Friday, July 31, 2009

Marc Isolda Photography

August Art Show at the Library

Marc Isolda was born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and grew up in Westport, Ct. He served in Viet Nam and was awarded the Purple Heart. When he returned to the states he completed his studies at college.

Marc's love of photography began when he was a child. His neighbor, who was editor on the city desk for UPI handed him an Exakta SLR, and taught him the basics of photography and photo developing. From 1980 through 1985 he photographed various jobs for the firms of motorcycle manufacturers: BMW, Moto Guzzi, La Verda, and Ducati. He also photographed the quarterlies and annual reports for Remington and Colt, and did work for Revlon and Max Factor.

His love for photography and his extensive education in engineering and physics blossomed into a full time business of camera, microscope, and computer repair. His photographic skills have found a home through the formation of an artist's consortium with Alisyn Hamilton, Walter Von Egidy, and Cynthia O'Connor. This resulted in the company A THOUSAND WORDS.

Marc currently resides in Bridgewater, where he is active as an EMT. He also sits on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Joanne Conant July 2009

Joanne Conant is an artist residing in Newtown, Connecticut. Enameling, oil painting, and jewelry design and fabrication are among her talents. Her enameling techniques include Cloisonné, Plique-a-jour, Champleve, Grisaille, Limoges and Fauré.

Her education includes a Commercial Arts Degree from the Minneapolis Technical Institute and an apprenticeship with enamellist Margaret Seeler during a span of twenty-one years, from 1975 until 1996. Joanne is currently Secretary of the Washington Art Association where she is studying oil painting with Ira Barkoff.

Joanne has shared her knowledge with many artists for more than thirty years, teaching classes at the Tucson Museum of Art School, Connecticut State College, Brookfield Craft Center (where she is currently the enameling studio manager) while also helping many private students.

Joanne's pieces appear in Glass on Metal magazine (Vol 24, no. 5), Enamel Medium for Fine Art by Margaret Seeler, Enamels, Enameling, Enamelists by Glenice Lesley Matthews, The Artist's Illustrated Encyclopedia by Phil Metzger, Enameling on Metal Clay by Pam East, and Five Hundred Enameled Objects by Lark Books.

Her work has received awards in many national and international shows.