So begins the introduction to artist Casey Shain’s latest exhibition, Local Colour - The Past Presented Today, now on display at the Keyes Gallery, Stony Creek, Connecticut. What better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon, then visiting the Keyes Gallery, on Thimble Island Road and taking in a little art after a day at the shore.
Keyes Gallery presented approximately 80 of the artist’s works. The Sunday afternoon opening was well attended indeed and despite the gloom and doom of the economy red dots were going up on the walls.
It isn’t painting, it’s not sculpture and it’s not typical New England landscape/still life gobbledegook. Bits of parchment, silver foil, flowers and vintage photographs lovingly culled and affixed to barn board, shingles, and antique board. The work is etched, scratched, buffed and burnished and titles include such descriptions as Hoohoo's Honeymoon Harley, Left Behind, Roses are Green, American Beauty Goes and Thank you, Nut Lady. All works are personal to the artist and each one has a story and historical message. Shain’s mixed media works range in palette from the most subtle pastels to bold saturated color and the subject matter takes the visitor back to perhaps our parents or grandparents time. For those of us past that 60 year old set... a reminiscence of youth. Perhaps we too, have photographs and love letters tucked away in our attics but never will they be so kindly displayed as when artist Casey Shain brings history to the present and reminds the visitor of a time not so long ago.
Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
146 Thimble Islands Rd, Stony Creek, CT
Mon.-Thur. 10am-8pm, Fri. & Sat. 10am-5pm,
June 7th-July 2nd:
Local Colour: The Past Presented Today
Premier exhibit of award-winning CT artist Casey Shain.