Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery

Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-5


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

 

In the Moment
March 24 – May 12

The public is invited to a reception at the Kershner Gallery on April 7 at 4:30 to 6:30 for “In the Moment”, the landscape paintings of 8 Connecticut artists. The show runs from March 24 to May 12 with a variety of styles used to express this popular painting genre. The artists in this show are: Jay Babina, Patricia Louise Corbett, Lisa Cuscuna, Joyce Grasso, Gail Ingis, Susan Leggitt, Dale Najarian, and Carole Southall.

As a special feature for this exhibit, an art talk will be held in the library on April 11 at 7 to 8:30 pm on the history of landscape painting in America and why this particular style of painting is so appealing to collectors and art buyers.


Coming Soon

Organic Matters
May 19 – July 13

The public is invited to a reception at the Kershner Gallery on 5/26 at 4:30 to 6:30 for “Organic Matters”, the paintings of Heidi Lewis Coleman and Tina Puckett. The show runs from to 5/19-7/13.

Stamford artist, Heidi Lewis Coleman, attended Parsons School of Art and Design and holds an Associate’s degree from the New York School of Design. She had solo exhibitions in Yakima, Washington and in Wilton, Connecticut. Her work has been shown in Connecticut shows at the Mattatuck Museum and at the Lockwood-Mathews Museum, the Belskie Museum in Closter, New Jersey, the Prince Street Gallery in New York City, and the Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York, She won awards for her work in many area venues.

Heidi says that her Dreamscape Series in this show of abstract assemblages “reflects an ongoing exploration of imaginary landscapes inspired by the ancient lands of mythology and cultural lore, whether historical, fictional or fantastical. They include acrylic and cut paper pieces using Thai Kozo paper which incorporates imbedded bits of bark, leaves, petals and stems … this relatively new body of work has allowed me to infuse what I’ve learned about color, symmetry and composition into artwork that is organic, less formally designed and more expressive.”

Tina Puckett is a self-taught artist who has been weaving since 1981. Her work has been exhibited in museums, art galleries, libraries and at craft show events both nationally and internationally, and has also been featured in magazines, newspapers, books and on television.

Tina’s study of set design in college developed her understanding of both color and construction. She has created her own weaving technique, which she calls “Dimensional Weaving,” in which she lays down layer upon layer of reeds of different colors to produce multi-hued, richly-textured, highly dimensional woven sculpture. This technique is clearly seen in the different shades of color that define some of her wall hanging. She says she is influenced by the bittersweet vine that grows locally in the northwest corner of Connecticut where she lives. The character of each piece of vine literally dictates what form each basket, bowl, wall sculpture or piece of furniture will take.

Tina credits her parents for supporting her artistic spirit. She says, “Weaving had become a very important part of my life — and even more so, using natural materials that inspired what the finished product would become as far as shape, color, design and especially function was concerned. I would dedicate my life full time to this craft that “called” me…I enjoy the diversity of the act of weaving, and I look forward to my next “doodle” for inspiration…Weaving is a lot like painting. You can lay down layers of colors and textures to bring forth subtle or vibrant imagery.”


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.