Pequot Library hosts 20th annual Art Show: the Story of Art

In honor of the 20th year of Pequot Library’s Art Show, 168 works of fine art were chosen from a diverse group of 247 submissions. Jurors Adrienne Ruger Conzelman and Helen Klisser During selected the 168 artworks. Conzelman, a private art dealer and adviser, is the director of ARC Fine Art in Fairfield, Connecticut. Klisser, an art adviser, curator, and photojournalist, is the Artistic Director Emeritus at the Westport Arts Center in Westport.

The weeklong celebration of the visual arts will include programs and activities for all ages, including a ticketed opening reception. The art on exhibit will be for sale, with the proceeds shared by the artists and Pequot Library. The exhibition sales support the educational programs, library services and rare book exhibitions at Pequot Library.

Troy J. Amuso, master conservator and interior artisan

Troy J. Amuso, master conservator and interior artisan

On Saturday, Oct. 14 the weeklong celebration kicks off with a Preview Party Fundraiser ticketed reception from 6-9 p.m. The party includes a full bar, appetizers, silent auction, modern dance performance and fine art viewing. Dr. Philip Eliasoph leads a VIP special ticketed exhibition tour at 5 p.m. Eliasoph is a professor in the Visual and Performing Arts department at Fairfield University. As guests enter the party at 6 p.m., harpist Rebecca Swett will perform background music. Swett has performed at Carnegie Hall and has released seven CDs that include classical, popular, Christmas and Celtic. A Different Drum Dance Company, a modern dance group from Yale, will perform throughout the evening. The company was founded in 1996 and has dedicated itself to providing a place for a diverse group of dancers to sharpen and broaden their technical abilities and to develop artistically both as dancers and as choreographers. Tickets for the Art Show Preview Party Fundraiser are on sale at pequotlibrary.org.

Troy Amuso restoring a painting,

Troy Amuso restoring a painting,

A number of free public programs have been developed in conjunction with the Art Show. Families can view the Green Art Show of children’s original art made out of recycled materials from Saturday, Oct. 14 until Sunday, Oct. 22 in the Children’s Library. A Gallery Talk & Sherry in the Stacks with Mark S. Roe, Head Curator of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 3-5 p.m. Roe will discuss the art in the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18 young artists ages 6-12 can participate in Express Yourself — Afternoon Art at 4 p.m. as they express their stories through watercolor painting outside on the Great Lawn. The program is free and open to all. Registration is encouraged at [email protected].

Adults can learn about The Art of Restoration on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. and meet master conservator and interior artisan Troy J. Amuso. Discover how he restores and remedies distressed fine art oil paintings to their original form. Amuso has more than 35 years in fine art restoration and is the founder and principal of Troy Fine Art Services Inc. and Troy Joseph Interiors.

Mark S. Roe, head curator of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.

Mark S. Roe, head curator of the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection.

Register early for the Day Art Trip to the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. where participants can travel by bus to the museum, enjoy a guided tour, plus lunch, and then travel back to Pequot Library. Register at pequotlibrary.org. In the evening, from 7-8 p.m., adults can Sip & Paint, enjoying their own bottle of wine while learning to paint with Fairfield Warde High School art teacher Julianne Warfield. Register at pequotlibrary.org.

On Friday, Oct. 20 folks visit the Southport Galleries exhibition opening of Abstract Women at 5 p.m. Southport Galleries presents Abstract Women, a lively exhibition of contemporary paintings with selective works by six leading edge, female artists with strong local roots: Katherine Evans, Katy Ferrarone, Ellen Hermanos, Beth Munro, Kim Romero, Helen Werngren. The exhibition is on view through Nov. 18.

2016 art show at Pequot Library,

2016 art show at Pequot Library,

The week’s celebration of the visual arts continues on Saturday, Oct. 21 with Explore Your Story an art workshop for children ages 6-8 from 10 a.m.-noon and ages 9-12 from 1-3 p.m. Register at pequotlibrary.org. Then from 2-3:30 p.m. adults and children can observe a fine art painter in action on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn during the Karl Soderlund Portrait Demonstration. Soderlund has been a fine artist his entire life and is well known for his portraits, seascapes and landscapes. His work hangs in over 250 public and private collections, including Interpublic Companies, Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo and the Heisman Trophy portrait collection. His paintings have been shown in the finest galleries, as well as featured on television, in magazines and newspapers. The weeklong celebration of the arts closes on Sunday, Oct. 22 with the Artists & Collectors Party from 1-3 p.m.

Pequot Library would like to thank its 20th annual Art Show sponsors: JPMorgan Chase, Oliver Nurseries, Southport Galleries, The Russell Agency LLC, People’s United Bank, Merrill Lynch, Resnick Advisors, WSHU Public Radio, Fairfield Magazine, M Communications, Brad M. Aron – Attorney at Law, Santa Buckley Energy, Hatfield Insurance Agency Inc., Roland & Co., Broken Shed New Zealand Vodka, Bigelow, and Mitchells.

For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346, ext. 115.

Child creating art in an art workshop at Pequot Library

Child creating art in an art workshop at Pequot Library.

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