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The Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library presents “It’s All in the Details”, the art of Lisie Orjuela, Mary Elizabeth Peterson, and Shaw Stuart.
The exhibit runs from November 2 to December 30 with a reception on November 16 at 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The artists will talk at 5:30 pm.
The Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library presents “It’s All in the Details”, the art of Lisie Orjuela, Mary Elizabeth Peterson, and Shaw Stuart. The exhibit runs from November 2 to December 30 with a reception on November 16 at 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The artists will talk at 5:30 pm.
Lisie Orjuela has a studio in Bridgeport. She originally came from Argentina, and lived in Uruguay, Switzerland, Mexico, and some American states. She says that her influences “come from a mix of cultures, visual experiences, and living rhythms garnished with a strong dose of early emphasis on the spiritual dimension of our existence.”.
Lisie completed graduate studies at New York University and the Art Students League in New York. Her paintings have been in in group shows across the United States, and in solo shows in Connecticut, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
Most of the large paintings for this exhibit are from her current series groundings, loosely based on the paramis or virtues, where she says she “I visually explore the 10 paramis and their contradictory impulses and the tensions that can arise in us.” She works with oil paints, oil bars, and oil pastels on stretched canvas. The paintings are created with multiple layers of paint, visual textures, rich earthy colors, as well as human and animal forms. The figures tend to be a central part in most of the work, dissolving and coming out of the surrounding ground, interacting with it, and being a part thereof. She says, “Our interior territories, with the struggles and contradictions of the soul, the spirit, the psyche, and the mind is a vast, complicated, and intriguing field. The attempt to understand and be consciously aware of this, motivates me and drives my artwork. My paintings integrate and weave thoughts, feelings, and experiences into an avenue in which to tap into, explore and inhabit these bewildering paradoxes.”
Mary Elizabeth Peterson is a Westport abstract artist whose work rises from a deep fascination with water, be it in the form of lakes, creeks, and streams or oceans. Over the few years, the artist has created a series of under water scenes that blend traditions of scientific record making with personal reflections on the natural world. She also has a photographic and sculptural collection of found art from around New England as source material.
Mary Elizabeth has studied drawing and painting at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, and journalism and art history at the University of Connecticut. Her artworks on paper and canvas have been featured in galleries and museums throughout the country and are in private collections. Connecticut venues include New Britain Museum of American Art, Slater Museum (Norwich), Westport Arts Center, Stamford Art Association, Rowayton Art Center and the Silvermine Art Guild in New Canaan. Earlier this year, her work gained critical acclaim at Stamford UConn Gallery. She is represented by White Birch Studios and is a contributing artist for Beechwood Arts. She also writes profiles of the most creative people in Fairfield County via her monthly blog “The Creatives” for http://www.ilovefc.com.
She says, “For several years now large rounded shapes have dominated my paintings, swelling at times and almost pulsating within the boundaries of the canvas. They are variously (and at times literally) like a jellyfish, a primitive head, an apple or some other ripe fruit or a floating seedpod. Alongside these shapes one finds water (ponds, rivers, oceans, etc.), which has always had deep personal resonance for me. Hopefully my work evokes a range of moods from the gently comic to the exuberance. If I get it right, it might just conjure up a flock of birds or a school of fish floating lazily through some undefined space.”
Shaw Stuart has been making sculpture for over forty years and has had numerous solo shows in New York and Connecticut as well as in national and local group shows. Her work is also in museums and universities, as well as in private collections. Recent shows include “Coming Full Circle” at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich and “Better Than Ever”, which traveled around the country. She also has shown at the United Nations, and was selected as a visiting artist at Weir Farm. In 1995, she received an Artist’s Grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. This resulted in the building of the “Tower of Sighs”, an architectural folly tower at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.
Shaw is a Westport resident. Her work in this show is from a series called “Reverence For Nature”. She states that “instead of reliquaries containing the bones of saints, I have made my reliquary contents simple things from nature such as thistles, milkweed pods, thorns and wasps nests. Hopefully, the viewer will stop and see the beauty of the natural world with new eyes.”
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