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Tom Brenner was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Fairfield County, CT. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Yale University, a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and completed two years of study in Applied Arts at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Tom works in a variety of painting media, with a special emphasis on oils and pastel. His work includes landscape, still life, and a range of figurative subject matter. Tom has traveled extensively throughout India, Nepal, Egypt, East Africa, Turkey, and Mexico. These journeys have provided him with a wealth of themes and subjects. His current work features the urban landscape of Bridgeport, CT, focusing upon its abstract geometries, expressive surfaces, and mysterious spaces.
He has exhibited widely throughout the Northeast and has been represented by the Powers Gallery in Acton, Massachusetts, the Celia Hirsch Gallery in Chappaqua, NY, the City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport, CT, and by Frank & Jeff Lavaty & Associates in New York City. He has also been included in a large number of juried, group, and solo exhibitions, and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Tom has taught for the past 14 years at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT, where he currently conducts courses in Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, and Figure Drawing & Painting. He also teaches courses in Drawing, Design, and Art Education at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport CT and in Digital Graphic Design in the fashion program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
Tom currently resides with his wife and son in Fairfield, CT.
Jay was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT.
After a liberal arts education major in Sociology and years of work experience as a photographer in a software company’s corporate communications department, he opened Misencik Photography with Geralene Valentine in 1986. They worked in a 5,000 sq. ft., 100-year-old Bridgeport factory loft for 16 years. Their commercial photography business produces work for annual reports, sales/marketing brochures, audio-visual presentations, publicity portraits, and editorial use.
In 1989, Jay and Geralene began a personal project photographing Bridgeport’s Main Street, where they photographed people of different occupations. There was the butcher, the barber, the bootblack, the bank president, and the newspaper “boy” who would soon celebrate his 81st birthday. Their portraits on Main Street led them to The Palace and Majestic Theatres. They spent several days photographing the interiors of the theatres in 1991 and returned in 2011. You see some of these photographs here at The Marketplace.
Jay’s personal photo projects have been featured in several newspapers and magazines. Some of his projects are:
- Sylvester Poli’s Palace and Majestic Theatres – Jay is currently working with Geralene on a photo/oral history of Bridgeport’s Palace & Majestic Theatres. This video documentary will feature interviews with people who have a personal connection to the theatres.
- The Merton House of Hospitality – Production of two calendars featuring portraits of “soup kitchen” clients
- Ku Klux Klan – Connecticut members
Jay’s work has been exhibited throughout Connecticut, as well as in galleries in New York City and Las Vegas. Both his commercial and personal photographs have received numerous awards. He taught photography at the University of Bridgeport and has presented seminars to both professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. He has led “children with cameras” walking tours in downtown Bridgeport. Also, Jay is a founding member of The Bridgeport Community Historical Society.
Associate Professor, Art HCC
BFAED, University of Hartford Art School
Masters Educational Technology, Fairfield University
Andy’s work is currently on display at the Monroe Town Hall complex, in Bridgeport in the office of Mayor Bill Finch, and in the permanent display of City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. He has also recently displayed at the Chernow Gallery at Housatonic Community College, the Atrium at Amici Miei, the gallery at Framemakers Picture Framing, and in the Kent 2013 Spring Show.
Liz Squillace is a Bridgeport, CT based Artist, and RISD graduate specializing in screen printing, mural painting, and public art.
Her latest mural, which was commissioned as part of the City Canvases Phase II project, can be seen at the Bridgeport Train Station’s pedestrian tunnel. Her painted traffic boxes in Bridgeport, Stamford, and White Plains, NY have been featured in the New York Times and are enjoyed by communities daily. Liz’s company, Paradox Ink, uses screen printing to engage and inspire other business’ development through promotional t-shirts, flyers, fine art prints and hand painted signage. Paradox Ink is currently opening a storefront in the historic Arcade in downtown Bridgeport as part of the Create Here Now program.
Featuring works by our artists, that show the city. Check it out!
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