Artists from the Grotta Collection
exhibition and book launch
at browngrotta arts

November 2nd - November 10th
Hours: Nov 2nd 1-6
Nov 3rd - 10th 10:00-5:00

From November 2 to 10, 2019, browngrotta arts will host an exhibition to celebrate artists from the collection of Sandra and Lou Grotta.

The Grottas have been collecting since the 1950s, and are long-time patrons of the Museum of Arts in Design and the American Craft Musuem in New York.

The exhibition, Artists from the Grotta Collection, will highlight work by more than three dozen of the many artists who have been collected by the Grottas, including Toshiko Takaezu, Naomi Kobayashi, Norma Minkowitz, Axel Russmeyer and Mariette Rousseau-Vermette. "In quality and depth, the Grotta collection of contemporary craft outshines all others, including what is in museums," writes designer and curator Jack Lenor Larsen.The works are housed in the Grottas' architecturally significant home which was designed intentionally to showcase art.

Artists from the Grotta Collection
offers a glimpse of these collectors' vision, featuring important works of fiber, ceramic and wood – just as their collection does.

The Artists Reception and Opening will take place at browngrotta arts, 276 Ridgefield Road from 1 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, November 2nd. 

Copies of the new book, The Grotta Home by Richard Meier: a Marriage of Architecture and Craft, which was photographed and designed by Tom Grotta — will be available at the exhibition and Tom will be available to sign them.

Pre-orders are available at


On Art and On Life

Art & Text

Opening, October 11th
Wilton Library, Wilton Connecticut
Exhibition runs through November 7th

The Wilton Library exhibition is part of the Art & Text inaugural collaboration of 13 libraries in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Each library within the consortium will highlight one or more artists, whose work reflects their unique perspectives on the exhibition’s theme. Art & Text runs from September 1 through December 31, 2019, with shows running from one week to three months, depending on a library’s individual calendar. Through mixed media, ranging from sculpture and painting to graphics, each library’s exhibition aims to promote awareness of visual arts in the libraries of Fairfield County, as well as foster a connection between the community it serves and the arts.

137 Old Ridefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

April 27 - May 5, 2019

Opening and Artists Reception:

Saturday, April 27th: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

276 Ridgefield Rd, Wilton, CT

Sunday, April 28 - Sunday, May 5: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information call: 203.834.0623 or visit:

More than 50 international artists, reflecting five continents, will take an expansive look at identity and art in a global world in browngrotta arts’ 2019 Art in the Barn exhibition, Art + Identity: an international view. The identity that each explores may be personal, political, social or cultural; it may reflect the influence of a hometown, country of birth or adoption, a place visited, or a region whose art has made an impression, an artistic or scientific movement or a broader focus on the effects globalization. Works by artists from, or influenced by, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the UK will create an intriguing dialogue about the influence of culture, geography and personal experience and spur questions about the universality of art.

Participating artists include:
Adela Akers (US), Polly Barton (US), Michelene Beauchemin (Canada), Nancy Moore Bess (US), Marian Bijlenga (the Netherlands), Birgit Birkkjaer (Denmark), Lia Cook (US), Wlodzimierz Cygan (Poland), Neha Puri Dhir (India), Lizzie Farey (UK), Paul Furneaux (UK), Mary Giles (US), Susie Gillespie (UK), Agneta Hobin (Finland), Kazue Honma (Japan), Kiyomi Iwata (US), Stéphanie Jacques (Belgium), Tim Johnson (UK), Christine Joy (US), Tamiko Kawata (US), Marianne Kemp (Netherlands), Lewis Knauss (US), Anda Klancic (SL) Nancy Koenigsberg (US), Yasuhisa Kohyama (Japan), Irina Kolnesikova (Russia/Germany), Markku Kosonen (Finland), Lila Kulka (Poland), Kyoko Kumai (Japan), Gyöngy Laky (US), Sue Lawty (UK), Jennifer Falck Linssen (US), Federica Luzzi (Italy), Dawn MacNutt (Canada), John McQueen (US), Mary Merkel-Hess (US), Norma Minkowitz (US), Judy Mulford (US), Keiji Nio (Japan), Nnenna Okore (Nigeria/US), Gudrun Pagter (Denmark), Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila (Venezuela), Lija Rage (Latvia), Ed Rossbach (US), Heidrun Schimmel (Germany), Brigitte Bouquin-Sellès (France), Naoko Serino (Japan), Sylvia Seventy (US), Jin-Sook So (Korea), Aleksandra Stoyanov (Russia/Israel), Polly Sutton (US), Chiyoko Tanaka (Japan), Hideho Tanaka (Japan), Eva Vargo (Sweden), Ulla-Maija Vikman (Finland), Wendy Wahl (US), Gizella Warburton (UK), Katherine Westphal (US), Merja Winquist (Finland), Jiro Yonezawa (Japan), Carolina Yrarráazaval (Chile)

