Rosemary and Bob Connelly of Live Cheap & Make Art Studios opened their new location at 39 N Walnut Street in Penny Square this month. Rosemary, a self- taught artist that specializes in water mediums, and Bob, an award-winning professional photographer, display both of their works. as Rosemary will also use the space as a studio to create her art. Moving to the new space but just a few doors down from the previous location, the couple is looking for better visibility and access,
Rosemary studied fine art and graphic design at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College and at workshops in Arizona and Delaware and spent over 20 years as a graphic designer. Bob studied Fine Arts at Arizona State University and was a firefighter for 25 years. He learned photography by assisting professional photographers in the area and studying their talents. Focusing on art and travel, they lived in Italy for two years before moving to Milford in 2007. Rosemary has been inspired by the aging barns and the beauty of the eastern shore and explored working in pastels and oils on canvas as Bob has taken on the challenge of capturing Milford’s ‘sense of place’.
Involved in the Milford art scene for since 2004, Rosemary helped with the establishment of the Mispillion Art League (MAL), a non-profit organization committed to providing exhibition and education opportunities for artists, patrons and the public. In 2010 the couple opened their first studio in downtown Milford in the Studios Upstairs located above MAL. Active in the community, volunteering and supporting the visual, performing and culinary arts, the Connelly’s hope to continue sharing their love of art with others.
“[Art] is a part of who we are, it helps us to communicate with the world and share what we love with those around us,” said Bob. “It makes us happy and brings joy to our lives,” said Rosemary.
In the new space, Rosemary has established her studio where she will create art and have artwork from several different mediums available for purchase. Primarily using water mediums such as acrylics she has recently moved into oils. She enjoys painting “botanicals, places that have sense of history” and tries to recreate the mark that people place on a specific time and place.” She will continue teaching her watercolor journaling classes where her students and she explore different venues and record their observations in watercolors and text.
Bob will feature his award-winning photography at the new location of Live Cheap & Make Art Studios with various images for sale. Teaching photography for several years, Bob states that photography is “largely about catching the moment.” His deepest goal is to “put more meaning into the image than just what it looked like at the time I captured it.” He strives to display the feeling of the entire experience to others. He enjoys not only being able to create that communication with others but is excited when others experience something from his photography that is completely different than his own.
In addition to showing their own work, the Connellys plan to invite guest artists from time to time and already have a special group exhibit, Holiday Pop-Up Show and Sale, scheduled for Saturday, December 13, from 9am to 2pm that will include the varied work of artists April Allyson Abel, Rosemary Connelly, Sonja Frey, Anne Jenkins and Deborah Johnson. Art enthusiasts and new comers alike are welcome at the new Live Cheap & Make Art Studios on Walnut Street and can find more information at www.livecheapmakeart.com and on Facebook.