Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary Features Local Artist of the Month

(Torrington, CT)  –  The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Auxiliary is displaying the photography of local artist Carol Taylor through early May 2014 in the hospital’s main lobby hallway, 540 Litchfield Street, Torrington. The public is invited to view the works during regular visiting hours as part of the Auxiliary’s ongoing “Artist of the Month” program. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork support the CHH Auxiliary and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. 

Carol Taylor has been working as a printmaker for over 30 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and subsequently taught art for three years in the Avon, CT school system. After receiving her graduate degree from Central CT State University she began to work full time on printmaking. Her home and studio are located in New Hartford, CT. 

Carol works with two coordinated techniques. The first and more traditional of her works is the timeless etching or intaglio print. The etching/intaglio process involves drawing a design on a metal plate which has been coated with an acid resistant material called “ground”. After the drawing is finished, the plate is immersed in an acid bath and is etched wherever metal has been exposed. The ground is then removed, and ink is rubbed into the etched lines, hand-printed, dried, and hand-colored with watercolors. Each of Carol’s etchings is printed in limited editions of one hundred. The second and more abstract of Carol’s techniques is the collage. The collage pieces incorporate portions of her etchings, various special papers, metallic threads, cords, sheet music, and even beads. The collages will often include parts of two or three of her etchings, cut into pieces and then sewn back together, using decorative zig-zag stitching, to create one unique work of art. They are all one-of-a-kind pieces.

“Nature has always been an inspiration – the delicate shapes of flower petals, the bare branches of winter trees. I use zig-zag stitches to invoke the feel and flow of wind in the trees, or movement in the leaves. Sometimes a color, a rustle of sounds, a leaf, even a scrap of paper will inspire me to create a new world- a landscape abstracted into shapes but still invoking the feeling of nature around us.” For more information, visit www BirchesPondFarm.com 

The Auxiliary’s “Artist of the Month” program has been featuring paintings, photographs, and artwork each month from local artists for over 25 years. Their over 200 member supporters assist in raising money for the hospital through dues, donations, volunteering at the gift shop, and a variety of events including an annual fall fashion show and luncheon.               

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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