Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut launches new online gallery


Paul Steinmetz | July 1, 2020


The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is presenting an online gallery in support of artists and art enthusiasts.

CA Gallery, launches a new online gallery of original artwork in response to the pandemic but here to stay. The first exhibit features work from participants of the 2020 Accessible Art Project that would have been presented at venues throughout Danbury. Due to the pandemic, many “live” exhibits have been suspended.

The online exhibit, available through early September, is categorized by medium and individual pieces may be purchased.

“CA Gallery is a service to benefit artists and the general public,” said Cultural Alliance Executive Director Lisa Scails. “While the digital platform is no substitute for a live experience, it does provide greater access to original works of art. The online venue will also allow the Cultural Alliance to support artists in the future who work in sculpture, makers, music, writers, and much more.”

Some of the artists, presenting a wide variety of outlooks, include:

Marc Jaffe of New Fairfield

“My camera is just a tool for me to use my creativity,” Jaffe says. “I love to be able to see the results right away and know how it will look later when I twist it around in the computer. Most of my work is shot while moving without looking through the camera, using the built-in flash of a good pocket camera. Much of my work is now almost black until I process the raw file. I have been pretty shocked when I see the results. My current series is Fireworks.”

Larry Morse of The Bronx, New York

“The creation of representative art has always been very gratifying to me, ” Morse says. “However, non-representative and abstract methods of visual expression have revealed and developed in me a heightened understanding and passion which best feeds my creative process. And in this way of making art, I endeavor to bring viewers, briefly, to a place that reminds them of the experience of that encounter early in life, with a brand new world and thereby afford the sensation of that delicious disorientation they felt.”

Jean Hatcherson of Danbury

“As a cultural anthropologist, when taking photographs, I use the participant observation approach,” Hatcherson says. “I look for compositions that are ethnographic — even when the subjects are non-human. My pictures are never staged. When shooting in situ, I keep in mind light, color and contrast. Interestingly, though I study people, I tend to focus my lens on architecture, landscapes and natural phenomena, leaning recently towards portraits of vegetation and insects. I hope the viewer finds the art beautiful, that they are informed and intrigued by the images.”

Susan Margolis of Ridgefield

“The sculpture I do is often driven by ideas and made in response to events, emotions, people, and places we share. The forms, surface refinements and materials used invite exploration of different concepts. Several materials, techniques and approaches are explored simultaneously. Drawing and Photography provide a way to intensely observe the world. I’ve found that subtractive sculpture (where material is taken away in order to reveal a form) gives shape to that which is missing. The act of carving stone memorializes, both in concept and in form. I’m currently working on a series of memory pieces in Rutilated Quartz.”