Four female artists’ ‘Perspectives’ to fill library’s walls

Perspectives: The Work of Four Female Artists —  the new exhibition opening Friday night at Wilton Library — has a wide range of styles, mediums and subject matter. Works in oil, pencil, pastels, watercolors and more that include portraits, illustrations, landscapes and bursts of color will adorn the library’s gallery and walls.

Featured artists are Sarah Phillips and Skye Riss, both from Wilton, Pam Ackley of New Canaan and Dara Tomeo of Fairfield. The reception on Feb. 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Phillips began her career as a couture designer with her collections featured by Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fred Heyman, Neiman Marcus as well as boutiques across the U.S, Canada and Hong Kong. She launched her first collection in 1989 and recently turned to working with private clients. At the heart of her works are the fashion-inspired pastel and charcoal illustrations which will be on view in the exhibition.

Riss is a “driven artist who sees the world around her as a force from which to create positive experiences.” She began painting at a very young age and continued that passion to earn degrees in painting, art history and graphic design, cum laude, from the University of Hartford. According to Riss, this foundation “contributes to bringing out the best of my abilities to inspire and discover new energies in painting and in life.” She works in mixed media — oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and more.

Ackley, who has a master’s degree in clinical social work from New York University began her artistic journey 10 years ago by studying at Silvermine School of Art and has worked with several renowned artists. She also was classically trained by instructors from the Florence Academy of Art. Ackley is co-founder and model coordinator for the New Street Guild of Artists, which meets twice weekly at their Wilton studio and is dedicated to painting the model from life. She has had several solo and group shows in Connecticut including Wilton, Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Ridgefield and New Canaan and her work is in several private collections.

Tomeo paints from her home in Fairfield and at the studio of Leona Frank in Westport. She has taken many classes and workshops at Silvermine School of Art, where she met her mentor, Phyllis Rutigliano. She said her series, Treescapes, “captures the essence and beauty of trees in varying seasons and light, and my compositions of paths in the woods entice the viewer to take an enchanted journey into my paintings.”

The exhibition runs through Feb. 23. The majority of the more than 50 works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. For more details, visit or call 203-762-6334.