The spring lecture series returns to Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan with two lectures featuring Silvermine Guild artist members David Dunlop and Suzanne Benton. On Sunday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m., David Dunlop will present "How to Stimulate Creative Thinking and How to Sell it!" On June 10 at 4:30 p.m. Suzanne Benton will present "A Bridge Between Cultures."

Artists, psychologists, economists and neuroscientists' research have all observed what conditions make people more creative. Today, people have a better idea of the nature, sources and catalysts for creative thinking. They learn where creativity, even beauty, happens in the brain.

Dunlop will explore what conditions are needed for generating creativity. Subjects that will be addressed include: How to spark more creative designs within functional limits; how to expand your repertoire of options; and with this knowledge, how dto become more effective salespeople, managers, gardeners, chefs, musicians and artists.

A resident of Wilton, Dunlop has been a teacher at the Silvermine School of Art since 1993. He has given art history lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has been a visiting artist/lecturer at multiple institutions, including the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts, Katonah, N.Y.; the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt.; and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ariz.

In her lecture, Suzanne Benton will share tales and anecdotes from her months in India and Bangladesh in 2011. Beyond being busy with making art, exhibiting, performing, leading workshops and re-connecting with old friends in these fabled lands, Benton was also observing and juxtaposing her experiences both present and past from trips in the 1990s and even the 1970s. From the sublime to what some might say the ridiculous, she'll regale her audience with commentary illustrated with photos of the people and lands she encountered, and art works she created along the way. At the close of her talk, Benton will perform her newest mask tale, "Hena's Memorial" drawn from a news story in Dhaka.

Benton is a widely recognized sculptor, mask maker/performance artist, printmaker, lecturer, and workshop leader. Believing that the purpose of art is to explore humanity and

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