Crow's Nest

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Crow's Nest
The Crow's Nest is a private event room at Phoenix Dining & Entertainment. The room is used for special purposes throughout the week and can be reserved for private events and activities. Each month, we will have a different Featured Artist and their art work will be on display within this room. Stop by the Crow's Nest to get an appreciation for some of our local artists.

If you are interested in reserving the Crow's Nest for your next group function, please contact us.

Current Featured Artist

Appearing through July 5th
Food & Drink Event, April 21st, 1-4pm

Ted Genard

Ted Genard

Artist Statement

Art for me is to create beauty and draw an emotional response. I believe that works properly conceived and rendered must have an engaging factor. I need to feel this emotion personally when I paint, it is this that drives my creative process as I strive to satisfy myself with the results and to then draw in and move the viewer. My fascination is with face and figure. The subject, the rendition, the color, the light, a certain drama are all contributing factors to the emotions that inspire me and in the end define my work. I need not explain my work preferring to let the viewer just enjoy the visual. My images may tell a story by subject but mainly the image needs to excite. A pose, a look, a situation needs to communicate and engage. Expression, personality, character and likeness challenge and fascinate me. I work to pass on this fascination and the results of the challenge to the viewer.


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Biography

Ted is a Connecticut native residing in Uncasville, graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1965 and Thames Valley State Technical Institute (now Three Rivers) in 1967 with an Associate’s Degree in Tool and Manufacturing Technology. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney in a metallurgical research lab until 1969 when he joined the USN Submarine Service and served aboard the Navy’s last diesel boat, the USS Blueback SS581. Ted returned to Pratt & Whitney in 1971 and soon became an avid sailor.

In 1981 he left Pratt to sail to the Caribbean with future wife Karin Hagelin on their 28-foot sloop Sea Foam. They were married in 1983 and continued working together aboard charter and private yachts, Ted as full-time USCG-licensed captain and Karin as mate and cook, for most of the next six years. After moving ashore in 1989 Ted retired from Thomas Faria Corp. in Uncasville where he was Customer Service Manager for 18 years providing customer support for instrumentation products. Among his hobbies are photography, cooking, drumming, sailing and motorcycling. After a short introductory to art class Ted began taking lessons in the early spring of 2006 studying oil portraiture and figure drawing under Christopher Zhang and Jack Monmeat and most recently Claudia Post and has been striving to expand his horizons since.

Ted is now an Elected Artist at the Mystic Museum of Art and Norwich Arts Center and Associate Artist at the Lyme Art Association. He is a member of the Slater Museum in Norwich, The Norwich Art Center, Hygienic Art Inc. in New London, New Britain Museum of American Art and former president of New London Art Students League. He has hung digital photos, pencil drawings, and oils in various juried shows and won a sponsors award for an oil in the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly’s Regional 2012 show, and Honorable Mentions for oil in the Hygienic Art 8th Crossing 2013 show and the Norwich Arts Center’s Artistic Wanderings 2013 and has shown in the NYC Salmagundi Club’s open show in 2016. Ted won First Prize and an Honorable Mention for his photography in the 2007 Rose City Renaissance Photographing Norwich contest and Honorable Mentions in Mystic Arts Center Photo Show 31 and Norwich Arts Center Photo 7. Ted is staying true to his desires in continuing to hone skills, technique and development of his style in various media, primarily oil on canvas and graphite and charcoal on paper.

Our Next Featured Artist

Susan Schaub MacKay

Susan Schaub MacKay

Key Dates & Events

Opening Reception: July 7, 6:00 - 9:00pm (Food & Drink for Event)
Show End Date: August 5, 2019

About The Artist

In my art work and life, I strive to find beauty and wonder in the world that surrounds me. When I paint, my goal is to convey this through color and light which to me, radiates joy. I am constantly astounded by the colors and forms in nature and for the past decade have been gravitating toward landscape and seascape painting. I am especially fascinated and drawn to the incredible hues present at sunrise and sunset, My aim is not to solely replicate the scenes that I portray, but to express their energy and brilliance through my paintings.


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