Narrations: A selection of unique works that explore 21st-century trends in figurative art
April 18, 2023
Left to right: Nina Buxenbaum’s Uncovered; Scott Bricher’s Venetians; and Susan Stillman’s Red Alexander.


NEW CANAAN, CT, April 18, 2023—Silvermine Arts Center presents Narrations, on view April 29 through May 18 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 29, 2–4 p.m. This exhibition explores new directions in figurative and narrative themes in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and textiles. It features selected work by 49 of the Silvermine Guild’s more than 300 professional artists nationwide.


Nina Buxenbaum creates depictions of women, particularly women of color, as a means to provide an alternative to the stereotypes prevalent in our culture. Scott Bricher’s lush paintings revel in the sensuality of observation and the exploration of subconscious themes with enigmatic narratives. The simplicity of a Susan Stillman subject is transformed by the moment of illumination and its unexpected spatial abundance. In Narrations, portraits are deconstructed, reframed, or reimagined. Figures inspired by folk art, ancient art, medieval art, or even cinema, bring an immediacy or a rethinking of material and form. Streetscapes and landscapes reveal a sublime desolation or intensity of color. There are contemporary Madonnas, delightfully sensuous animals, and elements of the human figure in compositions that conjure emotion.


Narrations is an exhibition to lose yourself in. Viewers will be presented at every turn with ravishing scenes, haunting displacements, and everyday splendor.


Featured artists include Pam Ackley, New Canaan, CT; Susan Barrett, Sleepy Hollow, NY; Suzanne Benton, Ridgefield, CT; Margot Bittenbender, Old Greenwich, CT; Susan Bradley, Collinsville, CT; Scott Bricher, South Kent, CT; Janine Brown, Westport, CT; Eoin Burke, New Haven, CT; Miggs Burroughs, Westport, CT; Karen Butler, Norwalk, CT; Nina Buxenbaum, Bethel, CT; Louise Cadoux, Bridgeport, CT; Helen Cantrell, Old Lyme, CT; Sharon Cavagnolo, Mt. Kisco, NY; Ann Chernow, Westport, CT, Susan Clinard, New Haven, CT; Peggy Dembicer, Avon, CT; Tielin Ding, New York City, NY; Julia Dixon, North Adams, MA; Laure Dunne, Norwalk, CT; Carole Eisner, Weston, CT; Camille Eskell, Norwalk, CT; Alanna Fagan, Milford, CT; Kevin Ford, Norwalk, CT; Donna Forma, Southport, CT; Andrew Graham, Redding, CT; Elizabeth Higgins, Darien, CT; Benice Horowitz, Stamford, CT; Paul Eric Johnson, Stafford Springs, CT; Elizabeth Killgore, Covington, LA; Lucy Krupenye, Wilton, CT; Cate Leach, Darien, CT; Robert Loebell, Bloomfield, CT; Michael Manning, Greenwich, CT; Janice Mauro, Redding, CT; Julie O’Connor, Weston, CT; Butch Quick, Norwalk, CT; Marilyn Richeda, South Salem, NY; Barbara Ringer, Ridgefield, CT; Gay Schempp, Winsted, CT; Lisa Scroggins, Ridgefield, CT; Karen Sorensen, Woodbury, CT; Susan Stillman, White Plains, NY; Mary Tooley Parker, Yorktown Heights, NY; Pamela Tucker, Rye, NY; Joan Wheeler, Easton, CT; Brian Whelan, Wilton, CT; Michael Zack; Edward Zerdy, New Canaan, CT.


Narrations, which runs through May 18, is the second of two exhibitions this spring featuring new work by Guild members.

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