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Westport Arts Center to host Wegman exhibit

Updated 6:55 pm, Thursday, January 17, 2013
  • William Wegman's "Season's Greetings," a 2008 work using oil and postcards on wood panel, will be included in a  "William Wegman: The Traveler" exhibit to be held at the Westport Arts Center from Friday, Feb. 25, to Saturday, March 23. Photo: Sperone Westwater/contributed Ph

    William Wegman's "Season's Greetings," a 2008 work using oil and postcards on wood panel, will be included in a "William Wegman: The Traveler" exhibit to be held at the Westport Arts Center from Friday, Feb. 25, to Saturday, March 23.

    Photo: Sperone Westwater/contributed Ph

 

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The Westport Arts Center will host a "William Wegman: The Traveler" exhibit from Friday, Jan. 25, through Saturday, March 23, in the WAC Gallery, 51 Riverside Ave.

An opening reception will take place Friday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will feature Wegman signing copies of his books, along with food and drink.

The exhibit will showcase an eclectic mix of postcard paintings, drawings, Polaroids and video illustrating Wegman's career-long incorporation of found images, according to a release. Works date from the mid-1980s to new paintings on view for the first time.

Wegman is represented by Sperone Westwater, New York

Born in Holyoke, Mass., in 1943, Wegman received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Massachusetts College of Art, and a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Illinois. His work has exhibited extensively in both the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1982; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1988; Whitney Museum of American Art in 1992; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2001; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, in 2002.

In 2006, the retrospective "William Wegman: Funney/Strange" was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, and traveled to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Fla.; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.; and Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, from 2006 to 2007.

In 2012, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art presented "William Wegman: Hello Nature," a major survey of over 100 nature-related works by Wegman in various media. The exhibit was accompanied by an extensive illustrated catalogue, "Hello Nature: How to Draw, Paint, Cook and Find Your Way."

The WAC Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Programs at the center as part of the exhibit include:

"Mixing Mediums," Thursday, Jan. 31: Mixed media artist Nina Bentley will lead an assemblage workshop from 3 to 7 p.m.. The event will include cocktails and the cost is $15, $10 for center members.

"Drink 'n' Draw," Thursday, Feb. 7: Drinks, treats and open-session life drawing will be offered in the main gallery at 7 p.m. All levels of artists at least 21 years old are welcome. The cost is $15, $10 for members.

"Big Night Out," Friday, March 8: Stanley Tucci's "Big Night" will be screened along with an Italian feast from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60.

"WACky Family Day," Sunday, March 10: Attendees will have a chance to use wood, beads, wire, blocks, dice, toy figurines and recycled board games with local artists and create whimsical toy creations from 1 to 3 p.m. Winners of the 2013 WAC Toy Makers II Toy Design Competition also will be announced. The cost is $10 for children over 2; free for kids under 2 and adults.

ArtCafe, Fridays, Feb. 1 to 22: Helen Klisser During will lead talks on exhibits to visit in the greater community from 10 to 11 a.m. The events will be free and open to the public and coffee, tea, muffins and other pastries will be available for purchase.

For information call the center at 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org.