"When I keep my mind off what I am doing, I do my best work."
C. Dianne Zweig is a Contemporary Mixed Media abstract artist whose artwork is influenced by the organic shapes and abstract designs of 1950s textiles. She is a member of Connecticut Women Artists and a founding member of Mixus, a group of artists who work in Mixed media. Dianne is on faculty at The West Hartford Art League and enjoys teaching art classes and workshops to all ages.
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Like many of the artists who flourished during the colorful eras and were known as Abstract Expressionists, I too favor working in an unscripted, moment by moment impromptu style. I am enamored with the organic shapes and abstract designs of 1950s textiles and often find that sooner or later I am likely to add Mid-century marks and images to artwork.
When you work spontaneously you forgo preliminary sketches and lay-outs in favor of more direct, immediate, intimate forms of creating. Like the jazz musician who revels extemporaneously with his instrument or the dancer who excites an audience with un-choreographed movements, the fine artist who works spontaneously also relies on instinct, serendipity, opportunity and skill to develop their art.
My Two New Groups on Facebook:
The Art of Mark Making in Abstract Art:
Recently, I started a group on Facebook called The Art of Mark Making in Abstract Art for artists to share innovative Mark making techniques, tools, works in progress, completed works, product information, critique discussions, exhibits, shows, articles, videos and more.
The Art of Creating Abstract Art
My first group had so many members asking questions that went beyond mark making that I developed a sister group called The Art of Creating Abstract Art to cover the nuts and bolts of being an abstract artist.
My Art & Mid Century Style
Inspired by Modern design, I teach classes at The West Hartford Art League, combining my interest in Mixed media design and 1950s style.
UPCOMING SHOWS 2018
MAKING OUR MARK Contemporary Artists at Work Dec 2, 2018-Jan 31, 2019 Opening Reception with the Artists Sunday, December 9, 2:00-4:00pm “Making Our Mark” is a unique group exhibit curated by C. Dianne Zweig that features abstract artwork by multi-media artists who revel in the art of Contemporary Mark-Making. Using both conventional and improvised tools, this show celebrates the creativity, ingenuity and skill of “master scribblers.” Inspired by Mid Century designers, the dynamic rhythms and movements found in music, dance and nature, this diverse collection of artwork is an exciting celebration of artists who have “made their mark” in fine art
It was a very special to me to hold my first Solo show at the Chase Family Gallery of the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, CT. Over 50 works of art were part of my show "Random Acts of Color". The show was very well received and I am so grateful to have been offered this opportunity to exhibit my work in one of the most beautiful and exciting galleries in the Greater Hartford region.
Chase Family Gallery, Mandell Jewish Community Center 2016
I have exhibited at many galleries throughout the region, including: West Hartford Art League Faculty Show, The Farmington Valley Arts Center Fisher and Drezner Galleries; Canton Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT; West Hartford Art League, West Hartford, CT; Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT; University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT; Bricks Along The Journey Celebration Cancer Charity Auction; Petrini Art Gallery, Avon, CT; Act II Gallery, New Hartford, CT; Brick Gallery, Essex, CT; Town of Avon Library Gallery, Avon, CT; Autumn Light Studio and Gallery, Canton, CT; Bodytalk Boutique of Avon, Avon, CT See more at http://www.cdiannezweig.com/studio/
Dianne "The Kitschy Collector"
Dianne is Editor-In-Chief of IAntiqueOnline.com. She is also owner of "Kitsch n Stuff" at the Collinsville Antiques Co. of New Hartford, CT. Her shop specializes in Retro, Mid-Century and kitchen collectibles. Dianne also manages the Collinsville Antiques Company Facebook page. She blogs about antiques and collectibles and is the author of “Hot Kitchen and Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s” and “Hot Cottage Collectibles For Vintage Style Homes”. Learn more about Dianne's books and passion for collecting at kitsch-n-stuff.com.
Also a retired psychotherapist, Dianne is interested in the psychology of the creative process and creative aging.
Dianne on Flea Market Flip
Dianne competed on the populular HGTV show Flea Market Flip Season 3, Episode 8 with her artsy friend Clyde St. Amand
Heads or Tails?
From the HGTV website: "Fashionable friends with similar tastes, who even share their first name, Laura, go up against fun-loving friends Dianne and Clyde. Each team is handed $500 and given only an hour to find pieces at the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut, that they'll fix-up and flip. Their Flip List includes Hollywood Regency, as well as Upholstery and Mash-up projects. After hustling through the flea market, both teams hit the workshop to transform their pieces. Relying on chance, team Laura often flips a coin to decide their next move. The teams will then take their transformed pieces to sell at New York City's Green Flea, and the team that makes the biggest profit takes home $5,000. Hosted by Designer/Flea Market enthusiast and Good Morning America Anchor Lara Spencer."