Nylen Gallery

Nylen Gallery Artists’ Portfolios Calendar of Exhibitions

Current Exhibition:
July 8 to August 11, 2011

The Exuberant, Playful Worlds of Joy van Hemert and Frank Iovino

Artists’ reception with live music by Craig Calistro on Friday, July 22nd, 2011, 5:30-8:00 pm. 

Musical and lyrical, Joy’s unique landscapes and interior scenes demonstrate life and playfulness. All of nature, and any manmade objects, frolic and harmonize together in these paintings.

Joy van Hemert’s series of five still lifes are anything but that. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, this series of imaginary flowers expresses an ecstasy of luminous color and shape. Joy juxtaposes masculine and feminine forms to create visual effects that seem to move and glow.

Born in Michigan, Joy grew up on the West Coast of Canada, studied Education at McGill University and taught Art at Woodlawn High School in Kitchener, Ontario and later at the Vancouver Waldorf School.  She also taught in Tokyo as adjunct professor at Keio University. Joy van Hemert founded the Lion’s Bay Sketch Club as well as the Fairfield County Working Artists Group and lives in Trumbull. Numerous publications have featured Joy’s work and such prestigious institutions as the Vancouver Public Library Art Gallery and Montreal’s Place des Arts have exhibited Joy’s work.



Frank Iovino received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Johnson State College in Vermont and also studied Art at Housatonic Community College. He now resides in Black Rock.

Frank’s minimalist ink and color works convey motion, energy and humor. The unique perspective of the artist invites the viewer to active engagement. An admirer of Henri Matisse, Frank’s work demonstrates a simple childlike flatness and the contrast of bold colors, which demonstrating a sophistication of perspective, line and style.

Frank encourages people to participate in art. “Don't be afraid to make a line on a piece of paper,” he says. “You can always use an eraser!”

Frank’s works at this show focus on children at play, leisure time and baseball.

Craig Calistro, an accomplished jazz pianist and recording artist will play live music at the opening reception.

Nylen Gallery at Picture This, 606 Post Road East in Westport is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday’s 10:00 am to 5 pm.

For more information, call Wendy Nylen at 203-227-6861.


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