Artist Amy C. Storey prefers to work from the inside out. Rather than deliberately starting with an image in mind and working toward that end, she allows her unconscious to shape her work, thus, in her words, "letting the image emerge through the process."

Storey's exhibition of abstract, color-saturated paintings, "New Color Work," will be on display in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery at the New Canaan Library from June 22 to Aug. 3. An opening reception takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.

Many of Storey's pieces are of amorphous shapes that have a natural, even scientific, quality about them. Her creative use of color and shape and the large scale of the work create a body of work with a magnetic, inspirational vibe.

Storey studied at the Vermont Studio Center, Yale University and the University of Cincinnati. Her paintings have been exhibited in the United States and internationally, including the 2005 Florence Biennale in Italy and the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, B.C., Canada, and the Salon Des Artistes Independants in the Grand Palais in Paris. Her most recent solo exhibition took place in 2011: "Paintings From The Ghost Flowers," presented by the Durst Organization and Kathleen Cullen Gallery, the Conde Nast Building in New York City.

Her work is represented in many collections, including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, Pa., and her commissions include Anne Taylor Inc. of New York. She has received grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Monsanto Corp. Storey lives and works in New York City.

"New Color Work" is sponsored by the Art Committee, Friends of New Canaan Library. The curators are Eva Chou McCarrick and Susie Salomon.

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