Art/Place Gallery 'Artist Statements' exhibition on view

At the Art/Place Gallery Exhibition, “Artist Statements,” is on view through Feb. 22, at the gallery, 70 Sanford Street, in a building shared by the Fairfield Theatre Company. Visitors will have an opportunity to discover the inspiration and motivation behind the works of 17 individual artists working in a variety of media. On the wall next to each artist’s work are individual statements which explain the creative thinking behind the visual expression of each member artist, exploring the transformation from idea to visual expression.

Artists Talks on Thursday, Feb. 19, from noon-1:30 will offer an informal dialogue between artists and gallery viewers, as the artists discuss their creative process and answer questions.

Art/Place Gallery, one of the oldest artist cooperatives in Connecticut, also announces jurying dates for potential new members, as well as an inviting new website that is easy to navigate and shows a broad view of the Gallery’s activities, including past exhibitions since the Gallery’s move to Sanford Street. Jurying for new members is on Thursdays, Feb. 19 and March 19. More information is available at artplacegallery.org.

In the new exhibition, David Pressler’s ‘Mindscapes’ are all about “…learning to look in order to see; to discover the essence of a subject to gain insight,” and encouraging everyone to “Open your eyes and enjoy what’s around you.” Florence Zolan’s work is “always about relationships, concerned with contrasts, both abstract and representational, smooth against rough, soft and sharp edges, patterns next to solids.” She also enjoys expressing those ideas in different media – paint, collage, pastels and printmaking.

Mary Louise Long’s triptych, “That Vital Canopy” was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s poem, The Bridal of Triermain. Diane Pollack’s new calligraphic paintings based on the human figure are inspired by images from the Asian alphabet. Mollie Keller’s “floating bones” explore the fragile and precarious underpinnings of our lives, how ephemeral and evanescent are the things we rely on to ground us.” Cate Leach explores “the dynamic of a curve encountering a straight line in studies for larger works,” and Toby Michaels says that when she seeks inspiration she reacquaints herself with “the historic works and philosophies of artists she admires, such as Lee Krasner, Mark Tobey and Richard Poussette-Dart.”

Art/Place is open Thursday-Saturday, noon-4 and Sunday, 2-5.

Information: 203-374-9720; artplacegallery.org.

“Brush Strokes,” by Diane Pollack.

“Brush Strokes,” by Diane Pollack.

“Brush Strokes,” Diane Pollack’s new calligraphic paintings based on the human figure are inspired by images from the Asian alphabet.

“Brush Strokes,” Diane Pollack’s new calligraphic paintings based on the human figure are inspired by images from the Asian alphabet.

“Seista Among the Hammocks,” a digital photographic print by Dave Pressler. Pressler lives in Shelton, but is a longtime former Fairfield resident.

“Seista Among the Hammocks,” a digital photographic print by Dave Pressler. Pressler lives in Shelton, but is a longtime former Fairfield resident.

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