Avis Turner

Avis Turner

  • Fine Art

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artist ~ winged figures, Nikes, angels, moth-orchids, and botanical hybrids



  • Fine Art


  • artist / educator
  • experienced with innovative art education & curriculum design
  • creator of unique " Atelier" studio-classroom
  • pedagogy influenced by Reggio Emilia and Arts PROPEL
  • implementation of multi- disciplinary approach (i.e. connecting visual arts to domain areas such as science
  • literacy
  • math
  • etc.)
  • passion for teaching

Work Experience

Farmington Pubilic Schools, Art K-4, 9-12
Sidwell Friends, Middle School
College of William and Mary, sculpture and 2D foundations
American University, sculpture

30+ years of collaborative, studio based arts ~ venues include:
art centers, museums, galleries, schools, colleges, state arts commissions, conferences and teaching artist-in-residence.


2001 Connecticut Teaching Certification; CCSU, New Britain, Ct.
1986 MFA with honors, Sculpture, American University, Washington, DC.
1981 BS Art Education, American University, Washington, DC.
1977 AA Early Child Dev. and Liberal Arts; Endicott College, Beverly, Ma.


Currently represented by the Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme Ct.

Artist's Statement

Art is my dance with the universe.

"Dwell in possibilities." ....Emily Dickenson

" I carry in my blood a restless life and in my wandering, uncertain, a pilgrimage, art goes lighting my way as if it were a fantastic comet."
Nitsuga Mangore


  • FVAC ~ Farmington Valley Arts Center
  • Avon
  • Ct.

Galleries or Venues

  • Cooley Gallery
  • Old Lyme
  • Ct. Studio 5B
  • Farmington Valley Arts Center
  • Avon
  • Ct. (FVAC)


Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet

"What is strange - is that friends, even passionate love,are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore and to discover what is happening or has happened." May Sarton Journal of Solitude

remain at your table and listen do not even listen, only wait
do not even wait, be wholly still and alone
the world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet


... like all artists, I desire the luxury of more time in the studio...


bio diversity as inspired by
Michael Pollen's: Botany of Desire and In Defense of Food

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Career Status

  • Ready to collaborate
  • Seeking freelance opportunities


  • Cooley Gallery
  • Old Lyme CT.

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