The Silvermine Arts Center lecture series will continue with a discussion featuring Silvermine School of Art Faculty member Tom Brenner.

Brenner will present "Illumination -- The Role of Light in Two-Dimensional Art: as Tool, as Subject, as Symbol and Significance," on Sunday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Sara Victoria Hall auditorium.

He will survey scores of images from a wide range of times, places and artistic perspectives. Among the questions that will be considered: How best can an artist perceive and understand the workings of light in the physical world? By what means can he or she most effectively translate these observations into an artistic image? How does the artists' treatment of light affect the viewer's response? Woven throughout this visual journey, the words of artists, scientists, poets and philosophers will further illuminate the aesthetic, emotional and spiritual significance of light in our lives and our creativity.

Fairfield resident Brenner, has been a painter, pastelist and photographer for more than 30 years. He has exhibited widely throughout the Northeast and his work hangs in numerous private and public collections. During this time, he has taught a wide range of courses in drawing, painting and design. In addition to being an instructor at the Silvermine School of Art since 1996, he also teaches at Sacred Heart University and Housatonic Community College. Over the years, Brenner has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico, Africa and India. He holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College, a BA in fine arts from Yale University and has studied applied arts and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

All lectures are held at the School of Art Auditorium (Sara Victoria Hall) and ticket prices are $10 per person for members and $12 per person for non-members. For information and to purchase tickets in advance, call the School Office at 203-966-6668 ext. 2 or visit

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