The show of 120 pieces by 61 artists was selected by the Carriage Barn Gallery Committee from a Call for Entries. The intimately scaled artwork on exhibit, sometimes jewel-like in its presentation, beckons the viewer to come hither for a closer look. These diminutive-sized works of art often belie their subtle power and singular appeal.
The show is packed with memorable little pieces, and it is on view over the holidays. Dog Walker, a brilliant red oil on canvas by Karen Chandler of South Salem, NY, is a crowd-pleaser, and it hangs nearby Old Greenwich resident, Nancy Hamilton’s paper mache dogs. Don’t miss her Golden Retriever whose head is going in one direction and tail in the other. Several mesmerizing small abstractions are represented, including Steve Hunter of Norwalk’s tiny encaustic painting that looks like turbulent green water. It is reminiscent of a Chinese ink drawing. Wilton resident, Amy Schott has two assemblages in the show: From Here to There #2, comprised of delicate strips cut from maps and taught, pinned threads, and No. 8, an intriguing black and white work with antique clock parts. Several New Canaan residents have excellent clay work: Wendy Hower’s tiny raku pots, bowls and vases, serene cobalt blue porcelain bowls that nest on a piece of delicate drift wood by Cecily Garver, and Caped, a quirky three legged figure with horns by Connie Nichols. There are many photographs, including a humorous store window reflection with high heels, Stiletto, by resident Libby Collins, Riverside, CT and three very cool i-phone panoramas by Norwalk resident, Julie Stauffer. A funny mixed media sculpture, Ebi Sushi by Debra Friedkin of Sleepy Hollow, NY features sushi fish with little feet instead of fins. Several quiet oils by Katleen Bossert offer serenity while Judith Lambertson’s paintings are done in a light, buoyant palette.
Still life paintings, plein-air landscape, abstractions in stone and metal, digital batik and linoleum block prints are all here and more. The show is full of variety and intriguing work. Happy hunting for all of the small jewels!
Exhibitions Director and Curator