An Unexpected Approach:
Exploring Contemporary Asian Art

an Online Exhibition

March 9th - March 31

video walkthrough:

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exhibition on Artsy:

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April 28th (opening) thru May 6th, 2018

The Artists Opening and Reception, Saturday, April 28th from 1-6 p.m.
Daily Hours, April 29th through May 6th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

13al I Mirror You

13al I Mirror You, Åse Ljones, hand embroidery on linen, stretched on frames 32.25” x 81.75" 1.125", 2013-17

Adela Akers (United States) • Micheline Beauchemin (Canada) • Jane Balsgaard (Denmark) • Caroline Bartlett (United Kingdom) • Polly Barton (United States) •  Marian Bijlenga (The Netherlands) • Pat Campbell (United States) • Włodzimierz Cygan (Poland) • Carole Frève (Canada) • Ane Henriksen (Denmark) • Helena Hernmarck (Sweden/United States) • Kiyomi Iwata (Japan) • Ferne Jacobs (United States) • Tim Johnson (United Kingdom) • Kristín Jónsdóttir (Iceland) • Christine Joy (United States) • Tamiko Kawata (Japan/United States) • Marianne Kemp (The Netherlands) • Lewis Knauss (United States) • Nancy Koenigsberg (United States) • Yasuhisa Kohyama (Japan) •  Kyoko Kumai (Japan) • Lawrence LaBianca (United States) • Gyöngy Laky (United States) • Jennifer Falck Linssen (United States) • Åse Ljones (Norway) • Federica Luzzi (Italy) • Dawn MacNutt (Canada) • Rachel Max (United Kingdom) • John McQueen (United States) • Rebecca Medel (United States) • Mary Merkel-Hess (United States) • Norma Minkowitz (United States) • Laura Foster Nicholson (United States) • Keiji Nio (Japan) • Gudrun Pagter (Denmark) • Eduardo Portillo & Mariá Eugenia Dávila (Venezuela) • Michael Radyk (United States) • Debra Sachs (United States) • Heidrun Schimmel (Germany) • Naoko Serino (Japan) • Sylvia Seventy (United States) • Hiroyuki Shindo (Japan) • Karyl Sisson (United States) • Ethel Stein (United States) • Polly Adams Sutton (United States) • Noriko Takamiya (Japan) • Hideho Tanaka (Japan) • Chiyoko Tanaka (Japan) • Lenore Tawney (United States) • Deborah Valoma (United States) • Ulla-Maija Vikman (Finland) • Wendy Wahl (United States) • Gizella K Warburton (United Kingdom) • Katherine Westphal (United States • Grethe Wittrock (Denmark) • Chang Yeonsoon (Korea) • Jiro Yonezawa (Japan) • Shin-Young-ok (Korea) • Carolina Yrarrázaval (Chile)

A 144-page full-color catalog, Blue/Green: color/code/contextwill be available on April 28th. The catalog includes an essay by Leatrice Eiseman, a color specialist whose expertise is recognized worldwide. She heads the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and is also executive director of the Pantone® Color Institute. She is the author of 10 books on color, including Color: Messages and Meanings a Pantone® Color Resource and most recently, The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone® Edition. You can preorder the catalog now at:

Cocktails, Canapés and Continuing Education
Slide Presentation and Walkthrough:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5 -8 p.m.
(presentation at 5:30 p.m., Walkthrough at 6:30

Join Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown, co-curators of browngrotta arts and renowned tapestry artist, Helena Hernmarck for a presentation on contemporary fiber art — tapestries, baskets, objects, sculptures — and ways to integrate this art form into contemporary and traditional interiors.

