David Dunlop, Silvermine School of Art faculty member and guild artist, leads off the fall lecture series at the Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan, Sunday, Oct. 20.

Dunlop will present "Where are Pictures From?" at 4:30 p.m, in the Sara Victoria Hall Auditorium.

In the lecture, Dunlop will look at how the brain makes and finds images and will examine how artists find and build their images in paintings, sculptures and photographs. Dunlop will also look at how light becomes an image and the journey it takes from a mass of reflected light into paint on a canvas.

A resident of Wilton, Dunlop has been a teacher at the Silvermine School of Art since 1993. He has given art history lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has been a visiting artist/lecturer at multiple institutions, including New Britain Museum of American Art, Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, the Shelburne Museum and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Dunlop's landscapes draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His work is featured in many collections throughout the United States and abroad. Galleries and institutions have granted him solo shows since 1981. His PBS program on Paul Cezanne, French artist and post-Impressionist painter, was included in the exhibit "Cezanne and American Modernism" at the Montclair Art Museum, and he also hosted and wrote the 2009 Emmy Award-winning PBS television series "Landscapes Through Time."

The lecture series continues on Sunday, Nov. 3, with Dmitri Wright, who presents "The Science and Poetry of Impressionism: Ideas for Contemporary Impressionist Painters." Wright will discuss his ideas for creating contemporary Impressionist's work. Displaying his own work as examples, he will demonstrate the contemporary Impressionist approach to landscape painting and will share his views on Impressionism being a revolution and not a style.

With an artistic lineage that stems from the American Impressionist, Wright, a graduate of Newark School of Fine & Industrial Arts, is a winner of scholarships at Cooper Union and the Max Beckman International Scholar at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. His work focuses on the preservation and progress of Impressionism.

A resident of Greenwich, Wright is also an instructor at the Weir Farm National Historic Park and a lecturer at the Greenwich Historical Society.

Ticket are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For information or tickets, call 203-966-6668, ext. 2, or visit www.silvermineart.org.

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