Darien artists featured in Wilton Library gallery

Darien's Brenda Jackson's painting "Living Numbers" will be featured at Wilton Library. The dates, from top to bottom are JFK's assassination, the Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan show, Woodstock and the Watergate Scandal.
Darien’s Brenda Jackson’s painting “Living Numbers” will be featured at Wilton Library. The dates, from top to bottom are JFK’s assassination, the Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan show, Woodstock and the Watergate Scandal.Contributed Photo

The hint of brighter days to come will be evident on Wilton Library's gallery walls when the "Pow, Punch, re-ZOOM!" art exhibition opens Friday, March 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit is an uplifting, visual display with bold and colorful artwork inspired by the bright colors, popular images and icons of the Pop Art movement of the late 1950s through 1970s.

The exhibition features more than 20 artists from Fairfield and Westchester counties, with half of the group representing the Loft Artists of Stamford. Loft members are Lynda Carroll (Wilton), Susan Frey (Stamford), Francine Funke (Stamford), Renee Kahn (Stamford), Paul Larson (Greenwich), Cate Leach (Darien), Mary Louise Long (Stamford), Lina Morielli (Stamford), Wendi Ohlson (Stamford), Tina Rohrer (Pound Ridge, NY), and Anne Salthouse (Norwalk). The remaining artists are friends, classmates and instructors and include: Nina Birnbaum (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Barbara Campbell (Stamford), Ellen Gordon (Stamford), Brenda Jacobsen (Darien), Ellen Lazarus (Larchmont, N.Y.), Joan Lengel (White Plains, N.Y.), Toby Michaels (Westport), Karen Siegel (Stamford), Peter Siegel (Mt. Vernon) and Al Weiner (Fairfield).

Most of the artists are creating new works, primarily paintings, just for this exhibit at Wilton Library. Some works of mixed media will also be presented. Subject matter is a variety of Pop Art, paying homage to Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Max, Robert Indiana, Jim Dine, Alex Katz, Jasper Johns and others.

"It will be a fun show for kids and adults alike, putting smiles on everyone's faces," Susan Frey, organizer for the artists, said. More than fifty works will be featured.

The reception is open to the public. The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 2. The majority of the pieces are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. For information and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.

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