Also included: cocktails, canapés and a tour of Blue/Green: color/code/context, an art exhibition featuring more than 50 artists from 15 countries.

Continuing Education Credit 1.0 (CEU) available through IDCEC.

276 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 0689
co-sponsored by browngrotta arts, Country Club Homes and Litchfield Distillery

30th anniversary exhibit

Still Crazy After All These Years... 30 years in art
April 22 - 30, 2017
276 Ridgefield Road, Wilton CT

Adela Akers • Dona Anderson • Jane Balsgaard • Jo Barker • Dail Behennah • Nancy Moore Bess • Marian Bijlenga • Sara Brennan • Pat Campbell • Lia Cook • Włodzimierz Cygan • Mariá Eugenia Dávila • Lizzie Farey • Carole Frève • John Garrett • Mary Giles • Norie Hatakeyama • Helena Hernmarck • Agneta Hobin • Kazue Honma • Kiyomi Iwata • Ritzi Jacobi • Ferne Jacobs • Stéphanie Jacques • Tim Johnson • Christine Joy • Tamiko Kawata • Marianne Kemp • Anda Klancic • Lewis Knauss • Nancy Koenigsberg • Yasuhisa Kohyama •  Lilla Kulka • Kyoko Kumai • Lawrence Labianca • Gyöngy Laky • Sue Lawty • Jennifer Falck Linssen • Åse ljonesKari Lønning • Dona Look • Federica Luzzi • Dawn MacNutt • Rachel Max • John McQueen • Mary Merkel-Hess • Norma Minkowitz • Judy Mulford • Laura Foster Nicholson • Leon Niehues • Keiji Nio • Gudrun Pagter • Simone Pheulpin • Eduardo Portillo • Michael Radyk • Scott Rothstein • Heidrun Schimmel • Hisako Sekijima • Kay Sekimachi • Naoko Serino • Sylvia Seventy • Karyl Sisson • Jin-Sook So • Grethe Sørensen • Polly Adams Sutton • Carol Shaw Sutton • Noriko Takamiya • Chiyoko Tanaka • Hideho Tanaka • Tsuruko Tanikawa • Blair Tate • Eva Vargo • Ulla-Maija Vikman • Wendy Wahl • Randy Walker • Gizella K. Warburton • Grethe Wittrock • Chang Yeonsoon • Jiro Yonezawa • Shin Young-ok • Mariyo Yagi • Carolina Yrarrázaval

Wlodzimierz Cygan Fiber Optic Weavings

Sofa Chicago 2016 Fiber Optic Weavings by Wlodzimierz Cygan

Nov 3 - 6
Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan:
An Unexpected Approach

Greenwich Arts Council

Thru November 4, 2016


pictured, works by Chiyoko Tanaka and Yasuhisa Kohyama

This September the Greenwich Arts Council will present 60+ works by 23 artists from Japan, Korea and the United States in Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach. Included are artists who have built on centuries of inherited national aesthetic and technical traditions, as well as artists who have adopted some of the expansive vocabulary of contemporary Asian artistry.

Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach

From September 16th to November 4, 2016, the Greenwich Arts Council will present Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach, curated by browngrotta arts. The exhibition includes select works of ceramics, textiles, baskets and sculptures by artists from Japan, Korea and the United States that each reflect an Asian sensibility. The 23 artists in this exhibit have a close relationship to a traditional, culturally associated craft aesthetic, manifested in a contemporary manner. They have chosen conventionally Asian materials and/or techniques (dyes, papers, gold leaf, persimmon tannin, kategami) used in both time-honored and unconventional ways. For example, the ritualistic studies by Hiroyuki Shindo on the vanishing art of natural indigo dyeing and by Jun Tomita on the subtlety of kasuri, or ikat, dyeing; Jennifer Linssen’s innovative sculptures of katagami and Keiji Nio’s Interlacing-R, which references complex Japanese sumihimo braiding but uses nylon tapes instead of threads, thus expanding the scale. Also strikingly contemporary are works by Masakazu Kobayashi, Naomi Kobayashi, Naoko Serino and Toshio Sekiji, who create new relationships among disparate material and techniques. In other works, like Kiyomi Iwata’s Auric Gold Fold, Glen Kaufman’s Shimogamo Scrolls: Studio View II and Jin-Sook So, Pojagi Constructions I and II, gold and silver leaf play a role, their luster and longevity suggesting immortality, power, divinity. All these artists share a concern for surface and for the interactions of materials, evident in Chiyoko Tanaka’s Grinded Fabric-Three Squares Blue Threads and Blue #689, of linen distressed with earth and stones and Hideho Tanaka’s Vanishing and Emerging series of stainless steel and singed paper. The artists in Contemporary Art Influenced by Korea and Japan: An Unexpected Approach create work that is formal and contained while visibly involving the hand of the artist.

