Art Exhibition at mActivity in East Rock

Before opening the mActivity fitness center in East Rock last February, co-owners Burch Valldejuli and Pablo Perez envisioned a holistic, community-oriented approach to wellness that would go far beyond the offerings of most gyms.

This past Sunday, the health club hosted its first official art exhibition, entitled “Pairings,” featuring the work of painters Heidi Coutu and Barbara Hawes, who met at the gym and who both explore the beauty, drama, and expressive qualities of flowers. The show runs until the end of the month.

In an interesting juxtaposition, enthusiastic gallery goers filled a long corridor within view of gym members going about their fitness routines.

Read the full story in the New Haven Independent →
by DAVID SEPULVEDA | May 5, 2016

The show runs through the month of May and can be seen at mActivity Fitness Center, at 285 Nicoll St. in the East Rock section of New Haven.



Portrait unveiling: Master Jeff Brenzel, Yale University

I was proud to present my work at the unveiling of Master Jeff Brenzel at Timothy Dwight College, Yale University, where I resided as a resident fellow with my husband for 6 years. The portrait will hang in the college at Yale for posterity.


Here are a few more photos from the event!



Gallery Show: Return to the Valley

The mediums for the exhibit are a combination of oil on canvas and acrylic on paper with pastel,  and an application of gold and silver leaf. The title “Return to the Valley ” alludes to my showing my work back in Western Mass, my longtime home and creative hub, where I moved from in 2008.

The show features a mixture of familiar themes of land and sea juxtaposed to expressive female figurative pieces. These are personal expressions, and are also created to interface with sculpture by guest artist and friend, Jim Rosenthal.

Return to the Valley

You can read an advance about the show from the Westfield News here.

Some photos from the reception:

Please visit Jim’s website to see is amazing work… click here.

“It is a spark of beauty or a singular moment that inspires a painting. Yet as I have grown older, that is not enough. Now the work is imbued with deep emotion, and that moment in time catches fire on the canvas with my feeling …of this life, my life; and hopefully it will move the viewer to think of a moment in theirs, or to be moved in an important way in the viewing.”  – Heidi Coutu


Portrait unveiling: Dean John Loge, Yale University

My portrait of Dean John Loge at Timothy Dwight College, Yale University.


Some photos from the reception: