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Tula Telfair, Falling Without Resistance, 2016, oil on canvas, 70 x 99 inches

NOW WE MEET AGAIN: A Connected Creative Project from Tula Telfair and Forum Gallery

At this moment, when all of us are distanced from each other, we are looking for ways to connect; to bring collectors with a passion for art together with the artists that make the art they love.

We begin by offering a unique opportunity for involvement in the creative process.  Here is how you can take part in the creation of a work of art that will be with you forever.

I am asking you to think about the special places you have been, lived in or visited.  The place you went on your honeymoon or special vacation, or the garden at your country home.  A place of special significance or emotional importance to you.  You have a photo of the place, or two or three, that you like to look at from time to time, or maybe you are there right now.  Now, you can have the opportunity to introduce that place to Tula Telfair, in real time, and talk with her about what it means to you and why.  Once you’re on the same page, Tula can make a painting for you, a work that’s true to the place and your feelings and that will be an enduring tribute to both.

Here’s what we propose.  Let us know of your interest in this program, and we’ll speak to Tula about it.  We will come back to you with a proposal, and once there is an agreement, we will connect you with Tula for a consultation.  The consultation will take place using a Portal, an advanced device that we will send you free of charge.  The Portal provides a rich and vivid, dynamic video connection; it’s like being in the same room.  You’ll speak with Tula and show her the photos or the actual place, and you’ll discuss it.

After your consultation, Tula will go to work.  Over an agreed time frame, she will create a painting that speaks to your own involvement as well as the beauty and meaning of the subject.

Think about it.  Working on a project like this can be the best kind of diversion, and we can all use one at this moment.  Let’s make this time a special chance to express our love of art and experience a new, interactive relationship.

To respond, click here to send us an e-mail, and give us the best phone number to reach you and an idea of what time is best.  We'll reach out to you right away for all the details.

My very best,
Bob Fishko

Tula Telfair in her studio; photograph by Paul Horton

Tula Telfair in her studio in Old Lyme, CT
Photograph by Paul Horton


Tula Telfair spent her childhood in West Central Africa. A grant recipient and graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Ms. Telfair then became a graduate fellow, receiving her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. In 1989, She was hired as an Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where shortly thereafter, she became Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, and then Acting Academic Dean of the Arts and Humanities. She currently serves as a full professor of Art.

Ms. Telfair has exhibited at galleries in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut and her paintings have been included in Museum exhibitions throughout the United States. Hers is a progressive art, a continuous exploration like each individual painting. The works might seem to contain the panoramic observations found in 19th Century American landscapes, depictions of awe-inspiring locales the artist has visited. In actuality, her worlds are invented vistas, fully contemporary in their inspiration and execution, exceptional realizations of a conceptual world.

Tula Telfair has received many awards, including the Walter Gropius Master Artist award (2015), the Distinguished Honorary Artists Committee at MacDowell Colony (1998), the Marion Locks Award for Excellence in Painting (1984) and the Pennsylvania State Women Caucus Art Award (1980). Her work may be found in dozens of museum and public collections, including the Arkansas Art Center, Epoch Investment Partners, the Federal Reserve Bank, General Electric Corporation, the Hudson River Museum, NBC Universal, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Omni Hotels.  Ms. Telfair recently had solo exhibitions at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut (2010) and Huntington Museum of Art, in West Virginia (2015).

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