Sweet Spot Series:Coming together for conversation around music, art, and the written word
June 3, 2017

Sweet Spot Series: Coming together for conversation around music, art, and the written word

Event begins at 2pm  A music performance by Libby Van Cleve (Oboe) and an artist talk with Chris Barnard & Michael Angelis

Libby Van Cleve  is described as "expert" by the Washington Post, "dazzling" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and "absolutely exquisite” by Paris Transatlantic, Libby Van Cleve's most extreme epithet was from the Hartford Courant which dubbed her "the double reed queen of the new music world." Libby Van Cleve is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of chamber and contemporary music for the oboe. Her solo playing is featured on the New Albion, CRI, Aerial, and Centrediscs CD labels. Her solo English horn and oboe d'amore performances are featured on the internationally acclaimed CD "Dark Waters," music by Ingram Marshall. In addition Ms. Van Cleve performs regularly with chamber music groups including the Connecticut Reed Trio and Burning Bush Baroque.

Chris Barnard was born in New York, NY. He currently lives and works in New Haven, CT. He received his BA from Yale University, and his MFA from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA. Barnard questions the role of painting in the face of social unrest and ecological and political crisis.

Michael Angelis' early paintings unsettle the conventions of landscape and urban painting, focusing on fleeting moments of infrastructural development rather than sublime natural scenery or monumental architecture. Angelis frequently depicts construction sites in transition, an interest that developed out of his watching the radical transformation and redevelopment of the urban landscape near his studio in New Haven, Connecticut. The artist strikes a balance between the order and chaos of a site, rendering the rigid concrete structures in careful detail while allowing the scale of the unfinished infrastructure to overwhelm his canvases.