Through the transformative power of "magic" the Westport Arts Center last Friday became a spellbinding showcase of work by 27 of its member artists in new exhibit called, appropriately, "Perception Illusion Magic."

On view through Jan., the new show features a range of different media, from sculpture and photography to paintings and found objects. Elizabeth Koehn and Julia Mechtler from the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City served as jurors for the work chosen for display.

The event also recognized the promotion of Helen Klisser During from the arts center's curator to artistic director.

Attending the opening reception with his wife Mary Ellen, First Selectman Jim Marpe commented, "We're glad to be here to celebrate Helen's promotion. She's made a tremendous contribution to the arts in Westport. She's a force of artistic nature."

With regard to the art works on exhibit, the curators said: "A work of art's ability to transform our perception is a powerful magic, moving us to reconsider the illusions in our daily realities."

Featured artists included Nina Bentley, Duvian Montoya and Tammy Winser, who comprise part of the Westport Artists Collective, a subset of the Westport Arts Center.

The work on display is priced between $400 and $18,000.

"Perception Illusion Magic" at the Westport Arts Center, 51 Riverside Ave. For information, call 203-222-7070 or visit the website,