Wilton Library Marks Spring With 'Beauty' Opening

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The Wilton Library is exhibiting the works of longtime Wilton resident Maria Jarreau Heller.
The Wilton Library is exhibiting the works of longtime Wilton resident Maria Jarreau Heller. Photo Credit: Courtesy Wilton Library

WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton Library is celebrating spring with its latest exhibit from 65-year Wilton resident Maria Jarreau Heller. 

Heller's exhibit "Beauty" is set to run through April 29 at the Wilton Library. Heller, who spent 65 years in Wilton, died in January. Her children put together the 70-piece exhibit for the library. 

"A familiar, smiling face around town, many people may recognize some of Ms. Heller’s expressive works from previous Wilton Library Summer Shows held at the library," officials said. "What first strikes a viewer is the attention to detail in her highly refined art style along with her sense of vibrant colors and smooth textures.

"Upon further inspection of her works, one might discover living creatures perched among the flora and fauna. This whimsical juxtaposition of living flowers and living creatures takes the viewer through the artist’s keen observation of nature and fantasy. Ms. Heller’s art styles included Oriental Brush painting style on paper and silk, colored pencil on vellum and 3-D cut out watercolor on paper, representative of the various studies she was able to undertake in her lifetime."

Heller was active in many of the arts, including stained glass, fine embroidery, leather tooling, sculpture with shells, portrait painting and decoupage. Heller was born in Gibraltar to parents  who were art collectors, "so she was introduced to it early in life and always had a strong desire to beautify," representatives said. 

“Art is freedom," Heller once said, according to library representatives. "It is by beauty that we feel the pulse of all mankind; beauty enhances the quality of human existence.”

The majority of works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wilton Library. The library is at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the Wilton Center.

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