by Margaret Leonard
NORTH STONINGTON - The Shunock River Brewery welcomed the North Stonington community as well as those from surrounding towns Thursday evening for a pop-up art show. The event, organized by Suzanne Starr, featured her own personal work as well as artwork by John Craig, Karen Gallo and Wheeler High School student artist Olivia Bosse. Many took advantage of the event to check out the new brewery, at 2 Wyassup Road in the center of the village, for the first time.
John Craig, November 2019’s featured artist at the Wheeler library, has been working for 5-6 years splash painting with great drama. He likes to think of it like he’s a 3 year old in a mud puddle. “I have no idea what I’m doing, but it is so much fun!” he explains. Mr. Craig paints “like a conductor” with “lots of motion, lots of energy.” The individual pieces don’t take a long time to create, but he is “kind of wrung out at the end.”
Photographer Karen Gallo featured images of wildlife and landscapes. When asked if this was a life-long passion or something more recent, she responded “I always loved photography, but being a mom and a teacher I never had the time to do it.”
In 2016, Karen’s brother was offering a great deal on a Sony DSLR with a 300mm lens. “So I picked it up and started shooting birds in the backyard,” she said, “because I have always loved birds.” Soon she outgrew the camera and upgraded equipment to perfect her craft.
The byproduct of her landscape and wildlife photography is that it has sparked a love for the outdoors. “It’s been a learning experience…I just enjoy it so much.”
So, what is the hardest part?
“I know those techniques,” she explained, “but I am limited by my own fears of being out alone in the dark.”
Starr counted the evening a success and said she will be planning more art pop-ups soon. Look for notice of them in the Milltown Monitor’s events calendar.