 min early and get settled in for some fun!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paint N' Taste - 2/11: LOVE BIRDS



Now you and your friends can join local art enthusiasts & try your hand at creating a masterpiece at Paris in Plantsville & Gallery Cafe.

Nationally recognized artist Sean Michanczyk will walk you through an entire 16" x 20" acrylic painting over the course of 2-2 1/2 hours while we treat you to some of the finest wines & Hors d'oeuvres the area has to offer.

What you need to bring?
Nothing! everything will be provided for you, paint, brushes, apron, canvas and of course Wine & Hors d'oeuvres are included by Greens & Beans 

What will we work on?
By the end of the class, you will have completed your very own 16 x 20 masterpiece with the help of Sean Michanczyk & gallery staff. Themed paintings are different with each class but season appropriate.

What are the important times to remember?
The class you've purchased is for Thursday, Feb 11th Session begins at 7 p.m., so be sure to come in 15 min early and get settled in for some fun!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Annual Juried Open Call - Submissions begin 2/27



March 12 - April 2, 2016



Drop Off Dates: Feb 27th & 28th 1 - 6 p.m.
Pick-up dates for unaccepted work: March 5th & 6th 1 - 5 p.m.
OPENING RECEPTION: Sat, March 12th 6 - 9 p.m.



-All 2d and 3d work may be entered but MUST have hanging wire
or proper display pedistol at time of drop-off.
-$20 for first entry, $5 for every entry after ( Max 5 entries )
- Not all work may be accepted. If artwork was not chosen
by juror, the artist must pick up work March 5/6th.
-All work at conclusion of show MUST be picked up April 2/3rd.

ABOUT THE JUROR
Paul Baylock, from New Britain, Connecticut graduated from Hartford Art School with Bachelors and Masters in Art Education. Paul taught art in New Britain at the middle and high school level for 38 years, retiring in 2012. Paul has been involved with the Art League of New Britain for the past seven years, presently serving as president. Paul has been involved in art making from an early age. He has sculpted, drawn and painted in all media and areas. His master’s show featured slipcast ceramics.  
Paul has continuously strived to be a better artist, training with Rachel Siporin, Dr. Michael Cipriano, Molly Bornstein, Jenny Knauss,and Zbigniew Grzyb. He has shown in many exhibits and has won his share of prizes and is included in many private collections. The work in this exhibit draws its inspiration from motifs and symbols of the industrial past of his hometown and his childhood exposure to ads and cartoons from Popular Science magazines

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Opening Saturday!


Paris In Plantsville is happy to announce our first show of 2016!  

Opening Staurday January 16th is "Family Tree". Featuring a variety of styles and mediums of art from a talented group of artists that just happen to be related!



Featured artists:
Brie McDonald
Desi Hugh
Norma McDonald
Karen Cranford
Jay Clang
Samantha Hugh
Kara Cranford
Zack Clang
and Jon Bristol


The show will run from January 16th through February 13th.  
Please join us for the opening reception January 16th from 6PM to 9PM.  
Since it is January we do know weather may become an issue, if so, look for a snow date if that happens!


For more info and updates check out the Facebook Event Page!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

FAMILY TREE - Opening January 16th

Art By Brie McDonald

Paris In Plantsville is happy to announce our first show of 2016!  

Opening Staurday January 16th is "Family Tree". Featuring a variety of styles and mediums of art from a talented group of artists that just happen to be related!



Featured artists:
Brie McDonald
Desi Hugh
Norma McDonald
Karen Cranford
Jay Clang
Samantha Hugh
Kara Cranford
Zack Clang
and Jon Bristol


The show will run from January 16th through February 13th.  
Please join us for the opening reception January 16th from 6PM to 9PM.  
Since it is January we do know weather may become an issue, if so, look for a snow date if that happens!

For more info and updates check out the Facebook Event Page!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Thank you all for another great year and some amazing shows and events!

We're looking forward to some exciting shows and more in 2016!


 
And our "Holiday Hodgepodge" show is still up through the end of 2015!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Open Call Drop Offs, 12/6 and 12/7!




Join us for this years final exhibit and open call to any artists or santas helper! you can submit photgraphy, painting, 3D work and all 2D!

Drop Offs for artwork: Dec 6th 12 - 6 pm & Dec 7th 12 - 2pm!

$20 for your first entry and $5 for every entry after that! No Limit! but artwork must be ready with a wire to hang.

Join us December 12th from 6 - 9pm for our ugly sweater party and opening reception!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Open Call for the Holidays!




