Two of Wilton’s cultural institutions are teaming up, as Wilton Library prepares to open a month-long art installation featuring artists from the Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center this Friday, Oct. 13, with an opening reception planned from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library’s main gallery. The exhibition highlights more than 30 area artists who work in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, graphics, mixed media, drawings, photography, and sculpture with subject matter encompassing figures, portraits, still life, abstracts, botanicals, landscapes, and more. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Nov. 9.
“I’ve wanted to bring this colony of artists into the library for some time and I’m delighted that we were able to make this exhibit happen,” says Ed MacEwen, art chairman for Wilton Library.
Pat Hegnauer, director of the G&B Cultural Center, is excited about the exposure both the center and its artists will get.
“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our treasure in the former Gilbert & Bennett School site with an outreach program right here at Wilton Library, which is the jewel of this community. Whether you’re at the library or the G&B Cultural Center, you can purchase an original piece of art at an affordable price, support the artists in their local community and support these two institutions–it’s a win-win situation for everyone!”
The G&B Cultural Center’s mission is to provide a quality arts venue and experience for the community through classes, viewing shows and performances, enabling people to cultivate their own personal creativity. The center offers a diverse arts experience in one location that includes all forms of visual and performing arts. Organizers have created an economic venue that will enable the artist at G&B to benefit as well as provide stimulus to the surrounding community.
The Gilbert & Bennett Cultural Center is located at 49 New St. in the Georgetown section of Wilton. For more information about the cultural center, visit the center’s website.
A majority of the more than 50 works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the library.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..