Friday, March 23, 2012

Steampunk art show to open Saturday

"Ticket to the Moon," a painting by Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo of Derby, is one of the pieces of Steampunk art that will be on display at the Valley Arts Council's Gallery@37 in Derby through April 21.  Patricia Villers/Register

By Patricia Villers
Register Staff
DERBY - Saturday is the day that local artists will see the future as they look at the past.
    The event is the Valley Arts Council’s show, “The Art of Futures Past...A Steampunk Exhibition” at the Gallery@37, 37 Elizabeth St.
    An opening reception from 6-9 p.m. is free and the public is invited, said Valley Arts Council president Rich DiCarlo.
    He said in a written release, “Come to Derby and experience the fantastical! Steampunk is a modern-day artistic study of the Victorian-era science fiction aesthetic and a retro-futuristic view of the commonplace.”
    Steampunk harkens back to the days before electricity, when steam was used to power machinery. 
    Special guests will be Steampunk legends and Connecticut residents Kady Kross, author of “The Girl in the Steel Corset,” and Dr. Grymm of Grymm Laboratories. The two will judge the artists’ entries, created from a variety of media.
    Artwork will include paintings, gadgets, jewelry, and more.
    The exhibit will run through April 21.
    For information visit:  www.valleyartscouncil.org.or contact show coordinators BillieJo Scharfenberg, 203-232-7954, or at billiejosmail@gmail.com, or DiCarlo, 203-906-4343, or at studiochid@sbcglobal.net.

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