Posted by Dwight Bachman on September 10, 2009 3:42 PM
Written by Kate Harner
Stephanie Boccanfuso, a junior majoring in communications, pets a koala bear while on an art excursion in Australia with Professor Muriel Miller.
Willimantic, Conn. - Muriel Miller, part-time professor of visual arts at EasternConnecticutStateUniversity, will present her exhibit, "Landscape Paintings in Plein Air," at the ArtSpace Gallery from Sept. 11 to 26. The opening reception will be held Sept. 11 from to at the gallery, located at 480 Main Street, Willimantic. Up for Classics, featuring Dennis Waring and Joe Casillo, will perform music. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Miller creates large-scale acrylic landscape paintings that incorporate expressionist color choice and an impressionist rendering of light and atmosphere. Her work expresses both the familiar and unfamiliar in paintings of northeastern Connecticut, where she is a resident, as well as observations of the landscapes she has encountered in her travels, such as Australia, England, Ireland and the National Parks of the West.
In May, Miller traveled to Australia with 16 Eastern students and Sylvia Halkin, associate professor of biology at CentralConnecticutStateUniversity, in order to draw, paint and participate in field studies for 29 days. They explored areas such as WarrumbungleNational Park, LamingtonNational Park and KingsCanyon. "I try to push beyond what I see to what I feel in expressing a reaction to a place," Miller says. "I am visually stimulated by landscapes that I have never seen before and I try to capture the uniqueness and spirit of a place with spontaneity that comes from painting plain air."
The gallery is open on Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from to or by appointment. Persons interested in making appointments for this exhibit should contact Miller at (860) 455-9918 or Murielmillerart@aol.com.