Gallery hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-5; Tuesday, Thursday 9-9, Saturday 1-5, Closed Sundays
CALL FOR ART
Movement: Community Art Show
January 26 – March 17
Entry Deadline: January 12, 2018
“Movement is the translation of life, and if art depicts life, movement should come into art, since we are only aware of living because it moves.” -Arshile Gorky
Artists are invited to submit works exploring movement as a theme. Click here for more information and for the entry form and all details.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Volunteer artists are needed to serve on the Curatorial Committee for the Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library. The position involves attending monthly meetings to review the portfolios of those that apply to exhibit in the gallery; visiting the studios of those that are accepted; curating the six or seven shows each year; and designing and distributing the postcards for the shows. Committee members are area artists who themselves have exhibited their work. Call Alice at 203-259-8026.
Now at the Gallery
Pencil, Brush, & Needle
December 9 – January 21
The Kershner Gallery is pleased to announce our newest exhibition, Pencil, Brush, & Needle, featuring artworks by Dick Rauh, Susan Spivack, and Barbara W. Sferra. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, December 16, from 4:30-6:30pm, with artist talks at 5:15pm.
Westport resident, Dick Rauh, has a certificate in botanical illustration from The New York Botanical Garden. He has been an instructor in the botanical illustration certificate program at the New York Botanical Garden since 1994 and also teaches drawing classes at the Fairfield and Westport Senior Centers and at Lifetime Learners at Norwalk Community College.His work has won awards, is in several permanent collections, and has been exhibited widely throughout the country.
Dick says that using a microscope to illustrate a book on Wildflowers “…led me to discover the astounding detail and intrinsic grace of these generally overlooked remnants” The result was he enlarged his subjects many times their actual size. “The black and white pieces in the show reflect another side of my love of nature…the details that inspire me.”
Barbara W Sferra
Barbara W Sferra lives in Katonah, NY. She taught art to elementary and high school students and fiber art is her main pursuit. She belongs to several quilt and fiber related organizations, has exhibited in many shows, received several ribbons, and had a piece published in “Quilting Arts Magazine”.
Barbara says she sometimes dyes and paints fabric, embellishes with beads and stitching, may use the computer and add her own photos. She is inspired by color and nature. “To portray the world around me in a realistic or slightly stylized way is the focus of much of what I do. But I am also drawn to working purely in the abstract, using geometric forms, bright colors and textures. Abstracting natural elements to create a new and original design, and then adding embellishments of paint, thread, beads, machine and hand stitching and other surface design leads to the completion of each piece.”
Westport watercolorist, Susan Spivack, graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology where she majored in Textile Design. She is a member of several art groups, has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries around the country. Her works are part of countless private collections and she has been the recipient of numerous awards at many area arts facilities.
Susan says, “Transformation of the ordinary into something stimulating to the eye, giving my subject a new life of its own, is the touchstone for my figurative, landscape and still life compositions…My application of color is…strongly influenced by my experience as a commercial textile designer… There are two pronounced tendencies in my work. One is a more pictorial, patterned composition with lots of active space that offset the figural components. Here, the figure or image becomes the defining element, but space is equally crucial in terms of its activation through line and color with the result that there is emotional tension that charges both motifs and the spaces flowing around and between them. The second tendency in my painting encompasses more abstraction through the use of flatter composition, less uninhabited space, and color tonalities…”
Click here for information about showing your work in our gallery (.pdf). Information pamphlets are also available at the circulation and reference desks at the library.