News Release

March 6, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Artists Exhibit at Celeste LeWitt Gallery

What: “In the Moment” paintings by Rita Bond and “Pubs/Structures/Large and Small” paintings by Arthur Bredefeld

Where: Celeste LeWitt Gallery, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington

When: March 13 through June 11, daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About the Artists:
Longtime Simsbury resident Rita Bond turned to art studies to refine her skill as a landscape designer and found a new way to express her creativity. “While studying landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden, I learned that no two people interpret or design the same space in the same way,” states Bond. “And so it is with art. For me, the artist’s work is a creative interplay of imagination and individual sight.”

Bond studied drawing at the Boston Museum of Fine arts and much later continued her art studies at the West Hartford Art League and at the Great River Art Association in Vermont.

She has displayed her artwork at Connecticut galleries, businesses, libraries, schools, and restaurants and has participated in a number of juried shows, including the West Hartford Art League/West Hartford Center Business Association’s “Artwalk,” and West Hartford Art League and the Kent Art Association shows, among others. Her paintings are in collections throughout the state and in California, Maryland, Florida and Great Britain.

Bond, who holds a master’s degree from Teachers College/Columbia University, also served as a visiting artist in the Simsbury school system. She is a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the West Hartford Art League and the Avon Art Association.

Arthur Bredefeld has been drawing and painting for many years and, now retired, is devoting more time to his craft. A former engineer, his keen eye for details, appreciation for fine workmanship in older buildings, and his deft use of oils and acrylics have garnered him praise and acceptance from judges, colleagues and patrons.

He has displayed his work at numerous art shows throughout Connecticut, including the Talcott Mountain Music Festival/City and Country Canvasses Show in Simsbury; juried shows at the Southington and New Britain Art Leagues and at The Gables of Farmington; and exhibits at the Harwinton, Simsbury, Farmington and Bristol libraries.

He has received awards from the Southington and New Britain Art Leagues, and, as a student of the Farmington River School of Art, he won the Holbein Award for “Best Use of Acrylics.”

In addition to his works that highlight historical and other buildings of interest, he also enjoys painting seascapes, landscapes and still-life. Before moving to Bristol, Bredefeld lived near the Madison shore.

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