The Farmington Valley Arts Center coalition is presenting this September's exhibit. Their bios and statements are below.
Kevin Mihaly - Mihaly Portrait Design
Kevin creates individualized portraits that reveal the subject’s unique spirit. His easy going style, attention to detail and specialized customer service allow him to make the entire photographic experience an enjoyable one. Kevin captures that distinctive spirit in every photograph, resulting in a unique work of art, finished on the finest paper or canvas and masterfully matted and framed. Mihaly Portrait Design provides studio and on location services for children, families, engagements, high school seniors, reunions, maternity, fashion, corporate, events and celebrations. We also have a wide selection of Asian landscapes. Prior to the opening of his current studio in Avon, Connecticut, Kevin’s studio was located in Tokyo, Japan where his work was featured in Asian and European magazines. His work is also displayed in Japanese homes and galleries and enjoyed by families around the world. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and London, England and he received extensive photographic training at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts. Previously, Kevin worked for ESPN. He joined the network when it was a fledgling two year old organization and for 20 years worked within the production department contributing to achieving the growth and reputation ESPN enjoys today. During his tenure with ESPN, Kevin was honored with three Emmy awards recognizing his ability to tell stories by using creative visual elements along with meaningful narrative.
I have always been an artist. Professionally, this has taken me down many paths. Dress Designer (hated the industry), Basket Maker (slow work, no money), Art Teacher (loved it and I was good), Art Historian (needed a doctorate), Graphic Designer (computer-phobic), Jewelry Maker (passing fancy), Art Administrator (I was terrible), Painter/Sculptor (love it, need more discipline), Art Therapist (my present career, is wonderful!). It has been a bumpy and exciting ride (especially for someone who doesn’t like rollercoasters).
Sandy is the consummate artist, who consistently endeavors to catch the essence of her subject, be it the pose of a fashionista, a sun-drenched luxurious meadow, or a coquettish shoe. Painting is her pulse, and her canvasses POP with provocative color and a flirtatious style. Sandy attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and has studied with professional artists, Bob Noreika, Beth Ellis, Charles Slovek, Stuart Shils and Ilona Levitz, among others. Sandy has exhibited at the Fisher Gallery at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, Chase Gallery at the Jewish Community Center, West Hartford, West Hartford Art League, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford Stage, Real Art Ways, On Twenty, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Sandy has been featured in the Hartford Courant numerous times, West Hartford Public Television, Farmington Valley Arts Center Connections, and Artist Magazine’s featured artist. “Painting is vital to my life. I paint from a youthful, fresh, feminine and passionate perspective. Summer is my mirror, and fashion is my muse. My palette is filled with the delicious colors of summer. The many faces and inner beauty of women fascinate me. I’m excited by the beauty that surrounds me. This is how I choose to create my life and my art.”
Deborah is a professional and award winning artist and art instructor who lives in a small historic town in Connecticut. Her focus and passion is related to the artistic development of the beginner painter and their continued artistic success. Her working studio at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT is a lovely, quiet and inspiring place. At least twenty other professional artists work there as well. The studios are open year round to the visiting public and offers two seasonal openings in the spring and winter months.
Claire is primarily a landscape painter working in oils and acrylic paints. She resides in Avon with her husband Robert and has a studio at the Farmington Valley Art Center in Avon. She raised a family of four, taught school, worked at CIGNA and for the past ten years has devoted her days to painting and creating monotypes. She has taken many classes and workshops with local and nationally known artists to further her knowledge of the painting process. She paints landscapes with rolling hills and farms. During the cold winter months she brings fresh flowers to her studio to paint still lives. Claire is living her dream to paint beautiful, peaceful paintings. She has shown her work at many juried shows throughout the state and has been the recipient of awards for her work. She has had solo shows at CHUBB, Trinity College, Town and County, Bin 228 and Piccolo Arancio.