Join us for this years final exhibit and open call to any artists or santas helper! you can submit photgraphy, painting, 3D work and all 2D!
This is an excellent opportunity for artists to share their work for the holiday gift giving season!
Drop Offs for artwork: Dec 6th 12 - 6 pm & Dec 7th 12 - 2pm!

$20 for your first entry and $5 for every entry after that! No Limit! but artwork must be ready with a wire to hang.

Join us December 12th from 6 - 9pm for our Ugly Sweater Party and opening reception!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Paint N' Taste 10/20 - Halloween at the Hearthstone Pub!




Now you and your friends can join local art enthusiasts & try your hand at creating a masterpiece at Hearthstone Pub!

Nationally recognized artist Sean Michanczyk will walk you through an entire 16" x 20" acrylic painting over the course of 2-2 1/2 hours while we treat you to some of the finest wines & Hors d'oeuvres the area has to offer.

What you need to bring?
Nothing! everything will be provided for you, paint, brushes, apron, canvas and of course Wine & Hors d'oeuvres are not included but an be purchased at the pub

What will we work on?
By the end of the class, you will have completed your very own 16 x 20 masterpiece with the help of Sean Michanczyk & pub staff. Themed paintings are different with each class but season appropriate.

What are the important times to remember?
The class you've purchased is for Tuesday, Oct 20th Session begins at 7 p.m. at Hearthstone Pub ( Located at 42 W. Main St Plantsville,CT ), so be sure to come in 15 min early and get settled in for some fun!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Paint N' Taste - 10/15 - FULL MOON OWL




Now you and your friends can join local art enthusiasts & try your hand at creating a masterpiece at Paris in Plantsville & Gallery Cafe.

Nationally recognized artist Sean Michanczyk will walk you through an entire 16" x 20" acrylic painting over the course of 2-2 1/2 hours while we treat you to some of the finest wines & Hors d'oeuvres the area has to offer.

What you need to bring?
Nothing! everything will be provided for you, paint, brushes, apron, canvas and of course Wine & Hors d'oeuvres are included by Greens & Beans 

What will we work on?
By the end of the class, you will have completed your very own 16 x 20 masterpiece with the help of Sean Michanczyk & gallery staff. Themed paintings are different with each class but season appropriate.

What are the important times to remember?
The class you've purchased is for Thursday, October 15th Session begins at 7 p.m., so be sure to come in 15 min early and get settled in for some fun!

REGISTER HERE!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Opening Tonight! - The Return of the Harbinger




Paris In Plantsville Presents:


Opening Reception: Saturday October 3, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
with guitarist extraordinaire Steve Rutledge 

Clinton Deckert is an award winning contemporary 
artist who is also an advocate of the arts by serving as Curator 
& Juror in regional art events. Deckert's artwork demands 
your attention by using multiple layers of intense, yet 
harmoniously balanced color in tandem with various 
techniques that bridge the gap of imaginary worlds that
he portrays in each of his works.

His artwork was selected for inclusion into the 
Societé Nationale Des Beaux Arts international exhibition
at Carrousel Du Lovre, Paris, France. Deckert’s work has 
appeared twice in the New York Times, he has also 
exhibited throughout New York in Chelsea, SoHo, 
Williamsburg and Woodstock. He has several artworks 
represented in the acclaimed Jack & Susan Warner Collection
of American Art. He is represented by Dorothy’s Gallery in 
Paris, France, and also locally in Connecticut by 
Paris in Plantsville where he also serves on their Advisory Board.

Deckert looks forward to a solo show in the 
New Britain Museum of American Art’s New/Now 2016 program.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Return Of The Harbinger - Opening 10/3



Paris In Plantsville Presents:

The Return of the Harbinger
The Artwork of Clinton Deckert
October 3 - 31, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday October 3, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
with guitarist extraordinaire Steve Rutledge 

Clinton Deckert is an award winning contemporary 
artist who is also an advocate of the arts by serving as Curator 
& Juror in regional art events. Deckert's artwork demands 
your attention by using multiple layers of intense, yet 
harmoniously balanced color in tandem with various 
techniques that bridge the gap of imaginary worlds that
he portrays in each of his works.

His artwork was selected for inclusion into the 
Societé Nationale Des Beaux Arts international exhibition
at Carrousel Du Lovre, Paris, France. Deckert’s work has 
appeared twice in the New York Times, he has also 
exhibited throughout New York in Chelsea, SoHo, 
Williamsburg and Woodstock. He has several artworks 
represented in the acclaimed Jack & Susan Warner Collection
of American Art. He is represented by Dorothy’s Gallery in 
Paris, France, and also locally in Connecticut by 
Paris in Plantsville where he also serves on their Advisory Board.

Deckert looks forward to a solo show in the 
New Britain Museum of American Art’s New/Now 2016 program.