Monday, July 26, 2010

Coming Soon!

Art in the Afternoon

A Series of Artist Demonstrations at Left Bank Gallery Essex

LBGE is hosting a series of artist-led demonstrations during the month of August. Meet area artists and enjoy informative discussions about their techniques and subjects. All events are free and open to the public.
Invite your friends!


Sunday, August 15th from Noon-2pm.

Artist and Essex resident, Pam Carlson, will set up her easel to paint a series of beautiful hydrangeas. Carlson specialized in painting animals of Connecticut farms and barnyards. Her subjects include chickens, cows, sheep and most recently swans on the Connecticut River. Carlson majored in Fine Art and Education and worked in commercial art before becoming an art teacher. She now paints full time; and her work is widely collected and exhibited. View a collection of her work at LBGE.


Sunday, August 22nd from Noon-2pm

Inspired by nature and faith, Maria Joseph Nace, will describe the art and poetry featured in her book, Poet with a Brush. Nace is a Sister of Providence of Holyoke, MA. She currently teaches at Baypath College and the Elms Colle. She exhibits her work throughout New England and has published poetry for over 30 years. The profit's from Nace's sales benefit the Sisters of Providence. A selcetion of watercolors and copies of her book are now available at LBGE.


Sunday, August 29th from Noon-2pm

Contemporary Impressionist, Catherine M. Elliott, will paint outside the gallery en plein aire. Elliott's canvases depict familiar New England landscapes and emply painterly techniques similar to the Impressionist masters, often highlighting the distinctive color and light of the Connecticut shoreline. Elliott's paintings are alive with the beauty of the natural world. An accomplished and prolific painter, Elliott's work is collected and exhibited widely. She is a member of the Lyme Art Association and the Pleine Aire Painters Society. View a new selection of work is now available at LBGE.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Meet the Artist: Ellen Babin at LBGE

Landscape painter, Ellen Babin, is hosting a reception at LBGE!

Saturday, July 24th from 4-7pm.

Originally from Connecticut, Ellen now resides in Cape Cod, MA. She specializes in acrylics, her paintings convey a deep appreciation for the shorelines and marshlands of New England. Her work is noted for its saturated color, serene settings, and vibrant blue skies and coastal waters.
A selection of her work is now view at LBGE, but join us on Saturday, July 24th from 4-7 to meet the artist and view a collection of new paintings.
All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, July 16, 2010

August 2010 Feature Exhibition

The Essence of Essex
A One Man Exhibition by
LBGE presents a one man exhibition featuring new work by internationally renowned artist Louis Guarnaccia. Specializing in seascapes and landscapes, Guarnaccia's recent show focuses on scenes in and around the Connecticut River Valley, including Essex's Main Street, the Griswold Inn, the Connecticut River Museum, and the Goodspeed Opera House among other familiar locales.
Louid Guarnaccia - 19 Main Street, Essex - Oil - 9 x 12 inches

Louis Guarnaccia - Foxboro Point, Essex - Oil - 12 x 24 inches

Louis Guarnaccia - Selden Creek - Oil - 20 x 24 inches

Join us for the Artist's Reception
Friday, August 6th from 5 - 7 pm

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The E-List

LBGE was featured in the lastest E-List Newsletter highlighting the best of Essex shopping. Check-out our post and sign-up to recieve weekly info on good things happening on the CT Shoreline!

Our good neighbor, the French Hen, was also given an E-List shout-out. Visit their blog for news:

Elise Moran Jewelry now at LBGE

E*A*M hand crafted sterling silver jewelry by designer Elise Moran is now in stock. Elise gradutated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals and soon after developed her own line of nature-inspired designs. Sophisticated and elegant, Elise's jewelry is show stopping. See her beautifully made wares at LBGE.

Flowers and more flowers! Water Lilies, Poppies, Lilies of the Valley, Roses, Tulips, Mums, Blossoms and more. See also branches, leaves and trees. Nature at its best!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Maura Cochran joins LBGE

Maura Cochran holds a BFA in Architecture from the Art Institute of Chicago, but her artistic training began as a child, watching and learning from her mother who worked as a full time artist. Maura has two careers - as a CEO of a national real estate consulting company and as an artist. The consulting allows her to travel - and she always carries a sketch book in her briefcase. Maura paints only from direct observation. Living in the Connecticut River Valley is a great source of inspiration, and when not travelling she and her husband can be found cruising the river on their classic wooden picnic boat "Oyster".

See a collection of local landscapes now on view at LBGE.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mark Patnode

Landscape painter, Mark Patnode, has just joined LBGE! Mark has spectacular paintings now on view - and comes with an impressive resume. Mark’s work has been featured internationally in galleries and museums, including The White House, Smithsonian Institution, National Palace of Culture, Bulgaria, Neuberger Museum, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Two Faber Birren National Color Award Shows, Real Art Ways, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan College, ALVA Gallery, Fuller Gallery. Mark’s work is in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bush, Sr. Presidente Pedro Verona Pires, Cape Verde, Africa, and private collections internationally.
Find more detailed information on our website :

Patnode was recently invited to paint the Connecticut Charter Oak for the state's 375th anniversary celebration.

Ted Mikulski - Art Car

LBGE artist and abstract painter, Ted Mikulski, came by last week with some new work for our gallery walls. He arrived in style - showing off his newly finished Art Car inspired by BMW examples by artists such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney and most recently Jeff Koons. Damien Hirst just finished his Audi Art Car for Elton John's charity. But, we think Ted Mikulski knocks out his predecessors and fellow artists (of course).

Completed in 11 days, Ted transformed his silver Nissan 350z into a high-speed graphic feast to the eyes. Drawn free-hand with black paint markers, Ted's Art Car includes familiar icons such as Pac Man and Where's Waldo and plenty of graffiti and stylized geometric patterns.