Nature Transformed art show opens Oct. 8

The public is invited to a reception for Nature Transformed, a show of the art of Caryl Stern, Amy Bock, and Clyde Watson on Oct. 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Rd. The artists will talk about their work at 5:30. The show runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 13.

For more information visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3155.

Venetian Reflections by Carol Stern.

Venetian Reflections by Carol Stern.

Caryl Stern lives and works in New York City. After careers in the theatre as actor, director, producer, and teacher; and in journalism (her articles appeared in such publications as Parade, Opera News, and The New York Times), she enrolled in art classes in Colorado and in New York. Her work has won prizes in printmaking, multimedia, and sculpture. In 2016, she was awarded an art residency at the La Napoule Art Foundation in France. Her art has been shown in national and international exhibitions and is in private collections in the U.S. and Europe.  

Caryl says, “I am fascinated by surfaces and the secrets hidden within them. That fascination has led me to…explore the artistic potential of…laundry lint and mushrooms…waves and wood.., I seek to achieve a state of tension, capturing the inherent strength of opposites united – stiff and pliant, dark and bright, smooth and rough, organic and industrial.  These components are held in precarious balance, suggesting the uncertainty and transience of the physical realm.”

Amy Bock lives in Ridgefield. She has a BFA from Pratt Institute and post-graduate courses in art at The New School for Social Research, Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts and Silvermine Guild. She has exhibited her paintings and mixed media works at various venues in Nantucket, Katonah, New York City, and Connecticut, and she has received a number of awards. Her work is in  many private collections and she is an active member of art associations in Connecticut and New York.

Amy says that producing art is “fulfilling to me as a vehicle for creative expression, a meditation and a discipline that gives my life shape and form…I hope to impart to the viewer… a love, appreciation and respect for Nature… I also hope that through my art I can help in some way with imparting to others the importance of conservation and preservation of the natural world. I often play with scale, enlarging slightly from actual size or portraying things that are normally seen only with the aid of a microscope or macro camera lens.”

Mostly Red by Clyde Watson.

Mostly Red by Clyde Watson.

Clyde Watson is a self-taught Bridgeport artist. He is currently attending Housatonic Community College, majoring in fine art with the hope of one day getting his MFA. He has been a licensed electrician for almost 20 years and has shown his paintings at Mattatuck Museum, the Gallery at Merritt Crossing and City Lights Gallery.

Clyde says, “Art for me is just not some pretty picture hanging on a wall. But like food or water, art can fill you up when you are hungry. It can quench your thirst when you are thirsty…That is why I like to paint impressionist but I love to paint abstract. I seek a higher spiritual sense in my work… I don’t want to be in total control of the work, but let it flow like the wind with minimal control. Too often I find myself amaze at what is created. And it heals me and quenches me and I hope it does that for others.”

Under The Sea Dance by Amy Bock.

Under The Sea Dance by Amy Bock.

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