Wilton artists in Ridgefield

Four Wilton artists have work on display at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists Juried Member Show which opened May 17. Malu Tan, Pam Rouleau, Lucy Krupenye and Amy Schott  were among 200 artists who entered work.

Juror Laura G. Einstein, a principal of LGE Fine Art Consulting, said she was challenged to narrow the field down to 84 pieces.

“I had a vision for the look of the exhibition trying to create not a signature style from the juror, but a cohesive reflection of the high quality works of the RGA membership,” she said. Over the course of a 30-year career, Ms. Einstein has served in a number of positions including interim head and assistant curator of the Asian Art Department at Yale University Art Gallery and lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One of the works selected was Coral Buds 2014, an oil on canvas by Ms. Tan.

“I am inspired by the natural world and the process of painting,” she said of her work. “Important to my work is a sense of place, connection and to some extent, attachment. Having moved back to Wilton over a year ago, I am (still) mesmerized by the lushness of the treescape that surrounds Wilton. This is especially moving during regular morning runs through Allen’s Meadow.

“But while based on a real scene, I depart to explore more abstract themes. I am more interested in expressing my experience rather than copying an image.Working intuitively, I let each painting take its life from a basic color and proceed with some kind of rhythm by building excitement using movement and texture, and intentionally disturbing the regularity of a pattern. My work reflects the rhythm of nature — the balance between rough and smooth, harmony and discord, of refuge and danger.”

Ms. Rouleau, who has three cyanotypes in the show, is an architectural photographer. She studied commercial and architectural photography at the Art Institute of Boston, where she graduated in 1985.

“Cyanotype is a printing method dating back to 1842, having been discovered by Sir John Herschel, an English chemist, mathematician, astronomer, and experimental photographer,” she said in her artist’s statement. “Sir Herschel also did some botanical work and had the desire to give color to photography.” Photography, which had just been invented, was strictly black and white.

“The cyanotype process has, for the most part, remained the same since its invention … Prints are made by hand-painting the mixed chemistry onto watercolor paper then exposing a negative, which is the same size as the receptor paper, and paper to UV light.”

Work in the show is for sale. There will be an artists salon on Friday, May 30, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and a walk and talk on Sunday, June 8, at 3.

The guild gallery is at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield, and is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4. The show will run through June 15.

Information: 203-438-8863 or rgoa.org.