Artists Live

Artists Live is a program curated and created by Kathleen Zimmerman in partnership with the Mansfield Downtown Partnership. It is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, State of Connecticut's Office of the Arts and WindhamArts, making it possible for regional professional level artists to show and interact with the community in and around Storrs in Mansfield, Connecticut. 

BearHug1, digital archival print, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

BearHug1, digital archival print, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Artists Live is an art program created to enhance what the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. and the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry are already doing in Storrs Center by adding the visual arts to their program of events. At the designated site, the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center at 23 Royce Circle, Kathleen Zimmerman will curate a series of exhibitions, lead artists discussions and facilitate an active exchange between the guest artists and the public. The Mansfield Downtown Partnership will provide the place where the community can view the work throughout each month as well as meet and interact with the participating artists. This way the community can gain insight into the creative process and an understanding of what it is like to be a working artist. The artists, in turn will share their work and their knowledge with the public in this intimate space, fostering a greater understanding between the artists and the community. The Mansfield Downtown Partnership thus will be able to continue their support for the arts and make Storrs Center the place to go for current culture enhancing this area both for the temporary student and the permanent resident populations. It will provide an alternative choice to the imported and historic artists work that is currently what the community has access to by granting access to some of the state's award-winning  "living" artists. 

Hood Series - Father, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Hood Series - Father, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

The program provides one exhibition and artist discussion per month starting in March 2017 running throughout December 2017 with the exception of August. The exhibitions will begin the first Friday of each month and will be on view until the final Friday of that month. The site will be open and free of charge to the public Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm. Additionally, each final Friday of the month from 5pm - 6pm, the exhibiting artist will engage in an artist discussion with Kathleen Zimmerman followed by a reception from 6pm-7pm providing the artist and the public a chance to become better acquinted. The participating artists are Gigi Horr Liverant, Anne Eisner, Frank Bruckmann, Gar Waterman, Oi Fortin, Jean Dalton, Lynita Shimizu, Nan Runde, Kathleen Zimmerman and John Harris in that order. 

Regional Arts Grant was awarded to Kathleen Zimmerman & The Mansfield Downtown Partnership. 

Note: Kathleen Zimmerman will be exhibiting from the first Friday until the final Friday in November.

Westville Gallery Celebrates Valentines Day With “Couples”

Article in New Haven Independent by ALLAN APPEL | Feb 11, 2016 3:56 pm

(photos provided by Zimmerman Fine Art Studio)

Lovers Series - Balance, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Lovers Series - Balance, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Forget those pulsating red hearts, those shiny diamond rings, the giant glistening chocolates, and all the broad-brush emotion and extravagant color of traditional Valentine’s Day contemporary iconography.

Chop Series - Pets1, graphite drawing, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman 

Chop Series - Pets1, graphite drawing, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman 

Chop Series - Pets2, graphite drawing, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Chop Series - Pets2, graphite drawing, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

For a Valentine’s Day venue that eschews bombast yet celebrates pairing, try “Couples,” a holiday-themed exhibition of Kathleen Zimmerman‘s prints and sculptures.

Block Head Series - Monkey 1, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Block Head Series - Monkey 1, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Block Head Series - Monkey 2, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Block Head Series - Monkey 2, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

It runs at the Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville through Sunday; Zimmerman will be on hand that day to chat and talk about “Couples.”

WoMan Series - Wo, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

WoMan Series - Wo, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

“I find beauty in simple lines and forms,” Zimmerman has written, and she practices what she preaches in the generally small scale intaglio prints that line the central space of the gallery.

Hood Series - FatherHood, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman  

Hood Series - FatherHood, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

 

Hood Series - MotherHood, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Hood Series - MotherHood, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Zimmerman’s work — pairings in different formations and settings of images of animals, trees, musicians, watery surfaces, and lovers, among others — is all in black and white, with a touch of color only here or there, because, as she also notes, “I only use color when it adds to the meaning.”

Dance Series - Waltz, digital archival print, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Dance Series - Waltz, digital archival print, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

In this show the meanings have primarily to do with the effect on the viewer, as well as the artist, of dealing in doubles. As none of us is ever able to get out of ourselves, dealing in doubles seems a way to handle that thorny epistemological problem.

EastWest Series - Cosmology, digital archival print, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

EastWest Series - Cosmology, digital archival print, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

“I don’t always work in pairs, but when I was getting ready for this exhibition I began thinking how I use them in my work,” Zimmerman wrote to this reporter by email. “Sometimes I use separate yet related work to make one visual statement. I use mirrored images to demonstrate the strength of a design. I look at two different ways of thinking in the same image and sometimes I even work back and forth between two dimensional and three dimensional media exploring the same idea.”

Love Series - BearHug 1, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Love Series - BearHug 1, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Bear Hug, hydrocal model for cast bronze  sculpture, cast at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Bear Hug, hydrocal model for cast bronze  sculpture, cast at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Cosmic Cow, hydrocal model for cast bronze sculpture, cast at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Cosmic Cow, hydrocal model for cast bronze sculpture, cast at Zimmerman Fine Art Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman

Cosmic Cow Series - LightDark, graphite drawing, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman 

Cosmic Cow Series - LightDark, graphite drawing, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman 

Zimmerman’s work is complemented in the front and back area galleries at Kehler Liddell by samples of the work of the cooperative gallery’s other artists.Some of them, like photographer Mark K. St. Mary, got in the couples frame of mind by showing paired works as well.  In St. Mary’s case, his intense, archival photo prints, almost microscopic views of sections of painted over, abandoned storefront doors, originally were in a grouping larger than two.  The others in the group did not converse with each other “tonally,” he said. So he pulled from them a single pair.


