Friday, December 6, 2019

Kent Public Library's Charlotte Victoria Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

Charlotte Victoria, program coordinator at the Kent Library (and frequently one of their crafting instructors), will be the library’s December Artist of the Month. The exhibit will consist of a series of graphite portraits of characters in the series of science-fantasy novels about a diverse ensemble cast of mermaids, which Charlotte has been writing since 2008. An artist reception with snackage will take place on Saturday, December 14 at 12:30 (this is also Charlotte's birthday, but don't feel like you have to come, but please do come). Charlotte's work will hang in the library from December 2 until December 28.

Artist Statement:
The Undine Isles refers to a series of novels I have been working on since October, 2008, when I was 17. The starting point at which we enter the Isles is when the protagonist, Grace Gallo, gets sucked in and becomes aware that she is now a biologically immortal mermaid, and that she can never go home to her human life or family ever again.

But quickly, both we and Grace discover that the Isles are full of vibrant, diverse, and fascinating womxn who hail from all times and places in earth history. One of my goals in this project is that anyone could imagine themselves as a citizen of the Isles. I am in love with the Kent Library community, who have given me so much love and support, so it’s very special to me that you are taking the time to get acquainted with the most important part of my creative life. Thank you. ~CV

Charlotte Victoria has been a program coordinator at the Kent Public Library since July, 2018, and has worked here since February, 2016. They are currently finishing up their Bachelor’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz, from whence they are set to graduate in May, 2020.

You can find them online at

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Patrick J. Cicalo Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library


Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it is necessity’s child that interests me most. All too often the cycle of life and art reach an apex only to become predictable and stagnant. But out of boredom something grows.
Recently, with idle hands and a head filled with doubt, I took up a project that was partially triggered by a challenge but mostly on a whim. I needed to add a bit of the random to what I’d been doing in my photography and fell headlong into the chemigrams you see here.

In simplest terms, without the use of camera or lens, the chemigram process marries everyday household ingredients with light, traditional silver gelatin photo paper and common darkroom chemistry. But perhaps more importantly, a large dose of trial and error, with the latter being most necessary in giving birth to 

REACTANT (2018-2019).
  - Patrick J. Cicalo

Patrick J. Cicalo
(b.1957, New York, United States) 
A photographer in the contemplative surrealistic style and more recently chemigrams, an alternative camera-less & lens-less photographic process.
A founding partner of Red Circle PhotoArts Collective and an exhibiting member of Soho Photo Gallery in NYC. Current president of Ground Glass, a fine art photography group established in 1975 and based in the Metro NY/Westchester/Fairfield County area.
Instagram: @patrickcicalo

Friday, September 6, 2019

Kent Library's Annamarie Evans Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

By Annamarie Evans

This collection depicts my growth in artistic expression and skill as I navigate through various mediums. These pieces are an assembly of works from projects created for art classes I took at SUNY Oneonta, where I recently graduated after studying Psychology and Studio Art.

During my schooling, I realized that I gravitate towards compositions that consist of ordinary or mundane items. I appreciate that there is both simplicity and complexity in everyday objects, and capturing their essence is a quality that I like to express in my work. In connection to simplicity, my ideal artistic style is realistic and has photographic accuracy. Using charcoal on brown paper has been my favorite method for developing realism as it creates dramatic and lifelike recreations of shadows and highlights. Watercolor has challenged me to achieve that same ideal, but in a completely different way, which has been both frustrating and rewarding. It is much more difficult to create details and be precise with watercolor, but the vibrancy and texture brings a different element of realism that charcoal cannot.

Thank you for taking the time to view my art.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Carole Southall Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

                                                                         Mission Ranch
                                                                            30" 36" Oil

Wilton, CT 

Carole Southall’s most important influences came from her youth in Texas and Missouri, especially the landscapes, and the storytelling artists such as Thomas Hart Benton and Peter Hurd. She studied printmaking with iconic WPA artist Jacob Lawrence at the University of Washington in Seattle where she earned a BFA, and a Masters in Art History. She works full time as Executive Director of Franklin Street Works, a contemporary art space focused on social justice, and lives with her architect husband in Wilton, Connecticut.
I Welcome Your Inquiries!
Carole Southall
8 Freshwater Lane
Wilton, CT 06897