Past Exhibitions

  • 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.

  • Annual Still Life Exhibition – April 6, 2012 – May 6, 2012

    Opening Reception to meet the artists: Friday, April 13, 2012, 5 – 8 pm

    The gallery’s Annual Still Life group exhibition is a visually stunning selection of 80 oils, pastels and watercolors by 26 artists including Kathy Anderson, Stephanie Birdsall, Kelly Birkenruth, Dan Brown, Frank Bruckmann, Deborah Chabrian, Grace M. DeVito, Kirill Doron, Eileen Eder, Sandy Garvin, Vincent Giarrano, Jefferson Hayman, Carol Jenkins, Susan Jositas, Rosemary Ladd, Susan Nally, Michael Naples, Cora Ogden, Cindy Procious, Dennis Sheehan, John Smith, Elizabeth L. Strazzulla , George Van Hook, Sadie J. Valeri, Sandra Wakeen and Melanie Whaley.

    The annual Still Life Invitational has become a focal point for painters and collectors of still life. Many of the artists are trained in the classical tradition and show a wide range of expression that is composistionally fresh with subtle, thoughtful narratives. Luscious fruits, chocolates, shells and flowers abound –at first glance, these are everyday objects. Looking closer, a subtle irony can sometimes emerge, making what might seem familiar, delightfully unfamiliar, says Susan Powell, owner of the gallery.

    Susan Powell Fine Art, 679 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443,

    (203) 318-0616

    Gallery Hours: Wed- Friday 11-5, Sat 11 -5, Sun 12 -3, and anytime by appointment

  • David Dunlop: NYC to Connecticut Shore – March 9 – 31, 2012

    David Dunlop’s New York City and CT scenes, from landscape to seascape to urbanscape show the artist’s impressive range. He moves easily from the meditative, slower movements of reflections on water to the vigorous, lyrical comings and goings of people at Grand Central Station. In his new series of twenty NYC, Grand Central Station/Times Square and CT Shoreline Scenes, David Dunlop’s gestural brushwork combined with layers of blended transparent glazes create more atmospheric mystery. He also introduces areas of complementary colors in a translucent manner to accent the brightness and light generating effects of the painting.

    Quote from David Dunlop: “My quest has been to reinvigorate familiar forms with a new perspective, a new aesthetic charge. This means I must consider my subject with new tools, new materials, new points of view. When looking at my Times Square paintings the viewer will experience a slight sense of motion, the panoramic flow that visually surrounds us, but is not in focus. Only our target is in focus. As we walk down the street or through reeds along the shore we can experience the panoramic flow as a blurring doppler-like effect which envelopes us and gives us our sense of speed and momentum. The experience of the now for us usually lasts for a few seconds and dissipates as experience shifts. I want a heightened sense of that experience and therefore, I rely upon various forms of exaggeration to amplify the drama. Color may be exaggerated, or form, or textures, or reflectance. Because emotion is tied to perception and, our ease of perception is triggered by familiarity I have selected subjects of familiarity to you and me, our Connecticut shore and Times Square. I invite you to come and discover a new perception of these subjects which will expand your view of their reality.”

    Susan Powell Fine Art is located at 679 Boston Post Road near the fire station. (Exit 61, off I-95) For more information, please call (203) 318-0616, or email:

    Hours: Wed-Fri 11 – 5, Sat 11- 6, Sun 12 -3, and anytime by appointment.