Local artists exhibit at Bank of Fairfield

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Toby Michaels and Florence Zolan will display their work at The Bank of Fairfield through March 31.

In an effort to provide continuing value to the community, The Bank of Fairfield is featuring an exhibit of local artists Toby Michaels and Florence Zolan at the bank’s 2150 Post Road branch through March 31.  The exhibit also includes several works of art created by Zolan’s son, Matthew Zolan.

A Westport resident, Michaels works as a full-time artist and is a member of the Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield and the Silvermine Guild of Art in New Canaan. She has a master’s degree in art therapy and counseling, and practiced for 17 years at Norwalk Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, where she initiated an art therapy program. She has also served as an adjunct professor of art therapy at Quinnipiac University.

“For me, making art means looking into the ‘unseen’ cosmic and universal possibilities that give life to artistic expression,” Michaels said.

Florence Zolan is a founding member of Art/Place Gallery and an artist member of the Silvermine Guild of Art. After studies in New York City at The New School and Pratt Manhattan Graphic Center, she received her master of fine arts degree at Hunter College.

She uses paint, collage, pastel and various forms of printmaking, often in combination to express her art, noting “my work is about relationships. There are the actual and implied relations in the arrangements of form, object and color. Often inspired by nature, readings or experiences, I strive to interpret these observations and ideas in a variety of ways. “

Matthew Zolan grew up in Fairfield and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University as a fine art major. He has designed, owned and operated several of the most popular bars and restaurants in Prague in the Czech Republic.  More recently, he has designed and opened “Lokal,” a restaurant in Carmel Valley, Calif.

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