There won\u2019t be any flames but there will be a lot of energy on the walls at Wilton Library when the exhibition Artists of Firing Circuits Studios opens with a reception on Friday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the community. The show will feature more than 80 works by 18 artists who call the Norwalk studio their creative home. The show was organized by Norwalker Mark Schiff, who also spends a fair amount of time in Wilton, he said. Schiff had met the library\u2019s art chairman, Ed MacEwen, when he participated in a past exhibition. Schiff invited MacEwen to the studio\u2019s annual open house. MacEwen attended and was impressed with the quality of the work. He asked Schiff if any of the artists would be interested in a group show at the library. \u201cWithin half an hour, I had nine people willing to do it,\u201d Schiff told media sponsor The Bulletin last week as he sat among paintings waiting to be hung at the library. The studio, in a renovated factory, is home to about 30 artists from across Fairfield County and the atmosphere is collegial, Schiff said. Individual studios are interspersed throughout large galleries and artists may close their doors to work alone or leave them open to invite conversation. \u201cWe all share our expertise and knowledge,\u201d he said. Schiff\u2019s studio faces east and because he\u2019s an early riser, \u201cI feel the energy coming from the sun,\u201d he said. \u201cThe studios are made to express your energy, to express your passion.\u201d A dentist by profession, Schiff got into art by accident in 1996. He was on a bicycling trip in California when he visited the studio of the artist Barbara Nechis. He watched her work in watercolor and \u201cfell in love with it.\u201d At home, he took a continuing education course and then went to Silvermine School of Art. A painting he submitted in a show won an award and that was all the positive reinforcement he needed to keep going. His work may be viewed at markschiffartist.com. Fellow artists \u201cAll the artists [in this show] are top-quality,\u201d Schiff said. \u201cThey are experienced and have been in many, many shows.\u201d As he was talking, Mary Manning of Darien, who has exhibited throughout Connecticut and in Hong Kong, stopped by to deliver her pieces. She works with textiles, buying old linens, pillowcases, sheets and the like at flea markets and tag sales. She dyes them with substances like coffee, tea, rust, and India ink. \u201cI tear them up and put them on paper or wood panel and make something,\u201d she said. Her background is in graphics, so texture and design are very important to her, she said. For what she is showing in this exhibition, she limited her palette to white, beige and black. \u201cI find when I limit my palette to similar colors, I have more fun creating,\u201d she said. \u201cChoices slow me down.\u201d With limited colors she can focus on texture and design thus \u201cfeel I\u2019m really being creative. I like solving problems. By limiting the choices, it\u2019s easier to solve the problem.\u201d This color scheme is a departure for her, Manning said, adding she usually uses \u201chappy\u201d colors. \u201cBut you can\u2019t sing the same song your whole life.\u201d \u201cThat\u2019s typical of the artists at Firing Circuits,\u201d Schiff said. As an example he mentioned an artist who always focused on painting chairs. \u201cAll of a sudden, something rose up inside her and she produced a work \u2026\u201d different than anything she\u2019d done. \u201cI told her, \u2018you broke a barrier.\u2019\u201d Picking up on that, Manning expressed her preference for abstract art. \u201cYou see something different every time you look at it,\u201d she said. \u201cAs a unit, we tend to give each other energy,\u201d Schiff said. \u201cI\u2019ve had five studios,\u201d Manning recounted, \u201cand this is the most energetic and supportive.\u201d \u201cThe collective energy is awesome,\u201d Schiff said. \u201cIt helps bring all the artists up.\u201d The studio is housed in what was an abandoned factory built in the early 1900s. First the site of the Connecticut Lace Works, it was later home to Firing Circuits, an electrical components firm. That business is gone, too, but its name remains on the building and so, when the top two floors were converted to the studio 12 years ago, the artist colony adopted it. Joining Schiff and Manning in the Wilton Library show are: Brian Walker of Wilton; Jeanine Esposito and Claudia Mengel of Westport; Andrea Farina, Cecilia Moy Fradet, Mindy Green, Elisa Keogh, Cate Leach, Susan Leggitt, Valerie Rovins, Nancy C. Woodward, and Marc Zaref of Norwalk; Mari Gyorgyey of Stamford; Pam Lindberg and Karen Vogel of Darien; and Ridgefielder Rachel Volpone. Their submissions range from oils and watercolors to mixed media and sculpture. Most will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. They will be on view through Dec. 26. The library, at 137 Old Ridgefield Road, is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For information, call 203-762-6334 or visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.