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March 3 - 6, 2016

Pier 36, Downtown Manhattan

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clockwise from left to right: Grethe Grethe Sørensen, Mary Merkel-Hess, Grethe Wittrock, Gudrun Pagter, Birgit Birkkjaer

Art in the Barn Exhibition 2016
Artboom: Celebrating Artists Mid-Century, Mid-Career
April 30th - May 8, 2016, bga, Wilton, Connecticut

Artists Reception and Opening: Saturday April 30th 276 Ridgefield Rd Wilton, CT 12 - 6 p.m.
May 1st - May 8th
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment

The Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, have made an indelible mark. The oldest will be 70 next year; the youngest 52. There is some debate over what constitutes a "Baby Boomer” culturally, but as a group, says Wikipedia, they were the wealthiest, most active and most physically fit generation up to that time and among the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve. They have tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that came before. In the 1960s, they created music, literature and art to describe that specialness and the change they were intent on bringing about. For our 2016 spring exhibition, bga will ask a large group of artists born in the Boomer years to reflect on that legacy, to provide us work that tells us where they’ve come from, where they are going, that illustrates influences, roads not taken and the like.

Tim Johnson, Ceca Georgieva, Marion Hildebrandt

works above: Tim Johnson, Ceca Georgieva and Marion Hildebrandt

Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers
Morris Museum, March 19 - June 26, 2016 Morristown, NJ

Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers, is curated by Jane Milosch of the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, former curator of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta of browngrotta arts and has traveled to venues in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Next Spring it will debut at the Morris Museum in New Jersey. Throughout history, artists and craftspeople have been highly attuned to the beauty and resources of the natural world, whether depicting a pristine landscape, untouched by man, or harvesting plants and minerals for pigments and brushes. Sustainability is a natural part of their design and craft process. Green from the Get Go will include more than 70 works by artists from Canada, Europe, Japan, Scandinavia and the US, featuring innovators in the genre of 20th-century art basketry as well as emerging talents. These artists take their inspiration from nature and the history of basketry. Their work reveals a heightened sensitivity to the physicality of materials, one that honors the stewardship of nature by their choice and use of materials.

Catalog Available

Dona Anderson
Jane Balsgaard
Pat Campbell
Chris Drury
Kazue Honma
Kate Hunt
Mutsumi Iwasaki
Naomi Kobayashi
Jennifer Falck Linssen
Mary Merkel-Hess
Ed Rossbach
Toshio Sekiji
Sylvia Seventy
Hisako Sekijima
Karyl Sisson
Britt Smelvær
Jin-Sook So
Noriko Takamiya
Hideho Tanaka
Deborah Valoma
Wendy Wahl
Merja Winqvist
Grethe Wittrock

From the Ground Up Entrance

From the Ground Up entrance: works by Gyöngy Laky, Dawn MacNutt and Stéphanie Jacques

Paintings • Photographs • Sculptures -- Art inspired by Nature

works by:
Jane Balsgaard •  Laura Cunningham •  Stéphanie Jacques •  Donald Landsman •  Gyöngy Laky •  Dawn MacNutt •  John McQueen • Kyle Norton •  Ángel Mieres • Lizzy Rockwell • Hisako SekijimaMasako Yoshida

Two Minds

Green from the Get Go:
Contemporary International Basketmakers
Opens at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
in Michigan January 12th

