Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery

Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5

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.

The Curatorial Committee of the Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library seeks artists for 2 or 3 person shows in 2015. Those interested should send a bio, artist statement, and a CD of their work to the Committee.

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.

Additions Regarding Submitting Art for Kershner Gallery Shows
1. You must have 10-15 works to exhibit.
2. Works exhibited must be same ones as accepted.
3.. Accepted works, if matted, must have neutral mats, simple and consistent frames.
4. Exhibits will include 2 or 3 artists picked by the Committee.
5. If accepted, you must be available for reception.

The public is invited to a reception at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library on June 28 at 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The show, “Figure and Flora” includes the work of Benjamin Casiano and Chandler Davis. The artists will talk about their work at 5:30 pm. The show runs from June 21 to August 10.

Benjamin Casiano, a Stratford resident, was born and raised in New York City. He graduated with a BFA degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Currently he is exhibiting in galleries in New York and in the New England area.

Although he has been an art director and graphic designer, he never steered away from his first love of painting. Today his work is owned by a number of companies and private collectors throughout the United States.

Benjamin has developed his own style and technique, going from photorealism to cubism, influenced by contemporary art. The abstract expressionist movement has had the most profound effect on him and it is where his prolific work is today. He minimizes the amount of color in his work, using mostly geometric shapes, rich textures, and intense definition of the shapes. His abstracts and many of his figures are executed in a loose brushstroke technique and his approach is minimalistic. He creates a form of expressionism that becomes a metaphor of his subconscious for love, passion, and mystery.

The artist says, “A blank canvas is your doorstep to any place in the universe. I see the world as if through a kaleidoscope, deconstruct the data onto a mosaic canvas. This is not cubism but rather a form of fragmentation of the psyche, tapping into the deepest part of the soul. As I continue to specialize in various forms of abstract thought, compositions and techniques, the madness of everyday life in multi media, current events and history transcends with a paintbrush, almost taking a life of its own. With the passage of time, painting has proven to be a positive outlet to my spirituality, creative and emotional process. Adding my small contribution to the American culture, one art exhibition at a time, one painting at a time.”

Chandler Davis, a Monroe resident, studied at Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut and at the National Academy of Fine Art in New York City. His work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums throughout Connecticut and New York City.

He says, “My inspiration for this series of paintings came from a visit to the Innisfree Gardens in Pleasant Valley, New York. The secluded lake at its center was rimmed with a large variety of lily pads and flowers that I had never seen before in such a contemplative setting. This enabled me to observe the abstract quality within the larger quantity and variety of aquatic life at the water’s edge.”

The Kershner Gallery is funded by the Friends of the Fairfield Library and by donations from individual and business sponsors. To become a sponsor of the gallery, contact Liz at 203-246-9065.

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.