News Release

April 7, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Color and Coney Island Share the Spotlight at LeWitt Gallery

What: Being in the Moment – paintings by Catherine M. Elliott and Coney Island Love Affair – photographs by Lou Russo

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

When: April 29 through August 4, 2010, daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

About the Artists:
Catherine M. Elliott of Simsbury is a contemporary artist whose work is evocative of the American Impressionism style of painting. She states her paintings are primarily of atmospheric and light conditions that depict the grace and elegance of the New England countryside. This exhibit explores and represents her love of color.

"My goal is to capture a moment of time and place with color and form to invoke the viewer to 'see' the sublime," says Elliott. "Even before I begin a work, I'll have a good idea of what I want to achieve on the canvas. Of course a few diversions are welcome along the way. That's what keeps the creative process fresh and alive,'' says the artist.

Elliott’s work won the Grand Prize at the West Hartford Art League’s CT+5 show in 2009. Elliott has created numerous commissioned pieces, both commercial and private. She is an elected member of the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme. She is currently represented by 12 galleries throughout New England and Ireland. She also teaches painting workshops and is a book illustrator.

Lou Russo of West Hartford, studied communications and film in college and after working in television as a videographer and producer, went on to attend the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts. There he found himself more and more interested in the process of storytelling through photography.

"What I’m drawn to most is photographing life as it happens, moments in time that catch my eye and make me want to share my experience with others," says Russo, a Brooklyn, New York native. "It’s how I felt each time I found myself on Coney Island. I wanted others to see this place that I’ve always been so intrigued with."

Russo’s work was recently awarded the Rhode Island School of Design Award at the West Hartford Art League’s CT+5 show. His fine art photography has been exhibited in galleries and art spaces in Manhattan, Chicago, Miami, San Antonio and many other cities. A self-published book of his Coney Island images is in the works.

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