Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fresh Impressions - Paintings by Jessica Torrant at the Good News Cafe

Alive Again, Acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"

FRESH IMPRESSIONS by Jessica Torrant

In her latest collection of paintings, Fresh Impressions, Jessica Torrant explores an abstract direction inspired by Impressionist techniques, brush strokes, and color chemistry. Rather than conveying an impression of a landscape or still life, Jessica is exploring a more internal landscape of emotion and states of being. Her intention is to create works of art that resonate various energies and lead the eye into deeper dimensions. Jessica hopes viewers will respond to each piece uniquely, engaging in a quiet, personal conversation through visual meditation. 

Please join me at the Good News Cafe for the opening reception of my latest exhibit, Sunday, December 4th from 3-5 pm. There will be refreshments and I will be there, as well as the other exhibiting artist Marlow Shami, to meet and chat with visitors. If you can't make it Sunday, the exhibit will be hanging through January 31, 2012 so be sure to treat yourself to an exquisite meal by one of Connecticut's most esteemed chefs, surrounded by original art! 

"Carole Peck's Good News Cafe is a 170-seat full-service restaurant, winning top awards year after year from Zagat's Guide, Connecticut Magazine and The New York Times, to name a few. Zagat called Carole Peck's Good News Cafe one of the, "Top Restaurants in the U.S." 

Sneak Peek - Hanging the Show

Today my husband and I took my new collection of paintings to the Good News Cafe in Woodbury, CT to hang my show, Fresh Impressions. Here is a sneak peak of the work hanging in the main dining room.

Preparing for this exhibit was a thrill - sure, there were moments of doubt or anxiety, but that's par for the course for me. Knowing I had the entire main dining room to myself gave me an opportunity to have a real, cohesive, solo exhibit and I think, now that I've seen them all hanging together, that I accomplished my goal.

Another artist, Marlow Shami, is exhibiting her amazing digital artwork in the other dining room (the bar/lounge divides the space between us). I think our work really compliments one another and I see a lot of common themes visually, even though our work is very different both in medium and design. Still, we share the commonality of abstractly weaving a pattern, the parts making up the whole, and I hope visitors will find an interesting dialogue between the two different bodies of work.

There will be an opening this Sunday and now that I've got the work hanging and I've met Marlo, who is lovely, I feel so relieved and very excited for the opening! Here are some pictures of us setting up and the finished walls. I hope to have lots more pictures to share after the opening as well.

See my other post about the show for more details.