10 ½” x 13” watercolor/gouache. The “King of Flanders” is a white turkey who resides at Flanders Nature Center. The artist chose to depict him in a regal pose, yet there is some underlying discontent in his personality (perhaps he already knows his fate!). She combined a free-form watercolor background with high detail and contrast in the feathers and wattle with watercolor and gouache. Dorie Petrochko is a wildlife and botanical artist, and a published nature illustrator, who has taught art for more than a decade. Before that her undergraduate and graduate training was in art, and her lifelong passions are traveling, birding, and painting wildlife, as she supports conservation organizations near and far.
16" x 20" mixed media painting with charcoal and acrylic. This series involves studies of people -- sitting, sleeping, waiting, watching – in various settings, all drawn on location and painted afterwards. The grandson of American painter Howard Ashman Patterson, Michael Patterson graduated from SUNY Purchase with honors. His work is in more than 1,500 private collections and he has made his living exclusively from selling his art for more than twenty years. One of his paintings was exhibited at the 2007 Louvre International Exhibition, and he is a former cover artist for the Flanders Benefit Auction.
Patrick Griffin of Griffin Woodworks is pleased to donate this handcrafted candle stand table. Measuring 26" tall with a round, stained tiger maple top that is 19" across, the base is turned with 3 legs and made of maple that is painted black. The outstanding piece will add style and grace to nearly any room of your home. Patrick has studied sculpture and film at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, as well as Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. He has been making furniture at his studio in Woodbury for nearly 30 years.
21” x 21” x ¾” composition of ceramic tiles with painted and powdered ceramic stain. In this piece, Elizabeth MacDonald discovers “the dance” from many colored pieces, and finds the rhythm to create the composition. MacDonald received her BFA from Chatham College, and she attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has been commissioned for murals by hotels, medical centers, and major corporations in New York, Boston, and Baltimore. Her most recent commissions are for the chapel in New Milford Hospital, and the Wilbur Cross High school in New Haven. In Hartford, her work can be seen at DEP headquarters, ITT/The Hartford, and the Hartford Courant.
This platter/cutting board is hand-carved from English Oak. Andy Peklo is so talented with wood that his pieces are classified as both art and functional. This piece is a further exploration of the combination of a serving platter and a cutting board. Peklo is an architect and joiner doing residential architecture and woodworking. He and his family live and work out of their own renovation project: The Mill at Pomperaug, an 1835 woolen mill on the Pomperaug River in Woodbury.