Artists exhibit in anniversary celebration

Three Wilton artists — Leslie Concannon, Ruth Ipe and Nancy McTague-Stock — are among the 14 artists represented in the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists (WALA) 10th anniversary exhibition, Big Anniversary, small works.

The three-day event in their studios at 225 Wilson Avenue in South Norwalk kicks off with a public reception on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and continues with open studios on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, from 11 to 5. The exhibition was curated by Jeffrey Mueller, director of Silvermine Galleries and an adjunct professor of art history at Western Connecticut State University.

McTague-Stock, who is co-chair of the exhibition with Lori Glavin of Darien, says her recent series of underwater painting, “focuses on the ever tentative lifespan beneath our oceans, retracing my journeys through unexpected juxtapositions, movement, pattern and light.” Her preoccupation with the status of rivers, lakes and oceans and their health has been a 10-year project.

Concannon works from life. “I paint in the outdoors, plein air — wherever I am,” she said in a press release. “My paintings are a response to a moment in time and place. I’m interested in how the ordinary world is revealed by light. By the very nature of painting outside with ever-shifting light, I’m there to respond to a moment in time before it disappears.” She shares her love of painting with her art students at a school in the Bronx, returning to Wilton for weekends and summer vacations.

Ipe has for years applied oil on canvas to create paintings, but earlier this year she turned to making art through quilting. “I paint squares of colored paper, and using them as my fabric, I cut shapes and create individual blocks,” she explained. “These are joined to make larger blocks and then collaged to create a painting.”

Both her mother and grandmother were quilters and when she saw an exhibition of quilts in Washington D.C. last spring, she realized just how creative quilting could be, and enjoys paying homage to her rural Kentucky heritage.

The three-day event offers art lovers an opportunity to see not only a great variety of creative output by 15 artists, but also works in progress in the studios where the work is produced.

The theme “small works” was chosen to make art more available for holiday giving. A portion of the proceeds from art sales in this exhibition will be donated to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s Grace Shanley Memorial Fund for high school student scholarships.

The WALA gallery and studios are on the second floor of a former factory building at 225 Wilson Avenue, South Norwalk, but the entrance and parking are behind the building, off Ely Avenue.  

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