Westport, Weston artists' work exhibited at Silvermine
Several local artists are among those whose work is among the winter exhibits at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, featuring the annual New Guild Members Show, the Director's Choice and a modern printmaker.
The opening reception will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 9 and the exhibits will run through Feb. 20. The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The center is located at 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan.
The Director's Choice exhibit spotlights Karin Hillmer, painter, photographer and storyteller. Her pictures are shaped by a life-long interest in philosophy, history, art invention, music and science. Her images combine the avant-garde and the historic, the Renaissance and technology, and genetics and Botticelli.
Born and raised in Germany, Hillmer went to New York and studied art history and earned a Bachelor Arts degree from the State University of New York. She also did post-graduate studies in various disciplines. A resident of Norwalk, her work has been shown internationally in museums and galleries, with solo exhibitions in Germany, France and the United States. She is working on a book for publication based on her current photographic works on exhibit.
Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero is one of South America's finest modern printmakers, and in his exhibit "At the Tribal Carving Shed" is a fusion of two distinct entities - a compulsion toward modernist form with its abstract notion and a fascination with the historic cultures of the Pacific Northwest.
A resident of Mahopac, N.Y., Gonzalez-Tornero first studied art in Chile and Brazil before finishing his education at the Slade School of Art in London, and with the famous printmaker, Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris. He came to the United States in the 1960s. During the past 40 years, he has had more than 50 one-man exhibitions in Chile, the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany and France, participated in more than 300 group shows and been awarded more than 40 prizes. He is also represented at the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art.
Each year in the spring and fall, new members are selected through a jury process into the Silvermine Guild of Artists. The Guild of Artists is a group of professional artists consisting of more than 300 members who work in a wide array of media and are represented in museums and private and corporate collections.
Beside the Westport and Weston artists, the New Members Exhibition includes works by Amy Bilden of Greenwich, sculpture; Sharon Cavagnolo of Mount Kisco, N.Y., painting; J. Henry Fair of New York City, photography; John Harris of Norwalk, painting; Anca Pedvis of New York City, painting; Connie Pfeiffer of East Haddam, sculpture; Margaret Roleke of Redding, wall relief; and Anita Soos from Guilford, drawing.