WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Library will open the “Aerial Grace & Altered Views” exhibit with a reception on Friday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The exhibit, which will run through Sept. 29, will feature more than 80 works by painter Karen E. Gersch and award-winning photographer Pam Rouleau.
Gersch will display her paintings of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and other subjects related to the circus— a theme that long has inspired her work.
At age 16, Gersch received a scholarship to the Pratt Institute, where she majored in fine arts and learned mime and juggling through the school’s first independent study program. After graduating, Gersch studied ballet and acrobatics. She became a founding member of the Big Apple Circus and Vermont’s Circus Smirkus. Her work is featured in galleries, universities and museums throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as private collections around the world.
Rouleau will present her film-based photographs. Although she professionally engages in architectural and interior-design digital photography, her passion lies in traditional photography.
In describing her work, Rouleau said in a statement, “It allows me to break some, if not all the rules. When I work with historical methods, such as the Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown images I have included in this exhibit, I follow my predecessors’ methods … I know I am using methods invented by pioneers of photography and I am grateful, even nearly 200 years later, for what they discovered. I hope my images inspire [the audience] to explore as well.”
Rouleau’s work has been published in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine, Fairfield Magazine and Wilton Magazine.
A majority of the more than 80 pieces will be available for purchase with part of the proceeds benefiting the Wilton Library.
Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, click here or call 203-762-3950, Ext. 213.