PHOOM! The Power of 9 Squared

“PHOOM! The Power of 9 Squared”

Susan Spaniol, Detail of “Dracaena,” 12 x 12 x 1-1/2 inches

What: Exhibition of 50 works by the Syntax Artists’ Group of 9 Connecticut mixed media artists (Reasonably priced)

Where: Funky Monkey Care & Gallery

Opening: Friday, September 7 from 7 to 9.  Free.  Open to the public.  Great food and fun!

Address : 130 Elm St. Watch Factory Shoppes, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA

Hours : Monday, 10 am-4 pm, Tuesday – Thursday, 10 am-8 pm, Friday, 10 am-10pm, Saturday, 9 am-10 pm, closed

Contact: Syntax Artists’ Group: or Funky Monkey Gallery, 203-439-0161

‘SYNTAX’: Connecticut Women Artists Make Their Mixed Media Mark

By Diane Ward

It is not often that you find groups of women artists who create work independently, meet to critique their work and share ideas, then exhibit their creations collectively throughout the state.  Syntax is proud to be such a unique group.  The nine members met at mixed media workshops held by Massachusetts artist Debi Pendell.  These nine women, who live and work across Connecticut, combine their diverse creative skills and varied artistic styles in ways that create a synergistic dialogue between their artworks and the viewing public.
Members of Syntax are proficient in many mixed media techniques, including faux encaustic, collage, book-making, paper-making, painting, creating unusual textures, as well as assemblage.  Their diverse educational backgrounds range from attending workshops where they refine their unique artistic skills, to Master’s Degrees in Fine Art.  Each woman brings her unique strengths to all phases of the group process, and participates in planning and hanging all Syntax exhibitions.

Syntax artists’ first exhibition was held at the Noah Webster Library Gallery, West Hartford, in 2010.  Since then, the group has had a full schedule of exhibitions, including the Ellen Hyde Phillips Gallery in Fairfield, and the River Street Gallery in New Haven.  Both exhibitions were well attended by gallery-goers from across the region.  Syntax has also held exhibitions of their artwork on the Stamford and Storrs campuses of The University of Connecticut.   Their exhibition in Storrs was augmented by educational displays created by each artist to demonstrate her unique mixed media processes.

The artists continually inspire each other to create, grow and share their artwork with the public.   Although their artistic training and approaches vary, they share a commitment to creating dynamic and engaging works with a variety of materials and innovative techniques. While each artist’s work is highly individual, the group shares mutual respect and a heartfelt joy in making art.  As one member of Syntax, Jan McLean, says “It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of this amazing group, and I treasure the bond of friendship, our mutual support, as well as the common appreciation of the love of making art.”

The group already has several exhibitions scheduled for the future.  This September, Syntax will take exhibiting together to a new level, creating all of their artwork in a standard twelve-inch square format.   The exhibit, titled “PHOOM! The Power of 9 Squared,” will contain over 50 mixed media works of art.  Victoria Sivigny, Syntax member and show coördinator, tells us “Syntax will engage and inform a diverse audience in south central Connecticut with this wonderful opportunity to display our artwork in a café gallery setting known for its unique approach to the arts.  The gallery owner, Tracey Burrill, has a passion for the arts which engages a wide audience across all age groups.”  The show takes place at The Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, Cheshire, Connecticut, opening with a reception on Friday September 7, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. and continuing through September 29.  The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception.  Admission to the opening and exhibition is free.  A collaborative piece of art, created by the nine artists, will be raffled off to one lucky winner at the end of the exhibition.

Syntax mixed media artists includes Connecticut residents Karen Larocque of Rowayton, Regina S. Levin of Westport, Jan McLean of Shelton, Victoria Sivigny of Meriden, Jean Swanson of Bethany,  Susan Spaniol and Gretchen Wohlgemuth of West Hartford, Kelly Taylor of Glastonbury and Diane Ward of Farmington.   You can see samples of Syntax members’ art on their website at  For information contact Diane Ward at

4 thoughts on “PHOOM! The Power of 9 Squared

    • Victoria–I posted this exhibition announcement just as I received it. Then I was asked to change the date for the 9th to the 7th. It is extra work for me when artists submit their announcements without fact checking them and proofreading. It is important for you to note that, for future listings.


    • Victoria–Ditto. I don’t like receiving all these negative comments and criticisms. I never received an apology for being asked to make two corrections, nor did I receive a thank you for making them.


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