Past Exhibitions

  • Vincent Giarrano in the August 2012 issue of American Art Collector Magazine

    Thursday, August 16, 2012–Sunday, September 30, 2012

    While Vincent Giarrano’s exhibition at Susan Powell Fine Art continues his series of cityscapes and interiors, his new paintings are about the beauty that the artist sees in New York City and the enviornments and personalities he finds while doing so.

    “My favorite themes are things that are classic as well as contemporary,” says Giarrano. “For this work, the focus is the figure in relation to clothing and architecture. I love the deep ties we have with them, but also what they mean to us today. In all, these paintings are scenes that have a quiet and sincere mood- things that speak to me about real life.”

    One difference in the work for this new show is that Giarrano is now treating many of the genre pieces as portraits.

    “I’ve been meeting some incredible people in New York City and when using them as subjects, I’m incorporating things I know and feel about them,” says Giarrano. “That’s one of the cool things about the city- there are so many amazing and creative people there.”

    One such person is clothing designer Chong Cha. Giarrano’s portrait of her at work in her New York studio is titled The Designer.

    “I wanted this to be a ‘behind-the-scene’ view of her working,” says Giarrano. “Also, what interested me were all the unique things in her studio- the various equipment, gritty work area and the wall of thread spools. I feel it depicts a real moment in her work day. Color was a big factor in the piece, the pattern of spools was just a great visual element.”

    Another painting is titled Fashion Week-NYC and is a portrait of well-known fashion blogger Aureta Thomollari.

    “The painting is about her lifestyle during Fashion Week,” says Giarrano. “I love how the messy, chaotic hotel room with all the piles of clothing and cosmetics tells a story. The way Aureta is on the bed, blogging, says something about the way technology has changed the way people work and live.”

    The Collector Says “Vincent Giarrano’s paintings come alive with their liberal use of reflections, often defying the physics of light, cleverly illustrating the third dimension…His juxtaposition of meticulously portrayed attractive, modern, young women against the old, and sometimes shabby, New York streets grabs your attention and makes you long to be there with the artist.” -Mary Oliverson

  • Along the Shore – July 19, 2012– August 12, 2012

    Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 5-8

    Please check back frequently as images will be going up daily. 20 Artists Represented – Peter Layne Arguimbau, Del-Bourree Bach, Peter Bergeron, Karen Blackwood, Lou Bonamarte, Frank Bruckmann, Deborah Chabrian, Chris Dixon, Mary Erickson, Angelo Franco, Sandy Garvin, Susan Jositas, Roxann Leibenhaut, James Magner, Barbara Maiser, Leonard Mizerek, Sergio Roffo, Katherine Simmons, Elizabeth L. Strazzulla, and Carolyn Walton.

  • Harmony in Nature: Ira Barkoff, Peter Bergeron, Sandy Garvin and Dennis Sheehan

    Harmony in Nature- Ira Barkoff, Peter Bergeron, Sandy Garvin and Dennis Sheehan

    The landscape paintings of Ira Barkoff, Peter Bergeron, Sandy Garvin, and Dennis Sheehan reflect the beauty of nature and provide a rich, sensory experience.

    Emphasizing light and atmosphere, Peter Bergeron’s deeply evocative landscapes move the viewer to share a singular moment that intrigued him. Bergeron pursues the lingering glow of light at dawn and dusk, the mists of early morning, and the languid haze after a warm, summer rain on a humid day. Bergeron is a classic landscape painter inspired by the 19th century Hudson River painters such as John Kensett, Sanford Gifford and William Trost Richards.

    Dennis Sheehan is trained in a classical, academic tradition. His atmospheric landscapes are peaceful and reflect the fleeting and ephemeral light cast by the setting sun or rising moon. Sheehan focuses on the transition into twilight, the breathtaking effects of early morning, sunset, moonlight, mist-laden skies, and the stillness of the moment. He is highly accomplished in the luminist and tonalist styles of the later 19th century in American art. Sheehan is a devotee of the mystical and expressive landscapes of George Inness. He is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists and the Putney Painters. His work is in major public and private collections, including the White House. Recently, Sheehan had a one man show at the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA.

    Ira Barkoff’s landscapes are taken from his imagination. He has spent years painting from Nature. His landscapes are luminous and expressively sculptural. Barkoff’s color has great texture and his oils have a freshness and immediacy. His harmonic landscapes represent nature with gusto. His aim is to express “not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.” In his new series, his moon paintings have a meditative calm. His ocean series are dramatic and have symphonic overlays of colors. Barkoff is represented in the New Britain Museum of Art and exhibits nationally.

    Color and mood inspire Sandy Garvin’s atmospheric landscapes. Rather than a detailed narrative, she strives to create a simpler response to the moment like a fleeting memory. Garvin evokes a sense of calm and reflection. Using a limited value scale for nocturne paintings, the artist creates mystery. Twinkling lights on distant Long Island from the approaching ferry on a long day’s sail evoke memorable summer evenings on Long Island Sound. Garvin has participated in many New England exhibitions including the Florence Griswold Museum and the New Britain Museum of Art. Hours are Wednesday to Friday, 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday noon to 5 pm, Sunday, 12-3, and anytime by appointment. For more information, please call (203) 318-0616, or visit

  • 4 Takes on Realism: Cora Ogden, Michael Naples, George Van Hook, and Carolyn Walton

    Opening Reception: Friday, May 18, 5 – 8 pm

    4 Takes on Realism at Susan Powell Fine at Art features new paintings by Michael Naples, Cora Ogden, George Van Hook, and Carolyn Walton May 18 –June 15, 2012. Realism from four different artistic points of view offers an exciting mix. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, meet the artists, and get their point of view at the opening reception on Friday, May 18, 5- 8 pm.

    Michael Naples’ inventive lighting combines bold brushstrokes and fresh viewpoints to create a unique liveliness in his still lifes. Naples studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

    Cora Ogden brings a translucent feeling to her canvases by working with glazes and in many layers. Working in natural light, Cora pays meticulous attention to detail and the rhythms and patterns the light creates to guide you through her paintings. Color, light, and texture give her work a rich three-dimensionality. Cora’s oils bring to mind the work of the 17th century Old Masters.

    George Van Hook’s paintings have been exhibited for over 35 years throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. His painterly style follows in the tradition of the impressionists. Van Hook paints with gusto and passion, bringing a freshness and immediacy to his landscapes that comes from years of painting outdoors on location. Also a noted figurative artist, his figures and settings are decidedly contemporary.

    Carolyn Walton is from Maine and like Van Hook paints landscapes “en plein air.” Her paintings explore light and atmosphere. You can feel the moisture in the air and a peaceful resonance in her paintings along the Connecticut Shoreline. Please check back frequently as images will be going up daily.