Impressionism on display at Wilton Library this month

As the community reads E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime for this year’s Wilton Reads program, Wilton Library will feature a “New American Impressionism” art exhibition, opening Friday, Oct. 10.

Ragtime is set at the turn of the 20th Century, just when American Impressionism began to flourish in the United States, making the library’s art exhibition quite timely.

More than 80 contemporary paintings created by Weir Farm affiliates and artists Bobbi Eike Mullen and Dmitri Wright will be featured in the exhibition.

The impressionists’ works of landscapes near and far, familiar and foreign, remembered or imagined are the focus of this show.

Mr. Wright will complement the exhibition with a 5 p.m. presentation on “The Color of Light in Natural, Post and Transcendent Impressionism,” which will cover his color theory and light experiments as they relate to the science and poetry of impressionism.

Images of Mr. Wright’s artworks will serve as examples for his talk, which will be followed by a Q&A. The talk and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Dmitri Wright

Mr. Wright is a Weir Farm master artist and instructor, as well as an accomplished impressionist, who credits his artistic lineage from the American impressionists.

He is also the first artist-in-residence to teach and lecture at the Greenwich Historic Society, where American Impressionism was born.

“My work and teaching focus on the preservation and progress of impressionism,” said Mr. Wright.

“While keeping the traditional subject of the landscape, I look to enhance its natural beauty by bringing forth the transcendent and invisible of what is occurring as if what is below the surface, for my brush is dancing upon the atoms of colors.”

Bobbi Eike Mullen

Ms. Mullen began her career as a child and is now an innovative instructor, who teaches oil, acrylic and water media painting, while continuing to broaden her own approaches to subject matter.

She currently teaches watercolor at Weir Farm and multi-medium painting at the Georgetown Cultural Center.

“After a lifetime pursuit of sharp focus imagery, I have turned to my first love — impressionism,” said Ms. Mullen, “which I find challenging while fulfilling my demands of synchronized color and form.”

Ms. Mullen, whose studio is in her Georgetown home, has received numerous awards and exhibits extensively in juried competitions, benefit shows and selected galleries.

Wilton Library’s “New American Impressionism” exhibition runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 30, during regular library hours. The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 13, for Columbus Day.

A majority of the works will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

Information: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-762-3950, ext. 213.