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Silvermine Runs in Family of Artists

Gertrude Schmitt was among the artists from the Silvermine Guild who was on hand at the Wilton Library on Friday to open its special group exhibit. Some 84 years ago, Schmitt's father and uncle started the guild and inspired Schmitt to follow in their footsteps.

"I wanted to be an artist from babyhood because my father was an artist," Schmitt said.

Besides growing up around some of the best artists in the area, Schmitt also received a scholarship to study art in Rome. She has become an accomplished artist, working primarily with oils doing still lifes and religious images.

The library was able to display the 46 pieces from 20 different artists because of theefforts of Nancy Lloyd, who started the Silvermine Residence Program. Lloyd realized that the guild had turned toward other forms of art, not just visual, and decided it would be beneficial for the many artists to get together to discuss their work.

"I realized while walking my dog there are so many accomplished artists in Silvermine," Lloyd said.

Lloyd has moved to Pennsylvania but returned to Connecticut on Friday for the opening and to display her "Snowy Field with Horses." The other Silvermine artists are grateful that Lloyd's work brought them together.

"To have it here in the library is great for us," photographer Emily Kelting said. "There is so much talent in this community."

The work of Schmitt, Lloyd, Kelting and other Silvermine Artists will be on display in the Wilton Library until Oct. 29.

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