Artists’ Choice opens at library
Wilton Library’s June art exhibition features four friends with a passion for painting in Artists’ Choice 2016, opening Friday, June 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The artists are Mollie Keller (Trumbull), Toby Michaels (Westport), Diane Pollack (Fairfield), and Florence Zolan (Bridgeport). Their common ground is the Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield where they are all members, however their diversity in their works sets them apart.
Keller creates calligraphic riffs that are part of her ongoing attempt to describe three-dimensional gestures in two dimensions. She balances “a desire for order and detail with a passion for big messy splashes of delicious color and working on how to achieve both.” She says she has “been playing with calligraphy, exploding and rearranging words, investigating the essence of each stroke of a letter, and wondering about the possibilities of black and white.”
A former teacher now full-time artist Toby Michaels allows the Abstract Expressionist movement to inspire her recent work. She studies the Muses, their philosophy, intentions and visual style. She is affiliated with the Westport Arts Center Artist Collaborative, Silvermine Guild of Art and is represented in the Westport Schools’ Permanent Art Collection.
Pollack’s large monotypes with thread feature abstracted female shapes which refer to ancient rituals and celebrations.Her smaller works are collaged and sewn and whimsical. She is a curator for the Fairfield Public Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery.
A founding member of Art/Place Gallery, Zolan creates mixed media works combining printmaking, collage, paint, pastel, and often applied objects and yarns. The relationship of shapes and colors inform her abstract compositions with references to the natural world.
The art reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Thursday, June 30. Information: www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.