A new exhibition by the artist Perry Obee will open at the New Canaan Library on Sunday, Dec. 2, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.

The exhibition, entitled "Spaces," features oil paintings of an abstract nature, rich in saturated color and mood. "Spaces" will run through Dec. 30 in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery. The reception is open to the public.

In his own words, Obee "makes images in the language of art." Though his work is abstract, it is also representational, reflecting his passion for discovering and employing arrangements of color and shape to depict observable space and light.

Included in his working philosophy is the objective of observing his world, and attempting to reveal fresh ways of "seeing" it. The subject of his work is of less importance to Obee; how he portrays it is of utmost importance, though his chosen subject is often self, in terms of the people, places and things that shape his life.

Obee has a Master of Fine Art in painting from Western Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and printmaking from Ohio Wesleyan University. Obee is also a recognized printmaker where his subject is used to explore the medium's unique graphic and revealing nature. In 2012, Obee was a recipient of the State of Connecticut's Individual Artist Grant in painting. He is a part-time faculty member at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and Paier College of Art in Hamden, where he teaches painting, drawing and art history.

"Spaces" is sponsored by the Art Committee, Friends of New Canaan Library. The curators for the show are Laura Einstein and Susie Salomon.

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

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