For Immediate Release
October 25th, 2008 

Loft Artists Association
Nikki Bates
(203) 858-6188



small works/Big Art

Small Works Show by Stamford's Loft Artists!

December 5 through January 4



December 5, 6 - 9PM & December 6 & 7, 12 - 5PM
At 845 Canal Street, Stamford, CT

Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6-9 pm

Run of Show: December 5 - January 4
Regular LAA Gallery Hours: Friday - Sunday, 12-5pm

STAMFORD, CT, October 25, 2008- The festivity of the holiday season inspired Stamford's Loft Artists to create works with an eye towards small splashes of color, intricate design work and hand-held assemblages. As an offbeat and inspiring alternative to the mall and the movie theater, this event combines paintings and sculpture with small gift items. The artists have been asked to create pieces on a far smaller scale than they are used to, providing a big visual experience in a small area. Whimsical watercolors, tiny hearts and Sicilian landscapes share space with small prints and wall sculptures.

Visitors to the show's opening weekend will find an extraordinary array of crafts and art created by LAA members. Gift items range from Francine Funke's mini-print portfolios and Catherine Loren Horan's mosaic glass mirrors and hand-thrown espresso bowls to Liz Squillace's hand-screened graphic tees and Nikki Bates' gemstone jewelry. Unique to this event is the opportunity for artists to showcase hand-made items and interact with visitors in a festival-like atmosphere.

"Small Works/Big Art" draws visitors in with intimate pieces which hold surprising depth and intensity. "I like the idea of confining myself to such a small area. It forces me to rethink what I want to say with the piece and how I can draw the viewer in to a work that is not visible from across the room", says Alissa Siegal, one of the exhibiting artists. Painter Renee Kahn, better known for her evocative figure drawings, here displays a series of scrap metal collages, created, she says, as the "residual detritus of an industrial society". Other work includes pop-up art and three-dimensional photos which can be arranged in tile-like patterns. Visitors can expect to be treated to a wide array of visual styles and medium, distilled and edited to bring unexpected pleasure.

"Small Works/Big Art" will take place from Friday, December 5 through Sunday, January 4. "Holiday Boutique" will take place on Friday, December 5 from 6-9 pm, and Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7 from 12-5 pm. There will be a reception to which the public is invited on Friday, December 5 from 6-9 pm. Admission and parking are free. For directions and more information visit or call 203-323-4153.

Sponsored in part by : The City Arts Partnership Program Grant; Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor; Antares Real Estate; Harbor Point; Kim Harris; Louis J. Kuriansky Fund; The Rosenthal Family Foundation; Ivan Burns; Design Monsters; and Wagner Instruments.

The Loft Artist Association was founded in 1978 by a group of artists, photographers and writers who worked at the former Yale & Towne Lock Factory on Henry Street.  Since then the LAA has been an integral part of Stamford's art scene.  In 2006, the artists learned that their studios were to be redeveloped and that they would need to relocate.  Then co-presidents Lina Morielli and Shelly Denning enlisted the help of the new owners, the Antares Corporation, along with Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy, to move the LAA to its current home.  The LAA is grateful to them and all others who assisted in the move for their past and current support.

The Loft Artist Association, a non-profit organization, has resided in the south end of Stamford for over 30 years. They are dedicated to sharing the power of art with the community in which they work.

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