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The Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library invites the public to “Emergence”, a reception for the artwork of Ralph Levesque, Kristin Merrill, and William Scully on Saturday, March 16 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The artists will talk about their work at 5:15. The show can be seen from March 9 to May 5 during library hours.
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William Scully is a Boston based photographer who creates his artwork primarily on Cape Cod. His work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in New England and New York galleries. Recently, he participated in an invitational exhibition of American photographers in Hangzhou, China. In 2011, he won Nature Photographer of the Year in the International Photography Awards and received a Lucie Award nomination for Discovery of the Year for his underwater color series of water lilies. In addition to photography, William has studied lithography, photogravure, and life drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
William says, “I want nature to be big; I want it to be a wild and boundless world to dream of and explore. But I have come to accept that today it is fractured and scattered about the planet in pieces. Yet even in those fragmented spaces, there are small places for discovery and finding solitude in the new wilderness. There are overlooked microcosms all around – by roadsides and in weedy cracks of pavement, and hidden under the reflections on waters’ surface. As I seek out and probe into these areas of the natural world I find inspiration for my photographic work. Moving slowly and deliberately with my camera, I look for nature’s gesture amid the chaos and create art that reflects my experience in the sensual world.”
Ralph Levesque lives in Higganum, CT and is the co-owner of Equilibrium Gallery there. He holds a BFA and MS in Art Education from University of Bridgeport and is currently represented by Azoth Gallery in New Haven. He has been exhibiting since the 1960’s in multiple shows and exhibitions in Connecticut. His work is featured in both private and corporate collections internationally, and he has received numerous awards and grants. He will have a solo show at Essex Art Association in June.
In addition to teaching in both private and public schools for over 35 years, he is also an elected member of the Connecticut Fine Arts Academy, Essex Art Association, Mystic Art Society and Madison Art Society. He has served as judge and lecturer on art and has been featured in several documentaries, most recently on Madison TV.
Ralph says, “...I seek the essence of universal beauty and the intrinsic force of nature. Using materials both natural and man-made, old and new, discarded and recycled, I discover their hidden nature. The underlying reality of matter is always changing, moving and re-presenting itself. My works are doorways from distant, past civilizations and places unknown, pointing to the yet-to-be discovered realms. The elements of time and movement reveal past and future cycles of the universe and appear to be recognizable but forgotten (lingering) memories. I have been given the gift of a child-like mind, seeing patterns, rhythmic constructs in nature and its spiritual essence. I am a romantic visual poet, aware that all designs and symbols are inspired by nature. Therefore, I am not concerned with producing copied images of nature but seek to find beauty within the concrete, beyond the material level.
Shown is his "Morning on Mars".
Kristin Merrill is a jeweler and a sculptor. She received a BFA in metals at the School of American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Kristin has a studio at the Nest in Bridgeport and has exhibited throughout the Northeast in many shows, including a traveling exhibit with Tiffany’s and Christies, and in CT at Guilford Arts Center, Creative Arts Workshop, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Nest. Her jewelry is at The Fairfield Museum and at Studio 33 in New London. She is a member of The Greater New Haven Arts Council, The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield, The Easton Arts Council, The Society of North American Goldsmiths and The American Craft Council.
Kristin says, “I am continually experimenting and combining precious gems, pearls and metals with found objects. For the last 30 years, I have cultivated the traditional metal working skills..., but I also enjoy breaking the rules by melting, fusing, piercing and burning materials to bring out their natural beauty. That combination of traditional and creative—of left brain and right brain—is how I see the world around me, so it is not surprising that it appears consistently in my work.
My work is largely about transformations—about taking diverse materials and creating something new and different. The driftwood I frequently use, for example, was once a tree, vibrant with life and growing. It goes through a metamorphosis at the end of its life, falls into the sea, and finds its way to the shore. By resurrecting it in my sculptures and wearable art, I create a new phase in its life. It is reborn.”
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