Published: May 06, 2022 08:10
Oversized works by two Newtown resident artists are on display at the Newtown Municipal Center Art Gallery through May 27.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is hosting the presentation, which features paintings by abstractionist painter Stephanie Adam and realist painter Carol Gaulin-McKenzie. The gallery is open weekdays during normal business hours as well as late when a city council or commission meeting is scheduled.
Color is the essential element in Stéphanie Adam’s work.
“I also explore a variety of tones while building and layering textural qualities, often contrasting matte and glossy surfaces,” the artist said.
Adam’s work has been exhibited in museums throughout Connecticut as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work is also part of the permanent collections of Coopers and Lybrand Industries, Exxon-Mobil Corp, Hoffman Architects, Houbigant Perfume and Pharmor Corporation.
His first solo exhibition took place in 2004 in the meeting room of the CH Booth Library.
Gaulin-McKenzie’s paintings are life-size figures inspired by her own photos or those taken by her husband or friends.
“While realistic, they are made from a variety of papers, fabrics and materials that I select for base colors,” she noted. Gaulin-McKenzie then adds materials that enhance the paintings and give them depth.
Each artist has twelve paintings on display.
Artists Stephanie Adam (left) and Carol Gaulin-McKenzie during the installation of an exhibit featuring their paintings at the Newtown Municipal Center Art Gallery. A 60 x 60 inch fragment of Adam’s “Doorknobs” is on the left. —Photo Laura Lerman