Sally Jessy Raphael (center) at Six Summit Gallery
Known for her down-to-earth style and big red glasses, Emmy-winning talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael entertained us and informed us for decades on radio and television. However, I recently discovered that she is also an artist. Her paintings are currently on exhibit at Six Summit Gallery, in Ivoryton, Connecticut as part of the gallery’s “Transitions Show”.
Untitled Painting by Sally Jessy Raphael
I had the opportunity to ask Ms. Raphael a few questions about her artwork. She says that she started painting while in Vence, France: “I’ve been painting since 1993. I was in Vence and passed an art store and went in.” Raphael is an enthusiastic, self-taught artist. She says that she paints almost every day. When asked if she had any formal education or training in art, she says that she has not, “except I did enroll in the studio school a few years back but I dropped out.” She says that there is no particular artist or artists who have inspired her to start painting or have strongly influenced her work. However, her mother was also a painter, so perhaps it runs in the family. She does not define her work by any particular style. “My problem is that I don’t know enough about art styles to know what to call it,” she says. “So call it what you will.” Why not check out her artwork and decide for yourself. The “Transition Show” continues through July 31, 2011.
Lunch in Vence by Sally Jessy Raphael
Thanks to Leo at Six Summit Gallery for providing the images and for his assistance. Please contact the gallery for additional information about Sally Jessy Raphael’s paintings, which are available at the gallery.
A Nap by Sally Jessy Raphael
You may also be interested in the upcoming Celebrity Icon Show at Six Summit Gallery, which runs from August 5 to September 10, 2011. The show will include artwork by celebrities (including Sally Jessy Raphael) as well as celebrity related artwork. If you are an artist, sculptor or collector, contact the gallery about having your items included in the show. They currently have a call for artists posted at their website.
Six Summit Gallery
6 Summit Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442
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