So many artists have reached out to me asking about my experience at TOAF, is it worth the investment? and many other questions. Here's the rest of my experience after doing the The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, NY twice.
You have a great eye for art! Do you have any favorite local artists that you like to source from for your clients?
Thank you!!! We work with many great local artists. Linda Colletta is amazing and also happens to be our art director. Allyson Monson is our go to for photography. Meighan Morrison is incredible as well. For pottery and wall installations, Jocelyn Braxton is a true genius.
When Denise Davies of D2 Interieurs was hired to renovate this young family’s home, the classic Nantucket shingle-style was elegant but dated. The family (a wife, husband, and two young boys) relocated from the Upper West Side to Irvington and wanted something new, functional, and stylish. The team at D2 Interieurs, headed up by Davies, started with a clean slate, which let their creativity run wild.
I recently was honored to be accepted to The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, NY. I was one of a 120 artists chosen from 700 applicants by a select group of respected art curators...I was SO excited. I told EVERYONE. I marketed my little butt off. I felt proud. I got a HOT new black jumper for the opening. I felt so ready. I was riding high, nervous and excited right up until about an hour into opening night, when I realized a couple of disappointing “facts” that sent me plummeting into a negative space...
Sometimes when big vacations aren’t in the budget, I like to travel via photograph. While scrolling through someone’s Instagram feed isn’t quite the same as actually dipping your toes in the sand, it certainly can lift your spirits for a moment to wade through pictures of citrus-y drinks, bathing suits and striped cabanas. READ MORE...
Lighthearted, colorful, and undoubtedly fun, the abstract works of artist Linda Colletta brighten up any room they’re in. Based in Weston, CT, Linda has been producing exclusive prints for One Kings Lane for the past four years, honing her craft and evolving her style with each new collection. We spoke with her to discover more about her painterly productions, the best spots to hang them, and what, she hopes people feel once they’re up on the wall. READ MORE...
"Abstract expressionist Linda Colletta, based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has been creating art in various mediums for over 20 years. Working with acrylics and oil pastels, she plays with composition and abstraction, investigation and intention. Her colorful and uplifting pieces explore moments in time and the spaces in-between. Throughout Linda’s work, drips, washes, and gestures evoke a feeling of freedom and unapologetic happiness."
When D2Interieurs started renovating this young family’s home, the Modern Classic Nantucket Shingle Style home was elegant but dated. On the upside, the home had plenty to work with; set on two private acres, the serene wooded setting includes manicured lawns, perennial flowerbeds, stone pathways and rock gardens.
Welcome to a refreshing new notion in residential retail. Taking the show house concept to the next level, the One Kings Lane Connecticut House is not only shoppable but happens to be the actual New Canaan, CT home of OKL president Debbie Propst. Nicole Fisher of the brand’s in-house design division, The Studio at One Kings Lane, worked with Debbie to update the house with a great mix of vintage finds and over 175 products from the site.
Off the foyer are the living and dining areas, where Davies used two similar custom rugs to subtly define the space while keeping it cohesive. The room is an odd shape, and the designer had to work in a piano. “The room is not symmetrical so everything needed to be slightly different to trick the eye,” she says. A curved sofa with a hint of mod anchors the living area, while a steel-framed lounge chair has a tougher edge. Another funky chair adds a surprising jolt of jewel-toned purple. Two pieces by Connecticut artist Linda Colletta add vivid pops to the otherwise serene palette. “There is a very fine line between overdone and tacky, and elegant and quiet,” Davies notes. “I used pieces that stand on their own, but nothing is overwhelming thanks to the subdued color palette.”
What are some ways you're refreshing your space this new year?
Rachel: One goal for the new year is to finish my house, so I’ll be investing in some statement rugs from The Citizenry. We’re developing a line of hand-knotted rugs from the High Atlas mountains of Morocco. Carly: I FINALLY finished renovating our 1920s tudor. I’m going to splurge on beautiful Towels as a finishing touch to the master bath. I’m also planning to purchase some paintings from my favorites: Heather Day, Linda Colletta and Satsuki Shibuya.
