Winter’s gray will be replaced with vivid colors, in Wilton Library at least, when the latest art exhibition, February Awakenings — Five Artists, opens Friday, Feb. 5, with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wilton artists Shannon Cruickshank, Elizabeth Emerson, Trish Nelson, and Margaret Vickers will be joined by Westporter Karen Siegel in showing close to 60 works.
Shannon Cruickshank knew from an early age that art would always be a part of her life. While at Roanoke College, she majored in fine art, and later went to the University of Tennessee where she studied art education. She worked at several galleries, and then devoted herself to her family, which includes two children. Now that they are both in school, Cruickshank has been working on commissions of childhood homes, and portraits of people and pets. Of her clients, she said, “Capturing their memories and loved ones in an artful way and as an heirloom that can be passed on fills my heart with insurmountable joy.”