This year will mark the 23rd year for the annual School of Art Faculty Exhibition, which opened at the Silvermine Arts Center's Sara Victoria Hall in New Canaan on Aug. 22 and will run through Sept. 15. In addition, there will be a special exhibit of works in memory of faculty member and Guild artist Barbara Rothenberg in the Anne Connell Student Gallery. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Each year, the Silvermine School of Art showcases current works of the distinguished artist/teachers. The exhibition represents every style and media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and silversmithing.
Exciting new works by faculty members, including C.J. Guerin and Wendy Hower, both of New Canaan; Tom Brenner and Susan Newbold, both of Fairfield; Martha Bloom, Jak Kovatch, Wendy MacCordy, Steven Parton, Alyse Rosner and Karen Siegel, all of Westport; David Dunlop, Nash Hyon, Nancy McTague-Stock and Justin Wiest, all of Wilton; Dmitri Wright, of Greenwich; Janice Mauro and Elyse Shapiro, both of Redding; Claire Watson Garcia, of Ridgefield; Charles Delong, Erin Jenkins, Megan Collins, Patrick Vingo and Jessica Yankura, all of Norwalk; Dean Fisher, Marta Kot and Josephine Robinson, all of Milford; and Alex McFarlane, of South Salem, N.Y., will be featured. All artwork in the exhibit is available for sale.
Rothenberg, who passed away earlier this summer, was a creative, spirited and influential educator who touched the lives of generations of students. She taught at a variety of institutions, including the New York City public schools, the School of Visual Arts, Housatonic Community College, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University and Silvermine Arts Center, where she taught for more than 20 years.
She was an accomplished painter, collagist and printmaker whose work linked a deep appreciation for nature, an emotionally sensitive use of color and a continually shifting exploration of abstract forms. She had major retrospective exhibitions at ARC Fine Art in Fairfield in 2012 and at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich in 2007.
Her awards include the 1st Prize in Painting, Barnum Festival in Bridgeport; various prizes at the Art of the Northeast Annual; an Indo-American Fulbright Fellowship, which allowed her to spend several months living and working in India; Individual Artists Grant from the state of Connecticut, and a listing in Outstanding Women of Connecticut.
Her work crossed many media, from painting and drawing to collage and installation. Among the many notebooks found in her studio after her passing, a clear philosophy stands out.
"I really want to flaunt all rules," she wrote. "I want bull's eyes, cut corners, red next to green. ... I am always torn between being tasteful and not ... . Isn't the lack of complete consciousness part of the adventure. It is certain why I cannot paint or collage from pre-made plans ..."
Silvermine Arts Center is a community based nonprofit organization that fosters, promotes, and encourages artistic and educational endeavors. The School of Art provides year-round classes and workshops for all ages and levels of experience.
For information about the exhibit, call the School of Art at 203-966-6668, ext. 2, or visit www.silvermineart.org.
Gallery hours: Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, call 203-966-9700, ext. 20.