The fall lecture series returns to the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan with two lectures featuring Silvermine Guild Artist members Nancy McTague-Stock and David Dunlop.

On Oct. 23, at 2:30 p.m., McTague-Stock will present "Water as a Muse: Contemplating Perception," and on Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. Dunlop will present "Music and Art: How to Sing Like a Painting and Paint Like a Song."

In the lecture "Water as a Muse: Contemplating Perception" McTague-Stock, a Silvermine Guild artist and faculty member of the School of Art, will discuss her interest in creating imagery that offers a glimpse of under recognized rhythms of nature, with specific references to her exhibition, "Fragments of the Aquatic," on view in the Silvermine Galleries through Nov. 4. She will also incorporate the works of other artists throughout history who have also found their muse in water, both as subject matter and process.

McTague-Stock's work as a painter, printmaker and photographer alludes to the fragility of nature and the importance of our role in the care of the environment.

A resident of Wilton, McTague-Stock is an artist who works in a variety of media. Her work has been exhibited in many venues including the Mattatuck Museum, Housatonic Museum, Stamford Museum, Lockwood Mansion Museum, University of Connecticut and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut; the Walter Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art in Mississippi, the Bristol Museum in Rhode Island, the Attleboro Museum, the Art Institute of Boston, Wheaton College and Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Appalachian State University, University of Fayetteville in North Carolina and Virginia Commonwealth University.

In addition to her art, she has also taught and lectured for numerous organizations, including the Nature Conservancy, Silvermine School of Art, the Art Institute of Boston's MFA students, League of University Women, Aldrich Museum for Connecticut Art Educators, and the Connecticut Art Educator's conference.

Dunlop will lecture on "Music and Art: How to Sing Like a Painting and Paint Like a Song" on Nov. 6. Dunlop will bring to light how we can listen to music and find new patterns and possibilities of painting. Artists borrow from the alternate art forms. Poets and painters borrow from dance just as musicians do. The lecture considers how one can look at one art form and discover a new way to understand another. Rhythm, accent, meter, layered harmony, phrase breaks, ambiguity, surprise and composition -- music and art work together and how they can reveal new opportunities for artist and musicians, he said.

Musicians discover the fleeting and illusive condition of the flow state just as artists do. They use models and traditional forms that mimic the forms of painting and sculpture. Meaning, emotion, and history are carried in traditional models that mutate and expand as our culture shifts its needs.

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His lecture will explore how one can listen to music and find new patterns and possibilities of painting.

A resident of Wilton, Dunlop has been a teacher at the Silvermine School of Art since 1993. He has given art history lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has been a visiting artist/lecturer at multiple institutions, including the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, Katonah, N. Y.; the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt.; and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ariz.

The lectures will take place at the School of Art auditorium, 1037 Silvermine Road. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, call the school office at 203-966-6668 ext. 2 or visit www.silvermineart.org.

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 more than 20 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.

Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 203-966-9700, ext. 20, or visit www.silvermineart.org.