The Loft Gallery at The Smithy welcomes Woodbury CT native, Jamie Accashian. Jamie’s mixed media collage work will be on view from Saturday, March 2 through Sunday, April 14, 2019.
An opening reception will take place on Saturday, March 2 from 4-6pm. Guests can meet the artist, enjoy wine, light fare and live jazz with Bentley Lewis. The event is free and open to the community.
Jamie is best known for her layered mixed media, which combines painting, printmaking, and collage elements. The Connecticut artist graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in Illustration in 2013. In 2012 she studied in Rome, Italy, where she began printmaking and sketching outdoors regularly out of a fondness and curiosity for layered architecture. After graduation, Jamie moved to Brooklyn, NY and worked as a Prop Stylist for Mary Howard Studio. Jamie collaborated with set designers to effectively promote various high-profile fashion and media brands by assisting in concept development, material sourcing, and prop construction. A natural progression, she was then offered an opportunity as a Manager and Painter at nearby backdrop painting company, Oliphant Studio. She worked directly with designers including Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Raauren by creating initial samples for artwork and collaborating closely with them throughout the production process. While at Oliphant, she was commissioned by J.Crew to paint 1000+ articles of clothing to be sold globally. The studio environment, which was rich with color and texture, also fascinated her and influenced her personal work. Her most recent position in New York City was at a startup technology company called Artsy, where their goal was to make art globally accessible. As Executive Assistant, she enjoyed learning about the technical side of art business and sales.
Jamie derives inspiration from other layer-focused work, including Matisse’s cut paper collages, Nathalie Du Pasquier’s decorated surfaces, her own travels, and traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques. She recently relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado and is working as a freelance artist while expanding her brand. For more information visit www.jamieaccashian.com.
The Loft Gallery is located on the second floor of The Smithy Store, a renovated barn that once housed the village Smithy shop. The charming retail store offers a unique gathering space, and a thoughtfully curated line of locally sourced specialty food, products and gifts from within a 70-mile radius.