Gallery showcases local artists


JAMES POST    JAN 25, 2016
STAFF REPORTER AT YALE DAILY NEWS

Northern wall of Couples installation.

Northern wall of Couples installation.

New Haven’s Kehler Liddell Gallery hosted an opening reception on Sunday for two exhibitions that will run until Valentine’s Day and set the stage for the Elm City’s celebration of love. One exhibition, entitled “Couples,” features the work of local artist and Kehler Liddell Gallery member Kathleen Zimmerman. “New Year/New Work,” the second exhibition showcases the work of 20 of the 21 artists who are members of this Whalley Avenue gallery. Casey McDougal, a Screen Actor’s Guild actor, performed a mini-play inspired by “Couples,” during the reception.

“Well, since it’s coming up to Valentine’s Day, I decided to think about how I used paired images in my work,” Zimmerman said. “There are a number of [artists in the other exhibition] that played off of my theme, too.”

Southern wall of Couples installation.

Southern wall of Couples installation.

Zimmerman’s exhibition builds off her earlier work, in particular “EastWest Series” —  a collection of prints that brought Eastern and Western ideas together, visually comparing the two cultures. For “Couples,” Zimmerman expanded upon the concept of mirrored, paired and reflected images.

Eastern wall of Couples installation.

Eastern wall of Couples installation.

The theme of “Couples” naturally complements Zimmerman’s preferred medium, printmaking, Zimmerman said. The etching or carving from which a print is made is always a mirror image of the print itself.

“[The exhibition’s concept] depended upon the strength of the design … because sometimes, you look at [a design] one way and it looks fine, and you flip it over and you think it’s terrible,” Zimmerman said. “I started realizing that I can draw both ways and the design will work both ways.”

Western wall of Couples installation.

Western wall of Couples installation.

New Year/New Work,” features a diverse collection of etchings, sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from the other gallery members — all of which are from the Greater New Haven region. For group shows, all gallery members are invited to contribute. Gar Waterman, a co-founder of the gallery, noted that the gallery is currently an “unusual hybrid” of its typical self. Usually, the gallery features two solo shows and one group show with a single piece from each gallery member, Waterman said. But because the only solo show is Zimmerman’s, “New Year/New Work” features multiple works from each contributing member. This amalgam of art pieces captures the rich history of collaboration among the gallery’s artists.

“This gallery came out of a development that my wife, [Thea Buxbaum], was part of founding called ‘ArLoW,’ ArtLoftsWest, which is actually New Haven’s first and only artist-affordable housing program,” Waterman said. “We helped get this place off the ground with a few other artists who we knew at the time, and it has managed to keep its doors open for the last 10 years or so.”

The gallery’s next exhibitions, “Matter and Time,” “Looking Southwest” and “Many Voices, One Song,” open Feb. 18.


Couples

Couples

by caseymcdougal

"I thought you might want to perform."

Me? Perform? Nahhhh.  :)

Kathleen Zimmerman has an exhibit called "Couples" at the Kehler Liddel Gallery in New Haven, CT.  She and I have been talking for the past few years about collaborating at some point on a project, but nothing has really stuck. Until now!

The theme of "Couples" is present in much of her work, and also aligns well with Valentine's Day, the last day of the exhibit. So, from there, I had pretty much free reign to write about whatever I wanted, which is:

awesome.

and also - terrifying.

I had to once again come face to face with the trap that many artists put themselves in, which is making themselves write about a certain thing in a certain way. I kept trying to delineate specific topics and relate them to specific pieces of art in the exhibit, but then I realized I was missing the point.

It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago, when I sat down one afternoon with zero distractions and just let myself write, that 1.5 hours later, I had the solid foundation for my performance piece.

I have performed solo many times, but I have never done quite what this will be.

So I am working in an artistic coupling (ha) for my piece, by using the gallery space and incorporating the artwork as a background and foundation for my acting performance, but I also have another layer of collaboration in this.

I asked artist Alyssa DelCampo to create something based off a horrible sketch (I am not the visual artist here) in order to create a fun program for me to hand out before my performance. I just received the original piece in the mail yesterday and I am so excited because not only did she do an amazing job, but it just reiterates how creation is happening around us and through us all of the time.

This particular project has been built upon a series of impulses. An impulse to work with artists of other mediums, an impulse to follow through on wacky ideas so others can build them into something more beautiful, and an impulse to trust myself 100%.

While writing this blog, a documentary filmmaker friend called me and we got to talking about - well, everything, but she said, "Follow your path. Use your voice and share your gifts. You are here for a reason."

While the above quotation may seem cliche, it is completely true. Each of us is here to do something so extremely specific, which is to BE OURSELVES.  I think many people often agonize over this, because we are such a results-driven society, but in my experience, the more you allow, the more room you have to figure out what you really want to do.

My wish for myself, for you, and truly everyone is to make this year a radical one. If that means being nicer to yourself, or finally finishing that project, or taking that class you have always wanted to take, I hope you do it. Because it is way more boring and at times, painful to just have a brilliant idea and do nothing with it. Creation is an action, not just a thought.

On that note, I hope you will join us on Sunday, January 24th from 3pm-6pm to see some beautiful visual art, partake in some chocolate, wine, and cruelty free food, and of course, see my performance (4:30opm-5pm) as well!

Have a great radical weekend.

 

Space Series - Saturn Siesta, intaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman 

Space Series - Saturn Siestaintaglio print with charcoal, printed at Dog's Eye Print Studio, artwork and copyright by Kathleen Zimmerman