News Release

November 15, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Accomplished "Mixus" Artists Featured in New Show

Exhibit: "Meet Mixus – Mixed Media Artists"

Where: Main and Mezzanine lobbies, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington

When: November 29 - February 13, daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mixus: A group of local mixed media and collage artists who meet regularly to share ideas, discuss each others' artwork, techniques, and materials, and share art-related information. The group began meeting six years ago.

The Mixus Artists:
Judy Cantwell, a gel transfer mixed-media artist, has won several local awards for her outstanding work. Her engaging and nostalgic pieces capture local points of interest, people and history. Cantwell is a Canton resident and an active board member of the Canton Artists' Guild.

Vi Joshua, for many years a successful well traveled fiber artist, currently enjoys many forms of mixed media especially assemblage and encaustic abstracts. He lives in Simsbury.

Award-winning collage artist Hannah Libman, creates vibrant landscapes, abstracts and whimsical portraits using a variety of marbleized, painted and printed papers. Libman, a resident of Bloomfield, is on faculty of the West Hartford Art League.

Bunny Millan of Simsbury has a very painterly approach to her mixed media work. Landscapes, floras and portraits are done with vibrant colors and textures.

Jill Henderson Pasanen incorporates her experiences as a painter and a dancer with her successful use of painted papers, markings, ink, and printing into abstracts, flora collages, and landscapes. Her works capture the energy and rhythm of a dancer in lively colorful abstracts. She lives in Burlington.

Relatively new Simsbury artist Thelma Pierce, experiments with various methods of collage. She is currently working with paper – purchased, scavenged, and personally painted – creating works that range from realistic to abstract with a minimalist approach.

Alberta L. Richetelle uses painted papers and acrylics in her abstract collages to suggest nature, the seasons and the rhythms of life. She is currently experimenting with the human form and portraits. She lives in New Britain.

Hartford resident Carolyn Tertes creates powerful mixed-media collages using a limited palette and multiple layers. She is interested in texture and the appearance of depth in her work and uses new techniques to present faux encaustic, the look of a wax surface.

Sue Williams of Avon has a colorful approach to collage using hand decorated papers in floral and abstract works. Her work has a unique textual quality and often explores women's themes .

C. Dianne Zweig of Avon is influenced by mid-century designs, retro-motifs, vintage bark cloth and the art of the doodle. In addition to her artwork, she is the author of "Hot Kitchen and Home Collectibles, 30s, 40s, 50s."

Editor's Note: For more information about Mixus artists, call Pasanen at 860-673-1728 or e-mail to   

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