Wilton artists greet holidays with ‘Rhythm’

Nancy McTague-Stock, Leslie Concannon and Ruth Ipe of Wilton are among the 16 artists who are exhibiting in Rhythm, the 11th annual Holiday Exhibition and Open Studios hosted by the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists (WALA) of South Norwalk. This year the opening reception is on Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. and the open studios continue on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, from 11 to 4.                 

A co-chair of the Wilson Avenue Loft Artists, McTague-Stock said her work “explores the rhythms of the environment through observation and experience. Perceptual illusions in nature through movements, pattern and light are a continuum in my paintings, drawings, print work and photographic studies.”

Her print, Micro Grasses, is a one-of-a-kind solar intaglio with monotype. The use of multiple plates, reprinted numerous times on a single sheet of paper, resulted in a complex image “created from my observations of differing growth structures of grasses,” she said.

This fall, McTague-Stock received a grant for a one-month international artist-in-residence at the Chateau Orquevaux, in the Ardenne region east of Paris, France.   

Leslie Concannon is a plein air painter, fascinated by how the ordinary world is revealed and changed by light at different times of the day. She says her work is her “response to a particular moment in time before it disappears.”  She spends her weekends in Wilton in a family home built by her grandparents in the l950s and on weekdays shares her love of painting with her students at an elementary school in the Bronx.

Ruth Ipe continues a new form of art she began a year ago — creating art through painting abstract squares on paper, which are inspired by the art of quilting practiced by both her mother and grandmother. She paints individual squares of different color combinations, then joins them to make larger blocks which are collaged to create a painting.

The Loft artists will donate a portion of art sales to the Grace Shanley Memorial High School Scholarship Fund at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk.

The artist studios are at 225 Wilson Avenue, South Norwalk, on the second floor (elevator available). The building is near the intersection with Ely Avenue and the entrance is behind the building, off Ely Avenue.

Information: nmsstudio1@aol.com or glavin@optonline.net.