Bruce S. Kershner Art Gallery

Current Exhibit

The Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library invites the public to “Places to Wander”, a reception for the artwork of Jason Pritchard, Rebeca Fuchs, and Kate Henderson on April 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The artists will talk about their work at 6 pm. The show can be seen from April 22 to June 17 during library hours. For questions, email or call 203-246-9065. 

JASON PRITCHARD grew up in the UK, in a region that inspired British landscape painters such as John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough who he greatly admires. In his 20’s he moved to London and took up watercolor painting, before moving to New York in 2005 where he studied oil painting at the Art Students League. Recently. he was selected as a 2020 Emerging Artist by Cape Cod Art Magazine, for his growing body of Cape Cod seascape paintings. He has exhibited work in New York City, Long Island and his home region of Connecticut.

Jason says, “I work using the medium of oil to capture atmospheric coastal scenes, which aim to capture a sense of space and connection to the New England region that I love. I practice en plein air painting for smaller pieces and often use these as preparatory studies for larger paintings combined with photographs that I take while visiting, before completing the final piece in my studio. Few things make me happier than taking a nice long walk along a beach, hearing the sound of the tide crashing nearby as I explore both physically, then later in my minds eye, the thoughts of my experience back into my painting. I embrace the process of unpacking those memories and calibrating the colors, the shifting light and changing weather elements back in my studio. These variables prompt the type of brush movement; hues and tones I enlist which are often then wrapped under an impressionistic skyline, intending to heighten the mood of my seascape further.”

REBECA FUCHS was born in Madrid, Spain, where she graduated with an MA in Furnishing Design. For almost two decades, she developed a successful career as furniture designer, working and living in Italy, Bali and the US. In the US she attended drawing and painting workshops at the New York Academy of Art and others, and started to combine art and design projects; after motherhood, she decided to channel all her creativity into painting. She has shown her work in several galleries in New York and Connecticut and has won the Juror’s Choice at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Rebeca says, “I paint to make you notice the beauty around you, beauty from Nature and from human interaction. Above all, I paint to make you feel alive and loved. My landscapes explore the raw, definitional forces of Earth, the geological changes that affect and transform the continents and all life forms. My depictions of wildlife explore how consciousness and intelligence manifest in other life forms. My human subjects are glimpses into the intimate moments when we search for our true self.”

KATE HENDERSON is a visual artist, educator, and Director of Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven. She also currently teaches at Paier College and in workshops around CT. Before being the Director of KLG, she was a Program Director at the Yale School of Medicine, responsible for graphics, bio-imaging, and ITS. Kate received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA in painting and a BA in art history at Indiana University. She has received many awards for her pastels and digital artwork. She has been featured at Creative Tech week NY with the a Lumen Prize as well as in many shows around the New England area.

Kate says, “Painting to me, is about creating a sacred place that uses forms of the natural world and describes the mysticism and the narratives of life. I work between realms of the reactive and the intuitive, nature versus the intellect. Frequent themes in my paintings include feminism, mythology, passages, and memories. I often work by looking for a memory that can’t be put into words, something trapped in our collective experiences. Using a combination of gestural and contour line, I translate elements of the natural world into a place of imagined passages… For me pathways act as a metaphor for passages into the human condition…When walking a path there are choices, forks, crossroads, bridges; transitions of the landscape, going from the light into darkness and out again.”

Upcoming Exhibit

The Bruce S. Kershner Gallery invites the public to a reception for “The Way We Are’”, the show of paintings by Annie Sadlon, Daryl Zang, and Lilah Heyman, on Thursday, June 29  at 5:30 to 7:30 pm. They will talk about their work at 6 pm. The show can be seen from June 24 to August 19 during library hours. For questions, email or call 203-246-9065. 

Daryl Zang received a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts with additional study in Florence, Italy. She has been exhibiting her paintings for the last 20 years in galleries throughout the United States and in museums such as the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Art in Springfield, Massachusetts and the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin. Her work is included in the Bennet Collection of Women Realists based in San Antonio, Texas.

Daryl says, “…There is an incredible amount of beauty and wonder in our lives and it is in these simple moments that I choose to focus. My realist style enables me to create work that is immediately accessible and relatable. There is a connection made through this recognition and I find it incredibly gratifying when a viewer sees a time in their life reflected in my work. The stories that my images often elicit fuel my enthusiasm for creating.”

Lilah Heyman graduated from Fairfield University in 2021 with a BFA in Studio Art, and from Western Connecticut State University with an MFA in Painting in 2023. She has been in juried shows with the Rowayton Arts Center, Arts Center East, and the New Haven Paint and Clay Club.

Lilah says, “As an artist, I paint from observation. I paint playfully, using color as light, and I pay attention to patterns, repetition, and movement. I enjoy using bright, bold colors to capture a sense of vitality. I paint both still lifes and interior scenes that focus on the rituals and beauty found in daily life. These paintings act as a documentation of moments that take place during my days. Time connects to my paintings, showing the way that time can stand still for an instant, or how separate moments can blur together as one. I use intimate portraits of daily life to comment on the human experience and create an intimacy between the viewer and the subject.”

Annie Sadlon earned her BFA from the University of Hartford Art School and had the privilege of studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She continues to grow in her art making by attending classes and workshops She has exhibited in juried shows at New Britain Museum of American Art, The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown and Arts Escape in Southbury.  Her paintings have earned her numerous awards in national and international juried shows.  Annie is currently a member of SCAN and an exhibiting member of Gallery 25 in New Milford, CT.

Annie says, “As a passionate colorist, these paintings are built with layers of Acrylic Paint or Oil and Cold Wax, just as we build on our life experience. It is my hope that you will find the metaphor insightful as you visually witness foundations supporting evolving surfaces.  They record the journey and emerge in sweeping color, while the process exposes textures, marks, impressions, and patterns from deep within.”

Volunteers Welcome

Volunteers are welcome to assist in the gallery operation.  Tasks include curating exhibits, selecting artists, attending monthly meetings, helping with opening receptions, and other various administrative tasks.  Art experience preferred for curating and selecting artists.  Please contact Liz Tardif, Gallery Manager, at 203-246-9065.

Click here for information about showing your work in our gallery (.pdf). Information pamphlets are also available in the gallery at the library.