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'The Big Show' features husband-wife duo of artists

Published 10:39 am, Monday, November 4, 2013
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For the first time in recent history, the Carriage Barn Arts Center at Waveny Park, New Canaan, will have a show that is devoted exclusively to two artists -- the husband-and-wife duo Drew and Audrey Klotz.

"The Big Show" -- Drew Klotz: Kinetic Sculpture and Audrey Klotz: "Fabstraction" -- opens Saturday, Nov. 9, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs through Dec. 15.

Drew's vibrant recent kinetic sculptures will activate the interior space of the gallery in harmony with Audrey's oversized abstract paintings. Over their many years together, they have developed a deep appreciation and understanding of each other's art, which is complementary in the use of form and movement.

Both are natives of Fairfield County and their work is in international collections. Drew studied at Cooper Union and Audrey studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Drew's sculptures can also be seen in front of local institutions, such as the New Canaan and Wilton libraries and the Silvermine Art Center.

For this exhibition, the front courtyard will also be animated by three site-specific sculptures -- their colors and shapes providing a juxtaposition with the stone walls of the barn.

Part of Drew's philosophy is that art should be accessible -- one has to touch it to activate it. Kinetic sculpture is an assemblage comprised of parts designed to be set in motion by an internal mechanism or natural stimuli, such as the wind or touch.

The Carriage Barn also will be hosting a children's workshop in conjunction with the exhibition, which will be sponsored by the New Canaan Sculpture Association, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Children ages 9 to 12 will be provided with a tour of the show and an artist demonstration in the sculpture studio located beneath the gallery, followed by a hands-on clay project. Space is limited. The fee is $15 and registration is required by emailing admin@carriagebarn.org.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, visit carriagebarn.org or call 203-972-1895.