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'In the Layers' inspired by Stanley Kunitz poem

Published 10:34 am, Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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  • "Balance" by Ridgefield artist Suzanne Benton is among the works on display in "In the Layers," a new exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, opening Nov. 3. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    "Balance" by Ridgefield artist Suzanne Benton is among the works on display in "In the Layers," a new exhibition at the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, opening Nov. 3. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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"In the Layers," opened Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, features works by guild artist members.

The new exhibit is curated by Suzanne Julig, of Suzanne Julig Art Advisory in New York City. The exhibition will run through Dec. 23.

"In the Layers," inspired by the Stanley Kunitz poem "The Layers," is a group exhibition featuring works on paper extensively layered in both thematic and stylistic ways. The selected multimedia, collage, painted and sculptural works are both visual and expressive, suggesting themes of the poem.

The poem reflects upon the layers one goes through in life and what is left behind. Realizing that life is all about changes and adjusting to them, pushing through the layers and not looking back at what is left behind, but looking forward toward what is to come.

In explaining her idea for the exhibition, Julig said, "I was particularly taken by the Silvermine artists' mixed-media, collage and sculptural works that express emotional complexity, memory, longing and mystery, as well as evoking visual interest in the use of layered materials."

Silvermine Guild artists featured are Thomas Anastasio, Nina Bentley, Suzanne Benton, Tom Bernsten, Helen Cantrell, Ann Chernow, Bruce Dunbar, Jeanine Esposito, Roxanne Faber Savage, Lori Glavin, Jane Ingram, Elisa Khachian, Constance Kiermaier, Cynthia MacCollum of New Canaan, Susan Manspeizer, Sandy Meagher, Barbara Morse-Lubell, Nancy Nikkal, Margaret Roleke, Joseph Saccio, Anita Soos, Shaw Stuart, Michael Zack and Marcia Zimmerman.

Julig has spent more than 25 years in the art field and began her career at the IBM Gallery of Science and Art, first as a lecturer and educator and then in the areas of exhibitions and communications. As a director at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, DC Moore Gallery and Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, she specialized in 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings, works on paper and sculpture, as well as contemporary art.

She has placed works with major private, museum and corporate collections, in addition to organizing exhibitions and lecturing on a variety of art-related topics. A member of ArtTable, a national, by-nomination organization for professional women in the arts, she earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers College of Rutgers University and a master's degree in art history from Hunter College.

She has been a lecturer at Christie's Education and an adjunct instructor at both the Sotheby's Institute of Art and New York University.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, call 203-966-9700 or visit www.silvermineart.org.