One artist imagined the last view of land that the passengers on the Titanic may have taken in.
Others gained inspiration from the ship's magnificence as well as vintage photos and maps.
The resulting works of art will be featured in a juried exhibition, "Reflections on the Titanic," from April 26 through June 22 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk. The exhibit consists of 22 entries by various artists.
According to Susan Gilgore, executive director of LMMM, "The original idea was to get hundreds of entries, but people felt overwhelmed because of the subject matter."
Gail Ingis-Claus, chair of LMMM's Art Committee is curator of the show. Judge Sophia Gevas has been the director of The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University since its inception in 1983.
Catherine Caulfield Russell, of Yonkers N.Y., received Best in Show, for her painting "Irish Coast," which depicts the passengers' last views of the world, around sunset.
"It glows of the moonlight. It's breathtaking. It was the passengers last view, as she would have imagined," said Ingis-Claus.
"Of course, the passengers couldn't actually see Ireland when the ship sank, because they were about 900 miles off the coast from New York."
"Irish Coast" in an oil on canvas, that Caulfield Russell painted in several days. It's one of four of her paintings on exhibit.
"I made it a foreboding painting. The coast of Ireland was the last part of land that they saw. It's at the most southern part of Ireland. My mother was from County Clark, so I have photos of County Clark," she said.
KK Mink of Norwalk looked through the archives of the Titanic online to find the photos she painted from.
"She did a lot of research," Ingis-Claus said. "Most artists work from life or photographs."
Mink paints with oils on birch panel.
"I heard about the upcoming show, and I had about two weeks before the deadline. I cruised the internet and found some old photographs," Mink said.
"There was something about the weather being calm that night, that made it difficult to see the iceberg. If the water had been choppy, they would have seen the waves lapping against the iceberg. That was one of the contributing factors. The Titanic is such an enduring story. The fact that there are still so many questions about what happened, is what makes it such a prominent story today."
Mink completed two paintings for the exhibit in three days. "Looking Back," and "Glassy Night," were inspired by how the ship was such a marvel and the nostalgic black and white photos she found online.
Another participating artist in "Reflections of the Titanic" is Christine Jewell of Fairfield, who created a mixed media print, "Across the Atlantic," using vintage photos with a map of the Titanic's journey. Jewell is currently the director of education and community programs at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
"It was anything of the era, whatever appealed to the artist, they could submit. Men in top hats, a table setting, or a flower arrangement. If everything had been submitted earlier, we would have had more. We even have one of Block Island. I think people needed more suggestions," Ingis-Claus said of the juried show .
"The idea of how the ship broke in half, and all the facts aren't exactly accurate," Ingis-Claus continued. "The exhibit is in conjunction with the commemoration of the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. Some people prefer to think of it as the centennial of the Titanic's maiden voyage."
An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Admission to the exhibit is free, from 12 to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For information, call 838-9799, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.