Go Small! Buying smaller original works is a great way to get started. Smaller works are typically more affordable and less of a stylistic commitment. They can easily find a home in any nook of your house and you can allow the work to grow on you over time. This helps when deciding to commit to a larger scale piece or a custom commission, you will have a better feel for what you love.
With over 20 years of making art under her belt and a forward-thinking creative eye, it’s no surprise to us why D2 Interieurs enlisted abstract artist Linda Colletta to join their team as Artistic Director. D2 Interieurs is known for their bold and innovative use of color in their interior design and Linda’s art is no different – a match made in heaven. There is a vivacious energy to Linda’s paintings that can’t help but excite you and draw you in. From her new collection, Geometrik, to her collaboration on a line of textiles and wallpaper, Linda gives us insight into her work as an artist and her new role at D2.
The common notion that anyone can be a Jackson Pollack is a cartoon cliche. “In abstraction the point is to paint from your soul and not have some preconceived idea and to just react, which is extremely difficult, It’s one of the things people don’t realize about abstraction. People think, ‘Oh, I can pour paint on a canvas and let it dribble.’ But when you actually go to do that, there is an innate human instinct to go, ‘No, I need to draw a tree.’ It’s human nature to try and replicate what you know. But abstraction is to express the unknown, and so the hardest part at the beginning is to just let yourself go.”
The bold paintings of Linda Colletta took center stage at the opening reception of Geometrik at The Gallery at Lillian August in Norwalk, CT, on October 13. The Parsons School of Design graduate sat down with Serendipity‘s Home Editor Stephanie Horton.
Linda Colletta is an abstract expressionist painter who lives and works in Bridgeport, CT. She began her career in art as a scenic painter in the music television industry after studying the Parsons School of Design. Linda’s artistic approach is focused on creating paintings that add beauty to the world.
The Grand Gallery Wall: The most eclectic of the bunch, this arrangement takes a bit more strategizing—but the payoff is huge. Start with your largest piece of artwork, placing it off-center, then build the arrangement around it.
I know you’ve all heard it before, but I’m just here to remind you that the EARTH without ART is just EHHHH. Fo reals. If I had all the time in the world I’d sit down and paint but I ain’t got time for dat! For now, my medium is interiors and I’m cool with that. Gwynnie on the other hand wants to be an artist and I’m in total support of it – no joke, she’s got major talent for a 6 year old!
To get back to business – check out Linda Colleta – Her work’s got it goin’ onnn and I wouldn’t be mad if one or two or three of them ended up in one of my clients homes…READ ON
One of the most satisfying parts of our work at Simply Framed is bringing our pros' work to life with custom fine-art framing, and thereby sharing in the joy that comes along with their major moments of success. So, we were elated (but not surprised!) when we learned that Linda Colletta was chosen to be one of two Featured Artists in the 54th Annual Community Cooperative Nursery School Art Show this weekend, along with painter Julia Contacessi. The show brings together artwork from more than 50 nationally and internationally known artists, and offers one of the largest and most diverse collections of original artwork in Connecticut, all for the great cause of supporting children's education.
The holidays are always a great time for giving which is why we were thrilled to team up with NYC online art gallery Uprise Art to donate several custom framed artworks to the Free Arts NYC Junior Board 3rd Annual Art Auction.
Abstract expressionist Linda Colletta, based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has been creating art in various mediums for over 20 years. Working with acrylics and oil pastels, she plays with composition and abstraction, investigation and intention. Her colorful and uplifting pieces explore moments in time and the spaces in-between. Throughout Linda’s work, drips, washes, and gestures evoke a feeling of freedom and unapologetic happiness.
I grew up in a tiny town in upstate NY, moved to NYC when I was 18 and in true NYC fashion, I moved to a new neighborhood every year for the next 16 years! I moved to Weston, CT about 8 years ago, back to a very quiet country setting. READ ON.