October Art Exhibit: Anne Coffey and Alexandra Sellon
October 04, 2015 1:00 pm - October 28, 2015 5:00 pm
Keyes Gallery at WWML
"Explorations, Near and Far"
Exhibition of works by Branford artists, Anne Coffey and Alexandra Sellon - October 4-28, 2015
Exhibit Opening - Sunday, October 11, 4-6 pm
Anne Coffey – Biography
Anne is a former teacher, who frequently took painting classes to offset her left-brain world of high school math and computer science. She especially enjoyed watercolor, but as she explains, “teaching is very demanding and leaves little time for other pursuits.” It wasn’t until Anne retired several years ago that she was able to focus on her interest more fully. “One of the huge rewards of retirement,” she says, “is the availability of time to spend on things we love, like creating art.”
Anne Coffey - Artist Statement
I have always loved “making art.” But, growing up in the Midwest in the 50’s, I thought my life choices involved nursing, secretarial work, or teaching. Luckily for me, I loved teaching and spent most of my teaching career with teenagers. Great fun!
Interestingly enough, I chose math as my concentration. There is a lot of correlation between math and art, mostly involving patterns. I constantly find myself noticing patterns around me…..in nature, in shadows, in skies. I’ve recently been working with watercolor and collage, mostly using patterns. With collage I unexpectedly found that I like abstract patterning and much of my recent work reflects that.
I’m drawn to watercolor. As unnerving as it can be, I rather like the fact that I am never at any time quite certain what the end result is going to look like! The vibrancy of watercolor, the movement and the mingling of the paint….lovely. And it’s such a thrill when a piece I’ve made really pleases me.
Alexandra K. Sellon - Artist Statement
For me, painting begins with an ink drawing as a kind of armature for the watercolor washes and pungent chalk overlays that follow.
I like to draw in nature, Branford Point or Stony Creek here in Connecticut, but also in transit to other climes, particularly on trains. I've always done these ink drawings that subsequently were painted at home, a visual in which to sink back to the moment when the drawing was done, unfurl the paint and let something new come out, like a bud holding its color till the water and the brush releases it.
The first time painting in watercolor I saw and liked the effect water has on pigment: first, a sparkling mix, then something fluxes and takes form, and provides a surprise for the eye and mind...it seems as though the artist, supposedly in control, is actually in league with another creature: nature itself.