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Landscapes: Paintings by Kathleen Smits & Piano by Ben Cosgrove
December 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
A night of visual and auditory artistry. Painter Kathleen Curran Smits and musician Ben Cosgrove are both artists are influenced by landscape: Ben composes pieces for piano that are influenced by the texture and experience of place and geography, and Kathleen’s nature paintings celebrate a beautiful serene world intended to provide a needed respite for the viewer. Please join us for a reception at 7pm at which Kathleen’s paintings may be viewed, to be followed by artist talks and Ben’s performance at 8pm. We request a donation of $10-15 for the evening to support the Buttonwood Tree and both artists.
Kathleen Curran Smits is adjunct faculty at Quinnipiac University and Manchester Community College teaching computer graphics and digital design. She is an instructor and curriculum developer for a veterans oriented vocational program through CPTV called the Institute for Advanced Media. Kathy paints landscapes in oils and has developed abstract digital art based in photography. She has been accepted into regional and national exhibitions and won awards. Her work is in private collections across the country, in Canada and Australia. Currently she is represented by the Pandion Gallery on Fisher’s Island in the summers. Kathy serves as Vice President of the Art League of New Britain and is an associate board member of the American Artists Professional League in NYC.
Her work can be viewed at www.kcsmitsgallery.com
Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment in North America. Ben has performed in every U.S. state except Delaware and Hawaii, and held artist residencies and fellowships with institutions including the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. His nonfiction has appeared in Orion, Taproot, Northern Woodlands, Appalachia, and other publications. He is based around New England.