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Greater Hartford Arts Council 2007 New Boston Fund



21 May 2007


Paesaggio at 100 Pearl is pleased to present an exhibition of the 2007 grant recipients of the Greater Hartford Arts Council's New Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship program. The ten grant recipients include painters, a ceramic artist, a filmmaker/animator, musicians, a composer, theatre/performance artists, a writer and a dancer/choreographer.


The New Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship program supports outstanding artists residing in the Greater Hartford region. By giving cash awards each year, New Boston Fund, a real estate investment, development and management firm and the Greater Hartford Arts Council hope to reinforce the importance and value of individual artists in the local community. The grants are intended to supplement the artists' income so that they can devote their time to the creation of their art.


"New Boston Fund and our Urban Strategy America Connecticut initiative are thrilled to once again fund this Individual Artists Fellowship program," said Jerry Rappaport, president of New Boston Fund. "The arts are important to cultivating a city's cultural community and I am glad to be able to provide support to artists focusing on their passions."

"One of the measures of a community's creativity and cultural health is the number of artists it's able to support," said Ken Kahn, executive director of the Greater Hartford Arts Council. "Greater Hartford is fortunate to have thousands of artists of all types living and working here, some as part of our remarkable array of arts institutions, and some on their own. They help greatly to give our region its flair and personality."These fellowships are one way that we are helping to support and encourage their work and give them prominence in our community," he said. "We're very grateful to have such a strong partner in New Boston Fund."


The 2007 New Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship recipients are:


Carlos Boltes, musician, Bloomfield. Boltes, a native of Chile, is a performer with the Alturas Duo, promoting and developing the repertoire of classical and folkloric music from South America. He plays and gives master classes in the charango, (one of the most popular Chilean instruments), and is an instructor of violin and viola at the Hartt Community Division at the University of Hartford.


James Brunelle, Jr., ceramic artist, New Britain.

Brunelle is a ceramic artist, with a particular emphasis on raku work, who has been working in the field for over twenty years as an exhibiting artist and teacher. His sculptures and vessels are classic in form with an organic surface treatment that is the result of the Raku and Pit firing techniques that he employs.


Joy  Floyd, visual artist, Hartford.

Floyd is a collage artist who uses found materials to create abstract compositions. She recycles cast off materials that might include used colorful fabrics, an old tattered Bible cover, a faded cookie can lid, a scrap of oxidized copper, a marbleized sheet of paper, a button or a shell, and transforms them into beautiful collages that honor the history of the object while imbuing them with a new life.


Kenneth Fuchs, composer, Mansfield Center.

Fuchs is a contemporary composer who writes concert music for orchestra, band, chorus, jazz ensembles and chamber groups. Several of his musical compositions are inspired by the work of visual artists, among them, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Mothewell. Fuchs is the head of the Department of Music at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.


Steve Ginsberg, theater artist, Hartford.

Ginsburg defines himself as an ensemble theater artist whose theater work draws from the styles of Hip-Hop Theater, Commedia Dell' Arte and Theater of the Oppressed, to create stories about real people, real situations and real hope. His HartBeat Ensemble is Hartford's only metropolitan-based theater company committed to the creation of new performances through social change. HartBeat seeks to empower communities through a unique process that combines oral history, youth outreach and education and community participation.


Deborah Goffe, dancer/choreographer, Hartford.

Goffe is a dance educator teaching at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Trinity College, who also freelances as a videographer and sound designer. In 2002, she created Scapegoat Garden, a collaborative dance theater with a mission to create daring interdisciplinary and multisensory performance intended to stir those who witness or participate. To date, Goffe has created three evening length performance works based in dance, video and text.


Dean Kalman Lennert, animator/filmmaker, Simsbury.

Lennert has over twenty years of professional experience creating animation for film and television, using a full range of styles and techniques. His career highlights include work for Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live and the Oscar nominated feature, Ice Age. His current project is a15 minute narrative animation entitled, Dear Anna Olson.


Carol Padberg, visual artist, West Hartford.

Padberg is a painter working in the wax medium of encaustic. Her paintings are based on the jumble of logos found in our visual environment from which she creates a hybrid of found and invented visual forms. Her most recent works employ shapes taken directly from modernist typography fonts. Padberg's paintings have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. She is an Associate Professor of Painting at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.


Katharine Swartz, writer, West Hartford.

Swartz is a fictional writer with over 100 published short stories and serials (novel length works published over a period of weeks) to her credit. Her writings have been published in such magazines as Woman's World (US), The People's Friend (Great Britain), You Magazine (South Africa) and That's Life (Australia). Her first historical novel, Far Horizons, has been published by Robert Hale for distribution in September 2007.


Anne Marie Williams, performer/folk artist, Hartford.

Williams is the originator, consultant and presenter of K La Rue Educational Arts in Motion, through which she provides expressive learning modalities via drama, dance, song and the visual arts, for children from diverse cultural backgrounds and for the adults who educate them. Through her programs and workshops, Williams enhances the learning process by connecting performing arts to curriculum themes, through storytelling and interactive performance.


Paesaggio at 100 Pearl is directed by Janice La Motta of Paesaggio Fine Art, West Hartford, CT. For further information please contact her at 860.680.3596


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