Kershner Gallery art show, In & Out kicks off Dec. 5

The public is invited to a reception in the Kershner Gallery on Dec. 12, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for “In & Out.” The artists, Ellen Gordon, Peter Landa, and Susan Fehlinger, will talk about their work at 5:30 p.m. The show runs from Dec. 5 to Jan. 17 at the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Ellen Gordon, Dreaming of India

Ellen Gordon, Dreaming of India

Ellen Gordon is a Stamford based mixed media artist. She holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from Baruch College in NYC. Her art training is from the Greenwich Art Society, Silvermine Arts Guild, and the Rowayton Arts Center.

Ellen has exhibited regionally and is the recipient of many awards, from the Flinn Gallery for Greenwich Art Society Shows, the Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Center, the National Faber Birren Color Award Exhibition at the Stamford Art Society, and others. She is the President of the Loft Artists Association in Stamford and serves on the board of the Greenwich Art Society.

Ellen says her newer work is inspired by her drawings from private sessions with her model, and “the collection displayed speaks more about the creative magic that happens when inspiration and form collide. The artwork itself is the result of a searching process – finding the shapes and lines in both the figure and transcribing those lines into contemporary compositions.”

Peter Landa, Stone Cutter’s Island: Water Wheel

Peter Landa, Stone Cutter’s Island: Water Wheel

Easton resident, Peter Landa, has a BFS from the University of Illinois. He also studied mono printing at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven for 3 years. He has had solo shows at Westport Arts Center, Watermark Art Gallery in Bridgeport, New England Gallery in Milford, Easton Library Art Gallery, UCONN Gallery in Stamford, and Nylen Gallery in Westport, and has shown in group shows in the area and in Korea and Japan. Two pieces are on permanent exhibit in UConn Stamford Campus Art Gallery.

Much of Peter’s art has a Far East theme, as he lived there at one time. He says, “Generally my art has an historical timeline focusing on pre-World War II, before the postwar modernization of the ‘60’s. I’ve tried to capture some of the more rural, less urban, feeling that was more relevant then. The cultural and visual strands of the Far East are endless. So, if I can portray a small fiber of the “West Meets East” genre with an acceptable interpretation, I feel that I have accomplished something satisfying.”

Susan Fehlinger attended art classes while she was a television producer in New York City. After 30 years, she quit her job, bought a bed and breakfast on Cape Cod, and began painting more seriously. Last year, she moved to her current residence in Black Rock, Bridgeport and now paints familiar, yet abstracted, scenes of coastal architecture and cityscapes. She applies oil paint thickly with a palette knife to highlight structure, form, and shadow.

Susan had a solo show in Cape Cod and has exhibited in many New England gallery shows. She is currently represented by the Greene Art Gallery in Guilford and her giclee prints are sold at Palooza in Fairfield.

She says, “Light changes everything. It transforms everyday objects, familiar scenes or simple buildings into important objects, dramatic scenes or architectural shapes. It changes colors. It changes moods. … It’s the play of light and shadow, the shapes light creates–negative and positive–that I strive to see, understand, and capture in my paintings.”

Information: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or 203-256-3155.

Susan Fehlinger, Water Towers

Susan Fehlinger, Water Towers

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