Artists explore ‘The Space Between’ sky and sea in new exhibit


This piece from Toby Michael’s Black Paper series will be included in the upcoming exhibit at Art/Place.

In “The Space Between,” a new exhibition at Art/Place running Feb. 28 through March 30, Westport artists Toby Michaels and Mary Elizabeth Peterson explore the vast, mysterious space between sky and sea. The opening reception is Sunday, March 3, from 3 to 5 p.m.

“The show is about what is unseen in the universe,” said Michaels, who focuses on cosmic space in her Black Paper series. “At first glimpse you may see only darkness and stars, but there is really an abundance of phenomena in the void.”

Peterson has always been fascinated the sea. “I’m taken in not only by the colors, taste and patterns, but by fish, plants and seabirds as well.”

She is concerned with “how we are damaging the oceans and destroying an entire species” such as whales, a favorite subject in her paintings. She also uses collage techniques to trace changes in Connecticut coastal water marches and landscapes over time.

Michaels has taught art in Westport, Weston and Darien elementary schools. She has a masters degree in art therapy and initiated an art therapy program for Norwalk Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, later led art therapy groups at Silver Hill Hospital and was an adjunct professor of art therapy at Quinnipiac College. Currently, she is an award winning full time artist.

Peterson studied at the Corcoran Collage of Art & Design in Washington, D.C., and pursued journalism and art history at UConn. She currently teaches art history for the Westport public schools’ ArtSmart program.

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