Kay Sekimachi

Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers, curated by browngrotta arts and Jane Milosch, former curator of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, travels to the Visitor Center Gallery of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe, Michigan this month. The exhibition, which features from more than 50 works by artists who take inspiration from nature and the history of basketry, will be open from January 12th to March 9, 2013. On January 12th, Tom Grotta of browngrotta arts will do a walkthrough from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. In hosting Green from the Get Go, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House honors the Fords' appreciation of boundary-stretching artistic inspiration, while drawing attention to the ever-more important issues of sustainability and the need for increased use of renewable resources. The museum's intent in sharing these artistic creations is to both heighten awareness of and draw attention to an unlimited resource for inspiration – nature. In addition to viewing the exhibition, when you visit, you can take a tour of the House and surrounding buildings. The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is at 110 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 48236. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For more information call: 313.884.4222 or visit:

Edsal & Eleanor Ford House

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25+ Years of Art Textiles
and Sculpture

Catalog and Exhibition
October 26th - November 4th

Retro/Prospective online
through May 31st
browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Rd
Wilton, CT

25th Retro/Prospective

Beyond Weaving
International ArtTextiles


Jin-Sook So

SOFA NY (15th Anniversary)

 Park Avenue Armory
 Park Avenue at 67th Street
 New York, NY, 10021
 April 19-23

steel mesh, gold-leafed and painted acrylic,, charcoal, ink colors, electroplated
17.75" x 16.5" (each), 2011

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Green From the Get Go

thru January 21st at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne Pennsylvania

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Building a Future from the Past: Architecture

Nine invited architects who have designed/upgraded houses in Wilton including our architect David Ling and our art barn.

Opening March 25th runs through October 31
Symposium April 29th 2:30-3:30 Subject: an informal discussion of architecture and how it can enhance the value of a house, give pleasure to its occupants, plus other architectural and design topics of interest.

Paperworks install

PAPERWORKS: material as medium

Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library
May 10 - June 21st
101 West Putnam Avenue • Greenwich, CT
A collaborative show with browngrotta arts of Wilton, CT.

Participating Artists
Dona Anderson
Jane Balsgaard
Marion Bijlenga
Pat Campbell
Chris Drury
Norie Hatekayama
Kazue Honma
Kate Hunt
Mutsumi Iwasaki
Lewis Knauss
Naomi Kobayashi
Jennifer Falck Linssen
Miriam Londono
Mary Merkel-Hess
Norma Minkowitz
Ed Rossbach
Toshio Sekiji
Sylvia Seventy
Hans-Jurgen Simon
Britt Smelvær
Jin-Sook So Noriko Takamiya
Takaaki Tanaka
Lenore Tawney
Deborah Valoma
Eva Vargo
Wendy Wahl
Lena McGrath Welker
Katherine Westphal
Merja Winqvist
Grethe Wittrock

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Online exhibit for Earthday
June 22 - May 1

Anda Klancic

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January 2010
Palm Beach
Convention Center
Booth 204

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April 2010
Seventh Regiment Armory New York, NY

"Highlights include new large fiber-tapestry reliefs by the veteran textile artist Ritzi Jacobi at browngrotta arts from Wilton, Conn.; sensuous biomorphic sculptures made of burnished steel nails and charred wood by Korean artist Jaehyo Lee at CRFA (Cynthia Reeves Fine Art) from New York; abstracted sculptures of kimonos made from salvaged steel by Gordon Chandler at Ferrin Gallery from Pittsfield, Mass.; shell-inspired Shigaraki clay ceramics by Japanese artist Koike Shoko at Joan B Mirviss Ltd from New York; and 3D collages by bead artist Jan Huling at Lyons Wier Gallery from New York." Artnet News, April 8, 2010.

browngrotta at SOFA Chicago 2010

browngrotta SOFA Chicago Booth
Baruch Collection Booth at SOFA Chicago 2010 Special Exhibit booth; Advocates for Art: Polish and Czech Fiber Artists from the Anne and Jacques Baruch Collection

November 2010
The 15th Annual
International Exposition
of Sculptural Objects
& Functional Art
Festival Hall, Navy Pier
Chicago, IL

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Magdalena Abakanowicz
Lenore Tawney
February 2010
Palm Beach
Convention Center
Booth 2101


Eco-Art: Materials Recycled, Repurposed, Re-envisioned
April 30 - May 31, 2010

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Santa Fe 2010
Santa Fe Convention Center

Randy Walkers SHIMMERING FRAMES on the cover of the SOFA West catalog