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ARTalks … Exploring the creative process

ARTalks is a series of lectures, workshops and panel discussions that focus on the arts, architecture and design. ARTalks is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library and Ridgefield Guild of Artists.                                  


The World of Jane Austen Through Paintings of the Period with Patricia Carr
Sunday, September 24 @ 2 PM, Ridgefield Library, Main Program Room

As part of the Library’s All About Jane: Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen series, Patricia Carr will give an illustrated slide lecture about the world in which Austen grew up, mainly in rural England. With the aid of beautiful slides, including many paintings of the time, Carr will help us enter that world and learn a little more about what life was like for the landed gentry. In addition to her talk at the Library, Carr will lead a tour of paintings from the period at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT on Sunday, October 1 at 2 PM. Tour is limited to 15. Fee is $5.00 per person.

An Artist’s Journey: Sixty-five Years of Painting with Daniel Greene
Sunday, October 29 @ 2 PM, Ridgefield Library, Main Program Room

One of the foremost pastelists in the country, North Salem, NY artist Daniel Greene will talk about the broad, prolific span of his painting and pastel career. This award-winning artist was named Pastel Society Laureate by the Pastel Society of the West Coast and named to the Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame. He was also given the John Singer Sargent Award for lifelong dedication to the achievement of excellence in portraiture by the American Society of Portrait Artists. Highly regarded as a portrait artist, his subjects include Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, author Ayn Rand and William Randolph Hearst. Greene’s paintings and pastels are in over 700 private and public collections in the United States.

Altered Books in Contemporary Art with Chris Perry
Sunday, December 3 @ 2 PM, Ridgefield Library, Main Program Room

Nationally known book artist Chris Perry uses handmade books to impart information without the use of words or images. Perry himself states that “the book artist is a label that has a pretty broad definition, like sculpture. Book art tends to be things that are made of books or are about books or incorporate books in some way.” While books have always been known to contain art, they are hardly thought of as being works of art as themselves. Perry pushes the limits of the book arts genre creating contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. He is inspired by book-like formats to convey his artistic process and shapes paper or filaments to convey information.

A Virtual Stroll Through the Medieval Masterpieces of the Met’s Cloisters with Dr. Michael Norris
Sunday, January 7 @ 2 PM, Ridgefield Library, Main Program Room

Dr. Michael Norris spent twenty years at the Met’s Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a museum educator and has lectured on trips all over the world. For this talk, Norris will take us on a virtual tour that includes the origins of this unique medieval art museum as well as masterpieces there such as the Unicorn Tapestries. The Met’s Cloisters is on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park and is dedicated to medieval art, architecture and gardens through more than 2,000 artworks and architectural elements. Norris received his Ph.D. in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

What’s Trending in the Arts in Fairfield County with David Green
Sunday, March 11 @ 2 PM, Main Program Room

David Green, Director of Programs and Membership for the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, will talk about current trends in contemporary visual and performing art in Fairfield County, CT and the impact the arts have on our economy. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County links cultural organizations, artists and creative businesses to identify and build resources, provides cultural marketing of Fairfield County cultural attractions and promotes advocacy to create a pro-active, unified voice for the cultural sector with the understanding that the creative economy is a key contributor to the community’s economic prosperity, effective education and a civil society.

O’Keeffe Pastel Workshop: A Hands-on Class for Adults and Teens with Gregory Maichack
Sunday, April 22 @ 2 PM, Ridgefield Library, Main Program Room

Using O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 as a point of departure, artist and art educator Gregory Maichack will present a pastel painting workshop. Each participant is given a piece of toned pastel paper and white charcoal pencils to sketch the basic shapes of this famous flower. Then using light yellow for the lighted portion of the flower and hyacinth purple for the shadows, Maichack will demonstrate basic pastel strokes and techniques such as scumbling, slurring, blending and layering colors. All materials are provided. Workshop is limited to 28. Fee is $ 5.00 per person.