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Artists' Choice Exhibit Opens At Wilton Library

"Mystic Orbit 7" by Diane Pollack, one of the artists on display at the Wilton Library's new exhibit opening June 3.
"Mystic Orbit 7" by Diane Pollack, one of the artists on display at the Wilton Library's new exhibit opening June 3. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Library’s June art exhibition will celebrate the power of friendship when four friends with a passion for painting showcase their works in “Artists’ Choice 2016.”

The exhibit opens with a free reception from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3.

Artists Mollie Keller (Trumbull), Toby Michaels (Westport), Diane Pollack (Fairfield) and Florence Zolan (Bridgeport) find common ground at the Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield, where they are all members; however the diversity in their works sets them apart. 

Keller creates calligraphic riffs that are part of her ongoing attempt to describe three-dimensional gestures in two dimensions. According to the artist, she was born during the reign of Abstract Expressionism, educated at MOMA and the Met and inspired by Joan Mitchell and Hans Memling.

Michaels allows the Abstract Expressionist movement to inspire her recent work. She studies the muses, their philosophy, intentions and visual style. She is now a full-time artist affiliated with the Westport Arts Center Artist Collaborative, Silvermine Guild of Art and is represented in the Westport Schools’ Permanent Art Collection. While working as an elementary art teacher in Westport and Darien, she received her master’s degree in art therapy and counseling. 

Pollack’s large monotypes with thread feature abstracted female shapes that refer to ancient rituals and celebrations. Her smaller works are collaged, sewn and whimsical. Besides Art/Place Gallery, she is a member of Surface Design Artists of CT, Ridgefield Guild and the Westport Artists Collective and is a curator for the Fairfield Public Library’s Bruce S. Kershner Gallery. 

Zolan creates mixed media works combining printmaking, collage, paint, pastel and often applied objects and yarns. The relationship of shapes and colors inform her abstract compositions with references to the natural world. Florence is a founding member of Art/Place Gallery. Her early studies were at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon

The exhibit continues through Thursday, June 30. The majority of the works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.

The Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. Click here for more information. 

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