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Artists' Show Warms Up Wilton Library

A portrait by Elizabeth Emerson
A portrait by Elizabeth Emerson Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – Winter finally may be here but fortunately the art exhibition, “February Awakenings – Five Artists,” which opens from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Wilton Library, will warm the chill in the air.

Shannon Cruickshank, Elizabeth Emerson, Trish Nelson, Karen Siegel and Margaret Vickers will display their work during the exhibit. 

Cruickshank, a Wilton resident, knew from an early age and a remarkable exposure to Picasso’s work that art would always be a part of her life. In 2000, she moved to Connecticut, where she worked at The Greenwich Gallery and later at Abby M. Taylor Fine Art as the gallery director.

Emerson is a painter who lives in Wilton. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts as a painting major at the Rhode Island School of Design. After taking a brief hiatus to tour Europe’s art destinations by rail, backpack and hostel, she enrolled at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University, earning a Masters of Fine Arts for painting in 1994. 

At the early age of 5, Nelson, of Wilton, acquired a collection of crayons and coloring books. Focusing her studies in illustration, graphic design and photography at Skidmore College, Silvermine Arts Guild and University of Arizona she has honed her ability to see the subtle nuances of a facial expression or the fleeting moment of color and light transferring them to paper or canvas. 

Siegel is a painter and multi-media artist from Westport. She is on the faculty of The Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, and has exhibited her work at Silvermine Arts Center, the Lockwood-Mathews Museum in Norwalk and the Rowayton Arts Center. 

Vickers, of Wilton, embraced art at an early age and in high school was active in all sorts of art projects, from scenery to posters. In art school, she was taught about the Bauhaus and Abstract Expressionism, providing a wide range of possibilities of what constitutes art.

The exhibition continues through Saturday, Feb. 27. A majority of the close to 60 works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. 

Wilton Library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. For information or directions, visit or call 203-762-3950.

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