WILTON, Conn. – “The Winter Show – Six Women Artists” opens at the Wilton Library on Friday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The art exhibition highlights the works of the women, many of whom have displayed pieces during the Wilton Artists Summer Show.
The Wilton artists are Joan Bepler, Katya Lebrija, Renée Santhouse, Kathleen Wrampe, Marion Pershan, who hails from New York and Florida and who visits Wilton often, as it is the home of her daughter, Diana Moskowitz; and Berenice Pliskin, who hails from Peekskill, N.Y.
The reception is open to the public. The majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library. The exhibition runs through Friday, Feb. 27.
The more than 50 works represent myriad styles, subject matter and media choices.
Bepler, a prize-winning artist, grew up in Wilton, and was inspired early on to make art a central focus of her life by her Wilton High School teacher. She has exhibited her mixed media collage works in numerous juried shows. She has been developing her lifelong interest of portraiture by studying with noted portrait artist Wende Caporale. Bepler is exhibiting a selection of her works of oil portraiture in the exhibition.
Lebrija has a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design from Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City, where she was born. Her roots are frequently reflected in her work, which shows the richness and bright colors of the Mexican culture. She lives in Wilton with her husband and two daughters.
Santhouse’s work explores the abstraction and celebration of earthscapes, geological formations and dramatic events in time, based on history and onsite exploration. Her original prints in the exhibition use the artistic process of monotype, a free form technique that requires quick execution, and emphasizes atmosphere and color. She divides her time between Wilton and California.
Wrampe’s background is fashion merchandising. While living abroad she studied drawing and watercolor painting under international artist Antonija Gros in Singapore. Upon returning to the U.S., she attended Norwalk Community College focusing on Chinese Brush Painting. Since then, she attends formal classes at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, where she was awarded First Prize in Painting for her watercolor "Graceful Spirits" at the school's student show. She lives and works in the New York City area.
Pershan’s love of painting and drawing has been a passion of hers for more than six decades. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College and pursued classes at The Art Students League, The National Academy of Design and Pratt Institute. As art coordinator and teacher within the NYC Public School System, she organized an Art Fair for the community.
Pliskin’s passion for silk painting has kept her involved in local area exhibitions in and around Westchester County for nearly 20 years. She is a member of the National Association of Women in the Arts, Katonah Museum Artist Association and Surface Design Association.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road. For information, visit the Wilton Library website here or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.
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