The Alberettis at CWAC
By Kirstin Nord
Bob and Mary Lou Alberetti have trawled for materials and ideas for their art in trips to nearly 30 countries throughout the past 20 years. Encountering the same scenes and vistas, galleries and museums, their individual creativity leads them to work in characteristic ways. Bob most likely will sketch or do preparatory watercolors, while Mary Lou will pull out her camera and zero in on a particular culture’s architectural fragments that speak to her.
Bob Alberetti, a professor emeritus at Western Connecticut State University, is an abstract artist who works primarily in oil, collage, mixed media, watercolor and encaustic while Mary Lou Alberetti, a professor emerita of ceramics at Southern Connecticut State University, has worked for much of her life as a ceramist and a sculptor. Both have been increasingly involved with collage in recent years — making it and teaching it in workshops. Their joint mixed-media exhibition, “Two Views II,” opening this month at the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s galleries at 287 Main Street in Danbury, will display the breadth of their recent explorations with about 60 mixed-media works.
Travels and research in Italy, France, Turkey, Spain, Morocco and Ireland have led to each artist producing works that are filled with color and feeling. Often their work is complex, and can become an amalgam of drawing, painting and sculpture.