Spirit Gallery Tattoo– New London’s tattoo studio and art gallery hybrid – presents “Neverland,” a collection of artwork by the award-winning artist and photographer Diana Diriwaechter. The show will open on Saturday, August 27, with an artist’s reception from 6-8 p.m. at Spirit Gallery Tattoo, 207 Bank Street, New London, Conn.

“Neverland” gives the audience a personal look into Diriwaechter’s imaginary world and its inhabitants, many spawning from the artist’s childhood memories.

“As a child growing up in Switzerland my family and I spent many summers in a remote cabin in the alps. Besides spending much time reading books, my mother often told me wonderful stories of faraway worlds full of fantastic characters,” Diriwaechter said. “During the day I spent many hours exploring the alpine meadows in the company of these imaginary friends. Today many of my portraits are of characters who escaped from this fantasy world. They each carry with them their own unique story. I hope the imagery evokes the imagination of the viewer to come up with their own background for each inhabitant.”

Born and raised in Switzerland, Diriwaechter found her way to the United States, settling in the Hudson region of New York State. After years in the advertising industry, Diriwaechter landed a job at the Connecticut-based, award-winning Blue Sky Studios as a materials technical director where she has contributed to movies such as “Ice Age 2,” “Robots” and “Horton Hears a Who!” Mainly known for her fine art photography, Diriwaechter has been recognized with many different awards including 1st and 2nd Prize at the prestigious International Photography Awards (Luci Awards), 1st Prize for The PX3 Peoples Choice Awards and a Merit Award chosen by Susan Kismaric, curator for The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

“Neverland” will hang until September 24. Viewing hours are 12- 8 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.

For more information call (860) 443-0484 or visit www.spiritgallerytattoo.com.

About Spirit Gallery Tattoo:

Marrying fine art with body art, Spirit Gallery Tattoo – New London’s only art gallery and tattoo studio – showcases paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more from both local artists and artisans to national celebrities. The gallery also hosts art workshops throughout the year. Located at 207 Bank St. in downtown New London, Conn., Spirit Gallery Tattoo strives to create custom tattoos that complement the wearer's body and style.


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