With changing exhibitions showcasing artists from near and far all year long, summer is the season for Wilton artists to shine. Wilton Library\u2019s 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.\u201cPainting is my salvation in many ways,\u201d she said on Friday. \u201cI\u2019ve always been scribbling, doing stuff since I was a kid. It\u2019s like exercise for your brain.\u201d 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\u2019s wall, \u201cit felt like home.\u201dFenton works mostly with acrylics, but also in mixed media because she likes collages.\u201cI did a whole series that were spirits in the woods. I had two of them in the show last year,\u201d she said. \u201cI would like to get more in touch with that part of my life.\u201d Until recently she worked as an art therapist, so she understands the value of art in personal exploration. While she was talking to The Bulletin Friday evening a friend came by and complimented her work, saying it indicated \u201ca deep thinker.\u201dThe Traveler, an image of a woman walking along a rocky landscape, is painted with the planet Earth suspended over an exotic backdrop. Two birds fly past the woman.\u201cIt\u2019s about being free to travel and the beautiful world around us,\u201d she said.Generations is about generations and identity, she said. The painting is a collection of faces, many of whom appear to be twins. Two of the subjects are Asian.\u201cI have four grandchildren from South Korea,\u201d she said. \u201cI don\u2019t know if that has something to do with it or not.\u201dThe paintings in the show range from portraits to landscapes, seascapes, abstracts and still lifes, but there are collages and sculpted pieces as well.In the latter category are two works by Erasmo Signore, who is showing two clay pieces, Tabitha and Summer\u2019s Days.Sculpture is a relatively new medium for Signore, who studies with Janis Mauro at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan. Previously he worked for many years as a painter. No stranger to shows at Wilton Library, Signore has exhibited in the summer show as well as 12 x 6 \u2014 A Showcase of Six Wilton Artists in 2013.Signore said he has loved art since he was a boy, but never had time to indulge his passion because he had to help his family in his native Italy. But eventually things went his way.\u201cThe good Lord helped me so much \u2026 I fulfilled my dream when taking classes. I started at age 50!\u201d said Signore, who moved here from Norwalk in 1987. Collage work Two of the works getting a lot of attention at the reception were colorful pieces by Katharine Catlin Smith.\u201cI call them two-dimensional collage work,\u201d she said of Anna: A Color Story, and Balboa.Smith, who studied textile design at the Parsons School of Design, said she has always been attracted to color.A visit to Balboa Park in San Diego, which she described as \u201cbeyond stunning\u201d with its ponds with lily pads, was the inspiration for the similarly named collage. The second piece was inspired by a painting that hung in her parents\u2019 home. \u201cThe painting was bars of color,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s been in my head many years. I was always attracted by the jewel tones.\u201dBoth pieces were executed by her cutting and shaping decorative paper, a process that evolved from her playing with color, pattern and texture.\u201cThis is a brand new thing for me,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019ve always been attracted to the paper \u2026 and fascinated by the process, not necessarily the finished product.\u201dBalboa features a \u201cpond\u201d of decorative paper, populated by tiny koi, turtles and lily pads all cut and folded from numerous pieces of patterned paper. Smith said she wears special glasses when doing the delicate work.\u201cWhen I was in art school, they told me my hand was very tight and was there anything I could do about that,\u201d she recalled with a laugh. When asked how long each piece takes to complete she said, \u201ca lifetime\u201d over weekends for many months.An assistant teacher at a Montessori School, Smith was surrounded by art throughout her life. Her father was an art historian, and so there was art all over her home. In addition to attending Parsons, she studied art history in college and in Italy.\u201cAll this knowledge has led to this,\u201d she said. \u201cI hope it evolves further.\u201dThe summer show, which extends throughout the library, will be on display through Aug. 13. A majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.Information: 203-762-3950 or wiltonlibrary.org.