As part of an ongoing exhibit series to support local artists and photographers, the photography of longtime New Canaan resident and landscape architect Keith Simpson will be on view at The Bank of New Canaan's Elm Street branch through the end of October.

The community is invited to view the exhibit any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. and noon on Saturdays. The public is also invited to attend an opening reception for the artist at the Bank's Elm Street offices on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit is a photographic selection of several highly contrasting landscapes from England, Italy, Switzerland and the U.S. and a commentary on man's widely varying influence on each of them.

The Grand Canyon is chosen for its extraordinary geological magnitude and its designation for major protection. Asolo in Italy, the "City of a Hundred Horizons" is shown for its aberrational situation on the Venetian plain and its ancient settlement. Morcote in Switzerland clings to the steep hills surrounding Lake Lugano. Marlow is an ancient settlement on the River Thames and Rousham House, Mapperton and Wisley show differing styles and influences of garden design. From the perspective of a professional landscape architect, they all offer interesting lessons in observing man's response to opportunity, constraint and challenge in the landscape.

Simpson has been president of the landscape architect firm, Keith E. Simpson Associates, Inc., which has been based in New Canaan since 1982. The firm serves a wide range of clients including schools, hospitals, multi-family housing, parks, marinas, and many historically significant properties. Simpson has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work, including the New Canaan Golden Shovel Award, 2011 for several decades of work and commitment to designing major improvements to downtown New Canaan and to many of the parks and other public spaces of New Canaan.

As New Canaan's only locally-owned, independent commercial bank, The Bank of New Canaan is committed to providing the highest possible level of customer service. All decisions are made in two branches at 156 Cherry Street and 208 Elm Street, and funds are reinvested locally.

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