With changing exhibitions showcasing artists from near and far all year long, summer is the season for Wilton artists to shine. Wilton Library’s 71st Annual Wilton Artists Summer Show opened Friday, July 10, with a reception that drew scores of visitors and many of the 60 artists who submitted more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures.
Among them was relative newcomer Jan Fenton, who moved to Wilton two years ago after selling her home in New Canaan. She submitted two paintings: The Traveler and Generations.
“Painting is my salvation in many ways,” she said on Friday. “I’ve always been scribbling, doing stuff since I was a kid. It’s like exercise for your brain.”
It also offers a certain comfort. Moving from her big house, which had an art studio, to a small apartment was difficult, she said. But when her daughter put one of her paintings on the apartment’s wall, “it felt like home.”
Fenton works mostly with acrylics, but also in mixed media because she likes collages.
“I did a whole series that were spirits in the woods. I had two of them in the show last year,” she said. “I would like to get more in touch with that part of my life.”