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Alyssa Voytek opens Edward J. Duffy Family Art Gallery 2018-19 Season

Meredith Berry-Toon

Canterbury School opens the 2018-19 fine arts calendar with a solo exhibition featuring the work of local artist Alyssa Voytek. Alyssa, an emerging artist from New Milford, CT, earned her bachelor's degree in studio art from Western Connecticut State University, CT where she received the Antonio Alberetti Award for Excellence in Painting. She then completed her MFA from the same institution in May 2018.

Alyssa was selected to create work for an installation on display at New Milford High School in 2006 and regularly exhibits her work locally in both group and solo shows in New Milford and Danbury, CT. Most recently, her work was on view in a group show at Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, New York City.

Alyssa's work includes drawings on paper, gouache on board, and oil on canvas. Her art is rooted in the investigation of still-life, inspired by the courage and forward-thinking nature of the Cubists.

On reflection of her work, Alyssa writes, "I aim to push the boundaries of a still-life painting — that has always been a driving force for me...My work begins in the studio. I build my own observed spaces and drawings from my own objects; things I've collected, created, and curated. Mirrors allow me to distort perspectives and deconstruct the conventional perceptual space within the rectangle. I draw inspiration from the quiet, un-staged, often unseen moments of beauty in our everyday lives. These moments of light, organic repetition or of reflection often find their way into my finished works."

In addition to her work as an artist, Alyssa works at Joe's Salon in downtown New Milford. The Artist's Reception was hosted on Friday evening, September 21.The show runs September 10 through October 12, 2018, and is available for viewing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m in the Edward J. Duffy Family Art Gallery.

Photos of the Opening