Two new exhibits will open at Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan on July 31.

"Crossroads," a juried show, is an exhibit which represents a defining moment encountered in life.

"Intuitive/Systemic Symmetries," demonstrates the visual parallels between two artists who use different methodologies.

An opening reception will take place July 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibits will run through Sept. 17.

Crossroads, a juried Silvermine Guild group show, will be juried by Tracy Fitzpatrick, curator and assistant professor of art history at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, N.Y.

Open to all Silvermine Guild Artist members and in all media, the exhibit will showcase the artists' perception of crossroads, be it metaphorically, symbolically, spiritually or culturally. Often used metaphorically, crossroads is an abstraction of places or occasions where people meet. "To be at a crossroads" refers to any turning point with an unpredictable outcome -- the literal meaning of crisis. This is a timely exhibit as we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, a crisis that impacted so many, and a day that changed so much in our lives.

Fitzpatrick organizes exhibitions and teaches in the areas on modern art and museum studies. Exhibitions curated by Fitzpatrick include American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s (2010), Hannah Wilke: Gestures (2008), Facing Abstraction: Refiguring the Body in the Twentieth Century (2006), Underground Art: A Centennial Celebration of the New York City Subway (2005), Another Dimension: Sculptors as Printmakers (1999), and Artful Advocacy: Cartoons from the Woman Suffrage Movement (1995). Her book, Art and the Subway: New York Underground was released in May 2009. Fitzpatrick is the recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies.

She is a member of the American Association of Museums, and associated with CURCOM, ARTTable, the Association of Art Museum Curators, the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries and the College Art Association.

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The exhibit "Intuitive/Systemic Symmetries," is an exploration into the existence of a universal aesthetic language, blending two different methods with similar visual perceptions, as embodied by the works of Guild Artists John Arabolos and Heidi Lewis Coleman.

Coleman's approach is both organic in nature and highly intuitive. Relying upon the subconscious psyche to generate the action of image making, her works are created on Thai papers which incorporate natural fibers, bits of bark and leaves which float across the surface of her images. Arabolos's approach, while also organic, is highly analytical.

His images, created both photographically and digitally, attempt to find a hidden order or language of form that exists in the way we perceive and understand our environment, gain and process knowledge, and then create.

The result of this exploration by the artists demonstrates the common themes as well as the harmony between their works.

"Art for me has always been about the investigation of our natural world and the way we perceive and relate to it," Arabolos said. "It not only has to do with the process of conceiving ideas and creating, but is also about the metaphysical act of experiencing and becoming."

A resident of West Haven, Arablolos is a professional designer and artist in residence at the University of New Haven, department of visual arts. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and was awarded the Ruth Chaney Goodwin Award. He obtained his Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute of Design in Brooklyn where he studied under Professor Robert Zakarian, was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant and was named Pratt Studio Scholar.

Arabolos has been a practicing professional artist since 1969 exhibiting his work throughout the country. He has been a member of the Silvermine Guild since 2001.

He has won numerous art competition awards and has had his work published by numerous publications. Arabolos is a registered practicing interior designer, and is the principal of the West Haven design firm, Arabolos Design Associates.

A resident of Stamford, Lewis Coleman spent several years in Seattle, Wash., where asian design had become an intrinsic part of the culture and inspired many local artists. Coleman was particularly fascinated by the intricate calligraphy used to decorate ancient scrolls and screens and they have greatly influenced the primitive style of her abstract work. Her paintings and steel sculptures incorporate her own abstract writing, which is an invented, rhythmic language that flows as she creates.

When describing her body of work, Coleman said, "For me, the language has an ancient, almost mystical quality. I believe that because my artwork communicates in the abstract, individual viewers are not forced to translate it specifically, allowing them to `feel' it and take away their own unique messages on a subconscious level."

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, an associates degree from the New York School of Design, and studied art at the Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. She is a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists and the Silvermine Guild of Artists. Coleman has exhibited widely in New York, Connecticut, California, Florida and across the country and has been reviewed by many publications locally and nationally.

In addition to these two exhibits, the Silvermine Flat Files will be highlighted. "Somewhere between a gallery and an artist studio" the Flat Files allow visitors an opportunity to view selections of work, and to see the diversity of art produced, by our Guild members. The files contain unframed works providing new and established art collectors more accessibley priced artwork ranging from charcoals and prints to photography and mixed media.

Silvermine Arts Center, located in New Canaan, is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Located on a four acre campus, the center is comprised of a nationally renowned artist guild, award winning school of art offering multi-disciplinary art classes for all ages, a gift shop and galleries, offering over twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. The center also provides innovative arts education in Norwalk and Stamford schools through its outreach program, Art Partners, and hosts a lecture series and special programs throughout the year. Silvermine Arts Center is a nonprofit organization.

Grounded in the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the mission of Silvermine Arts Center is to cultivate, promote and encourage growth through the arts; to showcase and serve artists; and to foster arts education and appreciation opportunities for the greater community.

For more information on the exhibits or the Silvermine Flat Files, call 203-966-9700, ext. 20, or visit www.silvermineart.org.