In the Gallery

In the Gallery

House of Love – Prayers For the Earth

Charter Oak Cultural Center is excited to announce House of Love- Prayers For the Earth- paintings by Elisabeth Moss.

Elisabeth Moss has been creating visual expressions since childhood. Her exhibit “House Of Love- Prayers For The Earth” was inspired by a watercolor she made at the age of 7- presaging the spiritual nature of her art making today.

In the forty years since graduating from The Rhode Island School of Design, her painting has unfolded into a quiet listening or felt prayer.

Says Moss, “ The paintings seem to feel their own way onto the paper or canvass and  my job is to let them. The imagery in my work comes through a felt shaping that feels wholly offered and not predetermined.”

Painting continues to be a primary teacher for her in the art of letting go and trusting the intuitive beauty voice within.

Elisabeth’s painting evokes a sense of freedom, and Divine tranquility through the use of images from nature and symbols of embrace. Her harmonious – and sometimes hypnotic  use of pattern, layered collage, and overpainting interplay with the simple forms of undulating hills, open hands and human forms.

Elisabeth Moss facilitates Expressive Art workshops at her studio in Avon and throughout Connecticut. House of Love runs June 8 through July 28.

Visit  for her current teaching schedule.


Spring Song (detail), Kim Sobel, 2018

Spring Song

Charter Oak Cultural Center has invited Kim Sobel to install new work on the wall.  After working in acrylic and oil on canvas and acrylic on paper for many years, in 2015 Sobel began a new search with her acrylic on paper.  She came to a juncture in her work when she wanted to disrupt her way of painting and had a mound of acrylic works on paper.  Instead of working with flowing paint, she began cutting out organic shapes and collaging them to the wall.  The act of carving wood cuts comes to mind along with images of Matisse cut-outs as this installation challenges the parameters of surface, object, containment and expanse.

Spring Song is as much about negative space as it is about the painted surface and now integrates found material and her surroundings. This installation combines cut acrylic work on paper, rug grippers, mesh, chicken wire, fencing, branches and tall grass. Each work is unique and can be seen as an improvisational dance as the forms respond to the space.  Moving through Sobel’s installation, the work unfurls to reach the edges of the wall and beyond.

Spring Song will be on display in the Charter Oak sanctuary from May 17 onward.