Wilton artists find their ‘sense of place’

Three Wilton artists, Ruth Ipe, Nancy McTague-Stock, and Leslie Concannon are among the 15 artists represented in A Sense of Place, the annual exhibition of the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists (WALA) of South Norwalk. A public reception on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m, will launch the exhibition that continues and continues with Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30 from 11 to 4.

McTague-Stock, who is co-chair of the exhibition with Lori Glavin of Darien, says, “Place is a mindset of being in the moment; it can refer to a specific location or a specific state of mind.” She is exhibiting works from her Prisengracht Series, archival pigment prints created in Amsterdam, Holland, earlier this year. An area called Prisengracht inspired her “study of environmental observations, focused on perceptual illusions through movement.”

Her work has been exhibited in more than 10 museums, in galleries and universities in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Serbia and across the U.S.

Ipe uses the medium of photography through which she says, “I am able to consolidate or to deconstruct the images of nature in my art. I do not attempt to recreate the natural world but to draw from it to express the feeling and a sense of place in my paintings.” She is exhibiting photographs and paintings in her Morning Fog stories.

Wilton is the weekend and summer home for Concannon, who teaches art in the Bronx during the school year.  Working from life, her paintings are “a response to a particular location and moment, created through careful observation and choices of the formal structure, light and color.”
The 15 WALA artist members have used a variety of approaches in creating their diverse interpretations of A Sense of Place. Some have depicted a special part of the world they treasure, some are captivated by the sea, familiar landscapes and everyday objects, while others envision imaginary landscapes and scenes or share personal stories.

The curator is Sophia Gevas, outreach education director at Silvermine Arts Center.

WALA is at 225 Wilson Avenue in South Norwalk, but the entrance and parking are behind the building, off Ely Avenue.

Information: Nancy McTague-Stock at nmsstudio1@aol.com or Lori Glavin at glavin@optonline.net.