Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, (Sunday closed until fall)
Visible/Invisible Views: June 17 to August 7
The public is invited to a reception in the Kershner Gallery for “Visible/Invisible Views”, a show of the art of Mindy Green, Claudia Mengel, Joel Sobelson on June 25 at 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The artists will talk about their work at 5:30 pm. The show runs from June 17 to August 7.
Rowayton artist, Mindy Green, works figuratively as well as abstractly, moving easily between painting, printmaking, and sculpture. She began her career twenty-five years ago as a portrait artist, creating over forty commissioned portraits which are in private and corporate collections worldwide. She has been in many group shows and had ten solo shows in Connecticut over the past twenty years, receiving numerous awards.In 2015, she co-chaired the Living Art Awards Benefit at Silvermine. She works and teaches from her Rowayton studio, artGARAGE, and has a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk.
In 2011, she became an Energy Health Specialist, helping people to self-heal and providing relief to them from chronic or critical illness, pain, surgery, difficult transitions, emotional issues and trauma. She has also been an art and art as therapy educator, working with children, adults, and special populations in hospitals, schools, and outreach programs.
Mindy says observing the natural world inspires her “to create…what I see, touch, smell, taste or hear – as well as from imagination, intuition, memory and dreams. Something captures my attention or is forever carved in my memory. When I pick up the brush or dive into a collection of materials, a conversation ignites between thinking and feeling… The open-ended process of bringing something new into the world influences the direction and outcome. Using fragments of life – newspaper, wood, photographs, detritus – I build the piece in layers or stages. At some point there is a transfer of ownership, the work has energy or “being-ness” and, just as in Nature, I feel at home in the world.”
Claudia Mengel was born in New York City, now works and lives in Westport. She has been studying, instructing, and making art for many years. Eight years ago, she left her corporate career as Vice President of Creative Services at J.P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank and began concentrating on her art full-time.
The artist received her degree in printmaking from the Brainerd Art School at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She has continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York, the Silvermine Art Center, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, and the Darien Art Center, as well as with private teachers. An accomplished painter and printmaker whose work is in many private collections in the tri-state area, she has exhibited at many galleries in Connecticut and other places, and she is a member of Silvermine Artist Guild and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, where she also sits on the board.
Claudia says, “My work comes from not looking, but experiencing the world around me, and then translating these visual and emotional perceptions. With every creation, there is a new discovery, a new problem, a new solution. Every time I approach the blank white space, I take a unique journey always unlike the last, and never like the next. It is what keeps me coming back.”
Joel Sobelson went to college to become a dentist, but failed organic chemistry three times and ended up going to Pratt Institute. When he created a portfolio of ads, he was immediately hired at one of the top ad firms in the world, where he remained for 30 years.
When he retired, boredom led Sobelson to enroll at the Silvermine Art Center, where he continues to study. He has had his work selected for many prestigious shows, in New York at the Hudson Valley Art Association and American Artist Professional League, in Connecticut at the Pastel Society, the Society of Portrait Artists, Stamford Art Association, Easton Arts Council, Greenwich Art Society, Ridgefield Artists Guild and the New Canaan Society for the Arts, and in Boston at Gallery 263. At the Rowayton Art Center, he was awarded Best of Show and First Place in pastel, and Honorable Mention at the Silvermine Annual Student show.
Originally from New Jersey, Joel now lives and creates his art in Weston. He also teaches tennis to adults and children. His work in this show is pastels in black and white. He says, “The approach to my work is to find a good story and tell it…with all the emotional authenticity, style and heart I can bring to the easel.”
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.