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0*6*Art*Art*0 — Week 3 Gallery

Welcome back to “0*6*Art*Art*0.”

Every Saturday, we share readers’ artwork. Professional, amateur, old, young  — send us your painting, collage, sketch, photo, sculpture, chalkwork, cartoon, whatever.

The only rule is it must be inspired by, reflective of, or otherwise related to the times we’re going through. We’re all experiencing tons of emotions, and art is a wonderful way to express (and share) them. Email your submission to dwoog@optonline.net.

Here is today’s gallery.

PS: Keep the submissions coming. If yours is not posted yet, be patient. There will be more next Saturday. And, unfortunately, for some time to come.

Nell Waters Bernegger took this Winslow Park photo last summer. She calls it “the gateway to hope.”

Susan Joy Miller explains, “These are Tai chi moves I miss doing as we shelter in place. Fair Lady works her shuttle, hands moving like clouds, white crane spreads its wings, sweep the lotus with a kick, repulse the monkey and snake creeps down.”

“Monet Moment on the Saugatuck” (Tom Kretsch)

“Still Life with Sanitizer” (JoAnn Davidson, former Westport teacher, age 89)

“Social Isolation is Getting Old” (Beth DeVoll, who notes that the Kewpie Doll was created by Westport’s own Rose O’Neill in the early 1900s).

This represents Hugo Arber’s full house, and all the card games his family is playing. He’s a 3rd grader at Coleytown Elementary School — and today is his 9th birthday! 

“Anxiety” (Lawrence Gordon)

The Mannino kids’ chalk art message.

East 1st Street, New York City (Susan Thomsen)

Nina Bentley

“Is baking art?” asks Amy Saperstein. “Some meringues and Oreo chocolate chip cookies were made completely independently by Myla Saperstein, age 11, but eaten by all the Sapersteins.” The “06880” answer: This is GREAT art! 

Irene Mastriocovo says, “My yard is now my go-to for walks. I’m enjoying the little things in life, like the birth of spring. The budding plants and flowers bring hope.”

Unlikely Artists, Odd Space, Open Eyes

Today’s New Haven Register has a story on one of that city’s “best-kept secrets”: a 4th-floor corridor leading from the Smilow Cancer Hospital to a parking garage. It doubles as a “mini-art museum.”

The “06880” hook — beyond the hospital being named for a philanthropic local family — is that the current exhibit, “Abstract Notes,” was created in conjunction with the Westport Arts Center.

All the art — called “almost breathtaking for its simplicity and meaning” by the Register — was produced by people affected by cancer.

Nell Bernegger

Nell Bernegger

Nine patients and 1 family member worked with Westport teaching artist Nell Bernegger, a WAC member. In five 2-hour sessions, she helped them learn how to express their feelings through art.

WAC education manager Sarah Kelley notes that the patients did not “over-think” their work. It was “about living in the moment and letting go,” she says.

At tables with heavy watercolor paper, brushes, water, mixing trays and gouache, they heard Bernegger talk about her own painting process. They meditated, did a brief breathing session, and got to work.

At the end of each session, the budding artists talked with the group about what their art meant to them.

Curator Helen Klisser During — the WAC director of visual arts — chose 1 painting by each participant. She had them framed, and mounted on the walls.

"Vibrance" by Cheryl Thomas, on display at the Smilow Cancer Center. (Photo by Arnold Gold, courtesy of New Haven Register)

“Vibrance” by Cheryl Thomas, on display at the Smilow Cancer Center. (Photo by Arnold Gold, courtesy of New Haven Register)

Everyone walking to and from the parking garage enjoys them. And, the Register notes, they’ve opened some eyes.

“I see these patients every day,” a hospital staffer said. “But I had no idea they could do this.”

For During, “that’s just the point. When art comes from the heart, it doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or not. The work touches everyone.”

(To read the entire New Haven Register story, click here. This is part of a broader “WAC Gives Back” program, which brings healing arts experiences to local veterans, students at the Bridge Academy, seniors at Meadow Ridge, and children through “Special Arts.”)