I still think of Black Rock as an artistic zone, but the sad fact that once Eileen Walsh moves her gallery action across the Pequonnock in January, Framemakers will be Fairfield Avenue’s last gallery standing.
And artist Jill Harrington Nichols will have her seascapes and landscapes hanging at both Framemakers and Harborview this month.
I can attest to Framemakers’ taste in artwork, and in their framing abilities, and their openings are lots of fun. Jill Harrington Nichols‘ lovely paintings will be introduced to the public with a “bit of holiday cheer” 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the 3142 Fairfield Ave. gallery.
A reception at Harborview is the same time on Friday, Dec. 17. Harborview owner Rick Torres has always been incredibly supportive of local artists, authors, poets and musicians. He set the tone well before most businesses on the avenue were doing that — he deserves a lot of credit.
It’s been a busy year for Ms. Nichols.
Her December shows will find her sharing her artwork from her two “Between” shows that she had this year. The first show was with the American Society of Marine Artists, in the regional show “Between the Shining Seas.” At the two-venue exhibition, the work was displayed at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wis. from June 26 through Aug.22 and at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minn. from Sept. 11 through Nov. 13.
The second show was this fall, Sept. 11 through Nov. 13, at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk. “In Between” featured landscape paintings that were classical or realism or anything in between.
“The fact that I had a seascape show in the Midwest and a landscape show on the Coast, both with the name “Between” in the title, made me ponder. Maybe as a nation we are all “in between,” between prosperity and poverty, between success and failure, between the 20th and 21st century, between hope and fear,” says Nichols. “If we’re always between something, do we ever get to where we’re going? Perhaps that is just the problem.”
Of course, if you play mini-golf locally, you’re already familiar with Ms. Nichols’ talents.