“Life Lines” An exhibition of photography and drawings from nature
AT ROCKWELL ART GALLERY IN NEW CANAAN
NEW CANAAN, CT APRIL 15, 2011 ROCKWELL Art Gallery in New Canaan anticipates the onset of spring with a celebration of life. The exhibition features the finely detailed wildlife pencil illustrations of Patty Storms and the vivid narrative photography of Michael Pressman. The two artists are paired for the first time with their varying mediums highlighting details of nature. The exhibit opens April 15th, 2011, continuing through May 6th, 2011.
A reception is scheduled for Friday April 15th from 6:00 to 8:00p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Rockwell Art Gallery/ New Canaan is located at 9 Burtis Ave, New Canaan CT 06840. Phone: 203-594-7177. For more information please visit http://pattystorms.com/pages/michael-patty-rockwell-announcement.html
Patty Storms (www.pattystorms.com), originally from Maine, is a lifetime artist and began her passion for drawing and painting at an early age. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Art History she worked at both Christie’s and LIGHT Gallery in New York City in the field of 19th and 20th century photography. Through her career as an artist, she has worked in several mediums including oil, watercolor, pencil, pen and ink and ceramics.
In 2004, Patty returned to her love of pottery, becoming a ceramic art instructor and co-owner of Lakeside Pottery, with husband Morty Bachar. She has discovered that her three dimensional ceramic work has strengthened her painting and drawing.
“In my pencil drawings, I hope to reveal emotion and convey a story by using a wide range of values and realistic expression without the added influence of color. Pencil gives me the ability to create drama with light and shadow, express feeling with both subtle and strong application of line, and illustrate texture and surface with the technical intricacies of the medium. I try to maintain a sense of intimacy allowing the viewer to see my hand while being impacted by the storytelling.
My focus recently, on animal portraits, has allowed me to further explore techniques and methods to depict texture, value and line while hoping to accurately represent both the animal’s realism and spirit. Preserving the environment and protecting the animal kingdom are very important to me and, with my drawings I tried to give the beasts a podium from which to speak.” Patty Storms
Michael N. Pressman (www.michaelpressmanphotography.com) more than 30 years as a national broadcast journalist working for both ABC News and NBC News, on programs that included ABC News 20/20, Dateline NBC, and the Today show. Mostly working in “long-form”news magazines and documentariesas a producer, director, and writer, he is the recipient of the Overseas Press Club’s Edward R. Murrow Award, Emmy, and Cine Golden Eagle awards.
Mr. Pressman was introduced to photography at a very early age first receiving a Brownie camera at age seven, soon after a 4 x 5 Graphlex, a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex, and then his first SLR, which were all hand-me-downs from his father. Soon, in the family darkroom, he was developing film and making prints for his Brooklyn neighbors (for 3 cents a print!). Throughout the decades, as a New York City teacher and during his long television career, he continued taking pictures. It was a passionate hobby that he would return to fulltime in the spring of 2010.
Recently, Michael has exhibited his work in the New York City metropolitan area at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, the Greenburgh Public Library, and the Harriet Ross Gallery and Studio.
“The difference between an ordinary snapshot and a memorable image is in large part the difference between a moment and the moment. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment” was born out of his uncanny ability to crystallize a moment in timemaking his photojournalistic street images revealing, moving, and profound. But the term applies to all photography. Of course, any photographer is concerned with composition, color, light, and gesture, but if an image doesn’t add up to a singular, timeless essence, it fades quickly from memory. Whether it’s a bear fishing, a butterfly sipping, light dappling a country barn, or a foggy mountain top, the viewer of any image must feel that a unique moment has been captured. These are the moments I seek.” Michael Pressman
About Rockwell Art Galleries
Rockwell Art Galleries has six locations in Fairfield County, CT: in Wilton at 379 Danbury Road; in New Canaan at 9 Burtis Avenue; in Westport at 236 Post Rd East (Imperial Plaza), in Ridgefield at 470 Main Street, in Stamford at 891 High Ridge Rd, and in Fairfield at 1630 Post Road. In addition to original fine art, all Rockwell galleries offer custom framing, installation services and in-home and corporate art advisory services. The galleries are open 10:00am-5:30pm Tues- Sat (New Canaan is open Mondays) all galleries are closed on Sunday. To see the full roster of Rockwell artists, visit www.rockwellartgalleries.com.