Garden Menagerie opens at Pequot Library

Garden Menagerie, features a variety of works by Alex Sax and a selection of 19th-century books and poetry in Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. The community is invited to the opening reception of the exhibition on Thursday, June 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be a gallery tour and presentation at 6:30 p.m. by the exhibiting artist. Light appetizers and wine will be served and the opening is free and open to the public.

Ink drawing by Alex Sax

Ink drawing by Alex Sax

The exhibition includes the artist’s “garden” of imaginative and whimsical finely detailed nature drawings, prints, egg tempera paintings, and cast paper and paper-mâché animal sculptures inspired by Pequot’s holdings of works by American poets Emily Dickinson and John Greenleaf Whittier, and The wild flowers of America…with  50 colored plates, from original drawings, by Isaac Sprague by George L. Goodale, 1886, among other literary works highlighting the grandeur of nature. Also featured in the exhibition are a number of the artist’s handmade books. The exhibition will be on view June 14-Aug. 25, during regular library hours.

Sax is a fine artist who draws inspiration from nature and history. Working in different media, from drawing to installation, Sax captures the spirit and energy of each of her subjects. Her historical fiction installation “The Cobweb Club” at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine focused on the Cobweb Club (1890-92) which is thought to be the earliest women’s club in Washington DC. The installation included cast paper sculptures, prints, and a wall painting based on the journals of Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat, founder of the club. Other installations of her work include “Material Matters,” at Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME; “Altered Realities,” at Westchester Community College Gallery, Valhalla, NY, and “A Shift in Scale,” at The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Sax has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Weir Farm Art Center. Her permanent bronze and mosaic installation “Turtle Migration,” commissioned by New York City Percent for Art and School Construction Authority, is on display at Learners and Leaders School in New York, NY. Sax received a BA from Hamilton College and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Plan to stay after the opening to experience An Evening with George Gershwin from 7:30-9 p.m. Enjoy Gershwin’s most classic pieces including performances of Rhapsody in Blue and Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, a brilliant arrangement of the most beautiful melodies from the great folk opera by the same name as arranged by Earl Wild, and performed by Gershwin specialist Dr. Orin Grossman.

Related programs during the exhibition run include Southport Nature Walk on Sunday, July 29, from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Sketch a Scape with Alex Sax on Friday Aug. 3, from 10 a.m.-noon and Fantastic Finds: Meet the Artist on Friday Aug. 3, from 2-3 p.m.

Pequot Library’s public programs are supported in part by the Town of Fairfield.

For more information, visit pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346, ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Artist Alex Sax

Artist Alex Sax

 

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