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New Canaanite and friends in Wilton art show

Published 4:01 pm, Thursday, May 29, 2014
  • New Canaan resident Deborah Flavin's "Talltale" is among the works on display at the Wilton Library in the exhibition "Three Friends: Drawing Collage Painting," which opens June 6. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    New Canaan resident Deborah Flavin's "Talltale" is among the works on display at the Wilton Library in the exhibition "Three Friends: Drawing Collage Painting," which opens June 6. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Deborah K. Flavin, of New Canaan, and two of her friends are collaborating on an exhibition that recognizes their longstanding artistic relationship.

The artwork of Flavin, Linda Nemergut, of Bethel, and Barbara Ripps, of Bridgewater, will be exhibited in "Three Friends: Drawing, Collage, Painting" at the Wilton Library. The exhibition will feature close to 70 works by the three artists.

An opening reception will take place Friday, June 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through June. 28.

Over the years, the artists have developed a mutual camaraderie that combines shared interests and support of each other's artistic exploration of drawings, paintings and collages.

Flavin's work strikes a balance between design and pattern, and is influenced by her long-time exposure to the Orient, stemming from a five-year residence and study in Tokyo, Japan.

"Eastern concepts intertwine with those of the West in my compositions," Flavin said. "Continuing with my exploration and development, current concentration focuses on mixed media, combining watercolor techniques with drawing, printmaking, and collage."

Nemergut works primarily in silverpoint, providing both a challenge that she enjoys and a soft patina over time.

"I am fascinated by how things can be both simple and complex at the same time; twigs and grasses woven together to form a nest, yarn twisted and knotted to create lace, connections developed between scraps of paper and paint that become a collage," she said. "I love the give and take between the calm focused meditation of a silverpoint drawing and the excitement and experimentation of building a collage."

Ripps finds that her work demands "singularity of focus."

"I feel pulled in multiple directions by family, friends, pets and community," she said. "The opportunity to pause in the busy day and paint is very precious and important to helping me understand life around me."

She uses organic objects as important elements to her compositions. Nature informs her work, and her subject matter may also include patterned fabric because many of the patterns and textures are representative of those in nature. Her work reflects a renewed energy after being on hiatus. She is studying with Peter Seltzer on pastels and has studied with Koo Schadler for egg tempera.

The library, at 137 Old Ridgefield Road, is open in June Mondays to Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-3850, ext. 213.