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Estelle Laschever
Artist in Fairfield County, Connecticut
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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Music is at the core of my art work. In my monotypes, paintings, and assemblages, interacting sounds suggested by music are conveyed through the use of color, texture, line, rhythm and pattern. I believe that every color has its own sound. Groups of colors repeat and can be "heard" in much the same way that music can be experienced.

Underlying forms used in my compositions suggest structure of music. Transparent overlapping shapes hint at chords and express depth and richness of sound. Works strong in linear character evoke melodic flow and cadenzas.

Through the use of abstract symbols, as organized in musical composition to represent expressive sound, composers have suggested many aspects of humanity, of our universe, and beyond. In my work, I attempt to evoke similar thoughts and emotions.
SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2009 "ENSEMBLE'', Greater Hartford Arts Council, Hartford, CT.
2008 "MUSIC SERIES" Unitarian Meeting House Gallery, West Hartford, CT
2007 "MODULATIONS", Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT.
2005 "CONCERNING CHORDS", Exposure Gallery - Manchester, CT
"IN ABSTRACT", Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA.
"ENCORE" University of Connecticut (Stevens Gallery) Storrs, CT
2004 "IMPROVISATIONS-POLYPHONY IN PAINTING" Artworks Gallery, Hartford, Ct.
1996 "PROGRESSIONS" Ellen Traut Collection, West Hartford, Ct.
1994 "MUSIC SERIES" Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct.
1984 Visual Images Art Gallery, Wellfleet, Ma.
1983 Visual Images Art Gallery, Wellfleet, Ma.
1982 Visual Images Art Gallery, Wellfleet, Ma.
1981 Visual Images Art Gallery, Wellfleet, Ma.
1976 John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Ct.
1976 Left Bank Gallery, Welifleet, Ma.
1976 Gallery Five East, East Hartford, Ct. "The Hartford Symphony...A Visual Interpretation"
1975 The Gallery, G. Fox and Co., Hartford, Ct.
1970 Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted, Ct.
1969 Canton Gallery on the Green, Canton, Ct.
1967 Phoenix Mutual Gallery, Hartford, Ct.
1965 Gallery I, Hingham, Ma.
1964 Fine Arts Foundation, Hartford, Ct.
ART FESTIVALS
2010 Paradise City Festival 'Music Series" Northampton, MA
2011 Westport Fine Arts Festival, Westport, Ct.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2009 "VARIATIONS'" Concord Library, Concord, MA Two Person Exhibition
2006 "IN ABSTRACT'', Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA ( five featured artists)
2002 "NEW MEMBER SHOW' Artworks Gallery, Two Person Exhibition
SELECTED INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
2013 Monotype Guild of New England - Annual Exhibition- Zullo Art Gallery, Medfield, Ma.
2011 Monotype Guild of New England - Annual Exhibition- Belmont Media Center, Belmont, Ma
2009 Monotype Guild of New England - Annual Exhibition- Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth, Ma
2011 Westport Arts Center Group Show Westport, CT
2009 Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, Ct, Benefit Childrens Art Program
2007, 8, 9 Farmington Valley Arts Center , Farmington CT, Winter Holiday Shows
2008 Sagemark Consulting Benefit exhibition for McClean Health Care Simsbury, CT
2008 Whitespace Gallery, New Haven, Ct. "All Small Things"
2007 Whitespace Gallery, New Haven, Ct.
1979 Brandeis Studio Art Tour
1978 Springfield College, Springfield, Ma
1972 Slater Memorial Museum "Watercolor and Sculpture Exhibition"
SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Ct.
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTION
Gerber Scientific, Inc., South Windsor, Ct
SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS (partial list)
2013 Connecticut Watercolor Society, Juror, Dennis Nolan, Saltbox Gallery West Hartford, Ct
2012 Connecticut Academy 100 Anniversary Exhibition, Jurors, Anne von Stuelpnagel and Joy Pepe, Mystic Art Association, Mystic, Ct
2011 Connecticut Watercolor Society, Juror Chet Kempczynski, Saltbox Gallery, West Hartford, Ct
2012 New Britain Museum of American Art Annual Exhibition
Juror, Robert Burns, Director Mattatuck museum of Art, Ct
1979 New Britain Museum of American art Friends Exhibition
HONORABLE MENTION- Juror, Charles Ferguson, Director of New Britain Museum
1977 New Britain Museum of American Art Friends Exhibition BEST GRAPHIC
1976 New Britain Museum of American Art Friends Exhibition BEST GRAPHIC - Juror, Charles Ferguson, Director of New Britain Museum
1975 Mystic Art Association Mystic, Ct. HONORABLE MENTION
1975 Connecicut Society of Women Painters THE GRAPHICS AWARD
1974 Essex Gallery Essex, Ct. GRAPHICS AWARD Jurors, Allen Tompkins, Former Director, Hartford Art School and Cynthia Eckstrom, Instructor, Painting, Pair School of Art
The New Group New Haven, Ct. AWARD Juror, Sister Thoma Awanson Chairman, Art Department, Albertus Magnus College
Canton Gallery on the Green 13th Anniversary Show WATERCOLOR AWARD Juror, Frank Casa Instructor, Central Connecticut State College
Connecticut Watercolor Society CONNECTICUT WATERCOLOR SOCIETY AWARD Juror, Ruth Gikow
1972 Canton Gallery on the Green 11th Anniversary Show G. FOX & CO. AWARD
Connecticut Watercolor Society PAST PRESIDENTS PRIZE Juror, Julia Pearl
1971 Connecticut Society of Women Painters JESSIE WATERS PRIZE FOR A WATERCOLOR Juror, Joseph Gualtieri, Director, Norwich Academy Art School and Museum.
1970 Canton Gallery on the Green 10th Anniversary Show AWARD Juror, Joseph Gualtieri, Director Norwich Academy Art School and Museum
  New Haven Paint and Clay Club BEST PORTRAIT OR FIGURE COMPOSITION Jurors, Herbert Gute and Robert Vickrey Trinity Church Exhibition, Hartford, Ct - .BEST IN SHOW
1969 Bristol Chrysanthemum Festival HONORABLE MENTION Juror, Charles Ferguson, Director New Britain Museum of American Art
  Benedictine National Competition FINALIST CERTIFICATE Jurors, American Federation of Arts
  Canton Gallery on the Green 8th Anniversary Exhibition ART FRAMING AWARD Juror, Charles Ferguson, Director New Britain Museum of American Art
1967 Enfield Art Festival Enfield Ma FABERS CARPET AWARD
  Canton Gallery on the Green 6yh Anniversary Exhibition CITIZENS AWARD Juror, Allen Tomkins, Dean. Hartford Art School
1966 Berkshire Annual (Berkshire Museum Lenox Ma.) AWARD Juror, Daniel Cotton Rich, Director, Worcester Art Museum
  Enfield Art Festival Enfield Ma MOUNTAIN LAUREL AWARD
1965 Canton Gallery on the Green 45h Anniversary Show THIRD PRIZE Juror, Peppino Mangravite, Former dean and Professor Emeritus of Columbia University Art School Berkshire Art Association
  Berkshire Art Museum Lenox, Ma. ADAMS SUPERMARKET AWARD Juror, Gordon Mackintosh Smith, Director Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York
  Essex Annual Essex, Ct. AWARD Jurors, Wick Knaus. Donald Thompson, Frederick Endrich
  Enfield Art Festival Enfield Ma. BIGELOW SANFORD AWARD Juror, Paul Zimmerman, Professor of Painting, Hartford Art School
  East Hartford Art Festival BEST IN SHOW Juror, Mitchell Pappas, Professor of Painting. Head of Art Department, Trinity College
1964 Manchester Lions Club Exhibition Manchester, Ct. AWARD
1961 Canton Gallery on the Green 1st Anniversary Show BEST IN SHOW
   
