The Kohn-Joseloff Gallery was founded in 1998 through gifts from the Kohn-Joseloff Foundation. The gallery features exhibits from current students and alumni of Cheshire Academy, along with exhibits from celebrated artists in the New Haven and Hartford area.
The Kohn-Joseloff Gallery is a place of continual learning for Cheshire Academy artists, as they attend lectures by area artists in the gallery, examine theoretical perspectives of current exhibits, and practice discussing their own influences during student and faculty art shows.
Karleen Kubat, Director of the Kohn-Joseloff Gallery, curates four local artist exhibits a year in addition to the Art Major show in May by current students. Contact Mrs. Kubat at email@example.com or 203-439-7227.
Karen Wheeler hosted an artist discussion on Sept. 12 and her work will be on exhibit through Oct. 3.
Wheeler is a lifelong artist and educator. She enjoys the ancient art of papermaking equally with the latest version of Photoshop but beneath it all is a love of drawing.
Her drawings are made with pen and ink, liquid acrylic, colored pencil, bits of collage and the occasional wire. She experiences a playful awareness in the immediacy of making them. In work where digital and traditional materials are combined her ‘analog’ drawings are scanned and used as raw material in Photoshop to create layered hybrid images that could exist no other way. Her objective for the viewer is to engage the imagination and evoke a sense of joy.
Wheeler has been an active artist for over 30 years exploring both traditional and digital media. She has won several awards. An Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, Wheeler was Associate Professor of Art at Wingate University in North Carolina prior to her move to New Haven, CT in 2009. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Bridgeport and at Gateway Community College.
Printmaker Kraig Binkowski will be putting his work on display at the Kohn-Joseloff Gallery at Cheshire Academy throughout the months of November and December.
Binkowski, chief librarian at the Yale Center for British Art, first began making prints 30 years ago. He holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in printmaking. An artist talk and reception is scheduled for 7 pm on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Gallery, 10 Main St. Members of the public are invited to attend. Binkowski’s prints will be on display from Nov. 4 until Dec. 19.
“Throughout my years of printmaking, I have created imagery that explores the play of light across figures and surfaces,” Binkowski reflected, of his work. “Always concerned with process and the inherent and distinctive qualities of mark-making in etchings and woodcuts, I celebrate the richness of the medium. My woodcuts are recognizable ‘of wood’ and never hide the distinctive beauty of carving into wood.”