"Figuratively Speaking in New York City," oil paintings by Elinore Schnurr, opens at the New Canaan Library's H. Pelham Curtis Gallery Sunday, April 13, with a reception at 3 p.m.

Schnurr's paintings capture the many faces of New York City in terms of population and surroundings. In each softly hued painting, the artist invites a closer look at the life of New Yorkers. The work will be on display through May 18.

"I wander the city always searching out the scene or event that will capture my imagination, with the intent to put it into my own visual language," Schnurr said. "I have been painting New York City since I arrived from Ohio 50 years ago. I never run out of inspiration."

Schnurr moved to New York City in 1960 after studying composition at the Hans Hoffman School in Provincetown, Mass., earning a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and spending six months studying the great masters of painting and sculpture in the museums, churches and galleries in Europe.

She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and her work is part of private and corporate collections around the world. Some of the museums that exhibit her work include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of the City of New York and Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Her painting "August Rush | Grand Central Terminal" was commissioned by TF Cornerstone and is now permanently hanging in the lobby of 4540 Center Boulevard in Long Island City, N.Y.

"Figuratively Speaking" is sponsored by the Art Committee, Friends of New Canaan Library and the curator for the show is Laura Einstein.

For information, call 203-594-5007 or visit newcanaanlibrary.org.