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY (partial list)
Wilson, Mary, "Estelle Laschever Community Canvas" Hartford courant "I- Towns" Nov.23, 2008
Weiss, Tracey "Music is at the Heart and Soul of Estelle Laschever's Art" West Hartford Life Feb. 5, 2005 Vol 7 Issue 10
Kores, Noal, "Polyphony" The Hartford Courant CAL Nov 4 - 10
"Music For our Eyes" Portrait ARTistic FX Magazine October-November 2004 Vol.4 Issue 2
"Music To Your Eyes". The Hartford Courant Calendar October, 1994.
Biser, Jeremy. "Images of Music Powerful, Evocative, Harmonizing.Music, Art Flow together at Jorgensen Gallery exhibit'. The Daily Campus University of Connecticut, November, 1994.
Silver, Ruth Lee. "Her Art Expresses Essence of Music". West Hartford News January, 1985
Seaver, Margaret. "Laschever work Evokes Music; Artist Produces Music Series". The Provincetown Advocate August 1984.
Review. Cape Cod Guide August, 1984.
Abell, Mary. "Laschever, Spontaneous, Lighthearted". The Provincetown Advocate August, 1983.
Smith, Rosalind. "Estelle Laschever'. Provincetown Magazine August, 1983.
Rae, Betsy. "Estelle Laschever's New Work at Visual Images Art Gallery in Wellfleet". Nauset Weekly Calendar August, 1980.
Review. "The Only Symphony With a 'Painter in Residence'". West Hartford News April 1976.
Goldenthal, Jolene. "Sounds Translated Into Color". The Hartford Courant April, 1976
Berkman, Florence. Review. The Hartford Times April, 1976.
Jouett, Sara. "Art Abstracts". The Hartford Courant 1968.
Matesky, Ross. "Local Talent". The Hartford Times February, 1968
 
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Monotype Guild of New England
Connecticut Academy
Connecticut Watercolor Society
 
TEACHING
New Britain Musem of American Art
Collage and Collagraph Printmaking

1.Private instruction
a. Individual (all levels)
b) Portfolio Preparation (for high school students working towards college portfolio presentation)

2.Instructor, Manchester Community College (Continuing Education Department)
Drawing
Painting (Oils, Acrylics, Water Based Oils)
Collage and Mixed Media Workshops
 
EDUCATION
Art Students League (study with Will Barnett and Yasuo Kuniyoshi)
Cornell University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Masters of Art Education, University of Hartford
 

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