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    Abstract sculptor Richard Jaworowski has worked in marble and wood for over 50 years, creating forms derived from nature and the human figure. Approaching each new piece with a sense of hope and renewal, his working process is one of discovery, problems, solutions, joy, and pride. Through an innate understanding and respect for his raw materials, Jaworowski transforms a block of marble or a thoughtfully selected piece of wood into a sensual and organic abstraction, employing fluid lines and complex, undulating surfaces.

    Working in marble, Jaworowski employs a classical Italian method of carving with the traditional hammer and mallet, with the addition of power tools, including a hammer drill, rotary saws, and grinders. While working with wood, he seeks native woods distinctive in color and texture that will enable him to give form to his vision.

    Jaworowski’s sculptures are included in unlicensed and private collections throughout the United States, including the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Florida, the UCONN Medical Center, the Baystate Medical Center, and in the City of Milford collection at Parsons Square. He has shown his work in Florida, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New York, and throughout Connecticut. In addition, a marble sculpture was selected for the 42nd Annual Exhibition of the National Sculpture Society in New York. Jaworowski attended Southern Connecticut State University.

    Artist’s statement

    My art is an affirmation rather than confrontation. It is an art that affirms the value of life. It is an art of nature’s power. It is an art that echoes the beauty of the human form, and through my art, I explore the passions and mysteries of the mind. It is an art that presents intrinsic joy and an aesthetic challenge.

    I am a sculptor of dreams. I do not carve to represent reality. The fluid line, the gentle swell of the human form, and fleeting images of nature’s beauty are the elements I use as I create the shapes and forms that suggest emotions. The perception of beauty, with no need to define further, and the need to touch and explore each piece are the responses I desire for my viewers.

    We live in a world awash with social and political confrontation, and I value art that affirms the positive, strengthening our spirit and reading us for tomorrow.

    - Richard Jaworowski





    Plein air painter Barbara Lussier revels in the beauty of nature, seeking the sublime and intellectualizing her keen observations. The romance of color and light is at the heart of her artistic soul, and her work has been described as “poetry.”

    Intrigued by the painters of the Hudson River School since the age of 14, Lussier recognizes that, for her, the outdoors is a church and sanctuary. In searching for exquisite and evocative compositions, Lussier is undaunted by sun, rain, freezing temperatures, or nearly inaccessible locations, and seeks fields, marshes, and streams that invite her in.

    Lussier’s art has been exhibited internationally and throughout New England. She has won awards from numerous arts organizations, including the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Rockport Art Association, Hudson Valley Art Association and Academic Artists’ Association. Through an invitation by a United States ambassador, her work was selected for exhibition at the U.S. embassy in Taipei, Taiwan. Moreover, she has taught plein air painting both privately and at educational institutions, including the Lyme Art Association, where she is an elected member and has been president of the Board of Directors.

    Lussier earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with high honors from the University of Hartford and continued her studies at the Ringling School of Art, Hartford College for Women, and Lyme Academy. Prominent in the history of American Impressionism, Lyme is the site where her heroes, Childe Hassam and William Metcalf, worked from the 1880s to the early 1900s.

    Please visit barbaralussiergallery.com for further information.

    Artist’s Statement

    For me, painting is truly a drive. Painting is an intellectual and abstract activity, and simply, I have no choice but to paint. I am continually painting in my mind, living each moment unencumbered by anything that distracts me from my artistic impulse.

    I work for that moment of lucid insight that enables one to ascend to a higher plane; when observations are abstracted and forms become windows to another way of seeing. My church is outside, and God presents himself everywhere out there.

    As I have grown as an artist, the cerebral nature of my creative process has evolved. I am always striving to make my work more evocative.

    - Barbara Lussier





    Born in Paris, France, of Russian émigréparents, Olga Poloukhine came to the United States after World War II. Upon graduating from high school, she received a bachelor of arts degree from Douglass College at Rutgers, with a high honors paper on "The Russian Icon.” She continued at Columbia Teachers College, earning a Master’s in Art Education. After several years of teaching in public schools, Poloukhine began focusing on her own work. She first devoted herself almost entirely to graphics, creating images of landscapes and beach scenes inspired by her beloved winter retreat in B.W.I. At that time she was represented by John Szoke in Manhattan. Poloukhine was a founding member of the L.I. Graphic Eye Gallery and served as the president from 1989 to 1991. Poloukhine is also a member of Christians in the Visual Arts and New York Society of Women Artists.

    She works in oil, acrylic, and egg tempera and her body of work includes mixed media works on paper, etchings, and intaglio prints. Her prints were included in the traveling show Mini-Print Biennial with exhibitions in locations in Spain, France, United Kingdom, Korea, Mexico, Andorra, and Columbia. Poloukhine has artwork in the permanent collection of the Zimmerly Museum at Rutgers, Queens Museum in New York, and many churches and private collections. She has published with Hendrickson Publishers and Watson-Guptill. Poloukhine is currently represented by the Albert Shahinian Gallery in Rhinebeck, NY.

    For further information, please visit studio.poloukhine.com

    Artist’s Statement

    We all live with a duality which is intrinsic to our human nature: on the one hand, an inner world of faith, of interiority: the thread of prayer, of relationship to God. On the other, our outer world of relationships with people, with nature: the persona we put forth.  Historically we may live in a world “on edge,” but it is the encounter with a personal “edge,” the edge where the outer world encounters my interiority, which I address in my paintings.

    I also work as an iconographer, but it is in my secular work, work much influenced by iconography but retaining the quintessential “secular” quality of being an expression of personal feelings and reactions, that I confront the tension of human duality, that “edge” between our interiority and our encounter with the outer world. 

    - Olga Poloukhine